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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 2, 2006

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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1585 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. 2006 Provincial Budgets:
--- Yukon (March 30)
--- Prince Edward Island (March 30)
--- Newfoundland and Labrador (March 30)
--- New Brunswick (March 28)
2. Community Forum planned for Toronto on the need to rescue the Ontario Human Rights Commission - April 5
3. Help Send Vince Calderhead to Geneva!
4. New academic papers from the Social Assistance in the New Economy Project (Ontario welfare reform)
5. What's New from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) - March 2006
--- Making Work Pay Symposium Proceedings (<==== incl. welfare reform info!!)
--- Human Capital and Search Behaviour
--- The Effect of the Self-Sufficiency Project on Children
--- Educational Upgrading and its Consequences Among Welfare Recipients: Empirical Evidence From the Self-Sufficiency Project
6. From the Canadian Union of Public Employees:
--- Developments in Privatization of Public Services
- March 30
--- CUPE pledges $100,000 to child care campaign
--- Child Care Open Letter hits 26,000 signatures - add your name!
--- Working Families Need Childcare - NDP site
--- Victory in Saskatchewan as Legislature passes motion on child care (March 17)
7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Income of Canadians, 2004 - March 30
--- Pregnancy outcomes, 2003 - March 29
--- Work hours instability, 1997 to 2001
- March 29
--- Employment Insurance, January 2006 (preliminary)
- March 28
--- Youth custody and community services, 2003/04 - March 28
--- Canada's population, Fourth quarter 2005 - March 28
8. Denied Assistance: Closing the Front Door on Welfare in BC (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC Office) - March 27
9.  British Columbia Association of Social Workers Calls for Provincial Welfare Review - March 27
10. BC Ombudsman Investigates Income Assistance Complaints + British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Others Welcome Ombudsman's Report - March 28
11. An Examination of the Current Human Rights System in British Columbia (BC Human Rights Defenders) - March 2006
12. Social Security + 100 Greatest Events in Canadian History (The Canadian Encyclopedia)
13.
What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - March 31

International Content

14. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- March 30
15. New Resources on Aging (U.S.) - (University of California at Berkeley Resource Center on Aging) - March 17

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. 2006 Provincial-Territorial Budgets
--- Yukon (March 30)
--- Prince Edward Island (March 30)
--- Newfoundland and Labrador (March 30)
--- New Brunswick (March 28)

Government of Yukon Budget 2006-2007
March 30, 2006
- incl. links to all budget papers

Premier Fentie Tables 2006-2007 Budget
News Release
March 30, 2006
"WHITEHORSE - The Government of Yukon's 2006-07 Capital and Operations and Maintenance budget, totaling over $793 million, was tabled today in the Yukon Legislative Assembly by Premier Dennis Fentie."
NOTE: scroll down the news release page for detailed Budget highlights broken down by Department

Google.ca News Search Results:
"Yukon Budget 2006-2007"
Google.ca Web Search Results:
"Yukon Budget 2006-2007"
Source:
Google.ca

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2006 Provincial Budget of Prince Edward Island
March 30, 2006
- incl. links to the budget address and all supporting documents

PEI Budget 2006 Highlights (PDF file - 622K, 8 pages)
- see p. 10 for "Social Services and Seniors"

Google.ca News Search Results:
"Prince Edward Island Budget 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results:
"Prince Edward Island Budget 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

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Newfoundland and Labrador 2006 Budget
March 30, 2006
- incl. links to all budget papers (Budget Speech - Budget Highlights - Estimates - The Economy - News Releases)

Budget 2006 Highlights

Sample news release (one of 13):

March 30, 2006
The Right Choices: Reducing Poverty; Increasing Self Reliance
Departments of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, Health and Community Services and Education
- includes a backgrounder with more detailed info
" Budget 2006 outlines government’s integrated approach to poverty reduction, unveiling investments of over $30.5 million in 2006-07 and $62 million annually to support an expanded eligibility for the prescription drug program, the elimination of school fees, increases to income support programs, and enhanced Adult Basic Education (ABE) offerings. This initial phase of the poverty reduction strategy is a strong basis for meeting government’s pledge to significantly reduce poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador."

Google.ca News Search Results:
"Newfoundland Budget 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results:
"Newfoundland Budget 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

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Province of New Brunswick 2006-2007 Budget
- incl. links to all budget papers (News release - Speech - The New Brunswick Economy - Main Estimates)

Budget 2006-07 delivers on Five in Five Initiative
News Release
March 28, 2006
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Record amounts of money for education, health and seniors, lower taxes for New Brunswickers, a balanced budget, and help to cope with high energy costs are highlights of the 2006-07 provincial budget, brought down today by Finance Minister Jeannot Volpé.

