Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 3, 2013

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 2,615 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Ontario's Disability Support Program : An unsustainable program (Pat Capponi in John Stapleton's blog) - January 28
2. The State of Ontario's Indebtedness (Fraser Institute) - January 31 (+ Commentary by Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
3. Alberta Social Policy Framework : Albertans identify child poverty as priority - January 31
4. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 30 January 2013 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
5. MORE Media and Policy News (for 28 January 2013) from Jennefer Laidley
6. [Ontario] Social assistance reform is happening: Three things to look out for (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute) - January 30
7. Infographic : Affordable Housing in Canada (Citizens for Public Justice) - January 2013
8. [City of Toronto] SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - January 30
9. [Ontario] Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, January to March 2013 (Prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services)
10. Incoming Ontario premier Wynne announces transition team [including Frances Lankin] (Globe and Mail) - January 29
11. Recent releases from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
--- Progressive Tax Options for BC : Reform Ideas for Raising New Revenues and Enhancing Fairness - January 29
--- Income inequality on the rise, especially in large cities - January 28
--- Beyond Austerity - A video by Trish Hennessy - January 2013
12. The Republic of Harper (Duncan Cameron in the Toronto Star) - January 29
13. [British Columbia] Improving Care for B.C. Seniors: An Action Plan (Better at Home program) (BC Ministry of Health) - January 28
14. [Ontario] Will Kathleen Wynne Cross the Inequality Barrier? (By Trish Hennessy in Huffington Post) - January 29
15. [Ontario] Editorial : Kathleen Wynne should take fast action on welfare reform (Toronto Star) - January 28
16. High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010 (Statistics Canada) + critiques & comments by Andrew Jackson, Michael Wolfson, Miles Corak and others - January 28
17.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2012 - January 30
--- Survey of Household Spending, 2011 - January 30
--- Study: Trends in homeownership by age and household income, 1981 to 2006 - January 29
--- Study: Select health indicators of First Nations people living off reserve, Métis and Inuit, 2007 to 2010 - January 29
--- High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010 - January 28
18. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

19. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
20. [US] The Hidden Prosperity of the Poor (Thomas B. Edsall in the New York Times) - January 30
21. [US] Basic Facts About Low-income Children : Fact Sheets (National Center for Children in Poverty) - January 2013
22. Europe’s economic crisis: How the rich avoid paying their tax bill (Toronto Star) - February 3
23. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Ontario's Disability Support Program : An unsustainable program - January 28
(Pat Capponi in Open Policy)

Ontario's Disability Support Program (ODSP)

ODSP : An unsustainable program – A guest blog from Pat Capponi*
http://openpolicyontario.com/an-unsustainable-program-a-guest-blog-from-pat-capponi/
January 28, 2013
It seems simple, and I can understand the frustration as the numbers continue to rise and few people labelled mentally ill appear willing to take the steps necessary to leave the ODSP rolls. Without knowing this community, their history and their struggles, that frustration will continue. My experience is with those who are labelled seriously mentally ill, with schizophrenia, manic depression, and PTSD, as well as those with long term addictions to drugs like crack cocaine. In this group, poverty is the norm, days are spent in drop-ins or waiting in packed agencies for assistance that never seems timely or appropriate.
(...)
We have made significant strides in the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) community, with social enterprises, with leadership development, we are speaking for ourselves to government, to police,and to the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH), where we are helping to educate residents and working to improve the chronic care curriculum. The only sector that stubbornly persists in excluding our voices or relegating us to advisory roles is community mental health, where power is jealously guarded and kept out of our hands. Both the Human Rights and the Mental Health Commission have related how prejudice and discrimination is firmly seated in our helpers, this must be righted.

We are the governments natural ally in this fight. We are tired of the stress of living impoverished lives, tired of being surrounded by well-meaning nay-sayers. Without substantial change in the attitudes of our helpers, without making room for us as equal participants, the numbers on ODSP will continue to rise, and much potential will never be realized.

[ * Author Pat Capponi is a member of the steering committee of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction [ http://25in5.ca/ ], and primary facilitator with Voices from the Street [ http://www.ocab.ca/voices.htm ].

Source:
Open Policy
(John Stapleton's blog)
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

2. The State of Ontario's Indebtedness (Fraser Institute) - January 31
(+ Commentary by Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Fraser Institute:

The State of Ontario's Indebtedness (PDF - 1.4MB, 66 pages)
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/publications/state-of-ontarios-indebtedness.pdf
January 31, 2013
Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis
The essays collected for this publication are designed to provide readers and particularly those in Ontario a better sense of where the province’s debt stands today, the expectations for the future, and warnings about the likely costs of inaction. Part of the motivation for this publication was the lack of genuine response to the much-heralded report of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, or what became known as the Drummond Report, named after the chair of the commission, Donald Drummond. Simply put, the conclusions of the Drummond Report should have been a wake-up call for the Ontario Government regarding the immediate need for reform of the province’s spending. Instead, the government has chosen to try to simply slow the rate of growth in spending over the next few years without any serious reform.

