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COVID-19 vaccines won’t ship to Canada until they are approved for use here

OTTAWA—Canada will not receive any of the millions of prepurchased vaccine doses the federal government has ordered unless and until Health Canada approves the vaccine’s safety, says the minister in charge of vaccine purchase contracts.And even if the federal independent regulators swiftly approve any of the three vaccine candidates they are currently reviewing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that Canada will likely be behind countries like the U.S., Germany and Britain “and others” where those vaccine manufacturers are based.He said the federal government secured the “best portfolio” of potential vaccines in the world that could potentially supply more vaccines per capita to Canada, than any other country.It was an answer Trudeau later repeated to the Commons, when the opposition leaders pressed the government on its plan, with Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole demanding to know why Canada is “at the end of the lineup” for vaccines.Last week, Health Canada told a committee that Ottawa could receive up to six million vaccines by Mar. 31: four million of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which ships and stores at “ultra-frozen” temperatures around -80 C, and two million of Moderna’s vaccine, which ships at -20 C but can be stored for up to 30 days at 2 C to 8 C. That’s enough to immunize three million Canadians with a two-dose vaccine, which both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s are.Trudeau said his government recognized the “challenges” of getting vaccines to Canada, the fact that not all will prove effective, and the fact that domestic vaccine production in Canada was lost several decades ago.The purchase order included 26 ultracold (-80 C) freezers and 100 that can store vaccines at -20 C. Michelle Rempel Garner, the Conservative health critic, blasted the Trudeau government, saying domestic vaccine production gaps have been known since the 2009 H1N1 epidemic.

The Christmas retail rush has kicked in early in Atlantic Canada amid COVID-19

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to climb in Atlantic Canada and across the country, the Christmas shopping rush has kicked in early.According to the Retail Council of Canada, one quarter of Canadians had already started Christmas shopping back in October.Jim Cormier, the Retail Council of Canada’s Atlantic Director, said the council has launched a “shop early shop safe” campaign encouraging people to spread out their shopping over a longer period to avoid the last-minute rush and long line ups as an added safety precaution amid the pandemic.“We encourage people to do some of your research at home that way when you do come into a brick and mortar store if you choose to do so when you come in you know what you are looking for and you can pick up that item and leave in a more timely manner,” said Cormier Story continues below MacNeill of Moncton started her shopping early to avoid the rush and she said she is worried that her shopping plans might get shut down altogether if retail stores are forced to shut down amid an outbreak.Steve Clarke, who owns Gifts Galore retail gift shop in Moncton, said he’s never seen people shop this early and people have been coming in with wish lists since September.They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

November has been much milder than normal. Here's what's in store for winter

“Sea surface temperatures are one degree below normal.The risk of this kind of winter is more freezing rain than normal — and freezing rain is always a risk in the Ottawa Valley, where one or two degrees can make a difference, said Phillips.There were 14 La Niña winters between the 1950s and 1980s, and 10 were colder than normal and five were warmer than normal, said Phillips.In the past 30 years, there were 10 La Niña winters, and six were warmer and four were colder.Environment Canada won’t release its long-range winter forecast until Dec. 1, but the forecast for December is for weather that is warmer and more dry than normal.As for other weather prognosticators, the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, which has been making extended weather forecasts since 1818, predicts near-normal temperatures will predominate across Quebec west to central Ontario.“In these areas, Mother Nature will mix intervals of unseasonably mild temperatures with periodic shots of bitter cold; average it out and it comes out normal.”

Online shopping set to hit record this year in Canada

nbsp;With online sales set to hit record highs this year, Statistics Canada says that wholesalers, rather than retailers, have benefited most from the trend toward online shopping.Statistics Canada says billion of Canada?s 5 billion in online sales last year went to wholesalers, while transportation and warehousing companies got billion, manufacturing was worth billion, and retailers grossed billion.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press Online sales are set to hit a record this year in Canada, Statistics Canada said on Monday, amid limits on in-person shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.The data comes as Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, and neighbouring Peel Region entered a lockdown ahead of the key holiday shopping season, limiting non-essential retailers to curbside pickup an online sales.Up until last year, online sales represented about eight per cent of revenue for Canadian businesses with five or more employees, Statistics Canada said in the report.As of 2019, 39 per cent of large businesses had online sales in Canada, compared with 23 per cent of small businesses, the report said.Wholesalers contributed billion toward total online sales last year, while transportation and warehousing represented billion, manufacturing was worth billion, and retailers grossed billion.Story continues below advertisement While one in four Canadian businesses had some online sales in 2019, Statistics Canada said goods sold in retail stores were often bought in bulk online from higher in the supply chain, meaning that the majority of online sales across the country were business-to-business.

eBay Canada Celebrates Ecommerce Excellence with 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

