Is there a Chair in the house

From the left are David Howes (chair from 1 July 2006 – 30 June 2009); Joe Robertson (1 July 2012 – 30 June 2014); John Suk; Carol Reid (1 July 1993 – 30 June 1996); Rudi Kroeker (1 July 2009 – 30 June 2012); and David Edwards (1 July 2000 – 30 June 2003).If John Suk wanted any tips on being the Chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees, he was in the right place on Monday (July 14).Suk was exactly two weeks into the job when he was joined by no fewer than five of his predecessors for a lunch meeting in downtown St Catharines. The group represented more than 14 years of chairing Brock’s board meetings, across a span of more than two decades.The gathering was organized by outgoing chair Joe Robertson to welcome the new chair, keep former chairs engaged and tap into their advice. Suk is the University’s 19th Chair of the Board. read more

Suspect in Oakville womans death in court

(Updated) An Oakville man has been charged with his mother’s murder. Judy Wilson, 62, was found dead in her home last night. Ryan Porte, 39, appeared in court today for a bail hearing on charges of second degree murder.Porte walked in and appeared to mouth “I’m sorry” to a woman supporting him in the courtroom. Porte will remain in custody and has been ordered not to communicate with a list of four people He will make another appearance in court on Friday. Halton Police say they received a call from Porte around 8:30 last night. he reported a family dispute and said his mother was dead inside her home on Sheldon Ave. Police and paramedics tried to revive Wilson, but it was too late. Her son Ryan remained in the home and was arrested last night. Neighbours told me that Judy and her son had issues in the past, but the community is in shock after what happened. We are learning more about Judy today. The town of Oakville has confirmed that she used to be an employee and retired. Judy was a widow with two sons: one in Australia, the other now behind bars. Chantel Corner of Halton Police told CHCH News this morning Ryan lived in the home with his mother, and confirmed there was a family dispute.Halton Police say they won’t be releasing the cause of death at this point. CHCH’s Melissa Raftis will have the very latest on the Evening News at 6. read more

Stocks edge lower to put market on track for weekly loss

NEW YORK — Stocks moved broadly lower in early trading On Wall Street Friday as investors again retreated to safer holdings in a market racked by fear and anxiety over trade disputes.The week has been especially turbulent as investors and central banks react to the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. The lingering conflict looms large over the prospects for global economic growth and has been shaking markets with wild swings all week.Technology stocks bore the brunt of the selling. DXC Technology plunged 28% after cutting its financial forecast for the year. It was the heaviest weight on the sector, but technology powerhouse Apple and several chipmakers also fared poorly.Industrial and communications stocks also fell hard in the early going. General Electric shed 2.4% and TripAdvisor lost 3.6%.Utilities held up the best and wobbled between small losses and gains. The sector is normally considered a safe place to park money if economic growth and other parts of the market look shaky.Investors are also weighing some of the final earnings reports in what has been a better-than-expected round of results.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.5% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 121 points, or 0.5%, to 26,257. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.8%.OVERSEAS: European indexes fell broadly. The British government reported that its economy shrank in the second quarter for the first time since 2012. Germany reported that exports fell in June. Stocks in Asia were mixed.WILD WEEK: U.S. stocks opened the week by plunging to their worst loss of the year and then wobbled for several days before eventually recovering the week’s losses on Thursday. With the early losses on Friday, major U.S. indexes are now poised to finish a second straight week with losses.UBER’S ROUGH RIDE: Uber fell 8.6% after losing more money during the second quarter than Wall Street had expected. The company reported its largest quarterly loss on record in the same period it went public and made huge stock-based payouts. The company spent heavily on sales and marketing, including costly promotions designed to attract riders and drivers. The cost of price wars and retaining drivers while competing with rivals such as Lyft has been a strain on its ability to turn a profit.BAD BATCH: Nektar Therapeutics plunged 39.2% after the company revealed that a cancer treatment study was impacted by bad batches of an experimental drug. The company has since refined the manufacturing process for the drug candidate, which is involved in multiple cancer treatment studies with partner Bristol-Myers Squibb.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Rogers sells personal finance website MoneySense to Ratehub for undisclosed amount

