BC premier says housing top issue for 2018 but much more on

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says addressing British Columbia’s housing crisis is his government’s top priority in 2018, but it’s not the only pressing concern on his minority New Democrat government’s to-do list.Here’s a list of the consultations, audits and reviews the government is expected to complete or undertake in 2018:Ride Sharing: Legislation to introduce ride sharing in B.C. is scheduled for next fall after the release of a government-commissioned review of the taxi industry.Poverty Reduction: Poverty reduction legislation with targets and timelines is expected in the spring to outline the government’s anti-poverty strategy, including a basic-income pilot project to test whether giving people a basic income is an effective way to fight poverty.Child Care: More details are expected in February’s budget on a promised 10-year affordable child care program. Earlier this month, the government announced it will spend $33 million to create 3,800 new licensed child-care spaces.Massey Tunnel: An independent technical review is due in 2018 to determine the best option for replacing the aging Massey Tunnel south of Vancouver. The previous Liberal government had plans to replace it with a 10-lane bridge but Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the plan lacked support from mayors and residents.Foreign Buyers Tax: The government is reviewing a 15 per cent tax on foreign real estate buyers in Metro Vancouver and an interest-free loan program for first-time home buyers. Horgan says February’s budget will include measures to dampen speculation in the real estate market.Insurance Corp. of B.C.: : The government ordered a full audit of the Crown auto insurer’s operations, with results due in 2018. Attorney General David Eby said ICBC is in crisis, with financial losses totalling more than $500 million last year.Aquaculture Policy and Licensing: A committee continues to examine the aquaculture industry, and a report is expected early in 2018. The government announced this month a review of fish processing plants to ensure wild salmon are not impacted by waste products from plants.Money Laundering at Casinos: An independent review of B.C.’s policies to prevent money laundering, conducted by a retired RCMP gaming crime expert, is due in 2018. The review was commissioned after a report concluded a Metro Vancouver casino had taken in $13.5 million that police said could be proceeds of crime.Marijuana Regulation: The government set 19 as the minimum age to buy and consume legal marijuana when cannabis becomes legal in Canada in July 2018. B.C. must still introduce legislation that regulates the sale and distribution of cannabis and update impaired driving laws.Human Rights Commission: Legislation to re-establish the Human Rights Commission is due in 2018 after the former Liberal government dismantled it in favour of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.Minimum Wage: A fair wages commission was established in October to advise the government how to move towards a $15 minimum wage with regular, measured and predictable increases. The commission’s first report to Labour Minister Harry Bains is expected early in 2018.last_img read more

Ottawa police chief speaks out on beating videos

first_imgAPTN National NewsOttawa’s police chief is calling for calm in the wake of two videos showing officers kicking prisoners.The court has released the videos of scenes inside police holding cells.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Floods in Taroudant Kill Seven Injure One

Rabat – Heavy rainstorms and floods hit the province of Taroudant on August 28. According to local authorities, seven people have died.The Moroccan Commission for Human Rights in Taroudant, Moustapha Arraf, told Hespress, “the bodies of seven people have been recovered, one remains missing and the rest have been rescued.”The seven deaths include a 17-year-old boy and six elderly people who were watching a football match at the time of the flood. Local authorities, teams of civil protection officers, as well as citizens are continuing to search for missing persons. During search and rescue operations, civil protection officers found an elderly person suffering from several injuries in the Igherm district in Taroudant province. Local authorities confirmed that the flood victim is now at the Igherm Municipal Hospital receiving the necessary medical care, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). They added that one person is still missing.Taroudant’s authorities also confirmed the Public Prosecution has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the incident. They also confirmed that they will keep the public up-to-date with all developments related to the incident.In the city of Tata (180 km southeast of Taroudant), heavy rains flooded the homes of 200 locals. Local authorities opened educational and social centers to accommodate those who were affected. read more

