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Ford considering ‘regional approach’ to reopening economy

Ford considering ‘regional approach’ to reopening economy https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/05/29/new-federal-pandemic-funding-for-indigenous-communities-to-be-announced-canada-reviewing-proposals-to-resume-sports.html “Premier Doug Ford now says he is willing to examine a “regional approach” to reopening the economy in Ontario. He said the opposite Thursday. He’s been getting a lot of heat from his MPPs outside Toronto the hotspot. Ford says the change of heart is because of increased testing and that the government has a “better idea” of where the spread is.”...

Shift to working at home might spur big changes to public space and services: report

Shift to working at home might spur big changes to public space and services: report https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/05/28/shift-to-working-at-home-might-spur-big-changes-to-public-space-and-services-report.html “In February, about 12 per cent of Canadians were working from home. By April, the number had jumped to 40 per cent, with the public and non-profit sectors showing a greater take-up than private industry. Ontario is the biggest provincial adopter of home-based work with 38 per cent of businesses reporting more than half of their employees are working remotely, according to a new study from the Urban Analytics Institute of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson...

Kimberley Foundation Announces Recipients of the Pat Morris Communities Matter Grant

Kimberley Foundation Announces Recipients of the Pat Morris Communities Matter Grant https://librarianship.ca/news/pat-morris-communities-matter/ Ontario Winners are: (Rest of Canada, follow the link above0 Asphodel-Norwood Public Library (Norwood ON) – Teen Makerspace The Asphodel-Norwood Public Library in Ontario plans to create a “Teen Makerspace” and provide youth from its small, rural community with the ability to explore a variety of tools and equipment to foster their creativity, inspire collaboration, support their education, and develop relevant skills. Not only is it the Library’s goal to provide programming which meets their current needs and interests, but it also hopes to open a dialogue to discover ways to ensure teens will continue to use the Library and have a passion for literacy throughout their lives. Athens Public Library (Athens ON) – A Place for All Ensuring that reading and library collections remain accessible to all in their community, especially seniors,  the Athens Public Library program – A Place for All – will see the addition of new large print and audio materials to their collections. Augusta Township Public Library (Brockville ON) – Expanding Accessibility for Seniors The Augusta Township Public Library will improve access to materials and technology for its senior residents, many of whom face challenges with limited income, declining vision and social isolation. The grant will help the library improve its large print collection and provide programming to introduce seniors to devices such as tablets and e-readers, or improve their skills. This will allow them to participate more fully in the online community, stay in communication with family and friends, and make better use of the resources the library provide such as online databases and E-books to encourage life-long learning....

Free Webinar: Reimagining Programming during a Pandemic

Free Webinar: Libraries and COVID-19: Reimagining Programming during a Pandemic Monday, June 1 Monday, June 1 1 p.m. Eastern | 12 p.m. Central 11 a.m. Mountain | 10 a.m. Pacific With many libraries currently closed to the public, library staff have adapted quickly to engage patrons through online programming. While some have been doing this type of programming for years, for others this is brand new. Join us in this new episode of American Libraries Live, where our expert panel will discuss how they are reimagining programming during the pandemic, tools they are using to run online programs, best practices, and how the growth of online programming is likely to have a lasting effect on library services. Panelists include: • Amy Alessio, author, presenter, librarian, and programming expert • Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at the Peters Township (Pa.) Public Library Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast at 1 p.m. Eastern on June 1. Don’t miss out! Register now. Registration and attendance for this event is limited, but a recording will be posted on our AL Live page as soon as it is available. In case you missed our previous Libraries and COVID-19 Webinars: • Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress • Libraries and COVID-19: Providing Virtual Services • Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright during a Crisis • Libraries and COVID-19: Using 3D Printing to Make Personal Protective Equipment • Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright during a Crisis, Part 2...