Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 2, 2014

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 2,684 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for November 2014 (Finance Canada) - January 31
2. The Housing First Model -- cure to homelessness in Canada? (rabble.ca) - January 28
3. Income splitting is a tax gift to Canada’s rich: study (By David Macdonald, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - January 28
4. Minimum Wages:
--- Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014
(Ontario Ministry of Labour) - January 30
--- [Ontario] Provincial advisory panel calls for annual minimum wage hikes pegged to inflation
(Laurie Monsebraaten) - January 27
--- On the sins of wages — when set by governments
(Andrew Coyne) - January 27
--- Ontario to raise minimum wage to close to $11
(Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star) - January 27
--- [Ontario] A $14 minimum wage could put Ontario on the right side of history
(Trish Hennessy) - January 27

5. Media and Policy News for January 27 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. 280+ Submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario (2011-2012)
7. Welcome to Harperland : Yukon Government Opens Vast Wilderness to Mining --- Indigenous leaders, conservation groups vow legal challenge. - January 2014
8. Toronto's 'Robin Hood doctor' Roland Wong has licence suspended (Toronto Star) - January 22
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Annual revision of the Labour Force Survey seasonally adjusted estimates, January 2011 to December 2013 - January 31
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2013 - January 31
--- The underground economy in Canada, 2011 -
January 31
--- Longitudinal and International Study of Adults, 2012
- January 30
--- Survey of Household Spending, 2012 Survey of Household Spending, 2012
- January 29
--- Causes of death, 2010 and 2011 - January 29
--- Canada's population estimates: Age, sex and marital status, July 1, 2013
- January 28

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

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. [United States] State of the Union Address (The White House) - January 28
13. [United States] Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage and on Retirement (The White House) - January 29
14. [United States] Medical Fundraising Made Easy (Health Networks)
15. 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 November 2014 - January 31
(Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for November 2014:
The Government Remains on Track to Balance the Budget in 2015

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-014-eng.asp
January, 31, 2014
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty today released The Fiscal Monitor for November 2013.
There was a budgetary deficit of $0.6 billion in November 2013, compared with a deficit of $1.7 billion in November 2012.
Revenues increased by $1.7 billion, or 8.2 per cent, reflecting increases in most revenue streams. Program expenses increased by $0.6 billion, or 3.3 per cent. Public debt charges decreased by $0.1 billion, or 2.0 per cent.

Quick Facts:

* For the April to November 2013 period of the 2013–14 fiscal year, the budgetary deficit stood at $13.8 billion, compared with a deficit of $13.6 billion reported in the same period of 2012–13. Absent the impact of the 2013 Alberta flood and the gain realized on the sale of General Motors common stock, the deficit for the April to November 2013 period would have been $11.7 billion.

* Revenues for the same period were up $5.8 billion, or 3.6 per cent, reflecting increases in personal income tax, non-resident income tax, Goods and Services Tax, Employment Insurance premium and other revenues.

* Program expenses to date for the 2013–14 fiscal year were up $6.1 billion, or 3.9 per cent, reflecting increases in major transfers to persons and other levels of government and direct program expenses. Public debt charges were down $0.1 billion, or 0.5 per cent.

Related Product:

Fiscal Monitor - November 2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2013-11-eng.asp

Source:
Department of Finance
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-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 Housing First Model -- cure to homelessness in Canada? - January 28
(rabble.ca)

The Housing First Model -- cure to homelessness in Canada?
http://rabble.ca/news/2014/01/housing-first-model-cure-to-homelessness-canada
By Sanita Fejzic
January 28, 2014
(...) According to a 2013 report by the Homeless Hub and The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) [ http://www.homelesshub.ca/Library/The-State-of-Homelessness-in-Canada-2013-55941.aspx ] , as many as 1.3 million Canadians have experienced homelessness or insecure housing at some point during the last five years.
(...)
A 2009 UN report on access to affordable housing [ http://www.straight.com/node/281403 ] painted a grim picture. The report blasted homelessness as a national emergency in Canada. It brought to light the fact that Canada is one of the few countries in the world without a national strategy on homelessness; it also has no enforceable laws on affordable housing, one of the warning signs and indicators of homelessness.
(...)
Through its 2014-2019 Homelessness Partnering Strategy [ PDF - 288K, 18 pages : http://goo.gl/ZTIV0I ], the Federal government will continue to provide funding to 61 designated communities across the country and the focus is on Housing First. As Tim Richter, President and CEO CAEH explains, "the federal government has been giving money to the Homelessness Partnership Strategy for years. They’re looking for evidence-based, results-oriented priorities to end homelessness, and the Housing First Model is it

