McGill University is making new commitments to improve its diversity and inclusion and to fight against anti-Black racism, including by assessing the future of the James McGill statue.
The university's Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism has pledged an investment of $15 million over five years to address racism and develop better representation in both the faculty and student community.
The "Action Plan commitments address four main areas: student experience, research and knowledge; outreach, workforce and space," said McGill.
We are urged to self-reflect and take action with a view to building campuses wherein Black students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed, respected, and capable of thriving.
Some of the university's plans include hiring more "Black tenure-track and tenured professors," increasing "scholarships and student-aid opportunities to enhance supports for students – at all levels," and conducting surveys on student demographics.
The university also has plans to improve and enlarge its African Studies program.
The university will also address the troubled legacy of its namesake, James McGill, with an "investigation" into his history.
A plaque will be installed near the statue of McGill, explaining "James McGill’s connections to and involvement with the transatlantic slave trade and his ownership of enslaved people."
The university will also "assess and determine the statue’s most suitable setting — including its location and necessary contextualizing information."
The Greenhound Canada Foundation, an ecological advocacy group, will be hosting this free-to-attend market at Leaves House Café McGill from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on September 18.
This series of markets is "part of Greenhound Foundation's campaign to support mental wellness and community connectedness through plants and nature," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The funds raised from the market will go towards supporting community projects and the development of a "healing garden" in Montreal.
The market this weekend will host creators such as Les Filles Plantées, Ivkaforest, MTL Creation Boutique, MTLA Studio, Soft Earth Forest Therapy, and desputeaux+aubin (creators of Caillou). There will be something for everyone!
Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.
Through an anonymous form, Montrealers aged 15 or older will be able to report any police stop experience they've had — even stops that occurred months or years ago.
Each user can specify how and where the police stop took place, provide context, specify their age, gender, ethnic or racial group, and say what they were doing — including their means of transportation — during the stop.
Since the project is an open data resource, all of the map's data will be accessible to anyone who wants to download it.
The INRS news release states that only 5% to 20% of police stops are recorded by the SPVM.
A 2019 independent report analyzing SPVM police stop data found that Indigenous and Black people are four to five times more likely to be stopped by police than white people in Montreal, the news release says.