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Two-thirds of electricity in Canada now comes from renewable energy

Chris Barrington-Leigh, a professor at McGill University’s School of Environment, has done an analysis of the potential for growth in renewable energy production in Canada, said 2015 was a record year for new installations of renewable energy around the world. He called Canada’s renewable growth “a good start” but said the aim is to get to 100 per cent. ...

Published: 3 May 2017

Opinion: Tackling prejudices about people with mental illness

Monday marks the beginning of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week. This is an opportune moment to raise awareness of problems faced by people with mental illness.

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Published: 2 May 2017

Intellectual and political ground shifting for central banks everywhere

Priests of Prosperity is an analytical study of the evolution of central banking in postcommunist countries, exploring the unsung revolutionary campaign to move from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary guardians. This book argues that a powerful transnational central banking community concentrated in Western Europe and North America integrated postcommunist bankers to shape their ideas about the role of central banks and to help them develop modern tools of banking....

Published: 2 May 2017

Student-mentor programs swell across the country

“The aim is not placement,” says Marie-José Beaudin, executive director of the Soutar Career Centre at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Instead, the goal is to equip students with career-long skills in networking. “Your career can’t evolve in a silo,” she says. “You need to have champions who support that and mentors can be fantastic.” ...

Published: 28 Apr 2017

Trump finds that CEO-as-President isn't always a natural fit

"It's the blind leading the blind," said Henry Mintzberg, a management expert at McGill University. "You need to get people who can think for themselves but also have a deep understanding of the issues. Drop this silly idea that government can be run like a business." Read more: The New York Times

Published: 28 Apr 2017

Guide to ‘fake news’ wins $30,000 National Business Book Award

A timely guide to distinguishing fact from fiction in the era of “fake news” was announced Monday as the winner of the $30,000 National Business Book Award. Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin (professor emeritus at McGill University) said he was prompted to write “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age” (Allen Lane Canada) as a response to the “Balkanization of the news over the last 15 years.” ...

Published: 25 Apr 2017

Hundreds of Montreal scientists, science lovers show up for solidarity march

McGill immunology PhD student Caitlin Schneider, who came to study in Montreal from Texas, said she brought her Canadian friends with her as a sign of solidarity against cuts to environmental protections in the United States as well as statements made by the Trump administration that were skeptical of climate change. Read more: CTV News

Published: 25 Apr 2017

Montreal's top employers (2017)

McGill has been recognized as one of Montreal’s top employers. Read more: Canada's Top 100 Employers

Published: 21 Apr 2017

Why Canadian federalism is bigger than Ottawa and the provinces

The fathers of confederation left cities and Indigenous voices on the outside looking in. It’s long past time to change that relationship. Op-ed by Fraser Harland and Mark Dance, law students at McGill University. The next instalment of their Canada 150 series will look at the future of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the possibility of transforming Canada’s judicial institutions. ...

Published: 20 Apr 2017

'Let's make it easy for these kids'

With the help of an Alberta Medical Association grant, MacEachern has teamed up with researchers at McGill University to promote their free app, Jooay. It connects families with nearby accessible leisure activities — including sports and arts programs as well as camps in an effort to improve health and social well-being. Read more: CBC News

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Published: 19 Apr 2017

Metal as fuel? These Canadian scientists are working to make it happen

Researchers at McGill University have been studying the combustion capabilities of metal for more than a decade. Last week, they launched an experiment into space to gain further insight to this yet untapped potential. The experiment was designed to help scientists better understand how the metal particles react in weightlessness. Read more: CBC News

Published: 18 Apr 2017

The 2017 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist revealed

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: 13 Apr 2017

Donner Book Prize short list includes books by two McGill professors

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)....

Published: 12 Apr 2017

Marijuana researcher hopes legalization will open door to more study

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. ...

Published: 10 Apr 2017

McGill researcher solves case of 'mystery boy' whose illness eluded doctors for decades

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: 7 Apr 2017

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