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/

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NOTE: At the bottom of the above article from rabble.ca, under "Related items",
there's a link to a depressing/infuriating article entitled:

Toronto housing and homelessness budget slashed again
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/johnbon/2014/01/toronto-housing-and-homelessness-budget-slashed-again
In 2010, the City of Toronto spent $854 million on housing and homelessness programs, but the 2014 budget only calls for $636 million.
Has Rob been passing the crack pipe around Council chambers before budget votes?

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

3. Income splitting is a tax gift to Canada’s rich: study - January 28
(By David Macdonald, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Income splitting is a tax gift to Canada’s rich: study
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/income-splitting-tax-gift-canada%E2%80%99s-rich-study
News Release
January 28, 2014
OTTAWA—Eighty-six percent of Canadian families would gain no benefit from the proposed Conservative income splitting plan, says a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald, examines the cost and the distributional impact of three income splitting scenarios: pension income splitting; income splitting for families with children under 18, as the Conservatives have pledged; and income splitting for all families. The study finds that the impact of income splitting in all scenarios is very unequal and the lost revenue for Canadian governments would be substantial.

The complete study:

Income Splitting in Canada : Inequality by Design (PDF - 613K, 26 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/01/Income_Splitting_in_Canada.pdf
By David Macdonald
January 2014

Table of contents:
* Executive Summary
* Introduction
* Income Splitting: A Brief Primer
* The Cost of Income Splitting
* Pension Income Splitting
* Income Splitting for Families with Children
* Taxable Income Splitting for All Families + Pension Income Splitting
* Conclusion
* Appendix : Methodology and Assumptions

This study finds that, in 2015, Canada’s federal government will give up an estimated $1.2 billion in lost revenue due to pension income splitting and the provinces will lose another $500 million in revenue for mimicking this tax change — for a total revenue loss of $1.7 billion.

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

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Coverage in
The Toronto Star:

Stephen Harper’s income-splitting plan would favour rich, tax study finds
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/01/28/harper_governments_incomesplitting_plan_would_favour_rich_tax_study_finds.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
January 28, 2014
The Harper government’s plan to introduce income splitting for families with children would be a gift to the country’s richest households and make income inequality worse, says a new study being released Tuesday.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

4. Minimum Wages:
--- Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014 -
January 30
--- [Ontario] Provincial advisory panel calls for annual minimum wage hikes pegged to inflation (Laurie Monsebraaten)- January 27

--- On the sins of wages — when set by governments
(Andrew Coyne) - January 27
--- Ontario to raise minimum wage to close to $11
(Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star) - January 27
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[Ontario] A $14 minimum wage could put Ontario on the right side of history (Trish Hennessy) - January 27

Ontario

Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014
http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2014/01/ontario-increasing-minimum-wage.html
New Legislation Would Tie Minimum Wage to Consumer Price Index
January 30, 2014 10:15 a.m.Office of the Premier
Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government's commitment to fairness.

