Rogers outage, more scams down the aisle, duct-taped ballgown: Top stories of the week
‘Complete write-off’: Rogers outage wreaks havoc in Waterloo Region
The massive outage of Rogers services across Canada on Friday took a heavy toll on small businesses, hospitals and residents in the Waterloo region. Many woke up on Friday to find they were unable to call, text or use the internet, while retailers struggled to accept debit and credit payments.
Tokyo Smoke in Waterloo said it lost $4,000 in sales on Friday, while several local hospitals faced communication issues that caused more backlogs in departments like their emergency departments.
“It’s important to know that it’s not just about cellphones and computers, but anything connected to Rogers’ infrastructure,” said Ritesh Kotak, cybersecurity and technology consultant. “You have VOIP lines, you have medical equipment in some cases that a Rogers SIM card can be attached to.”
With Rogers now claiming the majority of service has been restored, the Ottawa-based Public Interest Advocacy Center is now calling on Canada’s Telecommunications Regulator (CRTC) to conduct an open investigation into the failure.
Another Have. homeowner raises red flag over driveway paving
As police try to track down the man believed to have paved the driveway of a Puslinch woman without her permission, another person has come forward claiming to be the victim of a similar alleged fraud.
Josh Tritt from Cambridge says on June 1 he was approached by a company who said they could redo their driveway the next day. The company quoted Tritt $5,000 and said it needed most of it up front for asphalt. He paid them $4,700.
Instead the next day, Tritt returned around 9 p.m. that evening to find that labor had already begun. He hoped everything would be fine, but that optimism quickly faded.
He says it was dark and he couldn’t quite tell what was going on, but “by the time I was able to talk to anyone, everyone started jumping in their truck and driving off. “.
Tritt says the team put the asphalt directly on top of the old dirt, grass and gravel – something professionals in the paving industry say is very problematic.
‘Interest completely faded after arrest’: Cambridge teenager’s dream of going to NHL derailed by bullying, harassment, lawsuit alleges
A Cambridge family has filed a $5.5 million civil lawsuit against Victus Academy, an elite hockey prep school in Kitchener, and three of its students. Lucas DeCaluwe, a former Victus Academy student, claims he was bullied and harassed and then lost his place at school after a fake online threat was posted using his name.
“He’s a kid with a heart of gold,” said his mother, Gail DeCaluwe. “He didn’t see it coming and he didn’t know he would be trapped.”
DeCaluwe said police were called after another classmate posted a fake message on social media in an attempt to get bullies off Lucas’ back.
According to the lawsuit, the message was a warning to students, saying, “Don’t come to school tomorrow, I’m done with what’s going on.” This led to the false belief that Lucas planned to murder Victus Academy students in a shootout, according to the lawsuit.
DeCaluwe said his son, who was 14 at the time, was later arrested at gunpoint in October 2019 while waiting in the car for his father at the bank.
Lucas DeCaluwe posing for a photo in his hockey gear. (Screenshot/Instagram)
‘We don’t know what their fate would be’: 16 puppies arrive at Waterloo Region Animal Shelter
Over a dozen puppies were dropped off in St. Jacobs, Ont. animal rescue on Wednesday afternoon. Hobo Haven Rescue said the 16 dogs belonged to commercial breeders who were unable to sell any of the animals.
“Two separate litters of puppies bred by commercial breeders failed to sell,” said Chris, founder of Hobo Haven Rescue. “So if we don’t welcome them, we don’t know what their fate would be.”
Chris said it was the biggest single take Hobo Haven has done since it opened in 2003.
Some of the newly arrived puppies at Hobo Haven Rescue in St. Jacobs. (CTV Kitchener)
Kitchener teen creates intricate ballgown with duct tape
A recent Kitchener Collegiate Institute graduate spent 157 hours creating a prom dress made entirely of duct tape. Avalon Hagerman, 19, says she used 25 rolls of duct tape to create the dress and its matching accessories for Duck Brand’s 2022 “Stuck-at-prom” pageant.
The winner of the competition will win a cash scholarship of $10,000.
“I had a few sleepless nights so I was a little tired, but in the end I was super proud of what I did,” Hagerman said.
Hagerman was selected as one of ten finalists by the pageant judges and is the only Canadian finalist in the tape prom dress category.
Avalon Hagerman spent 157 hours creating a ballgown made entirely from duct tape. (Stuck at Prom Contest Gallery)