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Headlines for June 18, 2021


Herd immunity also needed at campuses, infectious diseases expert says

If herd immunity is the goal at municipal, provincial, federal and global levels, it should also be the goal in the microcosm of college or university campuses, says Montreal infectious disease specialist Dr. Donald Vinh.

The Globe and Mail
All Canadian universities must critically reassess their collaborations with China

Canada is proud to have one of the world’s best research environments for cutting-edge development in technology and science.

Global News
Ontario to spend millions in an effort to recruit French teachers due to shortage

Ontario will pour $12.5 million into recruiting and training French teachers over the next four years in an effort to address a shortage made more stark by an increasing demand for second-language programs.

CTV News
Laurier, Conestoga opening new campuses in Milton, Ont.

Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College are opening new campuses in Milton, Ont., as part of what’s being called an “education village.”

Ontario post-secondary sports organizations seeking clarity on resuming play

Ontario’s post-secondary sports organizations are seeking clarity about how and when they can resume competition in the province’s COVID-19 reopening framework.

Leaning into distance learning

Bishop’s student Loch Baillie got a job co-designing virtual classes and discovered ways to make studying from home better—for himself and others.

Ottawa Citizen
No plans to require vaccines at universities and colleges in Ottawa

Western University in London, Ont, announced May 27 it will require students in residence to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Move 105.7
Brock will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to students starting next week

Brock University will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to students.

Universities and colleges wrestle with mandating COVID-19 vaccines for return to campus

Andrew Mrozowski just graduated this week from McMaster University’s political science program, but the editor-in-chief of the school’s student-run newspaper has already turned his mind to the fall semester.

Global News
Laurentian University campus to reopen mid-August as COVID-19 vaccination rates improve

The Laurentian University campus in Sudbury, Ont., will reopen for students, faculty members and staff on Aug. 16 as Ontario’s COVID-19 immunization rate continues to climb.

Some UBC students planning to live on campus want COVID-19 vaccines mandated in residences

The thought of sharing an elevator or kitchen with someone who hasn’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 is making UBC students set to live on campus in the fall, uneasy.

Laurentian cuts stifling BIPOC, feminist conversation in Sudbury, former professor says

Shana Calixte, a former sessional instructor at Thorneloe University — one of the three federated schools whose status changed following Laurentian University’s challenges with insolvency — says deep cuts at the university will stifle conversation, especially around controversial topics like racism in the community.

Timmins Daily Press
Historian to lead the University of Sudbury

The University of Sudbury has tapped a historian to lead its historic effort to become a French-language university.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S enrolment rises despite ‘challenging year’ for international students

A total of 25,965 students enrolled in a year that saw instruction move online due to the pandemic.

Regina Leader-Post
Opinion: University of Regina must do more to combat racism

The university is home to more than 15,000 students, many of whom are international students seeking out the university, writes Aysha Yaqoob.

The Sudbury Star
Algoma U discusses expansion through Northern College

An expansion of the programing offered by Algoma University through Northern College’s South Porcupine campus could help stem the flow of young people from Timmins.

Prince George Citizen
UBC-built telescope detects mysterious energies within the Milky Way

The puzzling findings of a telescope designed and built by scientists at the University of British Columbia are being shared with the greater astronomical community for further analysis.

Ottawa Citizen
New pharmacy school at uOttawa should be ready to accept students by 2023, officials say

A new school of pharmacy at uOttawa will be ready to start accepting its first students in September 2023, say university officials.

Ottawa Citizen
Trent University to offer English as Second Language courses for credit toward undergraduate degree

Trent University in Peterborough says it is the first university in Canada to offer English as a Second Language courses for credit toward any undergraduate degree.

Virtual ceremony officially welcomes Judith Sayers as Vancouver Island University chancellor

A unique ceremony inducting the new chancellor of Vancouver Island University (VIU) while observing local Indigenous traditions and values is being described as a “powerful statement of reconciliation” by Snuneymuxw Coun. Emmy Manson.

The Record
Laurier staffer connected to Islamophobic Facebook posts no longer with university

A man who worked as an international recruiter for Wilfrid Laurier University is no longer with the school following an investigation into Islamophobic posts on Facebook.

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