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November 1, 2009

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

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and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1.  We're All in This Together [Newsletter] - Fall 2009 inaugural issue (Recession Relief Coalition)
2. The three ghosts of poverty: Being a caregiver can affect your financial health (Toronto Star) - October 31
3. Possibilities and Prospects: The Debate Over a Guaranteed Income (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - October 30
4. Canada’s Long Road to Economic Recovery (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - October 29
5. B.C. introduces controversial homeless law: Assistance to Shelter Act
(CTV) - October 29
6. Can we have an adult conversation about taxes? (Toronto Star) - October 26

7. Acceptance Remarks by Marge Reitsma-Street upon receipt of the Dick Weiler Award - October 14
8. Fact Sheet: Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Adjudication of Addictions (CLEONet) - August 2009
9. New from CBC Prince Edward Island:
--- Prince Edward Island bumps up welfare allowances
- August 27
--- Bread and butter' for children on welfare
- October 29
--- Social assistance rates under constant review - October 30
10. [Ontario] Five benchmarks for social assistance (Toronto Star) - October 27
11. Two New Studies Released by Vanier Institute - October 27
--- Children & Cities: Planning to Grow Together
--- "Caution! Kids at Play?" Unstructured Time Use among Children and Adolescents
12. Minister of Finance Modernizes Federal Pension Framework (Finance Canada ) - October 27
13. Mortality among residents of shelters, rooming houses, and hotels in Canada: 11 year follow-up study (British Medical Journal ) - October 26
14. Canadian Policy Research Networks closing its doors at the end of 2009 - October 26
15.  Employment Insurance data don't count those who run out (The Globe and Mail) - October 26
16. Record investment of more than $820 million for affordable housing in Quebec (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) - October 26
17. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for August 2009 (Finance Canada) - October 23
18. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2009 - October 29
--- Juristat (justice statistics) - October 2009
------- Homicide in Canada, 2008
------- Trends in police-reported serious assaults
------- Parenting after separation and divorce: a profile of arrangements for spending time with and making decisions for children
------- Victim services in Canada, 2007/2008
19. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 31

International content

20. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
21. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #130, October 2009
22. [International] 2009 Prosperity Index (American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research) - October 26
23. Australian Policy Online - recent content
24. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter) - October 2009


Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. [Newsletter] We're All in This Together (fall 2009 inaugural issue)
(Recession Relief Coalition)

New from the Recession Relief Coalition:

We're "All" in this Together is a quarterly newsletter from the Recession Relief Coalition designed to keep you informed about the real story of this recession. There will be stories about our activities and our history and about the recession and how it affects the people and communities of Canada, as well as information about recession related events that are coming soon. We will include photos from our events and links to our photo gallery and to our videos page where you will find videos created by Ronzig about us and the things we are doing.

We're All in This Together - fall 2009
October 30, 2009
PDF format (151K, 5 pages)
Word format (730K, 5 pages)

Recession Relief Coalition videos - by Ronzig

When will we move beyond a Stone Age mentality?
By Ron Craven
October 16, 2009
Throughout the history of the human race there has been a division of power resulting in an elite few who did little while the majority worked every waking hour just to survive. While the privileged few grew fat off the labour of the rest, the progress of the race was hampered because most of the population had no time to work at creating a better society. Today is no different. While 90% of the population slaves every waking hour to maintain the few comforts they have been allowed to enjoy primarily through a credit system that ensures they will never escape an indentured state of existence, the dominant 10% enjoy their multi million dollar yachts, private jets and mansions.

Source:
Recession Relief Coalition - Toronto Chapter*
Mission Statement: To document the impact of the recession and generate public support to keep all levels of government accountable by ensuring that the needs of those suffering from the effects of the recession are addressed and communities are strengthened.
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* We intend to open chapters across Canada to share ideas and information, sponsor events and pressure government at all levels to take strong action to protect us all from the harmful effects of this recession and to alleviate poverty nation wide.
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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

