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Welcome to Jurassic Park

October 31, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

Toronto vs Brooklyn
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets playoffs game. Photo credit: Shaheen Karolia (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.)

It all started back in April. The Toronto Raptors had a surprising season and won the Atlantic Division title and made it into the NBA playoffs. Although they ended up eliminated in the first round with a heart-breaking game 7 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the fans came out in droves to support the Raptors.

Passionate Raptors fans packed Maple Leaf Square every single playoff game. It didn’t matter if it was a home or an away game. They were there. The media began to refer to the square as Jurassic Park.

And the fans came out again last Wednesday night. It was the first game of the season and Jurassic Park was back and alive.

Jurassic Park, the movie, actually had a huge influence on the team’s name. When the NBA expansion committee awarded Toronto with a franchise on September 30th 1993, the team announced a nationwide “Name Game” contest to name the team. Lots of names were submitted and Jurassic Park, being just released a few months ago, had a huge influence. T-Rex and Raptors were on the top 10 list. Finally on May 15th 1994, the team’s name was announced.

So what exactly is a raptor? Raptor is actually short for Velociraptor. Some interesting facts about the dinosaur from the National Geographic:

  • It was a feathered dinosaur.
  • It shared several similarities with birds, like having hollow bones and tending nests of eggs.
  • However, unlike birds, the raptor did not fly due to their short forelimbs, making liftoff impossible.
  • Possibly one of the more intelligent dinosaurs because it had a large brain proportionate to its body size.
  • It covered ground quickly, may have been able to reach speeds of 39 km/h.
  • They likely brought down their prey quickly with a long retractable claw on each foot and a mouth full of sharp teeth.  

The name seems kind of fitting then, right?

To find out more interesting facts about the raptor and other dinosaurs, take a look at these books:

Dinosaurs  Dinosaur odyssey  Feathered dinosaurs  Feathered dragons
The great dinosaur discoveries  How to build a dinosaur  Planet dinosaur  The Princeton field guide to dinosaurs

There are also websites, selected by librarians, with more information about dinosaurs. Here are a few:

The Toronto Raptors’ next game is tomorrow in Orlando. Let’s hope they can protect their egg (basketball), cover the court quickly and take down their prey, similar to the dinosaur they were named after. Let’s go Raptors! 

20 Best Horror Films on DVD

October 26, 2014 | Viveca | Comments (5)

Wanna see something really scary? Here are 20 of the best horror movies available at the Toronto Public Library. Film critic Robin Wood wrote that the horror film's “true subject is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses or oppresses." This holds true from James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein to the films of David Cronenberg. Haunted houses, sinister children, monsters, murderers and the undead - there is something for everyone on this list. Prepare to unleash the repressed. And let us know if your favourite is not on this list. 

Let the Right One In

The Shining Exorcist
Diabolique Rosemary's Baby

Let the Right One In (2008, Sweden) dir Tomas Alfredson. Based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindquist. Oscar, a bullied 12-year-old boy makes friends with Eli, a young female vampire. It's a moving (and terrifying) story of two outsiders finding each other. Still thirsty for blood? Try Nosferatu or Vampyr, or the Universal films with Bela Lugosi. 

The Shining (1980, UK/USA) dir Stanley Kubrick. Misunderstood when first released, Kubrick's film is now recognized as a masterpiece of the genre. Hotel hallways will never look the same. Keep your eyes peeled for the paintings by Canadian artist Alex Colville. The documentary Room 237 explores the film's symbolism. Based on Stephen King's novel

The Exorcist (1973, USA) dir Willam Friedkin. Based on William Blatty's novel about a 12-year old girl's demonic possession, this film tested the boundaries for graphic horror and spawned many 'demonic child' films, including The Omen

Diabolique (1955, France) dir Henri-Georges Clouzot. A meek schoolteacher plots to kill her abusive husband by enlisting the help of his mistress, played by a smokin' hot Simone Signoret. The plot twist will keep you up at night.  

