Pope Francis calls for a ‘serious search for the truth’ about residential schools


Pope Francis has apologized to residential school survivors and said what is needed is a “serious search for the truth”.

Edmonton’s long-awaited apology included his desire that the Catholic community “continue to take action to find out what happened and to foster healing and reconciliation.”

He said an important part of overcoming the pardon application is a serious investigation of the facts.

Residential schools for Aboriginal children in Canada operated from the 1880s through the 1990s and removed children from their families to “Canadianize” them. The system involved the government and the Catholic Church.

An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools during this time and unmarked mass graves have recently been discovered in some locations.

Massive telecom outage affects 11 million Rogers subscribers

A massive telecommunications outage affecting 11 million subscribers for more than a day will end up costing Rogers Communications Inc. billions of dollars and loss of trust.

Canada’s largest telecommunications company will also spend $150 million in customer rebates for the outage which could also have scuttled its proposed $26 billion takeover of Shaw Communications.

The blackout, affecting telephone and telecommunications services, also cut customers off from 911 calls for police and fire assistance as well as vital services with banking and debit machines and internet service.

CEO Tony Staffieri assured the Canadian government and the company’s millions of customers that he was taking costly action “to prevent a crippling network outage from happening again.”

Nancy Saddleman, 82, center, cries as Pope Francis gives mass in Edmonton during his papal visit across Canada on Tuesday.

Rogers will split its wireless and wireline services “to ensure customers no longer experience an outage of cellular and internet services,” he said.

This work could take up to three years and is part of an estimated $10 billion in spending to increase monitoring, testing and the use of artificial intelligence to ensure reliable service.

A key aspect of the job is an agreement with other carriers to automatically forward 911 calls to their respective networks in the event of an outage.

In short

• The Ontario Provincial Police busted a massive auto theft ring that included four Service Ontario employees for fraudulently registering stolen vehicles. They were among 28 people arrested. Police recovered 214 stolen vehicles worth approximately $12 million. Large amounts of cash, weapons and drugs were also found.

• Shopify Inc., a Canadian multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, abruptly laid off 1,000 employees, or one-tenth of its workforce. CEO Tobi Lutke said he misjudged the impact of emerging from the pandemic, with more people than expected returning to in-store shopping. The company offers online retailer services.

Facts and figures

• The Canadian dollar is higher at 78 US cents while the US dollar is at $1.28 in Canadian dollars, before exchange fees.

• The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate is 2.5%, while the prime rate for commercial banks is 4.7%.

• Canadian stock markets are up, with the Toronto index at 19,669 points while the TSX Venture index is at 643 points.

• The average price of gasoline in Canada is less than $1.70 per liter or $6.46 per US gallon in Canadian dollars.

• Lotto Max: (July 26) 3, 8, 9, 15, 21, 27 and 31; bonus 33. (July 22) 1, 9, 19, 34, 37, 39 and 49; premium 6.

• Loto 6/49: (July 27) 6, 19, 29, 42, 45 and 49; bonus 21. (July 23) 6, 23, 24, 26, 39 and 42; bounty 21.

Regional memories

• Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado with winds reaching 110 mph hit an area north of Belleville, Ontario on July 24. The weather agency said houses and trees were damaged in the area east of Peterborough and north of Belleville. No injuries were reported.

• Cooling centers have been opened in major cities across Western Canada as the heat wave continues. Heat warnings were issued for much of Alberta as temperatures exceeded 100 F, while there was similar heat in British Columbia at 104 F.


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