Financial and Digital Literacy Coming To Career Studies

 Ontario Enhancing Grade 10 Course to Equip Students for Careers

Ontario is enhancing the Grade 10 career studies course, bringing in mandatory learning on financial and digital literacy, as well as expanding hands-on learning opportunities that will better prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing economy.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, was at Parkdale Collegiate Institute in Toronto and  has announced that starting in September 2018, Grade 10 students will be required to complete a revamped course to provide them with the knowledge and tools employers are looking for.

The new course will include mandatory learning on financial literacy, such as budgeting and financial management. Students taking the career studies course will also explore:

  • Career pathway planning
  • Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Digital literacy

Ontario is also making new investments in hands-on learning. Every school board across the province will hire a new and dedicated coordinator, whose key role will be to expand learning opportunities with community partners, for all grades, courses and programs – from kindergarten to adult learners.

Preparing Ontario students for the jobs of today and tomorrow is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Continue reading “Financial and Digital Literacy Coming To Career Studies”

RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico

Palma de Majorca, Spain on October 10th, 2017

  • The hotel chain has signed an agreement with UNICEF for this organisation to manage these resources, which will be dedicated to the “Back to School” programme
  • RIU’s donation will serve to set up and equip temporary classrooms so that children will not have to interrupt their education while their schools are being rebuilt or repaired

RIU Hotels & Resorts has donated $400,000 to UNICEF to address the most urgent needs in the area of education and protection following the earthquakes that occurred on 7 and 19 September in Mexico. This aid will used to build temporary classrooms, as well as for purchasing the furniture and equipment needed by students and teachers. According to UNICEF calculations, RIU’s donation could contribute to building and setting up nearly 100 classrooms, which would enable hundreds of children to immediately resume their education while waiting for schools to be repaired or rebuilt. Continue reading “RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico”

Alibaba hosts Gateway’17 highlighting China

The event, hosted by Alibaba, brought together Canadian small businesses to learn how to better access the growing Chinese market

Canada and China enjoy strong and deep people-to-people and business-to-business ties, and there is tremendous opportunity for further growth. This was the message delivered by the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, during her introduction of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, at Gateway ’17.

Gateway ’17, a business fair hosted by Alibaba, brought together Canadian small businesses to encourage them to expand into the Chinese market, particularly using the Alibaba platform. Alibaba is the largest online retailer in the world.

During her remarks, Minister Chagger spoke about the Government of Canada’s commitment to building stronger ties with China, especially through increased tourism during the Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018 and for years to come.

The Minister also commended Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, for organizing the She-ERA Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou, China, this past July. Minister Chagger represented the Government at the conference, and in her keynote address, she emphasized Canada’s continued commitment to promoting equality through empowering women entrepreneurs. The conference, which also featured a video from Prime Minister Trudeau, was an impressive discussion about the valuable contribution women are making to business and the work that still remains to achieve full equality.

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Yorkdale Shopping Centre to hold a hiring event!

Mayor John Tory to participate in launch of employment event Wednesday to fill 300+ positions at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Mayor John Tory will be at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre on Wednesday, September 27 to help launch an employment event to fill more than 300 retail positions ahead of the holiday season. This will be the largest Yorkdale hiring event to date, with more than 35 participating retailers.

The employment event is part of an ongoing partnership between Yorkdale and the City of Toronto that has helped fill more than 1,500 retail positions since it launched in 2012. Through this partnership, the City’s Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) and its Employment Ontario partner agencies identify and match qualified candidates to available opportunities. The candidates are coached and provided with resumé and interview support prior to the recruitment event.

Mayor Tory, Yorkdale Senior Property Manager Ryan DaSilva and Oxford Properties Executive Vice President Michael Turner will greet participants and launch the fair and the City of Toronto’s Workplace Development Month as part of the City’s commitment to connecting employers and job seekers across Toronto. Oxford Properties manages Yorkdale.

Retailers are looking to fill part-time and full-time permanent and seasonal positions. Interested job-seekers can visit for more information about employment opportunities.

