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98th YEAR NO. 43                                                                            TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2006                                                                                                       $1.00


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Award                                                                       Ice dreams
winner                                                                                                                                                   Labour
dedicated
to helping
Aboriginals
                                                                                                                                                         shortage
     BY CAROL MULLIGAN
        The Sudbury Star

   Remember the name
Cheri Corbierre. Somewhere,
                                                                                                                                                         nearing
                                                                                                                                                         crisis level
someday, the second-year
nursing student at Cambrian
College is going to be a
leader.
   That conviction prompted
Betty Freelandt, Cambrian’s
vice-president of student
services and strategic initia-
tives, to nominate Corbierre
for a new provincial student
                                                                                                                                                         Two-thirds of                           skilled trades and nurses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Among        the     actions
innovation award.
   Corbierre, 34, received the                                                                                                                           employers in                            required here to address these
                                                                                                                                                                                                 shortages in the coming years
honour Monday at the 2006                                                                                                                                                                        are closer links between
Association of Colleges of                                                                                                                               Canada report                           employers and educators,
Applied Arts and Technology                                                                                                                                                                      increased investment in
of Ontario Awards in Sud-                                                                                                                                having difficulty                       training, including for exist-
bury.                                                                                                                                                                                            ing employees, and more
   Award in hand, Corbierre                                                                                                                              filling positions                       flexible use of talent, the
said she’s even more moti-                                                                                                                                                                       report said.
vated to improve life for
Cambrian’s First Nation stu-
                                                                                                                                                         due to a lack of                           Doyle added that with its
                                                                                                                                                                                                 relatively high living standards
dents.
   Freelandt said she nomi-
                                                                                                                                                         suitable talent                         Canada is in good position to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 compete with other countries
nated Corbierre for her                                                                                                                                                                          for skilled immigrants.
“exceptional leadership” in                                                                                                                                   BY ERIC BEAUCHESNE                    Here and globally, the
identifying the needs of First                                                                                                                                  CanWest News Service             shortage is due to a combina-
Nation students and creat-                                                                                                                                                                       tion of factors, including
ing programs to address                                                                                                                                     OTTAWA — Canada has                  demographic shifts due to
them.                                                                                                                                                    one of the most serious short-          aging and low birth rates,
   As president of the Cam-                                                                                                                              ages of skilled labour in the           inadequate education pro-
brian Native Students’ Asso-                                                                                                                             industrial world, interna-              grams and the effects of glob-
ciation, Corbierre said she                                                                                                                              tional survey results released          alization, including outsourc-
advocates for services to help                                                                                                                           today suggest.                          ing and offshoring.
students make the transition                                                                                                                                Two-thirds — 66 per cent                The Canadian survey
from life on reserves to a                                                                                                                               — of employers in Canada                results are considered accu-
post-secondary institution in                                                                                          GINO DONATO/THE SUDBURY STAR      report having difficulty filling        rate within 3.1 percentage
a large city.                        Anne Dawson, 11, who skates for the Copper Cliff Skating Club, practises her routine on the                         positions due to a lack of suit-        points, the global results
   Corbierre helped establish        Ramsey Lake skate path Monday evening with her family. The skate path is now open to the                            able talent, well above the 40          within 4.1 points.
a sacred medicine protocol           public.                                                                                                             per cent of employers glob-
that allows students to                                                                                                                                  ally, according to the survey
“smudge” with sage, sweet                                                                                                                                last month of nearly 33,000
grass, cedar and tobacco in a                                                                                                                            employers across 23 countries            ONLY MEXICO, WHERE
special, ventilated room.
   Smudging ceremonies are
important to the spiritual
life of many First Nation stu-
                                     Skilled workers retiring faster                                                                                     and regions, including 1,000
                                                                                                                                                         employers here.
                                                                                                                                                            Only Mexico, where 78 per
                                                                                                                                                         cent of employers say they
                                                                                                                                                                                                  78% OF EMPLOYERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  SAY THEY ARE FACING
                                                                                                                                                                                                  SHORTAGES OF
dents, and are helpful in
times of stress.
                 See AWARD / A2
                                     than they can be replaced: Inco                                                                                     are facing shortages of skilled
                                                                                                                                                         workers, has a higher propor-
                                                                                                                                                         tion, according to the survey
                                                                                                                                                         by Manpower Inc., an inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  SKILLED WORKERS,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  HAS A HIGHER
                                          BY ROB O’FLANAGAN                                                       retirement, with 20 to 30 peo-         national employment serv-                PROPORTION,
                                               The Sudbury Star                                                   ple retiring every month.              ices company. Japan has the              ACCORDING TO THE
                                                                         “That’s one hell of a                       “That’s one hell of a signifi-      third-highest skills shortage,
                                       There is a war for talent         significant                              cant challenge,” Cutifani              reported by 58 per cent of               SURVEY BY
                                     being waged in Ontario’s nat-                                                said, adding training young            employers, while 44 per cent
                                     ural resources sector, officials    challenge.”                              people is key to addressing            of U.S. employers say they
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MANPOWER INC.
                                     told a workshop at the Asso-                                                 the challenge.                         are facing such shortages.
                                     ciation of Colleges of Applied                                                  Any company that relies                Shortages of skilled trades-
                                     Arts and Technology of                                                       on skilled people in the               people in Alberta’s oilpatch              Earlier this month, another
                                     Ontario conference Monday.                                                   mechanical, electrical and             are driving the Canadian                survey, by the Canadian
                                       Mark Cutifani, Inco’s presi-                                               heavy duty trades will have            problem right now, but the              Labour and Business Centre,
                                     dent for North America and                                  Mark Cutifani,   to forge close relationships           shortages are not limited to            revealed that skills shortages
                                     Europe, and Rachel Pineault,                                Inco president   with colleges.                         the trades, or to Alberta, said         have become a top concern
                                     human resources manager for                                                     De Beers is investing $980          Michael Doyle, a regional               in Canada for both business
                                     De Beers’ Victor Project in                                                  million in the Victor Project,         director with Manpower                  and labour leaders, especially
                                     Northern Ontario, said find-                                                 a new diamond mine in the              Canada.                                 in the rapidly expanding
                                     ing the right employees is         past 30 years. With metal mar-            James Bay lowlands. Pineault              In Canada, the survey                economies of the western-
                                     tough.                             kets booming and growth                   said the company will give             found the positions employ-             most provinces. It found that
                                       “There really is a war for       plans in the works, that trend is         maximum training opportu-              ers are having the most diffi-          the skills shortage has sur-
   CAROL MULLIGAN/THE SUDBURY STAR   talent,” said Cutifani, who        over. The company wants to                nities to Aboriginal people in         culty filling are for sales rep-        passed tax cuts as the No. 1
Cheri Corbierre (left)               said industrial growth around      increase production levels by             the region.                            resentatives, followed in               issue for private-sector
receives the student inno-           the world is draining the pool     50 per cent, so it needs workers.            The company is employing            order by customer service               employers in British Colum-
vation award Monday from             of skilled workers.                To add to the pressure, about             about 600 people during the            representatives, engineers,             bia, and is the No. 2 issue for
Cambrian vice-president                Inco has reduced its work-       30 per cent of the company’s              construction phase.                    drivers, mechanics, labourers,          them in Alberta.
Betty Freelandt.                     force by 70 per cent over the      Ontario workforce is nearing                                  See SKILL / A2     chefs or cooks, electricians,                           See LABOUR / A2


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