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New Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Provides Relief to Ontario Employers

New Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Provides Relief to Ontario Employers   Friday, June 5, 2020 By Barry W. Kwasniewski and Luis R. Chacin The Ontario government filed Regulation 228/20, Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (the “Regulation”) under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), on May 29, 2020, providing an unpaid job-protected Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to non-unionized employees whose employers have temporarily reduced or eliminated their hours of work. The Regulation provides employers, including charities and not-for-profits (“NFPs”), with temporary relief from the ESA’s provisions regarding termination, severance and constructive dismissal for non-unionized employees, including “assignment employees.” This temporary relief is retroactive to March 1, 2020 and will expire six (6) weeks after the declared emergency ends. Click here to read the full text of the Bulletin from Carters. To discuss how this may impact your charity or not-for-profit, call toll-free at 1-877-942-0001...

OMA Ontario Museum Association: Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner’s Guide to Inclusive Museums

OMA Statement “Institutions need to acknowledge the power structures that exist throughout their organizations. Acknowledgement is a difficult but necessary step towards making the changes that will help to dismantle exclusionary practices and power structures. By reckoning with their own legacies of oppression, museums have the potential to positively disrupt dominant social narratives and spark discussion on issues of access, diversity, inclusion and equity – extending their impact far beyond their physical space. As institutions realize their potential reach, the moral imperative of embodying diversity and inclusion becomes all the more clear. That is, as leaders making a positive impact on the lives of communities and individuals, museums have the power to create empathy, foster dialogue and cross-cultural learning, reduce social and economic barriers that negatively affect well-being, promote understanding and respect, and meet local needs in a way that builds stronger communities.” Inclusion 2025 Need to Know Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner’s Guide to Inclusive Museums Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner’s Guide to Inclusive Museums is one of many components of the Museum Accessibility, Inclusion and Engagement Collaborative (MAIEC) project that was launched in December of 2015 by the OMA, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). The MAIEC project is our response to the challenge we posed to the broader museum community in the 2016 Conference, and a recognition of the needs we face as a sector to do better, and continue doing better, in truly being inclusive to the communities we serve. Read the full guide and...

Legal Information vs Legal Advice

Legal Information vs Legal Advice https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/legal-information-vs-legal-advice.html “Sara Pic, Head of Public Services for the Law Library of Louisiana describes the critical distinction between library staff offering patrons legal information and crossing the legal and ethical line into offering legal advice. Watch this video to learn more about the difference between offering legal information and legal advice. For more on WebJunction and Legal Services Corporation’s training initiative Improving Access to Civil Legal through Public...

Report Finds Massive Drop in Canadians’ Willingness to Disclose Personal Information for Free Online Services

“Report Finds Massive Drop in Canadians’ Willingness to Disclose Personal Information for Free Online Services” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2020/06/05/digital-privacy-report-finds-massive-drop-in-canadians-willingness-to-disclose-personal-information-for-free-online-services/ “From the Canadian Internet  Registration Authority (CIRA): The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) [recently 5/28] released its 2020 Canadians Deserve a Better Internet Report, which provides an overview of Canadians’ views on key digital and internet policy issues. The report will help inform policy discussions ahead of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum, which has been rescheduled to November 24th and 25th due to COVID-19. Overall, the report shows Canadians growing anxiety about cybersecurity-related issues, including a significant drop in their willingness to disclose personal information for better content and services online. In 2019, 72 per cent of Canadians said they were willing to disclose some or a little personal information in exchange for valuable content or service. Only one year later, with the exception of online banking services, the vast majority of Canadians say they are unwilling to share their personal data in exchange for better online services. Key Findings from Canadian Internet Users: With the exception of online banking services (52%), most Canadians indicate that they are unwilling to share their personal data in exchange for better products and services: 26 per cent for better video streaming services, 23 per cent for social media websites, 6 per cent for digital advertising 15 per cent for internet-connected devices like baby monitors. 83 per cent believe it is important that government data, including the personal information of Canadians, be stored and transmitted in Canada only. 7-in-10 are concerned about potential cybersecurity risks from foreign-owned network technologies like Huawei Technologies. 74 per...

Coronavirus Print & Social Media Resources to help #StopTheSpread.

