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Beware of phone scam

The university has posted a message on the MyConcordia portal warning of an apparent phone scam that has targeted several members of the campus community. According to the message, these members have been called at random by people pretending to be from computer software companies such as Microsoft, Windows Support, HP, etc and who say they are phoning to fix a computer problem. Most of the calls stem from the phone number 1-253-802-0308, although other numbers have been used as well. The MyConcordia message indicates that by asking the person for information about their computer, the caller tries to trick people into installing malicious software on their computer, or even taking remote control of it. If you are unsure of a call’s authenticity, call the IITS helpline at (514) 848-2424, ext. 7613.

Dogs in need

Following the seizure of 525 dogs in what is being called the largest animal-cruelty case in Quebec’s history, humane officials in the Montreal area are now appealing to residents to help care for the animals. The dogs were seized last Friday night at a kennel in Clarendon, 90 km northwest of Ottawa. It took over a day to transport the dogs, which belong to about 30 breeds,  ranging from chihuahuas to golden retrievers, to an emergency shelter set up outside of Montreal, where they were treated by veterinarians for a variety of ailments, including breathing problems. The owner of the kennel, Charlene Labombard, said that the loss of the dogs means the loss of her livelihood.

Home schools > public schools

A new study published by Concordia and Mount Allison researchers in the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science has found that children who are home schooled fare better academically than those who attend public schools. A total of 74 students, aged five to 10, participated in the study, which was conducted in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The study found that the home schooled students scored about a half grade more in math than their public school counterparts, and two grades higher in reading.

Mercier decay confirmed

The provincial government released a long-awaited report on Monday confirming the reason for the Mercier Bridge’s closure this past summer was rapidly accelerating decay. The report, dated June 11, found that 10 gusset plates holding beams in place were severely eroded. The Mercier Bridge partially reopened on Sept. 6, with plans to fully reopen the bridge by December if all the repairs are completed. On Monday, Transport Minister Pierre Moreau defended the government by saying that long-term repairs had already begun on the bridge when it was temporarily shut down.

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