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✨ Good morning! Today is Friday, March 1, 2019 and we suggest you get your butt out of bed and to a window.
BULLETIN: NOT-SO-GOOD TALK
• The Background
Despite their “very strong relationship,” President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un just couldn’t make things work at their second summit, forcing the two to abruptly call it quits. The unlikely pair couldn’t come to an agreement, after (according to Trump) Kim demanded the U.S. lift all sanctions on North Korea without agreeing to eliminate its entire nuclear arsenal. It was a sticking point that the U.S. wasn’t willing to budge on, with POTUS explaining that “sometimes you have to walk.” CBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
Though POTUS put the blame on Kim, North Korea’s foreign minister had a different version of events, which distributed blame equally between the two. According to Minister Ri Yong-ho, North Korea just asked for “partial relief” from the U.S.-imposed sanctions and that Kim had offered to “permanently dismantle all its nuclear material production, including plutonium and uranium.” But the U.S. wanted more: Washington requested a full inventory of Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons program and that once outlined, all components would be eliminated, including additional suspected uranium-enrichment sites, ballistic missiles, nuclear warheads, and weapons systems. NoKo obviously wasn’t willing to comply, though Kim did say that if he wasn’t willing to denuclearize, he wouldn’t be at the summit.
• What’s Next?
It’s hard to say. According to Trump, the summit ended “on a good note,” but it wasn’t clear if the two would be meeting again anytime soon. POTUS gave a rather vague response when asked saying “It might be soon. It might not be for a long time.” (And you know what they say about the third date…)
• Canada: Zoom Zoom Zoom…
…we’re going to the moon! PM Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will be joining a multi-nation lunar space initiative. The project? Called the Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway, plans involve the construction of a space facility that revolves around the moon (as you may have gathered from the name), and has been hailed as the next step in space exploration, possibly setting the stage for a mission to Mars. As is tradition, we’ll be supplying the robotic arm (dubbed the ‘Canadarm 3’ by Trudeau). Given how, um, far away the moon is, this ‘platform-gateway’ will likely be human-free most of the time, relying on AI and mission control to do its work. That being said, our country’s involvement opens up the possibility for a Canadian to be selected to visit this space station once it’s up and running. (Start working on your applications now.) Globe and Mail
• World: Trouble in Paradise
Never one to be left out, Benjamin Netanyahu is joining the long list of world leaders in hot water. Yesterday, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced that he’s planning on indicting the prime minister in one case of bribery and two cases of fraud and breach of trust. The announcement comes after a months-long investigation into whether or not Netanyahu tried to make a “secret deal” with a newspaper publisher (which would have provided positive coverage in return for a law that would have hurt the paper’s competitor) and if the PM had received luxury gifts in exchange for financial or personal favours. As for Netanyahu, he’s taken a page from his pal POTUS’s playbook, calling the whole thing a “politically motivated witch-hunt” and said the charges will collapse like “a house of cards.” The charges will likely be filed (pending a hearing) after the Israeli election on April 9. Al Jazeera
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
And, yes, people saw love and, guess what? That’s what we wanted you to see.
– Lady Gaga, finally addresses (and vehemently denies) those Bradley Cooper romance rumours. Global News
• A DIY High?
In a huge get for Canopy Growth, Martha Stewart has announced a new partnership with the Ontario-based business to develop a new line of (what else?) pot-based items for human and animal use. Already one of the world’s largest cannabis companies, Canopy Growth will be working with the lifestyle queen as she acts in an advisory capacity, providing input based on her background and expertise in consumer products. (No word yet on whether her BFF Snoop Dogg had any part in her decision to join this venture.) BNN Bloomberg
• Rock the Vote
If you thought the obvious strategic move for Facebook following the election-tampering scandal would be getting as far away from politics as possible, you thought right — but that’s not what they’re doing. Instead, Facebook is doubling down in its democratic involvement with a new political debate feature. The company has filed a patent for a system where users can submit comments on new laws that might affect them, which could then be included in a formal political proposal. It says the goal is to create a way for people to “meaningfully engage in civil discourse.” (Has no one told them Change.org already exists?) The system would draw on Facebook’s expertise in targeted algorithms by using social networking data to find and invite people “having a predicted interest in the proposed law” to share their feedback. The Verge
• Football: Back to Ball
For 11-time Pro-Bowler Jason Witten, retirement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Yesterday, the 36-year-old announced that he was pulling his shoulder pads out of his storage locker and returning to the football field, signing a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys worth approximately $5 million. Witten announced his retirement last May after spending 15 championship-less seasons with the Cowboys. But with rising stars like quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the star tight-end thinks his former team might have a shot at taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy in 2020 (and you can be sure he wants to be a part of it). TSN
• Cool Club
Gather your girlfriends: Netflix just announced that it’s put out a straight-to-series order for a reboot of “The Baby-Sitters Club.” The live-action dramedy will focus on the adventures of the same five female characters made famous in Ann M. Martin’s novels (Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill and Dawn Schafer) but will offer “a contemporary take” on the teens’ adventures. Martin said she’s “very excited” about the upcoming series, which she hopes “will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.” Melissa Cobb, VP of Kids & Family at Netflix, expressed the network’s excitement about the reboot, saying “there has never been a more opportune time to tell an aspirational story about empowering young female entrepreneurs.” (Hear, hear.) Variety
• Good Flowing, Everyone
Unexpected visit from Aunt Flo? We’ve all been there. But for girls who attend school in New Westminister, B.C., things are about to get a little bit easier. Trustees have voted unanimously to stock their elementary and high school bathrooms with free sanitary supplies. (No more scrounging for change to procure yourself a tampon of unknown origin from a 1980s-era dispenser.) Spearheaded by a concerned mom, Selina Tribe has been lobbying school boards in her province ever since finding out that the bathrooms at her daughter’s school didn’t have pad or tampon machines at all. As she puts it, “All the single use paper products that boys need like paper towels, toilet paper…are generally provided free of charge.” (Good point.) This is the first school board in B.C. to adopt this measure, and Tribe hopes that it’ll spread to others as well. CTV News
• The Nose Knows
If, like the rest of us, you’re suffering from a bit of congestion right now, we’d recommend you stop reading. (No, but seriously, stop.) Apparently, after suffering from a stuffed nose for two years, a 59-year-old man in Denmark got quite the diagnosis: he had a tooth growing in his nostril. Yep, the continuous dripping and trouble smelling should have been surefire signs for the man, whose rogue tooth had surgeons at the Aarhus University Hospital reaching for the forceps. Good news, though: the patient’s doing just fine ever since the docs pulled the stray tooth from his nose (We’re blown away). Live Science
• Peace on Earth
On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps, an independent United States federal agency. With 70 countries on board, the Peace Corps’ mission is to “promote world peace and friendship” by deploying a team of volunteers to developing countries to assist with healthcare, education and other basic human needs.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Less than 24 hours after Jody Wilson-Raybould’s damaging testimony, Trudeau’s former top adviser, Gerald Butts has asked to testify.
• Hold onto your chicken nuggets — except, of course, if they’re Compliments brand. Those are subject to a nationwide recall due to a possible salmonella contamination.
• Turns out Victoria’s Secret is suffering from the Amazon effect, too. Parent company L Brands just announced it’s closing 53 North American locations of the beloved bra shop.
• American Express is joining the Aeroplan family. Air Canada just added the credit card company to its loyalty program, which already counts TD Bank, CIBC and Visa as members.
• In much sadder news that will have the same effect on your teenybopper heart,
Dylan McKay Luke Perry had a stroke yesterday and is recovering in hospital.
• Love Lesson
Forget eyes, apparently nails are the new window to the soul.