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He found her lost purse but didn’t want a reward. Instead he asked her to give kids ‘the magic of Christmas’

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What began as a merry family outing last Sunday, capped by a visit to Nathan Phillips Square’s Holiday Fair, turned into a frantic search for a missing purse.

And no wonder the search was so desperate. The purse held all the essential stuff of modern life, as well as cash for Christmas expenses, payments and donations.

Gary Fish didn’t want a reward for returning Elizabeth Marquez’s lost purse — he asked her to make a donation to the Star’s Santa Claus Fund instead. “I believe every kid should know the joy of having a gift at Christmas,” he said.
Gary Fish didn’t want a reward for returning Elizabeth Marquez’s lost purse — he asked her to make a donation to the Star’s Santa Claus Fund instead. “I believe every kid should know the joy of having a gift at Christmas,” he said.  (Henry Stancu / Toronto Star)

As it turned out, Elizabeth Marquez had nothing to worry about. Her purse would be returned that evening by a “unique soul” who turned down her offer of a reward, asking instead that she donate the money to the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund so “kids could experience the magic of Christmas.”

Marquez, her daughters, Lily, 5, and Mariana, 7, and husband Victor, had taken advantage of last Sunday’s mild weather to have brunch at a west-end Toronto restaurant followed by a streetcar ride to city hall, where ice skaters packed the outdoor rink and seasonally spirited kids, teens and adults were drawn to the holiday fair in the square.

Moments after stepping off the Queen streetcar, the family posed for a group selfie by the rink. It was then that the stay-at-home mom noticed her purse was missing.

“I felt weak in the knees, like my whole world was crashing,” said Marquez. “Everything is in my purse, all the credit and access cards, OHIP cards, mine and the girls’, driver’s licence, all our keys, and my phone with all of the information about my life — mom’s brain is basically in there — and $2,000 cash I had just taken out of the bank. Unfortunately the cellphone battery was dead, so I couldn’t (use GPS to) locate it.”

She decided her husband and daughters should go home, just in case someone found her purse and took it there. Then she checked at the city hall security desk, on the chance it had been turned in.

Just moments before realizing her purse was missing and the start of her frantic search for it, Elizabeth Marquez, left, posed for a happy family photo with her daughters, Lily, 5, beside her, and Mariana, 7, missing her front teeth, and husband Victor, at the Nathan Phillips Square Holiday Fair on Sunday.
Just moments before realizing her purse was missing and the start of her frantic search for it, Elizabeth Marquez, left, posed for a happy family photo with her daughters, Lily, 5, beside her, and Mariana, 7, missing her front teeth, and husband Victor, at the Nathan Phillips Square Holiday Fair on Sunday.

Marquez and a security guard looked in and around garbage containers in the square and in city hall’s washrooms but had no luck. Thinking she may have left it on the streetcar, Marquez decided to get back on to see if a driver could help her. “I told the driver what happened and he called in a report.”

It was only when she got home that her dismay turned to jubilation, as her husband told her the purse had been brought to their neighbourhood police station.

It turned out Gary Fish had boarded the streetcar at Bay St. just as Marquez and her family were stepping off, and noticed the purse on an empty seat. He first thought it belonged to a woman paying her fare at the ticket machine, but when she sat at another seat he realized it wasn’t hers.

“As more people were about to get on a few stops later, I decided to take temporary possession of it and started looking for clues as to who owned it,” said Fish, who has worked in Canadian Tire’s marketing department for 16 years.

“Looking inside and seeing all the contents that are a big part of someone’s life made me realize how important it was to get it to the owner, and getting it to a police station made the most sense.”

Fish got off at Parliament St. and headed to the 51 Division station at Front St., where he handed in the purse. A police officer phoned him about an hour later, asking whether he would mind having his number passed on to the owner, who wanted to personally thank him.

“When I called and offered to compensate him for all he did, he asked me to make a donation to the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund instead,” said Marquez.

She thinks acts of kindness that result in happy endings should be shared because they refresh our faith in humanity: “Gary is a unique soul, and I think this story should be spread.”

Asked why he suggested a donation to the Santa Claus Fund, Fish said “it’s important for all kids to feel the magic of Christmas and the surprise of getting a gift — even if they are kids who don’t understand Christmas, who come from other cultures, because it’s something they would hear about in the schoolyard and from other kids.

“Looking back to when I was little, my parents may have had some financial struggles, but I always got to experience the magic of a Christmas morning. And although I didn’t receive a Santa Claus Fund gift box from the Star, I believe every kid should know the joy of having a gift at Christmas.”

Henry Stancu is a Toronto-based business reporter. Reach him on email: hstancu@thestar.ca

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‘Business as usual’ for Dorel Industries after terminating go-private deal

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MONTREAL — Dorel Industries Inc. says it will continue to pursue its business strategy going forward after terminating an agreement to go private after discussions with shareholders.