Rosemary's Baby (1968, USA) dir Roman Polanski. Based on Ira Levin's novel. A pregnant newlywed (Mia Farrow) suspects something is wrong with her unborn child and that her creepy husband may be responsible. Farrow got served divorce papers on the set by Frank Sinatra who reportedly didn't want her to take the role. Cinematographer William A. Fraker explains why this film terrifies in the documentary, Visions of Light

Psycho The Host Nightmare on Elm Street Haunting Devil's Backbone

Psycho (1960, USA) dir Alfred Hitchcock. Critically-acclaimed as one of the best American films of all time, Psycho broke boundaries with its editing, performances, music, and mise-en-scène. The best book ever about Hitchcock?  Hitchcock's Films Revisited by the late, great Robin Wood.

The Host (2006, South Korea) dir Bong Joon-ho. A monster, born of toxic waste, lurks in the Han River and kidnaps a young girl. Both poignant and frightening, this film premiered at Cannes to great critical acclaim. 

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, USA) dir Wes Craven. Freddy Krueger, a disfigured spirit armed with razored gloves, kills teenagers via their dreams. Watch for a chubby-cheeked Johnny Depp in his first film role. The 2014 documentary, Never Sleep Again, goes behind the scenes of this enduring franchise. 

The Haunting (1963, UK) dir Robert Wise. Based on Shirley Jackson's novel, The Haunting of Hill House. A group of people stay at a haunted house to study its paranormal activity. 50 years after its release, this film still terrifies. Keep your eyes on that bedroom doorknob. 

The Devil's Backbone (2001, Spain/Mexico) dir Guillermo del Toro. Carlos, an abandoned child living in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War, sees terrifying visions of a ghostly child. By the director of Pan's Labyrinth.  

Halloween Innocents The Evil Dead Changling Don't Look Now

Halloween (1978, USA) dir John Carpenter. Around Halloween, ringtones everywhere change to this ominous theme song, composed and performed by Carpenter. A murderer escapes from an asylum, returns to his old neighbourhood and slices up hormonal teens. Best jump scares ever - and features an intelligent heroine played by a young Jamie Lee Curtis. Steadicam technology becomes a staple of the horror film. 

The Innocents (1961, UK) dir Jack Clayton. Based on Henry James classic novella, The Turn of the Screw, Deborah Kerr is luminous in this ghostly psychological tale about a governess and her sinister charges, Miles and Flora. Fun fact: Truman Capote worked on the screenplay. 

The Evil Dead (1981, USA) dir Sam Raimi. A low-budget horror film about students accidently unleashing demons while vacationing in the woods. Its gore, sense of humour, and ironic performances turned it into a cult classic and spawned sequels, a comic book and a stage musical

The Changeling (1980, Canada/US) dir Peter Medak. After losing his family in a car accident, a man moves into a isolated Victorian mansion where he is visited by the ghost of an extremely angry child. Filmed in Canada, this won the first Genie for Best Canadian film. 

Don't Look Now (1973, UK/Italy) dir Nicolas Roeg. A couple moves to Venice after the accidental drowning of their young daughter. Grief turns to dread as they catch glimpses of a little girl following them. Donald Sutherland and Julie Harris appear in an extremely athletic sex scene (shocking for the time) in this exploration of death and grieving. Based on Daphne Du Maurier's short story. 

Black Christmas 28 Days Later The Ring Night of the Living Dead American Werewolf in London

Black Christmas (1974, Canada) dir Bob Clark. Filmed at the University of Toronto in Annesley Hall, with Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, and Andrea Martin. The Dubious Achievment Award goes to the Great White North for making the first slasher film (after Psycho, of course). The terrifying phone call becomes a staple of horror films. 

28 Days Later (2002, UK) dir Danny Boyle. A seminal film of the zombie film renaissance, this post-apocalyptic nightmare was shot in Picadilly Circus and Oxford Street. With Cillian ("Spooky Eyes") Murphy and Christopher Eccleston.

Night of the Living Dead (1968, USA) dir George Romero. Romero delves into the dark recesses of the American psyche and offers scathing political commentary in his zombie series (the sequels are good too, if not better). Birth of the Living Dead is a documentary on the making of this cult classic. 

