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Women and the Web: Why Internet access matters

In developing nations, with prohibited freedom, lower literacy rates, and lack of technological knowledge, many women are missing out on the Internet. While both genders tend to have more limited Internet connectivity than those in the west, there are still some very surprising discrepancies in how much more often men are able to access the web.
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Canada must streamline education to turn degrees into jobs: columnist

Look at any community college application list, and more often than not, you’ll find a sizable contingent of university graduates. The thought that a university degree is the ticket to instant career success is creating a backlash in Canada.
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Wage gaps can destroy employee morale and productivity

Depending on the work environment, wage dispersion can have a positive or negative effect on performance. It all depends on the context, explains Alison Konrad, professor of organizational behaviour at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.
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"Organizations are more often bringing in project professionals to help with heavy workloads or provide specialized skills that don't exist internally," said Alicia Brum, branch manager of The Creative Group. "When freelancers are brought in to fill skills gaps, they can impart their knowledge on full-time employees, which is an added bonus for companies."
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March proclaimed Rural Women's Month in Saskatchewan

Nearly one quarter of farm operators in Saskatchewan are women. Rural Women’s Month is time to recognize these women and the valuable contributions they make in their communities and on their farms.
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Council of the Federation Literacy Awards - PEI

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award covers the entire spectrum of the field, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy and will be given to recognize the excellence of educators, volunteers, learners, and community organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and businesses in each province and territory. Nominations for 2013 must be postmarked by June 14.
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The new Ontario government has created a new Northern cabinet committee that will address the complex needs of Northern Ontario, including job creation, revitalizing transportation infrastructure and improving vital access to the Ring of Fire. Premier Wynne and her team are also looking at ways to improve access to health care and education in the region.
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Nova Scotia acts to increase number of skilled immigrants

Changes to the provincial immigration program will open doors for more families and skilled workers to immigrate to Nova Scotia. The province has a comprehensive immigration strategy to help attract new skilled labour into the workforce.
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Students learn about agriculture by reading books about farming, watching videos and meeting with farmers and other agricultural representatives. An important element to the success of the agriculture literacy week program is the connection between students and local farmers and agriculture industry representatives.
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New delivery model in N.L. will improve employment program services

As of June 1, employment assistance services for EI-eligible clients in Newfoundland and Labrador currently run by most third-party service providers will be delivered through the Department of Advanced Education and Skills. This change in service delivery will mean a re-investment of approximately $14 million annually for programs and services to help people secure long-term employment.
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International network promotes education partnerships

Up to 125 civil servants from China will learn about Canada's political system and public policy as part of a new five-year agreement between Executive Education at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and the Province of Guangdong.
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The Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology is inviting all British Columbians to participate in government decision-making as it moves to implement enhancements to quality assurance across the post-secondary education sector.
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Canada Post has honoured the efforts of 24 deserving people from across the country with the Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards. The Awards, which were launched in 2004, acknowledge the hard work and drive required to continue education following an absence from formal schooling.
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Spelling counts - at work, in your social life, in the community

Defined in the simplest terms, a spelling bee is a competition in which individuals are asked how to spell a variety of words. Yet to the people who organized and participated in a recent event at Blossom Park Educational Centre in Woodstock, Ontario, it was considerably more.
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Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Labour Minister, spoke to participants at the Canada 2020 conference on Skilled Trades in the Energy Sector about the value of workplace diversity and occupational health and safety. “Everyone — employers, employees and governments — has a role to play when it comes to promoting inclusive, safe and healthy workplaces,” she said.
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Canadians with disabilities have a tremendous amount to offer employers, but they remain under‑represented in the workforce. That is why the Government of Canada, through Economic Action Plan 2012, is investing an additional $30 million in the Opportunities Fund to help more people with disabilities gain the hands-on experience they need to find jobs.
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Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, spoke at the Canada 2020 Conference on Skilled Trades in the Energy Sector, stressing the country’s skills and labour shortages and the need for increased partnership to tackle this joint challenge.
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Pat Salt, a learning support strategist based in Calgary, has a new approach to learning that constitutes a major shift in thinking when it comes to essential skills. She presented her views at Made in the North, a unique pan-territorial forum for exploring effective approaches to adult literacy and skills development.
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The federal government is preparing new budget measures to boost skilled trades in Canada, and one option under consideration would require companies to promise apprenticeship training as part of any bid for major procurement contracts.
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Do you work from home? The same rules apply - from a legal standpoint

Few workers get less sympathy than telecommuters. This is because they do not commute at all. However, from a legal perspective, although telecommuters or remote workers may be out of sight, they are not out of mind for employers.
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Internet remains uncharted territory for many Canadian businesses: RBC Poll

According to a recent RBC small business survey, only 46 per cent of Canadian small businesses have a dedicated website, and less than half (48 per cent) of those businesses say they sell their products and services through their websites.
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Working from home - How Canadians would react if it was no longer an option

A recent survey from Hays Canada, a national recruitment consultancy, has found that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of Canadian employers want to add "ability to work from home" as a benefit in 2013.
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On March 6, Bay Street's sharpest minds will compete against one another to raise money for Frontier College, Canada's original literacy organization. Frontier College President Sherry Campbell is inspired by the continued growth of the Scrabble Corporate Challenge, now in its ninth year. "It's a wonderful reminder of the value that the corporate community places on literacy," she said.
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Brian Emmett joins Imagine Canada in the unique role of chief economist for the charitable and non-profit sector. Tasked with measuring the impact of the sector and bringing economic issues facing charities and non-profits to the forefront of public policy decision makers, Mr. Emmett will analyze and provide advice about related policies, programs and legislation.
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Workers over 50 are the new 'unemployables:' Boston College researchers

Older workers (U.S.) were less likely to lose their jobs during the recession but those who were laid off are facing far tougher conditions than their younger colleagues, according to new research from Boston College. Workers in their 50s are about 20 per cent less likely than workers aged 25 to 34 to become re-employed.
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The people of the Northwest Territories inhabit a region characterized by long, cold winters and a wide variety of languages and dialects. Based in Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories Literacy Council is active in promoting and supporting literacy and essential skills in the NWT's 11 official languages, which is "quite a challenge," according to its executive director and a member of NALD's Board of Directors.
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Is 'social reading' the next phase of the e-book revolution?

James Bridle, a London, UK-based editor, publisher and self-proclaimed book futurist, thinks digital technology could be used to enhance one-on-one relationships between author and readers, which he thinks will be just as valuable in the future as social online reading and writing.
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Six Yukon music businesses have been selected by Yukon’s Film & Sound Commission to attend a three-day Music Summit, a component of Canadian Music Week, in Toronto March 21 to 23. “These local businesspeople have clearly demonstrated their commitment to building a career in Yukon’s music industry,” Economic Development Minister Currie Dixon said.
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New premier of Ontario sets her sights on job creation

In her first jobs roundtable discussion with members of Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Council, business leaders and young entrepreneurs, Premier Kathleen Wynne reiterated her commitment to create jobs and build a stronger economy and a fair society by ensuring our young people have the tools and confidence they need to succeed.
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Nova Scotia bursary supports Gaelic-language training in Scotland

Nova Scotians who want to use the Gaelic language can apply for a bursary to study in Scotland. This is the second call for applications for the bursary program, which is administered by Gaelic Affairs and funded by the Scottish government. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2013.
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