DCFA Update

DCFA Update aims to engage and inform DCFA members with updates, information, and direction on topics related to DCFA membership at Douglas College.


Updates – January 26, 2023

Item 1 – Bargaining
Item 2 – Election time
Item 3 – Ombudsperson duties
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. Bargaining

The DCFA and the employer are at the bargaining table Monday, January 30 and Wednesday, February 1.  Please wear your DCFA Union card to show your solidarity.  If you would like to be an observer please contact the VP Negotiations Devin Shaw at dcfa.devin.shaw[at]gmail.com by 9:00 am Friday, January 27th.

Future opportunities for observers will be posted as the dates are confirmed.

2.  Election Time Again: Department Chairs, Selection Committees, and other committee representatives

Each Winter semester, all Douglas College departmental elections take place.  

Chair elections

Each Winter semester, a Responsible Administrator (RA) will provide a written announcement of a meeting during which a Chair election will take place. This announcement will take place at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.  Please see Article 11 of the Collective Agreement, pp. 68-69,  for more information about this important role.

Future DCFA Updates will highlight other committee positions.

3. Ombudsperson Duties

This is a reminder that revisions to the duties of the Ombudsperson were approved by Membership at the AGM in 2022. The Ad Hoc Structural Review Committee recommended revisions after reviewing the history of this position.

Article 5.2 of the Constitution and By-Laws states these duties. The Ombudsperson is to ensure that the meetings of the Association run duly called and run according to the By-Laws and deal with any faculty to faculty conflict arising out of association business.  For more information please click on the link below.

https://dcfa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/DCFA-Con-ByLaws-April-6-2022-Print.pdf


Updates – January 5, 2023

Item 1 – Call Out for Observers
Item 2 – DCFA Member Questions

1. Call Out for Observers

The DCFA and the Employer are meeting at the bargaining table on January 16th, January 30th, and February 1st. We are seeking observers for these sessions (which are scheduled for the full day). Please contact VP Negotiations, Devin Shaw, at dcfa.devin.shaw[at]gmail.com to sign up.

-To participate in the January 16th session, contact Devin by Thursday, January 12th.

-To participate in the other sessions, contact Devin by January 26th.

In Solidarity – Your DCFA Contract Bargaining Committee

Devin Shaw
Vice President Negotiations, DCFA
Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Douglas College


Updates – December 22, 2022

Item 1 – Sign Language Interpretation Diploma Program
Item 2 – Responses to DCFA Member Questions
Item 3 – DCFA Office Closure and Emergency Contact Information
Item 5 – DCFA Member Questions

1. Sign Language Interpretation Diploma Program

We received faculty queries about the link we sent out about the College’s pause on admission to the Sign Language Diploma Program for 2023/24.  This pause is of concern to the DCFA as it will affect faculty work and students seeking the program.  Could more have been done without suspending enrollment?

This is a unique and important program to the community as is evidenced by the Dec 14, 2022 CBC news item.  We sincerely hope there are efforts to boost admissions heading into 2024 to help alleviate the shortage of Interpreters.  We shall be following up with the administration regarding the implications of the pause for affected members.

For the link to the CBC news article please see the email of Dec 14, 2022.

2. Responses to DCFA Member Questions – Copyright

With the increasing number of sites where students post faculty work does the DCFA have language that it suggests for members to use on course materials?

A simple copyright symbol and your name should suffice.  For more information on copyright see the faculty resources on the library site.

3. DCFA Office Closure

The DCFA office will be closed from Friday Dec 23, 2022 at 3 pm. until Wednesday January 4, 2023 at 8 am. 

The  dcfa@douglascollege.ca email will be monitored as per usual starting January 4, 2023.

