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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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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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Survey shows Canadians lack financial confidence

A national survey commissioned by Thomson Reuters has found that more Canadians than ever (56 per cent) are dependent on an accountant or professional service to complete their tax return and look to professionals for financial advice (42 per cent). Canadians cite confusion and time restrictions among the most common sentiments toward filing their tax return.
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Three-year degrees at Ontario colleges will help produce a stronger workforce

"Ontario's employers are telling us that they need more graduates from post-secondary programs that are career-specific," said David Agnew, the president of Seneca College and chair of Colleges Ontario. "Allowing Ontario colleges to offer three-year degrees will encourage more people to complete post-secondary programs that prepare them for meaningful careers."
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ESL Literacy Network Spring E-News

ESL Literacy Network at Bow Valley College extends a very warm welcome to new members who joined the Network over the winter. There are more than 700 members in its online learning community.
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ESL Literacy Network to host series of spring workshops

The ESL Literacy Network at Bow Valley College in Calgary is hosting an upcoming Spring Workshop Series to help practitioners enrich their teaching practice.
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Thanks to volunteers like Doris Low, the CNIB library boasts more than 80,000 accessible materials in formats like Braille and audio. It is Canada’s largest library for people unable to read traditional print.
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It is perfectly normal that teachers and students are not of the same age. In contrast to other public services, it is a distinctive feature of education that the professionals, i.e. the teachers, are older than their clients, i.e. the students. ... From an educational point of view, the age of teachers is an important variable in the quality of teaching and learning environments. Ideally, students should be able to interact with a variety of generations of teachers.
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Too distracted to work: The dark side of open offices

Ask small business owners about open offices and you’ll hear dreamy musings about plant-covered walls, Ping-Pong tables, natural light, and something called “work-jamming.” What you don’t hear so much in the breathless descriptions of 21st century work spaces: the grumbling from employees who can’t focus on their jobs because of all the distractions. Or the stories of workers who retreat to home offices to escape all the creativity and fun — so they can get some work done.
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Literacy Partners of Manitoba would like to receive written perspectives on how you feel Manitoba is doing to promote and encourage any one of the following four themes of Adult Learners’ Week: participation, inclusion, equity and quality.
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Helping newcomers integrate into Canadian labour market

Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, has recognized winners of the International Qualifications Network Awards who devote their time to the successful integration of new Canadians. The awards recognize the hard work, dedication, and creativity of individuals and organizations in their commitment to helping newcomers become part of Canada's economy and labour market more quickly.
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296,000 job vacancies across Canada in fourth quarter of 2013: report

"It's not as simple as matching any unemployed Canadian with any job opening. Often, the people and the jobs are at opposite ends of the country," said Ted Mallett, CFIB's chief economist and vice-president. "And for highly specialized jobs, it becomes that much harder to find the people with the right skills and experience."
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Royal Canadian Navy awards strategic learning advisory services contract

Bluedrop Performance Learning is an innovator in workplace training for individuals, corporations, military personnel and the public sector. The work performed by Bluedrop will help bring the Navy in line with modern technological realities through the modernization of its training infrastructure and increase in use of eLearning in support of its training programs.
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OECD asks: “Time for the U.S. to Reskill?” Evidence says, “No!”

“With most so-called “low-skilled” adults working (in the U.S.) and many not thinking they have cognitive skills problems, and with a weakened demand for high-skilled workers, the idea from the OECD that employers of low-skilled workers should redesign their jobs so that they would demand higher skills, and help raise the skills of their employees, seems a bit far-fetched…”
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New research from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, a provincial government agency, finds that the typical teaching load of a university professor has dwindled to less than three courses a year – 2.8, to be exact, just 1.4 courses per semester. A quarter of a century ago, a teaching load of five courses a year (three one semester, two the next) was common.
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In 2013, SNU's newly appointed rector and a former Edmontonian - Dr. Mohamed Jimale - visited campus on two occasions to discuss how the U of A could help SNU. It was decided that the faculty would help meet the immediate need for resources (specifically books for SNU's education library) and a long-term need for staff training.
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The main object of the study is to validate theoretical elements of motivation. It also attempts to change some preconceived ideas about why people work, taking into account age, gender, job, sector, language and country of origin.
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A new 15-week continuing education program has been launched by the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) Edmundston Campus, in partnership with the Madawaska Maliseet Economic Development Corporation and supported by the Government of Canada.
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Consider your passions and interests. How engaged with these are you at this time? Write down your passions and interests, then make a list of actions you can take to connect with these more. If being of service to others and the community is on your list, then reflect on how you want to provide this service - through volunteer activities or full, part-time or casual/contract work.
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From March 29 to April 6, 2014, Adult Learners' Week in Canada celebrates and promotes lifelong learning across the country. The week serves as a promotional campaign to highlight the importance of adult literacy and raise the profile of lifelong learning.
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"The dialectal method involves asking questions and getting answers, and this means living people sitting in a room together and spontaneously interacting (remember that?), experiencing all the excitement and disappointment, the frustration and fury, of involved discussion. This idea is neither antiquated nor old-fashioned; it is simply true. We don’t learn unless we can interact with others, unless we have real conversations and real experiences."
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"We need to be inspired. We also need to take action – to make use of the laws, strategies and tools that have been developed so that a real and substantive culture shift about women at work becomes the new standard."
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What to do if you've changed jobs and regret the move

"If you pass your three-month probation, chances are your boss will start giving you more to do. Everyone has to pay their dues the first few months, and office dynamics and politics are seldom to everyone’s liking. Try to understand why people manage and behave in certain ways. Work on getting into your manager’s good graces. Excel at the work you have and spend any down time upgrading your skills."
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Fifty shades of safety - in the workplace and beyond: commentary

"The role of the health and safety guy or gal is not to prevent you from doing your job or cost your business money. It is to allow great things to happen without risking people’s health, safety or well-being." -- John McMahon, Executive Director of SafetyDriven, a not-for-profit health and safety association in British Columbia
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Women's work opportunities declining in Toronto area: report

A new study, titled “Working Women, Working Poor,” finds women at both ends of the age spectrum were hit hard by the recession, often forced to ‘de-skill’ to low-wage, precarious jobs.
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