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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 2,  2008

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 1910 subscribers.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Report of the Ontario Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review (Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) - October 31
2. Ontario : Welfare raise leaves cheque at 1988 levels - November 1
3. (Embargoed)
4. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Poverty Policy [comprehensive poverty reduction strategy] - October 2008
--- Federal Election – Politicians refuse to admit that deficits are inevitable - October 2008
5. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
--- Aboriginal Children's Survey: Family, community and child care, 2006 - October 29
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2008 - October 29
--- Employment Insurance, August 2008 - October 29
6. [Ontario] Evaluation of the JobsNow Pilot: Final Report (Ministry of Community and Social Services) - October 10
7. BC's Ten-Point Economic Plan "Supports Families and Boosts Productivity" (Government of British Columbia) - October 22
8. British Columbia : Municipality Votes Papers 2008 (Social Planning and Research Council of BC) - October 2008
9. If the World Could Vote in the U.S. Presidential Election --- And now you can! (+ Electopedia)
10. Ready for Leadership: Canadians’ perceptions of poverty (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - October 2008

11. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - Again. (The New Federal Cabinet - Government of Canada) - October 30
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 29

International  content

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

15.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content:
--- Disability support services 2006-07: National data on services provided under the Commonwealth State-Territory Disability Agreement - Posted 30-10-2008
--- Reconceptualising housing need in the context of 21st century Australian housing policy Posted 28-10-2008
--- Building trust: supporting families through disability trusts - Posted 27-10-2008
--- The world health report: Primary health care – now more than ever Posted 24-10-2008
16. CRINMAIL (October 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Report of the Ontario Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review - October 31
(Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)

Ontario:

Province Eases Financial Pressures on Municipalities and Property Taxpayers
Provincial and municipal partners reach agreement
News Release
October 31, 2008
The McGuinty government is moving to upload all social assistance benefits and court security costs from municipalities, as stated in an agreement announced today by the Province of Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Toronto.

Complete report:

Report of the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal
and Service Delivery Review - Facing the Future Together
(PDF - 1.6MB, 64 pages)
Fall 2008

Uploading Ontario Works
- this fact sheet (one of several backgrounders and related documents found on the Fiscal and Service Delivery website) provides a brief description of the current provincial-municipal funding arrangement for welfare in Ontario and a 10-year timeline for the gradual uploading of 100% of welfare costs to the provincial government.

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Some contextual information:
* Ontario is the only Canadian province that still requires a direct municipal government contribution towards the cost of providing welfare (known as the Ontario Works Program or OW) to the able-bodied needy population residing within their municipal boundaries. Municipalities pay 20% of the total OW bill on their territory.
* Last-resort financial assistance for people with disabilities is provided under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Municipalities also pay 20% of the total ODSP bill on their territory.
* The Ontario Government has already announced that the cost of ODSP will be gradually be transferred to the provincial government between 2009 and 2011.
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Source:
Provincial Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review
[ Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ]

Related links:

Hefty housing costs stay local in "good news / bad news" provincial funding deal
October 31, 2008
By Michael Shapcott
Good news: The Ontario government, along with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the City of Toronto, jointly announced earlier today a plan to upload the costs of several provincial income assistance programs back to the provincial level over the next decade. This will give municipalities some significant fiscal breathing room – as it takes the cost of this income-distributive program off the municipal tax base and returns it to the provincial tax base, where it belongs. The timing is good as the demand for income assistance programs may well increase with the current economic crisis. Bad news: The cost of the provincial social housing program – which was downloaded to municipalities under the former Harris government starting in 1998 – remains at the local level.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]
The Wellesley Institute advances the social determinants of health through community-based research , community engagement , and the informing of public policy.

Uploading move good but slow
November 1, 2008
It won't happen as quickly as urban advocates would like, but a newly announced deal between Ontario and its hard-pressed municipalities goes a considerable way toward lifting a historic burden from them. In the deal announced yesterday, the province has agreed to "upload" the cost of all welfare benefits from municipalities (which now pay 20 per cent of the cost) by 2018. An important principle is thus underlined – income support programs are best paid through the income and sales taxes, not through property taxes. Collectively, Ontario's municipalities stand to save more than $400 million yearly from this shift.
Source:
The Toronto Star

