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Headlines for Dec. 3, 2020


The Toronto Star
Our students are suffering and their mental health struggles can’t be ignored

With the fall semester coming to an end and the second wave of the coronavirus in full force, we must acknowledge the significant impact this is having on post-secondary students.

Canada’s greatest assets in overcoming COVID-19

Shae Sackman is a University of Regina student who uses the school’s Centre for David Johnston and Paul Davidson: As we navigate these trying times, we must not lose sight of the value of our world-leading researchers and innovators.

The Globe and Mail
University of Toronto’s new law dean Jutta Brunnée to arrive amid Valentina Azarova controversy

A top international and environmental law scholar who has been chosen as the new dean of the University of Toronto’s law school will begin her tenure as the university is threatened with censure over its handling of the aborted hiring of a director for the school’s international human-rights program.

It’s time for Canadian universities to go gradeless

Jonah Dunch: In pass/fail evaluation systems, students learn more, feel better and naturally gravitate to areas that suit their skills.

The Toronto Star
A fraternity chat that threatened violence against Black students has forced another wave of reckoning at University of Windsor

A group of students is calling on the Ontario Human Rights Commission to launch an inquiry after the latest incident in a series of anti-Black racist acts at University of Windsor dating back to last year.

Windsor Star
Senior administrator asked to leave as UWindsor struggles with anti-Black racism issues

The axe has fallen on a senior member of administration at the University of Windsor as president Robert Gordon and school leadership struggle to deal with deep-rooted frustration and anger among some students, staff and faculty around systemic racism.

Prince George Citizen
UNBC refutes whistle blower, wrongful dismissal allegations

The University of Northern British Columbia is denying a former employee’s claim that she was wrongfully dismissed because she blew the whistle on alleged improper conduct by the university’s upper management.

New Brunswick universities extend winter break to allow self-isolation

When Jonathan Ferguson found out the Atlantic travel bubble had ended, his plans to spend the holidays with family in Charlottetown went up in the air.

The Telegram
Memorial University delaying the start of most winter classes

Memorial University has decided to delay the official start date of its winter semester in most programs at its St. John’s campus, Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook and the Marine Institute.

CTV News
McGill will delay winter semester by just three days, upsetting students and profs

Anyone at McGill University who got their hopes up about getting the same COVID-19 holiday break as many other Canadian schools — at least an extra week — was disappointed tonight.

Collapse of Atlantic bubble means a change in exams for some university students

The collapse of the Atlantic bubble has left some Nova Scotia university students in a tough spot ahead of their end-of-semester exams and holiday break.

CTV News
Students call on University of Ottawa to implement pass/fail grading amid pandemic

The University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) is calling on the university to introduce optional, one-course-only pass/fail grading for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Times Colonist
Post-secondary schools shift focus, use software to prevent cheating on exams

Post-secondary institutions are adapting how they assess students this semester, with a focus on take-home assignments and online proctoring software meant to guard against cheating online.

CBC – Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan
Ontario signs new funding agreement with universities and colleges

The province says it will start allocating funds to post-secondary institutions based on 10 metrics — including the rates of graduation and graduate employment.

U of S researchers can’t complete new COVID-19 sewage study without more grant money

A research team at the University of Saskatchewan says it needs more grant money before it can complete its latest study testing Saskatoon’s wastewater for COVID-19.

The Record
University of Waterloo hosts online ceremony to remember victims of the Montreal Massacre

An online ceremony Friday will commemorate the 14 women who were murdered in 1989 in a classroom of female engineering students at
Montreal’s École Polytechnique.

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