Rachael Kirkconnell, a contestant on the current season of "The Bachelor," has apologized after facing accusations of racism after photos surfaced of her attending a fraternity formal with an antebellum plantation theme in 2018.
Rachael Kirkconnell, a contestant on the current season of "The Bachelor," has apologized after facing accusations of racism after photos surfaced of her attending a fraternity formal with an antebellum plantation theme in 2018.
ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE: ACCO), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded academic, consumer and business products, today announced that it priced a private offering of $575 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.25% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2029. The price to investors will be 100% of the aggregate principal amount of the notes. The company expects to close the offering on March 15, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Uniti Group Inc. (UNIT) on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $109.9 million, or 42 cents per share, in the period. Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry.
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The United States men's under-23 soccer team are aiming to make up for past disappointments, coach Jason Kreis said on Monday as his squad gathered in Mexico for a training camp ahead of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. With the U.S. women having already earned their spot at this year's rescheduled Tokyo Games, the men will try to do the same and qualify for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics if they can reach the final of the March 18-30 competition. "I see it as opportunity, I presented it to the guys that we have a chance to sort of not rewrite history but take a major step forward," said Kreis, during a media call from Guadalajara.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ AppFolio Inc. (APPF) on Monday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $513,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Santa Barbara, California-based company said it had a loss of 1 cent per share. The property management software maker posted revenue of $72.4 million in the period.
Orion Acquisition Corp. (the "Company"), a blank check company formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, today announced the pricing of its upsized initial public offering of 36,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit.
The QMX Board of Directors Unanimously Recommends that Shareholders Vote FOR the ArrangementTORONTO, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QMX Gold Corporation (TSX-V:QMX) (“QMX” or the “Company”) today announced it has filed and is in the process of mailing the management information circular dated February 9, 2021 (the “Circular”) and related materials for the special meeting (the “Meeting”) of the Company’s shareholders (the “Shareholders”) to approve the previously announced plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “Arrangement”), pursuant to which Eldorado Gold Corporation (“Eldorado”) will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares (the “Shares”) of the Company (not already owned by Eldorado). Pursuant to the Arrangement, each Shareholder will receive, for each Share held, (i) C$0.075 in cash and (ii) 0.01523 of an Eldorado common share, for total consideration of C$0.30 per Share (based on Eldorado’s closing price on January 20, 2021) (the “Arrangement Consideration”), all as more particularly described in the Circular. Benefits of the Arrangement to Shareholders Attractive Premium. The Arrangement Consideration offered to the Shareholders under the Arrangement represents a premium of approximately 39.5% over the closing price of the Shares on January 20, 2021, being the last trading day prior to the announcement of the entering into of the definitive arrangement agreement dated January 20, 2021 between Eldorado and QMX (the “Agreement”).Participation by Shareholders in Future Growth of the Combined Company. Shareholders will receive common shares of Eldorado under the Arrangement and will have the opportunity to participate in any future increase in the value of Eldorado, including the current mineral projects of QMX and the diversified portfolio of producing operations and development projects of Eldorado.Increased Ability to Advance the Bonnefond Project. Eldorado is a leader in responsible mining practices and has a positive track record in developing and operating gold mining properties. Its strong operational expertise and financial capacity will help accelerate the development of the Bonnefond Project. Additional information related to the benefits and related risks of the Arrangement are contained in the Circular. Board Recommendation The board of directors of the Company (the “Board”), acting on the unanimous recommendation of a special committee of the Board (the “Special Committee”) and after receiving legal and financial advice, unanimously determined the Arrangement is fair to the Shareholders (other than Eldorado) and is in the best interests of the Company, and recommends the Shareholders vote FOR the Arrangement. Interim Order The Company also announced today that the Company has been granted an interim order (the “Interim Order”) from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) authorizing various matters, including the holding of the Meeting and the mailing of the Circular. Meeting and Circular The Meeting is scheduled to be held as a virtual-only meeting conducted by live audio webcast available online at https://virtual-meetings.tsxtrust.com/1080 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (Toronto time). The virtual Meeting will be accessible online starting at 10:30 a.m. (Toronto time) on March 23, 2021. Shareholders, regardless of geographic location, will have an equal opportunity to participate in the Meeting online. Shareholders will not be able to attend the Meeting in person. Shareholders of record as of the close of business (5:00 p.m. (Toronto time)) on February 8, 2021 are entitled to receive notice of and vote at the Meeting. Shareholders are urged to vote well before the proxy deadline of 11:00 a.m. (Toronto time) on March 19, 2021. The Circular provides important information on the Arrangement and related matters, including the background to the Arrangement, the rationale for the recommendations made by the Special Committee and the Board, voting procedures and how to virtually attend the Meeting. Shareholders are urged to read the Circular and its schedules carefully and in their entirety. The Circular is being mailed to Shareholders in compliance with applicable laws and the Interim Order. The Circular is available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.qmxgold.ca. Shareholder Questions and Assistance Shareholders who have questions regarding the Arrangement or require assistance with voting may contact Laurel Hill