Please be patient with us as we work out some technical difficulties we have been having with our website. We are doing our best to refresh our web presence. For inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University where she completed her BA in International Studies, with a focus on international development. Stacey travelled extensively throughout her undergraduate degree, having completing an exchange in Israel, field school in South East Asia, an international co-op in Uganda and partaking in a student delegation in Taiwan. She is currently pursuing an MA in Global Development and Education at the University of Leeds in the UK. She is particularly interested in the impacts of social justice and global citizenship education on youth, which will be the focus of her MA dissertation
Our World This Week: April 2nd – 9th 2015 This week, dozens of attackers took control of government buildings – including the city's Central Prison, Central Bank, and radio station – during an assault in the coastal Yemeni city of Al Mukallah. Government troops clashed with al-Qaeda fighters, and most of the militants fled. The militants freed 270 prisoners, a third of whom have al-Qaeda links. Read more about the attack here. Also this week, passengers aboard an Air Canada plane that “slammed to the ground” at Halifax’s airport are set to receive financial assistance from the airline. Air Canada is not divulged the amount, but various media reports say each of the 133 passengers on Flight AC624 will receive five-thousand dollars. Read more about the financial assistance here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Conversion therapy has no place in Ontario: Kathleen Wynne – The Canadian Press Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says so-called conversion therapy – which attempts to alter someone's sexual orientation or gender identity – is dangerous and has no place in Ontario. Wynne says conversion therapy is rooted in the belief that being transgender or gay is wrong and in need of correction. The Premier warns that young people are vulnerable to the idea that being gay is a choice, which overshadows self-acceptance. At least 40 current, former senators asked to account for questionable expense claims – CTV News At least forty current and former senators received letters from Auditor General Michael Ferguson regarding questionable expense claims; one of them has been asked to account for more than 100,000 dollars. The senators are tight-lipped about the letters and their expense claims. World: Global Muslim population to surpass Christians by 2070 – RT News By 2050, followers of Islam will match the numbers of those following Christianity; the number of Muslims will surpass the number of Christians by 2070. This study says that Christianity was the world’s largest religion in 2010, with an estimated 2.2 billion followers representing nearly a third of the global population. Islam had 1.6 billion followers representing 23 percent of the global population. Russian trawler with 132 on board sinks, at least 54 dead – The Times of India This week, a trawler carrying seventy-eight Russian nationals – as well as fifty-four foreign nationals from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Vanuatu – sunk. It sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330km west of the Krutogorovsky settlement in the Kamchatka region of Russia and 250km south of the city of Magadan. Only sixty-three of the 132 people on board were rescued from the freezing sea. Thought Provoking Read: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Nicholas Fitz The average North American believes that the richest fifth of the population owns fifty-nine percent of the wealth and that the bottom forty percent owns nine percent of the wealth. In actuality, the top twenty percent of United States’ households own more than eighty-four percent of the wealth, and the bottom forty percent combine to own a measly 0.3 percent. Fitz points to studies that find a surprising consensus: everyone (even conservatives and the wealthy) wants a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo. As journalist Chrystia Freeland puts it, “Americans actually live in Russia, although they think they live in Sweden. And they would like to live on a kibbutz.” Photo of the Week: Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. Painter Ruben Enaje, pictured here, was among half a dozen men whose hands and feet were rubbed with alcohol before locals dressed as Roman soldiers hammered sterilized nails into his flesh. He has repeated the same act for the last 29 years as part of giving thanks after surviving a fall from a building. The re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion in San Pedro Cutud village drew at least four thousand spectators and tourists, dozens of them foreigners (Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images). Read more about the re-enactment here.
