The Republic Round-Up


  • “Yaaaas” Justin Trudeau rates his internet critics through a series of memes and tweets.

  • After the Mike Duffy Senate expense scandal, you would think Canadian politicians would learn their lesson.

    • Well apparently not, as two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s more trusted advisers were ordered to repay more than $65,000 in “unreasonable” expenses.

  • Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte will arrive this Saturday for a week-long tour of B.C. and Yukon.

  • Traffic mayhem is expected in Toronto this weekend as the Blue Jays head into a sold out Rogers Centre and a make-or-break series against the New York Yankees.

    • Last month Toronto had a 40-50% chance of winning the division, now they are fighting for the Wild Card. Go Jays Go!!


  • This week the deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott touched the hearts of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina. Yet the two shootings had two very different reactions.

  • A 6-year-old boy named Alex wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to adopt the boy from Syria, whose photo circulated around the world after being pulled from rubble and into an ambulance.

    • Way to go Alex, the world can learn a valuable lesson from you!

  • Donald Trump isn’t the only one making controversial comments; apparently his son also has no filter as Donald Jr. disgracefully compared Syrian refugees to Skittles this week.

    • What’s going on with Hillary Clinton? This week she sat down with Zack Galifianakis on his comedy series, Between Two Ferns (hilarious!).

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren grills Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf calling for his resignation and a criminal investigation.


  • The Internet erupted this Tuesday within seconds of TMZ breaking the news that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt – but Twitter wasn’t talking about them...

  • A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes offshore in southeast Tokyo this week with no tsunami warming issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii.

    • Japan's weather agency said there could be slight changes in sea level but no damage to Japan itself.

  • The Syrian ceasefire is now just a distant memory as bombing intensifies in Aleppo this week.

  • Yahoo confirmed late yesterday 500 million email accounts have been hacked in 2014.

    • The data stolen includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth and passwords. 


  • McDonald's features a new ad campaign showcasing Montreal Canadiens, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, in their latest burger battle.

    • The two dished chirps back and forth after swapping burger creations. Want to try them? McDonald's has added the creations to their menu!

  • In its first significant product innovation since Coca-Cola Zero, the company introduces Coca-Cola Life to Canada!

    • The naturally sweetened drink has 50% fewer calories than regular sodas, hoping to offer more choice to Canadian consumers.

  • Remember looking through the Sears catalogue as a kid and picking out your favourite holiday items to put on your wishlist?

  • The Trans Canada trail stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean,  while heading as far north as the Arctic, says “Hello” in its new “Great Trail” campaign.

    • The Trans Canada Trail project spans over 24,000 kilometres and connects 400 communities. 

The Republic Round-Up


  • Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, hosts two-day conference in Montreal on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, accompanied by Bono and Bill Gates.

  • Canadian housing prices are still rising as our household debt ratio hits an all time high. Correlation? You be the judge.

  • Muskoka residents, cottagers and business owners have launched a $900-million class-action suit (yikes!) against the Ontario Government as a result of extensive flooding damage done by high water levels.

  • Canadian Paralympic swimmer Katrina Roxon wins gold, proudly sharing the podium with fellow athletes and exemplifying the true spirit of the Games!

    • Canadian athletes continue to make us proud, winning a total of 24 medals so far at the Rio Paralympic Games. 


  • Clinton is back on the campaign trail after being treated for pneumonia when she became “overheated” during a 9/11 ceremony.

    • Trump took advantage of Hillary’s health scare, handing over his medical records to Dr.Oz explaining he is in “excellent physical health”…but did admit he could lose a few pounds!

  • Nine-year-old, Little Miss Flint, Mari Copeny’s face says it all standing beside Donald Trump for a picture during a campaign stop in her hometown.

    • The picture is attracting national attention, but for reasons less than ideal for the Republican nominee compared to the heart-warming photo of her and President Barack Obama.

  • Is this the next Taylor Swift? Twelve-year-old singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal wins ‘America’s Got Talent.’

  • Yeezy makes fashion statement in NFL as Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins sports the new appeal in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

    • Will he wear them again? He will if Kanye wants to pay the $6,000 fine. 


  • An inconvenient truth comes to light as the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado reports the Arctic sea ice shrank to its second lowest level since scientists began monitoring it by satellite.

  • Controversial abroad yet popular at home, the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte continues to dish questionable comments towards the United States of America.

  • 75,000 refugees are stranded in between the Syrian and Jordan borders after Jordan tightens up border security.

    • Since last year the camp has grown from 368 shelters to a shocking 8,295 shelters.

  • The Queen’s representative of county Essex, Jonathan Douglas-Hughes, took a tumble Friday afternoon while accompanying Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge at an official visit.

    • As gasps erupted from the crowd, Prince William showed poise, lending a helping hand to bring the man back to his feet.


  • Who was the mastermind behind the #WeTheNorth campaign?

    • The Canadian Business tells you who, and no it's not Drake!

  • The Toronto Star launches coffee subscription service this week.