2. Ontario : Welfare raise leaves cheque at 1988 levels - November 1

Welfare raise leaves cheque at 1988 levels
November 1, 2008
By Laurie Monsebraaten
"(...) Twenty years after a provincial task force recommended major increases to welfare, Ontario's most destitute residents are finally seeing the money, or at least some of it. A promised 2 per cent welfare rate increase that kicks in Dec. 1 – bringing the monthly rate for a single person ... to $572 – will boost welfare payments to levels recommended in 1988 by David Peterson's Liberal government. But when you factor in inflation, next month's increase would have to be at least $350 higher to equal the spirit of that 20-year-old recommendation.
Source:
The Toronto Star

New Social Assistance rates effective Nov/Dec 2008 (Word file - 50K, 1 page)
- detailed rates by family size for the Ontario Works Program and the Ontario Disability Support Program
- incl, the list of other programs to which the 2% increase applies, incl. Northern Allowances, the Guide Dog Benefit, the Advanced Age Amount, the Special Boarder Allowance, the Temporary Care Assistance amount, Assistance for Children with Severe Disability, etc.
Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (Toronto)
The Income Security Advocacy Centre works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.

Related link:

Ministry of Community and Social Services
(Ministry responsible for welfare)
NOTE: as at November 2, I couldn't find any info
about the welfare rate increase on the Ministry's website.

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

3. (Embargoed)

Embargoed release.

4. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Poverty Policy - October 2008
--- Federal Election – Politicians refuse to admit that deficits are inevitable - October 2008

New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Poverty Policy (PDF - 119K, 36 pages)
By Sherri Torjman
October 2008
This paper discusses ten major policy areas that comprise the core of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy:
* affordable housing * early childhood development * high school completion and improved literacy proficiency * demand-driven customized training * improved minimum wages and enhanced supplementation of low earnings and of income * a restored and improved unemployment insurance system * adequate income and appropriate supports for persons with disabilities * assistance with the creation of assets for low- and modest-income households, support for the social economy * strong social infrastructure * place-based initiatives that fashion integrated approaches to intervention and that create effective responses to tackling poverty through creative combinations of resources and approaches.

Federal Election – Politicians refuse to admit that deficits are inevitable (PDF - 35K, 3 pages)
By Michael Mendelson
October 2008
This article, which first appeared in the Toronto Star, argues that Canada will be caught in a prolonged recession in the US. If so, most governments in Canada will end up with deficits in the next few years, and it is better to plan for this eventuality than to just hope it does not happen. The real challenge is to maintain fiscal discipline even when deficits are permitted. If governments plan sensibly, they can establish ‘fiscal rules’ setting out what deficit financing can be used to pay for and how large deficits can be.

All Caledon Institute reports - by date

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

5. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
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Aboriginal Children's Survey: Family, community and child care, 2006 - October 29
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2008 - October 29
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Employment Insurance, August 2008 - October 29

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

October 29, 2008
Aboriginal Children's Survey: Family, community and child care, 2006
Higher proportions of young Aboriginal children are growing up in large families and are being raised by young parents compared with non-Aboriginal children. There is evidence that many people, including extended family and community members, are involved in raising young Aboriginal children.

Related links:

Aboriginal Children's Survey 2006: Family, Community and Child Care
* Intro/Highlights
* Complete report
(PDF - 552K, 51 pages)
* Supporting Data Tables:
--- HTML version
--- PDF version
(735K, 143 pages)

October 29, 2008
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2008
The average weekly earnings of employees increased 0.2% from July to $792.56 in August. Compared with August 2007, average weekly earnings rose 2.8%.

October 29, 2008
Employment Insurance, August 2008
In August, 487,500 Canadians received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, virtually unchanged from July. During the month, regular benefit payments increased 2.7% to $729.8 million.

The Daily Archives - select a month and a date from the drop-down menu

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm

6. [Ontario] Evaluation of the JobsNow Pilot: Final Report - October 10
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

BC Jobs Firm a Bust for Ontario
Private contractor did no better than public effort it replaced

By Andrew MacLeod
October 30, 2008
If British Columbia's government wants to know how well its jobs program is working, new numbers from Ontario might fuel the urge. Ontario's government tried a private job placement service offered by a B.C. company, but an independent review found it worked no better than the ministry's own programs and did not save the government money. The report raises questions about whether the company's programs work any better in B.C. than they do in Ontario, and whether the B.C. government is looking closely enough to know. "There were no incremental reductions in [Income Assistance] that could be attributed to JobsNow," says the report on the Ontario pilot program produced by Ottawa management consulting firm Goss Gilroy Inc. and dated Oct. 10, 2008. "JobsNow was not more effective than regular Ontario Works programming."
Source:
TheTyee.ca

