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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 1, 2006

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 1701 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Consultation : Addressing Matrimonial Real Property On-Reserve (Federal Government and First Nations Groups) - September 29
2. Support the Court Challenges Program! (Council of Canadians with Disabilities) - September 28
3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Back-to-school factbook - September 28
--- Canada's population, as of July 1, 2006 - September 27
--- Migration, 2004/2005 - September 27
--- Pension Coverage and Retirement Savings of Canadian Families, 1986 to 2003 - September 26
--- Employment Insurance, July 2006 - September 26

4. Pan-Canadian Funding Practice in Communities (Canadian Council on Social Development) - September 11
5. What's New from Finance Canada - September 25:
- Canada's New Government Is Getting Things Done by Providing Additional Funding for Transit, Housing and Education
- Notice of Ways and Means Motion Tabled
- Canada's New Government cuts wasteful programs, refocuses spending on priorities, achieves major debt reduction as promised
- Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2005-2006
- Fiscal Reference Tables - September 2006
+ reactions and impact analysis from non-governmental groups
6.
Update on When Working is not enough to Escape Poverty (Relentlessly Progressive Economics weblog) - September 26
7 What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - September 29

International Content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. World Habitat Day 2006 (UN Human Settlements Program) - October 2
10. Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007 (World Economic Forum) - September 26

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Consultation : Addressing Matrimonial Real Property On-Reserve - September 29
(Federal Government and First Nations Groups)

Addressing Matrimonial Real Property On-Reserve
- incl. links to : * Consultations * Background Information * Reference Documents * Partners * What's New * Contact Us * Make your voice heard!

Addressing Matrimonial Property Rights on Reserves:
Canada, AFN and NWAC Move Forward with Consultations

News Release
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 29, 2006) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians, accompanied by Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), and Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), today launched the second phase of a national consultation process on the issue of the division of matrimonial real property on reserve.
Source:
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Partners:
Native Women’s Association of Canada
Assembly of First Nations

Ottawa, native groups tackle matrimonial property rights issue
September 29, 2006
The federal government and aboriginal groups launched a consultation process Friday aimed at providing for the equitable division of the matrimonial home and land on reserves when marriages break down.
Provincial laws governing the fair division of assets when marriages fail do not apply on reserves and the federal Indian Act, which governs most aspects of reserve life, does not address the subject.
The consultations will be led by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and regional native groups.
Source:
CBC News

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

2. Support the Court Challenges Program! - September 28
(Council of Canadians with Disabilities)

Support the Court Challenges Program (CCP)!
September 28, 2006
Below you will find links to a letter to the Prime Minister and several background documents regarding the Court Challenges Program. A Steering Committee representative of both language rights and equality rights communities has prepared these materials and is asking that you do the following:

Inform the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) by noon of Monday, October 2, if you or your organization are willing to be listed as either a supporting organization or individual on this letter, or both.
(See http://dawn.thot.net/ccp/ for contact info)

Sign on to the Letter to the Prime Minister in Support of the Court Challenges Program
http://dawn.thot.net/ccp/ccp1.html

The Court Challenges Program: An Important Access to Justice Institution
http://dawn.thot.net/ccp/ccp2.html

The Court Challenges Program: An Effective and Accountable Institution
http://dawn.thot.net/ccp/ccp3.html

The History of the Court Challenges Program
http://dawn.thot.net/ccp/ccp4.html

Source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities
DisAbled Women's Network - DAWN Ontario

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
---
Back-to-school factbook - September 28
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Canada's population, as of July 1, 2006 - September 27
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Migration, 2004/2005 - September 27
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Pension Coverage and Retirement Savings of Canadian Families, 1986 to 2003 - September 26
--- Employment Insurance, July 2006 - September 26, 2006

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

September 28, 2006
Education Matters:
Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada

September 2006, vol. 3 no. 3
Thousands of students, from kindergarten to college and university have gone back to school. In honour of this annual ritual, Education Matters, released today, presents a "Special back-to-school issue — A fact book on education in Canada". It puts together a few facts and figures relating to education, including some of the latest research findings on the very important role that parents play in their children's education.

