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14Aug

Huge demand spurs Victoria book store to move to larger location | CBC News

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In a world of tablets and smartphones, it’s hard to imagine a book store doing so well it needs to be relocated to a larger venue.

But that’s what’s happening at Russell Books in downtown Victoria, where demand has prompted a move to bigger digs across Fort Street.

The new location will increase the store’s floorspace by about a third, and will greatly improve accessibility thanks to an escalator and elevator.

Now, co-owner Andrea Minter and her staff are in the process of moving three floors of books — most of them stacked from hardwood to ceiling — to their new home.

“You can never replace a book,” says Minter, describing their appeal as she packs up another box of heavy tomes.

“People enjoy picking up a book. The feel of it, the smell of it.”

Minter, who owns and operates Russell Books with her husband and her brother, says much of the store’s success is thanks to its strong local customer base and its recognition as a tourism hotspot.

‘We specialize in everything,’ says co-owner Andrea Minter about the selection at Russell Books. (Andrea Minter)

“It helps selling a product you believe in, as well,” added Minter. “We take great pride in having a large collection of everything. We specialize in everything.”

Having a large selection of books available for sale is something Minter’s family has taken seriously for generations. In the early 1960s her grandfather, Reginald Russell, opened the first Russell Books in Montreal.

Reginald Russell was a banker with a love for reading who collected many books. He decided to sell his collection to the public and ran the shop with his mother. Decades later, he convinced his daughter, Diana Depol, to open a second Victoria location in 1991.

Depol and her husband ran the Victoria store for many years before handing the business over to Minter, their daughter.

Now another chapter of Russell’s history is about to begin with the move to larger digs.

As she helps pack up thousands of books, Minter is glad the move is just across the street.

“Books are heavy,” she said, smiling.

With files from All Points West

19Jul

Blind man arrested after refusing to remove guide dog from Kamloops gas station store | CBC News

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A late night stop for a coffee in Kamloops, B.C., last month quickly got out of hand when a gas station attendant refused service to a blind man because he had his guide dog in the store. 

Ben Fulton, a law student from Ontario, was arrested on June 16 for causing mischief after getting into an argument with a gas station employee over his guide dog, which the employee said was not allowed in the store.

“I explained to the clerk that it was a guide dog and by law we were allowed to be in the store,” Fulton told Daybreak Kamloops host Shelley Joyce. “He insisted that his manager had given him very strict instructions that no dogs at all were allowed.”

Fulton said the conversation escalated, when the attendant asked if he should call the police. 

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie with the Kamloops RCMP said the attendant told police that when he asked Fulton, his travelling companion and the dog to leave the store, that they became “very verbal and made physical gestures,” which the attendant interpreted as threatening. 

Fulton called the RCMP’s comments a “gross misstatement of the fact.”

“I was telling the clerk that the dog was a guide dog, so I was being verbal in that I was explaining the situation,” he said. “I held my card out so the clerk could see the card. That’s the only gesture that I can imagine he’s talking about.” 

When officers arrived at the gas station, Fulton expected they would tell the gas station employee that the law does allow guide dogs in public places. 

Instead, RCMP handcuffed him, put him in the back of a police car and arrested him for causing mischief.

“The male was unco-operative and began yelling at the officers and, at this time, the man was arrested to prevent continuation of the offence,” Shelkie said. 

After 20 minutes of speaking with Fulton and his travelling companion, RCMP released Fulton with no charges. 

B.C.’s Guide Dog Service Act says a guide dog team (the dog and the individual that needs its assistance) can access public spaces just like a person without a guide dog might, providing that the dog does not take up a seat meant for public use and that dog must be on a leash or harness.   

The Human Rights Code in B.C., says a person cannot be denied access to a service on the basis of a number of things, including physical disability. Fulton, being a law student, was aware of this and plans to file a complaint with B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal. 

“I will be pursuing whatever measures are necessary to make sure that these rights are being enforced and upheld in the province and indeed the country.”

In addition, Fulton wants the gas station employee and the RCMP officers involved to do some sensitivity training. 

“I think it might behoove them to do a little work in the community with disabled people,” he said. 

An Ontario man plans to file a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal after an altercation with a gas station attendant over his guide dog led to him being arrested. 9:51

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16Feb

Health Canada seizes illegal eyewash product from Richmond store

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Health Canada is warning the public about a potentially dangerous eyewash product seized from a health store in Richmond.

In an advisory, Health Canada says consumers who bought “Kobayashi Aibon/Eyebon Eyewash” from Tokyo Beauty and Health Care on Westminster Highway in Richmond should stop using it because it contains a prescription drug called aminocaproic acid that may pose serious health risks.

The product is promoted as an eyewash for contact lens users and for the prevention of eye disease.


Health Canada has seized Kobayashi Aibon/Eyebon Eyewash from a health store in Richmond because it poses a potential safety risk. 

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Prescription drugs should be taken only under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional because they are used in relation to specific diseases, and may cause serious side effects.

The unauthorized health product was packaged and labelled in Japanese. Health Canada says as a result information about ingredients, usage, dosage and side effects may not be understood by all consumers.

