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"Remember your weekly mix of activity will vary, depending on how soon you need to be employed, how much time you have to spend on your campaign each week, the economy, the relative difficulty of job finding in your targeted field, and the relative effectiveness of each job search method with regards to your job objective. Good Luck!!!" [source: JobSearch-in-Canada.com]
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30 August 2014

Toronto Public Library: new fines, trouble with e-books helped complaints spike in 2012, Toronto Star report

Things have settled down now, but some observers say city’s ombudsman should have jurisdiction... "Library records obtained by the Star show complaints leapt to 7,627 in 2012, from just 2,191 in 2011, but dropped back to 3,875 in 2013 as ..." Continue reading Toronto Star  By: Samuel Greenfield, Staff Reporter, Aug 28 2014

On the same shelf:
  • Toronto Public Library's site: A $1.00 fine will be charged for each hold you do not pick up.
    "You can cancel a hold at any time - whether it's outstanding, in transit, or available for pickup. When your hold arrives at the branch, you have 7 days to pick it up. In order to avoid the Holds Not Picked Up fine and allow others to get materials sooner, make sure to cancel your hold before 9:00 p.m. on the expiry date."
  • Mississauga Public Library: Holds  "A $2 service charge will be added to your account for any holds you do not pick up" (Does it mean only physical or even e-books, not sure, comment by blogger!!!). "Please notify the library as soon as possible if you cannot pick up a hold. ...  These instructions are intended for items that you pick up at the Library.
    If you are looking for instructions on how to place holds on eBooks and eAudioBooks (for devices such as computers, tablets and smart phones), visit our help page."

22 July 2014

The Little Black Book of Scams, By Competition Bureau Canada

Concerned about elderly loved ones and fraud?

Give them a copy of the Little Black Book of Scams, a reference guide with information on common scams that target Canadians and steps on how to avoid them.

Read or download from Competition Bureau Canada
The Canadian edition of The Little Black Book of Scams is a compact and easy to use reference guide filled with information Canadians can use to protect themselves against a variety of common scams. It debunks common myths about scams, provides contact information for reporting a scam to the correct authority, and offers a step-by-step guide for scam victims to reduce their losses and avoid becoming repeat victims.
Consumers and businesses can consult The Little Black Book of Scams to avoid falling victim to social media and mobile phone scams, fake charities and lotteries, dating and romance scams, and many other schemes used to defraud Canadians of their money and personal information. continue reading: Competition Bureau Canada

11 July 2014

Temporary Jobs Are Canada's Future: The new normal

Temporary Jobs Are Canada's Future: Report.
Sunny Freeman @ huffingtonpost.com

"A pronounced shift toward temporary gigs and unstable positions could become the new normal for this generation as demand for short-term workers rises across the country, according to one of the country’s biggest employment firms...
 Temporary blue collar jobs are in high demand, with a 40-per-cent increase from just the first quarter of this year to the second quarter, the analysis found.
The allure of temporary work is strong for employers who aren’t obligated to provide pension plans, benefits or vacation days. And in a job market where supply is plentiful --- the unemployment rate climbed to 7.1 per cent in June -- employers can be picky about hiring conditions and still fill jobs.

