ROC Pref. II Corp. Announcement

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - ROC Pref II Corp. ("ROC II") announces that
Standard & Poor's ("S&P") placed its ratings on ROC II's Preferred Shares on
CreditWatch with negative implications. S&P expects to resolve the CreditWatch
placement within a period of 90 days and update its opinion. The Preferred
Shares are currently rated P-1 (low).
    The move comes as a result of the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. credit
event announced on September 15, 2008 as well as several downgrades of
companies held in the Reference Portfolio as a consequence of the ongoing
extremely difficult conditions facing the United States financial system.
    ROC Pref II Corp.'s Preferred Shares pay a fixed quarterly coupon of
4.65% on their $25.00 principal value and will mature on December 31, 2009.
The Standard & Poor's rating addresses the likelihood of full payment of
interest and payment of $25.00 principal value per Preferred Share on the
maturity date.

    The Preferred Shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the symbol RPA.PR.A.

For further information:

For further information: please visit or
contact: Neil Murdoch, President & CEO, Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets
Inc., (416) 364-2839,; or Darren Cabral, Vice-President,
Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets Inc., (416) 214-6182 or 1-888-276-2258,

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