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✨Good morning! Today is Monday, June 3, 2019, and this weekend truly marked the end of an era.
BULLETIN: A HIDDEN GENOCIDE
• The Background
After three years of investigating and analyzing data, the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is finally releasing its findings in a report titled “Reclaiming Power and Place.” The 1,200-page document was leaked to several media outlets prior to today’s scheduled release, and the findings are devastating. Among the most appalling discovery is that violence being perpetrated against the First Nations, Inuit and Métis — particularly women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA (Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual) people — “amounts to a race-based genocide of Indigenous peoples.” Globe and Mail
• What Else You Need to Know
Over the three-year investigation, the four-member inquiry received information from thousands of people and heard the stories of 468 families of victims or survivors. Ultimately, the commissioners concluded that the murders and disappearances are a symptom of a Canadian society “empowered by colonial structures, evidenced notably by the Indian Act, the Sixties Scoop, residential schools, and breaches of human and Inuit, Métis and First Nations rights” that has led “diirectly to the current increased rates of violence, death, and suicide of Indigenous populations.” It also noted that a cultural “paradigm shift” must be adapted to adequately address the violence.
• What’s Next?
The full report will be released today, and the chief commissioner, Marion Buller, believes that the “scrutiny of the international community will force Canadian governments – federal provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous – to direct their attention to the problem.” (Let’s effin’ hope so.)
• Violence in Virginia Beach
In a brazen attack at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, DeWayne Craddock indiscriminately gunned down and killed 12 people. The 40-year-old shooter was a disgruntled public utilities employee (who had resigned earlier that day) and eventually died after a long gunfight with officers.”This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer. Authorities are still searching for a motive behind the chilling attack, though colleagues and those who knew the gunman say they never saw any evil in him. This marks the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. so far in 2019. CNN
• U.S.: Hand Over Your Handles
In an age where social media permeates most aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that it’s now becoming a required component of U.S. visa applications. The State Department is now requiring the vast majority of U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visas to submit all social media handles (including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms) and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,” the department reportedly said. The new demand will impact some 15 million people who travel to the U.S. each year, including for business or education. Only those applying for specific diplomatic and official visa types are exempt from the requirement. BBC News
• U.S.: More Tariff Talks
Canada and the U.S. made have put their tariff war to bed, but the fight is just heating up on America’s southern border. On Friday, POTUS said that as of June 10, the U.S. would impose a 5% tax on all Mexican goods entering the country if the Mexican government doesn’t help the U.S. get the immigration issue under control. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was obviously rather upset with the announcement and promised to send a group of government officials to Washington to get the situation sorted. As promised, Mexican Economy Minister Graciela Marquez is now in the U.S. capital to meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The two are hoping to resolve the issue this week. Reuters
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“What can I say? I didn’t know she was nasty.”
– President Donald Trump’s response when he was asked about Meghan Markle’s 2016 comments criticizing his presidency. Trump later denied the quote, claiming it was all made up by the “Fake News Media.” Little did he know the reporter actually recorded the interview. (And to top it off, Trump arrived today in the U.K. for a state visit. Awkward.) HuffPost
• Road Trip
YouTube is shutting the doors on its one and only Canadian location in Toronto in favour of spreading the love through “pop-up” spots in other cities across Canada. (We’ll try not to be offended.) The company’s being criticized as the announcement’s seen as the opposite of YouTube’s original message when they opened the doors to their George Brown College HQ — that of fostering a community with a healthy culture. The space gave Canadian YouTubers with more than 10K subscribers access to professional-level equipment and also acted as a creators’ hub providing resources and networking. The shift away from fostering Canadian content reflects YouTube’s hit-and-miss track record with promoting Canadian creators; with more than 160K YouTubers across the Great White North, YouTube’s “Spotlight Canada” page hasn’t been updated in six months. (OK, now we’re a little offended.) CTV News
• Championship updates 🏀 🏒 ⚽️ 🥊
↳ Basketball: The Toronto Raptors lost game two of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 109–104. Game three is Wednesday night at 8:30pm ET.
↳ Hockey: The Boston Bruins won game three of the Stanley Cup Finals, beating the St. Louis Blues 7–2. (They now lead the series 2–1.) The two teams face off again tonight at 8pm ET.
↳ Soccer: Liverpool FCbeat the Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 on Saturday to win the Champions League trophy on Saturday.
↳ Boxing: In one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, Andy Ruiz Jr. defeated champion Anthony Joshua on Saturday night to claim the heavyweight title. Ruiz Jr. knocked Joshua out in the seventh round.
• All Winners
The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival winners were announced yesterday in Toronto, just in time for Pride Month. The festival ran from May 23 to June 2 and has become an international film forum for LGBTQ+ artists and filmmakers. The Canadian juried award-winners include Drag Kids for best Canadian feature, Skies Are Not Just Blue for emerging Canadian artist, Soft Spot for best Canadian short, and Terminally in Love for honourable mention; the international juried award-winners include Memories of My Body for Inside Out special award for innovation and A Dog Barking at the Moon for best first feature; and the audience-awarded award-winners (say that five times fast) include Billie and Emma for best narrative feature, We Are the Radical Monarchs for best documentary feature, and Thrive for Best Short Film. Deadline
• Keepin’ It In the Family
It’s the premise of the next rom-com we hope hits theatres, stat: guy goes to meet his girlfriend’s parents and realizes he slept with her mom. (The only thing that could make this story better is if the girlfriend’s name had been Stacey.) The man, who shared his story on Reddit, claims he’d bumped into the woman at a rock bar and after some texting back-and-forth and chance encounters, he went home with her and even spent the night. Months later, he matched up with another woman on Tinder and the two started dating. You know where this is headed, so we’ll cut to the chase – the two are no longer dating. No word on the status of the girlfriend’s parents’ marriage, but we’re guessing things have been a little awkward at the dinner table since the big reveal. Mirror
• Be a Good Egg
Today is National Egg Day, a worldwide holday dedicated to celebrating the little bundles of protein that give us energy and life every morning. In honour of Egg Day, here are 50 egg-based recipes that are sure to bring your breakfast game to the next level.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• For once, we have good news about women’s health. An international clinical study found that young women suffering from a common form of advanced breast cancer have benefited significantly from a drug called ribociclib.
• We crossed into June over the weekend, which means it’s officially hurricane season — and forecasters are warning coastal residents that it’s going to be a rough one.
• File this under how not to park a boat: A massive cruise ship lost controlwhile trying to dock in Venice, hitting a smaller passenger vessel and injuring five people.
• Couldn’t get your emails yesterday? Join the club. Turns out there was a Google outage that took down Gmail, Snapchat and YouTube for parts of the day.
• It looks like the world’s got a new Batman. According to reports, Robert Pattinson is this close to signing on.
• This Takes the Cake
TBH, we don’t totally blame him.