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May 4, 2015

Astral Out of Home Wins Indoor Advertising Contract for Halifax Stanfield International Airport

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HALIFAX (May 4, 2015) – Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media and one of Canada’s leading out-of-home advertising companies, announced it is expanding its operations to Atlantic Canada after having been awarded the indoor advertising contract for Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The 10-year contract, effective May 1, is part of an ongoing, cross-country development program for Astral’s airport network.

“We are absolutely thrilled to become the exclusive partner of Halifax Stanfield International Airport for its indoor advertising program,” said Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out of Home. “The Halifax airport is a key venue that offers great opportunities for clients in this market. We are looking forward to collaborating with other Bell companies, including Bell Aliant and CTV, to bring travelers a unique airport experience while also providing the best advertising platform for our clients."

“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with the dynamic team at Halifax Stanfield International Airport,” said Benjamin Mathieu, Director, Business Development, Transportation & Technologies, Astral Out of Home. “We are committed to our investment in this airport and will be offering an innovative line of digital advertising products scheduled for completion this fall.”

Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President & CEO added, “We are equally delighted to enter into this new agreement with Astral Out of Home. The new technology and innovation that Astral will bring to Halifax Stanfield aligns perfectly with our efforts to continually enhance the overall experience of our passengers and visitors.  We believe this partnership is truly win-win for the airport and its customers as well as Astral Out of Home.” 

Serving 49 non-stop destinations, Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the largest airport in the Atlantic provinces, with passenger traffic of over 3.6 million in 2014. The airport is a major player in the economy of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, generating more than 5,700 jobs and injecting some $1.3 billion into the region’s economy each year.

The contract awarded to Astral Out of Home calls for a progressive increase in the number of advertising faces, introduction of digital products, and a significant media creativity initiative inside the airport terminal. Astral Out of Home will also introduce its AeroTv concept to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. AeroTv is a one-of-a-kind digital network that broadcasts exclusive programming focused on entertainment and relaxation, featuring news, sports, weather, fashion, comedy, movies, culture, and more. AeroTv content for the airport will be created in partnership with CTV Atlantic.

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May 4, 2015

Noel Gallagher Looks Back in Anger on the BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Season as a Guest Analyst, Today at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN5

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TORONTO (May 4, 2015) – Rock icon, die-hard footy fan, and lifelong Manchester City supporter Noel Gallagher steps offstage to join TSN’s BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE pre-game show as a special guest analyst, airing today (Monday, May 4) at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN5.

Gallagher joins TSN’s acclaimed soccer panel of host Luke Wileman and analysts Jason deVos and Kristian Jack to break down the biggest stories of the current BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE season. The live broadcast leads into the BPL ON TSN matchup featuring Arsenal vs. Hull City, airing today (Monday, May 4) at 3 p.m. ET on TSN5.

In addition to his appearance as a guest analyst on TSN’s BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE pre-game show, the former Oasis bandleader sits down for a one-on-one interview on OFF THE RECORD, airing today (Monday, May 4) at 5 p.m. ET on TSN. Gallagher joins host Michael Landsberg for a wide-ranging conversation to discuss his life, career, and passionate soccer fandom.

Clips from Gallagher’s appearances on TSN’s BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE pre-game show and OFF THE RECORD will be available for streaming on TSN.ca.

Responsible for some of the most iconic rock anthems of the last 20 years, Gallagher has returned to the stage this year for a worldwide concert tour in support of Chasing Yesterday, the second album from his current solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

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May 4, 2015

KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS: ABOUT BRUCE TWO-PART SPECIAL TO AIR ON E!

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LOS ANGELES, CA – May 4, 2015 – E! will present a new two-part special “Keeping Up with the Kardashians:  About Bruce” that captures intimate conversations and intensely emotional moments that Bruce Jenner has with his Kardashian family as they discuss his transition.  The special will take an earnest look at the family’s struggle to process their own feelings as they work through hearing from Bruce directly about finally living life as the person he’s always known himself to be.   “Keeping Up with the Kardashians:  About Bruce” will premiere Sunday, May 17 at 9:00pm ET/PT, with part two following on Monday, May 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT on E! The special will also air on the E! channels internationally.

In the special Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie and Scott speak candidly with Bruce, ask many questions and begin to understand the tough journey he’s been on his entire life.  Through difficult and direct conversations, the family’s unfiltered reactions are surprising, thoughtful and ultimately compassionate and supportive. Through sharing their own family’s story, the Kardashians are hoping to help other families experiencing the same thing.  The special also includes family home video footage that reminds viewers and the family of the special times they spent with Bruce as a father, husband and friend, and serves as inspiration for the memories they’ll create as Bruce lives his “new normal.”

