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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 2, 2006

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a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Tax relief starting July 1 (Department of Finance Canada) - June 30
2. What's New from the Canadian Council on Social Development:
--- The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector in Ontario - June 29
--- Are children being left off the North American agenda? - June 28
--- Before-Tax Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICOs), 2005 - June 20

3. [REAL Women] Attack on feminism hurts women here and overseas (CBC Viewpoint) - June 30
4.
Economic Survey of Canada (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
- June 26
5. Ontario Human Rights Commission Annual Report 2005-2006 - June 29
6. Review Finds Canada Pension Plan Is Financially Sound (Department of Finance Canada)
7. Isthatlegal.ca - Welfare (Ontario Works) Law
8. What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Fertility among visible minority women; Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2003 and 2004 - June 30
--- Canada's population, First quarter 2006 - June 29
--- The risk of first and second marriage dissolution, 2001 - June 28
--- Canadian Social Trends (June issue) - June 28
--- Employment Insurance, April 2006 - June 27
--- Study : Education and Earnings, 1980 to 2005 - June 23
--- Perspectives on Labour and Income - June 2006 issue
9. NAPO News [newsletter] - June 2006 issue (National Anti Poverty Organization) ;Sherrie Tingley replaces Dennis Howlett as NAPO Executive Director effective immediately.
10. Their Future Is Now: Healthy Choices for Canada’s Children and Youth (Health Council of Canada) - June 2006
11.
What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - June 30

International Content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. Third Session of World Urban Forum closes after drawing 10,000 people (UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme) - June 23
14. Policy Hub Bulletin: June 2006 issue (U.K.) - HM Treasury
15. Australian Policy Online (Weekly Briefing) - June 30, 2006

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Tax relief starting July 1 - June 30
(Department of Finance Canada)

Canada's New Government Provides Substantial Tax Relief Beginning July 1
June 30, 2006
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, reminded Canadians of tax changes that will take effect July 1, 2006. "In Budget 2006, Canada’s new government introduced more than $26 billion in tax relief over the next two years, of which over 90 per cent will go to individuals," Minister Flaherty said.
Effective July 1:
* About 655,000 low-income Canadians will be removed from the tax rolls altogether.
* The GST will be reduced to 6 per cent from 7 per cent. This will put almost $9 billion into the pockets of Canadians over the next two years.
* Working Canadians will become eligible for the Canada Employment Credit on up to $500 of annual employment income to help pay the additional costs of employment—costs for things like uniforms, computers or safety gear. Next year, the amount of employment income eligible for the credit will increase to $1,000.
* The lowest personal income tax rate will be permanently reduced to 15.5 per cent.
* The basic personal amount—the amount that an individual can earn without paying federal income tax—will increase each year and remain above previously legislated levels for 2005, 2006 and 2007.
* Canadians who buy monthly transit passes will get a tax credit. A person who buys passes costing $80 a month will receive about $150 a year in federal tax relief. That will save commuters $370 million over the next two years.
* Excise duty on Canadian wine produced with 100 per cent Canadian agricultural products is eliminated, a reduction of 62 cents a litre.
* Excise duties are reduced on the first 75,000 hectolitres of Canadian-produced beer. All Canadian brewers will enjoy excise duty savings of about $2.30 on a 24-pack of 341 ml bottles on their first 2,000 hectolitres of production per year.
* The minimum tax on financial institutions will be modified as of July 1, 2006, which will reduce government revenues by $15 million in 2006–07.
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

2. What's New from the Canadian Council on Social Development:
--- The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector in Ontario - June 29
---
Are children being left off the North American agenda? - June 28
---
Before-Tax Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICOs), 2005 - June 20

What's new from the Canadian Council on Social Development:

The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector in Ontario (PDF file - 788K, 78 pages)
June 29, 2006
"This report kicks off a series of regional reports on the vital 'third pillar' of Canadian society. Written by Katherine Scott from the Canadian Council on Social Development, the research is based on the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, which was conducted by a consortium of organizations in partnership with Statistics Canada."

Are children being left off the North American agenda? (PDF file - 97K, 3 pages)
Read the CCSD's intervention at a recent meeting of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Washington, DC.
June 28, 2006

Poverty Lines - last updated: June 20, 2006
Before-Tax Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICOs), 2005
The LICOs are published by Statistics Canada. Persons and families living below these income levels are considered to be living in "straitened circumstances." There are 35 different LICOs, varying according to family size and size of community. The LICOs are more popularly known as Canada's poverty lines.

