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“Bad news for anyone who still believes in freedom from work at 55. The number of women of this age and older who reported having jobs rose by 14,000 from June and by 66,000 from a year earlier. The number of working men aged 55 and older increased by 69,000 from 2016.” (Maclean’s)

Fabian Lange, Associate Professor of Economics, McGill University

Classified as: fabian lange, Department of Economics, retirement, maclean's
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Published on: 9 Aug 2017

“A coalition composed mainly of relatives of missing and murdered Indigenous women is demanding the replacement of all remaining commissioners and a reset of the inquiry initiated by the federal Liberal government to look into the tragedy.” (The Globe and Mail)

Classified as: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, indigenous women, Cassandra Steer, Faculty of Law, gender based violence
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Published on: 9 Aug 2017

A new report shows that almost sixty percent (57.8%) of homeless youth in Canada report involvement with the child welfare system at some point in their lives. In comparison, among the general population in Canada, roughly 0.3% of youth have child welfare involvement. This suggests that youth experiencing homelessness are 193 times more likely than youth in the general population to report involvement with the child welfare system.

Classified as: Youth homelessness, naomi nichols, Department of Integrated Studies in Education
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Published on: 9 Aug 2017

B.C. wildfire season worst in six decades, still far from over
“Kevin Skrepnek of the B.C. Wildfire Service said Thursday that 4,910 square kilometres of forest, bush and grassland have been torched, making 2017 the second worst in recorded history in terms of land destroyed. August is usually one of the busiest months for fire, so the situation could get worse, he added.”
Vancouver Sun

Classified as: Forest fires, British Columbia, Suzanne King
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Published on: 4 Aug 2017

“A new air passenger bill of rights would punish airlines for keeping people on the tarmac longer than three hours, forcing them to compensate passengers. But it would not compel carriers to disembark a plane delayed for long periods.” (CBC)

John Gradek, lecturer, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University

Classified as: Air passenger bill of rights, John Gradek, Schoo of Continuing Studies, Air Canada, External
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Published on: 2 Aug 2017

“Canadians are living increasingly alone and without children, according to the latest census figures released by Statistics Canada.” (CBC)

Classified as: céline le bourdais, Department of Sociology, canadian census expert alerts, census 2016, Statistics Canada
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Published on: 2 Aug 2017

“U.S. President Donald Trump's surprisingly caustic complaints about trade with Canada in recent days could be setting the stage for a broader renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement than previously advertised.” (Metro News)

Andrea Bjorklund, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

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Published on: 2 Aug 2017

In the United Kingdom, "the number of adult men being admitted to hospital with an eating disorder has risen by 70% over the past six years – the same rate of increase as among women," reports The Guardian. Is there a similar trend in Canada? 

Classified as: howard steiger, eating disorders, Douglas Institute, Department of Psychology
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Published on: 2 Aug 2017

“The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed plans for seismic testing in Nunavut, delivering a major victory to Inuit who argued they were inadequately consulted before the National Energy Board gave oil companies the green light to conduct this disruptive activity.” (CBC)

Classified as: Sébastien Jodoin, national energy board, First Nations, aboriginal
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Published on: 26 Jul 2017

"One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up." (CBC)

Classified as: Bruno Tremblay, iceberg, antarctica, climate
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Published on: 12 Jul 2017

“For months the consensus has been that interest rates in Canada would remain stable right into 2018. Now Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz and his colleagues are dropping broad hints that the central bank will move a lot sooner, perhaps as early as next Wednesday’s meeting.” (Toronto Star)

Classified as: interest rates, chris ragan, Bank of Canada
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Published on: 11 Jul 2017

“The transfer of Venezuela's most prominent political prisoner from a military stockade to house arrest was widely viewed as a peace offering by President Nicolas Maduro to opponents who have led months of street protests against his beleaguered government.” (CBC)

Phil Oxhorn, Department of Political Science, McGill University

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Published on: 10 Jul 2017

This summer, whether in summer camps or sports leagues, children will practise outdoor sports. However, parents and educators need to be aware of the risk of head injury and concussion. Professor Isabelle Gagnon is available to speak about prevention and rehabilitation following a traumatic brain injury.

Isabelle Gagnon, Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

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Published on: 6 Jul 2017

“President Trump warned Thursday that North Korea could face “some pretty severe” consequences after its defiant test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, but Washington also confronted firm opposition from Russia and China over any possible response.” (Washington Post)

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Published on: 6 Jul 2017

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