first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About MuchMuch is the go-to channel for all things pop-culture, delivering trendworthy, topical programming, and exclusive live events. From the IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS to its industry-leading online and social media outreach, including Much.com, on Twitter (with over half a million followers), and Facebook (with more than 1.2 million likes and counting), Much continues to deliver unique and clever programming to its audience. Much supports the Canadian music video production industry with its annual, multi-million dollar contribution to MuchFACT. Much is available in more than 8.2 million homes across Canada via satellite, IPTV, and cable, as well as more than 1 million mobile devices. Much is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. “Much came along at a time of a brilliant creative outburst in Canadian music. We represented that perfect counterpart to ambition: opportunity”– Christopher Ward in Is This Live?“This didn’t just happen. This was not inherited. This was dreamed up.”– Leonard Cohen on Much“This place is amazing! Like it’s run by children!”– David Bowie at the 1999 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDSTORONTO (October 17, 2016) – After 32 years on the air and hundreds of thousands of interviews and music videos, Much has launched a curated selection of historical video clips on Much.com as a companion to original Much VJ Christopher Ward’s new book Is This Live?, available October 25 from Penguin Random House Canada. Available now, the Is This Live? hub features 50 video clips  detailed in the 321-page book. Curated by Ward and the team at Much, the selection of videos on the Is This Live? hub gives Much fans the chance to relive key moments in the network’s storied history, like the broadcast premiere of Mike Myers’ famous character Wayne Campbell of “Wayne’s World”, Terry David Mulligan drinking Guinness with The Rolling Stones in New York, and author Christopher Ward having a barbecue with Bon Jovi at the original Much studio.Ward has also curated a music video playlist for the Is This Live? hub launching Thursday, featuring early videos from the 1980s and 90s of The Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams, and Barenaked Ladies, among others. Much fans can also check out the Much Vault section, housing additional archival videos such as The Tragically Hip’s 2000 INTIMATE & INTERACTIVE performance, and Beyonce’s 2006 LIVE@MUCH interview.Ward, a Much VJ from its debut in 1984 through to 1989, delivers a dose of pop culture nostalgia from the ‘80s and ‘90s in Is This Live?, when the advent of the music video changed the music scene in Canada forever. With stories about bands, music, videos, and the improvisational approach to daily broadcast life at Much, Ward relives the early years of the network that jumpstarted the careers of Canadian icons like Blue Rodeo, Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, and Sloan. The book is available on October 25 wherever books are sold, as well as on Much.com. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Social Media links @wardworks1 @Much_PR Facebook Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_imgThe only way to protect the plaintiff was to prevent the search results from being displayed where they do the most harm: on Google’s global search results.Last, the Supreme Court concluded that freedom of expression concerns raised by Google and its supportive interveners were at best theoretical. The speech contained on the sites did not engage any freedom of expression values, but rather violated multiple court orders. The Supreme Court found that “most countries will likely recognize… the selling of pirated products as a legal wrong” and that freedom of expression does not require Google to engage in “the facilitation of the unlawful sale of goods.”Music Canada, together with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), has been actively involved in this case since it was first appealed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Both the Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal referred to their assistance in rendering their decisions.“Today’s decision confirms that online service providers cannot turn a blind eye to illegal activity that they facilitate; on the contrary, they have an affirmative duty to take steps to prevent the Internet from becoming a black market,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “This is welcome news for creators of all stripes who rely on the Internet as their primary market and for whom illegal online activity can instantly wipe out careers and destroy investment in new releases. Today’s decision provides a vital remedy to address illegal online activities and enforce the rights of creators.”About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada.  Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. Importantly, today’s decision also ensured that the order applies worldwide and across all of Google’s search engines, a crucial development given that the Internet has largely dissolved boundaries between countries and allowed virtual wrongdoers to move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in search of the weakest enforcement setting.In particular, the Supreme Court emphasized: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 28, 2017  – Music Canada welcomes today’s landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in Equustek Solutions v. Google upholding a ruling that Google can no longer provide search results anywhere in the world that point to a website that unlawfully sells the intellectual property of another company. Music Canada joined several other creative industry associations as interveners supporting Equustek in the case.The case establishes principles that will guide the responsibilities of Internet intermediaries to reduce or eliminate harms amplified by their activities.  