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Canadian Shield Regional Council Covid-19 Statement - Jan. 13, 2021Yesterday the Ontario Government announced enhanced public health and workplace safety measures for the COVID-19 pandemic in effect for all of Ontario (Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Province-wide Shutdown, Jan. 12, 2021). The maximum allowance for indoor and outdoor gatherings for places of worship remains at 10 and masks must be worn both outdoors and indoors when not alone (see page...

In light of current events in Washington, our Moderator Richard Bott offers the following prayer:Prayer for Our US NeighboursAs we follow our newsfeeds,and observe with horrorwhat is happening in the capital of the United States of America,we call on you, Creator of All Love.We painfully remember peaceful protests of tangible and documented injustices,led by Black and Indigenous peopleswho were sadly met with undue hostility and violence,and characterized as rioters,in contrast to...

 2020 has been an interesting year!  Challenging times often make people reflect on the importance of the people in their lives and the gratitude for those who helped them get through in the year.We give thanks to all the members, lay leaders, and ministry personnel in the Canadian Shield Regional Council.  We are grateful for all you do to care for one another in love – whether it is within a community of faith, a cluster ministry or a network ministry – your commitment,...

The Safety of Church Singing – A Health Unit’s Perspective   The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has circulated a letter regarding the use of live music during recently re-opening Sunday Worship.  This is a good read for ALL Communities of Faith in the Canadian Shield Regional Council and is relevant to us all.  It gives clear guidelines about things like singers or wind instruments and the use of barriers, etc.  Please click on the button below to view their letter. [button...

SCREENING TOOL REQUIREMENTS On Friday, September 25, 2020, the Government of Ontario amended O. Reg 364/20, (Reopening Ontario in response to Covid-19) effective Saturday September 26, 2020.  This Regulation sets out the Rules for Areas in Stage 3. The amendment imposes a requirement that “the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office...

Covid 19 Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions – August 2020As with all pandemic related developments, things change. The information here is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of August 1, 2020. The focus is very much on protecting people from harm rather than protecting churches (or any other public body) from lawsuits.Click on the button below for a list of FAQs regarding Insurance Premiums:[button...