TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) reported Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit was up from a year ago as revenue ticked lower.The media company said its profit attributable to shareholders totalled $28.9 million or 14 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Aug. 31.That compared with a profit of $25,000 or zero cents per share in the same period a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, Corus said it earned $43.9 million or 22 cents per share in its latest quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $14.5 million or seven cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $381.2 million, down from nearly $384.5 million a year ago.On Tuesday, Corus announced a deal to sell French-language specialty channels Historia and Series+ to Bell Media for $200 million.“As we reviewed our portfolio of assets this year, we determined that while Historia and Series+ are excellent channels, they are not core to advancing Corus’ strategic priorities at this time,” Corus chief executive Doug Murphy said in a statement.“Furthermore, the increased financial flexibility this transaction provides will enable Corus to accelerate our transformation into an industry-leading integrated media and content company.”The sale requires approval by the CRTC and the Competition Bureau.Corus owns 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations and 15 conventional television stations as well as other assets.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was the health board with the most drug-related deaths at 280, followed by NHS Lothian with 137 and NHS Lanarkshire with 102. The majority of those who died were male, aged 35-54. Drug deaths have reached a record highCredit:PA “Whatever respective Scottish Governments have tried has not worked, that is plain from these atrocious statistics,” she said.“We need a radical and urgent drugs strategy, not one that waves the white flag in the face of drug-dealers and those who profit from this despicable industry, but one that gets tough on the issue.“We need to help vulnerable people beat the habit once and for all, not park them on methadone just to watch them die from that very substance years later.” So-called legal highs were involved in around a third of last year’s drug-deaths, the vast majority of which involved more than one substance being found in the person’s system.Heroin or morphine were implicated in, or potentially contributed to, 470 deaths, followed by methandone for 439 people, diazepam for 205, etizolam for 299, cocaine in 176 and ecstasy-like substances in 27.Annie Wells, the Scottish Conservative public health spokesman, said hundreds of vulnerable people were having their lives taken by “the evil drug-dealers who are ruining Scotland’s communities”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Joe Fitzpatrick, the public health minister, said the Scottish Government was developing a refreshed drugs strategy having recognised a shortfall in support services.He said each death was a tragedy, adding: “We will continue to do all we can to prevent others from experiencing similar heartbreak and we are developing a refreshed substance use strategy.”This is in direct response to the changing drugs landscape, the continued rise in drug-related deaths and the recognition that current services do not meet the needs of all the people who need support.”The new strategy will take a person-centred approach so that treatment and support services address people’s wider health and social needs, such as mental health, employability and homelessness.” Drug deaths have reached their worst level in Scotland since records began, after more than doubling in a decade.There were 934 drug-related deaths registered in 2017, 66 more than the previous year and the largest number since the figures were first collated in 1996.The statistics from the National Records of Scotland also show that Scotland’s drug death rate is roughly two and half times the UK rate.The Scottish Conservatives said the rate was also “massively worse” than anywhere else in Europe.Three people aged 14 or under were among those who died, with around 18 people a week dying of illegal substances. The official “Drug-related deaths” paper shows that methadone, the heroin substitute, was present in nearly half of all deaths, despite being prescribed by the NHS to keep people off drugs. A drug user preparing to inject heroinCredit:PA