Collaboration Across Sectors Tops Adult Education Summit Agenda

first_imgParticipants at an adult education summit are calling for more collaboration between business, government and community groups in order to improve adult literacy and numeracy levels in the province. About 150 representatives of business, labour, industry, government and community-based learning organizations gathered in Halifax on Thursday, Jan. 19, to look at ways to help more adult Nova Scotians upgrade their literacy and life skills. “We heard from participants that they want more opportunity to partner with other sectors to develop and promote adult education initiatives,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “By broadening our networks, we broaden our options for solutions when it comes to improving adult literacy and day-to-day skills.” There are nearly 6,500 students enrolled in adult learning and workplace education programs in Nova Scotia each year. The province invests more than $7 million a year in programs and initiatives that are delivered though community-based literacy organizations, colleges, school boards and businesses. “We need to focus on strengthening partnerships and bringing groups from all sectors together to create a seamless system,” said Cyril Meagher, president, Allendale Electronics Limited. “We also need to send the message out to industry that it has an investment in building the literacy and numeracy skills of its employees. Businesses need to create a culture of learning where employees don’t feel embarrassed or threatened to say they need help.” “We need to ask industry and other sectors to help. Industry players need to know what roles we can play in partnership to contribute to solutions,” said Jim Morrison, human resources manager, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. “We should also identify clear outcomes expected from our adult learning efforts if we want business to get more involved. What gets measured gets managed.” More detailed findings of the summit will be included in a report that will be distributed to all summit participants. These findings will influence government policies and initiatives, as well as new adult literacy and workplace education programs involving the labour, industry, community and business sectors. “This summit has far exceeded my expectations and I hope we have more meetings like this in future,” said Douglas Myers, executive director, PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) Centre. “If we work together, Nova Scotia has a chance to significantly strengthen the impact and effectiveness of its literacy programs by providing a breadth of community-based support that will make adult learning not only life long but life wide.” The summary report of summit findings will be available in upcoming weeks at . More information about the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey is available at the Statistics Canada website at .last_img read more

Canadian soldier killed in parachuting accident in Bulgaria

A Canadian soldier has been killed in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria. The Department of National Defence said Bombardier Patrick Labrie died while taking part in a training exercise known as Swift Response 19.The incident happened Monday evening and is under investigation by Canadian military police. Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19 is a multinational training exercise taking place from June 8 to 27 in various locations throughout Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered comfort to Labrie’s friends and family. “We want to pass on our deep condolences, not only to the family but also to all the members who have served with Bombardier Labrie,” Sajjan said. “As you know, any time there’s an accident like this, an investigation will be launched.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer extending his condolences to Labrie’s family on Twitter. Saddened to learn of the death of a Canadian Armed Forces member in Exercise Swift Response in Bulgaria. On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, Jill and I extend our condolences to their family and loved ones. To all members of the CAF, thank you for your service to Canada.— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) June 18, 2019Labrie was a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at CFB Petawawa. read more

Total of federal and provincial emissions regs only takes us half way

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Total of federal and provincial emissions regs only takes us half way: report OTTAWA – The federal government says it sees no need to change its greenhouse gas strategy despite a new, hard-hitting report — commissioned by Ottawa — that shows Canada falling far short of its climate change objectives.The report by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy added up every provincial and federal measure — existing and proposed — to reduce greenhouse gases.It found that Canada is on track to achieve only half of its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gases by 17 per cent below 2005 levels.“Canada will not achieve its 2020 GHG emissions reduction target unless significant new, additional measures are taken,” the report said.“More will have to be done. No other conclusion is possible.”In order to actually meet the target, Ottawa would have to take the lead, collaborate closely with provinces and introduce significant new measures to curtail emissions, especially in Alberta, the report concluded.A spokesman for Environment Minister Peter Kent said the report validates the federal government’s approach.“Our approach is the way to go. It’s working,” said press secretary Adam Sweet.He said Kent is in constant contact with the provinces so that regulations at all levels of government complement each other.“The fact that we’re 50 per cent of the way, that’s supportive of what we’ve been saying the whole time,” Sweet said. “We are making significant progress…. We recognize that more has to be done. We’ve always stated this.”The federal government is busy right now developing regulations to curtail emissions in the oil and gas sector, he added. He would not give a timeline for when the rules would be in place or what impact they would have on emissions.But the opposition NDP says the federal Conservatives’ unwillingness to acknowledge the findings of the report, coupled with their scaling back of environmental regulations, prove they have no intention of meeting their emissions targets.“If you’re going to be approving projects without considering greenhouse gases — and that’s going to be the case — then it will be impossible to meet targets of any kind,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.“They have no intention of meeting those commitments. They can’t do it.”The round table’s findings that Canada is not on track to meet its emissions targets echoed the conclusions reached by many analysts, as well as the federal environment commissioner. The advisory panel’s report, however, is the first full accounting to add every initiative on the books and project emissions out to 2020 and 2030.The federal government, after several false starts, has decided to regulate each carbon-producing sector one by one, implementing the rules gradually over the coming years.Provinces have taken their own paths, with British Columbia implementing a carbon tax and Quebec heading toward a cap-and-trade system.“The history of this file has been fragmented, uneven, uncertain and therefore uncontrollable in terms of saying here’s what the outcomes are going to be,” the round table’s president, David McLaughlin, said in an interview.So far, provinces are more effective than the federal government in reducing emissions. They are collectively responsible for 75 per cent of the reductions so far — although that may change as the federal regulations fall into place.Even so, the report warned that since each province is acting alone and the federal government rarely acts in concert with provincial provisions, overlap and policy gaps are a certainty.“Governments have talked, have acted to some degree, but sustained progress that Canadians can count on is not yet taking place,” McLaughlin said in an introduction to the report.“We need to move beyond current approaches and have a truly pan-Canadian dialogue on how to do this better. If not, Canada’s 2020 target will remain a hope, not a reality.”It is possible to catch up and meet the emissions reduction target — but only at a high cost and with unprecedented federal-provincial co-operation, McLaughlin said.The provinces have all told him they want more certainty in federal policy, and they also want Ottawa to at least consider additional measures that would put a price on carbon, he added.Kent’s spokesman, however, said the sector-by-sector approach will prove to be sufficient.The report pointed out that Alberta is key to making progress.Since most of Canada’s future emissions will come from the oil and gas sector, emission reductions from Alberta will need to make up at least half of the country’s total, if the target is to be met.All other provinces will need to increase their efforts too, even though Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan are on track to achieve their internal targets, and Ontario is close.“Put succinctly, Canada’s target cannot be achieved without emissions reductions in Alberta, but Alberta alone cannot achieve Canada’s target,” the report said.The federal government needs to take the lead, and collaborate with provinces in a formal forum that allows all jurisdictions to make serious commitments, McLaughlin said.The federal government has made an effort to move out of areas of shared jurisdiction. When it comes to the environment, Ottawa is scaling back its role in environmental assessment, allowing the provinces more scope.And when it comes to tackling greenhouse gas emissions in particular, the federal government has consistently ignored the round table’s advice to put a price on carbon and act quickly, in order to spare the country from an expensive panic later.Now, the federal government is shutting down the round table itself, saying its research can be found elsewhere.The round table’s report contradicted that claim, pointing out that Environment Minister Peter Kent actually commissioned the emissions tally, saying the round table was in “a unique position to advise the federal government on sustainable development solutions.” by News Staff Posted Jun 13, 2012 11:45 am MDT read more