This week, scantily-clad models at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas sparked criticism, U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to cut firearm violence brought the gun debate back to the forefront, CBC's the fifth estate looked into the deaths of two athletes, a meeting between Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders failed to bring any progress on native concerns, and rape emerged as a central issue in India's political discourse.
Here are five stories from CBCNews.ca you may have missed:
Body-painted 'booth babes' cause stir at CES
At last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one exhibitor featured semi-naked, body-painted female models, reigniting the ongoing debate over the use of 'booth babes.'
Critics say that using scantily clad women to sell products is archaic and sexist and alienates the female demographic that companies want to attract. But defenders argue that 'booth babes' are being unfairly targeted and sex as a sales hook is found in all forms of advertising.
- Read the story: 'Booth babe' controversy continues to have legs
America's gunned up culture
The gun debate continued in the United States as President Barack Obama revealed a sweeping federal gun control plan. Some people want guns — especially assault rifles — off the streets, but with more than 300 million firearms in the U.S., it seems that country will stay locked and loaded for the foreseeable future.
CBC's Neil Macdonald looks at why, with the country's gunned up culture, more firepower might actually make sense.
- Read the story: Neil Macdonald: Self-preservation in gunned up America
Investigating athlete deaths
Canadian skicross racer Nik Zoricic died last March after crashing in the finish area at a World Cup competition in Switzerland. Swiss police concluded that that the tragedy was a "sporting accident," according to documents obtained by CBC-TV's the fifth estate.
But there is a widespread belief in the world of competitive skicross that the design of the course was to blame, and that Zoricic's death could have been prevented.
Meanwhile, another fifth estate investigation suggests that the sliding track was to blame in the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler.
- Read the stories: Zoricic mother disputes police findings into skier's death, Curve in ice launched Olympic luger to his death, researcher says
Harper, Atleo meeting fails to bring change
Prime Minister Stephen held a meeting last week with some native leaders, including AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. But others, including the hunger-striking Chief Theresa Spence, boycotted the gathering after the Governor General said he would not attend.
Now, with blockades, protests and rallies continuing across the country, CBC's Chris Hall looks at why Atleo and Harper may have missed an opportunity to unite the sides.
- Read the story: Chris Hall: Stephen Harper, First Nations and an oppotunity lost
India's shifting attitudes on women and rape
Worldwide outrage erupted following the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi. Now, weeks after the death of "India's daughter," gender and women's rights have emerged as issues for political discussion and debate in a country where rape is not often taken seriously.
CBC's Nahlah Ayed talks to women in India who live under the threat of sexual assault and are now ready for change.
- Read the story: Nahlah Ayed: Delhi's voices, women and rape and India