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Headlines for Dec. 9, 2019

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 09 2019

Global News
University of Alberta deans stand with Ukrainian community: ‘The Holodomor is a fact’

The University of Alberta, as well as two deans, have issued statements about the Holodomor after a sessional instructor called it a myth on his personal Facebook page.

The National post
Alberta professors cite free expression in defending lecturer who called Holodomor a hoax

A coalition of academics at the University of Alberta is coming to the defence of a lecturer who declared in a Facebook post that the Holodomor famine was a hoax spread by fascists, which led to widespread condemnation and calls for his resignation from the students’ union and other groups.

Global News
Canada struggles with promotion of cannabis courses

With cannabis having been legalised in Canada in 2018 and the sector predicted to be worth $5 billion by 2021, the popularity of cannabis-related courses is spreading across Canadian universities and colleges.

Ottawa Citizen
Feds vow to ban guns similar to one used in Ecole Polytechnique shooting

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the federal government will be ready soon to produce a list of semi-automatic weapons that will be banned in Canada.

Revelstoke Review
B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

British Columba’s universities and colleges have quietly raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years, posting soaring surpluses thanks largely to increasing numbers of international students.

CBC
‘First-generation’ university students get extra help navigating campus life

Mount Allison University is helping students who are the first in their families to attend university with a new program that is designed to steer them away from potential obstacles to their success.

Montreal Gazette
‘McGill to reduce “overall carbon footprint” of investments, but critics say it isn’t enough

McGill University on Thursday announced it would “reduce the overall carbon footprint of its investment portfolio as part of its ongoing commitment to fighting climate change and its own stewardship role with respect to sustainability.”

CBC
Brampton pushes plan for its own university in hope to combat brain drain

If the city of Brampton gets its way, there will be another university in the Greater Toronto Area.

Times Higher Education
There’s still work to be done to tackle racial harassment in universities

Universities must work to facilitate discussions about racist experiences if they are to be reported and resolved effectively, argues Jason Arday.

The Globe and Mail
Why UBC medical school has decided to admit refugees

I first stepped foot in Canada in 1985, at the border crossing between Buffalo, New York and Niagara, Ontario.

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