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Past presidents surprised, saddened to see what’s become of northern Ontario’s largest university. Almost four months into the insolvency saga at Laurentian University, exactly how the Sudbury school dug itself into a financial hole remains fuzzy. But now finally speaking publicly, President Robert Haché is laying some of the blame on those who came before him. “There are a lot of things over the last 10 or even 15 years that contributed to taking the university to where it was,” he told students on a Zoom call last week. Laurentian’s restructuring under the insolvency process allows it to stay operating while dealing with its financial situation, but dozens of programs and staff have been cut. Dominic Giroux, Laurentian’s president from 2009 to 2017 and now president of Sudbury’s hospital Health Sciences North, isn’t saying much about the university’s financial situation. But he is deflecting some blame back at Haché.

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