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Kaizen Discovery announces retirement of David Korbin from its Board of Directors

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – December 13, 2018) – Kaizen Discovery Inc. (TSXV: KZD) today announced that David Korbin has retired from its board of directors.

“On behalf of our management and directors, I want to thank David for his sound, thoughtful guidance during his tenure on the Kaizen Board of Directors, and we wish him well in his retirement,” said Tom Peregoodoff, Kaizen’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

About Kaizen Discovery

Kaizen is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company with exploration projects in Peru and Canada. More information on Kaizen is available at

Information Contact

Bill Trenaman +1-604-669-6446

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SEC Charges Former New York Investment Advisor and Daughter With Conducting a Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former Rockland County, New York-based investment adviser and his daughter with conducting a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme that defrauded local community members as well as members of their family and close friends.

The SEC alleges that Hector May, an investment adviser representative and the president and chief compliance officer of the now-defunct Executive Compensation Planners Inc. (ECP), and his daughter Vania Bell, who served as ECP’s controller and senior compliance administrator, misappropriated more than $7.9 million in a Ponzi scheme involving bonds.

According to the SEC’s complaint, with Bell’s help, May lied to investors by promising to invest their money in bonds when they actually used the money to pay for personal and business expenses, as well as extravagant items, such as jewelry, furs, vacations, and a limousine driver. To conceal the fraudulent scheme, they sent bogus account statements to clients referencing the bonds that had never been purchased.

In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York today announced criminal charges against May, and he has pleaded guilty to those charges.

“As alleged, this father-daughter team betrayed the very people who knew and trusted them – including family members, close friends, seniors, and local community members,” said Marc P. Berger, Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office.

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and the Retail Strategy Task Force issued an Investor Alert discussing the classic warning signs of a Ponzi scheme targeting retail investors, including seniors.

“The Enforcement Division protects retail investors by bringing impactful cases and partnering with OIEA to provide investors with tools to educate and empower themselves,” said Charu A. Chandrasekhar, Chief of the Division of Enforcement’s Retail Strategy Task Force.

The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, charges May and Bell with violating the antifraud provisions of the securities laws. May has agreed to the entry of a partial judgment against him in which he consents to injunctive relief with monetary and other relief to be decided in the future. The SEC seeks the return of ill-gotten gains, with interest, as well as financial penalties.

The SEC’s investigation, which is continuing, is being conducted by Tracy E. Sivitz and Sandeep M. Satwalekar in the New York Regional Office, and Kimberly A. Yuhas and Charu A. Chandrasekhar of the Enforcement Division’s Retail Strategy Task Force. The case is being supervised by Lara Shalov Mehraban. The SEC appreciates the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

CardioComm Solutions to Issue Shares Under Online Marketing and Awareness Program

Awareness program to expand distribution of Company’s updates to retail and institutional investors

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – December 13, 2018) – CardioComm Solutions, Inc. (TSXV: EKG) (“CardioComm” or the “Company“), a global medical provider of consumer heart monitoring and medical electrocardiogram (“ECG“) software solutions, announced that it will makes its first issuance of shares under its online marketing and awareness program with AGORA Internet Relations Corp. (“AGORACOM“). The Company initially announced the online marketing and awareness program in its press release dated November 8, 2018.

Under this first share issuance, the Company will issue 226,000 common shares of the Company (“Shares“), representing a price of $0.05 per Share, for services valued at $10,000 plus 13% HST that have been provided by AGORACOM to date.

The Company also confirmed that it will be issuing an aggregate of a further $40,000 worth of Shares, plus HST, for further services provided. These additional Shares will be issued in $10,000 allotments at the completion of each three month period ending March 10, 2019, June 10, 2019, September 10, 2019 and December 31, 2019. The number of Shares to be issued at the end of each period will be determined by using the closing price of the Shares on the TSX Venture Exchange on the first trading day following each period for which the services were provided by AGORACOM.

To learn more about CardioComm’s products and for further updates regarding HeartCheck™ ECG device integrations please visit the Company’s websites at and


AGORACOM is the pioneer of online investor relations, online conferences and online marketing / branding services to North American small and mid-cap public companies, with more than 250 companies served. More than just lip service, AGORACOM is the home of more than 808K investors that visited 5.6 million times and read 52.4 million pages of information every year (Average 2008 – 2015).

