Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 3, 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 2,512 subscribers.


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

Hope you were able to spend some holiday downtime with friends and family, and that 2012 brings you health, happiness and love...


Canadian content

1.Closing the gap between EI and welfare : The Jobseeker’s Loan (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - January 1, 2012
2. Save more in 2012 with the Tax-Free Savings Account (Finance Canada) - December 30
3. Harper Government Highlights Tax Relief for 2012 (incl. Family Caregiver Tax Credit) (Finance Canada) - December 30
4. The Canada We Want in 2020 : Inequality Is Not Inevitable (Canada 2020) - December 2011
5. [Manitoba] Welfare fills gap as jobless wait for Employment Insurance (Winnipeg Free Press) - December 30
6. Get practical on homelessness : At Home/Chez Soi (Mental Health Commission of Canada) - December 29
7. Campaign 2000’s year-end overview of the state of poverty reduction in Canada
- December 2011
8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit: Ditto.

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

[ ]


Go to the home page of the
Canadian Social Research Links website:

1. Closing the gap between EI and welfare : The Jobseeker’s Loan- January 1, 2012
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Closing the gap between EI and welfare
By Laurie Monsebraaten
January 1, 2012
(...) [there is] a growing number of area workers who either aren’t covered by EI or don’t qualify and could benefit from a proposed “Jobseeker’s Loan” designed to bridge the gap between employment insurance and welfare, says social policy researcher Michael Mendelson. (...) Under Mendelson’s proposal, income-tested forgivable loans would be available in bi-weekly payments of almost $700 for six months. The loans would be repaid based on total earnings for the year the money was received — they would be completely forgivable for those with incomes below about $10,000 and fully repayable for those earning about $71,000. At about $51,000, recipients would have to repay half of the Jobseeker’s Loan. All adults looking for work would be eligible for the full loan of almost $9,000 every five years and it would could cost the federal government about $1 billion annually.
Toronto Star


From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Fixing the Hole in Employment Insurance: Temporary Income Assistance for the Unemployed (PDF - 132K, 37 pages)
Michael Mendelson and Ken Battle, December 2011

Many unemployed Canadians are ineligible for Employment Insurance, so that welfare becomes their only alternative. But welfare rates are low, especially for single employable recipients. Further, applicants must exhaust their financial assets, and the paternalistic requirements of welfare are stigmatizing. As a consequence, it is difficult to bounce back from welfare into the economic mainstream. The solution most often proposed has been to loosen the rules for Employment Insurance; however, we show in this paper that many unemployed workers would still be left in the cold even if we did that. Something is needed between Employment Insurance, with its relatively higher benefits but limited reach, and welfare, to which anyone in need can apply but only for inadequate benefits. We propose a new temporary income measure to fill the gap between Employment Insurance and welfare – the Jobseeker’s Loan.
Caledon Institute of Social Policy


NOTE : The Caledon Institute of Social Policy website was recently relaunched. If you have links to or bookmarks for some of Caledon's reports, you'll have to update those. The Publications section of the new site [ ] contains links to hundreds of reports, articles, submissions, etc., back to 1993. Take a few minutes to visit the new Caledon website!


- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

2. Save more in 2012 with the Tax-Free Savings Account - December 30
(Finance Canada)

Save more in 2012 with the Tax-Free Savings Account
December 30, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, today highlighted that, as of January 1, 2012, Canadians will have a new $5,000 of room to invest in their Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). (...) The TFSA is a flexible, registered, general-purpose savings vehicle that allows Canadians to earn tax-free investment income. A TFSA can contain a range of investments, similar to those in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan, such as mutual funds, listed securities and guaranteed investment certificates. (...) If you are a Canadian resident aged 18 and older, you can save up to $5,000 every year in a TFSA.
Your contributions to a TFSA are not deductible for income tax purposes but the investment income, including capital gains, earned in your TFSA is not taxed, even when withdrawn. Your unused TFSA contribution room is carried forward and accumulates for future years. For more information on TFSAs, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website or contact your financial institution.
Finance Canada


