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Legalizing Cannabis: What We Know So Far

After years of prohibition, cannabis is finally set to be legalized in Canada in the summer of 2018. Here’s our primer on what we know so far about the process of legalizing cannabis in Canada. 

Aiming to reduce illegal distribution and underage consumption, Canada is set to legalize the recreational consumption of cannabis by the end of the summer. As the final vote on Bill C-45 is set for June 7, 2018, Canadians have much to consider in a short amount of time.[i] From provincial policies, legal implications and regional differences, the legalization of cannabis is sure to affect the whole country.

Shaping policies

As Bill C-45 is set to legalize recreational use of cannabis in Canada, provinces and territories have an opportunity to shape policies to best accommodate users while managing negative responses and perceptions. With perceptions of cannabis as diverse as the people in Canada, creating policies for the legalization of cannabis use can be challenging. It will take input from government officials, health professionals and law enforcement to design policies to limit substance abuse while keeping cannabis out of the hands of minors.

Legal implications

With the goal of stamping out the cannabis black market in Canada, legalization sets to regulate distribution of the substance. However, though legalization intends to limit illegal sales and distribution, there are other legal concerns that arise from Bill-C45, including operating a motor vehicle while impaired. With no current consensus on how long it takes to be able to drive safely after consuming cannabis,[ii] and no 100% effective way to test for cannabis impairment in drivers, there are still many regulatory questions that have yet to be settled.

Regional outlook

Although the production of cannabis will be regulated by the federal government, individual provinces are responsible for determining age restrictions and seller regulations. Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick will rely on the provincial government for sales, while provinces including Alberta and Manitoba will provide licenses for private retailers.[iii] Provinces and territories will also control limitations for growing cannabis in personal residences, where cannabis can be consumed and personal possession limits.[iv]

Myth vs. reality

Though some may believe that there will be consumption of cannabis throughout the streets of major cities across Canada come summer 2018, this is not the case. Much like regulations surrounding alcohol, there will be rules and regulations not only surrounding sales of the substance, but also the end user’s consumption habits. Legalization is designed to better regulate the distribution of cannabis, keeping the substance away from minors and decreasing organized crimes.

Though Bill C-45 has its critics, with the co-operation of policymakers and law enforcement, policies can be formed with the best interest of the Canadian public in mind.

Join us as we examine the legalization of cannabis in Canada in our blog series examining organizational policy and job opportunities.

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[i] https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/pot-could-be-legal-june-7-but-sales-delayed-until-at-least-august-senator-1.3808111

[ii] https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/how-much-marijuana-can-i-have-and-still-be-safe-to-drive/article27897258/

[iii] https://globalnews.ca/news/3867467/marijuana-legalization-canada-progress/

[iv] http://www.opha.on.ca/getmedia/6b05a6bc-bac2-4c92-af18-62b91a003b1b/The-Public-Health-Implications-of-the-Legalization-of-Recreational-Cannabis.pdf.aspx?ext=.pdf

 

Sustainable Energy and Engineers

The green movement is increasing pressure on governments and industry alike to develop efficient renewable energy sources. Engineers play a crucial role in the development and implementation of these sustainable energy sources. 

In a conscious effort to minimize the use of fossil fuels that are harmful to our environment, we are moving towards a greater reliance on re-useable energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric. The growth of these areas has increased job opportunities for both recent graduates and experienced engineers.

Solar engineers

The falling costs of materials and new technologies have resulted in great growth for solar energy, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.[i] Many are opting to incorporate solar panels into their projects not only for the positive impact on the environment but also due to the reduction in monthly energy bills, potential government subsidies and tax incentives. Solar engineers plan, design and implement solar panel systems for projects ranging from home-owners’ rooftop installations to major city projects.

Wind engineers

Large wind turbines harness wind power to produce electricity for utilities. This is a growing area, with the Canadian Wind Energy Association noting that wind energy infrastructure installation outpaced all other energy projects between 2006 to 2017.[ii]  Wind engineers focus on the design of turbines and wind farms, rotor blades, electrical systems and overall energy production. Due to the complexity of wind turbines, to construct efficient wind farms, wind engineers rely on the assistance of aerospace, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineers.

Geothermal engineers

Unlike solar and wind energies, geothermal energy is available 365 days a year, as it is created from the heat from the earth’s surface.[iii] The energy is predominately generated in the United States and Iceland, with geothermal heat pumps that can tap into the earth’s surface to provide enough energy to heat and cool buildings.[iv] Geothermal engineers are responsible for creating the processes and equipment that converts this heat into renewable energy.

Hydroelectric engineers

Hydropower is the oldest large-scale system for generating electricity.[v]

As hydropower accounts for 63% of Canadian’s electricity,[vi] hydropower engineers play an essential role in providing the electricity we use on a daily basis. Hydropower engineers are responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and production of hydropower facilities such as river dams. These engineers look for ways to modernize older hydropower technologies, making them more efficient while minimizing the impact on the environment.