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Provincial advisory panel calls for annual minimum wage hikes pegged to inflation
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/01/27/panel_calls_for_annual_minimum_wage_hikes_pegged_to_inflation.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
January 27, 2014
A provincial advisory panel says Ontario’s minimum wage should be increased annually by inflation, the Star has learned. But the panel’s report, to be released by the government Monday, doesn’t address the thorny issue of what today’s rate should be, sources say. Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25 since 2010. (...) The report also recommends businesses get four months notice before any increase takes effect and that the government review the scheme in five years.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

The complete report:

Report and Recommendations to the Minister of Labour:
2014 Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
HTML version :
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/mwap/index.php
PDF version (2.3MB, 91 pages) : http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pdf/mwap_report.pdf
January 27, 2014

Table of Contents:

Note to the Minister
Executive Summary
Section 1: The Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
Section 2: Minimum Wage in Ontario: Profile and Trends
Section 3: The Economic Impact of Minimum Wages
Section 4: Discussion of Minimum Wage Policy Options for Ontario
Section 5: Summary of Recommendations
Section 6: Conclusion and Reflections
Appendix 1: Terms of Reference
Appendix 2: List of Panel Members and Biographies
Appendix 3: A Consultation Paper on Ontario's Minimum Wage
Appendix 4: Minimum Wage Rates
Appendix 5a: Number of Consultations
Appendix 5b: Minimum Wage Regional Consultations – List of Organizations
Appendix 6: Summary of Stakeholder Consultations
References

Source:
Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/advisorypanel.php
- includes information about the panel:
* Membership * Terms of reference * Regional consultations * Consultation paper

The Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel is part of the
Ontario Ministry of Labour:
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/

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Related links:

Consultation Paper on Ontario's Minimum Wage
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/consultation.php
July 17, 2013

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More related content:
Go to the Minimum Wage section of the Ontario Govt. Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm#minwage

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On the sins of wages — when set by governments
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/sins+wages+when+governments/9436507/story.html
By Andrew Coyne
January 27, 2014
... here we are again, with proposals to raise the minimum wage sweeping the continent. More than 30 states are considering legislation of some kind to that effect, while the president is set to make the issue the centrepiece of his State of the Union address. And where Ontario goes, the other provinces are sure to follow. It’s progress that the inequality debate is now focusing on raising up the poor, rather than tearing down the rich. But there could hardly be a less effective, more ill-targeted way to go about it.
(...)
If we really want to help the poor, here’s a radical idea: Give them more money. Only do so directly, using the tax and transfer system, rather than fixing wages and hoping some of it reaches them. Take from the rich and give to the poor, and at least you have some idea of who is paying, and who is benefiting, with less room for the former group to evade their responsibilities to the latter. And you leave wages to get on with the job for which they were intended, which is to see that all available labour is employed.

Whether or not this goes as far as a universal income guarantee, or builds on the success of existing support programs like the Working Income Tax Benefit, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, or the National Child Tax Benefit, the principle is the same. It’s a minimum income that should be our objective, not a minimum wage.

Source:
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

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Comment (by Gilles):
Andrew Coyne says "Give the poor more money."
Andrew Coyne says we should strive for "a minimum income, not a minimum wage".
In other news...
* http://goo.gl/2XUEyk
* http://goo.gl/JrqqQq
* http://goo.gl/G3Wpbo

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

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

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Ontario to raise minimum wage to close to $11
http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/01/27/kathleen_wynne_objects_to_14_minimum_wage.html
January 27, 2014
By Laurie Monsebraaten
The provincial Liberal government is moving to raise the minimum, frozen at $10.25 for four years, and tie future increases to inflation, sources said Monday. After a four-year freeze at $10.25 and a provincial advisory panel’s call Monday to peg future minimum wage increases to inflation, the Wynne government is poised to boost the rate retroactively later this week, sources say. The cumulative inflation rate since 2010 is 6.7 per cent, putting the new minimum wage at $10.94.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

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Ontario : A $14 minimum wage could put Ontario on the right side of history
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/01/27/a-14-minimum-wage-could-put-ontario-on-the-right-side-of-history/
January 27, 2014
By Trish Hennessy
Six months ago, when Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne struck a panel to review the province’s minimum wage, the debate was still stuck in a 20-year-old business frame. The business frame is predicated on fear. It projects a worse-case scenario response to even the slightest of minimum wage increases: job displacement, higher costs for consumers.
(...)
The business frame limits the answer to the question ‘how high should the minimum wage be’ to simply: how much is business willing to pay without threatening mass layoffs. But over the past six months, as Ontario’s minimum wage panel went from community to community, something started to shift on the minimum wage frame.

