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Headlines for June 23, 2020


Qualtrough says work underway to provide help for international students

Ottawa says it is working on ways to support international students in Canada currently left out of existing COVID-19 emergency aid programs.

Margaret Wente resigns from senior fellow appointment at Massey College

Former Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente has resigned from a senior fellow position with Toronto’s Massey College following controversy over her appointment.

The Chronicle Herald
‘Struggling’ international graduates push for extension of work permit time limits

Tatiana Martins says she would rather spend her days after working at her sales job relaxing, but instead, the recent Nova Scotia Community College graduate scans job hunting websites desperately looking to find work in her field of study, accounting.

Star Phoenix
U of S lays off 14 staff positions in research office

The University of Saskatchewan’s research office has eliminated the equivalent of 14 full-time positions, as it reacts to budget challenges and COVID-19 fallout.

The Province
Opinion: Suspending some University of Alberta sports the right call

The recent decision to suspend hockey, basketball and volleyball from Canada West competition for the upcoming season was necessary due to the need to reduce expenses for the 2020/21 budget year, but it is instructive to consider the other complex variables facing the return to competition for amateur sport.

Pandemic doesn’t stop these 3 valedictorians from making big plans

It was an extraordinary last year of high school for students everywhere because of COVID-19, and it didn’t end they way anyone dreamed back in September.

London Free Press
Western University president eyes anti-racism reform as Philippe Rushton ‘harm’ lingers

Western University’s president is appointing a special advisor to lead anti-racism efforts on campus – and apologizing for the hurt caused by the racially charged work of a former professor – in the wake of a newly released report about discrimination on campus.

New institute for examining slavery in Canada to be set up at NSCAD University

NSCAD University plans to set up an institute for studying Canadian slavery.

The Link
Faculty Among Thousands Calling for Action on Anti-Black Racism at Concordia

Concordia must take responsibility for addressing systemic anti-Black racism at the university, according to a lengthy petition outlining seven concrete demands.

First Nations student graduates as McGill valedictorian after leading fight against ‘Redmen’ team name

A First Nations student who led the campaign to get McGill University to change the name of its men’s sports teams, graduated last week as one of the Montreal university’s few Indigenous valedictorians.

North Delta Reporter
UFV investigates reports of racial slurs from two students

Reports that two Abbotsford University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) students used racist language in private messages and a video are being investigated by the university.

Treating racism: Canadian doctors of colour share their experiences in medicine

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across the U.S. and Canada to protest against police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. His last words — “I can’t breathe” — have become a rallying cry to end systemic racism not just in policing but also in other sectors of society.

University of Winnipeg approves 3.75% tuition hike as revenues slump from COVID-19

The University of Winnipeg will hike tuition by an average of 3.75 per cent this fall, as it grapples with sinking revenues owing to the pandemic.

The Guardian
Cape Breton University looks to cut costs amid global pandemic

Cape Breton University will look to approve a deficit budget as the institution faces significant financial impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
University students provide PPE and hygiene items to homeless in Toronto

When the COVID-19 pandemic put a dent in their prospects for summer jobs and internships, five first-year university friends created a crowdfunded non-profit to protect Toronto’s homeless.

Global News
Ontario post-secondary students preparing for hybrid learning

It’s a question many people are asking: what will school look like in the fall?

Global News
New Reality: Some Universities going virtual

In Fredericton one student’s university dream is off to a shaky start while another’s has ended all due to the pandemic.

Global News
Wolfville, Acadia prepare for unique school year

Post-secondary universities and university towns look to embrace the new normal after COVID-19 has posed some never-before experienced challenges.

The Tyee
What’s University Going to Look Like This Fall?

Post-secondary institutions in Canada have been offering online courses for over 20 years.

Danielle McCann out as health minister as François Legault shakes up cabinet

Danielle McCann, who has been at the forefront of the Quebec government’s response to the pandemic, has been replaced as health minister in a major overhaul of François Legault’s government.

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