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This information sheet will be updated as necessary with the newest information added to the beginning of the document.

In addition to email updates every second Monday, this information will be available at the following websites:

Subscription requests to these updates can be sent from your DND or personal email address to Ashley.Evans@forces.gc.ca.

Again, we thank you for your patience and commitment during this time. Please take care of yourself and your family.

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Update June 7

Good Morning FMF Cape Breton,

Please note there is no update for today.

We hope you had a restful weekend and enjoy a wonderful week ahead.

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Update May 24

Good Morning FMF Cape Breton,

Please note there is no update for today.

We hope you had a restful long weekend and enjoy a wonderful week ahead.

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Update May 10

Team,

It has now been two weeks since our last posture change on 26 April, when the balance of local COVID conditions and operational demand supported adoption of Phase 3B “Sustain.” Those two weeks have seen continued improvement in the local COVID conditions, of which our own protective efforts have undoubtedly played a part. The A/SEM is keeping a close eye on covid numbers on base, and the formation overall has only two total COVID cases – both at NFS(P), neither of which represent an impact to FMF employees.

The FMF workforce itself, as well as the Fleet, continues to be COVID-free, and across the Island the new case rates and point prevalence continue to return to more manageable levels, though still worthy of continued vigilance. Additionally, new Provincial travel restrictions and good progress with vaccinations offer the prospect of better protecting the hard-won gains that have been made on the Island against the third wave. All of our military team members had the opportunity to receive the vaccine this week and increasing numbers of our civilian team are also receiving their first doses.

Set against this, while Commander MARPAC and the Fleet Commander shared our concern for workplace safety and knowingly accepted the unavoidable operational impact of the FMF’s shift to Phase 3C “Protect” on 01 April, demands in support of Navy operations are mounting despite our critical efforts during three weeks of Phase 3B “Sustain”. There are now key sailing milestones approaching for WIN, VAN and VIC over May/June for which even the minimum requirements cannot be met without increased output.

Based on these assessments, I am now confident that we can stand on and execute the next phase of our Business Resumption Plan, returning to Phase 3A “Surge”, maximizing our operational outputs for the Navy while continuing to protect the workforce with continued diligence and adherence to our mature workplace PHMs. Thus, I am directing that FMFCB will transition to 3A “Surge” posture starting this coming Monday, 10 May.

I want to continue to reinforce the Premier and the Public Health Officer’s orders restricting travel and gatherings. While the vaccine roll out and the reduced numbers are positive indicators, we still need numbers to decrease further, and I expect all FMF members to continue their vigilance in adhering to all Health orders and advisories. I know this continues to be a significant struggle for everyone and I want to extend my continued appreciation for everyone’s sacrifices during this prolonged pandemic.

For those of you who still desire more information on the various vaccines, please see the presentation and FAQs available on the Lookout’s website. This link and the presentations are open for anyone, so feel free to pass along these presentations in both official languages: www.lookoutnewspaper.com/covid-19/marpac-vaccination-roll-out

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Capt(N) / Capv M. Drews
Commanding Officer
Fleet Maintenance Facility CAPE BRETON

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Update April 26

Team,

I wanted to provide an update on the Unit’s current posture and discuss some significant covid-related events occurring around us. First off, on Monday the Premier and the Public Health Officer announced that the current health restrictions and orders will be extended until 24 May 21. Furthermore, guidance on travel restrictions will be formalized via legal orders precluding non-essential travel between health regions. While we were already requiring this for military members and advising it for civilian employees, I hope this further convinces all our team to stay local to avoid contributing to the spread of the virus.

In more positive news, as of Tuesday the province is accepting vaccine registrations for all BC residents aged 18 and over. In addition, our military members will be receiving the first dose of the vaccine 4 May 21. This means that all of our employees will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in the coming weeks which is an amazing milestone in our now 13-month pandemic! In support of the CAF vaccination schedule to ensure our members are well-informed, MARPAC has created an internal webpage accessible through the MARPAC Notice Board and an external page which is accessible via The Lookout. I encourage the whole FMF team to review these links to inform both you and your families

on the vaccine – there is a lot of excellent information in those presentations that are important for anyone who has questions or wants more information.

On a personal note, I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be vaccinated and for my family to receive their first doses as well. For me, this signals the start of the end of this pandemic and a significant step towards a return to a more normal existence where I will be able to spend time comfortably with family and friends and embrace those who I haven’t seen in over a year. All this will come soon if everyone does their part.

For our team, we have reached a critical decision point as to our internal posture. We have spent the last three weeks in the 3C “Protect” posture, which we assumed due to a number of factors, including the cluster of cases within CFB Esquimalt, increasing number of covid cases and prevalence provincially and regionally, all weighed against the impact on RCN operations expected from FMF being in this posture. Since that time, the Nelles Block cluster has been isolated and controlled, and resulted in the vaccination of 250 base personnel. During our protect posture, the number of cases on CFB Esquimalt have dropped, there continues to be no cases in FMF, and the province’s “circuit breaker” is working, with cases in the Island Health Region decreasing by over 35%.

Due to these changes and to the overall decrease in risk to FMF personnel, combined with growing operational impact of our shutdown, it is now our duty to return to more significant levels of output. Any further delay in our return to work will have unmitigable impacts on important government and RCN requirements including WIN’s deployment this summer and VAN’s deployment next summer. Working with management and labour reps, considering the local and base situation, and weighing our strong internal exposure control plan, I am directing that FMFCB will transition to the 3B “Sustain” posture starting this coming Monday, 26 Apr 21. I intend that we will remain in this posture for a minimum of two weeks barring a significant change in risk.

