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April 2011

Maintaining Your Bicycle - POSTPONED until Saturday June 4th, 2011

April 27, 2011 | Frances | Comments (0)

On behalf of the Newcomer Cycling Outreach program, we regret to inform you that the Maintaining Your Bicycle workshop, scheduled for this Saturday, April 30th, 2 - 4 pm, has been

POSTPONED until Saturday, June 4, 2 - 4pm.

Branch staff will be contacting those who have registered to see whether or not they are able to attend on the new date, Saturday, June 4th. Or you can telephone the branch at 416-393-7746.

Apologies for the last minute change but due to unforeseen circumstances, the presenter was obliged to reschedule this workshop.

Youth Activists Debate the Election Issues - Wednesday April 27th, 2011

April 26, 2011 | Frances | Comments (0) and will be livestreaming an English-language debate on issues between prominent youth activists in the major parties on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. from the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

The debaters are (in alphabetical order by first name):

  • Alykhan Velshi, who is working a second election in the Conservative Party campaign war room
  • Isaac Cockburn, who has worked at NDP headquarters in Ottawa and as an assistant to MP Nathan Cullen
  • Jonathan Halasz, co-president of the Carleton University Green Party
  • Samuel Lavoie, president of the Young Liberals of Canada (YLC), the youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada
For more information, see


Girls' Rights Matter

April 21, 2011 | Sarah | Comments (0)

On March 8, we hosted a celebration of 100 years of International Women's Day. The event was a rousing success!  Over a hundred people listened to women's success stories, participated in dance performances and enjoyed poetry. We were treated to talks by Connie Guberman, Status of Women Officer at University of Toronto, who spoke about the history of women's rights in Canada, and by the Honourable Jean Augustine, Ontario's Fairness Commissioner. Here's a recording of Jean's speech:

Girls' Rights Matter, by Jean Augustine

A big thanks to Kristine Schwartz and the Office of the Fairness Commissioner for sharing this recording!


Students and the Federal Election on Monday May 2

April 21, 2011 | Frances | Comments (0)

Lillian H. Smith is lucky enough to have students from several universities and colleges as its patrons. We are located across from the St. George campus of U of T and within easy walking distance of OCAD. So this post is for them!

Students, you can choose to vote at your local address or at your parent's address. Here's what Elections Canada says:

What riding do I vote in - the one where I live with my parents/family, or the one where I live while I attend school?

You vote in your "home" riding.

If you moved to attend school, you decide which address you consider your official "home": where you live while at school or where you live when not at school (e.g. with your parents).

Once you've determined your official home address (also called your "place of ordinary residence"), make sure you are registered to vote at that address. Contact Elections Canada to confirm or update your voter registration: here's how.

When you vote, you will be asked to show proof of your identity and address.

If your official home address is on campus and there's a polling station there, you may vote on campus. Learn more about voting on campus.

Source: Elections Canada

More information:

Innis Student Life has advice for you, including for those who wear face coverings or those who live in residence. The Varsity has profiles of the Trinity-Spadina candidates.
Toronto Public Library has bookmarked the elections pages of major media sites and federal political parties.

Federal Election Information for Trinity-Spadina

April 18, 2011 | Frances | Comments (0)

I just received my Voter Information Card in the mail. Did you? If you didn't, you may need to register to vote:

  • call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868
  • visit your local Elections Canada office between March 30 and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26
  • go to your advance polling place on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 or Monday, April 25, or
  • go to your election day polling place on Monday, May 2

I know everyone is swamped with election information but here is some essential information for those who live in Trinity-Spadina area near our branch.


Advance polls are open over the Easter Weekend:
Friday April 22, Saturday April 23 and Monday April 25 from 12noon to 8 pm
Location for Trinity-Spadina: Beverly School gymnasium, 64 Baldwin Street.

You can also vote by Special Ballot at local returning office:
Trinity-Spadina Local Returning Office
783 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1Z5
1 866 281-5088
Fax:  1 888 702-2327
Monday to Friday:     9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday:    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday:     12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

You can also vote by mail. See the Elections Canada website soon.
Completed special ballot application forms, along with required documentation, must be received at Elections Canada by 6:00 p.m. on April 26, 2011.  Completed special ballots must be received at Elections Canada by May 2, 2011.

