Manitoba NationTalk

AMC expresses distress about another disturbing death of a First Nations citizen

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) expresses condolences and concern of yet another death of a First Nations citizen following involvement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The AMC has become aware of disturbing reports that a citizen of the Tataskweyak Cree Nation has committed suicide following his arrest and detainment on charges of assaulting a police officer in Thompson, Manitoba. The RCMP in Thompson arrested Brian Halcrow, who suffered from debilitating health conditions, in June of 2019 on charges of assaulting a police officer; however, video surveillance may show that this assault did not occur, and that Mr. Halcrow did not in fact provoke the involved officer. Sadly, Mr. Halcrow committed suicide following this incident.

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said, “this is yet another disturbing and tragic report of a First Nation citizen being brutally mistreated by officers, which may be a direct contributing factor in his decision to take his own life. I want to offer my condolences on behalf of the AMC to Mr. Halcrow’s family, friends and loved ones, on his untimely passing. I am calling for a fully independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances that have led to the death of Mr. Halcrow.”

“It seems like a day doesn’t go by in this province without reports of officers inflicting undue force on First Nation citizens. I find this latest incident particularly troubling given that the AMC Secretariat, and many other First Nations advocacy organizations, have just acknowledged and marked Aboriginal Justice Awareness Day, by calling on federal and provincial elected officials to finally implement the recommendations of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry.”

“The AMC recently received the final report on the Police Services Act, 2009, which recommended several changes to the sections of the legislation that govern the Independent Investigations Unit (IIU). In this particular case in Thompson, the officer involved may be protected by the current provisions of the PSA that do not compel a subject officer to be interviewed by IIU investigating officers. Unless this is changed in legislation, the IIU will continue to play a part in the disproportionate rates of First Nations arrests and incarcerations and subject officers will continue to be found not responsible for acts of brutality and/or justified in the use of deadly force,” added Grand Chief Dumas.

“With current restorative justice initiatives under First Nations’ jurisdiction, AMC’s efforts to work with Manitoba Justice on reducing disproportionate First Nations arrests and incarceration, and with AMC’s advocacy to urge the Province to implement the recommendations of the final report on the PSA, I believe we can prevent and reduce the prevalence of similar tragic events from occurring in the future. Moreover, there may be more closure and better administration of justice for First Nation citizens such as Mr. Halcrow and many others, with the restoration of First Nations justice and legal systems as recommended by various Commissions and Inquires.”

Grand Chief Dumas concluded, “it is disturbing and emotionally exhausting for First Nations in Manitoba to be continually exposed to reports and alleged incidents of the use of excessive force perpetuated on First Nations by police officers, conservation officers, and correctional officers in this

province. The PSA legislation is a contributing factor and I continue urge the Province and specifically Manitoba Justice to implement its recommendations, in partnership with First Nations in the spirit and intent of reconciliation and for a measure of justice for those First Nations lives lost as a result of police misconduct.”

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For more information, please contact:

Stacia Franz
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 204-292-1504

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Vaccine eligibility for all over 90, for First Nations over 70 – Virden Empire Advance

Eligible Manitobans can begin booking their first dose appointments at the Selkirk supersite today.  The site, located at the former Selkirk and District General Hospital, will begin providing immunizations on Monday, March 8. An update will be provided when Manitobans can begin booking appointments at the Morden supersite.

Beginning this week, several northern communities will use Vaxport to access immunizations at the nearby supersite in Thompson. The first communities participating in this pilot phase include Wabowden, Herb Lake Landing, Snow Lake, Grand Rapids and Misipawistik. Communities were selected based on their readiness and ability to travel for the vaccine. Additional information about Manitoba’s immunization strategy for the north will be released in the coming days.

Read More: https://www.empireadvance.ca/news/local-news/vaccine-eligibility-for-all-over-90-for-first-nations-over-70-1.24288605

1911 Gold Provides Results from Ongoing Phase Il Drilling Program

TORONTO, Ontario, March 2, 2021 – 1911 Gold Corporation (“1911 Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: AUMB) (OTCQX: AUMBF) reports results from the ongoing 18,000-metre Phase II Drilling Program on the 100% owned Rice Lake properties in Manitoba. This release includes nine first pass drillholes on new targets in the Bidou, Tinney, Poundmaker and Wanipigow East project areas, as well as four follow-up drillholes on the Janet target in the Bidou project area (Table 1; Figure 1 and Figure 2). To date, 51 drillholes, totalling 14,511 metres, have been completed in the Phase II Program, with assays now reported for the first 19 drillholes.

