Authors: Thomas Quigley
This document is the report of the Canadian Library Association's project called "Public Libraries and Literacy: Toward a National Front-Line Strategy: A National Working Summit on Libraries and Literacy".
This Summit arose out of the need for the profession to share and document library- literacy activities cross-Canada; to achieve consensus on a national long-term strategy for literacy services in public libraries; and to engage in dialogue with the national literacy groups regarding their perceptions and their awareness of library-literacy services.
Improving Access to Capital by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
This report of the Task Force on Access to Capital of the Canadian Labour Market and Productivity Centre discusses and makes recommendations concerning financing barriers relevant to small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada. The work of the Task Force builds on recommendations made by the CLMPC’s Economic Restructuring Committee in their 1993 report, Canada: Meeting the Challenge of Change.
Over the past decade, small and medium-sized firms have made major contributions to net job creation. Despite this fact, it is these companies, and especially the youngest among them, that encounter significant difficulties seeking external capital. The Task Force feels, further, that issues related to debt capital have tended to overshadow discussion of equity sources.
A central message of the Task Force is that equity capital should be given heightened emphasis in Canadian investment and financing, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s). Within the equity capital framework, there is a further need to explore in more detail the role and contributions of the relatively new labour-sponsored investment funds.
An Institutional Profile
This research report was prepared to assist the Canadian Labour Market and Productivity Centre's (CLMPC) Task Force on Access to Capital, which has examined issues pertaining to the financing of Canadian high value - added investment. CLMPC research into labour-sponsored investment funds reflects original, detailed study of these relatively new actors in Canada's financial system.
This report traces the evolution of international models of investment and financing that involve unions and workers, such as the spread of tax-subsidized employee share ownership plans (ESOPs) in the United States. Sweden's supplementary pension system (ATP) and Denmark's employee capital pension fund (ECPF) reveal traits similar to those identified by the CLMPC for Canadian labour-sponsored funds.
January 22-24, 1995: A Report
Authors: National Literacy Secretariat (NLS)
This document is a report of the National Literacy Secretariat' s "Policy Conversation on Workplace and Workforce Literacy," which was held in Toronto in January 1995. The Policy Conversation was a chance for a group of concerned individuals to share with the National Literacy Secretariat their hopes and concerns, their dreams and visions about a number of key issues in workplace and workforce literacy. The Policy Conversation allowed participants a chance to speak without closure and without the need to reach resolution.
This publication is a compilation of a variety of documents, some of which were available at the event, others which have been prepared to summarize and document the Policy Conversation itself. The section entitled "A Policy Conversation About Workplace and Work Force Literacy, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" is a guide to the conversation.
City School District School-to-Work Tours
This document provides a step-by-step approach to planning a field trip. It also includes activities and forms that can be used to make the field trip as educational and problem-free as possible.
Authors: Alfred Jean-Baptiste
This manual is designed for tutors working with adult learners of Caribbean Creole heritage. It gives tutors historical and socio-cultural information on the Caribbean. Many people make value judgements about a person on the basis of how they speak English. This manual provides tutors with a framework for looking at language in non-judgemental ways, and for viewing language as a reflection of culture and history. In this context, it is hoped that the content will dispel some of the negative myths about varieties of English.
Content is divided into five sections: the first section looks at the history of the Caribbean; the second section examines the story of English and how it is used in different parts of the world; the third section looks at the development of Caribbean Creole English and the presence of other varieties of English; the fourth section discusses Caribbean oral tradition and its role and influence on Caribbean identity; and, section five describes the first steps in creating a model for tutoring Caribbean Creole English speakers.
This document was produced in response to the invitation to participate in the Phase II Review of the Young Offenders Act (YOA) undertaken by the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs at the request of the Minister of Justice.
This brief reviews what the authors think are the most important issues in criminal justice today: the tendency of legislators to misinterpret public attitudes and the belief that "get-tough" legislation will satisfy those who think that deterrence is more important than rehabilitation in youth corrections. The authors argue that the moderation reflected in the "Declaration of Principles" section of the YOA are good and that these principles must be protected through public education.
A companion document, Background Information, Analysis and Positions, was submitted separately to provide further clarification of the various issues and positions taken with respect to the policy and practice of juvenile justice in Canada.
There are numerous definitions of literacy but relatively few data on the views of adult learners in literacy programs regarding literacy and even fewer on the views of adult literacy instructors. This study examined the views of 94 learners and 31 teachers regarding literacy as well as the actual classroom experiences of a subgroup of learners. Results showed that learners tended to view literacy from a fundamental perspective but entered programs for job-related reasons. Their teachers viewed literacy from a functional perspective but presented programs that were fundamental in nature. Emancipatory views were reflected to a very limited extent in either views of literacy or actual classroom experiences.
Authors: Maurice C. Taylor
There are still no long-term policies in the field of workplace literacy in Canada, in part because there is little information to draw upon as to what has worked and not worked and why in program delivery. This qualitative study sought to find some of the answers to these questions. Participants in six workplace literacy programs across the country described the major events and activities that are involved in developing and sustaining basic skills training. Programs are briefly profiled here with a discussion of some of the critical factors that can lead to successful programs.