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Headlines for July 28, 2020


Canada provides exception for U.S. students planning to study north of border

The federal government appears to have relaxed restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border that would have made it impossible for first-year university students from the United States to enter the country.

At least 20 organizations considered to deliver student grant before WE was chosen

Federal officials considered at least 20 organizations in delivering the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) before selecting WE Charity, documents show.

Agreement between WE and federal government set aside only $500 million for student grants: documents

Documents shared with the Commons finance committee today suggest that although the Canada Student Service Grant program was allocated a $900 million budget, officials had drawn up a plan with the WE Charity Foundation to spend only a portion of that amount.

McGill pressured to address colonial history

McGill University in Montreal is facing growing pressure to address the slave-owning history of founder James McGill.

McGill professor, students call on university to examine school’s links to slavery

Charmaine Nelson has taught in the art history department at McGill University for more than a decade. But being one of only 10 Black professors to hold a permanent position at the institution, she has never quite felt welcome.

Facebook partners with Ontario university on ‘global network’ to counter rise in online hate

Faced with a rising tide of online hate and advertiser boycotts, Facebook Canada will announce today that it is teaming up with Ontario Tech University’s Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism to create what it calls the Global Network Against Hate.

The Globe and Mail
Unions protest University of Toronto’s fall plans for in-person classes

University of Toronto faculty and staff unions are protesting the university’s plans for in-person classes in the fall, which contrast with other Ontario institutions that have chosen to teach the semester online.

Global News
U Sports allows 1-year eligibility exception for football players affected by COVID-19

Canadian university football’s governing body will make an exception to its age rule amid the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving pushback from players and coaches.

London Free Press
King’s University College, Catholic board stripping Jean Vanier name from their institutions

One of Western University’s Catholic affiliates is moving to strip the late Jean Vanier’s name from a research centre amid recent revelations of sexual abuse by the late religious leader known worldwide for his charity work.

Toronto Sun
Most Canadians paying back student loans: report

The odds on paying back money from the 56-year-old Canada Student Loans Program are the best they’ve ever been.

The Province
Tight market for student housing at UVic to ease with 800 homes: premier

The British Columbia government says it is on track to have nearly 800 student homes at the University of Victoria ready by 2022.

The Telegram
‘Men Working Overhead’ sign prompts changes at Memorial University

Hans Rollmann said they were disappointed, angry and sad when they saw a sexist construction sign on their way to work at Memorial University Monday morning.

CTV News
Need help choosing a post-secondary school? Webinar made by Western students may help

Need help choosing a post-secondary school? A webinar made by Western students may help.

The Toronto Star
Virtual learning strategy could impact alumni giving

There’s a line in the film Jerry Maguire that goes, “The key to this business is personal relationships.”

The Telegram
Cape Breton University to lead national research initiative on affordable housing

Cape Breton University will lead a five-year, $1.3-million national research initiative on the importance of affordable rental housing for those in greatest need.

Abbotsford News
Turning UFV research into action with Community Health and Social Innovation hub

The University of the Fraser Valley hopes to put research into action with a new Community Health and Social Innovation hub (CHASI).

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