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✨ Good morning! Today is Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and this feel-good video is “Carrie-ing” us right back to 1998.
BULLETIN: MEAL PLAN
• The Background
After weeks of anticipation, speculation, draft reviews and revisions, Canada’s brand-spanking new Food Guide is finally here. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor unveiled the updated diet doc yesterday — the first update to the healthy eating guide since 2007. As anticipated, the new guide follows the trend towards more plant-based diets, recommending eating “plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods.” CBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
The overhaul does away with the structured pyramid of the four food groups (sorry, dairy) and numbered serving recommendations. According to Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, director general of Health Canada’s Office of Nutrition Policy, the new advice is “not about portion per se, but perhaps about proportion.” The guide’s cover graphic illustrates a dinner plate made up of half fruits and vegetables, one quarter protein-based foods and one quarter whole grain foods, accompanied by a glass of water (which it proposes making “your drink of choice”. Cheers!). A new section focuses on developing healthy eating habits, with advice to “be mindful” of when and how you eat, to “cook more often” and even on the “benefits of eating with others.”
• What’s Next?
The guide will be taught to children in schools, promoted by health professionals, and used as a benchmark to influence menu programs for daycares and schools, recreation centres, workplaces and health-care facilities. But, not everyone is thrilled with the new approach: The directive to “choose protein foods that come from plants more often” is sure to set off some farmers, who have already expressed concern about the expected shift away from recommending dairy and meat consumption.
• Off the Rails
In what can only be described as a straight-up miracle, nobody was injured yesterday when a 52-car train derailed near Saskatoon, Sask. The affected train was carrying grain through the province when some of its cars tipped over at a railway crossing. The impact caused a diesel fire that took firefighters and a local RCMP detachment at least 12 hours to put out. While the derailment sounds bad, you don’t have to take our word for it: a driver who happened to be stopped at the crossing caught the whole thing on her dash cam. (CN Rail said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.) CTV News
• Canada: Hey, Big Spenders
We finally know why the B.C. legislature’s clerk and sergeant-at-arms have been suspended. Yesterday, MLAs voted to release Speaker Darryl Plecas’s damning 76-page report that detailed “flagrant overspending” by the two senior staffers. According to Plecas, both clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz have spent “hundreds of thousands” of dollars over the years on inappropriate expenses, including lavish foreign trips that had little to do with work, and handing out questionable retirement and pay benefits. In response, both James and Lenz said they were “shocked” at the allegations, and that “time will show that they are completely false and untrue.” Vancouver Sun
• U.S.: Regressive Politics
Trump’s transgender military ban got a big thumbs-up from the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, after facing much opposition from the lower courts. The revoked policy (which has now gotten the green light) will ban transgender people who seek or have undergone a gender transition process from serving in the military. It’s a quick turnaround from 2016, when former President Barack Obama announced a policy that would finally allow transgender people to serve openly in the military and receive medical benefits. Though SCOTUS’s decision is a huge setback for those fighting against POTUS’s new policy, they’re not giving up: they’re continuing to fight the good fight in the lower courts. Global News
• World: A Warm Embrace
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have signed a “symbolic” deal that paves the way for the two countries to deepen their cooperation. As a part of the treaty, both France and Germany have agreed to issue joint statements and take a unified stand on issues concerning the European Union, as well as work as a joint force in the United Nations. Merkel said, “We are committed to developing a common military culture, a common defence industry and a common line on arms exports.” (At least somebody is getting along.) The new treaty, which in many ways is an extension of the Élysée Treaty, aims to defend against rising populism and renew friendly ties between European countries amidst Brexit woes. NATO’s secretary general also gave the treaty his blessing with regards to matters concerning internal and external geo-political security. BBC News
QUOTE OF THE DAY
We are with you, we stand with you, and we will stay with you until democracy is restored and you reclaim your birthright of libertad.
