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Reconversion de l’Hôpital Royal Victoria : Québec s’engage envers le projet de McGill

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:05

Le projet de reconversion du site de l’Hôpital Royal Victoria proposé par McGill comprend un nouvel accès piétonnier au mont Royal et 40 pour cent plus d’espaces verts grâce à l’élimination de surfaces asphaltées (comme le stationnement actuel) et à la réduction de la superficie des bâtiments. / Image : DMA Architectes

Le ministre Poëti confirme que le gouvernement du Québec partagera les coûts de l’étude de faisabilité sur le projet

Un lieu de recherche et d’enseignement alliant héritage patrimonial et modernité, offrant aux Montréalais plus d’espaces verts et un nouvel accès piétonnier au mont Royal : voilà la vision que l’Université McGill a présentée pour l’avenir du site de l’Hôpital Royal Victoria lors du forum stratégique sur les grands projets de la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain, le 13 mars dernier.

« L’Université McGill fait face à un déficit d’espace sur son campus du centre-ville reconnu par le gouvernement du Québec, et ses possibilités d’expansion sont limitées, a indiqué la principale et vice-chancelière de McGill, Suzanne Fortier. Nous avons toujours eu un intérêt particulier pour l’Hôpital Royal Victoria, étant donné sa proximité et notre affiliation historique. »

Quelque 100 000 mètres carrés de locaux seront vides à compter du 26 avril prochain, lorsque l’Hôpital Royal Victoria déménagera sur le site Glen, où se trouve le nouveau complexe du Centre universitaire de santé McGill. L’Université McGill souhaiterait convertir les deux tiers de cette superficie en espaces d’enseignement et de recherche, en préservant les édifices patrimoniaux. Le reste de l’espace pourrait accueillir des entreprises, des résidences, des instituts de recherche ou des organisations internationales. Le site offrirait notamment un nouvel accès piétonnier au mont Royal à partir de la rue University, et 40 pour cent plus d’espaces verts grâce à l’élimination de surfaces asphaltées (comme le stationnement actuel) et à la réduction de la superficie des bâtiments.

« Notre projet est avantageux tant pour Montréal que pour McGill, a souligné Olivier Marcil, vice-principal aux communications et aux relations externes de l’Université. Par l’ajout d’espaces modernes nécessaires à la réalisation de notre mission d’enseignement et de recherche, il permettra à McGill – et à Montréal – de continuer à rayonner sur la scène internationale. Il stimulera également l’économie et l’emploi en devenant l’un des plus vastes chantiers de la métropole depuis ceux des super-hôpitaux. »

L’an dernier, un groupe d’experts mandaté par le gouvernement du Québec pour se pencher sur l’avenir des bâtiments hospitaliers excédentaires recommandait d’étudier en priorité la proposition de McGill. Lors du forum, le ministre responsable de la région de Montréal, Robert Poëti, a confirmé que le gouvernement du Québec s’engage à contribuer à la réalisation d’une étude de faisabilité sur le projet de McGill. Le gouvernement et McGill y investiront chacun 4 millions de dollars. L’évaluation préliminaire réalisée par McGill établit les coûts de reconversion du site à environ 800 millions de dollars.

Visionnez cette vidéo sur le projet

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Un sirop d’érable meilleur pour la santé

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:44

En utilisant le sucrose dont est composé le sirop d’érable, une équipe de chercheurs de McGill a réussi à enrichir ce dernier de prébiotiques, des glucides qui contribuent à la santé de la flore intestinale.

Un sirop d’érable qui favorise la santé du système digestif. C’est ce qu’une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université McGill vient de concevoir. L’équipe dirigée par la professeure Salwa Karboune, du Département de sciences de l’alimentation et de chimie de l’agriculture, a mis au point un procédé qui permet d’enrichir le sirop d’érable de prébiotiques.

Les prébiotiques – à ne pas confondre avec les probiotiques, que l’on trouve dans certains yogourts, par exemple – sont une forme de glucides que l’on trouve dans les asperges, les artichauts, l’ail, les poireaux et les oignons. Ils ne sont pas digérés et demeurent donc intacts dans le côlon, où ils nourrissent les « bonnes » bactéries et contribuent à la santé de la flore intestinale.

« Les aliments comportent de très faibles quantités de prébiotiques, explique la professeure Karboune, mais grâce à la science, en concevant de nouveaux procédés enzymatiques, nous pouvons en produire. »

C’est en utilisant le sucrose dont est composé le sirop d’érable que l’équipe a réussi à enrichir ce dernier de prébiotiques. Les chercheurs ont produit une enzyme à partir du sucrose et chaque fois que l’enzyme était réintégrée au sirop d’érable, elle produisait de nouveaux prébiotiques. L’équipe a obtenu un brevet provisoire pour son procédé.

Les essais ont été réalisés avec du sirop d’érable de différentes catégories et le procédé était aussi efficace avec le sirop d’érable clair qu’avec le plus foncé, offrant ainsi de nouveaux débouchés pour cette catégorie moins populaire.

« Le sirop plus foncé peut être utilisé comme édulcorant naturel dans des gâteaux ou d’autres produits, souligne Salwa Karboune. Nous savions déjà que le sirop d’érable avait des propriétés bénéfiques, mais en l’enrichissant de prébiotiques, nous le rendons encore meilleur pour la santé. »

Cet article a été rédigé à partir d’une vidéo (en anglais) réalisée par Jacquie Rourke dans le cadre de l’émission Un regard sur l’avenir, diffusée au Canal Savoir. Pour visionner l’épisode complet sur l’avenir de notre alimentation.

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Changements climatiques : McGill rallie 60 chercheurs autour d’un plan d’action

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:32

Le groupe de chercheurs qu’a réuni Catherine Potvin a cerné 10 orientations politiques clés qui permettraient au Canada de réussir sa transition vers une économie sobre en carbone.

Catherine Potvin, professeure de biologie à McGill, a réuni des chercheurs de 30 universités canadiennes afin de proposer aux gouvernements un plan de développement durable qui faciliterait la transition du Canada vers une société sobre en carbone. L’initiative Dialogues pour un Canada vert a été lancée officiellement aujourd’hui, à Montréal. Nous en avons discuté avec elle.

D’abord, expliquez-nous en quoi consiste le projet Dialogues pour un Canada vert. 

À l’automne 2014, le secrétaire général de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a exhorté tous les chefs d’État à mettre en place des politiques plus ambitieuses en matière de changements climatiques afin d’éviter que la hausse de la température mondiale ne dépasse 2 °C avant la fin du siècle. Depuis la Conférence Rio+20, il a maintes fois appelé à une plus grande contribution des scientifiques pour la résolution de problèmes environnementaux.

C’est en réponse à cet appel que j’ai invité des collègues de 30 universités canadiennes à se joindre à moi pour lancer Dialogues pour un Canada vert. Nous souhaitons encourager le débat public sur les politiques relatives aux changements climatiques en prévision des prochaines élections fédérales et de la prochaine conférence internationale sur le climat, prévue à Paris en décembre prochain.

Que peuvent faire les Canadiens pour lutter contre les changements climatiques?

L’un des plus grands enjeux en matière d’atténuation des changements climatiques est le transport. Les Canadiens sont toutefois limités par les choix dont ils disposent, notamment les véhicules offerts sur le marché et le nombre de projets d’habitation abordables et viables situés à proximité des transports en commun. Les gouvernements ont un rôle à jouer et les électeurs doivent examiner les politiques des différents partis en matière de changements climatiques lorsqu’ils votent.

Quelles mesures clés les gouvernements pourraient-ils adopter pour lutter contre les changements climatiques?

