Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 1, 2013

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.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,657 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Bringing it all back Home : Inflation, Poverty Lines and Social Assistance Rates (John Stapleton, Open Policy) - August 29
2. The Fiscal Monitor: June 2013 (Finance Canada) - August 30
3. Labour Day: celebrating our role as workers (Canadian Union of Public Employees) - August 30
4. Hennessy's Index : Unions (Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - August 2013
5. Canadian Mental Health National Conference (Ottawa) - October 17-18, 2013
6. Poverty impairs cognitive function (Science Journal) - August 29
7. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - August 28 issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
8. [Ontario] Here we go again: Consultation on poverty reduction going nowhere - (Hamilton Spectator) - August 26
9. Harper Government Providing Families With Back-to-School Tax Relief (Finance Canada) - August 27

10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian economic accounts, second quarter 2013 and June 2013 - August 30
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2013 - August 28
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America (The Atlantic) - August 26
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Bringing it all back Home : Inflation, Poverty Lines and Social Assistance Rates - August 29
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

Bringing it all back Home : Inflation,
Poverty Lines and Social Assistance Rates

http://openpolicyontario.com/bringing-it-all-back-home-inflation-poverty-lines-and-social-assistance-rates/
By John Stapleton
August 29, 2013
Toronto-based social advocate John Stapleton recently compared the Statistics Canada Low income Cut offs (LICOs) for 1993 and 2013 with the corresponding benefit levels for single employable people on welfare in Ontario. He found that the increase in LICOs for that 20-year period was just under 22%. But inflation, as measured by the Bank of Canada from 1993 to 2013, was almost double that percentage. Stapleton also notes in his commentary : "In 1993, the single social assistance maximum in Ontario was $663 a month. It will soon move up to $626 a month in October (2013)."
(BTW - That $663 is in 1993 dollars. If annual indexing equal to the cost of living (Consumer Price Index) were applied to that amount, employable welfare singles in Ontario would be receiving over $950 per month.)

"We need new thinking that refuses to justify erosion and fails to think that nickels and dimes make a difference. Social assistance has no more money to give. But a completely transformed system of income security- that opens doors without penalty – just might."

Source:
Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)
http://openpolicyontario.com/

John Stapleton, an Innovations Fellow at the Metcalf Foundation, worked for the Ontario government for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations and was research director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults in Toronto.

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

2. The Fiscal Monitor: June 2013 - August 30
(Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for June 2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-109-eng.asp
August 30, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for June 2013.

Highlights
June 2013: budgetary surplus of $0.2 billion
April to June 2013: budgetary deficit of $2.6 billion

Related Document:

The Fiscal Monitor: June 2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2013-06-eng.asp

[ Earlier editions of the Fiscal Monitor back to 1996:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf-index-eng.asp ]

Source:
Finance Canada

http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

3. Labour Day: celebrating our role as workers - September 1
(Canadian Union of Public Employees)

Labour Day: celebrating our role as workers
http://cupe.ca/pensions/labour-day-celebrating-role-workers
August 30, 2013
Labour Day is about more than a well-deserved day off. It is a time to celebrate the important contributions we make to our economy as workers. It is also a good time to reflect on what is needed to improve the economic and social well-being for all other workers in Canada and around the world.
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As we celebrate Labour Day this year, let’s really celebrate the contribution of working people by continuing to press for economic change to reverse growing income inequality. Press for economic change to drive the economy through higher wages and economic change to ensure all Canadians can retire in dignity.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

http://cupe.ca/
With 627,000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

4. Hennessy's Index : Unions - August 2013
(Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Hennessy's Index is back!
After a summer hiatus, our monthly Hennessy's Index has returned just in time for Labour Day weekend!
The focus of the September edition is (appropriately) on unions.

Read the latest index here:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/hennessys-index-unions

Hennessy's Index [ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/index ] is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. The home page includes links to all past editions.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

5. Canadian Mental Health National Conference (Ottawa) - October 17-18, 2013

Changing Perspectives : Addressing the Social Determinants
of Mental Health & Addictions

Canadian Mental Health National Conference

https://conference.cmha.ca/
October 17-18, 2013
The Canadian Mental Health Association 2013 National Conference, Changing Perspectives…Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health and Addictions, will take place at the Delta Ottawa City Centre on October 16th (Institutes) and October 17th and 18th for the Conference. There is a growing awareness of the issues related to mental illness in this country, and a growing understanding of the costs in human suffering that occurs when serious mental illness is left untreatd. While 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, we know that ultimately what determines our mental health status will be a range of conditions such as our income level, where we live, where we work and our early childhood development.
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Our conference will bring together keynote speakers and workshop presenters to share their knowledge and expertise. We hope you will join us to network, learn and share with participants at this conference.

