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Marketing today is an ever-changing and often baffling creature. geralt on Pixabay under Creative Commons licence 5 Essentials of Modern Marketing Thanks to digital, modern marketing is a swiftly evolving beast. Nesh Pillay takes the bull by the horns and discusses five ways to harness its power. Nesh Pillay, Newcomer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Business & Personal Finance
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Get on top of your branding game with Nesh Pillay’s top tips. Boss by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images Brand Like A Boss: Turning Customers into Fans Nesh Pillay, Newcomer Entrepreneur in Residence at the Albion Branch Entrepreneur-in-Residence Nesh Pillay joined a panel of experts at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Business & Personal Finance
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Lack of market need is one of the top reasons startups fail. Audience by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images Who's Your Audience? Advice for Startups Nesh Pillay discusses how to avoid this pitfall and find the audience that will grow your business. Nesh Pillay, Albion Newcomer Entrepreneur... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Business & Personal Finance
Wow! That is a wonderful blog. The entrepreneurs who attended your Funding! Funding! Funding! workshop will definitely appreciate this as well as all business-minded patrons too.
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The message on this World War I-era stamp is simple: citizens should help finance Canada's military if they want these men defeated. Library of Congress's World Digital Library identifies these four Germans ("4 reasons"): "Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German emperor; Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, the chief of the German... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
Dear Ava: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this blog. I was surprised at the amount of historical material available while I was researching this topic. Definitely go visit Niagara Falls someday and consider riding the Maid of the Mist which ferries you as close to the Falls as possible where you will definitely get drenched. Luckily, the do offer plastic ponchos for the trip. The Falls from the Ontario side is glorious. Here is a link to the view from King George and Queen Elizabeth from 1939: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-TSPA_0122553F&R=DC-TSPA_0122553F My blog covers the Royal Tour of the period: http://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/local-history-genealogy/2018/05/may-royal-tour-route.html Those two guides are over a hundred and seventy years old but the historical content is priceless. I chuckled when one entry stated that it would take two full days to complete a tour of Niagara Falls by horse and carriage. Thank you again for your wonderful comments. This really inspires me to continue my research on Ontario history.
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Hi Isabel: Great Blog filled with information for improving job hunting skills and an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs who can provide helpful skills to begin a new business (such as Victoria Alleyne, this year's Entrepreneur in Residence). Thank you so much!
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The month of October fills our minds of late harvest, chilly weather and Halloween. The library's Digital Archive Ontario provides some interesting historical moments in October to contemplate with the changing season... Battle at Queenston Heights Battle of Queenston on October 13, 1812 During The War of 1812 (over two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
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We are happy to announce two programs offered in October and November at three library locations (Toronto Reference Library, Agincourt Library, and Albion Library). This is a unique opportunity for new and small business entrepreneurs to learn from the experts. These two Shopify programs dovetail nicely with the Entrepreneur in Residence programs offered at these same three locations. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at Business & Personal Finance
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The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the Toronto Reference Library will provide information, personalized support, and opportunities for skill development to people aspiring to start new businesses. The Newcomer Entrepreneurs in Residence (NEIRs) at the Albion branch and the Agincourt branch will specialize in providing this type of business information to newcomers. Please join Michael Hlinka, CBC business commentator, for the launch of this program. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Business & Personal Finance
Thank you Cat! I am so glad you came to visit this blog. For me, I am already missing the summer months. Even though it is warm, I love not wearing a coat when heading outside and all that glorious sunshine does not hurt (with effective sunblock, of course).
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Dear Bradley: Thank you for your reply and for the link to the title, "The Last Guide". It looks like an amazing book on the history of Algonquin Park's fishing expeditions. This park is just an amazing place for many reasons. The park also offers wild mushrooms as well as some deadly types. The mycologist professor collected some really colourful ones that looked poisonous but were quite delicious pan fried for breakfast. It is a great place with a deep history for relaxation, art, research, and fishing.
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Hi Cat! Thank you for your wonderful reply. I am glad you enjoyed reading my blog. The VRL aims to reach into the history of Ontario with snapshots of the past. The images are entertaining and insightful indeed.
