Category Archives: Research

Government Printer Peeks: Winter 2017

Governments, as with people, use the turning of the year to both examine the past and make proposals for the future.  From the first quarter of 2017, I have selected some health and economic reports that either provide a report card of existing conditions or look forward to coming needs. The Advisory Council on Economic Growth hopes combined private and public initiatives will BUILD A HIGHLY SKILLED AND RESILIENT CANADIAN...
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Government Printer Peeks, year end 2016

From the final quarter of 2016, several themes predominated among government releases. Care of people with chronic conditions or terminal illnesses Understanding the Lived Experience of Individuals, Caregivers and Families Touched by Frailty, Chronic Illness and Dementia in Ontario /  From : the Law Commission of Ontario 118 p. . Care options choosing the best plan for you and the person you care for.  From: Employment and Social Development Canada. ...
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Downtown Transportation Strategy

Now available for review at the Central Branch is the City of Windsor’s final report of the Downtown Transportation Strategy. The study “is focused around the routine accommodation of improvements to active transportation modes” and considers vehicular capacity of specific roads,on-street parking and bicycle corridors. Members of the public can read the report while in the library.  Ask for the document at the second floor reference desk....
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The Number One Cancer Killer of Women is… Lung Cancer.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Ribbon is Pearl. Lung cancer is also the number one cancer killer of men. “Every hour, the lives of more than two Canadian mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, and friends will be lost.” http://www.lungcancercanada.ca This is unfortunately a little known fact with disheartening and serious repercussions. Lack of funding because of stigma (you asked for it and/or the belief that only...
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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Welcome. Please take a few minutes to participate in our on-line Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your feedback is very important to us. It will help us identify areas where we can improve services and better understand the needs of our community. Thank You....
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Flood of 2016

UPDATE:  The City of Windsor just this week (October 26) posted updated information concerning financial assistance to Windsorites whose basements were flooded at the end of September.  Green Shield along with Family Service Windsor-Essex  is making the program possible. The torrential rains of September 28, 29, 30 in our area made headlines, not only in the WINDSOR STAR (Rainstorm, flooding in Windsor, Ont. Area damaged more than 1,700 homes  ; ...
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Planning future transportation networks within the City of Windsor

For those who travel on the roads of south-central Windsor, add the environmental assessment report recently presented to City Council to your to-read list.  This study, which considers the Dominion Boulevard corridor, the Dougall Avenue/Ouellette Avenue corridor and the Howard Avenue corridor, examines traffic operations, transportation network improvements, pedestrian and bikeway connections, and impacts to existing infrastructure and utilities. A copy of the three volume Central Box Area study is...
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Online Access to Consumer Reports

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…decorations are up, Christmas melodies are filling the airwaves, homemade cookies are materializing in lunchrooms, and there are beautiful light displays scattered throughout the city. Cocoa, candy canes, made-for-tv movies, gift-giving guides– yep, I pretty much love it all.  If you haven’t figured it out, I am THAT person who gets super excited for almost all things Christmas. Almost? There’s only one thing...
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Government Publications Peeks

One effect of the protracted election campaign through most of the latter part of the summer and fall this year was to slow the release of new publications by the federal government. Here is a selection of recent documents. In July a Senate committee released its recommendations for the future of the national broadcaster: Time for change the CBC/Radio-Canada in the twenty-first century. Statistics Canada published the results of their...
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Government Printer Peeks

The release this week of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be the basis of much discussion.  The executive summary, at nearly 400 pages in length, provides a lot of reading. Other recent federal publications include an examination of The economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, and a report to Parliament on Changes in debt and assets...
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Government Printer Peeks: Spring 2015

The Government of Ontario is looking for people to read and comment on their strategy to overhaul Long term Affordable Housing.  Also in the last month, various ministries at Queen’s Park  published plans and policy proposals for Home  and Community Care, Poverty Reduction, Beer Retailing and Distribution, and the Electricity sector  in our province. The 2015 guide to pick-your-own farms for fresh produce is due to be released in early...
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Technology at Windsor Public Library Studied in Europe

Windsor Public Library has always been at the leading edge of introducing new technology to our users.  From the early days of replacing card catalogues with computers to search for items, to our current services of offering digital items in the form of books, music and even movies,  we have striven to provide the best that technology has to offer. In 2012, WPL became the first public library in Canada...
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Buckingham Palace Asks for Our Help

Buckingham Palace has reached out to Windsor Public Library for information on our city. A comprehensive new history on Windsor Castle is scheduled for publication in 2016 and a chapter will include research and information on settlements around the world sharing the “Windsor” name. Plans call for the history to cover 11 centuries from the foundation of the castle in the 1070s to its current official and private use by...
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Government Printer Peeks

The recent judgment in appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of physician assisted suicide should lead to more debate by the general public, members of health professions, and members of parliament. The original review by the Supreme Court on the Rodriguez case is available online, as are the backgrounders prepared by the Library of Parliament considering both Canadian and international examples. Ontario and British Columbia have issued...
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50 Shades of Conversation Options

Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Twilight, The Hunger Games, & 50 Shades of Grey? While you may not be a fan, it’s undeniably true that the 50 Shades phenomenon has reached heights that many franchises only aspire to. It is in and it is popular, but not all tastes are covered by the matter. If you’re feeling left out of the conversation, don’t worry. The library has you covered...
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WPL and Workforce WindsorEssex Launch, ‘Let’s Explore Careers!’

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common question asked of young children, but we probably don’t put too much thought into how children actually learn about career options available to them. It might sound funny to think of pre-schoolers or even younger school-aged children having to think about a career that might be 20 years down the road, but it’s never too early to plant...
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Government Printer Peeks: November ed.

This time of year, many of the reports released by government departments and agencies are their annual performance reviews and summaries of accomplishments. Setting those aside, there are still publications attractive to a broader audience. Those hard-to read nutritional labels on foods will be changing.  Health Canada includes proposed revisions to serving size descriptions. Politicos will want to pick apart the findings of the investigation into Robocalls occurring during the...
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Ask Our Genealogist

Do you have a genealogy question? Have you hit a brick wall in your research? Perhaps you’re just starting out, and you’re not sure where or how to find the records and information you need to fill in your family tree? Wouldn’t it be great if you could Ask Our Genealogist? Wait – you can! WHEN: Saturday, November 8th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Library, 2nd Floor Ask Our Genealogist...
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Bats At The Library

It’s nearly Halloween, a time of year when most people read a book or watch a movie to feel scared by ghosts, ghouls, and monsters. One animal usually associated with this holiday is the mammal chiroptera, commonly known as the bat. This is an unfortunate association as these small creatures are not the scary monsters that old superstitions and horror movies make them out to be. Bats are actually fascinating...
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