“Analysts forecast U.S. consumer price inflation, to be released on Wednesday, to have slowed to 1.9 percent in January from a year earlier, while the core measure is seen ticking down to 1.7 percent… An above-forecast figure could well spark a fresh selloff in stocks and bonds. Central bankers have not exhibited much concern over the equity rout, indicating they intend to push on with plans to tighten monetary policy this year.” (Reuters)
“The government is to release a leaked Brexit analysis that shows the UK economy would be significantly worse off in every modelled scenario, after it decided not to oppose a Labour motion calling for the documents to be issued.” (The Guardian)
Brian Lewis, Professor of History, Department of History & Classical Studies, McGill University
Expert: Philippine Volcano Erupts
“The Philippines' most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge grey column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities to warn that a violent eruption may be imminent.” (CBC)
John Stix, Earth and Planetary Sciences McGill University
January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. McGill and its affiliated institutions have experts in the following areas of Alzheimer’s detection and treatment who are available to comment:
Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)) based at the Jewish General Hospital: Website
Early detection of AD through genetic and cognitive markers
Jose Mauricio Gaona, O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Under US law, immigration authorities may exercise discretionary powers to allow otherwise inadmissible or removable aliens to enter or remain in the country. Such powers include, but are not limited to: (i) deferred actions, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(d)(2), e.g., DACA, (ii) parole to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(d)(5)(A), and (iii) Temporary Protected Status for foreign nationals of designated states and circumstances, 8 U.S.C. § 1254(a), e.g., El Salvador, Haiti.
“Officials in the city of Montreal have issued the latest of several smog alerts today and they hope to improve air quality by restricting the use of wood-burning appliances made popular after the devastating ice storm of 1998.” (RCI Net)
The Geminids meteor showers will peak on the evening of Dec. 13 and continue until early morning Dec. 14. The meteors will be bright and you can see up to 120 meteors an hour stream across the sky. Observers need to go to areas with little light pollution.
Dr. Kelly Lepo, McGill Space Institute
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in Beijing on Sunday, with expanding trade with China at the top of his agenda. As the United States under President Trump becomes increasingly protectionist, Canada is moving in the opposite direction.” (New York Times)
Krzysztof J. Pelc, Political Science, McGill University