Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Goodwill Closes 16 Ontario Stores Citing Cash Flow Problems

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario Goodwill Closes 16 Ontario Stores Citing Cash Flow Problems

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Goodwill closes 16 Ontario stores

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TORONTO - Goodwill is closing 16 stores in southern Ontario citing a cash flow crisis.

A statement from Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario, says 10 donation centres and two offices will also be closed.

The outlets are located in the Greater Toronto Area, Barrie, Orillia and Brockville leaving 430 workers in limbo.

A lawyer with the Canadian Airport Workers Union, which represents the workers, says the workers were greeted with locked doors when they showed up for their shifts Sunday morning.

Denis Ellickson says doing so without notice violates the workers' contract.

Goodwill Chief Executive Keiko Nakamura says a variety of options are being explored to continue operating.

"Currently, this is a fluid situation and Goodwill is exploring a variety of options to continue its decades-long mission," Nakamura said in the statement issued Sunday. …

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