Fox Wizel : to set up chain of Nike stores in Canada

April 23Fox-Wizel Ltd. (TASE: FOX) notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange this morning that an agreement was signed last week between its 90%-owned subsidiary Retailors and Nike Canada Corp. under which Nike awards Retailors a license to set up a chain of stores in Canada (apart from British Columbia) to sell Nike-brand footwear, clothing, and sports accessories.

The agreement is for seven years. Retailors will found a wholly-owned Canadian company under the name of Canco to operate the retail chain in Canada. Stores will open in accordance with an agreed business plan.

Fox-Wizel reported that Retailors would finance the launch of the new chain. The investment over the first three years of the license period is estimated at NIS 15 million.


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to set up chain of Nike stores in Canada

April 23Fox-Wizel Ltd. (TASE: FOX) notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange this morning that an agreement was signed last week between its 90%-owned subsidiary Retailors and Nike Canada Corp. under which Nike awards Retailors a license to set up a chain of stores in Canada (apart from British Columbia) to sell Nike-brand footwear, clothing, and sports accessories.

The agreement is for seven years. Retailors will found a wholly-owned Canadian company under the name of Canco to operate the retail chain in Canada. Stores will open in accordance with an agreed business plan.

Fox-Wizel reported that Retailors would finance the launch of the new chain. The investment over the first three years of the license period is estimated at NIS 15 million.


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Canadian Tire: History of a revered Canadian icon

When you next walk into Canadian Tire Hamilton Centre on Barton Street East in Hamilton, you may find it of interest to know about the long and very impressive history of this Canadian icon that continues to serve millions coast to coast.

Canadian Tire Corporation has grown during its 90-plus years in business to provide Canadians with virtually everything they want or need. The company was founded in 1922, is proudly Canadian, and serves Canadians a remarkable 250 million times per year while employing nearly 68,000 people. The Canadian Tire iconic red triangle is a symbol of one of the most trusted brands.

The Canadian Tire family of companies is remarkably extensive and — along with the flagship Canadian Tire stores — includes such major retail names as Sport Chek, National Sports, Mark’s and many more, along with Canadian Tire Financial Services, plus almost 1,700 of its renowned retail and gasoline outlets coast to coast. Then there’s Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities that help remove the financial barriers so that kids across the country can partake in sports and physical activities where they may not otherwise have had the opportunity. Canadian Tire retail stores’ primary retail business categories are automotive, living, fixing, playing and apparel, but the list of products and services hardly stops there.

Those in Hamilton will find a terrific collection of great brand name products and useful services at Canadian Tire Hamilton Centre. The number of product and service categories is substantial — you’ll find home furniture, kitchen cookware and appliances, and everything else you need for your home and garden; to enhance your leisure time, there are bikes galore, hockey and sports gear, and fitness and exercise equipment; and for the do-it-yourselfer, there are ladders, compressors, generators, hand and power tools, and more. Then there are automotive products and services, too, plus special deals and sales. The list just goes on and on.

Canadian Tire helps to turn any to-do list into a pleasant shopping experience and makes undertaking the jobs and joys of everyday life in this great country enjoyable. Canadian Tire welcomes you and looks forward to the opportunity to provide you with the products and services you need.

Pay a visit to Canadian Tire Hamilton Centre at 1283 Barton Street East. You can call the store at 905-549-1336, or call the auto centre at 905-549-1338. No appointments are necessary at the auto centre for express oil changes, but it’s still advisable to call in advance.


“Mary Kills People”: An agile drama about the risky business of delivering a good death

Hiding within “Mary Kills People,” debuting Sunday at 10 p.m. on Lifetime, is a compassionate, oddly accessible and, dare I say, lively examination of assisted suicide. That last descriptor, “lively,” defies the typical view of death and dying, and that’s intentional. Of all the adjectives one might use to talk about “Mary Kills People,” heavy isn’t one of them.

