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Outtatown group stranded in Guatemala following border closures, now homeward bound

Outtatown group stranded in Guatemala following border closures, now homeward bound

The group of 36 students, five leaders, and two staff left Guatemala aboard a repatriation flight bound for Quebec on Friday afternoon.

BREAKING: The good news is finally in! CMU has received word that the Outtatown group awaiting repatriation secured passage on an Air Transat flight leaving Guatemala on Friday afternoon, March 27, and arrived in Quebec that same night. 

As this story is posted, the travellers are on their final legs back to their hometowns across Canada.

"Based on conversation and direction we have had with Global Affairs the group was permitted to board connecting flights to their final destinations this morning," says program co-director Renee Willms.

"We are overwhelmed with gratitude, and wish to express our thanks to the Canadian Government, particularly the office of Global Affairs, and to the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala for the continuous support and advice they provided throughout this difficult time. We are also aware that there are Canadians in Guatemala still awaiting repatriation; our prayers for safety and a speedy resolution go out to them and their families," she adds.

Having finally landed in Canada, it is with a blend of relief and sadness for the students. Tim Cruickshank, Outtatown's program co-director who was with the students and leaders in Guatemala says, "They look forward to reconnecting at home and relaxing there, but they are also aware that this means the end of their Outtatown experience."

"Over the two weeks I have been incredibly impressed with how the students have processed this rapidly developing situation," praised Cruickshank. "They have chosen to embrace this time together, at the end of their program year, and to celebrate the growth in relationships, faith, and understanding that has taken place."


Changes to the 2020 Canadian School of Peacebuilding courses and schedule

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 5:31 PM

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and social distancing directives in place across North America in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, CMU's Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP) is announcing the following changes to its June 2020 courses.

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Outtatown site stranded in Guatemala hopeful for speedy repatriation

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

While main campus and government officials work together to bring the group home, 36 students, six leaders, and two program staff wait patiently in Guatemala, putting the semester's lessons to the test.

Since early January, CMU's Outtatown Discipleship School 2019/20 cohort have been travelling in Guatemala. Initially scheduled to return April 2, the team booked early flights back to Canada last weekend, amid the swiftly evolving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 20 COVID-19 update for the CMU community

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 5:25 PM

Much of the world is in a state of emergency and is working and living collectively to stop the spread of COVID-19. As of 11:00 AM today, the Province of Manitoba declared a state of emergency amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, present CMU activity and operations are subject to the context of emergency provisions.

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March 16 COVID-19 update for the CMU community

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 4:12 PM

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are always considering what is best for the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and the communities that we serve. It is important to CMU to play its part in keeping our campus safe.

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March 13 COVID-19 update for the CMU community

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 6:02 PM

CMU is collaborating closely with public health officials and other Canadian universities to respond to the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Canada.

Working in collaboration with the University's Emergency Operations Committee, CMU administration is taking measures to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the CMU community. 

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A message from President Cheryl Pauls to CMU community

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 12:09 PM

Dear students, faculty, and staff of the CMU learning community,

During this time of keen alert and deep concern concerning COVID-19, CMU supports the efforts of health authorities to constrain the spread of the virus. In heeding the call to practice social distancing, CMU is working to ensure that students will be able to complete all winter term courses within the span of the term. It is probable that many courses will not meet in person following today, and will be completed through CMU email, Zoom, or Moodle platforms.

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March 10 Message from CMU about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low in Canada, with the risk to public health reassessed as new information becomes available.

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