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"The dialectal method involves asking questions and getting answers, and this means living people sitting in a room together and spontaneously interacting (remember that?), experiencing all the excitement and disappointment, the frustration and fury, of involved discussion. This idea is neither antiquated nor old-fashioned; it is simply true. We don’t learn unless we can interact with others, unless we have real conversations and real experiences."
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"We need to be inspired. We also need to take action – to make use of the laws, strategies and tools that have been developed so that a real and substantive culture shift about women at work becomes the new standard."
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What to do if you've changed jobs and regret the move

"If you pass your three-month probation, chances are your boss will start giving you more to do. Everyone has to pay their dues the first few months, and office dynamics and politics are seldom to everyone’s liking. Try to understand why people manage and behave in certain ways. Work on getting into your manager’s good graces. Excel at the work you have and spend any down time upgrading your skills."
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Fifty shades of safety - in the workplace and beyond: commentary

"The role of the health and safety guy or gal is not to prevent you from doing your job or cost your business money. It is to allow great things to happen without risking people’s health, safety or well-being." -- John McMahon, Executive Director of SafetyDriven, a not-for-profit health and safety association in British Columbia
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Women's work opportunities declining in Toronto area: report

A new study, titled “Working Women, Working Poor,” finds women at both ends of the age spectrum were hit hard by the recession, often forced to ‘de-skill’ to low-wage, precarious jobs.
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The Canadian Labour Congress is asking Statistics Canada to change the way it reports on unemployment, saying a broader analysis of the data it collects would paint a very different picture of the country's labour market.
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Navigating the complexities of modern families and finances

The portrait of the Canadian family continues to evolve, bringing with it potentially new complexities when it comes to managing money and finances.
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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, is in Germany and the United Kingdom this week to study their respective skills training systems. He is accompanied by provincial government representatives as well as business, labour and educational and training leaders.
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Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey report for February 2014

Employment was little changed in February, and the unemployment rate remained at 7.0 per cent. There has been little overall employment growth in Canada since August 2013.
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CAWIC is a not-for-profit organization of women employed in various construction-related fields. One of its mandates is to promote education and encourage young women to pursue careers in the construction industry.
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"On a daily basis, we are reminded that our world is complex and rapidly changing. Keeping pace with such complexity and change is managed by continuous learning throughout our lives. Lifelong learning is essential for career success, and for developing our ability to understand the world and relate to other people." -- Robert Wensveen, President, Canadian Association for University Continuing Education
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In honour of International Women's Day, March 8, CIBC is supporting its commitment to the advancement of women in financial services, with an investment of $1.5 million to fund 48 CIBC Women in Financial Services Scholarships and diversity education at both the Rotman School of Management and the Richard Ivey School of Business.
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International Women's Day meets The Malala Effect

This International Women's Day, Plan Canada recognizes the undeniable connection between education and women's and girls' empowerment and launches the children's book Every Day is Malala Day to honour the spirit and commitment of education activist Malala Yousafzai who survived a Taliban attack in 2012.
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Against the Wind: ASPECT's 2014 Provincial Conference - Call for presenters

ASPECT is a non-profit association of more than 175 community-based training agencies in British Columbia that collectively strives to prepare people for the world of work. The ASPECT conference is about sharing and learning: from keynotes, workshop presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and peers.
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Canada Job Grant deal reached with Quebec

Quebec has joined all other provinces and territories in a tentative agreement with the federal government on the Canada Job Grant, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said today in the House of Commons.
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"With so many distractions that are designed specifically to hold our attention we need some strong arguments to motivate ourselves and others to value spending time reading novels."
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The next TD Canadian Children’s Book Week touring program will run from Saturday, May 3, to Saturday, May 10, 2014. Twenty-nine Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada throughout the week.
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Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) has announced that the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund awarded $1.4 million in grants to 19 community organizations engaged in financial literacy projects across Canada. This round of contributions will support programs focused on financial education and support for women, newcomers, at-risk youth, people in conflict with the law, and Aboriginal people.
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Students are still choosing to study in debt and graduate with scarce job prospects - and even less financial security - over taking up an apprenticeship, according to UCAS (Universities, Colleges and Admissions Service) in the U.K.
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Immigrant women struggling to get solid footing in IT field

Women continue to struggle to increase their numbers in the male-dominated field of information technology, but when you add being a new immigrant female, the challenge becomes even greater. It appears some progress is being made, however, through support programs that help female newcomers with an IT background to transition into the workforce by gaining Canadian experience and by gaining additional certifications to get them up to speed by national standards for the industry.
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Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, has joined Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans at Denison Armoury, in Toronto, to announce new government measures that will help move veterans to the front of the line when it comes to hiring qualified Canadians for federal public service jobs.
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The Manitoba government has announced it will invest in upgrades to high school technical training facilities to better equip students to learn trades and enter apprenticeship programs.
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Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you don’t want to do when you are actually supposed to do them? Not to mention how much happier and more effective you would be?
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Top 20 PDF Downloads for February 2014

Each month Copian releases Library user statistics in a feature known as the Top 20 downloads. The report examines the number of Copian Library documents which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the Copian website.
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Ottawa supports economic opportunities for women in the bio-economy

Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, has marked International Women’s Week by announcing Government of Canada support to help advance women in non-traditional careers. BioTalent Canada is receiving funding through Status of Women Canada to help advance young professional women in the biotechnology-based economy of Vancouver, Toronto, Charlottetown and Montreal.
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Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning has dedicated a section of its website to Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) which is being observed this year from March 29 to April 6. Initiated by UNESCO in the year 2000, this is an important occasion for celebrating adults in education programs who have embarked on a life-long and life-wide learning journey.
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Donald in the Bridge program at Bow Valley College talks about a technique he uses to fill in gaps in learner content knowledge. In his class study of Interesting People, Interesting Lives, readings are based on important events in the 20th century and how people have contributed to them. "In our classrooms we have timelines on our boards, and as we complete each reading, we post a copy of the reading on the timeline, usually with the learners deciding where it should be pinned."
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How to read faster than you ever thought possible?

With Spritz, which is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch, words appear one at a time in rapid succession. This allows you to read at speeds of between 250 and 1,000 words per minute. The typical college-level reader reads at a pace of between 200 and 400 a minute.
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Unpaid internships backlash growing in Canada

Unpaid internships are on the rise in Canada, with some organizations estimating there are as many as 300,000 people currently working for free at some of the country's biggest, and wealthiest, corporations.
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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project website launched

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project’s goals are to better understand the state of practice with respect to ES initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada and to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice. Designed and hosted by Copian, the website features markers of promising practice, case studies and an evaluation toolkit.
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