Cathie Fraser, President


April 7, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to be in touch to share three thoughts.

The first is to encourage all of us, as strongly as I can, to renew—and redouble if possible—our efforts to take all the public health precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This is for our own protection and that of our communities right across the country. Hand washing, physical distancing, and staying home except for the necessary requirements—as public servants, we should be leading the way; as citizens, we join with everyone in our communities to make a practical contribution to battling this pandemic. …

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Managing your mental health during times of crisis is an essential part of the coping process. Be sure to acknowledge how you are feeling about your personal circumstances. Take the time you need to talk to others and consult the many mental health resources available to you. …

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As part of the School’s role to support public servants through periods of transition, we are resuming our weekly messaging to keep you informed about essential updates, tools and resources that can help you adapt to new work realities during the COVID-19 crisis.

We would like to thank all of our fellow public servants, especially all front-line and other essential services staff, for your outstanding service to Canadians at this time. …

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I am providing you with some important information in respect of the mobility of our employees who are supporting critical services. …

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Please note that not all links will work.

Requesting carry over of vacation

Each year, excess vacation time is liquidated in accordance with collective agreements. Given the current circumstances, employees who needed to cancel previously approved vacation as a result of COVID related issues may request these days be carried over.

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