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The long-awaited "Friends" cast reunion will be broadcast on May 27 and will feature a slew of celebrity guests including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and K-Pop band BTS, streaming service HB0 Max said on Thursday. "Friends: The Reunion," featuring all six of the original cast, was originally supposed to have been filmed more than a year ago but was repeatedly delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. "Friends," which ended its 10 year-run on NBC television in 2004, was one of the most popular TV shows of the 1990s and found a new life on streaming platforms where it is one of the most watched shows worldwide.
President Joe Biden welcomed a group of Republican senators to the White House on Thursday to talk infrastructure as negotiations intensify over a potentially bipartisan proposal that could become one piece of the administration’s ambitious $4 trillion public investment plan. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who is leading the group, said she expects to talk “very substantively” about the scope and cost of a potential plan, but would not disclose if she and the other senators are carrying a counter-offer to their initial $586 billion opening bid, which was panned by Democrats as insufficient. As the senators gathered in the Oval Office, Biden called it a “good faith” effort to seek common ground.
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HBO Max will begin streaming Friends: The Reunion on May 27th.
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RCMP are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect accused of launching into a racist tirade at a drive-thru in Richmond, B.C., earlier this month. Police said the man was standing near the drive-thru window at a Burger King on May 1 when he approached a family sitting in their SUV and started yelling at them. "When a bystander intervened to tell the suspect to leave, the suspect began hurling anti-Asian slurs at him," read a statement from police. RCMP learned of the incident after three videos were posted on Reddit more than a day later. The videos capture a man walking and shouting in the drive-thru, removing a blue face mask to yell at the person behind the camera. The suspect is described as white, five feet six inches tall, with a heavy build and short grey hair. He had a partial beard and wore a grey, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black-framed glasses. Police said the incident was not reported to police prior to the videos appearing online and officers have not been able to locate the suspect. "Richmond RCMP is committed to giving hate crimes, and other hate incidents where hateful language is used, our fullest attention and oversight," said Cpl. Ian Henderson. "But to do a fulsome investigation, we need people to report these incidents immediately." Anyone who recognized the suspect or who has photos of the incident is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 if they want to remain anonymous.
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President Joe Biden pledged an aggressive response to the cyberattack that temporarily shut down the Colonial Pipeline and warned gasoline stations on Thursday not to engage in price gouging as motorists wait for fuel to start flowing back to their communities. “Do not, I repeat, do not try to take advantage of consumers during this time,” Biden said at the White House. “Nobody should be using this situation for financial gain. That’s what the hackers are trying to do. That’s what they’re about, not us. That’s not who we are.” The closed pipeline — which reopened Wednesday — posed a fresh set of risks to a presidency still in its early stages. The administration knew it needed to react decisively to fix the problem and ward off Republican critics who were eager to compare Biden to Jimmy Carter, whose own presidency more than four decades ago was stung by a nationwide gas shortage. But Biden ascended to the White House as a crisis manager and knows that the possible economic damage from spiking gas prices could also jeopardize his ambitious agenda and Democrats’ control of Congress. The president said he expects the pipeline to resume normal operations by next week and stressed the importance of improving the durability of U.S. infrastructure as part of his $2.3 trillion jobs plan. Biden said the government would take action to stop future cyberattacks, though he declined to comment on whether Colonial had paid a ransom. “We do not believe the Russian government was involved in this attack, but we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack, are living in Russia,” he said. “We’re also going to pursue a measure to disrupt their ability to operate. And our Justice Department has launched a new task force, dedicated to prosecuting ransomware hackers to the full extent of the law.” The administration had been highlighting its efforts to deliver gas to service stations in affected areas. After ransom-seeking hackers shut down the pipeline last Friday, Biden's team understood the risk of 45% of the East Coast's gas being unavailable as lines of autos began to snake around service stations and drivers loaded up on as much fuel as possible. The president said Thursday the "extraordinary measures" being taken had been enough to fill the fuel tanks of 5 million vehicles in the past few days, a response to service stations in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia running out of gas. Rules were relaxed so that pipeline operators could run their systems manually, instead of relying on computers. Emergency orders lifted the highway weight restrictions and expanded the hours that fuel could be transported. The Environmental Protection Agency issued waivers on gas blends and other regulations to ease supply challenges. The cyberattack showed the daily barrage of events that can quickly derail the White House's focus on the coronavirus pandemic. Republican lawmakers found an opening after the shutdown to blast Biden for