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Source: Wikipedia Kanesatake, Que.

New reserve-based gas station honours tax rights

Source: Wikipedia Kanesatake, Que.

Source: Wikipedia Kanesatake, Que.

Bayside Convenience and Gas sells fuel at 35% off

What if we offered a service that rightfully belongs to Onkwehon:we?

This thought is exactly what drove Gail (Scotty) Nelson and her husband Larry Daye to build a gas station that would provide fuel tax exemption to their clients.

On October 6, Bayside Convenience store became the first gas station not only in Kanesatake but in its sister-community Kahnawake, where drivers can fill up their car without having to pay tax.

“If you tank up, you save a lot of money,” said Nelson.

The Revenu, Quebec program was introduced in 2011 so that anyone with a registration card from reserves or settlements could benefit from fuel tax exemption. Despite a few gas stations in Kahnawake offering some deductions, Bayside’s 35% off comes as quite an attractive option, but Nelson doesn’t see her initiative as a competition.

“From the very beginning, I never felt like I was a threat to other gas stations in the community,” said Nelson whose goal was to simply provide the service. Two other gas stations near the community, Belisle and Crevier, also take off the taxes at the pump.

The newly-renamed Bayside Convenience and Gas owner said she received a lot of positive feedback since they started to offer the fuel tax exemption. She noticed that even people from Kahnawake were making the 35-minute drive to her business.

Kahnawa’kehro:non Tehosterihens Deer has owned his car for the past three years. He used to drive to Kanesatake to get the gas on occasion, but the pandemic has restrained him from going anywhere.

“That saves up a lot on gas,” said Deer.

Prior to COVID-19, Deer would go through $80 in gas every five to six days. Now, the same amount can last up to 10 days. With the upcoming winter, he sees Bayside’s new service as a good way to stock up on fuel while saving money.

The store, located near the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake (MCK) office, was the Kanehsata’kehro:non couple’s plan for retirement. They repainted and refurnished their old wood shop where they had been working since 1995, and opened Bayside in 2016.

Over the years, they added a variety of items to their store, such as crafts from locals.

The idea of one day transforming the store into a gas station was there from the beginning, said Nelson.

The construction started earlier this summer on July 4. Nelson had a hard time contacting Revenu Quebec for the tax exemption system.

She said she repeatedly called, sent letters and was bounced around to different departments before being told that it was already in place.

“Because we are located on the territory of the settlement, they took care of everything,” said Nelson, who didn’t have to finance any of the system’s installation.

Bayside Convenience and Gas is now open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday – and until 10 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday.

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Petro-Canada teams up with Second Cup

Second Cup has announced a plan to partner with Petro-Canada and open Second Cup drive-thru locations at gas station outlets.
The company reported they will open at three Ontario Petro-Canada sites this year.
“With an increasing number of Canadians working from home, we know that the daily coffee experience is changing,” says Steven Pelton, CEO of Aegis Brands Inc, the new corporate name Second Cup decided on last November.
Behind the initiative is a desire to get ahead of the damage COVID-19 has inflicted on the  foodservice sector. Second Cup is working to recover after a $1.93 million loss in Q2 that follows an earlier $783,000 hit to the bottom line. Same-store sales plunged 52.6 per cent and the company shuttered 130 of 244 Second Cup coffee shops in March.
Hopes are by becoming more convenient – with sites at locations Canadians travel to every day – Second Cup can turn the corner on its recent losses.
Expect to see cafes opening at more drive thrus and plans also include opening at other non-traditional locations, such as airports, hospitals and train stations, over the next 18 months.


Parkland posts lower Q2 net income of $32 million as fuel sales fall by 14%

UnknownService station operator Parkland Corp. is reporting higher-than-expected second quarter earnings despite pandemic-related hits to its sales volumes.

The Calgary-based company says net income in the three months ended June 30 was $32 million on revenue of $2.7 billion, down from $105 million on revenue of $4.85 billion in the same period a year ago.

Its net earnings per diluted share were 21 cents, compared with 70 cents last year. Analysts had expected a loss of 38 cents, according to financial data firm Refinitiv.

Parkland, which purchased the Caribbean fuel retailer Sol early last year, says volumes in its international segment are trending about 20% lower in July compared with last year because some markets have temporarily increased restrictions due to rising COVID-19 cases.

It says overall fuel and petroleum product volumes decreased by 14% in the second quarter compared with the year-earlier period but strong fuel margins and convenience store traffic, along with cost cutting, drove an over 30% increase in adjusted earnings in Canada.

