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Canadian Push 2-28-14

Tim Hortons Inc, the biggest quick-serve restaurant chain in Canada, to open 500 new stores in Canada, 300 in U.S. 

Canadians must remain on guard against fraud, identity theft: Canada survey
A national survey conducted for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) reveals that many Canadians are fighting back against scammers by protecting themselves against fraud and identity theft. • 72% said they always shred their banking and credit card statements. • 68% stated they are very uncomfortable giving out personal or financial information through email. • 59% stated they always cover the keypad when entering their PIN at a retailer or a bank machine. • 60% said they always check to confirm the shopping websites they use are encrypted when purchasing products online. (Source

Retail Fast Facts: February 2014

Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.1% over the comparable month last year.
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 0.3% over the comparable month last year. Read more (Source

North Edmonton Mall evacuated after suspicious package left inside bank  Londonderry Mall was evacuated Thursday evening, after police say a suspicious package was left at a bank during a robbery. Police were called to the north Edmonton mall just after 6:00 p.m. after an attempted robbery at the Bank of Montreal on the east side of the mall. The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) says the Tactical Unit was called in after a suspicious package was left behind by the suspect. “Inside the bank there was a demand for some money. He left the bank and a device was left inside the bank,” said Inspector Ed McIsaac with the EPS. The mall was evacuated and closed for the night. Police say it’s not known if the suspect got away with any money. Isaac says mall security did an excellent job dealing with the situation. “Because of the time of day, 6:00 p.m., the mall was pretty active,” he said. “Security at the mall did an outstanding job of working with us, removing the people, gathering the witnesses, gathering the complainants and centralizing everybody to assist the investigation.” (Source

Toronto woman locked inside The Bay tweets her experience  Emily Keeler, a writer and editor, found herself locked inside the Bay Wednesday evening and live-tweeted her attempts to get out, including a Twitter appeal to a Hudson's Bay Co. executive. Keeler’s first twitter for help began at 7:54, she posted a picture of a back door exit that someone suggested she should try. It was locked and she began to panic. Toronto Police Const. Victor Kwong confirmed that a call was made by a woman to non-emergency police dispatch at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday about being stuck in the store. The Hudson’s Bay Company has not responded to a request for comment. (Source

Armed robbery suspects arrested after standoff at Fredericton hotel  Two suspects in an armed robbery of a Fredericton drug store on Monday have been arrested following a standoff at an uptown hotel. A lone person carrying an undisclosed weapon entered the Pharmasave at 640 Prospect St., at about 10:55 a.m. and "made demands". The suspect obtained undisclosed items and fled the scene. No one was injured. (Source

Second Smash and Grab gun theft in Bonnyville, AB in a week  Bonnyville, AB RCMP are on the lookout for two suspects involved in a robbery at Sylvestre’s Source for Sports this past weekend that saw several long-barreled rifles stolen the second time guns have been stolen in the region in less than a week. According to an RCMP press release, at approximately 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, two male suspects used a stolen truck to ram through the front doors of the store in Bonnyville. The individuals entered the store and loaded between 10 and 15 long-barreled rifles into the vehicle before fleeing the scene. (Source

Peoples Jewellers thief pleads guilty to $3200 theft in Prince Edwards, NS
A Charlottetown man was sentenced to 14 days in jail after pleading guilty Thursday in Summerside provincial court to a charge of theft. Leigh William Misener, 25, pleaded guilty in connection to the theft of a men’s necklace from Peoples Jewellers at the County Fair Mall on Nov. 8. (Source

Thunder Bay RCMP Warning Public over Counterfeit Goods

Man in ski mask attempts to steal, open ATM from a Foodland store in Whitbourne, Newfoundland 

South-Barrie grocery apprehends 3 shoplifters

Canadian Push 2-28-14
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