Western Canada: BC/AB/SK/MB

Alleged racism at Saskatoon supermarket urges call to action

A Saskatoon woman is calling for action from one of Canada’s largest grocery chains after being involved in an alleged racist incident.

Crystal Johnstone is asking Real Canadian Superstore to introduce sensitivity training to employees in an effort to curb racist behaviour.

“Measures like that should be taken because racism has to be controlled and it’s got to be stopped,” Johnstone said more than a week after the incident.

Catherine Thomas, a spokeswoman for Loblaw Companies Limited, Superstore’s parent company, said the matter is being taken seriously.

“Our goal is to ensure no customer ever feels they were treated differently in our stores because of their ethnic background. We sincerely regret this did not happen in this case,” Thomas said in a prepared statement.

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Downtown Vernon boutique named 2018 Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year

Birch Hill Studio, a small boutique in downtown Vernon, sells Canadian made or designed goods. The store was named 2018 Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year by the Retail Council of Canada.

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City Furniture named retailer of the year - Castlegar News

Vernon among 22 stores in B.C. and Alberta since first store opened in Prince George in 1976

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Did you hear the one about the vegan cafe that moved next to a butcher shop? | CBC News

Here's what happened when Hearts Choices Cafe Market set up shop next to one of the stalwarts of Cowtown's food scene.

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