On the same page:
From The Canadian Press:
OTTAWA - The national unemployment rate was 7.1 per cent in June. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month average unemployment for major cities but cautions the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. (Previous month in brackets.)
St. John's, N.L. 6.8 (6.4)
Halifax 5.5 (5.8)
Moncton, N.B. 6.0 (5.9)
Saint John, N.B. 7.7 (7.7)
Saguenay, Que. 9.7 (9.8)
Quebec 5.4 (5.0)
Sherbrooke, Que. 8.0 (8.6)
Trois-Rivieres, Que. 8.4 (8.3)
Montreal 8.3 (8.0)
Gatineau, Que. 6.4 (6.5)
Ottawa 6.9 (6.8)
Kingston, Ont. 6.4 (6.9)
Peterborough, Ont. 9.7 (11.1)
Oshawa, Ont. 7.2 (7.3)
Toronto 7.9 (7.6)
Hamilton, Ont. 7.2 (6.9)
St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.9 (8.0)
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 6.4 (6.7)
Brantford, Ont. 6.7 (7.2)
Guelph, Ont. 7.8 (7.6)
London, Ont. 7.4 (7.7)
Windsor, Ont. 9.0 (8.6)
Barrie, Ont. 6.5 (7.3)
Sudbury, Ont. 7.0 (6.7)
Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.2 (5.8)
Winnipeg 5.8 (5.9)
Regina 3.6 (3.4)
Saskatoon 3.8 (4.2)
Calgary 5.4 (5.4)
Edmonton 5.5 (5.2)
Kelowna, B.C. 5.2 (4.7)
Abbotsford, B.C. 7.6 (7.5)
Vancouver 5.6 (5.5)
Victoria 5.2 (5.2)

19 May 2014

"Victoria Day: Only in Canada" + "Happy Victoria Day! Or is that May 2-4?"


The 'May Two-Four' long weekend is as distinctively Canadian as the two-four with which it is often celebrated.
Many Canadians may have the idea that Victoria Day is an internationally observed event that connects us — however quaintly and tenuously — with other remnants of the old British Empire as we collectively celebrate our colonial heritage by pulling up lawn chairs and raising a glass or a beer bottle to the tubby little Empress of Canada, India, Australia, Britain and points between.
Couldn’t be further from the truth.
Canada is the only country in the world to celebrate Victoria Day, and the ‘May Two-Four’ long weekend is as distinctively Canadian as the two-four — a case of 24 bottles of beer — with which it is often celebrated.
There is a Victoria Day in Australia — but it’s a completely different critter, a localized event marking the founding of the southern Aussie state of Victoria (as a separate colony in 1851) and it’s celebrated, coincidentally, on July 1.
continue reading the article by Alan Parker @ Macleans.ca
 On the same shelf:
  • Victoria Day vs. May 2-4: What The May Long Weekend Signifies To Canadians- The Huffington Post Canada -- "Happy Victoria Day! Or is that May 2-4?" -- "Toronto-based illustrator Kinnon Elliott (who you might remember from her entertaining Valentine's Day infographic) has come up with a infographic that looks at the historical roots of the holiday." 
  • When Is May Long Weekend In Canada? And What Exactly Is It? The Huffington Post Canada
  • Victoria Day is not Sacred - Haliburton Master Gardener
  • Victoria Day is not a statutory holiday in the eastern provinces of PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland / Labrador, where it may be only a holiday ... About.com
  • Although Victoria Day is not a holiday in Great Britain and never has been since Queen Victoria passed, it is one of enduring attachment in Canada. Google News
  • Victoria Day still means something to Canadians, Ottawa Sun

17 May 2014

‘How is Rob Ford mayor of Toronto?’ A symposium in Washington DC

Academics gather in U.S. capitol to test their intellectual mettle with a tough question: ‘How is Rob Ford mayor of Toronto?’
The Wilson Center's Canada Institute held a symposium on a topic that has fascinated people in Canada, and beyond: How is Rob Ford the mayor of Toronto? news.nationalpost.com
See also:

The Rob Ford Phenomenon: What’s going on in Toronto?

Event:  The Wilson Center's Canada Institute,
May 16, 2014 // 10:00am  11:00am

03 May 2014

Brampton Flyer Incident - media monitoring

29 April 2014

Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop : Ban @ Toronto Public Library???

