We tell you five things you need to know this morning.
1. Jason Kenney brings down the hammer. Forget subtlety. The employment minister won’t, on a case-by-case basis, fuss with mounting claims of improperly hired temporary foreign workers at Canadian restaurants. No, he’s prohibiting the entire fast-food industry from participating in the TFW program. Earlier, CBC published a conference call in which McDonald’s Canada CEO John Betts dismissed ongoing controversy as “bullshit.” There’s no talking out of that one. Kenney’s moratorium could inflict pain on a sector that’s come to rely on foreign workers.
2. The peace process falters. Fatah can’t work with Hamas and expect ongoing peace talks to endure, because Hamas won’t accept Israel’s legitimacy. That’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opinion as the two Palestinian factions move ahead with a plan to form a unity government. Palestinian officials insist that Hamas has accepted the terms of prior treaties that support a two-state solution, but skeptics still doubt that a unity government will survive. American and European officials continued to support peace talks while stressing the importance of compromise.
3. Vladimir Putin hates the internet. While Americans and Russians are busy blaming each other for Ukraine’s problems, the Russian president is spouting conspiracy theories about the internet. The world wide web is a CIA project, he said, name-checking Google as a tool of western intelligence. Hyperbolic statements aside, who’s to say American spies aren’t reading this sentence at this second? In any case, Putin’s insecurity may have something to do with opposition activists using social media to embarrass their president. When in doubt, blame the CIA.
4. Brandon South died in Tanzania. The 36-year-old leading seaman in the Royal Canadian Navy, who was born in Windsor, Ont., and lived with his family in British Columbia, was en route to scheduled leave when he died in a Tanzanian hospital. His cause of death remains unknown. Canada’s military police are investigating the circumstances of South’s death with local officials. He served on the HMCS Regina’s latest mission in the Indian Ocean.
5. Virgin Australia suffers a hijacking scare. You can imagine the reaction from crew outside the cockpit when they got a sense of 28-year-old Australian Matt Christopher’s lack of sobriety. “Oh, he’s not a hijacker,” they must have concluded. “He’s just drunk.” Christopher had become belligerent and banged on the cockpit door of a Bali-bound flight down under. The cockpit, unsure of the assailant’s aims, called in a possible hijacking that made its way to the ears of the Indonesian Air Force. But, nope, just a drunk Aussie.