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  • Friday, May 22, 2020 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CASC continues to advocate for the science centre and science museum sector. We are committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date information to help organizations navigate this difficult time.


    CANADIAN COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

    > Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. 

    • The $500 million Emergency Support Fund is an additional temporary relief measure created to help alleviate the financial pressures of cultural, heritage and sport organizations facing significant losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • The Fund will help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been negatively impacted.

    Learn more.

      > Government extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

      Business affected by COVID-19, may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020. More information about the announced CEWS extension to August 29. 

        Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) COVID-19: $962 million additional support fund now available to businesses and communities affected by the pandemic. 

        The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that the RRRF is now accepting applications from businesses and communities. It is specifically targeted toward those that may require additional help to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic but have been unable to access existing support measures

        The funding will be allocated as follows:

        The funding announced is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which commits more than $149 billion to support Canadians and businesses through this difficult time. 

        > Emergency Community Support Fund The Government of Canada has invested $350 million to improve the ability of community organizations to serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. As of May 19, 2020 community-based organizations from across the country will be able to apply for funding to support a variety of activities that address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19.

        > Opening of program to protect jobs and help business The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced yesterday that application documents and updated criteria for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses are now available, and that the program will be opened for applications beginning on May 25.

        > Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Details on support for individuals and businesses.

        > Travel and Tourism Updates

        • The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) continues to monitor and provide daily updates on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, including the steps government is taking to address the situation. Please find the latest updates on official announcements and a recap of TIAC’s advocacy work on behalf of Canada’s Tourism Sector here.

        TOOLKITS TO SUPPORT RE-OPENING

        COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit Tourism HR Canada have launched a new Recovery Toolkit initiative for the Canadian tourism sector. Please find more information visit tourismrecovery.ca and relancetourisme.ca.

        Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) Reopening Toolkit This toolkit prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network is designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of operators, staff, customers and the general public is at the forefront.

        Looking Ahead – COVID-19 Recovery Several provinces have begun announcing plans for reopening economies. Timelines and actions vary. See a listing of links for Canadian provinces on our COVID-19: CASC Member Support website page.

        Guidelines to Reopening For organizations looking for information on how to prepare to safely reopen their operations in the coming weeks, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of bilingual guidelines available to businesses regarding COVID-19.


        CONNECTING OUR MEMBERS

        > 2020 Virtual CASCADE Awards - Register by May 25, 2020

        On Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 7 PM ET, join us online with colleagues, friends and family for our 2020 CASCADE Award.

        View the 2020 CASCADE Award Finalists.

        Here's the program!

        • Intro from the Master of Ceremonies

        • Welcome remarks from CASC 

        • Greetings from Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada

        • Encouragement and Inspiration from Col. Chris Hadfield

        • Remarks from Dr. Alejandro Adem, NSERC President

        • 2020 CASCADE Awards Ceremony

        • LIVE: Ask Me Anything (AMA) Sessions

        • Last words from the Master of Ceremonies

        • Stay online for a LIVE musical performance by award-winning artist Paul Lamb (The 2019 CASCADE Awards Banquet musical guest.)


        SIX engaging Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions to choose from!  

        • Ethics of AI 

        • Future of Medicine 

        • Meet an Animal Ambassador 

        • Science of Going Viral (Online) 

        • What's Next for Space Exploration? 

        • Freestyle Socials: A silly debate for serious problems. 

        Learn more about the AMA sessions here.

        FREE for All CASC Members!

        A promo CODE to register has been shared with you by your organization's CASC Membership Bundle Administrator*. If you haven't received a code, send an email to info@casc-accs.com. See listing of CASC members here.

        *Honorary Members who have not received a code please contact Tina at leduc@casc-accs.com

        Registration for non-members and the public: $20

        REGISTER NOW!


        > Video Discussion Groups

        Topic: Sharing Summer Camp Strategies

        Friday, May 22, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (Canada)

        CASC member organizations are exploring how they will move forward with the reopening of their institutions. 

        • Has your institution made a decision on how they will plan for Summer Camps? 

        • What are some of the reopening strategies you are hearing about? 

        Chat schedule update: We are moving to BI-WEEKLY Chats! This Chat will replace the usual Friday Supporting Teachers/School Closures Chat.  Open to all CASC members. Contact info@casc-accs.com if  you would like to be included in the invitation list. 

        Topic: Part II Reopening Plans - Focus on Engaging Visitors without Interactives

        Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (Canada)

        An opportunity for Senior Leaders and Executive Team members from CASC Science Centre and Museum members to share 1-2 of best ideas to engage visitors without interactives. The goal: Take-away - a compiled document of concrete ideas shared by members. An invitation will be sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

        Topic: CASC CEO Discussion 

        Friday, June 5, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (Canada) 

        CASC will continue coordinating a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors to address advocacy efforts, re-opening issues, long-term plans, etc. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact mader@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

        As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at info@casc-accs.com if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.


        NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

        > CASC Members are supporting families and educators

        > Engaging the public while respecting physical distancing Science centres and science museums are finding new ways to engage the public in person as re-opening strategies emerge across our country. 

          ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS & FRIENDS

          WEBINAR: Reopening Canada: Planning for the Post-Pandemic Recovery Join Canadian Club Toronto May 21, 2020 12:00 pm

          Dr. Isaac Bogoch (UHN), Jennifer Keesmaat (Keesmaat Group), Jean McClellan (PwC) and Angus McOuat (McKinsey) will discuss the challenges and opportunities in opening up post COVID-19, continuing to manage the risks, and what parts of our lives will need to be re-imagined as we integrate back into society.


          Call for Panel Proposals for the Canadian Science Policy 2020 Conference. CSPC 2020 will be held virtually through the week of November 16 - 20, 2020.

          NEW PANEL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 12, 2020

            FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

            > Canada Post Community Foundation The mission of the Canada Post Community Foundation is to make a positive impact on the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs, or local initiatives that benefit children. Applications must be submitted by May 28, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to review the funding guidelines and apply online.

            > NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant Extended deadline June 15, 2020. The NSERC “Latest News” page lists all the NSERC grant deadlines that have been extended.

            > Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Streams Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is a federally funded investment program that helps build digital capacity in Canadian museums and heritage organizations. Funding is available for modest to ambitious bilingual online products with interpreted content and an engaging user experience. Examples of products include virtual exhibits, virtual tours, web-based games, web applications, educational resources, and more. The call for proposals for all 3 investment streams will open on June 17.


            USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES

            Future Skills Centre and OTEC announce rapid response project for hard-hit tourism and hospitality workers. Through the platform, displaced workers will access information about COVID-related government benefits, training, certifications, tourism and hospitality job opportunities, and options to work in jobs in related industries.

            Smithsonian offers DIY exhibit: Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World This free, print-on-demand exhibit consists of graphic panels, interactive media, and files for printing 3-D viruses. It can be adapted to a variety of venues, including community centers, libraries, coffee shops, hospitals, transit hubs, museums, and science centers.


          • Thursday, May 07, 2020 6:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

            May 7, 2020

            CASC continues to advocate for the science centre and science museum sector. We are committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date information to help organizations navigate this difficult time.

            Next Tuesday there will be an opportunity for Senior Leaders and Executive Team Members of CASC Full Members to share their reopening plans and considerations with each other. More information on the Zoom meeting will be sent via email. 


            CANADIAN COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

            Looking Ahead – COVID-19 Recovery

            Several provinces have begun announcing plans for reopening economies. Timelines and actions vary, but can provide CASC members with information on what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months. CASC will continue to add links to provincial recovery plans as they become available: 

            > Guidelines to reopening

            For organizations looking for information on how to prepare to safely reopen their operations in the coming weeks, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of bilingual guidelines available to businesses regarding COVID-19.

            > Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Details on support for individuals and businesses.


            CONNECTING MEMBERS

            2020 CASCADE Awards - Online With Friends and Colleagues!

            Though we cannot be together in person this year, we're looking forward to celebrating the outstanding people, programs and exhibits from across the CASC network with you virtually.

            More details on the virtual event will be shared across our social media platforms and event e-blasts.

            View the 2020 CASCADE Award Finalists.



            > CASC AGM Postponed

            The annual CASC AGM, which normally takes place at our annual conference, will be postponed until a later date in 2020.

            CASC COVID-19 NEWS LETTER UPDATE

            We will start sending out our CASC COVID Newsletter out every 2 weeks going forward. The next newsletter will be sent on May 21, 2020.

            Video Discussion Groups

            Topic: Reopening Plans Discussion

            Tuesday, May 12, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (Canada)

            An opportunity for Senior Leaders and Executive Team Members of CASC Full Members to share their reopening plans and considerations with each other. An invitation will be sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

            Topic: Webb-inar for Science Communicators

            Friday, May 8, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (Canada)

            Set to launch in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope is the most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Canada has contributed a scientific instrument and a guidance sensor. Canadian scientists will take part in its exciting science mission that promises to change our understanding of the universe. Join the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to learn more about this mission, Canada’s contribution, and ways to engage your audience in this exciting space adventure! Presented by Jean Dupuis, program scientist for Webb at the Canadien Space Agency

            This Webb-inar will replace the Friday, May 8th Supporting Teachers/School Closures Chat.  An email invitation was sent to all CASC member staff working in programs, education, outreach, camps and childcare. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

            Topic: CEO Discussion Forum

            Friday, May 8, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (Canada) 

            CASC will continue coordinating a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

            As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at info@casc-accs.com if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.


            NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

            > CASC Members Helping to Plank the Curve

            We want to acknowledge and thank CASC members who are supporting health care providers face this global pandemic. 

            Ontario Science Centre: Staff create a beautiful video montage to thank front line workers.

            > CASC Members are supporting families and educators.

            The "Science at Home" page on the CASC website is updated on a regular basis so that CASC members can see what each other are doing.

            Entomica Insectarium: MEET A BUG, FEED A BUG, MAKE A BUG - a new Friday series on Facebook !

            Manitoba Children's Museum: Get a Daily Dose of Play. Check out their May schedule for weekly themes and curated activities that are designed to help you engage your whole family from the comfort and safety of your home.

            The Museum of Natural Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan: Staff from the museum and the Science Outreach team from the College of Arts and Science delivered 700 educational science kits to schools in the Saskatoon area.


            ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS & FRIENDS

            Canada Innovation Week The event, originally scheduled from May 19-29, 2020 has been postponed to the Fall. Stay tuned for more on how you can take part and join us over the next weeks and months as we build community around Canadian Innovation

            Call for Panel Proposals for the Canadian Science Policy 2020 Conference. CSPC 2020 will be held virtually through the week of November 16 - 20, 2020.

            NEW PANEL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 12, 2020  

            Pint of Science Event Come enjoy fun online science talks for free on May 11-13th with Pint of Science! 55 scientists are eager to share their passion with adults or kids. Please visit the website for program and registration.

            Destination Canada Webinar with Minister Joly. On May 12, Destination Canada will host a webinar featuring Minister Joly to provide an update to the tourism industry. Details can be found on the Destination Canada website.

            AZA Webinar on Virtual Camps in action. The Association of Zoos and Aquaria hosted a webinar on April 27 addressing virtual camps and other adapted programming for their Education group on the AZA Network

            Watch the recording of this webinar.

            > Informal Learning Review Special Issue: Navigating our work in the midst of COVID-19. The editors of the Informal Learning Review are offering free access to a special issue that contains 30+ thought pieces from field leaders on navigating and learning from the COVID-19 crisis. 


            FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

            > Canada Post Community Foundation The mission of the Canada Post Community Foundation is to make a positive impact on the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs, or local initiatives that benefit children. Applications must be submitted by May 28, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to review the funding guidelines and apply online.

            > NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE June 15, 2020. The NSERC “Latest News” page lists all the NSERC grant deadlines that have been extended: here.


            STATUS OF CONFERENCES RELATED TO OUR SECTOR

            Rescheduled

            • Canadian Museums Association (CSA) November 18-20, 2020 - Montreal, Quebec 

            Virtual 

            • American Alliance of Museums Virtual Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo May 18 and June 1 to 4, 2020: These virtual events replace the canceled 2020 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo (previously scheduled for May 17-20, 2020). Registration is open.
            • Serious Play Conference June 23 to June 25, 2020: The Serious Play Conference, now being held online, is a leadership conference for professionals who are exploring the use of game-based learning, sharing their experience and working together to shape the future of training and education. Registration is open.

            Considering virtual

            • International Conference of the Learning Sciences June 19 to June 23, 2020: For ICLS 2020, the ways of understanding learning will be highlighted, revisiting the multiple ways of looking at learning, with an eye toward opening new conversations and enriching existing ones. In-person conference cancelled; for updates about virtual conference status, see the conference page or COVID-19 updates.

            Postponed

            • International Society for Technology in Education Conference & Expo:The event will now be held November 28 to December 1, 2020, in Anaheim, California. COVID-19 conference plans can be found hereRegistration relaunches May 15.
            • Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network announced that its 2020 conference in Aberdeen will be postponed.  Alternative dates of March - April 2021 are being considered and will be announced as soon as possible.

            Suspended 

            • Science Events Summit May 31 to June 2, 2020: Planning for the 2020 Science Events Summit is suspended but will be revisited in late April if it is safe to meet for an impromptu gathering. Join the free waitlist for updates.

            Cancelled 

            • Association of Children's Museums InterActivity May 5 to 8, 2020 
            • National Institutes of Health SciEd (SEPA) May 26 to 29, 2020
            • Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) May 27 to 29, 2020
            • Ecsite Conference June 11 to 13, 2020
            • Visitor Studies Association Annual Conference July 15 to 18, 2020
          • Monday, May 04, 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

            April 30, 2020

            The CASC network supports a thriving science culture in Canada that values evidence-based decision making. We commend the recent First Ministers’ statement on shared public health approach to support restarting the economy that will be guided by science, as advised by public health officials.

            CASC ADVOCACY EFFORTS

            Call with the Minister of Candian Heritage: This week, CASC President, Tracy Calogneros (CEO, The Exploration Place), CASC Executive Director, Marianne Mader, and CASC Board Member, Dolf DeJong (CEO, Toronto Zoo) participated on a joint call with the Minister of Candian Heritage office along with representatives from the Canadian Museum Association (CMA), Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC), Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), National Trust of Canada, and the Canadian Garden Council. Collectively, we highlighted our overlapping immediate and long-term needs in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and reviewed challenges unique to each of our communities. Details regarding the $500 million COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be announced soon.


            CANADIAN COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

            The Prime Minister and the First Ministers made a statement about restarting the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with the Provincial and Territorial governments and continue using public health as a foundation to guide as they work to restore economic activity and address future outbreaks. The full statement from the First Ministers can be found here.

            REMINDER: the application portal for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is now open. Employers can apply for the CEWS through My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal.

            State of Tourism in Canada. The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) issued their second dashboard report, which provides a weekly snapshot of recent key global, regional and domestic tourism health and economic updates, and insights on the impact of COVID-19 on the travel and tourism industry’s path to recovery. 

            CANADA: Leading indicators continue to point to an easing of travel restrictions occurring gradually starting with inter- and intra-provincial travel (around mid / end of June / beginning of July), followed by regional travel (mid-July), and eventually international short-haul (mid- to late-August) and long-haul travel (into the fall).”

            > Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Details on support for individuals and businesses.