Our World This Week: March 26th – April 2nd 2015 This week, France passed a law that will ban excessively thin fashion models from catwalks and advertising campaigns. The law also exposes modeling agents and fashion houses that hire models who are too thin. Read about France’s new law here. Also this week, McDonald's announced it will raise the minimum wage for ninety-thousand of its United States’ workers. The ten percent raise will be implemented on July 1st 2015. McDonald's is the first major fast-food corporation to bow to pressure to improve circumstances for low-paid workers in the United States. Read more about McDonald’s wage change here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Ontario plans cap-and-trade on greenhouse gas emissions – Adrian Morrow, Jane Taber, and Sean Silcoff Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is preparing to bring in a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions. The new system would be linked with Quebec and California’s current cap-and-trade program, creating a carbon market of sixty-one million people and covering more than sixty per cent of Canada’s population. World: Kenya attack: 'There were screams and nobody knew if we would survive' – Murithi Mutiga Militants from the extremist Al-Shabaab group killed 147 people at Garissa University College. The militants allowed Muslim students to leave, but held dozens of Christian students hostage for more than twelve hours. The attack stunned Kenya; it the region’s worst atrocity since the 1998 bombing of the United States embassy in Nairobi. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approves limited LGBT protections in religious freedom law – German Lopez Indiana Governor Mike Pence approved a clarification to the state's controversial religious freedom law that will bar businesses and individuals from using the law to refuse employment, housing, or service to people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The clarification, however, does not add sexual orientation and gender identity protections into civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination. Thought Provoking Read: From Moment to the Black Travel Movement – Brandon Tensley Only five percent of Americans who study abroad are Black; however, more Blacks are in higher education than ever before. Tensley finds that not only does this lack of travel translate to a dearth of Blacks in international careers and leadership positions, but it also means missed opportunities for a community that’s poised to benefit the most from them. Photo of the Week: In Istanbul, Turkey, prosecutors, lawyers, and judges stood near a statue of Lady Justice during a funeral ceremony for senior prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, who was killed after being held at his offices by leftist militants in a hostage drama (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images via the Guardian)
Our World This Week: March 20th – 26th 2015 This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his support for forty-two new infrastructure projects across Quebec. These projects include small craft harbours and regional airports. Harper posits that these projects will generate jobs and economic growth in Quebec. Read more about the federal government’s projects here. Also this week, Italy’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Cassation, overturned Amanda Knox’s murder conviction. Complete exoneration is an extremely rare decision for this Court; the Court’s reasoning will be released within ninety days. Read more about Amanda Knox’s former charges here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Students in Grey-Bruce face suspension over immunizations – CTV London The Grey-Bruce Health Unit issued suspension notices to over 1,800 students in the Grey and Bruce counties. Parents must provide proof of immunization (or exemption); if they don’t, their child will face a twenty day school suspension. Parents have until April 20th 2015 to update their child’s immunization information. Anti-terror Bill C-51 to be changed as Tories respond to criticism – CBC News In response to widespread criticism, the Federal Government proposed amendments to Bill C-51. Two notable proposed amendments include narrowing the scope of what is captured as terrorist-related activity and clarifying that CSIS agents will not have the power to arrest individuals. Other changes include limits to information that is shared and adjusting the Public Safety Minister’s powers over air carrier use. World: Israel says it will release frozen tax revenue to Palestinians – Reuters Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says it will release millions of dollars of frozen income tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority. The release comes three months after Israel’s freezing of the payments, which coincided with the Palestine Authority’s application to join the International Criminal Court. Netanyahu’s office says the funds are being released “based on humanitarian concerns and in overall consideration of Israel's interests at this time.” Oil Prices Surge After Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen – VOA News On Thursday, Saudi Arabia and its allies began a military operation in Yemen. The result was a four percent surge in crude oil prices; the price per barrel rose to fifty-nine US dollars. Yemen is a crucial shipping passage between the Arab Gulf and Europe. It is estimated that 3.8 million barrels a day of crude oil pass through Yemeni waters per year. On Thursday, Yemen’s major shipping ports were closed. Thought Provoking Read: Canadians spend the most time online: Study – Julia Alexander A study released by comScore Canada, an analytics firm that assesses Internet use, reports that Canadians use the Internet more than any other country. Canadians spend an average of 36.3 hours on the Internet per month and visit approximately eight websites and three-thousand webpages in that time. The study shows that most Canadians access the Internet through mobile devices and visit primarily social media and online shopping pages. Photo of the Week: On Thursday evening, several hundred students gathered outside Quebec’s National Assembly, in Quebec City. The students protested the latest provincial budget’s austerity measures and cuts to social services. The protest started off peaceful, but escalated quickly. One student was seriously injured (Photo: Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press Via Global News).
