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Suncor, Canadian Oil Sands come to terms on $6.6B deal

Suncor, Canadian Oil Sands come to terms on $6.6B deal

CALGARY – Suncor Energy has raised the stock portion of its takeover offer for Canadian Oil Sands (COS) by 12 per cent, resulting in a $6.6-billion friendly deal that ends a public battle between the two Calgary-based companies.

Suncor is now offering to exchange 0.28 of a share for each share of Canadian Oil Sands – up from 0.25 of a Suncor share per COS share.

Because the offer is primarily an exchange of shares, its monetary value will fluctuate. Based on Friday’s closing stock price for Suncor stock, the new offer was worth $8.74 per COS share, up from $7.81 under the original formula.

The stock portion would be worth $4.2 billion, up from $3.8 billion under the old formula, if all COS shares are tendered. The total value of the deal includes $2.4 billion in debt that Suncor will assume.

The companies issued a joint statement saying both boards of directors and major Canadian Oil Sands investor Seymour Schulich are supporting the revised offer, which will expire at 4 p.m. MT (6 p.m. ET) on Feb. 5 – nine days later than the Jan. 27 deadline that Suncor set after its original bid failed to win sufficient support from COS shareholders.

Schulich had lobbied against the previous Suncor bid and bought full-page ads in several major newspapers to advise fellow shareholders to reject the price they were originally offered.

“Since Suncor made its initial offer, our board has remained steadfast in our commitment to maximize value for all shareholders. This agreement fulfills that commitment, providing our shareholders with a higher exchange ratio for their shares despite a 37 per cent decline in spot oil prices,” Don Lowry, chairman of Canadian Oil Sands, said Monday.

Schulich said in the same statement that he encouraged other COS shareholders to join him in accepting the new offer, which is still subject to certain conditions.

Suncor wants at least 51 per cent of the COS shares – a relaxed condition since the original had sought at least 66.6 per cent. The Canadian Oil Sands board has agreed to pay a $130 million break fee to Suncor if certain conditions aren’t met.

If accepted, Suncor will become by far the largest shareholder in the Syncrude oilsands complex, which is operated by Imperial Oil.

“We are pleased to have the support of the COS board of directors and shareholders, including Seymour Schulich, and have been advised of their intent to tender their shares” Suncor president and CEO Steve Williams said.

“Together, we’re bringing this full, fair and final offer to COS shareholders and we encourage everyone to tender their shares.”

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Federer says it’s time to name players suspected of match fixing

Federer says it’s time to name players suspected of match fixing

MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer has heard enough speculation about match-fixing in tennis. If players are suspected of corruption, he wants names.

Federer was responding to reports by BBC and BuzzFeed News published Monday that tennis authorities have suppressed evidence of match-fixing and overlooked suspected cases involving players ranked in the top 50, including Grand Slam singles and doubles winners.

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The reports said that none of these players had faced sanctions and more than half would be playing at this year’s Australian Open, which started Monday. The players weren’t identified by name.

“I would love to hear names,” Federer said after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. “Then at least it’s concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which Slam?”

“It’s super serious and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport,” Federer added. “So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be.”

ATP chairman Chris Kermode appeared at a news conference to reject the assertion that match-fixing had gone unchecked in the sport, saying the Tennis Integrity Unit remained “constantly vigilant and not complacent” when it comes to tackling corruption.

“The Tennis Integrity Unit and tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match-fixing has been suppressed for any reason or isn’t being thoroughly investigated,” he said.

The BBC and BuzzFeed allegations were based on files they reported had been leaked “from inside the sport” showing evidence of suspected match-fixing orchestrated by gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy that had been uncovered during an ATP investigation of a 2007 match in Sopot, Poland, involving suspiciously high levels of betting.

READ MORE: Eugenie Bouchard wins first round match at Australian Open

According to the reports, the ATP investigation widened to uncover a network of other players suspected of match-fixing, but officials didn’t follow up on the cases. Since then, the reports said, the ATP has repeatedly been warned by bookmakers, foreign police and other investigators about many of the same players, but hasn’t taken any action against them.

Kermode said the integrity unit had been formed in 2008 as a joint initiative of the International Tennis Federation, the ATP, the WTA and the Grand Slam Board to combat corruption in the wake of the Sopot investigation.

He maintained that the unit investigates every report it receives and takes action only when it has enough evidence to do so. It has since sanctioned 18 people for match-fixing, including five players and one official who received lifetime bans.

“You can have lots of information, lots of anecdotal reports, but it’s about getting evidence that we can use,” Kermode said.