Emergency Contact Information via email only

From Dec 23, 2022 at 3 pm to Dec 27, 2022 at 5 pm DCFA President, Jasmine Nicholsfigueiredo –   dcfapresident@gmail.com

From Dec 28, 2022 to January 3, 2023 at 5 pm contact DCFA Vice President Stewardship, Melanie Young at dcfavpstewardship@gmail.com


Updates – December 8, 2022

Item 1 – Holiday Hamper 2022
Item 2 – Bargaining Feedback Event:  Chair & Coordinator Workload Discussion
Item 3 – 2023-2024 Douglas College Budget Review
Item 4 – Faculty Matters Winter 2023
Item 5 – DCFA Member Questions

1. DCFA Holiday Hamper 2022 – Still a chance to give

Every year, the DCFA sponsors a student in need during the holidays. This year, the DCFA will make a medium sized family donation:  2 children (Approximately $250.00). Our goal is to raise $300, and the DCFA has collected $180 to present.  

Any faculty who are interested in contributing a donation towards the hamper, should contact Anne Swinton, DCFA Administrative Assistance @  dcfaannes@gmail.com   Please make all donations by end of day Dec 8th.

2. Bargaining Feedback Event:  Chair & Coordinator Workload Discussion

During the current round of bargaining, the DCFA intends to present an extensive Chairs and Coordinators workload proposal. A lot of time and effort has gone into this proposal, and the DCFA would like to present this proposal to you, and to attain your feedback. Additionally, the DCFA wishes to discuss plans related to a successful negotiation of this proposal.

Topic: Chair & Coordinator Workload

Guest Speakers: Bill Archibald (Retired Commerce & Business Administration Faculty Member and Chair),

Date/Time: Friday, January 6 @ 3:30-5:30pm

Location: Douglas Room, New Westminster campus

Food: Appetizers and Beverages

3. 2023-2024 Douglas College Budget Review

Douglas College has started the budget process for the upcoming year. Working from last year’s College budget, the DCFA will be putting together a submission to the College.  Do you have an issue that you would like to see addressed with financial resources?  If so, please email Rosilyn Teng, Temporary Member-at-Large, dcfa.rosilyn.teng@gmail.com.  The College has scheduled the Budget Forum for Feb 3, 2023 time to be determined.

4.  Thank You Jon-Paul Henry for dedicating years of service to Faculty Matters

We wish to thank long-time Faculty Matters Editor, Jon Paul (JP) Henry for his many years of contribution and hard work. Faculty Matters would not be what it is today without his dedication to the publication.  Thank you Jon Paul for your service !

The mandate of Faculty Matters is to provide insightful, honest, intelligent, and well-informed commentary on the academic and societal events and issues that impact Douglas College faculty. If writing an article is of interest to you, please contact the FM Editorial Team via the DCFA Update Feedback box (at the bottom of this update).

If you are seeking some interesting reading over the holidays, the Faculty Matters Editorial Team cordially invites you to explore interesting editions that were published over the past two years: Weblink – https://www.dcfa.ca/faculty-matters/     


Updates – November 24, 2022

Item 1 – DCFA HOLIDAY SOCIAL — Elks Club of New Westminster
Item 2 – FACULTY CALLOUT: Job Action Committee (JAC)
Item 3 – Holiday Hamper 2022
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. DCFA HOLIDAY SOCIAL — Elks Club of New Westminster

When: Wednesday Dec 7, 2022, @ 3:30 to 6:00
Who: All Douglas College Faculty Members Welcome
Where: 680 Clarkson St, New Westminster, BC V3M 6X9
Why: Laugh, talk, unwind and rejoice with Douglas College Faculty peers

Elks Club map

2. FACULTY CALLOUT: Job Action Committee (JAC)

The DCFA has formed the Job Action Committee. Thank you to all faculty for your expressions of interest.

Faculty can expect to hear more about the initiatives of this committee soon. 

3. DCFA Holiday Hamper 2022

Every year, the DCFA sponsors a student in need during the holidays. This year, the DCFA will make a medium sized family donation:  2 children (Approximately $250.00)

Any faculty who are interested in contributing a donation towards the hamper, should contact Anne Swinton, DCFA Administrative Assistance @  dcfaannes@gmail.com   Please make all donations by December 7th.


Updates – November 9, 2022

We are headed to the bargaining table on November 14th and 16th. Show SOLIDARITY by wearing your Union Cards during the week of the 14th to raise visibility of the bargaining process!

