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Media Literacy Week!

Are you Getting the Full Story event information

Tornados, bears, and bees, oh my! Do you know how many tornadoes touched down in the Ottawa region several weeks ago? Was the latest bear sighting in Aylmer real? Have all the honeybees truly disappeared?

Are you sure? How do you find out if you’re right?...

Did you know that November 5 to 9, 2018 is Media Literacy Week! For the past 13 years, Media Literacy Week has taken place in November and this year’s theme is Fact or Fake: Help the World Stop Misinformation in Its Tracks. The week will highlight the importance of verifying that online information is true, unbiased and relevant.

What is Media Literacy?

Media Literacy is a set of learned skills and habits that help us access and analyze the media (music, tv, video games, magazines, etc.) that we encounter every day. When we’re media literate we can evaluate and make choices about how we interact with the media around us, what we believe, and finally become producers of our own media (

This is what’s happening at the Ottawa Public Library this week:

A Series of Blogs

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you a new blog post about a different aspect of media literacy.

A Panel Event

On Tuesday, November 6th we hosting a panel event in partnership with the CBC titled “Are you Getting the Full Story?” Doors open at 6 pm to this event moderated by Adrian Harewood, co-host of CBC Ottawa News at 6. To make sure that you’re part of it, click here.  

Lists of Resources

We’ve created curated lists of additional resources in English and French to help empower you to become information ninjas.


“Media Literacy Fundamentals.” MediaSmarts,