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Headlines for March 5, 2018


Globe and Mail
Deaths of Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine spark difficult classroom conversations, professors say

The outpouring of sadness, anger and questions about the deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine is pushing universities to grapple with what it means to advance reconciliation and encouraging difficult classroom conversations, Indigenous studies professors and students say.

CBC News – Toronto
Some York University staff to begin strike action on Monday, but school will remain open

Classes that can continue will do so, university management said on Saturday.

New NSF rules on sexual harassment leave many questions unanswered

The National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia, hopes that its new policy on sexual harassment will spur universities to deal more aggressively with the pervasive problem. But the additional reporting requirements, which will be officially published Monday in the Federal Register, are far from a definitive statement about how NSF plans to deal with this complex and sensitive subject.

London Free Press
Western University campus to go smoke-free by July 2019

Smokers at Western are being asked to stay at least 10 metres from any campus building, a move that will stop cigarette smoke from wafting indoors.

Globe and Mail
Margaret Wente: You can’t say that on campus

The free-speech wars have broken out again. The battlefield this time is the little campus of Acadia University, located in bucolic Wolfville, N.S. The villain of the piece is Rick Mehta, an associate professor of psychology who’s been teaching there for 14 years. Critics call him a free-speech absolutist whose outrageous views are endangering the safety and security of his students. He calls himself an independent thinker who offers different perspectives to challenge the prevailing narrative.

CBC News – Ottawa
Carleton University support staff are on strike

Support staff at Carleton University have taken to the picket lines after a last-ditch round of bargaining Sunday failed to yield an agreement.

Edmonton Journal
Cost of residence food, living and international student tuition on the rise at University of Alberta

Students at the University of Alberta may be paying extra to live on campus next academic year and international students could again be paying more to study at Alberta’s oldest and largest university.

Winnipeg Free Press
U of W issues statement regarding former instructor facing sexual misconduct allegations

The University of Winnipeg has issued a statement about one of its former instructors, who is reportedly being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct at Concordia University.

Regina Leader-Post
Royal Military College punishes entire corps of officer cadets because some wore jeans off campus

A former Canadian Forces legal officer says the military stepped over the line with by punishing the entire officer cadet corps instead of just those who broke the rules.

Regina Leader-Post
McMaster releases draft ‘freedom of expression’ guidelines after campus protests

McMaster University has released draft “freedom of expression” guidelines that outline “acceptable” methods to protest appearances by polarizing figures like Jordan Peterson.

The Province
Editorial: Trent students foolishly fuel toxic debate over race

A student association in Trent University is rightly feeling the heat over a gathering they’re planning later this month.

Toronto Star
Acadia University’s probe of controversial professor intensifies free-speech debate

The investigation into professor Rick Mehta has exposed the challenge facing universities of balancing the open exchange of ideas with the responsibility of keeping students safe and supported.

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