The special is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, a company that has documented LGBT stories for more than 20 years, and by Ryan Seacrest Productions. Bruce Jenner serves as Executive Producer, and Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Farnaz Farjam serve as Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Ryan Seacrest serves as Executive Producer for Ryan Seacrest Productions.  Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West and Khloé Kardashian also serve as Executive Producers.

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May 1, 2015

Dangerous, Fearless, and Bold – Discovery’s DEADLIEST CATCH Returns to Treacherous Waters with Special Two-Hour Premiere, May 5

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TORONTO (May 1, 2015) – Just another day at the office?! Fearless seafaring captains are set to return for another season on the Bering Sea’s unpredictable waters, risking life and limb in one of the world’s most dangerous jobs – crab fishing. It’s man vs. the sea as the 11th season of the 13-time Emmy Award-winning series DEADLIEST CATCH shoves off with a two-hour special episode, Tuesday, May 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. As the battle for Bering Sea crab continues, the courageous captains must lean on their brethren to survive. But just how far will they push their crabbing brotherhood to the edge before things fall overboard?

In anticipation of the 11th season, DAILY PLANET goes behind-the-scenes with the crew of DEADLIEST CATCH during “Insane Jobs Week”, Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery. In addition, viewers can catch missed episodes following their television broadcast on discovery.ca.

In the two-hour Season 11 premiere of DEADLIEST CATCH, after years of keeping a lid on Bairdi crab quota, new government regulations have increased the inventory by 400 percent. These changes mean the potential for huge paydays for captains and crew. But it's first come, first serve on the Bairdi grounds, forcing everyone to risk it all to grab their piece of the bounty.

On the Northwestern, the Bairdi bump won't just bring profit for the ever-controlling Captain Sig Hansen, it brings opportunity and a bigger stake in the claim for his brother Edgar. But will Sig loosen the reins on his aging crew? For Deckhand Jake Anderson, this season is a fight to prove to the world – and himself – his worth as a fisherman, father, and captain. Meanwhile on the Cornelia Marie, Josh Harris is trying to step out of his father's shadow, the late Captain Phil Harris, and earn the respect of his crew. But first, he needs to get out of the dock since his boat's engine won't start.

Every fisherman returns to Dutch Harbor, Alaska with a renewed hope to prove they belong among the brotherhood of the Bering Sea. For Wild Bill of the Cape Caution, it's about accepting his son for who really he is. On the Time Bandit, Johnathan Hillstrand must overcome his health and family issues, along with his substantial boat repair bills to turn his business around with a new group of young guns. On The Wizard, Captain Keith Colburn must re-examine his idea of the ultimate deckhand as he goes through several crewmen. And for Elliott Neese, it's the need to bridge the gap between his dreams of having a family and a successful business. But will he be able to put his old demons to rest?

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April 30, 2015

BCE announces election of directors

MONTRÉAL, April 30, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company, today announced that shareholders voted in favour of all items of business put forth by BCE at the company's Annual and General Shareholder Meeting today in Toronto, including the re-election of the Directors by a majority of the votes cast by shareholders present or represented by proxy:

Nominee

Votes For

% For

Votes Withheld

% Withheld

Barry K. Allen

303,092,965

99.01%

3,033,586

0.99%

Ronald A. Brenneman

302,458,485

98.80%

3,667,780

1.20%

Sophie Brochu

302,407,999

98.79%

3,718,485

1.21%

Robert E. Brown

300,308,231

98.10%

5,818,052

1.90%

George A. Cope

303,080,798

99.01%

3,045,485

0.99%

David F. Denison

303,156,472

99.03%

2,970,015

0.97%

Robert P. Dexter

300,337,986

98.11%

5,788,501

1.89%

Ian Greenberg

285,887,263

93.39%

20,238,868

6.61%

Gordon M. Nixon

303,680,632

99.20%

2,445,855

0.80%

Thomas C. O'Neill

(Chair of the Board)

298,436,308

97.49%

7,690,179

2.51%

Robert C. Simmonds

304,361,686

99.42%

1,764,801

0.58%

Carole Taylor

304,257,331

99.39%

1,868,961

0.61%

Paul R. Weiss

303,272,971

99.07%

2,853,513

0.93%

For Director biographies, please visit BCE.ca. Information regarding all matters subject to a vote during BCE's Annual and General Shareholder meeting is available on Sedar.com.

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April 30, 2015

Réseau de transport de la Capitale Enters into Major Business Agreement With Astral Out of Home

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QUÉBEC CITY (April 30, 2015) - The Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) and Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, announced today a major, 10-year business agreement for transit shelter and bus advertising space management and user experience enhancement, effective July 1.

