Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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 2,687 subscribers.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

BONUS:

INEQUALITY IN CANADA: DRIVING FORCES, OUTCOMES AND POLICY
http://www.irpp.org/en/events/income-inequality/
Conference
February 24, 2014 – February 25, 2014
Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street
Ottawa
- includes dozens of Powerpoint presenrtations and audio recordings of presentations at the conference.

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Canadian content

1. Media and Policy News for February 28 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor - December 2013 (Finance Canada) - February 28
3. 2014–15 Estimates : Parts I and II The Government Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) - February 28
4. Canada’s Premiers Achieve Improvements in the Renewal of Funding for Skills Training (Council of the Federation) - February 28
5. University Governance (Nick Falvo, Carleton University) - February 27
6. SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin (Social Planning Toronto) - February 13
7. Recent releases from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives regarding income and wealth inequality in Canada
8. The Cost of Eating in BC 2011(Dietitians of Canada) - February 2012
9. Overview of Provincial (and Territorial) Welfare Reforms in the 1990s - October 1998
10. The CANSIM Crash Diet at Statistics Canada.
11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review (GDP by income and by expenditure, GDP by industry) - February 28
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2013 - February 27
--- Study: The long-term labour market premiums associated with a postsecondary education, 1991 to 2010 - February 27
--- Shelters for abused women, 2012 - February 27
--- Canada's population estimates: Subprovincial areas, July 1, 2013 - February 26
--- Survey of Financial Security, 2012 - February 25
--- Study: Emerging trends in living arrangements and conjugal unions for current and future seniors, 1981 to 2011 - February 24

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

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [United States] Minimum Wage:
--- Raise the Wage
(from the White House website)
--- The Economic Case for Raising the Minimum Wage
(Council of Economic Advisers, The White House) - February 12
--- Business and the Minimum Wage (New York Times - February 27
15. The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Five Years Later (Council of Economic Advisers, The White House) - February 2014

16. [International] UNICEF Report: U.S. Ranks 34th Out of 35 In Childhood Poverty - February 15
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. Media and Policy News for February 28
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 Feb 2014

http://goo.gl/n8lT91

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

Top Stories

New IMF study shows taxing the rich is good for the economy
The top 15 Canadian companies that pay the least tax (as % of income)
Report shows Canadians with disabilities face "staggering barriers to success"
Video: The economic benefit of hiring people with disabilities
CCD proposal for a refundable disability tax credit
Ontario NDP releases its position on minimum wage (and small business tax cuts)
CCPA’s Trish Hennessy says its political theatre but bad policy
CCPA’s Kaylie Tiessen says it’s a toxic mix
Martin Regg Cohn gives two columns to Hudak’s Right-to-Work about-face
“It’s not a change of heart, just a political gut check”
And Hudak’s “muddled political judgment”
Federation of Canadian Municipalities survey reveals housing availability a big issue
Slum landlords pocketing rent money in Newfoundland and Labrador
StatsCan’s Survey of Financial Security reveals persistent economic inequality and rising debt
Andrew Jackson’s take
HuffPost
Carol Goar asks questions about a Basic Annual Income
The Big Push and Basic Income Canada respond to some
Materials from IRPP’s Feb 24-25 conference, “Inequality in Canada: Driving Forces, Outcomes and Policy”

Ontario

Workers Action Centre on the important legislation waiting in the pipeline on decent pay and decent work
Child care advocates gearing up for a fight against new childcare rules
MPP Jonah Schein: What Ontarians need is child care
Young workers offer solutions to Ontario’s youth unemployment problem
Ontario to make civil servants pay more for retirement benefits
Latest poll shows none of the parties would get a majority

Around the Province

One in ten Niagara families are worried about putting healthy food on the table
Feb 15 was a Day of Action to win a $14 minimum wage
Colette Murphy of Atkinson, on expecting community benefits from municipal infrastructure investments

Across the Country

Vancouver Sun Columnist Stephen Hume: In praise of taxes
BC is consulting on “reducing barriers and increasing accessibility” for people with disabilities
BC’s budget a missed opportunity to address the deficits that matter
Laid off Alberta oil sands workers say they were replaced with foreign workers making half their wage
Dispute over Canada Jobs Grant starting to impact employment services for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia

National

Feds cut EI benefits in Northern cities and huge increase in hours to qualify
NDP says federal tax policy based on “make believe accounting”
Poll shows federal Liberals riding high
Federal staff report says Canada’s middle class is mortgaging its future to stay afloat
More response to the federal budget
Advice to young workers: Get angry
Austerity for the many, prosperity for the few
The buried measure that will dismantle national health care
Why the federal budget is bad for women

