Newscast - Wednesday 20th May 2020
-Nearly 3,400 students received help covering urgent and pressing needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic – from rent to food to health care – thanks to $2.6 million distributed by the university as part of its Student Relief Fund.
Launched in April, the fund was established to provide critical resources to students who find themselves with urgent expenses related to travel, access to technology, health and wellness and other unforeseen circumstances. The fund was generated as part of a fundraising campaign by University Advancement.
-A new Western-led study will investigate how mothers are dealing with stress before, during and after their pregnancies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the short- and long-term effects this moment in human history has on moms and their newborn babies.
Led by Education professor Emma Duerden, the PEARL study – short for PrEgnAncy ResiLience – looks to recruit 200,000 mothers worldwide to participate in the online program. The study will focus on a mother’s mood, ability to think and reason, and how her stress may influence the baby and baby’s health.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-A local chocolatier is using his big heart and bold ideas to go after world hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with London, Ont.
Marc Forrat is the owner and chocolatier of Forrat’s Chocolates.
He recently launched an initiative called Forrat’s Feeds Families, where he makes chocolates, sells them, and uses the money to put together food kits for low-income Londoners.
-Thousands of students, parents, teachers, and administration across London now know that publicly funded schools will not be reopening for the rest of the academic year.
"I'm just not going to risk it," said Premier Doug Ford in regards to opening schools before the summer. "Why chance it for a few weeks? It's just not worth it."
In his daily press conference, Ford said that e-learning will continue and that every student will get a report card.
Ford also announced that overnight camps will be closed for the summer. However, there is a possibility that summer day camps will be allowed to run in July and August.
-Local businesses in London are starting to open their doors today as the first phase of Ontario’s reopening plan gets underway.
Under the first phase, all businesses with their own street entrance are allowed to reopen to the public starting Tuesday.
-As arenas remain closed and seats sit empty, new numbers released last week from Statistics Canada show just how much money Alberta’s economy is missing out on, as major leagues remain shut down due to COVID-19.
ATB Financial released an analysis of the StatsCan numbers which found in 2018 — the most recent year of data — Alberta revenues from spectator sports and other major events like concerts brought in $1.2 billion. That works out to just over 12 per cent of the Canadian total of $9.7 billion.
-NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he's hopeful the decision to close the U.S. and Canadian border to non-essential travel for another month won't "have a material impact" on the league's discussions to restart its season.
-World Health Organization (WHO) member states have agreed to set up an independent inquiry into the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The resolution, approved without objection by the WHO's 194-member annual assembly meeting virtually in Geneva, also allows for the inquiry to look into the health body's own role.
The United States in particular has been highly critical of its response.