Google.ca News Search Results:
"New Brunswick Budget 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results:
"New Brunswick Budget 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

Version française:

Budget 2006-2007 du Nouveau-Brunswick
Le 28 mars 2006
Des sommes records pour l’éducation, la santé et les personnes âgées, des réductions d’impôt pour les gens du Nouveau-Brunswick, un budget équilibré et une aide relative aux coûts de l’énergie sont parmi les points saillants du budget provincial 2006-2007, déposé par le ministre des Finances, Jeannot Volpé, le 28 mars.
- vous trouverez ici des liens vers tous les documents pertinents au budget (
Communiqué, Discours, L’économie au Nouveau-Brunswick, Budget principal)

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- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the New Brunswick Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

2. Community Forum planned for Toronto on the
need to rescue the Ontario Human Rights Commission - April 5

Community Forum on the Need to
Rescue the Ontario Human Rights Commission

You are invited to a Community Forum on the Need to Rescue the Ontario Human Rights Commission
Hosted by: the Ontario Federation of Labour and Sam Gindin, Chair In Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
Co-moderated by: Terry Downey and Judy Rebick
When: Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 5:30 pm.
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street (Spadina &College Area), TORONTO
Light Refreshments Provided
ASL Interpreted
Guest Speaker: Mary-Woo Sims, Former Chief Commissioner B.C. Human Rights Commission
Panel Response:
- Margaret Parsons, African Canadian Legal Clinic;
- David Lepofsky, Disability Rights Activist;
- Avvy Go, Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

More info - including a detailed backgrounder on the issue of human rights in Ontario

RSVP:
Please confirm your attendance with Margaret Law by e-mail [ mlaw@ofl.ca ] or telephone [ 416 - 443-7656 ]

Source:
DAWN-Ontario (DisAbled Women's Network Ontario)

Related Links:

Strengthening Ontario's Human Rights System - from the Ontario Human Rights Commission
- includes links to the August 2005 System Review Discussion Paper, the October 2005 Consultation Report and news release, the Ministry of the Attorney General's February 2006 news release, the Commission's preliminary comments on proposed reforms to Ontario’s human rights system and the letter from Chief Commissioner to the Attorney General, March 7th, 2006

More info on the history of human rights legislation
and proposed changes in Ontario

- links to a dozen presentations given at a January 2005 Faculty of Law (University of Toronto) workshop on administrative design and the human rights process in Ontario

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (AODA)
(successor of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee since August 2005)

- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

3. Help Send Vince Calderhead to Geneva

Help Send Vince to Geneva!

Vince Calderhead, a long-time social and economic rights advocate from Halifax and strong believer in the right to adequate income and strong national protections for these rights, is hoping to attend the upcoming UN meetings in Geneva during the first week of May. The UN will be reviewing Canada's implementation of its obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In 1998, Canadian NGOs made important contributions to the effort which resulted in Canada being sharply criticized for the Martin inspired cuts of the mid-90s.

See Concluding observations of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights : Canada. 10/12/98

Funding is a problem.
Vince is trying to raise $2,000.00 to cover the cost of the week long advocacy project to have human rights violations of the past 8 years dealt with squarely. Anyone who is in a position to help or who knows someone who might should contact Vince at: <vincent.calderhead@nslegalaid.ca>

Why Geneva? Why Vince Calderhead?

If you're not sure why Vince needs to get to Geneva, the links below should give you some contextual information around Canadian NGOs reporting poverty and human rights issues to the United Nations.
I strongly support the work of NGO people, including Vince, who trek to Geneva periodically to hold Canadian governments accountable for their social policies. That's because I feel that since the end of the Canada Assistance Plan (CAP) in 1996, there's no remaining forum in Canada, short of the Supreme Court, where social advocacy watchdog organizations can hold the Canadian federal and provincial-territorial governments accountable in matters relating to welfare, poverty and human rights and similar matters, in accordance with our governments' commitments under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It's all about accountability --- if not to the people of Canada, then to the people of the world...

I encourage you to support Vince Calderhead - I feel that his contribution as a member of the 1998 Canadian NGO delegation in Geneva was valued, and that he should be part of that group once again.
Gilles.

