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TLCs Say Yes To The Prom Returns For A Sixth Year

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first_imgTLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM initiative is back, and is kicking off prom season alongside its first-ever premier retail partner Macy’s to make prom dreams come true for nearly 1,000 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the country this year.In addition to gifting students with their perfect prom look and one-on-one style sessions with TLC’s Monte Durham and fashion icon Betsey Johnson, the program will use the milestone occasion to empower and motivate participants with mentorship, scholarship, and internship opportunities as they prepare for their next journey: college and careers.SAY YES TO THE PROM will make stops in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Chicago, and Silver Spring, Md. from January through April 2017 with a series of all-day runway and “shopping” events offering students makeovers, mentorship and more. A new, 90-minute SAY YES TO THE PROM special following five students from this year’s Los Angeles event will premiere on TLC on Saturday, April 1, followed by an encore on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Monday, April 3. An all-new line of SAY YES TO THE PROM dresses and accessories will further extend the reach of the program, hitting Macy’s stores nationwide in February.Designed to go beyond the dress and tuxedo to prepare students for college and careers, this year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM will feature scholarship, internship and mentorship opportunities as part of educational and youth workforce partnerships with The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative, The Emma Bowen Foundation, Miami Dade College, and New York City’s Center for Youth Employment in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Ladders for Leaders program. Students at each event also will be paired with professional mentors from the fashion and media industries. These mentor-mentee relationships will extend beyond the event and offer students an ongoing connection to the professional world.“Six short years ago, Discovery Communications created TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM as a local dress donation drive and event at our global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Since then, the program has transformed into a nationwide initiative with an impactful and unique mission – one that goes beyond the dress and prom to empower and motivate this generation of passionate, curious, future leaders and change makers with professional mentors and educational tools and resources to help them succeed as they look towards college and careers,” said Adria Alpert Romm, Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer, Discovery Communications, and creator of SAY YES TO THE PROM. “This program is a continuation of Discovery’s purpose-driven mission and a testament to the enormous impact that socially conscious companies across this country can make by working together.”SAY YES TO THE PROM will offer young women in each location an opportunity to select from a dazzling array of more than 2,500 donated Macy’s dresses and accessories as well as bags and shoes, while participating young men will be outfitted with tuxedo rentals and accessories from Men’s Wearhouse.Runway events in New York and Los Angeles will treat students to custom tailoring services and full hair and makeup, as well as one-on-one style sessions with Monte Durham and fashion icon Betsey Johnson, who also has donated purses, shoes and accessories from the Blue by Betsey Johnson collection, the perfect companion for all special occasion activities from day to night to the dance floor and beyond. A red-carpet reveal show will wrap up each of these runway events, giving participants the chance to shine in the spotlight and show off their new prom-ready looks. In Miami, Chicago, and Silver Spring, a special shopping-only day with Monte will extend the reach and impact of the program, welcoming larger groups of students for a day of mentorship, as well as dress, tuxedo, accessory and shoe “shopping.”The program will welcome both new and returning national partners in 2017. In addition to Macy’s and Betsey Johnson, SAY YES TO THE PROM will be more impactful than ever before as a result of contributions from premier partners including tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse, hair and makeup services provided by Paul Mitchell Schools and new hair collection Paul Mitchell NEON, evening bags by Jessica McClintock, hands-free purses from Girly Go Garter, and onsite tailoring from George Worrell Style. AT&T® will again join the initiative this year as an exclusive industry partner whose employee volunteers will serve as mentors and style guides in each of the five cities.Dates and locations for the 2017 SAY YES TO THE PROM tour include: • January 25 in Los Angeles, Calif. • February 28 in Miami, Fla. • March 21 in New York City, N.Y. • April 4 in Chicago, Ill. • April 20 in Silver Spring, Md.TLC and premier editorial partner Seventeen Magazine have teamed up ahead of this year’s initiative to host a contest, open until February 14, 2017, that will bring one lucky winner to SAY YES TO THE PROM’s NYC event.For up to date information on this year’s initiative, information on how you can get involved alongside the program’s philanthropic partner Becca’s Closet, as well as photos and videos, please visit [www.tlc.com/sayyestotheprom and follow #SYTTP on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Rush documentary to open in Canada on Nov 3

