Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Nov. 27, announced changes to some deputy minister assignments. Greg Keefe, deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will move to become deputy minister of Treasury and Policy Board, and add chief information officer to his responsibilities. Kevin Malloy, assistant deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will be appointed to deputy minister of the department. “My congratulations to Mr. Keefe and Mr. Malloy on their appointments,” said Premier MacDonald. “They have a combined 50 plus years of experience with the province. During that time they have demonstrated leadership, skill and dedication. These traits will serve them well in their new roles.” Mr. Keefe, a certified management accountant, became the deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations in 2004 after serving as acting deputy minister. In his 32 years of service with the province, Mr. Keefe has been the executive director of program management and corporate services for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and an auditor with the Provincial Tax Commission. He also held positions with the Nova Scotia Business Registry Project, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles and Provincial Tax Commissioner. Mr. Malloy became the assistant deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations in 2004. Over the last 24 years, he has served as the province’s controller, director of finance for the Department of Transportation and Public Works, and has held positions with the Auditor General’s Office and the Department of Education. A chartered accountant, Mr. Malloy is also president of the Institute for Citizen-Centred Service, Toronto. Robert Fowler, the current deputy minister of the Treasury and Policy Board will retain his portfolio of deputy minister to the Premier’s Office, CEO of Communications Nova Scotia, head of the Public Service, and clerk and secretary of the Executive Council. Appointments take effect Monday, Dec. 8.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Second Cup ended last year with its first positive same-store sales quarter since 2012.Same-store sales for locations open at least a year were up 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter — the first time Second Cup has had positive same-store sales in 14 quarters going back to early 2013.The chain of coffee shops had $94,000 of net income in the three months ended Dec. 26, or one cent per share, compared with a loss of $469,000 or four cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Second Cup (TSX:SCU) has been working to revitalize its brand and franchise network amid stiff competition from other coffee companies including Starbucks and restaurant chains including Tim Hortons and McDonald’s.Second Cup’s second coming? Take a tour of the coffee chain’s new souped-up cafe in downtown TorontoWhy Ottawa-based coffee shop Bridgehead doesn’t see Starbucks as a threatThe company’s full-year loss was reduced to $1.153 million or nine cents per share, an improvement from the $27 million loss or $2.66 per share in 2014.System-wide sales by the cafes fell to $46.9 million in the fourth quarter, from $49.4 million a year earlier when Second Cup had 37 more locations in its network.Revenue for the quarter rose to $9.6 million from $8.4 million.At the end of 2015, Second Cup had 310 cafes, including 32 owned by the parent company.