In a year of economic adversity, annual awards program recognizes Canadian small retailers for their exceptional achievements in online entrepreneurship Last quarter alone, Canadian SMBs saw more than 40 per cent growth in sales on eBay TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2020 /CNW/ - Today, eBay Canada announced the winners of its 16th annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, honouring Canadian entrepreneurs using eBay's global marketplace to build and scale their thriving businesses.'Every year, eBay's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards showcases the spirit of resilience, innovation and drive of Canadian small businesses – which is more true than ever right now amid COVID-19,' said the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion.In addition to ecommerce tools and supplies, eBay offers a hands-on onboarding service for small businesses to help them navigate the online global marketplace.Canadian small businesses are also a focus for eBay Canada's upcoming Cyber Week sales and marketing efforts, which is in addition to the ongoing promotion of a dedicated microsite established earlier this year to make it easier for Canadians to shop from local businesses –'The winners of eBay Canada's 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards exemplify how impactful an online presence can be for small businesses to grow and thrive – regardless and in spite of COVID-19.'Since joining eBay, the family business has enjoyed consistent year-over-year growth in online sales, and in 2020 alone – in the middle of a pandemic – Bleacher Bum's sales on eBay have almost doubled, with roughly half of those being from exports.Even as COVID-19 shuttered many Old Montreal storefronts, this young business has continued growing – doubling the square footage of their physical storefront this year to keep up with the needs of their growing online operations and sales.

Hudson’s Bay gets access to two stores after landlord locked it out

ULC access to two of its store properties, and require it to pay back some of the rent it owes, after a landlord locked out the retailer over the weekend.Hudson’s Bay is currently facing a number of lawsuits from landlords over unpaid rent during the pandemic, including from Morguard REIT, which locked the doors on its stores in Centerpoint Mall in Toronto and Coquitlam Centre in Coquitlam, B.C., last weekend.A judge’s interim order filed in Ontario Superior Court on Monday prevented Morguard subsidiary Revenue Properties Company Ltd. from evicting Hudson’s Bay and ordered the landlord to restore the retailer’s access to the Toronto store.HBC has said repeatedly that it believes landlords and retailers should share the burden of the pandemic, which has severely affected store traffic and sales.Under the Ontario order, HBC must pay 7,454 by Friday, representing 50 per cent of the unpaid rent owing on the Centerpoint location from April to November.Another interim order issued earlier this month in a dispute between HBC and Oxford Properties also prevented an eviction and ordered the retailer to pay 50 per cent of the rent owing – more than 0,000 – on a store in Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill, Ont.As in that case, this week’s order noted that it does not prevent the landlord from arguing that the entirety of the back payments is still due, nor does it prevent HBC from arguing that it should have to pay less, or no rent at all.

Pet store chain chomping at the bit to open in Liverpool

A big-box pet store has plans to jump into Liverpool, eyeing opportunity in a county that has been without a pet shop for the past eight years.Pet Valu has confirmed it’s going to open a retail outlet in the town.“Pet Valu is really excited to be opening a store in Liverpool in mid-2021,” Katherine Clark, a spokesperson for the pet store chain, said in an email.Liverpool’s last pet store, Kameko’s Cove & Aquatics, closed in February, 2012 after five years in business.The store sold tropical fish, reptiles and other small pets, along with pet supplies.Pet Valu’s Liverpool plans include the construction of a new 4,000 square-foot building, which will be located beside the Dollarama Store on Queens Place Drive.One of Canada’s largest pet specialty retail chains with 1,200 stores in North America, Pet Valu Canada Inc. started in Toronto in 1976.

Canadian province of Saskatchewan cuts large store capacities due to COVID-19

Article content WINNIPEG — The Canadian province of Saskatchewan on Wednesday said it would restrict capacities of large stores and certain other public places as it aims to slow the spread of COVID-19.The province said stores of larger than 20,000 square feet must reduce customer access to 50% capacity, restaurants and bars must limit seating to four per table and casinos, theaters and arenas must limit attendance to 30 people.(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg Editing by Chris Reese)

Canadian Retailer ‘Modern Golf’ Sees Explosive Growth During Pandemic with Plans for More Stores

Retailer, Modern Golf, has reaped those benefits this year.Paul Fisher, Managing Partner of Modern Golf, said golf traditionally has been a difficult retail business as pro shops have the advantage of not having to pay rent and operating costs are relatively low.Off course retailers, the Golf Towns of the world, the little ma and pa operations, it’s been a really, really tough run for those businesses over the last 10 years,” said Fisher.So whether this is a cyclical boom or not, for the golf industry this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all the people in it who have kind of grinded away over the last 10-15 years where it’s been tough.”Fisher said COVID has forced people outside and golf was one of the safest activities people could partake in from a social distancing standpoint.“I think work from home has really changed things and it will probably be what changes things the most in the industry going forward . . . If work from home is real and there’s a restructuring in work/life balance and maybe people are not in the office as much, golf is going to continue to surge if people have the flexibility to be able to work around their own schedules and that means they can sneak off to the course and play.Rounds played, retail sales figures, if you take your 2019 numbers and multiply it by 1.3 or 1.4 that’s probably the new size of the golf industry.”

Nearly half of Canadian holiday shoppers plan on going to stores: Poll

Article content continued We apologize, but this video has failed to load.VIDEO Of those going to stores, 58% were planning on doing so at enclosed malls, 57% were heading to free-standing stores or strip malls, 37% were going to open-air shopping centres and 36% were headed to outlets.The main reason shoppers were headed to stores?Well, 38% said they were doing so to browse for gift ideas, 35% so they could touch and see products in-person, and only 5% to get gift advice from salespeople.Meanwhile, the most popular gifts, according to the poll, are apparel (69%), electronics (49%) and gift cards (45%).When asked on how they planned on shopping for these gifts, 56% of respondents said they were more likely to shop at stores for gift cards while 45% said they would do similarly for apparel.

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