Feedback requested: CFLA-FCAB Strategic Plan — Commentaires demandés : Plan stratégique de la FCAB-CFLA

Bilingual message – Message bilingue Dear CFLA-FCAB Members, A sincere thank-you to all of our members and stakeholders for your contribution to our strategic planning survey. The Strategic Plan Working Group has worked to compile, analyze, and digest the responses into the attached preliminary draft 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. We heard from 20 of our 25 members on the survey and combined with other institutional and individual responses, we received a total of 112 submissions. The working group took great care and consideration to bring the comments and recommendations into three main pillars. As many of you already know, we shared this document with those present at the AGM in Toronto this past January. We have received some feedback since then with regards to the vision, mission, as well as the strategic directions themselves. While the working group will continue to work on this document, we felt it necessary to follow our promise in January to share this preliminary draft with members and critical stakeholders electronically to solicit further feedback. At this stage, we are no longer seeking feedback from the larger public. We are working to have a final strategic plan written for approval by the CFLA-FCAB Board in late spring 2019. We would most grateful if you could send your comments to Katherine McColgan at kmccolgan@cfla-fcab.ca by Sunday March 31, 2019. Sincerely, Todd Kyle Chair, Strategic Planning Working Group ————— Chers membres de la FCAB-CFLA, Un merci sincère à tous nos membres et les parties prenantes de votre contribution à notre sondage sur la planification stratégique. Le groupe de travail sur le plan stratégique a compilé, a analysé et a intégré...

Comparing Ontario’s Fiscal Position with Other Provinces

Comparing Ontario’s Fiscal Position with Other Provinces Feb 14, 2019 https://fao-on.org/en/Blog/Publications/inter-prov-comparisons-feb-2019 Key Points In 2017, the Ontario provincial government received $10,415 in total revenue per person[1], the lowest in the country. Despite the lowest total revenue per person, Ontario’s per capita tax revenue is above the average of other provinces, owing to a strong economic base.[2] However, offsetting Ontario’s relatively high tax revenues are lower revenues from other sources. Compared to other provinces, Ontario generates a relatively modest level of resource revenues and receives a relatively low amount of transfers from the federal government. Ontario’s low per capita revenue is matched by similarly low government spending relative to other provinces. In 2017, Ontario spent $9,829 per person on programs, also the lowest among provinces. Ontario’s per capita program spending is more than $2,000 below the rest of Canada average, a gap that has widened since 2011. In particular, Ontario spends $3,903 per person on health care, the lowest in Canada and $487 per person lower than the rest of Canada average. Ontario’s net operating deficit was $3.8 billion in 2017[3], down from a deficit of $5.3 billion in 2016. On a per capita basis, Ontario’s deficit was $271 per person in 2017, below the average of other provinces. However, Ontario program spending is projected to jump by nearly 5 per cent in 2018 while overall revenues are expected to decline.[4] As a result, Ontario’s deficit is expected to more than triple to $868 per person in 2018, based on the FAO’s projections. Despite a relatively low per capita deficit in 2017, Ontario had the second highest debt load per person in Canada, behind only Newfoundland and Labrador. Going forward, larger...

CFLA-FCAB Celebrates Freedom to Read Week and Champions Free Expression

CFLA-FCAB Celebrates Freedom to Read Week and Champions Free Expression http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/uncategorized/cfla-fcab-celebrates-freedom-to-read-week-and-champions-free-expression/ CFLA-FCAB Celebrates Freedom to Read Week and Champions Free Expression February 25, 2019 The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) is pleased to support Freedom to Read Week (February 24 to March 2). This annual event encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.   Intellectual freedom is a fundamental value for libraries. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations affirms that libraries have a responsibility to defend and value intellectual freedom. CFLA-FCAB’s Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries reads in part: Libraries have a core responsibility to safeguard and facilitate access to constitutionally protected expressions of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, including those which some individuals and groups consider unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable. Libraries provide, defend and promote equitable access to the widest possible variety of expressive content and resist calls for censorship and the adoption of systems that deny or restrict access to resources. CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee CFLA-FCAB is proud to announce that its Intellectual Freedom Committee has been following its mandate to advocate for the value of intellectual freedom in Canada and to develop policies, guidelines, and reports to inform Canadians on the importance of intellectual freedom.  This committee has developed its terms of reference and has a draft work plan for the coming year. Thanks to the Intellectual Freedom Committee CFLA-FCAB has adopted the IFLA Code of Ethics statement and is encouraging libraries and library organizations to consider doing the same. 2018 National Forum The Canadian Federation of Library...