Related link:

Evaluation of the JobsNow Pilot:
Final Report
(PDF - 972K, 38 pages)
October 10, 2008
Prepared for:
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
Prepared by:
Goss Gilroy Inc. Management Consultants (Ottawa)

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

7. BC's Ten-Point Economic Plan "Supports Families and Boosts Productivity"- October 22
(Government of British Columbia)

British Columbia:

Economic Plan Supports Families and Boosts Productivity
October 22, 2008
Premier Gordon Campbell outlined 10 measures to improve the province's economic competitiveness and reduce costs for families and business.
[News release]
[Premier's statement]
[Watch the video]

Gordon Campbell's dramatic economic plan for B.C. unveiled
October 23, 2008
VICTORIA - Premier Gordon Campbell unveiled a dramatic 10-point economic plan Wednesday that promised cuts to taxes, changes in government spending and even a temporary cut to ferry fares.
Source:
Vancouver Sun

Poorest to Pay for Campbell Plan?
A few points short of a full plan.
BC already has highest poverty rates in Canada. The premier's new economic program does nothing to change that.

By Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Seth Klein
October 28, 2008
Gordon Campbell's 10-point economic plan will have no impact on B.C.'s most serious problem -- persistent and extreme poverty in this province.
Source:
TheTyee.ca

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

8. British Columbia : Municipality Votes Papers 2008 - October 2008
(Social Planning and Research Council of BC)

British Columbia:

Municipality Votes Papers 2008 (PDF - 234K, 11 pages)
PDF file dated October 14, 2008
This publication is intended to help you engage with local candidates in the municipal election on November 15, 2008. It’s all about social issues that impact your community; questions that matter to you; and the role that the municipal governments can choose to take in addressing them.
- covers the following topics:
*
Local Democracy * Affordable Housing * Inclusion & Accessibility * Diversity in Civic Engagement * Transportation * Municipal Governments & Community Social Planning
Source:
Social Planning and Research Council of BC

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

9. If the World Could Vote + Electopedia
U.S. Presidential Election

If the World Could Vote...
"On November 4th 2008, the American people will choose a new president. The president of the United States of America is the most powerful person in the world. We would like to know who would be the next president of the United States of America - if the world could vote."
[ Vote, then view the results for the world, or move your mouse over any country on the results map to see specific results. As of October 27, the day I voted for Obama (surprise, surprise!), the result for Canada was 89% of 38355 votes for Obama and 11% for that other one. That's some consolation for Canadian social advocates after our more-of-the-same $300 million exercise...]

Electopedia 2008
A guide to (almost) everything there is to know about presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, from the important issues (Best Speech) to the really important issues (Hairstyle)

- 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

10. Ready for Leadership: Canadians’ perceptions of poverty - October 2008
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Majority want leadership on poverty: Poll
Press Release
October 27, 2008
TORONTO – The majority of Canadians believe Canada should try to distinguish itself in the world as a country where no one lives in poverty, according to an Environics Research poll conducted for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The national poll reveals 90% of Canadians say they would be proud if their Premier took the lead in reducing poverty in their province; 88% want Canada to be a leader in poverty reduction; and 77% say a recession is all the more reason to act now.

Ready for Leadership:
Canadians’ perceptions of poverty
(PDF - 516K, 25 pages)
By Trish Hennessy & Armine Yalnizyan

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

11. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - Again. - October 30
(The New Federal Cabinet - Government of Canada)

Back to the Future??
November 2, 2008
The federal Department where I worked until my retirement in 2003 is changing its name --- again --- back to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

In December 2003, when Paul Martin took office as Prime Minister of Canada, the federal government department known for the previous ten years as Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) was split into two new departments: Social Development Canada (SDC) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). In February 2006, the new Conservative Government of Stephen Harper reunited SDC and HRSDC under the umbrella of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). Now that the Conservatives have fortified their minority grip on Parliament, Canada's New Prime Minister can start erasing the "Social" even from the federal government glossary, starting with the name of the Department responsible for the administration of Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan and other federal social programs. I guess Old Age Security and the CPP are now considered "human resources" programs in this Brave New World. Online researchers always dread these reorganizations, because websites are invariably turned upside down and inside out when ministerial mandates change.

