Prime Minister Stephen Harper has extended the five-year mandate of Governor General David Johnston by two years. Johnston’s term of office will now run until 2017. Harper said the extension will allow Johnston to take part in many of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Hockey legend and politician Ken Dryden thinks big. Last year, he worked with Teaching and Learning Services to help University of Calgary students join his “Future of Canada” course through videoconferencing. This year, McGill and U of C students are joined by virtual classmates from Memorial, Ryerson and the University of Saskatchewan.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, visited the University today, meeting with Principal Suzanne Fortier and other academic leaders, as well as with students, including five MasterCard Foundation Scholars currently enrolled at McGill, academically talented young people from Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria; and students in McGill’s International Development programs.
On Feb. 10, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced 78 Strategic Project Grants, including 10 for McGill researchers totaling nearly $4.7 million. The funding will support research and training that has the potential to strongly enhance the economy and environment.
In October 2014, McGill joined forces with Université Laval and the Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) to establish a Northern Institute, Institut Nordique du Québec (INQ). The founding partners are currently laying the groundwork for the Institute in collaboration with representatives from northern communities who are interacting with academic researchers in setting the research agenda for the INQ
Following a fire in its upper floor and roof earlier today, the West Wing of Royal Victoria College (RVC) will remain closed for an undetermined period of time. The approximately 80 students who live in the West Wing will be relocated to temporary living quarters.
Researchers interested in the health and wellbeing of Canadians now have a treasure trove of additional information to draw on. The first major data release from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is underway and offers data that can provide a snapshot of Canadians aged 45 to 85. The CLSA Statistical Analysis Centre based at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre plays an essential role in the management of all the information collected in the CLSA.
The Board of Governors was presented with a birthday cake and giant birthday card Monday when 10 representatives of Divest McGill attended the open portion of the Board meeting to underscore their updated petition urging the University to sell off investments connected with the fossil-fuel industry. Another group was able to watch the video feed of the meeting from the multi-media offices in Burnside Hall.
Now that the project to improve public transit service between Trudeau Airport and downtown Montreal is back on track, the borough of Saint-Laurent has put forward a proposal for a light train that would travel through its territory, specifically via Technoparc Montréal, just north of the airport. The borough asked a group of Master’s students in Urban Planning at McGill to conduct a preliminary feasibility study on setting up a light-rail system that would cross its territory.
On Friday, Jan. 16, friends, family and fans said goodbye to legendary Quebec broadcaster, Michelle Tisseyre, in an intimate memorial ceremony held at Redpath Hall. Tisseyre passed away on Dec. 21 at the age of 96. Included among the people who came to pay their respects were former Prime Minster Jean Chrétien and Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre.