- Wood Buffalo Food Bank re-opens after Fort McMurray wildfire
- Sask. sex offenders express willingness for chemical castration as treatment option
- ‘Extremely violent’: Vancouver gangster shot dead in Toronto linked to Wolf Pack gang
- Here’s how Canada’s new tariffs on U.S. imports could impact your weekly shopping bill
- NDP fears government is opening the backdoor for more health privatization
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The Wood Buffalo Food Bank announced it will reopen Saturday June 11 from noon until 7 p.m. after cleaning up the destruction left by the wildfires in Fort McMurray.
“After weeks of hard work, cleaning, sanitizing, painting, disposing of 53,257 possibly contaminated food items, washing 20 pallets of cans, restocking shelves and passing inspections, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank (WBFB) is finally able to open its doors,” the group said in a statement Thursday.
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The WBFB is located at 10117 King St. and will be open daily 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. until June 24, then Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The food bank advises people who need food to line up at the green intake tent in the parking lot, fill out a form with staff—which requires your Red Cross number—and then you’ll receive a weekly hamper.
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Instead of the appointment-based monthly system, the bank said services will be this line-up based, weekly format until Sept. 1. Following that, the group will make assessments on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, visit the food bank’s site at 长沙夜生活woodbuffalofoodbank长沙桑拿.
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Could administering medication be the answer to help sex offenders curb their urges? More and more accused are now offering to undergo chemical castration in exchange for the possibility of a lighter sentence.
Last week, court heard that it was something Jared John Charles would consider if it would help reduce the risk to society.
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He kidnapped and sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl last July in Prince Albert, Sask., who had been left momentarily unattended at a playground. When he was arrested hours later, he told police he took the child because “she looked small and weak.”
Last week, court heard chemical castration was something Jared John Charles would consider if it would help reduce the risk to society. Supplied / Prince Albert Police Service
Last week, court heard chemical castration was something Jared John Charles would consider if it would help reduce the risk to society.
Supplied / Prince Albert Police Service
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Charles was handed an eight-year sentence for the crimes, with the judge describing the facts surrounding the case as horrific and every parent’s worst nightmare.
The judge also had a few recommendations for Correctional Service Canada (CSC) to consider when it came to Charles. These included he receive treatment for FASD, and serve his time in the Regional Psychiatric Centre. There was no mention of chemical castration as a condition, and it’s not something a court can impose.
“It has been difficult for us at times to get medical professionals to jump both feet into the idea that this is going to work for a particular offender – it’s really difficult to know,” Saskatoon criminal defence lawyer Brian Pfefferle said.
Russell Wolfe, convicted sex offender, designated a long term offender
He provided legal counsel to both Shane Pattison and Russell Wolfe, who are now deemed long-term offenders for victimizing children. Court also heard that Pattison and Wolfe had expressed interest in chemical castration to reduce their urges as well as their possible sentence.
“Understanding that the potential for an accused person to spend the rest of their natural life in jail is present, sometimes accused persons will look at all avenues including use of chemical sterilization techniques,” Pfefferle added.
The Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask.
According to one research report by CSC, the administration of antiandrogen medication, or chemical castration, is just as effective as surgical castration.
Desired effects that have been achieved through the injections include: decrease in erotic fantasy; decreased frequency in erections and orgasms; reduction in sexual drive and activity; and less irritability and aggression.
However, the medication does have potential side-effects such as: weight gain; headaches; fatigue; hot and cold flashes; phlebitis; nausea and vomiting; hyperglycemia; disrupted gall bladder and gastrointestinal function; and sleep disturbances.
In a statement to Global News, CSC said it doesn’t track the number of convicted sex offenders that have undergone the treatment while serving time in a federal institution.
“When an offender is identified as having pathological sexual behaviours, an assessment is conducted to determine if the use of a medication treatment option is appropriate for that offender. This takes into consideration the benefits and risks of the prescription medication,” CSC said in the statement.
“As always, offenders have the right to refuse treatment and therefore the final decision is based on agreement between the attending physician and the offender.”
