Canada Literacy

How Children's Books Make Me A Better Parent

Tara Mandarano | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

Reading has been an ingrained part of our family life since even before she was born. My husband read Dr. Seuss to her while she was in utero, and we've continued to incorporate books into her life as she's grown. Reading in the "big bed" is an essential component of my toddler's bedtime routine.

How To Build A Reading Corner In Your Home

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Thursday is International Literacy Day, a chance to celebrate the power of reading in children's lives. If you're a book-lover yourself, you may remember curling up with your latest childhood treasure (it was Anne of Green Gables for me!)

Is Your Child Facing A Learning Challenge, Or A Learning Disability?

Dr. Steve Truch | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Steve Truch

Why do some children learn to read so easily? And why do so many very bright children have such difficulty with what appears to be a simple task? How is a parent to know if a child is just a bit delayed in reading or perhaps actually learning disabled? Here's what the latest research tells us.

Ex-Mountie Is Now A CEO Giving Away A Million Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living

To fight illiteracy among kids.

4 Steps To Self-Empowerment Through Learning

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Kaufmann

Human beings are learning machines. We spend our lives learning. We can't help but learn. The only question is what we will learn and how it will affect our lives. Unfortunately we have been conditioned by the school system to think that learning can only take place in a classroom. We need to take charge of our own learning.

Explore The World This Holiday Season With Children's Books

Joanne Sallay | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Sallay

Whether you're heading out of town to a holiday destination or enjoying a relaxing staycation at home, reading is a great activity for children to escape and explore the world. Here are four children's books that will bring adventure, culture and delight to the entire family.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

Let's Keep The Art Of Reading Alive

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 10.29.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

Imagine there being a child who does not have a stack of books in his room, who has not yet had a chance to pick out the stories he wants to share before bed, who doesn't have a favourite book character to pretend to be when playing in the park. Simply because he does not have access to books.

Finding Innovative Ways to Teach the World's Children to Read

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On International Literacy Day, I find myself thinking about classrooms where the challenges go far beyond folding paper. I think of children in the world's poorest, most remote regions, who walk for hours every day to reach the nearest school.

14 Fantastic Gender-Positive Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Lyndsay Kirkham | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

For most kids, reading is right up there with magic. Through books, children are handed keys to new worlds and are introduced to unknown people and cu...

The Story Behind This Famous Book Will Tear You Apart

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents

Love you Forever is likely Robert Munsch's best-selling book, which is saying a lot. The children's author has more than 50 titles to his name, includ...

Shockingly Low Literacy Rates Prove First Nations Kids Are Being Left Behind

Charlie Angus | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Buried in a department performance report, we learned the shocking news of the failures of literacy and numeracy in First Nation schools. In the Ontario region, students who participated in provincial standardized testing in 2013-2014 ended up with an average literacy score of 21 per cent for boys and 32 per cent for girls. What are the results of educating children in a system that has been systematically underfunded for decades? Unless we are willing to break this cycle of underfunding and negligence, the question will need to be asked -- who will stand up to apologize to this generation of children who are being deliberately left behind?

How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

September 8 is International Literacy Day, marked with events in schools and communities around the world, and highlighted by a United Nations celebration and conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Despite the promising gains of the UN's worldwide "Literacy as Freedom" decade that ended in 2012, more than 770 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write.

We're Already Living in the Future

Cathy Elliott | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada
Cathy Elliott

Escape From an Inhospitable Planet As a kid in high school, I was the one who was called out by other girls and beaten up by the boys in the school ya...

A Huge Number Of University Grads Don't Hit Basic Benchmark For Literacy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Living

About a quarter of Canadian university graduates don't hit a basic literacy benchmark, according to recent data. A study that evaluates adult lite...

Family Literacy Is for the Grown-Ups Too

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative held across Canada every year on January 27. Its goal is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Literacy Doesn't Mean What You Think

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

A quick search of web-based resources yielded 17 different types of subject-related literacy, but these initiatives are really more about promoting general awareness and knowledge of a specific subject area than they are about literacy as a foundational skill.

Parent To Parent: How To Get Your Kids To Read

Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living

There are so many important reasons why your child should become an avid reader, but the real question is: When reading seems about as fun as eating b...

Vancouver's City-Wide Book Drive has Begun

Cory Ashworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cory Ashworth

A Good Book Drive inspires Vancouverites to donate a new copy of their favourite kids' book with the next generation of readers. The second annual drive aims to collect 3,000 books by the end of the month for the Frontier College Waiting Room Literacy Pilot project.

Happy Birthday to a Woman of Honour

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

Mrs. Maryon Pearson, famously witty wife of Canada's 14th Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson, once said: "Behind every successful man, stands a surprised woman." Mrs. Pearson disliked politics and the demands public service placed on her husband and family. I wish she could have met my wife.

Big Data Release on Adult Literacy and Skills Just Around the Corner

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Next week, Canada and the rest of the world will get a first glimpse at substantial new data on adult literacy and skills. Employers identify the skills shortage as a key business challenge and a barrier to Canada's competitiveness in world markets.

Does Your Workplace Have a "Learning Culture"?

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Canadians of all ages go back to school in September, but learning that takes place outside the classroom is increasingly being recognized as a key factor for a thriving economy and a fulfilling life.

How Literacy Has Evolved in Canada

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

International Literacy Day has been celebrated on September 8 since 1966. The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies around the world. It's also an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come, and where we need to go next.

How I'm Working With First Nations in Ontario

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

Living conditions on some reserves are now so dismal that they are routinely likened to those of the Third World. Needless to say, youth literacy and education have not thrived in this environment. Working together will not only hasten progress, but elevate the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Ontario to a new level of friendship and respect.

Stories of My Life: Sharing Aboriginal Experiences Through the Written Word

Waubgeshig Rice | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada
Waubgeshig Rice

We learned about who we were as First Nations children in Canada through traditional storytelling. Now, strong First Nations storytellers have turned to the written word in recent decades to share their experiences.The spoken word kept our culture alive, and the written word further bolsters it.