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Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised to Caribbean leaders over the Windrush generation controversy, at a Downing Street meeting. She said she was "genuinely sorry" about the anxiety caused by the Home Office threatening the children of Commonwealth citizens with deportation. The UK government "valued" the contribution they had made, she said, and they had a right to stay in the UK. It comes amid reports some are still facing deportation. (source BBC News)


Classified as: Windrush generation, immigration, UK, Caribbean migrants
Published on: 18 Apr 2018

The institute that developed the “Montreal Procedure” continues to be on the cutting edge

The Neuro is recognized worldwide as a leader in epilepsy research and treatment. From the beginning, Neuro founder, Dr. Wilder Penfield, made epilepsy a central focus. He and his colleagues developed a surgical treatment for epilepsy patients known as the “Montreal Procedure,” which today is in use throughout the world. The Neuro became a pioneer in studying epilepsy through the use of electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Classified as: epilepsy, Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital, Wilder Penfield Lecture
Published on: 26 Mar 2018

These McGill University experts are available to comment on a Montreal protest to show support for stricter gun laws in the US:

"Montrealers show support for U.S. youth leading movement for stricter gun laws", CBC News

Classified as: Jason Opal, March for our Lives, History and Classical Studies, gun control
Published on: 23 Mar 2018

"Acute intoxication with alcohol is common in Quebec. Between January 1 and November 26, 2017, emergency services received 2,332 young people aged 12 to 24 for this reason. This equates to 214 cases per month, 49 cases per week or 7 cases per day." (Institut national de santé publique)

Classified as: Alcohol, public health, teenagers
Published on: 14 Mar 2018

Will the upcoming federal budget deliver and implement the Naylor report’s recommendations to fund and revitalize fundamental science research in Canada?

Martha Crago, Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) at McGill University, is available to provide reactions in media interviews on Federal budget day on February 27, 2018, and on February 28.

Classified as: McGill University, federal budget, naylor report, Sustainability
Published on: 26 Feb 2018

“Analysts forecast U.S. consumer price inflation, to be released on Wednesday, to have slowed to 1.9 percent in January from a year earlier, while the core measure is seen ticking down to 1.7 percent… An above-forecast figure could well spark a fresh selloff in stocks and bonds. Central bankers have not exhibited much concern over the equity rout, indicating they intend to push on with plans to tighten monetary policy this year.” (Reuters)

Classified as: chris ragan, max bell school of public policy, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, USA
Published on: 13 Feb 2018
“The province’s Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires has authorized an increase in the price of milk. (…) The price hike generally ranges from four to six cents a litre.” (Montreal Gazette)
Classified as: Pascal Thériault, milk, agriculture
Published on: 2 Feb 2018
“Regulators in the state of New Hampshire have rejected a major electricity project being piloted by Quebec's hydro utility and its American partner, Eversource.” (CBC)
François Bouffard, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Classified as: François Bouffard, Hydro-Quebec, Eversource, New Hampshire
Published on: 2 Feb 2018

“The government is to release a leaked Brexit analysis that shows the UK economy would be significantly worse off in every modelled scenario, after it decided not to oppose a Labour motion calling for the documents to be issued.” (The Guardian)

Brian Lewis, Professor of History, Department of History & Classical Studies, McGill University

Classified as: brexit, Brain Lewis, European Union, United Kingdom, Great Britain
Published on: 31 Jan 2018

NASA says that the next full moon will be a ‘super blue blood moon’. What does it mean? Kelly Lepo, coordinator of the McGill Space Institute, is available to answer your questions. (NASA)


Kelly Lepo, Coordinator, McGill Space Institute

(514) 398-4471, Kelly.Lepo [at]

Classified as: Kelly Lepo, blood moon, blue moon, McGill Space Institute
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

Expert: Philippine Volcano Erupts

“The Philippines' most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge grey column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities to warn that a violent eruption may be imminent.” (CBC)


John Stix, Earth and Planetary Sciences McGill University

Classified as: Philippines, Volcano, Mount Mayon, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, John Stix
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

A sixth round of NAFTA negotiations is taking place this week in Montreal, with key players say the focus is on constructive discussion.” (CTV News)


Kryzsztof Pelc, Political Science, McGill University

Classified as: NAFTA, Kryzsztof Pelc, Andrea Bjorklund, Ken Lester, McGill
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. McGill and its affiliated institutions have experts in the following areas of Alzheimer’s detection and treatment who are available to comment:


Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)) based at the  Jewish General Hospital: Website

Early detection of AD through genetic and cognitive markers

Classified as: Alzheimer's disease (AD)
Published on: 18 Jan 2018

Jose Mauricio Gaona, O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

Under US law, immigration authorities may exercise discretionary powers to allow otherwise inadmissible or removable aliens to enter or remain in the country. Such powers include, but are not limited to: (i) deferred actions, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(d)(2), e.g., DACA, (ii) parole to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(d)(5)(A), and (iii) Temporary Protected Status for foreign nationals of designated states and circumstances, 8 U.S.C. § 1254(a), e.g., El Salvador, Haiti.

Classified as: DACA, TPS, Jose Mauricio Gaona, O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, constitutional, immigration, and international law
Published on: 15 Jan 2018

Labour organizations across Ontario are holding rallies today to protest the actions some Tim Hortons franchises have taken in response to an increase in the province's minimum wage. (The Globe and Mail)


Barry Eidlin, Professor of Sociology at McGill University

Classified as: Tim Hortons, labour issues, ontario, minimum wage, barry eidlin
Published on: 10 Jan 2018