Source:
The Fraser Institute

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/
The Fraser Institute motto:
"A free and prosperous world through choice, markets and responsibility"

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Reality check from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Repeat After Me: Ontario is not Greece
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/01/31/repeat-after-me-ontario-is-not-greece/
January 31, 2013
By Trish Hennessy
The Fraser Institute has a new report warning Ontario could become the next Greece or California because of the size of its debt. Of course we know Ontario is not Greece or California, and such comparisons are disingenuous. But it is possible that Ontario could find itself in a similar mess if it follows the Fraser Institute’s standard issue prescription for government financial management: more public spending cuts, more public sector layoffs, and more tax cuts.
(...)
Repeat after me: Ontario is not Greece, nor should it make the same mistakes as Greece. It’s time to move on. It’s time to define our own agenda, a post-austerity agenda, and truly put Ontario on the path to economic recovery.

Source:
Behind the Numbers

http://behindthenumbers.ca/

This blog is a feature of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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But wait!!
How do you really feel about the Fraser Institute??

The Fraser Institute Produces Junk: Graham Steele (Nova Scotia Finance Minister)
http://goo.gl/lUMFR
By Alex Boutilier
September 13, 2011
After delivering an update on Nova Scotia's 2011-2012 budget forecast, Finance Minister Graham Steele was asked what he thinks about a new report from the Fraser Institute that ranked Premier Darrell Dexter first among sitting Canadian premiers in terms of fiscal restraint.
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"The Fraser Institute produces junk."
Source:
Vancouver Observer

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

3. Alberta Social Policy Framework : Albertans identify child poverty as priority - January 31

From the
Edmonton Journal:

Albertans identify child poverty as priority
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Albertans+identify+child+poverty+priority/7896152/story.html
By Karen Kleiss
January 31, 2013
EDMONTON - The Redford government has quietly released the results of a six-month, $450,000 public consultation that will govern the overhaul of Alberta’s social service programs. The sweeping survey found Albertans’ top priority was reducing child poverty, followed by eliminating family violence and homelessness.

The 37-page report was posted online Friday by Human Services, the new super-ministry that oversees every major social program in the province, including those for unemployed, disabled and homeless Albertans, as well as children in care. The government did not publicize the release of the report, which details Albertans’ priorities for the remaking of the province’s social policy framework — a key plank in Premier Alison Redford’s election campaign.

Albertans who organized meetings and promoted the consultation were disillusioned by the Redford government’s decision to bury the results on an obscure Internet page.

Source:
Edmonton Journal

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/

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The report:

From the
Alberta Social Policy Framework:

Summing Up : Results of Public
Engagement on the Social Policy Framework
June – November 2012
(PDF - 1MB, 39 pages)
http://socialpolicy.alberta.ca/files/documents/2013-01-07_summing_up_general.pdf
January 2013
Albertans’ Perspectives for a Social Policy Framework

Source:
Engagement Results
http://socialpolicy.alberta.ca/Engagement_Results
Selected recent content:
* Social Policy Newsletter – January 2013
* Summing Up: Albertans' Perspectives – Phases 1 and 2
* Summing Up: Aboriginal Albertans’ Perspectives – Phases 1 and 2
* Summing Up: Data File – Phase 2
* Phase 2 Survey Report
* Phase 2 Survey Data File
* Values Map of Alberta – Results Report
* Values Map of Alberta – Consultant's Report (December 2012)
* Values Map of Alberta – Data File (December 2012)
* Community Conversations Final Map (Phase 1 & Phase 2)

Source:
Alberta Social Policy Framework
http://socialpolicy.alberta.ca/

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More information about the
Alberta Social Policy Framework online
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm#ab_framework

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

4. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 30 January 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Media and Policy News for 30 January 2013
http://goo.gl/LCa9L

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

* Kathleen Wynne says social assistance reform will be a priority for her government
* Star Editorial calls for three quick reforms to social assistance
* NDP announces three priorities for spring legislative session – including letting people on assistance keep more of what they earn
* AODA Alliance outlines the commitments Wynne has made to accessibility for people with disabilities
* Trish Hennessy of CCPA-Ontario makes the case for an Equality Premier for Ontario

Other Ontario

* Dwight Duncan’s dilemma: Does he stay or does he go (now)?
* Will there be a mini-exodus?
* Robin Sears’ take on Wynne’s win
* Caledon CEO calls for more action on poverty reduction

Across the Country

* CCPA-BC: Raising and reforming taxes to restore fiscal capacity and fairness

National

* Yesterday was Corporate Tax Freedom Day – the day Canadian corporations have paid all their taxes to all levels of government.
- includes coverage from CBC - Montreal Gazette - CTV- Toronto Star
* Take this CLC quiz to find out how much cash this leaves them, and how much tax they pay
* Statistics Canada is publishing income data on the rich – and getting some heat for it
* Household borrowing a problem again
* Worth repeating: A call for charities to become politically active

International

* Inequality in the US is holding back economic recovery
* Why welfare benefit cards should be fought “with fury”
* Poverty in the UK is structural, not a morality tale
* “Rationing” social housing means people who are homeless get bumped down the list
* Legislation proposed in Tennessee that would see welfare benefits reduced for people whose children fail to make “satisfactory academic progress” in school

