MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Discount retailer Target will open 23 more stores in Canada by the middle of next month, including its first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia.[np_storybar title=”Jump directly to list of coming locations” link=”#1″] [/np_storybar]Sixteen of the new locations are in Quebec, three in Nova Scotia and four in the Ottawa area, Target said in a release Friday.The company said 14 of the new stores will open Sept. 17 and the remaining nine on Oct. 18.“We look forward to opening our first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia as we carry out an unprecedented retail expansion covering all 10 provinces across Canada this year,” said Tony Fisher, president of Target Canada.“Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario offer a variety of culturally diverse markets and we look forward to serving our new guests and engaging with these great communities,” Fisher said.Target currently has 68 stores open across Canada with plans to open a total of 124 locations by the end of 2013.Forum Research recently found that only 27 per cent of those polled indicated they were “very satisfied” with their experience at Target — which began opening its first Canadian stores in March.Target has said that the company must now focus on driving sales in categories like health-care, food, beauty and paper, where traffic is slower. The company has also said it’s working to adjust inventory and in-store staffing to match the pace of sales in each of its locations.Locations opening to the public on Sept. 17 include:Quebec Brossard – Place Portobello Laval – Méga Centre Autoroute 13 Lévis – Galeries Chagnon Montreal – Place Vertu Saint-Georges – Carrefour Saint-Georges Saint-Jérôme – Carrefour du Nord Trois-Rivières – Les Rivières Shopping Centre Ontario Kanata – Hazeldean Mall Orleans – Place D’Orleans Ottawa – Billings Bridge Plaza Smith Falls – County Fair Mall Nova Scotia Bedford – Bedford Place Dartmouth – Mic Mac Mall Halifax – Bayers Lake Power CentreLocations opening to the public on Oct. 18 include:Quebec Anjou – Galeries d’Anjou Boisbriand – Faubourg Boisbriand Gatineau – Les Galeries Gatineau Joliette – Les Galeries Joliette Montreal – Place Versailles Shopping Centre Quebec City – Place Fleur de Lys Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville – Les Promenades Saint-Bruno Sainte-Foy – Place Laurier Saint- Eustache – Carrefour Saint-Eustache
Back from a three-day fact finding trip to the east African country, John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told journalists in New York that food and security remains a key concern there. “Eighty per cent of the population depends on subsistence agriculture. The country is susceptible to harsh climatic conditions, especially what we saw with El Nino,” he said. He noted that half of all children under the age of five in Eritrea suffer from stunting, and 39 per cent are underweight. “We have to work very actively in that particular area to make sure we are addressing those who are suffering,” said Mr. Ging, noting an extensive programme to aid children in the country run by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Among other concerns, he mentioned the need to lower infant mortality, to provide people with greater access to clean drinking water and to improve sanitation. Eritrea, which has a population of roughly 3.5 million, sits at number 179 out of 188 countries on the UN’s Human Development Index, which measures indicators such as life expectancy and education. The UN is assisting at nutritional feeding centres and health clinics, and has helped Eritrea achieve “a lot of progress” on the universal development goals. “I don’t want to overstate the progress – it is significant because it is on a positive trajectory – but we have a long way to go,” Mr. Ging said.He noted the “modest” appeal under way for $328 million over the next five years to sustain and build on these programmes. The previous programme was 83 per cent funded.“The momentum is there but there is a long way to go, so we have to give attention so it continues on that trajectory,” he reiterated.