Government-imposed cuts to universities’ operating budgets will have a profoundly detrimental impact on an education system already left vulnerable after years of underfunding, said university leaders at a press conference Friday, just 10 days before the much-debated summit on higher education to be held in Montreal Feb. 25-26.
With Monday’s floodwater receding, McGill begins to assess the damage. Among the buildings affected, the Annex of the James Building was hit hard as were a pair of the University’s green initiatives – Big Hanna, McGill’s industrial composter, and the vegetable garden of the student-led Campus Crops project.
The sixth Senate meeting of the academic year and the first of the winter term featured some brisk news about government relations and the University’s financial situation befitting the sub-zero temperatures outside. Principal Heather Munroe-Blum explained that the University could not accept the retroactive budget cuts to universities of some $124 million announced last December, which translate to more than $19 million for McGill for the months left in the current fiscal year.
McGill administrators, citing feedback from the University community, have adjusted their course on the proposal for a protocol governing demonstrations. In a statement to the McGill community issued Wednesday afternoon, Provost Anthony C. Masi and V-P (Administration and Finance) Michael Di Grappa announced that the previous protocol document, circulated to the community for feedback before the Christmas break, will not go to Senate on Jan. 23 as planned, but will be replaced by a “Statement of Values and Principles Concerning Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Peaceful Assembly.”
A first ever national championship for the hockey Redmen was just one of the highlights of 2012. The Reporter looks back on the year that was, month by month, in words and pictures.
And so we get to the end of another year that media types would describe as “event-filled.” It’s hard to think of one that hasn’t been. But McGill, and Quebec universities in general, however, may be forgiven for feeling that 2012 was perhaps more “event-filled” than usual.
From a resolution at last week’s Board of Governors’ meeting to a strongly-worded statement from Principal Heather Munroe-Blum, McGill has made clear its opposition to budget cuts recently announced abruptly by Pierre Duschene, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
The Quebec government’s sudden announcement this week that the province’s universities will have to chop about 5 per cent, or $140 million (later revealed to be $124 million), out of their current budgets over the next four months will have an impact of tens of millions of dollars on McGill’s budget, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum told Senate Wednesday.
Researchers from McGill and the Université de Montréal have identified a crucial link between protein synthesis and autism spectrum disorders, which can bolster new therapeutic avenues.