This American institution is in big trouble

The Boy Scouts of America is in big trouble, Canada holds its key interest rate in place and 'People' names its most beautiful people for 2019.

This American institution is in big trouble

The Boy Scouts of America is in big trouble, Canada holds its key interest rate in place and 'People' names its most beautiful people for 2019.
Boy Scouts America Abuse Allegations

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• The Background

Turns out the Boy Scouts of America isn’t the wholesome, all-American clubhouse we all thought it was. More than 200 individuals have come forward detailing years of sexual abuse they endured at the hands of more than 150 members. Some have kept their secret for decades, while some (still in their teens or early twenties) have only recently graduated from the program. The group is now being represented by a trio of law firms that have extensive experience in these types of cases. One of the attorneys involved, Tim Kosnoff, said the team has identified 150 alleged pedophiles that have never before been publicly accused. (Even scarier is that FBI research has shown that each “perpetrator has over 100 victims over a lifetime of offending.”) USA Today 

• What Else You Need to Know

The victims have come together thanks to a series of TV and Google ads that encouraged those who had suffered abuse to share their stories. The biggest hurdle for the group now is the very real possibility that the Boy Scouts will file for bankruptcy in order to “hide these dirty secrets” (the organization filed for Chapter 11 in December) — which would would halt all existing and future litigation. As for the organization itself, it released a statement in response to the allegations saying “any incident of child abuse is one too many, and nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs.”

• What’s Next?

The attorneys are planning to share their list with child protective service agencies and are looking into filing a large suit against the organization. 


• Holding Steady

Interest rates aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Bank of Canada announced yesterday that it would be holding its key interest rate at 1.75%, and implied Canadians shouldn’t worry about a rate hike this year. According to the revised outlook (GDP is expected to grow by just 1.2%, compared to the 1.7% that was previously predicted), the Canadian economy’s slowed in the past six months and Governor Stephen Poloz said it’s so fragile that a “negative shock” could force policy makers to consider cutting the interest rate. The announcement caused the loonie to drop by nearly a cent — it’s now valued at 74 U.S. cents. Financial Post 


• Canada: Status Quo

While many Canadians want to make changes to our electoral system, there’s one province that’s not on board: P.E.I. As part of Tuesday’s provincial election (which the PCs won, btw), voters had the opportunity to chime in on whether or not to implement a proportional representation electoral system. The answer? A (kinda) hard no. The “No” side took home 51% of the vote, while the “Yes” side came in at 49%. In addition to the close vote, neither side reached the 17-riding threshold needed to be declared the winner. It’s now up to the new provincial legislature to decide whether or not P.E.I. continues with the standard first-past-the-post system. CTV News

U.S.: Taking a Stand

One of the pillars of the Republican party has decided to jump ship. Rep. Andy McKean (a.k.a. Iowa’s longest-serving GOP lawmaker) announced that he’s leaving the party because of Trump’s “unacceptable behaviour” and is joining the Democrats. McKean has served in both the House and the Senate for 29 years and will be going for another term in 2020, however, it’ll mark the first time he’ll run as a Democrat. The 70-year-old chastised the president for being “a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children,” pointing to his common tactics of “personally insulting — often in a crude and juvenile fashion — those who disagree with him, being a bully at a time when we are attempting to discourage bullying, his frequent disregard for the truth and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity or disability.” CNN


“At long last we are stopping the drug companies in foreign countries from rigging the system. I know all about rigging the system because I had the system rigged on me.”

– U.S. President Donald Trump can’t resist turning his speech at the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta yesterday — which was meant to be about battling the opioid empidemic — into a speech about himself. (He knew it too, adding “Unfortunately that will be your soundbite tonight, but that’s OK.” 🙄CBS News


• Beast Mode

Lululemon is gunning for the big leagues to become a full-fledged fitness giant. At its first analyst day in five years yesterday, CEO Calvin McDonald revealed plans to get into the footwear and wellness product game and double its men’s athletic wear offering. (We imagine Nike and Adidas are shaking in their boots sneakers right about now.) While Lululemon has long embraced yoga, running and strength training as its three key pillars, MacDonald says it intends to expand its core by “design[ing] more frequently” for tennis, swimming, and hiking. But back to the shoes: While sadly, McDonald says the line won’t be ready for launch any time soon (darn), but when it is, it will “enter with something that is unique, defined, and focused.” What is coming soon: a “self-care” line including deodorant, dry shampoo, and lip balm, along with more accessories for both fitness (like foam rollers and training gloves) and fashion (like purses). The company is also testing a loyalty membership program slated for national rollout that includes perks such as access to exclusive products, a personal development curriculum, and a dozen free monthly fitness classes for an annual fee. (Sign us up!) BNN Bloomberg


• Brave New World

Being brave is about more than just hitting send on that #NoMakeupMonday selfie — it’s also, apparently, about using a new ad-blocking web browser that benefits both the user and the site owner. The platform, aptly called Brave, was created by JavaScript creator and former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. His goal was to create a browser that went above and beyond its primary ad-blocking function by compensating both online publishers and users who choose to graciously participate in our capitalist digital economy. This compensation comes in the form of “Basic Attention Tokens” earned by users who opt in to seeing a limited number of ads. The tokens act as a form of cryptocurrency, allowing recipients to cash them out in return for things like free hotel rooms and meals. Users who earn tokens share 70% of the revenue with the creators of the site on which they viewed the ad, which once again proves that your mom was right: sharing is caring. Venture Beat


• Football: The Ultimate Touchdown

Former Toronto Argonaut Terry Greer has been announced as the headliner for this year’s class of inductees to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and the title is well deserved. In 1983, Greer became pro football’s first 2,000-yard receiver and earned a Grey Cup for the Argos — breaking the team’s 31-year drought — before moving south for the NFL in ’85, where he earned two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers and set another record as the first player to achieve the Grey Cup-Super Bowl double. On August 9, the 61-year-old will be inducted at a ceremony in Hamilton alongside four other CFL superstars: Mervyn (Swervin’) Fernandez, Jon Cornish, Ernie Pitts (posthumously) and David Williams. Sportsnet


• The Beautiful People

It’s a good week to be named Jennifer: Jennifer Garner has snagged the cover of People’s 2019 Most Beautiful Issue, and Jennifers Lopez and Aniston also both placed on the magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People list. Garner broke the news of her cover debut on The Ellen Show and admitted that the accolade made her “the most nervous” out of all the prizes she has won in the past. Aside from the Jennifers, some of this year’s other honorees include Melissa McCarthy, Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Oh, Priyanka Chopra, Glenn Close, and several other beautiful ladies on the inside and out. As for the rest of the list (including the dudes) we’ll have to wait until the issue hits newsstands tomorrow to see who made the cut. HuffPost


• Want Fries With That?

Need a vacation? Picture Spongebob living in a pineapple under the sea, but switch out Spongebob for yourself and the pineapple for a baked potato. Staying very on-brand for its state, an Airbnb in Idaho — creatively called the Big Idaho Potato Hotel — is now rentable for $200 a night. Some questions we have about this: does it come with sour cream on top? Are you given a free baked potato upon arrival? Are the walls edible? Sadly (though more realistic), the structure is made of steel and concrete modelled in the shape of a six-ton spud and not actual fluffy carbs and is ready to be booked should you find yourself in South Boise. The Instagram-ready interior is decorated in chic white and millennial pink hues with a queen bed, kitchenette, bathroom, air-conditioner, and fireplace. Insider


• March for Women’s Lives

On April 25, 2004, between 500,000 and 800,000 (mostly) pro-choice protesters took to the streets of Washington D.C. to challenge restrictions on abortion, including the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act signed into law by President George W. Bush. The law has not been repealed.


• In another cut to the province’s health insurance program, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is proposing that the government ends OHIP’s out-of-country travellers’ program

• Speaking of out-of-country health care, the U.S. just declared this year’s measles outbreak as the largest since the disease was “eliminated” in 2000. 

• A driver in California has been charged with eight counts of attempted murder after he “intentionally” drove into a group of pedestrians.  

• Enterprise Holdings (parent company of rental car companies Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and National) is trying its hand at a subscription model— though no word whether or not it’ll make its way to Canada. 

• Despite Hollywood’s best efforts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences won’t change its rules to exclude submissions from Netflix.


• Viral Loop

Dunder-Mifflin forever.

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