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✨ Good morning! Today is Thursday, March 28, 2019 and we’re devastated that our invite to this party must have been lost in the mail.
DON’T MIND THE GAP
• The Background
Prepare yourselves for one helluva depressing study: Women in Canada are still making less than men — even when they’re doing exactly the same job. (Man, oh man.) There’s been a renewed focus on pay equity over the last couple of years, but according to job search giant Glassdoor, it’s barely moved the needle. The company just conducted a global study looking at salary statistics between men and women. Canadian women earn just 84 cents for every $1 earned by men, which is actually a larger discrepancy than what Statistics Canada reported in 2017. (In that report, women reportedly earned 87 cents for every $1 men earned.) Global News
• What Else You Need to Know
Glassdoor took its study a little bit further than the standard census analysis. The study looked at factors like education, years on the job, occupation and professional title — and even when these are taken into account, women were still earning 4% less than their male colleagues. (This means Canadian women earned 96 cents for every $1 men earned, even when they had the same the same qualifications, job and experience. Ugh.) Even more depressing? The gap is “unexplained,” meaning it’s “due to a variable the company cannot account for,” which typically amounts to “workplace bias (whether intentional or not), negotiation gaps between men and women and/or other unobserved worker characteristics.”
• What’s Next?
The pay gap isn’t the only issue women are facing in the workplace. According to a new report by TD Bank, gender diversity is a big problem in Canadian boardrooms. So much so that we’re lagging behind the U.S., and may need a policy shift to address gender inequality.
• Computing Crown
Canadians haven’t typically been known as computer whizzes, but that could be about to change. Yesterday, three computer scientists “who laid the foundations” for much of modern artificial intelligence were selected to receive the Turing Award, known as the Nobel Prize of Computing. And two of them are from the Great White North. Geoff Hinton, an emeritus professor at the University of Toronto and a senior researcher at Alphabet Inc.’s Google Brain; Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University and the chief AI scientist at Facebook Inc.; and Yoshua Bengio, a professor at the University of Montreal as well as co-founder of AI company Element AI Inc. will share the award and its $1-million prize. Financial Post
• Canada: Providing Proof
If the Liberals thought the SNC-Lavalin scandal was behind them, they were sadly mistaken. (Need a refresher? We got you.) Jody Wilson-Raybould has submitted a written statement, along with emails and text messages, all related to the SNC situation. Once the documents are translated and all personal information is removed, they’ll be released to the public — though we have no idea how long that will take. Wilson-Raybould didn’t reveal any details about the submitted documents, though she had said she would provide any and all “relevant facts and evidence in [her] possession that further clarify statements [she] made and elucidate the accuracy and nature of statements by witnesses in testimony that came after [her] committee appearance.” This all comes as Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt asked that the federal judicial affairs commissioner look into Wilson-Raybould’s most recent Supreme Court appointment. CBC News
• World: Swan Song
Theresa May is ready to throw in the towel. After months of fighting for her Brexit deal, the British prime minister is trying one last tactic: she’s offered to resign as long as parliament passes her Brexit deal. The suggestion immediately won over some of the deal’s biggest critics, including Boris Johnson, who quickly switched sides. If all goes as planned, May would step aside and announce an election by the end of May (how’s that for confusing?) in order to have a new prime minister in place by July. The new PM would then be responsible for leading the U.K. through the next phase of Brexit negotiations, what many feel needs a “change of tone and mandate.” The Guardian
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Science should not be partisan.”
– Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claps back after a Republican congressman dismissed the (now failed) Green New Deal with a (frankly, absurd) claim that concern for climate change is the domain of “rich liberals” and “elites.” (You should seriously watch this video to see her impassioned rant in action.) Mother Jones
• Star Stoners
Hollywood’s favourite potheads are getting in on the legalized cannabis game. Seth Rogen and long-time writing partner Evan Goldberg have enlisted the support of Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a Toronto-based marijuana brand called Houseplant. While Rogen and Goldberg are credited as Houseplant’s owners and co-founders, Canopy will share in 25% of the company and is providing growing facilities, expertise and infrastructure, as well as working capital to get the bud biz up and running. In keeping with its founders’ roots (the pair are Vancouver-born childhood friends) the company’s first strain, Houseplant Sativa, will launch for sale at retailers in B.C. next month, with hybrid and indica coming soon after. It plans to introduce pre-rolled joints and softgel products as part its cross-Canada rollout later this year. Global News
• Overdue Censorship
Facebook is stepping up in the fight against racism. The social network’s execs have finally come to their senses on matters of hate speech with new efforts to ban the “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram.” In a blog post, Facebook explains that consulting with academic experts and “civil society” led it to realize how these concepts “overlap” with white supremacy and are different from simply demonstrating pride in one’s ethnic heritage. Starting next week, along with blocking posts that spread such hateful content, Facebook will begin using its powers for good, by “connecting people who search for terms associated with white supremacy to resources focused on helping people leave behind hate groups.” Instead of finding results supporting their views, such users will be directed to Life After Hate, “an organization founded by former violent extremists that provides crisis intervention, education, support groups and outreach.” Global News
• (Be)Witchy Women
Get ready for some movie magic in the most literal sense — The Craft is the latest nostalgia bait flick to be booked for a remake. Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures have revealed they’re summoning a reboot the 1996 supernatural teenage revenge fantasy. No word yet on who’ll be cast as the coven, but we do know the production will be written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, a fitting choice for the girl-powered film: Her 2017 directorial debut, Band Aid, was filmed with an all-female crew. In other female empowerment-friendly news, Paramount Television is taking a shot at reigniting the magic of HBO’s original Sex and the City, announcing a series based on author Candace Bushnell upcoming book, creatively titled Is There Still Sex in the City?. The follow-up is more spin-off than sequel, with the book billed as a non-fiction look at “sex, dating and friendship after age 50 in New York.” (In case it’s not clear: the question is rhetorical, and the answer is yes.) People
📖👀🎧 THE WEEKEND PLAYLIST
We’re getting personal and asking some of our fave people to share their play list picks. This week’s edition is curated by Devin Connell, founder of lifestyle site Crumb and restaurant chain Delica Kitchen. To learn how Devin balances it all, check out our new series, How She Does It.
I’m obsessed with Peaky Blinders and I desperately need the next season to come out.
• Off Menu
Apartment hunters in Toronto and Vancouver can take solace in knowing that while things may be tough out there, they’re (probably, slightly) worse in San Francisco. A provision gaining popularity in listings in the notoriously expensive rental market: “no cooking.” According to SFGate, there were at least 93 listings with the stipulation on the Bay Area Craig’s List page when the publication searched. While some properties provide (or at least allow) hot plates or microwaves, others skip the kitchen entirely. And don’t expect the restriction to come with a discount: one stoveless and ovenless bachelor apartment near Stanford University was priced at US $1,500 per month, and a roommate posting in S.F.’s West Portal neighbourhood offered a master bedroom for US $1,790 — but only to someone who subsists solely on takeout. (With the city’s proximity to Silicon Valley, we can’t help but wonder if the landlords enforcing the rule are investors in Seamless… or Grubhub… or Ritual, or Postmates or, or, or…) The Takeout
• Protecting Our Heritage
On March 28, 1978, Heritage Canada Foundation — now called National Trust for Canada — was founded to promote the preservation of heritage sites such as historic buildings and communities and scenic landscapes and natural areas from sea to sea.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• It’s time for Prince Edward Islanders to study up on their provincial candidates: Premier Wade MacLauchlan has called an election for April 23.
• Rockland County in New York has been forced to declare a state of emergency over a measles outbreak that has infected 153 children. Unvaccinated kids are no longer allowed in public spaces.
• North Carolina’s abortion ban is no more. A federal judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional.
• After a botched call changed this year’s NFL playoffs, the league will allow coaches to challenge pass interference calls next season.
• Telus and BlackBerry are working together to launch an accelerator to support “innovative early-stage Canadian companies” that can help secure the “internet of things.”
• This is the comedic duo we never knew we needed: Tina Fey and Carol Burnett are reportedly working together on a movie adaptation of Burnett’s book Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story.