International

Greek austerity measures leave one million desperate
NYT editorial: What the US stimulus plan accomplished
“I’m never going to be able to retire”
Egypt’s public transit workers on strike for the minimum wage
New study shows people with intellectual disabilities have twice the rate of unemployment as others in the US
United States ranks 34 of 35 developed countries on child poverty (note that Canada doesn't fare well either):
And, just because: “University of Chicago Hires Notorious Goldman Sachs Fraudster to Teach Economics to Undergrads”

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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

2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor - December 2013 - February 28
(Finance Canada)

Release of the Fiscal Monitor - December 2013

Government reports a $1.1-billion surplus in December, remains on track to balance the budget in 2015
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-035-eng.asp
February 28, 2014
News Release
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty today released The Fiscal Monitor for December 2013. There was a budgetary surplus of $1.1 billion in December 2013, compared with a deficit of $0.7 billion in December 2012. Revenues increased by $1.7 billion, or 7.9 per cent, reflecting increases in most revenue streams. Program expenses increased by $0.1 billion, or 0.5 per cent, while public debt charges decreased by $0.2 billion, or 9.6 per cent.

The Fiscal Monitor - December 2013
HTML version :
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2013-12-eng.asp
PDF version (228K, 12 pages): http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/pdf/2013-12-eng.pdf
Highlights:

December 2013: budgetary surplus of $1.1 billion
April to December 2013: budgetary deficit of $12.7 billion

[ 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

3. 2014–15 Estimates : Parts I and II The Government Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates - February 28
(
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)

From
Finance Canada:

Department of Finance Releases Annual Tax Expenditures and Evaluations Report
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=2&nid=819919&crtr.tp1D=1
February 27, 2014
News Release
The Department of Finance today released the 2013 Tax Expenditures and Evaluations report. This report provides estimates and projections of the revenue impacts of federal tax measures designed to support the economic and social priorities of the Government of Canada.It also includes a statistical perspective on flow-through shares as well as a paper on the taxation of small businesses in Canada.

The release of today’s report coincides with the tabling of the Main Estimates (see below) in the House of Commons by the President of the Treasury Board.

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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From Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat:
https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/

Government of Canada Tables 2014-2015 Main Estimates with $800-Million Decrease in Planned Voted Expenditures
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=819829
News Release
February 27, 2014
Today, the Government of Canada tabled the 2014–2015 Main Estimates in the House of Commons. This year's Main Estimates reflect a steady decrease in voted appropriations, with this year's voted budgetary amount down nearly $800 million from last year.

2014-2015 Estimates
Parts I and II : The Government Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates

HTML version : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/me-bpdtb-eng.asp
PDF version (1.3MB, 396 pages) : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/me-bpd-eng.pdf
Excerpt:
The Estimates are comprised of three parts:
Part I – Government Expenditure Plan – provides an overview of the Government’s requirements and changes in estimated expenditures from previous fiscal years.
Part II – Main Estimates – supports the appropriation acts with detailed information on the estimated spending and authorities being sought by each federal organization requesting appropriations.
Part III – Departmental Expenditure Plans – consists of two components: Reports on Plans and Priorities and Departmental Performance Reports

Additional Information:

2014–15 Statutory Forecasts
HTML :
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/sf-pl-eng.asp
PDF (197 KB) : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/sf-pl-eng.pdf

2014–15 Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Objects
HTML : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/beso-dbacd-eng.asp
PDF (89 KB) : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/beso-dbacd-eng.pdf

2014–15 Budgetary Expenditures by Strategic Outcome and Program
HTML :
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/esop-drsp-eng.asp
PDF (246 KB) : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/me-bpd/20142015/esop-drsp-eng.pdf

Source:
Government Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates Publications
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/esp-pbc/me-bpd-eng.asp
- main page for links to Main Estimates publications for the current year and back to 1996–97

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Estimates Publications and Appropriation Acts
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/esp-pbc/esp-pbc-eng.asp
Everything you wanted to know about the federal government expenditure management process but were afraid to ask...
- includes the Government Expenditure Plan (overview of federal spending) and Main Estimates ( list of the financial resources required by individual departments, agencies and Crown corporations for the upcoming fiscal year), along with Departmental Expenditure Plans.
Recommended reading for number-crunchers --- includes riveting (if you can stay awake) reading, e.g., Reports on Plans and Priorities (expenditure plans for each department and agency, excluding Crown corporations) and Departmental Performance Reports (individual department and agency accounts of actual accomplishments against plans, priorities and expected results set out in their respective Report on Plans and Priorities. If you're still reading this, then you'll definitely be interested in the Supplementary Estimates section --- and much more!

