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Telecom Showdown Round Two: Rogers and the other one.

Megan Milton

Rogers vs. Shaw in purple all caps italicized blocky font with lime green outline. Shaw floating robot mascot on right and rogers USB stick??? on left with Left Merch logo in middle. Background is UFC cage.

I've been looking at corporate Wikipedia pages for several days now and this is a first. 

Screenshot of the Rogers Wikipedia page with a red notification reading "This article may have been created or edited in return for undisclosed payments, a violation of Wikipedia's terms of use. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies" 

Rogers was fined $75,000 after weaponizing the Montreal police against a worker who they believed stole office equipment. The worker fell down the stairs in a violent arrest involving 8 officers, had their home torn apart, personal cell phones and computers confiscated and spent a night in jail over a used blackberry.

Can I get an ACAB?

Rogers internal investigations team was found to have "made and example" of him to warn other employees.

Rogers owns Maclean's, which thrust this bullshit into our collective eyeballs...

Doug Ford, Brian Pallister, Erin O'Toole, Jason Kenney, and Scott Moe stand around wearing suits, resisting something on the cover of Maclean's

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Shaw isn't much better in regard to shows of force to intimidate workers. If you're in BC, you've likely heard stories about Shaw's prolific union-busting... 

Not to mention their past use of ye olde "Independent contractor" scam to screw and underpay workers. 

Left Merch used Shaw as our internet provider for years, but when we started working from home during the pandemic, the bandwidth was garbage - despite the fact that we were paying the highest tier! So we switched to Telus, which also sucks.

And while technically Corus Entertainment has been spun off into its own entity separate from Shaw, the Shaw family still runs Corus, so we're going to include them as part of Shaw. Don't @ us.

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They're a terrible employer, their internet is terrible and Freedom mobile will drop a call if you sit near a particularly girthy tree.

 

Interestingly enough, Shaw and Rogers actually briefly co-owned failed streaming service Shomi from 2014-2016. Do with that what you will.

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