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Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

NEWS RELEASE Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan New Investments Prepare Province for Second Wave of COVID-19 September 30, 2020 Office of the Premier Table of Contents Content Quick Facts Additional Resources Related Topics TORONTO ― The Ontario government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province’s health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will enable the province to quickly identify, prevent and respond to surges and waves of the virus to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians.   The full plan was delivered today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “For months, our government has been developing one of the most robust and comprehensive COVID-19 fall preparedness plans in the entire country,” said Premier Ford. “We are making an unprecedented investment of over $2 billion to fortify the frontlines of our health care system and ensure we are prepared for future waves of this virus, while ensuring patients and long-term care residents continue to receive the absolute best care from our top-notch health care professionals and their loved ones.” “Over the past week, we have unveiled key pillars of our fall preparedness plan which sets out specific investments and actions to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians,” said Minister Elliott. “As the number of cases continue to increase, we cannot afford to let our guard down....

CFLA joint communique with CARL –  Canadians Need Unfettered Access To Government Publications In Face Of COVID-19

Dear Members – A joint communique with CARL –  Canadians Need Unfettered Access To Government Publications In Face Of COVID-19 Chers Membres – Un joint communiqué avec ABRC –  Les Canadiens ont besoin d’un accès sans entrave aux publications gouvernementales face à la COVID-19   — Rebecca Raven, Executive Director CFLA – FCAB TO: Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board September 21, 2020 Dear Ministers, Canadians Need Unfettered Access To Government Publications In Face Of COVID-19 The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) are calling on federal and provincial governments to make official publications more accessible to Canadians by assigning a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) to publicly available government information. We see this as a necessary and immediate response to COVID-19 and the appropriate default model for accessing government information. Over the past months, as they faced unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19, Canadians have relied on their governments for information related to the novel coronavirus and its impact. Now more than ever, unfettered access to taxpayer-funded government information is of fundamental importance to a democratic society and to the health of its citizens. Unfortunately, pre-existing barriers and confusion related to Crown copyright have exacerbated the issues associated with accessing government information. For example, onerous and unnecessary permission requests to government departments are subject to extensive delays; existing digital content remains unnecessarily restricted; and questions about the control and dissemination of both print and digital works, as well as data collections, hamper their sharing and...

Registration for the 2021 Forest of Reading Program Now Open!

Register for the Forest of Reading! Problem viewing this email? Click here. Registration for the 2021 Forest of Reading Program Open! Registration is now open for the 2021 Forest of Reading program! The low one-time annual fee allows you to run all 10 Forest of Reading programs with as many readers as you want – whether you have six readers, or 600! Despite these challenging times of new routines, limitations, and role changes in libraries and classrooms, we hope you will find a way to make the Forest a part of your programming this year in some capacity. The Forest is driven and funded by registration fees, and is designed to provide quality online literacy and reading engagement resources that can be used at home, in the classroom or library with registration. REGISTER NOW PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: If you registered for the Forest of Reading last year, you MUST login using your credentials from last year. Username: If you are a returning user, your username is the email address associated with your account. Password: If you have forgotten your password, please click “Forgot your password” to reset your password or you can reset it directly here. Forest of Reading registration is an annual fee and separate from your Ontario Library Association membership. You need to be registered in the current 2021 program year to use the names and logos of the Forest and to gain access to the password website. Important Info When Registering: When making a book set purchase of more than $500: Enter the promo code #500Books to receive free shipping on book purchases of $500 or more When registering multiple branches/schools:...

New Federal Programs Replacing CERB

New Federal Programs Replacing CERB Workers not eligible for EI will be able to access income support through new Recovery Benefits Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19: A Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support. This Benefit would support Canadians who have not returned to work due to COVID-19 or whose income has dropped by at least 50%. These workers must be available and looking for work, and must accept work where it is reasonable to do so; A Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19. This Benefit supports our commitment to ensure all Canadian workers have access to paid sick leave; and,  A Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19 or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine. Canadians will be able to apply for the CRB, CRSB, and CRCB through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for one year up until September...

Requirement to Screen Employees for COVID-19

Requirement to Screen Employees for COVID-19 As of September 25, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to tighten public health measures in response to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19. This amended order requires organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19. The Ministry of Health has provided a COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations) HERE. Read more HERE. COVID-19 Screening...

October is for Celebrating School Libraries!

View this email in your browser October is for Celebrating School Libraries! The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/ La Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA–FCAB) has proclaimed October as Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers and the services they provide to their users. The proclamation emphasizes the essential part that libraries play in democratic access to knowledge and discovery in Canadian communities, including schools. October is also International School Library Month (ISLM), an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide. The 2020 theme for ISLM is “Finding Your Way to Good Health and Well Being”. It is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3, “Good Health and Well Being”. This year the International Association of School Librarianship invites participants to think about and celebrate the link between books, reading, school libraries, good health and well being. Canadian School Library Day is on Monday October 26, 2020 Canadian School Libraries is pleased to proclaim Monday October 26 as Canadian School Library Day / Journée nationale des bibliothèques scolaires canadiennes (CSLD/JNBSC). CSLD celebrates the role of school libraries as part of Canadian Library Month and International School Library Month. CSLD provides an opportunity to celebrate the unique contribution of school libraries to student success and well-being. The theme of CSLD 2020 is A Day in the Library Learning Commons. That day will look quite different this year during the pandemic than it ever has before. School library professionals across the country are rising to the challenge of supporting all learners in inventive new ways. CSLD provides a great opportunity to highlight the unique contribution of the school library and school library professionals....

Quebec announced Monday that libraries will be closed for 28 days in October

Quebec announced Monday that libraries will be closed for 28 days in October, as will restaurants, bars and other parts of cultural backgrounds, to curb the increase in COVID-19 cases in areas where the contamination is taking speed. These temporary closures will start at midnight, Wednesday, in the red areas of Greater Montreal, Quebec and Chaudière-Appalaches. The Association des bibliothèques public du Québec (ABPQ), however, announced on Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with the Legault government to maintain its document loan service. However, readers will not be able to stay on the spot for consultation. Contactless lending allowed in libraries in the red zone https://www.lapresse.ca/covid-19/2020-09-30/le-pret-sans-contact-permis-dans-les-bibliotheques-en-zone-rouge.php...

CFLA-FCAB Supports October as Canadian Library Month

CFLA-FCAB Supports October as Canadian Library Month http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/programs/cdn-library-month/ October is Canadian Library Month! All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more. 2020 Theme: One card, one million possibilities HAMILTON, October 1, 2020 – The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/ La Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques Libraries are an essential part of the democratic access to knowledge and discovery in Canadian communities. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations is pleased to proclaim October as Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers and the services they provide to their users. During this most challenging of years, libraries of all types and sizes have proved themselves more important than ever to the communities they serve. When the pandemic forced the closure of most physical facilities, libraries and library staff across the country quickly pivoted to ensure Canadians were able to access the content and services they depend upon. Initiatives such as expanded availability of online learning and electronic media, development of virtual programming, outreach to isolated community members, and the introduction of curbside pickup allowed users to stay informed, be entertained and access the critical information they required in the quickly evolving environment. Library staff are the vital component of any library to ensure that services and programs are available and relevant to their communities. Libraries rely on their staff to work with the users they support and...