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Workers need privacy policy, policy enforcement: columnist

Can employers videotape employees’ activities in a parking lot behind the plant? Can an employee snoop in another’s personal e-mail or view what has been stored on their hard drive? Or can the employer? British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Quebec all have legislation that allows for a lawsuit for invasion of privacy.
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Ovations, set for January 17, to celebrate women of Newfoundland and Labrador

The event will begin with an afternoon forum, which will feature keynote speaker Zoe Yujnovich, President and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Panelists will include women from across the province who will share their insights and experiences, whether as a chair on a corporate board, as a community volunteer or as a young woman reaching out to her community and humanity around the world.
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Through the Skills and Training Plan, the B.C. government is committed to accelerating student transition to the workforce by exposing students to technical trades and skills and by expanding opportunities for students to begin apprenticeships before graduation and earn graduation credits.
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This new resource from Rose Hip Press covers many basic principles of family literacy. It has more than 30 activities that help parents support the language and literacy development of their children. The content supports early language development, early numeracy, pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
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CMEC has just published PCAP-13 2007: Report on Reading Strategies and Reading Achievement, the third in a series of research projects in which the PCAP-13 2007 data set is used to examine questions of interest to educational policy-makers and practitioners in Canada. It focuses on the factors that contribute to the performance of 13-year-old Canadian students in reading.
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Jobs and Prosperity Council releases report to Ontarians — Advantage Ontario

Ontario must act quickly to become more competitive and seize opportunities in the new global economy or its prosperity will decline, according to Advantage Ontario, the report of Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Council. The report identifies five key areas for action: going global; driving productivity growth; unleashing innovation and entrepreneurship; capitalizing on strength in talent, and delivering smart, efficient government.
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Colleges support Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Council's focus on career training

The Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Council has made a number of important recommendations to ensure more people get access to career-specific, post-secondary education and training, Ontario's colleges have said.
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Ontario universities welcome a new report by the Jobs and Prosperity Council that calls for partnerships among government, the education and private sectors, and other stakeholders to play an integral part in improving Ontario's economic competitiveness.
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CMEC has just published a new report that examines how better data and evidence can be developed to support jurisdictions' efforts to improve the academic achievement and attainment of Aboriginal students in provincial and territorial elementary and secondary schools.
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The Centre for Family Literacy will host a Leading with Literacy Breakfast and presentation of the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, January 24, 2013.
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New year, new job? What are your greatest challenges?

Workers who ring in the new year with a new job may find learning the ropes to be their biggest challenge, a new Accountemps survey suggests. Nearly half of employees and 39 per cent of managers interviewed said mastering new processes and procedures tops their list of concerns when joining a company. Twenty-three per cent from each group cited getting to know a new boss and colleagues as the greatest hurdle.
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Top 10 financial mistakes made by young adults

Whether you’re a young person who recently graduated, just getting your career started or finally moving out on your own, it can be hard to keep track of your personal finances. Some of the biggest mistakes are also the most common and can seriously cost you in the long term. Here are the top 10, along with some tips on how to avoid them.
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Giving the gift of financial literacy

The key to giving financial literacy gifts is to make them fun, says Gordon Pape, co-author (with his daughter, Deborah Kerbel) of Money Savvy Kids: The best ways to teach your children about money for a strong financial future.
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Jobs Alert: Ottawa enhancing program to connect Canadians with available jobs

“The new, enhanced Job Alerts system is being introduced to improve and strengthen the job information made available to Canadians,” said Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley. “We are pleased to launch this system in January and begin better helping people find employment opportunities in their area, from a variety of sources.”
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The Nunavut Literacy Council has launched a pan-northern research project to find out why Inuit women outnumber men in government jobs and in post-secondary school enrolment. The three-year project also aims to discover what can be done to encourage more men to take part in formal education and in the workforce.
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Arctic Inspiration Prize goes in part to Nunavut Literacy Council

The Nunavut Literacy Council will receive $300,000 to help people use literacy skills outside the classroom such as when hunting or sewing. Kim Crockatt, the council's executive director, said it's about turning research into action. "It's always better to have more support for what we're doing. I think this will help us get that."
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The Quebec English Literacy Alliance has created its own unique rendition of a seasonal, musical favourite.
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IT worker shortage has serious implications for Canada: columnist

"Things are moving extremely quickly in analytics, social business, smarter commerce and security,” says Les Rechan, general manager of business analytics at IBM. “What we’ve found here … is that technology becomes the Number 1 challenge for CEOs.”
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Ottawa, corporate Canada partnering to offer job opportunities to veterans

Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, along with representatives from the True Patriot Love Foundation and the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), have announced two new initiatives to further support veterans as they transition to civilian life. The first, the new Veterans Transition Advisory Council, will bring together industry leaders and government with the goal of helping veterans transition into meaningful jobs in the private sector.
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Recent research from TD Canada Trust found that while 97% of parents with children under 12-years-old say it's extremely important to talk to their kids about money and finances, 42% say they haven't yet talked to their children and 36% say they find it difficult to find the time to talk to their kids because it's a complicated topic.
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Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) and ABC Life Literacy Canada are seeking a Project Manager. The organizations have received funding to develop increased awareness on the part of Canadian small, medium and large enterprises - in all regions of the country - of the need for Literacy and Essential Skills (L/ES) workplace training and its implementation as a business solution.
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Book lover on your holiday list? Top picks from Globe Books

"From this rich array we select only the most promising for reviews - and then only those that wowed our professional readers for our annual 100 list. Herewith, the titles reviewers couldn’t put down, couldn’t stop talking about, and insist you stock up on, too." -- The Globe and Mail
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First Nations education talks back on track

"Our meeting concluded with a firm commitment to continue seeking ways of working together to achieve our ultimate objective, which is improving the education and opportunities available to First Nation students," Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said.
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The Brandon and District Worker Advocacy Centre (BDWAC) provides a range of services including information on training opportunities through employment insurance, career counselling, access to benefits, and help with job searches and financial management.
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British Columbia's Grade 4 students among world's top readers

B.C.'s Grade 4 students are among the world's top readers at their grade level and had the highest average score in Canada, according to a new international report.
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Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain favourable for the first quarter of 2013, with employers in the transportation & public utilities sector reporting the strongest job prospects, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
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Glass ceiling still exists in Canada's boardrooms, according to new survey

According to a poll of 500 female executives conducted by Ipsos Reid and commissioned on behalf of Randstad Canada, the country's Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR services, when it comes to salaries, promotions, important decisions and travel, the "glass ceiling" is still a very real challenge for today's female business leaders.
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Canadian parents and teachers are succeeding at creating an environment at home and at school that promotes good reading skills among children, according to reports released today by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). But while the reports show that Canadian Grade 4 students perform well in reading by international standards, there remains room for improvement.
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Canada will open its doors to 3,000 skilled tradespeople starting next year under a new immigration stream set to launch January. 2, 2013, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced. “The new skilled trades stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country, and support economic growth,” he said.
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The New Brunswick Public Library Service has received a donation of $100,000 from the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation for the purchase of new eBooks and downloadable audio books. The Electronic Library New Brunswick has been growing in popularity since it was created in 2010. The gift is the largest allocation the foundation has made to the electronic library and will enable it to augment the collection by about 4,000 titles.
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