The surprising victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Election in the United States, combined with the no-less surprising Brexit referendum results, have generated many negative comments regarding the accuracy of political polling and polling companies’ ability to accurately measure public mood in a rapidly changing world.
Sébastien Dallaire, Vice President at Ipsos, Canada’s leading public opinion research firm, will provide an in-depth look at the present and future of political polling, demonstrating that despite the challenges faced by the polling industry, scientific polls based on random samples remain the most accurate way of measuring public opinion and voting intentions.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters or by exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries around the world.
Every year MSF sends about 3,000 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators and other professionals to work alongside over 25,000 locally hired staff. In 2016 this included 343 Canadians from many different professional backgrounds.
Drawing on our guest speaker’s own experiences and those of colleagues, this illustrated talk will go behind the scenes to examine how these organizations face the practical challenges of delivering aid where it is most needed.
A question period will follow.
Making an informed choice is a right that everyone has prior to initiating drug therapy. In order to prevent and reduce reliance on medications, patients should be informed about the sex and gender-related factors that lead to persistent prescriptions and be made aware of non-drug approaches in managing sleep and anxiety. This presentation will explain how historical, social and medical influences have shaped the way sleeping pills have evolved as a form of chemical coping. After reviewing the evidence-based harms associated with sleeping pills, the audience will be asked to weigh in on potential policy changes that could be implemented to reduce the overuse of these medications in Canada.
The McGill University Department of Family Medicine and the St. James Literary Society are pleased to present the Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld Annual Distinguished Lecture in Family Medicine.
Of interest to the general public as well as to health-care professionals, this Distinguished Lecture Series in Family Medicine was inaugurated in 1990 and was made possible by an endowment by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld, a Montreal family physician. He was a staunch supporter of a number of educational activities and this lecture series is another example of his generosity.
Refreshments will be served.
This talk will explore the fascinating biology of aging and why this is so challenging in our present day and age. Dr. Clarfield will explain why we get old (usually), but, more importantly, why and how we cannot last forever despite the advances in modern day medicine. He will also give some basic advice on how we can increase the likelihood of living and enjoying a relatively healthy and happy old age.
Are we watching the bitter end of the Western Church model, including its colonial steeples and linguistic apartheid? Or, are we poised for what might become the greatest reformation and revival of the church, ever?
Reverend Graham Singh, the new pastor at St Jax Montréal will explore these questions as he examines the Montreal case study in light of a wider radical shift in the way church buildings open to their local communities.
Following the presentation, sandwiches, scones, pastry, tea and coffee will be served.