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 +====== Science fiction comes true again ======
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 +March 12, 2020
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 +I won’t go into the pandemic facts; no doubt you are all keeping informed. There are some good websites below.
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 +What might be news for you is that, like Sheridan, all Ontario colleges have suspended or strictly curtailed international travel. Laurentian University has closed their buildings and put all classes online because one of their professors was found to have Corona virus. Many of my Local President peers from across the province have reported that their colleges are making plans, or at least opening discussions on possible building closings and online alternatives to save this semester.
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 +Your CAAT-A Union communication lines across the province are humming. Besides the paramount safety concerns, we must monitor and plan strategies for the Labour concerns that might arise from modified learning delivery. RM Kennedy, our Divisional Executive Chair summed it up succinctly. ​
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 +Some of the issues we are centering on, include, but are not limited to:
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 +- the assumption that faculty have the technological ability or even home infrastructure to teach online
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 +- workload tracking
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 +- intellectual property, in light of a mass dump of material online
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 +- sick days for contract faculty
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 +- complex accommodations for students (with workload implications)
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 +At Sheridan we have started preliminary talks with the College. COVID-19 is the main agenda item at our Union College Committee (UCC) meeting coming up this Monday. I will bring up the pandemic concerns later today with our President and Vice-President Academic with whom I sit on the Senate Executive Committee. I expect that they too are in discussions.
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 +Although I would like to have more information for you, I felt it important to let you know that your Local Union is very concerned and active. I will report back as new information surfaces. For sure I will update you on what we learn at the UCC on Monday.
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 +Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick or if you know that you have been in contact with someone who has the virus. These are strange times, we will adjust.
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 +Some pertinent links:
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 +Laurentian Classes Cancellation
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 +https://​www.sudbury.com/​local-news/​covid-19-laurentian-announces-its-cancelling-classes-as-a-precaution-2154599
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 +Live Coronavirus Tracker (refresh to update)
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 +https://​ncov2019.live/​data?​fbclid=IwAR2X53-Ie5Ug2J83b7otMZOVM8rKLiHj_8xjYKJCKjW3n1FNmT-SuEm3Uyc
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 +Ontario Ministry of Health
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 +https://​www.ontario.ca/​page/​2019-novel-coronavirus
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 ==== Doug Ford’s Education Agenda ==== ==== Doug Ford’s Education Agenda ====
  
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