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Black Sea grain deal extension vital to avoid ‘further shocks,’ Canada says

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Canada is calling for the extension of the Black Sea grain deal, which allows for the use of Ukrainian ports for food grain shipments during the ongoing war.

The deal, which is set to expire on Monday, is crucial to avoid “further shocks” to the system, Global Affairs Canada told Global News on Friday.

“Canada calls for the continuation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative for as long as it is needed to avoid any further shocks to global food systems already strained by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” a Global Affairs Canada spokesperson told Global News.

“Canada will continue to work with its partners to mitigate the impacts of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine on global food systems through humanitarian food and nutrition assistance as well as longer-term agriculture and food systems development assistance.”

A precarious deal brokered last summer to help feed the world hangs in the balance over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin, the United Nations and the European Union can break a deadlock.

The deal was a crucial breakthrough, brokered by Turkey and the United Nations, that allowed Ukraine to ship 32.8 million metric tons of grain. More than half went to developing nations around the world that had been cut off during Russia’s invasion.

Ukraine and Russia are both major suppliers of food grains to many countries in Africa and western Asia, and the invasion had initially raised fears of a global food crisis if that access was cut off. While the Black Sea deal managed to stave off the worst, those fears have now returned.

Putin said on Thursday that Russia could withdraw from the deal until other sides fulfil their promises. Moscow has repeatedly threatened to block its extension over aspects of its implementation affecting Russia’s own exports.

Putin, speaking on state television, said Russia was in contact with the United Nations on the matter but said he had not seen a message addressed to him from the UN secretary-general suggesting a compromise to salvage the deal.

He also wants concessions the EU has been hesitant to allow regarding the SWIFT international payment system and a Russian agricultural bank.

The lapsing of the deal would also mean that the World Food Program’s aid programs for at-risk countries, such as Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan, would be threatened.

The pandemic has already pushed food-insecure people across the world to the brink.

— with files from The Associated Press and Reuters

 

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CBC/Radio-Canada board approves bonuses for 2023-24, but will review practice

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OTTAWA – The board of directors for CBC and Radio-Canada has approved bonuses for some staff, following a fiscal year that saw 141 employees let go, and another 205 vacant positions eliminated.

The decision was posted quietly on the public broadcaster’s website last month following a board of directors meeting.

A spokesman for CBC would not disclose how much money was doled out to the 1,194 eligible employees during the 2023-24 fiscal year, saying it’s internal information.

The public broadcaster has insisted that the money is performance pay and is part of some employees’ overall total compensation under existing contracts, to be paid out when certain company goals are met.

CEO Catherine Tait has faced questions at two parliamentary committee hearings this year on whether bonuses would roll out for the 2023-24 fiscal year, after the public broadcaster announced cuts in December due to a projected shortfall at the time.

The board says it is also reviewing its compensation regime for future years, acknowledging public concerns that bonuses shouldn’t be awarded during times of financial pressures and layoffs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 15, 2024.

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Rabba opens its 37th location in the GTA

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TORONTO, July 15, 2024 – Rabba, Toronto’s leading urban grocery chain, has just opened its 37th location – a bright and modern local market at the corner of Bay and Gerrard. The location offers local and organic produce, fresh meats, Canadian and imported cheeses, popular snacks and thousands of grocery items, as well as the Rabba Kitchen with hot, ready-to-eat meals and freshly made salads. Like all Rabba stores, this newest location is open 24 hours a day.

“We have been part of the fabric of Toronto for over 50 years,” says Rick Rabba, president of Rabba. “We’re so excited to serve our friends and neighbours and look forward to bringing fresh and healthy foods to this vibrant community.”

Given its proximity to SickKids Hospital, as part of its opening activities Rabba will deliver hundreds of gift cards to hospital and emergency workers.

The new location also offers 24/7 rapid delivery thanks to a growing partnership between Rabba and Uber Eats, announced earlier this year. This means Toronto’s busy residents and workers can get fresh and nutritious food around the clock.

 

On July 12th, Rabba opened its 37th local market on Bay St.& Gerrard St. in Toronto.

