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Top 20 PDF Downloads for June 2012

Each month NALD releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads/20 Plus téléchargés. The report examines the number of NALD Library documents, in both English and French, which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the websites NALD and BDAA.
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Opening the door to educational opportunities is a positive way for people with mental illnesses to realize their potential. The scholarship can help people acquire the educational or vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society and help them move forward with their lives.
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Students entering post-secondary school in the fall need to have their applications for financial assistance in shortly.
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Good workplace health makes good business sense

Because so much of our time is spent at work, it is the ideal place to encourage good health habits. As an employer, you are in the position to stimulate change. To launch a healthy lifestyle initiative, you could implement a health audit to discover the issues that affect your employees.
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Ministers of Education to Meet in Halifax, July 4–6, 2012

Canada's ministers of education will be in Halifax, July 4–6, 2012, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, for the 100th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), their long-standing intergovernmental body.
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According to Georgetti, shutting down world-class research facilities, closing entire libraries and shuttering archives, canceling whole programs and removing the support services on which many other still-functioning government operations depend is bound to have more than just a slimming effect.
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Essential Skills Ontario is currently working on releasing a series of research briefs that carries on the conversation first addressed in our widely received Menial No More report, in order to examine the challenges and opportunities in training adults without a high school diploma
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Reading offers Brazilian prisoners quicker escape

(Reuters) - Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a novel way to shorten their sentences: four days less for every book they read.
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Pitch 'n' Putt game built on nine workplace essential skills

What do the nine workplace literacy and essential skills have in common with golf? Employees at Mixcor Aggregrates in Edmonton found out when they attended their company’s annual general meeting.
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Frontier College will participate in the launch of a new family reading activity in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Summer family activities will run from June 30 to September 3 while Story Time at Rideau Hall will be held Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
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Grass Roots Press, in partnership with ABC Life Literacy Canada, is delighted to announce the September release of four new titles to the popular adult literacy Good Reads book series. Good Reads are original books by bestselling Canadian authors written for adult literacy and ESL learners.
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Books holding their own in digital world, says Indigo CEO

Amid pressures to make up for book sales being lost to the digital world, Heather Reisman says a surprising proportion of surveyed customers are reading both digital and physical books, rather than just making the complete switch.
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Conference Board shines spotlight on Saskatchewan workforce

Saskatchewan is having new-found success in attracting people to the province, from across Canada and around the world. The province became a net recipient of migration from other provinces in the mid-2000s, reversing a decades-long trend of net outflows of people. But probe a bit deeper and you discover that there are limits to the province's growth outlook.
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The Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF), located in Montreal, has won the NALD Innovative Technology Award for its new online repository: Compétencesessentielles.ca - 9 Compétences Essentielles pour apprendre, travailler et vivre.
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Survey says Canada's young workers want global job prospects

According to the data, when younger Canadians (under the age of 39) are searching for an employer, most factor international/global career opportunities into their decision of whom they'd like to work for. Career progression opportunities, training and a good work-life balance are also important criteria which young Canadians say attract them to an employer.
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Especially if you are traveling, this summer is a good time to give thought to how you and your organization will celebrate NWT Literacy Week in September. The NWT Literacy Council will be sending out packages in the mail and also placing information on their website as it becomes available.
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Frontier College is hosting conferences across the country to get educators, police, judges, policy-makers and others talking about the key role of literacy in youth crime prevention. "We have been told that literacy is not a crime prevention strategy. That's ridiculous. Literacy is one of the biggest ways to prevent crime," says Sherry Campbell, Frontier College president.
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Summer's here ... but keep on learning

Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer lose some of the literacy skills they learned during the year and have a difficult time adjusting to school in the fall. So try out these fun activities with youngsters this summer to keep their skills sharp all year long.
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Essential Skills Good Practices Guide available online from ACCC

The Essential Skills Good Practice Guide from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) was produced as a result of the Working with the Community project focusing on the development of Essential Skills (ES) tools and practices.
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New UNESCO paper on mobile learning: Global Themes

The completion of the regional and “Global Themes” mobile learning papers marks an important milestone for UNESCO. After over a half year of effort the organization has consolidated its burgeoning understanding of the current state of mobile learning and shared this understanding with the world.
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CMEC's pan-Canadian collaborative work continues on a number of issues, including regionally appropriate work on Aboriginal-education data collection and research, teacher education, knowledge transfer among all those involved in Aboriginal education, and ongoing discussion with the federal government on Aboriginal education.
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CUPE celebrates National Aboriginal Day June 21

"CUPE has a proud history of supporting our First Nations, Inuit and Métis members. Our National Aboriginal Council works to increase participation of Aboriginal peoples in our union, and promotes and defends the rights of Aboriginal workers in both our union and in the community." - Paul Moist, national president, and Charles Fleury, national secretary-treasurer
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Skilled trade career opportunities abound in resource sector

There's no shortage of skilled trade jobs in an economy where the resource industry is booming and employers are looking for able-bodied individuals to do everything from equipment repair to electrical and carpentry work.
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Negotiation skills can be learned, practised: professor

Being a good negotiator isn't just a skill reserved for corporate CEOs and UN diplomats. It's an everyday tool useful for all of us, whether we're asking for a raise, interviewing for a job, buying a car, deciding on family vacations or even dealing with our children at bedtime.
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It is a key priority for ETFO to support partnerships and initiatives that advance the rights and opportunities of Aboriginal children and youth. Since 2005, ETFO has supported the Lieutenant Governor's Summer Literacy Initiatives for isolated First Nations communities including most recently a campaign by Lieutenant Governor David Onley and Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy to secure e-readers for 5,000 children and youth in those communities.
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Frontier College President Sherry Campbell is thrilled to be receiving The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. "I am delighted to accept this on behalf of the thousands of volunteers, staff and community partners who work on the front lines and who believe in our mission. We are truly honoured to be receiving this award."
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Bill C-11 provides the legal framework necessary for students and teachers in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities to use publicly available Internet materials in their educational pursuits. Consortium members believe this education amendment is essential at a time when governments are simultaneously increasing levels of connectivity, promoting skills development and innovation, and supporting the use of the Internet in classrooms.
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Leveraging language: Skill in that area adds punch in business world

A growing segment of small-business owners are recognizing the value of leveraging language. It’s not about being totally fluent, to the point where you can negotiate a contract. It’s about understanding how language aids a business relationship and then using it to your advantage.
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The research suggests not only that parents’ participation plays a key role in shaping child development, but that disadvantaged parents face more barriers in engaging in these practices. Complementary research shows that parents’ socioeconomic circumstances and educational attainment levels have a direct effect on children’s outcomes.
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Wellness programs pay off for organizations but improved measurement urged

Organizations should invest in workplace wellness programs because it makes financial sense to do so. However, Canadian employers are in the infancy stages of evaluating health and wellness programs and demonstrating the positive return on investment (ROI) that can be generated.
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