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

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

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

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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

5. More Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 28 January 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Media and Policy News for 28 January 2013
http://goo.gl/zBWHB

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

* In her first press conference after being elected Liberal Party leader, Kathleen Wynne said social assistance reform will be among her top priorities as Premier :
“We have a social assistance system in this province that penalizes people, that does not support people getting into jobs and keeping them there, so I'm going to be looking for ways to do that because ultimately, it's in the best interests of the economy."
- includes coverage from CTV - CBC - Toronto Sun - National Post - Huffington Post - etc
- includes a link to a webinar consisting of an overview of the content of the report of the Social Assistance Review Commission and an analysis of the implications of its recommendations
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Some Cabinet predictions (CBC)
* What an “unsustainable” program like ODSP looks like from the inside

Other Big News

* CCPA analysis of new Stats Can numbers shows income inequality has spiked in Canada’s big cities
* Related Infographics here
* Related video
* Globe & Mail : Canada’s top 1% make 10% of the money
* Huge protest rally targets the Liberal convention

Other Ontario

* Hamilton activists / advocates call on government to reverse CSUMB elimination and give immediate $100 increase to people on social assistance
* How people with mental health disabilities get lost in the legal system
In response to the National Post’s column on poverty in Ontario, a letter from Anita Khanna of Campaign 2000

Around the Province

* Presentation in Renfrew County on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities

Across the Country

* Provincial and federal cuts will close down disability organization in NFLD

National / Federal

* Poll shows 56% of Canadians want change in policy on Aboriginal peoples
* Intensify employment while you’re intensifying residential, eh big cities? says Jim Stanford
* Canada can end chronic homelessness
* How poverty influences a child’s brain development

International

* New UK campaign targets hate crimes against people with disabilities
* Aussie workplace relations tribunal recommends 2.9% increase to minimum wage
* Japan slashing welfare payments to “root out the comfortably poor”

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

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

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

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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

6. [Ontario] Social assistance reform is happening: Three things to look out for - January 30
(Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute)

New from the
Wellesley Institute:

Social assistance reform is happening: Three things to look out for
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/social-assistance-reform-is-happening-heres-three-things-to-look-out-for/
January 30, 2013
By Steve Barnes
Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne announced this week that social assistance reform is one of her key priorities. Wynne has asked the Secretary of the Cabinet – Ontario’s top civil servant – to put together an implementation plan for the recommendations made by the social assistance review commission. Moreover, Wynne appointed Commissioner Frances Lankin to her transition team.
(...)
Here are three things that the government needs to consider to ensure good health for all as it moves ahead with reforms.
1. Adequacy
2. Increasing earnings allowances
3. Bringing everybody up

Source:
Wellesley Institute
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

7. Infographic : Affordable Housing in Canada - January 2013
(Citizens for Public Justice)

Infographic : Affordable Housing in Canada

A Place to Call Home
Affordable Housing in Canada: Needs, Costs & A Way Forward
(PDF - 440K, 1 page)
http://www.cpj.ca/files/docs/CPJ_Affordable_housing_infographic.pdf
Selected content:
* Canadians with housing need : 3.2 Million (That’s 1 in 9 Canadians.)
People live in ‘core housing need’ if they either: spend more than they can afford on housing; live in homes in need of major repairs; or live in homes that are overcrowded.
* A shelter bed costs 10 times as much as social housing.

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
http://www.cpj.ca/

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

8. [City of Toronto] SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - January 30

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : January 30, 2013 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_98.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Domestic Workers Across the World
Ø Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD's Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2)
Ø A Model Lesson: Finland Shows Us What Equal Opportunity Looks Like
Ø What Do International Tests Really Show About U.S. Student Performance?
Ø World's Most Affluent Metropolitan Areas: 2012
Ø 2012 Global Go to Think Tanks Report and Policy Advice
Ø Emerging Stronger 2013

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

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9. [Ontario] Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, January - March 2013
(
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services)

Welfare benefit levels in Ontario
and much more...

NOTES:

1. Although this fact sheet was prepared and is updated by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, it doesn't appear anywhere on their website.
<BOOOOOOO!!>

The link below is to a copy of the pension and rate table from the website of the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre in Belleville.
<YAYYYYYYYY!!>

2. Although this fact sheet was prepared with an Ontario perspective, it's also a useful reference sheet of many federal benefits payable everywhere across Canada.

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Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, January - March 2013 (PDF - 168K, 2 pages)
http://www.communitylegalcentre.ca/legal_information/Tips/IM/SA_pension_rate_Jan-Mar_2013.pdf
Prepared by the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
[ http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/ ]
Recommended reading/saving/printing!
All in two pages, (just about) everything you ever
wanted to know about federal and provincial social program benefit levels in Ontario.
[This factsheet is mostly benefit levels and rates - to find corresponding program information, do a Google search using any program name from the list below...]

