Western Canada News

Mom and pop shops make sweeping ban on disorder and crime for Alberta Avenue

Edmonton: A new program to crack down on aggressive behaviour will see anyone shoplifting or abusing shop owners and customers banned, not just from that store, but from 164 of the 190 shops on central Edmonton’s unique shopping and retail street.

Police have already banned 12 people for a period of 90 days in the first month of the six-month Businesses Together initiative. Only local police beat teams have authority to issued the sweeping ban, said Alberta Avenue Business Association executive director Joachim Holtz.

If violated, the offenders can be charged with trespassing and handed another 90-day ban.

Businesses have also committed to a zero-tolerance policy for soliciting, and committed to provide washroom access only for paying customers. That’s necessary to provide a safe and attractive street for all Edmontonians to shop and dine, said Holtz.


The Market at Calgary Stampede opening doors for local vendors

Thousands cross through The Market each year during Stampede -- an event that sees artists from across the globe showing off their local work.


Wayfinding signs could help downtown Winnipeg become more vibrant, experts say | CBC News

Winnipeg is known as a car city, but a series of mysterious wayfinding signs are encouraging people to ditch the gas guzzlers and use their own two feet to stroll through the city instead.


Toronto development company interested in Portage Place purchase, will invest $300 million

A development company from Toronto has offered to purchase Portage Place Shopping Mall and turn it into student housing and a commercial redevelopment.

Officials confirmed Friday Starlight Investments is interested in buying the beleaguered downtown shopping mall and will invest $300 million, including the purchase price of about $69 million for the mall and the parkade. The remaining money will go to a makeover that may include student housing.


Province rakes in $30 million from cannabis tax in first six months of legalization

The Alberta government scored $30 million in cannabis taxes in the first half-year of recreational pot legalization.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis also took in nearly $77 million from Oct. 17, 2018, until March 31 of this year from both its online sales, for which it has a monopoly in Alberta, and through its sales to private pot retailers. From those purchases, it recorded a profit of $4.7 million.


New businesses in Edmonton's historic Gibbard Block set to open | CBC News

After a successful Kickstarter campaign and year of renovations, three new businesses in the Highlands neighbourhood are set to open in the next four weeks.


La Grotta on Commercial Drive celebrates its 40th anniversary | CBC News

The deli has changed over the years, adding a sandwich counter and adding wholesale distributing and catering to the business.


As Granville Island market turns 40, its federal landlord looks to build on success

As of Friday, it will be 40 years since people have been flocking to the Granville Island's Public Market to sample and buy locally-made produce, meats, confections and flowers. It attracts millions of visitors a year.