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Headlines for May 1, 2020


Vancouver Sun
Opinion: Research universities recognize unique responsibility to fight spread of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our society and its institutions as few other events have.

The Chronicle Herald
Cape Breton University president calls for more help for international students

Cape Breton University president David Dingwall is calling on the federal government for more support for international students currently studying in Canada.

Global News
University of Saskatchewan temporarily laying off up to 500 staff

Some staff at the University of Saskatchewan are being temporarily laid off starting May 4 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Vancouver Sun
Students caught in travel bans derail Trudeau growth agenda

The coronavirus ground nearly all business in Canada to a temporary halt. Now it’s also threatening one of the nation’s main drivers of long-term growth: foreign students.

Students and faculty still in the dark about what new post-secondary school year will look like

What will post secondary education look like in British Columbia come September? The one word answer is — different.

U of Manitoba’s graduation powwow goes online to celebrate Indigenous grads

Years of late nights spent writing assignments and studying for tests are coming to an anti-climactic end this spring for many new university graduates, but a virtual celebration is in the works for the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous students.

Windsor Star
Online supports ramp up for college and university bound high school seniors

Normally, at this point in the school year, guidance counsellors like Teresa and Joe Piskovic welcome a steady stream of anxious high school seniors through their office doors each day.

Global News
Coronavirus: Montreal hospital to test disinfection robot that uses ultraviolet rays

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre says it will soon conduct the first Canadian test of a robot that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect.

Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa med students organize volunteer grocery and prescription deliveries

The testimonials and messages of gratitude often appear in hand-written cards and notes, left by people at their front doors. “Thank you very much,” reads one. “I really appreciate what you are doing for us. May god bless you all.”

Dalhousie students providing child care for health-care workers call on province for help

Allied health students at Dalhousie University are calling on the Nova Scotia government to step in and fill gaps that they cannot, in order to support health-care workers tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The London Free Press
Western University marshals resources to help schoolkids learning at home

Two recently released online resources, developed by Western University for Ontario students learning at home during the pandemic, are designed to help take some of the burden off both parents and teachers, Western officials say.

Financial Post
The court backs creators, not universities

In a unanimous decision released April 22, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the earlier finding of the Federal Court that massive theft of copyright-protected materials by York University is not protected under the Copyright Act as “fair.”

Publishers Weekly
After Loss on Appeal, Canadian Publishers Say Copyright System Is Broken

The Association of Canadian Publishers this week said that Canada’s “copyright framework is broken” after an appeals court dealt Canadian publishers and authors a major setback in a closely watched copyright case.

The Fulcrum
How to make a crisis: Cracks in mental health care at U of O and U of T

University of Ottawa president Jacques Frémont held a press conference on Feb. 11, 2020 in the wake of the fifth student death in the previous 10 months. There, he stood before the cameras and reporters, the university’s emblem behind him, and finally uttered the word that had been exchanged among the student body for years: “crisis.”

Times Colonist
Article defamed Andrew Weaver, B.C. Court of Appeal finds

The B.C. Court of Appeal has found that climate scientist and former B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver was defamed in an 2011 article written by global-warming skeptic Timothy Ball.

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