How to Organize a CCC: Community COVID Choir

How to Organize a CCC: Community COVID Choir Here’s a community program idea inspired by Europe! Let’s have our communities honour our essential services people. Medical staff, pharmacy, grocery store and food service workers,  police and firefighters, transit and garbage workers, and so many more taking risks out there in our communities to keep us safe. It’s so simple.  (Just keep the rules about physical distancing.) The Goal: Everyone on a street or multi-unit building sings the same songs from porches and balconies. The process: Choose and date and time. Choose a champion!      It can be the library or library board      You can involve the mayor and council      You can co-opt a local celebrity (I’m looking at you Drake!) Choose some songs.  Here are some ideas: It’s a simple task to search for lyrics, music and videos online and share songsheets/lyrics. Some folks will need to her the songs to build confidence and to remember the words. If you live in a faith-based community, there may be some hymns that work. 1.     You Light up My Life (by Debby Boone) Lyrics: https://genius.com/Whitney-houston-you-light-up-my-life-lyrics      You’ll Never Walk ALone (When you walk through a storm) by Rodgers & Hammerstein Gerry & the Pacemakers Lyrics: https://genius.com/Gerry-and-the-pacemakers-youll-never-walk-alone-lyrics or Elvis Presley: 3.     When the Lights Go On Again (all over the world) by Vera Lynn (WW2 Anthem) Lyrics: https://genius.com/Vera-lynn-when-the-lights-go-on-again-lyrics Marketing and Promotion Alert the media. Seek local partnerships / sponsors Develop and website and social media promotion of the event. Technical Tips: Maybe you know someone with a musical instrument? Can you point a loud...

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

COVID-19 Update Government of Canada actions on COVID-19 March 30, 2020 The federal government made a major announcement about the federal COVID-19 response today. In summary: ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Prime Minister announced that the 75% wage subsidy will now apply to all sizes of companies, including charities and non-profits, so long as they have experienced a 30% reduction in revenue. The wage subsidy will cover the first $58,700 of a workers salary, for a maximum of $847/week per worker. It will be backdated to March 15 and will last for three months. There does not appear to be a cap on the total amount of the wage subsidy that each organization can benefit from. ANALYSIS: The eligibility criteria for the Canada Wage Subsidy program was adjusted over the weekend after the federal government received feedback from policy experts and stakeholders. Whereas on Friday the government was saying that this policy would only apply to small and medium sized enterprises, it now applies to any organization that has experienced a 30% decline in revenue. This measure is expected to have a major positive impact on the projected rate of unemployment in the coming months by helping organizations keep staff on their payroll. While the Prime Minister would not give the total price tag for the program, if there is no cap on the total amount of the wage subsidy that each organization can benefit from, this is a staggeringly large expenditure. Ministers Ng and Morneau will provide more technical details tomorrow. The Prime Minister warned of serious consequences for companies who abuse the Canada Wage Subsidy. Because of the scale and urgency of these programs, upfront...

COVID-19 Innovations in Ontario’s Public Libraries

Public Libraries digital initiatives are just the start – websites, ebooks, e-resources, e-learning, and so much more. FOPL and OLA are asking the government to provide e-resources support during this crisis – especially e-book licensing so that our public libraries – which are experiencing 30-40% in increases in e-book lending and long holds queues. I can safely state that local public library digital (web, e-content, & social media) presences are vital parts of the community’s digital life and are often the largest presence locally.  We are essential parts of any emergency response as we have always been for floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, black-outs and more! What is your public library system doing beyond the great work of engaging with your communities on your core portfolio?  Please share in the comments! Ontario-wide, many library CEOs are serving on their local emergency task forces and contributing resources, research, staff volunteers, space, and more to support their communities during this lockdown.  They remain in constant contact with their staff, municipal governments, civil service, and partners.  Here are some examples: Toronto Public Library “First TPL Branch-based Food Bank Opens Yesterday the first of six food banks opened at Albion branch as an alternate service location for existing food bank customers. On the first day of food distribution in a library location, library staff distributed 48 hampers, serving a total of 48 households and 136 individuals, including 43 children and 9 seniors. All staff volunteers onsite are given personal protective equipment, hand sanitizers, and instructions about physical distancing protocols with special cleaning scheduled after each opening. TPL’s efforts support the City’s broader work on...

OpenMediaDesk Links for Francophone and French Immersion Learners

Samara Cull, a Francophone Caucus representative on the FOPL Board has kindly provided these French language links for your francophone users as well as your French immersion students. Thank you Samara! Matières variées Learn Alberta Site de l’Alberta, mais plusieurs concepts pareils dans toutes les matières Logiciel éducatif Plusieurs jeux éducatifs en ligne Diverses matières Divers groupes d’âge Taka T’amuser http://www.takatamuser.com/ Plusieurs jeux éducatifs selon les âges Diverses matières Télé Québec coucou https://coucou.telequebec.tv/jeux Multiples de jeux Émissions en français Allo Prof http://www.alloprof.qc.ca/ Diverses matières Pour parents et élèves (1e à la 12e) Vidéos d’apprentissage Jeux éducatifs Cyberprof pour de l’appui à la maison Radio Canada jeunesse https://ici.radio-canada.ca/jeunesse/prescolaire Multiples de jeux, applications, concours Émissions en français Numératie NetMaths 3e à 11e année site interactif où les élèves peuvent pratiquer des concepts selon les attentes du curriculum selon des domaines be Maternelle à la 12e année Site de la Belgique, mais plusieurs concepts étudié Plusieurs activités interactives à choisir selon le domaine étudié Aquamath 3 Site interactif pour pratiquer les concepts de base en mathématique Site de l’Alberta, mais les mêmes...