By Ariana Castillon On October 7th, McGill was chosen by the World Bank to host the first major policy signaling-address of its new President, David Malpass. Ahead of his afternoon speech in Pollock Hall, Malpass held a Q&A session with thirty students from across the Arts, Management, and Science faculties. While they were given the opportunity to ask him questions about his plans for the … Continue reading David Malpass at McGill: An Uncertain Future For the World Bank?
By Bérénice Collignon This global trade hub is currently demonstrating its concern and anger regarding its current social state and political standing. Background For 156 years, Hong Kong has been a part of the British Empire. Its sovereignty was eventually passed to the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of July 1997 with one condition: that the region would still possess its autonomy for … Continue reading Discontent in Hong Kong – Breakdown of the Protests Featuring an Interview with Action Free Hong Kong Montreal
By Joy Ahrum Kwak On October 20th, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno met with local Indigenous leaders to revoke Decree 883 in an effort to terminate the intensifying and sweeping civilian protests against his government. The agreement signed that day aimed to negate the implementation of austerity measures, declaring Ecuador once again a “country of peace”. The measures, which included subsidy cuts, were an important requirement … Continue reading Rage Against the Decree: the Role of Indigenous and Marginalized Ecuadorians in Revoking Decree 883
By Enkhuun Byambadorj This is a story of development – the aid-dependent economy, deep public mistrust in the government, rapid urban migration, and a silent plague that blankets the sky in the cold winter months. For the 1.5 million people living in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, the -40°C winters bring with them air pollution levels comparable to, and sometimes surpassing, much larger cities such as … Continue reading Mongolia’s Raw Coal Ban Promises Results… But What Kind of Results?
As Managing Editors for Catalyst this year, we are absolutely overjoyed to introduce our team. We have assembled a group of incredibly talented and passionate individuals whose unique voices and perspectives we are excited to feature on this platform. Their fields of interests cover a wide range of development issues and reflect the diversity of the world we live in. Please join us in welcoming … Continue reading Welcome to the 2019-2020 Publication Year!
By Tess Buckley On the surface voluntouring seems like an opportunity to do good, but there are many underlying implications and harmful practices that take place and aren’t spoken of. This article will dive into the layers of the business behind “helping people” and the many ways that the white saviour complex is perpetuated. Globalization has increased international voluntourism, which has made the preservation of … Continue reading Safari Animals, Nature Hikes and Children: How International Voluntourism Perpetuates the White Savior Complex
By The Catalyst Editorial Board. Catalyst contacted Olivia Bizot to discuss her upcoming article “The Victims, the Villains, the Voiceless: An Examination of the British Media’s shifting Representations of Refugees During the 2015 Refugee Crisis” in the Spring edition of Chrysalis. Her article discusses the ways in which British media portrayed refugees during the refugee crisis. If you are interested in her article, you can … Continue reading Interview with Olivia Bizot