Bill 132: The Better For People, Smarter For Business Act, 2019: Relevant Public Library Provisions

The government’s burden reduction (red tape) bill, , has been introduced. We’re still awaiting the bill itself which will include the specific number of meetings set as a mandatory minimum. The detailed backgrounder is attached  for your review, and I’ve included the library-relevant sections below. The bill is called The Better For People, Smarter For Business Act, 2019 We expect it will be Bill 132 but will confirm. Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Encourages participation and increases flexibility for Ontario’s Library Boards (Public Libraries Act (PLA) Subsection 16 (1) — No regulations affected) Ontario’s government recognizes that public libraries help to build strong and vibrant communities by supporting life long learning. Currently, the Public Libraries Act requires library boards to hold regular meetings once a month for at least 10 months out of the year. Our government is committed to reducing burdens for library boards in Ontario and to create a larger pool of potential board members that reflect our province’s unique social composition. Amendments to the Public Libraries Act will provide greater flexibility to libraries to manage their governance more appropriately and permit Canadian permanent residents to serve on public library boards. Supports inclusion on Ontario’s Public Library Boards by widening the pool of potential board members (Section 10(1) of the Public Libraries Act) Currently, the Public Libraries Act excludes all those who do not hold Canadian citizenship from serving on library boards. Our government is committed to reducing burdens for library boards in Ontario and to create a larger pool of potential board members that reflect our province’s unique social composition. Amendments to the Public Libraries Act...

Reminding everyone to complete the Ontario ILL survey by NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019.

View this email in your browser Good afternoon: I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to complete the ILL survey by NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019.   The survey was created with input from several library representatives and SOLS in order to give us an idea of how public libraries across the province are managing in this new environment.  Mississauga Public Library has graciously offered to post the survey, and I hope that you will take a few minutes out of your day to complete it. For the most part, a yes or no answer is all that is required to answer the questions. The purpose of the survey is to paint a picture of how the landscape has changed in the province and how libraries have adapted. From there, we hope to share best practices and determine whether any policy updates are required.   I thank you in advance for your collaboration and prompt attention to this matter.  ILLO Survey Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Barbara Franchetto, BA, MLS Chief Executive Officer 1-800-387-5765 Direct line: 647-264-7328 bfranchetto@sols.org...

Celebrate Local Public Libraries During Ontario Public Library Week

Celebrate Local Public Libraries During Ontario Public Library Week The Ontario Library Association invites you to visit libraries online and in person NEWS RELEASE TORONTO, ON (Oct. 25, 2019): The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to recognize Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 20-26, 2019), an annual opportunity to celebrate the important role of local public libraries in communities of all sizes across Ontario. As Ontario’s farthest-reaching, most cost-effective public resource and community hubs, public libraries are helping millions of Ontarians independently train, learn, and reach their potential. Serving 98% of Ontarians in hundreds of communities of all sizes, public libraries are local, close to home, and adapt to meet the needs of the people and communities they serve. Every year, Ontarians of all ages make 200 million visits to their local public library, accessing over 250,000 local programs and a wide variety of information resources with the support and guidance of people-focused, front-line library staff. All throughout Ontario Public Library Week, Ontarians have visited their local public library to participate in programs and events, and learned more about how Ontario’s libraries are serving their community. “Ontario Public Library Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the important role that local public libraries and staff fulfill in our communities. Reliable broadband access, affordable and high-quality children’s programming and support for entrepreneurs and small business are just a few of the critical, locally-responsive resources that millions of Ontarians access through their public libraries every year,” comments Richard Reid, president, Ontario Library Association. As an important part of Ontario Public Library Week, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries has unveiled...

News Release: Ontario Helping Make Municipalities Stronger

News Release Ontario Helping Make Municipalities Stronger October 25, 2019 Dedicated funds will drive efficiencies and strengthen local service delivery TORONTO ― Ontario is providing up to $143 million to municipalities to help them lower costs and improve services for local residents over the long term. Funding will be available to all 444 municipalities so they can find smarter, more efficient ways to operate and focus spending on vital programs and services for Ontarians. Municipalities deliver a wide range of services that people rely on every day, like transit, water and wastewater, and parks and recreation. “Municipalities are the level of government closest to the people, but every community is different – one size doesn’t fit all,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This investment in communities will support municipal transformation efforts to make sure they are delivering efficient, effective and modern services that best meet the unique needs of their residents.” Our government is working in partnership with municipalities to ensure that taxpayers’ dollars are respected. Earlier this year, the government conducted a review of Ontario’s eight regional governments and Simcoe County. Over 8,500 submissions were received and the Special Advisors, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, attended nine in-person sessions and listened to ideas from individuals and organizations on how to improve their local governments. Throughout this extensive review, the government heard that local communities should decide what is best for them in terms of governance, decision-making and service delivery. After careful consideration of the feedback we heard through the course of the review, our government stands firm in its commitment to partnering with municipalities without pursuing a top-down...