AGORACOM traffic ranks within the top 0.5% of all websites around the world. These traffic results are independently tracked and verified by Google analytics. AGORACOM traffic can be attributed to its strategy of maintaining the cleanest, moderated small-cap discussion as a result of implementing the first ever Investor Controlled Stock Discussion Forums.

AGORACOM Founder, George Tsiolis, publishes the leading blog on small & mid cap investor relations. His 50 Small-Cap CEO Lessons are a must read for CEOs looking to increase their education and knowledge about online investor relations.

About CardioComm Solutions

CardioComm Solutions’ patented and proprietary technology is used in products for recording, viewing, analyzing and storing electrocardiograms for diagnosis and management of cardiac patients. Products are sold worldwide through a combination of an external distribution network and a North American-based sales team. CardioComm Solutions has earned the ISO 13485 certification, is HIPAA compliant and holds clearances from the European Union (CE Mark), the USA (FDA) and Canada (Health Canada).

Etienne Grima, Chief Executive Officer
1-877-977-9425 x227

Forward-looking statements
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of CardioComm Solutions and certain of the plans and objectives of CardioComm Solutions with respect to these items. Such statements and information reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. By their nature, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and there are many factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and forward-looking information.

In evaluating these statements, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. The Company does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements and forward-looking information contained in this release other than as required by applicable laws, including without limitation, Section 5.8(2) of National Instrument 51-102 (Continuous Disclosure Obligations).

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Majesta Minerals Inc. Announces New Board Member, CFO and Grant of Stock Options

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – December 13, 2018) – Majesta Minerals Inc. (the “Company“) regretfully announces that Gabriel Nachman has resigned from the Board of Directors (the “Board“) as well as from his position as Chief Financial Officer due to health reasons. The Company wishes him the very best of health and a speedy recovery.

In his place the Company has appointed Nicholas Hariton to the Board. Since graduating from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, Nicholas Hariton has held positions as a director at a private London based finance company, attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and Managing Director and General Counsel of IPP Trial Consulting, LLC (“IPP“). Currently, Mr. Hariton, in addition to his role at IPP, is a founding member of LH Technology Acquisitions, and personally holds three United States Patents, with two additional allowed patent applications.

Khurram Qureshi, a current director of the Board, was also appointed to act as Chief Financial Officer.

Finally, the Company announces that effective December 13, 2018 it has granted an aggregate of 250,000 options (the “Options“) to Mr. Hariton for acting on the board of directors of the Company. The Options entitle the holder to purchase up to 250,000 common shares in the capital of the Company at a price of $0.05 per Share and expiring on November 12, 2021.

For further information please contact:

Michael Stein
Tel: 416-410-7722

Alchemist Appoints Interim CFO

By Alchemist Mining Inc.

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / DECEMBER 13, 2018 / ALCHEMIST MINING INC. (CSE: AMS) (“Alchemist” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nashirudeen Meghji as Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.

Mr. Meghji was an active member of the brokerage industry acting as an Investment Advisor and Registered Representative for over 20 years. He currently serves as a director and officer of several public companies including Wildflower Brands Inc., a CSE listed issuer with interests in the cannabis industry in Washington State and California.

“Alchemist is very fortunate to have an extremely qualified member assume the role of CFO at Alchemist. I have known Nash for several years and our shareholders can be assured that Alchemist will be receiving top-tier advisory and direction and, through Nash’s previous positions, he has helped companies access capital and initiative growth,” states Mr. Gdanski, President of Alchemist.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD For further info on the Company, please email

On Behalf of the Board

Dave Gdanski, President

Alchemist Mining Inc.

(778) 903-7325

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on assumptions and judgments of management regarding future events or results. Such statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update such statements.

SOURCE: Alchemist Mining Inc.

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Wonderfilm Media Issues Letter to Shareholders

By The Wonderfilm Media Corporation

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / The Wonderfilm Media Corporation (TSX-V: WNDR), (OTC PINK: WDRFF), (FRA: 25Y), (“Wonderfilm” or “Company”), today announced that Chief Executive Officer, Kirk Shaw, has issued the following letter to shareholders.

