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Headlines for March 1, 2021

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | MAR 01 2021

Global News
Alberta post-secondary institutions react to budget cuts

One day after the provincial budget was tabled, university officials and students in Alberta are voicing their concerns over a reduced operating budget.

CBC
Laurentian University students, alumni coming forward with more questions

It’s been a month since Laurentian University declared insolvency and entered creditor protection.

The Timmins Daily Press
Policy, not market, undermining Northern universities

News coverage of Laurentian University’s decision to seek creditor protection has focused on failures among Northern universities to augment their basic operating budgets with dollars from foreign students or other get-rich-quick schemes, while failing to convey the extent to which Ontario secondary education policies are systematically starving these institutions.

Sudbury.com
Faculty calling out Ross Romano for ‘inaction’ on Laurentian’s financial crisis

A group representing university faculty in Ontario is calling out Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano for what they say is his inaction on Laurentian University’s insolvency.

The Chronicle Herald
U of S asks for stable 2021-22 provincial funding, proposes tuition increases

Facing unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Saskatchewan is asking the province to keep its funding stable.

CTV News
U of R to announce new president on Monday

The University of Regina will announce its new president and vice Chancellor on Monday morning.

Global News
COMMENTARY: Years of anti-racism at Canadian universities but little action

Last fall, around 20 students sat-in for five days to demand concrete action on institutional anti-Black racism at the University of Ottawa.

CBC
Anti-Black racism on campus; Are banks doing enough to prevent wire-fraud?: CBC’s Marketplace Cheat Sheet

A new investigation by The Fifth Estate and Marketplace’s Asha Tomlinson looks into systematic racism at universities and colleges in Canada, where anti-Black racism is prevalent, say experts and activists.

CBC
University of Ottawa athletes form anti-racism council

Kennedy Banton-Lindsay, a member of the rugby team and a co-founder of the Black Student-Athletes Advocacy Council, says the goal of the group is to advocate for more diversity in school staff and modify university policies that may pose barriers.

The Globe and Mail
Ontario universities seek $500-million additional aid to deal with pandemic pressures

Ontario universities are asking the provincial government for an additional $500-million this year to deal with financial pressures brought on by the pandemic.

The Globe and Mail
Alberta cuts postsecondary funding in new provincial budget

University of Alberta president Bill Flanagan knew that provincial belt-tightening goals meant another cut to the institution’s funding this year.

CTV News
‘I hope this happens’: Western University plans to resume in-person classes come fall

After months of Western University students adapting to online-learning, they may be returning to in-class learning come this fall.

The Toronto Star
Indigenous traditional knowledge featured in new Nipissing University video series

Indigenous traditional knowledge sharing is the focus of a new series launched by Nipissing University in North Bay.

CBC
Medical student equity program at U of A expanding to reach more underrepresented communities

A student-led medical program at the University of Alberta is expanding eligibility to reach more communities that are underrepresented in the medical field.

University World News
Why universities will need to digitalise to survive

Universities, and the role they play in society, are under threat from the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

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