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Headlines for May 5, 2021


The Globe and Mail
Alberta vows to curb university’s research ties to China

The Alberta government is expressing alarm and vowing to take action to curtail the University of Alberta’s collaboration with China in strategically important scientific and technology fields.

Corporate Knights
Canadian universities on a long road to fossil fuel divestment

When the University of Victoria ended fossil fuel investments in its $225-million working capital fund in February, student activists cheered a hard-won victory.

Global News
Migrant workers, international students face barriers to new government immigration program: advocates

Advocates say the government’s new immigration program targeted at essential temporary workers and recent international graduates doesn’t go far enough and that many are excluded.

Temporary immigration pathway for essential workers and graduates excludes too many, critics say

A group that advocates for the rights of migrants is pushing for changes to a recently announced short-term immigration program, calling it unfair and exclusionary.

The Tyee
Higher Ed Is Indigenizing. But Are Schools Responsible for Vetting Identities?

Verifying claims of Indigeneity is a complicated undertaking that intersects place, race and identity, say four academics.

The Toronto Star
Students and the public suffer when universities fail to be transparent

It’s one thing to become angry at someone’s racist actions and demand apologies and accountability. What can be even more frustrating for impacted individuals and communities are institutions that fail to provide transparency on how they will address such behaviour.

National Post
Trainee doctors protest as hundreds pulled from COVID front lines to take certification exams

The exams not only draw much-needed resources away from burdened hospitals, but could themselves become ‘high-risk’ hubs of COVID spread, residents allege.

CTV News
Suzanne Rogers says she regrets photo with former U.S. president Donald Trump amid controversy

A Canadian philanthropist is facing criticism for taking a photo with former U.S. president Donald Trump in Florida, and the fashion school that bears her name is feeling the heat.

U of Regina not making vaccination mandatory for staff, students returning to campus this fall

University of Regina students can expect a mix of online and in-person classes for the fall semester as the school moves to gradually reopen, according to the university’s website.

The Kingston Whig-Standard
Queen’s students start online campaign to help with COVID-19 crisis in India

A group of about 15 South Asian students at Queen’s University is raising money through the online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to support people during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in India.

Med students watching grim COVID situation in India call on Canadian government to help

As India grapples with mass deaths and climbing COVID-19 case counts, medical students with ties to South Asia here are urging the Canadian government to help poorer countries access vaccines that could serve as a lifeline.

The Timmins Daily Press
Academic year on the brink: Almost 200 nursing students in limbo

The Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) is calling on Canadore College and instructors in the Collaborative Nursing Program it operates with the university to apologize to almost 200 students who received unsatisfactory, in progress or incomplete marks this year.

Livewire Calgary
Calgary universities shift mental health programs to manage students’ COVID-19 needs

Calgary post-secondary schools are tailoring their mental health assistance for students coping with the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Revelstoke Review
Professor asks UBC to reconsider Dr. Henry’s honorary degree, cites conflict of interest

One of its professors is asking the University of British Columbia to reconsider bestowing provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry with an honorary degree this June.

CTV News
Red Deer College to become polytechnic instead of university

The largest post-secondary institution in Red Deer will become a polytechnic school instead of a university after a provincial government review.

Northern Ontario
Ontario’s auditor general to investigate financial debacle at Laurentian University

Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas has received support in the Ontario legislature to have the provincial auditor general investigate exactly what happened at Laurentian University.

The Timmins Daily Press
University of Sudbury president supports ‘calls for accountability’ in Laurentian fiasco

The University of Sudbury is disappointed it can no longer consider Laurentian University a partner in education.

Laurentian University president weighs in as restructuring enters 2nd phase

In a letter published Monday, Laurentian University President Robert Haché is promising more communication and collaboration during the second stage of the school’s restructuring process.

CTV News
Disappointed but not surprised with weekend Laurentian ruling: students and faculty

Faculty and students didn’t appear to be too surprised with Sunday night’s decision by a judge to allow Laurentian’s creditor protection to continue but some were disappointed with the outcome.

Loss of Indigenous studies program would reflect poorly on Laurentian, prof says

One of the oldest Indigenous studies programs in Canada will likely end as Laurentian University looks to terminate ties with the University of Sudbury, a move experts say could put the financially plagued school off the radar of an important population of students.

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