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Power Financial Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter Financial Results and Dividend Increase of 6.4%

In Writing (all kinds) on July 31, 2015 at 3:00 AM

All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Readers are referred to the sections entitled “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” and “Forward-Looking Statements” at the end of this release.

MONTRÉAL, March 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Power Financial Corporation (TSX: PWF) today reported earnings results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2014.

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS
Operating earnings attributable to common shareholders (a non-IFRS financial measure) for the quarter endedDecember 31, 2014 were $525 million or $0.74 per share, compared with $403 million or $0.57 per share in 2013.

Other items, not included in operating earnings, were a net charge of $19 million mainly comprised of the Corporation’s share of the gain realized by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) on the sale of part of its interest in Total SA (Total), offset by the Corporation’s share of the after-tax charge recorded by IGM Financial Inc. (IGM). In the corresponding period of 2013, other items represented a contribution of $190 million. Additional details on other items can be found below in the IGM Financial section and in the table entitled “Other Items”. Read the rest of this entry »

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Declares Distribution for the Month of March, 2015

In Writing (all kinds) on July 30, 2015 at 3:00 AM

/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES./

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (“Choice Properties”) (TSX: CHP.UN) announced today that the trustees of Choice Properties have declared a distribution for the month of March, 2015 of $0.054167 per trust unit, representing $0.65 per unit on an annualized basis, payable April 15, 2015 to Unitholders of record on March 31, 2015.

About Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust is an owner, manager and developer of well-located retail and commercial real estate across Canada. Choice Properties’ portfolio spans approximately 39.9 million square feet of gross leasable area and consists of 475 properties primarily focused on supermarket-anchored shopping centres and stand-alone supermarkets. Choice Properties’ strategy is to create value by enhancing and optimizing its portfolio through development, accretive acquisitions and active property management. Choice Properties’ principal tenant and largest Unitholder is Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest retailer. Choice Properties’ strong alliance with Loblaw positions it well for future growth. For more information, visit Choice Properties’ website at www.choicereit.caand Choice Properties’ issuer profile at www.sedar.com.

SOURCE Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

For further information: Kim Lee, Vice President, Investor Relations and Financial Planning & Analysis, Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, t (416) 324-7899, e kim.lee@choicereit.ca

Lexicon and Ipsen Expand Their Licensing and Commercialization Agreement for Telotristat Etiprate to Include Canada

In Writing (all kinds) on July 29, 2015 at 3:00 AM

— Lexicon eligible for an additional $5 million in up-front and pre-commercial milestone payments for Canadian rights, plus royalties and sales milestones under original agreement

— Lexicon retains all commercialization rights in the U.S. and Japan

THE WOODLANDS, Texas and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LXRX) and Ipsen S.A. (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced that they have entered into an agreement for Ipsen, upon regulatory approval, to commercialize telotristat etiprate in Canada, with a focus on the treatment of carcinoid syndrome. This agreement represents an expansion of the licensing agreement previously entered into by Ipsen and Lexicon in October 2014. Under the expanded alliance, Lexicon retains sole rights to commercialize telotristat etiprate in the United States and Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

CT Real Estate Investment Trust Declares Distribution for the Period of March 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015

In Writing (all kinds) on July 28, 2015 at 3:00 AM

/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES./

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – CT Real Estate Investment Trust (“CT REIT”) (TSX: CRT.UN) announced today that the trustees of CT REIT have declared a distribution for the period of March 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 of$0.05525 per trust unit, payable April 15, 2015 to unitholders of record on March 31, 2015.

About CT Real Estate Investment Trust

CT Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:CRT.UN) is an unincorporated, closed end real estate investment trust formed to own income producing commercial properties primarily located in Canada. Its portfolio is comprised of more than 275 properties totaling over 20 million square feet of GLA, consisting primarily of retail properties located acrossCanada. Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is CT REIT’s most significant tenant. For more information, visitctreit.com.

