Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 2, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,571 subscribers.

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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...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Labour Day 2012 (Sept. 3) : Get ready to rumble (rabble.ca, CUPE, CLC) - August 31
2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for June 2012 (Finance Canada) - August 31
3. [Winnipeg] Raise the (welfare) rent, inner-city advocates say : Monthly rate province pays same since 1992 (Winnipeg Free Press) - August 31
4. [British Columbia] A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century (B.C. Justice Reform Initiative) - August 30
5. Ontario Leads in Poverty Increases and Dead Last in Social Program Funding : New Report (Ontario Common Front - Ontario Federation of Labour) - August 29
6. Latest Media and Policy News: 31 August 2012 (Income Security Advocacy Centre - ISAC)
7. New Brunswick Food prices increased by 3.33% between July 2011 and July 2012 (New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice) - August 27
8. Ten things Stephen Harper hopes you forget by 2015 (Michael Harris in iPolitics) - June 13
9. Le Québec chiffres en main, 2012 / Québec Handy Numbers, 2012 (Institut de la statistique du Québec) - April 18
10. Sept. 4 : Élections générales du Québec / 2012 Québec election
11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- New products and studies (Govt. finance)- August 31
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2012 - August 30
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. August 31 (2012) media scan - international (Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre)
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Labour Day 2012 (Sept. 4) : Get ready to rumble - August 31
(rabble.ca, CUPE, CLC)

Labour Day 2012: Get ready to rumble
http://rabble.ca/news/2012/08/labour-day-2012-get-ready-rumble
By Morna Ballantyne and Steven Staples
August 31, 2012
The Labour Day picnics and parades might be the calm before the storm for the labour movement this fall. On top of terrible job losses in manufacturing and resource industries, governments in Canada are sharpening their swords, preparing to do battle with the country's trade unions.
(...) It's important that this Labour Day unions consider ways to build a powerful movement of workers that extends well beyond their members.
Everyone, union members or not, needs such a movement now more than ever.
Source:
http://rabble.ca/

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What have unions ever done for us? (video, duration 2:08)
http://youtu.be/184NTV2CE_c
(Quite a bit, as it turns out...)
[Hint : Higher wages, better benefits, pensions, health and safety, medical coverage, equal rights on the job, paid vacations, the abolition of child labour, whistle blower protection, etc.]

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Labour Day message from the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE):
http://cupe.ca/unions/labour-day-message
(...)
Workers are being told they must shoulder the burden of an economic crisis they did not create. We have paid the price in declining wages, less job security, worsening working conditions and persistent attempts to erode public and workplace pensions. Meanwhile, Canada’s largest corporations are pulling in billions of dollars in profits. The OECD estimates that corporations are sitting on more than $500 billion – hoarding their winnings rather than investing it in our economy to stimulate growth and create jobs.
Source:
Labour Day message
http://cupe.ca/unions/labour-day-message
[ CUPE - http://cupe.ca/ ]

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From the
Canadian Labour Congress:

“Hold our heads high on Labour Day” CLC president says unions stand up for fairness
http://goo.gl/xmrKv
1 September 2012
OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress says that union members should hold their heads high on Labour Day because they stand up for fairness for all Canadians. (...)
The CLC released a study in August [ http://goo.gl/2sgOL ] showing that on average unionized workers in Canada earn $5.11 an hour more than do non-union workers. “That extra money in the pockets of individual workers means the union advantage is worth $793 million per week that is added to our economy,” says CLC President Ken Georgetti.

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The International Monetary Fund [ http://www.imf.org/ ] and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [ http://www.oecd.org/ ] have confirmed that broadly-based collective bargaining is the best mechanism to build a healthy middle class. In short, when workers, through their unions, are able to bargain freely for decent wages, benefits and pensions, there are benefits for society as a whole. Unionized workers help to build a stronger middle class and a stronger economy for everyone.On Labour Day, we will hold our heads high as we salute the contributions of ordinary working Canadians.
Source:
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2012/08/31/georgetti-union-advantage-gives-canadian-workers-more-income
[
Sudbury Star : http://www.thesudburystar.com/ ]

Canadian Labour Congress:
http://canadianlabour.ca/

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

2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for June 2012 - August 31
(Finance Canada)

New from
Finance Canada:

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for June 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-102-eng.asp
August 31, 2012

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for June 2012.