    • Leaving us wondering what the strategy was behind this initiative. We bet Starbucks and Timmies didn’t see the Toronto Star as coffee competition!

  • Plan International Canada’s 'Because I am a Girl' movement kicks off new campaign showing that when we rally behind girls, everyone wins.

  • ‘Snowden’ has Toronto on lock down as campaign puts the city on surveillance screen.

    • Smile your on camera!

That wraps up another edition of the Round-Up, which also means it's time for the weekend! I hope you all enjoy getting the download on what you missed in the news this week on your commute home (for those who take transit!).  

PS -  Don't forget, there are a lot of great TIFF movies playing in the city this weekend so if you're looking for something to do I suggest you check it out!

Until next time, 


Happy Wednesday everyone! Your weekly solution to FOMO (fear of missing out!) is here with our new edition of the Round-Up, Watercooler Wednesday. 

These stories will have you talking about the latest buzz around the world, giving you all the newsworthy stories you need to not just be cool, but be ‘cooler’.

Hangzhou Recap, G20 Summit 2016. While we were enjoying our sunny Labour Day weekend, the world’s top leaders met in Hangzhou, China to reaffirm their commitment to tackling climate change at the G20 summit. However, this wasn’t the only story circulating around our world’s leaders. U.S. President Barack Obama had an especially busy visit, starting with a disagreement on the tarmac between Chinese and US officials followed by a failed attempt to reach a Syria deal with Russia President Vladimir Putin due to a ‘gap in trust’ AND a cancelled meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after he publically called President Obama the “son of a w****” (yikes...). Lastly, as the G20 summit came to a close, North Korea launched three ballistic missiles in attempt to capture the world’s attention (I think they were feeling left out!).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes first official visit to China. Throughout the tour, which included stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou for the G20 summit, Trudeau expressed the primary goal of his visit was to restore and strengthen commercial ties with the Chinese regime. As China is the world’s second largest economy, Canada hopes to leverage and expand the relationship  as we struggle through a period of weak economic growth. Even though Trudeau shared his point of view on topics ranging from consular cases and rule of law, to governance and corruption, many Canadians felt the PM came home with very few actual victories

I had a productive Summit with my G20 colleagues, where we discussed how to build an innovative, interconnected, invigorated and inclusive world economy. Throughout the Summit, I encouraged fellow global leaders to focus on inclusive growth that supports the middle class and those working hard to join it. The benefits of growth cannot only be felt by the wealthiest one percent – they need to be felt by everyone.
—Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

We also discovered Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland has given the new nickname of “little potato” to our PM which she is “quite proud” of. 

Kaepernick puts his money where his mouth is. Since Republic took to the field debating the controversy over Kaepernick’s ‘stand to sit’ there has been many game-changing developments in the story. After infamously refusing to stand during the national anthem and receiving public ridicule, including jersey burning, Kaepernick has made a comeback! His #7 jersey has become the NFL’s top seller. Teammate Eric Reid, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, and Seattle Reign soccer star Megan Rapinoe have also showed support for Kaepernick’s message, joining the quarterback in taking a knee. Off the field, President Obama defended Kaepernick’s stance stating, “He’s following his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so."

What’s even more remarkable is that Kaepernick isn’t even a starting quarterback, losing his starting position last summer. Kaepernick has now also backed his protest with some action, announcing he will donate $1 million to charities supporting racial equalities along with 100% of proceeds from his jersey profits

Peter Mansbridge set to retire Canada Day 2017. On Monday night, Peter Mansbridge announced his retirement from CBC’s The National. He will step down next summer after anchoring special Canada Day coverage on July 1, when the country marks its 150th birthday. Starting as a young reporter, the iconic Canadian storyteller has been broadcasting into our living rooms each night for the past 28 years, covered 14 federal elections, hosted eight Olympic ceremonies and conducted over 15,000 interviews.

Mansbridge and former anchor to The National, Knowlton Nash prior to taking control as anchor on May 2, 1988. (CBC)

Mansbridge and former anchor to The National, Knowlton Nash prior to taking control as anchor on May 2, 1988. (CBC)

As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC's flagship will not be easy. But what's important is that The National of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people. 
— Peter Mansbridge, The National


After his announcement, Mansbridge’s son was quick to take to Twitter to congratulate his dad on all his accomplishments over the past couple of decades.

Thank you for sharing the stories Peter!


Apple teams up with Carpool Karaoke, oh and bye jack! Before revealing Apple’s next-generation smartphone today, the new iPhone 7, and a waterproof Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook joined “Late Late Show” host James Corden for a special edition of Carpool Karaoke. Joking with Cook, Corden explains he read Apple’s latest iPhone was the most secure device in the industry…through a leak in the Internet (how ironic!). Besides sharing laughs, the two sang to the band One Republic and were later joined by Pharrell Williams for a rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama".

The latest technology in the iPhone 7 focuses on photography while the device is also labelled water and dust resistant, and say goodbye to the headphone jack!