Pollinator paradise: Library’s butterfly garden takes aim at ecosystem

Interesting outdoor program to start now to plant for spring blooms. Pollinator paradise: Library’s butterfly garden takes aim at ecosystem. https://www.newsandtribune.com/indiana/news/pollinator-paradise-librarys-butterfly-garden-takes-aim-at-ecosystem/article_a4f9d3de-d2cd-50d3-b8bb-374731049e55.html?fbclid=IwAR0QcgfC-gdEsTX7HBhpPSyiY0ywe_z8gOLXzrR9ewM9HMm9BYcVgZdOgMA  ...

First Nations Public Library Week runs from Oct. 4-10

First Nations Public Library Week runs from Oct. 4-10 and recognizes the vital role of public libraries in indigenous communities. This year’s theme is Celebrating Diversity, with a number of online events scheduled, including an author reading, a panel discussion on indigenous literature, and the importance of indigenous storytelling. Nipissing First Nation artist Juliana Armstrong’s painting titled Raising Readers was used for this year’s poster, and illustrates how libraries inform and enlighten new generations. Currently there are 46 public libraries in First Nations communities in Ontario, providing books and other content that help to raise awareness about indigenous culture both past and present. Join NPL in congratulating First Nations Public Libraries on their success and achievements. You can check out this year’s online events...

Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

NEWS RELEASE Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan New Investments Prepare Province for Second Wave of COVID-19 September 30, 2020 Office of the Premier Table of Contents Content Quick Facts Additional Resources Related Topics TORONTO ― The Ontario government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province’s health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will enable the province to quickly identify, prevent and respond to surges and waves of the virus to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians.   The full plan was delivered today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “For months, our government has been developing one of the most robust and comprehensive COVID-19 fall preparedness plans in the entire country,” said Premier Ford. “We are making an unprecedented investment of over $2 billion to fortify the frontlines of our health care system and ensure we are prepared for future waves of this virus, while ensuring patients and long-term care residents continue to receive the absolute best care from our top-notch health care professionals and their loved ones.” “Over the past week, we have unveiled key pillars of our fall preparedness plan which sets out specific investments and actions to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians,” said Minister Elliott. “As the number of cases continue to increase, we cannot afford to let our guard down....

CFLA joint communique with CARL –  Canadians Need Unfettered Access To Government Publications In Face Of COVID-19

Dear Members – A joint communique with CARL –  Canadians Need Unfettered Access To Government Publications In Face Of COVID-19 Chers Membres – Un joint communiqué avec ABRC –  Les Canadiens ont besoin d’un accès sans entrave aux publications gouvernementales face à la COVID-19   — Rebecca Raven, Executive Director CFLA – FCAB TO: Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board September 21, 2020 Dear Ministers, Canadians Need Unfettered Access To Government Publications In Face Of COVID-19 The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) are calling on federal and provincial governments to make official publications more accessible to Canadians by assigning a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) to publicly available government information. We see this as a necessary and immediate response to COVID-19 and the appropriate default model for accessing government information. Over the past months, as they faced unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19, Canadians have relied on their governments for information related to the novel coronavirus and its impact. Now more than ever, unfettered access to taxpayer-funded government information is of fundamental importance to a democratic society and to the health of its citizens. Unfortunately, pre-existing barriers and confusion related to Crown copyright have exacerbated the issues associated with accessing government information. For example, onerous and unnecessary permission requests to government departments are subject to extensive delays; existing digital content remains unnecessarily restricted; and questions about the control and dissemination of both print and digital works, as well as data collections, hamper their sharing and...