Back-to-school factbook
Early childhood
School readiness
How common are French immersion programs?
How much homework do 15-year olds do?
Working while in school
Trends in high school drop-out rates
What influences the decision to pursue a college or university education?
How many young people go on to postsecondary education?
Household savings and spending on education
The costs of attending college or university
Paying for postsecondary education
Government student loan debt
What is the first year of college or university like?
Persistence in postsecondary education
University enrolment trends
What is education worth in the labour market?

Earlier editions of Education Matters - going back April 2004
More free StatCan reports on education

September 27, 2006
Canada's population, as of July 1, 2006
Net international migration continues to be the main engine of population growth in Canada, accounting for about two-thirds of the annual increase in 2005/2006.

Related Links:

Quarterly Demographic Estimates
Annual Demographic Estimates
NOTE: clicking each of the two links above will open a page that contains a description of the report as well as links to the most current issue/edition.
To see the most recent issue:
Once you've clicked on a link from the two immediately above and the next page is on your screen, click the "View" button, and then (on the next page that opens), left-click the PDF file link to read the file online OR right-click the file to save it to your hard drive. Clicking on "Chronological index" will open a list of all earlier editions of that report.
HINT: the "annual" version is the only edition available, but the quarterly estimates report goes back to 1996, and it's all free...

September 27, 2006
Migration, 2004/2005
Over 1.6 million Canadians moved between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005, up 3% from a year earlier. Alberta saw a huge influx of people from other parts of Canada, reflecting the robust provincial economy. These data include only people who moved between census metropolitan areas or census divisions as well as those who moved into or out of the country. Moves within the same town are excluded. Approximately 285,500 people moved from one province or territory to another in 2004/2005, and just over one million people moved from one census division to another within the same province or territory

September 26
Pension Coverage and Retirement Savings of Canadian Families, 1986 to 2003
"Previous Canadian studies documenting trends in private pension coverage have focused on individuals and thus have been unable to assess whether Canadian families are better-prepared for retirement now than their counterparts were in the past. This study fills this gap and examines how pension coverage and retirement savings of Canadian families have evolved since the mid-1980s. Families' preparedness for retirement is first assessed using wealth data from the Assets and Debt Survey of 1984 and the Survey of Financial Security of 1999. Then, families' pension coverage and retirement savings are examined over the 1986-to-2003 period, using data from Statistics Canada's Longitudinal Administrative Databank."

Complete report (PDF file - 184K, 48 pages)

Source:
Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series
- incl. links to free issues going back to June 1994

Related Link:

Update on Analytical Studies Research
"WELCOME to Update on Analytical Studies Research. This site contains some labour market research produced by Statistics Canada. It contains brief descriptions of projects within the Business and Labour Market Analysis and the Family and Labour Studies divisions."
- incl. links to dozens and dozens of free studies organized under the following categories (to name but a few):
- Low Income and Inequality
- Earnings, Income and Wealth
- Employment, Unemployment and Working Time
- Education and Training
- Immigration
- Demographic groups
- more...

September 26, 2006
Employment Insurance, July 2006 (preliminary)
An estimated 474,830 Canadians received regular Employment Insurance benefits in July (seasonally adjusted), down 1.1% from June and the sixth consecutive monthly decrease. All provinces showed declines in July from the previous month. Provinces West of Ontario showed significant drops from the same time last year. Between July 2005 and July 2006, the number of regular beneficiaries has fallen by 12.9% in Manitoba, 17.5% in Saskatchewan, 15.6% in Alberta and 18.1% in British Columbia.

