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Experts: Black History Month

During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada a culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous country. (Government of Canada) 

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Published: 1 Feb 2023

Experts: The science behind 'The Last of Us'

HBO’s hotly anticipated TV adaptation of the acclaimed The Last of Us game series premiered on January 15, showcasing the world after a devastating fungal pandemic wiped out most of humanity, a fictional brain infection that experts say is inspired by a very real set of fungi that can hijack their hosts and turn them into zombies.

Published: 23 Jan 2023

Expert: Can the new AI tool ChatGPT replace human work?

There's a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool in town, and it's getting massive mainstream attention. ChatGPT is a program where users can type in a question or a task, and the software will come up with a response designed to mimic a human.

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Published: 18 Jan 2023

Expert: 25 years later, Quebec remembers ice storm that plunged province into darkness

Twenty-five years ago, the rain began in what would become the 1998 ice storm that eventually left millions of Quebecers in the dark, some for over a month. It was one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history, and many still have vivid memories of those cold and difficult days and nights. (CTV News) 

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Published: 6 Jan 2023

Expert: Kevin McCarthy offers deal to end Republican deadlock over Speaker vote

The contours of a deal that could make Republican leader Kevin McCarthy the House Speaker have begun to emerge after three grueling days and 11 failed votes in a political spectacle unseen in a century. Republicans are trying to elect their new House Speaker — this time, against the backdrop of the second anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. (CBC News)

Published: 6 Jan 2023

Experts: 2022 Holiday Season

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Published: 16 Dec 2022

Experts: Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Here are some experts from McGill University who can provide comment on this issue:

Climate implications | Disinformation | Economic sanctions | Foreign policy | Investments and supply chains | Russian and Ukrainian politics

Published: 2 Dec 2022

Experts: World AIDS Day | December 1  

World AIDS Day brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care around the world. (WHO) 

Published: 1 Dec 2022

Expert: World's largest active volcano erupts in Hawaii

Early Tuesday, lava is shooting 100 feet to 200 feet (30 to 60 metres) into the air as Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, erupts for the first time in nearly 40 years. (CTV) 

Fiona D’Arcy, PhD candidate, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences 

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Published: 29 Nov 2022

Experts: COP 15 UN Biodiversity Conference

Despite on-going efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide, and this decline is projected to worsen with business-as-usual scenarios.

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Published: 25 Nov 2022

Experts: U.S. midterm elections

Control of the U.S. Congress hung in the balance early Wednesday as Democrats showed surprising strength, defeating Republicans in a series of competitive races and defying expectations that high inflation and President Joe Biden's low approval ratings would drag the party down. (CBC News)

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Published: 9 Nov 2022

Expert: Ontario government's use of notwithstanding clause in union dispute

The Ontario government filed an application with the labour board to stop job action from a union of 55,000 education support workers who walked off the job to defy the passing of a bill that stripped them of their right to strike. On November 3, Ontario used the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to strip an education workers union of its right to strike in an attempt to avoid disrupting classrooms.

Published: 4 Nov 2022

Expert: Right whale population continued to decline in 2021

The population of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales continued to decline in 2021, according to the latest estimate that puts the surviving population at 340. (CBC News) 

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Published: 25 Oct 2022

Expert: Hydro-Quebec seals $2 billion deal to buy New England power firm

Canada’s Hydro-Quebec agreed to buy Great River Hydro LLC and its 13 hydroelectric generating stations in a $2 billion deal, expanding its footprint in the northeastern US where it’s been supplying electricity for decades. (Bloomberg) 

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Published: 12 Oct 2022

Experts: 2022 Quebec election results

François Legault has been elected for a second mandate as Quebec premier with a majority government. Addressing supporters at his campaign headquarters, Legault told a large crowd that some of his key priorities will be the economy and tackling inflation. (CTV News). 

Published: 7 Oct 2022

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