This factsheet contains current rate information (benefit levels)
for the following federal and Ontario programs:

* Federal Income Security and tax benefit programs
----- Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Allowance (formerly Spouse's Allowance)
----- Canada Pension Plan
----- Harmonized Sales Tax Credit
----- Medical Expense Tax Credit
----- War Veterans Allowance
----- Employment Insurance
----- Canada Child Tax Benefit (incl. the Basic Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement, the Child Disability Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit)

* Ontario income assistance programs
----- Ontario Works - Social Assistance rates + earnings exemptions and incentives
----- Ontario Disability Support Program - Social Assistance rates
----- Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (provincial top-up for Ontario seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement under the federal Old Age Security program)
----- Ontario Child Benefit
----- Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
----- Ontario Trillium Benefit
(replaces former property and sales tax credits)
----- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Found in:
Tip Sheet List - (check this link for more recent updates)
[ Community Advocacy & Legal Centre - a non-profit community legal clinic
serving low income residents of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington counties.]

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

10. Incoming Ontario premier Wynne announces transition team [including Frances Lankin] - January 29
(Globe and Mail)

Incoming Ontario premier Wynne announces transition team
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/incoming-ontario-premier-wynne-announces-transition-team/article7984291/
By Adrian Morrow and Karen Howlett
January 29, 2013
Ontario’s incoming premier, Kathleen Wynne, signalled her intent to overhaul the province’s social assistance programs by including the co-author of a report calling for more generous welfare rates on her 16-member transition team. Frances Lankin, a former head of United Way Toronto and co-chair of the Social Assistance Review Commission, is among a who’s who of public- and private-sector officials appointed to the team, unveiled Tuesday evening.

246 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/incoming-ontario-premier-wynne-announces-transition-team/article7984291/comments/

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

11. Recent releases from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
--- Progressive Tax Options for BC : Reform Ideas for Raising New Revenues and Enhancing Fairness - January 29
--- Income inequality on the rise, especially in large cities - January 28
--- Beyond Austerity - A video by Trish Hennessy - January 2013

Recent releases from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Progressive Tax Options for BC : Reform Ideas
for Raising New Revenues and Enhancing Fairness
(PDF - 2.6MB, 48 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/BC%20Office/2013/01/CCPA-BC-Tax-Options.pdf
January 29, 2013
By Iglika Ivanova and Seth Klein
[ Summary (PDF - 1.6MB) : http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/BC%20Office/2013/01/CCPA-BC-Tax-Options-SUMMARY.pdf ]
This report presents many possible scenarios for reforming our (BC) tax system to increase revenues and make the system more fair.

Related news release:

Change in direction on tax policy needed to escape budget crunch,
ensure high-income British Columbians and corporations pay fair share: study
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/change-direction-tax-policy-needed-escape-budget-crunch-ensure-high-income-br
January 29, 2013

Two Infographics illustrating some of the progressive measures that the BC Government could implement (or restore) if the top 1% of BC taxpayers paid a fair share of taxes:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/bc-tax-options
[Click the link, then scroll halfway down the page to see the two infographics.]

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Income inequality on the rise, especially in large cities
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/income-inequality-rise-especially-large-cities
January 28, 2013
Income inequality in Canada is on the rise—especially in the country's largest cities. CCPA analysis of new data finds the richest 1% of Canadians make almost $180,000 more today than they did in 1982 (adjusted for inflation), while the bottom 90% of Canadians saw income gains of only $1,700.
NOTE : Includes two graphics entitled "They're richer than you think" --- one graphic compares numbers across provinces, and the other compares numbers for eight cities across Canada.

[ Pour une analyse québécoise (en français), visitez le blogue d'IRIS:
Le 1% au Québec (1): plus de revenus, moins d’impôts
http://www.iris-recherche.qc.ca/blogue/le-1-au-quebec-1-plus-de-revenus-moins-dimpots ]

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Beyond Austerity - A video by Trish Hennessy (duration 2:34)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/multimedia/beyond-austerity-trish-hennessy
January 2013
CCPA-Ontario Director Trish Hennessy summarizes the "Ontario 2013: Toward a Post-Austerity Vision" core message in this two-minute video blog

Source:
BC Office - CCPA

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

12. The Republic of Harper - January 29
(Duncan Cameron in the Toronto Star)

The Republic of Harper
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/01/republic-harper
By Duncan Cameron
January 29, 2013
Members of Parliament arriving after the holiday recess were greeted Monday by hundreds of Idle No More demonstrators rallying on Parliament Hill. The Canada-wide protests give encouragement to the numerous adversaries of the Harper government, which studiously ignores opposition to its agenda. At the halfway point in its majority mandate, the Harper government treats the House of Commons with disdain, refusing to answer opposition questions, undermining committee work, and using members' statements to lie about its opponents.

Source:
rabble.ca

rabble.ca

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

13. [British Columbia] Improving Care for B.C. Seniors: An Action Plan (Better at Home program) - January 28
(BC Ministry of Health)

From the British Columbia
Ministry of Health:

[ http://www.gov.bc.ca/health/ ]

More B.C. seniors to benefit from Better at Home
http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2013HLTH0017-000125.htm
News Release
January 28, 2013

BC Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan joined the United Way of the Lower Mainland to announce that the Better at Home program is more than tripling the number of sites, adding 38 new locations including First Nations communities around the province.

