It's no secret that 2020 was a brutal year for restaurants, but new data solidifies how one local market was impacted.
WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, announces an investigation of potential securities claims on behalf of shareholders of So-Young International Inc. (NASDAQ: SY) resulting from allegations that So-Young may have issued materially misleading business information to the investing public.
The Board of Directors of RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: RNR) ("RenaissanceRe" or the "Company") announced today a quarterly dividend of $0.36 per common share on its common shares. The dividend is payable on June 30, 2021, to shareholders of record on June 15, 2021.
In January, Victoria Hurst was deemed legally blind and told to get an urgent cataract surgery. But days before the April procedure, Ontario ordered hospitals to postpone non-life-saving surgeries to prepare ICUs for the COVID-19 surge. Now, the 69-year-old Stoney Creek resident is in the lurch learning how to live with a new disability. “I don’t know how to make a cup of tea without burning myself,” she said. Victoria had been dealing with problems in both eyes for years. Last July, her right eye was removed. In October, she was diagnosed with lymphoma in her left eye. At the time, doctors said a cataract in that eye wasn’t an immediate problem. But in just two months, her eye got worse. A doctor told her there was damage to an optic nerve, but couldn’t say what caused it — chemotherapy or a different, hidden problem — without surgery. The procedure would also potentially help her recover partial vision. Victoria’s surgery was scheduled for April 13 at North York General Hospital’s Cataract High Volume Centre. But on April 8, Ontario Health, a provincial agency, sent a memo instructing hospitals to “ramp down” all elective and non-urgent procedures effective April 12. Elective surgeries are necessary procedures that affect a patient’s quality of life, though they do not need to be performed immediately. Emergency procedures are ones considered life-threatening and must to be completed within hours or days. North York General Hospital confirmed in an email that all cataract surgeries were postponed due to the province’s direction. The hospital, which declined to provide a name with the statement, noted it’s preparing “to ramp up postponed surgeries as quickly as possible ... as soon as we are able.” The directive means patients like Victoria are left suspended as hospitals scramble to keep up with ICU demand. As of April 19, Ontario had an estimated cumulative backlog of 257,536 surgeries due to the pandemic. “Clearing the surgical backlog will be an enormous challenge,” said Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, during provincial projections April 29. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said ICUs are continuing to fill up, with occupancy in critical care expected to “remain above the level necessary to restart surgeries for some time.” Victoria had to move in with her son, Ryan, and his wife, Aeisha. A lack of supports during COVID-19 make it hard for her mother-in-law to adapt, Aeisha says. Both Victoria and Aeisha say Victoria’s greatest loss is her independence. “She couldn’t take care of the home,” Aeisha said. “The system totally failed her.” At Hamilton Health Sciences, 715 out of 1,842 non-urgent procedures scheduled between April 12 and 30 were delayed, according to spokesperson Wendy Stewart. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton also had to “drastically reduce” surgeries, said chief of surgery Dr. Anthony Adili. He said roughly 500 to 550 procedures are added to the hospital’s backlog each week. Endoscopies and minor procedures — such as for carpal tunnel syndrome or skin cancer — are running at 25 per cent capacity, Adili said. Bigger surgeries at the Charlton and King Street campuses are down to 40 per cent. That includes joint replacements, plastic reconstruction surgery and hernia repairs, among other procedures. Adili estimated that it would take “a good eight to 10 months” for St. Joe’s to catch up. “It has a huge impact on patients,” he said. The orthopedic surgeon said some of his patients have had to cut down their shifts or stop working entirely as a result of the delays. Some use canes and walkers for support. “Their joint pain is so severe that they can’t function at work,” he said. “They’re pretty significant procedures.” And cataract patients like Victoria are left with limited to no vision until hospitals return to normal operations. The doctor noted that the delays would likely affect some patients’ conditions, and perhaps make their surgeries more complicated and impact their outcomes or recovery. “But it’s a balancing act,” Adili said. “It’s a constant struggle for us to say who gets access.” At the same time, he doesn’t believe the delays will cause patients to reach a point where they can no longer be treated. He encourages people to follow public health measures and get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid more pressure on already overwhelmed hospitals. “If we can minimize the spread, it’ll allow us to catch up.” At the same time, he encourages those who need medical care to get it, emphasizing that hospitals are safe. Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
