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<h2>25th Anniversary</h2><div class="caption"><div>1989-2014: Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding this year.</div><br />
</div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://copian.ca/25years">Help us celebrate our silver anniversary by sharing your thoughts and comments!&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) </h2><div class="caption">FIMESIP is a comprehensive inventory of Essential Skills initiatives aimed at First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  The goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of the state of practice with respect to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to Indigenous youth and adults in Canada and to share these insights with a larger community of practice.  </div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://www.fimesip.ca">Find out more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>World Book and Copyright Day</h2><div class="caption">Our goal is clear – to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.</div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://www.un.org/en/events/bookday/">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>CLA’s 69th National Conference and Trade Show</h2><div class="caption">CLA’s 69th National Conference and Trade Show will be an action-packed event with opportunities for education, edification, engagement and entertainment. The conference is fortunate to have a wide range of speakers, representing the library and information management community across Canada. </div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://cla.pwwebhost.com/conference/2014/">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>Local Labour Market Plan Update </h2><div class="caption">This document offers an update to a report released in March 2013 by the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC), and includes the latest labour market information contained in the 2011 National Household Survey.</div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://library.copian.ca/item/12667">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a>

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The Council of the Federation Literacy Award was created in 2004 by Canada's premiers to recognize literacy achievements in every province and territory. This year Alberta will honour the hard work and commitment of an outstanding community organization in many areas including family, Aboriginal, workplace and community literacy. Help Alberta recognize and celebrate the leadership of an outstanding community organization by submitting this nomination form.
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Reading in the Mobile Era: A new report from UNESCO

The report found a “revolution” in reading habits in developing countries, where books can be scarce but cellphones are not. The UN estimates that some six billion people have cell phones — more than the number of people with access to toilets — and technology that compresses data can help mobile phone users with even basic phones cheaply access books and stories.
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Early bird registration deadline is May 1 for Summer Institute 2014

This event is the third in a series of bilingual institutes to explore the meaning and uses of international adult literacy and skills surveys, from IALS to PIAAC. In June 2014, participants turn their attention to broadening and defining a research agenda using data from PIAAC and related surveys.
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Five awards were presented to individuals who displayed outstanding efforts in Saskatchewan to promote literacy, programs devoted to learning, and organizations that incorporated essential skills, learning, and literacy when educating others.
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Registration is now open for the Spring Term of online courses in the Teacher of Adults: Literacy Educator Certificate program. Courses begin May 13, 2014, through OntarioLearn. Both Conestoga College and Sault College offer the courses to new and experienced literacy instructors.
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Building leadership capacity­, which refers to developing leaders who are capable of stepping up to successively senior executive roles, continues to be one of the top human capital challenges, according to the Conference Board of Canada's third edition of Human Resources Trends and Metrics: HR Measurement Benchmarking.
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One tip to start: If you’re carrying a large balance on your credit card bill, use the whole refund to pay down your debt. There’s no higher financial priority than killing a debt with an interest rate in the 20-per-cent range.
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Offered through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Multiculturalism will help students start or grow a business in a market where both suppliers and customers are increasingly diverse.
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Working in Peel Halton

Working in Peel Halton

The Peel Halton Workforce Development Group has launched this innovative website for job seekers and career practitioners with the goal of empowering them to find their next job. The site features timely and local labour market information (LMI), job opportunities in and around Peel Halton, and local resources. The website also teaches visitors how to use LMI to find jobs and make good career decisions. This means using strategies beyond advertised job postings to avoid competition.
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Ontario grant buys time for some Kemptville College programs

Most of Kemptville College’s programs are staying open for another year with the help of a $2-million grant from the provincial government, meant to buy time for those programs to be taken over by other colleges. The money will not support Kemptville’s agriculture, equine care or food-science programs; current students will stay till graduation in 2015 but new ones won’t be admitted in the fall.
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The CRTC has announced that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). When it launches, the service will facilitate conversations between people who are deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians.
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Employment is 'just a job,' for most Canadians: study

Getting up and going to work every day is harder when you don't see your occupation as a career. Nearly three-in-five (58 per cent) of Canadian workers feel that they have "just a job" as opposed to a career (42 per cent).
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"Our colleges are training the workers who drive the economy," says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "Ontario students deserve to receive quality education and be treated with respect. That includes proper funding of public post-secondary education, small class sizes and reasonable tuition levels. It's time to make post-secondary education a priority."
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Researchers Sue Folinsbee and Brigid Hayes are investigating models that bring small businesses together in “clusters” or “hubs” in order to deliver training (literacy, essential skills, other workplace training).
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Temporary Foreign Worker Program may be taking a quarter of new jobs: report

E-ssential News - Essential Skills Ontario – April 2014

It is increasingly evident that skills play a strong role in the employment outcomes of adults, as ESO’s latest PIAAC bulletin points out. The third bulletin - Do Skills Actually Matter When it Comes to Employment and Earnings? - examines the relationship between education and training on skill levels.
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Temporary Foreign Worker Program may be taking a quarter of new jobs: report

Essential Skills Bulletin - Essential Skills Ontario - #3, April 2014

In a time of economic uncertainty, many Ontarians are still struggling to find meaningful employment. These individuals may be hindered by various barriers to participation in the labour market, including low family income, health concerns, language barriers, inadequate child care and low levels of educational attainment.
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Widening Access: Making the Transition from Mass to Universal Post-Secondary Education in Canada - Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 2, Special Issue, Article 3, 2009 by Dale Kirby (2009)
This paper highlights some of the contemporary challenges facing postsecondary education in Canada and focuses on the need for a system that is more democratic, open, and accessible.
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Chapter 5 – Elections, Activity 4 – Voter Information Card - Listening: Citizenship Resource [Audio – 1:04] by Toronto Catholic District School Board (2010)
This audio file accompanies an activity designed to explain the importance of a voter information card. It is part of a resource developed for instructors teaching concepts of Canadian citizenship in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults.
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Improving what we do and how we do it is a goal for lifelong learners, progressive organizations and successful businesses. This year’s CAPLA conference theme opens up the door for dialogue on this important subject. The call for presenters closes May 30, 2014.
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"The power of books to advance individual fulfilment and to create social change is unequalled. Intimate and yet deeply social, books provide far-reaching forms of dialogue between individuals, within communities and across time." -- Irina Bokova
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A commercial project of Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project (FIMESIP) website was designed to gain a better understanding of the state of practice with respect to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada. An objective was also to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice.
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