By on October 15, 2019

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO — A documentary on the Canadian rock legends that make up Rush, narrated by actor Paul Rudd, will screen in Canadian cinemas next month. Advertisement The doc is an intimate look at the band’s “R40” tour — which is possibly their last — and also profiles their relationship with their fans. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Music publishing and rights management company ole says “Rush: Time Stand Still” will screen in over 50 Cineplex and Landmark theatre locations from Nov. 3 to Nov. 10. Tickets go on sale on Friday.last_img read more

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Telefilm Canada announces in partnership with the industry gender parity measures for

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first_imgAdvertisement Following its announcement of September 8, 2016—to build, by 2020, a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects Canada’s population—Telefilm Canada, as a first step, is pleased to reveal its gender parity measures for feature film production financing, developed in collaboration with the industry. Telefilm aims by 2020 to achieve a balanced production portfolio (at all budget levels) that reflects gender parity in each of the key roles of: director, writer and producer.“We’re extremely proud that, together with the industry, we’re moving to quickly and concretely foster gender parity in Canadian cinema,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director. “Our goal is to level the playing field for Canadian female talent, and we encourage creators to submit projects directed and/or written by women. This can only benefit the industry as whole; increased competition can lead to better quality projects that connect with audiences whose tastes and interests are changing along with the cultural landscape.”Brabant added: “I want to make it clear that this is just a first step. We will now take the same measured, consultative approach to ensuring our feature film portfolio also better reflects cultural diversity and Indigenous communities. We have already begun work with Indigenous creators, and are taking steps to address the challenges faced by creators from culturally diverse communities. Sustainable long-term solutions are key, not interim initiatives.” Facebook Telefilm’s five-pronged action plan to achieve gender parity is as follows:Encouraging a diversity of projects: Telefilm will encourage producers to submit projects that reflect the diversity of Canada’s population.Evaluation of projects: Telefilm will now, for projects of equal quality, favour projects that have a woman as director and/or a woman as writer (as per guidelines). Based on industry recommendations that these two roles require immediate critical attention, gender parity amongst directors and screenwriters was identified as a priority. In September 2017, once Telefilm reviews its survey data (see below), the challenges of women producers will be addressed.Transparency and reporting: Telefilm will continue to respect government privacy laws. However, in order to regularly report back to the industry, other means of data reporting have been created. Industry representatives have agreed to encourage their members to provide information, via a voluntary questionnaire at the application stage, which will identify key creative members of the team (director, writer, producer). This questionnaire will also address questions regarding cultural diversity amongst key creatives, and if members are from Indigenous communities. Based on the collected information, we will re-evaluate each year what our priorities should be in order to reach our global diversity objective.Continued targeted promotion of female talent to raise their professional profile and market appeal: ex. St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Birks Diamond Tribute, Hot Docs’ Don Haig Award Pay It Forward Prize. Telefilm will continue to promote all talent in its general promotional activities.Continued support of the conversation on gender parity via research and professional development initiatives: ex. Women in the Director’s Chair, Women in Film & Television, Women in View—2 x More, CMPA study Women & Leadership: A study of global policies and programs to advance gender parity in the screen-based industries.In collaboration with the Canadian industryIn September, Telefilm created a pan-industry working group to identify areas where collective efforts should be placed in priority. Based on this consultation, for 2017, Telefilm’s first goal will be to favour projects directed or written by women, while continuing to support the works of Indigenous creators and members of communities representing Canada’s cultural diversity.Telefilm would like to thank the members of the working group on their dedication to establishing a clear target and defined measures towards gender parity in feature film production financing.Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) (also representing CUES (Canadian Unions for Equality Onscreen))Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM)Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ)Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)Réalisatrices ÉquitablesSociété des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinema (SARTEC)Union des Artistes (UDA)Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)Women in ViewWomen in Film + Television VancouverAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Canadian actor Enrico Colantoni to be honoured at Vaughan International Film Festival