To register for the morning portion of the event, prospective candidates should phone 416-392-6949. The event is only open to the general public after 1 p.m. Candidates should arrive professionally dressed and have a hard copy of their resumé.
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Guests booking from India to enjoy flat discounts of 30% and 20% on international & domestic fares 

Mumbai, August 10, 2017: Jet Airways, India’s premier full service international airline, today announced a special six-day celebratory fare sale to mark India’s 70thIndependence Day. The sale, starting August 11, 2017, will offer guests an attractive 30 percent discount* on Economy fares and 20 percent* on Premiere fares.

 Applicable on both one-way and return tickets, guests can book their tickets for 44 domestic destinations and 20 international destinations across Jet Airways’ expansive network. Tickets purchased as part of the sale for domestic flights, will be valid for travel from September 05, 2017. For international flights, the promotional tickets will be valid from September 15, 2017.

 This is yet another guest-focussed initiative from Jet Airways, already acclaimed for delivering exceptional value to travellers, aside from its attractive promotions and innovative product offerings. Continue reading “JET AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES FREEDOM SALE WITH EXCLUSIVE DEALS”

Canadian Lululemon launches meditation space in its stores

Vancouver  headquartered popular athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica Inc. has  launched meditation space in its stores. Lululemon reportedly included its first Mindfulosophy space inside the new 8,000-square-foot store which opened on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (New York City) on July 21, where visitors can follow various self-guided meditations.

The trademark application of Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. regarding Mindfulosophy has been accepted by United States Patent and Trademark Office, which included downloadable content featuring topics relating to meditation, yoga philosophy, etc.; accessories including face masks for meditation, etc.; pre-recorded DVDs featuring topics relating to yoga philosophy, etc.; providing classes, instruction, training, and interactive on-line instruction and training in the fields of meditation, etc.; entertainment services in the nature of arranging social community entertainment events featuring meditation, etc.; providing a website featuring audio and video presentations featuring information, instruction and training in the fields of meditation, etc. Continue reading “Canadian Lululemon launches meditation space in its stores”

Seven Ways to Rise Above the Negativity in Social Media, Politics…and Your Own Head

Is the cultural tsunami of negativity wearing down your ability to stay hopeful and optimistic? Here, I explain how to overpower these voices, change your circumstances for the better, and become a positive leader and influencer to those around you.

By Jon Gordon

You’ve probably noticed: Negativity has pervaded our culture and daily lives. Whether you love or hate the current political climate, it’s hard to deny that our nation has ever been as divided, fearful, and vocal as it is today. Add in the avalanche of complaining that dominates social media and it’s not easy to be positive or happy right now.

There is a solution. You absolutely can rise above the negativity all around you. It’s not easy but it can be done.

Throughout history, there have been times of extreme negativity, pessimism, and fear. Those who rose above it were able to change their circumstances for the better instead of allowing their circumstances to change them for the worse.

It turns out that positivity doesn’t just make you feel better in the moment; it makes you more successful too. Research conducted by Manju Puri and David Robinson, business professors at Duke University, shows that optimistic people work harder, get paid more, are elected to office more often, and win at sports more regularly (1. Puri, M. & Robinson, D. (2007). Optimism and economic choice. Journal of Financial Economics, 86, 71-99.). They also have stronger relationships. And not surprisingly, when positive energy is shared in the workplace, teams perform better.

Being positive doesn’t just make you better. It makes everyone around you better.

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is a shining example of a positive leader who rose above negativity to create a better world. When he stepped into the CEO role in 2006, Ford had just suffered an annual loss of $12.7 billion and was on the verge of bankruptcy. But he managed to put Ford back in the black in just a few short years, and then the Great Recession hit. In these dire circumstances, it seemed like his efforts had been in vain—and plenty of people doubted his ability to save the struggling company. But Mulally proceeded with optimism and saved Ford and thousands of jobs in the process, while positively impacting the American economy and country as a whole. Continue reading “Seven Ways to Rise Above the Negativity in Social Media, Politics…and Your Own Head”

At the End of the Day…Business Clichés Are Lazy Language!

