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Eating Disorder Program cutbacks reveal pre-existing flaws in the system

At the beginning of the Fall semester, McGill University Student Services quietly closed its Eating Disorder Program (EDP). Since 2009, the EDP has provided professional healthcare, support, and group therapy for students grappling with all forms of eating disorders. September’s reforms dispersed these services across existing counselling and psychiatric departments, and have temporarily removed group… Keep Reading

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Accessible care or adequate care: Students with eating disorders shouldn’t have to choose

McGill’s Mental Health and Counselling Services face a twofold challenge: Make mental health care efficient and accessible to all students, while ensuring that care is appropriate to each student’s specific needs. Given limited resources, it is not an easy balance to strike. But it is, fundamentally, a balance—not an either-or situation. The Sept. 20 announcement… Keep Reading

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Senate report shows increase in reports of sexual harassment

At this academic year’s first Senate meeting on Sept. 19, student representatives, faculty, and administration reviewed the Final Report on the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education. Senate also delivered reports on cases of sexual harassment on campus during the 2016-2017 academic year, and discussed improvements within Counselling Services including shortened wait… Keep Reading

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Editorial: SSMU’s lack of transparency and lagging support leave new ISGs in limbo

On April 7, 2016, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Services Review Committee changed the status of Organic Campus, the Players Theatre and other student services within SSMU’s structure. In a similar restructuring move on May 24, 2016, SSMU revoked the club status of the McGill Outdoors Club (MOC). These changes—ratified nine months ago—have… Keep Reading

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No say for students in Student Services appointment

Following backlash from the McGill community over last month’s appointment of Robyn Wiltshire as the interim senior director of student services, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning), Ollivier Dyens, has apologized, admitting student consultation should have been a part of Wiltshire’s hiring process. Wiltshire succeeds Richard Zereik, who served as interim director of Student Services… Keep Reading

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SSMU Council discusses resignations of VP Internal, General Manager

The Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Council met on Oct. 1 to discuss motions regarding improvments to student life, the resignation of vice-president (VP) Internal Affairs Lola Baraldi, and a SSMU climate change policy.   Resignations of executive positions   The loss of general manager Jennifer Varkonyi in August is now coupled with Baraldi’s resignation,… Keep Reading

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Student Services budget reallocations and reductions

I n Winter 2015, the McGill administration announced changes in Student Serves funding, stating that it would cease to supply Student Services with a yearly transfer from McGill’s operating budget. McGill also announced that in the event of further budget cuts by the federal government, the McGill administration would redistribute to other offices government grants previously… Keep Reading

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Student Services establishes Innovation Fund

The Student Services Innovation Fund (SSIF)—a new fund that will be used to promote student-led ideas for students’ well-being and health—is currently taking applications for projects. The fund will partially be financed through a reallocation of a surplus that Student Services had accrued.  According to  Executive Director of Student Services Jana Luker, the Student Services… Keep Reading

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PGSS, SSMU host joint summit on anti-austerity measures

Members of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Council and the Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) Council gathered for a joint meeting against austerity on Feb. 23. The joint council was the first of its kind, and through it, the two student unions produced a joint statement opposing provincial austerity measures. The two Councils approved… Keep Reading

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