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EC3 Bulletin: Artsvote Ontario and Artsweek 2022

May 17th, 2022

Artsvote Ontario
May 26 at 8:00pm, Showplace


Artsweek 2022
September 23 to October 1, 2022

Save the Dates!

Hello Everyone,

It has been a delight in recent months to see the return of live and in-person art experiences to our city: Public Energy’s hugely successful Erring at King George, the ever-expanding First Friday Art Crawl, new music venue Jethro’s Bar and Stage opening its doors, the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival next month, and the return of live performance to venues like Showplace, Market Hall, and the Theatre on King – just to name a few examples!

EC3 is pleased to share details of our own upcoming large-scale arts event, Artsweek 2022. The celebrated arts festival makes its triumphant return, September 23 to October 1. Read on for details about that, a save-the-date reminder for Artsvote Ontario, which takes place May 26, and reminders about the Bierk Art Fund Bursary Program and upcoming grant deadlines.

Artsvote Ontario

Artsvote Ontario, the candidates’ meeting with a focus on arts and culture issues, returns on May 26 at 8:00pm at Showplace’s Nexicom Lounge. This year’s meeting brings a new format with a chance to review and rate the responses of provincial candidates to important arts issues and participate in conversations with them about what might make a difference to the local arts scene. Watch for more details on EC3’s social media and in an upcoming Bulletin.

Artsweek 2022

Artsweek is a multi-disciplinary showcase that started in 2005, that brings new work to new audiences in unexpected ways, supports original creation by local artists, and celebrates Peterborough as an innovative, creative community with a vibrant arts scene. Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artsweek makes its triumphant return this year, September 23 to October 1.

Artsweek 2022’s festival theme is Art in Unexpected Places. Whether it’s mask-making and circus arts in the forest, music, puppetry and projections in downtown courtyards, poetry in the plaza, or a journey of truth and reconciliation along the city’s waterways, as always, local artists will turn the whole city into a living stage for music, visual arts, performance and more. All Artsweek events are FREE and open to the public.

Please see the seven projects receiving Artsweek Production Grants to create events during the festival. Watch for more event announcements, including the return of some all-time audience-favourite arts events as well as more new and innovative programming, coming soon. Follow Artsweek on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and watch the Artsweek website for details.

EC3 gratefully acknowledges the support of The City of Peterborough, the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), and Canadian Heritage in making Artsweek 2022 possible.

Reminder: Bierk Art Bursary Fund

Are you graduating Grade 12 this year? Are you pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts in 2022-23?

EC3 is once again offering bursaries of $1000 each to two students as part of the Bierk Art Fund Bursary program. Find out full program details [on our website, and apply before the deadline, May 26, 2022 at 11:59pm.

If you have questions about the program, or about how the portfolio review process will work, EC3 is running a Virtual Portfolio Review Workshop this Thursday, May 19 at 7:00pm. Register here.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Here are important grant deadlines coming up soon:


KEEP INFORMED, STAY IN TOUCH

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in EC3 Announcement

Media Release: A Sneak Peek at Artsweek 2022 – September 23 to October 1, 2022

May 13th, 2022

Peterborough, ON – The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is excited to announce the return of Artsweek, Peterborough’s multi-disciplinary festival of the arts, September 23 to October 1, and the seven projects receiving Artsweek Production Grants.

Artsweek is Peterborough’s biennial festival of the arts, a nine-day, multi-disciplinary showcase recognizing the outstanding work of local artists and the contribution that the arts make to the quality of life and vitality of our community. Artsweek is a legacy project of the City of Peterborough’s Centennial celebrations, and has been produced and presented by EC3 since 2015.

Artsweek brings new work to new audiences in unexpected ways, supports original creation by local artists, and celebrates Peterborough as an innovative, creative community with a vibrant arts scene. Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artsweek makes its triumphant return this year.

Artsweek 2022’s theme is Art in Unexpected Places. Whether it’s mask-making and circus arts in the forest, music, puppetry and projections in downtown courtyards, poetry in the plaza, or a journey of truth and reconciliation along the city’s waterways, as always, local artists will turn the whole city into a living stage for music, visual arts, performance and more. All Artsweek events are FREE and open to the public.

Here’s a look at just some of what’s in store:

 

Artsweek 2022 Production Grant Recipients

Dark Eyes (Naomi Duvall)
A shadow puppet play about the love story of a woman and an extraterrestrial with live music inspired by the Russian folk song “Dark Eyes,” performed outside The Theatre on King.

