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New science and technology books for summer reading

June 27, 2014 | Carolyn | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

In summer many of us have more time to read, so I'd like to highlight some recently published books about science and technology available at the North York Central Library.

People often want to read something lighter in summer, so I've selected books that are suitable for a hammock or the beach. Books about science and technology don't have to be heavy going!

All of these books piqued my interest and I've added a few to my own summer reading list. I hope you'll feel the same way and give one - or more - a try. Many are available in a variety of formats for your summer reading convenience.


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More than a history of the Internet; scholar and technology blogger Naughton also provides an overview of the technology and its social and economic implications.


Examines the mathematical principles that explain everything from sports statistics to lotteries to show how math is relevant to our everyday lives.


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A look at the science of probability, using anecdotes and real life examples to illustrate how unlikely occurrences are more common than we might think.


  McGill professor Schwarcz separates truth from fiction in the barrage of science and health information published every day.
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A history of Einstein's general theory of relativity and the debate it has ignited, which continues to the present day.


According to the author, "Our history with alcohol is our history on earth, a history of humans becoming modern, tool-using, technology-making creatures".


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Falk looks at scientific knowledge in Shakespeare's time and how it is reflected in his work.  

John Brockman of asked leading scientists and thinkers what worried them most. They reveal their concerns in these 150 short essays.


And finally:


The central question of this book is the following: if our civilization were to collapse tomorrow, what crucial knowledge would the survivors need to rebuild a modern, technological society as quickly as possible? The result is "a guide for rebooting the world". This premise provides the framework for a history of techology, focusing on the advances which have been most crucial to human development. Sounds cool!






Happy summer reading.


Books of Wonder, Books with "Wow!" Three Reasons to Visit the New IBBY Collection

March 24, 2014 | Deb | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Its full name is "The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities" -- that's it in the photo below, on the shelves directly under the sign -- but there are other words that best describe this one-of-a-kind resource: "Amazing!" "Fantastic!" and, yes, "Wow!"




As its official name indicates, this collection comes from IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People. The IBBY collection features more than 3000 multilingual books in sign language, Braille, Blissymbolics, as well as cloth and tactile books and other formats -- all for and about children and teens with disabilities.

Until very recently, this reference collection was housed in a school near Oslo, Norway. Today, thanks to the efforts of many people on both sides of the Atlantic, you'll find this outstanding collection at North York Central Library, its new home, where it is already receiving lots of attention and accolades.

What's so special about this collection? And why should you see it for yourself? Here are three reasons to come and explore these books:

Reason One: You'll find titles from around the world about children and teen characters with disabilities -- all in one place.

If you're a local teacher or librarian, you can arrange a class visit to share these books with your students. You can also arrange the loan of a small kit of books to share with your class at school. Using these books in the classroom, and talking about them, is a terrific way to help children develop empathy for others and introduce them to different ways of seeing the world.


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Leigh Turina, Librarian in charge of the IBBY collection, shows "Petit Bleu and Petit Jaune," an oversize Braille and tactile edition of "Little Blue and Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni. This edition is published by Les Doigts Qui Revent.

Reason Two: The accessible formats of the books in this collection means that there are many ways to enjoy them and use them with children.

For example, you can use the sturdy, colorful picture books, many containing simple text or no text at all, with children who have developmental delays and learning disabilities. You can also use the same books with children who are learning English as a second language.


Leo Deckt den Tisch
"Leo Lays the Table" (in German: "Leo Deckt den Tisch") is a wordless picture book with vibrant colors, strong outlines, and a simple story that works well with young children who have visual disabilities. It was created by Christin Linder and Regula Stillhart and published by Edition Bentheim. Image credit: Edition Bentheim

Reason Three: You'll discover amazing examples of illustration and inspiring examples of craftsmanship in the one-of-a-kind and limited edition cloth and tactile books.

Books like the one in the photo below -- an imaginative retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that is unlike any version you've ever seen before -- are the ones that provoke a "Wow!" response, every time.

"Le Petit Chaperon" (known in English as "Little Red Riding Hood") is a tactile adaptation by Myriam Colin of the artistic book created by Warja Lavater. This accordion-style book uses colors, shapes, and textures to tell its story. It is published by Les Doigts Qui Revent. Image credit: Les Doigts Qui Revent.

Interested in learning more about The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities? You can find out more by clicking on the IBBY logo below:


Happy reading and browsing and be sure to let us know what you think!

Keep your New Year's Resolution and Rock your Finances this 2014! You could win a free book!

