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Headlines for March 12, 2020


Sudbury Star
Laurentian University suspends classes because of COVID-19

Laurentian University in Sudbury became the first Canadian University to announce that it is closing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Federal budget will focus on coronavirus response, climate change

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s upcoming budget will include measures to deal with the immediate threat COVID-19 presents to the Canadian economy, while also focusing on the long-term need to transform the economy to adapt to climate change.

CTV News
Canada ‘pulling out all the stops’ to fight COVID-19: Trudeau on $1B plan

The federal government is putting more than $1 billion into its plan to combat and mitigate the impacts of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Canada.

Global News
Coronavirus: UBC says ‘preparations underway’ for system to move classwork online

The University of British Columbia says it’s working on a system to allow online instruction amid mounting concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Petitions demand UBC suspend regular classes over COVID-19 spread

Two petitions circulating online are pleading with the University of British Columbia to protect the school’s tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff from the fast-spreading COVID-19 by temporarily suspending regular classes at its Point Grey campus.

Global News
How are Calgary schools and post-secondary institutions preparing for COVID-19?

Calgary schools and post-secondary institutions are in preparation mode, making contingency plans in case COVID-19 shows up at a school or on campus.

Windsor Star
Windsor university, college still open but bracing for cancellations over COVID-19

St. Clair College said Wednesday it will likely cancel events in the near future, and is creating a backup plan in case it has to halt classes, as fears rise over COVID-19 on school campuses.

Montreal Gazette
Coronavirus: Montreal universities taking precautions as U.S. schools shut campuses

The Université du Québec à Montréal is cancelling all new student-exchange programs as well as any summer study programs outside of Canada, the school announced Wednesday as local universities increase measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Kingston Whig Standard
Queen’s University braces for COVID-19, protecting medical faculty

As the World Health Organization officially declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic, Queen’s University is following the lead of other post-secondary schools in tightening its own efforts to prevent or contain any possible infections.

Global News
Western, Fanshawe stay open as Sudbury university shuts down due to coronavirus

Students attending post-secondary school in London, Ont., are expected to attend classes as usual despite climbing numbers of COVID-19 cases across the province.

The Globe and Mail
Conferences cancel or postpone as Vancouver takes a coronavirus hit

The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education, headquartered in Korea, was supposed to bring 2,600 people from around the world to Vancouver in late March. The TED conference, with 2,000, was supposed to start April 20.

Alberta student associations push for standardized sexual violence policies

Statistics indicate that post-secondary students across Canada are vulnerable to sexual violence on campus — and in Alberta, there are currently no standardized policies to prevent it at universities or colleges. But three student-led organizations are working together to change that.

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