Skip navigation
Media Scan

Headlines for Feb. 24, 2021


Global News
‘Major crisis in the system’: Manitoba’s performance-based education plan gets failing grade

Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions — and the students they serve — will be put into a precarious position by shifting to a performance-based funding model for higher education, according to researchers and others in academia.

The Telegram
Saint Mary’s investing $9.3 million in ‘digital transformation’

Saint Mary’s University is spending $9.3 million over five years on what it is calling a “digital transformation,” which it says will establish it as a leader for student experience, choice and blended learning.

Professor’s blog posts spark backlash, prompt internal review at Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University has launched an internal review after receiving complaints about an associate psychology professor’s personal blog.

Kamloops This Week
Provincial government urged to remove Gill from Thompson Rivers University board of governors

In the wake of an investigation by KTW into spending at the Thompson Nicola Regional District, there are calls for Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang to remove Sukh Gill from Thompson Rivers University’s board of governors.

The Timmins Daily Press
Sudbury column: Those who created Laurentian’s crisis should be sidelined

I became aware of Laurentian University’s predicament via a note president Robert Hache sent me some weeks ago.

Global News
Coronavirus: McGill University plans to return to in-person classes for fall semester

McGill University plans to return to in-person classes for the upcoming fall semester amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

Montreal Gazette
Concordia University to maintain online classes this summer

Citing uncertainty over the public health situation in Montreal, concerns about new coronavirus variants and delays in Quebec’s mass vaccination program, Concordia University announced on Tuesday it will maintain its online classes this summer.

The Timmins Daily Press
Minister, province have ‘abandoned’ Laurentian – faculty

Faculty and students are dismayed the province is not doing more to address the financial crisis facing Laurentian University.

Winnipeg Free Press
U of W team to document search for life on Mars

Stephanie Connell never grew out of her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.

Ottawa Business Journal
Carleton U’s Benoit-Antoine Bacon among mental health advocates to be honoured at Royal Ottawa Foundation’s Inspiration Awards

For students looking for inspiration, there’s arguably no academic leader more inspiring than Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president and vice-chancellor of Carleton University.

Sask. government pledges $15M to VIDO-InterVac if feds also commit money for research facility

The government of Saskatchewan says it will put up $15 million to fund VIDO-InterVac’s pandemic research if the federal government commits to contributing funding.

Montreal Gazette
Opinion: Academic freedom, respect for students not mutually exclusive

Universities can, and must, simultaneously defend academic freedom and advance equity, diversity and inclusion, McGill provost says.

The PIE News
Canada: students and unis call out discrimination in London, Ontario

Post-secondary institutions in London, Ontario have pledged to “stand up together against racism” after a local restaurant blamed the city’s lockdown restrictions on the “China virus”.

The Problem With ‘Indigenizing the University’

The idea that academics need to “Indigenize” the Canadian education system has become popular in recent years.

Post a comment
University Affairs moderates all comments according to the following guidelines. If approved, comments generally appear within one business day. We may republish particularly insightful remarks in our print edition or elsewhere.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Click to fill out a quick survey