The Workers' Action Centre grassroots campaign to raise Ontario’s minimum wage to $14 an hour began gaining ground.
[ See http://www.workersactioncentre.org/issues/minimum-wage/ ]

The idea that a minimum wage should lift workers out of poverty was being promoted by a growing number of organizations.
(...)
South of the border, there were mutually galvanizing developments.
(...)
Efforts are underway to raise the minimum wage in some 30 states right now.
[ See http://goo.gl/6zmNYd ]

(...)
In Ontario yesterday, the minimum wage panel began to slowly move the goal posts by recommending the provincial government index the minimum wage every year to the cost of living (the Ontario Consumer Price Index).
(...)
“That’s just not good enough,” CCPA economist Armine Yalnizyan rightly says. “If you want people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and they can’t working full-time, full year, you’ve got a problem. And it’s not good enough for a government to stand by and say they’re okay with that.” A $14 minimum wage is a small ask, comparatively. But in terms of getting ahead of the curve on this rapid shift in pay expectations for low-wage workers, the political, social and economic returns could be worthwhile.

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

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

5. Media and Policy News for January 27
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 27 Jan 2014

http://goo.gl/zJ3AbV

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

Provincial advisory panel to release report on minimum wage today – reported to recommend annual inflationary increases
Dr. Gary Bloch in today’s Globe: “I know why the minimum wage needs to rise”
Taxes are like Brussels sprouts, says Kaylie Tiessen of the CCPA Ontario. And that’s a good thing
Upstream: Changing the political conversation to address the real causes of poverty in Canada
Ottawa Citizen column: Guaranteed Income a good idea

Ontario

Five by-election scenarios, and what each would mean for a general election
MCSS publishes submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, after the Commission’s website is taken down
A chief actuary’s possible model for a made-in-Ontario pension plan

Around the Province

North Bay Parry Sound Health Board calls on province to increase social assistance rates
Simcoe Muskoka Board of Health says low social assistance incomes are a threat to health
Toronto City Council voting on budget today – Social Planning Toronto has analysis

Across the Country

Calgary sees 3.5% decline in EI recipients
Decline also seen in Saskatchewan
But overall, EI recipient numbers remain relatively unchanged
EI claims process frustrating for new moms in Saskatoon
Atlantic Premiers’ Council panel told EI changes bringing depression and fear to region
PEI woman says end of pilot project meant no income for three months
“Consistent themes” heard in Atlantic EI consultations

National

EI surpluses continue to be used to pay down the federal deficit; a “break-even” scheme will see contributions – and likely benefits – reduced
Survey shows employers just want governments “to get on with” pension reforms
Coddling corporations: CCPA’s Erika Shaker questions governments’ parenting skills

International

Actual affirmative action disability hiring targets for US federal government contractors – if they can do it in the land of the free….
Obama’s State of the Union speech tomorrow to focus on inequality
Op-ed on Massachusetts welfare reforms asks “why the hardheartedness?”
Australia about to undertake large-scale welfare review
Advocates welcome the review
Opposition accuses Australian government of manufacturing a welfare crisis
Australia Post looking at charging for mail delivery
Closure of welfare clinics in Ireland to “realign” services causing hardship
Poverty and Homelessness Action Week in the UK
US tech firms hoping to stop G20’s tax avoidance reforms

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

6. 280+ Submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario (2011-2012)

280+ Submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario (2011-2012)
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/publications/social/socialServices_commssion.aspx
January 2014

In 2010, the Ontario government appointed the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario to examine ways to improve social assistance programs. After consulting with individuals and organizations across Ontario, the Commission submitted its final report in 2012 (PDF - 2.5MB, 184 pages):
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/documents/en/mcss/social/publications/social_assistance_review_final_report.pdf

< Begin rant >

The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) has published close to 300 submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario --- AFTER the Commission’s website has been taken over. In fact, it appears that MCSS has allowed the domain [ http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/ ] to lapse and that a resourceful Content Management service has purchased the domain, thereby attracting a whole whack of free website traffic to their commercial site. Click the link in the preceding sentence to see what I mean. All content from the Commission website is gone.
(The 280+ submissions mentioned above have been posted to the MCSS website, but not all of the "old" content made the cut...)

