City, province pump money into QI

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In a bid to boost Montreal’s reputation as a major centre devoted to knowledge and creativity, the City of Montreal announced Sunday it will provide $600,000 over the next three years to the Société du Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal, while the Quebec government is kicking in an additional $200,000 in 2015-16.

Larsson named Director of Redpath Museum

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Professor Hans Larsson has been appointed Director of the Redpath Museum for a five-year term that began on June 1. Larsson took over for Professor David M. Green, who has been at the helm of the Museum for the past decade.

McGill is moving closer to the library of the future

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As this academic year comes to a close, so, too, do the preliminary stages of a massive feasibility study that will point the way to the libraries of the future that should serve the University’s academic mission for the next 50 years or more.The study has narrowed down some options as to how the University can bring its libraries up to current standards – and beyond.

Your seven-day forecast is about to get more accurate

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NSERC has announced the renewal of Dr. M.K. Peter Yau’s Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair, at a value of over $2 million with contributions from NSERC, Hydro Quebec, McGill and Environment Canada. Under Phase II of the research program, Dr. Yau will continue his work in short-term forecasting of precipitation.

McGill embraces sustainable procurement

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From chemicals, to tractors to computers, McGill purchases hundreds of millions of dollars of goods and services every year. Most of those purchases flow through McGill’s Procurement Services unit. When McGill adopted its first Procurement Policy in spring 2013, it gave Procurement Services the mandate to establish a culture of sustainable procurement practices at McGill and in its wider community.

We’ve looked at clouds from both sides now

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No one can deny that cloud services offer the most affordable solution for file storage. But what about when it comes to Institutional data? The security of data in the cloud depends on the terms of service offered by the provider, and not all cloud services are equal. Because McGill has a responsibility to protect institutional data, the Cloud Data Storage Directive was born.

McGill prof: We need smart tolls on our bridges

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Montreal, like other cities, needs to consider “congestion pricing” – putting a price on traffic congestion the way provinces should be putting a price on carbon, says Economics Professor Christopher Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a McGill-based think-tank developing practical policies to improve economic performance and the environment.

Road trip! Chem-E Car off to finals in Salt Lake City

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After a stellar performance at the AIChE Northeastern Student Regional Competition in Boston earlier this month, McGill’s Chem-E Car qualified for the North American finals in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What’s that? Did you say free hearing screening?

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According to Statistics Canada, more than 1 million Canadians reported having some sort of hearing-related disability, more than 50 per cent greater than the number of people reporting problems with their eyesight. Free hearing screenings will be available to the public (including children over three years old) on Friday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 24.

Exploring social innovation in the Quartier de l’innovation

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University campuses across Canada are recognizing the power of social innovation to create impactful change within and beyond their campus borders, and McGill is striving to lead the pack with the Quartier de l’innovation (QI). The QI district is composed of four distinct neighborhoods – Pointe-St-Charles, St-Henri, Griffintown and Little Burgundy – each possessing its own unique characteristics and challenges. This sector is also home to a dynamic social economy as well as numerous non-profit organizations. Since McGill and ÉTS launched the QI in 2013, McGill has initiated several social innovation projects.