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TIU chief Nigel Willerton declined to say whether any players at the Australian Open were being monitored for suspected match-fixing.

Many of those punished have been lower-ranked players on the second-tier Challenger tour. Two of the most higher-profile players — former top-50 players Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace — were initially banned for life before their suspensions were lifted by the Italian Tennis Federation last year.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic said he doubted the problem extended to the top level of the sport, and pointed to the enhanced monitoring systems put in place.

“We have, I think, a sport (that has) evolved and upgraded our programs and authorities to deal with these particular cases,” he said. “There’s no real proof or evidence yet of any active players (being involved in match-fixing), for that matter. As long as it’s like that, it’s just speculation.”

Djokovic did confirm, though, that members of his support team were approached about throwing a match in Russia in 2007.

“I was not approached directly. I was approached through people that were working with me at that time,” he said. “Of course, we (rejected) it right away. It didn’t even get to me — the guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.”

Other questions were raised Monday about whether the sport was sending mixed messages by allowing the bookmaker William Hill to become one of the Australian Open’s sponsors this year and advertise on stadium courts.

“Honestly it’s on a borderline, I would say,” Djokovic said. “Whether you want to have betting companies involved in the big tournaments in our sport or not, it’s hard to say what’s right and what’s wrong.”

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What to try if you’re feeling blue on ‘Blue Monday’

What to try if you’re feeling blue on ‘Blue Monday’

WINNIPEG — Jan. 18 has been labelled the most depressing day of the year, also known as “Blue Monday.”

A combination of cold weather, dark days, holiday debt and low motivation are some of the factors contributing to this.

“I think it originated in a travel industry promotion recommending everybody go south,” the executive director of Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, Tara Brousseau Snider said.

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In Winnipeg, the sun doesn’t rise until about 8:20 a.m. on this day and the average low is -23 °C, often feeling much cooler with the wind chill.

“We’re launching a seasonal affective light program with councillor Gillingham today in the Winnipeg Public Library system,” Snider said.

Anyone who wants a light can go to the Centennial library and the St. James library in Winnipeg to take advantage of the light.

She also pointed out that there aren’t many holidays to look forward to at this time of year, which can contribute to the rising numbers of Manitobans seeking help at the Mood Disorders Association.

“We see a substantial increase… our groups are at capacity at the moment so we are adding more groups,”Snider said. “Right now we have 21 groups during the week here in Winnipeg.”

Many Canadians experience sadness during the winter because of seasonal affective disorder, which can start in the fall when the days start getting shorter.

While it isn’t clear what causes SAD, two to three per cent of Canadians will experience it in their lifetime according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

“Be kind to yourself, if you’ve slipped on your New Year’s resolutions, don’t go too hard, try and get outside,” Snider said. “Eat well, sleep well, do all the kind of things that’s important to your mental health.”

If you are feeling blue this winter, Snider suggests you call the Mood Disorders Association at 204-786-0987 or go to their website.

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Oil briefly slips below $29 as Iran vows to pump more into market

Oil briefly slips below $29 as Iran vows to pump more into market

U.S. oil prices briefly dipped below $29 a barrel U.S. on Monday as sanctions were lifted on Iran barring the country from selling its oil internationally, a move exacerbating concerns over a global glut that’s triggered a collapse in prices.

Iran is aiming to increase its oil production by 500,000 barrels per day now that sanctions have been lifted under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, a top official said.

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    In comments posted on the Oil Ministry’s website Monday, Deputy Oil Minister Roknoddin Javadi said Iran is determined to retake its share of the oil market, which plunged after crippling sanctions were imposed in 2012.

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    The U.N. nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all its commitments under last summer’s agreement, prompting the lifting of a broad range of economic sanctions, including those covering the oil industry. Other sanctions unrelated to Iran’s nuclear program remain in place.

    Iran used to export 2.3 million barrels per day but its crude exports fell to 1 million in 2012. Iran’s total production currently stands at 3.1 million barrels per day.

    “In the wake of removal of sanctions, Iran is prepared to increase its crude output by 500,000 barrels per day. Today, a government order was issued to increase production,” Javadi said, adding that it will take a year to return to pre-sanctions production levels.

    Oil prices have recently plummeted to under $30 a barrel, the lowest in 13 years. Javadi said an oversupply of some 2 million barrels a day is to blame.

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    Barclays analysts Alia Moubayed and Michael Cohen wrote in a research note to investors that the anticipated ramp-up in Iranian production comes “at a very bad time” for the oil market given the existing pressure on prices.

