Jul 16 2019

Japanese retailer Uniqlo to set up shop in Toronto

TORONTO – Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo will open its first two Canadian stores in Toronto next year.

Uniqlo is owned by Fast Retailing Co., which designs, manufactures and sells clothing under several brands around the world.

Uniqlo currently has 1,500 stores in 16 markets, including 39 in the United States.

The Toronto stores will be at the Eaton Centre downtown and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre near the north end.

The company says the first two Canadian locations will open in the fall of 2016.

The two upscale malls are owned by Cadillac Fairview, an arm of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan board.



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Jul 16 2019

Tim Hortons nears layoff notices for hundreds of office workers: report

[UPDATE, Tuesday, 3:23 p.m. ET: Tim Hortons has confirmed layoff notices have gone out ]

Tim Hortons appears to be on the verge of slashing a “significant” number of office employees this week, according to a published report.

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Sources have suggested as much as half of all office staff at more than half a dozen regional offices could be affected by the decision, which would come roughly six weeks after the iconic Canadian coffee chain was acquired by 3G Capital, a Brazil-based investment firm and owner of Burger King.

Layoff notices could go out Tuesday, according to the report.

“As part of the transaction, we are still in the process of evaluating the current organizational structure,” Tim Hortons spokesperson Alexandra Cygal said in an email message. “We have nothing to announce at this time.”

The Oakville, Ont.-based fast food chain operates seven regional offices that employ around 1,400 staff members. As part of 3G’s successful acquisition of Tim Hortons, it agreed to “maintain significant employment levels” at Tim Hortons’ existing Ontario headquarters, according to a statement from Industry Canada.

The federal department approved the $12.5 billion blockbuster deal on Dec. 4. But there is no mention of protecting staff levels in field offices.

Tim Hortons doesn’t directly employ the tens of thousands of full- and part-time staffs at the 3,600 or so franchisee-owned locations across Canada. But it does directly employ 2,150 people spread across its headquarters, five distribution centres and seven regional offices.

Tims distribution centres are located in Guelph, Ont., Kingston, Ont., Langley, B.C., Calgary and Debert, Nova Scotia. Another facility is owned in Vaudreuil Dorion, Que., according to regulatory filings. There are three manufacturing facilities as well, based in Hamilton, Oakville and Rochester, New York.

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3G comes with a reputation for dramatically slashing budgets and head count at companies it gains control of. About 450 middle managers and higher-ups were fired from Burger King when it was acquired by 3G in 2010.

More recently, Heinz has dumped 3,400 positions across the food processing company since being acquired by the New York and Rio-based investment fund in February 2013. A cold rationality at 3G driven by a thirst for bigger profits fed into another controversial decision to close Heinz’s century-old Leamington, Ont. ketchup factory last June.

In another move that should help fatten Tim Hortons’ bottom line, the chain announced in November it was raising prices on coffee and other popular menu items.

Debt repayment

3G has borrowed billions to buy Tim Hortons, financing the merger with $10.4 billion in loaned money.

That towering debt load 3G must pay down, combined with an eye toward generating bigger near-term profits, is pressuring every expense at the new Tim Hortons, experts say, from headcount to office supplies.

“3G Capital has a well-established post-takeover playbook of cost cutting and mass layoffs,” a paper opposing the deal published by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives warned in late October. “The deal is troubling for our country and for fans of Canada’s coffee chain.”

Marc Caira, Tims’ ex-chief executive who has moved to the board of the new company, called Restaurant Brands International, stated at the time of the deal’s announcement in August it will be “business as usual,” with the Canadian chain taking out full-page newspaper ads stating the same.

Invisible to customer

The CCPA report said “hundreds” of jobs throughout Tims’ supply chain, as well as head and regional offices, are at risk.

“They’re going to look for synergies, but any changes they make will be completely invisible to the customer,” Ken Wong, a business professor at Queen’s University told Global News after the deal’s announcement.

WATCH: Tim Hortons says it’s coffee will cost you an average of 10 cents more due higher operating costs.

Jul 16 2019

WATCH: ‘Full House’ stars sing sitcom’s theme song

ABOVE: Watch cast members from Full House sing “Everywhere You Look.”

TORONTO — John Stamos and Bob Saget reunited Saturday night with their Full House co-stars Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodi Sweetin and Andrea Barber to sing the sitcom’s theme song.

The cast — minus Dave Coulier and the Olsen twins — came together to celebrate the 60th birthday of Full House creator Jeff Franklin.

Franklin co-wrote the theme song “Everywhere You Look” with Bennett Salvay and Jesse Frederick.

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The birthday bash brought out Stamos (Uncle Jesse), Saget (Danny Tanner), Loughlin (Rebecca), Bure (D.J. Tanner), Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner) and Barber (Kimmy Gibbler).

Coulier, who played Joey Gladstone, was performing stand-up in Orlando, Florida.