The Woodland & the Wilds Promenade (Jennifer Elchuk)
Three community events inviting the public to make a mask, fly a banner and join a magical gaggle of woodland puppets, stilt-walkers, and traveling musicians on a celebratory tour of our shared green spaces.

Artsweek Invitational Peterborough Poetry Slam (Jon Hedderwick)
The Peterborough Poetry Slam returns with the first-ever Artsweek Invitational Peterborough Poetry Slam, an evening of in-person, competitive performance poetry.

Construction Guys (Nicole Malbeuf)
A comedy street theatre show for all ages, where a parking lot is transformed into a circus before the audience’s eyes.

Reckoning the River (Janette Platana)
Participants take guided tours on a decolonizing walk along the Otonabee River, and then will create a personal booklets of Polaroid photos and text in response. This is a decolonizing project toward reconciliation and will use the Reconciliation Canada Community Action Toolkits and Discussion Guide tools.

Interactive Musical Animations by Benj Rowland (Benj Rowland)
A series of short performances by Rowland consisting of original songs and folk music, accompanied by animated projections of Benj’s own creation.

The Verandah Society (Kate Suhr and Megan Murphy)
Bringing all-new storytelling and original music, The Verandah Society leads audiences through our collective pandemic experience, examining how we foster hope and build life after loss.

 

More Still to Come

Additional projects, and the full schedule of festival events, will be announced soon, including the return of some all-time audience-favourite arts events, along with more new and innovative programming.

Full details about the festival can be found on the Artsweek website, and updates will also be posted on Artsweek’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

EC3 thanks The City of Peterborough, the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), and Canadian Heritage for their generous support in making Artsweek 2022 possible.

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is a not-for-profit service organization supporting the arts and culture community in Peterborough and the surrounding region. EC3 provides strategic leadership, research, grants and partnerships that build and strengthen the sector.

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For Further Information Contact:
Su Ditta
Executive Director, EC3
705 749 9101
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org

Posted in Media Coverage, EC3 Announcement

EC3 Bulletin: Bierk Art Fund Bursary Program 2022

May 9th, 2022

Want to Study Art Next Year? Applications Open of EC3’s Bursary Program for Post-Secondary Studies in the Visual Arts

Hello Everyone,

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is pleased to once again be offering the Bierk Art Fund Bursary Program for Post-Secondary Studies in the Visual Arts. This bursary is open to Peterborough high school students completing Grade 12 in 2022, who plan to undertake post-secondary studies at a provincially accredited institution in the visual arts during the 2022-23 academic year, and is made possible with support from the Bierk Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. This is the fourth time EC3 has provided this program of support for young artists.

The Bierk Art Fund Bursary Program will provide two bursaries of $1,000.00 each to graduating high school students in the City or County of Peterborough (including Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations) whose work demonstrates great promise (artistic merit) and who have a serious commitment to pursuing further studies at the post-secondary level in the visual arts. Students present their work (including, but not limited to portfolios) to a jury panel comprised of arts professionals. The two successful candidates will be announced immediately and celebrated at this year’s Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts at the Peterborough Arts Awards on September 30, 2022.

Eligible applicants must complete a Bierk Art Fund Bursary Application Form and send it back to bierkartfundbursaries@gmail.com before the deadline of Thursday, May 26 at 11:59pm EDT.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email from EC3’s Program Coordinator Gabe Pollock, with a designated appointment time and Zoom link to meet with the jury panel for a Portfolio Review during the week of May 30 to June 5. Appointments are 30 minutes in length. The jury will choose two winners after meeting with all of the applicants. All applicants will be assessed on the same criteria. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 7.

Find out more HERE.

Portfolio Workshops

Want to learn more about portfolios, and how the jury process works? EC3 will be running an informal workshop about the Bierk Art Fund Bursary Program on Thursday, May 19 from 7:00 to 8:30pm on Zoom. We will discuss portfolio creation, how to prepare for a portfolio review and answer any of your questions about the application process.

Click here to find out more and register for the workshop.

Thank Yous

The Bierk Art Bursary Fund was made possible through generous donations provided by the public to honour the lives and contributions to the arts made by Liz and David Bierk. Our sincere thanks to all of those who contributed, and to the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Peterborough for their partnership in making these bursaries possible.


KEEP INFORMED, STAY IN TOUCH

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in Bulletin, EC3 Announcement

EC3 Bulletin: Arts and Culture Sector News Updates – April 2022

May 6th, 2022

Arts Sector News Updates, Local Arts Events, New Video Series, and Grant Deadlines

Hello Everyone,

We hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the increasingly warm weather, and taking the opportunity to get out there and rediscover the city.

