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5 things you need to know this morning: Oct. 10, 2019

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. It's World Mental Health Day

Today is about global mental health. To help raise awareness, identical twins Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran have released a short comic video. Sheeran, who has previously appeared in Game of Thrones, puts on an Oscar-worthy performance. "We're all in this together," Harry says.

2. Photograph of Trump's notes sparks rage

An eagle-eyed photographer revealed something President Trump did not yesterday. He was speaking about Anna Sacoolas, a US diplomat's wife suspected of driving on the wrong side of the road before a car crash that killed a teenager in the UK. She left the country and has diplomatic immunity from prosecution. British police want to speak with Sacoolas, and the British government has asked the president to help. But a photograph of his notes shows that Sacoolas will not be facing justice in the UK.

3. Vancouver Police officer sets man on fire with Taser

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) in British Columbia has begun a probe after a suspect was ignited when a police officer deployed his Taser. It happened along the Seawall on Oct. 6, the IIO said, when a man was reported to have spat at a couple and attempted to touch women. He tried to fight when arrested, the IIO added, and was therefore Tasered. But he was carrying a "flammable concealed possession," which ignited. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

4. Climate protestor climbs on top of plane

Activists continue to demonstrate in new and strange ways in their attempt to draw attention to climate change. Today, an Extinction Rebellion protester got on top of a British Airways plane in London. According to esteemed journalist Gareth Davies, the demonstrator was James Brown – a onetime Paralympic athlete who won bronze at the 2012 Olympics.

5. Only 10% of Canadians picture a woman when they think of a CEO

Children's rights group Plan International Canada released the results of an interesting online survey today. More than 2,200 young Canadians – aged between 14 and 24 – were asked a series of questions about leadership. Confidence, the respondents said, was the most important trait in a leader – but just 55% of the female participants said they were confident themselves. A majority of male respondents, meanwhile, said females were "emotional" – while only 10% said that was a good trait in a leader. "It’s not the potential or capacities of girls that is the problem — it’s the reality of the social and institutional environments they are faced with," Saadya Hamdani, from Plan International Canada, said.

Notable Birthdays

Chris Pronger (45), Brett Favre (50), Dan Stevens (37), Rose McIver (31), Lucy Griffiths (33)

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