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Editorial: SSMU membership within federation necessary to advance students’ interests

The Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) is currently taking part in discussions to create a new student federation following turmoil within the largest provincial student federation, the Fédération Etudiante Universitaire du Québec (FEUQ). SSMU is currently not a member of FEUQ, but the recent disaffiliation from the federation by one of the most powerful… Keep Reading

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Emily Boytinck elected SSMU VP External by 13 per cent margin

Emily Boytinck, U3 Science, was elected the Vice-President (VP) External of the Student’s Society of McGill University (SSMU) last Friday with 56.3 per cent of the vote. The opposing candidate, Joanna Schacter, U3 Arts, earned 43.7 per cent of the vote. 2185 students in total voted in the election, with 369 abstentions.   Following the… Keep Reading

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Commentary: Religious education and the pursuit of secularism in Quebec

In the latest addition to the debate on secularism in Quebec, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled last Thursday to allow Loyola High School to teach its students about religion, ethics, and religious culture from a Catholic perspective. The Court decided that the provincial government’s refusal to grant the school’s request to do so constituted… Keep Reading

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Senate discusses funding for Office for Students with Disabilities

  Allocation of government funding for students with disabilities Arts & Science Senator Chloe Rourke expressed concerns regarding funding for services for students with disabilities, including the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD), in conjunction with the uncertainty behind McGill’s budget cuts.  In response, Provost Anthony Masi stated that although it is difficult to balance… Keep Reading

Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois addresses her supporters in victory rally, minutes before fatal shooting. (Simon Poitrimolt / McGill Tribune)
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Commentary: Language requirements necessary for Quebec’s culture and economy

Quebec’s incessant language war found new fuel as McGill and Concordia recently released statements criticizing the province’s strict French language requirement for granting permanent residency, which was introduced in 2013 by the Parti Québécois (PQ). The universities claim that strict rules requiring proficiency in French are making it difficult to attract foreign professors. The Liberal… Keep Reading

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Commentary: Diffusing anglophone tension in Quebec

Anglophone-francophone relations in Quebec have not been off to a good start in 2015 as the tension and unrest within anglophone communities is reaching a climax. Graham Fraser, the official language commissioner of Canada, recently made a call for the Quebec government to create an Office of Anglophone Affairs, a request that was promptly shut… Keep Reading

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PGSS Special Referendum endorsement: CFS

The Tribune gives its endorsement for the Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University’s (PGSS) Special Referendum. Referendum to Consider Membership in the Canadian Federation of Students – “No” This referendum question is being held following a prolonged legal battle between the Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University (PGSS) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).… Keep Reading

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Thousands march in Montreal and Quebec City against provincial austerity measures

Tens of thousands of protesters participated in a march against the Quebec government’s proposed austerity measures on Saturday, Nov. 29. According to the organizers of the protest, the Collectif Refusons l’Austerité, over 125,000 people participated in both Montreal and Quebec City. Protesters included representatives from student unions, employees of the public sector, and members of… Keep Reading

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Quebec Superior Court rules against Tariq Khan’s interim injunction to be reinstated as SSMU President

The Quebec Superior Court ruled against issuing the interim injunction filed by Tariq Khan that would have restored Khan as the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) President, following a hearing last Friday. Because the President’s term began on June 1, the interim injunction was filed in order to decide on the President position until… Keep Reading

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