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Reflect on one year of COVID-19 with Workplace Safety North

Also this week in the local virtual community, enjoy a spring concert, an online baking workshop, a conversation with Water Defenders, and a tour of an African safari
WSN Community Engagement Specialist Angele Poitras will host the lunchtime webinar. Photo supplied

It’s officially been over a year since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Canada.

In recognition of this, Workplace Safety North (WSN) will be hosting a free live webinar called Reflecting on One Year of COVID-19. This online event will be held on Wednesday, March 24 from noon to 1 p.m. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to listen to health and safety professionals reflecting on how the pandemic has changed the way we work and shifted priorities. 

Workplace Safety North is a not-for-profit health and safety association based in Northern Ontario. The association provides workplace health and safety training for mining and forest industries.   

If you choose to join the webinar, you will learn from health and safety specialists as they talk about the lessons they’ve learned while adapting to the restrictions, as well as takeaways they will be bringing with them into the post-vaccination world.

“More than 50 people have already registered, and participants share their questions in advance,” said host Angele Poitras, WSN community engagement specialist, in a news release issued by WSN. “We shape the presentation into themes that address all of the excellent feedback we received.” 

It is encouraged to ask questions in the webinar or pre-submit a question upon registering.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from the following specialists in workplace safety:

  • Karen McKissick, coordinator of safety for the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
  • Don Langlois, manager of workplace health and disability management at Vale
  • Elisha Malette, health and safety specialist with Workplace Safety North 

Ways to build resilience and bounce back after the pandemic, the importance of mental health, and personal stories from the speakers will all be discussed during the webinar. 

Despite the province slowly reopening and the Algoma region sitting in the yellow zone, Saultites are still encouraged to continue following COVID-19 guidelines and stay home as much as possible. In fact, many of us are staying inside and online now more than ever.

So each week, SooToday will share some of the virtual events taking place to help you make the most of these unprecedented times and have fun safely at home.

If you or someone you know is planning a local virtual event (concert, class, celebration, etc.), send the details to

Other events taking place this week include:

Virtual Spring Concert

March 27

Although an in-person concert won’t be possible this year, the Sault Symphony Orchestra is presenting a virtual spring concert on Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m., featuring performances from well-known local musicians. The concert will be hosted by donation only, so any amount of support is appreciated. 

Online Baking Workshop - Caramel Apple Pie From Scratch

March 27

Learn how to bake a classic favourite, caramel apple pie, with this virtual baking class on Saturday, March 27. Shiela will teach you how to make the pie from scratch with her flaky, all-butter crust and homemade caramel sauce. Participants can bake along and ask questions during the workshop. A recording will also be provided after the workshop. Participants will be provided with the recipe card and the link to the Zoom conference after registration.

Our Water, Our Future: A Conversation with Water Defenders

March 28 

This online event, presented by Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Anishinaabe Initiatives and Shingwauk Students Association, will be a free presentation and conversation regarding the protection of our water. The conversation will be hosted by Stephanie and Autumn Peltier. They have been travelling the world advocating for the protection of water for all beings on earth. During the event, participants will learn about the maple harvest, cycles of the moon, the breaking of the ice as the season changes, and our responsibilities as humans to restore, defend, and ensure clean water for all. The virtual conversation will be held on Sunday, March 28 from 1. - 3 p.m.

Virtual Guided Tour - African Safari

March 28

If you’ve ever wanted to go on an African safari, you can now do the next best thing and visit Africa virtually, with this virtual tour presented by Global Planet Earth. One of Africa’s top national parks, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe’s northwest, will be the featured location. A live guide will take you through the park to witness animals in their natural habitat, like lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, and more. The virtual event will start at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. Cost for the safari is $11.99. 

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