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(Bloomberg) -- An increasingly popular fundraising tool in China is offering a potential lifeline for cash-strapped companies, as a string of high profile defaults tightens scrutiny of the country’s credit market.Private share placements are booming after rules were relaxed in February, helping revive that form of equity financing. This year has seen 151 deals raise 321 billion yuan ($49 billion) as of Monday, the most since 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Private offerings have surpassed other equity-linked fundraising tools like public placements, rights issues and convertible bonds in volume. More than 500 private placements are in the pipeline, seeking to raise at least 709 billion yuan.Such deals could offer financing alternatives for some companies amid concern over the health of distressed state-linked firms. China’s credit market has been roiled in recent weeks, triggering a selloff in bonds issued by weaker borrowers and prompting some to cancel debt sales. Notes issued by Pingdingshan Tianan Coal Mining Co. and Jizhong Energy Group Co. were among the most notable losers.“Defaults in the credit market may encourage lower-rated companies struggling to sell bonds to instead tap the equity market for financing,” said Alexander Yao, general manager at Roadshow Investment Co. in Beijing. His firm’s private-placement investment fund has gained 48% since inception in March, according to tracker Shenzhen PaiPaiWang Investment & Management Co.Xiamen Unigroup Xue Co., a subsidiary of troubled Tsinghua Unigroup Co., rose as much as 6.6% on Nov. 3 after it said the China Securities Regulatory Commission told it to prepare for a hearing on its application for a private share placement of as much as 963 million yuan. Chongqing Lummy Pharmaceutical Co. jumped nearly 13% on Nov. 12 after receiving approval from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange for a roughly 1.1 billion yuan placement.More firms are joining the queue. Among them, Offcn Education Technology Co. plans to raise up to 6 billion yuan to fund a construction project and replenish working capital, according to a stock exchange filing late Monday. Such offerings allow listed companies to sell new shares at a discount to a group of investors, with the proceeds typically used for investment projects, debt repayment and replenishment of working capital. Companies like the structure because the sales’ private nature provide firms with greater freedom in setting prices and selecting investors. The discounts versus prevailing market prices appeal to money managers.Private placements were a preferred tool for listed companies to sell additional shares, before regulatory concerns about a flood of new equity weighing on the nation’s stock market led to a crackdown in 2017. Regulators relaxed the rules in February to help increase corporate access to equity financing, as Beijing sought to cushion the impact of the pandemic on China’s slowing economy.At that time, the CSRC doubled the allowable maximum discount to 20% for placement shares, shortened the lock-up period to no less than six months from 12, and expanded the maximum number of investors to 35 for each placement. Previously, companies were restricted to 10 investors, while those listed on the ChiNext board could have only five.Since those changes, the average return after the six-month lock-up period for the deals has improved to 29% from 25% last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.To be sure, the booming private-share placement market doesn’t mean China’s vast number of cash-strapped companies can all find financing. The method is only possible for listed firms, and investors confronted with a growing supply of additional shares will likely be increasingly selective when it comes to companies with heavy debt burdens -- despite big discounts offered by issuers.“It will definitely be a big positive if these cash-strapped companies can raise money from the equity market,” said Chen Yicong, managing director at Beijing Chengyang Asset Management Ltd. “But it’s not certain whether companies viewed as problematic can attract enough investor demand.”(Updated notable bond losers in third paragraph and new offering plans in sixth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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A Canadian police officer involved in the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou two years ago in a U.S. extradition case testified on Monday he did not plan to obtain her mobile phone passcodes or search her electronic devices. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Constable Gurvinder Dhaliwal told a Canadian court that he and his partner were "discreet" about their contact with Canadian border officials on the eve of Meng's arrest on Dec. 1, 2018. He said they discussed collecting Meng's phone and other electronic devices and putting them in protective bags, but that he did not ask the border agents to get passcodes.
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Shares of Japan's ANA Holdings Inc on Tuesday sank as much as 4.2% after sources said the country's biggest airline plans to raise about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion) by selling new shares to bolster its balance sheet. ANA Holdings will hold its first share sale since 2012, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing two sources who declined to be identified because the information was not public. Airlines around the globe are struggling to ride out a pandemic that has cast a dark shadow across the global travel industry.