Item 1 – Bargaining Updates: CALLOUT FOR OBSERVERS 
Item 2 – FACULTY CALLOUT: Job Action Committee
Item 3 – FPSE Letter: Response to Ontario Government’s Attempt to Limit Union Rights
Item 4 – TRAINING: Health & Safety – Suicide Prevention
Item 5 – DCFA Member Questions

1. Bargaining Updates: CALLOUT FOR OBSERVERS

On November 7th, the DCFA and the Employer met at the bargaining table. The parties have reached a protocol agreement which outlines the bargaining process.

The DCFA has ensured that, as part of that process, we are able to proceed with open bargaining. We may–and we plan–to bring observers to the table! We are seeking members to participate as bargaining observers on November 14th (11:30am–5:00pm) and/or November 16th (9:30am–3:00pm). Both sessions will be held at N2320. We are starting with a small number of observer seats, so priority will be given to volunteers who are able to attend both sessions.

Please contact VP Negotiations, Devin Shaw, at dcfa.devin.shaw@gmail.com.

In Solidarity – Your DCFA Contract Bargaining Committee

2. FACULTY CALLOUT: Job Action Committee

Bargaining with the employer for a new Collective Agreement is underway. While it is our hope that a mutually satisfactory Collective Agreement can be negotiated without job action, we must be ready in the event that such an action is needed. To that effect, the DCFA is seeking volunteers for the Job Action Committee.

The DCFA’s Job Action Committee is responsible for coordinating strike pay and all expenses related to a strike, all aspects of picketing, and securing and running a strike headquarters. A well-run committee will be crucial to the success of any potential job action. We are seeking members who work at the following campuses: the New Westminster campus, Anvil Centre campus, and the Coquitlam campus.

If you are interested in joining the DCFA Job Action Committee, please contact VP Negotiations, Devin Shaw, at dcfa.devin.shaw[at]gmail.com.

3. FPSE Letter: Response to Ontario Government’s Attempt to Limit Union Rights

In response to the alarming attempts of the Ontario provincial government to invoke the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ “notwithstanding clause”, to bypass the collective bargaining process, in an effort to prevent the Province’s CUPE education sector workers from striking, the Federation of Post-Secondary Employers (FPSE) has issued the following letter:

Dear Premier Ford, 

I am writing you on behalf of the 10,000 members who make up the staff and faculty of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators in BC.   

While we understand education is a provincial responsibility, we feel compelled to speak out against your government’s willingness to invoke the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ “notwithstanding clause”, to bypass the collective bargaining process, in an effort to prevent the Province’s CUPE education sector workers from striking.  

We believe collective bargaining is a vital tool for both employees and employers, allowing the market to efficiently and effectively determine its wage-service equilibrium.  Short circuiting the process, as your government proposes to do, robs everyone of a fair exchange of ideas and will only sow distrust among the parties.  We urge you and your government to reconsider its position. 

Yours sincerely, 
Brent Calvert 
President, FPSE   

4. TRAINING: Health & Safety – Suicide Prevention

The Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees are happy to sponsor the following training session for the Douglas College community: 

LivingWorks safeTALK 
When: December 9, 2022 9:00am – 12:15pm 
Where: New Westminster S4213

At a LivingWorks safeTALK workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support. Learn and practice powerful, life-saving skills in just four hours using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference through its four-hour face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice with a skilled, supportive trainer to guide you through the course, and a community resource will be on hand to support your safety and comfort.

For more information, please visit the following link on DC Connect:  https://collegedouglas.sharepoint.com/sites/dcconnect/news_events/news/Pages/LivingWorks-safeTALK-.aspx


Updates – October 19, 2022

Item 1 – Faculty Matters Magazine – Fall 2022 Edition
Item 2 – DCFA Member Questions

1. Faculty Matters Magazine – Fall 2022 Edition

The Fall 2022 Edition is ready for readership. Read it here.