Conference Program
https://conference.cmha.ca/overview/program/

Concurrent Sessions
https://conference.cmha.ca/overview/concurrent-sessions/

Register online
https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1275362

Conference Fees
https://conference.cmha.ca/registration/fees/

Accommodations
https://conference.cmha.ca/about-the-conference/accommodations/

Source:
Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha.ca/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

6. Poverty impairs cognitive function - August 29
(Science Journal)

From the
Science Journal:

Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function
By Jiaying Zhao et al.
August 2013

Abstract : http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6149/976.abstract
The poor often behave in less capable ways, which can further perpetuate poverty. We hypothesize that poverty directly impedes cognitive function and present two studies that test this hypothesis. First, we experimentally induced thoughts about finances and found that this reduces cognitive performance among poor but not in well-off participants. Second, we examined the cognitive function of farmers over the planting cycle. We found that the same farmer shows diminished cognitive performance before harvest, when poor, as compared with after harvest, when rich.

Complete report : http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6149/976.full
NOTE : To access the full text, you must be a Science Journal subscriber or pay for short-term access to the report.

Source:
Science Journal
http://www.sciencemag.org/

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From the
University of British Columbia:

Poverty impairs cognitive function
http://news.ubc.ca/2013/08/29/poverty-impairs-cognitive-function/
Media Release
August 29, 2013
Poverty consumes so much mental energy that those in poor circumstances have little remaining brainpower to concentrate on other areas of life, new research finds. As a result, those with few resources are more likely to make bad decisions that perpetuate their financial woes. Published in the journal Science, the study suggests our cognitive abilities can be diminished by the exhausting effort of tasks like scrounging to pay bills. As a result, less “mental bandwidth” remains for education, training, time-management, and other steps that could help break out of the cycles of poverty.

Source:
UBC NEWS
http://news.ubc.ca/

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Related links from The Scout Report:

Study suggests that poverty can significantly impede cognitive function
Poverty saps mental capacity to deal with complex tasks, say scientists

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/aug/29/poverty-mental-capacity-complex-tasks

Poverty significantly saps our mental abilities say researchers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23881780

Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6149/976.full

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much
http://www.aspenideas.org/session/scarcity-why-having-too-little-means-so-much

Poverty & Equity Data
http://povertydata.worldbank.org/poverty/home/

TeachUNICEF: Poverty
http://teachunicef.org/explore/topic/poverty

Humans have known for some time that poverty is related to poor health outcomes, educational achievement and attainment gaps, lack of access to basic needs like food and clean water, and more. However, a recent study published in Science finds that poverty not only causes negative long-term effects, but also "directly impedes cognitive function." The results suggest that the poor "are less capable not because of inherent traits, but because the very context of poverty imposes load and impedes cognitive capacity." Anandi Mani, one of the study's authors, told the Guardian, "the results are not suggesting that the poor as people have less cognitive capacity but that anyone experiencing poverty would have less capacity." She equated the mental capacity drain to losing a full night of sleep. The study's authors argue that policy makers could support people in poverty by streamlining cognitive taxes such as complex forms and labyrinthine bureaucracy. [CM]

The first link is from this week's Guardian, which covers the findings of the research in more detail along with commentary from one of the authors. The second link, to an article from the BBC, summarizes the findings in a quick and easy-to-read article. Visitors who wish to read the study in its entirety should follow the third link to its full text in Science. The fourth link leads to a talk about the psychology of scarcity given at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The talk, by two of the Science article's authors, previews their upcoming book Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. Those who are concerned about the geography of poverty will be interested in the fifth link, which provides a visualization of poverty around the world over time. Finally, the last link leads to a handful of UNICEF-designed lessons on poverty, appropriate for students in grades 6-12.

