Ontario grants to boost Francophone community

Ontario grants to boost Francophone community The Ontario government is accepting applications for the Francophone Community Grants Program. The program will help Ontario’s community organizations as well as francophone businesses and those that serve French-speaking Ontarians to implement projects that enhance the cultural and commercial vitality of the French-speaking population by driving community and economic development. The application deadline is August 19. Apply...

Almost half of Status First Nations children live in poverty, study finds

Almost half of Status First Nations children live in poverty, study finds https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/07/09/almost-half-of-status-first-nations-children-live-in-poverty-study-finds.html “Child poverty rates by community in 2016 Canadian average: 18% Status First Nations: 47% (53% on reserve; 41% off reserve) Non-status First Nations: 32% Inuit: 25% Métis: 22% Recent immigrant: 35% Racialized: 22% Non-racialized, non-Indigenous: 12% Source: Towards Justice: Tackling Indigenous Child Poverty in...

How New Zealand Libraries are Adapting to the 21st Century

Report: “How New Zealand Libraries are Adapting to the 21st Century” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2019/07/14/report-how-new-zealand-libraries-are-adapting-to-the-21st-century/ “From Stuff: Events are a major area of growth for libraries and librarians are now defacto event planners, in amongst their other responsibilities. In the 2017-2018 year, more than 1.2 million Kiwis attended events and programmes at libraries including book readings, author Q and As, movement classes for the elderly, computer tuition, dance and puppet-making classes, school holiday programmes and expert panels on climate change. [Clip] It’s true that people are borrowing fewer items from libraries than in years past. While there were more than 43 million books and digital items borrowed from New Zealand libraries in 2014-15, that dropped to well below 42 million in 2017-18 (from 43,154,999 to 41,882,287, to be exact). However, at the same time, more people engaged with their local library. The number of “active borrowers” rose from 1,376,600 people in 2014-15 to 1,410,125 in 2017-18. Even those people who don’t use or need it, want their local library to be there, says [Kat] Cuttriss [Hutt City Libraries Manager and Chair of Public Libraries of New Zealand]. “They still want it to exist as a vital civic centre.” Read the Complete Article (approx. 1800...