Evening update: national outage at Rogers affects companies and individuals


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Outages at Rogers on Friday disrupted internet and mobile services across the country, blocking payment systems and emergency services and destroying businesses and individuals alike.

Rogers Communications Inc. had not disclosed Friday afternoon what caused the nationwide outage or how many customers were affected.

The list of affected services is extensive and includes Interac payment systems. Friday’s outage follows a nationwide wireless network outage for Rogers customers last year.

The telecom and media giant is currently seeking regulatory approval to acquire Shaw Communications Inc. worth $26 billion, before the July 31 deadline. Canada’s Commissioner of Competition is trying to block the merger of the country’s two largest cable networks, saying the deal would lead to higher prices and poorer service. Experts have cited Friday’s outage as another example of why competition is critical in the telecom industry.

Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan, assassinated during campaign event

Condolences and commemorations are pouring in from around the world for Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan who was assassinated Friday at a campaign event in the city of Nara.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the murder “appallingly disturbing.” He remembered the 67-year-old as “a thoughtful, compassionate, strong leader who understood the importance of service, understood the importance of building a better world, better opportunities for its citizens.”

Police arrested Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old local man, in connection with the murder. Photos from the scene showed Yamagami holding what looked like a homemade gun, and police said at a news conference he confessed to the murder. Police said the motive was “hatred towards a particular group” with which they believed Abe was linked, but gave no further details.

Canada’s unemployment rate fell to record highs in June, despite 43,000 job losses

Canada’s unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 4.9 percent in June, while the economy lost a staggering 43,000 jobs last month.

The job loses surprised analysts, who forecast a gain of 22,500 positions, and reversed May’s gain of 40,000 jobs. The losses are the first decline unrelated to tighter public health restrictions since the start of the pandemic. The job loss was concentrated among the self-employed and the over-55s.

The hiring conditions remain challenging, pushing up salaries. Average hourly wages rose by 5.2 percent in June compared to a year earlier.

“Forget the messy headline number,” Doug Porter, chief economist at Bank of Montreal, said in a note to investors. “The main takeaway here is that Canada has the tightest labor market in generations, and now wages are starting to move in a targeted manner.”

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ALSO ON OUR RADAR

Elon Musk ends Twitter deal: Elon Musk said Friday that he would end his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter Inc. purchase, citing material breach of multiple provisions of the agreement. Shares of Twitter fell 6 percent in extended trading.

Putin warns of ‘energy catastrophe’ as West wants to unblock Ukraine’s grain exports: President Vladimir Putin warned that the continued use of sanctions against Russia could cause “catastrophic” increases in energy prices. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s western allies are urging Moscow to allow Kiev to ship grain out of the country as the months-long war threatens to spark hunger in other countries.

Who will replace Boris Johnson? An overview of the main contenders: Johnson has insisted he will remain prime minister until a new leader is appointed, sparking criticism. Meanwhile, hopefuls are lining up to replace him as conservative party leader.

Biden signs executive order on abortion, access to contraception: US President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday to support access to pregnancy termination services. The order is expected to have limited impact, as US states can enact laws restricting abortion and access to abortion with drugs.

MARKET OVERVIEW

Canada’s main stock index fell Friday but continued to rise this week as investors weighed the prospects of a global recession and domestic jobs data supported expectations of an outrageous rate hike by the Bank of Canada next week. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s composite S&P/TSX index finished 40.31 points, or 0.2 percent, at 19,022.86. For the week, the index rose 0.9 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 46.4 points or 0.15 percent to 31,338.15, the S&P 500 lost 3.24 points or 0.08 percent to 3,899.38 and the Nasdaq Composite added 13.96 points or 0.12 percent to 11,635.31. Over the week, the Nasdaq gained 4.5 percent, while the S&P and Dow rose 1.9 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively.

The loonie rose 0.1 percent to 1.2955 per US dollar, or 77.19 cents, after trading in a range of 1.2937 to 1.3034. For the week, it fell 0.6 percent as investors worried about the risk of a global recession.

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DISCUSSION POINTS

The nature of a leadership race based on selling memberships as quickly as possible is corrupting

“Something of this sort – illegal fundraising, fake memberships, or bulk purchases of memberships on behalf of others (sometimes with illegally raised funds!) – happens in virtually each Canadian party leadership race. And it will continue to happen as long as the parties continue to use leadership elections as a motivation for membership.” † Andrew Coyne

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we must strengthen our nuclear non-proliferation efforts

“It would be a mistake to exaggerate the damage the invasion of Ukraine has done to the non-proliferation regime. For starters, those who think the invasion will teach other states that they would be safer if they had nuclear weapons are oversimplifying history. You cannot assume that nothing would have happened if Ukraine had kept its Soviet-era nuclear weapons.” † Joseph S. My Jr. †

Canadians must keep talking about racism

“Many organizations have invested significantly in diversity and inclusion training to educate and make people aware of their unconscious biases, but studies have shown that this training has had no lasting impact. This should not come as a surprise, because it is almost impossible to change people’s deeply ingrained attitudes and values, at least in the short term.” † Keith Neuman and Michael Adams

BETTER LIFE

TikTok’s Most Popular Myths About Gut Health Debunked

In the early 2000s, the microbiome (that’s trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live in your gut and help your digestive system and immune system) was not an understanding as it is today and very little importance was given to the gut and its impact on our general population. welfare. Now, however, everyone seems to be an expert on gut health, including TikTok creators, who have racked up over 150 million views on the topic.

Vancouver dietitian Desiree Nielsen is delighted that the gut is finally getting the attention it deserves — after all, more than 20 million of us have digestive problems, according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation — but she’s baffled by the amount of misinformation regularly posted on Instagram and other social media sites. “Despite what social media might have you believe, there is no shortcut to better digestion,” Nielsen says. Learn more about how to improve your gut health.

LONG READ TODAY

Gerald Hannon’s intimate memoir is a compelling insider’s account of radical gay activism in Toronto

In addition to an intimate look at his own life, loves and misdeeds, Hannon’s posthumous memoir, Immoral, indecent and disgraceful, is a compelling insider account of radical gay activism in Toronto that began in the mid-1970s: the bathhouse raids, the launch of Gay Pride, and the history of The Body Politic collective, the publication in which Hannon was a staff photographer, reporter and was a chronicler of sexual mores.

He learned to write at TBP, but his best literary work was in magazines such as Toronto Life, where he published compelling and intrepid profiles of contemporary celebrities, including architect Jack Diamond, art critic John Bentley Mays, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, columnist Zena Cherry, and , my favorite, Tomson and the Tricksters, a 1992 profile of Cree playwright Tomson Highway and his youngest brother, René, a dancer and performer, who died of AIDS-related meningitis at age 35, in 1990. of Hannon’s journalism, which was attractive but not boastful, and I wish he had included more examples in Immoral, indecent and disgraceful writes Sandra Martin in her full book review.

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