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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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30 jobs with weird, futuristic-sounding titles

Will your job still exist 15 or 20 years from now? And, if it does exist, what will it look like? Will it be the same or will it have changed dramatically thanks to technological and social shifts?
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Tuesday is task day - the most productive day of the week: study

Accountemps suggests making a to-do list of what you plan to accomplish every day. Then cut that list in half by narrowing it down to just your top priorities. People too often fill their job lists with tasks they’d like to do, but then become frustrated at their lack of progress whittling down such a long list of projects. A smaller, more realistic list that leaves some wiggle room for the inevitable unexpected tasks and setbacks will help keep you motivated and on track.
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Requiring doctors' notes helps keep costs in line: commentary

In the absence of sick notes, the $16-billion costs to the economy would likely escalate dramatically. If more employers required sick notes, on the other hand, there might be a significant decrease in that number.
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Success of first workplace mental health program hard to measure: agency

A year after launching Canada's first national guidelines for workplace mental health, the agency behind the program says it doesn't know how many employers are using it — or how. A few big names such as Bell Canada have publicly embraced the National Standard For Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace since its release in January 2013.
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Five tips and best practices to increase employee engagement

A Gallup study released in 2013 showed only 13 per cent of employees worldwide were engaged whereas the vast majority of employees were either "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" in the workplace. This means that nearly nine out 10 workers are either just going through the motions of their daily jobs or are actively looking for a new job.
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The Association of Canadian Community Colleges has stressed the need for further federal government investments for access to post-secondary education to address Canada’s skills gap, provide Canadians with advanced skills for employment and to enhance workplace innovation.
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Innovative ideas and programs that make the Internet better for all Canadians could receive up to $100,000 in funding from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (www.CIRA.ca), the organization that manages the .CA domain.
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Having a trade to fall back on: Or should it be first choice? - commentary

"University wasn’t a waste, but as long as there is an economy that isn’t on life support, we’ll be building things and fixing things." - A would-be apprentice
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How to prepare for your next (inevitable) career change

Here are some tips for managing change successfully that have been suggested by those who have thrived in a new environment and experienced multiple job and career changes.
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Your e-mails speak volumes about your business and often leave both a first and lasting impression. Crafting well-written and thoughtful e-mails can make a big difference in getting a cold call returned and a business relationship started.
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Provincial and territorial ministers of education join parents, caregivers and children across Canada on January 27 to celebrate the 16th annual Family Literacy Day. “Parents and caregivers are children's first and best teachers,” said Jeff Johnson, Chair of CMEC and Alberta's Minister of Education. “By turning everyday family activities into learning opportunities, we encourage children's social and intellectual development and help make learning a lifelong passion.”
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Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative held across Canada every year on January 27. Its goal is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
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Employers ready for a mandatory new pension plan?

Morneau Shepell's 60-Second Survey for January 2014 suggests that if the provinces adopted a new pension plan to supplement the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), employers would prefer that participation be mandatory. The survey received responses from 73 employers across Canada.
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"Family literacy is all the day-to-day things that you do. So, talking while you’re riding in a car with your child, discussing everything that you see; rhyming, singing in any language, and of course reading every day, and just playing with your child, even writing a grocery list together is improving family literacy.”
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Ottawa urges employers to hire from under-represented groups

Minister Leitch stressed the importance of employers hiring from under-represented groups, such as women and Aboriginal people, in order to help address the expected skills and labour shortages in resource extraction. The extractive industry and the energy sector present tremendous opportunities for these groups to get meaningful jobs.
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Within a global crisis in education, some hints of progress detected

Like children headed home with their report cards, the nations of the globe recently received grades on the educational achievement of their students via the test known as the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA. Reactions ranged from celebration to resignation to recrimination, depending upon the results.
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The Canadian School of Modern Etiquette has launched with an etiquette boot camp for 6- to 11-year-olds and one for teenagers, at the Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire. Co-founders Trish Reid and Ana Tajuelo both come from marketing backgrounds. Their research shows that employers prefer employees who look and act professionally in the workplace. It sounds obvious, but their research shows it’s harder to find well-behaved employees than you might think.
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Nunavut Apprenticeship, Trade & Occupations Certification Board looking for members

This board is an advisory group that makes recommendations about trades and apprenticeship, receives and reviews appeals and issues certificates for designated occupations on behalf of the Minister of Education.
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