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How can we become better teachers?

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

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Published on : 15 Feb 2017

Abolishing user fees is just the tip of the iceberg in improving Quebec health care

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.

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Published on : 15 Feb 2017

Bailout fallout

McGill University management professor Karl Moore tells Global’s Laura Casella about the federal Bombardier bailout and what that means for the aerospace company’s future. Find out more: Global News

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Published on : 10 Feb 2017

Why opioid overdose deaths seem to happen in spurts

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

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Published on : 09 Feb 2017

Hypocrisy isn’t the problem. Nihilism is

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?

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Published on : 08 Feb 2017

Canada must act now to get international justice in Syria

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.

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Published on : 07 Feb 2017

Law student 'research-a-thon' seeks to overturn U.S.-Canada refugee pact

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

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Published on : 06 Feb 2017

Montrealers caught in Trump travel ban worry about effect on their kids

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

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Published on : 03 Feb 2017

Opinion: Quebec should stop trying to legislate on religion

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

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Published on : 02 Feb 2017

Fear of normalizing hate and xenophobia

McGill law professor Payam Akhavan on the fear of normalizing hate and xenophobia.  Listen to the podcast: CBC The Current

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Published on : 01 Feb 2017

Science will suffer under Trump’s travel ban, researchers say

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

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Published on : 31 Jan 2017

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. 

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Published on : 30 Jan 2017

Opinion: Equipping children with the digital literacy skills they need

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

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Published on : 27 Jan 2017

Potter: It's inconvenient, truth. But abandoning it is worse

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.

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Published on : 27 Jan 2017

Are birds cut out for city living?

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

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Published on : 26 Jan 2017