In Brief

News updates and honours for McGillians for the week of September 13, 2010.

Pakistan fundraiser

On Fri. Sept. 10, McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies held a fundraising event to raise money for relief efforts in Pakistan following the devastating floods. More than $1,000 was raised with that total being matched by the Federal government. The money was donated to the Humanitarian Coalition, a network of Canadian NGOs comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada.

Engineering’s bright lights

McGill students garnered the Mechanical Engineering department’s annual Harry Pearce Prize when they created sustainable lighting using 48 neutral white LUXEON® Rebel LEDs to illuminate an underground train station platform. The project was the fruit of the labour of students from three McGill faculties – Engineering, Management and Law in an interdisciplinary design project in the area of industrial projects in lighting and renewable energy. The Tri-Faculty Project, a pilot supported by a grant from the Provost’s office brings upper-year students from the three faculties in collaboration with Future Electronics. The other projects included an LED street light designed to meet urban road requirements in China, an eco-city review of technology for sustainable living, and an energy audit of the Future Electronics offices in Pointe-Claire. The Tri-Faculty Project will continue to focus its research efforts on a theme of sustainability and renewable energy.

Music students triumph

Schulich School of Music Composition students or recent grads won a total of seven of 13 prizes in the 19th Annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. This year’s competition attracted a record 232 entries, with 13 award recipients and two multiple prizewinners, receiving a total of $26,250 in prizes. The annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers recognize Canadian composers under 30 years of age for specific musical works in five categories of concert music.

First prizes in the five categories were awarded to Matthew Ricketts (Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards), Alec Hall (Serge Garant Awards), Taylor Brook and Trevor Grahl (shared, Pierre Mercure Awards), Nicholas Piper (Godfrey Ridout Awards) and Guillaume Barrette (Hugh Le Caine Awards).

Paul-André Crépeau honored

Paul-André Crépeau was honored at the Opening of the Montreal tribunals to mark the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his accession to the Bar. Crépeau has dedicated his professional life to studying and developing Canadian civil law from a comparative law perspective, as well as to promoting the French-inspired civil tradition, in Canada as well as internationally.

In 1965, Crépeau was entrusted by the Quebec government to reform the Civil Code, and 13 years later, he presented the National Assembly with a draft of a new code, accompanied by commentaries. It served as the framework for the governmental project that eventually became the Civil Code of Québec, which came into force on Jan. 1, 1994.

“With our colleague Paul-André, we are celebrating a remarkable professional longevity paired with an extraordinary contribution to the life of the law in Quebec, Canada and abroad,” said Professor Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law. “For several generations of lawyers, Paul-André Crépeau is the true embodiment of the rich legal culture that emerged in Quebec during the 20th century.”