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  1. Peut-être pour faire mieux passer son augmentation de tarifs en 2006, Hydro-Québec avait laissé miroiter que le coût de l'électricité baisserait à court terme, soit en 2008 et en 2009, des baisses qui ne sont jamais matérialisées. Pour en lire plus...
  2. Tours à bureaux: le marché avantage les locataires 29 décembre 2008 - 09h28 La Presse Laurier Cloutier Parce que les conditions économiques se détériorent rapidement, le marché des bureaux, tant à Montréal qu'ailleurs au Canada, tourne à l'avantage des locataires. Pourtant, la pénurie de locaux a soulevé l'inquiétude des locataires en 2008 à Montréal. La contrepartie, c'est qu'il faudra faire une croix sur les chantiers attendus de tours à bureaux à Montréal, et pour plusieurs mois. C'est l'évaluation que fait Jean Laurin, président et chef de la direction de GVA Devencore, de Montréal, une société canadienne spécialisée dans l'immobilier commercial. Les compagnies immobilières SITQ, Westcliff, Canderel, Magil-Laurentienne/Desjardins et Sidev n'ont pas encore trouvé le locataire principal pour lancer la construction de leur tour à bureaux respective. Les promoteurs devront patienter encore six mois, sinon jusqu'en 2010, estime Jean Laurin. Pourtant, au printemps de 2008, plusieurs s'attendaient à la construction d'une première de ces tours, en raison du plus faible taux d'inoccupation depuis longtemps à Montréal. Peu favorable à court terme «Le marché n'est plus favorable à court terme pour trouver ce locataire principal et amorcer la construction de cette tour à bureaux», note Jean Laurin. «La tempête économique remet tout en question: le plan d'affaires, l'organisation, la situation financière, déclare le président. Ça force à la réflexion.» Entre-temps, des promoteurs pourront par contre restaurer des immeubles existants, bien situés, dans quelques quartiers. Ils pourront ainsi en rénover au centre-ville, afin d'améliorer leur attrait pour les locataires. D'autres en trouveront le long des lignes de métro. On pourra convertir des immeubles industriels en bureaux. Car pour les locataires, les économies vont prendre la tête des priorités, du moins à court terme, souligne Jean Laurin. «Ils vont mettre au congélateur le prestige et l'image de marque.» «Au cours des six premiers mois de 2009, il ne va rien se passer. Après, on verra d'abord quel type de reprise se dessine», déclare le président de Devencore. Les constructeurs pourront tout de même rénover de cinq à 10 immeubles à Montréal en 2009, avec un nombre de pieds carrés plutôt appréciable, estime Jean Laurin. Il faudra pour cela que des promoteurs aux reins solides découvrent de bons immeubles à restaurer, bien localisés. Place à la négociation Dans ce contexte en évolution rapide, des locataires de Montréal et d'ailleurs au Canada, avec des baux qui approchent de l'échéance, peuvent renégocier avec les propriétaires, ajoute le président. Pour garder un bon locataire, le propriétaire de l'immeuble va accepter de négocier un bail à la baisse. «De gros propriétaires en particulier s'adaptent rapidement à la nouvelle situation du marché. La tendance des prix est à la baisse», note Jean Laurin. Le président de Devencore revient de New York, où «la valeur des immeubles et les loyers ont baissé, pendant que le taux d'inoccupation des bureaux a augmenté au rythme de la dégradation des disponibilités financières des entreprises. Et à Londres, c'est encore pire», dit-il. «Au Canada, le taux d'inoccupation des bureaux devient relativement élevé et les pressions à la hausse sur les loyers se sont évaporées. À Calgary, à Vancouver et à Ottawa, le marché devient plus favorable aux locataires. À Toronto, des constructeurs ont même mis en chantier de nouvelles tours de 2,5 à 3,5 millions de pieds carrés, à livrer sur le marché en 2009 et 2010, ce qui favorisera aussi les locataires», explique Jean Laurin. À Montréal, le taux d'inoccupation a fini par augmenter légèrement, mais on ne trouve toujours pas sur le marché les grands blocs de locaux contigus recherchés, conclut le président de Devencore. LE MARCHÉ DES TOURS À BUREAUX Grands centres urbains (automne 2008) SUPERFICIE (pi2) / INOCCUPATION / TAUX LOCATIF Toronto: 64,8 millions / 6,8% / 45$/pi2 Montréal: 45,2 millions / 5,5% / 33$/pi2 Calgary: 34,5 millions / 3,8% / 50$/pi2 Vancouver: 24,3 millions / 2,4% / 52$/pi2 Ottawa: 16,9 millions / 2,3% / 39$/pi2 Source: GVA Devencore
  3. L'économie américaine «traverse une période particulièrement difficile» et l'activité devrait «se dégrader davantage à court terme», estime l'OCDE. Pour en lire plus...
