Much debate about the legitimacy of judicial review under the Canadian Charter or another Bill of Rights has been abstract and disconnected from legal practice. On March 27, William Dawson Professor at the Faculty of Law, Robert Leckey, will discuss research that aims to integrate on-the-ground sensitivity to legal and professional practice, including judges’ traditional role in the common law, into philosophical and political debates about what judges do in rights cases.
Earth Hour, the symbolic mass participation event born out of a hope that people could be mobilized to take action on climate change, takes place tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Members of the McGill community are reminded to turn their office lights off before leaving work today and are urged to turn off additional lights at home during this one hour tomorrow.
Head to the McGill Bookstore for an evening with one of Canada’s pre-eminent human rights activists. In her new book, Ascent of Women, journalist Sally Armstrong shows us why women and girls are the way forward and introduces us to the leading women who are making change happen, from Nobel Prize winners to little girls suing for justice. The event takes place on the 3rd floor of the McGill Bookstore Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ascent of Women will be available on-site at a special discounted price.
On Tuesday, March 19, the Chemistry Department will host Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Grubbs, Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Grubbs will deliver the Boehringer Ingelheim Lecture titled Design and Applications of Selective Catalysts for Olefin Metathesis.
Members of the Association of McGill University Research Employees (AMURE) voted in overwhelming majority to ratify the tentative agreements relating to research associates and research assistants. Voting sessions were held on both the downtown and Macdonald campuses.
Both negotiation parties are satisfied with the outcome of this first collective agreement and the process of joint communications conducted throughout the talks.
The emerging field of sustainability is at the forefront of current scientific and social research. It spans a wide variety of academic fields and geographic scales. Real-world solutions to the challenge of sustainability will require discussion and collaboration between individuals with varying skill-sets and perspectives on human-environment interactions. The Sustainability Research Symposium @ McGill (SRS), running from 9-5 at Thomson House on March 14, is an initiative to encourage discussion of current research in the field of sustainability at McGill.
Researchers, make your voice heard! On Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m., Dr. Jane Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President, Research, for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), will meet with members of the McGill research community to discuss upcoming reforms to CIHR’s Open Suite of Programs and its Peer Review Process. A Q&A session will follow her presentation. Space is limited. Learn more and register here.
The Office of Sustainability is proud to recognize the many and significant efforts that have taken place at McGill this year to grow toward sustainability, including the development of a comprehensive sustainability strategy through the Vision 2020 process. Please join us in celebrating all the achievements of the past year and the people who have made them happen at a cocktail on the third of April at 6 p.m. at the Faculty Club Ballroom, followed by an award presentation at 6:30. Semi-formal attire. Please RSVP to rethink [at] mcgill [dot] ca by Friday, March 22.
The McGill Book Fair is now accepting donations for the 2013 edition of the event, to be held Oct. 22-24. Books are being received on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Redpath Hall, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If driving, you can enter campus from 7 to 11 a.m. only. Please enter by the Milton Gate. Learn more here.
The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office’s Aboriginal Liaison Education Advisor and Indigenous Access McGill will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Cindy Blackstock on the issues faced by First Nations children. The lecture is part of SEDE’s Indigenous Education Series, which aims to raise awareness and initiate an exchange of ideas on First Nations, Métis and Inuit topics within the McGill community. The event takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, from 9-11 a.m. in Room 232 of the Leacock Building. It is free and open to the public.