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Headlines for Oct. 4, 2021


Police in Ottawa and Hamilton investigate destructive parties linked to university students

Police in Ottawa and Hamilton are investigating after destructive street parties broke out this weekend, linked to local university students. Property was damaged, and the parties have prompted COVID concerns among some people.

The Globe and Mail
Ontario universities struggle to control growing number of rowdy weekend parties

Ontario universities are wrestling with the fallout from another weekend of rowdy street parties that attracted thousands of revellers, damaged cars and drew rebukes from school leaders and police officials.

The Toronto Star
McMaster University president apologizes after destructive street party in Hamilton

The president of McMaster University has apologized after thousands of students partied on a residential street off campus, leaving a wave of destruction and resulting in multiple charges.

The Toronto Star
London police have spoken to hundreds of Western students about alleged sex assaults, but no one has given information

Police have spoken with more than 600 students at a Western University residence about sexual assault allegations that surfaced online, but have received “no formal reports” about what may have transpired.

CTV News
Court will decide whether auditor general can access disputed documents in LU insolvency audit

A court will determine whether Ontario’s auditor general will gain access to documents covered by “privilege or court-ordered confidentiality” as she investigates the cause of Laurentian University’s insolvency.

Canadians have ‘woken up’ to the need for Indigenous education, says creator of popular course

The new director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI) in Hamilton is taking a lead role in helping hundreds of thousands of people better understand Indigenous history in Canada.

CTV News
Ontario university will not allow unvaccinated students who normally learn in-person to take online courses

An Ontario university says it will not allow students who normally learn in-person to take part in online courses this fall if they have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

CTV News
Ontario student’s push for accessible menstrual products grows into organization now helping thousands

When Isabela Rittinger started advocating for equal access to menstruation products last year, she had no idea what she had started would soon snowball into an organization of over 100 volunteers.

CTV News
Nobel Prize for medicine honours discoveries of how we react to heat, touch

Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for their discoveries into how the human body perceives temperature and touch, revelations that could lead to new ways of treating pain or even heart disease.

National Post
‘Too woke’ Canadian academic star leaves top Cambridge university job amid intense criticism

Considered a well-connected, academic star after his senior leadership of three of Canada’s top universities, Stephen Toope arrived at the University of Cambridge in England in 2017 as the first non-Briton ever to be named its vice-chancellor.

Global News
Western University offers $100K scholarships to 5 Afghan student refugees

Western University in London, Ont., is introducing a new scholarship for Afghan student refugees forced to flee their home country.

CTV News
‘We see them and hear them’: UW students rally in solidarity with sexual assault survivors

“Sexual assault should not be part of the university experience,” read one sign that was seen at the University of Waterloo’s solidarity march for survivors of sexual violence Friday afternoon.

CTV News
UWindsor hosting vaccine pop-up clinics open to community

The University of Windsor is hosting two vaccination clinics that will offer first or second dose COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to eligible individuals.

The Hamilton Spectator
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Redeemer University

Hamilton public health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a Christian university in Ancaster.

Global News
Head of the Trent back in action this weekend in Peterborough

Head of the Trent is back on this weekend, after a year’s hiatus. The university and regatta was paused last year due to the pandemic.

Edmonton Sun
A move to preserve history; Four historic U of A Ring Houses saved from demolition, to be relocated as arts hub

The four historic Ring Houses on the University of Alberta campus will be saved from the wrecking ball and relocated as part of a planned new community arts development.

First Nations University of Canada launches journalism program

The First Nations University of Canada, based in Regina, has started a new one-year journalism and communications program.

West K News
New housing for Indigenous students opens at UBC Okanagan

For post-secondary students feeling Kelowna’s housing crunch relief is on the way now that a new facility has opened up for on-campus housing.

Burnaby Now
Burnaby students plan hunger strike if SFU doesn’t divest from fossil fuels

A group of students at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby have given their school administrators an ultimatum: it has four weeks to commit to a full divestment from fossil fuels or a hunger strike will commence on Nov. 1.

Montreal Gazette
In McGill lecture, Fauci says we’re in ‘worst possible environment’ for a pandemic

The infectious-diseases specialist told a virtual audience the “environment of anti-science (and) complete normalization of lies … is so disturbing to me as a physician, as a scientist and as a public health person.”

What role do Western University’s fraternities have in ending gender-based violence?

The University Students’ Council (USC) at Western University has tabled a motion to limit its ties with the school’s fraternities and sororities.

The Hamilton Spectator
The right to bare arms: McMaster scraps long-standing sleeveless shirt ban at gym

McMaster gym-goers have for decades been told: no T-shirt, no workout.

St. FX disciplines 2 students for climbing on ambulance roof

St. Francis Xavier University says it has disciplined two students for climbing onto the roof of an ambulance responding to an emergency call on campus on Sept. 5.

CTV News
‘Reckless and destructive’: Ontario university responds to gathering of nearly 5,000 people

A large gathering of people attending an event dubbed ‘fake homecoming,’ or ‘FOCO’ near McMaster University over the weekend has drawn criticism after police say they caused significant property damage and flipped a car.

CTV News
Panda-monium: Vehicle damaged, streets covered in garbage following celebrations in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood

Panda Game celebrations in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood ended with partygoers taking over a residential street, flipping a car and leaving a trail of garbage and debris.

The Kingston Whig-Standard
Queen’s University mourns death of first-year student Jacob Downey

The Queen’s University community is mourning the death of first-year student Jacob Downey, who died suddenly on Sept. 29 following a medical emergency.

CTV News
Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University prepares for homecoming weekend in aftermath of massive street party

One week after student parties spilled into the streets of south end Halifax, Saint Mary’s University is getting ready for its homecoming weekend.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Federal health agency awards U of S researchers more than $4M

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research provided just under $4.5 million in grant money for six projects.

Engineering researchers at UW look at safety and security of automated vehicles

University of Waterloo is taking a step closer in the future development of automated vehicles by partnering with vehicle supplier Magna International.

CTV News
U of A research supports reports of Merck pill efficacy

An Edmonton-tested antiviral pill that is said to cut COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in half is now being reviewed by Health Canada.

The Toronto Star
Canadian universities must disassociate themselves from polluting industries

In a dramatic statement, Harvard University recently announced that it will divest all of its massive $42-billion (U.S.) endowment from fossil fuels.

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