ET Canada PM Remains Optimistic About Keystone Approval Text By Paul Vieira OTTAWA–Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday he’s optimistic the White House will ultimately approve TransCanada Corp.’s (TRP) planned Keystone XL project even though its future has been thrown in doubt amid political pressure to block the pipeline. At an event in New York, broadcast in Canada, Mr. Harper said he’s been in “very” regular contact with President Barack Obama regarding the project, which would ship oil from the Alberta oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. He added he’s unwilling to take a “no” decision as an answer, and is prepared to push until the project is approved. “The logic behind this project is simply overwhelmingly,” Mr. Harper told an audience at an event hosted by the Canadian American Business Council, adding building the pipeline extension will enhance North American energy security and displace U.S. imports of oil from less-stable regimes where environmental standards might not be as robust. “I remain an optimist that, notwithstanding politics, something that is so clearly in everybody’s interest … that it has to be approved.” Mr. Harper said U.S. politics has cast doubt on the project’s future. “Ultimately, over time, bad politics make bad policy,” he said. “And the President has assured me he will make a decision that he believes is in the best interests of the U.S. based on the facts.
Heather Conway, a former CEO of Edelman Canada and executive vp of marketing and communications at former film producer and broadcaster Alliance Atlantis Communications, is expected to be named Thursday as executive vp of English-language services at the CBC, replacing Kirstine Stewart, according to the CBC.ca website. She is also a former vp of TD Bank Financial. Conway will oversee English-language TV, radio and online services at the cost-cutting public broadcaster. She most recently served as chief business officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she was charged with finding new revenue streams. The CBC’s board of directors will be looking to Conway’s miracle-working skills to revive the CBC brand in a fast-changing digital landscape. The public broadcaster has had to cut costs and air more re-runs as it attempts to replace $115 million in government financing cut from the CBCs budget over three years. The network also faces the threat of losing its long-standing Hockey Night in Canada property on Saturday nights when the TV contract with the NHL shortly comes up for renewal. Rival networks like Bell Media and Rogers Media, which both run cable sport channels, are expected to take a run at the Hockey Night in Canada rights. News of Conway’s hire first appeared in the Globe and Mail newspaper. Arts & Entertainment
GMCR Canada Continues to Revolutionize the Coffee Industry
“GMCR continues to seek avenues to further expand consumer choice within the Keurig system. For example, the Company has secured partnerships with some of the world’s most beloved coffee and tea brands like Lipton and Snapple and is working exclusively with leading retailers like Costco, METRO and Sobeys to produce their house brands in K-Cup packs,” Mr. Toutant continued. In addition to expanding beverage choice for consumers, GMCR plans to introduce new brewer innovation to the region. Under a partnership with Italian company Lavazza, GMCR Canada is preparing for the Canadian launch of the Keurig Rivo, a brewing system that combines the legendary simplicity of Keurig single cup technology with the authenticity of Italy’s favorite espresso, Lavazza and the ability to steam and froth fresh milk right from consumers’ refrigerators to create a cafe quality cappuccino or latte simply and consistently at home. This product introduction, planned for spring 2014, marks GMCR’s entrance into the espresso, cappuccino and latte brewer category in Canada. GMCR Canada will also introduce the Keurig BOLT system to away-from-home customers in November 2013, bringing the innovation, speed, convenience and quality that Keurig single cup brewing systems are known for to higher volume carafe brewing. Acting responsibly In addition to being one of the leaders in the specialty coffee sector, GMCR Canada is also recognized as a leader in sustainability. Today, the Company announces its formal commitment to only brew and serve 100% Fair Trade certified coffee in its 62 Van Houtte Cafe-bistros across Quebec by mid-October. “We have always endeavored to support the coffee growers that produce the coffee our consumers love and expect. As the first Canadian banner brand and Company to make the shift to 100% Fair Trade in our Van Houtte Cafes-bistros, we’re demonstrating more than our good corporate citizenship, we are demonstrating our corporate philosophy,” concluded Mr. Toutant. (1) Accordingly to NPD Group for the period April through June 2013 (2) According to Nielsen Market Track, all channels, 52 weeks ending August 13(th), 2013 About GMCR Canada Holding inc. GMCR Canada Holding Inc.