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Headlines for Sept. 8, 2020


Halifax Today
University students question if tuition is worth it this year

With the university term starting soon, some students question if paying thousands of dollars in tuition is worth it this year.

Ottawa Matters
Canadian post-secondary students missing out on over 400K worth of scholarships — here’s how to get them

Students returning to college and university also marks a time when the scramble for financial help is at its height — and this year is expected to be no different, especially with COVID-19 impacting jobs and tuition prices.

The Toronto Star
From ‘sneaky strokes’ to mental fog: How Canadian researchers are trying to understand what COVID-19 does to the brain through online games

The goal: Brain fog, confusion, trouble focusing, even bouts of delirium. As the world learns more about COVID-19, reports are trickling in about survivors still coping with these issues, even months after infection.

CBC – the National
Class of 2020 on starting university during pandemic

The National’s Ian Hanomansing talks with recent high school graduates who are about to start university during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
Student at Acadia University sanctioned for not self-isolating

Acadia University in Nova Scotia confirmed Sunday that one of its students was sanctioned under their code of conduct for failing to self-isolate for 14 days.

Global News
U of A library staff knitting the curve of COVID-19 cases across Canada

University of Alberta library staff have been tracking COVID-19 cases with yarn.

Huffington Post
As They Grieve A Lost Season, Canadian Student Athletes Look Hopefully To 2021

Canadian student athletes are getting creative at home to keep up their training, even as future seasons are uncertain.

Global News
COVID-19 vaccine task force members have declared 18 conflicts of interests so far

Members of the government’s task force advising on the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine have recused themselves from discussions 18 times over potential conflicts of interest since June.

Global News
Real-time study of coronavirus planned in University of Saskatchewan curriculum

University of Saskatchewan staff may want to keep the novel coronavirus from spreading on campus, but COVID-19 will definitely be part of the social science curriculum.

Global News
London police launch Project LEARN as post-secondary students return

With many students moving back to London to continue their post-secondary education, the London Police Service is gearing up to this year’s Project LEARN.

The Globe and Mail
Pandemic U: an inevitable and colossal bummer

The pandemic has inculcated in the Class of 2021 a kind of premature nostalgia.

CTV News
City of Kingston closes beach popular with Queen’s students to enforce physical distancing

The City of Kingston has issued an updated emergency order to close the beach at Breakwater Park and the Gord Downie Memorial Pier after hundreds of students crowded the area on Friday.

Times Higher Education
Research at risk from student mobility disruption, warns OECD

Latest Education at a Glance report says that impact of pandemic on international recruitment is about more than fee income.

Virtual meet-ups, gradual starts, school bubbles: What university life looks like during COVID-19

For many Canadians, continuing on to post-secondary education is a major milestone — a crossover into adulthood away from family, a shift to fuller responsibility and an opportunity to define who you are.

Students using social media to cope with COVID-19, research finds

University students are increasingly turning to social media as a way to cope with social isolation and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Carleton University researcher says.

University students prepare for online experiences

With the majority of university classes being moved online, students are preparing for a year of online learning and trying to find ways to connect without being in the same room.

CBC – As It Happens
Western University frosh week

Having a normal semester seems pretty much impossible for incoming university students. But one first year says she’s determined to live life on campus — no matter how many of her friends are staying home.

The Globe and Mail
Leveraging the value of Canadian universities is key to our economic rebuild

Finding better ways to leverage the value of Canadian universities should be a central focus as we build the postpandemic economy.

Global News
SAIT students return to smaller classes as temporary layoffs announced and some programs deferred

The SAIT campus in Calgary will be a quiet place this month as far fewer students go to class.

The Toronto Star
Despite COVID-19, these universities will hold in-person classes. Here’s how they’re preparing for the risk

In a different time, Sarah Elliot might have already spent a few nights reconnecting with friends at the Inn, St. Francis Xavier University’s student-run pub.

CTV News
University students moving into residence for a very different first year

First year students are arriving at university and college campuses all over Ontario this week.

Non-medical masks to be mandatory indoors on UPEI campus

Students and staff at University of Prince Edward Island will be required to wear non-medical face masks while in campus buildings when classes begin on Tuesday.

Post-secondary students enter uncharted territory

Excited for the coming school year, the heads of North Bay’s student unions say they are working closely with their respective institutions to ensure the first semester under COVID-19 goes well.

Fewer students, more hand sanitizer: Pandemic transforms residences on B.C. campuses

When Jessica Wei got accepted at the University of British Columbia last spring, she imagined a post-secondary experience that included living in residence with her best friend and eating meals at the cafeteria.

Vancouver Sun
Santa Ono: Students with mental health challenges need to know they are not alone

At times, COVID-19 feels like a heavy fog that has settled over every aspect of our lives.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S undergraduate enrolment on track to be highest-ever

Numbers of both domestic and international undergraduate students increased, although international graduate student numbers declined by five per cent.

Burnaby Now
SFU student union gets 13 student associations to sign anti-TMX letter

Thirteen groups representing 180,000 post-secondary students across the country are backing a call by SFU’s student union for the federal government to reconsider the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

No masks, no distancing: Health unit issues statement after students pack party

It’s a scene many are hoping won’t become common in the days ahead as thousands of college and university students arrive in London for the first return to school since the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Record
As classes begin, some professors worry about international students

As university classes start this week, fine arts professor Bojana Videkanic is ready to teach her course on “Global Modernism” – an examination of art in the post-Second World War period.

Kamloops This Week
TRU will be online for all of 2020-2021

It will be quiet on campus this year as about 90 per cent of students attending Thompson Rivers University will do so via online courses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shift to online learning and lack of summer employment makes for unique start for university students

“It’s as though I’m teaching classes for the first time.”

‘A fall like no other’: MacEwan, U of A presidents talk online classes, new roles

The new presidents of two of Edmonton’s largest universities say getting ready for a fall semester during a pandemic has been a challenge like no other.

The Toronto Star
No classes, no lectures, no marking. Toronto professors to join #ScholarStrike in protest of police violence

Classes resume next week for post-secondary students, but on Sept. 9 and 10 some lecture halls – virtual or otherwise – in the GTA and across Canada will be closed for regular business.

Canadian scholars to strike for justice

Demonstrations calling for more police accountability and an end to systemic racism are being organized at universities across Canada in what is being called a Scholar Strike, where educators and students will protest on campuses.

Times Higher Education
Canada scores well on governance diversity but has more to do

While finding seats as university directors, minorities still lack teaching equity and questions remain over ‘check-box representation.’

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