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Headlines for Dec. 4, 2020


The Toronto Star
More post-secondary schools are turning to online counselling services to help meet student mental health needs. But exactly who’s listening on the other side?

Moments after being approved as a volunteer “active listener” on the online mental health support service 7 Cups of Tea, Julliard Lin said she was suddenly offering emotional help to someone navigating a violent relationship.

CTV News
University of Toronto students frustrated with access to mental health services amid pandemic

University of Toronto students are opening up about their mental health struggles in hopes it will prompt institutional changes within the administration amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inappropriate behaviours went unchecked, review of McMaster’s psychology department says

A review of the psychology department at McMaster University has found systemic and cultural issues, which have “created a degree of complacency that has let inappropriate behaviours go unchecked.”

UWindsor apologizes to Black student after review shows it mishandled his assault complaint

The University of Windsor has privately apologized to a Black student and is reviewing discipline policies after an independent adjudicator found that senior administration mishandled the student’s complaint about a fight on campus, a lengthy ordeal that has sparked outrage among students and faculty members on campus.

Times Colonist
Government funds suicide-prevention programs for Indigenous youth, post-secondary students

The B.C. government will spend $2.3 million to expand mental-health supports and suicide-prevention programs for First Nations and Métis youth and post-secondary students who are at risk of mental-health decline amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTV News
Meet the new Polytechnique ‘White Rose’ scholarship winner: Cree engineer Brielle Chanae Thorsen

A global disease may change the way Montreal and the rest of Canada pay tribute to the 14 women who lost their lives in the 1989 Polytechnique massacre, but it won’t stop them from doing it.

National Post
Construction problems prevented National Research Council from opening vaccine facility on schedule

Construction problems delayed plans for a National Research Council manufacturing facility that could be making one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates, but the facility also had no vaccine to produce after a controversial deal with China fell apart.

The Telegram
Western Regional School of Nursing could move to Corner Brook’s civic centre annex

The City of Corner Brook will soon find itself with two recreational spaces and it’s looking at the possibility of turning one of them into a home for the Western Regional School of Nursing.

U of M senate votes for alternative grading in fall and winter terms

The University of Manitoba senate has voted in favour of a compassionate grading system that will allow students to drop a grade from their grade point average.

The Star Phoenix
Some U of S students get extended winter break after ‘intense’ fall term

Students in nearly a dozen University of Saskatchewan colleges and schools will get an extra week of winter break in January.

Lethbridge News Now
U of L extending holiday break for students

The University of Lethbridge is extending its holiday break and pushing back the start of Spring 2021 semester classes.

Calgary student launches online peer-to-peer support group

A young woman who lived through the difficult Grade 12 graduation season last spring wants to help other youth in Calgary by spearheading an online peer-to-peer support group.

U of S research shows hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners pollute indoor air

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants may give you more than dish pan hands.

Global News
UBCO study finds people with lower social status more likely to distrust policy-makers

A recent UBC Okanagan study has found that people who have a lower social status are more likely to have a negative view of decision-makers.

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