Highlights:

  • Drilling on 60-metre centres at the Janet (JT) target confirms a large-scale gold system, now traced over 400 metres along strike, with stacked structures defined by shear deformation, alteration, stockwork quartz veins and gold mineralization in favourable host rocks
  • Drillhole JT-20-008, located on the middle drill section, returned multiple intercepts over a core length of roughly 125 metres, including 7.73 g/t Au over 0.5 metres, 0.74 g/t Au over 3.9 metres, and 0.4 g/t Au over 7.77 metres
  • Drillhole JT-20-006, on the westernmost drill section, also returned multiple zones of gold mineralization, highlighted by 0.65 g/t Au over 11.15 metres, which includes 7.51 g/t Au over 0.5 metres, indicating the system is open to the west as well as at depth
  • First-pass drilling of the Woodchuck discovery, which returned surface grab sample results up to 851 g/t Au, yielded several zones of gold mineralization, highlighted by 2.27 g/t Au over 3.26 metres, including 6.14 g/t Au over 0.6 metres, in WC-20-001
  • Drilling is in progress on several priority target areas, previously inaccessible due to inadequate freeze-up, at Tinney and Bidou where high-grade mineralization was discovered during the Phase I Program

Dr. Scott Anderson, Vice President, Exploration, commented: “These results reflect the overall strategy of the Phase II Program: systematic follow-up drilling of discoveries from the Phase I Program to delineate the scale of gold systems, as well as first pass drilling of new targets generated from our ongoing regional exploration, which continues to highlight our strong project portfolio and the exceptional potential of the Rice Lake belt. With access now established for all drill targets, we are excited to see assay results from the initial Phase II drillholes at our most advanced targets at Tinney and Bidou in the coming weeks”.

Table 1: Assay results from Phase II drilling

Target Hole ID(1) Easting Northing Length Az. Incl. From To Length(2) Gold(3)
(NAD83, UTMZ15N) (m) (deg.) (deg.) (m) (m) (m) (g/t)
Janet JT-20-006 335460 5638524 249 170 -60 9.75 20.90 11.15 0.65
Inc. 15.40 19.40 4.00 1.81
Inc. 17.70 19.40 1.70 2.61
Inc. 18.90 19.40 0.50 7.51
89.65 90.60 0.95 0.61
98.60 101.35 2.75 0.43
JT-20-007 335591 5638533 302 170 -65 107.00 109.65 2.65 0.65
Inc. 108.20 109.65 1.45 1.04
129.95 131.75 1.80 0.65
JT-20-008 335652 5638548 317 170 -60 22.70 23.25 0.55 0.81
32.15 32.65 0.50 7.73
76.75 78.10 1.35 0.48
82.20 86.10 3.90 0.74
Inc. 85.35 86.10 0.75 2.67
92.98 100.75 7.77 0.40
Inc. 100.25 100.75 0.50 3.29
145.85 146.35 0.50 0.91
JT-20-009 335777 5638546 309 170 -60 79.40 84.15 4.75 1.37
Inc. 82.50 84.15 1.65 3.44
Inc. 83.55 84.15 0.60 6.20
87.95 88.45 0.50 1.12
155.55 156.50 0.95 0.82
158.60 159.45 0.85 2.64
Woodchuck WC-20-001 334901 5638566 201 170 -50 92.94 96.20 3.26 2.27
Inc. 94.50 96.20 1.70 3.57
Inc. 94.50 95.10 0.60 6.14
WC-20-002 334967 5638560 202 170 -50 79.00 80.75 1.75 0.92
Inc. 79.60 80.10 0.50 2.02
WC-21-003 334880 5638558 200 212 -52 94.35 95.40 1.05 0.56
108.45 110.45 2.00 0.60
Bermuda BM-20-001 339091 5638407 185 245 -66 95.38 96.92 1.54 0.65
BM-20-002 338991 5638579 176 245 -60 120.55 122.00 1.45 3.15
Inc. 121.05 122.00 0.95 4.46
Poundmaker PM-20-008 307731 5663074 200 235 -60 124.95 126.10 1.15 0.62
144.75 145.25 0.50 1.87
PM-20-009(4) 307761 5663015 56 235 -60 NSV
PM-20-010 307751 5663021 157 235 -70 NSV
Wanipigow E. WP-20-001 308569 5659963 404 195 -60 NSV
(1) Numbering reflects order in which drillholes were planned, rather than sequence of drilling
(2) Represents drillcore length; true widths are presently unknown
(3) All reported intervals are weighted averages; NSV, no significant values
(4) Drillhole PM-20-009 was lost at 56 metres; re-collared as PM-20-010

Phase II Drilling Results

Phase II drilling on the Janet target in the Bidou project area returned numerous mineralized intercepts, including local high-grade gold, defining a series of stacked structures that cut through chemically-favourable (Fe-tholeiitic) host rocks and felsic porphyry dikes. The mineralized zones are typically associated with stockwork quartz-tourmaline veins in silica-sericite-pyrite altered porphyry and basalt, and have now been confirmed in wide-spaced drilling over 400 metres along strike; results are pending for two additional drillholes completed to test these zones at depth (drillholes reported to date for Janet targeted the main structure at vertical depths of 100–125 metres). New data from the nine drill holes now completed at Janet will be utilized to vector toward potential high-grade zones within this large-scale mineralized system.

