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On my run today I was mulling over why Doug Ford has decided to change isolation requirements at the start of the 2022-2023 school year, right as kids head #BackToClass, when every metric (cases, %pos, hospitalizations, deaths) is higher this year than last #SafeSeptember #onted Figures comparing cases, te...
The Minister of Education spent the summer repeatedly stating that he wants Ontario kids to have a normal, stable, and enjoyable school year. He even launched the #PlanToCatchUp and said he would give parents back some of their own money, roughly $70/kid, to help kids catch up.
Despite Mr. Lecce telling parents that our kids will have a normal, stable, and enjoyable school year, he has yet to demonstrate exactly how he will help ensure our kids have the best shot at a safe, uninterrupted, in-person school year, the 4th of the pandemic. #CovidIsNotOver
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Who needs #SomeGoodNewsInPublicHealth?

At least 18 #HighEd schools across 🇨🇦 have chosen to protect their students, staff and community with masks, among other public health protections.

Putting the health and safety of our community first is exemplary for a #SafeSeptember
Nova Scotia
-Dalhousie University
-Acadia University
-Saint Mary’s University
-Mount Saint Vincent University
-University of King's College
Newfoundland and Labrador:
-Memorial University of Newfoundland

-University of Manitoba

New Brunswick:
-University of New Brunswick
-Mount Allison University
-St. Francis Xavier University

-University of Prince Edward Island
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“How's the air quality in Quebec schools? Here's what we found

As fall approaches, the Montreal Gazette visited several everyday places to see how CO2 levels compare to those measured in classrooms.

Aug 26, 2022”
“The devices do not improve air quality but can be used to gauge whether a room is well or poorly ventilated. Since COVID-19 can spread through the air, they’ve also been used as COVID risk assessment tools.”
“ “If CO2 is increasing in a room, it means you’re not evacuating one of the contaminants accumulating, so that’s probably the case with the others,” explained Stéphane Bilodeau, an indoor ventilation expert and lecturer in the bioengineering department at McGill University.”
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Safe September Toolkit!

We are now two weeks away from a new school year, the first pandemic year with no protections in place.
PoPNB presents a toolkit for parents, teachers, and administrators to help understand SARS-CoV-2, how it spreads, and how to protect against it.
A PDF of the full #SafeSeptember toolkit is available on the PoPNB website:…
A shareable version is available on the PoPNB substack:…
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Get to work plebs, fuck your health, you must keep working regardless
NHS Federation states: #HumanitarianCrisis #HumanCatastrophe to describe the coming winter through the #ToryCostOfLivingCrisis #NationalHealthCrisis #EnoughIsEnough #EnoughIsEnough

this is a damning indictment if ever there was one!
the NHS Federation has written to govt to highlight an "impending humanitarian crisis" over winter in health of UK citizens #EnoughlsEnough #SocialistSunday
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Provinces DID NOT follow “duty of care” when removing universal masking policies in schools.

1) Latest revelations from NB:

Request for justification reveals a single study, later debunked. Study funded by right-wing libertarian group w/ ties to big oil & GBD.😱

See 🧵⬇️:
2) A court challenge in Alberta for the govt to reveal justifications for removing mask protections in schools, revealed that AB gov’s OWN DATA showed that masks reduce COVID-19 cases in schools & in community (less hospitalizations too), yet gov removed masks anyway!

3) That’s 2 provinces shown to use sloppy, cherry-picked studies from dubious sources or making decisions despite data showing otherwise.

Political, not evidence-based.

*All* 🇨🇦provinces who tossed mask protections look guilty of bowing to political pressure, then.
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My children are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines.

Thanks to the commitment of @ugdsb, they will learn in settings where ventilation upgrades exceed provincial recommendations.

Why am I stocking up on KN95 masks for back-to-school?
Because: What we are learning about the long-term effects of initial & repeat COVID-19 infections is scary (immune system problems, heart problems, diabetes, cognitive changes).

While COVID-19 rates remain high, using all available measures will give them the most protection./2
Because: Some students, education workers & family members are at higher risk of serious illness & complications from COVID-19 infections.

While COVID-19 rates remain high, using all available measures will make sure schools are as safe as possible for everyone./3
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A couple of thoughts about comments from the top doc at this morning’s presser. A brief 🧵

1) Ontario isn’t currently masking. Do not insult our intelligence. Say clearly #COVIDisAirborne and people should #MaskUp indoors, preferably with N95s. Don’t tell people to wash hands!
2) People can’t assess risk when they have no data. #COVID19 is on the rise. It is all around us, in every workplace, every pub, restaurant, gym, shop, entertainment event, camp, daycare, grocery store.

