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Headlines for April 19, 2021


Student leaders cry out for support in federal budget, wary of long-term pandemic consequences

For Osob Mohamed, finishing her final semester at Simon Fraser University is bittersweet. Despite feeling the accomplishment of completing her health sciences degree, she’s apprehensive what’s next for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal budget caught between third wave and post-COVID plans

In Monday’s budget, the Liberals will try to balance what they must urgently do to stop COVID-19’s third wave with future plans to support the economy and tackle the societal problems exposed by the pandemic.

The Toronto Star
Trudeau committed to eliminating anti-Black racism. The 2021 federal budget is Canada’s chance to deliver

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a generational public health and economic crisis in Canada and around the world, and while it has disrupted the lives of all Canadians, it has disproportionately impacted Black communities, where it worsened and entrenched existing socioeconomic inequalities.

Global News
Post-secondary students brace for ‘tough’ graduation under cloud of COVID-19

Rita Stranges has been worrying about finding a job as graduation approaches.

Meet the Canadian doctors working to identify and treat the rare blood clots linked to COVID-19 vaccines

A McMaster University lab that’s studied clots for decades has become key to the country’s efforts.

Regina Leader-Post
133 new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London, plus ninth active residence outbreak declared at Western University

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting 133 new COVID-19 cases Saturday.

Mount Allison students win back Indigenous environment course with petition

The petition got nearly 300 signatures and the group collected 50 testimonials from staff, students and alumni.

The Timmins Daily Press
Nipissing faculty association calls for Romano, Hache, Laurentian leadership to resign over crisis at Sudbury university

Nipissing University Faculty Association has joined with other university faculty unions in calling for the resignation of Ross Romano, provincial minister of colleges and universities, and Robert Hache, president of Laurentian University, along with his senior leadership team.

CTV News
Laurentian signs deal with the University of Sudbury to take over six Indigenous studies courses

An agreement has been reached that will see Laurentian University take over six Indigenous studies courses from the University of Sudbury.

CTV News
Sudbury’s major unions demand province take action on Laurentian University cuts

The heads of some of Sudbury’s biggest unions gathered online this week to express their disgust with what they witnessed at Laurentian University.

The Timmins Daily Press
Canadian Student-Athlete Association founder calls for resignations, reversal of cuts amid Laurentian financial crisis

The founder of the Canadian Student-Athlete Association has joined union leaders and opposition MPPs in calling for the resignation of senior administrators and the board chair at Laurentian University, as well as the provincial minister in charge of colleges and universities, after LU cut several academic and athletic programs this week.

CTV News
Laurentian University protesters demonstrate outside president’s residence

It was a passionate crowd who gathered along Paris Street on Friday morning to send a message to the president of Laurentian University, the Ontario premier and the Minister of Colleges and Universities.

The Toronto Star
‘We are losing dreams’: Professors and students at Laurentian University try to make sense of cuts

Fourteen women who run the country’s only bilingual midwifery program. They and the program — gone.

CTV News
‘In a crisis you have to stop the bleeding’: Federal NDP Leader calls for urgent help in Laurentian cuts

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the Canadian government has the power to help save Sudbury’s Laurentian University from the devastating cuts and is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act.

The Toronto Star
Labour leaders weigh in on Laurentian: Fix post-secondary funding or LU won’t be the last insolvent school

Leaders of several area labour unions didn’t mince words at a news conference today in response to recent events involving the Laurentian University insolvency and CCAA process.

Don’t blame CCAA process for Laurentian University’s financial troubles, insolvency expert says

Sudbury Liberal MP Paul Lefebvre is expected to table a private member’s bill today in the wake of the financial crisis at Laurentian University.

The Toronto Star
Liberal MP’s bill aims to keep turmoil at Laurentian University from happening at other schools

A Liberal MP is set to propose a private member’s bill banning colleges and universities from seeking creditor protection, saying he’s trying to prevent the turmoil that’s going on at Laurentian — which is in his riding — from happening at other schools.

The Timmins Daily Press
Sudbury column: Indigenous perspectives but no Indigenous studies scholars

On April 15, Laurentian University president Robert Hache sent out a new message, part of which addresses the question of Indigenous studies. By his estimate, Indigenous studies has 140 students registered, but the program is a casualty of his recent termination of the federation agreement as this program is offered by the University of Sudbury.

Laurentian students raising money for emergency aid

Two Laurentian University students are lending a hand to their classmates, as massive cuts at the school throw a twist into academic plans.

The Timmins Daily Press
Editorial: Greater Sudbury sleepwalks during Laurentian crisis

Laurentian University has just shown you can gut one of Sudbury’s key public institutions, in secret, no less, with hardly any pushback.

The Timmins Daily Press
Sudbury column: The centre for academic excellence in Northern Ontario falling into mediocrity

I am writing this commentary in the wake of mass termination that has occurred at Laurentian University.

The Timmins Daily Press
Signoretti: Laurentian ‘rush job’ must be stopped

Sudbury needs a viable plan to minimize the damage and support from the provincial and federal governments.

The Globe and Mail
Laurentian cuts serve as a warning for other Canadian universities

They are calling it Black Monday in Sudbury. The Northern Ontario city, made famous by its nickel mines and a Stompin’ Tom Connors ode to its raucous Saturday nights, is reeling from this week’s announcement of massive cuts at struggling Laurentian University.

Kamloops This Week
Thompson Rivers University renews agreement with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc

The agreement has nine commitments, including increasing access to post-secondary education, improving student retention and graduations rates and a pledge to work with the First Nation should archeological sites be discovered on university grounds.

Guelph Today
U of G post docs vote in favour of unionizing

The approximately 150 post docs working at U of G will now be represented by the United Steel Workers.

The Globe and Mail
Sexual harassment among the reasons author Galloway fired from UBC, court told

Author Steven Galloway was fired from the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program for reasons that included sexual harassment, a Vancouver court has heard.

The Globe and Mail
NuraLogix’s work on public surveillance tools raises concerns about cooperating with firms tied to Chinese government

For the past six years, Toronto-based NuraLogix has been working on technology that translates blood flow patterns on a person’s face into insights about their health and psychology.

Financial Post
Former industry minister takes parting shot at Canada’s risk-averse business community

Kevin Carmichael: With a new budget on the way, those bags of cash that Navdeep Bains originally dangled in front of our captains of industry are about to get bigger.

Head of Dal computer science says $13M in funding will help bolster diversity

The dean of computer science at Dalhousie University says the department hopes to use millions of dollars in newly announced provincial funding to create more inclusive programs and bolster diversity within the field.

The Hamilton Spectator
McMaster denies sexual misconduct allegations by former student in statement of defence

McMaster University denies most of the allegations made by a former student who alleges professors subjected her to sexual advances, sexual harassment and sexual assault, according to the university’s statement of defence filed in response to her civil suit.

Recommendation expected in May on Ford supporter’s Christian college application to become university

The independent board reviewing Canada Christian College’s applications to call itself a university and offer new degree programs expects to make a recommendation to the Ontario government on the controversial request next month.

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