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Manitoba schools 'will rely heavily' on parents dropping off students next fall: education minister= ASL VLOG coming soon

Fewer Manitoba students will be singing about the wheels on the bus when they go back to class in the fall, the province says. To ensure physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be less capacity on school buses. That means schools will rely on parents who can transport their kids to class, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen said during a news conference Thursday. "[Getting kids to school] is probably the biggest challenge, and … probably the one that department officials and public health wrestled with the most," Goertzen said. "We will rely heavily on parents who are able to bring their kids to school to do that, and that, I think, will alleviate a lot of the pressures." In which regions parents are most able to drop off their kids, and how much pressure parents truly take off of the schools, won't be known until the fall, he said. But he cited a survey sent to parents with school-aged children in Manitoba, which received 30,000 responses — about half of which said parents could and are willing to drive their kids to school during the pandemic. Goertzen noted that dropping kids off at school may be inconvenient, but the pandemic has been "inconvenient for everybody." The Winnipeg School Division received information about back-to-school "at about the same time as the public," a spokesperson said. "We're going to take some time today and tomorrow to review it and identify what additional items we need to apply to our existing framework for reopening schools in WSD." The Louis Riel School Division is keeping its focus on community safety and support, and guidance from the province will inform its planning and decisions, said superintendent Christian Michalik through a spokesperson. "Our goal is to create an approach that maximizes well-being and mitigates risk," said Michalik, adding that a "comprehensive plan for a safe return to schools" will be available no later than June 30. The safety issues schools will have to navigate will revolve around the significant increase in traffic, including ensuring physical distancing occurs on school grounds, and the safety of students walking or biking to school, said James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers' Society, which represents 16,000 public school teachers. Survey seeks input from Manitobans on reopening schools to students That responsibility will likely fall to school principals, said Bedford. "Teachers want students to be safe, and I've not met a school principal who has not said student safety is one of our priorities," he said. CBC News contacted other school divisions around Winnipeg and the Manitoba School Boards Association for comment, but had not heard back as of Thursday night. Brenda Brazeau, executive director Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, an organization that speaks for parents with kids in public school, warns that the province may receive some flak if parents start getting penalized for driving their kids to school. "Say they work at seven o'clock, and all of a sudden they're dropping their kids off at eight o'clock at school, they're an hour late. How is that going to evolve?" said Brazeau, who is also a mother of six. The province also has to consider what to do if someone is written up for being late to work, and how to accommodate families without automobiles, she said. Brenda Brazeau, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, says the province must think of possible issues parents will face by having to drop their kids off at school. (Trevor Brine/CBC) Resorting to other drop-off arrangements also presents an opportunity for schools to promote active transportation, says Sean Carlson, sustainable transportation co-ordinator at Green Action Centre in Winnipeg. "With disruptions being the best time to change behaviours and change habits, that by only emphasizing kids being driven to school, we're missing out on a really valuable opportunity to turn things around," said Carlson, who works directly with schools on active transportation. Carlson points to designated active transportation routes in Winnipeg, including a stretch of Wellington Crescent, that allows people to walk and bike on the road as an example. He notes that implementing such plans depends on the individual school, but says that even designated drop-off zones a short distance from the school would allow opportunities for less vehicular traffic, and children to gain independence by walking to school safely. The Louis Riel School Division is keeping its focus on community safety and support, and guidance from the province will inform its planning and decisions, said superintendent Christian Michalik through a spokesperson. "Our goal is to create an approach that maximizes well-being and mitigates risk," said Michalik, adding that a "comprehensive plan for a safe return to schools" will be available no later than June 30. The safety issues schools will have to navigate will revolve around the significant increase in traffic, including ensuring physical distancing occurs on school grounds, and the safety of students walking or biking to school, said James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers' Society, which represents 16,000 public school teachers. Survey seeks input from Manitobans on reopening schools to students That responsibility will likely fall to school principals, said Bedford. "Teachers want students to be safe, and I've not met a school principal who has not said student safety is one of our priorities," he said. CBC News contacted other school divisions around Winnipeg and the Manitoba School Boards Association for comment, but had not heard back as of Thursday night. Brenda Brazeau, executive director Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, an organization that speaks for parents with kids in public school, warns that the province may receive some flak if parents start getting penalized for driving their kids to school. "Say they work at seven o'clock, and all of a sudden they're dropping their kids off at eight o'clock at school, they're an hour late. How is that going to evolve?" said Brazeau, who is also a mother of six. The province also has to consider what to do if someone is written up for being late to work, and how to accommodate families without automobiles, she said. Brenda Brazeau, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, says the province must think of possible issues parents will face by having to drop their kids off at school. (Trevor Brine/CBC) Resorting to other drop-off arrangements also presents an opportunity for schools to promote active transportation, says Sean Carlson, sustainable transportation co-ordinator at Green Action Centre in Winnipeg. "With disruptions being the best time to change behaviours and change habits, that by only emphasizing kids being driven to school, we're missing out on a really valuable opportunity to turn things around," said Carlson, who works directly with schools on active transportation. Carlson points to designated active transportation routes in Winnipeg, including a stretch of Wellington Crescent, that allows people to walk and bike on the road as an example. He notes that implementing such plans depends on the individual school, but says that even designated drop-off zones a short distance from the school would allow opportunities for less vehicular traffic, and children to gain independence by walking to school safely.

