Ontario’s Government for the People Restoring Trust and Accountability with Release of the Line-by-Line Review

News Release Ontario’s Government for the People Restoring Trust and Accountability with Release of the Line-by-Line Review September 25, 2018 A Modernized, More Sustainable Government will Transform Province’s Finances TORONTO – Ontario’s Government for the People is continuing to take action to restore trust and accountability in the province’s public finances. Today, the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, announced the much anticipated release of EY Canada’s line-by-line review of government spending, Managing Transformation – A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario. The document reveals rapid expenditure growth across key sectors and public programs under the previous government. “I would like to thank EY Canada for their expert analysis of the past 15 years of government spending,” said Bethlenfalvy. “This detailed analysis of Ontario’s current spending will help us build a modern, more sustainable government while avoiding job cuts. Together we are creating a roadmap that embraces innovation, while ensuring that we achieve better fiscal outcomes for the people of this great province. Expenditure management is the means toward that end, but it is not the end in and of itself.” The line-by-line review is based on extensive analysis of government financial and program data, and builds on the work of Ontario’s Auditor General and the Financial Accountability Officer. The report identifies a number of ways the government could transform programs and services to ensure sustainability and value for money. The report includes: An analysis of government spending, spanning the fiscal period 2002/03 to 2017/18 An overview of direct and transfer payment spending in five major sectors: health and long-term care; children, community and social services; education; justice; and...

TorStar Opinion: How our libraries can help the homeless

How our libraries can help the homeless By BOB HEPBURN  Toronto Star Columnist Sept. 20, 2018 https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/09/19/how-our-libraries-can-help-the-homeless.html While Hepburn incorrectly calls TPL’s hiring of a full-time social worker ‘unique’ his editorial is a fine call to all public libraries to consider these...

Released: Municipal Election Toolkit: Get ready for your local election!

Municipal Election Toolkit Files are also now uploaded on librariesvote.ca.  Get ready for your local election! Municipal elections are taking place across the province on October 22nd. You and your community have the opportunity to elect your mayor, municipal councilors, as well as school trustees. These elected officials can have a big impact on your local public and school libraries. Don’t miss this critical opportunity to capture the attention of candidates and secure their support on issues important to your library. Make sure you’re ready to vote Visit Voter Lookup to make sure you are on the voter list for both the municipal and school board elections in your area. * Tip – Even if you don’t have a child in the school system, you are eligible to vote for your local school board trustee! Be a voice for your local library •   Meet with candidates! •   Ask two key questions (see page 9 of the guide)! •   Engage your community! Taking action is easy and we can help Check out OLA’s Municipal Elections Toolkit now for step-by-step guides, tips, resources and examples of how you can make an impact this election season. Don’t forget about our member benefits!                  2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto ON. M5C 2B6 info@accessola.com  |  416.363.3388  |  accessola.com      You are receiving this email because you are a member of the Ontario Library Association. If you no longer wish to receive emails about the Ontario Library Association, its program and events, click here.   If you would prefer not to receive emails from us, go here. Please send any comments about this email to info@accessola.com  ...

Library Boards Featured Learning Moment: Getting the best public library board for your community

  Featured Learning Moment. Subject: Getting the best public library board for your community October 22, 2018 is the Ontario Municipal Election Date. Following a Municipal Election, or shortly before, the Municipal/Town Clerk will put out a call for applications for the library board in the local press and on the website. In the next few issues we’re highlighting the Leadership by Design Module 5: Legacy and Succession. Consider asking your board members to engage in these learning (and thinking) activities: As the election dates get closer, consider creating a Screening Matrix customized to what your community needs. Looking ahead: to ensure continuity and to prepare the incoming board, it is important to prepare legacy documents including providing organized and up to date documents. Read more about this. – Sincerely, Shelagh Paterson (Ontario Library Association) and Stephen Abram (Federation of Ontario Public Libraries)   What is Leadership by Design? Leadership by Design is a program designed for library boards, by library boards. The online learning modules within this program will develop leadership skills for trustees and board members. The modules of Leadership by Design are designed to match the four years of a public library board term. You can skip between units to find aspects that are specifically relevant to you at any point in time, but by following through the monthly units and completing the tasks with your board as a whole, you should have a highly-effective team by the end of your four-year term. Access Leadership by Design through LearnHQ LearnHQ is developed by SOLS in partnership with OLA and FOPL. It is an extensive online learning resource...

Library Board Transitions: Getting the best public library board for your community

Getting the best public library board for your community. October 22, 2018 is the Ontario Municipal Election Date. Following a Municipal Election, or shortly before, the Municipal/Town Clerk will put out a call for applications for the library board in the local press and on the website. In the next few issues we’re highlighting the Leadership by Design Module 5: Legacy and Succession. Consider asking your board members to engage in these learning (and thinking) activities: As the election dates get closer, consider creating a Screening Matrix customized to what your community needs. Looking ahead: to ensure continuity and to prepare the incoming board, it is important to prepare legacy documents including providing organized and up to date documents. Read more about...