Advisory Group, the Company’s proxy solicitation agent, by telephone at 1-877-452-7184 (North American Toll-Free), or 1-416-304-0211 (Outside North America), or by email to email@example.com. About QMX Gold Corporation QMX is a Canadian based resource company traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “QMX”. The Company is systematically exploring its extensive property position in the Val d’Or mining camp in the Abitibi District of Quebec. QMX is currently drilling in the Val d’Or East portion of its land package focused on the Bonnefond Deposit and in the Bourlamaque Batholith. In addition to its extensive land package QMX owns the strategically located Aurbel gold mill and tailings facility. About Eldorado Gold Corporation Eldorado is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkey, Canada, Greece, Romania, and Brazil. Eldorado has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnership with local communities. Eldorado's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO). Contact Information: Brad Humphrey Sandy Noyes Louis BaribeauPresident and CEOInvestor Relations & Communications Public Relations firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (514) 667-2304 Toll free: +1 877-717-3027 Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.qmxgold.ca Laurel Hill Advisory GroupNorth America Toll Free: 1-877-452-7184Calls Outside North America: 1-416-304-0211Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements and Information Certain of the information or statements contained in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, which are collectively referred to as “forward-looking statements”. When used in this news release, words such as “will”, “to be”, “to seek”, “should”, “potential”, “target”, “strategy” and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements as well as phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative connotation of such terms. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to: the transaction and the proposed Arrangement as proposed to be effected pursuant to the Agreement; the ability of the parties to satisfy the conditions to closing of the Arrangement; the anticipated timing of the completion of the Arrangement; and the Meeting involve numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the risk factors identified in the Circular and the documents incorporated by reference therein along with QMX’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and Eldorado’s current Annual Information Form, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Such factors include, among others, obtaining required shareholder and regulatory approvals, exercise of any termination rights under the Agreement, meeting other conditions in the Agreement, material adverse effects on the business, properties and assets of the Company, and whether any superior proposal will be made. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements in this news release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied therein. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. None of the securities to be issued pursuant to the transaction have been or will be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and any securities issuable in the transaction are anticipated to be issued in reliance upon available exemptions from such registration requirements pursuant to Section 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable exemptions under state securities laws. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.
State officials are asking for up to $244 million over the next five years to overhaul the unemployment system that failed for millions of Floridians during the pandemic last year.
TORONTO, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Captor Capital Corp. (CSE: CPTR; FRANKFURT: NMVA; STUTTGART: NMVA), ("Captor" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce today the release of its Unaudited Quarterly Financial Statements and MD&A for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. For the three months from October 1 to December 31, 2020 revenues at the Company’s cannabis dispensaries were more than $4.2 million with the Company recording a gross profit of more than $1.2 million from the sale of cannabis. Revenues on cannabis sales were up more than 100 per cent from the same period the year previous, while gross profit was up approximately 400 per cent. Financial Statement Highlights During the three months ended December 31st, 2020 the Company recorded revenues of $4,203,687 from the sale of cannabis at its retail dispensaries compared to $2,111,949 in the comparative period in 2019.During the three months ended December 31st, 2020 the Company recorded a gross profit of $1,267,911 from the sale of cannabis at its retail dispensaries compared to $312,615 in the comparative period in 2019. Management Commentary “The continued increase in revenues combined with substantial decreases in losses year-over-year demonstrate that Captor is heading in the right direction as we bring new dispensaries online while maximizing revenues from current operations,” said Captor Capital CEO, John Zorbas. “With three more dispensaries scheduled to open in Q2, starting with the highly anticipated Lompach location, we can expect these numbers to continue to head in the right direction throughout 2021.” ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONAdditional information relating to the Company’s annual filing is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and in the Company’s Annual Financial Statements and in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2020. About Captor Capital Corp. Captor Capital Corp. is a Canadian vertically integrated cannabis company listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, and the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges. Captor provides recreational marijuana products to consumers, as well as other high demand cannabis-based goods. The Company follows a strategy of acquiring cash flowing established companies and organizations with growth potential that require capital to scale. Gavin Davidson, Communications Captor Capital Corp. email@example.com Forward-Looking Statements NEITHER THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATIONS SERVICES PROVIDER HAVE REVIEWED OR ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE. This press release contains or refers to forward-looking information and is based on current expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to availability of investment opportunities, economic circumstances, market fluctuations and uncertainties, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, changes in exchange rates, and the other risks involved in the investment industry and junior capital markets. Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no responsibility to update them or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances other than as required by law.
