TORONTO — Amazon says sign-ups for its Amazon Prime membership program grew 80 per cent in Canada in 2016.The world’s largest online retailer wouldn’t disclose the total number of Canadian Prime members, but it says the year-over-year gain makes Canada one of the countries with the fastest growth rates.The success of the program, designed to increase its market share and strengthen customer loyalty, is being closely watched by Canadian competitors.The program, which charges an annual membership fee of $79 plus taxes, was launched in Canada in 2013. It offers members free delivery – including same-day service in some markets – as well as access to Amazon’s video streaming service, digital video games, unlimited photo storage and other benefits.The company says it has tens of millions of Prime members worldwide.“We’ve been very pleased with the way (Canadian) customers have been responding,” Greg Greeley, vice-president of Amazon Prime Worldwide, said in an interview from Seattle.Amazon said Thursday that it will be holding its third annual Prime Day — its biggest sales day of the year — on July 11 in more than a dozen countries including Canada.The promotions will begin earlier than usual this year, at 9 p.m. ET on July 10. Greeley says prices for sales items will be the lowest they’ve been all year and include more selection and quantities than previous years.Earlier this week, an analysis by BMO Capital Markets said that Amazon is by far Canada’s largest e-commerce retailer.It estimated that the company had just over $3.5 billion in Canadian e-commerce sales in 2016, compared to $2 billion in 2014. The company declined to confirm the sales figures.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
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“This was in fact written by a 31-year-old female, who like many others initially noticed their beaming smiles and pretty faces.”But as an officer myself, I know the job they do well and would encourage any of you men, women, ‘pretty’ or ‘ugly’ to step up and see if you have what it takes!” The force insisting no offence had been caused and attempted to defend the post on the basis it was written by a woman.Under the caption “these ladies are more than just pretty faces”, the post read: “From SPC [Special Police Constable] to Superintendent, there are opportunities for everyone in the police. Don’t sit and wonder what it would be like, come and join us – we are recruiting!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Social media users said the wording of the post would not attract women to join the force, claiming it was sexist. What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Police Scotland have been accused of “going back to the 1970s” after posting a picture of female officers with the caption: “More than just pretty faces.”The selfie of the three women in uniform was posted on the Facebook page of Edinburgh Police Division on Tuesday as part of a recruitment drive that promised “opportunities for everyone”.But the post sparked a sexism row as social media users claimed the force was using outdated language. Some branded the caption “outrageous”, “medieval” and “condescending”. Others Facebook users described Police Scotland as being outdated. On Wednesday morning, the force responded with another message – but managed to provoke more uproar.Edinburgh Police Division wrote on Facebook: “No offence caused folks. I was merely making reference to the fact these women (and men) work very hard and we are appreciative of all they do in their respective jobs – whether that’s as a volunteer for police scotland or one of the commanders for the division. However, other Facebook users responded that offence was caused: