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Bell Canada is a Canadian telecommunications and media company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Including its subsidiaries Bell Aliant, Northwestel, Télébec, and NorthernTel, it is the incumbent local exchange carrier for telephone and DSL Internet services in most of Canada east of Manitoba and in the northern territories, and a major competitive local exchange carrier for enterprise customers in the western provinces. Its subsidiary Bell Mobility is one of Canada's "big three" mobile telecommunications providers, while Bell TV providess direct-to-home satellite TV service. Bell Canada's principal competition is Rogers Communications in a majority of its service territory. The company, which serves a total of over 13 million phone lines, is headquartered at the Campus Bell complex in Montreal.Bell Canada is one of the main assets of the conglomerate BCE Inc., formerly known as Bell Canada Enterprises, Inc. In addition to its core telecommunications operations, BCE owns Bell Media, which operates media properties including the CTV Television Network. BCE owns 18% of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, and a 37.5% interest in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owner of several Toronto professional sports franchises. BCE ranked number 262 on the 2011 edition of the Forbes Global 2000 list. Wikipedia.


Aguissa-Toure A.-H.,Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute | Li G.,Bell Canada
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences | Year: 2012

The PTEN gene is one of the most frequently inactivated tumor suppressor genes in sporadic cancers. Inactivating mutations and deletions of the PTEN gene are found in many types of cancers, including melanoma. However, the exact frequency of PTEN alteration in melanoma is unknown. In this study, we comprehensively reviewed 16 studies on PTEN genetic changes in melanoma cell lines and tumor biopsies. To date, 76 PTEN alterations have been reported in melanoma cell lines and 38 PTEN alterations in melanoma biopsies. The rate of PTEN alterations in melanoma cell lines, primary melanoma, and metastatic melanoma is 27.6, 7.3, and 15.2%, respectively. Three mutations were found in both melanoma cell lines and biopsies. These mutations are scattered throughout the gene, with the exception of exon 9. A mutational hot spot is found in exon 5, which encodes the phosphatase activity domain. Evidence is also presented to suggest that numerous homozygous deletions and missense variants exist in the PTEN transcript. Studying PTEN functions and implications of its mutations and other genes could provide insights into the precise nature of PTEN function in melanoma and additional targets for new therapeutic approaches. © 2011 Springer Basel AG. Source


Stuart H.,Bell Canada
Current Opinion in Psychiatry | Year: 2012

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study considers the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a tool for promoting the full social inclusion of people with a mental or intellectual disability. RECENT FINDINGS: The United Nations Convention has ushered in a new era of discourse that moves beyond a consideration of individual impairments, to focus on the social and environmental barriers that prevent full and effective social participation of people with disabilities. It provides an important social justice framework to guide and integrate disability policy within and across countries. In order to realize its potential, the mental health community must now actively develop a new disability discourse - one that moves beyond the traditional focus on negative protections, such as against forced confinement or coercive treatment, to one that examines the services and supports that are needed to allow people who have a mental illness to become fully functioning members of society. To meet the monitoring requirements of the Convention, the mental health community must actively seek population data to assess the nature of prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with a mental illness. An approach used by Statistics Canada is provided as one such example. SUMMARY: The United Nations Convention is an important roadmap for change, which can be used to shift current mental health discourse from a discussion emphasizing the protection of negative rights, such as from involuntary detention or coerced treatment, to one emphasizing social rights and civic participation. Copyright © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited. Source


A method and system for controlling distribution of content through a communications network uses a second, parallel network for delivery of a transaction indicia to a requesting party. The use of the parallel network enables the transaction indicia to be forwarded to the party independently of the communications network, thereby reducing the probability of a party fraudulently obtaining delivery of the content. Additionally, information associated with the parallel network can be used to restrict distribution of the content to parties within a predetermined domain, such as, for example, a geographical region. The content may be delivered to the party in an encrypted form, preferably using an encryption algorithm and key designed to enable decryption of the content on only the content delivery device from which the request for the content was originated.


