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Headlines for Aug. 6, 2020


The Globe and Mail
CSIS warns about China’s efforts to recruit Canadian scientists
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has warned the country’s universities and research institutions that Beijing is using academic recruitment programs such as its Thousand Talents Plan to attract scientists to China in hopes of obtaining cutting-edge science and technology for economic and military advantage.

Financial Post
Faculty Preparedness for Fall 2020: Survey of More Than 800 Educators and Instructional Support Staff in Higher Ed Finds Uncertainty and Lack of Confidence with Institutional Plans
With the Fall academic term just weeks away, many educators are dissatisfied with the plans, level of clarity, and support they’ve received from their schools to teach online effectively, according to a new survey of more than 800 higher education faculty and instructional support staff.

The Economist
Covid-19 could push some universities over the brink
Covid-19 has put immense pressure on all universities. But the problems are about to get particularly severe for those in America, Australia, Canada and Britain that have come to rely on international students to fill their coffers.

Global News
SFU students want return to pass/fail grades as online classes set to continue
A group of Simon Fraser University students is calling on the B.C. university to bring back the pass/fail grading system in the fall, with online learning set to continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

International students unable to enter Canada, universities disappointed
As the start of the academic year approaches for universities across Canada, international students must make hard decisions regarding their education.

Global News
UBC loses appeal over ammonia dump in Vancouver creek that killed fish
The University of British Columbia has lost an appeal of a hefty fine and conviction over an ammonia release that ended up in a fish-bearing streaming.

The Province
UBC loses appeal over ammonia dump in Vancouver creek that killed fish
In our world, summers are particularly important and formative as we were looking forward to critical summer placements at field stations and scientific facilities across Canada.

Livewire Calgary
U of C students plea for financial support from the province for the 2020-21 year
University of Calgary’s student union asks for emergency funding from the provincial government to help students with financial burden stemming from COVID-19.

Windsor Star
U of W researchers developing microchip device to detect COVID-19
University of Windsor researchers working on a portable microchip device to detect COVID-19 say it could revolutionize testing for the virus.

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