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Education Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm
- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

4. Pan-Canadian Funding Practice in Communities - September 11
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

Pan-Canadian Funding Practice in Communities
September 11, 2006
A new report by Katherine Scott: Pan-Canadian Funding Practice in Communities (PDF file - 483K, 93 pages) was commissioned by the Task Force on Community Investments, and examines the Government of Canada's current funding practices for the voluntary sector. This report has been submitted to the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel, which is advising the federal Treasury Board on guidelines for grants and contributions.
- Also available: the executive summary

Source:
FUNDING MATTERS...
Building an enabling financial environment for the voluntary sector

[ Canadian Council on Social Development ]

- Go to the Voluntary Sector Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

5. What's New from Finance Canada - September 25, 2006:
- Canada's New Government Is Getting Things Done by Providing Additional Funding for Transit, Housing and Education
- Notice of Ways and Means Motion Tabled
- Canada's New Government cuts wasteful programs, refocuses spending on priorities, achieves major debt reduction as promised
- Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2005/2006
- Fiscal Reference Tables - September 2006

From Treasury Board Secretariat:
Backgrounder - Effective Spending <<<details about the cuts]

Related Links (reaction/analysis):
- statement from the Law Commission of Canada
- joint media statement by nine women's groups
- Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action

- Canadian Policy Research Networks

- Canadian Union of Public Employees

What's New from Finance Canada:

News Releases:

Canada's New Government cuts wasteful programs,
refocuses spending on priorities, achieves major debt reduction as promised

September 25, 2006

Canada's New Government Is Getting Things Done by Providing Additional Funding for Transit, Housing and Education
September 25, 2006
- includes the following backgrounder:
One-Time Funding to Provinces and Territories --- "The 2005–06 Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada confirmed the availability of funds to provide for $3.3 billion in federal financial support to help provinces and territories deal with immediate pressures in post-secondary education, affordable housing and public transit, as well as over $320 million in support for international initiatives.

Notice of Ways and Means Motion Tabled
September 25, 2006 - includes a Notice of Ways and Means Motion to amend the Excise Tax Act and a Detailed Proposals on the Elimination of the GST Visitor Rebate Program.

Canada's New Government cuts wasteful programs, refocuses spending on priorities, achieves major debt reduction as promised
September 25, 2006 - includes backgrounders.

Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2005-2006
September 25, 2006
Reviews the government's spending and revenue performance over the past fiscal year, and discusses the factors affecting these results

Fiscal Reference Tables - September 2006
September 25, 2006
Provides historical information on federal public finances and on broad fiscal indicators at the provincial level as well as international fiscal comparisons.

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Related Link (from Treasury Board Secretariat):

Backgrounder - Effective Spending
"Canadians want to know their hard-earned tax dollars are invested responsibly in effective programs that meet their priorities."
NOTE: this is where you'll find a detailed breakdown of the spending cuts.

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Here are the "Lowlights" of the cuts --- the biggest losers in the social envelope:
[Cuts/savings shown below are for a two-year period]

Status of Women
- Status of Women Canada Administrative Savings: $5 million

Health
-
Elimination of Health Canada's Policy Research Program: $7.5 million
-
“Health Portfolio” efficiencies: $28 million (not sure what this is)

Social Development Partnerships
- Efficiencies in the administration of CMHC programs: $45 million (any clue what this will affect?)
- Reduction in Low Priority Grants and Contributions Related to Social Development Partnership Program: $13.8 million
- Elimination of Funding for Canadian Policy Research Networks: $3 million

Others

- Elimination of Funding for the Law Commission of Canada: $4.1 million
- Elimination of Court Challenges Program: $5.6 million

(These "lowlights" were prepared by Pedro Barata - merci, Pedro!)

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Related Links from sources other than government:

Law Commission of Canada responds to
the Federal Government's decision to eliminate funding

September 26, 2006
Yesterday, the President of the Law Commission of Canada, Yves Le Bouthillier, was informed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Vic Toews, of the government’s decision to eliminate the funding of the Law Commission. "It was my duty to relay this information to the ten staff members as well as the four commissioners", remarked the President. In the days to come, the Law Commission will communicate the news to the members of its Advisory Council, composed of twenty-one Canadians who represent the rich diversity of this country as well as its numerous partners that have contributed both financial and intellectual resources to the Commission’s work.
Source:
Law Commission of Canada

