Some people will do anything for five seconds of fame.
In this case, it was 45 seconds.
A man, dressed in a blue hospital gown and wearing a face mask, was seen walking along the boardwalk of an eastern Toronto beach, bent over and coughing while bystanders watched. The man, appearing to have an IV drip bandaged to his right arm, at one point collapses, groaning.
The clip was uploaded to the media company 6ixbuzzTV’s Instagram account, submitted by @s1m0n2013.
“A man was on the beach pretending to be a COVID-19 patient scaring people. Did he go too far with this?” was the caption of the video.
Towards the end of the video, the man is seen walking off towards Lake Ontario. “At this point, several people call 911,” a message pops up.
Toronto Police Const. Michelle Flannery confirms the incident took place Sunday at around 3:40 p.m. “somewhere in between Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay.”
“Police spoke with the man, who was filming something for social media and then the man packed up and left, no charges laid,” she said.
Simon, who didn’t wish to disclose his last name, filmed the incident on Woodbine Beach and said the man in the hospital gown had a GoPro camera on him as well as a small crew of people filming.
“It was pretty clear they were trying to record a video and try to generate some type of response from it,” he said. “I didn’t speak to the people who called 911. I’m not sure if they were upset because he was doing what he was doing or if they thought he was in some kind of distress.”
Simon said he interpreted the prank as a “satirical skit. If you look in the background of the video, you can see thousands of people sorting Sunday like a typical day at the beach. Nobody was wearing masks,” he said.
“There were a lot of people who laughed it off and a lot of people who were upset by it, but it’s bringing attention to the fact that COVID remains a real threat and that we shouldn’t become complacent.”
Comments on the post criticized the man’s actions.
“Do people have nothing better to do?” wrote one person.
“SMH people do anything for attention nowadays,” said another.
Woodbine Beach attracted thousands of people two weekends ago, many of whom were not practising social distancing. Premier Doug Ford warned that if people couldn’t be responsible while out in public, there would be negative consequences.
“You look at the pictures, it looked like South Beach, Fla.,” Ford said the following day at a news conference.
“You see what happened down in Florida, there was 4,000 cases in one day the other day. Folks, I get it. You want to get out, (it’s a) hot day, there is a beach. We got to maybe come up with better protocols. I’ll talk to the mayor about it … we need to get bylaw officers out there.”
iSIGN Media Announces a Shares for Debt Transaction – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. (“iSIGN” or “Company”) (TSX-V: ISD) (OTC: ISDSF), a leading provider of interactive mobile proximity marketing and public security alert solutions announced it has entered into a debt settlement arrangement with various companies and individuals in which the Company has agreed to issue an aggregate of 11,457,788 common shares at a deemed price of $0.05 per share in settlement of debts owned of $572,890.
Included in this transaction are various companies that are either wholly or partially owned and controlled by Josip Kozar, iSIGN’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kozar is deemed to be a “related party”, as such term is defined in Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”), being the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and currently holding approximately 15% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common shares of the Company.
For this transaction, the Company has relied on the exemption from the formal valuation requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.5(a) of MI 61-101 and has relied on the exemption from the minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.7(a) of MI 61-101.
This arrangement is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“Exchange”). The Company will issue these shares, which are subject to a four month hold period, once approval has been received from the Exchange.
About iSIGN Media
iSIGN, a Canadian company based in Toronto (Richmond Hill), Ontario is a data-focused, software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that is a pioneering leader in the areas of location-based security alert messaging and proximity marketing utilizing Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connectivity in complete privacy. Creators of the Smart suite of products, a patented interactive proximity marketing technology, iSIGN enables the delivery of messages to mobile devices in proximity, with real-time reporting and analytics on a variety of metrics. 2019 winner of Richmond Hill’s Innovator of the Year award. Partners include IBM, Keyser Retail Solutions, Baylor University, Verizon Wireless, TELUS and Mtrex Network Solutions. www.isignmedia.com
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Ambassador Bridge owner 'Matty' Moroun dead at 93, report Detroit media – Windsor Star
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Fellow tycoon Warren Buffet also had a 25 per cent share of the bridge. But in 1979, Moroun purchased the bridge outright and took full control.
According to Moroun, his goal with the bridge purchase was only to get his trucks moving across the border smoothly.
Truck traffic at the bridge soared under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Central Transport bought out more and more other trucking firms until Moroun’s business interests stretched overseas and around the world.
By the mid-2000s, Moroun’s empire included more than 100 companies and affiliates across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
His vast real estate holdings made him the second-largest property owner in Michigan, behind only the state government itself.
Moroun was also believed to be the third-biggest property owner in the city of Detroit.
When Moroun spoke to the Star in 2006, he was tiring of his reputation as a pirate in business, and suggested he wanted to be considered a builder of the local and national economies.
“You know, when you get my age, you start to think a little bit about how you will be remembered,” Moroun said at the time.
—with files by Dave Battagello
Trump administration accused of ‘onslaught’ against media by UN expert
The U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression on Monday accused the White House of mounting an “onslaught” against the media and referred to a negative “Trump effect” on global press freedom.
In his last official press briefing before his six-year tenure ends later this month, David Kaye said in a series of forthright comments that he hoped “attacks” on U.S. journalists would end when President Donald Trump leaves office.
“Clearly the signature issue over the past four years now has been the way in which this particular president addresses the media: The way he denigrates the media, denigrates freedom of expression,” he told journalists in Geneva.
Kaye specified that the so-called onslaught consisted of criticism of reporters and spreading “disinformation,” as well as partnerships with conservative media organisations.
“No other Administration has been as transparent as President Trump’s, and we expect all of the news to be fair and accurate,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told Reuters in a statement, adding “this President is not going to back down from calling out lies.”
When Kaye was asked about the impact of that on press freedom around the world, the special rapporteur said: “There clearly is a Trump effect, a very negative one,” adding that previous U.S. administrations had been more critical of attacks on the press, such as the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He added that the Trump administration has created a global culture of permissiveness.
Kaye also raised broad concerns about government crackdowns that has worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic in a trend he described as “very disturbing” and contributing to the spread of the disease.
“Unfortunately often under the guise of trying to restrict disinformation, governments have resorted to old tools of clamping down on the free flow of information,” he said, without naming specific countries.
He was also critical of China’s “highly repressive approach to freedom of expression” and urged resistance to this approach.
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