To assist with that, this Bulletin includes a listing of some upcoming local arts events that we’re excited about, along with a selection of news and information resources that affects our sector (locally and nationally), as well as an updated grant deadline calendar and a new EC3 project to celebrate National Poetry Month this April.

To keep up-to-the-minute on all the latest arts news and EC3 happenings, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the EC3 website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Arts Sector News and Updates

Listen to the latest episode of CharityVillage’s podcast, CharityVillage Connects, Alternative Revenue Options for Canadian Nonprofits, about how Canadian nonprofits are re-examining their business models and seeking alternate funding sources to improve resiliency. Got a grant application coming up? CharityVillage  also offers The five R’s of grant writing: Tips for creating compelling applications.

Call for Applications: the Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is Canada’s major award for critical experimentation in digital media. Established in 2015, the annual prize recognizes and celebrates artists working actively and creatively with digital media. The 2022 award includes five $5,000 prizes and a group exhibition at Trinity Square Video (Toronto).

The Government of Canada unveiled the 2022 federal budget earlier this month. Read Mass Culture’s initial analysis of the budget, as they work towards the 2022 Alternative Federal Budget for the Arts. Mass Culture has also unveiled the results of their Building an Arts Impact Community Datathon, which collected over 40 resources about measuring the impact of the arts.

The City of Peterborough’s 2023 Budget process has begun, with a series of public consultations and an online survey. Have your say about what you think the city should be funding, and what kind of city you want to see. If you live in the Northcrest Ward, public consultations happen April 28, and anyone in the city can fill out the Budget Guidelines survey until April 29.

Jobs! Peterborough Musicfest is hiring for a number of positions for the summer season, including a Host/Event Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Site Supervisor, and setup and teardown crew (details here). Meanwhile, for young people, the Art Gallery of Peterborough currently has two open positions, Curatorial Assistant and Education Assistant, through the Young Canada Works program (details here).

The City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program currently has an open call for [Artist-initiated Public Art Projects](https://www.peterborough.ca/en/explore-and-play/public-art.aspx). This call is open to both established and emerging artists, including those interested in expanding their practices into the public realm for the first time. Artists can propose artworks in any scale, scope, and medium in any part of the city. Deadline is May 12.

Throughout the pandemic, Business/Arts have been tracking Canadians’ attitudes about returning to the arts through the Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS). They recently released the results of the latest survey – watch this video overview, and check out the PowerPoint presentation for all the details.

Local Arts Events

Peterborough Poet Laureate Sarah Lewis is presenting a Spoken Word Poetry Showcase outdoors at the Silver Bean Cafe on May 4 and 6:00pm. This event will feature an open mic, as well as performance by four up-and-coming spoken word poets from Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. Follow Lewis @indigkwe_ on Instagram for updates.

Next month, artists are taking over the former King George Public School in East City as Public Energy presents Erring at King George, a multi-disciplinary arts festival with site-specific art works and performances presented by over 70 artists over two weekends: May 6 to 8 and May 13 to 15. Read all about it in this KawarthaNOW article, and find out more on the Erring website.

Mark your calendar: Peterborough’s Artisan Centre is hosting a new event this year, the Fibre Arts Festival, on May 14. Head to the Artisan Centre’s website for details.

On May 28, the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Ukrainian-Canadian comedy legend Luba Goy, familiar to CBC viewers across the country as part of the famous Royal Canadian Air Farce, serving as host for a light-hearted Concert of Surprises. This will be the PSO’s first concert with a full orchestra since the start of the pandemic. Details on the PSO’s website.

National Poetry Month Video Series

April is National Poetry Month, and EC3 is celebrating with a series of videos by local poets and spoken word artists. Last week we posted the delightful “You’re at Home with Justin Million,” as well as Sarah Lewis’ “More Than a Poem,” and watch for an upcoming video by ziysah. Check our social media, YouTube page, or find the videos on our website.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Here are important grant deadlines coming up soon:


KEEP INFORMED, STAY IN TOUCH

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in COVID-19, Bulletin, EC3 Announcement

Peterborough Public Health update: Community risk index ‘very high’

April 14th, 2022

Please see the following release from Keith Beecroft, Public Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health, shared on Wednesday, April 13:

“Good afternoon everyone –

Apologies in advance for the length of this letter, but there are many important updates that we need you to be aware of.

