Happy Holidays and building access over the festive season
Happy Holidays to all our employees and students! We hope that everyone enjoys this time of year, especially the fresh start and promise of a New Year! Take care and stay safe.
Access to Dawson College is restricted from Dec. 17 to 23 inclusive. Entry will only be available via Security at the 2E entrance off the parking lot near Dawson Daycare.
Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 3, the College is closed with access under exceptional circumstances only and should only occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The College reopens Jan. 4 with access only via Security until further notice.
To be granted access to the building, you must complete the COVID symptoms screening questionnaire and provide your ID and phone number.
The Dawson Holiday scene is the work of Maggie Zeng, Class of 2020 (Illustration).
De Maisonneuve Boulevard will remain closed to vehicle traffic until June 2021. We are continuing the work initiated in spring 2019 to replace the waterproofing membrane of Atwater station’s underground roof and preparing to install elevators. In partnership with the City of Westmount, we have agreed that De Maisonneuve Boulevard will remain closed to vehicle…
The Federal Government has announced that the Jacques Cartier Bridge will be open for the first time to winter cyclists this year. This and an ongoing commitment from the City to plough the “route blanche” bicycle path network make this year an exceptional one to start winter biking. If this sounds like a possibility you…
Five new native trees planted
Five new trees were planted on Monday at Dawson College in front of the Peace Garden along the paved area of the driveway.
The trees are native to Quebec forests in our region and include: two sugar maples, one black walnut, one bur oak and one beech.
"The black walnut and beech tree are two new species for the Dawson grounds," said Chris Adam of the Sustainability Office. "They will increase biodiversity, add shade over paved areas in the hot summer months and colour our grounds with red, orange and yellow colours in the fall."
The trees were dug out by a large "tree spade" machine at a tree nursery in Les Cèdres on Sept. 30 and delivered by a 45-foot flatbed truck. Each tree weighed approximately 5-6 tons!
The trees will be dormant for the winter and establish news roots in the spring. More trees will be added to our grounds next year.
Bike tips for fall and winter
Riding your bike in the Fall at best is sunny cool days and colourful leaves. It is gorgeous! Unfortunately Fall can also be wet, cold and dark. Dressing for wetness on a bike is difficult. Try to have a change of dry clothes wherever you are headed.
Waterproof breathables are great as are synthetic or merino wool base layers. The trick is to have just the right number of layers to your onion. Gloves and a light toque will help you stay warm more than a thick jacket as they won't cause you to get wet from the inside.
It's important to remember that the sun goes down earlier. 5 p.m. in rainy late October can be quite dark! Be visible: be sure to be equipped to ride at night and in darkness, have blinking lights in the front and the back of your bike. Fenders will also go a long way in helping to keep you dry.
Finally, if you are thinking of extending your season into the winter, join us for a Zoom workshop on Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. Click Read More for the link to the meeting.
An update from the STM about their Atwater project: We are continuing the work initiated in spring 2019 to replace the waterproofing membrane of Atwater station’s underground roof and preparing to install elevators. From September 22, the pedestrian walkway that runs along the worksite will be modified, and the sidewalk in front of the De…
Dawson’s majestic trees to be replaced
Facilities Management hired a forest engineer to evaluate Dawson’s trees and nine showed major structural problems.
For safety reasons, they needed to be cut down. One native silver maple over 100 years old and four non-native Norway maples were cut on the Sherbrooke side of the building while other smaller chestnut trees and maples were cut on the Atwater Street side.
As part of Dawson’s climate action and landscape initiatives, a variety of large trees that are native to Quebec will be replacing the cut trees. They will be part of a tree planting effort to maximize shade on paved areas and cool our property during the summer months.
We will welcome these “living machines” that filter air, store carbon, produce oxygen and provide habitat for countless living things this Fall.
Photo credit: Debbie Resurreccion
Debbie says this photo is of a Norway maple, which was over 100 years old. Now, it serves as a nurse log and fosters biodiversity on campus.
Need good reasons to try cycling? Several of your colleagues have taken up Bixi’ing as a means to get to Dawson. Give it a try – Dawson is offering a one-month free trial! Get in touch with Richard Dugas of Facilities Management for more information about bicycle routes, deals or ideas or for other bicycle-related questions….
Bookstore hours extended this week
To keep up with the beginning of the semester demand, the Bookstore has extended hours this week.
Click Read More to see the hours.
Facilities Management and Dawson Sustainability have formed a bicycle committee in hopes of getting you to consider bicycling to Dawson. The pandemic has seen a substantial rise in people using bicycles and the City of Montreal has accelerated accompanying infrastructure in order to promote this advantageous way of getting around. Bicycling is cheap, solves traffic,…
Last Modified: December 15, 2020