Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Crown Copyright Update

Dear Member Associations – The Copyright Committee of CFLA-FCAB has been busy advocating with our federal government to modernize and improve access to government information.  A recent letter regarding Crown Copyright shared with Cabinet Ministers and MPs (attached) has had a positive response and we are encouraged by the number of follow up conversations we had scheduled as a result of the communique.  We wanted to give you a heads up that next steps for the Committee include communication with provincial governments to inform and gain support.  Member associations will be copied on the relevant letters for their jurisdictions. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.   – Rebecca Raven, Executive Director CFLA – FCAB  https://fopl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/200903-Crown-Copyright-Letter-FR-2-1.pdf...

Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor Joins Counsel Public Affairs

Former Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor Joins Counsel Public Affairs TORONTO AND REGINA, December 2, 2020 – Counsel Public Affairs is pleased to welcome Tina Beaudry-Mellor, former Saskatchewan cabinet minister, as a Principal to its growing Western Canada Team. “We are thrilled to have Tina join Counsel. She knows how government decisions are made and clients will benefit from her vast expertise and cross-country network,” said Brad Lavigne, Counsel’s Vice President, Western Canada. “Tina’s experience as a minister in Premier Scott Moe’s cabinet and a leader in national and international forums on education and innovation will help clients successfully advocate their policy priorities to government decision-makers across the country.” Prior to joining Counsel, Tina served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan and in Premier Scott Moe’s cabinet as Minister of Advanced Education, Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. She previously served as Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women under Premier Brad Wall. She also served on Treasury Board. Tina has helped build Saskatchewan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and one of the fastest growing tech hubs in Canada. Under her leadership, Innovation Saskatchewan launched the Saskatchewan Technology Start-Up Incentive, the most aggressive angel investment tax credit in Western Canada, as well as the Ag-Tech Growth Fund. Through a partnership with Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, she helped launch the Women’s Economic Advisory Council – a first in Canada – to build recommendations to help women-led businesses scale. She is currently developing expertise in cybersecurity risk management from Harvard University. Tina also served as the Vice Chair for the...

Canadian Heritage Roundtables-Written Policy Submission

Attached is a link to FOPL/OLA’s written policy paper submitted jointly to the Canadian Heritage Roundtables. We are seeking the Canadian government’s support on key priority recommendations, which will ensure that libraries can continue to adapt and perform their critical role during the disruption of the pandemic and beyond. As a result of this submission we will take part in a roundtable discussion with the Honourable Steven Guilbeaut, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Parliamentary Secretary Julie Dubrasin to discuss a recovery plan for the library and archives sector. It will illustrate the importance of the work of libraries and archives across Canada and discuss the issues being faced currently and reflect on sustainable solutions. You can read it here:...