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The Government of Manitoba has launched the Summer Student Recovery Plan, a $120M wage subsidy initiative that will support high school and postsecondary students employed in the private and non-profit sectors. The program will be open to Manitoba students aged 15-29 from May 1 through September 4th. Employers will have access a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student, and can hire up to five students. “The new wage subsidy program will support our students and connect them to summer jobs that help pay for their studies and also provide the opportunity to gain valuable work experience,” said MB Premier Brian Pallister. MB (MB)

MB launched $120M wage subsidy program to create jobs for high school, postsecondary students Top Ten Tue, 04/28/2020 - 03:37
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McGill University’s Genome Centre has announced that it will share in $20M of funding to support research on sequencing the genomes of people affected by COVID-19. The funds, which are provided by the Canadian government, are part of a larger $40M grant provided to the newly formed Canadian COVID Genomics Network. “The Government of Canada's $40M investment in COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 genomics is a key element of Canada's response to the current outbreak, while also preparing for a possible re-emergence, and laying the foundation to tackle future pandemics,” said Scientific Director of the McGill Genome Centre Professor Mark Lathrop. McGill (QC)

McGill Genome Centre shares in $20M for DNA research related to COVID-19 Top Ten Mon, 04/27/2020 - 03:40
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The federal government has announced a $9B aid package for qualifying students to help them financially weather the next few months. The benefit will pay students a minimum of $1,250 per month from May-August. Students who earn up to $1K per month will still be eligible for the benefit and will be able to volunteer in critical service sectors and receive additional funds. The government has also pledged to invest an additional $75M in the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, Métis Education Strategy, and Inuit Education Strategy and as well as a further $291M through the Canada Granting Agency for student researcher extensions. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations have released a statement indicating that they are “pleased” with the student aid package. The Canadian Federation of Students questioned why students are not receiving the same amount of money as those that qualify for the CERB benefit and noted that international students are left out of this benefit package. National Post | CASA | ACAE | CFS | FCÉÉ  | APTN (National)

Federal government announces $9B aid package for students Top Ten Fri, 04/24/2020 - 03:43
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NorQuest College has announced that the permanent closure of their physical campuses in Whitecourt and Drayton Valley as of August 30th and move to an online delivery model. In a statement, NorQuest explains that the decision was based on the success of online delivery models during the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost savings that will be achieved through the move. “As we temporarily launched all programs to the online model due to the pandemic, it became clear that we can still deliver an exceptional student experience in a more efficient way,” said NorQuest Interim President Joan Hertz. “We appreciate the support of the communities in the region and look forward to continuing to deliver workforce-ready training, but in a new way.” NorQuest noted that their campuses in Wetaskiwin and Edmonton will continue to deliver programming as planned. NorQuest (AB)

NorQuest to close Whitecourt, Drayton Valley campuses permanently, move to online delivery Top Ten Thu, 04/23/2020 - 03:42
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The University of Toronto has announced that the 31 research projects that will be supported through a $8.4M Toronto COVID-19 Action Fund. The fund will support projects ranging from medical interventions to measures aimed at supporting the economy and vulnerable populations. “COVID-19 presents an array of unprecedented global problems that require urgent attention and expertise from experts in a wide variety of disciplines – from medical specialists and public health researchers to economists, social scientists and mathematicians,” said U of T vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives Vivek Goel. “We are confident these projects will each, in their own way, make important contributions to the global fight against this pandemic.” U of T (ON)

UofT supports 31 COVID-19 research projects through $8.4M Action Fund Top Ten Wed, 04/22/2020 - 03:42
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The Government of Manitoba has asked universities to prepare budget cut scenarios to help the province survive the financial fallout from COVID-19. MB universities were given a deadline of Tuesday to prepare scenarios for budget cuts of 10%, 20%, and 30% over the next four months. Cuts may include reducing workforces or other expenditures. Unions representing university professors and instructors are decrying the proposed cuts, arguing that even short-term reductions will prevent schools from meeting students’ needs. "These institutions take decades to build,” said Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations President Scott Forbes. “Once you fire a bunch of people, it will take decades to rebuild that capacity.” CBC (MB)

MB asks universities to prepare budget cut scenarios Top Ten Tue, 04/21/2020 - 03:38
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The Government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a mental health counselling and referral service for postsecondary students. The 24/7 service provides students who are dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, and relationship issues with confidential, free, single-session service by app, phone, or online chat. “Students advocated for years to fill the gap in available mental-health counselling services in British Columbia,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training Melanie Mark. “With the advent of COVID-19 and the increased stress it puts on students, we doubled down to get students the supports they so desperately need.” CBC reports that BC is spending $1.5M per year on the service. BC | CBC (BC)

BC launches Here2Talk for postsecondary students Top Ten Mon, 04/20/2020 - 03:42
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Instructors at Lethbridge College are using videos to allow students in the Early Childhood Education program to complete their practicum placements. ECE instructors have drawn upon Videatives, a video system that shows children at play and working with educators, to provide students with the provincial requirements that will allow them to graduate on time. “Students watch the videos to identify where they see development happening with the children,” says Lethbridge ECE program chair Cheryl Hatten. “We believed we could expand its use to fill in the gaps for those who were still missing practicum hours and it’s actually worked quite well.” Although students say that the videos cannot replace one-on-one time with children, some acknowledged that the technology enables them to see things they would not be able to observe, or observe as clearly, in person. Lethbridge (AB)

Lethbridge ECE instructors use videos to help students complete practicums Top Ten Fri, 04/17/2020 - 03:39
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Canadian researchers across the country have partnered to launch a rapid-response network to facilitate the nation’s COVID-19 research effort. CanCOVID will expedite communications and collaborations between the scientific, health care, and policy communities during the pandemic, making it easier for researchers to find each other, share what they know, and vet research results. “The scale of the COVID-19 challenge demands agile, transdisciplinary leadership,” said Health Canada Science Advisor Cara Tannenbaum. “If ever the science community was going to step up for the government and achieve something of significance for Canadians, this is the moment.” CanCOVID | Western (National)

Feds launch CanCOVID to connect health-care professional, researchers, policymakers Top Ten Thu, 04/16/2020 - 03:42
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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has launched the College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19. The goal of the program is to accelerate the transfer of applied research on topics of immediate relevance to the COVID-19 outbreak from colleges and polytechnics to local community organizations and partners. Successful applications will garner up to $75K per project for up to one year. Applications will be accepted until June 1st, pending availability of funds. NSERC (National)

NSERC launches College and Community Innovation Program for COVID-19 research Top Ten Wed, 04/15/2020 - 03:39

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