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Back to Work project: Matching needs, competencies in the labour market

In order to raise awareness of the importance of the UNESCO Guidelines on the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation (RVA) of the Outcomes of the Non-formal and Informal Learning, coordinators of the Back to Work project invited UIL to participate in the international conference titled The Role of Validation of Competencies in Professional Counselling of Adults, held in Greece in December.
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Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, attended a Champions Breakfast in Ottawa recently to provide words of encouragement and support as WorldSkills Team Canada 2013 makes its final preparations to compete against the world's best skilled trades talent in Leipzig, Germany, July 2-7 2013.
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Family literacy activities contribute to Canada's success

This year's Family Literacy Day celebration (January 27) came just weeks after very encouraging news about literacy and families in Canada. Results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study show that Canadian parents have one of the highest levels of involvement in literacy-related activities with their preschool-age children. "The results ... confirm that Canadian parents are doing an excellent job in fostering a culture of literacy in the home," said Ramona Jennex, Chair of CMEC and Nova Scotia's Minister of Education.
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“As New Brunswickers, we have a responsibility to reinforce the culture of literacy and learning in our communities and in our homes,” Education Minister Jody Carr said. “Reading is a cornerstone of education and forms a foundation of success for every child. The earlier we begin, the greater opportunities our children will have.”
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New immigration program to attract job creators to Canada

Canada will launch a brand new program on April 1 to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced. "Our new Start-Up Visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies," he said.
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"As more financial decisions are faced by Canadians at younger and younger ages, grasping financial principles early in life is crucial to being better prepared to participate in the Canadian and global economy and avoiding pitfalls in financial decision making." -- Report of Canada’s Task Force on Financial Literacy
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This award was established by CNIB in 1988 and is presented annually to an individual or group who has made significant technological advances benefiting people with vision loss.
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Baby boomer paradox: Can delaying retirement hurt productivity?

Many business leaders and hiring managers are clinging to the boomers they still have within their ranks to ensure an effective transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next. That phenomenon may be the saving grace of an economy on the cusp of several economic and demographic earthquakes.
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The Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy (OCCL) supports, promotes and strengthens adult literacy services in Ottawa through communication, research and public education. It has also challenged you to plan an activity to celebrate Family Literacy Day within your organization.
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The Project READ Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington is supportive of parents who wish to improve their knowledge and skills to foster emerging literacy in their children.
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Shantael Sleight, literacy outreach co-ordinator for the West Shore Literacy Project, said Family Literacy Day is all part of an effort to demonstrate the chances for literacy and learning all around us. Sleight said we all engage our minds and exercise our literacy skills when we do things such as learn the words to a song, measure various amounts for a recipe, or even read roadside signs.
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This event is a professional development opportunity that will provide insights into how practitioners may access the data and information contained within four powerful resources to enhance their knowledge and the quality of service they deliver to their clients.
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During the month of December 2012, the Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. launched a provincial fundraising campaign called the Change Your Luck with Literacy 2013 Ticket Lottery for a grand prize draw of $10,000. The draw will take place on Friday, September 13, 2013, on CFCB radio.
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The first issue of our 2013 Essential Skills Bulletin Series is now available for free download. About the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is the first of two bulletins that cover the highly anticipated international survey of adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.
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Tell us how learning has made a difference in your life. Please email your titled entry (written or video) to Literacy Nova Scotia at cindy.stevens@nscc.ca. A written entry should be up to 500 words in the form of an essay, poem or short story. A video is one to two minutes, posted to You Tube (email the link). One entry per person is allowed and no group submissions will be accepted.
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Families having fun together is an ideal learning situation for children. Even 15 minutes of fun a day can make a big difference. That’s why this year’s National Family Literacy Day theme is, “15 Minutes of Fun.” The NWT Literacy Council encourages families to celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27 by having fun together on that day and everyday.
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Help inform and shape thinking around policy, practice and research as we prepare for PIAAC. The Institute will examine and compare the learning from IALS and ALL across Canada and other countries, and explore how we can make the most effective use of the soon-to-be released PIAAC results. We will look at the new segments – problem-solving in technology-rich environments and the reading components – and at the implications of changes in levels and cut-off.
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Teaching and research are at the heart of Ontario's universities and together produce extraordinary results for students and their communities. We Teach Ontario, a new initiative of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, celebrates how professors use research to enrich their students' learning and strengthen the province.
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Looking for work? Take a proactive approach by conducting information interviews

Think of the information interview as an exploratory conversation, not a formal interview. During the interview be calm, curious and attentive. Ask the officials about their position and what they are proudest of with respect to their division and the company. Find out what the company needs help with.
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Canadians (aged 18 to 54) are concerned that their ability to save for retirement will be impaired both by saving for their children's education (48 per cent) and by taking care of their aging parents (36 per cent), according to the 23rd Annual RBC RRSP Poll.
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The Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Government of Ontario's EnAbling Change program has released a new free resource to help employers make their workplaces more inclusive. 'Employers' Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities' is intended to help employers understand and implement the Employment Standard related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
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The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) has joined other literacy organizations across Canada to observe Family Literacy Day on January 27. NALD had the opportunity this week to speak to Toronto Public Library to help highlight what is important to remember when it comes to family literacy.
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What the new copyright law means for you: columnist

Michael Geist holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He recently wrote an article on what Canadians can expect from the new copyright law.
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Many of Canada’s university campuses, research centres and hospitals are receiving funding from the Government of Canada for advanced research infrastructure, helping them continue to compete in today’s global knowledge economy.
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World jobs growth slowing, youths suffering the most: report

Global unemployment grew by another 4 million people over the course of last year amid weaker economic activity and lingering uncertainty about hiring, the International Labour Organization said in its annual study of global employment trends.
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UNB business students to benefit from teachings of Margaret Atwood

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood will participate in a new business course being offered this winter at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Entitled The Environment, Society and Business, the course will focus on issues of sustainability, and will include writings, films, and speakers from different disciplines including the arts, biology and business.
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The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, a provincial, non-profit literacy and essential skills organization, is looking for a full-time Director of Communications and Events. Candidates should have a passion for literacy and the non-profit sector.
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This free Web conference for educators will be held Tuesday, February 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about class wikis, using social media, the flipped classroom, presentation and writing tools, and You Tube classroom applications.
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The New Readers Bookstore is a social enterprise of Frontier College. It has a wide variety of resources for tutors, trainers, teachers and learners. Its book list contains affordable literacy, ESL, GED and other titles of interest to the field. Check out the new catalogue for 2013.
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Five key workforce challenges for 2013

Employers and job hunters have no shortage of challenges facing them in the year ahead. An informal survey of human resources specialists, recruiters and consultants showed some common trends that will emerge or continue this year.
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