This is a series that moves and twists, and prods the audience’s sensibilities. The title itself, “Mary Kills People,” is a provocation. Dr. Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) ends lives, but she’s not a cold killer. To her, death is a gift, an opening of the gate between our world and the next. For an envelope full of cash and a signature on a contract, Mary delivers the key in a champagne flute and disappears quietly after the job is complete.

What the title doesn’t tell you is that Mary derives satisfaction and, sometimes, outright joy from being an outlaw. And that rush is the force driving this agile, energetic series.

The very concept of “Mary Kills People” is bound to raise a few eyebrows, to say nothing of its employment of high-concept components for the sake of keeping the audience interested.  Each episode vibrates with a crime thriller’s anxiety, braiding that energy into a portrait of a divorced emergency room physician who moonlights as a dispenser of lethal mercy.

Although Lifetime recently announced a brand pivot, “Mary Kills People” nevertheless aligns with the channel’s classic “women in peril” motif without engaging in a mote of exploitation. The fact that it respectably honors the solemnity of its subject matter even as the story entertains is what ultimately makes the sale.

Otherwise, who would willingly tune in to a scripted show about assisted suicide? Mortality remains a taboo issue in our culture; we don’t like to think about the fact that we’re doing to die, and we really don’t want to contemplate having to witness loved ones passing away.

But in scenes focused upon the process, “Mary Kills People” grants the pursuit of a good death an air of grace. She’s an empathetic businesswoman, but one whose devotion to the idea of choosing an exit over an agony-filled life is informed by personal experience. Paraphrasing one client’s brave observation, there is beauty in the inevitable — and there’s money to be made there, too.

The top-shelf deliverance offered by Mary and her partner, Des (Richard Short), is not free. Switzerland, as explained during their consultation speech, is a “suicide tourism” destination, an option for terminal patients with the desire and means to determine their own ends. But they can give people bedside service for half the cost, at home or a destination of their choosing.

“I believe we should be in control of our life and our death — that’s liberty,” she explains to a client. “And dying isn’t a crime.”

When Mary and her off-the-books clients are in control of their plans, she and Des are participants in a sacred process that allows the dying to escape the agony their failing health is inflicting upon them. As directed by series co-executive producer Holly Dale, these scenes can be exquisite celebrations, showing life as a blast of beauty as viewed in a client’s final moments.

Other exits are less exuberant but a release nevertheless, spirits exhaling from tortured physical prisons.

All of these transitions are the artful garnishes on a series built around the risk of what Mary is doing. For regardless of a viewer’s opinion on euthanasia, there’s no getting around the fact that Mary and Des are criminals.

That part gives her a jolt.

“Mary Kills People” is a Canadian import, and for what it’s worth, Canadian lawmakers passed legislation legalizing physician-assisted death (with qualifications) last June. As depicted in the series, Mary and Des are still breaking the law, and in the U.S. only California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state have Death with Dignity laws on the books.

As such, the strain and risk Mary and Des assume in her work feel genuine. Des, a recovering addict who lost his license to practice medicine, has to do business with dangerous people to get the drugs they need. Mary is gambling with her career and her family every time she takes on a new client.

Strange as it feels to probe the emotions and material concerns surrounding the intentional ending of life, to frame it in a story of a risk-taker seems even more precarious. And at first, TV familiarity with Mary’s straight life makes the tonal juxtaposition of her after-hours activities feel jarring.

For without her moonlighting business, Mary Harris ably fits the profile of a Lifetime heroine. She’s a harried, skilled E.R. physician whose male co-worker lets her do the heavy emotional lifting, with an ex-husband who chastises her for putting her career ahead of spending time with her daughters.

A performer versed in blending warm vulnerability with an unyielding flint, Dhavernas could have made such a stock character work well enough to pay the bills. But the drama’s dual flirtations with death and danger add an engrossing unpredictability to the mix that Dhavernas uses to her advantage.

