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Can you sweat out toxins?

No one will ever be able to conduct a large enough study to link such low levels of chemicals with health problems, said Joe Schwarcz, a professor of chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. “It’s not figure-outable,” he said. Read more: The New York Times

Published: 23 Aug 2017

Anti-immigrant protests in Canada shaped by more than just U.S. events: experts

Laura Madokoro, a history professor at McGill University, noted that Vancouver saw widespread anti-immigrant sentiment during the 1907 riots, which may make the city more vigilant of rising tensions, and more proactive in speaking out. “There has been a great awareness in Vancouver about the city’s past,” she said, noting since then, community groups have worked to raise awareness against discrimination. ...

Published: 22 Aug 2017

Solar eclipse in Montreal: when and how to watch

McGill University astronomer Kelly Lepo has a trick for seeing the eclipse with the help of nature. Place yourself underneath a leafy tree, she says, and watch the ground. The holes in the leaves acts as pinholes, projecting mini solar eclipses on the ground for you to see without crafting one out of a box.

Published: 21 Aug 2017

NAFTA: Everything you wanted to know

Confused by NAFTA? You're not alone. McGill poli-sci professor Krzysztof Pelc joins host Rebecca Ugolini to take your questions and demystify the agreement, which is under renegotiation. Find out more: CBC News

Published: 17 Aug 2017

Opinion | Eli Lilly’s odyssey to use a fake rule and fake news to protect bad patents

This column originally appeared on STAT on August 16, 2017.

Published: 16 Aug 2017

Advocates say Nova Scotia has some of highest barriers to abortion

Jennifer Fishman, associate professor in the biomedical ethics unit of the social studies of medicine department at McGill University, said the ethical problems that arise from making women wait for an abortion are enormous.

Published: 15 Aug 2017

Wikipedia founder talks fake news, need for neutrality at Montreal event

In an hour-long panel discussion with McGill University professor Gabriella Coleman, Jimmy Wales said Wikipedia's reputation has soared as people seek out neutral sources in an era of fake news and intense partisanship. Read more: CTV News

Published: 14 Aug 2017

Opinion: Clean water for First Nations must be a national priority

Anja Geitmann is dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University, Jan Adamowski is a professor and director of McGill’s Integrated Water Resources Management Program and Julien Malard is a PhD student in Bioresource Engineering at McGill. 

Published: 10 Aug 2017

Playing action video games may be bad for your brain, study finds

The study by Canadian researchers Dr. Véronique Bohbot of Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and Dr. Greg West, an associate professor at the French-language Université de Montréal, demonstrates that the way first-person shooter video game players use their brains to navigate within the game changes the impact various games have on their nervous system.

Published: 9 Aug 2017

Eating protein at all three meals could help seniors stave off muscle decline

Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one." Chevalier is an assistant professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Read more: The Daily Mail

Published: 8 Aug 2017

Large commercial operators a growing concern in the Airbnb market, study says

And contrary to the Airbnb narrative that the online booking service is about regular people sharing their homes to help pay the mortgage, there has been disproportionately large growth of full-time, entire-home listings that belong to hosts with multiple Airbnb properties, according to a copy of a draft report prepared by the McGill University School of Urban Planning. ...

Published: 8 Aug 2017

Interview: Protests in Venezuela

We learn more about the protests in Venezuela from Jose Mauricio Gaona. He is an O'Brien Fellow at McGill University. Watch video: CTV Channel News

Published: 7 Aug 2017

More Canadians than ever are living alone, and other takeaways

Céline Le Bourdais, the Canada research chair in social statistics and family change at McGill University in Montreal, cautions that the statistics on one-person households can be misleading.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 3 Aug 2017

Opinion: Reforming child welfare first step toward reconciliation

Cindy Blackstock is professor of social work, McGill University, and executive director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

Published: 2 Aug 2017

Op-ed: 'Dictatorship in Venezuela will soon be reality'

Jose Mauricio Gaona is an O’Brien Fellow at McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, a Saul Hayes Fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and a Vanier Canada Scholar.

"Sunday’s election in Venezuela of a national constituent assembly does not represent the very beginnings of Mr. Maduro’s dictatorship, but its final ascension. In truth, the actions of Mr. Maduro’s government in the past 12 months are archetypical of a dictatorship, not a democracy."

Published: 31 Jul 2017