bonus mcgill facts
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.