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Greetings ALL,

I hope everyone is enjoying this fantastic weather, but please remember to practice safe distancing this weekend.

We are wrapping up our OAAS current series of COVID webinars, with the three listed below.  Stay tuned for future webinars later this summer!
May 27 -  discussion with OMAFRA,
June 3 -  re-imaging our Fair -  Providence Bay Ag Society
June 10-  and our final Webinar Senator Rob Black

Please click on the "register here" links below for this week’s OAAS and CAFE webinars.

And please forward this email to all directors in your Agricultural Society. 

OAAS - Wednesday, May 27, at 7:30 pm - COVID-19 Webinar Topic - OMAFRA Ontario Grants update

We are pleased to have Doug Reddick, Director, Business Development Branch and Rick Berthiaume, Manager Economic Development Programs of Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as guest speakers.
The discussion will center on the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act and OMAFRA grants as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic
Register here

CAFE - May 27, 2020, 6:00 pm ET Quality Video 101 with Bruce Sargent, Farm Boy Productions More info 
Register here

Upcoming Webinars

OAAS - Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30 pm – COVID-19 Webinar Topic, "Re-imaging your Fair."
Guest speaker Dawn Dawson, Providence Bay Fair, will bring their ideas for re-imaging their Fair this year with the theme "Pioneer Days to Modern Ways."
Register here

CAFE - June 3, 2020, 6:00 pm ET Engaging with your government with Christina Franc, CAFE Register here

OAAS - Wednesday, June 10, at 7:30 pm – COVID-19 Webinar Topic "Communicating and working with your Politicians." 
Special Guest speaker The Honourable Rob Black Senator for Ontario and Chair of the Canadian Senators Group (CSG) Register here

When you register, you will be asked to input your name, email address – please verify your email address is correct. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar either by your computer or phone. If you don't receive a confirmation email – please contact me – we ran into a couple of instances where the email was entered incorrectly, so the participant didn't receive the registration email.

Note these will be our last Webinars for the next few weeks, as this will be our 12th Webinar since April 1. I am sure everyone is getting ‘Zoomed out” and could use a short break!

Please send  your ideas and suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  as we consider future webinar topics. 

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"NEW" Gazette COVID-19 Special Edition Click here

 

#FairsAreResilient

 


ILT Wellington County May 2020 Industry Advisory
Puslinch township, Wellington County, Ontario May 3, 2020 On behalf of the four feather boards, the Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) is issuing an ILT Disease advisory to all commercial poultry farmers, small flock growers and service providers operating in western part of Puslinch township, in Wellington County.Read More

 

 


 

When: Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30 pm   

Join your colleagues across Canada to discuss key questions, concerns and ideas as they relate specifically to small/medium fairs during this pandemic as the situation evolves.

We encourage you to submit questions or "thought-starters" in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IMPORTANT: Please forward this email to all directors in your Agricultural Society.  As per the previous calls, a video recording of this call will be available on our website after the call.

NOTE: You must register in advance for this meeting by clicking on the following link    Register here

Please don’t share this link with anyone outside of your Agricultural Society as per security recommendations.

You may register at any time, but we suggest registering prior to the call due to the large number of participants.

When you register, you will be asked to input your name, email address – please verify your email address is correct. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar either by your computer or phone. If you don’t receive a confirmation email – please contact me – we ran into a couple instances where the email was entered incorrectly so they didn’t receive the registration email.

Please see the OAAS website for more information on how to participate in a Zoom meeting -  https://www.ontarioagsocieties.com/images/2020/Zoom_Instructions_for_COVID10_video_conference.pdf

NOTE: If you haven’t used Zoom before, I suggest you start the process of logging in 30 minutes before the call starts to allow time for the app to download to your computer or smartphone.

If you have problems logging in with your computer for the call you may dial into the call on your cellphone or landline phone – those numbers are in your registration letter - check the provided numbers to verify if you could be charged long distance charges.

If you have been advised not to use Zoom for security reasons, you may dial into the call on your cellphone or landline phone.

