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Headlines for March 23, 2020


Travel exemptions offered to students, foreign workers as Canada closes border to stop COVID-19

Canada has shut the border to all non-essential travellers, but there will be exceptions for some foreign nationals coming to Canada to work, study or live permanently.

Global News
Coronavirus: University of Alberta confirms first positive case

The University of Alberta has confirmed one of its students has tested positive for COVID-19.

London Free Press
Western University student tests positive for COVID-19

A Western University student is in self-isolation in residence after testing positive for COVID-19, the university said Friday evening.

Global News
University of Calgary asks staff to work from home as 2 more cases of COVID-19 confirmed

The University of Calgary is asking its staff and faculty to work from home starting Sunday after two people at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

Global News
Coronavirus: 36 Canadian Mennonite University students, 8 staff trapped in Guatemala

Thirty-six students and eight staff members from Winnipeg’s Canadian Mennonite University are stranded in Guatemala.

Global News
Coronavirus: 36 Canadian Mennonite University students, 8 staff trapped in Guatemala

Thirty-six students and eight staff members from Winnipeg’s Canadian Mennonite University are stranded in Guatemala.

Ottawa Citizen
Benoit: Learning outside the classroom is challenging institutions and students alike

This education crisis is a ripple effect of the coronavirus. Can institutions achieve an accelerated transition to online learning and save the year without diminishing education quality?

Global News
Post-secondary institutions in Alberta urge students to vacate residences over COVID-19 outbreak

The University of Alberta in Edmonton has taken drastic new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Calgary Herald
Virtual classes keep university courses rolling, students connected amid COVID-19 cancellations

Calgary’s post-secondary institutions have begun adjusting to new operational methods, as they transferred classes online last week to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Calgary Herald
COVID-19: University of Calgary allowing students to accept or opt out of letter grades

University of Calgary students will be given the choice to either accept their final grades or opt out of receiving a letter grade altogether because of the unprecedented circumstances of an entirely online end to the semester.

CTV News
Spring term to be delivered online as University of Waterloo deals with COVID-19

The University of Waterloo will deliver its spring term online in response to COVID-19.

Global News
University of Alberta med students offer child care to doctors amid coronavirus pandemic

More than 100 University of Alberta medical students are offering volunteer child care to physicians and other front-line health-care workers as a way to keep them on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Brandon Sun
Brandon University postpones spring convocation

Brandon University has officially postponed its spring convocation ceremony, the institution announced Friday afternoon.

The Chronicle Herald
Cape Breton University moves classes online, cancels convocation to deal with COVID-19

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has really tested Cape Breton University’s motto of perseverance will triumph, its president says.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
COVID-19: International students separated from family, U of S says dorms staying open

As fears about the COVID-19 pandemic mounted this month, University of Saskatchewan international student Nicole Israel called her dad in Colombia to ask what she should do.

Laurentian University raises $80K for student emergency support

Laurentian University has raised over $80,000 in emergency funds for its students.

Prince George Citizen
UNBC students adjust to online learning

After one last-blast farewell party the previous night at the UNBC student residence, Ty Cloarec said goodbye to some of his university friends as they loaded up their belongings in the parking lot Saturday morning.

‘I never had a fever’: McGill student recovering from COVID-19 describes her ordeal

A McGill University student who is recovering from a COVID-19 infection has a message for anyone tempted to take the novel coronavirus lightly: listen to directives to limit contact with others.

CTV News
Canadian scientists fight coronavirus pandemic on dozens of fronts

Public health officials across Canada and around the world are working flat out to test as many people as possible for the novel coronavirus.

Post-secondary funding protest moves online amidst COVID-19 concerns

As health experts urge people to self-isolate and avoid large crowds, some Saskatchewan activists are avoiding in-person protests and demonstrations because of the public health risk.

Global News
UBC study to look at how people cope with coronavirus outbreak

Nancy Sin is a health psychologist at the University of British Columbia, so she understands a lot about what many of us are feeling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTV News
Canadian researchers look to previous outbreaks in search of COVID-19 treatment

From the prairies to Quebec, researchers across Canada are working diligently to find a cure — or at least a treatment — to fight the spread of the new novel coronavirus.

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