Oscar De La Hoya Helps Honor Teachers At Sixth Annual Golden Dot

first_imgBoxing legend, Olympic Gold Medalist and 10-time world champion in six different weight classes Oscar De La Hoya gave the keynote Green Dot Public School’s Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards on Saturday, May 5 at the California Science Center in recognition of the organization’s most outstanding teachers and staff from the last year.The Golden Dot Awards represent Green Dot’s annual teacher and staff appreciation event recognizing Principal of the Year; Teacher of the Year; Rising Star Teacher of the Year. Green Dot teachers, staff and administrators serve more than 15,000 students across the country each year.De La Hoya has been involved with Green Dot’s commitment to excellence in public school education since 2003 when the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School opened in Boyle Heights. The school bearing the boxing legend’s name was among the first five charter schools Green Dot opened with the goal to provide enhanced learning opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities.The Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School was the first public high school to be built in Boyle Heights in 80 years. Today, the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School is one of the top performing high schools in the country, thanks to the dedication of Green Dot’s excellent teachers, administrators and staff.“I’ve witnessed firsthand the difference Green Dot educators make through their devoted commitment to our students at the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, not far from the neighborhood where I grew up,” De La Hoya remarked at Saturday’s event. “The level of dedication that Green Dot teachers, administrators and staff bring to their schools every day is truly inspiring. I’m in awe of the work they do and so thankful they are guiding the leaders of tomorrow and showing them what it looks like to work hard and succeed.”Green Dot Public Schools’ Golden Dot Awards recognizes educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education. Golden Dot Awards (aka “The Dotties”) are given to staff who exemplify Green Dot’s Core Values. As a result of the dedicated work of the entire team and their commitment to excellence in education, Green Dot graduated more than 1,600 students last year, the most of any charter management organization in the country, for the fourth year in a row.For more information, click here.last_img read more