Updates – October 12, 2022

Item 1 – Fair Employment Week – Contract Academic Employment
Item 2 – Faculty Matters Magazine – Fall Edition
Item 3 – DCFA Climate Emergency Action Committee Update – Call Out for New Members
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. Fair Employment Week – Contract Academic Employment

Fair Employment week, October 17 -21, 2022 is the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) annual campaign to highlight the precarious nature of academic contract faculty. The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) of which Douglas College Faculty Association is a member,  is committed to improving the working conditions for non-regular faculty. Within our sector, precarious faculty work is an issue.

June Madison, DCFA representative to the FPSE Non-Regular Faculty Committee and Jeff Smith will have a table out at the Coquitlam Campus on  Thursday, Oct 20 from 11;15-12:15 and Friday October 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 and possibly Monday the 17th, to highlight the inequities contract faculty face.  If you wish to support this important initiative, please consider contacting your Member of  Legislative Assembly (MLA) so that they may work with the Post-Secondary Educator’s Association (PSEA) to address this issue.

2. Faculty Matters Magazine – Fall 2022 Edition

The ‘Faculty Matters Magazine’ – Fall 2022 Edition will be issued in the coming week. Do not miss this copy!! The Fall 2022 Edition will include information to inform members about topics related to the upcoming round of contract bargaining. DCFA Members can expect to access the magazine via email, or via visiting the DCFA website (https://www.dcfa.ca/faculty-matters/).

3. DCFA Climate Emergency Action Committee Update – Call Out for New Members

Dear faculty members: Please consider joining the DCFA Climate Emergency Action Committee! We are starting up our work for the Fall term, including a speaker series, and would love to have more representatives from faculties across the College. We welcome new ideas and fresh perspectives! Please contact Colin Cheng (ccheng22@douglascollege.ca) or Kim Trainor (trainork@douglascollege.ca) for more information!


Updates – October 5, 2022

Item 1 – DCFA Anti-Racism Action Committee Update
Item 2 – DCFA Roles and Duties
Item 3 – Trusted and Secure DCFA Email Addresses
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. DCFA Anti-Racism Action Committee Update

The DCFA Anti-Racism Action Committee is hosting a guest speaker on November 1st at 6:30pm at New west campus: Dr. June Francis. There will also be an information table on the concourse throughout the day. Please see the flyer for more information.

2. DCFA Roles and Duties – WHO DO YOU TALK TO AT THE DCFA WHEN YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

3. Trusted and Secure DCFA Email Addresses

Faculty regularly receive spam and/or junk email. Hence, DCFA wishes to proactively advise faculty about trusted and secure DCFA communications mediums.

The DCFA issues communication to Faculty:

  1. via faculty-wide emails (sent directly by Table Officers via Douglas College email addresses)
  2. via Envoke software (sent from email address – “dcfa@douglascollege.ca”)
  3. via Simple Survey  (sent from email address – “messages-noreply@simplesurvey.com”)

In the event that you receive a DCFA request from an address other than those listed above, please contact the DCFA to validate the authenticity of the message.

Additionally, if you receive any questionable emails that appear to be phishing emails, follow the same practices you would follow for your email correspondence while working at the College: https://collegedouglas.sharepoint.com/sites/dcconnect/tools_resources/technologyresources/Pages/Phishing.aspx

The DCFA does not ask for money or any financial information from members via email.

4. DCFA Member Questions

Callout to all DCFA Members

If you have any general questions relating to DCFA membership at Douglas College, or you have topic suggestions for future DCFA Update editions, please submit such information below. To protect the privacy of all submitters, anonymity will be maintained. Please note that if you have any specific questions that you require response to, you will need to provide an email address. Feedback link.

If you have specific questions that you are seeking a response to, please leave your contact information.


Updates – September 27, 2022

A Message from the DCFA Status of Women Committee

The DCFA Status of Women Committee wants to express support for the family of Mahsa Amini, and to publicly condemn the horrific act which took her life, and the unconscionable conditions the women of Iran have been subject to since 1979. 

