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Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you don’t want to do when you are actually supposed to do them? Not to mention how much happier and more effective you would be?
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for February 2014

Each month Copian releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads. The report examines the number of Copian Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the Copian website.
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Ottawa supports economic opportunities for women in the bio-economy

Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, has marked International Women’s Week by announcing Government of Canada support to help advance women in non-traditional careers. BioTalent Canada is receiving funding through Status of Women Canada to help advance young professional women in the biotechnology-based economy of Vancouver, Toronto, Charlottetown and Montreal.
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Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning has dedicated a section of its website to Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) which is being observed this year from March 29 to April 6. Initiated by UNESCO in the year 2000, this is an important occasion for celebrating adults in education programs who have embarked on a life-long and life-wide learning journey.
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Donald in the Bridge program at Bow Valley College talks about a technique he uses to fill in gaps in learner content knowledge. In his class study of Interesting People, Interesting Lives, readings are based on important events in the 20th century and how people have contributed to them. "In our classrooms we have timelines on our boards, and as we complete each reading, we post a copy of the reading on the timeline, usually with the learners deciding where it should be pinned."
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How to read faster than you ever thought possible?

With Spritz, which is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch, words appear one at a time in rapid succession. This allows you to read at speeds of between 250 and 1,000 words per minute. The typical college-level reader reads at a pace of between 200 and 400 a minute.
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Unpaid internships backlash growing in Canada

Unpaid internships are on the rise in Canada, with some organizations estimating there are as many as 300,000 people currently working for free at some of the country's biggest, and wealthiest, corporations.
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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project website launched

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project’s goals are to better understand the state of practice with respect to ES initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada and to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice. Designed and hosted by Copian, the website features markers of promising practice, case studies and an evaluation toolkit.
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This webinar will be presented by Dr. Art Graesser, Professor, Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis, and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
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Submissions being accepted for 2014 Life Literacy Awards

ABC Life Literacy Canada is delighted to announce that the 2014 Life Literacy Awards are now open for submissions to recognize outstanding achievement in adult literacy and essential skills through community literacy, workplace education, journalism, and corporate excellence. Submissions will be accepted online until May 30, 2014.
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Inspiring change: Theme of International Women's Day March 8, 2014

Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. Each year International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8.
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U.S. President Barack Obama has launched an initiative to provide greater opportunities for young black and Hispanic men. Through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the White House is partnering with businesses, non-profits and foundations to address disparities in education, criminal justice and employment.
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Frontier College's New Readers Bookstore 2014 catalogue now available

The New Readers Bookstore is a social enterprise of Frontier College, a national charity and Canada’s original literacy organization. Revenue generated by the bookstore is reinvested in Frontier College’s free literacy programs across the country.
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Canada Job Grant deal reached with all provinces except Quebec

After months of back-and-forth negotiations, all territories and provinces with the exception of Quebec have accepted "a compromise" deal on the Canada Job Grant, a centrepiece proposal made by the federal government during last year's budget.
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Saskatchewan Literacy Network seeking services of content writer

The Saskatchewan Literacy Network is accepting proposals for a content writer to develop a family literacy resource booklet. This work will include researching the latest findings in literacy development for children and youth, how parents and caregivers can support that growth and connecting with identified professionals to gain input and guidance.
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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has issued a report, entitled Canada’s Labour Market Sputtered in 2013, which examines the Canadian labour market in 2013 and highlights the considerable variation in labour market performance by demographic group, sector and region.
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CLO marking 20th anniversary with Love Letters to Literacy Campaign

Community Literacy of Ontario's Love Letters to Literacy campaign continues in honour of its 20th anniversary in 2014.
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The Canadian Library Association will hold its national conference and trade show May 28-31, 2014 in Victoria, British Columbia.
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"This is something that we need to convey — that many jobs, many occupations that we considered in the past to be low‑skilled actually require a high level of skills, including digital literacy and competency in maths and science. That is what we’re hearing right across the spectrum. I really do find this a paradox because we talk about the challenge of digital literacy amongst youth." - Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney
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In 2012-13, 70,433 students were enrolled in Maritime universities. A report released by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission shows that, while the overall number of students remained stable in 2012-13, the make-up of the student population continues to change.
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Early computer literacy movement grows in New Brunswick

A movement is growing in New Brunswick to teach children how to program computers. Proponents say introducing computer coding technology early in the school curriculum could be the key to energizing the provincial economy.
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Skills gap still top-of-mind issue for Canadian workers in 2014

Addressing the skills gap continues to be top of mind with Canadian workers, according to a new study by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada. In fact, more than nine in 10 (91.2 per cent) of working Canadians say they feel that the skills shortage/skills gap will continue to be an issue of importance in Canada in 2014.
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March 2-8: International Women's Week highlights role of women entrepreneurs

Canadians will celebrate the economic contributions of women entrepreneurs during International Women’s Week March 2-8, 2014. This year’s theme is Strong Women, Strong Canada, Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a Time. The week begins on March 2 and concludes on March 8, International Women’s Day.
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Citizens with print disabilities will have increased access to free digital library resources through the National Network for Equitable Library Services project, thanks to an $100,000 investment by the Government of Saskatchewan in its 2013-14 Budget. “This project has expanded digital talking book collections in every library across the province, enabling all citizens with print disabilities to pursue their passion for reading and engage in life-long learning.”
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Changes to Provincial Immigration Nominee Program in Nova Scotia

Under the new Regional Labour Market Demand stream, applicants will be assessed based on experience, education and language abilities, and ability to work in Nova Scotia's most in-demand occupations.
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Funding in British Columbia to support ESL transition

Public post-secondary institutions in B.C. are receiving $10.5 million for the planning and changes needed to transition English as a Second Language (ESL) programs to a new model where immigrant settlement services are directly administered by the federal government.
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The New Brunswick government is investing $1 million over three years to expand the Teen Apprentice Program which gives high school students early training and employment in the skilled trades. "This year the program will expand to 28 high schools across New Brunswick and continue to grow each of the following two years,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Jody Carr.
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Name change for QELA: Quebec Essential Learning Alliance

The Quebec Essential Learning Alliance (QELA) is a literacy and essential skills information and referral network servicing adults in Quebec. It represents urban and rural literacy groups, promoting literacy and essential skills training through awareness-building and information-sharing activities.
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PEI Literacy Alliance issues call for bursary applications

This bursary is a $750 grant for adults who are working toward a Grade 12 certificate or Grade 12 equivalency (GED). Up to 10 bursaries will be awarded this year. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2014.
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The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) is holding its fourth annual writing contest in celebration of International Adult Learners' Week, March 29-April 6, 2014. They invite adult learners from across the province to share stories about who inspires them in life and on their learning journey.
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