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Experts: Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday under a pledge to "heal" the country as it grapples with an ongoing pandemic, economic uncertainty and deep political divisions. Extra security measures will be in place following the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as rioters sought to stop Congress from certifying the president-elect's win over Donald Trump.

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Expert: Canada continues to ‘make the case’ for Keystone XL to Joe Biden’s team

Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan says the government is continuing to “make the case” for the Keystone XL pipeline expansion despite reported plans from Joe Biden to immediately quash the project. His comments come on the heels of reports that Biden is planning to cancel the planned pipeline expansion as one of his first moves after becoming U.S. president.

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Expert: Couche-Tard's retail lab on campus gives peek at tech trials

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and McGill University are opening a retail lab in Montreal that will let consumers get a taste for technologies that may transform retail in the in the current and post-COVID-19 pandemic world. It will give McGill faculty and students a chance to do research and testing in a real retail environment. (BNN Bloomberg)

Published: 15 Jan 2021

Experts: Pro-Trump chaos on Capitol Hill

Last week pro-Trump protesters stormed the legislature as lawmakers were set to review the Electoral College votes that made Joe Biden the president. (Globe and Mail)

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

Published: 6 Jan 2021

Experts: 2020 Holiday Season

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Published: 2 Dec 2020

Experts: Black Friday and holiday shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic

In normal times, the holiday shopping season is when retailers and other businesses can make the money they need to survive leaner months. But with lockdowns being implemented in parts of the country, and rising COVID-19 infections, bringing those customers into the store is difficult if not impossible.

Published: 24 Nov 2020

Expert: 2020 National Cyber Threat Assessment

The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has named China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea’s state-sponsored cyber activity as posing the “greatest strategic threats” to Canada’s critical infrastructure, intellectual property, and political events like elections.

Published: 20 Nov 2020

Experts: Quebec’s Plan for a Green Economy

Premier François Legault announced his government's long-awaited plan to tackle climate change on Monday, November 16, after one of the main elements was revealed over the weekend: a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles, starting in 2035. The government is devoting $6.7 billion over the next five years to deal with climate change. The bulk of that money will go to subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles.

Published: 20 Nov 2020

Expert: Quebec-Massachusetts electric energy transportation

Hydro-Québec's energy corridor project, which will potentially supply electricity to the New England power grid, mainly to Massachusetts, has just passed an important milestone. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the federal environmental permit for the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line project. (Journal de Montréal)

Published: 17 Nov 2020

Experts: Joe Biden wins U.S. presidential election

Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, November 7, positioning himself to be a leader who "seeks not to divide but to unify" a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. Biden crossed the threshold of 270 electoral college votes with a win in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Published: 12 Nov 2020

Experts: Quebec City attack highlights need for discussion on mental health

Quebec is hoping to reduce wait lists and widen access to help by injecting $100 million into mental health services as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, an announcement that was pushed up following a deadly sword attack in the province’s capital that killed two and left five injured. (Global News)

Published: 3 Nov 2020

Experts: 2020 U.S. presidential election

With early voter turnout setting a record and U.S. business districts boarding up for fear of election day unrest, U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden stumped on the campaign's last day on Monday November 2 in states expected to decide who wins. (CBC News)

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Published: 2 Nov 2020

Expert: NXIVM leader Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison

Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday, October 27 for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials. The sentencing was the culmination of several years of revelations about Raniere's program, NXIVM, which charged thousands of dollars for invitation-only self-improvement courses at its headquarters near Albany, N.Y., along with branches in Mexico and Canada.

Published: 29 Oct 2020

Experts: Halloween spike in nut allergies 

A new study from researchers at McGill University is looking into the link between holidays and nut allergies in children. The study found that bouts of anaphylaxis brought on by peanut allergies increased by 85 per cent on Halloween and 60 per cent on Easter, compared to the rest of the year. (CTV News)

Published: 28 Oct 2020

Experts: World Mental Health Day | October 10

World Mental Health Day, on October 10th, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought challenges to many, particularly for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before. (World Health Organization)

Published: 8 Oct 2020

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