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment BY ADAM MARTIN-ROBBINSAdam Martin-Robbins is a reporter with the Vaughan Citizen. Follow him on Twitter The 54-year-old Toronto-born actor is the first Canadian screen star to land the award, launched three years ago to recognize strong supporters of independent film.The two previous honourees were American.Character actor Michael Madsen, of Reservoir Dogs fame, garnered the inaugural award in 2015, while 90s film star William “Billy” Baldwin took home the award last year.As always, this year’s festival features two days of film screenings, an industry seminar day and an awards ceremony to close things out.Those attending the seminar day will get a chance to pitch a script to producer, director and actress Amy Jo Johnson, best known for her roles in Power Rangers, Felicity and Flashpoint.That event takes place Tuesday, May 16 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Aloft Vaughan Mills Hotel, 151 Bass Pro Mills Dr.To find out more, visit www.vaughanfilmfestival.com. A celebrated Canadian actor, who hails from York Region, is being honoured at this year’s Vaughan International Film Festival.Nobleton’s Enrico Colantoni will be presented with the 2017 Independent Leader Award during the fifth annual celebration of short films, which runs May 15 to May 18.Colantoni is best known for his roles in Flashpoint, Galaxy Quest, Just Shoot Me and Veronica Mars. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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The New Golden Age of Studio ScienceFiction is Upon Us

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first_imgREAD MORE “Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Brothers was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la films like “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film driven not by mind-numbing spectacle or the demands of universe-building but by an auteur’s singular vision. “2049” lacks the epic action set pieces that define Marvel movies, but it has a kind of patience and cerebral edge any superhero movie wouldn’t dare touch. The film has a gun fight or two, but it’s largely made up of characters reflecting on their own shifting perceptions of what it means to be human. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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NETFLIX INTERESTED IN OPENING TORONTO PRODUCTION HUB MAYOR JOHN TORY

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first_imgAdvertisement This Oct. 11, 2011 file photo, shows the exterior of Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. The company recently announced new production hubs in Madrid and Albuquerque, N.M. (Paul SakumaéAssociated Press) It seems Netflix is considering creating a production hub in Toronto.Asked whether the video streaming giant is interested in setting up shop in the city, Mayor John Tory suggested to The Canadian Press it’s a strong possibility.“I have a very high level of confidence, without betraying confidences that aren’t yet concrete, that they’re going to,” Tory said in an interview at Tuesday’s Toronto Film Critics Association Awards gala. Advertisement Login/Register With: “They’ve been in active discussions with our industry, with me, about wanting to create one of their hubs here.”The Los Gatos, Calif., company has production facilities in Los Angeles and recently announced new production hubs for Madrid and Albuquerque, N.M.Tory said he met with Netflix representatives in Los Angeles last March as part of his annual trip to the city to speak with film and TV studios about their working relationship with Toronto.Toronto Mayor John Tory arrives for a meeting at Queen’s Park in Toronto on December 6, 2018. In an interview at Tuesday’s Toronto Film Critics Association Awards gala, Tory said Netflix is considering creating a production hub in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Canadian Press)‘Fingers crossed,’ says mayorHe hopes to speak with Netflix again early this year and also meet with company representatives when he returns to L.A. in February or March.“We’ve talked to them from here a number of times and they certainly know how much we would like to have them here,” Tory said.“And they certainly have a strong interest in being here, so fingers crossed.”Asked if he had any idea of when a production hub might be announced for the city, Tory said with a smile, “No. If I knew I wouldn’t tell you.”Netflix had no comment Wednesday on what Tory said.In September 2017, the company pledged to spend $500 million over five years to fund Canadian productions, a number it recently said it will exceed.Netflix has already shot film and TV productions in Toronto as well as other Canadian cities, including Vancouver.Because it’s a foreign digital company, it isn’t required to collect or remit federal or provincial sales tax.Toronto (Photo by Lisa de Jong)City would need to guarantee talent poolSo far Netflix also hasn’t fallen under federal regulations that require the country’s broadcasting companies to pay into the Canada Media Fund for the creation of homegrown programming.The impact of a Netflix production hub in Toronto “would be big,” Tory said, noting the city would need to ensure it has enough talent for the large amount of projects the streaming service would likely create.He said the city is working with local industry unions to increase the number of qualified cast and crew that could staff future productions. It’s also working on the amount of studio space available.Such are the priorities Netflix and other film and TV studios have expressed to Tory when it comes to bringing productions to Toronto, he said.“Their message to us has been very consistent in the four years I’ve been there: Don’t mess with the money, meaning the tax credits; build more studio space; get us an even deeper pool of talent by working to have more people available behind and in front of the camera; and give us good customer service,” Tory said.“So we just keep following their instructions and I go back each year and say ‘How are we doing?”‘center_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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KIEFER SUTHERLAND GETS VULNERABLE AND PERSONAL WITH RECKLESS ME TOUR