Our World This Week: March 13th – 19th 2015 This week, shooters killed twenty-three people and injured forty-seven in Wednesday’s attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Tunisian authorities have arrested nine people allegedly linked to the attack, and ISIS has reportedly released audio recordings claiming responsibility. Read more about the Tunis museum shooting here. Also this week, United Nations human rights investigators finally announced that ISIS is committing acts of genocide and war crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq. Although Investigators were cautious to accuse the extremists, citing ISIS “may have committed” these acts, Hanny Magally, a senior United Nations rights official, told reporters that there are mountains of evidence supporting the genocide decree. Read more about the genocide and war crimes evidence here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Feds fund 4 new Saskatoon homelessness projects – CBC News The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership and the Community Advisory Board on Saskatoon Homelessness announced that projects aimed at helping the homeless secured federal funding from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. $464,734 in funding will be distributed between the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre and The Lighthouse Supported Living. These projects deliver crucial services to Saskatoon’s homeless community. Supreme Court sides with Quebec Catholic school on religious freedom – Ingrid Peritz The Supreme Court of Canada granted Jesuit-run Loyola High School in Montreal, QC the right not to run the province’s ethics and religious culture program. Instead of this course, which is taught province-wide, Loyola High gained the right to teach a different ethics and religious culture course from a Catholic perspective. The Court was divided by a 4-3 margin around the balance between religious freedom and the need to follow provincial secular laws. The minority was extremely vocal in their dissent. World: Draft Nuclear Deal Would Cap Iran's Centrifuges At 6,000 For Decade: Officials – Associated Press The United States and Iran negotiated a draft nuclear deal, which binds Iran to limiting the number of centrifuges the country uses to enrich uranium in return for relief from a variety of sanctions. The draft caps Iran’s centrifuges to six-thousand, which is ten-thousand less than Tehran currently runs. The very existence of this draft marks a stepping-stone for both countries; the deadline for the full agreement is at the end of June. Aid agencies to begin helicopter flights to cyclone-stricken Vanuatu – Reuters The remote outer islands of Vanuatu have been devastated by a monster cyclone. Cyclone Pam tore through the islands with winds of more than 300kph. At least twenty-four people were killed and over three-thousand rendered homeless. Aid agencies and rescue teams speculate that the death toll is going to rise because conditions on the outer islands continue to deteriorate. Communication to the islands is down and aid agencies have only been able to land a series of helicopters due to flooding. Thought Provoking Read: Seeding a Silicon Valley in Cuba – Ramphis Castro Cuba is in a technological dark age, but this lack of technology is one of the biggest markets for venture capitalists. Cuba has the lowest cell-phone penetration rate in Latin America and extremely slow, government censored internet. Until eight years ago, owning a computer was illegal in Cuba. Castro points out that, although there is a lot of potential for business in Cuba, there are numerous hurdles that venture capitalists – who call Cuba the next Promise Land – must first overcome. Photo of the Week: Mock Ebola Ward at Vancouver TED Conference The Gates Foundation erected a mock Ebola treatment ward in the Vancouver Conference Center to demonstrate the challenges health care workers face in trying to fight the virus. Conference attendees were invited to go through the laborious process of donning protective gear and, once geared-up, go through hospital-work stimulations, such as sanitizing. The protective gear, pictured here, is currently the best line of defense the world has against Ebola, and the message was clear: this is not enough. In his TED Talk, Bill Gates urged that we are extremely ill-prepared to handle the next pandemic; the biggest threat to the world is a germs war not an arms war (Photo: Gatesnotes via Vancouver Sun).