Notre groupe a cerné 10 orientations politiques clés qui permettraient au Canada de réussir immédiatement sa transition vers une économie sobre en carbone. Deux de ces mesures sont particulièrement importantes : 1) il faut imposer dès maintenant un prix sur le carbone partout au Canada. Ce n’est pas tellement différent de la taxe sur les cigarettes. Ceux qui sont source de « pollution par le carbone » doivent être ceux qui en paient le prix. 2) Nous devons nous assurer qu’il existe des connexions électriques entre les provinces qui produisent de l’hydroélectricité et celles qui n’en produisent pas.

Les changements climatiques sont coûteux. Comment entendez-vous financer le plan d’action que vous proposez?

Premièrement, l’inaction serait coûteuse. De nombreuses études ont démontré que le coût de l’adaptation aux changements climatiques grimpera en flèche si aucune mesure n’est prise pour les réduire, ce qui signifie que l’atténuation des changements climatiques serait possible « sans coût net » si nous agissons rapidement.

Deuxièmement, la transition vers une société sobre en carbone pourrait servir à propulser l’économie canadienne vers l’avenir, à la rendre plus concurrentielle et plus durable. Bien entendu, cela signifie que certains secteurs économiques connaîtront un repli et d’autres, un essor. C’est exactement ce que l’économiste Joseph Schumpeter appelle la destruction créatrice, soit le « processus de mutation industrielle qui révolutionne sans cesse de l’intérieur la structure économique, en détruisant continuellement ses vieux éléments et en créant continuellement de nouveaux éléments ». Toutefois, dans l’ensemble, les gains économiques, environnementaux et sociaux excéderont les pertes. Les secteurs qui, vraisemblablement, bénéficieront le plus de la transition sont ceux qui tentent de s’ajuster de façon proactive.

Enfin, le Canada s’emploie actuellement à renouveler la plus grande partie des infrastructures construites dans les années 1960 et 1970. Il sera beaucoup moins coûteux d’intégrer ces stratégies d’atténuation aux nouvelles infrastructures que de corriger des erreurs dans 10 ou 15 ans.

Catherine Potvin est titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l’atténuation des changements climatiques et de la Chaire UNESCO Dialogues pour un avenir durable. 

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Le Dr Julien soumet son modèle de soins au test de la science

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:23

La création de chaires de recherche vise à mesurer l’impact du modèle de soins implanté par le Dr Gilles Julien et à favoriser l’adoption de meilleures politiques publiques.

Par Julie Fortier

Le modèle de soins implanté par le Dr Gilles Julien il y a une vingtaine d’années pour venir en aide aux enfants des milieux défavorisés est « arrivé à maturité », affirme le pédiatre social, qui souhaite maintenant en mesurer les impacts de façon scientifique.

C’est cette volonté qui a mené à l’annonce, le 26 février dernier, de la création de deux chaires de recherche en pédiatrie sociale, l’une à l’Université McGill et l’autre à l’Université de Montréal. La chaire de McGill résulte d’un partenariat entre la Fondation de l’Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants, la Faculté de médecine et la Fondation du Dr Julien, et est soutenue financièrement par le Groupe financier BMO, Ghislaine et J. Sebastian van Berkom et la Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu.

« Nous voyons les bénéfices de notre approche et nous croyons qu’elle peut changer beaucoup les façons de faire des milieux de la santé, des services sociaux et scolaires, mais pour ce faire, nous avons besoin de mesures, souligne le Dr Julien. Les mesures que nous prendrons au cours des prochaines années nous aideront à nous ajuster et aideront les décideurs des milieux politiques et économiques à effectuer les changements nécessaires pour mieux servir les enfants vulnérables. »

« Les mesures que nous prendrons au cours des prochaines années nous aideront à nous ajuster et aideront les décideurs des milieux politiques et économiques à effectuer les changements nécessaires pour mieux servir les enfants vulnérables », explique le Dr Julien.

Le modèle de pédiatrie développé par Gilles Julien et sa fondation mise sur la concertation entre les différents services et intervenants pouvant venir en aide aux enfants de communautés défavorisées : le milieu médical, les services sociaux, l’école, les parents, ainsi que les services policiers et juridiques, le tout dans les différents milieux de vie de l’enfant. Les activités des chaires de recherche seront d’ailleurs dirigées à partir du quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, là où le Dr Julien a implanté son premier centre de pédiatrie sociale.

Selon Nicolas Steinmetz, professeur à McGill, ancien directeur général de l’Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants et lui-même pionnier en pédiatrie sociale, les résultats obtenus par le Dr Julien sont concluants : « l’approche multiprofessionnelle et multisectorielle que le Dr Julien et son équipe ont mise en place permet de réduire, de renverser et de prendre en charge les problèmes physiques et fonctionnels du cerveau [d’enfants qui ont subi des stress liés à la pauvreté] », dit-il.

De nombreuses études ont démontré que l’environnement social modifie les connexions cérébrales et l’expression des gènes. Les effets néfastes sont nombreux, rappelle le Dr Steinmetz : cerveau plus petit, quotient intellectuel moins élevé et troubles cognitifs allant du déficit de l’attention et des difficultés d’apprentissage aux comportements violents. Les stress liés à la pauvreté augmentent également les risques de souffrir de maladies chroniques à l’âge adulte et réduisent l’espérance de vie.

La Chaire Nicolas Steinmetz – Gilles Julien de pédiatrie sociale en communauté de la Fondation de l’Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants et de McGill se penchera notamment sur les enjeux auxquels sont confrontés les enfants issus d’un milieu vulnérable, les facteurs sociaux contribuant à la santé et au bien-être, la défense des droits des enfants et l’élaboration de politiques sociales.

« Nous devons nous rendre compte que les enfants sont la matière première la plus importante dans le monde, conclut le Dr Steinmetz. On ne peut plus continuer à perdre près du tiers de nos enfants parce qu’on ne s’occupe pas du milieu dans lequel ils grandissent ».

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Brubeck à l’apéro

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:14

Le saxophoniste Rémi Bolduc présente un concert hommage à Dave Brubeck dans le cadre de la série « Jazz à l’heure de pointe ».

La fin de l’année universitaire approche, tout comme la fin de la saison de concerts de l’École de musique Schulich. Ne manquez pas les prochains concerts du secteur jazz :

Le jeudi 26 mars, à 17 h 30, Rémi Bolduc, directeur du secteur jazz à McGill et considéré comme l’un des meilleurs saxophonistes de jazz au Canada, présentera des extraits de son dernier disque, un hommage au pianiste et compositeur américain Dave Brubeck. Le concert est présenté dans le cadre de la série « Jazz à l’heure de pointe » de l’École de musique Schulich.

Venez également entendre l’Orchestre de jazz II, dirigé par Ron Di Lauro, le lundi 23 mars, à 19 h 30, et l’Orchestre de jazz I, dirigé par Andy King, le mercredi 1er avril, à 19 h 30.

Pour chacun de ces concerts, les billets sont offerts au coût de 15 $ ou de 10 $ (étudiants et aînés). Vous pouvez vous les procurer en ligne ou sur place.

Pour consulter le calendrier complet des événements présentés par l’École de musique Schulich.

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Avez-vous déjà fait évaluer votre audition?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:06

Les 20 et 24 mars prochain, profitez d’évaluations de l’audition gratuites offertes par des étudiants de McGill

Par Neale McDevitt

Le vendredi 20 mars et le mardi 24 mars prochain, de 10 h 30 à 18 h, des séances gratuites de dépistage auditif seront offertes au public (adultes et enfants de plus de trois ans), au 2001, avenue McGill College. Les tests seront réalisés par des étudiants en orthophonie de l’École des sciences de la communication humaine. Une audiologiste sera sur place pour répondre aux questions.

