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The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - 2020-03-25

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More provincial cancellations

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PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES EDUCATION PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES OTHER

• Central, Eastern, Western and Labrador-grenfell Health have visitor restrictions in place at all facilities and have either reduced or postponed any elective or non-emergent services, incuding surgeries. Community-based services will continue for priority services based on client need. • All Eastern Health Breastfeeding Support Groups are cancelled until further notice. • Mandatory humane harvesting training sessions scheduled for March for the commercial seal fishery are postponed. Any questions on this training can be directed to Fisheries and Oceans Canada by emailing: Sealhumaneharvestingnl@dfompo.gc.ca. • Qalipu First Nation offices in St. George’s, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Glenwood, and Grand Falls-windsor are closed to walk-in traffic or appointments. Members can contact staff and council by phone or email. The council meeting scheduled for March 21 in Corner Brook will proceed as planned, however, it will not be open for the attendance of membership. • Legal Aid NL is only accepting applications for urgent criminal, family or child protection matters until further notice. • All upcoming Gardiner Centre courses and programs have been postponed. If you are impacted by the postponement of training, Gardiner Centre will contact you directly. Gardiner Centre office space will be closed as of March 18. The Gardiner Centre team will be working from home and are available during regular business hours. • The Visible Learning Conference by Corwin, scheduled for April 28-29, is cancelled. • Clinical activity in all College of the North Atlantic (CNA) Health Sciences programs – including Practical Nursing and Personal Care Attendant – is suspended until further notice. • Memorial University: Activities for faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) in all research laboratories, as well as all fieldwork for faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) will be suspended from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, onward. Researchers currently in the field should return immediately. • Memorial University: Students are advised there will be no final exams taking place on campus in April. This includes both on-campus and online invigilated exams. Instructors have been presented with a number of options as alternatives to an on-campus final exam in April, which could include an alternative method for conducting the final exam or the postponement of the on-campus final exam to a later date. Each of these options will give students the choice between accepting a PAS/FAL grade or obtaining a numerical grade. Instructors are expected to communicate the option they have selected for the courses they teach as soon as possible. This does not apply to exams for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, Centre for Nursing Studies or the Western Regional School of Nursing. Those students will be updated directly by the faculty. • Memorial University’s Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) unit is moving to remote operations. Activities at Technical Services are suspended until further notice. • Memorial University researchers should not submit any new protocols involving animals. Continuation of existing research studies involving animals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. These requests should be submitted to Dr. Jennifer Keyte, university veterinarian and director of Animal Care Services, via email at jkeyte@mun.ca. • Memorial University: MUNSU office is closed to the public until further notice. The Attic is also closed. • Advanced Education Skills and Labour: Issuance of transcripts, diplomas and instructor certificates are temporarily suspended. All Adult Basic Education inquiries can be directed to Heather Legge at heatherlegge@gov.nl.ca while all Private Training Institution inquiries can be directed to Regan Power at reganpower@gov.nl.ca. • College of the North Atlantic (CNA) classes are suspended for students. This includes on-campus and on-line delivery. Campuses/ offices will remain open to CNA faculty and staff only, who will work to finalize plans for alternate program delivery methods, including online where possible. An update on the status of academic program continuation will be provided by the afternoon of Friday, March 20. The college continues to ask the public to not visit any campuses or offices, and if they have questions or concerns, they should make contact either by telephone, email or through the CNA website. CNA daycare centres are closed. Residences will remain open for students who require accommodations and are not able to return home (for example, international students). • Classes for all Newfoundland and Labrador English School District K-12 students in the province are suspended. The NLESD has changed its plan for students and parents to retrieve personal and instructional materials from schools on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Please be advised that no student or parent will be provided access to schools, effective immediately. The only exceptions will be for the retrieval of critical items, such as medical equipment or prescriptions currently housed at the school. Parents are advised to contact their school administration to arrange for the transfer of such items. The District will communicate a plan for retrieval of all non-essential items at some point in the future. • Schools of the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-neuve-et-labrador (CSFP) will be closed for all students but will remain open for teachers. However, in order to allow students to gather any materials needed to continue their learning at home, the school bus service will be in operation on Wednesday morning (March 18) only. Children will board their school buses at the same time as usual and will leave school approximately one hour after their arrival. Therefore, for schools located in Newfoundland, school buses will leave school at 10:00 a.m., and for schools located in Labrador, buses will leave at 9:30 a.m. It is important to note that all teachers, support staff, and CSFP employees are expected to be at work and to respect their regular work schedule until further notice. • All registered daycares and early childhood educations centres in the province are closed. Regulated family child care is exempt due to the small number of children in attendance. • The Salvation Army has cancelled social events, group activities and worship services. •Westjet is temporarily suspending international and United States flights for 30 days beginning Sunday, March 22. • Canopy Growth has temporarily closed all corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed retail locations across Canada effective 5 p.m. local time March 17. • Reitmans, Warehouse One and David’s Tea have all closed their stores. • Make-a-wish Canada is closing its Newfoundland and Labrador office for a two-week period up to and including Friday, March 27. All Make-a-wish Canada staff will continue to work remotely and will be able to respond via email. Donate online at childrenswish.ca/ donate. Gifts made via mail will still be accepted and appreciated, but receiving tax receipts may be delayed.

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