Patrick Williams (Chicago Bulls) with a dunk vs the Phoenix Suns, 02/26/2021
Patrick Williams (Chicago Bulls) with a dunk vs the Phoenix Suns, 02/26/2021
Dublin, April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Industrial Heating Equipment Market Analysis By Product, By Application And Segment Forecasts, 2017-2026" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The growing construction industry and an increase in demand for energy-efficient solutions are likely to stimulate demand for industrial heating equipment.The Global Industrial Heating Equipment Market size is expected to reach USD 33.88 billion by 2027 After a disappointing trade flow in 2016-2017, global trade in the first half of 2018 has shown significant improvement owing to low global manufacturing output along with unstable crude oil prices. Moving forward, the vulnerability in raw material prices remains a concern, along with unpredictable trade policies adopted by major consumers and manufacturers. The chemical and mining sectors accounted for the largest share in the industrial heating equipment market. This has been calculated on the basis of chemical industries outlook for the future by precedence to a capacity addition of the chemical and the mineral, material, and mining industries. An increase in demand for residential buildings in developed economies, driven by low-interest rates, a decrease in unemployment rates, and low debt service ratios, will positively contribute to the construction activities, which will aid in the growth of the industrial heating equipment market.Further key findings from the report suggest The heat pump segment was valued at USD 2.53 billion in 2019 and is estimated to reach USD 3.46 billion by the end of the forecast period. The segment is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4% due to an exponential increase in the capacity of SMEs under the specialty chemical industry in Asia. This segment registered a decline in production by 11% during 2014-2016; however, it is expected to pick up the pace by the end of 2019.The U.S. region is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period at a CAGR of 4.6%. The industrial sector in the U.S. contributed to over 30% of the thermal demand in the region. In 2010, the petroleum refining and chemicals industries accounted for 31% and 20% of the total process heating energy use, respectively. The petroleum refining and chemical industries use more than 1 quad of energy each for process heating.The demand for thermal energy varies from 900 GJ to 3.6 TJ depending on the size of a refinery plant. The industrial manufacturing sector of Canada accounts for nearly 65% of the thermal energy demand. The paper & pulp and petroleum refining industries are the largest consumers of industrial heating equipment.Key participants in the industry include Danfoss, Ingersoll-Rand Plc, Lennox International, Inc., Daikin Industries Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH, Johnson Controls, Uponor Corporation, United Technologies Corporation, Emerson Electric Co. and Honeywell International Inc.In 2018, Danfoss acquired shares in Finland-based developer and provider of turnkey IoT solutions, Leanheat. Danfoss plans to strengthen its global position in building energy optimization and management. Key Topics Covered: Chapter 1. Market SynopsisChapter 2. Executive SummaryChapter 3. Indicative MetricsChapter 4. Industrial Heating Equipment Market Segmentation & Impact Analysis4.1. Industrial Heating Equipment Segmentation Analysis4.2. Industrial Outlook4.3. Regulatory Framework4.4. Industrial Heating Equipment Market Impact Analysis4.4.1. Market driver analysis22.214.171.124. Growing Construction Industries126.96.36.199. Demand for energy efficient solutions4.4.2. Market restraint analysis188.8.131.52. High Costs4.5. Key opportunities prioritized4.6. ETOP Analysis4.7. Porter's Five Forces Analysis4.8. Competitive Metric Space Analysis4.9. Price trend AnalysisChapter 5. Industrial Heating Equipment Market By Product Insights & Trends5.1. Product Dynamics & Market Share, 2018 & 20265.2. Heat Pumps5.3. Furnaces5.4. Unitary Heaters5.5. Boilers5.6. Radiant HeatersChapter 6. Industrial Heating Equipment Market By Application Insights & Trends6.1. Application Dynamics & Market Share, 2018 & 20266.2. Oil & Gas6.3. Mining Materials & Metals6.4. Machinery Manufacturing Industry6.5. Automotive6.6. ChemicalChapter 7. Industrial Heating Equipment Market Regional Outlook7.1. Industrial Heating Equipment Market share by region, 2018 & 2026Chapter 8. Competitive Landscape8.1. Market Revenue Share by Manufacturers8.2. Manufacturing Cost Breakdown Analysis8.3. Mergers & Acquisitions8.4. Market positioning8.5. Strategy Benchmarking8.6. Vendor LandscapeChapter 9. Company Profiles DanfossUnited Technologies CorporationIngersoll-Rand PlcLennox International Inc.Daikin Industries Ltd.Johnson ControlsRobert Bosch GmbHUponor CorporationEmerson Electric Co.Honeywell International Inc. For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/8qgmjc CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager email@example.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
Thailand reported on Wednesday 1,335 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest daily rise since the start of the pandemic and the third record rise this week, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with a new wave of infections. The spike in cases comes as Thais celebrate the Songkran new year holidays and authorities have urged people to avoid unnecessary travel and reduce gatherings to help limit the outbreak, which includes the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant first identified in Britain. "The period after Songkran is a critical time to control the outbreak, if not we could see 10,000 to 20,000 cases per day," senior health official, Opas Karnkawinpong, said, urging people to work from home for two weeks after the holidays.
Although the state government has issued directives against the setting up refugee camps, local communities are clandestinely providing shelter to refugees
Russia's rouble extended strong gains on Wednesday on hopes of improving ties between Moscow and the West, while other emerging market currencies rose as U.S. inflation data failed to stoke fears of imminent policy tightening. The rouble led gains across currencies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, having surged 1.8% on Tuesday after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which the Kremlin said was a proposal to normalise ties.
