OrganizeUW in the Park - New Dates!

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Bring a friend and come for a chat in Waterloo or Victoria Park with OrganizeUW and CUPE! Click to see upcoming dates and locations. Come and ask us any questions you have about unionization, sign a paper card (if digital's not your thing), bring a friend so they can sign one too, and help us all gain new rights and protections! We have lots of Gizmo the Goose and CUPE swag (including masks and stickers!) and you can grab a poster or some flyers to to hang up or put in your office/lab when campus re-opens. Or just come to say hi and see some friendly (masked) faces!

Date
Jul 17, 2021 4:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Location
Jul 17-29 in Victoria Park

Upcoming Victoria Park dates

We'll be along the main path past (west) of the clock tower, near the entrance on Richmond Avenue:

  • Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 4-6pm
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 4-6pm
  • Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ 4-6pm
  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 4-6pm

We'll be as close to the position marked below as possible, depending on the space available in the park that day:

Updates, weather, contact

Additional dates will be coming in August in either Waterloo or Victoria Park - check back on this page or follow us on social media for the latest!

Time-sensitive or day-of updates, such as shift in location due to weather, etc., will be posted on our social media ASAP before/during the event.

For everyone's protection, all organizers present will have had their second vaccine dose, and we will be physical distancing as wearing masks as an added precaution. Full health and safety guidelines are at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation in in helping us keep organizers, visitors, and the community safe. We're excited to meet you!


COVID-19 health and safety

We will have strict safety procedures in place for the protection of all visitors to the table as well as the organizers. Please take note of the following measures when deciding/planning to visit.

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[IMPORTANT!] Before you leave

  • Do not come to the table if: you have any symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting a COVID-19 test, or if you have been ordered by Public Health, Border Services, or anyone else to self-isolate or quarantine (even if you tested negative).
    • If you are unsure about symptoms of COVID-19, you can complete the 2-5 minute self-assessment anytime. However, if you are feeling at all unwell or “off”, no matter your specific symptoms, please stay home until you feel well again and only go out when necessary.
  • If you have not already done so, we recommend downloading the Covid-Alert App. It is free and the exposure notifications are most helpful when you are in public and interacting with people outside your household.

At the table

  • Everyone (visitors and organizers alike) must maintain physical distancing of at least 2m and wear a mask at all times at the table.
  • A maximum of 25 people, including organizers, is permitted at the table at any one time. While highly unlikely, if this limit is reached, we will do our best to still speak with you, such as by moving a safe distance away. However, if this is nt possible (e.g. the park is too crowded), we will have to ask you to return at a later time when it is less busy or arrange an individual meeting with you another day.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and any surfaces will be cleaned often (e.g. pens).
  • You/your friend can sign a union card using your mobile device, a paper card, or an organizer can use their device to fill out the web-form for/with you.

Brief FAQs

Is gathering outdoors in the park permitted?

Yes, according to Region of Waterloo Public Health (ROW-PH):

During Step 1 of the reopening, the focus is on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower. This includes:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training of up to 10 patrons (no games or practices permitted)

Region of Waterloo Public Health advises all residents to continue to have close contact with household members, or one other household, exclusively, if you live alone.

We have carefully designed our plan for the drop-in table to meet, and even exceed, ROW-PH's guidelines as well as those from the Public Health Agency of Canada (more on this below). This is why there is a limit of 10 people total at the table at all times.

What if I am vaccinated? Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance?

Yes. Many people in the community are not yet fully vaccinated, and the Delta variant of COVID-19 is not only more transmissible than earlier strains, one dose of a vaccine provides much less protection against this variant.

Region of Waterloo Public Health (ROW-PH) advises that “maintaining physical distance of at least two metres between yourself and anyone outside of your household is required” for all residents and that “wearing a face covering in enclosed public places and on transit is required by the Face Covering By-law and/or the Code of Use By-law. Face coverings are an additional tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms a face covering can help contain your own respiratory droplets when you talk, cough, or sneeze.”

Thus, distancing is required by law, and even though wearing a mask outside is not strictly required by law, it is still very much recommended by public health experts. As more and more people in Canada become vaccinated, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) also recently released new guidelines to help make evidence-based decisions to reduce risks at gatherings:

See link below image for text-based version

We believe this is the most-fitting scenario that applies in this case:

Zoomed in screenshot with excerpt of two boxes from the table in the above document. From the left-hand column labelled “SETTING OR ACTIVITY (Always follow local guidelines for gatherings and public health measures)

As you can see, PHAC still strongly encourages masking outdoors in a small mixed-household/mixed-vaccine-status grouping as an added precaution. And because we do not know everyone's specific vaccine status, health situation, or any vulnerabilities they may have, we feel it is most prudent to require masks at our table, in addition to the physical distancing mandated by the bylaw in Waterloo Region.

What if I am not vaccinated? May I still visit the table?

Yes, absolutely. As long as you follow the guidelines on this page, all are welcome to stop by the table. We will not ask you your vaccination status; this is personal and private information.

I am unable to wear a mask for health, disability, or other private reasons. May I still visit the table?

Yes, definitely. If you have an accessibility need that impedes adhering to the above guidelines, we would be happy to discuss a way to accommodate you. Please reach out to us by email or on our social media, or come in person to the table and let the organizer know when you first arrive.

We will not ask for private medical information or information on your reasons for needing an accomodation. Instead we will focus on how we can work together to make our event inclusive for you while keeping everyone safe. For more on Face Coverings and the Bylaw visit here.

Please note that we reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the table if safe interaction is not possible. The safety of our organizers and all visitors is of the utmost importance to OrganizeUW, and must come first. We are happy to speak to you via another medium of your choice, such as email, phone, or video call, if in-person interaction is not possible.
Committee to Organize uWaterloo
Committee to Organize uWaterloo
supported by CUPE

The Committee to Organize uWaterloo is a grassroots campaign to unionize the academic workers at the University of Waterloo. The campaign is supported by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada's largest union.

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