3) 5 days was never enough for isolation. Support adequate leave. Be honest.
4) Be clear that the newer vaccine in “the fall” isn’t a vaccine that exists yet; we don’t have one for BA.4/5. It will then need to be approved. It *may* materialize for November. Then you’re going to make us fight for HCWs, essential workers, pregnant people, PWDs to access it.
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#Wave7 of BA5 is here

#Wave8 of BA2.75 on its heels

Re/infection prevention of #SARS2 is your job on a population level

Please act #FASSST
Here’s what #SARS2 can do to our children now

H/T @itosettiMD_MBA

Re/infection prevention of #SARS2 is your job on a population level

Please act #FASSST
I don’t want #LongCovid for myself or my child,

which can happen no matter how mildly initially infected,

for which there is no treatment or cure

Re/infection prevention of #SARS2 is your job on a pop level

#LongCovid PHO=51-80%…

Please act #FASSST
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🔺3k workers (20-69 yrs) perished in #CdnPoli pandemic @CPHO_Canada. Hard to get good official #OSH info . Using #ONpoli @WSIB injury reports & PHU data from
@TOPublicHealth &
to estimate where fatalities might b . #TOpoli #PaidLeave #SickPlan #COVIDZero Image
#Pandemic #ONpoli work hotspots inc warehouse, transport, health, #OntEd, manu, construction, stores & offices. Adj fatalities for #excessdeath as per @MoriartyLab . #DayOfMourning @FredHahnCUPE @HarveyBischof @ETFOpresident @aefopresidence @OECTAProv @SharleenStewart @FolkDawson Image
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I have some Thoughts on the issues around the "negativity" of the #ableg leftists, Alberta NDP supporters, and the Alberta NDP (ANDP) in general. Its clear that while these three groups (and subsections) are on the same side, they arent always on the same team (and thats ok)
Lets start with the ANDP as a party - or the "outrage machine" as its been occasionally nicknamed. Where does this come from? Its simple - the ANDP needs to connect with as many voters as possible, and it creates a situation like this:
Lets assume that there are ten issues: jobs, spending, covid19, LGBTQ+ issues, womens issues, policing, O&G/pipelines, agriculture, economy, environment. Lets also assume that 10% of the Alberta population cares about each one of these issues, and no other.
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Hello colleagues and parents/guardians:

I'm pleased to be assigned to the #TDSB Learning Centre 4 - Virtual Elementary School. My home school is
@WBurgessTDSB, where I was the Teacher-Librarian. More links and information coming. #SafeSeptember ->…
Parents and guardians experiencing account and password issues should look for this message at the following link:…
Support is also available for #TDSB Brightspace users. ->…
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.@AndreaHorwath up now at the Ontario Legislature debating her motion to cap class sizes at 15, wonders why the government didn't ready a back to school plan sooner. The plan that came out ignored advice from Sick Kids to keep class sizes small. #topoli #onpoli #onted
As a result we have class sizes of 28, 30, 32, and 35. (Norm's note: I have heard of classes of at least 28 in my ward). These sizes put extended family at risk. We've seen photos of desks less than 1 ft apart, with 30 little ones crammed in a classroom #topoli #onpoli #Onted
When desks are touching, how can teachers ensured items aren't being shared by kids. Physical distancing is impossible in these situations. Kids are also being crammed onto school buses. How can drivers keep these many kids safe and apart? #topoli #Onpoli #Onted
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THREAD: My speech at the groundbreaking of the new École à la Découverte in Elsinore-Chambery & to Ed Minister LaGrange:

It’s a pleasure to join you on the traditional territory of Treaty Six & of the Metis people. Congratulations to the École à la Découverte community 1/ #ableg
This is an important milestone in a long journey towards a building that can accommodate all of the students that want to learn here. Many young families are choosing to live in North #YEG, Castle Downs in particular & Im so happy that they will have a new Francophone school 2/
to serve them. Many of those students have parents who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces & many of those members have come to AB from Francophone communities elsewhere in Canada. ItS so important to our military community & our broader community, that we have strong 3/
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Smaller class sizes do not equate to “less work” for teachers. A long-range, unit, or lesson plan looks similar, regardless of class size.

You may be thinking that would reduce time spent on evaluation and assessment — ie. less work..


True, but invariably that time gets re-invested working with students: supporting, troubleshooting, collaborating, and — perhaps most importantly in these times — building classroom community and providing social and emotional support for children.


Teaching always expands to fill the available space.

And speaking of space, the whole point of parent/teacher/student demand for smaller classes is to create space in a room to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the broader community.

