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Virtual map gives general location of fairy houses and gardens in Greater Victoria
Inspired by scavenger hunts and other creative activities people are thinking up to keep busy during the pandemic, Breese decided to create a virtual map of the region’s fairy hot spots.
Recovery site for homeless COVID-19 patients offers dignity and a pathway to housing
The recovery site for COVID-positive homeless people is a unique collaboration between many health partners, government, addiction recovery supports, community & neighbourhood groups and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontier Canada providing expertise on project co-ordination and logistics. Among the primary goals of the recovery site is treating homeless patients with dignity in a clinical setting and ensuring they have a home to go to afterward — not a return to homelessness.
British Columbia working with the Cities of Vancouver and Victoria to transition people living in encampments into temporary accommodations with wraparound supports
The Province of BC, in partnership with BC Housing and local municipalities, has worked to secure and operate 686 hotel and community centre accommodations in Vancouver and 324 hotel spaces in Victoria. This allows people from the encampments to safely physically distance, with access to important health, social and other supports.
Manitoba government wants contractor to provide meals for 15,000 students, as pandemic halts school programs
The contractor will supply the meals to 17 hubs set up across the province. The food will then be delivered to homes or a specific pick-up location by a network of volunteers, non-profit organizations and private-sector food delivery companies, the RFP states. They’ll deliver a five-day supply of food products for each student every week, with instructions on how to prepare the meals.
Five large companies (including two banks) come together to support front-line healthcare workers and help fight food insecurity in Toronto
The Scotiabank Arena has been transformed into Toronto’s largest kitchen to prepare up to 10,000 meals a day. Working with a network of hospitals to donate to front-line workers and Second Harvest to donate to food banks and shelters this coalition of partners is delivering meals across Greater Toronto.
Artists Create Murals on Closed and Boarded up Shops across Main Streets in Vancouver
Vancouver artists are working together during the COVID-19 pandemic to create some beauty through public murals. Much of the city’s busiest areas have turned into ghost towns and storefronts are being boarded up. But the Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) is commissioning artists to transform those fronts with temporary works of art.
Hong Kong-based restaurant creates playbook on getting back to business
Black Sheep Restaurants has created a playbook detailing every measure they have taken to combat COVID-19 and are offering it free-of-charge online to help fellow restaurateurs and business owners. Basic protocols from hygiene practices to how to communicate with guests are covered, and as well as helpful tips including where to source packaging for delivery and ideas for how to re-structure team schedules.
LocalLove.retales.ca links Nova Scotia businesses with online gift cards
So you don’t have to go out today but you can invest in a local biz for tomorrow
Parking ban in areas of Victoria will give pedestrians more room
Parking restrictions are coming to numerous Victoria neighbourhoods as transportation experts try to find space for walkers. Victoria transportation experts say they will expand the program to other neighbourhoods, including Quadra Village, Cook Street Village, Vic West and Fairfield. Those pedestrian heavy areas could see changes in the coming weeks.
Victoria seniors volunteers platform
Wellandtrulygrey.com is the effort of a small group of like-minded, Victoria-based, volunteer seniors who recognize that many of their fellow isolated seniors are struggling to stay connected with their peers, their families and the community resources they require. For these isolated seniors, wellandtrulygrey.com is their source of vital links to information about COVID-19 and government and community resources generated to help fight the virus and combat its impacts. It is also their interactive bulletin board and sounding board to help them stay connected.
City of Victoria acquires 115 motel rooms to house homeless population
These rooms are meant for people who have not displayed any symptoms of COVID-19, and one person will occupy each room. The rooms will be available to vulnerable people living outside in order to make sure they can meet physical distancing protocols put in place by the provincial health officer. The new locations will be administered by BC Housing and social service providers will be identifying people in the community who would be suitable to move in. Temporary outdoor homeless shelters at Royal Athletic Park and Topaz Park are currently being set up as temporary stopgap measures before authorities are able to find suitable indoor shelter spaces.
City of Victoria closes streets near Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road to encourage social distancing
In addition to these changes, the City of Victoria will also be sending out city staff to public spaces to engage with residents about playground and recreation facilities to remind them about physical distancing. CRD and City of Victoria parks are remaining open, though physical distancing is still encouraged.
