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Headlines for April 6, 2020


CTV News
Trudeau says help coming for students unable to find summer jobs

Not all out-of-work Canadians qualify for the new Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, and post-secondary students appear to be disproportionately likely to fall through the cracks of this new addition to Canada’s social safety net.

National Observer
Graduates lose placements, face tough summer job market due to COVID-19

Parmoon Sarmadi was already in a fairly dire financial situation when COVID-19 hit.

The National Post
Hajdu brings anthropology, public health experience to COVID-19 fight

Patty Hajdu “fell in love” with cultural anthropology at university.

The PIE News
Canada: some int’l students eligible for support

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which provides temporary income support of CAN$500 a week for up to 16 weeks to those who stopped working because of COVID-19, has been confirmed available for international students if they meet certain requirements.

The Globe and Mail
B.C. international students left out of aid fund

Ailissa Lew has seen her classes abruptly moved online and lost her housing because her roommate didn’t want her there after she got a cold. She’s at the end of her student loan, and a retail job she’d lined up for the end of term has disappeared for the moment.

Global News
Coronavirus: Feds seeking medical student volunteers to help fight virus

The federal government is seeking volunteers with medical experience to provide backup support in the fight against COVID-19.

Vancouver Sun
Daphne Bramham: Even in a pandemic, foreign doctors face a system rigged against them

Had Dr. Mehdi Shahsavan stayed in British Columbia, he would be sitting on the sidelines of the COVID-19 epidemic like thousands of foreign-trained doctors, writing letters and signing petitions begging for a chance to work.

The Globe and Mail
Ottawa seeks ways to speed up skills-training programs

The federal government is looking at ways to speed up the introduction of skills-training help for out-of-work Canadians, say groups involved in helping implement the program.

CTV News
B.C. launches $1.5M emergency fund for Indigenous students

The B.C. government is adding $1.5 million to the province’s Indigenous emergency assistance fund as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Halifax Today
Over 70 students have already applied for MSVU emergency fund

The President’s Student Relief Fund at Mount Saint Vincent University was created last week in response to the economic impacts COVID-19 is having on students.

130 students register in 1st hour of U of G’s emergency COVID-19 food bank

The University of Guelph is making sure students and their families are getting the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a new working group, but the demand is “tremendous,” say volunteers.

UNB, Mount A and STU allow students to choose pass/fail grade for disrupted courses

St. Thomas University joined the University of New Brunswick and Mount Allison University on Thursday in implementing a pass/fail grading system for the 2020 semester because of COVID-19.

U of S students’ union asks for tuition freeze, pass/fail options

The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union wants university administrators to protect students financially during the COVID-19 crisis and its fallout.

Graduating UPEI nursing students could soon join battle against COVID-19

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, UPEI has 51 nursing students ready to graduate.

Graduating UPEI nursing students could soon join battle against COVID-19

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, UPEI has 51 nursing students ready to graduate.

The Telegram
JOHN DeMONT: All but alone on Saint Mary’s University campus

Even for someone who enjoys her own company, as Amanda Katsande does, it can be lonely inside Saint Mary’s University’s Loyola residence complex.

Times Colonist
UBC researchers claim find of COVID-19 trial drug

University of British Columbia researchers say they have found a trial drug that blocks the cellular door the virus uses to infect people with COVID-19.

Dalhousie team uses 3D printing to build prototype for face shield

The mechanical engineering department at Dalhousie University has developed a face shield for health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guelph Mercury
U of Guelph creates new face shield frame that can be made in 1 hour

An engineer at the University of Guelph has designed a 3D-printed frame for face shields that can be printed in a third of the time, compared to other models.

CTV News
Innovative COVID-19 prevention products developed by UWindsor engineering team

A team of researchers at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Engineering has designed an innovative face shield and hands-free door opener to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Global News
University of Manitoba researchers look for ways to clean and reuse N95 masks

Researchers in Winnipeg say they may have found a way for health-care workers to reuse N95 masks up to 10 times while treating patients with COVID-19.

CTV News
uOttawa students help protect frontline health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Students at the University of Ottawa are ramping up production of protective gear for frontline health care workers in Ottawa.

UNB mathematics professor uses his expertise to track COVID-19

A University of New Brunswick mathematics professor is part of an international team of experts trying to figure out how and when COVID-19 will strike, and who’s at risk.

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