Highlights:

June 2012: Budgetary deficit of $1.1 Billion
There was a budgetary deficit of $1.1 billion in June 2012, compared to a deficit of $2.3 billion in June 2011. Revenues increased by $0.8 billion, or 4.2 per cent, largely reflecting increases in personal and corporate income tax revenues. Program expenses decreased by $0.2 billion, or 1.3 per cent, reflecting lower other program expenses, offset in part by higher transfer payments. Public debt charges decreased by $41 million, or 1.6 per cent.

April to June 2012: Budgetary deficit of $2.0 Billion
For the first three months of the 2012–13 fiscal year, the budgetary deficit stood at $2.0 billion, compared to a deficit of $4.2 billion reported for the same period of 2011–12.

Related Document:

The Fiscal Monitor - June 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2012-06-eng.asp

[ earlier editions of the Fiscal Monitor back to 1996:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf-index-eng.asp ]

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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

3. [Winnipeg] Raise the (welfare) rent, inner-city advocates say : Monthly rate province pays same since 1992 - August 31
(Winnipeg Free Press)

Winnipeg:

Raise the (welfare) rent, inner-city advocates say:
Monthly rate province pays same since 1992

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/raise-the-welfare-rent-inner-city-advocates-say-168110666.html
By Mary Agnes Welch
August 31, 2012
This fall, housing activists want the Manitoba government to do something it hasn't done since the New Kids on the Block topped the charts : Boost what welfare pays for rent. (...) That rate stands at $285 a month, an amount largely unchanged since 1992 and only a fraction of what it costs to secure a decent apartment in Winnipeg's tight rental market. (...) About 35,000 Manitobans are on income assistance and roughly 60 per cent of those are part of the disability program and are unable to work. Most of the rest are single mothers. Advocates want the province to return to its pre-1992 policy of pegging welfare's housing allocation to 75 per cent of average rents. In Winnipeg, that would boost the basic monthly amount to $522 from $285 for a one-bedroom. That increase would cost taxpayers about $19 million more a year. The welfare allocation would still be about $200 below average rents, but it's a practical, politically doable improvement, advocates say.

Source:
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/

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

4. [British Columbia] A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century - August 30
(B.C. Justice Reform Initiative)

Justice Reform in British Columbia
http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/justice-reform/index.htm

On February 8, 2012, the Province of British Columbia announced a justice reform initiative [ http://goo.gl/HlzYc ] to address challenges facing British Columbia’s justice system and identify actions to give British Columbians more timely and effective justice services.

Geoffrey Cowper, QC, was appointed as chair of the Justice Reform Initiative and was asked to consult with the judiciary, Crown counsel, the legal profession, police and others to look at challenges set out in the Province’s Green Paper, Modernizing B.C.’s Justice System
[ http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/public/JusticeSystemReviewGreenPaper.pdf ].

As a forum for the public and stakeholders to provide their input, Cowper set up the B.C. Justice Reform Initiative website:
http://bcjusticereform.ca/

Cowper delivered his final report to government on August 30, 2012.
(...) The Province also asked the Legal Services Society for its advice on achieving efficiencies in legal aid services.

Source:
BC Ministry of Justice
http://www.gov.bc.ca/justice/

The report:

Making Justice Work : Improving Access and Outcomes for British Columbians
Report to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General The Honourable Shirley Bond
(PDF - 956K, 56 pages)
http://www.lss.bc.ca/assets/aboutUs/reports/submissions/makingJusticeWork.pdf
July 1, 2012
- includes a chapter on the current state of legal aid in BC and recommendations for reform of the justice system in BC.
- ALSO includes a bibliography comprising over 90 links to relevant reports, evaluations and academic articles.

Related link:

BC Legal Services Society
http://www.lss.bc.ca/

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

5. Ontario Leads in Poverty Increases and Dead Last in Social Program Funding : New Report - August 29
(Ontario Common Front - Ontario Federation of Labour)

Ontario Leads in Poverty Increases and Dead Last in Social Program Funding:
New Report Says Ontario is Falling Behind
http://www.weareontario.ca/index.php/fallingbehind/
August 29, 2012
Media Release
An Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 groups and organizations concerned with growing inequality released an unprecedented new report today showing that Ontario has sunk to last place in Canada when measured against every important social indicator.