The Woodchuck, Bermuda and No. 2 zone targets (within the Bidou, Tinney and Poundmaker project areas, respectively) are kilometre-scale structures associated with high-grade gold occurrences on surface, with no record of historical drilling. Results from first pass drillholes, reported herein (Table 1), completed on wide-spaced sections confirm these structures along strike and to depth in each location, with localized gold mineralization associated with strongly sheared and variably-altered host rocks. These results will be evaluated in the context of the Company’s exploration model to identify areas with potential to host high-grade vein systems along these major structures. Six additional drillholes have been completed on two parallel targets at Poundmaker, with results pending.

The Wanipigow East target is located along the trace of the crustal-scale Wanipigow Fault and is covered with glacial-clay cover at surface. It is associated with a thick, tightly-folded iron formation within the fault, with coincident geophysical (MAG, IP, VLF-EM) and gold-in-humus geochemical anomalies. The initial drillhole (WP-20-001) targeted the core of the fold structure at a vertical depth of 200 metres, returning only local anomalous gold values; results are pending for two additional drillholes completed to test this structure at depth and along strike 450 m to the west of WP-20-001.

Exploration Outlook

Three drill rigs are currently testing targets at the Tinney, Bidou and Horseshoe projects that were inaccessible until recently pending completion of the ice-making program. These include several priority targets at Tinney and Bidou that returned high-grade intercepts from wide-spaced drilling in the Phase I Program; these compelling targets will be the main source of news flow in the coming weeks.

Concurrent to the drilling program, 1911 Gold continues to plan for a comprehensive field exploration program in 2021, focussing on areas where high-grade gold mineralization was identified in bedrock during the 2019 and 2020 field campaigns, with the goal of advancing new targets to drill stage in several project areas within the Company’s dominant land packages in the Rice Lake greenstone belt.

QA-QC Protocols

Sample handling, preparation and analysis are monitored through the implementation of formal chain-of-custody procedures and quality assurance-quality control (QA-QC) programs designed to follow industry best practices. Drillcore is logged and sampled in a secure facility located in Bissett, Manitoba. Drillcore samples for gold assay are cut in half using a diamond saw and are submitted to Activation Laboratories Ltd. (Actlabs) in Ancastor, Ontario, for preparation by crushing to 80% passing 2.0 millimetres, riffle splitting to obtain 250-gram aliquots, and pulverizing to 95% passing 106 microns; the pulverizer bowl is cleaned with sand after each sample. Pulps are analyzed by a 30-gram fire assay and AAS finish. For assays above 5 g/t Au, a cut of the original pulp was re-assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples with visible gold are analyzed by metallic screen assay, with the weighted average of gold for the entire sample reported, based on fire assays of the screen oversize and undersize fractions. In addition to Actlabs’ in-house QA-QC protocols, 1911 Gold inserts certified standards, non-certified blanks and field duplicates into the sample stream at regular intervals, such that QA-QC accounts for 10% of the total samples submitted. Results are routinely evaluated for accuracy, precision and contamination.

Qualified Person Statement

Technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Scott Anderson, Ph.D., P.Geo., the Company’s Vice President, Exploration, and Qualified Person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About 1911 Gold Corporation

1911 Gold is a junior explorer that holds a highly prospective, consolidated land package totalling 54,344 hectares within and adjacent to the Archean Rice Lake greenstone belt in Manitoba, and also owns the True North mine and mill complex at Bissett, Manitoba, where it is reprocessing historic tailings on a seasonal basis. 1911 Gold believes its land package is a prime exploration opportunity, with potential to develop a mining district centred on the True North complex. The Company also owns the Tully and Denton-Keefer projects near Timmins, Ontario, and intends to focus on both organic growth opportunities and accretive acquisition opportunities in North America.

1911 Gold’s True North complex and exploration land package are located within the traditional territory of the Hollow Water First Nation, signatory to Treaty No. 5 (1875-76). 1911 Gold looks forward to maintaining open, co-operative and respectful communication with the Hollow Water First Nation in order to build mutually beneficial working relationships.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ron Clayton
President and CEO

For further information, please contact:
Shaun Heinrichs
Chief Financial Officer
(604) 674-1293
[email protected]

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High Tide Reports 2020 Financial Results Featuring a 166% Increase in Revenue and Record Adjusted EBITDA of $8.0 Million

Calgary, AB, March 1, 2021 − High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (TSXV: HITI) (OTCQB: HITIF) (FRA:2LY), a retail-focused cannabis corporation enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories, filed its year-end 2020 financial results on March 1, 2021, the highlights of which are included in this news release. The full set of Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis can be viewed by visiting High Tide’s website at www.hightideinc.com, its profile page on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss results at 8:30 am Eastern time on March 2, 2021.

