Ubisoft Montreal employees can breathe easy: the threat of a possible hostage-taking was a false alarm. This is confirmed by the Police.
Ubisoft Montreal workers can breathe easy: the possible hostage-taking was a false alarm. This was confirmed by the Canadian police authorities at the edge of 10 p.m. on November 13. After an afternoon full of cross-information, the Police “did not identify threats” before proceeding to evacuate the building.
The events began when several Ubisoft employees began to spread on social networks that the Police were surrounding the perimeter. The local authorities echoed the operation and observed how part of the staff took shelter on the roof. It was not clear what was happening.
Le Journal de Montréal reported, citing city police, that the 911 call was “a hoax” and was made from inside the building, which houses other businesses in addition to Ubisoft offices, such as a nursery. On the other hand, TVA Nouvelles claimed that the caller threatened to blow up the building if they did not pay a ransom of $ 2 million.
The operation spread rapidly around the area, as witnesses of those moments captured. Fortunately everything was a shock.
Ubisoft Montreal is one of the most important studios for the French publisher. On November 10, they released their latest work, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which in this house obtained a rating of 8.6 out of 10. In our analysis we said that the title “performs at a level as high as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but the proposal is excessively continuous in general lines ”. We highlighted the renewal of the progress system, the integration of classic elements (such as social secrecy or the hidden leaf) and the settlement, “simple but effective”. On the other hand, in the negative we find artificial intelligence, among others.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is available on PS5, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Westland Insurance marks 40th anniversary with charity campaign – Insurance Business Canada
In celebration of its 40 years of business, Westland Insurance Group will be handing out grants to various charities across Canada – specifically local charities in the communities the broker operates in.
The broker’s “40 Weeks of Giving” campaign will see Westland support a cause every week for the next 40 weeks. The campaign began last week, and two charities have already received donations from Westland – the first recipient being the Burns Bog Conservation Society, which works to protect Canada’s fragile ecosystems; and the second recipient being the Canadian Mental Health Association, which works to reduce the impact of mental illness and addiction.
Westland Insurance, founded in 1980, has over 150 locations across five provinces – BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Recently, it acquired Calgary-based Diamond Insurance Agencies. The acquired brokerage focuses on residential, auto, life, travel, recreation, farm, and commercial insurance services.
The Hennessey Venom 800 wants to give Ford's F-150 an edge over Ram's TRX – Driving
Ram’s new TRX is a factory-built monster truck, with a 703-horsepower Hellcat V8 that tops the charts in terms of truck performance. Neither GM or Ford can rival that performance in a stock truck — but what they lack in factory support, they gain in aftermarket enthusiasm.
Yes, that’s where Hennessey comes in, with its new Venom 800 supertruck. Based on the latest generation F-150, the Venom 800 features a 5.0-litre V8 fitted with a 3.0-litre supercharger bigger than the engines of some cars.
The supercharger produces eight pounds of boost, helping to produce 805 horsepower and 727 lb-ft of torque when running on E85. Other horsepower aids include an upgraded stainless-steel exhaust system and new intake, fuel pump, and fuel injectors. All these tweaks make the truck pretty quick, with a quoted zero-to-96-km/h time of 3.6 seconds.
It also has massive six-piston Brembo brakes with 15.1-inch rotors on the front to bring it to a stop, as well as a six-inch lift kit, 20-inch wheels with 35-inch tires, and more aggressive shocks with external reservoirs.
Visual upgrades include a new front bumper, special Hennessey grille, LED light bar, and a numbered plaque on the interior. The Hennessey Venom 800 will be limited to 100 units, and costs US$149,500. That price includes the donor vehicle, as well as a three-year 36,000-mile warranty.
Hennessey already makes a 6×6 variant of the Ram TRX that makes 1,200 horsepower, and it’s only a matter of time before the performance brand takes the regular TRX to the next level as well.
$2M from angel donor helps Edmonton toddler receive life-saving treatment – CTV Edmonton
It was July 17 and Kaysen Martin’s second birthday had come and gone.
A day that had more significance than just adding another candle to the cake. It was also the deadline for Kaysen’s family to raise $2.8 million for a one-time gene therapy treatment to combat a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 (SMA 1).
Fast forward four-and-a-half months.
An “angel donor” donated the remaining $2 million Kaysen needed to receive the therapy drug Zolgensma to treat the disease that affects the muscles used for lung support, swallowing, and crawling.
“It was a huge sigh of relief,” Kaysen’s mom, Lana Bernardin, told CTV News Edmonton. “It did take longer and, you know, it was complicated, but at the end of the day, we’re here, it’s done, (the drug) is in him and that’s all that matters.”
His family raised hundreds of thousands of dollars before the July 17 deadline thanks to community, and celebrity, donations.
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds donated $5,000 to the cause while Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion put out a call for help on Twitter.
“To be able to come forward today and say that this has happened, we made it happen as a community is like amazing,” said Bernardin.
Which means adding more candles on Kaysen’s birthday cakes for years to come.
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