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BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 04 2020

The Toronto Star More post-secondary schools are turning to online counselling services to help meet student mental health needs. But exactly who’s listening on the other side? Moments after being approved as a volunteer “active listener” on the online mental health support service 7 Cups of Tea, Julliard Lin said she was suddenly offering emotional […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 03 2020

The Toronto Star Our students are suffering and their mental health struggles can’t be ignored With the fall semester coming to an end and the second wave of the coronavirus in full force, we must acknowledge the significant impact this is having on post-secondary students. Maclean’s Canada’s greatest assets in overcoming COVID-19 Shae Sackman is […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 02 2020

Maclean’s With the shift to online learning, students with disabilities face new barriers Shae Sackman is a University of Regina student who uses the school’s Centre for Student Accessibility to arrange the accommodations that they require for their studies (Sackman uses the they/them pronouns), including a quiet space for exams and the provision of occasional […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 01 2020

The Toronto Star Universities with policies to force out students in crisis say it’s a safety measure. Students say threat of removal fills them with dread Universities across Canada have introduced controversial involuntary leave policies that empower school officials to remove students struggling with serious psychological challenges. Maclean’s University transcripts move into the digital age […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 30 2020

CBC Universities extend winter break as students deal with online-learning burnout Several universities are extending the winter break and delaying the start of the second semester because students are under such intense stress from online learning and the isolation that comes with it. The Toronto Star Four key stressors fuelling the mental health crisis in […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 27 2020

The Globe and Mail Ontario to tie funding of universities and colleges to labour-market needs The Ontario government is moving ahead with performance-based funding for postsecondary institutions but will delay its implementation for another two years as schools deal with the impacts of the pandemic. iPolitics Students and NDP urge return of moratorium on student […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 26 2020

CBC Are universities doing enough to stop student spread of COVID-19? As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Nova Scotia’s central region, and with most of the new cases in the 18 to 35 age range, many are wondering about the role of universities in making sure students are following the Public Health guidelines. CBC […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 25 2020

CBC Researcher hopes Canada is better prepared for vaccine manufacturing in the future Volker Gerdts, a leading vaccine researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, says Canada should focus on manufacturing vaccines domestically to better prepare for future events. Times Higher Education Canada takes new look at universities in its remote north Indigenous peoples balance patience […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 24 2020

The Globe and Mail What’s the value of an education during the pandemic? As my Monday lab comes to an end at 6 p.m., concluding my seventh-straight hour of staring at my computer screen alone in my room on Zoom, I can’t help but wonder if this is worth it. The Toronto Star They’ve graduated […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 23 2020

The Toronto Star From increased academic stress to long waits for help, these graphics show how youth are struggling with mental health The Star/Investigative Journalism Bureau filed dozens of freedom of information requests to better understand and measure mental health on the campuses of Canada’s colleges of universities. The Telegram Memorial University postpones return to […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 20 2020

Global News Online learning spurred by pandemic takes toll on university students and teachers in Montreal When Joe Bongiorno finishes his graduate diploma in journalism next spring, he won’t have set even one day in a classroom at Concordia University. Calgary Herald U of C students could face tuition hike for second consecutive year University […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 19 2020

Montreal Gazette Students decry Polytechnique Montréal’s decision to hold in-person exams The idea of sitting in a room with all their classmates for hours at a time adds an extra level of worry during an already stressful exam period. The Record Incoming UW president envisions ‘post-pandemic university’ The incoming president of the University of Waterloo […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 18 2020

The Toronto Star The pandemic is taking a terrible toll on university students It’s been more than 250 days since I was in a proper classroom. Global News McGill University’s men’s sports teams to be named Redbirds McGill University’s men’s varsity sports teams will be known as the Redbirds going forward, the university announced Tuesday. […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 17 2020

CBC Calgary law school launches free legal service for Albertans facing debt crunch A new program launched this month by a group associated with the law school at the University of Calgary is offering free legal help for Albertans who are facing mounting debt and looming foreclosures. Global News N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Eight new cases […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 16 2020

Global News N.S. medical officer tells students outside bubble to stay put for holidays Nova Scotia’s top doctor says students studying outside the Atlantic bubble who would usually travel home to the province for the holidays may be better off staying put this year. Global News Sexual violence ‘not tolerated,’ University of New Brunswick says […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 13 2020

CBC Mount Allison University students speak out against campus sexual violence Students at Mount Allison University in N.B. say they’re being silenced when reporting sexual violence on campus and are pushing for concrete change from university officials. Global News Mount Allison University president responds to sexual violence concerns Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. has […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 12 2020

Global News Queen’s University to welcome 200 international students to Kingston campus for the winter semester Queen’s University will be welcoming an extra 200 international students for the winter semester. Global News Mount Allison student speaks out against university sexual violence conduct A Mount Allison University student says students are being silenced when reporting sexual […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 11 2020

CBC MUN to bring back some staff to campus, slowly, with new plan It will soon be back-to-school for some staff at Memorial University, as the school plans a phased-in return to campus for its employees beginning Nov. 23. Global News Sask. government to pay back emergency benefits clawed back from student’s disability income A […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 10 2020

Global News Coronavirus may have boosted Canadian trust in scientists, survey finds The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic may have boosted failing public trust in science and scientists, a new survey has found. Maclean’s How the pandemic has disrupted the lives of international students in Canada With the traditional education-to-citizenship route disrupted, COVID-19 has thrown […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 09 2020

CBC Jammed phone lines, missed and unauthorized payments: Grads frustrated with student loan centre Unauthorized bank withdrawals. Statements showing missed payments. No answers about repayment assistance. And long wait times — if anyone answers at all — on the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) phone line. CBC The N-word and the ‘unnecessary pain’ it […]