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Online support you should know about! The closure of some University of Toronto Libraries buildings has opened up a world of online support and e-resources available to the University of Toronto faculty, students and staff. Check us out for ongoing updates or read past issues of Your Library is Working (YLIW) here.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Image credit: Levine, R.

Here in Toronto, we’ve finally made it from showers to flowers – wherever you are, we hope you enjoy this virtual bouquet of library news and resources! Whether spring finds you stopping to smell the research roses, or planting seeds for future projects, the IRHR Library is here to help.

News from CIRHR and the IRHR Library 

Join us in welcoming our new work study student, Fiona! 

Image credit: Kovacaj, F.

Hello! My name is Fiona and I'm a first-year student in the Master of Information program, doing a concentration in Library and Information Science as well as a collaborative program in the Book History and Print Culture department. I also have an MA in History from U of T where I studied arsenic poisoning in 19th century Britain. At the IRHR Library, I assist with the PWR: work&labour news&research blog, update LibGuides, and post on the library's Instagram. When I'm not working or doing schoolwork, I love going for long hikes with my dog, Ruby, and getting crafty! My biggest passion is sewing - here I am in my little home studio!

The Way Things Work

Library Service Profile

As the University of Toronto Libraries continue to adapt services to meet the information needs of our community, we’re providing detailed overviews of new and useful programs.  

Research Impact Series

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Join us for the first of our research impact sessions, next Wednesday! The IRHR Library will be holding an online session on using Scopus to identify top journals, create alerts for new publications and citations, look into author networks, and conduct backwards and forwards reference searching.

Whether you have a specific question, or just want to set aside some time to engage with these resources, we’ll be happy to help.

Wednesday, May 26th, 200. 12:00 pm -1:00pm on Bb Collaborate in the IRHR Library Quercus site.

This session is geared towards CIRHR PhDs, faculty, and instructors, but all interested CIRHR students are welcome.

Can’t make the session, but have a question? Individual consultations and help are always available! Email us at, or book an appointment here.

E-Resources Deep Dive

In addition to all the e-resources available through the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) catalogue, members of the U of T community also have access to several resources directly through a variety of other platforms. 


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LabourSource is back! Many of you noticed that access to LabourSource had not been working as expected earlier this month, and we’re pleased to update you that service is now restored. Thank you for your patience!

LabourSource is a searchable database of primary sources such as:
  • Labour Board Decisions
  • Labour Arbitration Cases (L.A.C.)
  • Canadian Labour Arbitration Summaries (C.L.A.S.)
  • Labour and Employment Statutes and Regulations
Commentary and summaries:
  • Adams: Canadian Labour Law, Second Edition,
  • Brown and Beatty: Canadian Labour Arbitration, 5th Edition
Connect to LabourSource through University of Toronto Libraries here, using your UTORid. Video tutorials on How to browse Brown & Beatty's Canadian Labour Arbitration (2:07, How to find the latest L.A.C./C.L.A.S. cases, and more.

Can’t find what your looking for? Connect with us at for more help.

On Our Radar

COVID-19 and the World of Work: The First Year

“The GLRC has worked to support researchers and activists who are tracking and analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work by documenting and archiving the wide variety of resources that have emerged during the pandemic. Since March 2020, the GLRC has amassed a digital database of more than 900 newspaper articles, academic journal articles, blogs, op-eds, white papers, and policy briefs documenting the challenges that different groups of workers have been experiencing around the world.” Find out more here.

Image credit: York University, Global Research Labour Centre.


Take a Virtual Tour of Cherry Lane

Image credit: City of Toronto.

“Take a virtual tour through the blossoming trees along Cherry Lane. Watch Indigenous Knowledge Keeper André Morriseau recognize the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples through a Land Acknowledgement. Let experts from Parks, Forestry and Recreation and High Park Nature Centre guide you through the nature and history of Toronto’s cherry blossom trees.” Take the tour here.

Spotlight on University of Toronto community COVID-19 supports    

Visit the Big List of University of Toronto COVID-19 Pages by Cate MacLeod, CIRHR Communications, for U of T COVID-19 updates for staff, students, and faculty. 

Highlight from the tumblr: work&labour news&research

The latest information in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, from the CIRHR Library at the University of Toronto. Stories from the tumblr are collected weekly in PWR: work&labour news&research. Subscribe here.

Climate Action is Going to Create Too Many Jobs

Image credit: Photo Source: (2021). Climate action is going to create too many jobs [Photograph]. MacLean’s.

“Canada’s level of climate ambition targeted this decade keeps climbing ever upwards. We went from having no clear plan to reach a 30 per cent emissions reduction target to now having a 40-45 per cent emissions reduction target—and a plan to reach almost all of it in less than two years. This is great for Canada. Targets and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions fight climate change and create jobs in communities across the country. In fact, our aspirations are so great that we have a new problem. This level of climate action is going to create too many jobs. Two big bottlenecks stand in the way of Canada’s climate ambition: a shortage of skilled labour and a shortage of housing. If we do not immediately address these, we will fail to hit our environmental targets and miss an opportunity for sustained economic growth.”

“This may seem counter-intuitive, but the idea that ambitious climate action creates jobs is pretty straightforward. Every zero-emissions technology we will adopt has to be designed, and then each part built, assembled, installed and maintained. That process creates jobs in manufacturing, construction, logistics and resource production, as well as other industries. … The bulk of Canadian manufacturing takes place along the Highway 401-Autoroute 20 corridor that stretches from Windsor to Quebec City, and this is unlikely to change. Companies need to be in a place where they have access to key suppliers, access to labour, and the necessary infrastructure to get their products to key global markets like the northeastern U.S. However, this corridor is currently experiencing skyrocketing real-estate prices, which will limit the growth prospects of manufacturers in the region.”

“A decision to expand production in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will need to offer compensation levels commensurate with the cost of living in the region. Data from the Canadian Real Estate Association shows that median house prices in the GTHA have increased by 128 per cent in the last ten years. The National Bank of Canada’s Affordability Index identifies that an annual household income above $170,000 is now required to afford a representative GTHA home. An EV manufacturer therefore needs to make a decision whether they could offer salaries high enough to attract skilled labour to move from other parts of Canada into the region. If not, it will have greater trouble attracting the skilled workforce it needs.”

MacLean’s, May 6, 2021: “Climate action is going to create too many jobs,” by Mike Moffatt and John McNally

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), 2020: Management Issues Survey, Full Report (38 pages, PDF), One-Pager (1 page, PDF)

National Bank of Canada, May 4, 2021: Housing Affordability Monitor (16 pages, PDF)

The Globe and Mail, May 4, 2021: “Can’t afford a house? It’s likely not your fault,” by Rob Carrick

Statistics Canada, updated May 11, 2021: Table: 11-10-0239-01 Income of individuals by age group, sex and income source, Canada, provinces and selected census metropolitan areas

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