A BIG, FAT BROOKLYN CHEER FOR MCSS!
http://youtu.be/bdmcmgIkt6c
It would cost a fraction of a penny to store the complete Commission website and all of the submissions in the Ontario government website archive.
This is *not* what transparency and accountability should look like
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< /End rant >

The rant notwithstanding, I highly recommend this reading list of 280 submissions, each looking at the situation from a different perspective!

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

7. Welcome to Harperland : Yukon Government Opens Vast Wilderness to Mining --- Indigenous leaders, conservation groups vow legal challenge. - January 2014

Not social research per se, but...
Wow. Welcome to Harperland

From National Geographic:

Yukon Government Opens Vast Wilderness to Mining
Indigenous leaders, conservation groups vow legal challenge.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140124-canada-yukon-peel-watershed-wilderness-mining-first-nations/
January 24, 2014
Canada's Yukon Territory announced on Tuesday that it has opened one of the largest unbroken wilderness areas in North America to mining and mineral exploration. The government's decree stunned indigenous leaders, who support a 2011 plan developed under Yukon land claims treaties that would have maintained the wilderness character of 80 percent of the area, which is known as the Peel watershed region. The government's new plan all but reverses that figure, opening some 71 percent of the watershed to mining.

Source:
National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

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CBC Coverage:

Yukon releases its Peel River watershed land-use plan calling
for 29 per cent of land to be protected, lower than commission called for
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-releases-its-peel-river-watershed-land-use-plan-1.2505658
January 21, 2014

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- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

8. Toronto's 'Robin Hood doctor' Roland Wong has licence suspended - January 22
(Toronto Star)

Ontario Special Diet

'Robin Hood doctor' Roland Wong has licence suspended
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/22/robin_hood_doctor_roland_wong_has_licence_suspended.html
Physician ordered to pay more than $60,000 in fees after exaggerating patients’ dietary needs so they could collect extra welfare benefits to buy food.
January 22, 2014
Dr. Roland Wong was found guilty of professional misconduct in December 2012 after exaggerating the allergies of his welfare-dependent patients so they could access special diet allowances of up to $250 per month — a practice that saw him bill the government for $1.8 million over four years.

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- Go to the Ontario Special Diet Allowance links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_special_diet.htm

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Annual revision of the Labour Force Survey seasonally adjusted estimates, January 2011 to December 2013 - January 31
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2013 - January 31
--- The underground economy in Canada, 2011 -
January 31
--- Longitudinal and International Study of Adults, 2012
- January 30
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Survey of Household Spending, 2012 Survey of Household Spending, 2012 - January 29
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Causes of death, 2010 and 2011 - January 29
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Canada's population estimates: Age, sex and marital status, July 1, 2013 - January 28

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

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January 31, 2014
Annual revision of the Labour Force Survey seasonally adjusted estimates, January 2011 to December 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140131/dq140131f-eng.htm
Each year, the Labour Force Survey seasonally adjusted estimates are revised for the previous three years, using the latest seasonal factors. These revised estimates are now available in CANSIM.

CANSIM tables available:
Tables 282-0087 to 282-0089 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=282-0087..282-0089&p2=31
Tables 282-0092 to 282-0094 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=282-0092..282-0094&p2=31
Table 282-0100 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=282-0100&p2=31
Table 282-0116 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=282-0116&p2=31
Table 282-0117 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=282-0117&p2=31

January 30, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140130/dq140130a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $928 in November, up 0.9% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, weekly earnings increased 2.5%.

January 30, 2014
The underground economy in Canada, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140130/dq140130c-eng.htm
In 2011, the estimated upper bound for total underground economy activity was $40.9 billion. This is equivalent to 2.3% of gross domestic product. This proportion trended down from a high of 2.6% in 1994 until 2001 when it reached its current level of 2.3%. This proportion has remained relatively stable in the decade that followed.

