Ontario Enacts Stay-At-Home Order

avr 08, 2021
Need to Know
May is Museum Month
Mai, mois des musées
Social Media Kit

May is Museum Month / Mai, mois des musées is a program of the Ontario Museum Association and celebrated by Ontario’s 700+ museums, galleries, and heritage sites. May is Museum Month coincides with International Museum Day (#IMD2021) on May 18th, a worldwide initiative of the International Council of Museums.

May is Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities and to kick-off 2021's unique summer tourism season! In 2021, museums can emphasize all the ways that the public can experience their collection and stories—from fully online to safe, in-person experiences!

With this year’s International Museum Day theme of ““The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”, we want to highlight all the ways that museums are evolving to meet the challenges of today and emerge stronger for the future. 

Participate in May is Museum Month to: 
•    Promote your museum to a wide audience!
•    Showcase the ways your museum offers unique virtual or safe in-person experiences
•    Promote museums in your area as vital tourism assets
•    Celebrate the kick-off of to the 2021 ‘hyperlocal’ summer tourism season 

Download the Social Media Kit HERE.  
Tell us your story!
The OMA is hoping to amplify stories of innovative and engaging museum initiatives. How has your museum pivoted to offer online or safe in-person activities since the pandemic began? What are you planning for summer 2021 that showcases our province and hyperlocal tourism? 

Share your museum's experience with us to help shape the content of May is Museum Month / Mai, mois des musées  and our Special Feature in The Globe and Mail.

Please reach out to community@museumsontario.ca
Provincial News
Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and
Stay-at-Home Order
Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

The government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise , or for work that cannot be done remotely. As Ontario's health care capacity is threatened, the Stay-at-Home order, and other new and existing public health and workplace safety measures will work to preserve public health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations, allow for progress to be made with vaccinations and save lives.

Schools and Child Care
Schools and child care will remain open for in-person care and learning in public health regions where it is permitted, with strict safety measures in place.

In addition, beginning next week, education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs across the province, and all education workers in select hot spot areas, will be eligible to register for vaccination. Vaccinations will commence during the April break starting with priority neighborhoods in Toronto and Peel, then rolling out to priority neighborhoods in other hot spot regions, including York, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton and Durham. This will be followed by a rollout across the province as supply allows.

Actions for Individuals
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are asked to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household in our their communities. Individuals should remain in their local communities and avoid all non-essential travel – even within the province – and to stay home when ill even with mild symptoms. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

Read the News Release HERE
Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities

The Ontario Government is investing $2.9 million through the Inclusive Community Grants program to support 55 diverse community projects that will keep people of all ages and abilities healthy and engaged across the province. This funding will help municipal partners, Indigenous groups and community organizations strengthen and build more inclusive communities.

Projects being supported by this year's Inclusive Community Grants include:
  • Making public buildings and outdoor spaces more accessible in 13 rural communities in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock;
  • Accessibility upgrades for public beach access in Kenora;
  • Establishing an Age-Friendly Francophone community in London;
  • Wellness outreach and service referrals for rural seniors in Sudbury-St. Charles;
  • Refresher driving courses for seniors in Chatham-Kent; and
  • Culturally appropriate resources (medicine to pray, smudge and wear) for Haudenosaunee Elders at Six Nations.
Read more HERE. 
Funding Opportunities
Deadlines for 2021
Picture credit: Museum Windsor.
Descendants of Canada's all-Black battalion say 'justice, healing' needed
— not just a federal apology
The No. 2 Construction Battalion was created on July 5, 1916, following protests for the right for Black people to join the war effort. However, volunteers were given tasks like digging trenches, doing roadwork, laying barbed wire and burying the dead under dangerous conditions. 

"I would like to see these men celebrated as the heroes they were," said Barbara Porter, who's related to three battalion members and is vice-president of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum (AFM). 

Read more from CBC HERE.
OMA Initiatives
Explore Ontario's Museums
Special Feature
May 28th Ontario edition of The Globe and Mail & online
The OMA and The Globe and Mail are working together to provide Ontario's museums with an opportunity to showcase the experiences they will be offering during 2021's unique summer tourism season. 

This special feature of museums will highlight both in-person and virtual experiences in Ontario museums, and provides an opportunity for museums of all sizes and Regional Museum Networks to reach out to visitors in-print and online with special rates to advertise. 

As museums plan for their re-opening dates and tourists plan their "staycations", the Explore Ontario's Museums special feature, slated for publication on Friday, May 28th, will close out May is Museum Month with all that Ontario museums have to offer!