Victoria Assigns Parks Staff To Start Growing Food For Residents
The parks department is working on growing 50,000 to 75,000 seedlings to give to residents in May and June for food security measures. City staff are currently in discussions with farmers and seed libraries to come up with a shortlist of easy-to-grow edible plants that would be ideal for home gardening.
City of Victoria won’t enforce rules on camping in parks to support people experiencing homelessness in physical distancing
The city has chosen Topaz park and Royal Athletic park as designated sites where harm reduction services, food services and security will be set up. Both have running water so people can wash their hands. The long-term plan is to get homeless people inside but with limited city-owned facilities that can be used, B.C. Housing has had to help find places like vacant motels for homeless people to stay.
Development and building applications in Victoria can now be submitted online
The applications that can be submitted online now include rezoning applications, development permits, heritage alteration permits, temporary use permits, variance applications, building plumbing and electrical applications.
City of Victoria launches interactive map showing where cherry blossom and plum trees are blooming in the region
The interactive map pinpoints different types of blossoming trees across the city. While provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is encouraging all residents to stay at home as much as possible, time outdoors is important for mental and physical health. With the weather improving in Victoria, now is a great time to explore some blooming flowers, as long as pedestrians follow physical distancing guidelines and stay at least two metres apart from one another.
PEI transitions to more accessible forms of support services
To provide support for residents who are suffering in various ways due to COVID, the Province has organized online psychiatry services, call-in clinics to replace walk-in clinics, and addiction day programs that uphold social distancing protocols.
Text4Hope Mental Health Support
Alberta Health Services’s ext4Hope is a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help residents cope with the stress and anxiety of isolation.
Library and museum staff helping in seniors’ homes during pandemic
More than 50 people who used to work in Bruce County’s libraries and museums have been asked if they could work with seniors instead. To date, the former librarians and archivists have just been screening people as they enter the nursing homes, but they’ll soon be trained to take residents to meals, clean bed pans, organize rooms, and eventually, even answer some call bells.
How public libraries are helping Nova Scotians: bookmobile, loaning out tablets, etc.
“We’re more than just some reading material,” said Troy Myers, chief librarian of South Shore Public Libraries. “So we want to do what we can to make sure those social connections are maintained.”
Regina Public Library putting its servers to use crunching COVID-19 data
Through a partnership with [email protected], four of the RPL’s servers and five computers from its Digital Media Studio are hard at work crunching data that scientists around the world are using to research COVID-19.
Newfoundland libraries adapting to isolation world with move to digital
Includes support in how residents can use virtual libraries to hold book clubs, learn things, go digital, etc.
Canada’s libraries step up to help vulnerable people during pandemic
In Toronto, nine TPL branches have been converted into food distribution centers in the past few weeks, in partnership with three local food banks. In Montreal the Grande Bibliothèque, the largest library in Quebec has been transformed into a daytime respite space for homeless people.
Kitchener Public Library has a Twitter thread of staffs’ pets enjoying some reading
Regina Library offers a Twitter thread on hand washing
It can be tough to teach proper hand washing to kids. So the library put together a thread of kids books as hand soaps.
Canadian Libraries Respond to COVID-19
With public libraries across Canada suddenly shuttered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, library leaders and workers across the country are quickly adapting to still serve people, primarily online. This article describes some of the initiatives across the country of libraries or library staff.
Mississauga Library’s electronic collection to almost triple through sharing plan with Burlington and Hamilton: Over 151K total electronic titles available in agreement
As part of the agreement, Mississauga library users could borrow up to 10 items in total from the Hamilton and Burlington electronic collections and place five more titles on hold. Mississauga library users would still be permitted to borrow 10 items from their local system, and place 20 titles on hold.
Toronto Public Library (TPL) providing brand new books for children, free of charge, in food hampers being distributing through its pop-up food banks
When clients visit a food bank at a TPL branch, library staff will add an age-appropriate book for each child in a family who is interested. TPL’s food banks have been set up in partnership with North York Harvest Food Bank, Daily Bread Food Bank and Second Harvest in nine library branches across the city.
Saint John regional mayors leverage local network to set the stage for recovery through Rise Up SJ
This initiative sees a core group of local citizens, leaders, organizations and government representatives volunteering their time to ignite a community network to build advisory ecosystems for needs associated with health outcomes, food and housing security, business sustainability, and driving future demand for the region’s products and services.
COVID-19 resources for municipalities
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) encourages members to review these resources regularly. The page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.