On September 16, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish woman, because of “unsuitable attire” was taken by Iran’s morality police to a detention centre to be “re-educated” for allegedly wearing her head-covering incorrectly.  Her family says that she was “tortured” and suffered a head injury as a result of the police beating, dying three days later.   The police claim that she had died of ”sudden heart failure” and that her death was “unfortunate.”  Protests have been held around the world, and in Iran, many protestors have died in clashes with the Iranian police.  Thousands protested in downtown Vancouver this past weekend, to stand with Iranian women.  Since the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been living without the freedom to dress and express themselves, and live safely as self-determining individuals.  The laws have become even more strict and violent since the installation of the new leader, a hard-line cleric, in August 2021. 

The Canadian government on Monday issued a statement of support for the women of Iran. We of the DCFA Status of Women Committee express our solidarity, especially with the women of Iran, and with all those who suffer gender, sex-based, or racial inequity, persecution, and violence.


Updates – September 26, 2022

Item 1 – REMINDER: October 1st – Supplemental PD Fund Application Review Process Opens
Item 2 – DCFA Member Questions

1. REMINDER: October 1st – Supplemental PD Fund Application Review Process Opens

The DCFA wishes to remind all faculty that the Supplemental Professional Development Fund (SPDF) application review process opens on October 1st. Applications must demonstrate direct and tangible benefits to students. Professional development activities such as attending academic conferences are acceptable.  Applications that meet this requirement shall be considered on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last. The Faculty PD Committee shall not rank or otherwise compare applications but shall distribute available funds to eligible projects/activities until the Fund is depleted each year. Any technology or non-consumable materials or supplies acquired or created as a result of the use of this Fund remain the exclusive property of the College.

All regular faculty members shall be eligible to apply once per academic year for supplemental PD funding, provided that, at a minimum, the first four hundred dollars ($400) toward the eligible project/activity is funded through PD funds available under Article 9.02.f, whether those funds are held in individual or in pooled accounts. The Supplemental Funds awarded per application shall not exceed three thousand dollars ($3,000).

For more information, faculty can contact their DDP PD Chair, or review Article 9.02 g in the DCFA Collective Agreement.

2. DCFA Member Questions

If you have any general questions relating to DCFA membership at Douglas College, or you have topic suggestions for future DCFA Update editions, please submit such information below. To protect the privacy of all submitters, anonymity will be maintained. Please note that if you have any specific questions that you require response to, you will need to provide an email address. Feedback link.

If you have specific questions that you are seeking a response to, please leave your contact information.


Updates – September 21, 2022

Item 1 –  DCFA Union Card Drive
Item 2 – Provincial Labour News: 1) SFU – Living Wage & 2) BCGEU
Item 3 – Douglas College Board of Governors Meetings
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. DCFA Union Card Drive

In Fall 2022, the DCFA is headed to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract with the employer. One way we attain leverage in bargaining is through organizing our members. As part of a larger organizing strategy, we are launching a union card drive for our members. This drive has two goals: first, to raise awareness and visibility of the bargaining process; and second, to collect non-Douglas College email and phone contacts.

Members will soon receive an invitation from the DCFA to enter their information via Simple Survey. The DCFA will collect two pieces of information for the card: your name and your department or title. At the conclusion of the form, you may upload a portrait for the card. The following information will be collected for DCFA business in order to communicate with members, but will not be included on the card: a non-Douglas College email address, a non-Douglas College phone number, and your non-teaching semester (if applicable).

Information about your non-teaching semester will be especially helpful for organizing members for open bargaining. The DCFA will be pursuing open bargaining, which means that any faculty member may attend scheduled negotiation meetings as an observer. More information on open bargaining is available in the Fall 2022 edition of Faculty Matters. We will inform you about how to participate when new practical information on dates and times becomes available.

The DCFA will send the union card and lanyard to your home department once the card is printed.