Toronto police didn't check Bruce McArthur's criminal record in 2013 before or after interviewing him — despite possessing evidence connecting the now-convicted serial killer to three missing men whose disappearances officers were then investigating. That's just one of many serious investigative flaws former judge Gloria Epstein identifies in her independent review of Toronto police's handling of missing-persons cases — including the victims of McArthur — released Tuesday. Epstein argues proper preparation for the McArthur interview, an understanding of his 2003 assault conviction, and his connection to the three missing men should have resulted in greater police scrutiny of his conduct as early as November 2013. He was eventually arrested and charged with murder in January 2018. "Someone with a connection with all three missing persons who had attacked another member of the LGBTQ2S+ communities and been banned from the Village for a period should have undoubtedly have qualified as a person of interest," Epstein wrote, referring to the gay community's downtown neighbourhood. The 1,100-page report marks the first time some of these details — of what police did and knew when — have come to light. The service has previously refused to "dissect the investigation" despite questions about how police handled the investigations into missing men who turned out to be McArthur's victims. Retired judge Gloria Epstein released her final report on Toronto police service's handling of missing-persons cases, including McArthur's victims, on Tuesday.(Submitted by Shelley Colenbrander) "I cannot say that McArthur would necessarily have been apprehended earlier if these investigative steps had been taken," Epstein wrote. "But the Toronto police did lose important opportunities to identify him as the killer." McArthur went on to kill five more men after police first interviewed him as part of Project Houston. In a news conference, acting Toronto police chief James Ramer told reporters Tuesday "the shortcomings [Esptein] identified are inexcusable" and that the service is going to implement her recommendations "as quickly as possible." The 16-minute interview The Project Houston task force was launched in November 2012 to probe the disappearances of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Majeed Kayhan — all of whom were connected to Toronto's Gay Village. Almost a year into that investigation, police discovered McArthur was connected to Navaratnam and Faizi through his online username "silverfoxx51." A detective on the project scheduled an interview in November 2013. But Det.-Const. Joshua McKenzie did not prepare questions, look into McArthur's background or do a Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database search on him before the interview, according to Epstein's report. If he had, McKenzie would have found McArthur's 2003 assault conviction, which Epstein argues could have then been used to obtain the synopsis of the serial killer's unprovoked pipe attack on a gay man in the Village in 2001. Project Houston, a police task force, was created to probe the disappearances of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Majeed Kayhan.() Instead, the interview with McArthur lasted only 16 minutes and McKenzie didn't ask McArthur about his known connection to Faizi after McArthur denied knowing the missing man. McArthur also admitted to having had a sexual relationship with Kayhan — who police had yet to connect to McArthur — but McKenzie didn't ask follow-up questions about the relationship. 'Important fact went unnoticed' After the interview, police had a connection between McArthur and all three missing men. "However, this important fact went unnoticed," wrote Epstein. "McKenzie's summary of the interview failed to include it." In the report, Epstein references and agrees with a summary of the implication of those connections from an unnamed police investigator provided to the review. "[McArthur] would have been the one and only person who was linked to all three disappearances at that point from all the information we had," the investigator said. WATCH | Report 'hard to read,' interim chief says: "He would be on the top of the list of finding out what more is he capable of and what he does. The prime suspect, if you will." Instead, it looks like no supervisor reviewed McKenzie's interview or instructed any follow-up action because of it, according to the report. Epstein said McKenzie was a relatively junior officer at the time and told the review that he did what he was told. Neither the video of the McArthur interview nor the summary McKenzie wrote were added to Toronto police's records system, Versadex, or the major case management system, PowerCase. In her report, Epstein outlines how those omissions had ramifications on how police investigated McArthur when he was arrested, but not charged, for an assault in June 2016. CBC News has previously reported on the attempted choking of a man, in the back of McArthur's van, who was able to escape and called 911. Afterward, McArthur went to the police and said the incident was consensual. He was let go, as police believed his story was credible. Bruce McArthur pleaded guilty to killing these eight men. Top row, from left to right: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen and Abdulbasir Faizi. Bottom row, from left to right: Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi and Majeed Kayhan.(John Fraser/CBC) The investigator, Sgt. Paul Gauthier, is facing police disciplinary charges in connection with the case. He told the independent review that had he known McArthur had been identified as someone in contact with three missing persons in Project Houston, Gauthier would have contacted officers from the task force before making his decision not to charge McArthur. "[Gauthier] saw this situation as a counterproductive siloing of relevant information. I agree with him," Epstein wrote. However, the report also notes that Gauthier's 2016 investigation failed to turn up McArthur's 2003 assault conviction. By that time, McArthur had received a record suspension from the Parole Board of Canada in connection with that conviction, but that didn't mean police couldn't find a record of the assault. 'Easily discoverable' "We do know this information, which turned out to be relevant, was easily discoverable during Project Prism," Epstein wrote in relation to the task force that looked into the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen and eventually led to the arrest of McArthur. Without the information on McArthur's pipe assault, Epstein said that investigators in Project Houston and the 2016 choking investigation saw McArthur "as a 64-year-old man with no prior violent history." "What became obvious to me during this Review is that officers have varying (and sometimes inaccurate) understandings of what is available to them on their own databases." McArthur murdered five men — Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Esen and Kinsman — after he was interviewed as part of Project Houston in 2013. Esen and Kinsman were killed after the 2016 attempted choking investigation. McArthur is currently serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of all eight men. He will be 91 by the time he can apply for parole.
Ramadan is normally a time to focus on sacrifice, charity and coming together as a community, but for the second year in a row, Muslims around the world and in Ottawa are marking the holy month in new ways. The pandemic creates challenges for Muslims to come together for two of Ramadan's most important parts: prayer and breaking the daily fast. "Ramadan has a different flavour altogether. I mean, the reason Ramadan is special is because it's celebrated in the community. It's a month of worship, and it's really the atmosphere of coming together as one," said Jalil Marhnouj, president of the Assunnah Muslims Association. On the eve of Ramadan, he said people normally hug each other. "This is not happening, so it's very difficult," he said. This year does have some differences over last. For one, places of worship in Ottawa are allowed to open at 15 per cent capacity, allowing some members of the community to continue the tradition of celebrating in person. Muslims begin their fast with a breakfast before sunrise. This is a photo of what people may call 'suhoor.'(Submitted by Kamrul Islam) Normally around 3,000 people would be accommodated at the Mosque of Mercy, but because of physical distancing, it can only fit 250 people, but they often have fewer to ensure enough space for people and reduce the risk of contamination, said Marhnouj. Once the spots are full, the mosque has to close its doors and turn others away. "That has been very difficult for all of us," he said. Keeping the community connected, but safe, has meant some creativity, including having an online registration system for each night of Ramadan, streaming prayers online, and having online cooking and fitness classes for senior members. Questions surrounding vaccines Another difference is the availability of vaccines. As more and more people get vaccinated across the city and region, Islamic leaders have been fielding a number of questions around whether it's OK to be vaccinated while in the midst of the daily fast. "Fasting goes on between dawn and sunset every day of Ramadan, and there's no food or drink, so that question naturally comes up of whether Muslims are permitted to take and get a shot while they're fasting," said Sikander Hashmi, an imam and member of Council of Imams of Ottawa–Gatineau. Sikander Hashmi is an imam in Ottawa with the Kanata Muslim Association.(Submitted by Sikander Hashmi) "The answer is that, yes, COVID vaccines or any other vaccine for that part doesn't offer any nutrition and therefore does not affect the validity of the fast." He said that even if vaccines are not halal — all those currently approved in Canada are, since they don't contain gelatin or pork products — there is flexibility, especially when it comes to health and safety and there are no alternatives. "There is always flexibility when it comes to Islamic rulings," he said.