CALGARY, Alberta, May 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- News Release – TC Energy Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TC Energy or the Company) today announced that at its 2021 annual meeting of shareholders held earlier today, each of the following 13 nominees were elected as directors of TC Energy on a vote by ballot to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders of TC Energy, or until their successors are elected or earlier appointed: Nominee# Votes For% Votes For# VotesWithheld% VotesWithheldStéphan Crétier656,284,64799.562,918,6610.44Michael R. Culbert657,941,21599.811,262,0930.19Susan C. Jones657,752,72699.781,450,5820.22Randy Limbacher657,653,68399.761,549,6260.24John E. Lowe639,280,14496.9819,923,1643.02David MacNaughton656,227,73499.552,975,5740.45François L. Poirier658,277,48199.86925,8270.14Una Power656,433,77399.582,769,5350.42Mary Pat Salomone617,281,51793.6441,921,7916.36Indira V. Samarasekera656,284,17799.562,919,1310.44D. Michael G. Stewart642,226,24097.4216,977,0682.58Siim A. Vanaselja599,020,72490.8760,182,5849.13Thierry Vandal655,958,61299.513,244,6960.49 Final voting results on all matters voted on at the meeting will be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and EDGAR (www.sec.gov) and posted to the Investors section of the Company website at www.tcenergy.com by no later than Tuesday, May 11, 2021. About TC EnergyWe are a vital part of everyday life - delivering the energy millions of people rely on to power their lives in a sustainable way. Thanks to a safe, reliable network of natural gas and crude oil pipelines, along with power generation and storage facilities, wherever life happens — we’re there. Guided by our core values of safety, responsibility, collaboration and integrity, our 7,500 people make a positive difference in the communities where we operate across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. TC Energy’s common shares trade on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. To learn more, visit us at TCEnergy.com. FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATIONThis release contains certain information that is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties (such statements are usually accompanied by words such as "anticipate", "expect", "believe", "may", "will", "should", "estimate", "intend" or other similar words). Forward-looking statements in this document are intended to provide TC Energy security holders and potential investors with information regarding TC Energy and its subsidiaries, including management's assessment of TC Energy's and its subsidiaries' future plans and financial outlook. All forward-looking statements reflect TC Energy's beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the statements were made and as such are not guarantees of future performance. As actual results could vary significantly from the forward-looking information, you should not put undue reliance on forward-looking information and should not use future-oriented information or financial outlooks for anything other than their intended purpose. We do not update our forward-looking information due to new information or future events, unless we are required to by law. For additional information on the assumptions made, and the risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from the anticipated results, refer to the most recent Quarterly Report to Shareholders and Annual Report filed under TC Energy’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. -30- Media Inquiries:Jaimie Harding / Hejdi Carlsen403-920-7859 or 800-608-7859 Investor & Analyst Inquiries:David Moneta / Hunter Mau403-920-7911 or 800-361-6522 PDF available: http://ml.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/8bda7f34-9bb4-4c83-8026-1dfee38be851
Alex Dalton was happiest outdoors. “Ninety per cent of the time when I was with him, we were outside doing something,” said Dylan Webb, who grew up with Alex in Hagersville, spending many hours out in the bush. Whether hunting wild turkey, riding dirt bikes or quads, setting up camp or snapping photos of wildlife — a more recent pastime — Alex was at home under the sky. “He always told me his plan was to move out west and live in the snow hills and snowboard,” said Hayden Atkins. “He was kind of a free spirit. He just did him.” Alex was killed April 23 in a traffic collision near his Hagersville home. His many friends are still processing the loss. “Nicest guy around. I don’t know a single person who didn’t like him,” said Julien Lafleur, who was inseparable from Alex throughout high school and college. “If anybody asked him to do something, he would always say yes. We had to almost force him to say no to people, because he didn’t know how to say it.” Trouble with your dirt bike or ATV? Alex could fix it. Stranded on the side of the road? There was only one guy to call. “I don’t know how many times he went out in a snowstorm to pull someone out of a ditch who was an hour away, just because,” said Webb. “He liked making people