Board assembled by Edward Rogers announces he is chair of Rogers — again — but family members deny legitimacy

Edward Rogers convened a meeting of a newly reconstituted board of directors of Rogers Communications Inc. Sunday and announced he was chair of the board — again. Rogers was removed as chair of the company’s board last week amid a bitter family battle, but claimed his other position as chair of a family trust that controls the company gave him the right to swap out existing directors for his own hand-selected group.He said he removed and replaced five independent directors and met with the rival board on Sunday evening. That board then announced Edward Rogers had been elected chair and that he plans to launch court proceedings to confirm the legitimacy of the steps he has taken. Before the meeting, his mother Loretta Rogers and two sisters Martha Rogers and Melinda Rogers-Hixon, along with the five independent directors he purported to fire, issued their own statement saying they remain the “duly elected” members of the company’s board and, “No other group of individuals has any authority to purport to act as the board.” The duelling statements follow days of confusion over who is actually in power at the telecom and media giant. “I know that the events of the last few weeks have been challenging and have distracted you from the important work you do,” CEO Joe Natale said in a memo to employees Sunday evening, reiterating that there have been “absolutely no changes to our board, management team, or in my role as CEO.” Earlier in the day, Martha Rogers struck out publicly at Edward for the second time this week in a series of tweets that referred to her brother’s “pretend ‘board meeting,’ ” stating that it wasn’t legal and that she was “going to fight like hell for the 24,000 employees, 10M+ customers & fans.”“No compromises, and this time the good guys will win. #OldGuardDown,” tweeted Rogers.Martha Rogers has stated publicly that she believes her brother should resign from the family trust. After his announcement Sunday night she said on Twitter, “I see Ed has appointed himself the Chairman. LOL. This should be taken as seriously as if he appointed himself the King of England.”The push to remove Edward from the Rogers board, led by Loretta, reportedly came after he tried to replace Natale with his preferred candidate — Tony Staffieri, the company’s former chief financial officer — in September. Edward has claimed publicly that the business could be doing better.In a statement released in advance of the meeting, Loretta Rogers called it an “invalid meeting” and said it “changes absolutely nothing.”“The Rogers board remains properly constituted with John MacDonald as chair,” wrote Rogers. John MacDonald, who has been on the company’s board since 2012, assumed the role of chair on Thursday.“Edward unfortunately continues to proceed down a misguided and miscalculated path which leads nowhere productive and puts his own interests ahead of those of Rogers employees, customers and shareholders,” wrote Loretta. “He should stop immediately, as his behaviour simply serves to underscore his seemingly wanton disregard for good governance.”In a statement released Thursday, Edward said: “While I am disappointed by recent steps taken by certain (Rogers) directors to remove me as board chair, I am confident this action will be reviewed and addressed by the newly constituted board,” adding that he is focused on “securing approval for the Shaw transaction.”Martha blamed her brother and the new board for not “thinking about the impact their instability is causing tens of thousands of people,” in a tweet on Sunday.And she went on to suggest her father, Ted Rogers, who founded the company, would have fired Edward, along with Phil Lind and Alan Horn, who are directors on the public company board as well as members of the family control trust, and who support Edward.“My father trusted to ‘do the right thing’ & would have fired them in a heartbeat for making his biggest fear a reality. Money, power & control have gone to their heads.”Rogers’s first series of tweets began shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday morning, saying she was having trouble sleeping because the fate of the company’s 24,000 employees was weighing on her mind.One of the tweets says that her father put her on the board as “a check and balance to ensure nothing this insane occurs. This is for you Dad,” she wrote.A couple of tweets suggested that she had damaging information about Edward that she would make public, including “the truth about his Trump scandal 5 mos ago, their involvement threatening us to suppress it or else they’ll be “severe personal repercussions” (and they very much can).”Rogers also said that “We’ll spend every penny defending the company, employees & Ted’s wishes, nothing you can do will deter us. Bring. It. On.”She was referring in the tweet to her mother, Loretta, who is 82.Patty Winsa is a Toronto-based data reporter for the Star. Reach her via email: pwinsa@thestar.ca

Board assembled by Edward Rogers announces he is chair of Rogers — again — but family members deny legitimacy

Edward Rogers convened a meeting of a newly reconstituted board of directors of Rogers Communications Inc. Sunday and announced he was chair of the board — again.

Rogers was removed as chair of the company’s board last week amid a bitter family battle, but claimed his other position as chair of a family trust that controls the company gave him the right to swap out existing directors for his own hand-selected group.

He said he removed and replaced five independent directors and met with the rival board on Sunday evening. That board then announced Edward Rogers had been elected chair and that he plans to launch court proceedings to confirm the legitimacy of the steps he has taken.

Before the meeting, his mother Loretta Rogers and two sisters Martha Rogers and Melinda Rogers-Hixon, along with the five independent directors he purported to fire, issued their own statement saying they remain the “duly elected” members of the company’s board and, “No other group of individuals has any authority to purport to act as the board.”

The duelling statements follow days of confusion over who is actually in power at the telecom and media giant.

“I know that the events of the last few weeks have been challenging and have distracted you from the important work you do,” CEO Joe Natale said in a memo to employees Sunday evening, reiterating that there have been “absolutely no changes to our board, management team, or in my role as CEO.”

Earlier in the day, Martha Rogers struck out publicly at Edward for the second time this week in a series of tweets that referred to her brother’s “pretend ‘board meeting,’ ” stating that it wasn’t legal and that she was “going to fight like hell for the 24,000 employees, 10M+ customers & fans.”

“No compromises, and this time the good guys will win. #OldGuardDown,” tweeted Rogers.

