Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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 2,624 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Strengthening Families for Ontario's Future [Child poverty report card for Ontario] (Ontario Campaign 2000) - February 28
2. Manitoba poverty reduction consultations taking place from March 4 to March 22, 2013
3. Alberta’s Social Policy Framework : The final report - February 28
4. National Housing Strategy for Canada : Bill C-400 defeated by Harper Government™
5. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for February 28, 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. CPJ Justice ENews : February 2013 (Citizens for Public Justice - CPJ)
7. Recent releases from Finance Canada:
--- Department of Finance Releases Annual Tax Expenditures and Evaluations Report
+ Main Estimates - February 25
--- Release of The Fiscal Monitor for December 2012 - February 22
--- Minister of State (Finance) Hails Pooled Registered Pension Plans as an Idea Whose Time Has Come - February 20

8. Social Services in Ontario, from 1791 to the early 2000s - Powerpoint (By John Stapleton, Open Policy) - June 2007
9. The trouble with austerity: Cutting is more about ideology than economics (Alex Himelfarb in the Toronto Star)
10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Worker Reallocation in Canada, 1976 to 2011 - March 1
--- Employment services, 2011 - March 1
--- Private and public investment, 2013 - February 27
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2012 - February 26
--- Violence against women, 2011 - February 25
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S.]
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Emerging from the Downturn a Weaker Safety Net ( Center for Budget and Policy Priorities) - March 1
14. Financial transaction tax tabled by European Commission (BBC) - February 14
15. 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. Strengthening Families for Ontario's Future [Child poverty report card for Ontario] - February 28
(Ontario Campaign 2000)

Ontario off track for child poverty reduction, annual report card says
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02/27/ontario_off_track_for_child_poverty_reduction_annual_report_card_says.html
Campaign 2000 report warns frozen minimum wage and delayed hike for Ontario Child Benefit could put targeted 25 per cent child poverty reduction in “jeopardy”
February 27, 2013
There are 383,000 Ontario kids living in poverty. In 2008, the province pledged to reduce their numbers by 25 per cent by the end of 2013. But a new report released Thursday says the Liberal government has “derailed” reduction efforts as it focuses on trimming the deficit. It warns that failure to raise the minimum wage and improve “dismal” social assistance rates will imperil the commitment to help kids who are living in poverty.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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From Ontario Campaign 2000:

Campaign 2000 Releases its 2012 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario (small PDF file, 1 page)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/releases/2013RepCardMedia%20Release.pdf.pdf
News release
February 28, 2013
[ Version française du communiqué:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/releases/2013RepCardMedia%20ReleaseFR.pdf.pdf ]
Campaign 2000 released its annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario on Thursday, February 28th 2013 in Toronto. The 2012 report card, entitled Strengthening Families for Ontario’s Future, calls on Ontario’s minority government to reduce child and family poverty in the 2013 Budget. Policy recommendations are offered to all political parties to redress the persistence of child poverty in Ontario.

Complete report:

Strengthening Families for Ontario's Future (PDF - 1.6MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/reportcards/2013ReportCardOnChildPovertyOntario.pdf

February 2013
[ Version française du document complet:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/reportcards/2013FRENCHReportCard.pdf ]

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/

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

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

2. Manitoba poverty reduction consultations taking place from March 4 to March 22, 2013

Public Consultations on Poverty Reduction
in Manitoba to take place from March 4 to March 22, 2013
http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/consultation.html
ALL Aboard: Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy represents Manitoba's commitment to reduce poverty. ALL Aboard brings together successful initiatives that help reduce poverty and improve social inclusion, while creating new initiatives to build on past achievements.

Reducing poverty requires that we work together with the public, service providers, community groups, businesses, labour and other important stakeholders. Please participate in the ALL Aboard consultation process taking place from March 4 - 22, 2013. Information gathered will help to determine our next steps. To assist you in participating, please read the draft ALL Aboard Action Plans (available as of March 4).

Source:
ALL Aboard: Manitoba’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/index.html

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

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

3. Alberta’s Social Policy Framework : The final report - February 28

Social Policy Framework provides roadmap for transformational change
31,000 Albertans build new vision for social policy in Alberta
http://alberta.ca/acn/201302/3373421703E69-E310-8B91-0D86BF0497F467DF.html
News Release
February 28, 2013
Premier Redford was joined by Cabinet members, community and business leaders, and stakeholders to adopt Alberta’s Social Policy Framework, a framework created from the input of over 31,000 Albertans to guide community partners and government in creating the type of province that allows all Albertans to live with dignity, reach their potential and live full and rich lives.