Newfoundland gets ready for wave of tourists who Come From Away

first_imgAdvertisement ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — As the hit musical “Come From Away” takes Broadway by storm, Newfoundlanders are getting ready for a potential wave of tourists drawn to the place where those true stories happened. ——— “No doubt we’re going to be expecting an influx of people,” said Debby Yannikidis of the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a common thread of human kindness and caring throughout the Newfoundland culture that most do experience when they come to visit,” he said. Exit surveys typically indicate that hiking, birds, icebergs and whales initially drew guests to the island — but encounters with Newfoundlanders were the trip highlights, he added. Advertisement “The majority of people say their best experience was with the people. When people come to Newfoundland, they’re taking a cultural adventure. Advertisement The extraordinary 9/11 hospitality of Gander and nearby communities is celebrated in the big-hearted musical now selling out tickets and racking up accolades — including seven Tony Award nominations. Beulah Cooper, a Gander resident and 9/11 volunteer portrayed in the play, said there’s also talk of her and other locals meeting with visitors who’d like to hear their stories first-hand. The North Atlantic Aviation Museum on the highway through Gander houses a piece of World Trade Center steel donated by firefighters on Long Island, N.Y., as thanks for the province’s generosity. It’s part of a larger 9/11 memorial display. Yannikidis said there are plans for tours that will include locations featured in “Come From Away.” It recounts what happened when the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, closed U.S. air space. Gander nearly doubled in population as 38 planes with almost 6,600 passengers and crew suddenly diverted to the sprawling international airport on the edge of town.Gander and its neighbours in Gambo, Appleton, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Glenwood donated food, clothing, prescription drugs and anything else their unexpected guests needed. Churches and a school became makeshift shelters and many residents welcomed “the plane people” into their homes. “The town is preparing. Is it preparing to the degree it should be? We hope so. But we really won’t know until we get through this season.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The scenery is the main attraction, but that soon becomes the backdrop.”BY SUE BAILEY “Come From Away” has been praised for acknowledging the pain that resonates from 9/11 as it also provides a cathartic look at how compassion for strangers helped restore some faith in humanity.Yannikidis said Gander wants to welcome visitors who will arrive as a result. But people are keenly aware that the musical and any resulting economic opportunity stem from tragedy, she added. “I think that’s why it’s important that the aviation museum, a not-for-profit organization, is taking the lead on being able to provide tourists some sort of an experience.” Facebook If You Go… Disoriented, frightened passengers from around the globe were simply taken into the communities over the next five days. For tips on travel to Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/ Ken Sooley, owner of CapeRace Newfoundland Adventures, offers self-managed packages that include the keys to various coastal homes, a rental car and his guide book. He has added a side trip to Gander this year as “Come From Away” buzz grows. For information on the North Atlantic Aviation Museum: https://northatlanticaviationmuseum.com/ “I feel humbled by it all,” she said of the musical’s triumph on Broadway and beyond. “When we were in New York, I said to (Gander Mayor) Claude Elliott: ‘Claude, I’ve invited half of New York to come to my place.’ And he said: ‘Yes, Beulah, and I’ve invited the other half.’” Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FROM EUROPE BY SHAWN MENDES TO APPEAR ON THE 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced a special performance from Europe by Shawn Mendes, who launched the European leg of his worldwide arena tour last night.  Viewers will be treated to the taped performance that will appear on The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast, hosted by Sarah McLachlan. The 2019 JUNO Awards will be live from Budweiser Gardens in London, ON on Sunday, March 17 at 8 PM ET and broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos.“I wish I could be there in person to celebrate Canada’s biggest night in music,” said Shawn. “I love my fans and my country, and I hope everyone enjoys what we have in store all the way from Europe!”Mendes has been nominated for a total of eighteen JUNO Awards, with an impressive six nominations this year, including Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada. He took home the Single of the Year award in 2018, and the JUNO Fan Choice award Presented by TD in 2017 and 2018. Advertisement Shawn’s worldwide arena tour is in support of his self-titled album, Shawn Mendes, released in May of this year and spans over 95+ dates between North America, Europe, UK and Australia.Tickets are still available online at budweisergardens.com, by phone at 1-866-455-2849 and in-person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens (Located at Gate 1).The 48th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2019 will be hosted in London from March 11 through March 17, 2019, culminating in The JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 17 at Budweiser Gardens.The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS and Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and ShowRunner, Insight Productions. Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production, Factual Content, CBC; Mark Steinmetz is Senior Director, CBC Music; Lisa Clarkson is Executive Director, Business & Rights and Content Optimization, CBC; Bonnie Brownlee is Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, Brand & Research, CBC; Susan Marjetti is Executive Director, Radio and Audio, CBC; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content, CBC; and Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming, CBC.Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.The JUNO Awards are made possible with the support of Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC).Lead Partners: Apple Music and TD Bank Group.Funding Partners: The Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London.Links:Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca / Digital ToolkitCBC Music: www.cbcmusic.ca/junos / Facebook: @CBCMusic / Twitter: @CBCMusic / YouTube: @cbcmusicJUNO AwardsTwitter: @TheJUNOAwards / Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards / Facebook:@TheJUNOAwards /  Hashtag: #JUNOSShawn MendesTwitter: @ShawnMendes / Instagram: @ShawnMendes / Facebook: @ShawnMendesOfficial / @ShawnMendesAbout CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 48th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit  www.junoawards.caAbout CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About CBC Music:   From Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music across all genres. Easy to navigate and available on your smartphone or tablet, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 100 online music streams plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country. www.cbcmusic.caAbout Insight Productions:Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts and many of the Country’s biggest award shows, music series and variety specials – is back in the producer’s chair for their 18th JUNO Awards.  Headed by John Brunton, Insight is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  Insight Senior Vice-President and Showrunner, Lindsay Cox, serves as Executive Producer along with John Brunton on The JUNO Awards, The Canadian Screen Awards, The Launch, A Christmas Fury, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration which was seen by one in three Canadians – among others.  Insight collectively received 21 Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2019.  Other 2019 Insight productions include The Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Top Chef Canada and Intervention.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. For more information on Insight Productions, please visit www.insighttv.com or on Twitter – @insightprod. or Facebook www.facebook.com/InsightProductions.About Shawn MendesToronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more. Shawn Mendes made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums, and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018. The album shot to #1 on iTunes upon release in over 80 countries around the world. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” the first two songs released off the new album, experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have had four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 Platinum albums, and 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 15 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 16 billion song streams and 5 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with over 60 dates currently announced across Europe, North America and Australia, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Shawn Mendeslast_img read more