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first_img“I made the terrible miscalculation that if I had 35 years of experience onstage and in front of the camera, that that would somehow help me in live performance musically,” Sutherland, 52, said in a phone interview from a tour stop in Pittsburgh.“The terrible miscalculation is that the songs are very personal and I’m saying things that I normally would never, ever have said in an interview, let alone to 500 strangers in a bar…. It took 20 shows to get to a place where I felt really comfortable about doing that.”Among the personal songs is the title track, which reflects on both himself and his days as a team roper on the rodeo circuit in the 1990s.“It was really a wonderful time in my life, and one of the things that I really enjoyed was packing up from one rodeo, loading up your horses in the tack and just driving through the night to the next one, and all the excitement of what that next town might bring,” Sutherland recalled.“So I started writing a song about that, and this horse that I had, Reckless. And before I knew it, I couldn’t figure out if I was writing about the horse or if I was writing about this part of my own personality that I’ve had to try to keep in check and can be a bit reckless. So while I’m telling that story in the show, I say to the audience, ‘It’s up to you to decide.”‘Swinging up into Canada tomorrow to start the Canadian leg of our tour. So excited to finish in Vancouver and see some old friends. Hope to see you out there too. pic.twitter.com/g70ci1yg6A— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) July 3, 2019The 10-song “Reckless & Me” is the followup to Sutherland’s 2016 debut album, “Down In A Hole.”His signature raspy vocals and guitar playing are backed by four other band members on tour: guitar player Austin Vallejo, bass player Joseph De La O, drummer Jess Calcaterra, and multi-instrumentalist Phil Parlapiano.Tour stops have included Riga, Moscow and Helsinki, where Sutherland opened for Muse for stadium audiences — a much bigger showcase than his usual crowd of about 500 to 1,000.The Canadian tour will also hit Saskatoon (July 6), Edmonton (July 7), Calgary (July 8), Kelowna, B.C. (July 9), Vancouver (July 10), Ottawa (August 23) and Montreal (August 24).The son of actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland said he didn’t catch the musical bug from his family but rather the violin lessons his mother made him take when he was young.He’s “acutely aware of the stigma of an actor doing music” but has found audiences drop their preconceived notions when they come to his shows.“I think I’ve finally got to a point in my life where, A: I’ve felt my songs had something to say, and B: if someone is going to make fun of me for it, if I can’t take that at this point, then that’s on me,” said Sutherland, whose films include “Stand by Me,” “The Lost Boys” and “Flatliners.”“And yet the reality of what has happened is very different than that. I felt like that when we started, and I think that maybe is a little more cynical than it needed to be. The audiences that we’ve had have been extraordinary and incredibly generous, not only with their time but their energy.” Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter TORONTO — When Kiefer Sutherland starts touring Canada for his country-rock album “Reckless & Me” this week, audiences will see a vulnerable side that he admits took some getting used to sharing.The Toronto-raised “24” and “Designated Survivor” star says the highlight for him on the tour, which hits Winnipeg on Thursday after performances in Europe and the U.S., has been connecting with fans in intimate venues by explaining what he was going through when writing his songs.But it also had the Golden Globe winner feeling exposed in a way he didn’t anticipate in the beginning, he said, noting he’d previously been able to hide behind his onscreen characters. Sutherland said he’s approaching his music career “one show at a time” with “no agenda” and no plans “to sell a billion records” or play stadiums.He also has no plans to give up acting, he said, noting he juggles both his career onscreen and onstage simultaneously. He even toured with his band during his days off from shooting “Designated Survivor” in Toronto.“I’m an actor to the death, it’s the thing that I really love,” Sutherland said. “This is another way to tell the story and on a more personal level, and I love playing with this band, so that’s why we keep doing it.“But I haven’t had a day off in quite some time. Most of the days off from ‘Designated Survivor’ were used either making the second record or touring with it and that’s a choice I’ve made. I would much rather be doing this than anything else. So I have no intention of not working as an actor. If I’m allowed, I’ll do that until the day I die.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: When Kiefer Sutherland, shown in a handout photo, starts touring Canada for his country-rock album “Reckless & Me” this week, audiences will see a vulnerable side that he admits took some getting used to. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Advertisementlast_img read more

