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Headlines for April 1, 2021


The Globe and Mail
Ottawa settles human-rights complaint on research chairs

The federal government has settled a human-rights complaint about equity issues in the Canada Research Chairs program, committing universities to hit hiring targets or they will lose their positions.

Global News
Starving Student’: Meal Exchange takes action to combat food insecurity among post-secondary students

Suman Roy, executive director of Meal Exchange, talks about tackling food insecurity among post-secondary students during the pandemic.

The Record
University of Waterloo president scolds students acting ‘recklessly’

University of Waterloo’s president shared harsh words for students acting “recklessly” and not following rules meant to control the spread of COVID-19 as an outbreak has been expanded to include all its residences.

‘It’s never been this bad’: Students frustrated after all-residence outbreak at University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo students are expressing fear and frustration after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in all student residences Tuesday.

The Globe and Mail
U of T report underlines troubling relationship between donors and academia

The University of Toronto must address the issue of donors trying to interfere in university hiring decisions, according to a report into the handling of a controversial hiring decision at its law school.

Scientists figure out how to put the brakes on antimatter atoms

Antimatter atoms get annihilated whenever they contact matter — which makes up everything. That makes them hard to study, which has been a problem, scientists say, because studying antimatter is key to understanding how the universe formed.

The Toronto Star
Ford ignoring post-secondary in COVID recovery budget: NDP

Ontario’s universities estimate they’ve lost a combined $1 billion due to COVID-19, and the provincial government’s offer of just over $100 million to help is insufficient, the NDP’s critic for post-secondary education said on Tuesday.

The Toronto Star
Province launches Healthy Campus Saskatchewan

On Wednesday the Government of Saskatchewan announced that they are providing an additional $211,000 to support a partnership that focuses on the health and wellbeing of post-secondary students.

Global News
Western University students grapple with COVID-19 outbreaks and final exams

If fast-approaching final exams weren’t stressful enough, students at Western University are now grappling with a surge in COVID-19 cases among students, staff and the rest of the London, Ont., community.

First Cree patient joins McGill patient committee aimed at improving hospital experience

A Cree patient from northern Quebec will play a key role in a new project that aims to make the hospitals of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) more welcoming places for Indigenous people.

Live Wire Calgary
MRU progress ‘slow’ to offer Indigenous language credit courses

Mount Royal University (MRU) is still bringing Indigenous language education to Calgary, but the process has had hiccups.

CTV News
The Running Researcher: A University of Ottawa Heart Institute scientist takes strides to revolutionize heart health

There are reasons, beyond fitness, that we run. 39-year-old Emilio Alarcon remembers clearly why he started.

Timmins Daily Press
Column: Restoring Laurentian University: Supporting discovery

The Feb. 1st insolvency announcement by Laurentian University was a shock. Who knew that we would be the first Canadian university to go through a process that many thought was reserved for failing steel plants or other such companies?

Northern Ontario Business
OPINION: A university ‘by and for’ francophones

Autonomous French-language structure within Laurentian is the most logical solution following insolvency.

Laurentian faculty face tough, tight decisions around retirement, pensions

A Sudbury financial advisor whose clients include Laurentian University professors says they’ve been given a four-day window to decide whether to retire or not.

The Sudbury Star
Laurentian supporters take comfort in minister’s comments

Pressed by MPP Jamie West on whether the province will ‘step in to save university from drastic cuts, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said his government is ‘going to continue to be there for Laurentian.’

Free menstrual products coming to some U of C bathrooms this summer

Students at the University of Calgary will be able to access free menstrual products in a number of washrooms at the school thanks to a new pilot program.

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