Report:

The Underground Economy in Canada, 1992 to 2011
HTML version : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/13-604-m/13-604-m2014073-eng.htm
PDF version (1.2MB, 53 pages): http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/13-604-m/13-604-m2014073-eng.pdf
The aim of the Underground Economy (UE) study is to provide information on the extent of underground economic activity in Canada and the sources of these activities. The impact of these activities on the measurement of published gross domestic product (GDP) for Canada is also of concern.

January 30, 2014
Longitudinal and International Study of Adults, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140130/dq140130f-eng.htm
The data from the first wave of the Longitudinal and International Study of Adults are now available for 2012.

January 29, 2014
Survey of Household Spending, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140129/dq140129a-eng.htm
Canadian households spent an average of $56,279 on goods and services in 2012, up 2.0% from 2011.

January 28, 2014
Study: Employment transitions among older workers leaving long-term jobs
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140128/dq140128a-eng.htm

January 28, 2014
Causes of death, 2010 and 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140128/dq140128b-eng.htm
Cancer and heart disease remained the top two leading causes of death for both men and women in 2010 and 2011, a pattern observed since 2000. Together, these two causes of death were responsible for half of all deaths in Canada.

January 28, 2014
Canada's population estimates: Age, sex and marital status, July 1, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140128/dq140128e-eng.htm

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.

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

10. 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

February 2, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Are we ready for universal childcare in Canada? Recommendations for equality of opportunity through childcare in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/are-we-ready-universal-childcare-canada-recommendations-equ
29 Jan 2014 | Canada
Report demonstrates the federal leadership is needed to move forward with a universal child care system that would contribute to more equality in Canada.

International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (Volume 7, Issue 2)
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/international-journal-child-care-and-education-policy-volum
29 Jan 2014 | International
Journal from the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education is available online. Titles in this issue include "Understanding and Using Early Learning Standards for Young Children Globally" and "Kindergarten - a Universal Right for Children in Norway".

Income splitting in Canada: Inequality by design
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/income-splitting-canada-inequality-design
28 Jan 2014 | Canada
Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds 86% of Canadian families would gain no benefit from income splitting; says "child care would have a much more meaningful impact".

Sound foundations: A review of the research evidence on quality of early childhood education and care for children under three -- Implications for policy and practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/sound-foundations-review-research-evidence-quality-early-ch
28 Jan 2014 | Europe
Report from the UK's Sutton Trust and Oxford University suggests five "key conditions" for quality: knowledgeable practitioners, low turnover, good ratios and staff continuity, stimulating physical environments and engaged families.

Proposed changes to child care regulations - Ontario 2014
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/proposed-changes-child-care-regulations-ontario-2014
22 Jan 2014 | Ontario
CRRU BRIEFing NOTE provides information on proposed changes to Ontario's child care regulations. It explains the context, compares current and proposed regulations, and briefly summarizes points from the research literature on staff:child ratios, group size and their links to 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

Our workplaces are about as family-friendly as a 19th-century mill
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/our-workplaces-are-about-family-friendly-19th-century-mill
29 Jan 2014 | Europe

Public consultation of the Child Care Services Act and Regulations
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/public-consultation-child-care-services-act-and-regulations
29 Jan 2014 | Newfoundland

Cost of childcare is barrier to working more, says two-thirds of mothers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/cost-childcare-barrier-working-more-says-two-thirds-mothers
29 Jan 2014 | Europe

Unlicensed daycares worried that new rules creating too much red tape
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/unlicensed-daycares-worried-new-rules-creating-too-much-red-tape
29 Jan 2014 | Ontario

Stephen Harper’s income-splitting plan would favour rich, tax study finds
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/stephen-harper%E2%80%99s-income-splitting-plan-would-favour-rich-tax-study-f
28 Jan 2014 | Canada

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links 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):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would 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

11. 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/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

January 31, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/31/
State Poverty Rates
Unemployment, Job Training and Education (4 articles)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)

January 30, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/30/
State Minimum Wages (2 articles)
Early Childhood Education

January 29, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/29/
The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid (2 articles)

January 28, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

January 27, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/27/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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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

12. [United States] State of the Union Address - January 28
(The White House)

From
The White House:

State of the Union (SOTU) Address
January 28, 2014
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu
Watch the complete 2014 State of the Union Address online (just over an hour in duration).

