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No Christmas Day snowfall for most Canadian cities, forecasts show – National

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Most Canadians dreaming of snowflakes falling on Christmas Day are going to wake up disappointed.

There may still be snow on the ground in regions that have had a pre-holiday powdering, but some major cities like Toronto are still in green, and festive flurries aren’t in the forecast for most of the country on Dec. 25.


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“If you’re expecting the scene at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life when George Bailey is kind of running through Bedford Falls saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to everyone as the snow is falling down in snow banks, that’s not going to happen really anywhere,” Global News Weather Specialist Mike Arsenault said on Saturday.

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The Atlantic provinces have gotten a huge helping of snow recently, but days of near-record breaking highs have made quick work of it, Arsenault said. Temperatures have cooled, but there’s no precipitation in the forecast for Halifax or New Brunswick’s three biggest cities.

“It looked like they were set up for a white Christmas, but now it’s unlikely going to happen in Atlantic Canada,” Arsenault said.


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As of Sunday evening, St. John’s has a 40 per cent chance of flurries on Christmas Day, according to Environment Canada. Charlottetown also has a 60 per cent chance of flurries.

Moving west, Montreal is anticipating sun and a high of -9 C on Tuesday, with Ottawa looking at -8 C. Both cities have some snow on the ground as of Sunday evening.

There are flurries in the forecast Monday for Toronto and portions of southern and central Ontario. With temperatures right around the freezing mark, however, that snow is unlikely to stick around, Arsenault said.

Toronto is looking at a mix of sun and cloud, and a temperature of -1 C on Tuesday.

There is snow in Winnipeg, but no additional flurries are expected on Christmas Day, according to Environment Canada.

Periods of snow are in the forecast for Regina on Christmas Eve, while Saskatoon has no precipitation and temperatures of -13 C anticipated for Christmas Day.


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“It’s going to be very cold there, so the snow that is falling and has fallen isn’t going to go anywhere, because it is so cold,” Arsenault said of the Prairies.

Calgary is looking at temperatures of -5 C and sunny, while Edmonton is expected to be slightly colder — -7 C — and cloudy.

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B.C.’s Interior, at least at its lower elevations, is facing the possibility of a green Christmas this year.

In the Okanagan Valley, temperatures have been above normal all month. Kelowna’s Christmas forecast is for -1 and cloudy.


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As for Vancouver and Victoria, they’ll have to get a dose of Christmas cheer from the sun, which is expected to shine on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In Canada’s north, a white Christmas is almost a certainty. On Christmas Eve, Iqaluit is poised for a “near blizzard,” Environment Canada said, and Whitehorse and Yellowknife have a chance of flurries as well.

How common is a white Christmas?

Environment Canada defines a white Christmas as two centimetres or more snow on the ground by 7 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 25.

A perfect Christmas is when those conditions are met and there is also snowfall in the air at some point during the day.

The federal agency’s data shows that the probability of a white Christmas is on the decline.


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Based on the records of 45 major cities between 1994 and 2017, there’s an average chance of 68 per cent overall. But between 1965 and 1984, that proportion was 79 per cent.

The data also highlights just how dramatically winter weather varies across Canada.

Since 1994, Halifax, Penticton, B.C., Sydney, N.S., Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and surrounding area, Saint John and Fredericton, N.B., and Lethbridge, Alta., have had white Christmases half the time or less.


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In the case of Vancouver and Victoria, a white Christmas is far less frequent — 10 and 15 per cent of the time, respectively.

On the other end of the spectrum, Winnipeg, Timmins, Ont., and Goose Bay, N.L., have only had one green Christmas each since 1986. And there wasn’t a single green Christmas for Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Iqaluit or Kenora, Ont., in 63 years of data.

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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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