ANACHNID RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS INDIGENOUS SONGWRITER AWARD FROM SOCAN FOUNDATION AND TD

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – The SOCAN Foundation, in partnership with TD Bank Group, at the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards on May 17 in Winnipeg, presented the first Indigenous Songwriter Award to Anachnid from Montreal.Anachnid, a member of SOCAN, accepted the award and the accompanying $10,000 cash prize from SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and James Baxter, Winnipeg TD Canada Trust Branch Manager.“It means a lot to win this award which will help me achieve my creative endeavours,” said Anachnid. “I want the world to see the strength and beauty of the culture and craft that empowers all of us.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “The Indigenous Songwriter Award recognizes artistic excellence in songwriting achieved by an indigenous music creator in Canada, and we’re proud to partner with TD and the Indigenous Music Awards to celebrate Anachnid,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, , Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “The award is a significant part of our ongoing, mutual efforts with TD to foster, promote and create opportunities for indigenous music creators.”The Indigenous Songwriter Award is determined by a jury of SOCAN members. This year’s esteemed panel comprised Alan Greyeyes, Kinnie Starr and Leanne Goose, who carefully reviewed nearly 200 submissions from across the country.Applications to the 2020 TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards will open in the late fall of 2019. Visit www.socanfoundation.ca for more information about programs and awards.About AnachnidAnachnid  (Ana-k-nid) is a contemporary Indigenous artist inspired by art and sculpture, but also by street fashion and music. She defines herself as Oji-Cree and Kitchi-Sipi Mi’kmaq First Nations. Given by an elder, her totem is a spider; the arachnid. Just like a spider who weaves her web, she strings along music, poetry and art into one piece. Since she reflects what she sees in her environment, she explores very different musical styles, from soul, electro-pop to indie trap. Her music highlights her modern lifestyle as an Indigenous woman and shares the various cultures around which she grew up. Anachnid acknowledges this hybridization of urban influences, yet still attached to Indigenous traditional roots. Her first singles were released under Musique Nomade : Windigo, La lune and Now Wow We (with Annie Sama), available on all platforms.About The SOCAN FoundationFounded in 1992, the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The organization is a part of the SOCAN Group of organizations and guided by a Board of Directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, and reflects concert music and popular music genres, as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada. To learn more about the SOCAN Foundation and SOCAN, visit www.socanfoundation.ca and www.socan.com.About TD Global Corporate CitizenshipTD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit www.td.com/thereadycommitment Twittercenter_img Facebook Advertisement L to R: Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN; Anachnid, TD Indigenous Songwriter Award Recipient; Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation; James Baxter, TD Branch Manager. Photo Credit: Brad Ardley. (CNW Group/SOCAN) Advertisementlast_img read more

Pasloski new Yukon premier

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon has a new premier.In a landslide vote this weekend, the Yukon party chose Darrell Pasloski as their new leader.Pasloski is a Whitehorse pharmacist and businessman who has never held elected office. He ran unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in the 2008 federal election.He currently does not hold a seat in the Yukon legislative assembly.Pasloski replaces Dennis Fentie who is retiring. Fenti has led the Yukon government since 2002.Pasloski will have to call a territorial election before mid-October.As premier, he says he will focus on building a strong cabinet and working on current issues.last_img read more