  4. http://www.lapresse.ca/maison/immobilier/201606/02/01-4987626-un-condo-sur-trois-vendu-a-perte.php L'immobilier, un moyen assuré de s'enrichir*? Certainement pas pour les Québécois qui ont acheté un condo au cours des trois dernières années. La firme JLR a analysé toutes les transactions impliquant des copropriétés achetées en 2012 ou 2013 et revendues avant le 31*décembre dernier. Sa conclusion*? Près du tiers des vendeurs ont dû se résoudre à accepter un prix égal ou inférieur à celui qu'ils avaient payé*! Plus de la moitié (56*%) des 7195*condos vendus depuis 2012 ont généré un gain de moins de 5*% pour leur propriétaire, révèle l'étude publiée la semaine dernière par JLR. Une fois les frais de courtage, de notaire, les droits de mutation et l'inflation pris en compte, ce gain « se transforme souvent en perte ». La plus-value médiane lors de la revente a été de 3,9*%, toutes transactions confondues, précise l'étude de JLR.  Beaucoup de pertes à Québec La situation est encore pire dans la ville de Québec, où l'orgie de construction des dernières années a entraîné une surabondance de copropriétés sur le marché. Selon l'analyse de JLR, 37*% des condos ont été vendus à un prix égal ou inférieur au coût d'achat dans la Vieille Capitale. La proportion de propriétaires « perdants » grimpe à 62*% lorsqu'on inclut les appartements revendus avec un profit inférieur à 5*%. « Ces résultats corroborent le rapport de l'évaluation du marché de l'habitation de la SCHL, qui indique que le niveau élevé de l'offre de copropriétés demeure inquiétant dans la RMR de Québec », souligne l'étude. JLR conclut qu'il est « peu probable de sortir gagnant d'une revente après un court délai de possession », à moins d'avoir investi en rénovations pour améliorer la valeur de revente de sa copropriété. De quoi faire réfléchir sur ses besoins à court et à moyen terme avant de déposer une offre sur un condo.
  5. Boat dock inside the house Price: $25 million (sold as is) Living Space: 65,000 sq.ft Acreage: 43 It has an indoor pool and a golf course. No helipad though, which is weird. The place is 500 km from Toronto. Thats a nice commute.
  6. ArcelorMittal To Shut Down Montreal Plant On June 30 March 26, 2008 12:21 p.m. EST Montreal, Canada (AHN) - The largest steel manufacturer will shut down its wire factory in Montreal on June 30. Around 100 Canadian workers employed by ArcelorMittal at the Lachine plant are expected to lose their jobs. ArcelorMittal said it had to close the Montreal facility because of high production cost, oversupply of products and the strong Canadian currency. The plant has 153 employees, but only 53 of the workers will be transferred to ArcelorMittal's steel wire mill at Saint Patrick. Alain Robitaille, general manager of ArcelorMittal's wire division, said demand for steel wire among carmakers had declined in the U.S. over the past six years. At the same time, the Canadian dollar had appreciated vis-a-vis the greenback, making it more expensive for American buyers to purchase their steel requirements from Canada. "ArcelorMittal cannot continue operating two wire mills in a context where it is more advisable to operate only one plant," Robitaille told the Associated Press. On March 14, the company petitioned an Ontario court to require its partners in Wabush Mines to sell to the firm their majority share in an iron ore joint venture in Labrador and Quebec. Prior to ArcelorMittal's court petition, U.S. Steel Canada and Cleveland-Cliffs withdrew from negotiations with ArcelorMittal to sell their combined 71 percent share, but did not explain why. http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010446071
  7. (Courtesy of Ars Technica) I wonder if something like this will happen in Canada or Quebec lol
  8. Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., a maker of cardboard packaging and one of the world’s largest paper recyclers, filed for bankruptcy in the face of falling demand and heavy debt payments. The petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, filed today in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, listed $5.6 billion in consolidated debt and $7.5 billion in consolidated assets as of Sept. 30. Twenty-four affiliates also sought protection. Smurfit-Stone, based in Chicago is North America’s second- largest maker of corrugated packaging, and has 22,000 employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia, according to its Web site. The company joins other pulp- and paper-related bankruptcies as rising Internet use hurts magazines and newspapers. Corp. Durango SAB, Mexico’s largest papermaker, sought U.S. bankruptcy in October. Quebecor World Inc., a magazine printer and Pope & Talbot Inc., a pulp-mill operator, also sought cross-border bankruptcies for their operations in the U.S. and Canada. Smurfit-Stone’s 30 largest consolidated creditors without collateral backing their claims are owed about $4.2 billion, court papers show. The Bank of New York, as agent for bondholders, has an unsecured claim of $2.2 billion, CIT Group Inc. is owed $36.8 million and British Petroleum is owed $22.1 million, according to court papers. Debt Levels Rivals AbitibiBowater Inc., Temple-Inland Inc. and International Paper Co. also have significant debt, according to Mark Wilde, an analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York. In December, Smurfit-Stone said fourth-quarter earnings would be “significantly” lower than the previous period, citing slowing demand for containers for industrial and consumer goods. It said it would reduce production of containerboard and some types of paper. Credit-rating companies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s downgraded their ratings on Smurfit-Stone’s debt shortly thereafter. Both said the company could be required to get waivers on its debt covenants. Smurfit-Stone has an $800 million revolving credit facility due Nov. 2009. Moody’s also rates an estimated $3.5 billion in debt, and noted in December that the company could need to get waivers on some of its covenants to maintain access to the revolver. Containerboard and corrugated containers are Smurfit-Stone’s main products, and it collects recycled paper as a raw ingredient through 27 recycling plants. Its net sales were $7.4 billion in 2007, and a three-year program designed to make mills more productive is slated to finish in the first half of this year, according to the company’s Web site. The case is Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., 09-10235, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).
  9. Le gouvernement britannique a annoncé mercredi un plan consistant à garantir jusqu'à 20 milliards de livres (35,9 G$ CAN) de prêts à court terme. Pour en lire plus...
