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✨ Good morning! Today is Wednesday, November 21, 2018 and we’ve given ourselves a bit of a birthday makeover.
BULLETIN: MESSAGE RECEIVED
• The Background
The government is ready to step in to save online shoppers across the country. After Canada Post threatened delivery delays going into the new year, Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu made a threat of her own: the government will table back-to-work legislation if a resolution isn’t reached in “the next few days.” Though Hadju is still hopeful the two sides can come to an agreement, she said the government feels like it’s reached the end of its rope: “For nearly a year, we have been supporting and encouraging both sides to reach a negotiated agreement. We provided conciliation officers, appointed mediators, and offered voluntary arbitration. Despite all of this, limited progress was made and we have exhausted our options.” Global News
• What Else You Need to Know
This is the fifth week of rotating strikes and with the holiday season well underway, mail backup has gotten so bad that Canada Post said it soon won’t be able to pick up mail or packages destined for southern Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area, and Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Barrie and Sudbury. But it’s not just our Black Friday purchases and holiday presents that are at stake (heaven forbid!) — the B.C. government is concerned about its referendum on electoral reform (apparently thousands of ballots are stuck in Canada Post warehouses) and contract employees are worried about getting their paycheques before the holidays.
• What’s Next?
The government has re-appointed a special mediator to help the two sides come to an agreement. We should know by the end of the week if the feds are getting involved. (We’ll keep you post-ed…)
• Deadly Blast
At least 50 people were killed and another 70 injured yesterday when a suicide bomber attacked a celebration in Afghanistan. The explosion rocked a large wedding hall in Kabul where hundreds of scholars and clerics had gathered to celebrate the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani quickly condemned the attack and declared today a day of mourning across the country. Al Jazeera
• Canada: A Clean Driving Record
B.C. is taking a big step to cut the province’s car emissions. Yesterday, Premier John Horgan announced that the government would be introducing legislation next spring that would require all new cars and trucks sold in the province in 2040 to be zero-emission vehicles. The bill will gradually phase in targets (10% of vehicles sold to be zero-emissions by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040) for electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. along with a plan to make environmentally friendly vehicles cheaper. The government will also boost the number of charging stations to 151 (more than double its current number) and will boost its incentive fund by $20 million this year alone. (Right now, anyone who buys an electric vehicle is eligible for $5,000 in incentives, and $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.) CBC News
• U.S.: Fight For Your Rights
Mississippi’s attempt to skirt the federal law on abortion just got shut the eff down. State legislators passed a law in March that would ban all abortions past 15 weeks — Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, sued right away, which forced U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to put the legislation on hold until it could be reviewed further. Yesterday, Reeves handed down his ruling, saying the law “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights, as the Supreme Court clearly ruled that states can not ban abortions before a fetus is viable (typically around 23 or 24 weeks). According to Reeves, Mississippi passed the law (even though it knew it was unconstitutional) to “endorse a decades-long campaign, fuelled by national interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.” Reuters
QUOTE OF THE DAY
We’re not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars of orders… We are with Saudi Arabia, we’re staying with Saudi Arabia.
– U.S. President Donald Trump makes it clear he cares more about sales of American military equipment and oil prices than about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Guardian
• Glossy Loss
Magazine racks are about to get a lot less glamorous. Condé Nast announced yesterday that it will cease monthly print publication of Glamour magazine. The January 2019 issue will be the 80-year-old magazine’s last; beyond that, the title will live on in digital form, with print reserved for special issues like its annual ‘Women of the Year’ edition. “We’re doubling down on digital — investing in the storytelling, service, and fantastic photo shoots we’ve always been known for, bringing it to the platforms our readers frequent most,” said editor-in-chief Samantha Barry. “We’ll be expanding video and social storytelling, with new and ambitious series and projects.” According to Condé Nast, Glamour‘s digital audience is around 20 million — far above its two million print circulation. Surprisingly, no layoffs are expected from the shift. Variety
• Story Time
As social media platforms continue to morph into one another, LinkedIn appears to be taking cues from an unlikely source: millennial favourite Snapchat. Like so many others, the professional networking site launched its own version of Stories yesterday, called “Student Voices.” The new feature — which will allow students to see 45-second video clips of what their classmates and students at nearby schools are up to — is available to a small group now, but will soon be rolled out to students across the U.S. (and maybe Canada?). Following the format of competitors like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, LinkedIn Stories will be featured at the top of users’ feeds and will only be available for a certain period of time (seven days). Mashable
• Due North
Yet another ’90s TV show is coming back from the dead. CBS reportedly has a revival of Northern Exposure in development. The new season will pick up as a continuation of the original story, with lead character Dr. Joel Fleischman — to be played once again by original series star Rob Morrow — returning to Cicely, Alaska, for an old friend’s funeral where he “finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones.” Morrow will also add the title of executive producer to his credits for the show, alongside original co-creators Josh Brand (who will write the script) and John Falsey. Variety
• Secret Sauce
When we imagine the types of Christmas gifts the Hollywood elite give to one another as hostess gifts, we picture diamond-encrusted Rolexes and ribbon-wrapped bottles of Moët & Chandon. What we don’t picture: Salad dressing. But when Page Six asked very rich actress Brooke Shields about her go-to gift, that’s exactly what she said. But not just any salad dressing — a “very special” dressing made by “this French man who fought in the war.” (Which war is unclear.) But sorry, plebs, you probably can’t get this hyper-exclusive salad dressing for yourself. According to Shields, the only way to get your hands on it is to “buy it on memo (whatever that means), and you get a bill… And if you don’t pay it on time, you’re crossed off the list and you’ll never get it again.” Or, of course, you’re lucky enough to find yourself on Brooke Shields’ gift list. The Takeout
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Better be careful about your salad intake: Public health officials in both Canada and the U.S. are warning consumers to steer clear of romaine lettuce (again).
• The St. Michael’s school situation is getting worse. Police are now investigating two more videos involving assault.
• Speaking of trouble at school, two Winnipeg schools were evacuated yesterday due to bomb threats.
• Things aren’t much better on the East Coast. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said this weekend’s oil spill can’t be cleaned up.
• Mo’ pollution, mo’ problems: a sperm whale was found dead with a stomach full of plastic in Indonesia.
• Screen Time
As if we needed an excuse to Netflix and chill — Today is World Television Day.
• Advertising Win
If this is any indication of what Apple’s new TV streaming platform will be like, we’re 100% here for it.