Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 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 2,670 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. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for September 2013 (Finance Canada) - November 29
2. The Harper Record on Housing in How Ottawa Spends, 2013-14 edition - November 29
3. [Toronto] Soundbites- e-bulletin : Special edition: City Budget 2014
(Social Planning Toronto) - November 28
4. How Harper can avoid turning a Budget Implementation Bill into a Duffy budget bill (By Armine Yalnizyan in the Progressive Economics Forum) - November 27
5. (Manitoba) The Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (Policy Fix : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba Office) - November 27
6. The 2013 Charity 100 Grades + Canada’s top-rated charities of 2013 (MoneySense) - June 2013
7. 2013 Report Cards on Child and Family Poverty (Campaign 2000) : National report + BC + AB (Edmonton and Calgary)] + ON + NB + NS - November 26
8. Evaluation of the Labour Market Agreements : Final Report (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - March 31, 2013
9. 2013 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada - November 25
10. SGNews (formerly Straight Goods) joining forces with rabble.ca - September 19
11. Updated links to Statistics on Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan
12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
---- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2013 - November 27
--- Socioeconomic overview of the farm population, 2011 - November 27
--- Farm income, 2012 - November 26
--- Canadian Internet Use Survey, 2012 - November 26
--- Study: Long-term trends in unionization, 1981 to 2012 - November 26
--- Understanding public–private sector differences in work absences - September 19
13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [United States] Conservative Leads Effort to Raise Minimum Wage in California (New York Times) - November 25
16. [ International, incl. Canada] Pensions at a Glance 2013 : OECD and G20 Indicators (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) - November 26
17. 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. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for September 2013 - November 29
(Finance Canada)

From
Finance Canada:

Release of The Fiscal Monitor - September 2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-154-eng.asp
November 29, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for August 2013.

Highlights:

September 2013: budgetary deficit of $3.8 billion
There was a budgetary deficit of $3.8 billion in September 2013, compared with a deficit of $2.2 billion reported in September 2012.

April to September 2013: budgetary deficit of $10.7 billion
For the April to September 2013 period of the 2013–14 fiscal year, the budgetary deficit stood at $10.7 billion, compared with a deficit of $9.4 billion reported in the same period of 2012–13.

Related Document:

The Fiscal Monitor: September 2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2013-09-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

2. The Harper Record on Housing in How Ottawa Spends, 2013-14 edition - November 29

How Ottawa Spends, 2013-14 edition:
Publication Assesses the Harper Record on Housing
http://www.amazon.ca/How-Ottawa-Spends-2013-2014-Government/dp/077354271X
The 2013-14 edition of How Ottawa Spends was released this week. Individual chapters examine several related political, policy, and spending realms including the Budget Action Plan, the ten year Canada Health Transfer Plan, the Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security reforms. The contributors also consider austerity related public sector downsizing and strategic spending reviews, national energy, and related environmental strategies, and the growing Harper practice of "one-off" federalism.
(...) For the first time in recent years, How Ottawa Spends includes a chapter on housing, jointly authored by Steve Pomeroy and Nick Falvo, at Carleton University. This chapter briefly reviews Harper era housing policy in the context of the legacy of six decades of housing activity inherited by this government. It reviews the spending decisions that underpin the current level of expenditures and argues that the relatively high levels of spending do not in fact reflect a political commitment to a federal role in housing. Nor do they reflect a concerted commitment to address unmet housing needs of lower income households. Rather, the Harper government’s approach is characterized by pragmatism and political expediency only coincidentally linked to housing policy.

Trends and current issues in
Canada’s Housing System
http://www.focus-consult.com/PresentationFiles/Trends%20and%20Current%20Issues%20in%20Canadas%20Housing%20System%20UAA%202013.pdf
This is a link to an earlier draft of the housing chapter (Powerpoint) by Pomeroy and Falvo, as presented at the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) in June 2013
Source:
Steve Pomeroy's web-site

http://www.focus-consult.com/presentations

Related links:

Housing Policy Under Harper
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/06/22/housing-policy-under-harper/
June 22, 2013
Notes on a presentation by Nick Falvo on Canadian housing policy at the annual conference of the European Network for Housing Research