2. The three ghosts of poverty: Being a caregiver can affect your financial health - October 31
(Toronto Star)

The three ghosts of poverty: Being a caregiver can affect your financial health
By Sherri Torjman (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
October 31, 2009
Unlike the ghouls that make an appearance only on Oct. 31, there are three ghosts that haunt millions of Canadians every day. These ghosts of poverty stalk far too many households involved in providing personal care and support to relatives with severe disabilities, or sick and aging parents. The caregiving role can create serious financial strains. First, many seniors and persons with disabilities live on low incomes; caregivers often spend much of their own money for basic food, heat and shelter required by those receiving care. Second, caregivers' own employment status and income can be jeopardized by the pressures of their caregiving responsibilities. Third, caregivers often have to pay the additional cost of disability related goods and services not covered by medicare or private insurance. These three ghosts of poverty, which hover continually, threaten to destabilize the lives of the many caregivers trying merely to provide a decent quality of life for those they love. (...)
All caregivers struggle with these three ghosts of poverty that shadow them constantly. While it may be no mean trick to provide additional aid to these households – particularly to low-income caregivers – extra assistance to help offset the financial burden of caregiving would be a welcome treat.
Source:
Toronto Star

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

3. Possibilities and Prospects: The Debate Over a Guaranteed Income -
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Possibilities and Prospects: The Debate Over a Guaranteed Income (PDF - 361K, 38 pages)
October 30, 2009
The idea of a guaranteed income has a long and respectable history in Canadian political and economic thought. Recently, in the face of both wide criticism of the Canadian income security system and growing recognition of the unacceptability of current poverty rates, there has been a resurgence in calls for implementation of a Canadian guaranteed income. But the idea is a controversial one; progressive activists, academics, and politicians disagree about the desirability and the practicality of a guaranteed income. This report traces the history of guaranteed income proposals in Canada, reviews the arguments in favour and against, and suggests a number of other social welfare measures that should be central elements of any reform program, but that guaranteed income debates often ignore.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

4. Canada’s Long Road to Economic Recovery - October 29
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Economy still not recovering: Study
Press Release
October 29, 2009
OTTAWA - Canada's economy is still mired in recession and a long way from recovery,
despite months of "green shoot" speculation, says a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

Complete report:

Canada’s Long Road to Economic Recovery (PDF - 350K, 18 pages)
October 2009
By Jim Stanford and David Macdonald

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

5. B.C. introduces controversial homeless law: Assistance to Shelter Act - October 29
(CTV)

Act will protect homeless in extreme weather
News Release
October 29, 2009
VICTORIA – The Province has introduced the Assistance to Shelter Act to keep homeless British Columbians safe from extreme weather by giving police the authority to take people at risk of harm to emergency shelters, announced Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman. (...) Police will have to be satisfied people are at risk of harm due to the weather conditions before taking them to an emergency shelter. Once at the shelter, they have the right to decide whether or not they want to stay at the shelter. The shelter may provide the opportunity for individuals to connect with outreach workers, who can help them access medical, financial and long-term housing supports. (...) The new legislation will apply to adults age 19 and older when an extreme weather alert has been issued for a community. It is expected that the legislation will be in place this winter. Youth are covered by the Child, Family and Community Service Act, which provides the framework for Child Protection Services.
Source:
Ministry of Housing and Social Development

The legislation:
Assistance to Shelter Act (Bill 18, 2009 - First Reading)
"Explanatory Note: This Bill establishes a scheme for issuing and cancelling extreme weather alerts and enables police officers to transport persons at risk to emergency shelters when extreme weather alerts are in effect."

Related links:

B.C. introduces controversial homeless law
October 29, 2009
By
Darcy Wintonyk
The B.C. government introduced a controversial law Thursday that allows police to force homeless people to go to a shelter - but won't give officers the power to make them stay. Homeless advocates and provincial civil rights watchdogs have denounced the legislation, saying it is little more than a veiled attempt to clean up Vancouver streets before the 2010 Olympic Games.
Source:
CTV

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

6. Can we have an adult conversation about taxes? - October 26
(Hugh Mackenzie in the Toronto Star)

Can we have an adult conversation about taxes?
October 26, 2009
By Hugh Mackenzie
Research Associate,
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
At the risk of insulting a generation of 4-year-olds, it's time we had an adult conversation in Canada about taxes and public services. Most 4-year-olds have figured out that when you go to the store to get something you want, you have to be prepared to pay for it. Yet Canada's political leaders and business interest lobbyists would rather spit nickels than admit this basic fact. It's a problem with all political leaders and parties – not just those I disagree with.
Source:
Toronto Star

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

7. Acceptance Remarks by Marge Reitsma-Street upon receipt of the Dick Weiler Award - October 14

Acceptance Remarks by Marge Reitsma-Street
upon receipt of the Dick Weiler Award
(PDF - 83K, 3 pages)
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work,
University of Toronto, October 14, 2009
The Weiler Award is presented annually to acknowledge and honour exceptional contributions to community and social development in Canada. This award is in memory of Dick Weiler (1942-1995), who helped lay the groundwork for social policies to promote national and community values in Canada. Marge Reitsma-Street, Ph.D., of the University of Victoria in BC, was a co-recipient of the Weiler Award for 2009.
This is a transcript of Marge's acceptance speech at this event.

