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Headlines for July 5, 2021


The Globe and Mail
Universities have a once-in-a-century chance to reset. What should they look like post-COVID?

With the rapid pace of vaccination and the decline in new COVID cases, barring a surge in variants, we can anticipate a small measure of normalcy by this fall. For universities, this will mean a gradual and safe return to campus.

CTV News
NOSM receives full accreditation of its MD degree program

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has received full accreditation of its MD program. The accreditation review was the first in Canada to be performed via virtual visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge rules Ottawa unfairly rejected jobs grant request of Christian university that opposes gay relationships

A private, Reformed Christian university in southern Ontario that’s been criticized for its stand on homosexual relationships has won a court challenge of the federal government’s refusal to provide the school a summer jobs grant.

A diploma with the wrong name

Waubgeshig Rice: We knew that succeeding at Ryerson University, named after a man who would have never wanted us there in the first place, would be the ultimate educational triumph.

The Toronto Star
University research could point the way to more inclusive journalism

How well does journalism reflect the diversity of the community? And what are the perceptions of that coverage?

The Globe and Mail
Details of UBC actions revealed through defamation suit brought by Steven Galloway

The meeting was held on a Sunday, at a professor’s house. All tenured and tenure-track professors in the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia were present, with one exception: Missing was the program’s chair, Steven Galloway.

The Toronto Star
University of Toronto hiring fiasco shows reliance on donors limits university’s role in challenging ‘cherished beliefs’

When one of the University of Toronto’s major donors learned that the university was about to hire a scholar whose ideas he disapproved of, the donor made his objections known to a high-ranking university administrator.

The Toronto Star
New immigration stream to help international students without work experience stay in N.S.

A pilot provincial immigration stream is expected to fill Nova Scotia’s labour shortages in the continuing care and early childhood education sector, said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab Wednesday.

The Globe and Mail
RCMP investigating Winnipeg scientists fired from lab for possible transfer of intellectual property to China

The RCMP are investigating whether two scientists dismissed from Canada’s top-security infectious-disease laboratory passed on Canadian intellectual property to China, including to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Financial Post
Tech companies want workers faster so they’re designing their own microcredentials at colleges, universities

When Amine El-Karkri earned his electrical engineering degree 11 years ago at a French university, a unit or course on Kubernetes and Docker did not appear in any of his syllabuses.

North Bay Nugget
U of S waiting for green light

Feds pledge $5 M for French university in North, but go-ahead and support needed from province.

Manitoba universities, colleges will not be making vaccinations mandatory on campus

As universities across Canada wrestle with mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for a return on campus, seven universities and colleges in Manitoba say they will not make vaccinations compulsory when the fall term starts.

International student can’t get a vaccine card, says Manitoba should ‘find a way’ to provide it

Fouad Naderi was looking forward to the extra freedoms of being double vaccinated, but because he’s not eligible to sign up for an immunization card, he’s worried those freedoms will be revoked.

MUN appoints new vice-president as part of effort to Indigenize the university

Memorial University is appointing its first vice-president (Indigenous), whose job will be to ensure Indigenization is a top priority for the university’s leadership.

Prince George Citizen
Lawsuit against UNBC withdrawn by mutual consent

A wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed against the University of Northern British Columbia by a former employee is no longer before the court.

Pandemic did not slow down co-op programs in Nova Scotia

During a year of massive workplace changes, university and college students in Nova Scotia were nevertheless able to secure a record number of co-op placements, according to figures from the provincial government.

70 permanent nursing seats coming to 2 Nova Scotia universities

Nova Scotia is adding 70 permanent first-year nursing seats at Cape Breton University and Dalhousie University’s campus in Yarmouth.

SACHA backs students’ calls for McMaster to take action on sexual assault

The Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton and Area is adding its voice to students’ calls for McMaster University to take allegations of sexual assault seriously.

CTV News
McGill waited months before firing janitor who allegedly spied in bathrooms: students

Students at McGill University say the university waited months before taking action against a janitor who allegedly snuck into the bathroom to spy on them.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S medical students call for end to placements at crisis pregnancy centre

Group opposes having students complete program hours at centre that refuses to perform or arrange abortions.

The Community Press
Pathways to Education Kingston launches $1-million fundraising effort

A new $1-million endowment fund from Pathways to Education is meant to support a program that helps its alumni when they move on to post-secondary education.

National Observer
Universities have a long way to go in their support of marginalized students

As universities gear up for a new semester this fall, many will be faced with a challenge that has nothing to do with COVID-19: Devising strategies to be more inclusive to accommodate increasingly diverse student bodies.

Nunavut PhD student wins award for research that blends Inuit knowledge and western science

A PhD student has received a prestigious award for her work studying belugas in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

CTV News
How this nurse graduated with top marks while guiding her family out of homelessness

Homayra Ahmed must have spent hundreds of hours outside her neighbourhood McDonald’s, using the spotty Wi-Fi to attend online lectures.

U of C pauses privatization of campus bookstore management

The University of Calgary says it will delay its review of options to privatize management of the campus bookstore.

Global News
Kingston Police investigate after a large street party breaks-out on Queen’s University campus

Kingston Police say hundreds were involved in a large Aberdeen Street party early Sunday morning.

Global News
Actor Michael J. Fox reacts to honorary degree from B.C. university with humour

A Canadian actor was awarded an honorary degree this week from a Metro Vancouver-based university, and reacted, unsurprisingly, with humour.

Vancouver Sun
Alejandro Adem: Research is our best tool for dealing with climate change

My father’s profession was climate modelling, so trends in weather were everyday topics of conversation around our home.

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