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Headlines for May 17, 2021


CTV News
Standalone northern medical school a waste of money, Lakehead says

Ahead of hearings next week on the province’s plan to make the Northern Ontario School of Medicine a standalone university, Lakehead University is calling the plan a waste of money.

Teachers worry high school grads will struggle in post-secondary education due to pandemic

When the pandemic hit in the middle of Charis Liu’s Grade 11 year at Markham District High School, classrooms closed.

Global News
Plan to cap spaces in English-language CEGEPs could have unintended consequences

Quebec’s new language reform, Bill 96, proposes to cap the number of places in English-language CEGEPs. It would also give priority to anglophone students.

The Globe and Mail
Without foreign exchange students, we lose a vital transfer of knowledges

As we all know, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on travel and tourism. Perhaps less appreciated is the dramatic change to scientific exchange programs. Basically, they stopped completely.

‘MUNL’ might take some getting used to but name change is long overdue, says university president

Adding “and Labrador” to the name of Newfoundland and Labrador’s university means a lot more to Memorial University president Vianne Timmons than just changing an acronym.

Policy Magazine
University Innovation: A Transformative Force for Canada’s Post-Pandemic Economy

Every technological revolution society has witnessed was preceded by a major global crisis, and each was driven by major public investments. In each case, the distribution of economic power changed.

Board of Regents Recommends MUN Officially Change Name to Include “and Labrador”

Memorial University’s Board of Regents is recommending that MUN officially change its name to include “and Labrador.”

The Hill Times
Feds risk falling behind on science investment, say policy experts, Naylor, as U.S., U.K., Germany forging ahead

With government expenditures approaching a half trillion dollars over the course of the pandemic, spending allocated to forward-looking research and innovation is comparatively small, with a number of science and policy experts saying Canada needs to ramp up to keep up with some of our international allies.

The Toronto Star
2,000 new nursing education spots coming to Ontario colleges, universities

The government is funding 2,000 new spots in college and university nursing programs, saying the profession needs a boost given ongoing and future health-care needs.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Inside the University of Saskatchewan’s plan for a ‘more normal’ fall term

The head of the University of Saskatchewan’s pandemic response is trying to find certainty within the uncertain.

University’s acting VP of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to tackle racism on campus

The University of Windsor’s newly appointed Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion plans to develop a strategy to address racism, discrimination and oppression on the university campus.

The Toronto Star
How a workplace investigation at York University has left this Black professor and his supporters crying foul

A five-year saga between a Black York University professor and administration is reaching a boiling point.

Global News
Western University to switch remote exam proctoring software, privacy concerns remain

Western University in London, Ont., will be switching to another remote exam proctoring software over the summer.

CTV News
International students stuck learning abroad amid pandemic travel restrictions

Some international students studying in the Waterloo area say they’re stuck abroad waiting to come to Canada amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in their home countries and the looming threat of a travel ban for foreign students.

Guelph Mercury
Calls persist for Canada to tighten travel measures amid COVID-19 variants. Advocates say there’s more to consider

As new variants of COVID-19 are identified globally, conversations about closing Canada’s borders have reignited.

CTV News
‘Unacceptable’: Laurier taking ‘appropriate action’ to address video posted by student

Wilfrid Laurier University says it’s taking “appropriate action” to address a TikTok video posted by a student related to the current Israel-Palestine conflict.

Edmonton Journal
Research shows how modified Hep C drug attacks COVID, U of A prof says

A University of Alberta virology lab says it has revealed how an existing oral drug could work to treat COVID-19 before its symptoms become severe.

Global News
Meet 2 recent Nova Scotia graduates who want to highlight anti-sexual violence work on campus

Two recent Nova Scotia university graduates are giving student activists fighting sexual violence on Canadian campuses a place to tell their stories in a new, nationwide project that’s currently seeking submissions.

Northern Ontario
Algoma University to study Lake Superior in multi-university partnership

Algoma University will be one of several partnering universities that will be studying the Lake Superior watershed this summer.

Medical residents ask for oral certification exam to be cancelled during pandemic third wave

Jack Pang, who is completing the fifth year of his public health residency, says he’s fortunate compared to other resident doctors.

Mi’kmaw student creates lab at Acadia to share traditional knowledge with future scientists

All first-year biology students at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., now learn about Mi’kmaw traditional knowledge thanks to the efforts of one student who was tired of seeing Indigenous perspectives ignored in science.

Niagara Falls Review
Brock University research urges more support for arts during and after pandemic

The arts will play an important role as Niagara pulls out of the pandemic, says new research from Brock University.

The Peterborough Examiner
Trent University employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Trent University employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the university reported Friday.

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