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✨Good morning! Today is Monday, May 27, 2019, and it seems very unfair that this didn’t happen in Canada.
BULLETIN: A BROKEN BLOC
• The Background
European Parliament is about to look a whole lot different. Over the past four days, citizens in 28 countries hit the polls to elect new members to the 751-seat legislature — and the results are hella interesting. Two of the most influential members of the bloc’s parliament (Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron) took major hits and far-righ parties and Green parties saw major gains. Early exit polls in France show Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party besting the Macron-fronted party, La République En Marche! Likewise, in Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party and its centre-left coalition partner both suffered losses, while the up-and-coming Green party gained ground (71 seats, up from the 52 it won five years ago) as did the country’s far-right parties. CBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
Almost 426 million Europeans were eligible to vote in this election, and almost 219 million of them did. (Preliminary turnout was 51% — a 20-year high.) The major issue is immigration, as there’s been a stronger division in recent years between those who want closer European unity and those who consider the EU “a meddlesome and bureaucratic presence.” Many of those who are against the EU want to return power to national governments and sharply restrict immigration.
• What’s Next?
If the cards fall as predicted, there’s a good chance that the bloc’s two main parties — the European People’s Party and the Socialists & Democrats — won’t get a majority, which means there’s going to be a race to form some sort of coalition government.
• Jungle Judder
A violent, 8.0-magnitude earthquake pummelled an isolated Amazonian jungle in Peru early yesterday morning. The quake struck at approximately 2:41am, and left a scene of chaos and destruction in its path. Homes and buildings collapsed into rubble, power lines were knocked down and at least one person died as a result of the powerful tremor. Images flooded social media, showing Peruvians in several parts of the country in fear and panic as the quake vibrated beneath them. “It was a really long quake,” said one resident. “It could’ve been worse, and luckily it’s over.” Associated Press
• Canada: Provincial Spat
Alberta has clocked a win against British Columbia in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion disagreement. (Now say you’re sorry, eh.) B.C. had originally proposed a series of amendments to their Environmental Management Act that would have prohibited the operation of the Trans Mountain pipeline, but a five-judge panel unanimously agreed that the province can’t restrict oil shipments through its borders, a move that would have really hampered Alberta’s oil industry in overseas markets. While B.C. argued that its proposed amendments would protect its environment from potentially harmful substances like crude oil, Justice Mary Newbury, on behalf of the whole panel, argued that the National Energy Board had already put a series of environmental protections in place, and essentially called B.C. out on trying to “block the Trans Mountain” pipeline. (How embarrassing.) Financial Post
• World: Theresa May Finally (Br)Exits
After a lengthy Brexit battle and a tumultuous term as the British prime minister, Theresa May has finally decided to throw in the towel and step down. In an emotional resignation speech, the PM said she had done her best to make Brexit happen, and it was a matter of “deep regret” that she didn’t succeed. May will continue to serve as the conservative leader while the search for her successor takes place. The Conservative Party says it hopes to find a new leader by the end of July. This means May will still be the acting prime minister when Trump makes his state visit to the U.K. in early June. (Does she have any vacation days left?) BBC News
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me.”
– President Donald Trump, banks on his personal relationship with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un and dismisses his staff’s concerns after NoKo tested its short-range ballistic missiles. New York Times
• Auto Talks
It looks like Fiat Chrysler is planning to add a little je ne sais quoi to its brand. It’s been anonymously reported that the U.S.-Italian car company is looking to partner with French company Renault amidst the industry’s push for change and, more specifically, electric vehicles. There’s been speculation around a Fiat merger for months, and Renault is already in bed with Nissan and Mitsubishi, though that deal has been looking a little under the weather since Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on financial misconduct charges. Other car brands have been teaming up as the industry undergoes regulatory changes, and a few months ago Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley reportedly said that while he expects more consolidation in the industry, Fiat would be able to continue independently. (Times, they are a-changin’.) CTV News
• Microsoft Mic Drop
|Get your key-binds ready. Microsoft’s been slowly revealing its hand on Project xCloud, its new-and-improved streaming service that will give users access to the complete network (more than 3,500!) of Xbox games. Corporate vice president of gaming cloud, Kareem Choudhry, announced the scope of the project in an official Microsoft blog post this weekend, where he confirmed xCloud’s technical capacity and explained how the platform would benefit gamers and developers alike: xCloud infrastructure is already being set up in 13 of the 54 Microsoft Azure data centres around the world, meaning users will have access to all 3,500 Xbox One games, in addition to the 1,900 games currently in development. The plan is to make xCloud available globally, but no word on when it’ll launch or how much it’ll cost. MobileSyrup|
• Basketball: And That’s Final
There are no words to truly capture the electric energy that took over Toronto (and the entire country) on Saturday night. Sports fans spiralled into a complete frenzy when the Toronto Raptors clawed their way to victory in the Eastern Conference Finals, taking home a historic win. Kawhi Leonard stole the show, sinking 27 baskets and leading his team to a thrilling 100–94 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks. The streets of downtown Toronto flooded with exhilarated fans, who obviously stormed around chanting and cheering “We The North.” Even police cars, TTC buses and street cars took part in the celebrations. The Raps are officially headed to the NBA Finals, a Canadian victory that’s been 24 years in the making. The finals start on Thursday in Toronto against the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. CBC News
• In the Cannes
At an annual, invitation-only affair, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho took home the Cannes Film Festival’s most prestigious prize, the Palme d’Or. In his first big win, Joon-ho clinched the award for his seventh feature film, Parasite, a dark comedy-thriller that delves into the dynamics of the class system. In another monumental win, French-Senegalese director Mati Diop, the first black woman in competition in the festival’s 72-year history (a win in itself), took home the Grand Prix award for her narrative feature about migration in Senegal, titled Atlantics. Interestingly, the films that stole the top prizes all addressed controversial issues including migration, working class struggles and right-wing politics. CNN
• Snack Attack
Canada isn’t well-known for gun violence (thank goodness), and banana-wielding perps are even rarer. On Friday, Toronto police responded to reports of a man carrying a gun in the downtown core only to find that it was actually a man carrying around a healthy snack. Officers tweeted an update to the incredibly dangerous situation, after conducting a thorough investigation: “Update: he was not carrying a gun, it was…a banana.” (How there was confusion between the two is the only confusing part.) The tweet sparked a flurry of fruit puns, including calls for reinforcements from the nearby Peel District Police Force. CTV News
• Big Bad Wolf
On May 27, 1933, the Walt Disney Company released its cartoon The Three Little Pigs, which introduced the world to the Big Bad Wolf. It went on to win the 1934 Academy Award for best animated short film.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• The Ontario government is continuing to cut programs. The latest that hit the chopping block? The Indigenous Culture Fund.
• The sports world lost a legend yesterday, when Bart Starr (a legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback) passed away at the age of 85.
• Speaking of the sports world, Finland beat Canada at the world hockey championship yesterday to take home the gold medal.
|• In racing news, Simon Pagenaud managed to capture the Borg-Warner trophy, winning the 103rd Indianapolis 500.|
• Major Mistake
Come on Apple, you’re better than this.