Iceberg alley shouldn’t be littered by plastic bags, say Twillingate stores

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Four major stores in the Twillingate area have ditched the plastic bag in response to a push from the local DFO detachment.

Starting this month, shoppers at grocery stores in the area will only be offered cloth or paper options, as the shops accepted a challenge from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to go plastic-free. The challenge officially started on Friday, although some stores made the switch earlier.

« Today is day one, so far, so good, » said Colin Stuckless, owner of the Stuckless Freshmart in Durrell on Friday.

« If we could do our little bit, and someone else does a little bit, maybe it adds up to a big amount. »

Judy Hillier shows off the reusable bag her detachment distributed to grocery stores in Twillingate. The DFO detachment created a tender for the bag, and bought 6,000 to hand out in the community. (Garrett Barry/CBC)

Customers at the Freshmart are being offered free reusable cloth bags, which were provided to the store by the DFO, at the checkouts.

Judy Hillier, a clerk at the Twillingate DFO detachment who lead the plastic-bag project, said 6,000 bags were bought by the detachment and distributed to the community.

« I mean, it’s part of the DFO mandate to protect species in the ocean, so if we can prevent plastic bags from making its way there, why not? » 

Along with the Freshmart, the two Foodland stores and the Independent store in the area have signed up. And if customers are complaining, Stuckless hasn’t heard it.

« Actually, response has been great, » he said. « We have a Facebook page that we put on to let people know what was going on, and it was a really great response, people all seemed to be in favour of this, because we’re hearing it all over the world now about plastic issues. »

Think of the turtles

Hillier said the impact of the plastic bag is obvious in Twillingate — all you need to do is visit the beaches in the summer.

« Plastic bags, they don’t dissolve. They don’t break up and go away. They break up, they rip up, they become micro-plastics … all of it ends up in the food chain, it’s ingested by all different types of sea creatures, » she said.

« We’ve been involved in Beach Cleanups over the years, there’s plastics on the beach everywhere. There are plastic bags ending up in the environment, in the trees, it’s everywhere. »

David Burt said he likes the sturdier handles on the reusable bags. (Garrett Barry/CBC)

The project isn’t a ban on plastic bags in the community. Instead, it’s an opt-in challenge that DFO offered to grocery stores in the area last fall.

« This is the first time we’ve done anything like this, to this degree, so we chose to go local just to see how this would go, » Hillier said.

Don’t forget your bags

Shoppers at Durell’s Freshmart on Friday morning said they supported the project — even if not all of them remembered to bring the bags they have already picked up.

« Once we forgot, but from now on we won’t forget, » said David Burt.

He said his nephew, Shawn Bath — who dives in the waters near Twillingate to clean up junk from the ocean — has told him of all kinds of garbage he finds underwater. It’s part of the reason he supports the ban.

Josephine Cutler said she’s likely to reduce her bag consumption in total thanks to the new reusable bag. « I loves those bags, » she said. « Because with the plastic ones, you gathers them up in your house, and you got a mess. With those, they are stronger. » (Garrett Barry/CBC)

He also thinks his new cloth bags will be much less likely to find a landfill than the plastics that he used in the past.

« They’re blowing out of people’s pickups, they’re all over the road, » he said. « Something like [the new bags], you’ll be more careful not to blow it away. » 

Doreen Gates was one of the few customers on Friday who remembered to bring their own reusable bag. She said she supports the plastic bag elimination, and wants to send less garbage to landfills. (Garrett Barry/CBC)

Hillier said she expects to see less plastic on the shores when next summer comes. In fact, it’s part of how she’s planning to evaluate the project.

« Success is when no more plastic bags are being given out by these grocery stores, people are bringing their own re-useable bags, » she said.

« Success will be when we see less plastic washing up on the beaches. »

Join the discussion on the CBC Waves of Change Facebook group, or send us an email: wavesofchange@cbc.ca.

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As cannabis deadline looms, 170 Ontario municipalities still have not decided on opting out of stores

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As the Jan. 22 deadline to accept or decline cannabis shops looms, more than a third of the 414 municipalities in the province have yet to decide.

As of Friday afternoon, councils representing some 170 cities, towns, townships and regions across the province had not exercised their option to bar brick-and-mortar pot shops from their precincts.

And while some may simply choose to abstain from voting — tacitly accepting the stores under Queen’s Park rules — many still have their fingers in the air, industry experts say.

“A lot of municipalities have opted for the wait-and-see approach,” says Alanna Sokic, a cannabis specialist at the Toronto consulting firm Global Public Affairs.

