News Two Northern Ontario universities to be standalone, not affiliated with Laurentian SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Thursday, Apr. 15th, 2021 (pixabay.com) Regardless of what happens to Laurentian University, the future of Université de Hearst and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine appear more secure. The Ontario government is proposing legislation to make both institutions standalone degree-granting institutions. Their ties to Laurentian will be cut. Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano notes that U of H will be one of two independent francophone universities in the province, along with Universite de l’Ontario français.