100 cases in Canada - B.C. reports first death
Canada releases coronavirus guidelines on when to cancel major events
The Public Health Agency of Canada has posted guidelines aimed at helping
event planners figure out whether to cancel mass gatherings of people as the
federal government works to quell the potential spread of the novel
coronavirus. The next best thing to stopping the virus completely is to slow it
down, public health officials have said, and try to delay widespread community
transmission as long as possible to ease the burden on the health-care system.
newly released federal guidelines urge organizers to assess risk,
highlighting factors like the ages of the attendees, given the virus hits older
populations hardest, and whether they are likely to be arriving from regions
that have been impacted by COVID-19.
They also offer ways to reduce the risk without cancelling the event
altogether, such as by limiting the number of people who attend, staggering
arrivals and departures, making more hand-washing stations available, or even
live-streaming activities online.
But they don't dictate whether certain types of events should be shut down, and
under what conditions. Rather, they're intended to help event planners,
municipalities, provinces and territories make informed decisions.
Exclusive: Millions of masks stockpiled in Canada's Ontario expired before
Millions of face masks stockpiled by Ontario in the aftermath of the SARS
outbreak to protect healthcare workers during a future epidemic have
expired, according to provincial officials and documents, raising
questions about the readiness of Canada’s most populous province to deal
with the spreading coronavirus.
Thirteen years ago, Ontario stockpiled some 55 million N95 masks and other
medical equipment after the province bore the brunt of the SARS epidemic in
Canada in 2002 and 2003. But provincial officials have confirmed that the masks
in the stockpile have passed their expiration date and sidestepped questions
about how many masks, including expired ones, remain.
Public health officials have said masks may be less effective beyond the
expiration date determined by the manufacturer. The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) in the past has recommended use of expired masks
only under “crisis” shortage situations.
Canadian supply chains scramble to avoid coronavirus shutdowns
North American manufacturers and retailers haven't yet experienced widespread
disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak. But contingency plans are in
effect for industries that use Chinese suppliers — which, these days, means
a lot of different businesses. China was Canada's second biggest source of
imports in 2019, trailing far behind the U.S. (which supplies half of what
Canada buys) but supplying more than double the imports from Mexico or any
European or Asian country. And a lot of those American products are made with
Chinese supplies, too.
Many businesses that rely on Chinese suppliers know to stock up before the
holiday, so serious shortages in Canada may not emerge until later this month
or next. On the other hand, recent disruptions in Canadian rail shipping
may already have forced some facilities to dip into their reserves.
COVID-19: B.C. announces Canada’s first coronavirus death
Number of Canadian coronavirus cases approaches 100; most in British Columbia &
Coronavirus could infect 35 to 70 per cent of Canadians, experts say
Coronavirus: Starbucks halting use of personal, in-store cups in U.S. and Canada
Meth supply, organized crime focus of Pan-Canadian group tackling rural crime
Rural crime ’carnage’ continues to grow,
says Alberta justice minister
syndicates believed to be behind methamphetamine-fuelled crime sprees are
the focus of a pan-Canadian working group struck to develop a national strategy
to combat rural crime, Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says. Canada's
deputy ministers of justice and public safety, who had their first call on Feb.
27, are also looking at stiffer sentences for offenders, Schweitzer told CBC in
an interview Monday.
The group, co-chaired by Schweitzer and federal Public Safety Minister Bill
Blair, was formed after Alberta Justice forced the issue of rural crime onto the
agenda at a ministers' meeting in January and proposed a national strategy.
Criminals on a "meth-bender" go from community to community stealing more
and more property to "fuel their next hit," Schweitzer said.
"And we're seeing that type of carnage continue to grow," he said. "It's really
making sure that we have the ability to go after organized crime, which is
preying on people that have addictions to meth and other drugs and make sure we
get it off the streets. The group aims to finalize a strategy to be tabled by
Schweitzer and Blair at the next ministers' meeting this fall.