Customers select fresh food on the go at the opening of the new Rabba location at the corner of Bay St. and Gerrard St., July 12, 2024.

About Rabba 

Rabba stores, a Toronto institution since the ‘60s, is a chain of local markets that serve the daily grocery and convenience needs of 37 neighbourhoods in the GTA. Open year round, 24 hours a day, Rabba offers everything you’d expect from your local market – fresh produce, a deli counter, ready-to-eat meals, bakery, dairy products and other essentials for home or work. A family-run business with roots extending back to 1967, Rabba is a cornerstone of the community, dedicated to serving its neighbours and friends in the GTA and meeting their ever-changing grocery and convenience needs. For more information on Rabba, its Rabba Roots community program or any of its locations, visit rabba.com.

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eBOSS CANADA’S WEB SERIES “ENTERTAINMENT 411” QUICKLY BECOMES A MUST-WATCH SHOW

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Toronto, ON, July 14, 2024 – eBoss Canada, an online platform for Canadian entertainment news and insights, is excited to celebrate the successful launch of its online show, Entertainment 411, which premiered in May 2024. The show is streamed every Tuesday simultaneously on all eBoss Canada’s social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube).
Since its debut in May, Entertainment 411 has quickly become the go-to source for behind-the-scenes insights from industry personnel. Hosted by the dynamic and charismatic Farid Yazdani, the show delivers engaging content that caters to a diverse audience of entertainment enthusiasts.
“We are thrilled with the positive reception Entertainment 411 has received since its launch,” said Charlene Richards, President/Founder of eBoss Canada. “Through insightful discussions and exclusive access, our goal is to provide our audience with a comprehensive look into the Canadian Arts and Entertainment industry keeping them both informed and entertained.”
Current and future episodes of Entertainment 411 will feature a mix of segments, including:
  • Behind the Scenes Insight:  A peek into the world of Casting Directors, Producers, Agents, Choreographers, etc.
  • Celebrity Spotlight: Exclusive interviews with A-list celebrities, rising stars, and industry insiders.
  • Talent to Watch:  Spotlight on rising stars .
Past episodes have featured some of Canada’s most reputable Casting Directors, Agents, Producers and Directors – providing viewers with valuable insights into the industry’s inner workings and offering a platform for aspiring talents to learn and grow.
eBoss Canada is particularly excited to announce that the legendary actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd will be a special guest on the July 16 episode of Entertainment 411. “Having Dan Aykroyd on our show is a huge honor and a testament to the quality of content we’re delivering,” said Charlene Richards. “Our viewers are in for a real treat with this exclusive interview.”  Viewers can stream the live show at 3:30pm (est).
Additionally, during Dan’s July 16th show, viewers can enter a contest to win a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka,  Aykroyd’s premium vodka brand. This exciting giveaway adds another layer of excitement to an already highly anticipated episode.
Previous shows contests have offered winners the unique opportunities to “shadow a producer or director for a day” or to have 1-on-1 consultations with Casting Directors … both prizes enhance the winners  understanding of the entertainment industry.
eBoss Canada has been a growing up hub for the entertainment industry,  it is a versatile platform where users can independently post their own content, including news, events, workshops, casting calls, and job notices. This allows companies and industry personnel to actively engage with the community, share updates, and promote opportunities within the entertainment industry.
Entertainment 411 is a division of eBOSS Canada. The acronym eBOSS stands for Entertainment Business One-Stop Shop.
For media inquiries about Entertainment 411 or eBOSS Canada please contact:
Sasha Stoltz Publicity
Sasha Stoltz
Email:     Sasha@sashastoltzpublicity.com
Phone:    416.579.4804
Stay connected with eBOSS Canada and Entertainment 411 on social media:
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      1. About eBoss Canada
eBoss Canada is a online hub where entertainment industry professionals and companies can actively post, share and explore a wide range of content, including news updates, upcoming events, educational workshops, casting opportunities, job notices, and exclusive deals, fostering community engagement, knowledge and growth within the Canadian entertainment sector. eBoss Canada’s website.
 
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