The Heat Is On

The latest on California's deadly wildfires, Canada's getting a new streaming service and another '90s band is going on tour.
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The Heat Is On

The latest on California's deadly wildfires, Canada's getting a new streaming service and another '90s band is going on tour.
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November 12 Bullet California Wildfires

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BULLETIN: A VERY HOT TOPIC

• The Background

Celebrities might get special treatment for most things in life, but there’s one lady who gives zero f*cks what TV show they’re on or how many Instagram followers they have — and that’s Mother Nature. Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood were forced to pack up and flee over the weekend, as a massive wildfire in California creeped closer to Malibu and threatened properties in Calabasas. The massive blaze, which has been called the worst in state history, has claimed at least 31 lives (with approximately 200 still missing), demolished the city of Paradise, and forced at least 250,000 residents from their homes. Globe and Mail

• What Else You Need to Know

The Kardashian-Jenner clan were forced out (obviously documenting their evacuation on social media, along with some admirable charity work), along with stars like Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, director Guillermo Del Toro, Cher, Martin Sheen, and ex-One Direction member Liam Payne. There were also reports that TV sets from HBO’s Westworld and the mansion from The Bachelor series were both damaged in the quick-moving flames. While famous and non-famous residents leaned on each other for support, they got nothing from POTUS. The president used the wildfires to slam Democratic officials in the state, tweeting “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Besides the fact that his response is so completely ridiculous (unfortunately, the Dems have no control over the environment), many were quick to criticize his response, pointing out that disaster victims deserve support no matter what.

• What’s Next?

More than 8,000 firefighters are still battling the enormous blaze, which is now accompanied by two other wildfires wreaking havoc on the state. The three fires are now burning across almost 1,040 square kilometres.


WORLD

• Hotel Horror

The death toll from Friday’s bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia has risen to 53, with more than 100 people injured. Three car bombs exploded outside the Sahafi Hotel Friday afternoon, followed by a fourth which hit medics rushing to help those injured. Security forces fatally shot four gunmen attempting to storm the hotel’s walls. The manager of the Sahafi Hotel was also killed, and ironically, his father, the previous owner, was killed in an attack near the same hotel three years ago. Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab have claimed responsibility for the attack. CTV News

POLITICS

• U.S.: Slow Finish

The U.S. midterm elections were almost a week ago, and some of the votes still aren’t settled. Ballots are still being counted in Arizona’s Senate race, where Democratic candidate Krysten Sinema has built up a one-point lead over Republican opponent Martha McSally. The final tally isn’t expected until later this week. On the East Coast, Florida’s still causing trouble for election officials, with the too-close-to-call Senate race (between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and current Republican governor — and Senate hopeful — Rick Scott) and gubernatorial race (between Democratic nominee, and Tallahassee mayor, Andrew Gillum and Republican nominee Ron DeSantis) both undergoing a recount.  Scott also announced that he’s filed three lawsuits against county election officials alleging misconduct. In Georgia, Democratic nominee (and Oprah-endorsed candidate) Stacey Abrams has refused to concede to Republican Brian Kemp, arguing that there are thousands of ballots left to be counted, and those could put her in “recount territory.” Kemp says the math doesn’t work and she’s definitely lost.

• U.S.: Trump Card

On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump awarded seven people with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honour awarded to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.” Winners included Miriam Adelson (doctor/philanthropist), Orrin G. Hatch (one of the longest serving Senators in U.S. history), Alan Page (retired NFL player), Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, Antonin Scalia (former Supreme Court justice), and Roger Staubach (Hall-of-Fame quarterback). While Adelson received the award for her work in medicine and for the Jewish community, she and husband, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, are also the Republican Party’s biggest donors, having contributed $82 million to the 2016 election cycle and over $160 million to various political funds this year. Global News

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By putting our own interests first, with no regard for others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds dearest, and the thing that keeps it alive: its moral values.