“Cannabis was only legalized in October of last year,” Sokic notes. “There’s still a lot of unanswered questions and I think that’s what we’re certainly seeing.”

Nick Pateras, vice-president of strategy at the cannabis resource and information company Lift & Co., says some communities may be waiting for the communities directly around them to decide.

“There’s probably a bit of ‘you go first,’ ” Pateras says. “As well, I think generally that the market continues to evolve every single day … and (they’re) going to maybe leave it to the last minute so they can act with as much information at hand as possible.”

King Township Mayor Steve Pellegrini — who was vocal in his opposition to the shops in his municipality — says the pot-store procrastination is due to a number of factors.

“There are new councils and a lot of them are doing community outreach to get feedback,” says Pellegrini, whose 905 community was one of the first to decline the stores.

Pellegrini also says many councils may be waiting to see how many of their counterparts opt out, hoping for a bigger slice of the $40-million implementation fund the province is providing. That fund is to help municipalities who accept the stores deal with potential law enforcement, education and public health costs.

Meanwhile, 62 communities as of Friday had decided to refuse the stores’ entry, a number Sokic says is not surprising.

“A lot of municipalities have expressed concern about the lack of municipal control when it comes to cannabis retail locations,” she says. “And that creates a lot of uncertainty as they go about their bylaw and planning initiatives.”

While these municipalities will forgo their full share of the transition fund, they will be free to accept the stores at a later date.

“They’re very likely waiting to see how it plays out in other communities,” Sokic says.

Many of the municipalities saying no — like Mississauga, Markham, Richmond Hill, Pickering and Oakville — are located in the 905 regions surrounding Toronto. Indeed, this GTA region — which has been granted six of the 25 cannabis stores licences — has been the most reluctant in the province to accept the shops. Under provincial rules, regional governments can’t opt out.

(Toronto proper has five of the first stores, as does the eastern part of the province. Western Ontario will host seven stores, while there will be two in northern Ontario.)

In the GTA region Burlington, Oshawa, Ajax and Clarington have opted in while another four communities will hold votes on Jan. 21, Sokic says.

“If you look at the west region, all of the municipalities save for Windsor, which has yet to vote, have opted in,” Sokic says. Toronto, eastern Ontario and the North have largely bought in as well, she says.

The patchwork of 905 ins and outs will make it difficult for merchants and shoppers down the road, says Sokic. “It’s a minefield.”

Pateras says the spotty acceptance of stores in the 905 and other places could impede a strong retail-store market down the road.

“It will definitely result in a slower rollout than a lot of us were anticipating and hoping for,” he says.

“But hopefully the opt-out rate is low enough that even if your specific city or town doesn’t have a store, you can drive 20 minutes or 30 minutes to the next municipality over.”

Sokic says the opt-out decisions made by some 905 communities may have been due to more socially conservative values than other parts of the province. “I think it’s just waiting for them to acclimatize to this new Canadian reality,” she says.

Pateras speculates that many 905 communities have neither the general urban acceptance of cannabis, nor the financial incentives to host stores that exists in smaller rural towns.

“They kind of straddle the line between being an area like downtown Toronto, where cannabis is fairly pervasive … and a more rural area, which would be looking to collect the tax revenue and establish jobs,” Pateras says.

Pellegrini attributes the 905 reluctance in part to the desire of many of its sprawling municipalities to build vibrant downtown centres.

“We’re all trying to build attractive, livable downtown cores,” he says, adding cannabis stores might detract from these efforts. This “is just really not something that we are looking for, for our image of our unique, quaint community.”

But Pateras says the 905 patchwork resembles the store distribution patterns that have emerged in U.S. states that have legalized recreational cannabis use. “Over 60 per cent of Colorado’s counties, for example, still do not permit cannabis business at all,” he says. “In California, 70 per cent of counties and cities have opted out of licensing cannabis businesses … there’s generally a slow rollout.”

Pateras also says many municipalities that have opted out are leaving themselves open to continued black market sales.

“Obviously if you don’t have a legal place of access, you’re allowing for illegal sales to continue to occur.”

Joseph Hall is a Toronto-based reporter and feature writer. Reach him on email: gjhall@thestar.ca

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Ontario is holding a lottery for cannabis stores on Friday. Here’s what the rest of the country tried and how it turned out

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However, there’s one major outlier: British Columbia. The entrenchment of black- and grey-market cannabis operations in B.C., as well as the sluggish rate of legal cannabis store openings, means the province has a chimera of private and public sale systems that’s been difficult to leverage.