Pragmatism and Political Expediency:
Housing Policy in Canada Under
the Harper Regime
Powerpoint slides from Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, Oct 18, 2013 (PDF file - 2.,2MB, 17 slides)
http://www.focus-consult.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ONPHA-2013-The-Harper-Years-in-Housing.pdf

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

3. [Toronto] Soundbites- e-bulletin : Special edition: City Budget 2014- November 28
(Social Planning Toronto)

SPT Soundbites- e-bulletin
Special edition: City Budget 2014

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a8f54eab94acd8c455bb09550&id=4c6552de74&e=f39c876800
November 28, 2013

Contents:
* Toward a Poverty Elimination Strategy for the City of Toronto
* City of Toronto 2014 Budget released
* Join SPT Budget Forums happening today!
* Give a Budget Deputation
* Budget meetings in your ward?

Source:
Social Planning Toronto

http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/
For more than fifty years, SPT and its predecessor organizations have served as a vital voice for the non-profit community sector in Toronto – conducting research and supporting community mobilization that has made a real difference for our organizations, our communities, and the most vulnerable residents in our city.

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

4. How Harper can avoid turning a Budget Implementation Bill into a Duffy budget bill - November 27
(By Armine Yalnizyan in the Progressive Economics Forum)

How Harper can avoid turning a Budget Implementation Bill into a Duffy budget bill
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/11/27/how-harper-can-avoid-turning-a-budget-implementation-bill-into-a-duffy-budget-bill/
Posted by Armine Yalnizyan under Conservative government, democracy, federal budget, fiscal policy, immigration, labour market, Role of government.
November 27, 2013
On November 25th, Armine made the following submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance regarding Bill C-4, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2, on behalf of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Excerpt:
The Supreme Court controversy that led to the measures included in this “budget” implementation bill did not even arise until after the budget was tabled. This bill rewrites the Canada Labour Code and our immigration policies.
That these types of measures have been shoe-horned into a bill that needs to be fast-tracked before Christmas serves as warning: the Government is turning the workhorse of a regular budget implementation bill into a Trojan Horse.Bill C-4 looks alarmingly like a Duffy Budget Bill: stuffed with hidden measures, designed to mislead the public. It can, and should be, amended.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/
The Forum’s general purpose is to promote progressive approaches to economic analysis, policy-making, and activism in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.

Related link:

Bill C-4, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/c4/index-eng.asp

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

5. (Manitoba) The Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come - November 27
(Policy Fix :
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba Office)

The Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
http://policyfix.ca/2013/11/27/the-living-wage-an-idea-whose-time-has-come/
November 27, 2013
(...)
A living wage is different from the minimum wage, being the legal minimum employers must pay. A living wage is based on the principle that fulltime work should provide families with a basic level of economic security. It allows a family of four with two parents working fulltime to pay for necessities, support the healthy development of their children, escape financial stress, and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities. We have estimated the family living wage for 2013 in Winnipeg at $14.07/hour.

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A Living Wage for Manitoba Families : 2013 Update
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/living-wage-manitoba-families
November 27, 2013
News Release
The report explains how a combination of government policy and employer benefits can lower the minimum wage; in fact since 2009, government tax and Rent Aid policy has lowered the living wage for 1-parent families. It’s time for public and private sector employers to do their part: A Family Living Wage for Manitoba 2013 Update explains why and how.

Complete report:

A Living Wage for Manitoba Families : 2013 Update (PDF - 684K, 12 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/news/docs/Manitoba%20Living%20Wage%202013.pdf

Source:
Policy Fix
http://policyfix.ca/
Policy Fix is a blog for progressive Canadians by the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba Office
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/manitoba

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

6. The 2013 Charity 100 Grades + Canada’s top-rated charities of 2013 - June 2013
(MoneySense)

From MoneySense:

The 2013 Charity 100 Grades
http://www.moneysense.ca/spend/the-2013-charity-100
June 19, 2013
For the fourth straight year, MoneySense has graded Canada’s 100 biggest charities based on program spending efficiency, fundraising costs, governance and transparency as well as cash reserves. Only 48 charities have been awarded “A” grades, while 23 received “C” grades. The goal of our list is not to pass judgement on the merits of a cause—that’s your job as potential donor—but to highlight how charities spend their money.