  10. Tembec Industries Files Bankruptcy as Foreign Firm (Update1) By Christopher Scinta Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Tembec Industries Inc., a unit of Montreal-based Tembec Inc., filed for protection from U.S. creditors to implement the debt restructuring approved by a Canadian court in February. The company said in papers filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York that its assets and debts exceed $1 billion. Tembec Industries filed under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, saying it wants the debt restructuring that was approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to govern U.S. creditors. Chapter 15 allows foreign companies to reorganize outside the U.S. while protecting them from U.S. lawsuits and creditor claims. Holders of more than 98 percent of the company's notes and 95 percent of its stock voted earlier this year in favor of the restructuring that swapped debt for new equity, Michel Dumas, the company's chief financial officer, said in a statement to the court. Tembec had to restructure its debt due to the rising value of the Canadian dollar, declining U.S. home construction, a glut of timber because of a beetle infestation in British Columbia and falling newsprint demand, according to court papers. Douglas Bartner, an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York that filed the petition, didn't immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment. Tembec produces about 1.7 billion board feet of lumber, 1 million tons of paper and 2.1 million tons of pulp a year, according to court papers. Virtually all of Tembec's assets are in Canada, so the reorganization plan approved by the Canadian court should govern, Dumas said. Tembec joins another Canadian wood-products company, Pope & Talbot Inc., in filing for U.S. Chapter 15 as a foreign entity. The case is In re Tembec Industries Inc., 08-13435, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Scinta in New York at [email protected] Last Updated: September 4, 2008 16:37 EDT
  11. Quebec Tories swapped ad expenses, Elections Canada alleges TIM NAUMETZ The Canadian Press July 22, 2008 at 9:26 AM EDT OTTAWA — The Conservative Party shifted thousands of dollars in advertising expenses from two of its top Quebec candidates to other Quebec candidates who had more spending room in their 2006 federal election campaigns, the lawyer for Elections Canada has suggested. A former financial officer for the party confirmed last month in a court examination that expenses incurred by Public Works Minister Christian Paradis and former foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier were assigned to other candidates. But former chief financial officer Ann O'Grady said the expenses were “prorated” to the other candidates because the firm that placed the television and radio ads billed Mr. Paradis and Mr. Bernier for higher amounts than their campaign agents originally committed. Elections Canada lawyer Barbara McIsaac probed Ms. O'Grady over records involving an eventual claim for $20,000 in radio and TV advertising by Mr. Paradis and $5,000 in advertising claimed by Mr. Bernier. The financial statements and invoices – filed in a Federal Court case concerning $1.3-million in questionable Conservative ad expenses – also showed that Mr. Bernier and Mr. Paradis paid a fraction of the ad production costs compared with other Tory candidates. Mr. Bernier and Mr. Paradis are among 67 Conservative candidates whose advertising expenditures are under investigation by the federal elections commissioner. Agents for some of the candidates took Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand to Federal Court after he refused last year to reimburse the expenditures on grounds that they did not qualify as local candidate expenses. The Commons ethics committee is also conducting an inquiry into the bookkeeping, which Elections Canada alleges allowed the Conservative party to exceed its national campaign spending limit by more than $1-million. The Canada Elections Act prohibits candidates from absorbing or sharing the election expenses of other candidates. NDP MP Pat Martin, a member of the ethics committee, said if the party did shift expenses from Mr. Bernier and Mr. Paradis to other candidates it would add an entirely new dimension to the controversy. “I can't get (fellow NDP MP) Judy Wasylycia-Leis to put $5,000 of my expenses into her expenses,” Mr. Martin said. “That's absolutely not allowed.” In a sworn cross-examination last month, the transcript of which was subsequently entered in the Federal Court file, Ms. McIsaac pressed Ms. O'Grady about advertising and ad production costs that were transferred from Mr. Bernier and Mr. Paradis to other candidates. Ms. McIsaac challenged Ms. O'Grady's explanations that the expenditures were reassigned because the candidates had been mistakenly invoiced for more than the amounts their official agents originally committed for the campaign. “I'm going to suggest to you that Mr. Bernier was less than $2,590 from his spending limit and that he couldn't afford to put the additional amount into his return,” Ms. McIsaac said to Ms. O'Grady. “That would be total supposition,” Ms. O'Grady responded. “Who knows what else would have been going on at the time? I can't comment on how Mr. Bernier ran his campaign.” In the case of Mr. Paradis, Ms. O'Grady conceded that the candidate had originally committed his campaign to a media buy totalling $30,000, was eventually invoiced $29,766 and subsequently received a “credit note” of $10,000 that was reallocated to another candidate, Marc Nadeau. “Now, again, the reason for this was that Mr. Paradis had reached his limit with respect to spending as well, is that correct?” Ms. McIsaac asked. “He had to allocate some of his money to Mr. Nadeau, did he not, because he was close to his limit?” “I would not know that,” replied Ms. O'Grady, who replaced former Tory chief financial agent Susan Kehoe several months after the election. Ms. McIsaac also questioned Ms. O'Grady over the fact that Mr. Bernier paid no production costs for his share of the advertising. Mr. Paradis paid only $233.93 for his share, even though Ms. McIsaac said other candidates paid $4,500 each for production costs.