            CONNECTING MEMBERS

            On the evening of May 29, 2020, CASC will host its Annual CASCADE Awards online. Though we cannot be together in person this year, we want to continue the tradition of announcing the recipients and having them give an acceptance speech in the presence of their friends and colleagues. 

            More details on the event will be shared in the upcoming days.

            View the 2020 CASCADE Award Finalists.

            > Video Discussion Groups

            Topic: Supporting Teachers/School Closures Chat

            May 1, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

            An invitation to join the scheduled Friday calls has been extended to all CASC member staff working in programs, education, outreach, camps and childcare. An email with an invitation will be sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

            Topic: CEO Discussion Forum

            May 1, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

            CASC will continue coordinating a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

            As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at info@casc-accs.com if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.


            NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

            > CASC Members Helping to Plank the Curve

            We want to acknowledge and thank CASC members who are supporting health care providers face this global pandemic. A few examples of science centres and museums stepping up include:

            Ingenium: Curators launch a COVID-19 digital initiative that aims to reduce social isolation and document the pandemic.

            TELUS World of Science Edmonton (TWOSE): As of April 17, they created over 200 Ear Savers and are planning to print many more. Approximately 40 pieces are printed daily.


            > CASC Members are supporting families and educators.

            Canadian science centres and science museums are supporting families by offering free online educational contentThe "Science at Home" page on the CASC website is updated on a regular basis so that CASC members can see what each other are doing. We encourage you to share on your social media platforms and with your network using the following #AtHomeWithCASC  #ScienceChampions #LookForTheHelpers #ScienceAtHome. Here a just a few examples of what our members are doing:

            Online STEM Engagement 

            Steamlabs: Teamed up with Make Magazine’s Family Maker Camp to bring DIY marble run creations to the world. Get inspired with design ideas. Tune in live Thursday April 30 and Tuesday May 5 at 1 pm EST on the Family Maker Camp Facebook PageWatch and comment LIVE.  

            Youth Science Canada: Launched an Online STEM Fair, a showcase for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects that reflect the curiosity and creativity of Canadian youth. The online event will be live for the public Tuesday, May 19.

            Virtual Exhibits

            Ripley's Aquarium of Canada: Learn about their brand new Shipwrecks exhibit with the latest Deep Sea Diary blog post.

            Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science: Is inviting the public to visit their three virtual exhibitions. Available in English and French. 

            > #AstronomyAcrossCanada While we're apart, we can still feel united because we all share the same sky. Let's star gaze together!

            Science centres are invited to post at sundown in their time zone about a constellation or object in their night sky on International Astronomy Day, Saturday May 2nd. Posts can include a photo, and/or fun facts about the constellation, and should end by passing along the torch to the next centre.

            The hashtag #AstronomyAcrossCanada will be used both for the handoff in the evening and for more general posts about astronomy during the day. National branches of RASC and CASCA have been asked to participate with more general posts as well.


            ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS & FRIENDS

            > ASTC Webinar on Virtual Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

            Wed, May 6, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

            *ASTC has extended this invitation to ALL CASC members.

            Come together with your peers in science and technology centers and museums for Virtual Engagement, Digital Experiences, and Online Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar. This event is an opportunity to discuss approaches you have been using to virtually engage your communities, develop new digital experiences, and design and scale online learning while your museums are closed to the public due to the pandemic. Register now*. 

            > NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE The pilot application deadline was extended to June 15, 2020. Your application must reach NSERC before 8:00 p.m. ET. NSERC continues to communicate program-specific changes on its homepage via Latest News.

            > World Astronomy Day Collaboration Opportunity: Science Centres and museums can connect with their local Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) chapter and cross-promote or collaborate on World Astronomy Day activities. Reach out to jenna.hinds@rasc.ca if you need help finding the lead for your region's local RASC chapter.


          • Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

            April 23, 2020

            In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Canadian Science Centre sector we are redoubling our efforts to serve our communities even while our facilities are closed. You are the science champions reaching Canadians in their homes each day during this crisis.


            CASC ADVOCACY EFFORTS

            > Culture and heritage groups seek targeted COVID-19 support

            Associations representing Canada’s museums, science centres, zoos, aquaria, public and botanical gardens and historic places have all joined forces and today issued the following open letter to the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

            An open letter sent on April 22, 2020, highlighted the critical risk to the safety and security of collections across the country and asked for the government’s increased attention in three key areas: immediate financial relief, an investment in digitization and considerations for the sector in a post-COVID-19 world. 

            The letter follows a panel discussion which took place last week, at an online conference organized by the Canadian Museums Association, in which organizations shared common concerns and challenges and explored what can be done by working together. Moving forward, the group will be working collaboratively on issues of common concern.

            Read the letter here.


            CANADIAN COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

            > Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19 

            Yesterday, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. These measures include launching the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.  

            > Prime Minister announces new support to protect Canadian jobs

            $500 million to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to help address the financial needs of affected organizations within these sectors so they can continue to support artists and athletes. 

            > Prime Minister announces additional support for small businesses

            Announced its intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.

            > Temporary changes to Canada Summer Jobs program

            The Canada Summer Jobs program provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills within the not-for-profit, small business, and public sectors, and supports the delivery of key community services. The Government of Canada is making temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program to allow employers to:

            • receive an increased wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee;
            • extend the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
            • adapt their projects and job activities;
            • hire staff on a part-time basis.

            > Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Details on support for individuals and businesses.


            CONNECTING MEMBERS

            > Video Discussion Groups

            Topic: Supporting Teachers/School Closures Chat

            April 24, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

            An invitation to join the scheduled Friday calls has been extended to all CASC member staff working in programs, education, outreach, camps and childcare. An email with an invitation will be sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

            Topic: CEO Discussion Forum

            April 24, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

            CASC will continue coordinating a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

            As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at info@casc-accs.com if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.


            NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

              > CASC Members Helping to Plank the Curve

              We want to acknowledge and thank CASC members who are supporting health care providers face this global pandemic. A few examples of science centres and museums stepping up include:

              Aurora Research Institute: The Inuvik Robotics Club, with help from ACTMC2 produced over 200 ear guards to distribute to Northwest Territories health care staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also in the works are specialized handle covers to allow people to open door handles without using their hands. A number of prototypes are currently being tested at Aurora college to ensure they’re up to the stress load.

              Ontario Science Centre: On April 25 at 4 p.m., join an online conversation Mindfulness in Stressful times,  presented in partnership with The Ontario Brain Institute . CAMH experts who teach mindfulness to autistic adults and their caregivers provide coping strategies for managing the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

              TELUS Spark: Shows their appreciation for everyday heroes and a salute to scientists everywhere.

                > CASC Members Sharing Online Educational Content

                Canadian science centres and science museums are supporting families by offering free online educational content. The "Science at Home" page on the CASC website is updated on a regular basis so that CASC members can see what each other are doing. We encourage you to share on your social media platforms and with your network using the following #AtHomeWithCASC  #ScienceChampions #LookForTheHelpers #ScienceAtHome. Here a just a few examples of what our members are doing:

                Discovery Centre: Moved their Little Learners Program online. Engaging tots and toddlers with interactive activities that introduce basic science concepts, kick-start cognitive thinking and encourage dynamic play. 

                Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium: Are adding episodes to their series À la découverte de l'univers (Discovering the universe), an astronomy training program for teachers and educators. (in french)

                Science North: Their Thunder Bay ON satellite location has partnered with a local urban farm youth organization to distribute pre-maid hands-on science kits with food packages


                ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS & FRIENDS

                ASTC Webinar on Virtual Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

                Wed, May 6, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

                *ASTC has extended this invitation to ALL CASC members.

                Come together with your peers in science and technology centers and museums for Virtual Engagement, Digital Experiences, and Online Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar. This event is an opportunity to discuss approaches you have been using to virtually engage your communities, develop new digital experiences, and design and scale online learning while your museums are closed to the public due to the pandemic. Register now*. 

                > Canadian Museum Association (CMA) Survey

                To support the development of their strategic plan, along with other community engagement activities, the CMA is conducting a survey of museum professionals — CMA members and non-members — from across Canada. Learn more.

                It will be open until April 24, 2020, end of day. As an additional incentive, respondents who consent will be placed into a draw for one of five complimentary passes to their next National Conference.

                NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant Deadline: May 15, 2020


                • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                  OTTAWA, April 22, 2020 —Associations representing Canada’s museums, science centres, zoos, aquaria, public and botanical gardens and historic places have all joined forces and today issued the following open letter to the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

                  The open letter highlighted the critical risk to the safety and security of collections across the country and asked for the government’s increased attention in three key areas: immediate financial relief, an investment in digitization and considerations for the sector in a post-COVID-19 world. 

                  The letter follows a panel discussion which took place last week, at an online conference organized by the Canadian Museums Association, in which organizations shared common concerns and challenges and explored what can be done by working together. Moving forward, the group will be working collaboratively on issues of common concern.

                  Ottawa, April 22nd 2020

                  The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
                  House of Commons
                  Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
                  By email: steven.guilbeault@parl.gc.ca

                  Dear Minister:

                  The undersigned organizations recently came together to discuss areas of common interest and begin the process of working together in order to reimagine a new way forward post COVID-19. Each organization represents an important piece of the Canadian fabric contributing to our cultural, environmental and economic makeup.

                  With a focus on conservation, history, science, environment and education, our organizations strive to help record, define and reflect a snapshot of Canada’s history and the world around us. Going forward, we see promise in our ability to connect and cooperate to deliver on common objectives, specifically as we strive to adopt a National Museums Policy.

                  Three ways we are helping Canadians and seek financial support in our efforts:

                  Online digital engagement

                  Our organizations are stepping-up to support Canadians by continuing to share our missions online with our audiences, through virtual tours, access to collections online, delivering educational content, and facilitating dialogue. With the transition to online engagement, new expenses are being incurred at a time when revenue losses are high.

                  Protecting the economic engine

                  Our organizations are among the many hard-hit industries facing immediate impacts, and this includes the safety and security of our collections across the country, which are at significant risk. Be it the wage subsidy program, federal tax deferrals or some form of loan guarantees, these initiatives will be necessary elements to aid our members as they rebuild after months of closures and reduced revenues. We are a network of related organizations all with the same urgent need: immediate relief for our members.