2020 Fiscal Year – Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue increased by 118% to $24.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and by 166% to $83.3 million for the year ended October 31, 2020.  Note that the quarter does not include any contribution from META Growth Corp., the acquisition of which closed subsequent to the end of the quarter.
  • Gross profit increased by 112% to $8.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and by 172% to $30.8 million for the year ended October 31, 2020.
  • Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter was 35%(*) and 37% for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter was $3.6 million and $8.0 million for the year ended October 31, 2020.
  • Geographically in the fourth quarter of 2020, $20.6 million of revenue was earned in Canada, $4.1 million in the United States and $0.2 million internationally.  For the year ended October 31, 2020, $68.4 million of revenue was earned in Canada, $14.3 million in the United States and $0.6 million internationally.
  • Segment-wise in the fourth quarter of 2020, $22.6 million of revenue was generated by Retail, $2.2 million by Wholesale, and an immaterial amount by Corporate.  For the year ended October 31, 2020, $75.0 million of revenue was generated by Retail, $7.9 million by Wholesale and $0.4 million by Corporate, which compares to $24 million, $6.69 million, and $0.6 million, respectively, for the previous year.
  • Cash on hand as at October 31, 2020 totaled $7.5 million.  The Company’s cash balance has subsequently increased to approximately $38 million as of today.

“Despite the global slump in retail sales associated with the pandemic, and thanks to the tireless efforts of our team, we closed the year with approximately $8 million in Adjusted EBITDA making 2020 the best year in High Tide’s history,” said Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continued to run our operations tightly, ending the year off with the record levels of revenue and Adjusted EBITDA.  We are excited about our trajectory in the United States and continue to prioritize and look for opportunities in that market. Our integrated value chain which includes Cannabis Bricks & Mortar stores, e-commerce platforms for consumption accessories and hemp derived CBD products, along with manufacturing and distribution of licensed and proprietary consumption accessories, experienced sizeable growth on all fronts. We plan to continue to further strengthen our chain through organic growth and strategic acquisitions creating even more value for our shareholders.  Since the end of the fiscal year, we have already nearly doubled our size in Canada with the closing of the META Growth acquisition. For the fiscal first quarter of 2021 we expect to report revenue in the range of $37 million to $38 million,” added Mr. Grover.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2020 – Operational Highlights:

  • In August 2020, the Company opened a Canna Cabana location in popular year-round tourist destination of Banff, Alberta.
  • In October 2020, META Growth shareholders overwhelmingly approved High Tide’s acquisition of META Growth.
  • Underscoring the strong bond to the Company’s brand, over 50% of the Company’s bricks and mortar revenue during the fiscal fourth quarter came from Cabana Club members.

Subsequent Events:

  • The Company completed the acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of Meta Growth Corp., after which it became the largest cannabis retailer in Canada as measured by revenue.  As of the date of this news release, the Company’s portfolio includes a total of 72 branded retail cannabis locations in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
  • The Company’s common shares moved up to the TSX Venture Exchange.
  • Cannabis retail locations under the Canna Cabana and META banners which subsequent to the end of the year included: one in Guelph, Ontario, one in Toronto, and two in Calgary, Alberta.
  • The Company submitted an initial application to list on The Nasdaq Stock Market.
  • The Company extended the maturity date on a $10.0 million credit facility with Windsor Capital to December 31, 2021 with a subsequent one-year extension to December 31, 2022 and a reduction of interest rate from 11.5% to 10.0%.
  • The Company entered into a loan agreement for $6.75 million maturing on December 31, 2024 of an undrawn balance on a $20.0 million credit facility obtained through the acquisition of META Growth Corp.  Additionally, the Company extended maturity of META’s existing debt to December 31, 2024 and a reduction of all-inclusive interest rate from 12.5% to 10.0%.
  • The Company entered into an agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Smoke Cartel, Inc. (OTCQB: SMKC) for US$8.0 million.
  • The Company closed an oversubscribed bought deal equity financing for gross proceeds of $23 million.
  • After the year ended October 31, 2020, approximately $29 million of debt converted into the Company’s common shares.
  • Through the COVID-19 pandemic, all retail branded locations have remained operational, despite the complex conditions facing the retail industry across Canada.  The Company has been nimble and adapted to frequently changing regulations – often at a municipal level – including launching delivery services to continue serving customers.

* The decrease in gross profit margin was driven primarily by the Company’s closure of the remaining Smoker’s Corner locations resulting in a one-time inventory write-off of $252 and a true up of a United States sales tax provision related to Grasscity in the amount $396. Adjusting for these items, gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2020 would have been 38%.

Selected financial information for the fourth quarter and year ended October 31, 2020:

(Expressed in thousands of Canadian Dollars)

Three Months Ended October 31 Year Ended October 31
2020 $ 2019 $ % Change 2020 $ 2019 $ % Change
Revenue 24,876 11,409 118% 83,265 31,294 166%
Gross profit 8,727 4,114 112% 30,812 11,316 172%
Total operating expenses 7,594 10,740 (29%) 30,016 31,190 (4%)
Adjusted EBITDA(a) 3,626 (5,968) NM 7,974 (16,264) NM
Income (loss) from operations 1,133 (6,626) NM 796 (19,874) NM
Net loss (1,324) (15,428) (91%) (6,354) (26,292) (76%)
Loss per share (basic) (0.01) (0.07) (86%) (0.03) (0.13) (77%)
Loss per share (diluted) (0.01) (0.07) (86%) (0.03) (0.13) (77%)
  • Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure.