SOURCE CT REIT

For further information: Media: Jane Shaw, 416-480-8581, jane.shaw@cantire.com; Investors: Andrea Orzech, 416-480-3195, andrea.orzech@cantire.com

Intertain provides update on Jackpotjoy acquisition and management and board share purchase

In Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – The Intertain Group Limited (“Intertain” or the “Company“) (TSX: IT) provided an update today regarding its acquisition of the Jackpotjoy, Starspins and Botemania brands (the “Jackpotjoy Acquisition“), which is set to close during the week of April 6, 2015.

Intertain’s previously announced US$352.5 million senior secured credit facilities (the “Debt Facility“), consisting of aUS$335.0 million term loan and a US$17.5 million revolving credit facility, is fully committed and the Company will use the Debt Facility to finance a portion of the initial purchase price for the Jackpotjoy Acquisition.

Intertain also announced today that John Kennedy FitzGerald, CEO of the Company, and two members of Intertain’s board of directors purchased 106,700 common shares of the Company on March 17, 2015. For further information, please see the Company’s SEDI profile at www.sedi.ca. In addition, Intertain senior management and certain board members participated in the Company’s previously announced equity financing of subscription receipts (the net proceeds of which will also be used to, among other things, finance a portion of the initial purchase price for the Jackpotjoy Acquisition), purchasing 916,864 subscription receipts in February 2015. The principals of Vera & John also purchased a total of 600,000 subscription receipts of the Company. Read the rest of this entry »

International Agronomist and Former Monsanto Executive Dr. Ted Crosbie Joins Inocucor Technologies Board of Directors

In Writing (all kinds) on July 26, 2015 at 3:00 AM

MONTREAL, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ — Inocucor Technologies, Inc., the Montreal-based agriculture biotech company that produces sustainable biological products, welcomed internationally recognized agronomist and former Monsanto executive Dr. Ted Crosbie to its Board of Directors today.

Inocucor Technologies, Inc., The Phyto-Microbiome Company, Biological Accelerators for Soil, Seed and Plant Vigor

“Ted’s recognized scientific intellect and deep connection to agronomy in the lab and in the field will add valuable expertise to Inocucor’s board, as we continue to pioneer and commercialize sustainable biological products for agriculture,” said Inocucor’s President and CEO Donald R. Marvin, a veteran of the North American bioscience industry. Read the rest of this entry »

CSA Group Announces New Testing and Certification Program for High-Visibility Safety Apparel Used in Canada

In Writing (all kinds) on July 25, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, announced today the launch of its testing and certification program for high-visibility safety apparel to the requirements of CSA Z96-09.

High-visibility apparel includes garments such as coveralls and vests and is intended to make the individual easy to see in low light conditions. This type of apparel is used in construction, emergency response and leisure sports. Finished garments are tested and certified as assembled garments. Other high-visibility items such retro-reflective stripes or bands, combined performance bands, and background materials may be certified as component parts of a garment. Read the rest of this entry »

Altan Nevada Announces Partner Commences Drilling at the Radar Gold Project, Paradise Peak District, Nevada

In Writing (all kinds) on July 24, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TSX.V: ANE

VANCOUVER, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Altan Nevada Minerals Limited (TSX-V: ANE) (“Altan Nevada” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that partner Gold Resource Corp. (NYSE MKT:GORO) (“Gold Resource“) has commenced a 1780 meter Phase I diamond drill program at the Company’s Radar gold-silver project (“Radar” or the “Property”) located in the Paradise Peak district, Mineral and Nye Counties, Nevada.

The program is designed to test six new high-grade epithermal vein targets generated by Gold Resource’s geological staff following completion of new detailed mapping program and the compilation of Altan Nevada’s extensive geological, geochemical, geophysical and drill data.  Gold Resource plans to drill 6 holes to depths of between 250 and 340 meters. Falcon Drilling Inc. is under contract to operate the program, which is expected to complete in Q2. Read the rest of this entry »

FileMaker Developer Conference 2015 invites professional developers and business users to “Experience the Possibilities” with the FileMaker Platform

In Writing (all kinds) on July 23, 2015 at 3:00 AM

20th annual DevCon in Las Vegas features over 60 expert-led sessions for creating customized solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web — and new $99 FileMaker training day

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — FileMaker, Inc. today announced the program for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon), the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.