Related Link:

Human Rights and Poverty - from the National Anti Poverty Organization (NAPO)
- this section of the NAPO site contains some timely info on u
sing human rights to fight poverty.
- incl. links to : Using human rights to fight poverty (an overview) * Core human rights concepts * Reporting Poverty to the United Nations * Tell your story to the United Nations * Right to adequate housing is at issue in Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings * Human Rights Links- excellent collection of resources related to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

- Go to the United Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

4. New academic papers from the
Social Assistance in the New Economy Project (Ontario welfare reform)

Three new academic papers from Social Assistance in the New Economy (SANE):
[Ernie Lightman, Andy Mitchell, Dean Herd]
(
The Social Assistance in the New Economy (SANE) research program is a three-year study into the changing nature of social assistance in Ontario.)

* Workfare in Toronto: More of the Same? (PDF file - 81K, 13 pages)
December 2005 - Manuscript accepted for publication by the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

* One Year On: Tracking the Experiences of a panel of social assistance recipients in Toronto (PDF file 105K, 21 pages)
2005 - Manuscript accepted for publication by the Journal of Poverty.

* Rituals of Degradation: Administration as Policy in the Ontario Works Program (PDF file - 182K, 27 pages)
February 2005--- in Journal of Social Policy and Administration, 39, 1: 65-79.

Links to all SANE
academic papers and reports
- from the SANE Publications page - links to 11 papers and reports, including the three above...

Source:
Social Assistance in the New Economy
[Ernie Lightman, Andy Mitchell, Dean Herd]
- incl. links to : Study Background - Program of Research - Research Team - Senior Fellows - Practicum Students - Publications - Latest News - Links

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

5. What's New from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) - March 2006
---
Making Work Pay Symposium Proceedings
--- Human Capital and Search Behaviour

--- The Effect of the Self-Sufficiency Project on Children
--- Educational Upgrading and its Consequences Among Welfare Recipients: Empirical Evidence From the Self-Sufficiency Project

What's New from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC):

Making Work Pay Symposium Proceedings (PDF file - 432K , 74 pages)
November 15–16, 2005
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
"This new publication is a summary of the proceedings of the Making Work Pay Symposium, which was held in Ottawa, Canada, on November 15th and 16th, 2005. Senior federal and provincial government representatives, international experts, and leading academic researchers who met at this symposium heard both research findings and practical experience about the latest efforts to encourage work among welfare recipients. In addition, several leading academic researchers presented research that used data from Canada's most famous social policy experiment - the Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP). The Making Work Pay Symposium was funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), and was organized by SRDC."

Recommended reading - includes some interesting nuggets of information about welfare reforms over the past ten years (and more, in some cases) in a number of provinces, from the government welfare program perspective, and much more...

"The symposium was the final major event of the Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP). This world-famous randomized social policy experiment gave a temporary earnings supplement to single parents on welfare who found full-time work within one year. The project demonstrated that this financial incentive could increase employment and earnings while reducing income assistance receipt and poverty." [Proceedings, page 1 - bolding added]

Also from SRDC:

Human Capital and Search Behaviour (PDF file - 1.2MB, 44 pages)
March 2006

The Effect of the Self-Sufficiency Project on Children (PDF file - 318K, 40 pages)
March 2006

Educational Upgrading and its Consequences Among Welfare Recipients:
Empirical Evidence From the Self-Sufficiency Project
(PDF file - 436K, 64 pages)
March 2006

- Go to the Self-Sufficiency Project Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ssp.htm

6. From the Canadian Union of Public Employees:
--- Developments in Privatization of Public Services
- March 30
--- Child Care Open Letter hits 26,000 signatures - add your name!
---
Victory in Saskatchewan as Legislature passes motion on child care (March 17)

New report focuses on new forms of privatization
News Release
March 30, 2006
"Those who follow trends know that new and more complex forms of privatization have emerged in Canada and around the world. A new CUPE resource helps you understand and identify these “monsters.” CUPE’s 16-page paper Developments in Privatization of Public Services provides details on many new kinds of privatization that now exist. It helps to answer the question "what is privatization?” by using brief examples that show how certain kinds of privatization work."

Developments in Privatization of Public Services (PDF file - 346K, 16 pages)
A background paper prepared for the Public Services International Workshop on Trade Union Responses to New Forms of Privatization
March 14 –16, 2006
Ottawa, Canada

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Also from CUPE:

News: CUPE pledges $100,000 to child care campaign
CUPE's national executive board has pledged $100,000 to the campaign to defend the federal-provincial agreements on child care. The NEB also conferred with NDP leader Jack Layton about the party's strategy on the issue.

