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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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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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Families are encouraged to take time to read with their children on Family Literacy Day and every day throughout the year, says PEI Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.
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Changes help more apprentices access, complete training in Nova Scotia

Changes to the apprenticeship system will make it easier for young people to access and complete training to get jobs in Nova Scotia. Currently, only one apprentice is permitted to train under a certified journeyperson. The new regulations will allow three apprentices to train under one journeyperson, increasing training opportunities and access to jobs.
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New B.C. superintendent to focus on student graduation and career transitions

The nature of learning is changing. The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and the Ministry of Education are working together to ensure a seamless delivery of education and skills training from high school right through to the entry into the workplace. A seamless education sector will allow students to achieve their best, whichever pathway they choose.
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‘Mind the Kidds’ and take their ideas to heart on Family Literacy Day

It has been suggested that we form our education policy on a Multiple Life Cycles understanding that incorporates what the late Roby and Margaret Kidd understood: that education is for both children and adults, and that there are inter-generational contributions of adult education to the educational achievements of children.
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Seven steps to ease the transition from friend to boss

Feeling awkward because a workplace promotion just put you in charge of people who were previously your peers – and friends? Dealing with this situation is not as difficult as you might think.
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Canadian workers cautiously optimistic about job market, economy in 2014

While 2013 ended on a down note, with the loss of 48,000 jobs across Canada in December, a new study conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada shows that Canadian workers are entering 2014 with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the job market and economy overall this year.
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Most workers haven't sought a new job in years: survey

Is your resume covered in cobwebs? You're not alone, according to a recent Accountemps survey. More than half (56 per cent) of employed workers interviewed said it's been at least five years since they last looked for a new job; this includes 32 per cent of survey respondents who haven't conducted a job search in more than a decade.
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"Over the years, the LDAA-CC has provided many programs and services that have made a huge difference to thousands of families, adults, teachers and other professionals. Despite all the good work that has been done, it has become increasingly difficult for small organizations like ours to attract the funding necessary to survive."
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CNIB Library introduces Direct to Player

The Direct to Player service removes the need for users to order books through the CNIB Library, which means less wait time between book selection and book arrival. Direct to Player will even add books to a user's virtual bookshelf for their reading pleasure, based on a number of preferences such as author and genre.
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Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, Essential Skills Ontario, along with its partners, Decoda Literacy Solutions in British Columbia, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC), is pleased to announce their collaboration on an exciting new three-year initiative, Strengthening Rural Canada.
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The Yukon Literacy Coalition and several sponsors have joined forces to host a day of family fun and learning at the Family Literacy Centre. Join in the activities from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
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Family Literacy Day declared in Saskatchewan

Don Morgan, minister of education in the province of Saskatchewan, has designated January 27, 2014, as Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan.
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