Barber shared a video of the performance on social media.

A few of the stars tweeted photos from Franklin’s party.

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Jul 16 2019

Need for more guidance counsellors in Ontario elementary schools: report – Toronto

WATCH: A new report finds the majority of Ontario elementary school students don’t have access to a guidance counsellor. An education advocacy group says that is hurting students. Christina Stevens reports.

TORONTO – A new report says Ontario elementary school guidance programs are understaffed.

The report by the parent group People for Education says only 14 per cent of Ontario’s elementary schools have at least one guidance counsellor.

It says that’s despite the fact the provincial government has stressed the importance of counsellors.

In 2013, the province outlined policy changes that said schools should use guidance counsellors to combine career and life planning programs for students from kindergarten to Grade 12.

The report also says the role of guidance counsellors has shifted to become more multifaceted and critical to student well being, focusing more on things like social-emotional development and mental health.

The report’s findings are based on an annual survey of 1,175 responses from elementary and secondary school principals.



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Jul 16 2019

Love, Sask. says Valentine’s Festival is a go despite robbery

LOVE, Sask. – A northern Saskatchewan village called Love may be feeling a little less romantic this Valentine’s Day. Organizers of Love’s 44th annual Valentine’s Festival say thieves made off with festival prizes and liquor earlier this month.

Karen Smith says the thieves broke into Love’s community hall and village office and made off with the goods, which were mostly donated by local businesses. Smith says the festival is still going ahead, noting many businesses have re-donated items to replace the stolen ones.

The village is home to around 65 people and draws love birds from across the country.

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Around 600 people visited Love last year during the festival, which features a steak supper, winter activities, a king and queen announcement, fireworks and a cabaret.



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Jun 16 2019

How to keep your smartphone charged and other tips during a winter storm – National

WATCH: With weather forecasters predicting a monster storm to roll in to the Northeast today bringing blizzard conditions, NBC’s Dylan Dreyer gives tips on how to prepare for the worst.

TORONTO – Residents in the U.S. Northeast are gearing up for a potentially historic blizzard that could dump up to 90 centimetres (3 feet) of snow on cities like New York and Boston.

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The National Weather Service said the storm, known as a nor’easter, would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding through Tuesday. A blizzard warning was issued for a 400-kilometre (250-mile) stretch of the Northeast.

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The storm is also expected to make its way to the Maritimes. Environment Canada says southwest Nova Scotia could see 15 to 25 centimetres falling across the province’s mainland. In New Brunswick, forecasters say 15 to 30 centimetres of snow is expected for most of the province, while Prince Edward Island is forecast to get 15 to 25 centimetres.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned residents that this could be the worst blizzard the city has ever seen – and many seem to be taking that warning very seriously.

According to 桑拿会所 users, many New York-area grocery stores have been left with bare shelves as people get ready for “snowpocalypse.”

And while groceries and emergency supplies are important, those in #Snowmageddon2015 affected areas should also make sure their smartphones are fully charged in case of a power outage.

Smartphones and 3G-enabled tablets and other devices are critical for those without power – not just in case of emergencies or to get up-to-date information about the storm, but to stay in touch with family and friends.

Here are some tips to keep your devices running longer during a power outage.

Cut down on app usage and turn off useless features

While a winter wonderland may be an Instagrammer’s dream, cutting down on unnecessary app usage is key in conserving battery power on your smartphone or tablet.

Make sure that any open apps that may continue running in the background of your phone are turned off – iOS users can do this by double tapping the home button on their device and swiping up to turn off any running apps.

Another way to conserve battery power is to turn off any useless or extra features that you won’t be using. This includes turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, turning off apps that sync constantly (such as email “push” notifications that leave your device constantly checking for new data) and dimming your screen brightness.

Android users can check the built-in battery usage screen in the settings menu to see what apps are using the most battery power.

Tip: Texting uses less battery power than making a phone call.

Use a laptop with battery power as a back-up charger

It may seem like common sense, but if you have a laptop at home with some battery charge left it can be used as a back-up charger for your device – so long as you have the proper USB cable.

Head to a shopping centre that has power

If you are able to safely get to a shopping centre or mall that has power make sure you bring your charger along with you. Many centres will have outlets that you can use to give your device’s battery a boost – some even have charging centres designed for this.

While you are there, check to see if there is an electronics retailer that sells extra battery packs for smartphones. Phone case maker Mophie makes many “Juice Packs” for both Android and Apple devices, some of which can provide up to 80 per cent extra battery life.

Keep your other electronics in mind

Those without power should also take precautions to protect other electronic devices in their homes for when the lights come back on.

When power is restored it may result in power surges which cause an increase in the current flowing to your wall outlets and could fry electronics.

Devices like computers, televisions, and stereo systems should be unplugged from outlets just in case. If you have electronics plugged into a surge protector, your best bet is to still unplug the device, just in case the power surge is big enough to overpower the protector.