In the case, Google admitted that it employs a team of more than 40 employees to remove search results to material that offend its company policies, but resisted a court order compelling it to do the same with respect to sites trafficking in goods created from stolen trade secrets.The Supreme Court ordered Google to stop directing people to the illegal sites.  It rejected Google’s approach of only de-listing individual pages within sites, which a lower court described as promoting a “Whack-A-Mole” approach to online infringement. It also rejected Google’s claim that, as a non-party, it was “immune” to court orders. It concluded that Google was “the determinative player in allowing the harm to occur” and suggested it had a “duty to assist the person wronged”. “The problem in this case is occurring online and globally. The Internet has no borders – its natural habitat is global. The only way to ensure the interlocutory injunction [order] attained its objective was to have it apply where Google operates – globally.” Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgDEVON MICHAEL BROWN, ACTOR AND DANCERAnyone who saw Donna Feore’s exuberant Stratford Festival production of The Music Man came away asking, “Who was that guy?” We all knew the lead, Daren A. Herbert, who was predictably excellent. The artist we were Googling was Brown, who not only brought passion and ardour to his acting as rebel/young lover Tommy, but also, in the ensemble numbers, kicked higher, leaped more gracefully and twirled with the kind of focus and commitment that only the best artists possess. Those years of training (he began at three) and experience on the hit TV show The Next Step obviously paid off. Forget Gaga. This year, a star was born at Stratford. BREANNA DILLON, ACTOROne of the most harrowing experiences of the year was watching Dillon late in What Happened Was… deliver a monologue that gradually revealed her character’s complex psychological baggage. The actor, who up until that moment had presented a character who seemed relatable and even ordinary, nailed this difficult scene. Later, she brought that same intensity to her role as a woman who meets up with her ex in Wes Berger’s First Dates. Dillon has the ability to suggest layers of emotion and contradictions beneath a placid surface. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for another theatrical date. Advertisement BRANDON ASH-MOHAMMED, COMICAfter taking an extended hiatus from comedy in 2015, this Humber College alum came back renewed and reinvigorated, and he seemed to be everywhere in 2018. He taped a JFL set opening for Julio Torres, and we saw him slay with his self-assured routine at the Bitch Salad finale. While he’s waiting for the audience to catch its breath, he’ll roguishly vogue to build momentum before moving on. Devon Michael Brown in The Music Man (centre, top, defying gravity) What does he have left to try in 2019? Recording his debut album. Advertisement As well as stand-up, Ash-Mohammed excels at sketch and improv (he won a Bob Curry Fellowship at Second City Toronto, and subbed in on their current mainstage revue The Best Is Yet To Come Undone), and he made memorable appearances on Sketchfest’s Rapp Battlez and Improv Karaokeat Comedy Bar.He’s been a commendable host, too, helping sell out multiple editions of The Ebony Tide in February (the show is now a monthly), and The Ethnic Rainbow, Canada’s first and only comedy show for LGBTQ+ people of colour.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Some have been working for years, some have been in hit TV shows, while others recently graduated from theatre school. Whatever their journey, here are the artists (in alphabetical order) who made us check their program bios during intermission.LOVELL ADAMS-GRAY, ACTORJudging from his packed IMDb page, Adams-Gray is busy doing TV. But let’s hope he finds more stage work like his peacock-like Levee in Soulpepper’s burnished production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. As a strutting trumpet player whose songwriting aspirations are thwarted, Adams-Gray was electric, his emotional outpourings – in his music, his speechifying and his pursuit of one of the play’s women – were all extensions of his character’s soul. The performance rightly earned him recognition by the Toronto Theatre Critics Association and no doubt will be acknowledged come Dora time. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

first_imgPatrick Gilmore and MacKenzie Porter of Travelers Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Season three of Travelers has arrived on Netflix, and it’s the show’s best to date. The binge-ready sci-fi series hits a quick reset button to clear up some of the mess that was left after the end of season two, and proceeds to leap into new turmoil, while digging deeper into questions about what’s really happening in the present, and the future.Series stars MacKenzie Porter and Patrick Gilmore, who play Marcy and David, were recently in Toronto to chat about the series, and what makes season three tick, and while Brad Wright was listening from the sidelines, the duo revealed some great hints about where the series and their characters are headed. Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsVoters in the Mohawk territory of Kanesatake voted for change on the weekend.The old council was marred by infighting and little progress was made to improve life in the community, residents say.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.last_img

