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✨ Good morning! Today is Monday, November 19, 2018 and tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel is worth tuning in to.
BULLETIN: BAD SPILL
• The Background
Last week’s massive windstorm in Newfoundland and Labrador did more than knock out some power lines — it knocked out a line carrying oil through the Atlantic ocean. Husky Energy made the announcement Friday after the storm had settled down, reporting that a flowline to the SeaRose FPSO, a rig 350 kilometres off the coast, leaked 250,000 litres of crude oil. According to Husky, the board has been working “around the clock” to figure out how to manage and minimize one of the largest spills in the history of the N.L. oil industry. CBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
As a safety precaution (and in response to the spill), the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board shut down all offshore facilities until further notice. The rough waters have made it harder for Husky to contain the spill. As of last night, the organization could not confirm whether or not the line had stopped leaking. While the ocean didn’t make it out unscathed, Husky did report that all rig employees were safe and accounted for. There were other issues off the coast of Newfoundland as another rig and a vessel faced risky conditions due to the storm: smoke was reported on the Hebron platform and a Panamanian bulk carrier called for assistance from the Coast Guard after it suffered a power outage and started taking on water. Husky officials were also monitoring the White Rose field for oil sheens. Though the immediate area appears to be safe, they did spot a sheen 50 kilometres south of the field.
• What’s Next?
According to Husky’s Colleen McConnell, “additional wildlife observers have been placed on vessels responding to the spill” and the company plans to dispatch an underwater rover when the swells subside.
• One Small Step for Women
On Nov. 8, 1946, Viola Desmond was arrested for sitting in and refusing to leave a whites-only section of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia’s Roseland Theatre. More than 70 years later, she’s the face of Canada’s new $10 bill. Though Desmond has passed away, her little sister Wanda Robson will ceremoniously make the first purchase using the new bill today at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (which is also in the bill’s background image) in Winnipeg, and will help to officially launch the bill alongside Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz and the museum’s president, John Young. The 92-year-old plans to use the new bill towards a book that she co-authored with university professor Graham Reynolds about her sister’s life and legacy, which she says she’ll then gift to her granddaughter. Desmond is the first Canadian woman to ever appear on a regularly circulating banknote and was selected after an open call for nominations and a public vote. It’s also the first vertically oriented banknote in Canada, and features some notable historical imagery: in the background is a map of Halifax’s north end, where Desmond grew up; an excerpt from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and, interestingly, an eagle feather that apparently represents the struggle for Indigenous equality across Canada. CTV News
• Canada: Get Moving
The transportation system in Canada’s North is getting a boost from the federal government. Ottawa’s earmarked $400 million for the cause, and is looking to fund projects that will improve the remote roads, airports and bridges in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. As of today, Transport Minister Marc Garneau is looking for proposals that will enhance safety and improve development for airports, all-season roads, bridges and ports. Transport Canada will review the proposals to see how well they fulfill four main objectives: 1) Reduce bottlenecks and capacity issues to support the flow of goods and passengers; 2) Improve the climate resilience of the transportation system, which may include new technologies; 3) Address the unique transportation needs to take into account things like safety and economic and social development; and 4) Build on pre-existing investments made by public and private sector partners. Proposals are due at the end of March, and expressions of interest should be submitted by Jan. 15, 2019. CBC News
• U.S.: Every Vote Matters
It’s been a slow finish, but we finally know the results of three big midterm races. In Florida (which is always such a sh*tstorm, what gives?), the Republicans came out victorious, taking both the Senate (Gov. Rick Scott took the seat from incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson) and the governorship (Republican Ron DeSantis upset Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum). In Georgia, celebrity favourite Stacey Abrams begrudgingly conceded to Republican Brian Kemp Friday night (though she did have some choice words for the new governor). Things looked a little better for the Democrats in Kentucky, where Jim Glenn won his state House race by a single vote, beating Republican incumbent Representative D.J. Johnson 6,319 votes to 6,318.
• World: From Bad to Worse
They say bad things come in threes and for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that certainly seems to be the case. In the wake of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation last week, the PM is taking matters into his own hands by stepping into the role himself: “Today, I take on for the first time the position of defence minister,” Netanyahu said in a live broadcast statement yesterday. (If you want something done right…) Since the resignation — made in protest of the Gaza ceasefire order between Israel and Hamas — Netanyahu’s coalition partners have been calling for an early election, which Bibi is steadfastly refusing, saying the move would be “irresponsible” amid the repeated violence with Gaza militants. Meanwhile, Israeli police are getting ready to bring their investigation into allegations of corruption by the PM to the next level, submitting a recommendation to the public prosecutor’s office that he be tried for media corruption. CBC News
QUOTE OF THE DAY
We need to shake up Congress and give the millennial generation a chance to lead. They have the most at stake.
