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March  2, 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. 2008 Federal Government Budget (February 26): Information and analysis by: * CBC * CTV * The Toronto Star: * The Globe and Mail * Canadian Labour Congress * Progressive Economics Forum * Canadian Union of Public Employees * Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives * Wellesley Institute * Canadian Business Online - Conference Board of Canada - Financial Post - C.D. Howe Institute
2. Next Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference
scheduled for May 2009 in Calgary (Canadian Council on Social Development) - February 28
3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Canada's balance of international payments, fourth quarter 2007
- February 29
--- Study: Sexual orientation and victimization, 2004 - February 29
---
Survey of Household Spending, 2006 - February 26
--- Employment Insurance, December 2007 - February 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2007 - February 26
--- Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, February 2008 - February 25
4. What's new from the Winnipeg Inner City Alliance (Institute for Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg) - February 2008

5. The Fiscal Monitor for December 2007 (Department of Finance Canada) - February 26
6. Alternative Federal Budget 2008 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - February 25
7. Federal Budget 2008: Three Housing Questions for Finance Minister Flaherty (Wellesley Institute) - February 20
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - February 29

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. (U.S.) Pew Report Finds More than One in 100 Adults are Behind Bars (Pew Center on the States) - February 28

11.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing
--- Making it work: promoting participation of job seekers with multiple barriers through the Personal Support Programme - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Housing assistance and employment - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Public housing rent policy in Australia and overseas - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Sustaining fair shares: the Australian housing system and intergenerational sustainability - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Housing assistance in Australia 2008 - Posted 23-02-2008
--- Adoptions Australia 2006-07 - Posted 23-02-2008

12.
CRINMAIL 960, 961 - February 2008

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Federal Government Budget - February 26
- Information and analysis by: * CBC * CTV * The Toronto Star: * The Globe and Mail * Canadian Labour Congress * Progressive Economics Forum * Canadian Union of Public Employees * Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives * Wellesley Institute * Centre for Research on Globalization
* Canadian Business Online - Conference Board of Canada - Financial Post - C.D. Howe Institute

(Federal) Budget 2008
- links to all budget documents
- includes links to earlier federal budgets back to 1994
Source:
Department of Finance Canada
[ Government of Canada ]

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Related links and selected reviews:
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From the CBC:

Federal Budget 2008 : In Depth
- includes highlights of changes by target group : * Individuals and Families * Students * Seniors * Aboriginal Canadians * Immigrants * Businesses * Farmers * Security * The Environment * Research and Development * Sports and Culture

Budget Quotes
Sound bites and brief reactions to the budget from the following:
* Jim Flaherty, federal minister of finance * Stephane Dion, leader, Liberal Party of Canada * Jack Layton, leader, new Democratic Party of Canada * Jay Myers, president, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters * Marc Lee, senior economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives * Buzz Hargrove, president, Canadian Auto Workers * Michael Roschlau, president, Canadian Urban Transit Institute * Avrim Lazar, president, Forest Products Association of Canada * Joanne De Laurentiis, president, Investment Funds Institute of Canada * Gord Steeves, president, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities * Amanda Aziz, national chair, Canadian Federation of Students * Dwight Duncan, minister of finance, Ontario

Your Turn: Budget 2008
Reactions of average Canadians to the 2008 federal budget
Scroll down the page to see comments (232 comments as of 9am Feb. 28) sent in by email, and/or
"Send us Your View" - CBC invites you to write in (anonymously) to say how this budget will affect you and your family.

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From CTV:

Interactive : Budget 2008

Prudent Conservative budget has some surprises
- incl. links to the Budget Speech and highlights, winners and losers, "Flashback" ("An interactive look at the federal budget's path from deficit to surplus), budget links, budget jargon, and much more...

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From The Toronto Star:

Federal Budget 2008
- includes a ton of articles plus commentary by :
* Thomas Walkom * Chantal Hébert * David Olive * James Travers * Chantal Hébert * Albert Koehl * Carol Goar

Some activists embrace Flaherty's tax-free plan while others scorn it
February 28, 2008
By Tanya Talaga
The introduction of a tax-free savings account is hailed by some anti-poverty advocates as a big, first incentive to low-income earners to save money intended to be free of government clawbacks. Others say the special savings account is just another way for the rich to get richer.

