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Welder hurt in Nisku explosion left with life-altering injuries, traumatic burns – Edmonton

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The family of a man injured in last week’s explosion at a Nisku welding company said he is staying in positive spirits despite his serious, life-altering injuries.

Eric Fabbro, 42, was one of two men taken to hospital after a blast at Ja-Co Welding and Consulting on Thursday morning; Alberta Health Services said that day that the other injured man was in stable condition. A third man in his 40s died at the scene.

Wife Nicole Fabbro said she learned about the explosion when she got a call from the hospital and fell to the floor when she found out Eric was injured.

“Scared, just scared. Lost,” she said when asked what went through her head.

“He’s my backbone. He’s my best friend. From the day we met, we were soulmates. You pack a lunch for your husband. He goes to work like he has for the past 15 years and this [happens]. The first thing is I want to know what happened.”

Nicole and Eric’s parents, who were visiting for the holidays, rushed to the hospital. It isn’t clear what caused the blast, but Nicole said Eric has some recollection of the moments afterward.

“He said he was covered in shrapnel. Everybody was running over him. Finally he smelled flames and he tried to get help so he was calling for help,” Nicole said.

“He crawled out because his legs were screwed so he called out and two young boys ran back in and got him.”

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The family said Eric has had one surgery and is expected to undergo several more.

“He’s got a very, very deep gash right there,” Nicole said pointing to her lower leg.

“You can see the bone. The [gash] right here [on the thigh]… all his nerves are exposed. His muscles look like hamburger.”

Nicole said Eric also has a “huge” burn down his neck, arm and torso along with a broken nose and whip marks on his back from being hit by wires.

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Even in the face of such serious injuries, Nicole said Eric is staying optimistic.

“Eric is a positive person. He’s very positive. Myself, I’ve had a very hard life – he’s been my backbone,” she said.

Niece Mary French said she’s overwhelmed by Eric’s bright attitude, considering his situation.

“He’s constantly thinking of other people. He’s laying there and he’s in so much pain… with his nerves exposed. It was so hard to see somebody in that much pain and awake,” French said.

Family creates fundraising page

The explosion is latest in a series of difficult moments for the married couple of 15 years. Nicole is on disability, unable to work and does not drive; the couple also had difficult financial times after the economic downturn.

Nicole said the couple, who lived in B.C., lost “everything” before moving to Alberta to find work. Eric, who was a diver before retraining as a welder, began working at Ja-Co in 2014.

“We were just starting to get caught up from him losing his job. It sucks,” Nicole said.

With Eric the sole breadwinner of the household, Nicole has concerns about the couple’s financial future.

“He does everything for me. He does the grocery shopping. He pays the bills,” Nicole said.

“I don’t know where we are going to go from here.”

There’s no timeline for how long Eric will be in the hospital and it’s expected that he will have a long road to recovery. Family members have started a GoFundMe page to financially help the couple — Eric is off work indefinitely.

“Getting him walking, getting him rehabilitated is going to be a really long process,” French said.

“I just want to help them in any way I can. Will they have to pay for things? Getting his house ready for him to come back.”

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French said the couple’s house has stairs to the entrance as well as stairs to the bedroom; with uncertainty over Eric’s ability to walk, French said the money raised will help with any changes that need to be made.

“Just having money there so when we have new obstacles to overcome, that that’s not their worry. We can say, ‘Okay, we need to make a ramp. We need to set up the main floor into a living space for him for a while,’” she said.

French said the family will persevere through this situation and she herself is trying to mirror her uncle’s positivity.

“I’ve learned in my own grief the last year of losing my son that that energy — I can put it somewhere else,” French said.

“Like Eric, I need to stay positive for Nicole and not go down that path, just keep having faith everything is going to work out.”

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the explosion. The GoFundMe page can be accessed through this link.

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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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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