ONmuseums: Townhall & AGMs

Apr 02, 2020
At the OMA
Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod
Tele-Townhall Recordings

Please find below links to both the first and second tele-townhall recordings that Minister MacLeod held with industry wide stakeholders on March 19, 2020 and March 26, 2020 respectively.

March 19, 2020
Marie Lalonde, OMA Executive Director, introduced the first question in requesting early release of CMOG operating grants. 
Forward video below to 21:33 minutes.

March 26 2020
Michael Rikley Lancaster, OMA Council Secretary, and Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, asked about funding for nonprofit museums who are not CMOG recipients. The Minister recognized hardship being faced by museums, but did not provide an immediate answer on direct support. Josh Basseches, Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum was one of the speakers.
Forward video below to 51:10 minutes.

OMA Awards of Excellence Nominations
Wanted: museum professionals and volunteers to spotlight!

Ontario has a community of AMAZING museum professionals and volunteers, emerging and established. It’s an honour just to be nominated, and you can even nominate yourself! There is still plenty of time to submit your Awards of Excellence nomination by May 22nd, 2020.

For more information about the individual and project award categories, click here.

CMS: Artifacts New Registration Opening Date
New registration opening date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Course: CMS Artifacts
Date: June 17-19, 2020
Location: Canadian War Museum, Ottawa
Mark your calendar!
Questions? Email pd@museumsontario.ca

Read more about the CMS program HERE.
Read more about Course Directors HERE.

New and Renewing OMA Members
Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Aurora Cultural Centre
Aurora Historical Society and Hillary House National Historic Site
Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives
Beaver River Museum
Bell Homestead National Historic Site
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
Canadian Language Museum
Canadian Museum of History
Capital Heritage Connexion
Christine Lockett Associates
Commanda Museum
Dance Collection Danse
Englehart and Area Historical Museum
Fleming College Brealey Library
Friends of the CAMH Archives
Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives
Grenville County Historical Society
Jet Aircraft Museum
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
Markham Museum
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
Musée Sturgeon River House Museum
Museum of Health Care at Kingston
Niagara Military Museum
Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre
Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association
Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives
Renfrew & District Historical and Museum Society Inc.
Ruthven Park National Historic Site
Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum
St. Edmunds Bruce Peninsula Museum
The R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum
Toronto Railway Museum
Toronto's First Post Office
Uxbridge Historical Centre (Museum and Archives)
West Parry Sound District Museum
White River District Historical Society
Sector News
Young Canada Works: COVID-19 Update

The following message has been provided by the Canadian Museums Association:

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCWBCH)
YCWBCH internships funded under the 2019-2020 program year were to be completed by March 31st, 2020. In light of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, YCWBCH work terms may now be completed until April 30th, 2020.

Interns who have been unable to work on account of museum closures or other issues related to COVID-19, such as self-isolation, will have up until that date to complete the balance of their hours. If on April 30th interns have still been unable to complete their hours of work, we will be able to reassess on a case-by-case basis.

Initial funding decisions for the BCH 2020-21 program are expected to be released in May.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCWHO)
After consultation with the Department of Canadian Heritage and our fellow delivery organizations, please note that the release of funding decisions for the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (summer jobs) program will be delayed until mid-April.

We understand that museums are being impacted by this crisis. As in previous years, both start and end dates of positions as well as the total length of your work term remain flexible. In this light, we encourage you at this time to carry forward as though you will continue to require a summer student, but to stay in contact with YCW program staff to craft a funding offer that works for your organization.
New Annual General Meeting regulations
for Ontario

The following message has been provided by the Ontario Nonprofit Network:

The Government of Ontario announced today support for business corporations, not-for-profit corporations, insurers, and share capital social clubs by implementing an Emergency Order to provide flexibility for corporate meetings. Cabinet approved an emergency order that would temporarily suspend certain legislative provisions and set out replacement provisions (related to the Corporations Act (CA) and Business Corporations Act (OBCA)]. 
This emergency order applies to not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act (CA) and gives them the ability to hold virtual meetings; as well as extends the timeframe for AGMs to be held.

This Emergency Order will enable organizations to:
  • Hold meetings of directors, shareholders and members electronically or over the phone even if legislation (like Ontario’s Corporations Act) or your bylaws say you can’t. The electronic or phone system has to allow people to communicate with each other simultaneously and instantaneously. So, for example, an email chain over a few days likely would not qualify as a meeting.
  • Extend the timeframe by which corporations under the Corporations Act and Business Corporations Act must hold Annual General Meetings (AGMs). 
The deadlines for nonprofits to hold their AGMs are now extended to:
  1. 90 days after the state of emergency is ended by the Ontario government.
  2. If the government ends the state of emergency within 30 days before your current deadline, then you have until 120 days after the state of emergency ends. 
The Emergency Order is in effect province-wide and is retroactive to March 17, 2020, the day the Declaration of Emergency came into effect.

Read more HERE.

For more legal 
The following message from Leadership Emergency Arts Network (LEAN) has been provided by The Arts Advocate:
Leadership Emergency Arts Network (LEAN)

LEADERSHIP EMERGENCY ARTS NETWORK (LEAN) is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with what is coming at them during this crisis. Celia Smith, Jeanne LeSage and Michele Maheux launched this national initiative a few days ago and already have 55 advisers signed on: sector leaders including board members, current and former arts Executive Directors, consultants, etc. from across the country. If you need help at this time in strategic decision-making, crisis response, financial analysis, board direction, relationship mediation, HR management, systems change or inspirational leadership, LEAN ON US!

Click here for more info and to sign up.

Please spread the word as we come together to address the unprecedented challenges we face. 

A COVID-19 Update
General Information

In response to member inquiries, the OMA shares the following links to information regarding COVID-19:

OMA COVID-19 Resources Page
From Ontario Ministry of Health:
From Public Health Ontario:
From Health Canada:

Other PD Opportunities
ICOM International, co-organised with the OECD
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and museums: impact, innovations and planning for post-crisis

April 10, 14:00 – 15:30 (Paris time, GMT +1)

Icon Book & Paper Group Committee
Digitisation without disruption

Thursday, April 2, 11am ET
Learn more and register HERE.
Conservation: Together at Home Webinar Series
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays (depending on availability) at 4pm GMT
Learn more and register HERE

Ontario Nonprofit Network
Free webinar: Running a nonprofit virtually during a pandemic

Thu, April 2, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Learn more and register HERE. 

C2C Care
Collections Care in the Age of COVID-19

April 2 @ 2pm EST
Learn more and watch HERE.

Association of Art Museum Curators & AAMC Foundation
International Perspectives on Disaster Response
Thursday, April 9 2:00pm - 3:15pm ET
Learn more and register HERE.
Team Building in Insolation: Everyone’s Engagement
Friday, April 3, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
Learn more and register HERE.

BC HERN: An Introduction to Emergency Response and Collections Salvage

Apr 08 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Learn more and register HERE.

AASLH Research Center
COVID-19 Resources Live Webinars

Learn more and register HERE.

Museum Study
Cultural Institution Crisis Response 

Online course
Learn more HERE.
April 9, 2020
Canadian Heritage Funding to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools 
Read more and apply HERE. 
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