Dear Wonderfilm Shareholders,

While the dust settles after announcing our significant acquisitions in recent weeks, I want to provide a corporate update to our investors as well as prospective investors, which will help provide clarity and understanding to the direction we are moving in.

As a publicly traded company, we are experiencing progress and change on many fronts as we look to be a trailblazer in the entertainment and media space, and it is imperative for us to be able to communicate our strategy to investors with complete transparency, so they can make an informed investment decision.

In the months ahead, Wonderfilm will incrementally unveil a coordinated strategy employing AI, advertisement, social media and fan interaction as we build a unique ecosystem able to monetize Wonderfilm content creation from initial concept to premier broadcast. The production budget slate for this original content is $90 million USD. It normally takes around 12 months to complete this production process, and I have a track record of hitting 5% EBITDA on total production budgets.

Leading the Way to the New Economy

The moment my producing partners, Dan Grodnik, Jeff Bowler, Bret Saxon and I joined with the Westshire CPC team to create a public company, Wonderfilm was conceived to forge a pathway into the future delivery of media content. Traditionally, producers and our team relied on a tried and true film-financing model, little changed in 50 years. That model has stagnated as the process of developing, financing and monetizing movies and series broadened and transformed. Wonderfilm was very much conceived as a Company to pioneer a sea-change.

Content creation provides endless opportunities for its monetization, with Wonderfilm leapfrogging over other independent producers leading the industry-wide evolution from an old economy to the new economy, which is propelled largely from widespread global technological advancements.

Cutting-edge AI and Emerging Technology

When we first began raising money for the completion of the transaction with Westshire, many investors expressed their desire for some form of Cannabis or Blockchain venture integration. Although we always carry the opinions and ideas of investors at heart, we must always remain true to our core competencies that make us money today, and continually add value by building functions that make more money, tomorrow. We have an incredible window of opportunity in the entertainment and media space, and we are leaders in propelling this high growth area forward through integrating the emerging technologies that spurred the opportunity in the first place.

Therefore, for strategic reasons, we undertook a great deal of planning and due diligence to create a business model that incorporates various emerging technologies that strengthen our profits and intensify our relationship with our movie and TV lovers.

As such, the vision to join arms with an AI-based data analytics and social outreach platform such as Grapevine, along with customizable and interactive “new TV” broadcast channels that incorporate reward points to allow us to become a direct-to-customer model, was born.

Maximizing fan interaction and customization includes the ability to give their voice power in the content that we create and distribute. The most effective way to do this is through creating a Wonderfilm eco-system that includes the use our own inclusive points and rewards system to not only expand fan interaction and engagement but add another monetization stream for the Company.

This objective has a natural affinity to incorporate emerging communication services with big data & artificial intelligence, so they work in tandem to further monetize Wonderfilm produced content.

Launching Digital Streaming Channels

Building on its emerging technology strategy, Wonderfilm entered a partnership to launch a new digital (SVOD – ad supported) Wonderfilm Movie Channel. This channel launches into over 100 million US homes early next year through an existing system operated by a major online retailer.

The Movie Channel becomes both a new revenue stream and distribution outlet for current, past and future Wonderfilm produced content.

For the time being, aspects of this truly game-changing vertical integration step must remain sealed as our strategic partners prepare a press campaign for the first quarter of 2019.

Core Production Business Pushes Forward

As strategic growth broadens Wonderfilm’s revenue opportunities, it also expands the core business as the recent acquisitions and initiatives are predicated on burnishing the monetization of Wonderfilm productions.

The 2018/19 slate of 17 films continues to be prepped and shot on schedule, with seven movies already in the can for delivery to distributors by the June 30th 2019 year-end. Four of the films going to camera have sensational lead cast that unfortunately can only be announced once each officially moves into production. Two are genre flicks with A-Listers who could garner award recognition.

