Canadian readers choose the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction
from the Ontario Library Association
TORONTO, ON (June 5, 2014) – After weeks of voting, Ontarians have decided: The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, has won the 2014 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award.
“My heart is so full right now I can hardly type these words,” writes Jennifer Lanthier, author of The Stamp Collector. “Never in a million years did I imagine this little book would win such a wonderful and important award.”
The Stamp Collector follows the story of a city boy, who finds a stamp that unlocks his imagination, and a country boy, who is captivated by stories. They take different paths when they grow up—one becomes a prison guard, the other works in a factory. When the country boy’s stories of hope land him in prison, the letters and stamps that sent to him from faraway places intrigue the prison guard, and a unique friendship begins.
“The Stamp Collector is all about the power of sharing our stories, our voices with the world,” says Lanthier. “Please keep reading, keep writing and keep sharing your stories. You shine a light in the darkness that the darkness will never, ever be able to put out.”
Through book clubs and other forums, over 26 Ontario libraries and literacy centres participated in this year’s Golden Oak Award reading program. The program is designed for adults and comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction. It is one of eight programs that form the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind.
Titles nominated for the Golden Oak Award are chosen by a committee of library professionals; announced every October. The winning book is chosen based on the ratings each reader gives to the titles. Province-wide voting by the readers takes place during May. The announcement was made at The Learners’ Conference in Toronto, ON on June 5, 2014.
About the Forest of Reading®: The Forest of Reading is the largest recreational reading program of its kind in Canada, with more than 250,000 participants each year. The OLA’s Forest of Reading offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. Committees of library practitioners select the nominated titles and readers vote for the winners.
About the Ontario Library Association: The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is a centre of excellence for the library and information sector, with nearly 5,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries. OLA enables members to advocate for the right of individuals to have free and equitable access to information. Our members research, develop and participate in educational programs designed to provide exemplary library services. Signature OLA events include the annual Super Conference and the Forest of Reading® program. Follow us on Twitter @ONLibraryAssoc and like us on Facebook at Ontario Library Association.
March 11, 2014 — The Canadian Copyright Institute today released A Fair and Better Way Forward, an analysis and policy statement outlining how some changes to Canada’s Copyright Act are resulting in an unfortunate expansion in educational copying in Canada — on an industrial scale and without payment.
The CCI document acknowledges that the legal provision of fair dealing has been slightly expanded as a result of recent changes to the law while emphasizing that this change by no means eliminates the need for collective licensing in educational institutions. “It certainly does not justify copying practices that are bound to have a devastating impact on the market for published materials,” noted CCI Chair, Jacqueline Hushion, who pointed to the recent announcement by Oxford University Press of the closure of its K-12 publishing division. “That announcement underlined the influence that changes to Canadian copyright law, as well as the decision by provinces and school boards to opt out of Access Copyright licences, had on the company’s decision.”
CCI believes many of the revised copyright guideline documents currently being used in Canadian post-secondary institutions and K-12 school boards are overly aggressive in their expansion of fair dealing territory. This aggressive expansion is unsupported by either the changes to the Copyright Act or recent decisions at the Supreme Court of Canada. John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada, explained that “A Fair and Better Way Forward was published with the intention of opening a new dialogue between Canada’s writing and publishing sector and the educational institutions who copy our work for use in their classrooms.”
CCI is extremely disappointed that its invitation for dialogue has been rebuffed by the administrations and organizations to whom this paper was sent last year. “We release it now publicly,” said Gerry McIntyre, Executive Director of the Canadian Educational Resources Council, “in order to raise awareness of the institutional intransigence with which we have been struggling — and to shed greater light on this fundamental issue before further damage is done.” CCI is concerned that – as a result of the education associations’ unwillingness to engage in a constructive dialogue on the matter, teachers and their employers will now be exposed to expensive litigation, since no reasonable avenue for negotiation remains for educational content providers. CCI is greatly concerned that, as a result of this lack of dialogue, Canadian educators and Canadian writers and publishers — two groups with much in common — have been irresponsibly placed in legal opposition to each other.
