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Sep 25, 2014

Sears Canada CEO to step down by year-end

TORONTO/CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Department store chain
Sears Canada Inc, which has had six consecutive years
of declining revenue, said on Thursday that Chief Executive
Douglas Campbell will resign by the end of this year so that he
can tend to family matters.

Sears Canada, which is majority-owned by Sears Holdings Corp
, is facing intense competition and has seen its market
share erode for years.

Sep 17, 2014

A Minute With: Ethan Hawke on lessons from Robin Williams

TORONTO (Reuters) – It has been more than 25 years since a young Ethan Hawke stepped on his desk to salute his teacher, portrayed by Robin Williams, in “Dead Poets Society.”

Hawke, 43, has taken on some 50 roles since and this year received his third Oscar nod for best adapted screenplay for “Before Midnight,” shared with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy.

Sep 16, 2014

Amid coffee rivalry, McDonald’s Canada to sell java in grocery stores

TORONTO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is making its McCafe ground coffee available in Canadian grocery stores this month, the fast-food giant said on Tuesday, part of its broader campaign to win market share in a country long dominated by rivals like Tim Hortons Inc (THI.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The competition to woo Canadian coffee drinkers has intensified in recent years, while rivals have pushed into McDonald’s territory by expanding their own breakfast and lunch menus in order to attract new customers and drive up spending per visit.

Sep 14, 2014

Music underpins eclectic array of Toronto film festival features

TORONTO (Reuters) – From dramas about mentors and their apprentices, to imaginative musicals, biopics, and documentaries, music underpinned an eclectic swathe of movies appearing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

These ranged from high profile galas like Francois Girard’s ‘Boychoir’ and the Canadian premiere of Sundance favorite ‘Whiplash’ to Ethan Hawke’s intimate and well received study of a former concert pianist.

Sep 12, 2014

Ethan Hawke ‘Seymour’ documentary is intimate portrait of pianist

TORONTO (Reuters) – The interview was supposed to start, but pianist Seymour Bernstein was not quite ready. He held up his iPad to take one more picture of actor-director Ethan Hawke before he was satisfied.

“I think that captures the part of you that I’m very fond of: unassuming and full of affection,” Bernstein told Hawke, showing him the photo.

Sep 11, 2014

Lululemon raises outlook as profit beats, but store traffic slips

TORONTO (Reuters) – A jump in online sales helped yogawear chain Lululemon Athletica Inc report a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and increase its full-year earnings forecast on Thursday, sending its stock higher and reversing some damage from a high-profile recall last year.

Shares of the one-time investor darling jumped 14 percent in pre-market trading. Prior to the latest move, its shares had fallen more than 40 percent in the last 18 months following an embarrassing recall of yoga pants deemed too see-through.

Sep 8, 2014

UK class, entitlement unleash violence in film “The Riot Club”

TORONTO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – British class and privilege are
seldom associated with hooliganism and uncontrolled violence,
but Danish director Lone Scherfig pairs the two in a new film
about the debauched excesses of an exclusive Oxford University
dining club.

“The Riot Club,” which premiered at the Toronto
International Film Festival on Saturday, is a story inspired by
the elite dining societies of Oxford and Cambridge.

Sep 8, 2014

Canadian retailers bet on technology in fight with U.S. giants

TORONTO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Canadian retailers, scrambling
to keep pace with the likes of Wal-Mart Stores Inc and
Amazon.com Inc in an increasingly crowded market, are
investing heavily in high-tech tools to lure shoppers.

Companies have ramped up their efforts to address consumers’
evolving shopping habits and to compete with rivals such as
Wal-Mart, which is pouring more than C$30 million ($27.4
million) into Canadian e-commerce projects this year.

Sep 4, 2014

Bombardier’s CSeries “very close” to flying again -source

TORONTO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc’s
troubled CSeries is on the brink of resuming test flights in
coming days, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

“It is very close. There should be some good news on the
test program within the next week,” the source said.

Sep 3, 2014

Swedish carrier says “fully committed” to Bombardier’s CSeries

TORONTO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Braathens Aviation, the Swedish
carrier that backed out last week as the first CSeries operator,
said on Wednesday it is not canceling its order for Bombardier
Inc’s new plane following some speculation it may do
so after multiple delays.

“We have a firm delivery contract with Bombardier. So we are
fully committed,” said spokesman Geir Stormorken in an email.

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      "I am a Canadian transportation, retail and markets correspondent. I occasionally moonlight in entertainment and lifestyle news. I was formerly a homepage editor for Reuters.com, and an online news editor for Reuters.com, .co.uk and .ca. Life before Reuters included working in China and freelancing in California."
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