As concerns about climate change and global warming continue to grow, greater pressure is placed on engineers to design and implement new and efficient ways to harvest sustainable energies.

To learn more about these renewable energy sources, or to start your career in a sustainable engineering field contact Adecco today!

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[i] https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/solar-energy-is-fastest-growing-source-of-power-1.3618361

[ii] https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/why-wind-works/

[iii] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/geothermal-energy/

[iv] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/geothermal-energy/

[v]https://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/5761/Hydropower-Energy-Harvesting.aspx

[vi]https://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/5761/Hydropower-Energy-Harvesting.aspx

 

New Year, New You – How to Build a Personal Brand

Looking to improve your professional life in 2018? Why not resolve to build your online personal brand! Not only is a strong personal brand the best way to diversify yourself from a stack of resumes, it’s a powerful way to highlight your expertise and tell your story. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Know yourself
Your personal brand works most effectively when it tells a cohesive story — the story of you. To help you get there, take some time to formalize your values and goals. Thinking about the interests, values and capabilities you want to highlight ahead of time will help to guide you when interacting with your network. You might even want to create a document that outlines these values to quickly reference when sharing content.

2. Build an online presence
Building a website may seem like a daunting task. However, with many free domains and web hosting sites, you can easily create your personal site with only a few clicks! To get started, include your resume, a brief bio and links to your social media profiles. Then, as your personal brand grows, you can expand your website to include blogs, industry best practices, examples of your work, etc.

3. Select the platforms that work best to promote your brand.
Identify your target audience to determine the platforms you should use to appeal to them. For example, if you are in a visual creative field, appeal to your target audience through a visual network like Instagram. Or, if you’re in a professional field, try using LinkedIn. Selecting the appropriate platform will ensure you are getting the best exposure for your brand.

4. Build and manage your marketing network
Friends, colleagues, clients and customers are powerful resources when it comes to marketing your personal brand. Their feedback and comments can affect the way future connections view your brand. Make sure to be attentive and responsive to your existing connections while growing and developing your professional network with people in your field and related fields.

5. Listen and share news in your industry
Make sure to stay on top of relevant news and exciting events in your industry. Not only will this ensure that you know your industry inside and out, it will also increase your credibility as a reliable source of information in your field. As a bonus, sharing articles, press releases and other credible sources is another great way to expand your professional network.

6. Be consistent
Consistency is imperative in successful branding. This includes when, where and how you market yourself. Create a schedule for posting new content. Make sure all content reflects your formalized beliefs and values, and, that you are consistently using the same social media platforms for sharing.

7. Audit yourself
Remember, it’s easier to be proactive than reactive! Stay on top of your public image by googling yourself on a regular basis. Make sure the search results represent your beliefs and values. Remove any images or content that are not consistent with your branding efforts.

With so much of our life spent in the digital universe, the importance of personal branding is essential in crafting your online presence. By taking these easy steps to define and adhere to your personal brand, you will be empowered to broadcast exactly what you want to your network, future employers and the world. A strong personal brand will set you apart from the competition and enhance your professional value.
Ready to get started? Contact your local Adecco branch and speak to a skilled Recruitment Consultant today!

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Revitalize your Job Search for 2018

You still have time to make your new career resolutions for 2018.  Start off by finding a new approach to landing that next job!  To help, we’ve got four tips to revitalize your job search in this New Year!

  1. A new “social” you

Refreshing your social networking profiles might just do the trick.  Employers like to gain information about potential candidates by checking out their social media profiles. So, be sure your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts provide a positive picture of you and remove images or content that may reflect negatively.  Also, adjust your privacy settings to ensure you are in complete control of what others see about you online.  As for LinkedIn, be sure to include skills in your profile that are relevant and up to date.  A profile summary goes a long way and so does sharing thought provoking articles that position you as an expert in your field.

  1. A resume makeover

For many employers, their first (and lasting!) impression of a candidate comes from what is written on their resume. That means the sure the format and content in your resume really needs to highlight your skills and personality. Now yf you find that your resume isn’t landing you any calls or interviews, it may be time for a makeover. A good place to start is asking someone to provide a critique, or consult online samples to make revisions. And remember, no two jobs are alike, therefore you need to adapt your resume to suit the position you’re applying for and incorporate the buzz words they included in the job posting to make sure your resume comes up in their searches.

  1. Explore other avenues

Are those job boards you’re using not getting you any traction? Time to diversify your action plan! Start pushing the envelope and email the companies you’ve targeted to get your name out there. LinkedIn is a great tool to help with this. The search bar function allows you to pinpoint the hiring manager for many companies. Send them your tailored resume along with a short message that outlines the skills that make you the right choice for the role. You may not get a response, but that doesn’t mean your message went unnoticed!