    “It is too early to say what kind of market impact Iran’s return will have or how much of Iran’s return is already priced in,” they wrote. “Our view is that Iranian wellhead production and sales from existing onshore and offshore storage will surprise the market initially, as the country shows its muscle, leading to downward price pressure,” they added.

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    They estimate that Iran already has some 46 million barrels of petroleum pumped and stored offshore and another 30-40 million barrels reportedly in storage on land. They expect it will try to quickly reclaim lost market share in Europe, but getting additional sales out of customers such as India and China could prove trickier.

    Iran has vowed to boost crude exports and retake its market share even if prices fall further, saying fellow OPEC members exporting more oil than their quota are should be blamed. Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia is OPEC’s largest producer.

    Iran unveiled a new model of oil contracts in November aimed at attracting foreign investment in anticipation of the lifting of sanctions.

    Iran has sweetened the terms of the new model, hoping to bring in $30 billion in new investment. The new contracts last 15 to 20 years and allow for the full recovery of costs. The older buyback model contracts were shorter term, and investors complained of heavy risks and suffering losses.

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UPDATE: Man facing 6 charges after 12-hour standoff in west Edmonton

UPDATE: Man facing 6 charges after 12-hour standoff in west Edmonton

EDMONTON – A 31-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a home on Sunday, Jan. 17, was charged Thursday with six different offences including assault and flight from police.

The man’s name is not being released because the event is linked to a domestic violence incident and identifying him could identify others involved.

He is charged with assault, intimidation, careless use/storage/possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm in a motor vehicle, unauthorized possession of a firearm and flight from police.

On Jan. 17, police were called because there was concern about a man who allegedly had a weapon and was driving a vehicle.

Police found the vehicle and tried to stop the driver, but he drove away.

A police chase began, the Air 1 helicopter was called in, and a man was then seen running from the vehicle into a residence in the Jasper Park neighbourhood, in the area of 154 Street and 90 Avenue.

A large police presence could be seen in the west Edmonton neighbourhood Monday morning, including the EPS Negotiators Unit.

Residents were alerted and École Notre Dame was closed because of the incident. Students were bussed to Maurice-Lavallee in Boonie Doon.

Ecole Notre Dame School in Edmonton is closed because of a police incident in the area, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

Cliff Harris, Global News

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James Gibbons Elementary School, Stratford School, Parkview School and Laurier Heights School were open Monday morning but “on alert.”

Roads in the area were blocked off as police asked drivers to avoid the area.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, the man was arrested without incident.

“We surrounded that residence and safely contained and negotiated the capture of this individual,” Inspector Gary Godziuk said after the arrest.

A handgun was seized.

Police said the man didn’t live in the home. There were two people inside when he entered the house, but they were taken out safely, police added.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published Jan. 18 and was updated with charges Feb. 4, 2016.

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U.K. lawmakers slam Trump, but most oppose banning him

U.K. lawmakers slam Trump, but most oppose banning him

LONDON – Donald Trump doesn’t have many fans in Britain’s Parliament.

But a debate among lawmakers on calls to ban Trump from the country revealed little appetite to close Britain’s doors to the provocative Republican U.S. presidential contender.

During a three-hour debate Monday, legislators from Britain’s main parties stood to call Trump an attention-seeker, a demagogue and a fool. Many, though, argued that he should not be stifled or banned.

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    “While I think this man is crazy, while I think this man has no valid points to make, I will not be the one to silence his voice,” said Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat.

    Parliament took up the topic after half a million people signed a petition calling for Trump to be excluded over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States in the wake of extremist violence. Trump has also claimed that some areas of Britain are so radicalized that police fear for their lives.

    Under British law, any petition supported by 100,000 people – who must each provide and confirm an email address – is considered for parliamentary debate. Monday’s debate was intended to air the subject rather than take a vote.

    WATCH: A student at a Trump campaign rally calls proposed U.K. ban “completely ridiculous”

    Labour Party legislator Paul Flynn, who opened the session, said Trump had already received “far too much attention.”

    “The great danger by attacking this one man is that we can fix on him a halo of victimhood” and boost his popularity among supporters, Flynn said.

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    But another Labour lawmaker, Tulip Siddiq, supported a ban.

    “This is a man who is extremely high-profile, … a man who is interviewing for the most important job in the world,” she said. “His words are not comical, his words are not funny. His words are poisonous.”

    Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned Trump’s remarks about Muslims as “divisive, stupid and wrong,” but he and other senior officials have said they do not think Trump should be banned.

