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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 2, 2010

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 2,266 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...


Haiti Earthquake

Haiti still needs our help.
Canadian Red Cross


Haiti Relief - from the CBC
- links to information resources, more organizations accepting donations



Canadian content

1.  The Perfect Calm (John Stapleton in The Mark) - April 29
2. The Recovery Slows
(Progressive Economics Forum) - April 30
3. Hugh Segal's Guaranteed Annual Income Proposal + The Debate  (The Agenda - TV Ontario) - April 28
4. A land of well-paid workers and willing taxpayers (Carol Goar, Toronto Star) - April 30
5. Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts (York University) - April 28
6. Prince Edward Island 2010 Budget - April 23
7.What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2010 - April 29
--- Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada - April 29
--- Perspectives on Labour and Income, April 2010 - April 28

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - May 1

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
10. Australian Policy Online - recent content (May 1)
11. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)
Have a great week!

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1. The Perfect Calm - April 29
(John Stapleton in The Mark)

The Perfect Calm
We may not be out of the economic storm yet.
By John Stapleton
Social Policy Consultant.
April 29, 2010
Living in the “perfect calm,” what others call the “eye of the storm,” is disarmingly placid. Interest rates have almost reached zero, an historically low standard. If you can borrow, money costs next to nothing. The financial system is awash in credit, which it is using to back both good bets and bad. We are awash in liquidity.
Let's remember that after the two big recessions of the 1980s and 1990s, interest rates were high and governments could predict recovery because all they had to do was lower the rates and the skies cleared. This time around things are very different as monetary and fiscal policy can only get tighter while governments will be tapped out. This recession isn't over, it's just taking a breather.
The Mark - News and perspectives daily
Related link:
Open Policy - John Stapleton's personal website

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

2. The Recovery Slows - April 30
(Progressive Economics Forum)


The Recovery Slows
By Erin Weir
April 30th, 2010
In February, Canada experienced its slowest economic growth since October 2009. Of course, no one expected the initial rapid rebound out of recession to continue forever.
The Progressive Economics Forum

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

3. Hugh Segal's Guaranteed Annual Income Proposal + The Debate- April 28
(The Agenda - TV Ontario)

Hugh Segal: Guaranteed Annual Income, The Proposal
| Guaranteed Annual Income Debate

April 28, 2010
On Wednesday of this past week, TV Ontario's The Agenda aired an hour-long program on guaranteed annual income (GAI).

The first link below is to a video clip of host/moderator Steve Paikin speaking with GAI champion Senator Hugh Segal about his proposal to scrap most of Canada's financial assistance programs and re-assign their budgets to a national, adequate and sustainable guaranteed annual income program. The second link (which is actually part of the first link due to stoopid page layout) is to a debate on the costs and consequences of establishing a GAI in Canada, and it involves a vigorous debate between the Red Tory Senator and a National Post editorial board member. You can tell it's a vigorous debate just from the number of times you hear the debaters say "with due respect" - count 'em...
(Have you ever noticed that sometimes "With due respect" comes across as "You're full of crap, you windbag"??)

Hugh Segal: Guaranteed Annual Income, The Proposal (video, 18 minutes)
Why Canada can afford to ensure every citizen has a guaranteed annual income:
The Agenda host Steve Paikin speaks one-on-one with Senator Hugh Segal.

The Debate: Guaranteed Annual Income (video, 36 minutes)
NOTE: To access the second video, click the link above (to the first video), then click on the tab just above the video screen that says "Guaranteed Annual Income"
(Stoopid page layout.)
The Debaters:
Senator Hugh Segal discusses his proposal for a made-in-Canada guaranteed annual income program with:
Tasha Kheiriddin, columnist and member of the editorial board of the National Post
Evelyn Forget, professor of Health Economics at the University of Manitoba
Ken Battle, President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.
Steve Paikin moderates (or should I say referees) the discussion.


