Shomi streaming service from Rogers and Shaw launches today. Scotiabank cutting 1500 jobs. Food Bank Canada Report: Number Of Canadians In Need. Canada spending another $30.5M on Ebola. Twitter campaign launched to help remember Canada’s heroes.
SHOMI STREAMING SERVICES FROM ROGERS AND SHAW LAUNCHES TODAY
The new TV streaming service Shomi will be launching in a beta for Shaw and Rogers customers today. The Canadian Netflix rival will be available online, through mobile devices and set-top boxes with the rollout coming to Xbox 360 and Chromecast in the future. Shomi will offer more than 1,200 hours of content of both films and television, but will focus on TV shows. The service costs a dollar more than Netflix, but Rogers and Shaw customers who sign up for the beta will get a 30-day free trial.
SCOTIABANK CUTTING 1500 JOBS
Scotiabank is cutting 1500 jobs, 2/3rds of them in Canada and are closing about 120-branches in its international banking division. The bank will also write-down its investment in Venezuela. The bank made 1.8 billion dollars profit in the 3rd-quarter.
FOOD BANK CANADA REPORT: NUMBER OF CANADIANS IN NEED
More than 841-thousand people visit a food bank each month in Canada, Up 1% from a year ago and roughly 25% more than before the recession of 2008. Critics say disability and social assistance payments haven’t kept pace with inflation. 1-in-6 people at food banks have a job and 20% using foodbanks in big cities are immigrants or refugees.
CANADA SPENDING ANOTHER $30.5m ON EBOLA
Ottawa is sinking more money into fighting Ebola, adding 30-million more to the kitty. Most of that will be spent withing our borders to shore up Canada’s readiness to deal with the disease should a case arrive here. Ebola has killed at least 5-thousand people.
TWITTER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HELP REMEMBER CANADA’S HEROES
Canadians are being asked to join a social media campaign to help remember those who have died for our country. The campaign is being launched by Veterans Affairs minister Julian Fantino and runs until Remembrance Day. People are asked to use the hash tag #WhoWillYouRemember to tweet out their memories of those who have been lost. A video to help launch the campaign encourages Canadians to participate.