"South Africa's main opposition party on Monday tried to block a government plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, saying the move is illegal and that the country's top court should intervene.
“Some major internet companies suffered service disruptions for several hours on Friday morning as internet infrastructure provider Dyn said it was hit by a cyber attack that disrupted traffic mainly on the U.S. East Coast.” (CBC)
The upcoming Denis Villeneuve movie Arrival was filmed in Montreal and when the filmmakers went looking for a linguistics scholar to consult on the screenplay and offer on-set advice, they turned to McGill. Prof. Jessica Coon supplied feedback on the film’s script, worked with the set crew, and some of her books from her office even wound up in the film. (McGill News)
The 2016 Beaverbrook Annual Lecture on Oct. 24 will present two speakers followed by a Q&A with the audience on the overall issues of media and the environment.:
135 years of McGill graduate scholarship is now available online. In 2012, McGill Library went to the stacks of Rare Books and Special Collections and began digitizing print only theses and dissertations. The project took four years to complete and to date almost 7,000 theses have been digitized representing almost a million pages.
Returning to work after any illness can be a challenge. For cancer survivors, the return to work can be especially difficult due to the effects of cancer and its treatment. Employers may lack understanding of cancer’s impact on work abilities, and how to provide accommodations. On Wednesday, October 19, cancerandwork.ca, a new resource, will bring this information together.
Denis Coderre made “an early October side trip to Iran to meet the mayor of Tehran, a prominent figure in the country’s repressive theocracy.” (The National Post)
"The Canada-European Union trade agreement has been dealt what could be a fatal blow after the Belgium’s Walloon parliament voted by a large margin on Friday not to accept the agreement." (The Globe and Mail)
"One-in-four say they have family or close friends who have a gambling problem, or have one themselves." (Source: Angus Reid)
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". (NobelPrize.org)
Last year, Justin Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, became Canada’s new leader, ending 10 years of Stephen Harper rule.
The number of cholera cases is on the rise Haiti after hurricane Matthew. (CNN)
“Hurricane Matthew is poised to deliver a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti beginning Monday, and poses a danger to eastern Cuba and Jamaica by Monday night.” (The Weather Network)
“Voters in Colombia have rejected a landmark peace deal with Farc rebels in a shock referendum result, with 50.2% voting against it.” (BBC)
Catherine LeGrand, Department of History, McGill University
"The close ‘no’ vote in the plebiscite on the recent peace accord is a shock that plunges Colombia into deep political-institutional crisis. What comes next is not clear.”—Catherine LeGrand