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This report from the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is a must-read for everyone with an interest in the practitioners/workers/educators who work in the literacy and essential skills (LES) field and the students/learners whom these individuals work tirelessly to support.
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Celebrating 25 years of Copian: Canada's premier national adult literacy database

In 2014, adult literacy educators in Canada and other nations celebrate 25 years of service by Copian, formerly known as the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD).
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Students with limited ability in English and those who are recent newcomers from war-torn countries will receive new dedicated support through the Manitoba English as an Additional Language (EAL) and the Intensive Newcomer Support grants, which will help them thrive and succeed in school, Education Minister Nancy Allan has announced.
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Plans in the works to renew trades training facilities at Camosun College

Growing demand for skilled trades training has initiated a plan in British Columbia to renew trades training facilities at Camosun College for a new generation of students. With support of the Province, the college will develop a comprehensive business case for the Camosun College Trades Renewal Project.
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The ThirdQuarter project was originally announced in May 2010 as an online, community-based pilot project to help match the essential skills of workers over age 50 with the needs of employers. The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce’s project is receiving almost $1 million in additional funding from the federal government to expand its reach into larger urban centres while continuing to serve rural areas.
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Seniors, younger generations to benefit from New Horizons Program funding

Seniors in Fredericton will soon have new opportunities to volunteer and mentor younger generations thanks to funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Government of Canada is investing $35.6 million in almost 2,000 community-based projects across Canada as part of the 2011–2012 call for proposals.
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Finland rivals East Asian educational hothouses such as Singapore and South Korea, but without those countries' high-pressure homework expectations. There are no nationally standardized tests, inspections or league tables, no private schools or private universities, and no fees. Competition is frowned upon; co-operation is king.
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Is it ever wise to stretch the truth on your resumé? Probably not

The lesson here is don't do it. If you think your resumé needs some flair, do something about it - the right way. Take a class. Do volunteer work. Gain the skills or experience you're missing. Yes, gaining those skills or experience could cut into your work life balance, but so can losing your job.
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The goal of the strategy is to assist in addressing the province’s literacy and essential skills challenges and to help current and potential employees in New Brunswick gain the essential skills they need to meet the changing demands of the workplace.
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"Today we are announcing that we will donate $20,000 to assist Quebec student organizations cover the legal costs to defend students charged while engaging in peaceful protest," said CAUT's executive director James Turk. "We will also call upon all our member associations to make a donation to the students' legal defence fund."
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Pathways to Education is inviting Canadians to give the Gift of Graduation by recognizing the teacher, tutor, mentor, coach or role model who played an important role in their life. Participants can post their personal message on Pathways "Graduation Nation Wall" on Facebook.
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The global youth jobless rate this year remains stuck at “crisis peak” levels and won't likely come down until at least 2016, the International Labour Organization predicts in a grim outlook on youth employment published this week.
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Finding a job that suits you starts with research

Simply applying for every job you hear about isn't going to get it done. You need to take some time, reflect on what inspires you, talk to people in the field about what they do and then start finding companies that match your desires.
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Five ways to make your resumé stand out

It all starts with brand. Professionals say each individual needs a personal brand. If you're going to have a brand, you may as well advertise it. Create a one page highlight of what you could do if hired. Just like any ad, use well thought-out tag lines that quickly get the recruiter's attention. Don't tell everything, as you want the reader to call you for additional information
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“The discussions around education at the APEC meeting will help Alberta and Canada to learn from others and reflect on how we can better support the success of our students, the quality of our teachers and the delivery of education from a global perspective.” - Alberta Education Minister Jeff Johnson
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A tuition graphic: How the numbers stack up across Canada

There’s one fact that usually gets slipped into the bottom of news reports on the Quebec student protests: that the province has some of the lowest tuition rates in Canada. But how low is low? Compare for yourself.
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The Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding achievement in increasing workplace literacy and essential skills in their community.
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May 27-June 2, 2012, is Disability Awareness Week in N.B.

Disability Awareness Week continues the tradition of National Access Awareness Week first established in 1988 to promote better community access for people with disabilities. This campaign happened in response to a request from Rick Hansen following his Man in Motion World Tour.
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Nearly 80 per cent of Canadians believe that tuition fees should be frozen at current levels or lowered, according to a new poll conducted by Harris-Decima for the Canadian Federation of Students. "The cost of post-secondary education is out of control," said Roxanne Dubois, national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "This poll indicates that Canadians believe in an affordable system of education that is accessible to all."
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Are the days of the paper cheque almost over?

There will come a day when paper cheques are no longer used in Canada – although it’s some way off. New imaging technology is changing the way we bank and how we monitor our personal finances – whether it’s on your smartphone, at the ATM or in the bank branch.
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Essential resources if you're immigrating to Canada

This list of resources represents only a small collection of websites, groups and organizations dealing with immigration in Canada.
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With funding from the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, CLLN is conducting a labour market study of literacy and essential skills (L/ES) workers. CLLN seeks to consolidate what is known about the L/ES workforce and determine the value of, and whether there is a need for, occupational standards and/or credentials.
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The income eligibility thresholds for part-time student loans and grants have been increased so more Canadians can pursue post-secondary education while working.
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"This modern approach allows our programs to be more responsive to the needs of industry and the labour market," said New Brunswick Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe. "We are shifting some authority to industry – where it makes sense to do so – while continuing to maintain government oversight.”
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UCN officials say the school will only succeed and serve the community if it develops teaching staff who come from the North and want to build their lives in the North. "We've had (outside) individuals who, for whatever reason, couldn't align themselves with the mission and the mandate," interim UCN president Konrad Jonasson has said.
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Aboriginal students continue to make remarkable gains in the Sooke school district of British Columbia, where they have posted one of the highest graduation rates in the province.
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Humility is a quiet, underappreciated strength, especially in the workplace

“Compassion is hard if you don’t have humility,” says psychologist Jordan LaBouff of the University of Maine. What’s more, he says, humble people tend to make better employees and bosses. But because the typical American workplace tends to reward self-promotion over humility, such modest types may have a tough time making it to the top.
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In-person collaboration still most effective way to communicate at work: study

For all the emphasis on email, teleconferences, Skype and social media, it turns out that face-to-face communication still tops them all.
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Inuit-language Bible complete after 34-year translation project

Five Anglican ministers led the project, and notably, all were Inuk. “For the first time in Canada, the entire translation was done by mother tongue speakers of the language rather than by missionaries,” reads a statement by the Canadian Bible Society.
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New campaign to connect university researchers with public

Through a new province-wide campaign, Ontario university researchers are going from their campuses into other communities to talk about the ideas, issues and stories emerging from their research that affect everyday life in countless ways.
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The Yukon Literacy Coalition, NWT Literacy Council and Ilitaqsiniq - the Nunavut Literacy Council are hosting a first-ever, pan-northern forum on literacy, adult learning and skills development in Yellowknife, NWT, from October 23 to 25, 2012.
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The Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit acknowledge the outstanding contributions by Saskatchewan citizens, organizations and businesses for the advancement and development of literacy and essential skills in the province.
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