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From the Globe and Mail:

Small change for tighter times
$6-billion over three years; New tax shelter and sprinkling of economic aid; Dion vows not to vote it down
Thriftiest federal budget since Ottawa balanced its books 11 years ago includes new tax shelter and sprinkling of economic aid; Dion vows not to vote it down.

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From the Canadian Labour Congress:

Analysis of the 2008 Federal Budget
The centrepiece of the Budget is a new tax exempt savings vehicle which (...) will eventually cost billions in lost revenues, but only pennies will go to ordinary working families who manage to save very little outside of pensions and RRSPs.

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From the Progressive Economics Forum:

Budget notes from three of the forum's regular contributors:
* Erin Weir
* Marc Lee
* Andrew Jackson

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From the Canadian Union of Public Employees:

CUPE's 2008 Federal Budget Summary
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty set very low expectations for the Harper government’s third budget – and managed to deliver even less.

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From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Small budget misses big picture
The minority Conservative government has let Canadians down with a budget short on the vision and leadership needed to address the most pressing issues of our time.

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From the Wellesley Institute:

Federal budget 2008:
Billion-dollar housing / homelessness gap looming

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From GlobalResearch.ca:
(Centre for Research on Globalization)

Canada's Budget 2008: Taxes and the Forward March of Neoliberalism
March 1, 2008
"(...) Canada's 2008 Federal Budget [...] clearly states that if you work for a low or modest wage or salary, live in an urban centre, are women or a member of our First Nations, then you have lost.

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From Canadian Business Online:

Budget 2008: Flaherty delivers stingy budget
The federal finance minister offers meager aid to embattled business sectors

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From The Conference Board of Canada:

The 2008 Federal Budget: The End of Surplus?
A weaker economic outlook, coupled with the aggressive tax cuts contained in the government’s October 2007 Economic Statement, has constrained the ability of the federal government to introduce significant budget initiatives.

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From The Financial Post:

Stick to the budget: CD Howe Institute
February 27, 2008
By William Robson and Colin Busby
Colin Busby and William Robson of the C.D. Howe Institute question in Wednesday's Financial Post why governments bother announcing budgets, since history shows they have a poor record of following them.

Also from the Financial Post:

Tax-Free Savings Accounts: the biggest thing since RRSPs
Finn Poschmann
February 27, 2008
The 2008 federal budget, tabled yesterday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, contains a tax policy gem. The new budget, expected to pass through Parliament, proposes a Tax-Free Savings Account, which would be the most significant, positive innovation in Canada's tax treatment of savings since Registered Retirement Savings Plans in 1957. The new TFSA would allow people to save up to $5,000 per year, out of after-tax income, and to pay no further taxes on those funds or their returns.

Related link:

A New Option for Retirement Savings: Tax-Prepaid Savings Plans (PDF file - 175K, 47 pages)
February 2001
Jonathan Kesselman
Finn Poschmann
Source:
C.D. Howe Institute

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Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Canada, 2008 Federal Budget "
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

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Jim Flaherty Photo Gallery (from Google.ca)
Fair's fair.
Because I included a link to a gallery of photos of Carole Taylor (BC Finance Minister) when the BC budget was tabled on Feb. 19, I felt compelled to include this link to a gallery of the federal Finance Minister.
[I'm weird that way. You're weird only if you click the link.]

- Go to the Canadian Government 2008 Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

2. Next Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference scheduled for May 2009 in Calgary - February 28
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

Attention, fans of the
Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference!

Canadian Social Forum (PDF file - 58K, 1 page)
February 28, 2008
Mark Your Calendars!
The Canadian Council on Social Development is in the process of planning the first Canadian Social Forum which will take place in Calgary, Alberta, May 19-22, 2009.
[NOTE: the first Canadian Social Forum is the 13th event in the Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference.]


Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference
This is a link is to a page on the CCSD website that contains links to the 11th and 12th CSWP conferences in this mostly-biennial series that started way back in 1982. If you click each of the two conference links and check out the "Papers" link for each event, you'll find a list of presenters and the topics they covered; this will give you a good sense of the broad scope of this conference series.

Based on my own experience (I've attended all but one of the 12 events so far), CSWP is a four-day multi-sectoral gathering of several hundred people from academia, government and the NGO sector around social policy themes --- in brief, the perfect place to learn, to exchange ideas and to expand your list of social policy contacts.
I highly recommend this conference/forum. (Tell 'em Gilles sent you - I might get a discount on my registration fees...)