UN forum to examine fish farmings crucial role in boosting rural development

“The challenge for aquaculture is to help strengthen the assets available to rural households,” said Rohana Subasinghe, FAO’s focal point for the meeting of the Sub-committee on Aquaculture, which runs through 22 April.”Aquaculture provides food of high nutritional value for households, and when small-scale farmers combine agriculture and aquaculture they also improve their food supply, increase their income and become better able to withstand shocks,” said Mr. Subasinghe. “It decreases the risk to production, increases farm sustainability and in general boosts rural development.”Since 1984, aquaculture has grown at an overall rate of 11 per cent a year, making it the world’s fastest-growing food-producing sector for nearly 20 years, according to FAO. In 1999, 42.77 million tons of aquatic products, including plants, valued at $53.5 billion were produced, and more than 300 species of aquatic organisms are farmed globally today.Approximately 90 per cent of the total fish farming production occurs in developing countries, with a large proportion produced by small-scale outfits, particularly in low-income food deficit countries, according to FAO.A paper prepared by FAO for the Sub-Committee says that while export-oriented, industrial and commercial aquaculture practices bring much needed foreign exchange, revenue and employment to a country, more extensive and integrated forms of aquaculture not only make a significant, grass-roots, contribution to improving livelihoods among the poorer sectors of society but also promote efficient use of resources and environmental conservation. read more

UN opens new food corridor into Iraq but dirty water threatens potential

“It’s not too much to say that we are alarmed. The water situation is acute,” Carel de Rooy, head of the Iraq office of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities.”People have to understand that children who contract diarrhoea, never mind cholera, cannot retain their food. They wither away. And we are on the cusp of seeing contaminated water flow directly from the putrid main rivers into household pipes,” Mr. De Rooy said, speaking from the southern city of Basra where a UNICEF team has been assessing the water situation.Noting that there was a parallel rise in diarrhoea in towns where lack of chlorine had begun to show in the past week, he said: “What’s needed now is an emergency shipment of about 400 tons of chlorine gas. Without it, we’ll see many more child deaths by the end of this month.”Adding her voice to the alarm, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said: “The dirty water equation is a simple one. Young children have developing immune systems and low body weight. Add a bout of diarrhoea or cholera picked up from dirty water, and we can lose them very quickly.” On a more positive note the World Food Programme (WFP) said it had opened a fifth humanitarian food corridor today with a 22-truck convoy from Kuwait carrying 880 tons of wheat flour, enough for 100,000 people for a month. The agency is already operating food corridors from Turkey, Iran, Jordan and Syria.The latest convoy was headed for Nassariya, where a weekend assessment reported that household stocks were unlikely to last beyond the first week of May. The city is the capital of Thi Qar province with a population of over 900,000 people.The WFP said that with 200 aid trucks rolling into northern Iraq daily it had achieved pre-war security levels there and was now reaching out to cover the food needs of the central region.For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was sending three large trucks from Amman to Baghdad with tons of emergency supplies to respond to critical shortages of medicines and other health supplies. These included 40 emergency health kits, with each kit serving 10,000 people for three months with basic drugs, surgical items, insulin and auto destruct syringes. The delivery would thus help serve the urgent health needs of 400,000 people until the end of July, spokesperson Fadela Chaib said. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNHCOI) said 30 more international staff left Larnaca, Cyprus, today for Diyarbakir in Turkey, prior to re-entry into northern Iraq. This was the second team to be deployed to the north and it would remain temporarily in Kirkuk before travelling to Mosul, their final destination, once the security situation improved, spokesman David Wimhurst said.Meanwhile, he said the security situation in Baghdad remained uncertain. Shooting continued after dark despite recommendation by the military authorities that residents observe a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Although political activity was on the increase, with new parties appearing daily, the ready availability of small arms, which could be bought at very low prices in local markets, would remain a destabilizing factor unless steps were taken to prevent access to such weapons, Mr. Wimhurst added. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 27 May 2011

