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Headlines for May 20, 2020


Huffington Post
Why It’s Not So Simple For Universities To Refund Students During Pandemic

When Ye En Kim came to Canada to study engineering, she was eager to practice at McGill University’s state-of-the-art labs in Montreal.

The Globe and Mail
UBC team develop tool to gauge risks to reopening sectors

University of B.C. economists have developed a new analytical tool that calculates the risks and benefits of reopening different sectors of the B.C. economy.

If fall university classes shift online, should tuition be cheaper?

Faced with the prospect of having at least some of their course content delivered online for the fall semester, some university students are suggesting they should get a break on tuition.

The Globe and Mail
Largest law firms stay the course with summer programs, employ students at home

For law students and junior lawyers across Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended school marks, delayed bar exams and thrown summer internships and future jobs into question, leaving law schools and legal employers scrambling to adapt.

The Globe and Mail
After experiencing online law school, I’m fine with not returning to campus

On March 13, I got the e-mail. York University was shutting down campus.

The Globe and Mail
Let’s admit it – online education is a pale shadow of the real thing

The fast-break virus-driven move to online education is a miniature crisis within a global one.

Policy Options
Containing the long-term impact of COVID-19 on higher education

Like colleagues across the higher education sector, I spent a hectic 72 hours in mid-March, transitioning a well-honed teaching plan based on in-person interactions into the largely uncharted territory of the online learning format.

University of Manitoba approves new budget, including 3.75% average tuition hike

The University of Manitoba is increasing tuition by an average of 3.75 per cent for the upcoming school year, revenue they say will help support the university’s costs in light of uncertain enrolment numbers and losses due to COVID-19.
Questions remain as post-secondary students start seeking relief

Post-secondary students unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic started applying for federal relief late last week, while questions about the benefit’s terms remain unanswered.

Thousands of varsity athletes in limbo as universities grapple with COVID-19

Arjay Shelley is keeping fit and strong by pushing his mom’s black Subaru SUV around the parking lot at Port Moody Secondary School.

Niagara Falls Review
Brock University confirms plans to celebrate convocation online

Brock University is firming up its plans to host an online spring convocation ceremony.

Montreal Gazette
Montreal researchers are preparing to test potential COVID-19 vaccines

Montreal researchers have begun recruiting participants to test potential COVID-19 vaccines, a key step in the eventual production of a vaccine.

Global News
Western Archives project looks to collect local experiences of COVID-19 pandemic

London-area residents are being invited to share their COVID-19-related creations, experiences and stories as part of a project by Western Archives aimed at helping future generations learn about the local impact of the pandemic.

Global News
Manitoba scientists examining potential of yet-unproven COVID-19 treatment with controversial drug

Despite a warning from Health Canada that it’s a dangerous drug to take without medical supervision, hydroxychloroquine — which is typically used to treat malaria and some auto-immune diseases — is still being touted by some as a potential treatment for COVID-19.

Whitehorse Daily Star
University hailed as ‘incredible initiative’

The Yukon officially gained a university today, and Canada now has a university North of 60.

Global News
Trudeau congratulates new Yukon University

Speaking to reporters outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Yukon University, Canada’s “first university in the north.”

The Globe and Mail
Canadian universities under fire for publishing Hong Kong police recruitment ads

Hong Kong-Canadian activists are urging universities in Canada to take police recruitment ads from the former British colony off their student jobs boards, noting the force has been widely criticized for its brutal handling of mass protests.

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