I want to go back to a quote we referenced in the early days of the pandemic from Michael Leavitt who was the US Director of Health and Human Services: “The experience reminded me that pandemic planning is made even more difficult because anything you do to prepare in advance of a pandemic seems like an overreaction, and anything you say sounds alarmist. But after a pandemic starts, anything you have done to prepare seems inadequate.” It is with that sentiment in mind, that we share the following with you:

“It is clear that the sixth wave is continuing to surge and I remain very concerned for the health of our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health. “I know this is not the news we wanted to hear before a long holiday weekend, but the safest course of action is to wear a mask and avoid social gatherings and high-risk settings.” We have simple and effective tools at our ready, and we are urging you to consider implementing as many of them as possible in your setting.

The context:

Today, we are moving from ‘high’ to ‘very-high’ on the COVID-19 Community Risk Index. (Please see this press release)

Actions you can take:

  1. Masks are simple and effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID in your workplace. We are urging you to implement a workplace masking and vaccine policy.
  2. The vaccines for COVID are safe and effective. Ensuring you and your staff are up to date with their COVID vaccines will go a long way to protecting both the health of your team, the community, and the economy.
    • The vaccine is proven to decrease the severity of illness should your staff become ill. Additionally, staff who are up to date on their COVID vaccines will require less time off should they become ill (i.e. 5 days off with 24h improving symptoms for vaccinated staff vs. 10 days off with improving symptoms for unvaccinated/under vaccinated staff).
    • Please consider implementing a workplace vaccine policy for your staff
  3. Please ensure your staff stay home when they are ill or unwell.
  4. In the event that there is an outbreak at your workplace:

Outbreak Definition
An outbreak in a workplace is defined as two or more cases in workers and/or other visitors, with a connection (e.g., same work area, same shift) within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the workplace.

Examples of reasonably having acquired infection in the workplace include:

  • No known source of infection outside of the workplace (i.e., no known contact with a probable or confirmed case/outbreak outside of the workplace); OR
  • Known exposure in the workplace.

Scenario:
Person A goes to their neighbor’s house for supper and a few days later develops COVID-19. During Person A’s ‘period of communicability’, Person A and Person Person B shared an office and had lunch together.
If Person B, with no other exposure to COVID-19, develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or tests positive for COVID-19, it would be considered a workplace outbreak.

If an employer is advised that a worker has an occupational illness due to an exposure at the workplace or that a claim has been filed with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the employer must give notice in writing within four days to:

You may also wish to review COVID-19 Guidance: Workplace Outbreaks. Please report workplace outbreaks to PPH here.

Please note, these are not permanent measures we are asking for, but rather immediate strategies we can activate when they are warranted to reduce the burden on our health care system and protect each other – “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

In broad strokes all of the above is capture here COVID-19 and workplace health and safety and here COVID-19 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the latter which details employer obligations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at workplaces).

Health Canada has produced this checklist that can also be used to guide you through the process of working together safely: Reducing COVID-19 risk in community settings: A tool for operators

In this constantly shifting world, we continue to be grateful for your partnership and dedication to protecting our community.

We hope this helps, even a little – please be in touch if we can help with or clarify anything else.

With thanks,

Keith”

Posted in COVID-19

Peterborough Public Health Update: Survey results, new tools, expanded vaccine elgibility

April 7th, 2022

Please see the following release from Keith Beecroft, Public Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health, shared on Monday, April 4:

“Good morning everyone –

With the warming weather, budding trees, and melting snow – here’s hoping today doesn’t feel too much like a Monday for you!

A quick update for you all!

Many of you will remember that from February 28 to March 14, 2022, Peterborough Public Health (PPH) conducted an online survey to receive feedback from local businesses and workplaces regarding their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and to gain a better understanding of the supports PPH can provide in the months ahead. The survey was intended for owners, operators, and managers of workplaces, and responding to the survey was voluntary. All responses received were confidential and anonymous and have been aggregated into themes for the purposes of reporting.

All that to say – thank you for your responses, we are pleased to have your insights and have prepared the attached summary with the findings; we are already starting to incorporate your feedback into our work, and are glad for your continued support!

Additionally, you will recall the “Swiss Cheese analogy” we’ve been using throughout this response – that not one layer or protection is perfect by itself, so many layers of protection are needed. Here are two more layers (tools) that we’ve recently added to the local tool box:

As always – please be in touch if there is anything we can help with!

With continued thanks,

Keith”

In addition, since the publication of this letter on Monday, there have been two additional announcements we wanted to share:

  • The provincial government is expanding elgibility for a 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose to adults 60 years of age or older and First Nation, Inuit, and Metis Adults 18 years of age or older
  • Due to the expanded vaccine eligibility, all COVID-19 vaccine appointments at PPH clinics must be booked. Starting Thursday, April 7 appointments can be booked over the phone by calling 1-833-943-3900 or online.