January 22, 2014 | Ashley | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Here we are again, it is the beginning of the year and I'm sure we are all filled with resolutions. One of the most common ones is to manage our money better, especially after spending over the holidays. New Year's resolutions seem to go by the wayside quite shortly after the new year. 

Next Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:00pm Bruce Sellery will present the program The Moolala Guide to Rockin' Your RRSPs  

In this fun and engaging talk, Bruce Sellery, columnist and author, will bring you "The Moolala Guide to Rockin' Your RRSP". He'll make retirement savings relevant to you, help you to develop a simple plan to rock your RRSP immediately and leave you inspired to get up and take action. 


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The book Moolala Guide to Rockin' your RRSP: Start Rockin' in 5 Easy Steps was just released early January 2014. Actually, the Business Department just received its copy last week. Bruce Sellery has generously offered to give a copy of the book to the first 50 people to attend

Take a look at Bruce Sellery's five week financial challenge:



Go ahead, take the challenge, you've got nothing to lose - especially not your money!

At Toronto Public Library we have a lot of Finance Programs and workshops coming up which will help you maximize your income at all stages of life from student loans to living on your RRSPS. So why not start the year by being mindful of your financial goals, putting your plans into action and attending some free finance workshops?

Some of the finance programs coming up at North York Central Library are:

Identity Theft Protection

IdentitytheftPlease join us for an informative session to better understand fraud and learn how to protect yourself from being victims of fraud. Program is brought to you by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Auditorium 


Real Estate 101: Everything from buying, selling, leasing and investing


Real Estate Broker, Investor, Developer, Author of two books, and University of Toronto Instructor Claude Boiron will give an overview of Real Estate ownership, buying, selling, leasing, financing, and answer all questions. This program is free. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Auditorium 



Tax Tips for 2013-2014


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Brian Quinlan, chartered accountant and co-author of 78 Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies, will discuss "what's new in tax." Learn how you can minimize your 2013 taxes as well as plan for your 2014 taxes.

Monday, February 24, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Auditorium 


You can call the Business Department at 416-395-5613 to register or you can always just drop in if space is available - we hope to see you there!

Happy Financial Literacy Month! Are you a good financial role model?

November 13, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Finace Role Model

Did you know that November is officially Financial Literacy Month in Canada? You may not know because it is a fairly new initiative, this is Canada's 3rd annual Financial Literacy Month. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) and the Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG) (which is 7 non profit organizations), launched this event for the first time in November 2011.  Unfortunately, there is a need for this, Canada has one of the highest debt to income ratios (MoneySense), we are struggling financially. In November FLAG and FCAC have organized events all across Canada to educate Canadians about their finances. They have created a calendar of events (most of them are free), you should invest your time wisely and check some out!


According to the The Investor Education Fund (IEF) only 3 out of 10 Ontarians are aware of typical priorities and strategies for long-term saving and even fewer know how financial priorities change with age (IEF). The IEF's website provides unbiased programs and tools to help consumers make better financial and investing decisions. They delivered a program early this year at North York Central Library, where they shared the 8 universal truths about your money, the number one truth on the list:

1. Know your money personality. 
Everyone has a personality: unique attributes, values, goals, worries, tendencies, likes and dislikes that define their character. These traits also apply to your relationship with money – you have a “money personality.” Knowing your money personality can help you meet your financial goals. For example, if you know that you are a spender, you could make saving a habit by setting up an automatic deposit to your savings account every payday.

They have a lot of other great tools on their website including; a mortgage calculators, a wedding budget spreadsheet, student debt calculators, and a  lot more great resources and tips for people in all financial stages of life.



One of the purposes of this month is to help Canadians invest in their future and the future of their children. The Business Department has planned a program to celebrate Financial Literacy Month this November:

Are You a Good Financial Role Model for your Children?

Please join us at the North York Central Library  for an informative financial literacy session. Learn how to understand the goals and challenges of teaching children about money. This Program is brought to you by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. 

This program is being held in the auditorium at North York Central Library on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:30 - 8:00. You can either call 416-395-5613 to register, or just drop in - we'll let you in! 

Of course, you can always visit the North York Central Library's Business Department on the 4th floor and check out all of our personal finance, investment and economics books, DVDs, databases and newsletters. The staff at the reference desk are always happy to help you!

Here are some books to help you get started on teaching your kids about money:

                               MoneysmartkidsMoney savvy kids

                                Financially intelligent parent        Happy money

Thanks for reading, have a Happy Financial Literacy Month!


We shall not sleep. Though poppies grow in Flanders Fields.

November 4, 2013 | Ann | Comments (4) Facebook Twitter More...