« Moving ahead. Business as usual, » a spokesman for the company said in an email on Monday.

A group led by Cerberus Capital Management had previously agreed to buy outstanding shares of Dorel for $16 apiece, except for shares owned by the family that controls the company’s multiple-voting shares.

But Dorel chief executive Martin Schwartz said the Montreal-based maker of car seats, strollers, bicycles and home furniture pulled the plug on a deal on the eve of Tuesday’s special meeting after reviewing votes from shareholders.

“Independent shareholders have clearly expressed their confidence in Dorel’s future and the greater potential for Dorel as a public entity, » he said in a news release.

Dorel’s board of directors, with Martin Schwartz, Alan Schwartz, Jeffrey Schwartz and Jeff Segel recused, unanimously approved the deal’s termination upon the recommendation of a special committee.

The transaction required approval by two-thirds of the votes cast, and more than 50 per cent of the votes cast by non-family shareholders.

Schwartz said enhancing shareholder value remains a top priority while it stays focused on growing its brands, which include Schwinn and Mongoose bikes, Safety 1st-brand car seats and DHP Furniture.

Dorel said the move to end the go-private deal was mutual, despite the funds’ increased purchase price offer earlier this year.

It said there is no break fee applicable in this case.

Montreal-based investment firm Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc. and San Diego’s Brandes Investment Partners LP, which together control more than 19 per cent of Dorel’s outstanding class B subordinate shares voiced their opposition to the amended offer, which was increased from the initial Nov. 2 offer of $14.50 per share.

« We believe that several minority shareholders shared our opinion, » said Letko vice-president Stephane Lebrun, during a phone interview.

« We are confident of the long-term potential of the company and we have confidence in the managers in place.”

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Pandemic funds helping Montreal businesses build for a better tomorrow

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Many entrepreneurs have had to tap into government loans during the pandemic, at first just to survive, but now some are using the money to better prepare their businesses for the post-COVID future.

One of those businesses is Del Friscos, a popular family restaurant in Dollard-des-Ormeaux that, like many Montreal-area restaurants, has had to adapt from a sit-down establishment to one that takes orders online for takeout or delivery.

“It was hard going from totally in-house seating,” said Del Friscos co-owner Terry Konstas. “We didn’t have an in-house delivery system, which we quickly added. There were so many of our employees that were laid off that wanted to work so we adapted to a delivery system and added platforms like Uber and DoorDash.”

Helping them through the transition were emergency grants and low-interest loans from the federal and provincial governments, some of which are directly administered by PME MTL, a non-profit business-development organization established to assist the island’s small and medium-sized businesses.

Konstas said he had never even heard of PME MTL until a customer told him about them and when he got in touch, he discovered there were many government programs available to help his business get through the downturn and build for the future. “They’ve been very helpful right from day one,” said Konstas.

“We used some of the funds to catch up on our suppliers and our rents, the part that wasn’t covered from the federal side, and we used some of it for our new virtual concepts,” he said, referring to a virtual kitchen model which the restaurant has since adopted.

The virtual kitchen lets them create completely different menu items from the casual American Italian dishes that Del Friscos is known for and market them under different restaurant brand names. Under the Prasinó Soup & Salad banner, they sell healthy Greek options and their Stallone’s Sub Shop brand offers hearty sandwiches, yet the food from both is created in the same Del Friscos kitchen.

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Downtown Montreal office, retail vacancies continue to rise

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Some of downtown Montreal’s key economic indicators are heading in the wrong direction.

Office and retail vacancies in the city’s central core continued to climb in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a quarterly report released Thursday by the Urban Development Institute of Quebec and the Montréal Centre-Ville merchants association. The report, whose first edition was published in October, aims to paint a socio-economic picture of the downtown area.

The survey also found office space available for sublet had increased during the fourth quarter, which may foreshadow even more vacancies when leases expire. On the residential front, condo sales fell as new listings soared — a sign that the downtown area may be losing some of its appeal to homeowners.

“It’s impossible not to be preoccupied by the rapid increase in office vacancies,” Jean-Marc Fournier, the former Quebec politician who now heads the UDI, said Thursday in an interview.

Still, with COVID-19 vaccinations set to accelerate in the coming months, “the economic picture is bound to improve,” he said. “People will start returning downtown. It’s much too early to say the office market is going to disappear.”

Public health measures implemented since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago — such as caps on office capacity — have deprived downtown Montreal of more than 500,000 workers and students. A mere 4,163 university and CEGEP students attended in-person classes in the second quarter, the most recent period for which figures are available. Border closures and travel restrictions have also brought tourism to a standstill, hurting hotels and thousands of local businesses.

Seventy per cent of downtown workers carried out their professional activities at home more than three days a week during the fourth quarter, the report said, citing an online survey of 1,000 Montreal-area residents conducted last month.

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