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Headlines for Oct. 26, 2020


Ottawa names N.S. university president to rebuild trust between Mi’kmaw, commercial fishers
The head of a francophone university in Nova Scotia with experience in fishery disputes has been named as the federal special representative to rebuild trust between commercial and Indigenous fishers following violent opposition to a Mi’kmaw lobster fishery.

The Toronto Star
Controversies at U of T Law, York University highlight escalating suppression of moderate voices criticizing Israel
At the heart of a University of Toronto hiring scandal is an academic whose critique of Israeli settlements in Palestine is not what most people would call radical.

Global News
Thousands of resident doctors see exam delayed as coronavirus pandemic escalates
An exam for thousands of resident doctors seeking licensure in Canada has been delayed again by COVID-19.

National Post
As student athletics get cancelled by COVID-19, esports leagues are on the rise on campus
By getting school athletics departments involved, esports are developing inter-school rivalries and player training and development opportunities.

Calgary Sun
Calgary universities look to be creative in determining altered sports future
Change and adapt.That’s the challenge facing the city’s post-secondary student-athletes, says University of Calgary Dinos basketball coach Dan Vanhooren, with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the usual sports schedule.

The Globe and Mail
How the pandemic is shaping the demand for skills
Andrea Brunton graduated with a master’s degree in political science and environmental studies in 2016. A government internship and a research assistant position with a market research firm followed. And then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Global News
Post-secondary graduates in Edmonton struggle to pay student loans as deferred payments resume
After six months of deferred payments, Albertans with government student loans are now on the hook to pay up.

Local schools prepare to safely welcome international students back
The federal government is allowing international students to study in Canada this academic year at schools with approved COVID-19 readiness plans.

Edmonton Journal
‘No one eureka moment’: U of A virologist describes decade of work that led to a Nobel Prize win
The University of Alberta virologist to become the first Canadian-based medical researcher to win the Nobel Prize since Frederic Banting and John Macleod in 1923 says his team steadily worked in steps, with no single “eureka” moment.

Ottawa launches northern post-secondary education task force
Ottawa is launching a task force on northern post-secondary education with an aim to close the gaps in education and skills training between the North and the rest of Canada.

Lawyer urges government to press Turkey on detained Carleton student
The lawyer for a Carleton University PhD student in solitary confinement in Turkey says he hopes the Canadian government will raise the matter with Turkish authorities.

Calgary Herald
Province gives $11.8M to U of C for quantum research, other projects
An $11.8-million investment from the provincial government will help the University of Calgary support programs designed to foster new technology-related jobs in Alberta, the UCP announced Friday.

Striking during the pandemic ‘extremely challenging’ say U of O support staff
About 1,300 support workers at the University of Ottawa who walked off the job Monday morning say they’re worried the strike comes at a time when no one is paying attention to their story.

Post-secondary students call for changes to online exam rules as cheating concerns rise
Canadian colleges and universities are in the midst of midterm exam season.

The Kingston Whig Standard
Pandemic rattles the soul of higher education in B.C.
“I’m a very social being. So it kind of hurts my soul.”

Global News
University of Alberta med students bring therapeutic art to isolated seniors
A group of Edmonton seniors have contributed to an art display inside the Southgate Centre shopping mall.

Global News
‘UBC Okanagan Provost Speaker Series on Systemic Racism’ provides public forum on difficult topic
‘Systemic Racism’ in society, it’s a problem that most people don’t want to talk about or even admit to.

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