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Canadian post-secondary schools cancel in-person classes over COVID-19 fears

Saturday, March 14th 2020, 3:54 pm - Due to the coronavirus outbreak, several of Canada's leading universities and colleges have begun shutting down in-classroom lessons and moving them online

With the growing fears over the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Canada's largest universities and colleges are now cancelling in-person classes and opting to continue the curriculum online.

Among those shutting down Monday, or have closed already, are the University of Toronto, York University, Western University, Carleton University and McMaster University. These schools are moving classes online while many have cancelled all discretionary events.

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Western Unversity in London, Ont., will follow suit and shift classes to online starting next Wednesday, March 18. Meanwhile, all schools and universities across Quebec are suspended for two weeks.

In Nova Scotia, Dalhousie's in-person classes have been closed for a week, while at the University of New Brunswick, in-classroom sessions have ceased for the rest of the academic year.

The news of the college and university closures comes on the heels of the Ontario government shutting down all publicly funded schools across the province for two weeks following March Break due to COVID-19.

In addition to school closures, the CN Tower has shut down due to the pandemic and it won’t reopen until April 14.

Sources: CBC | Globe and Mail

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