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Headlines for March 9, 2020


Global News
Health minister announces $27M for COVID-19 research

Canada increased its funding for COVID-19 research by $20 million, Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced Friday morning, after concluding that the $7 million it had planned to spend isn’t enough.

A handshake-less convocation and sanitizing stations: How local universities are responding to coronavirus

From additional hand-sanitizing stations to handshake-less convocations, Conestoga College, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are all trying to keep students safe amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The London Free Press
Coronavirus research at Western University gets federal funding

The federal government will be funding two Western University research projects aiming to help better understand and deal with the novel coronavirus.

Global News
Coronavirus: Canadian researchers developing ‘lab in a box’ to diagnose COVID-19

Canadian researchers are developing a “lab-in-a-box” that could make it cheaper and faster to diagnose cases of the novel coronavirus, particularly in remote areas of the world.

Fraser Valley News
UFV Receives Funding UFV To Research Preventive Measures in Spread of COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

The University of the Fraser Valley is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for research aimed at mitigating the spread of contagious diseases like COVID-19, particularly amongst international travelers.

These Quebec professors are trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine

Researchers at two Quebec universities are working together in hopes of developing a new vaccine that could prevent COVID-19 and similar outbreaks.

Ottawa Citizen
Five uOttawa researchers tapped for coronavirus response

Five University of Ottawa researchers with expertise ranging from public health policy to developing genetically engineered antibodies have been tapped to be part of an international effort to find rapid solutions to the novel coronavirus epidemic.

The Toronto Star
U of T scientists working on coronavirus treatment among recipients of Canadian emergency grants

As COVID-19 spreads internationally and at home, Canadian scientists have been given almost $27 million in federal government funding to accelerate research aimed at mitigating the outbreak and its negative impacts.

Edmonton Journal
U of A receives $2 million in grants for researching better detection and improved treatments of coronavirus

Researchers at the University of Alberta are receiving over $2 million for research related to the global coronavirus outbreak as part of a larger commitment by the federal government.

Calgary Herald
U of C researchers take aim at coronavirus as feds boost research funding

University of Calgary researchers will launch a $1.6-million, multi-pronged assault on a novel coronavirus that has arrived in Alberta.

‘An outrage’: Calgary universities suspend study abroad programs in countries experiencing COVID-19

A University of Calgary student studying abroad in Japan says his life has become “panicked” in recent days due to what he feels is a rash decision by the university.

The Globe and Mail
University of Toronto investigation says learning environment at two hospitals ‘favoured men’

A University of Toronto probe of gender-discrimination allegations found “a culture that favoured men” pervaded the emergency departments of two hospitals where it sent medical students for training.

Regina Leader-Post
Concerns raised over U of R’s new Indigenous associate vice-president position

Two local groups are raising concerns over the creation of an associate vice-president (Indigenous) position at the University of Regina, saying the decision is rushed and risks siloing all Indigenous matters into a single department.

More than 70 per cent of Western University students report being sexually harassed

As many as 71 per cent of Western University students reported being sexually harassed in the 2017-18 school year, according to a report recently released by the Council of Ontario Universities.

Every N.S. university to receive bystander training to address sexual violence

Calling out a friend’s harmful behaviour at a bar might be hard, but it’s key to addressing sexual violence, says the creator of a new bystander training program.

Alberta universities, colleges face varied government funding cuts

The University of Alberta, Grande Prairie Regional College and Fort McMurray’s Keyano College face the biggest post-secondary funding cuts next year, government documents show.

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