Les participants seront invités à porter un casque d’écoute, puis à écouter des sons de diverses fréquences, car il est possible de présenter une perte auditive pour les sons de certaines hauteurs tonales (habituellement de haute fréquence) et pas les autres. Ceux dont les résultats se situeront en dehors de la plage des valeurs normales seront dirigés vers des spécialistes pour une évaluation auditive complète.

Selon l’audiologiste Liliane Brunetti, qui enseigne à McGill, ce type de dépistage devrait être effectué à plusieurs moments décisifs de la vie d’une personne. Ainsi, les enfants devraient être soumis à un test de dépistage auditif avant d’entrer à la maternelle. « Bien souvent, on découvre que les enfants qui éprouvent des difficultés en première, deuxième ou troisième année présentent des problèmes auditifs, précise-t-elle. Il est malheureux de voir des enfants obtenir de mauvais résultats à l’école en raison d’un problème qui aurait pu être réglé plus tôt.»

Les gens devraient également passer un test de dépistage au début de la vingtaine afin d’obtenir des données qui pourront servir de référence pour les tests qui seront effectués plus tard. Le test de dépistage gratuit offert par McGill pourrait permettre d’obtenir ces données de référence.

« Généralement, la plupart des gens qui présentent des problèmes auditifs sont âgés, mais notre clientèle compte de plus en plus de jeunes patients, affirme Liliane Brunetti. Nous voyons maintenant des gens dans la vingtaine qui présentent des problèmes auditifs semblables à ceux d’ouvriers ayant travaillé pendant 30 ans dans des usines ou des ateliers de mécanique très bruyants. »

Les principaux coupables de cette chute drastique de l’âge des personnes malentendantes? Les casques d’écoute et les écouteurs-boutons. Ces dispositifs ne sont pas dangereux en soi. Le problème est l’utilisation dont les gens en font : ils mettent le volume trop fort.

Selon l’audiologiste Liliane Brunetti, de plus en plus de jeunes adultes souffrent de problèmes d’audition car ils écoutent de la musique forte avec des casques d’écoute ou des écouteurs-boutons.

« En général, le port d’un casque d’écoute ou d’écouteurs-boutons est pire que l’écoute de la musique dans un espace ouvert. Comme ces dispositifs ferment le canal auditif, le niveau de pression acoustique demeure emprisonné dans un très petit espace plutôt que d’être dispersé dans l’ensemble de la pièce, explique Mme Brunetti. Les cellules auditives de la cochlée sont alors lésées. Comme notre organisme compte quelques millions de ces cellules, nous ne remarquons pas tout de suite l’apparition de problèmes auditifs. Toutefois, après un certain temps, il devient impossible de les ignorer. Une fois les cellules auditives endommagées, on ne peut plus revenir en arrière. »

Et, bien entendu, il s’agit d’un cercle vicieux. Lorsque l’acuité auditive d’une personne se détériore, elle augmente naturellement le volume de la musique qu’elle écoute.

Ironiquement, nous entendons très peu parler de problèmes auditifs, même s’ils constituent l’une des affections chroniques qui connaît aujourd’hui la croissance la plus rapide chez les Canadiens.

Selon Statistique Canada, plus d’un million de Canadiens font état d’une invalidité auditive, soit 50 pour cent plus que le nombre de personnes signalant des problèmes visuels. D’autres études indiquent que le nombre réel de cas pourrait atteindre trois millions ou plus de Canadiens d’âge adulte, car ceux qui souffrent de problèmes auditifs sous-estiment souvent leur état.

Une partie du problème tient au fait que de nombreuses personnes ignorent qu’elles ont un problème d’audition. « Comme la perte auditive survient très graduellement, certaines personnes ne se rendent pas compte qu’elles entendent moins bien, affirme Mme Brunetti. Elles se mettent alors à augmenter le volume de leur télévision ou de leur musique, ou à parler plus fort que d’habitude. Bien souvent, ce sont des gens de leur entourage qui sont les premiers à remarquer un changement. »

Entre-temps, il existe de nombreuses mesures que les gens peuvent adopter afin de protéger leur ouïe. Si vous devez porter un casque d’écoute, Liliane Brunetti recommande d’utiliser un modèle antibruit qui bloque les bruits extérieurs, réduisant ainsi le besoin de hausser le volume.

Les personnes exposées à un milieu bruyant devraient porter un dispositif de protection auditive, qu’il s’agisse de conduire une motoneige ou d’utiliser une scie à chaîne. « Le simple fait de tondre la pelouse contribue à détruire les cellules auditives de la cochlée, souligne Mme Brunetti. Pas un grand nombre chaque fois, mais après avoir tondu votre pelouse pendant 10 ans, vous remarquerez une perte d’audition qui ne serait pas survenue si vous aviez porté un dispositif de protection chaque fois. »

Bien sûr, il faut éviter d’écouter de la musique excessivement forte. S’il vous est impossible d’éviter de vous exposer aux décibels, protégez-vous. « Les bouchons d’oreille haute-fidélité pour musiciens sont maintenant très populaires, et je vois de plus en plus de jeunes se présenter à nos bureaux et en faire expressément la demande, affirme Mme Brunetti. Ceux qui fréquentent les bars ou qui sont membres d’un groupe musical devraient également porter des bouchons d’oreille pour musiciens, car au bout d’une dizaine d’années, ils subiront une perte auditive. »

Pour lire d’autres articles du numéro de mars, cliquez ici.

 

Guerre 1914-1918 : McGill au front

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:57

Près de 145 000 patients seront soignés par le personnel de l’Hôpital général canadien no 3 entre 1915 et 1919.

Une exposition présentée par la Bibliothèque de McGill rappelle la contribution de l’Hôpital général canadien no 3 pendant la Première Guerre mondiale

Lorsque la Première Guerre mondiale éclate, le Dr Herbert Stanley Birkett, doyen de la Faculté de médecine de McGill, décide de mettre en place un hôpital en France. L’Hôpital général canadien no 3 s’établit d’abord à Dannes-Camiers, en août 1915, puis à Boulogne, de 1916 à 1919.

L’hôpital comptait 1 040 lits et était situé derrière les lignes de front. Ses responsables étaient issus des rangs de la Faculté de médecine de McGill et étaient secondés par des étudiants en médecine et d’autres bénévoles. Les infirmières avaient pour leur part été formées à l’École des sciences infirmières de l’Hôpital général de Montréal et de l’Hôpital Royal-Victoria. Pendant quatre ans, il accueillera 143 762 malades et blessés, et son personnel réalisera 11 395 interventions chirurgicales.

Un exemplaire manuscrit du poème de John McCrae, In Flanders Fields (Au champ d’honneur) figure parmi les pièces de l’exposition.

Cet événement est présenté jusqu’au 15 juin 2015 à la Bibliothèque des sciences humaines et sociales, dans le hall du rez-de-chaussée du Pavillon de la Bibliothèque McLennan. Pour consulter les heures d’ouverture.

Parallèlement à l’exposition consacrée à l’Hôpital général canadien no 3, la Bibliothèque présente, au 4e étage du même pavillon, des lettres, photographies et journaux intimes légués par la famille Lighthall, une famille montréalaise et mcgilloise dont les membres ont contribué de différentes façons aux efforts entourant la Première Guerre mondiale.

