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Colombia referendum: Voters reject Farc peace deal

“Voters in Colombia have rejected a landmark peace deal with Farc rebels in a shock referendum result, with 50.2% voting against it.” (BBC)

Catherine LeGrand, Department of History, McGill University

"The close ‘no’ vote in the plebiscite on the recent peace accord is a shock that plunges Colombia into deep political-institutional crisis.  What comes next is not clear.”—Catherine LeGrand

Published: 3Oct2016

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM join forces to set guidelines on future Artificial Intelligence research

The end of September saw the formation of a new team of rivals: the Partnership on AI, whose motto is "to benefit people and society". The partnership includes tech giants Amazon, Google and its subsidiary Deepmind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft.

Published: 3Oct2016

Aviation emissions resolution is a litmus test for carbon pricing

Op-ed co-authored by Jean Monnet chair in the law of international economic integration at McGill. « Airplanes in international flight are responsible for at least 2 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – a considerable volume given that it’s the only form of emissions delivered directly at high altitude into the atmosphere.

Published: 3Oct2016

Boomers or Gen Y: The PQ's generational dilemma

“The PQ’s discourse isn’t resonating among 18- to 34-year-olds. For Generation Y, support for the party is collapsing,” said political scientist Éric Bélanger of McGill University, who co-wrote the study with Valérie-Anne Mahéo of the Université de Montréal. The Globe and Mail

Published: 3Oct2016

Akwesasne creates first independent indigenous court in Canada

McGill University Prof. Kirsten Anker, who specializes in aboriginal peoples and the law, visited Akwesasne in May with a delegation from a Manitoba Cree community that was interested in the Mohawk system. “It’s being looked at as a model and a source of inspiration,” she said, adding the Akwesasne Mohawks are “at the forefront in pushing the self-government envelope.” The Globe and Mail

Published: 3Oct2016

KalGene gears up to manufacture and test promising Alzheimer’s treatment with NRC, McGill and CIMTEC

KalGene Pharmaceuticals and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) are proud to announce the signature of an agreement worth over $1M to develop, scale up, and transfer the technology needed to manufacture a promising novel Alzheimer’s treatment in Canada that the parties have been co- developing since 2015.

The treatment, a biologic molecule made up of a peptide that fights Alzheimer’s and an antibody-based carrier molecule designed to shuttle the peptide into the brain, is a custom- engineered therapeutic developed at NRC.

Published: 3Oct2016

Expert: Hurricane Matthew

“Hurricane Matthew is poised to deliver a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti beginning Monday, and poses a danger to eastern Cuba and Jamaica by Monday night.” (The Weather Network)

Published: 6Oct2016

"I felt the clock ticking" — why Andre White just released three albums at once

Montreal jazz drummer/pianist and McGill professor Andre White on why he just released three CDs of original music. Ottawa Citizen

Published: 30Sep2016

The truth about lying? Children’s perceptions get more nuanced with age

Parents don’t like it when children lie. But what do the kids themselves think about it? New research suggests truth telling isn’t black and white.

As children get older, their moral evaluations of both lies and truths is increasingly influenced by whether they think this behaviour will cause harm to either others or themselves.

Published: 5Oct2016

Socioeconomics play key role in Arctic Search and Rescue

Traveling and harvesting on the land and sea is of vital importance to Indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic and subarctic, with links to food security, cultural identity, and wellbeing. A new study by the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group at McGill University however, finds that economic transitions, social shifts, and climate change are dramatically affecting the safety of Inuit during these activities.

Published: 30Sep2016