More free statistics from the CCSD

Related Link:

"On poverty and low income" - by Ivan Fellegi (1997)
The Chief Statistician of Canada explains why his agency's low income cut-offs should not be used as the "official" poverty line for Canada.
Source:
Statistics Canada

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

3. [REAL Women] Attack on feminism hurts women here and overseas - June 30
(CBC Viewpoint)

Attack on feminism hurts women here and overseas
By Heather Mallick
CBC News
June 30, 2006
"REAL Women are on the warpath, as I guess I would be too if I were REAListic, Equal, Active, and for Life. Hey, I am all those things! Oh, they mean "not in your unREAL way." I think. REALists have been quiet for a long time. But they see the Stephen Harper minority government as their chance to change Canada back to the way they say it used to be. Whatever that was, I'm sure it was lovely. And frankly, their view of the future does verge on the dire."
Source:
Viewpoint
[CBC]

Related Links:

R.E.A.L. Women of Canada's lobby efforts to disband Status of Women
and the Standing Committee on the Status of Women

version française:
Le lobby R.E.A.L. Women of Canada tente de faire démanteler Condition
féminine Canada et le Comité permanent de la condition féminine

Source:
DAWN-Ontario

4. Economic Survey of Canada - June 26
(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Economic survey of Canada
26-Jun-2006
The Canadian economy has performed well in recent years, but improving productivity performance will be crucial to achieving durable prosperity gains. In addition, it will be important to ensure that the federal and provincial fiscal arrangements, as well as social policies, are on a sustainable path.

Economic Survey of Canada, 2006 - Summary (PDF file - 319K, 12 pages)
Policy Brief - June 2006
"(...) Social policies need to deal more effectively with the underlying causes of poverty, especially by raising literacy skills and continuing to promote educational attainment. Moving towards free early education for all three and four year-olds may also pay social and economic dividends in the longer run. This could be complemented by more affordable access to childcare, especially for lower-wage working parents." [Excerpt, page 2]

Executive Summary

Social polices: from social welfare to social development

Order the complete report - $

Earlier Economic Surveys of Canada

Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Related Link:

www.oecd.org/canada is a one-stop-shop for OECD reports and statistics on Canada. Browse the documents in chronological order or by topic (e.g. economy, trade, development, environment, energy, social issues)

5. Ontario Human Rights Commission Annual Report 2005-2006 - June 29

Pivotal Time for Human Rights, Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Reports
News Release
June 29, 2006
Toronto – On releasing the Commission’s 2005-2006 Annual Report today at Queen’s Park, Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall commented that, “This is a pivotal time for human rights in our province.” The Chief Commissioner highlighted a number of issues where progress is being made as well as areas where more work needs to be done to protect and promote human rights for the people of Ontario:
* the Ending Mandatory Retirement Statute Law Amendment Act
* removing barriers for persons with disabilities
* the rise of Islamophobia
"(...) While we welcome the opportunity for reform, the Commission shares many of the concerns expressed regarding Bill 107 – an Act that would significantly amend Ontario’s Human Rights Code – and is working hard with communities and government to ensure that the Bill meets accepted international principles for human rights institutions."

Ontario Human Rights Commission
Annual Report 2005-2006
June, 2006

Source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission

- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

6. Review Finds Canada Pension Plan Is Financially Sound - June 27, 2006
(Department of Finance Canada)

Review Finds Canada Pension Plan Is Financially Sound
News release
June 27, 2006
"Federal and provincial Ministers of Finance, as joint stewards of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), today announced the conclusion of their triennial financial review of the CPP. The review confirms that the CPP is on sound financial footing. "Our analysis suggests that the 9.9 per cent contribution rate will be sufficient to sustain the Plan into the foreseeable future," stated the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance. "We have therefore agreed that the contribution rate will remain unchanged." By providing over 3 million retired Canadians with maximum benefits of up to $844 per month, the CPP represents a key pillar of Canada’s retirement income system. With assets projected to grow to $250 billion in the next 10 years, the Plan has been recognized internationally as an affordable model for securing adequate retirement income in the face of population aging and economic change."
- incl a backgrounder "Proposed Changes to the Canada Pension Plan"
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page - http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

