Empire Q3 shows lower revenue from Sobeys weaker adjusted earnings

STELLARTON, N.S. — The parent of Sobeys is reporting lower adjusted earnings and revenue for its third quarter, but managed to recover from a huge loss reported a year earlier as it wrote down the value of its western business.Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) had $30.5 million of net income for the 13 weeks ended Feb. 4.That compared with a loss of $1.37 billion reported a year earlier, mostly due to a writedown of the Safeway chain after years of underperformance since it was acquired by Sobeys.After adjustments that exclude the writedowns, however, Empire’s earnings fell by 58.1 per cent to $34.6 million.How Sobeys screwed up Safeway in a messy takeover that left empty shelves, massive losses, and drove customers awayEmpire’s revenue fell by $137.4 million to $5.89 billion, mostly from the Sobeys grocery business.Net income was equal to 11 cents per share and adjusted earnings amounted to 13 cents per share.It’s the first quarterly report issued by Empire since it hired former Canadian Tire executive Michael Medline to be its president and chief executive officer in January. read more

Campus Security admin Gail Elliott retires

Gail Elliott took her job seriously.When someone walked into the Campus Security Services (CSS) office, it was her smiling face who greeted them. If they called the office, it was Elliott’s calming voice they heard on the phone.After 14 years of service as Administrative Assistant for CSS, and nearly two decades at Brock, Elliott retired at the end of December.As the office’s first point of contact, it was important to Elliott that she provided the best service she could.“No matter the situation, or how volatile it was, I always remained calm and friendly,” she said. “I assisted people the best way I could.”During her time with CSS, Elliott experienced a wide variety of situations from inclement weather to campus power outages to having a suspicious package discovered on campus. She also helped countless people seeking lost belongings, inquiring about campus parking and reporting incidents.Elliott still remembers the time a student’s aunt called in a panic, trying to get in touch with her nephew for a family medical emergency. After helping the family connect with the student, the aunt wrote to the CSS director calling Elliott “helpful, empathetic and understanding.”Prior to beginning her role with Campus Security Services in 2003, Elliott was employed through Temporary Employment Services from 1999 to 2000, performing administrative duties at 24 different departments across Brock. After accumulating enough hours to apply for a permanent position, Elliott secured administrative assistant roles in Procurement and the Office of Research Services.Her early career involved working as an educational assistant and family respite provider, as well as in administrative roles with public schools and a board of education.Even with her varied experience, Elliott said working for Campus Security was unlike any other role she held at Brock.“It’s an interesting job, but you can’t talk about it,” she said. “Every day I dealt with confidential, sometimes highly sensitive information.”Although she officially retired at the end of 2017, Elliott is employed two days a week with CSS to help with the new administrative assistant’s transition and complete some important project milestones.In her new-found free time, Elliott swims, plays the guitar and spends quality time with her four grandchildren, three daughters and her husband, Raymond. A fifth grandchild is due in March.She also plans to continue volunteering with the MS Society of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.Elliott has mixed emotions about leaving Brock permanently.“I loved my position,” she said. “Donna Moody is an excellent Director and I feel privileged to have worked for her. Under her leadership, I’m proud to say that I’ve played an important role in implementing positive, efficient changes.“Although I look forward to retirement and spending more time with my family, I will miss the family I made at Campus Security.” read more