Five Clichés and “Don’t Says” to Avoid Like the (Well, You Know)

Those pointless little phrases you use at work might be sending exactly the wrong message (for instance, that you’re too lazy to come up with something better). Here, I explain why it’s time to ditch those business clichés.

By Richard Moran

Look up “business buzzwords” or “business clichés” and you’ll find article after article about these irritating, overused phrases. In fact, new ones come out each year documenting the latest crop that’s flourishing in workplaces across America. In a world drowning in buzzwords, tweets, and hashtags, spouting mindless clichés in the workplace may seem harmless. But using too many professional platitudes could be more problematic than you thought.

Not only can business clichés be annoying to others who hear them day in and day out, they are the language of laziness. When you use them, you effectively fail to focus your thoughts and really identify what you’re trying to communicate and accomplish.

Language that is “mindless” isn’t also “harmless.” The risks of vague language aren’t just practical detail mix-ups between coworkers. Many of these phrases are actually actively promoting terrible morale that shoves projects and careers into stagnation. By abusing clichés, you might be projecting an apathetic and lazy attitude without even realizing it.

If you’re too lazy to come up with a way to say something other than resorting to a trite buzzword, isn’t that a sign that you’ll be lazy in other areas at work as well? Whether it’s true or not, that’s the message you’re broadcasting.

Accessible for all working generations and speaking from the most traditional of suited workplaces to the domains (and domain names) of Zuckerberg hoodies and office dogs, my new book The Thing About Work: Showing Up and Other Important Mattersoffers tips for what not to say in your day-to-day. For instance:

“It is what it is” is the sound of defeat. The subtext of “it is what it is” is: “I give up.” That negativity enforces the kind of thinking that kills projects and how coworkers understand your attitude. It makes you the Debbie Downer in business clothing. You might as well say, “Life sucks and work is even worse,” and this attitude gets old very fast. Continue reading “At the End of the Day…Business Clichés Are Lazy Language!”

Connecting More People with Disabilities to Job Opportunities

Province Releases Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities

Ontario is taking action to break down employment barriers for people with disabilities by launching a new strategy to connect more people with disabilities to rewarding jobs and more employers to new talent to help grow their businesses.

Tracy McCharles, Minister Responsible for Accessibility, alongwith Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, were in Toronto to make the annoucement.

Access Talent, Ontarioès Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities will help increase employment for people with disabilities and connect businesses to talent by:

  • Supporting the development and employment goals of students and young people, including the launch of a new pilot through the Ontario Disability Support Program to provide individualized and coordinated services and supports.
  • Engaging employers as partners and champions through an online platform that will connect businesses, people with disabilities, and the public to share advice and lessons learned.
  • Streamlining employment and training services to better meet the needs of job seekers and employers through the introduction of a new Supported Employment program at Employment Ontario.
  • Establishing the government as an accessibility leader by raising awareness and changing attitudes through public education.

Increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and connecting businesses to new talent are part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Continue reading “Connecting More People with Disabilities to Job Opportunities”

Bring Vacation Vibes to Your Home with Attiser

Summer is here! The warm season brings excitement as people welcome thoughts of sun-kissed skin and laid-back moments in white, sandy beaches. Wish you could spend every waking moment of summer at the beach? Surround your home with summer vibes with designs from Attiser! With signature collections of handmade linens hand-block printed by artisans in India, Attiser’s traditional method was developed over 450 years ago.

Spruce up your space with carefully selected, eco-friendly materials from Attiser. Each item is handmade and comes with a distinctively splendid flair of bright colors that are blended with a refined French country style.

Express your sophisticated side and trendy taste in décor with the variety of bedding, tablecloths, curtains and more:

  • Bring the allure of India to your bedroom with Attiser quilts in bright, colorful designs that add a hint of Country French elegance and sophistication, giving a feeling of luxury and opulence with these richly designed custom pieces for your bedroom or living spaces.
  • Dress your dining room table or quaint breakfast nook with eye-catching Attiser fabric tablecloths from the finest handmade linens with an integration of Indian artistry and French style — they’ll be an instant classical favorite in your home.

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