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It’s easy to think of the violence perpetrated against indigenous women and girls as a problem for indigenous communities. What’s more of a challenge is recognizing the roles that the wider society and shared history play in the existence of this violence. Op-ed by Dr. Cassandra Steer, Wainwright Junior Fellow at the McGill Faculty of Law and executive director of Women in International Security Canada.
Now the links between emotion, memory, and music are being plumbed by scientists, specifically Signy Sheldon and Julia Donahue of McGill University in Montreal. Their new paper in Memory and Cognition — admirably titled “More than a feeling: Emotional cues impact the access and experience of autobiographical memories” — finds that the “arousal” (or tempo) and valence (or mood) of music provides different cues to random access memories.
Concern over the reliability of published biomedical results grows unabated. Frustration with this 'reproducibility crisis' is felt by everyone pursuing new disease treatments: from clinicians and would-be drug developers who want solid foundations for the preclinical research they build on, to basic scientists who are forced to devote more time and resources to newly imposed requirements for rigour, reporting and statistics.
One of the kernels of international trade theory, which I drill into McGill undergraduates every year, is that countries don’t “compete” against one another; firms do. And those firms compete mostly with other domestic firms. Op-ed by Krzysztof J. Pelc, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. Read more: Regina Leader-Post
“This is the final missing link in the chain that connects pulsars and magnetars,” said Victoria Kaspi, astrophysicist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. “It seems like there’s a smooth transition between these two kinds of neutron star behaviors.” Read more: Knowridge Science Report
“We are going to see a large number of jobs disappearing or changing significantly,” she said. “Obviously, that’s lower skill jobs initially, but with the increased sensory capacity of many of the algorithms right now, we are going to see even higher-skilled jobs in the future disappearing.” Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. Read more: Bloomberg
This week, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) named Montreal the best city in the world for university students. It is yet another reason to be proud as we celebrate the 375th anniversary of our incredible city. The ranking also provides an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill the potential of Montreal to draw talent from around the world. Op-ed by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University.
Good teachers, you can tell, have a blast when they teach! And when they have fun, students have fun, and learning becomes fun. While such teachers work hard, prepare well, and work on deliberate strategies to enhance their teaching, they take time to enjoy the act of teaching. They enjoy the ride, so to speak. Op-ed by Madhukar Pai, Director, McGill Global Health Programs. Read more: Nature Microbiology
On Jan. 26, the Quebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect, bringing the province in line with federal legislation outlined in the Canada Health Act (CHA). According to the CHA, the money that flows from Ottawa to the provinces for health services, known as the Canada Health Transfer, is conditional on the provinces upholding a ban on user fees for publicly insured, medically necessary procedures.
But we shouldn't assume that such deaths are necessarily linked, cautioned Nicholas King, an associate professor at McGill University in Montreal who has studied the factors behind increased opioid-related deaths in the United States and Canada. "We know from historical experience with so-called 'cancer clusters' that in many cases the clustering is either the result of confirmation bias, or is simply the result of random chance," he said. Read more: CNN
With every change of administration come charges of hypocrisy. Those who governed by executive order suddenly learn the dangers of unilateral presidential power, and those who thought executive orders were an impeachable violation of the separation of powers start using them without missing a step. Supporters of federalism embrace the benefits of national uniformity. How soon is too soon to start protesting a new administration? When does criticizing a president spill over into disrespecting the presidency?
Launching a formal complaint against Syria under the Convention against Torture would at long last set the wheels of international justice in motion and send a strong message to the countless Syrians who have suffered so terribly. It is a unique opportunity for Canada to promote the cause of international justice.
Co-organizer Brodie Noga, who studies law at McGill University, said he was inspired to act by the freeze on refugees and his work with an Iranian citizen who was refused entry into the United States under the ban. "I don't feel that it's right that Canada be complicit in any way with these refugee bans," he said. Read more: CBC News