Feeling Blue đź’™

Here's what happened in yesterday's midterm elections, archaeologists in Quebec make a 350-year-old discovery, and 'People' names its Sexiest Man Alive.

Feeling Blue đź’™

Here's what happened in yesterday's midterm elections, archaeologists in Quebec make a 350-year-old discovery, and 'People' names its Sexiest Man Alive.
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✨  Good morning! Today is Wednesday, November 7, 2018 and forget about your star sign, love language and Myers-Briggs type — it’s all about the Enneagram.


• The Background

It wasn’t the blue wave Democrats were hoping for, but America’s liberal political party managed to take back the House of Representatives, which will hopefully keep Republicans and POTUS in check for the next two years. Though things were lookin’ good in the House, two more Senate seats turned red, giving Republicans a 51-seat majority. There were some disappointing losses for the Dems, including Beto O’Rourke in the Texas Senate race (if Queen Bey can’t get you a win, who can?), and Andrew Gillum in the Florida gubernatorial race. But it wasn’t all bad news: Kim Davis, the prejudicial clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was voted out of office, and Colorado’s Jared Polis became the first openly gay person ever elected governor. Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made headlines earlier this year after she beat Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary, won 75% of the vote in her district, and 29-year-old Abby Finkenauer won her seat in Iowa, making them both the youngest women ever elected to Congress.

• What Else You Need to Know

In addition to the high-profile wins and losses were some smaller races that were significant for other reasons. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress, winning their seats in Michigan and Minnesota, respectively. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women to be elected to government in the history of the United States, winning seats in Kansas and New Mexico. When all was said and done, more women were elected to government positions in 2018 than ever before, inevitably changing the way Washington operates. (Susan B. Anthony would be proud AF.)

• What’s Next?

With so many tight races, it’s likely there will be some recounts and challenges. (Mississippi is already headed for a run-off vote on Nov. 27.) It could be weeks before we have final numbers, but one thing’s clear: Americans are feeling a little more blue (and incensed) than they were in 2016.


• Buried Treasure

Archeologists in Quebec City have dug up one hell of an old discovery — almost 350 years old, to be exact. While excavating for a condominium project in the city’s core, the team unearthed a fortification wall dating all the way back to 1693. It’s believed the 20-metre section of the wall — which was preserved in clay — was used to protect New France against attacks from the English and Indigenous groups. According to Premier Francois Legault, who made the announcement yesterday at a news conference, the government plans to put the wall on display, though it will first need to be dried out. CTV News


• Canada: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Surrey, B.C. is breaking up with the RCMP. In one of his first moves as mayor, Doug McCallum tabled two motions: one to cancel the city’s LRT and focus on extending the SkyTrain into Langley, and the other to create a Surrey police force, terminating the city’s contract with the RCMP. Both motions passed unanimously, and McCallum wasted no time putting them into action. As of Monday night, he’d already instructed staff to stop working on the LRT and start focusing on the work that needs to be done on the SkyTrain, and also promised to  “move very fast” on creating the Surrey police force. Global News

• World: Poor Plan

The far-right is at it again (and by it, we mean threatening lives and being a general menace to society). Yesterday, six people were arrested after France’s intelligence agency, the DGSI, discovered a plot to attack President Emmanuel Macron. According to authorities, the suspects (five men and a woman between the ages of 22 and 62) were arrested in three regions: Isère, southeast of Lyon; Moselle, on the border with Germany and Luxembourg; and Ille-et-Vilaine, in the northwest near the city of Rennes. No word on exactly what they were planning, but it apparently involved a “loosely formed plan for violent action against the President of the Republic.” CNN


Explains a lot.

– Burger King‘s response to a tweet by Kanye West revealing that McDonald’s is his “favorite restaurant.” (Ouch.) Exclaim


• Closing Up Shop

Two long-standing home decor chains will soon be no more. Bowring & Co. Inc. and Bombay & Co. Inc., owned by Brampton, Ontario-based parent company Fluid Brands, have filed for creditor protection and are reportedly moving into liquidation mode. Legal filings show the retailers owe more than $50 million in debt to landlords, banks, delivery and packaging companies, and other businesses. The chains managed to hang on a few more years after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2014, but ultimately failed to bounce back — and it looks like this time, it’s for keeps. As of yesterday, Fluid has taken down the websites and deleted all social media handles for both brands. BlogTO


• Work Smarter, Not Harder

In business, there’s something to be said for sticking to what you’re good at. The file-sharing master, Dropbox, has just added a new feature called Extensions. The suite of third-party software plug-ins partners with the likes of Adobe, Vimeo, AutoDesk, DocuSign and more to let users edit documents without having to download files to their hard drive or open them up in a new browser window. The launch is a big step up from the company’s previous efforts to make life easier for its business clients. In the past, it’s tried to develop its own custom software to handle productivity tasks, but results were lacking. Extensions, on the other hand, connects users with the powerful, industry standard tools they already trust. The Verge


• Hockey: End of the Road

Three Stanley Cup titles and nine playoff appearances weren’t enough to save Joel Quenneville’s job. The Chicago Blackhawks’ longtime head coach got the boot yesterday, along with assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Jeremy Colliton will move from Chicago’s American Hockey League affiliate to take Quenneville’s place, supported by 66-year-old Barry Smith, who moved from the team’s front office to the assistant coach position. At just 33 years old, Colliton is now the youngest head coach in the NHL. Sportsnet


• Popularity Contests

Two of Hollywood’s top celebrities just got a big ego boost. Ariana Grande has been named Billboard’s 2018 Woman of the Year, and it wasn’t just her infectious music and massive Instagram following that earned her the title. Billboard’s vice-president of content Ross Scarano says Grande was chosen because she “consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn’t hospitable to that sort of strength in young women.” (Hear, hear.) The singer will be honoured in person at Billboard’s 13th annual Women in Music event on Dec. 6 in New York City. Idris Elba, meanwhile, has been chosen as People’s Sexiest Man Alive for this year, and it was just his good looks and charismatic charm that got him there. (He’s got our vote.) The issue — along with the sure-to-be steamy photoshoot and the ranking of all the babely runners up — hits newsstands Friday.


• Stripped Off

Under Armour’s been exposed — and not in the way it likes. A report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that earlier this year, employees of the athletic apparel company received an email memo informing them the company was putting an end to a long-standing practice: Staff would no longer be allowed to charge visits to strip clubs on their corporate cards… meaning that until that point in time, Under Armour was 100% okay with staff getting lap dances on the company’s dime. (Whaaat?) But wait! Under Armour was simply footing the bill for exotic outings to woo colleagues and athletes. Totally cool, right? Apparently, some women at the company found the practice demeaning and raised a stink, causing leadership to strip it from the list of perks. (Probably not the right place for putting skin in the game.) CNBC


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

• After being absent from parliament since September, Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio has announced he’s calling it quits.

• According to CMHC, Canada’s in for two years of falling home sales, giving prices an opportunity to level out.

• Harley Davidson revealed its highly anticipated electric motorcycle yesterday, and it’s already getting rave reviews.

• Millennials just won’t give up their cartoons. Netflix is working on six new animated projects, including two films, three shows and a limited-run series.

• A documentary that captures Aretha Franklin’s 1972 performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in L.A. is finally being released, 46 years after it was made.


• Who Wears the Pants?

On Nov. 7, 1800, a law was passed making it illegal for women to wear trousers in public without a police permit. It took 213 years for the (widely disobeyed) law to finally be repealed in 2013.


• Royal Icing

These bakers were so focused on whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

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