“The RTC’s board of directors is thrilled by this agreement, as it aligns with our objectives, namely to better serve the needs of our clientele and secure new business income sources that will support the RTC’s future growth,” said Rémy Normand, Chairman of the Board.

“We are proud to have been selected by the RTC as part of a rigorous selection process and look forward to leveraging our innovative vision, creativity, and extensive experience to the benefit of its clients,” added Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out of Home. This partnership will also enable us to create unique opportunities for advertisers in the Québec City market, and reinforces Bell’s strong bond with the city as an economic, media, technology, and cultural vector.”

Innovation serving clients

This unique partnership between the private sector and a public transportation corporation presents a new business model in Canada that benefits clients, taxpayers, and advertisers.

Enhanced client experience:
BusFlash system in city buses and 20% of the transit shelters will provide five-minute video news updates via smartphones
70 digital touch screens installed in bus shelters will provide useful information to users

These innovations will be made possible thanks to Bell's LTE wireless and fibre optic networks.

Improved waiting areas:
Installation of a heating system in 10 bus shelters
Management of the advertising transit shelter maintenance program

“Through this agreement, Québec City’s public transit experience will become a more attractive option, at no cost to taxpayers,” concluded Mr. Normand. “The RTC’s board of directors is very pleased with this agreement.”

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April 30, 2015

Hockey Wives and Game of Homes Marathons Bring the Seasons to an End on W Network

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(April 30, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) – W Network celebrates the season finale of two fan favourite series, Game of Homes and Hockey Wives, with back-to-back episode marathons beginning this weekend.

Game of Homes Marathon

Catch up on all the best moments from W Network’s biggest game show in network history with the Game of Homes marathon on Saturday, May 2, with the first episode beginning at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET/PT. The season finale live reveal airs on Tuesday, May 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Viewers can also “win with Game of Homes” by entering an online contest for their chance to win $500. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 5.

Hockey Wives Marathon

Missed any of the action off the ice? Catch up on Hockey Wives from the beginning on Wednesday, May 6 starting at 3 p.m. ET/PT, with the season finale airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

During the marathon, fans will get a glimpse at the real stars of the series, the Dogs of Hockey Wives. Follow the hash tag #hockeydogs on Twitter and Instagram to see photos of the wives with their furry cast mates. 

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April 30, 2015

ORPHAN BLACK Season 3 Premiere Becomes Most-Watched Episode Ever with Nearly 700,000 Viewers

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TORONTO (April 30, 2015) – #HolyDoodle! The multi-channel Season 3 premiere event of Space Canadian original series ORPHAN BLACK on April 18 drew a combined audience of 697,000 viewers to Space, CTV, Bravo, and MTV, making it the most-watched episode of the series ever, final audience data from Numeris confirms. The combined premiere reached 1.9 million viewers. ORPHAN BLACK was also the #1entertainment program of the day on English Canadian television in the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos. Numeris also confirms that 261,000 viewers tuned in to Space’s broadcast, making Space the #1 specialty network in its Saturday 9 p.m. ET timeslot.

Immediately following the Season 3 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK, the series premiere of Space insider program INNERSPACE: AFTER THE BLACK also made waves with 115,000 viewers tuning in to the all-new after-show. ORPHAN BLACK airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Space. For those yet to get caught up on ORPHAN BLACK, Seasons 1 and 2 are available now on CraveTVTM.

On the next episode of ORPHAN BLACK, “Formalized, Complex, and Costly” (Saturday, May 2 at 9 p.m. ET), Leda and Castor are both on the hunt for original clone DNA. Mark and Gracie pursue new leads to find the samples that might set them free, while Art and Sarah reunite to track them down. Meanwhile, Cosima and Scott try to learn more about Castor’s biology, and Alison’s new money-making venture is going gangbusters. A shocking revelation about the Castor-Leda connection leaves the sisters reeling, just before Sarah witnesses a deadly Prolethean-Castor face-off. For a sneak peek at next week’s episode, click here.

On the next episode of INNERSPACE: AFTER THE BLACK (Saturday, May 2 at 10 p.m. ET), INNERSPACE hosts Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman sit down with ORPHAN BLACK co-creators, writer Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, to dissect the events that transpired in the third episode of Season 3, and to chat about what viewers can expect from the remainder of the season. In the following week’s episode, Ajay and Morgan get an insider look at how multiple clone scenes are made as they chat with clone doubles Kathryn Alexandre and Nick Abraham.

ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, X COMPANY), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, Ginger Snaps). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally, reaching more than 170 countries.

