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Headlines for April 26, 2021


The Globe and Mail
Schools raise fears about ‘further erosion of Northern universities’

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine didn’t approach the provincial government about becoming an independent university, according to the school’s president, but was pushed in that direction by the Minister of Colleges and Universities.

Policy Options
Why do we keep allowing cuts to universities?

What’s happening at Laurentian University shows the disconnect between leaders, citizens and the institutions that benefit so many communities.

The Toronto Star
Paikin resigns as LU chancellor

Steve Paikin has stepped away from the chancellorship at Laurentian University.

CTV News
Rebuilding confidence big part of next steps, Laurentian says in court filing

Describing the process so far as “disruptive and unsettling” to staff and students, Laurentian University says in a court affidavit the next step in its insolvency process is rebuilding damaged confidence and relationships.

Laurentian University’s restructuring trumps professors’ collective agreement

Professor says she will lose her salary, health benefits and won’t get any severance after 15 years.

CTV News
Ontario cabinet minister questioned over Laurentian University

Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano found himself in a tough spot on Friday as he faced off with media from across northern Ontario.

CTV News
University of Sudbury wants to take over all French programs from Laurentian, court filings show

In a sign of the bitterness that has been created during Laurentian University’s insolvency, the University of Sudbury blasted the school in court documents in which it called for LU to hand over all French-language programs to the U of S.

The Hamilton Spectator
U. of Sudbury strikes committee to plot course to French-language university

The University of Sudbury board of regents have created an ad hoc committee to work toward the creation of a French-language university.”

Times Higher Education
Union censures Toronto after job ‘rescinded over Israel views’

Faculty group’s first boycott order in decade affirms pro-Israel interference, but president Meric Gertler pushes back.

University World News
Do donors have too much influence over universities?

“I scarcely know anybody who works in the academy these days who isn’t concerned about donors’ influence,” Professor Denise Réaume told me resignedly.

Cancelling internships during pandemic hurts businesses as much as students

It’s hard to find a job, especially when the one you’re looking for doesn’t exist.

The Globe and Mail
Ontario’s Student Choice Initiative harms campus life – but it can be an opportunity for student publications

I have a lot to lose if the Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative (SCI) is revived.

Dalhousie students pledge to fight on despite 3% tuition hike

In the face of opposition from students, Dalhousie University’s board of governors voted this week to raise tuition by three per cent.

CTV News
Dalhousie considers suspension, students apologize after police ticket 22 for ‘large social gathering’

Dalhousie University is now considering disciplinary action against students they say attended a gathering that broke COVID-19 rules, and the students involved have since apologized.

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: UNB Fredericton returns to essential services for 72 hours

The University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus has returned to essential services for 72 hours and campus access will be prohibited because of an unspecified number of COVID-19 cases.

Calgary Herald
University students struggle with high tuition, student loans and no jobs in ongoing pandemic

Post-secondary leaders are asking government to provide more supports for students who are in the midst of their degree programs, or just about to graduate.

Summer looms for Edmonton post-secondary students struggling to find work

Finding summer jobs has been so tough for some Edmonton post-secondary students that they are considering staying in school to keep receiving income from student loans.

Burnaby Now
Opinion: Burnaby SFU outsourcing food and cleaning a ‘bad situation’ for workers

Like most places of higher learning these days, Simon Fraser University aspires to a strong culture of community.

Keremeos Review
UBCO request to adjourn tribunal hearing over sexual assault complaint denied

UBC Okanagan’s request to adjourn the hearing for a human rights complaint against the university was denied, with the hearing scheduled for May 10, 2021.

Global News
USask scientists part of national network tracking COVID-19 variants

As healthcare workers wage the battle against COVID-19, a network of scientists is looking to understand the variants of concern and are already watching for the next threat.

Brock study finds balanced discussion on COVID-19, but ‘quite a bit’ of anti-Asian racism

Conversation on Twitter is surprisingly nuanced and balanced when it comes to views on COVID-19 pandemic measures in Ontario, a new Brock University-led research has found.

My Campbell River Now
Province offers mental health supports to students affected by India, Pakistan travel restrictions

In light of new federal flight restrictions between India, Pakistan and Canada, post-secondary international students living on Vancouver Island and beyond are being offered mental health supports.

The Star Phoenix
U of S president touts VIDO funding, eyes further land development

Peter Stoicheff says he expects the fall term to be a “transitional” period for in-person learning on campus.

Financial Post
Ottawa moves to ensure IP funded and developed in Canada stays in Canada

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the federal government is acting to ensure intellectual property developed in Canada remains in the country, following longstanding industry concerns about foreign firms capitalizing on domestic research and inventions.

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