If you know me at all, then you know I'm slightly obsessed with plants. Also, you know that pretty much nothing survives after spending a full week with me. Plants die within days. My beloved pet fish lasted a whole eight days (a new personal record). I'm a mess when it comes to taking care of things, basically.
But not cacti. I love cactus plants because they're pretty much the easiest things to take care of - plus, they liven up a space like nothing else can. So you can only imagine how happy I was to learn about UQAM's upcoming cactus sale.
UQAM is holding a cactus sale on April 13 (that's tomorrow!) at their Judith-Jasmin Pavillion (405 Rue Sainte-Catherine E). The sale isn't just about expediting beautiful, Instagram-worthy plants, though: It's being put on in order to help fund students' international internships to Togo, Senegal, and El Salvador, under the QSF program.
Oh, and the best part? Cactus plants are going from $5-$10 each, which is a pretty legit price, considering you're getting a gorgeous cactus plant and the added benefit of helping out university students.
On December 30, 2021, François Legault announced a handful of restrictions across Quebec, which included the closure of indoor dining and places of worship, and the postponement of a return to in-person learning at schools in the new year. In a January 13 Facebook post, Legault confirmed elementary and high school students would be returning to class as of Monday, January 17. But what about university students?
Montreal CEGEPs and universities also reverted to remote learning, however, things are looking a little different for students returning to in-person classes at post-secondary institutions. Premier Legault stated in a January 12 post that while universities could reopen their doors as of the 17th, they are being given extra leeway to determine the exact date in which in-person classes could resume.
Concordia University students are expected to return back to in-person learning on February 3, per a recent news notice. Vannina Maestracci, the university spokesperson, revealed that the initial date was extended beyond January 20, and any possibility of a further extension will be relayed to the community as soon as possible.
The Concordia Library and Birks Student Service Centre remain open, along with a number of designated break areas for students to eat. As for mask requirements, students will be expected to wear procedure masks "when entering university buildings and using shared indoor spaces," including classrooms, the university states.
In-person learning will be returning even earlier for McGill University students. With "Tier 1" activities (labs, etc.) having been in-person since January 10, most instruction will be moving from online to in-person as of January 24. McGill's media relations rep, Katherine Gombay issued a statement that despite plans for return, the university remains flexible with contingency plans put into place in case the COVID-19 situation changes.
Université de Montreal is expected to return to in-person sessions as of January 31,* although their libraries have remained open. The university has also made it clear that the use of masks is "mandatory" across campus for all activities at all times.
The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) has also stated that remote learning will take place until January 31.* However, many activities in which face-to-face teaching is essential will return as early as January 24.
We all know that universities are money-making machines. Well, at least for some people. So naturally, we can't help but wonder if the people working in them are making some serious cash.
With this in mind, we took a peek at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)'s "Rapports présentés au ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES), en vertu de la Loi sur les établissements d’enseignement de niveau universitaire" document from October 2021 to see how much the school's top executives make in a year.
Spoiler alert: the 16 top dogs, which consist of deans, vice presidents and the general secretary, all made over at least $170,000 yearly as their base salary during the fiscal year of 2020-2021.
Collectively, UQAM executives make $2,951,488 in base salaries alone. But, as you can see from the graph above, each individual also gets additional salary elements, some that go as high as an extra $164,170 added to their salary.
The person who makes the most money out of these 16 UQAM executives is Catherine Mounier, Vice President of Research, Creation and Outreach, who makes a yearly total of $359,747.
This lucky lady rakes in a base salary of $478,901. And according to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, Big Suze gets additional "taxable elements" that equal $382,070 in value. These numbers all add up to a whopping yearly salary of $860,971.
And if we're thinking of UQAM salaries, let's not forget the iconic "UQAM girl," Hélène Boudreau, who became an internet sensation thanks to her cheeky graduation photo. On Tout le monde en parle, Boudreau said she would be making seven figures in 2021 solely from her OnlyFans account, all while being a student at UQAM. Guess that beats being an executive for the university, eh?
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Denis Villeneuve might be basking in international glory and positive reviews following the release of Dune, but the Quebec-born director says he's still very much in touch with his roots. He even appears to have shown them off on set.
A photo and video clip posted to UQÀM's social media accounts show Villeneuve rocking his alma mater's merch while interacting with Dune cast and crew members.
"Good luck to our graduate Denis Villeneuve and his film Dune!" the university wrote on Facebook alongside a pic of the director wearing a UQÀM jacket. A TikTok video shows him wearing the same jacket as he walks by Timothée Chalamet.
Villeneuve got his B.A. in communications from UQÀM in 1992. In 2017, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.