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Math and sports: Olympic Games-related learning activities

This is an exciting new project from the award-winning Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge. To celebrate London 2012 they have developed free online mathematical resources exploring math and science through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Work skills to help you survive the 'conceptual age'

In the Conceptual Age, right-brain skills will be key. Given the velocity of change and the complexity that results from this, we need to go beyond just knowledge or expertise. The best employees of the future will excel at creative problem solving and different ways of thinking -- synthesizing seemingly diverse things together for better solutions, using metaphors to explain new ideas for which no context yet might exist.
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Most Canadians believe employers discriminate against older applicants: poll

Nearly three-quarters of Canadians believe workplaces are shunning older job applicants based solely on their age, a worrisome finding given labour force trends in Canada. In a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid exclusively for Postmedia News, 74 per cent of those asked either "strongly" or "somewhat" agree that employers discriminate against older people looking for jobs.
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'Right fit' might be deciding factor in public-sector cuts

Today, managers no longer have to hire the "best qualified" candidate and can hire someone who is competent, qualified and the "right fit."
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In the context of ongoing discussions on early childhood learning and development, provincial and territorial ministers of education have released a statement on the intrinsic value of play-based learning and its central role in the formative years of young learners.
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New graduates receive Saskatchewan youth apprenticeship industry scholarships

Eighty high school graduates with career aspirations in the skilled trades were each awarded $1,000 from the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Industry Scholarship Program. The scholarships were initiated in 2009-10 by industry partners and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.
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Workers affected by the Bowater closure in Queens County, Nova Scotia, are getting career specialists to help them train and find new employment.
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N.S. library wins award for its summer reading program

The Captain William Spry Public Library, a branch of Halifax Public Libraries in Spryfield, won a TD Summer Reading Club Library Award for 2011. The library was given $5,000 to be invested in the branch.
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The Government of New Brunswick and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) have partnered to support community adult learning programs for Aboriginals. This initiative follows a successful two-year pilot project which assisted 30 adult learners, with 20 now employed or pursuing post-secondary education. The new funding and partnership are expected to help an additional 200 Aboriginal learners.
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The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has awarded $199,721 to support a partnership project that targets university students at risk for academic difficulties because of a history of unidentified reading difficulties. NALD is part of the project’s knowledge dissemination team.
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Online university for everyone - and it's tuition-free too?

As a partner in Coursera, the University of Toronto joined Stanford, Princeton, Michigan and a dozen other major universities offering free online courses to anyone, anywhere in the world with a computer. Online education has been around in various forms for a while, but the response to these courses has been massive.
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Study finds link between employee engagement and profit

Consulting firm Towers Watson says it has found evidence that employers with a fully engaged workforce tend to have higher profit margins. The firm’s study covered some 32,000 employees, including 1,000 in Canada. It found that about two-thirds of the Canadian employees surveyed weren’t “fully engaged” in their work and felt frustrated by the level of support they receive.
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Career coach offers advice on how to handle workplace bullying

A career coach says victims of workplace bullying can't be afraid to complain to the company or even to take legal action. You need to stand up for yourself, and you must do it immediately. You should begin by documenting the instances of the behaviour that you feel is bullying in as much detail as possible.
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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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