Talking to kids helps them do well in school

Published: 2012-04-09 5:28:00 PM - Author: none
'Want to help your kids do well in school? Talk to them about what they’re learning.

More than helping them with their homework, or turning off the television, sitting down to discuss what’s going on in class - and not simply asking “how was school?” - has been proven in study after study to have the biggest impact along with setting high expectations, developing good work habits and reading together, says People for Education...'

National Engineering Month – celebrating tech careers that change the world!

Published: 2012-04-09 5:21:00 PM - Author: none
'Have you ever felt misunderstood? That’s how engineering feels. It’s a booming, prosperous industry that is changing the way the world works, but in the Toronto Region there are 30 per cent more new engineering jobs than there are engineering grads from local colleges and universities. This is according to a new study that also asked high school and post-secondary students to rate their interests in select various industries. Engineering was in last place, tied only with computer sciences. Why?...'

Ontario re-ignites CPP debate after feds outline changes to old-age security

Published: 2012-04-09 5:12:00 PM - Author: none
'Middle-class families must either save more for their retirement, or risk suffering a big shock in their golden years.

The Ontario government plans to repeat that warning over and over again during the coming months as Ottawa raises the eligible age for old age security to 67, postponing existing benefits for two years...'

Ontario Increases Funding Per Student

Published: 2012-04-09 5:02:00 PM - Author: none
'McGuinty Government Protecting Gains In Education

Ontario is increasing funding for students for the 10th year in a row...'

Ontario budget a “coup” for construction

Published: 2012-04-09 4:58:00 PM - Author: none
'The province’s continued support for infrastructure in the 2012 Ontario budget is a coup for the construction industry.

“In light of the number of restraints that the province had to take, it’s absolutely positive that not only are they tackling the provincial budget deficit, but also tackling the infrastructure deficit,” said Karen Renkema, the Ontario Road Builders’ Association’s (ORBA) government relations director...'

Ottawa to provide $150 million for community infrastructure fund, $85.6 million for Quebec ports

Published: 2012-04-09 4:56:00 PM - Author: none
'Over the next two years, the Canadian federal government will spend nearly $12 billion to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure through existing initiatives.

However, among the new infrastructure funding proposals in the federal Economic Action Plan 2012 is a Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, which proposes $150 million over two years, to support repairs and improvements to existing small public infrastructure facilities...'

Canadian Construction Association praises 2012 federal budget

Published: 2012-04-09 4:53:00 PM - Author: none
'Overall the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is “pretty happy” with today’s federal budget since it stayed the course on long-term infrastructure funding. CCA president Michael Atkinson was heartened to see no cuts to existing infrastructure programs but also the addition of a few new minor ones.

“We’re very happy to see that the government is sticking to its guns on ensuring its commitment to infrastructure continues, despite its effort to get its fiscal health in order,”...'

Harper government to ‘streamline review process’ for major resource projects

Published: 2012-04-09 4:50:00 PM - Author: none
'The federal government is banking on domestic resource development to drive over $500 billion in investment over the next decade and it plans to streamline stakeholder involvement for that sector in its 2012 federal budget.

“As the 21st century unfolds, it is increasingly clear that Canada’s energy and natural resources are massive assets to our country in the global economy. The oil and gas, mining, and forestry sectors directly employ more than three-quarters of a million Canadians,” explained Jim Flaherty, Canada’s finance minister in his budget speech...'

Future Building gives students hands-on construction experience

Published: 2012-04-09 4:47:00 PM - Author: none
'Carolyn Butterworth heard that the construction industry is going to need 160,000 new workers. So the Grade 8 teacher at Whitchurch Highlands Public School north of Toronto took her students to Future Building, a job fair organized by the Ontario Construction Secretariat in Toronto.

“Many of the students are interested in the trades,” she said. “They know that the work force will be very difficult to enter when they are done high school.”...'

Ahead of the Curve: Industries and Opportunities Investment pours into energy sector, despite challenges

Published: 2012-04-09 4:44:00 PM - Author: none
'By sheer numbers alone, Canada’s oil and gas sector is huge. Its public companies account for about one-quarter of the value of the TSX/S&P index, and it is attracting an international flood of investment, estimated to be $55-billion in new capital investment this year, to feed an energy-starved world. Canada has the third-largest oil reserves on the planet...'
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