Mary’s illegal side job and the whiff of pleasure she takes in flouting the law allows the actress room to dance with the full range of emotions.  And viewers who recall Dhavernas from her work in “Hannibal” should delight in seeing her occupy the skin of a woman who isn’t angelic and skilled in staying a step and a half ahead of a downfall.

With Dhavernas in the lead, and strong support work by Short and co-stars Jay Ryan and Lyriq Bent, “Mary Kills People” is engrossing, dark and funny in the right places. Over the course of six nimble episodes the plot assuredly builds to a crescendo that speaks just as compellingly about the price of living a determined life, and the tradeoffs required to do so, as it does about the right to die on one’s own terms.

Speaking to the mounting consequences of her work in an upcoming episode, Mary sighs, “Life is a ride in the dark.” “Mary Kills People” is its own special trip, and one definitely worth taking.

Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland is Salon’s TV critic. Follow her on Twitter: @McTelevision

Canadian softwood-lumber producers await U.S. duties announcement

The U.S. Department of Commerce is on the verge of imposing duties on Canada’s softwood-lumber exports, a move that will send shock waves across forestry-dependent communities from British Columbia to New Brunswick.

The department will announce its preliminary determination on Tuesday on countervailing duties for Canada’s alleged lumber subsidies.

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Canadian oil company pulls out of national park in Peruvian Amazon

A Canadian oil and gas company has decided to halt a huge concession in the Peruvian Amazon which was seen as a threat to uncontacted indigenous tribes.

Pacific Exploration and Production, who began its first phase of oil exploration back in 2012, was previously awarded the right to explore for oil in a large area of the region which contains massive biodiversity. It is thought to be home to more uncontacted tribes than anywhere else in the world. 

The concession, referred to as Lot 135, includes around 40 per cent of the Sierra del Divisor national park which was founded back in 2015.

The concession, which stretches for more than one million hectares and is estimated to hold prospective deposits of almost one billion barrels of oil, has sparked massive resistance in Peru and its neighbour Brazil for many years.

Oil exploration requires continued and consistent invasion of land which has the ability to drastically increase the risk of forced contact with uncontacted tribes. It makes the tribes more likely to experience violence from outsiders who commandeer their land and resources and vulnerable to illnesses such as flu and measles which they have no resistance towards.

The firm’s decision to pull the concession was first revealed by Survival International, an NGO based in the UK. In a letter dated 13 March 2017, Institutional Relations and Sustainability Manager Alejandro Jimenez Ramirez told the charity the company would be relinquishing its exploration plans. The last day of Pacific’s contract is said to have been 17 March.

“As you may know, the company has a new management and post evaluations of current opportunities, it has made the decision to relinquish its exploration rights in Block 135 and return the block to Perupetro [the Peruvian state entity responsible for establishing concessions and contracting companies] effective immediately,” he said. 

“To date legal processes are underway. . . [W]e wish to reiterate the company’s commitment to conduct its operations under the highest sustainability and human rights guidelines, avoiding damages to cultures and their surroundings; a value promise we feel remains intact.”

While the decision has been hailed as a significant victory by campaigners, the Toronto-listed company has in the past been insistent about the fact they halted plans because of financial concerns.

David Frietas from Regional indigenous federation ORPIO told The Guardian the decision was “good news” but warned that the concession is still in existence and a different company could be brought into embark on oil exploration instead.

 “The essential thing is for Lot 135 to be annulled. It can be done. More pressure [is required],” he said.

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Canada’s Barber ingested cocaine via ‘kissing’ but spared doping ban

World pole vault champion Shawn Barber avoided a two-year suspension for an anti-doping violation after inadvertently ingesting cocaine when kissing a woman he met on the internet.

The athlete was permitted to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio, despite testing positive for the drug.

Barber was spared a ban after successfully arguing that the drug had been passed on through “kissing”.

An independent arbitrator ruled “no fault or negligence” by Barber, who finished 10th in Rio.

Athletics Canada called the decision “fair and reasonable”.