“They have a quasi-legal illegal market,” Osak said. “They have a couple of publicly owned stores and now, recently, a couple of private (ones). So they have a mixed bag of everything.”

A lot of questions about Ontario’s cannabis licensing system remain unanswered, Osak said, especially when it comes to late penalties.

Retailers are required to submit a $50,000 letter of credit as part of their application. If they aren’t open by April 1, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario can take $12,500 of that. Retailers who still aren’t open by April 15 will lose another $12,500. What isn’t clear is whether stores that have passed all of the necessary inspections and trained their staff appropriately could suffer these penalties if they’re faced with an unreliable supply of weed and are forced to close.

“This whole process is clouded in uncertainty,” Osak said.

Here’s a look at how the rest of Canada has handled brick-and-mortar cannabis stores and how they’ve fared since legalization:

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British Columbia

The process: While B.C. isn’t limiting the number of private cannabis retailers, applicants must go through several steps in order to officially obtain a licence, including paying an application fee of $7,500 and receiving approval from their local government or Indigenous nation.

What worked: In B.C., most cannabis users who couldn’t go to the only provincially owned store in Kamloops had to buy from the provincially operated online store in the first two weeks of legalization. It proved immensely popular, with reports that the province was low on stock just 24 hours after launch.

Private retailers came a few weeks later, with Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley being the first out of the gate.

What didn’t: Regulations have limited stores to selling products exclusively from the provincial wholesaler. As a result, stores cannot carry cannabis-based creams and edibles; Tamarack owner Tamara Duggan said those were some of the most popular items at her Kimberley store.

The roll-out of stores in other municipalities has been much slower, with businesses complaining that the licensing process is overly complex. In Vancouver, a hub of cannabis use where several illegal stores are still in operation, three months passed before the first two private retailers opened their doors — to long lineups from enthusiastic customers.

Jaclynn Pehota, a regulatory consultant for Evergreen Cannabis, said the process for private licensing is “not particularly intuitive or user-friendly,” and many small businesses may not have had the resources to get through.

Alberta

The process: Alberta has taken a relatively hands-off approach to selling weed, similar to their privatized system for liquor stores. Applicants looking to open a storefront must secure approval from municipal authorities and submit to an application process (which includes background checks) from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC).

There is no cap on the number of stores allowed within the province, although the AGLC expected to see around 250 store applications within the first year of legalization. However, privatization doesn’t extend to the internet: The only legal website to buy weed in Alberta is the AGLC-run albertacannabis.org.

What worked: Alberta had 17 storefronts open on Oct. 17. The Edmonton area alone had a dozen ready to go on legalization day, while Calgary had two. There are several possible reasons why the provincial capital outpaced Cowtown so quickly, including an existing medical cannabis industry (Aurora’s headquarters are based in Edmonton) and relaxed public consumption laws. Albertans also have a healthy appetite for bud: Nova Cannabis, a chain with stores across the province, pulled in $1.3 million in sales within the first five days of legalization.

What didn’t work: As with other provinces, Alberta’s brick-and-mortar stores and albertacannabis.org found themselves starved of weed just a month after legalization. In late November, the AGLC announced a moratorium on granting new store licences until supply issues could be resolved, saying it had only received 20 per cent of the cannabis it had ordered from licensed producers.

Several stores, including Numo Cannabis in northern Edmonton, had to close for weeks due to a lack of weed, while Urban Canna, a small chain in Calgary, found itself unable to open at all during the first month of legalization. Some Alberta municipalities have also vetoed pot stores, and Calgary has found itself bogged down with appeals against cannabis stores within city limits.

Atlantic Canada

The process: In Nova Scotia, the government-run Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) is the only authorized pot seller. On legalization day, the crown corporation opened 11 cannabis boutiques inside existing liquor stores, one stand-alone cannabis shop in Halifax and online sales.

What worked: When the shops opened in cities and towns around the province on Oct. 17, there were long lines as clerks handled almost 13,000 transactions and sold more than $660,000 in products. Those lines persisted at some locations for several days.

NSLC spokesperson Beverly Ware said in an email that the corporation was “very pleased with the implementation” and that it answered the public’s demand for local producers shortly after legalization. There weren’t any local licensed producers in the province on Oct. 17, but two have since received the green light from Health Canada.

What didn’t work: Several NSLC cannabis stores closed early because of shortages.

As in Nova Scotia, the rest of Atlantic Canada opted for government-run cannabis retailers. New Brunswick’s retailer, Cannabis NB, faced similar supply challenges to the NSLC and recently laid off more than 60 employees from its 20 stores.