Complete report:

Falling Behind : Ontario’s backslide into widening
inequality, growing poverty and cuts to social programs
(PDF - 2.4MB, 48 pages)
http://www.weareontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/OCF-RPT-FallingBehind-20120829.pdf

Falling Behind : Fact sheets (PDF - 4.4MB, 15 pages)
http://www.weareontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/OCF-RPT-Factsheets.pdf

Source:
Ontario Common Front ("
We Are Ontario")
http://www.weareontario.ca/
We Are Ontario.ca is a labour and community-based campaign launched by the Ontario Federation of Labour and other labour and community organizations representing millions of Ontarians. Together, we represent the majority of Ontarians and who oppose government attempts to balance their budgets on the back’s of poor and middle class Ontarians.

Join the Ontario Common Front on Facebook:
[ http://www.facebook.com/OntarioCommonFront ]
...and share the page with your friends, coworkers and community allies.

Ontario Federation of Labour
http://ofl.ca/

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Media coverage
from the Toronto Star:

Ontario worst province in terms of inequality, poverty and funding for public services
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1248577
August 29, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Ontario is dead last in Canada when it comes to growing poverty, increasing income inequality and financial support for public services, says a coalition of labour and community groups formed last spring to oppose the province’s austerity budget.
The report by the Ontario Common Front being released at Queen’s Park Wednesday, aims to inform Ontarians about the social and economic issues at stake as the province begins drafting next spring’s budget, the group says. It is a sobering backdrop to the ongoing dispute between the Liberals and the province’s teachers who are facing a legislated two-year wage freeze, they add. “It is time for Ontarians — including our policy makers — to face the disturbing facts about inequality in our province,” says the report entitled, “Falling Behind: Ontario’s backslide into widening inequality, growing poverty and cuts to social programs.”

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com

See also:

CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2012/08/29/toronto-ontario-poverty.html

The Hamilton Spectator:
http://www.thespec.com/news/ontario/article/789327--ontario-named-worst-for-social-indicators-and-services

NewsTalk 1010:
http://www.newstalk1010.com/News/localnews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10420687

CTV:
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-worst-in-social-services-reports-suggests-1.934558

CityTV News:
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/222045--ontario-is-canada-s-worst-province-in-social-indicators-and-services

Ottawa Citizen:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ontario+Canada+worst+province+social+indicators+services+report/7161636/story.html

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

6. Latest Media and Policy News: 31 August 2012
(Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Latest Media and Policy News: 31 August 2012
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]
http://goo.gl/l2ohl

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Click the above link to access any of the articles below.
[NOTE by Gilles : If I don't include the links to the media articles below, it's because I appreciate the work done by Jennefer and ISAC in preparing this media scan, and I want to encourage ISAC to maintain this project by sending as many interested parties to that "Latest Media and Policy News" page as possible. The bottom line : If ISAC's site stats show more visitors to the page, that means more justification to continue the initiative...]

Top Story
Ontario leads on inequality and poverty, says new report by Ontario Common Front

Other Top Stories
Warning bells ringing on the Social Assistance Review’s final report
It’s been a tough year for people who are poor

Ontario Politics
Op-ed: Don’t overlook poverty in the K-W byelection
McGuinty’s attack on teachers is an attack on the middle class

Around the Province
Peel’s quiet crisis – the longest wait for social housing
Workers’ salaries under siege while corporations hoard cash

Across the Country
A reminder from Surrey BC: as they go back to school, be aware of child poverty
From BC – single parent families increasingly live out of poverty, but more to do

National
A national pharmacare plan is long overdue

International
NOTE : These five international links appear near the bottom of this newsletter.
New Zealand Prime Minister says universal child benefit is a “dopey” idea
Poverty is back in Europe, and consumer goods companies are adapting
New US magazine focuses on poverty and homelessness – new issue focuses on undocumented immigrants and lack of resources for homeless youth
Romney aides pledge more attacks on Obama re: welfare-to-work flexibility
Australian groups call for an independent commission to set welfare rates

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Jennefer Laidley is with the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) in Toronto.
Jennefer scans the electronic media for links to items of interest for social researchers and advocates in Toronto, and she also covers (to a lesser extent) the provincial, national and international scenes.

Each week, she sends out Latest Media and Policy News, a media scan of topical articles and news releases via email bulletin

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

7. New Brunswick Food prices increased by 3.33% between July 2011 and July 2012 - August 27
(New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice)

[Les liens en français suivent ceux en anglais ci-dessous.]

