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Ontario Launches New Program to Support Community Hub Development

News Release Helping Communities Access Integrated Public Services June 29, 2017 Ontario Launches New Program to Support Community Hub Development Ontario has launched a new program that will make it easier for community partners to offer health, social, cultural, recreational and other services for local residents in one spot. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, and Karen Pitre, Special Advisor on Community Hubs, made the announcement today at St. James Town Community Corner in Toronto. Through this program, the province will help hold properties, such as schools, hospitals or provincial buildings that are no longer in use or have been deemed surplus, for up to 18 months. This will give municipalities, organizations and Indigenous communities crucially needed time to find partners, complete a business plan and secure the right funding to redevelop the property into a community hub. Community partners can apply for this program online starting July 4, 2017 until October 16, 2017. Supporting vibrant and strong communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. QUICK FACTS Community hubs help people in their everyday lives by offering multiple services, often in a highly integrated, client-centred way and under one roof. The Ontario government is committed to implementing all recommendations from the Premier’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group on Community Hubs. Visit CommunityHubsOntario.ca for resources on community hub development, and sign up to become a member. Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES One-year Progress...

Webinar opportunity – Introduction to the Communityhubsontario.ca Community Mapper Tool

Dear Resource Network Members, We are pleased to now offer a second Community Hubs Mapper webinar on Thursday July 13, 2017, from 3:00 to 4:00pm. In this series of free webinars,  we will provide our members with an opportunity to learn about the Community Mapper tool located on the Communityhubsontario.ca site. The Community Hubs Mapper is a web-based geographic information systems (GIS) tool that provides users with demographic data, vulnerability data, SES data, infrastructure information and analytics to help users understand the needs of their communities. The Mapper will help you find and use important information about your community, which may help you in planning for or operating your community hub.  In this one hour session, Brian Mosley, GIS Specialist with the KFL&A Health Informatics Unit, will provide an introduction to the Community Mapper and go through the basic uses of the tool.  The session is designed for beginners – please feel free to join us even if you have no experience with GIS tools. The webinar will take place July 13, 2017, from 3:00 to 4:00pm and will cover the following topics: The benefits to using the Mapper for Community Hubs (assessing feasibility & developing a business case) The current data layers available in the Mapper What features and functionality are to be added in the near future. Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-community-mapping-registration-35597244316 Please note that this webinar will be delivered in English only. Sincerely, The Resource Network Team ******************************* Aux membres du Réseau de ressources, Nous sommes heureux d’offrir un deuxième webinaire au sujet de l’outil de cartographie, le jeudi 13 juillet, de 15 h à 16...

Province Strengthening Education in Rural and Northern Ontario

News Release Province Strengthening Education in Rural and Northern Ontario June 28, 2017 Plan to Improve Quality and Delivery of Rural Education for Students Ontario is taking steps to strengthen the quality and delivery of education in rural and Northern communities, to provide students with the best possible start in life and build a foundation for their future success. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, joined by parliamentary assistants Grant Crack, Granville Anderson and Lou Rinaldi were at Chemong Public School in Bridgenorth today to make the announcement. Based on feedback heard during in-person rural education engagements and from on-line survey respondents this spring,Ontario’s new plan will support rural and Northern students and communities through a series of steps, including: Overhauling the process that school boards use to review schools for potential closure. While the process is under review, school boards will not begin any new reviews, with the exception of those reviews which would support joint-use projects between school boards or for student safety. Providing a new Rural and Northern Education Fund for this September to further enhance students’ learning experience in rural schools, with better programming such as French immersion, arts education and guidance counselling. Providing increased funding for co-operation between school boards including planning and building ‎joint-use schools. Continuing investments in broadband speed, special education supports and experiential learning opportunities for rural and Northern students. Strengthening education for students in rural and Northern communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. QUICK FACTS An additional $20 million is being invested to support school boards in addressing...

11 principles of placemaking

11 principles of placemaking http://placemakingchicago.com/about/principles.asp “PPS has developed 11 principles that can be used to evolve public spaces into “community places.” Although similar words, “spaces” and “places” have very different meanings. A space is a physical description of a piece of land, whereas a “place” connotes an emotional attachment to the piece of land. 1. The community is the expert. People who use a public space regularly provide the most valuable perspective and insights into how the area functions. They also can help identify issues that are important to consider in improving the space. Uncovering and incorporating their ideas and talents is essential to creating a successful and vital community place. 2. You are creating a place, not a design. Design is an important component of creating a place, but not the only factor. Providing access and creating active uses, economic opportunities, and programming are often more important than design. 3. You can’t do it alone. A good public space requires partners who contribute innovative ideas, financial or political support, and help plan activities. Partners also can also broaden the impact of a civic space by coordinating schedules for programming and improvement projects. 4. They’ll always say, “It can’t be done.” Every community has naysayers. When an idea stretches beyond the reach of an organization or its jurisdiction and an official says, “It can’t be done,” it usually means: “We’ve never done things that way before.” Keep pushing. Identify leaders in the community who share your vision and build support. Talk to your alderman and get him or her engaged. 5. You can see a lot just by observing....

