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THE GLOBE AND MAIL | For Indigenous kids' welfare, our government knows better; it just needs to do better

This week, the story of a newborn baby removed from her family in Manitoba added to a litany of reports about the over-representation of First Nations children in child welfare care. The number and persistence of these stories lead many to believe this is a problem without a solution. But real answers have been on the books for decades – governments just need to implement them.

Published: 17 Jan 2019

CTV NEWS | National dementia strategy should include input from patients, caregivers: report

"The report is not a plan," said Dr. Howard Bergman of McGill University, who chaired the six-member panel. "It will inform those preparing the plan by looking at the evidence and then assessing the best practices."

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Published: 16 Jan 2019

CBC NEWS | Canada's new justice minister is a Montrealer: Meet David Lametti

Colleagues of Canada's new Justice Minister David Lametti say that, before his career in politics, he was known for his generosity and mentorship as a law professor at McGill University. At McGill, Lametti focused his academic work on intellectual property, even pioneering it as a field of research in law at the university, according to Richard Gold, the associate dean of the McGill Faculty of Law graduate studies program.

Published: 15 Jan 2019

THE SWADDLE | Men and Women Remember Physical Pain Very Differently

After a physically painful experience, men’s memories can exaggerate the pain, which makes them more stressed about and sensitive to pain in the future, researchers at McGill University and the University of Toronto, Mississauga, have found. Women, on the other hand, handled pain like champs. 

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Published: 14 Jan 2019

CBC News | Signal from deep space is probably not aliens, just 'exotic physics': prof

The detection of a signal coming from deep space is definitely something to be excited about — but it's probably not aliens, warns one of the professors who helped build Canada's CHIME telescope.

Published: 14 Jan 2019

PLOS Biology | Ethical Oversights in Ethical Oversight of Animal Research

Article by Jonathan Kimmelman, Director of the Biomedical Ethics Unity in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, and is a member of the PLOS Biology Editorial Board.

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Published: 14 Jan 2019

CTV NEWS | App helps doctors measure, treat patients' wounds

Dr. Sheila Wang, a dermatologist at the McGill University Health Centre, came up with the idea for the app when she was in medical school and noticed that the standard practice was to measure wounds with rulers or other handheld instruments.

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Published: 19 Dec 2018

C2C JOURNAL | How to Take Back the Charter

Conversations among Canadian conservatives often drift into grumbling about the courts. Their complaint is with the judiciary’s decades-long campaign to remake the country in its progressive image, a process that began soon after adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982....

Published: 18 Dec 2018

NBC NEWS | Can't put down the phone? How smartphones are changing our brains — and lives

Veissiere and Carr are among researchers and public figures calling attention not just to the more widely discussed impacts of our phones — such as dinner disruptions and distracted drivers — but also to their subtler effects, which some fear could result in profound changes to our brains and to society.

Published: 17 Dec 2018

THE TYEE | Want to Fix Foster Care? Ask Kids Who Have Been Through the System

Those recommendations were all included in Relationships Matter for Youth “Aging Out” of Care, a report from Melanie Doucet, a McGill University social work PhD student, and eight youth from care in B.C.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

THE CONVERSATION | Is the next Standing Rock looming in northern B.C.?

Ground zero in the global battle against climate chaos this week is in Wet'suwet'en territory, northern British Columbia. As pipeline companies try to push their way onto unceded Indigenous territories, the conflict could become the next Standing Rock-style showdown over Indigenous rights and fossil fuel infrastructure.

By Leah Temper, Research Associate at McGill

Published: 13 Dec 2018

THE NEW YORK TIMES | The Democrats' Best Response to Republican Power Grabs

Op-ed by Jacob Levy

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Published: 12 Dec 2018

THE NEW YORK TIMES | Can we really inherit trauma?

…Investigators in the field say the critique is premature: the science is still young and feeling its way forward. Studies in mice, in particular, have been offered as evidence of such trauma-transmission, and as a model for studying the mechanisms. “The effects we’ve found have been small but remarkably consistent, and significant,” said Moshe Szyf, a professor of pharmacology at McGill University. “This is the way science works....

Published: 11 Dec 2018

MONTREAL GAZETTE | The Right Chemistry: The dangers of 'organic solvent syndrome'

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society.Read more 

Published: 10 Dec 2018

NBC NEWS | What is a black hole?

But black holes aren’t quite as menacing as they are commonly portrayed. “They definitely do not suck,” says Daryl Haggard, an astrophysicist at McGill University in Montreal. “A black hole just sits there, passively. Things can fall onto it, just as meteors can fall to Earth, but it doesn’t pull stuff in.”

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Published: 7 Dec 2018