COVID-19: Strategies for Managing Stress
You are invited to attend a free webinar workshop, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA).
WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2020 – 11:00 A.M.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This free webinar workshop is intended for everyone who is dealing with the emotional stress of this coronavirus pandemic.
Downloads have been removed. If you were a participant and were unable to download them before the event, please contact us.
In collaboration with Homewood Health, the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA) is offering this free one-hour webinar “COVID-19: Strategies for Managing Stress.”
The challenges and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming with social isolation, worry over family and friends, concern for our own wellbeing, and changes to work and home routines. But there are effective techniques that can help to bring us back to equilibrium. This session will explore all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, thereby helping us to maximize our energy and performance in the face of COVID-19.
Files for the webinar, Exiting One Crisis and Mitigating Another Potential Crisis, hosted by OMWA on May 1, 2020 are available here:
Click here to download a PDF version of the slide deck.
Click here for the audio of the webinar.
You are invited to attend a free webinar, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA):
Navigating Through the Financial Impact of Covid-19
WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2020 – 11:00 A.M.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS FREE WEBINAR: This webinar will be of significant interest to council members, CAOs, treasurers and senior water and wastewater managers of municipalities/utilities who have seen a significant drop in their water and wastewater revenues and have concerns about the financial challenges associated with the COVID -19 emergency. This is an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of the Managing Partner of one of Canada’s leading economic consulting firms.
Please register in advance for this webinar via the link below:
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 12 hours containing instructions on how to join the webinar.
COVID -19 and its associated control measures are having a significant impact on Ontario’s people, businesses, and institutions. Municipalities are no exception. All orders of government are being asked to demonstrate leadership and provide relief and stability to citizens while continuing to provide vital services. Many municipalities are looking at options to provide ratepayers with financial relief through billing deferrals, suspension of interest and penalties on overdue receivables, delays or reductions of development charge payments, etc. All of these actions, come with potential future financial implications and decisions.
The OMWA is hosting this informative webinar to provide helpful guidance on some options for expenditure and revenue management along with a discussion of the short/medium term impacts that these options may have on the water/wastewater utility.
Topic areas include:
- expenditure policy options
- rethinking your reserve funds
- short-term/long-term debt considerations
- rate reductions
- financial implications, and more.
Gary Scandlan is the Managing Partner and Director of Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. Gary has over 40 years of experience with capital and operating budgeting, water/wastewater/stormwater rate setting, development charges, and long-range financial planning. Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. Is one of Canada’s leading economic consulting firms. Established in 1982, they offer a comprehensive range of financial planning and policy services to clients in government throughout Ontario and other provinces of Canada.
Once again, participation in this webinar is free, but space is limited. Register as soon as possible. If you have questions, feel free to ask and provide those in writing to us prior to Wednesday, May 6, at 4:00 p.m.
Webinar Host – Michael Mortimer (President, OMWA)
Webinar Speaker – Gary Scandlan, Managing Partner and Director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.
You can download the video and slide deck for “Benefitting Your Organization Through a Utilities Helping Utilities Program – OnWARN,” OMWA’s most recent webinar (April 23, 2020) here.
Click here for the video.
Click here for the slide deck.
OMWA’s next webinar will be “Exiting One Crisis and Mitigating Another Potential Crisis” on May 1. Click here for more information and to register.
Municipalities with states of emergency
The Province of Ontario enacted a state of emergency March 17 and updated it on March 28 with new restrictions. On March 30 the period was extended for 14 days and then on April 14 for an additional 28 days. On April 23, the province announced all emergency orders put in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act will remain in effect until at least May 6, including the closure of all non-essential businesses and services. Updates here.
As of April 24, 2020, the following Ontario communities or municipalities have also declared local states of emergency or enacted emergency measures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation (borders closed)
Billings Twp, Manitoulin Is.
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Continue reading “Emergencies declared by Ontario municipalities”
Exiting One Crisis and Mitigating Another Potential Crisis
You are invited to attend a free webinar, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA)
WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2020 – 11:00 a.m.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This free webinar is intended to raise the awareness of municipalities/utilities who have large commercial buildings and industries within their municipal boundaries. As large buildings have been shut down or used less frequently, building water quality degradation becomes a silent but serious issue.
This webinar is free to all. Please register in advance for this webinar via the link below:
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 12 hours containing instructions for how to join the webinar.