Source:
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/

4. Canada’s Premiers Achieve Improvements in the Renewal of Funding for Skills Training - February 28
(Council of the Federation)

Canada’s Premiers Achieve Improvements in the Renewal of Funding for Skills Training
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/en/latest-news/74-2014/362-canada-s-premiers-achieve-improvements-in-the-renewal-of-funding-for-skills-training
TORONTO, February 28, 2014 - Premiers are committed to creating good jobs and driving economic growth through a skilled and productive workforce, and providing Canadians support to contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity. By working together, Canada’s Premiers have achieved a modest number of changes to the federal government’s proposed Canada Job Grant* - changes which minimize the negative impact of the initial federal proposal. Although Premiers still share important concerns about the design of the Canada Job Grant, they are prepared to move ahead with implementation discussions on the basis of the compromise which has been worked out.
(...)

* Québec has already indicated that it intends to opt out of the Canada Job Grant initiative with full compensation.

Source:
Council of the Federation

http://www.councilofthefederation.ca

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Related links:

Canada Job Grant
http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/canada-job-grant

Canada's Economic Action Plan
http://actionplan.gc.ca/

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Ottawa, provinces reach deal on Canada Job Grant
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-reaches-agreement-in-principle-on-job-grant-with-provinces-except-quebec/article17160343/
By Bill Curry
The Globe and Mail
Februar 28, 2014

After some last minute arm-twisting with Nova Scotia, federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney has secured a deal with all provinces and territories except Quebec to launch a Canada Job Grant.
More detailed talks with each province are still to come, but the stage is set for Canadians to access training grants of up to $15,000 later this year to help land a new or better job.

Source:
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Council of the Federation Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/council_fed.htm

5. University Governance - February 27
(Nick Falvo, Carleton University)

University Governance
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2014/02/27/university-governance/
B
y Nick Falvo
February 27, 2014
This afternoon I spoke on a panel on university governance at a conference titled Future U: Creating the Universities We Want, organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

Future U: Creating the Universities We want
My speaking notes
(Powerpoint presentation):
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90811090/Falvo_Future-U-Conference_21feb2014.ppt

* The Basics. Typically in Canada, a university has both a board of governors (BoG) and a senate. The former has responsibility for both “administrative and fiscal matters,” while the latter has responsibility for “academic matters.”

* Internal vs. External Members. Approximately one-third of a university’s BoG members usually consists of “internal” members (i.e. students, faculty and staff). The other two-thirds of a BoG’s members typically come from outside the university community, and are sometimes referred to as “external” members.

* External Members. One advantage of having external members on a BoG is that they often bring expertise on various topics, including finance, auditing, capital projects and communications. However, a drawback of external members (in my opinion) is that they sometimes are quite distant from some of the day-to-day concerns of a university.

* Information Flow. As Robert F. Clift has pointed out, a university’s president (i.e. the university’s most senior staff person) is very much in control of what information makes its way to a university’s BoG. It is therefore important for BoG members to make a presence on campus, read campus newspapers, and talk to students, staff and faculty.

* Access to Board Members. Many BoGs in Canada feature very basic information about their members online. However, in many cases, contact information is not available for BoG members at a university’s web site.

* Inner Boards. If a BoG is not careful, an ‘inner board’ (consisting of, say, four or five BoG members) can emerge, effectively relegating the rest of the BoG to the status of an advisory committee. This appears to be what happened at Concordia a few years ago.

Meeting Minutes. Any university BoG that is serious about board transparency has a rather clear path it could take: it could simply direct its recording secretary to produce a detailed version of minutes of each meeting.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum Blog

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

6. SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - February 13
(Social Planning Toronto)

SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin
February 13, 2013
http://goo.gl/JaZg45

[NOTE : Click the link above to access any of the articles below and related links]

This issue:

* City Budget Roundup 2014
* Commitment2Community
* SPT in the News- "Civic leaders support call for Toronto anti-poverty plan"
* SPT Board of Directions- Call for Nominations
* Last call for nominations and tickets available for Frances Lankin Award Night
* SPT Executive Director Breakfast- March 5
* Social Planning Network of Ontario- National Household Survey
* SPT Membership
* News from our Partners
* Interesting Reads
* Worth Repeating: "Budgets should help citizens, not just 'taxpayers'"

More issues of SOUNDBITES
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm#spt
- this link will take you further down on the page you're now reading.

SPT Member Organizations
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/about-us/member-organizations
- links to over 130 member organizations in Toronto, from ACCESS EMPLOYMENT to YWCA of Greater Toronto

Source:
Social Planning Toronto
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/
For more than 50 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

7. Recent releases from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives regarding income and wealth inequality in Canada

New from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Wealth Inequality: Going from bad to (net) worth
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/02/26/wealth-inequality-going-from-bad-to-net-worth/
February 26, 2014
By David Macdonald
Yesterday, Statistics Canada [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/ ] released its 2012 wealth survey (Survey of Financial Security : http://goo.gl/fgpT8z ). Two previous wealth surveys were published in 2005 and 1999 with a similar methodology. We often talk about income inequality, which examines what middle class and rich Canadians make in a year. However, wealth inequality examines middle class and rich Canadians’ net worth, including their house, RRSPs, savings, car, etc. If income inequality—where the top 20% of families get 43% of the income— is concerning, then wealth inequality should be downright shocking. The top 20% of families in Canada own 67% of all net wealth (although this is down slightly from the high of 69% of all wealth in 2005).

