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Headlines & Frontlines is the latest news of interest to job seekers, career changers, employment specialists and those interested in the world of work. Please note that it is largely a curated collection of information coming from secondary media sources.

211Toronto.ca website transformed

Friday, November 1, 2013

Findhelp Information Services has made its website www.211Toronto.ca more user-friendly. One feature of this revamped site, which contains over 20,000 community, health, social and related government programs and services, is the addition of graphic icons to allow for speedy topic searching. In addition, the site is now fully bilingual.

Financial Learning Forum – Nov. 5

Friday, November 1, 2013

This free half-day forum will provide information and resources to individuals, families and small business owners on topics such as accessing resources, developing strategies to address debt, setting financial goals and financial planning. The keynote speaker is City of Toronto ombudsman Fiona Crean. There will also be two workshops delivered by the YMCA of Greater Toronto and St. Christopher House. A panel discussion will include representatives from Access Community Capital Fund, Credit Canada, Ministry of Consumer Services, TD Canada Trust, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and Service Canada. Light Refreshments will be served. The forum takes place Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Metro Hall Employment Services, Metro Hall, 55 John St., Room 308. For questions, contact Rosemarie Hylton at 416-338-3609 or rhylton@toronto.ca. You can register online.

Loblaw is hiring 40 part-timers

Friday, November 1, 2013

Loblaw is looking for 40 part-time staff for its Forest Hill Location (St. Clair West and Bathurst Street). Jobs will pay the minimum wage. Attend a pre-screening event on Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Employment & Training Centre to meet a representation from Loblaw. To register for this event, call Nadia at 416-531-4631 ext. 237. St. Stephen’s is located at 1415 Bathurst St., just south of St. Clair West.

CitizenshipCounts.ca

Thursday, October 31, 2013

CitizenshipCounts.ca is a new national website and Android/iPhone app that helps young people study for the citizenship test and learn about the benefits of Canadian citizenship. "Many immigrant and refugee youth are unsure of what it means to be a Canadian citizen, or are unaware of their citizenship status. Complications arise if they try to travel or get charged with a crime," says Debbie Douglas, of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), in this press release. "We are confident that CitizenshipCounts.ca will help change that trend." A project of OCASI, the new website is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

LinkedIn Intro app

Thursday, October 31, 2013

LinkedIn has come out with the LinkedIn Intro app, which is designed to take some of the key functions of the site and incorporate them into users' regular email on their iPhones. According to this article in TechAdvisor, when a user has LinkedIn Intro installed, certain information from an email sender (for example, past job experience) will appear in the email. Users can click on the sender's name and see all the information without leaving the email. The service, which is available on an invitation basis for the iPhone's mail application, supports several email services: Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, iCloud and Google Apps. Although LinkedIn Intro has been criticized as a security risk (see this Bishop Fox article), LinkedIn describes these criticisms “as based on a flawed perception of its latest offering,” says this article in The Register.

Stepping Stones to Leadership Program

Thursday, October 31, 2013

North York Community House is looking for both volunteers and program participants (newcomers under 35) for the Stepping Stones to Leadership Program. In this program, skilled newcomers are connected to established Canadians who share their knowledge of Canadian culture and workplace practices. Here is the application form for newcomers and the form for volunteers. Forms can be printed and dropped off to the North York Community House office (700 Lawrence Ave. W., Ste. 226, Lawrence Square Mall) or submitted to Elizabeth Molina at emolina@nych.ca. You can also contact Elizabeth at 416-784-0920 if you want more information.

Asbestos abatement training program

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Starting Dec. 2, Dixon Hall Employment Services Centre will deliver another seven-day training program in asbestos abatement to unemployed/underemployed men and women who are homeless, living residing in shelters or at risk of losing their housing. This program includes training certification in WHMIS, Fall Arrest, Heat and Cold Stress, and Confined Spaces. There will also be life skills and financial literacy workshops. Participants will receive free safety boots, transportation and breakfast and lunch. Information sessions about this program will take place:

  • Nov 4 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend one of these sessions please contact Richard Creighton at 416-864-1511 ext. 607 to register. (Registration is mandatory.)

Former intern’s claim rejected

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A former unpaid intern's complaint seeking back wages from Bell Mobility has been rejected by a federal labour inspector. Jainna Patel, who worked for five weeks in Bell's Professional Management Program in Mississauga, filed a labour complaint in 2012 with Human Resources and Development Canada (HRDC), claiming the program had no educational value and that she was doing the same work as paid employees. HRDC inspector Liela Handanovic rejected Patel's complaint, saying Bell is not required to pay her a wage. "You acknowledged that you were aware that the program was unpaid and that there was no guarantee of any kind of employment," she wrote in a letter.

AYCE networking event

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Career practictioners: Join staff and community partners of AYCE Employment Services on Nov. 20 from noon to 2 p.m for its seventh annual networking event. A light lunch will be served. RSVP Vanessa Parodi at vparodi@ayce.on.ca or call 416-491-7000 ext. 214 by Nov. 13. AYCE is located at 505 Consumers Rd., Unit 102 (one block south of Victoria Park and Sheppard).

965 Sears workers to lose jobs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sears Canada is closing five of its department stores, including its flagship location in Toronto's Eaton Centre, as part of a $400-million deal. About 965 employees will be affected by the closure of the five locations, although Sears Canada says they will have the option to apply for other jobs within the company. In Toronto, the Sears at Sherway Gardens will also be closed.

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