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Five authors have made the 2017 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist. Among the finalists are: "The Duolect" by Krzystof Pelc (Professor in the Dept. of Political Science at McGill) and "The Peninsula of Happiness" by Kasia Juno (PhD student in the Dept. of English at McGill).

Read more: CBC Books

Published on: 13 Apr 2017

Donner Prize finalists [Award for the Best Public Policy Book by a Canadian] include "L'integration des services en sante: Une approche populationnelle" by Yves Couturier, Lucie Bonin and Louise Belzile (Les Presses de l'Universite de Montreal) and "Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World" by [McGill political science professor] Juliet Johnson (Cornell University Press). Rounding out the short list are "A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age" by Daniel J.

Published on: 12 Apr 2017

Very little is known about the long-term health effects of cannabis, says McGill University scientist Mark Ware. He’s determined to find out more as the clock ticks down to legalization. He has embarked on one of the largest studies ever done on pot. So far it has recruited more than 1,000 participants. He hopes to have 3,000 within two years.

Read more: iPolitics

Published on: 10 Apr 2017

Dr. Donald Vinh was able to help patient Steven Francis figure out what has been making him sick for 35 years. 

Read more: CBC News

Published on: 7 Apr 2017

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.

Published on: 6 Apr 2017

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 on: 5 Apr 2017

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.

Published on: 4 Apr 2017

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. Lead researcher Nathalie Tufenkji, who specializes in chemical engineering, says her team's study began with the observation that aboriginal people in Canada have long used maple syrup to fight infections.

Published on: 3 Apr 2017

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 on: 31 Mar 2017

"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 on: 30 Mar 2017

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. Rates of obesity and smoking, and socioeconomic factors may all impact the different outcomes we see in the US. "People like the explanation of universal health coverage; people like the explanation of more redistributive social programmes," she says.

Published on: 29 Mar 2017

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 on: 28 Mar 2017

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 on: 27 Mar 2017

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.

Read more: Global News

Published on: 24 Mar 2017

“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 on: 23 Mar 2017