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by The Concordian August 30, 2011
Con U: The search for the next president is on
Concordia University is soliciting input in their search for the next president. In an email sent to the Concordia community, Board of Governors chair Peter Kruyt asks that members fill out a questionnaire online with their suggestions as to the most suitable person for the role.
Members of the community have until Sept. 16 to give their feedback. The last Concordia president, Judith Woodsworth, exited under suspicious circumstances. Former president Frederick Lowy has been filling the position on an interim basis since January 2011.

McGill non-academic workers prepare to strike
Around 1,700 non-academic workers at McGill University are set to go on strike as of Sept. 1 as students return to classes. If labour negotiations lag this week, McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association, which represents staff members like lab technicians and library assistants, is prepared to strike over disagreements related to their wage scale and benefits plan, as well as for the premiums they are paid for evenings and weekend work. The Montreal Gazette reported that MUNACA president Kevin Whittaker also objected to the university slashing its contribution to retirees’ dental and medical plans, all while renovating the administration building at a cost of $2 million. Michael Di Grappa, vice-principal of administration and finance for McGill, countered that the renovations were needed, and included the removal of asbestos. He added that the university has a contingency plan.

“Wiki Took Montreal” on Sunday
The Canadian version of Wikipedia’s media library, Wikimedia Commons, called for Internet users and amateur photographers to submit their photos of Montreal to fill its pages last week. The Montreal Mirror reported that Wikimedia Commons Canada sponsored a photographic scavenger hunt entitled “Wiki Takes Montreal” which took place on Sunday. The event sent amateur photographers around the city with a list of targets to shoot, in an effort to give exposure to lesser known parts of the city. For those who missed Sunday’s race, Wikimedia Commons does accept pictures year-round.

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