Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know
1. Toronto streetcars were driving through flood tunnels
A summer storm hit Toronto on Tuesday night and it resulted in a number of streetcar tunnels being flooded. While the conditions caused massive delays and service outages, a number of streetcars kept on trucking and drove through the floods. Unsurprisingly, this resulted in a number of flooded streetcars...
— Teena in Toronto (@TeenainToronto) August 8, 2018
2. Elon Musk considering Tesla buyout
Billionaire Elon Musk dropped a bombshell on Twitter on Tuesday. The Tesla CEO said he’s considering a buyout of the electric car company when shares hit $420. It’d be the biggest deal of its type and could reengineer how a company can be taken private. It would also alleviate a lot of public pressure on Musk.
After a year of 'production hell' and having to please investors, taking Tesla private would alleviate a lot of public focus on Elon Musk, @alexandriasage explains https://t.co/0nJMRoVfB3 via @ReutersTV pic.twitter.com/N88OR6vogI— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) August 8, 2018
3. Canadian men impress at Roger’s Cup, Bouchard eliminated in round one
Eugenie Bouchard’s struggles continued in her hometown, as she was eliminated from round one of the Roger’s Cup by Elise Mertens on Tuesday. Canadian men fared a bit better, as both Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov advanced to round two. They weren’t the only ones though, with 17-year-old Canadian phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime upsetting the 18 seed Lucas Pouille in straight sets to advance.
4. Parkland shooter’s confession released
It’s been nearly six months since 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 of his former classmates and educators in Florida. His confession has now been made public, at least through the New York Times, and the common theme is that Cruz wanted to die after the shooting. When briefly left alone, he muttered “kill me” to himself, followed by a number of expletives. Read the entire story by clicking the NYT link below.
Nikolas Cruz blamed a “demon” voice inside his head for his actions. The voice, Mr. Cruz told police, gave him instructions: “Burn. Kill. Destroy.” https://t.co/LGZqA0aZPo— Patricia Mazzei (@PatriciaMazzei) August 7, 2018
5. More expenses and delays for the Trans Mountain pipeline
New documents have been filed by Kinder Morgan Canada that say the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will cost $1.9 billion more than previously estimated. It will also take another full year to complete. The total cost of the project is now $9.4 billion on top of a $4.5 billion purchase price.
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