  12. Judge nixes bid to halt Montreal renovation LES PERREAUX From Tuesday's Globe and Mail December 16, 2008 at 3:48 AM EST MONTREAL — The owners of a Westmount house with a million-dollar view will have to give up a slice of their panorama. A judge has refused an attempt by the couple in the affluent Montreal enclave to stop a neighbour from adding a fourth storey and cutting into their spectacular view of the city below. Mr. Justice Robert Mongeon of Quebec Superior Court ruled Steven Goldberg is entitled to raise the roof on his house at 27 Bellevue Ave., even if it cuts into the sight line of his neighbours up the hill. Mireille Raymond and her husband, John Keyserlingk, sought an injunction to block an addition they say will also block sunlight and decrease the value of their $1.7-million property on Sunnyside Avenue by about 30 per cent. Those are exaggerations, Judge Mongeon ruled, after taking the unusual step of holding court on the hillside to check out the view. The judge, who was assisted by a wooden frame and yellow police tape set up on the roof of Mr. Goldberg's house to mimic the new addition, found only a small sliver of the view to the east will be blocked. "The loss must be considered in a much more realistic fashion than was initially presented," he ruled in a judgment handed down late Friday. Mr. Goldberg's lawyers pointed out that he had submitted his plans to the City of Westmount in September of 2007 and his permit was granted after an in-depth study over six months. The city argued nothing guaranteed Ms. Raymond and her husband that they would enjoy their view in perpetuity. Ms. Raymond was upset by the verdict, saying the judge, like the city, seemed to discount the importance of the unencumbered view. Ms. Raymond and Dr. Keyserlingk were ordered to
  13. Le papier recyclé suit les autres ressources. Résultat: il s’accumule dans les centres de tri de la planète, une occasion d’affaires à court terme. Pour en lire plus...
  14. Je n'ai pas trouvé de thread pour ce projet de réno. LaPresse parle de ce projet aujourd'hui Publié le 08 mars 2014 à 09h08 | Mis à jour à 09h09 Conversion d'un monument historique en condos par Karsten Rump L'ordonnance de fermeture du chantier des Appartements Bishop Court, angle Bishop et De Maisonneuve, a pris effet à la fin février, mais elle vient tout juste d'être officiellement enregistrée au palais de justice de Montréal. PHOTO OLIVIER PONTBRIAND, LA PRESSE VINCENT LAROUCHE La Presse La Commission de la construction du Québec ordonne l'arrêt immédiat des travaux de conversion d'un monument historique de grande valeur au centre-ville de Montréal, après avoir constaté que l'ancien «roi des peep-shows» de la métropole tentait d'y aménager des logements en usant de procédés douteux. L'ordonnance de fermeture du chantier des Appartements Bishop Court, angle Bishop et De Maisonneuve, a pris effet à la fin février, mais elle vient tout juste d'être officiellement enregistrée au palais de justice de Montréal. Le bâtiment de style néo-Tudor, classé «monument historique» et «immeuble de valeur patrimoniale exceptionnelle» par le gouvernement du Québec, a été construit en 1904 par les architectes Saxe et Archibald. L'Université Concordia y a longtemps eu des bureaux, puis elle a vendu l'immeuble pour 3,2 millions de dollars en 2010. D'importantes rénovations ont été entreprises pour y aménager des logements de prestige. Après une série de mésaventures financières et de problèmes avec des entrepreneurs en construction qui disaient ne pas avoir été payés, le projet a atterri entre les mains de l'homme d'affaires Karsten Rumpf. Rumpf avait été baptisé «le Roi des peep-shows» par le magazine Affaires Plus au cours des années 1990, car il était le plus important propriétaire de cinémas