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Headlines for Feb. 3, 2021


CTV News
UVic announces full divestment of capital fund from fossil fuels

The University of Victoria has fully divested its quarter-billion-dollar working capital fund away from fossil fuel investments.

Ottawa Citizen
Summer term will be held ‘mostly online,’ Carleton University says

It was recommended that Carleton plan for a predominantly online summer term with some on-campus learning possible, depending on public health developments.

Special adviser hopes new position will help combat racism at University of Saskatchewan

Verna St. Denis knows her new job at the University of Saskatchewan will be challenging, but important.

CTV News
Black Lives Matter Fredericton, two universities collaborate on project to put Black History in schools

One of the tenets of the Black Lives Matter movement is to bring stories of Black history and experience into the classroom.

CTV News
Officials to celebrate Black History Month at Algoma University

February is Black History Month and Algoma University will be celebrating virtually this year.

The Hamilton Spectator
Engineering scholarship for Black students at McMaster breaks new ground

She searched for faces that looked like hers, entering the amphitheatre on the first day of class, taking her place among 300 first-year engineering students at McMaster University.

Global News
UBC Okanagan offers children free mental health services online

UBC Okanagan’s Social Work Mental Health Clinic is offering virtual counselling and mental health services to support children and youth during COVID-19.

Recruitment videos to replace in-person career fair at UPEI this year

The University of Prince Edward Island’s 2021 career fair will look quite different this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, with the usual in-person gathering replaced by an online Career Video Fest.

The Kingston-Whig Standard
‘The devil is in the details’: Queen’s University plans two Homecoming weekends this fall

Despite the unpredictable year ahead, Queen’s University is planning for Homecoming 2021 to take place over two weekends.

The Sudbury Star
Creating a ‘Laurentian 2.0’ will mean difficult decisions, observers say

In the spring of 2013, a massive fundraising drive entitled The Next 50 Campaign concluded with the raising of more than $65 million to help with a major modernization project at Laurentian University.

Laurentian University may survive its financial challenges, insolvency trustee says

A licensed insolvency trustee in Sudbury says Laurentian University has a good chance at successfully restructuring and surviving it’s financial challenges.

Financial Post
RBC, TD, BMO snared in Laurentian University bankruptcy

Laurentian University owes three Canadian banks $91 million (US$71 million), according to documents in a bankruptcy filing that one analyst says will be a test case for how the country’s schools deal with growing financial pressures.

Timmins Press
Laurentian owes banks $91 million, has liabilities of $321 million — reports

Laurentian University owes three Canadian banks $91 million, according to documents in a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg News is reporting.

Timmins Press
Lack of provincial funding, secrecy behind Laurentian’s fiscal woes: unions

A lack of provincial funding and an increasingly secretive administration are to blame for Laurentian University’s fiscal problems, union leaders say.

CTV News
Students, faculty, worried after Laurentian University files for creditor protection

A lack of provincial funding and an increasingly secretive administration are to blame for Laurentian University’s fiscal problems, union leaders say.

The Toronto Star
Laurentian University’s situation so dire, it couldn’t afford to pay staff this month, court filings say

Laurentian University’s financial situation is so dire it did not even have enough to cover payroll for the next month, according to court filings in its bid seeking creditor protection.

Montreal Gazette
Killam Prizes underline importance of research, says Montreal winner

For Michel Bouvier, one of the winners of the five 2021 Killam Prizes, the importance of the award is that it underlines the continued importance of scientific research.

Policy Options
Are the social sciences and humanities positioned to meet key employment skills

A new report explores the foundational skills today’s employers need, and the disconnect with what universities say their programs offer students.

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