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at the 100th annual armistice commemoration event in Paris on Sunday. (That’s French for “Trump’s an a-hole”.) Washington Examiner

BUSINESS

• Coming Soon

We put a lot of faith in our streaming services. How would we get through winter without endless shows to watch, and without Netflix and chill, how else would we navigate the early stages of a relationship? With more than 20 million subscribers, Hulu is the third most popular streaming service worldwide and, thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Fox, is finally coming to Canada next year. (Hulu-lujah!) The service currently includes originals like The Handmaid’s Tale, popular shows such as This Is Us, and classics like The O.C., and Dawson’s Creek. Of course, due to licensing restrictions there’s a possibility that some of the shows currently available for U.S. subscribers may not make it to Canada and Canadians will likely want to see what’s on the table before they ditch their Netflix accounts. Techvibes

TECH

• Life is Short

Vine may be dead and gone, but short-form video is still the future of entertainment.  Giphy has soft-launched a new platform showcasing 30 second or less videos submitted to its first ever short-form film festival. (Are our attention spans really that short?) According to the press release, “Giphy is looking to the future — the future of entertainment itself — and believes an important part of this will be micro-entertainment.” Since Facebook started falling out of favour with young people, the social network has tried numerous tactics to get them back, the latest of which is its new app, Lasso. Similar to TikTok, an app that’s gaining popularity among teens, Lasso allows users to share short videos and music tracks that can be customized with filters and effects. The Verge

SPORTS

• Gymnastics: Jumping for Joy

Vine may be dead and gone, but short-form video is still the future of entertainment.  Giphy has soft-launched a new platform showcasing 30 second or less videos submitted to its first ever short-form film festival. (Are our attention spans really that short?) According to the press release, “Giphy is looking to the future — the future of entertainment itself — and believes an important part of this will be micro-entertainment.” Since Facebook started falling out of favour with young people, the social network has tried numerous tactics to get them back, the latest of which is its new app, Lasso. Similar to TikTok, an app that’s gaining popularity among teens, Lasso allows users to share short videos and music tracks that can be customized with filters and effects. The Verge

ENTERTAINMENT

• Fan’s Choice

Last night, the public had its chance to hand out awards. From movies to TV shows to music, the People’s Choice Awards recognize fan favourites in all kinds of categories (social media stars even have their own award). Despite many stars being displaced by the wildfires, big names like Kim Kardashian West, Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis brought their A+ fashion game to the red carpet. When it came time to dole out trophies, there weren’t a whole lot of surprises: Avengers: Infinity War won big in almost all movie categories, including movie of 2018, favourite action movie and favourite female movie star (ScarJo); Nicki Minaj cleaned up, winning album of the year for Queen and favourite female artist; Shadowhunters picked up a handful of TV awards, including best female TV star (Katherine McNamara), best male TV star (Harry Shum Jr.), bingeworthy show of 2018 and show of 2018. Both Melissa McCarthy and Victoria Beckham received icon awards — McCarthy was awarded the inaugual People’s Icon award for her work in TV and movies and Beckham was awarded the Fashion Icon award for her work in — you got it — fashion. Hollywood Reporter

• Backstreet’s Back

The Backstreet Boys are following in the Spice Girls’ (dance) steps, having announced on Friday a line-up of performances across Europe and North America beginning in May 2019. Lucky for us, the band is scheduled to perform in Montreal on July 15, Toronto on July 17, Winnipeg on July 22, Calgary on July 24, Edmonton on July 25, and Vancouver on July 27. The Backstreet Boys are releasing a new album titled “DNA” on January 25, but “Everybody” knows performances would be “Incomplete” without the old fan favourites. CTV News

DAILY WTF

• Multitasking Manicure

If the idea of having food stuck under your nails makes you cringe, this viral manicure video will definitely make your skin crawl. Russian nail salon Nail Sunny showed off a rather unique (aka totally terrifying) manicure idea on its Instagram page. The fascinating video shows a manicurist cutting a metal cheese grater into thin, two-inch-long strips. She then rounds off the edges and curves the strips lengthwise with a pair of pliers before securing them onto her model’s bare nails with a dot of glue. To finish things off, the model proceeds to demo her new Edward Scissorhands-esque prosthetic talons by using them to grate an actual block of Parmesan cheese. (Um, no spaghetti for us, thanks. We’ll pass.) Hello Giggles


STRAIGHT TO THE POINT…

Sometimes there’s just too much news and not enough space.

• Officials now say the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst in the country’s history.

• Gaza officials say seven Palestinians including a senior Hamas commander were killed last night in a covert raid by Israeli special forces.

• The information minister of Yemen’s rebel government has reportedly fled his post and defected to Saudi Arabia with his family.

• In a move that could set a really creepy precedent for smart speaker users, a judge has ordered Amazon to provide audio recordings from an Echo device inside a home where a double homicide took place.

• Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame are taking the next step in building their empire by launching their own TV network.


TODAY IS

• Presidential Pride

Barack Obama was named “Ally of the Year” by Out Magazine on Nov. 12, 2015, becoming the first sitting US President to pose for the cover of a gay magazine.

PARTING SHOT

• Fancy Fuel

Would you like a glass of red, white or Royal engine exhaust with dinner?


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