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Shoppers Drug Mart to implement mandatory City of Toronto plastic bag fee June 1st

May 25, 2009

Women's cancer research to benefit from the proceeds

TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - Beginning June 1st, 2009, in compliance with the
City of Toronto by-law, Shoppers Drug Mart will charge consumers five cents
for each plastic shopping bag requested in its Greater Toronto Area stores. A
portion of the proceeds raised from the mandatory fee will be donated to the
Shoppers Drug Mart Women's Cancer Research Program at Princess Margaret
Hospital in Toronto.
"We have implemented a number of programs designed to reduce Shoppers
Drug Mart's environmental footprint," said Jurgen Schreiber, President & CEO
of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation. "This initiative to cut down on the number
of plastic bags used supports our efforts in this area, while at the same time
reinforcing our commitment to leadership in health and community pharmacy by
supporting Canada's leading cancer research hospital."
Shoppers Drug Mart has a long history of giving back to the communities
in which it operates. Through the Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation, the
annual Tree of Life campaign and other charitable activities and sponsorships,
Shoppers Drug Mart provided over $8 million in 2008 to national and local
healthcare charitable causes, pharmacy education and related community-based
"The Princess Margaret is delighted to partner with Shoppers Drug Mart to
positively impact the environment, while also advancing breakthrough research
into women's cancers," said Paul Alofs, the President and CEO of The Princess
Margaret Hospital Foundation. "According to the Canadian Cancer Society, this
year alone, over 30,000 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast or
gynecological cancers. As one of the top five cancer research centres in the
world, The Princess Margaret is making a significant impact, both nationally
and globally, in the fight against women's cancers."
To help further reduce the use of plastic shopping bags, Shoppers Drug
Mart will offer customers a free reusable Eco Bag on purchases of more than
$20 in its Greater Toronto Area stores from Saturday, May 30th until Friday,
June 5th, 2009. Through waste reduction and diversion efforts, energy
efficiency programs and an increased assortment of environmentally-friendly
products available in store, Shoppers Drug Mart is not only reducing its
environmental footprint, but is also helping its customers and employees adopt
greener practices in their own lives. For more information about Shoppers Drug
Mart's environmental responsibility and community investment programs please

About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service
retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in
Québec). With more than 1,144 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores
operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company
is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also licenses
or owns more than 30 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name
Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and two
luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company also owns
and operates 66 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest
Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to
its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health
Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and
comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a
provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities
in Ontario and Alberta.

For further information: Tammy Smitham, Director, Communications & Corporate Affairs, (416) 490-2892,