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Canadian Push 11-20-15


Retail & hotels among Canada's safest employers
At a Toronto gala on October 28, members of the retail and hospitality industry were recognized as Canada's Safest Employers for 2015, a Thomson Reuters Awards program.

For the third year in a row, Morguard was honoured with a silver award in the retail and services category for its ongoing commitment to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) programs.

Canada Retail Sales Unexpectedly Drop in September
Canadian retail sales fell in September after four months of gains, adding to recent evidence that the country's budding economic recovery could be losing steam.

The value of Canadian retail sales fell 0.5% to a seasonally adjusted 43.31 billion Canadian dollars ($32.64 billion), the steepest month-over-month drop since January, Statistics Canada said Friday. The drop in September retail sales was partly due to lower gasoline prices. Consumer demand for new cars, clothing and furniture also weakened.

Saks Fifth Avenue to open two GTA stores
One store in Toronto Eaton Centre and the other at Sherway Gardens to open in February. A third Saks location in Canada, to open in 2017, is close to a deal, he added. A Saks OFF Fifth will open Spring of 2016 at Vaughan Mills. The two new Saks stores - 150,000 square feet at Sherway and 165,000 square feet downtown.

Canada's Most Expensive Retail Streets - Toronto's Bloor Street West
Most expensive - $325 per sq. ft.
Vancouver's Robson Street came in at second place with rents of $210 per square foot, annually. Montreal's Sainte Catherine Street West ranked third at $180 per square foot annually. Toronto's Queen Street West ranked fourth with rents of $110 per square foot annually. Calgary's 17th Avenue ranked fifth, with rents of about $50 per square foot. Edmonton's Whyte Avenue (82 Avenue) ranked sixth in the study, with rents of $43 per square foot annually annually.

Starbucks Canada targets youth unemployment with program
to hire at-risk young people
Starbucks Canada is expanding a program to address "a crisis" in youth unemployment by committing to hire 10 per cent of its work force from among the country's disadvantaged young people.

The Opportunity Youth program was launched as a pilot in Toronto in April. Starbucks will expand the program, starting in Montreal and Vancouver, and eventually reaching across Canada, employing 3,500 people between the ages of 16 and 24, who are not working, in school or in a training program.

There's a crisis on youth unemployment and there's a crisis on the hope that you can achieve that you can get started," Luisa Girotto, Starbucks Canada's vice-president of public affairs, said. "It's not enough to say we'll hire five, we'll hire ten. It's not about making a little dent."

13 grocers among first chosen to sell beer across Ontario - beer could go on sale at up to 60 locations by December

Sears Canada's downsizing deepens as it sells more real estate, including $100M distribution centre





Stoney Creek, Hamilton, ON: $20,000 in Lego stolen during overnight Burglary from Toys R Us
Hamilton Police are still piecing together clues after three thieves ran off with $20,000 in Lego from a Toys R Us in Stoney Creek last month. It happened on Oct. 25 at the Toys R Us at 540 Centennial Parkway N., Police say, when three people forced their way inside the store through a door before the location was open. Once inside, they grabbed a "large quantity" of Lego products from the shelves before taking off. The retail value of the stolen building block toys is over $20,000, police say.


Marystown, NF: Burglar gets away with $75K in jewelry from Stapleton's Jewellery in the Peninsula Mall
A lone suspect has targeted a jewelry store on the Burin Peninsula, cleaning out the place before leaving it in "pristine" condition. RCMP Sgt. Larry Turner said his officers were called early Monday morning to the Peninsula Mall in Marystown, where Stapleton's Jewellery and Gifts is located. 'You name it, it's all taken.'- Sgt. Larry Turner Turner said a lone suspect, dressed in black, entered the mall and headed directly for the jewelry store. The store was completed cleaned out, Turner said, with about $75,000 worth of merchandise stolen. The theft would have occurred sometime between 12:30 p.m. Sunday and early Monday morning.

Vernon: Vandals destroy holiday displays at a downtown store
Four people caused extensive damage to holiday displays, lighting and the roof of a downtown store earlier this week. On Nov. 15, around 9 p.m., two males and two females, who all appear to be youths, were caught on store video surveillance damaging the holiday displays Vernon Teach and Learn on 30th Avenue had put up, as well as lighting at the front of the store and the roof. One of the males had a distinctive striped bag slung across his chest, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says in a release.

Toronto: Police arrest 2 Hamilton men in 2014 jewelry store Armed Robbery
Toronto Police have arrested two Hamilton men accused of robbing a jewelry store in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue area on May 1, 2014. Nilan Mathias, 27, and Andrel Velvet, 21, appeared in court on Friday, Nov. 13. They are each facing a charge of robbery with a firearm and disguise with intent. Police say one suspect pointing the shotgun at people inside the store and ordered them to get on their knees. Police say the same suspect used the bottom of the gun to break the display cases while the other man removed the jewelry and placed it in a dark-coloured duffel bag.

West Vancouver: Horseshoe Bay Convenience store, Owner violently beaten during Robbery

Edmonton: Parkland Reddi Mart the victim of an Armed Robbery, suspect charged

Windsor: IDA Pharmacy robbed at knifepoint, video released by Police

Grande Prairie: Macs store held up at Knifepoint, employee was unharmed

Canadian Push 11-20-15
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