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Alberta announces shut down of indoor sporting events, 11 pm closure of bars and restaurants, no social gatherings for 2 weeks

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New measures to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19

Targeted health measures will take effect on Nov. 13 to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19 in Alberta and protect the health system.

Alberta’s government is implementing additional health measures to help protect hospitals, keep schools and businesses open, and protect vulnerable Albertans.

There are 8,305 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions are at their highest point since the pandemic began.

New public health measures

Starting Nov. 13, all restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs in regions under enhanced status must cease liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. The restriction will remain in place until Nov. 27.

There will also be a two-week ban on indoor group fitness classes, team sport activities and group performance activities in Edmonton and surrounding areas, Calgary and surrounding areas, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Lethbridge.

Additional public health measures will also be implemented in all regions under an enhanced status. These measures will be in place until further notice:

  • Maximum attendance of 50 at wedding or funeral ceremonies.
  • It is recommended all faith-based activities limit attendance to one-third capacity per service.
  • Residents should not hold social gatherings within their homes and should not plan social gatherings outside their community.
  • It is recommended employers in office settings implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.

All existing guidance and legal orders remain in place in all areas.

Alberta Health, AHS and local municipalities will continue to closely monitor the spread across the province.

The Government of Alberta is asking all Albertans to do their part. If these measures are not successful, it will be necessary to implement more restrictive measures.

“We must take action at this critical point to contain the rapid growth of COVID-19 in our province. Through our actions, we can support the health-care system, keep schools open, protect vulnerable Albertans and keep the economy operating throughout the province. This is our chance. If Albertans respond to these and other public health guidelines now, we won’t need more restrictive measures in the future.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

“We must reduce the spread of COVID-19. In addition to these measures, I am asking all Albertans to look at our lives and reduce our social and close contact interactions wherever we can. If we can connect virtually or through other means, we need to make that change. By working together, we can protect each other, reduce the spread and protect our health system.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health

Quick facts

  • There are 8,305 active cases and 27,707 recovered cases in Alberta.
  • There are 225 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 51 in intensive care.
  • The total number of COVID-19 deaths is 393.

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WestJet signs code share agreement with Dutch airline KLM

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CALGARY — WestJet Airlines has expanded an existing code-share agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. 

The Calgary-based airline says it will now be able market flights operated by KLM, which it says means WestJet travellers will be able to easily transfer through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to 18 European cities. 

WestJet says the code-share agreement builds on the airline’s new non-stop service between Calgary and Amsterdam, operating twice weekly beginning Aug. 5 and increasing to three times weekly on Sept. 9.

The new flights to Amsterdam are part of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner program, which started flights to Europe in 2019 with routes to Paris, London and Dublin.

Code-share agreements allow airlines to sell tickets to places they don’t fly to on flights operated by a partner airline, and they allow airlines to increase their market presence and make it more convenient for travellers to fly with them.

KLM already had a code-share agreement with WestJet that allowed the Dutch airline to sell tickets on flights operated by WestJet in Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

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Brookfield Asset Management completes privatization of Brookfield Property partners

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CALGARY — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. says it has closed a deal to acquire the remaining stake in Brookfield Property Partners.

The previously announced deal to buy the stake in the firm it already owns will also take the real estate firm private. 

Under the deal, unitholders have a choice of US$18.17 in cash, 0.4006 of a Brookfield Asset Management class-A limited voting share or 0.7268 of a BPY preferred unit, with limits for each category.

Brookfield Property REIT Inc. says it is redeeming all of its outstanding 6.375% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock on Aug. 19 for $25 per share cash, plus all accumulated and unpaid dividends for total proceeds of more than $25.21.

The agreement was overwhelmingly approved on July 16 by Brookfield Property Partners minority unitholders.

Brookfield Property Partners owns or operates a wide variety of properties. including office buildings, shopping malls and other properties across the world.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

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