At the December 11 Toronto Public Library Board meeting, the revised room rental policy was passed - a positive move in keeping hate groups out of the public library.
Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly began this conversation with a deputation at the September 25 TPL Board meeting, urging them to review their room rental policies after a controversial booking at Richview Library.
At the December 11 meeting, Bernie Farber (former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress), Madi Murariu (Associate Director of of CIJA, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs), and John Cartwright (President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council) supported the proposed revisions and criticized TPL's past decision to allow the room rental at Richview to proceed.
Paul Fromm, Canadian white supremacist and anti-Semite, also attended the December 11 Board meeting and spoke against the revised room rental policy.
In the News:
Toronto Public Library bans hate groups from renting space December 13, 2017 Canadian Jewish News
Toronto library staff can now refuse event bookings 'likely' to promote hate December 11, 2017 CBC Canada
Toronto library board revising room-booking policy after controversial memorial, December 11, 2017 CTV News
Toronto Public Library board votes to revise room-booking policy after controversial memorial December 11, 2017 Global News
Toronto library looks at barring hate groups from renting space December 11, 2017 Metro News
Ottawa library cancels planned screening of controversial 'Killing Europe' doc November 24, 2017 Ottawa Citizen
Last Wednesday, Bill 148 passed its third and final reading and will now be the law in Ontario thanks to the efforts of trade unionists, community leaders and social activists across Ontario. We are especially proud of the Toronto Public Library workers who worked tirelessly to advocate for the progressive proposals in Bill 148. A living wage, better parental leave, sick days, and protection for workers and their families who suffer domestic violence will help ensure a better life for working people. A special shoutout to the awesome #librarywarriors Brandon, Emma, Gobi, Louisa, Alice and Austin for their work on this!
The Toronto Public Library Workers #StandWithFaculty. Ontario college faculty, counsellors and librarians have been on strike since October 16 against an unfair employer who has consistently exploited its workforce, and in doing so, has compromised the education of thousands of college students. Precarious work hurts everyone - and will do so for generations to come.
The Toronto Public Library Workers were there to work on ways to improve the lives of Torontonians.
Sign a postcard for Mayor JohnTory and make sure to attend the Toronto budget launch at City Hall on November 30 at 9:30 am in the Council Chambers.
Congratulations to the Sea of Solidarity Labour Team who climbed the CN Tower to raise money for the United Way #Up4Community this morning.
Library Warriors in bright blue t-shirts did the climb in awesome time - thank you to all those who supported this wonderful team.