                  Supporting Canada after COVID-19

                  Our members provide unique perspectives and collectively, deliver a significant contribution to the health and well-being of Canadian society, especially now, as we rebuild and transform to a “new normal” post pandemic. Early data out of the United States points to people looking to return to cultural institutions, be they zoos, aquariums, public and botanical gardens, museums, or science centres as destinations to “get out”, and in this regard we are uniquely positioned to be able to provide the necessary support programs that will be launched post COVID-19.

                  It is our hope that the Government of Canada will make the necessary investments and that you see value in the strength of our desire and ability to collaborate and educate as we strive to work with you to shape pertinent government policy going forward – policy that will reenergize our cultural and economic makeup across Canada from coast to coast to coast.

                  Sincerely,

                  Dr Vanda Vitali
                  Executive Director
                  Canadian Museums Association
                  vvitali@museums.ca

                  Dolf DeJong
                  CEO
                  Toronto Zoo
                  ddejong@torontozoo.ca

                  Dr Marianne Mader
                  Executive Director
                  Canadian Association of Science Centres
                  mader@casc-accs.com

                  Elizabeth McCrea
                  Administrative Director
                  Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada
                  mccrealiz@gmail.com

                  Jim Facette
                  Executive Director
                  Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
                  jfacette@caza.ca

                  Natalie Bull
                  Executive Director
                  National Trust of Canada
                  nbull@nationaltrustcanada.ca

                  Tracy Calogheros
                  CEO, The Exploration Place Museum and Science
                  Centre and President, Canadian Association of Science Centre
                  tracy.calogheros@theexplorationplace.com

                  Michel Gauthier
                  Executive Director
                  Canadian Garden Council
                  director@gardencouncil.ca



                • Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                  April 16, 2020

                  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Canadian Science Centre sector we are redoubling our efforts to serve our communities even while our facilities are closed. You are the science champions reaching Canadians in their homes each day during this crisis.

                  Here at CASC we are thankful for the tremendous work of our members and your continued commitment to Planking the Curve, facilitating Science at Home, and in leading conversations about how to Support Canadians “after COVID-19”.


                  CASC ADVOCACY EFFORTS

                  > This week CASC has sent a Letter to the Ministers of Finance, Canadian Heritage, Innovation, Science, and Industry, and Environment, emphasizing how our member organizations are helping Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis and it outlines specific recommendations for relief funding measures to support their work. See Letter here.

                  CASC also participated in a Heritage Panel as part of the Canadian Museum Association’s online conference Museums Together, along with representatives from the Canadian Museum Association (CMA), National Trust of Canada (NTC), the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC), and Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).  This group of associations is working collaboratively to advocate for the broader cultural and heritage sector. The panel explored common concerns and challenges and discussed what can be done by working together. It included Tracy Calogheros, CASC President & CEO The Exploration Place, Marianne Mader, CASC Executive Director, and Dolf DeJong, CASC Board Member and CEO, The Toronto Zoo. 


                  CONNECTING MEMBERS

                  > Video Discussion Groups

                  Topic: Supporting Teachers/School Closures Chat

                  Apr 17, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

                  An invitation to join the scheduled Friday calls has been extended to all CASC member staff working in programs, education, outreach, camps and childcare. An email with an invitation will be sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join

                  Topic: CEO Discussion Forum

                  Apr 17, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

                  CASC will continue coordinating a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors. Invitations are sent via email.

                  As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at info@casc-accs.com if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.


                  NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

                  > Webinar by AAM: Lessons Learned from SARS: How Museums Emerge After Crisis

                  On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST join key former members of the team who led the Ontario Science Centre through two crises in the early 2000s.

                  They’ll share their experiences and strategies for:

                  ·  Reopening the museum

                  ·  Supporting team members

                  ·  Reassuring visitors and potential visitors

                  ·  Financial recovery

                  Panelists:

                  ·  Lesley Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Science Centre (from 1998-2014)

                  ·  Jennifer Martin, former Vice President of Visitor Experience, Ontario Science Centre; former and Founding Chief Executive Officer, TELUS Spark

                  ·  Julie Bowen, former Associate Director of Development and Design, Ontario Science Centre; former Vice President of Visitor Experience, TELUS Spark

                  > CASC Members Helping to Plank the Curve

                  We want to acknowledge and thank CASC members who are supporting health care providers face this global pandemic. A few examples of science centres and museums stepping up include:

                  Ingenium: Canada Science and Technology Museums has been 3D printing masks for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) 

                  TELUS World of Science Edmonton: The Alberta Government released its coronavirus model for Alberta on April 7, 2020.  Staff Scientist Mirabelle Prémont-Schwarz spoke with one of the specialists working on the model; Shakib Rahman, Data and Analytics at Covenant Health to find out more.

                  THEMUSEUM : Are hosting a webinar with grief therapists Andrea Warnick, Nicola Elbro and Lisa Robinson on Wednesday April 29th about “Supporting Children and Youth Through COVID-19”.

                  > CASC Members Sharing Online Educational Content

                  Canadian science centres and science museums are supporting families by offering free online educational contentThe "Science at Home" page on the CASC website is updated on a regular basis so that CASC members can see what each other are doing. We encourage you to share on your social media platforms and with your network using the following #AtHomeWithCASC  #ScienceChampions #LookForTheHelpers #ScienceAtHome. Here a just a few examples of what our members are doing:

                  C.I.EAU : Sharing on their blog (en francais). 