We have to draw that line in the sand says AFN candidate

first_imgAPTN National NewsTORONTO–Like other candidates, former Treaty 3 grand chief and lawyer Diane Kelly believes the Assembly of First Nations is at a crossroad.“We have to take action now. Our future depends on it. When it comes to treaties, our treaties as we all know are a description of our inherent rights and a description of our inherent jurisdiction,” she said.Kelly relied on stories about her traditional upbringing and anecdotes from her time as grand chief to get her points across. She recalled an Elder speaking about the intent of the treaties.“And as he was speaking, he bent down and picked up a handful of soil. There was some stones in there, some twigs and some grass. And as he was explaining he held it here, and then he opened his fingers up and some of the soil fell through but the twigs, the grass, the rocks, were still in his hand. This is all we agreed to share. But this belongs to us,” she said.Kelly is one of eight candidates vying for the position of national chief of the AFN. She was speaking during the candidate’s forum during the AFN gathering in Toronto where chiefs will vote for national chief on Wednesday.Kelly said all treaties in Canada, regardless of the region, should be a priority for the AFN. But she said the time for researching those treaties is long past.“The next step is to take legal action. There are times when we have to take legal action. We have to draw that line in the sand and stand up and take action,” she said.If elected, Kelly said she would immediately work on four issues; resource revenue sharing, strengthening treaty rights, health benefits for the most vulnerable and making the AFN more accessible to all First Nation citizens.And she had a very specific timeline for those actions: 150 days.“The reason I have picked 150 days is that will bring us back to the December (AFN) assembly where we can deliberate and decide on how to move forward,” she said.last_img read more

Protestors clash with Harpers security and police in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper went to Winnipeg to participate in a round-table discussion on cyberbullying last week.But some claimed the worst bullying was going on at a Winnipeg hotel.Protesters inside the building, where Harper was supposed to meet with families, were pushed out by security and police.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.MThordarson@aptn.caTwitter: @MattThorlast_img

MMIW gathering in Vancouver focuses on children abused in care

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsHundreds gathered at the annual Sisters in Spirit candle light vigil in Vancouver and listened to families speak about their missing loved ones.But the latest report by the British Columbia’s Child Advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond was on everyone’s mind.The report found dozens of Indigenous girls in care have been sexually abused.See related stories here: #MMIWG thouse@aptn.calast_img

Federal court orders Canada to hand over land to Blood Tribe

first_imgThe Blood Tribe reserve in Alberta is currently 547.5 square miles.Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsA federal court ruled Wednesday that Canada owes the Blood Tribe 162.5 square miles (258 square kilometres) of land to fulfill its Treaty obligations.“The Blood Tribe Chief and Councillors are pleased to announce that a judgement has been received from the Federal Court on what is known as the “Big Claim”, said a release from the community.“A claim which the Blood Tribe has been pursuing for many years.”The Blood Tribe, located in southern Alberta, first started the process of reclaiming their land in 1980.Under the Treaty Land Entitlement formula, the Blood Tribe was entitled to a reserve of 710 square miles (1,838 square kilometres). The current reserve is 547.5 square miles (1,418 square kilometres)According to the claim in the federal court, the Blood Tribe said that Canada failed to fulfill its Treaty obligation to provide one square mile of reserve land for each five members of the Blood Tribe.That would add approximately 100 square miles to the reserve.It also claimed that the lands between the St. Mary and Kootenay Rivers, to the mountains and to the International Boundary as its reserve; and that its reserve was established by the 1882 Nelson survey, which surveyed the southern boundary of the reserve 5 miles further south than it is currently.“The Federal Court’s findings agreed with the Blood Tribe’s claim that there was an outstanding Treaty obligation and that the Tribe is owed a further 162.5 square miles based on the population at the time,” the statement said.“The Blood Tribe trusts that given the history of the Big Claim and the fact that both the ICC and the Federal Court have found that the Blood Tribe has a valid claim that Canada will not be appealing this recent judgement and that there will be finality to this long outstanding treaty obligation.”The Big Claim was ordered to be to be heard in the Federal Court as three phases.Phase one was the oral history evidence of Blood Tribe Elders, heard in May, 2016, phase two was a hearing on the substantive legal issues that was heard in May and June of 2018, and phase three willdeal with the damages that the Blood Tribe suffered.Leaders in the community first went to the specific claims court in 1996 but in 2002, Canada informed the Blood Tribe that the entire claim was rejected for negotiation through the specific claims process.It was then pursued through the Federal Court.“Now that the Federal Court of Canada has provided its decision Blood Tribe Council will be reviewing the options available to the Blood Tribe including the steps to bring this before the Court to have Phase 3 held and will continue to keep Blood Tribe members informed on the steps being taken in the Big Claim,” the statement said.No one from the community was available for an interview.The trial will continue at a later date to hear evidence and submissions on the remedy on the breach of treaty.tpimentel@aptn.ca@Tamara_aptnlast_img read more

