The power of the people

The latest from Hong Kong, South America gets hit with a massive blackout and the NDP outlines its 2019 federal election campaign.

The power of the people

The latest from Hong Kong, South America gets hit with a massive blackout and the NDP outlines its 2019 federal election campaign.

✨  Good morning! It’s Monday, June 17, 2019, and today, the North parties.


• The Background

Over the weekend, the people of Hong Kong continued to protest Beijing’s increasingly authoritarian rule under President Xi Jinping. One week after protests against a Chinese extradition bill started, the streets in Hong Kong’s red light district (where police headquarters is located) and outside Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s office were flooded with at least two million citizens, protesting the bill and last week’s violent police response to the peaceful protestors. The bill would force Hong Kong (which has been trying to maintain autonomous legal authority since 1997) to hand over to China anyone the communist Chinese government wanted for vague political punishment, torture, and imprisonment. (Is that all?) Global News

• What Else You Need to Know

Protestors are mainly targeting Lam, demanding that she scrap the legislation and resign. She suspended her efforts to force the bill on Saturday amidst growing unrest, but protestors continued to gather outside her office overnight to demand her resignation. (It’s worth noting that Lam had little choice in pushing the bill, what with authoritarian President Jinping playing puppetmaster and all.) 

• What’s Next?

Even though Lam has suspended her efforts over the legislation (a move supposedly backed by mainland Chinese authorities), she’s been clear that she isn’t fully withdrawing it, maintaining that the bill is needed if Hong Kong is to uphold justice and meet its international obligations. (China has been excluded from Hong Kong’s other extradition agreements due to its human rights record, which errs on the shady side of things, and Hong Kong’s desire for judicial independence.) For now, the pro-democracy group Civil Human Rights Front is urging citizens to keep up the anti-extradition campaign.


• In the Dark

The majority of Argentina, Uruguay, and parts of Paraguay were trapped in darkness yesterday, due to an unprecedented electrical failure that struck the region. The sudden power outage caused trains to screech to a halt, failures in traffic signalling and a total blackout across a vast portion of South America. The power outage came just as parts of Argentina were preparing to head to the polls for a local election. “This is the first time something like this has happened across the entire country,” said a spokeswoman for the electricity supply company. The exact cause of the blackout is still unknown, but Argentine media is reporting it was likely linked to a transmission failure from the Yacycretá hydroelectric dam. BBC News


• Canada: From Mental to Dental

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh unveiled his party’s election platform yesterday, making the NDP the first federal party to reveal its plans. The platform promises a drastic improvement and expansion of the healthcare system, including mental, dental, eye, pharmaceutical and hearing coverage for all Canadian citizens. The NDP’s plan is called, “New Deal for Canada,” and was launched in a campaign rally on Sunday at the Hamilton Convention Centre during the party’s weekend-long convention. The obvious question is: how will the NDP pay for the new suite of healthcare services being promised? Singh says the NDP would phase in the expansion of health coverage, beginning with universal pharmacare in 2020. The party will then study the issue and work with each province to implement it properly. You can learn more about what the NDP’s promising to do here.

• World: Lentil Levy

India is retaliating against the U.S. after President Trump took away the country’s preferred trade status two weeks ago over its protectionist policies. India is now striking back by hitting the U.S. with tariffs on $240 million in American goods. Lentils, almonds, apples, walnuts and some chemical products will be slapped with tariffs of up to 70%. The duty drama comes just days ahead of a meeting between Trump and Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi at the G-20 summit. New York Post


“The kingdom does not seek war in the region, but we will not hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, sovereignty and vital interests.”

– Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, blames Iran (and simultaneously agrees with the U.S.) for last week’s attack on two oil tankers travelling near the Strait of Hormuz. CTV News


• Basketball: New Lakers Lineup

The NBA is abuzz for the second time this week and this time, it’s not all about our Canadian champs (though we don’t blame you for the confusion 😜). Nearly one month before the new NBA season officially begins, the industry is hearing anonymous confirmation that six-time All-Star Anthony Davis is being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers from the New Orleans Pelicans, appeasing a disgruntled Davis and pairing him with fellow NBA star LeBron James. (Sounds like a dangerous duo to us.) If the trade is confirmed, a number of NBA teams will be headed back to the drawing board to reassess their trade plans; the Boston Celtics had hoped to acquire him this year. Sportsnet 


• Refining TV

Millennial female-focused Refinery29 and interactive video platform developer Eko are jumping on the Bandersnatch bandwagon to produce a series of choose-your-own-adventure-style series based on Refinery29’s content features, such as the personal finance podcast, column, and book, Money Talks. There are also plans for a series based on 60 Second Cities and Sweet Digs in the works. “For a storyteller, being able to build different timelines and change the character based on user input — that’s awesome,” said Amy Emmerich, Refinery29’s president and chief content officer. As part of the venture, R29 plans to enlist female content creators and masterminds to jive with its whole female empowerment mission. (We’re here for it.) Variety 


• A Little For A Lot

The soaring cost of home prices across the country (and the U.S.) has been a terrifying reality for many, especially those buying a home for the first time. There’s no denying the anxiety that comes with purchasing your first property, and the importance of being careful and selective in your search. But a Florida man, who thought he’d landed a total steal after his $13,000 bid won the online auction, quickly learned the perils of impulse buying (especially your first home). The land he purchased turned out to be a mere 30cm strip of land, rather than a full lot. (And in this case, size does matter.) Making everything worse, officials claim there’s nothing the man can do about it. 7 News


• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, has been ordered to a pay $15K fine for misusing state funds. 

• Let the games begin. The Democratic National Committee announced lineups for the first party-sanctioned presidential debates, beginning on June 26. 

• A controversial immigration bill was passed in Quebec, in a vote of 62 to 42, allowing the provincial government to cancel some 18,000 immigration applications. 

• Amazon is shutting down Spark, its social network-esque feature, in which Prime customers could post photos of purchased products. 

• Drake just dropped two new songs in honour of the Raptors’ first NBA championship.  


• The Chase Is On

On June 17, 1994, the world watched in awe as football Hall of Famer, O.J. “The Juice” Simpson fled his California home in a white Ford Bronco, instead of turning himself in after the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The move resulted in a two-hour police chase that was watched around the world. Coincidentally (or not), O.J. joined Twitter over the weekend (the 25th anniversary of the murders) and said he’s “got a little gettin’ even to do.” (Sounds like we’re in for another wild ride.) 


• Making Its Mark

OK, this can’t just be a coincidence….right? 

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