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Words of wisdom:
"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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31 December 2013

A southwestern Ontario police force's annual list of the silliest emergency calls of the year: A lovers’ quarrel over a glass eye

A lovers’ quarrel over a glass eye and an attempt to sic police on Senator Mike Duffy make 2013 list of
silliest 911 calls, by  |

30 December 2013

This Woman Read One Book From Every Country in the World

Here Are Her Favorites,  A holiday reading guide by Uri Friedman The Atlantic Monthly
Sample extract:
"In the fall of 2012, Ann Morgan was wrestling with a problem few of us can identify with. No matter how hard she tried, she simply could not find a book to read in English from the tiny African nation of Sao Tome and Principe..."  
continue reading The Atlantic Monthly

20 December 2013

Libraries in Edmonton so much more than books

courtesy: metronews.ca

I never saw a librarian shush a talky patron. That too is an old cliché. But I have watched a librarian help a grandmother contact her grandkids on Facebook; organize a community group meeting; and borrow change from the staff coffee jar so that a down-on-his-luck man would have bus fare for a job interview.
One librarian I met at the Lois Hole branch even helped Nigerian immigrant bring his daughter to Canada because he struggled to understand the paperwork. She thought it was her duty to succeed where customs had failed him.
“There has always been an element of social work to my job,” she told me.
Seeing librarians at work, and this institutional evolution, has been fascinating and humbling, especially at the Stanley Milner branch. continue reading

15 December 2013

Canadian Employers Anticipate a Steady Hiring Climate for early 2014

13 December 2013

How social media status updates helps cyber predators

Top 5 Threats That Social Media Can Inflict On Users

By SiliconIndia  |   Thursday, 12 December 2013
#1 Third Party applications 
#2 Malware
#3 Hacking
#4 Identity Theft
#5 Exploitation by Cyber predators. Extract
"Exploitation has several connotations. In cyber world, it is specifically about personal exploitation. People usually tend to update status such as ‘going out with family for dinner at 8’, ‘visiting Goa on the 25th with family’ and other such messages. These are bits of information that can be exploited by cyber attackers. They can plan to rob the house on the day the family is out or stalk the family at the location mentioned in the status update."

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12 December 2013

Information Professionals' Conferences 2014 in Canada

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11 December 2013

Six myths and realities about Canada Post, cbc.ca

 6 myths and realities about Canada Post: The 145-year-old post office isn't what it used to be, By Leslie MacKinnon, CBC News -- Extract

1. Most Canadians don't have a letter-carrier coming to their door  2. Not many people use stamps, anyway3. People aren't sending or receiving a lot of letters, but many more parcels4. One of Canada Post's biggest customers is cutting back5. Online shopping ensures Canada Post will always have a business6. Dogs will have to find something else to do

Is Canada wasting its young Asia talent and skills?

Is Canada wasting its young Asia talent and skills?

Opinion: Canadian firms' focus and reliance on business with the U.S. stifles opportunity

10 December 2013

Canada to charge many foreign tourists a fee for a proposed electronic security screening plan

Citizenship and Immigration is accepting feedback on the plan until mid-January.
The federal government is soliciting public comment on the plan to introduce online travel applications as part of the sweeping perimeter security pact with the United States.
Foreign nationals who currently do not need a visa to visit Canada — including people from Britain, France and many other countries — would have to successfully apply for an electronic travel authorization before arriving by air.
U.S. citizens would be exempted from the new requirement.  news.yahoo.com
Those not approved by the electronic system would be referred to an officer for further examination and a decision.
The government plans to charge a "cost recovery" fee -- how much isn't specified, but it would be a "minimal amount," the notice says. Approved applications would be valid for multiple entries to Canada over a period of up to five years.
"We're never in favour of new traveller taxes," said David Goldstein, president of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
However, he applauded the federal effort to catch up to other countries by using technology to modernize the application system for foreign visitors. Continue reading

07 December 2013

John, Jani, Janardhan in Canadian Job Market - what's in a name?