Jun 16 2019

Two charged in stolen semi-tractors investigation – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Two people are in custody after recent thefts of semi-trailers in Saskatoon. Police executed a search warrant a rural acreage 10 kilometres south of the city last Tuesday.

Member of the break and enter unit, the gang unit and general investigation section turned up 176 car and light truck tires worth around $40,000. They also found 30 boxes of merchandise worth $3,000 stolen from a second trailer that was destined for a large Saskatoon retail store and stolen lumber worth $2,500.

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While searching the acreage, officers discovered a stolen Jeep Cherokee. The stolen auto unit obtained a second search warrant, leading to the recovery of a second stolen vehicle.

Police have charged two men as a result of the investigation.

Mirsad Sabic, 53, is facing two charges of possessing stolen property over $5,000, three charges of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and a charge of trafficking in stolen property.

Victor Bairos, 47, is charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 and possession of meth.

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During the search, a man and three women were seen leaving the acreage with eight new tires. They were arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of meth. Their names have not been released.

Police continue to investigate and say more charges are anticipated in the coming weeks.

Jun 16 2019

Device, possibly drone, found on White House grounds – National

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WASHINGTON – A device, possibly an unmanned drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

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It was unclear whether their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were at home at the time of the incident with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, who also lives at the White House. The White House had said before the president’s trip that the daughters would remain in Washington so not to miss school.

The Secret Service had no immediate comment on what it found.

Obama’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, speaking in New Delhi, did not deny that the object found at the White House was an aerial drone. Drones come in various sizes, some quite small, with purposes ranging from surveillance to recreational toys.

“There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House,” Earnest said when asked if a drone was found. “The early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House.”

Police, fire and other emergency vehicles swarmed around the White House in the predawn hours, with several clustered near the southeast entrance to the mansion. The White House was dark and the entire perimeter was on lockdown until around 5 a.m., when those who work in the complex were allowed inside.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, were the featured guests Monday at a parade celebrating India’s Republic Day. They planned to stop in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before returning to Washington.

While the circumstances of this incident were not immediately clear, previous security breaches at the White House have led to questions about the Secret Service’s effectiveness.

Four highest-ranking executives were reassigned this month, and former director Julia Pierson was forced to resign last year after a Texas man armed with a knife was able to get over a White House fence in September and run deep into the executive mansion before being subdued.

An independent panel that investigated the agency’s leadership and practices in the wake of the September incident and the disclosure of a previously unreported security breach that month recommended hiring a new director from outside the agency.

That report was the second critical review of the agency responsible for protecting the president. In November, the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the Secret Service, released an internal investigation about the fence-scaling incident that found poor training, staff and a series of missteps led to the breach.

Homeland Security investigators found, among other things, that uniformed agents patrolling the White House grounds the night of Sept. 19 mistakenly assumed that thick bushes near the mansion’s front door would stop the intruder.


Jun 16 2019

Zach Galifianakis shows off new look at SAG Awards

TORONTO — Actor Zach Galifianakis was almost unrecognizable at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where he showed off his slimmer physique.

The 45-year-old, who is part of the cast of Birdman, sported less facial hair than usual and kept his hair tied back.

Galifianakis also dressed up for the occasion in a black tuxedo and bow tie accessorized with silver cuff links and a pocket square.

Last October, Galifianakis told Chicago’s WGN he slimmed down by walking more and cutting out alcohol.

“Booze. I was done with it. I just stopped,” said the star of The Hangover. “Lucky I could just stop.”

Galifianakis added: “Being light is fun.”

BELOW: Take a look at Zach Galifianakis over the past decade.

Zach in November 2005

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Zach in November 2008

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Zach in July 2009

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Zach in October 2010

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Zach in July 2011

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Zach in August 2012

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Zach in May 2013

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Zach in October 2014

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Zach in January 2015

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Jun 16 2019

Man faces charges in random attack near Maple Leaf Gardens – Toronto

TORONTO- A 62-year-old man is scheduled to appear in court to face charges in connection to a random assault that took place near Maple Leaf Gardens Sunday morning.

Four people were attacked in what police describe as a “bit of a rampage.”

It happened at around 8:30 a.m., in the Church Street and Carlton Street area.

Three people were stabbed and suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries to their upper bodies. A fourth person was also attacked but was not injured.

Police say the victims did not know each other, or the attacker.

“They were walking out, doing their own thing. This was completely random,” said Toronto Police Det. Phil Hibbeln of Toronto Police.

Sixty-two-year-old Shawn O’Neill was apprehended on Sunday.

He faces multiples charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Two weeks ago,  two men were stabbed in the same area, one fatally.

Anyone with information in relation to the attacks is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100 or  Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 or online at 成都桑拿按摩论坛成都夜生活222tips成都夜网.



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