In Flanders Fields poem from the War Museum website

John McCrae, a native of Guelph, Ontario and surgeon of the 1st Brigade, wrote other poems in his life.  He is best remembered for the passage he wrote while gazing over grave-filled ravines curtained in red poppies and over the constant roar of cannon and artillery fire in the distance.

Remembrance Day is celebrated each year on November 11th to commemorate the signing of armistice between the Allies and the Germans on November 11th in 1918.  Since the Great War, other wars have followed including the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, and the War in Afghanistan to name a few.  Remembrance Day pays homage to all soldiers since the Great War. 

The City of Toronto is hosting several Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th before 11 am:

Remembrance Day ceremonies available from the City of Toronto website


On Thursday, November 7, 2013, North York Central Library is featuring a program with Major Lee Phillips of the Royal Canadian Forces.  The program is called, Looking Back:  Honouring Remembrance Day in Canada and this is where he will share his personal experiences serving in the armed forces as well as highlighting the importance and significance of commemorating Remembrance Day in Canada.  The program will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium.  (Seating is limited so please call (416) 395-5660 to register.)

Major Leo Phillips at NYCL Nov 7th 2013


The year 2013 is the Year of the Korean War VeteranVeterans Affairs Canada has an 2013 newsletter called Salute! where Veteran Affairs Minister, Steven Blaney says,

It is our duty today to pay tribute to more than 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War, and in particular the 516 Canadians who gave their lives in service to defend the values of peace and freedom on the Korean peninsula.  (Excerpt from 2013 Salute! newsletter.)


Veterans Affairs Canada also offers Postcards for Peace that you could send and share peaceful message e-cards with others.  

VAC - Year of the Korean War Veteran


Also worth noting: 

  • The Canadian War Museum has a Remembrance Day web page with information that includes topics on Armistice Day, John McCrae, and the poppy as a national symbol.  
  • Early Canadiana Online provides a wonderful archival collection of image and print resources to view on the Internet.  World War I archives are easily accessible.
  • Royal Canadian Legion is Canada's largest Veterans and Community Services Organization in support of Canadian Veterans and lives of many.  Ontario Provincial Command Legion covers the Toronto area.  Consider supporting The Poppy Campaign by purchasing a poppy from the Legion.


Here is a list of some interesting World War I titles and DVDs at North York Central Library to peruse. 

July 1914 on The Assassination Of The Archdule at

The Lost History on
The Great War DVD on tpl(DVD) The Great War on tpl(DVD)

War Horses of WWI DVD on tpl(DVD)


Below is a listing of World War II Titles and DVDs at the North York Central Library.  

The Girls of Atomic City on The Deserters on

Big Week on
Inside World War II DVD on

World War II When Lions Roared on
Top Secret Rosies DVD on


Here is a selection of historical titles on other military missions worth investigating.  

Brothers At War on tpl
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My Vietnam Your Iraq on
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The Last Refuge on
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One Minute To Midnight at tpl(Cuban Missile Crisis) Viper Pilot on War) Scarce Heard Amid The Guns on Mission)


As Remembrance Day draws near, please take a moment to reflect on those who served in past wars and what they were fighting for.

Mark your calendars. This October is full of awesome programs at North York Central Library!

September 30, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...


Craig Asano from the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada
Filmmaker and Successful Crowdfunding user James Cooper


This fall we've already had some great small business programs so far. October is officially Small Business month, but we've already had 3 small business programs here at North York Central Library this past September. The pictures above are from our first program Crowdfunding for Beginners where Craig Asano; Founder and Executive Director of National Crowdfunding Associaion of Canada  (NCFA) and  James Cooper; who used to raise over $26,000 for his film Elijah the Prophet, discussed what it takes to prepare and launch a successful crowdfunding campaign.

It's funny, someone was asking me about crowdfunding on the reference desk in the Business Department, they asked why we had a program on it if it isn't actually fully legal in Canada. Well, it actually is, the legislation has changed and there have been many successful crowdfunding stories across Canada. I learned a lot from the program we had with the NCFA, they've provided a lot of good information on their website. I wrote a blog with some crowdfunding examples and resources a couple weeks ago. We are planning to have more programs on Crowdfunding in the very near future, so not to worry if you missed it!


Fall for small business
Fall for Small Business display created by one of our Business Librarians

We have 3 more small business programs coming up and one personal finance program this week. 

Here are the small business programs happening at North York Central Library, they will all be held in our auditorium  (2nd floor, west side):

Doing Business with the Government of Canada/Tuesday, October 1, 2013. 6:30 - 8:00pm

The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion worth of goods and services each year. Join us with John Lu from the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and learn how to sell to the Government of Canada, including how to navigate the federal procurement process, how to market your products and services, where to find opportunities and much more. 

