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Headlines for Aug. 10, 2020


The PIE News
Canada “considering” letting int’l students return in September
Canada’s federal government is “considering” letting international students return to the country for September as long as they can be safely accommodated, a letter obtained by The PIE News has revealed.

University students frustrated by fees ahead of online semester amid COVID-19
In about a month, Nina Jeffery will begin her fourth year studying media production at Ryerson University, and like many post-secondary students in Canada, most of her courses will be online.

Lakehead University international students speak out against tuition hikes
The Lakehead University Student Union says it’s waiting for a response from the university to concerns it raised last month about tuition increases for international students.

The Guardian
COVID-19: ‘Like finding the right book in massive library,’ says UBC researcher testing antibodies for a treatment
Researchers at the University of B.C. are testing antibodies in an attempt to develop an inhaler that could be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Edmonton post-secondary institutions prepare for new academic year in pandemic
Edmonton campuses may seem quieter this fall as post-secondary institutions continue to focus on remote learning ahead of a new academic year during the pandemic.

Toronto Star
Can researchers find a way to run 10,000 COVID-19 tests at once? A team in Toronto is trying
The goal: To collect upwards of of 10,000 COVID-19 tests daily – and perhaps significantly more – by repurposing an existing “ultra-high-throughput” next-generation genome sequencing platform.

Global News
University of Alberta prof debunks COVID-19 mask conspiracies
Edmonton’s mandatory mask bylaw has now been in place for one week – and people are adjusting to yet-another “new normal.”

Tough to visit home and long waits for permits for international students at Yukon University
Andrea Bacchetta had hoped to spend a couple of weeks back home in Italy this summer, before continuing his studies at Yukon University in Whitehorse.

Calgary Herald
Calgary post-secondaries follow city lead on mask policy
With masks officially required in indoor public spaces in Calgary as of Aug. 1, the city’s post-secondaries are crafting their own policies for face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nova Scotia Advocate
Friends of NSCAD: Fire the Board of Governors, and reinstate president who tackled structural racism
Neither alumnae, students, faculty or staff think firing popular NSCAD president Aoife Mac Namara was the right thing to do. However, members of the NSCAD Board of Governors, corporate types mostly, with no real connection to the arts community, fired her anyways, for reasons they never divulged.

MUN President Embarks on Cross-Province Tour to Build Connections with University Community
Memorial University President Vianne Timmons says she’s learned a lot from a road trip across the province aimed at connecting with the university community.

National Post
University of Victoria and women’s rowing coach sued over alleged verbal abuse
A former member of the University of Victoria’s varsity women’s rowing team is suing the head coach and the university over allegations of demeaning and aggressive treatment.

Global News
Canadian University student-athletes want a say in their future
Global News Weekend host Mike Arsenault interviews Garrett Holmes, president of the newly formed Canadian Student Athlete Association, about how the pandemic has thrown Canadian university sports into upheaval and the desire for student athletes to have a say in their future.

Halifax Today
Saint Mary’s University student starts fundraiser for Beirut
A Saint Mary’s University student has started a Facebook relief fund page for those impacted by the massive explosion that rocked Beirut.

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