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Ontario Parks – Day-Use Permit Lending Program

A message from Ontario Parks: Ontario Parks is pleased to invite you to take part in our day use permit lending program. Last year we successfully expanded this initiative to more than 200 public libraries across Ontario. We are now accepting first-time applications and renewals for the 2022 season. We would like to thank all participating libraries for making this program a great success to date. In 2022, we will continue to supply all participating libraries with 3 commercial day use permits per participating branch at no cost. Library patrons will be able to borrow a park permit from your library, providing access for one vehicle and its occupants to more than 100 provincial parks in Ontario. Please note: all applications to participate or renew must be submitted by November 15, 2021 For libraries new to the program: To request day use permits for your library system, please fill out the short application at OntarioParks.com/library by November 15, 2021 Please coordinate internally and submit one application per library system on behalf of all branches who will be participating Please review and accept the terms and conditions provided on the application website prior submitting the form Ontario Parks will confirm your application via email and mail the permits in November 2021 to a single contact per library system. It will be the responsibility of each participating library to distribute permits to participating branches within your system. The lending of permits can begin starting January 1, 2022. These permits will remain valid until December 31, 2022. For libraries who participated in 2021: Please keep your 2021 permits as they are valid...

Message from CFLA regarding the Challenges Survey

This is a reminder to report challenges to library materials or programs to the CFLA-FCAB Challenge Survey found here.  Libraries are encouraged to enter unreported challenges from both earlier years and the present year.  The purpose of the survey is to gather data about the nature and outcomes of challenges to intellectual freedom initiated in publicly funded Canadian libraries (e.g., public, school, post-secondary, and government). Please submit one form per challenge incident.  Your responses will help inform the CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee to develop policy and advocacy work on behalf of the membership and the Canadian public. Equally important, they allow libraries to be aware of trends in their local jurisdictions, provincially and nationally in regard to what specific titles and, more broadly, topics are being challenged. Results are shared with the Book and Periodical Council [of Canada] and the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. An anonymized version of annual challenges data will be available on the CFLA-FCAB website. If you have questions about the survey, feel free to contact the chair of the CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee at...

Workplace Safety Plan Builder

To help businesses stay on top of health and safety guidance, the province has launched the new Workplace Safety Plan Builder, a free interactive tool making it easier for workplaces to create and update their COVID-19 safety plans. The tool was developed specifically to support small businesses and was designed with their input. The safety plan builder will lead employers through an easy process to create and update an online safety plan that is right for their workplace. It also allows for easy customization. Employers who sign up for updates will be notified when information is changed, allowing them to stay up to date with current guidance and requirements. Having a written safety plan is mandatory for businesses permitted to be open under the Reopening Ontario...

Empowering the Next Generation of Indigenous Female Leaders in Canada

Empowering the Next Generation of Indigenous Female Leaders in Canada October 6th, 2021 11:15am EDT – 1:15pm EDT October 4th  marks the National Day of Action for MMIWG, join the Economic Club of Canada on October 6th, 2021 as they showcase strong Indigenous female-identifying leaders and honor the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, whose lives have been cut short by violence. Gain a deeper understanding of how these Indigenous women are empowering a new generation of leaders. Opening Remarks By: Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada delivered by: Krystal Abotossaway, TD Bank   Assembly of First Nations Greeting Delivered By: RoseAnne Archibald, AFN National Chief   Panel Discussion with: Chastity Davis-Alphonse, Indigenous Relations Strategic Advisor Barbara Ward Burkitt, Executive Director, PG Friendship Centre and Chairwoman BC Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women Dr. Lisa Richardson, Indigenous Health Strategy Lead, Women’s College Hospital & Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Moderated by: Jennifer Page, Vice President, Treasury Modelling, TD...

The Ontario Public Library Service Awards

DM Kevin Finnerty at the MHSTCI has advised that they will not hold the Ontario Public Library Service Awards in 2021. Please click the link below for a letter from DM Finnerty: Letter from DM Finnerty re PLSAs_2021-09-09...

StoryWalk Week!

Join the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and Let’s Move in Libraries for a week-long event celebrating the inspiring work of libraries who spearhead StoryWalk® programs – promoting literacy, reading, health, exercise, and movement in communities and neighborhoods across the United States and the world. Submissions are open now and run through November 8, 2021. We invite submissions of all StoryWalk® programs and variations, including Story Strolls, Story Trails, PoetryWalks: Whatever you call it – if it involves reading materials posted along paths – we want to feature it! To submit your information: https://forms.gle/QytE7g4E1UfWPodH6 The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms....

Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations

The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to inform you that The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for assistance with ongoing operating costs through the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations.  This assistance will help heritage organizations that have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen and safely welcome back visitors. For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. Please review the Program Guidelines prior to submitting your application. Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $1,000 and $100,000 in reopening support. For more information and to apply for funding, please visit their...

Nominations Open for the W.K. Lamb Award

Ex-Libris and CFLA-FCAB are now accepting nominations for the W.K. Lamp award. This award recognizes a library that has developed an ongoing service, program or procedure of benefit to seniors and/or a design and organization of buildings or facilities that improve access and encourage use by seniors.   Please refer to the CFLA website for more information on the nomination...

2019 FOPL Data Report Seminar

FOPL will be hosting a seminar in September to discuss the 2019 FOPL Data Report.  The seminar will provide an introduction the Data Report with the accompanying dataset and its potential uses for advocacy in your library systems. There will also be a discussion to inform the 2020 Data Report and solicit suggestions for its preparation.   For more information and registration, please visit the Eventbrite page:  ...

Great news from CFLA!

Please read the CFLA’s statement regarding the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision in the York University v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) case, upholding that the tariffs offered by Access Copyright are not mandatory for non-licensees. Access Copyright cannot sue for infringement on this case.  A major win for libraries!...