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The Word: On Jian Ghomeshi, avocados, and Neil Degrasse Tyson

The embattled ex-CBC staffer is charged with three more counts of sexual assault, why doctors heart the fatty green fruit, and an amiable astrophysicist gets his own late-night time slot.

Jian Ghomeshi Leaving Courthouse

(David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

On the front page:

Still more charges for Jian Ghomeshi. Three more complainants have accused the ex-Q host of sexually assaulting them, bringing the grand total of the criminal charges facing Ghomeshi to eight (one of which is for overcome-resistance choking). Ghomeshi appeared at Toronto’s College Park court on Thursday morning with his mother in tow. Lawyer Marie Henein made a brief statement to the press, saying Ghomeshi would plead not guilty to all charges. His bail was renewed at $100,000, and his next court appearance is set for Feb. 4. (Henein is expected to appear on Ghomeshi’s behalf.)

Seeing green. Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers—the man responsible for ending the attack on Parliament Hill’s Centre Block last October—has been appointed Canada’s ambassador to Ireland. In a statement, the 58-year-old former RCMP officer expressed sadness at the prospect of leaving his post in Ottawa, but with ancestors hailing from the Emerald Isle on both sides of his family, he considers the new post to be a “great honour.”

Say yes. Per a request by Premier Kathleen Wynne, the issue of consent will be included in Ontario’s new sex-education curriculum, which will be rolled out in schools across the province this September. In addition to thoroughly modern concepts like navigating the internet and social media, Wynne has instructed Education Minister Liz Sandals “to finalize a new health and physical education curriculum that gets at some of the root causes of gender inequality, and starts at the very earliest stages to develop an understanding of healthy relationships and consent.” Ontario’s current sex-education syllabus is the most outdated in the country—it hasn’t been updated since the ’90s.

On health:

All hail the avocado. From the fruit (not vegetable) that brought you guacamole comes lower cholesterol and, by extension, better heart health.

On business:

Loonie tunes. Apple is set to raise its app prices for Canadian customers due to our lagging currency.

On tech:

Watch what you watch. Canadians who regularly pirate music and movies could soon receive an anti-piracy finger wag in their inboxes as part of the government’s new Copyright Modernization Act.

On culture:

Papal visit. Her Hollywood highness Angelina Jolie met Pope Francis after a screening of her new film Unbroken at the Vatican on Thursday.

Science rules. Following in the footsteps of Bill Nye, beloved astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson is getting his own television show.

For adult eyes only. The Motion Picture Association of America has slapped Fifty Shades of Grey with an R rating for “unusual behavior.” Like…sex?

On belfie sticks:

If only there was an easier way to take a well-lit, perfectly angled picture of your own butt. Oh, wait!

The final word…

I’ve got ice cream and I saved a #HeadyTopper for this very occasion. My iPad is fully charged. I’m like a doomsday prepper.” Reproductive rights activist Alison Turkos live-tweeted her IUD insertion.