    WATCH: British lawmakers question whether to ban Trump, even elected President

    The government has the power to deny entry to people with criminal convictions or those whose presence is considered not “conducive to the public good.” The power has been used against figures as diverse as boxer Mike Tyson, rapper Tyler the Creator, radical Muslim preachers and the late Christian fundamentalist Fred Phelps Sr.

    Britain also turned away anti-Islam Dutch legislator Geert Wilders at an airport in 2009. Wilders later sued and won the right to come to Britain.

    Several lawmakers argued that banning Trump would betray the principles of free speech.

    READ MORE: Muslim woman thrown out of Trump rally, group seeks apology

    Conservative Paul Scully said that while people had been excluded from Britain for incitement or hatred, “I have never heard of one for stupidity and I’m not sure we should be starting now.”

    But Labour’s Jack Dromey said Trump was dangerous because he stirred up hatred among different faiths.

    “Donald Trump is a fool,” Dromey said. “He is free to be a fool. He is not free to be a dangerous fool on our shores.”

    Trump’s mother was born in Scotland, and he owns a golf resort there. Should he visit Britain again, he will have no shortage of things to do.

    Labour legislator Naz Shah was one of several lawmakers who invited Trump to visit their constituencies to see Britain’s multiethnic society first-hand. Shah said she would take him to a curry restaurant in her home city of Bradford.

    She said was “a proud Muslim woman” and the Qur’an had taught her that “goodness is better than evil. If someone does bad, you do good in return.”

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    This story has been corrected to show that the surname of the lawmaker in the ninth paragraph is Siddiq, not Siddique.

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Former Montenegro concentration camp to become luxury resort, spa

Former Montenegro concentration camp to become luxury resort, spa

A tiny island off the coast of Montenegro, once used as a concentration camp during the Second World War, is about to become a luxury hotel and spa.

A 19th century Austro-Hungarian fort sits on Mamula Island in the Adriatic Sea, where approximately 2,000 prisoners were held by fascist Italian forces under the rule of Benito Mussolini in 1942. More than 100 inmates were believed to have been killed or starved to death while under control of Mussolini’s men.

Now the fort will be converted into a luxury resort and spa after the Montenegro government approved an almost 50-year lease to Swiss-Egyptian company Orascom, according to Agence France-Presse.

Mamula Island resort and spa.

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The plans to build the resort were met with harsh criticism by relatives of former prisoners of the camp.

“To build a luxury hotel dedicated to entertainment at this place where so many people perished and suffered is a blatant example of lack of seriousness towards history,” Olivera Doklestic told AFP.

Doklestic’s father, uncle and grandfather were imprisoned at Mamula, the news agency reported.

“No concentration camp in the world has been transformed into a hotel,” Doklestic said.

Described as having “party ambience,” the resort’s website shows a layout of the hotel that features a large dance floor in the middle of the compound, a DJ, spa and marina-jetty.

Mamula Island resort and spa.

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Last week, tourism officials defended the leasing of the island.

“We were facing two options: to leave the site to fall into ruin or find investors who would be willing to restore it and make it accessible to visitors,” Olivera Brajovic, head of the national directorate for tourism development, told AFP.

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Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony

Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony

After the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced last Thursday, there was an almost immediate reaction to the perceived skew of the nominees’ races.

Indeed, it’s glaring to take a closer look at the nominees in the acting categories (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress): 20 out of 20, a full 100 per cent, are white.

The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which was also in use after last year’s Oscar nominees were revealed, resurfaced again this year across social media.

WATCH: Hollywood ‘A-listers’ boycotting Oscars due to lack of diversity

Director Spike Lee (Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing), whose movies often deal with racial issues or hot-button controversial topics, announced that he will not be attending this year’s Academy Awards ceremony because of #OscarsSoWhite.

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#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

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“How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!!” said the director on his Instagram page.

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Lee posted a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. next to his online rant.

Other black celebrities are taking up the cause as well, including Jada Pinkett Smith, who posted a video to her Facebook page and three tweets to her 桑拿会所 account. Smith calmly expressed her disdain over the Oscar nominations, wondering aloud why black actors can be called upon to host and give out awards, but aren’t honoured for their achievements.

Her video is to the point. She even acknowledges Chris Rock (who’s hosting this year’s ceremony), but reiterates that she will not be attending the Oscars. Her husband, Will Smith, was not nominated for his role in Concussion.

Even people nominated for movies like Straight Outta Compton and Creed are white.

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Vanity Fair reports that in its 87-year history the Academy has awarded Oscars to 12 people of colour in the major categories.

The AMPAS voting body is 92 per cent white, according to a 2012 analysis of who’s doing the Oscar voting. While that may not necessarily indicate racism, it certainly provides a specific lens with which to look through. If your perspective is a “white gaze,” then it can be assumed that will influence the outcome of votes.

