#Ontario, #RapidIncreaseOfCovid19; #OntarioSchools; #Elearning; #OnlineEducation
Ottawa, Mar 31 (Canadian-Media): The addition of today's 260 new cases of COVID19 pandemic in Ontario causing its total to increase to nearly 2000 it has been decided by Ontario that all schools would remain closed until May, media reports said.
Stephen Lecce. Image credit: Twitter handle
CBC Toronto had been told by a senior government official that elementary and high school students in Ontario will be out of class until at least May.
Schools were initially set to re-open on April 6, but due to the rapid surge of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, it was agreed by booth Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephan Lecce that the closures would need to be prolonged.
An e-learning plan for the province's students during COVID-19 school closures is expected to be announced by Lecce.
The government is also considering online classes while school closures continue.
Publicly-assisted post-secondary institutions would hold online end-of-year exams.
#LibertyUniversity; #Virginia; #US; #COVID19Pandemic; #PublicHealthCrisis
Virginia, Mar 24 (Canadian-Media): Liberty University, a private evangelical Christian university, in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States, opened its doors to about 1,900 students at a time when countless universities have sent students home, media reports said.
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During discussion held between the Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and other leaders whether to extend spring break and risk students having a longer time to become exposed to the virus, it was decided it was safer to bring the students back to campus.
Falwell's decision to bring students back to campus was against the guidance provided by state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to statewide order issued by the Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Monday to help slow down the spread of coronavirus, gatherings of more than 10 people and goes into effect just before midnight on Tuesday.
The order also closes non-essential businesses and shuts down all K-12 schools for the rest of the academic year.
Lynchburg Mayor Treney Tweedy said she was both surprised and disappointed by President Falwell's most recent decision to allow students back on campus and added, "We are in the midst of a public health crisis. I am concerned for the students, faculty and employees at Liberty University, and I am also very concerned for the residents of the Lynchburg community."
Students had been given a choice by the university whether they wanted to return by filling out an online form with their intent.
Out of the student population of 14,000 to 15,000, about 1,900 students have returned to campus ass of Tuesday afternoon, Liberty University's spokesman Scott Lamb said.
Lamb added that university officials are prepared for about 5,000 students to return to campus.
Although the university said that it was complying with all state restrictions related to COVID-19 following a Virginia Department of Health inspection during its spring break after the state's 10 person limit on restaurants went into effect, however it is unclear if this is the right decision.
#ETFO; #OPSBA; #CTA
Toronto, Mar 21 (Canadian-Media): Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education issued the following statement today regarding a tentative agreement with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA), and ETFO Education Workers and the Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA):
Stephen Lecce. Image credit: Twitter handle
"Our Government is pleased to announce a tentative agreement has been reached between the Crown, ETFO teachers and education workers, and the school boards trustees' associations.
This tentative ETFO agreement builds further momentum for deals and progress that students deserve, following last week's tentative agreement signed with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA).
We remain focused on landing further deals, to provide stability and certainty to students, parents, and educators."
#OntarioSchools; #ExtendMarchBreak; #DougFord; #OntarioEducation; #COVID19
Ottawa, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): It was stated by Doug Ford's government that based on the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health publicly funded schools across will remain closed for two weeks following March break due to concerns about COVID-19, media reports said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
"We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on families, students, schools, as well as the broader community, but this precaution is necessary to keep people safe," the premier's office said in a statement.
It's unclear child-care centres or other school-based programs would be effected by the extended break.
In an earlier news conference in Toronto on Thursday, health officials advised that anyone returning from travel to avoid public or group gatherings and to monitor themselves for symptoms.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce told reporters Thursday afternoon that following the two-week period, the province will evaluate to see what other measures might be required.
In the meantime, extra sanitation resources and personal hygiene products would be provided by the province, Lecce said.
Lecce also said a plan is being finalized to ensure learning continues during this period but did not provide any more details.
With 17 new cases, including one infant, being confirmed earlier today, Ontario has a total of 59 cases of COVID-19.
#Ontario; #DocumentryFilmIndustry; #HotDocs; #HotDocsFilmFestival; #TedRogersCentre
Toronto, Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): Ontario's world-class film and television industry is being supported since 2018 by Ontario's over $928,000 in funding to Hot Docs, including $525,000 in 2019-20 to raise the profile of documentary filmmakers by driving local tourism spending, and build Ontario's reputation as a cultural hub, media reports said.
Hot Docs, an organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary film, is a major economic driver for the Canadian documentary film sector, and plays a key role in Ontario's film and television production industry through its signature annual festival and year-round activities.
The annual Hot Docs documentary film festival is the largest of its kind in North America. It runs this year from April 30 to May 10.
Hot Docs Festival. Image credit: Facebook page
According to a recent economic impact study done by Hot Docs, the festival contributed over $39 million to Ontario's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The study also found that business deals struck during the festival are worth just under $10 million.
Nearly 660 jobs and $19.4 million in tax revenue for the province had been generated on a year-round basis by Hot Docs’ activities, including non-festival activities.
Before speaking at an event at part of the Hot Docs - Curious Minds Series, an annual festival that includes a week-long program of inspiring conversations with internationally renowned thinkers, taste makers and bestselling authors, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries toured today Hot Docs Ted Rogers cinema and facility.
"Hot Docs is a proud Ontario success story — reinforcing our reputation for innovation in the creative industries. Investing in Hot Docs is an investment in our province's...boosting our financial bottom line...as well as...our cultural identity and pride of place...I want to thank Hot Docs for allowing new audiences to discover the wonder of documentary film, highlighting how Ontario truly offers the world in one province," said Lisa MacLeod.
#Kashmir, #Holi, #HoliInKashmir
Srinagar (India), Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): Holi festival was celebrated in Gindun Park Rajbagh, Kashmir, India Tuesday by Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Governance in collaboration with Jammu Kashmir Workers Party (JKWP), media reports said.
Holi Festival. Image credit: Twitter handle
Holi greetings were extended to the people of the country with wishes of happy, prosperous and healthy life to everyone.
"Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs all are under one roof to celebrate the festival of colours and we are happy to see the communal harmony intact and we wish every countrymen on this special day occasion...This shows the unity and brotherhood that is alive in our Valley and I have a great pleasure to extend my greetings and good wishes...This festival fills our lives with happiness and promote national integration," said Mir Junaid, President of Jammu Kashmir Workers Party.
Considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India, Holi is celebrated in almost every part of the country with utmost joy and enthusiasm. It is also called as the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments.
The vibrancy of colors displayed by this festival brings in a lot of positivity in our lives.
While praying for the equality, Mir urged people to observe this festival of harmony and friendship harmoniously.