As mentioned, these 17 films have $90 million in combined production budgets that are “locked in”. In active development behind these projects (“the pipeline”) is a potential production slate that is significantly larger and growing very quickly. Not included in the $90 million production or the pipeline behind it, are the additional 25 scripts and packages set to be delivered in the recent acquisition from Wol Productions. We will be able to provide further information on these packages once the acquisition has closed.

Celebrity names that we have extensive working relationships with include John Cusack, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Charlize Theron, among many others.

I would also like to update shareholders on Merchant of Death, the high-profile TV series based on a book, is now in active development with top tier industry partners for production a year down the road. It is anticipated that the first season will have 8 episodes and be distributed through Liosgate. The total estimated production budget for the first season is $40 million USD, and we anticipate that it will be delivered for premier broadcast in 2020.

As mentioned in the Merchant of Death news release, this TV adaptation “also marks the return of Anthony Zuiker as he joins his first new series since he created and produced CSI, which ran on CBS from October 6, 2000 to September 27, 2015 and spanned 15 seasons with multiple franchise additions”.

Connecting the World

Partnering with third party distribution companies to sell its content around the world, Wonderfilm leaves about $4 to $5 million a year of potential revenue on the table. To incrementally bring this revenue onto our books, Wonderfilm is assembling a constellation of strategic foreign distribution partnerships in key countries.

Wonderfilm Korea is the first such agreement with financial/distribution partners in South Korea. Now, rather than sell the rights outside of the Company, once a Wonderfilm movie is ready for presale, the Korean territory is immediately acquired through our distribution partners in Seoul.

An immediate benefit is that Wonderfilm gains more upside from Korea than otherwise would have been possible and beyond production and distribution, Wonderfilm also has access to equity funds from Korea. The partnership secures additional investment funds from the Korean market by including Korean elements in a film such as actors, directors or even shooting part or all in South Korea.

Wonderfilm envisions a constellation of similar relationships expanding to include China, UK, Germany, Middle East, France and Spain. Fully realized, this worldwide distribution network streamlines the film packaging process, while eliminating third part distributors in these markets or in markets sharing the same language (excluding US and Canada) and converts forgone sales into a realized source.

Heard it Through the Grapevine

Wonderfilm acquired 34% of Grapevine Logic with an eye to acquiring additional equity in the future. To Wonderfilm, Grapevine complements the vertical integration of the Company by bringing under the Wonderfilm umbrella a potent transactional technology company with incredible established online influence and a developed proprietary technology that carves out a unique social media reach of 3.2 billion subscribers.

Grapevine as a technology and transactional company is positioned to be an easy to use ecosystem and social media activity centre for online content and becomes a source to enhance the fan experience of Wonderfilm produced movies and TV.

I view Grapevine as the essential web that drives the monetization of other Wonderfilm initiatives to generate never before obtainable interconnected revenue from each facet of Wonderfilm. As these links establish, revenue sources will naturally expand to include loyalty points and tokens to allow fans to invest into Wonderfilm productions. Online AI programmed App technology will directly engage Movie Channel viewers and online influences by building Wonderfilm controlled brands etc.

As each phase comes online, Wonderfilm will increasingly use social media engagement to expand the movie viewers’ experience from passive to active participation. New levels of financial interaction with media content will be developed through emerging technology, likely surpassing crowd funding and product merchandizing as integration generates a full-time dialogue with Wonderfilm’s growing followers.

Burnished by Wonderfilm’s content creation, Grapevine too becomes positioned for rapid new growth. Social media primarily drives movie and entertainment marketing in general; a trend Wonderfilm has been utilizing by casting specific actors for roles in its film based on their social media ratings. In short, Wonderfilm now enters the star business, using our new social media access to promote celebrities (movies, sports, television) appearing in our films through Grapevine’s current systems, including transactional technology that will significantly enhance Grapevine’s business.

As much as AI technology will be used to engage viewers, it’s also designed to build a lucrative database of subscribers that can be sold to advertisers or used by Wonderfilm to directly monetize App users and streaming channel subscribers.

Wonderfilm Does Sports

The partnership with Starbury Sports immediately enhances the Company’s opportunities in the Sport world through cross-pollinating Sport icons, celebrities and athletes with Wonderfilm’s movie Channel, production and expanding social media.

