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Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

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Virtual Open House was a success

The numbers show that Dawson's first ever Virtual Open House was a success.

Click Read More for the homepage news story with all the numbers and feedback from a cross-section of the more than 200 teachers, employees and students who contributed to this event.

Read More - Virtual Open House was a success

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, Dawson Grads, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Sustainability

Dawson’s climate rebels on The Nature of Things Nov. 6

The 60th anniversary season premiere of The Nature of Things hosted by David Suzuki on Nov. 6 features an action-filled documentary that captures the beginnings of a movement that is changing the world.

Rebellion brings viewers to the front lines of the climate rebellion, including Dawson College on Sept. 26, 2019, the day before the historic climate march in Montreal with Greta Thunberg and 500,000 peaceful protesters.

Read the homepage news story in the Read More link to find out what Dawson's climate march leaders are up to a year later and how to tune in to the show.

Read More - Dawson’s climate rebels on The Nature of Things Nov. 6


News from Oct. 28 Board meeting

The new chairperson of the Dawson Student Union, Kevin Contant-Holowatyj, joined the Board of Governors for the first time at the Oct. 28 meeting.

Apart from the updates from the Executive Committee, the Director General and the Academic Dean, the Dawson AI team gave an update of their three-year project, three programs presented revisions and one program presented their national accreditation.

Click Read More for the full report.

Read More - News from Oct. 28 Board meeting

From the Director General, In the news/in social media

Dawson’s new pavilion subject of debate

Dawson College was the subject of a debate in the National Assembly and in the editorial pages of the francophone press last month.

The Montreal Gazette covered the news in a story:

Dawson pavilion passes :

Our Director General Richard Filion wrote an opinion piece that was partially published in Le Devoir on Oct. 22.

To read our DG's complete opinion piece (in French), click Read More.

Read More - Dawson’s new pavilion subject of debate

Peace Centre

Peace Centre Update

Ildikó Glaser-Hille, Interim Programming Coordinator of the Peace Centre, prepared an update about the activities to date this semester.

Click Read More for her Peace Centre report.

Read More - Peace Centre Update

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memory of Silvio Zenone

Silvio Zenone, who turned 93 in hospital, died Oct. 21 at the Jewish General Hospital. He was with his wife of over 50 years, Grace, and is survived by his two sons, Genesio and Michael, and their children: Zoe and Elly, and Leo and Henry. Silvio taught in the Physics Department at Dawson College (intermittently at Concordia) from 1972 to 2010.

Click Read More for a longer obituary submitted by the family.

Read More - In memory of Silvio Zenone

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Virtual Workshops from the Intercollegiate Decolonization Network (IDN)

Session 1: Friday November 6 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Haudenosaunee ways - Learning from the custodians of this territory
Kanien'kehá:ka values and vision, tradition and innovation, ongoing struggles and paths forward

Session 2: Wednesday November 25 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Walking with care: Respectful living on Kanien'kehá:ka territory
What does it mean to be a guest on these lands? What are the responsibilities of guests? How can guests enact that responsibility? How can teachers teach this awareness and responsibility to students of diverse backgrounds?

Contact Julia Lijerón for session Zoom links.

Dawson Active Learning Community (DALC) Webinar - November 6, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Thriving in the future: Teaching in a post-pandemic world

What strategies can we take from our pandemic-forced online teaching experience into a post-pandemic teaching world? How can we make face-to-face learning better by using some of the lessons, technologies and techniques we are currently using? Join us for a rich exchange of ideas about how we might use this experience to make teaching better in the near future.

Join this webinar through the Faculty Hub.

Crispesh Webinar - November 4, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

First Nations Voices of Disability: Qualitative research as a tool for understanding an emerging Indigenized model of disability

Ped Days 2020

Recordings of the opening and closing keynote presentations are now available here. Documents and recordings of all other presentations can be found here (sign in to MS365 required).

#DawsonProud, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Update on Dawson’s AASHE audit

Dawson’s 211-page sustainability report was submitted to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) review committee in September. Almost 90% of indicator reporting and supporting documents were accepted and the Sustainability Office has 60 days to respond to questions concerning the other 10%. This is Dawson’s first attempt at an international rating in sustainability and we are hoping to be recognized at a high level. The entire College community has worked hard to contribute data and processes and to modify practices that lead to well-being for all. Stay tuned for results soon!

Academic News, Faculty Hub

Subscribe to CLÉO’s newsletter

Have you subscribed to CLÉO’s newsletter? It is an excellent source of information to find out all about CLÉO’s cultural and pedagogical services.

For the Fall 2020 semester, our new activities include:

  • A conversation and film workshops
  • Coaching for the OQLF exam
  • A brand new French language learning podcast, The CLÉO Podcast, now available on Spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts.

You can book your spot for any of these activities right here. For the workshops, book your spot with the resources entitled "Short Film Club" and "Conversation Workshop - Roleplay".

The schedule and themes for the conversation and film workshops are available here.

For the OQLF coaching, book an appointment directly with a technician.

Subscribe to our newsletter here and get all the latest news from CLÉO.

Have a safe semester!

The CLÉO team:

Anne-Marie Turcotte

Florence Tétreault

Catherine Côté

#DawsonProud, Book/article/video recommendation, Dawson Talent

Ann Lambert’s second book published

The new book of Ann Lambert, who taught English at Dawson for almost three decades, has just been published. The Dogs of Winter is a compelling story full of hot button Canadian topics pulled from the headlines.

A murderer with a twisted mission targets the most vulnerable on the frigid streets of Montreal while scenes unfold revealing how the #MeToo movement has changed the conversation, but not nearly enough.

It is Ann's second novel in the Russell and Leduc mystery series.

Click on Read More to read the first chapter.

Read More - Ann Lambert’s second book published

Human Resources

Important changes announced by SSQ to your insurance plan

The College has been informed of important and significant changes to the SSQ group insurance contract, J9999 (applies to Professionals and Support Staff).  All changes will come into effect January 1, 2021. The new group insurance plan is named “Alter Ego” and all members currently enrolled with SSQ will be required to register their choices for the new plan through the SSQ online Customer Centre between November 9 to December 4, 2020.

The SSQ has created a website, , which has important information detailing the new plan structure, types of coverage and cost, informational videos and more.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Allison Freund at


DawsonITE Newsletter # 490

DawsonITE is your weekly curated news related to IT and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin. In this issue:

• How to use Microsoft Teams: Basic and advanced tutorials

• New college to run degrees without subjects

• Researchers built a system that can interpret lost ancient scripts automatically

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 490

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