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Rogers Communications Inc. said it could be hours before it fixes a massive wireless outage it says was caused by a software update from Ericsson. "We do not have an exact time yet as it may take us several hours to get everything back up and running normally," said chief technology officer Jorge Fernandes in a message on the company's website. He added that Rogers' engineering and technical teams will work around the clock with the Ericsson team to restore full services for customers. Fernandes said its TV, home and business wireline internet, and home phone services were not impacted. Intermittent wireless service issues have left Rogers customers without phone or texting services since early Monday with broad economic ramifications across Canada, experts said. "It's a very big deal," said Tyler Chamberlin, assistant professor at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. "It can have very big consequences on our economy." In addition to personal communications, experts said the outage is impacting business sales and services such as food delivery and curbside pickup, payments that require a wireless connection and the ability for people to work remotely. The service interruption could also have health implications, with some Rogers customers saying they've been unable to book or check in for medical appointments. Rogers spokesman Andrew Garas apologized for the disruption and thanked customers for their patience. According to Downdetector, a website that tracks outages, problems are being reported in most major Canadian cities. Although the ongoing service disruption appears concentrated in southern Ontario, an outage map suggests the service problems span the country from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. Users have said they have been unable to place or receive cellphone calls or text messages since early Monday morning. Rogers owns a national wireless network that does business under the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands. It's one of Canada's big three wireless carriers along with Bell and Telus. The massive outage could flame concerns about telecommunications consolidation and costs in Canada, Chamberlin said. "It's infrastructure, it's equipment and it's going to fail here and there," he said. "But the fact that we're paying more than most of the consumers around the world would suggest that our tolerance for outages like this is probably quite limited." According to an investor page on the Rogers website, the telecommunications company provides both postpaid and prepaid wireless services to about 10.9 million consumer and business subscribers in the Canadian wireless market. Some of those users expressed frustration on social media, noting that they rely on the wireless service as they work from home under ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. "We’re in another major lockdown here in Ontario and economically that's far less disruptive … than stopping people from being digitally connected," Chamberlin said. Toronto resident and communications specialist Rachael Collier, a Fido customer, said she first noticed her phone wasn't working Monday morning when she tried to make a doctor's appointment. "I thought my call wasn't going through because so many people are trying to get vaccines today," she said during a Google Meet interview. "Then I realized I couldn't make any calls," Collier said. "They're saying it's intermittent, but my phone hasn't worked all day. It's clearly an absolutely massive outage." With her home internet still working, Collier said she's been able to work as usual. But she's worried about how the wireless outage is impacting people trying to get a COVID-19 vaccine. "I'm concerned that on the first day of vaccination appointments basically opening, people who are relying on their phones to make an appointment have been cut off," she said. Milton resident Deep Mehta said he hasn't had service for more than 12 hours. "It's frustrating because I'm trying to operate a business from home and that's the number that everyone has," he said. "I just had to take my son to the orthodontist and I couldn't check in on my phone." Several emergency services organizations explained that while wireless customers can still place 911 calls during a service interruption, they are unable to receive a call back. "People should still continue calling 911 for emergencies and remain on the line until an operator speaks to them," Cpl. Caroline Duval, an RCMP spokeswoman, said in an email. "They should also watch for updates/direction from their local police (including local RCMP where we are the police of jurisdiction) as well as Rogers for updates regarding affected areas." The Winnipeg Police Service said on Twitter that Rogers and Fido customers will still be able to call 911 but must remain on the line to speak with an operator. Peel Regional Police said on Twitter that if Rogers customers call 911, they should remain on the line as operators are unable to call back. "We are experiencing several 911 drop calls that require followup," Waterloo Regional Police also said on Twitter. "Please do not hang up if you call 911. Stay on the line so we can make sure you’re okay." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B) Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
Securities Litigation Partner James (Josh) Wilson Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $50,000 In FibroGen To Contact Him Directly To Discuss Their Options New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - April 19, 2021) - Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential claims against FibroGen, Inc. ("FibroGen" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:FGEN) and reminds investors of the June 11, 2021 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities ...
