More nude photos of celebrities hacked over the weekend. Canadian government begins invalidating passports of citizens who have left to join extremist groups. Ontario PC’s have set a date for their Leadership Convention. Neighbourhood Watch signs get an updated “pop-culture” look. Ray Rice to argue TMZ video was edited.
RAY RICE TO ARGUE TMZ VIDEO WAS EDITED
In appealing his indefinite suspension, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his legal team plan to argue that the video TMZ released showing him knocking out his then-fiancee and dragging her across the floor was in fact, edited. A “cleaned-up” and “condensed version” of the events that occurred, is what ESPN reports Rice’s legal team will claim. Initially the NFL suspended Rice for two games, which drew harsh criticism for such a light punishment not fitting the crime. After the TMZ video was released, Commissioner Roger Goodell changed the terms of the ban.
MORE CELEBRITY NUDE PHOTOS HACKED
A whole new batch of nude celebrity photos have found their way onto the internet after the latest celebrity hacking over the weekend. Nude photos of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo were first to be reported. Leaked photos of the stars were seen on 4chan and soon after began trending on Twitter. Shortly after, the photos were removed due to 4chan’s new policy on copyright infringement. Later Saturday, more stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kaley Cuoco were released along with Avril Lavigne, Emily Ratajkowski, Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Mary-Kate Olsen, Aubrey Plaza, Gabrielle Union and Hayden Panettiere. Then Sunday, TMZ reported nude photos of Rihanna and Amber Heard both posted to 4chan and linked to a new incarnation of “The Fappening” on Reddit, filled with celebrity nudes, despite the previous subreddit being banned by the site due to copyright infringement. The FBI is currently investigating and it’s thought to be the work of the same hackers who released nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other a few weeks ago.
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES DON’T LIKE CANADIAN PASSPORT PLAN
Canada is taking a page from the UK and planning on revoking passports of Canadians and refusing passports to those who have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. British authorities announced the same controversial plan earlier this month in order to combat global terrorism. Human rights watch dogs are worried the Canadian government might use this new found power arbitrarily. The head of the Canadian Association of Refugee lawyers believes the current system allows legal avenues for people to launch appeals if their passport is revoked. A Canadian Public Saftey report shows that at the start of 2014 up to 130 citizens may have traveled abroad to commit acts of terrorism, 30 of them in Syria. The Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, said his department had also revoked passports of several Canadians who had not yet left the country but were intending to travel to Syria or Iraq for enrollment in extremist groups.
ONTARIO PC’S SET DATE FOR LEADERSHIP CONVENTION
The Progressive Conservatives say they’ll pick their next leader in the spring. Balloting will be held on May 3 and May 7, 2015 and the results will be announced at the party’s leadership convention set for May 9, 2015. Campaigning can begin November 8th, but potential candidates have until the end of January to file their paperwork. MPP Jim Wilson is serving as interim leader after Tim Hudak stepped down following the PC’s disappointing performance in the June 2014 election in which the Liberals won a majority government. MPP’s Christine Elliott, widow of former federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, and Monte McNaughton have already declared their intent to run for the PC Leadership. Their colleagues MPP Vic Fedeli, and MPP Lisa MacLeod are expected to announce their intentions to run any day now.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SIGNS GET A NEW LOOK
83 Neighbourhood Watch signs have been altered around the city to include pop-culture icons instead of the traditional three houses with the eyes. The new signs include pictures of Captain Kirk, Sulu, Dirty Harry, He-Man, Batman and Robin, characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun. The signs were altered by 30 year old Andrew Lamb who originally made the alterations because the signs were faded out and he wanted to add some flair. The signs can be found in an area bounded by High Park, Spadina Ave., Dupont St. and Lake Ontario. The next wave of signs will include Dr. Who, Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Double Dragon and the Village People.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –