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Snapshots in History: June 21-24: Remembering Laura Secord and the Battle of Beaver Dams

June 24, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)


On June 21-24 and beyond, let us take time to acknowledge the contribution of Laura Ingersoll Secord who set out on foot from her home on June 21, 1813 to warn British forces of an impending American attack during the War of 1812 that resulted in a victory for British troops and allied First Nations forces at the Battle of Beaver Dams on June 24, 1813. 1813 was a pivotal year during the War of 1812 in which American troops had previously captured Fort George in May 1813. Laura Secord was at home in Queenston taking care of her injured husband James Secord who had fought with British troops at the Battle of Queenston Heights. Listening to the conversation of American officers dining at the Secord’s home, Laura overheard the American intention to surprise British troops at the Beaver Dams outpost and capture the ranking officer, Lieutenant James Fitzgibbon.

In order to warn the British troops at Beaver Dams some 19 kilometres (12 miles) away, Laura Secord employed a circuitous, roundabout route to evade capture and detection by the Americans, travelling first to family at St Davids and then on to Shipman’s Corners (present day St. Catharines). In spite of exhaustion, Laura’s adventure continued through forests and fields but followed in the direction of Twelve Mile Creek. Ultimately, she came across a First Nations encampment, managing to overcome her fear and explain what she had discovered about the pending American attack. The indigenous chief took Laura Secord to Lieutenant Fitzgibbon to report what she knew about American intentions. First Nations scouts reported to Captain Dominique Ducharme on June 24, 1813 about the advance of American troops towards Beaver Dams. This information was sent to Lieutenant Fitzgibbon and a trap was being set by the British and their First Nations allies. How things would play out was still up in the air since the Americans, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles G. Boerstler, were aware that First Nations scouts had spotted their troops.

A force of three hundred (300) from the Caughnawaga First Nation attacked the Americans at the rear along a wooded section of the trail near Beaver Dams (present day Thorold, Ontario). The Caughnawaga force was reinforced by one hundred (100) Mohawk warriors under the command of Captain William Kerr. The Americans returned fire but were contemplating surrender after three (3) hours, albeit afraid of how they would be treated by First Nations forces. Lieutenant Fitzgibbon arrived with fifty (50) soldiers of the 49th regiment to begin negotiating surrender terms with the Americans. He attempted to bluff the larger American force of 462 into surrendering, arguing that more British and First Nations troops were on the way, and offering them protection from the ostensible savagery of First Nations forces. However, formal surrender was reached only after Major P.W. De Haren of the 104th regiment arrived with additional troops to tip the balance and negotiated the surrender with the Americans himself.

The official account of the Battle of Beaver Dams did NOT acknowledge the role played by Laura Secord in warning British forces of an impending American attack. Some may argue that Lieutenant Fitzgibbon inflated his own role in achieving the victory. First Nations forces also felt that they were not given sufficient credit for their role in the battle, although Fitzgibbon wrote in an 1818 letter to Kerr an acknowledgement that First Nations forces “beat the American detachment into a state of terror...” To his credit, Fitzgibbon issued certified statements three times (in 1820, 1827, and 1837) attesting to the role that Laura Secord played in warning the British forces in 1813 about the American strike at Beaver Dams. 

While you are learning about Laura Secord, please enjoy some of the digitized images below from the Special Collections Department’s Baldwin Room at the Toronto Reference Library:

Monument at the Beaver Dams Battlefield Thorold, Ontario

The Beaver Dams Battlefield Thorold, Ontario

Where Laura Secord on the 23rd of June 1813 Crossed the Twelve Mile Creek St Catharines Ontario

Laura Secord's Dwelling in Queenston Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Laura and James Secord continued to live in impoverished circumstances (on a small pension that James received due to his war wound) following the conclusion of the War of 1812. Fortunes changed in 1828 when James Secord was appointed registrar of the Niagara Surrogate Court, followed by a promotion to judge in 1833. Subsequently, he became a customs collector at Chippawa in 1835 but died in 1841, leaving Laura Secord without financial assistance. She briefly ran a school for children and was unsuccessful in obtaining a pension. One of Canada’s heroines was reaching her nadir…Jump ahead to 1860 when Laura Secord was eighty-five (85) years old. The then-Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII) was visiting Canada at the time and learned of Laura Secord’s heroic deed during the War of 1812. Upon his return to England, the Prince sent Laura Secord a reward of £100. In 1868, Laura Secord at the age of 93 and was buried beside her husband in Drummond Hill cemetery at Niagara Falls.


