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Headlines for Feb. 16, 2021


Dependent on foreign students, Canada universities risk revenues as vaccines lag

Canadian universities are facing a financial crunch amid the COVID-19 crisis, as a drop in foreign enrollment and shuttered campuses dent the bottom line and the country’s slow vaccine rollout weighs on the next school year.

The Globe and Mail
Ottawa partners with Huawei to fund university research despite security concerns

The federal government is partnering with Huawei to sponsor leading-edge computer and electrical engineering research at Canadian universities, a move critics say threatens this country’s national security and economic interests.

The National Post
University unions, students and faculty summon Ottawa for more education funding

Ottawa needs to address the funding and access problems regarding post-secondary education that have been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a coalition of university faculty, student and labour groups.

CTV News
National Assembly petition calls for law defending professors’ intellectual freedom

A petition defending intellectual freedom at Quebec’s universities has been filed on the National Assembly website.

Legault lashes out on social media at ‘radical activists,’ vows to defend freedom of expression

Premier pushing back on what he calls a climate of excessive political correctness in Quebec.

Montreal Gazette
Opinion: Let’s stop teaching a ‘censored’ version of history

Legault’s interest in defending academic freedom, while simultaneously doing little to remedy the incomplete and distorted Quebec and Canadian history being taught, appears as yet another glaring example of the systemic racism that he and his government claim does not exist in Quebec.

The Toronto Star
International students will be able to complete entire studies online, from abroad, and still get work permits in Canada

International students who are being kept out of Canada due to pandemic travel restrictions will still be eligible for coveted postgraduate work permits even if they complete their entire studies online from overseas.

CTV News
Report praises Quebec universities’ efforts in welcoming Indigenous students

Most Quebec universities have taken steps to improve access to higher education for First Nations members, according to a new report from the Inter-university Co-operation Office (BCI).

The Tyee
A BC Grant to Help All Kids with Post-Secondary Costs Isn’t Working

Tyee FOI request reveals $1,200 RESP grants are largely going to families in the province’s richest neighbourhoods.

National Post
Laurentian ran deficits dating back to 2014, government adviser says in report

A northern Ontario university seeking creditor protection ran deficits dating back to at least 2014, a government adviser probing the school’s financial troubles says in an interim report obtained by The Canadian Press.

Timmins Press
Lots of questions, few answers at Laurentian board meeting

A Laurentian University board of governors meeting on Friday heard frustration and finger-pointing directed at the administration over the insolvency crisis the school is experiencing.

The Sault Star
Lots of questions, few answers at Laurentian board meeting

Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz has given Laurentian University until April 30 to present a plan designed to get its financial house in order.

CTV News
Laurentian University can cut programs, lay off faculty as part of restructuring, court rules

A judge has formally declared Laurentian University insolvent, giving the university breathing room as it works toward restructuring by April 30.

My Prince George Now
UNBC, CNC given more time to address their deficits

Post-secondary institutions such as UNBC and the College of New Caledonia are being offered more financial flexibility due to impacts related to the pandemic.

Revelstoke Review
B.C. colleges, universities allowed to run COVID-19 deficits

Twenty B.C. colleges and universities are looking at budget deficits for the current year, and 17 of them project a loss for next year as COVID-19 has hit their revenues, particularly from foreign students who pay a premium to go to school here.

Peterborough Examiner
Peterborough’s Trent University in good financial shape: VP

In the wake of Sudbury’s Laurentian University filing for creditor protection over a $20-million deficit and $91 million in debt owed to banks, officials at Trent University say the Peterborough university remains on a firm footing despite theimpact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dalhousie introduces new specialization in Indigenous law

Law students at Dalhousie University in Halifax can now earn a certificate in Indigenous law.

The Huffington Post
Don’t Tell Me The Isolating Struggle Of Online Learning’s Worth A Full University Tuition

I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed and put on a pair of sweatpants to attend my first lecture of the semester, which took place on my clutter-filled desk about four feet from the edge of my bed.

The Hamilton Spectator
McMaster says four probes involving ‘serious allegations of sexual violence’ are now complete

McMaster University says four investigations into “serious allegations of sexual violence” involving individuals connected to its Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour are now complete.

The Globe and Mail
A dire forecast for today’s graduates demands urgent action from policy makers

If you start your career during the pandemic, are you doomed to a life that is just a pale shadow of what it might have been? That is the conclusion of a study recently published by the International Monetary Fund with the gloomy title “The Long Shadow of an Unlucky Start.”

The Telegram
20 Questions with MUN business school dean Isabelle Dostaler

Montreal native once dreamed of being a rock star.

The London Free Press
Western grad students join chorus calling for chancellor to resign

A group representing graduate students at Western University is adding its voice to others demanding the school’s embattled chancellor resign for taking a holiday trip while Canadians were advised to avoid non-essential travel.

The London Free Press
Get COVID test, Western urges students returning to residence

Western University students returning to residence over the next week are being asked to take a on-campus COVID-19 test “as a precautionary measure.”

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