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Claim the night

With support from WorkSafeBC, the WCSA is developing a new online safety training program for late night retail operations and employees working alone. The program will be freely available for members and we are excited about it’s upcoming launch.

The WCSA has developed an extensive employee safety program that incorporates proven practices developed across the convenience store [...]

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Convenience stores applaud Manitoba Government for shutting down illegal smoke shacks

WINNIPEG, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Western Convenience Stores Association (WCSA) today commended the Government of Manitoba for protecting the public and especially minors by shutting down a smoke shack selling illegal, contraband cigarettes, and taking steps to allow themselves to quickly shut down any smoke shacks in the future.

"We're pleased that the government has taken swift [...]

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The manufacture and sale of contraband tobacco puts people at risk due to its association with organized crime, and it deprives the public purse of potential revenue from lawful tobacco sales. It has also put many honest retailers out of business in Central Canada. We are working to ensure it doesn’t expand in the west.

As retailers, we must do our part to ensure the legal sale of age [...]

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Healthy c-stores

Unbeknownst to many, healthy choice food options have grown significantly among our membership in recent years. We are grateful for the support received from BC’s Ministry of Health. Although initiated in BC in support of the Province’s Healthy Families initiative, it is becoming a more broadly Western Canadian program. The goal is to increase public awareness, thereby increasing demand to [...]

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Late night retail safety requirements

BC has new safety requirements retailers open for business between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am. If there is only one employee at the store during these hours, you need to have a violence prevention program in place or install a barrier that separates the employee from the public.

WCSA recommends that all retailers have a comprehensive safety management system in place that includes [...]