Trash2Treasure recycles unwanted household items to furnish refugees’ homes

In the Community

Between April 27 and May 6, volunteers from the Trash2Treasure (T2T) pilot project collected five ton – the average weight of an African elephant – of used household goods left behind by students moving out at the end of the term. Adding to that success, enough recyclable material was amassed to furnish the homes of 19 refugee families.

Fossils, cow brains, Skittles and owls on the menu for 24 Hours of Science

In the Community

People who are curious about science can participate in four public events at McGill campus starting Friday, May 11, and ending Sunday, May 13. It’s all part of  the province-wide 24 Hours of Science event.

Volunteers needed to gather data to help the homeless

In the Community

The more Montreal knows about its homeless people, the better it can help them. McGill professor Eric Latimer is leading “I count MTL 2018” (April 24-26), an extensive survey of Montreal’s homeless population. The project could yield data that will improve the delivery and effectiveness of services geared toward the city’s homeless.

McGill students help their community during Alternative Spring Break

In the Community

Organized by Social Equity and Diversity Education Office, this year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) provided McGill students with the opportunity to volunteer at local community organizations for four days during reading week.

McGillians on the frontline of literacy with Frontier College

In the Community

The Montreal branch of Frontier College, Canada’s oldest literacy organization, was launched in 1992 by Stephanie Miller, a McGill student at the time. Frontier College’s literacy tutoring programs have spread to the city’s four universities, as well as Quebec City and Sherbrooke. Since then hundreds of people have been trained to teach basic literacy, with about 20 McGillians now working as literacy volunteers.

Rolling up their sleeves for a good cause

In the Community

Yesterday, more than 60 volunteers donned hairnets, rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to make some 200 litres of hearty soup during the second MacShares event. Both varieties, a farmhouse lentil soup and a squash and apple velouté, have been donated to a variety of local charities, including Share the Warmth, the NDG Food Depot, AMCAL Family Services and Bread and Basket.

Prize-winning initiative teaches public to ‘dig’ archaeology

In the Community

In 2016, archaeologist Jennifer Bracewell was named Project Director of the Maison Nivard-de Saint-Dizier Community Archaeology Project in Verdun, in which people from the community were invited to help out with the archaeological dig. She writes about her experience.

Canada-wide movement to improve pediatric cancer treatment

Canada

In an effort to accelerate research breakthroughs and ensure a faster path to a cure for children living with resistant, recurrent or metastatic cancer, more than 30 pediatric research centres and non-profit organizations are joining forces to support the PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE (PROFYLE) program, an initiative of the Terry Fox Research Institute. This unique partnership represents $16.4 million in funding, over a quarter of which will come from Quebec.

Opening the door to new possibilities

In the Community

Raising aspirations and academic achievement for promising high school students from under-represented groups is the goal of the Explore! Careers in Health Camp that just wound up at McGill.

Take a walk on the artistic side

In the Community

Yesterday’s launch of La Balade Pour la Paix may have been a wet one, but it certainly didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm for the one-kilometre long, open-air public art exhibit. Set along Sherbrooke Street, the unique outdoor exhibit features hundreds of flags from around the world, 29 monumental sculptures and 42 photographs by Indigenous, Canadian and international artists.