Western and eastern Canada post-secondary institutions are taking different approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Ottawa has announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for re-entry onto campus for the fall semester, the first Canadian one to do so.
Starting September 1, all students, staff, and even visitors will be required to “attest” to their vaccination status.
UOttawa had initially said only students living on residence and student athletes would have to prove vaccination status but fearing a fourth wave, the University’s Executive Committee of the Board of Governors changed the decision to encompass all members of the campus community.
The school said anyone who was unable to receive the vaccine due to “medical grounds or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to request an accommodation.
UOttawa will also require everyone — even fully vaccinated individuals — to wear masks inside campus buildings.
University of Waterloo will be requiring those on campus to self-declare their vaccination status via an online campus check-in program. Fully vaccinated individuals must be so for at least 14 days before entering campus.
Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to submit to rapid COVID-19 testing at least twice a week and produce a negative result to remain on campus.
Still out east, Western university has announced they are the first university in Canada to require full vaccination for any students living in residence. Students with only one vaccine dose will still be permitted into residence so long as they attain their second dose. Western said they will not be requiring vaccination for actual campus attendance.
Queen’s University said they will not be mandating vaccines but will be making vaccination options openly available, including allowing both local and international students to obtain vaccination on campus.
Carleton has specified students participating in “high risk” activities will be required to show proof of receiving their first dose of vaccine no later than September 10 and their second dose no later than October 15.
Carleton defined “high risk” activities as “living in residence, engaging in varsity and competitive club sports, and participating in music performance instruction”, though they said this definition could change “as public health recommendations evolve.”
University of Toronto is also requiring vaccination for students participating in “high risk” activities and defines these activities very similarly to Carleton; living in residence, sports, and music performance. They will also be requiring individuals to declare their vaccination status via an online check-in system like Waterloo upon entering campus.
Following Carleton and UToronto, McMaster will only be mandating the vaccine for those living in on-campus residence.
Finally, Quebec’s two major universities McGill and Université de Montréal (UdeM) will be requiring masks to be worn by students while seated in class and while circulating throughout campus. Class sizes have been limited to a maximum of 150, and professors are allowed to remove their masks to teach so long as they can maintain a two metre physical distance from all students.
Plans to open vaccination clinics at both schools are currently underway, but as of publication vaccines will not be required for the campus community.
It would seem the east is taking significantly stronger measures on university campuses than those in the West.
University of Saskatchewan is not planning to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for students, faculty, staff, and others attending our campuses for September 2021. USask will however require masks in “all indoor USask spaces”.
University of Calgary said vaccination will not be a mandatory requirement for returning students.
It will be opening an on campus vaccine clinic. Unlike the Quebec schools requiring masks even though the province lifted restrictions, UCalgary has not announced any mask or physical distancing requirements on campus.
Mount Royal University will also no longer require masks to be worn in shared and public indoor spaces. MRU’s website says on their website vaccines or vaccine disclosure will not be required.
“Personal health information, including vaccination, is confidential.”
The University of Alberta will not be requiring vaccines for campus access saying: “No. At this point, employees, students, contractors and visitors will not need proof of immunization to work or study at the U of A.”
UAlberta said on their website vaccinations will be available on campus, but only for eligible Albertans.
Access to UAlberta’s campus will however require taking a online safety course on the associated risks of being in public post-pandemic. As of now, the school has also not announced masking requirements.
As of August 6, UBC’s Okagagan and Vancouver campuses will be requiring masks while in indoor spaces. Vaccinations will not be mandatory as both schools are abiding by the provincial requirements. The student union on both campuses has been pushing for mandatory vaccines.
Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard
City of Brandon – September 15, 2021 ***Special Media Release*** – Missing Person – City of Brandon –
The Brandon Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Leigha Marcela CLOUD. Leigha is described as being a 23 year old aboriginal female, 5’7 and 165 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair. It is unknown what clothing she was wearing when she was last seen by family on August 15th, 2021. She is known to spend time between Brandon, Waywayseecappo and Winnipeg. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Leigha, please contact the Brandon Police Service.
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FYI teams up with Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards
In an unprecedented partnership with FYI Music News, Broadcast Dialogue is launching the Canadian Radio Emerging Artist of the Year, presented by FYI Music News, nominated, and voted on by radio Program Directors and Music Directors.
This is a new category in the Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards that is now officially open for submissions.
