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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

November 2013
Did you know...


Google is challenging Canadian kids to come up with a doodle to adorn the search giant's home page. 


Students in kindergarten through Grade 12 can submit an image for the Doodle 4 Google contest that fits the theme: "If I could invent anything I would invent..."


The deadline is Dec. 31 2013, after which a judging committee will narrow down the submissions to 75 regional finalists. 


Then, a panel of celebrity judges-- retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, actress Karine Vanasse, Royal Ontario Museum CEO Janet Carding and Google Science Fair winner Ann Makosinski - will select 25 finalists, who will be flown to Toronto for the award presentation. 


Public voting between Jan. 31 and Feb 14, 2014 will determine the winner, who will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The winner's school will also receive a $10,000 grant.

This year marks the first time the Doodle 4 Google contest has been organized in Canada.  

Renew your Ontario driver's licence online
Ontario is now allowing drivers to renew their licences online -- the first province in Canada to do so. 

Ontario drivers need to renew their licences every five years. Now, drivers who renew online at ServiceOntario.ca/DriversLicence will be able to use their existing licence photo for an additional five-year renewal cycle, meaning they will only need to renew in person every ten years. 

When drivers renew their licences online, they can also get licence plate stickers, driver abstracts and other driver and vehicle products in the same transaction. 

Fault Determination in Common Scenarios 

Part Two


Perhaps the most confusing thing for any driver after a car accident is how fault is determined. Although some situations are obvious even to the drivers involved, often drivers are not sure who is at fault. Fault determination rules are used to ensure that every accident is judged in the same way and against the same rules. This means that every accident that occurs as a result of the same actions by a driver will have the same fault outcome. These common accident scenarios will all have the same outcome based on the fault determination rules. Outside influences such as weather have no bearing on how these rules are applied, so slipping on the ice or poor visibility do not change who is found at fault. 
Common Scenario: Multiple Car Rear-End Collision 
An accident in which one car is stuck from behind by another as they are all traveling, and that car is pushed into the car in front is a fairly common occurrence, especially in the winter when roads are slick. These accidents can involve three or more cars in a chain reaction. Many drivers believe that if their vehicle was struck, thus causing them to strike another vehicle, that they hold no fault. 
Who is at fault: In this scenario, the majority of the fault falls on the first driver who started the domino effect of the accident. However, every other driver who struck the car in front of them will also hold some fault in the accident. In a three-car pileup where all three vehicles were in motion at the time of the accident, the driver at the rear may  be held 100% at fault by his or her insurance company. In the second collision, the car that struck the lead car may hold 50% of the fault. There are two separate fault determinations made, for the two collisions. It's important to note that if the two front cars are stopped at the time of impact, only the rear car will face fault. In all cases the car at the front of the line has no fault in the accident. 
For more scenarios stay tuned to our next newsletter...
Getting Good Grades - Youth Corner


We all want to ace all our courses in schools. And we know it's not the easiest thing to do. But here are some steps which might be helpful to you in getting that A or A+ you have been waiting for. 


So here are the 5 steps that you need to take in order to achieve your best grades ever:

  1. Believe in yourself: you know you can do it! Have faith in yourself and make it work, you have it in you!
  2. Be organized: one of the most important step make sure you have an agenda with all your important due dates and test dates marked in it. Have all your notes and books marked and organized, be prepared in advance have your days planned and keep yourself up to date with all your grades in all your classes.
  3. Manage your time: time management will not only give you time to study and get everything done on time, but it will also help you make time for yourself without jeopardizing your grades. And you will be able to enjoy yourself guilt free. Make a daily or weekly schedule with all your activities.
  4. Be successful in class: Do your reading, make sure you are attentive in class. Take notes and always be on time you don't want to miss anything. Make notes that are neat , use abbreviations and symbols , underline or highlight the important parts and at the end of your classes make sure to go over your notes and fill out anything that you might have missed out.
  5. Get help when you need it: your teachers, friends, parents anyone ask for help. Find the right person who can help you out with any problem you have, talk to him/her get the help you need and you shall be fine!

If you need any more resources or help you can email a  youth information counsellor at nicyouth@tcet.com, we can give you more information on anything you may need! Call us at 905-949-0049 or email: nicyouth@tcet.com and ask for a youth counsellor.


Scheduled Events
Employment in Financial Industry by Scotiabank
 November 19: 2:00 pm 
905-279-0024 ext: 1279
Brampton City South  
ACCESS Community Capital Fund - Small Business Loans
November 14: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
905-457-4747 ext: 3013
Cash Register Training by YMCA
November 22: 10:00 am
905-677-0007 ext: 5233

Brampton East
Free Online Math Tutoring
November 18: 5:00 pm
905-595-0722 ext: 4001 

Healthy Lifestyles
 November 19: 10:00 am 
905-875-3851 ext: 5023
Twitter Party!! 
'Changing the Face of Job Search' 


We can't ignore it any longer, social media has changed, and will continue to shape, the faces of career management, hiring and job search. 

We at the Centre for Education & Training want to get everyone involved in the conversation about just what this paradigm shift means:
What are employers looking for? How are they using social media in their recruitment processes?
How can job seekers conduct an integrated job search? What are specific steps they can take to be competitive in this new job search environment with so many self-marketing platforms?

What does all this mean for employment services, supports and counselling? How can we stay relevant and offer clients the tools they need to succeed?

The Centre for Education & Training is hosting a panel of employers, leadership & social media experts for a discussion of these topics

We invite you to our Twitter Party on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 from 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST

To Join the party discussion follow @t_c_e_t & @itscherjones on Twitter! Hashtag #90Day ---
RSVP to Jwebster@tcet.com 
Did you know...?

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 charge with a crime." says Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of OCASI, "We are confident that CitizenshipCounts.ca will help change that trend."


The Website encourage youth to earn "badges" as they complete educational tasks. This motivates users to learn and helps them keep track of their progress. Youth can also share their badges on Twitter or Facebook, and compete with others to get high scores on the online citizenship quiz. 


"Studying for the Canadian citizenship test is daunting for anyone," notes Irfran Ali, a youth Advisory Committee member, "it can be especially hard for newcomer youth, many of whom have to overcome language barriers. CitizenshipCounts.ca makes that process easier and more fun."


CitizenshipCounts.ca is a project of OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. 

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