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Last month I launched the @OntLiberal Party's Students in Schools Action Plan. Moms and dads across Ontario are desperate for leadership and need clarity about how students and education workers would be going back to school (1/4).
Now, just a week away from Labour Day, two million Ontario students are preparing to go back to school over the next few weeks. Parents, students and educators are anxious about their safety. They need answers now (2/4).
That's why we're here today to launch a new website: where parents, teachers, and education workers can share their stories - so Doug Ford is forced to hear their voices. Even if it means playing your testimonial in the Legislature (3/4).
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We've been compiling info on school reopening plans across the country. No clear winner yet, but Nova Scotia seems the best, Quebec the worst

We're going to keep updating this as more info comes in, and you can check here…

#masks4canada #SafeSeptember
School reopening depends on all of these important factors being optimized
1) Masks for children of all ages can be difficult to accept, but evidence is increasing on their effectiveness. @ChildLifeMorgan goes over some basics on how to prepare your kids for school
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Ontario #students, #parents, #grandparents, #teachers, #eduworkers #doctors, #nurses, #frontlineworkers, #busdrivers, #businessowners, and EVERYONE ELSE who is concerned that a failed #OntEd plan will undo all our efforts of the last 6 months: we need your voice...
Share a selfie video w/
to share your concerns and push for SMALLER CLASS SIZES based on evidence & expert advice.

We need submissions by FRI., AUG. 28. They will be compiled & edited to create a video open letter.

Follow the script, but make it your own:
Dear Premier Ford,
I am _____ (your name, profession, whatever you want to share)
I live in ____ (where are you in #Ontario?)
I want smaller class sizes b/c _____ (share whatever you like; why is this important to you?)
Please reduce class sizes. Smaller is safer.
Thank you.
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Feds transfer $381M to ON to top up the almost $800M that the province has provided to #SchoolBoards to better ensure a #SafeSeptember @opsba…
Reopening Plan Implementation: $200 million =
$100 million to complement the health & safety of school reopening plans, in consultation with local public health units, including the hiring of custodians, HVAC, improvements, internet connectivity for students & other local needs +
$30 million to support additional PPE for schools.
$70 million for the temporary hiring of educators as required.
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Listening to the @JustinTrudeau Back to school press conference. He says school matters, and getting them back to school safely with confident parents really matters. He tells a story of a family concerned w/going back to school; they want a #SafeSeptember. #topoli #onted #onpoli
.@JustinTrudeau says we must follow all local public health advice, and to provide the funding necessary to take action for a #SafeSeptember. The federal government is investing up to $2 billion through the Safe Return to Class fund. Our children must be our top priority. #onted
The announcement is designed to support Provincial Governments, and is flexible for provinces to use towards PPE or remote learning or anything else school related. Also announcing $112 million for First Nations Schools. #cdnpoli #Onpoli #onted #topoli
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Today @Sflecce referred to the collective voice of Ontarians expressing concern about his flawed reopening plan as "noise" he'll ignore.

This shows utter contempt for the people of this province.
Apologize, Mr. Lecce. Then resign.

To be clear: violent threats are not acceptable. Ok, that's out of the way.

But to characterize legitimate, justifiably harsh criticism as 'bullying' is wrong (oh, poor powerful MoE with full weight of the govt machine behind him) & to dismiss it as mere "noise" is offensive.
*Absurd this even has to be clarified. But, just for the record.
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1/ #VENTILATION is a key factor in #SafeSeptember for #onted. In this thread I'll cover:

🔸My immediate 3 asks of @sfleece and @fordnation

🔸A suggested room-by-room assessment and implementation methodology

🔸Who to follow Photograph of a rusty rooftop classroom exhaust fan that was
2/ My immediate asks of Ontario:

1⃣ Update the Guide to Reopening Ontario's Schools to add #ventilation, currently absent. I recommend using Schools for Health: Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening from Harvard School of Public Health…
2⃣ Also update the Guide to Reopening Schools to reflect current knowledge regarding the relative importance of airborne transmission of COVID-19 compared to surface transmission.
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I keep seeing photographs of K classrooms full of tables two metres apart with chairs for kids to sit in spaced out away from each other. I keep wondering, what makes us believe that 3, 4, and 5 yr. olds will spend their whole day sitting at tables? (A threaded tweet.)
When behaviour happens (& it will, based on the environment itself), then what? This is not the child’s fault. @susanhopkins5’s message here really resonated with me:…. What are the limits, & then what CAN we do within those limits?
Maybe there’s little that we can do. I 100% agree that safety has to come first. But tonight, my heart aches for our learners — some of whom are coming to school for the very first time. I want them to want to come back again. I want a #SafeSeptember that allows this to happen.
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This just out: @AmyTanMD and I make the case that by not mandating masks for K-12 children in schools, we are playing Russian roulette with the health of our children, educators and communities.


#SafeSeptember #Masks4Canada @DFisman @AshTuite
1. Children represent ~3–9% of COVID-19 infections. This fraction is rising in the US due to testing and increased exposure. Although children have less severe symptoms than adults, why some children get sicker and a rare few die is still unknown.…
2. Children transmit COVID-19 to household and non-household contacts with resulting severe outcomes, such as death. Expectant mothers infected with COVID-19 tend to have more severe outcomes than other women of reproductive age.…
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