Laura Ingersoll Secord, 1775-1868


Laura Secord is a folk heroine that Canadians of all ages and backgrounds can learn about. Consider a variety of adult and children’s titles that customers can borrow from Toronto Public Library collections with a valid Toronto Public Library card:


Adult Non-Fiction Books: For the history buffs and students…

Laura Secord heroine of the War of 1812 Laura a portrait of Laura Secord Heroines and history representations of Madeleine de Verchères and Laura Secord

Children’s Advanced Picture Books: Why not read a story and learn some history too?

Laura a childhood tale of Laura Secord Laura Secord's brave walk


Children’s Non-Fiction Books: I need some facts but want them wrapped up in a story…

Laura Secord rev ed Laura Secord a story of courage Laura a portrait of Laura Secord

eBooks: I want to read using my eReader or my computer…

Laura Secord heroine of the War of 1812 Acts of courage Laura Secord and the War of 1812

Bookworms Unite!

June 22, 2015 | Sharanja T. | Comments (0)

What's better than reading a book? Talking about it with other people who've also read the book, of course! This year, we're celebrating the opening of our 100th library branch with the 100 Reasons to Love Your Library campaign. One of the reasons to check us out are our awesome book clubs for all ages and tastes.

Bookworms Unite!

The library has over 100 book titles available as book club sets you could borrow for free for your own book club. We have popular titles including The beautiful mystery, The end of your life book club, The Massey murder and The fault in our stars.

The Beautiful Mystery The End of Your Life Book Club The Fault In Our Stars The Massey Murder

To order a set, please call the library branch that owns the Book Club To Go Set you are interested in. Staff will be happy to help you reserve the set for your book club and arrange for pick-up from the following library branches:

Albert Campbell

Barbara Frum


North York Central

Northern District


S. Walter Stewart

Not yet part of a book club? No worries. We have regular book club meetings at many of our library branches that you can join. If you can't make it out to a meeting, we also have an online book club you can join. 

Happy book clubbing!

Learn to Camp!

June 19, 2015 | Kate | Comments (0)

Ah, the Ontario wilderness. It can be so peaceful to sit under the stars, swim in a lake, and get back in touch with nature.

evergreen trees illuminated from below by camping lights against a starry sky
photo by DeaShoot - retrieved from flickr using a creative commons license

But you've never camped before! What gear do you need? How do you book a campsite? What food do you bring? How do you even start a campfire anyways?

Luckily, Albert Campbell Branch along with Ontario Parks is here to help! We are hosting Ontario Parks' Learn to Camp program on Thursday June 25th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A Parks representative will go through the basics you need to know to plan your own camping vacation, and provide a hands-on demonstration of camping gear.


The Ontario Parks Learn to Camp website is also full of great tips and resources for your first camping trips, including checklists for what to bring, how to set up your campsite and start a fire, and campsite rules and safety.

The Toronto Public Library also has tons of books on camping! Here are a few to check out. Click on a book cover to see which libraries carry it or to place a hold.