Related links from TV Ontario:
The links below are from a sidebar on the main page for the GAI videos (the first link under the above red bar)

Rethinking Income Support:
A Guaranteed Annual Income
(PDF - 106K, 10 pages)
April 11, 2008
By Ken Battle
Caledon Institute of Social Policy


Yes, Virginia, There is a Guaranteed Annual Income
December 2000

By Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman

Commentary (PDF file, 2 pages)
Caledon Institute of Social Policy


Economic Security Fact Sheet #2: Poverty
(Undated file, but the latest stats in the fact sheet are for 2004)
HTML version
(143K, 15 pages)
Canadian Council on Social Development


Life in a Town Without Poverty
October 2009 Research Profile
A new look at a radical experiment in Manitoba 35 years ago shows that guaranteeing people an annual income leads to better health.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Guaranteed Annual Income Links
- 150+ links to GAI resources online
Canadian Social Research
(Hey, that's me - thanks for the plug!)


Guaranteed income, guaranteed dignity
By Laurie Monsebraaten
March 5, 2007
Toronto Star


An income for all Canadians by Reginald Stackhouse
February 17, 2008
Toronto Star


The Town with No Poverty
A History of the North American Guaranteed Annual Income Social Experiments

By Evelyn Forget
University of Manitoba
May 2008


Citizen's Income learnings - Senator Hugh Segal's GAI
September 2006
Welfare study shows need for guaranteed income by Senator Hugh Segal
NOTE: see also:
Citizen's Income learnings --- 150+ links to relevant articles by a host of Canadian and international authors
Citizen's Income Toronto

*Citizen's Income hot links
--- 168 links!
* CIT Newsletter archive
- links to over 20 issues of the Citizen's Income newsletter


A ticket out of poverty
By Father Raymond J. de Souza
May 21, 2009
National Post


In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness (PDF - 3.8MB, 290 pages)
The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Report of the Subcommittee on Cities
The Honourable Art Eggleton P.C., Chair
The Honourable Hugh Segal, Deputy Chair
December 2009
[ Executive Summary ]


Senator urges debate on plight of poor
By Bruce Campion-Smith
February 11, 2008
Toronto Star


A Tory joins poverty debate
February 14, 2008
Toronto Star


The Agenda with Steve Paikin
[ TV Ontario ]

- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

4. POOR NO MORE : A land of well-paid workers and willing taxpayers - April 30
(Carol Goar in The Toronto Star)

A land of well-paid workers and willing taxpayers
April 30, 2010
By Carol Goar
The most memorable scene in Poor No More, a documentary that premiered this week in Toronto, takes place on the shop floor of a large truck manufacturer in Sweden.
A female employee, talking while she works, says it’s “okay to pay taxes because our system takes care of all the people.” She explains that if she became sick or had an accident, she would get 80 per cent of her wages. Like all Swedes, she is entitled to subsidized child care, elder care, high-quality health care and 10 days of parental leave a year. A delegation of Canadian visitors — host Mary Walsh and two Canadian workers trapped in insecure, low-wage jobs — listens in disbelief. The trio moves outside to a Stockholm street. “I love paying taxes,” a passerby affirms. It seems as if the Canadians have stepped into fantasyland...
The Toronto Star

Related link:

Poor No More --- There is a way out
- includes links to:
* About the Film * Poverty Reduction (links and resources - thanks for including my site, BTW!) * Supporters * Take Action * Purchase * Media * Contact

"Poor No More will be the first film to explain the roots of the economic crisis, its impact on Canadians, and what can be done about it. It is designed to build public support for a real reduction in poverty. Poor No More will attract a wide audience and help move this issue from the margins to the mainstream.(...) The film ends on Parliament Hill, with an appeal to 'common people' to take back their country from the rich and powerful and get Canada working for everyone. 'All we need is the will,' Walsh says. It is an unsatisfying conclusion. But the film puts a human face on poverty, raises important questions and offers an alternative to those who think there is no way out."

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

5. Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts - April 28
(York University School of Health Policy & Management)

York University health researchers
produce public primer on who gets sick and why
(PDF - 19K, 2 pages)
TORONTO, April 28, 2010 – A report released today by York University health researchers offers Canadians the opportunity to learn how their living conditions will determine whether they stay healthy or become ill. Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts shows why these factors are so important for health and documents the state of these living conditions in Canada in an accessible manner for the Canadian public.