XXX à Montréal et Hamilton. Aujourd'hui, son adresse correspond à une boîte postale de Nassau, aux Bahamas, et l'homme s'est recyclé dans la gestion d'un imposant parc immobilier. Son représentant à Montréal n'a pas répondu à nos appels hier. La Commission de la construction dit avoir inspecté le chantier des Appartements Bishop Court à plusieurs reprises. Ses inspecteurs étaient mal reçus et avaient du mal à pénétrer sur les lieux et y ont découvert des travailleurs sans cartes de compétence. Pire, les travaux n'étaient même pas supervisés par un entrepreneur accrédité en bonne et due forme, selon eux. «Ils ont aussi constaté des problèmes qui pouvaient porter atteinte à la sécurité à cause des installations électriques», raconte Simon-Pierre Pouliot, porte-parole de l'organisme. Le propriétaire devra maintenant convaincre la Commission qu'il a régularisé la situation avant de pouvoir reprendre les travaux.
  15. Démolie depuis peu si on mets les choses en perspective. Pourtant, peu de gens s'en souviennent.
  16. Montreal Croupiers Take Electronic Poker Table Battle to Court by PokerPages.com Mon, Jan 28th, 2008 @ 12:00am Three unions representing 1,450 croupiers at Quebec area casinos lodged a request with Quebec Superior Court to force the board that regulates gambling in the province, the Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux, to address complaints that the 25 automated electronic Texas Hold'em poker tables installed Jan. 18 at the Montreal Casino are illegal. The croupiers, who have been without a contract since Dec. 21, 2006, are in ongoing discussions with the Societe des casinos du Quebec. The croupiers say the tables are illegal and charmless. The PokerPro tables, made by PokerTek, a North Carolina USA-based company, do not meet Quebec's legal requirement that slot machines be pure games of chance, said Jean-Pierre Proulx, a spokesperson for the croupiers union, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labour. Proulx maintains that poker has a large element of strategy as well as chance, so should not be treated the same as a slot machine. The union has been waiting for a ruling from the Regie on the legality of the machines. 43 Electronic Tables Already Installed Besides the 25 automated poker tables installed at the Montreal, 13 have been installed at Lac Leamy in Gatineau and 5 in Charlevoix. According to Vito Casucci, a spokesman for Pokertek, the machines can deal 50 per cent faster than human dealers, allowing customers to spend their money faster. The union is concerned that casino staff may consequently lose their jobs and that the new poker rooms represent a trend toward more electronic games. According to a union spokesperson, the Regie has steadfastly refused to meet with them or confirm that a complaint against the introduction of the dealer-free machines has been lodged. The union filed a complaint with Quebec's alcohol and gaming regulator Dec. 7, arguing that the absence of a human dealer makes the tables illegal under Quebec law. "We are asking the court to make a ruling that the Regie has to meet with us," union spokesperson Jean-Pierre Proulx said. "They have not responded to our demands, they put our lawyer on hold and said they have no file of our complaint. Technically, the Regie is not doing their job." He said the croupiers' unions, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labour and representing workers from Montreal, Gatineau and Charlevoix, complained to the Regie twice in December and twice this month. Regie spokesperson Rejean Theriault said receipt of the complaints was acknowledged but the situation could not be analyzed until the machines were opened Jan. 18. "It's like investigating a murder when there's no body," Theriault said. http://www.pokerpages.com/poker-news/news/montreal-croupiers-take-electronic-poker-table-battle-to-court--30339.htm
