Our World This Week: October 17th – October 23rd 2014

Our World This Week: October 17th  – October 23rd 2014 This week saw all eyes turn to Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. While standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot and killed. He was the father of a kindergarten-aged son and a Hamilton reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment. Read more about Ottawa shooting here. In St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, was killed in a hit and run attack. He was a 28-year veteran of the Canadian Forces. Read more about the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu attack here. To mark this loss of life, the CBC is inviting you to share your condolences for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent's families, and the many Canadians who admired them. As Thomas Mulcair, NDP Leader, said Canadians will "stand up and we'll stand together."  Click here to find out how to submit your condolences. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of ‘trending food for thought’ from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Tory budget bill would merge Canadian Polar Commission, new research station – by Jane George Through legislation embedded within Bill C-43, the federal government’s omnibus budget bill, the government will merge its $188-million Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay with the Canadian Polar Commission. This legislation will strengthen Canada's arctic research potential by establishing the governance structure for a new, world-class science and technology research facility. Harper defends Canada’s contribution to Ebola effort – by Kelly Grant The Public Health Agency of Canada auctioned off an estimated $1.5-million worth of personal protective equipment that front-line workers need for about $30,000. However, Prime Minister Harper dismissed this criticism and defended Canada’s contribution to the fight against Ebola in West Africa. World: Ethiopia, 30 years after the famine – by David Smith Three decades after images of the Ethiopian famine shocked the world; Ethiopia has become both a darling of the global development community and the scourge of the human rights lobbyists. Ethiopia is an economic miracle; the country has enjoyed close to double-digit growth for a decade. However massive urban expansion has uprooted thousands of farmers; those who speak out against this are jailed. ISIS threatens Iraq's priceless cultural heritage – by Ben Wedeman and Laura Smith-Spark Although there has been no shortage of news coverage of the atrocities carried out by ISIS against the people of Iraq and Syria, what's less well known is the devastation that ISIS is wreaking on Iraq's priceless cultural heritage.   Thought Provoking Read: Has Too Much Democracy Ruined America? – by Clive Crook Crook states that the most striking thing about the U.S. midterm elections is how little most of the country seems to care. He argues that the problem isn't too much democracy - it's too much politics. Crook outlines that the quality of democracy is not measured solely by asking whether the politically engaged have voice, but how the disengaged find voice. Photo of the Week:  Partial Solar Eclipse OWW Oct 17-24 The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, October 23rd, creating a partial solar eclipse. The partial solar eclipse is pictured here from Austin, Texas.  (Photo: Mark Ezell via Space.com).

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