Sound bites: Huawei is bringing high-speed internet to remote communities in Canada • Stats Canada reported that crime is up but hate crime is down • the U.K. is getting a new prime minister • 500,000 people protested in Puerto Rico, demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello.
PLAYING WITH ICE
Huawei Canada is working with Ice Wireless and Iristel to bring 4G high-speed internet to more than 70 remote communities across Canada by 2025. The plan includes coverage in 20 Arctic communities, 50 communities in northern Quebec, and coverage in parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Huawei’s infrastructure is built to sustain the harsh northern winters, which have often prevented other carriers from providing internet to rural communities. While the Chinese-based company is trying to generate some good PR for itself, China and Canada’s relationship status remains at it’s complicated. Reminder: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is currently under house arrest in Vancouver waiting for possible extradition to the U.S. where she faces charges of conspiracy and fraud. Since her arrest, China has seemingly retaliated against Canada. There are also concerns with Huawei’s security; that the Chinese tech firm will use Canada’s network to steal intelligence and report it back to the Chinese government. Huawei denies these allegations.
UPS AND DOWNS
Stats Canada just released its 2018 report on crime in Canada, and there’s a mix of good and bad news. Overall, police-reported crime in the country is up for the fourth year in a row. But, the rate is still lower than what the country saw 10 years ago.
So, what’s the reason?
An increase in sexual assaults, fraud (think telephone and online scams), thefts over $5k, and shoplifting are the main culprits for pushing the crime rate up by 2%. Specifically, Ontario, PEI, New Brunswick, Nunavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories saw their numbers jump, while Saskatchewan, Quebec, the Yukon, and Nova Scotia saw their numbers drop. There was no change in B.C. and Alberta. A majority of the reported 28,700 sexual assaults in 2018 were considered “level one,” meaning no weapon was used and there was no evidence of physical injury. But, the report also noted that sexual assault numbers are often largely underreported.
Homicide (i.e. murder) rates dropped by 4% in 2018, but, sadly, homicide rates were still 5x higher for Indigenous peoples. And after an increase in the number of hate crimes jumped in 2017, the number went down by 13% in 2018. The main takeaway: we can do better, Canada.
The U.K. is getting a new prime minister today.
Did I miss something?
In May, Prime Minister Theresa May gave in to political pressure and stepped down, after trying - and failing - to secure Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, AKA Brexit. May’s Conservative party will now vote to replace her. The favourite appears to be Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London who sided with Brexit in 2016. More than his politics, he’s known for clumsy antics like this and this. May’s last day is tomorrow when she officially hands in her notice to the Queen and says cheerio to 10 Downing Street.
MARCH OF THE PEOPLE
Over 500,000 people took to the streets of Puerto Rico to demand Governor Ricardo Rossello’s resignation. This is the 10th day in a row that protesters have stormed the streets of the U.S. territory. The protests were sparked by the leak of 889 pages of a group chat that showed Rossello exchanging derogatory and explicit words with his close allies. In the chat, the governor apparently called a former NYC Council speaker a “whore” and made jokes about victims of Hurricane Maria. On Sunday, Rossello apologized but said he was not resigning. Residents said the chat was just “the tip of the iceberg;” they’re accusing Rossello of running a corrupt government. Even President Trump called the Puerto Rican leadership “corrupt and incompetent.” More protests are expected later this week.
Toronto wants to keep its waters clean for the summer. The city is trying something different and installing three floating trash cans just outside of the Outer Harbour Marina. The electronic trash cans, called Seabins, work by sucking in water and using a pump to filter out things like micro-plastics, gas, and spilt oil. The clean water is then pumped back out. Halifax was Canada’s first city to install Seabins, an invention by Australians Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski.
WATCH LISTEN READ
• Hello, neighbour. Are you prepared to shed a tear? Watch Tom Hanks play Mister Rogers in It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.
• BFFs Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are set to write and star in The Last Duel, which is based on the book by Eric Jager. The movie will be produced by Ridley Scott.
• Tessa Thompson is playing Marvel’s first openly gay superhero, Valkyrie, in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
• Three Women by Lisa Taddeo gives us a real-life look at something that’s not often talked about - female desire.
• The next ACE Class event is in two weeks! Calgary, join like-minded and like-hearted women for dinner on August 7th with influential speakers on the patio of Rouge restaurant. Get your ticket before it’s sold out!