Grades for all 100 charities
http://www.moneysense.ca/the-2013-charity-100-grades

Canada’s top-rated charities of 2013
http://www.moneysense.ca/spend/canadas-top-rated-charities-of-2013

Source:
MoneySense

http://www.moneysense.ca/

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Related link:

Charity Intelligence Canada
http://www.charityintelligence.ca/
Charity Intelligence (Ci) is a combination of volunteers and a few paid staff. We are all donors who care passionately about the needs of Canadians. Ci's Mission is to help donors make informed and intelligent giving decisions that have impact for Canadians in need.

Ci Charity Search
If you're looking for information on a specific Canadian charity, enter its name in the search box on the home page.
You can also search using keywords like a city (e.g., Ottawa) or a subject (e.g., environment, homeless)

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Who is Charity Intelligence Canada?
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/11/15/who_is_charity_intelligence_canada.html
Registered charity helps people decide where to donate their money
November 15, 2011

7. 2013 Report Cards on Child and Family Poverty (National report + BC + AB (Edmonton and Calgary)] + ON + NB + NS - November 26
(Campaign 2000)

2013 Report Cards on Child and Family Poverty- November 26
(From Campaign 2000)

Campaign 2000 and Its Regional Partners Release
New 2013 Report Cards on Child and Family Poverty
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
November 26, 2013
Campaign 2000’s annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada was released on Tuesday, November 26th in Ottawa. This year marks 24 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada by 2000 and four years after the entire House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.”

National report card:

The 2013 national report card, entitled Canada’s REAL Economic Action Plan Begins with Poverty Eradication, highlights the compelling reasons why the federal government needs to take leadership. It presents the latest statistics on child and family poverty and makes recommendations for all political parties. Federal party leaders have been invited to respond to the report card.

Canada’s REAL Economic Action Plan Begins with Poverty Eradication:
2013 Report card on Child and Familkiuy Poverty in Canada
(PDF - 3MB, 22 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2013C2000NATIONALREPORTCARDNOV26.pdf
November 2013
[ Version française:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2013NationalReportCardNov26French.pdf ]

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Media release on the national Campaign 2000 Report Card
* English (small PDF file) - http://www.campaign2000.ca/whatsnew/2013Campaign2000PressReleaseNov26.pdf
* Français (fichier PDF de petite taille) - http://www.campaign2000.ca/whatsnew/2013Campaign2000PressReleaseNov26French.pdf

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Provincial report cards:

On the same day as the national report card was released, several of Campaign 2000 regional partner organizations released their provincial report cards on child and family poverty as well, including:
* Vancouver, BC
* Edmonton, Alberta
* Calgary, Alberta
* Toronto, Ontario
* Saint John, New Brunswick
* Halifax, Nova Scotia

British Columbia

BC Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2013 (PDF - 3.4MB, 32 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/BritishColumbia/2013First_Call_Report_Card.pdf
By Adrienne Montani
November 2013
BC had a child poverty rate of 18.6 per cent — the worst rate of any province in Canada, using the before-tax low income cut-offs of Statistics Canada as the measure of poverty.

Source:
First Call: BC Child and
Youth Advocacy Coalition

http://firstcallbc.org

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Alberta

From Words to Action : Alberta Can Afford a Real Poverty Reduction Strategy
Alberta Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2013
(PDF - 1.5MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/otherreports/Alberta%20reportcard%20From%20Words%20to%20Actions%20Report%202013%20FINAL.pdf
By John Kolkman (Edmonton Social Planning Council) and Bill Moore-Kilgannon (Public Interest Alberta)
November 2013
In April 2012, Premier Alison Redford promised Albertans that if her government was re-elected, they would commit to a 5-year plan to end child poverty and a 10-year plan to reduce poverty overall. This breakthrough occurred due to the hard work of many concerned organizations and individuals advocating for a provincial poverty reduction strategy.
(...)
The next year will be critical in determining whether the Social Policy Framework and Children First Act end up being simply statement of good intentions, or include specific policy changes to make Alberta a leader in eliminating child and family poverty.

