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Alberta honours best employers for apprentices; Many doctors over 65 still work full time; Quebec sees better job growth in 2010
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/25/2011

Alberta honours best employers for apprentices

CALGARY —The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board has named the 2010 recipients of its annual awards, which recognize excellence in the trades. “The individuals being honoured with these awards are the best of the best and will help keep Alberta’s economy moving forward,” said Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education and Technology Greg Weadick. “Trades are an integral part of our economic recovery and these awards celebrate the excellence and dedication of the apprentices and the many people who support them.” Nearly 70 recipients received awards in the categories of top apprentice, top employer, top employer of Aboriginal apprentices, top instructor and chairman’s awards of excellence. For the complete list of winners, visit ­www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca.

Many doctors over 65 still work full time

OTTAWA — More than 1 in 10 Canadian physicians are 65 or older and many remain active in clinical practice after reaching the traditional retirement age, according to a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. In 2009, 68,100 doctors were working in Canada. Of those, 12 per cent of the active physician population were at least 65, up from nine per cent five years earlier, found the study. Rather than leave the workforce completely, many older physicians lessen the intensity of their clinical practice, found Putting Away the Stethoscope for Good? Toward a New Perspective on Physician Retirement.

Quebec sees better job growth in 2010

MONTREAL — Quebec saw better job growth in 2010 than the rest of Canada, according to a report released by the Institut de la statistique du Québec. Last year, the province generated 66,700 jobs — an increase of 1.7 per cent — higher than the rest of the country, which saw job growth of 227,900 or 1.4 per cent, said État du marché du travail au Québec: Bilan de l’année 2010. The unemployment rate in 2010 was eight per cent, making it the first time since the statistics were first tracked in 1976 the annual unemployment rate in Quebec was not higher than the national average.

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