“Medication to reduce testosterone levels is only one component of treatment and is typically provided in conjunction with cognitive behaviour therapy or another psychological treatment. Prescribed medications are rarely considered a stand-alone treatment for sex offenders.”
Pfefferle said he is unaware of any client of his that has actually gone through with chemical castration as a treatment option or he just hasn’t been privy to their decision.
“There’s a lot of moving parts to this. We don’t want to willy-nilly be injecting people with medication that will change their being if it’s not necessary,” Pfefferle added.
“The easy solution to society’s ills is not often so easy when you get inside and meet the people that are involved in these situations.”
Gordon Stuckless arrives at court in Toronto.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
In 2016, Canadian sex offender Gordon Stuckless disclosed that he had been receiving injections of sex-drive-reducing medication for over 10 years in an effort to keep him from re-offending.
He was found guilty in 1997 of sexually assaulting at least 24 boys while working at the former Maple Leaf Gardens as an usher in the decades prior.
Prosecutors, however, still had concerns about Stuckless, despite him undergoing chemical castration since he hadn’t gone through any kind of therapy or counselling to supplement the treatment, and couldn’t legally be forced to keep up the injections if he no longer wanted to.
A former Vancouver gangster killed in a daytime shooting in a busy downtown Toronto neighbourhood had connections with a dangerous criminal alliance known as the Wolf Pack gang, according to investigators in British Columbia.
Sukhvir “Sukh” Deo, 35, was sitting in a white Range Rover near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue when he was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon, in what police called a “targeted shooting.”
“I can tell you that he wasn’t a member of this community, it wasn’t a random shooting, it was targeted,” Toronto homicide Det.-Sgt. Joyce Schertzer told reporters Thursday.
And while Toronto police revealed little information about Deo’s background, investigators in British Columbia are well acquainted with the man suspected of cocaine trafficking and ties to several criminal organizations.
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Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of B.C.’s anti-gang squad, said Deo, while not a full-fledged member, was aligned with a violent gang known as the Independent Soldiers, which are part of a larger criminal organization called the Wolf Pack.
“Mr. Deo, who was just murdered in [Toronto], was historically aligned to the Independent Soldiers,” Houghton, with the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement, told Global News. “But he was definitely aligned to at least several people in leadership positions of the Independent Soldiers and if we extend that up, it extends into this [larger criminal organization] that is the Wolf Pack.”
Houghton said the origins of the Wolf Pack go back to the Aug. 14, 2011 murder of Jonathan Bacon, an infamous B.C. gangster and leader of the Red Scorpions gang, who was shot by masked gunman while sitting in a car outside a hotel in Kelowna.
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Larry Amero, a full-patch member of the Hells Angels, was also wounded in the shooting and James Riach, a member of the Independent Solders, managed to escape unharmed, said Houghton.
“Here in British Columbia these groups the Red Scorpions and the Independent Soldiers were extremely violent,” Houghton said. “They are involved in a lot of drug trafficking, street level killings, murders.”
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Houghton said Amero was later arrested in Quebec in a drug trafficking case and is in jail awaiting trial. Riach’s whereabouts are currently unknown but he was arrested in the Philippines in 2014 for drug trafficking before being released.
Despite the events of 2011, the Wolf Pack gang continues to operate across Canada today, said Houghton, as a collection of gangs, criminal organizations and consortiums.
“We look at it as a crude business alliance of these groups who recognized they needed to come together to form what we called ‘power blocks’ within the organized crime scene, not just here in B.C. but across Canada and even internationally,” said Houghton.
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Several members of the Deo family are well known to police in Metro Vancouver, including his brother Harjit Singh Deo who was convicted in 2007 for a 2005 kidnapping for ransom in which the victim was held inside the Deo family home in New Westminster.
Sukh Deo had been living in Ontario since 2013 and was involved in drug dealing, said Houghton.
A statement from the family said that they were going through a “difficult time” and that they were “shattered” by his death.
“There have been many things written and said about Sukh alleging all manner of things that are not true,” the statement read.