The Better at Home program is designed to help seniors age 65 and older live in their own homes longer by providing simple services delivered by local non-profit agencies. The program is managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland and funded by the government of British Columbia.
(...)
As part of Improving Care for B.C. Seniors: An Action Plan (PDF - 3.3MB, 12 pages - January 2013* ):
http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/seniors-action-plan.pdf
...the B.C. government provided the United Way with $15 million to establish and manage Better at Home. The community initiative is a key part of the provincial Seniors Action Plan to respond to the needs of seniors and an aging population in B.C.
[ * NOTE: January 2012 is the date that appears under "File - Properties" of the PDF file. The improving care document itself is undated. (?!?)
See my related rant : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rants.htm#dates ]

Seniors will be able to access Better at Home services in 56 communities throughout British Columbia.
For a full list of locations, visit the site below.

Better at Home
http://www.betterathome.ca/
"... a United Way managed program helping seniors remain independent"

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

14. [Ontario] Will Kathleen Wynne Cross the Inequality Barrier? - January 29
(By Trish Hennessy in Huffington Post)

Will Kathleen Wynne Cross the Inequality Barrier?
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/trish-l-hennessy/kathleen-wynne-income-inequality_b_2574313.html
January 29, 2013

By Trish L. Hennessy
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ontario Office
[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario ]
Imagine if Ontario's incoming Premier -- lauded for breaking the inequality barrier on two counts -- decided to parlay her victory into a post-austerity focus on solutions to income inequality.
Now that would be truly groundbreaking. And it couldn't come at a better time. Brand new data from Statistics Canada shows Ontario holds the dubious distinction of having the second worst level of income inequality between the richest 1 per cent and the rest of us -- second only to oil-blessed Alberta.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

15. [Ontario] Editorial : Kathleen Wynne should take fast action on welfare reform- January 28
(Toronto Star)

Kathleen Wynne should take fast action on welfare reform
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1321140
Editorial
January 28, 2013

Kathleen Wynne may have hit the ground running as Ontario’s new premier-designate, but if she really wants to make a quick mark there’s one issue that’s ripe for attention.
Welfare reform. Wynne declared it one of the top priorities for her new government, along with youth unemployment, public sector wages and the return of extra-curriculars in the province’s schools. And that’s good news, since Ontario’s welfare system is an $8.3-billion mess.

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

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

16. High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010 (Statistics Canada) - January 28
+ critiques & comments by Andrew Jackson, Michael Wolfson, Miles Corak and others...

New report on income inequality
from Statistics Canada:

High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130128/dq130128a-eng.htm
January 28, 2013
The top 1% of Canada's 25.5 million tax filers accounted for 10.6% of the nation's total income in 2010, down from a peak of 12.1% in 2006. In the early 1980s, the top 1% of tax filers held 7.0% of the total income reported by all tax filers. This proportion edged up to 8.0% in the early 1990s and reached 11.0% by the early 2000s.
- includes one table ("Characteristics of high income Canadians, total income, national thresholds, Canada, 2010") and links to the following free CANSIM tables:
CANSIM table 204-0001 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=204-0001&p2=31
CANSIM table 204-0002 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=204-0002&p2=31

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Household, family and personal income
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2812&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Note to readers:
This release provides a follow-up to information contained in the research paper A Profile of High Income Canadians, 1982 to 2004, released in September 2007:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75F0002M2007006&lang=eng

Source:
Statistics Canada

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

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Related links:

From the
Globe and Mail:

How more tax on the super-rich will help ease income inequality
http://goo.gl/P7XCW
By Andrew Jackson
January 30, 2013
Congratulations to Statistics Canada for providing an update on top incomes in Canada, and for launching two new CANSIM tables allowing researchers to dig into the details. While the income share of the top 1 per cent has slipped slightly since the Great Recession – likely due in large part to the reduced value of exercised stock options – their share of all income (10.6 per cent in 2010) still stands well above the low of about 7 per cent that was reached in the early 1980s.

[Author Andrew Jackson is the Packer Professor of Social Justice at York
University and Senior Policy Adviser to the Broadbent Institute.]

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Statscan’s been gazing at the poor for decades, so why not the rich?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/statscans-been-gazing-at-the-poor-for-decades-so-why-not-the-rich/article7998247/
By Michael Wolfson
January 30, 2013
Statistics Canada this week released data on the incomes of the top 1 per cent of tax filers, and compared these to the incomes of the remaining 99 per cent. Not surprisingly, this small segment of the population receives a disproportionate share of the pie...
(...)
What you may not have noticed is that this is the first time Statscan has ever produced such data as part of its standard suite of statistics. One of the challenges for a national statistical agency is to stay relevant to the issues of the day. The Occupy movement has been news for more than a year, and we even have the elite of the business community in Davos recently putting income inequality at the top of their agenda. So these new data are most welcome.
(...)
Statistics Canada has a long and exemplary history of producing data on incomes and income inequality. (...) But these [household] surveys were never sufficiently reliable to provide data on the top 1 per cent, so such data were not published until this past Monday. (...) Statscan is to be commended for balancing its long-standing statistical series on those with low- and middle incomes with these newly available data on those with high incomes.

