Dear Colleagues, I am writing to update you on the Strategic Reframing Initiative (SRI), following my messages of last October and December. The SRI is developing ways we can work better across the University, by improving our success and accelerating our progress in five key areas.
March 8 is International Women's Day. It is a day to celebrate the economic, cultural, social and political achievements of women and to consider what still needs to be done to advance women's rights. Please join us, and other members of the McGill community, as we honour women everywhere and work together to protect and promote women's rights and equity around the world.
With the continuing civil unrest in Egypt and countries in the surrounding areas, many members of our McGill family may be concerned about loved ones, friends or colleagues who may have been caught up in the ongoing strife.
Please note that a boil-water advisory has been issued for the Macdonald campus because of temporary problems with the chlorinator. Boiling water for one minute kills all water-borne disease causing micro-organisms. Bottled water will be provided to the campus until the machinery is repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.
I am pleased to direct your attention to a video interview that I conducted recently about McGill's Strategic Reframing Initiative, or SRI. I hope that this discussion gives you a better understanding of the scope and objectives of the SRI and how it will enable McGill to achieve even higher levels of performance and excellence as we carry out our academic mission in the years ahead.
On Thursday, Oct. 14, there will be a university-wide test of our automated notification service, "McGill | Attention!" Phase 1 of the test will occur at approximately 10:40am. Phases 2 and 3 will disrupt all traffic to the www.mcgill.ca website from approximately 9:00pm to 9:30pm.
Professor Roderick Macdonald will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal during its fall convocation ceremony to be held on October 7, 2010.
The devastation from damage and disease in the wake of catastrophic floods in Pakistan remains an urgent problem. More than 1,600 have been killed and an estimated 17.2 million people have been affected since the floods occurred toward the end of July, according to the United Nations. The need for relief support is enormous.
McGill continues to closely monitor the situation in Pakistan where the country’s worst flooding in nearly a century has affected more than 14 million people and left at least 1,600 dead, according to the United Nations.
The replacement of a major water main at the corner of Peel and Docteur-Penfield will result in some partial and temporary street and sidewalk closings in the area until late September.
Guided by the Master Plan’s planning and design principles, the University is working to enhance our campus green spaces. On May 28, 2010, changes to the Downtown Lower Campus will create a pedestrian friendly campus space, as free as possible of vehicles.
As you might have read or heard, Bureau canadien d'investigations et d'ajustements (or CBIA), the company that is contracted to provide uniformed security personnel to McGill, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Please be assured that McGill is taking all steps that are required to maintain continuity in security services on campus at all times to safeguard our community and property.