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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

Young hawk defies odds in Sidney, B.C.

"This guy thinks he is a bald eagle and I think that is what helped him survive," said David Bird, an emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University who now lives in Sidney.

Read more: CBC News

Published: 27 Jul 2017

Jacob Levy on ‘The Sovereign Myth’

What explains the populist moment in politics? A common explanation is that “people are frustrated that they’ve lost democratic control of their lives and their economies.” This would seem to explain both the support for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the United States and the various populist surges witnessed throughout Europe. But is it the best explanation? Jacob Levy is not so sure.  ...

Published: 26 Jul 2017

McGill students, including West Islander, win architecture competition

A team of architecture students from McGill University, including a West Islander, have won a Canada-wide competition to design and build a pavilion for a new community garden to be constructed at an organic demonstration farm in Ottawa. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 25 Jul 2017

What a New York Times columnist learned from interviewing CEOs

This interview has been condensed and edited from The CEO Series on CJAD, hosted by McGill University Associate Professor Karl Moore and produced by Sara Avramovic. The full interview will be heard on the latest season of The CEO Series.  Read more: Financial Post

Published: 25 Jul 2017

Canada letter: Summer advice from librarians, American friends

For summer, in what is perhaps not a widely shared taste, I prefer thick biographies. This weekend I’ll be cracking open the 863 pages of “Marconi: The Man Who Networked The World,” a detailed look at the radio pioneer who later became a prominent fascist in Mussolini’s Italy. It is by Marc Raboy, a professor at McGill University in Montreal. ...

Published: 24 Jul 2017

You (probably) don’t need to worry about the chemicals in your macaroni and cheese

“Those worried about the ridiculously low levels of ‘chemicals’ in this product should spend their energy encouraging people to eat more fruits and veggies.” Joe Schwarcz, a chemist at McGill University who heads the university’s Office for Science and Society, echoed this concern. “If you want to scare them about the mac ‘n’ cheese you can scare them about the amount of fat and salt it contains,” he said. “That’s much more meaningful than the phthalates.”

Published: 19 Jul 2017

McGill entrepreneurship program gets $2-million donation

A McGill University program aimed at helpings students get businesses off the ground has received a $2-million donation from the foundation that helped launch the university’s first entrepreneurship program more than 20 years ago.

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 18 Jul 2017

Charting literary greatness with Jane Austen

TxtLAB, at McGill University, had mapped her novels along with those of other female 19th-century novelists “on a sliding scale of sociability vs. interiority.” Read more: New York Times

Published: 17 Jul 2017