Canadian Social Research Links logo 
Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 1, 2007

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1782 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Community Social Planning Council of Toronto Newsletter - July 2007
2. Federal funds flowing for fiscal fairness (Department of Finance Canada) - June 28
3. Panhandling In Winnipeg: Legislation versus Support Services (Institute of Urban Studies - University of Winnipeg) - May 2007
4. What's New from The Daily Food Bank (Toronto):
--- Who's Hungry: 2007 Profile of Hunger in the GTA - June 5
--- Who's Hungry 2007 : Key Statistics - June 5
--- A New Deal to Fight Hunger - June 1
--- Hungry City

5. Two days, two reports, two very different worlds (The Wellesley Institute Blog) - June 29
--- Rising Profit Shares, Falling Wage Shares
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 28
--- World Wealth Report 2007 (Merrill Lynch / Capgemini) - June 27

6.
Homelessness in a growth economy: Canada’s 21st century paradox (Gordon Laird) - June 2007
7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Shelters for abused women, 2005/2006 - June 29
--- Canada's population estimates, First quarter 2007 - June 28
--- Employment Insurance, April 2007 - June 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2007
---
Canada Food Stats - June 26
--- Study: Investment and long-term growth in labour productivity, 1961 to 2005 - June 25

8. Canadian Labour Market and Job Information - various sources
9. Brigit's Notes: Women's Health E-bulletin - June 2007
10. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - June 29

International Content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. Selected content from CERC Bulletin #130 - various sources (Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris) - June 25
---- [U.S.] The changing face of welfare during the Bush administration
--- Income inequality, poverty and social spending in Japan
--- A review of poverty dynamics research in the UK
--- Severe child poverty in the UK
---
[U.S.] Framework for a new safety net for low-income working families

13.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - recent content (various sources)
--- Growing up in Australia
(Wave 2 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children)
--- Caring for our health
--- Global report 2006
--- International migration outlook 2007
--- Globalisation, jobs and wages

14. CRINMAIL #893 (Child Rights Information Network) - June 28

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Canada's New Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canada Day Greeting
1 July 2007
Source:
Prime Minister of Canada

Canada Day - from Canadian Heritage

Canada Day in the National Capital Region - from the National Capital Commission

1. Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) Newsletter - July 2007

Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) Newsletter - July 2007
In this issue:
1. News from the Council
2. Upcoming Events
3. News from our Partners
4. Conferences and Calls for Papers
5. Information Resources
5.1 New Reports and Publications
5.2 Websites of Interest

Source:
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

2. Federal funds flowing for fiscal fairness - June 28
(Department of Finance Canada)

Beginning Today Canada’s New Government Is Providing
Funding to the Provinces and Territories to Restore Fiscal Balance

News Release
June 28, 2007
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, confirmed that with the passage of Bill C-52, $39 billion in new funding over the next seven years will start flowing to the provinces and territories today.

Some context?

The following link takes you to Finance Canada's detailed and up-to-date presentation on federal transfers to provinces and territories for health and social programs; the whole section is worth exploring, but the link to the Equalization section is active so you can access information on how equalization works and the changes implemented by the 2007 federal budget.

Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories
- incl. links to info about : Major Federal Transfers - Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories - The Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer - Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing - Other Transfers - Fiscal Balance - Multimedia - Related Links - Archive

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Related links:

Equalization: Atlantic discord and federal fumbling
June 29
"(...) A serious, independent re-assessment of Canada’s financial arrangements – away from the heat of the present skirmishes – is urgently needed."
Source:
The ChronicleHerald.ca (Halifax)

Google News Search Results : "Equalization Program"

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

3. Panhandling In Winnipeg: Legislation versus Support Services - May 2007
(Institute of Urban Studies - University of Winnipeg)

Panhandling In Winnipeg: Legislation versus Support Services
by Tom Carter - Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Adaptation -
with Anita Friesen, Chesya Polevychok, John Osborne
May 2007
In June 2005, The City of Winnipeg passed an amendment to By-Law 7700/2000 prohibiting some methods of panhandling, and placing restrictions on some aspects of panhandling activity, particularly related to specific types of services or locations. This project addresses the following questions regarding the need for, and the effectiveness of, this legislation:
- Given the nature, number and activity of panhandlers in the city, is this legislation an appropriate response to the circumstances?
- Is the legislation likely to be effective? and,
- Are there more effective means of addressing the issues of panhandling? Is legislation the answer or should the focus be on services and programs to address systemic problems that lead to panhandling in the first place?