School textbooks are to get a Black Lives Matter makeover as Pearson says it intends to remove references to “Master” and “Slave” from all its major titles. Pearson, which owns the exam board Edexcel and is one of the UK’s largest education publishers, has drawn up its first ever in-depth guidelines on race and ethnicity. The company said its new editorial guidelines - which will be sent to all authors and editors - will help to “fight systematic racism in education”. It comes amid growing calls among academics and students to “decolonise” the curriculum, which have gained traction in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. One of a series of updates Pearson will make to its textbooks is to remove the use of the terminology “Master” and “Slave” which is used in engineering and computer science to describe a system where one device has control over another. “Pearson has recently remediated instances of biased terminology and imagery in courseware based on student feedback,” a spokesman said. The company has already reviewed the content of 100 of its best-selling and most popular textbooks to check whether the use of “Master” and “Slave” or any other instances of bias that need to be amended in light of its latest standards. Pearson explained that another example of bias would be a textbook containing an imbalance of a historical account, such as slavery not being mentioned in a reading text about the Civil War. Under its new race and ethnicity guidelines, authors are told to “proactively” include more examples of people from minority ethnicities as “positive role models”. They are also advised that people who are depicted as being in a position of power, influence or authority should be from a range of nationalities and ethnic minorities rather than being overly “UK/US-centric”. Writers are told not to make “unnecessary distinctions” between people of different ethnicities and that the idea that people from certain ethnic groups have abilities that are limited to any one arena. For example, textbooks should not have black male students engaging in sports or south Asian female students choosing academic pursuits. Authors should also be “wary” of using terms like “disadvantaged”, “oppressed” and “‘vulnerable” in relation to individuals or groups from minority ethnicities or religions. All content production staff should be given mandatory unconscious bias training “on a rolling basis”. Ebrahim Matthews, senior vice president of Pearon’s global schools division, said: “2020 was a year of enormous change and action across the world when it comes to race and ethnic equality. It has highlighted the need for action to address systemic inequality that people from diverse backgrounds face every day. “The work we do at Pearson makes a real difference in the lives of millions of people and there is more we can and should do. This is an important step to address systemic and personal bias related to race and ethnicity in academic content, and to ensure that what we produce is anti-racist, accurate and authentic.” Dr Jason Arday, an associate professor of sociology at Durham University who assisted Pearson with the guidelines, said they represent a “cultural shift” in publishing that “attempts to center race and racial equality at its core”.
Semrush Holdings, Inc. ("Semrush"), a leading online visibility management SaaS platform, today announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. Semrush intends to list its Class A common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "SEMR".
