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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY | What Will World Happiness Look Like in 2050?

According to Chris Barrington-Leigh, Ph.D., an associate professor at McGill University, jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment; the scope of possible changes in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and the political world order makes for an impossibly complex prediction task, even without the huge uncertainties in environmental changes that will beset us.

Published: 18 Jun 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Do you live in Canada’s happiest province?

McGill University economist Christopher Barrington-Leigh has studied happiness in Quebec, tracking it for more than two decades for a paper published in the academic journal Canadian Public Policy in 2013. The data, from 1985 – when Quebec ranked extremely low in terms of overall happiness – to 2008 revealed a significant and near-steady increase in life satisfaction.

Published: 17 Jun 2019

CBC | McGill launches new mandatory online course on sexual violence and consent

As an answer to Quebec's new requirements for sexual violence prevention, McGill University has developed its online course which will be mandatory for all students and staff. The law countering sexual violence on campus was passed in December 2017, after a series of sexual assaults were reported at the student residences at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Published: 17 Jun 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | What does your phone say about you? Canadians share the story behind their homescreens

Samuel Veissière, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and co-director of Culture, Mind and Brain Program at McGill University, studies smartphone addiction and social monitoring – or the desire to watch and monitor others, but also to be seen and monitored ourselves. He says the placement of apps on our homescreens, such as social media tools, news sites or health apps, says something about how we monitor and connect with people in our lives.

Published: 17 Jun 2019

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS | Some simple policy changes to support scientist-parents

Despite an ever-growing demand for talent in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, full-time employment for STEM workers remains challenging – and this is especially true for women who decide to become mothers. While billions of dollars are invested yearly around the world to encourage and train the next generation of female STEM workers, these fields often fail to support and retain this new talent.

Published: 14 Jun 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Consumers urged to buy local as frozen imported raspberries are recalled

Quebec recalled frozen raspberries imported from Chile this week over concerns they might be contaminated with norovirus. The norovirus is a highly contagious virus that continues to thrive when frozen and causes gastroenteritis, which manifests itself with diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. The symptoms develop between 12 and 24 hours after exposure.

Published: 14 Jun 2019

TORONTO STAR | Ottawa won’t raise the carbon price beyond $50, environment minister says

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna revealed Thursday that the federal government will not raise the national carbon price beyond 2022, a decision that experts say means Canada will need to rely on other measures to meet its emissions target under the Paris Agreement.

Published: 14 Jun 2019

NOOZHAWK | Brenda Milner Still an Inspiring Leader in Brain Research

At the age of 100, she is still a professor in the department of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University as well as a professor of psychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital. This amazing woman currently holds more than 20 honorary degrees from different universities across Canada, Europe and the United States. Milner may not be a household name, but she is considered by many to be the founder of neuropsychology.

Published: 13 Jun 2019

KAMLOOPS MATTERS | Raptors' run captures Montrealers' imagination, fuels city's own hoop dreams

Montreal is shutting down two downtown blocks tonight to allow people to cheer on a team from the city's traditional bete noire: Toronto. The very notion would have seemed far-fetched, until Monday night. 

Published: 13 Jun 2019

NATIONAL POST | Syringes, IV tubing, saline bags, packaging: Canada's hospitals couldn't function without single-use plastics

Syringes, IV tubing, saline bags, plastic-wrapped drugs, catheters — hospitals couldn’t function without plastics. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021 may have noble intentions, not all plastics are evil, experts say. 

Published: 13 Jun 2019

MEDICAL PRESS | Biomarker indicates tumor aggressiveness and poor prognosis in men with prostate cancer

Mortality due to prostate cancer is usually related to its likelihood to metastasize, especially to bone. Prognostic biomarkers are urgently needed to predict disease aggression so that appropriate treatment can be selected.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

THE GUARDIAN | Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world

Last month, the taxi company Uber began trialling a suite of new features for users of its Exec service – including a button you can activate if you want to mute your driver. “Quiet preferred” is the euphemism Uber is using (you can also toggle it to “happy to chat” – lucky driver). But it appears to bring the dream of being able to choose who and what we listen to a step closer.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Why we vaccinate babies against hepatitis B

There is a common perception that hepatitis B is a disease of adults, transmitted via sexual intercourse or needles. If that were the case, vaccinating babies would be nonsensical.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

NATIONAL POST | Canadian MDs to restart hearts of the recently dead as new source of donor hearts

Doctors in Canada are preparing to restart the hearts of the recently declared dead, a move experts say will lead to a desperately needed new source of donor hearts.

But that raises an ethically fraught question: How can you be dead if your heart is still beating?

Published: 11 Jun 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | Montrealers cheer for Toronto Raptors on Peel Street

Thousands of Montrealers are out on Peel Street Monday night doing the unthinkable: cheering for a Toronto sports team.

“Let’s go Raptors” and “We the North” cheers could be heard for several blocks around the downtown area, where a portion of Peel Street is closed to become Montreal’s own Jurassic Park. 

Published: 11 Jun 2019