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Headlines: Northwest Territories - February

Submissions being accepted for 2014 Life Literacy Awards

ABC Life Literacy Canada is delighted to announce that the 2014 Life Literacy Awards are now open for submissions to recognize outstanding achievement in adult literacy and essential skills through community literacy, workplace education, journalism, and corporate excellence. Submissions will be accepted online until May 30, 2014.
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Canada Job Grant deal reached with all provinces except Quebec

After months of back-and-forth negotiations, all territories and provinces with the exception of Quebec have accepted "a compromise" deal on the Canada Job Grant, a centrepiece proposal made by the federal government during last year's budget.
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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has issued a report, entitled Canada’s Labour Market Sputtered in 2013, which examines the Canadian labour market in 2013 and highlights the considerable variation in labour market performance by demographic group, sector and region.
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Skills gap still top-of-mind issue for Canadian workers in 2014

Addressing the skills gap continues to be top of mind with Canadian workers, according to a new study by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada. In fact, more than nine in 10 (91.2 per cent) of working Canadians say they feel that the skills shortage/skills gap will continue to be an issue of importance in Canada in 2014.
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March 2-8: International Women's Week highlights role of women entrepreneurs

Canadians will celebrate the economic contributions of women entrepreneurs during International Women’s Week March 2-8, 2014. This year’s theme is Strong Women, Strong Canada, Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a Time. The week begins on March 2 and concludes on March 8, International Women’s Day.
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An optional, 90-minute, hands-on session at the Institute is designed for educators and practitioners to help them understand and apply learning from large-scale assessment data.
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Canada’s construction industry relying on mobile workforce

Canada’s construction industry will need to attract more young people and workers willing to move from other provinces, regions and countries, to meet its changing labour force needs, according to a new labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada.
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SEDI highlights Federal Budget items that relate to financial education

These highlights focus on budget items related to financial education and supports for low-income and vulnerable groups, as well as broader regulatory initiatives concerning the financial sector overall and related consultation opportunities that may be of interest to organizations serving vulnerable Canadians.
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Theme is essential skills at 2014 Skills Canada Competition June 4-7 in Toronto

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. Every year, more than 550 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests.
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Less than one-third of Canadians are putting money away regularly, leaving them short of funds as the RRSP deadline approaches.
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for January 2014

Each month Copian releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads/20 Plus téléchargés. The report examines the number of Copian Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the Copian website.
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Call for proposals: The Literacy & Learning Symposium 2014

The Literacy & Learning Symposium Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for sessions at the 2014 Symposium. The theme of the event is Navigating Change in the Learning Landscape. Dates are October 22-24 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort.
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Statistics Canada releases employment numbers for January 2014

Employment rose by 29,000 in January, the result of an increase in full-time work. The unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 7.0 per cent.
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CUPE celebrates Black History Month in February

"One of Canada’s first major challenges to racial segregation happened in 1946, when Viola Desmond, a black business woman, refused to sit in the balcony of a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Instead, she sat downstairs in an area designated exclusively for white people. Desmond's action took place nine years before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama."
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Copian marks a milestone in 2014: its 25th anniversary!

Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning is steeped in tradition. While it has a new name and a new brand, the national non-profit literacy organization has been in existence for 25 years, keeping Canadians connected to information, knowledge, resources and each other for the purpose of advancing life-long and life-wide learning.
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The Association of Canadian Community Colleges has stressed the need for further federal government investments for access to post-secondary education to address Canada’s skills gap, provide Canadians with advanced skills for employment and to enhance workplace innovation.
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Your e-mails speak volumes about your business and often leave both a first and lasting impression. Crafting well-written and thoughtful e-mails can make a big difference in getting a cold call returned and a business relationship started.
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Provincial and territorial ministers of education join parents, caregivers and children across Canada on January 27 to celebrate the 16th annual Family Literacy Day. “Parents and caregivers are children's first and best teachers,” said Jeff Johnson, Chair of CMEC and Alberta's Minister of Education. “By turning everyday family activities into learning opportunities, we encourage children's social and intellectual development and help make learning a lifelong passion.”
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Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative held across Canada every year on January 27. Its goal is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
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‘Mind the Kidds’ and take their ideas to heart on Family Literacy Day

It has been suggested that we form our education policy on a Multiple Life Cycles understanding that incorporates what the late Roby and Margaret Kidd understood: that education is for both children and adults, and that there are inter-generational contributions of adult education to the educational achievements of children.
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Most workers haven't sought a new job in years: survey

Is your resume covered in cobwebs? You're not alone, according to a recent Accountemps survey. More than half (56 per cent) of employed workers interviewed said it's been at least five years since they last looked for a new job; this includes 32 per cent of survey respondents who haven't conducted a job search in more than a decade.
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Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, Essential Skills Ontario, along with its partners, Decoda Literacy Solutions in British Columbia, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC), is pleased to announce their collaboration on an exciting new three-year initiative, Strengthening Rural Canada.
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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, the attention is turned toward broadening and defining a research agenda using data from PIAAC and related surveys.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada, with support from Natrel, is pleased to announce the second edition of Family Literacy Fun, a collection of family learning activities. Natrel, a division of Agropur Cooperative, Canada’s largest dairy co-op, partnered with ABC Life Literacy to create the Family Literacy Fun collection.
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On Sunday, January 26, ABC Life Literacy Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day at the Ontario Science Centre with an array of author events, performances and activities. This is the second year Family Literacy Day has been celebrated at the Ontario Science Centre.
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Employment minister gives provinces a break on jobs grant matching funds

Canada's provinces and territories will no longer be required to match the federal government's contribution towards the Canada Job Grant plan, under a revised proposal sent to them by Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney.
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Brigid Hayes has released a follow-up document to her 'First Reactions to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results.' "Having time for further reflection, I wanted to share additional thoughts about PIAAC," she says. "As always, these views are my own and this particular paper is not sponsored by any organization."
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Industry Canada is accepting written submissions in response to the questions posed in the consultation paper, which, along with submission guidelines, can be found at www.ic.gc.ca/science-tech-innovation-consultation. Interested parties are invited to provide a submission before February 7, 2014.
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“PIAAC continues the tradition of being a national snapshot of skills,” she said. “As such, it contains a wealth of information at the macro level. It can also provide indications of how literacy training might be adapted. However, it has limited application for the classroom."
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Call for presentations and recommendations: ACCC 2014 Conference May 25-27 in Ottawa

ACCC is seeking presentations and recommendations from its member institutions for the 2014 Conference taking place May 25-27 in Ottawa. The conference will provide a forum for member institutions to learn from each other by sharing insights and experience. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 13.
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