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.

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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Ontario increases its Literacy and Basic Skills budget

Last week, the Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced an increase of $85 million over for years for the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program bringing that program’s total budget to $185 million by 2020 – 2021. … Continue reading

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Provincial/Territorial Update

Recently I prepared an update on new money/initiatives based mostly on the latest provincial/territorial budgets. I thought I would share it with you. If I’ve missed anything, have my information wrong or you have more up to date information, please … Continue reading

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Re-blogging…review of LBS evaluation report by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

The LBS evaluation report and distinction between design and implementation problems by ChristinePJ On April 12, Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) released a report detailing the findings of a program evaluation completed November 2016. The report is … Continue reading

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Evaluation of Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program released

The Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (AESD) released today the report of the evaluation of its Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program prepared by Cathexis Consulting Inc.* The key message of the evaluation is described as: The … Continue reading

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Budget 2017 – Skills and Training a Priority

Today the Minister of Finance tabled the 2017 federal budget (http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/home-accueil-en.html). While there is no mention of additional funds for adult literacy, the budget contains a number of items for those interested in adult learning and literacy as well as … Continue reading

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