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March 22, 2005 09:30 ET

Sympatico.MSN.ca Visitors Get Instant Access to News from Canadian Corporations


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: SYMPATICO/MSN

AND CCNMATTHEWS



MARCH 22, 2005 - 09:30 ET

Sympatico.MSN.ca Visitors Get Instant Access to News
from Canadian Corporations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2005) -

CCNMatthews and Sympatico/MSN Sign Content Licensing Agreement to Make
News Releases Instantly Available to Canadian Investors

CCNMatthews, Canada's leading distributor of news releases for public
companies, has entered into a content licensing agreement with
Sympatico/MSN to enable Canadians to read news releases at the very
moment they are made public to the media and investment communities.
This is the first time that full-text news from a primary newswire is
available to Sympatico.MSN.ca, Canada's most popular web portal with 15
million(a) unique visitors every month.

Every news release transmitted by CCNMatthews on behalf of Canadian
public companies will be accessible through the Finance section of
Sympatico.MSN.ca. Just by typing a stock symbol or a company name, users
will see the latest stock trading data, financial information and the
latest news about a company.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer this service to Sympatico.MSN.ca
visitors who are existing and potential investors interested in
corporate news from our public company clients," said Bernadette Lee,
V.P. Corporate Development at CCNMatthews.

"CCNMatthews is a valuable information resource for Sympatico.MSN.ca
users to access corporate news at the same time as media and the
financial services industry," said Owen Sagness, vice-president of MSN
Canada.

About CCNMatthews

With offices across Canada and in the UK, CCNMatthews distributes news
to the media and investment communities in Canada and around the world
on behalf of our news-making clients.

In 2004, CCNMatthews distributed over 35,000 news releases, performed
regulatory filings to both SEDAR and EDGAR systems, and arranged
conference calls and webcasts for thousands of satisfied clients. In
fact, during 2004 we successfully served over 3,000 active clients, and
distributed over 55% of the press releases issued by public companies in
Canada.

CCNMatthews publishes Matthews Media Directories, Canada's oldest and
most comprehensive source of media contact data for the public relations
industry. We also offer a web-based media contact database, listlogix,
that offers our clients access to one of the most comprehensive global
media contact systems through an innovative, intuitive interface.

Please visit www.ccnmatthews.com for information about the full array of
news/media services available.

About Sympatico/MSN

Sympatico.MSN.ca is Canada's most popular online destination with 15
million unique visitors(a) experiencing its entertainment, information
and communication services last month. The portal brings together Bell
Sympatico's Web content and broadband services with MSN's popular
Hotmail, Messenger and Search services. Bell Sympatico is Canada's
leading ISP, while MSN Messenger is the favourite instant messaging
service of Canadians with more than 10.6 million users(a) and MSN
Hotmail is the leading web-based email service, with 12.6 million
Canadian users(a). Sympatico.MSN.ca also delivers exclusive content to
Sympatico High Speed Internet service subscribers, as well as
value-added services such as MSN Premium and Microsoft Outlook Live.

(a) February 2005, Media Metrix Canada

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    CCNMatthews
    Bernadette Lee
    V.P. Corporate Development
    (416) 814-2530
    blee@ccnmatthews.com
    or
    Sympatico/MSN
    High Road Communications
    Kristy Pryma
    (416) 368-8348
    kpryma@highroad.com