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Canadian Push 3-6-15

Target Canada's $1.9-billion debt under court review - sale of 11 sites approved
The sale of 11 Target Canada properties was approved in Ontario Superior Court on Thursday but the fate of the $1.9 billion payment the deal was supposed to trigger remains unresolved. "We absolutely intend to challenge that $1.9 billion payment and claim," said Lou Brzezinski, a lawyer at Blaney McMurtry LLP. Brzezinski represents five suppliers owed approximately $10 million. Under terms of an agreement between Target Canada and a related company called Target Canada Property LLC (Target Propco), the early termination of leases was to trigger a $1.9 billion payment from Target Canada to Target Propco.

Retailers reap rewards after Target's failed Canadian expansion
Major retailers that fortified their businesses to help fend off the Target Canada invasion are now enjoying the fruits of their labour. Loblaw Cos. Ltd. and Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. posted strong fourth-quarter results last week, reflecting efforts to shore up their operations in recent years. A week earlier, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. reported higher fourth-quarter sales, reaping the rewards of initiatives such as rapidly expanding its grocery business. When Target Corp. announced plans to expand to Canada four years ago, retailers here bulked up on acquisitions and other strategic investments to help fight off the big U.S. chain. Now, as Target prepares to leave Canada, unable to see a path to profit before 2021, its rivals here are enjoying some record results. Retailers such as Canadian Tire said Target ultimately didn't cut into their businesses much, and the discount retailer's current going-out-of-business sales aren't having a big effect either. Target "didn't have a material impact before" on Canadian Tire, chief executive officer Michael Medline said Thursday, and "they are not going to have a material impact coming out."

Montreal considers ban on plastic shopping bags
The city will hold a public consultation in May on whether to ban the thin plastic bags used to pack purchases at groceries and other retail stores in Montreal. Several cities in the United States have banned plastic store bags, and California has become the first U.S. state to do so. Similarly, the European Union has passed legislation that obliges member states to reduce the use of thin plastic bags by 50 per cent by 2019 and by 80 per cent by 2025.

22 retailers looking to expand in Canada

Loblaw looking at a number of Target store locations

American footwear brand Rockport opening 5 new stores in Canada

Nordstrom takes cautious approach to Canada, launching only its 2nd store

Chapters Bookstore locations will be re-branded as Indigo

Retail Fast Facts: February 2015
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 4.6 per cent over the comparable month last year.
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 5.4 per cent over the comparable month last year.

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Coquitlam RCMP bust sophisticated theft, fraud ring - a "counterfeit credit card factory"  Coquitlam RCMP has shut down what they believe to be a "sophisticated counterfeit credit card factory." Today, police displayed hundreds of pieces of stolen mail and identification including credit cards, passports and drivers' licenses. Police allege the accused, 45-year-old Alvin Chand, was stealing mail from across the Lower Mainland and selling it. Chand was already known to police when he was charged and later pled guilty to a series of criminal charges related to stealing or forging credit cards in 2013. He was sentenced to one year in custody and one year of probation. Among the credit cards and mail found, police also seized a loaded handgun, $10,000 cash, stolen property from around the Lower Mainland, drugs, high-end specialty tools and a host of weapons. Grimmer said they also found more than 700 pieces of stolen mail and more than 300 pieces of ID. Some of the items were stolen from as far away as Prince George.

Security guard could face charges for Toronto McDonald's shooting
As police investigate last weekend's shooting that left two men dead at a Danforth Avenue McDonald's, they must grapple with a key question: did the off-duty security guard have a legitimate reason to believe his life was in danger when he opened fire? "There's no doubt that he's a killer," criminal lawyer David Butt says of the security guard who shot the men. "The question is whether he's a murderer."

Suspects in alleged Valentine's Day Halifax mall shooting plot to appear in court
Two young people accused of plotting to open fire on shoppers in a Halifax mall are expected to return to court today. Twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Kanittha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax were charged last month with conspiracy to commit murder. Police allege the pair had planned to commit mass murder at the Halifax Shopping Centre on Valentine's Day.

Police shut down Mic Mac Mall after threat, later release three suspects

Shot fired during robbery of King Edward Avenue store, police say

Police and RCMP working to ensure West Edmonton Mall is a safe place

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