In the short term, Wonderfilm starts monetizing up and coming and established teams, players and celebs with guest spots or starring roles in Wonderfilm movies and TV series. Beyond direct benefits to production and social media, Wonderfilm’s strategy encompasses the lucrative ancillary market, utilizing social media exposure to sell directly to fans, followers and viewers personalized sales and sponsored promotion of memorabilia, movie props, meet & greets and even broadcast of events.

Merging Sports into Wonderfilm brings a myriad of new transactional opportunities that will be realized over the next year and beyond.

Movies and Much More to Come

Wonderful business case studies for the first Movie Channel focused on launching with a themed Horror night of films and then adding in Science Fiction, Action Movie Night or potentially a Faith based evening. Additionally, Wonderfilm is strategically evaluating where, when and how best to expand its digital streaming service and retains the opportunity to expand the number of digital channels with plans advanced to launch a second channel themed for sports events, eSports championships, fights, online games and other sports assets being developed.

As conceived, the Movie Channel will be a unique offering with hosts driving daily content. And, as hinted above, a new interactive App will actively engage viewers to move the experience beyond watching the channel to an online experience that will continue to engage viewers between movie nights.

Fans will be able to vote, play trivia, and connect in many different ways with other movie goers to enrich their obsessions with movies and TV, and there can even be eventual interaction with their favourite celebrities or directors themselves. Fans can also use their accumulated points to participate in the creation of alternate movie endings, or, vote on the next sporting event or matchup. These concepts are revolutionary for the entire Entertainment and Media space.

Grapevine allows for the true marriage of online and streaming. Movie or Sports Channel viewers become App subscribers. Of course, too, Grapevine’s 3.2 billion reach is a resource to sweep for fans to direct to the App and Movie or Sports Channel. Each interaction results in a data point that Grapevine is able to convert into intellectual property that becomes a valuable strategic asset for the company, as the entire entertainment and media space continues to see broad strokes of M&A activity, in search of consumer data.

At launch, the Movie Channel will reach just over 50 million homes in the US with advanced planning already in place to expand this to 100 million homes in short order. Within a few years, Wonderfilm expects to use its AI technology to communicate directly with digital house assistants to sell content directly through fans’ smart TVs or tablets bypassing traditional distribution services like Netflix.


Without guiding on forecasted revenues, I want to discuss the main drivers of growth and new efficiencies in light of our recent acquisitions.

Each division being added to the Wonderfilm eco-system brings in known revenues and assets that we have been able to quantify and prove out once we work them into our larger vision. To begin with Grapevine, although we are not able to discuss their internal projections, we can state that significant synergies exist through our partnership that we anticipate will have a material impact on both of our operations.

What we can offer is our expectation that Wonderfilm should have several benefits through this partnership that includes decreasing marketing expenses of our content, quicker execution of pre-selling, decreasing financing costs and increasing advertising, sponsorship and production revenues as we bring our production arm to Grapevine’s team, who currently has ~4,700 corporate brands. The revenue that we participate in through Grapevine will also drive our efficiency metrics as it is a strong margin business.

Through the movie channels, Wonderfilm will be set to acquire 3rd party rights that we will immediately monetize upon launch of the channel through participating in the ad-revenues that will be boosted through our integration with Grapevine. As previously mentioned, having distribution arms being brought “in-house” through the new movie channel will drive our operational margin growth and decrease foregone earnings.

With regards to Starbury Media, more details on the financial impact will be provided in an operational update once the acquisition has closed, which we anticipate to occur in the near term.

Finally, I would like to introduce Dr. Bruno Wu to our shareholders, as he is an integral and powerful piece to our new company vision that we are all excited to work with.

Who is Dr. Bruno Wu?

Despite receiving tremendous assets and new revenue opportunities with global possibility, perhaps the strongest asset Wonderfilm gains in this transaction is access to Dr. Wu and his growth resources that stretch around the globe.

Dr. Bruno Wu is one of China’s most influential people. He is a media and entertainment pioneer and has built China’s largest private media conglomeration. Recently, he has been appointed the vice chairman for the US/China trade relations.