first_imgThe Canadian PressPolicing will require close examination during the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Thursday after questions were raised about a draft copy of the terms of reference.The “uneven application of justice” — including everything from the quality of police searches to investigations themselves — will require review because outcomes seem to be affected if victims are Indigenous women, Bennett told The Canadian Press.This is precisely why the federal government needs to get provinces and territories, currently reviewing the terms, on side with the inquiry’s mandate because policing and other issues cross jurisdictional boundaries, she said.“This was the difference between a federal inquiry and a national public inquiry and none of that has changed,” Bennett said.The minister’s remarks come a day after draft terms of reference for the inquiry were circulated online. They did not explicitly state the need to examine the role of police or their conduct.Issues with officer behaviour and investigations were raised by families of murdered and missing Indigenous women during the government’s pre-inquiry consultation period.If the inquiry’s commissioners are going to have the capacity to examine police conduct, that should be built into the terms of reference, advocates said Thursday.“It doesn’t have to be explicit,” said Christa Big Canoe, the legal advocacy director at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto.“It just has to be that police investigations are on the table.”It is one thing for the government to say it will be included but it is another thing to do it, she added.NDP Status of Women Critic Sheila Malcolmson also believes the draft terms of reference fall short.“It is critical that consultations with Indigenous families and communities affected be central to drafting the terms of reference,” she said in a statement.The federal government plans to discuss the mandate of the inquiry with the families before it is made public, Bennett said.“They know that a representative group of them will be invited to come to Ottawa on the day prior to the launch where they will walk through the final terms of reference and the commissioners,” she said.An announcement is expected soon but a date has not been publicized.Child welfare will also be a key theme, Bennett said, noting the government has repeatedly heard about the “devastating” impact on children who are apprehended and what often happens to their mothers.“There’s no question that stories around the child welfare system from Tina Fontaine to so many of the other cases … we know the commission will have to deal with this and the differences in all of the jurisdictions,” she said.“The federal government, even though we are a funder of the child welfare system, we also have to be accountable for the results and children are being apprehended such that there’s more kids in care than at the height of residential schools.”The federal government is currently engaged in a lengthy back and forth with The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal over its commitment to fund child welfare services on reserve.In January, the tribunal ruled the federal government discriminated against First Nations children in its funding of child welfare services.Bennett has repeatedly said the government is committed to overhauling the system.Cindy Blackstock, a social worker who spent nine years on the case that resulted in the tribunal’s ruling, believes the government is still racially discriminating against Aboriginal children in its delivery of services on reserves.A key issue is $71 million the government earmarked in this year’s budget for child welfare — a figure far from sufficient, Blackstock says, pegging the actual need at around $200 million.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s Note: After this story was published, the North West Company sent APTN National News an email.“We currently cannot accept Tim Hortons TimCards at our Northern/NorthMart locations as we operate using a platform that is not integrated with Tim Hortons,” said Derek Reimer, director of business development. “While we would like to accept at some point, our current system is unable to process these types of transactions (as noted on the Tim Hortons website, TimCards are only accepted at “participating locations”). We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.” Reimer says the company wants to offer a Northern gift card as a replacement to use at its Tim Hortons location.Kathleen Martens APTN National NewsTim Hortons gift cards provided to homeless people in Iqaluit are being refused at the counter.Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau‎ said he tried to use the plastic card Wednesday at the Tim Hortons outlet in the Northern store and was told it was no good.“They just said it’s their rules,” Inuqtaqau‎ said from Iqaluit. “I was saying it’s for homeless elders and they just said no.”The gift cards were mailed via the Facebook page Helping Our Northern Neighbours (HONN).It matches donors of food and gifts in southern Canada with needy families and individuals in Nunavut.In total 15 gift cards worth $10 each were sent to the Northern Territory.Inuqtaqau‎ said he went to buy coffee and doughnuts for people who live in shacks without plumbing or heating.He said the hot drinks keep them warm while the homeless shelter is closed.Heather Porrill of Hinton, Alta., donated the cards after being told they would work in Nunavut.“I want some action and I want it now!” she said in Facebook.He posted about his experience on the HONN Facebook page: “Sorry all. Please don’t send up the gift cards for Tim Hortons. They work all around Canada but not in Nunavut.”Derek Reimer, director of business development for the North West company, which operates the Northern store, said he would look into the situation. He said the Tims franchise is staffed by North West employees.An email for comment from Tim Hortons head office was not immediately answered.This isn’t the first time HONN has underestimated just how hard it is to get things in Nunavut.In February 2015, the group collected 60 boxes of food donations and household items for the Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven.The plan was scrapped when they discovered the shipping would cost over $12,000.tmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed a 219 per cent duty on Bombardier’s CSeries jets following a complaint filed by Boeing.Here’s some of the reaction:“This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market.” — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.