University of Nova Scotia to review controversial COVID-19 exemption to return to class after backlash

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No other university in Canada has announced plans to require its students to sign a similar waiver, and the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia have directly confirmed to the National Post that they have not intend to do so.

The waiver that has been distributed, I am sure it will not be the waiver that students will have to sign

After the initial waiver was sent, over 350 students, alumni, staff and locals sent a protest letter to Hakin, requesting that the waiver be lifted, citing a lack of consultation with the students.

According to the Canadian Press, Nova Scotia Cabinet Minister Labi Kousoulis got involved after speaking to the students and said the wording of the waiver will be changed.

“At this point, the waiver that has been distributed, I am sure it will not be the waiver that students will be expected to sign,” said Kousoulis.

In response to the letters, Hakin sent a statement on July 13, saying the university would “reconsider” the decision to implement the legal waiver.

As of July 17, there were 1,067 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, including 63 deaths. Approximately 1,002 have been resolved.

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