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Over the next several years, the food processing industry - one of the largest growing sectors in Ontario and the largest manufacturing contributor to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product - will need to fill at least 30,000 new positions. Unfortunately, employers in this sector are struggling to find and retain workers, placing the industry in a precarious position.
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Fish fry to aid Midland literacy organization

Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton is once again hosting a fish fry in support of Gateway Centre for Learning. The fundraiser will take place May 30 in the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre’s Brian Orser Hall.
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Learning: We All Struggle

Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador invited Tannis Atkinson to Newfoundland in early April to talk about what was happening in Ontario programs designed for adults who come back to school to get their high school graduation. Tannis sat down with Helen Woodrow to talk about her experience.
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Authors bring literacy to life for kids in North Bay

More than 1,500 students from the Near North District School Board filled the bleachers of Nipissing University’s Robert J. Surtees Athletic Centre on April 29. They were there to meet and cheer for eleven visiting children’s authors from across Canada as part of the Ontario Library Association’s Festival of Trees.
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Ten ways to make your work environment more productive

When we look forward to getting to work, we are likely to do good work. When we are disengaged, negative feelings can remove the energy out of an office environment in no time. Here are 10 ways we can all be leaders in developing a healthy eco-system in our working environment.
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The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honours innovation in the creation and delivery of adult literacy or adult-integrated family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. The 2014 application deadline is Friday, May 30, at 5 p.m. EST.
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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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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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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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Post-secondary education report-launch addresses Ontario crisis

"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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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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Minister Kenney talks jobs during tour of Grey Bruce region of Ontario

Employment Minister Jason Kenney visited the Bruce Power nuclear facility recently and applauded the company’s investments in employee training and apprenticeship to address the skills pressures in the nuclear industry. He also praised Bruce Power’s training centre and student internship programs.
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Soaring tuition costs force students to work more hours: analysis

Many university students have to work double, triple and in some cases six times the number of hours in minimum-wage jobs to afford tuition costs compared to 40 years ago, according to Statistics Canada data analyzed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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A new report has confirmed that a large majority of college graduates continue to find jobs shortly after they graduate. The results show 83.4 per cent of college graduates found employment within six months of graduation.
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Ontario issues progress reports for health and education

Ontario is continuing to invest in public services to help people in their everyday lives, to build a strong workforce and to ensure families have the high-quality health care they need. The province has released its Health Care and Education Progress Reports, which outline the government's accomplishments since 2003 to drive change and improve the lives of people across the province.
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"We all agree that we need action on First Nations education because it is crucial for our children and it is crucial for our shared future. But we must get it right. Each nation will need to determine for themselves if this bill meets their needs and our demand for an approach that places our children front and centre and is founded on our rights, treaties and jurisdiction." - Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo
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Have you heard of NALES? Read on

"Last year, the three territorial literacy coalitions signed a memorandum of agreement, and the Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES) was born. Each literacy council is still an independent body, with its own projects, but we realized the power of numbers and the potential for working together on projects of mutual interest." - Helen Balanoff on behalf of Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES)
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CMEC has just published an Assessment Matters! research note on the problem-solving skills of Canadian 15-year-olds. The note uses data from the recently released OECD report on problem solving from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). OECD results show that only seven of the 44 participating countries, and only two OECD countries, achieved a higher average score in problem solving than Canada.
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Celebrating 25 years of Copian: Canada's premier national adult literacy database

In 2014, adult literacy educators in Canada and other nations celebrate 25 years of service by Copian, formerly known as the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD).
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The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Canada's largest migrant worker coalition, will be participating in the launch of Lawyer and Professor Fay Faraday's groundbreaking new report titled Profiting from the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers.
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The Stop the Trades Tax Campaign welcomes media reports that federal Employment and Social Development Minster Jason Kenney will call on the Ontario Liberal government to put a stop to its plan to force compulsory certification on carpenters throughout the province.
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I'm Still Learning! is the tagline for Adult Learners’ Week 2014 which runs from March 29 to April 6. One of its goals is the promotion of a culture of lifelong learning, and CFUW, as a representative on the Education Sub-Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, is a strong supporter of this goal.
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Fanshawe College - Always relevant, always changing

At a celebration live-streamed to staff at all campuses, Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin unveiled the College's new brand and visual identity. The new brand promise - to educate, engage, empower and excite - reflects Fanshawe's desire to help people reach their full potential.
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Essential Skills Ontario recently released the second of its 2014 Essential Skills Bulletins on PIAAC - the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.
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Complete FIMESIP survey by April 7 and you could win an iPad mini

Less than a week remains to complete the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) website survey in order to be eligible to win an iPad mini. The survey, which closes April 7, is for everyone working to support workforce, literacy and essential skills development of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
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This report from the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is a must-read for everyone with an interest in the practitioners/workers/educators who work in the literacy and essential skills (LES) field and the students/learners whom these individuals work tirelessly to support.
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Call for presenters: Laubach Literacy Ontario Conference 2014

Laubach Literacy Ontario is organizing a two-day conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario, from Friday, June 13, to Saturday, June 14. The conference is co-hosted by the Orillia & District Literacy Council and the Literacy Society of South Muskoka.
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Provincial and territorial ministers of education join with Canadians this week to mark Adult Learners’ Week in Canada (ALW 2014). First established in 2000 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ALW serves to raise awareness of the importance of adult learning and its integral role in the lifelong learning process. ALW has been celebrated in Canada since 2002 under the auspices of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
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Employers must help to fill void in essential skills

Janet Lane is the director of human capital policy at the Canada West Foundation. There's been a lot of talk lately in government and business about Canada's skilled worker shortage, but much of it misses a critical point. What we should be talking about instead is the shortage in workers with adequate essential skills.
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