                  Musée de l'ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier: Inviting the public for a tour of their facilities - Virtually!

                  Okanagan Science Centre : Sharing science at home activities regularly on Youtube.

                  Science East: Regular radio segment on CBC New Brunswick - Shift with Vanessa Vander Valk on “Science Experiments to keep the kids busy”. Live every two weeks on Wednesday afternoons. Next segment April 22, 2020. 

                  Thanks to Michael Edwards for the shoutout to the CASC network in the April 8 segment at 4:10 mark!

                  The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre: Keeping children active Monday to Friday at 10 am with interactive, up-close visits with their animal ambassadors!


                  ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS & FRIENDS

                  > CBC Creative Relief Fund 

                  Canadian creators can apply until 11:59 pm ET on Friday, April 24, and eligible applicants will be notified of their project’s status starting on May 8.

                  In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched THE CBC CREATIVE RELIEF FUND to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries.

                  > Pint of Science Canada - Invitation for Speakers from CASC Network

                  Due to the pandemic, Pint of Science Canada Festival May 11-13th will be online this year.

                  They have extended their "Call for Speakers" to the CASC network. They are looking for 15-20 min talks + Q&A. The audience would be for the general public and could focus on adults, youth-only, or families. If interested, please email your topic and target audience to Alexandra at canada@pintofscience.com by Monday April 20, 11:59 pm.

                  Science Odyssey 2020 is cancelled.

                  Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada.

                  NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant Deadline: May 15, 2020

                  > Junior Astronaut Camp The registration period for youth to have a chance to win a spot to our Junior Astronaut Camp is extended until April 30, 2020.

                  > April 22 is Earth day 2020: The world’s largest civic event is going digital for the first time in its history.


                  CANADIAN COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

                  > Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Update: Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada announced more flexibility for the CERB. It will now allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month from other sources while collecting the CERB without penalty, extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19. 

                  > Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Details on support for individuals and businesses.

                  > Statistics Canada is asking Canadians to share details of how COVID-19 is impacting their lives. The survey will only take 5-10 minutes to complete and will help the Government of Canada identify the implications of COVID-19 in our daily lives. April 16 is the last day of the survey.

                  > The Government of Canada has released new information on adding measures for more flexibility for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).


                • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                  April 9, 2020

                  As many of us move into a long weekend, we hope you are able to spend time with family and loved ones (at home or while practicing social distancing!). It’s an opportunity for reflection and gratitude. Here at CASC we are thankful for the tremendous work of our members and your continued commitment to Planking the Curve, facilitating Science at Home, and in many cases leading conversations on Supporting Canadians “after COVID-19”.

                  CANADIAN COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

                  > Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Details on support for individuals and businesses.

                  > Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Update

                  Last week, the Government of Canada announced an up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses to help them keep and return workers to the payroll. Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada announced further flexibility for employers to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. For the period from March 15 to April 11, 2020, as many closed their doors mid-month, organizations will not have to show a 30% decrease in revenue, but rather a 15% decrease. For more information see the government’s backgrounder on this topic. The Prime Minister also noted yesterday that not-for-profit organizations and charities have the option to include or exclude government funding in the calculations of their revenue loss.

                  CASC ADVOCACY EFFORTS

                  > CASC will participate in a HERITAGE PANEL — April 16, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. ET as part of the Canadian Museum Association’s online conference Museums Together.

                  This panel discussion will involve the National Trust of Canada, the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, the Canadian Association of Science Centres and Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums. Hear these organizations share common concerns and challenges and explore what can be done by working together.

                  CONNECTING MEMBERS

                  > Video Discussion Groups

                  Topic: Supporting Teachers/School Closures Chat

                  Apr 17, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

                  An invitation to join the scheduled Friday calls has been extended to all CASC member staff working in programs, education, outreach, camps and childcare. An email with an invitation will be sent via email. Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join

                  Topic: CEO Discussion Forum

                  Apr 17, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

                  CASC will continue coordinating a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors. An email with an invitation will be sent via email. 

                  As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at info@casc-accs.com if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.

                  NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

                  > CASC Members Helping and Thanking Health Care Providers

                  We want to acknowledge and thank CASC members who are supporting health care providers face this global pandemic. A few examples of science centres and museums stepping up include:

                  Ingenium: Blog: Three things you should know about COVID-19

                  Science North: is 3D printing visors for health care workers at Health Sciences North.

                  Thanking health care workers:

                  Ingenium: 3 museums salute them by lighting up our Lighthouse and the Canada Science and Technology Museum in blue.

                  Toronto Zoo: Thanking front-line workers on World Health Day 

                    > CASC Members Sharing Online Educational Content

                    Canadian science centres and science museums are supporting families by offering free online educational content. The "What our Sector is Doing" page on the CASC website is updated on a regular basis so that CASC members can see what each other are doing. We encourage you to share on your social media platforms and with your network using the following #AtHomeWithCASC  #ScienceChampions #LookForTheHelpers #ScienceAtHome. Here a just a few examples of what our members are doing:

                    Churchill Northern Studies Centre Check out the live Aurora cam hosted by explore.org and Polar Bears International. This camera is located at Churchill Northern Studies Centre so you can see the Northern lights live.

