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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

[WR] For want of a nail, a shoe was lost. For want of a comma ...

A $2-million comma? Au contraire, Rogers tells Aliant

From Monday's Globe and Mail

A dispute over the proper use of punctuation in a multimillion-dollar contract for utility poles has turned into l'affaire comma for Rogers Communications Inc. and Aliant Inc.

Rogers, which lost a debate this summer over the placement of a comma in a contract to lease thousands of poles in New Brunswick, is now turning to the French language to make its case.

Federal regulators ruled in July that a single comma in a 14-page contract meant the deal could be scrapped by Aliant, potentially resulting in as much as $2.13-million in extra costs for Rogers.


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