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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
Two McGill University researchers affected by the temporary U.S. travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries say the personal impact has hurt, but it's the impression it leaves on their children that really worries them. Read more: CBC News
The heinous events in Quebec City on Sunday have wiped away whatever smugness we, as Canadians, might have felt in relation to Donald Trump’s executive order severely disrupting certain Muslim individuals’ existence — and sense of belonging — in the United States. Op-ed by Dia Dabby, visiting fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism and a member of the Quebec Bar. Read more: Montreal Gazette
Omid Zobeiri, 28, is an Iranian citizen who began working on his doctorate in biomedical engineering in September 2015 at McGill University in Montreal. His mentor and supervisor at McGill moved to Johns Hopkins last summer and hoped to take Mr. Zobeiri with her so he could continue the research he had begun in her laboratory. Read more: The New York Times
McIntosh: A year later, the Trudeau government still drags its feet on welfare of First Nations children
A year ago this week, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal released the landmark Caring Society decision, which found that the federal government had discriminated against First Nations children by providing insufficient funding for First Nations child and family services. It also found that the federal funding structure for these services incentivized removing children from their homes, thus perpetuating historical disadvantages against Aboriginal peoples, mainly through the Residential Schools system.
Literacy goes beyond the ability to read the words on this page. Every day, we use reading and writing skills to get information, express ourselves, solve problems and stay connected with the world. Literacy is essential in almost every aspect of modern life and increasingly, we are we are reading and writing with digital tools — cellphones, tablets and computers. Op-ed by Susan Rvachew, professor at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill
So if I, say, declare that “the sky is blue,” and you respond “the sky is a ham sandwich,” the real problem is not that I am speaking truth and you are uttering alt-facts (or, more simply, lying). The real issue is that we are no longer two humans speaking a common language. We have been reduced to two bipedal mammals making guttural utterances at one another. We might as well be hooting at the trees and beating our chests.
After marveling at the ability of Barbados bullfinches to snatch food from humans’ plates, Jean-Nicolas Audet, a doctoral candidate at Canada’s McGill University, was inspired to study them. Audet compared rural and urban bullfinches on the island and found the city birds had better cognitive abilities and problem-solving skills. Read more: The Washington Post
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs (and a fourth year medical student at McGill University) says professional sports now employ spotters to watch for players with concussion symptoms. "They're starting now to coach and teach more and more the rugby tackling style, where you get your head out of the contact and you tackle with your chest and shoulders and you avoid those hits to your head," said Duvernay-Tardif.
Ontario’s cap-and-trade system is now in force and is the focus of much debate. Amidst all of the discussion, there is plenty of rhetoric, hyperbole, and questionable statements. Some of these have grown into large and scary myths which need to be debunked. Commentary by Christopher Ragan, associate professor of economics at McGill University and the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Read more: The Toronto Star
Charles Taylor's clear-eyed vision of our distress, coupled to a deep-rooted celebration of humanity
"I think democracy depends on a sense of what I call "citizen efficacy" in a large number of people - a sense that there's somewhere you can go, some levers you can push, some votes you can make, and that revivifies democracy. Just think back eight years. What was the great slogan of Obama's campaign? It was "Yes we can"...When that goes, a real kind of panic takes over, a real sense that it's getting worse, out of control, it'll go on getting worse." - Charles Taylor, professor emeritus of philosophy
Globalization, new technologies and a bewildering pace of change have exponentially increased the complexity of our world. We currently have intractable problems, such as climate change, income inequality and food security. University students will be on the front lines of dealing with these challenges.
“In the last half century the American presidential transition has been a timeout, a moment for the combativeness and divisiveness of campaigns to be buried,” said McGill University history professor Gil Troy, author of 11 books on the U.S. presidency. Read more: Washington's Top News