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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 September 20

On Monday September 13th, Provincial Public Health Orders (PHOs) came into effect requiring residents to show proof of vaccination for access to various establishments and events with a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. Having reviewed these PHOs, areas where they apply on Base include: our fitness centres; arena; community recreation programs and clubs; and our messes.

To align ourselves with these new PHOs, proof of vaccination will be required by all patrons (12 and older), including members of the CAF, who wish to access these facilities as patrons for non-mandatory visits.

Where facilities at the Base are used to host non-work related gatherings and events (for example wedding receptions at messes), proof of vaccination will be required in line with the Province’s PHOs on Gatherings & Events.

Effective Monday 20 September, patrons wishing to access the following Base fitness facilities for non-mandatory purposes will be asked to provide proof of vaccination: the Naden Athletic Centre, Dockyard Gym, and the Wurtele Arena.

Messes, during bar hours and at relevant events, will also begin requiring proof of vaccination next week, though the timeline will be based on staff availability until a new steady state is achieved. Community Recreation will also reach out to club and program members regarding vaccine requirements.

Examples of mandatory visits to Base fitness centres include those CAF members completing a Force Test, attending a Supplementary Physical Training Program, PSP-led recuperative therapy, or any mandatory NPTG course group PT. An example of mandatory visits to the messes includes work-related meetings for all categories of employee or contractor. Proof of vaccination is also not required for any employees and contractors working at these establishments. See table below for further information for when proof of vaccination is required and when it is not.

There are also facilities within the Base that are considered part of the workplace and/or exempt from the Province’s PHOs related to showing proof of vaccination. Again, with the intent of aligning ourselves with the Province’s public health direction, facilities such as the galleys, FMF Café, and gyms managed by individual units will not be required to show proof of vaccination prior to entry.

We know there are different vaccination rates between various groups on Base, however we are all Defence Team members and it is a conscious decision to work our way through this together. This is simply the latest challenge of the pandemic and we will overcome it together as we have successfully done over the past eighteen months.

Under no circumstances will anyone subject facility staff to any type of verbal abuse or displays of frustration. If you have any concerns, raise them through your supervisor and chain of command.

I am incredibly proud of all of the efforts and sacrifices the Defence Team have made to help protect one another and the community and I ask for your continued vigilance and support as we navigate the next phase of this pandemic.

Yours, Aye

Capt(N) Jeff Hutchinson
Base Commander

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Update September 7

FMF Team,

Following the last update to you on 02 July, as BC entered into Step 3, I hope that most of you have had the opportunity to enjoy some holidays, spend time with friends and family following what have been and continue to be challenging times. While we all entered the summer with cautious optimism and a look ahead to a potential Step 4 in September, as you will all be following in the news, we are not done with COVID and the 4th wave is taking hold. Over the past few weeks there has been a significant increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases and the Point Prevalence in the Vancouver Island Health Region, across the province, and across the Country. As a result, on 23 August the Premier announced that British Columbia will not be moving to step 4 of the BC restart plan on 07 September, along with certain PHM restrictions being re-imposed. I want to reassure everyone that we are paying attention, following the data closely and your health and well-being remain at the forefront of all that we do.

While I am as disappointed as you with this turn of events, I am also heartened that our own cautious approach in the FMF has kept us safe and that we have made the right calls with respect to our workplace posture, and proven such in our detection and response to the few COVID cases we have seen. As a result, FMF will continue to remain in its current Phase 3A posture as per our Business Continuity Plan and MARPAC’s directed Stage 2 Scalable Workforce Posture. We will continue to follow the PHMs published in our Exposure Control Plan, aligning where possible and reasonable to local conditions and Provincial advice or direction. Masks are required indoors whenever you are not stationary at your workspace, except when actively eating or drinking, and you continue to be able to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters. Stay only to the areas of the workplace where you absolutely need to go, and use teleconferencing when possible. Meeting room max capacities must be respected and masks are still required in those areas. Masks are not required outside if physical distancing can assuredly be maintained. Remain cautious as well of the contact infection risks associated with common area/high traffic touch-points. Sanitize your workspaces before and after you use them, and wash your hands frequently.

