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Headlines for June 4, 2020


National Observer
Pandemic could hasten higher education transformation, but critics abound

Canada’s post-secondary institutions face major financial challenges as COVID-19 forces more students to access their education online, but the Royal Bank of Canada also sees an opportunity for them to streamline their operations.

Racism a fundamental problem in Canada, University of Toronto professor says

According to U of T Prof. Beverly Bain, politicians who say Canada does not have systemic racism like the U.S. are ‘whitewashing’ Canadian history.

RBC Disruptors Podcast
How the COVID-19 Crisis will Transform Higher Education

The mass transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will have lasting impacts on how Canadians are educated, ultimately offering students more say in where, when and how they learn.

TVO – The Agenda
Post-secondary Students in a Pandemic

In March, the almost 900,000 post-secondary students in Ontario were told to vacate their student residences, as all campuses closed and classes and exams, shifted online.

Global News
New UBCO campus to be built in downtown Kelowna

The University of British Columbia and the City of Kelowna have partnered in a massive new project.

UWindsor’s statement on George Floyd death leaves student groups ‘disturbed’ and ‘disappointed’

The University of Windsor issued a statement in response to the death of George Floyd earlier this week, but it’s drawing criticism from many — not because of what it said about the black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, but because of what it didn’t say.

Brandon Sun
Racist posts outrage BU students

Students at Brandon University took to social media Tuesday and Wednesday to denounce racist social media posts made by some of their classmates.

The Record
Petition seeks reprimand for St. Jerome’s prof who used racist word

More than 6,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the University of Waterloo to reprimand a St. Jerome’s University professor for using the N-word in class.

Global News
Edmonton university students demand tuition freeze as remote learning continues into fall

On Wednesday, it was a bit of a homecoming for University of Alberta student Ajay Gill as he visited the now quiet campus to meet with Global News.

Kingston Whig Standard
Queen’s to open select, single-room residences in the fall

Queen’s University will be housing students in residence in the fall — but with a handful of alterations to its traditional structure.

Global News
Queen’s University launches free Employment Lawyer services for those that qualify

MyOpenCourt is a free, AI-powered platform.

Global News
Calgary parents thankful for U of C volunteer tutors: ‘It definitely helped our relationship’

University of Calgary education students are stepping up to fill the gap created by classroom closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic delays new Alberta university funding model indefinitely

A funding model that will link Alberta public post-secondary funding to performance will be delayed for at least a year, the advanced education minister says.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Synchrotron devotes entire facility to COVID-19 research

The Canadian Light Source Synchrotron at the University of Saskatchewan is dedicating its resources to furthering COVID-19 research with 13 new projects.

Ocean research worth $16M announced in Atlantic region

Ocean Frontier Institute released details on six ocean research projects worth $16 million — including two with close P.E.I. connections.

Global News
Brandon University researchers examine dinosaur’s last meal in historic study

A team from Brandon University have become the first researchers in the world to study the actual stomach contents of a dinosaur, more than 100 million years after it ate its last meal.

The Record
These high school graduates plan to go to university in the fall, even if everything is online

Online learning isn’t scaring off a few graduates of Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate from attending university in the fall.

National Post
Rex Murphy: Kudos to Memorial University’s president for sheer common sense

Vianne Timmons has been criticized for noting that the offshore oil industry is important to cash-strapped Newfoundland, and the university.

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