News Briefs

<strong>CBC star Jian Ghomeshi fired&nbsp;</strong>

<em>CBC </em>issued a press release Oct. 26 announcing the departure of Jian Ghomeshi from the network. This three-sentence statement failed to reveal reasons for his departure.

Hours later, Ghomeshi responded with the announcement he&rsquo;ll be suing <em>CBC </em>for $50 million. He then went on to publish a message to his fans on Facebook, providing an explanation to why he was fired. &nbsp;

&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been fired from the <em>CBC </em>because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer,&rdquo; Ghomeshi said.&nbsp;

Eight women have accused Ghomeshi of sexual assault, one of which allowed <em>The Star</em> to identify her as Lucy DeCoutere, Canadian actress and captain of the Royal Canadian Air Force. DeCoutere is most well-known for her work on <em>Trailer Park Boys</em>.

In an interview with <em>The Star</em>, one of the anonymous women said, &ldquo;he attacked me. Choked me. Hit me like I didn&rsquo;t know men hit women. I submitted.&rdquo;&nbsp;


<strong>H&amp;M blacklists spinning mill after report on child labour released</strong>

Retail store Hennes &amp; Mauritz (H&amp;M) plans to ban suppliers from a company in southern India after the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) released a report claiming the use of child labour and subjected workers, according to <em>The Star</em>.&nbsp;

H&amp;M will not let their suppliers use any products from Super Spinning Mills Ltd. One of H&amp;M&rsquo;s suppliers used yarn made at the alleged mill. This decision was made subsequently after the release of a report by SOMO.&nbsp;

This report included not only research, but interviews with workers as well. SOMO investigated five snipping mills in Tamil Nadu, one of which being Super Spinning Mills.&nbsp;

SOMO posted on their website, &ldquo;[teenage girls] are working under appalling conditions that amount to modern day slavery and the worst forms of child labour.&rdquo;

Managing director of Super Spinning Mills A.S. Thirumoorthy claimed that the report is false.


<strong>People from ebola-stricken countries banned from Australian entry visas</strong>

According to <em>Global News</em>, the Australian government is suspending all non-permanent or temporary visas by people attempting to enter the country from ebola affected countries in West Africa.&nbsp;

Airport checks show that more than 800 people have entered the country from the region. Although, no hospital visits have been required. &nbsp;

No new applications will be processed for the time being. Permanent visa holders who have yet to arrive are required to participate in a 21-day quarantine before leaving to ebola-stricken countries in Africa.&nbsp;

Australia has made donations totaling $18 million (AUS) towards fighting this disease. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott said he is &ldquo;carefully considering&rdquo; sending medical personnel to West Africa. The personnel will not be sent until it is guaranteed that any Australian infected with ebola in Africa has received medical treatment.


<strong>Washington teen shoots five classmates at high school&nbsp;</strong>

Jaylen Ray Fryberg, 14, released fire and shot five people in the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School in Washington Oct. 23. Three have been announced dead and two are still hospitalized, according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.

Andrew Fryberg, who was shot dead, and Nate Hatch, who was left wounded after the attack, were cousins of Fryberg.&nbsp;

After opening fire on classmates, Fryberg shot himself. &nbsp;

Zoe Galasso, a victim of the shooting died on scene, while Andrew and Gia Soiano succumbed to their injuries in hospital.&nbsp;

Fryberg was upset after his cousin started dating Galasso, his alleged &ldquo;crush.&rdquo;&nbsp;

The girls who were targeted and shot were believed to be friends of Fryberg.&nbsp;

Both the shooter and the victims were known as popular and well-liked.

Hatch, who has been left seriously injured, tweeted from the Harbor Medical Center, &ldquo;I love you and I forgive you Jaylen, rest in peace.&rdquo;

Many students have come to pay their respects at the large and growing memorial set up at the high school.