February 6th – 12th 2015

This week, an execution-style shooting in a Chapel Hill, U.S., killed three young Muslims: 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. The suspect is in police custody, and social media users launched the #MuslimLivesMatter hashtag campaign to commemorate the victims. Read more about the campaign here. Also this week, a report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that in the past twenty-five years 970 million monarch butterflies in North America have vanished. The monarch butterfly is a keystone species and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is gathering support for a “Save the Monarch” initiative. Read more about the massacre of monarch butterflies here.

Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective:


L’Isle-Verte seniors’ home fire: Coroner blames staffing, response time – CBC News

In January 2014, thirty-two elderly residents of Résidence du Havre in L’Isle-Verte, Quebec, died in a fire. This week, Quebec coroner Cyrille Delâge released a 141 page reported that outlined six factors contributing to the seniors’ deaths including lack of staffing and significant delays in firefighter response. Delâge also made several policy recommendations to avoid similar tragedies in the future, which included better fire detection tools for senior’s residences.

All about Eve Adams: The backstory – CBC News

Eve Adams’ switch to the Liberal Party dominated political discourse this week: Why? How? What does this mean? Whether this switch is a win for the Liberals, a loss for the Conservatives, or a combination thereof depends on who you ask. Yet, Adams is no stranger to controversy, and her Conservative strategist fiancé, Dimitri Soudas, supported her move. Adams has served as a Mississauga city councillor for the past decade.


Hundreds feared dead after boats sink off Italy – Al Jazeera

More than three-hundred people trying to reach Italy from Libya are feared dead after three boats sank off the coast of Italy. Nine people were rescued by an Italian tug boat, but they are the only known survivors. This Mediterranean crossing is very dangerous, hosting extreme sea conditions. Last year, several thousand people died trying to make the crossing.

Chemical blast spreads toxic cloud over 5 Spanish towns – Ciaran Giles

Residents of five northeastern Spanish towns were ordered to stay inside after a chemical explosion. The explosion released a toxic nitric acid and ferric chloride orange-coloured cloud over the region. The order remains in place for pregnant women, children, elderly people, and those with respiratory problems, but has been lifted for all others.

Thought Provoking Read

Shoalidarity: Not lifting the boil water advisory? – Christie McLeod

Winnipegger Christie McLeod is gaining national recognition for her boil-water advisory awareness campaign, Shoalidarity. The campaign gained momentum after Winnipeg’s two day boil-water advisory, which occurred at the end of January. In this piece, McLeod explains where Winnipeg gets its water from, Shoal Lake 40, and that this First Nations community has been under a boil water advisory itself for the last eighteen years.

Photo of the Week


The Kazakh eagle-hunting festival is part of an effort to support traditional hunting practices in mountainous regions of western China, bordering Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia. Kazakhs capture young female golden eagles and train them to be hunters; the festival revolves around the eagles’ hunt. Training and handling of the eagles is governed by ancient practices passed on from generation to generation. (Photo: Kevin Frayer via The Guardian).

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