With Phase II nearing completion, the City of Montreal is preparing to start work on the third and final phase of the Montreal aqueduct repairs project in the areas surrounding the McTavish Reservoir. Phase III is scheduled to run between April 29 and August 27. Preparatory work for this phase will begin the weekend of April 27-28 with the surface installation of a temporary water distribution system.
McGill’s incoming Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier, paid a visit to Senate Wednesday, en route to a meeting of the European Research Council.
The new Principal, formerly the President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, will not take office until September 5, in order to comply with rules imposing a cooling-off period for senior federal employees going to work at organizations with which they had had dealings.
Following the announcement of concrete measures to face the budget cuts, many in our community are raising a variety of questions about how the cuts will affect them and their units. People are encouraged to visit the FAQ section of the budget cuts website to find answers to some of the questions they might have.
Spring is finally here (or so we’re being told). Why not take advantage of the (slightly) warmer weather with a lunchtime walk on Mount Royal? Experts say we should get 30 minutes of brisk exercise at least five days a week, and that being part of a group can give you just the motivation you need. The Health and Wellbeing team is organizing a walk up Mount Royal on Friday, April 26, starting at 12:15 p.m. sharp from the McTavish Gates, or 10 minutes later at the corner of Peel and Pine.
IT Customer Services (ICS) will permanently close its Laptop Repair Service effective April 30. The cost of operating this service has made it difficult to sustain, particularly within the context of the University’s current fiscal situation. ICS will honour any repair requests received by April 30, but will not accept new requests after that date. ICS will continue to broker repairs for laptops that require warranty service and were acquired under an IT Services Procurement Program.
One year from now, on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP. As a result, McGill IT Customer Services (ICS) will stop supporting Windows XP at that time. All computers currently running Windows XP need to be upgraded to a supported operating system (eg. Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows 8 once it is available and tested at McGill) over the course of the coming year. LAN administrators should contact staff in their department with details on when their computer will be upgraded.
What does it mean when you undergo genetic testing? Do you need this test? What does the information mean and how will it be used? Who do you share this information with? Can this information hurt your access to insurance, credit or a job? How can it help you?
On Friday, April 5, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum and University of Toronto’s President, David Naylor were hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto. Munroe-Blum and Naylor were joined in conversation with Robert Prichard as they reflected on their careers and shared their thoughts on what Canada’s universities have to do to thrive and succeed in the 21st century. To watch the video of the event, go here.
The Neuro Film Series presents Hilary and Jackie on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Based on Hilary du Pré’s book, A Genius in the Family, the movie chronicles the rise to fame and physical decline of world-renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Du Pré is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which first manifests as dementia, and later results in complete paralysis.
Please note that the McGill Bookstore’s and Computer Store’s hours of operations will be temporarily affected by the annual inventory. As a result, the McGill Bookstore and Computer Store will be closed on April 18 through the 20. Both stores will reopen Monday April 22 at 9 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and should you require additional information please do not hesitate to contact the bookstore at info [dot] bookstore [at] mcgill [dot] ca or the computer store at sales [dot] mcs [at] mcgill [dot] ca.