Counsel: COVID-19 Update Government of Canada actions on COVID-19

COVID-19 Update Government of Canada actions on COVID-19 March 31, 2020 Today the federal government provided details on their efforts to secure vital equipment and supplies required to combat COVID-19. Note that details on the expanded Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, which we had hoped to obtain today, will now be announced tomorrow morning. ANNOUNCEMENTS The government is making a $2 billion dollar investment in the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including gowns, masks, ventilators, test kits, swabs, and hand sanitizer. This investment will also support bulk purchases by the provinces and territories. In particular: The government has ordered 1,570 ventilators from companies in Canada and around the world and is trying to secure an additional 4,000 units; The government has purchased 157 million surgical masks and 60 million N95 masks are expected to arrive this week; and Over one million COVID-19 test kits have been ordered. As supplies are obtained, they will be distributed to health care workers across Canada on a priority basis as determined by medical officials. These supplies are in high demand by health systems throughout the world as they prepare for a surge of hospitalizations related to COVID-19. The government is working with Canadian embassies internationally to expedite the shipment process, and is expecting deliveries in the coming days. This will buy the government time to mobilize domestic industry, as it could take a few weeks for equipment to arrive from Canadian manufacturers. In the last week the government has spoken to nearly 3000 companies who reached out to offer help, including: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Magna, General Motors, Ford, Linamar, Shell, Suncor, Alibaba Group, and...

On Long Island, Oceanside Library “now hosts six to 10 online programs per day, including story times, lectures, exercise classes, teen readings, book chats, book discussions, poetry readings, TED talk discussions and more.

On Long Island, Oceanside Library “now hosts six to 10 online programs per day, including story times, lectures, exercise classes, teen readings, book chats, book discussions, poetry readings, TED talk discussions and more.   “We reached out to several of our key partners right away,” said Ocaria DiMango, the library’s adult program coordinator. “Molloy College’s Center for Mental Health and Wellness did a program on how to cope with the stress of this crisis, and Dr. Ronan of Baldwin Harbor Pediatrics did a lecture on how this affects children, and how to keep them healthy. Both of them regularly do programs for us when we are open.” DiMango said that the library has partnered with some of its regular programmers to provide online content, including their yoga, meditation and art presenters, and that more lectures and programs are upcoming.”...

Using Idle Library Tech to Fight COVID-19

Using Idle Library Tech to Fight COVID-19 https://the-digital librarian.com/2020/03/30/using-idle-library-tech-to-fight-covid-19/ “Closings and service reductions have left some libraries with an array of technology that currently sits idle. Rather than let this equipment gather dust, why not add it to the fight against the Coronavirus? Below are two ways your library may be able to help.” Add Your Computers’ Processing Power to the Search for Treatments 3D Print Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  ...

BWSS’ (Battered Women’s Support Services) Crisis Line during COVID 19

Safety Changes Everything. View this email in your browser Why Safety?    Our Work    Get Help    Ending Violence Blog    Take Action    Donate Updates from BWSS’ Crisis Line during COVID 19 We are getting calls Since we have escalated our efforts to reach out to women, our crisis lines have been ringing non-stop, calls have increased by 300 percent! Who do we hear from? Women out of abusive relationships Women currently in abusive relationships Concerned neighbours Concerned coworkers Children and youth who are concerned about their mother and themselves and their siblings Support through texting We know it may not always be safe to call. If you’re unable to speak safely, text 604-652-1867 for support and/or information. Violence is about Power and Control When survivors are forced to stay home or in close proximity to their abusive partner more frequently, abusers can use any tool to exert control, including health concerns such as COVID-19. We will continue to answers calls and support women with finding a safe place, navigating through legal hoops, providing emotional support, and creating a safety plan. If you or you know someone who can use our services, Call 604-687-1867 or toll-free at 1-855-687-1868 Email us at intake@bwss.org Text 604-652-1867 Thank you for your financial donations We are in a unique and uncomfortable position. Our calls have increased by 300% than regular times, and we cannot let women down. We rely heavily on donors and shoppers at our two My Sister’s Closet stores. However, due to inevitable health and safety concerns, we had to temporarily shut our doors which shuts down a third of our sources of funding. At this time, we need financial support to: Increase staffing to...