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Headlines for Dec. 7, 2020

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 07 2020

CTV News
National Student Loan Service Centre plagued by delays as requests for help soar

Throngs of former students have been unable to reach Canada’s loans centre, which is working through a backlog of more than 30,000 applications for repayment assistance.

Times Higher Education
Toronto leads the way for Canada on diversity data

Institution aims to end national reluctance to ask about racial and ethnic identity, with other universities across the country showing interest in following suit.

Huffington Post
Students Struggling With Online Learning A ‘Wake Up Call’ For Universities

Three months into her first semester of studying computer science at the University of Toronto, Linda ended up in the hospital.

CBC
As we mourn École Polytechnique’s victims, let’s also reflect on the trailblazing women in engineering

Thirty-one years have passed since 14 women, almost all engineering students, were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989. It was a catastrophic human loss.

The PIE News
Intl enrolments in Canada up 16% in 2018/19

International student enrolments increased by 16% in 2018/2019 on the previous year’s figures in Canada, as the nation’s postsecondary institutions enrolled 344,430 international students.

The Toronto Star
Colleges and universities exempt from small class rule for health-related programs

The provincial government is now allowing post-secondary schools in Toronto and Peel to have more than 10 people present for the current handful of classes being held on campus — only if there’s enough space for students for stay two metres apart, and only for those in health-related studies.

CTV News
McGill University proposes a sustainable development innovation cluster at former Royal Victoria hospital site

Over the past few weeks, some groups and individuals have publicly expressed their opinions on the future of the former Royal Victoria Hospital site—including McGill University’s project to revitalize a portion of the site.

VOCM
MUN President Asks Professors to Be Lenient as Students Adapt to Online Courses

The president of Memorial University says if there is a year in which we show flexibility, this is it.

CBC
U of O students hold sit-in, demand action on on-campus racism

Students protesting the University of Ottawa’s response to anti-Black racism say they will not end a sit-in at the administrative offices until they’re granted a meeting with the school’s president.

CTV News
Group at University of Windsor plans day of mourning after ongoing alleged racist comments

Law student Josh Lamers says he isn’t the only victim of the ongoing alleged racist remarks circulating online, targeting students at the University of Windsor.

The Record
Gates at WLU social work campus in Kitchener taken down

Wilfrid Laurier University has removed barriers erected last week at their school of social work’s Kitchener campus.

CBC
U of A international students say attending class in middle of the night is taking a toll

Thousands of international students at the University of Alberta are studying remotely from their home countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Peterborough Examiner
Extended winter break leaves Peterborough Trent student concerned

A Trent University student is concerned after the institution announced a fiv-day extension to the holiday break.

Global News
Public Health and Queen’s University students prepare for holiday travel

Chief medical officer says they are preparing contingencies for students return after holidays.

Global News
UBC, SFU, Capilano University extending winter break due to COVID-19

Several major B.C. post-secondary institutions are delaying the start of the next semester by a week in order to better prepare amid COVID-19.

Calgary Herald
Mount Royal delays start of classes next semester to boost student mental health

Mount Royal University is pushing back the start of its upcoming winter semester to bolster student mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Toronto Star
Chasing that ‘yes’: Students find resilience in the most trying of times

When Amna Alyass decided to apply to university, her father and sister took her aside and, with earnest faces, explained why they felt she was setting herself up for failure.

Global News
USask research team part of project to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada

A research team at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), as well as the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), are joining forces for a project that seeks to eliminate cervical cancer. The project is being funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) totalling $1.6 million.

Regina-Leader Post
U of R pilot project probes presence of COVID-19 in city’s sewage

The ability to analyze the Regina’s wastewater could offer researchers and scientists a composite image of civic health, and the viral load of COVID-19 present in the city.

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