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New bird feeder installed in Peace Garden

November 17th, 2021

Chickadees and nuthatches have already been spotted at Dawson’s new bird feeder, installed in the Peace Garden in early November.

“We hope to attract 15-20 species over the winter,” said Chris Adam of Dawson’s Sustainability Office. Chris made the bird feeder and installed it with help from Phys. Ed. faculty member Doug Smyth, who is also an avid birdwatcher and photographer.

The 10-foot-high untreated cedar bird feeder will be up year-round and holds a variety of seeds high in protein, restocked by student volunteers. A separate suet feeder on the nearby ash tree snag is a much-needed source of fat to non-migrating birds.

Special thanks to a group of Mechanical Engineering Technology students who made a squirrel and raccoon baffle so animals can’t climb to the feeders or jump up over it. Snow will also be cleared around the bird feeder to prevent squirrels from raiding it.

Students and employees are encouraged to observe our bird visitors. Observations and photos can be sent to or you can drop by the Sustainability Office in 4B.3. Maybe you will be the one to identify and document the 53rd bird species to visit Dawson!

Student sets up mask-recycling initiative at Dawson

November 3rd, 2021

You can now recycle your disposable procedural masks at Dawson thanks to Dawson Professional Theatre student Nathan McDonald, the Green Earth Club (Dawson Student Union), Facilities Management and the Sustainability Office.

Click Read More for the homepage news story that includes the locations of mask recycling boxes as well as information about the student who made this happen.

de Maisonneuve to re-open Nov. 8

November 3rd, 2021

The STM will complete its work by Nov. 8. The City of Westmount will continue working in the area to finish installing road signage. When this work is finished, De Maisonneuve Boulevard will once again be open to traffic between Atwater and Wood.

The sidewalks and bike path will open on Nov. 8.

New mask dispensers installed

September 29th, 2021

The College has purchased mask dispensers to install at major entrances around Dawson. These dispensers enable students and employees to help themselves to a mask without touching other masks.

The first dispensers are at the main metro entrance and others will soon be installed at 3B (accessible entrance) and 3040 Sherbrooke Street.

P1 parking lot partially closed for two months

September 29th, 2021

Work on waterproofing the foundation wall of the C Wing began on Sept. 29 and requires the closure of a portion of the P1 parking lot for approximately two months.

Please keep in mind that we have a very limited number of parking spaces available, and Security will only provide a few extra parking spots. Once the parking capacity is reached, you will have to find alternative parking.

The B1, C2 and E1 doors will be closed for construction purposes but will remain accessible in the event of an emergency. Facilities Management will notify employees when the construction is completed and the exits are reopened.

Time to review emergency procedures

September 15th, 2021

It is the responsibility of all staff, faculty and students of Dawson College to be familiar with the College’s Emergency Procedures. These cover what to do in the event of medical issues or emergencies, evacuations, fires, lockdowns, toxic chemical or gas spills. This same information is also available in the MyDawson Portal (Omnivox), which features a red link to Emergency Procedures.

The most common emergency is medical in nature. It is important to know that College Security is responsible for medical emergencies and security agents are trained first aiders. For physical or mental health issues and emergencies, call ext. 1000 or go to the Security Desk at 2E.14. More info on medical emergencies here.

Fire safety regulations require Dawson College to run an evacuation exercise every year. The fire drill will be held in the second half of October. More information will be communicated in October.

Click Read More to go the College Emergency Procedures webpage.

Unpleasant odours issue

September 15th, 2021

We are aware of the unpleasant odours in some parts of the College. The Facilities Management team has been working hard to resolve the issue, working with various consultants and experts to help us identify the source of the odour. While there are no experts in odour detection, we have enlisted mechanical engineers, plumbers, roofing consultants and environmental engineers to help us. Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions. Inspections and testing are ongoing and we are eliminating possible sources of the odours.

The experts believe the cause may be related to the fact that the building was not used very much in the 16+ months since the shutdown in March 2020. They estimate that the problem lies in the plumbing.

If there is an odour problem in an area other than the areas we are already aware of, in 2D & 2E, 4A and 4B, please alert Facilities Management by calling 1200 or emailing Also, if the odour is interfering with your work, please speak to your manager. It may be possible to relocate you or find other arrangements.

The resolution of this problem is a major priority. We expect the situation to improve gradually over the next few weeks.

Keeping the College safe and clean

September 15th, 2021

Keeping the College clean

You are responsible for your garbage, recycling and compost:

  • Since 2018, employees have been responsible for sorting and discarding our own waste in an effort to make everyone more aware of waste management and to reduce our collective waste. This means all employees have to bring our garbage, recycling and compost out to the waste sorting stations in the corridors. If you need waste bins, please come get a mini one in 2E.21. Thanks to your collaboration, the College has made great improvements in reducing waste!

Cleaning schedule:

  • Washrooms are cleaned based on the frequency of use. Higher use washrooms are cleaned several times a day.
  • Classrooms, labs and common areas are cleaned every day. Offices are cleaned every week.

Keeping the College safe

  • 250 wall-mounted hand sanitizers were installed throughout the College. Please call 1200 or write to to report an empty hand sanitizer
  • Mask box holders have been installed at all mask changing stations and mask dispensers are on order.
  • Outdoor hang-out spaces: Four large tents were installed over picnic tables at various locations on the campus to provide more hang-out spaces for students and employees.

Ongoing renovations on campus

September 15th, 2021


  • This project is phase IV of the renovation of the College’s washrooms, which have been ongoing since 2014.
  • Temporary washrooms are now available inside and outside the G wing (near the Theatre).
  • Work is expected to finish by the end of October.

Water proofing of foundations:

  • This work is required for the maintenance and upkeep of the building.
  • Work is expected to finish by the end of October.


This renovation is part of the College beautification project. It consists of renovating the space in order to brighten the area and make it more inviting to students and to provide students with a versatile space that can be used for group work, individual study or college-sponsored events.

Work is expected to finished by the end of September.

Access to washrooms

September 1st, 2021

The Facilities Management team has another update about access to washrooms during renovations in the G and H wings.

The washrooms in 1H and 2H are in service.

Temporary toilet stalls and sinks are also available in the 2G, 4G, 2H and 4H washrooms. These particular washrooms are gender inclusive.

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Last Modified: November 17, 2021


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