The Ring (2002, USA) dir Gore Verbinksi. What's that I hear? The shrieks of purists faithful to Hideo Nakata's 1998 Japanese film, Ringu? Sadly, Ringu is currently unavailable, and it is a fact that excellent Asian horror films are regularly remade for North American audiences. Nonetheless, this tale of a lethal video has its moments. Even scarier is having younger audiences ask "What is a video cassette?" 

American Werewolf in London (1981, USA/UK) dir John Landis. Two American students are backpacking in the British moors when they are attacked by a werewolf. One dies and the other...well. The film achieved cult status with its in-jokes and special effects. The early 80s was a hot time for werewolf films which included Joe Dante's The Howling.

And speaking of John Landis and werewolves, re-visit Michael Jackson's Thriller video. (Heads up: some scary images and some pretty intense dance moves...) 

Entrepreneur in Residence: How to Realize Your Dreams?

October 25, 2014 | Charlene | Comments (0)

Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich! "sold out it's first print run in three weeks" in the late 1930s. Today, it is considered the greatest self-improvement books of all time." His philosophy of personal achievement has been an inspiration to many, including many successful well-known business leaders today.  

To learn more about his principles and philosophy of success, attend one of our programs at North York Central Library. Hear Sunny Verma and guest speaker Satish Verma discuss Napoleon Hill's secrets of success and examples of some well-know billionaires who put his formula to prosperity into practice. Learn how to create your destiny through entrepreneurship in this mind-opening seminar. No registration is required.  FREE.

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014: 6:30 p - 8:00 pm - North York Central Library

Discover how you too can create your own brand of success in business and life. Try reading some of the suggested titles below:

The Science of Success The Magic Ladder to Success: The Wealth-Builder's Concise Guide to Winning!  The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires Think and Grow Rich for Women 

                                                                                                        

Free Science Events in Toronto for November 2014

October 25, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (2)

The Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the November calendar (PDF).

November’s highlights include:

  • November 9: How to Feed 9 Billion in 2050, the speaker will explore the question: is eating plants better for both human and environmental health?
  • November 13: Toronto Diabetes Expo, this event features onstage programming, complemented by an exhibitor area.
  • November 23: EcoFair, a family-oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities.

The Toronto Public Library also offers many free science and applied science events:

November's highlights include:

Can't attend a program or want to read more about the topics covered? Try some of these titles:

Feeding the planet  Mayo Clinic - The essential diabetes book  All you need is less  Authentic aromatherapy 

Photoshop CS6 essential skills  Breathing room  Arduino for beginners  Makers at work

This post was edited on October 27, 2014

Canadian Opera Company Talk: Don Giovanni

October 24, 2014 | Muriel | Comments (0)

 


 Canadian Opera Company Talk:

Don Giovanni

Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.

North York Central Library Auditorium

Come and join Wayne Gooding, editor of Opera Canada magazine, as he delves into Mozart's Don Giovanni, which will be presented by the Canadian Opera Company this winter.  The Canadian Opera Company's new production is directed by one of opera's most talked-about young directors, Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose The Metropolitan Opera in HD staging of Prince Igor recently wowed audiences worldwide.


           Don Giovanni DVD          Opera Canada          Don Giovanni           




      An Introduction to Mozart Don Giovanni              Opera Viva
 

 Be sure to visit NAXOS, the online music library available through Toronto Public Library, and listen to great music spanning medieval to modern - classical, jazz, electronic, world music and more, and find expert educational content.   
 

 

Got the Fever? /ɪˈlɛkʃən/ Fever?

October 20, 2014 | Ann | Comments (2)

Elections - City of Toronto website
Image courtesy of The City of Toronto website

Defining Election

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the general definition for the word election, (pronounced "ɪˈlɛkʃən") is as follows,

The formal choosing of a person for an office, dignity, or position of any kind; usually by the votes of a constituent body. (retrieved from OED.com on October 5, 2014)

On Monday, October 27, 2014, the polls will open and the people of the City of Toronto will have the opportunity to select a new mayor, a councillor to represent each of the 44 City Wards, and 3 school trustees during this municipal election.   A full list of election candidates is available for your perusal.

