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CODE's Burt award "aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors," (CODE).
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Assessing adult literacy in developing countries: Findings and impacts from LAMP - a webinar

This webinar is presented by The Centre for Literacy. Join Manuel Cardoso Fernandez, a UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Program Specialist in the Learning Outcomes Section, for a webinar to discuss Literacy and Assessment Monitoring Programme (LAMP) findings and the effects that have changed the model of literacy assessment in developing countries.
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Ottawa creating leadership opportunities for young francophone women across Canada

Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ottawa-Orléans, has announced Government of Canada support for a project to promote leadership among young francophone women across Canada.
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Temporary Foreign Worker Program still has problems, provinces say

Canada’s Labour Minister is pledging to consider further changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, with her provincial counterparts saying the revised system still leaves them in the dark over many details.
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Canadians should come first when it comes to local jobs, according to federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers as they gathered in Saskatoon for their annual meeting. In her first meeting with her provincial counterparts, federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch focused on the need to hire from within before turning to other nations.
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In its submission to the Government of Canada’s 2014 Budget process, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) remains focused on Canada’s skills gap, the need to provide Canadians with the advanced skills employers seek, and the need for enhanced workplace innovation.
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“CMEC is pleased to add its voice to the global celebration of literacy on this International Literacy Day,” said Dr. Andrew Parkin, Director General of CMEC. “This year's theme draws attention to the expanding definition of literacy in our time. Citizens now need to be able to understand and engage with multiple technologies along with mastering the foundational skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.”
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Canada's national literacy and essential skills organizations and provincial/territorial literacy coalitions are collaborating to prepare for the release of Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data. Part of this preparation includes developing tools and resources to support the literacy field in their communications with stakeholders about PIAAC. To that end, this survey is being circulated to obtain your feedback. The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, September 12, at 12 a.m. (EST).
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In recognition of International Literacy Day, Canada's premiers have announced the recipients of the ninth annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The award is presented in every province and territory, and recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. It is awarded annually to educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations, non-governmental organizations and businesses.
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This infographic from QELA suggests there is more to literacy than learning your ABCs. It's about boosting essential skills and strengthening communities. "Partner with your local literacy and essential skills provider to help your community thrive." -- Quebec English Literacy Alliance
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Copyright Matters! covers subject of copyright in education in Canada

Can teachers play a sound recording or turn on a radio for students to listen to, or turn on a television for students to watch? Can teachers copy computer software for educational use? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Copyright Matters! from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
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ABC declares September Life Literacy Month

Even after we’re grown up and finished school, September still feels like a new beginning. Learning doesn’t stop as we grow older, and all of us are on a learning journey.
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How literacy has evolved in Canada: Lindsay Kennedy

International Literacy Day has been celebrated on September 8 since 1966. The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies around the world. It's also an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come, and where we need to go next.
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Collaboration has been a key component of the PIAAC process: NALD's Feature of the Month

NALD’s feature this month shines the spotlight on the important collaboration that has gone on in Canada in the past few months to increase our understanding of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and what it could mean for Canada.
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The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) adds its voice to the community involved in the development of learning in all its forms and with Canadian provincial and national, literacy and essential skills organizations to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8, 2013.
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CLLN looking for three people to join its board at the AGM on October 26, 2013

If you would like to join the CLLN Board of Directors, please complete the application form and email it to lkennedy@literacy.ca. You can also mail the paper copy to the office.
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High school students, getting set for class next week, feel enormous pressure to succeed academically, and 24 per cent don't even know if they will go to college or university, according to a Big Brothers Big Sisters/CIBC Academic Success Survey. Of those uncertain of pursuing college or university, 64 per cent wish they had an adult in their lives to advise them on their career options.
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A new CIBC poll shows that Canadian parents, on average, are willing to pay for two-thirds of their children's post-secondary education costs. However, 30 per cent of these parents do not have a plan to cover the tab for their kids' schooling which will likely cost them tens of thousands of dollars.
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Home is the key to homework: Ten tips from ABC Life Literacy Canada

Studies show that children's achievements in school improve with increased parental involvement in their education. So get involved in your kids’ homework – you might even learn something new too.
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Original co-founders to host PLAIN 2013 Conference after 20 years

In seven weeks, plain language advocates from around the globe will meet in Vancouver, B.C., at the Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) 20th anniversary Conference. Government, business, education, literacy, legal and finance sectors will be represented. Speakers from 15 countries will address issues such as user-testing, plain language project management, technology, mobile communications, globalization and the future of plain language.
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Centre for Literacy has opening for a senior project officer

Reporting to The Centre for Literacy's executive director, the senior project officer is responsible for the development, delivery and sustainability of program activities (local, regional and national), initiatives and projects related to adult basic education and skills development in diverse work and social contexts.
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Canadian employees can expect an average salary increase of 2.6% in 2014, according to a national survey of public and private sector employers conducted by Hay Group. The projected increase is lower than the projection for 2013 (at 2.9 %) and continues to be relatively close to projected increases of 2.8% for American employees. U.S. average projections are also lower for 2014 than they were a year ago.
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Many executives uncomfortable being 'friended' by business contacts: survey

Most senior managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said they are uncomfortable being 'friended' by their bosses (71 per cent) or the employees they supervise (66 per cent), compared to 69 per cent and 72 per cent of respondents, respectively, in a similar survey conducted in 2009.
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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced reforms to strengthen and improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada has now implemented a user fee for employers applying for labour market opinions along with new language and advertising requirements for the TFWP.
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Top 20 Downloads from the NALD Library collection - April 2012 to March 2013

Here are the user statistics for 2012-2013 from our 'Top 20 Downloads.' The report examines the number of PDF documents, in both English and French, which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the websites NALD and BDAA. We are able to look at the most downloaded documents in terms of titles and numbers for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
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Post-secondary education students confident in financial knowledge: RBC Poll

The majority of post-secondary students (64 per cent) plan to live away from home while attending school this fall, despite expecting the cost to be about 50 per cent higher than those living at home, according to the 2013 RBC Student Finances Poll. Of those students living away, more than eight-in-10 (83 per cent) are confident in their ability to manage their finances.
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In a rut at work? Here are timely tips for helping you cope

If you hate your job and can't quit, there are some things you can do to make it bearable and to change your job while you are still in it. It means seeing options that aren't obvious but do exist. And you don't need the boss's buy-in to change some aspects of the job and yourself.
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Six steps to help you tame your stressed-out brain

To get a grip during a stressful moment, we need strategies that put the perceived threat back into its cage and deliberately bring our higher thinking abilities back online. Here are six strategies to help you “tame your brain.”
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Acceptance into university, college or graduate school is a major milestone, and you want to be able to do it without racking up an overwhelming amount of debt. Scotiabank offers tips for managing expenses during the school year.
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Canada an attractive choice for international students: survey

International students studying in Canada pay less in student fees than their counterparts studying in other top education markets around the world, according to new research from HSBC. Australia is the most expensive country for overseas students to study in, followed by the US, the UAE and the United Kingdom.
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