Posted in COVID-19

EC3 Bulletin #72: Arts and Culture Sector News Updates: Late March 2022

March 31st, 2022

Local Arts Events and News, COVID-19 Public Health Updates, and Grant Deadlines

Hello Everyone,

We have made it through another month, and while the weather may not be quite as warm as we might hope, things are looking bright in the local arts community. As the province has dropped most COVID-19 health and safety restrictions (at least for now), we are seeing more arts and culture spaces re-opening their doors, more events happening, and more life returning to the city and the downtown.

This Bulletin provides an update on some of those events, as well as passing along with an update from Peterborough Public Health discussing the most recent round of public health changes, and a friendly reminder about some upcoming grant deadlines.

To keep up-to-the-minute on all the latest arts news and EC3 happenings, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the EC3 website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Local Arts Events and News

Peterborough Symphony Orchestra returns to Showplace this Saturday, April 2 with As the Sun Rises, a concert celebrating spring’s renewal and hope, including works by Wagner, Elizabeth Raum, and Aaron Copland. Find out more here. Also CONGRATULATIONS to the PSO, who were awarded the Vida Peene Orchestra Award by the Ontario Arts Council. The award is given out biennially to assist Ontario orchestras.

This Friday, April 1 is the monthly First Friday Art Crawl, with many of the downtown galleries and studios (as well as cafes and restaurants) extending their hours and opening their doors to the public. Check First Friday’s website, where a full schedule of events and openings will be posted.

Artspace is expanding their hours, adding walk-in hours (no appointment needed) Fridays 3pm to 6:30pm, Saturdays 12pm to 4pm. They are also available by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Come check out their exhibit José Andrés Mora: The Mornings in Reverse, running now to May 14, with a drop-in reception at the gallery on April 23.

Kawartha Potters Guild is hosting their first ever fundraising event, Celebrate Ceramics, on April 8. This gala event will include live music, appetizers, and a piece of pottery to take home. Find out more here.

The Gordon Best Theatre has been hosting a number of great events recently. Coming up soon: Kiki Coe headlines the Mother Knows Best drag show on April 2, and Benj Rowland’s Community Garden album release show on April 9.

Market Hall has several shows coming up soon, including an April Fools comedy show (April 1) and Jack de Keyser (April 2). Find out more on the Market Hall website.

COVID-19 Health Regulation Changes

As of last Monday, March 21, the Government of Ontario has lifted nearly all COVID-19 public health restrictions, including capacity limits and mask mandates in most places. We shared this information on our social media at the time, but for your reference, we also wanted to include the full details in a Bulletin as well.

We encourage everyone to continue monitoring Peterborough Public Health’s COVID-19 page and social media in the upcoming weeks and months, as there may be more updates and more regulation changes yet to come. This includes the update yesterday that Ontario (and in particular Peterborough) are now experiencing a sixth wave of the pandemic.

“Good morning everyone,

As of 12:01 a.m. today, the province has removed many of the required public health measures for most businesses and organizations. For full details, please review O. Reg 364/20. This also includes the removal of mandatory masks in many indoor areas. However, masks must still be worn in:

  • indoor premises and vehicles of public transit service,
  • hospitals,
  • long-term care homes,
  • retirement homes,
  • congregate care settings, and
  • clinics that provide health services.

Even though many businesses and organizations are no longer mandated to have masks worn in indoor areas, Peterborough Public Health strongly recommends that local residents continue to wear masks after March 21. To read more about this recommendation, click here. This recommendation coincides with an increase in COVID-19 transmission in our community as observed from the latest COVID-19 local wastewater data. Further to this, there are still thousands of local residents who remain at risk of serious disease if they get infected. Businesses and organization can reinforce our recommendation by encouraging patrons and staff to wear a mask in indoor areas. If you require signage to encourage mask use, please click here. For more information about the types of masks for various settings, please click here.

COVID-19 projections and modelling to assist with your planning

As we move into the warmer months, many businesses and organizations are determining policies and procedures that will be needed to protect staff and their patrons. Information that will be helpful to this planning, is the most recent COVID-19 projections and modelling data released by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. The key findings were that:

  • COVID-19 case numbers, hospital and ICU occupancy have stopped declining; there is considerable regional variation.
  • Given the relaxation of public health measures and consequent increase in transmission, hospital and ICU occupancy will likely increase over the next few weeks, but less than in January 2022 and for a limited period of time, if changes in behaviour are only moderate.
  • The extent of this increase, and of a person’s risk of contracting COVID-19, will depend on the number of close contacts (especially indoors without masking), vaccination status, and the spread of the more transmissible BA.2 subvariant.
  • Older adults, immunocompromised, unvaccinated and marginalized individuals and groups are still susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19.
  • A complete vaccine series (currently two doses in children, three doses in adults, four in long-term care residents and other eligible high-risk groups) is the best defense against getting and spreading COVID-19.