Obama's 2014 State of the Union address: Full text (transcript)
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-2014-state-of-the-union-address-full-text/
(NOTE : This is from the CBS News website --- I can't seem to find the actual transcript of the Address on the White House website...)

SOTU Issues
http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues

* Family : http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/family
* Poverty : http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/poverty
* Seniors and Social Security : http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/seniors-and-social-security
* Health Care : http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform
* Immigration
* Education
* Economy
* Energy and the Environment
* More...

SOTU Highlights
http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/official-pocket-card
This is a cheat-sheet that members of Congress received before the SOTU Address.

Source:
The White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

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Related Links:

From CBS News:

Obama's 2014 State of the Union wish list
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-2014-state-of-the-union-wish-list/
January 29, 2014
(...) Here’s a breakdown of what the president wants to do in 2014, and whether he’ll need Congress to do it:

Obama's planned executive orders:
(going it alone, without support of Congress)
--- Minimum wage
--- Retirement savings
--- Family policies
--- Job training
--- Unemployment
--- Environment
--- Universal pre-K

Where he'll need Congress' help:
--- Immigration
--- Extending emergency unemployment benefits
--- Earned Income Tax Credit
--- Tax Reform
--- Minimum Wage
--- Manufacturing
--- Trade
--- Environment
--- Investment in universal pre-K
--- Guantanamo Bay

Five State of the Union Takeaways
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-state-of-the-union-takeaways/
(...)
Ultimately, Mr. Obama seemed ready to cede the lofty calls for change he made in years past for a more realistic vision of continued, incremental progress.
The five takeaways:
* 2014 themes throughout
* Extending an olive branch
* Recycled ideas
* A limited scope focused on incremental change
* Less emphasis on certain thorny issues

Source:
CBS News Coverage of the State of the Union

http://www.cbsnews.com/state-of-the-union/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

13. [United States] Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage and on Retirement - January 29
(The Whitehouse)

Also from
The White House:

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage
Video (duration 21:18) : http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2014/01/29/remarks-president-minimum-wage
Transcript : http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/29/remarks-president-minimum-wage-lanham-md
January 29, 2014
Excerpt:
(...) But what I talked about last night (in the State of the Union Address) was a simple but profound idea -- and it’s an idea that’s at the heart of who we are as Americans: Opportunity for everybody. Giving everybody a fair chance. If they’re willing to work hard, take responsibility, give them a shot. The idea that no matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, what your last name is, if you work hard, you live up to your responsibilities, you can succeed; you can support a family. That's what America should be about. Nobody is looking for a free lunch, but give people a chance. If they’re working hard, make sure they can support a family.

Related link:

From
Mother Jones:

Why Did Obama Go to Costco?
Our Wage Calculator Explains

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/costco-vs-walmart-how-many-hours-do-you-need-work-survive

By Tasneem Raja and Jaeah Lee
January 29, 2014
This morning, President Obama visited a Costco in suburban Maryland to reemphasize the theme of income inequality he sounded in the State of the Union speech last night. Our calculator shows why Obama chose the home of the giant pickle jar and behemoth TP package: Even at the relatively low wages paid by big-box retailers, slightly better pay can mean the difference between inescapable poverty and a modest living.

Click the link above to use the calculator to check how many hours it would take you to make a living working at Costco vs. Walmart.
NOTE : The calculator compares Costco and Walmart wages in the U.S. only, but it mirrors the situation in Canada.

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

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Remarks by the President on Retirement
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/29/remarks-president-retirement
January 29, 2014
Excerpt:
So this is the opportunity agenda that's going to help restore some sense of economic security in this 21st century economy. We want jobs that are more plentiful. We want skills that keep you employable. We want savings that are portable. We want health care that’s yours and that's not going to be canceled when you really need it. We want every American who works hard and takes responsibility to retire with dignity after decades of honest work. These are real, practical, achievable solutions to help shift the odds back a little bit in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, so that if they work hard, they can get ahead and they can leave something for the next generation.

