This week’s all about Turkey

Boris Johnson takes another stab at a Brexit deal, two more media companies are merging and the latest and greatest from Microsoft's hardware event.

This week’s all about Turkey

Boris Johnson takes another stab at a Brexit deal, two more media companies are merging and the latest and greatest from Microsoft's hardware event.

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✨  Good morning! Today is Thursday, October 10, 2019, and Chick-Fil-A must pay their employees really, really well


• The Background

Tensions are mounting in Syria and around the world, after Turkey launched a long-planned military invasion in northeast Syria yesterday. The goal of the offensive is to push U.S.-backed Kurdish forces away from the Turkish border and create a “safe zone” to resettle Syrian refugees. The move comes only a few days after President Trump announced that he’s pulling back U.S. troops from the area, prompting criticism. The decision to pull the troops paves the path for Turkey to attack Kurdish forces — an American-backed militia helping to defeat ISIS. Though Turkey has long sought to root out Kurdish forces in the region, the plan has moved quickly since President Trump gave the operation a green light in a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. New York Times

• What Else You Need to Know

Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery across the border and sent out fighter jets, leaving at least two civilians dead so far. The offensive operation could ignite a dangerous new battle in an already eight-year-old war. Notably, the conflict pits two U.S. allies against one another, which will undoubtedly leave President Trump in a precarious position.

• What’s Next?

Once the operation had officially begun, Trump clarified his stance, claiming “the United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.” He also threatened to “wipe out” Turkey’s economy if Turkey wipes out the Kurdish population in the area. 


• Unholy Attack

On the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, at least two people were shot and killed at a synagogue and nearby kebab shop in eastern Germany. One suspect is in police custody while two other suspects fled the scene in a hijacked car. The assailant live-streamed the shooting, shouting anti-Semitic slurs as he tried to get into the synagogue. NBC News 


From now until Oct. 21, we’ll be bringing you all the updates from the campaign trail (including who’s making promises and who’s breaking ’em).

• Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer vowed to end illegal border crossings by asylum seekers coming into Canada, focusing instead on economic immigration and protecting refugees in the most danger.

• Green Party Leader Elizabeth May emphasized her commitment to a “level playing field” promising to implement taxes on large tech companies like Facebook and Netflix should she be elected.  

• (No) Power to the People

Thousands of residents in Northern California are trapped in the dark, after Pacific Gas & Electric (P&E), California’s largest utility company, intentionally cut power to more than one million customers. The number of impacted residents is expected to rise, as the company tries to prevent wildfires during the exceptionally windy and dry conditions currently plaguing the region. It could take days to restore power to some customers, as power lines need to be checked before being re-energized. USA Today


“He’s shooting holes in the Constitution. And we cannot let him get away with it.”

– Former Vice President Joe Biden calls for President Trump’s impeachment for the very first time, amid a scandal with Ukraine that involves digging up dirt on Biden and his son Hunter. (Need a recap? We got you.) CNN


• Billion-Dollar Ruling

Johnson & Johnson is on the line, yet again. The company was ordered to pay $8 billion in punitive damages in a case where a man claimed the drug company didn’t provide necessary warning that an antipsychotic drug could lead to breast growth in boys. The drug, Risperdalis, is often prescribed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the irritability that comes with ASD. J&J said the decision was “grossly disproportionate” and that it plans to appeal. USA Today

• Login Leak

The personal information of more than 37,000 Canadians may be in the hands of a hacker, after TransUnion announced that its system had been compromised this past summer. According to the official announcement, “someone” fraudulently accessed its data through using a customer’s login credentials at some point in either June or July 2019. The hack seems to have come through an account with Canadian Western Bank (CWB), which was then used to perform unauthorized credit checks, giving the hacker access to names, birthdays, current and former addresses, details of existing credit and loan obligations, credit repayment history and in some cases, social insurance numbers. CBC News


• Must Love Dogs

Uber wants everyone to be a customer — even our furry friends. The ride-hailing service announced another improvement yesterday, adding Uber Pet to its list of ride options. Starting on Oct. 16, users in several U.S. cities (Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa Bay) will be able to request a ride in a vehicle that allows pets for a small surcharge. Drivers will also have the option of declining trips with animals. The new service will only apply to non-service animals — service animals will still be able to ride in any vehicle free of charge. No word yet on when (or if) Uber Pet will make its way to Canada. TechCrunch


• Bringing it Back

The Eagles are flying once again. The classic rock band has officially announced a “Hotel California” tour next year, which is set to hit six U.S. cities and will feature 77 musicians on stage to play the iconic 1976 album from start to finish. Hotel California recently surpassed Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the best album of all time. Tickets go on sale Oct. 18 at 10am. New York Post


• Read

Good news for Harry Potter fans: the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firejust hit store shelves, and fans are already freaking out.

• Watch

Speaking of deprived fandoms, the day Breaking Bad lovers have been waiting for is finally here: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie hits Netflix tomorrow.

• Listen

Global News and reporter Nancy Hixt take listeners into some of the most high-profile criminal cases in Canadian history in the second season of the podcast, Crime Beat.


• Playing Chicken

We all know how serious some vegans can be about their veganism. Eating meat anywhere near them can be enough to deeply offend, never mind sharing a meaty meal with them when they’re drunk. A 24-year-old vegan woman reported her friends to police (guess they’re not really friends) after she found out that she was fed chicken nuggets in a drunken stupor. She later found out the video of her eating said nuggets was on Snapchat, and took the recording straight to the cops. Now three of her friends (but are they really?) are facing charges. Mirror


• Be Mindful

Today is World Mental Health Day, a worldwide UN observation to raise awareness about the mental health issues many suffer with in silence. This year’s focus is suicide, which takes a life every 40 seconds. 


• American Toys R Us stores are getting a second lease on life, thanks to Target, which is relaunching the chain’s online store just in time for the holidays.  

• American Airlines has announced it will start flying the Boeing 737 MAX planes again on Jan.16, 2020, following the two deadly crashes that kept the planes grounded for several months.

• The overall price of cannabis fell to $7.37 per gram in the third quarter, compared to the the second quarter of the year, when it was $7.87 per gram — a 6.4% decrease.

• There’s a new film based on the Thai cave rescue that captivated the entire globe last summer. The Cave is set to premiere in late November.

Canadian Michael Woods took home the top prize in the Milan-Turin cycling race in Italy. 


• Snow in the Water

Just some good, old-fashioned, family vacation fun

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