We know you’re busy out there crushing your goals, so we’re keeping you in the loop on what’s going on in the headlines. Powered by Pressed News, here are five things you need to know from this past week—from Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry to McDonald’s Sweden’s McHive.
1. ON YOUR BADDEST BEHAVIOUR
Are you as glued to the drama happening south of the border as much as we are? If you just jumped in on the action, U.S. President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats after getting called out by an anonymous whistleblower for showing shady (read: potentially illegal) behaviour on a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump allegedly used his presidential power to muscle Zelensky into digging up dirt on political rival and presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Right, I remember. So, what’s new?
On Thursday, we got to see the edited version of the whistleblower’s actual complaint. In it, the whistleblower said they had an “urgent concern” about Trump’s actions, alleging the President used his power to “solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” Yep, that sounds hella’ illegal. The complaint also details how Trump got his personal lawyer, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, to contact Zelensky. This apparently required Giuliani to side-step “national security decision-making processes.” Another big no-no.
Is there more?
Yep. The complaint also mentions how White House officials were told by White House lawyers to “lockdown” the word-for-word transcript of the call and move it into a more restricted computer system typically reserved for classified info. Um, suspicious much?
Oh, snap is right. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (who’s leading the impeachment inquiry) said this has “coverup” written all over it. Trump went on the defensive by calling out the Dems for trying to “destroy the Republican party” and labelling the whistleblower as “close to a spy.” Meanwhile, Trump’s acting Director of National Intelligence maintains the whistleblower did the right thing.
2. THE PLANET IS ON STRIKE
If your commute was slower than usual this morning, it’s probably because your city is on strike – as in, on a climate strike. Millions of people around the world are expected to take to the streets today to demand that world leaders act against climate change.
Didn’t this already happen?
It’s happened a few times, actually, as part of Fridays For Futures. And last Friday, ahead of the UN Climate Summit, 150 countries participated in strikes to spark an urgency among world leaders attending the summit. Today, in Canada, around 200 strikes and meetups are happening in cities like Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. The largest strike in Canada is taking place in Montreal, where climate activist (and teenager) Greta Thunberg and PM Justin Trudeau will be in attendance. The march is expected to gather 300,000 people and will start at noon today at the George-Étienne Cartier Monument in Mount Royal Park. Metro and Bixi bikes will be free all afternoon. Many schools will also be closed, and companies like MEC and Lush Cosmetics have closed their shops and encouraged their staff to join the strikes. Find a march near you with this interactive map.
3. DAY 17
We’re officially 24 days away from the Canadian federal election and 17 days into the campaign. The leaders vying to be Canada’s next prime minister have been making strategic announcements across the country. Here’s what you missed:
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said, if elected, his government would more than double a disaster and relief fund for communities across Canada and lower the threshold to qualify for funding. Singh said he’d invest some of that money immediately to prevent the devastation often left behind after a natural disaster.
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer was in P.E.I. when he announced his plan to help veterans. Specifically, to clear up the backlog of benefit applications. As of last December, over 27,000 claims were in the queue.
Liberal Party leader PM Justin Trudeau was in Ontario to announce his plans to cut cellphone bills by 25% and make the first $15,000 of a person’s income tax-free (if they’re making less than $147,000).
In Manitoba, Green Party leader Elizabeth May said her party wants to tackle the opioid crisis in Canada by treating drug addiction as a health issue vs. criminal issue. May promised to decriminalize all drug possession if elected.
4. THINGS GETTING SETTLED
Boeing settled its first lawsuits from the Lion Air 737 MAX crash in Indonesia that killed all 189 people on board. The first settlement represents 11 families, which Reuters reported will each get at least $1.2 million. The news came just two days after Boeing announced that it would be giving $144,500 to families of victims in the Lion Air crash and the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. Boeing is facing over 150 lawsuits from both accidents. After the crashes, 737 MAX 8s were grounded worldwide, which, the airplane manufacturer said, will cost them more than $8 billion.
5. GOOD NEWS
McDonald's billboards in Sweden are getting a lot of buzz for not only advertising everyone’s fave fast-food chain but also for promoting real estate for honey bees. That’s right, to help boost the country’s declining honey bee population, McDonald’s is drilling holes in their billboards to make them a safe place for our world’s beloved little pollinators to take shelter! Going by the name, “McHive”.
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