Source:
Edmonton Social Planning Council

http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/
Public Interest Alberta
http://pialberta.org/

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Ontario

Beyond Austerity : Investing in Ontario's Future
Ontario Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2013
(PDF - 5.6MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/reportcards/2013%20FULL%20ON%20Campaign%202000%20Report%20Card%20-Nov26.pdf
[ Version française: http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/reportcards/FINAL%20FRENCH%20FULL%20ONTARIO%20REPORT%20CARD,%20NOV25,2013,%20for%20print.pdf ]
By Anita Khanna with Laurel Rothman & Nicole Forget
November 2013
Ontario must chart a new path; austerity has been harmful to marginalized Ontarians struggling to move beyond poverty. Now, low income children and families need the province to move beyond words into action by making investments in poverty reduction that will help to achieve social justice and equity. Prior to austerity in 2012, such investments led to declining levels of child and family poverty in Ontario.
Source:
Family Service Toronto

http://www.familyservicetoronto.org/
Family Service Toronto (FST) helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For almost 100 years, we have been assisting families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs.

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Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2013
1989-2011
(PDF - 638K, 26 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Nova%20Scotia%20Office/2013/11/2013_NS_Child_Poverty_Report_Card.pdf
By Dr. Lesley Frank
November 2013
(...) Another concern with producing this report card is the erosion of data quality. Year after year, there is less and less to report, particularly for small provinces like Nova Scotia. Reporting the child poverty rates is still possible with available statistics; however statistics for sub-populations which we know experience higher rates of child poverty are increasingly non-existent due to reduced sampling. Changes made by the federal government to the long form census will further erode our ability to track child poverty.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Nova Scotia

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/nova-scotia

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New Brunswick

Where’s the Data?
2013 New Brunswick Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2013
(PDF - 4.1MB, 18 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/New%20Brunswick/2013ChildPovertyReportCard.pdf
By Randy Hatfield
November 2013
It has always been a challenge to report child poverty rates in New Brunswick. Our small population means that sampling techniques used by Statistics Canada result in rates that often are not statistically reliable. Over the years we have used the poverty measure – whether the Low Income Cut O? (LICO) before or after tax, the Market Basket Measure (MBM) or the Low Income Measure (LIM) - which o?ers the most dependable number. Last year, for example, we reported the LIM; the year before it was LICO.

This year we are unable to offer any number.
All of the poverty measures available from Statistics Canada’s Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics for New Brunswick are accompanied by an “E”, which is the lowest grade, and indicates a warning to “use with caution”.
[Bolding and red text are from the original.]

Our ability to relay reliable data was further eroded with the 2011 switch from a mandatory long form census questionnaire to a voluntary National Household Survey (NHS).

Source:
Human Development Council
http://sjhdc.ca/

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Join us and take e-action to send a message to our Prime Minister and all the federal party leaders today.
Click here to send a letter:

http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/act/where-s-our-federal-poverty-eradication-plan

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Related online resource:

A history of inaction (PDF infographic [English and French] - 19.7MB, 2 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/2013C2000INFOGRAPHIC_FULL%20COLOUR.pdf
- incl. timelines and potential outcomes
[HUMONGOUS FILE ALERT!]

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada coalition of more than 120 national, provincial and community organizations committed to working together to end child and family poverty in Canada, over 70 of which are from Ontario.

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

8. Evaluation of the Labour Market Agreements : Final Report - March 31, 2013
(Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

Evaluation of the Labour Market Agreements:
Final Report
(MS Word file - 164K, 50 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/Final_LMA_Evaluation_Report_March_31_2013.docx
March 31, 2013
In 2008, the Government of Canada entered into bilateral Labour Market Agreements (LMAs) with all Provinces and Territories (P/Ts) in Canada to provide funding to support a new set of clients not supported under existing Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs). Under the LMAs, Canada provides support for provincial and territorial labour market programs and services that focus on skills development for unemployed individuals ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and employed individuals who are low-skilled. LMA funds were committed for six years - April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2014
[Source : Executive summary]
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Disclaimer (by Gilles):
I'm posting the above link and uploading the file to my own web server at the request of a Canadian Social Research Newsletter subscriber who acquired an advance electronic copy of the report shortly after it was finalized. The report still hasn't made it to the HRSDC website, and there was some frustration expressed re. the government's foot-dragging in posting the report.
Eventually, the report will be posted on the HRSDC website, I'm sure.
(like "the cheque's in the mail"..)
When it is, you should find it under "Labour Market Development Agreements - 2013":
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/publications/evaluations/index.shtml
In the meantime, this version should appeal to social researchers interested in labour issues and especially LMAs.

