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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 3, 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 1859 subscribers.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Online Federal Pre-Budget Consultations for Budget 2008 (Department of Finance Canada) - Jan. 14 to Feb. 11
2. Housing Again • Bulletin Number 108 - February 2008
3. Up to 15,000 homeless in British Columbia : report (Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction - Simon Fraser University) - January 31
4. Province of British Columbia invests $200,000 in Direct Deposit initiative (BC direct deposit incentive for welfare clients) - January 31
5. Canadians Need a Medium-Term Sickness/Disability Income Benefit (Caledon Institute of Social Policy ) - January 2008
6. Civic leaders are spearheading the fight to end poverty (By Judith Maxwell in The Globe and Mail) - January 28
7. What's new from the Wellesley Institute:
---The Inter-agency Services Collaboration Project
--- We [non-profit sector] Can't Afford To Do Business This Way - September 2007

8. Father Involvement Research Alliance - FIRA (Canada)
9. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Gross domestic product by industry, November 2007 - January 31
--- Federal government finance: Assets and liabilities, as of March 31, 2007 - January 30, 2008
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2007 - January 28
10. Canadian Education Association
11. The Fiscal Monitor (November 2007) (Department of Finance Canada) January 25
12. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 + World Social Forum Annual Meeting 2008 - January 25-26, 2008
13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - February 1

International Content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15.Policy Hub Bulletin (monthly) - United Kingdom
16.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - Selected recent content:
--- Application of penalties under Welfare to Work - Posted 31-01-2008
--- Experiencing the housing affordability problem: blocked aspirations, trade-offs and financial hardships - Posted 31-01-2008
--- Report on government services 2008 - Posted 31-01-2008
--- Gender income distribution of top earners - Posted 29-01-2008
17. CRINMAIL 952, 953 - January 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. Online Federal Pre-Budget Consultations for Budget 2008 - Jan. 14 to Feb. 11
(Department of Finance Canada)

Federal Budget 2008:

Minister Flaherty Launches Online Budget Consultations
News Release
January 14, 2008
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today launched online consultations, giving all Canadians an opportunity to provide input into the development of Budget 2008. This year, the Government is asking people to focus on specific issues and questions of national significance.

Consultation website:

Online Federal Pre-Budget Consultations for Budget 2008
[ version française du site de consultation ]
Started:
January 14, 2008
Closing date: 12 midnight (EST) on February 11, 2008
Who may respond: Anyone interested in participating

Pre-budget consultation documents:
* Invitation by the Honourable James M. Flaherty, P.C., M.P., Minister of Finance, to Pre-Budget Web Consultations
* Minister Flaherty Launches Online Budget Consultations – News Release 2008-004 (January 14, 2008) - see above
* Canada’s Economic Outlook and Policy Framework : Deputy Minister Rob Wright’s January 10, 2008 Media Briefing Presentation on the Economy
* Where Your Tax Dollar Goes (2006-07) - Multimedia Presentation
* Canada, An Economic Snapshot (Slideshow, January 2008)

This Consultation Seeks Your Answers to These Questions:
* What steps should the Government take in Budget 2008 (and beyond) to ensure that Canada is prepared to deal with the implications of an aging population?
* Should the Government be implementing broad-based policies that will help all sectors of the economy to succeed or should it focus on developing policies to assist specific industries facing special challenges?
* In what areas should the Government focus its resources in Budget 2008 (and beyond)? If resources need to be redirected from other areas, what areas should these be?
* What steps should the Government take in Budget 2008 (and beyond) to ensure that the Canadian economy remains internationally competitive, continues to attract investment and creates high value-added jobs?
* What tax and other measures should the Government take to ensure that Canada keeps its best and brightest, attracts highly skilled immigrants, encourages as many people as possible to enter the workforce, and rewards Canadians for their hard work, while respecting the Government’s fiscal goals?
* What other issues would you like to address?

