Here’s what’s happening today:
1. ISIS attackers strike church in Normandy
“A witness to the attack has described how the two men forced the 86-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, to his knees, slit his throat and filmed themselves appearing to preach in Arabic at the altar.
The nun, named as Sister Danielle, was among five hostages who were taken when the men armed with knives reportedly entered the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, at 9.43am local time on Tuesday during morning prayers.”
2. Ford Nation lives on
“Asked after the win what advice his late uncle would give him, the younger Ford said he would be ‘struck down by a lightning bolt’ if he didn’t return a constituent’s phone call. Ford said his top priorities in Ward 2 Etobicoke North will be crime reduction and customer service.”
3. Canada’s banks are looking into a 50% drop in Vancouver real estate prices
“Canada’s banking regulator said on Tuesday it will require the country’s banks to test how they would withstand a 50 per cent drop in property prices in Vancouver and a 40 per cent decline in Toronto.
“The move, which builds on an existing requirement that banks test their resilience to a 30 per cent decline in home prices across all regions, is the latest in a series of measures by Canadian authorities to counter a risk posed by soaring house prices in the two Canadian cities.”
+1: Federal government employees are still waiting on that back pay.
4. What if the DNC email hack is just the beginning?
“While some who believe that the U.S. has been meddling in foreign elections for decades see the DNC email scandal as karma, cybersecurity experts also see it as setting a dangerous new precedent for what cyberespionage can achieve.
+1: Exploring the Russian ties behind Donald Trump’s campaign.
5. The oppressive gospel of minimalism
“These minimalist-arrivistes present it as a logical end to lifestyle, culture and even morality: If we attain only the right things, the perfect things, and forsake all else, then we will be free from the tyranny of our desires. But time often proves aesthetic permanence, as well as moral high ground, to be illusory. And already, the pendulum is swinging back.”