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Sound bites: Trudeau met Trump in Washington to talk about the new NAFTA • 2.9-million members of Desjardins had their info stolen • Doug Ford shuffled his cabinet • a Canadian was picked third in the NBA draft.


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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and U.S. Prez Donald Trump met up yesterday in Washington, D.C. to talk shop on finalizing the new NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement – which is now called the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement). And it looks like things went well.
But, I thought the two weren’t getting along?
True. The meeting comes a year after Trump slapped extra taxes on Canadian steel and aluminum, citing national security concerns – oh, and threw insults at JT. But now, it seems like cooler heads are prevailing and the pair are ready to get the USMCA ratified and rolling, especially since Mexico is all in. Next up: the new deal needs to get passed through the U.S. House of Representatives before it launches into action. 
OK, sweet. Anything else?
Uh-huh, lots. Among other agreements, perhaps just as important was Trump’s promise (at Trudeau’s request) to mention the two imprisoned Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – to Chinese President Xi Jinping when Trump meets him next week in Japan for the G20 summit. Kovrig and Spavor were suddenly arrested by Chinese authorities after Canada arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver on behalf of the States.


Desjardins, North America’s largest group of credit unions, said the info of 2.9-million members was illegally shared. The Quebec-based company is pointing the finger at one employee it says had “ill intentions.” The employee collected information like names, addresses, birth dates, social insurance numbers, and transaction habits, and shared that info with people outside the organization. Luckily, passwords and security questions weren’t leaked. FYI, credit unions provide chequing accounts, mortgages, business loans, and investment advice. The leak affected more than 40% of Desjardins clients and 173,000 businesses. The employee who leaked the information has since been fired and arrested.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford just made a big shuffle to his cabinet. In total, six ministers were demoted, eight were promoted, and another five changed roles. Among the people who were demoted: Lisa Macleod, formerly Children, Community and Social Services, was moved to Tourism, Culture and Sport. You may know Macleod as the minister who changed up autism funding in Ontario. Lisa Thompson, formerly Education was dropped to Government and Consumer Services. Thompson is the one who said that increasing classroom sizes would make students resilient. So, why the changes? Ford said there’s been some communication problems over the past year and wants to start fresh. But many people aren’t buying it. Ford’s popularity has been slipping since he was elected, and he's been getting backlash for the numerous cuts he’s made. Some suggest Ford is throwing his team under the bus to save himself.


Fresh off the heels of the Toronto Raptors Championship win, the rest of the NBA gathered in New York yesterday for the NBA draft. I.e. the annual event where NBA teams get to pick fresh players – usually from college – to join their teams. There’s a lottery process that determines which team gets to pick first. Teams with lower regular season records have higher chances of winning the lottery. And once the order is set, teams can trade – players, future picks, etc. – to get a higher pick. This year, the top three picks went to: 

  1. New Orleans Pelicans picked Zion Williamson from Duke University
  2. Memphis Grizzlies picked Ja Morant from Murray State University
  3. New York Knicks picked RJ Barrett from Duke University. Fun fact: Barrett was born in Toronto and grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.


One man in Montreal is fighting to make a difference in the world by literally washing it of hate, and he wants to inspire others to do the same. Corey Fleischer founded the #ErasingHate movement 10 years ago. His #ErasingHate army walks around town with power-washers and cleans hate speech graffiti off of public places. Fleischer says blasting hate makes him feel euphoric, and we can’t thank him enough!


• New music: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello teamed up on a steamy new song, Señorita, Nicki Minaj dropped Megatron, and Lil Nas X gave a whole new meaning to Panini.

• MVP Kawhi Leonard was spotted in Toronto having fun at a Jays game, a restaurant, and Home Depot. He stay?

• Check out the latest trailer for Stranger Things 3.

• Grab tissues. Beyoncé and Donald Glover sing Can You Feel The Love Tonight in the new Lion King trailer.

• A fashion influencer pitched her “surprise” engagement to brands for sponsorship. The meticulously planned marketing stunt worked.

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