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Headlines for April 16, 2021


The Globe and Mail
Ontario to make two new universities following Laurentian’s financial troubles

The Ontario government moved to grant independence to a medical school and a francophone university in Northern Ontario on Thursday, just days after more than 100 faculty positions and nearly 70 programs were eliminated at Laurentian University.

CTV News
Province to make northern medical school, Université de Hearst independent universities

The Ontario government is proposing legislation to make the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Université de Hearst independent universities.

CTV News
House of Commons holds emergency debate over Laurentian crisis

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus looked incensed as he waved a copy of the court filings of Laurentian’s creditor case inside the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Laurentian University gives update on 1st phase of court-mediated restructuring

The president and vice-chancellor of Laurentian University says today marks a number of milestones in the first phase of the insolvent university’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act restructuring process.

Sudbury MP crafting bill to amend CCAA process in wake of Laurentian University insolvency

Sudbury Liberal MP Paul Lefebvre told an emergency House of Commons debate Wednesday evening on the Laurentian University financial crisis that he will table a private member’s bill Monday to amend the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

Timmins Daily Press
Hache: Laurentian cuts ‘necessary to ensure the survival of the university’

As we come to April 15, a number of major milestones in the first phase of Laurentian’s CCAA (Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act) process have been completed. While the steps taken have been difficult and impact many in the community, they were necessary to ensure the survival of the university.

The Toronto Star
Axing so many French programs a ‘betrayal,’ but Laurentian’s troubles may galvanize a movement decades in the making

Joel Belliveau, a historian and now former associate professor in Histoire at Laurentian University, woke up Monday to a text message from a colleague, telling him to check his email.

The Toronto Star
Laurentian’s Francophone students feel like their academic career is in limbo

Like others impacted by the axing of many French-language programs at Laurentian University on April 12, students Kiara Duval and Dominic Belisle are feeling lost and abandoned.

The Sudbury Star
Sudbury column: Laurentian administrators, board hiding like cowards

Questions created by the university’s mess deserves answers.

The Timmins Daily Press
Sudbury column: The time for universal post-secondary education has arrived

One of the best things any government can do during a downturn (or for that matter in the middle of a global pandemic) is to invest in people – in their health, their safety on the job, as well as their security and their education.

The Timmins Daily Press
Column: Laurentian’s contributions to Sudbury have been immense

Regarding the current difficulties being experienced at Laurentian University: I still remember as a child when the university’s classes were downtown. Simultaneously, a respected Sudbury lawyer (Bill Shea), knocked on our door and asked for a contribution towards constructing a new university by the golf course.

‘Destructive’ closure of Laurentian University’s midwifery program vexes students, educator

Students and the former director of Laurentian University’s school of midwifery in Sudbury, Ont., are struggling to understand why it was closed as part of the university’s restructuring.

The Toronto Star
How Sudbury can fight the Laurentian cuts

Their tireless efforts built the Sudbury we know today. Elected officials who represented us in years and decades past are unwilling to let the legacy we entrusted them to build go down without a fight.

Global News
Why are COVID-19 cases quickly rising among Canadian university students?

Younger people are driving COVID-19 case counts across Canada but for those looking to play the blame game, experts are saying it’s not as simple as pointing fingers at party-goers and doling out punishments to individuals.

The Globe and Mail
After a year of remote learning, postsecondary graduates still optimistic about their work prospects

Soraya Aghbali’s final year of her education degree didn’t go quite as planned. The soon-to-be graduate of Nipissing University in North Bay, Ont., had expected a year that involved two placements with elementary-school classes, wrapping up her coursework on campus and a week-long school trip to Germany, where she planned to volunteer in the community and use her teaching skills.

Advocates call for expansion of pandemic supports for students

The coronavirus has posed many new challenges for post-secondary students, who are feeling the squeeze in different ways from province to province.

‘There’s a real opportunity here,’ says senior economist

David Macdonald, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, says the federal government should take a moment to consider how it can use the pandemic as a chance to help universities in the long term.

Global News
Alberta-made COVID-19 vaccine begins clinical trial with first participants receiving a jab

A made-in Alberta COVID-19 vaccine marked a major milestone Thursday with the first recruits involved in a clinical trial injected with the vaccine.

The Globe and Mail
Ukraine now says it believes Iran intentionally shot down Flight 752

A senior Ukrainian security official says he believes Iran intentionally shot down an airliner full of passengers early last year, possibly with the intent of ending a cycle of military escalation with the United States.

CTV News
UQTR to open campus for up to 350 students in L’Assomption next fall

The Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres (UQTR) will increase its presence in the Lanaudière region, where it has been located for 50 years, by welcoming some 350 students to a new building in L’Assomption next fall.

Students and education experts raise equity concerns over U of A tuition hikes

Twelve programs at the University of Alberta could see tuition fee increases of between 17 and 104 per cent, starting in the fall of 2022.

Calgary Herald
Opinion: We must support the value of diversity in our society

The topic of diversity has garnered a great deal of attention recently, and is something I deal with on a personal level and in my role as the vice-provost, international at the University of Calgary.

Atlantic bubble delay causing stress for some university students

Post-secondary students who had plans to travel to or from the Island next week are facing disappointment and stress due to the delay in the opening of the Atlantic bubble.

Victim of voyeurism in UPEI washroom says university failed her

A victim of voyeurism in a bathroom at the University of Prince Edward Island says her life has been permanently altered because the university did not do enough to address what happened to her.

Oshawa’s Ontario Tech researchers find the science behind social media

Two Ontario Tech University researchers explored the world of social media to learn how much people engage with it daily.

NSGEU, Dalhousie University Reach Tentative Agreement, Potentially Avoiding Strike

The NSGEU and Dalhousie University have come to a tentative collective bargaining agreement, just one day after the union warned of potential strike action, says union president Jason MacLean.

Financial Post
Richard C. Owens: Universities should stop stealing copyright material

It’s frustrating that Canada’s education sector prefers to impoverish Canada and its culture while bloating its own payrolls.

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