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Ontario Budget Consultations: Submit your idea / Consultations budgétaires : Soumettez vos idées

Budget Consultations: Submit your idea / Consultations budgétaires : Soumettez vos idées En Français   Dear Stephen Abram, Building on the government’s significant engagements throughout 2020, consultations for the Fall 2020 Budget are officially underway. While investing in frontline health care and protecting families and workers remains the top priority, we value your ideas and invite you to tell us what you want to see in the next phase of Ontario’s Action Plan. As a limited amount of stakeholder consultations are being held virtually, we encourage you to share your ideas on what you would like to see in the upcoming Fall Budget by email or mail to: Email: submissions@ontario.ca The Honourable Rod Phillips Minister of Finance c/o Budget Secretariat Frost Building North, 3rd floor 95 Grosvenor Street Toronto ON M7A 1Z1   To allow time for processing, please submit your written ideas by October 16, 2020.   Thank you, Ministry of Finance     English   Madame/Monsieur Stephen Abram, Faisant fond sur les nombreuses occasions de participation proposées par le gouvernement en 2020, les consultations sur le budget de l’automne 2020 ont officiellement commencé. Si les investissements dans les soins de santé de première ligne et la protection des familles et des travailleurs demeurent la priorité absolue, nous accordons de l’importance à vos idées et vous invitons à nous faire part des mesures qui, selon vous, devraient faire partie de la prochaine étape du Plan d’action de l’Ontario. Étant donné le nombre limité de consultations virtuelles auprès des parties prenantes, nous vous encourageons à nous transmettre vos idées par courriel ou par la poste concernant les mesures que vous souhaiteriez voir dans le...

Minister MacLeod to host 9th Multi-Sector Telephone Town Hall Friday, October 2, 2020 – 1 PM

Minister MacLeod Tele-Townhall Minister MacLeod to host 9th Multi-Sector Telephone Town Hall Friday, October 2, 2020 – 1 PM Please join the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for a ninth telephone town hall to discuss the government’s response to COVID-19. Note: This call will be a dial-out call. You MUST provide a number you can be reached at in your registration to be able to join the call. Registration closes on October 1 at 4 p.m., so please register early to avoid disappointment....

MW SHARES Podcast: MUNICIPAL WORLD PODCAST: The Path to Reconciliation – Part 4

September 30, 2020 MW SHARES: MUNICIPAL WORLD PODCAST Our four-part series conclusion has arrived! Ava Hill, former Chief of the Six Nations Elected Council, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss the need for Indigenous voices in business and government, thoughts on Canada Day, and how municipalities can approach joint cooperative efforts between communities. LISTEN...

REVISED DRAFT Cataloguing Code of Ethics

Dear CFLA Members –   On behalf of the Cataloguing Ethics Steering Committee, attached please find information regarding the REVISED DRAFT Cataloguing Code of Ethics.  The timeline for feedback is exceptionally tight and unfortunately available only in English at this time. Thank you for your understanding and participation. ————————————————————————— Chers membres – De la part de la Comité directeur de déontologie du catalogage, veuillez trouver ci-joint des renseignements au sujet de l’ébauche révisée de la Code de déontologie du catalogage.  L’échéance de commentaires est extrêmement serrée et alors l’ébauche est disponible seulement en anglais pour le moment. Merci de votre compréhension et de votre participation. —————————————————————————– The Cataloging Ethics Steering Committee is pleased to announce the release of the REVISED DRAFT Cataloguing Code of Ethics. The document can be accessed by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/3jF3vsL The Committee encourages you to provide feedback and ask questions by using the “Comment” feature in the Google doc. The window for commenting on the draft within the Google doc will close on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Further information about the Cataloguing Code of Ethics effort can be found on the Cataloging Ethics Steering Committee website:...

Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs – 5th Interim Report on Infrastructure

Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs – 5th Interim Report on Infrastructure The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has completed its report on the Infrastructure Sector hearings related to COVID-19, which FOPL participated in during the summer. The Full report is here: ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INFRASTRUCTURE Link: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/committees/finance-economic-affairs/parliament-42/reports/2020–september—28-fifth-interim-report-economic-impact-covid-19-infrastructure-standing-committee-finance-economic-affairs You will note, quite encouragingly, that the Standing Committee has included a library-specific recommendation that we brought forward – broadband – in its list of final recommendations. Unlike the Culture sector report (where our recommendations were included in the Opposition member recommendations) this reflects the recommendations of the government committee majority. It also appears to be the only recommendation for investment in a specific sector. While certainly not a guarantee in itself, its another positive sign towards what we’ve been learning over the past weeks and months re: broadband investment. Here is the recommendation (p. 30): Leverage Ontario’s broadband action plan funding to ensure that modern broadband connectivity is available in more public library branches in communities across Ontario, most especially rural and northern areas. Summary Points: This report is an overview of the main issues raised during the Committee’s public hearings. Presentations followed from more than 40 stakeholders, including rural municipalities, builder and contractor associations, companies in the infrastructure sector, policy-focused organizations, professional engineers, green infrastructure and cycling groups, community development networks, library associations, an Indigenous technical institute, grape growers and snowmobile clubs, and concerned individuals. In addition to recommendations for bringing stability to the infrastructure sector and streamlining the project approval process, many presentations underscored that the pandemic crisis represents an opportunity to consider new ways...