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gold X Mining Corp. (TSX-V: GLDX, OTCQX: GLDXF) (“Gold X” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the results of its annual and special meeting of shareholders held today, November 23, 2020. The Company elected seven directors to its board, namely Robert Friedland, Paul Matysek, Bassam Moubarak, Suresh Beharry, Lombardo Paredes-Arenas, Federico Restrepo-Solano, and Brian T. O’Neill. The shareholders approved all other matters as proposed, including the appointment of Deloitte, LLP, Chartered Accountants as auditors of the Company, the approval of the June 22, 2020 Option Grant to certain consultants, officers and employees of the Company and approval of the amendment to the Company’s stock option plan.On behalf of the Board of Directors of Gold X Mining Corp.“Paul Matysek” Director and Chief Executive OfficerAbout Gold X Mining Corp.Gold X Mining Corp. is a Canadian junior mining company developing the Toroparu Gold Project in Guyana, South America. Gold X has spent more than US$150 million on the Project to date to classify 7.35 million ounces of Measured and Indicated and 3.15 M-oz of Inferred Gold Resources, develop engineering studies for use in a feasibility study, and define a number of exploration targets around Toroparu on its 53,844 hectare (538 km2) 100% owned Upper Puruni Concession. Gold X has 52.7 M issued and outstanding common shares with more than 40% of the shares closely held by Insiders and the company’s executive management team.The Toroparu Project’s latest Updated Mineral Resource Estimate Statement (UMRE), effective September 28, 2018, discloses a resource containing 7.35 M-oz gold at an average grade of 0.91 g/t and 128.95 M-ton Inferred Resource containing 3.15 M-oz Gold at average grade of 0.76 g/t. The UMRE is based on a total of 202,250m of resource definition drilling in 675 Diamond Drill Holes (DDH) through June 2019, with 195,215 m directed at the Toroparu Main and SE Zone deposits from 2006-2012, and 21,963 m directed at Sona Hill from 2015-2018. In the 2019 PEA, the database defines a 46.5 M-ton Measured Resource containing 1.48 M-oz of gold at an average grade of 0.99 g/t, a 206 M-ton Indicated Resource containing 5.873 M-oz of gold at an average grade of 0.89 g/t for a total 252.57 M-ton M&I (Measured & Indicated) resource containing 7.35 M-oz gold at an average grade of 0.91 g/t and 128.95 M-ton Inferred Resource containing 3.15 M-oz Gold at average grade of 0.76 g/t.A Preliminary Economic Assessment study (Preliminary Economic Assessment Report, Toroparu Gold Project, Upper Puruni River Area, Guyana, dated July 18, 2019 completed by SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc.) (the “Technical Report”) defined a 5.02 M-oz gold resource producing 188 thousand ounces of gold per year over a 24-year mine-life. The Technical Report is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and on the Company’s website (www.goldxmining.com).The 2019 Technical Report is a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”). A PEA is preliminary in nature, it includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the preliminary economic assessment will be realized.The PEA documentation of mining production quantities replaces the 2013 Prefeasibility Study (the “2013 PFS”) Statement of Mineral Reserves1. The PEA is based on exploitation of measured, indicated and inferred mineral resources while the 2013 PFS is based on the exploitation of proven and probable mineral reserves. Inferred resources from the Mineral Resource Estimate comprise 5% of the resources used in the production schedule reported in the PEA. Mineral Resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The conclusions and results of the PEA replace the conclusions and results from the 2013 PFS._______________ 1 A prefeasibility study was completed in May 2013 (NI 43-101 Technical Report, Prefeasibility Study, Toroparu Gold Project, Upper Puruni River Area, Guyana, dated May 24, 2013 by SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc.), and is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Visit Gold X’s website at www.goldxmining.com.Contact Gold X Mining Corp. Freddie Leigh Telephone: +1 (604) 609-6132 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgNeither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.Forward-looking StatementsThis press release includes certain forward-looking statements concerning future performance and operations of the Company, including the expected positive results from the Toroparu Project based on the estimates and findings contained in the PEA, as summarized herein, as well as management's objectives, strategies, beliefs and intentions. Forward-looking statements are frequently identified by such words as "may", "will", "plan", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend" and similar words referring to future events and results. Forward-looking statements are based on the current opinions and expectations of management at the time such statements are made. All forward-looking statements and information are inherently uncertain and subject to a variety of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, fluctuating commodity prices, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, uncertainties of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties inherent in conducting operations in a foreign country, uncertainties related to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, the risk that the conclusion of pre-production studies may not be accurate, the Company's successful advancement of the Toroparu Project toward feasibility and obtaining positive results from ongoing evaluation and testing of multiple gold targets located in the Company's landholdings in Guyana, among other risks as described in our public filings available at www.sedar.com. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements and we caution against placing undue reliance thereon. Gold X Mining Corp. has an ongoing obligation to disclose material information, as it becomes available.