Mainstream Hollywood often attempts to frame the lives of older women as 'completed' after they have passed the typical milestones of womanhood: discovering one’s blooming sexuality, marriage and children. The majority of movies ignore the fact that middle age is an incredibly complex time in women's lives — with questions surrounding menopause, sex, mortality, loneliness, a parents’ death and the growing separateness of the lives of your children. Below, these moving works introduce the coming-of-middle-age, where growing older does not lead to the end of the narrative, but rather opens up another meandering, verdant path, brimming with the simultaneous possibilities and difficulties of growth and self-discovery.
Shirley Ketola describes her latest kidney stone attack as the worst pain she has ever felt, an excruciating ordeal that left her curled up on the floor crying. That pain could come back at any moment. Ketola, 27, was scheduled to have five or six kidney stones removed on Thursday at Ottawa's Montfort Hospital, but the surgery has been postponed and she doesn't know when it will be rescheduled. There are patients out there that have things that may end up being life-threatening at some point, and that's really where the danger lies. - Dr. James Wong, Montfort Hospital Ketola is among an untold number of patients left in limbo after Ontario ordered hospitals across most of the province to stop performing all but emergency and life-saving surgeries due to the growing caseload of COVID-19 patients. Ketola said her kidney stones are too big to pass on her own, and she's now suffering anxiety attacks while also trying to care for her two young children. "I feel anxiety that just at any time I'm about to have an attack and I'll have to leave my baby for seven, eight hours, maybe longer," said Ketola, who's still nursing her four-month-old son. Considering going to U.S. Ketola, an American citizen whose husband is in the U.S. Navy, is considering travelling to the United States for surgery. The family has been stationed in Ottawa on a personnel exchange for the past two years. Ketola's doctor, urologist James Wong, said cancelled surgeries are especially tough on patients who have already been waiting months. Ketola said the pain she experienced during her latest kidney stone attack was worse than giving birth. (Gracie Laura Photography) "There are patients out there that have things that may end up being life-threatening at some point, and that's really where the danger lies," Wong said. "There are a subset of people out there that don't fall into the category of imminently urgent, but you know within the next few weeks are probably pretty critical." A 'failing' system Merrickville, Ont., resident David Wood, 40, is in a life-threatening situation, and is worried the health-care system won't be able to help him in time. In 2018, Wood was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation that causes his DNA to grow tumours in his large intestine. At the time, Wood was working as a prototype development engineer in Germany and underwent a colectomy to remove all but 10 centimetres of his colon. He had regular post-operative checkups and was given the all-clear in October, only to find out earlier this month that a large Stage 3 tumour had developed on his remaining colon. Wood said he wasn't able to book a consultation with a surgeon until the end of April, and has been told the surgery itself may not be for another four to six weeks after that. "So we're talking two months, and if it's gone from nothing to Stage 3 in six months, adding another two months doesn't leave you a very good recovery percentage," Wood said. David Wood was working as a prototype development engineer when he first found out he had a genetic mutation that caused tumours to grow on his large intestine. He's currently waiting to book an operation to remove a Stage 3 tumour from his colon.(Submitted by David Wood) Wood said he, too, has the means to travel outside the country for surgery, but he worries for other people who don't have that option. Dr. Virginia Roth, chief of staff at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), said there's a clear set of criteria for delaying surgeries. Under those guidelines, emergency trauma and time-sensitive cancer surgery should not be postponed. Wood said the latest wave of COVID-19 may not have anything to do with his own situation, but he still believes it's unacceptable, and he worries the pandemic will only make things worse. "It feels like the system is so broken that it's going to cost some people their lives," Wood said.
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Claire Matlock went from handling final exams as a medical student in St. Vincent to helping people devastated by the La Soufrière volcano eruption early Friday — and the volunteer efforts of the Kitchener, Ont., resident and her friends have extended far beyond expectations. Between 16,000 and 20,000 people have been evacuated from the eruption area in the northern region of the island. Over 3,000 of them are staying at more than 80 government shelters. Though covered in ash, Matlock was safe, as she lives in the capital of Kingstown in the "green zone down south," which wasn't as heavily impacted as the "red zone" in the north, she said when contacted by CBC News. Recognizing the desperate need of the thousands affected by the eruption, Matlock, 27, and fellow medical student Anna Vanhoof, 23, of Bowmanville, Ont., quickly started working to help get food and supplies to them. "There are lots of people off the grid, not in shelters, who need supplies just as well, and that's where my friends and I come in and help fill those gaps," said Matlock. "As a group of aspiring physicians, it's in our nature to help people, and many of us are finding ways to be of service between studying for final exams." It was Matlock's social media post that really kicked up their efforts. That mom that needed formula for her baby now has 10 cases of it today because friends and family back in Canada sent me some money to go to the store and then to her house. - Claire Matlock, Canadian in St. Vincent, on getting supplies to evacuees Her post said she was heading out to buy food and supplies for people in need — bars of soap and canned goods, for instance, that would get delivered that day. She also said for anyone wanting to send her "five bucks by e-transfer," the money would be put to immediate good use. "It really took off — we raised thousands of dollars very quickly," said Matlock. "I did not expect that. It's very grassroots. "It's still just my best friend [Vanhoof] and I here, and our local Vincentian friends who are the real MVPs, because they are the ones navigating us down the back street." Ash rises into the air as La Soufrière volcano erupts Friday. Since then, there have been other explosions, and experts say activity could continue for weeks.(Kepa Diez Ara/The Associated Press) Matlock said people in the red zone are especially in need. "Up north is bad. People have entirely lost their homes — the pyroclastic flows have started," she said about the dangerously hot post-eruption flow of rock fragments, gas and ash. "All of us all over the island are dealing with the ashfall, and the mess that it makes just infiltrates everything. "It's like a grey, dusty toxic snowfall … and it leaves a very poor air quality," said Matlock. She explained how they're getting supplies to those in need. "It's very simple — we text the shelters, they tell us what they need, we go buy it, deliver it and repeat," she said. "That mom that needed formula for her baby now has 10 cases of it today because friends and family back in Canada sent me some money to go to the store and then to her house. It's very efficient and it's also a good example of how social media can be used for good, and we're so humbled by all the donations." 1st eruption in decades Soufrière has erupted before, including in 1979, the last time it exploded before Friday, and in 1902, resulting in the death of 1,600 people. An eruption Tuesday morning, on the anniversary of the 1979 eruption, was slightly smaller than Monday's that sent deadly clouds of hot gas, ash and stone down the mountainsides. No casualties have been reported since the first big blast early Friday, but island leaders Tuesday estimated the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption, as ashfall and the pyroclastic flows have contaminated water reservoirs and destroyed crops. Volcanologists say activity from Soufrière could continue for weeks. Ash covers roads a day after La Soufrière's eruption Friday, following decades of inactivity.