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This Calgary Company’s Relaunch will Help you Relax at Home or in the Office

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As Alberta moves into Phase Two of its provincial relaunch plan, those who suffer from chronic inflammation, body and joint pain are relieved to be back on the phone with their massage therapists. After several months of blanket closure throughout the massage industry, clinics across Calgary are beginning to open their doors again, now operating under updated health guidelines mandated by the Government of Alberta.  

Your Health Span, a local wellness and spa service, has recently reopened for business after nearly three months of closure. 

Jill Burk launched Your Health Span in 2007 when her own practice began to take off, and it was time to expand and bring together a team. Founded with a focus on convenience and accessibility, Your Health Span is a mobile service that caters to the busy, the working, and those with limited personal mobility. “Our service is great for people who are less mobile,” says Burk, “we work with people in their homes and offices, seniors and veterans affairs, and people in hospitals and care centers.” The service also offers direct client insurance billing for the most hassle-free experience, from start to finish. 

Your Health Span officially shut their doors on March 14, but even with the COVID-19 closures restricting business over the last few months, Jill remains grateful for her team and their loyal clients. “We are really blessed,” she says, “we’re going to come out of this far stronger than when we went in.” 

The services offered by Your Health Span include a number of massages, rituals and treatments designed to relax, restore and heal. According to Burk, their most popular services include their basic massage and their unique cannabis treatments, which feature THC and CBD massages. 

The Canazen Massage is the only one of its kind in the city, using THC-infused oil to promote injury recovery and pain management as well as “the best night’s sleep you have ever had”. The CBD Massage is designed to alleviate the mental and physical symptoms of stress, anxiety and tension to leave clients completely refreshed. 

As a locally owned and operated business, your Health Span supports others in the community by featuring a number of local skincare, aromatherapy and pain relief products in their online shop. Burk encourages others to support local wherever possible as well, especially as Calgary communities and businesses begin to recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19.  “When you support local,” she says, “you’re supporting a family in need. Lets keep it in the community!” 

Your Health Span is now open and taking appointments by phone. For more information, visit www.yourhealthspan.ca

 

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Imperial Oil to write off up to $1.2 billion in Alberta natural gas assets

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CALGARY — Shares in Imperial Oil Ltd. were rising after it announced late Monday it would write down up to $1.2 billion on Canadian assets it doesn’t think it will ever develop.

In a brief news release, it said it has reassessed the long-term development plans of its unconventional natural gas portfolio in Alberta and no longer plans to develop a “significant potion” of those assets.

It says that will result in a non-cash writedown of between $900 million and $1.2 billion in the current quarter.

In Toronto, Imperial shares rose by as much as 94 cents or 4.2 per cent to $23.42 on Tuesday morning, despite falling benchmark U.S. oil prices.

Imperial said the exploration lands it is shelving haven’t been developed and aren’t producing, adding the move doesn’t include natural gas prospects that are also rich in petroleum liquids.

Last week, the Calgary-based company said it would lay off about 200 of its 6,000 employees across Canada as part of a cost-cutting initiative due to low oil prices, adding it has reduced the number of contractors it employs by about 450 since the start of the year.

“We did not expect the company to allocate much to its unconventional assets in 2021 (or beyond) given its focus on the oilsands as well as cash returns to shareholders,” said CIBC analyst Dennis Fong in a report.

He added he expects Imperial’s move to be “immaterial” to his financial estimates.

Imperial is 69.6 per cent owned by U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil Corp., which said in October it would cut its global workforce by about 15 per cent, equating to about 14,000 jobs.

Exxon announced Monday it would take an after-tax impairment of US$17 billion to US$20 billion thanks to removing certain natural gas assets from its development plan.

Imperial committed in March to cut spending by $1 billion, including a $500 million reduction in capital spending plus $500 million in lower operating expenses, due to lower energy demand caused by lockdowns to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020.

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Suncor Energy increases spending, oil production guidance for 2021

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CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is forecasting higher spending and production in 2021 based on benchmark U.S. oil prices staying near their current levels of around US$45 per barrel.

It says it predicts daily oil and gas production between 740,000 and 780,000 barrels of oil equivalent in 2021, an increase of about 10 per cent compared with this year  driven by higher bitumen output from its oilsands operations.

It expects capital spending of between $3.8 billion and $4.5 billion, including sustaining capital of $2.9 billion to $3.4 billion, an increase of about nine per cent over 2020’s expected spending of $3.6 billion to $4.0 billion.

The Calgary-based company forecasts refinery throughput of 415,000 to 445,000 barrels per day based on a utilization rate of between 90 and 96 per cent.

Suncor says it expects to repay between $500 million and $1 billion of debt and will introduce a $500-million share repurchase program.

In reports, analysts said the guidance was in line with what they were expecting.

Credit Suisse analyst Manav Gupta pointed out that Suncor cut capital and operating spending earlier this year and lowered its dividend payments.

“Suncor almost broke even in the third quarter of 2020, and now is getting ready to pay down portion of the debt it took on to navigate the crisis,” he added.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020.

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