Category Archives: Literacy and Essential Skills

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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20th Anniversary of Family Literacy Day

I wanted to congratulate ABC Canada on the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day. It’s not that often in the Canadian literacy field that we witness longevity (I’m thinking that the PGIs are the other example, but I can’t think … 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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REVISED – 2017-2018 Projects Funded by OLES

THIS IS AN EDITED POST. AN EARLIER POST WHICH I’VE DELETED HAD INCORRECT INFORMATION. MY APOLOGIES. Last week I posted the federal government’s spending for the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program managed by the Office of Literacy and … Continue reading

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Federal government spending on literacy and essential skills

Followers of my blog will know that I’ve been tracking the federal government’s spending on literacy and essential skills. One of my concerns has been the underspending by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) since the mid-2000s. I … Continue reading

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More information on literacy resources

Two weeks ago I shared information about COPIAN and the status of information and resources on adult literacy and education. I received a few comments in response which I’d like to share. From Dr. Allan Quigley: For those reading this … Continue reading

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