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OTTAWA CITIZEN | Warning – young people mistrust government. Here's what to do about it

Youth are worried about the future. A national online survey conducted by Abacus Data, with 1,000 youth between the ages of 15 to 30, reveals our political priorities, our lack of trust in governments and the top issues we are currently facing. Like our peers, we worry about gender issues and the rise of extremism, but what we are most concerned about is the rising cost of housing, mental health issues, and knowing how to contribute to solving these issues.

Published: 17 May 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | Construction hurting Ste-Catherine Street businesses

A major multi-year refurbishment of Ste-Catherine Street is hurting businesses in downtown Montreal, according to local retailers.

Some argue that as brutal as the construction may be, it is needed.

Published: 17 May 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Transat in exclusive talks with Air Canada to be acquired for $13 per share

Air Canada’s interest in buying rival Transat AT Inc. for about $520 million got positive feedback from industry watchers and stock traders after the two companies announced Thursday that they’re in exclusive talks to finalize a deal.

McGill University professor Karl Moore said a combination of the two companies would help grow Air Canada Vacations, which competes with Transat, WestJet and others in the leisure travel market.

Published: 17 May 2019

CTV | Solving the Superbug: McGill team dedicated to fighting human health threat

It’s call MI4 and it has a mission: solving humanity’s deadliest puzzles.

The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity is dedicated to fighting the very real problem of growing resistance to antibiotics.

Dr. Don Sheppard, co-director and founder of MI4 spoke to CTV Montreal about the initiative and its goals to control and evolve around Superbugs.

Published: 16 May 2019

ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION | World’s largest robotics conference to take place in Canada for first time

CRA, short for International Conference on Robotics and Automation, is organized by the IEEE, the world’s largest engineering association. Specifically, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society. ICRA 2019 will take place from May 20-24 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, also known as the Montreal Convention Center, marking the first time that the conference – now in its 35th year – is being held in Canada.

Published: 16 May 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Opinion: We must learn to spot the signs of Type 1 diabetes earlier

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a largely preventable complication of Type 1 diabetes and should be one that I rarely see. Today my colleagues from the Research Institute of the MUHC and I, along with the INSPQ, have published new findings in CMAJ Open, showing that over 25 per cent of children in Quebec diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes already have DKA. This is happening because the signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are not recognized early enough.

Published: 15 May 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | C-sections: 5 things women need to know

Caesarean deliveries, or C-sections, can either be planned or the result of complications during labour. Either way, experts say women should know what this type of birth entails. In April 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that more than 103,000 C-sections were performed in Canada between 2016 and 2017, resulting in a rate of 28.2 per cent of all births in Canada. Experts say today, that rate is about 30 to 33 per cent.

Published: 15 May 2019

CBC | Waiting for the economic impact as more Canadians consider going car-free

Volkswagen, the company that alternates with Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker, shook up the global industry last week when it announced it would begin accepting orders for its new electric car, the ID.3. But just as skeptics have repeatedly underestimated the ability of the car business to adapt to climate change, there is early evidence of a potentially bigger transformation underway: the move to abandon car ownership altogether.

Published: 14 May 2019

BETAKIT | Cifar and Osmo partner to give women training opportunities in AI

Two Canadian non-profits, OSMO and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), are partnering to launch the AI For Good Summer Lab program, an initiative that provides undergraduate women in STEM fields with exposure to training and networking opportunities in artificial intelligence.

Published: 14 May 2019

NATIONAL POST | The obesity epidemic is real, but our solutions to date have been anything but

Obesity is a global public health issue, yet it’s regarded by many as a personal failing. Negative attitudes abound. Chief among them: The mistaken belief that those with it are to blame for their weight; the dogged perception that if they only set their minds to it, they could shed it.

Published: 13 May 2019

CBC | Winnipeg School Division surveys parents about later start time for high school students

The Winnipeg School Division is asking parents to weigh in on a proposal that could see high school students in the division given a little more pillow time in the morning. In 2016, a team of researchers from McGill University published a report in the Journal of Sleep Research, suggesting that study participants aged 10 to 18 get an additional three minutes of sleep for every 10-minute delay in their school start time, bringing the school day more in line with

Published: 13 May 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | Canadian youth need access to free contraceptives: Canadian Paediatric Society

All Canadian youth should have free access to contraceptives, according to a new position statement by the Canadian Paediatric Society.

IUDs, which the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends as the best birth control option for young people, are very effective but have a high upfront cost, said Dr. Giosi Di Meglio, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGill University and a co-author of the position statement.

Published: 10 May 2019

VICE | Do Trigger warnings actually work?

Not everyone buys the idea that trigger warnings are innocuous. Jones and his colleagues’ research suggested that trigger warnings can cause people who don’t have PTSD—or who have not experienced any trauma relevant to the warning—to feel more vulnerable in the future. A study published earlier this year also noted that subjects who saw trigger warnings experienced a drop in their mood.

Published: 10 May 2019

FORBES | Fighting Fire With Fire: Can We Kill Super-Resistant Mycobacteria With Viruses?

TB is an airborne infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. When streptomycin was first discovered in the 1940s, there was tremendous hope that TB could be defeated. But TB bacteria quickly became resistant to streptomycin when it was given alone. We quickly learnt that TB requires a combination of drugs to fend off drug-resistance.

Published: 9 May 2019

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | Two-thirds of the longest rivers no longer flow freely—and it's harming us

A new study warns that many of the benefits rivers provide, from water to food to flood control, are increasingly at risk thanks to dams and diversions.

Published: 9 May 2019