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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April 30, 2015

Twenty More Producers to Receive Mentoring through CMPA Program

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April 30, 2015, Ottawa - The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is pleased to announce its continued collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the launch of the 2015-16 edition of the Screen-based Media Production Program.

This hands-on training program, which emphasizes both management and technical skills in the ever evolving screen-based content production industry, will offer twenty emerging producers the opportunity to gain long term full-time work experience. The placements are funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

 “We have been offering hands-on training programs in collaboration with the Government since 1995, with great success,” says Susanne Vaas, VP of Corporate and International Affairs, CMPA. “This program has been instrumental in launching many producers’ careers in our industry and over 85% of our alumni continue to work in the field.”

The CMPA is currently accepting applications until August 17, 2015 or until funding remains available. For application details and eligibility, visit our website.

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April 29, 2015

TSN Delivers Expanded Multi-Feed Coverage of the 2015 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Beginning May 1 as Sidney Crosby Leads Team Canada Against the World

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TORONTO (April 29, 2015) – TSN is bringing Canadians more coverage of the IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP than ever before, broadcasting 58 tournament games from May 1-17, live from the Czech Republic. More than doubling the number of games that were broadcast last year, TSN’s coverage marks a record number of IIHF World Championship games to be ever broadcast in Canada. Coverage begins with Canada vs. Latvia on Friday (May 1) at 10 a.m. ET on TSN and TSN GO (click here or see below for complete broadcast schedule).

TSN complements its live coverage with same-day encore presentations of all Team Canada games in primetime. TSN subscribers can also access live streaming and on demand coverage of the network’s exclusive live coverage of the IIHF World Championship through TSN GO.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Sidney Crosby leads a star-studded Team Canada forward group that includes Tyler Seguin, Claude Giroux, Matt Duchene, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Nathan MacKinnon and defencemen Aaron Ekblad and Dan Hamhuis. They take the ice against a slate of international superstars including Jaromir Jagr returning home to play for Czech Republic, defending IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP gold medallist Russia’s Evgeni Malkin and Vladimir Tarasenko, and USA’s young star and projected top draft pick Jack Eichel.

TSN Broadcast Team

TSN’s acclaimed broadcast team of play-by-play commentator Gord Miller and analyst Ray Ferraro call all Team Canada and Group A games from Prague. They are joined by Bryan Mudryk, who delivers rink-side reporting throughout the tournament and daily reports for SPORTSCENTRE and TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, and former Swiss Team National coach Sean Simpson, who will provide colour commentary for select Group A games. Play-by-play commentator Dennis Beyak and analyst Shane Hnidy call Group B games from the broadcast booth in Ostrava.

Hosting the network’s coverage from the TSN Studio is Rod Black. He is joined throughout the tournament by analysts Bob Errey and Dave Reid and TSN’s Director of Scouting Craig Button.

Fans can also visit TSN.ca for news, extended highlights, must-see clips, ‘TSN Rewind’ videos replaying some of Team Canada’s memorable moments, SPORTSCENTRE features, exclusive interviews, and more. Fans can tune in to TSN Radio for coverage of Team Canada’s games throughout the tournament, as well as news, updates, and analysis from TSN’s best-in-class team of Hockey Insiders.

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April 29, 2015

E! Orders Season 2 of Original Canadian Series CELEBRITY STYLE STORY

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TORONTO (April 29, 2015) – E! announced today that it has ordered a second season of original Canadian pop-culture series CELEBRITY STYLE STORY from Calgary-based Pyramid Productions. The 40-episode, 30-minute series, which begins production in Toronto, Calgary, and Los Angeles this week, follows the chronological style story of today’s hottest stars, charting their path from humble beginnings to the glitz and glam of their red carpet looks. This season, CELEBRITY STYLE STORY features A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Tilda Swinton, Jared Leto, Anna Kendrick, Matthew McConaughey, and Kerry Washington, as well as new themed episodes focusing on awards shows, famous families, and couples. The experts weighing in on the celebrities’ style this season include E!’s Tyrone Edwards, YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous, stylist Lindsay Albanese, fashion blogger Heather Cocks, and more.

CELEBRITY STYLE STORY is set to premiere this Fall on E!. Distributed internationally by Thunderbird, it also airs in over 35 countries including the U.S., France, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. To view episodes from the first season of CELEBRITY STYLE STORY, visit eonline.ca.

“CELEBRITY STYLE STORY hits the mark for viewers as a fun, engaging, informative, and trendy pop-culture series,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “There’s a myriad of stylish celebrities to feature, and we are looking forward to once again teaming up with Pyramid Productions to delve into these unique style stories.”