Health Canada previously warned about this product after it was seized at a different retail store.

The agency says it has seized the products from the retail location and is working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent further importation.

Aminocaproic acid is a prescription drug ingredient used to decrease bleeding in various clinical situations. Exposure to aminocaproic acid in the eye may affect the eye itself, and the acid may be absorbed through the tear ducts into the blood.

Side effects may include watery eyes, vision changes, headache, dizziness, nausea, muscle weakness, and skin rash.

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16Oct

Kamloops votes to support licence for B.C.’s first legal pot store

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KAMLOOPS — So it begins. Recreational pot is legal in Canada and B.C.’s lone government-sanctioned store, in Kamloops, opens its doors at 10 a.m. Wednesday with unanimous support from city council.

The site of a former Dollar Store, adjacent to a Save-On-Foods on Summit Drive, has become ground zero for legalization in B.C. Elsewhere in the province, local governments await applications for government and private stores from the province for their own vetting, before public consultation and rezoning that could take up to 18 months in some cases.

On Tuesday, Kamloops city council voted unanimously to support the retail cannabis business licence for the B.C. government store — ‘No. CAN00001’, officially — a last-minute approval which had been expected to pass with little or no protest.

Coun. Denis Walsh recused himself from discussion and voting because of his own pending application for a cannabis store. A lone speaker raised questions about the store’s $5,000 business licence but there were no public comments otherwise. Staff told council they received no public submissions regarding the application.

“History has been made,” Mayor Ken Christian said after a quick vote, to a few chuckles and no celebration.

Later, Christian said he felt the cannabis store faced little resistance because council did good public consultation and city staff’s guidance on the file was effective.

Christian doesn’t expect a surge in tourism and believes interest in the store will cool off within months, when others open, he said. Still, he finds it curious that people have begun referring to his city as “Kamsterdam,” he added.

“There’s a lot of speculation about lineups and people driving from afar,” he said.

“Let’s be realistic. You can obtain cannabis in Kamloops, you can obtain it in Vernon or Kelowna, so I think to drive here for this novelty would be somewhat of a mistake, but that said there will be other municipalities that follow the lead of Kamloops.”

Early Tuesday, contractors made finishing touches to the facade beneath the store’s glowing white B.C. Cannabis Store sign in anticipation of the opening.

On Tuesday afternoon, B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch spokeswoman Viviana Zanocco spoke with locals outside the store about the opening, while staff inside unsealed dried cannabis and put it inside “sniff jars,” so customers can see and smell product up close.

“The energy is amazing, everybody’s just so excited,” Zannoco said. “A little bit of exhaustion is setting in because we’ve been preparing for weeks and months.”

The BCLDB has delayed media tours of the store’s interior until Wednesday morning before it opens to the public, but Zanocco expects customers will be impressed.

The first thing they will notice is the store’s front windows, made opaque by frosted film depicting trees and mountain peaks. A blue security strobe light and alarm siren hangs over the front door, which is monitored by a security camera.

A departure from pot shops, which are often cash-only, a sign near the entrance indicates the new store accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Interac.

Everyone who enters is greeted by a staffer who asks for two pieces of ID — one government, the other something with the customer’s name — regardless of their apparent age. After the ID check, they walk through a second door and are met by staff who ask them a few questions about what products they seek, and chat with them about possession laws and safe consumption.

Signs inside the store provide information about cannabis, including explanations of THC, CBD, indicas, sativas and terpenes. Large flatscreen monitors serve as menus for the store’s 85 dried-flower varieties as well as oils, capsules and pre-rolled joints, with information about pricing.

After a customer decides, they fill out an order slip and bring it to a staff member to be fulfilled.

Zanocco said the BCLDB “hired people from the current dispensary world, so people who know the product and have been using and or selling until recently came to work for us.

“They helped us purchase the strains … and led some of our education sessions.”

Dave Jones, business-licence inspector and property-use coordinator for Kamloops, described the store’s interior as similar to an Apple Store, with plenty of glass and shining chrome.

While he wasn’t able to provide too many details, Jones said he was impressed by the store’s focus on customer education and its modern, inviting design.

“It’s nice and clean and bright,” he said. “It’s kind of like a high-end jewelry store.”

He expects it to be more than ready for the public on Wednesday.

“Any new business, there’s always going to be a hiccup or two, but I think from what I’ve seen — with the amount of time and effort the province put in — they want to be ready.”

The store will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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25Sep

Watch the moment a tornado-spawning storm hit a Quebec convenience store

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The sudden onslaught of a storm that produced three tornadoes in eastern Ontario and western Quebec was captured on camera.

The video was recorded Sept. 21, by a security camera at a convenience store in Luskville, Que.

It shows relatively calm winds suddenly picking up speed and tossing large pieces of debris past the camera. Within seconds, the camera’s view is nearly obscured by the storm’s wrath.

When the picture clears a few seconds later, the camera has been knocked to the ground.

The video is timestamped 5:01 p.m. At that time, the most powerful of the three tornadoes produced by the storm was on the ground and nearing Gatineau, Que., about 30 kilometres southeast of Luskville.

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