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Table of contents:

Executive Summary
The Labour Market Agreements
Summary of Findings

Management Response
1. Introduction
1.1 The Labour Market Agreements
1.2 Evaluation of the Labour Market Agreements
1.3 Key Evaluation Strengths and Weaknesses

2. Evaluation Findings
2.1 Program Relevance
2.2 Outcomes Achievement
2.3 Efficiency and Economy
2.4 Strategic Training and Transition Fund

3. Conclusions

Excerpts from the key evaluation findings and conclusions:
* Related to program relevance, the evaluation found:
--- A strong and continuing need existed for the LMAs.
--- The flexibility afforded by the LMAs allowed Provinces and Territories to respond to existing and emerging needs.
--- LMA objectives and priorities are aligned with F/P/T Government priorities.

Source:
Evaluation Directorate
Strategic Policy and Research Branch
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml
[NOTE : On July 15, 2013, the name of the Department changed to Employment and Social Development Canada.]

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

9. 2013 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada - November 25

From the
Office of the Auditor General of Canada:

2013 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada - November 25, 2013
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201311_e_38780.html
November 25, 2013

Contents:
Chapter 1—Follow-up Audit on Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting
Chapter 2—Access to Online Services
Chapter 3—National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy
Chapter 4—Canada’s Food Recall System
Chapter 5—Preventing Illegal Entry Into Canada
Chapter 6—Emergency Management on Reserves
Chapter 7—Oversight of Rail Safety—Transport Canada
Chapter 8—Disaster Relief for Producers—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chapter 9—Offshore Banking—Canada Revenue Agency
Appendices:

Appendix A—Main Points—Fall 2013 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Appendix B—Main Points—Fall 2013 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Appendix C—Auditor General Act
Appendix D—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2012–13
Appendix E—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Source:
Auditor General of Canada

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

Auditor General reports for earlier years (back to 1981)
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lp_e_925.html

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Related link:

Auditor general’s report: Feds, First Nations not prepared for emergencies:
Audit concludes federal government in a “cycle of reacting to emergencies” on reserves, not focused on mitigation
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/11/26/auditor_generals_report_feds_first_nations_not_prepared_for_emergencies.html
November 26, 2013
OTTAWA—Ottawa is not doing enough to manage the federal government’s role in responding to emergencies on First Nations reserves, according to a new report from auditor general Michael Ferguson. In his Fall 2013 report, Ferguson stated that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is in “a cycle of reacting to emergencies” rather than what can be done to prevent them.
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The Fall report points out “significant weaknesses” in Canada’s rail transport system, continuing insecurity at borders, and an inadequate food-safety recall system.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

10. SGNews (formerly Straight Goods) joining forces with rabble.ca - September 19

SGNews (formerly Straight Goods) joining forces with rabble.ca:
Canada's pioneering progressive news site shutting down after 13 years

http://sgnews.ca/2013/09/19/sgnews-joining-forces-with-rabble-ca/
September 19, 2013
By Ish Theilheimer, Publisher, Straight Goods News
I'm writing to thank you for your readership of and support for SGNews and to let you know that SGNews is going out of business. The good news is that we are joining forces with the online progresssive news source, rabble.ca. Our two boards of directors have reached an understanding under which rabble.ca will feature all the SGN writers that choose to come over, post our archives, and enjoy our cooperation to build one, strong progressive Canadian news service.

Source:
Straight Goods News
http://sgnews.ca/

rabble.ca
http://rabble.ca/
rabble.ca will draw on the real energy and power of the Internet – passionate, engaged human beings. Blurring the line between readers and contributors, it will provide a needed space for issues, a place to explore political passions and an opportunity to expand ideas.