"We’re really excited about “fash”-forwarding to Season 2 on E!. Our go-to gurus are ready to talk street style and haute couture as we show and tell celebrity fashion at its best and worst," said Kirstie McLellan Day, Executive Producer.

CELEBRITY STYLE STORY features a panel of expert fashion stylists, designers, comedians, and fashion journalists who weigh in on the celebrity’s looks and transformation from each stage of their red hot careers. Season 2 panellists include:

Comedian and writer Amanda Brooke Perrin
Fashion blogger and photographer Ania B.
Comedian and writer Ann T. Donohue
Canadian television host Elissa Lansdell
Fashion YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous
Fashion writer and blogger  Heather Cocks
Designer of Bustle Clothing Shawn Hewson
Fashion blogger Stephen Dimmick
Fashion commentators and designers The Style Guys
Style expert, stylist, host, and blogger Sydne Summer
Host of E! Tyrone Edwards

CELEBRITY STYLE STORY is produced by Pyramid Productions in association with Bell Media. Sheila Rae is Showrunner. Kirstie McLellan Day is Executive Producer. Kara Haflidson is Production Executive for Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is, Senior Vice-President Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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April 29, 2015

The CRTC is pursuing its efforts to modernize the communication system for Canadians

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April 29, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today published its Three-Year Plan, setting out the key activities it intends to undertake from 2015 to 2018.

This plan will help Canadians prepare for the CRTC's upcoming activities and their participation in public consultations.

Among the planned activities that will ensure that Canadians have access to a world-class communication system, the Three-Year Plan 2015–2018 incorporates:
the introduction of the revised framework established with the Let's Talk TV initiative, which includes the development of a draft code to help consumers make informed choices about their TV service providers and to make the service agreements easier to understand
the review of basic telecommunications services to ensure that Canadians have access to world-class telecommunications services that will allow them to participate actively in the digital economy
an assessment of the accessibility of mobile wireless handsets for Canadians with disabilities
a review of the reliability of the 9-1-1 network in Canada and of the next generation of 9-1-1 services
continued joint efforts between the CRTC and its partners, both in Canada and abroad, to protect Canadians from unsolicited communications by telephone and by email, and
the continued implementation of the Voter Contact Registry.

The forward-looking Three-Year Plan 2015–2018 reflects the CRTC's commitment to implementing sound management practices and fulfilling its mandate in a transparent and responsible manner.

Quick facts
The CRTC has unveiled its Three-Year Plan 2015–2018, which provides information on its upcoming activities to ensure that Canadians have access to a world-class communication system.
This document is strategically based on the Create, Connect and Protect pillars and reflects the CRTC's commitment to implement sound management practices.
Canadians are invited to participate in the public consultations and hearings that the CRTC will hold throughout the year.
The consultation and hearing dates are announced on the CRTC website.

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“The Three-Year Plan is the Commission's commitment to Canadians to pursue its efforts to modernize the communication system. We plan to undertake a number of activities to enable Canadians to step into the digital future with confidence and to ensure that the communication system protects their health and safety.”
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC

Related links
Three-Year Plan 2015–2018
CRTC Participation Guide

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April 29, 2015

SINKING SHIP ENTERTAINMENT AND DHX TELEVISION BRING PUPPETS TO LIFE AS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON PLAYDATE

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Toronto, April 29, 2015 – Sinking Ship Entertainment , recent recipients of three Daytime Emmy® Awards, and DHX Television are pleased to announce the start of principal photography on the new preschool series Playdate. A mix of live-action and the skilled puppeteering of Dina and Frank Meschkuleit, the series showcases the unexpected adventures Jacob and his friends’ stuffed animals encounter when they leave them alone. Playdate’s first season will see 13 half-hour episodes and is slated to premiere on DHX Television’s preschool channel which will be rebranded to Family Junior in Fall 2015.   

“We’re always exploring new ways to connect with preschoolers and the notion that toys come to life when children aren’t looking is an enchanting and relatable premise for our audience,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Programming, DHX Television. “With the ample experience that Frank and Dina bring and with our award-winning production partners at Sinking Ship at the helm, we’re confident this series will capture the hearts of our young viewers and their families as they join the toys’ on their exciting escapades.”

“Sinking Ship is always on the look out for an exciting new production challenge and in Playdate we’ve definitely found one! Cutting edge puppets from the whiz team of Frank and Dina, a ground breaking multi-level set care of Ron Stefaniuk, plus children and animals are sure to keep the ship bobbing for many months to come!” said J.J. Johnson, Executive Producer/Series Director, Sinking Ship Entertainment.