The Mentor's Circle: Clearing Your Path to Business Growth/Tuesday, October 15, 2013. 6:30 - 8:00pm

Join author Elizabeth Verwey as she explores the benefits of peer mentoring. Based on her book, the mentors circle provides a way to solve problems, brainstorm, gain new perspectives and take the necessary steps to grow your business. Learn how to clear your path for business growth.

The New Ecology of Leadership - Why Small is Beautiful/ Thursday, October 17, 2013. 6:30 - 8:00pm

Join author David Hurst as he discusses themes covered in his recently published book The New Ecology of Leadership. Learn how best to utilize your own management experiences and education to improve your judgment and organization. Discover the ways that small is truly beautiful! 

This is the personal finance program happening this week:

Carrick on Money/ Thursday, October 3, 2013. 7:00 - 8:00pm

Rob Carrick, the Globe and Mail's personal finance columnist since 1998, talks about the good, bad and the downright awful in Canadian investments. Opinionated and no-nonsense financial advice that you can use.

All programs are free! Call 416-395-5613 to register. Hope to see you there!




Learn how to be the 'boss' at home with parenting expert Kathy Buckworth

September 2, 2013 | Laura | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Is it just me or did the summer fly by?  I can hardly believe that school starts tomorrow!   In the spirit of the season, North York Central Library is hosting some ‘back to school’ programs especially for parents.  These programs aim to help parents hone their parenting skills, get some helpful advice and tips and hopefully laugh as they learn.  Although the programs are geared to parents of young, school aged children; parents of all ages are welcome to attend. 

Boss Headshot[1]On Tuesday September 17th at 7pm, Kathy Buckworth, award winning author, columnist and CityLine parenting expert, shares her expertise and her new book I Am So The Boss Of You: an 8 step guide to giving your family the “business.” This book and program will help parents to take back control in this humourous and practical guide by using corporate principles and making them work on the home front. From the boardroom to the family room, real tips and a lot of fun.

In anticipation of the program have a look at Kathy’s books, all of which are available through the Toronto Public Library.

I Am So the Boss of You: An 8-Step Guide to Giving Your Family the 'Business' (2013) Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children and Chardonnay (2010) The BlackBerry Diaries: Adventures in Modern Motherhood (2009) Journey to the Darkside: Supermom Goes Home (2007)

Visit her website for more information about all that she is up to and her latest news. 

Seating is limited for the program, doors will open at 6:30pm and it is first come, first entry.  For more information call the Society and Recreation department at 416-395-5660.

And don’t forget to mark the second program of the series in your calendar, when we will be hosting Maureen Dennis, President and Founder of and parenting expert for the Marilyn Dennis Show, on Tuesday October 8th, as she shares survival tips and strategies to get parents and students successfully through the new school year.

See you at the programs!


Download Online Business eMagazines with Zinio

July 10, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...



The library now offers magazines which you can download and actually keep until you decide to delete them, without ever having to worry about returning them. The new service is called Zinio and it gives you access to the most current issue of  300+ popular magazines including; The Economist, Hello!, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Macleans, Bloomberg Businessweek etc. which you can read on your tablet (e.g. iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry Playbook etc.), smartphone, e-reader (e.g. Kobo, Kindle, Nook etc.) or computer, for free of course! Above is a Zinio eMagazines video tutorial you can watch for more detail, there's also a complete user guide for using the library version of Zinio available as a PDF and the Richview library is offering a couple of Zinio training classes, one in July and the other in August

It is very easy to use. You begin by creating 2 accounts using the same email address for both (it is recommended to create the accounts on your computer before using the app on your smartphone or tablet):

  1. Go to where you will be prompted to create a new account:Zinioaccount
  2. An account at

Then, to access the magazines from your smartphone or tablet you download the app at To check out new digital magazines you have to do it through and then the magazine will appear automatically in your app. You can not download them directly through the app because you will be prompted to pay. I have been using Zinio myself now and I really enjoy it, I've downloaded it onto my iPhone, Kobo Vox (e-reader) and sometimes view them on the computer when I'm downloading them. I enjoy it on my Kobo the best the resolution is crystal clear, you can zoom in and out nicely, I have access to so many magazines conveniently in one device, its free, and it is a great way to pass the time commuting. 

