Ontario Accepting Applications for Seniors Community Grants

Ontario Accepting Applications for Seniors Community Grants Province Helping Reduce Social Isolation Among Seniors Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2016 Seniors Community Grant Program to help more seniors stay active and engaged in their communities. The province is investing $2 million to support not-for-profit community projects that increase volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors. Projects that have previously been funded by the grant program include: ·         programs that enhance financial literacy, ·         health and nutrition promotional programs including dance classes for seniors, ·         cultural day trips, ·         and conversational Ojibwe classes for Aboriginal seniors and children. Launched in 2014, the Seniors Community Grant Program aims to reduce social isolation that can have negative effects on seniors’ quality of life. Since its launch, the program has supported 544 projects, helping close to 116,000 seniors participate in their communities. Keeping seniors engaged is part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan. QUOTES “Through the Seniors Community Grant Program we’ve been working to help seniors lead engaging and fulfilling lives for two years. This responsibility, this duty, is so significant that it surely takes longer than two years to complete. This is why we continue to invest in this program, so that we can reach more seniors across the province, and help them participate in community life.” — Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs “Social inclusion is a priority for our seniors,...

New interim deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Our new interim deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Richard McKinnell will become Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport on an interim basis effective January 1, 2016, pending recruitment of a permanent Deputy Minister. Richard is currently the ADM, Tourism Policy and Development, a position he has held since October 3, 2011.  ...

IFLA launches new toolkit to support immediate advocacy for access to information in national development plans

IFLA launches new toolkit to support immediate advocacy for access to information in national development plans http://www.ifla.org/node/9989 “Take action now so that libraries have a say! IFLA has launched a new toolkit which will help you to advocate to your national and regional policy makers to make sure that libraries and access to information are included as part of national and regional development plans that will contribute to meeting the global 2030 Agenda. Now that the 2030 Agenda has been finalised, it is up to you to act and ensure that your needs are reflected on your national level! Libraries make an important contribution to development. IFLA has launched a new toolkit which will help you to advocate to your national and regional policy makers to make sure that libraries and access to information are included as part of national and regional development plans that will contribute to meeting the global 2030 Agenda. Libraries must now show that they can drive progress across the entire 2030 Agenda. We encourage all library associations and institutions to take action now. While the SDGs are universal goals, each country will be responsible for developing and implementing national strategies to achieve them, and will be expected to track and report its own progress toward each target. As these plans are developed, the library community in each country will have a clear opportunity to communicate to their government leaders how libraries serve as cost-effective partners for advancing their development priorities. Advocacy is essential now to secure recognition for the role of libraries as engines of local development, and to ensure that libraries receive the...

Drew Fagan retires from Ontario Public Service

Original Document Link to follow: “Drew joined the OPS in January 2009 as Deputy Minister of Tourism. He had previously spent four years with the federal public service, particularly as Assistant Deputy Minister at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and 20 years with The Globe and Mail as a senior editor, columnist, foreign correspondent and bureau chief. In his time in the OPS, Drew has had a significant impact as Deputy Minister of Culture and of Seniors as well as Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, where he oversaw the province’s first 10-year infrastructure plan and was integral to the integration of infrastructure planning into our policy development process. Most recently, he has been responsible for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat where he provided critical leadership in the year leading up to the highly successful Games last summer. I want to personally thank him for his efforts in coordinating the work of many ministries and Toronto 2015 to ensure seamless delivery of those games.” Ontario Public Service Announcement...

FOPL at OLA Super Conference

We’d like to bring your attention to the following sessions at OLA Super Conference. We hope to see many of you there! Super Conference 2016 Library Lab: The Idea Incubator Metro Toronto Convention Centre January 27-30, 2016 https://www.accessola.org/web/OLAWEB/Super_Conference/Welcome/OLAWEB/Super_Conference/Welcome.aspx FOPL Sponsored Sessions Our sessions are focused on communicating the research we have done in the past year at FOPL as well as our partnership work on Libraries 2025 strategies. 1. FOCUS: Libraries 2025 Wednesday, Jan 27 2:15 – 3:45 pm Roll up your sleeves and bring your ideas to your peers. It is time to table the strategies arising from the 2015 symposium at the Royal York and develop and prioritize collaborative projects to put into action in order to move public libraries forward towards a vision of 2025. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the strategic initiatives with your colleagues, hear thoughts from the planning committee, and tell committee members what your ideas and dreams for the future are. Learning Outcomes Update public libraries on the results of Libraries 2025 and review next steps. 2. 2015 Public Opinion about Public Libraries in Ontario Speaker: Carol French, VP Market Probe Canada Thursday, Jan 28 | 10:30 am – 11:10 am The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries commissioned a public opinion poll of Ontarians in 2015. Come hear the results, conclusions and recommendations. There were two province wide polls which were statistically valid both through a computer assisted telephone interviewing panel as well as an online poll using panels. These polls updated and analyzed new trends and continued the results of the polls conducted in 2000, 2006, and 2010....