» Download A Fair and Better Way Forward (PDF)
» CCI Press Release
The Canadian Copyright Institute (CCI) is an association of creators, producers, publishers and distributors of copyright works. Founded in 1965, the CCI has sought to encourage a better understanding of the law of copyright and to engage in and foster research and dialogue on the promotion of ideas and works of the mind.
For more information please contact:
Annie McClelland, CCI Administrator
Info@theCCI.ca, Anne@theBPC.ca, 416-975-1756
via The Writers’ Union of Canada
This year’s award calls attention to recent library closings
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) recognizes the work and accomplishments of scientist Eric Marshall and journalist Chris Turner with its 2014 Freedom to Read Award
Eric Marshall, a retired biologist living in British Columbia, built a collection of over 200,000 books that became the Eric Marshall Aquatic Research Library at the University of Manitoba. Marshall’s library was recently closed, the result of federal cuts to and reorganization at Canada’s national library and archive system.
Chris Turner is a Calgary-based journalist and author who has written extensively about the related issues of library closings and prohibitions on federal scientists speaking publicly about their work. Turner’s book, The War on Science, was released this month.
“The closing of federal libraries has been a focus for TWUC in the past year,” said Dorris Heffron, chair of TWUC. “Reports of lost and destroyed works in our national collections are greatly disturbing to Canada’s writers, who have a long history of both contributing to and using our federal library system. The incoming Chair of TWUC, Harry Thurston, is an award-winning science writer who has personally used the Marshall Library as a research facility.”
The Freedom to Read Award is offered annually to an individual or individuals whose work has contributed to the national discussion around issues of freedom of expression and the freedom to read.
“The Union has been offering this award for many years,” added John Degen, TWUC executive director. “It’s one of the meaningful ways Canada’s writers participate in Freedom to Read Week.”
Previous recipients have included Toronto publisher, Patsy Aldana, Quebec writer Charles Montpetit, Janine Fuller of Little Sisters bookstore in Vancouver, lawyer Clayton Ruby, novelist Lawrence Hill, and writers John Ralston Saul and Alan Borovoy. Freedom to Read Week (February 23-March 1, 2014) is an initiative of the Book and Periodical Council (freedomtoread.ca).
The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2014 Freedom to Read Award will be presented at the 30th anniversary celebration of Freedom to Read Week, February 25, 7 pm at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St West in Toronto.
via Canadian Library Association
The Canadian Library Association (CLA), the national voice for Canada’s library communities, is troubled about budget cuts to Library and Archives Canada and federal government library services. There has been much public debate and discussion about these reductions and very little information forthcoming from the government. CLA wishes to participate in informed dialogue regarding government library consolidation and closure.
Read full statement here.
via The Association of Canadian Publishers
The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes the stabilization of funding to the Canada Book Fund (CBF) in yesterday’s federal budget. The budget proposes making the $9 million supplementary portion of the fund, first introduced to the Department of Canadian Heritage budget in 2001, permanent beginning in April 2015.
The Canada Book Fund has been rigorously developed and administered to support Canadian-owned publishers who employ best business practices, commit to innovation, and aggressively promote Canadian authors at home and internationally. The program is targeted and results-oriented; for those publishers who meet its high standards, the CBF is an essential support in ensuring that their businesses remain competitive in an evolving cultural industry.
ACP President Erin Creasey responded to the budget announcement: “We’re very pleased to see a commitment to ongoing support of Canadian book publishers in the budget. The permanent addition of $9 million expected for 2015-16 — an amount that has been a supplementary addition to the fund for the past decade — is critical for independent Canadian publishers to thrive and maintain our competitive advantage. These funds mean that Canadian readers will have continued access to the work of Canada’s best writers.”
Last renewed in 2010, the Canada Book Fund supports a range of programs that help ensure Canadians enjoy continued access to the widest possible range of Canadian books. In addition to support for book publishers, CBF has supported the development and launch of 49th Shelf (www.49thShelf.com), a website that is increasing the online footprint of Canadian-authored books while showcasing them to the world, and eBOUND Canada, which provides the tools independent publishers need to engage in the digital book marketplace.
The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is the national voice of Canada’s independent English‐language book publishers. The ACP supports its 115 members in creating an economically sustainable Canadian‐owned and -controlled publishing industry. Visit www.publishers.ca for more information about the association’s programs and mandate.
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