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Headlines for March 27, 2020

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | MAR 27 2020

Ottawa Citizen
Lalonde: COVID-19 – Universities must slow down and consult students about the way forward

Dear university administrations: Picture this. You’re a third-year university student at the tail end of mid-term season, anxiously preparing for finals, when you receive an email completely upending your current plans.

Global News
Brandon University to close campus amid coronavirus pandemic

Brandon University says its campus will be closing down on Friday and staff will work from home as a precautionary measure amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

The Toronto Star
AI scientists are mobilizing to combat coronavirus. Here’s how the provinces are holding them back

Canada’s world-leading community of artificial intelligence scientists is mobilizing to help answer critical COVID-19 research questions, hoping to create predictive tools to flag which patients might become sickest, identifying emerging outbreak hot spots, and hunt for molecules to form the basis of coronavirus-tackling drugs.

The National Post
Researchers balancing scientific rigour with speed to find COVID-19 treatment

Researchers in the race against time to provide a proven treatment for COVID-19 will have to balance speed with scientific rigour, according to global experts.

CBC
How a N.B. university tried to keep a ‘nasty illness’ from spreading in 2006

A “nasty illness” was racing through Mount Allison University in the fall of 2006, as The National’s Peter Mansbridge told viewers on Oct. 13, 2006.

Edmonton Journal
University of Alberta students, faculty and staff ask the province to rethink budget cuts in light of COVID-19 outbreak

Staff and students at the University of Alberta warn the provincial government’s deep education cuts threaten not only to hurt post-secondary education, but to strain the university’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

CTV News
uOttawa cancels in-person spring convocation due to COVID-19

The University of Ottawa has cancelled spring convocation ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBC
Western University cancels spring convocation amid COVID-19 outbreak

Western University has decided to cancel this year’s spring convocation for all of its students.

Windsor Star
Windsor law students receive only pass or fail grade

Law students at the University of Windsor learned this week that they would receive a basic pass or fail grade on all their classes, which were interrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTV News
Research projects on hold as all efforts turn to COVID-19

Thousands of research projects across the city have been put on hold due to COVID-19, including many at Western University.

CBC
N.L. fisheries researcher helping MUN students pay bills during COVID-19 crisis

A Memorial University professor is hiring cash-strapped international graduate students to help her continue fisheries research while the COVID-19 emergency has shut down much of the world.

Global News
Coronavirus: Trent University donates personal protective equipment to Peterborough hospital

Trent University has donated several thousand pieces of personal protective equipment and clothing to Peterborough Regional Health Centre to support frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto Life
“We had 190 volunteers in two days”: How U of T med students are helping healthcare workers with groceries and childcare

I’m a first-year med student at the University of Toronto, and I originally planned to spend spring break in Morocco with a friend. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

Global News
Group of University of Alberta scientists steps up with hand sanitizer

Maintaining social distance while working in a lab to make hand sanitizer is a task a group of University of Alberta scientists didn’t think would be their new reality. That changed earlier this week.

Global News
McMaster and HWDSB donate thousands of supplies to protect health care workers

Thousands of masks, goggles and protective suits sitting idle at McMaster University have been gathered up to be redistributed to healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Hamilton.

CTV News
London research helping to identify potential treatments for COVID-19

Researchers out of London, Ont. are working directly with COVID-19 patients to help identify if there are already existing therapies that could help treat certain cases.

CBC
Medical, nursing students offer to help ‘detective work’ of contact tracing

A small army of students could soon help bolster the province’s efforts to trace a pandemic that’s growing exponentially in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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