However, Dr. Wu has identified Wonderfilm as the production studio that he wants to partner with to bring global distribution to his events in China, while providing Wonderfilm with the 25 movie packages and many large sports assets to integrate into our core business, as well as dedicated access to his event management company Sun New Light (owned by Sun Media Group), which is one of the largest event management companies in China.

This company hosts the world’s largest music festival that has over 840,000 paying attendees, and, organized the Olympic count down event that was televised during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Dr. Wu also has full access to iQiyi, one of the world’s largest video platforms that has 500 million Active Monthly Viewers. As previously mentioned, Wonderfilm has distribution through over 50 million homes in the U.S. along with access to 3.2 billion followers through Grapevine.

On behalf of the entire Wonderfilm team, we appreciate your continued confidence and support as we move into an exciting time ahead.


Kirk Shaw

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“Exchange”) nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

About Wonderfilm

Wonderfilm is a leading publicly traded entertainment company with offices in Beverly Hills, Vancouver, Canada and Seoul, South Korea. Wonderfilm’s main business is the production of high- quality feature films and episodic television that offer international appeal through the Company’s guiding philosophy of bringing new financing solutions to an entertainment industry increasingly looking for funding and co-production alternatives. Wonderfilm is a producer and distributor only for the projects disclosed. The legal ownership of movie productions are held in a special purpose legal entity held at arm’s length to the Company to facilitate for the qualification of various levels of domestic and foreign government tax credit incentives that are customary in the film and production business.

Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to substantial risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “target,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “projects,” “seek,” “will,” “may”, “indicate” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond Wonderfilm’s control and Wonderfilm’s actual results could well differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to several factors.

Although Wonderfilm believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot guarantee that the events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. The timing of events and circumstances and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, one should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All such reflect the date made only. Wonderfilm undertakes no obligation to update or publicly revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further details, please see the Company’s documents filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval at

Further Information

For further information, please contact:

Kirk Shaw

The Wonderfilm Media Corporation, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (604)638-4890

Prit Singh

Investor Relations
Telephone: (905)510-7636

SOURCE: The Wonderfilm Media Corporation

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New PSAs Spotlight TOPS® Weight-Loss ‘Losers’

By TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Members Share their Success Stories to Empower Others who Struggle

MILWAUKEE, WI / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / TOPS Club Inc.® (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has released a new series of national TV and radio Public Service
Announcements (PSAs)
featuring some of its most inspiring members. The PSAs inform listeners and viewers that TOPS is an affordable, proven-effective program to combat obesity, which affects one in three U.S. adults1. Members also share their experiences and tips for making lasting lifestyle changes.’

Member Laura Phillips of Defiance, Ohio, lost more than 120 pounds through TOPS. In these compelling testimonials, she shares, ”I’ve got battle wounds from being overweight. My life’s so much different now. With TOPS, you’re not following a cookie-cutter diet. You get support from your chapter no matter what. It’s never too late to get healthier.”

Audrey Barge-Jones, who lives in Locust Grove, Va., and lost 86.7 pounds, says, ”Without TOPS, I would still be taking insulin injections. TOPS gave me the tools. They’ve taken out the guesswork. My chapter members were just so friendly, so warm and inviting.”

Husband and wife members Geoff and Debra Holliman, of New Brighton, Minn., lost 28 pounds and 61 pounds respectively with the help of TOPS. Geoff notes, ”I just knew something had to be done. I wasn’t happy with myself. It’s important that TOPS is a support group, and it’s designed around accountability.”

Vivian Andrews, who resides in Shreveport, La. and lost 92 pounds with the support of TOPS, emphasizes that, ”If you come to a meeting, nine times out of 10, you’re going to find somebody that’s going through the same thing that you’re going through. I’ve been overweight all of my life. I wanted to be healthy, and I wanted something that I could do the rest of my life.”

In these informative, unpaid testimonials, Phillips, Barge-Jones, the Hollimans, and Andrews share their stories about overcoming obesity, and taking and keeping off pounds sensibly.