The pocket guide to camping The down and dirty guide to camping with kids Babes in the woods Top 50 canoe routes of Ontario
Leave no trace in the outdoors Nature in the Kawarthas The pocket guide to camping The total outdoorsman manual - Canadian edition

Snapshots in History: June 18: Remembering Winston Churchill and This Was Their Finest Hour Speech

June 18, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)



On June 18 and beyond, take a moment to remember British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill’s “This was their finest hour” speech to the British House of Commons on June 18, 1940, following the surrender of France to Nazi Germany on June 17, 1940. Churchill was in a defiant mood. With reference to Canada, Winston S. Churchill noted that “…We have also over here Dominions armies. The Canadians had actually landed in France, but have now been safely withdrawn, much disappointed, but in perfect order, with all their artillery and equipment. And these very high-class forces from the Dominions will now take part in the defense of the Mother Country…”

In a more famous passage of the speech, in fact the closing paragraph, Churchill stated: “What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin…The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us…If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world…will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."”

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:


The roar of the lion the untold story of Churchill's World War II speeches Churchill the power of words his remarkable life recounted through his writings and speeches Never give in! the best of Winston Churchill's speeches Blood, toil, tears, and sweat Winston Churchill's famous speeches


Click here for additional copies of Blood, toil, tears, and sweat: the speeches of Winston Churchill.


Churchill the life and speeches

Snapshots in History: June 16: Celebrating Women Astronauts in Outer Space

June 16, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)





On June 16 and beyond, take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of past, present and future women astronauts and cosmonauts, beginning with the first female cosmonaut in space, Soviet/Russian space pioneer Valentina Tereshkova, who blasted off in Vostok (Orient or East) 6 on June 16, 1963, piloting the spacecraft for 48 orbits around the Earth for a mission duration of 2 days, 22 hours, and 50 minutes. Tereshkova fell ill during the flight and vomited on account of the taste of the provided food. Apparently, she ate little of the provided “space food” during the mission and proceeded to swap it with local farmers for local food upon her ground landing in the Altai Region of the Russian Federation. High winds made the landing more difficult as Vostok 6 almost landed in a lake, and strong wind gusts caused Valentina Tereshkova to hit her face on the inside of her space helmet, resulting in a nose bleed and a bruise under one eye.

In 2004, it was revealed that the control program of Vostok 6 included an error that caused orbital ascent rather than orbital descent. Valentina Tereshkova reported the problem to spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev, whose team provided corrective data to fix the problem. At Korolev’s request, Tereshkova agreed to keep this problem secret and did so for many years until someone else revealed what had happened.

Nineteen (19) years and two (2) months passed before the second female cosmonaut in space, Svetlana Savitskaya, flew aboard Soyuz T-7 to the Salyut 7 space station on August 19, 1982. Savitskaya was also the first women cosmonaut/astronaut to perform a spacewalk on July 25, 1984 for three (3) hours and 35 minutes during which time she cut and welded metals with a male colleague. Savitskaya was the first female

Dr. Sally Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman astronaut in space and the third woman astronaut/cosmonaut in space overall as part of the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger for mission STS-7 on June 18, 1983. After two space flights on board the Challenger, she left the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1987. Ride served on committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters.

Dr. Roberta Bondar was Canada’s first female astronaut (and the first neurologist) in space, flying aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission STS-42 from January 22-30, 1992 as a payload specialist for the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission (IML-1).

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) launched its first woman taikonaut, Liu Yang, aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft (as part of a three person crew) on June 16, 2012, 49 years after Valentina Tereshkova’s flight aboard Vostok 6.

Altogether, as of November 2014, 59 female astronauts/cosmonauts/taikonauts/etc. have flown in space with 44 coming from the United States of America (U.S.A.), four (4) from Russia/Soviet Union, two (2) each from Canada, China, and Japan, and one each from France, India, Italy, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections as we celebrate women in outer space:



Women in space 23 stories of first flights, scientific missions, and gravity-breaking adventures Almost heaven the story of women in space Spectacular women in space Find where the wind goes moments from my life

Maple Leaf in space Canada's astronauts Canada in space the people & stories behind Canada's role in the exploration of space Roberta Bondar the exceptional achievements of Canada's first woman astronaut Canadians in Space the forever frontier

Snapshots in History: June 15: Remembering Magna Carta

June 16, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)


Magna Carta: Legacy from Beakus on Vimeo.


