Our World This Week: December 5th – 11th 2014

Our World This Week: December 5th – 11th 2014 This week, twenty Cree youth arrived in Quebec City after walking nearly six-hundred kilometres to protest uranium extraction in Mistissini, QC. The walk took thirteen days. Over the last ten years, Strateco Resources has invested millions into developing a uranium mine in Mistissini. Read more about the potential uranium extraction in Mistissini here. Also this week, at least seven countries have banned British Columbia poultry following an outbreak of avian influenza.  So far, the Fraser Valley outbreak has put five farms under quarantine. It is estimated that over one-hundred thousand birds will be slaughtered in efforts to contain the outbreak. Read more about the bird flu outbreak here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Conservative MP’s private member’s bill could be used against pipeline protesters, critics say – Justin Ling Bill C-639 seeks to make obstructing, interrupting, or interfering with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of any critical infrastructure a punishable offence. The bill defines critical infrastructure as any “publicly or privately owned facility, network, service or asset,” including energy and telecommunication assets. Critics argue that the bill will be used to punish environmental protesters, especially pipeline protestors. Canada To Fall Way Short Of 2020 Climate Change Targets – Bruce Cheadle Environment Canada reported that Canada will be short of meeting its international 2020 climate change target. The Emissions Report suggested that Canada will get just over halfway to its goal. Canada’s goal is to cut greenhouse gases seventeen per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. World: Palestinian Authority gains observer status at the International Criminal Court – Robert Tait The International Criminal Court gave Palestine observer status at a summit meeting on Monday. This gives Palestine the legal possibility of requesting a war crimes investigation in its occupied territories. In the past, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to seek to press charges against Israel for alleged war crimes. Maldives Faces Drinking Water Crisis – Ankit Panda A fire at a water sewage treatment facility has left the Maldivian capital Male with no safe drinking water. Almost one third of the country’s residents live in Male. The Maldives has declared a state of crisis and has appealed to neighbouring countries for aid. The crisis could turn into a long term problem given the facility repairs are more complex than initially thought. Thought Provoking Read: Feeding Unrest: A Closer Look at the Relationship Between Food Prices and Sociopolitical Conflict - Todd G. Smith Smith explores the link between food and economic stability to debunk some the debate. Smith argues that the relationship between food prices and sociopolitical conflict isn’t causal. Smith points out that this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a relationship between food prices and conflict, but, rather, that the link need more research. Photo of the Week:  Typhoon Hagupit A general view of damaged houses swept by Typhoon Hagupit in Eastern Samar, in central Philippines Although Typhoon Hagupit swept through the Philippines ruining houses and claiming lives, the extent of the damage would have been much worse if the government was less prepared. Pictured here, Hagupit’s wake leaves a path of ruined homes in Eastern Samar, in central Philippines (Photo:  Stringer via Reuters).

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