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CULC/CBUC Autumn Meeting - Transportation and Hotel Information

Hamilton Public Library will be hosting the meeting in their soon to be re-opened Central Library (100 Main Street West) which is attached to Jackson Square in downtown Hamilton. The Sheraton Hamilton is offering a range of rates that start at $125.  Visit for best rate.  It is also attached to Jackson Square.

Below is some information you might find useful in planning your travel.

Fly Direct to Hamilton
Fly to Hamilton International Airport.; Most major centres are served by the HIA.
A cab ride to Sheraton Hotel is approx. $20.

Options for Transportation to Hamilton
Fly to Toronto Island Airport (Billy Bishop) on Porter Airlines (served by Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Thunder Bay and Quebec City)
Take free Porter Shuttle to Union Station, and then take Go Bus/Train to Hamilton GO Centre:
Bus/Train station is 650 m from Hotel. Go Train is approximately $12 one-way.

Fly to Toronto Pearson Airport
Airways Transit shuttle can be booked for Hamilton:
Cost is approx. $79 one-way.


From the East (Toronto)

  • Take Gardiner Expressway West.
  • Continue on Queen Elizabeth Way West
  • Take Highway 403 West Hamilton to the York Boulevard Exit.
  • Turn right on James Street North.
  • Turn right on King Street West.
  • The hotel is a half-block on the right.


From the West (London area)

  • Take Highway 401 to Highway 403 East.
  • Continue to the Main Street East Exit.
  • Follow Main Street until you reach Summer's Lane across from City Hall.
  • Turn left on Summer's Lane.
  • Turn left on King Street.


From the North (Barrie)

  • Take Highway 400 South to Highway 401 West
  • Take Highway 401 West to Highway 403 South.
  • Take Highway 403 West Hamilton to the York Boulevard Exit.
  • Turn right on James Street North.
  • Turn right on King Street West.
  • The hotel is a half-block on the right.


Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4V3



Examen de la politique du livre / Book Policy Review

The Federal Government is undertaking a review of the Foreign Investment Policy for the Book Industry. The deadline for Submissions is in mid-September. CULC/CBUC's Copyright Committee will co-ordinate a CULC/CBUC response. The Consultation website is available here in English and French

Mesdames, Messieurs,

Plus tôt aujourd’hui, l’honorable James Moore, ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles, a annoncé l’examen de la politique du gouvernement du Canada sur les investissements étrangers dans l’industrie du livre.

La Politique révisée sur les investissements étrangers dans l’édition et la distribution de livres, appliquée en concomitance avec la Loi sur Investissement Canada, fait état des conditions relatives aux investissements étrangers dans l’industrie canadienne du livre. Étant donné les changements que subit l’industrie depuis la dernière révision de la politique en 1992, l’examen cherchera à déterminer si la politique continue :

  • de favoriser une saine concurrence dans les secteurs de l'édition, de la distribution et de la vente au détail; et
  • de contribuer à l'objectif gouvernemental général de veiller à ce qu'un contenu culturel canadien soit créé et qu'il soit accessible au pays et à l'étranger.

La première étape de ce processus est d'inviter les parties concernées – du lectorat aux entreprises de tous les secteurs de l’industrie – à faire part de leur point de vue sur le sujet. Un site Web récemment inauguré offre au public de l’information générale ainsi que la possibilité de participer à un forum ( Les commentaires transmis sur ce site Web viendront soutenir la prise de décision du Ministre, à savoir si la politique nécessite une révision et, le cas échéant, de quelle façon il faudra l’entreprendre.

Étant donné l’intérêt que vous avez démontré envers les enjeux soulevés par cet examen, je vous écris aujourd’hui pour m’assurer que vous êtes au courant du processus en cours ainsi que de la tribune qui vous est offerte de participer à la consultation en ligne si vous le désirez.

Je vous prie de recevoir, Mesdames, Messieurs, mes meilleures salutations.

Carla Curran
Politique et programmes de l’édition du livre


Good afternoon,

Earlier today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced a review of the Government of Canada’s foreign investment policy for the book industry.

The Revised Foreign Investment Policy in Book Publishing and Distribution, working in conjunction with the Investment Canada Act, sets conditions for foreign investment in the Canadian book industry. Given the changes the book industry has experienced since the policy was last revised in 1992, the review will seek to determine whether the policy continues:

  • to provide opportunity for healthy competition in the book publishing, distribution, and retail sectors of the industry; and
  • to contribute to the broader government objective of ensuring that Canadian cultural content is created and accessible in Canada and abroad.

