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Update on NALD's website hosting services

NALD will continue to provide web hosting on its servers free of charge for non-profit customers focused primarily on community or adult literacy and essential skills. However, we will no longer be undertaking design, redesign, development or maintenance of websites.
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With this support, 400 northern youth aged 14 to 30 will begin a dialogue with mentors. These 400 young people will be exposed to Canadians professionals and given examples of potential career avenues in the rest of Canada, while also incorporating local values and local opportunities that reflect the reality of Yukon careers, history, and heritage. Mentors will gain awareness and knowledge about Canada's North and its people.
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A European study claims that the UK has an oversupply of low-skilled workers, but demand is falling and there is a shortage of workers with high-quality vocational skills. It also continues to have a relatively high number of adults with very poor basic literacy and numeracy skills, who are not well placed to benefit from vocational training.
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Deadline is July 31 for submissions on Saskatchewan's labour legislation review

On May 2, 2012, Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan announced a comprehensive review of the current labour legislation. The review will restructure and reorganize the existing legislation, eliminate inconsistencies, clarify legislative applications and modernize legislation to reflect today's changing work environment.
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Home library service launched on Prince Edward Island

Islanders with a disability or illness who are unable to get to their local library branch can have the joy of reading delivered directly to their own homes, thanks to the new Home Library Service.
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Workplace education initiative builds N.S. leadership skills

Twenty-seven managers and supervisors from a dozen companies in Nova Scotia learned how to work more efficiently by communicating better with staff through jobsHere training delivered by the province. The 40-hour program was jointly organized with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, a not-for-profit that helps member companies become more competitive, more profitable and better managed.
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Staff who are happy work harder: survey

The Aon Hewitt survey measures the percentage of employees who would recommend their firm to others, have no desire to leave, and say that the environment inspires them. They measure corporate social responsibility and opportunities for growth and learning.
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Heather Reisman, the founder and CEO of Indigo Books & Music, is the recipient of the 2012 Public Education Advocacy Award of the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF). The award is presented annually to groups or individuals outside the teaching profession who have made major contributions to promote and support public education in Canada.
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New centre for improvement in education announced

Research conducted by the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education will explore practical solutions to the challenges parents face as they pursue the best possible education for their children. National in scope, the Centre will initially focus on three areas: improvement in teacher effectiveness, improvement in essential curricula, and increased school choice for families.
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CMEC Copyright Consortium pleased with Supreme Court decision

The consortium had asked the Supreme Court to interpret the fair dealing provision in the Copyright Act to permit teachers to make copies of short excerpts from a copyright-protected work, such as a book or a newspaper, for distribution to students.
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Work-life balance tips to help you define line between job and home time

According to Randstad Canada, in order to achieve work-life balance, it's important for workers to set boundaries between their work and personal lives as the line between work and home continues to blur.
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Mixed reviews on value of employee performance assessments: survey

How useful are performance reviews? It depends on whom you ask. In an Accountemps survey, 91 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said formal evaluations are either somewhat or very effective in helping employees improve their performance. Yet nearly one in three workers (32 per cent) disagreed, calling these appraisals either somewhat or very ineffective.
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The strategy outlines three policy issues which should form the basis of skills policies: firstly to develop relevant skills to meet current and emerging economic needs; secondly to “activate” the skills held by working-age unemployed by integrating under-represented groups into the labour market and removing demand-side barriers to hiring; and thirdly “putting skills to effective use,” ensuring that skills are used effectively in employment by enlarging demand of skills.
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Businesses that successfully hire and retain Aboriginal workers benefit in more ways than just finding qualified employees. Employing Aboriginal workers helps organizations build stronger connections and relationships within their local communities. Businesses become more diverse and inclusive when they tap into the talents of Aboriginal workers, and Aboriginal peoples who are successful in the workplace act as role models for others in their communities.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada gearing up for Essential Skills Day September 21, 2012

The third annual Essential Skills Day will take place September 21, 2012, to raise awareness of the nine essential skills as defined by the Government of Canada and the importance of training in the workplace.
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Learn@Work Week set for September 17-21, 2012 (PDF)

Hosted annually by CSTD (the Canadian Society for Training and Development), Learn@Work Week celebrates learning in the workplace and the opportunity for businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations to share their learning initiatives with their employees and the public.
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Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, has announced that the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA Canada) has signed on as a presenting sponsor of the next three Skills Canada National Competitions.
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Job-rich Alberta scours globe for workers

Employers in Western Canada, and particularly in the ever-expanding oil industry, have been looking for workers farther and farther afield to fill jobs in resource development.
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Three literacy and storytelling ideas for the Olympic Torch Relay

Here are three literacy ideas all based on the theme of the Olympic Torch Relay. You can read about how a school held its own Torch Relay event; try writing a shape poem in the shape of a Torch; or role-play a thrilling story about a surprise hidden in a box – you can even make up your own ending to the story.
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Teaching resources and activity ideas for the London 2012 Olympics

The build-up to the London Olympics provides an excellent opportunity to engage students all around the world in learning about Britain and the countries within (England, Scotland and Wales). Below are some activity ideas for across the curriculum including literacy and numeracy.
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Should a job take over your life? Career coach has some thoughts

"If work-life balance is important to you, define what that means and weigh the job against realistic criteria that is within your control. And remember, that criteria may change, and so the may the job a few years down the road."
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Students speak out on whether summer wages get passing grade

The Globe and Mail newspaper conducted a survey of student readers, asking whether they thought their summer earnings would cover their expenses for the school year. Of more than 150 respondents, 87 per cent said they had found a summer job, and 13 per cent said they were unemployed.
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As demand grows for skills training, certificates grow more popular too

Certificates are the fastest-growing U.S. college credential, with more than 1 million awarded nationally in 2010, according to a recent study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
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"Poor financial literacy is the result of mismanaging money under the guise of greed and inflated desires. Emotions overpower logical thinking and this produces poor decision-making related to spending. We need to comprehend financial literacy, rather than pursuing a routine of managing and mismanaging money the rest of our lives."
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Business owners in Alberta (73.3) and Saskatchewan (72.5) have collectively been the most optimistic in Canada for 11 consecutive months, while entrepreneurs in Manitoba (65.9), New Brunswick (65.7) and British Columbia (65.6) are comfortably above the national average, and those in Newfoundland and Labrador (61.3) are close to average.
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Amid economic uncertainty around the globe, Canadian employers expect to add more jobs in the second half of 2012, but at a slightly lower rate than anticipated in last year's study. Forty per cent of hiring managers said they are planning on hiring new permanent, full-time employees between now and the end of the year compared to 43 per cent in 2011.
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Ministers of education mark milestone in education cooperation

Twenty-first century learning was the defining theme of the Halifax meeting, where ministers exchanged information on a number of education-related topics.
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Jayne Hunter new executive director of Literacy Nova Scotia

Jayne Hunter, who has a master's degree in adult education with a focus on adult literacy, began her career with Literacy Nova Scotia in 2003 as a learner co-ordinator. She has held several positions within the organization including most recently the director of programs.
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In June, employment was little changed for the second consecutive month and the unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 7.2 per cent, as fewer people searched for work. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased 1.0 per cent or 181,000.
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Feature of the Month shines spotlight on NALD Annual Report and new directions ahead

In times of economic uncertainty and ever-changing information technology, organizations – whether in the public domain or private sector – are often obligated to sit back, reflect and re-evaluate their activities and priorities. With this in mind, the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) is adapting some of its services and setting a new course for the future.
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