More from McGill In The Headlines


CBC NEWS | ‘Smart’ cities promise economic and environmental benefits to the developing world

Few see the world like Sarah Moser, one of the planet's most prominent researchers into a phenomenon that's taking over how we live: "New cities are seen as a way to transition economies from resource-based economies into a digital era. And oftentimes real estate is a key part of this project. It's an extremely lucrative business around the world right now. This is big money."

Published: 14 Mar 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE| EMSB students recruited to partner with MUHC researchers

Aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists, the McGill University Health Centre and the English Montreal School Boardare teaming up to pair high school students with researchers on a wide range of projects.

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Published: 13 Mar 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Opinion: Reducing poverty is a matter of political will

“Could this erosion of an already meagre benefit help explain why you can barely walk a block in downtown Montreal without seeing someone begging for change, or why people sleep on the street in minus 30-degree weather? Meanwhile, the Quebec government is sitting on a budget surplus that could reach $4.6 billion this year.”

Op-ed by Richard Goldman, a Montreal lawyer and a lecturer in the McGill School of Social Work

Published: 12 Mar 2019

LA TIMES | Campaigns without end: Today’s presidential marathons took root in 1968

“We’re a G-7 country, and we manage to get an election started and finished in six weeks,” said Andrew Potter, a professor at Montreal’s McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

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Published: 12 Mar 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | International Women’s Day

Global Montreal’s Laura Casella interviews McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier for International Women’s Day.Watch here

Published: 11 Mar 2019

TVO | Settling Historical Canada

Canadian immigration policy has a checkered past, even as it was essential to building the country we know today. The Agenda discusses how past governments channeled immigrants to diverse parts of Canada. 

Interview with Laura Madakoro, Department of History and Classical Studies

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Published: 1 Mar 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Retail’s success hinges on improving the shopping experience

The world of retail is changing at a dizzying pace, and the transformation extends far beyond online shopping. A report issued by the World Economic Forum in 2017 on the future of consumption noted that retail is becoming more “inspirational, exciting, simple and convenient” in order to meet the needs of the empowered consumer.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

NATURE | The CRISPR-baby scandal: what’s next for human gene-editing

But others predict that the He affair might propel human gene editing forwards. Jonathan Kimmelman, a bioethicist specializing in human trials of gene therapies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, argues that definitive action in the wake of the scandal could expedite global cooperation on the science and its oversight. “That would stimulate, not hinder, meaningful advance in this area,” he says.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | McGill team part of international group of scientists that identify rare pediatric brain disorder

Pediatric neurologist Genevieve Bernard chats with research assistant Kether Guerrero at the MUHC in Montreal on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Bernard joined forces with scientists from the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine in San Diego to discover a new genetic mutation responsible for a rare paediatric neurodevelopmental condition known as VARS-related disorder. 

Published: 26 Feb 2019

CTV NEWS | McGill gets $1.8 million from Ottawa to reduce carbon footprint

McGill University is upgrading its heating system as part of the effort to fight global warming.The school was given $1.8 million from the federal government’s Low-Carbon Economy Fund for Climate Action.The school said part of that money will go towards upgrading its boiler system from natural gas to electric, saying that would reduce energy use.Read more

Published: 25 Feb 2019

CBC NEWS | After honouring 99 men, McGill medical building recognizes pioneer Maude Abbott

Refused entry to McGill medical school because she was a woman, Abbott went on to work for the university. 

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Published: 22 Feb 2019

SCIENCE MAG | Ultraviolet light could provide a powerful new source of green fuel

Methanol—a colourless liquid that can be made from agricultural waste—has long been touted as a green alternative to fossil fuels. But it’s toxic and only has half the energy as the same volume of gasoline. Now, Chao-Jun Li and colleagues report they’ve created a potentially cheap way to use sunlight to convert methanol to ethanol, a more popular alternative fuel that’s less harmful and carries more energy.

Published: 21 Feb 2019

HUFFPOST | This Is How Different Cultures Grieve With Food

Rich foods to comfort in a time of need are also the case in Mexico, as Kristin Norget, associate professor of anthropology at McGill University in Montreal and author of Days of Death, Days of Life: Ritual in the Popular Culture of Oaxaca, found while living and researching among traditional communities in the state of Oaxaca.

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Published: 21 Feb 2019

INDEPENDENT | Climate change will fuel more wars and displacement in the Middle East, experts warn

“Food and fuel in security can very quickly quickly lead to unrest,” Jamal Saghir, a professor at McGill University.  

Published: 20 Feb 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | McGill's Mac campus gets federal funding for biomass research

McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue received a major federal investment of $7 million to the Biomass Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

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Published: 19 Feb 2019