Important points:

When you log into the call you will be put on hold (in a Waiting Room) until the call starts.

All callers will be muted by the system. Input questions and comments in the ‘Chat’ option.

Please ensure your video feed is turned off once you log in.

Vince

OAAS Manager

#fairsareresilient

 


 

 

15 minutes video from Shawn LaPalm, Insurance on COVID-19 for our Fairs click here

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From the Manager’s Desk,

The past 30 days have been unbelievable.  The current situation is something that none of us could have every imagined and is very real.  In spite of the difficulties, the community spirit and willingness to step up and assist those is need has been amazing.  We are truly thankful for the frontline workers – the amazing health care and support workers in our hospitals and long-term care facilities. And for the workers in grocery stores and pharmacies, and first responders who are also on the frontlines.  And of course our truckers, farmers and other workers who are continuing to ensure that we have food and other essential supplies .

First and foremost, I hope everyone, and your families and friends and staff are safe, healthy, and taking all the necessary precautions to help “flatten the curve” through hand washing, social distancing and self-isolation. It has been difficult for everyone to be separated from family and friends these past few weeks and I am sure it is particularly hard this holiday weekend when we normally have large family get-togethers. But we will get through this and will slowly but surely get back to better times and I expect that we will certainly appreciate the little things that we have taken for granted for so long.

Directives from the government and information seems to change on an almost daily basis. I know that there are many questions and we just don’t have the answers for you. We are working hard to gather information to address the various concerns that have been raised. Whenever we receive any information or updates, they will be posted under the new COVID-19 tab https://www.ontarioagsocieties.com/covid-19  on our website.  There are links to the video calls we have held, as well as links to the Government, CAFE and IAFE websites.  All of them have excellent information and we suggest that you check them out on a regular basis.

Our OAAS website has been updated over the past couple of days. The look has been refreshed and some changes were made to update the search engine and make information easier to find under the different tabs.  

You are probably aware that a  small number of Agricultural  Societies have already made the very difficult decision to downsize, postpone or cancel their Fairs or events for this year. I know it has been very disappointing for them but they are being positive –many are  planning smaller or different events for later this year and are planning to return better than ever next year.   I expect that a number of other Ag Societies are discussing their options at this time.  Unfortunately the OAAS cannot  predict when the current situation will change in our province.  We cannot tell Agricultural Societies what decisions to make but we are providing as much information as possible to assist you with those decisions. We continue to advise that you check government (municipal, provincial and federal) websites for the latest information and directives.

You may have heard that the MAPAQ (Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) has cancelled all public gathering related to agriculture in Quebec until the fall of 2020.  This includes Fairs, youth competitions, and other large gatherings. We HAVE NOT received any similar information from the Ontario government.

The OAAS is organizing regularly scheduled COVID-19 Zoom calls to share information and ideas with our membership.  We have held 2 already and a third one is scheduled for April 15th – details have been sent out to all  Agricultural Societies  and posted on our webpage.  If  you have suggestions for topics for future meetings, please email me the details.

We are reaching out to the Provincial Government with our concerns on the impact that COVID-19 has had on our Agricultural Societies and the need for support from the government.  We will be contacting them again once we have more numbers on the actual financial  impact that our Agricultural Societies and Fairs have on our local communities and the financial effect that COVID-19 is having and will have on our Agricultural Societies.  At that time, we will be contacting your membership to send letters to the Premier, Minister of Agriculture and your MPPs to ask for their support.

Reminder OAAS is holding a COVID-19 Discussion on April 15 at 7:30pm.  The topic for this call will be “Communicating with your Sponsors”. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJEvdu6vrj8uYnh_ctK8w93UEzeEQ4GtfA

CAFE is hostings a number of upcoming Webinars around COVID-19 please click here for more information   https://www.canadianfairs.ca/covid-19

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Please stay home and stay safe!

Vince

Vince Brennan, Manager OAAS

“Teamwork makes  our Ag Societies Strong”