                    Montreal Science Centre is influencing their followers online through a “SPREAD THE MOVEMENT NOT THE VIRUS #CHALLENGE!” 

                    Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum and #ArchosaurAprilAbsurdity

                    Science Timmins and their many STEM hands on activities and challenges.

                    TELUS World Of Science Edmonton and Alan’s Science at Home Facebook Live Series.

                    ANNOUNCEMENT FROM COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

                    > Canadian Museum Association (CMA)

                    CMA has organized Museums Togethera free, one-day, virtual event to discuss some of the key issues facing Canada’s museums today.

                    April 16th, 11:00 am EST

                    >The Conference Board of Canada

                    On behalf of the Future Skills Centre, The Conference Board of Canada is researching leading practices in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for Indigenous learners in Canada. As part of this research, they are looking at STEM outreach programs for Indigenous youth across Canada. As a participant of the survey, you will be among the first to receive the free report. To have your program represented, please complete the survey by Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

                    Survey link: STEM Outreach Programs for Indigenous Learners


                  • Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                    April 2, 2020


                    As we all 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.

                    CANADIAN COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

                    The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

                    On April 1, 2020, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75 per cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Details available here.

                    > CBC Explainer: What you need to know about the new COVID-19 emergency wage subsidy

                    > Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Details on support for individuals and businesses.

                    > COVID-19 Resources Canada Portal

                    A team of dedicated Canadian scientists and researchers have put together a portal to help locate resources, expertise, reagents and equipment in Canada related to COVID-19. You can also lookup volunteer opportunities.


                    CONNECTING MEMBERS

                    > Science Centres & Museums Zoom Call

                    Topic: Supporting Teachers/School Closures Chat

                    Apr 3, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

                    Here at CASC we are exploring ways to help all CASC members connect with each other for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of CASC member education and programming staff have been meeting up via ZOOM to discuss ways in which CASC members can collectively come together to assist parents and educators with informal STEM engagement while practicing physical isolation at their homes.

                    An invitation to join the scheduled Friday calls has been extended to all CASC member staff working in programs, education, outreach, camps and childcare. An email with an invitation to the meeting was sent out yesterday (April 1, 2020). Please contact info@casc-accs.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

                    > Planning for Your Exhibition in a Crisis - Part 2

                    COVID-19 Support for Touring Exhibitions & Museums: Video Call -  Webinar/Google Hangout

                    CASC Affiliate Member, Shipping Monster/Storage Monster convened a google hangout discussion last week to specifically address challenges related to travelling exhibitions during the COVID-19 crisis. Their initial discussion included 30 people from across the world and they’ve extended an invitation to CASC members to join the next call.

                    Wed Apr 8, 2020 2pm – 3pm Eastern Time. Will be hosted every 2 weeks. 

                    An email with the link to the meeting will be sent to sales and exhibition contacts in the CASC network by Monday April 6, 2020. Please contact robert@theshippingmonster.com if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join.

                    They have also created a LinkedIn Group, COVID-19 Support for Touring Exhibitions & Museums, because of the need to share information, news, and thought knowledge between museums and peers.  Join here.

                    > Future CASC Community Discussions

                    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 including a CEO Forum. 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.


                    NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

                    > CASC Members Helping Health Care Providers

                    We want to acknowledge and thank CASC members who are helping health care providers face this global pandemic. A few examples of science centres and museums stepping up include:

                    Donating gloves and other protective gear:

                    Ontario Science Centre donated over 16,000 pairs of gloves and other protective gear to health care workers.


                    > CASC Members Sharing Online Educational Content: NEW live calendar!

                    Canadian science centres and science museums are supporting families by offering free online educational content . The "What our Sector is Doing" page on the CASC website is updated on a regular basis so that CASC members can see what each other are doing. Please have a look here. We’ve updated this page with a calendar of scheduled online events. Please email paquette@casc-accs.com if you would like your event added to the calendar.

                    We encourage you to share on your social media platforms and with your network using the following #AtHomeWithCASC  #ScienceChampions #LookForTheHelpers #ScienceAtHome.


                    ANNOUNCEMENT FROM COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

                    > The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has made online resources for the Junior Astronaut program available to everyone. The registration period for youth to have a chance to win a spot to the CSA Junior Astronaut Camp is extended until April 30, 2020. The CSA also made changes to the process to make it easier for families to run the activities and complete applications. The details can be found on the registration page.

                    > Astronauts David Saint-Jacques (in French) and Jeremy Hansen (in English) Live YouTube event. Sunday, April 5

                    Young Canadians can ask questions about space and isolation to astronauts David Saint-Jacques (in French) and Jeremy Hansen (in English). The deadline for youth to send questions for David or Jeremy is this Friday, April 3, at noon (ET). The link will be posted on the CSA’s social media accounts in the coming days.

                    In English: Twitter   Facebook   Instagram

                    In French: Twitter   Facebook   Instagram

                    > Canadian Science Policy Centre - Call for Editorials: Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impacts.

                    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change our lives and policies, CSPC seeks to collect insights from Canadian leaders, both established and emerging; on the long-lasting impacts of this global health challenge. Confirm intent by April 3. First submission deadline: April 17th.

                    > NSERC Alliance COVID19 Grants

                    NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges.

                    • 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 


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