Sound bites: China is threatening to halt meat imports from Canada • 100 migrant kids were sent back to the Border Patrol facility in Texas • Stephanie Grisham is the new White House press secretary • San Francisco wants to ban all sales of e-cigarettes.
NICE TO MEAT YOU
China is stepping up the petty by banning all Canadian meat from being exported to the country. It’s another step in the escalating political tension between Canada and China. In December, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on behalf of the U.S., who charged Meng and Huawei with conspiracy, fraud, and obstruction. The U.S. said Meng lied about doing business with Iran while the country was under U.S. sanctions. Since then, China has retaliated fast and furiously by arresting two Canadian businessmen, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, for “selling state secrets.”
What’s meat got to do with it?
China is claiming that 100 forged health certificates were found in meat products imported from Canada. The Chinese embassy says customs police also found ractopamine – an added ingredient that is banned in certain countries (not Canada) – in some pork products sent from Canada. Canada’s Minister of Agriculture acknowledged issues with the certificates but said food exports remain safe. Canada has since stopped issuing export certificates for pork and beef products to China, which could negatively affect Canadian pork producers since China is Canada’s third largest pork buyer after the U.S. and Japan.
Commissioner John Sanders, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, resigned yesterday. He’s staying tight-lipped about his reasons, but the timing is interesting considering his agency just got called out for housing migrant children in horrible conditions. Reminder: most of the 300 kids held at the Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas were transferred out recently following reports they had inadequate access to food and water. But, it sounds like things have changed yet again, and, as Sanders announced his resignation, over 100 of the kids were sent back.
Sadly, no – and we don’t know why. What Sanders is saying, though, is that the issues are due to a lack of funding. Critics argue frantic policy changes and threats by the U.S. government to close the border (hi, Donald) have made matters worse. The result is an influx of migrants, overcrowding at facilities, inhumane conditions, and even the death of several migrant children in U.S. custody. Now, House Democrats are working on a $4.5-billion humanitarian assistance package, while the Republican-dominated Senate is pushing a $4.6-billion package of its own. The difference: the House package has restrictions on how the money can be used, i.e. it can’t be used for things like enforcement and building Trump’s border wall.
THIRD TIME'S A CHARM
The White House has a new press secretary. After Sarah Sanders announced her resignation earlier this month, First Lady Melania Trump tweeted yesterday that her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, would be transitioning into the vacant role. Grisham is Trump’s third press secretary after Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders and has been working with the family since 2015. In her new role, Grisham will be the president’s first line of defence against the media and will be responsible for protecting the White House while also being truthful.
SETTING AN EXAMPLE
San Francisco wants to ban all sales of e-cigarettes in stores and online. Yes, all. The city already got rid of flavoured tobacco and e-cigarette liquids, like several cities across the U.S., but San Fran will be the first to propose such an extreme rule. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors (similar to a city council) wants to prevent kids from getting addicted to nicotine – last year, the number of high schoolers who used e-cigarettes increased by 78%! In Canada, it’s illegal to sell vaping products to people under 18. But e-cigarette company Juul says banning the products won’t actually address the real reason kids are smoking, and it will force adults to go back to smoking cigarettes, which are believed to be much deadlier. The proposed ban now heads to Mayor London Breed, who has already expressed her support.
This house was built out of plastic water bottles, and it looks fancy af. Founded by Canadian East Coast entrepreneurs Joel German and David Saulnier, JD Composites constructed the home out of over 600,000 water bottles. The bottles were melted down to build the home’s walls, and they’re stronger and provide better insulation than conventionally built homes. Not convinced? Even with all the benefits of helping the environment, the house costs about the same as a regular home.
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