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  1. "Waiting in the wings is a new tech incubator in downtown Montreal...unveiled Dec 1" I wonder what they're referring to? http://montrealgazette.com/business/millions-in-funding-available-for-up-and-coming-businesses Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Guilty Memories from an Anglo Montreal Childhood * thewalrus.ca <header class="articleHead" style="box-sizing: border-box; padding: 0px 4rem; max-width: 820px; margin: 0px auto; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: "Source Sans Pro", Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">[h=5]MEMOIR[/h][h=1]Guilty Memories from an Anglo Montreal Childhood[/h]Like many English speakers growing up in Quebec, I saw myself as a victim. But within our own enclaves, we often acted like bigots [h=4]BY JONATHAN KAY[/h]· [h=4]ILLUSTRATION BY JASON LOGAN[/h]· [h=6]DEC. 15, 2016[/h] </header><figure style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 3.2rem auto 4.8rem; width: 820px; max-width: 820px; padding: 0px 4rem; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: "Source Sans Pro", Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"></figure>
  3. Gillette to phase Tiger Woods out of ads New York — Associated Press Published on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 11:57AM EST Last updated on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 4:05PM EST New York — Associated Press Published on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 11:57AM EST Last updated on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 4:05PM EST One of Tiger Woods’ major sponsors will phase the world’s most valuable athlete out of its advertisements while he takes time off to repair his personal life. Gillette’s announcement Saturday marks the first major sponsor of the superstar athlete and corporate pitchman to distance itself from Woods. “As Tiger takes a break from the public eye, we will support his desire for privacy by limiting his role in our marketing programs,” said Gillette, a division of Procter & Gamble. Other sponsors are mulling their options and trying to gauge the fallout from the man who has become the face of golf, as he drops off the circuit for an unspecified period. AT&T said it is evaluating its relationship with the golfer. Representatives from Accenture won’t say what its plans are regarding Woods, whom the consulting firm has used to personify its claimed attributes of integrity and high performance. “I think you will see the handful or so of companies that he has relationships with doing some real soul searching and making some probably, for them, difficult decisions in the next few days,” said Larry L. Smith, president of the Institute for Crisis Management, in Louisville, Ky. Late Friday, Woods announced an indefinite leave from golf and public life to try to rescue his marriage after a two weeks of intense coverage of his infidelity sullied his carefully cultivated good guy image. The decision and contrite tone of his statement was seen by marketing experts as a smart step to repairing his public image. His previous brief and vague statements on the matter were criticized as insufficient to quell the intense scrutiny and to lessen the damage from more than a handful of women who claim to have had affairs with him. “It’s just like your most beautiful fashion brand is being trashed,” said John Sweeney, director of sports communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “I don’t expect Tiger to be the gold standard anymore, but he’s not going out of business ... He’s too big and too talented to be fired, but he will have significant declines from what he was.” Woods, 33, spent 13 years burnishing a pristine personal brand. His good looks and multiracial heritage gave him broad appeal. His domination of the game and fist-pumping flair for the dramatic established his tournament appearances as must-see TV. His work ethic is admirable. Marketers were drawn to his image as a clean-cut family man who mourned the death of the father who taught him the game, doted on his mother and married a former Swedish model with whom he has two young children. Woods is the pitchman for brands ranging from AT&T to Accenture to Nike. His array of endorsements helped him become the first sports star to earn $1 billion. Michael Jordan, Woods’ closest contemporary, is a distant second. Jordan has accumulated about $800 million during an NBA career that spanned nearly 20 years, according to Forbes. Nike, which built its $650-million golf business around Woods, said late Friday it supports his decision. Gatorade, a unit of PepsiCo Inc., said previously it supports Woods and said Saturday it has no updated comment. Gillette’s decision includes phasing out Woods from its television and print advertising, and from public appearances and other efforts linking the two entities together, Gillette spokesman Damon Jones said. “This is supporting his desire to step out of the public eye and we’re going to support him by helping him to take a lower profile,” he said. Gillette, which operates from Boston while parent P&G is based in Cincinnati, has had a contract with Woods since 2007. Jones declined to provide further details, including length and value, of the contract. Woods hasn’t been seen in a prime-time television commercial since a Gillette spot on Nov. 29, according to research firm Nielsen Co. Jones said that was because golf is currently off-season, so the company is promoting new products like Gillette Fusion MVP with football and baseball stars instead, because those seasons are more current. As any ads featuring Woods expire, they will not be renewed. Jones said that did not mean the company was severing its ties with Woods. There had been no upcoming scheduled public appearances for Woods, he said. He declined to comment on when the company would resume including Woods in its marketing, and would not say whether that would be linked with the timing of Woods comeback, when and if he decides to resume playing golf.
