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Toronto Catholic Students to Sing the Anthem A Cappella

The Toronto Catholic District School Board will require thousands of students to sing O Canada every morning without music, following a 7-3 vote on Thursday night. 

School Trustee Angela Kennedy says she proposed the notion to encourage “active patriotism” after noticing many students were not participating in the anthem at school activities and public events.

Similarly, Kevin Morrison, a former trustee candidate says those who do not sing the anthem are “unpatriotic.” Following the school board’s decision, a CD vocal accompaniment will no longer be played during the opening and closing exercises, encouraging students to, you know, learn the words. 

Remembering Kony 2012: Is Friday’s Day of Action Still a Thing?

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Remember Kony 2012, the 29-minute video from the charity Invisible Children, that generated millions of hits? Well, their day of action to promote saving Ugandan child soldiers, and finding notorious warlord Joseph Kony, set for Friday, April 20, has been steadily losing steam, thanks to endless scrutiny and criticism towards the charity itself.

Oh, and Invisible Children co-founder Joseph Russell’s public breakdown did not help push the cause forward, either.

Read More: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Resenting Kony 2012
Read More: Kony 2012: A Viral Campaign of (Dis)Information to Save Children in Uganda

Though the video was successful in pushing governments to target Joseph Kony (American senators have announced plans to expand the State Rewards Program to put pressure on finding Kony), according to NPRstudents have moved from “covering the night” for Kony 2012, to trying to create a new world record for spooning. Excellent stuff.

George Clooney to Host a $6-million Party for Obama

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George Clooney will host a high-profile, $6-million fundraiser for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama at his Los Angeles home next month. 

Obama and Clooney, both 50, recently met to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and South Sudan, presumably around the time The Descendants star was arrested for civil disobedience. 

Clooney’s May 10 soiree will kick-off the first of the official celebrity endorsements for the 2012 election. Not sure how Jon Voight’s likely Mitt Romney fundraiser will top this one, but it will be fun to see what he has up his sleeve.

Joanna Adams writes for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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