From the
Canada Revenue Agency:

Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) for Individuals
A Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a new way to set money aside tax-free throughout your lifetime. The initial amount contributed as well as the income earned in the account (for example, investment income and capital gains) is tax-free, even when it is withdrawn.
Topics include:
* Who is eligible to open a TFSA?
* How to open a TFSA
* TFSA contribution room
* Making withdrawals
* Qualifying transfers
* Tax payable
* Impact on your benefits
* Death of a TFSA holder

Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)
Topics include:
* Setting up an RRSP
* Contributing to an RRSP
* Transferring
* Making withdrawals
* Receiving income from an RRSP
* Death of an RRSP annuitant
* RRSP Tax-Free Withdrawal Schemes

Canada Revenue Agency


From the
Government of Canada:

Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA)
TFSA is a flexible, registered general-purpose savings vehicle that allows Canadians to earn tax-free investment income to more easily meet lifetime savings needs. The TFSA complements existing registered savings plans like the Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP) and the Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP).
- incl. links to :
* Home * TFSA and you * TFSA calculator * TFSA vs RRSP * TFSA and the economy * TFSA and seniors * Income-tested benefits * Things to know * More information

Government of Canada:



From the
Winnipeg Free Press:

Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) vs. Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA)
Which tax-friendly savings tool will walk away the champion?
December 10 2011
(...)TFSAs and RRSPs both have uses and in many cases, they can be used in tandem. While you're working, for instance, you can contribute to your RRSP and then contribute the refund to a TFSA, creating a tax-free income source for retirement. If you're retired, you can strategically withdraw from your RRSP/RIF at a lower tax rate and invest those withdrawals in a TFSA so the money can grow tax-free and be used without affecting your OAS, GIS or your tax situation.
Winnipeg Free Press


From the
Globe and Mail:

* TFSAs: What you need to know (November 2010)

* Careful, that TFSA can be such a tease (March 2010)

* TFSAs, RRSPs or both? (February 2010)

TFSA trumps RRSP, report says
By Roma Luciw
January 27, 2010 (updated to June 14, 2010)
Many Canadians would get more bang for their buck by taking a pass on the registered retirement savings plan and plowing any future savings into a tax-free savings account, says a new report. A C.D. Howe Institute e-brief released Wednesday [see the second next link below], in the thick of RRSP season, is challenging the notion that saving for retirement is best done through a tax-deferred plan like the RRSP.
Globe and Mail


From the
C.D. Howe Institute:

Saver’s Choice: Comparing the Marginal Effective
Tax Burdens on RRSPs and TFSAs
(PDF - 332K, 9 pages)
January 27, 2010
By Alexandre Laurin and Finn Poschman
(...)governments wanting to strengthen incentives for private retirement saving – the so-called third pillar of retirement income – should be thinking of expanding opportunities to save on a tax-prepaid basis. One option would be to allow taxpayers more freedom in allocating saving room between RRSP/RSP accounts and TFSAs, and more room for saving in TFSAs.
C.D. Howe Institute


From the
Financial Post:

Amidst confusion, TFSAs gaining traction
By Jonathan Chevreau
November 8, 2011
In January, Canadians are eligible to make their fourth annual $5,000 contribution to Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) but an astonishing 37% of us still don’t know what investments are eligible, according to a BMO survey. (...) Just for the record, TFSAs can hold the same investments as RRSPs, including cash, bonds, GICs, mutual funds, stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). (...) Unlike RRSPs, TFSA contributions do not create tax deductions. However, unlike the forced taxable withdrawals of RRIFs, withdrawals of TFSAs are free of tax. And of course, investment income earned inside a TFSA (interest, dividends or capital gains) are never taxed.
Financial Post


From the
Penny Saver Blog:

Should I Contribute to an RRSP or a TFSA?
February 9, 2010
(...) An extremely important advantage to using a TFSA to supplement retirement income is that money in a TFSA will not impact the amount of Canada Pension (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) you will receive. However, when you withdraw from an RRSP, you need to add that amount to your income for the year and that can decrease the amount of CPP and OAS that you receive, so it’s not wise to have all your retirement savings with an RRSP.
Penny Saver Blog


- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:

3. Harper Government Highlights Tax Relief for 2012 (incl. Family Caregiver Tax Credit) - December 30
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government Highlights Tax Relief for 2012
December 30, 2011
The Harper Government today highlighted the following important tax changes taking effect in 2012:
* The federal general corporate income tax rate is reduced to 15 per cent. (...)
* The Family Caregiver Tax Credit comes into effect; it's a 15-per-cent non-refundable tax credit on an amount of $2,000 providing tax relief for caregivers(...)
* The temporary accelerated capital cost allowance rate for investments in manufacturing or processing machinery and equipment was extended to 2013.
In addition to these changes, as of January 1, 2012, Canadians will have a new $5,000 of room to invest in their Tax-Free Savings Account.
Finance Canada

Family Caregiver Tax Credit
Effective January 1, 2012, the new Family Caregiver Tax Credit, a 15-per-cent non-refundable credit on an amount of $2,000, will provide tax relief for caregivers of infirm dependent relatives, including, for the first time, spouses, common-law partners and minor children.
2011 Federal Budget

For more information on tax relief for Canadians,
see the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan:

Related links:

Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance (PDF - 56K, 11 pages)
By Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle
December 2011
This paper was submitted to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance in response to Part 1: Amendments to the Income Tax Act and Related Regulations of Bill C-13 Keeping Canada’s Economy and Jobs Growing Act. The submission focuses on three main measures in the Bill: the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, Children’s Arts Tax Credit and Gas Tax Fund. We were pleased to see recognition of caregiver needs in Bill C-13. But we do not support the design of the new measure, which will deny assistance to lower-income families and provide tax assistance to non-poor families, including the well-off.
Caledon Institute of Social Policy


Harper’s unlikely social breakthrough
By Carol Goar
December 15, 2011
The pickings have been slim this year for Canadians looking to their government for help, support or relief. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s watchwords are restraint, austerity and cutbacks. Most premiers and mayors have followed his lead, leaving nowhere for the unemployed, poor, hungry and hopeless to turn. But, against this dismal backdrop, one social innovation did make it onto the national agenda. Approximately half a million caregivers — people who voluntarily look after infirm spouses, frail, elderly parents and children with serious health problems — will soon get Canada’s first Family Caregiver Tax Credit.It is extremely modest: less than $1 a day. It is regressive; high-income caregivers get maximum credit, low-income caregivers qualify for little or nothing. And it is selective; 82 per cent of the 2.7 million Canadians who sacrifice their income, career prospects and sometimes their health to care for loved ones, aren’t eligible. Still, it’s the first acknowledgement by the federal government that caregivers play a vital role in providing low-cost, round-the-clock health care.
Toronto Star


- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

- Go to Canada’s Economic Action Plan Links page:

4. The Canada We Want in 2020 : Inequality Is Not Inevitable - December 2011
(Canada 2020)

From Canada 2020:

The Canada We Want in 2020 - main report page
December 2011
Canada 2020 contends that there are five fundamental, inter-related challenges confronting the country which require strategic political leadership and policy action from
the federal government:
* Increasing innovation and productivity
* Rising to meet the Asia challenge
* Squaring the carbon circle
* Reducing income disparities and polarization
* Securing our health system for the future
- incl. links to each of the five sections of the book with information on each of the following challenges for 2020:

The complete report in one file:

The Canada We Want in 2020 (PDF - 1.4MB, 141 pages)


The section of the book that
includes the article on inequality:

Reducing Income Disparities and Polarization (PDF - 388K, 33 pages)
- includes the three following contributions:
* Why Canadians Should Care About Income Inequality - by Mark Cameron
* Income Distribution in Canada - by Andrew Sharpe
* Inequality Is Not Inevitable - by Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle
The Canada We Want in 2020
Towards a strategic policy roadmap for the federal government

Canada 2020
Canada 2020 is a non-partisan, progressive centre working to create an environment of social and economic prosperity for Canada and all Canadians.