The impact of Libraries as Creative Spaces

The impact of Libraries as Creative Spaces http://plconnect.slq.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/339717/SLQ-Creative-Spaces-Low-Res.pdf Executive Summary Ready access to information through digital media has challenged the perceived societal roles of public libraries. Since the mid 1990s, libraries have reoriented themselves towards public participation beyond lending and reading. Libraries now offer an increasing range of community-focused creative activities. Library spaces are transforming. In addition to housing archival and loan materials, desks and reading spaces, libraries are becoming even more flexible and activity-oriented. Given these transformations, understanding and demonstrating the new contributions public libraries make to their communities is critical. In 2015, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) commissioned researchers at the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to explore the impact of libraries as creative spaces. The objectives of the Libraries as Creative Spaces project were to: • Investigate the community impact of creative spaces in public libraries • Provide clear evidence of this impact • Articulate the opportunities to further embed creative spaces in public libraries or community spaces. The methods used included: • A contextual review of thinking regarding libraries as creative spaces • A literature review on the evaluation of creative activity in libraries and creative spaces more generally • Interviews and observational field research at selected Queensland libraries • The development and refinement of an evidence-based Creative Spaces Impact Framework • The development of an associated rich media package (including videos, photos and digital stories) showcasing library-based creative activity across Queensland in 2015. The contextual review highlights the attention being paid to makerspaces as a site of creative activity in public libraries. However, the review also points to the many other ways...

CRTC is accepting submissions / comments regarding the development of its broadband funding regime. 

Good afternoon. You may already be aware that the CRTC has issued a Telecom Notice of Consultation and is accepting submissions / comments regarding the development of its broadband funding regime. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-112.htm This notice may be of interest to you.  You may also wish to share this information with your membership.  Please note that the deadline for submissions is June 28, 2017 Sincerely, Sarah Sarah Hahn Manager (A) | Culture Policy Unit Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (416-314-1363 |...

Community Hubs: A message from the Minister of Infrastructure / Un message du Ministre de l’Infrastructure

On May 1, 2017, at the Community Hubs Summit, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the Province will be launching a program to maintain select surplus public properties for up to 18 months to give community organizations more time to develop plans for community hubs on those properties. Once the program is launched, community proponents will be able to submit proposals to create community hubs at surplus provincial, school board or hospital properties. If selected, the properties will be maintained in public ownership while community proponents develop their business plans, partnerships, and funding arrangements. We are actively working on the details of the program design and expect to make them public by the end of June 2017. Today’s letter is intended to give community proponents more time to prepare for this opportunity. It is important to note that the willingness of the current property owner to participate in the program will be required. It is equally important to note that existing rules and regulations pertaining to the circulation of surplus public property would continue to apply, including O. Reg. 444/98 which deals with the disposition of surplus school property. I would also like to remind you we recently launched the Community Hubs Resource Network (https://www.communityhubsontario.ca), an online resource that provides information, tools and data to help build, sustain and operate community hubs. I would encourage those of you who haven’t already created a profile to do so. It is an exceptional resource for those who have expertise in this area, as well as for those who are looking for support in developing community hubs. Our government is committed to making...

Ontario Increasing Access to Technology at Public Libraries

News Release Ontario Increasing Access to Technology at Public Libraries June 22, 2017 Province Helping Libraries to Improve and Expand IT and Digital Services Ontario is helping people stay connected by increasing access to technology, digital services and training opportunities at public libraries in towns, cities and Indigenous communities across the province. Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport was at the Burlington Central Library today to announce a new investment that will give people better access to resources like Wi-Fi hot spot lending programs, computers, printers, e-readers and technology-focused training. Improving digital resources and services in rural, remote and First Nation public libraries was one of the top three ideas selected by people during Budget Talks, the consultations for the 2017 Ontario Budget. This idea received the second highest number of votes. Ontario is expanding on what was heard during the budget consultations and extending this support to all public libraries in the province. This investment builds on a commitment in Ontario’s Culture Strategy to support Ontario’s public and First Nation libraries as essential spaces for people to access cultural experiences, technology and community life. Investing in Ontario’s public libraries is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. QUICK FACTS Ontario is investing $3 million through the Improving Library Digital Services fund and will support up to 307 libraries and library organizations across the province. This includes $1 million for rural, remote and First Nation public libraries through Budget Talks. Libraries will determine how their funding will be used, based on specific local needs. Every year, Ontario’s...

Ontario Increasing Access to Technology at Public Libraries

This afternoon at the Burlington Central Library, Minister McMahon’s announced the new $3 million Improving Library Digital Services fund. Please share the good news with your members and networks.   If you have questions about the specifics of the program please contact Jennifer Green, Culture Programs Advisor atJennifer.Green@ontario.ca or 416-326-8536   Cheers,   Sam   Samantha Fox Director of Policy   Office of the Hon. Eleanor McMahon Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport T: 416.325.1689   Library Support NR_ French Library Support...