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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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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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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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The number of job opportunities in Canada is shrinking, and the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program may be to blame, according to an overlooked comment in a recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Office. The report also suggests that one-quarter of new jobs in Canada could be going to temporary foreign workers.
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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced a number of government initiatives that support the manufacturing industry in Canada during a roundtable with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). Through funding from the Government of Canada, the CME will create a regional network for employers, colleges and trainers to share labour market information.
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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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Guy Berthiaume appointed as Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover has announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014. Dr. Berthiaume has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since 2009. Before this, he spent 30 years as a senior university administrator.
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"Literacy provides the foundation for life-long learning and is essential to supporting our mandate centred on people, jobs and skills. Literacy opens doors to employment opportunities and enhances the quality of life for New Brunswickers. It is an important initial step in putting our best resources, our human resources, to work." -- Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Jody Carr of New Brunswick
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Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson has announced the appointment of Jane Rooney, a seasoned policy maker in domestic and international financial literacy issues, as Canada’s first-ever Financial Literacy Leader. The position was established through the Financial Literacy Leader Act in March 2013, thus implementing the top recommendation of the Task Force on Financial Literacy.
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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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Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt gave a lunchtime speech at the Empire Club of Canada highlighting recent Government of Canada action to increase Aboriginal participation in the workforce. The Minister spoke of new approaches to education and skills development for Aboriginal people in Canada that, coupled with major investments in these areas, are expected to lead to further jobs and prosperity for individuals and communities across the country.
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On the occasion of World Book Day April 23, the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) urges governments to legislate for cheap, extensive Internet and mobile access to ensure that secondary school girls in particular have easy and regular access to both paper and digital books.
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Did you know? There's a cooking skills gap, according to new report

Research released by Sobeys Inc. has revealed a generation gap when it comes to food knowledge and confidence in cooking skills. Only 31 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds feel confident in the kitchen versus 48 per cent of those 50 and older.
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Canada's poor record of business innovation continues to hamper our country's competitiveness. A new Conference Board of Canada report, Skills for Business Innovation Success: It's People Who Innovate, highlights research, tools, industry perspectives, and strategies to bolster firm-level innovation in Canada through skills.
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Education Minister Don Morgan, along with Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) Janet Foord, announced the historic Education Sector Strategic Plan at the SSBA Spring Assembly. This is the first ever province-wide plan to be developed in co-operation with all education sector partners, approved by the 28 school boards and accepted by the Government of Saskatchewan.
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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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Four adult learners were recognized at an event in Halifax during Adult Learners' Week. They were among the more than 50 adult learners from across Nova Scotia who had submitted essays about how learning has changed their lives.
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Legislative amendments in Nova Scotia to benefit employers, apprentices

Legislative changes introduced April 10 will increase employer involvement in apprenticeship, and make it easier for apprentices to complete their training and get jobs in Nova Scotia.
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Minding the skills gap in British Columbia

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC has launched a new campaign at MindTheGapBC.com to introduce employers and hiring managers across British Columbia to an online library of employer tools and resources that assist with hiring immigrant talent.
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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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CPA Canada named financial literacy organization of the year

CPA Canada was named Organization of the Year, Nonprofit, by the Institute for Financial Literacy, based in the United States. The organization also received a prestigious EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Award. CPA Canada produces practical publications and maintains a website dedicated to financial literacy.
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New generation speed-dating its way to summer jobs

Kael Cruz spent the past few months “working like crazy,” putting the final touches on his portfolio, perfecting his personal website, attending a networking training session, and boosting his social media presence in anticipation of an evening that had the potential to launch his career. “I’ve got to sit at that table, so I’ve got to bring my A-game,” explained the creative advertising student at Toronto’s Humber College.
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Hamiltonian 20-somethings just can't leave the nest. That much is apparent from 2011 census statistics that show 51.6 per cent of Steel City residents between the ages of 20 and 29 are still living with their parents, though the reasons may not be so obvious.
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