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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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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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Remote learning advice from families and educators who’ve been online for months

In the News   |   January 19, 2021

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Parents in several parts of the country whose kids are moving from in-school instruction to remote learning from home as of Monday face a potentially steep learning curve. “Online learning is a completely different ballgame,”... read more

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Teachers voice concerns over parents interfering during online classes

In the News   |   January 19, 2021

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In the early days of the country’s unplanned foray into online learning last spring, Toronto mother Zabrina Rego got chastised by her child’s teacher for blurting out the answer to a question. The gaffe was... read more

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Ontario to tie funding of universities and colleges to labour-market needs

In the News   |   November 27, 2020

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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. The government said its goal... read more

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Enrolment up at Canadian universities, mostly because of part-timers

In the News   |   November 24, 2020

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Despite fears that students would balk at courses held primarily online, enrolment at Canadian universities rose slightly in the fall term driven mainly by an increase in part-time students. But the national data gloss over... read more

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University of Toronto researcher awarded Canada’s top science prize

In the News   |   November 11, 2020

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A University of Toronto researcher who served as Ontario’s first and only chief scientist until Premier Doug Ford scrapped the position has been awarded Canada’s top science prize. Molly Shoichet, an expert in polymer chemistry... read more

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Students miss out and teachers feel overwhelmed as school boards blend in-person and virtual classes

In the News   |   November 2, 2020

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During the first month of online learning when school resumed this fall, Afrooz Cianfrone’s older son, Jobim, was thriving. But since his school board changed direction and required teachers to teach both in-person and remote... read more

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Parents, experts worry that online learning is exacerbating the digital divide

In the News   |   October 13, 2020

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When schools shut down last spring, Nero Persaud balanced working from home and her two children’s remote-learning needs by “playing musical chairs” with her older laptop and iPad. But after deciding to enrol her son... read more

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