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Upcoming Events
Scenario Sessions
Episode 2: Tourism
Join us live with Cathy Duke, CEO of Destination St. John's, and Zita Cobb, CEO of Shorefast Foundation, as they unpack how local tourism has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and what we can expect to see in the future of NL's tourism economy.

Thursday, May 28 @ 1pm
Rural Routes Podcast
Season 3, Episode 11:
Rural and Island
Responses to COVID-19
Geography matters. When it comes to pandemics---such as this COVID-19 one that we find ourselves
in the middle of---our response is very much influenced by geography. Curiosity about
geographically-distinct responses to the COVID-19 pandemic is very much behind the two research projects we feature in this episode of Rural Routes.

The first one was initiated by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation; it looks at rural responses to the pandemic in Canada. The second project was initiated at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and it looks at how small islands around the world responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
News From Memorial
Good Deeds:
School of Graduate Studies Supporting Students During Difficult Time
The School of Graduate Studies has prioritized the needs of students like Ms. Akter over the past number of weeks to ensure their education and research can continue despite the challenges arising from the global pandemic.
Interesting Reads
CBC News
New advocacy group joins push for green recovery from COVID-19's economic shock

"Official plans for an economic recovery package in Canada — green or otherwise — are still in their infancy. There is likely to come a time when governments will use stimulus spending to boost their wounded economies. But nearly all of the federal government's attention is still consumed by the profound challenges of containing a contagious disease and reopening communities amid an ongoing health threat.

Civil society, though, is not waiting to push the Liberal government to focus any recovery plan on emissions-reducing and sustainable projects--a push that now includes a group of environmental, financial and political figures who are hoping to draft a set of recommendations
over the next two months.."
The Telegram: Guest Column
Imagining Newfoundland & Labrador, Post-Pandemic

"What course should we navigate to recover from the economic and fiscal devastation created by the COVID-19 pandemic?

The first case in Newfoundland and Labrador was diagnosed on March 14 (Jan. 25 for Canada) and a public health emergency declared on March 18. As the pandemic progresses, its duration and impact continue to grow. We were already in a dire fiscal situation before the pandemic struck and our already fragile economy ground to a halt. The additional costs of borrowing to offset the loss of revenues may well push us over the edge."
The Great Unwinding: Covid-19 & the Regionalisation
of Global Supply Chains
"In this short report, The Economist Intelligence Unit examines how Covid-19 has impacted and will continue to fundamentally reshape global supply chains. With many multinationals looking to build resilience into their supply chains, the report takes a closer look at the accelerating trend of regional rather than global supply chains networks, in addition to the strategic use of inventory locations."
The Globe and Mail
Economic Storm Brews Over Newfoundland and Labrador

"The economies of every Canadian province have been hurt badly by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the problems in Newfoundland go deeper than anywhere else in the country. Its population is older, shrinking and more heavily indebted than other oil-producing provinces such as Alberta or Saskatchewan."
Useful Links
Future Skills Centre Canada
Future Skills Centre and OTEC Announce Rapid Response Project for Hard-Hit Tourism and Hospitality Workers.

The disruption to the global economy from COVID-19 is unprecedented and rapidly evolving with its impact on the Canadian labour market likely to be widespread, long-lasting, and unpredictable. FSC and OTEC today announced a rapid response project for the hundreds of thousands tourism and hospitality workers who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis. The project includes an online platform where workers will find immediate services to support resilience during the crisis."
Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
COVID-19: Assessing the Economic Impacts for Atlantic Canada
"Measures to delay and reduce the spread of COVID-19 are already having financial and economic consequences which will grow with the duration and severity of this situation.
Canada and other countries have started to implement policies to help mitigate these economic impacts.

As concerns about the economy grow, APEC is responding by dedicating its research resources to provide insights and analysis as the economic impacts of COVID-19 unfold."
Business Development Bank of Canada
How to Cope with the Impacts of COVID-19 on Your Business

"The spread of COVID-19 poses important challenges to Canadian businesses. With the situation constantly evolving, you need to be prepared for any disruptions. Join BDC experts as they share short-term economic perspectives and advice on how to manage the crisis."

There is a short webinar available for free viewing, as well as a detailed toolkit for Canadian entrepreneurs.

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