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The Quebec English Literacy Alliance (QELA) and two key partners, the Literacy Volunteers of Quebec and the Quebec Literacy Working Group, invite all Quebecers to celebrate Family Literacy Day on Sunday, January 27, by reading and engaging in literacy-related activities.
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Training opportunities announced for First Nations in Ontario's Ring of Fire

Ontario is investing in training and development projects that will support jobs and improve the quality of life for First Nations communities in the Ring of Fire. New projects will focus on providing social, community and economic development supports to First Nations to help them participate in potential Ring of Fire developments.
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Employers in N.S. to help improve provincial apprenticeship system

Nova Scotia wants to hear more from employers and industry on what they can do to ensure apprentices are ready for good jobs in the province. An advisory panel will gather information about increasing the number of employers and graduates in the apprenticeship program.
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Workplace mental health guide sets national standard

Canadian employers and unions wishing to promote mental health in the workplace can now turn to a new national standard to help boost the well-being of employees. Louise Bradley, president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, said it's time to start thinking about mental well-being in the same way the importance of physical well-being is regarded.
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Ottawa releases report on helping Canadians with disabilities find jobs

“Our Government is committed to working with our partners to remove barriers and help Canadians with disabilities find jobs,” said HR Minister Diane Finley. “Canada is facing skills and labour shortages in many sectors, and finding ways to get all Canadians working is key to meeting this challenge.”
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PEI Literacy Alliance celebrating family literacy

The PEI Literacy Alliance invites all families to come and celebrate Family Literacy Day on Saturday, January 26, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. This is a free event.
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Spenders and savers of all ages can point to specific social and economic factors that shape their generation's views on financial planning and saving for retirement. Each generation, from baby boomers to Gen X to millennials, has specific attitudes towards money and saving influenced by when they grew up and the realities of their life stage.
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Recommended reading for Family Literacy Day

Toronto Public Library has some suggested reading in time for Family Literacy Day on January 27 and it's not just for children. How about 'Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent's Guide to promoting reading, writing and other literacy skills from birth to 5?'
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Growing a reader: Children's books, tips and more

"As librarians, we see first-hand what materials kids are actually reading and getting excited about. Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of anticipation in children’s books with new trends bubbling up to the surface each year. But what does the future hold for children's literature?"
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ABC Life Literacy Canada and HSBC Bank Canada are working together to help Canadian families increase their literacy skills this year. HSBC Bank Canada is the 2013 and 2014 title sponsor of the HSBC Learning Activity Centre, in support of ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Family Literacy Day January 27.
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On Sunday, January 27, ABC Life Literacy Canada will proudly celebrate the 15th annual Family Literacy Day with an array of author readings and performances, as well as engaging interactive literacy activities, at the Ontario Science Centre.
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MediaSmarts, a Canadian centre for digital and media literacy, is dedicated to providing parents and educators with the information and tools they need to help young people safely and effectively navigate today’s digital world. MediaSmarts works closely with its sponsors and partners to advance education around important issues such as cyberbullying, online hate, privacy and Internet safety.
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Essential Skills Ontario wants your opinion on its new brand

Help Essential Skills Ontario staff continue their branding evolution by telling them how you feel they're doing. They want to know: "Does our brand align with the work we’re doing? What’s the impact of our new brand? Where can we go from here?"
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The NWT Literacy Council encourages communities, schools, families and organizations to celebrate Family Literacy Day in their own unique way. Many communities and schools celebrate the whole week by hosting several family literacy events.
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Get ready for Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2013! This year’s theme is “15 minutes of fun.” Just 15 minutes a day spent on reading or fun learning activities as a family has tremendous benefits for both children and parents.
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Education Opens Doors: New video from ESL Literacy Network

This month the ESL Literacy Network is launching Education Opens Doors, a video featuring learners in the Bridge program at Bow Valley College. The program provides pathways to further education for immigrant youth, ages 18-25, with interrupted formal education.
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There's more than one way to clean your computer

At a loss for a New Year's resolution? How about pledging to give a little TLC to the machine you spend so much time using on a daily basis? It doesn't take long for a computer to start showing signs of age but you can revive it to the nearly as good as new stage with just a few steps.
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The experiment began in New York in 2010 and has since reportedly spread to more than 20 cities, including Singapore and Guadalajara. After hearing about a new school opening up in Toronto last fall, Alexxa Abi-Jaoudé and two friends looked into the possibility of opening one in Vancouver.
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Gifts for the workplace that can help out all year long

In 2000, Bill Wilkerson co-founded the Global Business and Economic Roundtable for Mental Health. That same year, he created the 12 gifts of Christmas for workplace support and affirmation at times of stress and uncertainty.
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Labour relations in Canada settles into a 'new normal' - Conference Board

The “new normal” of collective bargaining in Canada — modest economic prospects matched by modest expectations — may provide a degree of certainty not seen in several years, The Conference Board of Canada has concluded in its Industrial Relations Outlook 2013: Embracing the “New Normal.”
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Funding will be available for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to create high-quality summer job opportunities for young people from 15 to 30 years of age who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
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Career development professionals to explore job market gap at conference

Cannexus, Canada's largest bilingual National Career Development conference, brings together career specialists from all sectors - education, community employment agencies, government, corporations, career transition firms and independent coaches - to explore innovative approaches in all areas of career counselling and career development, including the current labour mismatch in this country.
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Pearson Canada and Destination Imagination Launch 21st Century Learning Alliance

Internationally, education leaders have recognized that facility with the 4 Cs is essential for students to thrive in the global knowledge economy. The alliance between Destination Imagination and Pearson Canada was formed to address the growing need for in-school resources and teacher professional development designed to advance these 21st century skills and competencies.
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A refreshed LearnLiveBC website offers students around the world a portal to British Columbia's quality post-secondary institutions, helping them pick the right program in the right school for their education and career goals.
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Canadian retirees have a wake-up call for the majority of working Canadians who expect to retire in their 60s: stop procrastinating and start saving for retirement now. According to findings from the TD Retirement Realities Poll, the top piece of advice retirees have for working Canadians is to save more money by creating a budget and sticking to it (52%).
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jobsHere helping thousands of people, hundreds of businesses in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotians are seeing new jobs created, enjoying increased access to training, and benefiting from more innovative and competitive businesses, thanks to the province's jobsHere plan.
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New Job Alerts system launched to help Canadians looking for work

The new Job Alerts will provide emails to Canadian subscribers twice a day that contain job postings from a variety of sources, including Job Bank and other recruitment systems. Job Alerts will continue to be refined and improved over time to ensure it works effectively and efficiently for users.
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Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) has announced that the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund has awarded $837,321 in grants to 12 community organizations engaged in financial literacy projects across Canada.
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Grass Roots Press has an international reputation for publishing high-quality resources for adult basic education and English as a Second Language communities. The niche publishing company, based in Edmonton, Alberta, carries over 500 books, DVDs and software packages.
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12 jobs on the brink: Will they evolve or become extinct?

The librarian has evolved. Although virtual media and the Internet search deleted the Dewey decimal system, people still enjoy reading books the old-fashioned way and appreciate research help. The new librarian is a digital archivist, savvy with searches, keywords and helpful websites.
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