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Headlines for March 25, 2020


Global News
UCP denies University of Alberta request for budget flexibility, planned layoffs will go forward despite COVID-19 crisis

University of Alberta president David Turpin said that despite attempts to work with the government to “reach an agreement,” mass layoffs due to the 2020 provincial budget will go forward, amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The Tyee
The Virus Is Causing a Rethink of Big Academic Conferences

Why fly and rent a room when you can Skype and Zoom? Having stuck us at home, COVID-19 is forcing everyone to meet online.

Global News
Coronavirus: McGill University students design 3D-printable masks for health care workers

Students at McGill University in Montreal, Que., are putting their higher education to use toward the greater good, designing new protective equipment for health care workers battling against COVID-19.

Global News
Coronavirus: Saskatchewan Polytech nursing students call for alternatives to clinical placements amid COVID-19 pandemic

Some Saskatchewan Polytechnic students are questioning why their health is being put at risk for the sake of a hands-on learning experience.

The Toronto Star
Medical students running errands for health-care workers and their families

They might not yet be allowed on the front lines of Canada’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, but medical students are still finding ways to pitch in.

CTV News
uOttawa medical students find a new way to support front-line health care workers

Medical Students at the University of Ottawa are volunteering their time, calling on local business and community members to donate unused medical supplies to support front-line health care workers.

Global News
Coronavirus: University of Regina cancels spring convocation amid COVID-19 pandemic

The University of Regina has announced the cancellation of spring convocation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
U of A and NAIT students say new grading systems during COVID-19 pandemic is unfair

Students and faculty members at the University of Alberta (U of A) are demanding the university claw back its recently changed grading system.

Global News
Winnipeg’s microbiology lab playing pivotal role in the fight against COVID-19

When new illnesses, diseases and viruses reach Canada, the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg is the front line for research and testing.

All university and college campuses to shut down after being declared ‘non-essential’ by province

All colleges and universities in northeastern Ontario are closing their campuses after being deemed ‘non-essential’ by the provincial government.

Global News
Coronavirus: Kingston councillors urge schools to open dorms to homeless

A petition created by a Kingston woman is asking local post-secondary institutions to open its dorms to local homeless people.

The Telegram
SMU researchers to study COVID-19’s impact on Canadian workplaces

Saint Mary’s University researchers are going to conduct an in-depth study into the impact COVID-19 is having on Canadian workplaces.

UPEI, Holland College accelerate online teaching in wake of COVID-19

UPEI and Holland College are working to get more classes online so students can continue their education while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MAX 104.9
Grade 12 students worry COVID-19 could cancel school year and derail post-secondary plans

Grade 12 students hoping to graduate this June face a great deal of uncertainty as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montreal Gazette
Coronavirus: McGill international students given 48 hours to vacate residence

At least five international students studying at McGill University were given only 48 hours notice to leave the residence they had been living in by Tuesday after the non-profit organization that runs it did an apparent about-face in its concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

Daily Hive News
U of A students petition pass/fail grades during coronavirus pandemic

Last week, the University of Alberta announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic, all students will receive a credit (CR) or no credit (NC) grade for all Winter 2020 courses in lieu of letter grades.

University students, profs face some difficulties in adjusting to online classes

On a typical Tuesday, Grace Snowdon would have spent her class-free day catching up on homework and cleaning her apartment. As a fourth-year student at Mount Allison University in Sackville, she likely would have gone to campus for a graduation event too.

Kamloops This Week
Courses resume — virtually — at Thompson Rivers University

Courses have resumed at Thompson Rivers University this week in off-campus formats, but some trades have resumed for students that almost have their ticket.

‘We are part of a transformation’ Lakehead University offers land-based learning

Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., is collaborating with Biitigong Nishinaabeg, a First Nation 320 kilometres east of the city, on a land-based, master’s level course.

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