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Headlines for May 14, 2020


What will university look like this fall as a result of the coronavirus?

Socializing is a big part of the post-secondary experience. For now, that aspect of university life doesn’t seem to be available—at least not in the usual ways.

CTV News
Here’s what students need to know to apply for the emergency benefit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that students and recent graduates who have seen their education and job prospects hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit as of Friday.

Global News
If COVID-19 forces classes to remain online, should universities cut tuition?

Many students at Canadian universities say they shouldn’t have to pay full tuition if COVID-19 forces their classes online.

The Toronto Star
Young people will pay the price as post-secondary education goes online

Universities and colleges are closed until further notice. And they are caught in a costly limbo that is leaving students adrift.

The Toronto Star
COVID-19 brought Canada’s medical research to a halt. Thousands face layoffs this week

Up to 15,000 medical research staff face layoffs this week because they fall through the cracks of all the aid programs offered by the federal government.

Gap year gaining popularity thanks to COVID-19

Like a growing number of students set to graduate high school in June, Charlotte Richer says the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted her to explore the idea of putting her first year of post-secondary education on hold.

Will virtual courses leave med students unprepared for the front lines

Christopher Zwaagstra, an incoming medical student at McGill University, has been inspired by front-line workers during the pandemic but is worried the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent him from getting a ‘complete’ lab-based education.

Global News
Post-secondary students feeling impacts of COVID-19 academically, financially

The results of a questionnaire by Statistics Canada have revealed some of the early financial and academic impacts felt by post-secondary students because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
How post-secondaries are preparing for fall semester

The pandemic is forcing post-secondary schools across Canada to rethink how they’ll offer classes this fall, with many already deciding to go fully virtual.

CTV News
Shopify celebrates the first ‘Dev Degree’ graduates

Ottawa-based Shopify is celebrating the graduation of its first students from the “Dev Degree” student-training program.

Global News
Some students could return to Western University campus in the fall, president says

Western University’s president expects students to return to campus in the fall, but not nearly as many.

CBC – Ottawa Morning
University fall plans

How Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are planning to deliver a virtual fall semester, if required. And lessons learned in moving classes online.

University of Manitoba mulls layoffs as province cuts operating grant 5%

Manitoba’s largest post-secondary institution will see its provincial operating grant reduced by five per cent as it joins other colleges and universities facing government funding cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Manitoba mulls layoffs as province cuts operating grant 5%

Manitoba’s largest post-secondary institution will see its provincial operating grant reduced by five per cent as it joins other colleges and universities facing government funding cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winnipeg Free Press
Undefined budget scenarios put university staff on edge

University staffers grow anxious about their employment status, as administrators hint at pandemic-related cuts ahead and the province remains mum on specifics.
Sudbury’s three federated universities were already facing budget pressure, then along came COVID-19

In the wake of an announcement by Thorneloe University earlier this month that its books are in the red and it is cutting two programs, the other two federated universities on the Laurentian University campus say they’re also facing some financial challenges.

Global News
University of Regina faculty and students concerned for online fall semester

With Saskatchewan universities announcing fall semester classes will likely be held online, faculty and students are raising some concerns.

Times Colonist
UVic student sues school over refund for unused parking due to COVID-19

A University of Victoria student has launched a class action lawsuit against the university over its refusal to refund parking pass fees after face-to-face classes ended due to COVID-19.

Some CBU students concerned over decision to move to online-only learning

Some Cape Breton University students are questioning the effectiveness of online learning and whether they will be charged fees for services they can’t use now that classes will only be offered virtually this fall.

The Record
Fate of Ontario universities athletic seasons to be decided ‘sometime in May’

The governing body of university sport in Ontario is waiting for word from member institutions before announcing a decision on the fate of athletic seasons for the 2020-21 academic year.

McMaster opens residence as isolation housing for medical trainees and researchers

McMaster University is opening its doors to medical residents and researchers working in high-risk environments or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are worried about exposing their families to the virus.

Global News
Coronavirus: Queen’s University expecting most learning to be done remotely in the fall

In a letter sent to staff this week, Queen’s University said it was planning to do most of its teaching remotely in the fall semester due to concerns over the novel coronavirus.

Fall semester will likely be online for Manitoba post-secondary students, universities say

An entire group of first-year university and college students will begin their post-secondary education this fall not in crowded lecture halls and noisy campus centres, but from their bedrooms and parents’ basements.

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