Our World This Week: March 6th – March 12th 2015 This week, Canadian officials confirmed that there are one-hundred and nineteen cases of measles in Lanaudière, Quebec. Lanaudière is just outside of Montreal, and the spread of measles is the result of two separate families’ exposure to measles during visits to Disneyland in California. Read more about how measles spread to Lanaudière here. Also this week, Becky Hammon became the first female coach in the NBA. As assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, the defending NBA champions, Hammon is also the first female coach in any major North American professional sport, which, in addition to basketball, includes baseball, football, and hockey. Hammon is a professional basketball veteran having played in the WNBA for years and competed at two Olympic Games, where she won bronze in Beijing. Read more about Hammon’s road to the Spurs here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Ottawa to give juries bigger role in determining life without parole – Sean Fine The Conservative’s Life Means Life Act, if passed, would give juries an important role in determining sentencing of individuals convicted of murder. If juries determined that the offence was planned, deliberate, and brutal, juries would be have the option of making a sentencing recommendation to the judge for life without parole. If the judge accepted this recommendation, the sentence would be thirty five years with no possibility of parole. If passed, the Life Means Life Act would mark the biggest change to sentencing since capital punishment was abolished in 1976. IMF sounds fresh alarm over Canadian housing market – Tamsin McMahon The state of Canada’s housing market set off red flags for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week. In efforts to control the housing market, the IMF called for the federal government to collect more data on the housing market, centralize the oversight of the financial sector, and get the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to implement a deductible on its mortgage insurance program. World: Nemtsov suspect withdraws confession – Matthew Chance, Alla Eshchenko, & Steve Almasy Zaur Dadayev, charged of killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, withdrew his confession on Wednesday. Dadayev alleges that he pleaded guilty to Nemtsov’s death because he felt he had no other choice; he was tortured and his family and friends were threatened. Russia’s Human Rights Council is investigating the allegations. Utah Passes White-Collar Felon Registry – Ben Protess Utah Legislature approved a measure to build the United States’ first white-collar offender registry. Soon counterfeiters and inside traders will join the ranks of sex offenders and serial killers, with their information displayed on government websites alongside warnings regarding the danger these criminal pose to society. The implementation of a white-collar offender list marks the second big decision from the Utah Legislature this week; they also reinstated firing squads as a method of execution. Thought Provoking Read: Know Your Oil: Creating a Global Oil-Climate Index – Deborah Gordon, Adam Brant, Joule Bergerson, and Jonathan Koomey The science of oil is changing; technological advances have replaced conventional extraction methods. Technology has made unreachable oil resources reachable, but little is known about the climate impact of new technologies. This week’s through provoking read is the Carnegie Endowment’s Energy and Climate Program, Stanford University, and the University of Calgary’s Oil-Climate Index report. This report launches the Oil-Climate Index as a way of assessing the range of oil resources and their respective climate impacts. Photo of the Week: Syrian Civil War Four Years Later As the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year the impact of the war is evident from these satellite images. The left-hand image is Syria in September 2011; the nighttime lights of Aleppo and Raqqa are clearly visible. The right-hand image is Syria today; eighty-three percent of the country’s lights have gone out. Aleppo is ninety-seven percent dimmer, and Raqqa, an ISIS strong hold, is almost in complete darkness. Even Damascus is thirty-five percent darker. Since 2011, 3.8 million Syrians have fled Syria, accounting in part for the decrease in lights. (Photo: Xi Li, United Nations via the Daily Star).