  17. Canadian Commercial Paper Plan Likely to Be Approved By Joe Schneider June 3 (Bloomberg) -- A Canadian judge will probably approve a plan to convert C$32 billion ($31.8 billion) of frozen commercial paper to new notes by the end of the week, though court appeals may keep investors waiting months to get their money back. ``I will have a decision with reasons by Friday,'' Ontario Superior Court Judge Colin Campbell said at the end of a hearing in Toronto today. ``I'll approve,'' unless there's something in his notes that convinces him to change his mind, the judge said. Lawyers representing some of the noteholders have already indicated they plan to appeal Campbell's ruling once it comes out. Some investors object to the plan's limitations on lawsuits targeted at the banks and brokers that sold the paper, which hasn't traded since August. James Woods, who represents 18 companies that want to sue including pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc., said if the judge rules as he indicated, his group will likely file to the Court of Appeal. ``If we find fraud against banks that are not ABCP dealers, there is no recourse,'' Woods said, urging the judge to reject the proposal at today's hearing. ``It's inconceivable.'' New notes may be issued as early as the end of June if there are no appeals, said Purdy Crawford, a lawyer who led a group of foreign and Canadian banks and pension funds that drafted the proposal. All appeals must be exhausted before the notes are issued, he said. Quick Appeal ``We can't close until we get the sanction,'' Crawford told reporters. ``I am assured by our lawyers that the Court of Appeal will agree to an expedited hearing.'' The insolvent asset-backed paper hasn't traded since August, when investors shunned the debt on concerns about links to high-risk mortgage loans in the U.S. A group of foreign banks as well as Canadian lenders and pension funds led by Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec negotiated the so-called Montreal Proposal in August. The plan would convert the insolvent 30- to 90-day debt into new notes maturing within nine years. Banks agreed to provide funding to back the new notes on the condition that they be given immunity from any lawsuits stemming from the sale of the notes. Campbell said in a May 16 ruling he wasn't satisfied protection from lawsuits over potentially criminal conduct such as fraud was fair, and he delayed approval. The banks agreed to change the plan to allow limited suits under certain conditions within nine weeks following the plan's approval. Possible Fraud Campbell criticized the lawyers opposing the plan for failing to provide examples of potential outstanding fraud. ``So we defeat the plan on the off chance that there is something out there?'' Campbell asked. Once the new notes are issued, investors can hold them to maturity or try to trade them in the secondary market. Some clients of Canaccord Capital Inc. will be paid in full for their debt, under an agreement announced by the Vancouver-based brokerage in April. The case is Between the Investors Represented on the Pan- Canadian Investors Committee for Third-Party Structured Asset- Backed Commercial Paper and Metcalfe & Mansfield Alternative Investments II Corp., 08-CL-7740, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Toronto). To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Schneider in Toronto at [email protected] http://www.bloomberg.com/index.html?Intro=intro3
  18. Bien qu'il se propose de réévaluer le dossier Rite Aid à l'automne, le PDG François-Jean Coutu ne s'attend toutefois pas à y voir un retour à la rentabilité à si court terme. Pour en lire plus...
