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Colleges, universities grapple with making vaccines mandatory for students

July 12, 2021

Canada appears to be hitting a complacency wall, with the lowest uptake being among the university-age demographic, the 18- to 29-year-olds   Toronto’s Seneca College is finding itself in an elite group of the world’s top post-secondary institutions — Berkley, MIT, Harvard — with its new coronavirus rule: Only those fully inoculated against COVID will...

Most Ontario youth experienced depression during pandemic, early data suggests

July 8, 2021

TORONTO — Preliminary research suggests the COVID-19 crisis is having a sustained and significant impact on youth mental health in Ontario.   Researchers at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children released initial findings Thursday indicating that the majority of children and teenagers saw their mental health decline during the pandemic’s second wave.   The early data,...

Ontario Supports Expansion of Postsecondary Education and Long-Term Care in Milton

Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and Schlegel Villages will strengthen and enhance community services

June 17, 2021

MILTON —The Ontario government is supporting the expansion of postsecondary education and long-term care in Milton. The Milton Education Village will include new campuses for Conestoga College and Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as space for a new Schlegel Villages long-term care home. The area also includes room for a potential hospice, residential housing and a...

Ryerson University to require students living in residence to get a COVID-19 vaccine

June 15, 2021

Students living in residence at Ryerson University this fall will be required to get a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.   In an email to CP24, university spokesperson Karen Benner said the decision was made due to the nature of communal living, the high volume of cases and incidence rates among young populations, and to...

Students living in residence at University of Toronto required to get COVID-19 vaccine

June 8, 2021

TORONTO — The University of Toronto has announced that any student living in residence during the 2021-2022 academic year will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.   The rule applies to residences located within the university’s three campuses in Toronto, Scarborough, and Mississauga.   Students will be required to receive their first dose of a...

Ontario Supports Innovative Mental Health Projects at Postsecondary Institutions

Province expands access to mental health services for underserved black, Indigenous and Francophone students

May 28, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing $2.39 million to help improve mental health supports and services for postsecondary students. The funding is part of Ontario’s Roadmap to Wellness and will support eight innovative projects at select colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes.   “COVID-19 has been a difficult time for many of our college and university students....

Ontario Extends Freeze on College and University Tuitions

Initiative provides families and students with more financial relief during COVID-19

April 30, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government is extending the current one-year tuition freeze for colleges and universities by an additional year, providing more financial relief and predictability for families and students seeking access to affordable postsecondary education.   “Students and their families make significant sacrifices to attend college and university,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges...

Canada and Ontario Invest in School Infrastructure to Respond to the Impacts of COVID-19

Projects will enhance health and safety protection for students and staff

April 14, 2021

OTTAWA — The governments of Canada and Ontario announced $656.5 million in funding to provide critical infrastructure upgrades to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province’s schools.   The infrastructure upgrades were announced by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure for Ontario, and...

This is your brain on pandemic: What chronic stress is doing to us

April 1, 2021

Back in the 1980s, there was a public service announcement on TV that you may remember — or may have seen on YouTube.   A guy in a kitchen held up an egg and said, “This is your brain.” Then he cracked the egg into a hot frying pan, and said, “This is your brain on...

Eating disorders spiked during the pandemic, and that forced a rethink in how they are treated

March 12, 2021

Sarah White sets a timer to remind herself to eat. She sets it six times a day so that she eats three meals and three snacks.   White says she’s always been a “picky eater.” But when she started working from home, her routine was interrupted and her already difficult relationship with food became dangerous....
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