Tag Archives: News/Canada

Post-secondary students decry cyber exam monitoring tools, urge changes to how they’re assessed

By | October 25, 2020

Canadian colleges and universities are in the midst of midterm exam season. But with many students forced to trade in-person lectures and labs for online learning during the pandemic and experts reporting rising cases of academic misconduct, students as well as some instructors are raising the alarm about the software being used to assess them. Cheating is nothing new, but academic integrity… Read More »

Post-secondary students call for changes to online exam rules as cheating concerns rise

By | October 25, 2020

Canadian colleges and universities are in the midst of midterm exam season. But with many students forced to trade in-person lectures and labs for online learning during the pandemic and experts reporting rising cases of academic misconduct, students as well as some instructors are raising the alarm about the software being used to assess them. Cheating is nothing new, but academic integrity… Read More »

Looking for local appliance repair? Why you can’t always trust what you find on Google Maps

By | October 16, 2020

If your washing machine is on the blink and you’re looking for appliance repair, be wary — new evidence reveals that you can’t always trust Google when it comes to finding a reliable local appliance repair person. A months-long investigation by CBC’s Marketplace found questionable business practices such as fake Google Maps addresses and bogus company names are… Read More »

Why a plastic bag ban could lead to unintended environmental consequences

By | October 9, 2020

The federal government’s plan to ban grocery store plastic bags could significantly cut down on plastic trash but also lead to not-so-friendly environmental consequences if people turn to alternatives like paper bags, experts and studies suggest. “Single-use anything is bad news. Everything we use has unintended environmental consequences,” said Tony Walker, assistant professor at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies in… Read More »

Canadians can now apply for 2 new emergency benefits that partially replace the CERB

By | October 5, 2020

The latest: Applications open for two new COVID-19 federal benefits. Canadians have returned 830,000 pandemic benefit payments, CRA figures show. 19 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on Little Grand Rapids First Nation in Manitoba. COVID Alert app notification halts play at curling tourney in Ontario hub. WHO says ‘best estimates’ indicate 1 in 10 people worldwide may have contracted coronavirus. White… Read More »

Cross-country forum of professors, students aims to tackle anti-Black racism on campuses

By | October 2, 2020

When Binta Sesay was accepted into the University of British Columbia, the international student was thrilled.  She didn’t think that being Black would play a major role in her life at university, but over the past few years at UBC’s Okanagan campus, Sesay said, she has been strongly affected by negative stereotypes and misconceptions of Black people and the… Read More »

About 250 students sent home after more COVID-19 cases linked to John Pritchard School

By | September 16, 2020

Roughly 250 students are now learning from home as COVID-19 cases in schools across Manitoba rise, including seven now linked to John Pritchard School in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s education minister said on Wednesday. Students at that school in grades 6, 7 and 8, as well as those in a split grade 4/5 class and the Henderson Early Learning Centre… Read More »

Manitoba Hydro subsidiary told to halt new contracts as operations under review

By | September 15, 2020

Over 130 employees at a Manitoba Hydro subsidiary are in limbo as they await a review by the Crown corporation that some fear could mean the company will be privatized and sold off.  Manitoba Hydro International, which is the commercial branch of the Crown corporation, was given a directive earlier this month to stop pursuing new work and to make sure any… Read More »

Centralized virtual schools and synchronous delivery: How remote learning is shaping up for fall

By | August 24, 2020

Myriad Canadians got a rough introduction to online education when the pandemic closed classrooms this spring and forced educators into rapid implementation of “emergency learning at home.”  Now, as Canadian school districts grapple with a physical return to class in September, many are making plans for remote instruction, too. Thousands of families across Canada have opted to continue with distance schooling,… Read More »