Small business tax cut never promised to offset minimum wage hike Wynne

first_imgTORONTO – A tax cut for Ontario’s small businesses will not fully offset the impact of an increasing minimum wage, the premier said Wednesday as business groups criticized the provincial government for not providing enough support to deal with the hike.While the province had said for months that help for small businesses was on the way, Wynne said measures revealed in the province’s fall economic update were not meant to fully balance out the impact of the Liberal government’s plan to raise minimum wage to $15 a hour.“There was never a commitment to offset the increases in minimum wage,” Wynne said. “I was very clear that that was not something that we were going to be able to do, but we want our small businesses to be strong. We want them to be able to thrive. So that’s why we’ve put a number of supports in place.”The province will cut the corporate tax rate for small businesses from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, the same day it increases its minimum wage from $11.60 to $14. The government’s plan will eventually see minimum wage jump to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019.The province will also designate that one-third of its procurement spending on goods and services will come from small and medium-sized businesses by 2020. And it will spend $124 million over three years to help companies with fewer than 100 employees who hire youths aged 15 to 29. The government will pay incentives of $1,000 for each worker hired and another $1,000 for each worker retained for at least six months by a small business.Wynne said the government will have to assess the impact of the wage increase as it continues to roll out.“When I talk to those business owners they talk to me about job retention, they talk to me about loyalty and quality of work and all of those things that are really important to a business,” she said. “So I think they would say that there’s a net benefit to paying their employees well.”Minister for Small Business Jeff Leal said the minimum wage hike will have some positive benefits for small business, he said.“We do know that people who make minimum wage take those dollars and re-invest them instantaneously back into the economy,” he said. “Many of the businesses they spend that money at are small businesses in the province of Ontario.”But some business groups said the government’s supports fell short.Jocelyn Bamford, founder of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers, said her group was “stunned” that the fall economic statement offered what she characterized as little help for businesses to adjust to the new minimum wage after saying for months support was on the way.“We wonder if the government is in denial of the damage they will cause the economy or if they just don’t care about jobs in the province,” Bamford said in a statement.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said small business owners are very frustrated, very angry” with the government over the planned wage rise, which it urged the province to slow down.“They still have the time to put the brakes on this,” said vice president Plamen Petkov. “Do a full economic analysis. Get it right. Determine what is the right amount and what is the right timeline to increase the minimum wage and then go ahead with it.”Meanwhile, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce said it was shifting its focus to the 2018 spring budget where it thinks the government could offer further supports for business.“We think the impact of this new legislation will be felt pretty quickly in the new year,” he said. “We need to be able to address some of those concerns or else we’re putting ourselves in a very challenging position … we need to look forward to the budget to see how we can contend with some of those new cost burdens.”A number of studies conducted by third parties have estimated the minimum wage increase will slow the number of jobs produced by Ontario’s economy in the coming years.The province’s economic watchdog, the Financial Accountability Office, has estimated more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs due to the minimum wage increase. And an analysis from the Keep Ontario Working Coalition concluded over 185,000 jobs could be impacted by the hike.However, many economists support the government move, saying hiking the minimum wage boosts economic activity and increases people’s purchasing power.last_img read more