Cannabis NB spokesperson Marie-Andrée Bolduc told The Canadian Press that it was difficult to say whether the supply problems were linked to the layoffs.

“The decision is representative of normal new retail industry operations and long-term fiscal responsibility,” Bolduc said in an email.

Quebec

The process: The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) runs 12 stores across the province, including three in Montreal and two in Quebec City. Customers can also purchase cannabis from its website.

What worked: The 12 stores were open by legalization day, and the website was live. The province’s website reported 53,300 online transactions and 84,850 in-store transactions in the first week of operation.

What didn’t work: Plagued by supply shortages, the stores are now only open Thursdays to Sundays. In addition, some customers reported receiving products with a unit weight lower than what was indicated on the packaging, according to the SQDC’s website.

Saskatchewan

The process: Operators for 51 retail cannabis stores were selected through a two-step process that combined an open request for proposals and a lottery.

Applicants that made it through the first screening phase, which looked at financial and inventory systems, were entered into the lottery to be eligible for a permit. Independent consulting firm KPMG monitored the process, according to the province’s website.

What worked: The advance planning meant a few stores were open on legalization day, The Canadian Press reported at the time.

What didn’t work: Not all of the 51 stores were open by then. Currently, only 17 are in operation; the rest are working through the permit process, and more should be issued in the coming weeks, according to a government spokesperson.

Manitoba

The process: A request for proposals went out in November 2017, looking for four initial companies. The province announced the successful retailers in February 2018.

The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) regulates, licenses, inspects and audits the industry, while the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation (MBLL) is in charge of processing and distribution, according to the province’s website.

The private sector operates all 16 retail locations across the province, including two in First Nations communities and 10 in Winnipeg, according to the government’s website.

What worked: In December, the province announced the private retailers were largely playing by the rules so far and none had been fined since legalization, The Canadian Press reported.

What didn’t work: MBLL said in October it expected supply shortages to last at least six months, as the province, along with others, is not receiving as much cannabis as it needs.

In December, the RCMP seized all cannabis from the Winnipeg-based company Bonify, saying they believed illegal cannabis had entered the market.

Nunavut

The only way to buy is to order online from private retailer Tweed, which doesn’t have any stores in Nunavut. The government did not immediately respond to a request for more detail.

Yukon

The government operates one cannabis shop in Whitehorse, as well as an online store. The government did not immediately respond to a request for more detail.

Northwest territories

The Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission regulates the distribution of alcohol and cannabis through mail order, an online store and five brick-and-mortar locations. The government did not immediately respond to a request for more detail.

With files from Joseph Hall, Kevin Maimann, Omar Mosleh, Taryn Grant, Cherise Seucharan and May Warren

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Ontario government says cannabis stores to be phased in

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The Ontario government says it plans to take a « phased approach » to introducing retail cannabis stores, with only a handful of licences being handed out at first.

In a statement Thursday evening, the province says it will issue up to 25 licences ahead of the first day of private retail sales on April 1.

It says the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will implement a lottery system to determine who is eligible for the initial licences, with the results announced in January.

The province’s Tory government says it was compelled to implement the phased approach due to « severe supply shortages » being experienced by cannabis outlets across the country.

The announcement comes on the same day councillors in Torontoand Ottawa voted to allow privately operated retail stores to open within their boundaries.

The only legal way for Ontario residents to currently acquire recreational weed is through a government-run website, the Ontario Cannabis Store, which has experienced its own shortages.

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Rejecting cannabis stores would cost Toronto millions, John Tory says

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Following Mississauga’s lead by banning cannabis shops would cost Toronto millions of dollars in provincial funding, Mayor John Tory warned Wednesday.

Tory told reporters he will urge city council at Thursday’s meeting to opt into Premier Doug Ford’s plan for regulated by privately run pot shops, but lobby Ford to give municipalities more control over where those shops will go.

“I think to say no would … do us out of quite a lot of money, millions of dollars,” in provincial funds earmarked for cities and towns who say they are willing to host stores legally selling recreational marijuana, Tory told reporters Wednesday after an unrelated announcement.

Tory said he will vote to opt in to regulated shops rather than see a black market continue, but plans to send a letter to the Progressive Conservative government asking that municipalities be given “some latitude” to prevent clusters of shops together, or shops too close to schools or playgrounds.

A report going to Toronto council from city staff recommends opting in to retail sales. It says Toronto stands to get $3 million as part of a first provincial payment to all municipalities, and then millions more through a per-household formula for cities and town that agree to host shops.