The new Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development is the Honourable Diane Finley, who was Minister of the Department (when it was Human Resources and Social Development) during 2006.
Back to the Future.

Source:
New Cabinet charged with protecting
Canada’s future in a time of global economic instability

30 October 2008
- incl. links to : * The Canadian Ministry * Biographies * Cabinet Committee Mandates and Membership
Source:
Prime Minister's Office

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm
- Go to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 29

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

October 29, 2008

Bringing the outdoors into early childhood education
29 Oct 08
- New CRRU Issue File compiles research and practical resources about outdoor play spaces; aims to inspire educators and policy makers with the possibilities that the outdoors provide.

Early childhood services in the OECD countries: review of the literature and current policy in the early childhood field
29 Oct 08
- UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre working paper by John Bennett discusses ECEC research and policies in the OECD countries, including Canada.

Opening comments on ‘quality services for young children in rich countries – issues for the forthcoming Innocenti Report Card No. 8 on Childhood in Transition’
29 Oct 08
- Presentation by UNICEF's Eva Jespersen to a Eurochild conference discusses the upcoming UNICEF Report Card on early childhood education and care.

Social Policy Research Centre newsletter
29 Oct 08 - Newsletter from the SPRC at the University of New South Wales features two articles by Deborah Brennan about early childhood education and care in Australia.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Pauline Marois interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Current [CA]
27 Oct 08

· Early childhood development group launches five-year plan [CA-PE]
27 Oct 08

· Invest in future of Canadian children [CA]
27 Oct 08

· Copy Quebec daycare, PQ leader says [CA-ON]
24 Oct 08

· Community sector warns against ABC Learning bailout [AU]
23 Oct 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

- 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). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

October 30, 2008
* Homelessness and Housing First Programs
* Homeless Families and Emergency Shelter - New York City
* State Budgets and Health Care Programs
* Free and Reduced Price Lunch Programs
* No Child Left Behind and Graduation Rates
* Teenage Pregnancy Rate - Alabama
* States, Payday Lending, and Predatory Lending
* Ballot Initiatives and State Budgets
* Report: Uninsured Children and Families
* Gender Gap in Cost of Health Insurance
* The Economy and Unemployment

October 27, 2008
* Foreclosure Crisis, Displaced Families, and Housing Assistance
* Chronic Homelessness and Housing First
* Working Poor Families Project Report
* Home Energy Assistance and Utility Shutoffs - Ohio
* Young Singles and Food Stamp Enrollment
* Food Banks and Food Assistance - Montana
* Poverty as a Campaign Issue
* Unemployment and Job Losses
* The Economy and State Budgets
* The Economy and Low-income Families
* Foster Care System - Oregon
* Report: High School Dropouts and Parents
* Felons and Voting Rights
* Report: Health Insurance Premiums and Wages
* Economic Crisis and Developing Nations

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

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

14. U.S. Presidential Election Links

U.S. Presidential Election Links:

America Votes '08 - U.S. election campaign coverage
Follow the U.S. presidential campaign with the latest news, features and video an interactive graphics.
Source:
Toronto Star

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U.S. Votes 2008 - In Depth from the CBC

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University of Michigan Documents Center: Elections 2008
Extensive, annotated listing of websites related to the 2008 U.S. national election. Covers presidential and congressional candidates, debates, campaign finance, media coverage, advertising, policy issues (such as energy, gay marriage, and terrorism), elections and voting, and much more
Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index

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2008 Presidential Election Links
Source:
Librarians' Internet Index

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University of Michigan Documents Center: Elections 2008
Extensive, annotated listing of websites related to the 2008 U.S. national election. Covers presidential and congressional candidates, debates, campaign finance, media coverage, advertising, policy issues (such as energy, gay marriage, and terrorism), elections and voting, and much more. Also includes relevant Library of Congress subject headings and keyword searching suggestions for databases and online search engines. Maintained by political science librarian Grace York and interns at the University of Michigan Library.
Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index

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

15. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content:
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Disability support services 2006-07: National data on services provided under the Commonwealth State-Territory Disability Agreement - Posted 30-10-2008
--- Reconceptualising housing need in the context of 21st century Australian housing policy Posted 28-10-2008
--- Building trust: supporting families through disability trusts - Posted 27-10-2008
--- The world health report: Primary health care – now more than ever Posted 24-10-2008

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

Selected recent content:

Disability support services 2006-07: National data on services provided under the Commonwealth State-Territory Disability Agreement
Posted 30-10-2008
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report is on data collected as part of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set (CSTDA NMDS) between 1 July 2006 and 30 June 2007.
[ Table of contents of this report ]

Reconceptualising housing need in the context of 21st century Australian housing policy
Posted 28-10-2008
Tim Seelig and others / Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
This positioning paper is the first output of a study that aims to critically review a range of approaches to conceptualising need in housing and social policy fields in Australia and internationally.