In light of the above, Peterborough Public Health emphasizes that a layering of multiple strategies will continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we move through the next few months:

  • Make sure you’re fully vaccinated with three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, or four doses if you’re immunocompromised,
  • Wear a mask,
  • Ensure the spaces you’re in, especially without a mask, are well ventilated. Click here for a fact sheet.
  • Stay home when sick,
  • Complete a rapid-antigen test if symptoms appear, and recording them in the PPH surveillance survey here.
  • Wash hands regularly,
  • Maintain physical distance.

Next steps for PPH:

We are presently reviewing the results of our business/organization survey to determine what is needed to support a variety of sectors over the coming months. You can always find up to date information about vaccines, clinics, and prevention measures on our website, or by calling 705-743-1000. While our COVID-19 updates to you may be less frequent, PPH is still committed to providing you with information as the context and situation changes.

With continued thanks,

Keith”

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Here are important grant deadlines coming up soon:


KEEP INFORMED, STAY IN TOUCH

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in COVID-19, Bulletin

Peterborough Public Health Update: Masks and modeling

March 22nd, 2022

Please see the following release from Keith Beecroft, Public Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health, shared on Monday, March 21:

“Good morning everyone,

As of 12:01 a.m. today, the province has removed many of the required public health measures for most businesses and organizations. For full details, please review O. Reg 364/20. This also includes the removal of mandatory masks in many indoor areas. However, masks must still be worn in:

  • indoor premises and vehicles of public transit service,
  • hospitals,
  • long-term care homes,
  • retirement homes,
  • congregate care settings, and
  • clinics that provide health services.

Even though many businesses and organizations are no longer mandated to have masks worn in indoor areas, Peterborough Public Health strongly recommends that local residents continue to wear masks after March 21. To read more about this recommendation, click here. This recommendation coincides with an increase in COVID-19 transmission in our community as observed from the latest COVID-19 local wastewater data. Further to this, there are still thousands of local residents who remain at risk of serious disease if they get infected. Businesses and organization can reinforce our recommendation by encouraging patrons and staff to wear a mask in indoor areas. If you require signage to encourage mask use, please click here. For more information about the types of masks for various settings, please click here.

COVID-19 projections and modelling to assist with your planning

As we move into the warmer months, many businesses and organizations are determining policies and procedures that will be needed to protect staff and their patrons. Information that will be helpful to this planning, is the most recent COVID-19 projections and modelling data released by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. The key findings were that:

  • COVID-19 case numbers, hospital and ICU occupancy have stopped declining; there is considerable regional variation.
  • Given the relaxation of public health measures and consequent increase in transmission, hospital and ICU occupancy will likely increase over the next few weeks, but less than in January 2022 and for a limited period of time, if changes in behaviour are only moderate.
  • The extent of this increase, and of a person’s risk of contracting COVID-19, will depend on the number of close contacts (especially indoors without masking), vaccination status, and the spread of the more transmissible BA.2 subvariant.
  • Older adults, immunocompromised, unvaccinated and marginalized individuals and groups are still susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19.
  • A complete vaccine series (currently two doses in children, three doses in adults, four in long-term care residents and other eligible high-risk groups) is the best defense against getting and spreading COVID-19.

In light of the above, Peterborough Public Health emphasizes that a layering of multiple strategies will continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we move through the next few months:

  • Make sure you’re fully vaccinated with three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, or four doses if you’re immunocompromised,
  • Wear a mask,
  • Ensure the spaces you’re in, especially without a mask, are well ventilated. Click here for a fact sheet.
  • Stay home when sick,
  • Complete a rapid-antigen test if symptoms appear, and recording them in the PPH surveillance survey here.
  • Wash hands regularly,
  • Maintain physical distance.

Next steps for PPH:

We are presently reviewing the results of our business/organization survey to determine what is needed to support a variety of sectors over the coming months. You can always find up to date information about vaccines, clinics, and prevention measures on our website, or by calling 705-743-1000. While our COVID-19 updates to you may be less frequent, PPH is still committed to providing you with information as the context and situation changes.