Join the Consultation
Good news:
you don't have to reveal who you are when you submit your views.
Bad news: if you wish to tell the government how you REALLY feel, choose your words well - you're allowed only 50 of them per question.

Source:
Consulting with Canadians
[ Department of Finance Canada ]

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

2. Housing Again• Bulletin Number 108 - February 2008

Housing Again• Bulletin Number 108 February 2008
"...a monthly electronic bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda in Ontario, across Canada and around the world."
The Housing Again Bulletin is sponsored by Raising the Roof as a partner in Housing Again.

Selected content from Issue Number 108:

* Building Momentum: Affordable Housing Agenda Gets Boost
Ken Dryden's 16-city anti-poverty tour across Canada - the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recommendations for a National Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness - Community Spotlight on Operation Go Home - What's New on Raising the Roof’s Shared Learnings on Homelessness Web site - etc.

* Nurturing the Next Wave of Housing Professionals
The theme of this year’s Tri-Country Conference, to be held in Toronto , October 14-17, is Creating a Modern Housing Policy: A Legacy for Tomorrow’s Leaders, which includes a sub-theme of tomorrow’s leadership and youth.

* Toque Tuesday (February 5)
Toque Tuesday is Raising the Roof’s national public awareness day. Buy your classic black or cheerful red toque at any participating Home Depot store in Canada or order online now. Toques are $10 each with proceeds supporting grass-roots homelessness agencies across Canada and Raising the Roof’s national Youthworks initiative, aimed at breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. The National Toque Campaign continues until the end of February 2008.
[ Order your toque online ]

SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE:
The Housing Again e-bulletin is distributed by e-mail free of charge monthly.
To subscribe or unsubscribe, log onto the main page at http://www.housingagain.web.net/
You'll see the Bulletin's subscribe/unsubscribe box at the bottom right hand of the page.

Our web sites are:

Housing Again
http://www.housingagain.web.net

Shared Learnings on Homelessness
http://www.sharedlearnings.org

Raising the Roof
http://www.raisingtheroof.org/

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

3. Up to 15,000 homeless in British Columbia (report) - January 31
(Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction - Simon Fraser University)

Up to 15,500 Homeless: Report
Tally of BC homeless by health profs far higher than housing minister's.
By Andrew MacLeod
January 31, 2008
The number of homeless people in British Columbia may be triple the estimate Housing Minister Rich Coleman provided to The Tyee last week, according to a new report by health professors at UBC, SFU and the University of Calgary. In B.C. there may be as many as 15,500 adults with severe addictions or mental illness who are homeless, says the 149-page report, Housing and Support for Adults with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness in British Columbia. The report is dated October, 2007, and was released to The Tyee on Jan. 30, 2008.
Source:
TheTyee.ca

Related links:

Housing and Support for Adults with
Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness in British Columbia
(701K, 149 pages)
October 2007
Source:
Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA)
CARMHA is a research centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Homeless, Housing Stats Disputed
Minister Coleman's figures are 'bogus' says NDP critic.
By Andrew MacLeod
January 24, 2008
Source:
TheTyee.ca

No New Homes in Premier's Homelessness Plan
Coleman challenges cities to "step up."
By Monte Paulsen
October 12, 2007
Source:
TheTyee.ca

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

4. Province of British Columbia invests $200,000 in Direct Deposit initiative - January 31
(BC direct deposit incentive
for welfare clients)

January 31, 2008
Province invests $200,000 in Direct Deposit initiative

News Release
VICTORIA – The Province is offering an incentive package that consists of a knapsack, warm socks, a toque and a pair of gloves to encourage income assistance clients to sign up for direct deposit, announced Claude Richmond, Minister of Employment and Income Assistance.
Source:
Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance

<...and, if the writers of This Hour has 22 Minutes were writing the next line of the above news release, it would read : "Minister Richmond is pleased to report that the initial response to the direct deposit incentive has been quite positive among those Income assistance clients who would prefer to not freeze their feet, head and hands this winter.">