From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Inequality Is Not Inevitable
By Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle
December 2011
NOTE : the Caledon Institute version of this article is the same as the one above ("Reducing Income Disparities and Polarization") from Canada 2020 in that it contains all three articles. Caledon also offers a French version of the article:
[ version française : ]
This paper was written at the invitation of Canada 2020 as part of an anthology on five major challenges facing Canada. Contributing authors to The Canada We Want in 2020 project (see link below) were asked to submit brief, focused papers on concrete and practicable steps that could be taken by the federal government to tackle one of the designated challenges – in this case, poverty and inequality. The paper briefly explores the separate, but linked, problems of poverty and inequality in this country. It considers the many economic and social factors that contribute to high poverty and rising inequality. The negative consequences to both individuals and the broader society are discussed.
Caledon Institute of Social Policy


- Go to the Inequality Links page:

5. [Manitoba] Welfare fills gap as jobless wait for Employment Insurance- December 29
(Winnipeg Free Press)


Welfare fills gap as jobless wait for EI
Federal government to blame for tardy processing, advocate says
By Bruce Owen
December 30, 2011
More Manitobans are collecting welfare despite the province having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, the most recent provincial numbers say.
And experts say one reason is due to the unemployed being forced to apply for provincial social assistance because of increasing delays in processing federal Employment Insurance claims. (...) Neil Cohen, executive director of Winnipeg's Community Unemployed Help Centre, said it's becoming more common for jobless Manitobans to collect provincial assistance because of the length of time it takes to get Employment Insurance claims processed. In some cases, it takes up to six weeks or longer.
Winnipeg Free Press

Related link:

Community Unemployed Help Centre (CUHC)
CUHC is a non-profit organization primarily dedicated to providing information, advice and representation to unemployed workers in Manitoba experiencing Employment Insurance problems. We also engage in broader social policy issues related to unemployment.
- incl. links to:
* Home * About Us * What You Need to Know Before You Apply * UI/EI Information * Appeals Information * Making EI Better * Help Centres in Other Provinces * Links
TIP : CUHC's roots are in the Manitoba labour movement, but Employment Insurance is a federal program, so the information on the CUHC website applies to all jurisdictions. Recommended reading!


- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

- Go to the Manitoba Links page:

6. Get practical on homelessness : At Home/Chez Soi - December 29
(Mental Health Commission of Canada)

Get practical on homelessness
December 29, 2011
There is one national project that combines the best instincts of the political left with the best instincts of the political right, a project that could have an enormous practical impact in the next few years, if policy-makers give it the attention it deserves. Canada should build on its first cautious efforts to end chronichomelessness.
(...) The Mental Health Commission of Canada has been running a research demonstration project called At Home/Chez Soi for a few years, comparing the results of a housing-first model with more traditional services. The results so far are promising. The research projects will end in 2013. The goal is to “collectively develop a body of evidence to help Canada become a world leader in providing services to homeless people living with a mental illness.”
The projects have been running in five cities — Moncton, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Winnipeg — and importantly, each city’s project is tailored to its own population and circumstances. But the national scope is important. It has already allowed the researchers to learn generalizable lessons about such problems as securing housing in tight markets. A national effort, backed up with sufficient funding, might also provide cities and provinces with an incentive to break down the silos that have hampered holistic anti-homelessness efforts in the past.
Ottawa Citizen

Related links:

At Home/Chez Soi
The At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project is investigating mental health
and homelessness in five Canadian cities: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

What's happening in each of the five participating cities?

- one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with a shortage of services for Anglophones and Francophones.

- different mental health services provided to homeless people in Quebec.

- ethno-cultural diversity including new immigrants who are non-English speaking.

- urban Aboriginal population.

- people who struggle with substance abuse and addictions.


