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Youth Justice Fund

Posted September 25, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Youth Justice Fund was established in the 1990s as part of the Youth Justice Renewal Initiative, and provides grants and contributions funding for projects across Canada. The Youth Justice Fund has a budget of approximately $4.5 million each year.

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G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting on Addressing Structural Unemployment

Posted September 11, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

• I am honoured to be here today, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to talk about the many ways our government is helping to ensure Canadians have the skills and training they need in today’s economy

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Government of Canada creates jobs for youth in Vaughan

Posted July 29, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

More than 90 students in Vaughan will gain valuable skills and work experience this summer, today announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, along with the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Mini…

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Education

Healthy walk a good way to start off the school day

Posted November 6, 2014 by Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
School is a place of learning many things, including values. And I think we all agree the best way to learn values is by example, rather than just by instruction. But there are subtle lessons being taught by parents which go in the wrong direction.

These lessons are embodied in how children get to school. In an urban environment, it should be trivial to locate schools in the neighbourhood, within walking distance. But with our publicly-funded school system split into two mutually-exclusive boards, the result is often that kids are bused past the nearest school to attend one in the other system. While I believe this could easily be resolved, there seems to be too much inertia for government to even talk about addressing this now, so I’ll let that pass for today.

I sourced this apropos gag here.
Yet there are still many children living near enough to walk to school. The school my daughters attend has no busing at all, drawing only from the local neighbourhood. So that means all the students walk to and from school, right? Sadly, wrong; instead, many are driven to and from by parents, losing the opportunity for a healthy walk. And those parents seem unable to follow simple rules and guidelines the school sends home several times a year: don’t park in the fire lane, don’t double-park, don’t leave your car idling. By putting convenience before basic safety health, and rules, parents are teaching selfishness by example, while failing to build up the healthy habit of walking or cycling.

Much of this is a perception issue: that our streets are unsafe for children, yet safe for cars. Statistics don’t support this. And even if the work schedule requires driving the kids to school instead of walking them, it is very easy, not to mention healthier, to park a block away and walk a little bit, instead of adding to the traffic chaos surrounding the school.

Children, to be healthy in body and mind, need physical activity. This should be a mix of organized sports, free play, and active transportation: getting to and from places on foot or by bike. 58% percent of parents walked to school when they were young, yet only 28% of students do now. This shows that our kids are in serious danger of not getting sufficient daily physical activity, leaving them at greater risk of poor health, poor school performance, and building poor life habits.

In Barrie, a number of caring community members and stakeholders have formed the Active Transportation Working Group to help foster more use of feet and pedals and less use of the automobile. One important and exciting initiative is the School Travel Planning Pilot Project for which three Barrie schools have been selected. What is learned from this pilot will be used to determine how best to move forward and engage more local schools in promoting active transportation within their communities.

A mix of approaches is needed, some relating to infrastructure, like traffic calming and bike lanes, while others relate to education and culture. Simply learning that it takes less time to get door-to-door by bike than by car for distances under 5 km might help people re-think their transportation choices. If you currently drive your kids to school, see if you can find opportunities to turn some (or all) of that daily trip into a healthy walk, instead.

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner.
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
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Consultations continue on National Strategy for Financial Literacy

Posted November 12, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson, Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney and Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Leduc) James Rajotte will hold a consultation on Thursday November 13, 2014 at the University of Alberta, Lister Centre, corne…

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Harper Government announces increased access to EI sickness benefits

Posted October 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today announced enhanced access to Employment Insurance (E…

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Harper Government Announces Investment to Support Aboriginal Participation in Energy Infrastructure Projects

Posted August 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $1.4 million in funding to the North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS) in support of the purchase of a heavy equipment operator/mining sim…

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Government of Canada will announce an important initiative that will help Saskatchewan residents get jobs

Posted August 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and Training, will announce an important initiative that will help Saskatchewan resident…

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Member of Parliament Ted Falk to Make Announcement About Apprentissage Illimité

Posted October 30, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

SAINT-ADOLPHE, Manitoba – Ted Falk, Member of Parliament (Provencher), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, will make an announcement about Apprentissage Illimité on Friday.

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The Honourable Michelle Rempel to Speak at Rendez-vous économique 2014

Posted November 6, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Edmonton, AB, November 6, 2014 – On November 7, 2014, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, will provide opening remarks at the Rendez-vous économique 2014, hosted by the Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta (CDÉA) .

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Harper Government Supports Innovative Pilot Program Assisting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Obtain Employment in the IT Industry

Posted July 23, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont, announ…

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Minister Kenney to Announce Government of Canada Support for Internationally Trained Workers

Posted August 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, will announce Government of Canada support to help more internationally trained workers get jobs.

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Canada’s Support to Canadian Red Cross Increases the Effectiveness and Timeliness of Assistance to Crisis-Affected People Across the World

Posted September 4, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

In June 2012, Canada and the Canadian Red Cross established a strategic partnership to strengthen Canada’s humanitarian response capacity, help communities become more resilient and be better able to support local responses to emergencies. Under this p…

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Federal Government supports program to assist at-risk youth in Toronto

Posted September 25, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $499,805 in funding to the Agincourt Community Services Association. The funding will help the organization develop and deliver a series of workshops to assist youth in learning new skills and coping mech…

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Minister Kenney talks skills training and jobs with the Canadian Electricity Association

Posted November 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, delivered a keynote speech today at the Canadian Electricity Association’s Annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

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Minister Kenney discusses jobs for Aboriginal people in Ontario

Posted August 8, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today held discussions with A…

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Education

10 Picture Perfect Looks For Picture Day

Posted September 15, 2014 by Anonymous

Oh, picture day. A part from the first day of school, it’s probably the second most anticipated day of the school year. Everybody cleans up, puts their best face forward – the whole nine yards. They’re great memories to look […]

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Northern Organizations Partner to Improve Inuit Employment Skills

Posted November 13, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Innovative Inuit Learning and Development project provides valuable training to Nunavummiut.

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Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories launch the Canada Job Grant to help people in the Northwest Territories get jobs

Posted October 9, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Jackson Laf…

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The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), will announce Government of Canada support to help local residents with disabilities find jobs

Posted August 6, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), will announce Government of Canada support to help local residents with disabilities find jobs.

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Minister Moore to Make Funding Announcement in Wolfville

Posted August 25, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Members of the media are invited to attend an event where the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), will make an announcement regarding an investment in Wolfville.

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Minister Valcourt Congratulates Indspire Award Recipients

Posted October 28, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, delivered the following statement today:

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Federal and provincial governments work together to help apprentices in Atlantic Canada

Posted November 6, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Council of Atlantic Premiers today announced that apprenticeship requirements in six new trades will be harmonized across the Atlantic provinces: carpenter, welder, met…

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Minister Valcourt Talks Skills Training and Jobs with Youth from Meadow Lake Tribal Council

Posted July 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt and Member of Parliament for Desnethe Missinippi Churchill River, Rob Clarke met with youth

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Minister Kenney talks skills training on tour of GE Aviation Engine Testing Research & Development Centre

Posted August 4, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, met today with Mr. Vic Gerden, CEO of WestCanitest R&D (WestCaRD) and Mr. Ken Webb, Executive Director of Manitoba Aerospace, to discuss the Government of Canada’s actions to ensure Canadians have the skills in demand in today’s economy. Minister Kenney, MP Bateman, Mr. Gerden and Mr. Webb were touring the GE Aviation Engine Testing Research & Development Centre in Winnipeg.

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Minister Paradis Reinforces Canadian Leadership in Response to Humanitarian Crises

Posted September 4, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, was joined by Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Red Cross, to announce increased support through the Canadian Red Cross , that will allow Canada to provide timely, efficient and effective support in response to humanitarian crises around the world.

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Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Posted September 19, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Nova Scotia Community College and the Government of Canada are working together to strengthen the quality of post-secondary education provided in Cape Breton. Senator Michael L. MacDonald was at Marconi Campus in Sydney today on behalf of the Honou…

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Minister Leitch discusses strategies to foster positive mental health in the workplace

Posted September 16, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Status of Women, today participated in a mental health roundtable, hosted by the Economic Club of Canada. Minister Leitch was joined by fellow panelists:Dr. Karen R. Cohen, Chief Executive Off…

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Government of Canada supports the New Horizons for Seniors Program to fund First United Church project

Posted July 30, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), will announce Government of Canada support through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to fund First United Church project.

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Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories to make announcement about the Canada Job Grant

Posted August 11, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Northwest Territories Deputy Premier…

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Building Confidence At School With Downtime At Home

Posted September 23, 2014 by Sonya

By now we’ve all settled into the new school year. First week jitters have been replaced by familiar faces and learning expectations. We had our curriculum night this week and the teacher reminded us to support our kids at home. […]

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Minister of State (Finance) and Financial Literacy Leader to participate in an announcement in support of financial literacy

Posted November 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader, Jane Rooney, will speak at an event organized by TD Bank Group and Prosper Canada to announce a new financial commitment to support the financial capability of vulnerabl…

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Support for Ojibway Language Lessons

Posted October 8, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Government of Canada provides funding for classes offered by the Waabinong Head Start Family Resource Centre

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Agriculture

Harper Government Invests in Agri-Food Industry

Posted August 6, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Members of the media are invited to attend an event with the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, in support of BC’s agri-food industry.

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan finalize agreements to help people in Saskatchewan get jobs

Posted August 25, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and Training, announced today that two agreements have been signed by the g…

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Minister Kenney addresses the Toronto Region Board of Trade about the Government of Canada’s plan to give the skills and training Canadians need for in-demand jobs

Posted November 6, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, delivered a keynote speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade that focused on the Government of Canada’s Skills Agenda. This is the Government’s plan to give Canadians the sk…

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