Professor Ailsa Henderson - Magna Carta and Canada from Magna Carta 800th on Vimeo.




On June 15 and beyond, we should take a moment to remember Magna Carta (“the Great Charter”) or Magna Carta Libertatum (“the Great Charter of the Liberties”) that was sealed by a reluctant King John of England on June 15, 1215 at Runnymede, near Windsor and outside of London. Imposed upon the unpopular King John by the Church and rebel barons, Magna Carta promised to protect church rights, to protect barons from unlawful imprisonment, to provide access to swift justice, and to limit feudal payments to the Crown. Magna Carta was supposed to be implemented by a barons’ council of 25 members. Unfortunately, neither King John nor the barons stood by the commitments of Magna Carta, and the document’s annulment by Pope Innocent III resulted in the First Barons’ War of 1215-1217. The regency rulers of young King Henry III reissued a watered down Magna Carta in 1216 with the removal of more radical parts, following the death of King John. This reissued version of Magna Carta (along with the Charter of the Forest) formed part of The 1217 Treaty of Lambeth that led to peace. King Henry III reissued Magna Carta in 1225 in exchange for the right to grant new taxes. King Edward I did the same thing in 1297 and reinforced Magna Carta as part of English statute law. Naturally, the interest in Magna Carta would increase and decrease at given moments over the centuries.

There are four (4) original, officially attested copies of Magna Carta in existence: two held by the British Library, and one each by the cathedrals of Lincoln and Salisbury. The British Library website offers interesting online content about Magna Carta, including Magna Carta and human rights, Magna Carta and kingship, and a section on “My Digital Rights”. For those travelling to London and the United Kingdom during summer 2015, the British Library in London is hosting an exhibition called “Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy” until September 1, 2015.

One of the original, officially attested copies of Magna Carta is currently visiting Canada. Click here for information about the Magna Carta Canada 2015 exhibition in Ottawa/Gatineau (June 12 to July 26, 2015), in Winnipeg (August 15 to September 18, 2015), in Toronto at the Fort York National Historic Site (October 4 to November 7, 2015), and in Edmonton (November 23 to December 29, 2015).

What significance does Magna Carta have for Canada and Canadians? Carolyn Harris, professor of history at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, recently wrote the following 2015 title Magna Carta and its gifts to Canada: democracy, law, and human rights that is available for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections. Professor Harris’ book looks at the influence that Magna Carta has had on key documents from Canadian history such as the Royal Proclamation of 1763 (that shaped the relationship of British colonies with First Nations peoples) and the more recent Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Magna Carta and its gifts to Canada democracy law and human rights


Consider these other titles about Magna Carta for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:



King John and the road to Magna Carta Magna Carta Magna Carta a very short introduction A brief history of the Magna Carta the story of the origins of liberty Magna Carta through the ages 1215 the year of Magna Carta Magna Carta manuscripts and myths Magna Carta rev


King John and the road to Magna Carta


Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio One listeners might be interested in listening to the radio program Ideas with Paul Kennedy and its recent episodes Much Ado About Magna Carta Part 1 and Part 2, in co-operation with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.


Snapshots in History: June 14: Remembering Trade Unions in Canada

June 16, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)

On June 14 and beyond, take a moment to remember the moment when trade unions were deemed legal entities in Canada: June 14, 1872. Prior to this date, consider the backdrop of the Nine-Hours Movement which sought to reduce the length of a working day for most workers by two to three hours per day. Shorter work days freed up time for education and learning, family, and community. The Toronto printers’ strike from March 25 to mid-May 1872 involved greater than one hundred striking workers belonging to the International Typographical Union (ITU). The workers were successful in winning a 54-hour work week and improved wages but the Nine-Hour Movement itself suffered a reversal from the printers’ strike and from arrests made from a mass demonstration at the provincial legislature at Queen’s Park on April 15, 1872. However, politicians began to debate what had happened and the Parliament of Canada passed the Trade Union Act with royal assent occurring on June 14, 1872. Trade unions were NOT to be considered organizations that blocked trade. Consequently, strikes were indirectly recognized but picketing continued to be a criminal offence until the Criminal Code was changed in 1934 to permit information picketing.