They advocated a wait-and-see approach based on how retail stores affect other municipalities over the next six months to a year.

“I don’t want Mississauga to be a guinea pig,” said Councillor Dipika Damerla. “I think we’re better off taking a prudent approach.”

Markham’s council also voted Wednesday to opt out of hosting retail cannabis stores.

Tory said provincial officials told him on a conference call that municipalities must decide if they will host privately run pot shops by Jan. 22. If they opt out, he said, extra funding to cover the costs of regulating the shops disappears.

“I asked the question on the conference call I had repeatedly — ‘If you opt out and you don’t then get the millions of dollars, can you opt in later and get the money?’ And they said no, once you opt out, you’re out.

“I think we want to have an orderly regulation of cannabis sales in Toronto, and we want to have the financial assistance which I think we rightly deserve for the costs that are being incurred to regulate this. I think the wiser approach is to opt in with conditions, » Tory said, while acknowledging the province has given no indication it would let municipalities supersede provincial rules that, for example, say the buffer between pot shops and schools can be as little as 150 metres.

The federal government legalized recreational cannabis on Oct. 17. Ontario residents can buy it now at the Ontario Cannabis Store website.

The Ford government scrapped a plan by the previous Liberal government that would have seen cannabis sales tightly regulated through LCBO-type stores that would not have been allowed to within 500 metres of schools.

The province plans to let private licensed and approved retailers start selling pot April 1.

But some municipalities are saying the province is moving too quickly and being too inflexible. Tory, for example, is unhappy that, under current guidelines, a municipality would be just another party to a shop licence application, with no right to appeal the provincial regulator’s decision.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt) says he’ll ask Toronto council to say he can ban cannabis stores in his ward, and other wards can opt out, too. But an Ontario government official told the Star there is no provision allowing specific parts of a municipality to opt out.

Tory said he doubted the argument would work, calling it a “difficult proposition.”

Meanwhile Councillor Paula Fletcher, who had seen a proliferation of pot shops in Ward 14 Toronto-Danforth, says some of the dispensaries are now closed but display a phone number for people to call and get cannabis delivered to them.

“Under the Ford model it’s still the wild west because you’re going to have a proliferation of home delivery” by unauthorized sellers operating among private providers licensed by the province, said Fletcher, who wants a return to the plan for LCBO-type cannabis stores.

“You can’t put a sign up on your door and say if you want booze, phone such and such a number, but now we have this new delivery model emerging and we need the government to have control,” she said.

With files from Francine Kopun and Ali Raza, Mississauga News

David Rider is the Star’s City Hall bureau chief and a reporter covering Toronto politics. Follow him on Twitter: @dmrider

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5 pop-up stores pour les fêtes à Paris

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Arty, engagées, eclectiques, les boutiques éphémères fleurissent à l’approche de Noël… Le Figaroscope en a sélectionné cinq où dénicher des cadeaux résolument exclusifs.

Herbarium

Cette année, Noël sera floral ou ne sera pas. Depuis deux ans, la marque Herbarium réinsuffle à l’herbier un vent de nouveauté. Elle s’installe rue de Turenne avec un bar à fleurs, ses plus belles pièces et des ateliers de création de votre propre composition. Un cadeau original à glisser sous le sapin.

Herbarium. Du 4 au 23 déc. 2018. 64, rue de Turenne (IIIe).  

Klin d’œil

Les deux sœurs créatrices de la boutique Klin d’Œil n’ont décidément pas fini de nous étonner. Elles installent leur marché de Noël le temps d’un week-end au Carreau du Temple. À chiner: des cadeaux faits mains par quelque 70 artisans créateurs indépendants de mode, accessoires, déco, enfants, beauté et bien-être. Il y en aura pour tous les goûts!

Klin d’Œil. Les 8 et 9 déc. 2018. Carreau du Temple. 2, rue Perrée (IIIe).

Le Grand Bazar de Noël

Ouverture festive du Grand Bazar de Noël chez Eva Hober. Autour de certains des artistes de la galerie, comme Anne Brégeaut ou Jennyfer Grassi, sont annoncés «des œuvres, des objets et des happenings» ainsi qu’une boutique éphémère qui se tiendra tout le mois de décembre à la galerie.

Grand Bazar Eva Hober. Le 1er déc. 2018, de 15h à 22h. Galerie Eva Hober. 156, bd Haussmann (VIIIe).