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First Nations MPs offer different views on Attawapiskat crisis

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations MPs offered starkly different takes on the unfolding crisis in the Cree community of Attawapiskat.Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke, who is from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, said Attawapiskat was in a crisis of their own making.“I have seen what’s taken place in my services and on my reserve where I have lived and worked,” said Clarke, who is a former RCMP officer. “And what I have seen take place is very troubling. I don’t think the funding is being utilized, there are millions of dollars not being used, but I put the question back to the First (Nation) leaders and members to make their communities and leaders accountable.”Quebec NDP MP and leadership candidate Romeo Saganash, who is Cree, said it’s unfair to blame the community when they’re grappling with exploding demographics with funding that doesn’t keep up.“Given the fastest growing population and given the high cost of housing up north-the cost to build a house in Attawapiskat and northern Quebec or Nunavik, which is my riding, is more than $200,000 per house-there needs to be a clear understanding of what the situation is and determine where to go from there,” said Saganash. “I don’t think that’s happening right now. It’s just blaming the First Nations ‘oh they are mismanaging their money.’”last_img read more

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TSX lower on energy and materials as Wall Street indexes mostly higher

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – It was a fairly muted day of trading on North American markets, as Canada’s main stock index posted moderate losses and Wall Street indices pushed mostly higher on small gains.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 31.79 points to 16,317.65 on Monday, in a broad-based decline that included the influential energy and materials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 12.87 points to 25,283.00. The S&P 500 index edged up 4.56 points to 2,747.71 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 20.83 points to 7,157.39, both new record finishes.“It’s a rather quiet day coming on the heels of what we saw last week, which was fairly solid employment reports, certainly in Canada and perhaps to a smaller degree in the U.S.,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.A report released Friday by Statistics Canada showed the economy created 78,600 net new jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than 40 years. Less bullish were U.S. Labor Department figures which showed that American employers added 148,000 jobs in December — a solid gain but a bit less than experts expected.“So while today is a rather flat day, the broader narrative for the markets is still one where economic growth should continue to fuel corporate profit growth and that’s been the legs that the market’s been standing on,” Fehr said.However, a slew of companies are set to begin reporting their results for the last three months of 2017, with the pace picking up later this week.“The earnings picture is the way the markets can gauge the value of the economic growth we’ve seen,” noted Fehr.Analysts and investors will likely be more focused on what CEOs say about their expectations for future earnings. That’s because Wall Street is looking for profits to rise even higher after Washington approved cuts in corporate tax rates last month. The overhaul of the tax system may help some areas of the market more than others, and investors want to see how much companies will raise their forecasts.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 80.50 cents US, down 0.13 a U.S. cent.On the corporate front, shares of Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) fell 67 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $67.25, as the company opened registration Monday for the $25 gift cards intended as a goodwill gesture in light of its participation in a bread price-fixing scheme. However, the grocery giant revealed a number of restrictions for redemption and eventual use of the card.In commodities, the February crude contract added 29 cents to US$61.73 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up four cents to US$2.84 per mmBTU.The February gold contract gave back US$1.90 to US$1,320.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was down a cent at US$3.22 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Maple Leaf Foods to launch rebrand of packaged meat lines this year

