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Headlines for Aug. 25, 2021


Young voters share big priorities for 2021 election

More than 800,000 Canadians have turned 18 since the last federal election and some of those voters have big priorities including the environment, inequality and the overall economy.

Students tell Elections Canada to do more after it cancels Vote on Campus program

Post-secondary students are telling Elections Canada staff to do “as much as they can” to get out the student vote, after the agency cancelled the Vote on Campus program for the 2021 federal election.

Concerns about youth voter turnout in federal election due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges

There are concerns that young people may face more barriers and deterrents in casting their ballots during this pandemic federal election, and that could have an impact on the outcome.

Policy Options
Will action on reconciliation emerge as an election issue?

After the discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools, political leaders won’t be able to ignore commitments to advance reconciliation.

CTV News
How far should academic freedom go? Quebec expects to have the answer in December

How far should academic freedom go? What are the lines that university professors shouldn’t cross in front of students when bringing up sensitive issues or using controversial words? Is self-censorship already taking its toll in the classroom?

Times Higher Education
Canadian universities finally move to mandate vaccines

But about-turn leaves gaps and lingering fears about challenging political power.

Ottawa Citizen
For some university students, the ‘return to campus’ seems like online déjà vu

“I’m basically on my laptop all day. At least on campus there is some sort of communication with classmates. It helps you.”

CTV News
Vaccines to be required for on-campus housing in B.C., many post-secondary activities

For post-secondary students returning to school this fall, new requirements to curb the spread of COVID-19 on campus were released by B.C. health officials this week.

Global News
COVID-19: B.C. university students will not need proof of vaccination to attend classes in person

Revised COVID-19 safety measures for post-secondary institutions in British Columbia include mandatory masks in indoor settings, but students will not be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend class.

Global News
Lingering uncertainty about vaccination policies at post-secondary schools

There is still uncertainty and confusion over possible vaccination policies at B.C.‘s post-secondary schools.

Laurentian asks to extend creditor protection periods

Laurentian University says it needs more time to develop a plan to exit restructuring and is asking a judge to approve an extension of its loan agreement, and a stay of proceedings against creditors, until January 31, 2022.

CTV News
Unvaccinated individuals without valid exemption no longer permitted on Carleton University campus this fall

Carleton University has updated its COVID-19 vaccination guidelines for students, staff and visitors, and will no longer allow unvaccinated individuals on campus without a valid exemption.

UPEI makes vaccination on campus for students, staff and faculty mandatory

The University of Prince Edward Island is requiring that all faculty, staff and students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.

MSVU: Students, staff will need to be fully vaccinated

Students heading to campus at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax this fall will need to be fully vaccinated.

MUN sets vaccination deadlines as union explores possibility of human rights challenge

Memorial University has spelled out more details on a controversial COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, faculty and staff, while a union is expressing concerns about a mandatory order that it says could harm some members’ rights.

The Hamilton Spectator
MUN on solid ground with vaccine mandate, says Charter expert

While it has yet to be litigated in court, a constitutional law expert in Ontario says it’s unlikely anyone will succeed in challenging a vaccine mandate like that announced late Friday by Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Competition to encourage youth vaccinations launched by 4 Alberta universities

Four Alberta universities are hoping a new competition will help get more young people vaccinated.

The Province
COVID-19: Students cheer while faculty gives failing grade to new B.C. rules for post-secondary schools

More than 2,900 students and faculty in B.C. have signed a petition calling for mandatory immunization.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Young Innovators: U of S researcher uses innovative imaging techniques to determine blood clot composition
An innovative new project by a U of S graduate student used synchrotron-based imaging techniques to examine what blood clots are made of.

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