Related posts:

• The Financial Wealth of Canada’s Top 1% (October 24, 2011, by Marc Lee)
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2011/10/24/the-financial-wealth-of-canadas-top-1/

• Wealth and income in the top 1% ( October 20, 2011, by Marc Lee)
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2011/10/20/wealth-and-income-in-the-top-1/

• Dispelling Middle-class Myths (April 26, 2011, by Armine Yalnizyan)
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2011/04/26/dispelling-middle-class-myths/

• Toronto-Centre: Ground Zero for Canada’s Income Inequality Debate (November 19, 2013, by Trish Hennessy)
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/11/19/toronto-centre-ground-zero-for-canadas-income-inequality-debate/

• Atlantic Canada’s story of inequality (January 30, 2013, by Christine Saulnier)
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/01/30/atlantic-canadas-story-of-inequality/

Source:
Behind the Numbers : A Blog from the CCPA
http://behindthenumbers.ca/
Behind The Numbers delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
https://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.

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

8. The Cost of Eating in BC 2011- February 2012
(Dietitians of Canada)

The Cost of Eating in BC 2011 Report (PDF file - 4.6MB, 16 pages)
http://www.dietitians.ca/Downloadable-Content/Public/CostofEatingBC2011_FINAL.aspx
February 2012
Excerpt:
The Cost of Eating in BC has been published for over a decade to detail how much it costs for individuals and families in BC to access an adequate amount of food, to relate this cost to income, and to consider the reasons why many people cannot meet this basic need.

In 2011, the provincial average cost of the nutritious food basket for a family of four is $868.43 per month. Those earning minimum wage, receiving income assistance, or facing other challenges (high rents, child care, or transportation costs, for example) struggle to find ways to purchase food as well as meet their other basic needs.

In the ten years that the Cost of Eating in BC Report has been published, the situation has only gotten worse for individuals and families earning low wages or receiving government assistance...

From the Dietitians of Canada:
http://www.dietitians.ca/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

9. Overview of Provincial (and Territorial) Welfare Reforms in the 1990s - October 1998

Overview of Provincial (and Territorial)
Welfare Reforms in the 1990s

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1990s_welfare_reforms.htm
October 1998
I stumbled across these research notes while searching for something on my computer's hard drive. I produced the notes in 1996-97 while I was on a one-year secondment with the the National Council of Welfare (NCW) [ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm ] as material to use in the NCW's report entitled Another Look at Welfare Reform (1997). I co-wrote this report with Steve Kerstetter, then-Director of the NCW.
HINT: There's a WEALTH of information on provincial-territorial welfare reforms in these pages that didn't make it to the final report!

NOTE : This PDF file is a companion document to:

Another Look at Welfare Reform (PDF - 6.75MB, 134 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1997_another_look_at_welfare_reform.pdf
By Steve Kerstetter and Gilles Séguin
Autumn 1997
- an in-depth analysis of changes in Canadian welfare programs in the 1990s. The report focuses on the provincial and territorial reforms that preceded the repeal of the Canada Assistance Plan and those that followed the implementation of the Canada Health and Social Transfer in April 1996.

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- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

- Go to the Welfare and Welfare Reforms in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welref.htm

10. The CANSIM Crash Diet at Statistics Canada.

WARNING: If you're not a number-crunching social policy historian who believes
in accountability and transparency, you might just want to skip the following rant.

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And another one gone
And another one gone,
Another one bites the dust.
[Source : Queen]

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Statistics Canada's world-class data collection has been trimmed, again.
February 24, 2014
By Gilles:
As a result of the 2012 federal budget cuts, there are now 2,000+ fewer workers at StatCan [ http://goo.gl/1aI6i ] --- out of a workforce of about 5,000.
The 2012 budget cuts are leading directly to reductions in the amount of public information StatsCan collects and produces, and they could lead to data collection and processing services being contracted out (if they're not already doing it...)

The latest victim of the budget cuts is the collection of tables in the CANSIM database.
Here's a sample deleted table:
TERMINATED: Table 384-0009 Government transfer payments to persons, provincial economic accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a05?searchTypeByValue=1&lang=eng&id=3840009&pattern=3840009
On this table, you'll find five years' worth (2005 to 2009) of national statistics PLUS archives going back to 1981 on federal and provincial government transfer payments to individuals and organizations for almost 20 programs, from Old Age Security to Employment Insurance (federal) and Workers' Compensation to Social Assistance (provincial/territorial).
TERMINATED.
WTF?

