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Cheryl Bernard headlines 16th Annual Kings and Queens Scholarship Breakfast.



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  • On April 10, accomplished businesswoman and successful Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard will share her message about resiliency, and the power of choice and perspective at the 16th Annual Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast. As the 2010 Olympic curling silver medalist and four-time Alberta women’s curling champion, Bernard knows first-hand the value of goal setting.

    The two-time Olympian is well-known for her accomplishments on the ice but has also had success in business, starting an insurance brokerage at the age of 23 and building it up to a multi-million dollar company. A lifelong volunteer, Bernard also dedicates her time to supporting a variety of non-profit organizations.

    At the Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast, she will inspire audience members to take control of their future and make their dreams come true through strategic planning and making positive choices with her engaging presentation You Hold The Pen. Andrew Jones, a third-year member of the RDC Kings Curling team and 2018 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Curling silver medalist, is especially excited for this year’s event.

    “Growing up watching curling on TV, Cheryl has been a long-standing role model to me and many curlers around the country as she chased her dreams,” he says. “I am looking forward to hearing her speak about dealing with adversity along with providing tools to help me shape my own success. She has been through a lot, and the wisdom and experience she has will resonate with everyone in a different and meaningful way.”

    Jones, co-chair of the RDC Student-Athlete Advisory Council, is thankful how scholarships allow student-athletes at Red Deer College to compete in their chosen sport while receiving a quality education. The Scholarship Breakfast raises funds for the Athletics Leadership Fund which supports the sustainability of the RDC Athletics Scholarship program.

    “The positive impact of scholarships and the Scholarship Breakfast is vast. The scholarships that I have received allow me to attend RDC and curl without having to work during the academic year,” says Jones, a Bachelor of Business Administration General Management student. “I can fully commit myself to my studies, my sport, and make time to give back to the community, which is a core value of RDC Athletics. Every year I am amazed by the generous support from the community, which gives us all the opportunity to become the best versions of ourselves in the classroom and during competition.”

    Tickets are now on sale for the Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast. For more information about the breakfast and Cheryl Bernard, please visit:

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    Highlights of the 2019-20 British Columbia budget



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  • VICTORIA — Highlights of British Columbia’s 2019-20 budget presented Tuesday:

    — A new Child Opportunity Benefit will replace an existing tax program for families next year, providing families with one child under the age of 18 with as much as $1,600, more than double what the old benefit provided.

    — Interest is immediately eliminated on all new and existing student loans from the provincial govenrment, which means an average student would save $2,300 in interest, based on a combined federal and provincial loan of $28,000 being repaid over 10 years.

    — A first-time revenue sharing agreement will provide First Nations with $3 billion over 25 years from provincial gaming revenue, with every Aboriginal government eligible for between $250,000 and $2 million annually.

    — Support payments for foster and adoptive parents, as well as extended family members caring for childrean, are being increased at a cost of $85 million.

    — Social assistance payments are going up by $50 a month, on top of the $100 monthly increase that was previously announced.

    — Another 200 modular homes will be built for homeless people, bringing the total across the province to 2,200.

    — The Clean BC climate plan will see $902 million spent to cut greenhouse gas emissions and offer incentives to help people retrofit their homes and purchase electric vehicles.

    — A surplus of $274 million is projected for 2019-20, $287 million in 2020-21 and $585 million in 2021-22.

    — The government expects to bring in $59 billion in revenue in 2019-20 and spend $58.3 billion.

    — Economic growth is forecast to hit 2.4 per cent in 2019 and between two and 2.3 per cent next year.




    The Canadian Press

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    Liberals want quick results from new skills-training think-tank in Toronto



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  • OTTAWA — Federal efforts to calm anxiety about a rapidly changing job market took another step Thursday as the Liberals launched a new agency ahead of a federal budget that will put a heavy focus on skills training.

    The new “Future Skills Centre” job training centre — run by Ryerson University, The Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint ADE — is to advise the federal government on how to prepare workers for digital shifts in the job market and help workers make decisions about how to develop the in-demand skills they’ll need to land and maintain good jobs.

    The Liberals are hoping for early wins from the arm’s-length agency, which will be part think-tank and part lab to test ideas big and small, so Canadians can see tangible results from what risks being seen as an academic exercise.

    “My hope is the sooner we can actually talk about specific projects, or specific pilots, the better we can bring it alive for Canadians in terms of what this investment means for their children’s future, for their own future,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in an telephone interview.

    At the same time, Canada’s labour minister says she is looking at ways to get workers to use skills-training programs routinely, as part of their normal working lives, rather than waiting for a layoff or work crisis.

    The question, as always, revolves around money: how much can the public purse handle and how much is needed for any measure to work.

    “We’d have to ask ourselves, what actually would make a meaningful change to Canadians and is that enough to incent people to use the benefit?” Hajdu said.

    She said the government would look at data from other G7 nations to see whether things like a tax credit for taking training in new skills “actually does result in people able to re-enter education or skills training.”

    Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said the government should consider using the employment-insurance system to give workers funding and a right to take time off to upgrade or learn new skills. He said some employers do a good job of funding training for their employees, but most only “talk a good line.”

    “We have to take the whole skills agenda from a different angle,” he said during a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press. “People want to improve their skills. The question is when and how and who pays for it.”

    The percentage of Canadian workers researchers say are at high risk of being affected by automation over the next two decades varies from nine to 42 per cent, depending on the study.

    Federal officials who have spent years looking at the issue aren’t sure if the disruption in the labour force they’re expecting from smarter computers and robots will create enough jobs to replace the ones that are likely to be lost.

    Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said his upcoming budget — expected mid-March — will include money to help workers adapt and retrain. On Thursday, he told reporters in Toronto he didn’t think spending for training would “be over in budget 2019 or in budget 2020,” but “an ongoing discussion.”

    The new think-tank in Toronto is to help with projects led by provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments as well as for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

    The Liberals have committed $225 million over four years for the arm’s-length agency, starting this fiscal year, and $75 million annually afterwards.

    A June briefing note to the top official at the Finance Department noted the government was eyeing a December 2018 launch date for the centre, and expected to have some early ideas in hand by next month from its advisory council. 

    Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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