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PM extends Johnston’s term as Governor General by two years

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:22

The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. / Photo: Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has extended the five-year mandate of Governor General David Johnston by two years. Johnston’s term of office will now run until 2017. Harper said the extension will allow Johnston to take part in many of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Harper praised Johnston for being an energetic promoter of a smart and caring nation, with a focus on innovation, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and active living. “His Excellency David Johnston has been an exceptional Governor General and Commander-in-Chief, working tirelessly to advance the interests of Canadians and to promote a greater understanding of our great country, both at home and abroad,” said the prime minister. “He has made remarkable contributions to Canada in his role as the Queen’s representative in Canada, performing his duties with dignity, wisdom and aplomb. I look forward to him continuing his fine work in this critical role.”

Johnston became Canada’s 28th Governor General on Oct. 8, 2010. Prior to his installation, Johnston enjoyed a distinguished career as a lawyer, academic and university administrator, serving as McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor from 1979 to 1994.

 

 

Get the new SafeMcGill App

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:01

The University Safety team has launched a new app for Apple and Android devices. The SafeMcGill app offers a variety of safety tools and has the ability to send McGill health and safety alerts directly to your cellphone as push notifications. All you have to do is download and enable push notifications! Get more information.

 

Canadian Tri-Agencies introduce new open access policy

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:57

On Feb. 27, Canada’s three major research funding agencies – the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – announced a new harmonized Open Access Policy on Publications that requires research publications supported by public funds to be made openly available for the benefit of the community at large. For more information regarding the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy, compliance information, and how the Library & Archives can help to make your work open access click here.

Quebec supports feasibility study for McGill’s Royal Vic project

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:38

An artist’s conception of a revamped Royal Vic. / Image courtesy of DMA Architectes

By Doug Sweet

The Quebec government will help support a feasibility study to examine McGill’s proposal to develop the soon-to-be-vacant Royal Victoria Hospital into modern academic and research space, a forum on major Montreal projects was told Friday.

Robert Poëti, Minister of Transport and Minister for the Montreal Region, told the forum sponsored by the Chambre de Commerce du Montréal Métropolitain/Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, that the government will work with McGill to launch what is expected to be a $8-million, year-long study of a project that could cost about $800 million by the time it’s completed in 2021-22, coinciding with McGill’s 200th anniversary. The government will contribute $4 million to the study, while McGill will contribute the remaining amount.

Principal Suzanne Fortier and Olivier Marcil, Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) presented the project to the forum first thing Friday morning and showed a video (see below) outlining McGill’s vision for the old hospital’s future use.

Prof. Fortier said the project, which encompasses about 110,000 square feet of space, is vital for a university suffering a substantial space deficit. As well, she said, McGill and the Vic share considerable history and the location is a natural extension of the University’s downtown campus.

Under McGill’s current proposal, some buildings with little or no heritage value, would be demolished and, without adding to the footprint on Mount Royal, be replaced by modern, less-intrusive structures that would provide state-of-the-art teaching and research space. Acquiring the Royal Vic could also provide McGill with an opportunity to build the large, modern auditorium, suitable for events like Convocation, that it has sought for years.

Prof. Fortier noted that McGill’s plans for the Royal Vic not only address academic needs, but also serve the interests of the Montreal community.

Marcil said he was thoroughly pleased with the response to the project at the Chambre de Commerce event.

“It was very positive,” he said in an interview after the presentation. “I think people appreciate the fact we’re offering to provide more green space on the site, better access to Mount Royal for the general public, and have the heritage buildings preserved and used in a way that is appropriate to their original vocation.

“While we are pleased to see the support, but, as the Principal noted, we need to be mindful of all the unknowns we may encounter as this process proceeds. We will not rush blindly ahead; we will be objective and realistic in evaluating what this project could mean for McGill and for Montreal.”

In an interview with The Reporter last year, Provost Anthony C. Masi outlined some of the advantages for McGill.

“When we started our strategic planning exercise over five years ago, looking at the strengths and aspirations of the University, one of the first things we did was look at space requirements over time,” Masi said. “What struck us is that every faculty is under-spaced and, as a consequence, we thought that, over the next 10 years, even if the number of students at the University remained constant, the requirements of additional space for projects, laboratories and the modern way of thinking about learning spaces would require upwards of half a million to a million more square feet.”

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What’s that? Did you say free hearing screening?

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:24

Public invited to have their hearing tested

By Neale McDevitt

Loud music causing deafness is one of parenting’s time-honoured nags, right up there with the perils running with scissors and poking out someone’s eye with a pointy stick. As adults looking back with both eyes and all our appendages, most of us would agree that the dangers of scissors and sticks may have been exaggerated somewhat. But the loud music? It looks like our parents were onto something there.

“Traditionally, most of the people with hearing problems are elderly, but increasingly we’re seeing younger and younger patients,” says Liliane Brunetti, an Audiologist at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre and a part-time professor at McGill’s School of Communication and Science Disorders. “Now we’re seeing people in their 20s with auditory problems that are the kind seen in people who had been working in loud factories or machine shops for 30 years.”

The No.1 culprit for this drastic shift in demographics among the hearing impaired? Headphones and ear buds.

The devices themselves aren’t dangerous. The problem is in user error; namely to much volume.

Audiologist Liliane Brunetti says more and more young adults are suffering ear damage as a result of listening to loud music with headphones or ear buds.

“Headphones in general, whether they are buds or standard headphones, are worse than listening to music in an open space. It closes the ear canal so all the sound pressure level is trapped in a very tight space as opposed to being dissipated throughout the whole room,” says Brunetti. “The hair cells in the cochlea become damaged. Because we have millions of hair cells we don’t notice any problems initially. But over time we reach a point where we see a difference. Once the hair cells are damaged there is no turning back.”

Ironically, we hear very little about hearing problems even though it is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians today.

According to Statistics Canada, more than 1 million Canadians reported having some sort of hearing-related disability, more than 50 per cent greater than the number of people reporting problems with their eyesight. Other studies indicate that the true number may reach three million or more Canadian adults, as those suffering from hearing problems often under-report their condition.

Part of the problem is that many people don’t know they have a hearing problem. “Because it happens so gradually, some people are aware of any loss of hearing,” says Brunetti. “They might start to turn up the volume for their television or their music, or they begin to talk louder than normal. Often it is the people around them who mention something first.”

But on Friday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 24, Brunetti will be helping oversee free hearing screenings for the public. The screenings will be conducted by Speech and Language Pathology students of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the lobby of 2001 McGill College.

Using headphones, people will listen to sounds of different frequencies because it is possible to have a hearing loss at one pitch (usually high frequency) and not the others. People who fall outside the normal range will be referred for a complete hearing evaluation.

Brunetti says this type of screening should be done at several critical moments of a person’s life. Children should undergo hearing screening before entering kindergarten. “Quite often, kids who are having trouble in Grades 1, 2 or 3 are found to have some sort of hearing problem,” she says. “It’s unfortunate to see kids struggling in school because of something that could’ve been resolved early.”

People should also be screened again in their early 20s to establish a baseline against which future screenings can be measured. The free screenings at McGill would help establish this baseline.

In the meantime, there are a number of different things people can do to protect their hearing. If you must use headphones, Brunetti suggests using noise cancellation headphones to block outside noise, thereby reducing the need to crank up the volume.

People exposed to noisy environments should wear some sort of ear protection. This includes riding your snowmobile or using a chainsaw. “Mowing your lawn is killing the hair cells in your cochlea,” says Brunetti. “Not a great number each time, but after 10 years of mowing your lawn you’re going to start noticing a hearing loss that you would not have had you been wearing protective equipment at the time.”

And, of course, avoid excessively loud music. Or, if you can’t avoid it, protect yourself. “High-fidelity musician’s earplugs are very popular now and I’m seeing more and more young people come in and asking for them specifically,” says Brunetti. “Whether people are in bars a lot or in a band, they should get musician’s earplugs because, without them, if you’re playing in a band for 10 years, your hearing will be shot.