Health Canada posts recalls for three more hand sanitizer products

TORONTO -- Health Canada has added more hand sanitizer products to their growing recall list. The agency first announced recalls of some hand sanitizer products on June 6 due to the presence of industrial-grade ethanol, and has continued to update the list throughout the month. The following hand sanitizers were added to the recall list on Monday: Health Canada recalls more hand sanitizers containing industrial-grade ethanol Health Canada recalls six hand sanitizers containing industrial-grade ethanol Gel Antiseptique Pour Les Mains, made by Megalab Inc. Germzero, made by Flash Beaute Inc. Tekare Instant Hand Cleanser Gel, made by TEKPolymer Inc. The contaminant listed for these products is ethyl acetate. According to Health Canada, industrial-grade ethanol is harsher than the type of ethanol that has been approved for use in hand sanitizers in Canada. Industrial-grade ethanol also could contain extra chemicals not suited for use in hand sanitizers. A list of hand sanitizers approved for sale in Canada, as well as a list of similar products that have been accepted under COVID-19 interim measures can be found on Health Canada’s website. If you have purchased any of the recalled products, Health Canada recommends that you stop using them at once. Over-use could cause cracked skin and irritation. If you have any health concerns about your use of these products, contact your health-care provider. You can return the hand sanitizer to your local pharmacy for proper disposal, or follow the guidelines in your region for properly disposing of hazardous waste. The products listed in previous recalls on June 6, June 10 and June 11 are: Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Liquid, made by Applied Lubrication Technology Tidol Hand Sanitizer 70%, made by Tidol Corporation Aktif Antiseptique instantane pour les mains, made by Laboratoire Hygienex Inc. Smart Care Hand Sanitizer, made by R&D Technical Solutions Ltd. X-Pure Vert-2-Go Gel, Wood Wyant Inc. Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer - 70% Ethyl Alcohol, made by Eltraderm Limited Hand Sanitizer, made by Contract Packaging Distributions Inc. Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer, made by Nature's Own Cosmetic Company Inc. Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol, made by Sanilabs Inc. Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer, made by Walker Emulsions Ltd. Hand Sanitizer Desinfectant pour les mains, made by Walker Emulsions Ltd. Dash Vapes Hand Sanitizer, made by DashVapes Inc. Isogel, made by Lalema Inc.