(Robertson S. Henry/Reuters) Garth Saunders, minister of the island's water and sewer authority, said some communities have not yet received water. "The windward [eastern] coast is our biggest challenge today," he said during Tuesday's news conference, about efforts to deploy water trucks. "What we are providing is a finite amount. We will run out at some point." The island's prime minister, Ralph Gonsalves, said people in some shelters need food and water, and he thanked neighbouring nations for shipping items including cots, respiratory masks, and water bottles and tanks. In addition, the World Bank has disbursed $20 million US to the government of St. Vincent as part of an interest-free catastrophe financing program. "We have to get stuff rolling in to people," Gonsalves told a news conference on the local NBC Radio station. Students hope exams get postponed Matlock said it's taken a lot of preparation for her and her friends to keep going through the chaos. "We try to go [to get supplies] as early as we can between exams," she said. "The hardest one to find is water right now. Those are stripped off the store shelves, so whenever the pipes come back on, all of us fill up. But we've resorted to boiling water from the pool for cooking or bathing, and we're just doing our best with what we have." She also said she and fellow medical student are "pushing for [finals exams] to be postponed." "We're pulling all-nighters here, but it's hard to focus. It's hard to buckle down because as future physicians you have to study for 12 hours a day with your head in a book, and it's hard to study every bone in the body when things outside are so broken and all of us want to help. "We're hoping that they postpone them, but until anything is official we have to continue to study," added Matlock.
Once again taxpayers have stepped in to throw a multibillion-dollar lifeline to corporate Canada, but this time it looks as though Canadians may actually make money on the deal. After a long and contentious negotiation, the federal government announced this week that it had struck a bargain to bail out Air Canada, imposing a strict series of conditions. It will provide refunds to ticket holders, support the aerospace industry, return service to regional airports and help ensure that the country's biggest air carrier can survive financially until Canadians start travelling again once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. You could see Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's eyes light up at Monday's late-night news conference when she heard the wording of a reporter's question about why taxpayers were "footing the bill" to refund Air Canada ticket holders. "Taxpayers aren't footing the bill," Freeland said almost gleefully. "This is a loan facility, and the government of Canada fully expects to be paid back." Taxpayer risk The impression that this was mere corporate welfare was not just held among reporters suddenly coming to terms with the surprise deal, rumours of which only began to emerge late Monday afternoon. A Tuesday morning search on Twitter for "Air Canada" showed many angry tweets demanding why some other more worthy causes — from universal basic income to urban public transport — did not get the generous handout instead. Of course, as in any government bailout — this one worth about $6 billion — taxpayers are taking a risk. In the uncertain world of commerce, there is always at least a small chance that a company will not be able to pay its bills, in which case Canadians will indeed be on the hook. But having a backer like the Canadian government makes a corporate failure that much less likely. And along with offering repayable loans to the company, Canadians took a half-billion-dollar stake, buying shares in Air Canada at $23 each. Despite a decline in share prices to about $26 when markets opened on Tuesday as investors assessed the deal, taxpayers were still in the money. And if, as most people expect, air travel returns to levels before COVID-19 once everyone has been vaccinated, taxpayers will see a windfall if shares head back toward a pre-pandemic $50 each. While Freeland and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra fronted the news conference and soaked up the good publicity, people in the know say the hard-bargaining mastermind behind the deal was no politician. Like a poacher turned gamekeeper, deputy finance minister Michael Sabia used to be on the other side of the bargaining table, holding powerful corporate positions that include chief executive officer of Bell Canada and head of Quebec's giant pension fund, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. "I think a lot of the credit does go to Michael Sabia," said Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, noting that when Sabia was named deputy minister in December, Hyder sent him a note in the middle of the night offering advice. 'Michael gets it' "His arrival there actually triggered a real negotiation and a real discussion and conversation that led to the successful conclusion of the agreement," Hyder said in a phone conversation on Tuesday. "I would say Michael gets it." But it is clear that it's not just the business side of the deal that Sabia gets. By hammering out a bargain specifying that the money would have to be paid back before shareholders got dividends and before the executives could return to their multimillion-dollar salaries and bonuses, Sabia proved to be a shrewd political operator as well, cutting a deal that voters are likely to accept just before what many expect will be a federal election. Deputy finance minister Michael Sabia, who was once CEO of Bell Canada, may keep a low profile, but his business skills are all over the Air Canada deal, observers say.(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) Not all previous corporate bailouts — including a purchase of shares in a troubled General Motors in 2009 by the federal Conservative government at the time — have been as successful as this one promises to be. Times were different then, as a global financial meltdown created a persistent recession and industries had trouble climbing out of the hole. Also, taxpayers may not have got the best price when the government sold the shares before the 2015 election in a murky deal with Goldman Sachs to help bolster its claim of running a balanced budget. According to Canada's auditor general and according to Mark Milke in a report for the Fraser Institute, taxpayers lost billions of dollars on the GM share deal. But as in the GM deal, Hyder said, the government's calculation is not to make a short-term profit on shares, but, in this case, to support an entire air transport sector and aerospace sector and the many good jobs they provide. And while, like many in the private sector, he doesn't want to see long-term government ownership of the airline, there is a benefit to the government having "skin in the game" and a seat at the corporate table, Hyder said. WATCH | Refunds to passengers part of deal between Air Canada and Ottawa: According to the International Monetary Fund, this recession really is different, and it recently altered its gloomy forecast made last autumn that the pandemic would cause lasting damage. Last week it predicted there would be few scars, especially in the world's richer economies. As Sabia and Air Canada both recognized, the airline's problem was not a bad business model but a classic cash-flow problem, and by acting to plug that temporary shortage of cash, taxpayers and the national carrier are both very likely to benefit. While Hyder sees the Air Canada deal as a good one, he believes that Sabia and Freeland have plenty more work ahead with other airlines and other sectors to help business restart the Canadian economy and return to profit. "There's still much more to do here," he said. Follow Don Pittis on Twitter @don_pittis
The theatrical movie kingdom has been receding for a long time, and the old citadels of Hollywood are terrified of that
Amnesty International, Privacy International and 28 other civil and human rights groups on Wednesday urged EU lawmakers to take a strong stand on privacy rights in proposed rules governing Facebook's WhatsApp and Microsoft's Skype. The call by the group in a letter to the European Parliament, whose members are spread out across Europe, is in response to what they said are attempts by EU countries to weaken privacy rights. EU countries in February agreed to a joint position in forthcoming negotiations with EU lawmakers and the European Commission on an ePrivacy Regulation that would subject WhatsApp and Skype to the same rules as telecoms providers and restrict the tracking of users in order to provide personalised ads.
