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  • Friday, March 27, 2020 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    March 27, 2020

    We know these are difficult times and there is no doubt that the next while will be challenging for all. As we continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to support you in advocacy efforts to the Government of Canada, sharing helpful resources, amplifying science communication offerings of our members, and connecting our community.

    We will get through this together.

    We aim to provide weekly e-newsletters with links to useful resources to help you and your organization navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and provide updates about what CASC and our members are doing. 

    For up-to-date information on CASC Member COVID-19 Support and COVID-19 development across Canada click here. 


    CONNECTING MEMBERS

    We are listening - connecting CASC members with each other.

    Our office is exploring ways to help CASC members connect with each other for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve heard from numerous members that they’d like CASC to provide access to virtual community discussions so they can connect with peers during this challenging time. CASC is working on launching a variety of scheduled group video chats that will be open to our members. These invitations will go out through our contact list. If you have a colleague who has not yet signed up to our newsletter, please share this link with them so that they will receive the invitation to join the group chat.


    SERVING THE CASC NETWORK

    Advocating for relief funding for our sector and for raising awareness of the critical role our sector can play in science education as many school boards transition to online learning.

    Our Board members have already been ‘making the case’ to key decision-makers at the Federal government level, emphasizing the important role science centres and museums play in the cultural fabric of our communities and their local economy. CASC will be providing a statement and briefing documents to key decision-makers in the coming days and weeks.

    Sharing your online educational content and analyzing collective impact!

    Canadian science centres and science museums are supporting families by offering free online educational content. Our collective impact includes:

    • A reach of over 1.35 million accounts on social media, a number that will surely grow over the upcoming weeks and months.
    • Families tuning in to your live videos and sharing with their networks.
    • Your educational resources getting into the hands of teachers and educators across the country.
    • Your pre-recorded demos and programmed live episodes effectively engaging your audience who miss visiting your centre in person.
    • See the entire list of content CASC members are sharing with the public here! If we've missed something send a note to paquette@casc-accs.com.



    CASC Affiliate members are also stepping up and offering their services to our network. 

    In these challenging times, many companies who serve science centres and museums have offered to support and resources that may be useful to these institutions. Send CASC a note at info@casc-accs.com if you’d like to get your information out to our network.

    If there are additional ways that CASC can support you, please do not hesitate to email us directly at info@casc-accs.com.


    QUESTIONS ABOUT CANADIAN COVID-19 SUPPORT? 

    Economic and financial support

    To learn more about Canada’s actions to help Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, refer to Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

    QUICK LINKS

    Individuals

    Businesses

    Canada Public Health Resources

    #PhysicalDistancingis the new #SocialDistancing! 
    Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other.  Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part. Click here to learn more. 

    Think you might have symptoms? Take the self-assessment test!


  • Friday, March 27, 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    March 25, 2020

    We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We know that the past week has been a whirlwind for all of us.  Here at CASC, we have profound hope in our collective action. Together, we all have a role to play in confronting this global pandemic.

    We've added a page on our website for our members and supporters to help share their COVID-19 related initiatives. Please have a look here. 

    Though much of the content is science engagement programming from our member science centres and museums, we’d also like to share any services you may be providing to address COVID-19 related challenges that our sector may be facing.

    Please send any resources or information to info@casc-accs.com.

    Thank you,

    CASC 


  • Friday, March 27, 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    March 20, 2020

    We know that the past week has been a whirlwind for all of us.

    The closure of schools, science centres and museums, international border restrictions, and new social distancing measures have understandably created challenges and uncertainty. However, these are necessary steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. And, they are only the beginning. 

    Together, we all have a role to play in confronting this global pandemic.

    Here at CASC, we have profound hope in our collective action. Never in the history of the world have we ever seen such clear alignment and demonstration of what we are capable of. 

    Our sector is stepping up.  CASC members are showing leadership in a big way. Our hearts are warmed by the outpouring of support of our sector through:

    • Modelling and promoting effective measures by closing our doors, promoting social distancing, and sharing accurate information from public health authorities. Science Centres and Science Museums are amongst the most trusted sources of information for the public and our audiences rely on us professional science communicators for reliable information, critical in a pandemic crisis. 

