1. Travel Ban 3.0
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard about President Trump’s travel ban but here we are with another update. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed Trump a win on his travel ban, upholding the ban on people from North Korea, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Venezuela. The 5-4 ruling at the highest court in the US reverses a series of lower court decisions that had said the ban was unconstitutional. These countries were chosen because, according to the latest travel ban, the countries “remain deficient at this time with respect to their identity-management and information-sharing capabilities, protocols, and practices. In some cases, these countries also have a significant terrorist presence within their territory”.
The ruling comes after months of challenges to Trump’s executive order on immigration, which previously targeted only Muslim-majority countries and even prevented refugees from entering the US. The ban only focuses on entry to the US and doesn’t affect people that are already there. Although not guaranteed, this could be a precursor to other immigration victories. What this also shows is possibly the Supreme Court’s favorability to immigration-related lawsuits that are coming down the pipeline and it could encourage the administration to keep pushing boundaries.
2. McDonald’s Adding Muffin Tops to Menu
Inspired by Elaine Benes from Seinfeld, McDonald’s is rolling out some new breakfast menu items including Muffin Tops, which are obviously everyone’s favourite part of a muffin. They will also launch coffee cakes, cookies, and apple pies with lattice crusts that are baked in house, elevating the whole McCafe experience. The motive behind the muffin tops? – “We took our eye off the ball on breakfast,” the company’s Chief Financial Officer Kevin Ozan told Bloomberg in May. They’ve undergone restaurant remodels, switched to fresh, not frozen, Quarter Pounder burgers, cut personnel and expanded delivery, which is now an option in about one-third of its 37,000 stores globally. The company recently relocated its headquarters to downtown Chicago from the suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois.
With this new launch, the Golden Arches hopes to regain its popularity in the breakfast crowd. Since announcing all-day breakfasts in 2015, McDonald’s has seen overall sales in the U.S. soften and they want to bring back the AM customers that have gone elsewhere.
3. Putin & Trump’s Summit
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their 1st summit in Helsinki on July 16. This summit will follow on the heels of the NATO summit, taking place in Brussels on July 11-12. “The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House said in a statement. The two leaders have had short meetings at other international summits but this will be the first major summit for the two countries despite U.S. investigations into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller. The summit would offer Putin a chance to try to persuade Washington to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea, interference in eastern Ukraine’s separatist fighting and alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
4. Calgary Tower Turns 50
Our beloved Calgary Tower will be celebrating it’s 50th birthday on June 30. Even though it’s no longer the tallest building in Calgary (and only the 54th tallest building in Canada), it is still looked up to by Calgarians. At a pre-block party VIP event, Greg Guatto, president and CEO of Aspen Properties (the current owner of the tower), talked about how the tower famed for its flaming cauldron during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics has long symbolized the city’s ambition and growth, and “has continued to unify the community.” Mayor Naheed Nenshi described it as the city’s “literal beacon” of hope and light.
In honour of the grand opening in 1968, there will be a ’60s-themed block party at its base from 11am to 4pm, that will feature food trucks, face painting, free ice cream, music from BassBus, photo ops and half-price admission to the observation deck.
5. Eugenie Bouchard Heads to Qualifying Round
Former Wimbledon finalists Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and Vera Zvonareva of Russia have claimed their second wins in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament at Roehampton on Wednesday. This means they’re both a win away from a ticket into the main draw next week. Eugenie Bouchard was the former World No. 5, the Wimbledon runner-up to Petra Kvitova in 2014. She will face the No.2 seed, Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Mariño, in the final qualifying round. If she wins the draw, it will advance her to her sixth straight Wimbledon main draw. There are 3 other Canadians that are one victory away from the main draw – Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., and Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ont., and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., are in the final round of men’s qualifying on Thursday.