From the
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice:

Being Poor and Eating Well : Try it !
Food prices increased by 3.33% between July 2011 and July 2012
(Word file - 46K, 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/release.docx
News Release
August 27, 2012
Moncton
The Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ) surveyed the price of 67 food items included in Health Canada's nutritious food basket. The survey teams went to 31 N.B. grocery stores, 10 from each of the Coop, Sobeys and Superstore food chains as well as to one Save Easy store in St-Antoine. Thus, the province was covered from north to south and east to west.
(...)
The results of the present survey indicate that between July 2011 and July 2012, the price of food has risen by 3.33%. This increase is more than twice as important as the overall inflation rate in Canada, namely 1.5% in June 2012.

The survey (PDF file - 908K, 13 pages):
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nb_report.pdf

The executive summary (Word file - 77K, 4 pages):
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/summary.docx

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
http://www.frontnb.ca/Default.asp

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

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Du Front commun pour la justice sociale du N.-B.:

Être pauvres et bien se nourrir : Essayez-le!
Le coût des aliments a augmenté de 3.33% de juillet 2011 à juillet 2012
(fichier Word - 52Ko., 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/communique.docx
Communiqué de presse
Le 27 août 2012
L'équipe du Front commun pour la justice sociale a mené une enquête et a recueilli les prix des aliments dans 31 épiceries du N.-B. : 10 magasins CO-OP, 10 magasins Sobeys, 10 magasins Atlantic Superstore ainsi qu'un magasin SaveEasy, couvrant ainsi la province du nord au sud et de l'est en ouest.
(...)
L'analyse des résultats indique qu'entre juillet 2011 et juillet 2012, le prix des aliments a augmenté de 3,33 %. Cette hausse est plus du double du taux d'inflation de 1,5% rapporté pour le Canada en juin 2012

L'enquête : résultats (fichier PDF - 1.1MB, 14 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nb_rapport.pdf

Le sommaire exécutif (fichier Word - 80Ko., 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/sommaire.docx

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.

http://www.frontnb.ca/

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- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Nouveau-Brunswick :
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbf.htm

8. Ten things Stephen Harper hopes you forget by 2015 - June 13
(Michael Harris in iPolitics)

Ten things Stephen Harper hopes you forget by 2015
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/13/michael-harris-ten-things-stephen-harper-hopes-you-forget-by-2015/
By Michael Harris
June 13, 2012
Tyranny, the arbitrary exercise of power by a government, usually pads up behind you in stockinged feet. It has to. In a democracy, stealth is the only way it can succeed.
But in Canada these days, it pokes you in the chest with an index finger while shoving you backwards with the other hand. As it turns out, Blaise Pascal might have been right: mankind can get used to anything, including the breathless loss of democratic freedoms when the usurping party masquerades as strong, competent government. Six years in to Harper rule, blue eyes and mascara apparently have everyone taking a few steps backwards.
[Click the link above to read more about each of these things.]

The ten things:

1. Bill C-38 (The Harper Omnibus Bill)
2. G-8 and G-10 meetings in 2010

3. The F-35 fiasco
4. Failed fiscal conservatism
5. Old Age Security cuts
6. The Accountability Act
7. Federal/provincial relations
8. Regulating the Internet
9. Tony Clement's Gazebo
10. Stephen Harper Himself
--- a niche prime minister who has consistently served the wealthy and the corporate while “managing” the great unwashed as the problem children of society.

Source:
iPolitics

http://www.ipolitics.ca/
iPolitics is independent, non-partisan and committed to providing timely, relevant, insightful content to those whose professional or personal interests require that they stay on top of political developments in Ottawa and the provinces.

On the Harper Government™ Record Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm
... you'll find a short list of about 50 more things Prime Minister Harper would like you to forget.

Let's not forget, OK?

9. Québec Handy Numbers (2012) / Le Québec chiffres en main (2012) - April 18
(Institut de la statistique du Québec)

[The English links follow the French links below.]

Le Québec chiffres en main, édition 2012 (PDF - 3,8Mo, 72 pages)
http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/publications/referenc/pdf2012/QCM2012_fr.pdf
Révision : avril 2012
L’Institut de la statistique du Québec publie chaque année cette brochure de format pratique qui réunit l’information statistique de base relative à la société québécoise. Le Québec chiffres en main présente un grand nombre de données sur la population et l’activité économique à l’échelle du Québec, ainsi que quelques figures pour en éclairer la lecture. Par ailleurs, la dernière section, intitulée « Coup d’oeil régional », effectue un survol des 17 régions administratives.

