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McGill Reporter
August 24, 2006 - Volume 39 Number 01
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Everyday items from times long gone

Historic collection


Historic collection
Historic collection

Walk through Montreal's history as easily as taking a lunchtime jaunt down to Indigo. The west side of McGill College Avenue is lined with images from the historic collections of the McCord Museum. On one side of the displays are beautiful colour details of household artifacts, such as etched cordial glasses and dainty-brand muff warmers, feathered fire screens and silk tartan dresses, and an early eighteenth-century snuffbox that depicts the world. On the other are black-and-white photographs of Montreal scenes from the Notman Photographic Archives. Though timeless, the exhibit packs up October 15.

UK health-care reform: Lessons learned

Surgey tools

One hears about health reform but what about the people working in that field? What role should they play as it undergoes change? What about their concerns and what of the expertise they have to offer as front-line workers?

The man who helped revolutionize the British health-care system will be addressing the subject at McGill next week.

Paul Corrigan, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Chief Adviser on the National Health Service (NHS), has seen first-hand how government must take into consideration health-care professionals' concerns that patient care not be undermined by efforts to streamline the system. Insight into the debate in the UK may be helpful as Canada continues to grapple with how to improve our own overburdened health-care system.

Corrigan helped reform the NHS by, among other things, making hospitals into public service organizations, accountable to the public and free from ministerial control. He has described the success of his efforts as being the NHS's burgeoning "confidence in its ability to do things."

A professor who has taught and researched about inner-city social policy, community development and other aspects of public policy, Corrigan is also the author of Shakespeare on Management. In it, Corrigan presents a number of Shakespearean plays as lessons on leadership.

Monday Aug. 28, 10 am, Rm 232 Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke St. West.

Teacher's aid

Teacher at desk

Craig Nelson believes that, despite their good intentions, teachers — and their teaching methods — frequently impede the progress of their students. The lifelong educator and winner of the Carnegie Foundation's U.S. Professor of the Year award for 2000, counts himself among this group. Reading pedagogical literature and through observing his own classes, he realized that much of his pedagogy, though standard practice, was having the opposite of its intended effect. Nelson will be at McGill to deliver his lecture "How we defeat ourselves: Dysfunctional illusions of rigour" outlining alternative teaching methods that will get more from the students. The lecture is sponsored by the Faculty of Science and the Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (TPULSE).

Nelson was invited by the Faculty of Science and the Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (TPULSE). Monday, Aug. 28, at 4 pm; Leacock 219. Info:

Gear up for fall fitness


Sure, summer's great but, face it, lounging around poolside sipping margaritas hasn't done much for the old waistline, has it? Have no fear, McGill's award-winning lunchtime Staff Fitness Program is back to help you whittle away your vacation excess.

From aqua badminton and belly dancing to tennis and tai chi, expert instructors will have staffers swimming, cycling, gyrating and stretching their way back to good health over the course of the 13-week session. Registration has already begun and courses start on September 11. The complete list of courses and their descriptions can be found at under the Campus Recreation/Staff Fitness banner.

Registration: Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 am to 7:45 pm; Client Services office (G-20C) of the McGill Sports Complex, 475 Pine Ave. $15 and a valid McGill ID are required. Info: contact Jill Barker at 514-398-7011 or by email.

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