Mayor Rob Ford continues to provide great material for late night talk show hosts. Another video, another rant. This time the Mayor attempts to invoke my Ancestors by practicing Jamaica Patois. I just watched the midday news and every second word was “Ford” or “Jamaican”. While it is fair to cover this story and posts an array of photo memes of Rob Ford, we have to remember that the world keeps on spinning. Today, software cloud vendor VMWare announced that they are purchasing mobile security company Airwatch for $1.54B US. This does have implications as it relates to jobs in Canada – in particular in Southern Ontario. BlackBerry is beginning the process of transforming itself into a true mobile security cloud vendor. If BlackBerry succeeds, we may see solid job growth for the company again. Also note that these are high paying jobs, that will benefit everyone directly or indirectly. Let’s see how the media applies what seems to be an only a ‘business story’ to its potential impact on our communities.
So what’s my point?
Maybe the debate should be about how a Mayors behaviour impacts the ability of a city or region to attract investment from a firm like VMWare. And to be honest, we are seeing some of dialogue via social media.
While the Rob Ford story is interesting and does deserve some media attention, we also can not lose focus on the core issues facing many today. The VMWare could be great news for companies like SOTI – based in Mississauga.
I am not asking for anyone to avoid or downplay the Ford story. What I am asking is for more of us to maintain balance and remember, the world keeps on turning! Because end of the day, “A su life gwan” *Translation – “That is how life may go at times”. 🙂
Blog post by Radcliffe Dockery