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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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International Women's Day meets The Malala Effect

This International Women's Day, Plan Canada recognizes the undeniable connection between education and women's and girls' empowerment and launches the children's book Every Day is Malala Day to honour the spirit and commitment of education activist Malala Yousafzai who survived a Taliban attack in 2012.
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Against the Wind: ASPECT's 2014 Provincial Conference - Call for presenters

ASPECT is a non-profit association of more than 175 community-based training agencies in British Columbia that collectively strives to prepare people for the world of work. The ASPECT conference is about sharing and learning: from keynotes, workshop presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and peers.
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Canada Job Grant deal reached with Quebec

Quebec has joined all other provinces and territories in a tentative agreement with the federal government on the Canada Job Grant, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said today in the House of Commons.
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"With so many distractions that are designed specifically to hold our attention we need some strong arguments to motivate ourselves and others to value spending time reading novels."
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The next TD Canadian Children’s Book Week touring program will run from Saturday, May 3, to Saturday, May 10, 2014. Twenty-nine Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada throughout the week.
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Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) has announced that the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund awarded $1.4 million in grants to 19 community organizations engaged in financial literacy projects across Canada. This round of contributions will support programs focused on financial education and support for women, newcomers, at-risk youth, people in conflict with the law, and Aboriginal people.
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Students are still choosing to study in debt and graduate with scarce job prospects - and even less financial security - over taking up an apprenticeship, according to UCAS (Universities, Colleges and Admissions Service) in the U.K.
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Immigrant women struggling to get solid footing in IT field

Women continue to struggle to increase their numbers in the male-dominated field of information technology, but when you add being a new immigrant female, the challenge becomes even greater. It appears some progress is being made, however, through support programs that help female newcomers with an IT background to transition into the workforce by gaining Canadian experience and by gaining additional certifications to get them up to speed by national standards for the industry.
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Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, has joined Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans at Denison Armoury, in Toronto, to announce new government measures that will help move veterans to the front of the line when it comes to hiring qualified Canadians for federal public service jobs.
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The Manitoba government has announced it will invest in upgrades to high school technical training facilities to better equip students to learn trades and enter apprenticeship programs.
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Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you don’t want to do when you are actually supposed to do them? Not to mention how much happier and more effective you would be?
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for February 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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Ottawa supports economic opportunities for women in the bio-economy

Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, has marked International Women’s Week by announcing Government of Canada support to help advance women in non-traditional careers. BioTalent Canada is receiving funding through Status of Women Canada to help advance young professional women in the biotechnology-based economy of Vancouver, Toronto, Charlottetown and Montreal.
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Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning has dedicated a section of its website to Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) which is being observed this year from March 29 to April 6. Initiated by UNESCO in the year 2000, this is an important occasion for celebrating adults in education programs who have embarked on a life-long and life-wide learning journey.
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Donald in the Bridge program at Bow Valley College talks about a technique he uses to fill in gaps in learner content knowledge. In his class study of Interesting People, Interesting Lives, readings are based on important events in the 20th century and how people have contributed to them. "In our classrooms we have timelines on our boards, and as we complete each reading, we post a copy of the reading on the timeline, usually with the learners deciding where it should be pinned."
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How to read faster than you ever thought possible?

With Spritz, which is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch, words appear one at a time in rapid succession. This allows you to read at speeds of between 250 and 1,000 words per minute. The typical college-level reader reads at a pace of between 200 and 400 a minute.
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Unpaid internships backlash growing in Canada

Unpaid internships are on the rise in Canada, with some organizations estimating there are as many as 300,000 people currently working for free at some of the country's biggest, and wealthiest, corporations.
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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project website launched

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project’s goals are to better understand the state of practice with respect to ES 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 the larger community of practice. Designed and hosted by Copian, the website features markers of promising practice, case studies and an evaluation toolkit.
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This webinar will be presented by Dr. Art Graesser, Professor, Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis, and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
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Submissions being accepted for 2014 Life Literacy Awards

ABC Life Literacy Canada is delighted to announce that the 2014 Life Literacy Awards are now open for submissions to recognize outstanding achievement in adult literacy and essential skills through community literacy, workplace education, journalism, and corporate excellence. Submissions will be accepted online until May 30, 2014.
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Inspiring change: Theme of International Women's Day March 8, 2014

Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. Each year International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8.
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U.S. President Barack Obama has launched an initiative to provide greater opportunities for young black and Hispanic men. Through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the White House is partnering with businesses, non-profits and foundations to address disparities in education, criminal justice and employment.
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Frontier College's New Readers Bookstore 2014 catalogue now available

The New Readers Bookstore is a social enterprise of Frontier College, a national charity and Canada’s original literacy organization. Revenue generated by the bookstore is reinvested in Frontier College’s free literacy programs across the country.
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Canada Job Grant deal reached with all provinces except Quebec

After months of back-and-forth negotiations, all territories and provinces with the exception of Quebec have accepted "a compromise" deal on the Canada Job Grant, a centrepiece proposal made by the federal government during last year's budget.
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Saskatchewan Literacy Network seeking services of content writer

The Saskatchewan Literacy Network is accepting proposals for a content writer to develop a family literacy resource booklet. This work will include researching the latest findings in literacy development for children and youth, how parents and caregivers can support that growth and connecting with identified professionals to gain input and guidance.
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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has issued a report, entitled Canada’s Labour Market Sputtered in 2013, which examines the Canadian labour market in 2013 and highlights the considerable variation in labour market performance by demographic group, sector and region.
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CLO marking 20th anniversary with Love Letters to Literacy Campaign

Community Literacy of Ontario's Love Letters to Literacy campaign continues in honour of its 20th anniversary in 2014.
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The Canadian Library Association will hold its national conference and trade show May 28-31, 2014 in Victoria, British Columbia.
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"This is something that we need to convey — that many jobs, many occupations that we considered in the past to be low‑skilled actually require a high level of skills, including digital literacy and competency in maths and science. That is what we’re hearing right across the spectrum. I really do find this a paradox because we talk about the challenge of digital literacy amongst youth." - Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney
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In 2012-13, 70,433 students were enrolled in Maritime universities. A report released by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission shows that, while the overall number of students remained stable in 2012-13, the make-up of the student population continues to change.
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