North American stock markets push higher loonie also gains ground

first_imgTORONTO – North American stock markets pushed higher Friday as a broad-based rally helped lift Canada’s main stock index.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 130.28 points to 15,638.45. A surging energy sector led the advance.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 347.51 points to 25,309.99. The S&P 500 index was up 43.34 points to 2,747.30 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 127.30 points to 7,337.39.“The market is benefiting from the fact that as we’ve gotten through this February flop we’ve had a return to rationality and a focus on fundamentals,” said Jamie Robertson, managing director of the portfolio solutions group at Manulife Asset Management. “I think the market’s appetite for volatility is exhausted.”The tumult that saw global equity markets begin to fall at the beginning of February was triggered by U.S. jobs data that showed wages grew more than anticipated, raising worries that signs of higher inflation might push the U.S. Federal Reserve to increase interest rates more quickly. Markets have since bounced back but have been at the mercy of investor’s changing opinions day-to-day on inflation and the Fed.Higher yields generally hurt stock prices by making bonds more appealing to investors.A continued pullback in bond yields from the four-year highs reached earlier this week likely also gave equity investors a shot of confidence on Friday. The yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes fell to 2.87 per cent.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar reversed its week-long slide, closing at an average trading value of 78.94 cents US, up 0.26 of a U.S. cent.Robertson attributed the correction to a more positive outlook for oil, as the April crude contract rose 78 cents to US$63.55 per barrel.“The Canadian dollar is always a push and pull between interest rates and oil prices,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$2.40 to US$1,330.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to US$3.21 a pound.last_img read more

CoucheTard optimistic about loyalty program despite drop in samestore sales

first_imgTORONTO – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it’s too early to tell what long-term impact dumping the embattled Aeroplan loyalty program at its Esso branded convenience stores will have, but the time it took for the brand to switch to the PC Optimum program has already hampered sales.The Quebec-based retailer behind Circle K stores said in an earnings call on Thursday that it only ended the Aeroplan program on May 31 and PC Optimum wasn’t implemented until August, so the company has had little time to see how the gap will change consumer habits.“We are pretty optimistic,” said the company’s chief financial officer Claude Tessier. “We know generally that loyalty programs have a positive impact on sales.”However, the company’s earnings show the two-month gap between switching to PC Optimum hurt the brand, at least a little.Couche-Tard said the gap contributed to a 3.3 per cent decrease in same-store road transportation fuel volumes in its first quarter, which ended July 22.Still, overall fuel volumes in Canada were up 10.5 per cent, while global volumes increased 32 per cent, as fuel revenues rose to US$10.9 billion from $6.8 billion a year earlier.During the quarter, Couche-Tard, which reports in U.S. dollars, saw a 25 per cent spike in net income attributable to shareholders to $455.5 million from $364.7 million a year earlier.Revenues grew to $14.8 billion from $9.84 billion the year before.The company said its adjusted profit excluding one-time items was $498 million or 88 cents per diluted share, compared with $381 million or 67 per cents per share in the first quarter of 2018.Couche-Tard was expected to earn 82 cents per share in adjusted profits on $13.9 billion in revenues according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Executives attributed the quarter’s strength to a 6.6 per cent increase in same-store merchandise revenue in Canada, a strong performance of its CST Canada sites acquired a year ago, higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and an expansion of its coffee pilot loyalty program.Couche-Tard President Brian Hannasch said the company also saw “significant” growth in tobacco products in the quarter in the U.S., especially in-house tobacco brands, vapour, powdered tobacco placed inside the upper lip and cigars.“Some of this is attributable to manufacturing innovation…but it’s also reflective of our merchandising, the speed at which we’ve been activating new offers and emerging brands, and how we are presenting these offers to our consumers at our stores,” he told analysts.He said the company’s earnings were also lifted by the brand’s food offerings in Canada, which include its baked-on-site products and hot dogs.In Europe, the company’s ice coffee offering that is being tested in multiple locations was seeing “good customer acceptance so far” and was being aided by a hot summer, he said.Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets said the results beat analyst expectations largely because of higher U.S. fuel margins.“Couche-Tard’s same-store sales performance was substantially superior to that of U.S. peers,” he wrote in a report.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Couche-Tard’s shares gained 5.26 per cent or $3.32 at C$66.47 in midday trading.Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)last_img read more