NM – Not Meaningful

The following is a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss:

Three Months Ended October 31 Year Ended October 31
2020 2019 2020 2019
Net loss (1,324) (15,429) (6,354) (26,292)
Income taxes (165) 2,998 229 (708)
Accretion and interest 573 1,676 7,292 2,983
Depreciation and amortization 2,213 478 6,797 1,401
EBITDA (1, 2) 1,297 (10,277) 7,964 (22,616)
Gain on extinguishment of financial liability (505) (129) (505) (129)
Foreign exchange (64) 49 (81) 44
Transaction and acquisition costs 1,729 2,717 106
Impairment loss 458 4,820 705 4,820
Revaluation of derivative liability 706 (732) 459 (732)
Loss on settlement of convertible debentures 142 142
Gain on extinguishment of debenture (418) (3,808)
Share-based compensation 29 180 129 2,209
Costs related to closure of Smoker’s Corner 252 252
Related party balances written off 34 34
Discount on accounts receivable 87
Adjusted EBITDA (1, 2) 3,626 (5,968) 7,974 (16,264)
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (“EBITDA”) and Adjusted EBITDA. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Non-IFRS measures provide investors with a supplemental measure of the Company’s operating performance and therefore highlight trends in Company’s core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS measures. Management uses non-IFRS measures in measuring the financial performance of the Company.
  • Financial information for 2019 has not been restated for the adoption of IFRS 16.  For the year ended October 31, 2020 the Company made $3,191 in lease payments.

Outlook

With the transaction of META Growth having closed, the Company has solidified its leadership position in Canada.  High Tide remains focused on the Ontario market.  While pandemic restrictions are causing a delay in construction in much of the province, the Company is encouraged by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s decision on February 16, 2021 to increase the pace of Retail Store Authorizations it issues from 20 to 30 a week.  The Company expects to reach 30 open stores in the province by September 30, 2021, the date on which the cap that any one retailer can own is set to increase from 30 to 75.

While competition is increasing in the Alberta cannabis market, the Company has still been able to find pockets of areas where it believes it can profitably open new stores.  With the slowdown in construction in Ontario, the Company has increased the pace of buildouts in Alberta and expects several locations to open in the province this month.  The Company is also optimistic regarding the recent announcement by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, that it is considering recommending regulatory and legislative changes that will be favourable to licensed cannabis retailers.  The Company is also in discussions regarding potential tuck in acquisitions of retail stores in Canada.

The Company has been actively following developments in the U.S. cannabis sector, and while it appears that further liberalisation regarding the federal regulatory and legislative environment is possible, our immediate strategy does not rely on regulatory change.  Despite this, we remain just one transaction away from entering the bricks and mortar retail market in the U.S. when federally permissible.  High Tide believes it is very well positioned to take advantage of the growing ancillary and hemp derived CBD markets and estimates its current revenue run rate in the U.S., pro forma for the Smoke Cartel acquisition, to be over $25 million today.  The Company is in discussions with various parties across the federally permissible ecosystem in the U.S. which could help further expand its operations – and believes that its current financial health and application to list its shares on the Nasdaq may help accelerate its growth.

Conference Call

The company will hold a conference call Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 at 8:30 am EST. Call in details are as follows:

Dial-In Information

US/CANADA Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (833) 570-1148

US/CANADA Participant International Dial-In Number: (914) 987-7095

Conference ID: 7898014

In order to join the conference call, all speakers and participants will be required to provide the Conference ID listed above.

Encore Replay Information (Available until March 9, 2020)

Toll-Free Encore Dial-In Number: (855) 859-2056

Encore Dial-In Number: (404) 537-3406

Conference ID: 7898014

In addition to the toll-free number listed above, participants can also dial (800) 585-8367 to access Encore.

About High Tide Inc.

High Tide is a retail-focused cannabis company enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories. The Company is the largest Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by revenue, with 72 branded retail cannabis locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. High Tide’s retail segment features the Canna Cabana, KushBar, Meta Cannabis Co., Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and NewLeaf Cannabis banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its numerous consumption accessory businesses including e-commerce platforms Grasscity.com and CBDcity.com, and its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide’s strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value. Key industry investors in High Tide include Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA) (NYSE:APHA) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB) (TSX:ACB).

For more information about High Tide Inc., please visit www.hightideinc.com and its profile page on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

High Tide Inc.
Vahan Ajamian

Vice President, Capital Markets
[email protected]
Tel. 1 (403) 770-9435; extension 116

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Former director of Ontario’s police watchdog questions force used by Thompson RCMP officer – CBC

New court documents show RCMP officer hit First Nations man after he threw a hat

Mar 02, 2021

The former head of Ontario’s police watchdog is questioning the force a Thompson RCMP officer used against a First Nations man, who was punched twice by the officer after throwing a hat at him.

Howard Morton, who served as the director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) from 1992 to 1995, said an officer has the right to defend himself but only to a certain extent.