previously canceling plans to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The president had canceled that permit citing risks of spills and worries that climate change would worsen with the burning of oil sands crude that would have flowed through the pipeline. “We now have gas lines we haven't had since Jimmy Carter,” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said during a TV interview on Fox Business. World events have disrupted the Biden administration's control of its economy narrative. Over the past week, it has faced a disappointing monthly jobs report, worrisome signs of inflation and escalating violence in Israel with deaths that could foreshadow a war. All the while, Biden is still attempting to vaccinate the nation against the coronavirus, distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in economic aid and negotiate his own infrastructure and families plans that total a combined $4 trillion. Republican lawmakers saw a chance with the cyberattack to go after Biden's competency and improve their own political chances. The 1979 oil shock contributed to Carter losing his reelection campaign a year later to Ronald Reagan. The political risks of energy costs go beyond America. The World Bank published research last year that found an oil price spike a year before an election would “systematically lower the odds of incumbents being reelected.” It did not matter if the politicians were liberal or conservative based on the analysis of 207 elections across 50 democracies. Key ways for Biden to respond have included showing he understands how rising gas prices can hurt family budgets as well as moving quickly to help fix the pipeline problem. “It’s important for the president to show empathy and recognize the position that the average American is in vis-à-vis gas prices,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston. “Gas prices are something that don’t affect the elite — and our politicians are all among the elite.” Josh Boak, The Associated Press
Suspected Russia-led cyber campaign targets Germany’s Green party leaderAnnalena Baerbock faces social media onslaught after voicing opposition to Nord Stream 2 project Annalena Baerbock is the Green party candidate to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AFP/Getty Images
The inseparable sisters always stood out — identical twins from Twinsburg Ohio, whip-smart students from the side of town with unpaved streets and no sidewalks, excluded from the gifted track because they were Black. Their friends were white and a classmate’s comment still stings: “’I don’t even think of you as Black.’ I said, ‘’Thank you.’ And I felt pride,” Brittani James recalls, shuddering. "I believed we were special. I believed other people in our neighborhood weren’t as good as us,’’ she said. The twins were indeed special — they won free rides to the Ivy League, earned medical degrees at prestigious universities, and have thrived in a profession where they are vastly outnumbered by virtue of their skin color. But their mission now is to dismantle the entrenched bigotry behind that classmate’s backhanded remark. At 33, James and her twin, Brandi Jackson, have taken on the medical establishment in pioneering work to eliminate racism in medicine. “We’re teaching how to see it and how to undo it,” Jackson said. James, a family medicine doctor, and Jackson, a psychiatrist, have developed anti-racist coursework used in two Chicago medical schools. They’ve co-founded the Institute for Antiracism in Medicine, where physicians can earn continuing medical education credit for taking classes on how their profession has made Black patients sicker. There’s more. They’re seeking federal legislation to require hospitals to reveal outcomes by race, with penalties for those where Black patients consistently fare worse. They’ve helped created an online support group to help like-minded, stressed-out Black doctors heal and strategize. They’ve even hatched a plan to create black coats for doctors. That’s not as radical as it might sound -- black coats were the tradition in the 19th century. Their latest achievement? Helping lead a charge against the American Medical Association and the influential research journal it publishes. The twins are riding a wave and they got there by ‘’learning to breathe underwater.’’ That’s how Jackson describes adapting to “this constant oppressive pressure" of racism. “I remember being young and being told in school that I can’t be smart, because of where I’m from, being told your hair is ugly,’’ she said. "You learn to live with the kind of pain that comes just for being. Just for walking down the street. You can’t name it when you’re that young. It does something to your psyche.’’ It can break you, and Jackson and James have had fragile moments of self-doubt. But the pandemic year has fueled their resolve. They say the relentless toll on people of color from the coronavirus and video-documented police violence have laid bare the damage caused by structural racism. ‘’It is literally killing us,’’ James said. ___ In recent steps that critics labeled mostly symbolic, the AMA has made an effort to come to grips with its racial history. The group excluded Black doctors from its ranks for over 100 years, and even today, just 5% of all U.S. physicians are Black. Within the past few years, the nation's largest doctors' group hired Dr. Aletha Maybank as its first chief health equity officer and declared racism a public health threat. In February, it removed a statue displayed at its Chicago headquarters of Dr. Nathan Davis, AMA’s founder, who promoted racist policies. But later that month, a podcast hosted by the AMA’s flagship medical journal caused a stir. The tweet promoting the podcast read, ‘’No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health?’’ It was, Maybank said, “a gut punch.” The sisters’ institute started a petition in response, demanding that the journal diversify its mostly white editorial staff and ensure that medical research relating to race and racism gets published. The effort has garnered more than 8,800 signatures so far. AMA suspended the journal's chief editor and a deputy editor resigned. AMA also agreed to meet last month to hear demands for change from several Black physicians, including James and New York cardiologist Dr. Raymond Givens, another leading AMA critic. The doctors will be looking to hear how AMA plans to address their concerns at a second meeting, but James says the AMA's anti-racism plan — in the works long before the sisters' activism — makes her optimistic. In an 83-page document released Tuesday, AMA vowed to dismantle structural racism inside its own ranks and within the U.S. medical establishment with steps that include diversifying its own staff and collaborating with outside groups. The group reached out to James and other physicians to discuss the plan — a hopeful sign, she said. “We still have to hold their feet to the fire," she said. Part of the problem is doctors’ deeply embedded identity as healers and “good people,’’ Jackson said. "It’s hard when you’re indoctrinated in that culture to stop and say, ‘Are we really doing good?’’’ A racial imbalance in medical leadership perpetuates the problem, James said -- those making decisions and policies don’t look like the populations they serve. James treats patients at a clinic on Chicago’s South Side and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Jackson has taught at Rush Medical College and is the behavioral health director at a Chicago health network that treats LGBTQ and other underserved patients. Working with students, medical residents and colleagues, they strive to highlight the harm caused by the disproven idea that there are biological differences in Black people that contribute to health disparities. Some examples: --The longstanding myth that Black people somehow have a higher tolerance for pain, perpetuated during slavery times, has often led to undertreatment. --Medical school instruction on skin diseases typically shows how they appear on white skin, not Black or brown, leading to missed diagnoses. --In psychiatry, impulsive, disruptive behavior in white children is often labeled attention deficit disorder, a diagnosis that often guarantees classroom accommodations. Identical behavior in Black kids is more often labeled conduct disorder, leading to detention rather than accommodations “unless they have a really sharp parent who advocates the hell out of it,” Jackson said. --A commonly used algorithm for kidney function gauges it differently in Black patients, potentially leading to undertreatment of kidney disease. Rush University Medical Center is among several U.S. health systems that recently stopped using that algorithm. The sisters’ message isn’t new, said Dr. David Ansell, a physician at Rush who has worked with their institute. But their timing is uncanny -- coming at the convergence of a deadly pandemic that has highlighted racial health inequities, a rise in white supremacism, and civil unrest over police brutality. At such a moment, he said, the sisters can make a difference. ___ Their curiosity in science and medicine started young. James remembers taking ‘’field notes’’ while spying on people. Jackson remembers turning their mother’s blue bead case into a bug hospital. “We emptied it and would go under rocks in search of potato bugs, worms. We gave each their own compartments ... then would examine them and took notes when they appeared sluggish.’’ Once, they sprinkled salt on a snail to dry it out when it seemed "too moist. He just curled up and died. I still feel bad about the snail,’’ Jackson said. Their parents were hard-working and supportive, but the twins didn’t tell them when they were accepted at Cornell University, knowing the cost was prohibitive. They broke the news when they landed full scholarships. It was during a college summer program that James for the first time saw a Black doctor. She stared. “It was like a unicorn,’’ but it planted a seed. They separated for medical school -- Northwestern for Jackson, University of Michigan for James. Surrounded by rich white kids and professors, James struggled. "It was this huge feeling like I don’t belong here. None of the professors look like you, what you’re learning about people like you is racist and you’re getting tested on it.’’ She left school for a year and sank into a deep depression until getting involved in volunteer community health work. Colleagues there encouraged her to go back. In low moments, James says she draws on the strength of ancestors. "I’m not being bombed. I’m not being hosed,’’ she said. ‘’You have to keep getting up.” Now, she and her sister serve as mentors to other medical students from nontraditional backgrounds. Medical resident Shan Siddiqi is a Canadian Muslim whose parents are from Pakistan. He works under James’ guidance at a clinic where James says "the sickest of the sick’’ go for treatment, patients with chronic illnesses worsened by poverty, stress from living in violent neighborhoods and now COVID-19. Siddiqi said he’s impressed by her compassion, taking the time to treat them as humans and helping them overcome challenges to getting medication or specialty care. Jordan Cisneros, a third-year medical student who Jackson has mentored at Rush Medical College, says her guidance has helped him get through a tough year. His father died from COVID-19 in January and George Floyd’s televised death last May felt personal. “I’ve had run-ins with police. I’ve had run-ins with racism. I’ve seen things firsthand,’’ he said. In a Zoom class last year, Jackson brought up Floyd’s death and broke down crying. "It’s very taboo to cry in medicine,’’ but Jackson made it seem OK to show emotion and vulnerability, he said. ___ The sisters are extremely close, often finishing each other’s sentences, but there are differences too. James is married to a white physician, a guy she thought was a math nerd when they met but is now her partner in battle. She tears up when asked what she wishes for their 1 ½-year-old daughter, Lillian. “I don’t want her to have to live in a box like I did,’’ James said. ”I