Our World This Week: March 26th – April 2nd 2015

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: OWTW Mar 26-April 2 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)

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