Morning Brew: No white knight for mayoral election, G20 arrests continue, strikers and stalkers at TIFF, loaner phone pornography
So five's the number folks -- at least when it comes to the "leading" candidates. The deadline to enter the mayoral election came and went yesterday without the white knight many had hoped for. Miller yanked reporters chains by flashing a wad of cash (the cost to run for mayor is $200), but ultimately had no intention of entering the race.
G20 arrests are going to continue to trickle in for quite a while. Two more arrests have been made in relation to G20 activity. Lekang Mdlongwa, 31, is charged with arson for allegedly lighting a police vehicle on fire. While Ashan Ravindhraraj, 25, was re-arrested after he was found to be fibbing about his place of employment.
TIFF-goers this weekend will be faced with another hotel strike at some point. But, I'm sure it'll all go well, as they have Mr. President from the West Wing, Martin Sheen, on their side. Sheen expressed his support on Friday at a press conference. A striker stated that they (the union) "didn't want to interrupt the film festival," but, of course, striking in the off-season just wouldn't make sense from a bargaining standpoint.
TIFF-goers should also be wary of celebrity stalkers. The biggest concern regarding celebrities according to police and elite security teams are the lengths obsessed fans will go to reach them. Celebrities who will be in town are aware of this threat to their safety and many have brought their own security. Fake Joaquin Phoenix should probably take care as well.
And a lovely little story to end on this morning. A 16-year-old girl attempting to play a video on her loaner cell phone discovered that someone had forgotten to erase their hardcore pornography from the device. Shocked, the girl's mother tried to contact Bell, but her call went unreturned for several days. On Friday, a Bell executive finally called to apologize and offer her a free phone. Bell admits the loaner phone failed to pass through the regular process by which former content is purged. I've heard of a few similar cases. My friend Steve found an Insane Clown Posse album on a loaner. Yikes.
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