Purpose Store, contremarques

Une grande réunion d’artistes et d’artisans engagés a lieu à la galerie Kogan. Maroquinerie vegan, jouets en tricot, cosmétiques solides mais aussi les travaux d’artistes et de designers illustreront la fusion à l’œuvre entre l’art, l’artisanat et l’activisme.

Du 12 au 16 déc. 2018. Galerie Kogan. 96 bis, rue de Beaubourg (IIIe).

CbyzAnce, Pop-up

Avec sa sélection vintage, chic et éclectique, Catherine Poirier, qui a créé le site Cbyzance il y a deux ans, mixe les genres. On y trouve un banc Bertoïa des années 1960, des lampes de Max Sauze et Willy Rizzo, une céramique d’Alexandre Costanda, un cabinet de Poul Cadovious… mais aussi des meubles non signés et un grand choix de céramiques à partir de 200 euros.

Du 29 nov. au 1er déc. 2018. Cbyzance. 115 bis, rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs (VIe).

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Les pop-up stores de Noël 2018

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Emoi Emoi
Du 1er au 24 décembre

La petite marque family friendly présente son univers tout doux et ses idées cadeaux pour toute la famille dans un lieu aux allures de chaleureuse demeure familiale, composé d’espaces pensés “comme à la maison” pour accueillir petits et grands ! Prêt-à-porter, bijoux à personnaliser, déco, soins et accessoires, la sélection émoi émoi comblera toutes les envies ! L’occasion aussi de découvrir les nouveautés avec les collections Bonjour Douceur et La Déclaration ou de se laisser séduire par les dernières collaborations comme les bijoux imaginés avec Fabien Ajzenberg et Bangle Up.


Pop-up store émoi émoi
80 rue de Turenne – 75003 Paris

Mathilde Cabanas x Kerzon x Bachca
Du 16 novembre au 26 décembre

Une sélection des meilleurs gifts, Bisou, bougies, brosses, senteurs, goodies et surprises à mettre sous le sapin !


Xmas Pop-up
10 rue de Santeuil – Nantes

Prescription Lab
Du 30 novembre au 2 décembre

Véritable petit paradis de la beauté, ce pop-up store prendra ses quartiers dans le Marais pour célébrer les fêtes de fin d’année. On y trouvera de quoi gâter ses proches avec un bar à cadeaux à la carte fournie : toute la gamme de cosmétiques naturels de Prescription Lab, des kits de Noël, des box collectors, et tout un tas d’accessoires de beauté. Et pour ne pas que le pop-up ne soit qu’un lieu de passage, mais un véritable cocon de douceur, des ateliers bien-être et beauté (sur réservation) sont aussi au programme de ces trois jours : cocktail afterwork le vendredi soir, ateliers yoga les samedi et dimanche matin, créations végétales, talks de femmes inspirantes, masterclass beauté. Pour les moins organisés, des animations libres pour vous chouchouter auront également lieu tout au long de la journée. Sont prévus : des ateliers maquillage flash, manucure et atelier broderie pour personnaliser sa trousse beauté. Le lieu idéal pour faire le plein de bonnes énergies !


Pop up Store Prescription Lab
66 rue Charlot – 75003 Paris

Balzac Paris

La Maison de Famille Balzac Paris réouvre ses portes avec une sélection spéciale fêtes composée de bijoux, chaussures et maroquinerie. En pleine effervescence des préparatifs de Noël, ce bel endroit sera idéal pour se retrouver au calme autour d’une boisson chaude, dans un lieu chaleureux et propice à la détente. Et pourquoi pas trouver la bonne idée cadeau où la parfaite tenue du réveillon ?


La Maison de Famille Balzac Paris
16 rue de Poitou – 75003 Paris

Du 4 au 9 décembre, de 11h à 20h

Herbarium
Du 4 au 23 décembre

Loin de l’agitation de la course aux cadeaux, cette boutique éphémère propose de prendre son temps ! Prendre le temps de choisir son herbier, prendre le temps de découvrir les secrets de fabrication de la marque. Ce bel écrin accueillera aussi le “Bar à Fleurs” où faire réaliser instantanément son herbier sur-mesure. Enfin, des ateliers DIY pour créer soi-même son propre herbier, de la mise sous presse des végétaux aux techniques du travail des fleurs séchées, offriront une respiration poétique avant les grandes festivités !


Le pop-up store du Marais
64 rue de Turenne – 75003 Paris

Apiki & Popote
Du 4 au 16 décembre

Un lieu kids friendly pour découvrir les nouveautés des deux marques et échanger avec les équipes. Ambiance conviviale assurée !

