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Poppy volunteer remembers a father’s military service

This week, Joanne Barden stood at the entrance of the newly opened Target store on Danforth Avenue. She had a box of poppies slung around her neck. “Two young men… they took poppies and made a donation … and they told me they respected our veterans very much, and they respected the military, and I found that extremely rewarding,” Barden said.

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Sears acts ahead of looming retail battle with Target

Retail giant Sears is sharpening its markdown pencils and getting ready to spruce up some of its stores ahead of a major new competitor entering the Canadian market. U.S. retailer Target has plans to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada beginning in March 2013. In a move to stay competitive, Sears last month announced it would be slashing prices on 5,000 items.