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

7. Campaign 2000’s year-end overview of the state of poverty reduction in Canada - December 2011

Campaign 2000 E-Bulletin -Winter 2011
December 2011
Campaign 2000’s year-end overview of the state of poverty reduction in Canada

Working for a national plan to make Canada poverty-free
* Scanning the federal scene
* Updates from regional partners
(territorial information yet to come)
- regional partners are non-governmental coalitions and groups working toward the reduction or elimination of poverty in each jurisdiction
For most provinces, you'll also find a link or two to related readings, a poverty group's website or a discussion paper on poverty reduction.
Recommended reading!

Campaign 2000 E-Bulletin

[Subscription and archives page]:
The E-Bulletin provides updates on activities to reduce and end child and family poverty across Canada with news and views, political analysis, commentary on government action or inaction, and links to the latest research and reports.

Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.
[ Campaign 2000 Partners - national AND provincial/territorial organizations, incl. links to their websites ]
[ Links to national child and family poverty report cards for earlier years - back to 2000 ]


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

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

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

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


Season's Greetings
The Daily will not be published from December 26 through January 3. Publication will resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. The staff of The Daily sends you best wishes for a safe and happy holiday.

The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily


The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]


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

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

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

CRRU was closed for the holidays.
For the latest CRRU site content, click the CRRU home page link above.
New CRRU content will resume in the next Canadian Social Research Newsletter.


Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.


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

10. 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 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.

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:

December 29:
Earned Income Tax Credit - Wisconsin
Child Care Subsidies - California

December 28:
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
States and Children’s Health Insurance Coverage

December 27:
State Medicaid Cuts
State Minimum Wages

December 21:
Achievement Gap - Seattle, WA
Detroit Free Press Series on Homeless Students

December 20:
Poverty Measurement in the US
Joblessness and Unemployment
Medicaid Programs - Wisconsin, Utah

December 19:
Medicaid Program - Florida
State Minimum Wage - Florida
Medicare/Medicaid Programs and Hospitals


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


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

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

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:


No CRINMAIL this week (28 Jan)


for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

CRINMAIL (incl. subscription info)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

Disclaimer/Privacy Statement

Both Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and this Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong to me, Gilles Séguin.

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the web server of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Thanks, CUPE!


If you wish to receive this weekly newsletter by email, go to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter Online Subscription page:
...or send me an email message.

You can unsubscribe by going to the same page or by sending me an e-mail message [ ]


Privacy Policy:

The Canadian Social Research Newsletter mailing list is not used for any purpose except to distribute each weekly newsletter.
I promise not share any information on this list, nor to send you any junk mail.

Links presented in the Canadian Social Research Newsletter point to different views about social policy and social programs.
There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

To access earlier online HTML issues of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter, go to the Newsletter page:

Feel free to distribute this newsletter as widely as you wish, but please remember to mention Canadian Social Research Links when you do.




An Email Classic:
Church Bulletin Bloopers!

Thank God for church ladies with typewriters.
These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

The cost of the Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals.
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.. Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice .
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done..
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
- -------------------------
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.'



And, in closing...


Montreal sidewalk plow rehearsal ????
December 21, 2011


Inappropriate test answers from young children


If you get a chuckle from often-too-literal French translations on package labels (e.g., laundry instructions : "Hand Wash Cold" = "La main lave le rhume"), you'll enjoy this list of fractured French labels. TIP: If you didn't "get" the dialogue in the movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop, you may wish to give this link a pass...

A few of my favourites (by Gilles):

10% freee = Libérez 10% Plus
Stain resistant = Tache résistante
Use daily for best results = Employez le journal pour les meilleurs résultats
Pomegranate with grape seed oil = Grenade avec le raisin voit du pétrole
Post cards = Cartes de poteau
New formula last weeks = Nouvelle formule semaines dernières
Modern fit = Crise moderne
Polish sausage = Polissez la saucisse
Wash before serving = Se laver avant la portion
Simply peel and stick to your wall = Simplement peau et bâton à votre mur