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   Gold/Mining/EnergyIMARK Corporation (IAK was Durkin Hayes DHP)


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To: Bron-y-aur who wrote (12)3/7/1998 11:54:00 AM
From: Pierre J. LeBel
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"... should float up to at least .67 soon."

WOW! Talk about an understatement!

DHP rocketed 76% last week (from .30 to .53). At that rate, they will "float" to .67 by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning!

Midland and Nesbitt (to a lesser extent) keep on coming with market orders for 10,000 to 25,000 shares at the time: it is almost panic buying! Also, it is interesting to notice the lack of sellers under .65!

Next week should prove to be most interesting if that trend continues.

Have a very nice day.

Pierre

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To: DANIEL who wrote (9)3/17/1998 12:05:00 PM
From: Pierre J. LeBel
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Trading in DHP has been rather quiet over the last week and a half, since the run from the mid 20's to .53.

Any word as to when we can expect earnings to be released?

Have a very nice day.

Pierre

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To: Pierre J. LeBel who wrote (14)3/19/1998 2:52:00 PM
From: DANIEL
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I tried contacting Don Mathewson to try and find out when earnings will be released but I have yet to hear back from him. It is obviously a concern that the year end results have not yet been issued. One possible explanantion is that the company switched auditors a few months ago (itself not a good signal) and it may, therefore, be taking them a longer time to complete the audited statements.

On a more positive note, you may have seen the following release today:

disclaimer

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Algonquin Mercantile Corporation
Winston R. Ash
(905) 841-4473
(905) 841-2714 (FAX)

NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CANADIAN CORPORATE NEWS

FOR: ALGONQUIN MERCANTILE CORPORATION

TSE SYMBOL: AM

MARCH 19, 1998

Algonquin Mercantile Announces the Completion of Its Deal
to Sell One Half of Its Interest in Durkin Hayes
Publishing Ltd.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--Algonquin Mercantile Corporation ("Algonquin")
announces that it has closed its previously announced deal to sell
4,750,000 Common Shares of Durkin Hayes Publishing Ltd., resulting
in proceeds to Algonquin of approximately $3 million.

-30-

This news, while expected, is good for two reasons. First, it is good to see that the deal did not fall apart and that there is now a party who is in a position to make a bid for DHP. Second, the fact that the deal closed (and I was not aware that it had not yet closed) will require the purchaser to file a notice with the OSC which will disclose their identity and potentially their intentions i.e. for investment purposes or control purposes etc.(although it may be possible to contact AM to find out the buyer's identity).

Finally, it was good to see Midland pick up a 100,000 shares in one swoop this afternoon and driving the price up eight cents.

Lets hope something happens soon.

DANIEL

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To: DANIEL who wrote (15)3/19/1998 2:58:00 PM
From: Pierre J. LeBel
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Thanks Daniel for the update.

Is it possible to find out if the buyers obtained an option to buy the other 20% of DHP still held by Algonquin Mercantile?

Just wondering.

Have a very nice day.

Pierre

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To: Pierre J. LeBel who wrote (16)3/19/1998 3:18:00 PM
From: DANIEL
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Based upon my limited knowledge of Canadian Securities law, I don't think that they obtained an option to purchase the remaining 20%. Under the Ontario Securities Act (OSA) options to purchase shares are included in the calculation for detemining whether someone has gone over the 20% ownership threshold for definging a TOB. While the buyer could have obtained the options together with the shares, they would not have been able to pay greater than 110%(approx.-maybe 120%) of the market price (average for past 30-90 days) of DHP shares since this is a private transaction (the OSA seeks to ensure that control persons won't be the sole beneficiaries of TOB).

The buyer may have obtained a right of first refusal for the remaining 20% of the shares since this would not be considered in the calculation of shares owne for the purposes of a TOB.

It may be possible to find this out from AM but I'm not sure. I'm also not positive about the foregoing but I am quite comfortable that it is correct. If the buyer did obtain an option a right of first refusal, I'm quite certain it will be disclosed in the OSC filing and probably also in a press release.

I hope the above has not been to confusing.

DANIEL

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To: DANIEL who wrote (17)3/19/1998 5:03:00 PM
From: Pierre J. LeBel
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Thank you. In fact it all makes sense. I forgot about the 20% rule. A right of first refusal would be more appropriate in this case.

Today's trading by Midland, after a quiet 10 days, seems to indicate that we may be near an announcement of some sort.

Thanks again and have a very nice day.

Pierre

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To: Pierre J. LeBel who wrote (18)3/21/1998 6:17:00 AM
From: Adam
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Hey Pierre,

It would appear that the Excel Financial Services are the company who bought 50% of Algonquin's shares of DHP. It is an investment group that may buy all of Algonquins outstanding shares.

I fear that Algonquin did not let Excel know about a multi-million dollar law suit that is currently against DHP. If Excel proceeds they might be walking their investors into some bad news.

Excel purchased the stock at CDN$0.67 a share and as you can see they are already taking a one third loss on the current market, more so if you count when they started buying.

I guess we will see what happens

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To: Adam who wrote (19)3/21/1998 8:28:00 AM
From: Pierre J. LeBel
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Good morning Adam,

I see that you get up pretty early for a Saturday morning! Thank you for the information about Excel. As you can appreciate from previous posts, we already knew about the price of .67 which was negotiated when the shares of DHP were trading in the .30 area. I suspect that the owners of Excel are pretty happy so far with the market reaction since DHP has been trading upward since the announcement.

Assuming that a group spending millions of dollars buying 20% of a public company at more than double the market price is not totally crazy, I would suspect that they have plans to acquire more shares eventually or, alternatively, prepare a takeover for all outstanding shares which, by law, must be at no less than .67 per share.

On the other hand, I am very curious about a "...multi-million dollar law suit that is currently against DHP." Could you give us some details please. Could Excel Financial Service be unaware of the lawsuit at time of closing the sale?

Another point of interest is the reaction of the staff and management at DHP. How do they feel towards their new minority owners?

Thanks again and have a very nice day.

Pierre

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To: Adam who wrote (19)3/22/1998 11:03:00 PM
From: DANIEL
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Adam, thanks for the info. Any further information on Excel and where you found out that they were the buyer would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Daniel

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To: DANIEL who wrote (21)3/23/1998 8:46:00 PM
From: DANIEL
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Please disregard the last message as I came across the press release. Any ideas on why a company based in Dallas is taking a position in DHP? What's the connection?

Thanks,

Daniel

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