[Author Michael Wolfson is a former assistant chief statistician at Statistics Canada, and has a PhD in economics from Cambridge.]

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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From the
Sixth Estate
:

Things You Won’t Read in Mainstream Coverage of Statistics Canada’s Income Inequality Report
http://sixthestate.net/?p=7886
January 29, 2013
Well, at least they’ve come out and said it: income inequality is a growing problem in Canada.
The Globe & Mail said it. http://goo.gl/O0Am1
The Toronto Star said it. http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1320925
CBC said it. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/01/28/business-tax-high-income.html
The National Post too. http://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/28/canadas-top-earners-still-a-modest-lot-compared-to-u-s/
All of this is based on a newly released Statistics Canada report which reveals that the income share of the richest 1% of Canadians has grown from over 7% of the economy in 1982 to over 10% today.
(...)
... a rather appalling interpretation of tax inequality in the StatsCan press release, which was eagerly picked up and echoed by the press corps: the notion that over the past 30 years the “tax burden” on the rich has increased. This is reported in all media. CBC even put it into the headline: “1% have seen their income increase over almost 30 years, but so has their tax burden.” This is an incredible claim. I mean that in the most literal sense: it is not a credible claim. The tax burden of the rich has not increased, at least not in the sort of taxation measured in this report.

NOTE : Includes a chart showing the ratio of the average top 1% income to the average bottom 90% income from 1982 to 2009

Source:
Sixth Estate
http://sixthestate.net/

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From
Miles Corak
:

Why the rich don’t want to talk about inequality, and why the 99% do
http://milescorak.com/2013/02/01/why-the-rich-dont-want-to-talk-about-inequality-and-why-the-99-do/
February 1, 2013
(...)
The average income of those in the top 1% in Canada has about doubled since 1982, and for the top 0.1% it has increased by about two and a half to three-fold. But over this period the fraction of their income paid in taxes, their average tax rate, has remained about the same, and even a little lower. Economists judge the functioning of the tax system in a number of ways: certainly the system should not be administratively cumbersome, and it should, to the greatest degree possible, not cause individuals in a well-functioning market to change their behaviour. It should also treat equals equally. Finally, the tax system should raise more revenue where it will cause the least pain. And this last concern, when coupled with Marshall’s reasoning, suggests that tax rates should be progressive: as income increases, the greater the fraction that should be paid in taxes. And this simple lesson from an economics textbook written a hundred years ago is one reason why the rich don’t want to talk about inequality, and the 99% do.

Source:
Miles Corak
http://milescorak.com/
Miles Corak is a professor at the University of Ottawa trained in labour economics, and working on child rights, poverty, immigration, social and economic mobility, unemployment, and social policy.

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From the
Calgary Herald
:

Calgary’s wealth gap called ‘most unequal in the country’
http://parklandinstitute.ca/media/comments/alberta_is_canadas_most_unequal_province/
By Jason Rassel
January 28, 2013
CALGARY - A University of Alberta think-tank has dubbed Calgary the “most unequal city in the country,” saying provincial government policies have helped create an income gap between the wealthiest one per cent and everyone else that is the widest in Canada.
In an analysis of Statistics Canada income-tax data released Monday, the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute [ http://parklandinstitute.ca/ ] said Calgary’s richest one per cent earned 26 times what people in the bottom 90 per cent did in 2010. The gap has grown in part because Alberta’s personal income-tax policies favour the rich, and our province’s resource royalty regime subsidizes massive salaries paid to oil and gas executives, said the Parkland Institute’s research manager.

Source:
Calgary Herald

http://www.calgaryherald.com/

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From the
Parkland Institute:

Alberta is Canada’s most unequal province
and Calgary the most unequal city
http://parklandinstitute.ca/media/comments/alberta_is_canadas_most_unequal_province/
January 28, 2013
EDMONTON – Analysis by the Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of new data on Canada’s richest 1% shows that Alberta has become the country’s most unequal province and Calgary its most unequal city. The new data shows that incomes (adjusted for inflation) for the top 1% of Albertan doubled between 1982 and 2010, posting a shocking increase of $320,000. By comparison, the bottom 90% of Albertans saw their incomes increase by a total of only $3,900 over the same time period.

Source:
Parkland Institute
http://parklandinstitute.ca/
Parkland Institute is an Alberta-wide, non-partisan research centre situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.
Parkland Institute studies economic, social, cultural and political issues facing Albertans and Canadians, using the perspective of political economy. The Institute shares the results of its research widely and promotes discussion of the issues its research raises.

- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

17. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2012 - January 30
--- Survey of Household Spending, 2011 - January 30
--- Study: Trends in homeownership by age and household income, 1981 to 2006 - January 29
--- Study: Select health indicators of First Nations people living off reserve, Métis and Inuit, 2007 to 2010 - January 29
--- High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010 - January 28

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

January 30, 2013
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130130/dq130130a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $911 in November, up 0.5% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 3.2%.

