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Experts: World TB Day 2016 (March 24)

World TB Day is held each year on March 24th and aims to build public awareness for tuberculosis. A disease which despite being curable, remains a destructive epidemic in much of the world.

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Published on : 22 Mar 2016

McGill alumnus Victor Goldbloom dies at 92

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom A distinguished McGill alumnus, Victor Goldbloom, died Monday night at age 92. A pediatrician by academic training, Goldbloom graduated from McGill with a BSc in 1944, an MD in 1945 and a DipEd in 1950. In 1992, McGill presented him with an honorary degree in recognition of his many years of service to Montreal, Quebec and Canadian society.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

Published on : 11 Feb 2016

Corus buys Shaw Media

"Toronto-based Corus Entertainment is buying Shaw Media from Shaw Communications in a $2.65-billion deal. The move shuffles ownership of 19 specialty TV channels including Global, Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, HISTORY, Slice, National Geographic Channel and Showcase between two companies that are controlled by the Shaw family. Corus also owns a network of radio stations and the Nelvana animation studio." (Source: CBC)

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Published on : 14 Jan 2016

World's Most International Universities 2016

Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the top 200 most outward-looking institutions. McGill University ranks 76, second in Canada after University of British Columbia at 40th. Read full article: Times Higher Education, January 14, 2016

Published on : 14 Jan 2016

North Korea Nuclear Test

"Hours after North Korea trumpeted the apparent "perfect success" of its first hydrogen bomb test, the United Nations Security Council fired back with a promise of new sanctions." (Site: CBC)

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Published on : 06 Jan 2016

Weather: El nino

As 2016 approaches, the ongoing El Nino shows no sign of relaxing its grip on the global climate. (Source: Al Jazeera) John Gyakum, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences "The current El Nino, the strongest since 1997-98, is associated with recent unusually warm conditions in Ontario and Quebec."—John Gyakum Professor or large scale and dynamic meteorology.

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Published on : 21 Dec 2015

US Interest Rates

The U.S. central bank began raising interest rates Dec. 16 from record lows, as it hiked its benchmark rate by a quarter of a percentage point. (Source: CBC) Chris Ragan, Department of Economics “Increases in the policy interest rate in the United States will reflect the data showing that the U.S. Economy is really strengthening, after years of a sluggish recovery.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2015

Divorce: on the decline in sub-Saharan Africa

With education, employment and income levels all rising for women in sub-Saharan Africa, many observers have speculated that divorce rates would follow suit – as they have in much of the developed world.  But a new study by McGill University researchers finds that divorce rates across 20 African countries over the past 20 years have remained stable or declined.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2015

Montreal blue collar workers suspended

"Nearly 2,400 Montreal blue collar workers including union leadership will face sanctions for leaving work to attend a union meeting last week after they were ordered to remain on the job. " (Source: CBC)

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Published on : 14 Dec 2015

Inside McGill Inside My Head

« La demande était pas mal corpo au début, » says Alain Farah with a laugh. He is anything but. Farah teaches in the department of French languages and literature at McGill. He’s also the author of a novel called Pourquoi Bologne that came out in French in 2013 and appeared in English in 2015 under the title Ravenscrag. The work tells a fractured, spinning kind of story about a writer called Alain Farah who works at McGill in 1962 and in 2012. In the novel, there are episodes, both in 1962 and 2012, where the character Alain Farah wanders around the McGill campus, clearly in bad shape.

Published on : 11 Dec 2015

Outremont: zoning on new places of worship

"The borough of Outremont has overwhelmingly adopted a controversial bylaw banning new places of worship on Bernard and Laurier avenues." (Source: CBC)

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Published on : 08 Dec 2015

Maclean's University Rankings 2016

The Medical Doctoral category includes some of the largest schools in the country, namely those that conduct a significant amount of research and offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. McGill University ranks first for Medical Doctoral in Canada! In addition, the following programs have been stated as outstanding: Strategic Management—Social Business & Enterprise; Sustainability, Science and Society; and Canadian Studies.

Published on : 20 Nov 2015