What Ottawa is Talking About – 30 November 2021

30 November 2021

▪️The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario has paid a ransom to hackers to delete stolen data. Name, social insurance numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and dates of birth had been stolen after a computer hack on October 18. The French School Board paid the hackers to delete the data. Anyone employed by the board since 2000 may have had their info stolen.[Ottawa Citizen] [Board page about the hack]

▪️Three thousand wreaths destined for the National Military Cemetery have been stolen. The community of Maxville, southeast of Ottawa, had come together to make the wreaths, to be placed on headstones at the cemetery December 5. The wreaths were stolen from private property in Maxville. [CityNews]

▪️Another Ottawa Police Officer has been charged in the ‘ghost warning’ scandal. The scandal involved police officers issuing 'warning tickets' to real drivers, who were unaware that they were ticketed and never received them. The officers, however, saw their internal stats increase. Nobody has divulged yet why having those higher stats would be desirable. These events happened four years ago but the officer has been charged now. [CBC

▪️VIA Rail is canceling or delaying trips this week between Ottawa and Toronto. VIA says the one of the companies whose track it uses has 'operational issues.' The publicly-owned passenger rail company doesn't own its own tracks, it uses either Canadian Nation or Canadian Pacific routes. [Ottawa Citizen]

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