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By Jonathan Kimmelman, associate professor at McGill University and director of its Biomedical Ethics Unit, and Alex John London (Carnegie Mellon) 

There is a lot of money behind providing cancer care, and cancer treatment centers spend an estimated $173 million on advertising each year. One of the ways they compete for patients is by offering a menu of clinical trial options and suggesting that participating in such trials gives patients an edge on their care.

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Published on: 25 Apr 2018

Finding the right child care can be a frustrating -- and expensive -- process for parents around the world, from New York to Nairobi. Access to adequate child care for all has become a "global" need, said Shelley Clark, a demographer and professor of sociology at McGill University in Canada, who has studied child care and other family dynamics.

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Published on: 25 Apr 2018

"The important thing here is that we were able to estimate these differences between black and white men, and that helps us understand health inequalities," said Corinne Riddell, a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University in Canada who was lead author of the study.
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Published on: 24 Apr 2018

Volunteers will span out across Montreal this evening in attempt to get an idea of how many people in the city have nowhere to call home. Montreal's second homeless count aims to give policymakers a sense of the challenges facing the city. "We are capturing the number of individuals who are chronically homeless, staying in the street. This is a group that really needs help," said Eric Latimer, who is organizing the count.

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Published on: 24 Apr 2018

Opinion | Un récent article du journaliste Philippe Teisceira-Lessard a suscité bien des réactions avec son titre (« Iels sont nombreuxes et heureuxes ») ainsi que sa référence au français neutre, ou non binaire. Mais qu’est-ce que la non-binarité ? C’est une question qui est peu discutée dans les médias québécois et qui demeure nébuleuse pour l’ensemble de la population. En lire plus

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Published on: 22 Apr 2018

Samedi prochain, le philosophe Charles Taylor recevra le Grand Prix littéraire international du festival Metropolis bleu. Coprésident de la commission Bouchard-Taylor, professeur émérite de l'Université McGill, auteur de nombreux ouvrages, dont Les sources du moi et Le malaise de la modernité, Charles Taylor est un des penseurs les plus importants et pertinents de notre époque. Ce prix est l'occasion d'échanger avec cet homme qui a consacré sa vie à la réflexion et au dialogue.

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Published on: 22 Apr 2018

As the war of words over tariffs between the U.S. and  China escalates, a group of students, alumni and faculty from McGill University have returned from Asia.  While the tariff controversy would appear to be a heated global topic, the group found that it took a backseat to other economic concerns.

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Published on: 5 Apr 2018

"In this critical moment, of ... racial profiling, of brutality that has made a Black Lives Matter movement (in the United States) urgently necessary, a moment in which white supremacist groups are on the rise, a moment in which the black community is still calling for economic justice, for equity in employment ... let us not forget the Reverend Dr.

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Published on: 5 Apr 2018

Prof. Jeffrey Derevensky, director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling at McGill University, consulted with the WHO in preparing the upcoming ICD-11 release and says video game addiction is “clearly a growing problem.” “It may not have the same prevalence as some other disorders but … I get a call at least once every two weeks from a parent who says, ‘I can’t get him off his computer,’ or ‘I can’t get him off his cellphone because all he wants to do is play these games,”‘ Derevensky says.

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Published on: 5 Apr 2018

Doyenne de la faculté de gestion Desautels de l'Université McGill, Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou se dit perturbée par la sous-représentation des femmes en finance. Après trois décennies à observer la situation en France, aux États-Unis et au Canada, elle tente de renverser la vapeur.

La Presse

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Published on: 5 Apr 2018

A Canadian hospital built by a pair of immigrant Scottish philanthropists to celebrate Queen Victoria’s fiftieth year on the throne is set to be transformed into an academic centre for climate change.

The Scotsman

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Published on: 3 Apr 2018

Dr. Amar Sabih says all you need is synthetic plastic tarp and metal barriers commonly seen at outdoor events

CBC, CTV

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Published on: 3 Apr 2018

(Frédéric Mégret, Associate professor of law at McGill)

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the barring of expatriates who have resided away from Canada more than five years from voting in Canadian elections. The Ontario Court of Appeal had earlier found the restrictions democratically justifiable because they preserved the “social contract” between voters and lawmakers.

Globe and Mail

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Published on: 3 Apr 2018

It’s been a tough one to crack, but scientists say they have zoomed in, to an unprecedented degree, on the structure of shells surrounding chicken embryos, revealing how they change to allow young birds to hatch. […] “Everybody thinks eggshells are fragile – [when] we’re careful, we ‘walk on eggshells’ – but in fact, for their thinness they are extremely strong, harder than some metals,” said Prof Marc McKee, a coauthor of the study from McGill University in Canada. “We are really understanding now at the almost molecular scale how an eggshell is assembled and how it dissolves.”

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Published on: 3 Apr 2018

Jonathan Kimmelman, director of biomedical ethics at McGill University, agreed companies have some obligation to continue to provide care for patients who take part in studies to test experimental products. “Any time a patient participates in a trial, they’re volunteering their body to advance science,” he said from Montreal. “And if it’s a trial being run by a pharmaceutical company, they’re volunteering their bodies to advance the goals of the pharmaceutical company, whether that’s a big pharmaceutical company or a small one.

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Published on: 27 Mar 2018

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