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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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The PEI Literacy Alliance has been celebrating Family Literacy Day since its creation. This year the celebration will be held at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Saturday, January 25, from 12-3 p.m.
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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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