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Headlines for Dec. 2, 2020


With the shift to online learning, students with disabilities face new barriers

Shae Sackman is a University of Regina student who uses the school’s Centre for Student Accessibility to arrange the accommodations that they require for their studies (Sackman uses the they/them pronouns), including a quiet space for exams and the provision of occasional absences.

Ottawa Citizen
With exam season on the horizon, online learning isn’t making life easier for some students

Nearly three months into the fall term, students are still trying to manage different tasks, assignments and styles of digital course delivery.

The Toronto Star
Post-secondary students in health-related studies at risk of not completing courses, graduating under lockdown measures

Colleges and universities in Toronto and Peel say course completion, graduation and professional accreditation are at risk for students in programs such as nursing, pharmacy, personal support worker and the skilled trades because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Global News
Death shocks U of T student body, prompts calls for change to mental health programming

The death of a first-year New College student at the University of Toronto has prompted an outcry from the student body, who feel the educational institution is not doing enough to ensure students have proper access to mental health supports.

Times Higher Education
Canadian faculty describe despair from online teaching

Opposition, however, may be less about format and more about resource shortages.

Academic targeted by racist messages following criticism of Alberta’s pandemic response

An Edmonton academic says he’s received racist messages in the wake of publicly criticizing the province’s response to COVID-19.

‘Like I was losing my mind’: Student with rare ‘brain on fire’ overcomes coma, memory loss to graduate university

An Ontario student has graduated from university despite suffering from a disease commonly known as “brain on fire” that put her in a five-month coma and caused near total memory loss during her second year of school.

The Record
University accused of targeting homeless with new gates at Kitchener social work campus

Wilfrid Laurier University’s school of social work has installed gates blocking stairwells to an entrance at their Kitchener campus, a move that social work students and urban planners say is hostile and targets the homeless.

Virtual vigil in honour of 1989 L’Ecole Polytechnique massacre

Three Oaks Foundation will be remembering victims of the L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal with a pre-recorded virtual vigil on December 6th, in honour of this year’s annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

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