Author Archives: Brigid Hayes

About Brigid Hayes

Brigid Hayes has developed an expertise in learning that spans almost 30 years as a senior policy advisor, program manager and partnership developer. Her knowledge of and experience in workplace literacy and learning has contributed to her recognition as an expert in this field, and she has undertaken significant activities to both help promote and enhance literacy and lifelong learning. Brigid works as an independent consultant and expert advisor on learning, literacy, and work. She has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.

“Talkin’ ‘Bout my Generation: More Educated but Less Skilled Canadians”

The C.D. Howe Institute released a report entitled “Talkin’ ‘Bout my Generation: More Educated but Less Skilled Canadians” by Parisa Mahboubi. The author looks at differences in literacy skills comparing 2003 (IALSS) and 2012 (PIAAC). Canada and Norway were the … Continue reading

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A chronology of adult education and literacy in Francophone minority communities

RESDAC (Le Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences) in partnership with CDÉACF (Le Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine) have put together a chronology of adult education and literacy in Francophone minority … Continue reading

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SARN re-imagined

The Saskatchewan Applied Research Network or SARN will no longer be funded by the government of Saskatchewan. SARN is now a sub-committee of the Saskatchewan Adult Basic Education Association (SABEA) where the SARN team remains available to advise and train … Continue reading

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2016-2017 Projects funded by OLES

For an organization that hasn’t had a call for proposals since 2015, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) found ways to spend $8.4 million in 2016-2017. Unfortunately, you need to wait for the tabling of the annual Public … Continue reading

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Once again, OLES lapses millions of dollars targeted for literacy and essential skills

In what has become an annual blog post, I am writing once again about the lapse in spending by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Employment and Social Development Canada. The 2016-2017 Public Accounts was recently tabled in … Continue reading

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Literacy Nova Scotia International Literacy Day statement

Below is a news release from Literacy Nova Scotia outlining the dire situation facing literacy programs and coalitions. For Immediate Release: International Literacy Day 2017 Friday September 8, 2017 is International Literacy Day, a time to acknowledge the importance of … Continue reading

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New publication on EI in Canada

Donna Wood has published “The Seventy-Five Year Decline – How Government Expropriated Employment Insurance from Canadian Workers and Employers and Why this Matters” through the Mowat Centre. Here’s a brief description: In the latest paper from the Mowat Centre, University … Continue reading

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