TORONTO — Falling energy stocks led the Toronto stock market lower for a second consecutive day Friday.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 11.97 points to 14,534.06 amid weak jobs data.The Canadian dollar tumbled 0.62 of a cent to cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy cut 28,900 jobs in April against expectations of a gain of about 12,000. It was also a huge turnaround from the previous month when the economy cranked out 43,000 jobs, which means just 14,000 jobs were added over the two-month period.The unemployment rate held steady at 6.9%.U.S. indexes registered modest gains as the Dow Jones industrials rose 32.37 points to 16,583.34, the Nasdaq climbed 20.37 points to 4,071.87 and the S&P 500 index added 2.84 points to 1,878.47.The TSX was negative this week after three weeks of advances, down 1.57% after traders digested a heavy slate of earnings news and took some profits from sectors that have run up sharply this year, including gold and energy stocks. But it is still one of the best performing stock indexes, up almost 7% year to date, a gain that many analysts believe the TSX would register for the whole year.“It’s been a good start to the year,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“We’re up 6.5% or so, I mean, that’s your annual return and we’re already there in May.”It was a quiet day for earnings news as shares in The Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU) lost 22 cents or 4.54% to $4.63 as the coffee chain reported a drop in its first-quarter net income to $56,000, or one cent per share, compared with $688,000, or seven cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013.Revenue was up at $7.6 million, compared with $6.2 million year-over-year.On Thursday, after markets closed, energy producer Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) said that quarterly net income totalled $622 million or 57 cents per share compared with $213 million or 19 cents in the prior-year period. Revenue for the three months ended March 31 rose to almost $4.4 billion from $3.76 billion in the prior-year period and its shares gave back 10 cents to $42.90.In other corporate developments, The Financial Times reported that Apple is orchestrating a $3.2-billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine. Apple could announce a deal as early as next week and its shares were off 0.4% in New York.The TSX energy sector led decliners, down 0.56% as June oil gave up early gains to move 27 cents lower to US$99.99 a barrel.The gold sector gained about 0.2% while June bullion faded a dime to US$1,287.60 an ounce. The base metals group was ahead 0.42% as July copper was up two cents to US$3.08 a pound amid some positive inflation news from China.Consumer prices in the world’s second-largest economy rose 1.8% over a year earlier, down from March’s 2.4% increase, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy. read more

Celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky will be a special guest at an upcoming Brock University Film Series (BUFS) screening of his latest film, Watermark.Watermark is a sweeping and often piercing look at humanity’s relationship with water.Edward Burtynsky (photo: Brigit Kleber)The film brings together stories from around the world about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. It is also the second collaboration between Burtynsky and multiple-award winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006.Burtynsky, a native of Niagara who donated a $617,000 photo collection to Brock in 2012, will take part in a Q&A about Watermark after a screening of the film on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Cinema, Pen Centre.His visit will mark his return to BUFS for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when he brought Manufactured Landscapes to St. Catharines.“One of our goals with BUFS is to feature works that engage with other initiatives taking place around Brock and in the community,” says Scott Henderson, associate professor and chair of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.“And Burtynsky is a good example of this because he’s a practising artist from Niagara dealing with environmental concerns and making interesting documentaries about it,” he says. “For him to come and introduce his film and take part in a question-answer after the screening, that’s just an added bonus for our audience.”Watermark premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2013. In January 2014, the Toronto Film Critics’ Association named it the Best Canadian Feature of the year. Burtynsky and his collaborator Baichwal won the same $100,000 prize in 2006 for Manufactured Landscapes.Burtynsky’s visit is facilitated by Film Circuit, a division of TIFF, which provides support to 180 film groups across Canada, including BUFS and groups in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake.BUFS is an ongoing project of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, bringing the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to Niagara for nearly 40 years.BUFS screenings are open to the public. Tickets to Watermark are $10 each and go on sale at the BUFS ticket table in the theatre lobby of Landmark Cinema at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.The BUFS winter season runs every Wednesday until April 2 (except March 12). read more