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Not for dissemination in the United States of America.VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Premier Diversified Holdings Inc. ("Premier" or the "Company") (TSXV: PDH) announces that it has entered into certain loan agreements with MPIC Fund I, LP ("MPIC") for secured loans in the aggregate principal amount of up to USD$610,000 (the "Loans"). The Loans mature on July 15, 2021, September 1, 2021, October 7, 2021, October 22, 2021 and November 22, 2021 and bear interest at a rate of 6% per annum. The Loans are secured with all of the present and after-acquired property of the Company and rank equally in priority with all of the loans previously made to the Company by MPIC.The Company is not issuing any securities, or paying any bonus, commission or finder's fees on the Loans. The Loans are repayable at any time without penalty. The Company expects to repay the financing upon receiving funds from some of its other investments.Related party transaction disclosureAs MPIC is a control person of Premier, the Loan constitutes a "related party transaction" within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). The Loan has been determined to be exempt from the requirements to obtain a formal valuation or minority shareholder approval based on sections 5.5(b) and 5.7(1)(f) of MI 61-101.Premier does not have securities listed or quoted on any of the specified markets listed in section 5.5(b) of MI 61-101. Premier is relying on the exemption from minority shareholder approval in 5.7(1)(f) of MI 61-101 as the loan was obtained by Premier from MPIC on reasonable commercial terms that are not less advantageous to Premier than if the loans had been obtained from a person dealing at arm’s length with Premier. Further, the loans are not convertible, directly or indirectly, into equity or voting securities of Premier or a subsidiary entity of the issuer, or otherwise participating in nature, or repayable as to principal or interest, directly or indirectly, in equity or voting securities of Premier or a subsidiary entity of the issuer.The Loans are subject to review and acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.Amended Loan Agreements with MPIC Fund I, LP.Premier entered into a loan agreement with MPIC on April 25, 2019 with a principal amount of US$200,000. The original maturity date of the loan was April 27, 2020. The maturity date was extended to July 27, 2021. All other terms of the loan remain the same.Premier entered into a loan agreement with MPIC on July 10, 2019 with a principal amount of US$200,000. This loan matured on July 10, 2020. MPIC and Premier agreed to extend the maturity date by twelve months to July 10, 2021.Premier entered into a loan agreement with MPIC on September 4, 2019 with a principal amount of US$300,000. This loan matured on September 4, 2020. MPIC and Premier agreed to extend the maturity date by twelve months to September 6, 2021.Premier entered into a loan agreement with MPIC on November 7, 2019 with a principal amount of US$300,000. This loan matured on November 7, 2020. MPIC and Premier agreed to extend the maturity date by twelve months to November 8, 2021.MyCare MedTech Inc. renews agreement with Bright.mdPDH is very pleased to announce that MMI has renewed its partnership with Bright.md for the GOeVisit online telehealth service. PDH is excited to work with MMi's long-term initiatives in telemedicine. More information about Bright.md may be found at https://bright.md.Amended Loan Agreement with MyCare MedTech Inc.Premier entered into a loan agreement with MyCare MedTech Inc. ("MMI") on September 4, 2019, which was subsequently amended in December 2019, January 2020 and February 2020. This loan agreement was amended again in June 2020. The amended agreement changed the previous secured loan made to MMI by increasing the principal amount which may be loaned by Premier to MMI from $500,000 to up to $610,000 (the "MMI Loan"). The MMI Loan has staggered maturity dates: September 3, 2021 for up to the first CAD$250,000 of the principal amount; December 16, 2020 for the principal amount of CAD$250,001 to CAD$400,000; January 29, 2021 for the principal amount of CAD$401,000 to $450,000; February 26, 2021 for the principal amount of CAD$450,001 to $500,000 and June 17, 2021 for the remainder of the principal amount.The MMI Loan bears interest at a rate of 9% per annum. The MMI Loan is secured with all of the present and after-acquired property of MMI. The MMI Loan is repayable by MMI at any time without penalty. The MMI Loan is subject to review and acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.PDH increases investment in