Daily Digest: Byelections, Transformers and today at the World Cup

Optimus Prime in Transformers: Age of Extinction. (Courtesy)

Optimus Prime in Transformers: Age of Extinction. (Courtesy)

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Here’s a roundup of news and other tidbits to get you started today.


1. It's Byelection day

Believe it or not, Canadians in four federal ridings - two in Alberta and two in Toronto - are supposed to be going to the polls today. You know, if they’re not at the cottage.

Our David Akin outlines why it’s likely to be a good day for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau was at Toronto's World Pride this weekend - here he is with Trinity-Spadina Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

(For more from Toronto's Pride festivities - click here)


2. Transformers breaks box office records

Transformers: Age of Extinction earned $100 million in box office sales in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, the biggest opening all year.

The fourth instalment in the franchise is not getting great reviews, including from our own Bruce Kirkland, who says director Michael Bay has "completely lost his mind."

3. Mom researched how kids die in hot cars

The mother of a child who recently died inside a sweltering SUV in an Atlanta suburb suggested she was aware of the risk, saying she had researched the topic.

Her husband, Justin Harris, told he forgot to drop off the 22-month-old at daycare, and left the tot in the vehicle as he went to work.

Harris has been charged with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty.


4. Today in World Cup action

Today France takes on Nigeria and Germany takes on Algeria in Brazil.

Favourites Germany will be going it without Lukas Podolski, who is suffering from a thigh injury.


5. Ramadan: explained

This weekend marked the beginning of Ramadan for the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. For the next month, observers fast from dawn until sunset, and abstain from sex and smoking.

Watch this explainer video.


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