“We can only use the amount of force required to defend ourselves,” said Morton. “And maybe one punch might have been [self-defence] if he thought he was going to do something else, but why the second punch?”

Morton’s comments come following a CBC Investigation that revealed Const. Jeremiah Dumont-Fontaine punched 50-year-old Brian Halcrow twice after Halcrow threw a hat at him following an altercation outside the Thompson Inn in June of 2019.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/thompson-iiu-force-rcmp-wfpcbc-cbc-1.5932622

Delta 9 Achieves Milestone in Agreement with F1NE Cannabis Cultivation LTD

WINNIPEG, MB – DELTA 9 CANNABIS INC. (TSX: DN) (OTCQX: VRNDF) (“Delta 9” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has completed its final services milestone under an agreement with Ontario based Micro Cultivation partner, F1NE Cannabis Cultivation LTD. (“F1”). F1 is an arm’s length third party in which the Company has no ownership control or interest.

As one of Delta 9’s Micro Cultivation partners, F1 entered into a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (“SCA”) with the company whereby Delta 9 provides services relating to the cannabis production, development of standard operating procedures and sanitation programs, consulting on Health Canada licensing, marketing services to develop the F1 brand and other services supporting the acquisition of the Health Canada license.

On February 19, 2021, F1 confirmed it had reached its final milestone under the SCA and has been granted its cannabis micro cultivation licenses from Health Canada (the “Health Canada License”).

“We are delighted that F1NE Cannabis Cultivation has received a Health Canada Licence for our proprietary and turn-key Grow Pod systems”, said John Arbuthnot, Founder and CEO of Delta 9. “Our turn key platform for Grow Pods and services continues to prove one of the best options for cannabis industry entrepreneurs seeking licensing and support services.”

The Company’s cannabis production methodology is based around a modular, scalable, and stackable production unit called a “Grow Pod”, which are based on retrofitted 40-foot shipping containers. The turn key smart growing platforms are developed using precision hardware and software grow applications for the indoor cannabis cultivation marketplace. Delta 9 offers vertical growing units, integrated grow racks, and LED grow lights; and non-proprietary products designed, engineered, and manufactured by third parties, such as air cleaning systems and automated fertigation and watering systems.

F1’s facility has been designed using this turn key and state of the art Grow Pod system. Once cultivation is harvested, Delta 9 plans to purchase the premium quality cannabis products from F1 for distribution through the Company’s established distribution network, and through Delta 9’s branded retail stores. Delta 9 has now successfully licensed over 100 Grow Pods in third party facilities across Canada.

“F1NE Cannabis Cultivation is a privately owned boutique cannabis cultivator based in the Niagara Region of Ontario, close to dozens of wineries along the wine route to Niagara on the lake and the Horse Shoe Falls.” said Poncho Canna, President and CEO of F1NE Cannabis Cultivation. “Our goal is to produce the F1NEST quality cannabis product by bringing the legacy-market craft to a legal-market product.”

F1 has developed a state-of-the-art micro cultivation facility on a one-and-a-half-acre parcel of land situated on Lake Ontario and beside some of the worlds best wine producers. F1 has applied and is expecting to receive a farm gate licence to sell their products directly to consumers traveling along the wine routes to Niagara on the lake and as part of the wine tours in the area.

The facility includes some of the latest technology surrounding climate control and grow room automation. F1 expects this facility to be the first step in a more significant growth strategy, as it makes plans to double its production by growing a smaller plant that will leave room for two levels of cannabis production per Grow Pod. There are also plans in place to build an outdoor garden centre for customers to buy pots, grow mediums, lights and other items to grow like the pros.

The well-rounded F1 Team has a strong entrepreneurial background, with an executive team that has many years experience of growing cannabis. The F1 Team is committed and passionate about growing premium craft cannabis and looks forward to rooting a leading craft cannabis company in Ontario.
For more information contact:

Investor & Media Contact:
Ian Chadsey VP Corporate Affairs
Mobile: 204-898-7722
E-mail: [email protected]

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Indigenous, Black, Filipino people disproportionately affected by COVID-19: report – Toronto Star

WINNIPEG – Manitoba has released a report showing COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Indigenous, Black and other people of colour in the province.

“This is systemic and it is seen in every jurisdiction,” Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, said Monday.

Roussin said the province’s race and ethnicity data show a similar pattern to information in other jurisdictions in Canada and around the world.

He said it’s not about people in communities making bad choices. COVID-19 infections are largely linked to pre-existing inequities, including in housing and employment.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/03/01/indigenous-black-filipino-people-disproportionately-affected-by-covid-19-report.html

MB Government: COVID-19 Bulletin #359

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg Health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.9 per cent provincially and three per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 35 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,894.

Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 16 cases in the Northern health region;
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• one case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 16 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,171 active cases and 29,827 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 68 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 116 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 184 hospitalizations;
• 12 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 13 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 25 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 896; and
• the total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variant of concern cases is five.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,220 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 526,593.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Manitoba data on race, ethnicity and Indigeneity (REI) from people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Manitoba is now available online. Manitoba’s data shows a similar pattern as other jurisdictions have reported with African, Filipino, Latin American, North American Indigenous and South Asian communities disproportionately affected. To review the full report, visit:
www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/surveillance/reports.html.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities, and not visiting with others. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans are encouraged to travel only if essential and be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.
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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-794-0732.

