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Plans are underway for Nova Scotia Adult Learners' Week 2013 April 6-14. Learners and organizations from across the province are coming together at special events including panel discussions, interactive workshops and arts events. They will offer learning opportunities for all and showcase the diversity in the ways adults learn.
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Conference Board of Canada named one of National Capital Region's top employers

The Conference Board of Canada is the foremost independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. It is dedicated to building a better future for Canadians by making the economy and society more dynamic and competitive.
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J.D. Irving Ltd. plans to hire 6,500 people with approximately 2,700 in N.B.

J.D. Irving Ltd. is looking for 6,500 new employees over the next couple of years, including more than 2,700 in New Brunswick. The positions will be in various sectors of the company's operations such as shipbuilding, railroad, forest products, the port and retail.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada has opening for new executive director

As ABC's new executive director, you will "provide leadership to a Canadian culture of lifelong learning by helping to make the connections between literacy and a productive economy, personal fulfilment and a better standard of living for everyone."
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NALD extends its congratulations to recipients of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) takes this opportunity to extend its congratulations and best wishes to individuals in the field of literacy and essential skills who were recently chosen to receive Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for January 2013

Each month NALD releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads. The report examines the number of NALD Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the NALD website.
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Education Minister Russ Marchuk joined representatives from the North Central Family Centre to announce funding through the SaskSmart Innovations Fund (SSIF). In total, $482,469 has been allocated to seven different community partnerships to provide literacy services.
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The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is holding its third annual writing contest in celebration of Adult Learners' Week, April 6-14, 2013. They invite adult learners from across the province to share inspirational messages for adults who may be considering joining an adult literacy program.
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Decoda Literacy Solutions launches Tech Tuesdays

Today the Read All About Lit blog at Decoda is launching a new feature: Tech Tuesday. Every Tuesday, they will feature a library or online resource that discusses technology in the context of literacy.
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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients announced

In honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign as the British Monarch, 30 individuals have been selected to receive a Diamond Jubilee Medal for their contribution to improving literacy and skills levels of adult Canadians.
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Like most OECD countries, a mere fraction of Canadian university students study abroad, seemingly content to have the world come to us. The situation is a bit of puzzle. For all the discussion of why we have difficulty attracting foreign students, we rarely wonder why “our” students seem so reluctant to leave home. -- Commentary, The Globe and Mail
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Federal government partners with York University to reduce poverty beyond our borders

Vulnerable children in Africa and persons with disabilities in South Asia will see their lives improved thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and York University.
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Barriers to education stop young people from achieving: new research

The latest research on the attitudes of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) shows that rather than a lack of enthusiasm for learning and work, almost half of those interviewed have aspirations to progress in life through learning.
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But while more and more people are talking about embracing failure, the status quo has a powerful hold on the institutions charged with educating North American children, experts say.
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I DO Business Summit & Trade Show showcased in NALD's Feature of the Month

Great messaging and a spirit of Canada-wide community are coming out of preparations for the I DO BUSINESS National Summit & Tradeshow ̶ Success for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs. The event, set for March 4-6, 2013, in Toronto, is being hosted by the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition.
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Aboriginal Canada Portal closing effective February 12, 2013

Effective February 12, 2013, the Government of Canada's Aboriginal Canada Portal will be closed. The portal was developed in 2001, when it was more difficult to find Aboriginal resources and services on the Internet.
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Ottawa encourages employers to apply for Canada Summer Jobs funding

Employers can now apply for Canada Summer Jobs funding which will create thousands of job opportunities for students across the country, said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses.
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Province of Nova Scotia, students work on vision for university education

At a roundtable meeting with the provincial government recently, students in Nova Scotia shared a vision for university education that prepares them for good jobs and a bright future. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More highlighted changes in technology, jobs and job requirements, international competition and demographics.
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“Over the past number of years, the Provincial Government has introduced a number of initiatives to support families, schools, and communities to access enhanced literacy resources and programming,” said Education Minister Clyde Jackman. “That work continues, as we are now partnering with public libraries to develop and deliver enhanced early childhood literacy programs and resources in a variety of settings, including libraries, schools, family resource centres and regulated child care settings.”
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With a total investment of over $11.9 million in 2012-13, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has helped 1,343 people find direct employment and expand their job skills through valuable work experience. The latest round of the Job Creation Partnerships program is providing employment for 243 people through 45 projects taking place in communities throughout the province.
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Premier Greg Selinger's donation of books about Manitoba and Canada, on behalf of the province, kick starts the latest phase of a partnership involving the University of Winnipeg, World Literacy Canada, Ventura Custom Homes and the village of Bhanohar to support children’s literacy and young women’s education in India.
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The Manitoba government is helping children develop strong reading and writing skills by investing $250,000 in additional funding for the Early Literacy Intervention Initiative, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced before reading to Grade 1 and 2 students at Greenway School to kick off I Love to Read Month.
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Mining executives to discuss innovation imperative to secure industry's future

The Canada Mining Innovation Council will once again bring together senior decision makers, experts and leaders from the mining industry, academia and government at its second annual Signature Event to be held on February 12, 2013, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.
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Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards - Call for nominations

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards were created for two main reasons: to recognize exceptional contributions that individual volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and local businesses make to improve the well-being of families and their communities; and to highlight the best practices in community leadership that these outstanding volunteers have developed.
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Shortage of skilled workers on the horizon: labour market study

From the pulp-and-paper sector to mining and construction, business in British Columbia is relying on a shrinking pool of workers from across Canada and around the world to meet the need for skilled labour. But the crisis hasn’t even started, according to a new report from B.C.’s research universities.
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U.S. news: Library of Congress Literacy Awards up for grabs

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards is a new program that will recognize and support individuals and institutions in the United States and abroad that have made significant contributions to combating illiteracy and 'aliteracy' (having the ability to read but simply not exercising the skill).
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NALD issues call for nominations for its fourth annual Innovative Technology Award

FREDERICTON, N.B. - The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) has issued a call for nominations for its fourth annual NALD Innovative Technology Award. NALD established the award in 2010 to bring greater visibility to an exemplary or innovative technology product, project or service that benefits the field of adult literacy and essential skills.
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One-Job Pledge initiative launched in N.B. to stimulate economy

The New Brunswick government is creating a new initiative, called the One-Job Pledge, to help businesses create quality jobs and new opportunities for recent graduates in the province. Under the Pledge, businesses that qualify will receive a one-year wage incentive when they hire, a permanent, full-time employee who graduated from a post-secondary institution in the past four years.
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Fastest growing jobs for 2013? Here are 20 occupations to consider

"Hiring in Canada is expected to outpace last year as employers focus on growing their businesses and meeting greater market demand," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "While employers remain watchful over factors impacting the global economy, we see more job opportunities opening up in everything from health care and information technology to trucking and manufacturing."
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Insights is an electronic newsletter that highlights important LES research findings for Canada. This issue focuses on employer supports and strategies for workplace LES training. It also includes information about the PIAAC survey for which data will be available in 2013.
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