For more information about voting, see the Elections Canada website.

Identification at the polls:

To vote, you must prove your identity and your address. The Elections Canada website has a long list of acceptable identification cards and original documents.

Option 1: Show one original piece of identification with your photo, name and address. It must be issued by a government agency.  Example: driver's licence

Option 2:  Show two original pieces of authorized identification. Both pieces must have your name and one must also have your address.  Example: health card and hydro bill

Option 3:  Take an oath and have an elector who knows you vouch for you (both of you will be required to make a sworn statement). This person must have authorized identification and their name must appear on the list of electors in the same polling division as you. This person can only vouch for one person and the person who is vouched for cannot vouch for another elector.  Examples: a neighbour, your roommate.

For more information on identification and vouching rules, contact Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
For the complete list of possible documents, see the Elections Canada website.

Full list of candidates for Trinity–Spadina:

For other electoral districts, see the Elections Canada website.

Students and Young Voters:

See the section for young voters on the Elections Canada website.


Lillian Smith Staff Pitch In

April 15, 2011 | Frances | Comments (0)

As usual, LS staff did our share today for the 20 Minute Makeover. They concentrated on cleaning (and beautifying) the community garden behind the branch. We were blessed by wonderful sunny weather so it wasn't hard to get volunteers!




Road to Bliss by Joan Clark

April 13, 2011 | Pat | Comments (1)



        Jim Hobbs is riding the subway one day when the power cuts out and he is badly jostled knocking his head.  After getting off the train, he decides to walk out of town.  The city had been getting to him anyhow.  After walking for a very long time and then hitchiking out west, he eventually winds up almost completely broke in the middle of nowhere.  He decides to squat at an abandoned cabin far from any proper road, and well down a not so beaten path.  Looking for work, he stumbles onto a farm called Majestic which as it turns out could use some help.

    The works is hard, but Jim is delighted.  The idea of living off the land and being outdoors, away from the skyscrapers and traffic is deeply appealing.  Also appealing is Miriam, one of the young woemn who lives at Majestic.  The only real problem is that Jim is not actually supposed to have anything to do with her.  Majestic is not a typical family farm, nor is it a business.  It is in fact a commune for religious zealots who like Jim, have had enough of the modern world.  But that is where the similarities end.  Jim gradually finds himself at odds with their lack of humour, their strict moral code and their harsh discipline.  That in itself is not a problem for him.  He's free to go anytime he chooses.  But that's hardly going to help Miriam.

    Road to bliss combines elements of a young man's spiritual journey, with a taut suspense plot

Maintaining Your Bicycle: Saturday, April 30th, 2 - 4pm

April 5, 2011 | Frances | Comments (0)

Many bike repairs are easy to do with some basic tools. Join us to learn how to adjust or replace brake pads, to clean and replace the chain, patch an inner tube and change a tire.


Space is limited - seating is capped at 40. Please register in

Please do not to bring your bicycle for this workshop as there will be bicycles on site to provide demonstrations.

View or print program flyer

Federal Election Information and News

April 1, 2011 | Frances | Comments (0)

The 41st federal election will take place on Monday, May 2nd, 2011.

The Toronto Public Library website has links to election coverage from major Canadian television networks and newspapers such as the CBC, CTV, the Globe and Mail, etc.


For your convenience, we have deep-linked into portions of the Elections Canada website as well. For example, the Elections Canada FAQ lists the dates of advance polls:
Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25. Closer to voting day, check out Elections Canada for your poll location and the ID you need to bring with you to vote.

To find the list of websites, search the Toronto Public Library website by keyword for election 2011 or go to Books, Video, Research and more (blue/black band), then select Recommended Websites, the Government and Politics category, Elections and Electoral Reform subcategory, and 2011 Federal Election. As you refine your search, you will notice other more general websites and subcategories that you might find useful as well.

Or follow this link!

If you are looking for political party websites, select Political Parties - Canada in Government and Politics.

If there are other news sources that you think should be included, please let us know.

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