Edmonton business owner calls for more commercial tenant protections

An Edmonton business owner says stronger protections and clearer rules are needed for small businesses in commercial lease agreements.

Nylla Moroziuk said she got notice this summer that she’d have to move her store, Rain Clothing and Fashion Accessories, from its current spot in Phase 1 of West Edmonton Mall.

She knew it was a possibility — a relocation clause is part of her lease, letting the mall give her 60 days’ notice to move to another spot. She said she was told that a larger retailer would be taking her space, plus some neighbouring stores.

But Moroziuk said she’s just one year into her five-year lease agreement, and she’s frustrated that she doesn’t see a way to guarantee more stability for her location. Shops are often subject to 30-day relocation clauses, and she said that uncertainty can put independent business owners at a landlord’s mercy.

“When you’re looking at a small business … that 30 days could completely change somebody’s life,” she said.

West Edmonton Mall didn’t respond to a request for comment from CBC News.

Moroziuk said the issue isn’t her current landlord, but the broader leasing system. She started a petition this month to call for the Alberta government to create a commercial leasing act, with guidelines and standards for lease agreements.

Nylla Moroziuk has run Rain Clothing and Fashion Accessories for a decade, first in Bonnie Doon Mall, and now in West Edmonton Mall. (Submitted by Nylla Moroziuk)

Moroziuk argues it could help correct what she says is a power imbalance between commercial landlords and small businesses.

“I don’t think a lot of Albertans understand what small business owners have to go through to be able to lease in our shopping centres, or lease at all,” she said.

“With rising prices and job instability, small retailers are already facing so many struggles that this has just definitely come to the forefront.”

Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act sets the framework for the residential landlord-tenant relationship, but there isn’t equivalent legislation for businesses renting space for a brick-and-mortar shop.

Alberta isn’t the only province where this is the case, but in Ontario and B.C., there are laws that specifically govern commercial tenancies, outlining some of the rights and obligations on both sides.

In a statement to CBC News, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction said the provincial government isn’t looking to follow suit.

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N.S. business owner furious, calls planned 4-day power outage ‘ludicrous’ – Halifax

A small business owner says she is “steamed” that a planned Nova Scotia Power maintenance outage will leave her business in the dark for four workdays.

On Outram and Esplanade Streets in Truro, a planned outage for system upgrading is set to last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Sarah Coleman says her store Calling Corner New Age Boutique is located right on the corner of the two streets.

It will be one of three business among 12 customers hit with the seven-hour outages for four-straight days.

“This is ludicrous. There’s no way that should be a four-day event,” said Coleman.

Calling Corners is a tarot and crystal shop in Truro, N.S.

Submitted by Sarah Coleman

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Coleman has shut down her store for Monday, as she initially thought the outage would last just the one day.

She said she was not informed of the four-day-long outages by Nova Scotia Power, but found out from a Facebook post made by another business owner in the area.

Calling for communication, empathy

Coleman said that on March 8, one of her staff texted her that Nova Scotia Power came in and informed them that power would be out on Monday.

When receiving the information, Coleman contacted customer support, who she said confirmed they saw a planned outage for Monday — nothing else.

Notice of the outages on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday came as a shock.

“Monday would have been an inconvenience,” Coleman said. “The majority of the week… takes away our entire staff’s paychecks. This is my only form of livelihood at the moment.

“There was no regard that I could see… I don’t know, It just didn’t seem like they cared.”

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Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Jacqueline Foster said in an email statement their team has been working with the town of Truro on the planned outage.

“This is for a capital project on Outram Street where we are rebuilding the power line. The planned outage is needed so our crews can complete the work safely,” Foster wrote.

“We appreciate outages are inconvenient for customers even when they’re planned. We have done as much work ahead of time as possible, including digging

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Jokowi Calls the Concept and Design of the Presidential Palace at IKN an Investment Magnet

Bisnis.com, PENAJAM PASER UTARA – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) conveys some of the differences between the Presidential Palace in the nation’s capital (IKN) Nusantara in East Kalimantan and the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

According to him, the Presidential Palace at IKN is a State facility made by the cold hands of the best sons and daughters of the Indonesian nation as an authentic work belonging to the State, while the Palace in Jakarta is a Dutch colonial heritage building.

To note, the State Palace was originally the private residence of a Dutch citizen named JA van Braam, where he began building his residence in 1796, namely during the reign of Governor General Pieter Gerardus van Overstraten until 1804 during the reign of Governor General Johannes Sieberg.

Jokowi emphasized that the Presidential Palace at IKN was built by the Indonesian people, both in terms of design and physical development.