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Winnipeg ice cream shop switches to subscription model to keep sales from melting away

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A Winnipeg ice cream shop is serving up cool treats at customers’ doorsteps in order to stay in business.

Last month Winnipeg’s Chaeban Ice Cream switched to a subscription service model after being forced to close because of COVID-19 public health restrictions.

The federal wage subsidy and small business loan program originally kept the two-and-a-half year old business alive. The Syrian family who owns the South Osborne shop hopes a new business model will allow their ice cream parlour to survive.

“If we didn’t do anything, our business would’ve gone under,” Joseph Chaeban, who owns the shop along with his wife Zainab Ali and partner Darryl Stewart, told host Nadia Kidwai during an interview on CBC’s Up To Speed.

Along with traditional ice cream, the shop serves vegan and non-dairy products, and has come up with unconventional styles such as an Arab-inspired maamoul cookie ice cream with dates, almonds and spices.

In 2018, less than a year after opening at the former location of the popular Banana Boat, an ice cream shop that was demolished two years prior, the young ice cream parlour was named Foodie of the Year by Western Living Magazine.

In late April the local business started the “Ice Cream Club” — a monthly subscription-based service that costs $20 a month for two pints of ice cream delivered to your doorstep or curbside in the city. Hopeful customers can register online to specify the number of pints and choose from a selection of around 12 to 14 flavours for monthly distribution.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, online and in person, Chaeban said. The owners estimated at least 150 subscribers were needed to make it work. In the first couple hours of launching the service, they had reached 100 subscribers, and within two days they hit 400.

As of Monday afternoon, Chaeban said there are over 1,300 subscribers, and he hopes they can make it to 2,000.

“It means people are behind us and we can start building on,” he said.

Chaeban’s partner came up with the idea as a way to stay open and offset the losses they had since the global spread of the novel coronavirus and provincial public health orders forced non-essential businesses to close or adapt to bans on large gatherings and strict physical distancing measures.

The owners had to create a new system, set up the software and hired technical support.

“We try to do everything right where we have the right things in place just in case something does happen and it gets out of our control,” Chaeban said.

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Covid-19 altering Canadians’ housing needs: RBC

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Amid a pandemic-driven shift in demand as well as a surge in new listings, the Canadian housing market remained strong in August, RBC Economics reports.

Citing preliminary data from local real estate boards, RBC said that markets in many areas of the country remained “red hot” in August.

“But the bigger story might be that Covid-19 is now prompting more people to sell,” the report said, noting that new listings surged in urban centres such as Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

“We think this in part reflects the pandemic altering the housing needs of many current owners — who are opting to move, something they might not have considered just a few months ago,” it said.

RBC noted that the Toronto market saw new listings jump 57% year over year in August, powering a 40% increase in home sales.

Sales were up more than 20% from July’s near-record levels, it said.

“Clearly, [that] market has fired on all cylinders this summer, making up for the major disruption caused by Covid-19 in the spring,” RBC said.

The primary drivers of sales activity and higher prices were low-rise homes, including single-detached homes, RBC reported.

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RBC’s customer base makes it a favourite of cyber attacks – security experts

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Royal Bank of Canada is among the most targeted institutions by cyber attacks due to its broad customer base, according to an analysis by Palo Alto Networks.

From December 2019 up to present, cybercriminals have been establishing malicious pages disguised as websites by major companies to conduct phishing attempts and other similarly invasive attacks.

RBC ranked third in the most spoofed domains list, more than streaming giant Netflix and professional networking portal LinkedIn. PayPal and Apple ranked first and second, respectively.

“When you look at the broad customer base that RBC has, it makes sense, especially when you compare it to some of the other big names,” said Jen Miller-Osborn, deputy director of threat research at Palo Alto Networks. “These attackers are going after [domains] where they can make the most money, so they’re focusing on these organizations that have really broad customer bases because that really ups the number of potential victims.”

In an interview with BNN Bloomberg, Miller-Osborn outlined what consumers should be looking out for to filter our fraudulent emails.

“Typically, the ones that are going to be scam-related are trying to invoke some sort of emotional response,” Miller-Osborn said. “So they might say something like ‘Someone tried to change your password, click here to say whether or not that was you,’ or ‘Click here to confirm this charge on your statement,’ or ‘We’ve locked your account for strange activity.’ Essentially, things that will make people anxious and will make them want to click first, and not take a step back and pause to think, ‘Is that really the kind of email that my bank would usually send?’”

Other red flags include misspellings and basic grammar errors in the message, especially the sender line.

“Attackers try to closely mimic domain names, so you might see the number zero substituted for ‘o’, or a one substituted for the letter ‘l’. Little thing like an extra ‘s’ or ‘c’ in the name. These things, people tend to glance over very quickly and not notice.”

Miller-Osborn said that these measures should be done in concert with the most effective step in deflecting a spoofing attempt: Calling the bank and asking them if the email that they supposedly sent was legitimate.

 

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Queen confirms new home at Windsor Castle with Buckingham Palace for ‘selected events’

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The Queen will be returning to Windsor Castle in a matter of weeks, with Buckingham Palace only used for ‘select events’.

Her Majesty and her husband Duke of Edinburgh will first spend time privately at Sandringham when they leave Balmoral next week, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

She had been spending summer at her retreat in Aberdeenshire amid speculation that she would not return to the capital amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson said: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will depart Balmoral Castle during the week commencing September 14 to spend time privately on the Sandringham Estate.

“Subject to the finalisation of the autumn programme, Her Majesty’s intention is to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Palace for selected audiences and engagements.

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