By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Fri., Dec. 15, 2017 There will be three more politicians seated in Toronto’s council chamber after the 2018 election. In a 38-page decision released Friday, the Ontario Municipal Board agreed with a city council approved redrawing of ward boundaries, increasing the number of wards to 47 from 44. In what appears to be a rare move, one of the three members on the deciding panel, Blair Taylor, dissented. He believed that a 25-ward option should have been approved, as was argued by the lawyer representing Councillor Justin Di Ciano and a private citizen. “On the facts of this case, the board finds that there are no clear and compelling reasons to interfere with the decision of council,” wrote members Jan Seaborn and Hugh Wilkins, who were the majority. The OMB ruling came after two city councillors and several citizens appealed council’s 2016 decision to approve the 47-ward option recommended by … [Read more...] about Three seats being added to Toronto council for the 2018 election
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source Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg wants to form an independent council that reviews Facebook posts that have been flagged as harmful or abusive. The council would work “almost like a Supreme Court,” and would allow users to make an appeal when their posts are removed from the site. Facebook already has an internal team to moderate abuse, and has said it plans to double that team to 20,000 employees in 2018. Mark Zuckerberg has a new idea for how to deal with abusive content on Facebook: a Supreme Court. In an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Zuckerberg outlined his idea for how Facebook can better manage content that’s been flagged as harmful or abusive. Zuckerberg said he believes Facebook’s first step should be to build an appeals process that would work similarly to the federal government. Here’s how Zuckerberg described it (emphasis ours): … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg wants an independent council of non-Facebookers to make the final call on removing dangerous content, ‘almost like a Supreme Court’
By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Sat., March 31, 2018 It should be an urban paradise — a green expanse punctuated by neighbourhoods of modern, urban townhomes wound along leafy, walkable streets interspersed with bike paths, all offset with open, celebratory public spaces and sheltering woodlands. That’s the vision. It is portrayed in a video by Canada Lands Co., the federal agency that owns and manages the former military property at Downsview. It is also enshrined in the city’s secondary plan for the area. On paper, the 232-hectare, federally owned Downsview Park, near Sheppard Ave. W. and Keele St., is a civic jewel. It attracts 236,000 visitors a year to concerts and cultural events. According to the Canada Lands website, about 1,400 sports teams play at the 485,000 sq. ft. Hangar sports complex. By the time Canada Lands’ plan is fully realized, the government’s property manager says 119 hectares — an area about … [Read more...] about Could Downsview — one of the city’s last remaining blank canvases — be Toronto’s next ‘it’ neighbourhood?
caption President Donald Trump source Getty Images/Pool National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, who was Trump’s top economic adviser, is resigning in the coming weeks. A person who has advised Trump on economic issues told Business Insider that Larry Kudlow is the favorite to replace Cohn. This person views Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget chief, as a dark-horse candidate. Other names that have been floated include Peter Navarro, the director of the White House Trade Council. Trump’s pick for the position could be a big indicator for the future of his economic policy. Speculation swirled Wednesday over President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Gary Cohn as his top economic adviser, as observers say Cohn’s replacement could provide a significant clue to the future of the Trump agenda. “The president’s got a number … [Read more...] about Trump’s pick to replace Gary Cohn will tell you a lot about the direction of the White House
The US federal government is exploring the idea of building its own 5G wireless network infrastructure, according to documents obtained by the news website Axios. A proposal says that China’s “dominant position” in 5G network infrastructure poses a threat to the US and that a nationalized 5G network would combat that. Private companies like Verizon and AT&T have always built and operated wireless infrastructure in the past. The move would be unprecedented, and wireless companies are already coming out against the idea. The National Security Council is pitching the idea of having the United States government build the infrastructure for the coming 5G evolution in wireless communications, according to documents obtained by the news website Axios. A nationalized wireless network would be unprecedented for the United States, where wireless communication infrastructure is usually … [Read more...] about The Trump administration is exploring a nationalized 5G wireless network — which would throw the future of the wireless industry into question