We’re so grateful

In honour of Thanksgiving weekend, we've gathered the feel-good news we should all be thankful for.

We’re so grateful

In honour of Thanksgiving weekend, we've gathered the feel-good news we should all be thankful for.

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✨  Good morning! Today is Friday, October 11, 2019, and this is why we can’t live without live TV.


In honour of this Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, we’re pressing pause on the complicated, dense, and upsetting news stories that seem to flood our feeds every day. Instead, we’re focusing on the good stuff, and the many things in this world that we can and should be thankful for.

Whether it’s a former politician participating in a charity event, a homeless woman rising to success or a business dedicating itself to helping vulnerable people, there are uplifting stories all around.

And on that good news note, we’re giving our team Monday off too, so we’ll see you on Tuesday! 


• From the Streets to the Stage

Emily Zamourka went from sleeping on the streets to the stage in just two short weeks. It all started when 52-year-old Zamourka began singing at a subway station for change. A police officer happened to hear her and was captivated by her beautiful voice, later posting a video online called “Subway Soprano.” The video went viral, and eventually caught the attention of a Grammy-nominated music producer, who promptly offered Zamourka a recording contract. The public was also enamoured by her, starting a GoFundMe page and raising more than $60,000 that will go toward helping Zamourka out of poverty. CNN 


• U.S.: Showing Face

Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former President of the United States, demonstrated that nothing will stop him from showing support for his community. Despite the black eye and red welt on the left side of his face, the 95-year-old was greeted by a cheering crowd in Nashville, as he helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity. Carter had fallen the day before, requiring 14 stitches, but he never let his injury stop him from participating in the project. TIME


“Her life story touched my heart. At that moment, I decided I won’t take a cent from her.”

– Simon Matari, an Arab Israeli plumber who refused to charge his 95-year-old client, after he and his brother learned she was a Holocaust survivor. Times of Israel


• Food for Thought

Paramount Fine Foods is lending a hand to another restaurant, offering to help the owners of Soufi’s, a popular Syrian eatery, reopen after it was permanently closed due to its staff receiving numerous death threats. The downtown Toronto restaurant was operated by a Syrian family who recently immigrated to Canada, and felt forced to close up shop for fear of their safety. The CEO of Paramount Fine Foods offered to pay for security to protect the Alsoufi family and staff, and is also considering sending a team of his own employees to help run the shop. Soufi’s is officially reopening today. CTV News 


• Mental Health Matters

Facebook is showing its support for mental health, releasing a new face filter and stickers to make speaking up a little easier. The company rolled out a new “Let’s Talk” filter for Facebook and Messenger stories, which allows users to post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, along with 16 new colourful stickers for Messenger that show words of support, including: “talk to me,” “listening,” and “mental health matters.” The best part is that the tech giant is offering $1 every time a user sends one of the new stickers, which will go to one of 10 mental health organizations. So send some stickers, people! CNET


• Soccer: Long Overdue

When Iran’s national soccer team took the field for a World Cup qualifier yesterday, there were some new fans in the stands: women. Believe it or not, Iranian women have not been allowed to attend soccer games since 1981. The ban was introduced by hard-line conservatives, and since its inception, has been widely protested — especially in recent years. But the activism only grabbed the attention of international rights groups earlier this year, when a soccer fan died after setting herself on fire in protest of a six-month prison sentence for attending a club game. Absolutely shocking (and disturbing), we know. But the good news is, women and girls are now free (as they always should have been) to participate in the action. New York Times 


• Go, O!

Everyone loves Oprah Winfrey and for good reason. The iconic boss just donated $13 million to Morehouse College, a historically black men’s institution in Atlanta, Georgia. Her money is going toward a scholarship program that she instituted 30 years ago, which she first set up with a $12-million donation. Now, Oprah’s total contribution to Morehouse College has reached $25 million — the largest endowment in the history of the school. ABC News


• Who Run the World (Girls)

Today is International Day of the Girl, a UN observation dedicated to highlighting the unique needs of girls, while promoting their potential, empowerment and the importance of fulfilling their human rights around the globe.


Just because we’re in long-weekend mode, doesn’t mean the rest of the world is…

• Two of Rudy Giuliani’s associates were arrested for violating campaign finance laws in a case connected to the Ukraine scandal. 

•  On that note, House Dems have subpoenaed Rick Perry, the secretary of energy, for documents on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

• Tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing Northern Syria, as Turkish forces continue in their cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held regions.

• Speaking of Syria, there are at least 25 Canadian children currently trapped in refugee camps there, not too far from where Turkey is launching the attack. Save the Children Canada is calling on Ottawa to help rescue them. 

• Check your freezers and fridges, ASAP. More than 40 additional items have been recalled in the Canadian meat industry, over possible Listeria contamination in deli chicken and E. coli contamination in beef and veal. 


• Moving Muppet

We love Sesame Street even more now.

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