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Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 21:30:34 -0600
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Subject: [CPI-UA] Ottawa Public Library Board backs off library closures
CBC Ottwa News Online Last Updated | Mar 23 2004 08:24 AM EST
OTTAWA - After great clamouring from library users, the Ottawa Public
Library Board voted unanimously Monday night to oppose any branch closures.
The board had offered to close three branches as a way of doing its part to
help the city save money as it grapples with its 2004 operating budget.
Coun. Rick Chiarelli, who heads the library board, says he knows cuts are
inevitable elsewhere, but that the public has also made it very clear that
Ottawa's efficiently run libraries deserve to be protected.
On Monday councillors received a petition with 24,000 names urging that all
of Ottawa's library branches remain open, the latest effort in a concerted
campaign to save the library system from cuts.
FROM MARCH 17, 2004: Council appears ready to save libraries
FROM MARCH 16, 2004: Plan to close library branches protested
FROM March 9, 2004: Library lovers sound off
Full council starts final deliberations Wednesday on cuts in the 2004
budget. The City of Ottawa must slash $101.5 million from its operating
budget, or increase taxes.
If council decides to go ahead with the proposed $1.6-million cut to the
libraries, the board said it would close the entire system two days a week
in order to keep all its branches operating.
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