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Deo’s father, Parminder Singh Deo, is also wanted in an Interpol warrant from India on charges including drug smuggling, forgery, theft, and criminal conspiracy.”
Before his death, he was seen sitting courtside during a Toronto Raptors playoff game and was ejected from his seat during Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals after heckling referees.
Houghton said police in B.C. work closely with police agencies across the country in targeting violent gangs like the Wolf Pack, and warned there could be more violence.
“If history tells us anything, especially here in British Columbia, when we have individuals — no matter where they are placed on the gang hierarchy— any time one of them is a victim of violence, whether it’s murder or an attempt on their life, in the past 10 years we’ve seen tit-for-tat reprisals,” he said.
With files from Adam Miller
A few days after Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports, worth a total of CAD$16.6 billion, came into effect, the question still lingers: What impact will this have on consumers at the cash register?
Global News spoke to several economists and supply chain management experts who supported the assertion that the upper limit for increasing retail prices after the tariffs are applied could be as much as 10 per cent of the original price — or the full cost of the tariff.
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“The upper limit is going to be the 10 per cent,” said Walid Hejazi, a professor of economics at the University of Toronto. “Some companies have already said they’re just going to pass the entirety to the customer.”
In response to tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel exports, the Trudeau government has placed retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum products as well as a 10 per cent tariff on over 80 consumer products.
Because the tariffs will be applied as a “direct percentage,” Marc Wulfraat, the president of supply chain consulting firm MWPVL explained, some retailers may have no choice but to raise prices by a full 10 per cent.
“If it goes up by 10 per cent in duties, technically the retail price should go up by 10 per cent as well. The retailer has to make a percentile of markup in order to keep his business afloat. He’s going be paying more for the goods, therefore he’s going to charge more for the goods,” Wulfraat said.
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Keeping in mind that each exporter will individually determine how to absorb these tariffs — whether it be through raising prices, laying off employees, accepting lower profit margins, or otherwise — Global News crunched the numbers to determine what could happen to Canadians’ weekly shopping bills, if the full value of these levies were passed on to the customer.
These estimates are based on regular-priced items, not on sale or clearance.
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It’s important to note that these calculations are a rough estimate of the highest amount prices on commonly-purchased products could increase as a result of the tariffs that came into effect on July 1. Depending on how each exporter chooses to absorb the increased fees, the actual amounts may vary.
Display of Folgers coffee in Laval, Que., May 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mario Beauregard
Display of Folgers coffee in Laval, Que., May 9, 2015.
THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mario Beauregard
To determine the average price of American-made coffee in Canada, We found the average retail price of two of Canadians’ favourite American coffee brands: Folgers and Maxwell House. We compared the prices of the Maxwell House Original Roast (920g) (a brand owned by the Kraft-Heinz Company) and the Folgers Classic Roast (920g) from both Walmart Canada and Loblaws online stores, and found the average price to be $9.80.
If a 10 per cent tariff were directly passed down to the consumer, Canadians could soon pay an average of $10.78 for their favourite instant coffee.The average price of Folgers Classic Roast (920g) used for this estimate is $10.44The average price of Maxwell House Original Roast (920g) used for this estimate is $9.48
Potential increase in average coffee price: Up to $0.98.
In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Jim Beam bottles line the counter at the Jim Beam visitors center at Clermont, Ky. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)
In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Jim Beam bottles line the counter at the Jim Beam visitors center at Clermont, Ky.
(AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)
To determine the average price of American whisky in Canada, Global News compared the LCBO retail prices of Jim Beam White (750 ml), Jack Daniels’ Tennessee Whisky (750 ml) and Wild Turkey 81 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750 ml). We found that the average price of these three popular whiskies is currently $32.38.
