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The 2019 Canadian Federal Election is October 21st.

Are you ready to vote? In this election you will be voting in the riding of York-Simcoe, selecting a Member of Parliament (MP).

Residents of East Gwillimbury will be able to vote on: 

Monday October 21st

Early Voting Dates:

Friday, October 11, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019

For more information on how and where to vote, please visit the Elections Canada’s Website.

Members of the Library Board sent out the following list of questions to candidates in this Federal election to hear their thoughts on Libraries.  Click on the candidate’s name below to find out what they said. We have also added a link to the candidates webpage if you wish to find out more information about a specific candidate:

1. The Federal Government supports local library services through grants also by facilitating the valuable interlibrary loan program via Canada Post’s Book Rate. The Book Rate is currently set at: $1.99. Due to recent provincial funding cuts to the Ontario Library Services, our library relies solely on Canada Post to provide interlibrary loan services to our community. Would you support lowering the Book Rate to support local libraries to continue to provide equitable access to information and knowledge?

2. Public libraries perform critical work in communities and rely on federal grant assistance to serve some of Canada’s most vulnerable citizens:
a. Do you feel that the Federal Government should increase grant funding opportunities for libraries? What would you be willing to do to increase or support the East Gwillimbury Public Library in accessing vital grant funding?
b. What partnership opportunities do you think would improve services to the community and benefit the Library?

3. Access to cost-effective high-speed connectivity for all EG residents is essential to support learning, reading, the economy, and engaged communities.  How would you like to see our community leverage high speed connectivity?

4. In your opinion, what is the value of the public library in the community?

5. What is your most memorable experience at a public library?

Candidates for Member of Parliament

1. In small communities such as ours, the interlibrary loan program is a key resource for community members to ensure equitable access to information and knowledge. I strongly support lowering the rate and would consider resources outside of Canada Post that could offer reasonable rates that would allow East Gwillimbury residents to easily access the resources they require.

2. Grant funding for our libraries is crucial to ensuring that libraries continue to be central resources within our communities. The services and resources libraries are able to, and strive to provide are beneficial to every member of the community and with increased grant funding I have no doubt in my mind that these services would expand and be able to reach and be accessible to even more members of the community. My office would act as a liaison between the East Gwillimbury Public Library and the Federal government grant program, as I advocate for grant funding into our communities and into vital resources such as libraries.
Partnerships with non-profit and government agencies such as Early Years Centers, Immigration Services, local schools and daycares will increase the flow of visitors to the library and bring an awareness to the services libraries provide within the community. Fostering the use of libraries as a community meeting place, with programs available to all ages and various interests within the community will drive residents to our libraries and inspire them to get involved in ways that can benefit the community and the library.

3. To participate fully in society, individuals and communities across the country need access to reliable, affordable, high-speed internet. It is integral to education, careers and to remain in contact with the wider world. The Green Party is intent on ensuring cost-effective high-speed internet is made available to all, including those in rural communities. By doing so, more individuals will be provided the opportunity to work from home, which will lower commuting costs, less cars on the road, and a better work-life balance for those who currently spend hours of their days getting to and from work. In addition, having community members work from home increases the likelihood of wealth and spending remaining with our communities as more time will be spent here rather than in large metropolitan areas.

4. In small communities such as ours, where there are not always community hubs, or recreation centers, the library serves as not only an educational resource, but a meeting place. Somewhere for parents to take their young children and expose them to literacy from a young age. A meeting place for those with common interests, an exciting trip for school children eager to find their next favourite book. Libraries are the central meeting places in East Gwillimbury. The first programs my children participated in as infants were at the library, my wife and have been members of groups that use the library as a meeting place. On a rainy day, the library is the first outing that comes to mind in our home and is always met with excitement.

5. My Aunt worked at the library alongside my now Mother-in-Law. This makes the library a very fond memory for me as there was always a friendly face to welcome me, suggest a new book that suited my tastes, or one that was outside of my regular genres. I have a sense of community and belonging there. I loved going and remember being very excited when the Newmarket Library was renovated.

Favourite Book: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. It is a book that resonated with me upon first reading it as a child and continues to do so to this day. As my passion and commitment towards the environment has strengthened, the message of this book has endured. The books message is more poignant than ever to me now as I read it to my own children. One line in particular “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Defines my campaign and why we need to vote green. It’s amazing that this book was written in 1971, that is 48 years of being cognizant that our environment is in jeopardy from corporate greed. It is my belief that now more than ever we need to care a whole awful lot. Speak for the trees and vote for hope. Vote for something rather than against it. There is a little Lorax in all of us. Now is the time to act.

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1. Yes, I would, I am an avid reader and so are all my children and husband. Yes, kids need books and libraries are very important social hubs and must be protected! Real face to face engagement must be preserved!

2. a) I would absolutely be willing to fight for more money and grant dollars for libraries across Canada, but certainly for our riding; education, pleasure, and knowledge acquisition are key elements of a healthy society, libraries absolutely contribute to this.

b) Partnerships with transportation services and schools to get kids there, with the local First Nation and their library for exchanges, with the Municipality, and the local MPP for provincial supports, and with the local papers for better rates to place ads.

3. By updating library computers (this takes more funding), by installing fiber optics, by creating open door invitations by email and local papers, we need full access in and across our riding!

4. It is incalculable, libraries bring people together, become social hubs for kids and seniors, are quiet spaces, provide help for work opportunities, rental news, and leisure opportunities, they are welcoming spaces and providers of knowledge and travel through imagination and marvelous books, videos, and personal exchanges.

5. Snuggling into a corner with a well-worn children’s book, while my parents faced their Indian Residential Schools demons at home, it was a refuge, a comfort, quiet, and welcoming for my hurting and scared and scarred heart!

Favourite Book: My favorite book(s) where the hobbit and Lord of the Rings, carried those lessons from those stories for my entire life!

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