The link to where to vote is conveniently located on the ballot box below.

  MyVote link to search for your Ward #, ward map location, voting eligibility, ballot samples used, and voting locations

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"Election Fever" with Guest Speaker, Edward Keenan

Prior to the official election date, North York Central Library is offering a program on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 7 pm to 8 pm in the Concourse. 

The program is called, Election Fever: Exploring What Makes Our City Great with guest speaker, Edward Keenan who is currently involved in several notable professions including working as a columnist for The Toronto Star and as a talk show host at Newstalk radio 1010.   Please register by calling (416) 395-5660 to reserve a seat.

 

Edward Keenan programs and booksImage Courtesy of Edward Keenan

 

Edward Keenan is also a writer and author of the recently released (2013) book, Some Great Idea:  Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto.  The Toronto Public Library offers print and e-book versions for your reading pleasure.  

 

Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto by Edward Keenan

 

Suggested Titles to Feed the Election Fever

Come visit the Society and Recreation Department on the 3rd floor.  We have an excellent display of intriguing titles on social and political science encompassing Canada as well as specific books and magazines on Toronto.

 

Society & Recreation Department Display October 2014

 

As the energy for the upcoming municipal election reaches fever pitch, voters may also want to glance through resources pertaining to elections, votes, and political choices in Canada:

Dynasties and interludes: past and present in Canadian electoral politics by Lawrence LeDuc   Dominance & decline: making sense of recent Canadian elections by Elisabeth Gidengil Voting behaviour in Canada Fights of our lives: elections, leadership and the making of Canada by John Duffy
Parties, elections, and the future of Canadian politics by Amanda Bittner and Royce Koop Steps toward making every vote count: electoral system reform in Canada and its provinces by Henry Milner Making political choices: Canada and the United States by Harold D. Clarke The Canadian election studies: assessing four decades of influence by Antoine Bilodeau, Mebs Kanji, and Thomas J. Scotto

 

Enjoy the program, cultivate your knowledge with the best resources available, and select the most suitable candidates to serve the people of the City.

The Nobel Prizes: celebrating science every October

October 17, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (0)

 

The Nobel Prize for Physiology awarded to Frederick Banting in 1923. From the collection of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.
Nobel Prize for Physiology awarded to Frederick Banting in 1923 for the discovery of insulin

The Nobel Prizes for 2014 were announced earlier this month. For a few days every October the world's attention is briefly focused on science, since three of the six prizes - in physiology (medicine), physics and chemistry - are for achievements in the sciences. To me, the awards are both a reminder of the importance of scientific discovery and technological innovation and an opportunity to celebrate them.

Alfred Nobel was a 19th century Swedish engineer and inventor whose great wealth was based on hundreds of patents. In his will he directed that his fortune be used to establish annual awards that recognized the discoveries or inventions that "conferred the greatest benefit on mankind".

The scientific community is divided over whether the Nobel committees have favoured discovery over invention in the science prizes - or the other way around. These opinion pieces from National Geographic and Nature convey a sense of the arguments on both sides.

This year's physics and chemistry awards both recognized innovations which resulted from applied research. Advantage invention!

To learn about Alfred Nobel and the prizes that bear his name:

Alfred Nobel: a biography       Nobel Prizes and Life Sciences       Nobel: a century of prize winners
     

To read more about scientific discovery and technological innovation: 

Timelines of Science How We Got To Now: six innovations that made the modern world Accidental Genius: the world's greatest by-chance discoveries
 

book, eBook, audiobook

eAudiobook, Talking Book

 

 

The Art of Invention: the creative process of discovery and design        Reinventing Discovery: the new era of networked science       The Scientists: an epic of discovery
   book, eBook

 

photo credit: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library via photopin cc

Canadian women win the right to vote...

October 15, 2014 | Aleks | Comments (2)

The month of October is celebrated as Women's History Month!

