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Morning Brew: Leadership roles remain elusive for visible minorities in the GTA, Waterfront to get an "ultra-broadband network," budget chief says land transfer tax has to stay, Holyday wants to take action after squeegee attack

The third annual DiverseCity report finds that the presence of visible minorities in leadership roles has increased at a "snail's pace." Since the report's creation in 2009, minorities in top roles have increased from 13.4 per cent to just 14.5 per cent. The study found a poor showing in the legal profession where only 14.4 per cent of practicing lawyers in the GTA are visible minorities. That's a big deal when it comes to leadership seeing as 73 per cent of Canadian prime ministers were practicing lawyers before taking office.

I'd really like to know what some of the fastest Internet connection in the world feels like. People living in the waterfront area, namely in the still-under-construction communities of East Bayfront and West Donlands, will soon be able to tell us as the "ultra-broadband network" will soon give residents Internet speeds of up 100 megabits per second, which is 20 times the Toronto average.The Toronto waterfront will run fiber-optic cable directly into a user's Internet jack, rather than the rest of us who rely on old school copper-based Internet cables installed in the '90s.

Looks like Rob Ford can't keep all of his election campaign promises. Councillor Mike Del Grande, his budget chief, says the city cannot afford to get rid of the land transfer tax, despite Ford's wishes. With that looming $774 million deficit next year, it just isn't realistic. Last year the tax brought in $278 million into the city.

Well, this guy certainly doesn't need another reason to hate on panhandlers. After a 43-year-old motorist was attacked and left bloodied on Queen St. W. by a so-called squeegee kid, Holyday vowed, "We're going to do something about this." He also conceded that the city may need some help from the province, mainly with some changes to Ontario law, with his proposed crackdown of panhandling and squeegee kids in the city.


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