Stingray Group drops takeover offer for US company Music Choice

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:RAY.A) MONTREAL — Stingray Group Inc. has dropped its takeover attempt of Music Choice.Montreal-based Stingray, which provides music and in-store media, had made the unsoliticited bid for the U.S. company in August last year.The offer was worth US$120 million.Music Choice produces music programming and music-related content for digital cable television, mobile phone and cable modem users.Stingray chief executive Eric Boyko says while the company continues to see benefits in a combination with Music Choice, it’s confident in its strategic direction.Stingray announced Monday a distribution agreement with Altice USA, which will bring 50 Stingray music audio channels and hundreds of music videos from its on-demand catalogue to Altice USA’s subscribers. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BMO creates financial crimes unit with cybersecurity fraud capabilities

first_imgTORONTO — The Bank of Montreal is creating a financial crimes unit bringing together existing capabilities around cybersecurity, fraud and physical security.The new unit will be led by Larry Zelvin, who joins the bank on Jan. 14. He has been CitiGroup Inc.’s managing director and global head of cybersecurity.BMO’s financial crimes unit will work together with the bank’s anti-money laundering group.BMO chief executive Darryl White says the financial industry is faced with more sophisticated criminal activities and it’s critical to invest in data protection.The creation of the unit comes after the bank said last May that hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers.At the same time, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients. Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Yellow vests protesters continue their roundabout fight

first_imgSENLIS, France — A roundabout next to the busiest of France’s motorways has been transformed into a symbol of the yellow vest revolt — and the protesters camped out here for the past two months are digging in for the long haul.With its makeshift grocery, camp beds and community spirit, the large central island about 60 kilometres north of Paris is home to dozens of yellow vest protesters who gather there day in, day out to organize their fight against the French government.Like the reflective safety vests, occupied roundabouts have become a trademark of the protest movement shaking up France. Ahead of a ninth straight weekend of planned protests in Paris and across France, demonstrators in Senlis are adamant they are digging in for the long haul.Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UPDATE Amber Alert issued for three children taken in Fox Creek

first_imgUPDATE – The Amber Alert has been cancelled and the children have been located.FOX CREEK, A.B. – Alberta RCMP have issued an Amber Alert for three children that were taken early Saturday morning in Fox Creek.At 1:30 am this morning, 4-year-old Isabella Darnel, 3-year-old Elijah Darnel, 9-month-old Arlo Darnel, are believed to be abducted from their home in Fox Creek. All three children have blonde hair and blue eyes. Isabella Darnel is wearing a purple nighty with peach pyjama pants. It is believed that the three children were abducted by their mother Charmaine Darnel.Charmaine Darnel is five feet, 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, blonde hair, green eyes. They were last seen leaving a residence in Fox Creek driving a 2014, medium grey Dodge Ram pickup truck, Alberta licence plate B W Z 8 6 4 5. The vehicle was last seen leaving Fox Creek, heading south towards Edmonton.Photos have yet to be releasedPlease contact the RCMP at Fox Creek at 780-622-3740 or 9 1 1 if you have any information.last_img read more