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Goldex mine initiates program to assess monitoring and Remediate water inflow and

first_imgGrouting of a weaker, fractured, volcanic rock unit in the eastern end of the hangingwall of the deposit at Agnico-Eagle’s Goldex mine is underway. The purpose of the grouting program is to reduce the water inflow to the underground mine. This water flow has caused ground settlement issues at the mine site as previously saturated soils are draining into the mine and lowering the water table. To date, movement has been observed in the mill building and in the headframe. However, water flow rates have been controlled as remediation continues. The mine and processing facility continue to operate normally while remediation efforts are expanded. While the company’s underground instrumentation shows that the volcanic rock mass above the Goldex orebody is stable, it has received an opinion from a rock mechanics consultant that suggests that water inflow has negatively impacted the integrity of the rock mass. As a result, the company is undertaking further assessment of the stability of the rock mass and is increasing its efforts to decrease water inflow and the potential negative effects of the water on the rock mass. The expanded grouting and monitoring program includes:Drilling from surface to investigate the area around the eastern end of the deposit for water flow and possible rock subsidenceDrilling from underground into the volcanic rock unit to determine whether additional fracturing and movement in the rock mass has occurredGrouting with six larger drills. Targeting the rock between 80 m and 100 m below surface over an area at the eastern end of the deposit to stop or reduce the water inflowInstalling additional instrumentation to monitor for any soil and rock movementsInstalling additional excess pumping capacity to ensure that increased water flows can be dealt with, should the need arise.The program will be reassessed on a three month basis to determine whether additional remediation work or changes in the mining plan are warranted. The initial budget for remediation of this subsidence issue was C$20 million through 2011. As a result of the expanded program, the company anticipates that 2011 expenditure will total approximately C$25 million. It is currently anticipated that the additional capital for monitoring and remediation will be approximately C$20 million in 2012.The mill processed an average of 8,222 t/d in the third quarter of 2011 as compared with 8,448 t/d in the second quarter. The mine and mill continue to run at capacity. Gold production in the third quarter of 2011 was 40,224 oz. This compares with the second quarter of 2011 when the payable gold production was 41,998 oz. The decrease was largely due to the slightly lower throughput combined with slightly lower grades.last_img read more

Army of 1500 Slovenians ready for Serbia VIDEO

← Previous Story Hungarian “easy job” with Slovakia Next Story → Qatar wanted to “buy” Nikolaj Markussen The huge support will have Slovenian NT in their battles for the Main Round Visa at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. In Vrsac, where will Preliminary Group B take place, more than 1300 tickets are bought by Slovenian fans. That is the official number by official Agency responsible for selling tickets in Slovenia. Expectations are that some fans bought tickets as individuals, so the number of fans could be more than 1500.In Group D will play Slovenia, Croatia, Norway and Iceland.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2LH3I-kpm4[/youtube] read more

Boris Becirovic to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Boris Becirovic Playmaker of French team Aix Provience, Boris Becirovic (25) will join Bosnia and Herzegovina NT from the next EHF week, when will start the EHF EURO 2014 Qualifications. Becirovic was a member of Slovenian Junior NT squad, but after that, he never got call for the senior team. His parents and him are born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so it will be easy for Bosnian Federation to get papers for this transfer. Becirovic will spent some days with the NT as some kind of guest during preparation for matches against Austria (away) and Serbia (home).photo: LNH ← Previous Story Gyula Gal has trial in Montpellier! Next Story → Tiselj’s tears after Krim’s victory against Cluj: “The toughest match in my career” read more

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Geek deals 449 for convertible touch laptop with Haswell