Barber posted an online advert on Craiglist asking for a “sexual encounter of some sort” with a woman who was “drug and disease free”.

The athlete admitted that he sought a “way to relieve stress” ahead of the Canadian Olympic trials.

The woman involved in the encounter said she had consumed cocaine but did not inform Barber she had taken the drug before going on to repeatedly kiss him.

Authorities published the decision, which was made on August 11, on Thursday.

Barber said in a statement: “I am obviously satisfied with the result of the hearing where I was found to have zero fault.


Shawn Barber in action on day 10 at the Rio Olympics (Getty)

“I am happy to have this behind me so that I can move on with my career with a free conscience.

“At no time during my actions, did I even fathom the possibility of being able to be contaminated with cocaine. This is a learning experience that I hope other athletes can learn from as I have.”

Barber’s lawyer, Paul Greene, added: “Forensic toxicologists have looked at the case and understood… that it was impossible to have taken this amount of cocaine intentionally.

“You have inadvertent ingestion of cocaine that is passed to an athlete by way of kissing, which is exactly what happened.”

Although Barber’s name has been cleared, he will have to forfeit his Canadian title and Championship record which he set on July 9 during the nation’s Olympic trials.

Athletics Canada remarked: “We are thankful that the proper procedures recognised the presence of a prohibited substance, but also in ensuring due process to the athlete in coming to a fair and reasonable decision.”

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The new independent Senate isn’t all that improved

In 150 years, the Canadian Senate hasn’t done us any good.

It’s mostly been a useless sort of place – only really effective as a comfy nest for political insiders, donors and heirs to great fortunes.

But, on the other hand, the Senate’s done little real harm. Sure, it has the power to propose and amend bills without democratic legitimacy, and that’s an offensive concept. But in practice, as long as the Senate remained a useless place and Senators didn’t act too stupidly, Canadians preferred to just let things be.

But at times even that has been asking too much.

The Senate spending scandal exposed a cartel of greed. About half of us then concluded the stupidity was too much – the useless place should become a part of our feudal history.

But the senatorial class was rescued by a glossy youngish politician raised among them, Justin Trudeau. He got elected with a plan to release Senators from caucus discipline and appoint better noblemen and women.

And to the great relief of the Senators, the useless place was repackaged and resold by the Liberal government as the independent Senate.

Unfortunately, we can now see an independent Senate doesn’t solve an old problem – and adds a new one.

The old problem is how to get rid of a disgraced Senator.

MPs who behave badly are judged by the people at election time. But misbehaving Senators have a job until they quit at 75.

We’ve recently heard about Senator Don Meredith and his extra-marital affair with a 16 year-old. We’ve read Senator Lynn Beyak defend the residential schools system which was created to annihilate indigenous cultures.

Yet Meredith and Beyak are both still Senators, collecting paycheques and voting on bills. And there will be more senatorial bad behaviour in the future, regardless of vetting, because humans do that.

There’s talk that Senators could fire any misbehaving Senator through a Senate vote. But turning the Senate into a vindictive, poisonous, political cauldron seems unlikely to achieve even-handed and clean outcomes. And many don’t believe our constitution would even allow it.

So independence hasn’t solved the old problem of disgraced Senators. And the new problem is increased democratic interference.

Before the independent Senate we had the useless Senate. Parties controlled Senators through caucus discipline. Party leaders were held accountable if unelected Senators tried to frustrate the will of the elected Commons. So party leaders restrained their Senators. Democracy was protected.

But now the restraints are off. And some Senators feel empowered to act as if they had some shred of democratic legitimacy. Last spring, they battled the Commons over C-14, the bill on assisted suicide. This winter the senatorial class amended the Commons’ Bill C-4 to make it harder for common people to form a union.

Let’s be clear, it’s not partisanship. It wasn’t just Conservative Senators who voted to weaken workplace rights. Four Senate Liberals and two Trudeau-appointed independents also voted to amend C-4. One Conservative went the other way. This is the independent Senate acting independently, interfering in democracy.