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I went to the CANSIM home page [ http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/home-accueil?lang=eng ] looking for an announcement regarding what other CANSIM tables had bitten the dust and when. There was not one word on the home page about the CANSIM Crash Diet. If you'd like to know the full extent of the terminated tables for the complete collection, you'll have to drill down each of the 31 topics on the home page to see the specific tables. I checked only a few categories, but the number of deleted/terminated tables was depressing.
[ *Terminated* tables appear in a grey box at the end of each subsection. ]

A few examples:

For the category "Aboriginal peoples" : 4 tables terminated out of a total of 7
For the category "Children and youth" : 89 tables terminated out of a total of 130
For the category "Families, households and housing" : 67 tables terminated out of a total of 112
For the category "Government" : 62 tables terminated out of a total of 141
For the category "Income, pensions, spending and wealth" : 41 tables terminated out of a total of 167
For the category "Seniors" : 13 tables terminated out of a total of 30

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One of StatCan's two stated objectives is "To provide statistical information and analysis about Canada’s economic and social structure to develop and evaluate public policies and programs and to improve public and private decision-making for the benefit of all Canadians." (The second objective is "To promote sound statistical standards and practices...").
Source:
ABOUT CANSIM
[ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/about-apercu/mandate-mandat-eng.htm

How much longer will StatCan be considered world class, I wonder...

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And while we're lamenting the passing of rich online resources that the federal government has recently terminated, here are a few other reports that are now accessible only via an archiving site like Archive.org [ https://archive.org/ ] :

[R.I.P.] Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2008
http://web.archive.org/web/20111231091756/http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/publications_resources/social_policy/sasr_2008/page00.shtml
Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2008 is the fifth annual joint publication by federal, provincial and territorial governments. This report includes a description of, and statistics related to, the welfare system in each province and territory, information about federal-provincial-territorial jurisdictional and funding issues, a bit of historical info on the Canada Assistance Plan and the Canada Health and Social Transfer, etc.

[R.I.P.] Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces, 1978-79 to 2002-03
http://web.archive.org/web/20070814082442/http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/cs/sp/sdc/socpol/tables/page00.shtm
This report offers 25 years of longitudinal data on costs and numbers of beneficiaries for most programs - over 100 tables - covering a large number of programs --- here's a partial list : Child Tax Benefit, Family Allowances, the Child Tax Credit, Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement/Spouse's Allowance ("The Allowance"), Federal Training and Employment Programs, Federal Goods and Services Tax Credit, the Canada/Quebec Pension Plans, War Veterans' and Civilian War Allowances, Veterans' and Civilians' Disability Pensions, Unemployment/Employment Insurance, the Canada Assistance Plan, Workers' Compensation, Youth Allowances, Social Assistance and Social Services for Registered Indians --- and more...

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

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review (GDP by income and by expenditure, GDP by industry) - February 28
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2013 - February 27
--- Study: The long-term labour market premiums associated with a postsecondary education, 1991 to 2010 - February 27
--- Shelters for abused women, 2012 - February 27
--- Canada's population estimates: Subprovincial areas, July 1, 2013 - February 26
--- Survey of Financial Security, 2012 - February 25
--- Study: Emerging trends in living arrangements and conjugal unions for current and future seniors, 1981 to 2011 - February 24

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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February 28, 2014
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - main page
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=13-010-X&lang=eng
Click "View" for the latest quarter or "Chronological index" for earlier periods.

GDP by income and by expenditure - Fourth quarter 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140228/dq140228a-eng.htm
Real GDP expanded 0.7% in the fourth quarter, the same increase as in the third quarter. Final domestic demand rose 0.3% in the fourth quarter, as household and government final consumption expenditure increased while business gross fixed capital formation declined.

GDP by industry - Fourth quarter 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140228/dq140228a-eng.htm

Source:
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review

February 27, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140227/dq140227b-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $933 in December, up 0.9% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, weekly earnings increased 2.9%.

February 27, 2014
Study: The long-term labour market premiums associated with a postsecondary education, 1991 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140227/dq140227c-eng.htm
A new study that followed a group of men and women for two decades reports that over the study period, men who had obtained a bachelor's degree by 1991 had earned, on average, $732,000 more than those whose education ended at a high school diploma. For women, the difference between the two groups was $448,000.

[ Complete study : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2014359-eng.htm ]

February 27, 2014
Shelters for abused women, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140227/dq140227d-eng.htm
On April 18, 2012, the Transition Home Survey (THS) identified 601 shelters for abused women operating across Canada. On that survey snapshot date, there were 4,566 women and 3,570 dependent children residing in these facilities. Almost three-quarters of these women (74%) were at the shelters primarily because of abuse, representing a rate of 23 women per 100,000 women aged 15 and older in Canada.