Parkland, which sells fuel through more than 2,600 service stations in Canada, the United States and Caribbean, cut its budget to $275 million in March, down from its earlier guidance of $575 million. It says it will restore $50 million to account for stronger cash flow than expected and higher maintenance spending.

“We delivered solid margins, won new business and successfully managed our cash flow by reducing costs and controlling capital expenditures,” said CEO Bob Espey in a statement.

“Our financial and operating performance through the second quarter demonstrates the flexibility and resilience of our diversified business model. While we remain nimble in light of ongoing COVID-19 uncertainty, we are confident in our ability to advance our growth agenda.”


Second Cup to close more stores and pilot gas station drive thrus

The Second Cup Ltd. plans to close more stores, sell more of its product in grocery stores and open gas station drive-thrus as it looks to recover from the deep hit absorbed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

images-1The e Mississauga, Ont.-based beverage company says a pilot program will see it open at three Petro-Canada locations in Ontario this year.

Second Cup says the retail sales will supplement its own e-commerce platform that launched in April as much of its coffee house network was forced to close.

It is also moving into “non-traditional” cafe locations such as hospitals, airports, train stations and other transportation venues, with 14 locations scheduled to open across Canada in the next 18 months.

Second Cup says its net loss surged to $1.93 million in the second quarter, from a loss of $783,000 a year earlier.

Net revenue fell nearly 46% to $3.5 million from $6.5 million in the prior year as system network sales decreased 68% to $10.9 million from $34.4 million.

“With an increasing number of Canadians working from home, we know that the daily coffee experience is changing,” says Steven Pelton, CEO of Aegis, the new corporate name for Second Cup.

“People want to be able to have a premium Second Cup coffee experience in their own kitchens, and we are going to make that easier for them, with the return of Second Cup coffee products to retail banners across Canada.”

Same-store sales plunged 52.6% compared with an 8.6% decrease in the first quarter as all 19 Bridgehead coffeehouses in Ottawa and 130 of the 244 Second Cup locations across Canada closed in mid-March.

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Forecourt Performance Report 2020

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Choice is now a greater option for both Canadas motoring public and retail fuel operators with more independent petroleum brands and fewer refinery controlled sites coast to coast to coast. This was a key finding in this years National Petroleum Site Census, a watershed study that is done each year by The Kent Group Ltd.

 Based in London, Ontario, The Kent Group Ltd. is a data-driven consultancy that is a leading authority on fuel sector marketing, economics, performance measurement and benchmarking, as well as price/margin reporting/analysis, regulation, and industry economic research and analysis. Since 2004 The Kent Group Ltd. has been the go-to organization for the latest and most complete set of data that describes Canadas retail fueling sector.

Download the full report here

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Truckers told to ‘hold it’ as rest stops close restrooms



Canada’s truckers already have a challenging job and are an important front line in the current public health battle. Now, according to information from Teamsters Canada, freight carriers are being denied access to washrooms and showers at rest stops.

This concern was taken up by Ontario MPP, Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, who tweeted Sunday photos of signs reading, ‘No Driver Washrooms at this Location’ and ‘No drivers beyond this point’ and ‘No washroom access.’

We have thousands of truck drivers, delivering medical supplies or groceries, things that people in the province need. And, we have some businesses out there that are hanging signs up saying essentially drop off your load, but you cant use the restroom,” said McNaughton.

Ken Johnston, Purolator’s head of human resources, told media that for truckers much has changed over the last few weeks. Where once gas stations were among the “last reliable places” for a rest stop, operations are now closing the door on driver breaks.

“Our couriers deliver critical supplies to hospitals, long-term care facilities and of course millions of Canadians who are now self-isolating or social distancing in their homes who need supplies. So, in many ways we’re as much of a front-line worker in this effort as anyone,” he said.

 Toronto Mayor John Tory joined the discussion. “Some businesses who previously accommodated employees for mid-route bathroom breaks are either closed or they are open but no longer allowing those operators in,” he said at a Monday news conference. “Those operators – those bus drivers and streetcar operators and others – are serving us at a time when we need them to serve us, and we need to help them as they carry out their duties for us.”

For weeks, truckers across Canada and the U.S. have complained about a lack of access to rest areas.  Many sites, such as c-store and gas stations, have limited access to truck drivers because of fears of contracting the virus. In response, the Ontario government has ordered all truck stops to remain open and deliver basic services to drivers who need bathroom breaks.