It remains everyone’s responsibility to continue to follow all PHMs set out in our ECP and to take ownership of our collective health and safety in the workplace, doing everything to keep yourself and your co-workers safe, speaking up and asking questions when you have concerns. Getting vaccinated remains the best overall collective defence against COVID followed by close adherence to PHMs. Our greatest threat right now is fatigue and complacency, so whenever possible try to err on the side of caution when deciding to engage in an activity, even if technically permitted under either DND Directives or Provincial guidance.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, again, for all the essential work that you conduct to support the Pacific Fleet. The FMF continues to lead the way in how to efficiently and safely operate under COVID while preserving strategic operational outputs – Canada just deployed another warship across the globe to meet Canada’s international interests and responsibilities directly through your efforts. With everyone’s continued effort and commitment, we will get through these challenging times together and see this through, remaining healthy while sustaining Canada’s naval fleet.

Capt(N) S.J. Richard

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Update August 16

Good Afternoon FMF Cape Breton,

Please note there is no update for today.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful week.

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Update August 3

Sent on behalf of the Acting FMFCB Commanding Officer:

FMFCB Team,

As you will have heard, we have recently had three positive covid cases in FMFCB, and our industry partners, Victoria Shipyards, have also experienced some cases. Furthermore, many of you will have been tracking the spread of the notorious ‘delta variant’ around the globe, which, as I understand it, has proven particularly contagious, including among the vaccinated, and particularly dangerous among the unvaccinated.

Given these recent developments, FMF employees are reminded that the following must be adhered to:

  • Employees shall continue to conduct the Provincial Daily Health Check and let their supervisors know the results;
  • Employees shall continue to adhere to all PHMs and other direction in the FMFCB Exposure Control Plan, including wearing NMMs, physical distancing, hand-washing and sanitization of work spaces;
  • If employees are sick, they shall inform their supervisor;
  • If employees are experiencing covid-like symptoms, they shall inform their supervisor, call *811 for VIHA direction on self-isolation and/or covid testing, and communicate this information to their supervisor;
  • Supervisors shall remind employees of these requirements, particularly if employees call in sick; and
  • Supervisors shall communicate the information about employees with covid-like symptoms, including VIHA direction and testing results, with FMFCB SAFETY.

Furthermore, FMF employees are strongly encouraged to:

  • Take advantage of the vaccination program soonest, if you have not already availed yourself of this opportunity
    – Tomorrow is “Walk-in Wednesday” in BC clinics, with no requirement for registration ahead of time for either first or second doses (see the link for information)
  • Take advantage of the Rapid Antigen Detection Testing (RADT) pilot program that is being established by Formation Safety and Environment; and
  • Continue to follow PHMs, not just at work, but also in your personal life.

Thank you for your continued diligence in ensuring the safety of yourself, your colleagues and your community, and for the impact this has on RCN readiness.

Cdr Simon Summers
A/CO

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Update July 22

Good Morning FMF Cape Breton,

Please note there is no update for today.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful week.

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Update July 5

FMF Team,

Further to my recent email of 14 June upon the Province entering Step 2, in which changes to the FMF COVID PHM posture were announced along with a look ahead to Steps 3 and 4, you will all have heard the Government’s confirmation that the Province will enter BC’s Restart: Step 3 effective 01 July. At the same time, the DND/CAF have received an updated CDS/DM Directive.

On our Summer 2021 Reopening Posture that supersedes previous versions.

Both of these reflect optimism about our continued progress against COVID, that you have all contributed to, and support informed transitions in our PHM postures that are tempered with caution against going too far when we are so close to the finish line. Both the Provincial guidance and the DND direction are roughly aligned, noting that the former is focussed on relaxations around your intermittent and voluntary personal/social activities while the latter is focussed on protecting you in a persistent and obligatory workplace setting.

Commencing Friday 02 July ‘21, the PHM postures below will be in effect along with Step 3 and reflected in our ECP; as well, a continued look ahead to Step 4 is provided, so long as local conditions to continue to improve. Note that, where FMFCB is already safely further into those workplace/office reopening steps described in the BC plan, there are no immediate changes to our posture after those made for Step 2. It is still important that we continue to follow those PHMs that remain in place lest we quickly lose our hard-won gains. We will continue to closely monitor local COVID data in our ongoing risk assessments and keep you advised of further relaxations in our transition plans as soon as conditions permit.

Steve Gillespie
Cdr
A/CO FMFCB, A/ACOS NEM

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National and Provincial Resources:

Federal Websites:

Provincial Websites:

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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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