FileMaker announces over 60 sessions for 20th annual DevCon in Las Vegas.

“Experience the Possibilities” is the theme of the 2015 FileMaker DevCon, showcasing the ingenuity and creativity possible for professional developers and business users when building solutions with the FileMaker Platform. DevCon 2015 will be held July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 50 speakers participating. Read the rest of this entry »

AGF Management Limited to Release First Quarter Results on March 25, 2015

In Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – AGF Management Limited (TSX: AGF.B) will release its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET. AGF will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss these results at 11:00 a.m. ET.

The discussion will feature remarks by Blake C. Goldring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin McCreadie, President and Chief Investment Officer, and Robert J. Bogart, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. A question and answer period with investment analysts will follow. The live audio webcast with supporting materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of AGF’s website at www.agf.com or at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/f4thgdxz. Alternatively, the call can be accessed toll-free in North America by dialing 1-800-708-4540 (Passcode #: 39212217). Read the rest of this entry »

[TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 2 p.m – 4 p.m., Topiary’s Steak & Seafood, 3215 Derry Rd. East, Mississauga, Ladies on the Rise Tea Party

In Writing (all kinds) on July 21, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 2 p.m – 4 p.m., Topiary’s Steak & Seafood, 3215 Derry Rd. East, Mississauga, Ladies on the Rise Tea Party

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 5:59 AM
23 Division
416-808-2300

Trust 15 is currently running a summer leadership camp for girls.

Trust 15 currently operates out of 23 Division. It is a not-for-profit organization that provides inner-city youth in the Rexdale area with programs that promote and facilitate positive behaviour, creative expression and cooperative working skills, while in a safe and encouraging place.

Trust 15 provides at-risk kids in the community the social and educational tools to succeed in society, through mentoring and positive role-model intervention.

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 2 p.m., the camp will be hosting a Tea Party at Topiary’s Steak & Seafood at 3215 Derry Road East in Mississauga.

Officers from 23 Division and the Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit will be in attendance.

Attendance to this event may be confirmed with Marcia Brown at 416-427-5398 or e-mail 2marcia.brown@gmail.com.

To learn more about Trust 15, or to schedule an interview, please view the Trust15 website and Facebook page .

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Sue Correia, 23 Division

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Alvarion Technologies Releases New Indoor Access Point Managed by Powerful Cloud Controller for Large Scale Carrier Wi-Fi Networks

In Writing (all kinds) on July 21, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Limitless High-Speed and Secure Connectivity Delivered By Most Complete Wi-Fi Package on the Market

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Alvarion Technologies, a global provider of wireless solutions including Wi-Fi, Point to Point and Point to Multi Point, announced today the release of their WBSIac Indoor Access Point (AP) and Arena Controller.

Alvarion Technologies’ carrier-grade Wi-Fi solution WBSIac is a high-performance IEEE 802.11ac and backward compatible 802.11a/b/g/n indoor access point controlled by the Arena Cloud Controller. WBSIac provides high throughput and trustworthy coverage required by challenging business applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Rye Patch Drilling Targets World Class Cortez Gold Trend

In Writing (all kinds) on July 20, 2015 at 3:00 AM

VANCOUVER, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Rye Patch Gold Corp (TSX.V: RPM; OTCQX: RPMGF; FWB: 5TN) (the “Company” or “Rye Patch”) announces it has received approval of its plan of operations on the Patty project located in Eureka County, Nevada, along the prolific Cortez gold trend.  The plan of operations at Patty and an existing permit at Garden Gate Pass allows for drilling to commence immediately.  The drill equipment is gearing up for a combined 5,000-metre campaign.