Coronavirus Print & Social Media Resources to help #StopTheSpread. https://about.canva.com/coronavirus-awareness-collection/ Canva Templates The impact of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is being felt around the world. We believe we are better when we work together. It’s important for us all to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our local and global communities safe and supported. Feel free to use our new collection of templates to help #StopTheSpread. Posters – Stop the Spread Instagram Story – Stop the Spread Social Posts – Stop the Spread Facebook Posts – Stop the Spread Social Posts – Accurate Information If you would like to share accurate information from the World Health Organization and spread messages of support to your community, here are some resources that can help during this time of uncertainty. Posters – Accurate Information Explore More Templates...

Ontario Government Survey: Economic impacts of COVID-19: DEADLINE August 31, 2020

The Ontario Ministry of Finance has launched a survey gathering input on the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are targeting this brief survey quite broadly to all sectors and the general public, and there is not an option for FOPL to provide a written submission. That being said, it is worth considering whether you (library CEOs/Board Chairs) can consider completing the survey on behalf of your library – particularly if we can provide clear/simple/universal asks for government action in terms of relief – ie. providing fiscal support to municipalities to prevent cuts to frontline public library services and staff. FOPL encourages our public library boards and CEOs/Management to complete this survey about the economic impacts that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having on your business and your community. We suggest that you tell the story of the socio-economic impacts on your communities with your library’s support for the educational, economic, employment, equity, anti-poverty, social isolation, programing and so much more.  Be factual and represent the needs of public libraries in this survey. THE SURVEY CLOSES AUGUST 31st.  However, we believe that they will be reviewing the results before then on a regular basis so try to respond asap. Here’s what you’ll see when you follow the link so you can review and plan ahead. Economic impacts of COVID-19 We want to hear about the economic impacts that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having on your business and your community. Your feedback will help us develop a plan for economic recovery. MINISTRY OF FINANCE Status: Open Deadline: August 31, 2020 https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-economic-impacts-covid-19 “Survey: Economic impacts of COVID-19 We want to hear about...

OLA Super Conference 2021 Update

Super Conference 2021 Update “For 26 years, the OLA Super Conference has brought together the best elements of the library community. It has given us space to share, to dream, to hunker down and get things done, and to spring forward into future opportunities. Many of you have asked about OLA Super Conference 2021. The one thing we can say for sure is that it is happening and it will be great thanks to our planning team and the session proposals we have reviewed to date. What will your conference look like? This is a work in progress and we have to be creative and entrepreneurial. We don’t know when libraries will re-open, we don’t know when travel will resume, we don’t know when social distancing measures will be lifted. What we do know is that the library sector is a resilient one, and that we always find a way to connect, to share, to build, and to grow with one another. Now, more than ever, is the time that libraries need to learn from one another. We had already planned for increased virtual elements in the 2021 conference and are looking at how we can showcase and engage exhibitors and library suppliers, as we know this has already been happening in the library world with events like the recent School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog. What we know for sure, now, is that the virtual experience is going to be a significant part of what we are able to deliver to conference-goers in January 2021. OLA is exploring the potential of in-person gatherings with our partners, and will...

OLA’s Forest of Reading Announcement: The Kid and Teen Committee Summer Reading Lists

See which books kids should read this summer! Problem viewing this email? Click here. Here are the 2020 Kid and Teen Committee Summer Reading Lists! We are excited to announce this year’s summer reading lists as chosen by our Kid Committee (Silver Birch and Red Maple) and our Teen Committee (White Pine). Ten readers from Grades 9 to 12 met on Friday, May 22 virtually to recommend the books for the Teen Committee List. And nineteen readers from Grades 3 to 8 met on Friday, May 29 virtually to recommend the books that readers should  read this summer for Silver Birch and Red Maple. Silver Birch Download the 2020 Kid Committee Summer Reading List for Silver Birch and the Printable Poster Red Maple Download the 2020 Kid Committee Summer Reading List for Red Maple and the Printable Poster White Pine Download the 2020 Teen Committee Reading List and the Printable Poster Happy Summer Reading! From the Folks at the Forest of Reading   forest@accessola.com    |  416.363.3388    OLA members, Forest of Reading registrants, and past Festival attendees receive emails from the Forest of Reading. To unsubscribe from all Forest of Reading and Ontario Library Association, click...