Our World This Week: February 27th – March 5th 2015 This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a provocative speech to the U.S. Congress regarding the risks of dealings with Iran. The speech painted U.S. President Barack Obama as being naïve. Obama dismissed Netanyahu’s speech, calling it a distraction. Read more about Netanyahu’s speech and Obama’s response here. Also this week, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) followed labour action at University of Toronto and York University and initiated a strike. After failing to come to a contract agreement with the university’s Administrators, the faculty at UNBC initiated strike action on Thursday. UNBC’s Faculty Association says that UNBC faculty wages are twenty percent lower than wages at other institutions. Read more about UNBC’s strike here and University of Toronto and York University’s respective strikes here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., to mandate indigenous learning – CBC News Starting in 2016, Lakehead University will make indigenous education mandatory for all undergraduate students. After 2016, every student who completes undergraduate studies at Lakehead will take at least one course that focuses on indigenous affairs. The move is part of Lakehead’s strategic plan and is also designed to tackle racism. Yolanda Wanakamik, Lakehead’s co-ordinator of graduate and external relations with the office of aboriginal initiatives, said that "there will be conversations in the classroom. Most people will be talking about stereotypes people have about indigenous people in northwestern Ontario, in fact across Canada." Canadian job quality hits 25-year low due to structural decline: CIBC – Andy Blatchford According to CIBC, Canada’s employment quality index reached its lowest point in the last twenty-five years; the employment quality index is down fifteen percent since 1990. This index measures the spread of full and part-time jobs, the gap between self-employment and paid-employment, and the sectoral composition of full-time paid employment. CIBC states that this decline is the result of structural problems inherent in the labour market, which are difficult to reverse. World: African leader urges 'Marshall Plan' for countries worst hit by Ebola epidemic – News Wires In an international conference in Brussels, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, and Alpha Conde of Guinea called for more aid to help these countries eradicate Ebola and rebuild their devastated economies. Sirleaf urged that long-term responses will require significant resources and a type of Marshall Plan, which was the type of aid plan implemented to rebuild Europe after World War II. Austria passes controversial 'Islam law' – The Stream Austria's National Council passed a bill reforming an old law that governed the status of Muslims. Although the bill protects certain Muslim practices, the law banned foreign funding of religious leaders and mosques. The law affects 560,000 Austrian Muslims and has sparked international discussion over the relationships between religion and state. Thought Provoking Read: Mexican education: Flunking the test – OAXACA Most Mexican schools are awful – private included – “the poorest children in Canada do better than the richest in Mexico.” Most Mexican’s go to school an average of 8.8 years instead of 13.3 like many other countries. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s education reform faces an uphill battle as unionized teachers still hold powerful positions in education ministries and in Congress. His reform seeks to centralize salary payments at the federal level and streamline spending. Photo of the Week: The Salvation Army in South Africa’s New PSA The Salvation Army in South Africa picked up on debates over the colour of The Dress (people see the dress as either black and blue or white and gold) that polarized social media users to launch a public service announcement (PSA) fighting against domestic violence and abuse against women. The PSA, pictured here, reads as follows: "Why is it so hard to see black and blue? The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women." The PSA sparked social media debates that rival initial dress-related ones: many criticize the PSA as narrow given men and children are also victims of domestic violence (Photo: Salvation Army South Africa via Twitter).
Our World This Week: February 20th – 26th 2015 This week, Alaska joined Colorado and Washington to become the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana. The new law took effect on February 24th, but consuming marijuana in public remains illegal, carrying a one-hundred dollar fine. Oregon is set implement a similar law in July. To read more about Alaska’s new policies on marijuana consumption, click here. Also this week, Oxfam published a report entitled "Are French Banks Still Profiting From Hunger?" The report criticizes French banks for failing to stop speculative agricultural commodity trading, which has increased food prices in developing countries as well as fostered food insecurity. To read the report, published in French, click here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Keystone XL bill vetoed by Barack Obama after approval by Congress – CBC News U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill, which had already been approved by the U.S. Congress. The vetoing move does not signal the end of the pipeline debate because Obama, after reviewing State Department recommendations, will still have to decide whether or not the pipeline is in U.S. national interest. The 1,900-kilometre proposed pipeline is forecasted to bring 800,000 barrels of Alberta crude oil per daily to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast; Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said he was "disappointed but not surprised" by the veto. Gender identity bill sent back to the House of Commons – Mike Hager If passed, Bill C-279 would