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Big Soda sets target to lower Canadians’ calories from pop by 20%

Big Soda says it wants to help combat obesity in Canada, pledging on Tuesday to significantly cut the amount of calories Canadians get from the sugary carbonated and non-carbonated beverages it makes over the next several years.

The Canadian Beverage Association, the industry body that represents Coca-Cola Canada, PepsiCo Canada and Canada Dry Mott’s, is launching a campaign aimed at scaling back the amount of calories it sells through its products by 20 per cent by 2025.

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Jim Goetz, the industry body’s president, said in an interview new “advocacy” efforts will be combined with marketing and product innovations from the big beverage firms, such as introducing new sizes of cans and bottles, new combinations of sweeteners and other efforts to achieve the goal.

“Member companies are putting products out that have a mix of sweeteners that affect the calorie level. You’re also going to see marketing towards some of the low- and no-calorie beverages increase,” Goetz told Global News.

Goetz said the beverage association has commissioned the Conference Board of Canada, an Ottawa-based non-profit research firm, “to measure our progress.”

‘You’re also going to see marketing towards some of the low- and no-calorie beverages increase’

Coca-Cola, the largest beverage manufacturer in the world, is already undertaking efforts to diversify its Canadian products.

In January, the drink giant said it was making its signature cola “less sweet” by cutting eight per cent of the calories from the carbonated beverage, while making “mini-cans” (222ml) and bottles (237ml) more widely available.

Roughly two thirds of Canadian adults are either overweight or obese, according to health industry estimates, while obesity in children has also climbed significantly. Diet professionals have placed some of the blame on increasing levels of sugar consumption in recent decades.

New research

On Tuesday, American researchers released new evidence linking sugar to diabetes and heart disease in overweight children.

A joint study from the University of California, San Francisco, and Touro University California cut sugar consumption in 43 Latino and African-American children and teens who were obese and suffering from metabolic issues to 10 per cent from nearly 30 per cent.

The study found cholesterol levels improved dramatically amid an overall “reversal” in the metabolic challenges that led to overeating or contributed to far-ranging health problems from liver issues to the hardening of artery walls.

Out in front

In some ways, the beverage companies’ Canadian efforts are a race to get ahead of—or catch up to—regulatory and consumer trends.

Health authorities in several countries are increasingly targeting sugar. In March, the World Health Organization recommended both adults and children cut intake to less than 10 per cent of daily caloric consumption. In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed nutrition labels list added sugar amounts, and recommended a maximum daily intake of sugar of no more than 200 calories—or 40 fewer calories than what’s in one 20-ounce can of Coke.

Already declining

Consumers have also been cutting consumption – and have been for some time.

In a nine-country survey this summer by Euromonitor International, a researcher, four in 10 respondents said they looked for limited or no added sugar on food labels. In the U.S., 71 per cent said they were concerned about the amount of sugar they consumed, according to a March survey by the International Food Information Council.

U.S. soda consumption has declined for 10 straight years, a similar trend to a decline witnessed in Canada.

Total Canadian soft drink consumption has fallen to about 70 litres per capita this year, according to IBIS World Inc., another research firm, or 191ml a day per Canadian, which amounts to just over half a normal size can of Coke.

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New products

New products that emphasize less sugar and fewer calories – essentially offering more of what consumers want – will lift sales, the industry hopes.

“In the past 10 years data shows that calories are already reduced through beverage consumption,” Canadian Beverage Association president Goetz said.

“We just want to keep that progress going and so we are committing to a goal today to continue that work, so that the three largest beverage companies in Canada will continue that innovation and continue providing Canadians with choice,” he said.

“We will leverage our strengths in marketing and innovation and our vast distribution networks to work toward our goal.”

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Obama calls U.S. women’s soccer team ‘badass’ for playing like girls

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed the U.S. women’s 2015 World Cup champion soccer team to the White House Tuesday, saying the team’s victory with class, excitement and style inspired the whole country.

“They’ve inspired millions of girls to dream bigger and, by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important,” Obama said.

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The U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 during the final in Vancouver to collect the top prize in women’s soccer for the first time in 16 years. Obama said his youngest daughter Sasha was able to cheer on the team when she attended the game with Vice-President Joe Biden and his granddaughter Maisy.

“This team taught all America’s children that playing like a girl means you’re a bad ass,” Obama said, to applause in the White House East Room. “Perhaps I shouldn’t have used that phrase. Playing like a girl means being the best.”

Obama singled out midfielder Carli Lloyd, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player after scoring three goals in the final. He noted that Lloyd’s title on Wikipedia was jokingly changed during the game to president of the United States, a job Obama said “is about to open up.”

“What’s another candidate in the mix,” Obama said. Dinging the 2016 Republican presidential field, he added, “I guarantee Carli knows more about being president than some of the folks running.”

Obama also lauded the team for launching the “She Believes” initiative to encourage young fans to believe in themselves. The team presented Obama with a soccer jersey that included his name and the number 44 on the back, before taking a selfie with the president.

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Your Saskatchewan: October 2015

Every weeknight on News Hour Final and weekends on News Final, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

MORE: Your Saskatchewan: September 2015

Oct. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a heron was snapped by Gord Novak in Martensville.

Gord Novak / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 2: Dale Boan took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Waldheim.

Dale Boan / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Desiree Schafer at Lac La Ronge.

Desiree Schafer / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 4: Bob Green took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Waterhen Lake.

