Staff-less libraries are being piloted at the Toronto Public Library at Swansea and the Todmorden Room. This pilot is characterized as an expansion of service, as "extended hours." During these extended hours, the building will have zero staff. There will be "no impact on staffing levels" because they are simply not staffing these hours. If you need service, or run into trouble, you can access staff at another branch 'remotely.'
Staffless libraries were not a big hit in Ireland where it was understood that it's the first step to losing proper funding. Is this service?
Top left: Library worker with Desmond Cole; top right: Desmond Cole at Ontario Library Workers Conference; centre: Maureen O'Reilly and library workers at BLM's first Occupy; bottom right: young library workers with BLM's Sandy Hudson last year's Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Conference.
The Labour movement celebrates Black History Month and recognizes the need for an ongoing commitment to fight systemic racism and violence in the workplace.
Library Workers were honoured to host Desmond Cole as the keynote speaker at the Ontario Library Workers Conference last year (pictured wearing the official "Library Warrior" tee-shirt).
We urge Torontonians to support community organizations that fight against systemic racism and violence.
Visit blacklivesmatter.ca or follow Black Lives Matter Toronto on Twitter @BLM_TO.
Please explore the wonderful Black History Month events hosted by the Toronto Public Library.
Thanks to community action, MPPs heard from thousands of Ontarians and unanimously passed Bill 33 at second reading at Queen’s Park on November 2.
Now let’s get it over the finish line.
Ontario’s long-term care residents receive less care from fewer staff than just about anywhere else in Canada. This means residents are waiting for hours to get help with feeding, bathing, toileting and getting out of bed.
Our loved ones deserve better. Most long-term care residents are over 85 years old with complex medical conditions, including dementia. This crisis has gone on for far too long.
Bill 33, the Time to Care Act, gives long-term care residents a minimum of 4 hours of hands-on care each day.
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