Connect with us
[bsa_pro_ad_space id=12]


Canadian Broadway star & actor Nick Cordero loses leg, fights for life in LA hospital


5 minute read

The corona virus pandemic has been a beast and nightmare for millions of people, family members, health workers and more around the world.

For Hamilton-raised Broadway star Nick Cordero, his wife theatre stage dancer, personal fitness trainer Amanda Kloots and their 10-month-old son, Elvis, this deadly virus has been especially cruel for weeks now.

Cordero has been on life supported ventilation since early April. He has now had his right leg amputated on Saturday night after developing an infection in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Cordero has had many complications during his weeks long fight with the coronavirus.

Cordero was being  treated with blood thinners to help with clotting and blood circulation in his right leg. His doctors had to stop that part of his treatment because the blood thinner started causing internal bleeding.

“We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today,” Amanda Kloots’  Instagram post Saturday afternoon

Cordero has been a very active, healthy actor, performer, father and husband before he was struck down with Covid- 19. He was first admitted with what the doctors thought was pneumonia, he was tested twice for the virus and both were negative. As his condition worsened the doctors ordered a third test and it came back positive for Covid- 19. There is currently no known cure for this pandemic virus that has killed over 166,000 people world-wide.

Nick Cordero with the national tour of Rock of Ages. Photo Courtesy/Production Still/Cordero Family

Aside from being on life support, his doctors have also had him on dialysis treatments to support his kidneys, while also battling other complications for almost 3-weeks now.

Since his positive test, Kloots has not been allowed to visit her now fragile husband in hospital. Being isolated at home she has kept her family, friends and Nick’s fans up-to-date on social media through her Instagram account,

  • “I know Nick is surrounded by angels right now.”
  • “I got a phone call from the hospital saying that Nick made it out of surgery alive and he is headed to his room to rest and recover! AMEN!”
  • “He is hearing us!!! He is hearing the support, the love and your voices every day. I just know it.”

    Nick Cordero in Rock of Ages.

  • “I really needed to move today, to scream, to head bang, to spin, to jump, to sing and dance! I was a nervous wreck the whole day as Nick was in surgery just waiting by the phone to hear he got through it. HE DID!”
  • “Thank you God for watching over him and for the incredible doctors and nurses @cedarssinai hospital!”
  • “Nick and I met while performing in the Broadway show, Bullets Over Broadway. Let me tell you something about the Broadway community: They are thick as thieves. They are relentless. They are believers!! You can’t stop an artist from creating or wanting to help.”
  • “We came out to LA so that Nick could perform in Rock Of Ages, a Broadway show that was making its Hollywood Blvd debut. His cast, including this man @frankiejgrande, have embraced us and Nick the whole way through. They are angels that have proven to me that “Don’t Stop Believing”
  • Posted Sunday April 19th; Part of our wedding dance ❤️ that our friends @swaywithmeny choreographed for us. I love dancing with you @nickcordero1 and we WILL dance again. Link to video of the wedding dance.

 First published on April 18th and updated on April 19th.

Central Alberta

COVID outbreak in Wainwright area boosts Central Alberta numbers

Published on

Images from the Province of Alberta  

Covid-19 cases in Alberta are on a downward trend over the last week, but a big bump in cases in the MD of Wainwright has lead to an increase in active cases as of August 6.  There are 224 active cases in Central Alberta.  Just 66 new cases have been diagnosed in the last week (July 31-August 6).  Almost 40 of those were from the Wainwright area.

Beaver County at 65, Starland County at 60, and Wainwright area at 45 account for 170 out of the 224 cases in Central Alberta.  Here’s the Central Alberta breakdown in cases including the 8 municipalities with no cases at all.

Central Alberta Communities – Active Cases
  1. Beaver County – 65
  2. Starland County – 60
  3. MD of Wainwright – 45
  4. Red Deer – 12
  5. Flagstaff County – 6
  6. Settler County – 5
  7. Lacombe County – 5
  8. Drumheller – 4
  9. Red Deer County – 4
  10. Kneehill County – 4
  11. Paintearth County – 3
  12. Vermillion River County – 3
  13. Camrose – 2
  14. Sylvan Lake – 2
  15. Special Areas 2 – 1
  16. Provost County – 1
  17. Lacombe – 1
  18. Camrose County – 1
  19. Mountain View County – 0
  20. Clearwater County – 0
  21. Wetaskiwin – 0
  22. Olds – 0
  23. Ponoka County – 0
  24. Two Hills County – 0
  25. Wetaskiwin County- 0
  26. Minburn County – 0
  27. Special Areas 4 – 0

In the City of Red Deer there are 10 active cases.  3 in “North” Red Deer, 2 in “South-West” Red Deer, and 7 in Red Deer – East.


Here are the total number of cases for the entire province including all the recoveries.

Continue Reading

City of Red Deer

Red Deer City Council to take a fresh look at mandatory mask usage

Published on

From the City of Red Deer

Update to statement from Mayor Tara Veer, on behalf of City Council, on mask usage in Red Deer

“The mandatory use of masks continues to be a topic of conversation as we all respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.In accordance with my statement, on behalf of The City, on July 24, the ongoing discussions of mask usage may be continually revisited at any time given fluctuating case numbers in the city and region along with new direction from the Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. This week the Government of Alberta announced the guidelines around mandatory mask usage in schools and on school buses as schools reopen this fall.

As such, City administration is preparing a report for the August 17 Council meeting which will include updates on Provincial direction and local considerations. The administrative report will be available on The City’s website on or after August 13.”

July 24, 2020

Statement from Mayor Tara Veer, on behalf of City Council, on mask usage in Red Deer

“The mandatory use of masks continues to be a topic of conversation in communities across Alberta and around Canada as we all respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Alberta has indicated that they do not have province wide plans for mandatory masking and have left the decision to municipalities to make decisions based on their local situation.

The City continues to follow the number of cases in Red Deer and the Central Zone health region very closely. The recent uptick in cases in the region is concerning and serves as a reminder of the importance of following all public health orders to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. At this time, given current case numbers within the city, The City of Red Deer is not considering implementing mandatory masking in Red Deer, however this may be revisited at any time given fluctuating case numbers in the city and region along with direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

We are asking our citizens and businesses to follow health and safety protocols on a voluntary basis and for the safety of others. Mask use continues to be strongly recommended, particularly indoors, when physical distancing of two metres from people outside your cohort group is not possible. The Province has made masks available in a number of places across Alberta, free of charge, and The City of Red Deer received masks to hand out for free to transit users. There are also masks available at City recreation facilities for scheduled users to help elevate voluntary public participation in City amenities.

Implementing a mandatory masking policy in public spaces needs to be considered with other health orders and in context with the overall local severity of the pandemic. The caseload in the region is absolutely critical to The City’s consideration of implementing a mandatory mask policy. As such, we continue to have discussions with other local leaders within the Central Zone health region to ensure our decisions are cohesive as we all access the same healthcare services.”

Continue Reading

august, 2020

fri07augAll Daymon17WALK TO BREATHE from Calgary to Edmonton(All Day)

wed12aug9:34 pm9:34 pmAlberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society Annual Flower Display Show9:34 pm - 9:34 pm

thu27aug(aug 27)12:00 amsun30(aug 30)11:59 pmHUGE Garage Sale for Crime Prevention12:00 am - 11:59 pm (30) PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE, RED DEER, AB, 4725 43 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z3 Event Organized By: The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre