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Former UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Mary Robinson recently spoke at McGill as part of Homecoming celebrations. The ex-president of Ireland spoke about her latest project -- the Ethical Global Initiative, which seeks to humanize globalization.
Former Cabinet Minister and current Secretary-General of the OECD Donald Johnston in receiving an honorary degree at the October 23 convocation. In addition to his many political achievements, the McGill alum is a former roommate of Leonard Cohen's.
For the GlaxoSmithKline vaccines clinical working group meeting held in Montreal, Craig Laferriere -- the company's therapy area leader of vaccines for Canada -- organized a pilgrimage to the resting place of Sir William Osler. Here, Laferriere unveils a donation of $1,000, happily received by Osler librarian Pam Miller on October 15.
Despite the cold, blowing rain, hundreds of MUNACA members turned up at the Roddick Gates on October 21 to express their displeasure with the administration's position on contract negotiation. Chanting slogans and wielding placards, the demonstrators marched from the gates to demonstrate in front of the James Administration building. MUNACA represents 1,500 clerical and technical staff, library assistants and nurses. The university is asking staff to work more hours and has proposed eliminating some paid holidays.
"Les Septs péchés capitaux et le droit privé" runs October 10 (introduction, la luxure), November 14 (La gourmandise, L'envie), January 30 (L'avarice, l'orgueil) and March 19 (La colère, la paresse). All talks are at 11:30 am, 3644 Peel, Room 202. Call 398-3546 for more details. The series is sponsored by McGill and the Quebec Department of Justice.
"Reflections on Human Rights, Human Development and Human Security" will be given on Saturday, October 18, from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, in Room 132 of the Leacock Building. Tickets available at the door, first-come first-served.
Itching to emulate Kojak or Vin Diesel? If so, Adam Conter wants your hair. The third-year history student has spearheaded a McGill chapter of Mix 96's Shave to Save Campaign, which raises funds for breast cancer research and treatment.
Queer alumni - get your McGill sweaters out of the closet! A networking cocktail is being held as part of Homecoming celebrations by the McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People, in association with Queer McGill, on October 17. The second annual event, called Return to the Rainbow, welcomes McGill's queer alumni and current students, as well as staff and faculty. When: Friday, October 17, from 5:00 pm -- 7:00 pm. Where: University Centre, 3480 McTavish Street, 3rd floor.