Archive for October, 2018

Flaherty reins in online insurance promotion by banks

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Thursday he will tighten regulations to limit the ability of Canadian banks to sell insurance online.

In a letter to the Canadian Bankers Association, the finance minister said the new regulations will clearly distinguish between authorized financial products, such as credit and travel-related insurance, and non-authorized products, such as life, property and casualty insurance.

The regulations will prohibit banks from either promoting or linking to non-authorized insurance form their websites, among other things.

The new rules also apply to federally regulated trust and loan companies.

"We intend to prevent banks from using their web pages to promote non-authorized insurance products, which is not permitted in their branches," said Flaherty said in a statement. "These measures were made necessary by the evolving use of technology by banks."

Last October, Flaherty warned the banks that he was prepared to clamp down on online insurance advertising if banks did not stop promoting non-authorized products on their sites.

In the early 1990s, the government allowed banks to operate insurance arms, on the condition they not market both banking and insurance products at bank branches.

But with many Canadians now doing their banking online, the definition of what constitutes a "branch" has become less clear. Several of Canada’s biggest banks currently advertise insurance on their websites.


Riversdale shifting gears

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

A local developer says Riversdale is ready for the next stage in its development.

To that end, Curtis Olson of Shift Development Inc. has purchased the former headquarters of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company at 220 20th St. West.

He plans to turn it into his company’s head office and the location of several like-minded small businesses involved in everything from graphic and website design to furniture design to engineering.

"I’m going to be kind of bringing together a lot of these forward-thinking businesses, people who are concerned about how our city is growing and developing in the coming years, into one facility,” said Olson.

"The building and Riversdale are going to be a home for my business for the next 20 years."

The main floor will have a cafe. Olson couldn’t announce the owner yet, but it’s an established local operator. Office and shared space, such as meeting and board rooms, will be upstairs.

Olson bought the building based on location and quality. Listed at $645,000, it was also a good price, though he wouldn’t say how much he paid for it. The rennovations should cost about $250,000 and be ready by fall. At one point, the building was home to Joe’s Cycle.

"That building is smack dab in the best part of 20th Street, and it’s a big building and it’s got great bones. And it’s going to be a really easy renovation project," Olson said.

"It’s one block away from the farmer’s market. I can walk there in five minutes from my house in Caswell Hill. I figure I’ve got it licked to live without a car now."

The concept of hubs for creative business — laptop-based, world-focused — is growing in the United States but still fairly rare in Canada, said Olson.

"I know a lot of people who’ve moved back to Saskatoon that still do business all over North America. They’re a little shop — but they have unbelievable talent.

"It’s going to be very exciting."

The theatre company, meanwhile, has said it plans to move next door to its original building at 228 20th St. after renovating it. The theatre was forced to restructure and put one of its two buildings up for sale due to its debt load.

While some ponder the future of Riversdale, Olson says he can already see it.

"I have spent a lot of time in Riversdale. I’ve kept a very close eye on that neighborhood and Caswell Hill. In my mind, the future of those two neighborhoods has already been determined because I know the demographic of people buying houses and moving into these areas and it is a very progressive, very urban-focused demographic of people moving in.

"The future is written for Riversdale."

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Rookie Gail Peck

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Gail may be clever, but she’s also devious, two-faced and totally out for herself. She is not above sucking up, fudging the truth or taking credit for the accomplishments of others. Her goal is to overcome the petty allegiances of her rookie class and climb the ranks to a cushy big brass desk job.

Meet Charlotte Sullivan

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Toronto-born Charlotte Sullivan began her acting career in 1996 starring in Harriet the Spy with Rosie O’Donnell. She soon found herself landing a variety of film and television roles including Judging Amy, opposite Amy Brenneman, and in Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist, which earned her a Young Artist award nomination. Other television appearances include Across the River to Motor City, M.V.P., as well as guest-starring roles in Murdoch Mysteries and The Listener.

Last year, she had the pleasure of working on the miniseries Iron Road with Academy Award® nominee Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia), and recently completed the miniseries remake of Alice in Wonderland entitled Alice, alongside Kathy Bates, Harry Dean Stanton and Tim Curry.

In film, Sullivan appeared alongside Mandy Moore in How To Deal and then with Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ romantic comedy Fever Pitch. In 2009, she starred in the Lifetime Film, Unstable, and had a role in the feature film, Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Big public response to hospital debate

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

People are giving more than their two cents worth to a Saskatoon Health Region panel examining where to build a new children’s hospital in Saskatoon.

"People are passionate about this," said Jim Rhode, chair of both the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority and the health region’s site validation panel.

"We’re pleasantly surprised or pleased with the number. It’s probably a little higher than what we anticipated."