MyCare MedTech Inc.Premier entered into subscription agreements to acquire Class B Preferred shares of MMI in August, September, October and November 2020 (the "MMI Investment"). A total of 1,653,846 shares were acquired at $0.26 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $430,000.Related Party Transaction disclosurePremier is a control person of MMI, and the MMI Loan and the MMI Investment constitute "related party transactions" within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101. The MMI Loan and the MMI Investment have been determined to be exempt from the requirements to obtain a formal valuation or minority shareholder approval on the basis of being a "downstream" transaction. Further, the MMI Loan is exempt pursuant to sections 5.5(b) and 5.7(1)(a) of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 as the fair market value of the transaction is not more than 25% of the Company's market capitalization.Arcola updatePremier holds an interest in the Arcola Project, a townhouse development located outside of Vancouver, B.C. Construction continues to proceed at the projected pace and the estimated completion date for the project is the end of March 2021.Purposely Platform Inc. updatePremier holds a 51% interest in Purposely Platform Inc. ("Purposely"), which provides an online platform for employer-supported volunteering. Purposely is currently developing new internal CSR platforms for several user companies, which will be subscription-based and which Premier anticipates will commence generating revenues on December 1, 2020.Change to Board of DirectorsPremier announces that Marta Davidson has resigned as a director effective November 16, 2020. The board thanks Ms. Davidson for her services as director.About Premier Diversified Holdings Inc.Premier Diversified Holdings Inc. participates in diversified industries through its acquisitions of securities and/or assets of public and private entities which it believes have potential for significant returns. It may act as a holding company (either directly or through a subsidiary) and may participate in management of subsidiary entities to varying degrees.On behalf of the Board of Directors"Sanjeev Parsad"Sanjeev Parsad President, CEO and DirectorFor further information, contact: Sanjeev Parsad, President and CEOPhone: (604) 678.9115 Fax: (604) 678.9279 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.pdh-inc.comNeither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. Any offering made will be pursuant to available prospectus exemptions and restricted to persons to whom the securities may be sold in accordance with the laws of such jurisdictions, and by persons permitted to sell the securities in accordance with the laws of such jurisdictions.Further information regarding the Company can be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Not for dissemination in the United States of America.Legal Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements: This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are indicated expectations or intentions. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements regarding loan terms including maturity date(s), that PDH will repay the loans from MPIC as disclosed in the news release, that the net proceeds of the Loan will be used as stated in this news release, that MyCare will work on long-term initiatives in telehealth, that construction of the Arcola project will occur as indicated in the news release, and that Purposely will develop its CSR platform and generate revenue as indicated in the news release. Factors that could cause actual results to be materially different include but are not limited to the following: that any revenue which PDH makes will be insufficient to repay the loans to MPIC, that the terms and conditions of the various loans may be amended, that MyCare will not be able to generate sufficient revenue to repay the loans to PDH, that MyCare may generate no revenue at all, that the management or board of PDH may use its revenue or other the funds for other purposes, that the capital raised will be insufficient capital to accomplish our intentions and capital alone may not be sufficient for us to grow our business, and that additional complications or unforeseen obstacles from COVID-19 may negatively impact Premier, MyCare, Purposely, Arcola and/or MPIC, that construction on the Arcola project will be delayed or halted, that Purposely's development of its CSR platform may be delayed or halted, and that Purposely will not generate revenue as of December 1, 2020 or at all. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements. It is not our policy to update forward looking statements.