The final report:

Alberta’s Social Policy Framework (PDF - 1MB, 28 pages)
http://socialpolicy.alberta.ca/files/documents/ahs-nonannotatedfrmwrk-webfinal.pdf
February 2013

Contributions came from nearly 400 discussions in communities, electronic surveys, blog postings, and collaborative work on the Alberta Social Policy Framework Wiki [ http://bit.ly/Z00Hpl ] from June to December, 2012. The province-wide conversation brought together Aboriginal Elders, business leaders, communities, non-profit organizations, community groups, service delivery agencies, municipalities, and elected officials.

Visit Alberta’s Social Policy Framework website [ http://www.socialpolicy.alberta.ca/ ] to read Alberta’s Social Policy Framework, learn more about the framework, view additional comments from Minister Hancock, and see a list of organizations which participated in the Speak.Share.Thrive. public engagement.

Engagement Results
http://socialpolicy.alberta.ca/Engagement_Results
- includes various statistics on the number of participants contributing to the Social Policy Framework.

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Related links from
the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative:

Government of Alberta releases Alberta Social Policy Framework
Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative welcomes the release
http://www.enoughforall.ca/media-release-government-of-alberta-releases-provincial-social-policy-framework/
Media Release
February 28, 2012
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) [ http://www.enoughforall.ca/ ] welcomes the release of Alberta’s new framework as its principles and values truly reflect what is important to Albertans. Earlier today, the Government of Alberta released its Alberta Social Policy Framework that will inform critical government decisions about social policies in the province.

CPRI response to the framework (PDF file - 288K, 3 pages)
http://www.enoughforall.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Media-Release-CPRI-Response-to-AB-Social-Policy.pdf
February 28, 2013

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

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

4. National Housing Strategy for Canada : Bill C-400 defeated by Harper Government™

A National Housing Strategy for Canada : Back to the Drawing Board
Canada is one step farther from establishing a national housing strategy.
http://goo.gl/Y8sF0
By Ele Pawelski
On February 27, Bill C-400, An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians, failed to pass to Committee for review. This puts a complete stop to the bill introduced by an Opposition member almost a year ago. The bill called for all levels of government to agree on a plan to ensure all Canadians have access to housing. As the voting showed, political sway dictates how Canada handles affordable housing.

It is well known that Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing strategy. Instead, the federal government uses an Affordable Housing Framework to reduce housing need across Canada

Source:
Raising the Roof

http://www.raisingtheroof.org/

Related links:

Complete bill:

Bill C-400 : An Act to ensure secure,
adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians

http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5391884

Debate on Bill C-400
http://openparliament.ca/bills/41-1/C-400/

Vote on Bill C-400
http://openparliament.ca/bills/votes/41-1/619/
February 27, 2013

Can we talk about this? Bill C-400 and ending homelessness in Canada
http://rabble.ca/news/2013/02/can-we-talk-about-bill-c-400-and-ending-homelessness-canada
By Leilani Farha
February 26, 2013
(...) Support for Bill C-400 is widespread and diverse and includes: national organizations such as Amnesty International, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association; Aboriginal groups including the Assembly of First Nations and the Ontario Native Women’s Association; churches such as the United Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada; unions such as the National Union of Public and General Employees and the Canadian Union of Public Employees; health professionals including several Nurses Associations; municipalities such as St. John's Newfoundland; a host of community organizations including the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Poverty Free Thunder Bay; and many concerned individuals.

Source:
rabble.ca
http://rabble.ca/

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

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

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Changes to Special Diet Allowance (incl. clarification re. documentation & fact sheets)
http://goo.gl/4xFEX
March 1, 2013
Additions to the Special Diet Allowance for recipients of Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program who have:
* Hepatitis C;
* Prader Willi Syndrome;
* Unintended Weight Loss due to renal failure

Related links:

- Go to the Ontario Special Diet Allowance links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_special_diet.htm

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What's Next for the Social Assistance Review
http://eepurl.com/uKVB1
February 1, 2013
Social Assistance Reform is On the Agenda:
What Does the Commission’s Report Really Say?
In October 2012, the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario issued its final report, complete with 108 recommendations.
That report is suddenly getting a lot of attention.