The Toronto Daily Star- Canadian women win right to senate seats

Less then a hundred years ago, women were finally given the right to vote in a Dominion election. This was put into effect on January 1, 1919. Canada had held its first federal election where women were allowed to vote and run for Parliament in 1921. After this monumental achievement, women's groups started lobbying the federal government to appoint a woman to the Senate. The Government argued that only "qualified persons" could be appointed. The Act used the word "he" when referring to the individual, which some interpreted to mean that only men could legally be "persons". Emily Murphy of Edmonton, Alberta experienced this first hand in 1916 when on her first day of court, a defendant's lawyer challenged one of her rulings as a judge saying that she was not a "person" and did not qualified to act as a judge. 

Mass meeting for women You ask why we women Votes for women
Above images are from the Toronto Public Library Digital Archive collection.

 
It was only on October 18, 1929 that Canadian women were legally recognized as "persons". The date was declared "Persons Day" in Canada to mark the victory for equal rights. The success of this event comes from the ambition, the networking and the determination of The Famous Five. The group comprised of five relentless women: Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Nellie McClung. 

Women are Persons statue Parliament of Canada
Photo courtesy of Parliament of Canada
1938 unveiling of a plaque commemorating the five Alberta women whose efforts resulted in the Persons Case, which established the rights of women to hold public office in Canada
Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

 

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Advocating for women's rights has been an ongoing battle ever since. Many countries around the world are seeing people speaking out for gender equality, even at a price. One of the more recent and famous cases is of Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago on her way home from school. She stood up for her right to have an education in her home country of Pakistan. She received the Noble Peace Prize on October 10, 2014 for her work against suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Prime Minster Stephen Harper has announced that Malala will be coming to Canada on October 22, 2014 to receive a honorary Canadian Citizenship. 

 

On Saturday September 20, 2014, Emma Watson delivered a rousing speech about equal rights, gender stereotypes, and the meaning of feminism to promote the launch of a new U.N. Movement for Gender Equality campaign called HeForShe. In her speech she clarifies what women's rights stands for and corrects any misunderstandings. She calls the voices of both men and women in this fight because it is not just one gender's battle. It was quite shocking to listen as she eloquently stated that, "...sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality." I believe that one of the great strengths of the public library is that it provides voices to all persons.

 

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You can find the voices of many people willing to speak up regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and more at the library. There are many strong voices out there and below are some books that are inspirational reads on women's struggles and triumphs in light of this month's celebration of Women's History.

A Thousand Splendid Suns A Woman Among Warlords- The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice The good girls revolt - how the women of Newsweek sued their bosses and changed the workplace Mayada, Daughter of Iraq- One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein I am Malala

 

Lean in - women, work, and the will to lead The Invention of Wings A vindication of the rights of woman Infidel Half the sky - turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide

Get Real: Great Documentaries on DVD

October 6, 2014 | Viveca | Comments (6)

Prefer your cinema....vérité? Hundreds of great documentaries are available from the Toronto Public Library. While feature films hog the spotlight, documentaries shine the spotlight on their subjects, presenting a version of reality that will entertain, enlighten, and on occasion, even enrage you. Check out the large collection available at the North York Central Library. Here's a choice selection:

20 Feet From Stardom Joan Rivers A Piece of Work Searching For Sugerman Man on Wire Being Elmo

20 Feet From Stardom: Winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary, Morgan Neville's film honours the sublimely talented backup singers who performed with the biggest names in Motown and rock and roll. Watch Merry Clayton re-live the night the Rolling Stones got her out of bed to record Gimme Shelter. You will get chills listening to her haunting howl that made Mick holler out loud in the recording booth. 

Joan Rivers: A Piece of WorkThe late, great Joan Rivers as you have never seen her before. Ms Rivers walks us through the serious business of comedy and the reality of being an (older) female comic. Directed by Riki Stern and Anne Sundberg. Highly recommended. 

Searching For Sugar Man: Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul follows fans in search of an enigmatic musician, Sixto Rodriguez, who may or may not be dead. This critically acclaimed film won many awards including an Oscar. Sadly, Bendjelloul committed suicide a year after the film's release. 