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Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs claims she has since redoubled efforts to diversify its membership.

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MP Seamus O’Regan says he’s ‘40 days alcohol-free’ and returning to work

MP Seamus O’Regan says he’s ‘40 days alcohol-free’ and returning to work

Seamus O’Regan, the Liberal MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl who entered a wellness program for an alcohol problem in December announced on social media Monday he’s been sober for 40 days and is “reporting back for duty” in Ottawa.

O’Regan said in a Facebook post he had undergone hours of counselling since entering a Toronto treatment facility on Dec. 11 after finishing his work on Parliament Hill.

“Over the last year or two, alcohol was becoming a part of my daily life. I regularly had several drinks at the end of most days. Sometimes more than several drinks,” he wrote.

“I was still working effectively and competently, but I realized, over time, that being competent was not good enough. I was far from my best self. And the simple truth is that I owe my best self to my marriage, to my family, to my friends, and to my constituents.”

He added that he was at the facility until just a few days ago.

“I have spent the last 40 days alcohol-free. I have had the benefit of many hours of counseling, meditation and acquiring the tools to remain alcohol-free,” he wrote.

READ MORE: Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan enters treatment facility

O’Regan thanked all those who called or wrote to support him over the last few weeks.

“I have dealt with my personal challenges and I shall continue to do so. But, ultimately, my personal challenges are secondary to the needs of my constituents,” he wrote.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his support when O’Regan announced that he was seeking help over the holiday break.

The House of Commons will resume sitting on Jan. 25.

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Beer drawing more men to yoga classes as new trend hits the U.S.

Beer drawing more men to yoga classes as new trend hits the U.S.

MIAMI – Call it detox and retox: Around the country, yogis are jumping up from savasana and hopping onto a barstool as yoga classes are making their way into breweries.

While the teaching is traditional, the classes tend to attract newbies, especially men, says Beth Cosi, founder of Bendy Brewski in Charleston, South Carolina and Memphis.

“We get the men in the door mostly because it’s in a brewery and they get a beer afterward. That’s the carrot. A lot of them come with girlfriends, wives, sisters,” Cosi said.

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    Her $15 classes are 45 minutes, compared to a typical 90-minute class. The room isn’t heated to near 100-degree temperature and the partnering breweries typically offer a tour of the facility after or the chance to drink a flight of several beers.

    “They both lead to relaxation. And they both have a little bit of a social aspect, you know. And it’s a very relaxing place to do yoga. So, you know, very unpretentious,” Jason Crafts, 43-year-old IT project manager, said after a recent class at Raleigh Brewing Co. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    While traditional yoga tends to encourage a navel-gazing focus on oneself, individual breathing and controlling one’s thoughts, the yoga beer classes are all about community.

    “This gives you the opportunity to come to your mat, to connect with yourself … and then to socialize after class and get to know people,” said Mikki Trowbridge, whose free classes in the Salem, Oregon area draw between 75 and 150 people two or three times a month.

    Trowbridge’s business plan wasn’t calculated. She and her husband just liked a strong, sweaty yoga class and a nice craft beer and figured they weren’t alone.

    “(Beer) is part of our culture here. We have breweries everywhere and so breweries are where we gather for social time,” she said.

    The trend has caught on quickly with yoga-beer partnerships throughout Florida, New York and California. Cosi has been mentoring yoga teachers across the country looking to host beer yoga events. Beer maker Dogfish Head created a Namaste beer, Belgian-style white with dried organic orange flesh and fresh-cut lemongrass; and Lululemon, the athletic apparel line, partnered with Stanley Park Brewing on a limited-edition style with Chinook and Lemondrop hops.

    The classes also offer a friendlier environment than yoga studios where many run out after namaste without talking to anyone.

    “There’s a lot of (single) people that come in with the goal of talking to someone new and they already know they have beer and yoga in common,” said Melissa Klimo-Major, who started teaching yoga classes in breweries around Cleveland in 2014.

    Trowbridge and Klimt drew notable crowds after hosting two beer yoga events in New York City over the summer. The duo, who met on Instagram, is taking their business on the road with a west coast tour planned for the spring and several Midwest stops over the summer.

    Breweries say the collaborations are also offering up a bonus for them.

    “The majority of our yogis are usually girls and the majority of people in the brewery are men so it’s kind of helped crossed that chasm of getting girls into craft beer,” said Chris Gove president of the SaltWater Brewery in Delray Beach.

    Allen G. Breed contributed to this report in Raleigh, North Carolina.