Every child believes their toys come to life when they’re not around and on Playdate, they really do! Meet Mac, Sammy, Priscilla and Buckie – the beloved stuffed animals of Jacob and his friends who venture out on their own playtime adventures when the children are away. They do their best to complete the kids’ playtime adventures but usually end up causing some kind of mess or chaos along the way. Since the kids can never know their toys come to life, Mac, Sammy, Priscilla and Buckie have to finish their escapades before the kids come back and make sure they’re exactly where they started off. Luckily, Norman, the family dog, makes the perfect fall guy for any of their hijinks.

Playdate stars Millie Davis (Odd Squad, Orphan Black) as Molly; Scarlett Dovey (This is Scarlett and Isaiah) as Gwen; and newcomers Aidan Wojtak-Hissong as Jacob and Nirvaan Kwan as Enzo.

Commissioned by DHX Television, Playdate was created by Dina and Frank Meschkuleit. Frank is one of Canada’s premier puppeteers with a wealth of knowledge having worked on popular kids programs including Fraggle Rock, Toopy and Binoo and The Mighty Jungle. The series was developed by J.J. Johnson and Christin Simms and is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment. Sinking Ship recently won three Daytime Emmy® Awards for children’s series including Outstanding Pre-School Series for Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures.

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April 29, 2015

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ TROPHY TOUR by COCA-COLA Touches Down at Bell Media Headquarters on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1

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TORONTO (April 29, 2015) – As the official Canadian media partner of this summer’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™, Bell Media is excited to host the Toronto stop of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ TROPHY TOUR by COCA-COLA, which is now making its epic journey across Canada and touching down in 12 cities over two months.

The tour makes its Toronto stop at Bell Media’s 299 Queen Street West headquarters on Thursday, April 30 from 5 – 9 p.m. ET and Friday, May 1 from 12 – 8 p.m. ET.

The Fan Experience event gives fans the opportunity to have their photo taken with the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ trophy, take their best shot against the Ultimate Goalie, and cap off their experience with a perfectly served, ice-cold Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, or Diet Coke; each in a specially designed, limited edition, collectible aluminum bottle. For more information, free reserved tickets, and exciting updates on the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, visit coca-cola.ca/trophytour.

The Thursday, April 30 event will also include a free concert in the 299 Queen parking lot headlined by Canadian pop-rockers Simple Plan beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This summer’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ takes place right here in Canada. Bell Media is the official Canadian media partner of the tournament, with every game airing nationally on CTV or TSN and RDS beginning June 6.

The FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ TROPHY TOUR by COCA-COLA will continue to visit Canadian cities on the following dates:

May 6: Hamilton, ON
May 8-10: Winnipeg, MB
May 16-18: Edmonton, AB
May 22-24: Calgary, AB
May 29-31: Vancouver, BC

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™
This summer, CTV, TSN, and RDS deliver live broadcast coverage of all 52 games from the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™. Currently ranked #8 in the world, Canada will face off against #16-ranked China PR in the tournament’s opening match on Saturday, June 6 at 6 p.m. ET on CTV/RDS.

Taking place in six cities across Canada (Edmonton, Moncton, Montréal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg), the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ culminates with the Final on Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV/RDS at BC Place in Vancouver.

TSN, CTV, and RDS are official broadcasters of FIFA events from 2015 to 2026 including the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018, 2022, and 2026, and FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2019 and 2023.

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April 29, 2015

Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited - First Quarter 2015 - Period Ended March 31 (unaudited)

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DARTMOUTH, NS, April 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited ("Company") today announces its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2015.

Highlights
Revenue of $35.5 million was $7.0 million or 25% higher than last year. The increase was primarily due to incremental revenue from the Toronto and Vancouver stations which were acquired March 31, 2014. 
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"(1)) of $7.1 million in the quarter were$2.6 million or 56% higher than last year.  The majority of the EBITDA increase was derived from the acquired stations.
Profit for the period was $2.5 million compared to last year's loss of $3.2 million.  The loss last year was a result of recognizing costs of $8.4 million in the first quarter of 2014 related to the business acquisition.  

Significant events

March 31, 2015 marked the first anniversary of the acquisition of stations in Toronto and Vancouver.  For the last twelve months consolidated revenue was $162 million and EBITDA was $44.2 million. Dividends aggregating $2.5 million were paid during the first quarter of 2015.

"We are pleased with the double-digit growth in revenue and EBITDA this quarter.  While this is largely due to the financial results from our business expansion, organically we have also posted positive EBITDA growth which is an improvement over 2014", commented Rob Steele, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "This quarter started out slow for most businesses in Canada, but beginning in February we began to see positive trending in national revenue for the first time in many months and we are hopeful this will be a trend for the rest of the year."