  4. By Anne Sutherland, The Gazette Benoit Labonté, borough mayor of Ville Marie, will be tabling a motion tonight that will provide for eight days of free parking downtown in an effort to help merchants in these tough economic times. He will propose that city parking meters will be free from 9 a.m. on Dec. 20 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 28. The gross loss of revenue from those metered spots will be $800,000, but Labonté said the net loss to the Ville Marie borough will be between $100,000 and $150,000. “We’re talking about one week in the year to help our tax-paying merchants, a kind of subsidy,” Labonté said. “The message we’re giving to citizens is come downtown to shop and don’t go to the suburbs.” Labonté and his Vision Montreal councillors have a three to two advantage on the borough council, so the motion is expected to pass. --
  5. 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
  6. Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Hydro+Qu%c3%a9bec+accepts+bids+wind+farms/4004578/story.html#ixzz18l8doftP
  7. Désolé pour els amateurs de mauvaises nouvelles. Voici un artcile sur la progression de PSP Investissement, une caisse de retraire comparable à la caisse de dépot et 100% basé à Montréal (mis à part un bureau bidon à Ottawa pour de la représentation). La croissance de leur actif les positionnent maintenant au 4e rang des caisses de retraire au Canada derrière CDP, CPP et Teacher's. Un jour ils auront leur propre tour dans le CV de Montréal je vous le garantie. Publié le 13 décembre 2013 à 06h42 | Mis à jour à 09h29 Actif doublé à plus de 85 milliards en quelques années à peine. Effectif montréalais approchant les 500 employés. Plus de 4 milliards par an en nouveaux capitaux à investir. Le tableau de bord de la société montréalaise Investissements PSP a de quoi susciter l'envie parmi les gestionnaires d'actif des plus grandes caisses de retraite au Canada. Mais au dire de son président et chef de la direction, Gordon Fyfe, les défis de gestion chez PSP s'apparentent encore à ceux d'une entreprise en pleine émergence: produire de bons résultats courants et futurs tout en gérant une croissance rapide de l'actif et des effectifs. «Pendant que nous développons nos équipes de placement et leur portefeuille, nous devons aussi gérer beaucoup de liquidités qui entrent et qui sortent chaque année dans notre actif», résume Gordon Fyfe en entrevue avec La Presse Affaires. «Néanmoins, cet afflux de liquidités est aussi l'un de nos principaux avantages comparatifs parmi les gestionnaires d'actif de grosses caisses de retraite. Nous avons plus de flexibilité pour effectuer nos transactions aux moments les plus avantageux selon nos objectifs de rendement.» D'où provient cet avantage? Pour l'expliquer, il faut rappeler qu'Investissements PSP a été créée il y a 13 ans par le gouvernement fédéral en tant que société d'État autonome avec le mandat de mieux gérer l'actif des caisses de retraite de plusieurs dizaines de milliers d'employés fédéraux. Il s'agit d'abord de la caisse principale des fonctionnaires, mais aussi celles de la Défense nationale, de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada et, depuis peu, des membres de la Réserve militaire. À l'époque, en 2000, l'actif combiné de ces caisses de retraite se chiffrait à une dizaine de milliards de dollars. Treize ans plus tard, il vient de passer le seuil des 85 milliards. Et il est déjà prévu autour des 300 milliards dans une quinzaine d'années, selon les hypothèses actuarielles des caisses de retraite fédérales. En ce moment, la croissance de l'actif géré par PSP est en partie attribuable aux revenus de placement accrus par une gestion active. Ces revenus ont atteint 7,1 milliards lors de l'exercice terminé le 31 mars, ce qui a porté à 23 milliards le total des revenus engrangés au cours des quatre dernières années, depuis le revers de 9,5 milliards subi l'année de la crise financière. Mais aussi, admet d'emblée Gordon Fyfe, la croissance d'actif chez PSP provient encore beaucoup de l'influx annuel de 4 à 5 milliards de dollars en nouveaux capitaux à investir. PSP se retrouve ainsi dans une situation singulière parmi les gestionnaires d'actif des plus grandes caisses de retraite du secteur public au Canada. Selon M. Fyfe, cette situation découle de la «jeunesse démographique» des caisses de retraite fédérales dont PSP gère les placements, comparativement à ses semblables comme la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec et les caisses Teachers' et OMERS en Ontario. «Ces caisses de retraite sont plus matures démographiquement, et certaines déjà en phase de sortie de liquidités [NDLR: nombre croissant de retraités-prestataires par rapport aux salariés-déposants]. Chez