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Dear Muriel: I saw 5 Minute Crafts on Facebook and they have interesting videos on making quick crafts. It gives us hope and a sense of control that we are not just passive consumers but can remake the world with our current resources to our own style. This is a fun and inspiring blog, Muriel.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2018 on The Power of Craft at Arts & Culture
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Dear Muriel: I am so glad you like this short blog and thank you for your generous feedback. August long weekend, for me, is acknowledging John and Elizabeth Simcoe's contributions to our land. This is also a perfect long weekend before the end of the summer season. I do enjoy Owen Staple's colourful enhancement of her paintings. This provides more in-depth details that may have been initially missed by the faint watercolours Elizabeth used and the colours may have faded over time. Also, the actors representing the lovely couple brings them back to life to all of us to meet and greet.
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Dear Jim: Thank you for your comments! Lord Tweedsmuir certainly had a full life as Governor General and author. To have one of his novels made into a film (four times even), is a spectacular accomplishment on its own. To also meet and greet the King and Queen, parents to the current Queen Elizabeth, really puts him on a level beyond what us regular mortals could reach. Thank you again, Jim, for your very informative and generous feedback.
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Dear Joe: Well, you may be right about the QWERTY myth but I have not used any other keyboard but this layout in my academic and work career. I may have thought of the Cherry MX Blue switches being the loudest clickiest switches that some classic typewriter-looking keyboards (such as the new Rymek mechanical keyboards with Gateron Blue or Cherry MX Blue) attempt to mimic the typewriter sound and feel. I can take responsibility for being incorrect to generalize that to all mechanical keyboards. If you find more errors, you may post them here. As far as I know, your comments are not banned.
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Hi Jim: Thank you for your reply! I appreciate your comment very much indeed. I grew up with this song and it is worth sharing with the next generations of this fine province . . . again.
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Dear Lydia: Thank you for your wonderful reply. I hope you had a great Canada Day weekend off. It was really hot and sunny these past few days. The Lakeshore was packed with cyclists and sightseers.
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Dear Astrida: Thank you for your kind reply. I am glad you enjoyed it. I learned about mechanical keyboards when I wrote this--the difference between Gateron Blue Switch versus Cherry MX Blue or Brown. Interesting, intriguing, and kind of weird.
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Obsolete: manual typewriter in a discarded pile in the Toronto Star's newsroom (1988) On April 25, 2011 news broke that the last typewriter manufacturer had closed their doors. For many, this story stirred outrage. National Public Radio (NPR) published a skeptical response to the news. Minyanville's article, "Contrary to Reports,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Local History & Genealogy
Dear Jane: This is a fun and funny blog that is a very enjoyable read! As a non-farming city dweller, I can share the same sentiments.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2018 on O(nt.) Pioneers! at North York Central Library Blog
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Dear Ranald: Thank you. I was getting a little tired of my 3,000 80s playlist and need some new infusion in my music off time. The weather is very sunny and warm right now that I can enjoy some classics while lounging on the patio with a friend.
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Agreed, TLewis, today is no exception. I started my walk this morning at 7:12am and it was pretty warm. I got to work at 8:10am and I felt tuckered out from the heat and the day is only just beginning. Luckily, the library is air conditioned and I have a warm sweater in my locker while staying indoors.
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Dear Marilyn: I really appreciate you highlighting this important historical moment. I did not see a direct image of this but I did find an online article on the June 4, 2016 Hamilton Spectator, "The QEW--Canada's First Super Highway Turns 77," by written Fakiha Baig with an image of the Royal Couple heading to the QEW Dedication Ceremonies, https://www.thespec.com/news-story/6707379-the-qew-canada-s-first-super-highway-turns-77/. Here also: http://www.thekingshighway.ca/PHOTOS/QEWphotos.htm I also found a link to images of the QEW monument, http://publicdomainpics.blogspot.ca/2010/09/qew-monument.html I did not locate a specific picture of the King and Queen opening the QEW though. If I do come across it, I will post it here. Thank you for your feedback.
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