All the president’s men

Trump cancels a secret meeting with the Taliban, Dorian hits the Maritimes, and the winners from last night's CCMAs.

All the president’s men

Trump cancels a secret meeting with the Taliban, Dorian hits the Maritimes, and the winners from last night's CCMAs.
Taliban meeting Camp David

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✨  Good morning! Today is Monday, September 9, 2019, and we’re wondering if these guys have a hangover?


• The Background

It turns out Kim Jong Un isn’t the only power player trying to get on President Trump’s good side. Yesterday, it was revealed that the Taliban had been set to visit Camp David for “secret talks” with the president. The news angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for two main reasons: 1) The timing of the meeting (just days before the 18th anniversary of 9/11, an attack that is believed to have been supported by the Taliban) and 2) that the meeting was happening on U.S. soil, and more specifically Camp David (which is used as a retreat for sitting presidents, and was where America’s leaders met to plan their response to 9/11). USA Today 

• What Else You Need to Know

Trump announced that he’d cancelled the meeting at the last minute, due to an overseas attack (carried out by the Taliban) that left 12 dead, including one American. The cancellation is sure to have angered the extremist Islamic organization, which currently controls about half of Afghanistan. According to reports, the U.S. has been conducting peace talks with the group, agreeing to remove approximately 5,000 American troops from five bases, so long as the Taliban takes measures to reduce violence in the region and works to prevent the country from becoming a haven for terrorists. 

• What’s Next?

While the talks seem to be dead “for now,” there’s a good chance they’ll continue in the near future. One of POTUS’s main campaign promises was to end the war in Afghanistan, so he’s going to want to try to make that happen before next year’s election.  


• Lights Out

Hurricane Dorian blew through Halifax over the weekend as a Category 2 hurricane, leaving 369,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity. The 145 km/h winds have also left more than 55,000 customers in New Brunswick and 50,000 in PEI without power. While it’s never nice to be without cellphone service or lights (honestly, what did they DO back in the day?), more than 300 Canadian Armed Forces are headed to Halifax to lend a helping hand and there have been no reported injuries out of the Maritimes since Dorian hit on Saturday. CBC News


• Canada: Hack-Proofing

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer unveiled a plan on Friday to create a cabinet committee focused on cybersecurity, should he be elected, which has been a growing concern amongst Canadians. His plan includes quarterly cyber testing of all governmental departments and ensuring the data privacy of all Canadian citizens, particularly concerning media giants like Google and Facebook. The Trudeau government attempted to address this issue last year but faced a shortage of qualified talent to fill the necessary roles; in his speech Friday, Scheer did not address this gap. (Elliot Alderson, we need you.) iPolitics

• U.S.: Don’t Follow the Leader 

The fight for the GOP nomination just got a little more crowded. Longtime Trump critic and party member Mark Sanford is the third Republican to announce his plans to challenge President Trump in the Republican primary. The former governor of South Carolina will likely campaign on promises of reducing government spending and cutting the national debt. While we’re all for the sentiment, it’s unlikely that another Republican will usurp Trump’s spot — as both the nominee and the president (though if it happened, it would be the first time in history that a fellow party member won the Oval office). BBC News


“I’m so sorry.”

Bianca Andreescu, reaches peak Canadian after winning her first Grand Slam, apologizing to the spectators who were clearly cheering for Serena Williams. The 19-year-old is the first Canadian to ever win the U.S. Open. (We’re so not sorry.) Bleacher Report


• Closed for Good

It’s officially the end of an era: Hudson’s Bay is closing the last two remaining Zellers stores in Canada. (R.I.P.) Their existence may come as a shock to those who remember Zellers shutting down between 2011 and 2013, when the chain’s locations were bought out by Target, leaving only three original Zellers locations operating in Montreal, Surrey, and Toronto. The Montreal and Surrey stores closed by 2014, while the Ottawa location re-opened. It was all for nought; spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre stated that eligible employees will receive separation packages and transfer opportunities where applicable. Global News


• Tennis: Lucky Number Four

Rafael Nadal is once again the king of the court. Last night, the Spanish star faced Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s U.S. Open finals for what can only be described as a dramatic finish to the tournament. After four hours and 50 minutes of play, Nadal took the match in five sets: 7–5, 6–3, 5–7, 4–6, 6–4. The win marks Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam trophy and his fourth U.S. Open win, and puts him just one win shy of tying Roger Federer’s record. Sportsnet


• In the Country

Taking a break from star-watching in the 6ix, the spotlight shifted halfway across the country last night to Calgary, AB., where Canada’s biggest country stars gathered for the Canadian Country Music Awards. While the show was stacked with big performances and hosted by two big stars (Billy Ray Cyrus and reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year Dallas Smith), it was really all about the hardware. Big winners include The Washboard Union (group/duo of the year), Tenille Townes (female artist of the year), The Reklaws (Ford album of the year), and Brett Kissel (Apple Music fans’ choice). You can find a full list of winners here.


• There’s Something for Everyone

This next story certainly gives us mixed feelings. Florida math student Noorul Mahjabeen Hassan, known as Fractal Tetris Huracan, is currently planning her nuptials to a Tetris video game. (Guess their pieces were a perfect fit.) Huracan has a condition known as “objectophilia,” which means she has feelings that individuals commonly feel in human relationships, but with objects. This also isn’t her first rodeo — one of Huracan’s first romantic relationships was with her calculator, affectionately referred to as Pierre, but she found him “too intellectually intense to sustain a long-lasting connection.” (They do say dating is a numbers game.) EA Gaming Desk 


• Going Bilingual

On Sept. 9, 1969, Canada’s Official Languages Act came into force, making French equal to English throughout the federal government.


• A cargo ship capsized off the coast of Georgia yesterday and four crew members are still missing. 

• Robert Mugabe, the former leader of Zimbabwe, died on Friday at the age of 95.  

• The Toronto Raptors have made some coaching changes, moving analyst Brittni Donaldson to the bench and making her the 10th female assistant coach in the league. 

• Charles Leclerc won the Italian Grand Prix over the weekend, marking Ferrari’s first win on home soil in nine years. 

• To make your streaming choices a little more complicated, IFC Films Unlimited is now available in Canada. 


• Good Design

The world needs a whole lot more of this

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