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Headlines for June 8, 2020


The Globe and Mail
Amplify: New grads face a future they didn’t plan for: ‘It’s like a story that didn’t get an ending’

For students in the class of 2020, graduation isn’t exactly going according to plan.

University World News
Students upset as some universities hike tuition fees

Some Canadian universities are raising tuition fees for the new academic year much to the consternation of students, who argue their costs should be going down, not up in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports The Canadian Press.

The Province
Andrew Petter: From global crises come silver linings — how advanced education can help chart a new course

OPINION: With millions unemployed, governments can marshal post-secondary education to re-skill and educate a disrupted workforce to meet the needs of a greener, more dynamic economy.

CIC News
Coronavirus: IRCC updates for international students

The Canadian government has carried out special measures affecting immigration during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chronicle Herald
Fall enrollment worries lead to part-time instructor cuts at MSVU

Mount Saint Vincent University is cutting part-time instruction positions by 30 per cent for the fall term as it deals with an expected decline in enrollment due to COVID-19 measures.

Global News
Saint Mary’s University moves classes online for the fall as tuition increases

Saint Mary’s University announced Friday that it is transitioning all of its courses and programs online this fall.

Student summer job opportunities at Crown corporations dry up due to COVID-19

While the Manitoba government tries to create summer jobs in a pandemic with a $120 million fund, its own Crown corporations have eliminated nearly every opportunity for young people to find work within their organizations.

Nova Scotia researchers eye improvements to health-care system post COVID-19

Nova Scotia’s health-care system had challenges long before COVID-19 entered the province, but several researchers say the disease has helped highlight shortcomings and could also be the catalyst to improvement.

The Kelowna Daily Courier
UBC campus should not stay closed into the fall

I was relieved when UBC’s president, Santa Ono, announced that the school was planning to start reopening this fall semester.

HSR facing huge revenue hit as Mohawk, McMaster look to opt out of student transit deals

A request from Mohawk College’s student association to suspend its transit pass agreement with the city over the summer is a harbinger of even more financial hardship for Hamilton’s beleaguered bus system.

The Guardian
Left in limbo: East Coast students mourn loss of graduations, ‘normal’ first year of university

Grade 12 students should be getting ready to write their final high school exams and celebrate a milestone achievement with a graduation ceremony and prom.

Toronto Life
“To some people, I’m not what a doctor is supposed to look like”: U of T’s med school valedictorian shares her story

In March, Chika Oriuwa discovered she’d been elected U of T med school’s latest valedictorian. We spoke to her about why she wants to be a doctor, the need for diversity in medicine and what it was like to deliver her commencement address on video.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Equity in 2020 Requires More Than a Diversity Statement

How college campuses can remain spaces of transformative change during the pandemic.

The Globe and Mail
Where we stand: small and incremental steps to combat racism will make a difference

As I reflect on what is unfolding around us, my thoughts are focused on my two-year-old son. At night when I put him to bed, I hug him tightly.

The Calgary Herald
B.C. university ‘deeply disturbed’ by honorary degree recipient W. Brett Wilson’s Twitter remarks

A B.C. university says it is considering taking action after what it called disturbing, race-related comments made by Calgary businessman and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson on Twitter earlier this week.

McMaster University lacrosse player off team after racist social media posts

McMaster University has booted a second-year student off its lacrosse team after racists social media posts from May surfaced on Wednesday. A tweet from the school indicates it may be investigating more than one student for “racist and sexist “posts.

London Free Press
Cornies: Western University president offers hope, perspective on new viral reality

During a livestream about the coming school year on social media this week, Western University president Alan Shepard got momentarily distracted.

Global News
USask cabins reused to fit housing needs of northern Saskatchewan First Nation

The chief of First Nation said a donation of cabins are a great fit as they continue to deal with a housing crisis and the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Regina Leader Post
U of S making student suicide prevention framework for Sask. campuses

The University of Saskatchewan is hoping its work in student suicide prevention can help other campuses avoid tragedy.

The Crag and Canyon
Former Laurentian president writes book on leadership

‘I make the point in the book, that every year three or four things come up totally out of the blue. And that has a lot to do with your success or failure’

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