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Changing the agriculture and environment conversation

The land sharing/sparing debate has stagnated. Finding a way forward requires that we ask new questions and, crucially, focus on human well-being and ecosystem services.

Op-ed by Elena M. Bennett, McGill School of Environment and the Department of Natural Resource Sciences Read more:


Published: 6 Jan 2017

Opinion: Teaching McGill law students about indigenous legal traditions

Speaking more broadly, addressing the Canadian legacy of colonialism regarding indigenous peoples doesn’t allow anyone to stay in his or her comfort zone. Law faculties and universities have a long way to go on this issue — and it’s crucial to talk about the experiments and tentative steps forward.

Published: 6 Jan 2017

Design to benefit the world: This solar-powered backpack improves health and education

After moving to Montreal to attend McGill University, Salima Visram designed the Soular Backpack to help tackle one of the "multitude of problems related to education of children in Kenya." Many children in Kenya live in homes without electricity and must use harmful kerosene lamps to study at night. The Soular Backpack has a solar panel on it which charges a portable LED lamp inside of it, eliminating the need for kerosene....

Published: 4 Jan 2017

Canada well on its way to a renewable-energy future

They say if you want to know what the future will be like, you should look at what investments are being made today. Judging by the accelerating rate of private-sector wind and solar investment here and elsewhere, it seems for Canada this trend is unlikely to stop until all our energy needs are met by clean electricity.

Op-ed by Christopher Barrington-Leigh, assistant professor in the School of Environment.

Published: 4 Jan 2017

We face a resurrection of the white death

“India really needs to wake up to the enormity of the epidemic in the country." Madhukar Pai, director of global-health programs at McGill University Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 4 Jan 2017

Lakes database

A McGill geographer plumbs the depths of the world's million-plus lakes — and produces a computer model that will help us monitor everything from algae blooms to climate change.  Find out more: CBC Radio: As It Happens

Published: 16 Dec 2016

MUHC scores medical world first in new TrapLiner heart surgery technology

In what is believed to be a medical world first, a doctor and his team at the McGill University Health Centre unblocked the clogged coronary arteries of two patients on Tuesday using a revolutionary new cardiac catheter that is considered safer and more effective than the current technology. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 15 Dec 2016

How the brain’s clock drives thirst before sleep

Charles Bourque, professor of neurosurgery at McGill University, details why you might want to be hydrated before zonking out for the night. Read more: The Academic Minute

Published: 14 Dec 2016

Are you doing your fair share of the emotional labour?

Marguerite Deslauriers is a philosophy professor and the founder of McGill's Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. When it comes to emotional labour, Deslauriers says the stakes are high. This isn't just about the way people interact with each other. It goes right to the heart of our self-worth....

Published: 13 Dec 2016

The patent trap? Open science advocates want CRISPR technology to be free

"The overall guiding principle is not open for the sake of 'open,' but whatever is necessary to find new treatments more rapidly for diseases." Dr. Guy Rouleau, director of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University.  Read more: CBC News

Published: 13 Dec 2016

Couche-Tard’s Alain Bouchard has a bold vision

Karl Moore, professor of strategy and organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management interviews Alain Bouchard.  Read more: Financial Post

Published: 9 Dec 2016

Opinion: Let's replace Canada's Senate with a randomly selected citizen assembly

Op-ed by Arash Abizadeh, political science professor at McGill University. He will be making his case to a Dragons’ Den-style panel at a public forum Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., at New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel St. Read more: Montreal Gazette


Published: 8 Dec 2016

The time is right: will Canada be a leader in ‘open government’?

Op-ed by Aruna Roy, Professor of Practice in Global Governance at ISID, McGill University. Read more: The Hill Times


Published: 7 Dec 2016

Bill Gates: My Favorite Books of 2016

Honorable mention: The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke [assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University]. This book, about our aging electrical grid, fits in one of my favorite genres: “Books About Mundane Stuff That Are Actually Fascinating.” Part of the reason I find this topic fascinating is because my first job, in high school, was writing software for the entity that controls the power grid in the Northwest. ...

Published: 6 Dec 2016

The Right Chemistry: Toothbrushes, 'natural' and otherwise

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society.  Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5 Dec 2016