    • Supporting families through offering free online educational content for youth and guardians who are now facing home-schooling options. During this difficult time, many CASC members are working tirelessly to provide quality science-at-home activities, kits, videos, and resources to their audiences - free of charge. This is helping parents and guardians ease their concerns and prepare for the uncertain times ahead. We are beginning to catalogue your activities and making them available to the public on our CASC website so that you can be inspired by these resources and share them across communities. Please share your online resources with us at info@casc-accs.com.

    • Being community hubs. Even though the doors are closed, many CASC members are maintaining their community support from continuing planned initiatives like donating 4000 lbs of food to the Sudbury Food Bank to sharing resources to help with anxiety. Our sector cares and every act of kindness and compassion helps build stronger communities.  If there are actions you are taking to serve your community that we might share, please let us know at info@casc-accs.com.

    We also wanted to let you know that CASC is here for you. Our commitment over the coming weeks and months is to:  

    • Advocate for relief funding for our sector, to help staff stay employed and to invest in the online platforms that can help our members inform Canadians. Our sector employs the best professional science communicators across the country and relies on funds generated through programs and ticket sales. Collectively these organizations reach 8 million people across Canada in person each year and reach this audience through 1.35 million accounts on social media, a number that will surely grow over the upcoming weeks and months. Our sharing of accurate, reliable information has a significant impact. The Prime Minister of Canada announced a stimulus package on March 18 of up to $82 billion to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and businesses in Canada, including business support such as tax deferrals and wage subsidy to a maximum of $25,000 per employer, but this support is not enough for our sector. Trudeau was very clear that these measures are not exhaustive and more initiatives will follow. 

    • Advocate for creative science learning solutions that leverage our network of science and innovation engagement leaders. As a ‘new normal’ emerges for youth education over the next few weeks and months, our sector is positioned to play a critical role in a holistic and hands-on approach to science learning. Our members bridge formal and informal science learning environments. Over 90% of our science centres and science museums members have school programs, over 75% offer outreach and community engagement within local and regional communities and we have a strong online presence. How can our sector help and work with school boards to create holistic approaches to experiential science learning?

    • Share helpful resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide more regular e-newsletters with links to useful resources to help you and your organization navigate the pandemic and provide updates about what CASC members are doing. Please see our web page for current listings.

    In a time of global change, CASC is a foundational network that can be leveraged to empower collective action across intergenerational audiences. Thank you for all that you are doing in this challenging time. Together we are stronger.

    If you need any support or have ideas for how CASC can be a resource for you and your organization in the days and weeks ahead, reach out to us at info@casc-accs.com. We hope you take time to care for yourselves, your colleagues, your families, and your loved ones. 

    Sincerely,

    Marianne Mader

    Executive Director, CASC

    mader@casc-accs.com


  • Friday, March 27, 2020 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    CASC 2020 Conference will be Rescheduled

    Canadian Association of Science Centres – Rescheduling 2020 Conference in Ottawa

    Sudbury, ON. March 13, 2020 – The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) 2020 Conference, hosted by Ingenium: Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation in Ottawa, ON from May 27-29, 2020 will be rescheduled.

    This rescheduling is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as several provincial health authorities are recommending to not host gatherings of more than 250 people and new recommendations are being made daily. 

    “The safety of our members and our community are of paramount importance. We do not make this decision to reschedule our conference lightly but believe strongly in responsibly serving the community and this is the best way to do so,” said Tracy Calogheros, CASC Board President and CEO at The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre.

    CASC is developing a conference rescheduling contingency plan to be released soon. Our AGM and CASCADE Awards will continue, however, likely in a virtual format. Dates have not yet been determined but will be released as they are confirmed. Please check our website and our social media channels for updates.

    As leaders of the science conversation, CASC needs to responsibly serve our national network. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause for some but believe that this will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We recommend you keep informed with reliable sources for additional information such as the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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  • Friday, March 27, 2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    March 6, 2020

    Dear CASC-Member Chief Executives:  

    We have heard from many of our members who are working to respond and prepare for the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus disease. As of March 5, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. They will continue to reassess the public health risk as new information becomes available.