Related link:

Welfare payments to be loaded on to debit cards for 20,000
February 01, 2008
The B.C. government plans to issue direct-debit cards to more than 20,000 welfare recipients who don't have a bank account. Each month, Victoria will load the welfare payments on to the debit cards, which can be used at any ATM or commercial outlet. (...) The direct-deposit program started in 2006 and has about 60,000 clients out of a possible 80,000.
Source:
The Vancouver Province

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

5. Canadians Need a Medium-Term Sickness/Disability Income Benefit - January 2008
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy )

Canadians Need a Medium-Term Sickness/Disability Income Benefit (PDF file - 112K, 36 pages)
By Michael J. Prince
January 2008
This paper focuses upon a serious weakness in Canada’s income security system. There is a major gap in social insurance coverage for millions of Canadians whose work and earnings are interrupted on a temporary or recurring basis because of illness or disability. This paper examines the current relationship between Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits, and explores possibilities for stronger linkages between these programs. Various options for a medium-term sickness/disability income benefit are considered along with their respective strengths and weaknesses.
Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

6. Civic leaders are spearheading the fight to end poverty - January 28
(By Judith Maxwell in The Globe and Mail)

Forget policy makers, civic leaders are spearheading the fight to end poverty
By Judith Maxwell
January 28, 2008
Slowly but surely, civil society leaders in this country are taking over what used to be the preserve of public servants and politicians. They are revamping the blueprint for social policy in order to help people escape poverty. In the process, they are creating solutions that bridge left and right. In cities across Canada - from Saint John to Kingston, Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary - business leaders are joining forces with the United Way, community foundations, faith groups, school boards, local governments and thousands of volunteers. Their goal is to strengthen poor neighbourhoods and help their fellow citizens shake off the shackles of welfare.

Other recent columns by Judith Maxwell
[Judith Maxwell was the head of the now-defunct Economic Council of Canada and, later, the Canadian Policy Research Networks]

Source:
The Globe and Mail

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

7. What's new from the Wellesley Institute:
---The Inter-agency Services Collaboration Project
--- We [non-profit sector] Can't Afford To Do Business This Way - September 2007

What's new from the Wellesley Institute:

The Inter-agency Services Collaboration Project
By Joan Roberts and Pauline OConnor
Launched January 11, 2008
This report examined collaborations among non-profit organizations (NPOs) that directly or indirectly enhance service delivery. This includes collaborations to enhance organizational operations, and collaborations to enhance service planning and delivery. Examples of such collaborations include shared administration, budgets, or administrative staff; shared infrastructure such as co-location; joint service planning, or joint program delivery such as single intake and information-sharing. The project investigated the characteristics of service delivery collaborations critical success factors and barriers, and similarity of NPO collaborations with public sector and business sector collaborations.

Complete report (PDF file - 3.8MB, 234 pages)
Fall 2007
[Click the report title above to access PDF files for each chapter - smaller individual downloads]

----------------------------

We Can't Afford To Do Business This Way
September 2007
by Lynn Eakin & Associates
This study paints a clear portrait of how service flexibility and innovation in the nonprofit sector are affected by onerous grant application and reporting processes. It graphically illustrates how the shift from long-term core funding in the early 1990s to short-term targeted and program funding has placed an enormous administrative burden on the nonprofit sector in Canada. Read about the experiences of the current funding regimes on several organizations in the Toronto area, and find out about what needs to change to ensure the health and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector.

Complete report (PDF file - 1.9MB, 64 pages)
September 2007

Media release - (PDF file - 56K, 1 page)
September 27, 2008

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Source:
Wellesley Institute
The Wellesley Institute advances the social determinants of health through community-based research , capacity building , and the informing of public policy.

