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Reading in the Mobile Era: A new report from UNESCO

The report found a “revolution” in reading habits in developing countries, where books can be scarce but cellphones are not. The UN estimates that some six billion people have cell phones — more than the number of people with access to toilets — and technology that compresses data can help mobile phone users with even basic phones cheaply access books and stories.
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Early bird registration deadline is May 1 for Summer Institute 2014

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, participants turn their attention to broadening and defining a research agenda using data from PIAAC and related surveys.
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Five awards were presented to individuals who displayed outstanding efforts in Saskatchewan to promote literacy, programs devoted to learning, and organizations that incorporated essential skills, learning, and literacy when educating others.
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Registration is now open for the Spring Term of online courses in the Teacher of Adults: Literacy Educator Certificate program. Courses begin May 13, 2014, through OntarioLearn. Both Conestoga College and Sault College offer the courses to new and experienced literacy instructors.
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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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One tip to start: If you’re carrying a large balance on your credit card bill, use the whole refund to pay down your debt. There’s no higher financial priority than killing a debt with an interest rate in the 20-per-cent range.
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Offered through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Multiculturalism will help students start or grow a business in a market where both suppliers and customers are increasingly diverse.
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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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