In a shocking turn of events, whales are inhabiting the Hudson River. As they should!, we would say, were it not Hudson River and all its sewage.

Happening in the World: Canada is the latest country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The country follows the UK, which has already begun its vaccine distribution. Healthcare workers and vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, will be the first to be inoculated. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Canada is set to receive up to 249,000 doses of the vaccine this month (BBC). 

Happening in the US: The Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 states accused Facebook of illegally squashing media competition on Wednesday. This development underscores the intensifying battle between regulators and the social media industry’s biggest tech companies. The lawsuits state that Facebook’s past purchases of its rivals, including Instagram and Whatsapp, have eliminated competition and created Facebook’s heavy monopoly (NY Times).  

Happening in NYC: A humpback whale was spotted swimming and spouting water in the Hudson River on Tuesday. Experts say the whales stopped in the area for food while migrating south. The last time a whale swam through the Hudson was in 2016. While it’s not too unusual for a healthy whale to follow its food into the river, the main problem with that is the heavy boat traffic and possible contaminated conditions in the Hudson (NBC).  

Happening in Our Community: Join She’s the First co-founder and co-author of the book ‘Impact,’ Christen Brandt, to discuss how to make a real difference in the world this Friday, December 11th at 11 am EST. Register here

Cover Song of the Week: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (originally by Robert Hazard) 

humpback whale but make it the open ocean via Bwog Archives