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A frosh week chant turned into a major scandal for St. Mary’s University and the University of British Columbia this past September. The chants glorified underage sexual assault. The impropriety of the incident is made worse in light of the Rehteah Parsons case. She alleged she had been sexually assaulted when she was just 15 and then bullied online. She died after a suicide attempt. (Length: 13:19)
A group of unidentified masked gunmen attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, targeting non-Muslims and killing at least 67 people. Over 200 others were wounded in the four-day siege. The attackers are believed to be linked to the Somalia-based Islamist group called al-Shabaab, a banned terrorist group under Canadian law. (Length: 16:33)
In January 2012, a passenger cruise liner did something unheard of in modern day: it hit rock bed and sank just off the western coast of Italy. Thirty-two people died. One year and eight months after she sank, salvagers attempted a massive operation to raise the Costa Concordia from her watery grave. (Length: 16:39)
It’s sometimes called euthanasia, others call it “dying with dignity” — and it means the right to end one’s life peacefully. Dr. Donald Low, an infectious disease expert from Ontario, died this fall of a rare brain tumour. In a video shot shortly before he passed away, Low made an impassioned plea for Canada to change its laws on assisted suicide. And in Quebec, dying with dignity legislation moves closer to becoming law. (Length: 18:24)
The humble pollinator of our flowers and food is dying at an alarming rate. Beekeepers are finding whole hives decimated. They blame a new insecticide called neonicotinoids. Europe has already banned the insecticide, but in North America it is still widely in use. In this documentary farmers explain how the insecticide is boosting their harvest while beekeepers tell why the short-term gain could result in worldwide famine. (Length: 12:50)
Another police shooting in Toronto this past summer left 18-year-old Sammy Yatim dead on a city street car. His death became the rallying cry for people who say the police are too heavy-handed. The incident raises questions about how police forces deal with violent aggressors and whether or not more training is required to teach them how to deal with the mentally ill. (Length: 17:08)
Canada’s Senate is supposed to provide a degree of oversight on decisions made in Parliament. Senators must have integrity and diligently represent the people of their home province and the country as a whole. Late in 2012, questions around expenses incurred by a few senators began putting the whole institution in an unfavourable light. (Length: 20:48)
Caught up in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings, Egyptians convinced their leader of 30 years to step aside. Promising change and a better future for Egypt, the new government quickly fell short of expectations and was out the door as well. Years later, the quest for a stable democratic government continues. (Length: 19:43)