TORONTO — Canada's main stock index posted its best performance in a month on relief from a stabilization of bond yields and further signs of a global economic recovery. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 239.36 points to 18,299.62. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 603.14 points to 31,535.51. The S&P 500 index was up 90.67 points at 3,901.82, while the Nasdaq composite increased 396.48 points, or three per cent, at 13,588.83. The solid start to March followed weakness to end February amid rising bond yields over inflation concerns. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield stabilized at 1.43 per cent after rates had crept up to a 52-week high of nearly 1.56 per cent. "I think the markets are finding again some comfort today in the fact that yields aren't just going to move straight higher perpetually," said Craig Fehr, investment strategist at Edward Jones. "There was some concern among the equity markets that rising rates would potentially undercut the economic recovery and might be a signal that perhaps central banks were going to be doing a little bit less moving forward if indeed inflation was moving higher." While rates will increase over time, they shouldn't rise as dramatically as the market was concerned about last week, he said. Fehr added that higher rates is positive because it signals that the economic recovery is becoming more ingrained. In addition to the stabilization of rates, markets got a boost Monday from higher February manufacturing data in Canada, Japan, Germany and Britain signalling that the global recovery may be gaining some momentum, weekend authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and the impending passage by Congress of a large fiscal stimulus package. "I would look at ... the sizable jump in equity prices today as part of a sigh of relief after the sharp jump in rates last week and partly responding to the favourable economic data that suggests that the recovery is going to continue to get some footing," Fehr said in an interview. Materials was the lone sector on the TSX to drop lower on Monday. It fell alongside gold prices. The April gold contract was down US$5.80 at US$1,723 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents at US$4.11 a pound. Health care, industrials, technology and financials led the TSX higher. Health care gained 2.9 per cent as cannabis producers Cronos Group Inc. rose 5.4 per cent and Canopy Growth Corp. was 4.8 per cent higher. Industrials got a boost from shares of CAE Inc. surging 12.8 per cent after the flight simulator and training company announced a deal to buy U.S. company L3Harris Technologies' military training business for US$1.05 billion. WSP Global Inc. increased 8.1 per cent while shares of Air Canada climbed 4.8 per cent after it announced a deal with Chorus Aviation to consolidate all its regional flying that will reduce costs. BlackBerry Ltd. shares rose 7.1 per cent to help technology, while the heavyweight financials sector was up 1.4 per cent. Energy was up with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. gaining four per cent despite lower crude oil prices on a recovery of supply following cold weather disruptions in Texas. The April crude contract was down 86 cents to US$60.64 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up less than penny at US$2.78 per mmBTU. The Canadian dollar traded for 78.98 cents US compared with 78.83 cents US on Friday. U.S. stock markets outpaced the TSX because of their relative compositions. However, the gains by cyclical sectors like industrials, financials and energy suggests a more positive fundamental outlook for the TSX longer-term, Fehr said. After a 70 per cent rise in equity markets over the past year, he said some volatility and periodic pullbacks should be expected, especially as bond yields rise. "But I think the broader bull market is still very much intact and is going to be driven principally by the economic rebound that I think will gain momentum in the back half of the year as the vaccines become more widely distributed and economic activity starts to resemble some form of its old self." This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:BB, TSX:AC, TSX:WSP, TSX:CAE, TSX:CRON, TSX:WEED, TSX:CNQ, TSX:CHR, TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press
Thousands were left without power as a tropical low, which later developed into Tropical Cyclone Niran, brought powerful winds to Cairns in North Queensland on March 1.Ergon Energy reported around 40,000 customers had lost power due to the stormy conditions. Thousands of homes were still without power on the morning of March 2, according to local media.Tropcial Cyclone Niran formed on March 2 and was expected to move away from the coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Credit: Chelsea Rees via Storyful
Gaming revenue, left over from previous years, will be used to fund additional capital projects around the city. Due to the reduced funding this year, several projects that would otherwise have been recommended were instead classified by city staff as “recommended but insufficient funding.” These include an $890,000 upgrade to the RCMP facility on No. 5 Road, where the emergency power system has failed a number of times in recent years due to hydro power failures. “It seems to be that if the power goes out for our community safety building, the RCMP are possibly without proper resources for a few hours at a time, so it seems to me that this is something that really needs to happen, not just kind of needs to happen,” said Coun. Alexa Loo. Additionally, $500,000 has been earmarked for replacing the the Hamilton Community Centre’s HVAC system, and the same amount for a city-wide sidewalk and street light replacement program. The city has just over $1.9 million remaining in 2020 gaming funds, but does not anticipate any additional funds this year due to the temporary closure of River Rock Casino during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel
The governors say allocating relief funds based on unemployment would 'punish' those that didn't fully lock down amid the pandemic.