Complete report:

Social Determinants of Health:
The Canadian Facts
(PDF - 3.7MB, 63 pages)
By Juha Mikkonen and Dennis Raphael
(...)Improving the health of Canadians requires we think about health and its determinants in a more sophisticated manner than has been the case to date.
Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts considers 14 social determinants of health:
1. Income and Income Distribution
2. Education
3. Unemployment and Job Security
4. Employment and Working Conditions
5. Early Childhood Development
6. Food Insecurity
7. Housing
8. Social Exclusion
9. Social Safety Network
10. Health Services
11. Aboriginal Status
12. Gender
13. Race
14. Disability
The publication outlines why they are important; how Canada is doing in addressing them; and what can be done to improve their quality. The purpose of the document is to provide promote greater awareness of the social determinants of health and the development and implementation of public policies that improve their quality.

York University School of Health Policy & Management (Toronto)

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:

6. Prince Edward Island 2010 Budget - April 23

Prince Edward Island 2010 Budget
April 23, 2010
- main budget page, includes links to main estimates, capital estimates,budgets for earlier years

Education, Health and Fiscal Discipline: The 2010-11 Budget
News Release
April 23, 2010

Selected highlights:
• This Budget will result in a deficit for the 2010-11 year of $54.9 million – an improvement of over $30 million from last year’s Budget.
• An additional $13.6 million will be invested in early learning and education to build opportunities for Island children.
• As kindergarten moves into the public school system as a full-day program, Government funding will rise from $3.2 million to $10 million this fiscal year.
• After too many years of neglect, new funding of $2.5 million plus additional kindergarten-related savings will be invested in the Early Childhood Sector.
• Government’s total commitment to post-secondary education will increase by over $9 million this fiscal year – from $80 million to more than $89 million.
• Health care investments will rise by $24 million – reflecting Government’s understanding that this system must continually modernize and improve.
• Spending on home care will increase to a total of $13 million.
• Funding for drug programs will increase by over $1.3 million – and forecast savings of $1.2 million from new generic drugs will be reinvested in the program.

Budget Address

Highlights (PDF - 201K, 14 pages)
• Bringing kindergarten into the public school system.
• Transitioning the early childhood sector for a sustainable future.
• Enhancing the delivery of health care to Islanders.
• Securing our primary industries of agriculture, fisheries and
• Moving toward fiscal sustainability.
Helping Islanders in Need:
• Social assistance shelter rates increase by 2 per cent effective June 1, 2010.
• Funding of $30,000 allocated for the Alzheimer Society.
• An additional $256,000 is allocated for non-government organizations.

Finance and Municipal Affairs

Related link:

P.E.I. knocks big chunk off deficit
Province counts on economic improvement

April 23, 2010
P.E.I. Finance Minister Wes Sheridan is relying on improved economic conditions to take nearly $30 million off the provincial budget deficit in the coming year. Sheridan presented his budget to the legislature Friday morning. It shows a forecast deficit of $84.2 million for 2009-10, but estimates in 2010-11 that will fall to $54.9 million. Sheridan told a media briefing shortly before presenting his budget that the deficit would be eliminated in four years.
The government has laid out a four-year plan to eliminate the deficit in 2013-14. The elimination will be achieved by increasing expenditures slowly and seeing revenues increase more quickly through economic growth.
While overall program expenditures are up just $4.6 million, the government is increasing spending in two key areas — health and education — by much more.
A $2.5-million boost in early childhood education funding is the beginning of a new focus, and there will be more money for teaching and care of pre-kindergarten children in subsequent budgets.

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2010 - April 29
--- Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada - April 29
--- Perspectives on Labour and Income, April 2010 - April 28

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

April 29, 2010
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2010
Non-farm payroll employment increased by 0.1% in February (+8,300). This advance was led by British Columbia, where there were notable job gains in accommodation and food services; investigation and security services; and employment services, all largely associated with the Olympic Games.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings


April 29, 2010
Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada
April 2010
The April 2010 issue of Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada contains two articles:

1. Women in Non-traditional Occupations and Fields of Study takes stock of changes that have taken place over time in the occupations held by women in the labour market and in the fields of study they are choosing at the postsecondary level.

