McGill further clarifies actions to address budget cuts

Last Thursday, Provost Anthony Masi and Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) Michael Di Grappa released an email to the McGill community providing further details about the extent of the budget cuts imposed by the Quebec government, and the rationale behind the measures McGill has chosen to deal with them. According to[Read More…]

McGill announces salary and hiring freezes

On Mar. 26, McGill Principal Heather Munroe-Blum released an email to the McGill community detailing the first measures that the university will take to address the Quebec government’s recent cuts to its operating budget. Among the measures were salary and hiring freezes, a reduction in the operating budgets of senior[Read More…]

What happened last week in Canada

Canada withdraws from UN drought convention Last Wednesday, the Government of Canada informed the UN of its withdrawal from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)—an initiative that builds resilience to land degradation and drought in developing countries while increasing security of essential resources. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird suggested[Read More…]

What happened last week in Canada

Montreal police crack down on one-year anniversary protest;
Cree group to finish 1,600 km trek in support of Idle No More movement in Ottawa;
TVO pulls online game that shows pipeline bombing;
Manitobans suffering from flood damages sue Province;
One-man Hunger Strike begins in Vancouver

Justin Marleau spoke for teaching union. (Elizabeth Flannery / McGill Tribune)

Arts forum addresses TA concerns about budget cuts

Students, union members, and administrators came together to discuss the Quebec government’s announced budget cuts at a student-led Faculty of Arts forum last Thursday. Topics covered during the forum included teaching assistants’ (TA) concerns with regards to the budget cuts, and the removal of 101 arts courses for the 2013-2014[Read More…]

McGill joins online learning platform without Senate approval

The McGill administration has come under scrutiny following its announcement on Feb. 20 that McGill is now a member of the edX consortium—a not-for-profit enterprise specializing in online interactive learning. Several members of the McGill Senate have criticized the senior administration for failing to communicate with Senate about the initiative.[Read More…]

Montrealers gathered on Sunday to oppose new legislation aimed at amending Quebec’s language laws. (Alexandra Allaire / McGill Tribune)

Montrealers gather to say “no” to PQ’s Bill 14

More than 200 people gathered in the square opposite Quebec Premier Pauline Marois’ office on Sunday afternoon to protest the Parti Québécois’ (PQ) proposed changes to language laws with Bill 14. The rally featured several guest speakers who denounced the bill’s potential impacts on Quebec society, and was organized by[Read More…]

Divest McGill members chant in James Square. (Luke Orlando / McGill Tribune)

Petitions call for divestment from fossil fuels, Plan Nord

On Friday afternoon, Divest McGill delivered two petitions to the university’s Secretary-General, Stephen Strople, calling for McGill to divest from the Plan Nord, the oil sands, and fossil fuel industries. According to administrative practice, the petitions will be passed on to the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility[Read More…]

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