Working Families Need Childcare - NDP site

Child care open letter hits 26,000 signatures
February 28, 2006
Momentum is building.
More than 26,000 Canadians have lent their support to an open letter that urges the prime minister and premiers to honour the federal-provincial child care agreements signed last year.
* Add your name to the growing list

Victory in Saskatchewan as Legislature passes motion on child care
March 17, 2006
Saskatchewan’s legislature has unanimously passed a motion to support a made-in-Saskatchewan child care plan, and to “express our government’s dissatisfaction” with the federal Conservatives’ plan to axe child care agreements signed with the provinces last year.

Related Links:

CODE BLUE for Child Care
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

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[A special thanks to CUPE from the Canadian Social Research Links Guy for allowing me to piggyback onto their mailing list system (Mailman) - it makes my task of administering my newsletter mailing list and distributing the weekly issues quite a bit easier. I should mention that I don't share my newsletter mailing list with anyone, including CUPE, nor does CUPE impose any control over my work or my views...
March 2006
Gilles]

- Go to the Unions Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Income of Canadians, 2004 - March 30
--- Pregnancy outcomes, 2003 - March 29
--- Work hours instability, 1997 to 2001
- March 29
--- Employment Insurance, January 2006 (preliminary)
- March 28
--- Youth custody and community services, 2003/04 - March 28
--- Canada's population, Fourth quarter 2005 - March 28

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

March 30, 2006
Income of Canadians, 2004
Median after-tax income rose for most Canadian families in 2004 as strong economic growth fostered gains in employment which in turn boosted market income, according to new data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics.

Complete report:

Income in Canada, 2004 (767K, 150 pages)
("The rich get rich and the poor get poorer..)

March 29, 2006
Pregnancy outcomes, 2003 (PDF file - 498K, 77 pages)
This product brings together statistics on live births, induced abortions and fetal loss (stillbirths and miscarriages) to provide comprehensive statistics on outcomes of pregnancy. Counts and rates for the three outcomes of pregnancy as well as total pregnancies are presented by the province or territory of residence and by the age group of the woman.
[Source: March 29 New Products]

March 29, 2006
Study: Work hours instability, 1997 to 2001
Work hours instability was a fact of life for many Canadians between 1997 and 2001, according to a new study that follows the working patterns of individuals.The study follows the working hour patterns of individuals aged 25 to 54. It found the traditional model where workers work the same hours year after year applies to a relatively small share of workers.

Complete study:

Work Hours Instability in Canada (PDF file - 248K, 38 pages)
March 2006
[ Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series ]<<===Links to 150+ studies!

March 28, 2006
Employment Insurance, January 2006 (preliminary)
The estimated number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits (seasonally adjusted) rose for the first time since August 2005. The level in January was 499,710, up 1.2% from December but still 4.8% lower than a year earlier.

March 28, 2006
Youth custody and community services, 2003/04
In the year following the April 1st 2003 implementation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the number of young persons aged 12 to 17 who were admitted into some form of custody declined by nearly one-half.

March 28, 2006
Canada's population, Fourth quarter 2005
Alberta's population increased at more than five times the national average during the last three months of 2005, as record numbers of people flocked to the booming province from other regions of Canada. (...) International immigration increased in almost every region of Canada, offsetting the pull exerted by Alberta. Without this input from abroad, Manitoba would have lost population. Similarly, the demographic growth of British Columbia would have declined six-fold and that of Quebec by half.

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

8. Denied Assistance: Closing the Front Door on Welfare in BC - March 27
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC Office)

Study finds BC’s welfare system denying assistance
to people in need, ‘diverting’ many to homelessness and hardship

Press Release
March 27, 2006
(Vancouver) A major study released today finds that BC’s welfare system is systematically discouraging, delaying and denying assistance to many of the people most in need of help, with harmful consequences for some of the province’s most vulnerable residents.
"Denied Assistance: Closing the Front Door on Welfare in BC" examines why the number of people receiving welfare has plummeted in the wake of changes to eligibility rules and the application system, and looks at what is happening to people who seek and are denied welfare. It is the first in-depth assessment of the new application system, drawing on data obtained through Freedom of Information requests and extensive interviews with people who have applied for welfare, front-line community advocates and Ministry workers.

