Care enough to give: why your Centraide contribution is so important

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It’s midterm season, so here’s a pop quiz: McGill University has nearly 10,000 employees – people who take home a steady pay cheque. So why does the University have such a historically low rate of employee participation when it comes to Centraide, Montreal’s most important annual campaign aimed at helping those in our surrounding community who count on our help and support? Discuss in 500 words or less.

Are you confused or curious?

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By William Raillant-Clark
I’m a classic white shirt kind of guy – in fact, I’m teased by colleagues for wearing one every day, including casual Fridays – but today, like many McGillians, I’m wearing purple. Why? You may have noticed a lot of media attention lately about suicide by gay youth. Today has been nominated “by the Facebook” as a day to commemorate these victims of loneliness, confusion, and hate, by wearing purple.

Suzuki calls for radical shift in the way we live

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At Pollack Hall to promote his new book, The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision For Our Sustainable Future, legendary environmental activist David Suzuki says, among other things, that it’s time to put the “eco” back into the economy.

Confessions of an accidental sexist

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By Neale McDevitt
Over the course of my life, I have been called many things by many people. Some have been downright flattering while others have been less so, often questioning the purity of my lineage. But in all my 48 years I have never been called sexist, until two weeks ago when, in the course of one day, I was so accused, not once, but twice – by two different women here at McGill.

In defense of the vuvuzela

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By Bob Babinski Rare has been the day where somebody, somewhere in the world hasn’t complained about South Africa’s vuvuzelas. Too bad, really. I happen to think they’re fun and give expression to the people of this country.

The “Sunshine Vitamin”

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By Margaux Delattre Did you know that three minutes of exposure to the sun everyday is enough for your body to effectively synthesize Vitamin D? Or that tanning is not a sign of health but a skin reaction to the sun? And that lack of Vitamin D synthesis is a potential explanation for high rates […]

Convocation 2010: The end of one journey… and the beginning of another

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By Skyler Veazey I had considered not attending my convocation on May 28. On n’a pas été obligé d’assister à la cérémonie. So, why would I want to drive all the way back to Montreal for this two-hour ritual almost a month after my last final exam? I only truly understood the answer to this […]

Town Hall trifecta: Getting to the heart of McGill’s mission

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By Doug Sweet Talk about a broad brush. A recent series of three “academic Town Halls” featuring Principal Heather Munroe-Blum and Provost Tony Masi covered great swaths of big-issue territory and generated sometimes fervent discussion about what the University is and what it should be doing as it steps into the next decade of a […]

It does have an Off button

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Profs. Peter Todd and Henry Mintzberg offer their takes on the connected work world To anyone who works in an office, it’s quite clear the proliferation of mobile computing technologies – from BlackBerries to laptops to iPhones – has a huge effect on the way managers and other workers go about their daily business. What […]

Quebec’s Health tax – right question, wrong answer

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By Wendy Thomson With its announcement of what will ultimately be a $200 per adult person health tax and plans to introduce user fees, the Quebec budget brought the financing of our health-care system roaring back onto the public agenda. Canada’s universal health-care system needs new ideas to face a confident future, on that we […]