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Government of Canada
Government of Saskatchewan
September 30, 2020
Canadian Library Month
Women's History Month
Hispanic/Latin American Heritage Month
National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11)
Islamic History Month
German Heritage Month
National Senior's Day (Oct. 1)
International Day of the Girl Child (Oct. 18)
Orange Shirt Day - September 30, 2020
Today is Orange Shirt Day, a day for all to reflect on the legacy of the residential school experience and to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families while committing ourselves to the ongoing process of reconciliation. Be sure to show your support by wearing an Orange Shirt today, using the hashtag #EveryChildMatters on your social media accounts, and participating in events that help you on your own path to reconciliation in your community. Learn more about Orange Shirt Day here.
Virtual Programming Evaluation Workshops Registration
SaskCulture is presenting two virtual program evaluation workshops in partnership with Two Bridges Consulting. In the two sessions, you will learn the basics of program evaluation. This will include the differences (and similarities) between program evaluation and research, the history of program evaluation, the theoretical backings evaluators operate from, and the difference program evaluation can make for an organization. The workshops will also cover the basics of how to create a logic model, theory of change, and how to write indicators. To learn more, and to register, click here.
Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program (STSSP) Funding
The Government of Saskatchewan has two streams of funding available through the STSSP program. The Accommodations and Major Event Facilities Funding provides financial assistance to eligible businesses that have experienced a revenue decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Event, Attractions or Tour Sector Business Funding provides assistance to eligible businesses in the event, attraction or tour business sector that have experienced a revenue decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the links above for eligibility information and to apply.
The Change You Want to See Survey Now Open
Hill Strategies, in partnership with Rosa, is conducting a survey on workplace sexual harassment in the Canadian performing arts, film, and television industries. The survey is seeking Canadian union and non-union contract workers in the performing arts, film and television industries including, but not limited to: performers, crew members, screenwriters, playwrights, choreographers, set/costume/production designers, cinematographers, directors, production and post-production workers, and arts administrators and managers who are 18 years of age or older. To learn more, or to share your experiences, click here.
CPP Investments to Host Saskatchewan Update Meeting
CPP Investments, the organization responsible for investing CPP contributions not immediately needed to pay benefits, is holding a public meeting for Saskatchewan residents to hear directly about how the CPP Fund is doing and to ask questions about issues that matter to them and their retirement. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm (CST). Pre-registration is required to attend.
Saskatchewan Book Publishing Week - September 28 - October 2
SaskBooks announced the line up of events for the 2020 Book Week. Featuring thirteen books from eight different Saskatchewan-based publishers, with a priority placed on highlighting BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ authors, this year's events will include streaming online events as well as smaller 'micro-readings' that take place in person.
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) Multicultural Award Nominations
MCoS is accepting nominations for its Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership and Multicultural Youth Leadership Awards until Thursday, October 1, 2020. For more information, along with eligibility guidelines, click here.
Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival (BAAFF) Digital Matters Survey
The BAAFF is looking for artists with a relationship to disability to complete a survey to help discover and remove barriers for artists with disabilities. For more information, or to complete the survey, click here.
Perspectives on the Charitable Sector in the Era of COVID-19
Angus Reid Institute has released the results of an opinion poll about the charitable sector in Canada; highlights include:
Almost two out of five Canadian charitable donors say their giving has dropped since the pandemic began.
62% of Canadians say the WE scandal has no impact on how they feel about giving. 57% of Canadians say the WE scandal has raised questions about governance, transparency, and management that are relevant for the whole charity sector; 36% say the WE scandal is not reflective of the rest of the charitable sector.
83% of respondents agree that charitable giving is a good way to make the world a better place. 93% of respondents agree that even helping charities a little bit is always worthwhile.
Review the full poll results here.
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) Accepting Applications
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan signed a bilateral agreement in October 2018 for the ICIP, which will provide more than $896 million in federal funding for all types of Saskatchewan infrastructure projects over 10 years, with $56.2 million earmarked for Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure. For more information, and eligibility guidelines, click here.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Charities Updates
The CRA suspended many audit, collections, and compliance activities to support Canadians through the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These activities are now gradually resuming - here's what you need to know:
Charity Registration Applications: The CRA is encouraging organizations to submit documentation digitally, as paper-based applications are subject to COVID-19 restriction guidelines for worker safety, which delays their processing time.
Charity Revocations: The CRA will begin processing revocations for organizations who have failed to comply with the requirements of charity registration. You may receive a letter detailing your revocation, as well as to explain your objection and appeal rights.
Outreach Activities: The CRA will continue to offer free virtual tax clinics, meetings with outreach officers, the Charities Education Program (CEP). You can request a CRA outreach session, which is now available over the phone.
Audits: The CRA will be contacting charities to resume ongoing charity audits, begin Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy post-payment audits, and begin new audits to address highest risk areas.
The T3010 filing deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020 for all charities with a T3010 form due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
As the CRA begins contacting organizations, be on the lookout for potential scams and scammers pretending to be CRA employees. Learn how to protect yourself from potential scams, and here is information on how the CRA might contact you to help you know when you are being contacted by an actual employee.
Saskatchewan Performers Invited to Audition for TeleMiracle 45
TeleMiracle is looking for Saskatchewan singers, dancers, bands and entertainers to audition for a chance to perform virtually as part of TeleMiracle 45, which will be held virtually from February 27 - 28, 2021. Performers may choose to submit a video audition through the TeleMiracle website, or may attend an in person audition in Regina on October 10 or Saskatoon on October 17. In-person audition spots are limited and physical distancing guidelines will be in place.
Guide to COVID-19 Mitigation for In-Person Cultural Programs/Activities
Cultural organizations continue to find ways to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, including how to safely resume in-person programs and activities within current public health guidelines. SaskCulture has put together the following information to help organizations prepare their venues, staff, facilitators/instructors, and participants for the continuation of safe, and enjoyable, in-person activities. Please keep in mind that this information is meant to serve as signposts only, and it is still strongly recommended that everyone keep up-to-date on Saskatchewan’s latest public health measures, and the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.
Read the Full Article Here
Visiting Artist Series - Devising Theatre and Storytelling
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm (CST)
Who: Kenn McLeod
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Virtual Program Evaluation Workshop - Part 1
When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm (CST)
Who: Micheal Heimlick
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
multiPLAY: Improvised Art Practice as Living Heritage
When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm (CST)
Who: Dr. Rebecca Caines
Registration required, click here to register.
Virtual Program Evaluation Workshop - Part 2
When: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm (CST)
Who: Micheal Heimlick
Free to attend, but registration is required,