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Chloe’s Story – Helping vulnerable youth succeed in school with wrap-around supports

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Chloe’s Story – Helping vulnerable youth succeed in school with wrap-around supports

Chloe struggled in school until she was connected with wrap-around supports through the All in for Youth initiative, a collaboration supported through United Way. Staff help Chloe through hardships at home, build her confidence and support her on her path to graduation.

When the pandemic hit our region, United Way worked rapidly with our partners to identify the needs of the most vulnerable and rallied the community to provide supports to vulnerable students such as home visits, food packages and virtual success coaching. Because supporters do local good, kids like Chloe can succeed in school and life.

Help make a difference in your community today by visiting myunitedway.ca/donate-united-way.

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Author of Tournament of Hearts name lauds its endurance

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CALGARY — The story of why the Canadian women’s curling championship is named the Tournament of Hearts starts over 40 years ago with sisters drinking wine.

Robin Wilson and sister Dawn Knowles had just won a second Canadian championship with B.C. skip Lindsay Sparkes in 1979. 

That tournament was without a title sponsor after seven years as the tobacco-backed MacDonald Lassies.

Wilson, the only female manager at Scott Paper, where she handled the diaper and feminine product line, successfully pitched sponsoring the women’s championship to company president Bob Stewart.

But Wilson needed to come up with a name and a brand to wow Stewart.

“The name Scott Tournament of Hearts. That was actually my sister and I,” Wilson told The Canadian Press from Vancouver.

“We’d just had dinner at my mom and dad’s. We were sitting on the living room carpet with a bottle of red wine. I said to her ‘help me out here. Where do we go?’

“We talked about all sorts of things. We put up a lot of names, threw them out.”

There was a dearth of elite female sport in North America in 1980, so the siblings couldn’t find inspiration there.

The motif of four hearts representing four curlers on a team came to them quickly, but what name should accompany it? 

They mulled variations on American college football bowl games, Wilson said. 

The Tournament of Roses that accompanied the Rose Bowl must have passed through their brains.

“We thought the Tournament of Hearts,” Wilson said. “The obvious thing was if we’re going to pitch this to Scott paper we had to have the name Scott in it.

“We took a lot of razzing with it too because people said it sounded like a parade in California.”

With the Hearts traditionally held in February, it’s an easy assumption to draw a connection between the hearts theme and Valentine’s Day, but Wilson said that wasn’t a factor in the naming of it.

The first Canadian women’s curling championship held in 1961 was called the Diamond D Championship.

An elite level curler herself, Wilson wanted the women’s championship to have an identifier as enduring as the men’s, which has been called the Brier since its inception in 1927.

“The brand name part of it was important,” she said. “It was creating something that would last forever and would be a pinnacle of women’s sport in Canada.”

The Tournament of Hearts turned 40 years old at this year’s national championship in Calgary.

The tradition of the sponsor rewarding Hearts competitors with custom gold hearts jewelry, augmented with diamonds, emeralds and rubies for those who win or finish on the podium, was also the brainchild of Wilson and her sister.

“The whole concept of jewelry, that’s another thing we came up with when we were drinking red wine,” Wilson said. 

“I think about the support we got from that one particular man, Bob Stewart. We had so much latitude to just come up with ideas and I can’t recall any of them not going through.”

What was the Scott Tournament of Hearts eventually morphed into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts after Scott Paper was taken over by Kruger Inc.

Wilson went to bat in boardrooms to keep the Tournament of Hearts name.

“We fought like heck to keep it,” she said. “There were attempts made to change it and some hard discussions. 

“Forty years, when you think about it, that’s pretty good for any brand to survive. That’s quite the legacy.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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Crescent Point notes lower fourth-quarter net loss as production and prices fall

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CALGARY — Crescent Point Energy Corp. is reporting a fourth-quarter net loss of $51 million, compared with a loss of $932 million in the same period of 2019.

The Calgary-based company says the loss amounted to 10 cents per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a loss of $1.73 per share a year ago.

The result came as it produced 111,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, about 90 per cent crude oil and petroleum liquids, down from 145,000 boe/d in the fourth quarter of 2019, a drop it attributed to capital spending cuts enacted early in 2020 as oil prices fell.

Last week, Crescent Point announced a deal to buy producing light oil shale assets in Alberta for $900 million from Royal Dutch Shell.

On Wednesday, it confirmed 2021 production guidance of about 134,000 boe/d (assuming the deal is closed), up from its average of 121,600 boe/d during 2020, as well as its 2021 capital budget of about $600 million, down from its actual 2020 spending of $655 million.

Crescent Point reported net debt of about $2.1 billion at year-end, down by over $615 million during the year. It said it removed about $60 million in budgeted operating expenses in 2020.

“As a result of the volatility in 2020, we acted swiftly, revising our capital program and operations, to enhance our financial flexibility and preserve the long-term value of our assets,” said CEO Craig Bryksa in a statement.

“Through our actions, over the last two years, we strengthened the company and positioned ourselves to continue enhancing value for our stakeholders.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

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