Restaurants hoping for patio sales bump with hot weather

Dan Allard of Cold Garden Brewery put up tents, with patio heaters and fire pits to keep the patio open last autumn. Cold Garden is one of the Calgary bars and restaurants that say patios helped them survive the pandemic. Cold Garden has doubled staff, from 14 to 33 employees Dan Allard of Cold Garden Brewery put up tents, with patio heaters and fire pits to keep the patio open last autumn. Cold Garden is one of the Calgary bars and restaurants that say patios helped them survive the pandemic. Cold Garden has doubled staff, from 14 to 33 employees

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German vote nearly even for Merkel's bloc, Social Democrats

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats were locked in a very close race Sunday with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc in the country's parliamentary election, a vote that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader after 16 years in power, exit polls showed. Officials from both parties said they hope to lead the next government.