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Headlines for June 29, 2020


NSCAD president removed after 1 year on the job

Aoife Mac Namara, the president of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, has been removed from her position after one year.

The Province
Santa Ono: What COVID-19 can teach us in our fight against climate change

I am heartened by the way university leaders from across Canada and North America are joining forces to commit their institutions to concrete action addressing climate change. But we can and should do more.

The Province
Conversations That Matter: Andrew Petter’s SFU legacy

SFU President Andrew Petter says COVID-19 makes universities even more important.

The Toronto Star
Tories ask auditor general to probe ‘outsourcing’ of $900M student aid program

The federal Conservatives are calling for an investigation into the Liberal government’s decision to have an international charity administer a $900-million program designed to help students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Globe and Mail
Volunteer Canada declined to work for WE Charities over wage concerns with student grant program

The CEO of Volunteer Canada said the national organization declined an offer to work for WE Charity in delivering the new Canada Student Service Grant over policy concerns with the program, including a view that volunteers should not be paid an hourly wage.

CIC News
Canada Visa Application Centres now open in these countries

In recent weeks, more Visa Application Centres around the world have been re-opening to provide services to those looking to come to Canada.

Global News
Foreign-trained doctors file human rights complaint claiming systemic discrimination

A group of internationally-trained physicians and medical graduates have taken their fight against what they call systemic racism in B.C.’s residency program to the province’s human rights tribunal.

CBC – Spark
Classes are moving online, but teaching methods still need to catch up, says education expert

The pandemic may have forced classes in grade schools and post-secondary institutions online, but we need a bigger shift in teaching methods to create the best learning environment for students, says an expert in online education.

Ottawa Citizen
U of O support workers reject school’s final offer

Members of the union representing support staff at uOttawa have overwhelmingly rejected the school’s final offer to settle contract talks that began more than a year ago.

MAX 104.9
Union says Mount-A layoffs unfair, unnecessary

The union representing workers at Mount Allison University in Sackville says recent layoffs mean fewer resources for students and faculty staff.

Academic says universities too worried about bad PR to deal with systemic racism

A University of Waterloo dean says the institution’s recent attempts to address anti-Black racism show a greater concern for public relations than for creating real change.

CTV News
When the protests end: Black Canadian students on what needs to happen

In the wake of another week of racial reckoning around the world, two Black Canadian students are opening up about the realities they’ve faced and what needs to happen when the protests end.

Vancouver Sun
Douglas Todd: Students grapple with COVID-19’s narrowing of higher education

Classrooms in communities. Communities in classrooms.

Global News
University of Saskatchewan managing coronavirus impact heading into fall semester

The University of Saskatchewan has outlined its steps to withstand the economic impact of the novel coronavirus.

The Guardian
Return of students to St. F.X. sparks worry in Antigonish

St. Francis Xavier University’s board of governors made a decision last week for everyone in Antigonish.

Global News
University of Calgary leads research into the effects of social distancing on teenagers

Approximately 50% of mental illness begins in emerging adulthood. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased risk for this vulnerable age group.

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