Objectway was mentioned again by Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, in the March 2021 edition of the report Integrate Advisor-Supporting Wealth Management Technologies Into Digital Platforms to Accelerate Adoption. Objectway was acknowledged as a representative vendor of advisor technologies for financial planning, portfolio management, client collaboration tools, and as an all-in-one wealth platform.
WASHINGTON — Canada is growing ever more reliant on imported American oil, a new report from the country's energy regulator suggests, putting a counter-intuitive spin on the fierce debate about cross-border pipelines and energy independence. The United States provided nearly four out of every five barrels of imported crude in 2020, a year when global demand for fossil fuels was badly dented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest data from the Canada Energy Regulator shows. Some 77 per cent of Canadian imports came from the U.S., up from 72 per cent in 2019 and a paltry six per cent in 2010, before a dramatic spike in domestic American oil and gas production over the last decade. "We do often think of the pipeline relationship between the two countries as being one of, 'Canada produces and exports to the U.S.,'" said Darren Christie, the regulator's chief economist. "This is specifically showing that there is another side to that coin, which is that we also import production from the U.S." Close observers of Canada-U.S. trade flows, particularly those in the energy sector, might not be overly surprised by how much American crude oil has been travelling north in recent years. The U.S. absorbed a whopping 96 per cent of Canadian oil exports last year, the bulk of it heavy crude, more than half of it to the U.S. Midwest, which has been ground zero for pipeline disputes for much of the last 15 years. But a massive surge in U.S. oil and gas production, fuelled in part by new extraction technology like fracking and horizontal drilling, has made it a convenient source of feedstock for refineries in both countries, Christie said. "Their crude oil production has more than doubled in the last 10 years, which is quite a remarkable increase," he said. "That creates a massive supply push out of the U.S. And if we are just north and had previously been importing some crudes from around the world, it's a natural market for a lot of that increased production out of the U.S." While foreign oil has long been a part of the Canadian energy mix, the latest numbers — along with the proportion of imports from the U.S. — casts the ongoing controversy over pipeline links between the two countries in a surprising new light. On his first day in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline expansion, which would have ferried an additional 800,000 barrels a day of Alberta oilsands bitumen to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Michigan is currently in court with Enbridge Inc. over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's efforts to shut down Line 5, a vital cross-border energy link that crosses the Great Lakes beneath the ecologically sensitive Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline is widely billed by its defenders as a critical piece of infrastructure that feeds key refineries in Sarnia, Ont., and provides more than half of the propane needed to heat homes in Michigan alone, to say nothing of neighbouring states. Canada has vowed to strenuously defend Line 5, with Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan insisting last month that its operation is "non-negotiable." Ottawa has yet to say if it will take part in the ongoing court case. Protesters in Minnesota are also doing their best to disrupt Enbridge's ongoing $10-billion upgrade of Line 3, another key link in the cross-border chain that connects to Line 5 at a facility in Superior, Wisc. The dependence on U.S. oil is especially high in Atlantic Canada, a region of the country where pipelines are often not an option. Imports to refineries there have increased tenfold over the last decade. While Canada's energy exports to the U.S. are more than six times what moves in the other direction, the interdependence between the two countries is dramatic, both from the standpoint of energy supply and economic impact, the American Petroleum Institute said in a report last week. Over the past 10 years, the value of petroleum liquids traded between the two has measured as high as 20 per cent of all Canada-U.S. trade. Up to 90 per cent of oil refined in Eastern Canada travelled either through or from the U.S., the API said. "Trade volumes in both directions are dominated by crude oil," it said. "Crude oil trade growth has been primarily driven by heavy crude oil shipped from Western Canada to the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast by pipeline and rail, and light crude oil from North Dakota and Texas shipped to Eastern Canada by pipeline and marine vessel." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021. James McCarten, The Canadian Press
Opposition critics are calling on Canada to follow the lead of countries like the United States and Australia by making work-related purchases of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) tax-deductible. Conservative revenue critic Philip Lawrence said making PPE tax-deductible would relieve the financial pressure on low-income workers who have to protect themselves on the job. "I think a lot of the people who are working but perhaps being paid minimum wage, who are just trying to scrape by ... they are putting themselves in harm's way by being those front line workers out there. We should be doing everything we can to make sure they are safe," said Lawrence. "Full deductibility of PPE is something we need to study and see if it will help Canadians by making sure that they're safe by making PPE a little less expensive." Lawrence said he wants a parliamentary committee to study the idea and called on the government to provide an estimate of how much the policy would cost. NDP revenue critic Matthew Green said he'd also like to see the federal government consider reimbursing personal purchases of masks and other protective equipment for work. "I absolutely think that in order to best support our public health mandates on mandatory masking, that at the very least, these should be tax deductible through the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency)," he said. "In the United States, they even have programs for reimbursements." NDP MP for Hamilton Centre Matthew Green says the government should make the cost of face masks tax-deductible, or even reimburse Canadians. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press) He suggested the federal government should itself be distributing PPE to front line workers with lower incomes. "I think in an ideal world, our government would play a role in not just the recouping of expenses but also the distribution of critical PPE to citizens — particularly ones who are on fixed incomes and can't afford an undue burden of having to pay for new masks," he said. Cash-strapped workers may be reusing masks: Green Green said he worries that some people may be tempted to reuse disposable masks to save money, while running the risk that they might be contaminated. Unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Unite Here say they have been pushing with some success to get employers to foot the bill for the PPE their employees have to wear at work. Many workers say they've had to buy their own face masks and hand sanitizer for work use — especially in the early days of the pandemic, when many stores and shopping malls were taken by surprise by COVID-19 and mandatory mask orders. "We didn't have masks at the store yet so it was really up to the employees to make sure that we had the protection," said Ottawa retail worker Madina Kerimkulova. She estimates she's spent around $70 over the past year on masks and hand sanitizer. Rules on declaring the cost of PPE for work can vary considerably from one country to the next. Strict limits on PPE deductions in Canada The Canada Revenue Agency says the cost of PPE can be a tax deductible medical expense for individuals — but only if they have a doctor's prescription and a specific health condition, such as a "severe chronic respiratory ailment" or "a severe chronic immune system disregulation." Most over-the-counter products, such as masks, face shields and hand sanitizer, don't qualify as tax deductions. The Finance Department says it has tried to make PPE more affordable by exempting it from federal sales tax. In the United Kingdom, the government initially made PPE exempt from its VAT sales tax; that exemption expired on Oct. 31. An elderly woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 shops for dried goods at a store in Chinatown in Vancouver on January 27, 2021.