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Headlines for Nov. 30, 2020


Universities extend winter break as students deal with online-learning burnout

Several universities are extending the winter break and delaying the start of the second semester because students are under such intense stress from online learning and the isolation that comes with it.

The Toronto Star
Four key stressors fuelling the mental health crisis in young people

On most Monday and Wednesday mornings in 2011 and 2012, psychiatrist Juveria Zaheer would ride the subway from her North York home to the downtown offices of Ontario’s chief coroner.

Studying to be a better citizen: The true value of an arts degree

Anusha Kav: Yes, there are plenty of job prospects for arts graduates. But the degree’s true value is more profound than practical.

CTV News
Province gives $3M to Algoma University to develop a virtual campus

The Ontario government is providing $3 million to Algoma University to create a virtual campus that will offer degrees in business and economics, computer science, and health-related fields.

Thompson Rivers University to close 2 regional centres due to low enrolment

A decision by Thompson Rivers University to close its continuing education facilities in Clearwater and Barriere has community leaders saying the university is neglecting its legislated mandate to serve regional learners.

The Brandon Sun
BU budget remains on track

Brandon University is on track to post a surplus of $628,343 in this 2020-21 fiscal year, according to the latest projection.

Fossil Free Lakehead pleased with university investment decision

A decision by the Board of Governors at Lakehead University to divest itself of fossil fuel investments is being hailed as a victory for one student group on its Thunder Bay, Ont., campus.

CTV News
Student calls for more action from University of Windsor concerning racist messages allegedly shared by fraternity

“At the University of Windsor, it is not safe for black students,” Josh Lamers says, a fear he has felt since he started law school two years ago.

CTV News
Dan Levy’s fundraising goal surpassed by U of A program

The Native Studies program at the University of Alberta has surpassed a major fundraising goal.

Revelstoke Review
Christmas break extended for UBCO students

Students at UBCO will be off school this winter break for a week longer than usual.

CTV News
University of Windsor reports positive case of COVID-19 on campus

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed another on-campus case of COVID-19 at the University of Windsor.

CTV News
Post-secondary schools preparing for return of international students

Post-secondary schools are getting ready to welcome back International students.

Student survey sheds light on mental health issues at UPEI

A survey of students at UPEI paints a sobering picture of the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on their mental health and academic progress.

Calgary Herald
Young Albertans facing mental health concerns amid pandemic and tougher restrictions

The COVID-19 pandemic is uprooting the lives of young Albertans and taking a toll on their mental health, say experts who warn it could have a lasting affect on their futures.

University life during a pandemic: How 3 students are coping with online learning

University represents a new chapter in life. It’s where people find life-long friends, make lasting memories and discover new things about themselves.

Times Colonist
Amid travel curbs, some students stay put for holidays

With British Columbians discouraged from moving around the province amid the pandemic, some post-secondary students are making the decision to stay put instead of heading home for the holidays.

Canadian researchers turn to wastewater tests at long-term care homes to detect COVID hotspots

Several Canadian universities are preparing to test wastewater from long-term care homes in Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton to get early warnings of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Global News
University of Saskatchewan launches new pediatric mental health training program

The six month long program has already been completed by 75 physicians and nurse practitioners, helping to take some of the caseload off of local psychiatrists. Brenden Purdy has the story.

Global News
Nobel Prize winner explains why Canadians should feel reassured by COVID-19 vaccine approval process

Polling done exclusively by Ipsos for Global News shows a drop in support for a mandatory vaccine. Dr. Michael Houghton, a University of Alberta researcher and recent Nobel Prize recipient, said Canadians should feel reassured that Health Canada will not recommend a COVID-19 vaccine unless it is safe.

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