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Ontario Finance minister warns about investment charges

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

 

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Josh Cassidy – Wheelchair racer

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

This hardworking Canadian athlete is ranked within the world’s top 5 fastest male wheelchair racers. Congratulations to Josh for his latest bronze medal from Delhi.

 

Hijab Controversy at Disney

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Municipal Elections – Employer Obligations

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Today is voting day in Ontario ! The following are guidelines on giving employees access to vote:

Province-wide municipal elections are held today, October 25, 2010, during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, all employees who are eligible to vote in the election are entitled to three consecutive hours during voting hours on election day to cast their vote.

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“Survival Job” a Stepping Stone

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Many new Canadians, indeed many Canadians out of work these days, accept jobs that keep food on the table, and the rent paid but lack the meaning of work in their own industry or preferred job. There are advantages to taking this type of “survival job” as long as it doesn’t become an obstacle in your longer term plan of landing a position appropriate to your skills and needs. “Being unemployed for any length of time is a blow to our egos, but being back in the work force may be just the confidence-booster needed to help find a new job in your field” says Lisa Miller, chief people officer at CareerConnection, a networking and career management organization.

Canadian Immigrant magazine offers other tips for this situation including persisting through some long days and evening job searches, so that eventually the little steps get you where you want to be.

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How’s Your Stress? Be Flexible

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

It is helpful to realise that there are always different perspectives on a situation – different ways to see things.

Being stuck in particular thought patterns tends limit options and feelings of freedom and choice, and often prevents solutions being found to challenges.

Acceptance, tolerance, and patience are immensely useful attitudes to develop where possible, especially if you are prone to react quickly and emotionally to threats. Many threats exist only in the mind – imagining the ‘worst scenario’. Being more trusting and giving situations time to become clear, will help to reduce the number of false alarms, which otherwise take up a lot of emotional reserve quite unnecessarily.

Saving yourself for the battles which really matter, and not bothering about things until/unless they actually become a real problem, will also improve your position, reputation and strength for those few occasions when you really need to make a stand.

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Skilled Immigrants Bolster Innovation

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

According to a new Conference Board of Canada study, immigrants can increase Canada’s role as an innovation creator. In the report titled “Immigrants as Innovators: Boosting Canada’s Global Competitiveness”, researchers state that “At every level of analysis, immigrants are shown to have an impact on innovation performance that is benefiting Canada. Some interesting statistics included are that:
-At least 35% of an estimated 1800 Canada Research chairs are foreign-born

-Immigrants to Canada win proportionally more prestigious literary and performing art awards

-Immigration increases innovation by expanding Canada’s trade relations

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A report by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ICT) states:

[The information technology] industry depends upon a strong supply of knowledge workers as its primary (indeed in some cases its exclusive) natural resource for the generation of economic output. Without the assurance of a strong resource of highly qualified people, ICT businesses are simply unsustainable.

As a jurisdiction, Ontario can never hope to compete with others on the quantity of highly qualified people it produces. China and India, through their own industrial policies, are producing exponentially more graduates than we can ever hope to. But Ontario’s knowledge-based labour pool can compete on quality if the right strategic decisions are made.

Skilled immigrants are an important part of the supply of labour available to the ICT industry. Yet immigrants frequently face challenges in integrating into the workforce (language, lack of access to business networks, and issues regarding validation of foreign credentials). Overcoming these challenges would position Ontario, which is already a preferred destination for immigrants, with a key competitive advantage in the quality of its workforce.

Information Technology Association of Canada ICT Industry Report to MEDT