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✨ Good morning! Today is Friday, August 30, 2019, and this news makes us want to go shopping. (Not that we need a reason.)
BULLETIN: SO LONG, SWEET SUMMER
It may have its issues, but the U.S. is still our bff. Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised that America would continue to have Canada’s back in securing the release of two Canadian men who have been detained in China. Businessman Michael Spavor and diplomat-on-leave, Michael Kovrig were arrested by Chinese officials late last year in response to Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou late last year. CBC News
Labour Day long weekend has finally arrived. It’s officially time to put away your white jeans and bust out the boots.
Unlike most long weekends, this one is bittersweet, since it’s seen as the unofficial end of summer. The annual holiday is celebrated across Canada and the U.S. on the first Monday of the month, and is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of workers. (Want to know more? We can help you with that.)
Like us, we’re sure you’re crying into your extra-large coffee this morning, so we’re doing our part to perk up your day: get ready for this week’s top feel-good news stories.
Oh, and if you’re looking for us on Monday, we’ll be soaking up the last lazy day of summer with the rest of you.
See you on the other side!
• Wholesale Happiness
Of all the places a four-year-old boy would want to have his birthday party, a membership-only warehouse is probably the least likely location. But for little Armando Martinez, his dream destination to celebrate his birthday was none other than Costco. The Costco Warehouse in Norwalk, Calif., closed down the entire food court to host Armando’s birthday festivities, and even handed out classic Costco tasters and fake membership cards to the lucky attendees. ABC Chicago
• World: Win for Wildlife
At the two-week meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Geneva, the 182 countries in attendance approved a proposal to restrict the export of wild African elephants. The new rule instates that wild elephants can be exported only to African countries where elephants live or used to live, or elsewhere if there is a genuine conservation benefit. The decision is a massive victory for animal welfare, and will hopefully set the precedent for other endangered species. National Geographic
• U.S.: You Say You Want a Revolution?
Yesterday, Israel blocked two U.S. Democratic lawmakers from entering the country. Today, one will be allowed in on humanitarian grounds. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are both outspoken critics of the Israeli government and have supported the boycott movement against the country, had plans to travel to the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week. It’s within the Israeli government’s power to block supporters of the BDS movement from entering the country. President Trump tweeted earlier this week that it would show “great weakness” if the pair were allowed to visit. BBC News
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“This was a victory that made all of that sh*t worth it.”
– Teddy Quinlivan, the face of a new Chanel campaign and the company’s first openly transgender model. HelloGiggles
• Sweet Ride
This one will really lift your spirits. Lyft is launching a new feature in Toronto called the Grocery Access Program, which will give discounted rides to and from select grocery stores for low-income users. Under the new program, which is in partnership with the Black Creek Community Farm and the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, users will be able to share rides for $2.50 a trip. The program already exists in several U.S. states, but it’s being piloted in Toronto and hopefully will expand soon. CP24
• Flip the Switch
Engineers from MIT have developed a robotic thread to treat brain aneurysms and strokes using hydrogels and magnets. Unlike the current radioactive, endovascular procedure which is physically and mentally taxing for both doctor and patient, the robotic thread is springy, allowing it to easily move within tight blood vessels, and the surface is much smoother and biocompatible. Better still, the wire can be magnetically guided remotely so that doctors aren’t exposed to harmful radiation. CTV News
• Football: Team Spirit
Players on Arkansas’s Lyon College football team shaved their heads this past week to support their coach, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. (Is it too late to rename them the Eagles?) The touching tribute was a surprise for the coach, who recently joined the team as offensive coordinator, and comes just a few days before the team kicks off their season at a home game against Missouri Baptist University. (Let’s just say we know who we’re rooting for.) ABC News
• Ready to Rock
Fans of the iconic Canadian band, the Tragically Hip, should subscribe to SiriusXM, stat — the band and radio streaming service have partnered to launch The Tragically Hip Radio, which will play curated hits from the band’s full catalogue, select live recordings, solo work from each of the band’s members, and archived interviews. The station will also feature specialty shows hosted by the surviving band members straight out of their Bathouse studio in Kingston, Ont., as well as songs and artists that influenced the band over the years. The Star
• Life’s a Beach
It’s National Beach Day, a very fitting holiday to kick off the Labour Day long weekend. Nurses and doctors at a children’s hospital in Chicago celebrated early, dressing babies in the NICU in festive summer outfits and decorating cribs with beach balls and flowers.
⚡️ A QUICK SHOT OF REAL NEWS
• According to a DOJ watchdog, former FBI Director James Comey broke FBI policy by keeping, retaining and subsequently leaking his meeting memos with President Trump.
• Air Canada was ordered to pay two francophone customers $21,000 for repeated violations of language rights.
• Hurricane Dorian continues to pick up steam, strengthening to a Category 2 storm as it barrels towards Florida.
• The federal government denied youth summer job grants to 24 organizations this year, claiming said groups were trying to weaken abortion access and sexual health services.
• Ontario is cracking down on cell phone usage in schools. Starting Nov. 4, 2019, classrooms will be a no-phone zone.
• Forever 21 may not be forever. The popular retailer is reportedly preparing to file for bankruptcy.
• Hitting the Books
Going to class would have been a lot easier if this was your prof. 😍