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Headlines for Sept. 21, 2020


CTV News
Students anxious for more time as federal loan repayment freeze winds down

As the six-month freeze on federal student loan payments nears its end, students are calling for an extension of the measure they say offered relief from the financial pressures of the pandemic.

Can Canada’s universities survive COVID?

Fewer international students, half-full residences, shuttered food services and empty parking lots add up to devastating revenue losses. And public funding has fallen over the past decade. Universities are in for a reckoning.

Global News
University of Alberta staff feel left out as new president plans to reduce faculties

The new University of Alberta president and vice-chancellor is reaffirming his commitment to help drive millions in savings.

The Globe and Mail
Canadian Judicial Council urged to investigate judge accused of blocking senior U of T appointment

The Canadian Judicial Council is being urged to investigate a judge on the Tax Court of Canada who allegedly intervened to block an international scholar from a senior job at the University of Toronto, over concerns about the scholar’s work on Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The Toronto Star
Scandal-hit U of T law school internal emails contradict dean’s new email to staff over key hiring decision

The fallout of bombshell accusations that University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law gave in to external pressure on a key hiring continues to grow after a new email from the dean raises fresh contradictions and questions.

Global News
Coronavirus: Ontario university students assess their year

The return of post-secondary education in Ontario was a disappointment to students looking forward to a new phase of life.

Global News
Ryerson University announces winter semester will be largely online

Ryerson University has announced its winter semester will be offered largely online amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

University of Windsor extends online classes into winter semester

The University of Windsor has decided to continue with online classes going into the winter 2021 semester.

St. Thomas Times Journal
Western University president to students: On-campus school year ‘in jeopardy’

Western University’s plan to offer students a mix of online and in-class instruction this year is in “jeopardy” if COVID-19 cases among students continue to skyrocket, the university’s president says.

SFU ransomware attack exposed data from 250,000 accounts, documents show

A ransomware attack last spring at Simon Fraser University compromised the personal information of about 250,000 students, faculty and alumni, documents reveal.

Edmonton Journal
University of Alberta president says low tuition is no longer an option

The University of Alberta will have little choice but to keep raising tuition amid provincial funding cuts and financial challenges due to COVID-19, president Bill Flanagan says.

MUN Committed to Supporting International Students While Many Study From Out of Province

It’s hoped that Memorial University, which has seen great success in the past in recruiting international students, will once again lead the charge on attracting immigration to the province.

MUN President Hopeful for Future Opportunities as University Reports Record Enrolment

The President of Memorial University is hopeful that COVID-19 will present an opportunity for future enrolment.

Burnaby Now
Watch out for employment scams targeting post-secondary students, says BBB

College students on the hunt for part-time jobs to cover their school expenses are being warned to look out for potential scams, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Photographer’s work celebrates Indigenous identity at Ryerson University

Hanging above the west entrance of Ryerson University’s library is a new piece of art that photographer Nadya Kwandibens hopes will spark a conversation.

Calgary Herald
Calgary medical student named Top 25 Canadian Immigrant

A University of Calgary medical student who entered Canada as a refugee nine years ago has been named a winner of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award.

University education program still on hold for inmates across Canada

As university and college students start school this month, inmates across the country will not have access to a program that offers university credits at no cost.

4 Laurier students test positive for COVID-19, university says

Four Wilfrid Laurier University students have tested positive for COVID-19, the school says.

The Toronto Star
University of Toronto Mississauga confirms two cases of COVID-19

The University of Toronto Mississauga’s student union (UTMSU) announced on Friday that two people diagnosed with COVID-19 had entered the student centre.

CTV News
Outbreak declared in men’s residence on University of Alberta campus

There is a COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Alberta’s St. Joseph’s College men’s residence.

Cape Breton University dealing with $16M revenue loss due to COVID-19

A large drop in enrolment and loss of international students has left Cape Breton University making cuts and dipping into reserves after losing millions in the pandemic.

N.B. universities adapt disciplinary rules for COVID-19 behaviour

Universities across New Brunswick are reviewing policies to allow disciplinary action against students in violation of COVID-19 rules.

The Telegram
International students at CBU upset over tuition hike, lack of support during pandemic

Some international students are questioning CBU’s decision to raise tuition during a pandemic.

Many Western students feel they’re being unfairly blamed for city’s ‘second wave’ of COVID-19

Western University students say they’re being unfairly blamed for the actions of a few bad actors after health authorities declared a “second wave” of coronavirus infections amid a rash of new cases among young people.

Killer parties: University students’ get-togethers are putting lives at risk, officials warn

Students who flout COVID-19 guidelines may face “significant penalties” as Canadian universities work to crack down on so-called “superspreader” events that officials say put community health at risk.

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