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- Go to the Media Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mediabkmrk.htm

11. Updated links to Statistics on Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan

Updated links to Statistics on Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/statistics/index.shtml

Click the link above for links to the following
Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan statistics:

* ISP Information Card (Rate Card) - updated quarterly,gives the maximum monthly rates for Canada Pension Plan, Quebec Pension Plan and Old Age Security benefits, as well as other selected figures.

* Tables of Amounts for Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Allowances are updated quarterly and list the benefit entitlements according to income level and marital status.

* Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Statistical Bulletin - a monthly publication that provides detailed information such as the number of benefits in pay, the amounts paid, and the distribution of various benefits by age and sex.

* Canada Pension Plan Contributors Tables - released annually and provide historical statistics on the number of contributors by places of residence and the distribution of contributors by earnings. Although the release is annual, the data are two years in arrears. This is due to ongoing updates of the Canada Revenue Agency T4 files prior to issuing.

* Canada Pension Plan Maximum Monthly Amounts of New Benefits - includes maximum monthly amounts for new CPP benefits from 1967 to date.

* Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits by Class of Diagnosis includes distribution of beneficiaries by age group updated on an annual basis. This annually updated table represents beneficiaries in pay as of December of each year.

* CPP and OAS Annual Statistics Tables contain historical data on CPP and OAS, average monthly benefits and net payments in fiscal years.

* Number and Amount of Benefits Paid Outside Canada to Countries with which Canada has concluded a Social Security Agreement to people who have lived or worked in another country.

Source:
Service Canada
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

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

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2013 - November 27
--- Socioeconomic overview of the farm population, 2011 - November 27
--- Farm income, 2012
- November 26
--- Canadian Internet Use Survey, 2012
- November 26
--- Study: Long-term trends in unionization, 1981 to 2012
- November 26
--- Understanding public–private sector differences in work absences - September 19

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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November 27, 2013
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131127/dq131127a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $918 in September, little changed from $915 the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, weekly earnings increased 1.9%.

November 27, 2013
Socioeconomic overview of the farm population, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131127/dq131127b-eng.htm
The Canadian farm population totalled 650,395 persons in 2011, accounting for 1 out of every 50 Canadians.

Available in CANSIM Tables 004-0100 to 004-0129:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=004-0100..004-0129&p2=31

Related links:

Get to know Canadian farmers and their families
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/ca-ra2011/ha-sa-eng.html
This report, the final data release from the 2011 Census of Agriculture, provides a socio-economic profile of Canada's farm population. It was produced by linking data from the 2011 Census of Agriculture with data from the 2011 National Household Survey and the 2011 Census of Population.

2011 Census of Agriculture
http://www29.statcan.gc.ca/ceag-web/eng/index-index;jsessionid=2F2BFC4CEAE826DC465AF915AE8B1FC3

November 26, 2013
Farm income, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131126/dq131126b-eng.htm
The realized net income of Canadian farmers totalled $7.3 billion in 2012, up 31.7% from 2011, as farm cash receipts rose more than operating costs. This follows gains of 56.3% in 2011 and 16.9% in 2010.

November 26, 2013
Farm cash receipts, January to September 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131126/dq131126c-eng.htm
Farm cash receipts for Canadian farmers totalled $39.9 billion between January and September, up 1.9% from the same period in 2012. This follows an 8.5% gain between the first nine months of 2011 and 2012. Farm cash receipts include market receipts from the sale of crops and livestock, as well as program payments.

Related subjects:

Agriculture
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=920&id=920&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Farm financial statistics
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=920&id=3953&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

November 26, 2013
Canadian Internet Use Survey, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131126/dq131126d-eng.htm
In 2012, 83% of Canadian households had access to the Internet at home, compared with 79% in 2010. About 85% of households located in census metropolitan areas and 80% of households located in census agglomerations had home Internet access, compared with 75% of households outside these areas.

November 26, 2013
Study: Long-term trends in unionization, 1981 to 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131126/dq131126e-eng.htm
Between 1981 and 2012, Canada's unionization rate — defined as the proportion of paid employees who are union members — declined from 38% to 30%. Most of the decline, however, took place in the 1980s and the 1990s. The unionization rate among men declined from 42% to 29% over the period. Men of all ages were affected by the decline, especially those aged 25 to 44. Among women, the unionization rate remained stable at around 30% over the period. However, this stability masked two offsetting trends: a decline among women aged less than 45, and an increase among those aged 45 to 64.