Cet événement s’inscrit aussi dans une démarche solidaire : une collecte de jouets sera organisée en collaboration avec l’association Rejoué, qui remet en l’état des jouets d’occasion pour leur offrir une seconde vie.


98 rue de Turenne – 75003 Paris

Harry Potter et les Animaux Fantastiques
Du 8 novembre au 7 janvier

L’univers ensorcelé d’Harry Potter s’invite aux Galeries Lafayette Haussman pour les fêtes de fin d’année. A l’occasion du 20e anniversaire du premier tome de la géniale saga de J.K. Rowling (comme le temps passe vite !) et pour célébrer la sortie du film Les Animaux Fantastiques : Les Crimes de Grindelwald, une capsule dédiée aux deux sagas a été imaginée. De Gryffondor à Serpentard, des tenues de sorciers de toutes les maisons de Poudlard (cape, bonnet, gants, cravate et écharpe), mais aussi une baguette magique de chez Ollivanders, une peluche Hedwige, une figurine Dobby, une réplique de la carte du maraudeur, les lunettes d’Harry Potter seront, entre autres, à découvrir dans la collection.


Galeries Lafayette
Au rez-de-chaussée et premier étage de l’Homme
40 boulevard Haussman – 75009 Paris

Le Hasard Ludique

Trois dimanches, trois thématiques, trois fois plus de chance de trouver le cadeau parfait parmi la sélection d’artisans et créateurs. Vin chaud réconfortant, massages cocooning…

  • Marché afro, le dimanche 2 décembre
  • Marché éthique, le dimanche 9 décembre
  • Marché made in 18e, le dimanche 16 décembre

Le Hasard Ludique
128 avenue de Saint Ouen – 75018 Paris
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L’atelier-boutique la Boudeuse

La boudeuse est un lieu de partage de savoir-faire, valorisant la création manuelle et artisanale. L’idée ? Proposer des alternatives écologiques et durables pour l’ameublement et la décoration. A l’occasion des fêtes de fin d’année, tous les samedis sont dédiés à des ateliers DIY pour préparer ses décorations de Noël : atelier guirlandes et suspensions naturelles, décors de table. La Boudeuse est également le lieu idéal pour dénicher des cadeaux s’inscrivants dans une démarche responsable.


38 rue du Poteau – 75018 Paris

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Ford breaks promise to keep pot stores away from schools

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Private cannabis stores can open within 150 metres of schools under new regulations posted by Premier Doug Ford’s government — something he had promised not to allow.

“I won’t put it besides schools like you did,” Ford said in a spring election debate to then-premier Kathleen Wynne. The Liberal government had planned to open its first state-run marijuana outlet 450 metres from Blantyre Public School in Scarborough.

Premier Doug Ford’s government has released long-awaited details on rules for pot shops that will be allowed to open April 1. The rules include letting stores open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week and restricting entry to patrons aged 19 and over.
Premier Doug Ford’s government has released long-awaited details on rules for pot shops that will be allowed to open April 1. The rules include letting stores open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week and restricting entry to patrons aged 19 and over.  (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The long-awaited details on rules for pot shops that will be allowed to open April 1 came Wednesday evening as the Progressive Conservatives tried to distract attention from a new tell-all book by former party leader Patrick Brown.

“It’s troubling that Doug Ford’s latest back-door decision — this time to allow pot shops to move within a stone’s throw of kids’ schools — was done without any consultation with parents or communities,” said Deputy NDP Leader Sara Singh.

Shops will be allowed to serve customers from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, restricting entry to patrons aged 19 and over, unlike liquor and beer stores where children can tag along with their parents.

Attorney General Caroline Mulroney insisted the guidelines, including the smaller distance buffer from schools, are in the best interest of the public.

“The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” she said in a statement released over the supper hour.

The hours of opening “are consistent with on-site retail stores for alcohol and will provide retailers with the flexibility to respond to local market conditions and consumer demands,” the statement added, referring to LCBO agency stores that are part of convenience, hardware and other stores in rural and remote areas where there are no liquor stores nearby.

Wynne’s plan to put a pot store so close to a school raised concerns among parents, but an analysis by the Star last April found more than half the city is within 450 metres of a school.

The Liberal government planned to allow only 150 state-run pot stores by 2020, which critics said would not be enough to stem the black market. Ford scrapped that policy in August, opening the opportunity to the private sector to avoid spending taxpayer money on stores and to create more opportunities for the business sector.

Budding entrepreneurs can submit applications for stores to the government starting Dec. 17, but will not be considered if they operated an illegal weed dispensary after the Canada-wide legalization date of Oct. 17, if they have an outstanding tax issues or ties to “organized crime.”

