Kim Jong who?

North Korea is at it again

Who's their leader?

His name is Kim Jong-Un (pronounced Kim Jong OOOON). 

What's his deal?

Everyone knows that one guy who likes to flex his muscles when looking in a mirror. Well, Kim Jong-Un is one of those guys, but he likes to flex his military muscles in front of the world (same same but different). He might only be 33 years old but he's also the "Supreme Leader" of  The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly known as North Korea. This works out well for someone like Kim Jong-Un since he has the privilege of showing off his thousands of tanks and nearly 1.2 Million armed forces whenever he feels like it. 

Did he tear his shirt?

Not quite, but the world is getting pretty sick of his antics. Kim Jong-Un has a history of showing off and trying to appear intimidating on the world stage. Just last month, North Korea appeared to have successfully tested its first ever hydrogen bomb. Then on Sunday (Feb. 7th), the country launched a ballistic missile which it claims was simply done to put a satellite into orbit. The UN responded by calling an emergency meeting and released a statement that basically said Kim needs to check himself before he wrecks himself.

Was Canada involved?

You bet, but instead of trying to bench press as much as North Korea, Canada used its words. Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, came out swinging and said Canada strongly condemns the missile launch and that such actions constitute a "grave threat to international peace and security." Dion further stated that Canada would work "closely with international and regional partners to respond appropriately to North Korea's actions, in an effort to curb this unwarranted, irresponsible and dangerous behaviour." You tell em Dion!

Meanwhile Back in Canada...

Trudeau was writing cheques

Well, one giant cheque actually, for $700 million addressed to the province of Alberta. The Prime Minister met with the Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley, on Wednesday to determine how the federal government could help the province at a time of historic low oil prices and high unemployment. The solution: more money! Trudeau said that the province would receive nearly $700 million in infrastructure funding "immediately" in order to put people back to work. 

Another Senator was under review

You know what they say, life revolves around sex and money. With that said, it's no surprise that while many senators are under investigation for wrongful expenses, that one would also be under investigation for sexual misconduct. Senator Don Meredith is being investigated by the Senate's ethics officer after he allegedly had a sexual relationship with a teenager. The investigation had been placed on hold while the Ottawa Police Service conducted their own investigation into Meredith, a 51 year old, married Pentecostal minister, after an 18 year old girl came forward claiming she had been involved in a sexual relationship with Meredith since she was 16. However, now that the Police have stopped their investigation, the Senate's ethics officer has resumed her investigation to determine if Meredith's actions were "unbecoming of a senator." 

 

Braden McMillian