... I have no idea what the fuss about "Black Friday" signs showing up in Canada is about.
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States and marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season there. Stores offer enticing deals in hopes of attracting Americans who - after a relaxing day of turkey and football - realize they only have about a month left to shop before Christmas. Canadian retailers, in recent years, have become increasingly aware that Canadians have been taking notice of the Black Friday hoopla. Many of them cross the border to take advantage of deals offered in the U.S.
I have noticed something about the US border, here living in a town where you can see the next country from our rooftops. It can be crossed both ways. "Black Friday" boo hoos? Why the heck are we not selling Canada to our neighbours at the very moment when they are wanting to spend some significant hard earned chunks of cash?
I'll cross this weekend - not to buy a TV but to buy un-surcharged aged cheddar. Maybe socks. Definitely beer. Those not in the NWT or Newfoundland might consider the flip over, too. While you are there, mention that they might want to come to our towns, too.