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McGill Buys Third Former Hotel to Boost Residence Space

McGill added a third former hotel to its residences earlier this summer with the purchase of the Marriott Courtyard Montreal, which will be transformed into a residence in fall 2011 after a year of renovations. The university had previously expanded its residence system by purchasing the Renaissance Hotel in 2003-now New Residence Hall-and the former Four Points Sheraton in 2009-now starting its second year as Carrefour Sherbrooke.
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McGill Campus Becomes Pedestrian Friendly

McGill took several steps to make campus more pedestrian-friendly this summer, drastically reducing the number of vehicles on both Lower Campus and McTavish Street. On May 28, McTavish Street was closed to cars and non-official traffic was eliminated from across campus.
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For the Gazette, no more Sundays

Twenty-two years after its introduction, the last copy of the Sunday Gazette hit Montreal's dépanneurs and doorsteps on August 1, cutting the Gazette's printed editions down to six days per week. The venerable newspaper-Montreal's sole English-language daily-made the announcement in mid-July, citing the small amount of advertising dollars brought in by the Sunday edition.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: ALEX BROWN – VP Internal

The Tribune applauds Alex Brown for her work with the VP Internal portfolio this year. Brown has been consistently visible and knowledgeable on Students' Society projects and events since September. Frosh is always a major undertaking for the vice-president internal, and Brown handled the year's opening event successfully, generating profits to support other SSMU endeavors.
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Women helping women

In 2011, Winnipeg is planning to open Manitoba's first birthing centre, where mothers can give birth in a less clinical atmosphere with the assistance of midwives, nurses, and doulas. While it's a step forward for natural births in the province, midwifery and natural births are still the minority among birthing practices in Canada.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: COUNCIL

SSMU's Legislative Council has had, by many accounts, a disappointing year. Although it's difficult to evaluate the performance of a body of this type, the Tribune feels that this year's Council deserves a below-average grade. Although there were some councillors who were proactive, well-informed, and contributed in a constructive manner to debates, there were too many councillors who seemed to revel in making mountains out of molehills, and speaking mainly to hear the sound of their own voices.
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