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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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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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Alphabet poem for Adult Learners’ Week

This poem by El Jones was read at “Celebration of Lifelong Learning,” on April 10, 2013, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before Mayor Mike Savage, councillors and invited guests.
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Literacy funding cuts in British Columbia

The B.C. Ministry of Education has announced it is slashing its literacy funds in half, as the province tries to balance its books. For the last few years, 102 community organizations have received money to hire a part-time Literacy Outreach Coordinator. You can listen to the audio file.
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Essential Skills Video Contest

Enter your video on the importance of essential skills and earn a chance to win a half day on set with Mike Holmes, Canada’s most trusted contractor!
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Summer Institute 2014: Exploring PIAAC Data - Early bird deadline May 1, 2014

This event is the third in a series of bilingual institutes held to explore the meaning and uses of international adult literacy and skills surveys, from IALS to PIAAC. In June 2014, The Centre for Literacy turns its attention to broadening and defining a research agenda using data from PIAAC and related surveys.
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Some thoughts on German apprenticeships

There are, basically, eight major differences between our system of apprenticeships and the ones in Germany. For example: our apprenticeship system is post-secondary, and caters to people in their 20s. Theirs is essentially part of the secondary system, and caters to 17-19 year-olds; as a corollary, German apprentices spend a higher proportion of in-class training on basic employability skills.
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Adult learners from across the province submitted writings and videos about their learning journeys under the theme "I’m Still Learning." The contest is sponsored by Literacy Nova Scotia.
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March 29 to April 6 is Adult Learners' Week in Canada which is a seven-day celebration of lifelong learning. For Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA), every week of the year is a celebration of lifelong learning. “We run a wide-variety of programming,” ACALA director Lise deVilliers said.
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Designing skill-friendly tax policies, according to OECD

The design of the tax system is a key driver for the skills outcomes of OECD economies and thus impact on employment, entrepreneurship and inclusive economic growth. The decision by individuals and companies to undertake education and training is influenced by more than just the tax code. Nonetheless, taxes have significant impacts on the finances of workers, students and companies.
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Students often struggle with using active voice in their writing. For some reason, they have learned along the way that passive voice sounds more “grown up” or academic.
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Canada’s hidden skills gap

There has been a lot of talk lately in government and business about the skilled worker shortage in Canada. But a lot of that talk misses a critical point. What we should be talking about instead is the shortage in workers who have adequate essential skills.
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All across Canada, people are celebrating Adult Learners’ Week!

For information on what is taking place during ALW, visit the following online centres: COPIAN, CCU, SQAF, and the joint RESDAC/CLLN/COPIAN Facebook page dedicated to ALW. Do not hesitate to jump in and promote ALW. Tools and resources are available for you to use.
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Spring clean your finances

After a long, cold winter it’s great to know that spring weather will soon be here — the time to stash away your winter woollies, rake up the yard and clean out the garage. What better time to also spring clean your finances?
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Preparing Newcomers for life in Canada

During his remarks, the Minister announced an additional investment in the CIIP of $1.9 million over the next six months, and highlighted the work that is underway with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to explore new ways of delivering overseas services. This funding will help more immigrants prepare for life in Canada.
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Winners of the Reading Matters contest announced

Five winners of the Reading Matters contest have been selected, and this will help spread the word about why reading is important, and give us new reasons why reading really does matter to all of us.
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The Manitoba government is introducing a new career development grant for schools that will help students develop clear career paths. The new $1-million career development fund will give students the tools needed to make informed educational choices and will support many activities.
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Literacy and Essential Skills funds lacking, according to Brigid Hayes' Blog

In her Blog, Brigid Hayes writes about federal government funding at the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, administered by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES).
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Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society, according to a new OECD report. "Society at a Glance 2014" says that despite a gradually improving global economy, medium-term fiscal consolidation in many countries will pose challenges for tackling the social fallout from the crisis.
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Interim funding for training organizations in Nova Scotia

The province of Nova Scotia is providing short-term help to training organizations whose funding has been compromised by ongoing Labour Market Agreement negotiations. The government will provide $2.2 million in interim funding to more than 60 groups that help Nova Scotians get the skills they need to connect with jobs.
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Partnership aimed at raising Canadians' financial literacy skills

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson joined representatives of ABC Life Literacy Canada and the TD Bank Group for the launch of their Money Matters program. Also attending were program participants, who will be learning about the availability of resources and tools to help them make informed decisions about managing their personal finances.
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The goal of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) is 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 and to share these insights and lessons learned with a larger community of practice.
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Important reminders from Saskatchewan Literacy Network

The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit has been extended to March 31, 2014.
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Short list announced for Prince Edward Island Book Awards

Six very talented Island authors have been shortlisted for the biennial Prince Edward Island Book Awards, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.
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Ontario fostering talent and skills for the new economy

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced two projects under Ontario's new $25-million Youth Skills Connections fund. George Brown College and Ryerson University will use the investment to partner with business and labour to deliver specialized programs that will prepare 212 young people for jobs in the food, metal manufacturing and information communications technology sectors.
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The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has implemented a number of new learning and development initiatives for employees, Minister of Human Resources Tom Beaulieu has announced. These new initiatives complement the initiatives already in place for GNWT employees.
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CLLN announces new Aboriginal financial literacy project

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Aboriginal Financial Literacy Project, undertaken in partnership with the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC). This project has been made possible by the support of the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund, which is administered by Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI).
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NB watch: Funding increased for universities, help for students and employers

The New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour is investing more than $593 million in fiscal 2014-15 in its core mandate of people, skills and jobs. The figures were outlined as the department's main estimates were presented in the legislative assembly.
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National Volunteer Week is April 6 to 12, 2014

During National Volunteer Week 2014, Volunteer Canada and Investors Group are encouraging Canadians to thank volunteers for their efforts, by participating in a unique countrywide conversation about volunteer recognition. The Volunt-Hear Hotline, a toll-free number that Canadians can call to leave a brief impact statement and thank a volunteer, will be live from March 23 until April 12.
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Adult learners yearn to learn and earn

"During Adult Learners’ Week March 29 to April 6, 2014, the world celebrates adult learners like Maura, Linda and millions of others around the globe who have found the desire, time and energy to pursue their dreams for education and learning. It is imperative that governments provide opportunities and resources for these adults who have both the need and the desire to learn."
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Every office should have a suggestion box: small business consultant

Business owners need to appreciate that they’re in a position of power and influence over their employees and as approachable as they may be, they should set up a feedback system. In the absence of a mechanism to allow your staff to make suggestions and complaints without fear of repercussion, you may not be hearing the whole truth and missing out on simple or critical opportunities for improvement.
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Videos give a new dimension to hiring across Canada

Hiring is really a numbers game. Employers' hiring needs are growing, while their recruitment dollars and available time to interview are diminishing. The trend for 2014 is an increased influence of social media to qualify the quality of a candidate.
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