Related link:

The Weiler Award
- Background information about Dick Weiler (1942-1995) and the award presented annually in his memory, along with a list of all Weiler Award winners since 1996.

8. Fact Sheet: Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Adjudication of Addictions - August 2009
(CLEONet)

Fact Sheet: Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Adjudication of Addictions (PDF - 41K, 2 pages)
August 2009
People with addictions to drugs or alcohol or both may now be eligible for benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). This fact sheet explains what people who have disabling conditions caused only by drug or alcohol addictions should expect when applying for ODSP benefits.
Source:
CleoNet
A web site for (Ontario) community workers and advocates.
Information to help you help your clients understand and exercise their legal rights.

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

9. New from CBC Prince Edward Island:
--- Prince Edward Island bumps up welfare allowances
- August 27
--- Bread and butter' for children on welfare
- October 29
--- Social assistance rates under constant review - October 30

From CBC Prince Edward Island:

Social assistance rates under constant review
October 30, 2009
Payments made to people on social assistance are reviewed annually, says the P.E.I. government, and it is looking at new ways to index those rates. A recent study by the Women's Network of P.E.I. suggested indexing rates to the consumer price index. It noted that rates went unchanged for a decade before an increase in June. Bob Creed, director of social programs for the province, said a couple of provinces do tie some of their social assistance rates to the consumer price index, but that wouldn't always be beneficial.

'Bread and butter' for children on welfare
October 29, 2009
P.E.I.'s social assistance rates are not meeting basic needs and the government needs to index payments with the cost of living, says a group studying how women manage on low incomes. Until June of this year, social assistance payments on P.E.I. were unchanged for 10 years. In June, the food rate went up by 10 per cent. The shelter rate increased by five per cent. The Women's Network of P.E.I., which conducted the study, said women cannot get by on occasional raises every decade.

Prince Edward Island bumps up welfare allowances
August 27, 2009
Islanders on social assistance started getting more money to buy groceries and pay the rent earlier this summer, but the number of clients at the local food bank continues to rise.

Source:
CBC Prince Edward Island

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

10. [Ontario] Five benchmarks for social assistance - October 27
(Toronto Star)

Five benchmarks for social assistance
Ontario's fiscal woes come as bad news for the
growing number of Ontarians dealing with the fallout from the recent economic storm.
By Pat Capponi (Voices From the Street) and
Jennefer Laidley (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
October 27, 2009
As provincial coffers dry up, thousands of individuals and families also face increasing financial hardship. With unemployment expected to hit 10 per cent by 2010, there could soon be 400,000 of us out of work. And while federal changes to employment insurance will offer some short-term relief, they may be too little, too late. (...) The commitment to review Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program – made in the province's poverty reduction strategy last December – has been agonizingly slow to get off the ground. (...) [T]he newly appointed minister responsible for poverty reduction, Laurel Broten, and the government's poverty reduction results team must make the social assistance review their first order of business to support Ontario's strategy for climbing out of the recession. As Ontario considers its plan for moving forward, the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction offers the following five benchmarks for a social assistance review that will meet the test:
* The review must be grounded in a bold vision: economic security and opportunity for all Ontarians.
* The review must be proactive.
* A timely process to launch deep reforms must be part of the review package.
* Providing decent, adequate income supports must be a stated outcome of the review.
* People who have had to rely on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program must have a leading role in shaping the review's recommendations.
Source:
Toronto Star

Authors Pat Capponi and Jennefer Laidley are members of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty.

Related links:

Voices From the Street
Voices from the streets was launched in 2005 with funding from the City of Toronto’s Supporting Community Partnership Initiative to develop a speakers bureau comprised of individuals with mental health and addictions history. (...)
Voices From the Street is comprised of individuals who have had direct experience with homelessness, poverty, and/or mental health issues. The organization works to put a human face to homelessness and involves people with direct experience as leaders in a public education process.

Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
The Income Security Advocacy Centre works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.