———”The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules.” — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.———“The magnitude of the proposed duty is absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs.” — Bombardier statement.———“Boeing has no American-made product to offer because it cancelled production of its only aircraft in this size range — the 717 — more than 10 years ago.” — Delta Air Lines statement.———“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain.” — Boeing statement.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation’s massive disparities in wealth and income.The median net worth of all American families rose 16 per cent last year from 2013 to $97,300, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The median is the point where half of families fall below and half above. That’s the first gain for middle class households since the recession upended the economy nearly a decade ago.The figures echo data released earlier this month from the Census Bureau, which also showed middle-class incomes rising. Since 2015, the economic recovery’s benefits have been spread broadly, to nearly all income levels and racial and ethnic groups. But those gains arrived after the first five years of the recovery, when higher-earning households reaped most of the benefits. A low and falling unemployment rate has helped push up pay, while rising home prices have restored some wealth to middle income families.Even with the improvement, the Fed’s report, known as the Survey of Consumer Finances , starkly illustrates the depth of the nation’s wealth and income gaps. The disparities exist along lines of income, race and ethnicity, and between cities and rural dwellers.“You’re seeing a continuing pulling apart in the wealth and income data,” said Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.It also points to why so many Americans remain frustrated with the economy: On many measures, most families still haven’t fully recovered from the 2008-2009 downturn. In fact, the median measures for wealth and income still trail their 2001 levels.Lael Brainard, a Fed policymaker, raised concerns in a speech Tuesday that long-running inequalities may hobble U.S. economic growth. Greater concentrations of wealth and income could slow consumer spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of economic activity, because richer households typically save a larger proportion of a pay raise or other income gain than middle- and lower-income ones do.The Fed’s survey found that even as median net worth climbed 16 per cent, average net worth rose more quickly, by 26 per cent to $692,100. Those differences between the median and average figures mostly reflect stronger gains at the top of the income scale. Net worth includes the value of housing, stocks, mutual funds and other savings minus mortgages and other debts.Black and Hispanic families reported large wealth gains, but wealth gaps along racial lines barely narrowed. Median wealth for an African-American family was $17,600 last year, up 29 per cent from 2013. That’s a much bigger gain than the 17 per cent increase for whites.Yet median wealth for white families last year was $171,000, ten times that for blacks and roughly eight times that for Latinos.Median wealth for the richest 10 per cent of all families jumped 40 per cent in the past three years to $1.63 million.The 1 per cent richest families now hold nearly 39 per cent of U.S. wealth, up from 36.3 per cent in 2013, the Fed said. The bottom 90 per cent of families now own just 22.8 per cent of the nation’s wealth, down from 33.2 per cent in 1989.Similar patterns appear in the report’s section on incomes. Latino families reported a 15 per cent gain in median income to $38,500, while median income for African-Americans rose 10 per cent to $35,400. Median incomes for whites rose only 6 per cent, but were still much higher at $61,200.One reason more families are finally regaining some wealth is that home prices have risen steadily since 2012. Average housing wealth — the value of a home, minus mortgages and other debt — rose 20 per cent last year from 2016. That followed a slight drop in home values in the previous three years.Meanwhile, for those Americans who own stocks, the average value of their portfolios increased 23.4 per cent from 2013 to 2016. That followed an 18.2 per cent increase in the preceding three years, when average home values were falling.For the 10 per cent richest Americans, the average value of their stock holdings jumped nearly 37 per cent to $1.37 million.The Fed also broke down their measures by where families live. For families living in cities, median income increased 10 per cent, while those outside cities saw an increase of just 2 per cent.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaberlast_img read more

first_imgLONDON – The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.Cambridge’s board of directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending an investigation after Nix boasted of various unsavoury services to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 News.Channel 4 News broadcast clips Tuesday that also show Nix saying his data-mining firm played a major role in securing Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential elections.Nix said the firm handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” and said Cambridge used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make its role more difficult to trace.“There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Cambridge has denied wrongdoing, and Trump’s campaign has said it didn’t use Cambridge’s data.Facebook also drew continued criticism for its alleged inaction to protect users’ privacy. Earlier Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data. He said Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.“It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins wrote Zuckerberg. “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on security measures that protect people’s privacy — or Congress may step in.Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that it’s currently focused on conducting its own reviews.The request to appear comes as Britain’s information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social-media giant and Cambridge Analytica.Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.“Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work,” she said.Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and moving on. But the stakes are bigger this time. The latest scandal has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network, though there isn’t much of anywhere else to go.Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham’s office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.Wylie has agreed to be interviewed by Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. A date has not been set, and it’s unclear if Republicans on the panel will attend.On Tuesday, Wylie said he found Facebook’s reaction to the revelations bizarre. He told an audience at the Frontline Club in London that before the story broke, Facebook had agreed to work with him to improve its platform. But he said he was blindsided on Friday with a news release that identified him as a suspect in the case.Cambridge Analytica found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britain’s Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Nix saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.In footage released Monday, Nix said the company could “send some girls” around to a rival candidate’s house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful and effective in this role.He also said the company could “offer a large amount of money” to a rival candidate and have the whole exchange recorded so it could be posted on the internet to show that the candidate was corrupt.Nix says in a statement that he deeply regrets his role in the meeting and has apologized to staff.“I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” he said. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes.”Nix told the BBC that the Channel 4 sting was “intended to embarrass us”.“We see this as a co-ordinated attack by the media that’s been going on for very, very many months in order to damage the company that had some involvement with the election of Donald Trump,” he said.The data harvesting used by Cambridge Analytica has also triggered calls for further investigation from the European Union, as well as federal and state officials in the United States.On Tuesday, a dozen consumer-advocacy organizations pressed the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. to investigate whether the release of data violated an agreement Facebook signed with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances.The move comes after Bloomberg News first reported the FTC could already be investigating. The FTC hasn’t confirmed the investigation but said it takes “any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously.”___AP Technology Writers Mae Anderson and Anick Jesdanun in New York and AP writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Richard Lardner in Washington contributed to this story.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – George Weston Ltd. is investing in two contradicting areas of growing consumer demand for its bakery division — healthier baked goods and indulgent foods.Luc Mongeau, president of the food processing and grocery company’s Weston Foods bakery business, said Tuesday it is working on innovation in its artisan and alternative bread products, and recently built organic production capabilities into its Kitchener, Ont. facility.But Weston Foods is also focusing on goods of the less-healthy variety amid surging demand for products such as donuts.“We are innovating in indulgent product,” Mongeau said on a conference call discussing George Weston’s latest quarterly results. “There is a strong demand for product that delivers greater indulgence, and we are benefiting and growing in these areas with our portfolio.”The bread industry has been under pressure in recent years as consumers look for healthier or artisan versions of the food staple, while also grappling with increased competition from discount retailers.Mongeau’s comments on growing demand for certain segments came as George Weston raised its dividend and reported a first-quarter profit of $180 million. The company says it will now pay a dividend on its common shares of 49 cents per share, up from 45.5 cents.The increase came as George Weston reported its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $1.40 per diluted share. That was up from $108 million or 84 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.However, on an adjusted basis, which excludes a number of one-time items, George Weston says it earned $178 million or $1.38 per share compared with $184 million or $1.43 per share a year ago.Sales in the quarter totalled $10.74 billion, down from $10.80 billion in the same quarter last year. Weston Foods’ adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the quarter slipped to $44 million, down 27.9 per cent compared to a year earlier.Galen G. Weston, who is chairman and CEO of George Weston, said the quarter was “marked by significant headwinds.”He told analysts that Loblaw, in which George Weston is the largest shareholder, delivered solid results amid “external pressures from minimum wage and health care reform.”“Weston Foods business performance has been impacted by challenging inflationary pressures and cost relating to the transformation program,” he said.In November, George Weston launched a three-year transformation plan which includes restructuring the organization and simplifying operations.In this most recent quarter, Weston Foods recorded restructuring and other related costs of $15 million, largely related to the transformation program and the previously announced closure of an unprofitable manufacturing facility in the U.S.BMO Capital Markets analyst Peter Sklar said Weston Foods’ results were further below its estimates than expected.