Published Aug 02, 2019Earlier this week (July 30), Drake and Boi-1da called on Pickering, Ontario, mayor David Ryan to look into faster internet access for the area after a slow connection threw a wrench into their creative plans. Now, the producer will get to make his case to Ryan in a face-to-face meeting.
The Canadian Press reports that the beatsmith born Matthew Samuels will meet with the mayor at his Pickering studio next week in hopes of hashing out a solution the slow connection speeds.
After Drake put out the open call to Ryan on Instagram, Samuels tweeted, "I don't pay these insane taxes to be dealing with this, and nobody from this city or neighbourhood does or deserve this."
In an Instagram story of his own, he added, "This is an issue that has been going 10-plus years with no resolve. I'm serious about my business, my music and my money, and what we have been given is not sufficient."
Pickering's manager of business development and public affairs Mark Guinto, who authored the city's witty social media reply to Drake, said that the pair's inquiry "brought attention to an important matter, and it was kind of an entry point to this dialogue," adding that Pickering's "position as a city is that broadband should be considered a public utility."
"We're definitely not beefing," Guinto added of the prospective meeting. "I think when they posted, he was frustrated and Drake was frustrated, but it's more of a collaborative thing right now."
Today, Drake finally issued a series of past singles and loosies to streaming services as Care Package. His OVO Fest is set to take place in the city this weekend.