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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Canadian Toy Testing Council in Jeopardy
If new funding isn't found soon, Ottawa's CTTC will be forced to stop publishing the annual Toy Report and shut down its long-running toy testing program.    
Neighbourhood Retailers Celebrate Toy Store Day -- from B.C. to Q.C.
On November 8, Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada members across the country welcomed customers to its annual celebration of play and the specialty-store experience.

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Trade News

NETS’ Voice, Deborah Cauz, Passes Away
Deborah Cauz, the much-respected voice of Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada has passed away. An enthusiastic promoter of this country's specialty toy market, Deb was just 60 years old.
Startup Toy Show Offers Incentives to Stay, Play and Buy
The inaugural Toys and Games Central Fair, designed to serve businesses in English-speaking Canada, takes place March 8 to 10, 2015 at the Toronto-area International Plaza Hotel.    
Canada, U.S. and Mexico Promote Holiday Toy Safety
Under a new Cooperative Engagement Framework, Health Canada, is working with U.S. and Mexican counterparts to promote consumer product safety.
Spielwarenmesse Business Forum Geared for Global Toy Community
The Toy Business Forum, part of the 2015 German International Toy Fair (January 28 to February 2), features a lineup of presentations on hot topics important to the international toy community.
Toronto’s Spin Master Tops TOTY Nominations
The U.S. Toy Industry Association selected 83 products, including seven from Canada's Spin Master Ltd., as semi-finalists in the running for a 2015 Toy of the Year award. The awards will be presented at next February's NYC Toy Fair.
Calling All Canucks: See U at Toy Fair 2015
The Canadian Toy Association is offering retailers and suppliers several ways to get more out of their trip to next February's American International Toy Fair in New York.

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New Products

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Column

Avoiding the dreaded Friend Zone
Customer relationships should be built on friendly, professional service -- but not friendship -- says retail strategist Jeff Mowatt. There are good reasons to avoid getting too close, and here are five of them..

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Toy Briefs

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