Thursday, July 04, 2019 View this email in your browser

Sound bites: Ontario is getting 50 new weed stores • charges were dropped against a woman who was charged for the death her unborn baby • an Instagram and Facebook outage sent social media users to Twitter • Boeing is giving $100-million to the families of the victims of the 737 MAX plane crashes.



Ontario is about to get (even more) high. The province is set to open 50 more legal pot stores in the fall, exactly one year after the legalization of cannabis in Canada. In order to be eligible to apply to become one of the 50 stores, retailers must have their financials in order and show that they’ve secured a space. 22 stores are already open, chosen from a lottery system earlier this year. Eight of the new spots will be reserved for First Nation reserves, and 13 of the 50 slots will be in Toronto. Winners will be chosen on Aug. 20. In October, weed edibles and topicals will become legal across the country.

What else?
The cannabis industry was surprised by the news that Bruce Linton, the co-CEO of Canopy Growth, was fired. This is a big deal because Linton is the most recognizable name in the industry and Canopy is Canada’s largest cannabis producer. In August, alcohol giant Constellation Brands made a $5-billion investment in Canopy, and since then, has been keeping a close eye on Linton and Canopy’s growth. Recently, Linton got in trouble for producing bad year-end results and for a controversial article where he claimed that black market weed is laced with fentanyl (there’s no proof of that).


Charges were dropped against a woman in Alabama who was charged with manslaughter after the death of her unborn baby. A pregnant Marshae Jones got into a fight with a woman named Ebony Jemison last month that resulted in Jemison shooting Jones in the stomach and killing her baby. Jones was later charged with manslaughter.
Wait, what?
Seems backwards, right? Jemison was originally the one charged with manslaughter, but a jury later let her off the hook because an investigation found that Jones was the one who started the fight. And because Alabama has strict “personhood” laws – which gives a fetus equal (or more) protections as a living child – the state blamed Jones for the death, saying she put the baby in danger by starting the fight. Activists were outraged. Could driving a car or going for a run also be considered putting a fetus at risk? Yesterday, Alabama’s District Attorney dropped the charges, saying “there are no winners, only losers, in this sad ordeal.” Alabama is the same state that passed a ban on abortion in May that makes it a crime to get an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, making no exception for incest or rape. And doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison – the same sentence given to a murderer or rapist.


If you noticed that your Insta account, WhatsApp, or Facebook profile were on their baddest behaviour (again) yesterday, you weren’t alone. Instagram began reporting issues early yesterday in parts of Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Users complained that images and videos weren’t loading. The outage was the result of a glitch on Instagram’s end. Facebook (which owns Instagram and WhatsApp) said that it “triggered an issue making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos” while completing routine maintenance. Cue the millennial meltdown. Insta users inevitably turned to Twitter to express their frustrations.


Aerospace company Boeing is giving $100-million US to the families of the victims who lost their lives in two of the company’s 737 MAX plane crashes. Reminder: last October, a Lion Air flight went down shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia and killed all 189 people on board. A few months later, in March, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed near the capital city of Addis Ababa and killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians. The suspected cause of both accidents was a software malfunction; software Boeing says it’s fixing. Several countries, including Canada, grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8s as a result. The company is now trying to make amends by giving money to organizations that will distribute funds to support education (i.e. tuition for children of victims) and other living expenses. Boeing said the funds are unrelated to the 100+ lawsuits it’s defending against families of the victims.


If you haven’t heard about the Northern Birthday Box Project, you’re missing out on one hell of a party. The organization’s mission is simple, but amazing – to help children in northern communities in Canada feel extra special on their special day. While walking into a store to buy cake mix, icing, balloons, or any other bday must-have seems like a pretty routine thing, it’s not quite as easy for people living in more isolated communities. Why? ‘Cause prices are way higher, often making the items unaffordable. But by sending a Birthday Box, sponsors can gift a family everything they need to make their child feel as special as they are.


Halle Bailey of chloe x halle is the new Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid.

• MAD Magazine
is rumoured to be shutting down after 67 years.

• There’s nothing better than seeing Celine Dion be Celine Dion in Paris during Fashion Week. 

• New shows on Netflix that are made for a young audience will no longer have smoking and e-cigarette scenes. This comes after a study found that smoking scenes are on the rise on TV, with the main culprits being Netflix’s Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black.

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