Stores must be stand-alone operations and not tucked into other retailers as a sideline and all employees will be required to complete an “approved” training program for which the government did not provide details.

To avoid any store operators from controlling too much of the market and promote small business, no one company will be allowed to have more than 75 stores across the province.

The government has not set a ceiling on the number of stores that will be allowed to open throughout Ontario.

Rob Ferguson is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robferguson1

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Jean Machine going out of business, will close all stores by February

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Canadian apparel retailer Jean Machine Clothing Inc. will close down all of its stores by the end of winter because of losses.

Jean Machine’s president Lisa Hryciuk announced in a letter posted on the company’s social media channels that 20 of its locations will be shuttered by Jan. 31 and another four will be gone by Feb. 28.

All of Jean Machine’s locations are in Ontario and it stocks apparel from Guess, Levi’s, Jack and Jones and Buffalo David Bitton.

Hryciuk says Jean Machine’s e-commerce offerings will remain open, but there will be no exchanges permitted for purchases made since Nov. 1.

Jean Machine filed for bankruptcy protection in January amid increased competition in the denim space from Uniqlo, H&M, Nordstrom and other newer retail chains.

Jean Machine has been around for 42 years and is owned by Vancouver-based Stern Partners Inc., through Comark Service Inc., which also owns apparel brands Bootlegger, Ricki’s and Cleo.

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Privacy commissioner investigating personal data collection at cannabis stores

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P.E.I.’s information and privacy commissioner has launched an investigation to see if the new government run cannabis stores are collecting personal data from customers — and how they’re using any information collected. 

Commissioner Karen Rose said she decided to investigate after being informed by a member of the public that the stores are using electronic ID scanners. 

Why is that practice not taking place at the liquor stores or with people purchasing tobacco?— Kara MacRae

« Our investigation will include any and all personal information which is being collected by the cannabis outlets, » Rose said in an email to CBC News Friday. « We are also investigating how that personal information, if any, will be used, and whether, and how, it will be disclosed. »

Rose said she’ll also look in the security measures that are in place to protect customers’ personal information. 

Data found stored in device

In an email to CBC Friday, Cannabis Management Corporation (CMC) said an IT specialist examined the scanner after concerns were raised and found some data was being kept for 24 hours inside the device.

Customer privacy is a priority, said Zach Currie, director of the province’s cannabis operations. He said that no data is collected about anybody who visits or purchases anything at the new retail stores. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

« This data was immediately wiped and settings have been changed so nothing can be kept in the future, » the email said.

« The privacy commissioner has been in contact with the Cannabis Management Corporation and CMC will be fully briefing her on this matter. »

However, later on Friday CMC announced it would be pulling the scanners from the stores. 

‘Standalone device’

Zach Currie, the director of cannabis operations for CMC, said the scanners were merely a tool to flag fake IDs and not intended to collected personal information from customers.  

Privacy commissioner Karen Rose says she decided to investigate P.E.I.’s cannabis stores after hearing they’re using electronic ID scanners. (Krystalle Ramlakhan/CBC)

« Our core pillar of our customer service piece is ensuring customer confidentiality, so we don’t retain any data, » said  Currie. 

« Those ID scanners are not connected to any sort of internet. They are not connected to our Wi-Fi. They are essentially a standalone device that our folks use. »

Currie said the scanner is an industry standard used in other jurisdictions to validate a wide variety of national and international identification cards.

He says staff have been instructed to scan every person’s ID entering the store, even people who appear to be much older than 19 — the legal age for purchasing cannabis. 

Cannabis stores ‘overdoing it’

Currie acknowledges the scanning practice has prompted several questions and concerns from Islanders, including Kara MacRae, who emailed P.E.I.’s finance minister. 

Valid photo identification cards must be verified by a staff member at every P.E.I. Cannabis location to ensure that no one under the age of 19 enters the store. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

« I question the scanning. What is being done with the information they’re collecting off the ID? Where’s it going? Who has access to it? Is it protected under privacy laws? And why is that practice not taking place at the liquor stores or with people purchasing tobacco? » MacRae said.

Currie said given how new the legal cannabis industry is, and the concerns around young people getting their hands on pot, the province may be « overdoing it in some circumstances to ensure we’re thought of as a retailer very focused on social responsibility. »

He said the practice of using scanners and IDing everyone will be reviewed, and may be changed « in the months ahead. »

The privacy commissioner hasn’t said how long her investigation will take. 

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With files from Steve Bruce

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