I posted this in talkemount as well... This was announced yesterday (we saw the same in a few smaller european countries 2 years back)... http://globalnews.ca/news/1774831/so...across-canada/ Very very sad news - I've recently bought some gear from the Sony store in Canada whom I found to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The availability of Sony stores was a large part of the reason why I considered picking up a Sony in the first place - it's reassuring to be able to just walk into a brick and mortar store if you have an issue. It looks like the camera division is doing extremely well for Sony - but the big losses dragging the company down were on the mobile and television side of things. As an electronics company, I believe that a few years back Sony dropped the ball in letting LG and Samsung muscle in on their once 'premium' tv area. I remember in the 80's when you would buy a Sony because it was the best built consumer electronics company - sort of like the 'perceived' Apple of it's day. I do think it has forced Sony to be a more aggressively innovative company in other divisions recently (cameras, playstation, action cams). On the camera side, products like the A7 series in their camera division and a fairly innovative lens lineup and offering for photo and video makes their camera offerings at least very compelling from a hobbyist/prosumer/pro perspective. The problem is that this is still an overall small sector related to their TV, hifi, home theatre and mobile divisions. Pulling brick and mortar stores will not be a good thing for brand awareness as Samsung and LG look to dominate even more into the living room. Thoughts and prayers are with the employees loosing their jobs. I've always had only really great experiences with the Sony Canada guys that I have dealt with. I hope they are well looked after in redundancy packages and find new jobs soon.