“While we were anticipating a deterioration in the bakery’s EBITDA in Q1/18, we were not anticipating this significant of a decline,” he said in a note to clients.George Weston said that it anticipates flat sales this year compared to 2017, with improvement in the second half of 2018 to balance out an under-performing first six months.“The second half of 2018 will need to be significantly stronger than we were previously estimating in order to achieve this,” said Sklar.George Weston has also been under pressure after its admission last year that it and its main subsidiary, Loblaw Companies Ltd., had participated in what they say is an industry-wide arrangement to co-ordinate the price of bread for at least 14 years.Weston addressed the issue at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, telling shareholders that “there is no excuse” for what occurred, but could not comment in more detail due to the ongoing investigation by the Competition Bureau.“I believe, that when something like this happens, you must take accountability,” he said in his opening remarks. “We discovered the scheme, we reported it immediately to the authorities and have taken steps to make sure that it never happens again.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WN, TSX:L, TSX:CHP.UN)last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales gained 0.1 per cent to $63.1 billion in April.The small increase came as gains in machinery, equipment and supplies and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors were offset by a drop in the motor vehicle and parts subsector.The agency says wholesale sales in volume terms were unchanged.Sales were up in three of the seven subsectors.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector climbed 2.3 per cent to $13.0 billion, while the food, beverage and tobacco subsector rose 1.9 per cent to $12.1 billion.The motor vehicle and parts subsector fell 4.0 per cent to $11.5 billion.last_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state.The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September giving utilities some relief beginning next year.The law made it easier for utilities to pass along costs from fire-related damages to consumers and also avoid possible bankruptcy from a series of major fires that occurred during the 2017 fire season that produced more than $10 billion in losses.But there was a gap in the law: No damages specific to 2018 were included, so utilities face a higher bar to bill customers to cover those costs. And this year already supplanted 2017 as the most destructive in California’s recorded history.Authorities have not determined a cause for either of two major blazes burning now, but Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison have reported irregularities with their equipment near the time and place where both ignited.A woman who owns land near the site where a deadly wildfire started in Northern California said Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. sought access to her property just before the blaze started because the utility’s power lines were causing sparks.PG&E shares have lost more than a third of their value since the Camp Fire broke out northeast of San Francisco, destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens of people as it levelled the town of Paradise.Moody’s Investors Service said Monday that the “shortcomings” in the legislation reflect negatively on PG&E’s credit rating, which is barely investment grade.“Moody’s negative outlook incorporates the view that additional financial stress for PG&E is likely,” Moody’s spokesman Joe Mielenhausen said in an email. “Going forward, we will look for signs of additional legislative and regulatory support for the utility as it works through various legal processes.”Last week PG&E told state regulators that it detected a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze minutes before the fire broke out. The utility later said it observed damage to a transmission tower on the line, and a PG&E spokeswoman said the company will co-operate with any investigations.Betsy Ann Cowley, a property owner near the site said PG&E sought access to the area before the fire started, telling her power lines were sparking.Southern California Edison told regulators there was an outage on an electrical circuit near the site where the Woolsey Fire started in Ventura County. It quickly spread into Malibu and destroyed hundreds of homes.SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution and there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved. The report said the fire was reported around 2:24 p.m. Thursday, two minutes after the outage.Shares of parent company Edison International have tumbled more than 20 per cent since the fire started.California is one of just two states that hold electric companies entirely liable for damage caused by their equipment, even if they followed all safety precautions. The new law makes it easier for them to pass some of those costs along to consumers.Utilities lobbied aggressively to eliminate that strict liability standard but lawmakers dropped the idea amid pressure from insurers, trial lawyers and fire victims.Instead, legislators passed a law making it easier for utilities to manage the costs without going bankrupt. They created two mechanisms for investor-owned utilities to shift the costs of wildfire lawsuits onto their customers— one process that begins in 2019, and another for the 2017 fires.For reasons that remain unclear, they law left the rules unchanged for 2018.“The priority was on addressing 2017 victims and putting in place some fire-safety measures,” said Paul Payne, a spokesman for Sen. Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat and the bill’s author. “The focus was on making 2017 victims whole.”It’s too soon to say whether the Legislature will take up another fight over the 2018 fires, Payne said.SoCal Edison officials say the Legislature needs to do more to shield utilities from wildfire-related liability.