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Headlines for Dec. 14, 2020

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 14 2020

The Globe and Mail
Student-loan relief program in disarray, resulting in late penalties and hefty payments

Some student loan recipients are potentially facing late penalties and hefty payments due to glitches with a federal program aimed at debt relief, leaving them seeking answers from an overloaded call centre.

Huffington Post
Student Group Calls On Feds To Pause Loan Repayment, Cancel Student Debt

Brandon Rhéal Amyot wonders what they could spend their time doing if they weren’t so worried about their finances and those of other students.

CBC
University students grapple with how to return home for the holidays safely

When provinces ask people to stay within their households, what about the university students coming home for an extended holiday break?

CTV News
Black SFU alumnus pepper-sprayed, Tasered during RCMP arrest on campus

Simon Fraser University and Burnaby RCMP are defending themselves after an incident at a dining hall on the university’s campus Friday prompted accusations of racial profiling.

London Free Press
Racist ‘Zoom bombings’ irk Western University leaders pushing for change

First came the posts that read: “It’s OK to be white” in bus shelter. Then a number of online cultural club online meetings were infiltrated with anti-Black messages or pornographic images in a disruption that’s become known as “Zoom bombing.”

Calgary Herald
U of C hikes tuition for second straight year; most students to pay seven per cent more

Most students at the University of Calgary will pay seven per cent more for their tuition starting in May 2021 after the school’s board of governors approved widespread fee hikes for the second year in a row.

The PIE News
Canada: Int’l talent needed to fill skills gaps

International talent will be “critical” in supporting Canadian economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19, and institutions across the country are placed to work as pathways to the labour market, Colleges and Institutes Canada has suggested.

Global News
McMaster, Mohawk getting more provincial funding for repairs and maintenance

McMaster University and Mohawk College are getting help with their infrastructure needs.

The Record
Waterloo universities, Conestoga College split $12.2M in maintenance, upgrade funding

Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are receiving more than $12.2 million in provincial funding to help address the ongoing need for maintenance, repair, renovation and modernization of existing facilities.

The Sudbury Star
Virtual learning gets $50 M boost by province for post-secondary institutions

The Ontario government is placing $50 million in virtual learning and educational technologies to help expand access to high-quality, market-responsive, and globally competitive “Ontario Made” education.

CBC
Cheating skyrockets at UW amid pandemic

Cheating at the University of Waterloo more than doubled during the 2019-2020 academic year, according to a report on student discipline that went before the university senate last month.

CBC
Maydianne Andrade on black widow spiders and fighting for racial equity in science

Canadian ecologist discusses unconscious bias, imposter syndrome and the burden carried by Black scientists.

Lethbridge News Now
Alberta investing $20M to accelerate COVID-19 and disease research at U of A

Alberta’s government is investing $20 million to accelerate world-class science to help combat COVID-19 and related diseases.

CBC
Laurentian University introduces ‘compassionate grading’

Students at Laurentian University in Sudbury now have a new grading option, which the university says will provide “compassionate and equitable outcomes” for all students — in particular those who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CKPG Today
UNBC extends Christmas break

Administration at the University of Northern BC has done an about-face with respect to the Christmas break. Most post-secondary institutions have extended the Christmas break.

Global News
2nd COVID-19 outbreak declared at University of Waterloo residence

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in a residence at the University of Waterloo, the school announced on Friday.

CTV News
Another case of COVID-19 reported on University of Windsor campus

The University of Windsor is reported another case of COVID-19 among the on-campus community on Friday.

The Toronto Star
WATCH: Students love it, actually. Brock professor’s video message spoofing a modern holiday classic movie goes viral

The fun video message at the start of online lectures for third-year genetics class with Brock University professor Lori MacNeil became the highlight of pandemic learning for her students.

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