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Student unions throughout Quebec strike to protest austerity measures

On March 23, 60,000 post-secondary students went on strike against the Quebec’s government budgetary policies. 20,000 students voted to hold a one-day strike, while the remaining 40,000 will be on strike until April 2, when another demonstration is expected.  Although the students were associated under the Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ), one of… Keep Reading

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Cities We Need conference highlights importance of municipal autonomy

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) opened its 20th annual two-day conference on Feb. 19, focusing on the challenges cities across Canada face.  Elected officials from cities across the country, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations gathered to discuss topics including governance, culture, infrastructure, citizenship, and social justice. The conference opened with… Keep Reading

Bill 10: MUHC concerned about new network structure

On Feb. 7, Bill 10 was passed in the National Assembly of Quebec. The Bill is set to abolish the 18 regional health agencies, which are currently responsible for coordinating the health care and social services of a given area. These include child protection services, elderly care, hospitals, and other additional services. In their place,… Keep Reading

Khan and Syed v. SSMU Council case resolved through mediation

On Jan. 17, Judicial Board (J-Board) case Khan and Syed v. Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Council and Speaker was resolved through a mediation session. Participants signed an agreement mandating the J-Board to investigate and make recommendations on whether adaptations to Robert’s Rules should be adopted in regards to motions to postpone indefinitely during… Keep Reading

Councillors push for transparency in fee approbation reform process

Non-tuition compulsory fee reform Graduate students will be consulted this Winter on a reform of the non-tuition compulsory student fees approbation mechanism. Non-tuition compulsory fees, or Frais Institutionnel Obligatoires (FIO), are associated with mandatory university services. They are paid by all students to apply, enroll in, or attend university. Currently, they are also collected by student… Keep Reading

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Seventh global food security conference addresses present challenges

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, the McGill Institute for Global Food Security organized its seventh annual conference. Journalists, NGOs, scholars, and students gathered to discuss this year’s theme, Food Security Beyond 2015. Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa The conference opened with a lecture by Professor Stephen McGurk, vice-president of the Program and Partnership Branch for the International Development… Keep Reading

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Senate discusses safer campus, graduate student advising, and Senate composition

Principal Suzanne Fortier opened Wednesday’s Senate meeting with remarks on the Quebec government’s recent announcement of further budgetary cuts for the university sector. “With regard to McGill, we believe that it means a decrease of approximately 15 million [dollars] that we already know about,” Fortier said. “Earlier this month, [the government has] also advised us… Keep Reading

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Extracurricular transcript system expands on pilot project

After the creation of myInvolvement—a website that aims to track students involvement in extracurricular activities—and its merging with Student Services, the program is now expanding its scope to include activities in student clubs. The co-curricular record (CCR) provided by myInvolvement is a personalized transcript that can be customized for specific needs and can be attached… Keep Reading

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