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Our World This Week: November 14th – November 20th 2014

Our World This Week: November 14th – November 20th 2014 This week, in the United States, the Senate Democrats defeated a bill that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This was a narrow vote with the legislation being halted by only a single vote. The vote represented a victory or some […]
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Our World This Week: November 7th – November 13th 2014

Our World This Week: November 7th – November 13th 2014 This week, the Captain of a South Korean ferry that sank in April – killing more than three hundred school students – received his sentence. Captain Lee Joon-seok was found guilty of gross negligence, and was sentenced to thirty-six years in prison. Thirteen other crew […]
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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 […]
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Alumni of the Month: Hilary Clauson

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to virtually sit down with Hilary Clauson, a highly successful woman who sat on the Undercurrent’s Editorial Board in 2008 & 2009. Hilary, who lives in Ottawa presently, was very gracious to meet with me, despite the tragic events that had occurred a day earlier in our nation’s capital. […]
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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 […]
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Pale Native: Memories of a Renegade Reporter

Christie here with another edition of the IDS Students’ Bookshelf! The second book to be added to our bookshelf is Max Du Preez’s Pale Native: Memories of a Renegade Reporter (written in 2003). Prior to embarking on a field course in South Africa in 2013, I was required to read numerous books written by South Africans and/or […]
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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 […]
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Our World This Week: October 10th – October 16th 2014

Our World This Week: October 10th  – October 16th 2014 This week saw the Vatican have surprisingly positive comments towards gays and same-sex relationships. However, the Vatican backtracked on these comments after they elicited furious outrage from more Conservative Catholics. Read more about the Vatican’s backtracking here. Also this week, the World Food Programme cut […]
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Our World This Week: October 3rd – October 9th 2014

 Our World This Week: October 3rd   – October 9th 2014 This week saw a St. Louis police officer fatally shoot a teen.  The off-duty officer shot a 18 year old teenage; due to the circumstances of the shooting, the incident has sparked protests that echo the Ferguson, Mo unrest after the fatal shooting of Michael […]
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