- Go to the Voluntary Sector Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

8. Father Involvement Research Alliance - FIRA (Canada)

Father Involvement Research Alliance (FIRA)
FIRA is a pan-Canadian alliance of individuals, organizations and institutions dedicated to the development and sharing of knowledge focusing on father involvement, and the building of a community-university research alliance supporting this work.
- incl. links to the following Research Clusters:

* Immigrant Fathers * Gay/Bi/Queer Fathers * Separated and Divorced Fathers * New Fathers * Indigenous Fathers * Young Fathers * Fathers of Children with Special Needs

FIRA online resources - papers, books, articles, reports, and
and excellent collection of links to parenting resources and father resources.

Inventory of Policies and
Policy Areas Influencing Father Involvement
(PDF file - 2.4MB, 160 pages)
By Donna S. Lero, Lynda M. Ashbourne and Denise L. Whitehead
May 2006
The purpose of this inventory is "to begin to identify the various ways current policies and institutional practices may affect fathers in diverse subpopulations and social circumstances across Canada, and to encourage discussion, analysis and debate about how policies and practices might better serve to support fathers."

Related link:

Centre for Families, Work & Well-Being
The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being at the University of Guelph conducts research and outreach to workplaces on work-family conflict, workplace policies, and community supports. The Centre website includes a large selection of resources and links related to work and family.

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

9. What's New from Statistics Canada:
---
Gross domestic product by industry, November 2007 - January 31
--- Federal government finance: Assets and liabilities, as of March 31, 2007 - January 30, 2008
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2007 - January 28

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

January 31, 2008
Gross domestic product by industry, November 2007
Economic activity increased 0.1% in November. The increase in output of the service industries outweighed the decrease in the production of goods.

January 30, 2008
Federal government finance: Assets and liabilities, as of March 31, 2007
At March 31, 2007, the federal government's net financial debt (defined as the excess of liabilities over financial assets) decreased to $508.1 billion, a 1.2% or $6.0 billion decline from March 31, 2006. An increase of $5.1 billion in financial assets and a decrease of $0.9 billion in liabilities explain this drop. The federal government net financial debt has decreased for the 10th consecutive year, a decline of $80.3 billion from 1997 to 2007.

January 28, 2008
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2007 (preliminary)
In November, the average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) increased $7.65 (+1.0%) from October to $784.83. Compared with a year earlier, average weekly earnings were up 4.0%.

10. Canadian Education Association

Canadian Education Association (CEA)
Founded in 1891, the Canadian Education Association is a bilingual, federally incorporated non-profit organization with charitable tax status. (...)
CEA initiates and sustains dialogue throughout the country influencing public policy issues in education for the ongoing development of a robust, democratic society and a prosperous and sustainable economy.
- incl. links to : * Focus on Educating Citizens, Literacy and Information and Communication Technology * About Us * Research and Policy * Events * Publications

Site map

Bulletin
Bulletin is CEA's monthly electronic newsletter, which serves to inform and engage members and friends of CEA - and all individuals who care about education and learning. It provides useful information about the latest in education news, policy, research, initiatives, events and ideas.
- click the link above to access any issue of the monthly bulletin right back to May 2004, and to subscribe to receive the bulletin by email.

Links to education resources (frequently-asked questions")
- links to resources in the following areas:
* Education Policy in Canada * Education Statistics * Teaching in Canada * Studying in Canada (International Students) * Studying in Canada (Canadian Residents) * Employment in Education in Canada
* International Opportunities * Scholarships and Financial Awards * Worldwide Education News

- Go to the Education Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm
- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

11. The Fiscal Monitor (November 2007) January 25
(Department of Finance Canada)

What's new from the
Department of Finance Canada:

Release of The Fiscal Monitor
News Release
January 25, 2008
Highlights:
November 2007:
budgetary surplus of $0.1 billion
April to November 2007: budgetary surplus of $6.7 billion

