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✨ Good morning! Today is Monday, March 4, 2019 and we never would have predicted that Jaden Smith is the hero we need.
BULLETIN: NAME, CLAIM AND SHAME
• The Background
If things weren’t already contentious between Canada and Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive filed a civil claim on Friday against Canada Border Services, the RCMP and the federal government, citing breaches of her constitutional rights. Among other things, Meng’s claim alleges that she was arbitrarily detained, her personal devices were unlawfully seized and accessed in order to obtain evidence, and she was inappropriately interrogated “over a sustained period.” Since her arrest in December 2018, Meng has retained the services of at least 13 lawyers from six different law firms. (One of them was bound to find something.) CBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
In addition to “serious breaches of her constitutional rights,” Meng claims that the treatment she received at the hands of the RCMP caused her “mental distress, anxiety, and loss of liberty.” (That usually coincides with being detained.) She also claims that there was a “deliberate and pre-meditated effort” by Canada Border Services Agency to delay her arrest in order to “extract evidence from her.” (Apparently, despite having a warrant for her arrest, border security agents pretended they were doing a routine check.)
• What’s Next?
Meng’s extradition hearing. On Friday, the feds announced that it would move forward. She’s due in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday to set a date.
• Deadly Twisters
Two tornadoes swept through eastern Alabama on Sunday, killing at least 23 people, including some children, according to local authorities. Dozens more have been injured, and search-and-rescue operations are expected to intensify Monday to look for missing residents. The 23 deaths marked the deadliest day for tornadoes in Alabama since the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado in 2011 that killed more than 200 people. Sheriff Jay Jones of Lee County, where all of Sunday’s fatalities occurred, said the damage left behind looked “as if someone had taken a blade and just scraped the ground.” In total, a whopping 12 tornadoes (at least!) are believed to have touched down in Alabama and Georgia on Sunday. CNN
• Canada: Switching It Up
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is still trying to handle the fallout from the SNC- Lavalin scandal. Two weeks after Jody Wilson-Raybauld resigned from her position as minister of veterans affairs, Trudeau rejigged his cabinet to fill the vacancy. Lawrence MacAulay, formerly the agriculture minister, officially takes the veterans’ portfolio from Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who was overseeing it temporarily. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will become minister of agriculture, becoming the first woman in history to hold the position(!). And Maryam Monsef, minister for the status of women, adds to her responsibiltiies, taking on the international development portfolio. Global News
• World: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is set to launch a probe to look into whether Donald Trump has obstructed justice and abused his power during his time as president. The Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler plans to obtain papers from more than 60 people and organizations in order to complete the investigation. Need specific examples of these egregious acts? Nadler lists the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Of course, Trump immediately took to Twitter to deny any wrongdoing, claiming that he’s the victim of a “Witch Hunt.” (He witches.) Globe and Mail
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
When the wind stops blowing that’s the end of your electric. Let’s hurry up. Darling, is the wind blowing today? I’d like to watch television, darling.
– U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrates his fundamental lack of understanding of wind power — and green energy alternatives in general — in his criticism of the proposed Green New Deal while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. (Must be the wind beneath his wig.) CTV News
• Fall Into the…
In more bad news for retail, Gap is planning to shut about half of its stores worldwide over the next couple of years, including some of its under-performing Canadian locations. (Our teenage selves are shook!) The mall mainstay has been struggling as of late to remain relevant to customers, many of whom wore the iconic brand in the past. Despite regular discounts (is there anyone who shops full price at Gap?), the retailer hasn’t been able to turn things around, saying that the closures should bring about $90 million in annual savings. It has not yet been confirmed how many Gap stores will be shuttered in Canada. CBC News
• Help is Close to Phone
Sometimes you need more than just comfort food and a warm bath to feel better. To help address the gap between mental health services and those who need them, Premier Health Group (a Vancouver-based healthcare tech company) has created a new counselling app, designed to make booking and accessing appointments (almost) as easy as checking email or logging into Instagram. Using online video to deliver its services, the app will focus on offering access to mental health services in underserved areas, catering to tech-savvy and busy patientswho may not have the time or inclination to meet with someone in person. Betakit
• MMA: Class Act
Following Saturday’s big ticket fight in Las Vegas, Jon Jones is holding onto the title of UFC light heavyweight champion. Jones beat Anthony Smith to defend his title, with all judges scoring the fight 48–44. Despite the easy victory, Jones expressed sympathy for his opponent following the match, saying “this MMA thing is really hard. Some days you’re going to look amazing, and some days at work you’re not going to perform at the level you hold yourself to.” Luckily for Jones, he hasn’t had one of those days in 10 years: The champ remains undefeated since 2009. TSN
• Diamond Dogs
Smalls and Benny are back together. According to writer-director David Mickey Evans, The Sandlot‘s original cast have all signed on for a TV reboot of the cult classic film (although sadly, we’re guessing that doesn’t include Hercules). Making the announcement on the baseball podcast The Rain Delay, Evans said he was “about to get an order for the first two seasons” from an unnamed streaming network. As for the plot, Evans added “It takes place in 1984, when they’re all, like, 33 years old and they all have children of their own, and that’s all I can tell you.” (How mysterious.) Hollywood Reporter
• Feeling a Bit Cheesed
At long last we’ve moved on from the Bird Box challenge. The newest viral sensation? Literally throwing slices of cheese at your kids instead of asking them to say ‘cheese’ for pictures? (We’re not getting this one.) If you’re curious, use the hashtag #cheesechallenge to see videos of Kraft Singles being lobbed at confused, unsuspecting, and unimpressed children. OK fine, some of the kids find it pretty funny. (Looks like millennials have found a use for Kraft Singles after all.) Fox News
People magazine (then People Weekly) made its debut at the printing press on March 4, 1974. The premiere edition featured actress Mia Farrow, then starring in the film The Great Gatsby, on the cover, and was priced at just 35 cents.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• In other Jody Wilson-Raybould news, the MP announced that she’ll still be running as a Liberal in the 2019 general election.
• Despite serious uproar, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has decided to run for a fifth term.
• Facebook is finally rolling out its promised Dark Mode. Just send someone a moon emoji to enable it.
• Forget having to send a spreadsheet to edit it — Microsoft just made a long list of updates to Excel, including the ability to take a photo of a tableand import it for editing.
• Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale are going strong. The unlikely duo was spotted looking incredibly cozy at this weekend’s SNL afterparty.
• Ice Queen
Flirting with danger to get a (almost) killer shot isn’t only for the young.