Set realistic expectations

Expecting to take huge professional jumps can bring disappointment. If you’re looking to enter the workforce or make a career change, it’s essential to set realistic career expectations. Seek out roles that offer career progression. Consider applying for a position that focuses on experience instead of skills to possibly qualify you for that “dream job”.  Taking small steps and applying for a job in the right field could result in professional leaps and bounds later on!

Need help rejuvenating your job search? Let Adecco do the work for you! It’s absolutely free to register with us. With new temporary and permanent opportunities available daily, we may just have your next job.  Contact your local Adecco branch and register today!

For more information and articles, visit our Employment resources page on our website.

Making the Most of Your January

Maybe it’s the after-effects of holiday excess or the unpredictable weather and limited sunshine, but after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be difficult to re-establish regular routines come January. So when the jingle bells return to email notifications and the sleigh rides turn back into your regular commute, use the following five tips to jump start your new year.

Set small goals

Jumping back into the thick of things after a break is challenging under the best of circumstances, let alone after the excitement of the holiday season. To help ease the transition, try setting small goals for the first week back. The sense of accomplishment gained after crossing a few items off your to-do list will motivate you to take on bigger and harder tasks.

Make healthy choices

After over-indulging throughout the holiday season, it may be hard to get yourself back on track health-wise. Start small by cleaning out your fridge. Bring leftover cookies and snacks to the office and make sure your home is stocked with healthy snacks that are readily available when those cravings hit! A healthy diet has direct links to good mental health and higher energy levels, so start your year off right with healthy habits.

Find a way to laugh

When you laugh, your body releases endorphins — the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals — that instantly raise your spirits. To exercise your funny bone, consider taking in a comedy show, watching a funny movie or sharing jokes with colleagues and friends. You may find laughing to be the perfect antidote to gloomy January days and long nights.

Perk up your social life

The holiday parties may be over, but your social life doesn’t have to be! To help tackle feelings of loneliness, take some time to reconnect with friends and family. Meet for coffee, start a book club or join a team sport. Surrounding yourself with people may be the distraction you need to beat the post-holiday blues.

Make positive changes

Remember, the new year can mean a new you! Try to look at January as a fresh start in making those positive changes in your life. Ready for a new career? Start by revising your résumé. Looking to get in shape? Check out your local gym. Taking small steps to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions will leave you feeling positive and accomplished.

Don’t let January drag you down! With the right start, 2018 may be your best year yet!

From all of us here at Adecco Canada, we wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why a Job in Retail Should be Your Next Career Move

With the plethora of career prospects, retail seems to get a bad rap.

General consensus seems to be that a job in retail equates to terrible hours and waiting on challenging customers. It’s just not the case. A career in retail may just be one of the most rewarding careers you can chose!

Flexibility

Not a morning person? Who is! This isn’t your average 9-5 … and that can work to your advantage! One of the greatest benefits a career in retail offers is the flexibility to work around your life and priorities. Be it juggling childcare, education, or appointments, you’re able to choose from a variety of shifts and hours that fit YOUR schedule. Even if you’re looking to make some extra cash for that trip, or off-set holiday season expenses, part-time and seasonal opportunities allow you to do just that. Plus, you no longer have to waste vacation days on doctor’s appointments, or cramming chores into your weekends.

Variety

No day is the same. One day you could be learning a new product and the next day, advising customers. A career in retail means you’re hardly ever tied to a routine. Love meeting new people? You’ll meet tons! Engaging with customers and helping them find the right product to meet their needs is just one of the aspects that make this job so rewarding.

Get paid to work out

Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, lumbar sprains and strains, and, disc injuries are just a few of the potential injuries from sitting at a desk 40-hours a week.[1] A retail job actually benefits your health! From constant moving to stocking merchandise, this career option offers a total body work out —allowing you to save on a gym membership. So, tie up those sneakers and watch your step count soar!

Discounts, discounts, discounts!

One of the most recognized perks of a career in this space is the discount you receive on the company’s products. Retailers make sure their staff is knowledgeable about their merchandise and brand. Be it clothes, electronics, or coffee, there is no arguing the benefits of an employee discount! With the holidays vastly approaching, who can deny a rebate on gifts?

Advancement opportunities

Companies love to promote from within. Especially in Retail. Nobody knows a product better than the people selling it, which is why this type of career is the best way to get your foot in the door! With a wide array of positions to develop into, such as, merchandising, store management, and, positions at head office, a career in retail may be the first step in landing your dream job.

And the number one reason…

Transferable skills

The transferable skills gained from a career (short or long) in retail are endless!
From problem solving and multi-tasking, to professional interaction and conflict resolution, the skills learned from your retail experience will benefit the rest of your personal and professional life. You learn amazing interpersonal skills and how to work under pressure. All skills that will be attractive to future employers!

Ready to begin your career in retail? Adecco has you covered! We have daily opportunities available with reputable companies such as Nespresso. Contact your local Adecco branch to learn how to jump start your career and start reaping the benefits!

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[1] Advanced Chiropractic – Common Computer Related Injuries
http://www.advancechiro.on.ca/common-computer-related-injuries/