“President Trump on Sunday issued a new order indefinitely banning almost all travel to the United States from seven countries, including most of the nations covered by his original travel ban, citing threats to national security posed by letting their citizens into the country.” (The New York Times)
The German election is on Sunday, September 24. One of the “hot” issues in the election is the number of immigrants/refugees that Germany has taken in.
Thomas Soehl, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, McGill University
He can talk about how German discomfort with immigrants/refugees may be related to the kind of nationalism that evolved after Germain loss of territory following the 1st World War.
The effects of climate change on food security and nutrition are one of the major challenges facing humanity in the coming decades. Reflection is needed in order to adapt the agri-food system to this new climate and social reality. McGill professors are participating fromSeptember 24-27 in the International Symposium on Food Security and Nutrition in the Age of Climate Change in Quebec City. (Source)
Orange butterflies have been spotted by many in the South of Quebec this weekend. Contrary to popular beliefs, they are not monarchs, but Painted Ladies.
Stéphanie Boucher, Curator, Lyman Entomological Museum
She’s an insect expert. She can answer your questions about butterflies.
stephanie.boucher [at] mcgill.ca, 514-398-7914 (English, French)
“Wanted: A place with a million people, a diverse population, good schools and malleable lawmakers. Room to accommodate up to 50,000 workers. Canadian provinces also welcome to apply.” (New York Times)
“As a Category 5 with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, Irma now ranks among the most powerful hurricanes (as measured by wind speed) ever recorded. Irma has sustained these 185 mph winds for more than 24 hours, a record length of time. And it’s one of the most powerful cyclones to ever make landfall.” (Vox)
“As 15 states and Washington DC filed suit against Donald Trump over the rescinding of protection for young people brought to the US illegally as children, House speaker Paul Ryan said such ‘Dreamers’ should ‘rest easy’ as Congress tackled immigration reform.” (The Guardian)
“The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has appealed to Myanmar to end the violence that has led more than 120,000 Rohingya people to flee in the last two weeks, which he warned was ‘creating a situation that can destabilise the region’.” (The Guardian)
Erik Kuhonta, Political Science, McGill University
“Airbnb and the Government of Quebec have finalized the first-ever tax agreement in Canada that will allow Airbnb to collect and remit the tax on accommodation on behalf of hosts using its residential sharing platform.
"The storm, which hit Tuesday afternoon and brought winds of up to 120 km/h, snapped tree branches, uprooted trees and downed hydro poles from the West Island over to the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, but authorities say there have been no reported injuries." (CBC)
David Wees, Plant Science, Macdonald Campus, McGill University
David Wees' research interests include horticulture, greenhouses, sweet potatoes, and urban agriculture. He will answer questions from the media on tree damage due to storms.
Minorities and bullying
Religious bullying & religious literacy, inclusion of minorities in public education – alice.chan [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Alice Chan), Ph.D Candidate, Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), English only
Indigenous Education - ekim039 [at] gmail.com (Eun-Ji Amy Kim), Ph.D Candidate, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, English only
“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
“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)
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.
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.”