first_imgIf you’re shopping for a new laptop today, it’s near impossible to not trip over the plethora of touch-enabled thin & light laptops. It’s a tough crowd to stand out in, but today we’ve got a deal on one that definitely stands out, especially for the price.Lenovo’s IdeaPad Flex 14 is a new model from the #1 PC firm, combining a touchscreen with a 300 degree rotating hinge. It probably reminds you a lot of their Yoga line of laptops that rotate a full 300 degrees, but you’ll notice the price is nearly half of what you’d pay for a Yoga.While at first I questioned the point of a rotating hinge that only went 300 degrees around, effectively reversing the screen in a normal laptop position, it actually makes a lot of sense for using the touch-optimized Windows 8 OS and especially while consuming media of any type.Fitting onto a cramped airline food tray, easily browsing websites with the touch of a finger, or just casually watching video up-close and personal are all great uses of the touchscreen, hinge, and Windows 8 combination. The rest of the machine isn’t too shabby either, measuring just 0.85-inches thin, weighing 4.4 lbs, and with up to 9 hours of run-time.All the usual goodies like USB 3.0, Wireless-N, HDMI, and more are standard. The price of an entry-level Core i3 version is only $569 after a $220 coupon code, but the real bargain this week is a config with the new Haswell Celeron ULT 2955U. This chip has the same architecture as the other Haswell chips, just with slower clocks and less cache, and should provide great battery life while dropping the starting price to a ridiculous $449.Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 Haswell Convertible Touch Laptop for $449 + free shipping (reg. $569 | apply coupon USPF4951010 to left-most model 59395495 | ends Oct. 18)last_img read more

HandsOn Toys Are Dead in Spyro Reignited Trilogy

first_imgThe most striking thing about the Crash Bandicoot remakes was just the level of modern visual polish they added to what were once blocky primitive polygonal early 3D games. And the Spyro Reignited Trilogy matches if not exceeds that level of arguably unearned beauty. We suspect they’re even sharing some graphical technology.Granted the developers are different. With Crash Bandicoot Vicarious Visions was remaking Naughty Dog games whereas here Toys for Bob is remaking Insomniac games. But just the sheen, cartoon bounciness, and even little details like sunlight dispersing through dense grass mesmerized us in ways similar to Crash. Cutscenes have also been redone, but I couldn’t hear if Spyro was once again voiced by Elijah Wood (nah, it’s Tom Kenny).Fortunately, along with similar production quality enhancements, these first three Spyro games (Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon) have the added benefit of just being straight up better than the original Crash Bandicoot games. They are actual open 3D platformers, not weird hallway chases full of cheap death and bad jumps. Even in this brief demo I was burning the fur off of guard dogs and getting a running start to glide over vast chasms. It was a lot of fun, even if the simple level design of the era did remind of the simple level design of today’s kids games like Skylanders.As with Crash Bandicoot, there’s also just a lot of nostalgia for the original Spyro games. This demo was actually a little party with a true-blue Spyro fan bartender, Johnny Livanos, making dragon-themed drinks. So it’s cool those people are now getting a game living up to their memories of the franchise. It’s also just nice to see Spyro unshackled from the toys that had taken over his own #brand. The only Spyro toys here were this little knock-off Lego sets that were maybe the most tedious building experience I’ve ever had in my life. The instructions were so awful I didn’t even finish this little one-winged angel.Spyro Reignited Trilogy gets lit on September 21 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No news on a Nintendo Switch version yet aside from some rumors and supposed leaks. But that seems like a no-brainer.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. After the smash success of last year’s Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, it was only a matter of time before Activision went back to Spyro The Dragon, that other former Sony exclusive PlayStation 1 platformer franchise they owned. Plus, with Skylanders and the entire toys-to-life genre (besides amiibo) pretty much dead, revisiting Spyro’s roots seems like the smartest thing to do with the character. We recently got to play some of the upcoming Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and does right by that purple little monster. Stay on targetcenter_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Hollywood elementary school evacuated due to gas leak

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A Hollywood elementary school was temporarily evacuated, Monday morning, after a gas leak.According to officials, a gas leak took place inside of Sheridan Hills Elementary, near Thomas Street and North 52nd Avenue, just before 9 a.m. The school was evacuated.Hazmat teams were reportedly on the scene to cap the gas leak and, shortly afterwards, allowed students and staff back inside the school.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Reward increases for information on pitbulls death in Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The reward for finding who’s responsible in the abuse that led to a pitbull’s death has increased.On Wednesday, Broward County Crime Stoppers announced they will increase the reward by $16,500 for anyone who has information on the stabbing of Ollie.Ollie was stabbed over 50 times, officials said, and left for dead inside a suitcase in Hollywood.Police said the person responsible could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.If you have any information on this animal cruelty case, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $16,500 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ubers secondquarter earnings come in lower than expected

