McGill’s fourth annual Indigenous Awareness Week came to a lively, colourful close on Friday, Sept. 19, with dancers dressed in traditional costumes performing an inter-tribal dance during the Pow Wow on the lower campus field in front of dozens of smiling spectators. Even as the sounds of the drums faded and the dust settled on the dance floor, the weeklong event was being touted as a rousing success.
Although based in Edmonton, Alberta, and Shilo, Manitoba, the roots of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) reach back to Montreal and McGill, beginning with the regiment’s founding in 1914 by University benefactor, Andrew Hamilton Gault. With that as its foundation, it was fitting that the regiment’s centennial celebration cross-Canada Memorial Baton Relay (MBR) – in which military runners carried a baton containing the names of the 1,866 PPCLI soldiers who have fallen in active service to Canada – featured a stop in Montreal on Sept. 16.
On Sept. 10, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced the launch of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a national initiative aimed at tackling the growing onset of dementia and related illnesses and improving the lives of Canadians with these illnesses, as well as their families and caregivers. The CCNA is headquartered in the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital.
Although it seemed like summer took its sweet time to get here, a chilly, wet May gave way to three pretty stellar months that, unfortunately, are just winding down. As the Reporter did last year, we put out a call to members of the McGill community to submit their best summer 2014 pics.
After a long, cold winter and a dreary, wet spring, Montrealers have been out in full force during this recent heat wave to enjoy a little fun in the sun. But people should remember that precautions are needed to ensure that today’s fun doesn’t result in tomorrow’s serious health issues.
As members of a truly international university, McGill faculty, staff and students travel to every corner of the globe to attend conferences, carry out fieldwork and conduct research. Each year, a significant sum of money is spent on air travel, accommodations, food, ground transportation and other travel-related expenses. But McGill Travel Services can help you – and the University – save money when you hit the road and, more specifically, take to the air.
The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put the spotlight on a major public health problem: the dramatic increase in deaths due to prescribed painkillers, which were involved in more than 16,000 deaths in 2010 in the U.S. alone.
The coolest innovation of the summer may just be a frozen dessert that you can store at room temperature until you want to eat it. The brainchild of a 16-person team from McGill’s Food Science program, McGill’s shelf-stable frozen dessert is a unique, sorbet-like dessert that is a finalist in the prestigious Food Product Development Competition in New Orleans.
Keenly aware of the changing nature of philanthropy, the office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) has launched McGill’s first crowdfunding platform, Seeds of Change – the next big thing when it comes to online fundraising.