Bob Green / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a mule deer was taken by Lloyd de Zeeuw near Milden.

Lloyd de Zeeuw / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 6: Derek Sylvestre took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Saskatoon Lake, which is approximately 530 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon near the border of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Derek Sylvestre / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Spencer Nikkel.

Spencer Nikkel / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 8: Steph Lynch took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Jansen.

Steph Lynch / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 9: Janna Piro took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Camp Kadesh on Christopher Lake.

Janna Piro / Viewer Submitted

October 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Justin Wolverine at Key Lake.

Justin Wolverine / Viewer Supplied

October 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Misha Cherniak at Cando.

Misha Cherniak / Viewer Supplied

October 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Julie Wharington of Venus beside the moon over North Battleford.

Julie Wharington / Viewer Supplied

Oct. 13: Deb Smith took this Your Saskatchewan photo during a meal run in the field near Kindersley.

Deb Smith / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 14: Maddy Myers took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

Maddy Myers / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 15: Chris Shinkewski took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Southend.

Chris Shinkewski / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo of lawn raking was taken in Kindersley by Michelle Allin.

Michelle Allin / Viewer Submitted

October 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Barry Embree near Dinsmore.

Barry Embree / Viewer Supplied

October 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cam Skoropat at Candle Lake.

Cam Skoropat / Viewer Supplied

Oct. 19: Elizabeth Buchinski took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Jackfish Lake.

Elizabeth Buchinski / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Regina by Notanee Bourassa.

Notanee Bourassa / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a moose was snapped by Bonnie Evanochko near Saskatoon.

Bonnie Evanochko / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 22: Jacquie McKenzie took this Your Saskatchewan photo on the South Saskatchewan River near the Circle Drive South Bridge in Saskatoon.

Jacquie McKenzie / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Sherry Myers.

Sherry Myers / Viewer Submitted

October 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Judy Desjarlais at Île-à-la-Crosse.

Judy Desjarlais / Viewer Supplied

October 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Hockley in Saskatoon.

Linda Hockley / Viewer Supplied

Oct. 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the last days of harvest was taken by Debbie Lewis near Dinsmore.

Debbie Lewis / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 27: Melanie Gray took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a young male moose in the Humboldt area.

Melanie Gray / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Joe Caribou at Island Falls.

Joe Caribou / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 29: Eroca Batty took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Martensville.

Eroca Batty / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 30: Paul Bonneville took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Little Loon Lake.

Paul Bonneville / Viewer Submitted

Oct. 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carla McCall at Wolseley.

Carla McCall / Viewer Submitted


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Calgary, Edmonton ring roads to see $2.9B over 5 years: Alberta budget

CALGARY – The Calgary and Edmonton ring roads will get $2.9 billion over the next five years, according to Tuesday’s provincial budget released Tuesday. The province declined to break down the costs any further.

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Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation said disclosing the cost of the Calgary ring road specifically would affect the procurement process. The province is still working with three bidders to finalize a successful bidder, expected to be announced next year. Calgary’s ring road is set to be completed in 2022.

The funding is part of a five-year capital plan that sees $4.7 billion allocated to roads and bridges, including Highways 63, 28 and 19 in addition to the ring roads.

The government said the northeast Henday in Edmonton is scheduled to be done in 2016, completing the city’s ring road, so the spending beyond 2016-17 is entirely for Calgary’s ring road.

Watch below: ‘It was challenging’: Finance Minister Joe Ceci on putting together Alberta budget 2015

The federal government had announced “funding consideration” up to $582.9 million for the southwest Calgary ring road on July 30, which would “ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve safety” on the highway, commonly known as Stoney Trail. Construction will include 31 kilometres of highway, 46 bridges, 10 service-level interchanges, four multi-level major interchanges and replacing a bridge over a CP Rail line.

The provincial government pledged to complete construction on the southwest Calgary ring road within seven years on July 7. The land transfer between the province and the Tsuu T’ina Nation necessary for the project to move forward was finalized on May 22, after the federal government authorized changes to the boundaries of the nation. The government of Alberta and Tsuu T’ina Nation originally signed the land transfer agreement in Nov. 2013.

READ MORE: Southwest ring road set to proceed as Tsuu T’ina Nation boundary changes approved

The federal funding falls under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. The money is conditional on the project meeting eligibility requirements as well as the signing of a “contribution agreement.” The release said Alberta’s provincial government will pay for any remaining costs.

Watch below: ‘Some realism in this budget would be good’: Wildrose leader reacts to Alberta budget 2015

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TransCanada gets final regulatory approval for Prince Rupert gas pipeline

CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it has received final regulatory approval for a natural gas pipeline that will connect northeastern British Columbia’s natural gas fields to the west coast.

The company said Tuesday that the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has issued 11 pipeline and facility permits that clear regulatory hurdles for construction to start on the $5-billion pipeline.

The pipeline approval includes 70 conditions related to First Nations, the environment, conservation, engineering and reporting.

The 900-kilometre pipeline will run from Hudson’s Hope, B.C., to Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, connecting the province’s Montney natural gas fields to the planned Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas facility.

TransCanada said Pacific NorthWest LNG has already given condition approval for the pipeline but is waiting to secure federal environmental permits for its liquefied natural gas plant before giving the final go-ahead to start construction.

Some First Nations continue to oppose the natural gas project including the Luutkudziiwus — a group within the Gitxsan Nation — which says it plans to challenge the pipeline’s environmental approval in court.

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