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Headlines for Sept. 2, 2021


CTV News
McGill students protest university’s decision to not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination

As McGill University starts classes for the fall semester, members of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) opted for the front lawn over the classroom to protest the school’s decision not to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to be on campus.

The Globe and Mail
Ontario lifts class size, COVID-19 distancing requirements in indoor post-secondary classrooms

Ontario will not require colleges and universities to enforce physical distancing or capacity limits in most classrooms when school resumes, according to new guidance issued by the province.

Ottawa Citizen
‘It’s really unfortunate’: Students disappointed by Elections Canada decision not to offer campus voting program

Students will still be able to use special ballots to vote in the home ridings they’re living away from; they’ll just have to do so by mail or at an Elections Canada office.

Times Higher Education
How leaders of the world’s top universities are steering their institutions post-Covid

University presidents say the crisis has made clear the essential aspects of higher education and the best way to deliver them, but concerns over the future remain.

Memorial University Outlines Vaccine Policy

Memorial University has released its long-awaited mandatory vaccine policy for students arriving for the fall semester.

New courses on pandemics are popular with both students and alumni, U of G prof says

When the idea first came up to put together an online course about pandemics at the University of Guelph, there were questions about whether students would be interested in hearing more about the subject.

National Post
Jonathan Bradley: The unnecessary rush to mandate vaccines in Canadian universities

Western University, like other Ontario universities, is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff, and faculty coming to campus this fall.

Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie goes smoke-free — that means no vaping either

Smudging ceremonies will be exempt from the smoking ban.

National Post
Opinion: Fight anti-Black racism in Canada by transforming our places of higher learning

Speaking about her novel Gutter Child, Black Canadian writer Jael Richardson recalls her father’s poverty-stricken hometown.

The Toronto Star
Some academics self-censor for fear of losing their positions in case of controversies

In an interview with La Presse, some part-time professors illustrated how the situation and perceptions related to the debate on academic freedom are sometimes tense on campuses.

Times Higher Education
Indigenous reconciliation ‘can get in way of action’ for universities

Notions of reconciliation and treaty should be treated as ongoing journeys rather than destinations, summit hears.

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