✨Good morning! Today is Monday, June 24, 2019, and unfortunately, you’re about to get really, really angry.
BULLETIN: LOUD AND PROUD
• The Background
In a spirited celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride, thousands flooded the streets of several cities around the world this weekend, covered in rainbows and cheering for equality. Canada’s largest ever pride parade took place in Toronto on Sunday, featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor John Tory among the crowds of people. In a speech, Trudeau said it’s important for young people to see “politicians of all different stripes” looking to support them and the broader community. Other events during Pride Month (more on its history here) were held across the country, including Saskatchewan, where Premier Scott Moe participated in his first parade on Saturday. Globe and Mail
• What Else You Need to Know
Meanwhile, in Europe, thousands marched for gay pride in Ukraine on Sunday, in the biggest and most peaceful parade Kiev has ever seen. And in Romania, thousands took to the streets in Bucharest on Saturday, just one year after the country had failed a referendum to ban gay marriage.
• What’s Next?
Pride Month isn’t over. Parades are still planned for the comings days, including New York’s massive LGBT Pride March, which will be held on June 30. Other Canadian cities, like Montreal and Ottawa, will celebrate Pride later in the summer.
• Planet Protest
In a passionate protest, 70 environmental advocates led a demonstration outside the New York Times headquarters on Saturday, demanding that the newspaper start referring to global warming as a climate emergency. Demonstrators completely blocked off the street and secured a “climate change = mass murder” banner to the iconic New York Times skyscraper. (That’s one way to get our attention.) The word “change” was crossed out and replaced with “emergency.” Police eventually removed the banners and arrested all 70 protestors. Reuters
• U.S.: Peace Offering
President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner just unveiled the first section of the highly anticipated U.S. Middle East peace plan, called “Peace to Prosperity.” The initiative will be officially presented in Bahrain at a press conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Kushner has already revealed some of the details: the U.S. aims to raise more than $50 billion and create one million Palestinian jobs within the next 10 years. The Trump administration claimed its foremost goal is to draw unprecedented international investment in Palestinians and substantially improve infrastructure and internal governance complications that have long plagued the West and Gaza Strip. But so far, Palestinians aren’t thrilled with the so-called peace offering. One senior official was quick to reject the plan entirely, claiming that Trump is obviously pro-Israel and is just trying to buy off the Palestinians only to deprive them of an independent state. Yahoo!
• World: Rallying Cry
In the largest protest in 30 years (since the fall of communism) in the Czech Republic, the streets of Prague were flooded with peeved protestors yesterday, demanding that their billionaire prime minister resign (along with his justice secretary Marie Benesova). Prime Minister Andrej Babis is in the hot seat, after he was accused of fraud and working with the Communist-era secret police. (Apparently over the last 10 years, a company he once owned illegally obtained $2-million worth of EU funds.) After two months of smaller demonstrations against the PM, an estimated 250,000 protestors took Letna Plain park in the nation’s capital, rallying against the minority government. Despite Babis denying any misconduct, a no-confidence vote has been scheduled for Wednesday. CNN
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content.”
– Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency, announcing that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received an “excellent” letter from President Donald Trump. However, no word on what the letter actually said. (We’re assuming it included some yuge news.) CityNews
• Hosting Duties
Calgary’s just added a pretty important event to its calendar for 2023: it’ll be hosting the World Petroleum Congress after squeaking by with a narrow 21–20 vote win on the fourth ballot. Voting on the host city for the WPC’s 24th edition took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, where other contenders (Kazakhstan, Dubai and Buenos Aires) were knocked out of the running in earlier rounds. According to Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the bid to host has been five years in the making. It’s (apparently) great news for Canada’s energy sector and even greater news for Calgary’s economy, with a hot $65 million in economic activity expected to be brought in with the event (not to mention the more than 5,000 delegates from 80 countries). This is the second time Calgary will host — the city hosted once before in 2000. CBC News
• Prime Perks 📖
Charge up your Kindle – Amazon’s Prime Reading perk has made its way to Canada and bookworms are fired up. The Prime Reading perk offers members a rotating selection of books and comics, some of which include Audible narration, for free on any Kindle or Amazon-supported device. Members have been primed (pun intended) to expect hundreds of diverse options featuring the “read for free” perk advertised on any Prime Reading material. The idea is that Prime members will love the free reading feature so much they’ll opt to subscribe to Amazon’s $9.99-per-month Kindle Unlimited service, which opens up a library of more than a million titles. The Verge
• Hockey: Daft Draft
Not a day goes by when Canadians don’t have ice on their minds in some form or another, and while summer’s just getting started, the NHL just finished its first round of draft picks for the new season. The Vancouver Canucks certainly have hockey fans talking after taking some heavy cuts and turning their first-round rebuild into a potentially two-year-long nightmare. (Ouch.) The winners of the weekend include the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers who scored the league jackpot with Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, respectively; the Colorado Avalanche traded Matt Duchene for defenceman Bowen Byram; and the Montreal Canadiens scored with record-scorer Cole Caufield. The weekend rounded out with a record number of Americans picked up in the first round, many from the U.S. National Team Development Program, but the rest was, frankly, a head-scratcher. Sporting News
• It’s a Celebration
Last night, stars gathered in L.A. in a “celebration of black culture” at the 19th annual BET Awards. Cardi B kicked off the night with a steamy performance, along with picking up the award for album of the year (Invasion of Privacy) and best female hip-hop artist. Predictably, Beyoncé won for best female R&B/pop artist and Bruno Mars picked up the trophy in the best male category. On the acting side of things, Regina King won for best female actress and Michael B. Jordan won for best male. You can see all the night’s winners here.
• Just Plane Scary
The air-travel industry has been getting a bad rap lately — and this story isn’t going to make things any better. This time, Air Canada’s taken centre stage after a woman woke up cold and alone on a parked plane after travelling from Quebec to Toronto. According to reports, she was still buckled into her seat and had just enough battery left on her phone to call a friend for help. Luckily, the friend gathered enough information on the quick call and was able to call Pearson Airport to let them know that they’d missed a human when cleaning the aircraft. Meanwhile, the woman found a torch in the cockpit and used it to attract attention. She was eventually found by a luggage cart operator and claims to have had recurring night terrors ever since. (And you thought being on a crowded airplane was bad…) BBC News
• French Festivities
Today is “Fête Nationale” in Quebec, otherwise known as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. French colonists originally brought the tradition to commemorate St. John the Baptist, who was later named the patron saint of French-speaking Canadians. Parades and parties will be scattered across the province. And some of our friends on the East Coast are also celebrating today: in Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s Discovery Day, a provincial holiday to commemorate the discovery of the island.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• A seven-storey building collapsed in Cambodia, leaving at least 18 people dead and 24 injured. Officials are still searching for survivors.
• A skydiving plane crashed in Hawaii and burst into flames, killing all 11 people on board.
• Raptors fans got some good news yesterday: Kawhi Leonard declined his $21.3 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, with sources saying he’s seriously considering re-signing with Toronto. (#HeStay?)
• World-famous Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife Beth Chapman’s battle with throat cancer has taken a turn for the worse: over the weekend, the reality TV star was placed in a medically-induced coma.
• Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are getting ready to tie the knot for a second time. Friends and family have begun to arrive in Paris for the main event.
• Crazy Combinations
Whoever said salads are healthy never saw these recipes.