The report is available in four volumes:

(scroll to the bottom of the list of journals for a brief summary of the content of each of the four volumes whose links appear below)

Volume 1: Executive Summary (PDF file - 300K, 8 pages)
This volume presents an overview of Volume 2, 3 and 4, and summarizes the findings of the Panhandling in Winnipeg research project.

Volume 2: Literature and Legislation Review (PDF file - 598K, 55 pages)
Academic literature provides valuable insights into who panhandles and why they are on the streets of North American cities. The studies reviewed here document the increasing diversity and overall growth in the numbers of people panhandling. Negative reactions to panhandling have prompted many municipal governments to attempt to control panhandling through legislation and/or program approaches that assist panhandlers to “get off the street”. The main legislative/program approaches to addressing panhandling are reviewed here.

Volume 3: Mapping of Panhandling Activity (PDF file - 10.2MB, 76 pages)
This volume presents the results of field observation of panhandling activity in central Winnipeg. It focuses on the mapping of panhandling locations and panhandling methods, including distribution of panhandlers throughout the study area, priority or high traffic locations for panhandling activity, and proximity to “sensitive services.” The types of panhandling methods used, and the distribution and frequency of occurrences of different methods was also recorded and mapped.

Volume 4: Interviews with Panhandlers (PDF file - 403K, 83 pages)

If you have any comments or questions about the report, please direct them to Tom Carter at t.carter@uwinnipeg.ca or you may contact him by phone at (204)982-1148.

Source:
Journal articles, research reports ===> See also : * Research Highlights * Background and Resource Documents * Community Briefs
[Institute of Urban Studies (University of Winnipeg)]

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

4. What's New from The Daily Food Bank (Toronto):
--- Who's Hungry: 2007 Profile of Hunger in the GTA - June 5
--- Who's Hungry 2007 : Key Statistics - June 5
--- A New Deal to Fight Hunger - June 1
--- Hungry City

What's New from The Daily Food Bank (Toronto)

Who's Hungry: 2007 Profile of Hunger in the GTA (PDF file - 1.8MB, 32 pages)
June 5, 2007
Read a detailed report about the current hunger crisis in the GTA. It features Daily Bread's A New Deal to Fight Hunger, a significant next step toward solving the hunger crisis.

Who's Hungry 2007 : Key Statistics (PDF file - 63K, 1 page)
June 5, 2007
Check out the key statistics drawn from the survey over 1,800 food bank clients from across the GTA.

A New Deal to Fight Hunger (PDF file - 60K, 2 pages)
June 1, 2007
Daily Bread's call for a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy

Related link:

Hungry City - A Daily Bread Food Bank Initiative
There is no excuse for hunger and poverty in a country as wealthy as Canada, the Hungry City initiative is your chance to take action. Join with thousands of others to make your voice heard for real political change, to elect a provincial government committed to ending hunger and poverty on October 10th, 2007. Hungry City is about you. Find out how you can participate, make your mark here...

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

5. Two days, two reports, two very different worlds (The Wellesley Institute Blog) - June 29
--- Rising Profit Shares, Falling Wage Shares
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 28
---
World Wealth Report 2007 (Merrill Lynch / Capgemini) - June 27

Two days, two reports, two very different worlds
June 29, 2007
The World Wealth Report 2007 released on Wednesday by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini reports that the very rich (so-called high net worth individuals – HNWI) are getting even richer. And the forecast is the extremely wealthy are going to get even richer due to their dominance of global capital markets, especially commercial real estate and real estate investment trusts. Meanwhile, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a detailed research report on Thursday called Rising Profit Shares, Falling Wage Shares which shows that real hourly wages for workers (the people that do things, rather than own things) “have been stagnant for 30 years running”.The two studies make fascinating reading, when set side-by-side...
Source:
The Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Canadian workers’ paycheques in 30-year holding pattern : Study
Press Release
June 28, 2007
OTTAWA – Canadians are working harder and smarter, contributing to a growing economy, but their paycheques have been stagnant for the past 30 years, says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Complete study:

Rising Profit Shares, Falling Wage Shares - (PDF File, 301K, 16 pages)

Related link:

www.GrowingGap.ca
GrowingGap.ca is a project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
"(...)What does the growing gap look like? In 2004, the richest 10% of families raising children earned 82 times more than the poorest 10% -- almost triple the ratio of 1976, when they earned 31 times more. In after-tax terms the gap is at a 30-year high"

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Merrill Lynch and Capgemini Release
11th Annual World Wealth Report
(PDF file - 55K, 4 pages)
Press Release
27 June 2007
New York, June 27 – Driven by a strong global economy, the wealth of the world’s high net worth individuals (HNWIs1) increased 11.4 percent to US$37.2 trillion in 2006, according to the 11th annual World Wealth Report, released today by Merrill Lynch (NYSE: MER) and Capgemini.

