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Headlines for Oct. 21, 2020


CBC News
Canadian professor’s website helps Russia spread disinformation, says U.S. State Department
The U.S. State Department has identified a Montreal-based website run by a retired University of Ottawa professor as having the single-biggest reach among “Kremlin-aligned” disinformation sites.

Globe and Mail
Universities, school boards across Canada defend ties with China’s Confucius Institute
Canadian schools and universities that maintain ties with China’s Confucius Institute say they see no reason to reassess those partnerships.

Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton universities post highest first-year enrolment despite pandemic
Both McMaster University and Redeemer University reported their highest first-year enrolment numbers ever, bucking the attendance and financial hurdles facing other academic institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cape Breton Post
RCMP charge eight people on Acadia homecoming weekend for violating COVID-19 restrictions
Homecoming weekend was supposed to be a virtual celebration at Acadia University this year because of COVID-19, but it appears not everyone followed the memo.

Global News
Dalhousie graduate launches COVID-19 student support network
A recent Dalhousie University graduate has created a new tool to help postsecondary students across Canada who are struggling to transition to online learning.

CBC News
After 20 years, Brock University moving satellite campus from Hamilton to Burlington
The cost of updating its current location and a lack of access to main roads and public transit have led Brock University to move its satellite campus from Hamilton for Burlington, Ontario.

Globe and Mail
Opinion: Removing Sir John A. Macdonald isn’t ‘cancel culture’ – it’s a sign of a cultural renaissance
Taking down Macdonald monuments or renaming buildings is not an example of people or organizations trying to forget history or falling victim to a trend.

CBC News
Quebec premier warns of ‘censorship police’ after University of Ottawa prof suspended for saying N-word
The Quebec government has accused the University of Ottawa of violating a professor’s freedom of expression when it suspended her for using the N-word in class.

Montreal Gazette
N-word deserves repugnance, but also discussion: experts
Amid the torrent of reaction that has come in the wake of the University of Ottawa’s decision to suspend a professor who used the N-word in class, one thing that has been sorely missing is true communication, said Martine St-Victor.

CBC News
Black academic offers his take on storm over use of N-word at U of O
“I don’t think it is never appropriate, but I do think the contexts in which it is are extremely limited.”

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