With continued thanks,

Keith”

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Peterborough Public Health Update: New case management guidance and an update on the rules

March 15th, 2022

Please see the following release from Keith Beecroft, Public Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health, shared on Friday, March 11:

“Good afternoon everyone –

We hope that your Friday is off to an uneventful start and the prospect of a restful weekend is on the horizon for you.

Before jumping into the updates, we wanted to share some resources that our friends at Ottawa Public Health have developed. To say this period of change brings many emotions for many people is likely an understatement – and we want to remind you that whatever you are feeling is normal. There are some great tools here so that you can support your staff (and each other) through these changes. Mental health is health.

Working Towards Recovery: Workplace Health and Wellness Guide

New case, contact, testing, and outbreak management guidance

Upcoming changes to COVID-19 provincial orders and requirements

  • This week the Chief Medical Officer of Health announced a gradual move away from emergency measures and resuming operations. This includes a move away from a reliance on provincial direction through mandatory requirements.
  • This means that as of March 21, the province has announced that masking requirements in most places (including schools) will be removed. However, masking will still be required for public transit, long-term case, retirement homes, and other health-care settings, congregate care settings, shelters, jails and congregate care and living settings, including homes for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Also, on March 21, all other measures in effect for businesses will be removed, including passive screening and safety plans.
  • For further details and timelines, click here.

Next Steps:

Our webpages are presently being updated and we are working on our COVID-19 prevention messages following March 21st. In the meantime, please feel free to refer to the provincial webpages that have been updated with the most current guidance:

….All that to say – thank you! And as always – please be in touch of there is anything we can help with!

Warmly,

Keith”

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EC3 Bulletin #71: Arts and Culture Sector News Updates: March 2022

March 3rd, 2022

COVID-19 Health Regulations Loosening, Local Arts Events, New Research, Grant Grant Deadlines, and More

Hello Everyone,

It’s March, and as days start to get longer and temperatures start to rise, we are also seeing perhaps the most dramatic loosening of COVID-19 restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic, as the Government of Ontario ends (at least for now) vaccine mandates and capacity limits.

As restrictions lift, we are also seeing more and more arts events happening in the community. This Bulletin highlights some of these exciting upcoming events, along with a roundup of news items from the arts and culture sector, and upcoming grant deadlines.

To keep up-to-the-minute on all the latest arts news and EC3 happenings, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the EC3 website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

COVID-19 Health Regulation Changes

March 1 sees perhaps the most dramatic loosening of COVID-19 public health regulations since the beginning of the pandemic.

Keith Beecroft, Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health (PPH), provides the following updates on the new rules, and other topics as well:

“Well, here we are. After nearly two years, the Regulations have changed to permit most activities from happening again, the way we remember them happening before the pandemic was declared. As of 12:01 this morning, we are officially in O. Reg. 364/20, Schedule 4 – “General Rules at the Roadmap Exit Step”. In all iterations of the pandemic response (frameworks, colour coded zones, steps, etc.) – we’ve never come this close to ‘normal’.

That’s not to say that the pandemic is over, and that’s not to say there still isn’t risk in the community – but starting today, these are the general rules that will needed to be followed:

  • Capacity limits have been lifted in all indoor public settings,
  • Proof of vaccination requirements have been lifted,
    • businesses and organizations may choose to require proof of vaccination upon entry,
  • Other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements and passive screening of patrons remain in place, and
  • Businesses and organizations that are open must continue to have safety plans in place

The repeal of these measures signals that we have reached a turning point of this pandemic such that our health system is not at risk of being overwhelmed. Unfortunately, however, COVID-19 is still very much present in our community and transmission is still occurring. Due to the high number of people with 2-doses of vaccine, and many of these with their booster dose, the threat of severe illness and disease caused by COVID-19 has been reduced. There are still many prevention measures individuals will need to consider to protect themselves from COVID-19 transmission.

  • Does this mean we can serve food and beverage again? Yes.
  • Does everyone indoors, still need to wear a mask? Yes. With limited exceptions.
  • Does this mean that we don’t need to physical distance at our arts space? Yes.
  • Do we need to do contact tracing? No.
  • Do we need to actively screen staff and volunteers and document the passing of their screening? It’s encouraged, but not required. (At the very least, they would be subject to passive screening requirements)

You get the idea!

The changes are likely welcome for some, and scary for others – wherever you land on that spectrum is fine – and PPH remains committed to helping you navigate ‘whatever comes next’; we’ll continue to be in touch as things change/evolve/get updated.

