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Headlines for Aug. 17, 2020


National Post
How professors and students across Canada are preparing for a university year like no other

On a recent morning, at just about 9 a.m. Stephen Heard, a professor of biology at the University of New Brunswick, stood in a stream near his Fredericton home, dripping sweat and turning over stones.

The Globe and Mail
Students from outside the bubble already in lockdown as Atlantic university towns brace for return to school

Forget orientation rallies, house parties or other frosh week events you may associate with the start of the university calendar. For hundreds of out-of-province students arriving at universities across Atlantic Canada, the beginning of this fall semester will be a solitary experience.

National Post
On small Maritime campuses, a reopening that for many means a quiet room, alone

At some of Canada’s smaller universities, academic life is set to resume amid the pandemic. But for many this year, the thrill of arriving on campus will be replaced by long days in a room trying to keep loneliness at bay.

Global News
‘It’s been a busy summer’: Acadia University prepares for challenging academic year

Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions are gearing up for an academic year they say will bring challenges they’ve never faced before.

Edmonton Journal
Keith Gerein: Ready to turn 50, MacEwan University faces its mid-life crisis

Next year, MacEwan University marks its 50th birthday, a significant achievement for an institution that started out as a tiny community college at Strathcona High School.

The Record
UW graduate workers launch campaign to unionize

Sophia Sanniti says it’s time to unionize.

The Toronto Star
‘We can’t move fast enough.’ Huge Canadian-led international study to explore impact of COVID-19 on kids in 13 countries

THE GOAL: Understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus impacts children, define the clinical picture of COVID-19 infection in kids, identify risk factors that could lead to severe illness and determine how regional public health policies influence how the disease spreads.

University students in Quebec want a refund on service fees

Industrial engineering graduate student Goutham Polisetty is minding his budget after losing his job in March due to the pandemic.

Manitoba university students should get break on fees for pandemic-affected fall semester: UMSU president

Some Manitoba university students — already feeling overwhelmed as a fall semester during a pandemic approaches — are wondering why they are still being charged fees for services when universities are offering online courses and campuses are partially shut down, says the head of a student union.

National Post
Virtual frosh weeks and no-guest dorm policies: Campus life in the age of COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases spike among the college-age cohort across the country, it is raising questions about what the return to campus life will be like, and whether the university traditions of frosh week and socials will become something of a bygone era.

MUN students’ union calling for better security for those who live in residence

The Memorial University Students’ Union is calling for better security for those who live in residence.

Masks to become mandatory at University of Regina campuses

The University of Regina is making masks mandatory for everyone at all of its campuses this fall.

Regina Leader Post
U of S makes face masks mandatory in indoor campus spaces

Calling the safety of the University of Saskatchewan community “the primary principle” in its decision-making process, school officials have made face masks mandatory in all indoor common or shared spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Nova Scotia Advocate
“We’re in a profound crisis of governance” – NSCAD students and activists respond to Board of Governors statement

A response by the NSCAD Board of Governors (BoG) after it abruptly fired president Dr. Aoife Mac Namara is not convincing members of the Nova Scotia arts community who continue to call for the dissolution of the current board.

The Hamilton Spectator
Carleton University teaches students the wrong lesson

This is not the kind of lesson any Canadian university should be teaching today.

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