The curse of a foreign-sounding name in today’s job market -  Toronto Star
"It’s common for hiring managers to skip over resumes with ethnic names, preferring to interview candidates with names they recognize." By:Priya Ramsingh thestar.com Nov 30 2013

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  • Should candidates apply with western names? Nathan Chan at 28, Mar 2013 | Elevated HR
  • Extract: So the topic I’m about to launch into has come up before, particularly with candidates who are immigrants or persons with very foreign names. The fact that I just said “very foreign” does make me cringe, so don’t kick me in the arse just yet! Let me explain myself a sec here. I’ve only recently returned to Maple Leaf land, my homeland, and our country is a country that is made up of foreigners after all, no? I spent almost a decade abroad, but I have never lost sight of my nationality. (Before leaving, I even branded a tattoo of the Canadian flag on my leg.) As Canadians, we pride ourselves as a ‘cultural mosaic’ – where we are an awesome and delicious bunch of ethnic groups, languages, and cultures co-existing together. ... This topic has been a recurring one for me. Should immigrants/foreigners with “very foreign” names give themselves a westernized name? I think, yes (and no). What an answer right? – read on!
  • HR overlooks applicants with non-western names - Human Resources Mag, May 10, 2012"Australian Human Rights Commission has said there is a growing trend of immigrants adopting Western names in the hope it will get them hired.   “There are still elements of race discrimination in employment. It is certainly present and problematic,” Disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes told HC."
  • How an ethnic-sounding name may affect the job hunt, by WALLACE IMMEN, The Globe and Mail Nov. 17 2011
  • Job hunters change 'foreign sounding’ names 15 Apr 2013 By  Rhiannon Elston  sbs.com.au  "Australian-born Muslim woman Cindy Mohamed uses her real name on her resume these days, but that hasn’t always been the case. " 
  • English-Sounding Names Still Hold Edge Over Others In Canada’s Employment Sector Link Newspaper  December 7th, 2013 
  • In Canada, English name a clear advantage in landing job: survey, By Douglas Todd, Postmedia News October 14, 2011
  • Extract: The extensive study for Metropolis B.C., whose federal funding will run out this year, was conducted by having researchers respond to online job ads in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Each sample resume said that the applicant had a bachelor's degree and four to six years' experience.

    In a related test of Canadian hiring practices involving immigrants, the researchers sent out a series of virtually identical resumes to company recruiters — changing only the country in which the applicant had job experience.

    "We find that employers value Canadian experience more than Canadian education when deciding to interview applicants with international backgrounds, suggesting that employers are more interested in internationally born applicants with more Canadian experience," wrote Oreopoulos and Decheif.

    Whatz Related in the News this week:
    • Nelson Mandela, Madiba, Tata - what's in a name? Telegraph.co.uk-Dec 6, 2013  
    • My identity depends on who is identifying me (including myself)'  Interview with Sheniz Janmohamed,  Generally About Books -- Quote:
      “I was born a Hindu, no doubt. No one can undo the fact. But I am also a Muslim because I am a good Hindu. In the same way I am also a Parsi and a Christian too.” - Mahatma Gandhi 30 May 1947
    • My Name is Mike Ghouse

Canadian Experience Of International Students by Dr. Gunjan Sondhi

  • Dr. Gunjan Sondhi Reflects On The Canadian Experience Of International Students, TheHuffingtonPost.com
  • Gunjan Sondhi recently completed her PHD in Migration Studies from the Sussex Center for Migration Research at the University of Sussex, UK. She is currently a resident affiliate at CERIS, York University, Canada, and an Associate Researcher at the University of Sussex. Her research focused on highly skilled migration/mobility, gender, class and education especially in Canada.
  • Gunjan Sondhi researches the dialectical relationship between gender and international student mobility South Asian Generation Next.

06 December 2013

New on the shelf: The Ace Awakening, by Murali Murthy

Information courtesy: Generally About Books: The ACE Principle

The Ace Awakening - 8 Milestones to Scale the Peaks of Life Murali Murthy (November 18, 2013) ISBN-10: 1460230698 

"How do you stay grounded? Climb a mountain.
Murali Murthy, acclaimed speaker, motivational coach and author of the Canadian best-selling The ACE Principle, shares his experience of trekking across one the most inhospitable terrains in India and overcoming extreme challenges to successfully climb five perilous peaks.

01 December 2013

Here Are Over 60 Things You Can Say To Google Now

Info courtesy webpronews.com;  
Image courtesy: TrendBlog.net `Feel free to share this graphic on your own blog or website!!!`
"TrendBlog.net has put together a pretty cool infographic listing all the different commands you can use with Google Now. There are over sixty of them. ... You may already know most of these, but it’s nice to see them all collected together, and serves as a reminder of some of the things you can do... Google Now voice commands by trendblog.net
Google Now is about more than just voice commands."
Google Now Voice Commands by trendblog.net

29 November 2013

Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism - CIC

further information (media only), please contact:
Alexandra Fortier
Minister’s Office – Minister Kenney
Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Canadian refused entry to u.s. based on confidential health records

Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details

A Toronto woman is shocked after she was denied entry into the U.S. because she had been hospitalized for clinical depression. www.thestar.com

