Week in Review: January 5
Charlie Hebdo Attacked
French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo suffered a brutal attack on January 6, where 12 people were killed. The violence targeting the Paris based publication comes in response to a cartoon published just hours before, depicting a leader of the terrorist group ISIS.
Among the dead are the publication’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier who was an outspoken defender of the right to free speech. Amidst earlier threats, Charbonnier remained strong in his stance that free speech must be maintained despite the danger posed.
Vancouver Street Mural Named Second Most Popular of 2014
Vancouver based street artist, iHeart has made StreetArtNews‘ list of most popular pieces of 2014 with Nobody Likes Me. Ironically, the piece pokes fun at modern society’s desire for social media validation.
Broadway’s Box office Boom
Concluding the year with a highly successful week of holiday performances, Broadway named 2014 it’s highest grossing calendar year yet. This record breaking box office achievement is attributed to popular productions Wicked and The Lion King among others, helping boost overall attendance to 94% of total capacity over Christmas and New Years.
Jian Ghomeshi Court Date Set
Jian Ghomeshi will be starting his new year with three new charges of sexual assault, totalling his current charges to six. The former CBC radio host is facing one charge of overcoming resistance and seven charges of sexual assault, following his November arrest. Pleading not guilty, Ghomeshi’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb 4.
Mermaid Academy Makes a Splash in Montreal
AquaMermaid Academy is making mer-myth a reality, thanks to founder Marielle Chartier Henault. Providing professional classes that appeal to a variety of ages, the academy offers everything from fitness to themed parties. The Montreal based school is looking to expand to a variety of different locations.