World Wealth Report page
- incl. links to : * Fast Breaking Headlines * World Wealth Report Overview * State of the World's Wealth * HNWI Asset Allocation * Spotlight - New Service Model for HNW Clients * Regional Facts * About the World Wealth Report * Capgemini Wealth Management Offerings * Merrill Lynch Global Private Client * WW1 Press Releases * WW1 Archive * more...

Complete report:

World Wealth Report 2007 (PDF file - 3.9MB, 36 pages)

Source:
Merrill Lynch
Capgemini

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm
- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm
- Go to the Banks and Business Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

6. Homelessness in a growth economy: Canada’s 21st century paradox - June 2007
(Gordon Laird, for the
Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership)

Homelessness 'chronic' in Canada: study
June 26, 2007
Canada's homeless population is somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 people, while another 1.7 million residents struggle with "housing affordability issues," says an analysis of the latest research on shelter. In a report released Tuesday from the Calgary-based Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, journalist and author Gordon Laird argues homelessness is now chronic and is quickly becoming one of the country's defining social issues. He makes a case for a national housing strategy and a more robust income security program.
Source:
CBC News

Complete report:

Homelessness in a growth economy: Canada’s 21st century paradox (PDF file - 2.6MB, 98 pages)
By Gordon Laird
A Report for the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership
"Supporting a Canadawide homeless population of 150,000 people costs Canadian taxpayers between $4.5- to $6-billion each year"

Table of Contents:
– Findings & Policy Summary
– Introduction: Shelter, from Alms to Asset
– IQALUIT: Discovering Canada’s Hidden Homeless
– OTTAWA: The National Underclass
– TORONTO: Ground Zero
– CALGARY: Poverty Amid Affluence
– VANCOUVER: New Frontiers
– Conclusion: Ending the Crisis
Appendix I: The Cost of Homelessness
Appendix II: How Many Poor People?

Related link:

Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership
We work on : * Governance, rule of law, and democratic institutions * Legal ethics * Media ethics * Bio-medical and other technology issues * International affairs * Business ethics * Education and youth leadership * Human rights and civil liberties * Diversity issues * Environment and natural resources * Social justice

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Shelters for abused women, 2005/2006 - June 29
--- Canada's population estimates, First quarter 2007
- June 28

--- Employment Insurance, April 2007 - June 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2007
---
Canada Food Stats - June 26
--- Study: Investment and long-term growth in labour productivity, 1961 to 2005 - June 25

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

June 29, 2007
Shelters for abused women, 2005/2006
Between April 1, 2005 and March 31, 2006, nearly 106,000 women and children were admitted to shelters, most often to escape abuse, according to a new report. While the number of women admitted to shelters to escape abuse has stayed relatively stable during the past nine years, the number of children has fallen substantially. Children accounted for 41% of these admissions in 2006, compared with 49% in 1998, when Statistics Canada first began collecting these data, the report showed.

Report overview
About 7% of women and 6% of men across the country are the victims of violence at the hands of a current or former spouse or common-law partner, according to results from the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization. Specifically, the 2004 GSS indicated that some 546,000 women and 653,000 men in Canada were the victims of spousal violence in the five years preceding the survey.

Complete report (PDF file - 217K, 20 pages)
Source:
Juristat - click "Chronological index" for links to earlier issues of Juristat

Related link:

Transition Homes in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets 2005/2006
June 2007
By Roxan Vaillancourt and Andrea Taylor-Butts, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
HTML version - click the links in the left margin for "National fact sheet" or "Fact sheets for the provinces and territories"
PDF version (237K, 30 pages)
"(...) As part of the Federal Family Violence Initiative, the Transition Home Survey (THS) was developed in order to address the need for improved information about services for victims of domestic violence. (...) The Transition Home Survey is a biennial census of all residential facilities for female victims of domestic violence.(...) Information is collected on the characteristics of the facilities and the services provided during the previous 12 months. Additionally, a snapshot day (April 19, 2006) is used to profile the women and children residing in the shelter on the given day. For the 2005/2006 Transition Home Survey, 553 shelters were contacted and responses were received from 486 or 88%. However, figures presented in the 2005/2006 THS Fact Sheets are representative of all 553 facilities, as an imputation procedure was used to replace missing data for non-respondents.
[ earlier editions of this report -
2001-2002 and 2003-2004 ]

- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

June 28, 2007
Canada's population estimates, First quarter 2007 (preliminary)
Statistics Canada today released population estimates for Canada, the provinces and territories, as of April 1, 2007. During the first quarter, Canada's population increased 0.23%. International migration accounted for two-thirds of the increase. As of April 1, Canada's population was estimated at 32,852,800, up 75,500 from January 1, 2007. Only the four westernmost provinces had growth rates at or above the national average.

Related link:

Quarterly Demographic Estimates, January to March 2007(Preliminary)
1. Notice to readers
2. Highlights
3. Analysis
4. Tables
5. Charts
6. Data quality, concepts and methodology
7. Appendices
8. User information
9. Related products
10. PDF version (424K, 104 pages)

See also:
Related products - links to free StatCan demographic info and vital statistics

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

June 26, 2007
Employment Insurance, April 2007 (preliminary)
An estimated 477,750 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance benefits in April, a slight drop from March (-0.9%). Overall, 10 of the 13 provinces and territories recorded declines, with the largest occurring in Manitoba (-3.6%) and Saskatchewan (-3.2%). Nationally, the number of regular beneficiaries was 3.1% lower than April 2006 and has been dropping steadily since mid-2003. Regular benefit payments in April totalled $741.2 million, while 221,500 people made initial and renewal claims.

June 26, 2007
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2007 (preliminary)
In April, the average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) increased $1.68 (+0.2%) to $765.36 from March. The year-to-date growth is 3.0%. This rate of change is calculated as the average weekly earnings of the first four months of 2007 compared to the average of the same four months in 2006.
Related link:
Payroll employment, earnings and hours (PDF file - 2.2MB, 503 pages)
March 2007
Earlier issues of this report

June 26, 2007
Canada Food Stats - Featured product
Canada Food Stats is an easy-to-use product that provides access to a broad spectrum of food statistics and indicators. It contains information on food available for consumption, food prices, nutrition, supply and demand, as well as data on the food industry, processing, employment, productivity, international trade and much more.

June 25, 2007
Study: Investment and long-term growth in labour productivity, 1961 to 2005
Investment in capital, rather than gains in worker skills or technological change, was the most important factor in the growth in labour productivity in the business sector during the past four decades, according to a new study. Between 1961 and 2005, labour productivity, one of the key indicators of an economy's health, rose at an annual rate of 2.1%. This study assessed the contribution of three main components of this growth.

Related links:

Investment and Long-term Productivity Growth in the Canadian Business Sector, 1961 to 2002
by John R. Baldwin and Wulong Gu
Executive summary
Complete report(PDF file - 463K, 72 pages)
Source:
The Canadian Productivity Review

The Comparative Level of GDP per Capita in Canada and the United States: A
Decomposition into Labour Productivity and Work Intensity Differences
(PDF file - 306K, 54 pages)
March 2007

More StatCan studies related to productivity

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

8. Canadian Labour Market and Job Information - various sources

Canadian Labour Market and Job Information - updated

From Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC):

HRSDC Labour
- incl. links to : * International Labour Affairs * Labour Law * Workplace Health and Safety * Employee Rights * Collective Bargaining * Workplace Information and Innovation * Workers' Compensation (Federal) * Employment Standards * Fire Protection – Federal

Labour and Workplace Information

Labour Market Development Agreements - links to agreements between the federal government and each province and territory

----------------------------------
Looking-Ahead: A 10-Year Outlook
for the Canadian Labour Market (2006-2015)
October 2006
(posted to the HRSDC site May 2007)
HTML version
PDF version
- 1.2MB, 139 pages)
- highlights the results of the department's latest ten-year Canadian labour market projections.
----------------------------------

From Service Canada:

Labour Market Information
"Answer your questions about jobs, skills and worker availability in local areas across Canada."
- incl. links to : NewsFlash - Build Your Occupational Profile - Job Descriptions - Employment Prospects - Wages / Salaries - Who Hires - Where to Get Training - More LMI - Provincial / Territorial HRDC LMI - Having trouble finding work? - Don't know what work you want to do? - Looking for facts and figures on the labour market? - Where can I find the workers that I need? How much should I pay them? - What can this site do for me?