The first step of the review process is to invite interested parties – from the reading public to businesses from all sectors of the industry – to put forward their views on the subject. A website has been launched that offers relevant background information and that provides a forum for public comment ( Submissions received through the website will help inform the Minister’s decision on whether and, if so, how to revise the policy.

Given your interest in the issues raised by this policy review, I am writing to you at this time to ensure that you are aware of the review and of your opportunity to participate in its online consultation phase, should you wish to do so.


Carla Curran
Book Publishing Policy and Programs


CULC/CBUC letter to Honourable Tony Clement on Long Form Census

July 26, 2010

The Honourable Tony Clement, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Industry
5th Floor, West Tower, CD Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5

Dear Minister,

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council/ Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) would like to add a voice to the issue of discontinuing the ”long form” with the 2011 National Census. CULC/CBUC strongly encourages the government to reconsider their position and continue with the long form while broader debate and alternatives can be considered for the 2016 collection.

The data that is generated is critical in service planning in our urban communities. It is used both internally to help libraries make decisions about their service portfolio, facilities and to advocate for budgets to serve the broad needs of Canadians. Public Libraries rely heavily on the data. Many business owners and community groups access this data through the public library to make their own business plans and decisions. The data needs to be available.

Canada has among the most multicultural populations in the world. This is one of our strengths. How we serve that population, along with those in other marginal groups that are, in part, identified by the long form data, is also one of our strengths.

CULC/CBUC strives to strengthen our vibrant urban communities through building the capacity of Canada’s urban libraries. Our members collectively serve more than 7.5 million active users from 522 physical locations and virtually. In 2009 member libraries loaned more than 175,000,000 items and expended in excess of $480 million on collections including $10 million on digital resources.

On behalf of the Membership of CULC,
Yours sincerely,

Jefferson Gilbert, CAE
Executive Director


Barry Holmes Appointed New CEO at Windsor Public Library

The Windsor Public Library Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Holmes as Chief Executive Officer of Windsor Public Library, effective July 12, 2010. Mr. Holmes comes to Windsor from British Columbia where he previously served as Chief Executive Officer at Greater Victoria Public Library.

Before moving to British Columbia, Mr. Holmes served as Chief Executive Officer at Thunder Bay Public Library, Orangeville Public Library and Kirkland Lake Public Library. He earned an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and a BA (Honours-double major in Political Studies and History) at the University of Guelph.

Board Chair Ray Guillet, in making the announcement, said that "we are fortunate to be appointing an innovative, public library advocate such as Barry Holmes.

Windsor Public Library has a tradition of innovation and exceptional customer service and I am confident, as are all Board members that Mr. Holmes will build on our tradition and carry us forward to new heights of excellence in the library world."

While at GVPL, Mr. Holmes implemented a strategic plan which saw a 25 percent increase in circulation while at the same time leading the development and opening of two new innovative library branches. Additionally, he coordinated the first ever operational review and the first ever facilities master plan. The new Windsor CEO also worked hard to harmonize and strengthen the relationship between the Library’s municipal partners.

During his time in Thunder Bay, Barry Holmes was instrumental in creating a virtual library, providing e-commerce services, developing a community computer training centre, undertaking service and program audits and reviewing service and facilities models. Under his leadership the Thunder Bay Public Library received awards from groups as diverse as the provincial historical society and the local chamber of commerce.

Mr. Guillet expressed thanks to Acting CEO Jean Foster, “for her commitment and dedication to WPL these past two years. She has had to face several fractious community issues during her interim appointment and successfully steered us through them,” he said.

The Windsor Public Library non-union salary schedule is harmonized with that of the City of Windsor. Using the existing pay equity salary grid, the CEO position at Windsor Public Library has a salary range of $113,429.63-$137,874.85.


Canadian Library Groups Co-operate and Reinforce message for the Digital Economy Consultation

Various library groups took advantage of the expertise of their colleagues throughout June to develop submissions to the Federal Government on the Digital Economy. Barbara Clubb led the CULC/CBUC writing team. CARL, CLA, and OLA all shared their responses and CULC/CBUC shared while in development. The CULC/CBUC submission is here.
CULC Brief.pdf (303.92 kb)

Canadian Library Association (CLA)
CLA Digital Economy submission final.doc (58.50 kb)

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)
CARL Digital Economy Consultation Submission.pdf (249.65 kb)

Ontario Library Association (OLA)
Digital Economy OLA Submission.doc(51.50 kb)