Can I take a road trip this summer? Here’s which provinces are open to tourists

If you had to cancel your summer vacation because of COVID-19, you’re not alone. From nixed events and music festivals to restrictions on patios and restaurants, summer will look very different for most Canadians. But all hope is not lost. According to experts, this could be the perfect time to explore your own backyard — with a road trip. READ MORE: Your guide to summer — How to enjoy outdoor activities despite the pandemic This is especially true if your destination is the great outdoors, said Dr. Stan Houston, a professor of medicine at the University of Alberta and an expert in the prevention of communicable diseases. Going camping or canoeing with the family you’ve been living with during the pandemic is “one of the safest things you could do,” Houston said — especially if you take everything, like groceries, with you. “That would be unimaginably safe — you’re in the great outdoors,” he said. “Everything else you do that’s a bit different from that might potentially have some (risk).” Inter-provincial travel The risk level of a road trip will largely depend on your destination and its amount of community transmission, Houston said. If you’re from a big city like Montreal and you’re heading to a smaller nearby community with fewer instances of COVID-19, you need to be mindful that you could be carrying the virus and act accordingly. On the contrary, “if you come from a small, safe town and you’re taking holiday in Montreal, then the risk might be greater for you,” Houston said. “That’s one of the things to (consider) in terms of your safety.” Several provinces and territories have already implemented travel restrictions for those who are not residents of that region. Problems can arise when travel is done between provinces and an individual doesn’t isolate, Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto previously told Global News. B.C. still recommends that all non-essential travel beyond the B.C.-Alberta border be avoided. The province’s borders to the Yukon and Northwest Territories are also restricted to essential travel only and some highways are closed. Can I go to the beach or someone’s backyard? Here’s how risky summer activities are Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario do not have provincial travel bans. All three provinces, however, are advising against non-essential travel. Although it did at first, interprovincial travel between Manitoba and other western provinces, up to west of Terrace Bay in Ontario, no longer requires a two-week self-isolation period. Quebec has begun to loosen some travel restrictions that were implemented earlier in the pandemic. In April, checkpoints were created to bar travellers from too much mobility if they weren’t travelling for essential reasons. Most of the province has opened back up again, but some areas are still restricted — including the Cree territory of James Bay. Some provinces, like Nova Scotia, are imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travellers coming from other parts of Canada. And even stricter regulations are in place in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. In Newfoundland and Labrador, only residents of the province can enter along with those who have extenuating circumstances. New Brunswick is prohibiting all non-essential travel and the province is screening all who enter and enforcing a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Canadian campgrounds have reopened for the summer. Here’s what will keep them safe Prince Edward Island is also barring all non-essential travel and anyone attempting to enter the province for non-essential reasons can be turned away, or be told to leave immediately if they are found to be there for the wrong reasons. New Brunswick has tied a new swath of cases to a doctor it claimed travelled to Quebec and did not isolate upon returning to the province. However, that doctor disputes the claim and is seeking an apology from New Brunswick, saying everyone he initially came into contact with has tested negative for the virus. Staying in a hotel The safety of a hotel depends on precautions both you and the hotel take during your stay. Canadian hotels are implementing strict cleaning protocols, and that, combined with physical distancing and good hand hygiene, should make it relatively safe for you to spend a night away from home in the near future, experts say. “If people take proper precautions and the hotel really does follow these strict cleaning protocols … I think there’s a way that people can reasonably enjoy some time out of their homes in the safest way possible,” said Dr. David Finn, the medical director at Massachusetts General Hospital. The main areas of concern at a hotel, says Finn, are interacting with staff and other guests in common areas and the way rooms are cleaned. To reassure potential guests, many hotels — from luxury resorts to budget-friendly brands — are sharing the changes they’re making on their websites. New practices may include adding hand sanitizer stations in lobbies, disinfecting surfaces like elevator buttons more frequently and removing extra items in rooms, such as pens and paper. Breakfast buffets may also be replaced with prepackaged meals. ‘Safe’ ways to socialize When it comes to visiting tourist attractions, “the devil’s in the details,” Houston said. “If you’re walking around a big city and it’s not super crowded and you’re maintaining your physical distance and perhaps wearing your mask … I think that would be a very low-risk activity,” he said. For public places like shared washrooms, you can assess if it’s safe enough for you to use, experts told Global News. Bending the rules to go to the cottage? Here’s how to be safe It’s important to remember that when it comes to COVID-19, the primary risk factor is the number of people you are around, Allison McGeer, an infectious diseases specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital, previously told Global News. “It is a little difficult in bathrooms sometimes to maintain social distancing. So that’s a bit of an issue,” McGeer said. But ultimately, making more of an effort to distance in a bathroom is a better option than leaving bathrooms closed, she said. From AC units to patio decor: 6 ways to upgrade your COVID-19 summer The most important precaution to take when using these facilities is to wash your hands thoroughly, because that will mitigate the risk of touching certain surfaces, she said. Ultimately, if you take all the necessary precautions and minimize interactions with other people in enclosed spaces like grocery stores, Houston said, a road trip should be pretty safe. Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know: Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities. To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

Library Services during COVID 19

Library Services during COVID-19: Home This guide provides answers to questions about the current library closures and re-openings during COVID-19. Thank you for your patience. Millennium, Henderson, Pembina Trail, St. Boniface, Sir William Stephenson, Transcona, Louis Riel, and St. James-Assiniboia library branches are open for holds pick-up service, telephone reference service, new library memberships and card renewals, and access to return borrowed library materials. Hours of operation: Monday to Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Winnipeg Public Library will continue to deliver online programs and services, which include maintaining an extensive online eLibrary of digital media, expanding eBook 24/7 access and maintaining the Ask Us service. We are not accepting donations of books or other materials at this time. The digital library is open and available 24/7. Through it you can access: downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks streaming movies and music eMagazines and newspapers Research databases Many of our online services have added free content (i.e. available without having to place a hold or use a credit) that will be available during the closure.

