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Headlines for Aug. 26, 2021

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | AUG 26 2021

The Globe and Mail
B.C. universities and colleges mull next steps as province fails to institute COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students

Jonathan Ichikawa is polling the 131 students signed up for his second-year philosophy course on whether they feel comfortable cramming into the windowless University of British Columbia lecture hall to hear him explain the foundation of formal logic.

CBC
Students are preparing to go back to campus — but will it require a vaccine?

University students may be eagerly preparing their return to the classroom after a sometimes painful and frustrating year-and-a-half of online learning, but the transition may not be without its complications.

CBC – The Current for Aug. 25, 2021
Concerns about vaccine mandates or lack-there-of at universities

Post-secondary students will soon be back on campuses across the county. Law Professor Debra Parks tells guest host Anthony Germain why she’s concerned that there are no vaccine mandates for all students at the University of British Columbia.

The Globe and Mail
Post-secondary students wrestle with off-campus versus at-home housing

As September approaches, Canada’s postsecondary students have a tough decision to make: return to school and on- or off-campus housing, or continue to learn virtually at home.

The Georgia Straight
UBC and SFU post budgetary surpluses despite COVID-19

Several smaller postsecondary institutions also survived the first year of the pandemic without recording large deficits.

CTV News
Dalhousie University to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results for students and staff

The Maritime’s largest university will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or negative test results for any students or staff on campus this September.

Global News
Western University removes testing option for unvaccinated people on campus

Western University has removed the regular testing option, except under rare exemptions, for those who are unvaccinated and plan to be on campus this year.

Edmonton Journal
U of A won’t make students carry proof of vaccination; University to rely on rapid testing, online self-declaration process

Students, faculty and staff will not need to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter places like classrooms and labs at the University of Alberta come September.

CFJC Today
TRU to welcome back students with vaccine passports, COVID protocols – staff has mixed feelings

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is preparing to reopen its doors to more than 10,000 students in a few weeks.

Montreal Gazette
Opinion: As campuses reopen, international students need our support

Government and educational institutions must step up to ensure the well-being of these students after going through an extra-difficult time.

Vancouver Sun
University teachers push back over lack of vaccination rules for return to class

Dozens of university lecturers are refusing to work in large classrooms this fall over fears of getting COVID-19.

The Toronto Star
Some University of Guelph faculty ‘disappointed and terrified’ of the university’s back-to-school plan

Some faculty members in the University of Guelph’s integrative biology department are “disappointed and terrified” with what they say is a disastrous back-to-school plan, says Alex Smith, a professor in that department.

The Lawyer’s Daily
Mandatory vaccination policies for post-secondary institutions implemented across Ontario

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination has been the rallying cry for schools across Ontario, with the president and CEOs of Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities, calling on the provincial government to “provide a province-wide policy that would require the vaccination of postsecondary students, staff and faculty, to help ensure optimal public health protection for all.”

Global News
USask, Wanuskewin Heritage Park sign renewed agreement to support Indigenous education

The University of Saskatchewan and Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority signed a renewed memorandum of understanding on Wednesday supporting Indigenous education.

Halifax Daily
‘There’s really no service like this’: Recent MSVU grad hopes to launch student organization app next year

‘I basically just had a concept, some interest, and a couple ideas. Now, I’m an incorporated company, which feels amazing,’ says Megan Cook.

Telegraph Journal
UNB and STU students will have access to a psychiatrist this fall

Students at the University of new Brunswick and St. Thomas University will have access to an off-campus psychiatrist this fall through the UNB Student Health Centre, campus officials said this week.

CBC
Record number of Indigenous students begin med school at University of Manitoba

As they begin their first year of medical school, two Métis women have aspirations of helping Indigenous people access better and more equitable health care in the province.

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