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As described in the article Deporting Mexican mother discourages abused women from seeking help, activist say by Michelle Lalonde on january 31, 2014 after running away from her native Mexico, Ivonne Hernandez now 41 arrived in Montreal in hopes of a better life. She had arrived in Canada asking for refugee status running away from a violent relationship with a police officer which made her fear for her life.

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The article “Russian LGBT activists arrested on first day of Sochi games” posted on February 7, 2014 talks about the arrests and the inequality towards gays happening in Russia during the Olympics Games.  The police in Russia has arrested at least 14 gays that were protesting in Moscow and St. Petersburg on the day of the opening of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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On Thursday, it was announced that, just like in other Canadian cities, the LGBT ‘rainbow’ flag would be raised above Montreal’s city hall.

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The plight for democracy in Ukraine took an ugly turn Friday when it was reported that Ukrainian activist, Dmytro Bulatov, was found “bruised” and violently beaten just outside of Kiev, more than a week after having been reported missing, according to an article published on the Guardian’s website by Oksana Grytsenko and Shaun Walker titled “ Ukrainian protestor says he was kidnapped and tortured.”

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In the article published on January 27th, "Russian Activist Alexei Navalny Publishes Data pointing to Corruption at Sochi Olympics" by Nataliya Vasilyeva, it is unveiled that even though Winter Olympics hosts less athletes than the summer ones, the 2014 Winter Olympics are proving to be the most costly Games of all time, about $51 billion worth. More than the double of the money actually needed was spent on building 10 of the venues.

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