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All headlines - February 2011

Have your say: Skills Development Survey from HR Council for Non-profit Sector

Are you an executive director/CEO, HR manager or the primary staff responsible for skills development/training for employees in your organization? The HR Council is currently seeking participants who would be willing to take part in a brief online survey planned to be fielded in April.
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B.C.’s international student post-graduate program expands

International students at some of British Columbia’s private educational institutions will have the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience after graduation, thanks to a new pilot project.
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Study: Apprenticeship-related occupations and the employment downturn

Declines in Canadian employment between October 2008 and October 2009 were larger in occupations for which an apprenticeship program exists than in all other occupations combined. However, between October 2009 and October 2010, the recovery in employment was stronger in these occupations than in all other occupations.
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At a meeting with national Aboriginal leaders and Canada’s provincial and territorial ministers of education (CMEC), Métis National Council Minister of Education Robert Doucette called for Métis-specific solutions to educational challenges.
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CNIB receives interim federal funding for library operations

CNIB is pleased to announce it has received a one-time grant from the federal government of just over $7 million to support the CNIB Library, Canada’s largest producer of alternative-format material.
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Premier Jean Charest has signalled a populist shift back to more traditional values in Quebec’s education system. The biggest education-related change will focus on improving francophone Quebecers’ use of a second language.
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Publishers of digital content face uphill battle: columnist

“Readers don’t understand how the business model is changing. And even if they did, they wouldn’t care. They want to read great content, and they want to do so in the easiest way possible.”
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Women in technology careers - webcast set for March 8

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011, The Round Table on Technology, in partnership with Peel District School Board and the CIO Association of Canada, will host a free, live Internet webcast called Women in Technology Careers.
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Dress code debate divides workplaces

A recent Center for Work-Life Policy study of more than 3,000 people found that women rarely get guidance from their superiors on how to dress like a leader, while men readily experience such feedback.
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Inside the labour market downturn: October 2008 - October 2010

Statistics Canada is reporting that employment in our country rebounded more quickly from the recent economic downturn than it did in the recessions of the early 1980s and early 1990s.
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One in five workers is late to the office at least once a week

Workers shared a variety of reasons for being tardy, such as lack of sleep (24 per cent) and traffic (24 per cent). Fifteen per cent blamed public transportation for their tardiness, while 12 per cent indicated bad weather delayed them. Other common reasons included getting children to school or daycare, Internet use or their spouse.
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Deadline to apply: March 10, 2011 - We are currently seeking a Director of Communications to raise Frontier College’s profile and brand awareness through enhanced storytelling and engagement. The Director of Communications engages with all aspects of the College’s work to discover, shape and leverage compelling stories that express the organization’s unique characteristics and history in support of the strategic goals and for the benefit of all members.
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International education conference goes global March 11 in Hong Kong

Going Global 2011, one of the world’s largest international education conferences, will gather industry leaders and policymakers, including over 250 speakers from 70 countries.
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Ministers of education meet, move ahead on pan-Canadian priorities

The Toronto meeting focused on early-childhood education, Aboriginal and international education, 21st-century competencies in education, and CMEC’s data and research initiatives.
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The latest forecast by The Conference Board of Canada has Saskatchewan leading the country in economic growth in 2011 and 2012.
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"ASEP has been a catalyst in bringing partners to the table to address training and employment needs," said Minister Lafferty.
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Government of Alberta launches series of workplace targeted inspections

Officers will focus on hazards related to such things as worker training, competency and supervision, safe operation of equipment as well as maintenance and modification of equipment. All aspects of Occupational Health and Safety law will be enforced.
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Mental health in workplace matters more than you think

As touchy-feely as emotional well-being may sound, the fact is that issues such as anxiety, depression and burnout present some very real costs in the workplace - and not just to individual enterprises, but to the economy as a whole.
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PEI educators recognized for their work to promote inclusive education

Inclusive education benefits everyone in the classroom and it is important to recognize individuals who make an extra effort to enrich the lives of students with and without disabilities.
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‘Good Attendance. Good Education. Good Job’ is theme of Education Week in NWT

During the Aboriginal Student Achievement Minister’s Regional Forums in the Northwest Territories, school attendance was identified as a concern. Many students also felt that family and community members must take part in a student’s education.
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Province of Manitoba sets up financial literacy fund

The new Financial Literacy Fund aligns with the priorities of ALL Aboard, Manitoba’s poverty reduction and social inclusion strategy. It also complements the recommendations made recently by Canada’s Task Force on Financial Literacy for “urgent action” to strengthen Canadians’ financial literacy.
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Manitoba keeps financial commitment to Flin Flon library service

The Flin Flon Public Library will continue to offer a variety of information services as the province of Manitoba maintains its financial commitment with this year’s library operating, collection development and technology grants totalling nearly $59,000.
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Mature English-speaking workers need help integrating into Montreal's labour force

English-speaking Montrealers, 45 years and older, have just two weeks left to participate in an online survey to identify this age group's specific employment barriers. The survey results will form targeted recommendations for all levels of government, employment service providers and employers.
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Frye Fest reveals authors for 2011 event

The Frye Festival, Atlantic Canada’s largest literary event, unveiled its spectacular line-up for the 2011 edition, which will be held from April 25 to May 1 in Moncton, N.B. Among the headliners are Margaret Atwood, Charles Foran, Susan Juby, Kenneth Oppel, Shandi Mitchell, Karen Connelly, Jean-Christophe Rufin and Gilles Leroy.
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How to start a workplace education program

Implementing a workplace education program can be challenging but there are tried and true processes that have led to successful programs with promising results.
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Innovative fundraising campaign adds three new supporters

ABC Life Literacy Canada has once again launched the innovative Letters for Literacy campaign that seeks to raise $150,000 for literacy programming in Canada. The program allows companies to purchase one of the 26 letters of the alphabet, most often the one associated with their name.
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The report includes key regional and provincial literacy initiatives undertaken to support and improve literacy in the Atlantic provinces in the areas of early childhood, public and adult and post-secondary education.
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Path to financial literacy starts with conversation about money

According to a national survey by BMO Financial Group, respondents said they were more comfortable talking about politics and religion than money. And only four in 10 would tell their family members and friends how much debt they have or how much they earn.
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U.S. survey shows non-profits slow to adopt social media as PR tools

The survey, conducted by Zoomerang, an easy and cost-effective online survey tool, provides insight into the technologies being utilized by non-profits for operational and marketing purposes.
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Deadline approaching for NALD Innovative Technology Award nominations

NALD has issued a call for nominations for its second annual Innovative Technology Award. The award was established to bring greater visibility to an exemplary or innovative technology product, project or service that benefits the field of adult literacy and essential skills.
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