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Ontario to keep schools closed as COVID-19 infections soar

In the News   |   April 13, 2021

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The Ontario government is closing schools across the province and moving to online learning indefinitely, a decision that comes after the Education Minister publicly pledged to keep classrooms open. The sudden switch was made as... read more

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Laurentian fires professors, slashes programs

Articles of Interest   |   April 13, 2021

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Laurentian University fired dozens of professors and slashed its program offerings in an unprecedented round of cuts on Monday aimed at tackling the university’s insolvency. The Sudbury school announced the elimination of 58 undergraduate and... read more

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Provinces inconsistent on how to test students and school staff for COVID-19

In the News   |   April 6, 2021

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Only in the past two weeks has the Saskatchewan government started shipping rapid COVID-19 tests to schools. Alberta piloted a rapid testing program in two schools late last month. And in Ontario, some regions have... read more

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TDSB tells staff to brace for online learning amid concerns over increase in COVID-19 cases

Articles of Interest   |   March 30, 2021

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The Toronto District School Board has warned its school staff to be ready to switch to remote learning as concern grows about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the province. An e-mail sent to... read more

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Some fresh thinking about teaching

Research & Findings   |   March 16, 2021

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As spring shoots poke their heads above our thawing earth, we scour cyberspace for new ideas sprouting in the fertile world of teacher magazines. The result is a mixed bag of fresh thinking, with only... read more

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Canadian universities announce plans for in-class learning in September

In the News   |   March 10, 2021

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A growing number of Canada’s universities say they’re planning a return to in-person instruction this fall as the rollout of vaccines gathers pace and institutions turn their attention to the year ahead. B.C. Provincial Health... read more

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COVID-19 has changed everything about the Canadian high-school experience

In the News   |   March 2, 2021

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In normal times, the stairwells at Fleetwood Park Secondary School, in Surrey, B.C., would get to be so crowded that Tanvi Pandhi could barely find a few inches to herself during the hustle between classes.... read more

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University students lash out at tuition hikes, poor quality of remote learning

In the News   |   February 22, 2021

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A winter of discontent is brewing among postsecondary students as patience with online classes wanes and the prospect of rising tuition fees raises questions about value for money. The anger spilled over at a meeting... read more

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The COVID-19 grading curve: Schools rethink expectations for students who have lost time

In the News   |   February 17, 2021

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Being kept apart from teachers and friends has had a measurable impact on student performance, some initial findings show. But the damage varies along regional, economic and racial lines – and there’s no large-scale plan... read more

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Ottawa partners with Huawei to fund university research despite security concerns

In the News   |   February 16, 2021

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The federal government is partnering with Huawei to sponsor leading-edge computer and electrical engineering research at Canadian universities, a move critics say threatens this country’s national security and economic interests. The Natural Sciences and Engineering... read more

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Some ways to lighten up in these grim times

Research & Findings   |   February 11, 2021

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The mid-winter blues of February are surely glowing a deep shade of indigo this COVID winter. It can be a challenge to muster the requisite energy to teach, just as it for students to learn.... read more

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Most Ontario schools return to in-class learning Monday amid rising concern about COVID-19 variants

In the News   |   February 4, 2021

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Note: Ontario has postponed March break until the week of April 12, 2021. Ontario will reopen all its elementary and secondary schools to in-person learning over the next two weeks even as concern grows about... read more

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Facing insolvency, Laurentian University files for creditor protection

In the News   |   February 2, 2021

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Laurentian University says it is facing insolvency and has filed for protection from creditors, bringing to a head a deteriorating financial situation exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Robert Haché announced the move to seek court... read more

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CSIS warns Canadian universities about Alibaba’s online platform

In the News   |   January 29, 2021

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Canada’s spy agency warned Canadian universities in August to be wary of using Chinese technology, including a service offered by e-commerce company Alibaba to help students based in China take online Zoom classes in this... read more

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University ‘mega’ donations of more than $10-million are on the rise

Articles of Interest   |   January 25, 2021

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In the past two years, David Palmer has landed two of the largest philanthropic gifts in Canadian history, one of $100-million and one of $250-million. The donations are a windfall for the University of Toronto,... read more

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