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Headlines for April 20, 2020


The Globe and Mail
Universities, donors amass millions in grants for students struggling with financial implications of COVID-19

Universities and colleges are funnelling millions in emergency grants to students struggling to cope with the financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis.

Global News
Coronavirus: Post-secondary students call for federal aid as survey reveals financial struggles

The Canadian government must quickly expand eligibility for its emergency financial relief programs to post-secondary students, a majority of whom are worried about making ends meet during the novel coronavirus pandemic, an alliance of student unions says.

The National Post
COVID-19 Canada: Institutions strive to record pandemic history through eyes of everyday people

As the country grapples with a pandemic that is radically reshaping every aspect of public and private life, institutions across Canada are striving to capture the historic shift through the eyes of everyday people.

Global News
International graduate students call on University of Alberta to waive spring tuition

Graduate student Sandra Romero didn’t end the first year of her PhD at the University of Alberta quite the way she expected.

The Toronto Star
Ontario announces $20-million investment in search for COVID-19 vaccine, a year after major cuts to health policy and research

The Ontario government will invest $20 million to advance medical research to find a vaccine to combat COVID-19, Premier Doug Ford announced Saturday.

Manitoba universities told to cut costs by up to 30% to help province endure pandemic

Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government has told Manitoba universities to figure out how to cut their budgets by as much as 30 per cent in order to help the province survive the financial maelstrom of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chronicle Herald
Emergency COVID-19 funding available to Université Sainte-Anne students

Université Sainte-Anne says the COVID-19 pandemic is causing financial hardship for many, including its students. Because of this the university has established an emergency fund to help students meet their basic needs in this time of uncertainty.

McMaster University starts COVID-19 funds for students and researchers

McMaster University has launched two COVID-19 funds — one to help students and another to bolster research — and pledges to match the first $100,000 raised for both initiatives.

Sault Star
New fund helps Algoma University students

A newly-created emergency fund will help Algoma University students in financial need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
USask hands-on practicums a no-go during COVID-19 pandemic

Some University of Saskatchewan programs have modified student placements, as working in close quarters with industry professionals is pretty high on the list of pandemic no-nos.

The Sudbury Star
Online petition calls for more help for students

As the federal government rolls out an unprecedented series of measures to protect Canadians who have lost income due to COVID-19, a grassroots movement is beginning to form to make sure that no one gets left behind.

The Record
Foreign students struggle, trapped far from home

Thousands of foreign students are trapped thousands of miles from home, locked down by the pandemic.

Brandon Sun
Students scramble, adapt to job market

Post-secondary students in Brandon have had to adjust their summer plans due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Cape Breton Post
MSVU studying impact of COVID-19 on Maritime families

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly thrown many families’ routines out of whack.

University of Calgary researchers study impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on pregnant women

Researchers at the University of Calgary are studying expectant mothers from across Canada and examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental and physical health — as well as any potential impacts on their babies.

The Hamilton Spectator
Local group bands together to help international students cope in COVID-19 pandemic

These are difficult days, living with forced isolation, everyone confined to their homes by COVID-19.

Cape Breton Post
CBU students make COVID-19 video

Some Indigenous drama students at Cape Breton University are sharing why COVID-19 safety measures matter to them.

‘It’s been really stressful’: MUN students wrapping up a semester unlike any other

Final assignments and grading are underway for Memorial University’s winter 2020 semester, bringing an end to a session where disruptions have been the norm.

Global News
‘Coronavirus: University of Alberta-based non-profit ramping up production of ventilator drugs

FA non-profit pharmaceutical organization that’s based out of the University of Alberta is ramping up its efforts to produce ventilator drugs in anticipation of possible shortages.

The Record
UW researchers work to develop DNA-based vaccine for COVID-19

Researchers at University of Waterloo are developing a DNA-based vaccine for COVID-19 that will be delivered through a nasal spray.

CTV News
UVic donates 200 litres of lab-made sanitizer to Island Health

The University of Victoria has donated more than 200 litres of laboratory-made hand sanitizer to Island Health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ottawa Citizen
Medical students support restaurants with FrontLineFeeds for health-care workers

When three friends who happen to be medical students landed back at home in the midst of the pandemic, they started casting about for ways to help their future colleagues.

The Hamilton Spectator
Stepping up during COVID-19: McMaster students step up to provide PPE for front-line health workers

Medical students from McMaster University and the University of Toronto have joined forces to create 3D-printed face shields for front-line health-care workers impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S mulls structural changes to improve student mental health

Regan Ratt-Misponas has been talking about mental health for most of his life.

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