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Bellis Fair’s ‘Canada discount’ works for Whatcom residents, too

It’s a sale to attract Canadian shoppers into Whatcom County for the holiday weekend, but local shoppers will be able to get in on the savings as well.

Participating stores at Bellis Fair are having an At Par Sale Friday, May 20, through Monday, May 23 for the Canadian Victoria Day…

Bellingham mall to accept dollar at par to lure cross-border Canadian shoppers

American retailers are hoping cross-border shopping incentives — such as offering discounts and accepting the Canadian dollar at par — will entice Canadians to make the journey south this May long weekend, despite the weak dollar.

Retail sales in Whatcom stores slump during holidays

For Whatcom County retailers, the holiday season was not so jolly.

Sales of goods sold in stores were down 5.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a year earlier, according to newly released data from the Washington State Department of Revenue. Whatcom was the only county in…

Online sales slow in Whatcom border towns as loonie falters

It’s clear fewer British Columbia residents are shopping at Whatcom County stores since the Canadian currency has weakened, but it appears they also have cut back on having online products shipped here.

Point Roberts dulled by sagging loonie

They're definitely feeling the pinch in the Point. Businesses in the tiny U.S. peninsula of Point Roberts have seen sales fall along with the declining Canadian dollar, but that doesn't mean shoppers have stopped crossing the line entirely.

Border crossings into Point Roberts…

What’s next for cross-border spending in Whatcom and Canada

It’s Canada’s turn to host the cross-border shopper, but it may not be at the level of spending seen in the U.S. when the loonie was strong.

That’s one conclusion from TD Economics, a Canadian firm that released a report about cross-border spending on Monday, Feb. 8. The report indicates…

Cross-border traffic into Whatcom the slowest in five years

With the Canadian dollar remaining weak throughout 2015, last year was the slowest in terms of local southbound border traffic in five years.

Last year just under 13.4 million people entered Whatcom County through the five border crossings, 2.5 million people fewer than in 2014, according…

Cost sharing the norm for universal health care countries throughout the developed world; Canada is the outlier

Canada remains one of the few developed countries with a universal-access health care system that doesn’t require patients to participate in paying for care through some form of user fees, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public…

Western students report on Blaine train stop

Three Western Washington University (WWU) students spoke to a crowd of curious residents about the feasibility of a passenger train stop in Blaine.

Michelle Anderson-Irons, Joe Glithero and Lora Sonnen, three students in WWU’s international business program, presented their evaluation in…

Border traffic update: September traffic down 27 percent

In September, 982,249 passengers crossed southbound into Whatcom County, according to data from Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute. That’s a 27.38 percent decrease from September 2014, when 1,352,286 people crossed southbound into Whatcom County.
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