happy. Always had fun, and never let anything get him down.” It was just after 9 p.m. when Alex’s motorcycle was hit from behind by an SUV. He was thrown into oncoming traffic and died at the scene. Police found the SUV — which had been reported stolen — in a ditch a few streets away. Witnesses saw two people flee from the car into the bush. Despite a search effort involving police dogs, a drone and a police helicopter, the suspects got away and remain at large. Alex was 23. Police ask anyone with information to call Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or helpsolvecrime.com. One of Alex’s neighbours started a GoFundMe campaign to add onto the $2,000 Crime Stoppers reward. “Enough money will make somebody talk,” said Steve Slack. “There’s somebody out there who knows who it was and will come forward with the right amount of cash.” The campaign had raised nearly $6,000 of its $50,000 goal as of Thursday. If the culprits turn themselves in or are arrested without a tip from the public, Slack said he would give the money to Alex’s family. “This boy, this incredible young man with big dreams and high hopes and an incredible love of life, deserves justice,” said Alex’s mother, Andrea King. “His family, as we grapple with the devastating void that has shattered our world, deserves justice. His friends, his work crew, his hunting buddies, his cousins, his grandmas, his aunties, his uncles, his other families who loved my boy like their own, reeling at the news that he’s been taken from us and his adventures are through, deserve justice.” An adventure Alex was especially excited about was rebuilding his old pickup truck, a 1998 Dodge Cummins he bought while studying fish and wildlife technology at Fleming College in Peterborough. The truck had deteriorated after years of hard driving, but Alex had a vision for how to restore it. “Alex was a big dreamer,” Lafleur said. “He told all of us, over and over again, plans that he had for this.” As a tribute to the friend he considered a brother, Atkins launched a GoFundMe campaign to restore the truck and present it to his father, Wayne Dalton, to drive in Alex’s memory. More than 250 people quickly contributed. “I expected maybe $15,000 to be put into it, but we ended up at almost $30,000,” Atkins said. “So we have lots of money to do everything he ever dreamed of with it, which is awesome.” Alex wanted to be a conservation officer to share his love of the outdoors with others. “He was there for the experience — to be part of the land and sustain himself from the land,” Webb said of their frequent hunting trips. People knew to call Alex if a deer was hit on the road. He would happily go pick it up to harvest the meat. “Just so nothing was wasted,” Webb said. Alex was a member of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and his death has reverberated through the small community. A Facebook post from Chief R. Stacey LaForme announcing Alex’s death prompted hundreds of messages of condolence to his loved ones, including his sister Kaytee and brother Jake. Support for the family has poured in from far and wide. “Not just Hagersville — they have the whole community of Haldimand behind them,” Webb said. Former high school classmates in Norfolk County and friends from Alex’s college days have also reached out in the wake of his untimely death. “The amount of people that he actually impacted in life was amazing,” Lafleur said. J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
"Everybody has some of those feelings inside whether they're saying it or not," the Cruella actress shared on National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - May 7, 2021) - Solution Financial Inc. (TSXV: SFI) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has retained Hybrid Financial Ltd. The service provided by Hybrid to the Company is a database of Registered Financial Professionals in North America. Hybrid is not promoting the specific purchase or sale of securities. It provides its database, technology, and call center services to enable the issuer to disseminate its information ...
Kristin Fisher, who has been White House correspondent for Fox News since 2019, announced that she is leaving the network. She made the announcement on Special Report with Bret Baier, telling the anchor, “This is my last live shot on my last day at Fox News and I’ve had an incredible run.” She did not […]
Corby Spirit and Wine Limited ("Corby") (TSX: CSW.A) and (TSX: CSW.B), will hold its next live, virtual, non-deal roadshow on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST and welcomes stakeholders, investors and others to register here:
Former Attorney General of Louisiana Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq. and the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF") are investigating the proposed sale of At Home Group Inc. (NYSE: HOME) to funds affiliated with Hellman & Friedman. Under the terms of the proposed transaction, shareholders of At Home will receive $36.00 in cash for each share of At Home that they own. KSF is seeking to determine whether this consideration and the process that led to it are adequate, or whether the consideration undervalues the Company.