(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) PPE is a tax-deductible expense in the U.K. for both employers and self-employed individuals. In cases where PPE is required for an employee to do their job, U.K. health and safety law obliges an employer to provide PPE for free, or to reimburse employees for the cost of buying it. In the United States, a recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bulletin said that purchases of personal protective equipment "such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of the Coronovirus Disease 2019," count as deductible medical expenses as long as the taxpayer wasn't reimbursed through a health insurance plan. The IRS does not require that PPE be purchased for work in order for it to qualify as tax-deductible. That's not the case in Australia, where the cost of things like face masks is deductible only for those who need PPE for work. In order to qualify under Australia's rules, those claiming deductions for masks must be required by the terms of their employment to be at their place of work and to wear a mask while at work. Australians also can't claim deductions for masks if their employers provide them free of charge. A grocery store worker wears a protective face mask and gloves as a customer stands on the other side of a plexiglass divider in downtown Vancouver Wednesday, April 29, 2020.(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press) Only Australians whose work brings them into close contact with customers, or involves cleaning the premises, can claim for other PPE items such as gloves, sanitizer or anti-bacterial spray. In New Zealand, where there are few income tax deductions for salaried workers, the cost of PPE isn't deductible for individuals but is for businesses. Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said his group supports reducing the tax burden but believes there are easier ways to do it. "With respect to making it tax-deductible right now, we're not huge fans of making new, boutique tax measures," said Wudrick. "If there are ways to more broadly apply existing credits — like, say, having the CRA say that masks count as 'medical expenses' eligible to be deducted — then OK." Elizabeth Thompson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrenceville, GA, April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RealManage is pleased to announce Jan Vasser's promotion, a Georgia team member, to Director of Community Association Management. Jan joined our RealManage team in 2018 and received the promotion to the director of association management for the Georgia branch. She has an extensive background in community management spanning over 20 years and began her management experience managing market, LIHTC, and over 55 communities for one of the largest management companies in the State of Georgia. “It’s exciting to be on board with one of the top HOA management companies in the nation,” states Jan. “I’m proud to be part of the RealManage team and an integral part of the Georgia branch/division. GO DAWGS!” She holds her degree in Business Administration, her CMCA® designation from the Community Association Institute, and a CPM issued by the State of Georgia Department of Community Development. “Jan has been a fantastic leader, and it’s an honor to have her accept the position of director of community association management with our organization,” states Georgia Division President Gary Griffin. “I know she will be tremendously successful in her new role.” About RealManageRealManage is a community management company managing close to two thousand community associations across the nation. Areas of operation include California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, Texas, and Washington. The company provides services to homeowner associations (HOAs), condominium associations, cooperatives, municipal utility districts, luxury high-rises, and large master-planned communities. Learn more about RealManage at www.realmanage.com. Connect with Us: FacebookTwitterLinkedInInsights Blog CONTACT: Amanda Causey RealManage email@example.com
Recent developments: What's the latest? Some people awaiting surgery are growing increasingly anxious after the Ontario government ordered hospitals across most of the province to stop performing all but emergency and life-saving operations due to the growing caseload of COVID-19 patients. Ottawa and eastern Ontario regions are ramping up their pharmacy vaccination campaigns, so here's a breakdown of what you need to know to get your COVID-19 shot at a pharmacy. Ottawa reported 194 more COVID-19 cases and no more deaths Tuesday. WATCH | Doctor says cancelled surgeries leave some patients in danger: How many cases are there? The region is in a record-breaking third wave of the pandemic that includes more dangerous coronavirus variants, straining hospitals and test sites. As of Tuesday, 20,267 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 2,617 known active cases, 17,174 resolved cases and 476 deaths. Public health officials have reported more than 37,300 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 31,800 resolved cases. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 157 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 178. Akwesasne has had more than 580 residents test positive, evenly split between its northern and southern sections. Kitigan Zibi has had a spike of about 15 cases late last week. It had about 20 confirmed cases before this. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had 11, with one death. CBC Ottawa is profiling those who've died of COVID-19. If you'd like to share your loved one's story, please get in touch. What can I do? Eastern Ontario: Ontario is under a stay-at-home order until at least the first week of May. People can only leave home for essential reasons such as getting groceries or health care and exercising. They're asked to only leave their immediate area or province if it's absolutely necessary. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has said bylaw officers will inspect stores and respond to complaints about homes and parks. The vast majority of indoor gatherings are prohibited, with exceptions for people who live together and those who live alone and pair up with one other household. Outdoor gatherings have to be essential, masked and distanced. Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to malls is restricted, and big-box stores can only sell essential items. Gyms and personal care services must close, while restaurants are only available for takeout and delivery. Ontario is indefinitely moving to online learning after April break. Daycares remain open for now. Local health units and communities can also set their own rules, as Prince Edward County's is doing around travel and Kingston is doing for Breakwater Park. Western Quebec Premier François Legault has said the situation is critical in Gatineau and is asking people there to only leave home when it's essential. Schools, gyms, theatres, personal care services and non-essential businesses are closed until April 26 in Gatineau and in the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, which almost entirely surrounds the city. As of today, that covers the entire region. Private gatherings are banned, except for a person who lives alone seeing one other household. Distanced outdoor exercise is allowed in groups up to eight people and masks are mandatory if people mix households. The curfew starts at 8 p.m. People in the Outaouais are asked to only have close contact with people they live with, be masked and distanced for all other in-person contact and only leave their immediate area for essential reasons — under threat of a fine if they go to a yellow or green zone. Distancing and isolating The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets that can hang in the air. