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Champlain Bridge: 'Hoping for no winter and no wind' with one year to go

However, Richard Shearmur, a geography professor with McGill University School of Urban Planning, has doubts about the project and fears taxpayers will be left with a hefty bill for extras. “I don’t think anyone can tell if it will be finished on Dec. 1, but it seems that the deadline will probably be missed,” Shearmur said. He blamed the public-private partnership (PPP) model chosen for the bridge. ...

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Good Reader, Bad Reader

Article by Merve Emre, assistant professor of English Literature at McGill University.

"Bad readers were not born, they were created. To know them is to understand literature and politics in postwar America."

Read more: Boston Review

Published: 29 Nov 2017

Lawyers expect legalizing cannabis will lead to more arrests and criminal cases

McGill University law professor Daniel Weinstock says he heartily recommends his students take up criminal law in order to take advantage of the country's new, strict cannabis laws. "There is going to be a steady stream of customers," Weinstock said, referring to the influx of people he estimates will be moving through the justice system. ...

Published: 29 Nov 2017

McGill aims to become carbon neutral by 2040

McGill University is planning to open an indoor bicycle centre with 350 parking spaces, showers and lockers as part of a plan to reduce its carbon footprint over the next three years and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 28 Nov 2017

Can computers pick stocks better than humans can? Investment firms think so

The fact that people program AI to analyze specific information is also a factor. What if they tell it to focus on the wrong data sets? And what happens if everyone's AI is looking at the same things? "The market would become perfectly efficient," says Sebastien Betermier, a finance professor at McGill University. "There would be nothing to predict anymore." ...

Published: 23 Nov 2017

RBC looks to get smart with Montreal artificial intelligence lab

While the Borealis labs work collaboratively, she said the contribution of McGill professor Jackie Cheung as an academic adviser will allow the Montreal lab to focus on his expertise of natural language processing.

Read more: CTV News

Published: 22 Nov 2017

How Canada can lead the world in innovating innovation

Op-ed by Richard Gold, James McGill professor at McGill University

Published: 20 Nov 2017

Book about Siberian penal colonies wins US $75,000 Cundill history prize

British historian Daniel Beer was awarded the international Cundill History Prize at a gala in Montreal on Thursday for his book on Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 17 Nov 2017

These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA

“The authors of this study have developed a tool to determine the sensitivity of sea level rise at specific coastal sites to melting from different sectors of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets,” said Natalya Gomez, a geoscientist at McGill University in Canada who studies sea level rise. “This tool will help to provide coastal planners with improved sea level projections as models and measurements of ice loss are refined.” ...

Published: 16 Nov 2017

The evolutionary reason why fish don't swim upside down

A group of African catfish have fully embraced upside-down life. Their behavior is the result of a bottom-dwelling fish adapting to take advantage of oxygen-rich water near the surface. A catfish’s mouth is on its underside, so it was likely easiest for the fish to simply turn upside down and treat the top of the water the same as it used to treat the bottom says Lauren Chapman, who studies fish respiration at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec....

Published: 14 Nov 2017

Quebecers take highest number of sick and personal days in Canada

For experts like McGill University professor Dr. Charles Sounan, who is a medical scientist and chief of the MUHC's research and wellness division, the findings are troubling and need to be addressed immediately. "It's like a wakeup call," said Sounan. "It tells us we don't do enough in terms of promoting wellness at work and promoting global health for our employees." ...

Published: 13 Nov 2017

End Canada's criminal ban on contentious CRISPR gene-editing research, major science group urges

The step would be a “game-changer,” said Bartha Knoppers, a health-policy expert at McGill University, in a presentation to the annual Till & McCulloch Meetings of stem-cell and regenerative-medicine researchers.

Read more: National Post

Published: 10 Nov 2017

English F-word acceptable for French broadcasts, regulator says

Chantal Bouchard, a sociolinguist with McGill University, said the English obscenity is fairly commonly used by French speakers in informal conversation. Unlike French swear words, which Bouchard said have their origins in religious references, the English terms have less power to shock a listener, she said. ...

Published: 9 Nov 2017

Good public policy doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work

Op-ed by Christopher Ragan, an economist and the inaugural director of McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy, which launches this week in Montreal. "Good public policy is a foundation of peace and prosperity. But it doesn't just happen; it takes real effort by dedicated people who recognize the public interest. Canada needs more of them." ...

Published: 8 Nov 2017

McGill University launching school of public policy

The university will launch the Max Bell School of Public Policy Tuesday at noon at Montreal’s Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion on Canada’s policy challenges. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 7 Nov 2017