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Headlines for Sept. 1, 2021


Global News
No polling stations at Manitoba post-secondary schools: Elections Canada

The president of Manitoba’s largest university students’ union says he’s disappointed post-secondary students won’t have access to polling stations on campus during next month’s federal election, but he understands this isn’t a normal election year.

The Toronto Star
Other countries are investing in young researchers. Canada must up its game or fall behind

Leading economies around the world are making investments in science and research central to their pandemic recovery plans, knowing this will yield the economic growth and the resilience in healthcare systems so desperately needed at this time.

The Globe and Mail
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole says he respects Ryerson University’s decision to change its name

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he respects Ryerson University’s decision to change its name, after he previously criticized the debate and referred to similar efforts as cancel culture.

The Toronto Star
U of W reverses course on anti-mask rally student suspension

A University of Winnipeg education student suspended from the faculty for attending an anti-mask rally while on a work placement has been reinstated on appeal.

Black psychologists say there are too few of them in Canada — and that’s a problem

Psychology professionals say ‘racist’ accreditation practices need to change.

The Toronto Star
(Almost) back to normal for universities, colleges with vaccine mandates, province says

Ontario universities and colleges will return to near-normal this fall thanks to vaccine mandates — with no class capacity limits or physical distancing requirements, says a memo obtained by the Star that went out to post-secondary institutions late Tuesday.

Montreal Gazette
McGill student union to protest against “unsafe and inaccessible” return to campus

Thousands of students and staff are returning to McGill University’s campus Wednesday amid growing controversy over the school’s refusal to require proof of vaccination to be on campus.

CTV News
Canadian scientists find key to high-quality, eco-friendly chocolate

Food scientists at the University of Guelph have discovered an easier and greener way to produce high-quality chocolate that melts in your mouth.

Global News
Queen’s survey shows almost all students say they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The vast majority of Queen’s University students say they have chosen to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a survey.

CTV News
‘A guiding presence’: Indigenous elder dies after contracting COVID-19

A highly regarded Indigenous knowledge keeper died over the weekend.

CTV News
UWindsor launches online reporting for sexual violence

University of Windsor students will have a new resource for reporting sexual violence this fall.

CTV News
‘We understand this is disappointing’: UWindsor’s Lancerpalooza postponed

First time and returning students will have to wait to experience the University of Windsor Students’ Alliances’ “Lancerpalooza.”

Global News
Liberals pledge $4.5B for mental health; will create transfer for provinces, territories

A re-elected Liberal government would give provinces and territories $4.5 billion over five years in targeted funding for mental health, but wouldn’t dictate how they deliver that support, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promised Tuesday.

India flight ban creates challenges for some Windsor international students

Recent University of Windsor graduate Kulakarni Baleagam says he has one friend in India who is taking multiple flights and paying thousands just to be at the campus in the southwestern Ontario city this fall.

The Hamilton Spectator
Accent: Laurentian researcher studies the effects of drought on mining-impacted wetlands

A Laurentian University master’s student at the Vale Living With Lakes Centre has partnered with Natural Resources Canada to study the effects of drought on mining-impacted wetlands.

The Hamilton Spectator
Laurentian University seeks to extend its restructuring process

Court documents reveal that Laurentian University is seeking permission to extend its restructuring process into the new year.

As post-secondary welcome weeks get underway, students navigate making new friends, vaccine policies

Parents heaving furniture out of vans. Orientation leaders dressed in neon. Anxious, excited students gazing across campus for the first time.

North Bay Nugget
Ontario to make vaccines mandatory for all post-secondary schools starting Sept. 7

With just a week left before classes begin, the Ontario government has sent guidelines to post-secondary institutions instructing them to have mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies in place effective Sept. 7.

Would-be Sudbury MPs debate the future of Laurentian U and reconciliation

Hours after Liberal leader Justin Trudeau appeared on the campus of Laurentian University without discussing the financial crisis facing the school, the candidates running to be Sudbury’s MP talked a lot about in an online debate on Tuesday night.

Prince George Now
UBCO quietly announces move from in-person to online learning for some programs

While students are gearing up for what was expected to be a year of in-person classes for post secondary institutions, UBC Okanagan has changed some program delivery just weeks before classes begin.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
First day of U of S vaccine, testing system was smooth: team leader

About 1,400 people had used the system by Tuesday morning without issue.

CFNR Network
First day of U of S vaccine, testing system was smooth: team leader

The Thompson Rivers University is going to be requiring that all students, staff, and faculty disclose their vaccination status at both the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses when the school starts up again in the fall.
UWindsor campuses go smoke-free

The University of Windsor has joined a growing number of Canadian post-secondary institutions in making their campus smoke-free as of Wednesday.

Student wins fight against U of W after being disciplined for attending anti-mask protest

A University of Winnipeg student won’t be forced to sit out the coming academic year after all, following pressure on the institution over disciplinary action it levelled against her for attending an anti-mask protest this spring.

The Sault Star
Algoma University, Sault College mandate vaccines for all

Algoma University students, staff and visitors must show proof that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 to be allowed access to the Queen Street East campus.

The University of Alberta is undergoing a massive structural change — but for better or worse?

The University of Alberta has undertaken a massive restructuring to deal with financial shortfalls — but the changes could threaten the institution’s cherished culture of collaboration, some academics warn.

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