Government's real priorities revealed
Media Statement
September 26, 2006
"OTTAWA, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - We are deeply concerned about the gutting of the only federal agency that addresses critical questions pertaining to equality and about what it suggests about what this government's true intentions are for equality matters in Canada. Announced Monday, the 5 million dollar cut to Status of Women Canada (SWC) is a serious attack on the lone federal department engaged in the development of gender responsive policy and in the fulfillment of Canada's human rights obligations to women at the international, domestic, and inter-governmental levels.
We now see the government's real priorities revealed. (...)"
Signed:
Canadian Council for Muslim Women
Canadian Federation of University Women
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network
MATCH International
Womenspace (website no longer accessible - March 2009)
YWCA Canada

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Cuts to Status of Women and Court Challenges Program
Undermine Government’s Commitment to Women’s Equality

"(...) During the last federal election campaign, Stephen Harper promised to “take concrete and immediate measures…to ensure that Canada fully upholds its commitments to women.” These cuts are not consistent with Mr. Harper’s election promise,” said Shelagh Day, Co-Chair of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)."
Source:
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action

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An important message from CPRN President Sharon Manson Singer
September 26
"You may have heard by now that CPRN is one of the casualties of the government’s search for one billion dollars in savings. It means that our new grant of $3 million a year will not be continued past the current year. We had no advance warning of this decision, nor was there any consultation..."
Source:
Canadian Policy Research Networks

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If I had 13.2 billion dollars...
September 25, 2006
(With apologies to the Bare Naked Ladies)
OTTAWA - “If I had 13.2 billion dollars I’d restore funding to post secondary education, because an investment now secures a brighter future later. I would stop paying lip service to the environment and come clean with some good green..."
By Paul Moist, National President
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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Google Web Search Results:
"Canada, federal government, spending cuts"
Google News Search Results:
"Canada, federal government, spending cuts"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

6. Update on When Working is not enough to Escape Poverty - September 26
(Relentlessly Progressive Economics weblog)

The missing HRSDC report
September 26
[Update on the availability of the Human Resources and Social Development (HRSDC) report entitled
When Working is not enough to Escape Poverty: An Analysis of Canada's Working Poor
.]
Context:
About a month ago, the HRSDC What's New page had a link to the When Working is not Enough report. I included the HRSDC link in my Canadian Social Research Newsletter at the end of August, and I did the same in last week's newsletter for a commentary on the report by Andrew Jackson of the Canadian Labour Congress. The HRSDC "report page" didn't have a link to the actual report but rather a brief summary of the 1.2MB, 174-page PDF file and information on how to order a copy. Then the HRSDC link disappeared without warning, and so did the summary and ordering info. If you're intrigued about this report, follow The missing HRSDC report link - it's from the
Relentlessly Progressive Economics weblog [A Blog of the Progressive Economics Forum]

- Go to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page - http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm
- Go to the Unions Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

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

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

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

29-Sept-06

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What's New
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THE USE OF FAMILY FRIENDLY WORKPLACE PRACTICES IN CANADA
Report from the Institute for Research on Public Policy's Work-Life Balance project "investigates the factors that influence the use of work-family benefits."
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91936

NDP NATIONAL CHILD CARE ACT (BILL C303) RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM ALL OPPOSITION PARTIES
Press release the Canadian Union of Public Employees discusses second reading of the NDP's "Early Learning and Child Care Act".
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91932

WHAT WE HEARD: ALBERTA'S CONSULTATION ON THE CREATION OF CHILD CARE SPACES
Report from the Government of Alberta summarizes the results of a provincial consultation on child care. Staffing, affordability and spaces identified as important issues.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91941

THE CORE-AGE LABOUR FORCE
Article from Statistics Canada's Perspectives on Labour and Income presents recent trends in women's labour force participation.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91933

CANADA'S PLACE IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD: PREPARED, PROACTIVE AND PLAYING TO OUR STRENGTHS?
2007 Budget Brief from UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91930

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Child Care in the News
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Child-care fund runs short of dough [CA-BC]
Canoe.ca, 24 hrs, 29 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91960