7. Isthatlegal.ca - Welfare (Ontario Works) Law

Isthatlegal.ca (Ontario)
"The purpose of this site is to share my knowledge, experience and research regarding law with those in our society who most need it - and with those who work towards a better world. While the practice of law involves an often complex interplay of personalities, circumstances, logic and rules - only the last of these is purely law. Everything else is just life experience, which none among us has a monopoly on. 'Law' alone - be it the "substantive" law of what rights exist, or the "procedural" law of trying to realize those rights - is just information, nothing more. Sadly though it is information that many view as beyond their comprehension. This situation has bothered me for a long time, so in January 2006 I started a sabbatical from my law practice to openly share what I have learned - and will continue to learn."
[Simon Shields, LLB]
- incl. links to the following on the home page: Small Claims Court * Criminal Injuries Compensation * Line Fences * Welfare (Ontario Works only at this time; ODSP to come) * Administrative Tribunal * Ontario Statutes and Regulations * Canada Statutes and Regulations * International LawProcedures (SPPA)

[More About this Site ]
[ Terms of Use for the IsThatLegal.ca site ] - read this before using any info you find in the OW page below or elsewhere on the Isthatlegal.ca site

Welfare (Ontario Works or "OW") Law
(June 2006)
1. Overview 2. Claimants 3. Basic Assistance 4. Benefits 5. Information Eligibility 6. Income Rules 7. Asset Rules 8. Applications and Procedures 9. Administrator Decisions 10. Appeals and Other Remedies 11. Workfare 12. Fraud and Prosecutions 13. Advocacy - Appendices - Sources and Forms

I highly recommend this OW info site.
For related links to the relevant statutes, regulations and policy directives, see the Ontario section of the Key Welfare Links page of this site: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

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

8. What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Fertility among visible minority women, Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2003 and 2004 - June 30
--- Canada's population, First quarter 2006
- June 29
---
The risk of first and second marriage dissolution, 2001 - June 28
--- Canadian Social Trends (June issue) - June 28
--- Employment Insurance, April 2006
- June 27
--- Study : Education and Earnings, 1980 to 2005 - June 23
--- Perspectives on Labour and Income - June 2006 issue

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

June 30, 2006
Study: Fertility among visible minority women, 1996 to 2001
Fertility during the late 1990s was higher for visible minority women in Canada than it was for other Canadian women, according to a new report. Still, fertility for these women declined between 1996 and 2001 and remained below what is known as the replacement level, 2.1 children per woman. The report showed that the fertility of all Canadian women declined from 1996 to 2001, yet it dropped faster for visible minority women.
NOTE: this report is an 18-page article in the Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada (the next link below)

Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2003 and 2004 (PDF file - 988K, 128 pages)
June 2006
Canadian Statistics: summary tables - links to 50+ demographic tables from the Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada

June 29, 2006
Canada's population, First quarter 2006 (preliminary) Previous release
Canada's population increased at its fastest first quarter rate in four years from January to March, surpassing the 32.5-million mark. Net international migration continued to be the main engine of growth. Population exchanges between Canada and the rest of the world accounted for nearly three-quarters of the estimated growth of 78,200 during the first three months of the year. It was the biggest first quarter increase since 2002, when the nation gained 83,400 people.
Source:
Quarterly Demographic Estimates
This publication presents quarterly estimates of population for Canada, provinces and territories as well as statistics on the following components of population change: births, deaths, immigration, emigration, returning emigration, net temporary emigration, net non-permanent residents and interprovincial migration, the latter by origin and destination.
Earlier issues of Quarterly Demographic Estimates - links to issues right back to 1996!

June 28, 2006
The risk of first and second marriage dissolution, 2001
Most Canadians marry once and only once, and less than 1% walk down the aisle more than twice, according to a new study. The free online article "Till death do us part? The risk of first and second marriage dissolution", is available today, in Canadian Social Trends. The article analyzes data from a snapshot of married life conducted by the General Social Survey (GSS) in 2001, as well as risk factors affecting the success or failure of a marriage.
Complete report:
Till death do us part? The risk of first and second marriage dissolution (PDF file - 113K, 11 pages)
by Warren Clark and Susan Crompton

Source:
June 28, New Products
Canadian Social Trends - June issue
- includes the 11-page article on the risk of first and second marriage dissolution mentioned above AND a seven-page article entitled Learning Disabilities and Child Altruism, Anxiety, and Aggression.

