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Canada loses champion of early childhood education

Dr. Fraser Mustard’s impassioned campaign calling attention to the crucial first years of life — and how brain development during that time sets the stage for health and well-being — inspired economists, educators and politicians around the globe.
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While team work is an asset, it’s important to be noticed for your individual strengths as well. If your team did good work, make it known that it was you who led the team, says the co-author of the new book entitled Break Your Own Rules.
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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. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2012.
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Call for proposals: TESL Interiors: Landscapes of Literacies and Language conference

TESL Canada and BC TEAL welcome proposals for presentations at the TESL Canada 2012 conference next October. As a major national forum with international reach, TESL Canada conferences are held on an 18-month cycle and offer an important opportunity for professionals to share their work with peers.
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"You Did What?! A Reality Check on Human Resources Practices" (Onate Press, Calgary) is a compilation of scenarios that workers and employees alike are required to address on a regular basis. Supported by the HR Partnership Council at Mount Royal University, the book was launched November 15, 2011, at a sold-out breakfast event at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
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Friends and family main reason Canadian employees resist job relocation: research

Recent research conducted by Ipsos Reid indicates the most important reason why Canadians would not relocate to another city is because they do not want to leave friends and family behind.
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What to say and when: How to manoeuvre the minefield at work

There are plenty of occasions in the workplace that may leave you walking on eggshells. To help you navigate those sticky situations, Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions, looks at various scenarios.
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Fixing a broken workplace culture

At the first of the Work and Learning Network’s 2011/2012 symposiums, John Servage drew on his 35 years of experience to present a rich case study which described how this troubled group of workers used employee-driven learning to turn their department around. John described how he and his staff broke the department into inquiry teams, and empowered them to change the way they worked together.
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Canada’s ministers of education celebrate International Education Week

Canada’s theme for IEW 2011 underscores the value Canadians place on connecting with the world through studying abroad, internationalized curricula and international service. It also focuses on opening the world to Canada by welcoming international elementary, secondary and post-secondary students, promoting international exchanges, and encouraging qualified foreign students to make Canada their new home.
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Ashoka Changemakers invite you to share your ideas or projects that help First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners to succeed. As long as your focus is on learning, inside or beyond the classroom, your submission is welcome. Deadline for submissions is January 27, 2012.
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Latest issue of Canadian Journal of Career Development is out

The Canadian Journal of Career Development is a partnership project between CERIC and Memorial University of Newfoundland with the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada.
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Employment numbers setback signals hiccup in possible jobs recovery

The disappointing Statistics Canada numbers are in stark contrast to economists’ expectations that 12,000 new jobs would be created in October, after 61,000 new positions in September. The loss of 32,000 jobs in the private sector in October was the third consecutive monthly decline in that category.
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Going to work sick: It's not going to pay dividends

While many workers feel pressured to soldier on with their jobs when they're sick, there’s a growing consensus that ill employees could be doing more harm than good by reporting for duty.
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After a preliminary stakeholder consultation, Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk has decided not to go forward with Bill 18, the Education Act, in the current Fall Legislative Session. Further public and stakeholder engagement will take place over the next few months to ensure the legislation reflects the Government of Alberta’s renewed commitment to education.
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A wind of change at Centre FORA

Centre FORA’s Board of Directors is proud of the Centre’s accomplishments as well as those of its director, Yolande Clément, founder and Executive Director since 1989; it is therefore saddened to announce her departure from this position. But at the same time, it is also proud to announce the nomination of Liane Romain, who will spearhead this publishing and distribution house which specializes in literacy and numeracy.
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All Canadians are invited to take a learning journey with ABC Life Literacy Canada for Family Literacy Day® 2012. Learning happens everywhere, and it's easy to make learning part of your daily life.
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Manitoba is prospering but education numbers are weak: MB Check-Up 2011

The MB Check-Up shows that between 2005 and 2010, Manitoba had the highest percentage of youth who did not graduate from high school compared to the other western provinces, Ontario, and Canada. In 2010, this percentage rose by 0.9 percentage points to 11.6 per cent.
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“Although the economic downturn may have contributed to lower learning and development budgets in 2010, the decline in spending is indicative of an ongoing pattern,” said Carrie Lavis, senior research associate with The Conference Board of Canada.
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Canada's labour market headed for downturn: economists

Wage earners will feel the pinch, as the bulk of jobs created will likely be low-paying, but more broadly the economy will suffer as the trend puts a damper on consumer spending, says Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC World Markets.
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Scotiabank Giller Light Bash raises funds for literacy in four cities

This event combines a taste of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala formalities with a unique urban twist. Guests watch the live broadcast of the Scotiabank Giller Gala on a big screen, mingle with fellow guests, vote on the book they think will take home the coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize and enjoy appetizers and cocktails.
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Recent high school graduates overly optimistic about financial future: B.C. survey

Recent high school graduates are exceptionally optimistic about their financial futures, with most expecting they will have an annual salary of $70,000 within 10 years and will have purchased their own home, according to a new survey. The B.C. Securities Commission conducted the survey of 3,000 young adults to assess the effectiveness of secondary-school financial-education programs.
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New social media tools help Albertans plan their next career move

A host of new social media tools, recently launched by the Government of Alberta, are helping Albertans plan their careers and connect to hundreds of jobs across the province.
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Sometimes it's a tough call: Four reasons to say no to a promotion

Whether your own employment situation reeks of entry-level desperation or you’re simply looking to move up the ladder with a bigger pay cheque, the offer of a promotion can be enticing. There may, however, be just as many reasons to pass on a promotion as there are to accept.
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Kick-off to Financial Literacy Month

November is Financial Literacy Month, an initiative developed by the Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG), in collaboration with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), the Government of Canada's lead agency on financial literacy.
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What's a university degree worth in the job market?

The market value of a bachelor's degree is something students - and their parents - want to know as they rack up expensive tuition bills and loans. It turns out it may not fully prepare them for the labour market as much as they thought.
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The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) will host a webinar on Thursday, November 3, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. The objectives of the presentation are to share good practices and lessons learned, as well as HRSDC tools and resources that may benefit Aboriginal agreement holders and other organizations, and advance literacy and essential skills.
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Freedom 55? New reports point to Canadians retiring at 66 or 67

Baby boomers' retirement dreams took a major blow this week with two new reports finding that Freedom 55 is now more like Freedom 66 or 67. According to Statistics Canada, a 50-year-old worker in 2008 could expect to remain in the labour force another 16 years - 3.5 years longer than pre-retirees of the same age in the mid-1990s.
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Veterans Affairs Canada has put together a package of learning resources to help teachers and students observe Veterans' Week and Remembrance Day on November 11, 2011. One of the activities is Postcards for Peace which provides an opportunity for youth to send postcards to those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace or to still-serving Canadian Forces members. This learning activity allows youth to actively remember the sacrifices and achievements of Canadian veterans.
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Menial No More suggests that Ontario’s adult education system could be enhanced by integrating adult literacy and essential skills education with digital skills, basic science and job-specific training. Other countries are finding success by fusing essential skills, such as reading, writing, and numeracy, with digital skills and science, engineering, technology and math. The results to date have been positive, with workers moving to employment more quickly and earning higher wages.
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"Like our founders, we are facing a dramatic shift in the demands of the economy and the next generation of learners are entering a period of profound social and political change - in this case on a global scale," says CEA Chair Lynne Zucker. "And in a country with 13 education systems, all implementing improvement strategies simultaneously, more than ever we need the pan-Canadian context that the CEA provides. "
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