28 November 2013

Open for Business: Canadian Universities sacrifice principles in collaboration agreements, CAUT Report

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). - See more at: http://www.caut.ca/news/2013/11/20/canadian-universities-sacrifice-principles-in-pursuing-collaborations-report#sthash.YzC6HgRV.dpuf
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Report

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25 November 2013

Toronto named world’s most youthful city, in a good way

By Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew  
he CN Tower is seen along the Toronto skyline from Centre Island.Congratulations, Toronto. According to a new index measuring major cities across the world, you are the most youthful.
And that youthful tag doesn't mean you are prone to tomfoolery (except, perhaps, at city hall) or need to be chaperoned at the grocery store, it means Toronto is the best place in the world to live, work and play.
The YouthfulCities Index named Toronto the "Youthful City of the Year 2014" for its diversity, its high levels of youth employment and digital access, among other features.  The city’s nightlife, music and arts scenes also played a positive factor.
Toronto beat out Berlin and New York, which placed second and third respectively. 

See also: Slideshow: Top 10 youthful cities

24 November 2013

Prince Edward Island's Alberton library fears closure

Alberton library fears closure

No change in municipal funding policy, says province

CBC News Posted: Nov 22, 2013
Provincial policies around funding of services in municipalities could shut off crucial funding for a library in western P.E.I., and close it down, say library board officials.The public library in Alberton first opened 80 years ago. It is part of the provincial system, with purchases and a part-time librarian funded by the province. But unlike most provincial libraries it receives a further grant from thetown of $2,500 to pay for heat and lights. Continue reading

23 November 2013

Oxford Dictionaries has named ‘selfie’ ‘Word of the Year’ for 2013

OXFORD, WE NEED TO HAVE A WORD ABOUT ‘SELFIE’... The ‘Word of the Year’ reflects a contemporary crisis of judgement. .spiked-online.com

Extract: The announcement that Oxford Dictionaries has named ‘selfie’ ‘Word of the Year’ for 2013, has been met with an inevitable outpouring of outrage and snarkiness.
For those who are either allergic to the internet or merely have better things to do than prowl Instagram all day, ‘selfie’ refers to taking a photo of yourself – usually on a smartphone – which is then, customarily, uploaded to a social-media site. It’s believed to have been coined by an Australian student in 2002. He snapped a photo of the busted lip he suffered due to a sozzled fall, and uploaded it online with the caption ‘…sorry about the focus, it was a selfie’. In the last year, the term has really caught on – even the pope’s been at it – and Oxford Dictionaries calculates its usage across the internet has increased a whopping 17,000 per cent. .spiked-online.com

22 November 2013

Rob Ford can't have my job: Harper, Edmonton Journal

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is speaking out for the first time on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford — and keeping his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.
Harper joked that he’s heard Ford say publicly he wants to be prime minister, a notion Harper said he clearly can’t support.
But when it comes to the Toronto mayor’s future, Harper said that’s for the voters of that city to decide.
Harper said the Conservative government’s position is clear: There are strict drug laws in place, and no one should be buying or using illegal drugs, especially sitting politicians. Continue reading  Edmonton Journal
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Cookbook steeped in rich history, Brampton Guardian

Spice & Kosher - Exotic Cuisine of the Cochin Jews  By Bala Menon, Kenny Salem and Dr Essie Sassoon

ByAshley Goodfellow, Brampton GuardianOct 24, 2013
BRAMPTON— Spice &  Kosher: Exotic Cuisine of the Cochin Jews, is not your typical cookbook— but its recipe is simple.
Take one-part history, one-part tradition, one-part religion, a whole lot of food, let it simmer and serve to the masses.
It’s a book about the preservation and significance of a specific cuisine from the dying community in Cochin, India.
That’s what sparked Brampton resident Bala Menon, along with co-authors Dr. Essie Sassoon and Kenny Salem, to share the historical significance of Cochin’s cuisine. continue reading Brampton Guardian
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Staff Writer, South Asian Focus, Print Edition:  Nov 21 2013, volume: 7 issue: 47
Ever heard of ‘Cochini Jews’? No? Yet they continue to reside in the original, white-walled streets of Jew Town — even if there are just eight among them there around the synagogue today, all elderly.
And GTA residents Bala Menon and Kenny Salem — both originally hailing from Kerala in India — are determined to keep the Cochini Jews story alive.
Their quest has today resulted in a book, ‘Spice & Kosher: Exotic Cuisine of the Cochin Jews’, written jointly by Menon and Salem, along with Dr Essie Sassoon, a Cochini Jew, and today living in Ashkelon, Israel.
The book contains some 200 recipes — and, through the recipes, seeks to outline the history of the Jews of Cochin.
“It’s such an important part of India’s history and Kerala’s heritage,” says Menon. contiue reading southasianfocus.ca

Doctor Who's Canadian connection

21 November 2013

World’s Biggest Bookstore closes February, sold to developer

Cole family is selling World’s Biggest Bookstore, a Toronto landmark since 1980, to developer behind the Four Seasons Hotel and Liberty Market Lofts.

