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Headlines for Aug. 4, 2020


Windsor Star
People wary of online learning at universities: Poll
The Canadian university experience is already looking pretty different now that the global pandemic has sparked a shift to more online or remote learning.

The Toronto Star
Post-secondary education this fall will be a tumultous experiment
In September, both Canadian and international students will unwillingly participate in the greatest post-secondary experiment in national history.

National Post
COVID-19 guidelines lay out fall session rules for B.C. universities, colleges
New COVID-19 guidelines for post-secondary institutions, ranging from transportation to support for international students, have been released as colleges and universities gear up for the start of classes in the fall.

The Toronto Star
Why should I pay full tuition for online university courses? U of T petition gathers support
More than 3,300 students at the University of Toronto have signed a petition calling for reduced tuition fees for remote learning.

High school grads face uncertain future as they prepare for university amid pandemic
A month from now — in normal times — university and college dorms would be filling up with students, but high school graduates are facing a number of unknowns as they prepare to attend their first year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
Students stuck paying thousands in rent for vacant rooms amid pandemic
University of Ottawa law student Nina Haroune has paid thousands of dollars in rent over the past four months for a downtown apartment just minutes from campus, despite the fact she’s been living with family in Mississauga.

International students face added pressure with fall term looming ahead
COVID-19 closures have left many international students scrambling as summer jobs to help pay their high tuition fees have been scarce.

The Toronto Star
Canadians studying medicine abroad must fly home for exam despite COVID-19
Amid the pandemic, a national medical governing body is being criticized for forcing Canadian medical students studying abroad to choose between health and pursuing a residency spot in Canada.

Global News
University of New Brunswick developing portable coronavirus diagnostic tests
Researchers at the University of New Brunswick are coming up with a faster way to diagnose COVID-19 with point-of-care devices that can be used by clinicians.

Global News
Canadian professor hits back at critics of ‘diversity’ essay in top science journal
A Canadian professor who sparked a backlash by using a prestigious international scientific journal to question the impact of diversity hiring on the quality of scientific research has hit back at his detractors, saying he was the victim of a social media tempest.

CTV News

Programs at 3 of 17 medical schools in Canada aim for equity for Black students

Jaycie Dalson’s path to medical school started with her wondering if she even belonged there.

National Post
B.C. professor says one-year suspension over Facebook post ‘violates his academic freedom’
An organization that fights for academic freedom on Canadian university campuses is criticizing British Columbia’s Thompson Rivers University for suspending an economics professor over of a Facebook post.

CTV News
McGill students return to campus to protest statue; school admits slave-owning history but says no to statue’s removal
Campuses may have lain empty for months, but a group of McGill students will be returning to theirs today to ramp up pressure to get rid of the school’s geographical centrepiece.

Private Christian university says no sex outside heterosexual marriage. LGBTQ alumni say that discriminates
Within a year of starting school at Redeemer University, Lauren Druif wanted out.

Windsor Star
Egerton Ryerson’s stone legacy uncertain as students demand removal from campus grounds
A statue of Egerton Ryerson, Methodist minister, author, editor, and the man who revolutionized education in Ontario in the 19th century, stands in the grounds of the Toronto university that bears his name.

U of L health data breach affects more than 1,200 patients
A health centre staff member at the University of Lethbridge included confidential information in a non-encrypted spreadsheet and accidentally emailed it to a student last month.

Global News
B.C.’s lakes and rivers prove deadly for international students
Despite a string of summer tragedies on the water in B.C., the number of annual drownings is decreasing.

London Free Press
Western students’ council offers all London students, even virtual ones, cheap bus passes following backlash
Western University’s students’ council will give bus passes to all students this year after all, following a backlash over plan to give them only to those attending school in person and not those taking online courses.

Burnaby Now
Food hub set up to feed struggling Burnaby university students
COVID-19 has dramatically impacted many aspects of our daily lives. Disparities in our society have become increasingly apparent as more of the population, including students, find themselves suddenly without income and, in some cases, without reliable access to food.

The Globe and Mail
CAMH, Western among Canadian organizations affected by ransomware attack on Blackbaud
At least two prominent fundraising organizations in Canada have notified their donors that their personal information may have been compromised in a May ransomware attack.

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