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Headlines for Sept. 14, 2020


The Globe and Mail
Students enrolled online in China may not be able to access course content, Canadian universities warn

Canadian universities are warning professors that students enrolled online while living abroad in China and other countries may not be able to access materials that run afoul of domestic censorship and could have their internet activity monitored.

Vancouver Sun
Gail Murphy: UBC’s research community is a critical asset in confronting COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted challenges, exacerbated inequalities and sparked uncertainty for many.

Global News
Nova Scotia’s Université Sainte-Anne expels student who failed to self-isolate

Nova Scotia’s Université Sainte-Anne has expelled a student who failed to self-isolate and later tested positive for COVID-19.

The Globe and Mail
COVID-19 outbreak hits Western University as five students test positive

Five students at the University of Western Ontario have tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week after the start of classes, prompting the local health authority in Ontario to declare an outbreak.

The Peterborough Examiner
Partying Trent students weren’t wearing masks or social distancing

Outdoor parties were held on campus at Trent University this week where people weren’t physically distancing or wearing masks, and both the student union and university administration want it to stop.

CTV News
Carleton University student in residence tests positive for COVID-19

Carleton University says a student in its residence has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Toronto Star
University student from outside Atlantic region fined for failing to isolate in Nova Scotia

The RCMP in Nova Scotia have handed a $1,000 fine to a university student from outside the Atlantic region for failing to self-isolate.

Global News
Canada’s post-secondaries navigate the pandemic

Post-secondary students across Canada are struggling to navigate a different kind of life on campus during the pandemic.

Global News
Alberta university offers free program to children suffering from anxiety amid COVID-19 pandemic

As classrooms in Alberta reopen for the fall semester, one university is offering a free support program for children as they head back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laurentian University professor concerned about ‘cancel culture’ in academia

A Laurentian University professor in Sudbury, Ont. has signed a petition to have her colleague reinstated after what she calls ‘a clumsy and badly written’ Tweet.

The Peterborough Examiner
Trent University student union official resigns over online posts

An executive member of the Trent University student union has apologized and resigned after posts he made to a digital message board were considered insensitive to Black people and therefore upsetting by some fellow students and union members.

International students call for COVID-19 immigration changes in Toronto

A rally led by current and former international students calling for changes to immigration rules during COVID-19 was to be held in Toronto on Saturday.

Times Colonist
10% to 30% drop in international students for Island universities and colleges

As Maria Tomaz and her family prepared to uproot from their home in Brazil so the 40-year-old could pursue a diploma at Camosun College, the global pandemic unravelled all their plans, which had been two years in the making.

The Guardian
Dalhousie University neighbours feel menaced by student debauchery, cavalier attitude toward COVID-19

Nudity, drunkenness, menacing behaviour and public urination are all part of living near the Dalhousie University campus, neighbours say.

USask engineers to study possible COVID-19 transmission through HVAC systems

Engineers at the University of Saskatchewan have received a grant to research the effects of smaller particles of the novel coronavirus and possible transmission through HVAC systems.

N.S. university using green bracelets to identify students who completed quarantine

People in Antigonish, N.S. may notice a new trend among university students this fall — neon green bracelets.

The Chronicle Herald
Program supports St. FX students during pandemic

St. FX has introduced a program to help ease the burden for students who are self-isolating before returning to university.

For U of A’s international students, distance makes the online learning a lot harder

Time zones and dodgy internet connections are making university classes even trickier this year for international students who have opted not to return to Canada when the fall semester started.

The Telegram
Cape Breton University students thankful for help during self-isolation

Pratiksha Bendre can’t wait to be free from isolation so she can adventure outside again.

Times Colonist
UVic students party in large groups, ignoring pandemic rules

The University of Victoria has confirmed that students were seen gathering in large numbers on Friday night, ignoring the advice of the provincial health officer.

Global News
Masks will be mandatory indoors on all UBC campuses starting next week

The University of British Columbia will be requiring anyone on one of their campuses to wear a mask starting next week.

Vancouver Sun
Opinion: UBC demonstrates that we all have a role in upholding the rights of Indigenous peoples

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission said that the work of reconciliation must involve all levels and all sectors of Canadian society.

National Post
Sean Speer: Another attack on intellectual diversity in Canada

The tranquil world of Canadian legal scholarship was disrupted this week by the release of a forthcoming article in the Dalhousie Law Journal on the “norms of responsible scholarship.”

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Open letter to U of S president calls for major changes within College of Education

The authors of an open letter to University of Saskatchewan president Peter Stoicheff are calling for the College of Education’s administration to step down, citing a “toxic climate” and racial hostility within the college.

Global News
Petition calls for MRU professor be fired over controversial, ‘racist’ comments

There are more than 2,200 signatures on a petition calling on a Mount Royal University professor to be fired after controversial comments she made earlier this week.

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