Free hearing screenings will be available to the public (including children over three years old) on Friday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the lobby of 2001 McGill College Avenue. An Audiologist will be on site to answer any questions.

 

Bravo gala celebrates research excellence

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:02

Principal Suzanne Fortier, Chancellor Michael A. Meighen and Rosie Goldstein, Vice-Principal Research and International Relations, were on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of McGill researchers at last week’s Bravo gala. / Photo: Owen Egan

By Meaghan Thurston

World-renowned neuropsychologist Dr. Brenda Milner was among the 75 laureates, the winners of major provincial, national and international prizes, honoured on March 12 at Bravo, McGill’s premier celebration of research excellence. In 2014, Dr. Milner was awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize and the Dan David Prize for her outstanding contributions to neuroscience.

Among those also celebrated were Dr. Nahum Sonenberg for the Wolf Prize in medicine, which he won for his pioneering work in the discovery of the key protein regulators that control protein synthesis; Professors Aashish Clerk and Madukar Pai were applauded for receiving memberships to the Royal College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists for achievements in physics and epidemiology; and Myriam Denov was applauded for being awarded the Trudeau Fellowship for her work developing programs for youth and families attempting to resettle after surviving war

A complete listing of Bravo honourees is available here.

The tenth annual event attracted upwards of 300 guests, including researchers and their families and friends, faculty members, students, as well as members of McGill’s academic leadership. Guests enjoyed music provided by students of the Schulich School of Music and browsed poster presentations of the award winning research.

In her opening remarks, host Dr. Rosie Goldstein, Vice-Principal Research and International Relations, reflected on the importance of recognizing McGill’s research excellence and the community-effort that goes into major national and international prizes and awards nominations: “Together, Bravo’s laureates make a convincing argument for dedicating both the time and the resources to promoting major national and international prizes and awards, as well as for the tremendous amount of work done in the background – a labour of love that often goes unnoticed.”

Principal Suzanne Fortier, speaking at the presentation of the award honours, highlighted the special qualities that set an award-winning researcher apart from the pack – “courage, resilience and determination.”

Headway research magazine, also celebrating its tenth anniversary, was launched at the event. Headway magazine will be available soon in various locations around campus and online.

 

 

Reducing cancer-related fatigue one step at a time

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:44

Physical activity shows promise in reducing cancer-related fatigue, according to a team of McGill researchers. The trick is to find the balance between pushing it too hard and not hard enough.

Low-intensity exercise program builds scarce resources of people with cancer

By Cynthia Lee

“Not too little and not too much” physical activity shows promise in reducing cancer-related fatigue, according to a team of McGill researchers.

Fatigue is one of the most pervasive symptoms associated with cancer, adding to distress and affecting everyday life, yet little research has been done into how to deal with the problem. Now, Nancy Mayo, a professor in the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, is tackling the challenge. In a recent pilot study, she implemented a personalized walking exercise program over an eight-week period for 26 people with advanced cancer, in an effort to reduce their level of fatigue.

“We tailored individualised walking programs based on each participants’ current walking status, which was measured using a pedometer and progressed according to their individual fatigue level,” says Mayo, who is also a researcher at the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

“For example, participants who walked less than 5,000 steps per day were to increase their daily steps by 10 per cent every week,” explains Mayo, “If fatigue remained the same or improved, the number of steps was to be increased. If the individual’s fatigue level worsened, no increase; if fatigue levels worsened for two weeks in a row, the steps were to be decreased by the same amount as the increase.”

Participants completed a daily fatigue diary, and received a weekly standardized telephone call to ascertain fatigue level.

“We found the effect on fatigue was quite strong; walking promoted better physical function, and enhanced overall well-being,” adds Mayo. “Interestingly, shorter bouts of low intensity exercise and shorter duration overall had a promising effect on cancer related fatigue. This is compatible with the theory of emphasizing the need to build, not deplete, resources.

“While our small study showed promise, more testing is needed in a full study,” Mayo says. She has applied to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to continue this valuable work.

 

Hoop dream ends with second-place finish

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 14:33

Mariam Sylla was named as McGill’s player of the game in the CIS gold medal contest against Windsor.

By Ryne Bondy & Earl Zukerman

Korissa Williams scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the No.1-ranked Windsor Lancers defeated third-seeded McGill 60-47 to capture their fifth consecutive Bronze Baby trophy as CIS champions in women’s basketball, Sunday, at the PEPS Centre on the campus of Université Laval.

McGill’s silver-medal result was the best-ever finish at the CIS tourney for the Martlets, whose previous best was a bronze medal in 1996, also in Quebec City. The Martlets, who captured the RSEQ league crown for the fourth straight season, finished with a 26-5 record overall, including a 15-1 first-place standing atop the Quebec conference.

“Definitely not satisfied. We didn’t come down here to win silver, we came down to win gold and I thought we had a team that could,” said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne. “But now this about reflecting and overall we had a tremendous run and we should celebrate this season as a whole.”

McGill’s player of the game was Mariam Sylla, who registered her 13th “double-double” of the season, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Alex Kiss-Rusk also added 10 points to go along with eight boards, while Gabriela Hebert had nine and 10, respectively. Hebert was the only member of the Martlets named to the all-tournament team.

“We knew it was going to be a grind,” added Thorne. “They were a disciplined team, they knew what they were looking for. Their experience and their discipline came through and I think that was the difference in the game. To be the best, we have to be more disciplined and follow the game-plan and stick with it for 40 minutes. No one is going to give it to you.”

McGill, which boasted the top-ranked defence in the country – allowing 50.5 points-per game – did a good job of keeping the nation’s top offence in check, holding the Lancers well below their 80.5 points-per game average. The struggle for the Martlets instead, came on the offensive side of the ball where they shot an ice cold 19-for-72 (26.4 per cent) from the field and 3-for-13 (23.1 per cent) from long range, easily their most lethargic performance of the season. Windsor shot 37 per cent from the floor and an impressive 44.4 from three-point land.

“Pre-game we talked about not helping off their shooters,” said Thorne. “I think we came off too many shooters and they made us pay. A couple of three-pointers really changed the momentum of the game.”

The Lancers also did a masterful job getting to the foul-line. They went 16-for-23 from the stripe while McGill only had six attempts converting all of them. Williams, who was named as the tournament’s most valuable player, was especially crafty at drawing fouls as she founded herself at the line 13 times, sinking nine of them.

Windsor had two other players reach double digit figures in scoring as Emily Prevost and Cheyanne Roger had 12 and 10, respectively. Roger was named player of the game for the Lancers as the majority of her points came at key moments down the stretch. The Windsor big also pulled down eight rebounds and had one steal.

The first quarter was marked early-on by constant pressure from Windsor that wore McGill down and by the end of the period, the Ontario champions were up 21-10.

McGill gained momentum in the second frame, after a pair of three-pointers from Dianna Ros and Carolann Cloutier that brought the Lancers lead back down to seven. However, Windsor responded with a three of their own from Caitlyn Longmuir and the teams went into the intermission break with Windsor ahead 34-26.

The second half started much the same as the second quarter, with the Martlets scoring early to close the gap to 34-32. But the Lancers once again responded, going on an 8-0 run. Williams continued to set the pace for both teams, accumulating 21 points after 30 minutes. Windsor took a 45-38 lead into the final stanza.

The Martlets narrowed  the gap to five points, but as hard as McGill tried, the Lancers never cracked under the pressure en route to the 13-point victory.

Windsor now equals a record set by Laurentian, who also won five consecutive national titles between 1975 and 1979.

Williams and fellow fifth-year player Jocelyn LaRocque have now raised the Bronze Baby trophy in each of their past five seasons, a feat never before accomplished.

