Assante Wealth Management continues its support of literacy through sponsorship of the second CanWest Raise-a-Reader Concert Series

    TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - Assante Wealth Management and CanWest Global
Communications Corp. are excited to announce that Canadian icon Anne Murray
will be the second artist to lend her voice to the Raise-a-Reader Concert
Series, which supports literacy programs across the country.
    "As the exclusive sponsor of this initiative, we are thrilled to continue
to extend our support for literacy and Raise-a-Reader in partnership with an
artist who is special to so many Canadians," said Joe Canavan, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of Assante Wealth Management. "The success of the
inaugural Concert Series with Michael Bublé created a momentum that will help
reach new audiences and benefit the communities in which we live."
    Assante has been a long-time supporter of Raise-a-Reader, and the second
Concert Series gives Assante advisors and their clients another opportunity to
get involved in a great cause and be part of something really special, said
Mr. Canavan.
    With the debut of her latest album, Duets: Friends & Legends, Anne Murray
will launch a 17-city Canadian tour beginning in March 2008. Duets: Friends &
Legends is a collection of some of her most beloved songs re-recorded as duets
with performers including Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Nelly Furtado, Jann
Arden and Celine Dion.
    A portion of ticket sales from the Anne Murray Concert Series will
benefit Raise-a-Reader - CanWest's award-winning national literacy initiative.

    Assante Wealth Management is one of the largest Canadian professional
services firms in wealth management, supporting 1,000 advisors who oversee
$26 billion in assets for 300,000 clients and their families nationwide. A
leader in creating wealth and prosperity, Assante provides its clients with a
comprehensive approach to planning that incorporates all aspects of their
financial lives - risk management, estate planning, tax planning, as well as
investment management. Assante is a subsidiary of CI Financial Income Fund
(TSX: CIX.UN), a leading investment company with approximately $97.0 billion
in fee-earning assets as of October 31, 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Jan Sampson, Vice-President, Channel
Initiatives  Assante Wealth Management, (416) 681-1021,

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