Nicola Sturgeon has said the chances of a SNP majority at Holyrood hang “in the balance” as early results saw her party pick up a number of seats. Ms Sturgeon - who is on course to remain as first minister after the first day of vote counting - warned Boris Johnson that if most Scottish parliament seats are held by parties in favour of another independence vote, “that has to be respected”. As the first round of vote tallying drew to a close Ms Sturgeon’s party won 39 of the 48 declared seats so far - and were the only party to make gains on their rivals as they picked up three additional seats.
The officer resigned earlier this year after community outrage over an incident in which a man was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed while filming his son’s arrest.
NGEx Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: NGEX) ("NGEx Minerals" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its results for the three months ended March 31, 2021. View PDF version
New immigration data shows trends at the border may be changing as the Biden administration attempts to control migration. Amid the encouraging trend, the secretary of homeland security visited a Border Patrol facility in south Texas on Friday. While the number of Border Patrol enforcement encounters remained elevated last month -- but leveled off -- the number of unaccompanied minors in USBP custody dropped dramatically.
It wont speed the manufacture of vaccines. It enraged the developers who delivered lifesaving doses in record time. But President Joe Bidens decision to support waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus shots had a broader purpose: to broadcast his administrations commitment to global leadership.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban and other sports figures have taped a public service announcement encouraging Alabamians to get the COVID19 vaccine.
The K2 Principal Fund L.P. ("K2") Corp announces it is has acquired shares and warrants of Wesana Health Holdings Inc. ("WESA"). In connection with the closing of the reverse takeover of Debut Diamonds Inc by Wesana Health Holdings Inc., K2 has acquired a total of 1,204,765 subordinated voting ("SV") shares and 476,150 warrants ($2.60 expiry March 2023) to purchase an additional 476,150 subordinated voting shares.
According to a new Yahoo and YouGov poll of 1,555 people, 30 percent each of men and women aren’t planning to celebrate Mother’s Day at all in 2021.
The Endeavour to be Better program is helping people in Merritt get back on their feet by learning life skills and gaining experience through consistent, paid, part time employment. “We work with at-risk people, homeless people, people staying at the shelter, people that are couch surfing, just looking for a break,” said Program Coordinator Mark Nendick, who came on board three months ago. The program is offered by the Nicola Valley Shelter and Support Society (NVSSS), which has been active in the community for about a decade. When the Endeavour to be Better program launched four years ago, it only ran during the summer months, when potential program clients were visible around the community. “In the summertime we noticed people are sitting around downtown, lacking connection to the community, maybe not having anything to do,” explained Marlene Jones, NVSSS board member and Community Policing Coordinator. When approached by society volunteers and asked what they wanted to do, or if there was one opportunity they could receive that day, the responses often contained a common theme. “We heard, ‘I want to work, I want a job’,” said Jones. “So, how does someone who is detached from their community get that opportunity? They need to build relationships and start from the ground level.” The Endeavour to be Better program is aimed at helping clients to build those relationships. “We do a breakfast program, people can come in any day of the week, we serve breakfast, coffee, basically just somewhere for the people to go,” explained Nendick. “They come to us, we create relationships and then hopefully can guide them through the system if they want more services... and then most recently we’ve been doing work.” The work offered by the employment is low barrier, with no previous training or skills required. In fact, for some, it is the first time in their lives that they have been employed. Going out in supervised groups, program clients pick up garbage, perform landscaping work, tidy up yards and alleyways or even homes, depending on what’s on the schedule for the day. All participants are paid minimum wage through the program, and are covered by WCB. “It gives these people a chance to work a couple of hours a day and build their confidence, and start moving forward in life,” said Nendick, who has just implemented a 12p.m. – 3p.m. schedule. “It’s like a real job. Unfortunately, the other day, everyone showed up late, so we didn’t go to work. I told them, look, if we were at a real job, you’re fired. So, the next day we had seven people at 11:45, all there and ready to work.” Nendick said the program isn’t there to offer a “handout”, but to help people take the next step in improving their lives. Before attending a private residence for work, a code of conduct is laid out which provides the expectations for labour and behaviour. On a job site, the Endeavour to be Better members must be respectful; no swearing is permitted, and neither are any drugs or alcohol. “Safety is a huge focus for us as well,” added Jones. “When guys are starting out in the morning and going to go to a job site, it’s a good skill for them to take part in a safety meeting in the morning and focus on that as well.” For some, the few hours of work they perform with the program are satisfactory, providing them with a sense of purpose, healthy socialization and a little extra money to help make ends meet. But others have used the work as a steppingstone to better opportunities. One such client, whose name was not provided, has moved from the Endeavour to be Better program to regular work with a local tow truck company. “He started with us, trying to get back on his feet,” said Nendick. “For some people two hours a day is max for them and that’s enough, they’re tired and it kills a good chunk of their day, but he was looking for more and there was no lack of work, to be honest.” The Society, and Endeavour to be Better program, are kept in operation with grant money, but are always looking for donations and new sources of funding in order to keep providing worthwhile services to those in need. “We’d really like to have this be something that can stay in the community at a certain level, so that if some of these participants go and maybe start somewhere, and get something together, but then are faced with a challenge, they know that there’s this step here in their community that they can come back and get on a level footing and go again,” said Jones. Nendick has concerns that if the program were to fold, the people it benefits could end up in a less than ideal position again. Clients often ask him, “So, when’s this going to end?” Because they are so used to being let down, or seeing initiatives like this form and then be dissolved. “It would be great to be good for a year, or two years, or five years, and just say we’re not going anywhere, we’re here no matter what,” said Nendick. “So that’s a big thing I’m focused on at the moment.” Both the breakfast program and Endeavour to be Better operate out of the former cold weather shelter at 2038 Nicola Ave. next to 7-11. The location is served by a variety of both paid employees and volunteers, including Darius Sam, who acts as a peer mentor to those who partake of the available services. Nendick encourages anyone in need of labourers, or is interested in having the Endeavour to be Better program participants perform work for them, whether they be businesses or private citizens, to get in touch either at 2038 Nicola Ave. or by calling 250 – 315 – 0155. “If there are business owners that would like help cleaning up with our people, or people that would like clean up or yard work done at their house, that would be great,” said Nendick. “What it all started with, and what it’s able to continue is that connection to the community, and a sense of belonging that every human needs,” said Jones. Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald
Merritt Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) members were shocked to discover that their Quint Fire Engine had been vandalized on the evening of Monday, May 3. “On Monday night, between 7pm – 9pm, the ladder truck was keyed while sitting on the front tarmac of the fire station while firefighters were inside training inside the building,” said Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson. Although the damage is cosmetic and will not affect the service the vehicle performs in the community, members of MFRD are dismayed by the wanton defacing of their equipment. “A 3-foot-long gouge was carved into the front passenger door, through the paint, down to metal in some sections,” said Tomkinson. “Our firefighters are disheartened by the random act of vandalism, something rarely experienced at the fire station. Our firefighters have taken great pride in our equipment here at Merritt Fire. Each piece of equipment, each engine, serving a key role, allowing us to do our job for a community that we love, and its visitors. We also know that our community members have invested a great deal into our ability to protect and serve them. We have been respectful of that by caring for our equipment so that it serves as many Merrittonians as possible during its lifetime.” Although MFRD carries insurance, they will not use this avenue to recoup the cost of the repairs, as the insurance is geared towards more intensive damage and repairs. “Damage is in the $1000.00 range and will not be repaired through insurance as the deductible makes it cost prohibitive,” said Tomkinson. Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to call the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477, or visit the Crime Stoppers website at: http://www.bccrimestoppers.com/ Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald