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AUGUST 18, 2020 SDS NEWSLETTER COVERS:
Cyber Attacks on Some CERB Accounts
CERB Extended by 8 More Weeks
BC Emergency Benefits (one-time): Change of Eligibility
Outdoor Group Activities Continue in August
Bears on Trails
Staying Safe in Bear Country
How to Book an Appointment
Tuesdays: Online International Cooking
CYBER ATTACKS ON CRA & CERB
The Government of Canada has reported that the recent cyber attacks on the accounts of those who applied for government benefits is now under control. Over 11,000 accounts have been hacked and extra payments have been requested and re-directed.
The CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) said it is sending letters to those affected by the incidents, explaining how to confirm their identity to regain control of their accounts. Individuals phoning the agency for help can select the "report suspected fraud or identity theft" option to fast-track their call.
The attacks are being investigated by RCMP. Canada's cyber intelligence agency recommends that anyone affected by the breach update their passwords immediately and choose something they will not use for any other account.
We have heard of increase in scam phone calls and emails. Remember that government agency do not call or email to ask for personal information, or to ask for banking information or SIN. They do not threaten people with lawsuits or jail time! You can hang up!
Additional Eligibility Period
The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers is now available to eligible B.C. residents who stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 between March 1 and 14, 2020.
Expanding the eligibility addresses a gap and ensures that people who submitted COVID-19-related employment insurance claims between March 1 and March 14 can get the support they need.
If you’ve already received or been approved for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, you can’t apply for a second payment under the expanded benefit. If you haven’t applied yet, find out if you’re eligible below.
COME EXPLORE TERRACE WITH US THIS SUMMER Join Skeena Diversity on this fun outdoor activities! NEW: Sign up for its August field trips to receive the latest info Tuesday mornings in August 2020
Tue, Aug 18: Tour of Art Gallery and Downtown Murals
Tue, Aug 25: Howe Creek Hatchery
Light-moderate physical activity, COVID-19 conscious
Everybody is welcome.
No cost to join Suggestions are welcome and encouraged!
Nass Valley Field Trip
Tuesday, August 11 was a remarkable day. We travelled north in a convoy of six cars, fully masked, thorough Rosswood to the Nisga'a Nation. The weather gods smiled at us and despite a rainy forecast, we were greeted by a sunny day. We stopped on the Nass Valley Auto-Tour going through the lava beds, at Vetter Falls, passed through the mandatory checkpoint and continued to the beautiful Nass Valley B&B. The owner and operator Kim very generously prepared a delicious lunch for us and shared a bit about the Nisga'a culture.
Definitely recommend the trip! And we even saw a bear along the way!
Kim Morrison, Nass Valley B&B sharing her knowledge of Nisga'a culture after serving a delicious lunch
We took pictures of a young black bear from the safety of our car
BEARS ON TRAILS Late summer and fall is a bear season and bears have been spotted on all the popular trails in our area.
City of Terrace has posted a warning for all of us: ALERT: Bears continue to be spotted on ALL our trail systems, including Ferry Island, Terrace Mountain, and the Howe Creek trails. Please be bear aware if visiting these areas.
STAYING SAFE IN BEAR COUNTRY http://bcparks.ca/explore/misc/bears/
BC Is home to both grizzly bears and black bears. Bears are extremely sensitive to human disturbance and activity. Avoiding an encounter is the best way to protect both yourself and bears.
When on a trail
Make noise. Don’t surprise a bear. Call, sing, clap or talk loudly especially near streams and in areas of low visibility.
Be alert. Watch for bears or their scat and tracks, any strange smells or disturbed vegetation. Be aware of wind direction and speed. Extra caution is warranted when the wind is facing you.
Stay together. Hike and bike in groups and don’t let children wander. Larger groups (4 or more) are less likely to have a negative bear encounter.
Watch your pets. Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Dogs can provoke defensive bear behaviour.
Use officially marked trails. Travel during daylight hours. Bears are most active at dawn and dusk.
INTERNATIONAL COOKING ONLINE Join us for a weekly International Cooking: Tuesdays at 4 pm (PST) We are back! Join us online
Pre-recorded videos with a live discussion.
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