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first_imgMaple Leaf Foods Inc. will re-launch three of its flagship brands starting in April in what the company calls the “most ambitious brand renovation” in its more than one-hundred-year history.“I would say that of all the commercial activity underway in our business, the single initiative that I am most proud of and excited about right now is the brand strategy work that we’ve pursued in 2017, and it’s near launch time, ready for the second quarter of this year,” CEO Michael McCain said Wednesday during a conference call with analysts after the company released its fourth-quarter earnings results.The company underwent a rigorous approach to understanding consumer behaviour and demand, he said, and worked to align the Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Swift packaged meat brands to target those spaces.“We’ve got a unique opportunity to drive category growth across our entire prepared meats portfolio.”The Maple Leaf brand, for example, will focus on the so-called responsible parenting demographic, which constitutes about a third of total demand for prepared meats.“These consumers are looking for natural food with nothing artificial. They’re looking for clean and simple ingredients, real food and they want family-friendly flavours,” McCain said.Schneiders will target about a quarter of the demand that comes from consumers looking for authentic and indulgent food, he said, while Swift will target the third of the market driven by the quick-fix diner, who is motivated by convenience and value.The company expects to enter the market with new packaging around April, McCain said, and will further discuss the initiative and roll out plans after its first quarter of this financial year ends.The company delivered “solid” results for its final quarter of 2017 and the full year, said Irene Nattel, an analyst with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.Maple Leaf reported a quarterly profit of $59.1 million or 47 cents per share compared with $76.2 million or 57 cents per share in the same quarter a year prior.The company announced it would raise its quarterly dividend from 11 cents per share to 13 cents.Sales in the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $876.8 million, up from $828.2 million in the last three months of 2016.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned 41 cents per share, up from an adjusted profit of 31 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of 39 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)last_img read more

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Ontario dairy farmers need clarity on trade deal province says

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first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s government is calling for details on how Ottawa will compensate dairy farmers adversely affected by Canada’s new trade deal with the United States and Mexico.Premier Doug Ford said Monday that he was concerned farmers have been “thrown under the bus” by the federal government in the new three-country agreement.He emphasized the need for the agricultural sector to be compensated and his economic development minister expressed frustration the federal government hadn’t provided more details on the issue.“We’re calling on the Trudeau Liberals to compensate our farmers,” Ford said, adding that steel and aluminium workers in the auto industry also needed support. “We weren’t at the table or maybe the deal would have been a little different.”The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA, allows the U.S. greater access to the Canadian dairy market and eliminates competitive dairy classes. It also says the first 2.6 million Canadian autos exported to the U.S. will be exempted from tariffs, a figure well above the current export rate of 1.8 million. But tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium remain in place.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that all farmers in supply management systems will be fairly compensated for the additional market access being given to trading partners in the deal.However, she added that the amount and type of compensation will be worked out in coming months while Canada, the United States and Mexico all work to ratify the agreement reached late Sunday.Jim Wilson, Ontario’s economic development minister, criticized the lack of compensation details and said he believes the deal will cost the diary sector jobs and “tens of millions” of dollars.“It’s disturbing that you would be spending 13 months on a deal and not have a formula to be able to tell farmers right away what they can expect,” he said. “These are thousands of family farms, dairy farms, in the province of Ontario and you can think that tonight every one of those farmers will be up worrying about what they future is.”Wilson added that he hoped Ontario could press the federal government to amend the terms of the agreement to better protect dairy farmers.“We’re not done yet, it’s not signed,” he said. “We’re going to keep fighting.”Ford and Wilson, who both travelled to Washington last month for a briefing on trade talks, also said they were disappointed that steel and aluminium tariffs remained in place.The Progressive Conservative government said it will be speaking with industry representatives to determine the impact of the new trade deal.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Ontario should consider some kind of provincial contribution on top of federal compensation to dairy farmers.“Seeing our government say … they’re prepared to simply walk away and hope for the best when it comes to what the feds what might provide, I think that’s irresponsible,” she said.Green party leader Mike Schreiner lauded the new trade agreement and said it’s essential to the province’s economy. But Schreiner said if the new pact makes Ontario’s dairy industry look more like the American industry, that’s a bad move.“I’m looking for financial support for farmers but also ensuring that we maintain family-run dairy farms in Ontario,” he said. “That’s critically important. The average dairy herd size in Canada is around 80 cows. In the U.S. it’s in the thousands.”Meanwhile, Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said Canada should not jump to head back to the negotiating table.“Let’s take a look at what we have here and how can we work together to support each other,” he said.Ford has said since he was elected in the spring that his government would stand with Ottawa as it negotiated a new agreement. Last month, however, the premier signalled he wouldn’t support concessions that hurt Ontario’s dairy farmers, saying their jobs could not be treated as “bargaining chips.”last_img read more

