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Headlines for May 7, 2021


The Globe and Mail
U of A opens bargaining with proposal that staff pay back money already earned

The University of Alberta is asking faculty and non-academic staff to take a 3-per-cent pay cut, accept reduced benefits and pay back wages they’ve already received as it negotiates new collective agreements following a big drop in provincial funding.

The Toronto Star
Michaëlle Jean pulls out of planned lecture at U of T over law school hiring fiasco, as several groups cut ties

Former governor-general Michaëlle Jean has pulled out of a scheduled lecture at the University of Toronto following pressure from academics to respect sanctions against the university for its role in a major hiring scandal.

The Globe and Mail
Cancelled speech, resignation are latest fallout from Azarova affair at University of Toronto

Former governor-general Michaëlle Jean has postponed a speech she was to give at the University of Toronto following pressure from academics who asked her to respect the formal censure imposed on U of T by the Canadian Association of University Teachers over a controversial hiring decision at the law school.

The PIE News
Canada: concern after talk of Ontario student travel ban

International students waiting to travel to Canada have expressed their confusion and concern after prime minister Justin Trudeau said he was considering suspending international student travel to Ontario.

Sen. Mary Jane McCallum becomes 1st Indigenous woman chancellor of Brandon University

Sen. Mary Jane McCallum, a dentist and an advocate for health-care and social justice issues, has been named the new chancellor of Brandon University.

CTV News
Can we create a universal vaccine for future coronaviruses? These Canadian scientists want to

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers in Saskatoon are suiting up for another fight.

Free-university project focuses on positive future of French education

A group of academics, artists and community members affected by the financial crisis at Laurentian University is aiming to do something positive amid a difficult situation — and hopes to help pave the way for a francophone university in the north.

CTV News
Despite insolvency, Laurentian University reports strong enrolment for spring semester

Despite massive cuts to programs and faculty, Laurentian University reported Thursday that enrolment for the spring semester is similar to that of 2020.

CTV News
Western receives millions earmarked for student entrepreneurs

A Canadian business leader with ties to Western University has made a multi-million dollar investment in student entrepreneurs.

Global News
Trent University professor’s expertise in DNA helps find relative of Franklin Expedition

A Trent University professor’s work in DNA has helped identify a crew member of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition.

Global News
South Asian students at Queen’s rally together to raise funds for COVID-19 crisis in India

A group of 15 Indian and Pakistani students at Queen’s University have started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $50,000 for those suffering with the COVID-19 pandemic in India, as cases surpass 20 million.

Edmonton Journal
U of A contract proposal would reduce pay retroactively, require staff to repay ‘overpayments’

A new contract proposal for non-academic staff at the University of Alberta would see retroactive wage rollbacks and require staff to repay “overpayments.”

The Record
UW students build zero-net energy house for Indigenous family

A team of University of Waterloo students has received international recognition for designing and building an affordable, super-energy efficient house on a reserve on the Bruce Peninsula.

U of M drama professor fired after allegations of sexual harassment

The University of Moncton fired drama professor Andréi Zahari after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the university announced Thursday in a news release.

Mount A suspends professor after investigation into complaints about blog

A Mount Allison University professor will not be teaching at the university for the fall term following an investigation into complaints that some posts on her personal blog were racist and discriminatory.

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