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by The Concordian December 6, 2011
Concordia student gets award for breast cancer fundraising
CIBC named Concordia student Dalia Bosis as the top post-secondary fundraiser in Quebec in the 2011 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure. Bosis said she’s been participating in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer for five years. Representing Quebec, Bosis and McGill student Beatrice Britneff both received $10,000 awards for their fundraising as part of the CIBC Education awards presented to 15 post-secondary students from across the country. College and university students raised a total of around $470,000 in the Post-Secondary Challenge. The CIBC Run for the Cure is in its 15th year, raising money for breast cancer research and awareness programs.

MUNACA strike is over
McGill’s support staff are returning to work this week, marking the end of the three-month long battle with the university’s administration. According to a post on the McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association’s website, 71.5 per cent of union members voted Monday afternoon to accept the university’s latest agreement. MUNACA will receive a 13 to 16 per cent wage increase over their five-year contract, the Gazette reported. Another improvement is the number of years it takes for union members to receive maximum pay, which has been reduced from 37 to 12.

Bah, humbug to you, Scrooge
Complexe Guy Favreau will be allowed to deck its halls, in the end. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley overruled a memo sent out three weeks ago banning Christmas decorations at the federally-owned downtown office building. In her email, Finley wrote that building administrators should “celebrate Christmas or the holidays as they please.” According to CTV Montreal, the change of heart came as a response to the “instant uproar” the decision caused in the House of Commons. The original memo said the idea behind prohibiting decorations would be to not offend those who don’t celebrate Christmas.

But why Toronto?
CTV Montreal news anchor Todd van der Heyden will be leaving the 6 o’clock news and joining the Toronto-based CTV News channel in January. The news came out on Twitter and was quickly confirmed by van der Heyden himself. A replacement for van der Heyden’s current position, the coveted weekday newscast’s co-anchor seat alongside Concordia alumna Mutsumi Takahashi, is set to be announced in the coming weeks. Van der Heyden has worked at CTV Montreal as both a reporter and an anchor for nearly 12 years. According to the Gazette, his last day at the station is Dec. 30.

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