William C. Howald, President and CEO of the Company stated, “The Cortez trend is an exciting exploration area that has tremendous upside potential.  Since 1991, over 50 million ounces of gold have been discovered, mined and processed along the trend, with Barrick’s 15‑plus million ounce Goldrush deposit illustrating the potential and the prize.  Our Garden Gate Pass property abuts the Goldrush discovery, and the Patty project sits to the south and in the same geologic environment along the trend.  We have been refining the drill targets since 2012 and believe they pose some of the best exploration opportunities along this world-class gold trend.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ekran System’s New Update Targets Banking Industry

In Writing (all kinds) on July 19, 2015 at 3:00 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Cloud Labs updates Ekran System, the company’s server and workstation surveillance solution, with automated enterprise deployment, secondary authentication control and capturing of web URLs visited by the users.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150318/735428-INFO )

“We’re making Ekran System enterprise-friendly,” said Dennis Turpitka, CEO of Cloud Labs. “Two-step authentication, pre-configured deployment, and URL capturing in addition to indexed video streams make our system ready for large enterprises, the insurance and banking industry, and the financial sector.” Read the rest of this entry »

Manulife Investments launches new Private Investment Pool and two mutual funds

In Writing (all kinds) on July 18, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC       SEHK:945 

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Manulife Investments, a division of Manulife Asset Management Limited, today announced the launch of a new Manulife Private Investment Pool (MPIP), Manulife U.S. Balanced Value Private Trust, and two new mutual funds, Manulife Strategic Investment Grade Global Bond Fund and Manulife U.S. Dollar Strategic Income Fund.

“These new funds broaden our platform of investment options for advisors and their clients,” said Derek Saliba, Assistant Vice President of Manulife Investments. “These three new mandates provide advisors and investors extensions of the existing Monthly High Income and Strategic Income strategies which have served investors well for many years.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nelvana and Scholastic Create Magic with Little Charmers Worldwide Publishing Program!

In Writing (all kinds) on July 17, 2015 at 3:00 AM

First Book to Launch with Retail Exclusive in Spring 2016

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, a leading international producer and distributor of content for kids and families, announced today that it has signed a publishing deal with Scholastic, granting them worldwide English-language rights to produce a range of preschool books in a number of formats based on the brand new, spell-binding series, Little Charmers.

As the master storybook licensee, Scholastic plans to launch the series in the U.S. and Canada in Spring 2016 with two storybooks entitled “Meet the Charmers” and “Double Trouble.” Additional formats including 8x8s, Readers, Paper-over-Board, Activity Books, and eBooks will follow throughout the rest of 2016 at retail as well as through Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs. Scholastic UK and Scholastic Australia/New Zealand will roll out the series in Fall 2016 in their territories. Read the rest of this entry »

Collins Barrow Toronto welcomes Isabella Bertani

In Writing (all kinds) on July 16, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Collins Barrow Toronto LLP’s Audit and Assurance group is pleased to welcomeIsabella Bertani, CPA, CA, MBA, to our growing ranks of female partners.

Ms. Bertani sits on several boards and committees and is a passionate supporter of numerous charitable, professional and community organizations in both Toronto and Vaughan, including the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, Rotary Club of Kleinburg, Nobleton and Schomberg, Royal Ontario Museum and Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is an ambassador for CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council, charged with promoting the advancement of women in the profession. Read the rest of this entry »

Doug McGregor of RBC to speak at National Bank Financial’s Canadian Financial Services Conference

In Writing (all kinds) on July 15, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Doug McGregor, chair and chief executive officer of RBC Capital Markets and group head, Capital Markets and Investor & Treasury Services, Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE), is scheduled to present at National Bank Financial’s Canadian Financial Services Conference to be held in Montréal onMarch 25, 2015. His presentation will begin at 1:10 p.m. (EDT).

A link to the live audio webcast will be available on RBC’s website at rbc.com/investorrelations/events-presentations.html. The webcast will be archived for three months.

