National Newswatch

Small businesses fear Rogers won’t fully compensate them for thousands in losses

Jul 11 2022 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Friday outage from Rogers Communications Inc. resulted in some small businesses losing thousands of dollars, which they fear the telecommunications giant won’t fully compensate them for.  They say the internet and mobile phone service outage that lasted most of Friday and for some, into the weekend, left them unable to serve customers […]

Rogers starts restoring service after outage, CEO apologizes to customers

Jul 9 2022 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. says it started restoring mobile and internet service late Friday after a widespread network outage affected many customers and caused trouble for 911 services, debit transactions and even Service Canada's beleaguered passport offices. The Toronto-based telecommunications company offered no timeline for when service may be restored to all customers, but […]

Rogers starts restoring service after outage, CEO apologizes to customers

Jul 9 2022 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. says it started restoring mobile and internet service late Friday after a widespread network outage affected many customers and caused trouble for 911 services, debit transactions and even Service Canada's beleaguered passport offices. The Toronto-based telecommunications company offered no timeline for when service may be restored to all customers, but […]

Far-reaching implications of Rogers outage shows need for competition: Expert

Jul 8 2022 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A widespread Rogers Communications Inc. outage that caused trouble for 911 services, retailers and transit operators Friday had many warning the incident is a sign that oligopolistic telecommunications companies need more competition. "The outage is illuminating the general lack of competition in telecommunications in Canada," said Vass Bednar, executive director of McMaster University's […]

Collision tech conference kicks off in Toronto amid industry downturn, layoffs

Jun 21 2022 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Collision tech conference attendees filtering through the doors of a Toronto convention centre on Tuesday faced a scene that looked a lot like the pre-pandemic event, but an uneasy atmosphere hung over the crowd. For many, it was their first large-scale conference since COVID-19 cancelled gatherings more than two years ago and it […]

Wealthsimple laying off 13 per cent of staff amid ‘immense volatility’

Jun 15 2022 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Wealthsimple is laying off 13 per cent of its workforce as the financial services company joins the slew of global technology businesses facing market "immense volatility." In a letter sent to staff of the Toronto-based business on Wednesday, chief executive Michael Katchen said 159 of the 1,262 people who work for Wealthsimple will […]

Retailers renewed confidence in brick-and-mortar fuelling surge in commercial leases

Jun 8 2022 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and many abandoned in-person shopping and dining out, brick-and-mortar retail became one of the most undesirable assets in Canada.  But now, as many Canadians no longer fear congregating and vaccine passports have been dropped, real estate firms say retail and restaurant chains are scrambling to pick up space […]