Southeast Saskatchewan’s three ridings, Cannington, Melville-Saltcoats and Moosomin were well represented in the CIVIX Student Vote Saskatchewan 2020 that happened on October 23. Moosomin Of the 624 votes cast by students in the Moosomin riding, Steven Bonk of the Saskatchewan Party received 407 votes, making their seat safe with 65.22 per cent of the vote. Ken Burton and the NDP could only secure 19.07 per cent of the vote, but Marjorie Graham and the Saskatchewan Green Party only convinced 9.94 per cent of voting students to cast their vote for them and Frank Serfas of the PC Party of Saskatchewan had a poor showing of 5.77 per cent. Broadview School votes Saskatchewan Party, 20 NDP, 5 Saskatchewan Green Party, 5 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 2 Dr. Isman Elementary votes Saskatchewan Party, 27 NDP, 16 Saskatchewan Green Party, 4 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 2 Grenfell Elementary Community School votes Saskatchewan Party, 40 NDP, 8 Saskatchewan Green Party, 8 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 6 Kennedy Langbank School votes Saskatchewan Party, 9 NDP, 4 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 3 Saskatchewan Green Party, 0 Kipling School votes Saskatchewan Party, 128 NDP, 28 Saskatchewan Green Party, 23 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 11 MacLeod School votes Saskatchewan Party, 58 NDP, 13 Saskatchewan Green Party, 7 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 2 Rocanville School votes NDP, 8 Saskatchewan Party, 7 Saskatchewan Green Party, 2 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 1 Wapella School votes Saskatchewan Party, 21 NDP, 4 Saskatchewan Green Party, 1 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 1 Whitewood School votes Saskatchewan Party, 97 NDP, 33 Saskatchewan Green Party, 12 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 8 Jamie Busche who teaches fourth and fifth grade over at Grenfell Elementary was very happy with how the day and events leading up to the vote played out. “It went so good. We did it last year as well for the federal election. The kids were so engaged and very interested. They had lots of really good questions. We asked would you recommend it to other schools, and they all said yes,” said Busche. She was not at all surprised by the Sask Party win. “It is a farming community and there are a lot of family roots in the Sask Party,” said Busche. Kayla Czerwonka and her eighth grade social studies class ran the show in Kipling. “It was really awesome. The grade eight class was in charge of organizing the vote and they went around to classes and with COVID-19, we have to be very careful, so they wore their masks and gloves and they went out to classes and made sure that everyone from grade five to 12 was able to vote. They explained to everyone how to vote and went through the process of selecting the person on the ballot and placing the ballot in the box as you normally would,” said Czerwonka. Principal Nathan Bromm’s Rocanville School gave the NDP their only win as they received one vote more than the Sask Party. “We had two classes participate. We had our grade 7 and 8 classes, but we did some learning beforehand. We did some activities just learning about the election process. I teach the grade 8 class and part of the curriculum is learning about Canadian citizenship and identity and rights and responsibilities so, having the vote this year actually ties into that curriculum,” said Bromm. The narrow victory for the NDP in Rocanville does keep pace with the overall vote from student across the province. “If you look at the results from CIVIX you see that there are more NDP seats selected by the students in general than by adults in the actual election,” said Bromm. Cannington Saskatchewan Party’s Daryl Harrison took 334 of the 570 votes cast by students securing him 58.60 per cent of the vote and a seat in government. Wes Smith gave the Buffalo Party its only showing in the Southeast with 20.18 per cent of the vote while Jaina Forrest and the Saskatchewan Green Party picked up 12.11 per cent and the NDP and Dianne Twietmeyer having their poorest showing in the region at 9.12 per cent of the vote. Carievale Elementary votes Saskatchewan Party, 37 Buffalo Party, 21 Saskatchewan Green Party, 7 NDP, 1 Carnduff Education Complex votes Saskatchewan Party, 109 Buffalo Party, 54 Saskatchewan Green Party, 19 NDP, 19 Gordon F. Kells High School votes Saskatchewan Party, 87 Saskatchewan Green Party, 29 NDP, 21 Buffalo Party, 9 Manor School votes Saskatchewan Party, 13 Buffalo Party, 7 NDP, 3 Saskatchewan Green Party, 2 Maryfield School votes Saskatchewan Party, 14 Buffalo Party, 12 Saskatchewan Green Party, 2 NDP, 0 Oxbow Prarie Horizons Saskatchewan Party, 23 Saskatchewan Green Party, 4 NDP, 2 Buffalo Party, 1 Redvers School votes Saskatchewan Party, 51 Buffalo Party, 11 Saskatchewan Green Party, 6 NDP, 6 Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Darcie Howe who teaches social studies over at Gordon F Kells High School felt it best to use the online voting option. “Most of the time we do a regular election, but this year due to COVID-19 we decided to do the online thing. I did get some of my grade 10 students to make a video to show kids how they would’ve voted,” said Howe. The presentation included information on the different party platforms. “They were the ones that took a look at all the parties and prepared something to show the rest of the school about what the parties had to say,” said Howe. Over at Oxbow Prairie Horizons, Carie Crossman who teaches grade eight social studies, had a small but passionate few kids cast their vote. “It was good. I only did it with 35 students, we studied the election and then learned how to do it and we learned about the parties and I just did it with my classes I did not do it school-wide,” said Crossman. Carnduff Education Complex’s Trevor Geiger saw this election as a way to teach students about their civic duty. “We have done it for a couple of the past elections, provincial and federal. I think it is an important aspect for students to become aware of their responsibilities. We have the right to vote, but we also have the responsibility to utilize that vote,” said Geiger. Melville-Saltcoats In the Melville-Saltcoats riding, 251 students cast ballots. 