SOURCE RBC

For further information:

Investor contact:
Stephanie Phillips, Investor Relations, 416-955-7809

Media contact:
Sandra Nunes, Financial Communications, 416-974-1794

Kennady Diamonds Intersects Kimberlite at Faraday

In Writing (all kinds) on July 14, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Shares Issued and Outstanding: 28,633,122
TSX-V: KDI

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Kennady Diamonds Inc. (“Kennady Diamonds”, the “Company”) (TSX-V: KDI) is pleased to announce that kimberlite has been intersected over approx. 32 meters in the first of fourteen drill holes planned for the Faraday Spring delineation drill program.

Kennady Diamonds CEO Patrick Evans commented: “We are very pleased with this first kimberlite intersect at Faraday 2 where drilling in the winter of 2014 resulted in the discovery of a shallow kimberlite “blow” or small pipe-like body. Recently completed ground geophysics at Faraday has identified anomalies comparable in size to the main Kelvin kimberlite. This leads us to believe that the potential exists for substantial tonnage at the high grade Faraday kimberlite where we are planning to establish continuity over the approx. 1 kilometer strike. Read the rest of this entry »

Henley & Partners Forges Innovative Partnership with UNHCR

In Writing (all kinds) on July 13, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Henley & Partners announces an innovative partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and donates more than USD 1 million to help the global refugee cause.

LONDON, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Henley & Partners, the global leaders in residence and citizenship planning for wealthy individuals and families, has announced the creation of an innovative partnership with the UN Refugee Agency to join forces in support of those at the other end of the spectrum of global mobility. Through a multi-year partnership Henley & Partners will support UNHCR’s global refugee registration activities with a contribution of overUSD 1 million and further advocate and assist UNHCR’s resource mobilisation efforts in the interests of its people of concern.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150318/735598) Read the rest of this entry »

IIROC Trading Halt – ARP

In Writing (all kinds) on July 12, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – The following issues have been halted by IIROC:

Company: The Streetwear Corporation

CSE Symbol: ARP

Reason: Pending News

Halt Time (ET): 9:29 AM

IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt) of trading in a security of a publicly-listed company. Trading halts are implemented to ensure a fair and orderly market. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada.

SOURCE Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) – Halts/Resumptions

For further information: IIROC Inquiries 1-877-442-4322 (Option 2) – Please note that IIROC is not able to provide any additional information regarding a specific trading halt. Information is limited to general enquiries only.

Armtec Infrastructure Inc. to Hold Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2014 Results Conference Call

In Writing (all kinds) on July 11, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Toronto Stock Exchange:  ARF; ARF.DB

CONCORD, ON, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Armtec Infrastructure Inc. (TSX: ARF; ARF.DB) (“Armtec”) today announced it will hold a conference call on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss Armtec’s fourth quarter and year-end 2014 results.

A news release announcing Armtec’s results will be issued prior to the call.

The call will be hosted by Mark Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer and Malcolm Buxton-Forman, Chief Financial Officer. Following management’s presentation, there will be a question and answer session for analysts and institutional investors. Read the rest of this entry »

Government of Canada supports economic opportunities for women in New Brunswick – New project will increase participation of women on boards

In Writing (all kinds) on July 10, 2015 at 3:00 AM

MONCTON, NB, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Mr. Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for MonctonRiverviewDieppe, announced Government of Canada funding for a project to increase the participation of women in board positions with New Brunswick organizations.

The Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick Inc. is receiving $300,000 in funding through Status of Women Canada for a project to increase women’s representation on the boards of key francophone economic organizations in the province. In collaboration with its partners, the organization will use gender-based analysis to help enhance board of director recruitment policies. The result will be greater access to and retention of women on the management committees of economic development organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

BASF Canada recognizes Saskatchewan grower, Chris Wittig, for his dedication to farming

In Writing (all kinds) on July 9, 2015 at 3:00 AM

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – BASF Canada recognizes Saskatchewan grower, Chris Wittig, for his commitment to agriculture in the second edition of a series of grower profiles.