Social Assistance Review - A sub-site of the Income Security Advocacy Centre
Comprehensive source for issues, stories, resources, analysis, and news about the review
- incl. links to : About - Take Action - Tell Your Story - Resources - News

25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
25 in 5 is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty.

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

11. Two New Studies Released by Vanier Institute - October 27
----- Children & Cities: Planning to Grow Together
----- "Caution! Kids at Play?" Unstructured Time Use among Children and Adolescents

October 27, 2009
Two New Studies Released by Vanier Institute

Two studies released today by The Vanier Institute of the Family say Canadian cities, in many ways, are failing to meet the needs of their youngest citizens. The reports raise critical questions about the impact of urban design and development on the health and safety of children and youth.

Juan Torres from the Université de Montréal's Institut d'urbanisme looks at the ways in which urban planning has evolved to accommodate the needs of the automobile and the negative impact that has on healthy child development and the evolution of vibrant, user-friendly communities.

Belinda Boekhoven of Carleton University adds to the dialogue by asking important questions about children's access to free playtime and outdoor space in cities. Her study finds that young people today are much more likely to be involved in organized activities than in the past. And while structured participation in activities has been shown to be beneficial for child development, there are also risks if children and adolescents don't have enough free time and safe spaces to exercise their imaginations and develop traits such as self-motivation and self-reliance.

These papers make the case that we would all benefit if children and youth figured more prominently in the urban planning process.

Children & Cities: Planning to Grow Together (PDF - 353K, 24 pages)
By Juan Torres

"Caution! Kids at Play?" Unstructured Time Use among Children and Adolescents (PDF - 342K, 27 pages)
By Belinda Boekhoven

Source:
Contemporary Family Trends Papers
Contemporary Family Trends is a series of occasional papers authored by leading Canadian experts in the field of family studies. These papers have been commissioned by The Vanier Institute of the Family as a contribution to discussion and as a source for the development of the Institute's perspective on family issues.
Themes:
* Aboriginal Families * Aging families * Cohabitation * Divorce * Emotional Intelligence * Family and the Environment * Family Finances * Family & Food * Family Policy * Family Strengths * Family Time * Gambling * Life Transitions * Media and Family * Parenthood * Same-Sex Couples * Urban Planning * Work and Family

VIF Publications List

Virtual Library
- incl. links to * Reports * Magazines * Books * Resources

Source:
Vanier Institute of the Family
Our Vision : To make families as important to the life of Canadian society as they are to the lives of individual Canadians.
Our Mission : To create awareness of, and to provide leadership on, the importance and strengths of families in Canada and the challenges they face in their structural, demographic, economic, cultural and social diversity.

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

12. Minister of Finance Modernizes Federal Pension Framework - October 27
(Finance Canada )

Minister of Finance Modernizes Federal Pension Framework
October 27, 2009
News Release
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released an important reform plan for the federal private pension legislative and regulatory framework. (...) Today’s announcement comes out of extensive consultations with Canadians, beginning with the January release of a discussion paper, Strengthening the Legislative and Regulatory Framework for Private Pension Plans Subject to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985, and including online consultations. (...)
The package includes measures to:
* Enhance protections for plan members.
* Reduce funding volatility for defined benefit plans.
* Make it easier for participants to negotiate changes to their pension arrangements.
* Improve the framework for defined contribution plans and for negotiated contribution plans.
* Modernize the rules for investments made by pension funds.

Backgrounder - detailed information on each of the five measures

Source:
Finance Canada

- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

13. Mortality among residents of shelters, rooming houses, and hotels in Canada: 11 year follow-up study - October 26
(
British Medical Journal )

Mortality among residents of shelters, rooming houses, and hotels in Canada
Living in shelters, rooming houses, and hotels is associated with much higher mortality than expected on the basis of low income alone, according to this 11 year follow-up study from Canada. Reducing the excessively high rates of premature mortality in this population would require interventions to address deaths related to smoking, alcohol, and drugs, and mental disorders and suicide, among other causes, say the authors.