The debate over the efficacy and effectiveness of trade unions and organized labour continues to the present day. Trade unions have evolved within a continuum from just craft unions in the beginning through to industrial unions through to unions in both the private and public sectors. Those not convinced of the value of trade unions often point to increased wages and benefits leading to job losses and loss of individual freedom and initiative, while those supporting trade unions and collective bargaining point to better wages, improved working conditions, and advocacy on issues such as pay equity, ethnocultural and gender equality, and job protection from technological change.

The workforce (as a percentage of non-agricultural paid workers) in Canada belonging to trade unions has declined from 34.7% in 1997 to just 30% in 2013. This compares to a unionization rate of just 11.3% in the United States in 2013, down from 20.1% in 1983.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:


From crisis to austerity neoliberalism, organized labour, and the Canadian state Labour goes to war the CIO and the construction of a new social order, 1939-45 Our union UAW CAW Local 27 from 1950-1990 Transforming labour women and work in post-war Canada Labouring Canada class, gender, and race in Canadian working-class history Building a better world an introduction to trade unionism in Canada 2nd edition Working people 5th ed rev and updated Canadian working-class history selected readings 3rd ed Walking the union walk stories from CEP's first ten years The Canadian auto workers the birth and transformation of a Union Hard lessons the Mine Mill Union in the Canadian Labour Movement On the job confronting the labour process in Canada


Laying it on the line driving a hard bargain in challenging times

June 12 is World Day Against Child Labour!

June 12, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)




“In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labour” - Malala Yousafzai (Co-Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize)

“Some girls cannot go to school because of the child labour and child trafficking” - Malala Yousafzai (Co-Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize)

“Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but I will see the end of child labour in my lifetime.” - Kailash Satyarthi (Co-Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize)

June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labour, operating under the auspices of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), an affiliated organization of the United Nations (UN). The 2015 Theme is NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education. The worldwide number of children involved in child labour has decreased by one-third since the year 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. Eight-five million of those children are involved in dangerous work, a drop from 171 million in 2000. 78 million children are engaged in child labour activities in Asia and the Pacific (9.3% of the population), compared 59 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa (more than 21% of the population). 13 million children are involved in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean (8.8% of the population), compared to 9.2 million in the Middle East and North Africa (8.4% of the population).

98 million (59%) of child labourers worldwide are involved in agriculture, compared to 54 million in services and 12 million in industry, mainly within the scope of the “informal economy”. Child labour rates decreased by 40% amongst girls since 2000, compared to only 25% for boys.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:


Laying the children's ghosts to rest Canada's home children in the West From the cradle to the coalmine the story of children in Welsh mines Children of the mill the children of Quarry Bank Child workers and industrial health in Britain 1780-1850 Child labor in America a history Rights and wrongs of children's work Conquistadores de la calle child street labor in Guatemala City Russia's factory children state society and law 1800-1917 Human trafficking Heavy burdens on small shoulders the labour of pioneer children on the Canadian Prairies The worldwide movement against child labour progress and future directions Hidden heads of households child labor in urban northeast Brazil The role of international law in the elimination of child labor Before their time the world of child labor The little hero one boy's fight for freedom Iqbal Masih's story Child labor and sweatshops The real Oliver Twist A will of their own crosscultural perspectives on working children Students against sweatshops the making of a movement Free the Children a young man fights against child labor and proves that children can change the world

Snapshots in History: June 11: Remembering the Apology to Former Students of Indian Residential Schools

June 11, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)











On June 11 and beyond, take a moment to remember the Government of Canada’s statement of apology to former students of the Indian residential school system given by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons on June 11, 2008. This move by the Canadian government was similar to the apology issued by the Government of Australia to its indigenous peoples on February 13, 2008 by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

The residential school system is a cruel chapter in Canadian history in which governments and churches played a role in cultural assimilation of indigenous children that often resulted in harsh treatment and sometimes death. Full restitution is a long way off but Canadians from different backgrounds can learn more about the subject of residential schools to better understand the injustices that were committed against Canada’s indigenous peoples.

