News and Updates

A new site for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Thursday June 14th, 2018
ola.org landing page

We’ve redesigned the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s website. We’ve made some changes to the design, functionality, and overall experience of our site. We hope these changes will make it easier to find what you need.

What's new?

A fresh, new, and responsive design means you can browse from any device. The navigation of the site has been simplified, so it works the same on a desktop as it does on mobile. The home page has been redesigned to make current information, such as bills, members, events, and House proceedings, more discoverable. Now you can watch House proceedings live from the home page. Committee meetings and House archives are still available on the Video page.

If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you may find that some content has been renamed or moved. The bills, debates and proceedings (Hansard), and committees pages are now under Legislative business. Legislative business is where you can find everything you need to know about what’s happening at the Legislature. You can find the Discovery Portal’s activities, games, educational resources, tour information, and more, under Visit and learn. Visit and learn is your one stop-shop for educational, tourist, and historical information about the Legislature.

Please update your links to our new address: https://www.ola.org.

If you have feedback on the new design or an idea for something you’d like to see on the site, we’d love to hear it. Email us at web@ola.org with your feedback or complete the survey at the bottom of any page.

UNESCO’s Canada Memory of the World Register
Thursday March 29th, 2018

From the Library of Parliament

The Scrapbook Debates, a record of early political discussions in Canada’s federal legislature, will be included in UNESCO’s Canada Memory of the World Register: a registry of national documentary heritage!

Learn more here: http://en.ccunesco.ca/our-themes/protecting-heritage-and-biosphere/memory-of-the-world/memory-of-the-world-register

Announcing LibrarySearch, the new “edition” of Alberta’s library catalogue
Friday February 16th, 2018

Launched February 15, 2018, our new and improved integrated catalogue enhances comprehensive searching across the Library's vast collections and digital resources.

Screenshot of LibrarySearch, the Alberta Legislature Library's new catalogue

 

The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly has launched its new website!
Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly has launched its new website!

The newly redesigned website, available at www.assembly.nl.ca, will still give visitors access to important information, such as the webcasts and Hansards of House proceedings, the progress of bills, and tabled documents, as well as Member biographies, contact information and expense reports. One of the biggest improvements is the use of adaptive design, which will make it easier to view webpages on mobile devices. The content has also been reorganized to make it easier to find, and new content, such as educational videos, has been added.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly Website

Library of Parliament
Friday December 15th, 2017

Library of Parliament 2016-2017 Annual Report

Want to know more about the Library of Parliament’s achievements over the past year? Our Annual Report 2016-2017 is now available.

Canadian Parliamentary Review
Tuesday November 14th, 2017

New Brunswick Legislative Library

Know Your Mace: New Brunswick

Clark-Gorey, Kenda. Canadian Parliamentary Review 40, no. 3 (Autumn 2017): 1, http://www.revparl.ca/english/issue.asp?param=232&art=1755.

It wasn’t until 1937, the year of King George VI’s coronation, that the Province of New Brunswick received its mace. By this time, the Parliament in Ottawa and seven provincial legislatures had long since possessed a mace of their own.

Newfoundland and Labrador Legislative Library

Sketches of Parliament and Parliamentarians Past: Trailblazer: Canada’s First Female Clerk

Hyde, Andrea. Canadian Parliamentary Review 40, no. 3 (Autumn 2017): 80-81, http://www.revparl.ca/english/issue.asp?param=232&art=1768.

Newfoundland and Labrador was the last province to enter Confederation, but it boasts an important Canadian first – Bettie Duff, who served as Clerk of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1977-1991 was the first woman to hold this position in the country. In this special edition of the Canadian Parliamentary Review celebrating 100 years of Canadian women parliamentarians, it is fitting that we are also able to honour one of the trailblazing women working within parliamentary institutions that support parliamentarians’ ability to fulfill democratic responsibilities.

Library of Parliament

New and Notable Titles

Canadian Parliamentary Review 40, no. 3 (Autumn 2017): 50-51, http://www.revparl.ca/english/issue.asp?param=232&art=1766.

A selection of recent publications relating to parliamentary studies prepared with the assistance of the Library of Parliament (May 2017-July 2017)

 

The New Parliament of Canada Website Is Now Online
Tuesday May 16th, 2017

The New Parliament of Canada Website Is Now Online

It is my pleasure to announce that the new Parliament of Canada website – parl.ca – was launched today.

The Library has worked closely with its partners in the Senate and House of Commons to develop a website that offers streamlined access to information, more mobile-friendly content and a modernized design.

I encourage you to visit the Library of Parliament’s redesigned homepage to access our research publications, PARLINFO, corporate information and more. You will find a link to it in the footer of every Parliament of Canada webpage, along with links to the new Senate and House of Commons websites.

Information about the functions and history of Parliament, as well as educational resources, can be found on the parl.ca homepage under Learn about Parliament, while visitor information is located at Visit Parliament.
Today’s launch is the first phase of an ongoing project to renew the Library’s public-facing content on the parliamentary website. Subsequent phases will seek to enhance the user experience by providing more consistent navigation and design throughout the website, and by ensuring that users can more easily access information that meets their needs.

A new website for the National Assembly Library!
Wednesday April 26th, 2017

A new website for the National Assembly Library!

The National Assembly Library becomes even more accessible thanks to its new website!
Now, at a glance, you can find all the collections, databases, thematic guides, activities and services offered by the Library.

The website is also a first-rate tool for any question related to Québec's parliamentarism. Immerse yourself in this important part of our democratic life and admire the documentary wealth of the National Assembly Library!

To consult the new website of the Library : www.bibliotheque.assnat.qc.ca

New and Notable Titles
Monday March 27th, 2017

Library of Parliament

“New and Notable Titles.” Canadian Parliamentary Review 39, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 39-41, http://www.revparl.ca/39/4/39n4e_16_zpublications.pdf.

A selection of recent publications relating to parliamentary studies prepared with the assistance of the Library of Parliament (August 2016 - October 2016).

Sketches of Parliament and Parliamentarians Past: Railway Travel, Tea Stains and Legislative History
Monday March 27th, 2017

Alberta Legislature Library

Footz, Valerie. “Sketches of Parliament and Parliamentarians Past: Railway Travel, Tea Stains and Legislative History.” Canadian Parliamentary Review 39, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 60-61, http://www.revparl.ca/39/4/39n4e_16_sketches.pdf.

A strange piece of material from an historic trip through central and southern Alberta by members of the province’s first legislature, staff and others has found its way back to the legislature more than 100 years after it was produced – antique tea stains still intact.