Training, Career and Worker Information

Job Bank
-
Government Jobs
Categories : * Careers in the Public Service * Contract Work * Department and Agency Direct Hiring * Municipal Government * Provincial and Territorial Government * Public Service Commission

Job Futures

Miscellaneous related links:

Youth Employment Strategy - from the Government of Canada (Youth.gc.ca)

Links for Career Exploration - from Canada Prospects- incl. links to : * Government of Canada Career and Employment Information * Job Banks * Sector Councils * Other Career Related Sites * What if...

Workopolis - "Canada's Biggest jobsite"

Monster.ca

jobboom
Jobboom is a leader in online recruiting that specializes in the Canadian job market. We feature thousands of job postings every day and provide employment news and career management advice.

AllStarJobs Canada
Your Online Source For Finding A Job In Canada

Bilingual Link CareerSite
The Bilingual Link has partnered with Brainhunter Inc. to provide a comprehensive job-networking tool. You can search and apply for hundreds of targeted jobs with employers from around the world, as well as manage your resume and job applications online.

canjobs.com - Your Canadian Employment Search network

- Go to the Labour Market and Job Information section of the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm#labour
- Go to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page - http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

9. Brigit's Notes: Women's Health E-bulletin - June 2007

Brigit's Notes: Women's Health E-bulletin - latest issue of the bulletin (June 2007)
Brigit's Notes is an electronic bulletin full of great women's health news. This monthly bulletin will keep you informed about what's new on the CWHN web site, including new policy initiatives, research, calls for submissions, events and conferences, new resources and updates on women's health issues and activism.

Table of contents, June 2007 issue:
(click the link above to access the whole bulletin)
1. Health-related Social Work Services Now Exempt from GST
2. Conference Now Online: S.O.S. Medicare 2: Looking Forward
3. Maternal employment, breastfeeding and health
4. Access to Health Services for Elderly Métis Women in Buffalo Narrows , Saskatchewan
5. Eating Disorders in Adult Women on the Rise
6. Exploring Statins: What Does the Evidence Say?
7. Feminine Forever Becomes Young At Heart
8. Now Live!! BCPWA's Treatment Information BLOG
9. New WHO online tool to improve clinical trial transparency
10. How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow
11. 2007 Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities

Subscribe to receive the E-bulletin by email

Network online magazine - latest issue (Spring/Summer 2007)
Table of contents:
* Editor's Note
* Aboriginal women too often the victims of racialized, sexualized violence
* Memorials for women across Canada
* The Global Women's Memorial Website
* Violence prevention is a public health issue
*The Children's Fitness Tax Credit: Less than meets the eye
* Poor health and economic insecurity are realities for female unpaid caregivers
* Recommended resources
* more...

Back issues of Network magazine (links to several hundred articles going back to 1996)

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm
- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

10. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - June 29

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.

29-Jun-07

---------------------------------------------------
What's New
---------------------------------------------------

PRESCHOOL CLASS FOR 6-YEAR-OLDS IN SWEDEN: A BRIDGE BETWEEN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND COMPULSORY SCHOOL - UNESCO
Early Childhood Policy Brief provides an interview with Professor Inge Johansson of the Stockholm Institute of Education on child care reforms in Sweden.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105267

MEASURING UP: ALBERTA FAMILY POLICY PRESENT AND FUTURE
MP3s of presentations by Paul Kershaw, Joseph Hornick, and Lois Harder to a recent IRPP working lunch on family policy in Alberta.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105266

SUPPORTING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF BABIES IN CHILD CARE: WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?
Policy brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy & Zero to Three Policy Center (US) is part of their ongoing project Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105265

THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF HEAD START
Latest edition of the Social Policy Report (US) reviews “what is known about Head Start’s impacts on children and argues that the program’s benefits as a whole are larger than program costs.”
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105264

--------------------------------------------------
Child care in the news
--------------------------------------------------

Canadian doctors push for children's commissioner [CA]
CanWest News Service, 29 Jun 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105261

Province boosts child care funding [CA-BC]
Prince George Citizen, 29 Jun 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105259

Shortage of child care spaces [CA-BC]
MetroValley Newspaper Group, 27 Jun 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105262