MARTLET MURMURS: Graduating seniors who have worn the McGill jersey for the last time include Carolann Cloutier, an educational psychology major from St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que., plus Tiye Traore a science senior in kinesiology who hails from Sudbury, Ont., and Marie-Pier Bastrash, a medical student from Trois-Rivieres.

Championship website.
 
Official boxscore.
 

Alternative Spring Break: Students give back

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:53

Shivana Mohammed with a participant at the St-Antoine 50+ Centre. / Photo: Jennifer Yang.

By Neale McDevitt

While thousands of North American students spent March Break basking in the sun in warm southern climes, Andrea Terceros, spent much of her week wandering around – and sometimes getting lost in – Montreal’s icy streets.

But the first-year biology student’s travels weren’t aimless – she was armed with a backpack stocked with food and was helping Santropol Roulant deliver much-needed meals to Montrealers with limited mobility, mostly seniors. “Monday it was really cold and we walked for about three hours and a half. We got lost but we managed to deliver all the meals. Seeing the clients’ smiles made all the effort worth it,” said Terceros. “In fact, we were told by the Santropol staff members that we might be the only persons some of our clients [mostly seniors] would see during the entire day. Having that in mind, the cold and long walks didn’t matter.”

Terceros was participating in Alternative Spring Break (ASB), an initiative organized by McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education Office SEDE in collaboration with Campus Life & Engagement. Running from March 2-6, ASB provided McGill students with the chance to engage with the Montreal community through five days of volunteering, learning and interacting with people outside the University bubble.

Gul Saeed and Sophia Metcalf volunteering at Maison de l’Amitie. / Photo: Tatyana Olal.

According to Veronica Amberg, SEDE Associate Director, ASB 2015 was a huge success. “This is the second year we ran ASB and we had 57 participants – up over six times from last year’s nine participants,” she said. “The program has expanded to include volunteer placements in eleven different organizations across Montreal.”

This year, students also could earn a credit for participating in ASB. In partnership with McGill’s School of Continuing Studies’ Personal and Cultural Enrichment Program, a one-credit course is offered – called Topics in Volunteerism and Community Development – which complements the service learning that occur throughout the ASB experience.

Of course, credits are appreciated, but Amberg says the real goal is to “immerse students in social justice topics by working with community groups and organizations.”

For Terceros, the ASB experience not only opened her eyes to the challenges faced by many seniors, it has inspired her to help even more. “I definitely want to continue volunteering but in a more direct aspect,” she says. “I want to join a program where I can participate organizing and helping carrying out various events for seniors: such as a reading club, a board games evening, arts and crafts lessons, among others. I want to work more closely with seniors in order to integrate them into the community and put an end to the isolation they face.

“I highly encourage people to volunteer, not only students but also the general public,” continues Terceros. “Volunteering is not only beneficial to the community, it is also a reciprocal learning experience. By giving your time, you will witness the realities of various social groups and help create change in their lives, no matter how small your contribution. However, the change also occurs in your life – you become more patient, open minded, sympathetic and conscious.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western blanks McGill 5-0 in CIS hockey finals

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:39

Dejected members of the McGill Martlets following the team’s 5-0 loss to Western at the CIS women’s hockey championships. / Photo: David Moll, courtesy of the University of Calgary.

By Earl Zukerman

Goaltender Kelly Campbell of St. Thomas, Ont., made 38 saves as the second-seeded Western Mustangs stunned top-ranked McGill 5-0 to capture their first-ever CIS women’s hockey championship, Sunday, at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

The heavily-favoured and high-powered Martlets, who had made appearances in six of the last eight national finals, dominated and outshot Western 38-15 but were turned aside at every opportunity by Campbell, the tournament MVP who saved 93 of 94 shots in the three-game tourney. She backstopped Western to a 3-1 win over Moncton on Friday, then posted back-to-back shutouts over Montreal (2-0 on Saturday) and McGill, the top two-ranked offences in the nation.

“There’s no way to describe this feeling,” said Campbell, who was named a first-team All-Canadian netminder on the eve of the tourney. “We’ve worked so hard as a team over the past year and we have the team behind me, I knew we had it the entire time and to get this win against McGill is incredible.

“They did [get a lot of shots] but the shots weren’t too bad as my team was blocking a few and keeping them wide so overall I wasn’t too worried about it.”

The OUA champion Mustangs, making their first-ever appearance at Nationals, became only the third Ontario-based team to win the Golden Path Trophy and the first in a decade since the CIS championship was initiated in 1998. The only other Ontario squads to accomplish that feat were Toronto (2001) and Laurier (2005).

“This was obviously not the result we were hoping for,” said Peter Smith, head coach of the RSEQ champion Martlets.  “It was one of those games where we just couldn’t seem to catch a bounce or a break. I’m the first one to say that you make your breaks. We had lots of chances but their goalie was terrific and I give Western credit. They played hard.

“We were getting pucks to the net but we weren’t getting opportunities. They did a really good job of keeping us away from the net and to the outside so we didn’t get a lot of chances and with that goalie, I think that’s what you have to do. She’s going to stop everything that she can see. We had a hard time getting to the net.”

Western defenceman Anthea Lasis was credited with the game-winning tally, on only their second shot of the game, a power-play wrist-shot from the blueline at 12:19 of the opening period.

Early in the second period, the Mustangs upped the count to 3-0 on a pair of goals by Stacey Scott and Stacey Scott at 2:48 and 5:15, prompting a goaltending change for McGill. Starter Taylor Hough, a junior from Toronto, who suffered her first loss in six CIS tourney games, conceded three goals on seven shots. She was replaced by sophomore Brittany Smrke of Oakville, Ont., who was also beaten on the second shot she faced — by Kendra Broad at 9:42 of the second — and ended up with six saves on on eight shots the rest of the way.

Trailing 4-0 McGill with 4:52 remaining in the third period, McGill pulled Smrke for an extra attacker and spent much of the remainder of the game inside the Mustangs zone but to no avail. Casey Rosen rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal at 19:02 of the final frame.

Western went 2-for-5 on the man-advantage, while McGill was 0-for-3. The aforementioned Broad and McGill’s Katia Clement Clement-Heydra, were named players of the game for their respective teams.

“It’s disappointing but I’ve got to give our girls credit, they played hard all the way to the end, regardless of the score,” added Smith, whose troops finished with a 27-14-0 record overall, including a 21-7 mark against CIS opponents and a 16-4 first-place finish in the RSEQ conference. “But win or lose that final game, I’m still proud of them. They worked hard all year, had a number of speed bumps over the course of the year, learned from them and got better.”

The University of Calgary will again host the CIS women’s hockey championship in 2016.

MARTLET MURMURS: Two members of the Martlets were named to the CIS all-tournament team, namely defencemanKelsie Moffatt and forward Gabrielle Davidson, both of them named earlier in the week as second-team All-Canadians… The Martlets are expecting to lose five players to graduation, each of whom have suited up for five seasons… Leading the way is team captain Katia Clement-Heydra, an industrial relations senior and two-time All-Canadian centre who ranks second on the team’s all-time list for games played (206), fourth in goals (121), second in assists (177) and third in points (298)…  Alternate captain Leslie Oles, a physical education major and four-time all-star winger, ranks third in games (199), third in goals (144), fifth in assists (149), fourth in points (293) and first in penalty minutes (324)… Forward Logan Murray, a major in world religions, posted a career record of 19-38-57 in 188 games… Losses on the blueline includeMichelle Daigneault and Adrienne Crampton, both alternate captains… Daigneault, an arts senior majoring in psychology, had an 8-49-57 record in 195 contests… Crampton, who missed the last 21 games with an injury, will graduate with a science degree in kinesiology. She has an 8-22-30 record in 176 career outings.