NOTA : Vous trouverez à la page 18 du texte les statistiques suivantes touchant l'aide financière de dernier recours mensuelle:
* Prestataires (nombre d'adultes et d'enfants)
* Allocation totale versée
* Nombre de ménages
* Allocation totale versée
* Allocation moyenne versée

Source:
Le Québec chiffres en main, édition 2012
http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/publications/referenc/qcm.htm
NOTA : Cette page offre des liens vers les versions antérieures de cette publication jusqu'à 2003.

Institut de la statistique du Québec
http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/


Québec Handy Numbers, 2012 Edition (PDF - 6.7MB, 72 pages)
http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/publications/referenc/pdf2012/QCM2012_an.pdf
Release date: April 18, 2012
Each year the Institut de la statistique du Québec publishes this practical brochure, which collates basic statistical information about Québec society. Québec Handy Numbers contains a wide range of demographic and economic data for Québec as a whole, as well as some illustrations to help clarify the reading.

Québec Handy Numbers, 2012 Edition was published by the Institut de la statistique du Québec in collaboration with over 50 specialists in the field of Québec data. It features statistical tables and charts on several aspects of Québec society: territory, population, living conditions, the economy and finance.

NOTE: on page 18, you'll find the following welfare
("Last-Resort Financial Assistance") statistics for 2001, 2010 and 2011:

* Beneficiaries (adults / children)
* Total benefits paid
* Number of Households (cases)
* Total benefits paid per household
* Average benefits paid per household

Source:
Québec Handy Numbers, 2012 Edition (main page for ordering paper copies)
http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/publications/referenc/qcman.htm
- includes links to earlier editions of Handy Numbers back to 2003.

Institut de la statistique du Québec (English home page)
http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/default_an.htm

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

10. Les élections générales au Québec auront lieu le 4 septembre 2012.
The 2012 Québec election takes place on September 4 (2012).

[NOTE : Links to English resources appear below the French links.]

Les élections générales au Québec auront lieu le 4 septembre.

Le Directeur général des élections du Québec
http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/francais/
- liens vers des renseignements pertinents pour les groupes suivants:
* Électeurs * Candidats ou partis politiques * Agents ou représentants officiels * Médias * Enseignants ou étudiants * Chercheurs * Experts électoraux et internationaux

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Élections Québec 2012
http://www.radio-canada.ca/elections-quebec-2012

Source:
Radio-Canada

http://www.radio-canada.ca/elections-quebec-2012

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Élections Québec 2012
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/elections-2012

Source:
Le Devoir
http://www.ledevoir.com/

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Couverture de l'élection Québec 2012
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/elections-quebec-2012/

Source:
La Presse

http://www.lapresse.ca/

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English media coverage
of the 2012 Québec election:

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Director-General of Elections Québec
http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/english/index.php
- incl. links to info for:
* Electors * Candidates and political parties * Official agents or representatives * Media * Teachers and students * Researchers * International and electoral experts

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Québec Votes 2012
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/quebecvotes/index.html

Source:
Montreal Gazette

[ http://www.montrealgazette.com/ ]

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CBC Election 2012
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecvotes2012/

Source:
CBC Montreal

[ http://www.cbc.ca/montreal/ ]

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Vote Compass
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecvotes2012/features/votecompass.html
Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by political scientists.
Answer a short series of questions to discover how you fit in the Quebec political landscape.
NOTE: you don't have to be from Quebec to try the Vote Compass.
I'm from Ontario, and, according to my Vote Compass answers, I'd vote for the Green Party.
<Probably because the NDP has no provincial party in Quebec...>

Timeline : the campaign day by day
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecvotes2012/features/timeline/

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From the
Toronto Star:
[ http://www.thestar.com ]

Quebec Election 2012
http://www.thestar.com/topic/quebecelection

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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New products and studies - August 31
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2012 - August 30

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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August 31, 2012
New products and studies
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120831/pn120831-eng.htm
* Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, Second quarter 2012
* National Income and Expenditure Accounts: Data Tables, Second quarter 2012
* Financial Flow Accounts: Data Tables, Second quarter 2012
* Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables, Second quarter 2012
* Gross Domestic Product by Industry, June 2012

August 30, 2012
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2012
HTML : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120830/dq120830b-eng.htm

PDF (556K, 7 pages) : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120830/dq120830b-eng.pdf
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $898.00 in June, up 0.6% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 3.0%.
- includes two tables and three charts:
* Tables:
----- Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees, seasonally adjusted
----- Number of employees, seasonally adjusted
* Charts:
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly hours and average weekly earnings (2007-2012)
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly earnings in the 10 largest sectors, April 2011 to April 2012
----- Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings by province, June 2011 to June 2012