first_img Mobile Roadshow Lyft Uber Angela Lang/CNET It’s been a rocky few months for Uber. The ride-hailing company went public in May only to see its stock price stagnate. Since then, three of its board members have stepped down, along with its COO and chief marketing officer. The company also laid off 400 employees.Uber’s second-quarter earnings, which it reported on Thursday, suggested the situation wasn’t looking much better.For the three-month period ended June 30, Uber posted a worse-than-expected loss of $4.32 per share. That’s more than the $3.19 per share loss analysts surveyed by Yahoo had forecast. All told, that’s a loss of $5.2 billion and the largest loss Uber has ever reported. Uber attributed more than half of that loss to expenses related to stock compensation paid to employees after its initial public offering.Revenue was up 14% over a year ago but also came in lower than expected, totaling $3.17 billion. Analysts had forecast $3.36 billion. Uber’s shares fell more than 12% in after-hours trading. “The balance between the top and bottom line is more of an art, rather than a science,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during an earnings call following the markets’ close on Thursday. He added that he’s confident in the strength of the company, especially given user numbers and bookings are growing.Uber’s active monthly riders reached 100 million for the first time ever in the second quarter, offering insight into how often consumers use the company’s services. Uber didn’t say how its active user growth was affected by discounts it’s been offering.Internal shakeups have wracked Uber. Ryan Graves, Uber’s first employee and first CEO, stepped down from the company’s board of directors in May. And then two more board members, entrepreneur Arianna Huffington and venture capital investor Matt Cohler, resigned last month. Less than a week later, Uber said it was laying off 400 employees from its marketing department. Competitor Lyft has also experienced a rough past few months. It too has seen faltering share prices and the departure of its COO. But in its second-quarter earnings, which were released on Wednesday, Lyft reported a 72% rise in revenue year-over-year. It still had losses of $644.2 million. As Uber and Lyft have struggled as public companies, with some analysts questioning whether ride-hailing is a viable business model. Both companies said in filings that they have never been profitable and don’t foresee that happening anytime soon.It could be more than just profitability affecting investor confidence in Uber. Drivers, for example, have been unhappy with lower pay and longer working hours over the past couple of years. Two days before Uber’s IPO, drivers held worldwide protests over the disparity of wealth between themselves and company employees. Tags Share your voice Drivers are classified as independent contractors, rather than employees, which means they don’t get Social Security benefits, health insurance, paid sick days and overtime. In California, things could change if a state bill that’s working its way through the legislature passes. Other states, like Massachusetts, are also looking at driver classification. And New York passed minimum wage laws for drivers earlier this year. To abate traffic congestion, the city also restricted the number of ride-hail cars allowed in certain parts of Manhattan. The cap was instituted for 12 months last year, and the city council voted Wednesday to extend it another year.Khosrowshahi said in the earnings call that he didn’t agree with the moves New York is making and that “the city is essentially introducing another medallion system.” He also said Uber is in talks with people in California regarding the state bill and “we think there is a better way forward.” Originally published August 8, 1:17 p.m. PT. Update, 3:01 p.m.: Adds information from earnings call.    center_img Related stories Uber loses two board members, including Arianna Huffington Uber reportedly lays off 400 people to ‘get its edge back’ Uber loses two top execs one month after the company’s rocky IPO Post a comment 0last_img read more

Sullivan undergoes emergency appendectomy in good health following procedure

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan talks to reporters after his annual address to the Alaska Legislature in 2016. (File photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Senator Dan Sullivan underwent an emergency appendectomy yesterday afternoon.Listen nowA statement from Sullivan’s office says that he was diagnosed with appendicitis earlier in the day, and was “in good health” following the surgery.The procedure coincided with the Senate Judiciary hearing over sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.A spokesman for Sullivan says the senator plans to review the entire hearing today.last_img read more

