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Nova Scotians Encouraged to Make Workplace Safety a Habit

Workers, employers, government, and safety leaders are doing their part to make workplace safety a habit so that more workers come home healthy and safe at the end of the day.
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They are the best and brightest minds in the country and many of them don’t have the basic level of literacy needed to properly function in society.
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for April 2014

Each month Copian releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads. The report examines the number of Copian Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the Copian website.
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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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Literacy Nova Scotia is pleased to announce it is offering scholarship and bursary awards for learners in all programs in 2013-2014. There will be two scholarships of $1,500 (one of which is designated for a NSCC Truro student) and three bursaries of $500 to help adult students living in Nova Scotia. The money for these grants comes from the PGI Golf Tournaments for Literacy.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada offering free materials for Essential Skills Day

ABC is creating materials they would like to share with your organization/your workplace to help make your Essential Skills Day celebration on September 26, 2014, an amazing event.
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To celebrate the 15th edition of its program, The Gift of Reading, the Literacy Foundation is pleased to announce that 38,504 brand new books will be distributed to that many underprivileged children aged 0-12. The Foundation and program spokesperson, actress Marie Turgeon, are proud to reveal the record results of this initiative aimed at preventing the reading difficulties that can lead to young people dropping out of school and then to illiteracy.
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Boys aren’t falling behind in school. More accurately, they were never ahead. A new international peer-reviewed study by Canadian researchers has found that over the last 100 years, girls have always done better than boys when it comes to school grades. And not just in language studies, though the gender gap in those subjects is wider.
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Women in the labour force: Have the numbers reached their peak?

The proportion of women who are active in the paid work force has grown rapidly since the 1970s, transforming the workplace and society as a whole in the process. The rising participation rate of women was a major economic force over the past three decades in that it kept real family incomes afloat despite stagnant, if not falling, male wages. What about the future?
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1984: Has adult literacy education improved since then? – An American perspective

International adult education consultant and long-time Copian contributor Tom Sticht recalls adult literacy education issues that surfaced at a 1984 conference in Washington, D.C. He offers his insight on what he feels has changed in the intervening years.
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Coming up August 18-22, FESA's 2014 Summer Institute will highlight facilitator training. A series of training workshops is offered to practitioners from all backgrounds, who are looking to enhance their facilitation and leadership skills. Participants will learn to deliver programs that are engaging, effective, and generate results, while gaining knowledge in assessing community needs, facilitation strategies, and competencies of a successful facilitator.
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Parental literacy is key to children's performance: commentary

"In Nova Scotia, an alarming 38 per cent of working-age adults lack the literacy skills they need to succeed in today’s knowledge economy, and to properly support their children’s education. This is the crux of the real literacy crisis in our province." -- Karen Blair, Executive Director of the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County
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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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More career-related co-op jobs for students in Nova Scotia

More Nova Scotia students will gain career-related job experience because government has expanded the number of co-op placements available across the province.
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Restaurants barred from using Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Employment Minister Jason Kenney has put an immediate moratorium on allowing restaurants to hire temporary foreign workers after a series of abuse allegations.
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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Theresa Oswald, Manitoba Minister of Jobs and the Economy, signed three agreements April 23 to help connect Manitobans with available jobs.
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Funding to assist gang-involved young offenders gain new skills: Ottawa

Justice Minister Peter MacKay has announced $604,372 in funding for the Child Development Institute's Centre for Children Committing Offences (CCCO). The funding is supporting its Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) for Youth in Custody project, which helps at-risk youth in custody develop the skills needed to resist gang involvement.
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The Council of the Federation Literacy Award was created in 2004 by Canada's premiers to recognize literacy achievements in every province and territory. This year Alberta will honour the hard work and commitment of an outstanding community organization in many areas including family, Aboriginal, workplace and community literacy. Help Alberta recognize and celebrate the leadership of an outstanding community organization by submitting this nomination form.
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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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