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Thorn in the side of war criminals, ayatollahs and dictators

Montreal law professor Payam Akhavan has risked life in conflict zones in globetrotting crusade for human rights

Read more: Toronto Star 

Published: 22 Oct 2016

Hillary Clinton Should Embrace Her Centrism

(By Gil Troy, professor of history at McGill University, a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution and the author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s) When I say to my students, “Donald Trump promises to…” they all shout “make America great again!”—even if most hate him. When I say “And Hillary promises…” I get a few “Stronger Together” replies, but mostly awkward silence. After three debates and 30 years in politics, Hillary Clinton’s political identity remains mysterious.

Published: 21 Oct 2016

A Tale of Two Sexes

Men and women are not created equal — women have a higher risk of some musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) than men. That was the message that Dr. Julie Côté, associate professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University in Montreal, delivered during a keynote speech at the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, held in Toronto on June 23.

Published: 21 Oct 2016

From election campaigns to dishonest monkeys: Why we're hard-wired to lie

According to McGill University's Victoria Talwar, there are two main categories of lies: deceptions that are motivated by self-interest and lies that are designed to benefit others. CBC News

Published: 21 Oct 2016

What are 'new cities' and why they matter for development

“The creation of world class cities comes at extremely high human costs.” Sarah Moser, director of the urban studies program at McGill who headed the study. Devex

Published: 19 Oct 2016

Striking Balance: Mont Saint-Hilaire

Episode 3 of TVO documentary “Striking Balance” tells the story of the history of Mont St. Hilaire and surrounding area, including McGill - Gault Nature Reserve - Mont St. Hilaire and the people involved in its conservation, including McGillians in the Monteregie Connection project. TVO Docs

Published: 19 Oct 2016

Supreme Court: Selecting a judge is anything but objective

Op-ed by Robert Leckey, the dean of the Faculty of Law and the Samuel Gale Professor at McGill University. The Globe and Mail


Published: 18 Oct 2016

A federal carbon price demonstrates policy progress, perils

« For the past three years, the Ecofiscal Commission has been analyzing and proposing policies for Canada to address climate change. We take stock of recent policy announcements by considering the following six essential elements of an economically efficient climate policy. » Commentary by Christopher Ragan, an economics professor at McGill University....

Published: 17 Oct 2016

Africa has work to do before it starts its own humanitarian agency

Article by Romola Adeola, Steinberg Postdoctoral Fellow in International Migration Law, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at the Faculty of Law. The Conversation

Published: 13 Oct 2016

Meet the Canadian Top 30 Under 30

Two students from McGill, Marianne Falardeau-Côté and Alan Chen, are featured in this list. Corporate Knights

Published: 13 Oct 2016

Catholic leaders divided over funerals in assisted death cases

“Some of them are more theologically astute than others and some of them are more faithful to the church’s teaching than others." Douglas Farrow, professor of Christian thought at McGill. The Globe and Mail

Published: 11 Oct 2016

McGill researcher looks at how children perceive lies

Victoria Talwar, associate professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, has done a number of studies on lying — most recently looking at how children from different age groups evaluate hurtful lies, harmless lies, tattling and confessions. CBC News

Published: 11 Oct 2016

McGill philosopher Charles Taylor wins $1M Berggruen Prize

Prominent Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, McGill University professor emeritus, has been named the first-ever recipient of the Berggruen Prize. CBC News

Published: 6 Oct 2016

The human lifespan has a natural limit. Scientists might know how to break it

“Metformin lowers the rate of living,” Dr. Michael Pollak, a cancer oncologist at McGill University in Montreal and author on a 2013 paper that reached this conclusion, told me recently. Motherboard Vice

Published: 6 Oct 2016

Building a ‘Good’ Anthropocene from the bottom up

We cannot build what we cannot imagine. Creating visions of positive futures is important work. And this is only the beginning- we hope to open up to a much wider visioning process. And of course, seeds of a better future won’t make a difference unless they can grow and be widely distributed. - Elana Bennett, ecosystem ecologist and geographer at McGill University....

Published: 6 Oct 2016