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Headlines for Feb. 18, 2021

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | FEB 18 2021

CTV News
Trudeau insists Laval University-developed COVID-19 vaccine received federal funding

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted on Wednesday that a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed at Laval University has not been ignored by the federal government.

The Globe and Mail
How the pandemic has helped Canada mobilize expertise

The arrival of COVID-19 in Canada last winter urgently called for enhanced engagement from researchers across all disciplines.

Global News
2 Ontario universities to study COVID-19 transmission, immunity on campus

Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo are receiving funding from the federal government to study the effects of COVID-19 on university campuses.

CTV News
Program pairs businesses in need with student interns and helps cover costs

A first-of-its kind program is offering an unexpected resource for businesses looking to adapt during the pandemic — top local business students.

National Post
Opinion: Laurentian University’s financial implosion a symptom of waste in Ontario’s post-secondary system

The news that Laurentian University in Sudbury is insolvent should come as no surprise to anyone who’s familiar with the state of post-secondary education in Ontario.

CTV News
Canada home to health research successes, but needs culture shift: expert

Canada is home to significant scientific expertise and research tackling COVID-19, though one expert says long-standing hurdles make it difficult for the country to punch above its weight in the global fight against the virus.

Nature
Why universities are key to tackling inequality

Two influential books suggest that universities contribute to societal divisions. In fact, they are essential to bridging divides.

CBC
Laurentian U. researchers left in dark after funding disappears

A Laurentian Ph.D. student says he hasn’t heard anything from the university after finding out his research funding has disappeared.

CBC – Ontario Today with Rita Celli
Why Laurentian University’s financial woes matter

The university’s decision to file for creditor protection is a big blow to students and staff. But is it also a sign that Ontario colleges and universities are underfunded?

Timmins Daily Press
Data breach lawsuit could add to Laurentian’s financial crisis

Open up the lengthy list of creditors Ernst & Young has posted connected to Laurentian University’s filing for creditor protection and you will find many interesting entries.

CBC
Laurier, UW see surge in grad school applications during pandemic

Grad school applications have reached “record levels” at Wilfrid Laurier University so far this year.

CBC
University of Lethbridge plans for ‘significant’ return of students to campus in fall 2021

The University of Lethbridge says it’s anticipating “positive shifts” related to COVID-19 health measures in coming months, and is in the planning stages for a significant return of students to the campus for the fall 2021 semester.

CBC
North sees 34% drop in international students due to COVID-19

A new report out of the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy shows 34 per cent fewer international students came North in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Global News
Dalhousie University and faculty ratify collective agreement

Dalhousie University and its faculty have ratified a tentative collective agreement after half a year of bargaining.

Timmins Daily Press
Province announces funding for student mental health

While Nipissing University and Canadore College students may be “coping” under the current circumstances, their feelings of isolation are manifesting into depression and anxiety, says Cheryl Sutton, Nipissing’s interim president and vice-chancellor.

CBC
In vow to protect campus free speech, Quebec premier joins ‘war on woke’

Quebec Premier François Legault has steered his government toward yet another divisive ideological debate by declaring his intention to move swiftly to protect campus free speech from anti-racism activists.

Vancouver Sun
Indigenous education lecturer fired by UBC vows to fight back

Dr. Amie Wolf was hired by the UBC Sauder School of Business in 2015 and was teaching in the Faculty of Education when her contract was terminated Wednesday.

CBC
SNOLAB director Nigel Smith steps down as head of research centre in Sudbury

SNOLAB, the world renowned neutrino observatory in Sudbury, is looking for a new director.

Global News
Partying students at UBC fined more than $5,000 for breaking COVID-19 rules

RCMP have given a handful of university students a failing grade in the fight against COVID-19.

CTV News
Police and bylaw starting preparations for potential St. Patrick’s Day parties

Police and bylaw officers in Waterloo are starting to plan for possible St. Patrick’s Day parties.

CBC
‘Planning has not relaxed at all’ for potential St. Patrick’s Day party in Waterloo, mayor says

Fewer students on the two university campuses in Waterloo this semester, public health messaging about the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of hefty fines are all reasons St. Patrick’s Day revellers may reconsider taking to Ezra Avenue next month, the mayor says.

Corporate Knights
Testing grounds for sustainability

Canadian colleges and universities are starting to dream big about sustainability.

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