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Punjabi-origin councillor stops drug store opening in Canada
2020-09-18

BATHINDA: After people, led by a Punjabi-origin councillor, protested, the application for a proposed cannabis shop in Brampton , a city in Ontario province of Canada , has been rejected.The application has been removed from the official website of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).AGCO is a provincial regulatory agency that reports to the ministry of the attorney general , and is responsible for the cannabis, alcohol, gaming and horse racing sectors.When the application went into the public notice period from July 17 to August 1, to allow public feedback for opening of cannabis store in a residential neighbourhood with several schools and parks within walking distance, regional councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon opposed it.Dhillon also wrote to the attorney general of Ontario as well as encouraged residents who wish to object, to submit an online form against the cannabis retail store application.Those who opposed it also came together and organised a rally.Dhillon said, “This was an initiative undertaken and driven by the residents, and I commend their spirit of activism.This was not a debate on the legality of marijuana , however it was a debate on the appropriateness of the location, and I stood by my constituents.”Community spokesman Jasbir Singh Boparai said, “With four schools close by and the proposed location being in a residential neighbourhood, we wanted to protect our children and ensure the safety of our community.With the residents and the elected officials standing up, this application is no longer active.”



Ray-Ban Opens 1st Standalone Store in Canada
2020-09-13

Upscale sunglasses and eyewear brand Ray-Ban has opened its first standalone storefront in Canada at CF Toronto Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto.It marks a milestone for Ray-Ban which for years has been distributed in other retailers in Canada, and is one of a handful of international brands that will have entered the Canadian market by opening standalone stores in 2020.CF TORONTO EATON CENTRE LOCATION IS CANADA’S FIRST STANDALONE RAY-BAN STORE The CF Toronto Eaton Centre Ray-Ban store is located on the mall’s second level in a retail space measuring just over 650 square feet.The store features Ray-Ban’s signature red signage as well as a branded interior housing hundreds of pairs of sunglasses and frames.Until last week, Ray-Ban was only carried in Canada at multi-brand retailers.Ray-Ban’s direct-to-consumer move into standalone stores as well as a transactional Canadian website is a trend being seen by many other brands, some of which are pulling out of multi-brand retailers to open corporate stores.At the same time, given the limited number of corporate standalone Ray-Ban stores in the United States, multi-brand retailers are likely to be an important sales channel for Ray-Ban for years to come.



Attention Muggles: Canada’s biggest Harry Potter store is open in Pickering
2020-09-02

Canada’s biggest Harry Potter store recently opened at the Pickering Town Centre — and sold 1,000 wands on its first day.The 3,000 square foot Wizards Emporium is operated by York Durham Heritage Railway.Moving into retail has been nothing short of magical for the local organization, helping to pull the railway out of a financial slump brought on by the pandemic.Wizards Emporium is stocked with everything a devoted Harry Potter fan could want.Wizards Emporium will soon be the only store in Canada licensed to sell a special line of Hogwarts school clothing made in Scotland.Perks says there are plans to add an addition to the store to create a potions classroom.The York Durham Heritage Railway is hosting its annual Wizards Festival and Hallows Express Train ride from Oct. 2 to 4 in Uxbridge.



As Canada's Cup drought continues, a look at what's in store this off-season
2020-09-05

Six of the country's seven markets were part of the NHL's 24-team restart after the season was brought to a screeching halt by COVID-19 in March, but only the Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames survived the qualifying round.Montreal, the last Canadian franchise to capture the title all the way back in 1993, and Calgary subsequently bowed out in the first round, while Vancouver beat the defending champion St. Louis Blues before having its hopes dashed by Vegas.Without knowing when the 2020-21 campaign will begin because of the pandemic — the NHL would like to get rolling Dec. 1, but that could be overly optimistic — and a salary cap set to stay flat for the foreseeable future, The Canadian Press takes a look at what's facing clubs north of the 49th parallel in an unusual off-season.Interim coach Geoff Ward guided Calgary to victory over the Winnipeg Jets in the qualifying round before the team imploded against the Dallas Stars, allowing seven straight goals against after going up 3-0 in a decisive Game 6.The Oilers made strides in their first season under head coach Dave Tippett and GM Ken Holland, but it's clear a roster led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl still requires substantial upgrades.GM Pierre Dorion should be busy with only four NHL forwards currently on the roster, while there's another decision to make in goal with veteran Craig Anderson poised to hit free agency — if he doesn't retire — and Anders Nilsson only signed through 2021.The Leafs, who were ousted in the qualifying round by the Columbus Blue Jackets, made the off-season's first big move when GM Kyle Dubas traded winger Kasperi Kapanen to Pittsburgh as part of a package that included the No. 15 pick in the draft, a prospect and provided some much-needed salary cap space.



