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✨ Good morning! Today is Friday, December 7, 2018 and it’s about time someone figured out that women + booze go really, really well together.
BULLETIN: A HEATED DISCUSSION
• The Background
Canada’s leaders are sitting down today to talk shop, and with a few new faces at the table, things are bound to get interesting. Before the federal, provincial and territorial leaders even got in the same room there was drama, with Ontario’s premier threatening to walk away from the meeting over “agenda issues.” Doug Ford was upset that the prime minister’s agenda didn’t include specific discussions on the carbon tax — even though federal officials said the portion of the meeting set aside to discuss economic competitiveness would allow premiers to raise any issues they pleased. And Ford isn’t the only one who’s bound to raise a stink. Sasketchewan Premier Scott Moe is apparently also upset with the agenda, and several other premiers (ahem, Alberta) have issues with pipelines, carbon taxation, environmental assessments, GM’s Oshawa plant closure in Ontario and the oil price crisis (which, according to Premier Notley and Premier Moe, is costing Canada a whopping $80 million per day). HuffPost
• What Else You Need to Know
This is the fourth ministers’ meeting that Justin Trudeau’s hosted since he was elected prime minister, but it’s the first one without some of his key allies. Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne, Quebec’s Philippe Couillard and New Brunswick’s Brian Gallant were all defeated in their provincial elections, replaced with Conservative leaders that are sure to question Trudeau’s every move and mission.
• What’s Next?
It’s pretty much up in the air. There’s only one thing for certain and that’s that this ministers’ meeting is going to be one helluva heated discussion. Trudeau said he’s looking forward to “a broad range of discussions on whatever it is they have as priorities.”
• A History of Violence
Despite the government’s concessions, the chaos in France isn’t over quite yet. The “yellow vests,” who have been wreaking havoc across the country for the last week, are set to take part in another protest tomorrow. In preparation, the Eiffel Tower, along with other landmarks, and stores and restaurants on the Champs-Élysées are set to close down and four of this weekend’s soccer matches (Paris and Montpellier, Monaco and Nice, Toulouse and Lyon, and Saint-Etienne and Marseille) have been postponed. There will also be 89,000 (!!) police officers on patrol, and the government plans to deploy armoured vehicles in Paris for the first time since 1968. BBC News
• Canada: Paying For Your Sins
The Canadian government is trying to make amends for its “dark and tragic” past. Yesterday, the feds agreed in principle to a settlement that would potentially provide billions of dollars to former students of Indian Day Schools. This is the second settlement the government’s paid out to victims of Canadian school programs — the first was in 2006, for the Indian Residential Schools settlement agreement. According to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, the amount available for individual compensation will be announced early in 2019, and the government will be appointing an independent administration to oversee the execution of the deal. CBC News
• U.S.: Open for Business
The United States has avoided yet another partial government shutdown. Yesterday, Congress approved a two-week funding extension, giving lawmakers until Dec. 21 to come to terms on a spending bill. If they fail (which, let’s be real, is likely) the government will be facing another partial shutdown just before Christmas. (What a gift.) At this point, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on one key item: $5 billion for POTUS’s long-promised (and much talked-about) border wall. CNN
• World: Free Ride
Getting around Luxembourg will soon be a whole lot cheaper. The city’s had a major traffic issue for years (almost everyone has a car) and the new prime minister is determined to change it. After being sworn in on Wednesday, one of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel’s first orders of business was to announce free mass transit for everyone, starting in 2020. While there are still details to be worked out and legislation to be passed, Bettel’s promise would make Luxembourg the first country to offer such a sweet perk. New York Times
QUOTE OF THE DAY
I remember when I started doing yoga and people were like, ‘What is yoga? She’s a witch. She’s a freak.’
– Gwyneth Paltrow, taking credit for the popularity (and essentially, the creation) of yoga. (Namaste-what?) The Kit
• Backyard Ventures
You know Airbnb as the company that has totally transformed the vacation rental business, but get ready for its next step: Airbnb is going to start building houses. The $38-billion startup from San Fran is heading into the design and construction side of real estate, a step above encouraging homeowners to rent their master bedrooms out to complete strangers and their dogs. This new venture, called Backyard, will focus on designing homes that are optimized for sharing, giving Airbnb control over their vacation rental market from the get-go. The first wave of building prototypes are set to go public in 2019, with the promise that the designs will be tech-forward and eco-conscious in order to meet the needs of the future without compromising on wasted space or materials. (Sharing is caring, after all.) House Beautiful
• Game Time
Last night, video game junkies and those that love them tuned into the Game Awards to see which games were worth adding to gamers’ Christmas lists. The big winners weren’t much of a surprise with Red Dead Redemption 2 taking awards for best narrative, best score/music, best audio design, and best performance (Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan). Best mobile game was awarded to Florence, Celeste won for best independent game and game for impact and the big kahuna (game of the year) went to God of War, which also picked up the prize for best game direction. CNET
• A Golden Year for the Golden Globes
Awards season is right around the corner, and that means the nominations for the 76th Golden Globes are here to kick things off. (Is it too early to start planning our watch parties?) Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater announced the nominees yesterday in L.A., and one thing was clear right off the bat: the powers that be have started listening to audiences who have been asking for more diverse representation. Black Panther, BlackkKlansman, and Bohemian Rhapsody are all nominated for best picture drama, three films individually representing topics such as race and sexuality. Lady Gaga picked up a nomination for her work in A Star is Born, alongside her co-star Bradley Cooper. Also nominated for best musical or comedy and best actress in a musical or comedy is Crazy Rich Asians and its star, Constance Wu, which, in case you haven’t been paying attention to Hollywood since its inception, is a huge f*cking deal. The Golden Globes will air at 8pm ET on Jan. 6, 2019. (Pass the popcorn.) E! News
• Good Toss
When you ask hockey fans for a favour, they tend to overdeliver. (Whether it’s a kidney, or stuffed animals for charity.) This week, at a Hershey Bears hockey game (a minor league team in Hershey, Pennsylvania), fans were asked to bring a stuffed animal to donate to various charities, including the American Cancer Society and Children’s Miracle Network. (It’s an annual tradition.) But when the first team scored and it was time for the “Teddy Bear Toss,” nobody could have expected the downpour that followed. Fans threw just under 35,000 plush toys onto the ice, smashing the previous record of 25,017. The teams had to take a bit of an extended timeout to give wranglers time to collect all the toys. BuzzFeed
• You Do? We Don’t
Since some weddings can be challenging for guests (nobody deserves to be seated next to the drunk uncle), one bride decided to up the torture a notch by implementing a strict dress code based on each guest’s waist size. (No, really.) On Facebook, a bride from Australia decided to post what each guest is to wear to her wedding (which BTW, is all the way in Hawaii) based on their weight, complete with a required outfit change for the evening celebrations. Not only that, but said evening outfit is to cost no less than $1,000. (Uh, no thanks.) The outfits feature pairings such as a green velvet sweater atop orange suede pants and camouflage for the ultra-unlucky. (All in bad taste.) Mirror
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• A suicide bomber killed four policemen and injured another 40 civiliansin an attack on police headquarters in Iran’s southern port city of Chabahar.
• U.S. senators have introduced a resolution that explicitly blames Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
• Ride-sharing app Lyft confidentially filed for an IPO yesterday, beating rival Uber to the punch.
• Just kidding! Only 24 hours after Kevin Hart was confirmed to host the Oscars, the comedian stepped down, citing the backlash he’s facing over homophobic tweets he posted in 2011.
• Operation Z
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Army carried out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
• Scratch ‘n’ Sniff
Who needs to eat them, when you can smell them?