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Headlines for Oct. 5, 2020


The Globe and Mail
University of Alberta virologist Michael Houghton jointly wins Nobel Prize for medicine

A University of Alberta researcher known for his crucial role in identifying the virus that causes hepatitis C has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Emergency benefit for students is finished — with billions left in the pot

The federal government’s emergency benefit for students affected by COVID-19 fell billions of dollars below its maximum budget, despite providing income support to more than 700,000 students this past summer, according to government figures.

Universities cracking down on student behaviour during pandemic

Western University has put 100 students on academic probation for breaking rules around physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTV News
Teachers learn that online classes for foreign students come with geopolitical snags

In the midst of the summer scramble to get courses online at Memorial University in St. John’s, Sonja Knutson realized there were political implications to remote learning she hadn’t considered.

Her university career paused amid the pandemic, student worries about financial future

Elenor Marano’s university studies are on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the status of her government student loans is less certain.

The Globe and Mail
Western University students weigh the risks of contracting COVID-19

On a Wednesday and Thursday evening in early October, the usually popular Richmond Row in downtown London, Ont., was quieted by rain and concerns about the rise in COVID-19 cases across the province. Students here grapple with distancing rules and gauging their own risk-levels around contracting the coronavirus, while still hoping to enjoy university life.

Calgary Herald
Province pleased with post-secondary winter semester plans; U of C to expand in-person instruction

Alberta’s minister of advanced education said he was pleased universities in the province are expecting to welcome more students back to campus this winter.

Global News
2 coronavirus cases connected to the University of Guelph

The University of Guelph has confirmed another case of the novel coronavirus on its campus.

Global News
What campus life is like during the coronavirus pandemic

Nika Bajaj, a second-year student at Western University in London, Ont., talks about campus life during a pandemic and how students are coping with this new reality.

The Huffington Post
Students Need Safe Places To Socialize, Not Partying Bans And Expulsions

As universities have reopened in various ways this fall after spring COVID-19 closures and a rapid move to online learning, new challenges are emerging.

The Globe and Mail
What will persuade young people to get serious about COVID-19? Officials try social media – and threats

As cases rise among people under 30, universities and provincial governments look for answers.

Global News
University of Lethbridge food bank looking for donations amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, food insecurity is an ongoing concern for many, including those who utilize the food bank at the University of Lethbridge.

Global News
U of R offering free online mental health support for students across province

A new trial program developed in part at the University of Regina is offering free, online mental health and wellness education to post-secondary students in Saskatchewan.

The London Free Press
‘Western, you guys are amazing’: Premier praises university’s COVID-19 labs

Western University’s labs may soon be processing COVID-19 tests as part of a partnership with the province as the second local wave of the pandemic drives demand to unprecedented levels.

Global News
Coronavirus: Most MRU classes to continue online in winter 2021 semester

Students attending Mount Royal University will continue to receive most of their education online next semester as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Chronicle Herald
SMU president: Action needed on anti-Black racism

Saint Mary’s University president Robert Summerby-Murray says there has been a lot of good discussions and idea during a Canada-wide discussion among representatives from universities and colleges on how to address anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Moe, Saskatchewan Party promise increase to post-secondary scholarship

Leader Scott Moe says the Saskatchewan Party will increase the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship to $750 a year for eligible students if re-elected on Oct. 26.

Universities, students prepare to deal with holiday breaks in the time of COVID-19

It will be a different kind of Thanksgiving this year for Jack Irvin.

The Hamilton Spectator
McMaster study to explore COVID-19 impact on older adults

McMaster University is leading a new nationwide study on the impact of COVID-19 on aging Canadians as concerns over a second-wave of the virus continue to grow.

The Chronicle Herald
Acadia University students persevering amid pandemic

Acadia Students’ Union (ASU) president Brendan MacNeil said everyone was hoping for the best in terms of students being able to cope with increased restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and it appears everything is going better than expected.

The Hamilton Spectator
McMaster prof politically interfered in U.S. pandemic response seven times, Congress finds

United States Congress has found McMaster University professor and former Trump administration aide Paul Alexander committed political interference into the country’s pandemic response at least seven times over a five-month span.

National Post
New institute to shine spotlight on Canada’s little known history of slavery

Charmaine Nelson wagers that if you asked people in cities across Canada what they know about the history of slavery in this country, most would be surprised to hear that the practice even took place.

The Toronto Star
Why business schools will need a curriculum overhaul if corporations are going to meet their pledges for equity, inclusion and diversity

For months, businesses across North America owned up to their equity faults in contrite statements.

Global News
Université de Moncton reports 293 interventions to sexual violence incidents in 2019-20 school year

Université de Moncton has released a report on sexual violence incidents within the university in the 2019/2020 school year.

CTV News
Instagram account details allegations of sexual assault at Queen’s University

A new Instagram account is detailing anonymous allegations of sexual assault at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

Edmonton Journal
U of A plans to cut 650 jobs by 2022 to overcome $127-million funding gap

The University of Alberta will need to eliminate 650 more jobs by 2022 to dig out of a $127-million hole, president Bill Flanagan says.

CTV News
University of Alberta streamlining job cuts

The University of Alberta’s president has announced the school is streamlining its academic and administrative operations, which will help the school figure out how to cut jobs.

CTV News
Cuts at U of A already being felt: U of A Non-Academic Staff Association

Back in March, 400 jobs were lost at the University of Alberta and hundreds more are still to come.

CFJC Today
Fewer layoffs at TRU than first expected: CUPE President

The union representing employees at Thompson Rivers University says there are fewer people affected by layoffs than first expected.

Windsor Star
University launches review on potential renaming of Macdonald Hall

The University of Windsor is seeking public input over the naming of one its residence halls after Sir John A. Macdonald — Canada’s first prime minister.

The Toronto Star
Scholarships recognize achievements of Black students in Waterloo Region

This year marks the 19th annual awards of excellence, a scholarship program that recognized Black students from across the Africa diaspora in the Waterloo Region.

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