"Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom's arrest of women's rights -- yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh's new assertive foreign policy." (CTV News)
"A Mars orbiter has detected a wide lake of liquid water hidden below the planet’s southern ice sheets. There have been much-debated hints of tiny, ephemeral amounts of water on Mars before. But if confirmed, this lake marks the first discovery of a long-lasting cache of the liquid." (Science News)
"The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, it continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic.
“A new U.S. airline start-up announced its plans Tuesday to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with deliveries beginning in 2021. (…) Airbus markets and supports the A220 aircraft, which is manufactured under the recently finalized partnership agreement between Airbus, Bombardier & Investment Québec.” (Fox)
Canada will commit extra troops and remain in Latvia as part of NATO's mission to deter potential Russian aggression until 2023, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Tuesday. (source: CBC)
Prof. T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, McGill University
McGill professor Isabelle Gagnon and colleagues have recently shown that the number of teenagers in the Montreal area who were admitted to the emergency room because of injuries caused during an improvised soccer game had experienced peaks during World Cups organized between 1999 and 2014.
The Teamsters and UPS could be heading toward the nation's largest strike in decades. Source CNN
Barry Eidlin, Professor of Sociology, McGill University
“Rescuers scoured a lava- and ash-ravaged landscape in Guatemala for a third straight day on Wednesday in search of survivors and victims of Fuego volcano’s calamitous eruption, which has killed at least 99 people.” (Reuters)
“The Liberal government will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion, and spend billions more to build the controversial expansion.” (CBC)
Sébastien Jodoin, Faculty of Law, McGill University
The 2018 G7 Summit will take place from June 8-9 in the Charlevoix, Quebec. The McGill experts who can comment on various issues related to the G7 meeting are:
Trade treaties & World Trade Organization (WTO)
Krzysztof Pelc, Department of Political Science, McGill University
The World Health Organization is calling on all nations to rid foods of artificial trans fats in the next five years. (Source CBC news)
Andre Krumel Portella, Postdoctoral fellow of nutrition and neuroscience at the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics
The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 every year and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
Shannon Herrick, Master's student with the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University
A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii's Big Island sent gases and lava exploding into the air, prompting officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit. (source Reuters)