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Canadian Push 2-14-14

Canada's Minister of Finance vows to legislate away large gap between retail prices in Canada and the U.S.  Jim Flaherty is vowing to legislate away the often large gap between retail prices in Canada and the United States, but it is unclear how the government will manage to do it. “Canadians work hard and should not be gouged with higher prices simply because of where they live,” according to the budget document tabled Tuesday by the finance minister. He promised a new law to tackle so-called “country pricing” – the practice of manufacturers charging retailers higher prices in Canada than in the United States for identical products. Country-pricing schemes affect the cost of a wide array of consumer goods, from cars to tires to shoes to cookies. Canadian retailers have complained that suppliers often charge them 10 to 50 percent more as a result of "corporate agreements" that keep them from buying directly from U.S. distributors. (Source

Sobey’s to sell 30 Canadian stores for $391 million
Sobey’s Inc. has entered binding purchase and sale agreements with Overwaitea Food Group and Federated Co-operatives Limited that will see Sobeys sell 22 of the 23 stores it is required to divest as part of its consent agreement with the Competition Bureau related to its purchase of Canada Safeway. In addition, Sobeys has signed a binding letter of intent with Federated for the sale of its Price Chopper location in Winnipeg, which the company is also required to divest as part of its October consent agreement. (Source

Innisfail Mounties arrest Shopper’s Drug Mart pharmacist in alleged theft of prescription drugs  Mounties have arrested a female pharmacist for allegedly stealing thousands of prescription drugs and diluting pills later sold to customers. Innisfail RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk said they were called to investigate the case Tuesday after the owner of the local Shopper’s Drug Mart confronted and fired the pharmacist. Mounties said the pharmacist in question has worked at the local drug store for over two years and had previously been investigated by internal security personnel for irregular practices. “The practices involved the theft of narcotics, as well as, the creation of false entries into the computer in order to fill non-existent prescriptions,” said Mounties. Some of the illegal activities have been connected to another Shopper’s Drug Mart in Red Deer, where the suspect had worked some shifts in the past. Matechuk said the investigation to date has determined no organized crime connection. (Source

Edmonton, Alberta prisoner’s Kingsway Mall escape prompts review
An inmate sporting a bright orange jumpsuit was briefly on the loose in Kingsway Mall, in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014. Alberta Justice has launched a review into how an Edmonton Remand Centre inmate briefly escaped custody and fled to the Kingsway Mall earlier this week. But no immediate changes will be made to how prisoners are transported for medical appointments, officials said. The inmate was being escorted by two correctional peace officers to a medical appointment near the mall at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when he managed to escape while exiting the prisoner transport vehicle. He entered the mall and ran through Hudson's Bay before he was caught and restrained by Edmonton police officers who responded within minutes of the call. (Source

Syringe robbery part of new trend
Charlottetown Police are investigating an armed robbery overnight Tuesday at the Needs Convenience store on Euston Street. Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan said a woman entered the store shortly before 2 a.m. and threatened the clerk with a syringe. She then ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of money and headed down Weymouth Street. McGuigan said the threat of syringes in robberies is becoming more common. (Source

Harrow schools released from hold and secure, as police look for robber
Essex OPP has one person in custody and is searching for another after an alleged robbery at a pharmacy in Harrow. According to police, two men entered a pharmacy around 12:15 Thursday and demanded narcotics. Officers say one suspect was arrested a short time later, and a second is now being sought. The OPP canine unit is on scene to help with the search. According to the Greater Essex County District School Board, OPP requested Harrow District High School and Harrow Public School be put on a hold and secure. They have since been released. No injuries have been reported. (Source

Welland, Ontario Walmart theft suspects wanted  Two men are wanted by police in connection to the theft of electronic items from the Welland Walmart store. Niagara Regional Police said two men entered the electronics department at 102 Primeway Dr. at about 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, selected items and left the store without paying for the merchandise. Police have not indicated what was stolen. (Source

Armed robbery at Peoples Drug Mart in Chetwynd, British Columbia
The Chetwynd RCMP are investigating an armed robbery at the local drug store. At approximately 11:50 a.m., a robbery occurred at a local drug store on 51 street. An unknown suspect entered the business and proceeded to the pharmacy dispensing area. No injuries reported. (Source

Gun-toting robber arrested after falling from the roof of a portable toilet  Surveillance video shows the robber approach the counter and point a weapon at the clerk. The man then stuffed the items he demanded into a bag, spun around and ran out of the store. Several minutes later, officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Albert Road. A yellow Ford Mustang had crashed into two parked cars. The Mustang had extensive front-end damage. (Source

Canadian Push 2-14-14
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