– California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, in a tweet urging Nancy Polosi to appoint freshman New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to lead the proposed Green New Deal Select Committee against climate change. Common Dreams
• Musky Bricks
Toking zillionaire Elon Musk is adding to his empire. The Brick Store (not to be confused with The Brick) is a physical storefront (creative name, btw) in partnership with his other company, aptly named The Boring Company (TBC for short… seriously). The Brick Store sells exactly what it says it does: bricks, made from the soil displaced by TBC’s tunnel-boring machines (also aptly named, The Boring Company is all about developing new tunnelling, a.k.a. boring tech). The actual bricks reflect Musk’s green leanings and it’s rumoured that they will line the tunnels he’s boring as a part of his Loop venture — underground tunnels that will transport people or cars on electric skates at up to 150mph. The Brick Store’s first location will open in Hawthorne, CA. TechCrunch
• Pumped-Up Kicks
Pretty soon we’ll be able to play video games all day long without our Fitbit yelling at us to get moving. Google’s newly patented “Augmented and/or Virtual Reality Footwear” are motorized sneaks that allow a player to move limitlessly in a limited space, such as their living room. Think treadmill, but with more style (and less bulk). The tech, if developed, will make gaming in the VR world a whole lot cooler, allowing players to explore open worlds instead of just standing around in a pair of oversized goggles. Tom’s Guide
• Red Hot
We now have our Grey Cup matchup. The Ottawa Redblacks are heading to their third championship in four years after QB Trevor Harris threw a record-breaking six touchdown passes in the Canadian Football League (CFL) East Division final, along with completing passes to 10 different receivers. With a final score of 46–27, the win marks the team’s fourth straight victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Redblacks will take on the Calgary Stampeders — who beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22–14 in yesterday’s West Division final — next Sunday. This marks the Stampeders’ third straight Grey Cup, and has a lot to do with receiver Eric Rogers, who had three touchdown catches including a 10-yard leaping grab. Sportsnet
• Free Stream
While we were all busy Netflix and chillin’, YouTube quietly started streaming ad-supported movie faves like Legally Blonde and Rocky. Yes, you read that right: suffer through a few ads and you can watch a movie for free. It’s YouTube’s attempt at competing with other streaming services like Walmart’s Vudu and The Roku Channel. (Who knew?) While the deals YouTube made with the studios are top secret, the director of product management, Rohit Dhawan, said advertisers will eventually be able to sponsor individual movies, meaning exclusive movie dates for users. Deadline
• Riled Up
You know those little safety pictograms at the top and bottom of escalators advising you to hold the handrail? According to one Quebecois police officer, those aren’t just suggestions, they’re legal instructions — and the issue of enforcing them is going all the way to the top floor, the Supreme Court. A woman was riding the escalator in a subway station in the Montreal suburb of Laval when a cop directed her to respect the pictogram. Not considering it an obligation, she brushed him off and refused. He demanded ID, and when she refused that request too, he called for backup and she was “taken by force,” ticketed and arrested. She’s since been acquitted of the charges, and filed a lawsuit against the Montreal Transit Corp., the City of Laval and the officer that was rejected first by the Quebec court and then by the Quebec Court of Appeal. Now, she’s escalating the issue (pardon the pun) all the way to the Supreme Court. CTV News
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT…
Sometimes there’s just too much news and not enough space.
• A federal judge (one appointed by Trump, no less) has commanded the White House administration to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass.
• BlackBerry is getting into the cybersecurity game with the purchase of Cylance, a firm which specializes in machine learning-enabled threat detection.
• Hailey Baldwin has officially joined another famous family. The model changed her name to Bieber on Instagram over the weekend, and her now-confirmed husband referred to her as his wife.
• Notorious B.I.G. is living up to his moniker. The Brooklyn street he grew up on will soon be renamed Christopher Wallace Way in the rapper’s honour.
• International Men’s Day
November 19 aims to celebrate the value of positive male role models (Thanks, Dad!), as well as bring attention to issues surrounding men’s well being and mental health, such as suicide prevention and domestic violence.
• Sleight of Hand
Points to anyone who can explain this magic trick to us.