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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.

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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.

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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

Justin Trudeau's #WelcomeRefugees policy to be assessed in live study

Professor Jill Hanley, from McGill University, is the Montreal lead on the "live" study which will track the results of the humanitarian program, and the efforts of ordinary Canadians who've been part of the private sponsorship program. Read more: ABC News

Published: 27 Mar 2017

McGill music students dream of performing with Montreal Symphony Orchestra

You need to hit all the high notes if you want to get in to McGill’s Schulich School of Music. The program receives more than 1,000 applicants a year – but only a couple hundred are admitted. “There is, has been a steady and perhaps increasing number of young people who are interested in classical music,” said Stéphane Lemelin, chairperson for McGill’s music department of performance. ...

Published: 24 Mar 2017

Why when we're in our 40s and 50s we get much less praise than we used to

“I get considerably less praise than I use to 10 years ago. I find this troubling at times, let me explain why this is a natural thing. And it shouldn't bother us - too much.” Column by Karl Moore, professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management.  Read more: Forbes

 

Published: 23 Mar 2017

Montreal is 375 years old, but how old are its buildings?

Montreal is celebrating its 375th anniversary, but very few vestiges of its early history remain. (A multimedia piece with an interactive map showing some of Montreal’s oldest iconic buildings, including the Arts building. McGill’s Annmarie Adams provided input for the article.) Find out more: CBC News

Published: 22 Mar 2017

Arrival: Linguist behind film talks speaking to aliens

Jessica Coon discusses how humans would make contact with extraterrestrials, whether emoji can replace written words and how the internet is putting some languages at risk. Read more: Independent.co.uk

 

Published: 21 Mar 2017

How carbon pricing will drive Canadians to save

We should never forget how much prices matter. Most of us like saving money, and so we seek out the lowest-cost options, whether we’re shopping for food or clothing, or making a new product or offering a new service. With carbon pricing, we will seek out new ways to do things, new ways to save money – and it will help even more if our governments send some of the money back to us. ...

Published: 20 Mar 2017

Graduates grounded in sustainability

Two years ago, second-year bachelor of commerce student Leilani Lee jumped at the chance to sign up for a new interdisciplinary specialization in sustainability offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 17 Mar 2017

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