Bulletin sur la COVID-19 numéro 359

Les responsables de la santé publique annoncent qu’un décès supplémentaire attribuable à la COVID-19 a été déclaré aujourd’hui. Il s’agit :

  • d’un homme sexagénaire de la région sanitaire de Winnipeg.

Le taux actuel de positivité au test de dépistage de la COVID-19 sur cinq jours est de 3,9 % à l’échelle provinciale et de 3 % à Winnipeg. Au total, 35 nouveaux cas d’infection avaient été enregistrés aujourd’hui à 9 h 30. Cela porte à 31 894 le nombre total de cas confirmés en laboratoire au Manitoba.

Les enquêtes se poursuivent. Si un risque pour la santé publique est décelé, le public en sera informé.

Les données d’aujourd’hui indiquent qu’il y a :

  • deux nouveaux cas dans la région sanitaire d’Entre-les-Lacs et de l’Est;
  • 16 nouveaux cas dans la région sanitaire du Nord;
  • zéro nouveau cas dans la région sanitaire de Prairie Mountain;
  • un nouveau cas dans la région sanitaire Southern Health – Santé Sud;
  • 16 nouveaux cas dans la région sanitaire de Winnipeg.

En outre, selon les données :

  • 1 171 cas sont actifs et 29 827 personnes sont guéries de la COVID-19;
  • parmi les 184 personnes hospitalisées en raison de la COVID-19, 68 sont des cas actifs et 116 ne sont plus contagieuses mais continuent de nécessiter des soins;
  • parmi les 25 personnes aux soins intensifs en raison de la COVID-19, 12 sont des cas actifs et 13 ne sont plus contagieuses mais continuent de nécessiter des soins intensifs;
  • le nombre total des décès attribuables à la COVID-19 est de 896;
  • le nombre total des cas confirmés du variant préoccupant B.1.1.7 est de cinq.

En tout, 1 220 prélèvements supplémentaires ont été analysés en laboratoire hier, ce qui porte à 526 593 le nombre total des analyses réalisées depuis le début de février 2020.

Vous trouverez des données supplémentaires relatives à la COVID-19, notamment de l’information sur les éclosions ainsi que certaines données téléchargeables et historiques, à l’adresse geoportal.gov.mb.ca.

Les lieux où des personnes peuvent avoir été exposées à des risques d’infection sont publiés en ligne, par région, sur la page Web du Système de riposte à la pandémie #RelanceMB. Pour obtenir des renseignements à jour sur les risques d’exposition du public au virus responsable de la COVID-19 dans les régions, allez à www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.fr.html et cliquez sur votre région.

Les données du Manitoba sur la race, l’ethnicité et l’indigénéité des personnes qui ont obtenu un résultat positif au test de dépistage de la COVID-19 au Manitoba sont maintenant accessibles en ligne. Les données du Manitoba suivent une tendance similaire à celle observée dans d’autres régions ou pays, les communautés africaines, philippines, latino-américaines, autochtones nord-américaines et sud-asiatiques étant touchées de manière disproportionnée. Pour consulter le rapport complet, rendez-vous sur la page www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/surveillance/reports.html.

Le médecin hygiéniste en chef du Manitoba rappelle aux Manitobains qu’ils doivent s’isoler immédiatement à l’apparition de symptômes possibles de la COVID-19, aussi légers soient-ils. S’isoler signifie qu’il ne faut pas quitter son domicile pour travailler, étudier ou vaquer à d’autres activités quotidiennes et qu’il ne faut pas non plus rendre visite à d’autres personnes. Le dépistage doit avoir lieu le plus rapidement possible après l’apparition des symptômes. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur les symptômes de la COVID-19 et savoir quand vous devriez passer un test de dépistage, allez à manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.fr.html.

Nous demandons aux Manitobains de ne voyager que pour des raisons essentielles et de s’assurer de respecter les normes d’éloignement physique, de porter un masque dans les lieux publics intérieurs et d’éviter les espaces bondés. Restez à la maison si vous êtes malade ou si un membre de votre famille est malade. De plus, n’interagissez qu’avec vos deux personnes désignées conformément aux ordres de santé publique en vigueur.

Les responsables de la santé publique informent également les gens que, dans l’attente de résultats de dépistage de la COVID-19, toute la maisonnée doit s’isoler même si un seul de ses membres est symptomatique. Dans le cas des travailleurs de la santé, des exceptions peuvent s’appliquer, et un employé peut être autorisé ou appelé à se rendre au travail après avoir parlé de sa situation avec le responsable du service d’hygiène de son lieu de travail ou son remplaçant désigné. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur l’auto-isolement, y compris sur les exceptions applicables, allez à www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.fr.html.