Man on WireThis Oscar-winning British documentary follows Phillipe Petit's 1974 (highly illegal) death-defying high wire walk between the doomed twin towers of the World Trade Centre. You have to see it to believe it. 

Being ElmoKevin Clash's talent for puppeteering at a young age caught the eye of Jim Henson, the Muppets' creator. Clash went on to invent Elmo, a furry red monster with a high voice. Clash became separated forever from his beloved creation when he left Sesame Street after ongoing controversy in his personal life. Also available in eVideo.

Boxing Girls of Kabul The World Before Her Narco Cultura When Jews Were Funny Blackfish

The Boxing Girls of KabulCanadian director Ariel Nasr examines the challenges faced by an extraordinary group of young female boxers in Afghanistan who hope to represent their country one day at the Olympics. 

The World Before Her: A Canadian documentary about two young Indian women on two very different paths: one is vying to be Miss India, the other trains to join a Hindu nationalist group. Directed by Nisha Pahuja, this film won Best Canadian Feature at the Hot Docs Film Festival. 

Narco CulturaThis film directed by Shaul Schwarz explores the phenomenon of Mexican drug lords glorified in local pop culture via narcocorrido music. More Breaking Bad than Bieber, these 'heroes' are truly terrifying.

When Jews Were Funny: Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig tells the story of Jewish comedians from the Borscht Belt to present day. Be prepared to laugh your kishkas off watching interviews and performances from the best in the biz. 

BlackfishThis film investigates killer whales in captivity. Focusing on Tilikum, an orca at Seaworld who had killed humans, this film is a passionate defense for exploited marine life. It has also caused waves in many industries - Pixar re-wrote the ending of its upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo because of this film.

Gasland Glickman I am Divine A Brony Tale Into the Abyss

Gasland: Director and activist Josh Fox investigates the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize, Fox has since released Gasland Part 2

Glickman: The story of the great Jesse Owens' experience at the 1936 Olympics under Hitler is well-known.  Less known is the story of Owens' teammate, Marty Glickman. Glickman, along with another Jewish-American athlete, was pulled from the team the day before his event. Owens protested, to no avail. Glickman went on to become a major figure in sports broadcasting. 

I am Divine: the Story of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World: Director Jeffrey Schwarz traces the life of the legendary Divine.  Born in Baltimore, Harris Glenn Milstead transformed from a bullied outsider to a trailblazing singer, actor and drag queen performer. 

A Brony Tale: Ashleigh Ball, a Canadian voice actor for the cartoon My Little Pony, finds herself an Internet star with legions of adoring fans. Not unusual - except that her fans are mostly Bronies, the male adult fans of the pretty pastel toy ponies. For more on this, watch Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony.

Into the Abyss - A Tale of Life, A Tale of DeathOne never expects films from renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog to be fluffy.  And indeed, this film is no exception. Interviews with convicted murderer Michael Perry eight days before his execution, with the victim's family, and with law enforcement officials, make this a powerful exploration of the death penalty in the U.S. 

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Getting an Ontario Driver’s License

October 3, 2014 | Jeannette | Comments (0)

I recently got my G1 license. In order to get the license, I had to pass a vision and written test. The written test contained questions about the rules of the road and traffic signs. I studied for the test by reading The Official MTO Driver’s Handbook, both available in print and online.

This was not my first time getting a driver's license. I actually had a G2 license 8 years ago. However, it expired because I did not complete the Level Two (G2) road test. Having not completed the graduated licensing process, I had to start all over again.

Graduated licensing is a two-step process:

  • Pass a vision test and a test of your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffics signs. Once you pass these tests, you will enter Level One and get a G1 license.
  • Then you must pass two driving tests. Once you pass the first test, you move to Level Two and get a G2 license. Then after passing the second driving test, you become a fully licensed driver with a G license.

If you are also planning to get your license, here are some books that can help:

The official MTO driver's handbook  Ontario driver's study guide

In addition to the handbook and study guide, there are other books about driving:

Crashproof your kids  The driving book  The driving dilemma  Driving techniques


License to drive  The psychology of driving  Road rage and aggressive driving  Traffic


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