Message from the Executive Director

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May 2019


Hello to all CTF members—

This month I would like to highlight our library, otherwise known as the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Research Centre, and the services available to you, our members, on a complimentary basis.

We have the important responsibility of maintaining one of the largest collections anywhere of current and historical materials on taxation, public finance, and fiscal policy. The Research Centre’s physical collection is housed in our Toronto offices, which is also where our talented librarians work. However, it is important that the Foundation, as a national organization, serve all our members across Canada, and also that we continue to innovate in the delivery of those services. We have therefore devoted considerable effort to meeting the needs not only of those who come to our premises to undertake research but also of those who require or prefer virtual support.

Should you choose to visit us in person, you will find 10,000 books, 400 subscriptions to journals and loose-leaf services, and access to over 30 online subscription databases, including TaxNet Pro, CCH IntelliConnect, Bloomberg BNA, IBFD, JustisOne (UK), LexisNexis, OECD iLbrary, Croner-i, IFA, HeinOnline, RIA Worldwide Tax Law, Knotia, and many more. Our on-site librarians offer assistance and training, and our offices are comfortably equipped with areas for research and study, including workstations and tables, computers, a printer, a copier, and complimentary wifi.

We have worked hard to put in place virtual support of comparable quality (although it does not include the coffee option of an in-person visit!). You can send your questions or request for assistance by using the Ask a Librarian  feature on our website (www.ctf.ca) or by emailing researchcentre@ctf.ca. Common queries include requests for copies of articles, papers, book chapters, legislation, cases, commentary, search results, tables of contents, and other material. We also facilitate loans of Foundation publications and inter-library loans of other books. It should be noted that we collaborate with our colleagues in the Montreal office to support requests in both French and English.

Research training is also provided  both in-person and virtually, and it includes instruction in search methodology, navigating databases, selecting the best sources, and using TaxFind. Finally, you can search our catalogue from the comfort of your desk, following the link on our website at www.ctf.ca. Later this year, we will be enhancing the benefit of digital access by adding to our online catalogue a collection of rare, historical government publications and key public-domain tax monographs.

Supporting tax research in Canada is an important part of our mandate, and we look forward to seeing many of you—in person or virtually—at our Research Centre. As always, any comments or suggestions regarding further enhancements are most welcome.

I will conclude this message with a request. Each year we solicit nominations for recipients of the Lifetime Contribution Award, which will be presented this December at the 71st Annual Conference in Montreal. This award, which is our most prestigious, was launched in 2016, and it honours individuals who, over their careers, have made substantial and outstanding contributions to the Canadian Tax Foundation and its purposes through their volunteer efforts and body of work. Two individuals are recognized each year, on the basis of member nominations. The nomination deadline is June 21. The Foundation and the members of the Canadian tax community benefit from the efforts of many dedicated individuals, and I encourage you to consider putting forward names for the Selection Committee’s consideration. The nomination form and detailed award criteria can be found on our website.

See you next month.

Heather L. Evans,
Executive Director and CEO