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Panel Discussion: Questions or Conformity: Reading Rights for the Right to Learn

Please see the invitation below from the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship: I wanted to invite you and anyone you may think may be interested to our upcoming panel discussion “Questions or Conformity: Reading Rights for the Right to Learn” on libraries and intellectual freedom in Toronto. The Issue: Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of discussion in the library community in North America as to how the traditional liberal values of librarianship (in particular neutrality in collections and services) impact current concerns regarding social justice and equity. Can being in support to openness to a

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October 2022

The province posted its proposed regulations under the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act for consultation, with comments due by October 13th. FOPL and OLA created a brief joint response to this regularly consultation. Of particular interest is some further clarification around the authority to hire or dismiss heads of municipal divisions. The Act references that statutory positions are excluded. While it does not reference the Public Libraries Act by name, the Act includes broader language that encompasses any such Acts/positions not specifically identified. Our brief focused on the PLA and that public library CEOs are clearly captured within the list

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Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures

The Canada Council for the Arts, in collaboration with Archipel Research and Consulting Inc., undertook a research project grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing. Research goal This research aimed to understand the role of arts and cultures to Indigenous communities across Canada and the value of public funding for Indigenous arts and cultures. Methods This project was guided by Etuaptmumk, a Mi’kmaq methodology also known as Two-Eyed Seeing, which brings the strengths of both Indigenous and Western worldviews together to move forward in harmonious and sustainable relations. An Indigenous advisory circle provided guidance on matters applicable to this research project for

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