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Headlines for April 30, 2021

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | APR 30 2021

CTV News
No way universities will return to jam-packed lecture halls, Canadian researcher says

A University of Calgary professor says universities need to modernize themselves and adapt to the advent of remote learning​, which isn’t going away anytime soon.​

CTV News
Rise in unemployment for recent graduates of Maritime universities: report

The unemployment rate for recent graduates of Maritime universities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

Edmonton Journal
Tuition cap, boosting student aid part of Alberta’s 10-year strategy to overhaul post-secondary system

Capping tuition fees and boosting student aid are among several changes the Alberta government is planning to implement as part of a 10-year overhaul of the post-secondary system.

CBC
Commercial research and jobs focus of Alberta’s 10-year post-secondary plan

The Alberta government released its 10-year plan for advanced education Thursday, a vision that underscores job skills and commercial research without acting on a controversial recommendation to lift the cap on tuition.

CBC
Lift tuition freeze in N.L. and give campuses more power, says independent report

A new report on the state of higher education in Newfoundland and Labrador offers sweeping suggestions for the province’s university and college network, including lifting a years-long tuition freeze to address the “true cost” of administering programs.

CBC
Students denounce proposed lift of N.L. tuition freeze

A comprehensive report examining Newfoundland and Labrador’s post-secondary education system isn’t sitting well with some students in the province, with the report’s recommendation to lift the long-standing tuition freeze drawing criticism.

Global News
University of Waterloo researchers developing 20-minute COVID-19 saliva test kits

The University of Waterloo says researchers at the school are working on a new at-home COVID-19 saliva test, which would deliver results in less than 20 minutes.

CBC
Students in India say they’re in limbo, waiting months for permits to learn in Quebec

Gitika Sharma, 19, says the past six months have been filled with sleepless nights and anxiety.

CBC
Laurentian created ‘manufactured crisis’ to cut ties with 3 schools for $10M loan, lawyer argues

Laurentian University’s attempts to cut ties with three federated schools, as part of efforts to qualify for a $10-million loan to help it continue with restructuring for survival, was met with heated opposition in Ontario Superior Court on Thursday.

The Timmins Daily Press
Laurentian may need to make more cuts, monitor warns

The monitor appointed to oversee Laurentian’s restructuring through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act is praising the work the university has done so far to trim costs, while suggesting more savings will have to be found as the school can’t easily boost income.

The Timmins Daily Press
Opinion: Ontario taxpayers shouldn’t bail out Laurentian University

It’s a bad idea to keep adding water to a leaky bucket. Millions of dollars have been gushing out of Laurentian University for years. And it’s not right to plug the holes with taxpayers’ cash.

The Toronto Star
Senate backs motion calling for Laurentian to sit down ‘in good faith’ with University of Sudbury

The Laurentian Academic Planning Committee (ACAPLAN) was not only able to add an agenda item to the Laurentian University Senate meeting on April 20, but had an amended motion adopted.

The Sudbury Star
Laurentian, Thorneloe remain at loggerheads

A court-ordered April 30 deadline for Laurentian University to have a restructuring plan in place to resolve its insolvency situation has been moved back.

CTV News
Thorneloe shouldn’t be held responsible for mismanagement at LU, court hears

Thorneloe University shouldn’t pay the price for years of mismanagement at Laurentian University, a court hearing was told Thursday.

The Toronto Star
Laurentian offering some Indigenous Studies courses, but they won’t be taught by the University of Sudbury profs who developed them

Former University of Sudbury Indigenous Studies professor Will Morin said he’s angry Laurentian University has not hired faculty members from the Indigenous Studies discipline to teach six courses formerly offered by the University of Sudbury.

The Sudbury Star
Sudbury column: University faculty do much more than teach

I don’t blame you for thinking that we sit around teaching one or two students. The lawyers and Laurentian University bosses told you so.

CBC
Laurentian University grad student says her lab animals were euthanized sooner than expected

A flurry of online social media posts in the last 24 hours are pointing to concerns around the closure of Laurentian’s Animal Care Facility — and the potential fate of the animals in the lab’s care.

The Timmins Daily Press
LU confirms closure of facility for lab animals

A facility housing lab rats at Laurentian has been closed, the university confirmed Thursday.

The Toronto Star
A year of online learning wasn’t easy, but it kept us students safe

This school year was unlike any other ever encountered by post-secondary students. It was a year of change and adapting to new ways of learning. Post-secondary students were thrown into the online world and had to adjust quickly.

CTV News
MRU campus to undergo facelift with $15M donation from Taylor Family Foundation

Underutilized spaces within Mount Royal University’s main building are set to receive new life thanks in part to a generous gift from Don and Ruth Taylor.

The Toronto Star
Student employment could remain challenging this summer but there’s signs of hope

Experts are urging students not to get discouraged even though the COVID-19 pandemic could make finding summer employment challenging for the second year in a row.

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