Changes have included laying out plans to hire hundreds of new RCMP officers,
amendments to legislation preventing offenders from suing landowners, adding
4,000 new drug treatment beds and expanding the drug treatment court
Police double up downtown Winnipeg foot patrol
Response to spike in liquor thefts,
The number of officers walking the street beat in downtown Winnipeg has been
stepped up significantly as police aim to make people feel safer in the city's
core. The additional officers come from a staffing shuffle that started last
fall when the city was dealing with a spike in crime. The number of liquor store
thefts was soaring as was the number of homicides, which hit a record-setting 44
by the end of the year.
Hamilton police launch new platform for reporting hate crimes online
Service heard 'loud and clear' that people
want a way to report
without visiting a station
crime in Hamilton is not acceptable. Left unchecked, we know hate crime can have
a far reaching impact on communities," stated Deputy Chief Frank Bergen in a
media release. "This new online reporting system is a way anyone can report a
hate/bias incident and ensure appropriate resources are assigned to make our
A total of 92 hate and bias incidents — including both suspect
occurrences and criminal offences — were reported to police last year, according
to the service. Most of those incidents were related to religion, racial bias or
sexual orientation. Police say the Black, Jewish and LGBTQ communities were
the groups that were targeted most frequently.
Northwest business owners fed up with repeated crime
Pharmacist robbed at gunpoint wants to start support group for his peers
Canadian Security Roundtable
Cannabis security experts share best practices on industry direction
On January 22, Canadian Security magazine hosted the Cannabis Security
Roundtable at its office in Toronto, Ont. The thought leadership event brought
together security experts to discuss, debate and share their subject-matter
expertise on how licensed producers, retailers and other cannabis-related
businesses in Canada can protect their facilities, assets, staff, customers and
by GardaWorld, Pivot3,
Johnson Controls Inc.,
and Raytec Systems Inc., roundtable participants included:
● Paul Baziuk,
Johnson Controls Inc.
● Ken Doige, CannTrust
● Charles Ethier, GardaWorld
● David Hyde, Hyde Advisory
● Mike Jamieson, Raytec Systems Inc.
● Dave Scott, Pivot3
● Brandon Smith, Canopy Growth Corp
● Mike Soberal, Aurora Cannabis
Click here to view the whitepaper, videos and Q&A articles produced from
Canadian Security's Cannabis Roundtable
Q&A: Paul Baziuk, senior account executive, Johnson
Controls discusses what types of solutions Johnson Controls provides the
cannabis market in Canada
Staffing Shortages Remains a Significant Challenge for Retailers in Canada
Some stores and malls are forced to close
early - or not open at all
As it stands, the Canadian retail market is struggling to find available and
efficient talent to drive sales. Today the number of available jobs vastly
exceeds the number of job seekers, proving that the situation is chronic and
somewhat of an emergency as Canada is hit with a 40-year low of available and
recent IDC/Telus study conducted last year shows that
47 percent of all
retailers say staffing is a significant problem, higher than 44 percent across
other industries. This dwindling talent pool is decreasing foot traffic and in
turn greatly sabotaging sales.
Brick and mortar stores rely on the provision of exceptional customer service
and educated sales associates. The retail industry is part of the service
industry and brands are struggling to provide adequate service with the calibre
of talent available to them, meaning many are failing in their field and no
wonder ecommence is thriving.
Retailers and brands can pump investments into every other area of business, but
without appropriate employment they run the risk of failing. Retail has to
recreate its entire employment programs.
Studies have shown that some stores are so understaffed that they are unable
to adhere posted open times and are being forced to close early or sometimes
close for days at a time. This is happening in both neighbourhood retail and
major malls. Budgets for recruiting ads are sky-rocketing with lower-than-ever
returns as retailers are at a loss as to how to entice new talent.
Why so many Metro Vancouver retail spaces are closing up shop
'Property taxes are the deal killer'
shuttered its outlet at Kitsilano Beach in January and at 18 other Metro
locations in the past year, part of a retail trend that has seen 73,443
square feet of Metro Vancouver retail space close in the second half of 2019.
The retail bricks-and-mortar cutbacks have been forecast for some time, but the
latest data throws the speculation into stark relief.