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April 29, 2015

Ancient Creatures Surface in the Jurassic-Sized Special RIVER MONSTERS: PREHISTORIC TERROR, Premiering May 25 on Discovery

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TORONTO (April 29, 2015) – He’s proven underwater monsters do exist. But, there remains a frontier he has yet to explore. A boundary which, once crossed, proves packed with more monsters than any nightmare...the past. Freshwater detective and biologist Jeremy Wade is set to embark on a mission to uncover horrifying killers from the depths of history in the Canadian co-produced two-hour special RIVER MONSTERS: PREHISTORIC TERROR, airing Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT on Discovery. Featuring never-before-seen footage, monster-sized catches, and one of the most horrifying creatures Wade has ever has laid hands on, this Jurassic-sized special episode of the hit Discovery series closes out the season of RIVER MONSTERS, which features the descendants of these “dino fish” every Monday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

RIVER MONSTERS: PREHISTORIC TERROR features Wade and his brave team exploring fearsome prehistoric beasts brought back to life by combining Wade’s unique understanding of modern-day monsters with state-of-the-art, Canadian-produced CGI. Super-sized piranhas, fanged swamp sharks, a fresh-water fish the size of a boxcar, and the nightmarish “buzz-saw killer” are but a few of the real-life predators from long-lost worlds that Wade encounters on his quest to unveil the most terrifying water-dwelling monsters ever to have lived, including a prehistoric slitherer found off the Pacific coast of Canada.

But first, in all-new episodes of RIVER MONSTERS, Wade and crew continue hunting for murderous underwater beasts all over the world. Upcoming highlights include:

Jungle Terminator
Monday, May 4 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Wade is in the Amazonian rainforest investigating the death of three people in three different countries. He seeks the help of the Matia Tribe from the Brazilian countryside to help solve the cases in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.

Body Snatcher
Monday, May 11 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
In the remote rivers of Guyana, Wade is on the hunt for a new candidate in the category of largest freshwater fish in the world. Could there be some truth to the legend of a predatory freshwater mermaid?

RIVER MONSTERS: PREHISTORIC TERROR is an international co-production from Icon Films and Handel Productions, jointly commissioned by Discovery Canada and Animal Planet in the United States. Harry and Laura Marshall are the executive producers, and Andie Clare is the series producer for Icon Films. Alan Handel is the executive producer for Handel Productions. For Discovery Canada, Stan Lipsey is the executive producer. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is the executive producer, and Patrick Keegan is the producer. RIVER MONSTERS was developed and created by Animal Planet’s Charlie Foley. 

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April 28, 2015

Shaw Communications and Its Employees Support Relief Efforts in Nepal

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 28, 2015) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX: SJR.B) (NYSE: SJR) today announced it will match employee donations dollar-for-dollar to the Canadian Red Cross up to a maximum of $100,000.

To help customers stay connected to their family and friends, all Shaw Phone customers will be given complimentary long distance calling to Nepal until Monday, May 25. Shaw customers will also be given access to Indian-based English-language news channel ATN NDTV 24/7 at no cost to access local coverage through to Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Shaw will also match all employee donations to the Canadian Red Cross dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 to help provide critical supplies and aid in rescue and recovery efforts. Aligning with the Federal Government's donation matching program, every dollar donated by Shaw employees could be matched twice, resulting in three dollars of aid to Nepal.

"Our hearts go out to all those affected by the extraordinary impact of Saturday's devastating earthquake in Nepal," says Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications. "As relief efforts continue we are committed to supporting the effort and doing everything we can to keep our customers connected." 

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April 28, 2015

CTV News Vancouver Spotlights BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre with “Hope Starts Here Week”, May 4-8

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VANCOUVER (April 28, 2015) – Next week, from May 4-8, CTV News Vancouver is on a mission to shine a spotlight on BC Women’s Hospital, with “Hope Starts Here”, a special initiative to raise funds for the hospital’s Newborn ICU. As part of its dedicated coverage, CTV MORNING LIVE VANCOUVER,CTV NEWS AT NOON, CTV NEWS AT FIVE, and CTV NEWS AT SIX will be on location at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, ushering in the week-long awareness and fundraising campaign. Editorial features and stories about the important work that happens on a daily basis at the hospital will continue throughout the week.

Putting an exclamation point on its week-long showcase, CTV Vancouver will host a special “Block Party For Babies” event, taking place Friday, May 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, B.C. (2800 Block Murray St.) Viewers from across Vancouver are invited to attend this free, family-friendly event featuring children’s activities, food, and a live performance by Dr. Strangelove. CTV Vancouver will broadcast live from the event during its CTV NEWS AT FIVEand CTV NEWS AT SIX broadcasts.

