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Wynn Dazed or Confused? – Black Friday Jealousy




Wynn Dazed or Confused? – Black Friday Jealousy

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is getting the silent treatment from Premier Kathleen Wynne. Declaring she will only interact with Toronto council’s official voice, Wynne snubbed Ford and met Tuesday with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. “I’m going to meet with the representative of city council and that’s the deputy mayor,” Wynne said following a 30-minute chat in her Queen’s Park office. “It’s very important that I meet with the people who are in the decision-making role, who are the representative in the municipal case of their city council.” A strong partnership between Ontario and Toronto is essential to resolve mutual concerns such as transit and housing needs in the city, Kelly said.  full story at

Black Friday

The name might lack colour, but as Black Friday approaches, retailers will be pulling out all shades of promotional glitz as they vie for consumer attention.

Black Friday is the Friday following the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the U.S., and it is regarded as the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season.

Traditionally, eager Canadian shoppers have prepared for long waits at the border seeking cheap U.S. deals in preparation for Christmas.

This annual exodus of patrons and their money means a significant dip in sales for businesses north of the parallel, with this Nov. 29 being no exception.

However, in reaction to the southbound surge, local retailers are increasingly taking their own measures to keep Canadians shopping at home.

“Ultimately [lowering prices] keeps people here,” says Tim Wagner, owner and operator of Soccer West in White Rock.

“It’s pretty hard to get the individual to see the loyalty in keeping your dollars local. Bottom line, it comes down to what they can save.”

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New Airline

A new discount airline could soon be coming to Western Canada, potentially offering significantly cheaper air travel for Canadians. The company is called Jetlines. It’s being launched by a group of aviation veterans based in Vancouver. Already, the company says it has negotiated landing slots at airports in Western Canada. “We’re starting from Winnipeg and west and routes… that are not served or they’re underserved or they’re only served through a connection,” said David Solloway, who will serve as Jetlines’ chief commercial officer. Solloway said they are modelling the company after such deep-discount airlines as Ryanair in Europe and Allegiant Air in the U.S., offering fares 40 to 60 per cent cheaper than current averages. To keep costs down, Jetlines says it will charge passengers extra fees for things like checking bags and selecting seats in advance. The company has already applied for an airline licence to operate large aircraft in Canada and hopes to offer select flights as early as next fall.   story at