Related links:

See the following
FREE CANSIM tables:
* 281-0023 to 281-0039 [ http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=281-0023..281-0039&p2=31 ]
and
* 281-0041 to 281-0049 [ http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=281-0041..281-0049&p2=31 ]

Source:
Employment, Earnings and Hours - main product page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=72 -002-X&lang=eng
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE: Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month behind this report.
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* On the main product page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.
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Related subjects:

* Labour
http://goo.gl/FsMeZ

* Employment and unemployment
http://goo.gl/mMHwY

* Hours of work and work arrangements
http://goo.gl/DGFGo

* Industries
http://goo.gl/idqT8

* Wages, salaries and other earnings
http://goo.gl/EK2Qr

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

No new material posted to the CRRU site this week.
Gone fishin'...

Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 31, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/31/
Economic Recovery and Low-Wage Jobs
Census Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
Euro Zone Unemployment
Household Development Agents - Haiti
States and Voter ID Laws

August 30, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/30/
Medicaid Expansion - Georgia, Iowa
Medicaid and Dental Coverage

August 29, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/29/
Affordable Housing - Delaware
Youth Unemployment - France
Low-Income Seniors - San Francisco, CA

August 28, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/28/
Temporary Workers and Poverty - California

August 27, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/27/
Medicaid Expansion - Texas

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

14. August 31 (2012) media scan - international
(
Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Also From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

August 31 (2012) media scan

UK planning another 10 billion pounds in welfare cuts:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/aug/30/osborne-to-cut-welfare-further

How Iceland slew its debt:
http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/employment/2012/08/what-can-iceland-teach-us-about-wealth-tax

Most new jobs in the US pay low wages:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/31/business/majority-of-new-jobs-pay-low-wages-study-finds.html

Food insecurity is rising among older Americans:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/senior-poverty-hunger_n_1834583.html

Australia shows that Canada shouldn’t count on China:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/08/30/kelly-mcparland-australias-economy-has-a-warning-for-canada/

Australia's richest woman says people on welfare should get working, not drink, smoke, and socialise all day:
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/rineharts-welfare-comments-an-insult-to-millions-treasurer-20120830-251u5.html

Meanwhile, Australia's federal government creates a new dental package for low income adults and children:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/health-welfare-groups-hail-dental-package/story-fn3dxiwe-1226460672912

By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org

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

15. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issues:

29 August 2012, CRINMAIL issue 1291
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4369
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Ex-soldiers tell how they abused children
- Latest killing worst in civil war
- Right-wing extremist sentenced for mass killing
- Police continue assault on student protesters
- UN news
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Cyprus
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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How to Sing the Blues : Top Ten Tips

1. Most Blues begin "woke up this morning."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line.

I got a good woman--
With the meanest dog in town.

3. Blues are simple. After you have the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes. Sort of.

Got a good woman
with the meanest dog in town.
She got teeth like Margaret Thatcher
And she weighs about 500 pounds.

4. The Blues are not about limitless choice.

5. Blues cars are Chevys and Cadillacs. Other acceptable Blues transportation is Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Walkin' plays a major part in the Blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. Adults sing the Blues. Blues adulthood means old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. You can have the Blues in New York City, but not in Brooklyn or Queens. Hard times in Vermont or North Dakota are just a depression. Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues.

8. The following colors do not belong in the Blues:

* violet
* beige
* mauve

9. You can't have the Blues in an office or a shopping mall, the lighting is wrong.

10. Good places for the Blues:

* the highway
* the jail house
* the empty bed

Bad places:

* Ashrams
* Gallery openings
* Weekend in the Hamptons

Source:
http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/blues.htm
(Click the source link for seven more tips on how to sing the blues

 

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And, in closing...
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Mission Impossible Cats! (video, duration 1:32)
http://www.thatvideosite.com/v/1357

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Finding Freedom: Creating an underwater wheelchair.
http://www.dump.com/underwaterwheelchair/

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Nina Salerosa : Latin music + lunch in the shark tank (video, duration 3:49)
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=WK2LpUoqX6A&vq=medium
(...or skip directly to the 3-minute mark to see a delicate balancing act)

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that's...
http://imgur.com/r/funny/qvLLg

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Language Advisory:
Don't click the next link below if you're under the age of reason or if you have an aversion to *#@&%!!

Irish Olympic Sailing Commentary (video, duration 3:27)
http://www.thatvideosite.com/v/5852

 

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