TORONTO — The MoneySense personal finance website has been sold by Rogers Communications Inc. to Ratehub Inc., for an undisclosed amount.Ratehub is a Toronto-based company that owns an online comparison site for financial products.Its ratehub.ca gets most of its revenue from commissions paid by companies after readers click to learn more about a particular product.Rogers Media axes 75 jobs, slashing one-third of its digital content and publishing team‘Television is not dead’: Rogers to shift more content online, head of Media division saysRogers Media abandons $100-million joint venture with Vice CanadaMoneySense was once a print magazine with an online presence. Since 2016 it has continued solely as a digital publication that attracts an estimated 700,000 unique visitors a month.Rogers Media president Rick Brace says in a statement that it was important to find a “good home” for MoneySense.Ratehub and MoneySense have previously collaborated to present a credit card comparison tool for Canadians.“We see this acquisition as a way to extend our partnership even further and bring Canadians more comparison tools in areas such as mortgages, investing and savings vehicles, and insurance products,” said James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub Inc. and President of CanWise Financial. read more

Lowes undertakes hiring blitz

The Simcoe RONA store is looking to hire 20 new workers as part of a hiring blitz by Lowe’s Canada network of stores.The home improvement retailer is looking to fill more than 6,350 open positions nationwide this spring.“Whether you’re looking for a summer job, a career in home improvement, or an opportunity to share your home improvement knowledge in your retirement, now is the ideal time to join the Lowe’s Canada family,” Marc Macdonald, senior vice president of human resources, said in a media release. “Come meet our store teams-we’d like to know more about you.”Full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs will be available.A National Hiring Day will be held on Feb. 23 at stores across the country. Candidates interested in working at RONA in Simcoe can visit the location at 10 Davis Street East, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. The management team will be on site to accept applications and meet with candidates.Across the country, there are positions available for department managers, customer service associates, cashiers, stockers, boom truck drivers, and sales specialists. To accommodate student candidates, most seasonal jobs will begin in April.To learn more about available positions or to apply online at any time, log onto lowescanada.ca/en/careers. read more

Fire destroys barn near Courtland

Damage is estimated at $350,000 after fire gutted a barn Friday night on Highway 3, just west of Courtland.Norfolk’s assistant fire chief Scott Pipe said no animals were in the barn and no one was injured.Someone driving by the farm spotted the smoke and flames just after 7 p.m. and called 911.Firefighters from four stations arrived to find the fire raging, said Pipe.“They ended up having to bring in heavy equipment to tear down parts of the barn to deal with the fire.“It was very cold and there was a strong wind. It was a real challenge for the crews.”Pipe said firefighters were at the scene for several hours. Hydro One workers, OPP traffic control officers and paramedics were also called in, along with trucks to salt the roads for fire equipment.Because of the rural location of the fire, extra water tankers also were brought in.Damage to the barn is estimated at $200,000 and the building’s contents at $150,000. read more

More Crown workers set to vote on strike mandates starting Sept 3

Unifor has scheduled strike mandate votes for four Crown-sector bargaining units, as SaskTel workers plan to return to the table for another three days of negotiations.Attempts at mediation have reached an impasse at SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskWater and the Water Security Agency, according to Cam Britton, a national representative for Unifor. He said votes will begin on Sept. 3 and continue until Sept. 18.Britton said a series of meetings at 10 locations will bring together members of all four unions, though votes will take place separately. He expects to have a result by September 19. He believes members will vote in favour of a strike mandate.Workers at SaskTel and its subsidiaries, DirectWest and SecurTek, have already voted in favour of a strike mandate. Mediation in August was unsuccessful, after the union balked at an offer with two years of flat wages followed by a one per cent hike in 2021.According to Britton, the offer is much the same at the four tables he’s representing, although it also includes a two-per-cent increase in 2022.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Unifor’s SaskTel bargaining committee posted an update to its website on Tuesday, predicting that the campaign was about to “come to a head.”“This past week our union has been working with the other crown worker bargaining units represented by Unifor as they try to work through their own struggles at the bargaining table,” the posting said.The next round of bargaining with SaskTel will begin on Sept. 18 and end on Sept. 20. That’s the expiration date for the strike mandate vote from July, according to Unifor.“We will have to make tough decisions on the final day of bargaining next month,” the posting said.Britton stressed that his members want nothing more than a fair deal. As Unifor has consistently done in interviews with media and on billboards posted in Regina, he lashed out at a 2.3-per-cent cost-of-living increase to MLA pay this year.He said members frequently object to what he and they see as hypocrisy. The MLA hike has gotten them “agitated” and unwilling to accept flat wages.But he said Unifor still prefers to work out a deal rather than take job action.“Once we get a strike mandate, my hope is that we can get back to the employer and negotiate a fair contract,” said Britton.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

