Category Archives: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Policy

Thoughts on Ontario’s Budget

Ontario’s 2019 budget[1], released on April 11, contains a few announcements relevant to the adult education and training sector. Several efforts mentioned in the budget are directed at the automotive sector in response to the shutting down of GM’s Oshawa … Continue reading

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Future Skills Council membership announced

Today the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour along with the Minister of Finance, made a full announcement about the Future Skills Centre and the Future Skills Council. (Eagle-eyed readers will have caught an error in an earlier blog … Continue reading

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Making the case for workplace literacy education and training

In late January, The Globe and Mail published an op-ed piece by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray (Canada’s shortfall in basic skills costs us all) in anticipation of the upcoming federal budget which, rumour has it, will focus on … Continue reading

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Thank you Peter

Canada lost a staunch literacy advocate yesterday with the death of Peter Calamai. Peter wrote the publication, Broken words: Why five million Canadians are illiterate. A special Southam survey, in 1987. This landmark survey marked the first time that literacy … Continue reading

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A national resource – COPIAN

For more than 25 years, anyone interested in resources related to adult literacy could consult the extensive library of NALD, later called COPIAN. This online database held hundreds of thousands of documents – research papers, curricula, project reports, conference proceedings. … Continue reading

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Remembering Glenda Lewe

I would like to acknowledge the passing of Glenda Lewe, an early pioneer in the field of workplace literacy in Canada. I first met Glenda in 1984 when she worked at Secretary of State where I also worked. She wrote … Continue reading

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Senate Bill – Essential Skills Week

Last week, Senator Diane Bellemare introduced a bill entitled “An Act to establish Promotion of Essential Skills Learning Week” (Bill S254) in the Senate where it received 2nd reading. The bill will now go to committee for discussion. You can … Continue reading

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