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Why Canadian federalism is bigger than Ottawa and the provinces

The fathers of confederation left cities and Indigenous voices on the outside looking in. It’s long past time to change that relationship. Op-ed by Fraser Harland and Mark Dance, law students at McGill University. The next instalment of their Canada 150 series will look at the future of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the possibility of transforming Canada’s judicial institutions. ...

Published: 20 Apr 2017

'Let's make it easy for these kids'

With the help of an Alberta Medical Association grant, MacEachern has teamed up with researchers at McGill University to promote their free app, Jooay. It connects families with nearby accessible leisure activities — including sports and arts programs as well as camps in an effort to improve health and social well-being. Read more: CBC News

Published: 19 Apr 2017

Metal as fuel? These Canadian scientists are working to make it happen

Researchers at McGill University have been studying the combustion capabilities of metal for more than a decade. Last week, they launched an experiment into space to gain further insight to this yet untapped potential. The experiment was designed to help scientists better understand how the metal particles react in weightlessness. Read more: CBC News

Published: 18 Apr 2017

The 2017 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist revealed

Five authors have made the 2017 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist. Among the finalists are: "The Duolect" by Krzystof Pelc (Professor in the Dept. of Political Science at McGill) and "The Peninsula of Happiness" by Kasia Juno (PhD student in the Dept. of English at McGill). Read more: CBC Books

Published: 13 Apr 2017

Donner Book Prize short list includes books by two McGill professors

Donner Prize finalists [Award for the Best Public Policy Book by a Canadian] include "L'integration des services en sante: Une approche populationnelle" by Yves Couturier, Lucie Bonin and Louise Belzile (Les Presses de l'Universite de Montreal) and "Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World" by [McGill political science professor] Juliet Johnson (Cornell University Press)....

Published: 12 Apr 2017

Marijuana researcher hopes legalization will open door to more study

Very little is known about the long-term health effects of cannabis, says McGill University scientist Mark Ware. He’s determined to find out more as the clock ticks down to legalization. He has embarked on one of the largest studies ever done on pot. So far it has recruited more than 1,000 participants. He hopes to have 3,000 within two years. ...

Published: 10 Apr 2017

McGill researcher solves case of 'mystery boy' whose illness eluded doctors for decades

Dr. Donald Vinh was able to help patient Steven Francis figure out what has been making him sick for 35 years.  Read more: CBC News

Published: 7 Apr 2017

America Should Never Be ‘Great Again’

President Donald Trump is different. Unlike any of his forty-four predecessors, he does not even pretend to care about constitutional rules or official protocols. He has no need for facts or norms. And in his drive to “Make America Great Again,” he discards not just the balance of powerwithin our government, but also the deeper balance between our two major myths about what made America great in the first place.

Published: 6 Apr 2017

Ottawa’s pot advisor warns more info needed before legalization

Research and education needs to be provided, Dr. Mark Ware, a professor in family medicine and anesthesia at McGill University, told a drug policy conference in Ottawa.  Read more: The Toronto Star

Published: 5 Apr 2017

The U.S. cannot be run like a business

The relationship between business and government, a separation of powers no less vital than that within government itself, has become so confounded that it threatens American democracy itself. When free enterprise in an economy becomes the freedom of enterprises-as-people in a society, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, government of the real people, by the real people, and for the real people shall perish from the Earth.

Published: 4 Apr 2017

Sweet sidekick: Maple syrup extract appears to boost antibiotics

A Canadian-led study about our country's most beloved export -- maple syrup -- has shown that the sweet stuff that makes pancakes so good might also help antibiotics work better. The research from a McGill University team was presented this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society....

Published: 3 Apr 2017

Montreal's feel-good LRT comes courtesy of the taxpayer

Ahmed El-Geneidy, the head of McGill University’s Transportation Research group, thinks the REM’s promoters are wearing rose-coloured glasses. Ridership projections for the REM of 40 million commutes annually are hugely optimistic. Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 31 Mar 2017

HST policy, P.E.I. climate change strategy 'in direct opposition' over heating oil

"It's actually encouraging people to use that fuel source rather than alternative fuel sources," said Chris Ragan, an economics professor at McGill University and chair of the university's Ecofiscal Commission. Read more: CBC News

Published: 30 Mar 2017

Health care could be behind Canada's longer life expectancy

But Erin Strumpf, who researches public health at McGill University in Montreal, says it is not so simple. With so many factors affecting health, such as lifestyle and genetics, it can be difficult to draw broad conclusions about why Canadians live longer....

Published: 29 Mar 2017

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Dr Robert Hess, from McGill University in Canada, who ran the study said: "Using head-mounted video goggles we were able to display the game dichoptically, where one eye was allowed to see only the falling objects, and the other eye was allowed to see only the ground plane objects." Read more: BBC News

Published: 28 Mar 2017