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

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

3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Canada's balance of international payments, fourth quarter 2007
- February 29
--- Study: Sexual orientation and victimization, 2004 - February 29
---
Survey of Household Spending, 2006 - February 26
--- Employment Insurance, December 2007 - February 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2007 - February 26
--- Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, February 2008
- February 25

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

February 29, 2008
Canada's balance of international payments, fourth quarter 2007
Canada's balance of international payments on current transactions in the fourth quarter of 2007 slipped into its first deficit since 1999 (negative $513 million seasonally adjusted). This was led by a further narrowing of the surplus on goods and a deterioration of the deficit on international travel. On the financial side of the ledger, non-residents' total investments in Canada, led by direct investment takeover activity, exceeded Canadian investments abroad in the fourth quarter.

February 28, 2008
Study: Sexual orientation and victimization, 2004
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals reported experiencing higher rates of victimization for violent crimes in 2004, including sexual assault, robbery and physical assault, than heterosexuals, according to a new study.
Complete report (PDF file - 440K, 14 pages)
Summary
More reports from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Profile Series

February 26, 2008
Survey of Household Spending, 2006
Household spending in 2006 continued to show the effects of the strong resource economy in the West. Spending growth in Alberta surpassed all other provinces by a wide margin.

February 26, 2008
Employment Insurance, December 2007
An estimated 458,900 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in December, up 10,060 from the previous month and the first increase in five months.

February 26, 2008
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2007
In December, the average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) decreased 0.1% or by $0.71 from November to $782.02. Compared with a year earlier, average weekly earnings were up 3.1%

February 25, 2008
Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, February 2008
- includes links to two articles:
* Literacy skills of Canadians across the ages: Fewer low achievers, fewer high achievers
* Student characteristics and achievement in science: Results of the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment
[ Previous issues of Education Matters ]

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

4. What's new from the Winnipeg Inner City Alliance - February 2008
(Institute for Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg)

Manitoba:

Echoes of Inner City Voices (PDF File - 3.6MB, 56 pages)
April 2005 (posted online Feb. 22/08)
By Mike Maunder and Virginia Maracle with Tom Carter, Chesya Polevychok and Tom Janzen
From June 1997 to September 1999, the Winnipeg Free Press ran a weekly series of stories – Inner City Voices – that gave voice to people in the inner city. (...) Five years later the authors revisited some of the people they interviewed to see how their lives had changed and how the inner city had changed.
- incl. statistics profiling inner city characteristics and change; program and policy based material; and, socio-economic, demographic and housing information.
Source:
Winnipeg Inner City Alliance
[ Institute for Urban Studies - University of Winnipeg ]

NOTE : the Winnipeg Inner City Alliance has also just released a January 2008 report on financing providers (PDF file - 311 K, 37 pages) in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario and to three New Local Social Economy Research Projects.

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

5. The Fiscal Monitor for December 2007 - February 26
(Department of Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for December 2007
News Release
February 26, 2008
Highlights:
December 2007: budgetary surplus of $2.7 billion
April to December 2007: budgetary surplus of $9.4 billion

The Fiscal Monitor - December 2007
February 26, 2008
[ Fiscal Monitor 2007 - all months ]
[ The Fiscal Monitor - all years]
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

6. Alternative Federal Budget 2008 - February 25
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Alternative Federal Budget 2008
A Budget Canadians Can Count On

February 25, 2008

Alternative Budget challenges Feds: Stop cutting taxes, start solving problems
Press Release
February 25, 2008
OTTAWA – The Stephen Harper government needs to give up its tax cut addiction and invest in solutions to pressing problems facing Canadians, says the 2008 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. AFB 2008 calls the minority government on its irresponsible $190 billion tax cut giveaway (made in two short years) and presents a budget that addresses environmental and economic sustainability – without plunging Canada into a fiscal deficit.

Alternative Federal Budget 2008: A Budget Canadians Can Count On
Complete budget (PDF file - 2MB, 114 pages)
Budget in Brief (PDF File - 199K, 8 pages)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Canadian Government 2008 Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

7. Federal Budget 2008: Three Housing Questions for Finance Minister Flaherty - February 20
(Wellesley Institute)

Federal Budget 2008:
Three Housing Questions for Finance Minister Flaherty
(PDF file - 120K, 8 pages)
On Tuesday (Feb. 26), Federal Finance Minister James Flaherty will deliver the 2008 budget.
Michael Shapcott, Director of Community Engagement, reviews three key federal programs affecting housing and homelessness with a focus on key issues and solutions.
Source:
Wellesley Institute

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

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - February 29

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

February 29

The road to corporate learning begins in child care
29 Feb 08 - Australian news article documents the financial crisis at ABC Learning Centres, signaling its slide towards collapse.

