Quebec’s new finance minister to table first budget


Quebec’s new finance minister, Carlos Leitao, BA’79, has a way with numbers. Good thing, since he is the architect of the Liberal Party’s first budget under Premier Philippe Couillard that will be introduced later today. But the province’s faltering economy wasn’t the only thing that propelled Leitao into the political fray.

Rod Macdonald: An appreciation


On May 28, Roderick Macdonald was awarded in absentia the McGill University Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement, one of the University’s highest honours. Macdonald received the McGill Medal as part of the Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Law, where he taught thousands of students over the course of a distinguished career that spanned more than three decades.

“Being Chancellor has been a whole new life for me,” says H. Arnold Steinberg. “Nothing compares to this.”


With his mandate ending on June 30, Chancellor H. Arnold Steinberg is getting ready to officiate his last round of McGill convocations. His chancellorship is just the latest achievement for a man whose deep connections to the University span his entire adult life – including 19 years as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the McGill University-Montreal Children’s Hospital Research Institute, 10 years on the University’s Board of Governors and, with his wife, Professor emerita Blema Steinberg, playing an instrumental role in developing McGill’s renowned medical simulation centre. But, as Chancellor Steinberg tells the McGill Reporter, he doesn’t plan to be finished with McGill any time soon.

Moe Touizrar: Finding beauty in the midst of conflict


On April 8, at the concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War, there will be lots of butterflies among the more than 100 musicians who will take part. Chances are no one will be more stoked than Moe Touizrar, the doctoral student in Music Composition who was commissioned by Alain Cazes, Director of the McGill Wind Symphony to write a special piece just for this event. “It is my first commissioned piece,” says Touizrar. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Providing a safe haven for scholars at risk

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Dr. Semaghan Gashu Abebe, a law professor from Ethiopia, is an O’Brien Fellow in Residence at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) at the Faculty of Law for the 2013-14 academic year. He is also McGill’s first visitor from the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR).

The kid is alright


On Nov. 3, 23-year-old Antoine Tardif became one of Canada’s youngest mayors when he was elected mayor of Daveluyville, Quebec in a landslide. Oh yes, he won the election while completing his BA at McGill.

Anne Leahy, career diplomat, to teach course on Catholic social thought


There are plenty of critics who will tell you that the Catholic Church is outdated and is no longer relevant in modern society. Don’t tell that to world leaders, says Anne Leahy, who will teach CATH340 Catholic Social Thought in the upcoming winter semester.

Faculty profile: Ronald Niezen, Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy


Ronald Niezen, who takes on a new, interdisciplinary Chair, the Katherine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, located within both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts, is keen to start the winter semester. “The challenge of the Pearson chair is to bring some of the methodological tools of the social sciences, and of anthropology in particular, to law,” he says, “and that offers the possibility for doing something creative with legal research. In my view, the tools of social research are also a powerful way to apply the law. I would hope to offer something different, a particular understanding of the law which is less about making an impact through the law, and more about looking at what the impacts of the law are.”

Paul Desmarais and McGill


As founder and chairman of Power Corporation, Paul Desmarais, who died on October 8 at the age of 86, was known to the public as a business mogul and philanthropist. But to Montreal’s universities, especially to McGill, he was above all a friend – if by that we mean people who sympathize with each other’s goals and offer support when it’s needed. In those respects, McGill can say that Desmarais was a friend indeed.

Beatty Memorial Lecture: Architecture and the Passage of History


On Saturday, Oct. 19, well-known writer and architecture critic, Witold Rybczynski (BArch’66, MArch’72, DSc’02) will deliver the 2013 Beatty Memorial Lecture. In advance of his lecture, Rybczynski spoke to the McGill Reporter.