Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario: May 6, 2019

The rules of these regional consultations were that speakers were limited to 10 minutes.  We left time for questions. Mr Seiling noted that the ultimate report would be private and confidential to the Ministry and cabinet. Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario:  May 6, 2019 Presentation by Stephen Abram, MLS, executive director, FOPL Regional Government Review Consultations Newmarket Ontario:  May 6, 2019 Good afternoon. Greetings Chairs Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn. Thank you for the opportunity today to participate in your Regional Government Review consultations. My name is Stephen Abram and I am a professional librarian and the executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries / La Fédération des bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario. We represent Ontario’s over 310 library systems with over 6 million library cardholders – in Ontario’s rural, northern, town, county, suburban, urban, indigenous, and francophone communities including all 82 Southern Ontario communities covered by this consultation. I won’t bury the lede! You asked that we focus on comments, in particular, on the advisors are looking for your feedback on regional governance, decision-making, and service delivery. I believe the context or goal of this consultation is to make recommendations on developing an improved nimble, cost-effective, and efficient governance. Ontario’s Public Library systems are exemplars of good local, community-led, governance, advanced, large-scale consortial and collaborative activities and strong partnerships with local, regional, municipal, provincial, and federal organizations for the benefit of the communities they serve. We have too much data and proofs to share in the time we have today, but we stand ready to provide this at your...

ONN: What the Ontario government budget estimates mean for the sector

The Ontario government released the 2019 Budget on April 11, its first since taking office last June. On May 9, it released the 2019 Expenditure Estimates. Here are ONN’s perspective and views from the nonprofit sector. Provincial Budget Read the Ontario 2019 Expenditure Estimates here Read the Ontario 2019 Budget here Read more about Bill 100, the Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget implementation bill)...

Estimates have been released and can be accessed here

Estimates have been released and can be accessed here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-volume-1-table-contents-2019-20 The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-ministry-tourism-culture-and-sport-2019-20 As to the library specific-details, here are the relevant line items and comparison with 2017-18 (as last year’s estimates reflected the 2018 Budget which was ultimately not reflected in the actual allocations). These each are given their own line under the culture program here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/expenditure-estimates-ministry-tourism-culture-and-sport-2019-20#section-5 Libraries Sector Support 2019-20 – $25,394,600 2017-18 – $26,694,600 Ontario Library Service North 2019-20 – $1,000,000 2017-18 – $1,645,000 Southern Ontario Library Service 2019-20 – $1,500,000 2017-18 – $3,145,800 You will note that the overall “Libraries Sector Support” is $1.3 million less than in 2017-18. However, all of the individual items (PLOG, FN salary supplement, Pay equity, CELA, OLA, connectivity) all easily fit under that amount based on the historical data 2016-17 individual values before we went into Budget lock-up.  The cuts seem solely to be in the Agencies SOLS and...

Help Inform the Next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy

Help Inform the Next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy The team at the MOL Strategy and Integration Branch are working on consultations for the next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy. This includes an open survey on Ontario.ca, which is posted here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-ontarios-next-occupational-health-and-safety-strategy . As of now, the survey is open until May 15th.   We would appreciate it if you would share the link to the survey with your contacts as all of us within the system are looking to get the word out to increase the uptake of the survey.   Thanks, in advance, for your assistance. Perhaps you can send it to your members before it closes next week?   Let me know if you need anything or if you have questions. As a Voting Member, you will also be receiving our AGM invite soon for September.   Thanks Joanne Joanne Clark  Director Corporate & Customer Marketing –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Public Services Health & Safety Association Mobile:  416-606-9026 Email:    jclark@pshsa.ca –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– View Upcoming Training: pshsa.ca/training  ...