“SCE believes the state can do more, including enacting fire-smart building codes, particularly in high fire risk areas, and ensuring the proper allocation of risk for the often-tragic consequences of wildfires,” spokeswoman Justina Garcia wrote in an email.A PG&E spokesman, Paul Doherty, did not respond to questions about the legislation, saying “our entire company is focused on supporting first responders.”Sen. Jerry Hill, a Redwood City Democrat and longtime critic of PG&E, called the report of troubles on PG&E’s lines in the area extremely worrisome.“At some point we have to say enough is enough and we have to ask: Should this company be allowed to do business in California?” Hill said. “These fires take a spark, and at least in the last few years fires have been caused by negligent behaviour by PG&E. We need to see how we can hold them responsible, or look at alternative way of doing business.”Hill said he was exploring legislative options to keep a closer check on PG&E, including the possibility of breaking up the utility.“They are a monopoly and they act as a monopoly,” Hill said. “That is a problem when the motive is profit, and that just may not be the right motive for providing utility services.”___Associated Press writer Garance Burke contributed from San Francisco.Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgWARSAW, Poland — Poland’s anti-corruption officers have detained the former head of a financial regulatory body who resigned recently after a media report he sought a bribe.The Central Anti-Corruption Office said Tuesday that Marek Chrzanowski is being taken to Katowice, in the south, where he will be questioned by prosecutors over suspected corruption.Chrzanowski was appointed in 2016 by the current ruling party to be the director of the Financial Supervision Authority that ensures proper banking practices.He resigned this month after the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported that he had sought a multimillion-dollar bribe from a troubled bank’s owner in exchange for favours. The banker recorded the meeting.Chrzanowski insists he is innocent.The anti-corruption office was started by the ruling Law and Justice party in 2006 when it was previously in power.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgIDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.Officials say 10 nuclear fuel tests have gone smoothly at the Transient Reactor Test Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho since its restart late last year.It’s part of a strategy to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by increasing nuclear power initiated under the Obama administration and continuing under the Trump administration.Officials say the Idaho test reactor could help develop accident-tolerant fuels and more efficient nuclear plants needed to replace aging plants that produce 20 per cent of the nation’s energy.Keith Ridler, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgBEIJING — 5:00 p.m. (All times local)A Chinese government spokesman says three days of talks with U.S. envoys aimed at ending a costly tariff battle have ended, but no details were immediately released.The foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said the talks wrapped up Wednesday. Lu said an official statement would come later.Asian stock markets rose on news the talks, originally planned for two days, were extended into a third.The two governments have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each others goods in the dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions.___12:00 p.m. U.S. and Chinese envoys extended trade talks into a third day Wednesday after President Donald Trump said negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war were “going very well!”The two governments have announced no details, but Asian stock markets rose on news of the decision to extend negotiations that originally were planned for two days.The two sides are meeting face-to-face for the first time since Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed Dec. 1 to suspend further punitive action against each other’s imports for 90 days while they negotiate over the fight sparked by American complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.Trump said late Tuesday on Twitter that “Talks with China are going very well!”The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell its natural gas distribution business in New Brunswick to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. for $331 million in cash.Enbridge Gas New Brunswick operates and maintains more than 1,200 km of natural gas distribution pipeline in 12 communities in New Brunswick with 12,000 customers.The company says employees, customers, partners and suppliers can expect no change to the day-to-day operations as it works to complete the deal. Algonquin says it plans to maintain local employment and the existing operating and management structure.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.It is expected to close in 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE as of 6:50 p.m. Fort St. John time, the suspects are still on the loose near York Landing.Despite reports – there is no one in custody at this time. RCMP officers remain in the community of York Landing & continue to investigate the reported sighting of the two suspects. All required resources are being used in this ongoing investigation. Updates to follow.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019Original Story: WINNIPEG, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP have confirmed the two suspects in three northern B.C. homicides could be near the community of York Landing Manitoba.York Landing is approximately 200 km south west of Gillam and the RCMP has sent resources to the community to investigate a tip.Multiple RCMP resources are being sent to York Landing, MB, to investigate a tip that the two suspects are possibly in, or near, the community. A heavy police presence can be expected in the area. We will continue to update you as information becomes available.