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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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ICEA releases English website for SQAF (Quebec Adult Learners' Week) 2014

Institut de coopération pour l’éducation des adultes is pleased to announce that the Semaine québécoise des adultes en formation (SQAF – Quebec Adult Learners' Week) will have its own English website, for the benefit of the anglophone population of Quebec. This website gives readers the opportunity to download tools and register activities. It also helps promote partners' initiatives.
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Nominations being accepted for 2014 Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit. Help honour citizens and organizations in your community for their dedication and commitment to literacy and learning in Saskatchewan. The deadline is Friday, March 21.
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Career Day for Girls – Breaking workplace barriers in Quebec

Girls Action Foundation, a national charitable foundation that funds innovative girls’ programs across Canada, launched National Career Day in November 2013, a new pilot project in partnership with 15 organizations and schools across the country.
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Essential Skills Ontario is soliciting proposals from qualified suppliers for the creation of curriculum and delivery of training to provide individuals with skills needed for entry-level employment in the food processing industry. The deadline is Tuesday, February 18, at 5 p.m. ET.
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for January 2014

Each month Copian releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads/20 Plus téléchargés. The report examines the number of Copian Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the Copian website.
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Large job fair supports an inclusive employment world

CAMO pour personnes handicapées and National Career Event join forces to present their second annual large job fair on April 15 and 16, 2014, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
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Call for proposals: The Literacy & Learning Symposium 2014

The Literacy & Learning Symposium Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for sessions at the 2014 Symposium. The theme of the event is Navigating Change in the Learning Landscape. Dates are October 22-24 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled an education plan for First Nations that recognizes aboriginal control over schooling. He also promised an additional $1.9 billion in funding for aboriginal education starting in 2015.
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Canada under-performs on measures of business innovation, and recent international comparisons indicate that our record is getting worse, not better. One contributing factor to this poor performance is that almost 40 per cent of Canadian companies don't measure the success of their innovation activities at all.
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Read to Me Program launches 50 Best Books for Babies list

In celebration of Family Literacy Day, Read to Me, Nova Scotia’s early reading promotion program launched its newest resource for families, the Read to Me 50 Best Books for Babies list at an event on January 27, 2014. Read to Me provides a free bag of baby books and reading resources to every baby born in Nova Scotia, before leaving the hospital. Now in its 12th year, Read to Me has distributed books to over 96,000 families to foster a love of reading from birth.
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Statistics Canada releases employment numbers for January 2014

Employment rose by 29,000 in January, the result of an increase in full-time work. The unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 7.0 per cent.
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Cheating and Technology - Unethical Indifference: commentary

Academic dishonesty is nothing new. As long as there have been homework assignments and tests, there have been cheaters. The way that cheating looks has changed over time though, particularly now that technology has made it easier than ever.
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Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart have announced the launch of the Agricultural Operator Program. “Our government recognizes the importance that labour plays in driving growth in our agriculture industry,” Ritz said. “Today’s investment will help those interested in a career in agriculture develop the knowledge and skills needed to find gainful employment here in Saskatchewan.”
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Ontario giving high school students access to business leaders

Ontario is investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing them with an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to experts and the public as part of the province's Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch contest. The contest, part of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy, returns for a second year to challenge high school students in grades 9 through 12 to promote their business idea in a two-minute video.
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Nova Scotia seeks innovation to revive forestry sector

The Province of Nova Scotia has approved a $1.1-million investment in eight projects to explore new ways of doing business in the forestry sector. The investments will help identify new products and production processes, reduce costs and make Nova Scotia's forestry industry a stronger competitor in the world marketplace.
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An Atlantic partnership to deliver autism training to teachers, administrators and other educational personnel was announced at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET) in Fredericton, N.B. The e-learning program is designed to provide consistency in training, build capacity across all four provinces, and allow education systems to be more responsive to emerging research and needs around autism.
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The Early Literacy Foundations program, designed to give parents and caregivers the tools to promote and enhance early literacy development in children, was launched on Family Literacy Day at the Michael Donovan Library in St. John’s. Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education, was joined by Kilbride MHA John Dinn, representatives of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board, and participants in the program, which is being piloted at 14 sites around the province.
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Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum stressed the importance of reading in recognition of February as I Love to Read Month. “We all know that reading is an essential skill that is the foundation for lifelong learning,” said Minister Allum. “But reading also develops a child’s imagination and through reading children learn about people, places and ideas beyond their own experiences. The benefits go far beyond the classroom.”
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the inspiration and generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.
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PIAAC: A powerful tool for the OECD Skills Strategy

The OECD launched the first results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey in October 2013 in Brussels, and a series of dissemination events have been taking place in different parts of the world over the past months.
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Rapidly changing technology industry means higher-paying jobs

Despite recent years of international economic instability, the technology landscape in Canada has been consistently evolving. From the advancement of application development, to business intelligence and big data, to social media and search engine optimization, technology skills and positions are changing to keep up with industry innovation.
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Exciting new technology to enhance teaching and learning options is being rolled out across campus at the University of Windsor, and the project team is inviting instructors to get involved.
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CUPE celebrates Black History Month in February

"One of Canada’s first major challenges to racial segregation happened in 1946, when Viola Desmond, a black business woman, refused to sit in the balcony of a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Instead, she sat downstairs in an area designated exclusively for white people. Desmond's action took place nine years before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama."
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Copian marks a milestone in 2014: its 25th anniversary!

Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning is steeped in tradition. While it has a new name and a new brand, the national non-profit literacy organization has been in existence for 25 years, keeping Canadians connected to information, knowledge, resources and each other for the purpose of advancing life-long and life-wide learning.
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Proposed game would allow teens to make career and education decisions

A team inside Employment and Social Development Canada has proposed creating an online game young Canadians can use to answer a question that dogs them: What am I going to be when I grow up? The proposed game would allow teens to make career and education decisions and, based on real-time labour market information, see how those choices affect their future employment.
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Navigating change in the learning landscape is theme of Literacy & Learning Symposium 2014

The Community Learning Network, Centre for Family Literacy and Literacy Alberta will host the Literacy and Learning Symposium 2014 at the Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort October 22-24. The theme will be Navigating Change in the Learning Landscape.
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More Canadians employed in mining than previously reported

New figures show a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians employed in the mining and related industries with more than 418,000 people in full-time-equivalent jobs working in various facets of the sector, according to the Mining Association of Canada's latest Facts & Figures 2013 report.
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Retail is most optimistic industry in Alberta, survey says

Retail business owners are the most optimistic industry in Alberta, according to one of two, new business indexes created by ATB Financial. Alberta retailers scored 77.5 in the ATB Business Index in the fourth quarter of 2013, a significant jump from 50 in the second quarter. Energy and construction business indexes, meanwhile, have both dropped over the same period.
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The Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association warns that the Ontario government's increase to the minimum wage will result in fewer jobs for youth, a population that has already been identified as underemployed.
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"Teachers have the future of this generation in their hands," UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement. "We need 5.2 million teachers to be recruited by 2015, and we need to work harder to support them in providing children with their right to a universal, free and quality education."
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