Why Sears Canada is Failing

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It was not that long ago that every large mall had a Sears store. In the last few years, several locations have closed including the flagship one at the TorontoEaton Centre. That location is now a Nordstrom. Others like Sherway Gardens have become a Saks Fifth Avenue. There are also locations like Markville that are still an empty space. Amid new financial troubles, Sears announced today that there will be fifty nine more stores closing in the near future. This will result in over two thousand jobs lost and leave them with fewer than one hundred stores across Canada.
Just ten years ago I would not have been able to imagine this happening. Sears was the second largest department store chain next to Hudson’s Bay. It was the first store I went to when I needed a new wallet or shirt. Now I can’t remember the last time I made a purchase at Sears. It was probably a Lindt chocolate at least two years ago. At Fairview Mall, I only walk through the store since the entrance is right by the TTC stations. Sometimes I am surprised at how much it has changed. I remember when there was a giant hardware section and grandiose holiday displays at Christmas time. It seems much emptier now and the store is not in good condition.
The Fairview location is currently undergoing major renovations. It is one of many efforts for Sears to save their business. Another change is a new logo, which I personally find completely pointless. Their signature blue lettering has been replaced by what looks like a Microsoft Word font. I think it’s very boring, especially when compared to the old one. Also, making the maple leaf bigger reminds me of when Target commercials tried to make it seem “Canadian.” It just seems like they are an American chain desperately trying to fit in. We all know how that ended for Target, so it seems fitting that Sears appears to be going the same route.
These days, more people prefer to shop online than in stores. Sears Canada’s Internet sales have actually dropped recently. They did make changes to improve their online shopping experience. However, many customers said these changes should have been made a long time ago. By contrast, their main competitor Hudson’s Bay does an excellent job with online shopping. I recently ordered from them. They have a variety of products, shipping was fast, and customer service is great.
I would love to see Sears Canada turn things around. However, I know that at this point only a miracle could make that happen. The stores are not in good condition and their efforts to save the business are not enough. They also did not focus enough on their online shopping experience. It would not surprise me if Sears had to close the remaining stores in the near future. This once-prominent retail chain is fading fast.

Sassy City Girl reviews, Orphan Black. Watch it now on Crave TV. Tracy Gerhardt’s Love Winx Page.

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Orphan Black is a Canadian sci-fi TV series filmed mostly in Toronto. The fifth and final season started on June 10, 2017. I first came across this show in 2014 and it’s been my favorite ever since. It examines moral issues around cloning, has great characters, and is constantly surprising me. I’m sad that it’s ending, but I have seen what happens to shows that get dragged out so they keep airing. Besides, it will be an amazing season if the first episode was any indication.

Orphan Black centers around a group of female clones all played by Tatiana Maslany. The series opens with con-artist Sarah Manning witnessing a woman commit suicide. She notices that Beth Childs looks exactly like her and steals her purse. She meets several of her clones soon after. At first, Sarah is only interested in Beth’s money, but she grows to care about her sisters. They are fighting threats from the extremely religious Proletheans and the science institute DYAD. A few of the clones also develop a

A few of the clones also develop a mysterious life-threatening illness. The show examines the moral implications of cloning as well as how it affects each sister’s identity. Other clones include soccer mom Alison, scientist Cosima, Ukrainian assassin Helena, and “pro clone” Rachel. Each one has her own personality and struggles.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe they are all portrayed by the same actress. Maslany is extremely talented, doing many different accents flawlessly. The non-clone characters are fantastic as well. Sarah’s biological daughter Kira is very precocious and senses when things are not right. Her foster brother Felix and mother Siobhan have strong personalities yet are very loving. Cosima’s girlfriend Delphine does whatever she feels is best for her even if it compromises their relationship. Alison’s husband Donnie often provides much needed comic relief. I recall a scene where he accidentally killed an antagonist and I couldn’t help laughing.

Another thing that makes the show amazing is unexpected plot twists. I didn’t like Helena in the first season. However, she turned out to have a soft side and is now one of my favorites. Certain characters turn out to have hidden motives or be more involved in the conspiracy than I thought. The genetic original was not who I was expecting at all. There are many emotional moments. One scene in season four had me crying harder than I ever have during a TV show. I even tweeted that I wished I could kill a certain antagonist. However, there are many heartwarming moments too. I really enjoyed the ending of season three where several clones were having dinner together and reminiscing about recent events.

If you have not seen Orphan Black, I highly recommend it. The show deals with moral issues of cloning, has amazing characters with strong bonds, and always surprises you. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 PM on Space and are available on space.ca soon after. Past seasons can be watched on Crave TV. I am excited to see what transpires during the rest of the final season.


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