An integral part of BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, the 60-bed NICU is one of Canada’s foremost specialized newborn critical care centres, and a referral hub for British Columbia’s most critically ill infants and newborns in need of advanced care.

Supporters can find more details at BC.CTVNews.ca.

About the BC Women’s Newborn ICU
When a baby is born too soon, too small or too sick to survive without help, BC Women’s Newborn ICU is there to deliver the highest level of life-saving care. BC Women’s Newborn ICU is the referral hub for BC’s most critically ill infants and newborns in need of advanced care.  An integral part of BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, the 60-bed NICU is one of Canada’s foremost specialized newborn critical care centres. It is staffed by a unique concentration of leading clinical specialists.

Healthy women.  Healthy babies.  Healthy families.  This is the driving spirit behind every program, every equipment purchase and every act of care at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.

To help make a difference, donation can be made today by calling, toll free 1-844-677-HOPE or visiting hopestartshere.ca.

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April 28, 2015

shomi Movies for Any Mood: shomi and Entertainment One Announce Content Deal for More Than 175 Films

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TORONTO, April 28, 2015 – A spy, a gnome, and a pair of head bangers meet at the end of the world… wait, that’s not right. A comedian, a solider, and a hit man survive a plane crash… or is it that they crash a wedding? Either way they’ll all be hanging out on shomi™ soon thanks to a new deal with Entertainment One (eOne). Beginning in May, shomi will add more than 175 movies including the drama Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, family favourite Gnomeo & Juliet, Canadian cult-comedy Fubar, and the romance Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Comedy, drama, action, sci-fi, romance, kids, and stand-up – shomi’s got something from eOne for any streaming mood this summer.

Want some summer lovin’? shomi offers movies featuring loners and legends looking for love with Moonrise Kingdom and My Week With Marilyn, and will make your heart swell with Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Skip right to the action with law breakers (Shoot ‘Em Up,), law upholders (Dredd), special-ops agents (Killer Elite), and survivors (The Grey). Or head out of this world with sci-fi flicks Pan Dorum and Pan’s Labyrinth. Just don’t forget about award winning-dramas like Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, and the Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction.

Too stressful? Relax by the campfire with cult-classic Wet Hot American Summer, go for a ride with Adventureland, and get front row access to one of today’s most popular comedians with Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. Or share the screen with the rest of the family with the kid-approved Coraline and Hoodwinked.

 “From classic to guilty pleasures, these new eOne titles take our movie catalogue to the next level,” said Marni Shulman, Head of Content and Programming, shomi. “This deal is a movie-lover’s dream.”

More than movies, there is TV too! This deal also includes exclusive Canadian streaming rights to Showtime’s Emmy®-nominated Web Therapy with Lisa Kudrow, and BBC Brit-comedy romp The Trip starting Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Parents and kids will squeal (and maybe oink?) with delight with the addition of Peppa Pig.

“shomi shares our passion for entertainment and we are delighted to partner with them to deliver such a great selection of films and series to their members,” said Patrick Roy, President, Entertainment One Films Canada & Les Films Seville.

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April 28, 2015

Movie Central and Encore Avenue Celebrate National Canadian Film Day on April 29 with an Evening of Canadian Films Starring Good Looking Hunks

TORONTO (April 28, 2015) – In celebration of the second year of National Canadian Film Day, Movie Central has put together a selection of films showcasing the top Canadian films released this past year. Viewers can watch great Canadian films and join the fun online using the social media hashtags #NCFD15 and #MovieCentralHunks. Canadian titles airing Wednesday evening include Dr. Cabbie (2014) starring Vinay Virmani and The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar; The Grand Seduction (2014) from director Don McKellar and staring Taylor Kitsch; and Movie Central supported Pompeii (2014), starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington.   

Below is the full schedule. For more information visit moviecentral.ca

Movie Central:

Dr. Cabbie (2014)
7 p.m. MT/ 8 p.m. PT
An Indian doctor immigrates to Canada in the hope of starting a new life, but bureaucracy confines him to life as a taxi driver.

The Grand Seduction (2013)
9 p.m. MT/ 10 p.m. PT
To survive, a dying Newfoundland fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary.

Pompeii (2014)
11 p.m. MT/ midnight PT
A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator.

Encore Avenue:

Away From Her (2006)
7 p.m. MT/ 8 p.m. PT
A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.

Water (2005)
9 p.m. MT/ 10 p.m. PT
From Deepa Mehta, the film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi.

C.R.A.Z.Y (2005) 
11 p.m. MT/ midnight PT
The story of Zac, a young gay man dealing with homophobia while growing up with four brothers and a conservative father in Quebec during the 1960s and 1970s.

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