A widening gap in our midst [CA-ON]
Toronto Star, 28 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91952

Day cares in Alberta can't find staff: report [CA-AB]
CBC News, 28 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91939

Value of women underestimated by Tories [CA]
Daily News (Kamloops), 28 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91938

120,000 childcare places go to waste [AU]
The Australian, 27 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91918

Few workers make use of family benefits [CA]
Ottawa Citizen, 27 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91922

N.S. creates 550 day-care spaces [CA-NS]
Chronicle Herald, 26 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91920

CUPE assails Nova Scotia day-care plan [CA-NS]
CBC News, 26 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91921

Canada lagging on early childhood education [CA]
Toronto Star, 24 Sep 06
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=91919


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Conference
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SECURING THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN
WHERE: William Doo Auditorium, New College, University of Toronto, Toronto
WHEN: 26 Oct 06

The University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance
presents a one-day conference exploring public policy and child
well-being in Canada.

Featuring:
- Society's Role in the Optimal Development of Children
A keynote address by the the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain

Seminar topics include:
- The Effects of Non Parental Care: Evidence from Two Recent Policy Innovations
- Keeping Our Children Safe: Protecting Them from Cyber Abuse
- Linking Policy Research and Policy Outcomes: The Early Learning and Child Care Policy Community and Its Impact on Policy Making
- Child Care Centre Quality: What Counts and How Do We Count It?

Event is free and open to the public but advance registration is
required as seating is limited.

Related link: http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/main/rbc
tel: 416-978-6046
email: events@artsci.utoronto.ca

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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
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
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

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

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

Poverty Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.

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.

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

- 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

9. World Habitat Day 2006 - October 2
(UN Human Settlements Program)

World Habitat Day 2006 - October 2
http://www.unhabitat.org/categories.asp?catid=490
The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
Source:
UN Human Settlements Program
http://www.unhabitat.org

World Habitat Day - The UN Condemns Canada’s Failure to Provide Adequate Housing
http://www.torontotenants.org/habitat-day.htm
Source:
Metro Tenants' Associations
http://www.torontotenants.org/

Related Links:

Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative
[part of the
National Homelessness Initiative: Working Together]
[part of Human Resources and Social Development Canada]

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
Alliance to End Homelessness - Ottawa

Raising the Roof

Shared Learnings on Homelessness
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee
Housing Again
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

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

10. Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007 - September 26
(World Economic Forum)

Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007
Switzerland, Finland and Sweden are the world’s most competitive economies according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007, released by the World Economic Forum on 26 September 2006. Denmark, Singapore, the United States, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom complete the top ten list, but the United States shows the most pronounced drop, falling from first to sixth.
[See the related link below for Canada's ranking.]
Source:
World Economic Forum

Related links:

We’re Number Sixteen!
September 26
Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics:
Commentary on Canadian economics and public policy

[A Blog of the Progressive Economics Forum]

From Google.ca:
"Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007" Web Search
"Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007" News Search

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



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And I Wonder, Still, I Wonder...


If Dracula has no reflection, how comes he always had such a perfect part in his hair?

How did the headless horseman know where he was going?

What is a male ladybug called?

Why are semi-trucks bigger than regular trucks?

How fast do hotcakes sell?

Why are they called stairs inside but steps outside?

Why do they put "for indoor or outdoor use only" on Christmas lights?

Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it contains neither grapes, nor nuts?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

What do you call a female daddy long legs?

Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

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http://www.crazythoughts.com/

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This blog thing is proving to be a bit of a challenge. I *was* planning on using the blog at least partly as a window to the "other side of me", i.e., the slave-to-our-three-cats, fishing nut,long-term plateletpheresis donor, etc. However, because the blog is part of a website that deals with serious social issues, I feel that it would somehow be seen as trivializing significant events like this week's federal govt. cuts if I were to go on about the big bass that I caught last week or the latest hijinks of our two kittens.
I'll have to do s'more thinking about that.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please comment on my blog by clicking the above link...