Leacock is the biggest lecture hall at McGill University, seating 600 people. It's virtually impossible to make it through an undergrad degree there without having at least one class in this monstrosity of a room. It's where the university likes to put all of those massive first-year required courses, and of course the very popular student favourites like Natural Disasters and Terrestrial Planets.
Due to its enormous size and the fact that McGill is always riddled with a variety of characters, you can pretty much be guaranteed to run into these 10 specific people when you go to class in Leacock 132, that is, if you do go (I get it, it's recorded).
1. The beyond confused first-year
They're usually somewhere near the front of the room, asking questions like "How do I get onto the course website?" and "What will be on the midterm?"...chill out dude, it's September.
2. The person with all their friends' clickers
Sure, it's technically against the rules, but don't deny that you've never handed off your clicker to a friend when you needed those participation grades but maybe were a little too hungover to make it to class.
3. The Hazee
I have yet to have a class in 132 where there hasn't been someone in a full-on McGill Baseball uniform having to embarrass themselves for hazing by yelling something out in the middle of the lecture. And while it may suck for them, it's pretty entertaining for the rest of us.
4. The Person Who's Just PTFO
I get it, the lecture's recorded. No judging here. Class time needs to become nap time once in a while.
5. The Severely Out-of-Place Fourth-Year
Fourth-years who are in need of filling an elective love to take the classic Leacock 132 classes. They're pretty easy to spot - just look for the people at the back of the class not giving a shit.
6. The Foodie
Without fail there will be someone eating during class,and without fail it will be pungent AF. Get ready to smell a lot of Subway and samosas.
7. The Incessant Question Asker
Usually found directly in front of the podium, about as close to the professor's face as possible, this person tends to think that all 599 other people would love to hear their "insightful" questions every other minute. The "if you have a question, somebody else probably does too" rule doesn't always apply.
8. The Person In The Aisle Seat That Won't Move
It's a 600 person lecture hall and, for the first few classes at least, it's pretty packed, yet there's always someone who gets there early and plops themselves down in an aisle seat and refuses to stand up when people try to get by. Just move to the centre!
9. The Wonder-Struck Tour Kids
Every so often McGill tours will make a stop in Leacock classes and you get to watch as the tour kids stare in awe at how awesome having class in a room like that must be.... If only they knew.
10. The Person Who's Too Damn Tall For The Seats
Having a class in Leacock is akin to sitting in the back row of an awful coach seat on a plane. If you're over 5'10, or just have long legs, your only saving is going to be getting a front row seat (or one of the like 3 in the very back with nothing in front of them).
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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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.
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.
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!