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Students of the Eco-Landscaping course pose with teacher Paul Wasacz in Dawson's Peace Garden.

Students tackle climate change by building wetland as part of unique Phys. Ed. course

September 7th, 2022

A class of over 25 students reclaimed a concrete heat island on Dawson’s urban campus by transforming it into a wetland as part of a unique-in-Canada Physical Education course. The brand-new Eco-Landscaping course was co-developed by Dawson’s Physical Education Department and the Sustainability Office.

For the homepage news story, click Read More.

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Try out campus recreation for free beginning Sept. 12

September 7th, 2022

Campus Recreation is free during Open House at Dawson's PARC, which takes place for two weeks beginning Monday, Sept. 12 and running through Friday, Sept. 23.

Check out all the classes and activities offered in the Campus Recreation (PARC) Fall 2022 schedule: CAMPUS_RECREATION_FALL_2022- revised Sept 9

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Creative Collective presents Critical Commotion Sept. 13, 19 & 21

September 7th, 2022

Creative Collective for Change is asking the Dawson community to make a Critical Commotion around ideas of law enforcement. With the help of the Dawson alumni group, Peace Week, the DSU and Humanities and Public Life Conference, they will be doing a series of events that spark conversation by asking: What is your experience with…

Make your appointment to donate blood Sept. 13-14

September 7th, 2022

Héma-Québec will be running a blood donor clinic at Dawson on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 13-14 in 3C.1.

It will be by appointment only. You can make an appointment online: or by calling 1-800-343-7264.

The objective is to get 60 donors and they are especially in need of O- and B- blood donors. Each donor can save several lives with only one donation and their body will quickly replenish their blood supply.

For more information about the donor experience:

Influence of Dawson’s Living Campus

September 7th, 2022

Dawson’s Living Campus concept has influenced other schools and organizations to become Living Schools, Work Places and even Churches/Places of Worship.

Rev. Neil Whitehouse of Westmount Park United Church wrote a letter to the editor in the Aug. 30 issue of the Westmount Independent to congratulate Dawson on being recognized as a leader in sustainability:

“Huge congratulations to Dawson College on recognition of their tremendous work towards sustainable living (August 23, p. 19). My church is a Living Church as Dawson is a Living Campus, and we both have special ginkgo trees.”

FYSO staff with their chrysalises.

Monarch Butterfly project brings joy and builds Dawson community

September 7th, 2022

In an annual tradition that never fails to awe employees and students with the beauty of Nature, the Sustainability Office distributed 100 Monarch Butterfly chrysalises to employees throughout the College, including to the staff of the First-Year Students’ Office, pictured.

“Taking care of the butterflies together helps us take care of each other and Nature,” said Jenn de Vera, project lead. “This is the most wonderful time of the year at Dawson! Our priority is to involve new people every year and spread the joy.”

At the time of publishing D News, a little more than half the chrysalises had eclosed and all were expected to eclose by the weekend. Every day at 12 p.m. this week, butterflies will be released in the Peace Garden. All are welcome.

To see a little video of the release on Sept. 6, check out Dawson's Facebook post: 

Rapid covid tests available on campus

August 24th, 2022

Students who have Covid-like symptoms are instructed to go home, do a rapid Covid test, and contact whether they test positive or negative.

During the day, students can obtain a kit from:

  • CLL (2E.6)
  • First Aid Room (2D.1)
  • First-Year Students' Office (2D.0)
  • Student Health Services (2D.02)
  • Security at the Montreal Forum

In the evening, students can obtain a kit from:

  • The Continuing Education office (2H.1)
  • Security Desk (2E.14)

Employees can pick up kits at Human Resources (4B). 

Teddy bear wearing a mask.

Help keep our Dawson community healthy

August 24th, 2022

If you develop COVID-like symptoms:

 Mask wearing:

  • The College still has mask dispensing stations around the campus
  • Wearing a mask is recommended in the presence of vulnerable or immunocompromised people as well as when it is difficult to keep a distance from others.
  • People who test positive must self-isolate: vaccinated people for the first 5 days then wear the mask for the next 5 days. Others must isolate for the full 10 days.

Quebec Government Information:

Original art in an Indigenous style that shows a turtle and handprints.

Sept. 30 is Orange Shirt Day – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

August 24th, 2022

On Friday Sept. 30, the Dawson community will observe Orange Shirt Day – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As a young child at a residential school in 1973, Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in British Columbia, was wearing a brand-new orange shirt on her first day of…

Understanding sex, gender and sexual orientation diversity with Julien R. Johnson

June 1st, 2022

Julien is a young trans person who has been working for trans rights and with trans youth for the past seven years. He has been the Support Services Coordinator and Intervention Worker for Project 10 for over three years and is the person behind Dawson’s three multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms — a historical first for colleges…

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Last Modified: September 7, 2022


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