June 27, 2006
Employment Insurance, April 2006 (preliminary) Previous release
The estimated number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in April fell 1.6% from March to 493,250 (seasonally adjusted), the third consecutive decline and the seventh in the last eight months.

June 23, 2006
Study: Education and earnings, 1980 to 2005
Average real earnings since 2000 have increased at a faster pace for young, less-educated male workers than for any other group, including university graduates, according to a new study.Wages for this group (young men aged 25 to 34 with a high school education) have rebounded during the past five years as a result of an influx of these individuals into lower-skilled jobs in industries exp eriencing strong growth. The study, published in the June online version of Perspectives on Labour and Income, found that this movement in wages narrowed the gap in earnings between less-educated and university-educated men. However, the gap is still wide.

Perspectives on Labour and Income - June 2006 issue (PDF file - 641K, 21 pages)
- includes the eight-page article on education and savings mentioned above AND an eight-page article on the Goods and Services Tax.

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

9. NAPO News [newsletter] - June 2006 issue
(National Anti Poverty Organization)

NAPO News - June 2006 issue (PDF file - 1.5MB, 4 pages)
June 12, 2006
Contents:
- 35 years of fighting for justice (Message from the President)
- NAPO appears before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- What's New on the NAPO website:
--- Living Wage Workshop on the minimum wage
--- Living Wage Campus Activist Kit
--- Use Your Rights to Fight Poverty workshop on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
--- Avoid claw-back by delivering Choice in Childcare Allowance through the Child Tax Benefit
--- Fighting Poverty, Fighting Racism: Presentation to National Anti-Racism Council of Canada Conference November 2005 by Dennis Howlett
--- Poverty Reduction Strategies including information on Newfoundland, Ireland and UK
- NAPO Updates
- Planned Giving
- NAPO Achievements over 35 years

Earlier issue of NAPO News - back to 2003

Source:
National Anti Poverty Organization

NOTE: The NAPO Board of Directors has announced that Dennis Howlett has been replaced as Executive Director by Sherrie Tingley, effective immediately.
Dennis, thanks for all of your work raising the profile of NAPO in the past two years and for championing so many worthy social justice issues, and best wishes in all your undertakings.
Congratulations to you, Sherrie, and all the best to you also as you take over the NAPO Executive Director's job at a time when when our new Conservative federal government is promising to shake up social policy in Canada for awhile...

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

10. Their Future Is Now: Healthy Choices for Canada’s Children and Youth - June 2006
(Health Council of Canada)

Health Council of Canada report calls for early, ongoing action
to tackle trouble spots in kids’ health
(PDF file 67K, 2 pages)
News Release
WINNIPEG, JUNE 22, 2006 – While the health of Canada’s children and youth is generally good, especially by global standards, there are serious trouble spots within this population that require strategic, immediate and sustained attention, the Health Council of Canada said in a report released today. The report, Their Future Is Now: Healthy Choices for Canada’s Children & Youth, says many of those
problems are in fact preventable – if we act now. The report looks broadly across child health issues, from immunization and obesity risks to mental health and crime prevention, reviews government commitments to improve child health, highlights effective regional programs and the ingredients key to their success, and offers advice for future action.

Backgrounder (PDF file - 51K, 1 page)

Complete report:

Their Future Is Now: Healthy Choices
for Canada’s Children and Youth
(2.5MB, 52 pages)
June 2006

Toronto Star op-ed:
Help children do their best
June 21
Dr. Nuala Kenny, chair of the Health Council of Canada’s working group which created Their Future Is Now: Healthy Choices for Canada’s Children & Youth, penned this op-ed piece for the Toronto Star.

Source:
Health Council of Canada
"The Health Council of Canada is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of health care renewal in Canada."

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

11. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 30
(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 selected content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

30-Jun-06

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What’s New
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>> ECONOMIC SURVEY OF CANADA 2006
Report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development recommends “free early education for all three and four year-olds.”

>> TOWARDS SQUARING THE CIRCLE:
WORK-LIFE BALANCE AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS, FIRMS AND PUBLIC POLICY

Report from the Institute for Research on Public Policy considers “whether and how problems of work-life balance run across the whole spectrum of the working population.”

>> INVENTORY OF POLICIES AND POLICY AREAS
INFLUENCING FATHER INVOLVEMENT

Report from the Father Involvement Research Alliance at the University of Guelph encourages discussion about how policies and practices might better support fathers and their families.

>> SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FOR CANADA'S FUTURE: SEVEN PERSPECTIVES
- TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT

New collection of research papers from the Canadian Policy Research Networks focuses on human capital development; calls Canada’s performance in access to early childhood education “sub-par”.

>> EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE: A NATIONAL POLICY 2006
Review for the Government of Malta by an ECEC Working Group provides recommendations on improving national policy for young children.

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Child Care in the News
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>> Child-care program off to bad start [CA]
Gazette (Montreal), 30 Jun 06

>> Albertans have head start on getting child-care benefits [CA-AB]
Edmonton Journal, 29 Jun 06

>> Day-care spaces rescued; Region will make up shortfall in federal/provincial funding [CA-ON]
by Outhit, Jeff / Record (Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo), 29 Jun 06

>> Thousands fail to apply for child care benefit [CA]
by Thompson, Elizabeth / CanWest News Service, 28 Jun 06

>> Child-care advocates frustrated by Conservative plan [CA-ON]
by Morgon, James / Stratford Beacon-Herald, 28 Jun 06

>> Harper economic policies off-track: report [CA]
Canadian Press, 26 Jun 06

Involved dads feeling invisible [CA]
by Gordon, Andrea / Toronto Star, 17 Jun 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
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

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

12. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week, going all the way back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch finally acquired its own web page and archive.

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire and "go 404"...

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

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

13. Third Session of World Urban Forum closes after drawing 10,000 people - June 23
(UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme)

Third Session of World Urban Forum closes after drawing 10,000 people
June 23, 2006
Vancouver
"Drawing some 10,000 participants from over 100 countries, the Third Session of the World Urban Forum closed on Friday paving the way for a new drive forward on the international urban agenda in a world of rapidly growing cities."
Source:
UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Related Links:

World Urban Forum 2006 Official Website
The World Urban Forum 3 - Canadian Secretariat Website
-
Program (PDF file - 2.3MB, 8 pages)
- Links to websites of key partners in the Forum

World Urban Forum:Transforming Ideas into Action [from Human Resources and Social Development Canada]

- Go to the Municipalities Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

14. Policy Hub Bulletin: June 2006 issue (U.K.)
(
HM Treasury)

Policy Hub Bulletin: June 2006 issue (Government of the U.K.)
This latest issue of the Policy Hub Bulletin includes recent additions with relevance for Better policy making, Improving delivery, and Evaluating policy, plus a Website of the month feature.
Follow the link above to this month's online bulletin, which includes the following items of possible interest (among others):
Healthy choices for Canada's children and youth (Health Council of Canada) - People in low-paid informal work + Child poverty in large families (UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation) - Education, training and employment, 16-18 year olds (DfES data) - Political economy and population health in Australia (ANZHP) report - Integrated foundations for early childhood (Canada, CRRU report) - The Social Fund: current role and future direction (JRF report) - Sheltering women leaving violence (YWCA Canada) - much more...

- also includes links to "Evidence libraries", including databases of Systematic Reviews, Executive summaries, Review protocols, and Abstracts of reviews of effects as well as resources including reports, articles and recommended links

Sign up to receive an e-mail alert when the latest issue of the monthly Bulletin is posted on the Policy Hub website.
You don't actually receive the bulletin content - just the notification that it's available online and the URL to access the page.

News Archive - view the contents of previous Bulletins

Publications - 200+ links
A-Z Key Links - Index of resources featured on Policy Hub

Source:
Policy Hub - 'the first port of call for improvements in policy making and delivery'
Related Links:
Government Social Research: Analysis for Policy
Cabinet Office
[Policy Hub is part of HM Treasury]

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

15. Australian Policy Online - Weekly Briefing
June 30, 2006

What's New from Australian Policy Online :

Selected content from the most recent issue of Weekly Briefing
30 June 2006
http://www.apo.org.au

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE COLLECTION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT
ISLANDER HEALTH AND WELFARE STATISTICS 2005
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Good quality data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are needed to assess the effectiveness of programs and interventions, and to evaluate policies that are designed to improve the status of, and service delivery to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=88291

MEDICAL INDEMNITY NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION, PUBLIC SECTOR 2004-05
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report presents data on the number, nature, incidence and costs of public sector medical indemnity claims for the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005. It describes incidents that gave rise to claims, the people affected by these incidents, and the size, duration and outcomes of medical indemnity claims. This is the third report originating from the medical Indemnity National Collection (public sector).
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=88283