Federal budget 2008
29 Feb 08
- Federal budget by the Department of Finance outlines the Government of Canada’s economic plan for 2008.

Federal budget 2008: GST 2, Child Care 0 – Child care loses the games of fiscal choices again.
29 Feb 08
- Press release from Code Blue for Child Care on the Canadian federal budget 2008.

Federal budget falls short for Canadian children and their families
29 Feb 08
- Press release from the Canadian Teachers' Federation on the Canadian federal budget 2008.

Alternative federal budget 2008: A budget Canadians can count on
29 Feb 08
- Alternative budget by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives outlines an alternative economic plan for the Government of Canada in 2008.

Who’s minding the kids? Child care arrangements: Spring 2005 29 Feb 08 - Tabulations from the U.S. Census Bureau on child care costs and arrangements for American families during the working hours of employed mothers.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news


· ABC may have to dump $79m US plans
[AU]
1 Mar 08

· Government should buy up troubled ABC centres [NZ]
29 Feb 08

· Do little ones need formal lessons? [UK]
28 Feb 08

· Shareholder activist analyses the behaviour of ABC Learning [AU]
28 Feb 08

· Nova Scotia pulls funding for free early-childhood school program [CA-NS]
21 Feb 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

February 28, 2008
* Food Stamp Program - Indiana, North Carolina
* Child Welfare Caseloads - Denver, CO
* Kids Count Report - Maine
* Foster Youth and Transitions to Adulthood - North Carolina
* State Spending and Medicaid - Ohio, New Hampshire
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* Insure Missouri Plan
* Income and the Working Poor - Knoxville, TN
* Counting the Homeless
* Housing and Resources for the Homeless
* Study: Immigrants and Crime - California
* Costs of Living and Program Eligibility for Seniors - California
* Earned Income Tax Credit - Kentucky
* Payday Lending Legislation - Illinois
* High School Graduation Rates - Iowa
* Poverty as a Political Campaign Issue
* Update on Kerner Commission Report
* Report: States and Prison Populations

February 21, 2008
* Food Stamp Application System - Texas
* Child Welfare Oversight - Indiana
* Medicaid Rules and Funding Child Welfare Programs - Oklahoma
* Report: Anti-poverty Programs - New Jersey
* Kids Count Reports - Missouri, West Virginia
* Food Insecurity and Family Nutrition
* Long-term Unemployment
* Juvenile Offenders and Alternative Sentencing
* Higher Education and Trends in Economic Mobility
* States and Spending on Higher Education
* State Health Plans and Covering the Uninsured
* Payday Lending Legislation - South Carolina
* State Minimum Wage - Kansas
* Sales Tax Burden and Low-income Workers - Washington

Search Poverty Dispatches
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week. Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media. Persons wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

10. Pew Report Finds More than One in 100 Adults are Behind Bars - February 28
(Pew Center on the States)

Pew Report Finds More than One in 100 Adults are Behind Bars
Press Release
February 28, 2008
Washington, DC - For the first time in history more than one in every 100 adults in America are in jail or prison—a fact that significantly impacts state budgets without delivering a clear return on public safety. According to a new report released today by the Pew Center on the States’ Public Safety Performance Project, at the start of 2008, 2,319,258 adults were held in American prisons or jails, or one in every 99.1 men and women.

Complete report:

One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008 (PDF file - 635K, 37 pages)

Source:
Public Safety Performance Initiative <=== incl. links to related reports and media coverage
[ Pew Center on the States ]
The Pew Charitable Trusts applies the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew's Center on the States identifies and advances state policy solutions.