Mortality among residents of shelters,
rooming houses, and hotels in Canada: 11 year follow-up study

Published 26 October 2009
By Stephen W. Hwang et al.
Highlights (including results and conclusions)
Complete study (PDF - 143K, 9 pages)

Source:
British Medical Journal

Related link:

Homeless have a much shorter life expectancy, study suggests
10 years of research suggest poverty not only factor in premature deaths
October 26, 2009
By Sheryl Ubelacker
Canadians living in homeless shelters and rooming houses have a much shorter life expectancy than the general population — and poverty is not the only factor contributing to their premature deaths, researchers conclude. In a 10-year study, researchers found the chance of surviving to age 75 among the homeless or inadequately housed is 32 per cent for men and 60 per cent for women, compared to 51 per cent and 72 per cent respectively for the lowest income group in Canada's population. (...) The study, published online Monday by the British Medical Journal, looked at 1991 census data on 15,100 people of varying ages across Canada, who reported being homeless or living in rooming houses or hotels.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

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

14. Canadian Policy Research Networks closing its doors at the end of 2009 - October 26

Leading Canadian Think Tank Closes Its Doors
News Release
October 26, 2009
Canada is losing one of its leading independent public policy think tanks due to a lack of long-term funding commitment from governments and other resources. "It is with sadness that I must announce that after 15 years of quality public policy research, Canadian Policy Research Networks [CPRN] is no longer financially viable and will cease operations," announced Dr. Sharon Manson Singer, President of CPRN.
Source:
Canadian Policy Research Networks [CPRN]

Related link:

Social policy think-tank to close its doors
By Kathryn May
October 27, 2009
OTTAWA — One of Canada’s leading social policy think-tanks is closing its doors because lack of funding. The well-respected Canadian Policy Research Networks announced on its website Monday that it plans to close at year-end, ending 15 years of independent public policy research and evidence gathering to support Canada’s decision and policy-making.
Source:
The Ottawa Citizen

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

15. Employment Insurance data don't count those who run out - October 26
(The Globe and Mail)

From The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

October 27, 2009
Employment Insurance, August 2009
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in August fell 2.4% (-19,100) from July, the second consecutive monthly decline. Decreases occurred in nearly all provinces, with the most notable percentage declines in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- includes tables showing the latest Employment Insurance statistics by province and territory, by age group, by sex and by Census Metropolitan Areas
Related links:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps

[ See also : Tables by subject: Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers ]

Related subjects
o Labour
o Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
o Non-wage benefits

Related links:

From The Globe and Mail:

Employment Insurance data don't count those who run out
Without statistics on the number of jobless Canadians whose employment insurance
benefits have been exhausted, it's difficult to gauge how many are headed for welfare.

By Tavia Grant
October 26, 2009
In a country that dutifully tallies everything from egg sales to steel wire production, one crucial piece of the economic puzzle is missing. When Statistics Canada releases its monthly report on employment insurance today, notable will be the lack of information on the number of unemployed who have exhausted their EI benefits. This is frustrating the efforts of economists and also complicating public policy, because how can governments and support agencies respond if the full extent of the problem is unknown? “We don't know whether people are departing for new employment, or if they are exhausting benefits and persisting in the unemployment pool – and that is problematic,” said Grant Bishop, an economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank. “There could definitely be better disclosure on the character of EI.” Mr. Bishop noted that this “poor real-time gauge” of how many unemployed are without income has implications for how governments plan the rates and delivery of social assistance. Currently no federal body publishes timely statistics showing how often EI benefits run out or welfare rates across the country, which economists expect to rise.

Related Globe articles:
* Bringing EI to self-employed tricky task
* Workers, employers face EI premium hikes: report

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EI: Evidence of Exhaustion?
Posted by Erin Weir
October 27, 2009
Analysis by Erin Weir
Today’s Employment Insurance (EI) figures indicate that, in August, 23,000 more Canadians filed EI claims but 19,000 fewer received EI benefits. The most optimistic possibility is that all of the workers who stopped receiving benefits got jobs. Indeed, the Labour Force Survey indicates that total employment rose by 27,000 in August.
Source:
Progressive Economics Blog

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EI claims numbers drop in August
- October 27, 2009 (CBC)

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

16. Record investment of more than $820 million for affordable housing in Quebec - October 26
(Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Record investment of more than $820 million for affordable housing in Quebec
October 26, 2009
QUEBEC - The governments of Canada and Quebec are partnering to provide a joint investment to build new affordable housing and renovate existing social housing throughout Quebec. In addition to providing economic stimulus, this investment will help create jobs and improve the quality of life for people across all regions of the province. Both levels of government officially signed an extension to the Agreement for residential renovation and adaptation programs and the amending agreement for the Affordable Housing Initiative, which includes Canada's Economic Action Plan, resulting in a joint investment of more than $820 million over the next two years.
Source:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Related CMHC links:

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009:
Housing Support for Canadians and Communities
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009 announced a number of housing-related measures which are being delivered through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. These measures are intended to create employment through timely and targeted investments to build new and renovate existing social housing, and fund housing-related infrastructure.
* Helping Municipalities Build Stronger Communities
* Support for Seniors, Persons With Disabilities, and Northern Housing
* Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Social Housing Administered by CMHC
* On-Reserve Housing

Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI)
Under the Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), the federal government, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, provides contributions to increase the supply of off- reserve affordable housing, in partnership with provinces and territories. In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced $1.9 billion, over five years, for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians. As part of this investment, the AHI was extended for two years, until March 31, 2011. This investment builds on the $1 billion funding commitment under Phase I and II of the initiative. Canada’s Economic Action Plan provides a further one-time investment of $1.525 billion in housing stimulus measures to build new and renovate existing social housing. This funding is being delivered through amendments to existing cost-sharing and delivery arrangements with provinces and territories through the AHI.

* Affordable Housing Initiative — Background
Through the AHI, the federal government, through CMHC, provides contributions to increase the supply of off- reserve affordable housing, in partnership with provinces and territories.

* National AHI Funding Table
Funding allocations and commitments (dollars and number of units) made under the AHI, updated quarterly.

* CMHC News Releases on Official AHI Project Openings
Search CMHC News Releases on official AHI project openings through a new, user friendly search tool.

* Provincial and Territorial Links
Links to provincial and territorial housing authorities.

An earlier round:

* Federal, Provincial and Territorial
Agreements on Affordable Housing in 2004 and 2005

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

17. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for August 2009 - October 23
(Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for August 2009
October 23, 2009
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for August 2009.

Highlights:
August 2009: budgetary deficit of $5.3 billion
April to August 2009: budgetary deficit of $23.7 billion

Related document:

* The Fiscal Monitor for August 2009
[ earlier issues of The Fiscal Monitor ]

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

18. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2009 - October 29
--- Juristat (justice statistics) - October 2009
------- Homicide in Canada, 2008
------- Trends in police-reported serious assaults
------- Parenting after separation and divorce: a profile of arrangements for spending time with and making decisions for children
------- Victim services in Canada, 2007/2008

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

October 29, 2009
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2009
Non-farm payroll employment fell by 110,200 in August (-0.8%), following an increase of 27,300 in July. Half of the overall change in August came from a drop in educational services, as payroll employment in that industry returned from unusually high levels in July.
- includes tables showing the number of employees and average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees from August 2008 to August 2009
[ Related link: Employment, Earnings and Hours - click "View" to see the latest issue]

Related subjects:
o Labour
o Employment and unemployment
o Hours of work and work arrangements
o Industries
o Wages, salaries and other earnings
o Non-wage benefits

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Juristat - October 2009 (Justice and crime statistics)
In this issue:

* Quick fact:
Seniors have the lowest rates of police-reported violence

* Homicide in Canada, 2008
October 2009
This annual report is an examination of homicide in Canada. Detailed information is presented on the characteristics of homicide incidents (murder, manslaughter and infanticide), victims and accused within the context of both short and long-term trends.
Highlights
Full article - HTML
Full article - PDF
(337K, 26 pages)

* Trends in police-reported serious assaults
October 2009
This article examines police-reported data on three types of assault: assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm, aggravated assault and assaults against peace officers.
Highlights
Full article - HTML
Full article - PDF
(407K, 16 pages)

* Parenting after separation and divorce:
a profile of arrangements for spending time with and making decisions for children

October 2009
This article examines recently separated or divorced parents who have arrangements in place for spending time with and making decisions for their children, and profiles the types of arrangements that these parents have.
Highlights
Full article - HTML
Full article in PDF
(225K, 16 pages)

Victim services in Canada, 2007/2008
October 2009
This article presents a profile of services offered to victims in Canada, based on the results of the 2007/2008 Victim Services Survey. It also includes an analysis of victims who sought assistance during 2007/2008 and of victims served on May 28, 2008.
Highlights
Full article - HTML
Full article - PDF
(396K, 22 pages)

Source:
Juristat
This periodical is of interest to all those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects, as well as to anyone who has an interest in Canada's justice system.
It provides analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. There are annual articles on areas of recurring interest such as: - Crime - Homicide - Youth and adult courts - Correctional services + Other articles focusing on topics of current interest to the justice community.