Available in CANSIM Tables 282-0220 to 282-0225
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=282-0220..282-0225&p2=31

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Unionization and industrial relations
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2636&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Related link:

Understanding public–private sector differences in work absences
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11862-eng.htm
By Sharanjit Uppal and Sébastien LaRochelle-Côté
September 19, 2013
Absences from work can be expressed in terms of days lost per year, on the basis of Labour Force Survey data. In this In Brief, the new data on work absences for 2012 are introduced, and the differences between private and public sector employees’ absences are examined in more detail.
Source:
Insights on Canadian Society
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-006-X&lang=eng
* Click "View" for the latest issue of Insights on Canadian Society.
* Click "Chronological index" for earlier editions of this publication.
Earlier editions covered topics such as:
--- Family caregiving: What are the consequences? (September 10, 2013)
--- What has changed for young people in Canada? (July 4, 2013)
--- The evolution of English-French bilingualism in Canada from 1961 to 2011 (May 28, 2013)
--- Living apart together (March 5, 2013)
And that perennial favourite:
--- How many years to retirement? (December 4, 2012)

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

13. 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

December 1, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Characteristics of unregulated child care by province/territory
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/characteristics-unregulated-child-care-provinceterritory
29 Nov 2013 | Canada
This BRIEFing NOTE provides an overview of provincial/territorial guidelines for unregulated child care outside the child's home. There are no health, safety or training requirements or provision for public oversight in unregulated care; any attention by local or provincial public officials is on a complaint basis.

Continuing developments regarding unregulated child care in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/continuing-developments-regarding-unregulated-child-care-on
27 Nov 2013 | Ontario
Three articles from the Toronto Star include news of another death in unregulated child care, numerous violations in Ministry of Education documents obtained by the Star, and a grieving mother's plea to the province for more oversight in unregulated child care.

Right from the start: Report of the expert advisory group on the early years strategy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/right-start-report-expert-advisory-group-early-years-strate
26 Nov 2013 | Europe
Report outlines a comprehensive vision for early childhood education and child care in Ireland.

Canada's REAL economic action plan begins with poverty eradication
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/canadas-real-economic-action-plan-begins-poverty-eradicatio
26 Nov 2013 | Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/canadas-real-economic-action-plan-begins-poverty-eradicatio
Campaign 2000's 2013 report card finds nearly 1 in 7 children still lives in poverty. Recommendations include building a public system of high quality ECEC services and absorbing the Universal Child Care Benefit into the National Child Benefit.

ECE sector sounds warning to government on the need to maintain quality in ECE amid push for increased participation
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/ece-sector-sounds-warning-government-need-maintain-quality-
25 Nov 2013 | Australia and New Zealand
Survey from New Zealand asked 200 people involved in ECE to rate and comment on government policy and practices in the areas of funding, increasing participation and raising quality.

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

Arctic College revives early childhood education
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/arctic-college-revives-early-childhood-education
28 Nov 2013 | Nunavut

No space in Nunavut daycares
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/no-space-nunavut-daycares
27 Nov 2013 | Nunavut

Nunavut lags in inspecting daycares and schools, audit finds
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/nunavut-lags-inspecting-daycares-and-schools-audit-finds
27 Nov 2013 | Nunavut

Fallout from controversial photo threatens Verdun daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/fallout-controversial-photo-threatens-verdun-daycare
27 Nov 2013 | Quebec

1 in 6 kids in Nova Scotia live in poverty: report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/1-6-kids-nova-scotia-live-poverty-report
27 Nov 2013 | Nova Scotia

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 page 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

14. 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:

November 29, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/29/
Child Poverty – Canada
Graduation Rates – Rhode Island

November 28, 2013 - No Dispatch today

November 27, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/27/
Poverty and Children’s Health
Mental Health Screening for Children

November 26, 2013 - No Dispatch today

November 25, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/25/
Medicaid Expansion and Coverage for the Homeless

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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

15. [United States] Conservative Leads Effort to Raise Minimum Wage in California - November 25
(New York Times)

Conservative Leads Effort to Raise Minimum Wage in California
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/us/conservative-leads-effort-to-raise-minimum-wage-in-california.html
By Jennifer Medina
November 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES — Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley millionaire, rose to fame by promoting a ballot initiative that essentially eliminated bilingual education in California. He went on to become publisher of The American Conservative, a libertarian-leaning magazine. But after decades in the conservative movement, Mr. Unz is pursuing a goal that has stymied liberals: raising the minimum wage.

Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

16. [ International ] Pensions at a Glance 2013 : OECD and G20 Indicators - November 26
(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development )

International (includes Canada):

New from the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
:

Pension reforms on track but the challenges of adequacy and inequality in old age remain, says OECD
http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/pension-reforms-on-track-but-the-challenges-of-adequacy-and-inequality-in-old-age-remain.htm
News Release
November 26, 2013
Recent reforms of pension systems have helped to contain the rise in future costs resulting from ageing populations and increasing life expectancy. Governments now need to do more to encourage people to work longer and save more for their retirement to ensure that benefits are adequate enough to maintain standards of living into old-age. Policy action is also needed to avoid rises in inequality among retirees and pensioner poverty, according to a new OECD report.

The report:

Pensions at a Glance 2013:
OECD and G20 Indicators
http://www.oecd.org/pensions/pensionsataglance.htm
This comprehensive examination of pension systems in OECD and selected non-OECD countries looks at recent trends in retirement and working at older ages, evolving life expectancy, design of pension systems, pension entitlements, and private pensions before providing a series of country profiles.
[NOTE : The above link includes the four links below)

Read the complete 368-page report online:
http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/finance-and-investment/pensions-at-a-glance-2013_pension_glance-2013-en

Country profile : Canada (PDF - 108K, 3 pages)
http://www.oecd.org/els/public-pensions/PAG2013-profile-Canada.pdf

Country profiles for all participating countries
http://www.oecd.org/pensions/pensionsataglance.htm#profiles

Previous editions of Pensions at a Glance [back to 2005] (under "Further Reading"):
http://www.oecd.org/pensions/pensionsataglance.htm

Source:
Insurance and Pensions
http://www.oecd.org/pensions/

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
http://www.oecd.org/

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Related links:

Seniors living in poverty rising in Canada, OECD says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/seniors-living-in-poverty-on-the-rise-in-canada-oecd-says-1.2440714
November 26, 2013
Source:
CBC.ca
http://www.cbc.ca/

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Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
warns poverty among seniors rising in Canada, points to public pensions gap
http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/11/26/oecd_warns_poverty_among_seniors_rising_in_canada_points_to_public_pensions_gap.html
By Julian Beltrame
November 26, 2013
OTTAWA—An international think-tank warns that poverty among Canadian seniors is on the rise and that current pension safety nets may be inadequate to address the problem. The comprehensive study on global pensions by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed that Canadians over 65 years of age are relatively well off when compared with most others in the 34-country group of advanced economies.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

17. 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:

27 November 2013 - CRINmail 1355
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4949
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- South Sudanese Parliament passes bill ratifying CRC
- Fear of armed conflict descending into genocide
- Draft amendments to bring back stoning & flogging
- Israeli mother appeals against son’s forced circumcision
- Proposal to remove age limit on right to die
- Violence against LGBT children perpetrated at home
- Funding opportunities: EU, Stars Foundation
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Norway
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 issue 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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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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Ten Reasons Gay Marriage is Un-American

1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

Source:
http://bw.org/gay-marriage.html

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And, in closing...

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Yoga with cats (video, duration 2:25)
http://deadwildroses.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/yoga-with-cats/

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Paul Calandra takes your questions
http://askpaulcalandra.com/
(speakers & sound card required)

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19 Cool Watches that Require a PHD to Tell Time
http://coolmaterial.com/style/19-cool-watches-that-require-a-phd-to-tell-time/

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The Photoplayer Is the Greatest Instrument Ever Devised (video, duration 1:55)
http://www.neatorama.com/2012/08/20/The-Photoplayer-Is-the-Greatest-Instrument-Ever-Devised/

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The blackfly song - with lyrics (video, duration 5:05)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo

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