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BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 10 2020

The Globe and Mail Michael Houghton’s Nobel Prize win shows Canada’s strength in biotechnology Amid the challenges of COVID-19, this week’s awarding of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine to University of Alberta virologist Dr. Michael Houghton could not have been better timed. Global News Canada’s post-secondary students feeling financial pinch as fall semester ends […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 09 2020

Halifax Today Nova Scotia’s universities raise thousands for student-led food security programs Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Atlantic School of Theology, NSCAD University and the University of King’s College were among the nine schools raising $165,000. Global News Petition calls out psychology department ‘understaffing crisis’ at University of Lethbridge An online […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 08 2020

The Globe and Mail Leader of inquiry into aborted hiring at University of Toronto law school resigns Bonnie Patterson has stepped down from the inquiry into the aborted hiring of a new director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto law school, citing public doubts about the impartiality and credibility of […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 07 2020

CTV News National Student Loan Service Centre plagued by delays as requests for help soar Throngs of former students have been unable to reach Canada’s loans centre, which is working through a backlog of more than 30,000 applications for repayment assistance. Times Higher Education Toronto leads the way for Canada on diversity data Institution aims […]

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 […]