Morning Brew: Is the Ford family business a conflict of interest?, Councillor Lee wants to rein in kite fighting, Toronto climbs into top 10 of global financial centres, tekkies take over Times Square, and (ugh) snow
Conflict of interest or Toronto Star witch hunt? In 2010, the City of Toronto paid Rob Ford's family company, Deco Labels and Tags, $56,000 to print stickers and other decals for various departments. Mind you, the city was doing business with the company before Ford was elected to council ten years ago, but now that he's mayor his opponents believe the business relationship could be a conflict of interest. Councillor Doug Ford remains the company's president, though the mayor's role is unclear. City spokesperson Jackie DeSouza said the Fords' company is treated the same as every other business.
Kite fighting in the city is getting a little out of hand, so now city councillor Chin Lee has made a proposal to regulate it and ban the use of hazardous kite string in any city parks. For those who aren't sure what hazardous kite string is, these would be kite lines made from melded hemp or even crushed glass. Hard-core.
Following a fake YouTube video that went viral a few weeks ago, Toronto tech-wizards Adi Isakovic and his wife Tania Nardandrea-Isakovic, were able to "hijack" a massive screen with their personal pictures in Times Square. "It's basically the ability to broadcast and control screens remotely." The tech team, who own a web start-up company called Tube Mote, paid to use the screen to prove people will use phones as universal remotes -- controlling everything from personal televisions to public screens anywhere in the world.
Toronto has climbed into the top 10 of global financial centres according to London-based think-tank, Z-Yen. Our current position represent a two ranking jump from last year, and puts us on par with Sydney, Australia. "We are encouraged that Toronto has continued to gain momentum and global recognition as a leader in financial services," said Janet Ecker, President of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance. "We recognize, however, that many countries around the world are competing fiercely to attract financial services business to their shores and that we have to continue to work intensely to sustain our leadership."
And, wouldn't you know it -- snow! 680 News even has their "storm centre" up and running, where you can check for traffic delays and school closures (of which there are a few).
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