McGill grad named to Supreme Court

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McGill Law graduate Sheilah Martin (BCL81/LLB81) has been named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (BA94) to replace retiring Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin on the Supreme Court of Canada. Trudeau will name a new Chief Justice next month, his office said. McLachlin is to retire Dec. 15.

McGill commits to carbon neutrality by 2040

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Released earlier today, the Vision 2020 Climate & Sustainability Action Plan (2017-2020), designed to expand and enhance the University’s commitment to sustainability, the Action Plan also outlines a number of initiatives to lower McGill’s own carbon footprint.

McGill’s third campus takes big step

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Thanks to a significant Canada Foundation for Innovation grant for a ground-breaking project in environmental research that will link the Gault Nature Reserve with other McGill research stations in different parts of the world, McGill’s “third campus” on Mont St-Hilaire will see some big changes in the coming months.

Inclusivity the watchword for McGill Innovation Week

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The fifth annual McGill Innovation Week, from Nov. 11–18, will showcase the innovations coming from McGill while connecting the University community to the broader Montreal innovation ecosystem.

Organ competition founded by McGill professor celebrates 10th birthday

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The Canadian International Organ Competition which began Friday, Oct. 6, and which wraps up Saturday, Oct. 21, with a gala at Maison Symphonique, brings 20 competitors from 14 countries to Montreal for three rounds of competition. Three organ students at McGill’s Schulich School of Music will perform in the competition founded by Professor Emeritus, John Grew.

Alumna and breast-cancer survivor Monica Ruffo takes aim at the supplements market

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While looking into supplements as part of her treatment for breast cancer, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86) soon realized something was amiss. “I couldn’t actually understand what was written on the labels,” Ruffo says. Further research uncovered a lack of legal framework surrounding the use of the word “natural” in Canada and the U.S., and that most supplements labelled so are hardly natural at all. Even worse, the companies aren’t obligated to say where their ingredients are sourced. Ruffo knew something had to be done.

Desautels Faculty of Management signs onto UN’s PRME initiative

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The Desautels Faculty of Management has become a member of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. The faculty joins leading business and management schools from across the globe in working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

New Canadian telescope will map largest volume of space ever surveyed

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A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open the universe to a new dimension of scientific study. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, is a collaboration of 50 Canadian scientists from McGill, UBC, U of T, and the National Research Council of Canada.

Medicine welcomes new Global Health fellows

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In September, the Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship program will welcome its 2017 cohort. Shaun Cleaver and Wenhua Wang will be tackling, respectively, the impact of social policy on disabled individuals in Zambia and primary health care evaluation in China.

Masonry restoration at Macdonald Engineering Building presents unique challenges

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The Macdonald Engineering Building, rebuilt in 1907 after the original structure burned down, has been undergoing a major facelift. Although the building remains safe, both the exterior stones and the brick backing walls underneath are damaged and need to be fixed or replaced. Additionally, the roof on two of the building’s wings will be replaced.