If a 10 per cent tariff were directly passed down to the consumer, Canadians could soon pay an average $35.61 for 750 ml bottles of many popular brands of whisky. Of course, these increases vary depending on the size of the bottle.The average price of Jim Beam White (750 ml) used for this estimate is $27.95The average price of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whisky (750 ml) used for this estimate is $35.25The average price of Wild Turkey 81 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750 ml) used for this estimate is $33.95
Potential increase in average whisky price: Up to $3.23
Snickers chocolate bars are seen at a market in Ankara, Turkey on February 25, 2016. Getty Images
Snickers chocolate bars are seen at a market in Ankara, Turkey on February 25, 2016.
Both chocolate “blocks, slabs or bars,” with and without fillings will be subject to a 10 per cent import tariff as of July 1. Therefore, Global News selected one of each — Snickers Bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolates — to determine the average price chocolate bars could go up for Canadian consumers.
Global compared the prices of a regular Snickers Bar and a pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolates at both Walmart Canada and Loblaws online stores, and found the average price to be $2.12.
If a 10 per cent tariff were directly passed down to the consumer, Canadians could soon pay an average of $2.33 for their favourite chocolate treats.The average price of Snickers Bars used for this estimate is $2.00The average price of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolates used for this estimate is $2.24
Potential increase in average chocolate bar price: Up to $0.21
In this Aug. 16, 2010 file photo, a jar of Smucker’s preserves is displayed in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Aug. 16, 2010 file photo, a jar of Smucker’s preserves is displayed in Philadelphia.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Canadians love their strawberry jam, but unfortunately, it’s on the list of dozens of U.S. imports that were hit with a 10 per cent tariff this past Sunday. Global took the price of Smucker’s Strawberry Jam (500 ml) and Kraft Strawberry Jam (500 ml) from Walmart Canada and Loblaws stores, and found the average price of American-made strawberry jam in Canada to be $4.92.
If a 10 per cent tariff were directly applied to the average price of strawberry jam, Canadians could soon pay up to $5.41 for American brands.The average price of Smuckers Strawberry Jam (500 ml) used for this estimate is $4.48The average price of Kraft Strawberry Jam (500 ml) used for this estimate is $5.37
Potential increase in average price of strawberry jam: Up to $0.49
Shelves of orange juice at Publix, grocery store. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)
Shelves of orange juice at Publix, grocery store.
(Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)
The majority of orange juice imported to Canada comes from Florida, meaning it’s likely subject to a 10 per cent tariff. To determine the average increase Canadians can expect to see on their orange juice, we took the average of the prices of Tropicana 2.63L from both Walmart Canada and Loblaws, which is imported from a manufacturing plant in Bradenton, Fl. While Simply Orange is a Coca-Cola subsidiary brand, it’s largely produced in Coca Cola’s Canadian manufacturing plant in Peterborough, On.
Global News found the average price to be $6.98 for a 2.63-litre bottle of Tropicana Orange juice, a brand owned by PepsiCo.
If a 10 per cent tariff were directly applied to that price, Canadians may soon pay up to an average of $7.67 for the popular orange juice brand.
Potential increase in average price of orange juice: Up to $0.69
A shopper pushes a cart down the toilet paper aisle at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasts predict an incoming blizzard to the area. AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A shopper pushes a cart down the toilet paper aisle at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasts predict an incoming blizzard to the area.
AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
While there are several Canadian brands of toilet paper that take up much of the shelf space across the country, a few American brands have managed to become fan favourites north of the border. Global News selected Charmin Ultra Strong, as it was the only American-branded toilet paper available in both Walmart Canada and Loblaws online stores, and found the average price of the product to be $16.33 for a 12-roll package.
If a 10 per cent tariff were applied in full, Canadians could soon pay up to $17.96 for 12-roll packages of Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper.
Potential increase in average price of toilet paper: Up to $1.63
In this July 28, 2008 file photo, bottles of Kraft Foods’ salad dressing sit on display at J.J. & F. Market in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
In this July 28, 2008 file photo, bottles of Kraft Foods’ salad dressing sit on display at J.J. & F. Market in Palo Alto, Calif.