By:  Business reporter, Published on Thu Nov 21 2013 thestar.com

It’s not actually the world’s biggest bookstore. There is a Barnes & Noble in New York City that is more than twice as large. But it still houses a vast number of books, including a wall of Shakespeare, a wall of poetry and another dedicated to Manga. It has long rows of fiction, including a Star Wars section.
And, like Sam the Record Man, which closed in 2007, and Honest Ed’s, which has been sold to a Vancouver developer, the World’s Biggest Bookstore was a brash, quirky retailer that for a long time anchored Toronto’s retail landscape.
Drew McGowen, vice-president of real estate and development for Indigo Books & Music Inc., said the store was at the end of a lease and the company could not afford the new rent. 

On Discovery Services and Search, Thus Said Stephen Abram

An important post from Dave Pattern about discovery services and search. I especially like the focus on looking at your analytics and taking them to the next level (for example cost per use of digital resources declining a lot and the ratio of physical to digital format access)... Read: Dave Pattern's Relevancy Rules
Dave Pattern says: 
OK, so why am I ranting on about all this stuff? It's simply because I've been pulling out some usage stats from our Summon instance…
  • The library's print collection accounts for just 0.3% of the items, but accounts for 10.3% of the result clicks — I think our users are trying to tell us that they think our OPAC sucks and they'd rather use Summon to search for books
  • 89% of the results clicked on appeared on the first page of results — as with Google, users rarely delve any further the page 1 of the results
  • Only 2% of result clicks came from beyond the 4th page of the results — very few users will explore the long tail of results
  • 50.5% of result clicks were for the first 4 results on page 1 — the majority of users won't even bother to scroll down the page!
  • 72.3% of searches used 3 keywords or less — students are using their Google skills
  • Since launching Summon, we've seen increases of 300% to 1000% in the COUNTER full-text download stats for many of the journal platforms we subscribe to — although "cost per use" can be a crude measure, we're getting much better value out of our e-resource subscriptions now.  Continue reading: Relevancy Rules in Self-plagiarism is style, Dave Pattern's blog 

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20 November 2013

Researching American Indian ancestry, "Great Surprise" reports National Geographic

"Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins: 

Oldest human genome reveals less of an East Asian ancestry than thought 

Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome. continue reading: National Geographic
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19 November 2013

BioTalent Canada: high newcomer unemployment rates despite skills shortage

BioTalent Canada report indicates scientific newcomers face high unemployment, and skills shortages exist in Canada's bio-economy read the complete report

18 November 2013

Toronto’s University attempts to help homeless people around campus

By Anthony Marchese and Aidan Slind 
Published: 3:28 am, 18 November 2013
Vol CXXXIV, No. 10 under 

As winter approaches, more of Toronto’s homeless are looking for protection from the cold, and the University of Toronto, with its large downtown campus and plenty of public facilities, provides shelter for many. continue reading

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16 November 2013

Ranking of Canadian Universities in Webometrics

Ps. See the all ranking charts and a complete list of all Canadian Universities and Colleges, here

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Resources for Canadian Stock Investors -- Annotated list of books

Info courtesy:  Stock Investing For Canadians For Dummies  Andrew Dagys  and  Paul Mladjenovic (4th edition, 2013: pp. 331-332)

Book Description

Master the basics of stock investing? Easy.If you want to learn how to profitably invest in stocks, this is the book for you. This updated new edition of Stock Investing For Canadians For Dummies offers straight answers and simple advice for any Canadian who wants to take control of his or her portfolio. With practical guidance on making wise investments in any market—even today's uncertain one—this plain-English guide covers unique investment segments, how to invest in different market situations, and real and recent examples on what to invest in and when. With fully updated references and resources, this is the perfect stock investing guide for beginners.
  • Updated to include the latest information on the current stock market, as well as fresh case studies
  • Written by expert authors—one an accountant and the other a certified financial planner and investing consultant
  • Ideal for novice investors and those planning for retirement  
  • Paperback: 384 pages; Publisher: For Dummies; 4th Revised edition edition (2013); 
  • ISBN-10: 1118478096 / ISBN-13: 978-1118478097


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