Taking on the poverty cause [CA-ON]
Hamilton Spectator, 27 Jun 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105263

City weighing daycare issue [CA-YT]
Whitehorse Daily Star, 26 Jun 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=105260

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit
University of Toronto, Canada
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Related links:

What's New Online
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

11. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes each week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

This week's issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 28 issue
* States and Welfare Work Requirements
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* States and Medicaid Cuts
* Medicaid and Working People with Disabilities - Kansas
* Number of Uninsured in the U.S.
* Single Parent Families and Affordable Housing - Kentucky
* Homelessness - Washington D.C.
* Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
* Race and Poverty - Pittsburgh, PA
* Report: Working Poor in Utah
* Opinion: Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative
* Minimum Wage - Kentucky, Nevada
* Earned Income Tax Credit - Louisiana
* Paid Family Leave - Oregon
* Editorial: Civil Legal Services for the Poor - New York
* Editorial: Early Childhood Education - Indiana

June 25 issue
* Opinions: Welfare-to-Work Programs - Wisconsin, Indiana
* Welfare-to-Work Spending - Georgia
* State Children's Health Insurance Program - Washington
* Infant Mortality Rate - Mississippi
* Foster Youth and Eligibility for Legal Residency
* Minimum Wage Increases - Illinois, Kentucky
* States and Payday Lending Legislation
* Editorial: Conditional Cash Transfer Program - New York City
* Opinion: High School Dropout Rate - Massachusetts
* Opinion: Neighborhoods and Access to Grocery Stores
* Low-income Workers and Taxes - Pennsylvania
* States and Early Childhood Education Programs
* Opinion: Economic Inequality

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

12. Selected content from CERC Bulletin #130 (various sources) - June 25
---- [U.S.] The changing face of welfare during the Bush administration
--- Income inequality, poverty and social spending in Japan
--- A review of poverty dynamics research in the UK
--- Severe child poverty in the UK
---
[U.S.] Framework for a new safety net for low-income working families

From the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

CERC Bulletin - links to all CERC semi-monthly bulletins
Subscribe - To be informed of CERC activities and to receive the bulletin

----------------------------------------------------------

Selected content from CERC Bulletin #130 (June 25, 2007):
(click on the bulletin link to access all studies and reports included in issue #130)

U.S.
The changing face of welfare during the Bush administration, (PDF file - 246K, 30 pages)
June 2007
S. W. Allard
National Poverty Center, Ann Arbor, NPC working paper series, n° 07-18
Summary:
Most scholars of American social policy do not associate significant change in welfare policy with the presidential administration of George W. Bush. No major welfare policy initiatives were passed during the first term of the Bush residency. Welfare cash assistance caseloads have remained fairly constant since 2001. Block grant funding for state welfare programs has remained at $16.5 billion annually. The poverty rate has increased from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 12.6 percent in 2005, but the number of persons in poverty remains below the historic highs of the early 1990s (U.S. Census Bureau 2006b). Compared to the War on Terror, tax cuts, budget deficits, and Medicare drug coverage, welfare and poverty simply have not been prominent issues in the minds of the public or many policymakers.

Income inequality, poverty and social spending in Japan, (PDF file - 400K, 41 pages)
June 2007
R. S. Jones
OECD, Paris, Economics department working papers, n° 556
Summary: Income inequality and relative poverty among the working-age population in Japan have risen to levels above the OECD average. This trend is partially explained by labour market dualism, with an increasing proportion of non-regular workers who are paid significantly less than regular workers, as well as by other factors, including the ageing of the workforce. Social spending as a share of GDP has been expanding in the context of population ageing, although it remains below the OECD average and the proportion received by low-income households is small. Consequently, the impact of social spending on inequality and poverty is weak compared to other OECD countries and inadequate to offset the deterioration in market income. The scope for increasing social spending is constrained by the fiscal situation. Instead, reversing the upward trend in inequality and poverty requires reforms to reduce labour market dualism and better target social spending on low-income households, particularly single parents.