Pour consulter l’outil d’autoévaluation en ligne des symptômes de la COVID-19, allez à covid19.soinscommunsmb.ca/covid19/outil-de-depistage; pour consulter la liste des symptômes de la COVID-19, allez à manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.fr.html.

Pour obtenir des renseignements à jour sur la situation liée à la pandémie de COVID-19 au Manitoba, allez à www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.fr.html.

Pour obtenir des renseignements à jour sur le Système de riposte à la pandémie #RelanceMB, allez à manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.fr.html.

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Renseignements supplémentaires :

  • Service de renseignements au public du gouvernement du Manitoba : 1 866 626-4862 ou 204 945-3744
  • Médias : Services de communication du Manitoba, 204 945-3765
  • Médias (demandes de commentaires de ministres) : Communications et relations avec les intervenants, 204 945-4916

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Statement from Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson on COVID-19 Infection in Manitoba: Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity Report

It is important to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Manitobans differently based on their race, ethnicity or indigeneity. That is why Manitoba was the first jurisdiction in Canada to start collecting this data in relation to COVID-19 cases in May 2020. I would like to thank our public health officials for compiling this report, and the advisory working group with representatives from the black, Indigenous and persons of colour (BIPOC) communities who supported the data collection and sharing process.

We have learned that in the fight against COVID-19, we need to have the right data to ensure we are able to take the steps needed to protect all Manitobans. Our trusted public health officials, like Dr. Brent Roussin and Dr. Marcia Anderson, review this information to determine how it can be used to ensure all Manitobans are protected, regardless of their background. This report also explores how outcomes differ between gender and different occupations in the BIPOC community.

We will continue to work with our health-care partners to ensure the personal health information remains private and protected, while also allowing our public health officials to use an evidence-based approach to ensuring every Manitoban has access to the health care they deserve.

This report is just another example of how we are guided by science and facts when developing a strategy for our pandemic response system and vaccination distribution plan, to protect every Manitoban.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-794-0732.

Déclaration de Heather Stefanson, ministre de la Santé et des Soins aux personnes âgées, au sujet du rapport sur la race, l’ethnicité, l’indigénéité et la COVID-19 au Manitoba

Il est important de comprendre de quelle façon la pandémie de COVID-19 a touché les Manitobains différemment selon leur race, leur origine ethnique ou leur indigénéité (ou ascendance autochtone). C’est pourquoi le gouvernement du Manitoba est devenu, en mai 2020, la première administration canadienne à recueillir des données sur les cas de COVID-19 chez les groupes de différentes origines. Je tiens à remercier nos responsables de la santé publique pour la compilation de ce rapport, ainsi que le groupe de travail consultatif, composé de représentants des communautés noires, autochtones et de couleur, qui a soutenu l’exercice de collecte et de partage des données.

Dans la lutte contre la COVID-19, nous avons appris que nous devons disposer des bonnes données si nous voulons prendre les mesures qui s’imposent pour protéger l’ensemble de la population manitobaine. Nos responsables de la santé publique, des gens dignes de confiance comme le Dr Brent Roussin et la Dre Marcia Anderson, passeront cette information en revue pour déterminer comment il sera possible de l’utiliser pour protéger les Manitobains de toutes origines. Ce rapport explore également dans quelle mesure les résultats diffèrent entre les genres et les professions au sein des communautés noires, autochtones et de couleur.

Nous poursuivrons notre travail avec nos partenaires du milieu de la santé pour protéger la confidentialité des renseignements médicaux personnels, tout en permettant à nos responsables de la santé publique de se reporter aux données probantes pour garantir que chaque Manitobain a accès aux soins de santé auxquels il a droit.

Ce rapport n’est qu’un exemple parmi tant d’autres qui montre que nous avons été guidés par des faits et des données scientifiques lorsque nous avons élaboré une stratégie pour la mise en œuvre de notre système de riposte à la pandémie et de notre programme de vaccination afin de protéger l’ensemble de la population manitobaine.

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Renseignements supplémentaires :

  • Service de renseignements au public du gouvernement du Manitoba : 1 866 626-4862 ou 204 945-3744
  • Médias : Services de communication du Manitoba, 204 945-3765
  • Médias (demandes de commentaires de ministres) : Communications et relations avec les intervenants, 204 945-4916

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Manitoba RCMP say a First Nations man assaulted an officer. Court documents suggest that’s not what happened – CBC

Mar 01, 2021

Newly released documents detail 3 versions of events the night Brian Halcrow is alleged to have thrown a hat

On June 6, 2019, Brian Halcrow woke up in a jail cell in Thompson, Man., with four stitches across his forehead, a torn-up sweater and no recollection of how he got there.

An officer on the scene that night said RCMP Const. Jeremiah Dumont-Fontaine punched Halcrow twice in self-defence after Halcrow tried to hit the officer during an altercation outside the Thompson Inn, according to court documents.

But now, newly disclosed court documents obtained by CBC News, along with descriptions of video surveillance footage by Manitoba’s police watchdog and interviews with Halcrow’s family and friends, suggest that’s not what happened.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/rcmp-thompson-iiu-1.5928237

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