Denied Assistance:
Closing the Front Door on Welfare in BC
March 2006
Complete report - PDF File, 564K, 69 pages
Summary - PDF File, 362K, 8 pages

Source:
British Columbia Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

9. British Columbia Association of Social Workers
Calls for Provincial Welfare Review - March 27

Time to “Open the Door” to our Human Rights Obligations,
says BC Association of Social Workers
Media Release
March 27, 2006
The BC Association of Social Workers supports a call for an in-depth public review of the legislation, policies and practices that have closed the front door to welfare in BC. This call comes after the release of the report Denied Assistance: Closing the Front Door on Welfare by the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Source:
BC Association of Social Workers

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

10.BC Ombudsman Investigates Income Assistance Complaints - March 28
- British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Others Welcome Ombudsman's Report

Ombudsman Investigation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre's
Complaints about the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance
(PDF file - 31K, 2 pages)
Press Release
March 28, 2006
Ombudsman investigates Income Assistance complaints
VICTORIA – Acting Provincial Ombudsman Howard Kushner today released Special Report No. 28, Ombudsman Investigation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s Complaints about the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance. The report details the outcome of three investigations initiated in response to complaints from the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)

Complete Report:

Ombudsman Investigation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s
Complaints about the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance
(PDF file - 121K, 22 pages)
March 2006

Source:
BC Ombudsman

Related Links:

Ombudsman report reveals underlying problems in welfare ministry (PDF file - 55K, 1 page)
News Release
March 28, 2006
(Vancouver) Fifteen anti-poverty groups across BC are welcoming the Ombudsman’s report, released today, into complaints about unfairness at the BC Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance. As a result of the Ombudsman’s investigation, the Ministry has been making sweeping changes to policies and procedures, including to the application process and three week work search, reconsideration and appeal rights, and Ministry home visits.
Source:
British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC)

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

11. An Examination of the Current Human Rights System in British Columbia - March 2006
(BC Human Rights Defenders)

Route 64 - Another Detour on the Road to Equality:
An Examination of the Current Human Rights System in British Columbia

March 2006
The BC Human Rights Defenders is pleased to make available the report from the International and Human Rights Law Association of the University of Victoria.

Complete report:

Route 64 - Another Detour on the Road to Equality:
An Examination of the Current Human Rights System in British Columbia
(PDF file - 481K, 78 pages)
March 2006
"On March 31, 2003, Bill 64, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2002, was brought into force. The bill enacted sweeping amendments to British Columbia’s Human Rights Code and abolished the B.C. Human Rights Commission, the body formerly responsible for administering the Code through a variety of functions including research, education, monitoring, investigation and dispute resolution."

Backgrounder (PDF file - 47K, 2 pages)

Source:
BC Human Rights Defenders
"The BC Human Rights Defenders is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the advancement of human rights provincially, nationally and internationally. (...) The Defenders have been active since May 2002, when the BC Liberal government eliminated the BC Human Rights Commission, making BC the first province without a government agency to advocate and promote respect for human rights in British Columbia. The new system created by the Liberals make it more difficult for people who are disadvantaged by poverty, disability, race, ancestry, gender, family status, sexual orientation, and religion, to access justice through an open and supportive human rights system."

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

12. Social Security + 100 Greatest Events in Canadian History
(The Canadian Encyclopedia)

Social Security
- excellent online resource by an expert in the field, Dennis Guest.
- includes History of Social Security in Canada and Renewing Canada's Social Programs.
Source:
The Canadian Encyclopedia

Also from the Canadian Encyclopedia:

100 Greatest Events in Canadian History

- Go to the Reference Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

13. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - March 31
(University of Toronto)


What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

31-Mar-06

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WHAT'S NEW
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>> Investing in children is an investment in our future
Report from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care details "the importance of upholding the Federal-Provincial Early Learning and Child Care Agreement."

>> A wide-ranging coalition is demanding that the funding agreements on child care and family services be maintained
Press release from the newly formed Coalition for the Consolidation for Child Care and Family Services.

>> The association of early childhood care and education to children's experiences in Kindergarten
Report from the Human Early Learning Partnership (UBC) examines the link between different forms ELCC and outcomes two years later when children are in kindergarten.

>> Global guidelines for early childhood education and care in the 21st century
Guidelines and self-assessment tool from the Association of Childhood Education International enables self-evaluation of program quality.

>> Standing up for which families? Who benefits from the Conservative tax cuts promises
Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that "high-income families will receive a disproportionate share of the benefits from the Conservatives' tax-cut promises."