The Wittig family farming operation began in 1972 when his father moved from Saskatchewan to British Columbia. As a second-generation farmer, Wittig farms about 3,500 acres.

“Our farm has grown into a family affair,” Wittig said. “Just in the last few years, I have taken over the family farm from my father and will continue to run the farm with the same care and dedication.” Read the rest of this entry »

Keep this Tip Sheet handy: Learn to recognize the signs of Elder Abuse

In Writing (all kinds) on July 8, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Elder abuse is on the rise in Canada and professionals dealing with seniors on a regular basis should be vigilant and watch for signs of mistreatment.

That, according to Yvonne Ziomecki, SVP, HomEquity Bank – the only Canadian bank working exclusively with seniors – is the only way to combat this serious issue.

From doctors and dentists to bankers and lawyers, all professionals interacting with seniors can play an important role in helping to report suspected incidents of elder abuse. Read the rest of this entry »

Op-Ed: Quebec’s Résidence du Havre was built to code. But does ‘building to code’ mean cutting corners and caving to lobbyists?

In Writing (all kinds) on July 7, 2015 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ – The recent release of the Quebec coroner’s report on the retirement home fire in L’Isle-Verte has once again got people thinking about building safety. The five-alarm blaze that struck the Résidence du Havre on a bitter January night in 2014 reduced part of the home to a charred heap and killed 32 people. Among the causes cited in the report: a lack of sprinklers, inadequately trained staff, and the delayed assistance and questionable training of local firefighters.

But the fact is, when you combine the rapid, erratic spread of fire with the potential for human error, the outcome is often tragic. Despite pre-planning and good intentions, people panic. They make mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »

Now Open: Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 6, 2015 at 3:00 AM

– Wolfgang Puck arrives in Bahrain to open 3 concept restaurants and bars; Hotel also offers 4 additional food and beverage options

– Landmark skyscraper includes 273 rooms and suites anchored on resort-like grounds on private man-made island

– Incredible Spa, comprehensive fitness facilities and 5 unique swimming areas

– Elegant, flexible event spaces for meetings and celebrations Read the rest of this entry »

25,000 people expected at Palais des congrès for job and entrepreneurship fairs

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 5, 2015 at 3:00 AM

MONTRÉAL, March 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Entrepreneurs and job seekers will be converging on the Palais des congrès de Montréal for the various major public fairs and shows slated for the coming months. Over 25,000 people are expected to visit the employers and exhibitors that will be assembled under one roof to recruit and provide information!

The essentials:

  • Salon Ma Carrière, March 18 and 19
  • Salon carrières et emplois La Presse, April 8 and 9
  • National Franchise and Business Opportunities Show, May 2 and 3
  • Salon de l’immigration et de l’intégration au Québec, June 9 and 10

Read the rest of this entry »

Whip up a Delicious Kitchen Decor with Paint: CIL

In Writing (all kinds) on July 4, 2015 at 3:00 AM
CIL Photo 1 Make a small space appear larger by using colours with similar tonal value – such as Peach Punch (56YR 48/398 CP10) orange and Citrus Fruit (70YY 52/532 DL21) green from CIL paint – pictured on the walls of this kitchen.

CIL Photo 1
Make a small space appear larger by using colours with similar tonal value – such as Peach Punch (56YR 48/398 CP10) orange and Citrus Fruit (70YY 52/532 DL21) green from CIL paint – pictured on the walls of this kitchen.

Whip up a Delicious Kitchen Decor with Paint
New CIL Paint Culinary Collection features appetizing colours for busiest room in home

TORONTO, March 16, 2015 – Chew on this: the colour you paint your kitchen can enhance your eating experience.

That’s the message of CIL® paint in unveiling its digital Culinary Collection of paint colours, featuring what it calls a mouth-watering palette of 20 hues, with names such as Adorable Peach, Bright Cherry, Cranberry Zing, Curry Spice, Lime Twist and Olive Oil.

