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How much does it cost to own a home?

Whether it’s a bungalow, a condo or a duplex, owning a home is a huge accomplishment. But it’s also a significant financial responsibility. While home ownership can bring a tremendous sense of pride and achievement, before buying a home it’s important to take into consideration everything from its physical upkeep to paying for the mortgage, home insurance and property taxes.
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New resource from Imagine Canada on earned income

This report is Imagine Canada’s first one focused on earned income based on a summary of findings from their Sector Monitor program. The desire for earned income data stems from Imagine Canada’s National Engagement Strategy and subsequent discussions around solidifying the funding base for the sector, one of which is about creating a supportive environment for earned income activities.
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Which areas of post-secondary study offer the most opportunities?

With the cost of higher-level learning at an all-time high (on average, Canadian students paid $5,581 in tuition fees in 2012-2013), some students are beginning to question whether a university education is worth the investment. While studies show university graduates fare better in the Canadian job market than uneducated workers, not all degrees can be treated equal.
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Many Canadian employers admit to skills shortage; few willing to address it

A new report by Ipsos Reid, commissioned by ABC Life Literacy Canada, reveals literacy and essential skills training key to skilled workforce. This report will be released via a live webinar on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
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CODE's Burt award "aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors," (CODE).
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Assessing adult literacy in developing countries: Findings and impacts from LAMP - a webinar

This webinar is presented by The Centre for Literacy. Join Manuel Cardoso Fernandez, a UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Program Specialist in the Learning Outcomes Section, for a webinar to discuss Literacy and Assessment Monitoring Programme (LAMP) findings and the effects that have changed the model of literacy assessment in developing countries.
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The federal government helps Canadian manufacturers create jobs and growth

The government is committed to helping Canadian manufacturers create jobs and growth across Canada. This measure builds on their strong record of lowering taxes and supporting Canada’s manufacturers by helping them make the additional investments needed to improve productivity and create jobs.
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Ottawa creating leadership opportunities for young francophone women across Canada

Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ottawa-Orléans, has announced Government of Canada support for a project to promote leadership among young francophone women across Canada.
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Temporary Foreign Worker Program still has problems, provinces say

Canada’s Labour Minister is pledging to consider further changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, with her provincial counterparts saying the revised system still leaves them in the dark over many details.
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Canadians should come first when it comes to local jobs, according to federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers as they gathered in Saskatoon for their annual meeting. In her first meeting with her provincial counterparts, federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch focused on the need to hire from within before turning to other nations.
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In its submission to the Government of Canada’s 2014 Budget process, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) remains focused on Canada’s skills gap, the need to provide Canadians with the advanced skills employers seek, and the need for enhanced workplace innovation.
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“CMEC is pleased to add its voice to the global celebration of literacy on this International Literacy Day,” said Dr. Andrew Parkin, Director General of CMEC. “This year's theme draws attention to the expanding definition of literacy in our time. Citizens now need to be able to understand and engage with multiple technologies along with mastering the foundational skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.”
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Canada's national literacy and essential skills organizations and provincial/territorial literacy coalitions are collaborating to prepare for the release of Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data. Part of this preparation includes developing tools and resources to support the literacy field in their communications with stakeholders about PIAAC. To that end, this survey is being circulated to obtain your feedback. The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, September 12, at 12 a.m. (EST).
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In recognition of International Literacy Day, Canada's premiers have announced the recipients of the ninth annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The award is presented in every province and territory, and recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. It is awarded annually to educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations, non-governmental organizations and businesses.
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This infographic from QELA suggests there is more to literacy than learning your ABCs. It's about boosting essential skills and strengthening communities. "Partner with your local literacy and essential skills provider to help your community thrive." -- Quebec English Literacy Alliance
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Copyright Matters! covers subject of copyright in education in Canada

Can teachers play a sound recording or turn on a radio for students to listen to, or turn on a television for students to watch? Can teachers copy computer software for educational use? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Copyright Matters! from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
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ABC declares September Life Literacy Month

Even after we’re grown up and finished school, September still feels like a new beginning. Learning doesn’t stop as we grow older, and all of us are on a learning journey.
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How literacy has evolved in Canada: Lindsay Kennedy

International Literacy Day has been celebrated on September 8 since 1966. The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies around the world. It's also an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come, and where we need to go next.
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Collaboration has been a key component of the PIAAC process: NALD's Feature of the Month

NALD’s feature this month shines the spotlight on the important collaboration that has gone on in Canada in the past few months to increase our understanding of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and what it could mean for Canada.
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The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) adds its voice to the community involved in the development of learning in all its forms and with Canadian provincial and national, literacy and essential skills organizations to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8, 2013.
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CLLN looking for three people to join its board at the AGM on October 26, 2013

If you would like to join the CLLN Board of Directors, please complete the application form and email it to lkennedy@literacy.ca. You can also mail the paper copy to the office.
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High school students, getting set for class next week, feel enormous pressure to succeed academically, and 24 per cent don't even know if they will go to college or university, according to a Big Brothers Big Sisters/CIBC Academic Success Survey. Of those uncertain of pursuing college or university, 64 per cent wish they had an adult in their lives to advise them on their career options.
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How to read a book you don't want to read: Decoda Literacy Solutions (video)

Here's a handy formula to help you get started on reading a book that you don't want to read but that is required reading for a school assignment or work project. The author of the film clip compares the process to that used by tree surgeons taking down a tree.
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A new CIBC poll shows that Canadian parents, on average, are willing to pay for two-thirds of their children's post-secondary education costs. However, 30 per cent of these parents do not have a plan to cover the tab for their kids' schooling which will likely cost them tens of thousands of dollars.
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Home is the key to homework: Ten tips from ABC Life Literacy Canada

Studies show that children's achievements in school improve with increased parental involvement in their education. So get involved in your kids’ homework – you might even learn something new too.
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New regional skills training plan for Kootenays in B.C.

The Kootenay Regional Workforce Table is the third in B.C. to create a region-led plan by bringing together key leaders from industry, employers, labour, First Nations, training service providers, economic development organizations, educators and others to identify key opportunities in the region and the training needed to address them.
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Focused investments in education over the last 12 years have helped build a world-class post-secondary system in British Columbia - one that is sustainable for the future, and meets learners' and employers' needs and expectations.
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Work programs inspire inmates to learn and help others

Many work programs at B.C. correctional facilities are designed to help inmates get a job after they are released. For example, at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, inmates can take bicycle technician training and give back to the community through an important humanitarian cause.
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Original co-founders to host PLAIN 2013 Conference after 20 years

In seven weeks, plain language advocates from around the globe will meet in Vancouver, B.C., at the Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) 20th anniversary Conference. Government, business, education, literacy, legal and finance sectors will be represented. Speakers from 15 countries will address issues such as user-testing, plain language project management, technology, mobile communications, globalization and the future of plain language.
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Centre for Literacy has opening for a senior project officer

Reporting to The Centre for Literacy's executive director, the senior project officer is responsible for the development, delivery and sustainability of program activities (local, regional and national), initiatives and projects related to adult basic education and skills development in diverse work and social contexts.
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