Bad roads turn worse as sewage overflows

first_imgAddagutta: People residing near Thukaram Gate are now-a-days facing a lot of inconvenience due to the bad condition of roads and overflowing sewage water. A local resident Suresh said that the drainage manholes were right in the middle of the road. Several locals say they took the matter to the notice of GHMC officials, but got no response from the officials. People are also suffering from mosquito menace sparked by overflow of drainage water. Commuters passing through the area also getting vexed by the problem. The people urged that the GHMC officials undertake repairs to the manhole and put an end to their problems.last_img read more

Bench constituted for hearing petition on Khaleda candidature

first_imgKhaleda ZiaA bench led by justice JBM Hasan has been constituted to conduct hearing on BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s petitions filed to legalise her nominations for three constituencies.Chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Wednesday formed the bench, Supreme Court spokesman Saifur Rahman confirmed to Prothom Alo.The High Court on Tuesday delivered a split verdict on Khaleda’s candidatures.Senior justice Syed Refaat Ahmed stayed the election commission’s decision and accepted Khaleda Zia’s appeal. But justice Md Iqbal Kabir upheld the EC’s decision.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is jailed in a corruption case which her party termed politically motivated, filed nominations for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 to contest the 30 December election.Four election commissioners including chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda rejected her nominations while commissioner Mahbub Talukdar recommended that her nominations be accepted.Earlier, the returning officers cancelled her nominations.last_img read more

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Riverdale Season 3 Ep 16 Recap Letting the Theatre Kids Out to