The members belong to one of the thousands of TOPS chapters in the U.S. TOPS offers an individual approach to weight loss and overall wellness. Consistent group support, health education, and recognition are all key components to successful weight management. TOPS members in the U.S. lost nearly 406,000 pounds combined last year.

Founded in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1948, TOPS has been leading the charge in preventing and managing obesity, donating more than $9 million to support medical research into the causes and treatment of obesity and related diseases. This includes financial and volunteer support of studies through the TOPS Center for Obesity and Metabolic Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Independent university studies show that TOPS works. According
to research published in Obesity
, the official journal of The Obesity Society, TOPS works as well as commercial programs but costs less
2. Participants experience a clinically significant weight loss2. Another independent 7-year study shows people who stay in TOPS keep their weight off and continue to lose3,4.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 70 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a ”Real People. Real Weight Loss.®” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise and wellness information. TOPS has about 125,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in thousands of chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $32 per year in the U.S. and $44 per year in Canada ($46 in 2019), plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, visit or call (800) 932-8677.


We encourage you to air any of the PSAs. For more information about TOPS, download the Media Kit. Please contact us for images and b-roll, or if you would like to speak with any of the members featured or a local representative from TOPS. For more information on the TOPS chapters in your area, visit


Kimberly Greene
TOPS Club Inc.
414-482-4620 x48

Data Brief, No. 219, November 2015.

Determining the Effectiveness of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a Nationally Available Nonprofit Weight-Loss Program. Obesity Journal Intervention and Prevention. Volume 19, Number 3, March 2011. Nia S. Mitchell, L. Miriam Dickinson, Allison Kempe, & Adam G. Tsai.

Up to 7 Years of Sustained Weight Loss for Weight-Loss Program Completers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. May 29, 2015 Nia S. Mitchell, MD, MPH, Sarit Polsky, MD, MPH , Victoria A. Catenacci, MD, Anna L. Furniss, MS, & Allan V. Prochazka, MD MSc.

Reach of Effective, Nationally-Available, Low-Cost, Nonprofit Weight Loss Program in Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs). Journal: Journal of Community Health. First online: 14 June 2015, pp 1-6. Nia S. Mitchell, Ariann F. Nassel, & Deborah Thomas.

SOURCE: TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

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Sparta Capital Announces Joint Venture to Convert Waste Plastic to Diesel Fuel

By Sparta Capital Ltd.

Not for distribution to U.S. Newswire Services or for dissemination in the United States of America. Any failure to comply with this restriction may constitute a violation of U.S. Securities laws

CALGARY, AB / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / Sparta Capital Ltd. (TSX-V: SAY) (the “Corporation” or “Sparta“) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Pi.Eco Canada Ltd. (“Pi.Eco“), to embark upon a joint venture (the “Joint Venture“) to transform mountains of unsortable waste plastics into synthetic fuel on an industrial scale.

The initial project for the Joint Venture will be the construction of a facility in the Greater Toronto Area, to re-direct some 18,000 tons per year of waste plastic from landfill – converting it to synthetic fuels, such as, SAE Grade II synthetic diesel fuel.

About Sparta:

Sparta Group owns or holds a controlling interest in a network of independent businesses that supply energy saving technologies designed to reduce energy inefficiencies, achieve reduced emissions and increase operating efficiencies in various industries. Sparta’s network of independent businesses provide a wide range of specialized energy capturing, converting, optimizing and related services to the commercial sector. Sparta provides capital, technical and engineering expertise, legal support, financial and accounting knowledge, strategic planning and other shared services to its independent businesses.

Sparta is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “SAY” (TSX.V: SAY). Additional information is available or on SEDAR at

For further information please contact:

John O’Bireck, President


Telephone: (905) 751-8004

Cautionary Statements:

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. When used in this news release, the words “estimate”, “project”, “belief”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “plan”, “predict”, “may” or “should” and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Although the Corporation believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information because the Corporation can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are made based on management’s beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date of publication of this news release and the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change. Furthermore, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of the Corporation. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, statements pertaining to the “Joint Venture” and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks.

These include, but are not limited to, the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, necessary financing and risks associated with the environmental technologies industry in general. All forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Sparta Capital Ltd.