Toronto residents asked their public library to remove six books and a DVD over the past year, and one of those books was Dr. Seuss's Hop on Pop. The classic rhyming tale of fatherhood and saltation was accused of putting pops at risk of being actually hopped on.
The complaint argued that the book "encourages children to use violence against their fathers," and demanded that the library "pay for damages resulting from the book."
The library's Materials Review Committee, which takes all complaints, even those of obvious trolls, "very seriously," declined to remove Hop on Pop. They described it as "humorous" and "well-loved," and pointed out how many times it's made best children's book lists.  continue reading: Toronto Library Asked to Ban Hop on Pop to Protect Dads @ gawker.com
Loved by generations, this “simplest Seuss for youngest use” is a Beginner Book classic. See Red and Ned and Ted and Ed in a bed. And giggle as Pat sits on a hat and on a cat and on a bat . . . but a cactus? Pat must NOT sit on that! This classic Beginner Book makes an ideal gift for Seuss fans and is an especially good way to show Pop some love on Father’s Day!

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop does not encourage ‘violence against fathers,’ library says in rejecting ban request nationalpost.com
"Despite a demand to ban the Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop because it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” the Toronto Public Library rejected the request after careful consideration."

On the same shelf:
  • Toronto Public Library asked to pull Dr. Seuss book 'Hop on ... CTV News
  • “Violent” Dr. Seuss book should be banned from library, patron says ... Toronto Star -- 

    "Toronto Public Library's annual list of challenged items includes beloved children's picture book, Hop on Pop."

22 April 2014

Save the time of the reader: 'Queens Library is being asked to open the books for a full audit.'

Dr. S R Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science, best practice suggestions:

1. Books are for use
2. Every reader his/her book
3. Every book its reader
4. Save the time of the reader
5. The library is a growing organism
 In today's news:
  • Queens library boss should open financial books : Queens Library boss Thomas Galante should hand over financial books to City Controller Scott Stringer City Controller Scott Stringer wants to know what Thomas Galante is hiding. Stringer has asked a judge to force Galante to open the library's books for a full audit. So far, the library boss has refused. Read more : New York Daily News
  • Operation Get Galante: Union-Supported Politicians Go After Head of Queens Library System, The Epoch Times: "Queens Library CEO and President Thomas Galante is having a bad year. His once-solid reputation has taken a hit from allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the taxpayer-supported library system. The charges include excessive compensation, waste, and failure to disclose outside sources of income. The FBI and the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) have launched probes into the most serious accusations against Galante: that he inappropriately gave lucrative contracts to associates."

14 April 2014

Basic Human Needs Dimension of Canada according to Social Progress Index

Read the full report and visuals, here.

"Harvard business professor Michael E. Porter, who earlier developed the Global Competitiveness Report, designed the SPI. A new way to look at the success of countries, the SPI studies 132 nations and evaluates 54 social and environmental indicators for each country that matter to real people. Rather than measuring a country’s success by its per capita GDP, the index is based on an array of data reflecting suicide, ecosystem sustainability, property rights, access to healthcare and education, gender equality, attitudes toward immigrants and minorities, religious freedom, nutrition, infrastructure and more..."

"Of issues covered by the Basic Human Needs Dimension, Canada does best in areas including Nutrition and Basic Medical Care and has the greatest opportunity to improve human wellbeing by focusing more on Shelter. Of issues covered by the Foundations of Wellbeing Dimension, Canada excels at providing building blocks for people's lives such as Access to Basic Knowledge but would benefit from greater investment in Ecosystem Sustainability. Of issues covered by the Opportunity Dimension, Canada outperforms in providing opportunities for people to improve their position in society and scores highly in Personal Freedom and Choice yet falls short in Access to Advanced Education.

Social Progress Index: 86.95;
Basic Human Needs: 93.52;
Foundations of Wellbeing: 80.31;
Opportunity: 87.02 -- Personal Rights: 87.96;
Personal Freedom and Choice (Freedom over life choices, Freedom of religion, Modern slavery,
human trafficking and child marriage,
Satisfied demand for contraception, Corruption): 91.14;

Tolerance and Inclusion (Women treated with respect, Tolerance for immigrants,
Tolerance for homosexuals, Discrimination and violence against minorities, Religious tolerance,
Community safety net) : 86.79;

Read the full report and visuals, here.


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