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Ontario students to return to school full time in the fall, with no class-size limits for youngest learners

In the News   |   July 31, 2020

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Ontario schools will reopen this fall with no class-size limits for its youngest learners, a mix of in-class and remote learning at the secondary level, and the country’s only mandatory mask requirement for middle- and... read more

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Unions protest University of Toronto’s fall plans for in-person classes

In the News   |   July 28, 2020

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University of Toronto faculty and staff unions are protesting the university’s plans for in-person classes in the fall, which contrast with other Ontario institutions that have chosen to teach the semester online. The unions fear... read more

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Schools scrambling to plan safe reopening

In the News   |   July 27, 2020

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At two of the larger schools in London, Ont., staff are spending the summer testing directional arrows pasted onto hallway floors, installing portable hand-washing stations, rearranging furniture and erecting protective barriers for front office workers.... read more

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Teachers express concerns about returning to school in the fall

In the News   |   July 14, 2020

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Thérèse Forsythe usually spends some of her summers planning course work for September, despite being on break. The preparations give the Wolfville, N.S., high-school math teacher time to focus on building relationships with her new... read more

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Canadian universities scramble to maintain flow of international students and the revenue they bring

In the News   |   July 13, 2020

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Canadian universities are trying to salvage the incoming class of international students as travel restrictions, quarantine rules and the move to online learning threaten to disrupt what has become a crucial revenue source. Chauffeur service... read more

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Ontario government tells school boards to maximize time children are in the classroom

In the News   |   July 9, 2020

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The Ontario government has told school boards to maximize the time children are in the classroom, a directive that would prevent them from taking any days away from in-class instruction to clean their buildings. Facing... read more

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Ontario to end academic streaming that splits students into applied, academic tracks

In the News   |   July 7, 2020

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Ontario plans to end streaming in Grade 9, a practice where high-school students must choose to pursue an academic or applied track and that has been criticized for sidelining a disproportionate number of Black and... read more

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The 2020-21 academic year will be the best ever for postsecondary students who need a hand financially

Articles of Interest   |   July 2, 2020

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All that is fun about university and college has been pretty much wrecked by COVID-19 and physical distancing. But what students give up on the social side of their postsecondary education will be offset by... read more

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Ontario unveils updated elementary math curriculum

In the News   |   June 24, 2020

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Ontario’s elementary students will learn how to code starting in Grade 1, add fractions in Grade 5 and carry out financial planning in Grade 6. They will have to recall number facts, and go back... read more

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High school graduates weigh the benefits of taking a gap year as September looms

In the News   |   June 17, 2020

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There were all sorts of things Aiden Rylott was looking forward to about his first year at Carleton University this fall: living in residence in Ottawa, attending crowded lectures, the campus clubs and social life.... read more

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Universities see strong early numbers for the fall

In the News   |   June 11, 2020

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Ontario students are taking up university admission offers at almost the same rate as before the pandemic, suggesting the shift to online education may not drive away as many new students as feared. The first... read more

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Canadian Paediatric Society urges doctors to discuss cannabis use with teenagers

In the News   |   June 4, 2020

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Clinicians should routinely ask adolescents about their cannabis use to help identify patterns of misuse that can lead to depression, anxiety, problems at school and other mental and physical health issues, according to Canada’s national... read more

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A fall semester without students threatens economies in Maple League university towns

In the News   |   June 2, 2020

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For a handful of Canada’s oldest liberal arts colleges, the pandemic-induced pressure to shift to online education threatens to undermine the personal contact that is their selling point. The universities of the Maple League, with... read more

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Debate continues over best way for teachers to educate students online

In the News   |   May 20, 2020

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For two hours every day, Martine Gagnon’s fifth-grade class learns about geometry, the French language and social sciences from a well-appointed nook in her Ottawa-area kitchen. She has two whiteboards, a laptop, another computer screen... read more

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Summer enrolment up at universities despite online shift during pandemic

In the News   |   May 19, 2020

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Enrolment in spring and summer courses has jumped at many Canadian universities despite the shift to online classes. The increase likely reflects a depressed summer jobs market, but may also raise hopes that online learning... read more

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