Workplace Outbreak Reporting Tool
The goal of outbreak management is to identify the source of illness, control the outbreak, and limit secondary transmission. This reporting tool will also add to our local data set, and allow PPH to monitor trends such that we can make informed decisions about COVID-19 in our community.

Our goal is to:

  • provide a mechanism for workplaces to officially report outbreaks to PPH,
  • provide a mechanism to help PPH staff follow up with Infection Prevention and Control supports (if needed), and
  • reinforce employers’ awareness/knowledge of existing resources

The purpose of the reporting workplace outbreaks is not punitive or to demonstrate fault. The information collected is done voluntarily and will be kept confidential. It is our aim to protect the health of residents and visitors in our region, while at the same time protecting the economy – workplace reporting allows us to do both.

Please report workplace outbreaks here: PPH COVID-19 Workplace Reporting.

Booster Doses for 12-17 Year Olds

Ontario has expanded booster dose eligibility to youth aged 12 to 17. Appointments can be booked through the provincial booking system and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose.

Engagement Survey

As the pandemic shifts, so to must our pandemic response; Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is always striving to work in the best interest of the community we serve. As such, we are looking to you, to help inform and guide our work. The feedback you provide in this five-minute survey will help us improve our engagement efforts during our on-going response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note throughout the survey we will use ‘workplace/setting’ to refer to the sectors PPH has been engaging with throughout the COVID-19 response. We welcome your response, and we encourage you to share this survey with others in your workplace/setting that would like to provide their feedback too.

Responses to this survey are anonymous and information provided will be kept confidential. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. The services you receive from PPH will not be affected by your responses or participation in this survey.

We thank you in advance for your invaluable feedback.”

Arts Sector News Roundup

CARFAC has released a new resource, Indigenous Protocols for the Visual Arts, providing practical guidance for respectful engagement with Indigenous Peoples. The guide is designed for the visual arts, but these ideas and protocols are well worth a look for all Canadian artists and arts organizations.

Hill Strategies’ latest research initiative, Artists in The Pandemic: Recent and Long-Term Labour Force Trends, is an instructive look at the outsized impact the pandemic has had on artists. You can also read a previous research report, Innovation and Resilience in the Arts, Culture, and Heritage, Canada and attend their upcoming webinar, Arts Research in Canada – Insights and Absences.

Nominations are open for the National Gallery of Canada-administered Sobey Art Award. Open to artists across Canada, the Sobey Art Award is recognized as one of the world’s most generous privately funded prizes for contemporary visual artists, with over $400,000 in prize money this year.

Locally, KawarthaNOW put out an excellent article, It’s ‘now about survival’ for the Peterborough arts community as pandemic takes a heavy toll, which includes personal accounts from local artists and arts leaders about the impact of the pandemic on the local scene and what is needed for recovery.

Local Arts Events

With the changing COVID-19 health rules, we are seeing a return to more and more arts events in town. Here is a small selection of some of what’s coming up:

After a winter/lockdown hiatus, the First Friday Art Crawl returns to downtown Peterborough this Friday, March 4. Watch the Crawl’s website and social media for announcements about exhibitions, performances, and special events taking place as part of the crawl.

Artspace’s Book and Zine Fest returns this month, with a slate of panels, performances, and digital vendor booths taking place March 7 to 13. The gallery also reopens its doors this month, with the exhibition José Andrés Mora: The Mornings in Reverse, running March 12 to May 14.

The Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival is offering a virtual workshop for Indigenous artists on the NIFF-specific tech process on March 15 from 11-12pm, hosted by managing director, stage manager and project/production manager Deborah Ratelle. Email indigenousfringefest@gmail.com for details and registration.

Peterborough Performs returns to Showplace on March 20. This benefit concert featuring over 15 local bands and musicians is raising local awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness, and raising funds for the United Way of Peterborough & District. Tickets available online.

See also the slate of events coming up at Market Hall, Theatre on King, and Showplace.

Black History Month Resource List

Black History Month may be over, but educating ourselves about Black history and celebrating Black voices and creators is a pursuit worth continuing all year long. In case you missed it, EC3 has released a Black History Month Resource List to help us honour and inform ourselves about the legacy of Black Canadians, to support Black causes and Black creators, and to celebrate some of the memorable art being created by Black artists in Peterborough and across Canada. We encourage everyone to take a deep dive into some of the websites, books, documentaries, and events listed within.

Also, watch for the return of EC3’s Spotlight on Local Black Artists later this year.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Here are important grant deadlines coming up soon:


KEEP INFORMED, STAY IN TOUCH

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

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