Protests, calls for resignations, honourary doctorate renounced in wake of Laurentian layoffs

April 20, 2021
Several voices have taken to the streets and media recently to voice their frustration with the Laurentian situation and call for provincial and institutional leadership to step down. CBC reports that about 150 demonstrators gathered downtown in Sudbury in near-freezing temperatures to protest the cuts, Francophone author and playwright Jean-Marc Dalpé renounced an honorary doctorate he received from the university, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called on the federal government to step in. Canadian Student-Athlete Association founder Garrett Holmes and the Nipissing University Faculty Association were among those who penned open letters in the Sudbury Star calling for the resignations of the Government of Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano and Laurentian leadership. CBC reports that former Laurentian chancellor Steve Paikin responded to calls for action from the community by revealing that he stepped down last week. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | The Sudbury Star (CCAA) | The Sudbury Star (NUFA) (ON)