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Headlines for June 28, 2021


Global News
The ethical questions about mandating vaccines at Canada’s post-secondary schools

University of Toronto’s Bioethics and Global Health Professor, Kerry Bowman, shares his insight on the medical ethics and implications of mandating COVID-19 vaccines for post-secondary students.

CTV News
International students navigate numerous barriers as they look to begin fall classes

A prospective student from Pakistan who will be enrolling in Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University says she’s “freaking out step-by-step” as she navigates hurdles to get her education, made far more difficult by COVID-19.

The Globe and Mail
Queens to review hiring policy over accusations some faculty, staff falsely claimed Indigenous identity

Queen’s University will re-evaluate how it assesses Indigenous identity in its hiring practices in the wake of anonymous allegations that say some faculty and others connected to the university have falsely presented themselves as Indigenous.

University World News
High stakes in Queen’s faculty Indigenous status row

Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, one of Canada’s most prestigious universities, is enmeshed in a controversy about whether four faculty and another individual involved with Indigenous issues at the university are, in fact, Indigenous.

Global News
UBC faculty of medicine apologizes for harms to Indigenous people

The University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine formally apologized Friday for its role in past and present harms to Indigenous Peoples and committed to expand its response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

Calgary Herald
‘Culture of fear’: Racialized staff speak out about toxic environment at Mount Royal University

Four faculty members who spoke to Postmedia say administration has discouraged racialized staff from filing official complaints and speaking openly about their experiences.

Anti-austerity rally calls on N.L. government to keep tuition freeze

About 200 people gathered at the steps of the Colonial Building in St. John’s Saturday, protesting cuts to post-secondary education.

Some Alberta post-secondary institutions left relatively unscathed while U of A funds slashed, new data shows

A handful of Alberta post-secondary institutions have been forced to absorb massive public funding cuts while others have been mostly spared, new government data show.

The Hill Times
No vaccines without investment in research: sobering

We must act, and act now. We strongly recommend that the budgets of Canada’s granting councils (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) be at least doubled and that this additional funding be directed to support investigator-led research operating grants.

The Hamilton Spectator
Seven investigations complete. One sexual violence ‘policy violation.’ No other details from McMaster

McMaster University says its investigations into seven individuals connected to its Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour are now complete. The investigations included “serious allegations of sexual assault.”

Timmins Daily Press
Unmaking a university: Laurentian’s insolvency

In Sudbury, as across the country, many are puzzled at the sudden declaration of insolvency by the local university.

Owen Sound Sun Times
Algoma U commits to diversity, inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion is a new strategic priority for Algoma University.

Global News
Queen’s University offers ground-penetrating radar tech in search for unmarked graves

The discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan has led to calls for thorough investigations into other sites across the country.

International students in Cape Breton get help booking vaccine appointments

The Cape Breton University Students’ Union is helping some international students by booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments for them.

CTV News
McGill University medical students launch Kits for Kids to help low-income new parents

An organization in McGill University’s Medical Student Society (MSS) has launched a new initiative to help underprivileged children in Montreal.

The Toronto Star
Peel students receive prestigious Schulich scholarship to help pay for university

The 2021 Schulich Leaders Scholarship recipients have been announced, and seven of the students are from Peel Region.

Windsor Star
UWindsor student leaders ‘shocked’ new pool to be shared with community

University of Windsor student leaders whose members are paying $55 million towards the $73-million new Lancer Centre athletic facility were taken aback last week when they learned the city will be sharing use of the centre’s new pool for $3 million.

International Students Feel Discriminated Against with Substantially Higher Tuition Fees

International students at Memorial University believe they are being discriminated against as they pay substantially more in tuition than the going rate.

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