    CASC is committed to sharing information to our network to assist with your efforts to provide a safe and healthy environment for your visitors and staff and to help prepare for any potential disruption to your business and operations that may be caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. CASC has created a dedicated coronavirus information page on our website. It includes links to resources to help stay up-to-date, guidance for workplaces, and additional information on COVID-19.

    We would also like to provide links to CASC member preparation plans and statements that are publically available. Please send us a copy of your plans/statements or the weblink to info@casc-accs.org to share with our network. Our colleagues at ASTC have also created an open-access, General Forum where science centres and science museums can share information about the steps they are taking related to COVID-19 and pose questions to other sector professionals. They’ve extended an invitation for all CASC members to use this Forum as well - registration is free. In addition, CASC is forming a COVID-19 Task Force to help monitor the situation and facilitate sharing of information among the CASC network, including preparation plans and lessons learned. 

    CASC is here to serve and assist you in any way we can. If you have any questions, please contact me or Marianne Mader, Executive Director CASC (mader@casc-accs.com), at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Tracy Calogheros

    CASC Board President

    Tracy.Calogheros@theexplorationplace.com


  • Friday, March 06, 2020 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Could gamma-ray exposure give anyone super strength?

    Would superpowers change if our heroes landed on different planets in our solar system?
    Is any of this really possible?!

    H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will explore these questions and more with kid-friendly science during their first family night of the new year. Science of Superheroes, which takes place from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm on February 29th, will feature live demonstrations, a show in the Planetarium Star Theatre, fun superhero crafts and the opportunity to look at the night sky through the Space Centre’s giant telescope (weather permitting).

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  • Friday, March 06, 2020 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is hoping to expand and could be in line for help from the city of Kitchener.

    City staff is recommending a proposal to front the Museum $3 million to buy the neighbouring BMO building on the corner of King Street and Queen Street in Kitchener.

    THEMUSEUM has plans to use the space to add new programing and more teaching space.

    If approved, THEMUSEUM says they will knock down the old bank and create something new.

    “Ultimately we’ll come out with a plan to raze that building, take it down, connect it to our building, and bring something really cool architecturally to the concern of King and Queen Street,” said David Marksell, CEO of THEMUSEUM.

    If the city buys the property THEMUSEUM will have ten years fundraise the money for their expansion plan.

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  • Friday, March 06, 2020 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    WINNIPEG -- The CEO of the Manitoba Museum is retiring after being in the role for more than two decades.

    The museum announced Wednesday Claudette Leclerc will be retiring as of March 31, 2021. Leclerc has been the CEO and executive director of the Manitoba Museum for 23 years. 

    “It has been a tremendous honour to have served the Manitoba Museum alongside an incredible team of museum professionals for more than 20 years, so this was not an easy decision to make,” said Leclerc in a news release. “My passion for, and support of, the Manitoba Museum will never change.”

    The Museum said Leclerc began her career in Manitoba’s arts and culture community in 1984 through leading the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival. She then worked for the Folk Arts Council, before joining the Manitoba Museum in 1998. The Museum said she is its longest-serving CEO and executive director in its 50-year history. 

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  • Friday, March 06, 2020 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For the first time in 20 years, live theatre is back at the TELUS World of Science’s Zeidler Dome.

    Girl in the Machine explores digital dependency and human relationships with the help of a 360-degree visual experience. The Dome’s digital visualization theatre features 10K resolution.

    “It’s a dystopian drama that focuses on a couple and what happens to them when a mysterious black box enters their house,” explained artistic producer and director Brenley Charkow. “[The dome] was the perfect space. The audience can experience exactly what the character is feeling.”

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  • Friday, February 21, 2020 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Wannabe astronauts attending the Telus World of Science Edmonton (TWOS) S.P.A.C.E explorers camp came away inspired after a virtual presentation from the Canadian Space Agency on Tuesday.

    They linked up with Magdalena Wierus, a Project Engineer on the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, for a video conference.

    She spoke to students in Edmonton for 30 minutes from the CSA headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec about the International Space Station and Canada’s contribution to the program.

    Wierus also explored and promoted exciting science and technology careers available beyond being an astronaut.

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