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Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia

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first_imgLONDON – Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat?Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counsellor to the country’s embassy in Moscow.But the 47-year-old Australian’s new career in international affairs was nipped in the bud when British authorities vetoed his diplomatic status, effectively blocking him from taking up the post in Russia.The files were made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government’s decision to grant Assange nationality. They largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the elaborate manoeuvr to get Assange to Moscow just before Christmas last year.Russian diplomats called the Guardian’s story “fake news,” but the government files show Assange briefly was made “political counsellor” to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow and eligible for a monthly salary pegged at $2,000.Ecuador also applied for a diplomatic ID card, the documents show, but the plan appears to have fallen apart with the British veto.A letter dated December 21, 2017 from Britain’s Foreign Office said U.K. officials “do not consider Mr. Julian Assange to be an acceptable member of the mission.”An eight-page memo to Vintimilla summing up the episode noted that Assange’s position as counsellor was scrapped a few days later.WikiLeaks did not return messages. The British Foreign Office and the Russian Embassy in London declined to comment.Assange’s relationship with Russian authorities has been the subject of intense scrutiny following the 2016 U.S. election, when Russian spies are alleged to have handed WikiLeaks leaked emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a bid to help elect her rival, Donald Trump.Assange has denied receiving the files from the Russian government or backing the Trump campaign, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting he received material directly from Russia’s military intelligence agency and co-ordinated media strategy with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Last month, the AP published internal WikiLeaks files showing Assange tried to move to Russia as early as 2010.___Online:The Ecuadorean government’s letter to Vintimilla: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004881-Carta-Canciller.htmlInternal Ecuadorean government documents: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004882-Annexes.htmlThe AP’s WikiLeaks files: https://www.documentcloud.org/search/projectid:40593-WikiLeaks____Raphael Satter can be reached on: http://raphaelsatter.comlast_img read more

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AP sources Trump mulling a wideranging shakeup

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first_imgWASHINGTON — Who is going and who is staying in a Trump administration shakeup being weighed by the president may be anyone’s guess.The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, had been thought to be on her way out as soon as this week. But two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that Nielsen is likely to remain for the time being because there is no obvious successor.People with knowledge of a possible shakeup also say that President Donald Trump is discussing replacing his chief of staff, John Kelly, with Vice-President Mike Pence’s chief of staff.Other possible changes involve Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.Colleen Long, Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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New allegations that Colombia prosecutor covered up bribes

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first_imgBOGOTA — A dramatic recording from beyond the grave is feeding allegations that Colombia’s chief prosecutor tried to cover up bribery payments that were part of Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal. It’s prompting calls for his resignation.Nestor Martinez was a legal counsel to a banking group when the recording was made. It shows him browbeating an auditor who reported finding likely bribe payments in a $2 billion highway project.The Noticias Uno television program says auditor Jorge Pizano gave it the recording on the condition it not be aired until his death. Authorities initially said Pizano died last week of a heart attack. But that’s under review because Pizano’s son died soon after from exposure to cyanide contained in a bottle of flavoured water found on his father’s desk.Joshua Goodman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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