Building trust: supporting families through disability trusts
Posted 27-10-2008
Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs
Special Disability Trusts were introduced in September 2006 to assist family members to make financial provision for the current or future accommodation and care of a family member with a severe disability. This report makes recommendations to improve their operation.

The world health report: Primary health care – now more than ever
Posted 24-10-2008
World Health Organisation
This report argues that an increase in Primary health care would respond better – and faster – to the challenges of a changing world.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

16. CRINMAIL - October 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

30 October 2008 - CRINMAIL 1029
* EL SALVADOR: Young people get summit, but no convention [news]
* DEATH PENALTY: Latin American, Caribbean States Blocking UN Effort to End Juvenile Executions [news]
* MALAYSIA: Ratify child rights protocols, and remove reservations, says Commission [news]
* UNITED STATES: Children hit with curfews as Halloween looms [news]
* DISPLACEMENT: Living in Limbo - Burma's youth in Thailand see few opportunities to use education and vocational skills [publication]
* IRAN: Sad turn on death penalty for juveniles [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: SOS-Kinderdorf International
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

28 October 2008 - CRINMAIL 1028
* NIGER: Ex-slave wins landmark case against government [news]
* UNITED STATES: Teachers Talk: School Culture, Safety and Human Rights [publication]
* UZBEKISTAN: Forced Child Labour in Uzbekistan’s 2008 Spring Agricultural Season [publication]
* PHILIPPINES: Rights commission alarmed by Mindanao child evacuees [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Campaign against the 'Mosquito' device [publication]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Sweden - EURONET
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ 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.

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

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


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Obscure Google Search Tricks

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When it comes to the Google search box, you already know the tricks: finding exact phrases matches using quotes like "so say we all" or searching a single site using site:lifehacker.com gmail. But there are many more oblique, clever, and lesser-known search recipes and operators that work from that unassuming little input box. Dozens of Google search guides detail the tips you already know, but today we're skipping the obvious and highlighting our favorite obscure Google web search tricks.

* Get the local time anywhere
What time is it in Bangkok right now? Ask Google. Enter simply what time is it to get the local time in big cities around the world, or add the locale at the end of your query, like what time is it hong kong to get the local time there.

* Track flight status
Enter the airline and flight number into the Google search box and get back the arrival and departure times right inside Google's search results.

* Convert currency, metrics, bytes, and more
Google's powerful built-in converter calculator can help you out whether you're cooking dinner, traveling abroad, or building a PC. Find out how many teaspoons are in a quarter cup (quarter cup in teaspoons) or how many seconds there are in a year (seconds in a year) or how many euros there are to five dollars (5 USD in Euro). For the geekier set, bits in kilobytes (155473 bytes in kilobytes) and numbers in hex or binary (19 in binary) are also pretty useful.

* Use Google as a free proxy
What, your company blocks that hip new web site just because it drops the F bomb occasionally? Use Google's cache to take a peek even when the originating site's being blocked, with cache:example.com.

* Find related terms and documents
Ok, this one's direct from any straight-up advanced search operator cheat sheet, but it's still one of the lesser-used tricks in the book. Adding a tilde (~) to a search term will return related terms. For example, Googling ~nutrition returns results with the words nutrition, food, and health in them.

* ID people, objects, and foreign language words and phrases with Google Image Search
Google Image search results show you instead of tell you about a word. Don't know what jicama looks like? Not sure if the person named "Priti" who you're emailing with is a woman or a man? Spanish rusty and you forgot what "corazon" is? Pop your term into Google Image Search (or type image jicama into the regular search box) to see what your term's about.

* Make Google recognize faces
If you're doing an image search for Paris Hilton and don't want any of the French city, a special URL parameter in Google's Image search will do the trick. Add &imgtype=face to the end of your image search to just get images of faces, without any inanimate objects. Try it out with a search for rose (which returns many photos of flowers) versus rose with the face parameter.

Source:
http://www.top10-lists.com/2008/10/top-10-obscure-google-search-tricks.html

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