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Headlines for April 22, 2020


The Toronto Star
Canadian scientists sound alarm over peer-review corners being cut under pressure of COVID-19 pandemic

The novel coronavirus was engineered in a lab using HIV. Stem cells are a potent weapon against the new pandemic. People with blood Type A are more susceptible to COVID-19. None of these “discoveries” has been proven. But all have been widely disseminated.

Pass/fail grades should be the only option during the coronavirus

We want universities to be fair, to not treat anyone arbitrarily or differently from their peers. Accordingly, the conditions of student assessment should be universal.

Ottawa Citizen
Carleton University considers smaller or online classes next fall

Students attending Carleton University next fall may find that large classes are replaced by online courses or other alternatives.

Times Higher Education
Canadian medical research funder scraps new grants in pandemic

After rejection of virtual peer review, federal agency halts new awards, prompting concerns for younger researchers.

Global News
Manitoba government asking Crown corporations, universities for plan to reduce funding

The Manitoba government is asking Crown corporations and other government-funded agencies, including universities, to create a plan to reduce their provincial funding by up to 30 per cent, in order to deal with the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Times Higher Education
Universities must prove their civic value during the Covid-19 crisis

The relationship between higher education and the public has never been more crucial, argues Vahan Agopyan.

The Sault Star
500 expected to tap Algoma U emergency fund

An estimated 500 Algoma University students are expected to need financial help above what governments can offer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
Coronavirus: Western University opens Perth Hall to local front-line health-care workers

Local medical professionals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic now have another place to stay if they’re concerned about bringing the virus home to their loved ones, or if they’re looking for a place to rest between back-to-back shifts.

Calgary Herald
Nursing and health-care aide students’ graduations fast-tracked to join fight against COVID-19

Nursing and health-care aide students who were hours away from finishing their education are graduating early to join the battle against COVID-19 in Alberta.

Global News
Nursing and health-care aide students’ graduations fast-tracked to join fight against COVID-19

University of Lethbridge hockey players are reacting after Monday’s surprise announcement that the school would be eliminating the Pronghorns’ men’s and women’s varsity hockey programs.

Global News
University of Alberta develops virtual clinic to address COVID-19 pandemic

Scientists at the University of Alberta have developed a tool to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTV News
Ontario university students allegedly selling N95 masks for $17 each facing 3M lawsuit

The company behind one of the most valuable medical products during the COVID-19 pandemic is suing an Ontario business claiming false affiliation and price gouging.

Global News
University of Saskatchewan developing 3D-printed masks to supplement N95s

N95 masks — they’re so hot right now. So hot, in fact, that a University of Saskatchewan group is working to supplement the increased demand for the medical-grade respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
Coronavirus: University of Guelph preparing meals for vulnerable residents

The University of Guelph says its chefs are preparing 500 meals a day to help feed the city’s most vulnerable residents during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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