Official boxscore

TOURNAMENT HONOURS

All-Tournament Team:
Goaltender: Kelly Campbell, Western
Defenceman: Katelyn Gosling, Western
Defenceman: Kelsie Moffatt, McGill
Forward: Kendra Broad, Western
Forward: Gabrielle Davidson, McGIll
Forward: Alex Normore, St. FX

Championship MVP: Kelly Campbell, Western

Martlets advance to CIS basketball title game for first time in history

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 08:12

Following yesterday’s thrilling overtime winner in the semifinals, the Martlets will play for CIS national final for the first time in school history today.

By Ryne Bondy & Earl Zukerman

Fifth-year point-guard Dianna Ros of Montreal, scored a team-high dozen points and All-Canadian Mariam Sylla knocked down the winning bucket as No.3 McGill rallied to edge second-seeded UBC 59-57 in a semifinal overtime thriller at the  CIS Final Eight women’s basketball, held at the PEPS Centre, Saturday.

The Martlets (2-0) advance to today’s CIS national final for the first time in school history, where they will meet the top-seeded Windsor Lancers (2-0), a team that defeated McGill 55-48 in Windsor over the Christmas holidays. The Lancers are looking for their fifth straight Bronze Baby trophy in a 1 p.m. (Eastern) tipoff that will be both televised and streamed live on Sportsnet 360. McGill’s previous best result at Nationals was a bronze medal finish at the 1996 tourney, which was also held in Quebec City.

McGill overcame a 50-44 deficit with six minutes remaining in regulation time in a game that featured 12 lead changes.

“It was exciting, we were playing against a really disciplined team,” said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne, recently named as the RSEQ coach of the year, for the fifth time. “It was like a heavyweight boxing match. We got up, they fought back, then they got up, we fought back. This is what happens when there are two really good teams out there.

“We fell asleep a few times and when you do that, a team well-coached that executes as good as UBC will make you pay for it. That’s what kind of got us into that overtime situation.”

Two-time Canada West conference MVP Kris Young had a chance to tie the game in the dying seconds of the extra session but her contested shot came up short. Young also had a chance to win the game late in regulation but Marika Guerin, a freshman from Sorel, Que., stole the ball as the UBC star drove to the basket with a few seconds left to play.

Ros, who was named as McGill’s player of the game, played all 45 minutes and was the only Martlet to reach double digits in scoring. The 5-foot-7 co-captain also dished out six assists, snagged three rebounds and had one steal.

“In the RSEQ they grab and are a lot more physical,” said Ros, a 23-year-old master’s student in physical therapy. “Today I had a bit more space to work with and that gave me the energy needed to play the whole game.”

A large factor in McGill’s success was from three-point range, where they connected on 31.8 per cent, making seven of 22 attempts. By comparison UBC only went 2-for-7 from beyond the arc.

“We have a great inside presence,” added Thorne, whose troops had a 41-36 advantage in rebounds. “So if we are able to play good inside-out basketball, a lot of girls will get open looks and I think that is why we were fairly balanced today.”

McGill’s attack included nine players who made the scoresheet and gave them a 21-2 advantage in scoring off the bench.

Montrealer Alex Kiss-Rusk, a 6-foot-4 junior playing with a sprained ankle, shot 4-for-7 and was a basket away from a “double-double,” posting eight points and 12 rebounds. Jennifer Silver, another Montreal native, had eight points of her own.

Sylla, the two-time RSEQ conference MVP, struggled before her winning basket made the score 58-54 with 80 seconds remaining. She only scored six points – on 2-for-13 shooting – but controlled the glass with 10 boards and was 2-for-2 from the line late in the game.

Rounding out the scoring for the Martlets was Carolann CloutierGabriela Hebert and Stephanie Blais with six points apiece, while Marika Guerin had three and Marie-Love Michel and Marie-Pier Bastrash each sunk one basket.

McGill, which struggled to make their shots in the first half, finished with a 33.3 per cent success rate from the floor and went 6-for-8 from the foul-line, while UBC dropped just nine of 16 from the charity stripe.

Fifth-year forward Harleen Sidhu, who won player-of-the-game honours for UBC, collected a game-high 20 points, shooting 8 of 16 from the floor, including a 4-for-6 performance from downtown. Adrienne Parkin also reached double figures for UBC with 10 points.

Young, who was coming off a stellar 40-point performance against Ryerson in the quarter-final, came out on yet another mission for the Thunderbirds scoring 13 points in the opening half. McGill, however, was able to keep her in-check after the break limiting her to just one point.

The Martlets, who committed only 16 turnovers, managed to force 21 UBC miscues, eight of which were steals. They also kept the Thunderbirds shooting under wraps, holding them to 39 per cent from the field and 28.6 from three-point range.

“They play beautiful basketball,” noted Ros. “They run their sets, move the ball and everyone can shoot. We wanted to make it a bit more scrappy and our style of game.”

The hard-nose defensive style of play dominated the first half. Offence was so limited that after six minutes of play both teams scored a combined five points. The Martlets kept grinding and fought their way to 12-11 lead after 10 minutes of play.

The match intensified once the second quarter started, capped off midway through when Cloutier put the Martlets up 22-17 with back-to-back threes. UBC, however, clawed back and for the rest of the quarter, exchanged lead changes with the Martlets. Heading into the halftime break, McGill led 27-26.

UBC came out strong after the intermission and managed to put together an extended run, taking a six-point lead, the largest of the game for both teams. McGill showed its resilience, erasing the deficit to take a 42-40 lead, heading into a wild fourth quarter.

With under two minutes to play, Ros gave McGill a 53-50 lead after a steal by Kiss-Rusk. But UBC’s Parkin hit a trey with 1:30 to send the game into overtime at 53-53 as neither team could find the basket down the stretch run. The Martlets had a 6-4 edge in overtime, with Kiss-Rusk both making jumpers, while Ros sunk two of four freebies.

The Thunderbirds will battle for third place against Saskatchewan at 10 a.m.

Official Boxscore

Championship schedule for Sunday, March 15
10 a.m. Bronze-medal game: No. 2 UBC vs. TBD (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
1 p.m. Gold-medal game: No. 3 McGill vs. TBD (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *

* The English webcast of the finals are on pay-per-view basis. The French webcast is free.

Last-minute goal sends Martlets to CIS gold-medal game

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 07:42

Teammates congratulate Gabrielle Davidson (centre) after scoring winning goal against St.FX. / Photo: David Moll, University of Calgary

By Earl Zukerman

Gabrielle Davidson of Pointe Claire Que., scored on a power-play with 49 seconds remaining and Taylor Hough, a junior from Toronto, earned her first career shutout as the top-ranked McGill women’s hockey team skated to a 1-0 victory over No. 4 St. Francis Xavier in a nail-biting semifinal at the CIS Final Eight national championship tournament at the Markin MacPhail Centre, Saturday.

The Martlets will make an eighth appearance in the national championship final, against second-seeded Western, which advanced after surprising the Montreal Carabins 2-0, on today (Sunday) at 8 p.m. (Eastern) in a game that will be both televised and streamed live on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360. McGill, which has only played Western once in school history – a 3-0 home-ice victory on Dec. 28, 2013 – will add to their CIS record dozen medals at the tourney, including four gold, three silver and five bronze. Only Alberta has won more national titles with seven.

McGill dominated from start to finish, outshooting the X-Women 37-12 but the game remained scoreless until the final minute, thanks largely to StFX goaltender Sojung Shin , a sophomore from Seoul, Korea, who was credited with 36 saves and was selected as player of the game for the X-Women. An unofficial shot count by McGill officials had the tally at 51-13.

Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., initiated the winning marker, collecting the puck along the boards and circling around the offensive zone before firing a pass towards the net that was redirected by the left skate of McGill defenceman Brittney Fouracres, a native Calgarian who was positioned in the slot. Leslie Oles, a fifth-year senior from Beaconsfield, Que., then took a shot from in close and Davidson, a management junior, pounced on a juicy rebound to stuff it in past the sprawling netminder.

“I just saw my teammate Melo just walk into the slot and I figured that I would go and try to sneak in the back door and I was fortunate to get the puck on my stick and buried it,” said Davidson, who was named as McGill’s player of the game and is now tied with linemate Oles for the team lead in both goals and game-winners, with 31 and six, respectively, in 38 games overall. “We believe in ourselves, just kept going and we knew that it was going to come eventually, that we were going to get a goal, one way or the other.”

The shutout was McGill’s 13th in 45 lifetime games at the national championship tourney but the first-ever in 52 career contests for Hough, a 5-foot-10 industrial relations major who turned down a number of NCAA scholarship offers to play at McGill, where she has posted a perfect 5-0 record in two trips to the Nationals.

“Better late than never, I had a bit of a monkey on my back but I thought that I would save it for a 1-0 game,” joked Hough, who was forced to make a handful of key saves and has a long hockey lineage in her genes. Although she was born in Toronto, her father’s side of the family has Montreal hockey roots going back the early beginnings of the game in the late 1800s. Her great, great grandfather (Albert Henry Hough) played with the famous Montreal Winged Wheelers, alongside the legendary James Norris who eventually bought the NHL’s Detroit franchise and “borrowed” the old Winged Wheelers logo to create the Red Wings logo.

“It was a fun game to play although I wasn’t super-busy with only 12 shots but those are games where it’s kind of tough to stay focused, so I was just happy to be able to pull through (for the win),” she added. “Their goalie had a phenomenal game and stood on her head. Obviously that gave her team a little momentum and it was getting a little bit scary there at the end but I knew that my team would pull through and it was just a matter of time… That was honestly such a relief. It was amazing and I’m so happy for “Gabby”. That was a great goal.”

McGill was 1-for-5 on the power-play, while StFX was 0-for-1.

“I thought we had the balance of play in terms of puck possession,” said McGill head coach Peter Smith. “We were doing a pretty good job out there. I give their goaltender a lot of credit, she played real well. We played the game in their end but we just couldn’t get the puck in the net… They kept us to the outside a lot, we would get pucks to the middle (in front of the StFX net) but their goaltender was good on rebounds and we didn’t get a lot of second opportunities To get that goal with (49) seconds to go was obviously huge.”

StFX, the AUS champions, will now play for bronze when they take on the sixth-seeded Montreal Carabins, today (Sunday) at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern)

“What we really focused on was playing D,” said X-Women head coach, Ben Berthiaume. “We knew they were an offensive style team that’s really quick, so we wanted to play a good defensive game and try to keep them to the outside as much as we could and we knew if we kept them to the outside Sojung Shin would take care of the perimeter shots which she did…the girls battled hard all night long. She [Shin] has been amazing for us, she came to us last year and she’s getting better and better, that’s someone that we look to a lot and looked to all year, she’s just an amazing goalie and she works on her game all the time.”

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CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE for Sunday, March 15
1 p.m. (Eastern time). 5th-place game: No. 5 Guelph vs No. 7 Moncton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
4:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Bronze-medal game: No. 4 StFX vs No. 6 Montréal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
8 p.m. (Eastern time). Gold-medal game: No. 1 McGill vs No. 2 Western (Sportsnet 360 & ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *

* The webcast of the finals are on pay-per-view basis.

Hebert’s hustle moves Martlets to CIS semifinals

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:58

By Ryne Bondy

Senior Gabriela Hebert and All-Canadian Mariam Sylla eached produced “double-doubles” as the No.3-seeded Martlets beat the No.6-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies in the opening game of the ArcelorMittal CIS Final 8 women’s basketball championships at the Centre PEPS, Thursday.

McGill (1-0) advances to a semifinal matchup against No.2 seeded UBC (1-0) on Saturday at 12 p.m. live on Sportsnet U and www.cis-sic.tv. This is the first semifinal appearance since 1996 when the program managed a bronze medal. It will in fact be the first appearance of an RSEQ team in a CIS semifinal since the Laval Rouge et Or in 2008.

The Martlets absolutely dominated the glass, out-rebounding the AUS champion Huskies 51-24, including 18 in offensive zone. This gave McGill 13 more field-goal opportunities than the Huskies which they converted into an 11-0 advantage in second chance points.

Hebert had a 19-point, 12 rebound performance while Sylla produced 12 points and 11 rebounds. She struggled converting from the floor going 3-for-10 but was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.

Hebert, a co-captain, who was named as McGill’s player of the game, shot 7-for-15 from the field, made 2-of-8 from three-point range and went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe.
“Gab offered a huge performance,” said Martlets head coach Ryan Thorne. “She took advantage of her scoring opportunities, shooting when she was open and she hit the glass hard. That’s what she is supposed to do.”

Dianna Ros, another fourth year captain, also impressed registering 10 points, seven assists, four steals and two rebounds. Rounding out the scoring for the Martlets was Jennifer Silver (8), Alex Kiss-Rusk (8), Marie-Pier Bastrash (7) and Carolann Cloutier (3).

Third-year guard Angelina Carvery led SMU with a game-high 21 points, shooting 7-of-15 from the floor including a 4-for-9 performance from downtown. Laura Langille also reached double figures for the Huskies with 18 points.

The Martlets were up 60-42 with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but had to repel a late surge from the Huskies, who quickly cut the lead to five by the four-minute mark. McGill however, was able to seal the deal down the stretch with key rebounds and clutch free-throw shooting.

Both teams struggled with nerves in the opening quarter, with neither finding an offensive rhythm. Once settled, however, it was the hot three-point shooting of Saint Mary’s trio of Langille, Alexandra Smye and Emma Valikoski that gave the Huskies an 11-7 lead. McGill responded just before the break with two quick transition baskets and the teams were locked at 11-11 after the first quarter.

Both teams piled on the points in the second.  forging a seven-point lead, thanks to the hot three-point shooting of Langille and Carvery.

Down by seven, McGill closed the gap and eventually took the lead at 24-22 on a Dianna Ros three-pointer and by halftime, the Martlets were ahead 30-26. McGill forced the Huskies into several turnovers including an intercepted pass by Ros, which lead to an easy basket for Mariam Sylla and a 49-41 lead. McGill’s defence, which was ranked second on the nation during the regular season, stifled SMU and was highlighted by a monstrous block from centre Alex Kiss-Rusk, who was not expected to play after suffering a sparined ankle in last week’s RSEQ championship game. Quickly after Hebert dropped a number of treys to extend McGill’s lead to 55-42 going into the final frame.

After a Carolann Cloutier bucket gave the Martlets a 60-42 advantage and it seemed McGill was on their way to an easy victory. The Huskies, however, made things interesting late following 13 straight points to close the gap to 60-55.In the end, the Huskies free-throw shooting killed any chance of a comeback, most notably when first-year forward Shanieka Wood missed four of six attempts in the last two minutes. They finished with a dismal 10-for-21 effort from the line.

McGill shot 36.8.per cent from the floor, 26.1 from three-point land and went 11-for-12 from the foul-line. The Huskies shot 34.5 from the field and connected on 11-of-27 from long range.

Saint Mary’s, the CIS finalists from last year, cannot finish higher than fifth. The Huskies will face the Ryerson Rams in the first game of Friday’s consolation bracket at 6 p.m.

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