Time for universities to lead the way on sustainability

Point of View

Jonathan Glencross, a fourth-year student at the School of the Environment, one of the architects of the University’s Sustainability Projects Fund, and winner of the Office of Sustainability’s first Emerald Key Award for the student who has advanced and institutionalized sustainability within environmental, social, and/or economic spheres in a meaningful way within the McGill community, reflects on the University’s sustainability efforts.

McGill stands firmly for tolerance – and just as strongly against hate

Point of View

Helen Keller once said, “The highest result of education is tolerance.” As an institution of highest learning, McGill University stands steadfastly for tolerance, understanding, diversity and community engagement, and resolutely against any promotion of hatred, racism or intolerance. McGill also moves quickly to protect its community when threats, or potential threats, to the safety of individuals or the institution are discovered.

McGill : pour la tolérance et contre la haine

Point of View

Helen Keller a dit : « Le meilleur aboutissement de l’éducation est la tolérance ». À titre d’institution de haut savoir, McGill appuie fermement la tolérance, la compréhension, la diversité et l’engagement communautaire. En revanche, l’Université s’oppose fermement à toute forme de promotion de la haine, du racisme et de l’intolérance. De plus, elle agit le plus rapidement possible afin de protéger sa collectivité dès qu’est perçue toute menace réelle ou potentielle mettant en danger la sécurité d’individus ou de l’institution.

Getting the genie back into the (water) bottle

Point of View

On the eve of Canada’s 2nd annual Bottled Water Free Day, the editor of the McGill Reporter tells readers why bottled water is hard to swallow.

F. Peter Cundill 1938-2011

Point of View

The following is an abbreviated version of a statement delivered on Feb. 2 in the Senate of Canada by the Honourable Michael A. Meighen on the passing of F. Peter Cundill. Senator Meighen has graciously allowed the Reporter to publish it.

When the rich and famous get sick, all who are healthy pause and reflect

Point of View

When a celebrity gets sick, it does make you stop and think about the old adages that money can’t buy happiness, that health is more important than wealth and so on. Because cancer doesn’t discriminate, illness doesn’t choose between the rich and powerful and the ordinary and meek.

And so I bid goodbye to my room with a view

Point of View

Observant readers will have noticed that the address on the Reporter masthead has changed. As of Fri., Jan. 14, the Media Relations Office, to which the Reporter belongs, will be operating out of James Administration Building as part of an effort to consolidate McGill’s diverse and scattered Public Affairs units under (almost) one roof. And while I like to think of myself as a team player, I say “efficiency be damned!” I don’t want to leave my office.

Music as roadkill in the Internet sphere

Point of View

Sandy Pearlman, the legendary rock-music producer credited with coining the term “heavy metal,” has been a visiting professor at the Schulich School of Music for the past five years. In an hour-long interview with the Reporter, Pearlman shared his views on how digitization and the Internet have turned music into essentially a free commodity. The following are excerpts from that conversation:

École Polytechnique: Mourning is not enough

Point of View

On December 6, 1989, 14 women were killed at École Polytechnique. They were killed because they were women, because they were students in an engineering program. What has come to be called the Montreal Massacre is an event we are all called upon to remember: violence against women continues to be part of our present.

A soldier’s story: to remember him is to honour him

Point of View

With Nov. 11 Remembrance Day ceremonies fast approaching, the Reporter asked Gordon Burr of the University Archives to share his Point of View with the McGill community. Burr has selected one story of a former McGill student from the War Records to help us reflect on war and remembrance.