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"Remember your weekly mix of activity will vary, depending on how soon you need to be employed, how much time you have to spend on your campaign each week, the economy, the relative difficulty of job finding in your targeted field, and the relative effectiveness of each job search method with regards to your job objective. Good Luck!!!" [source: JobSearch-in-Canada.com]
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14 June 2015


BY CHRIS DEFONSEKA,The Sri Lankan Anchorman
 Extract: There are four main sectors where any country will depend on for a strong and sustainable economy, the banking or financial sector, the educational system, the industrial or manufacturing sector and the services sector. All these areas are governed by politics. Good results needs sound political governance. Effective political governance for each sector individually is not sufficient. Since all four sectors are inter-connected, the priorities in order of importance should be right. Based on experience and evaluation of economies over a very long period of time, every country must have a sound industrial and manufacturing sector, backed by constant research and development. continue reading:

30 May 2015

'Immigrant talent meets its demise in Canada' By Sabrina Almeida, Can-India News

"That Canada is a land of opportunity is a hard sell for most immigrants who have had to bite and claw their way up. This is not just an expression of my bitterness at being told I’m not good enough, but the stark reality that almost all newcomers have had to face. While the Canadian experience card has shoved most out the employment door (the few who have made it are too insignificant number compared to the many who have not) or down the ladder that is not the only department in which the newcomers have been forced to eat humble pie. Talent is another one. "


"It’s time to stand up for and with newcomers to help them truly integrate and contribute to the progress of the country. Perhaps the government ought to insist (or provide incentives for) companies and employers hire a certain number of immigrants each year. Starting with government services. We’re more than just a vote bank!" Read the article

On the same shelf by Doug:
"Today, people like me are there, and the non-white, non-wealthy and foreign-born are on the edges, without much chance of grabbing the bottom rung of the housing ladder. (This is the division that led to the 2010 election of Rob Ford in Toronto: His backers, the non-white, non-wealthy, non-homeowning suburbanites, expressed their frustration with their ballots.)
If we don’t want the Canadian dream to be ruined by people like me, we’ll need to turn those inner-suburban districts into the sort of arrival cities we used to see downtown. We should take lessons from Surrey, B.C., which has allowed affordable basement and backyard “infill” apartments to flourish, or Toronto’s “tower renewal” zoning, which allows dense, high-intensity, multiuse districts to flourish between suburban apartment blocks." globeandmail

See also:  Job availability now determines career path, not ability or interest, Sabrina Almeida

30 August 2014

Toronto Public Library: new fines, trouble with e-books helped complaints spike in 2012, Toronto Star report

Things have settled down now, but some observers say city’s ombudsman should have jurisdiction... "Library records obtained by the Star show complaints leapt to 7,627 in 2012, from just 2,191 in 2011, but dropped back to 3,875 in 2013 as ..." Continue reading Toronto Star  By: Samuel Greenfield, Staff Reporter, Aug 28 2014

On the same shelf:
  • Toronto Public Library's site: A $1.00 fine will be charged for each hold you do not pick up.
    "You can cancel a hold at any time - whether it's outstanding, in transit, or available for pickup. When your hold arrives at the branch, you have 7 days to pick it up. In order to avoid the Holds Not Picked Up fine and allow others to get materials sooner, make sure to cancel your hold before 9:00 p.m. on the expiry date."
  • Mississauga Public Library: Holds  "A $2 service charge will be added to your account for any holds you do not pick up" (Does it mean only physical or even e-books, not sure, comment by blogger!!!). "Please notify the library as soon as possible if you cannot pick up a hold. ...  These instructions are intended for items that you pick up at the Library.
    If you are looking for instructions on how to place holds on eBooks and eAudioBooks (for devices such as computers, tablets and smart phones), visit our help page."

22 July 2014

The Little Black Book of Scams, By Competition Bureau Canada

Concerned about elderly loved ones and fraud?

Give them a copy of the Little Black Book of Scams, a reference guide with information on common scams that target Canadians and steps on how to avoid them.

Read or download from Competition Bureau Canada
The Canadian edition of The Little Black Book of Scams is a compact and easy to use reference guide filled with information Canadians can use to protect themselves against a variety of common scams. It debunks common myths about scams, provides contact information for reporting a scam to the correct authority, and offers a step-by-step guide for scam victims to reduce their losses and avoid becoming repeat victims.
Consumers and businesses can consult The Little Black Book of Scams to avoid falling victim to social media and mobile phone scams, fake charities and lotteries, dating and romance scams, and many other schemes used to defraud Canadians of their money and personal information. continue reading: Competition Bureau Canada

11 July 2014

Temporary Jobs Are Canada's Future: The new normal

Temporary Jobs Are Canada's Future: Report.
Sunny Freeman @ huffingtonpost.com

"A pronounced shift toward temporary gigs and unstable positions could become the new normal for this generation as demand for short-term workers rises across the country, according to one of the country’s biggest employment firms...
 Temporary blue collar jobs are in high demand, with a 40-per-cent increase from just the first quarter of this year to the second quarter, the analysis found.
The allure of temporary work is strong for employers who aren’t obligated to provide pension plans, benefits or vacation days. And in a job market where supply is plentiful --- the unemployment rate climbed to 7.1 per cent in June -- employers can be picky about hiring conditions and still fill jobs.

