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Headlines for Aug. 16, 2021


Global News
USask requiring students, staff to have COVID-19 vaccinations on campus this fall

All students, faculty and staff will be expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall term before entering campuses, according to the University of Saskatchewan.

Global News
University of Regina requiring COVID-19 vaccine for students, staff

The University of Regina is following the steps of other Canadian universities by requiring all faculty, staff and students to have both doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 1.

CTV News
Wilfrid Laurier University makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory to attend campus

Wilfrid Laurier University will require all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access campus this fall.

The Globe and Mail
Canada’s universities and colleges have broken their students’ trust

After I got my two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, I felt as giddy about returning to classrooms this September as I did before my first class 20 years ago.

CTV News
Maritime campuses encourage vaccinations as mandatory measures expand elsewhere
As more Canadian post-secondary institutions announce mandatory vaccine policies, Maritime universities are sticking with the mantra of encouragement instead of enforcement.

Global News
University profs hope ‘domino’ effect will make COVID-19 vaccine mandate a campus norm

The decisions of several top-tier universities to make COVID-19 vaccination a requirement to return to campus is putting added pressure on holdouts to follow suit, with some professors hoping the moves signal a sea change in higher-education pandemic protocols.

UBC president says he supports mandatory masks and vaccination, stops short of making it policy

There have been mounting calls for UBC to make masks and vaccines mandatory on campus this fall. But the university’s president is still not committing to such a policy, only saying he is in favour of the idea and is in talks with the province.

Vancouver Sun
COVID-19: B.C. post-secondary schools won’t follow Ontario universities in requiring vaccinations

UBC, SFU, Langara, BCIT among schools that will not mandate vaccinations or the wearing of masks indoors on campus, based on provincial public health advice.

Calgary Sun
Not calling the shots; Calgary post-secondaries resisting vaccine mandates

A growing number of Canada’s universities and colleges are introducing vaccine mandates, but schools in Calgary have no plans to require proof of immunization for a return to campus this fall.

CTV News
UNB taking ‘educational approach’ to vaccines, but will require masks indoors

As post-secondary institutions across Canada navigate what the upcoming school year will look like, some are choosing to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for in-person learning.

Montreal Gazette
Montreal universities’ health measures to be stricter than Quebec’s

For the fall semester, some Montreal universities are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to masks, distancing.

Global News
Fleming College to require COVID-19 vaccination to be on campus, Trent University faculty ask for same

Fleming College in Peterborough has updated its COVID-19 vaccination policy in the wake of the evolving pandemic while staff at Trent University are demanding a similar plan.

CTV News
SFU biology department breaks ranks with school on COVID-19 protocols

Masks are now mandatory in one department at Simon Fraser University.

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 19 new cases, Moncton cluster linked to cases in 3 zones

Public Health reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and has determined that the cluster of cases in the Moncton region, Zone 1, is linked to many of the new cases in three other zones.

CTV News
University of Toronto faculty say COVID-19 vaccine policy is ‘inadequate’ and ‘misleading’

University of Toronto faculty are criticizing the administration over a vaccination policy that they say “does little to ensure a safe return” to the classroom.

Times Colonist
Comment: Everyone on UVic campus should be vaccinated

The University of Ottawa announced on Tuesday that all faculty, staff, students and visitors need to show proof of vaccination status to access the campus this fall. It is time for the University of Victoria to do the same.

U of Regina students happy to see vaccine requirement but fear international students may face challenges

A pair of University of Regina students say they’re happy the school is making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory on campus but more information and support are needed for international students.

Niagara Falls Review
Brock’s change of heart on mandatory vaccinations commended by faculty

Brock University administration’s change of heart on implementing a vaccine mandate for everyone entering its campus was described as a “major victory” by faculty members who had been lobbying administration to implement the requirement.

The Record
How are Ontario colleges and universities dealing with COVID-19 vaccines? Check out our chart to find out

Ontario’s public post-secondary institutions are unveiling their vaccination policies for the upcoming fall semester, with some mandating that students, staff and faculty provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and others requiring students to self-disclose on an honour system basis.

Here’s how a rebrand of Ryerson University could pay off for the school

Before Ryerson University students begin fall classes, a task force will announce what actions it believes should be taken to deal with the legacy of the Toronto school’s namesake, Egerton Ryerson.

N.B. student sends weather balloon, cameras 30 kms into stratosphere

Jagriti Luitel has always had a soaring ambition, but the pandemic has quite literally elevated it to new heights.

U of G to establish Indigenous research lab, unique at a Canadian university

An Indigenous-based research laboratory will be established at the University of Guelph, the educational institution has announced.

Calgary Herald
Making connections; U of S aims to boost links between medical school, Indigenous communities, writes Bryn Levy

The University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine has announced plans to start a new Division of Indigenous Health. Dr. Veronica McKinney, chair of the college’s Indigenous health committee, is among those who have spent years laying the groundwork for the new division, which is expected to have a leader in place sometime this fall.

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