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Headlines for April 12, 2021


The Globe and Mail
Laurentian professors in precarious spot as university navigates insolvency

Tenured professors at Laurentian University expect to know Monday whether they will be laid off as part of an extraordinary restructuring aimed at cutting costs at the insolvent and debt-burdened school.

CTV News
Affected Laurentian faculty to get termination notices Monday

It’s going to be an incredibly difficult few days for the faculty at Laurentian University as the union that represents them has been warned termination notices are coming on Monday.

The Toronto Star
Laurentian University is in peril, and it’s not alone. Governments have systematically underfunded universities and colleges across the country for decades

There was a heated volley in the House of Commons recently over the fate of French post-secondary education in the country.

Timmins Daily Press
University of Sudbury president disputes Laurentian’s math, decision to end federation agreements

Father John Meehan also expecting ‘significant program cuts and layoffs’ as part of Laurentian restructurings.

The Toronto Star
“When economists come for Indigenous Education”

Just before the Easter weekend, students were preparing for final exams and assignments at Laurentian University, when an email was sent out by the University to all staff and students, announcing that they will be terminating three relationships with federated institutions including Huntington University, Thorneloe University, and the University of Sudbury.

The Toronto Star
For students, the Indigenous Studies program at University of Sudbury is far more than a university program — it is community

In each part of this recent Laurentian University journey, student Connor Lafortune has found out about the future of his university career on social media.

University World News
University research chairs ruling enforces equity targets

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has ruled that universities will lose Canada Research Chairs if appointments to these positions do not reflect the proportion of women, disabled, indigenous and visible minorities in the Canadian population.

CTV News
‘Too little, too late’: Feds freeze student loan interest, but monthly repayments continue

Starting April 1, the interest rate has been set to zero per cent for the federal portion of student loans, but activists say that’s not enough to support recent graduates, many of whom continue to struggle to find jobs as the pandemic persists.​

Amendment coming to exclude post-secondary student union fees from Manitoba Bill 33

Student union fees levied on post-secondary students in Manitoba will be excluded from new legislation that allows the provincial government to guide tuition and student fees charged by post-secondary institutions.

Guelph Today
Post docs at U of G to hold union vote on Monday

Postdoctoral researchers at University of Guelph will vote next week on whether they will collectively join a union, which the local organizer says would be beneficial to both post docs and the university.

The PIE News
Canada: Indian students protest against visa processing delays

Indian students hoping to study at Québec colleges held protests this week, demanding that Canadian authorities speed up the processing of their student visa applications.

Edmonton Journal
Concerns raised over proposed 45-per-cent tuition increase to University of Alberta law program

University of Alberta students are raising concerns over a proposed 45-per-cent increase to tuition for the Faculty of Law’s Juris Doctor program.

Vancouver Sun
Joy Johnson and John Hepburn: Investing in talent of new post-secondary grads will accelerate B.C.’s economic recovery

Opinion: B.C. can ill afford to leave behind the new cohort of top talent graduating from our universities and colleges.

Global News
COVID-19: New university residence outbreaks declared at Western and King’s

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared two new outbreaks of COVID-19 at residences affiliated with Western University, adding to a growing list of outbreaks associated with the post-secondary institution.

The Kingston Whig-Standard
Outbreak declared to draw attention of students, university: Moore

Even though the number of new cases connected to Queen’s University was higher three weeks ago, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Heath declared an outbreak Thursday in the Student District because of the prevalence of variants of concern and increase in transmissions.

Telegraph Journal
Mount A announces receives $500,000 to support young entrepreneurs

Mount Allison University has received half a million dollars from TD Bank Group in support of student entrepreneurship and some of the beneficiaries have some big ideas they are looking to carry out.

Global News
Inaugural Trent Day spotlights the moment Trent became a university

Friday April 9th is the first ever “Trent Day”, recognizing a critical day in 1963 when a long-supported community dream graduated to becoming an official university.

My Prince George Now
Local post secondary schools receive funding to support students in financial distress

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) and UNBC will be receiving more funding allocated by the province to support Northern students in need of financial relief.

CTV News
Bursary to honour Mount Allison alumna who died in Nova Scotia mass shooting

Just ahead of the first anniversary of the Nova Scotia mass shooting, a friend of one of the victims is working to make a lasting legacy in her memory.

CTV News
UVic, women’s rowing coach deny former athlete’s allegation of verbal abuse

The University of Victoria and the head coach of its women’s rowing team have denied allegations of demeaning and aggressive treatment made in a lawsuit filed last summer by a former student and team member.

CTV News
Quebec researchers find tie between COVID-19 and major depression, suicidal thoughts

People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are twice as likely to develop symptoms of major depression and four times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than the general population, according to research from a Quebec university.

The Chronicle Herald
‘There’s a lot of buried history’: Feds invest $1 million into Dalhousie University’s Black history education project

For years, Black Canadian researchers and activists have been calling for more Black history education to be researched and taught across the country.

CTV News
Prince Phillip, dead at 99, was first-ever recipient of UVic’s honorary Doctor of Science degree

Condolences are pouring in for Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday at the age of 99.

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