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RETAIL: AT ISSUE

Much of the Main Street advocacy work that RCC does helps retail operations in municipalities right across the country.

FIGHTING FOR RETAILERS'
RIGHTS ON MAIN STREET
To support the success of retailers and the health of communities
across the country, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is making sure
the voice of independent retail is being heard loud and clear among
municipal policy-makers when it comes to unfair policies.
BY ROBERT PRICE

AS cash-strapped municipalities across Canada look

"We're finding local governments are respond-

to raise revenues, change is in the air. And it's producing a smell many independent retailers may not like. ing to populist ideas. We're working hard because
According to Dave Wilkes, Vice-President of RCC, we're worried these ideas will spread across the
the association is seeing indebted local governments country. We're concerned that when each municiexperimenting with populist policies to plug budget pality takes a unique approach to bans on bags, we
holes. In some places, like Toronto, city councillors
are considering a tax on street parking. In many see iniquity between one jurisdiction and another.
other places, municipalities are considering banning It creates cost issues for Main Street retailers."
plastic bags. In both cases-and in many other poli- DAVE WILKES, Retail Council of Canada
cies currently being discussed by cities across Canada-small businesses and Main Street retailers carry the brunt of the cost.
Plastic please?
RCC's position on punitive regulations is clear-they're wrong-
One policy RCC's fighting is bans on plastic
and the association has been working across the country to tell bags. On the face of it, banning plastic bags
local governments to stop instituting taxes and policies that un- seems like a good idea. No doubt they are an
fairly target one sector of the economy-retailers.
easy win with voters. That's why so many loWilkes says RCC is working hard on different fronts, and with cal governments are considering bans. But
different levels of government, to stop the imposition of bad there is good evidence, Wilkes says, that banpolicy. "We're finding local governments are responding to popu- ning bags won't curb litter any better than
list ideas," says Wilkes. "We're working hard because we're wor- solutions put forward by industry.
ried these ideas will spread across the country."
Of greater concern for industry is the con10 |

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016

Publisher’s Desk
Retail Currents
Retail Research
Independents’ Corner
Retail: At Issue
The Future of Retail
Technology for the Good
E-Commerce Next Practices
The State of Mobile Payments
Aldo Launches ‘Store of the Future’ at Westfield World Trade Center
The Hottest Summer in Half a Century
Once More Unto the Breach
Advertiser’s Index
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Publisher’s Desk
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 5
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Retail Currents
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 7
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - insert3
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - insert4
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Retail Research
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Independents’ Corner
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Retail: At Issue
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - insert5
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - The Future of Retail
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Technology for the Good
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 23
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - E-Commerce Next Practices
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 26
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - The State of Mobile Payments
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 31
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Aldo Launches ‘Store of the Future’ at Westfield World Trade Center
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 33
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - The Hottest Summer in Half a Century
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 35
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 36
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - 37
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Once More Unto the Breach
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Advertiser’s Index
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