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Headlines for May 15, 2020


Global News
Federal aid for post-secondary students

Students who face little hope of landing a summer job can now apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.

The PIE News
Canada: new flexible post-grad work rules

Canada’s government has announced “flexible” post-graduation work permit rules for international students studying at a distance, while individual institutions have introduced millions of dollars in support funds to help students struggling financially as a response to Covid-19.

CTV News
PM to announce extension of wage subsidy, financial aid for medical researchers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today an extension to the federal government’s 75 per cent emergency wage subsidy — just as businesses across the country are taking the first cautious steps towards reopening after a two-month, pandemic-induced shutdown.

Global News
Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau praises McGill University fitness program for veterans

Speaking to reporters outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised McGill University’s Comprehensive Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a free web-based program to improve your physical and mental health currently being offered for free to Canada’s veterans.

Global News
Manitoba post-secondary courses shift to online, but is it the same?

Having to shift so suddenly to an online format has been a challenge for Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions, but they’re now also faced with making such learning an extended endeavor.

Global News
University of Regina to sell president’s residence in cost-cutting effort during pandemic

The residence that has been home to five University of Regina presidents since 1991 is being put up for sale as a cost-saving measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montreal Gazette
Students want Quebec universities to reduce tuition, address mental health

As Quebec universities gear up for a fall session that will take place almost entirely online, some students want their tuition fees reduced on the grounds the quality of teaching won’t be the same.

The Guardian
Checking in: Cape Breton student-developed app could help families get patient information

Before becoming a nursing student, Kelsey Muller recalls the difficulty around trying to reach a nurse for an update on a family member in hospital.

Global News
Continuous online classes at University of Saskatchewan could have wide impact on businesses

With the University of Saskatchewan’s plan to keep classes online into its fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, businesses that rely on students are worried about taking a hit.

‘It’s going to hurt’: CBU’s move to virtual learning fuels concerns for local economy

As Cape Breton University moves to online-only classes this fall because of COVID-19, the university isn’t expected to see its usual influx of international students, which is sparking concerns about what this will mean for the local economy.

Winnipeg Free Press
Some simple math to bind post-secondary cuts

There’s an easy way for Manitoba to avoid reductions at post-secondary institutions and other government-funded agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic: postpone more than $100 million of planned tax and fee cuts this year.

Edmonton Journal
COVID-19: Majority of University of Alberta classes will continue online in the fall

Most University of Alberta students won’t be back in the classrooms and lecture halls in September, its president announced Thursday.

U of C aims to bring 30% of students to campus, Mount Royal may abandon in-person classes

Calgary’s two major universities revealed Thursday what classes might look like in the fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montreal Gazette
Concordia University joins pack with plan for a largely online fall session

Concordia University has joined a growing number of institutes of higher education that have opted to go online for the fall session.

The Kingston Whig Standard
Queen’s, St. Lawrence reveal back-to-school plans

Two of the city’s post-secondary schools have unveiled tentative plans for the fall semester.

Mount Saint Vincent University moves fall classes online

Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax joins a growing list of Canadian universities that will be moving its fall courses online.

“Room to Move” with Tuition at MUN, says President

The newly-appointed President of Memorial University is not shutting the door to possible tuition increases at MUN.

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