Our World This Week: October 31st – November 6th 2014

Our World This Week: October 31st – November 6th 2014 This week the Canadian federal government restored health-care coverage to refugee claimants. This is a temporary restoral pending the outcome of an appeal at the Federal Court. Although many refugee claimants will fall through the cracks for health-care coverage, children under nineteen will receive full coverage and pregnant women will mostly be covered. Read more about the temporary health-care coverage here. Also this week, Ghoncheh Ghavami, a twenty-five year old British Iranian woman, was found guilty of spreading “propaganda against the regime” in an Iran court. Ghavami has been detained in prison for over one-hundred days since her arrest for trying to watch the Iranian men’s national volleyball team play Italy. Ghavami’s arrest has been widely condemned internationally. Read more about Ghavami’s sentence here. Our World This Weeks brings you this week’s list of trending food for thought from both a Canadian and international perspective: Canada: CRTC bans 30-day notice for cancelling TV, phone, internet – by CBC News Effective January 23rd 2015, Canadians will no longer have to give a thirty-day notice to cancel or change their television, internet, or landline telephone services. This decision came in part because the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) believes Canadians were frustrated with the thirty-day rule. Bank Of Canada's Stephen Poloz: Long-Term Jobless Youth Should Work For Free – by Daniel Tencer Poloz, the Bank of Canada governor, has drawn widespread criticism over his comments that unemployed youth should leave their parents’ basement and boost their CVs by working for free. Canada's youth unemployment rate is just over thirteen per cent, which is two times the national average. World: Bangladeshi migrants eke out a living in Rome – by Nishtha Chugh With one hundred and twenty-two thousand residents, Italy has the second largest Bangladeshi community in Europe. According Bangladesh banks, Bangladeshi migrants have remitted nearly one billion dollars from Italy between 2000 and 2010. However, for migrants, sending money home is no less than "selling blood and dignity"; migrants work sixteen hours a day, take abuse, and submit to exploitation without complaint. EU’s biggest foreign mission in turmoil over corruption row – by Julian Borger Whistleblower, Maria Bamieh, claims that evidence of corruption in the European Union’s biggest foreign mission was covered up. The Eulex mission was intended to strengthen the rule of law in Kosovo. This mission has cost more than one billion euros since it was implemented, yet corruption and organised crime in the Kosovo political system has worsened. Bamieh was made redundant from the Eulex mission after revealing evidence of possible bribe-taking at top levels in the mission. Thought Provoking Read: How Facebook Could Skew an Election – by Robinson Meyer In the wake of the US midterm elections, Meyer’s analyzes Facebook’s interaction with voting.  On the US Election Day this week, American Facebook users saw a public service announcement of sorts: “It’s Election Day,” proclaimed the text; “Share that you’re voting in the U.S. Election and find out where to vote.” Then Facebook offered users a button to do that sharing: “I’m a Voter.” Recent studies so that the voting button could shape who actually voted to a significant degree: “If you’re told your friends have voted, you’re more likely to vote than someone who hasn’t”. Facebook believes that in 2010, its election-day module was responsible for more than six-hundred thousand additional votes. Meyer’s explores the implications of Facebook’s voting button. Photo of the Week:   Planet formation captured in photo OWW 31-Nov 6 This is the clearest image of a planet forming around an infant star that has ever been taken.  Pictured here, a protoplanetary disc has formed around a young star. This image was made possible by Alma; the antennas that make up Alma are located in Chile's Atacama Desert (Photo: Alma, Brogan, & Saxton via BBC News).

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