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Headlines: Saskatchewan - 2011

What employees want more than a raise in 2012

New numbers from the Corporate Executive Board’s quarterly study of 20,000 employees over the second half of 2011 took a look at the biggest drivers of employee retention – that is, the reasons people choose to stay loyal to their company – and found that it’s not about the money in the post-recession workforce.
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A descendant of Irish immigrants, Paul Martin points to himself and other non-aboriginals. "Our ancestors were not treated very well," said Martin, adding that later generations were successful thanks to strong schooling.
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Labour shortage is problem across Canada - in particular in Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is in the midst of an unprecedented energy and resources boom that is straining the province’s ability to keep up. Finding enough workers to complete some $43-billion worth of major projects under way and planned is proving to be a monumental challenge.
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How can you help support hunger and literacy at the same time? Turn your Family Literacy Day event into a food drive. Encourage families that attend your event to bring a non-perishable food item that you can then donate to your local food bank.
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Participate in the Family Literacy Day Colouring Contest from now until January 31, 2012, for a chance to win one of 13 Family Literacy Day Raise-a-Reader prize packs! If you haven’t already planned your Family Literacy Day activity for this year, this is a great option for everyone to enjoy on January 27.
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The Canadian Retirement Income Calculator will provide you with retirement income information, including OAS and CPP benefits. You will need to work through a series of modules in order to estimate your retirement incomes and compare them to the 70 per cent income replacement rate often recommended by retirement planners. It also allows you to see the impact of increased savings.
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Since 2004, the Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards have been celebrating the hard work of those who have embraced a renewed pursuit of learning. Applicants must have resumed studies after a minimum of 12 months out of school and have completed one or more years in an educational program.
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Government partners with Frontier College to increase workplace literacy

Based on the success of its Labourer Teacher (LT) program, which has been operating for over 110 years, Frontier College is partnering with the Federal Government on the "LT Second Century Project." The project addresses employability issues by upgrading the essential skills of low-literate individuals and enables them to become more job-ready and capable of adapting to the unique skills required at a job site.
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Immigrant wage and employment gaps persist: RBC Economics

Despite higher education levels, Canadian immigrants experience higher unemployment rates and lower incomes than workers born in the country, according to a new report issued by RBC Economics.
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A look back at 10 years of 'just Googling it'

Google Canada celebrates its 10th anniversary with a look back on a decade of accomplishments and advances that have changed the way Canadians find, share and organize information, network, and do business. A decade ago, most Canadians didn't Google things. Texting was a new technology, most of us were connecting to the Internet via dial-up, and we couldn't imagine the possibility of taking a virtual drive along our own streets.
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Human Rights Commission supports Ottawa's move to strike down mandatory retirement

The Canadian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Government of Canada's move to repeal sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act and Canada Labour Code that permit employers to force employees to retire once they reach a certain age, regardless of their ability to do the job.
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The Canadian Education Statistics Council, a partnership between the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Statistics Canada, has just released 39 updated tables from the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP). PCEIP tables offer statistical measures on education systems in Canada for policy-makers, practitioners, and the general public to monitor the performance of education systems, across jurisdictions and over time.
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Mastering the intergenerational manager/employee tango

As a greater number of baby boomers delay retirement and remain in the workplace past the traditional retirement age, it will become increasingly common to find older, more experienced workers reporting to significantly younger managers.
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How to approach a negative job performance review: career coach

How you handle the results of a performance review is far more important than what you received. Absorb, understand and act. Take time to let the results sink in. Pay attention to good feedback, too. Reflect on the information with curiosity and compassion rather than self-judgment.
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Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain moderate for the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, the most extensive, forward-looking employment survey in the world.
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Older women leading the pack in employment gains

A curious pattern has emerged through Canada’s recession and rocky recovery: Employment levels have surged among older women. A look behind Canada’s net employment gains shows how unevenly they have been distributed in the labour force. Virtually all the increases through and since the recession have been among workers aged 55 or older, particularly women.
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Federal government lends support to four Canadian book publishers

Four Canadian book publishers will continue offering a rich selection of Canadian-authored books to readers everywhere, in both digital and print formats, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.
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READ Saskatoon celebrated International Volunteer Day on December 5 with the launch of a series of revised literacy handbooks for literacy volunteers and adult learners. The books, funded by the Saskatoon Community Foundation and the Saskatoon United Way and Area, ensure adult learners have the tools needed to improve their literacy skills.
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"This is an important contribution by the Senate committee to our Call to Action on First Nations education," said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo. "They have acknowledged that 'fundamental, systemic change is required to replace an antiquated system of isolated and improperly resourced First Nations schools with the necessary organizational infrastructure needed for a 21st century school system.' "
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While children and parents get a break from school and work during the holiday season, families can still get involved in enjoyable learning activities.
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Margaret Atwood credits Twitter, Internet for boosting literacy

"A lot of people on Twitter are dedicated readers. Twitter is like all of the other short forms that preceded it. It's like the telegram. It's like the smoke signal. It's like writing on the washroom wall. It's like carving your name on a tree," says Canada's literary legend Margaret Atwood.
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Embracing diversity in the workplace

Formalized diversity programs have become a mainstay in many business environments. "The way business looks at diversity is it's not just an employee program. It's about looking at the community as well," says Amy Hanen, associate vice-president of diversity and employee experience analytics at TD Bank Group in Toronto.
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What questions to ask/not to ask during a job interview

There are four species of questions an applicant needs to think about when heading into a job interview — traditional and behavioural questions an applicant may expect from the interviewer, as well as inappropriate or improper questions.
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The 2nd annual survey conducted by Harris/Decima on behalf of Canada Post shows that greeting cards continue to be an essential tradition during the holidays - and one that permeates through younger generations, even if social media and electronic alternatives are prevalent in their lives.
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No means no: Students continue fight to end violence against women

"On December 6 we mark the day that 14 women were murdered on their campus 22 years ago simply because they were women," said Roxanne Dubois, national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students, Canada's largest student organization.
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Canada's wage gap - between rich and poor - at record high, says OECD

The gap between Canada’s rich and poor is growing amid shifts in the job market and tax cuts for the wealthy, according to a study that shows income inequality at a record high among industrialized nations. A sweeping OECD analysis shows the income gap in Canada is well above the 34-country average, though still not as extreme as in the United States.
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Public sector frustration could lead to increased work stoppages in 2012

There is an increased prospect of work stoppages in the public sector in 2012, because labour – which has quietly accepted restraint in recent years – is becoming frustrated with ongoing demands for concessions from government employers, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Industrial Relations Outlook 2012: Going Sideways, With a Twist.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada is recruiting for a new position, Program Manager, Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills, to be responsible for the overall direction and implementation of ABC’s workplace literacy and essential skills programs, tools and resources that support employers, unions, learners in the workplace and the workplace literacy and essential skills field.
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Job numbers down in November but up 1.2 per cent from 12 months earlier

Employment declined in Quebec and Saskatchewan in November, while it increased in Nova Scotia. There was little change in the other provinces.
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Article outlines ways to overcome shyness in the workplace

The most important part of dealing with shyness is internal. Set aside some time to focus without distraction. Get comfortable and take some deep breaths to get grounded. If you're feeling anxious about anything, use your breathing to release the anxiety and bring yourself completely into the present.
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