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Owner of Edmonton's longest-standing independent bookstore retires | CBC News

After 50 years in the book business, the co-owner of Audreys Books is turning a page.

Sharon Budnarchuk retired on Sunday from her work with the downtown independent bookstore. Her lengthy career in the book industry has had many chapters.


The Story of Burnaby’s ‘Totally Quirky’ Crystal Mall | The Tyee

Bright, buzzing neon will light your way through the cavernous heart of Crystal Mall, a labyrinth of stalls that sell produce alongside specialties like fresh tofu and peppercorn pig ears.


Hungry Sean Penn loads up at defiant Winnipeg grocery store on Canada Day

A local grocery chain that is flouting the laws requiring them to stay closed on statutory holidays was visited by two notable guests on Canada Day – one of whom was more welcome than the other.


Beware of Craigslist gift card scam: More than $600 stolen by clever criminal

A woman from Metro Vancouver has a word of advice for anyone trying to sell a gift card on Craigslist: beware of anyone asking for photos of key information from the card, which could help them to use the card without your knowledge.


Saskatchewan and Manitoba emerge as testing grounds for same-day cannabis delivery 

It’s all thanks to the provinces’ relatively liberal retail regimes, which allow private actors to operate online stores


Gas companies refuse to cough up profit margins to B.C. inquiry

The companies behind most of B.C.’s major gas stations are refusing to provide details about their profit margins to a government-ordered inquiry into retail gasoline prices.

Husky Energy, Suncor Energy and Shell Canada — with a combined almost 500 gas stations under retail brand names that include Petro-Canada and Esso — declined to give the independent B.C. Utilities Commission information about their retailing margins, which would show how much money they make per litre of gasoline at the pump.

Husky called the information “commercially sensitive and confidential,” while Suncor replied that it “is not prepared to provide its retailing margins at controlled sites as this information is competitively sensitive.”