Pillsbury Canada introduces Safe to Eat Raw Cookie Dough, rolling out in stores nationwide
2020-09-08

Looking to take this one step further, Pillsbury has transitioned all refrigerated cookie dough products to be safe to eat raw with the same delicious baked flavour.Pillsbury's cookie dough is made with the highest manufacturing and ingredient standards, including heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs, so families can enjoy before and after baking.The trusted cookie dough recipe has not changed, but these small adjustments will empower fans of the brand to choose how they want to enjoy the product.Safe to Eat Raw Cookie Dough is the perfect treat for any occasion.As of today, consumers can find Pillsbury Canada's Safe to Eat Raw Cookie Dough nationwide in the refrigerated section wherever Pillsbury products are sold.Consumers must look for the 'safe to eat raw' label before consuming the product uncooked.All Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough products will be transitioned to 'safe to eat raw' by the end of 2020.



Anti-masker asked to leave Canadian fabric store filmed lashing out customers and staff
2020-09-18

A woman who was asked to leave a Canadian fabric store for not wearing a mask has been filmed lashing out at customers and staff.The anti-masker, identified as Jan Walsh but dubbed a 'Karen' by many online accounts, was shopping in the Calgary Fabricland store when she was told she needs a face covering.When told she isn't following policy, Walsh is heard saying 'I'm sick and tired of your sickened rules, alright?'She then proceeds to get into the face of a customer who was recording the unfolding incident.'I'm trying to protect you,' responds the customer.'I don't need protection from you,' Walsh responds before touching the person filming.'You're probably going to give it to me,' responds the customer.



'No reasoning with her': Anti-masker asked to leave Canadian fabric store lashes out
2020-09-18

A woman who was asked to leave a Canadian fabric store for not wearing a mask has been filmed lashing out at customers and staff.The anti-masker, identified as Jan Walsh but dubbed a 'Karen' by many online accounts, was shopping in the Calgary Fabricland store when she was told she needs a face covering.When told she isn't following policy, Walsh is heard saying 'I'm sick and tired of your sickened rules, alright?''I don't need protection from you,' Walsh responds before touching the person filming.Walsh goes on to say what she wants to happen if 'this thing' is proven to be a coax.Store manager Maddie Lemeistre said that Walsh didn't say anything about a medical condition that would exempt her from the mask bylaw when asked to leave, reports CTV News.Lemeistre explained that Fabricland has online and curb-side pickup options for people who are unable to wear a mask.



Shop Local Canadian Brands: September 2020
2020-09-16

The latest news on outstanding Canadian designers, artists and brands, from coast to coast.Stay dry this fall with Kamik Made in Canada with domestic and imported materials, Kamik’s Sienna Mid fall and winter boots will take you from work to the restaurant in style while keeping your feet warm and dry.Kamik is a Canadian company that’s based in Montreal and has sustainability at heart.Custom skincare is becoming increasingly trendy, and it’s finally avail- able in Canada thanks to Omy Cosmetics.On top of being vegan, hypoallergenic and natural, Omy’s skincare products are fully adapted to your skin.This article originally appeared in the October 2020 issue of ELLE Canada, available on newsstands across Canada and on Apple News+.The post Shop Local Canadian Brands: September 2020 appeared first on Elle Canada.



How the OVO Tokyo Flagship Store Is Bringing Canadian Street Style to Japan
2020-09-14

There is a row of cardboard boxes filled with unpurchased, mostly small- and medium-sized items, arranged tidily below the stairs on the bottom floor of Drake’s OVO flagship store in Tokyo.True to her statement, Hosakawa is wearing a larger fit, with a baggy black crewneck OVO sweater French tucked into her loose vintage jeans, and a pair of white Jordans.But where OVO is situated in the luxury hood of Aoyama, tucked down a narrow street between a 7-Eleven and a vintage jewelry store, is more of an upscale locale than some of the city’s livelier and more street-style oriented neighbourhoods like Harajuku, Shinjuku, or Roppongi, where you might find a bar or club actually playing hip-hop music for actual hip-hop fans.Designer Masamichi Katayama of WonderWall put the two-storey space together, and Drake’s friend and Canadian business partner Oliver El-Khatib hand-picked the location, intentionally positioning it within arm’s reach of the row of luxury retailers nearby but not too far from the city’s street style centres.These Japanese hipsters would have a field day in any of Canada’s many thrift stores, where items are a fraction of the price and that obscure and apparently cool Canadiana can be found on every rack.On the store’s second storey—the merch gets newer as you climb, with the latest products being rolled out on the top floor—there is a black and white rug in the silhouette of an owl, which Hosakawa says draws a lot of attention from Japanese customers.In the nearest subway station, a pair of young men in hoodies and baggy trousers folded to reveal the tops of bright white sneakers each carry a small OVO bag while they wait for the train.




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