January 30, 2013
Survey of Household Spending, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130130/dq130130b-eng.htm
Canadian households spent an average of $55,151 on goods and services in 2011, up 2.7% from 2010. This was slightly below the rate of inflation of 2.9% as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

January 29, 2013
Study: Trends in homeownership by age and household income, 1981 to 2006
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130129/dq130129a-eng.htm
Between 1981 and 2006, Canadians increasingly chose to own, rather than rent, their homes. At the outset of this 25-year period, 62% of households owned a home; by 2006, this proportion had risen to 69%. However, this trend was not shared equally across all types of households.

January 29, 2013
Study: Select health indicators of First Nations people
living off reserve, Métis and Inuit, 2007 to 2010

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130129/dq130129b-eng.htm
First Nations people living off reserve, Métis, and Inuit reported poorer health compared with non-Aboriginal people based on Canadian Community Health Survey data from 2007 to 2010.

January 28, 2013
High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130128/dq130128a-eng.htm
The top 1% of Canada's 25.5 million tax filers accounted for 10.6% of the nation's total income in 2010, down from a peak of 12.1% in 2006.



Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.


Source:
The Daily

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


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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

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

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

February 2, 2013
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

How do you fit six toddlers into a buggy? Ask Liz Truss
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/how-do-you-fit-six-toddlers-buggy-ask-liz-truss
1 Feb 2013 | Europe
Article in the Guardian by Polly Toynbee challenges Elizabeth Truss' proposal to reduce ratios for Britain's infants and toddlers and argues that "the extreme inequality of British society is almost insurmountable, but the best hope of changing life chances is intense family support from a friendly local children's centre with infants at the best nurseries with well-trained teachers".

Child care survey for Ontario parents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/child-care-survey-ontario-parents
30 Jan 2013 | Ontario
Parent and community surveys from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care available online.

Third day of dialogue: Summary report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/third-day-dialogue-summary-report
30 Jan 2013 | British Columbia
Summary of the Third Day of Dialogue that took place October 24-25, 2012, hosted by the First Nations, Métis and Urban Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Steering Committee.

Child care funding formula changes in 2013
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/child-care-funding-formula-changes-2013
30 Jan 2013 | Ontario
Fact sheet from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care outlines areas that will need to be monitored by communities as Ontario transitions to a new funding formula.

Ontario has a new Premier
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/ontario-has-new-premier
30 Jan 2013 | Ontario
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit extends congratulations to Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's first female Premier. Wynne was the only Liberal leadership candidate to include child care in her platform.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Child care as a human right
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/child-care-human-right
29 Jan 2013 | Canada

Early years sector vents anger as childcare proposals leak out
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/early-years-sector-vents-anger-childcare-proposals-leak-out
29 Jan 2013 | Europe

How Bright Horizons took care of Bain Capital over the years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/how-bright-horizons-took-care-bain-capital-over-years
29 Jan 2013 | United States

Sask. Education Ministry to expand tools for early learning in kindergarten
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/sask-education-ministry-expand-tools-early-learning-kindergarten
29 Jan 2013 | Saskatchewan

Early education for all: Are we in or are we out?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/early-education-all-are-we-or-are-we-out
28 Jan 2013 | United States

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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CRRU Archive

For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going
back to June 2009, check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012, but all new content since then will be archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

February 1, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/01/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)
Lafayette Journal and Courier Report on Fragile Families (2 articles)
Low-Income Households and Internet Access

January 31, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/31/
Ohio Poverty Report (2 articles)
Kids Count Report – Michigan (6 articles)

January 30, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/30/
States and Child Welfare Services

January 29, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/29/
State Minimum Wages (2 articles)
Electronic Payments and Fees for Jobless Benefits (2 articles)

January 28, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/28/
States and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

20. [US] The Hidden Prosperity of the Poor - January 30
(Thomas B. Edsall in the New York Times)

[United States]

The Hidden Prosperity of the Poor
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/the-hidden-prosperity-of-the-poor/
By Thomas B. Edsall
January 30
A concept promulgated by the right — the notion of the hidden prosperity of the poor — underpins the conservative take on the ongoing debate over rising inequality. The political right uses this concept to undermine the argument made by liberals that the increasingly unequal distribution of income poses a danger to the social fabric as well as to the American economy.
(...)
Redistributive conflict is the essence of politics, and ultimately the data debate – in effect, the debate over who should get what — will be resolved politically. All signals point to a fierce running battle over the coming years as the shape and direction of government tax and spending policies are decided. This is a fight that only shared economic growth can defuse. President Obama was wary of engaging this debate directly during his first term. Now, decisively re-elected, he appears to be girding for action. Republicans are defensive and ill-prepared. But as the abrupt emergence of anti-Obama, anti-Democratic sentiment in 2009 and 2010 demonstrated, the balance of partisan power remains highly volatile.

Meanwhile, beneath the political battleground, the presence in the United States of 42.6 million people officially living in poverty [ http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p60-243.pdf ] — no matter that they have access to a trickle of consumer goods — must be recognized as a powder keg.

