Category Archives: Retail

Malls gathered facial images of five million shoppers without consent: watchdogs

OTTAWA — Five million images of peoples' faces were collected through digital information kiosks in 12 malls across Canada without the knowledge or consent of the shoppers, privacy watchdogs say. An investigation by the federal, Alberta and B.C. privac...

Montreal banking on free parking, entertainment to lure holiday shoppers downtown

Montreal's mayor says she hopes her $6-million plan that includes free parking and longer store operating hours will be enough to lure holiday shoppers to the city's hard-hit downtown. Valerie Plante said today many retailers are facing permanent closu...

Halifax police cleared of wrongdoing in high-profile case of alleged racial profiling

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's police watchdog has cleared two officers of wrongdoing following their violent arrest of a Black woman who later alleged she was a victim of racial profiling. The Serious Incident Response Team released a report today saying the...

Iqaluit city council green-lights Nunavut’s first retail pot shop

Iqaluit city council is giving the go-ahead for Nunavut's first retail pot shop. Councilors in the territorial capital voted this week to recommend a cannabis store located near downtown, pending approval of a development permit. The council's motion r...

Statistics Canada preps new online inflation tool to better detail price impacts

OTTAWA — The national statistics agency is readying a new online tool to help Canadians track the impact of price changes on their spending during the pandemic. Statistics Canada already has a visualization tool that allows users to see the changes

Drugstores ramp up COVID-19 testing as part of health-care push amid pandemic

Bolstered by early successes, drugstores are accelerating their push into traditional health care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Loblaw Companies Ltd., which began offering COVID-19 testing for patients at a handful of its Alberta pharmacy locations in Ju...

Quebec makes masks mandatory in public indoor spaces starting Saturday

MONTREAL — Quebec has become the first Canadian province to make mask-wearing mandatory in all indoor public places for people aged 12 years and older. Premier Francois Legault said the new directive enters into effec...

Ontario anticipates Stage 3 of its pandemic plan as concerns rise in Quebec

A lot of businesses across Ontario are eagerly awaiting an announcement today from the provincial government. With recent data indicating a gradual but steady decline in Ontario's COVID-19 caseload Premier Doug Ford is expected to unveil the next ...

Cannabis NB reports higher sales and profits in first quarter figures

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's government-owned cannabis retailer is reporting a profit of 1.4 million dollars during its first quarter this fiscal year. Cannabis NB says total sales for the three-month period ending June 28 were 16.3 million dollars — ...

Unions tell MPs that grocery workers should still have pandemic pay

OTTAWA — Union leaders who represent thousands of grocery-store workers are telling MPs there is no reason for large chains to cut pandemic-related pay premiums since the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't gone away. Representatives from Teamsters Canada, the Un...