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Headlines for June 26, 2020


The Globe and Mail
Ottawa announces winners of $109-million in additional COVID-19 research funding

From vitamin D to the disease-fighting potential of sewage, the latest research funded by Ottawa shows how rapidly the science surrounding COVID-19 is evolving.

The Toronto Star
Ottawa outsources student-grant program to a Toronto charity that works with Justin Trudeau’s wife

The federal government is outsourcing the administration of its COVID-19 grant program for student volunteers to a Toronto-based global charity that works with the prime minister’s wife, and will pay the organization based on how many placement it fills before the end of October, a Liberal cabinet minister said Thursday.

Global News
Canada to fund $109 million on new, ongoing scientific research projects

Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced on Thursday that the federal government, through the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the International Research Development Centre and provincial health research funding agencies in several provinces, will be providing $109 million to fund 139 new and ongoing scientific research projects.

Students can earn up to $5,000 this summer for volunteer service

The federal government launched a new program today aimed at encouraging students to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19 — more than two months after first announcing it, and just in time for those who haven’t been able to find a summer job.

Ottawa Citizen
‘Not what they signed up for’: Students want tuition cut for online courses

Jasmine Doobay-Joseph spent the last part of the winter semester at Zoom University and found the experience less than satisfying.

Ottawa Citizen
UBC Okanagan to continue using RCMP for off-campus student wellness checks

UBC Okanagan plans to continue using RCMP for off-campus student wellness checks, the campus’ director of health and wellness confirmed this week.

The Globe and Mail
Education during the pandemic can provide tax relief

There are thousands of Canadians who have decided that pursuing further education makes good sense during COVID-19 since there are fewer jobs available today.

CTV News
Class of 2020: Carleton University grad makes voice heard on world stage

Stepping through the doors into university can be an exciting time, it can also be jarring and some students may face stereotypes and barriers they never expected. However, one 2020 graduate faced those challenges to overcome adversity, making his voice heard on a world stage.

The Kingston Whig Standard
Queen’s Law faculty initiating consultation on naming of Sir John A. Macdonald Hall

Queen’s University Faculty of Law announced on Thursday morning that it is committing to a formal consultation process regarding the name of its building, Sir John A. Macdonald Hall.

The Chronicle Herald
Canada needs to reckon with the relics of its colonial past, including racist statues

Around the world, people are protesting the continued display of public monuments that normalize and even revere racist leaders and events.

‘Troublesome’: Unions criticize Dalhousie University for asking for 5% wage cut

Dalhousie University is asking unionized staff members to take pay cuts as the school grapples with financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Times Colonist
University says it’s making changes after bus crash that killed two students

A report into a bus crash that killed two University of Victoria students says travel should be restricted to daylight hours on a narrow logging road that it wants improved by the provincial government.

Windsor Star
UWindsor adding esports to student experience

The University of Windsor plans to form an intercollegiate esports team this coming fall semester.

Guelph Mercury
‘It was hell’: U of Guelph student struggles with eviction process during COVID-19

It was May 20, months after the coronavirus made its way to Guelph, when a local university student received formal notice that she had to leave her house, risk eviction or be on the hook for thousands in rent.

Regina Leaderpost
$1.2M investment: Saliva-based test for COVID-19 among two projects featuring U of S researchers

More than $1 million in funding is going towards COVID-19-related projects involving University of Saskatchewan researchers, including one in which a saliva-based test is being developed.

Global News
Researchers at University of Calgary create a COVID-19 vaccine from procedures borrowed from cancer immunotherapy

UCalgary cancer researcher Dr. Doug Mahoney is applying his background in immunotherapy to develop a novel vaccine for COVID-19.

Global News
Dalhousie and NSHA researchers get $1 million to study COVID-19

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Research Nova Scotia are investing $1 million as part of a May 2020 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity, to support clinical trials, observational studies and rapid response research.

U of O scientist seeking edible vaccine for COVID-19

Eating your veggies isn’t only good for you — it may someday protect you against COVID-19.

Global News
London, Ont., researchers the first to profile immune response to COVID-19

In a world-first, researchers out of Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University in London, Ont., have profiled the immune system’s response to COVID-19 and identified six molecules they believe can be used as therapeutic targets to treat the virus.

Global News
McMaster awarded another $20M for COVID-19 research

Researchers at McMaster University have been awarded $20 million in new funding for 17 COVID-19 research projects.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
$1.2M investment: Saliva-based test for COVID-19 among two projects featuring U of S researchers

More than $1 million in funding is going towards COVID-19-related projects involving University of Saskatchewan researchers, including one in which a saliva-based test is being developed.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Two Montreal researchers have received $6.3M to study COVID-19

Two researchers at Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal will share $6.3 million in funding to study the usefulness of vitamin D in fighting COVID-19, as well as the risk of reinfection in healthcare workers.

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