395 comments about this article:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/the-hidden-prosperity-of-the-poor/#postComment

Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

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

21. [US] Basic Facts About Low-income Children : Fact Sheets, January 2013
(National Center for Children in Poverty)

[United States]

Newest Publications from the
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP):

Basic Facts About Low-income Children
http://nccp.org/publications/measuringpoverty_pubs.html
Fact Sheets, January 2013
Parental employment, parental education, family structure and other variables each play an important role in predicting the likelihood that a child will endure economic hardship. This NCCP series presents the facts and figures broken down into five age groups: Under Age 3, Under Age 6, Ages 6 to 11, Ages 12 to 17, and Children Under 18.

* Children Under 18 Years, 2011
http://nccp.org/publications/pub_1074.html

* Children Aged 12 through 17 Years, 2011
http://nccp.org/publications/pub_1075.html

* Children Under 6 Years, 2011
http://nccp.org/publications/pub_1076.html

* Children Under 3 Years, 2011
http://nccp.org/publications/pub_1077.html

* Children Aged 6 through 11 Years, 2011
http://nccp.org/publications/pub_1078.html

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NCCP Publications by Topic
http://nccp.org/publications/index_topic.html

Source:
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)

http://nccp.org/
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is one of the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

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

22. Europe’s economic crisis: How the rich avoid paying their tax bill - February 3
(Toronto Star)

Europe’s economic crisis: How the rich avoid paying their tax bill
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/02/02/europes_economic_crisis_how_the_rich_avoid_paying_their_tax_bill.html
February 3, 2013
The world’s wealthiest citizens and corporations refuse to pay their share of taxes by moving enormous sums to tax havens, critics charge.
(...)
State coffers are dwindling as the financial crisis deepens, but a growing chorus of people — including economists and businessmen — say the root of the crisis is that the world’s wealthiest citizens and corporations refuse to pay their share of taxes by moving enormous sums to tax havens where there is little or no income tax.
(...)
Approximately $12 trillion of unreported, private financial wealth from the developed world — including Europe, Canada and the United States — is held in about 80 tax havens (...). If the $12 trillion earned a modest 3 per cent annual return and was taxed at 30 per cent it would generate $150 billion to $200 billion a year — more than enough to pay for Europe’s budget deficits, calculates Henry.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/news/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

30 January 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1312
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4560
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Charities avoid speaking out for fear of losing funding
- Reforming laws on sexual violence in India
- Bride-kidnappers to face harsher penalties
- Bushman child arrests part of intimidation policy
- Plans to overturn law allowing rapists to marry victims
- Cannibalism cases owed to 'famine' in North Korea
- Audits reveal widespread abuse at Apple suppliers
- New web resource on migrants in Europe
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Israel
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

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

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Kid Quotes

* "I'm glad I'm finally eight. This is the oldest I've ever been in my entire life!" -- 8 year old son.

* "I have a rock in my nose." -- 2 year old son, greeting his mother after preschool, a full hour after recess was over.

* "Well, sometimes I say something mean to my brother, but I feel really good inside. Does that mean I'm a hypocrite?" -- 7 year old girl, after a Sunday School teacher explained that a hypocrite was someone who says one thing but feels something else.

* "Daddy picked them up and looked underneath. I think it's printed on the bottom." -- 3 year old son, when his mother asked how his father knew the genders of four new baby kittens

* "How will that help?" -- Kindergarten student, when the class was instructed to hold up two fingers if any of them had to go to the bathroom

* "They didn't see it -- it was all cut off!" -- 2 year old son, when his mother was asked how his grandparents liked his new haircut

* "Tell me when you're asleep, ok?" -- 7 year old son, overheard talking to his 5 year old brother.

* "I had a fraction in my neck and had to go to the hospital for a long time." -- Fifth grader, to his class.

* "Are you kidding me?! They go together like balogna and cheese! No, wait. More like mayonnaise and bread." -- 9 year old girl, when asked if her brother and cousin hang out a lot.

* "The box says you can't eat them if the seal is broken. I'm looking for the seal." -- A young son, examining the contents of a box of Animal Crackers

* "Don't kid me, Mom, I know they're my feet." -- 3 year old son, when his mother told him his shoes were on the wrong feet

* "Mommy, you said it would be a shot; instead it was a needle!" -- Boy, overheard at the hospital

Source:
http://www.rinkworks.com/said/kidquotes.shtml

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And, in closing...

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Helpful Chart For Anyone Who’d Like To Continue Living
http://www.upworthy.com/helpful-chart-for-anyone-whod-like-to-continue-living
...dedicated to all the prudent people and the hypochondriacs out there!

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I Put A Spell On You - Lip Sync (video, duration 2:27)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0exXGfzivJ8
(Best lip sync I've watched in a long time!)

Under Pressure - Lip Sync (video, duration 4:01)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=9dPBzHIuKzM
Same guy, doing a duet with himself...

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Everything you ever wanted to know about those annoying CAPTCHAs! (TED video, duration 16:40)
http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html

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Dubstep in 1955? (video, duration 3:33)
http://www.wimp.com/greatdance/
Bob Hope and James Cagney

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