2. Provincial Labour News: 1) SFU – Living Wage & 2) BCGEU

The following articles provide insight into provincial labour news:

  • July 19, 2022 – Simon Fraser University website – SFU announces move to become living wage employer – a first for a Canadian public university:

https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2022/07/sfu-announces-move-to-become-living-wage-employer.html

  • September 7, 2022 – BCGEU reaches tentative agreement with Victoria on an up-to-14-per-cent wage hike:

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/bcgeu-reaches-tentative-agreement

3. Douglas College Board of Governors Meeting

Any faculty who are interested in attending the Open Session of the College Board meeting. There are generally ~10 observer seats available at each meeting. No notice is required, but all observers are required to sign-in. Observers are reminded to arrive 5-10 minutes before meeting commencement. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Moving forward all meetings will be conducted in person. Additionally, the 2022/2023 Meetings schedule is listed below.

Source: https://www.douglascollege.ca/sites/default/files/docs/college-board/DC%20Board%202022-23%20Meeting%20Schedule%20FINAL.pdf

4. DCFA Member Questions

Callout to all DCFA Members

If you have any general questions relating to DCFA membership at Douglas College, or you have topic suggestions for future DCFA Update editions, please submit such information below. To protect the privacy of all submitters, anonymity will be maintained. Please note that if you have any specific questions that you require response to, you will need to provide an email address. Feedback link.

If you have specific questions that you are seeking a response to, please leave your contact information.


Updates – September 14, 2022

Item 1 – DCFA General Meeting Information and Schedule
Item 2 – DCFA Office Move Postponement
Item 3 – Faculty Matters – Call for Submissions Fall 2022
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. DCFA General Meeting Information and Schedule

During the 2022/2023 Academic Year, the DCFA will conduct meetings in face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid format. The September, October and November meetings will be conducted in a hybrid format. Because of limited capacity, the DCFA will send an event invite and request that faculty RSVP. Logistics, technology, accessibility and member preference will dictate the chosen mode for future meetings. As the DCFA commences bargaining, members are reminded about the importance of remaining engaged. Attending General Meetings is a great way to do so. As before, time sensitive updates will be provided via the DCFA Update and/or direct email from DCFA Table Officers.

The following is the 2022/2023 Academic Calendar Year DCFA General Meeting Schedule:

Source: https://dcfa.ca/member-resources/

2. DCFA Office Move Postponed

Several months ago, the employer informed the DCFA that we will need to vacate the current New Westminster office (N2320) over the summer. The employer advised the DCFA that this move will be postponed.

3. Faculty Matters – Call for Submissions Fall 2022

Call for Submissions – Fall 2022 Edition

CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS, WRITERS, AND SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

The Faculty Matters Editorial Team cordially invites you to contribute an article to an upcoming edition of the publication. The mandate of Faculty Matters is to provide insightful, honest, intelligent, and well-informed commentary on the academic and societal events and issues that impact Douglas College faculty. The past two years have provided many commentary-worthy events, so we encourage you to provide your expert evaluation and editorial. If writing an article is of interest to you, please contact the FM Editorial Team via the DCFA Update Feedback box (at the bottom of this update). Past editions of Faculty Matters are electronically available via the following weblink – https://www.dcfa.ca/faculty-matters/

Deadline for article submissions is September 16th.

Timing of Publish Change

In response to member suggestions, the DCFA will publish the ‘Faculty Matters’ magazine at the start of each semester (or in around Week 4 or 5), rather than at the end of the semester.

Past Editions

Winston Churchill once said that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Some of the challenges, difficulties and opportunities encountered by past Douglas College faculty may repeat themselves. Fortunately, over the years benevolent, talented, devoted and hardworking Douglas College faculty confronted, analyzed and narrated current and critical events that were of importance to faculty at the time. This work can be accessed in the Faculty Matters Past Editions Archives:

1) Digital Archive @ https://dcfa.ca/faculty-matters/

2) Print Archive @ New Westminster Main Campus Room North 2320 – NEW: Information Board

On display at present are the following ‘Past Editions’ organized by Date / Article Title / Author / Topic Summary:

4. DCFA Member Questions

Callout to all DCFA Members

If you have any general questions relating to DCFA membership at Douglas College, or you have topic suggestions for future DCFA Update editions, please submit such information below. To protect the privacy of all submitters, anonymity will be maintained. Please note that if you have any specific questions that you require response to, you will need to provide an email address. Feedback link.

If you have specific questions that you are seeking a response to, please leave your contact information.

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