W. Brett Wilson, the entrepreneur and former Dragons' Den judge, says he will donate $100,000 to the Calgary Public Library — but only if the city approves Uber.
Wilson announced his potential donation at a gala event in Calgary this week, where he was given the Bob Edwards Award recognizing "ultrapreneurs" who have a big impact on public life.
The reaction has been mixed, with some suggesting it was unfair for Wilson to tie his donation to a city council decision he wants to influence.
Others are cheering Wilson's advocacy.
For what it's worth, Wilson says he's not holding the library hostage.
Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.
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