Rogers says it won’t appeal B.C. court decision that gives Edward Rogers control over the telecom giant
Rogers Communications Inc. says it won’t appeal a ruling that permits Edward Rogers to replace directors of Canada’s largest wireless carrier without holding a shareholder meeting.
On Friday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick ruled that a move by Mr. Rogers to remove five of the telecom’s independent directors and replace them with his own candidates through what is known as a shareholder resolution is valid under the province’s corporate laws. – Alexandra Posadzki, The Globe and Mail
The boardroom feud at Rogers Communications Inc. has highlighted shortcomings in how Canada regulates companies across the country, a number of corporate governance experts said as they reacted to a recent court decision that appeared to bring an end to the saga.
Out-of-date rules, they argued, pose a problem at both the provincial and federal levels and can allow undemocratic business practices to go unchecked. – Ian Bickis, CBC News
As John Derringer celebrates his 5,000th show on Q107, let’s appreciate the DJ who’s been rocking Toronto for nearly 30 years
Since dethroning Howard Stern’s simulcasted show on Q107 in November 2001, Derringer has been a fixture of many Torontonians’ mornings even before their first cup of coffee. A voice of comfort with a healthy dose of humour – along with some good old classic rock – he has helped carry an entire city out of some pretty dark times over the years. And beginning tomorrow, he’ll mark his 5,000th Q107 episode with a week of special shows.
It’s been a wild ride for the 10-time Canadian Music Week Radio Personality of the Year and lifelong Maple Leafs fan, often behind the handlebars of a Harley Davidson. All Derringer ever wanted to do was be on air in his hometown playing music he loved, and not many have had the privilege to do it anywhere as long. – Gilles LeBlanc, The Star
The Cookie Cutters
According to published reports, the Belgian Data Protection Commission will soon release a finding that says those infuriating pop-ups we get about accepting cookies are illegal.
Now, you might ask, who the hell is the Belgian Data Protection Commission? It is a body charged with the enforcement of certain aspects of GDPR. And their decision just might blow a big hole in the dreadful tracking-based online advertising industry.
That is if anyone has the balls to enforce it.
Reportedly the commission has ruled that the hideous “consent” pop-ups, created by the creeps at IAB Europe that have become standard in the industry, “have been found to have deprived hundreds of millions of Europeans of their fundamental rights.”
These consent pop-ups are the mechanism used by Google and other online sites to pretend they are complying with privacy codes as laid out in GDPR. They are the ridiculous, indecipherable “choices” we get when we try to go to a website and are forced to either “allow all cookies” or go down a rabbit hole in which we have no idea what we are agreeing to.
This decision has further implications. If upheld and enforced, it can mean the end of programmatic advertising as we currently know it. One implication of the decision is that real-time bidding (Notorious RTB) is illegal, as it spews billions of private data points about consumers in all directions all over the web every day.
You can bet every cent that the regulators are under enormous pressure from the adtech monsters to modify and water down their language. If they refuse the adtech industry probably will do what they always do — ignore it and dare someone to do something. – Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian
Every once in a while, the funniest or strangest parts of a hockey game come from the interactions involving the various reporters and broadcasters in the sport. Here’s a look at five memorable moments. – Andrew Lewis McDougall, The Hockey News
Canadiens executive vice-president Jeff Gorton marks new era, meets Montreal media – Globalnews.ca
It’s been the talk of the town among sports fans for the past week: the Montreal Canadiens firing longtime general manager Marc Bergevin and bringing in Jeff Gorton as executive vice-president. The newly appointed VP met with the Montreal media for the first time Friday morning to mark the start of a new era.
The former New York Rangers general manager started by attempting to say a few sentences in French. When finished, he thanked owner Geoff Molson and said, “I hope that was OK.”
Gorton said working for the Habs is a dream. He feels like the Original Six franchise is a good fit, despite the fact that the Massachusetts-born VP grew up cheering for the Boston Bruins.
“You know, the Canadians broke my heart a lot of times. That’s my first memories, like in 1979, probably sticks out as the first one,” he told reporters.
Gorton insisted that he’s just starting out in his new role and he’s still getting a feel for the team. Regardless, the executive vice-president plans to work on player development and wants to add an analytics team.
“I do believe in analytics and I think that the way the game has gone, I think it’s a big piece of information that you need to have,” said Gorton.
A big piece missing from his qualifications is that Gorton doesn’t speak French. He said he’s learning — his wife even bought him lessons — and asks for patience.
“I wanted to be great at golf and I still stink. Right? So I will do my best,” he said, chuckling.
Fans seem to support his effort, saying it’s not language that will help the Habs get out of this season’s slump.
“He did some sentences in French this morning, so I think it’s a good step forward,” said fan Patrick Gervais.
The team is still looking for a French-speaking general manager to complement Gorton. Former Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy has expressed interest in the position. But Gorton says he has yet to draw up a shortlist, adding that it’s unlikely Bergevin’s successor will be named before Christmas.
“I don’t want to commit to anybody. I don’t want to say no to anybody so people can keep calling me if they like,” he said.
However, Global News hockey analyst Brian Wilde doesn’t expect Roy to get the job.
Instead, he said he thinks Molson and Gorton would like “someone who has a lot of experience in scouting and has some experience as an assistant general manager.”
“I think Mark Madden fits the role in Anaheim,” said Wilde.
Wilde says he liked what he heard from Gorton on Friday. But the executive vice-president kept his cards close so fans will have to wait to see what the Gorton era brings.
“I don’t think we got our answer to whether it’s going to be a full rebuild, and I think we’re going to have to wait just to see how many moves he makes,” said Wilde.
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Montreal real estate broker fined $1500 for English-language social media ad – CTV News Montreal
A Montreal real estate broker has picked up a hefty fine for posting a social media ad in English only.
REMAX Broker Qiang Zhong said he was issued the ticket of $1,500 by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) over the post, which advertised one of his properties.
Zhong said he didn’t mind picking up the bill. “I know the government just wants to promote a French language,” he said. “I don’t have any personal emotion against this stuff.”
The fine came from a violation of Article 52 of Quebec’s French Charter, which states that, “catalogues, brochures, folders, commercial directories and any similar publications must be drawn up in French.”
The OQLF said it became aware of the infraction after a complaint on Oct. 23, 2019.
Zhong said he’s been working as a broker in Montreal for more than a decade after moving here from China, where he’s used to navigating between languages: Mandarin, the official language of Mainlaind China, and Cantonese, which is also common in his home province of Guangdong.
He said he’s still connected with his home communities, and has helped several new Chinese immigrants find homes in Montreal. He said he also encourages newcomers to learn French — the province’s official language.
“Even though I got the bill, I still love Montreal,” he said. “I could get double or triple the money in Toronto in Vancouver, but I want to stay here.”
He also said the ad brought prospective buyers to the REMAX website, which can be viewed in both French and English.
Watch Live: Canadiens’ Jeff Gorton addresses the media – Sportsnet.ca
Editor’s note: This stream has now ended.
For the first time since assuming the role of executive vice president of hockey operations for the Montreal Canadiens, Jeff Gorton will speak with the media — and his comments can be seen in their entirety right here on Sportsnet, starting at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET.
Gorton took on the role amid seismic changes to the Canadiens’ front office, including the departure of longtime general manager Marc Bergevin, and will be tasked with charting a course back to contention for Montreal, which has followed up a fabled run to the Stanley Cup Final with a troubled first quarter to 2021.
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