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Headlines for March 19, 2020


The Toronto Star
Months of school closures, social distancing needed to fight pandemic: U of T research

Severe restrictions on public life must continue for months, not weeks, for Ontario to stifle the coming surge of COVID-19 patients and give the health-care system a shot at coping with the pandemic, University of Toronto-led research suggests.

The Toronto Star
COVID-19 proves to be a learning experience for universities

As classes wrapped up last week there was an almost unspoken sense that we’d not see each other again, though many of us hoped too. Futile hope, certainly, but plans had been made and perhaps a bit of youthful invincibility, too, made it seems impossible. Things changed quickly though.

University dorms emptying out as learning goes online

University residences across Ottawa are emptying out as students pack up and go home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTV News
Students at several colleges and universities asked to vacate dorms over COVID-19

Students at several post-secondary institutions were asked or told Wednesday to move out of their dorms in response to COVID-19, forcing many to search for housing or move between cities at a time when Canadians have been advised to stay home.

UNB biology department notified of possible COVID-19 contact

Graduate students and faculty members in the University of New Brunswick’s biology department have been notified that they may have come into contact with one of two people with presumptive cases of COVID-19 on campus.

Concordia University kicking students out of residence with 4 days’ notice

Students living in residence at Concordia University have been given four days to find somewhere new to live, according to a notice sent to students.

Laurentian, Cambrian residences still open in Sudbury, with extra measures in place

Officials with Cambrian College and Laurentian University in Sudbury say student residences will continue to remain open even though many courses are now on-line due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Peterborough Examiner
Trent University, Fleming College residence students hastily packing up

Students were hugging one another goodbye as they hastily packed up their vehicles Wednesday after Trent University and Fleming College both announced that their campus residences would be closing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Winnipeg Free Press
U of W, Brandon clearing out residences, sending students home

Some post-secondary students who live in residence are being asked to vacate their buildings as Manitoba schools implement social distancing on campuses across the province.

Halifax Today
Dalhousie University students volunteer to run errands for health care workers

Child care, dog walking, grocery runs and other errands are all part of a new initiative to help support overworked health professionals as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

Medical students form army of ‘caremongers’ during coronavirus crisis

These are scary times for many Canadians, but medical students from coast to coast are hoping to make a difference with a little bit of what they’ve dubbed “caremongering.”

MUN Cancels All on Campus Exams in April

There will be no final exams taking place on campus at MUN in April.

The National Post
Munk Debates – Bryan Caplan: Cut public spending for universities; it’s a waste

How could universities possibly be a waste of time and money, when we see with our own eyes that people who go to college and do well wind up making on average much more money and having much more successful careers? How could this possibly be?

Canada suspends federal student loan payments during COVID-19 crisis

Canadians with federal student loan debt are getting a break on payments and interest over the next six months, as Ottawa ramps up its extraordinary effort to stabilize the Canadian economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

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