141 voted for Warren Kaeding and gave the Sask Party 56 per cent of the votes. The NDP and Bonnie Galenzoski only secured 23.90 per cent of the student vote while Jack Powless of the Saskatchewan Green Party received 11.55 per cent of the vote and Trever Ratti of the PC Party of Saskatchewan only took 8.37 per cent of the vote. Churchbridge Public School votes Saskatchewan Party, 13 NDP, 4 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 1 Saskatchewan Green Party, 0 Davidson School votes Saskatchewan Party, 24 NDP, 20 Saskatchewan Green Party, 7 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 0 Grayson School votes Saskatchewan Party, 9 NDP, 4 Saskatchewan Green Party, 1 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 0 Langenburg High School votes Saskatchewan Party, 11 NDP, 3 Saskatchewan Green Party, 0 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 0 Macdonald School votes Saskatchewan Party, 37 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 15 Saskatchewan Green Party, 10 NDP, 7 Saltcoats School votes Saskatchewan Party, 47 NDP, 22 Saskatchewan Green Party, 11 PC Party of Saskatchewan, 5 At Davidson School, Karielle Willner who ran the election said that the results are what se expected. “(The election) was different because of COVID-19, but the results in the end were pretty typical based on how our school usually votes,” said Willner. Almost all students at MacDonald School participated in some form of the election. “We had grade three through nine participate in the actual student vote, but our grade one and two class also did their own version of student vote. They elected a class mascot,” said Karen Hovind. Hovind feels that it is important to instill the habit of voting earl. “The sooner we get students understanding how our government works and understanding the processes the more adults we will see take part in voting later,” said Hovind. Grayson School’s John Muir was excited that CIVIX chose a question that came from his school to add to the questions asked to the party leaders. “CIVIX was asking for questions to give to the party leaders, and leaders sent out video responses and we were one of five questions that got picked out of the entire province,” said Muir. The question was related to health care. “How are you going to make healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone in all regions remote of city?” said Muir. Langenburg High school’s Fallon Prince had the grade 12 class vote. “I did it with my grade 12 social studies class, it was awesome,” said Prince. After the results came in, it did spark some conversation. “We just went through the results today and compared it to the actual election and we had really awesome discussions,” said Prince. The students did seem to grasp their responsibility in the future. “One kid said that if there was to be any change, it is going to be with young people,” said Prince.Victor van der Merwe, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator
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VICTORIA — British Columbia health officials are working to clear up confusion surrounding COVID-19 restriction guidelines announced last week. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix spent part of their news conference Monday explaining what counts as an event or social gathering. Non-essential travel is not recommended across the province, and worship services along with community and social events have been suspended. Henry and Dix announced 1,933 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, along with 17 additional deaths for a total of 348 people since the pandemic began. It brings the provincial total of those who have tested positive to 27,407, with 7,360 active cases. Groups ranging from religious organizations to theatres have expressed confusion over the specifics of the restrictions announced last week, including what counts as an event. The Catholic archdiocese of Vancouver issued a statement Sunday criticizing what it called its different treatment compared with other indoor gatherings. Archbishop J. Michael Miller said in the statement that the church finds it "baffling" that they are being asked to close while restaurants and bars are allowed to stay open. Theatres, such as Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre Company, have issued open letters asking why they are being asked to close when other venues have not. Henry said she understands the concerns and compared the pandemic response to an Ironman race, which involves swimming, cycling and a marathon. B.C. is currently in the cycling stage, she said, adding that there is still a long way to go until life resumes a sense of normalcy. "I'm asking people to focus on the intent of the orders, what we're trying to do together now to address what we are seeing in our pandemic here in B.C.," Henry said, adding that she wants people to not focus on trying to get around the health orders. There is increased COVID-19 transmission among groups that meet indoors, making it particularly important to restrict social gatherings, she said. Dix emphasized that the orders may seem restrictive but they're being taken to protect the wider public. "We wouldn't be asked to take action right now if it didn't have an immediate impact on our health, our safety and our future," he said. "We certainly wouldn't have asked to make this sacrifice if it didn't save lives." The health orders are scheduled to end on Dec. 7 at midnight. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020. The Canadian Press