The Fiscal Monitor - November 2007
January 25, 2008
[
Fiscal Monitor 2007 - all months ]
[ The Fiscal Monitor - all years]

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

12. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 + World Social Forum Annual Meeting 2008 - January 25-26, 2008

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008
The Power of Collaborative Innovation
23-27 January, Davos, Switzerland

The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation. We are striving towards a world-class corporate governance system where values are as important a basis as rules.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
closes with call for a new kind of collaborative leadership

Press Release
Davos, Switzerland
27 January 2008
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 closed today with a call by business, government and civil society leaders for a new brand of collaborative and innovative leadership to address the challenges of globalization, particularly the pressing problems of conflict – especially in the Middle East, terrorism, climate change and water conservation

From Google.ca:
"World Economic Forum" Web Search
"World Economic Forum" News Search

World Social Forum 2008
The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action.

World Social Forums have taken place at the end of January at different sites throughout the world each year for the past seven years, and their spirit will continue to be reflected in the activities planned at those same sites and worldwide in 2008.

NOTE: The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting held by members of the anti-globalization (using the term globalization in a doctrinal sense not a literal one) or alter-globalization movement to coordinate world campaigns, share and refine organizing strategies, and inform each other about movements from around the world and their issues. It tends to meet in January when its "great capitalist rival", the World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This is not a coincidence.
Source:
World Social Forum - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

From Google.ca:
"World Social Forum" Web Search
"World Social Forum" News Search

Links to World Social Forum related sites:

www.forumsocialmundial.org.br
Historical information site run by the Sao Paulo WSF office.
There you can find news, subscribe to the WSF newsletter, and read many articles about WSF events and process.

www.wsfprocess.net
First WSF process dedicated site. You can network here with over 1500 organisations and 4500 people, and form “groups” of people from various organisations, collaborating on “activities” and “proposals” for social change.
These can be linked to social forum events and can be publicized.

Links to Continental Social Forum Sites:

www.openesf.net
A new networking site for the European Social Forum process

The Canada connection:

Services for Business:
Canada at World Economic Forum 2008
January 25-26, 2008
City of Davos
Minister Emerson and Minister Bernier took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Source:
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

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

13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - February 1

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

February 1

What's new online

The politics of child care 1 Feb 08 - Report from the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association discusses child care in Canada, with a particular focus on BC.

Early childhood spaces: Involving young children and practitioners in the design process 1 Feb 08 - Report by the Bernard van Leer Foundation focuses on the participation of children and practitioners in the design process of child care spaces.

Daycare Trust childcare costs survey 2008 1 Feb 08 - Report from Daycare Trust conveys findings from annual survey on child care costs in England, Wales and Scotland.

Leaving children to chance: NACCRRA’s ranking of state standards and oversight of small family child care homes 1 Feb 08 - Report from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) reviews and ranks state regulations for small family child care homes.

Swedish parental leave and gender equality: Achievements and reform challenges in a European perspective 1 Feb 08 - Report from the Institute for Futures Studies discusses the Swedish parental leave system and identifies achievements, policy dilemmas and reform alternatives from a European perspective.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Happy in care: it’s in the hormones [AU]
2 Feb 08
· Is there a continental divide in counting the cost of childcare? [UK]
30 Jan 08
· Costs of full-time nursery soar to 8,000 pounds a year [UK]
29 Jan 08
· Study praises Head Start program [CA-NT]
25 Jan 08
· The ABCs of all-day kindergarten [CA-ON]
25 Jan 08
· Preschool enrolment decline [KE]
23 Jan 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

14. 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
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

January 31, 2008
* Temporary Assistance For Needy Families - New Mexico, Pennsylvania
* TANF Rules and Recipients Attending College
* Child Welfare Funding - Ohio
* Medicaid Enrollment - Mississippi
* State Children's Health Insurance Program - Louisiana
* Food Stamp Program and the Elderly - Massachusetts
* School for Children in Child Welfare System - New York City
* Economic Stimulus Package and Medicaid, Unemployment Aid, Food Stamps
* Poverty and Income Inequality
* Home Foreclosures - Michigan, Ohio
* States and Immigration Laws
* Poverty as a Political Campaign Issue

