Category Archives: Research

Government Printer Peeks

The recent judgment in appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of physician assisted suicide should lead to more debate by the general public, members of health professions, and members of parliament. The original review by the Supreme Court on the Rodriguez case is available online, as are the backgrounders prepared by the Library of Parliament considering both Canadian and international examples. Ontario and British Columbia have issued...
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50 Shades of Conversation Options

Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Twilight, The Hunger Games, & 50 Shades of Grey? While you may not be a fan, it’s undeniably true that the 50 Shades phenomenon has reached heights that many franchises only aspire to. It is in and it is popular, but not all tastes are covered by the matter. If you’re feeling left out of the conversation, don’t worry. The library has you covered...
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WPL and Workforce WindsorEssex Launch, ‘Let’s Explore Careers!’

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common question asked of young children, but we probably don’t put too much thought into how children actually learn about career options available to them. It might sound funny to think of pre-schoolers or even younger school-aged children having to think about a career that might be 20 years down the road, but it’s never too early to plant...
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Government Printer Peeks: November ed.

This time of year, many of the reports released by government departments and agencies are their annual performance reviews and summaries of accomplishments. Setting those aside, there are still publications attractive to a broader audience. Those hard-to read nutritional labels on foods will be changing.  Health Canada includes proposed revisions to serving size descriptions. Politicos will want to pick apart the findings of the investigation into Robocalls occurring during the...
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Ask Our Genealogist

Do you have a genealogy question? Have you hit a brick wall in your research? Perhaps you’re just starting out, and you’re not sure where or how to find the records and information you need to fill in your family tree? Wouldn’t it be great if you could Ask Our Genealogist? Wait – you can! WHEN: Saturday, November 8th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Library, 2nd Floor Ask Our Genealogist...
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Bats At The Library

It’s nearly Halloween, a time of year when most people read a book or watch a movie to feel scared by ghosts, ghouls, and monsters. One animal usually associated with this holiday is the mammal chiroptera, commonly known as the bat. This is an unfortunate association as these small creatures are not the scary monsters that old superstitions and horror movies make them out to be. Bats are actually fascinating...
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Government Printer Peeks (end of summer)

The economy figures prominently in today’s selection of online documents available from the senior levels of government. For an overview start with Recent Developments in the Canadian Economy (fall 2014). Then for a look at a specific sector the annual analysis of Manufacturing, 2013. Check out changes in Canadian Labour Productivity, and the state of the Labour Market in Canada since the last Recession. A final Canada – U.S. comparison...
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NOVELIST…a gold mine for fiction readers

I’d wager that most library staff (myself included) look forward to patrons asking them a version of the following question: “Read anything good lately?” That’s usually an easy one! More difficult are the questions dealing with authors or genres that we’re not familiar with or perhaps have never even heard of. “You want a viking time-travel mystery novel?”  Hmmmm, give me a sec to think about it. That’s when we...
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Back to School with WPL: Geography

Summer’s almost over, meaning its time for new and returning students to get ready for the school year. Visit your local branch of the Windsor Public Library to view our wide selection of books, kits, and study guides to help students make the grade. This week we have already highlighted some titles to help young scholars with math and science. Another subject many students need assistance with is geography. From...
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Learning Express Library (LEL)

TOEIC; TOEFL; GED; GRE; SAT; OMG! LEL! TISA! Are you shaking your head right now and wondering what all of this means?  It’s part of a game that we play here at the library: Standardized Test or Internet Slang.  One person throws out an acronym, and the other has to guess which category it belongs to.  Fun…right? Speaking of fun (and standardized tests), Learning Express Library (one of my favourite...
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