add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination to both the Criminal Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. The Senate has voted twice, in principle, in favour of the bill, but, on Wednesday, the Conservative-led Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee voted in favour of several amendments to the bill that send it back to the House of Commons for further approval. Although supporters of the bill say this move “does look like the death of the bill,” the public debate generated by the bill has positively impacted provincial policies, resulting six provinces adopting similar human-rights codes. World: Argentina MPs vote to create new spy agency – Al Jazeera The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Argentinian State investigator Alberto Nisman has led to Argentinian politicians voting to create a new national intelligence service. Nisman was found shot dead four days after accusing Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of trying to cover up her administration’s involvement in a criminal conspiracy with Iran related to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires. Nisman died hours before he was scheduled to brief Congress on his findings. Fernandez’s administration has denied any involvement in Nisman’s death, blaming the death on a renegade spy – hence the justification for a new intelligence service. South Korea Decriminalizes Adultery – Choe Sang-Hun Citing the protection of individual rights and changing sexual norms, South Korea’s Constitutional Court struck down a sixty-two year-old law that made extramarital affairs a punishable offense of up to two years in prison. Since 1985, approximately 53, 000 South Koreans were indicted under the law. In recent years, defendants rarely went to prison: financial settlements replaced prison sentences. Thought Provoking Read: Jordan’s 6,000 Mosques Will Soon All Have Rooftop Solar – Ari Phillips With limited oil and gas resources, Jordan imports ninety-five percent of its fossil fuels, accounting for forty percent of the country’s budget. To counteract the instability of the oil market and regional unrest, Jordan is turning to renewable energy projects to answer its energy demands. Starting with only one-hundred and twenty mosques, Jordan is set to install photovoltaic solar systems on all of the country’s six-thousand mosques. Photo of the Week: Anna Hazare, an Indian activist, launched a two-day protest rally against a controversial land acquisition ordinance. Pictured here, farmers wave flags in protest against the Narendra Modi-led government’s proposed amendments (Photo: Rajat Gupta/EPA via the Guardian).
Our World This Week: February 13th – 19th 2015 This week, after being kidnapped from her Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan home, Kayla Natomagan was found safe by RCMP officers in Manitoba. The seventeen-year-old Saskatchewan teen was kidnapped on Wednesday, and Natomagan’s boyfriend was found shot dead in the home she was kidnapped from. Read more about the teen’s safe return here. Also this week, Mother Nature brought freezing cold temperatures and mountains of snow to Eastern Canada. Prince Edward Island experienced record snow falls, and schools closed across Maritime Provinces. Read more about the snow storm here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: 17 Abbotsford Police officers under investigation for allegations of misconduct – Amy Judd The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner issued a notice on Wednesday that seventeen members of the Abbotsford Police Department are under investigation. There are 148 allegations against the seventeen members including corrupt practice, deceit, and neglect of duty. MPP takes stand on vaccines, refuses to sign constituent’s exemption letter for daughter’s MMR immunization – Ashley Csanady Northern Ontario New Democrat MPP France Gélinas turned down a request from a constituent to sign a form exempting the constituent’s sixteen-year-old daughter from receiving her measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR). In order to attend school, the MMR vaccine is required. Youth can attend school without the MMR vaccine if a form outlining the medical or conscientious reasons for opting out of the vaccine is endorsed by a commissioner of oaths (e.g. MPP), notary public, or a justice of the peace. World: Haiti protesters call for 50 percent cut in fuel price – Euronews Protestors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti took to the streets to protest the country’s high cost of fuel. Haiti’s fuel is two-times more expensive than it should be given the international decrease in oil prices. Due to the country’s socioeconomic unrest, protestors called for the resignation of President Michel Martelly. Myanmar imposes martial law after rebel clashes in north – Amanda Hodge For the first time since 2011, the Myanmar government imposed martial law in the Kokang region. As clashes between rebel forces and government troops escalated, the government declared a state of emergency. The government ordered airstrikes in Kokang region, and 30, 000 refugees were forced to flee to China. The fighting was triggered by the return of rebel leader Phone Kya Shin, who spent the past five years in exile in China. Thought Provoking Read: Cancer Care for the Developing World – Lawrence N. Shulman Shulman argues that life-saving cancer treatments remain largely non-existent in low and middle income countries, countries which also possess the highest rates of cancer. Shulman posits that the most effective way to decrease cancer mortality rates is to bring existing treatments to developing countries, mirroring the mobilization of HIV/AIDS treatments. Photo of the Week: Celebrations got underway this week for the lunar New Year in China, the year of the goat or sheep. Pictured here is a performance at the opening festivities for the lunar New Year in Beijing (Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images via The Guardian).