January 28, 2008
* Food Stamp Program - Iowa
* Oklahoma Kids Count Report
* Report: Well-being of Minority Children
* Insure Missouri Program
* Working Families and Health Care - West Virginia
* Aging Homeless Population - Dallas, TX
* Green Homeless Shelter - Oakland, CA
* Post-Katrina Housing - New Orleans, LA
* Home Foreclosures and Renters - Kansas City
* Tax Refund Anticipation Loans
* Payday Lending Legislation - Idaho
* Schools and Segregation

Search Poverty Dispatches
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week. Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media. Persons wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

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

15. Policy Hub Bulletin (monthly) - United Kingdom

Policy Hub Bulletin ===> the content of this link changes each month
News Archive - view the contents of previous Bulletins back to September 2002
Subscribe to this Bulletin - free, by email

Sample content from the latest issue of the Bulletin :
Click the link above to access all of the items below - and be sure to visit the Home page for news items added since the release of this bulletin.

Content of the
January 2008 Policy Hub Bulletin:

(Click the link above to access any of the studies below - only the last two items below have hyperlinks that you can click.)
* Technology-enabled crime: future directions
* Stern Review: assessment of methodology - Productivity Commission report
* Evidence of accelerated climate change - Climate Institute report
* Primary education aims and values - Primary Review reports
* Evidence & policy (Volume 3, number 4) - Policy Press
* Pro-environmental behaviours framework
* Low-paid and 'working poor'
* Digital divide: social inclusion and social capital policy
* International trends in housing and policy responses
* Children's centres and extended schools
* National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
* Transport schemes evaluation
* Criminal justice: drug and drug-related offending
* Sexual abuse of boys
* Dementia services and support
* Crime quarterly update
* Care coordination and health system performance
* Crime and public perceptions
* Life chances of families at risk
* Prevention of violence against women
* School leadership and pupil outcomes
* Low-paid and 'working poor' - January 2008 report from the Institute for Public Policy Research
* British social attitudes: the 24th report - from the U.K. National Centre for Social Research
On 23 January 2008, the National Centre for Social Research published a report (British Social Attitudes: the 24th Report), which describes the state of public attitudes towards relationships and parenting; cohabitation; gender roles; national identity; working in the public sector; prejudice; car use and the environment; newspapers; political participation; party policies; and poverty
Press summary (PDF file - 190K, 13 pages)
Order the complete report (£50.00) - not available online for free

Website of the month
- archive of links to websites that are featured in the monthly bulletin, going back to 2003
- Recommended!

Evidence Hotlinks
This area of Policy Hub provides access to a wide range of organisations and resources that will help you find evidence on social and economic issues in the United Kingdom and Internationally.
* United Kingdom Evidence * International Evidence - including Country Resources - including Canada * Using Evidence
===> recommended reading - excellent collection of U.K. and international resources!

Source:
Policy Hub (U. K.)
"... a web-site developed by the Government Social Research Unit, which aims to improve the way public policy is shaped and delivered."
[ Government Social Research ]
[ HM Treasury website ]

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

16. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - Selected recent content:
---
Application of penalties under Welfare to Work - Posted 31-01-2008
--- Experiencing the housing affordability problem: blocked aspirations, trade-offs and financial hardships - Posted 31-01-2008
--- Report on government services 2008 - Posted 31-01-2008
--- Gender income distribution of top earners - Posted 29-01-2008

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
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)
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 content from the latest APO Weekly Briefing:

Application of penalties under Welfare to Work
Posted 31-01-2008
Source: Commonwealth Ombudsman
This investigation was prompted by 124 complaints received by the Ombudsman’s office about Centrelink’s administration of the activity test requirements following the implementation of Welfare to Work reforms. The report is critical of the practice of stopping a person’s welfare payment before a decision was made about whether or not a penalty should apply.