On the same page:
From The Canadian Press:
OTTAWA - The national unemployment rate was 7.1 per cent in June. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month average unemployment for major cities but cautions the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. (Previous month in brackets.)
St. John's, N.L. 6.8 (6.4)
Halifax 5.5 (5.8)
Moncton, N.B. 6.0 (5.9)
Saint John, N.B. 7.7 (7.7)
Saguenay, Que. 9.7 (9.8)
Quebec 5.4 (5.0)
Sherbrooke, Que. 8.0 (8.6)
Trois-Rivieres, Que. 8.4 (8.3)
Montreal 8.3 (8.0)
Gatineau, Que. 6.4 (6.5)
Ottawa 6.9 (6.8)
Kingston, Ont. 6.4 (6.9)
Peterborough, Ont. 9.7 (11.1)
Oshawa, Ont. 7.2 (7.3)
Toronto 7.9 (7.6)
Hamilton, Ont. 7.2 (6.9)
St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.9 (8.0)
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 6.4 (6.7)
Brantford, Ont. 6.7 (7.2)
Guelph, Ont. 7.8 (7.6)
London, Ont. 7.4 (7.7)
Windsor, Ont. 9.0 (8.6)
Barrie, Ont. 6.5 (7.3)
Sudbury, Ont. 7.0 (6.7)
Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.2 (5.8)
Winnipeg 5.8 (5.9)
Regina 3.6 (3.4)
Saskatoon 3.8 (4.2)
Calgary 5.4 (5.4)
Edmonton 5.5 (5.2)
Kelowna, B.C. 5.2 (4.7)
Abbotsford, B.C. 7.6 (7.5)
Vancouver 5.6 (5.5)
Victoria 5.2 (5.2)

19 May 2014

"Victoria Day: Only in Canada" + "Happy Victoria Day! Or is that May 2-4?"


The 'May Two-Four' long weekend is as distinctively Canadian as the two-four with which it is often celebrated.
Many Canadians may have the idea that Victoria Day is an internationally observed event that connects us — however quaintly and tenuously — with other remnants of the old British Empire as we collectively celebrate our colonial heritage by pulling up lawn chairs and raising a glass or a beer bottle to the tubby little Empress of Canada, India, Australia, Britain and points between.
Couldn’t be further from the truth.
Canada is the only country in the world to celebrate Victoria Day, and the ‘May Two-Four’ long weekend is as distinctively Canadian as the two-four — a case of 24 bottles of beer — with which it is often celebrated.
There is a Victoria Day in Australia — but it’s a completely different critter, a localized event marking the founding of the southern Aussie state of Victoria (as a separate colony in 1851) and it’s celebrated, coincidentally, on July 1.
continue reading the article by Alan Parker @ Macleans.ca
 On the same shelf:
  • Victoria Day vs. May 2-4: What The May Long Weekend Signifies To Canadians- The Huffington Post Canada -- "Happy Victoria Day! Or is that May 2-4?" -- "Toronto-based illustrator Kinnon Elliott (who you might remember from her entertaining Valentine's Day infographic) has come up with a infographic that looks at the historical roots of the holiday." 
  • When Is May Long Weekend In Canada? And What Exactly Is It? The Huffington Post Canada
  • Victoria Day is not Sacred - Haliburton Master Gardener
  • Victoria Day is not a statutory holiday in the eastern provinces of PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland / Labrador, where it may be only a holiday ... About.com
  • Although Victoria Day is not a holiday in Great Britain and never has been since Queen Victoria passed, it is one of enduring attachment in Canada. Google News
  • Victoria Day still means something to Canadians, Ottawa Sun

17 May 2014

‘How is Rob Ford mayor of Toronto?’ A symposium in Washington DC

Academics gather in U.S. capitol to test their intellectual mettle with a tough question: ‘How is Rob Ford mayor of Toronto?’
The Wilson Center's Canada Institute held a symposium on a topic that has fascinated people in Canada, and beyond: How is Rob Ford the mayor of Toronto? news.nationalpost.com
See also:

The Rob Ford Phenomenon: What’s going on in Toronto?

Event:  The Wilson Center's Canada Institute,
May 16, 2014 // 10:00am  11:00am

03 May 2014

Brampton Flyer Incident - media monitoring

29 April 2014

Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop : Ban @ Toronto Public Library???

Toronto residents asked their public library to remove six books and a DVD over the past year, and one of those books was Dr. Seuss's Hop on Pop. The classic rhyming tale of fatherhood and saltation was accused of putting pops at risk of being actually hopped on.
The complaint argued that the book "encourages children to use violence against their fathers," and demanded that the library "pay for damages resulting from the book."
The library's Materials Review Committee, which takes all complaints, even those of obvious trolls, "very seriously," declined to remove Hop on Pop. They described it as "humorous" and "well-loved," and pointed out how many times it's made best children's book lists.  continue reading: Toronto Library Asked to Ban Hop on Pop to Protect Dads @ gawker.com
Loved by generations, this “simplest Seuss for youngest use” is a Beginner Book classic. See Red and Ned and Ted and Ed in a bed. And giggle as Pat sits on a hat and on a cat and on a bat . . . but a cactus? Pat must NOT sit on that! This classic Beginner Book makes an ideal gift for Seuss fans and is an especially good way to show Pop some love on Father’s Day!

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop does not encourage ‘violence against fathers,’ library says in rejecting ban request nationalpost.com
"Despite a demand to ban the Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop because it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” the Toronto Public Library rejected the request after careful consideration."

On the same shelf:
  • Toronto Public Library asked to pull Dr. Seuss book 'Hop on ... CTV News
  • “Violent” Dr. Seuss book should be banned from library, patron says ... Toronto Star -- 

    "Toronto Public Library's annual list of challenged items includes beloved children's picture book, Hop on Pop."


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