Source:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013.

https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

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

7. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - August 28 issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of SPARmonitor:

SPARmonitor : August 28, 2013 - issue 112 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_112.pdf

This issue covers the following:
Ø Medically Uninsured Residents in Toronto
Ø Police-Reported Crime Statistics in Canada, 2012
Ø Police-Reported Hate Crime in Canada, 2011
Ø Health Care in Canada: What makes us Sick?
Ø Housing Discrimination against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012
Ø DIY-Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Doing It for Themselves
Ø Renewing Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: Consultation Booklet

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this website, where you'll find links to two dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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

8. [Ontario] Here we go again: Consultation on poverty reduction going nowhere - August 26
(Hamilton Spectator)

Why ask if you aren’t listening?
Here we go again: Consultation on poverty reduction going nowhere — they don’t seem to hear what Ontarians are saying
http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4047028-why-ask-if-you-aren-t-listening-/
August 24, 2013
By Deirdre Pike
Usually it's nice when someone asks for your opinion. When you're consulted on a question or an issue, it often means someone values what you think; that your point of view is worth considering and perhaps even acting on.
I've had enough of being consulted lately though, both personally and provincially.
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And now, the consultations on next steps for poverty reduction in Ontario have started in the dog days of summer.
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Frankly, it probably doesn't matter. They don't seem to hear what Ontarians are saying.
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How can a government that says it stands for social justice find a way to finance transit but not to reduce poverty for the hundreds of thousands of Ontarians living in poverty? It's time for change.

[ Author Deirdre Pike is a freelance columnist for The Hamilton Spectator, and she chairs HOPE, Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination. ]

Source:
Hamilton Spectator
http://www.thespec.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

9. Harper Government Providing Families With Back-to-School Tax Relief - August 27
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government Providing Families With Back-to-School Tax Relief
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-107-eng.asp
August 27, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, marked the start of the back-to-school season by highlighting tax relief that is helping Canadian families save more of their hard-earned money.
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Examples of this tax relief include:
* Children’s Fitness Tax Credit: * Children’s Arts Tax Credit * Public Transit Tax Credit * Tuition, Education and Textbook Tax Credits * Tax Exemption for Scholarships, Fellowships and Bursaries * Student Loan Interest Tax Credit * Registered Education Savings Plan.
[Click the link above for access to information about each of these examples.]

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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For more information on the benefits available for families and students, please visit the
Canada Revenue Agency’s
Child and Family Benefits web page:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/menu-eng.html
... and its Students web page:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/students/

Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Education Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian economic accounts, second quarter 2013 and June 2013 - August 30
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2013 - August 28

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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August 30, 2013
Canadian economic accounts, second quarter 2013 and June 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130830/dq130830a-eng.htm
Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 0.4% in the second quarter, following 0.5% growth in the first quarter. On a monthly basis, real GDP by industry declined 0.5% in June.

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August 28, 2013
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130828/dq130828a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $919 in June, up 0.2% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 2.6%.

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.



Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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

11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

August 31, 2013
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2012
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/early-childhood-education-and-care-canada-2012
28 Aug 2013 | Canada
ECEC in Canada 2012—Canada’s main source of national ECEC data—is now available. Compiled and published about every two years since the early 1990s, the nine ECEC editions form a body of reliable information that is both comparative across Canada and longitudinal over a 20 year period, making it possible to identify trends and developments over time. It includes such data as number and type of child care spaces, financing, fee subsidies, staff wages, as well as demographic data and information on kindergarten.

Finding quality child care: A guide for parents in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/finding-quality-child-care-guide-parents-canada
21 Aug 2013 | Canada
New website, available in English and French, for Canadian parents is now publicly available. Parents can find out why it's hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve their chances of accessing high-quality child care.

What's really behind the ever-rising cost of raising a child in America
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/whats-really-behind-ever-rising-cost-raising-child-america
28 Aug 2013 | United States
Much was made last week of a recent study on the cost of child-rearing by economist Mark Lino at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The total cost of raising a child born in 2012 is an estimated $241,080 – and double that if your kid attends college. That's a 23% increase from 1960.

All work and no pay
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/all-work-and-no-pay
28 Aug 2013 | Europe
This publication from the Resolution Foundation highlights how extra support for childcare costs is skewed towards comparatively wealthier households, even among those who will qualify for universal credit. Higher earning families in universal credit will have 85 per cent of their childcare costs paid, while lower earning families will be able to recover only 70 per cent.