  19. I contributed this so I reserve the right to delete it. Signed, MTLskyline
  20. J'aime les anecdotes qui ont valeur symbolique... By DAMIEN CAVE Published: January 12, 2009 MIAMI — A financial adviser from Indiana disappeared into the Alabama woods early Monday after faking a distress call and parachuting from a small plane that crashed in Florida. The police in three states were looking for the pilot, identified as Marcus Schrenker, 38. No one was hurt in the crash. According to the police in Santa Rosa County in the Florida Panhandle, where the plane went down, Mr. Schrenker turned up safely about 220 miles north of there. And there is evidence that Mr. Schrenker was an experienced pilot who might have been trying to fake his own death. His life seemed to be unraveling. Court records show that Mr. Schrenker’s wife filed for divorce on Dec. 30. A Maryland court recently issued a judgment of more than $500,000 against one of three Indiana companies registered in his name — and all three are being investigated for securities fraud by the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, a spokesman, Jim Gavin, said. Mr. Schrenker has at least a decade of experience as a pilot, according to the airport in Anderson, Ind., where he departed Sunday evening. But the police said that within hours of taking off, he issued a distress call. He told air traffic controllers that he was bleeding profusely and that the windshield of his Piper PA-46 turboprop had imploded. The control tower told him to try to land nearby, but instead he “appears to have intentionally abandoned the plane after putting it on autopilot over the Birmingham, Ala., area,” the police in Santa Rosa County said. He next appeared in Childersburg, Ala., about 30 miles to the southeast, when he approached local officers at a store and said he had been in a canoeing accident. He was wet from the knees down and carried what the police described as “goggles that looked like they were made for ‘flying.’ ” After checking his Indiana license, the officers drove Mr. Schrenker to a hotel. After learning of the abandoned plane, they returned, but his room was empty. Witnesses said a man believed to be Mr. Schrenker wearing a black toboggan cap had run into the woods next to the hotel. He has not been seen since. The telephones at Mr. Schrenker’s home and one of his companies, Heritage Wealth Management, have been disconnected. His piloting skills, however, can be seen in a YouTube video in which he flies under bridges in the Bahamas. “This stunt,” it says, “should not be tried by any pilot that wishes to stay alive.” http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/us/13plane.html?_r=1&hp#
  21. En lançant un plan de sauvetage à court terme pour l'industrie automobile, George W. Bush, met simplement la table pour son successeur Barack Obama. Pour en lire plus...
  22. On connaît le cliché: les marchés boursiers poussent les entreprises qui y sont inscrites à gérer à court terme. Chez Van Houtte, on vit l’inverse. Pour en lire plus...
  23. La Banque Nationale prend le marché de court 28 août 2008 - 08h38 LaPresseAffaires.com Michel Munger La Banque Nationale (NA) roule à sens inverse sur l'autoroute bancaire car elle annonce des profits records qui sont supérieurs aux attentes à son troisième trimestre. En effet, la banque montréalaise dévoile des profits en hausse de 18% à 286 M$ ou 1,73 $ dilué par action pour la période qui s'est terminée à la fin de juillet. C'est largement supérieur aux prévisions des analystes sondés par l'agence Bloomberg. Ces derniers s'attendaient à un profit net de 1,33 $ par action. La banque précise que la fusion de la Bourse de Montréal avec le Groupe TSX a dopé la rentabilité de son secteur baptisé Marchés financiers. À elle seule, cette transaction a entraîné un gain avant impôt de 88 M$. À l'opposé, le papier commercial adossé à des actifs a causé une perte de 37 M$. Le revenu total de l'institution financière a monté de 5% pour s'établir à 1,06 G$, alors que les analystes prédisaient 997 M$. «La banque a affiché une performance solide ce trimestre, portée notamment par un secteur Marchés financiers fort et une bonne croissance des volumes d'affaires du secteur Particuliers et entreprises, dit Louis Vachon», PDG de la Banque Nationale. Si l'on regarde ces données de plus près, on constate que les services aux particuliers et entreprises dégagent des profits en hausse de 2% à 127 M$. Les volumes de prêts ont compensé la dotation pour pertes sur créances et la réduction de la marge de profit. La gestion de patrimoine rapporte un profit de 37 M$, une diminution de 3 M$. La banque attribue cela au ralentissement des activités de courtage en valeurs mobilières. Les profits du secteur Marchés financiers ont rapporté des profits en hausse de 75% à 163 M$ grâce à la création du Groupe TMX. En date du 31 juillet, l'actif de la Banque Nationale totalisait 121,9 G$, une hausse de 8% depuis le 31 octobre 2007. La Nationale paiera un dividende de 62 cents l'action le 1er novembre. Les actionnaires devront être inscrits aux registres le 25 septembre. L'action de la banque a clôturé à 48,50 $ mercredi à Toronto.