Manitoulin Islanders pose questions to MPP hopefuls during Expositor’s All Candidates’ Night

Islanders pose questions to MPP hopefuls during Expositor’s All Candidates’ Night Islanders pose questions to MPP hopefuls during Expositor’s All Candidates’ Night And FOPL Board Member Sheri Mishibijima asked: “Lastly, a librarian noted to the candidates that libraries have been severely underfunded. “Will you support the $7 million that’s been promised?” NDP: Mr. Mantha spoke of the NDP policy that states that libraries would receive $3 million each year. Liberal: “Most definitely,” Mr. Fox said. Northern Ontario Party: Mr. Lee said it wasn’t in the NOP platform, but if it was the will of the constituents, then yes. Green Party: Yes.”  ...

Green Party Platform: Cities Deserve Library Funding

Cities Deserve Library Funding Cities Deserve Library Funding The Honourable Daiene Vernile Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 900 Bay St Hearst Block, 9th Floor Toronto, ON, M7A 2E1 February 13, 2018 Dear Hon. Minister Vernile: I’m writing to encourage you to support increased funding for public libraries. This issue came up a number of times last week during the pre-budget hearings we both attended in Kitchener. Today, Guelph City Council will review and vote on the business plan for a new City of Guelph main library. The business case for the library is an important reminder of the essential role libraries play in supporting affordable, livable communities. The Guelph vision for the future of our library highlights the evolving role of libraries in our communities. Libraries serve as inclusive community hubs that connect citizens with information, services  and each other. Increasingly, libraries play an essential role in bridging the digital divide, reducing the effects of poverty and providing access to information and digital services. Modern libraries are economic incubators that support innovation, entrepreneurism and community economic development. Libraries welcome new Canadians to our communities, support literacy and ESL services. Libraries provide cities and towns with economic, social and community benefits. Yet, for 20 years the provincial government has frozen the budget to support local libraries. This is a short-sighted move by the province with long term consequences. This policy of freezing library funding means libraries have 42% less money today due to inflation and places a further burden on an already stressed municipal property tax base to provide the services citizens need and want. Minister, municipalities such as...

Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education: Michael Geist

Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part One: Making Sense of the Spending Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part One: Making Sense of the Spending Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Two: The Declining Value of the Access Copyright Licence Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Two: The Declining Value of the Access Copyright Licence   Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Three: Exploring the Impact of Site Licensing at Canadian Universities Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Three: Exploring the Impact of Site Licensing at Canadian Universities...

The National Ballet school in Toronto is looking for library partners

The National Ballet school in Toronto is looking for library partners: NBS Sharing Dance Day Toronto 2018   The benefits of NBS Sharing Dance Day are many: it’s good for my brain, soul and body. I learn about musicality, self-expression and coordination. It keeps me physically, mentally and artistically active. The social and recreational aspect of NBS Sharing Dance is the icing on the cake. I’ve made good friends and had many laughs. – Homa   Are you looking for free activities for the whole family to have fun and stay physically active together?  Join the movement at NBS Sharing Dance Day 2018! Hosted by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), Sharing Dance Day aims to get all Canadians active and engaged in dance. It’s a nation-wide, family-friendly dance engagement activity culminating in community performances on NBS Sharing Dance Day events across the country. Each year, thousands of Canadians rehearse the easy-to-learn choreography: this year’s piece focuses on the theme of environmental stewardship. You can join in by attending free community rehearsals, and by accessing online rehearsal videos and informational toolkits. About the choreography For NBS Sharing Dance Day 2018, two talented choreographers representing different styles of dance, geographic locations and cultural backgrounds, collaborated to create a unique piece of choreography that explores the importance of environmental stewardship. They are Eugene Baffoe (GeNie), a freestyle battle dancer and teacher in Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Recreational Division, and Michelle Olson, who lives in Vancouver, and is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation (Yukon) and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance. Toronto’s NBS Sharing Dance Day at a Glance...

NS: Bikes will soon be rolling into local libraries. 

Bikes will soon be rolling into local libraries.  The Annapolis Valley Regional Library recently received a Community Development grant from the province that will allow it to offer bikes for loan this summer. Bikes to roll into Annapolis Valley libraries thanks to Community Development grant | The Register/A…   http://www.kingscountynews.ca/living/bikes-to-roll-into-annapolis-valley-libraries-thanks-to-community-development-grant-211686/...