Sears may have vanished from the Canadian marketplace and Target is still licking its wounds from an ill-fated expansion into Canada, but experts say neither is a death knell for bricks-and-mortar retail stores. Craig Patterson, editor-in-chief for the online trade publication Retail Insider, and a consultant to the Retail Council of Canada, said online shopping isn’t threatening retailers and said some operations on each side are embracing the other. "I think what you’re seeing is a blurring of the channels," Patterson said. "It’s merging into one channel, where you may order something online but go to the store to buy it, or use digital screens in the store to order something."
Toronto was the only Canadian city among the 20 finalists.
Alberta expects to issue 250 licences for cannabis stores in the first year of operation and says anyone who wants to run a weed shop must undergo extensive background checks.
The Province has identified four companies that will be allowed to operate retail locations for recreational cannabis.
The B.C. government is fighting back against Alberta’s boycott of B.C. wines, while simultaneously trying to fight that National Energy Board (NEB) over the Trans Mountain pipeline.