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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | Aug. 8 to 14, 2017

The McMaster Faculty of Social Sciences is known for making a positive impact on the local, national and international stages. Here are some highlights of the many McMaster Soc Sci stories making news.

Aug 17, 2017

Community Engagement

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by economist Jim Stanford (Harold Innis Industry Professor of Economics) about Malaysia's Petronas pulling out of its liquefied natural gas project in BC.
Petronas did Canada a favour. Just ask Australia
The Globe and Mail - August 2, 2017

Ireland's public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) picked up an op-ed piece that Russia-US expert John Colarusso  (Anthropology) had written for the Conversation Canada, a journalistic-academic, non-profit collaboration that makes its content available to the media.
Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive
RTÉ.ie - August 1, 2017

The Conversation Canada featured as its lead item a commentary by Atif Kubursi (Economics) about what Canada needs from upcoming NAFTA negotiations. Maclean's and picked up the piece. The Conversation -- a non-profit collaboration between journalists and academics -- makes its content available to the media at no charge.
NAFTA talks see Trump in driver’s seat – and Canada at risk
The Conversation Canada - August 10, 2017
Article also appeared in: 
Why Canada has a lot to lose in the NAFTA renegotiations - August 11, 2017
News - MSN CA    

NAFTA talks see Trump in driver’s seat — and Canada at risk
National Newswatch - August 11, 2017

The Globe and Mail published an opinion piece by immigration expert Vic Satzewitch (Sociology) on Canada's policies on admitting refugee claimants.
Canada welcomes refugees, but shuts the door on asylum seekers
The Globe and Mail - August 8, 2017

CBC radio, CBC Online and Metro News all reported on a collaboration between McMaster PhD candidate Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui (Sociology), who is an expert in Islamophobia and Queen's University's Cynthia Levine-Rasky that brings together Muslim and Jewish women to develop mutual understanding.
How acts of hate inspired a Muslim-Jewish sisterhood based on love in Toronto - August 2, 2017
Sisterhood of Toronto Muslim and Jewish women flourishing
Metro News - August 9, 2017


The Associated Press picked up a Canadian Press piece about statistics developed by the McMaster-based Automotive Policy Research Centre, showing the economic impact of Canada's auto industry. The piece appeared in dozens of media outlets, including CTV News, The Winnipeg Free Press, Yahoo News and numerous regional dailies.
Stats demonstrate economic importance of automotive industry in Canada
AP (Hosted) - August 3, 2017

Yahoo News France reported on research by Alyson Holland and Tina Moffat (Anthropology) into Calcium and Vitamin D.
Calcium et vitamine D : entre réalité et perceptions
Yahoo News (FR) - August 10, 2017 

Expert Commentary

The South China Morning Post interviewed Nettina Tan (Political Science & Globilization) about Singaporean elections.
Halimah Yacob’s presidency bid: a milestone for Singapore’s women, for race relations ... not so much?
South China Morning Post - August 8, 2017 

CBC Ottawa interviewed Peter Graefe (Political Science) about the province creating a Ministry of Francophone Affairs.
Reaction mixed to Liberals creating ministry of francophone affairs
CBC Ottawa - August 1, 2017

Metroland Media interviewed Wayne Lewchuk (Labour Studies) about new statistics showing how the makeup of families is changing rapidly.
Hamilton’s No. 3 for young adults living with parents: 2016 census (Metroland Media Group) - August 2, 2017
Article also appeared in: 
Hamilton Community News (Metroland Media Group)     

CHML Radio interviewed George Breckenridge (Political Science) about recent developments in the Donald Trump presidency.
AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) at August 3rd 2017 2:25 PM
AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) - August 3, 2017

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