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Two patients with Ebola symptoms in London, ON. hospital. Beer store changes could mean higher prices. NBC suspends Brian Williams for 6 months. Jon Stewart announces he’s leaving The Daily Show. Walmart Canada to add 29 supercentre stores.
2 PATIENTS WITH EBOLA SYMPTOMS IN LONDON, ON. HOSPITAL
Two people with Ebola-like symptoms are currently in quarantine at London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital. The patients, who are from Kitchener-Waterloo, were recently visiting Guinea. They were not admitted through the Emergency Department, as they were placed directly in isolation in a negative pressure room. According to a press release, both are in a designated treatment hospital for Ebola Virus Disease. All safety precautions are now in place to contain risk. The patients arrived at the hospital around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday (February 10th). The hospital states that it won’t provide any further information in order to protect their confidentiality.
BEER STORE CHANGES COULD MEAN HIGHER PRICES
The owners of the Beer Store are warning that changes from the Ontario government could mean higher prices. The CEO of Molson Coors made the statement on Tuesday. It comes after a panel recommended the province charge the Beer Store a fee for it virtual monopoly. The Beer Store is owned by Brewers Retail, a conglomerate of the 3 biggest beermanufactureres on the planet, Molson-Coors of the United States, AB InBev of Belgium and Sapporo of Japan and controls 80 per cent of beer sales in Ontario. The Molson-Coors CEO described the retail outlet as a break-even co-op that enables the province to charge taxes that account for 44 per cent of the purchase price of beer.
NBC SUSPENDS BRIAN WILLIAMS FOR 6 MONTHS
NBC has suspended anchor Brian Williams for 6 months without pay. It comes after controversial statements made by Williams when he misrepresented the fact that a helicopter he was travelling in came under fire when he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. NBC called his actions inexcusable and says this suspension is severe and appropriate.
JON STEWART TO LEAVE DAILY SHOW
Comedy central says Jon Stewart will be leaving the daily show. Stewart has been at the helm of the satirical news program for over 15 years. No date has been set yet for his departure. Comedy central would only say he’ll remain at the helm until later this year.
WALMART CANADA TO ADD 29 SUPERCENTRE PROJECTS
Wal-Mart Canada has announced plans to add another 29 supercentre projects. The retailer says the new developments are expected to create about 3,700 jobs for the construction sector, 300 distribution centre jobs across Canada and about a thousand jobs for its stores. The supercentre projects are estimated at about $230 million and will include the expansion and re-shaping of several stores, where customers will get access to full grocery departments. An additional $75 million will be used to add distribution centres and $35 million will go towards e-commerce initiatives, bringing the total capital to about $340 million. The expansion will give Wal-Mart Canada a total of 396 stores by the end of January 2016.
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