2. New Perspectives on Access to Postsecondary Education summarizes new research that points to the need to take a broad perspective on factors affecting participation in postsecondary education, taking into account the roles of factors such as aspirations, motivations, engagement with school, study habits, and high school outcomes.

Also in this issue of Education Matters:

Education Indicators in Canada:
Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program

April 2010
- fact sheet, entitled "Interrupting High School and Returning to Education," part of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program.

[ earlier issues of this report - more free education-related articles]


April 28, 2010
Perspectives on Labour and Income, April 2010
The April 2010 online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income, released today, features two articles.

1. Labour market review 2009 highlights the trends behind the employment downturn: where jobs were lost, who was most affected and how work hours changed.

2. Job-education match and mismatch: Wage differentials estimates the wage premium for a close job-to-education match among graduates of universities and community colleges.

[ earlier issues of this report ]


April 27, 2010
Juristat, April 2010
The April 2010 online edition of Juristat contains the following articles:
[NOTE: Click the above link for highlights and the HTML and PDF versions of each of the reports below. Click the links below to access the complete (HTML) reports directly.]

1. Knives and violent crime in Canada, 2008
This article examines Canadian trends in police-reported violent crime committed with knives, with a particular focus on the period from 1999 to 2008.

2. Police-reported robbery in Canada, 2008
Release date: March 25, 2010
This article examines the nature and extent of robbery in Canada using data from the Uniform Crime Reporting survey.

3. Maintenance enforcement by neighbourhood
income in seven reporting census metropolitan areas
Release date: March 25, 2010
Using the most recent annual data from the Survey of Maintenance Enforcement Programs, this article looks at families who are receiving child support and are enrolled in a maintenance enforcement program. The characteristics of families living in lower and higher income neighbourhoods in the reporting census metropolitan areas are compared.

4. Youth custody and community services in Canada, 2008/2009
- examines trends in admissions and releases from custody and community services among young people aged 12 to 17 from 2004/2005 to 2008/2009. It provides information on types of admissions, length of stays and characteristics of youth, such as the type of violation for which they are admitted. It also analyzes the representation of Aboriginal youth under correctional supervision.

Related subjects:

* Crime and justice statistics


The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
- Go to the Education Links page:

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - May 1

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

May 1, 2010

What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage.

Prince Edward Island budget 2010
27 Apr 10
- PEI budget promises new funding for full-day kindergarten and child care; full report on kindergarten transition expected in the next two weeks.

Ontario passes full-day learning Act
27 Apr 10
- Press release from the Ontario Ministry of Education on the passage of full-day early learning legislation; transfers responsibility for child care policy to Ministry of Education.

Socioeconomic benefits and labour market developments for New Brunswick
27 Apr 10
- Presentation by economist Robert Fairholm for the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition discusses short and long term benefits of investing in ECEC; offers recommendations for NB.

Cashing in on kids
27 Apr 10
- Pulitzer Prize winning series "uncovers a trail of phony companies, fake reports and shoddy oversight" in Wisconsin voucher program.


child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.

Scrapped childcare was under budgeted
Franklin, Matthew
Publication date: 28 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 27 Apr 10

Quebec overhauls publicly funded daycares
Seguin, Rheal
Publication date: 26 Apr 10

Coffey breaks ECD dilemma
Corbett, Graeme
Publication date: 24 Apr 10

Don't expect Marry Poppins
Mrozek, Andrea
Publication date: 23 Apr 10

Peel board draws line on full-day kindergarten
Rushowy, Kristin
Publication date: 22 Apr 10



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Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 30:
Metropolitan Unemployment Rates
Earned Income Tax Credit - California
Report: Latino Child Well-Being
Long-Term Unemployment
Child Poverty - Scotland
States and Health Care Reform
Township General Assistance Funds - Chicago, IL