Experiencing the housing affordability problem: blocked aspirations, trade-offs and financial hardships
Posted 31-01-2008
Source: Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology
This paper focuses on the actual experience of housing affordability, revealing how deeply the problem cuts into the financial and general wellbeing of renters.

Report on government services 2008
Posted 31-01-2008
Source: Australia Productivity Commission
This report examines the performance of all Australian governments providing education, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing services. This report includes for the first time school learning outcomes information for Indigenous students by remoteness area. There has also been significant improvement in the reporting of health data by Indigenous status.

Gender income distribution of top earners
Posted 29-01-2008
Source: Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency
This report examines the declared Top Earners of Specified Executives of the 180 ASX200 companies. It explores how gender interacts with this most senior level status and finds that women hold only 7% of Top Earner positions in the ASX200.

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

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17. CRINMAIL 952, 953 - January 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

31 January 2008 - CRINMAIL 953
* NGOs: Reporting on Violence Against Children [publication]
* DEATH PENALTY: New Arab Charter deviates from the Convention on the Rights of the Child [news]
* VIOLENCE: Information pack on abolishing corporal punishment [publication]
* CRC: Bid to remove reservations to the Convention [news]
* AUSTRALIA: Govt to apologise to Aborigines [news]
* ADOPTIONS IN EUROPE: at what cost? A comparative study of legislations and practices of six European countries [event]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

29 January 2008 - CRINMAIL 952
* ISRAEL/OPT: Rocket attacks take toll on Sderot children, HRC holds special session [news]
* CANADA: Conflicting rights in transfusions [news]
* SOUTH AFRICA: Child reporting needs special skills [news]
* EDUCATION: Your Right to Education - A handbook for refugees and displaced communities [publication]
* YEMEN: Parliament to discuss juvenile law amendments [news]
* THAILAND: Training of 'child soldiers' condemned [news]
* IRELAND: Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches [event]

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ 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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CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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A sampling of entries from
The Southern Word Home page

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ADAM (noun). A distinct part.
Usage: "Please see if that's the only missing adam on the list"

AHMA (contraction).
Usage: "Ahma gonna sit rat cheer til foah the safnoon."

AINT (noun). The sister of one of your parents..
Usage: Come over here an give your aint a kiss.

ALL (noun). A petroleum-based lubricant.
Usage: "I sure hope mah brother from Jawjuh puts all in mah pickup truck."

ANOMALY (phrase). My usual practice.
Usage: "Anomaly drink Dr. Pepper, but ah'll have a Pepsi few don't mind."

AWFUL TAR (proper noun). A tall, iron structure on the river Seine.
Usage: "That Awful Tar may be great, but it ain't no Vulcan!"

BARD (verb). Past tense of the infinitive "to borrow."
Usage: "Mah brother bard mah pickup truck."

BOB WAR (noun). A sharp, twisted cable.
Usage: "Boy, stay away from that there bob war fence."

BRATS (noun). High beam headlights.
Usage: "Turn off yur brats, Bubba! You's blindin' me!"

COAT (noun). A legal gathering.
Usage: "All rise ... this coat is now in odah"

YUP (phrase). An inquiry into someone's state of consciousness.
Usage: "Honey, yup?"

Source:
http://www.netsquirrel.com/crispen/word.html

(Click the link for the complete list)


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And in closing...

A Photo of Me in the Shower
http://tinyurl.com/24daxe

This explains a lot.
http://tinyurl.com/23dfph

When gas in Canada was 87 cents a litre ($3.28/U.S. gal.),
here's what people were paying elsewhere in the world:
http://tinyurl.com/2nffqq

What did the Buddha say to the hot dog vendor?
Make me one with everything.