Independent Petition · Stop the cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North · Change.org by FOPLED | Apr 19, 2019 | FOPL News | 11 comments Petition · Stop the cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North · Change.org https://www.change.org/p/doug-ford-stop-the-cuts-to-the-southern-ontario-library-service-and-ontario-library-service-north-0c4e3208-1835-46ae-91b7-1f3898603f6e?recruiter=false&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=6096ff50-61ee-11e9-95d5-cd367fedc045 11 Comments Shirley Duncan on April 20, 2019 at 9:24 am Access to books, technologies, literacy programs, knowledgeable and supportive staff, all of which are found in our libraries, is essential in supporting a healthy, literate, and thinking citizenry. How dare the provincial government cripple this resource with an outrageous 50% cut! Log in to Reply Chris Mills on April 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm In the name of heaven, Doug Ford must know that his conservative base comes from suburbs and rural areas outside the 416-905 zone, areas that are dependent on the small libraries that draw from libraries outside their zone for variety. As such, they are the ones that will be most heavily damaged by this cut. Does he really believe he’ll escape that unscathed? End the cuts. Rural services are meagre enough without ending book-reading, too. Log in to Reply Cuyler Flynn on April 23, 2019 at 7:38 pm Our children’s future depends on these services. The access to information and and technology that are available are crucial for learning. Also, not every small rural library can afford to buy every book out there, so the inter library lending program that allows libraries to share books is needed. The cuts have gone too far. Log in to Reply Tracy Hartwell on April 22, 2019 at 10:02 am I worked 3 jobs in order to support my disabled husband for 38 years in the hopes that when I retired I would be able to enjoy reading all the books I didn’t have time to read when working and now I am finally able to read only to have the inter-library program ynavailable to me and thousands of seniors who must be absolutely gutted to lose such a vital service that keeps us sane. I had a tour of a provincial program in a gorgeous lush building and saw staff sitting drinking coffee and chatting and not working and not having an active website for information and what they were spending money on was rotting from lack of upkeep-what about cutting wastage instead of something that is used and staffed by people who actually do their jobs well please and thanks. Log in to Reply Anne melnick on April 23, 2019 at 12:16 pm Literacy in the form of accessibility to a wide variety of books not carried by the local library is a very valuable resource. What else will you cut from the budgets of very busy and well used public libraries? I think the conservative government needs to re-evaluate their priorities! Log in to Reply MaryLou VanDaele on April 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm Stop trying to dumb down Ontario! Log in to Reply Teaghan Storm on April 23, 2019 at 5:51 pm Leave our libraries alone Log in to Reply Audrey on April 23, 2019 at 8:17 pm We need these libraries so that children will actually read a book and quit being dependent on technology. A lot of the elderly love the library Nd visit often. Why take these services away from people Log in to Reply Sheila McHugh on April 24, 2019 at 8:22 am Libraries are a vital part of the community. A meeting place for people to share their interest in reading and a place where they can access all research materials. Log in to Reply Eileen Crouch on April 24, 2019 at 10:53 am Ford again lacks comprehension of what this means to people outside the GTA. We rely on the resources our libraries our libraries provide and losing this is a blow. Log in to Reply Julie Wildgoose on April 25, 2019 at 11:35 am Libraries are an essential part of our communities. They provide both social and intellectual stimulation for children as well as for adults. Cutting funding to library programs is unconscionable. Log in to Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.