Important Dates:
  • Advertising Commitment- April 30th, 2021
  • Material Deadlines- May 7th, 2021
  • Print/Digital Publication Dates- Friday, May 28th, 2021

Read the Special Feature information Package HERE. 

To learn more and participate, reach out to your Globe and Mail advertising representative:
KEITH RYDER, Special Reports Associate

Minister MacLeod Summer Tour 2021
Museum Invitations to Visit

The Minister's Office is looking ahead to a possible Summer Tour of Ontario's tourism sites and invites suggestions and invitations from sites across the province by email at minister.macleod@ontario.ca.

The OMA encourages members to keep us informed of your interest in hosting Minister MacLeod at your site. Please email or cc community@museumsontario.ca on your correspondence with the Minister's office. 

The OMA will work with members and Regional Museum Networks to advance the sector and make the most of all opportunities linked to museum recovery.
Out-of-Province News
Why Egypt Paraded 22 Ancient Pharaohs Through the Streets of Cairo

Last Saturday, 22 Egyptian mummies joined the living for an extravagant celebration in downtown Cairo. Dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, the livestreamed procession featured the relocation of 18 ancient kings and 4 queens from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Wael Hussein of BBC News reports that the mummies had transportation fit for a king (and, in this case, queen): Each ruler was placed in an oxygen-free, nitrogen-filled container and carried on a boat-like vehicle equipped with shock-absorbing material. As Mostafa Ismail, head of conservation at NMEC’s Mummies Conservation Lab and Storeroom, tells CNN’s Alaa Elassar and Sarah-Grace Mankarious, the specially created capsules protected the fragile mummies “from the effects of humidity, especially … bacteria, fungi and insects.”

Read more from the Smithsonian Magazine HERE

Canadian Museums Association
Special General Meeting and Nominations

The following information is provided for members of the Canadian Museums Association:

Special General Meeting
Canadian Museums Association

On March 16, 2021, spurred by resignations from the CMA Board on March 10, a group of concerned members of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) came together to discuss critical issues facing the sector and the lack of consistent response from our professional association. The group wrote an open letter to the CMA executive, CMA members, and museum professionals across Canada expressing their concerns, and invited members to sign a petition calling for a Special General Meeting (SGM).

The petition gathered 92 signatures, including those of 54 Voting Members, as required by the Bylaws, and the notice of the result was sent to the CMA Secretariat and Board on March 19. The SGM, provisionally scheduled for April 30, will provide members and representatives of the community the opportunity to prepare a mandate letter and resolutions for the Association AGM. Notice of the SGM will be sent to all CMA members by the Secretariat.


Call for Nominations by Members
Board of the Canadian Museums Association

On March 25, 2021, the CMA announced the appointment of two new Board members, providing quorum for the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for May 3, 2021. At the same time, the CMA issued a renewed Call for Nominations. Nominations of candidates for the Board are crucial to support a renewed CMA. As a membership-driven organization, it is up to members to actively support its work.


Call for Nominations by Members
There are 11 positions on the Board, eight Directors-at-Large and three Officers (President and two Vice-Presidents). This is our opportunity to ensure that members can vote for Directors from a diverse and representative slate of candidates presented by the Members.

We are inviting you to be nominated or to nominate another candidate for the Board of the CMA. Submission guidelines are posted on the CMA website. Submissions require a short bio, proof of CMA membership and information about involvement with the CMA. The submission must also be supported by two voting members and include the concurrence of the nominee.

Nominations from Members must be sent by April 15, 2021 to elkaweinstein@gmail.com. We will prepare the Members slate to be sent in writing to the CMA by April 17, 2021.

Please reach out to us if you have questions or require further information:
Elka Weinstein
Victoria Dickenson
Naomi Grattan
Robin Inglis

Read more HERE.
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Upcoming OMA Dates

April 21, 2021: Registration Opens: CMS: Artifacts. Register HERE

May 3: Start Date: CMS: Museums in Context

May 11: Registration Opens: CMS: Organization & Management of Museums. Register HERE
The OMA Welcomes Your Support

If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

Please also consider making a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps.

Your support of the OMA and your participation in events like this webinar make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via the ONmuseums newsletter, eNews alerts, and COVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites.
COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.
Read more HERE.
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: community@museumsontario.ca or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director
For any questions or comments, please contact
Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, (mlalonde@museumsontario.ca)
and Christopher Shackleton at community@museumsontario.ca
or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. 

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