PM Trudeau on reopening economy: 'It's not happening yet'
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message
for anyone clamoring for the economy to be reopened: "it's not happening yet."
prime minister made the comment during a press conference last week on the front
steps of Rideau Cottage. He explained that the government has to be "extremely
careful" with any steps it takes towards letting Canadians go back to their
offices and allowing non-essential businesses to reopen.
"It seems like over the past days, people have are talking about 'oh, we'll
re-open this. We'll do this. We'll reopen that.' It's not happening yet. If
we reopen too soon, everything we’re doing now might be for nothing,"
Trudeau warned, referring to the physical distancing measures now in place.
Canada United States border to be closed for another 30 days
Downtown Windsor convenience store owner frustrated by flagrant crime
'I feel really exhausted': Owner believes
crime level is worsening during pandemic
owner and operator of The Service Market at 480 University Ave. W., Lee
expressed frustration with the crime level in his store’s area — which he feels
is worsening under the COVID-19 pandemic conditions.
The Service Market’s latest incident happened on Monday around 5:30 a.m., when
the store wasn’t open. Exterior security cameras were recording as a hooded man
approached the store and threw a chunk of brick through a display window.
The flagrant thief then casually plucked his items of choice through the hole in
the window. His arms were filled with merchandise boxes by the time he walked
off. Lee said all the stolen items were cannabis accessories — several hundred
dollars’ worth. The damage to the store window added several hundred dollars
more to Lee’s losses.
“I feel really exhausted,” Lee said. “I’m the new owner, trying to make a
living, and I experience this kind of stuff.”
Lee said it’s the second time in a year that The Service Market has been the
victim of this kind of break-in theft, and at least the 33rd theft incident
at the store in general since he became owner.
What makes this latest crime particularly discouraging to Lee is that he
believes the culprit was at the store the previous night, unconcealed, checking
out what he was going to steal.
Thefts down at Edmonton liquor stores with ID scanners: Alcanna
liquor store thefts appear to be going down at locations with ID scanners, but
the company behind the initiative says more devices can’t be installed until a
privacy investigation is completed.
Alcanna, the company that owns various liquor stores including Wine and Beyond
as well as Nova Cannabis, announced in January a pilot program to curb a rise
in thefts by installing scanners outside of stores before patrons are allowed
According to the company, thefts have started to go down at the three stores
with scanners, with the hardest hit stores – Ace Liquor on 34 Street and
Liquor Depot on 137 Avenue – dropping from double-digit numbers to single
numbers in April.
After over 600 price-gouging complaints, B.C. introduces $2,000 fine during
solicitor general says the province will fine people $2,000 if they are found
to be selling items like masks at inflated prices, or are found to be
illegally selling other essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike Farnworth announced the new measure Sunday, saying he'd been made aware of
multiple complaints to Consumer Protection B.C.
"For example, an elderly, immunocompromised consumer paying 10 times the
regular price for some N-95 masks, or business owners looking to purchase
personal protective equipment for their workforces having to pay grossly
inflated prices," he said.
With demand for protective equipment like masks soaring around the world,
Farnworth was asked how enforcing agencies will determine whether a seller is
simply passing on a price increase from increased demand, or is actually
He said Consumer Protection B.C. would be monitoring those factors along with
the Retail Council of British Columbia.
'No Mask, No Service'
More Toronto grocery stores requiring customers to wear face masks
Requiring customers to wear masks is becoming a more common policy at an
increased number of Toronto supermarkets.
Public health officials have now stated that wearing a mask can legitimately cut
down on the transmission of COVID-19. However, the choice to wear one while out
doing everyday tasks like grocery shopping is still largely in the hands of
Some stores in Scarborough recently instated policies
banning the entry of customers not wearing masks. The latest
supermarket to adopt such a policy, Nations Experience, resides in the
The supermarket recently posted a
notice to its Facebook page informing customers they would not be allowed
in the store without wearing a face mask.
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John Ivison: The reality about food & drug shortages in Canada due to COVID-19
The government has focused on ensuring that Canadians have the means to
buy groceries, it has been slower at ensuring there is food on the shelves
food and drugs supply is secure, despite the COVID-19 crisis, the government
insists. There are no shortages or disruptions to production, importation or
export, says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on its website.