Active adult participation in ECE: Enhancing learning and community wellness
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/active-adult-participation-ece-enhancing-learning-and-commu
21 Aug 2013 | Australia and New Zealand
Research project from New Zealand's Teaching and Learning Research Initiative explores "both theoretical constructs and teaching and organisational strategies to increase parent participation and positive learning outcomes for children and community wellness".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Leaving children out in the cold
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/leaving-children-out-cold
28 Aug 2013 | Canada

The cost of raising kids? Let's be honest, it's not cheap
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/cost-raising-kids-lets-be-honest-its-not-cheap
28 Aug 2013 | Canada

Raise a child for $4,500 a year? They're counting dollars, not making sense
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/raise-child-4500-year-theyre-counting-dollars-not-making-sense
28 Aug 2013 | Canada

What's really needed to raise children: More time, higher incomes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/whats-really-needed-raise-children-more-time-higher-incomes
28 Aug 2013 | Canada

Frustrated moms build their own daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/frustrated-moms-build-their-own-daycare
28 Aug 2013 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 30, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/30/
States and the Affordable Care Act (4 articles)
Youth Homelessness – Florida

August 29, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/29/
Unemployment Rate – New Jersey
Economic Inequality and Race

August 28, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/28/
Childhood Obesity – South Carolina
Growing Number of Charter Schools (2 articles)

August 27, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/27/
Low Income Housing – North Dakota
Limits on SNAP Food Choices

August 26, 2013 - No Poverty Dispatch today.

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- 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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

13. The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America - August 26
(The Atlantic)

The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America
... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/08/the-amazing-and-astonishing-decline-of-homelessness-in-america/279050/
By Stephen Lurie
August 26, 2013
Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment of American society. America’s homeless population – an estimated 633,000 people – has declined in the last decade.
(...) The decline of homelessness over the past eight years is nothing short of a blue-moon public policy triumph. Why don’t you know about it?
(...) As quietly as homelessness has fallen, so too it will go up quietly – unless there is major intervention. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that sequestration cuts from homelessness programs are set to expel 100,000 people from a range of housing and shelter programs this year. That’s nearly one sixth of the current total homeless population. Far from gently raising the homeless rate, it would undo a full decade of progress.

Source:
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/

Related link:

Obama vows to end homelessness in 10 years
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/22/96322/obama-administration-vows-to-end.html
June 22, 2010
Opening Doors : A Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness [PDF - 3MB, 74 pages : http://bit.ly/cUHO2Q ], calls for ending child and family homelessness in 10 years while wiping out chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans in five years. According to the 74-page plan, "Stable housing is the foundation upon which people build their lives — absent a safe, decent, affordable place to live, it is next to impossible to achieve good health, positive educational outcomes or reach one's economic potential."

Source:
McClatchy.com
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/

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

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

14. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

28 August 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1342
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4861
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Court overturns rape victim's 100 lashes sentence
- President halts execution of juvenile offender
- Alleged use of chemical weapons leaves 355 dead
- Third gender option available on birth certificates
- Rights body condemns attack against indigenous children
- Funding opportunity: European Union
- CRIN Users Survey reminder!
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Finland
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is one of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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Fourteen Things You Never Knew had Names

AGLET - The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.

ARMSAYE - The armhole in clothing.

COLUMELLA NASI - The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.

FEAT - A dangling curl of hair.

FERRULE - The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

HARP - The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

KEEPER - The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

KICK or PUNT - The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.

MINIMUS - The little finger or toe.

OBDORMITION - The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is 'asleep'.

OCTOTHORPE - The symbol '#' on a telephone handset.

PEEN - The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.

PURLICUE - The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

ZARF - A holder for a handleless coffee cup.

Source:
33 Names of Things You Never Knew Had Names

http://www.wattpad.com/3702-a-different-kind-of-love-formerly-know-as-country#.UiM1FjZwrTo
(Click the link to see the other 19 things you never knew had names.)

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And, in closing...

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Mountain Biking Video (duration 4:12)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zLuqKNKOqs
Wow.
Très cool.

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TheFreeSite.com, Home of the Web's Best Freebies
http://www.thefreesite.com/

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13 Worst Processed Foods You Should Never Buy
http://www.fitnea.com/13-worst-processed-foods-you-should-never-buy/

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How to know which side your vehicle's gas tank is on
http://www.wheels.ca/news/video-tips-how-to-know-which-side-your-gas-tank-is-on/

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La vie en rose: Comparing U.S. & World Covers for TIME Magazine
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/25/1039957/-STUNNING-Comparing-U-S-World-Covers-for-TIME-Magazine
"...perusing TIME's covers reveals countless examples of the publication tempting the world with critical events, ideas or figures, while dangling before Americans the chance to indulge in trite self-absorption. "

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