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after getting a vaccine. Coronavirus variants of concern are more contagious and are spreading quickly. This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future like staying home while sick — and getting help with costs if needed — keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with, even with a mask on. Masks, preferably ones that fit snugly and have three layers, are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec. OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible. Masks are mandatory in the Outaouais if people are sitting outside with someone they don't live with and can't keep two metres apart. People sit in Ottawa's Major's Hill Park on April 10, 2021, the first weekend under that provincewide stay-at-home order. People are only allowed to spend time with people they live with or one other person who lives alone.(Rémi Authier/Radio-Canada) Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems get help with errands. People have to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine and have to pay for their stay in a quarantine hotel if entering by air. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate, as should those who've been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length varies in Quebec and Ontario. Vaccines Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada. Canada's task force said first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second. About 468,000 doses have been given out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including about 204,000 doses to Ottawa residents and about 84,000 in western Quebec. Eastern Ontario Ontario is now in Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout, with the first doses during Phase 1 generally going to care home residents and health-care workers. All health units in eastern Ontario are now vaccinating people age 60 and older at their clinics. People can book appointments online or over the phone. People who are above or turning age 55 can contact participating pharmacies for a vaccine appointment. That list grew by more than 100 locations on Monday. Phase 2 includes people with underlying health conditions this month, followed by essential workers who can't work from home in May. Phase 3 should involve vaccinating anyone older than 16 starting in July. Local health units have some flexibility in the larger framework, so check their websites for details. The province has opened up appointments for people age 50 to 54 in the K1T, K1V and K2V "hot spot" postal codes, though supply is currently limited. This should soon include all education workers and staff in large workplaces. Separately, some Ottawans in certain priority neighbourhoods can check their eligibility online and call the city at 613-691-5505 for an appointment. Indigenous people over age 16 in Ottawa can make an appointment the same way. Western Quebec Quebec also started by vaccinating people in care homes and health-care workers. The vaccination plan now covers people age 60 and older. People age 55 to 79 can line up in their vehicles to get a ticket for a walk-up appointment at Gatineau's Palais des Congrès. That will be followed by local essential workers and people with chronic illnesses. Officials expect everyone who wants a shot to be able to get one by by Fête nationale on June 24. People who qualify can make an appointment online or over the phone. Pharmacists there will also be giving shots. Symptoms and testing COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and loss of taste or smell. Children tend to have an upset stomach and/or a rash. If you have severe symptoms, call 911. Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help. In eastern Ontario: Anyone seeking a test should book an appointment. Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, if you've been told to by your health unit or the province, or if you fit certain other criteria. People without symptoms but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy can make an appointment at select pharmacies. This week that includes school staff and students. Travellers who need a test have very few local options to pay for one. Check with your area's health unit for clinic locations and hours. Some are offering pop-up or mobile clinics. In western Quebec: Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts. Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 ave. Buckingham. They can check the wait time for the Saint-Raymond site. There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Maniwaki and Petite-Nation. Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby. First Nations, Inuit and Métis: First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone travelling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible for a test in Ontario. Akwesasne has a COVID-19 test site by appointment only and a curfew of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days. People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-1175. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and in Kitigan Zibi, 819-449-5593. Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays. For more information
We still don't know exactly how it started — a runner on a treadmill, or perhaps someone lifting weights — but an outbreak at a gym in Quebec City has become one of the largest recorded COVID-19 superspreading events in Canada. The Méga Fitness Gym, tucked behind a busy highway in an industrial section of the provincial capital, became a major source of contagion for the B117 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, which now accounts for 70 per cent of all cases in Quebec City. The gym was shut down March 31 as the city was once again put under lockdown. To date, there have been 222 people infected at the gym, another 356 related cases involving outbreaks at 49 workplaces and a 40-year-old man has died. But officials have yet to provide key details on the outbreak that can help inform the public, including whether it was sparked by the more contagious and potentially more deadly variant and whether it was driven by aerosol transmission — or microscopic airborne particles. The outbreak is now the subject of an epidemiological investigation but some of the specifics of how the virus spread are being kept confidential, said Mathieu Boivin, a spokesperson for the local health authority. The health authority says the gym was in violation of at least three public health orders before it was shut down. Gym staff reportedly didn't ask patrons if they were suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, clients weren't kept two metres apart and employees weren't wearing the required personal protective equipment. The gym's owner, Dan Marino, has not responded to requests for comment. In a Facebook post, he defended his efforts to follow public health regulations. Dr. Isabelle Bertrand, an emergency room physician at Quebec City's Hôpital Saint-François d'Assise, began to see the direct consequences of the outbreak earlier this month. One of her patients was a man who contracted the virus from his son, who got it while working out at the gym. Some hard-hit regions of Quebec still allow for indoor fitness classes across Canada, or did up until recently, despite the known increased risk of transmission from variants of the coronavirus. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada) Now, she said, it's more difficult to know how her patients contracted the virus, as it spreads more widely in the community at a quickening pace she likened to a "pyramid scheme." Bertrand said her ER just keeps "getting busier and busier." "We're close to a point where we're really getting concerned again," she said. A 'stunning' outbreak and more transmissible variants The outbreak isn't the only reason Quebec City for the recent spike in cases, but health experts say it was a key driver. Raymond Tellier, an infectious diseases specialist, medical microbiologist and associate medical professor at McGill University, called the outbreak "stunning." "This is the kind of setting where if you don't have proper ventilation and if you have too much crowding, you could indeed have a superspreading event linked to aerosol," he said. "This one is remarkable." It's also not the first major outbreak of its kind tied to a fitness centre in Canada. Another superspreading event at a downtown Hamilton, Ont., spin studio in October led to at least 85 people being infected with COVID-19. Similar to the Quebec City outbreak, Hamilton's Spinco saw 54 people infected with COVID-19 in the studio who then went on to infect 31 others in households, schools, daycare centres, healthcare facilities and other workplaces. Another outbreak at Spinco, a spinning studio in Hamilton,Ont., infected dozens of people in October 2020.(Bobby Hristova/CBC) In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study on an outbreak at a gym in Chicago in August that saw 55 people infected among 81 attendees. Masks were worn infrequently during exercise by patrons — some of whom had COVID-19 symptoms. The difference between these outbreaks and the one in Quebec City though is that the more transmissible variants of the coronavirus weren't circulating widely in the community at the time like they are now. A year later, policies still lag behind the science Prof. Linsey Marr, an expert on the airborne transmission of viruses at Virginia Tech, said it's surprising that these types of outbreaks are still happening a year into the pandemic, given the growing body of research on aerosol transmission driving superspreading events. She said the Quebec City outbreak had all the hallmarks of a "classic" superspreading event: a crowded indoor space, poor mask adherence and exercise activities that lead to heavy breathing and increase the risk of aerosol transmission. We can't expect the public to follow all the latest science ... if they see that the gym is open, they're going to assume that it's safe. - Prof. Linsey Marr, expert in airbone viruses at Virginia Tech "We can't expect the public to follow all the latest science and so they're going to go about their lives based on probably what's open or not," she said. "And if they see that the gym is open, they're going to assume that it's safe." Marr said the situation also underscores how public policy has failed to evolve to reflect the scientific evidence that COVID-19 spreads primarily through the air rather than surfaces. "People tend to latch on to the first thing they hear, which was to wipe down your groceries, a year ago," said Marr. "But I think we need really a campaign to just clarify to people kind of how the virus is transmitting and then policies that match that." WATCH | Quebec City's COVID-19 surge leads to more restrictions: Gyms have since been ordered closed in Quebec City. They were also closed last week in Montreal and Laval as part of restrictions aimed at preventing the kind of surge already underway in the capital. But some hard-hit regions still allow for indoor fitness classes across Canada, or did up until recently, despite the known increased risk of transmission from variants. Manitoba moved to reopen gyms and indoor fitness classes in early February, the same day it recorded its first case of B117, and has so far allowed them to remain open despite being at the beginning of a third wave of the pandemic. Alberta reopened gyms in late January despite a rapid rise in variant cases, but announced last week the province would return to Step 1 restrictions, which included closing them. B.C. allowed for indoor fitness with masks required only when not working out up until the end of March, when it implemented a three-week "circuit breaker"-style lockdown that saw gyms closed but one-on-one fitness classes permitted. WATCH | Inside some of Canada's hardest hit hospitals in the 3rd wave of COVID-19: "There is pandemic fatigue at a time where the variants are coming in, and also too much anticipation of vaccination," said Tellier. "We must not lower our guard too soon and that's what's happening right now." Tellier said the recent rapid change in public health restrictions in Canada's hardest hit regions is in direct response to the spread of variants — but it remains to be seen if those measures will have an impact. "Governments thought they could open up a bit, which is very much what people wanted too, but it's not working," he said. "Over the next two to three months we need to be resigned to the fact that life is not coming back to normal just yet and we need to be really careful — even more so than before because of the greater transmissibility of these variants. This is unfortunate, but this is what it is."
Press Release Public tender offer on Natixis’ shares, followed by a potential mandatory squeeze-out Paris, April 14th 2021 Having noted that the opening of the simplified tender offer for Natixis’ shares will most likely occur after the detachment of the 2020 dividend proposed to the vote of Natixis’ shareholders at the next General Meeting scheduled for May 28, 2021, the Supervisory Board of Group BPCE has decided to amend the terms of the offer to provide that the price of 4.00 euros per Natixis share is "ex-dividend". About Groupe BPCE Groupe BPCE, with its business model as a universal cooperative bank represented by 9 million cooperative shareholders, is currently the 2nd-largest banking group in France. With its 105,000 employees, it serves a total of 36 million customers – individuals, professionals, corporates, investors, and local government bodies – around the world. It operates in the retail banking and insurance sectors in France via its two major Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne banking networks, along with Banque Palatine. With Natixis, it also runs global business lines specializing in Asset & Wealth management, Corporate & Investment Banking, Insurance and Payments. Through this structure, it is able to offer its customers a comprehensive, diversified range of products and services: solutions in savings, investment, cash management, financing, and insurance. The Group's financial strength is recognized by four financial rating agencies: Moody's (A1, stable outlook), Standard & Poor's (A+, negative outlook), Fitch (A+, negative outlook) and R&I (A+, stable outlook). About Natixis Natixis is a French multinational financial services firm specialized in asset & wealth management, corporate & investment banking, insurance and payments. A subsidiary of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France through its two retail banking networks, Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne, Natixis counts nearly 16,000 employees across 38 countries. Its clients include corporations, financial institutions, sovereign and supranational organizations, as well as the customers of Groupe BPCE’s networks. Listed on the Paris stock exchange, Natixis has a solid financial base with a CET1 capital under Basel 3(1) of €12.1 billion, a Basel 3 CET1 Ratio(1) of 11.6% and quality long-term ratings (Standard & Poor’s: A+ / Moody’s: A1 / Fitch Ratings: A+). Groupe BPCE Press Contact Christophe Gilbert: +33 1 40 39 66 00 firstname.lastname@example.org Groupe BPCE Investor Relations Roland Charbonnel: +33 1 58 40 69 30 François Courtois: +33 1 58 40 46 69 email@example.com Attachment PR_Groupe_BPCE_Offre_publique_achat_action_natixis_14042021_GB