Crude oil production to reach 586 million barrels per day by 2035

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is projecting Canadian crude oil production will increase by 1.27 million barrels per day to 5.86 million by 2035.The association’s latest forecast predicts total production in Western Canada will reach 5.76 million barrels per day in 2035 compared with 4.36 million in 2018.Production in Eastern Canada is forecast to peak at 354,000 barrels per day in 2026 before falling to about 91,000 barrels per day in 2035. The report noted that capital spending in the oilsands this year is set to fall for a fifth consecutive year to roughly $12 billion.Overall, capital investment across Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is forecast to fall to $37 billion in 2019.The report said pipeline constraints, a lack of market diversity, and inefficient regulations are largely responsible for holding back the oil sector.last_img read more

Ponting backs Rishabh to bat at No.4, Ganguly terms him ‘huge asset’

first_imgNew Delhi: Ricky Ponting Tuesday unequivocally backed Rishabh Pant for the number four slot in India’s World Cup line-up and even saw him as one capable of winning the tournament. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly marked the young wicketkeeper-batsman as one for the future, calling him a “huge asset”. With little over two months to go for the World Cup and the number four batsman yet to be decided, it could now boil down to performance in the Indian Premier League, according to Ganguly. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh But Ponting, a two-time World Cup winning Australian captain, left nothing to doubt when discussions turned to Pant. “The first thing I would do is pick him in that Indian squad for the World Cup, I would play him as a batter, I would play him at number four. He is the sort of guy, with that kind of talent, he can win you a World Cup, he has just got that x-factor,” Ponting said. Ganguly added, “Anybody who wants to succeed in shorter formats of the game he has to go up, we have seen the best in world do that. If you send Rishabh at number four, he will score runs for you because he is so talented, he has got so much time to play. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “In his short career he has been remarkable for India and once he starts getting opportunity consistently, he will be a top player.” Pant had a terrific start to his Test career, becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to score centuries in England and Australia, but there is a perception that he hasn’t showed the temperament or tasted as much success in the shorter formats. During an interaction organised by the Delhi Capitals, Ganguly didn’t agree with the viewpoint. “Look at the way he played in the IPL last year, he got a full tournament, 14 games, and he was probably the second highest run-getter in the IPL last year. “The problem with him in shorter formats is that he doesn’t get regular cricket because you have a champion in MS Dhoni who actually plays most of the shorter formats, so Rishabh is coming in and going out all the time and that’s never good for anybody, however quality a player you are,” Ganguly said. Pant’s exploits with the willow has the taken the cricket world by storm in recent months. Ganguly said, “The reason he succeeds in Test cricket is because he plays consistently. How many Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen have got Test hundreds in England and Australia, and he scored them at ease. It’s not that he struggled, it’s not that he looked out of place against fast bowling. “For me, he is your future. For the next 10 years, you will see that boy a lot in all formats of the game and not because he plays for Delhi, he can play for anyone he wants to.” Pant will be eyeing a successful IPL with the rechristened Delhi Capitals. “Just the serious talent he is, he is a hard worker, I have been watching him at nets for the last four years, he is always the first one to come out and bat for longer periods. He will be huge asset to Indian cricket in the years to come,” said Ganguly.last_img read more

Amit Shah to address 2 meetings at Cooch Behar & Raigunj on March 30

first_imgKolkata: BJP national president Amit Shah will address two meetings at Cooch Behar and Raigunj on March 30. He will again address a public rally on April 3 in North Bengal. Narendra Modi is likely to address two meetings at Siliguri and Kolkata on April 3, while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also address public meetings. However, the time of Modi’s address in the two cities has not yet been finalised. In Raigunj, BJP candidate Nimu Bhowmick got over 2 lakh votes in 2014. There will be a four-way fight in the constituency with Mohammed Salim of CPI(M) and Deepa Das Munshi of Congress will be fighting against Kanaia Lal Agarwal of Trinamool Congress. In 2014, Das Munshi had got 3.15 lakh votes, while Salim had got 3.17 lakh. In Cooch Behar, Paresh Chandra Adhikary, former minister in the Left Front regime, has been nominated by Trinamool Congress.last_img read more