A website designed specifically for the public has been visited 7,500 times since it was established at the end of April. Rhode says each of those visits involved people reading at least some of the information. The number does not include people who came across the home page and then left the site without further exploring it.

Of the people who visited the website, 70 sent an e-mail outlining their thoughts on what should be considered when determining where the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan should be built.

"They have to compose an e-mail or letter. We had some submissions that would be relatively short and some that would be up to a couple of pages long," he said.

"They’re saying things like keeping patients safe is first and foremost over any of the other criteria, having certain services close together, adequate parking. If you pick something that is not health-related, (parking) would be the key one that people are interested in."

Rhode wouldn’t provide a more detailed breakdown of people’s responses because he wants the panel members to see all of the submissions first, but he says that information will be made public within the next couple of weeks.

The panel’s 14 members will read every one of the 70 submissions received to date and Rhode hopes more will be received before the deadline on Monday at midnight.

In determining the best location for the children’s hospital, the members are considering four options: Renovate Saskatoon City Hospital, build an addition to City Hospital, build an addition to Royal University Hospital or build at City Hospital for maternal and children’s services and move some adult acute services, such as trauma and sub-specialties, from Royal University to City.

While the submissions have not been grouped according to preferred location, one site is not favoured over the other by the public, says Rhode.

"There’s a fair split. Again, when it comes to the ones that are thought-out, I would say it’s pretty close."

But the public feedback leads Rhode to believe some people have misconceptions about the project.

"I think there’s maybe some misunderstanding of how large this hospital is. Lots of people think we could easily put it into City because it’s a couple of units, but it’s much more than that," said Rhode.

"People believe that it doesn’t require a lot of space. They believe that City Hospital is more empty than perhaps it is or that it’s empty, period, which is not the case. There are also some comments that City Hospital was designed for (a children’s hospital), which is not the case."

The panel will meet behind closed doors for four days next week, starting on Monday. The members will work through 10 criteria, including the impact on patient care, the need for certain health-care services to be located together and the relative capital costs, for each of the four options.

"We won’t necessarily come to consensus. There will be discussion around (the criteria) and each member will have the ability to score on an individual basis," he said.

Rhode hopes to have a report with the panel’s recommendation written and submitted to the children’s hospital steering committee and then the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority within two weeks.

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Rookie Dov Epstein

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Dov grew up idolizing "Starsky & Hutch" and has always wanted to drive fast cars and fire guns. A die-hard adrenaline junkie, his no-fear attitude stems from being raised on a steady diet of peace and love by his hippie parents.

Meet Gregory Smith

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Gregory Smith is an accomplished actor who has starred in 25 feature films including The Patriot with Mel Gibson; Small Soldiers with Kirsten Dunst, produced by Steven Spielberg; Nearing Grace, which opened the 2005 L.A. Film Festival to critical acclaim; and in Reginald Harkema’s Leslie, My Name is Evil, which made its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition to having worked in over 100 television episodes – most notably as the protagonist Ephram Brown in hit series, Everwood – Smith is also an accomplished producer. In 2008, he developed and produced a comedy for Sony Screen Gems that starred Kenan Thompson, Zach Levi and Fran Kranz. He is currently in development on several film and television projects including the independent film On The Ice, a story about an Inuit hunter in the Arctic who becomes a witness to a murder.

As an Internet entrepreneur, Smith co-founded TheU杭州龙凤 – an immersive student network that releases high production video tours of the most popular colleges in the U.S. He and his partner raised $1 million to develop and execute the concept and structured a co-branding deal with AOL Time Warner subsidiary, The WB.


Rookie Andy McNally

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Being a cop is in her blood. It’s all she’s ever known and all she ever wanted to be. She is the ultimate rescuer and enabler, but quickly learns that she can’t save the world because not everyone wants to be saved.

Meet Missy Peregrym

Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia

Familiar to television audiences as the illusive Candace Wilmer from Heroes, Missy Peregrym stands out in the industry as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors.

She began her career as a model at the age of 18, booking print and commercial jobs for Mercedes Benz, Sprint Canada and the Olympics. Peregrym caught the eye of casting directors and naturally transitioned into acting, landing her first television role on James Cameron’s action-drama series, Dark Angel.

She has gone on to star in a variety of television projects including the martial arts series Black Sash and the drama Life as We Know It, in addition to guest appearances on The Chris Isaak Show, Smallville and Andromeda. Peregrym was also nominated for two Leo Awards (2008, 2009) for Best Female Lead Performance for her role as Andi in the series, Reaper.

Peregrym’s feature film debut came in 2006 starring opposite Jeff Bridges in the movie Stick It, playing a rebellious girl who is ordered to participate in a regimented sports world.