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Headlines for March 24, 2020


The PIE News
Canada makes major concession on entry for international students

International students will be exempt from Canada’s travel ban as long as they have a valid study permit or had been approved for a study permit prior to March 18, when the travel restrictions took effect.

St. Catharines Standard
International students face uncertainty on whether they’ll be allowed back into Canada

International students of Canadian universities who are abroad doing research, field work and internships face uncertainty about whether they can return because borders have been closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Some international students left in Canada as borders close around the world

After in-person classes were cancelled at his university in Fredericton, Kurvin Silvio decided to book a flight home to Mauritius.

The Globe and Mail
National Theatre School to give $60,000 in grants to theatre students, emerging artists for online projects during COVID-19 crisis

The National Theatre School of Canada has announced $60,000 in financial help for theatre school students and recent graduates during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Toronto Star
As COVID-19 threat grows, Trudeau seeks unrestricted power to tax and spend

The federal government will table emergency legislation Tuesday to give cabinet ministers broad powers to hike taxes and spend money without Parliament’s approval for more than a year.

The Globe and Mail
Ottawa to fund existing coronavirus research projects

Ottawa will fund existing research projects across Canada to improve the odds of finding vaccines and treatments against COVID-19, as well as invest in future vaccine-production capabilities.

The Toronto Star
Turning on the ‘science tap’ to fight COVID-19

While it is folly to believe turning on scientific discovery is like turning on a tap or flipping a switch, the swift reaction to the current COVID-19 crisis highlight our enormous scientific capacity.

Canadian researchers study drug to reduce COVID-19 complications

Canadian researchers launched a study Monday into the use of a powerful anti-inflammatory drug to reduce the risks of pulmonary complications and death related to the new coronavirus.

Global News
Coronavirus outbreak: COVID-19 vaccine research continues at University of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said that research for a COVID-19 vaccine is continuing at the University of Saskatchewan, and that a vaccine candidate made in February will be tested, letting researchers know in four weeks whether that vaccine works in animal models.

The Guardian
UPEI research team awarded $356,000 to develop faster COVID-19 testing

For six years, Bill Whelan had worked on a project to let farmers quickly test crops and animals for disease without needing to send samples away to a lab and wait for days.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S shutting buildings and closing dorms, cancels convocation

Harleen Aurora would love to fly home to India, but she embraced the news that she can stay at her University of Saskatchewan dorm until the end of April.

Prince George Citizen
Faculty strike left UNBC better prepared for COVID-19

If there’s any silver lining in the forced switch to alternative learning methods for instructors and students at UNBC as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the fact that they’ve been through it before.

The Chronicle Herald
PAUL W. BENNETT: E-learning is arriving by default, not design, in COVID-19 era

Closing of schools, colleges and universities has brought much-needed relief in a dire health emergency, but has left students, teachers and families in uncharted territory.

Windsor Star
University teams up with local businesses to produce more hand sanitizer

A University of Windsor researcher is teaming up with several local businesses in an effort to produce hand sanitizer primarily for local use only.

U of M med students step up to volunteer in fight against COVID-19

Being on the front-lines of a pandemic isn’t where Julian Polimeni imagined he’d be when he signed up for medical school.

U of O lab putting 3D printers to use in fight against COVID-19

An Ottawa lab is heeding the call to help frontline health-care workers by using its 3D printers to manufacture vital personal protective equipment.

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