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The CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Application Available Now Through CRA (Canada Revenue Agency)

As of today, there is the option to apply online for the CERB through your CRA account. A blue dialogue box will open when you click apply to notify you of your designated application day. Please only apply on your corresponding day. If it is your day to apply, click to continue. If you have already submitted an EI request, regardless of whether or not it has been approved, you will notice that the next step informs the user that the application for the CERB has already been accepted. The government is doing its best to get these payments to people within 3-5 business days but there is not currently a service guarantee due to the unprecedented nature of this pandemic.

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Please note, the terms do include a section that outlines overpayment of CERB money. The government states that it is not responsible to ensure your eligibility and that if ineligible payments are made, it is the responsibility of the individual to find that out and repay the government any potential overpayments through the CERB. The federal government has hinted at additional financial supports for those individuals not eligible for EI or the CERB. More details to follow.

Most of the covid-19 government announcements thus far have not addressed help for those not in employment, education or training before the pandemic. There has been some money set aside for households with children, however. Please read more here, if this applies to you. Existing provincial funding is still available as usual through Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with additional benefits specifically due to the covid-19 pandemic. Stay tuned with the LEHC, a trusted community resource, for the latest developments as they happen.

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The Positivity Wall

Here at the LEHC, like everywhere else, things are very different lately. This may be the first truly global pandemic in history and it seems to have caught humanity off guard. The news cycle is constant covid-19 pandemic articles and people may feel like they are running out of things to do. It is definitely important to stay up to date with the latest news about recommendations and laws from medical professionals and government, but it can also be nice to add other things in the mix every once in a while.

The LEHC has created the positivity wall. The LEHC team has set this up in what would normally be our busy resource centre to give space for positive thoughts and ideas in a very uncertain and scary time. We will share a video with some of those messages soon. Please, offer some of your own in the comments!

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Seeing the positive side of things, this has also been a good time to plan and make sure that the LEHC has an effective and helpful response regardless of circumstance. Stay connected.

Use the Ecosia Search Engine (and Plant Trees in Australia With Your Searches for Free–Today, January 23, 2020, Only)!

Australia has been devastated recently with wildfires on a massive scale. You can help by using Ecosia when you’re doing your web searches today, January 23, 2020! It’s free, and you can easily add it to your browser. Visit ecosia.org today and start searching today (and replanting the trees that will aid in the recovery of ecosystems in Australia).

Happy New Year from the LEHC!

Take a leap in 2020, a leap year

You’ve heard all the catchphrases, “New Year, New You,” “Spring into the New Year,” “This is Your Year.”

So, we’ll spare you the platitudes. The LEHC is interested in assisting, guiding, and supporting every person in setting, planning, and reaching set goals and objectives. While many people and places try to hype up the possibilities of the new year with little practical suggestion, we want to help you with the specifics of your situation and help in customizing an approach and strategy in the job market that will work for you. It is, after all, a leap year so do your best to take one.

There’s a lot of hardship at this time of year as well. We might reflect on all the resolutions we didn’t keep, or on how the year didn’t get us to where we want to be, and this will halt momentum in getting things done and making things happen. Try to approach this year with genuine curiousity and just start by noticing things, not trying to immediately solve or fix them. Beating yourself up about this stuff is only going to make it more difficult for you to realize your goals. Be kind and gentle with yourself, and give yourself credit for any victory, however small. This will make a positive and proactive approach much easier. Good things will happen. You just need to take the first, and hardest, step.

Visit the LEHC today and start your new year off in a positive and productive way!

Have a Safe and Happy Winter Break!

From everyone at the LEHC, we wish you the best this festive season and good things to come in the new year!

Peyto Lake in Winter

This is a time to reflect on all there is to be grateful for, and to share priceless moments with loved ones.

We hope to see you around in the new year!

Be Unique, Be Interesting, Set Yourself Apart

Are you discouraged and exhausted by your job search?

Below, you will find a cover letter that has been edited to try and make it as impactful (and unique) as possible. Taking the time to do this before you apply is well worth the return on that investment. You will get better at this with practice (like anything else) and soon enough you will master the optimal cover letter method. What is your biggest challenge in creating and submitting job applications? Visit the LEHC today to benefit from more insights like this! We’ll see you soon.

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Models of Communication for the Twenty-First Century

The Digital Age has allowed for some level of anonymity and inability for people to prejudge others until a post, comment or reply has been made.  These posts, comments and replies are informed by users’ presumptions, thoughts, beliefs, socioeconomic status, ethnocultural background, gender, etc.

There is very little face-to-face interaction “these days.”  You have relatively anonymous commenters, posters, “trolls,” what have you, and there is very little accountability.  Posturing is much more common and bullying is just as prevalent now as it ever was, if not more so.

  • Message from A to B or B to A (interexchange);
  • A and B interpret and respond to each other (and the infinite observers);
  • The infinite observers comment, reply and “troll” A and B and vice versa;
  • Spiraling (and sometimes irrelevant) conflict, resolution, solution or nonsense.

Communication has become a lot more complex in the new millennium and as such needs an updated theory.  There have been few notorious media theories since Marshall McLuhan and this is an attempt to start one going into 2020 and beyond.

Regardless of the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional media of interaction and communication (eg. newspaper, radio, TV) and digital media (social media and the Internet), people must move in this direction if they choose to integrate effectively into society and the workforce.

The emphasis was typically on the communicator(s) as the most important individual(s) in the interaction of various personal expressions between and among individuals.  One individual was actively relaying the message and the other was passively receiving it.

  • Message from A to B (communicator to receiver);
  • B interprets and responds to A (receiver to communicator);
  • Result of that communication (eg. resolution, solution, conflict, etc.)

This occurred mostly face-to-face with some snail mail correspondence and generally within single confined spaces at any one given time. 

1), 2), and 3) were collectively the “communication process,” and it was just a matter of repeating this pattern of interaction.

Traditional Models of Communication Models of Communication in the Twenty-First Century