April 29:
State Jobs Programs - Louisiana, Texas
US Census and Funding for Rural Communities
High Schools and College Credit

April 28:
Paid Sick Leave
Jobless Benefits and Low-Wage Workers

April 27:
Health Care Reform, Medicaid, and the Uninsured
Cuts to Programs for the Poor - Minnesota
Homelessness and Housing - Texas, Hawaii
State Child Abuse Registries
Gender Gaps in Income and Higher Education

April 26:
Food Stamps at Farmer’s Markets
Food Stamp Application Process - Texas
Report: Affordable Housing
Lead Poisoning in Children
Medicaid Reform - Florida
Microlending in the US
General Assistance Program - Minnesota


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

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- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

10. Australian Policy Online - recent content - May 1

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

Most viewed this week:
1. Garma Festival 2009 key forum address
2. Coalition staring at an electoral abyss
3. Advancing Australia's 'human capital agenda'
4. Australian conference of economists 2009 papers
5. Rise of Tasmania's 'Green devils'
[Click the APO home page link above to access these reports.]


New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Most viewed this week:
1. Coalition staring at an electoral abyss
2. Emerging issues in domestic/family violence research
3. Building Indigenous social capital in an online world
4. Regulation and growth of the not-for-profit housing sector: discussion paper
5. Out of the maze: a better social security system for people of working age
[Click the New Research link above to access these reports.]

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issues of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

29 April 2010 - CRINMAIL 1170
* GLOBAL: Slow Reform - Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the Middle East [publication]
* UNITED STATES: Torture Not Treatment - Electric-shock and long-term restraint on children and adults with disabilities at the Judge Rotenburg Center [publication]
* UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW: Reports and analysis of child rights references
* HEALTH: Children over-exposed to radiation in CT scans, UN atomic agency warns [news]
* EARLY MARRIAGE: Nigeria - investigation into senator's 'child bride' [news]
* ONLINE SAFETY: NSPCC 'snapshot' of court cases reveals 2m online child sex abuse images [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children and Child Rights Information Network

27 April 2010 - CRINMAIL 1169
* SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: First Europe, then the US – now abuse claims sweep Latin America [news]
* NIGERIA: Governors ‘threaten to execute inmates’ to ease prison congestion [news]
* NEW ZEALAND: Child Witnesses in the New Zealand Criminal Courts - A review of practice and implications for policy [publication]
* CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: Europe presses UK to introduce total ban on smacking children [news]
* GENDER: Global map of adolescent girls [resource]
* WEB CONFERENCE: Strengthening HIV prevention through sexuality education [event]
* EMPLOYMENT: ECLT Foundation, Save the Children Sweden and Inter-American Commission (scholarship)


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.
NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


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Seventeen Analogies and Metaphors
Found in High School Essays


    Even in his last years, Grandpappy had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long it had rusted shut.

    The door had been forced, as forced as the dialogue during the interview portion of "Jeopardy!"

    Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

    The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

    The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

    Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can tell butter from I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

    She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

    It came down the stairs looking very much like something no one had ever seen before.

    The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

    The dandelion swayed in the gentle breeze like an oscillating electric fan set on medium.

    He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

    Her eyes were like limpid pools, only they had forgotten to put in any pH cleanser.

    She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

    She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.

    Her voice had that tense, grating quality, like a first-generation thermal paper fax machine that needed a band tightened.

    It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.

I'm not saying because I'll probably
use more from the same list next week.


And, in closing...


Spring house hunting
April 15, 2010
Real estate finds in 20 Canadian cities for different budgets.
Guess what $150K buys you in Vancouver or Victoria?
(Hint: think Bubbles, Ricky and Julian.)
Macleans Magazine


<>Oh, THAT guy.
Jeez, I must be getting old --- I can recognize almost half of these people.


The Cult of the Hornby Island Eagle Watchers
--- one egg, one eaglet, one eagle parent and  1787 cult members [viewers] on Sunday May 2 at noon.
It's like watching paint dry except when the parents change shifts on the nest...


Nobody likes a showoff.


The American Family’s Financial Turmoil


The U.S. Housing Bubble - infographic