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The good, the bad, and the weird: Top headlines from the past 30 years

December 1984 The Quebec Court of Appeals ruled that the French-only provision of Bill 101, which mandated that French be the sole official language of Quebec, ran contrary to Quebec’s Bill of Rights. Pro-independence activists responded with graffiti and violence, including several bomb threats and fire bombings around downtown Montreal.   September 1989 SSMU spent… Keep Reading

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McGill senate convenes to discuss Rossy Student Wellness Hub

On March 28, the McGill University Senate, the governing body tasked with general control and supervision over academic matters at McGill, convened to discuss McGill’s changing approach to issues of academic integrity. Martine Gauthier, executive director of Student Services, also  introduced the new Rossy Student Wellness Hub (RSWH). Additionally, Senate touched upon the newly released… Keep Reading

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McGill bans single-use bottled water from all campus food locations

McGill students have advocated for banning single-use water bottles on campus since 2010 and, on March 22, the university finally met their demands. McGill announced that it will begin phasing out the sale of single-use plastic water bottles from all food locations and vending machines on campus, with the goal of completely removing them by… Keep Reading

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Compost Pilot Project to tentatively launch in La Citadelle Residence

As part of the McGill Vision 2020 plan to introduce environmentally-sustainable operations on campus,  McGill’s Facilities Management and Ancillary Services department is implementing the Zero Waste Project, which will introduce compost bins across campus. Composting is the natural biological process in which various microorganisms decompose organic waste—such as food scraps, paper, and grass clippings—and convert… Keep Reading

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BSN spearheading development of McGill Africana Studies Program

The Black Student’s Network of McGill (BSN) is currently spearheading an initiative to develop an Africana Studies program in the Faculty of Arts. The program would offer an interdisciplinary study of the histories, politics, cultures, and contributions people with African heritage and in the African diaspora have made to communities throughout the world. Although McGill… Keep Reading

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McGill professors debate the effectiveness of fossil fuel divestment

“The research shows that [divestment] does make a difference,” Mikkelson said. “The most comprehensive study [of divestment movements] was done at Oxford, and they looked at other divestment campaigns that didn’t necessarily cripple the industries they were targeting, but what they did do is make a big public impact, and that spurred governments to take action [....] Divestment creates impact by raising awareness, stigmatizing target companies, and influencing legislation.” Etzion further emphasized the status of divestment as a social rather than economic movement. “I don’t really perceive [fossil fuel divestment] as a financial tactic,” Etzion said. “It’s about something much bigger than what you invest in, it’s actually a social movement. And the objective of this tactic is to de-legitimize an entire industry. [Universities] are very influential in how the world perceives issues, and [divestment] empowers people to envision a world that is not running on a path to destruction.” Keep Reading

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ISA walk out brings movement for Indigenous justice to McGill

Protesters honoured the deaths of Tina Fontaine, Colten Boushie, and Brady Francis—three Indigenous youths who were murdered without any suspects being held criminally responsible—at a walkout on campus on March 14, National School Walkout Day. Over 3,100 walkouts took place at schools across North America that day, mostly over gun reform laws in the United… Keep Reading

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