February 26, 2014
Canada's population estimates: Subprovincial areas, July 1, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140226/dq140226b-eng.htm
On July 1, 2013, 24,517,700 people, or over two-thirds (69.7%) of the Canadian population, were living in a census metropolitan area (CMA). Canada's three largest CMAs together (Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver) were home to more than one in three Canadians (35.2%).

February 25, 2014
Survey of Financial Security, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140225/dq140225b-eng.htm
The median net worth of Canadian family units was $243,800 in 2012, up 44.5% from 2005.
Excerpt:
One way of looking at the distribution of net worth is to divide family units into five groups, from lowest net worth to highest, with each quintile representing 20% of all family units. There were differences in both the median net worth among the quintiles and the magnitude of the change over time. Those in the lowest quintile had a median net worth of $1,100 in 2012, while those in the highest quintile had a median net worth of almost $1.4 million.

- includes four tables:
Table 1 --- Total and median net worth by age and family type
Table 2 --- Assets, debts and net worth held by all family units in Canada
Table 3 --- Distribution and median net worth by quintile
Table 4 --- Debt per $100 of assets by age of major income recipient and family type

Related CANSIM tables:

Table 205-0001 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=205-0001&p2=31
Table 205-0002 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=205-0002&p2=31

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Related subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household assets, debts and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=1989&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household spending and savings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2180&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household, family and personal income
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2812&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Related links:

Canada’s family wealth gains look “fragile”
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/canada%E2%80%99s-family-wealth-gains-look-%E2%80%9Cfragile%E2%80%9D
By Don Curran
February 26, 2014
(This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal.)
If you divide Canadian families up into fifths in terms of net worth, the lowest quintile had net assets of about 1,300 Canadian dollars ($1,170) in 1999. In 2012, it was actually below that; the overall worth of the lowest 20% of families declined 15.4% to C$1,100 by 2012, according to the “Survey of Financial Security” from Statistics Canada. It’s a stark indication Canada is not immune the drift toward economic inequality in evidence in many other economies around the world.

Also from
The Broadbent Blog:

New StatsCan wealth data points to persistent economic inequality
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/new-statscan-wealth-data-points-persistent-income-inequality
By Andrew Jackson
February 25, 2014
(...) While Canadian’s net worth has increased significantly since 2005, mostly due to increases in housing prices, the real story is one of persistent economic inequality and rising debt. The top twenty percent of Canadians have over 67% of the net wealth. The bottom 60%, in contrast, have only 11.1% percent of net wealth. (...) Overall, the distribution is slightly better than in 2005, but remains very unequal.

Source:
The Broadbent Blog
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog

The Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en

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Canadian families’ net worth rises, but so does their debt
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/canadian-families-worth-more-but-owe-more-too-statscan/article17078187/
By Tavia Grant
February 25, 2014
A new study paints a picture of both rising net worth and swelling debt levels. All told, the median net worth of Canadian families climbed 44.5 per cent to $243,800 in 2012 from seven years earlier, adjusted for inflation, Statistics Canada’s survey of financial security shows. (Net worth reflects the amount family units would have if they sold their assets and paid all of their debt.)

Source:
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

February 24, 2014
Study: Emerging trends in living arrangements and conjugal unions for current and future seniors, 1981 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140224/dq140224a-eng.htm
Between 1981 and 2011, the share of seniors 65 years of age and older who lived with their spouse or partner increased, while the overall share of those in other living arrangements decreased. The conjugal lives of seniors also changed, as the proportion of those who were divorced or separated rose from 4% to 12% over the period.

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

12. 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

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

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

Organizations, service providers and early childhood leaders: You are invited to sign an open letter regarding changes to regulations in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/organizations-service-providers-and-early-childhood-leaders
12 Feb 2014 | Ontario
The Ontario government has proposed changes to key child care regulations including reductions to adult: child ratios and increases to group sizes. In response, an open letter outlines the research on these important program elements and raises concerns about the proposed change's impact on quality and on early childhood staff. The letter urges the Minister of Education Ontario government to engage in fuller consultation in a broader, holistic approach to ECEC policy development.

Harper government and income splitting: Selected news and analysis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/harper-government-and-income-splitting-selected-news-and-an
19 Feb 2014 | Canada
Selection of reports, blogs and news covering the Harper government's promise to implement income splitting and the post budget remarks by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty who "publicly voiced concerns that, because it would not benefit the vast majority of Canadians, perhaps we should hold off on income-splitting".

A framework for early childhood development in the Northwest Territories: Action plan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/framework-early-childhood-development-northwest-territories
19 Feb 2014 | Northwest Territories
Document tabled by the Northwest Territories government includes a commitment to enhancing "access to high quality, affordable early learning programs and child care services".