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
Salad dressing imported into Canada is primarily exported by one of the largest producers of condiments in the United States, Kraft-Heinz. However, Kaft-Heinz produces many of their products in Canadian manufacturing plants and did not respond to our queries about which products would be impacted by the tariff. Therefore, we used two other brands that have become popular American alternatives over the years, including Newman’s Own, based out of Connecticut and Hidden Valley dressings, manufactured in Oakland, Calif.
To come up with a close estimate of the average price of American salad dressing in Canada, Global News took the prices of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressingand Newman’s Own Salad Dressing Balsamic Vinaigrette from both Walmart Canada and Loblaws online stores and found the average price to be $3.85
If a 10 per cent tariff were applied to that price in full, Canadians could soon pay up to $4.23 for salad dressing at their favourite retailers.The average price of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing used for this estimate is $4.13The average price of Newman’s Own Salad Dressing Balsamic Vinaigrette used for this estimate is $3.58.
Potential increase in average price of salad dressing: Up to $0.38
This March 2, 2011, file photo, shows containers of Heinz ketchup on the shelf of a market, in Barre, Vt. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Toby Talbot
This March 2, 2011, file photo, shows containers of Heinz ketchup on the shelf of a market, in Barre, Vt.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Toby Talbot
Like salad dressing, ketchup imports are largely dominated by a few major companies, primarily Kraft-Heinz since the company closed its Leamington, On., manufacturing branch a few years ago. Global News compared the price of Heinz Tomato Ketchup (750 ml) from Walmart Canada and Loblaws, and Metro’s private label Selection (750 ml) from Metro locations (which is manufactured in the United States) and found the average price to be $3.38
If a 10 per cent tariff were applied in full, Canadian consumers could soon pay up to $3.71 for ketchup at major retailers.The average price of Heinz Tomato Ketchup (750 ml) used for this estimate is $3.73.The price of Selection (750 ml) used for this estimate is $2.69.
Potential increase in average price of ketchup: Up to $0.33
Procter & Gamble Co. Febreze brand air freshener sits on display in a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Procter & Gamble Co. Febreze brand air freshener sits on display in a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
If you occasionally add air freshener to your weekly shopping list, you may be impacted by Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports. Major brands such as Glade and Febreze are imported to Canada from U.S. states and could be subject to a 10 per cent duty at the border.
Global News took the prices of Febreze Air Freshener (250g) and Glade Clean Linen (227g) from Walmart Canada and Loblaws and found the average price to be $2.57.
If a 10 per cent tariff were applied directly to that price, Canadians may soon pay up to an average of $2.82 for air freshener every week.The average price of Febreze Air Freshener (250g) used for this estimate is $3.66.The average price of Glade Clean Linen (227g) used for this estimate is $1.47.
Potential increase in average price of air freshener: Up to $0.25
This undated file product image provided by Unilever shows Hellmann’s real mayonnaise. (AP Photo/Unilever, File)
This undated file product image provided by Unilever shows Hellmann’s real mayonnaise.
(AP Photo/Unilever, File)
Mayonnaise is a staple for many Canadian shopping carts. To determine the average price Canadians pay for American mayonnaise, Global took the prices of Kraft Miracle Whip (650 ml), which is imported by Kraft-Heinz Canada, from Walmart Canada and Loblaws’ online stores, and found the average to be $3.98 .
If a 10 per cent tariff were applied in full, Canadians could pay up to an average of $4.37 for a 650 ml bottle of mayonnaise.The average price of Kraft Miracle Whip (890 ml) used for this estimate is $3.98.
Potential increase in average price of mayonnaise: Up to $0.39
Cans of Campbell’s soup sit on grocery store shelves in the United States. Getty Images
Cans of Campbell’s soup sit on grocery store shelves in the United States.
Everyone has seen Campbell’s tomato soup stacked on the shelves at their local grocery store. Unfortunately, Campbell’s, as well as other brands of soup, now fall under a 10 per cent tariff. To determine the general price of American soups in Canada, Global News took the prices of Campbell’s Creamy Tomato Soup (540 ml) and Amy’s Organic Soups (398 ml) from Walmart Canada and Loblaws, and found the average price to be $3.08.