COMMUNITY AGED CARE PACKAGES IN AUSTRALIA 2004-05
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report presents key statistics on the levels of service provision of the Community Aged Care Packages Program and the Extended Aged Care at Home Program funded by the Australian Government. Detailed statistics
on the socio-demographic characteristics of package recipients and the patterns of the recipients' admissions and separations are also provided.
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=88278

ALCOHOL AND WORK
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Little is known regarding the alcohol consumption patterns of the Australian workforce and the impact these patterns have on workplace safety, workplace productivity and workers' wellbeing. This report addresses this lack of knowledge, and is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the role of alcohol in the Australian workplace.
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=88263

SKILL: THE NEW GLOBAL CURRENCY
Dusseldorp Skills Forum
Across any aspect of enterprise – whether in services, manufacturing, import/ export, or health and education – the skills of people define the success of the business, writes Jack Dusseldorp. Financial capital of course remains crucial, but human and social capital are now recognised as being just as important.
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=88228

THE DEMOCRATIC AUDIT OF AUSTRALIA: POPULISM vs CITIZEN RIGHTS
Democratic Audit of Australia
Marian Sawer describes how the Democratic Audit of Australia has separated out the values of political equality, popular control of government, civil liberties/human rights and deliberative democracy in order to highlight the threat posed by populist majoritarianism. Attacks on the 'non-elected' intermediary institutions essential to accountability and rights protection in representative democracy undermine popular control of government despite speaking in its name.
Posted 27-06-2006
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=86214

MEASURING HOUSING PRICES: AN UPDATE
Reserve Bank
Over the past few years, developments in housing prices have been of significant concern to policy-makers in many countries. But measurement problems make it difficult to assess developments accurately with the available data. This article summarises research on the measurement of aggregate housing prices, and uses data for Sydney and Melbourne to demonstrate alternative methods.
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=88293

INQUIRY INTO CIVICS AND ELECTORAL EDUCATION
Parliament of Australia Joint Committee
The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has published the submissions to the 'Inquiry into civics and electoral education'. They can now be viewed on their website and feature numerous interesting submissions from a wide variety of individuals and groups. There is currently a total of 83 submissions.
http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=86220

EVENTS
See http://www.apo.org.au/event_archive.shtml
List of over three dozen seminars, forums, conferences and workshops on (among other topics) health policy, child care in Sweden, feminist economics, welfare-to-work, human rights, Indigenous education and training, models of aged care, older men's health in Australia,

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Source:
Australian policy Online

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Top Ten Weird Ways to Go

This is a list of crazy, weird and even funny deaths of prominent people in the last century or so.
(Found online somewhere)


1. Frank Hayes, jockey, suffered a heart attack during a horse race. The horse, Sweet Kiss, went on to finish first, making  Hayes the only deceased jockey to win a race. (1953)

2. A Belgian teenager was killed by a crashing soviet MiG-23 fighter jet, which escaped from Poland on autopilot after the crew ejected over a false engine failure alarm. (1989)

3. François Faber, Luxembourgean Tour de France winner, died in a trench on the western front of World War I. He received a telegram saying his wife had given birth to a daughter. He cheered, giving away his position, and was shot by a German sniper (1915).

4. Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident, was assassinated by poisoning in London by an unknown assailant who shot him in the leg with a specially modified umbrella that fired a metal pellet with a small cavity full of ricin poison. (1978)

5. Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed by a prop .44 Magnum while filming the movie The Crow. The scene involved the firing of a full-powder blank (full charge of gunpowder, but no bullet) at Brandon's character. However, unknown to the film crew/firearms technician, a bullet was already lodged in the barrel. (1993)

6. Sherwood Anderson, writer, swallowed a toothpick at a party and then died of peritonitis. (1941)

7. Jack Daniel, founder of the famous Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning due to a toe injury he received after kicking his safe in anger when he could not remember its combination code. (1911)

8. Harold Holt, the serving Prime Minister of Australia, vanished while swimming on a beach near Melbourne. His body was never found. (1967)

9. Jerome Irving Rodale, an American pioneer of organic farming, died of a heart attack while being interviewed on the Dick Cavett Show. When he appeared to fall asleep, Cavett quipped "Are we boring you, Mr. Rodale?". The show was never broadcast. (1971)

10. Richard Versalle suffered a heart attack onstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera after delivering the line "Too bad you can only live so long" during a performance of The Makropulos Case. (1996)


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