Great expectations, but how to achieve them? Explaining patterns of inequality in childcare use across 31 developed countries
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/great-expectations-how-achieve-them-explaining-patterns-ine
19 Feb 2014 | International
Working paper from the University of Antwerp's Centre for Social Policy looks at factors contributing to the inequality of child care usage across Europe, the US and Australia.

A question of priorities: Childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/question-priorities-childcare
18 Feb 2014 | Europe
Editorial from the Guardian says "the unsurprising consequence [of a market approach to childcare] is that the poorer the area, the scarcer and less affordable the childcare. They call for "making the first priority access to good, affordable childcare."

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

Province funding new construction for day-care spaces
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/province-funding-new-construction-day-care-spaces
20 Feb 2014 | Manitoba

Mothers priced out of the UK workforce by high childcare costs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/mothers-priced-out-uk-workforce-high-childcare-costs
19 Feb 2014 | Europe

Look at child care to curb population decline: NDP
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/look-child-care-curb-population-decline-ndp
19 Feb 2014 | Newfoundland

Childcare: a universal issue
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/childcare-universal-issue
19 Feb 2014 | Europe

Coalition childcare policy: Goodstart warns against larger staff-child ratio
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/coalition-childcare-policy-goodstart-warns-against-larger-staff-chil
18 Feb 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

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

13. 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:

February 28, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/28/
State Medicaid Programs (3 articles)

February 27, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/27/
Child Welfare System – Michigan
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) – New York

February 26, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/26/
Jobless Benefits – California, North Carolina (2 articles)

February 25, 2014 - No Poverty Dispatch today

February 24, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/24/
States and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)

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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

14. [United States] Minimum Wage:
--- Raise the Wage
(from the White House website)
--- The Economic Case for Raising the Minimum Wage
(Council of Economic Advisers, The White House) - February 12
--- Business and the Minimum Wage (New York Times) - February 27

United States

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

Raise the Wage
http://www.whitehouse.gov/raise-the-wage
Minimum Wage : It will lift wages for 28 million Americans. It will give businesses customers with more spending money. It will grow the economy for everyone — and we can do it right now.
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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and announced he would issue an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country.

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The Economic Case for Raising the Minimum Wage
http://www.slideshare.net/whitehouse/the-economic-case-for-raising-the-minimum-wage
By the Council of Economic Advisers (The White House)
February 12, 2014
The minimum wage helps support family incomes, reducing inequality and poverty, but as a slide deck from the Council of Economic Advisers shows, as the real value of the minimum wage has been allowed to erode, it has stopped serving this important purpose.

Source:
Council of Economic Advisers (The White House)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cea

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Related link from
The New York Times:

Business and the Minimum Wage
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/opinion/business-and-the-minimum-wage.html
February 27, 2014
Much of the discussion about the Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 has rightly focused on the workers who will clearly benefit from the move. But what about businesses? How would higher wages affect them? The answer — contrary to a great deal of reflexive hand-wringing by some conservative think tanks and politicians — is surprisingly positive.

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

15. The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Five Years Later - February 2014
(Council of Economic Advisers, The White House)

United States

Also from the
Council of Economic Advisers (The White House)

The Economic Impact of the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Five Years Later:
Final Report to Congress
(PDF - 904K, 70 pages)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/cea_arra_report.pdf
February 2014

Excerpt from the Executive Summary:

Five years ago, on February 17, 2009, less than a month into his first term, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Recovery Act, or ARRA. In the four years following the Recovery Act, the President built on this initial step, signing into law over a dozen fiscal measures aiming to speed job creation, including extending Emergency Unemployment Compensation, measures for teacher jobs, aid to states for Medicaid, a temporary 2 percent payroll tax cut for 160 million working Americans, an even greater allowance for businesses to write off the cost of investments when computing their tax liability, the cash-for-clunkers program, an expanded homebuyer tax credit, additional business tax incentives and small business tax cuts, the HIRE Act tax credit, and incentives to hire veterans. Thanks in significant part to the actions of President Obama, the economic picture today is much brighter.
(...)
As part of the accountability and transparency provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) [ http://www.recovery.gov/arra/ ], the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) was charged with providing to Congress quarterly reports on the effects of the Recovery Act on overall economic activity, and on employment in particular. In this final report, we provide an assessment of the effects of the Act through the fourth quarter of 2013 as well as an assessment of subsequent jobs measures.

