Remember Lil Tay?
A few years ago, the then nine-year-old girl rapped her way to controversy on social media.
Said to be Claire Eileen Qi Hope in real life, Lil Tay was flashing wads of money, making racial slurs, and bragging that her washroom costs more than someone else’s rent.
One of her videos had a Mercedes convertible that belonged to her mom’s boss.
That was David Yang, a managing partner of Pacific Evergreen Realty, a Vancouver-based real estate brokerage.
According to a report by Global News in May 2018, Yang wasn’t too thrilled about his ride being used in the girl’s video.
Another video featured the girl in a property that was listed for sale by Pacific Evergreen Realty, and the owner was said to have complained after recognizing the place.
Based on reports at the time, it wasn’t established definitively if Lil Tay’s mom, Angela Tian, was either fired by or resigned from Pacific Evergreen Realty.
What was clear is that Tian left the brokerage.
Also reporting about Lil Tay in May 2018, CTV News quoted the Real Estate Council of B.C. saying that Tian’s license as a realtor is “being returned”.
“That means she will no longer be able to sell real estate in the region,” according to CTV.
Lil Tay has since disappeared from the radar.
As for Tian and Pacific Evergreen Realty, they’re back, sort of, in a ruling rendered by a B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal.
It turns out that Pacific Evergreen Realty billed Tian, whom the tribunal also identified as Qi Tian, for open house lawn signs and name cards because she didn’t stay with the brokerage for a year.
Tian wanted her money back.
According to Tian, she should be reimbursed $1,000.56 because she never agreed to be charged for lawn signs and name cards.
The brokerage, through its managing director identified only as LML, claimed that there was an agreement between Tian and the company’s managing partner identified as DY about the materials.
LML also filed evidence indicating that DY lost ‘as much as $8,500’ in time and business opportunities “by having to deal with Ms. Tian’s alleged conduct”.
However, tribunal vice chair Shelley Lopez noted in her reasons for decision issued Tuesday (May 19) that these are not connected with Tian’s claim for reimbursement.
“For clarity, for the purpose of this dispute, I find I do not need to address the reason why Ms. Tian left the respondent brokerage,” Lopez wrote.
Turning to evidence presented by the parties, Lopez found those by Pacific Evergreen Realty to be less credible.
“I find the weight of the evidence does not support the respondents’ position that there was any verbal agreement Ms. Tian would have to pay for lawn signs or name cards if she left before a year,” Lopez stated.
Lopez ordered the brokerage to pay Tian a total of $1,161.09.
In addition to the $1,000.56 in charges for lawn signs and name cards, the amount also includes $35.53 in interest, and $125 in tribunal fees.
Trump tweets threat to shutter social media companies after Twitter warning – CBC.ca
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter Inc. for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact-check the president’s claims.
Trump, without offering any evidence, reiterated his accusations of political bias by such technology platforms, tweeting: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”
He added: “Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
….happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!
Representatives for Twitter and Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment on Trump’s tweets. Shares of the companies were down in pre-market trading following his posts.
In the pair of early morning posts, the Republican president again blasted mail-in ballots as being rife with fraud — though there is no evidence that’s the case, and many Americans have used mail-in ballots in previous elections. Five states currently use only mail-in voting for all elections.
Trump posted similar tweets about the ballot topic on Tuesday, which had moved Twitter to add an alert, signified by a blue exclamation mark, below the tweets to warn his claims may be inaccurate or unsubstantiated, and direct readers to a page of news articles and information about the topic.
Twitter said it was the first time it had applied a fact-checking label to a tweet by the president, in an extension of its new “misleading information” policy, which was introduced earlier this month to combat misinformation about the coronavirus.
The dramatic shift by the tech company, which has tightened its policies in recent years amid criticism that its hands-off approach has allowed misinformation to thrive, had prompted Trump to accuse it of interfering in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
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Torstar buyer says Canso picked to provide financing because of media experience – OrilliaMatters.Com
TORONTO — A private investment company that is a major backer of Postmedia Network Corp. has agreed to provide financing for NordStar Capital’s acquisition of Torstar Corp., the owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers.
NordStar said in a statement it considered several sources of outside funding and chose Canso Investment Counsel Ltd. because of its experience in the Canadian media industry.
The statement also addressed long-standing speculation that there might be a move afoot to merge Torstar and Postmedia, which own two of the country’s biggest media businesses.
“The financing arrangements for the NordStar bid are not, in anyway whatsoever, connected directly or indirectly with any other media company.”
Canso didn’t immediately respond to a request for information about its involvement with the NordStar deal.
However, talk of an eventual deal to consolidate Canada’s newspaper industry was fuelled by the involvement of Canso — which provided $93.5 million after fees in September for a refinancing of Postmedia’s debt.
NordStar’s statement said it didn’t include Canso in the initial press release but “their participation would have been disclosed in due course as part of customary public fillings.”
NordStar is a new company formed by Toronto businessmen Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett, whose backgrounds are in corporate finance.
In order to buy Torstar, they required the support of five families that have controlled the company for decades — the Atkinsons, Hindmarshs, Campbells, Thalls and Honderichs.
The five stepped in to run the Star after founder Joseph Atkinson died in 1948, leaving the paper to a charitable foundation to be run by trustees.
In announcing the deal on Tuesday, Torstar chair John Honderich said it was “time to pass the torch.”
Unifor national president Jerry Dias says his big concern is that Canada could lose the Toronto Star’s voice for the progressive social issues if it’s combined with the company that owns the National Post, which has taken a more conservative stance.
“Let’s be candid, people are nervous with Canso being the money behind the National Post and now the Star. For us, the broader issue is how comfortable are we eliminating progressive voices in this country? That’s what the big issue is.”
Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with subsidiaries of the Globe and Mail and Montreal’s La Presse.
— with files from Tara Deschamps
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.
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