But, while shelves remain stocked, Ottawa is offering Canadians a rosier, more
partial picture than the facts warrant. The reality is that producers say
there is likely to be less meat available because of COVID-related
production plant closures.
The reality is pharmacies say they are facing restricted shipments of drugs
from wholesalers, in part because of an export ban on drugs in India, where
many pharmaceuticals are manufactured. The reality is a shortage of foreign
agricultural workers is likely to impact the availability of fresh produce.
The cumulative impact of straining supply chains could be food price inflation
as high as 15 per cent, according to one think-tank. While the government has
been focused on ensuring that Canadians have the means to buy groceries, it is
fair to say it has been slower at ensuring there is food on the shelves for them
“We’re a quiet army of disinfecters, spraying anything a customer might have
touched”: What its like to be a grocery store worker right now
"The store feels eerie now. We have a security guard at the door
limiting the number of people who can come in, the same way you would at a
nightclub, but obviously with a very different vibe. People wait almost an hour
to come inside, and they’re never laughing or talking.
Everyone is distant, physically and emotionally. Occasionally, things get tense.
I’ve seen a customer call another one out for taking too much of an item that
we’d put a two-item limit on. Other times, customers have accused others of
standing too close to them. I still see the odd group treating the pandemic like
it’s a holiday. A group of three or four teenagers who clearly don’t live
together will come in, or people will make three trips in one day to buy snacks.
Some customers are picking up all kinds of items, then putting them back when
they get to the tills. We’re so much more aware of how much everything gets
Statistics Canada for first time ever releases GDP data early — and it's the
worst on record
Canada’s economy shrank by nine per cent in March, according to a flash
estimate published by Statistics Canada on Wednesday. The decline, StatsCan
said, is the most severe since the series first began in 1961. March, as
a result would drag down growth for the entire first quarter to -2.6 per cent.
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Canadian Government Announces Rent Assistance for Small and Medium Sized
Financial pressures of COVID-19 force several Canadian small businesses to close
Amid Concerns of Infection, Bank of Canada Encourages Retailers in Canada to
1st National ‘TakeoutDay’ Launches to Support Foodservice Industry in Canada
Sobeys sees sales surge amid coronavirus outbreak
Sysco Canada goes direct to consumers with new online grocery service
Nova Scotia: Suspect fatally shot at gas station after his shooting rampage
left 18 dead
on Monday mourned the shocking rampage that left 18 dead in rural communities
across Nova Scotia, after a gunman disguised as a police officer opened fire
on people hunkered down in their homes, setting houses ablaze in the deadliest
mass shooting in the country’s history. Officials said the suspect, identified
as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, was also among the dead in the weekend attack.
Police did not provide a motive for the killings.
Police initially said Wortman had been arrested Sunday at a gas station in
Enfield, outside Halifax, but later said he had died. It was not clear how,
and they did not provide further details, although one police official said
that there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police at one
(Update) Winnipeg, MB: Parents grieve after 16-year-old daughter fatally shot by
police following liquor store robbery
Police shot Hudson's daughter Eishia on Wednesday night at the intersection of
Lagimodiere Boulevard and Fermor Avenue, following what they said was a "full
blown pursuit" that started after police said a group of teens robbed the Liquor
Mart in Winnipeg's Sage Creek neighbourhood. Police said the vehicle, which
had been stolen a day prior and used initially in a robbery at another city
Liquor Mart Wednesday morning, collided with multiple other vehicles. Four other
teens — 15 and 16 years old — were arrested and charged with multiple offences.
Toronto, ON: Pair facing several charges after stealing hockey bags of liquor
Two people are facing a combined 27 charges after they allegedly stole
liquor from multiple LCBOs using large hockey equipment bags. Police say that
between Monday, March 16 and Friday, April 3, three retail store robberies
and two retail store thefts took place at LCBO locations across the GTA.
It is alleged that a man and woman entered the LCBO stores and took numerous
bottles of liquor off the shelves. They reportedly filled the hockey equipment
bags, which they had brought with them, with the booze. The man was
reportedly armed with a large knife that he waved around and threatened store
employees with. They also report that in one incident, a store security
officer’s hand was cut.
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Robberies & Burglaries
LCBO - Toronto, ON - Armed Robbery (3x)