A review of poverty dynamics research in the UK (PDF file - K, 122 pages)
June 2007
N. Smith and S. Middleton
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, London

Severe child poverty in the UK (PDF file - K, 58 pages)
2007
M. Magadi and S. Middleton
Save the Children, London

U.S.
Framework for a new safety net for low-income working families (PDF file - K, 56 pages)
O. Golden and alii,
June 2007
The Urban Institute, Washington, Low-income working families, paper n° 7

----------------------------------------------------------

Online Information Service
Information and online resources organized under five themes: Poverty * Social minima * In-work benefits * Minimum wage * Unemployment and return to work .
- includes links and resources for Canada...
HINT: click on the links in the right-hand margin of each theme page for more content

CERC Bulletins/Reports/Studies/Working papers
- Click on the links in the left margin of the CERC website home page for access to a large collection of online resources

- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm

13. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - recent content (various sources)
--- Growing up in Australia
(Wave 2 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children)
--- Caring for our health
--- Global report 2006
--- International migration outlook 2007
---
Globalisation, jobs and wages

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60+ events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO)
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology *
Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

--------------------------------------

Sample APO content from the latest issue:

Growing up in Australia
Posted 27-06-2007
Sebastian Misson / Australian Institute of Family Studies
This discussion paper presents a discussion of the data management policy and procedures for Wave 2 of Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

Caring for our health
Posted 26-06-2007
Mark Ragg (Editor) / State Governments of Australia
A snapshot on major national health funding that focuses on Medicare, general practitioners, specialists, medicines, public hospitals, private health insurance and explores health funding needs into the future. It examines whether recent changes in Australian Government policy are directing money where it is most needed.

Global report 2006
Posted 26-06-2007
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
This annual report from the UNHCR reviews the achievements and impact of its programs worldwide during the previous year.

International migration outlook 2007
Posted 26-06-2007
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Migration to OECD countries continues to rise, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual report on migration movements and policies. About four million new immigrants entered OECD countries on a permanent basis in 2005, an increase of 10 per cent from 2004.

Also from the OECD:

Globalisation, jobs and wages
Posted 21-06-2007
Open trade and investment policies can be a powerful force for raising living standards. But while trade raises overall income and welfare, some workers may lose from globalisation. It is timely to reassess whether there is anything about the current phase of globalisation which could increase the vulnerability of workers and, if so, how governments should react. This Policy Brief summarises the main lessons.

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

14. CRINMAIL #893 - June 28
(Child Rights Information Network)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

28 June 2007 - CRINMAIL 893
Table of contents of this issue:
- SOUTH ASIA: Corporate Social Responsibility and Children’s Rights in South Asia [publication]
- USA: Crime Rates and Youth Incarceration in Texas and California Compared [publication]
- CAR: Children seized for ransom [news]
- ZIMBABWE: Children hit hardest by country's economic problems [news]
- VIOLENCE STUDY: Regional representatives for NGO Advisory Panel elected for Latin America and the Caribbean [news]
- EMPLOYMENT - War Child Holland - ECPAT (2)
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


Disclaimer/Privacy Statement

Both Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and this Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong solely to me, Gilles Séguin.

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the web server of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Thanks, CUPE!

If you wish to subscribe to the e-mail version of newsletter, go to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter Online Subscription page:
http://lists.cupe.ca/mailman/listinfo/csrl-news

You can unsubscribe by going to the same page or by sending me an e-mail message [ gilseg@rogers.com ]

------------------------

The e-mail version of this newsletter is available only in plain text (no graphics, no hyperlinks, no fancy bolding or italics, etc.) to avoid security problems with government departments, universities and other networks with firewalls. The text-only version is also friendlier for people using older or lower-end technology.

Privacy Policy:
The Canadian Social Research Newsletter mailing list is not used for any purpose except to distribute each weekly issue.
I promise not share any information on this list, nor to send you any junk mail.

Links presented in the Canadian Social Research
Newsletter point to different views about social policy and social programs.
There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

To access earlier online HTML issues of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter, go to the Newsletter page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/news.htm

Please feel free to distribute this newsletter as widely as you wish, but please remember to mention Canadian Social Research Links when you do.

Cheers!
Gilles

E-MAIL:

gilseg@rogers.com


**************************************

Can the level of math education sink any lower?

Teaching Math In 1950:
A logger sold a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1960:
A logger sold a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1970:
A logger sold a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

Teaching Math In 1980:
A logger sold a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math In 1990:
A logger cut down a beautiful forest, because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? After answering the question, the topic for class participation is: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers.)

The Result In 2005:
Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The young woman at the counter took my $2. I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.

By Jeffrey J. McGovern
http://www.cs.elte.hu/~ewkiss/education.html


--------------------------------------------

And in closing...

top 100 Webware sites for 2007

Feeling out of sync?
http://webmetronome.com/index.html