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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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Grass Roots Press has new titles for Fall 2013

Grass Roots Press of Edmonton, Alberta, has released its fall flyer. New titles deal with exam preparation: International English Language Testing System (IELTS), GED mathematics, GED thinking skills and GED writing. Also new for fall are books for reluctant readers such as fiction, mystery, graphic novels and illustrated easy readers.
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Community partnership provides full range of services for adult learners in Grande Cache, Alberta

A full range of services for adult learners in Grande Cache is now possible due to a new partnership between the Grande Cache Adult Learning Centre (previously CALC – Community Adult Learning Centre) and Grande Prairie Regional College.
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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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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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Alberta literacy community loses cherished advocate

Ruth Hayden was a passionate advocate for family literacy and gave enormous amounts of volunteer time to help develop the field through program and professional development, through research and program evaluation, and through considerable amounts of practitioner training.
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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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Nominations open for Literacy Alberta's Awards of Excellence

Nominations are now open for the Literacy Alberta Awards of Excellence which recognize contributions to the field of literacy in Alberta. This is an opportunity to reward an outstanding organization, volunteer, student or literacy practitioner. The awards are presented each year during the Gala Banquet at the Literacy and Learning Symposium.
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Canadian employees can expect an average salary increase of 2.6% in 2014, according to a national survey of public and private sector employers conducted by Hay Group. The projected increase is lower than the projection for 2013 (at 2.9 %) and continues to be relatively close to projected increases of 2.8% for American employees. U.S. average projections are also lower for 2014 than they were a year ago.
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Many executives uncomfortable being 'friended' by business contacts: survey

Most senior managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said they are uncomfortable being 'friended' by their bosses (71 per cent) or the employees they supervise (66 per cent), compared to 69 per cent and 72 per cent of respondents, respectively, in a similar survey conducted in 2009.
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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced reforms to strengthen and improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada has now implemented a user fee for employers applying for labour market opinions along with new language and advertising requirements for the TFWP.
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Top 20 Downloads from the NALD Library collection - April 2012 to March 2013

Here are the user statistics for 2012-2013 from our 'Top 20 Downloads.' The report examines the number of PDF documents, in both English and French, which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the websites NALD and BDAA. We are able to look at the most downloaded documents in terms of titles and numbers for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
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Post-secondary education students confident in financial knowledge: RBC Poll

The majority of post-secondary students (64 per cent) plan to live away from home while attending school this fall, despite expecting the cost to be about 50 per cent higher than those living at home, according to the 2013 RBC Student Finances Poll. Of those students living away, more than eight-in-10 (83 per cent) are confident in their ability to manage their finances.
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In a rut at work? Here are timely tips for helping you cope

If you hate your job and can't quit, there are some things you can do to make it bearable and to change your job while you are still in it. It means seeing options that aren't obvious but do exist. And you don't need the boss's buy-in to change some aspects of the job and yourself.
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Six steps to help you tame your stressed-out brain

To get a grip during a stressful moment, we need strategies that put the perceived threat back into its cage and deliberately bring our higher thinking abilities back online. Here are six strategies to help you “tame your brain.”
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Acceptance into university, college or graduate school is a major milestone, and you want to be able to do it without racking up an overwhelming amount of debt. Scotiabank offers tips for managing expenses during the school year.
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Canada an attractive choice for international students: survey

International students studying in Canada pay less in student fees than their counterparts studying in other top education markets around the world, according to new research from HSBC. Australia is the most expensive country for overseas students to study in, followed by the US, the UAE and the United Kingdom.
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Money lessons: Undergraduates say their budgets did not make the grade

According to research from TD Canada Trust, 38% of undergraduate students wished they had stuck to a budget during school, and 43% said they wished they had curbed spending on discretionary items like nights out with friends, gadgets and coffee. Quick-fix approaches to spending can have implications that linger for decades, so it is essential that freshmen put their best financial foot forward from day one.
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Disappointing job numbers for the month of July: Statistics Canada

Led by declines among youth, employment decreased by 39,000 in July, and the unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.2%. With this decrease, employment gains have averaged 11,000 per month over the past six months, slower than the average of 27,000 observed during the preceding six-month period.
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OLES Bulletin - Summer 2013

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is a centre of expertise with a workplace focus. In this issue, you'll find articles concerning a website for helping older Canadians get jobs; a section on the OLES website about tools, assessments, and training support; case studies on integrating ES for success, among others.
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ThirdQuarter - an online forum that makes it easier for Canadians aged 45+ to find jobs

ThirdQuarter is an online forum that makes it easier for Canadians aged 45+ to find jobs that match their skills, while helping employers find potential employees who have the skills they are seeking.
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Why digital literacy is crucial

People need to know how to search for everyday information such as bus schedules, tax information and other important information that is part of every day living. Job seekers need to know how to search for and apply for jobs posted on the Internet and submit their resume through an online application system. If adults do not know how to do these things, they will fall behind.
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Assessment matters

Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. These notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs.
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New surveys suggest that training programs provide recruiting advantage

Companies that invest in their employees' professional development have an edge when recruiting information technology (IT) professionals, new research from Robert Half Technology suggests. Sixty-eight per cent of IT workers surveyed said that the ability to acquire new skills in a role is very important when evaluating a job opportunity.
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Two out of three students appreciate the back-to-school season and look forward to the new school year, according to a recent survey. In fact, the survey shows that students more than parents or teachers lead the way in appreciating the back-to-school season.
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Through Modus, NALD is providing quick, easy Internet access to assessment tools that are available across Canada, saving users the time and work of having to locate these resources on their own.
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On trend: These are not your parents' jobs

When you were a kid, you might have dreamed of being a doctor, a teacher or a veterinarian. You likely determined your career options by looking at the people around you and seeing what jobs they held. But it’s a new world, and there is an array of careers many people know nothing about.
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