Our World This Week: October 24th – October 30th 2014

Our World This Week: October 24th  – October 30th 2014 This week Jian Ghomeshi took the spot light in most news and social media outlets.  Ghomeshi, former host of the CBC radio show Q, was let go from the CBC over allegations that he abused and sexually assaulted multiple women. In response to being let go under these conditions, Ghomeshi filed a fifty-five million dollar lawsuit against the CBC. Although it remains to be seen how this controversy will unfold, many people are weighing in on both sides of the debate. What is certain in the Ghomeshi controversy is that it will cost both sides big bucks. Read about the costs of the controversy here.  Also this week, the leaders of Tunisia’s strongest Islamist party were defeated by the secularist party in the Tunisian parliamentary elections. Read more about the Tunisian election results here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: Liberal government makes it easier to get legal aid – by Richard J. Brennan The Ontario Liberal government announced it intends to double the number of Ontario residents eligible for legal aid. The government said it would take ten years to achieve this target, but that increased funding will allow an additional one million low-income residents to qualify for legal aid services. Lac-Mégantic: Lisa Raitt announces rail safety rules based on crash findings – by CBC News Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced new requirements for hand brakes and other rail safety devices this week.  In addition, Transport Canada will add ten inspectors to their staff team so that more audits can be done and more information provided to communities in close proximity to railroads. World: Eight dead, hundreds missing in Sri Lankan landslide - by Elizabeth Joseph A landslide hit the south-central Badulla District of Sri Lanka on Wednesday morning. At least one-hundred and forty homes were destroyed, there are eight confirmed deaths, and between three hundred and five hundred people reported missing. Efforts to locate the missing people continue. Burkina Faso protesters march on presidency after burning parliament – by Mathieu Bonkoungou, Joe Penney, and Thomson Reuters On Thursday, thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace. This march occurred after protesters burnt the parliament building and destroyed state television offices. The protest has resulted in forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap the plan to extend his twenty-seven year rule. Thought Provoking Read: Illegally mining Russia's 'Baltic gold' – by Mansur Mirovalev and Denis Sinyakov An amber boom in China has caused the price of amber to skyrocket, but amber mining in Kaliningrad is paved with crime and corruption. Mirovalev and Sinyajov argue that amber has become Russia's blood diamond; approximately ninety percent of the world's deposits of amber or "Baltic gold” are from Kaliningrad. Photo of the Week:  Reyhaneh Jabbari OWW 24-30 Although the United Nations and other human rights groups attempted to halt the execution, Iran hanged Reyhaneh Jabbari for killing her alleged rapist this week. Pictured here, Reyhaneh Jabbari speaks to a Tehran courtroom in 2008. In this photo she is defending herself during the first hearing of her trial for the killing of a former intelligence official.  (Photo: Golara Sajadian/AFP/Getty Images via CBCNews)

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