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Headlines for March 26, 2021


The strange experience of starting university during a pandemic

It isn’t easy, but being able to study during the crisis is a blessing, says Sham Al Mukdad, a Syrian-Canadian who lived most of her life in Syria and experienced a different, harsher kind of lockdown.

The Toronto Star
Mr. Noodles or Kraft Dinner? Canada’s post-secondary students are suffering from food insecurity, and are losing healthy options

Mr. Noodles or Kraft Dinner? That’s the daily dinner debate for many post-secondary students across Canada.

CTV News
U of M students facing tuition hike

According to a news release from the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU), the school’s board of governors approved a $660 million operating budget for the 2021/2022 school year, including an average 3.75 per cent tuition increase across all programs.

Black academic experiences in Canadian universities, focus of webinar series

Graduate school can be a solitary, isolating experience for many students, but add on top of that the feeling of being the only Black student in your department or faculty, and that experience can become more insulating.

Report of racist incident sparks sadness and anger in UWindsor’s science department

The University of Windsor’s Faculty of Science department issued a statement Wednesday evening via Twitter about a reported incident in which one of its students experienced racism and discrimination.

The Toronto Star
Micro-credentials are trendy, but do they get people well paying jobs?

For a few years now, experts have been warning that millions of North American jobs were going to be lost to automation, digitization and artificial intelligence. Then, COVID-19 came along to pour kerosene on the fire, putting tens of millions of people out of work overnight.

Times Higher Education
Everything international students need to know about student visas in Canada

Confused about student visas for Canada? Use this table to find deadlines, costs, language requirements and post-study work options.

The Hill Times
Why our economy must hang onto PhD graduates

While the number of PhD graduates in Canada is increasing, tenure-track academic positions are in relatively short supply.

Montreal Gazette
Highlights of the 2021-22 Quebec budget

Quebec is not expected to return to a balanced budget for another seven years.

The Hamilton Spectator
Former McMaster student sues university, alleging sexual misconduct by profs in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour department

A former McMaster student is suing the university, saying it is liable for the alleged sexual advances, sexual harassment and sexual assault she was subjected to by professors.

The Telegram
Deadline for CBU nursing program extended to attract more L’nu and Black students

Cape Breton University has extended the deadline for applications to the nursing program for Indigenous and Black students to midnight Friday.

Brampton Guardian
Brampton Ryerson medical school no replacement for full university, say mayor and councillor

Brampton council’s long-running quest to bring a university to Canada’s ninth-largest city will continue despite the announcement of planning funding for a proposed Ryerson University medical school in the Ontario budget.

Global News
Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic to open at University of Regina later this month

Regina will have a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic opening on March 29 at the University of Regina (U of R), the institution announced on Thursday.

UBC, SFU study raises questions around timing of Pfizer vaccine doses in seniors

While Canada’s expert panel on vaccinations looks into the possibility of giving some people one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine instead of two, new research from a small-scale study shows that might not be enough for some seniors.

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