Regional malls in Metro Vancouver lost 48,878 square feet of space and
community malls shed 21,682 square feet of stores in the six months ending Dec.
31, according to commercial real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield.
Streetfront stores are also closing in shopping strolls such as Robson Street,
Alberni Street and South Granville, said Patrick Bourne, retail analyst at
Cushman & Wakefield in Vancouver, but this data was not included in the survey.
Vacant storefronts are appearing across Vancouver, often tied to the
triple-net lease rates that require retail tenants to pay property taxes based
on escalating land values. An informal survey by the Vancouver Courier found
25 for-lease signs on former retail outlets along a 10-block section of South
Granville last fall.
Didier Facchin, who owns the Figaro Café + Bakery on West 10th Avenue in
Vancouver, said property taxes are the deal killer.
Nygard Companies Trying to Restructure and Get Financial Support
Still reeling from allegations of rape and sex
trafficking against apparel magnate Peter Nygard, the Nygard Group of
Companies filed a notice of intention to file a proposal pursuant to the
Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Tuesday night. A statement issued by a
company spokesman stated the decision to restructure and seek financial
support was done in order “to protect the livelihood of thousands of dedicated
employees,” as well as retail customers, vendors and suppliers.
Fifty-five per cent of Canadians admit to having shared their PIN or security
with family or friends
Louis Garneau Sports to file for bankruptcy protection
Spiritleaf on track to open 46 stores countrywide
Outerwear retailer Arc’teryx expands safely, smartly
Ontario received 450 cannabis store applications on March 2
Businesses & shoppers want stores open on stat holidays, but employees would
rather not work them
Hamilton, ON: 2 dead, 2 injured after early morning shooting
man walked into a bar and fired multiple shots, killing two people and wounding
two others early Sunday morning at the Urban Lounge on Barton Street East and
Chestnut Avenue according to Hamilton police. Detectives say they are in the
early stages of investigating the city's third and fourth fatal shootings of the
year. Officers were called to the lounge, which is in the basement of Sam's
Hotel and Tavern, shortly after 5 a.m. Police believe this man walked in to
the bar and started firing shots. When first responders arrived, they found
three men and a woman wounded at the scene before rushing all of them to
hospital. A 39-year-old man was pronounced dead on arrival and a 25-year-old
woman died later in the morning at roughly 8 a.m. Hamilton police said the
bullets fired at Urban Lounge on Sunday were
likely meant to only hit one person — instead, they hit four and now two
Toronto police arrest 15-year-old in 10-store armed robbery spree
Toronto police have arrested a 15-year-old after he allegedly robbed 10
stores across the city in the span of three months. In each robbery, between
Dec. 4 and March 4, police say the suspect wore a disguise and was armed with
a knife. “He made demands for money and products and threatened to stab
the employees if they did not cooperate,” police alleged in a news release.
The accused allegedly took cash and liquor before leaving, police say. The teen
faces numerous charges including 10 counts of robbery with a weapon. He cannot
be named because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Edmonton, AB: Crime wave on Jasper Avenue, multiple businesses
targeted by robber
Several businesses on Jasper Avenue have reported break-ins over the last few
weeks, and the owners wonder if the crimes are connected. They've already
identified a number of similarities between the robberies. In all cases,
locks and metal doors were breached. Surveillance cameras were torn off walls
and alarms were unplugged. But one other common theme has owners wondering
if the same person is responsible for all of it, with images of the break-ins
were still captured on all of their surveillance systems.
Saskatoon, SK: Police investigate shooting near busy shopping area
6 arrested following multiple armed robberies in Etobicoke, Yorkdale mall
Prince George, BC: RCMP seeing 8 percent spike in calls for service
Robberies & Burglaries
C-Store - Toronto, ON - Robbery/Counterfeit
C-Store - Sarnia, ON - Armed Robbery
Grocery Store - Brampton, ON - Robbery
Pharmacy - Toronto, ON - Robbery (3x)
Unnamed Store - Guelph, ON - Armed Robbery (2x)