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Mondays With Mike

With everything going on, my ward coffees have been postponed. Instead, I will be going live on my Councillor Mike Nickel page (on Facebook) every Monday at 6:30 PM. I invite you and whoever you know to join us. I am here to answer the tough questions you may have. Click on the picture below to be directed to the live post.
Last week, I hosted the first live session of Mondays with Mike on Facebook. It is time to start thinking about what the consequences are and prepare to help organizations who depend on the City and its residents for their continuing operations.

Click here to watch the most recent session of Mondays with Mike we hosted on Monday, March 30th.

Planning For What Comes Next

As we start to adjust to our new COVID-19 reality, and try to plan for the post-COVID-19 reality that is yet to come, it is time to start thinking about what the consequences are and prepare to help those people and organizations who depend on the City and its residents for their continuing operations. As I have said many times, we need to prioritize, organize, and execute what we do as a City, and clearly, that is what we must be doing now.

The first thing we must do is get a grip on the scope and scale of what the organizations and facilities are at risk to lose, due to their loss in revenues because of the widespread shut-downs. Organizations such as the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, the Arts Council, the Sports Council, and the various festival organizations such as Heritage Days all need to take stock of their operational shortfalls and compile their bills in short order. Priority must be given to the physical infrastructure such as Community League Halls, Soccer Centers, and Arts and Cultural facilities like the Winspear, so we have a full understanding of the costs of keeping the heat and the lights on. Remember – these facilities will have had no revenue due to program and rental cancelations, and there is no firm date in the future when they will start back up again. We need to understand (at least quarterly) what the ongoing costs are going to be so we can get the asks into the City and Provincial governments as soon as we are able. Keeping the heat on is our first priority. Then, we can deal with the lost revenues and employee shortfalls.

I have sent requests to the above organizations asking for their operational shortfalls. If you belong to a group that falls under one of these organizations and have not yet been contacted by them, please reach out to them. This will help us create the most complete financial report possible so that we can make a single ask. Let’s use our time wisely and start adding up how much money we are going to need moving forward.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Municipal
Edmontonhttps://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/emergency_preparedness/covid-19.aspx

SOLE Update

The City renewed a State of Local Emergency for another week. SOLE gives the City extraordinary powers to help protect public health. Our top priority is the health and safety of all Edmontonians, including the most vulnerable. We’re all in this together.

SOLE’s renewal has 3 new orders, effective immediately:

– Personal services shops must suspend operations
– Physical distancing of 2m (roughly the length of an adult bicycle) in public spaces is required
– Confirmed/suspected cases of COVID-19 must self-isolate

Personal services shops ordered closed include:
– Tattoo Parlours
– Hair Salons
– Barber Shops
– Nail Salons
– Health Spas
– Tanning Salons
– Body Rub Centres

Closures also apply to home businesses or businesses that come to your home to provide these services. While SOLE orders are effective immediately and can be enforced by peace officers, we are focusing on education first to allow suspension of services to occur in an orderly fashion. Thanks #yeg, for working together with us to help flatten the curve.

Provincial
Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Federal 
Canadahttps://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Education Suggestion:

Now that students are learning from home, do you have a favourite website? The website I have linked below has a pile of great world-films for children with lesson plans. Let me know what you think.

https://kidworldcitizen.org/best-movies-for-kids-from-around-the-world-plus-lesson-plans/?fbclid=IwAR06jdkuQpYMj9ITIl4pa9thw9WgeSHm82fKC7yZ-Q6WFv4ZBmZpI_zpYj4

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