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NEW YORK — The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler two games for kneeing Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman.The collision happened 10 minutes into the second period of Vancouver's 3-2 overtime win Sunday when Edler took out Hyman right in front of the Leafs bench.The left-winger dropped hard to the ice and stayed down for several minutes before the play ended and a trainer came to his aid. Hyman went directly to the locker room and did not return to the game.Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said Monday that Hyman suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament from the hit and will be out at least two weeks.The Canucks were playing their fist game since March 24 after being sidelined by a COVID-19 outbreak.Edler will forfeit US$103,448 under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.He will be eligible to return when Vancouver hosts Ottawa on Saturday.The Canucks and Maple Leafs meet again Tuesday night in Vancouver.This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2021. The Canadian Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold was removed as Senate Judiciary Committee chair Monday, 91 days into a legislative session in which she has frequently clashed with fellow Republicans, including other Senate majority members and Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Reinbold said she told leadership she could not “pinpoint a specific concern from the random and isolated thoughts expressed by caucus members that would support a legitimate reason” to remove her as chair. She suggested the Dunleavy administration played a role and pleaded with senators to reject what she called an unnecessary action. The committee change was approved 17-1, with Reinbold the lone no. She was replaced as chair by Anchorage Republican Sen. Roger Holland and is no longer on that committee. Senate President Peter Micciche told reporters the decision had nothing to do with Dunleavy's administration and was unrelated to the COVID-19 protocols at the Capitol that Reinbold has bristled against and fought over with members of leadership. “This is entirely based on decorum and the mutual respect that's expected as we operate in this building,” Micciche said. He did not detail any specific incidents but said the “vast majority” of the Republican-led caucus has had concerns. Reinbold remains part of the majority caucus, and the caucus is “proud to have her as a part of our team,” Micciche said. He likened the change at committee chair to sometimes having to pull a “star pitcher” from a game, “and you look forward to the point where they’re back on the mound. That is our position.” Micciche said he hopes the change at committee chair is temporary. Reinbold retains other committee posts, including serving as vice chair of the Legislative Council. Jeff Turner, a Dunleavy spokesperson, in an email said Monday's Senate action “was an internal legislative matter that did not involve the Dunleavy administration." Dunleavy in February accused Reinbold of misrepresenting Alaska's COVID-19 response and said members of his administration would not participate in hearings she led. Reinbold called Dunleavy's reaction “outlandish” and demanded an apology. Turner in March said there was a lot of legislative work to get done and the administration “would work with any committee chair to provide the information they need.” Dunleavy's nominee for attorney general, Treg Taylor, has since appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation hearings. Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
BERLIN — Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that co-leader Annalena Baerbock will make the party's first bid for the chancellery in the September national election, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc was mired in a power struggle. Baerbock's nomination was unveiled by the party's other co-leader, Robert Habeck, at a smoothly staged event that contrasted with the heated standoff in Merkel's Union bloc. The Sept. 26 parliamentary elections are unpredictable, partly because the popular incumbent isn’t seeking re-election. Merkel vowed in 2018 not to seek a fifth four-year term. Recent polls have had the Greens running second behind the Union and ahead of Germany’s traditional big centre-left party, the Social Democrats. Baerbock, 40, has been a lawmaker in the national parliament since 2013 but lacks government experience. “Democracy lives on change,” Baerbock said. "Yes, I have never been chancellor or a minister. I stand for renewal, others stand for the status quo.” She said she wants “a Germany at the heart of Europe, a country in which climate protection creates the future foundation for prosperity, freedom and security.” Baerbock and Habeck have led the Greens since early 2018. A pragmatic and harmonious duo, they have presided over a rise in poll ratings. The Greens are in opposition nationally but sit in 11 of Germany’s 16 state governments. Recent polls show support for the party of 20-22%, more than twice the 8.9% it won in the 2017 election. The nomination of Baerbock, the youngest candidate to succeed Merkel and the only woman, needs endorsement from a party congress in June. She is based in eastern Brandenburg state, a rural region where the Greens once struggled to make inroads but now are part of the local government. She studied political science and international law in Hamburg and London. The Greens last month unveiled a program to speed up Germany’s exit from coal-fired power, raise carbon prices and massively increase infrastructure spending. They are pro-European Union and take a tough line toward Russia, calling for an end to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. Baerbock said there needs to be a “joint, strong European position” toward Russia and China with a strong German contribution. “With authoritarian forces in particular, we have to have a clearly guided foreign policy ... in dialogue, and tough at the same time.” Whatever the election outcome, the Greens may hold the key to forming Germany's next government. It has become increasingly open to alliances with centre-right parties and is part of a wide variety of coalitions at the state level. Merkel's Union bloc, meanwhile, is still waiting for a candidate for chancellor. The governors of Germany’s two most populous states, Armin Laschet and Markus Soeder, are battling for the nomination. Laschet, the leader of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, and Soeder, the head of its smaller Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, both declared their interest in running on April 11 and a standoff has ensued that many supporters fear could cause lasting damage. Laschet and Soeder are the state governors of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria respectively. Soeder has much better poll ratings, but Laschet is the recently elected leader of the far bigger party. A week ago, Laschet rallied the CDU leadership behind his bid. But Soeder said the matter shouldn’t be resolved “only in a small back room." Some in Merkel's party favour Soeder, while others are appalled by his power play for the top job. On Sunday night, leaders of the Union's youth wing came out for Soeder. On Monday, Soeder hit the ball back into the bigger sister party's court. “If the CDU makes a clear decision this evening, we will respect it,” he said in Munich. A CDU leadership meeting that lasted into the early hours of Tuesday again resulted in a majority for Laschet, Germany's dpa news agency reported. Still, it wasn't immediately clear whether Soeder would accept the vote. The Social Democrats, who provided three of Germany's eight post-World War II chancellors but have long been stuck in a poll slump, nominated Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as their candidate for chancellor months ago. ___ Associated Press writer Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report. ___ Follow all AP stories about climate change at https://apnews.com/hub/climate Geir Moulson, The Associated Press