>> Province dissatisfied with Ottawa's commitment to early learning and child care
Press release from the Government of Saskatchewan announces "a motion to support the made-in-Saskatchewan early learning and child care system."

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> Growth spurs decline in poverty [CA]
by Scoffield, Heather / Globe and Mail, 31 Mar 06

>> Social activists put pressure on Tories [CA]
by Ward, John / Canadian Press, 30 Mar 06

>> Crisis looms in child care [CA-ON]
by Monsebraaten, Laurie / Toronto Star, 30 Mar 06

>> Premier too quiet on child-care deal: critics [CA-NL]
CBC News- Newfoundland, 30 Mar 06

>> Special-needs kids' child care at risk [CA]
by Macaluso, Grace / Windsor Star, 30 Mar 06

>> Last chance for day care: Editorial [CA-ON]
Sudbury Star, 30 Mar 06

>> We must insist on quality child care [CA]
by Bennett, Carolyn (MP) / Toronto Star, 28 Mar 06

>> Canadians opted for child care choice [CA]
by Finley, Diane (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development)

>> PM's child care boondoggle: Letter to the Editor [CA]
Hamilton Spectator, 28 Mar 06

>> A push for one-stop childhood services [CA-ON]
by Monsebraaten, Laurie / Toronto Star, 25 Mar 06

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Towards a national system of early learning and child care
Regularly updated
NOTE: this is a large (and growing) collection that includes government and non-governmental reports, press releases, news articles and other documents dealing with the new federal-provincial-territorial arrangements for early learning and child care in Canada.

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated

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

14. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- March 30

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)

March 30, 2006

Today's subjects include: Effect of New Welfare Rules on States // Immigration Reform // Immigration Reform – Opinion and Editorial // Minimum Wage – Opinion // Teacher Shortages // Educational Achievement // Health Care Policy – Opinion // Antipoverty Efforts – Minnesota // Child Well-Being – Fort Wayne, IN; Kansas; Delaware // Early Childhood Education – Indiana // Low-Income Education Funding – Milwaukee, WI // Indian Education – New Mexico // Minimum Wage – California // Immigration Reform – Indiana // Post-Katrina Housing Issues – Houston, TX

March 27, 2006

Today's subjects include: Measuring Poverty // Welfare, Education, and Work // Plight of Young Black Men - Opinion // Universal Preschool - Editorial // Hunger - Editorial // Poverty and Academic Achievement - San Joaquin County, CA // "Pink Collar Poverty" - Madison, WI // Early Childhood Education - New York // Child Care and Early Education - Massachusetts // Cuts in WIC Program - Wisconsin // Food Assistance - Michigan, Montgomery County, MD // State Health Plan Proposal - Tennessee // Minimum Wage - Ohio, Massachusetts, Utah // Heating Assistance - Wisconsin // Public Housing - Maryland // Homelessness - Sauk County, WI, Fairfax County, VA, Los Angeles

Each of the weekly digests offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf [ jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu ] to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- March 23, 2006
- March 16
- March 9
- March 2
- February 23

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to August 2005, 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- 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

15. New Resources on Aging (U.S.) - March 17
(University of California at Berkeley Resource Center on Aging)

New Resources on Aging (bi-weekly e-letter)
- latest issue: March 17
Table of Contents:
* Editorial Notes * On the WEB * New Publications * New Resources at the Center Library * Calendar of Events * Community Resources
- almost 100 links in the current issue!

Web Links on Aging
1,000+ links, organized alphabetically from Academic to Women, split into three pages for easier download
A - H
I - P
Q to Z

Source:
The University of California at Berkeley Resource Center on Aging

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



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Mangled Expressions

We all know that one special someone who likes to impress people with their mastery of idiomatic expressions, but all they manage to do is cast some pearls before they're swine.
(^&*!)
Here are some of my favourites, and you've likely heard them too...:

* "Water under the dam."

* "Water over the bridge."

* "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it."

* "Let's nip this in the butt."

* "Let's nibble this in the butt."

* "Don't eat with your mouth full!"

* "He's disgusting. He smokes like a fish!"

* "We're killing two birds for the price of one."

* "You'll know it like the back of your head."

* "You can barely see your face in front of your hand!"

* "That's the way the crumble cookies."

* "I don't want to sound like a dead horse."

* "Let's take a wild stab in the back."

* "Around here, it's always feast or phantom."

* "If you could get it working I'd be internally grateful."

* "This is the piece of the puzzle that allows you to paint in the rest of the pie."

Source:
http://rinkworks.com/said/words.shtml

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