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Check The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

19. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 31

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

October 31, 2009

A commitment to Ontario's children: Moving forward with full day early learning for four and five year olds
28 Oct 09
- Media and other documents focusing on Ontario's plan and the Premier's announcement to move forward with a full day of learning in Ontario for four and five year olds.

Points of view (selected) regarding the effects of restructuring programs for 4 and 5 year olds in Ontario
28 Oct 09
- Points of view from various organizations and people on the implementation of the full day early learning report.

Why public early childhood education and care?
28 Oct 09
- Document from CUPE advocating and discussing why a publicly funded and delivered child care system is the way to go.

CUPE launches public child care tour
28 Oct 09
- CUPE has launched a cross-country tour advocating for public early childhood education and care. Tour dates and documents on public child care included.

Province invests $6 million in child care
28 Oct 09 - Press release from the Government of Nova Scotia announcing a provincial investment for the expansion of facilities and creation of child care spaces.

Province designates funds for new and revitalized child-care centres in Winnipeg: Selinger
28 Oct 09
- Press release from the Government of Manitoba announcing a plan for the expansion, renovation and creation of child care spaces.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
16 Sep 09
- New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008
16 Sep 09
- Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Manitoba expands child care capacity
[CA-MB] 28 Oct 09

· The right move on early learning
[CA-ON] 28 Oct 09

· Access makes the difference
[CA-BC] 28 Oct 09

· Your best employees in 2025 are finger painting today
[US] 27 Oct 09

· Union: Childcare sector needs overhaul
[AU] 24 Oct 09

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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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

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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.

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest content from the Poverty Dispatch:

October 30:
Income-based Achievement Gap - Illinois
Report: State Academic Standards and Proficiency Measures
States and Unemployment Benefits

October 29:
Drought and Food Aid - Ethiopia
Food Stamp Program and Large Retailers

October 28:
State Medicaid Programs - Louisiana, Missouri
Unemployment and Child Support Payments - Rhode Island
TANF and Immigrants - Nevada

October 27:
Emergency Housing Aid Programs - Minnesota
Public Defender System - Missouri
Payments to Foster Parents - Oregon
Youth Runaways and Homelessness
Extreme Recruitment Foster Care Program

October 26:
Unemployment and Underemployment - California
Report: Child Poverty - South Dakota
Alternative Measures of Poverty in the US

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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

21. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #130, October 2009

World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #130, October 2009
This newsletter provides an update of new resources about understanding and alleviating poverty available from PovertyNet, http://www.worldbank.org/poverty, and other websites.
In this issue:
1. Economic Crisis Roundup: Recovery Emerging, But Not Yet for All
2. Crisis Impact: Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Face Greater Risks
3. "Moving Out of Poverty: The Promise of Empowerment and Democracy in India," edited by Deepa Narayan
4. "The Pattern of Growth and Poverty Reduction in China," by Jose G. Montalvo and Martin Ravallion
5. "A Comparative Perspective on Poverty Reduction in Brazil, China and India," by Martin Ravallion
6. "What Explains the Cost of Remittances? An Examination across 119 Country Corridors," by Thorsten Beck and María Soledad Martínez Pería
7. "Distributional Impact Analysis of Past Climate Variability in Rural Indonesia," by Outi Korkeala, David Newhouse and Mafalda Duarte
8. World Bank Group Launches Environment Strategy Consultations
9. Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing World: What will it Cost?
10. "The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights," by Irene Khan
11. To Receive this Newsletter
Source:
Poverty Net Newsletter
- incl. links to earlier issues of the newsletter and a Quick Subscribe feature if you wish to receive the newsletter by email.
[ PovertyNet ]
[ World Bank ]

Subscribe to receive
World Bank newsletters
- links to over 30 newsletters (all including archives)

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

22. [International] 2009 Prosperity Index - October 26
(
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

An International Prosperity Index

What Prosperity Means
By Ryan Streeter
October 27, 2009
"The Legatum Institute, where I am a senior fellow, just released the 2009 Prosperity Index, the world’s only global assessment of wealth and well-being. The Index is based on what most people would consider a fairly intuitive concept of prosperity—namely that “prospering” requires money, but ultimately much more than money. (...) The Prosperity Index builds a complex and sophisticated methodology on top of this basic and intuitive understanding of prosperity. The index ranks 104 countries covering 90 percent of the world’s population. The index consists of nine sub-indexes that are themselves comprised of 79 variables. It assesses how well nations around the world perform on economic fundamentals, innovation, government policy, health, social capital, and more. Its nine sub-indexes are based on reams of research into what makes economies grow and citizens happy."