– U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, sharing America’s support for Venezuelans in a video released ahead of today’s planned protests. CBC News
• Call for Coffee
A quick stop at Starbucks is a ritual for many on their morning commute, but now the coffee chain wants to target the work-from-home crowd, too. Yesterday, it announced that it’s partnering with Uber Eats to roll out delivery service, starting with stores in San Francisco and later expanding to certain stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. (No word yet on if — or when — delivery service will arrive in Canada.) Those lucky enough to live within a delivery zone will have access to 95% of the Starbucks menu, all for a $2.49 delivery fee. (A small price to pay to enjoy a skinny vanilla latte in bed.) CNBC
• Signature Sound
Innovations in guitar design have been pretty well stagnant since electric guitars hit the market in the 1930s — which is why Fender’s newest model is a big effing deal. Along with having a truly awesome name, the iconic brand’s new Acouctasonic Telecaster is equipped with some pretty awesome features. A first-of-its-kind hybrid acoustic and electric guitar, the axe is enhanced with a “built-in digital signal processing chip.” As described by Fender, this “Acoustic Engine” blends “classic analog and future technologies” to “optimize the guitar’s natural sound, and then modifies the resonance to deliver a curated collection of voices.” These voices can then be blended via the “Mod Knob” to create all new sounds. Translation: It’s basically like having an effects pedal inside your guitar. (This definitely strikes a chord.) TechCrunch
• Baseball: The Class of 2019
The Doc is heading to the Hall of Fame. Yesterday, closer Mariano Rivera, designated hitter Edgar Martinez and starting pitcher Mike Mussina (along with the late Roy “Doc” Halladay) were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In addition to his record-setting career as a closer, former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera also made history as the first player to ever be unanimously elected, appearing on all 425 ballots. Halladay, who spent 11 years with Canada’s Toronto Blue Jays, received 85.4% of the vote. ESPN
• Movie Magic
Netflix just scored some major validation: a best picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The list of this year’s hopefuls for the 91st Academy Awards was revealed yesterday and the streaming network’s marquee film of 2018, Roma, received 10 nods overall, with lead actress Yalitza Aparicio earning a rare recognition for an Indigenous woman as a best actress contender. Also in the best picture race are blockbuster Black Panther, TIFF favourites A Star Is Born and Green Book, controversial Golden Globe winner Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as The Favourite, Vice, BlacKkKlansman, and TIFF favourite Green Book. See the full list of nominees in all categories here, and tune in Feb. 24 to see
what a disaster the hostless ceremony is who takes home the hardware. New York Times
• Boogers for Brains
Germaphobe or not, most people avoid dirty tissues like the plague, but one company wants to turn that disgust into desire. Vaev Tissue, a new company based in L.A. (but, of course), is offering an $80 petri dish packed with some sick person’s germs. (Yum.) The idea behind it is that sniffing someone else’s snot will get you sick on your own terms (e.g., get sick now so you won’t get sick later). While the 34-year-old founder thinks his innovative snail mail germ fest is brilliant, experts have been quick to poke holes in his promises, arguing that’s not how viruses work (“There are more than 200 types of rhinoviruses, so you’re going to have to shove about 200 tissues up your nose each time to get a different one” and to prevent you from getting sick later) and that there’s no way of knowing what kind of germ is in your tissue. (It could be a cold or could be the flu.) The most shocking part isn’t the repugnance of sniffing someone else’s snot, but how many people are actually into the idea. According to the company, it’s sold close to 1,000 tainted tissues. (In a word…ick.) Time
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Here are some daddy issues…Patriarch Frank Stronach is now being counter-sued by daughter Belinda for $33 million as part of a very public feud over accusations she’s mismanaged their family fortune.
• Because the U.S. government likes to put people in power first and study their alleged misdeeds second, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is apparently “likely” to be investigated for perjury by the House Judiciary Committee.
• Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou may soon be kicked out of Canada. U.S. Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi announced yesterday that the United States plans to pursue the tech exec’s extradition.
• The latest technology Apple is set to commit to, forsaking all others: Come 2020, all iPhones will reportedly feature OLED displays.
• Yesterday morning, singer Chris Brown was arrested on rape charges in Paris aong with two other men. (For what it’s worth, he says the accusations are false.)
• Ready to Rock
On Jan. 23, 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its very first class of members with an all-star crew: Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley were amongst the first honourees.
• Cheesy Announcement
Who needs balloons and cake when you can have lasagna?