Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Las Vegas: Gunman found in hotel room with 19 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammo
“A gunman on a high floor of a Las Vegas hotel rained a rapid-fire barrage on an outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, killing at least 58 people, injuring hundreds of others, and sending thousands of terrified survivors fleeing for cover, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
Online video of the attack near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino showed the singer Jason Aldean’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event, being interrupted by the sound of gunfire. The music stopped, and as victims fell bleeding, concertgoers screamed, ducked for cover, or ran. ‘Get down,’ one shouted. ‘Stay down,’ screamed another.”
+1: B.C. man, Alberta woman among the dead in Las Vegas shooting – The Globe and Mail
2. Man charged with five counts of attempted murder for Edmonton attacks
“The man accused of stabbing an Edmonton police constable on the weekend and running down four pedestrians on Jasper Avenue has not been charged with terrorism-related offences.
“Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, four counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm, dangerous driving and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, RCMP announced at a news conference at Edmonton police headquarters on Monday.”
– CBC News
+1: Suspect in Edmonton attacks was investigated by RCMP in 2015 – Toronto Star
3. Jagmeet Singh makes history with NDP leadership victory on first ballot
“His success is rooted in the large following he has amassed in the South Asian community. But Mr. Singh’s win is also being celebrated by many in the party’s old guard who see the Ontario politician as a force for renewal: someone who can capture the imagination of voters and invigorate the New Democratic rank-and-file after the demoralizing losses of the past election.
“The sharply dressed, cosmopolitan, multilingual lawyer was drawn to the New Democrats through his social activism. At the age of 38, he is inheriting a party that is starved for money and has fallen significantly behind the Liberals and Conservatives in terms of donations with just two years to go before the next federal election.”
+1: All the people who are not Jagmeet Singh – Vice
4. Catalonia referendum result plunges Spain into political crisis
“Spain is facing a political and constitutional crisis after Catalans voted in favor of independence in a contested referendum that descended into chaos when police launched a widespread and violent crackdown.
“The Catalan government said it had earned the right to split from Spain after results showed 90% of those who voted were in favor of a split.”
+1: FC Barcelona in the strange and symbolic eye of a storm over Catalonia – The Guardian
5. Does even Mark Zuckerberg know what Facebook is?
From Max Read: “Not even President-Pope-Viceroy Zuckerberg himself seemed prepared for the role Facebook has played in global politics this past year. In which case, how can we be assured that Facebook is really safeguarding democracy for us and that it’s not us who need to be safeguarding democracy against Facebook?”