Police incident closes Highway 3A north of Keremeos – Okanagan

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A police incident forced the closure of Highway 3A, north of Keremeos, for more than two hours on Wednesday night.

DriveBC reported the highway was closed through Olalla, between Highway 3 and Green Mountain Road.

DriveBC first tweeted about the closure around 8 p.m. and then tweeted that the road was open once again around 10 p.m.

Global News has reached out to RCMP for more information.

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Cannabis outlet in Nova Scotia closes early after supplies start running dry

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HALIFAX—Just two days into legalization, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation cannabis outlet in Lower Sackville shut its doors early after running low on inventory.

“We closed the cannabis section of that store at 9 p.m. (Thursday) night which is an hour early and the reason for that is we were getting low on inventory on particular package sizes,” explained NSLC spokesperson Beverley Ware in an interview.

The lineup for legal cannabis at the Lower Sackville NSLC on Wednesday morning at about 9:30 a.m. Business has been so brisk at the location the store was forced to close early on Thursday night.
The lineup for legal cannabis at the Lower Sackville NSLC on Wednesday morning at about 9:30 a.m. Business has been so brisk at the location the store was forced to close early on Thursday night.  (Yvette d’Entremont / StarMetro Halifax)

Ware said small package sizes and pre-rolls are the most sought after and popular products at the Lower Sackville store and provincewide.

When inventory ran low, she said they decided it would be better to close the cannabis section early rather than “compromise the experience for the customer.”

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The Lower Sackville store received deliveries on Friday morning and was expected to open at 1 p.m., three hours later. Ware said that was the only location in the province that closed early and opened late.

“The issue is that we received less than 40 per cent of our initial quantities so supplies continue to be an ongoing challenge for the licensed producers, but we’re doing our best to serve customers,” Ware said.

“That (40 per cent) was a figure that was at the beginning of the first week as we were about to go legal. We continued to receive shipments the night that legalization took effect and we’ve been continuing to receive product every day.”

Ware said they’ve also added a new supplier, FIGR from P.E.I.

“They’ve been able to fill some of that gap that we’re experiencing,” she said.

This weekend is the first since cannabis became legal and business is expected to be brisk. When asked if the NSLC was confident it had enough product to get through the weekend, Ware said it’s difficult to anticipate what demand is going to be.

“We don’t know if it’s going to continue at the same levels that we’ve had it, but as I say as soon as deliveries are arriving at our fulfilment centre we’re processing them and we’re getting them out to our stores on a daily basis,” she said.

Ware said the first online customers have received their orders via Canada Post, adding cannabis consumers ordering online don’t have to worry about a looming postal strike that could occur as early as Monday.

“We do have a back up plan if so. We’ll be using Purolator,” Ware said.

Day 1 of legal recreational cannabis was a busy one for the NSLC. From Wednesday’s 10 a.m. opening at the 12 cannabis retail locations across Nova Scotia until closing time, Ware said they conducted 12,810 transactions totalling just over $660,000.

Almost $47,000 of those sales were online.

Late Thursday afternoon, the NSLC issued a statement to its cannabis customers via Twitter advising them there are no oils or capsules available “right now.” In addition, the provincial Crown corporation said small package sizes and pre-rolls “are in limited supply.”

“More inventory is coming soon. Our employees will provide waiting customers with as much product info as possible. Stay tuned for inventory updates,” the tweet stated.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is the only authorized retailer of cannabis in the province, and weed can be purchased by anyone of legal age at the 12 designated NSLC stores across Nova Scotia or online for home delivery. The downtown Halifax NSLC on Clyde St. is the only stand-alone cannabis store, which will have the most variety and number of products.

The four HRM locations are 650 Portland St. in Dartmouth, 5540 Clyde St. and 3601 Joseph Howe Dr. in Halifax, and 752 Sackville Dr. in Lower Sackville.

In order to access its website to place cannabis orders, customers will need an access code. Those are now available at all NSLC stores provincewide.

Yvette d’Entremont is a Halifax-based reporter focusing on health and environment. Follow her on Twitter: @ydentremont

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Sinkhole closes busy street in Davisville, expect commuting delays

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A large sinkhole in midtown Toronto has closed down a busy street, Toronto police say.

Listed as a hazard, police say a large sinkhole formed near the intersection of Eglinton Ave. E. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. overnight. Large puddles of water could be seen forming over the sinkhole outside alongside lifted pavement, sectioned off by pylons.

Eglinton Ave. is closed in both directions between Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Taunton Rd.

According to a series of tweets, the Toronto Transit Commission says Routes 34 and 54 are experiencing detours both east and westbound via Cardiff Rd. and Roehampton Ave., off of Mt. Pleasant Rd. due to a watermain break, which formed the sinkhole. Routes 334 and 354 will also see detours in both directions until the watermain outbreak is contained.

311 Toronto has been advised, police say. Drivers should expect the closure to last through the morning rush on Tuesday.

This sinkhole marks the second sinkhole in two days, with the other on lower Bayview Ave. and Dundas St.

Emerald Bensadoun is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @twerk_vonnegut

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Canadian skin care company Deciem closes stores — for now

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Deciem, the upstart Canadian company behind the hugely popular The Ordinary Skin Care line, has closed its stores because of what the chief executive says is criminal activity within the company.

But Brandon Truaxe — who also founded the company — has made outlandish claims in the past, prompting some to question whether this is all an elaborate marketing stunt.

Headquartered in Toronto, Deciem makes more than 300 skin care products under 10 different product lines. It is best known for a line called The Ordinary.

Calling itself « The Abnormal Beauty Company, » Deciem is one of the most disruptive operators in the beauty business, mainly because of its low prices.

Most of Deciem’s products cost less than $12, and some cost less than $5 — price points that are unheard of elsewhere in the beauty industry, where markups can be as high as 80 to 90 per cent.

The Ordinary beauty line also offers simple ingredients and relatively modest benefit claims. The disruptive approach has led to a cult-like following of customers, helped propel Deciem to a reported $300 million in annual sales, and enticed Estée Lauder Companies to invest in Deciem in June 2017, buying a 28 per cent stake.

Despite that surging popularity, however, the company’s founder abruptly announced on Monday that he was closing up shop, for now.

« We will shut down all operations until further notice, » said Deciem founder Brandon Truaxe in a video posted on Instagram.

Truaxe appeared to say the shutdown would last two months. 

Calls to all of Deciem’s eastern Canadian locations rang unanswered until a central recorded greeting eventually said no one is available to answer your call.

Truaxe did not return calls or texts from CBC News.

In the video, Truaxe said the closures were due to widespread criminal activity within the company.

« Almost everyone at Deciem has been involved in major criminal activity which includes financial crimes and much other, » he said.

Deciem chief executive Brandon Truaxe is known for controversial social media posts. (Bill Arnold/CBC)

Deciem has more than 20 stores in five countries — and 18 more under construction — but in an interview earlier this year, Truaxe told CBC News 75 per cent of the company’s sales are done online.

An order placed on Deciem’s website this morning appeared to go through, complete with valid credit card billing.

The video is the latest in a series of rambling, often incoherent posts that Truaxe — who took over the corporate social media accounts in February — has made on Instagram.

The posts prompted company followers and fans of The Ordinary to question whether Truaxe was mentally ill or on drugs.

In June, Truaxe told the CBC there was nothing to worry about.

« In some of the posts I’m said I’m CIA. And the post before that I said we’re making a movie. So those people, they should basically, if they don’t drink alcohol they should just have a shot of Don Julio and relax. We’re a beauty company. » he said.

Beauty writer Cheryl Wischhover says Truaxe has threatened to close up shop before. (Sean Conaboy/CBC)

In that same interview, Truaxe hinted at wrongdoings within Deciem, but rather than talk specifics, he launched into metaphor.

« If you go down in the basement and you hear rats, the best news that can happen is if somebody comes and checks and there was no rat. » Truaxe said. « The worst news that can happen is maybe you’ve got rats all over the roof. But I need to get to the bottom of it. »

The odd behaviour has had some people in the past questioning whether Truaxe is in fact « screwed up » — as he proudly proclaims on Deciem’s website — or whether this is all part of an elaborate marketing scheme. 

« He’s done this sort of thing before » said Cheryl Wischhover, who writes about the beauty industry for New York-based retail industry website Racked. Truaxe has also hinted that if things « didn’t improve » he was going to leave Deciem, the company he helped found in 2013. 

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