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019Elected Chief Of York Factory First Nation Leroy Constant posted on Facebook. “RCMP officers & crew will arrive in our community of York Landing, MB very shortly to conduct a search for the 2 suspects at large.  Everyone, please remain indoors with your doors locked. And all vehicles should be parked. Please share the message with those who don’t have Social Media. We received word that there was a possible sighting around our community landfill moments ago.”On Sunday the RCMP said they had received over 200 tips in the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.  This could be the first confirmed sighting of the suspects since last week when their vehicle was found burnt near Gillam.Reporters in Gillam have shared on twitter that a large number of Police resources have left the community for York Landing.  The RCMP are also reminding the public not to post pictures or information about the exact location of RCMP members who are searching for the suspects.Please do not disclose officer locations by posting photos of our officers in the community to social media.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019 BREAKING: The RCMP say the two B.C. homicide suspects may be in York Landing, Man. They have sent backup to the area. We saw a ton of cops leave the RCMP station in Gillam about an hour ago. #cbcmb— Austin Grabish (@AustinGrabish) July 28, 2019last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Concluding a long run of 88 years, Mitra Cinema of Hati Bagan in North Kolkata downed its shutters after the owners failed to bear the huge loss incurred while running it.With the closure of the single-screen hall, several memories associated with Barua-Kanan Devi, Chabi Biswas-Sandhyarani or Uttam Suchitra come to an end. The last show at the hall was screened on April 1. Dipendra Mitra, the proprietor of the hall, said he was unable to run the place because of his ill health. The century-old building is in need of immediate repair and firefighting and other modern equipments need to be installed as well. A rumour is making rounds that a high-rise building will come up at the prime location. However, Mitra refused to divulge anything regarding the same. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra Cinema was opened in 1963 and has been screening Bengali and Hindi movies since then. Rajatava Mitra remembers when as a college student he saw Deya Neya, a legendary Uttam Kumar starrer which also featured Tanuja, Chaya Devi, Kamal Mitra, Pahari Sanyal and Tarun Kumar, at Mitra Cinema in 1963. “We had to stand in a long queue to get a ticket for the opening show. It was a marvelous experience,” he said. In the past few years, several cinema halls that used to screen Bengali movies have downed their shutters. Purna, Bharati and Ujjala, three famous cinema halls in South Kolkata, have closed down. Alochaya, a cinema hall in Beliaghata has been pulled down to make room for a high-rise complex. In Central Kolkata, Elite, Roxy and Chaplin have been closed, while Metro Cinema has been converted into a shopping mall.last_img read more

first_imgPutrajaya: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore’s proposed law to fight “online falsehoods,” but his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged sword that could be abused by governments to stay in power. The two leaders were speaking after annual talks Tuesday aimed at resolving disputes over maritime boundaries, airspace management and the price of water that had strained ties since Mahathir’s alliance swept to power in elections last May. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLee said many countries including France, Germany and Australia have legislation to combat fake news. Singapore took nearly two years to deliberate on the issue before the government unveiled a bill in parliament last week to combat fake news, he said. The law allows the government to remove online content it deems as false and includes a jail term of up to 10 years and hefty fines. “This is the problem of fake news and deliberate false statement being proliferated online. It is a serious problem which confronts many countries,” Lee said at a joint news conference. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Singapore is not the only one which has taken legislation on this issue. The French has done so, the Germans have done so. The Australians have just done so, something similar and very draconian. The British are also thinking of doing this as well. So Singapore had to do this and we had a long process… finally we have this bill and it will be debated in the house and I hope eventually it will become legislation,” he said. Lee rejected criticisms from rights groups such as Reporters Without Borders which had voiced fear the law could further stifle free speech in Singapore, which already has stern laws on public protests and dissent. “They criticized many things about Singapore’s media management but what we have done have worked for Singapore. And it is our objective to continue to do things that will work for Singapore. And I think (the new law) will be a significant step forward in this regard,” he added. Mahathir, however, said his government will repeal Malaysia’s law against fake news as it promised. An earlier effort to do so was blocked by the opposition-led Senate but the government is expected to push it through again. “For us, we need to learn how to handle such fake news. When we have laws that prevent people from airing their views, then we are afraid the government may abuse the law as it has happened in the last government,” Mahathir said. “We do not want any government, whether this or succeeding governments, to make use of this law in order to tell and create fake news in order to sustain themselves. Of course it will be difficult to handle, but we believe we can accept the challenges and we can handle that.”last_img read more