U.S. Prison Statistics - from the U.S. Department of Justice

Related links:

Canada:
U.S. Tops in the World in Incarceration Rate: Conservatives Hoping to Catch Up
By Brian Gordon
February 4, 2008
The United States has more people in prison, per capita, than any other country in the world. More than China, more than Iran, more than oppressive dictatorships the world over. And this is the model that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives want to follow by implementing 'tougher' drug laws.
Source:
Green Party of Canada

Adult and youth correctional services in Canada : Key indicators, 2005/2006
November 21, 2007
Canada's incarceration rate tends to be higher than most western European countries, yet far lower than that of the United States. For instance, Sweden posted an incarceration rate of 82 and France a rate of 85 per 100,000 population in 2005/2006. By comparison, the incarceration rate in Canada 110 prisoners per 100,000 population, England and Wales was 148, and in the United States the adult rate stood at 738 (the United States excludes youth from its rate).
Source:
Crime and Justice Statistics
[ Statistics Canada ]

International:
World Prison Population List (Seventh Edition) (PDF file - 80K, 6 pages)
January 2007
Source:
King's College, London

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing
--- Making it work: promoting participation of job seekers with multiple barriers through the Personal Support Programme - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Housing assistance and employment - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Public housing rent policy in Australia and overseas - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Sustaining fair shares: the Australian housing system and intergenerational sustainability - Posted 25-02-2008
--- Housing assistance in Australia 2008 - Posted 23-02-2008
--- Adoptions Australia 2006-07 - Posted 23-02-2008

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO)
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

Recent content from the APO Weely Briefing:

Making it work: promoting participation of job seekers with multiple barriers through the Personal Support Programme
Posted 25-02-2008
Daniel Perkins / Brotherhood of St Laurence
Personal Support Programme participants had somewhat higher levels of economic and social participation and less interference from barriers, according to this report. Although many elements of the PSP model are consistent with best practice overseas, two serious weaknesses are the lack of integrated employment support and the severely limited funding restricting access to specialist services for participants.

Housing assistance and employment
Posted 25-02-2008
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Because housing is expensive, assisting low-income households with their housing costs is also expensive. This audio briefing discusses how best to make the case for change when resources are constrained.

Public housing rent policy in Australia and overseas
Posted 25-02-2008
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
This audio briefing presents the first comprehensive and comparative review of public housing rent policies in Australia and seven overseas countries, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Sustaining fair shares: the Australian housing system and intergenerational sustainability
Posted 25-02-2008
Judith Yates, Hal Kendig and Ben Phillips with Vivienne Milligan and Rob Tanton / Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
This report examines the intergenerational sustainability of Australia's system of housing assistance over the next 40 years - the same time period covered by the Howard government's Intergenerational Reports - under assumptions consistent with those made in those reports.

Housing assistance in Australia 2008
Posted 23-02-2008
David Wilson / Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report provides an overview of the types, extent and benefits of government assistance available to homeowners and renters as well as to people experiencing homelessness, and to specific population groups.

Adoptions Australia 2006-07
Posted 23-02-2008
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This is the 17th report in the series, presenting the latest data on adoptions of Australian children and children from overseas, and highlights important trends in adoptions over the last three decades. Data are presented on all finalised adoptions recorded by the state and territory departments responsible for adoption, for 2006-07 year.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

12. CRINMAIL 960, 961 - February 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

28 February 2008 - CRINMAIL 961
* JAMAICA: Infants face severe punishment, says violence expert [publication]
* CHILD LABOUR: ‘Out of work and into school’ - Action Plan for Companies to Combat Child labour [publication]
* ZIMBABWE: UN says child abuse getting worse [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Fearful schools banning staff from touching children [news]
* INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION: 131st Session [event]
* EMPLOYMENT - Save the Children Sweden - Human Rights Law Network
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

26 February 2008 - CRINMAIL 960
* UGANDA: Parliament Push for Child Rights Law [news]
* RUSSIA: Choking on Bureaucracy: State Curbs on Independent Civil Society Activism [publication]
* *CRIN's ten minute survey: Simply reply to this CRINMAIL*
* NEPAL: Children should not take part in violent political action, say UN agencies [news]
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Session 7 [event]
* ETHIOPIA: Third International Policy Conference on the African Child [event]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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

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

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

And now, for something completely different..

The Chief of Police of Ottawa called my friend an idiot.


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Lies, damn lies and ...

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A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.

The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks "What do two plus two equal?" The mathematician
replies "Four." The interviewer asks "Four, exactly?" The mathematician looks at the interviewer
incredulously and says "Yes, four, exactly."

Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question "What do two plus two equal?"
The accountant says "On average, four - give or take ten percent, but on average, four."

Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question "What do two plus two equal?"
The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says
"What do you want it to equal?"
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And in closing...
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The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

The inspiration:

"It was a dark and stormy night;  the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
 --Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

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