PSP, les caisses dont nous gérons les actifs ne seront pas dans cette situation avant 15 à 20 ans.» D'où l'avantage comparatif auquel prétend PSP parmi ses pairs en pouvant compter sur un apport considérable de capitaux neufs à investir pour plusieurs années. Aussi, PSP peut orienter sa recherche d'actifs selon deux critères principaux. D'une part, des actifs à potentiel supérieur de croissance mais à long terme, notamment dans les économies émergentes par rapport aux économies développées. C'est ce qui explique en partie la part de 16% de l'actif total de PSP qui est identifiée aux régions d'économies émergentes comme l'Asie et l'Amérique latine. Flexibilité D'autre part, explique Gordon Fyfe, PSP a la flexibilité de liquidités pour investir rapidement dans des actifs de qualité mais qui se retrouvent en «détresse» temporaire en raison d'une conjoncture négative ou de problèmes financiers chez leurs propriétaires. Un exemple de cette flexibilité? Au lendemain de la crise financière de 2008, et même si le rendement de son actif en avait été très affecté comme chez ses pairs, PSP avait encore des milliards de dollars en capitaux neufs à investir dans des actifs soudainement dépréciés. C'est ainsi que PSP a pu profiter de la crise immobilière dans plusieurs villes américaines, dont New York, pour garnir son portefeuille de bons immeubles commerciaux à prix avantageux. Quelques années plus tard, le portefeuille immobilier de PSP approche les 10 milliards, à hauteur de 12% de l'actif total sous gestion. Et le rendement courant de ce portefeuille immobilier (11% durant l'exercice terminé le 31 mars) cote au double de celui de l'indice de référence sectoriel. «Nous réalisons de solides rendements de nos divers portefeuilles depuis quelques années et nous entendons bien continuer ainsi», affirme Gordon Fyfe. Quant à sa lecture courante des marchés du placement, il préfère s'en tenir à sa philosophie de direction des équipes de portefeuille chez PSP. «Ce qu'il y a d'intéressant dans notre domaine, c'est qu'il y a toujours quelque part de bons actifs qui se retrouvent dans le trouble. Et chez PSP, nous avons les moyens de transiger rapidement dans ce type d'actifs, mais toujours quand ça nous plaît vraiment et selon nos objectifs de rendement.» Investissements PSP en un coup d'oeil > Activités: gestion des placements de l'actif de quatre caisses de retraite d'employés fédéraux: fonction publique, Défense nationale, GRC, Force de réserve > Actif net (au 1er déc. 2013): 86 milliards > Rendement annualisé depuis quatre ans: 12,2% (au 31 mars) > Siège administratif: Montréal > Effectif: 470 employés > Frais d'exploitation: 0,24% de l'actif net (au 31 mars) > Rémunération des cinq principaux dirigeants: 16,1 millions (+57% en 2013) > Année de fondation: 2000 (société d'État fédérale) Source: Investissements PSP Les grands gestionnaires de fonds de retraite > Office d'investissement du Régime de pension du Canada: 192 milliards (au 30 sept. 2013) > Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec: 186 milliards (au 30 juin 2013) > Teachers (Régime de retraite des enseignants de l'Ontario): 129 milliards (au 31 déc. 2012) > Investissements PSP: 86 milliards (au 1er déc. 2013) > Alberta Investment Management Corp.: 68 milliards (au 31 déc. 2012) > Omers (Régime de retraite des employés municipaux de l'Ontario): 61 milliards (au 31 déc. 2012) > BC Pension: 31 milliards (au 31 mars 2013) > OPB (Commission des régimes de retraite de l'Ontario): 19 milliards (au 31 déc. 2012) Sources: rapports annuels, Bloomberg, archives média Eureka
  8. Une excellente nouvelle! Hopefully, everything will go as planned. Now we're just missing a direct flight to Hong Kong... By Winnie Lu, WCARN.com | Dec. 22, 2015 China's flag carrier Air China (CA) has filed an application with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to launch a nonstop international service between Shanghai Pudong and Montreal starting September, 2016, according to an announcement released Tuesday on the official website of CAAC. Pending government approval, the Beijing-based carrier will fly its Boeing 777-300 aircraft on the Shanghai Pudong-Montreal route starting next September, with seven flights weekly. The Air Transportation Department of CAAC is soliciting public comments on the application until Dec. 30, 2015. Source: http://www.chinaaviationdaily.com/news/49/49789.html
  9. I'm seeing this on airliners.net under the latest list of OAG changes **UA IAH-YUL JUL 1.0>0 AUG 1.0>0 SEP 1.0>0 OCT 1.0>0 NOV 0.9>0 DEC 1.0>0 JAN 1.0>0 Has United dropped our route to Houston? I noticed also they dropped a couple of routes from YEG as well. What's going on?
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