We have a wide variety of print magazines available in the Business Department at North York Central Library, however they are all reference so you can only read them in the Library. Now with Zinio you can download some of these magazines and read them anywhere you'd like. Here are the business and finance magazines which are available for download on Zinio:

Advisor's edge  Bloomberg   Cdnbusiness  Economist  Forbes Franchisecanada  Kiplingers  Moneysense   MAwardsEnhancedCover   Profit         Rotman

All of the magazines above including back issues are available in the Business Department at North York Central Library (4th floor) with the exception of Franchise Canada Magazine and Rotman: The Magazine of Rotman School of Management. 

Happy Downloading!

Boomers & Beyond Series - Estate Planning: Maximize Your Estate

June 14, 2013 | Ashley | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Estate planning

Join us next Thursday, June 20, from 2:00 - 4:00pm as the Business Department hosts our final Boomers and Beyond Series program this year Estate Planning: Maximize Your Estate.


Garry R. Duncan, FCPA, FCA, CFP and author of "When I Die: Financial Planning
for Life and Death," will explore issues that should be considered when dealing
with an estate plan and suggest methods to maximize the beneficiaries' share of
the estate.

Call 416-395-5613 to register.

Below are some Canadian books which can help you with estate planning, if you're at North York Central Library you'll find these books up on the fourth floor in the Business Department.


   Whenidiebook                 50estateplanningmistakes

   Canadianestateplanning                Estateplanning for dummies

When I die: financial planning for life and death. By: Garry R. Duncan. Call #: 346.71052 DUN

The 50 Biggest estate planning mistakes...and how to avoid them. By: Jean Blacklock & Sarah Kruger. Call #: 346.71052 BLA. (also available as an e-book)

The Canadian guide to will and estate planning: everything you need to know today to protect your wealth and your family tomorrow. By: Douglas A. Gray. Call #: 346.71052 GRA

Wills & Estate Planning for Canadians for Dummies. By: Margaret Hellen Kerr and JoAnn Kurtz. Call#: 346.71052 KER. (Also available as an e-book)

Aboriginal History Month at North York Central Library

May 27, 2013 | Laura | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

As part of North York Central Library’s Aboriginal History Month programming this June, we will be hosting award-winning documentary filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin and showcasing her new film The People of Kattawapiskak River.   This is an incredible opportunity to meet one of the most vocal and engaging activists for Canada’s native community, as well as one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers.  This screening, taking place on Monday June 17th starting at 6:15 pm in the Auditorium, will feature Ms. Obomsawin providing context for her film as well as answering questions from the audience. 

Attawapiskat made headlines and drew national attention in 2011 when Chief Theresa Spence declared a state of emergency over housing and living conditions. A lot has been said about Attawapiskat since then and the third-world conditions of the reserve have caused a lot of people to enter the dialogue.  Alanis Obomsawin's film provides much needed perspectives on the situation among Canada's First Nations communities.  Ms. Obomsawin brings us the voices of the people of Kattawapiskak River themselves and raises the curtain on the everyday drama of life in the north.

For further information about the reception of The People of Kattawapiskak River, Lisa Charleyboy has written an article about its showcase at the 2012 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival held in Toronto.  CBC news also has a very moving image gallery taken during the 2011 crisis in Attawapiskat that will give you a sense of the living conditions and prepare you for Ms. Obomsawin’s film.

A number of Ms. Obomsawin's documentaries are available to borrow through Toronto Public Library.  A good place to start for an introduction to her work is Alanis Obomsawin: The Collection which includes 4 of her more famous documentaries including Kanehsatake: 270 years of resistance.  This film documents the famous Oka standoff beginning in July 1990.  Ms. Obomsawin “spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.” (National Film Board of Canada,

If you are interested in getting a better sense of Ms. Obomsawin’s immense talent as a filmmaker check out Randolph Lewis’ book  Alanis Obomsawin: the vision of a native filmmaker where he celebrates her as a ‘the central figure in the development of indigenous media in North America.’ To view some of her films online, free of charge, visit the National Film Board of Canada’s website.

The Native People Collection, located in the Society and Recreation department (3rd floor) of the North York Central Library has periodicals, fiction, CDs and an extensive non-fiction collection of works relating to Native Studies.  Stop by and browse the collection or ask at the information desk on the 3rd floor for more information.   Below are some suggested, recent works from that collection.

Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy

Harry Swain

Peace, Power and Righteousness: an Indigenous Manifesto, 2nd Ed

Gerald R. Alfred


Vistas Aboriginal Expressions: 13 Short Films on the theme of 'nationhood'

Aboriginal History: a Reader

Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read


First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada

Annis May Timpson


Conflict in Caledonia: Aboriginal land rights and the rule of law

Laura DeVries

There are many other Aboriginal Celebrations taking place this June throughout Toronto Public Library that you may be interested in attending.  Be sure to visit the webpage linked above for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at the screening!

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