Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 12 cents, or 4.46 per cent, to $2.57 on 21.1 million shares.Stornoway Diamond Corp. (TSX:SWY). Materials. Down six cents, or 37.50 per cent, to 10 cents on 13.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 24 cents, or 2.03 per cent, to $12.09 on 9.7 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Technology. Up $1.56, or 13.1 per cent, to $13.47 on 7.6 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Down 54 cents, or 4.95, to $10.36 on 5.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up nine cents, or 0.94 per cent, to $9.68 on 5.4 million shares. The Canadian Press Companies reporting:BlackBerry Ltd. — Blackberry’s share price jumped Friday after the former smartphone company beat analyst estimates for profit and revenue in the fourth-quarter and announced an upbeat outlook for the coming year. The company, based in Waterloo, Ont., had a full-year profit of US$95 million on revenue of US$904 billion, which were both down from the prior year. But the focus was on BlackBerry’s strong fourth quarter and future expectations.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Down 85 cents, or 1.7 per cent to $48.40. A move by the governor of Michigan to halt work on a project to replace Enbridge Inc.’s 65-year-old Line 5 pipeline is raising fears that the recently elected Democratic administration could also try to shut down the existing pipeline. Analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. says that could result in crude supply disruptions for refineries in southern Ontario and Quebec and could also reduce oil pipeline takeaway capacity from Western Canada.SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX:SNC) Down 16 cents to $33.91. Quebec’s pension fund manager could play an outsize role in whether SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. eventually pulls up stakes for the United States. The engineering and construction giant told federal prosecutors that its “Plan B” in the event of criminal prosecution on corruption charges is to move its headquarters south of the border and shed more than 60 per cent of its 8,700 Canadian jobs, internal documents reveal. Quebec’s Caisse de depot et placement holds a roughly 20 per cent stake in SNC-Lavalin, making it far and away the biggest shareholder. Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,102.09, down 53.40 points). read more

Health of African women should be priority UN says

30 May 2008The health of African women is lagging behind the rest of the world, and leaders should move the issue to the top of their agenda, according to the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “Of all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), goal number five – preventing women’s deaths during pregnancy and childbirth – is generating the least resources and lagging the furthest behind. And African women are paying the price,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said today.Ms. Obaid was speaking today at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), a joint process between Japan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).She called on all leaders “to make the health of women a political and development priority.”In a related development at the summit, Japan announced a doubling of development assistance for Africa over the next five years.“In the future, Africa will become a powerful engine driving the growth of the world,” Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda said at the opening of the conference.Mr. Fukuda pledged that Japan would offer up to $4 billion of loans to assist African countries boost infrastructure and agriculture, and he also announced the creation of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation Facility for African Investment, which would extend $2.5 billion in financial support.“The theme of the Conference very much captures the impressive achievements of many African countries,” said UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis. “In terms of overall economic progress, average annual economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa has been above five per cent since 2004, reaching 6 per cent in 2007 – one percentage point higher than the world average.”Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro stated that “with a concerted drive by African governments and their development partners, we can accomplish these goals for a better world.”TICAD IV priorities include boosting economic growth, ensuring human security, ensuring achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), consolidation of peace and democratization and climate change.Japan will feed the results of the summit into the G-8 meeting of leading industrialized nations, which will be held in Tokyo in July and chaired by Mr. Fukuda. read more