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Julian Assange (Feb. 4, 2016)

"A UN panel will conclude Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being "arbitrarily detained" in the UK, the Swedish foreign ministry has said." (BBC News)

Published: 4 Feb 2016

Guaranteed minimum income

Phillipe Couillard mandated François Blais, the minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, to set up guaranteed minimum income in Quebec. (Source: Le Journal de Québec)...

Published: 1 Feb 2016

2016 US Presidential Race

"On Monday, Iowa will kick off the 2016 race for the White House, a contest in which two fiery, fringe candidates from the left and right have hijacked the national imagination and undercut the political establishment." (Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/frustrated-with-status-quo-iow..." style=...

Published: 1 Feb 2016

Japan adopts negative interest rate

"In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan has introduced a negative interest rate. The benchmark rate of -0.1% means that commercial banks will be charged by the central bank for some deposits." (Source: BBC)

Published: 29 Jan 2016

Zika Virus

"A new virus invading parts of Central and South America and now the Caribbean is causing concern among people living in and travelling to infected countries. Transmitted by the aggressive Aedes mosquito, the Zika virus has spread to at least 23 countries and will likely infect tens of millions of people in a few short years." (CTV News)

Published: 27 Jan 2016

Canada discriminates against children on reserves

"The federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled." (Source: CBC)

Published: 26 Jan 2016

TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East pipeline

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the new federal government wants to oversee a full and fair national debate over controversial energy issues such as pipelines and will act as a “responsible mediator.”" (Source: The Globe and Mail)

Published: 26 Jan 2016

McGill Tradition: Ice Building project on campus

Professor Pieter Sijpkes’ students in the “Philosophy of Structures” course are building a catenary dome made out of snow and ice on the McGill campus.

He has been doing ice construction experiments on the McGill Campus since he was a student in Architecture in 1972.

Published: 25 Jan 2016

Loto-Québec taking bets on U.S. presidential race

"Loto-Québec is now taking bets on the U.S. presidential race." (Source: CBC)

Published: 25 Jan 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....

Published: 14 Jan 2016

Canadian dollar's decline

The Canadian dollar has dropped below the 70-cent US level for the first time since May 2003 yesterday. It's still worth below 70-cent today. (Source: CBC and Google Finance)

Published: 13 Jan 2016

Trans-generations (CIHR Café scientifique)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) presents a Café scientifique titled "Trans-generations: Trans History, Health, and Politics in Montreal and Beyond" Wednesday January 13th that will explore questions of trans politics, health, and history....

Published: 11 Jan 2016

David Bowie (1947–2016)

"Singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died of cancer at the age of 69." (Source: BBC)

Published: 11 Jan 2016

Supreme Court on assisted suicide: 6-month extension?

In December 2015, the federal government has asked the Supreme Court for a six-month extension to draft new laws on doctor-assisted dying. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this request starting January 11, 2016.

Published: 8 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)

Published: 6 Jan 2016