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Headlines for Feb. 10, 2021


Recent graduates struggle to find work during pandemic

Patty Facy graduated from the University of Toronto in the summer of 2020, but like many others, has been struggling to find work due to the pandemic.

The Globe and Mail
UBC pilot project offering rapid tests to screen students in residence for COVID-19

Snacks, prizes – and a swift swab up the nose – are being offered to students living on campus at the University of British Columbia in a trial to screen for COVID-19 through a rapid testing program launched on Tuesday.

Special investigator’s report on Laurentian University insolvency coming soon, minister says

Ontario’s post-secondary minister says an investigator probing the financial problems at Laurentian University will issue a final report in six to eight weeks.

Global News
Post-secondary minister says Laurentian University investigator report expected in 6 to 8 weeks

An upcoming report on the finances of a northern Ontario university that has filed for creditor protection should be made public, the province’s official Opposition said Tuesday.

CTV News
Half of Quebec university students struggling with mental health amid pandemic: survey

More than half of Quebec university students say the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly dimished their mental health, according to the Quebec Student Union, which commissioned a survey of 1,209 students across 17 universities.

CTV News
Ontario boosts mental-health funding for post-secondary schools

The province is expanding access to mental-health services across college and university campuses.

National Post
Saskatchewan judge rules university must give professor oil and gas research info

A judge has ruled that the University of Regina must provide information to one of its professors about who is funding research into the oil and gas industry.

North Bay Nugget
Laurentian’s financial woes existed ‘for a very long time,’ minister says

The provincial government “moved as quickly as we could” after learning Laurentian University was in financial trouble, Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano says.

The Timmins Daily Press
Sudbury column: Now is the time to ask what you can do for Laurentian

Don’t do it for the board, which has been irresponsible. Do it for Sudbury, which has benefitted greatly from the university’s presence.

North Bay Nugget
Nipissing U on ‘solid financial footing’

Nipissing University is on “solid financial footing” despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its interim president.

Lethbridge News Now
U of L planning “significant return to campus” this fall

If you have been holding out on applying to post-secondary due to the pandemic, keep your eyes open for this fall.

The Kingston Whig Standard
Queen’s University reverses decision to host in-person Homecoming 2021

Queen’s University no longer plans to host an in-person Homecoming this fall.

International students cancel return trips to Canada as Ottawa announces new travel restrictions with a steep price tag

New international travel restrictions are keeping some international students from returning to Canada as they intended to.

CTV News
University students pair with N.B. seniors to ease loneliness of pandemic

A group of Mount Allison University students in New Brunswick has launched a new program in hopes to ease loneliness and isolation among seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U of S student focusing on repatriation, returning artifacts to home communities

Many Indigenous remains and artifacts are sitting in museums and institutions around Canada. Now a University of Saskatchewan archeology student is hoping to tell their stories and return them to their communities.

CTV News
Petition to save historical ring houses at U of A growing

A petition to save four historical ring houses – one of which was built in 1912 – at the University of Alberta from being demolished is growing.

How a Canadian invention is keeping surgical skills sharp while COVID-19 idles many ORs

Elaborate virtual-reality surgical training tool has been adopted by 22 medical schools.

Why did a Halifax professor disciplined for sex abuse keep teaching for decades?

A recently reported allegation of sexual assault against a Halifax professor is raising questions about why he was permitted to continue teaching for decades after he was disciplined in the early 1990s by his university in a separate sexual abuse case.

U of O Holocaust scholar ordered to apologize in Polish libel case

A Canadian Holocaust researcher and his co-editor have been ordered by a Polish court to apologize to a woman who claimed they slandered her deceased uncle in a historical work that suggested he collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

Edmonton Journal
U of A leading study to see the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines on seniors, long-term care staff in Alberta

The University of Alberta is leading a study to see how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is on seniors and staff at long-term care facilities.

The Hamilton Spectator
‘This could be a real game-changer,’ says McMaster University researcher testing COVID treatments

Three cheap and widely available drugs are being tested to treat COVID by McMaster University researchers.

Global News
UBC Okanagan researchers develop ‘next generation’ prosthetic heart valve

After five years in development, researchers at UBC Okanagan have engineered a new and improved mechanical heart valve.

CTV News
Pandemic lockdown leads to cleaner city air across Canada, Concordia paper finds

There’s been a sharp drop in gas emission levels in Montreal and other Canadian cities throughout the pandemic, according to researchers at Concordia University.

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