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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!  


CERB EXTENDED BY ADDITIONAL 8 WEEKS
To Apply: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

CERB extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks for workers who:
  • stopped working due to COVID-19 or
  • are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or
  • have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020.
BC EMERGENCY BENEFITS (ONE-TIME): CHANGE OF ELIGIBILITY
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/covid-19-financial-supports/emergency-benefit-workers
B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, is a one-time, tax-free $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.


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.

Find out if you are eligible
 
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!

Sign up for August activities

 
Vetter Falls
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.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
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HOW TO VISIT SKEENA DIVERSITY CENTRE
We are excited to be back in the office but it’s definitely NOT a business as usual.
BEFORE YOU COME IN:
  1. BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
  2. If you come to the office, you may have to wait before we are able to let you inside. We will still ask you to set up an appointment so if you can, fill out the webform before you come in
  3. If you don’t have internet access, you can call us 250-635-6530
WHEN YOU COME IN:
  1. Please wait, we will let you in.
  2. Please wash your hands as you come in
  3. We are only able to serve one person/family at a time
  4. We have created meeting space which is providing physical distancing and safety screens
  5. We sanitize all surfaces and door handles after each visitor
  6. We limit the number of staff working at the office at any one time, most work is still done remotely - maximum occupancy at this time: 6 people
  7. Staff has protective equipment such as masks and face shields if we cannot maintain physical distancing
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Join us for a weekly International Cooking: Tuesdays at 4 pm (PST)
We are back! Join us online
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