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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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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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