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Canadian Push 12-18-15


Calgary Co-op seeks Loss Prevention Director - based in Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Co-op is currently seeking a Loss Prevention Director who will be dedicated to reducing inefficiencies in our business in an effort to protect our assets, our team members and maximize our profitability. With 24 newly renovated and redesigned food stores, 28 gas bars, 24 car washes, 2 home health centres and 8 travel locations across the greater Calgary area, Calgary Co-op is a member-owned retailer with over 440,000 members, 3,900 plus employees, assets of $519 million and annual sales over $1.2 billion.

Fewer 'unwanted guests' in Regina stores, but clampdown worries critics
Last year, police service received more than 3,000 complaints

A Regina police initiative aimed at cracking down on people causing problems in downtown stores appears to be getting results - although critics say it targets the underclass.

City police say they're getting 18 per cent fewer calls about drunks, shoplifters and other unruly or unwanted visitors after launching the program earlier this year. The idea is that businesses can use the province's trespassing law to keep anted people away.

The store has to fill out a form banning the person and give it to him and her. If the person keeps coming back, the police can be called and give the person a ticket.

Several people were at a meeting of the Regina Board of Police Commissioners to complain about the clampdown on what the city calls "unwanted guests".

This year under the new procedure, they've given out only 38 tickets. However, it's believed shop owners have been handing out many more forms banning the problem visitors. Those forms appear to be effective as far as discouraging repeat offenders goes, resulting in the 18 per cent reduction in calls, the police said. A six-month progress report on the program was submitted to the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday at its monthly meeting.

Canada Launches New Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)
Nine major Canadian companies, including the big telcos and some of the Big Five banks, along with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives on Friday announced they are forming the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), a non-profit organization that will allow firms to share information amongst themselves, government and research institutes about cyber attacks.

The effect of cyber crime on Canadian GDP is lower than in the U.S. (0.17 per cent versus 0.64 per cent), but the reason for this gap may be underreporting and a lack of data, according to a Fraser Institute report.

Ontario's New Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Certification
Training Standards Take Effect March 1, 2016
In the first in a possible series of industry-specific certification training opportunities for WSPS member firms, WSPS and Retail Council of Canada will offer courses on existing Certification Parts One and Two training in January and February 2016, as well as a later course on new training standards that take effect March 1, 2016.

"If you have joint health and safety committee members who require certification training, don't put it off," says Rodola Sibuma, a WSPS key account manager. Sibuma's advice applies to every workplace required to have a JHSC, not just those in the retail sector. Ministry of Labour inspectors typically check on compliance on certification training requirements during workplace visits and inspections.

Patrick Rodgerson, Retail Council of Canada's Manager of Member Programs and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), is a firm believer in certification training. "It's important that your committee understand not only its duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, but how it can help mitigate risk in the workplace," he says.

Under WSPS's agreement with Retail Council of Canada, WSPS will offer retail-specific Certification Training Parts One and Two courses starting January 27. These courses cover current training requirements. WSPS will also offer retail-specific certification training based on the incoming standards to RCC member firms after March 1, 2016.

Weak Canadian economy, low loonie expected to limit cross-border travel

List of Retailers Opening and Expanding in Canada: Part 1 and Part 2

Former mall security officer recounts experience of consumer racial profiling

'Isis' Clothing Store In Edmonton Plans Name Change After Threats



Halton Hills, ON: Police 'Project Holiday' busts a $4,000 ORC thief
at Toronto Premium Outlets
As a result of Halton Regional Police's Project Holiday enforcement, which includes targeting organized retail crime, a Toronto man faces several theft charges after being nabbed at Toronto Premium Outlets earlier this week. Plainclothes officers patrolling the outdoor mall shops observed a male suspect removing clothing from one of the stores without paying for it and placed the man under arrest. A search of the suspect's vehicle revealed that approximately $4,000 in stolen property.

Kelowna, BC: Hudson's Bay shoplifter busted; He would have got away if it wasn't for that meddling police helicopter
An unlucky thief was caught red-handed hiding in a doorway in Kelowna when a police helicopter that just happened to be passing by helped thwart his escape from Orchard Park Shopping Centre. Sometime after 3 p.m., Dec. 14, the loss prevention officers at Orchard Park Mall chased a man they believed was carrying a backpack full of stolen items from the Bay. When they were unable to catch him, they notified police who had some serious backup at their disposal. "It just so happens the helicopter was coming back from Big White," Cpl. Joe Duncan says. The man was located within 15 minutes of the helicopter arriving on scene.

Ottawa: Police seek man in 4 Pharmacy Robberies
Ottawa police have issued an arrest warrant for a man they say is behind four October pharmacy robberies. In each case, a man entered the pharmacy and showed a note demanding money and prescription drugs. Two of the robberies ended up with the suspect fleeing with a combination of drugs and cash.

Brantford: Second man arrested in Shoppers Drug Mart robbery
Brantford Police say a second person is in custody in Kitchener in connection with a recent pharmacy robbery. The Shoppers Drug Mart was robbed earlier this month. Surveillance footage released by police helped identify the man suspected of robbing the store, who was arrested days later in Cambridge. Inside the man's home, police found most of the drugs stolen during the robbery. A second person arrested at the home was later determined to have acted as a lookout during the robbery.

Waterloo Region: 32 Smash & Grabs: Kitchener man faces 78 charges
after break-in spree
Richard Wayne Haddock, 37, was arrested near his home on Dec. 10, the day after he allegedly went on a smash-and-grab spree in which five businesses in Kitchener and Waterloo were broken into within a two-hour period before dawn. There also was a break-in in Cambridge that same night. Waterloo Regional Police allege a man broke into 32 businesses in a six-week span from Oct. 28 to Dec. 9. Rocks and bricks were used to smash windows, police said. The value of property and money that was stolen is estimated at about $10,000 and damage to the businesses is estimated at about $40,000.

Stratford, ON: Police are investigating a $4 000 theft of groceries taken from Sobeys
Stratford Police are asking for the public's help after a theft from Sobeys. A woman entered the store, filled a shopping cart with items including meat, baby formula, chewing gum, and general merchandise. She then left the store without paying. A van was waiting for her outside the store with one other person inside. Police received the call shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday. The woman spent considerable time in the store and appeared calm and well organized. The estimated value of the goods taken is $4 000.

Paradise, NF: Royal Newfoundland Constabulary seek suspect in Convenience store Armed Robbery

Windsor, ON: Police investigating Monday evening Pharmacy Robbery

Canadian Push 12-18-15
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