If Senators want to collect handsome paycheques until age 75 in a job with little accountability, take a lesson from the Queen. Fade back and don’t interfere. Senators, don’t be stupid, go back to being useless.

Tom Parkin is a former NDP staffer and social democrat media commentator

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Bitumen brawl splits Alberta and B.C. NDP on eve of upending 16-year Liberal dynasty

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VANCOUVER — Bubbling beneath the surface of the B.C. campaign trail is a bitumen brawl between this province’s New Democrats and Alberta’s. And while neither political party seems willing to speak openly about the issue, the internal rift threatens unity at a time when the Orange Crush is poised to spill across B.C., upending the 16-year dynasty of the Liberals.

Early last week, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley gave the clearest sign of the trouble between her party and the B.C. NDP, publicly admitting she has barred her staff from taking a leave of absence to assist them. It comes as something of a surprise, given the fact B.C. NDP staffers were seen as being instrumental in securing Notley’s historic win in 2015.

“Certainly, it’s difficult for them to be working for our government, and then also supporting candidates who would be opposed to the successful construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline,” Notley told Don Braid of the Calgary Herald last Thursday. “We see that as being critical to our economic prosperity and growth in this province. And so, that is the message that has been delivered and I trust that people will follow it.”

Some might see Notley’s stance as being critical to the Alberta NDP’s slim chances of winning re-election in that province in 2019, especially after spending the first two years in power pushing through an unpopular carbon tax and lauding the Trudeau government’s own carbon tax.

Of course, that support depended heavily on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s flip-flop on the pipeline issue, as noted by Kai Nagata of the Dogwood Initiative, a Victoria-based environmental activist non-profit.

On Nov. 29, 2016, Trudeau and his government approved the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline, which aims to transport 850,000 barrels of oil per day to Burnaby’s Burrard Inlet terminal, for export to foreign markets.

“The gap between the two positions is reflective of the gap between Alberta’s interests and B.C.’s interests,” said Nagata. “I do think that the Alberta government believes that it is acting in the best interests of its own re-election.”

The Dogwood Initiative, along with dozens of other environmental groups and watchdogs, as well as First Nations bands, has argued that Alberta reaps all of the rewards of such a pipeline, but takes none of the risks of a catastrophic crude oil spill.

“I’m not surprised the two parties, who are taking an essentially populist view, would come out with opposite positions on either side of the Rockies.”

Nagata isn’t swayed by the argument that the pipeline is in the national interest, either. With the current price per barrel of oil hovering at just below US$50, he says the number would have to double before the reward could possibly outweigh the environmental risk.

Currently, the heavy sulphur oilsands bitumen being exported from Alberta is being shipped to refineries in the U.S., and then reimported to Canada, where Vancouver drivers are frustrated to find it for sale at the pumps at $1.40 a litre.

“I would argue that at current prices, what we’re doing with crude oil mimics the effects of shipping out raw logs and buying back furniture,” said Nagata.

And if Trans Mountain bitumen isn’t being exported to Asia, there’s an argument that there are already enough pipelines that service U.S. refineries now, including Line 3, Seaway, Clipper and the contentious Keystone XL.

Bruce Hill has been a pipeline watchdog and activist for the past 15 years in Terrace, located in Northwestern B.C. He notes Canada is importing roughly the amount of refined oil per day as it exports in raw crude, mainly from the Middle East. He argues Canada would be best served by building oil refineries where the strongest demand lies (Ontario) and sending the pipelines east — not west.

“It seems to me that the best customer we could have — where we would have the most control over environmental impacts and price structures and be able to do it right — would be if we were selling oil to ourselves directly.”

But if the energy battle between the B.C. and Alberta NDP seems at odds, Hill says the bigger “policy vacuum” can be found in the federal NDP. When leader Tom Mulcair was in Terrace to give a speech three years ago, Hill says he asked whether the NDP would be willing to lead a conversation on Canada’s energy policy.

