Secret Weapons

Cops bust a Canada-U.S. gun-smuggling ring, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gets the boot and a beloved TV show is getting a movie makeover.
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Secret Weapons

Cops bust a Canada-U.S. gun-smuggling ring, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gets the boot and a beloved TV show is getting a movie makeover.
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✨  Good morning! Today is Thursday, November 8, 2018 and it sure didn’t take long for this data security to go to pot.


BULLETIN: CAUGHT IN THE ACT

• The Background

We finally know how so many firearms are getting into Canada — and hopefully, the flow just got cut off. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Toronto police launched a joint investigation (nicknamed Project Belair) after a woman was discovered trying to smuggle 25 handguns into Canada in the gas tank of her rental car. (Seems like a safety hazard, no?) The discovery prompted police to execute 13 search warrants in the Toronto area (Toronto, Brampton and Ajax) which led authorities to five additional handguns from those seized at the Peace Bridge; 16 prohibited, over-capacity magazines; 136 rounds of various calibers of ammunition; 166 grams of powered cocaine; 111 grams of crack cocaine; 13 kilograms of marijuana; and $45,000 in cash. Police also arrested three suspects: 52-year-old Alan Cunningham of Brampton, 41-year-old William Datta of Ajax, and 52-year-old Colin Levy of Brampton. They’ve each been charged with gun and drug trafficking offences. CTV News

• What Else You Need to Know

The female driver was identified as 50-year-old Rima Mansour of Toronto. She’s been charged with 25 counts of importing illegal firearms, among others. The arrests come after a particularly violent summer in the Greater Toronto Area — with 88 homicides (mostly gang-related shootings), the city’s on track for its deadliest year ever. According to police, they’re still trying to figure out where most of the guns came from — but it’s looking like they originated in the U.S. (surprise, surprise), particularly in Florida and Georgia. Police believe Americans are buying guns legally and then arranging to sell them on the black market in Canada, which can then get them anywhere from four times to 10 times the price.

• What’s Next?

Authorities are trying to determine whether the suspects have any ties to known street gangs, and whether or not this was their first time attempting to smuggle good into the country.


BREAKING NEWS

• Shooting in Cali

Eleven people were wounded after a gunman opened fire at 11:20pm PT at a country dance bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Hundreds of students were celebrating “college night” at the Borderline Bar & Grill when the gunman opened fire using a handgun and smoke bombs. The shooter wore all black with his face partially covered, and appeared to shoot at random. He was found dead inside the bar when officers arrived on the scene, though his cause of death hasn’t been confirmed. One of the wounded includes a sheriff’s deputy. It is not known if any of the 11 are deceased at this time. CTV News

POLITICS

• Canada: Get Out

Canadian politicians have been determined to give Americans a run for their money this week. On the heels of the announcement that two of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet ministers were forced to resign due to sexual misconduct allegations, PC Leader Andrew Scheer asked  longtime MP Tony Clement to leave the Conservative caucus, after he shared sexually explicit images with a stranger (who then used the images in an extortion plot). Clement had already resigned from his justice critic role and from various positions on a number of Commons committees — including a top secret national security and intelligence committee — but was asked to leave the caucus after it became apparent that it wasn’t an isolated incident. (Other women said Clement had behaved questionably on social media.) CBC News

• U.S.: Quick Exit

It was only a matter of time, but POTUS has officially dumped Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Yesterday, Sessions submitted his resignation, which he deliberately noted was at the request of the president, adding even more upheaval to an already chaotic week in Washington. (Did you see the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections?)  Trump was quick to appoint Matthew Whitaker, Session’s chief of staff, as acting attorney general — a move that’s sure to ruffle a few Democratic feathers. (Whitaker is a known Trump loyalist, and in his new position, will be responsible for overseeing the Russia investigation alongside special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.) New York Times

QUOTE OF THE DAY

We’re not going to define ourselves by who or what we’re against or afraid of or scared of.

– Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke in an inspiring midterm concession speech that made his narrow campaign loss still sound like a win for voters. Variety

BUSINESS

• Getting Cheesy

Kraft is cutting the cheese. Literally. Yesterday, Kraft Heinz Co. announced a deal to sell its Canadian “natural cheese” business — which includes brands like Cracker Barrel, P’tit Quebec and aMOOza — to Parmalat for $1.62 billion. (That’s a lot of cheddar.) The deal includes the transfer in ownership of a production facility in Ingleside, Ontario as well as the transfer of 400 employees to Parmalat. Kraft (for some inexplicable reason) will hang onto ownership and marketing of its processed cheese products, including Kraft Singles, Cheez Whiz and Philidelphia, which are made in Quebec. Parmalat says the buy will reinforce its century-old Canadian business, which consists of 3,000 employees and 16 dairy processing plants, and will help them secure jobs and farm revenue in the wake of the new USMCA trade deal’s concessions of the domestic dairy market. Financial Post

TECH

• (Almost) Ahead of the Curve

Samsung held its annual developer conference yesterday and frankly, it announced some pretty cool sh*t. The most anticipated news was definitely a peek at its concept foldable phone, which we now know is most definitely a real thing set to launch next year. The not-quite-groundbreaking device uses a so-called “Infinity Flex Display,” made from “an advanced composite polymer” (i.e., plastic) and a flexible adhesive that can be folded “hundreds of thousands of times” without degrading — Samsung even suggested it could be used for “rollable” and “stretchable” displays in the future. In other news, the company also revealed it’s opening up its Bixby assistant to app developers, allowing it to be integrated into third-party devices. It will also be bringing Bixby to its smart TVs, allowing users to control the TV with voice commands, and will be introducing support for five more languages. Expect even more innovative news from Samsung in the next couple years — the company plans to invest US $22 billionin artificial intelligence technology by 2020. CNET


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SPORTS

• MMA: Not So Fast

Just days after boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced a thrilling New Year’s Eve matchup against undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, the newsmaker pulled out of the fight. Mayweather said he and his team were “completely derailed” by the “magnitude” of the event that was announced, saying he had only agreed to a “nine-minute exhibition with three rounds with an opponent selected by RIZIN” (the federation that had put the fight together) and he had “no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.” The whole thing’s a little fishy since Mayweather appeared at a press conference Monday to announce the fight, alongside Nasukawa, and representatives from RIZIN. ESPN

 

ENTERTAINMENT

• Ozymandias Rises

We’ve got good news for Breaking Bad fans still suffering from withdrawal symptoms: Vince Gilligan is hard at work writing the script for a movie followup to the hit series, and Bryan Cranston is ready and waiting for the call should he be asked to co-star. The film will reportedly shift focus from Cranston’s Walter White to put the spotlight on sidekick Jesse Pinkman (we can only assume Aaron Paul will reprise the role that made him famous). The plot is said to pick up where the TV series left off, following Jesse as he escapes kidnapping by neo-Nazis and “blazes a trail away from that horrifying finale.” But don’t get too excited about a big screen debut: rumour has it the film could be released as a television movie. Slash Film

DAILY WTF

• No Cheese, Please

While fast food is convenient for many reasons, custom creations isn’t one of them. Most items come with pre-selected toppings, and for a couple of bucks, customers are expected to deal — but two customers in Florida are putting their foot down. Arguing that they should get a discount for not wanting cheese on their Quarter Pounders (since cheesebugers are more expensive than hamburgers), the customers are suing McDonald’s for a whopping $5 million. According to the suit, which was filed in Fort Lauderdale and is seeking class action status, the fast food chain used to offer four different Quarter Pounder options and the ones that came without cheese were 30 to 90 cents cheaper than the with-cheese option. Now, “McDonald’s is being unjustly enriched by these practices because it receives payment for cheese it does not deliver to its customers,” and the “plaintiffs have suffered injury” because they’ve ben forced to pay for cheese that they didn’t want. (The horror!) Fox News


STRAIGHT TO THE POINT…

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

• Too little, much too late — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially apologizedto the ship of German Jews that Canada turned away in 1939.

• The former CEO of Rogers Media, Leslie Sole, and his wife, former DJ Terri Michael were killed in a car accident in Mexico.

• 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.


TODAY IS

• Small Screen Cinema

The Home Box Office — more commonly known simply as HBO — launched on November 8, 1972 with the airing of the movie Sometimes a Great Notion. Forty-six years later, it’s now the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the U.S.

THE WEEKEND PLAY LIST

Read: If you loved Big Little Lies, your weekend just got a whole lot better: the book’s author Liane Moriarty just released a new novel, Nine Perfect Strangers. 
Watch: Arguably the most fun awards show, the Peoples’ Choice Awards air Sunday night at 9pm ET on E!
Listen: Love stories of entrepreneurial success? (We know we do.) Beauty mogul Maria Hatzistefanis, the founder of skincare brands Rodial and Nip + Fab, has launched a new podcast called Overnight Success, where she chats with guests ranging from A-list publicists to branding geniuses about their career insights and celebrity encounters.

PARTING SHOT

• Oprah’s Orders

*Adds all 107 items to holiday wishlist.*


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