Category Archives: Research

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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