Academic Librarians at McMaster

McMaster University Health Sciences Library
Tom Flemming CC BY-SA 2.0

November 23rd update: the members of the McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association have voted in favour of ratifying the tentative agreement. 

The collective agreement governing the working conditions, appointments, salary structure, and other matters related to the work of academic librarians at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, expired on July 31st, 2015. 

Between June and November, the McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association (MUALA), which represents twenty-four librarians, negotiated with the university administration with regard to their salary structure, participation in academic governance, terms of appointment, promotions, and performance evaluations.

In the last few weeks of bargaining, a provincial conciliator was present at the discussions and MUALA requested that the conciliator file a “No Board” report. As a result, a possible job action may take place on November 20th. In the latest press release, President Laura Banfield stated, 

We are very frustrated in the Employer’s aggressive bargaining tactics and their disregard for the crucial role our members play in the Universities’ teaching and research success. Our members very much want to be working with students and supporting faculty research rather than walking the picket line.

MUALA has received considerable support from numerous colleagues across the country: Ryerson Faculty Association, Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians, The Faculty Association of Simon Fraser University and many more. 

Runnymede Theatre Re-Opens as a Pharmacy

Runnymede Theatre, 1930s.
City of Toronto Archives, Series 1278, File 147.

The latest incarnation of the former Runnymede Theatre is yet another branch of a ubiquitous Canadian pharmacy chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, as reported by the Toronto Star on April 20. The grand opening took place today and so far, the response has been positive. It appears that the company preserved many of the historic features, including the stage, the ticket booth at the front entrance, and my favourite—the clamshell wall sconces that light up the main auditorium. 


Several books contain chapters on the history of the Runnymede Theatre. To see which library has each title, click on the link:  

Lindsey, John C. Palaces of the Night: Canada’s Grand Theatre. Toronto: Lynx Images, 1999. 

Lindsey, John C. Turn Out the Stars Before Leaving. Erin: Boston Mill Press, 1983.

Serbet, John. The “Nabes”: Toronto’s Wonderful Neighbourhood Movie Houses. Oakville: Mosaic Press, 2001. 

Taylor, Doug. Toronto Theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. Charleston: The History Press, 2014.

on the web

Visit Toronto’s Old Runnymede Theatre on Bloor Street by Doug Taylor for an excellent narrative and archival photographs on the history of the landmark. Silent Toronto also has a post about the former theatre.