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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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Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador wants you to check out some of the community groups, libraries and schools getting in on the action around Family Literacy Day 2014.
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As a lead-up to Family Literacy Day on January 27, the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick hosted a highly successful Family Fun Day on Saturday, January 18, at Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton. Hundreds of people attended the 15 Minutes of Fun to participate and show their support for boosting literacy skills.
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Telling children family stories has many of the same benefits as reading to them – and more. In addition to developing listening, speaking, memory and conversation skills, family stories help children establish an understanding that they have an identity as part of a family. And, this can contribute to higher self-esteem, better resilience, lower levels of anxiety, fewer behavioural problems, and better chances to cope with difficulties.
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Bonspiel for Literacy tradition lives on

The idea to use curling to raise money for Frontier College came originally from Peter Gzowski more than 20 years ago. With Peter gone now, the tradition lives on in every province and territory where PGI committees host events ranging from golf tournaments to bonspiels to raise funds to teach people to read and write and inspire Canadians to celebrate literacy.
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A free public lecture will be delivered by cognitive neuroscientist and experimental psychologist Dr. Kenneth Pugh on January 29 in Montreal. Titled “Neurobiological Studies of Reading Development and Reading Disability: Understanding reading disabilities and treatments," the talk is part of the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s literacy program Lire/Imagine/Read’s 7th annual Family Literacy Day.
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This event is the third in a series of bilingual institutes to explore the meaning and uses of international adult literacy and skills surveys, from IALS to PIAAC. In June 2014, the attention is turned toward broadening and defining a research agenda using data from PIAAC and related surveys.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada, with support from Natrel, is pleased to announce the second edition of Family Literacy Fun, a collection of family learning activities. Natrel, a division of Agropur Cooperative, Canada’s largest dairy co-op, partnered with ABC Life Literacy to create the Family Literacy Fun collection.
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On Sunday, January 26, ABC Life Literacy Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day at the Ontario Science Centre with an array of author events, performances and activities. This is the second year Family Literacy Day has been celebrated at the Ontario Science Centre.
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Seven of 10 executives having trouble finding the right talent

Canadian executives are having a tough time finding workers with the appropriate talent, and one possible solution is for parents to become more involved in their children’s career choices.
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Ontario colleges experience highest-ever first-year enrolment

"This is a strong indicator of the appetite that exists for the career-focused programs at the colleges," said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "It's a difficult job market and students understand the need to be as prepared as possible to pursue meaningful careers."
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High school students continue to apply to Ontario universities in high numbers, and there has been an early dramatic spike in the number of applicants seeking to return to school to upgrade their skills in response to the needs of the labour market.
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Canada Post has announced the winners of the 2013 Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards. Launched in 2004, the Awards acknowledge the hard work and drive required to continue education following an absence from formal schooling.
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Véronique Bohbot, a neuroscientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and associate professor at McGill University, directs research on the brain's navigational strategies. She will present two public lectures on January 23 and 28, on why it is healthier to use spatial strategy and how to do it.
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Baby talk: The importance of babbling

How many times have we all heard the message about the importance of talking to children? Children who are spoken to have a wider vocabulary range, and tend to have better language and communication skills.
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Surf, work and mingle: What Canadians do on their lunch breaks, survey says

A new survey reveals what Canadians are up to during their lunch breaks, and many times, it's more about the Internet, socializing and business than it is the culinary. More than four in 10 (43 per cent) respondents reported that, aside from eating, they spend their lunch time surfing the web or on social media.
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How studying 'soft skills' helped an immigrant get the perfect job

When Luiss Zaharia moved to Canada in 2002, she knew she would have to work her way up the corporate ladder, but she never imagined it would be so difficult to find a career that matched her qualifications.
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Atlantic Canada's apprenticeship programs being harmonized

Apprenticeship programs across Atlantic Canada are being harmonized in a bid to help keep people working at home. The initiative was announced in Fredericton by federal Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney and New Brunswick Premier David Alward.
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Employment minister gives provinces a break on jobs grant matching funds

Canada's provinces and territories will no longer be required to match the federal government's contribution towards the Canada Job Grant plan, under a revised proposal sent to them by Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney.
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The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) has welcomed the release by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, of the federal government's new international education strategy. The plan calls for a greater number of international students studying in Canada and more opportunities for Canadian students to study abroad.
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How to please millennials in the workplace: A step-by-step guide

They’re here and they will continue to arrive en masse in the workplace. Some are newly graduated from university or college, while others have a few years of work experience under their belts. These are the millennials – a group born between 1980 and 1995.
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Alberta wages surged, young men chose work over school: Statistics Canada

A new Statistics Canada report provides fresh insight into the skyrocketing wages that accompanied Alberta’s most recent energy boom. The report examines the years between 2001 and 2008, a period during which oil prices received by Canadian producers more than doubled.
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Cree classes teach language from the inside out

Reuben Quinn from Alberta sees the world through an eight-sided star. The 54-year-old Saddle Lake Cree man begins every Cree language class with the Nehiyaw Cahkipehikanah, the so-called star chart, a symmetrical arrangement of 44 syllabics that along with 14 consonants, comprise the Cree language.
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Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and observed annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
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To help determine how to better train low-skilled adults for various entry-level occupations that now require higher skill levels, Essential Skills Ontario, in partnership with the Food Processing Human Resource Council (FPHRC), is working on a new initiative - Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing (Elevate).
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Learner Supports Conference set for April 10-11 in Truro, N.S.

This conference is for practitioners under NSSAL, and offers meaningful learning experiences in order to best support their learners. The conference can accommodate 65 practitioners who are involved in direct delivery to adult learners from the community-based learning networks, NSCC ALP, and Adult High School.
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Literacy Nova Scotia invites adult learners to celebrate learning by putting their words to paper or recording a story on video. Describe how learning makes a difference in your life. All winners will receive an iPad Mini. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 7, 2014.
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New project to offer guidance on maternity leave and career transitions

A new CERIC-funded partnership project with Canada Career Counselling and the Vanier Institute of the Family will develop user-friendly career development resources for women on maternity leave and their employers. Called The Mother of All Career Transitions – A guide to maternity leave and career development, the project uses the term “maternity leave” inclusively to describe maternity, parental and adoption leave.
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Winter 2014 edition of Careering 'looks back and reaches forward'

Published by CERIC, Careering is a resource by and for career development professionals in Canada. It is distributed in both a print and digital format three times a year and includes select content in French. This issue of Careering marks CERIC’s 10th anniversary.
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Canadian Labour Congress responds to year-end labour force statistics

If you had to pick two words to sum up the job market for Canadians in 2013, what would they be? Looking at (the recent) release of year-end employment statistics, Ken Georgetti’s words are “discouraged” and “underemployed.”
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Labour Force Survey for December 2013: Statistics Canada

Employment fell by 46,000 in December, the result of declines in full-time work. The unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 7.2 per cent as more people searched for work. Dampened by the decline in December, employment gains in 2013 amounted to 102,000 or 0.6 per cent. Employment growth averaged 8,500 per month in 2013, compared with 25,900 in 2012.
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