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Royal Road Minerals Refiles Q3 2018 Financial Statements and MD&A

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – December 13, 2018) – Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV: RYR) (“Royal Road Minerals” or the “Company“), a gold and copper focused mineral exploration and development company, has amended and refiled the condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements of the Company and related management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2018 and originally filed on November 28, 2018. In the originally filed financial statements and MD&A, an intercompany loan was included in the final consolidated accounts that should have been eliminated on consolidation. This had the effect of overstating the Company’s current liabilities. This error has been removed in the revised accounts and related MD&A.

The refiling was made voluntarily once the error was discovered by the Company. The refiled documents are available on SEDAR at and on the Company’s website at

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary statement:

This news release may contain certain information that constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” “anticipate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur and include statements regarding the use of proceeds from the private placement transactions. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include the inherent risks involved in financing transactions, exploration and development of mineral properties, the hiring and retention of directors and officers, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological data, fluctuating metal prices, permitting and licensing and other factors described above and in the Company’s most recent annual information form under the heading “Risk Factors”, which has been filed electronically by means of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website located at The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Tim Coughlin
President and Chief Executive Officer

USA-Canada toll free 1800 6389205
+44 (0)1534 887166
+44 (0)7797 742800

Garry McGuire Shares Insights about Automotive Industry in 2019

By Garry McGuire

SAN FRANCISCO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / The automotive industry is currently going through an unprecedented period of change, with electrification, new ownership models, and technologies such as autonomous vehicles disrupting a market that has experienced very few shifts in over fifty years. Digital transformation leader Garry McGuire, a consultant and former top executive at a “Big Three” Detroit auto manufacturer, recently shared his thoughts about changes expected to unfold in the car industry in 2019, as well as their effect on consumers.

In a recent report, PwC declared that “the age of radical change in the automotive industry” has arrived, going on to say, “The automotive future is electrified, autonomous, shared, connected, and yearly updated.” According to Garry McGuire, the most significant industry developments in 2019 will occur as a result of the focus on mobility and new ownership models. There are already signs of dramatic change on multiple levels, he points out, adding that mobility as a service has emerged as the hottest topic of conversation at the moment. Companies such as Ford Motor Company are investing in new transportation solutions, breaking away from the traditional car ownership model. The new year is also expected to see developments in the areas of on-demand transportation (ride-hailing operators such as Lyft), new ownership models (as exemplified by car subscription service Canvas), and an expanded range of luxury electric vehicles to compete with Tesla. Beyond technological and operational changes, Garry McGuire also expects 2019 to bring a flurry of announcements about significant mergers, alliances, and partnerships in the automotive OEM space. The balance sheets or stock prices of even the leading sector companies cannot assure their financial ability to invest in current operations, electrification technologies, and autonomous vehicles, which raises the strong likelihood of several major global players announcing partnerships or possibly even mergers.

A recent announcement from General Motors (GM) is indicative of the changes under way. The company said that its president, Dan Ammann, would relocate to California to oversee Cruise, GM’s autonomous vehicles division. This leadership restructuring is definitely a big move for GM, according to Garry McGuire, who explains that the culture of Detroit’s Big Three auto makers is strongly focused on their day-to-day business, keeping factories productive, and having dealers move inventory. Ammann’s transfer to Cruise will help the unit become a core GM entity, a segment that is no longer an experiment or a side investment but the future of the entire group. As for what consumers can expect in 2019, the expert adviser forecasts that autonomous cars will hit American roads in test-mode, and there will be new developments in legislation aimed at regulating self-driving vehicles. New companies will emerge in the areas of automotive shopping, buying, and usage: the days of consumers going to a dealer to view and buy vehicles are coming to an end, and the near future will see transactions conducted largely online and dealers delivering and servicing the vehicles.

Garry McGuire is an auto industry consultant, corporate advisor, and former automotive executive who has held leadership positions at multiple companies and helped them cope with the challenges of digital disruption. With experience in automotive, retail, and advertising, he has come to be regarded as a thought leader in digital strategy, digital transformation, and business turnarounds. In addition to his advisory work, he is also a technology investor with profound insight into the sector due to being the former CEO of several Silicon Valley companies.

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