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RAMQ legislation forces McGill to largely discontinue vaccine distribution

On Jan. 26, Quebec banned fees for medical services covered by the Régie de l'Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ), the province’s public health insurance board. McGill’s Student Health Services (SHS) previously only charged students the cost of supplying vaccines, without making a profit. Since the ban prohibits charging fees, SHS has stopped selling certain vaccines… Keep Reading

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Bad Blood: Changing the conversation around menstruation

“You'd think all women do is clean and bleed,” was the line that resonated with me as I read Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller Gone Girl. Despite the fact that the shedding of the uterine lining is a natural, normal, and healthy process that half of the world’s population experiences, menstruation is frequently stigmatized. In the article,… Keep Reading

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McGill must improve the medical notes system

At 8:30 on weekday mornings, coughs and sniffles fill the McGill Health Services clinic. Sick students, looking miserable to their core, sit and wait—some for strep tests, others for a prescription. Many, however, have braved the negative temperature and icy sidewalks to wait for nothing but a medical note to save their GPA. It’s an… Keep Reading

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Student of the Week: Claire Motyer

“I’ve been playing violin since I was four, so I’ve always defined myself as a musician,” Claire Motyer, U3 Music, said. Motyer spent her whole life immersed in musical performance, until she injured herself in her first semester at McGill University from over-rehearsing. “I was […] practicing four hours a day plus rehearsals, so up to… Keep Reading

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The future of birth control must include all genders

The results of a trial for male birth control, published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, have sparked outrage and frustration. After 20 of 320 men dropped out of the study due to adverse side effects, the trials were discontinued. Altogether, the men participating in the trial reported 1,491 adverse symptoms, including mood disorders… Keep Reading

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Streamlining of McGill Counselling and Mental Health Services leaves gaps in medical notes procedures

As part of the integration of McGill Mental Health and Counselling Services (MHCMS), medical notes are no longer available for students who use drop-in appointments unless their case falls under the criteria for the newly designated “Safety Appointment.” Although the change prioritizes support for students who urgently need it in order to be safe, questions remain… Keep Reading

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Anatomy and Cell Biology launches Mental Health Support Program

On Nov. 18, the McGill Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology launched the Mental Health Support Program. The department-based project offers students a chance to meet with individuals who were selected to be supporters. These volunteers include graduate and undergraduate students, administrative personnel, and professors trained by McGill Counselling and Mental Health Services (MCMHS). Department… Keep Reading

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Marijuana legalization poses significant risks for youth

One of Justin Trudeau’s flashiest policies has been his promise to legalize marijuana. Taking advantage of 4/20 this past April, his government announced that it will be instated in the spring of 2017—only one year later. We’re halfway through that time, and his policy remains vague and shallow. Trudeau is waiting on results from the… Keep Reading

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