✨ Good morning! Today is Monday, August 26, 2019, and we know what we’re listening to this week.
BULLETIN: SUMMIT SUM-UP
• The Background
It’s that time of year again, Bullet readers. Welcome to the annual gathering of the G7 nations, a.k.a. a three-day heated debate. Lest we forget, this year’s meeting is taking place amongst a trade war between the U.S. and China, Britain’s impending exit from the EU, and escalating friction between Iran and the U.S. (Not to mention, the raging fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest.) As expected, tensions ran high, mainly over issues like trade, climate change and Iran. However, world leaders did agree on helping to fight the Amazon forest fires, and are finalizing a possible deal to address the crisis as a group. Apparently, it was the easiest part of the talks thus far. Global News
• What Else You Need to Know
Of course, our own PM Justin Trudeau was in attendance, and both he and President Donald Trump sang the praises of their new trade deal (USMCA). The pair spoke privately on the sidelines of the summit, with no hint of acrimony or distaste — a stark contrast from last year’s G7 summit in Quebec, which ended with a Twitter tirade from Trump complaining about Trudeau’s shortcomings. The two leaders declared the new deal a political win for both sides of the border, and you can be sure Trudeau will tout the benefits of it in the upcoming federal election.
• What’s Next?
There was also a surprise guest that sparked lots of confusion. In a time when Iran is one of the summit’s most contentious topics, the country’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, made an unannounced appearance. Though Zarif was not formally invited, French President Emmanuel Macron included him as part of Macron’s diplomatic initiative to defuse tensions in the Gulf. When asked about Zarif’s attendance, Trump responded: “no comment” (which speaks louder than words, frankly).
• Canada: Billboard Blunder
The People’s Party of Canada doesn’t seem very for the people — not with these ads, anyway. The new billboards feature a smiling Maxime Bernier beside the words, “Say NO to Mass Immigration,” and obviously sparked controversy. The ad company, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, released a statement across all its social media accounts, defending its code of conduct: “We take a neutral position on ads that comply with the ASC code as we believe Canadians do not want us to be the judge or arbiter of what the public can or cannot see.” But the company quickly changed its tune when the backlash became too much. It’s since promised to take the ads down, though reiterated that the public really should take it up with the advertiser. (We’re looking at you, People’s Party.) Global News
• World: Tit For Tat
Amidst concerns of already weakening global economic growth, China and the U.S. are back at it again with their tariff war. China took the first shot this time, announcing a tariff hike on $75-billion worth of U.S. goods that will go into effect at the same time as President Trump’s planned duty hikes (Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 — Bah! Humbug). Peter Navaro, Trump’s economic advisor, played off China’s announcement on Friday as no big deal before POTUS turned around and tweeted that the U.S. would be raising tariffs on Chinese imports by another 5%. The U.S. auto industry saw a dip in shares following the news, as did agriculture and textiles.
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We will not allow the clock to be turned back, we will not allow Lebanon to be violated by bombardment, killing or explosions, nor the violation of sanctities. This for us is a red line.”
– Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warns Israel that there’ll be retaliation, after two Israeli military drones crashed overnight in a suburb of Beirut. Global News
• Dude, Where’s My Car?
Volkswagen is recalling around 117,000 cars in Canada and 679,000 in the U.S. starting Oct. 11 after finding a problem that can lead cars to roll away unexpectedly. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this problem — yet — but anyone with certain 2011 through 2018 Jettas; 2015 through 2019 GTIs; 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Golfs; 2012 through 2019 Beetles and Beetle Convertibles; and 2017 through 2019 Golf SportWagens might want to stick some hefty bricks around their tires in the meantime. CTV News
• Smooth Moves
Do you ever find yourself struggling to get an Uber to take you home from the airport? Well, there’s a new solution (if you’re travelling through Toronto’s Pearson Airport, that is). Uber’s unveiled brand-new kiosks, which means smartphones are no longer needed to book a ride (dead phone, no problem) — travellers can simply input their information, credit card and choice of ride, and voila! The kiosks will also help passengers avoid unlicensed transportation. The new systems are part of a trial, and if successful, will likely roll out in other airports. Daily Hive
• Golf: Hole In One
Roy McIlroy (and his bank account) are probably feeling pretty good right about now, after he marched his way to victory in the FedEx Cup, taking home a casual $15 million — the largest ever cash payout in golf history. He won the Tour Championship for the second time in four years, surging past Brooks Koepka in the final round. This win makes McIlroy the second best golf player in the world, and one of the only players (including Tiger Woods) to win the FedEx Cup twice. Sportsnet
• Sing To Me Paolo
This is what dreams are made of: the Lizzie McGuire sequel was just announced at the D23 Expo and millennials everywhere are HYPED. Coming from original series’ creator Terri Minsky, the Disney+ series will once again star Hilary Duff as Lizzie, who’s now 30 years old and navigating life in the Big Apple. Joining the real-life Lizzie is of course her animated mini-me, who will offer the invaluable insight into what adult Lizzie’s thinking. Deadline
• Ew De Parfum
File this under #TMI: sexologist and author of The Game of Desire, Shan Boodram, opts to scent herself with her vaginal fluids rather than store-bought perfume. (Talk about going aunaturale.) She says the results from potential partners have been mixed, but that the biggest benefit is a boost to her own self-confidence, “I am certain that every single time I employ it, it makes me feel like an enchanted goddess with a delicious secret.” (Um, ok.) Mirror
• Getting Even
Today is Women’s Equality Day, marking the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. Celebrate by reading about one of these 10 inspirational women.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• The protests in Hong Kong carried on for another weekend and for the first time, a police officer fired a gunshot.
• Seven people are dead after two aircrafts collided in mid-air over Mallorca, Spain.
• It’s finally real: Netflix just announced that a Breaking Bad movie will hit the streaming service in October.
• Under the Sea
As if we needed another distraction.