Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Inside the mission to take back Mosul from ISIS
“The long-awaited offensive to wrest Mosul from ISIS began early on Monday as Kurdish soldiers moved toward the militants down a dusty road.
“Speculation had swirled for more than a year over the battle’s official start date, and political leaders spent months jostling for influence in the looming battle. Now, more than two years after ISIS seized Iraq’s second-largest city, the advancing soldiers said they were eager for the chance to help take it back.” BuzzFeed’s Mike Giglio is on the ground with coalition Iraqi troops.
2. Politico: 41 per cent say election could be stolen from Trump
“The American electorate has turned deeply skeptical about the integrity of the nation’s election apparatus, with 41 percent of voters saying November’s election could be ‘stolen’ from Donald Trump due to widespread voter fraud.”
+1: Ahead of debate, Trump is ramping up claims of voter fraud.
+1: Why Trump TV will fail.
3. Ontario plans two-year freeze on bottled water plants
“The Canadian Press has learned the province plans to impose stricter scientific requirements for water taking permits such as studies on the cumulative impact of the practice on local supplies, especially during droughts.
“A source familiar with the announcement says the Liberals also want more public transparency, and will mandate that companies create websites listing information about their water taking permits and showing the actual amounts taken every week.”
4. Apple is no longer building its own car
“Apple Inc. has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, according to people familiar with the project.”
5. Sympathetic Canadians have a message for Americans: You guys are great!
“The presidential campaign has exposed deep divides in American society and has left many in every political party anxious about the future. During this time of political tension, our neighbours to the north have one thing to say: America is just great.
“Some Canadians watching as American politics have hit rock bottom again and again in recent weeks decided that the United States needed a cross-border pep talk. Thus was born a social media campaign called ‘Tell America It’s Great,’ complete with a hashtag, a Twitter account and a series of YouTube videos.”