bonus mcgill facts

The McGill Daily - - History -

Dur­ing the 1950s, ex­per­i­ments into psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture were con­ducted at Mcgill’s Royal Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal. Funded by the CIA and the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment, these ex­per­i­ments formed part of the in­fa­mous Project Mkul­tra.

Sev­eral films have been par­tially shot on cam­pus, in­clud­ing Brook­lyn, X-men: Days of Fu­ture Past, and Warm Bod­ies.

On Novem­ber 10, 2011, over 100 po­lice of­fi­cers swarmed Mcgill’s cam­pus, at­tack­ing stu­dents with tear gas, rub­ber bul­lets, pep­per spray, and ba­tons. This in­ci­dent oc­curred in the con­text of the province-wide anti-aus­ter­ity move­ment that oc­cu­pied Que­bec later that year with mass stu­dent strikes.

Dur­ing the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, Mcgill en­forced ad­mis­sions quo­tas for Jewish stu­dents. A quota for Jewish stu­dents in Mcgill’s medicine pro­gramme re­mained in ef­fect as late as the 1960s.

The SSMU build­ing ap­pears on cam­pus maps as the University Cen­tre, but since the 1990s it’s been unof­fi­cially known as the Shat­ner Build­ing. That’s right, THAT Shat­ner – the ac­tor who’d go on to play Star Trek’s Cap­tain Kirk is a Mcgill grad.

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