Braid The final lethal pipeline threat — a Liberal minority

As this federal election campaign slips deeper into uncertainty, an awful realization dawns in the east.The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will never be built unless a majority government is elected.After Justin Trudeau’s blackface fiasco, polls show the Liberals and Conservatives are virtually tied, making a minority very likely.To govern, either big-party leader would have to strike a deal with Jagmeet Singh’s NDP and, possibly, Elizabeth May’s Greens.Singh and May would both demand cancellation of the pipeline as a condition of supporting a minority.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives couldn’t consider support from the NDP unless the condition were dropped. Singh couldn’t dream of dropping it.Not that they could live with each other under any circumstances. We can forget that pairing.The pipeline’s future — or lack of it — could well come down to a Trudeau minority propped up by these ardent anti-pipeline parties.After the Liberals gave the pipeline a second approval in February, Singh said:“Once again, I am calling on the Trudeau government to abandon the Trans Mountain expansion, fully overhaul the NEB review process, and finally live up to its promises that its most important relationship is its relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”And on Monday, Singh told the CBC’s Vassy Kapelos that any province objecting to any national project crossing its territory should have an absolute veto. If that happens, we might as well sell Canada for parts.May, meanwhile, says the Greens would veto any pipeline, large or small, now and forever.Anybody who doesn’t think the Liberals would slide away from the pipeline, even after spending $4.5 billion to buy it, fails to grasp their determination to stay in power.Pipeline support in the Liberal caucus is uneasy enough even now. With a clutch of new MPs, it could be even weaker. The conflict could perhaps be fudged in some cynical fashion. For instance, a Liberal minority government could say that to accommodate NDP concerns, the project would have to meet a variety of new, impossible conditions.The meaning would be clear — no pipeline expansion in the term of yet another government, and probably never.The implications are dire both for Alberta’s economy and national unity. Anger would reach levels undreamed of in this province.But Scheer and the Conservatives have new hope. They know, just as the Liberals do, that Trudeau is only one scandal away from handing them a solid victory.His trust level has fallen. Wary forgiveness seems widespread, but more trouble could shatter it overnight.On Monday, Premier Jason Kenney painted Trudeau as a national embarrassment.“I think it’s becoming more clear by the day that we need a new government and a new prime minister,” he told reporters.“We need a prime minister of whom we can be proud, a prime minister who understands the life of ordinary Canadians, like Andrew Scheer, who grew up in a family where they didn’t own a car, in a modest townhouse.”Kenney was obviously playing on Trudeau’s own admission that his “layers of privilege” as the son of a former prime minister contributed to his “massive blind spot.”Kenney called Scheer “a person of profound respect who would never embarrass this country either here or abroad.”“I found the revelations about the prime minister’s penchant for blackface frankly bizarre,” the premier continued.“He is trying to blame this on society — that we must learn from this.“No, prime minister, this is about you, not us. I’m 51 years old, I’ve hardly lived a sheltered existence, and I’ve never seen anybody ever do that.”Of course, Alberta Liberals can argue that with another majority they will build Trans Mountain.But they’ve had a solid majority for four years now, and the hurdles keep popping up.The project faces six new court challenges. B.C. has been told to review its provincial agreement. The opposition seems more strident every day.Now the final, project-killing threat — an NDP-backed minority — grows ever more likely.Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Calgary Herald.dbraid@postmedia.comTwitter: @DonBraidFacebook: Don Braid Politics Steel pipe to be used in the Trans Mountain oil pipeline construction lies at a stockpile site in Kamloops, B.C. Dennis Owen/Reuters files read more