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Canadian Push 1-31-14

Consumer-watchdog program "Marketplace" draws controversy after teaching consumers how to negotiate retailers' return policies  Last week, the long-running Canadian TV show "Marketplace," which focuses on current affairs and protecting consumers, ran an episode titled "Point of No Returns" - which teaches Canadians the secrets of negotiation when it comes to successful returns in stores. "Retailers don't have to give your money back, or offer an exchange or a credit," the program's website states. "That means a successful return often comes down to a shopper's individual abilities." Critics say the episode goes too far in instructing consumers on how to work around restrictive return policies. It shows how to make a return without a receipt, after a 30-day deadline, or without its original packaging. "Marketplace" defended the program saying "As Canada’s consumer watchdog, we’ve heard from many viewers about difficulties at the returns desk over the past few years. Unlike the European Union or some American states, Canada does not have consumer protection laws that govern most returns." Watch the episode here. Do you think it goes too far? (Source

Crime Stoppers Join Truckers To Fight Cargo Crime in Canada - Their 2014 Focus: Fighting Cargo Theft  Canadian truckers and carriers now also have the support of Crime Stoppers, the public awareness and crime tip reporting program, in fighting cargo crime. The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has been raising awareness to the $5 billion problem and this month, Crime Stoppers of York Region marked International Crime Stoppers month by announcing their 2014 focus: fighting cargo theft.  (Source

'The heat is on': Saks vs Nordstrom turf war set to play out across Canada
The battle for retail supremacy in Canada has pitted the most elite U.S. chains against each other in Toronto and it is now poised to make its way across the country. The first skirmish played out in the city’s core this week with the announcement that Saks Fifth Avenue will move into the block south of Toronto’s famed Eaton Centre, while Nordstrom announced it is taking over Sears Canada’s old space in the north end of the mall. (Source

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Canadian Push 1-31-14
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