+ Alberta COVID-19 stats: 2,018 deaths to date, 14,849 active cases of 162,038 confirmed cases to date: aggregate Alberta data – currently, 390 Albertans are in the hospital with COVID-19, and 90 of those are in intensive care units; 3,861,430 tests have been administered to 1,953,019 Albertans to date.
+ Air Canada bailout/help from government is large, involved the government/taxpayers taking an equity stake in the airline, in two portions –; LEEFF (Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility program is providing up to $5.879 billion in liquidity; CEEFC (Canada Development Investment Corporation) is providing $4.0 billion in loans; customers awaiting refunds for cancelled flights will get refunds – but the Trudeau government remains silent on help for other airlines – silent on a comprehensive industry-wide message of support … tic toc
+ Bank of Montreal solids European asset management business unit to Ameriprise Financial Inc. for $1.1 billion
+ Calgary Board of Edmonton joined the chorus of NO voices opposed to piloting the proposed new DRAFT K-6 curriculum; the UCP government trashed the NDP’s continuation of the Prentice-era revamp; the uproar of parents, educators, and irate-grandparents (like me!) to the hastily prepared politically biased program is building momentum; write to your MLA and have your voice heard
*editor’s note: names companies involved in arm’s length debt and equity financing transactions we report in this section are ALWAYS the borrower; we report ‘fresh raises’ and do not report secondary offerings or non-arm’s-length transactions …
+ the downtown Plus15 (+15) pedestrian system is getting a review, re-study, and possible re-vamping; wayfinding (mostly signage) improvement recommendations will fall out of the study being conducted; the policy update will to a City Council Committee – Transportation and Transit – by June. The structures, building them, connecting and paying for Plus 15 bridges is a ‘developer/owner’ function – but operations and permitting processes for tenants fronting onto the Plus15 rests with the City …
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