Wake me up when September ends

The latest on Hurricane Dorian, Google makes a much-needed update to Gmail and there's a new record-holder in the MLB.

Wake me up when September ends

The latest on Hurricane Dorian, Google makes a much-needed update to Gmail and there's a new record-holder in the MLB.

✨  Good morning! Today is Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and who knew we’d already have plans for 2040.


• The Background

While most of us in Canada enjoyed the Labour Day long weekend relaxing and getting ready for the fall, many of our neighbours south of the border spent the last few days dealing with the wrath of Hurricane Dorian. The slow-moving, Category 5 storm parked itself over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday night, blasting the region with destructive winds, relentless rain and a devastating storm surge. At least five people, including an eight-year-old boy, have died on the Abaco Islands since the hurricane made landfall, and dozens more are missing. More than 13,000 homes were severely damaged or destroyed in the impacted area. CNN

• What Else You Need to Know

The storm’s expected to move dangerously close to Florida’s east coast, but if it moves north, the state could be spared from its full force. The National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane, storm surge, and tropical storm watches and warnings from the Atlantic coast of Florida northward into South Carolina. The governor of Virginia has also declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm’s approach, as Dorian is anticipated to hit southeastern Virginia at some point on Thursday. 

• What’s Next?

Canadians have been advised to avoid all travel to Florida and the Bahamas. In a tweet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada’s “ready to provide support if needed.” 


• Smoke on the Water

A 75-foot commercial diving boat off the coast of Santa Cruz Island in Southern California caught fire early yesterday, leaving over twenty passengers dead and the remaining passengers unaccounted for. The boat, dubbed the Conception, was a commercial scuba diving vessel that was operated by Truth Aquatics, a popular diving company. The boat was carrying 38 people, including five crew members who were able to jump off the boat as the flames broke out. The rest of the passengers were sleeping. The cause of the inferno is still unknown. Global News 

• Saturday Shoot-Out

This is sadly too familiar. A man in Texas opened fire over the weekend after a routine traffic stop, killing seven people and injuring 22 more, before he was shot and killed by police outside a movie theatre. The rampage appeared to be random, though it occurred seven hours after the shooter had been fired from his job. The victims include 57-year-old Rodolfo “Rudy” Arco, who moved to Texas after the Las Vegas music festival massacre in the hopes that it would be a safer place to live, and 17-month-old Anderson Davis, who caught shrapnel in the mouth but is expected to fully recover. NPR


• World: So Complicated

Canadians may not be the only ones heading to the polls in October. Yesterday, the U.K.’s newly elected prime minister, Boris Johnson, said the government may be forced to hold a general election on Oct. 14, 2019, if MPs vote against a no-deal Brexit today. (Johnson’s said he’s willing to leave with or without a deal.) If British parliament prevents the U.K. from leaving the EU without an agreement on Oct. 31, 2019, the Oct. 14 election would force the PM to request a Brexit extension until Jan. 31, 2020. BBC News


“We will never forget. We want to remember and we will remember.”

– German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier asks the Polish people for forgiveness on behalf of his country, 80 years after the Nazis invaded Poland during WWII. France24


• Getting Chatty

Skype, which is traditionally viewed as a video-chatting app, is facing some tough competition with text-based chat apps like WhatsApp, so it’s finally bringing its messaging features into 2019. This week’s updates include drafts, the ability to bookmark important messages, and preview photos, videos, and other files, which are also sent and received in a more streamlined fashion. Aside from its messaging updates, Skype also improved its functionality by releasing new split-window support for all Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. (Glad to see we’re back to the future.) TechCrunch


• Baseball: Double Trouble

Even though the Minnesota Twins lost to the Detroit Tigers this weekend, they still came out on top — the Twins just broke the MLB single-season record, racking up a total of 268 homers so far this season. The impressive tally surpassed the previous record, held by the Seattle Mariners, who homered 264 times in 1997. Despite the Twins hammering six home runs in Saturday night’s game, the Tigers still took home the win with a 10–7 victory. Sportsnet


• Weekend Wreckage

Kevin Hart has undergone back surgery after sustaining “major” injuries from a horrific car crash Saturday night. Hart’s wife, Eniko, was seen on her way to the hospital Sunday morning, telling reporters that Hart is awake and recovering. Both the vehicle’s driver and his fiancé were pinned inside the car; the driver, Jared Black, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries but is said to be recovering, while his fiancé, celebrity trainer Rebecca Broxterman, sustained only minor injuries. TMZ


• This is Riddikulus

It appears we all need to beware of Potterheads — apparently they can summon actual demons with the fictional spells from Harry Potter. At least that’s the story being told by Rev. Dan Reehil, the pastor at St. Edward junior school in Nashville. Acting on the advice of “several” exorcists, the books were removed from the school’s library this term. Reehil emailed parents to let them know of the decision, warning that the “curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits.” (Sounds pretty cool, to be honest.) The Guardian


• Right for Rights

It’s been 38 years since the United Nations instituted an international treaty protecting the rights of women all over the world. The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was enacted on Sept. 3, 1981, and has since been ratified by 55 countries.


• The long-awaited trial for the five men accused of planning the 9/11 terrorist attack is set for January 2021. 

• An anti-Muslim heckler (who calls himself the leader of the “National Citizens Alliance”) verbally attacked MPP Gurratan Singh yesterday at Muslimfest. 

• France and Iran are working diligently to maintain the commitments the EU, the U.S. and Iran made in the 2015 nuclear deal. 

• Thanks to Google, your post-vacation email inbox just got a little less scary. Gmail can now warn that a coworker’s on vacation before the sender hits “send.”

• Hollywood lost an icon over the weekend. Valerie Harper, star of the Mary Tyler Moore Showpassed away at the age of 80


• Major Announcement

This has to be a bride’s worst nightmare

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