“He said, ‘Absolutely not. This is a provincial jurisdiction.’ ”

But if the B.C. NDP are elected May 9 and leader John Horgan sticks to his promise to block Trans Mountain, who has jurisdiction? It’s an issue that will surely end up in federal court, along with the municipalities of Vancouver and Burnaby who also oppose the project. Hill said Kinder Morgan may even decide to spike the project rather than go through the $500-million mistake that was the doomed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.

Notley’s aggressive and adamant stance only makes sense from a purely political standpoint: her re-election depends on supporting Alberta’s oilsands. A Mainstream Research poll taken in February finds Notley’s NDP in third place, with 23 per cent of support among voters.

But is it still worth investing in fossil fuels? Earlier this month, Tesla Motors moved past General Motors to become the most valuable automaker in the U.S., signalling the rise in renewable energies spurred on almost entirely by free market forces.

The balance of power in B.C. could shift on May 9, not just for the B.C. NDP, but across the entire country, as the fight over crude oil spills into a messy national debate.

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Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election

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PARIS/PAPEETE, French Polynesia French overseas territories and French residents in the United States and Canada began voting on Saturday in France’s presidential election, a day before the main first-round of a poll that could change the global political landscape.

Of nearly 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident in far-flung places like French Polynesia in the South Pacific, and Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique in the Caribbean. They vote early so as not to be influenced by the mainland results, due on Sunday evening at around 1800 GMT.

The first round will send two of 11 candidates into a run-off vote in two weeks’ time to pick a new president for France, a core member of the European Union and the NATO alliance, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and the world’s fifth largest economy.

With two anti-globalisation candidates whose policies could break up the EU among the four front-runners, the vote is of major significance to the international political status quo and to investment markets.

Coming after the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and Britain’s Brexit vote to quit the EU, few experts dare rule out a shock, and all of the likely outcomes will usher in a period of political uncertainty in France.

Polls make centrist and pro-European Emmanuel Macron the favourite, but he has no established party of his own and is a relatively unknown political quantity.

His three close rivals, according to voting surveys, include the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who would dump the euro currency and revive the French franc. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wants France to rip up international trade treaties and quit NATO, while conservative Francois Fillon’s reputation has been sullied by a nepotism scandal.

“The election of either Le Pen or Melenchon would put Paris on a fast-track collision course with (EU officials in) Brussels,” said James Shields, professor of French politics at Aston University in Britain.

“The election of Marine Le Pen would make Brexit look trivial by comparison.”


Although pollsters put Le Pen in second place behind Macron in the first round, she is seen as unlikely to win the second. Melenchon, by contrast, could take the presidency according to some scenarios.

Polls in the dying days of the campaign put all the candidates roughly on between a fifth and a quarter of the vote, with around five percentage points or less separating them — threatening the margin of error for polling companies.

High levels of abstention and indecision are also a key factor.

Voters in the tiny French island of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, south of Canada’s Newfoundland in the north Atlantic, were first to start voting on Saturday morning.

In other U.S. cities and in Canada, voting took place at French consular offices. In Montreal, voters waited for up to three hours in a queue stretching for over 2 km (1.24 miles), suggesting a big turnout, French media reported.

Results from ballots cast in the territories and North America will remain sealed until Sunday evening and after polls have closed in mainland France.

France will be voting under tight security with over 50,000 police and other security branches fully mobilised for special election duty.

Security was thrust to the fore of the already acrimonious campaign after a policeman was killed by a suspected Islamist militant in Paris on Thursday.

Le Parisien newspaper said French government security authority the DCSP had circulated a note saying the threat during the elections of a militant attack like the ones that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years in France was a “constant and pregnant” one.

Legislative elections are due to follow in June.

(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Pineau and Andrew Callus; Editing by Andrew Callus and Catherine Evans)

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