Mothers in Canada are highly active on social media and are often enthusiastic about sharing relatable content with their friends and family. Erica Ehm, founder and publisher of YummyMummyClub, a digital magazine for mothers, and CEO and creative director of YMC Works, a marketing company that targets mothers, spoke to eMarketer’s Alison McCarthy about what mothers in Canada are looking for from brands on social platforms and what brands can do to cultivate relationships with them. eMarketer: What are some key behaviors of mothers in Canada when it comes to social media? Erica Ehm: Mothers share a ton of content—especially funny and heartwarming content, helpful tips, or coupons and deals to help educate, inform or brighten somebody’s day. Despite their high engagement, there’s a lot of room for improvement from brands. In our online survey of around 1,400 mothers in Canada from earlier in 2015, only 19% said that they have had a meaningful interaction with a brand on social media. They want brands to be more real, more authentic, more informative and more balanced, and they want brands to create content that is genuine and shows compassion. eMarketer: What social media channels are mothers in Canada using? Do any of the newer platforms stand out when thinking about value for marketers? Ehm: Facebook still overwhelmingly trumps usage of the other sites. Even though the social space is growing, Facebook has a strong hold on mothers. It’s constantly reinventing itself, which keeps them coming back. Of course, many mothers also visit YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter at least a few times a week. “Similac is a great example of a brand that used video to their advantage, with their ‘The Mother ‘Hood’ ad.” YouTube isn’t necessarily new, but it’s becoming more powerful for mothers in Canada as millennials have started to have their own children. These younger mothers came of age not with TV, but with YouTube. Instagram is obviously becoming more mainstream as well and offers mothers a way to easily share moments from their daily lives. I think you’ll see YouTube and Instagram grow in importance over the next few years. eMarketer: How are mothers watching digital video? What kind of content are they viewing, and on what channels? Ehm: For video, the two content categories that brands should be paying attention to are “funny” and “compassionate.” So that means something that’s heartwarming or heartbreaking, something that’s connected to a cause or something that will make a viewer laugh. Similac is a great example of a brand that used video to their advantage, with their “The Mother ‘Hood” ad. Before this, you couldn’t get anyone to positively talk about formula on social media. But Similac’s video was such an astute, insightful truth about motherhood that was also hilarious. It suddenly exploded in the social space. Mothers were not only sharing it, but bloggers were writing thinkpieces about it. They got a ton of attention from mothers and really hit it out of the park. eMarketer: Does the mother blogger universe still hold as much power as it did a few years ago? Ehm: There’s been a shift away from mother bloggers to mother influencers, who are on a myriad of platforms. They may not have a blog, but they might have a huge following on YouTube, as well as be really big on Instagram. These influencers can have different types of conversations on the various platforms and are creative, have strong voices and strong personalities. I think they give marketers more options in terms of the content and audience than the typical bloggers did a few years ago. “Mothers want their brands to be socially responsible and are much more likely to engage with a brand that’s sincere. Bell Canada’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign is a great example.” eMarketer: What are some specific characteristics of millennial mothers in Canada that marketers should pay attention to? Ehm: Compassion is extremely important to millennial mothers in Canada. Mothers want their brands to be socially responsible and are much more likely to engage with a brand that’s sincere. Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk” campaign is a great example. Every year Bell does a one-day blitz where they lead a dialogue and raise money through social media engagements to support mental health organizations around the country. Mobile providers are not the most beloved in Canada—perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s usually a lot of negative talk around them—but on Let’s Talk Day, Bell is a hero. For millennial mothers especially, the message comes first and the product comes second. eMarketer: What are some of the most common mistakes marketers make when engaging with mothers on social media in Canada? Ehm: Brands are often very shortsighted. They ambush audiences with one-month campaigns and then disappear. The brands that are most successful are the brands that understand that social media and their relationships with influencers are long term. I also think that marketers have to do their research, especially when it comes to connecting with influencers. Many decide to work with influencers based on the number of potential impressions they offer—not necessarily on their integrity, the quality of their work or their relevance to the audience they want to reach. You need to pick the right people to tell your story. eMarketer: The social media marketplace is becoming increasingly crowded for marketers who want to reach mothers online. What key takeaway would you give to marketers to stand out from the crowd? Ehm: Make a long-term commitment to your audience. Invest in personally connecting with your existing customers and creating relationships with new customers. Instead of talking “at” mothers, talk “with” them. Learn from them as much as you want them to learn from you.


TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc. (the "Company" or "DIG") (TSX VENTURE: DUG) announces that during the third quarter ended August 31, 2015, the Company generated revenue of $8,727,311, EBITDA of $1,466,038 and net earnings of $527,587 or $0.0025 per share, compared to revenue of $6,667,846, EBITDA of $1,071,939, and a net earnings of $680,326 or $0.0045 per share during the same quarter of 2014. The increase of $394,099 in EBITDA was mainly attributable to increases in revenue from construction and new build out of telecommunications infrastructure in Ontario. During the nine month period ended August 31, 2015, the Company generated revenue of $23,399,392, EBITDA of $3,643,256, and net earnings of $1,337,392 or $0.0076 per share, compared to revenue of $18,202,284, EBITDA of $2,709,626, and net earnings of $1,434,797 or $0.0095 per share. The increase in revenue and EBITDA in 2015 compared to 2014 was mainly attributable to increased telecommunication construction activities in the Ontario region. Also, the Company acquired QE2 on August 13, 2015, which included two weeks of operations in the consolidated financial statements. However, the Company had increases in general and administration cost as a result of increased selling, general and administrative expenses, as well as additional depreciation of assets, and interest costs. The expenses associated with the Company becoming publicly listed on the TSXV in August 2015, also had a negative impact on EBITDA. DIG's working capital at August 31, 2015 was $7,527,964 as compared to $1,815,675 as at August 31, 2014. The following is a summary of selected financial information of the Company: The recent election of a Liberal government in Ottawa, combined with an NDP Premier in Calgary and a Liberal Premier in Ontario is forecasted to have a positive impact on new infrastructure projects in all three provinces. All three leaders have made infrastructure spending a key priority. We are currently in the second round of a infrastructure supercycle, and we now have the political alignment and funding. The Bell Canada $20B GigaFiber announcement earlier this year followed up by announcements from Telus and Rogers, confirms that the Distinct Infrastructure Group is well positioned. Management sees continued growth over the next two years in line with what the Company has been experiencing over the last two. Although western Canada's economy has suffered, and slowed down in the last year, but we are seeing a continued commitment to telecom spending that is proportional if not similar to the commitments by Bell in the east. There is in reality a decade's worth of work in Canada to deliver gigabite fiber to the homes of most Canadians, and DIG is exceptionally well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. Statements in this press release may contain forward-looking information. The words "will," "anticipate," believe," "estimate," "expect," "intent," "may," "project," "should," and similar expressions are intended to be among the statements that identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are founded on the basis of expectations and assumptions made by the Corporation. Readers are cautioned that assumption used in the preparation of such information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Corporation. The Corporation does not have any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements except as expressly required by applicable securities laws. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The common shares of the Company have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirement. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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