Manitoba students will head back to classes on Sept. 8- ASL VLOG coming soon

Students in Manitoba will return to classes on Sept. 8 — nearly six months after they last had a regular school day. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen took to Twitter on Monday to announce that teachers and staff will be asked to return to schools on Sept. 2 and students will follow about a week later. The earlier return for staff will provide them with time to get their heads around new health protocols and to prepare spaces with proper distancing. It will also enable them to come up with ways to help those students who need some learning recovery, Goertzen said. "As expected, the experience with at home learning has been difficult for many. While there will be a need for supplemental learning opportunities for many students in the next school year, the desire was that it be accommodated within the school year," he posted. Brian O'Leary, superintendent of Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg, said it's welcome news. "Schools aren't schools without kids," he said. "I think lots of parents, lots of kids and lots of teachers are kind of Zoomed out at this point." In an online statement, the president James Bedford of the Manitoba Teachers Society said the union is pleased for a post-Labour day return, but also frustrated that teachers will be losing out on mandated non-instructional days. Bedford said teachers and staff will be expected to report to work for three non-instructional days to prepare for the school year, which reduces the number of remaining professional development or administrative days from ten to seven. "If there ever was a year where the importance of professional development days is crucial it is this one," he said. "This move devalues teachers and is very disappointing." The NDP Critic for Education Nello Altomare said the uncertainty of returning to classrooms has caused stress for teachers, parents and students. Altomare criticized the premier and education minister of refusing to offer support to teachers and educators by laying off thousands of workers and slashing professional development time and other resources for them. Survey seeks input from Manitobans on reopening schools to students Teachers, divisions working toward safe return of some Manitoba students this school year Radean Carter, a spokesperson for the Winnipeg School Division said while the news comes as a relief, there are still many details to be worked out based on how COVID-19 rates evolve over the next few months. "We are looking at a number of different scenarios that might play out for September," she said. "It could be all in class, truly it could be all home learning, it could be a combination," she said. "It's like a big jigsaw puzzle that we're working on." Students walked out of their schools on March 23, when the government initially suspended classes a week ahead of the scheduled start of spring break. The holiday was also extended for another week beyond its original scheduled ending. At the time, Goertzen said he hoped it would help against the spread of the COVID-19, as governments were beginning to shut down places that supported large gatherings. When it became clear that COVID-19 was going to last much longer, in-class learning was cancelled indefinitely by March 31. Teachers continued to assign work, conduct assessments and engage with students online. But not everyone had the ability to do that from home, so the province said no one's grades would decrease from where they were when classes were suspended. Students who wanted and were able to continue with school could use the opportunity to improve their grades. No recess? Manitoba schools planning for new reality in fall, if they're even able to reopen Manitoba K-12 schools close indefinitely due to COVID-19 Premier Brian Pallister had hinted earlier this year that schools could potentially reopen to resume in-class learning as early as Aug. 31. To gauge the comfort level of parents and guardians in sending their children back to class, the province undertook an online survey that covered a range of scenarios including the use of masks, hand sanitizer and bus transportation. It was based on that feedback that the province decided to reopen classes as they traditionally have, after the Labour Day long weekend, Goertzen tweeted. Schools were allowed to reopen as of June 1 but it was on an extremely restricted basis. Appointments had to be made for one-on-one instruction, assessments, counselling or other limited programming requested by a student. O'Leary said the return of students on a limited basis this June has been smooth and there have been no cases of virus-transmission among staff or students. It's his hope all students can return full-time in the fall but he expects there may still be components of remote learning, particularly for older students, he said. "We're looking at being maybe not quite normal, but a lot closer to normal, in September and we think kids need that and we think our schools are going to be ready for that," he said. Both O'Leary and Carter added bus transportation is one item that still needs to be worked out, as buses cannot currently run at full capacity. More details on the full school reopening plan will be announced soon, Goertzen posted.

Via Rail makes wearing a mask mandatory on all trains

Via Rail says passengers will be required to wear masks to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Montreal-based passenger rail service says it's making the change as ridership increases with the gradual reopening of the economy. The policy is in line with Transport Canada guidelines for wearing face coverings on planes, trains, ships and public transit. Masks are mandatory for employees who interact with customers. They must also be worn throughout trips, except for when eating or drinking, and when physical distancing is not possible in stations and at boarding. Via Rail says it will have a limited number of disposable masks available for passengers who don't have one at boarding. Passengers with chronic respiratory issues, people with certain disabilities and children under two years old will not have to wear masks.