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McGill’s admin not the only one under fire

At Norman Bethune Square on October 27, the Concordia Student Union, Überculture, Free Education Montreal, Sustainable Concordia, and Tap Drinkers Against Privatization (TAPThirst) gathered to protest the Concordia administration’s decision to sign an exclusive PepsiCo contract without student consultation. TAPThirst, an organization that advocates against the bottled water industry, was the most outspoken of the… Keep Reading

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Quebec nurses’ union strikes historic deal

It was a banner day last weekend for the province’s largest nurses’ union, the Quebec Interpersonal Health Federation (FIQ). After a year of tense negotiations with the provincial government, the FIQ reached an agreement in principle, which will provide significant gains to the 58,000 members of the union. The agreement stipulates an annual 3.45 per… Keep Reading

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AUS attacks its debts

In the face of numerous unanticipated financial difficulties that have come to light this semester, the Arts Undergraduate Society’s Executive unveiled their Financial Recovery Plan to the AUS Council last Wednesday. “Like the real Marshall Plan, this isn’t just us throwing foreign aid at something,” he said. “It’s a plan to allow all parties to… Keep Reading

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McGill Opens New Centralized Service Point for Administrative Needs

McGill opened a new integrated service point in the recently renovated basement of the McLennan Library, designed to centralize administrative services for students. After nearly five years of planning and development, the $4.9 million renovation has created a new space offering assistance with registration and Minerva, the issuing of McGill ID cards, and various transcript… Keep Reading

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J-Board dismisses petition against Newburgh

In a June 24 decision, the Students’ Society Judicial Board dismissed the petition put forward by the McGill chapter of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights against Zach Newburgh, the former speaker of SSMU Council. In the factum submitted last March, SPHR claimed that as chair of last winter’s General Assembly, Newburgh, who is now the… Keep Reading

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Quebec grad student dropout rate high, says CSE report

The Quebec Council of Superior Education (CSE) released a report last month about the high dropout rate among Quebec graduate students. According to the report, 44 per cent of Quebec doctoral students will not go complete their diploma, while on average 20 per cent of master’s students will take an extra two to four years… Keep Reading

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Tony Blair speaks to McGill on issues of religion and globalization

Holly Stewart Holly Stewart With his easy charm and boyish grin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke to scholars, students, religious leaders, and MPs at the Windsor Hotel on Friday.    Blair’s visit was prompted by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s funding of teaching and research on religion and globalization at McGill’s Faculty of… Keep Reading

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Architecture students vote to stand under EUS’s umbrella

The Engineering Undergraduate Society passed a motion at their council meeting on November 9 finalizing the incorporation of the Architecture Students Association as their seventh departmental society.   The ASA held a formal referendum on the potential incorporation, which ended the week before council. Sixty-five per cent of ASA students cast ballots, with 90 per… Keep Reading

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Sailing team suspended for two years

The McGill Sailing Team is suspended for the next two years. The team was already under scrutiny by the administration and recent events pushed McGill Athletics to action. On October 23, three team members—Leif MacDonald, Justin Cruanes, and Renee Gladilen—were detained by police for stealing a parking sign after a regatta in Maryland. The bail… Keep Reading

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