Retail sales rose for fourth straight month in October
Statistics Canada says retail sales edged up 0.7 per cent to
$39.4 billion in October, the fourth straight monthly
increase. Food and beverage, clothing and accessories and
general merchandise merchants also reported higher sales for
the month. However, sales at furniture and home furnishings
stores and electronics and appliance stores were down.
October sales rose in six provinces, led by Quebec.
Boxing Day Canada's Black Friday: 62% of Canadians
expect to shop Dec. 26
A new study says men are more likely than women
to hit the stores on this country's biggest shopping day
of the year — Boxing Day. Alberta, Atlantic Canada and
Ontario were expected to see the most spending activity
on Boxing Day — 76, 72 and 69 per cent respectively.
"Boxing Day is treated by many as a shopping holiday in
Canada and is as big as Black Friday in the U.S.."
arrested and five being sought in $30M Maple Syrup
heist in Quebec
The theft happened
between July 2011 and August 2012. Two-thirds of the 10 million
pounds of maple syrup was recovered. Police said Tuesday
that they had seized vehicles that were used to
transport the stolen sticky stuff as well as carts,
lifts, scales and kettles. They said their investigation
of the thefts covered the provinces of Quebec, New
Brunswick and Ontario as well as the northern United
States. Almost 300 people were interviewed as part of
the investigation, police said. As much as 80% of the
world's maple syrup comes from Quebec, the federation
In $18 Million Theft, Victim Was a Canadian Maple Syrup
It was an inside job of sorts. Thieves
with access to a warehouse and a careful plan loaded up
trucks and, over time, made off with $18 million of a
valuable commodity. The question is what was more unusual:
that the commodity in question was maple syrup, or that it
came from something called the global strategic maple syrup
reserve, run by what amounts to a Canadian cartel. Both the
size and the international scope of the theft underscore
Quebec’s outsize position in the maple syrup industry.
Depending on the year, the province can produce more than
three-quarters of the world’s supply. And its marketing
organization appears to have taken some tips from the
producers of another valuable liquid commodity when it comes
to exploiting market dominance. It's like OPEC with the
ability to adjust the quantity and price.
Saskatoon Armed Robbery of a video store has police
searching for the suspect.
The man entered the Video Store, picked up a few items
then pulled a gun on the cashier demanding all the money
in the register. Police have video and a good
description to go on, the investigation continues.
Vancouver Security Partners' Forum
Emerging Security Trends: Cybersecurity,
Social Media and PIPA
Monday January 28th, 2013,
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hilton Metrotown 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby, BC
PIABC is sponsoring a one day
conference in cooperation with the Greater
Vancouver Security Partners Forum (GVSPF).
The speakers are:
Honorable Howard A. Schmidt, CISSP, CSSLP
Former Special Assistant to the President and
Cybersecurity Coordinator. Former Chief Security
Strategist for eBay Inc.
Information and Privacy Commissioner for British
Bill Daniel, CPP
25 year Security Professional; ASIS
International Canadian Pacific Chapter 190 Chair
for 2013 and member of the Editorial Advisory
Board Member for SP&T Magazine
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