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FIELD, B.C. — The mother of one of three railway employees killed during a train derailment near the British Columbia-Alberta boundary doesn't want anyone else to feel the same kind of pain that her family did. "I don't want any other family to have to go through what we've gone through. That would be a great blessing if that didn't have to happen again," Pam Fraser said Monday in a phone interview from Calgary. Fraser's son, Dylan Paradis, was a conductor on the Canadian Pacific freight train that plummeted off a bridge in February 2019. Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmerone were in the lead locomotive and were killed. Fraser and Dockrell's family have filed lawsuits alleging negligence in the derailment that sent 99 cars and two locomotives tumbling off the tracks. "Gross negligence is a good word. I think it's an utter lack of respect for human life," Fraser said. The westbound train was parked on a grade and had its air brakes on when it started rolling on its own, gaining speeds far above the limit for the mountain pass near Field, B.C. The Transportation Safety Board has said handbrakes were not applied and the train barrelled along for just over three kilometres before it derailed at a curve ahead of a bridge. The claims filed in B.C. Supreme Court name the rail company, its CEO, board of directors, CP police and the federal minister of transport. The lawsuits allege the workers weren't provided a safe work environment, CP Rail failed to follow safety procedures and the company's police force should not have been allowed to do the investigation into the crash. "This story is about the broader culpability of a number of people. I'll put CP Rail aside. They are the epicentre of the problem," said Regina lawyer Tavengwa Runyowa. "But the even bigger problem is pretty much our federal government, because they created a framework where all of this was possible. This system has existed for decades, many people have died and nothing has happened." Runyowa said the Railway Safety Act allows private companies to have their own police forces, which emboldens them to concentrating more on profit instead of employee safety. "It's not just about saying that CP caused these deaths and there were all of these things that were not working properly," Runyowa said. "There's a bigger systemic problem here where we have allowed a whole industry to pretty much regulate itself." CP Rail responded to the allegations in a statement. "We continue to reflect on the events of Feb. 4, 2019, and mourn the loss of Dylan Paradis, Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer and Andrew Dockrell. These railroaders will never be forgotten," it reads. "CP disputes these baseless allegations and will vigorously defend against these claims in court." No statements of defence have been filed and the allegations have not been proven in court. Fraser said the lawsuit isn't about the money. "People need to be held accountable. There has been wrongdoing and changes must, must, must be made," she said. "The changes need to be made so that profits can no longer be put before people's well-being." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2021. — By Bill Graveland in Calgary. The Canadian Press
The RAC received 4,694 call-outs for vehicles damaged by faulty road surfaces between January and March.
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The Liberal member of parliament for Labrador, Yvonne Jones, demanded an apology from Nunavut's NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq in the House of Commons Monday, after Qaqqaq said Jones was "not an Inuk" in a recent response to a 2019 tweet. "I ask the member to respect all Indigenous people in Canada, and apologize for her statement, and stop committing racial erosion against her own culture," Jones said. "It is attitudes like hers that have set Inuit back decades in modern society." Jones is a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council, a group formerly known as the Labrador Metis Nation, a non-status group representing people of mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous descent in southern Labrador. Since 2018, the group has been pursuing recognition of Indigenous rights in the region, and completed a memorandum of understanding with the federal government in 2019. A screenshot of Qaqqaq's reply to a 2019 election night tweet identifying Jones as Inuk.(John Last/CBC) But shortly thereafter, the Nunatsiavut government, which represents Inuit in northern Labrador, joined the Innu Nation in seeking to block the MOU, arguing that it overlapped with their claims. The Innu Nation additionally argued that the group was not Indigenous under terms set out in Section 35 of the Constitution Act. "As a descendant of Inuit and white parents, I was raised with a deep connection to the land, and I continue to practice the traditional ways of our people," Jones said in her statement to the House of Commons. "Unfortunately, I've never seen such disrespect from another parliamentarian in my 25 years in political office." Qaqqaq's offending tweet was made in response to a profile of Jones tweeted during election night in 2019, where the account @InigPoli refers to Jones as an Inuk. Shortly after replying, Qaqqaq took aim at Jones on Twitter over the review process for the expansion of an iron ore mine in her territory. Qaqqaq accused Jones, who is also parliamentary secretary to Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal, of sidestepping a question about her meeting with executives of the Baffinland Iron Mines company. "If [she] is 'confident that all parties will continue their dialogue through the [review board] process and it's not up to us to prejudge the outcome' then why do we have records of her and [Vandal] meeting with Baffinland's CEO and their lobbyists behind closed doors?" she tweeted. Vandal replied that the meeting took place before the hearings had begun. "Her comments are laterally vicious and threatening to myself as an Inuk woman and to Inuit who are members of the NunatuKavut Inuit Council," Jones said Monday. "I expect an apology and a withdrawal of her statement on Twitter." In a response to CBC, Qaqqaq said she did not realize Jones claimed Inuk identity when she sent the tweet. "I made a statement I believed to be fact," she wrote. "I did not mean to upset Ms. Jones." Qaqqaq said there is "much debate around NunatuKavut and whether or not that should be recognized as Inuit," and that "the conversation around identity and reclamation of identity is an important one." But "after having conversations with other well respected Indigenous individuals, I realize I may have made a mistake in missing the full picture," she wrote. Jones did not immediately reply to requests for comment.