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Watch Live: Premier Kenney declares state of emergency in Alberta

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Strong restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19

Alberta’s government is declaring a state of public health emergency and putting aggressive measures in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 cases.

New public health measures

Not following mandatory restrictions could result in fines of $1,000 per ticketed offence and up to $100,000 through the courts.

Provincewide measures

Public and private gatherings

Effective immediately, mandatory restrictions on social gatherings are in effect provincewide. These measures will be in place until further notice and include:

  • No indoor social gatherings are permitted in any setting, including workplaces.
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Funeral services and wedding ceremonies must follow all public health guidance and are limited to a maximum of 10 in-person attendees. Receptions are not permitted.

Schools

In all schools, Grades 7-12 will move to at-home learning on Nov. 30, ending in-person classes early.

  • Students in early childhood services and Grades K-6 will remain learning in-person until Dec. 18.
  • All students will return to at-home learning after the winter break and resume in-person learning on Jan. 11, 2021.
  • These measures are mandatory.

Diploma exams are optional for the rest of the school year. Students and their families can choose whether to write the exam or receive an exemption for the April, June, and August 2021 exam sessions.

Measures for regions under enhanced status

Effective immediately, mandatory restrictions on places of worship, businesses and services are in effect in areas under enhanced status. These measures will be in place until further notice.

Places of worship

  • Places of worship are limited to a maximum of one-third normal attendance per service.
  • Physical distancing between households and masking are required.
  • Faith-based leaders are encouraged to move services online.
  • In-person faith group meetings can continue, but must maintain physical distancing and public health measures must be followed.

Businesses and services

Starting Nov. 27, business and service restrictions fall under three categories: closed for in-person business, open with restrictions, and open by appointment only. Impacts by category are available here: alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

These measures will remain in place for three weeks, but will be extended if needed.

Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person visits to retail locations, shop local and use curbside pickup, delivery and online services, where possible.

Specific measures for Calgary, Edmonton and surrounding communities

Mandatory mask requirements

Effective immediately, a new mandatory mask requirement for indoor workplaces is in place for Edmonton, Calgary and surrounding areas. This includes any location where employees are present, and applies to visitors, including delivery personnel, and employees or contractors.

This measure will be in place until further notice.

All existing guidance and legal orders remain in place in all areas. Alberta Health, AHS and local municipalities continue to closely monitor the spread across the province.

Quick facts

  • A full breakdown of the new measures can be found here.
  • There are 13,349 active cases and 35,695 recovered cases in Alberta.
  • There are 348 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 66 in intensive care.
  • The total number of COVID-19 deaths is 492.
  • Legally, all Albertans must physically distance and isolate when sick or with symptoms.
  • Good hygiene is your best protection: wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into an elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.

 

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Brookfield confident in offer for Inter Pipeline after Pembina terminates rival bid

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CALGARY — Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LLP said it’s confident its hostile bid for Calgary-based Inter Pipeline will be successful now that Pembina Pipeline Corp. has terminated its own rival offer.

Brookfield’s $16-billion offer is now “the sole transaction on the table” for Inter Pipeline shareholders and any delay in accepting it would not be in shareholders’ best interests, Brookfield spokeswoman Claire Holland said.

“We believe Inter Pipeline’s board made the right decision,” Holland said in an email. “This decision implicitly affirms the merits of our offer, which provides superior value, flexibility and certainty.”

Pembina announced Monday it had terminated its bid for Inter Pipeline after its board advised it would no longer recommend shareholders support the deal. Pembina will pocket a $350-million break fee as a result. 

The news came nearly two months after Inter Pipeline entered into a friendly $8.3-billion all-share deal with Pembina equal to $19.45 per share. The deal — which would have seen Inter Pipeline shareholders receive half a Pembina share for each Inter Pipeline share they hold — was struck in response to the hostile takeover bid from Brookfield that Inter Pipeline said undervalued its business.

Brookfield, Inter Pipeline’s largest shareholder, subsequently raised its cash and share takeover offer to $19.75 per share, up from its earlier proposal valued at $16.50 per share. It later revised the offer by giving shareholders the option to receive their entire payment in cash, instead of a mix of cash and shares, if they desire.

Brookfield again raised its offer in mid-July to $20 in cash or 0.25 of a Brookfield Infrastructure share for each Inter Pipeline share, with a cap on the number of shares that are available.

At least two prominent shareholder advisory firms, ISS and Glass Lewis, recommended that Inter Pipeline investors reject the company’s proposed sale to Pembina and instead support the takeover by Brookfield.

On Monday, Pembina CEO Mick Dilger said he was disappointed with the outcome.

“The industrial logic of a combined Pembina and Inter Pipeline remains unparalleled and the value creation between certain of our assets is impossible to replicate by any other entity,” he said in a news release.

Dilger said the company will continue to seek opportunities for growth through “focused acquisitions.” 

“Pembina remains optimistic about its future, including the profitability of our existing business given foreseeable sector tailwinds, as well as with tremendous flexibility to pursue an ever increasing and more diverse set of opportunities for growth, some of which we were able to highlight and advance during this process.”

Inter Pipeline said it is open to working with Brookfield to reach a “mutually agreeable transaction.” The Brookfield offer expires on Aug. 6.

Earlier this month, the Alberta Securities Commission ruled in favour of Inter Pipeline and Pembina in a decision that was critical of the tactics used by Brookfield Infrastructure in the takeover fight.

The securities regulator upheld a $350-million break fee that Brookfield had sought to have cancelled.

It said Brookfield Infrastructure used “abusive” tactics in its attempt to buy Inter Pipeline and ordered the company to provide additional disclosure related to total return swaps it holds that give it economic exposure to Inter Pipeline’s shares.

The regulator also raised the minimum tender conditions of the Brookfield Infrastructure offer to 55 per cent from a simple majority of the shares tendered by shareholders other than Brookfield and those acting in concert with it.

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

Companies in this story: (TSX:IPL, TSX:PPL, TSX:BIPC)

Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press

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Canada to play Finland in first game of women's world hockey championship

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CALGARY — Hockey Canada has released the schedule for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship Women’s World Championship, featuring Canada versus Finland in the opening game.

The 31-game tournament will be played at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta., from August 20-31.

This is the eighth time Canada has hosted the event.

Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada, says a variety of provincial groups have worked together to make the 10-team tournament a reality.

It features Canada in Group A with Finland, Russia, Switzerland and the United States, while Group B is comprised of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Japan.

Canada has captured 10 gold medals at the championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012), as well as eight silver and one bronze.

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

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