Amid austerity, a boost for higher education and advanced research

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The 2010 budget of the Government of Canada has struck a difficult balance in difficult times. It proposes to continue short-term stimulus spending, and introduces medium-term austerity measures, while sustaining long-term provincial transfers. It also welcomes global competition and reduces regulation in a range of economic spheres, even as it reinforces some domestic subsidies.

One glorious day of cartwheels and back handsprings

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By Neale McDevitt My daughter Charlotte and I are watching the Olympics. She’s seven years old and a pretty good little gymnast and it’s the night before her Défi 3 – a simulated competition that gives kids her age a taste of the real thing.

Why McGill is dispensing with hand sanitizers

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By Jim Nicell Why is McGill discontinuing the installation of hand sanitizers in its buildings now that the H1N1 flu pandemic has eased?

Haitian tragedy strikes close to home

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By Jim Engle-Warnick Esther lives in Carrefour, the epicentre of the Haitian earthquake. She is three. She has been matched to my family for adoption for more than two years. Recently, we received a document with the signature of the President of Haiti, putting the adoption into its end game. It took more than a […]

Remembering Jim Lund

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By M. Catherine Bushnell James P. Lund, Dean of Dentistry at McGill from 1995 to 2008 died peacefully in his sleep on December 8, 2009. Jim gave tirelessly of his time and energy to develop within McGill Faculty of Dentistry a world-class training program and an unparalleled community outreach initiative. A champion of interdisciplinary research, […]

Centraide 2009. Now more than ever.

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360° of action…  Centraide isn’t about fundraising, it’s about social action. By Don McLean For those members of the McGill community who may be, as the Newfoundlanders so aptly put it, “from away,” Centraide is the parallel to the United Way organizations that are found in more than 100 locations across Canada, some 1,300 communities […]

December 6: Fourteen not forgotten

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By Abby Lippman On Dec. 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 […]

"The planet is getting warmer and we're doing precious little to stop it."

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By Nigel Roulet In February 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fourth assessment of the Science of Climate Change and concluded that human activity was changing Earth’s atmosphere and, as a result, its climate. It said there was a 95-per-cent chance our mean global temperature would be, by the end of the […]

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: the soundtrack of a revolution

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By Will Straw “This is a song about AIDS and safe sex,” said the lead singer of Biest, one of East Germany’s leading heavy metal bands. “We’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, but with the opening of the wall we’re going to have to start worrying about these things.”

McGill PhD student named CBIE International Student of the Year

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Editor’s Note: In October, Karron James not only successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in microbiology and immunology in the James Coulton lab, she also was named Liz Paterson International Student of the Year by the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Candidates for the award had to offer their insights into the study-in-Canada experience by submitting […]