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Headlines for July 9, 2020


NSCAD faculty union votes overwhelmingly against board after president fired

An overwhelming majority of faculty union members at NSCAD University in Halifax have voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against the board of governors after it fired the university president last month.

Global News
NSCAD appoints interim president following removal of Aoife Mac Namara

The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s board of governors announced Wednesday that Sarah McKinnon will assume the role of interim president starting July 15 until a new president is recruited.

Global News
Ottawa likely to follow U.S., U.K. national security bans of Huawei, experts say

As Canada’s closest intelligence allies move to bar Huawei from their 5G networks due to national security risks, the odds of Canada doing the same are sharply rising, former Canadian officials say.

CTV News
Auditor finds $2.4B in unpaid student loans, says feds must step up recovery efforts

A new report from the federal auditor general has found that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) did not take enough steps to ensure that post-secondary students who received financial aid understood their repayment obligations, contributing to $2.4 billion in unpaid loans.

CTV News
Federal website advertising hundreds of non-existent student-volunteer positions

The federal website advertising volunteer positions for students hoping to earn money for their educations through a $900-million government aid program contains hundreds of positions that do not actually exist.

Policy Options
Tuition hikes exacerbating existing challenges for international students

Many international students in Canada find themselves in a precarious situation. Pandemic-driven tuition hikes will damage efforts to attract them.

Global News
Instagram account ‘Stolen by Smith’ points to racism at Queen’s school of business

Students and alumni from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University are revealing anonymous stories of racism and discrimination through an Instagram page called ‘stolen by smith.’

The Hamilton Spectator
McMaster security called his bosses at Toronto police over a stop sign. He alleges racial profiling.

A former Toronto police officer is accusing McMaster University Security Services employees — including director and former Hamilton police chief Glenn De Caire — of racial profiling and misconduct.

McMaster medical school applicants continue to come from much wealthier areas: study

A study by McMaster University residents has found that most applicants to the medical school continue to come from wealthier neighbourhoods whose median income is above the average Canadian’s by almost $30,000.

As enrolment dips, Liberals call for financial aid for P.E.I. post-secondary institutions

The opposition Liberals are calling on the province to provide increased funding to UPEI and Holland College to ensure tuition isn’t increased and programs are not cut.

Mount Allison students push back against tuition hike for partly online academic year

Mount Allison students are urging the university to repeal a tuition increase planned for the upcoming school year, a decision they say comes when students and their families face financial hardship as a result of the global pandemic.

Windsor Star
Student researchers brainstorm virtually on how to deal without labs

With university and college lab doors locked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student researchers are looking for news ways to explore and discover within their related fields of study.

CTV News
A new COVID-19 course is so popular the B.C. university has a waitlist for it

A university new course that digs into some of the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic has attracted so many students, it now has a long waitlist.

The Chronicle Herald
StFX holding information sessions on return of students

A series of information sessions to assist the community in understanding plans for the return of students to StFX University in Antigonish will begin next week.

WLU student launches PPE supply company

When the first year of your university education gets cut short due to a pandemic and you’re sent home in early spring when students would typically be gearing up for exams, what is one to do?

Councillors vote to temporarily suspend student transit deals

Hamilton councillors have voted to suspend transit agreements with post-secondary institutions in the city, at least for the fall semester.

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