“White kitchens have been trending for a number of years, but now we’re seeing a resurgence of colour in the kitchen, from cabinetry to counters to walls,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, crediting the revival to current rich-in-colour bohemian, retro and return-to-nature trends in home decor. Read the rest of this entry »

Deep Floral Colours Trending in Paint for Spring and Summer: Sico

In Writing (all kinds) on July 3, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Sico Photo 1 (2)

Deep Floral Colours Trending in Paint for Spring and Summer

Nature-Infused, Rich Pastels Budding in Home Decor, According to SICO Paint

 

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, March 10, 2015 – Rich floral colours are expected to be in full bloom this coming season – not only in the garden, but in all elements of home decor. That’s the forecast of SICO® paint in unveiling its top colours for spring and summer 2015.

 

Think deep pastel tones, such as blue hydrangeas, dusty pink roses, saturated orange and turquoise peonies, sunflowers, clay grey stones and reddish brown vines. Read the rest of this entry »

CRTC lowering rates for Internet services in northern Canada‏

In Writing (all kinds) on July 2, 2015 at 3:00 AM
March 4, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today required Northwestel to lower the rates for certain residential Internet services by 10% to 30%. Northern Canadians who are clients of Northwestel could see a significant reduction applied to their monthly bills by May 4, 2015.

As a result of the CRTC's decision, Northwestel will be required to reduce its rates for residential low-speed Internet connections over a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) named DSL Internet Lite and DSL Internet 2 by 10%. Similarly, the company's rates for residential DSL Internet services featuring download speeds of 5 and 15 megabits per second named DSL Internet 5 and DSL Internet 15 will be required to come down by 30%. Northwestel will not be able to increase any residential Internet rates until the end of 2017 at the earliest, and will need to seek the CRTC's permission before doing so.

In addition, Northwestel will no longer be allowed to charge additional fees to customers who subscribe to Internet services on their own, rather than as part of a bundle with telephone service. This change will also take effect no later than May 4, 2015.

Finally, the CRTC is taking action to limit additional charges for Northwestel's residential customers who go over the usage allowance already included in their Internet data plans. As of February 2016, Northwestel must lower its charges for additional data usage by at least $0.50 per gigabyte.

In 2013, the CRTC found that there was limited competition in the market for retail Internet services offered using terrestrial facilities. Consequently, the CRTC decided that it would begin to regulate, on an exceptional basis, Northwestel's rates for these services.

With this decision, the CRTC is continuing to ensure that Canadians in Northwestel's operating territory, including those in many small and remote communities, can participate in the digital economy and contribute to the North's economic development.

The CRTC will initiate a major proceeding in the coming months to review basic telecommunication services in Canada in order to improve access to advanced and competitive communications services for all Canadians.


Quick facts

- The CRTC is directing Northwestel to lower its rates for certain residential Internet services by 10% to 30%.
- These new rates must be effective no later than May 4, 2015, and Northwestel will not be able to increase them until the end of 2017 at the earliest.
- The CRTC is directing Northwestel to reduce its additional data usage charges and to stop applying additional fees for stand-alone Internet services.
- The CRTC is ensuring that Canadians that live in northern and remote areas of the country can participate in the digital economy and contribute to their region's economic development.
- The CRTC will initiate a major proceeding in the coming months to review basic telecommunication services in Canada in order to improve access to advanced and competitive communications services for all Canadians.


Quote

"Although we recognize the exceptional situation that exists in Northwestel's territory, we must not let these challenges hinder the development and affordability of telecommunications services in the North. Access to reasonably priced Internet services plays an essential role in the North's economic and social development. With this decision, we are reducing the gap between what consumers pay for Internet services in the northern and southern parts of Canada."

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC


Related links

Telecom Decision 2015-78
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015-78.htm

Telecom Regulatory Policy 2013-711
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2013/2013-711.htm

Telecom Decision 2014-379
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-379.htm

News release: CRTC acting to improve telecommunications services for northern Canadians (December 18, 2013)
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2013/r131218.htm


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