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.
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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Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
Concordia students have called out a speaker in a First Peoples Studies class who said Cree nation members "suffered less" in the residential school system.
On social media, students and the program director have condemned the content of McGill Professor Emerita Toby Morantz's lecture.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, Morantz defended her record and said that she "was not referring to [the] individual suffering" of residential school victims and survivors.
What are Concordia students and faculty saying?
Terrence Duff was one of the students present at the lecture.
"Yesterday had to walk out of class because we had a guest speaker who tried to convince us that James Bay Cree suffered less from the Residential school and that the Cree benefit from the Residential school and fur trade," Duff wrote in a highly-circulated Facebook post, shared here with permission.
"I spoke up and she down right tried to say I was wrong when I tried to correct her."
Terrence called Morantz's lecture and research "upsetting and discouraging."
Once day after Terrence published the Facebook post, the First People Studies program shared a letter in which program Director Catherine Richardson said Morantz had been "improperly vetted."
She called the McGill professor's statements "ill-informed, racist, hateful and inaccurate" and said Morantz "violated the dignity of the students, with prejudice, stereotyping and historical inaccuracies to advance a hateful perspective."
"I am mortified by the harm that was caused and that people in positions of institutional stature can abuse power so unethically and destructively," Richardson concluded.
Duff appreciated her response and promised further action.
"Her and the department's apology means a lot to me as a University student," Duff wrote in a subsequent Facebook post.
"We will move forward with an official complaint letter concerning Toby Morantz who was our guest lecturer and send it off [to] McGill University. We will not let this go!"
What is Morantz's response?
Morantz told MTL Blog that Richardson "was not in the class, never spoke with [her] and certainly has not read [her] books and articles."
She says that when she claimed James Bay Cree "suffered less" in the residential school system, she was "using suffer in the sense of 'endure'" and referring to changes in government policy.
"When I realized it was a trigger word, I repeated over and over again that I was not referring to individual suffering but to the differences in the school systems."
Morantz expressed a desire for the conversation to return to the history of the residential school program.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-855-242-3310, or visit their website to chat.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-925-4419.
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.