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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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We all need information to make decisions about our health. But, a lot of health information isn’t easy to understand. Plain language and clear design make health information more accessible.
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An optional, 90-minute, hands-on session at the Institute is designed for educators and practitioners to help them understand and apply learning from large-scale assessment data.
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Ottawa supports economic opportunities for women in Alberta's oil and gas sector

The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades, and Technology (WinSETT Centre) is receiving funding to help retain and advance female scientists and engineers currently working in the oil and gas sector across Alberta. This project was selected through the Government of Canada’s recent call for proposals entitled Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women.
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There are many great educators and they all have one thing in common. It is not that they are the best among the best in their own field. Instead, they are the ones who know best how to facilitate learning.
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Successful workers: Ten things the best employees do differently

Every office has employees who are, simply put, more successful than everyone else. Sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them, but for the most part, we all hope we can be just like them.
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Hélène Deacon dissects skills that children use to learn to read

Becoming a capable reader involves matching letters to sounds — but that’s not where it ends. There’s more to it, and that’s where the work of Hélène Deacon, associate professor of psychology at Dalhousie University, begins.
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Ontario government must focus on issue of youth unemployment: province's colleges

"Far too many young people are out of work or underemployed," said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario, the advocacy organization for the province's 24 public colleges. "We must support our young people. Youth joblessness must be Ontario's top priority."
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When literacy upgrading is provided for at-risk youth, it can prevent criminal activity, reduce recidivism and establish youth as active citizens in the community. On February 20, panelists across the country representing youth, criminal justice and literacy will discuss the barriers and keys to success in incorporating literacy into youth services.
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The Hospitality Employment Experience Program offers full-time, paid work experience, including accommodation, on-site training within a job rotation curriculum and a mentor/guide to support you towards your Certificate of Completion.
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Canada’s construction industry relying on mobile workforce

Canada’s construction industry will need to attract more young people and workers willing to move from other provinces, regions and countries, to meet its changing labour force needs, according to a new labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada.
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Mental health issues in workplace a growing concern among Canadian employers

In today's age, a staggering one in five Canadians struggles with the burden of mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, among others. The everyday challenges that these individuals experience put a significant strain on not only their personal, but also their professional lives.
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The job market paradox: Two measures, opposite trends, high stakes

Too many people without jobs. And at the same time, too many jobs without people. It’s a paradox that ripples through a 54-page analysis of the state of Canada’s labour market released with last week’s federal budget. It’s the first time such a paper has been published with the budget, offering insights into how the Conservative government views the current jobs market and future trends.
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