Yeah, that’s right, I said it. The gloves are coming off and I’m not afraid of the rebound. Concordia trumps McGill every time, no contest. Okay, maybe not in football, but we do win in the stuff that actually matters. Obviously, I’m biased, I do go to Concordia, but that doesn’t make my statement any less valid. See for yourself.
McGill is one of the most prestigious schools in the country, however their programs are incredibly narrow when compared to what Concordia has to offer. They try to cover more of a broader spectrum; while Concordia can get so specific, it becomes weird. When you have more room to try new things, there is more of an opportunity to find what really makes you happy.
Yes, McGill’s campuses are historic and beautiful blah blah blah. But Concordia has both an old, grandiose campus at Loyola and the modern downtown vibe at Sir George William. Plus the trek to Loyola is NOTHING compared to what you have to do to get to MacDonald.
You can’t deny that there is a stigma at McGill when it comes to “being the best”. It can be a lot of pressure, especially when the expectations are impossible to live up to. Concordia is a relatively new school in comparison. This means that we can create our own expectation, you’re in the process of creating a new legacy, rather than following one, which I think is much more exciting.
There is a pretty amazing creative community at Mcgill, but it pails in comparison when you see what Concordia has done. There are some incredible artists who attend McGill, don’t get me wrong, but they’re smaller in numbers. Concordia is absolutely riddled with artistic people, who are all in collaboration with each other. This community has pretty much taken over the entire school, and gives the whole campus a wired, creative energy.
If you don’t believe Concordia has a green campus, I wrote an entirely separate article on what the school is doing to promote sustainability. McGill is doing their part, what with the sustainability fund, but they are light years behind what Concordia is up to.
Our Frosh Won’t Kill You
The reason Montreal frosh has such a crazy reputation is because McGill is so damn insane. I’ve attended some of their events and while it’s fun, it can get out of hand. This is why I like the ASFA and JMSB frosh. Concordia knows how to party, but they also know how to keep it together.
Like I said previously, McGill has a long legacy to live up to. They’re constantly compared to Ivy League schools, and the students are expected to achieve what others have been doing for hundreds of years. While it's not a bad thing to promote students to be great, it can also be stifling. This is why Concordia is so spectacular. They want you to live up to your own expectations. And when you’re given the freedom to create your own rules, and have a whole community to support you, amazing things can happen.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
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.
Concordia neuroscientist Dr. Nadia Chaudhri died on October 5, the university announced Wednesday.
Dr. Chaudhri documented her battle with ovarian cancer on Twitter, where she had over 146,000 followers.
In her final days, the professor used her platform to raise money for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, Concordia said in a statement. The award aims "to support the training of neuroscientists from underrepresented backgrounds and honour Nadia Chaudhri's legacy of academic achievement and mentorship."
Now that I have 100K followers, I want to talk about #OvarianCancer. Specifically my gritty story. The goal is awar… https://t.co/kWd8XCi558
She also shared the details of her symptoms to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
"Nadia was a force of nature," Concordia President Graham Carr said. "She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."
"She enriched us. Our entire community grieves her death and offers deeply heartfelt condolences to her son, Reza, and husband, Moni — whom she lovingly called her Sun and Moon — her family, friends, colleagues and the thousands of supporters to the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award who embraced her cause."
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."