The inaugural awards program founded last fall is affectionately dubbed “The Howards” after publisher emeritus Howard Christensen.
The 2021 Awards edition has been expanded to 22 categories, including establishing several new awards for commercial and imaging production, and creating separate solo and on-air team hosting honours. Also added is a specific category recognizing Campus & Community Radio, and established the Sound of Success Award, in conjunction with Radio Connects, recognizing radio’s ability to drive business. Additionally, the Canadian Radio Emerging Artist of the Year award, presented by FYI, nominated and voted on by Program and Music directors.
Find out more about the awards here.
The following is a summary of commitments from the leading federal political parties relevant to arts and culture sectors, compiled by Canadian Arts Coalition with a big assist from Global Public Affairs.
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Most streaming platforms have the capability for curation and allow users to pick and choose exactly what they want to listen to. In our just released 2021 U.S. Music 360 study, we found that music streamers lean toward their personal favorites, 61% create their own playlists and 37% listen to auto-generated playlists that are specifically adapted to personal listening habits¹.
The younger generations lean on their streaming platforms for music discovery. This study shows that 59% of Gen Z and 63% of Millennials primarily use music audio and video streaming services to discover music and Millennials have garnered an 8% lift on “new music release” playlists since 2020. About three quarters of both generations are interested in discovering new music and emerging artists, making them key audiences for any up and comers, but Gen Z care much more about being the first of their friends to find something new. – MRC Data
2 NDP candidates resign after social media comments on Israel, Auschwitz – Global News
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the antisemitic comments by two of his party’s candidates who resigned were “completely wrong.”
“Antisemitism is real,” Singh said during a campaign stop in Essex, Ont.
“We’re seeing a scary rise in antisemitism, and we are unequivocally opposed, and we’ll confront it.”
The party confirmed Wednesday that Dan Osborne, the candidate for the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester, and Sidney Coles, the candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s, ended their campaigns and “agreed to educate themselves further about antisemitism.”
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Singh said antisemitism has no place in his party and the candidates made the right decision to resign.
“In addition, they’re talking about the importance of getting training,” Singh said.
Coles, who has since deleted her Twitter account, was reported to have posted misinformation about Israel being linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, a non-profit human rights organization, shared images purportedly from Coles’ account over the weekend. Coles later apologized on social media.
Osborne was reported to have tweeted to Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place, referring to the Nazi-run concentration camp in Poland during the Second World War.
He responded to backlash about the post on Twitter over the weekend, saying he had tweeted it when he was a teenager.
“I want to offer an apology,” Osborne tweeted Sunday. “The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget.
“Antisemitism should be confronted and stopped. I can’t recall posting that, I was 16 then and can honestly say I did not mean to cause any harm.”
Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, director of policy at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, said in a news release that he had been in contact with the New Democrats. He was relieved the candidates stepped down, he added.
“We thank NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh for his leadership in ensuring this outcome,” Kirzner-Roberts said.
“Amid rising Jew-hatred in this country, all political parties and leaders must send a message, loud and clear, that antisemitism will not be tolerated in any shape or form.”
A handful of candidates from other parties have also dropped out during the election.
Last week the Conservative Party dropped Lisa Robinson, the candidate for the Beaches-East York riding in Toronto, after Islamophobic social media posts surfaced. Robinson has claimed the account is fake and she has previously reported it to police.
Liberal Raj Saini resigned earlier in the campaign after facing allegations that he harassed a female staff member, claims he firmly denies.
Singh condemned Coles’ posts during a campaign stop on Tuesday, but did not demand she step down. At that time, he said the candidate’s “unequivocal apology” was the right thing to do.
Singh didn’t say Wednesday why he didn’t push for a resignation sooner, but reiterated that it was the right decision for the candidates.
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The New Democrats are filling their schedule for the final push before the election.
Singh was greeted by hundreds of people cheering and holding signs during stops in London West and Niagara Centre _ both of which went Liberal in the last election. He told supporters to vote with their conscience.
The NDP leader has continuedto dismiss that people should follow the idea of voting strategically and kept his sights set on Justin Trudeau during the final push.
“There is a cost to voting for the Liberals,” he said.
Singh will also be taking his message to the Ontario ridings of Hamilton and Brampton East.
He will end the busy day with a livestream on Twitch, an online gaming site. Singh, who has embraced social media trends and videos, said it’s a way to connect with potential voters.
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