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Headlines for May 4, 2021

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | MAY 04 2021

The Globe and Mail
First-ever image of COVID-19 variant supports faith in current vaccines, UBC says

The first images of a mutation on a COVID-19 variant of concern have been captured by researchers at the University of British Columbia who say the photos offer some reassurance about how the virus strain may react to current vaccines.

CTV News
B.C.’s student aid one of ‘multiple government websites’ down, reports of possible hacking shared

A website that manages post-secondary student loans in B.C. is offline, with reports on social media suggesting the site may have been hacked.

The Globe and Mail
Ryerson students in uproar over erasing of message critical of donor’s photo with Trump

Ryerson University students, faculty and alumni criticized the university on social media for erasing a message critical of a wealthy donor who posted a photo in which she posed with former U.S. president Donald Trump.

CBC
Current MUN students won’t pay more if tuition goes up, says university president

Memorial University president Vianne Timmons says she and the university are open to discussions surrounding the proposed lift of the tuition freeze for post-secondary institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Varsity
CAUT censure of U of T leads to slew of cancelled events across campus

In response to the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ (CAUT) censure of U of T over a hiring scandal in the Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP), several academic professionals have pulled out of speaking engagements at the university, resulting in a slew of cancelled events across U of T in the past week.

The Globe and Mail
Canadian scientists face a faster, more competitive world after COVID-19, report says

Canada will need to be more creative and more determined if it hopes to be a serious player in world scientific research after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from the Council of Canadian Academies suggests.

CTV News
Calgary post-secondary institutions partner for workshops emphasizing consent

In recognition of sexual violence awareness month in Alberta, three Calgary post-secondary institutions will be hosting consent workshops for students, staff and faculty members.

CTV News
Why are you paying for the U-Pass when classes are online?

Summer classes start soon for post-secondary students and many will once again be taking their courses online – which has some parents wondering why students are being forced to pay for transit passes.

CBC
UPEI increases tuition 1%, Holland College 2%

The University of Prince Edward Island is increasing tuition by one per cent this fall, which it says is the lowest percentage increase in the university’s 52-year-history.

CBC
2018 grads face higher unemployment rate than predecessors, says commission

Recent university graduates are finding it difficult to find and hold onto jobs, and the COVID-19 pandemic may be partly to blame.

Lethbridge News Now
Lethbridge College and U of L react to “Alberta 2030” post-secondary plan

Alberta’s post-secondary schooling system is in for a shakeup in the coming years.

CTV News
UW study finds applying UV light to common disinfectants makes them safer to use

A new study from the University of Waterloo has found that over 400 common disinfectants currently in use could be made safer and more effective if ultraviolet light is applied.

CBC
N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Another death in Grand Falls, 15 new cases

COVID-19 has claimed the life of another New Brunswicker, pushing the total number of COVID-related deaths in the province to 38, Public Health announced Monday, along with 15 new cases.

CFJC Today
“It’s pretty scary”: TRU students concerned after possible hacking of student aid websites

Students from around B.C. are trying to determine if their personal and financial information was exposed to hackers over the weekend.

CBC
King’s review of sex assault allegations could have implications for court cases

The University of King’s College’s independent review of sexual assault allegations against former professor Wayne Hankey is the right thing to do, but could have an impact on current or future court cases, legal experts say.

The Globe and Mail
Ontario court extends creditor protection for Laurentian University until Aug. 31

An Ontario court has extended an order allowing a struggling northern Ontario university to continue to operate while protected from its creditors.

The Timmins Daily Press
Phase 2 of LU reboot to feature more openness: Hache

The president of Laurentian is promising more transparency and consultation with a wider range of affected parties as the school moves into the next stage of its restructuring.

The Timmins Daily Press
Opinion: Laurentian’s vision has been betrayed and destroyed

On a cold winter morning in 2004, I received a phone call from the then-president of Laurentian University.

The Sudbury Star
Calls to hold Laurentian accountable grow

While Laurentian has passed its first hurdle in insolvency court — at the expense of many programs and jobs — many are still questioning how the school got into such a financial mess in the first place.

CTV News
University of Sudbury, Thorneloe vow to keep fighting after losing court decisions

Despite losing appeals aimed at stopping the cancellation of their agreement with Laurentian University, both Thorneloe and the University of Sudbury say they are not giving up their fight.

The Timmins Daily Press
University of Sudbury considering its next move in dispute with Laurentian

The University of Sudbury said Monday it will determine its ‘next steps’ once it hears why an Ontario judge let Laurentian University terminate its federation agreements.

The Timmins Daily Press
A human response to Laurentian’s inhuman insolvency process

In the spring of 2013, I accepted an offer to complete my PhD at Laurentian University in the Human Studies program.

Bay Today
Laurentian faculty, staff will have to join creditors’ pool to get their severance

A Laurentian University professor terminated as part of massive job and program cuts at the university says he and other faculty who lost their jobs will be forced to get in line with other creditors in an attempt to access severance pay.

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