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Headlines for July 20, 2020


The Toronto Star
University students in New Brunswick asked to return early to self-isolate

Students returning to New Brunswick university campuses in September from outside Atlantic Canada will have to self-isolate for 14 days. For many, that means moving in early.

Global News
CERB, CESB applicants report weeks-long payment delays as CRA rolls out anti-fraud checks

As Ottawa steps up efforts to detect and deter fraud in its billion-dollar COVID-19 personal income support programs, some Canadians say their benefit payments have been on hold for weeks due to delays in the government’s identity-check process.

National Post
After backlash, N.S. university to review controversial COVID-19 waiver to return to class

After a letter of protest signed by hundreds of students and staff was sent to administration, St. Francis Xavier University says it will review its plan to require its students to sign a COVID-19 waiver in order to return to class.

CTV News
International students at U of G upset over increase in tuition fees

The University of Guelph has raised its tuition fees for international students and many of them are speaking out in hopes the school will reevaluate its decision.

The Toronto Star
Online classes are not worth cost of full tuition

University life is going to look very different this fall, and as faculty scramble to work social distancing into their “campus culture,” students will be left paying the price for a half-baked education.

London Free Press
COVID-19: Western University postpones fall commencement ceremonies till 2021

First, it was the thousands of Western spring graduates whose dreams of convocation were yanked from underneath them.

Global News
U of C report explores crucial link between food security, foreign workers

A new report out of the University of Calgary is shining a light on how COVID-19 related border restrictions have had an impact on Canadian agriculture, by significantly impeding the use of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Canada’s food-production system.

The Telegraph
Huawei accused of ‘deeply sinister’ attempt to infiltrate UK universities

Huawei has been accused of making a “deeply sinister” attempt to infiltrate UK universities by hiring a network of “campus ambassadors” across the country.

McMaster University to launch review of Black student athletes’ experiences

McMaster University will review the experiences of Black student athletes following allegations from alumni of racist behaviour inside the school’s athletic department.

The Toronto
Being Black at Massey College: An inside look at multiple complaints about racism and the school’s reckoning

In March 2020, two months before her fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Massey College was to end, Carlie Manners penned a formal complaint to the college’s administration.

National Post
Conrad Black: Our ailing academia

Diligent readers will recall that I’ve had some differences with Margaret Wente, long a senior columnist of the Globe and Mail, but it is an honour and a duty to defend her against the cowardly and hypocritical treatment she has received from Massey College.

Waterloo scientists help create 3D map of the universe

Scientists at the University of Waterloo played a big role in a 20-year global project to make a 3D map of the universe, which will help improve knowledge about the expansion of the universe.

What could a Canadian youth-suicide strategy look like? A Globe and Mail series investigates

When Canadian children and youth struggle with self-harm and thoughts of suicide, they increasingly turn to emergency rooms for help. Instead of getting it, many go home to linger on long wait lists and with no follow-up plan for the care they do receive.

New species of ‘fish lizard,’ a reptile dating back to the dinosaurs, discovered by McGill student

A McGill University doctoral student and a professor at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany have identified a new species of Ichthyosaur — an extinct reptile that swam in the oceans back when dinosaurs still roamed the planet.

Global News
Coronavirus: University of Guelph caps number of students in residences

The University of Guelph says it is capping the number of students living in residences to about 1,000, down from 5,000 students who usually live in residences during the school year.
Vancouver Sun
TRU professor says he has been suspended for a year due to Facebook postt

A Thompson Rivers University professor who has been at the centre of what he calls a battle over academic freedom says he has been suspended for a year due to comment he posted on Facebook.

Times Colonist
Charla Huber: Using innovation to create a summer internship

Due to COVID-19, many employers had to cancel plans to host summer interns. This is yet another thing that has been impacted due to the pandemic.

Dal researchers create app that monitors mental health by measuring user’s emotions

Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax have developed a smartphone app that can keep tabs on people’s mental health by measuring their emotions when they talk and type on their phones.

The Globe and Mail
Ontario to revise mandates of startup hubs, postsecondary schools to bring more innovation to market

The Ontario government says it will revise the mandates of provincially funded universities, colleges and startup hubs to put greater focus on bringing innovations to market, as well as develop educational resources for other Ontarians to do the same.

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