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Headlines for Jan. 11, 2021


Global News
Morale at an ‘all-time low’: Post-secondary students grapple with COVID-19 fatigue

Last year during exam season, Sarah Vereschagin and her friends would book study rooms on campus, do coffee runs and use whiteboards to study.

University World News
Universities start year with massive maintenance backlog

Canadian universities began 2021 with a staggering backlog of deferred maintenance totalling more than CA$17 billion (US$13.4 billion), in addition to struggling with hundreds of millions of dollars in debt caused by the loss of residence and other campus fees.

New work permit being offered to keep more international students in Canada

International students are being offered a new work permit by the federal government in a bid to convince more to settle here permanently.

Canadian youth may suffer the economic toll of COVID for years to come

Young Canadians continue to bear the brunt of COVID’s damage to the job market, something experts say could set back their economic success for many years.

Global News
Coronavirus: Western University delays return to in-person classes until Feb. 21

Western University has announced that in-person classes originally scheduled to resume at the end of January will be delayed until late February because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Global News
St. Francis Xavier University reports 2nd case of COVID-19 Saturday

St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. released a statement on Saturday confirming a second positive COVID-19 case on campus.

Student at Acadia University tests positive for COVID-19

A student at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., has tested positive for COVID-19.

Overworked and overwhelmed: UVic faculty and students brace for Round 2 of pandemic university

Students and staff at the University of Victoria are feeling overwhelmed and overworked as they head into the second semester of school under COVID-19, a new internal survey revealed.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S reserves facing projected $31 million deficit

The university has been gradually building its reserves back up. As of April 30, 2020, they sat at $2.5 million, a $15 million deficit.

The Toronto Star
Knock down anti-Black racism in medicine, two powerhouse advocates tell health-care sector in new CMAJ article

When rapper John River went to a hospital emergency room in 2017 with shortness of breath and severe headaches, he was treated like he was faking his symptoms to get drugs.

Edmonton Journal
New U of A observatory to give public a clear view of the night skies

The University of Alberta has a new option for looking into the night sky at its new Hesje Observatory, located at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station.

The Chronicle Herald
Dalhousie University, faculty reach tentative deal on new contract

A labour disruption appears to have been averted at Nova Scotia’s largest university.

Scholarships set up in name of 4 Western students killed in Ukraine Airlines tragedy

A year after the Iranian military shot down Ukraine Airlines Flight 752, a number of scholarships have been set up in the name of four Western University students who died in the tragedy.

Academics hoping to press play on esports institute at U of O

Marie Dykukha may have found a way to combine work with play.

Montreal Gazette
In-class learning to be kept to a minimum for universities and CEGEPs

Universities and CEGEPs are being encouraged to offer online learning to students as much as possible for the winter semester, Danielle McCann, Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education, announced on Friday.

Montreal Gazette
Juhl: Quebec kids are getting free academic relief from university tutors

As parents and children struggle to keep education on track, university students and veteran educators are stepping up to help.

London Free Press
I am a far-from-home Western dorm student living under lockdown

Shloak Srivastava, 19, is a Western University student in his second year in the school’s media, information and technoculture program.

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