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✨ Good morning! Today is Thursday, November 7, 2019, and this is downright laughable.
BULLETIN: NO FRIEND OF MINE
• The Background
A Canadian mining company is at the centre of a devastating assault. At least 47 people were killed and 60 wounded in Burkina Faso when a convoy was attacked, carrying employees of Semafo Inc. — a Montreal-based gold mining firm. Five company buses were transporting national employees, contractors and suppliers at the time of the incident. No Canadian citizens were reported to have been killed or injured. Semafo operates two mines in Burkina Faso. Globe and Mail
• What Else You Need to Know
The motive behind the attack, or who exactly perpetrated it, is still unclear, but it was certainly targeted. Burkina Faso has seen a notable surge in attacks in 2019, particularly as groups associated with ISIS and al-Qaeda have expanded in the region. The attack is the fourth assault on the company in the last 15 months, prompting Semafo to declare it will heighten its security measures.
• What’s Next?
In a public statement, the company sent its condolences to the victims and their families. It said the mining sites remain secure and operations have not been impacted. Following the attack, Semafo’s stock price dropped 11%.
• Caught in the Crossfire
In the deadliest attack since a separatist rebellion began in 2004, gunmen killed 15 village defence volunteers and injured several security personnel in southern Thailand. The coordinated attack could signal that anti-government insurgents are shifting focus from targeting police and soldiers to volunteers with minimal protection. The insurgency began 15 years ago in the southern provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala — where Muslims are the majority in a predominantly Buddhist country. Since the onset of the conflict, more than 7,000 people have been killed. Associated Press
• Canada: Note Vote, No Problem
Despite losing the federal election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is celebrating a small win. The Conservative caucus has decided against forcing a vote that would have resulted in a leadership review, and could have ultimately ousted Scheer as the leader of the party. Instead, MPs said they’ll wait for a leadership review in April at a delegated party convention. Newly elected and returning MPs expressed their support for Scheer as they headed into the caucus meeting. They also said they hoped to fully debrief on the 2019 campaign to determine what worked and what (obviously) didn’t. CTV News
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses, but also to learn firsthand about the facts of the president’s misconduct.”
– Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the U.S. Intelligence Committee chairman, announcing that the public impeachment hearings on President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will begin next week. (Pass the popcorn!) New York Times
• U.S.: Making a Pact
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill that animal lovers (like us) will be thrilled about. The bipartisan bill, Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, federally criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty. If enacted, the law would make it a felony for any person to engage in animal crushing — video recordings in which helpless animals are tortured in unfathomable ways. (Yes, unfortunately that’s a thing.) The next step in the process is for U.S. President Donald Trump to sign, and if he does, the bill will become federal law. ABC News
• Bell Buys In
Following a deadly shooting that left five people dead over the weekend at an Airbnb property, the company is taking major action to address safety concerns. For one, Airbnb will now verify 100% of its listings and carry out manual reviews of high-risk listings. It’s also vowing to establish a “guest guarantee” in the event that a guest feels the space does not match the listing. The company will create what it’s calling a “24/7 neighbour hotline,” which will be staffed by live representatives. NBC News
• Subject Matter
If you’re interested in keeping up to date on specific topics rather than certain accounts, Twitter is rolling out the perfect feature for you. “Topics” will allow users to follow more than 300 subjects ranging from sports to politics and everything in between. The new tool will help users discover unique accounts that share the types of content they’re looking for, while engaging in conversations with other users who share the same interests. Topics will roll out globally on Nov. 13. The Verge
• Dead Yet Alive
Iconic Hollywood actor James Dean is set to star in a new Vietnam war drama. We know what you’re thinking: he’s dead, isn’t he? Yes, but that’s not stopping directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh. They have acquired the rights to digitally re-animate the actor so he can star in his fourth movie. The film will be an adaptation of Gareth Crocker’s novel, Finding Jack. The directors plan to use pre-existing footage and photos of Dean to create an animated version of him, while another actor will provide the voice. The Guardian
THE WEEKEND PLAYLIST
In case you need a pick-me-up to get you through the start of the winter season, New York Times bestselling author Neil Pasricha just released a new book titled, You are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life.
We’re not ashamed to admit that we’re big fans of Shameless, and lucky for us, season 10 is premiering this Sunday night (Crave, 9pm ET).
Podcast people, listen up: there’s a new podcast called “The Rules of Work” by The Muse, which delves into the changing work landscape through interviews with creative executives and industry experts.
• The Circle of Life
You definitely won’t find this kind of jewellery at Tiffany’s (at least, we hope not). A British man and father of five who is getting a vasectomy at the end of November isn’t quite ready to let go of his manhood. So naturally, he decided the best option was to make his remaining sperm into the ultimate symbol of eternity — a ring. (We know love is forever, but this?) He reached out to several online jewellers looking for someone who would be willing to turn his swimmers into something special. And perhaps the most vile part of this story: the man is giving his sperm-ring to his wife for Christmas. (How romantic? 😬) The Sun
• Red Cup Revival
Starbucks’ iconic red Christmas cups are officially back. To celebrate the start of red-cup season, Starbucks is dishing out free reusable Christmas cups today only.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• A raging attacker randomly stabbed eight people, including tourists, visiting a popular site in Jordan.
• A possible suspect has been arrested in the massacre of a prominent Mormon family in Mexico.
• In a literal (and terrifying) false alarm, a pilot accidentally set off a hijack alarm, sparking a major security alert and ensuing chaos at an Amsterdam airport.
• In an effort to address the migrant crisis, France is imposing quotas on the number of foreign workers from outside the EU.
• Uber is dipping its toes into the ad business with the hope that selling space on the platform will create a new (and needed) revenue stream.
• GyNo Thank You
This is what we call major daddy issues.