What can I say about res? Well it is definitely an experience, that's for sure. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Everyone has their stories of what it was like to live in res, but really you're not going to know the deal until you get there. That being said, I feel like I could've avoided a little bit of conflict if I had just known these few things before entering the trenches.
1. Don't Listen To The Off Limits List
If you're going to take one thing away from this article, let it be this: THE OFF LIMITS LIST IS BULL$HIT. I don't know if I would've survived first year if I didn't have my kettle. Or a carpet for that matter. I'm not saying to be stupid and bring a chainsaw into your dorm room, but some of the stuff on that list is just silly. Use common sense, leave the pyrotechnics at home and bring the immersion blender.
2. How Uncomfortable The Beds Would Be
Seriously, they are awful. Concrete is better. My suggestion would be to get a mattress pad. It doesn't completely get rid of the problem but it does make a difference. ALSO, bring a mattress case, you don't know who or what has slept on that mattress before you.
No matter how hard you try, your room is going to be a public space. Especially if you have a roommate. You can be as respectful as the day is long, but people will still find their way into your room. It's better just to accept it. An air mattress is a good investment if you have a lot of people crashing at your place. Or maybe opt for a single room if you're uncomfortable with the idea...
4. Mini Fridges Are Key
You may eat most of your meals at the caf, but it's still important to have some snack food in your room. Otherwise you'll be spending all your money on take out whenever your stomach growls. If you have an option to pay an extra $50 for it, I say do it. Even if it ends up just storing yogurt and beer, you're still going to save.
5. Desks Are A Waste Of Space
Studying isn't really something you do in res. That's what the library is for. So don't bring a desk, unless you need a station to play League or organize your drug cartel. Save the money, save the space.
6. Flip Flops Are Friends
Res is gross. Wear flip flops everywhere you go. Trust me.
7. Hook - Up Protocol
People in residence are generally considered adults within the eyes of the law, however when it comes to relationships, you might as well be in middle school. My advice is to just be smart about it. Wear protection. Try not to make it unnecessarily uncomfortable if you can help it. And know that floorcest is real and never a good idea.
The way the furniture is set up when you move in is generally... unaesthetic. Make the room your own. Move stuff around, take some tips from Pinterest, be creative.
9. Save What You Can
I'll be honest, by the end of the year, you're going to be broke af. So after you blow 75% of your savings during the first week, try and save what you can. Tolerate the food at the caf, don't buy any new clothes, buy 40's of Budlight. It may suck at the time, but your hydro bills will thank you for it later.
10. Everything Is Temporary
You may be one of those people who hate res from the get - go. But everyone is sick of it by the end. Residence is essentially a glorified camp ground. A blur even. It's only a year and then you're out and can deal with the horrors of living in a student apartment. Yay.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
Big bucks for the woman McGill students call Big Suze. According to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier rakes in a base salary of $478,901.
But her income doesn't stop there. McGill says she has additional "taxable elements" reaching $382,070 in value. That's a total of $860,971.
In her time as principal, Fortier has seen her base salary increase by almost $90,000. When she ascended to the role in 2013, her contract with the university included a $390,000 base salary, which was subject to annual adjustments. She was also able to receive bonuses worth up to 20% of her salary.
Other benefits in the 2013 contract included five weeks of paid vacation and a club membership paid by the university, in addition to reimbursements for job-related expenses.
McGill's Board of Governors renewed Fortier's contract with almost all the same benefits in 2018.
The 2021 document sent to the Ministry of Higher Education shows Fortier isn't even the highest-paid executive at the university.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean David Eidelman has a base salary of $518,176 plus $361,799 in other taxable benefits, for a total of $879,975.
Concordia President Graham Carr, meanwhile, has a base salary of $424,423 and additional taxable elements totalling $1,706 in value, according to the university's list of its own executives' incomes.
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
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