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Headlines for June 15, 2020


Global News
International students in limbo, left out of government benefits

International students in Canada are raising concerns about their ability to get a higher education.

CBC – Cost of Living with Paul Haavardsrud
What happens if international university students skip school … for a whole, pandemic-filled year?

Most Canadian Universities going online for the 2020 fall term. At the same time our national borders could be closed well into the summer. So what does this mean for international students, whose tuition is relied on by universities each year?

Global News
COMMENTARY: Canadian universities rely on foreign students. What if China called its students home?

There are 140,000 Chinese students in Canada. If China orders them to come home, perhaps because of the detention of Huawei heiress Meng Wanzhou and other perceived slights, the consequences for Canadian higher education could be devastating.

Vancouver Sun
Douglas Todd: Number of Chinese students in Canada plunges by 44 per cent

The number of people from China obtaining Canadian study permits nosedived 44 per cent in the first four months of this year as COVID-19 restrictions and diplomatic battles took their toll.

CIC News
Visa Application Centres starting to reopen

Some Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world are starting to open with limited services to clients.

Some N.S. universities scrimping in anticipation of pandemic-related shortfalls

Some Nova Scotia universities are tightening their purse strings as they brace for possible revenue shortfalls because of COVID-19.

Halifax Today
NSCAD students ‘considering just not coming back’ if tuition increases again

This month, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect plans for the fall at all education levels, students at NSCAD University in Halifax are worried the school will once again hike tuition for the fall semester.

Cape Breton Post
CBU students union to reduce fees for fall semester

The Cape Breton University students union wants to give its members a bit of a financial break and is calling on the post-secondary institution to do the same.

Calgary Herald
Pandemic to keep many Alberta post-secondary students off campus this fall

Many Calgary post-secondary students won’t be returning to campus this fall as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to limit public gatherings through the end of 2020.

Ottawa Citizen
Leading Canadian researcher confident a vaccine will be in place in months

One of Canada’s leading virologists said Friday he is confident a vaccine against COVID-19 will be developed in coming months, not up to ten or more years as has been the case with some vaccines.

Vancouver Sun
COVID-19: SFU engineer designs safer door handles

As labs closed and classes moved online in the early days of COVID-19, a Simon Fraser University engineering professor inspired his students to use their time and talents to help fight the pandemic.

Some students still confused about emergency benefits, groups say

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, some students still aren’t clear which emergency benefit they’re eligible for, say student groups.

CTV News
uOttawa hosts virtual 2020 spring Convocation

The University of Ottawa is celebrating the Class of 2020 virtually this week.

Sault Star
Algoma U celebrates grads online

Asima Vezina expects especially great things from the Class of 2020.

The Hamilton Spectator
‘Essential’ pandemic-delayed students return to Mohawk and McMaster in July

A rare sight will soon return to the campuses of Mohawk College and McMaster University: students.

CBC – Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan
Jordan Gray’s Carleton’s graduation address

Global and International Studies student Jordan Gray shares a message of hope to fellow graduates during a scaled-back ceremony on campus yesterday.

Lethbridge Herald
U of L president to discuss funding cuts at SACPA

University of Lethbridge president and vice-chancellor Mike Mahon will be the guest speaker at a special Monday online session of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, discussing the post-secondary cuts the U of L has been forced to endure.

Ottawa Citizen
Carleton promises to address journalism students’ systemic racism complaints

Canada’s oldest journalism school is promising to address systemic racism within its walls following a call to action from current and former students.

Financial Post
University ‘Re-Opening’ Announcement yet Another Abdication of Responsibility by Ford Government

An announcement earlier this week by Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities is yet another abdication of responsibility by the Ford Government, according to the leader of university workers within CUPE Ontario.

The Globe and Mail
How Indigenous researchers are reclaiming archeology and anthropology

Three grooves in the ground, just above the beach on Klahoose First Nation, were a hint of something lost below. But the community had to know for sure.

Calgary Herald
Alberta set to launch review of post-secondary education

The Alberta government is beginning a review of the post-secondary education system in the coming months, with a final report scheduled for late 2020.

Sudbury Star
Post-secondary institutions need help from Queen’s Park

The following is an open letter to Ross Romano, minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Global News
Montreal petition to take down statue of McGill University’s founder gains momentum

The statue of McGill University founder James McGill is now a lightning rod of criticism.

Black UBC graduate student alleges racial profiling on campus

For Savoy Williams, getting accepted to a masters program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver was a long-fought goal he was proud to have achieved.

Global News
UBC student wants apology after he says he was barred from building due to his race

A student at the University of British Columbia says he was denied entry to a building on campus recently based on the colour of his skin.

The Toronto Star
New complaint against York University alleges Black staffer was harassed, given menial tasks

A recent complaint against York University has surfaced in which a Black employee alleges she was made to use a lesser title than non-Black people who did the job, assigned menial tasks and punished for complaining.

Muslim groups call for MUN to take action against ‘Islamaphobe’ doctor and systemic racism

A letter signed by four provincial and national Muslim associations says a doctor accused of making racist comments violated several professional standards, and criticizes Memorial University’s response to the incidents.

The Tyee
A Campus Newspaper Acknowledges Its Anti-Blackness. What Next?

The Ubyssey’s first Black woman editor wants to move beyond just ticking off checkboxes.

The Province
Lachlan Williams: Surprised and disappointed by UBC Faculty of Applied Science’s decision to go online for all coursework in fall

OPINION: How can labs possibly be online when they are, by definition, hands-on? This premature solution is unsatisfactory for all and is an abdication of the university’s responsibility to provide students with a proper education.

660 News
Stephen Poloz named chair at advisory council at Ivey Business School

The Ivey Business School at Western University has appointed former Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz as advisory council chair of its Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management.

Times Colonist
Geoff Johnson: Post-secondary education is more important now than ever

So you’ve made it through high school, which means you are joining an elite group internationally.

Global News
Behind the Game: How university athletic therapists keep students on the court

Brennan Mahon fell in love with athletic therapy during his undergrad when he volunteered with the varsity health team as a student kinesiologist.

Yahoo News
Canadian scientist sent deadly viruses to Wuhan lab months before RCMP asked to investigate

Newly-released access-to-information documents reveal details about a shipment of deadly pathogens last year from Canada’s National Microbiology Lab to China — confirming for the first time who sent them, what exactly was shipped, and where it went.


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