Consider the following titles for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:


Finding my talk how fourteen Native women reclaimed their lives after residential school


Also try these books from Toronto Public Library collections:

The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement's common experience payment and healing: a qualitative study exploring impacts on recipients / Gwen Reimer; Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2010.


Response, responsibility, and renewal: Canada's truth and reconciliation journey / edited for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation by Gregory Younging, Jonathan Dewar, Mike DeGagné, 2009. For additional copies, please click here.

Moving beyond: understanding the impacts of residential school / Brent Stonefish; edited by Jody Kechego, 2007.




We were children Nous étions des enfants [1 videodisc] / Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart; National Film Board of Canada, 2012. 83 minutes.

Pre-Election Reads: Justin Trudeau

June 10, 2015 | John P. | Comments (0)

Canada has a federal election scheduled to be held on October 19, 2015. While some voters may have already decided which political party and leader to support, others have not and may be seeking information and research to help them to make a personal, informed decision.  Toronto Public Library can help those individuals in a non-partisan way by providing access to collection items available for borrowing (or using) with a valid Toronto Public Library card. So let us continue…

Justin Trudeau is the current leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (since 2013) and the Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Papineau (since 2008). He is the eldest of three sons of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Sinclair. Justin Trudeau attracted attention and sympathy when he delivered a moving eulogy at his father’s funeral in September 2000. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia, Justin Trudeau taught high school in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also studied engineering at the Université de Montréal, and environmental geography at McGill University (towards a Master of Arts degree). In 2007, Justin Trudeau portrayed First World War hero Talbot Mercer Papineau (who was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele near Ypres, Belgium on October 30, 1917) in the two-part mini-series The Great War that was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Justin Trudeau has supported various initiatives over the years, including the Katimavik Youth Program, the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto (which became part of the Munk Centre for Global Affairs), the protection of the Nahanni River (a United Nations World Heritage Site) from pollution owing to zinc mining, and participation in literary events such as the Giller Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads.

Consider the following items for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:


Common ground

Aussi disponible en français comme: Terrain d’entente.

Read the review of Common Ground from the Globe and Mail.

Read the review of Common Ground from the Literary Review of Canada.



Common ground

Aussi disponible en français comme: Terrain d’entente.



Canada's Amazon a boreal forest journey [videodisc] / The Nature of Things; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003. 47 minutes.

The Great War [2 videodiscs] / Brian McKenna et al.; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007. 240 minutes.


View Justin Trudeau’s conversation with Catherine Clark about his new book Common Ground on November 10, 2014 in the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library:



As part of making an informed decision in federal election 2015, citizens should avail themselves of information from the media (newspapers, radio, television, online etc.) as the election campaign unfolds. To help with that, Toronto Public Library cardholders can also access the following databases online in seeking information from magazine and newspaper sources:

Canada in Context

Full-text articles, videos, audio files, vetted web sites etc. on a broad range of topics, people, places and events.

Available anywhere.

Sign in with library card.

Access Online


Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA)

Full-text business and general interest articles from popular, academic and business periodicals.

Available anywhere.

Sign in with library card.

Access Online


Full text articles from major Canadian newspapers and television news transcripts.

Available anywhere.

Sign in with library card.


Full text of newspapers published by Torstar Media Group including Toronto Star and several Toronto community newspapers.

Available anywhere.

Sign in with library card.



Canadian Periodical Index (CPI.Q)

Articles from general, academic and business magazines. Index from 1988, full text from 1995.

Available anywhere.

Sign in with library card.

Access Online


(See also: Pre-Election Reads: Stephen Harper )

(See also: Pre-Election Reads: Elizabeth May )

(See also: Pre-Election Reads: Thomas Mulcair )

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