2009 Prosperity Index - main page
- incl. links to:
* HOME * SUMMARY ( EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - KEY FINDINGS) * THE RANKINGS * COUNTRIES (COUNTRY PROFILES - COMPARE COUNTRIES) * THE REPORT * MEDIA CENTRE

Complete report (PDF - 5.2MB, 40 pages)
[Spoiler : The Nordic countries are at the top of the list, Canada is seventh and the United States ninth.]

Executive summary

Country ranking : Canada

Legatum Institute
The Legatum Institute is an independent research, policy, and advocacy organisation that promotes political, economic and individual liberty in the developing and transitioning world. The Institute undertakes original and collaborative research, publishes scholarly literature and popular distillations, and cultivates a distinguished group of advisors and fellows. It develops innovative ways to disseminate its ideas and analyses, and to test and implement its findings.

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NOTE: the links above were working, but very slowly, on Oct. 27, likely from the volume of traffic generated by the launch of this report.
The links are correct - just keep trying until you get in...
Source:
The Enterprise Blog
[ The American, A Magazine of Ideas ]
[ American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEIPPR)
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. (...) The Institute's community of scholars is committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. ]

< Begin leftie disclaimer. >

Unlike the AEIPPR, I'm not "committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise."
I'm committed to social justice and fairness.
Libertarianism
only works for the rich.
You should read their work nonetheless.

< /End leftie disclaimer .>

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

23. Australian Policy Online - recent content

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia. [ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

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New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

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

24. CRINMAIL - October 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

29 October 2009 - CRINMAIL 1121
* DISCRIMINATION: Guide to non-discrimination and the CRC
* CRIN: Take action!
* FRANCE: Lost in Transit: Insufficient Protection for Unaccompanied Migrant Children at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport [publication]
* EDUCATION: Developing rights - a resource exploring rights around the world for ages 11-14 [publication]
* CHILE: Stop violence against indigenous children [news]
* RUSSIAN: New resources available
* EMPLOYMENT: UNICEF
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

27 October 2009 - CRINMAIL 1120
* CRIN: Ask the Expert
* TURKEY: Issue of jailed Kurdish teens threatens peace talks [news]
* RUSSIA: Post of national child rights ombudsperson created [news]
* AFRICAN COMMITTEE: Evaluation [call for information]
* ASIA: ASEAN to create commission on women and children [news]
* AWARD: STARS Impact Awards
* EMPLOYMENT: ECPAT UK
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

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

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





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Top 36 countries by population size (2009)

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1      China                      1,333,740,000
2      India                        1,171,660,000
3      United States            307,792,000
4      Indonesia                   229,965,000
5      Brazil                         192,054,000
6      Pakistan                    167,786,500
7      Bangladesh               162,221,000
8      Nigeria                       154,729,000
9      Russia                        141,881,000
10      Japan                       127,540,000
11      Mexico                    107,550,697
12      Philippines               92,226,600
13      Vietnam                    85,789,573
14      Germany                   82,002,000
15      Ethiopia                     79,221,000
16      Egypt                         77,279,837
17      Iran                            74,196,000
18      Turkey                       71,517,100
19      Congo                       66,020,000
20      France                        65,073,482
21      Thailand                    63,389,730
22      United Kingdom        61,634,599
23      Italy                            60,157,214
24      Myanmar (Burma)   50,020,000
25      South Africa             49,320,500
26      South Korea              48,333,000
27      Ukraine                      46,029,281
28      Spain                           45,967,632
29      Colombia                     45,117,683
30      Tanzania                     43,739,000
31      Argentina                   40,134,425
32      Kenya                           39,802,000
33      Sudan                           39,154,490
34      Poland                          38,100,700
35      Algeria                        34,895,000
36      Canada                         33,823,000

Source:
Wikipedia
Click the link below to see the population in 223 countries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population

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And, in closing...

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Biggest change in history of CBC News: What it means to you
October 26, 2009
Source:
CBC

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Cell size and scale
How large is a coffee bean
compared to an atom  ?
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/

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Newsmap
http://newsmap.jp/
Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.
[Click the "Canada" tab near the top of the page]

How Newsmap works
http://marumushi.com/projects/newsmap

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OpenWith.org
Free programs to open any file extension
http://www.openwith.org/


Similar to:
FILExt - "The file extension source"
http://filext.com/