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Headlines for May 19, 2020


CBC – The National
What will happen to university courses with mandatory in-person components?

University and college students ask questions about how the pandemic will affect their schooling.

The Globe and Mail
Summer enrolment up at universities despite online shift during pandemic

Enrolment in spring and summer courses has jumped at many Canadian universities despite the shift to online classes.

Times Higher Education
Canada easing work rules for its valued foreign students

Government backs universities on imperative of satisfying full-tuition visitors.

The Globe and Mail
McGill, UBC among universities to offer majority of fall semester online

A number of Canadian universities announced that their classes will be held primarily online in the fall, acknowledging that restrictions required to contain COVID-19 may remain in place for months.

Feds announce up to $450 million in aid for research, after sector warned of up to 15,000 job losses

The federal government is promising up to $450 million for Canada’s research community, as institutions have seen their funding shrivel while clinical trials and other research projects have been stunted by the COVID-19 pandemic — and the sector warned of thousands of imminent layoffs.

The Globe and Mail
A recession is a great time to go back to school. Governments must help make that possible

In the last recession, a surge of Canadians went back to school.

Global News
Alberta students call for reduced tuition as universities release fall semester details

Some Alberta students are demanding a reduction in tuition costs after universities unveiled tentative plans for the 2020 fall semester.

Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine trials approved for Halifax university

A Halifax research team will be working with a Chinese manufacturer to run the first Canadian clinical trials for a possible COVID-19 vaccine.

Radio-Canada International
COVID-19: Canadian security agencies warn of cyber threats to research

In a rather unusual notice, Canadian security agencies have released a joint statement warning that COVID-19 research has become a target for “state actor” hacking attempts.

The Toronto Star
International students studying online will still qualify for Canadian work permits

International students who are forced to enrol in online courses this fall due to COVID-19 will still be eligible for postgraduate work permits, the federal government has announced.

The PIE News
Visa application issues could stop students reaching universities

The closure of visa application centres around the world could prevent international students from reaching university campuses this September, according to industry stakeholders.

CTV News
Students seek to launch class action lawsuit against universities over cancelled classes, services

Students from 15 Quebec universities are seeking permission to file a class-action lawsuit, saying their schools should refund them part of their tuition for the semester disrupted by COVID-19.

Global News
Various Manitoba post-secondary student fees in limbo with facilities shut down

As classes at Manitoba post-secondary institutions shift online, and most facilities such as gyms and labs remain closed for the foreseeable future, some students are wondering if they’re still on the hook for all the same fees.

The Globe and Mail
Universities grapple with how to play sports with no student-athletes in attendance

Josiah Joseph is prepared to live a monk’s life to quarterback the University of Calgary Dinos this year.

CTV News
University towns in Maritimes brace for impact of not having students in the fall

Now that another Maritime university is going with virtual classes for fall semester, the communities that are home to these institutions are bracing for the economic blow of not having students around.

Waterloo Chronicle
‘It’s a big loss’: Waterloo co-op students stand to lose thousands in wages, priceless experience

Fourth-year University of Waterloo computer science student Victor Scurtu should be headed to New York City, for a co-op placement with a company specializing in high-frequency stock trading – but it isn’t looking good.

Halifax Today
N.L. grant program hiring students to help seniors during pandemic

Newfoundland and Labrador is launching a grant program for organizations to hire students to help seniors and other vulnerable people who are isolated during the pandemic.

Windsor Star
Still unknown how University of Windsor’s decision to not hold in-person classes will impact Lancer athletics

The University of Windsor’s decision to not hold in-person classes this fall answers the academic question in regards to how it will handle the COVID-19 pandemic going forward.

Ottawa landlords face uncertain future as post-secondary schools prepare for online learning

Carleton University says a “normal” fall term is extremely unlikely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grads face degree delays, virtual celebrations and uncertain job market due to COVID-19

Kasey Stojke says she almost quit several times during her five years at the University of Alberta.

Some N.B. universities plan to reopen later this month

Some universities in New Brunswick are planning to begin to reopen later this month.

London Free Press
Huron University College in London moves all fall classes online

Huron University College will only offer online courses in the fall, according to a report in the Western Gazette.

Laurentian University still shaping fall semester amid COVID-19, but most classes likely to be online

There will be fewer students on the Laurentian University campus in Sudbury this fall.

Majority of Ryerson classes to be held online in fall, university announces

A majority of Ryerson’s 2020 fall courses will be delivered online as Toronto continues to grapple with daily new COVID-19 infections, the university announced Friday.

UPEI planning blend of online, in-person classes for fall

All UPEI students will have the opportunity for some on-campus student experiences when classes resume in the fall, the university says.

Global News
Presidents of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier universities offer plans for fall semester

The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University both revealed some plans for how they will operate this fall.

North Bay Nugget
Nipissing going online in fall

Nipissing University students will be able to take their classes online in the fall term.

Edmonton Journal
French Canadian association calls for action to save U of A’s Saint-Jean campus

The province’s French Canadian association has launched an online campaign to fight against budget cuts that have left the University of Alberta’s French language campus in a “precarious financial situation.”

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