Source:
The White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

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

14. [United States] Medical Fundraising Made Easy - January 2014
(Health Networks)

Crowdfunding for medical costs --- Who'd-a-thunk it??.

Medical Fundraising Made Easy
http://www.healthline.com/health/online-medical-fundraising
New medical funding product that allows patients to raise funds to help with their medical expenses.
"YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE : Give help and hope to friends, family, and groups you believe in."

Average costs of selected surgeries and treatment of health conditions in the U.S.:
http://www.hitconsultant.net/2013/10/23/understanding-causes-high-medical-bills-us-infographic/
Heart transplant : $997,700
Kidney transplant : $262,900
Hip transplant : $30,640
Stroke : $23, 380
Personal injury : $25,096
Diabetes : $26,971
Mental illness : $23,178
Heart Disease : $21,955Angioplasty : $27,170
Neurological conditions (e.g., MS) : $34,167

Source:
Healthline Networks

http://www.healthline.com/
Healthline Networks is a privately owned provider of health information and technology solutions for publishers, advertisers, employers, healthcare providers, and health plans.

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PLAN "B":
Canada's nice at this time of year...

http://www.cic.gc.ca/enGlIsH/immigrate/index.asp

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Go to http://canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm#international
(this link takes you to a collection of international health links)

15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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Jokes

1. A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ''Ugh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen!'' The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: ''The driver just insulted me!'' The man says: ''You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I'll hold your monkey for you.''

2. So this dyslexic man walks into a bra...

3. Fitness class participant to Gym instructor: "Can you teach me to do the splits?''
Instructor: ''How flexible are you?''
Partticipant: ''I can't make it on Tuesdays''

4. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one - and let the other one off.

5. Doc, I can't stop singing the 'Green Green Grass of Home'.
He said: 'That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome'.
'Is it common?' I asked.
'It's not unusual' he replied.

6. I'm on a whiskey diet. I've lost three days so far.

7. A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: ''Pint please, and one for the road.''

8. My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well, I was amazed, I never knew they worked.

9. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

10. I rang up Bell Telephone and said, ''I want to report a nuisance caller''.
''Not you again!'' replied the customer service rep.

11. A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, ''Is this some kind of joke?''

12. I was having dinner with Garry KasporovWe were seated at a table with a checkered tablecloth. It took him two hours to pass me the salt.

13. I backed a horse last week at ten to one. It came in at quarter past four.

14. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. But when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.

15. I've got a friend who's fallen in love with two school bags.
He's bisatchel.

Source:
Top 50 Jokes of All Time
http://newslite.tv/2010/10/22/survey-reveals-top-50-funniest.html
Click the link for the 35 other top jokes...

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Costco Pet Memorial
http://www.costco.ca/pet-memorial.html
The next time one of our pets goes to kitty heaven, I'll be sure to pop over to my local Costco to check these out!

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What browser are you using?
http://whatbrowser.org/
Do you know which browser you use when you're online?
It might be important if you're trying to fix a problem and you're speaking to a techie friend.
Click this link and the next screen will tell you not only WHICH browser you're using, but its version. If your browser needs updating, or if you wish to switch to Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or Opera, you can do it directly and failry simply on this page.

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21 Paintings you won't believe are not photos
http://www.viralnova.com/realistic-paintings/

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Take the 3-step Privacy Plan Diet
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/01/28/take-the-3-step-privacy-plan-diet/

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Duolinguo : Free language education for the world
http://www.duolingo.com/
Duolinguo offers courses in:
Spanish - French - Italian - German - Portuguese

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"Build me up Buttercup" Highway Sing-Along : (video, duration 3:29)
http://www.wimp.com/singsbuttercup/

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Journey of the guitar solo through time. (video, duration 3:29)
http://www.wimp.com/guitartime/

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