If a 10 per cent tariff were applied directly to the consumer, Canadians may soon pay up to $3.38 for American-made soup.The average price of Campbell’s Creamy Tomato Soup (540 ml) used for this estimate is $2.23.The average price of Amy’s Organic Soups (398 ml) used for this estimate is $3.93
Potential increase in average price of soup: Up to $0.30
In total, Canadians who purchase these items each week could see their average grocery bill increase by as much as $8.88.
What does this mean for Canadians?
According to experts and politicians, the impact will be minimal and won’t be felt for about a month after the tariffs come into effect. While corporations have decried the impact on their bottom lines, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland assured consumers that the direct impact on their shopping bills would be minimal.
“In putting together these lists, the government and our fine officials have worked really hard to find lists that have the minimal impact on Canadians,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said recently in testimony before a parliamentary trade committee.
By and large, economists have supported this claim.
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“These are not huge numbers. These tariffs are meant to send a message. Every one of these goods is targeted to a state that’s tied to Donald Trump,” Hejazi said. He added however, that while they may not significantly lighten Canadian’s wallets, they represent a strong trade action nonetheless and should be taken seriously.
“It’s really a sad state of affairs that one man can impact the livelihoods of 10 million Canadians.”
Campbell’s also responded to a request for comment, confirming that a 10 per cent tariff on their soups and tomato-based products – in addition to the anticipated increase in pricing for these products’ aluminum and steel packaging – would significantly impact their business.
“With a 10 per cent tariff on soups and broths and tomato products – representing the core of Campbell’s products that are sold in Canada and made from both U.S. and Canadian ingredients – Campbell estimates the economic impact to our Canadian business to be significant,” a spokesperson said.
It’s important to note that corporations whose specific products are not on the list may also face price increases due to the use of aluminum and steel components in their packaging.
“This is in addition to the anticipated increase in costs for imported tin plate steel used almost exclusively for food production, which is Campbell’s single largest procurement expense and accounting for —some 2 billion cans of food annually in North America,” Campbell’s added.
PepsiCo, has also issued several statements outlining the impacts that 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum imports may have on their in-store prices, and have already begun warning third-party retailers of the coming hikes.
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“PepsiCo Beverages Canada has thoroughly reviewed the implications of these proposed actions, and has concluded that we must pass through any cost increase in order to be able to continue to provide the highest quality products, unequaled service, world-class marketing and consistent consumer value,” read a letter from PepsiCo, received by President and co-owner of C-Lovers Fish and Chips Brad MacLeod.
Wulfraat adds that some American companies may use Canadian manufacturing plants to avoid shipping products across the border, which would also exclude them from newly minted tariffs on certain imports. Canadians who are looking to save money on American products included on the list, can check the packaging for information about the manufacturing location. Goods that were manufactured in Canada, even if they’re subject to a tariff at the border, would be spared the extra tax.
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However, he suspects that this scenario won’t be common, as the Canadian government has likely used data detailing which products are largely imported from the U.S. to ensure these tariffs put pressure on the Trump administration.
“They’re probably also looking at the data they have in terms of what is being produced where, and what we import the most of. So, if they slapped a tariff on green beans, well, big deal,” said Wulfraat. “Most of the beans we eat are produced in Canada anyway.”
“They must have data that tells them where they should hit in order to maximize the penalty.”
Other companies, however, have already declared that they won’t pass down the additional fees to consumers, including the president of family-run Gielow Pickles Inc. in Lexington, Michigan, who says about 15 per cent of his business activity involves buying and selling cucumbers and pickles with partners in Canada.
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He said he’s ready to absorb the tariff increases himself if necessary, but he’s hoping for a quick resolution to the dispute.
“It won’t affect the bottom line for Gielow Pickles — it will come out of my pocket,” said Doug Gielow, whose company motto is “Fifth Generation Pickle People.”
“When my pocket’s empty, I’m going to have to pass it on,” Gielow said. “If you looked through my pocket, you’ll see it isn’t that full.”
-With files from Robyn Crawford and Simon Little.