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Americans Are Complicit in Border Camp Abuses

The conditions at border detention facilities provide irrefutable evidence of the child maltreatment that President Trump commits in our names—and state officials need to take action to end the cruelty.

Co-authored by Professor Michael J. MacKenzie (Social Work, McGill) and Assistant Professor Tova Walsh (Social Work, Wisconsin-Madison)

Published: 17 Jul 2019

When will Ottawa end its willful neglect of First Nations children?

“The federal government must end its discriminatory and inequitable funding of all public services on reserves, including education, health care, child welfare and basics such as water and sanitation.Though these inequalities have been known to the federal government for at least 112 years, it continues to take small and insufficient steps, dealing with the problem one service at a time instead of co-developing a comprehensive plan with First Nations to address all the inequalities.”

Published: 17 Jul 2019

Gay and Once Divorced, a Canadian Rabbi Broadens Judaism’s Tent

When Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, the first openly gay rabbi of a large synagogue in Canada, was preparing to begin rabbinical school, she faced a daunting choice: love or serving God.

Published: 15 Jul 2019

Francisco Ruge-Murcia recipient of the 2017 Bank of Canada Fellowship Award

Professor Francisco Ruge-Murcia has won the prestigious Bank of Canada Fellowship Award. As the Bank’s press release says: "The Fellowship Award provides financial support to leading academics who are widely recognized for their expertise and excellence in areas important to the Bank’s core functions, and whose research contributes to the development of knowledge and research capabilities in those areas.

Published: 10 Jul 2019

Government of Canada establishes Canadian Statistics Advisory Council

We live in a world that is increasingly data-driven. Now more than ever, Canadians require the high-quality, timely and relevant statistics produced by Statistics Canada to support evidence-based decision-making.

Published: 10 Jul 2019

Bank of Canada announces winners of the 2017 annual Governor’s Challenge: McGill Economics – Again!

A team from McGill Economics has won the Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Competition for the second year in a row. This year’s winning team consists of Eric Blachut, Jules Boudreau, Baptiste Cumin, Kurt Vogt Gwerder, and Ludovic van den Bergen. As was the case last year, the team’s academic advisers were Professors Francisco Ruge-Murcia and Christopher Ragan. Congratulations to all concerned! It’s a real tribute to McGill’s expertise in monetary policy.

Published: 10 Jul 2019

The Impact of Childcare on Poor Urban Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa

Despite evidence from other regions, researchers and policy-makers remain skeptical that women’s disproportionate childcare responsibilities act as a significant barrier to women’s economic empowerment in Africa. This randomized control trial study in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, demonstrates that limited access to affordable early childcare inhibits poor urban women’s participation in paid work.

Published: 9 Jul 2019

Cities from scratch: watch new cities rise from the desert, jungle and sea

“We’re in the midst of new cities fever,” says Professor Sarah Moser (Department of Geography). The head of the new cities lab at McGill University has documented more than 100 cities that have sprung up across Asia and Africa since the early 2000s for her forthcoming Atlas of New Cities.

Published: 9 Jul 2019

New Policy Brief: The Return of Internally Displaced Persons, by Professor Megan Bradley.

Professor Megan Bradley and ISID release a new policy brief entitled "The Return of Internally Displaced Persons:  Patterns, Possibilities and Gaps in Knowledge".  The brief provides an overview of research and practice pertaining to the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs).  The full brief is now available online.

Published: 4 Jul 2019

The American Revolution shows us how sad and thin Trump's vision of the country is

On July 4, 1970, President Nixon tried to claim America’s birthday for his “silent majority” by hosting Honor America Day in Washington, D.C. It didn’t go well. Crowds of Nixon supporters clashed with antiwar demonstrators, hippies swam naked in the reflecting pool, and the bitter divisions of that era ruined what has traditionally been a star-spangled but lighthearted day for hotdogs and baseball.

[Op-ed] - J.M. Opal, Chair of the Department of History and Classical Studies

Published: 4 Jul 2019

The Founding Father you’ve never heard of

In the age of “America First,” it’s easy to remember July 4 as the day we Americans resolved to go it alone. As Thomas Jefferson proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, the people of the 13 colonies had “totally dissolved” their ties to the British Empire and could henceforth do whatever “Independent States may of right do.”

[Op-ed] - J.M. Opal, Chair of the Department of History and Classical Studies

Published: 4 Jul 2019

Professor Graham Fraser appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

Professor Graham Fraser is one of 83 Canadians appointed to the Order of Canada. Considered one of the country’s highest honours, it goes to those who have shaped society, innovated in interesting ways or made an impact on their community. 

Published: 2 Jul 2019

Build science in Africa

Africa’s population is projected to nearly quadruple over the next century1. And that is following a staggering increase over just seven decades — from 200 million people in 1950 to 1.25 billion in 20182. Meanwhile, temperatures across the continent are expected to rise by between 3 °C and 4 °C over the next century, bringing more drought, flooding, conflict and species loss3.

This article was co-authored by Professor Colin Chapman, Anthropology.

Published: 2 Jul 2019

An Obligation to Produce Results

An article by Thomas Mulcair based on the Mallory Lecture he gave at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada earlier this spring.

Published: 2 Jul 2019

National Geographic grant awarded to Howe Sound researcher

Every summer growing up, Fiona Beaty's family would make the trip from Vancouver to Bowen Island, where she would spend her time playing in the woods and turning over rocks at the shore in her search for crabs. Now, Beaty is back on the coast and her more recent explorations in marine biology are getting much more attention. Last month, she was awarded a National Geographic Early Career grant to support her latest project, the Howe Sound Atl'ka7tsem Marine Reference Guide.

Published: 2 Jul 2019

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