Source:
Council of Economic Advisers (The White House)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cea
The White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

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Related links:

What the Stimulus Accomplished
By The Editorial Board
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/what-the-stimulus-accomplished.html
February 23, 2014
Of all the myths and falsehoods that Republicans have spread about President Obama, the most pernicious and long-lasting is that the $832 billion stimulus package did not work. Since 2009, Republican lawmakers have inextricably linked the words “failed” and “stimulus,” and last week, five years after passage of the Recovery Act, they dusted off their old playbook again.
(...)
Government spending worked, helping millions of people who never realized it. And it can work again, whenever lawmakers agree that putting people to work is more important than winning ideological fights.

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

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Overview of the TANF Provisions in the Economic Recovery Act
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=2693
The TANF provisions in section 2101 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 created a new Emergency Contingency Fund under which states could receive 80 percent federal funding for increases (relative to a base year quarter) in certain TANF-related expenditures in federal fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

http://www.cbpp.org/

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

16. [International] UNICEF Report: U.S. Ranks 34th Out of 35 In Childhood Poverty - February 15

UNICEF Report: U.S. Ranks 34th Out of 35 In Childhood Poverty
http://iacknowledge.net/unicef-report-u-s-ranks-34th-out-of-35-in-childhood-poverty/
February 15, 2014
A sobering report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) found that out of the top 35 developed nations in the world, the United States comes 2nd to last in childhood poverty [NOTE: Canada is ninth from the bottom]. While many of the Scandinavian and Western European countries (i.e. countries with a robust social safety net) have very low rates of childhood poverty, America only just narrowly beat Romania for the worst. Poverty is a reality for at least 22 percent of American children (and considerably higher by other estimates).

Child well-being in rich countries:
A comparative overview
Innocenti Report Card 11
(PDF - 3.4MB, 60 pages)
http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/rc11_eng.pdf

PART ONE presents a league table of child well-being in 29 of the world’s advanced economies.
PART TWO looks at what children say about their own well-being (including a league table of children’s life satisfaction).
PART THREE examines changes in child well-being in advanced economies over the first decade of the 2000s, looking at each country’s progress in
educational achievement, teenage birth rates, childhood obesity levels, the prevalence of bullying, and the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

Source:
UNICEF
http://www.unicef-irc.org/

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- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm

17. 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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CRINMAIL issue 1366
http://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1366
26 February 2014

In this issue:
* Guides for promoting and protecting children's rights
* News in brief
* Upcoming events
* Employment

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

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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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.

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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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The Stuff you see in Restaurants

Menus:

"Ham and Cheese - $2.50. Cheese and Ham - $2.90." -- On a menu.

"Our whipped butter is made with margarine." -- On a menu.

"7 ounces of choice sirloin steak, boiled to your likeness and smothered with golden fried onion rings." -- On a menu.

Signs:

"Open seven days a week. Closed Sundays." -- On the bottom of a pizza parlor's take-out menu.

"Parking for drive-through customers only." -- A sign at a McDonald's in California.

"We are Handicapped - Friendly. For example, if you are blind, we will read the menu for you." -- A notice in a restaurant.

"Eat Here - Get Gas" -- A sign at a gas station.

"Hot drinks to take out or sit in." -- A sign on a cafe.

"You can't beat our meat!" -- A sign on a restaurant, now closed.

"Our Infamous Steaks" -- A sign at a restaurant in Raleigh, NC.

"Now Hiring / Sausage Biscuits / $1" -- A sign at a McDonald's.

"NOW HIRING / TWO FRENCH DIPS / FOR TWO DOLLARS." -- A sign at an Arby's in North Bend, Washington.

"Please consume all food on premises." -- A sign at a Souplantation restaurant.

Source:
http://rinkworks.com/said/restaurants.shtml
Click the link for more restaurant funnies...

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And, in closing...

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Two Cirque Du Soleil Acrobats (video, duration 3:12)
http://www.buzzfeed.com/micaela/why-trust-is-worth-it
THAT's what trust is all about...

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Ravers Dancing At A Music Festival Set To The Benny Hill Theme (video, duration 0:48)
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/ravers-dancing-a-music-festival-set-to-the-benny-hill-theme
[Caution : Earworm Alert.]

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How to keep your PC secure when Microsoft ends Windows XP support
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2102606/how-to-keep-your-pc-secure-when-microsoft-ends-windows-xp-support.html
As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be providing security patches for Windows XP.
Without Microsoft’s protection, all those WinXP PCs will have targets painted on their hard drives.
If you use XP at home, misery loves company.
We have a Windows XP computer at home, and we just can't believe that Microsoft would simply stop supporting us.
BUT THEY WILL. So read the content of the link above and you'll have *some* protection...

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Marg Delahunty & Mike Duffy (video, duration 1:59)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ka93rytRe8
"brown-nosing suck-holery" - Right on, Warrior Princess!
[I could watch this video all day! This, and the Rob Ford ambush in his driveway...]

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Google Like A Boss!
http://i.imgur.com/qB0JUwc.png

And more...
http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html

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