Martha Rogers has stated publicly that she believes her brother should resign from the family trust. After his announcement Sunday night she said on Twitter, “I see Ed has appointed himself the Chairman. LOL. This should be taken as seriously as if he appointed himself the King of England.”

The push to remove Edward from the Rogers board, led by Loretta, reportedly came after he tried to replace Natale with his preferred candidate — Tony Staffieri, the company’s former chief financial officer — in September. Edward has claimed publicly that the business could be doing better.

In a statement released in advance of the meeting, Loretta Rogers called it an “invalid meeting” and said it “changes absolutely nothing.”

“The Rogers board remains properly constituted with John MacDonald as chair,” wrote Rogers. John MacDonald, who has been on the company’s board since 2012, assumed the role of chair on Thursday.

“Edward unfortunately continues to proceed down a misguided and miscalculated path which leads nowhere productive and puts his own interests ahead of those of Rogers employees, customers and shareholders,” wrote Loretta. “He should stop immediately, as his behaviour simply serves to underscore his seemingly wanton disregard for good governance.”

In a statement released Thursday, Edward said: “While I am disappointed by recent steps taken by certain (Rogers) directors to remove me as board chair, I am confident this action will be reviewed and addressed by the newly constituted board,” adding that he is focused on “securing approval for the Shaw transaction.”

Martha blamed her brother and the new board for not “thinking about the impact their instability is causing tens of thousands of people,” in a tweet on Sunday.

And she went on to suggest her father, Ted Rogers, who founded the company, would have fired Edward, along with Phil Lind and Alan Horn, who are directors on the public company board as well as members of the family control trust, and who support Edward.

“My father trusted to ‘do the right thing’ & would have fired them in a heartbeat for making his biggest fear a reality. Money, power & control have gone to their heads.”

Rogers’s first series of tweets began shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday morning, saying she was having trouble sleeping because the fate of the company’s 24,000 employees was weighing on her mind.

One of the tweets says that her father put her on the board as “a check and balance to ensure nothing this insane occurs. This is for you Dad,” she wrote.

A couple of tweets suggested that she had damaging information about Edward that she would make public, including “the truth about his Trump scandal 5 mos ago, their involvement threatening us to suppress it or else they’ll be “severe personal repercussions” (and they very much can).”

Rogers also said that “We’ll spend every penny defending the company, employees & Ted’s wishes, nothing you can do will deter us. Bring. It. On.”

She was referring in the tweet to her mother, Loretta, who is 82.

Patty Winsa is a Toronto-based data reporter for the Star. Reach her via email: pwinsa@thestar.ca

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Protesters Attempt To Storm Entrance Of Barclays Center Over Nets’ Refusal To Allow Kyrie Irving To Play Due To NYC Vaccine Mandate

There was drama outside the of the Brooklyn Nets' home opener at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Protesters Attempt To Storm Entrance Of Barclays Center Over Nets’ Refusal To Allow Kyrie Irving To Play Due To NYC Vaccine Mandate

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was drama outside of the Brooklyn Nets‘ home opener at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Protesters tried storming the entrance over the team’s decision not to let Kyrie Irving play because he won’t get vaccinated, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.

Irving has said this is not about being for or against vaccines, but “about being true to what feels good” for him.

Rally organizers said they were taking a stance against New York City’s vaccine mandate.

Just before Sunday’s 4 p.m. tip-off, barricades at Barclays Center entrance were removed. A man dressed in red is seen on video summoning people to come in, and protesters using all their might try to break through a group of security guards who eventually got a hold of them and close all the doors for a short time.

Ticketed guests already inside watched it all unfold.

“All this for Kyrie because he didn’t get vaccinated? Because he could play if he get vaccinated,” one fan said.

READ MORE: Kyrie Irving Speaks Out About His COVID Vaccine Stance: ‘Don’t Believe That I’m Retiring … For A Vaccine Mandate Or Staying Unvaccinated’

The rally started hours before the game at a park about a mile away from Barclays Center. It was organized by several groups, including Teachers for Choice, Rev. Kevin McCall and Black Lives Matter activist Hank Newsome, who marched to Barclays with signs.

Upon arriving, McCall and Newsome got upset when they were told the DJ outside Barclays could not turn down the music for a few minutes, and then dozens swarmed the plaza.

“Let Kyrie play!” some chanted.

The Nets have said Irving is not allowed to play under the city’s vaccine mandate, which requires at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to enter indoor venues.

Irving, a Montclair, New Jersey native, said recently, “I am staying grounded in what I believe in. It is not about being anti-vax or about being on one side or the other. It is just really about being true to what feels good for me.” He also said, “This has everything to do with what is going on in our world, and I am being grouped into something that is bigger than just the game of basketball.”

“This is against the mandate. They’re trying to take away our freedom,” McCall said.

READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Doubles Down On Municipal Workers Vaccine Mandate: ‘We Have Contingency Plans In Place’

Fans had mixed reactions.

When asked if the incident killed the vibe for him, Erick Trejo, who was visiting from St. Louis, said, “Oh, it sure did because that was the only person I came to see.”

“It’s a shame that someone who is that good is not playing,” added Gabriel Munk of the Long Island village of Cedarhurst.

“He’s doing what he needs to do for himself and his family, so I’m with him 100%,” added Curtis Hll, who was visiting from Buffalo.

“I trust science. I believe in science. I feel like he should do it, but, hey, you know, I’m not even going to say to each his own. I feel like he should do it,” said Nicholas Bailey of Chicago.

“I mean, he definitely should be vaccinated because, I mean, if you’re a star figure, it’s probably a good idea to set a good example, but you know,” city resident Stefanie Rippenbaum said.

Without Irving, the Nets lost to the Charlotte Hornets, 111-95.

As for the protests, no arrests were made.

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