We will continue our strong diligence in the workplace while we change postures and I need our members to do the same while at home. A large part of this is getting vaccinated for those who are able, as it is proven to be the most effective way to mitigate the health effects of the virus and is the best chance we have to end this pandemic.

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Capt(N) / Capv M. Drews
Commanding Officer
Fleet Maintenance Facility CAPE BRETON

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Update April 12

Team,

I wanted to give you an update on our current posture, and on what minimal work we are having to execute while in this posture.

I implemented our 3C Protect minimum-manning posture starting 1200 last Thursday, 1 April 2021. Since then, we have seen some changes to the covid situation: locally, the MARPAC situation is improving, particularly with the isolation of the group living in Nelles Block, which had seen some spread of covid; however, the regional and provincial numbers continue to grow.

Also, you will shortly see yet another COVID case in REG. Rest assured that the FMF safety and management team have been tracking this case closely. My orders to continue essential work have taken this risk into consideration. The member in question has not been onboard the ship for the last two weeks, so there is no increased potential for exposure to those of you that I am calling on to ready REG for operations.

Despite the current covid situation and our posture, we are an essential enabler to vital Government of Canada operational requirements, which continue to be important. As such, we have to bring employees to support this critical work to support operations. Today we had approximately 55 people onsite (about 5.5% of the work force), but we expect lower numbers moving forward. These are the areas where we need to focus our efforts:

Completing work in the submarine HMCS Victoria to allow her to continue with her strategically important program. VIC is nearly complete, requiring a very small number of people onsite.

Preparing HMCS Regina to take over as Standby Ready Duty Ship (RDS), in support of unforeseen defence and search and rescue requirements, as well as in support HMCS Victoria’s program. This is requiring the most people onsite – about 30 today, with fewer required over the next few days; but it should be noted that the remaining work package was scaled back by about 90% in light of the current covid risk.

Advancing a small number of very long jobs in HMC Ships Winnipeg and Vancouver, to ensure that planned work packages can be completed soonest on return to our 3B or 3A posture, minimizing the impact of covid on WIN’s deployment this summer and VAN’s deployment next summer.

I thank everyone for their hard work leading up to and transitioning to the current posture, and in particular I thank those who have been or will be onsite to advance this critical work. Each job is reviewed carefully against RCN requirements by senior leaders before being approved, ensuring that if you are called onsite, it is because your work will have a tangible and important effect on achieving defence requirements.

Thank you all, and stay healthy.

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Capt(N) / Capv M. Drews
Commanding Officer
Fleet Maintenance Facility CAPE BRETON

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Update March 29

Team,

Given the current increase in the number of COVID cases across BC and on Vancouver Island, along with the Provincial Health Officer’s updated orders and restrictions, it is prudent to reassess the FMF posture. In support of this, your unit and union leadership have reviewed factors and trends such as FMF loading, COVID point prevalence (and projections), average daily number of new cases, and recent provincial direction and guidance.

Having completed this review, I am directing that FMF assume the 3B Sustain Posture (in accordance with our COVID Business Continuity Plan) starting Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Specific direction on changing to this state will be managed by your department. The COVID risk and RCN requirements will be monitored closely in order to determine when we can revert to the 3A Surge posture.

FMF is and continues to be a safe environment. Aspects that have aided us are our strict Public Health Measures (PHMs), our Exposure Control Plan (ECP), and our proactive approach. Continue to sanitize, wear your masks, and keep your distance from other employees.

This change is the right thing to do. Other units across MARPAC and CFB Esquimalt are adopting similar postures in order to contribute to the fight against the current wave of COVID-19. While you are away from the workplace, I expect that you will all continue to follow and abide by the continued and updated COVID restrictions, advisories, and Provincial Health Orders. I appreciate that this will mean the upcoming Easter Holiday/Long Weekend will be impacted, however it is these small sacrifices that will ensure the current wave and future waves will be minimized.

Thank you for your continued efforts both to meet the government’s and the RCN’s objectives and to mitigate the effects of the ongoing pandemic.

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Capt(N) / Capv M. Drews
Commanding Officer
Fleet Maintenance Facility CAPE BRETON

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Update March 15

Good Morning FMF Cape Breton,

Please note there is no update for today.

Have a wonderful week.

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Update March 1

Team,

March Break is coming up, along with the end of the leave year, so I am certain that a large number of us will want to take some time off. This is very important so that we can spend time away from the work place to get the break that we deserve.

As always when we take leave in the current covid environment, the FMF Team must continue to do our part and should set the example for the community. All military members must continue to monitor and follow the evolving, situation-based provincial Travel Advisories and other guidance, and must continue to follow required and recommended public health measures. As always, travel for essential reasons such as mission-essential travel, compassionate travel and for specialist medical appointments can be approved by CO FMFCB.

Civilian employees are also required to follow Public Health Orders, and are encouraged also to follow the evolving situation-based Travel advisories and other guidance.

Thank you for continuing to do your part, and please know that your adherence to these measures will serve us all well in the long term.

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Capt(N) Martin Drews

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National and Provincial Resources:

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COVID-19 Cyber Hygiene:

DND/CAF users are asked to exercise caution in handling any email that is COVID-19-related. This includes subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks. Users are also advised to be cognizant of potential social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19. The following precautions are highly recommended:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Scams.
  • Use trusted sources such as legitimate, government websites for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.

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Social Media:

Local:

National:

  • Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer
    Twitter: @CPHO_Canada

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