SAN RAMON, Calif. — Zoom’s astronomical growth is tapering off along with the pandemic, raising questions about whether the videoconferencing service’s immense popularity will fade as more people return to classrooms, offices and other places that have been off limits for the past year. The deceleration emerged in an otherwise impressive quarterly earnings report released Monday. The stellar results capped a year in which Zoom’s name became synonymous with the way millions of people have been forced to gather in online video panels while being corralled at home. Although Zoom continued to enjoy robust gains from November through January, its subscriber increases were significantly smaller than in each of the previous three quarters that unfolded during pandemic life. Despite that widely anticipated slowdown, both Zoom's quarterly earnings and revenue easily topped analysts' projections, as did management's forecast for the February-April period and the upcoming year. Those numbers helped lift Zoom's stock price by 5% in Monday's extended trading, still leaving the shares well below their highs reached last autumn. The deceleration in subscriber growth, which began late last summer, is causing some investors to fret that Zoom won’t be able to sustain its momentum as more people get vaccinated and life starts to revert to pre-pandemic patterns later this year. Those concerns are the main reason Zoom’s once soaring stock price has dropped by about 30% from its peak reached last October. If the rally in Monday's extended trading is replicated in Tuesday's regular session, Zoom's stock will still be worth more than five times what it was at the end of 2019. Zoom finished January with 467,100 customers with at least 10 employees that were paying for the subscription version of its service. That was an increase of 33,400 customers from the previous quarter ending in October, far below the gains ranging from 63,500 subscribers to 183,500 subscribers in the previous three quarters of operation during the pandemic. “Zoom has had an amazing year, but all good things must come to an end," said Nucleus Research analyst Trevor White. “The fundamental problem remains, however: Zoom is not going to be able to keep up with the growth that it has seen." Even so, Zoom is far larger, more profitable and better known than it was before the pandemic upended society and turned its videoconferencing into staple. The San Jose, California, company now has nearly six times more subscribers than it did a year ago while its annual revenue that has quadrupled to $2.65 billion during the past fiscal year. In its most recent quarter, Zoom posted revenue of $882 million, more than quadrupling from the same time in the previous year. The company turned a profit of $260 million in the last quarter compared to $15 million during the same period in the prior year. Realizing that the demand for videoconferencing won’t be as great after the pandemic is over, Zoom has been introducing other features such as an internet phone service for voice-only calls in hopes of bringing in more money. The company disclosed Monday that the phone service now has 10,700 customers, most of whom also subscribe to its videoconferencing service. With $4.2 billion in cash and a still-valuable stock, Zoom also now has the wherewithal to expand into other areas through acquisitions, said Third Bridge analyst Scott Kessler. Zoom also is counting on many businesses to hold on to their videoconferencing subscriptions even after their offices reopen so some employees can continue to work remotely part of the time Even so, “it would seem offices will be used more and Zoom will be used less," Kessler said. Zoom believes the success of videoconferencing during the pandemic will encourage companies to hold more meetings online instead of requiring employees to travel from different locations to convene in one physical location. Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press
A man accused of holding a girl against her will at a remote northern Saskatchewan cabin wants to be tried in Court of Queen’s Bench by judge and jury. Defence lawyer Brian Pfefferle told the Meadow Lake Provincial Court on March 1 that he is in discussions with the Crown about the possibility of running an abbreviated preliminary hearing for Aaron Gardiner. Prosecutor Andrew Clements had indicated that the Crown may go by way of direct indictment. Pfefferle asked the court for a one-week adjournment to see if the defence and Crown can reach an agreement for an abbreviated preliminary hearing. Clements didn’t object. Judge Janet McIvor adjourned the matter until March 8. Canada’s Criminal Code allows for a case to be sent directly to trial without a preliminary hearing through a direct indictment. Direct Indictment is only used in serious crimes and when it’s in the public interest. Gardiner, 42, appeared in Meadow Lake Provincial Court by phone from the Regina Correctional Centre. He has been in custody since his arrest in April 2020. Gardiner allegedly held a girl captive for four days at a remote cabin across from Île-à-la-Crosse Lake. A specialized RCMP tactical unit was flown to the isolated cabin by two military CH-146 Griffon helicopters to rescue her and arrest Gardiner. He was charged with unlawful confinement, assault, overcoming resistance, uttering threats, resisting arrest, possessing a firearm for a dangerous purpose, use of a firearm in commission of an indictable offence, proceeds of crime, and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Three months after his arrest, police added more charges after more alleged victims came forward. There have been numerous adjournments and delays in the case against Gardiner because he has gone through about five lawyers. Gardiner has either fired the lawyers or they have withdrawn from representing him. firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist
A Public Service Commissioner in South Carolina is quitting a solar energy case after a power company said his comments were biased.