want her to raise her voice so she knows it’s OK to be everything that she is, especially when the world is trying so hard to make Black and brown girls small and not heard." Jackson is single, loves to cook in her spare time and thinks like a scientist in the kitchen, marveling at how a humble carrot can transform into something sublime with just a little butter and brown sugar. James wears her passion on her sleeve and pours her soul into Twitter, calling out racism every time she sees it. Jackson says she has no appetite for Twitter wars and "tries to be the one who is grounding. I want to come at it with a loving, calm energy,’’ she said. The sisters are hitting their stride in 2021; Jackson calls it the year of Black women: Michelle Obama helped pave the way, now there’s Vice President Kamala Harris. “It moves me to tears that all of my ancestor Black women who never got to see the day ... that they were in vogue and their voice was listened to,’’ she said. ”It is Black women’s lives that survive and keep surviving." ___ Follow Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner at @LindseyTanner. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated. “We have all longed for this moment -- when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC. The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds. The announcement comes as the CDC and the Biden administration have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people — people who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot. Walensky announced the new guidance on Thursday afternoon at a White House briefing, saying the long-awaited change is thanks to millions of people getting vaccinated -- and based on the latest science about how well those shots are working. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” Walensky said. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” The new guidance comes as the aggressive U.S. vaccination campaign begins to pay off. U.S. virus cases are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April and the test positivity rate is at the lowest point since the pandemic began. To date about 154 million Americans, more than 46% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and more than 117 million are fully vaccinated. The rate of new vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks, but with the authorization Wednesday of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 15, a new burst of doses is expected in the coming days. Just two weeks ago, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors in all settings and outdoors in large crowds. During a virtual meeting Tuesday on vaccinations with a bipartisan group of governors, President Joe Biden appeared to acknowledge that his administration had to do more to model the benefits of vaccination. “I would like to say that we have fully vaccinated people; we should start acting like it,” Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, told Biden. “And that’s a big motivation get the unvaccinated to want to to get vaccinated.” “Good point,” Biden responded. He added, “We’re going to be moving on that in the next little bit.” The easing guidance could open the door to confusion, as there is no surefire way for businesses or others to distinguish between those fully vaccinated and those who are not. Walensky said the evidence from the U.S. and Israel shows the vaccines are as strongly protective in real-world use as they were in earlier studies, and that so far they continue to work even though some worrying mutated versions of the virus are spreading. The more people continue to get vaccinated, the faster infections will drop — and the harder it will be for the virus to mutate enough to escape vaccines, she stressed, urging everyone 12 and older who’s not yet vaccinated to sign up. And while some people still get COVID-19 despite vaccination, Walensky said that’s rare and cited evidence that those infections tend to be milder, shorter and harder to spread to others. If someone who’s vaccinated does develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately put their mask back on and get tested, she said. There are some caveats. Walensky encouraged people who have weak immune systems, such as from organ transplants or cancer treatment, to talk with their doctors before shedding their masks. That’s because of continued uncertainty about whether the vaccines can rev up a weakened immune system as well as they do normal, healthy ones. ___ AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard contributed to this report. Zeke Miller And Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
On behalf of California’s more than 6,000 hotels and 235,000 hotel employees, the California Hotel and Lodging Association released this statement in response to Gov. Newsom’s proposed $95 million for marketing to revive California’s travel and tourism industry:
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the harrowing fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers (all times local): UNITED NATIONS — China, Norway and Tunisia say the U.N. Security Council should swiftly hold an open meeting on the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The council has has been silent on the issue, and China said there would be no open meeting. Council diplomats said the United States informed members it couldn’t support the request amid ongoing diplomatic efforts. The U.S. said it would support an open meeting on Tuesday. Norway’s U.N. Mission tweeted that it is working to reach consensus for a Security Council meeting as soon as possible. It urged a halt to the rocket fire, adding, "Please don’t let innocent civilians suffer.” The Associated Press
Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative South River council has given its clerk-administrator the go ahead to draft a bylaw that would control how shipping containers are used and located in the municipality. Don McArthur will use as a template a bylaw Joly Township has in place over how it governs the use of the steel structures. The containers will not be allowed in the residential part of the municipality, McArthur says, nor can they be put on land designated as part of the downtown commercial. Under the proposed bylaw, language will allow shipping containers in rural areas of South River in addition to the highway commercial and industrial areas of the municipality. The Joly bylaw prohibits people from putting the containers on the front of their properties. They must be placed in the rear and have to be at least 30 metres, about 100 feet, from the street. McArthur says the South River bylaw would also propose no containers be placed on the front of the properties, but the 30-metre setback might be reduced. “Ten or 15 metres might be more appropriate,” McArthur said, because some lots in these instances might not be large enough to allow for a long setback. The bylaw will contain a provision where existing containers, including any in residential neighbourhoods, will be grandfathered. Furthermore, the owners won't be required to get a building permit in the grandfathered scenario. McArthur said in this instance, the containers were put in place before any bylaw controlled where and how they are used. However, he's only aware of one shipping container that falls into this residential category. One thing the bylaw will prohibit is renovating the containers and turning them into homes. Coun. Teri Brandt asked if people could buy the containers, put them on a residential lot and move into them once they had been renovated into living quarters. Brandt says people have been known to do this and have turned the containers into cottages. McArthur says the proposed bylaw will prevent this and the containers are intended solely as storage units. In this regard the South River bylaw will be similar to the Joly bylaw, which prohibits people from living in the containers and also stops them from running a business out of the steel units. However, since no regulation currently exists, there is nothing to stop a person in the meantime from turning a shipping container into a home with the appropriate renovations. But deputy mayor Doug Sewell told council colleagues that before anyone tries to renovate an existing container, they still need to fulfill several conditions, including getting an engineer's report which can cost around $4,000 since the container's use is being changed. The individual would also need a building permit and site control plan and suddenly, what at first may have appeared to be a cheap way to build a home, becomes a little more expensive. McArthur hopes that during the time he drafts the proposed bylaw and gets it back for further input from council at the May 25 meeting, that there isn't a rush by the public to plop down shipping containers on their properties. McArthur says once the proposed bylaw is ready, it will go to the public comment stage and that's when taxpayers can tell staff and council what they like or don't like about it. “And if it's too restrictive, the public will tell us that,” he said. McArthur says from start to finish, getting to the completed bylaw stage is about a 90-day process. If the proposed bylaw is approved by council, people wanting shipping containers will have to get a building permit and will also need to fill out a zoning compliance form which sets out where the container can sit on the property. Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada. Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Bay Nugget
MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc. reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as its revenue climbed higher, helped by gains in its telecommunications business and recent acquisitions. The Montreal-based company said Thursday that its net income attributable to shareholders totalled $121.3 million or 49 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31, down from a profit of $131.6 million or 52 cents per share a year ago. Revenue for the quarter totalled $1.09 billion, up from nearly $1.06 billion in the first quarter last year. "We’re off to a good start in 2021, despite the challenges created by the public health situation, which continues to impact some of our business segments," said Pierre Karl Péladeau, Quebecor's president and chief executive, in a release. His company's adjusted income from continuing operating activities totalled 52 cents per share in the quarter, up from 44 cents per share in the first quarter of 2020. Its telecommunications revenue rose to $914 million in the quarter, up from $874.7 million a year ago. Meanwhile, Quebecor's media revenue held steady at $174.8 million, while sports and entertainment revenue fell to $31.2 million compared with $34.8 million in the same quarter last year. The quarter was boosted by Quebecor's acquisition of Les Disques Audiogramme Inc., an independent French-language record label, in February. The sale also included Editorial Avenue, a French-language music publisher Quebecor hopes to use to support local artists and music. A day after the quarter ended, Quebecor's Videotron subsidiary announced it would spend again. This time it was buyin Cablovision Warwick Inc., a telecommunications company serving the Warwick, Kingsey Falls and Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey in the Centre-du-Quebec regions for more than four decades. "This transaction further illustrates our commitment to connecting people in all parts of Quebec and providing them with a unique, world-class customer experience," said Péladeau on Thursday. He also used the quarter to thank Jean François Pruneau. Pruneau announced in April that he would be stepping down from his role as Videotron's president and chief executive after 20 years with the company. His last day is expected to be June 4. "His strong leadership and keen business acumen have made an important contribution to developing the corporation’s business plan and building its solidity," said Péladeau. "I wish him every success in his new challenges." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR. B) The Canadian Press