first_img SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 Is this going to be an annual thing now? Are we going to get a new musical episode every season on Riverdale? Because if so, no complaints here. I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s Carrie: The Musical episode. Despite its awkward placement in the events of last season, it was a fun musical homage that eventually moved the story forward in a meaningful way. This year’s Heathers episode, despite the logistics of the show being even more improbable, was better in every way.Heathers just fits the world of Riverdale better than Carrieever did. Like Heathers, Riverdale is a teen drama blown out to ridiculous extremes. It dips its toes into horror occasionally, but it’s usually more dream-like Lynchian horror than anything resembling Stephen King. As a result, last night’s Heathers was a more tightly plotted and all around better musical than its predecessor. (To be fair, there may be some bias showing through here. Heathers: The Musical remains one of my favorite live theatre experiences ever, and this episode had me jumping up and down with excitement during every song.) The songs are motivated by the characters feeling particularly strong emotions, which is exactly what good musical theatre does. It certainly helps that all the recent relationship drama is the perfect catalyst for said strong emotions.Vanessa Morgan as Toni — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CWThe episode leans heavily into the idea of showmances. Strong feelings developing between actors in any given production are both common and often a terrible idea. Sounds like the perfect recipe for some Riverdale drama. The strongest of the three romantic subplots comes from Cheryl and Toni. They just broke up last week, but apparently that wasn’t going to last. The show forces the quarreling ex-lovers together when Kevin hires Toni to choreograph the dance-heavy show. Cheryl reacts with probably the best line in the entire episode. “Does anyone have a chainsaw because what the f—.” Man, now I want to rewatch Heathers.The justifications for some of the songs gets a little flimsy when it comes to Cheryl and Toni. Especially the part where co-director Evelyn Evernever tells Cheryl that Toni’s wearing red… for some reason. Cheryl is apparently really protective of that color and has decided nobody, especially not her ex, should ever wear it. I’ve seen better beef justifications in pro-wrestling matches. What this show instantly reminds us of though, is that this episode is more musical theatre than TV. And as long as it gets the characters to a strong emotional place, the justification doesn’t really matter all that much. And Vanessa Morgan plays the hurt and betrayal so well, you really believe there’s no other way she can express those emotions but sing. We knew Riverdale had great singers among its cast, but last night we got to see them show off their musical theatre chops.Lili Reinhart as Betty and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CWOf course, singing isn’t the Toni’s only coping mechanism. She also tries to arrange a threesome, which ends up being more of an excuse to justify the musical’s more explicitly sexual lyrics. What boning there was in this episode already happened during the “Big Fun” cast party scene, so they needed some reason for that “take off those tighty whities” line. She doesn’t go through with it though. She realizes that casual sex with two practical strangers won’t fix her problems. Also getting down right in the middle of a stage with a spotlight on you probably isn’t the best idea. Principal Weatherbee overlooks a lot of questionable things, but that might be just a little too hard to ignore.Cheryl and Toni are the only couple that gets a traditional musical theatre ending here. Even without a song to guide them through their feelings, they talk things out. Toni learns why Cheryl felt so threatened by the possibility of being left alone. They kiss and make up just in time for Cheryl to kiss some makeup on Toni right before opening night. It’s adorable and incredibly cheesy, just the way you want a musical to be.Ashleigh Murray as Josie and KJ Apa as Archie — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWThe other relationships… don’t get that. Veronica and Reggie hook up again after Veronica learns her parents are separating. Hiram found out about Hermione selling his drugs and hiring someone to murder him. That will put a damper on a marriage. Veronica decides she needs some love in her life since she’s starved for it at home. That’s not enough for Reggie. He doesn’t want to just be a warm body Veronica uses for affection. Archie and Josie fare a little better, but not much. After cozying up to each other at the cast party, their secret is out. Josie isn’t all that comfortable calling it a relationship just yet, but the power of song (and Archie’s arms) convinces her. So they end up together by the end of the musical as well, but we all know this relationship is doomed.Betty and Jughead get some couple’s bonding time after spending almost the whole season in their own stories. Jughead’s dad tells him their old trailer went missing. FP isn’t too broken up about it. To him, it’s sub-par housing he was forced to keep his family in for too long. For Jughead though, it’s where he grew up. He’s determined to find it, and with Betty’s help, he does. His mom, he discovers, has turned it into a fizzle rocks lab. They (what else?) sing a song together and figure out a plan. Right before the musical opens, they set the trailer ablaze. This is the second instance in recent memory of Betty solving her problems by lighting them on fire. If this is where her character is going, I’m all for it. More of this side of Betty, please.Zoe De Grande Maison as Evelyn Evernever and Casey Cott as Kevin — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWIt’s a fairly busy episode for Betty, as she instantly catches onto the musical’s true purpose. This is what really makes this Heathers episode so much more successful than Carrie. It fits into the plot of the season so much better. Carrie’s only real story development was tacked on at the end of the episode with Midge’s death. Here, we begin with the knowledge that the musical is sponsored by The Farm. Even if the school isn’t doing Godspell like The Farm wanted, there’s still a whole bunch of suspicious cult-like stuff happening. Evelyn as co-director guides the cast through warm-ups and method acting exercises that are eerily similar to The Farm’s recruitment tactics.The thing is, real-life acting isn’t too far off from that. Join any devised theatre group or start taking acting classes, you’ll notice a lot of ritualistic, borderline religious behavior. There’s a reason a certain real-life cult has been able to recruit so heavily in the entertainment industry. It definitely tracks the Evelyn would see a musical, even one as dark and subversive as Heathers as the perfect opportunity to induct new members into The Farm. It appears to work too. After the cast performs the finale, which looks more like the beginning of Act 2 of Rent than anything I remember from Heathers, no one claps. (I mean, not that the dancing warranted it. Maybe if Cheryl hadn’t spent so much time being mean to her ex, Toni would have had time to choreograph a real dance.)KJ Apa as Archie, Camila Mendes as Veronica, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Cole Sprouse as Jughead and Casey Cott as Kevin — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CWA man we haven’t seen before stands up and starts a slow clap. At first, I groaned. Are we really doing the slow clap build to applause for that? But Riverdale is smarter than that. The clap never sped up. And as select people in the audience stood up, all wearing the same white clothes the first man was, all clapping in steady unison, the truth became clear. That was our first look at Edgar Evernever. The musical was a recruitment tool. And looking at all the audience members joining in the clap, including Principal Weatherbee, it worked. It’s a rare occasion where the final scene of Riverdale doesn’t tell us what to expect next week. It’s all the more chilling for it. What better way to bring such a fun musical to an impactful close?Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3 Episode 15 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 14 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 13 Recap Stay on targetlast_img read more