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Headlines for Sept. 15, 2021

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | SEP 15 2021

The Toronto Star
‘Disappointing’: At universities and colleges across Canada, online classes and COVID protocols are making for a messy return to school

Markus Lai has sat through orientation, attended his first classes, and is ready for the fall ahead in his new program at Seneca College.

The Globe and Mail
Western University students set to stage walkout in demand for action against sexual violence on campus

Students at the University of Western Ontario plan to walk out of class Friday to protest what they describe as a harmful campus culture, following allegations that young women were drugged and sexually assaulted at a campus residence last week.

CBC
Police probing Western University sexual violence allegations work to separate fact from social media fiction

London, Ont., police are working with Western University officials and interviewing students after reports that up to 30 young women were drugged and sexually assaulted at a first-year residence over the weekend.

Global News
Western University, London police urge survivors to come forward amid social media reports of student assault, druggings

London Police say they are investigating reports that 30 or more students may have been drugged and/or assaulted in on-campus housing at Western University this weekend, but have yet to get a formal report from a student.

CTV News
Dozens of lawyers call for suspension of extradition with France over Diab case

More than 100 legal professionals are asking Canada to suspend its extradition treaty with France over concerns “an innocent man” could face trial there in a terrorism case.

Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Quebec book industry calls for reform of the Copyright Act

Several Quebec publishing groups are urging the federal political parties to reform Canada’s copyright law as a key cultural priority.

Global News
‘It’s a safe place’: University of Manitoba Students’ Union says members should be comfortable on campus

The Students’ Union at Manitoba’s largest post-secondary institution is adamant: campus is a safe place for their members.

The Toronto Star
‘Frustrated and angry’: Students demand better protection as Western University grapples with allegations of sexual violence

Taped to a door at the Medway-Sydenham Hall residence of Western University hangs a poster that says, “See something. Do Something.”

The Toronto Star
‘Serious and disturbing’: Police investigate allegations of sex assault at Western

Officers are going door to door at a Western University student residence as they investigate allegations of mass drugging and sexual assaults during the school’s orientation week, the police chief in London, Ont., said Tuesday.

CBC
Violence, fears about sexual assault mark grim start to Western University school year

Students, including those on their own for the first time, say they’re worried about possible sexual violence on the Western University campus in London, Ont., after a number of reports to officials and on social media.

Global News
Waterloo council triggers special bylaw ahead of Laurier homecoming weekend

City of Waterloo council once again triggered its noise bylaw in an attempt to help quell crowds on Wilfrid Laurier University’s homecoming weekend.

CTV News
After evacuation due to suspicious package, McGill University lets students back into buildings

McGill University says an incident involving a suspicious package has ended and that teaching will gradually resume at multiple buildings that were evacuated Tuesday morning.

The Toronto Star
Brandon University coach on leave after sexually suggestive behaviour alleged

The head coach of women’s soccer at Brandon University remained on the job for months despite a school investigation that concluded he acted inappropriately with student athletes.

Global News
U of R research shows satellites will have ‘devastating’ effect on light pollution in coming years

Thousands of communications satellites are expected to be launched over the next few years to help bring more connectivity.

The Toronto Star
Liberals pledge $60M for new National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The federal Liberals are promising to spend $60 million on a new home for the Winnipeg-based National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, if re-elected to form government.

The Sault Star
Conservatives would support University of Sudbury: Humphrey

Party also has plan to support jobs and the mining sector, Nickel Belt candidate says.

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