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Headlines for April 14, 2020


The Globe and Mail
Universities try to recruit new students, convince others to stay enrolled for fall

Universities are recruiting new students and trying to convince others to stay enrolled for the fall even as it’s still not clear whether in-person classes will be offered because of the impact of COVID-19.

Financial Post
Canadian coronavirus response workers targeted in ransomware attack, says U.S. cybersecurity report

Increase seen in phishing attacks in which criminals use the pandemic as a hook to trick people into opening an attachment or clicking a link.

Sask. government announces one-time bursaries for post-secondary students

The government says applications will be available from post-secondary institutions in coming days.

Calgary Herald
Calgary post-secondaries adjusting policies for international students

As travel restrictions around the world persist due to COVID-19, post-secondary institutions in Calgary have been working quickly to adapt policies for international students.

The Toronto Star
University students struggle to navigate rentals and sublets during the age of coronavirus

If we weren’t in the throes of a global coronavirus pandemic, Glen Creaser, a fourth year student at Queen’s University, would be chipping away at his final papers at Stauffer Library.

University World News
40% of students changing study abroad plans, says survey

A growing number of prospective international students are considering changing their study abroad plans, a figure that is rising as more countries introduce tighter lockdowns to tackle the spread and rising death toll from the coronavirus, according to the latest weekly tracking survey by a European-based student search website.

The Tyee
BC’s International Students Are Trapped in Pandemic Limbo

With all in-person classes cancelled, students from kindergarten to postgraduate programs are witnessing a school shakeup like British Columbia has never experienced before.

Surprise fee creates uproar with nursing students at the University of Saskatchewan

Hannah White was shocked when she got an email from the University of Saskatchewan telling her that she would have to pay hundreds of dollars worth of fees she did not know about. She said almost 600 other nursing students would have to pay these fees — because of a technical error made by the university.

The Telegram
A university town on lockdown: Conversations with St. F.X. students in Antigonish

Like any university town, the population of Antigonish rises and falls to the rhythm of the academic year.

The Telegram
VIU Student Union says Demand is High for its Emergency Bursary Fund

The Vancouver Island University Student Union estimates that about one-thousand students will apply for financial aid from its Emergency Student Bursary program.

Calgary Herald
U of C researchers to begin hydroxychloroquine trial on COVID-19 patients

A provincewide clinical trial led by the University of Calgary will test the effectiveness of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients, with the goal of reducing pressure on hospitals and preventing further infections.

The Guardian
UPEI nursing students volunteer to support Island health-care providers

Students from UPEI’s faculty of nursing are joining with nursing and medical students across Atlantic Canada to support health-care providers.

The Record
U of Guelph donating more N95 masks, gloves for coronavirus fight

More personal protective equipment has been donated by the University of Guelph.

Sudbury Star
Laurentian, partners using 3D printers to create protective equipment

Laurentian University’s halls may be quiet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its community has by no means been idle in the face of the coronavirus.

Dalhousie medical students gather protective equipment for health-care workers

Some medical students at Dalhousie University in Halifax are holding a donation drive to collect personal protective equipment for front-line health-care workers in Nova Scotia dealing with COVID-19.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
University of Regina offers to make face shield headbands using 3D printer

The University Regina’s physics department is offering to use its 3D printer to make headbands for face shields that could be worn by frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Times Colonist
In UVic lab, printers cut face shields — for a start

As nine 3D printers in a UVic lab busily tap out parts for medical face shields for Island Health, biomedical engineer Stephanie Willerth’s mind is buzzing with more ways to make and re-use protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Peterborough Examiner
McMaster University researchers working on home test for COVID-19

A team of researchers at McMaster University are working on a home-based test for COVID-19 they say could help limit community spread.

Students raise $30,000 to thank health-care workers with ‘a good, decent meal’

A group of medical students in Montreal have raised about $30,000 to deliver hot meals to health-care workers — in turn helping to support the local restaurants preparing them.

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