Related links:

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

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Media and Policy News for 28 February 2013
http://goo.gl/nat5J

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

Top Stories

* Ontario Campaign 2000 releases its latest report card on Ontario’s progress on child poverty – and the results aren’t good
* Response from the NDP's Cheri DiNovo
* A new McMaster University / United Way of Toronto study on precarious employment in the GTA and Hamilton gets great coverage
* Former justice Frank Iacobucci releases report condemning Ontario for lack of Aboriginal representation on juries
* Response from Ontario's Attorney General

Ontario

* Poll shows Tories would win next government, but Wynne has made strides for Libs
* Notes from Kathleen Wynne’s swearing-in speech
* Link to the Throne Speech
* Poverty Free Ontario responds to the Throne Speech
* Finance Minister Sousa wants good ideas for the budget
* The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction has launched an on-line pre-budget campaign
* And the OFL has launched a public pre-budget consultation process called “The People’s Budget”

Resources, Reports, Conferences and Other Great Stuff

* Link to the McMaster / United Way study on precarious employment in the GTA and Hamilton
* Changes have been made to the Special Diet Allowance program as a result of ISAC’s legal work – people with certain medical conditions may now be eligible
* A new study shows “doctors prefer bankers to welfare recipients” (incl. a link to the study)
* A great new webinar from the ODSP Action Coalition: “ODSP: Know Your Benefits”
* The Coalition for Persons with Disabilities is hosting a two-day conference on encouraging better inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce
* The Low Income Energy Network’s annual conference is coming up
* Richard Wilkinson’s TED Talk on how inequality harms societies

Around the Province

* The CCPA-Ontario’s Trish Hennessy speaks about inequality in Mississauga
* Toronto Council becomes a “Sanctuary City” for undocumented newcomers – a history of the campaign and next steps are here
* Toronto anti-homelessness advocates recently camp out at Mayor Ford’s office

Across the Country

* A great op-ed on inequality in Alberta: “The province continues to be governed as if the theory of trickle-down economics actually worked”
* The Parkland Institute’s prescription for revenue generation in Alberta
* Alberta releases its new Social Policy Framework
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Meanwhile in BC, the government seems to be opening up to the tax discussion
* On the ineffectiveness of balanced budget legislation
* Payday loan companies are in government crosshairs, in Ontario and elsewhere
* On social exclusion by middle-class society on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Manitobans are asked to contribute to government’s Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy

National

* On the disproportionate negative impact of tax cuts on women
* An op-ed on building a better pension system in Canada using the CPP
* This author says increasing the minimum wage isn’t the best policy response to poverty
* 25 years on, the data shows free trade with the USA hasn’t been the success that was promised
The federal government makes house calls to enforce EI rules
Refugee claims plummet after new federal fast-track rules enacted
The CMHC's comment on an NDP proposal for a national housing strategy raises eyebrows
A Guelph MP’s speech on the need for a national housing strategy
Senator Hugh Segal takes on Conservative attacks on unions

International

* The OECD is urging governments to go after multinational tax dodgers to ensure sufficient revenues
* Why the UK’s Chancellor is committed to global tax reform
* New poll in Australia shows most people with disabilities face social exclusion
* Australian business leader calls on cutting welfare “to protect our future”
* Poverty in Greece has reached 31%
* Tough economic times leave Japanese day labourers jobless, homeless, and on welfare
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Bloomberg’s editorial board wonders why US taxpayers should give banks $83 billion every year
* California adopts new disability discrimination regulations
* A Californian urges increasing the minimum wage to end corporate welfare
* An interesting study shows that US states where people help each other suffered less unemployment during the recession than other states
* Will Obama’s minimum wage hike help Americans out of poverty or kill jobs?
* A very odd rationale for increasing the US minimum wage, from the Catholic Online

* Drug Testing for people
receiving welfare in the United States:

In Florida, the court has upheld a temporary injunction barring drug testing for people receiving welfare:
http://www.pnj.com/viewart/20130227/NEWS02/302270022/Temporary-ban-on-welfare-drug-testing-upheld

But in Kansas and Michigan, drug testing continues to be pursued by legislators:
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/25/4086020/bill-that-requires-drug-testing.html
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/indiana&id=9006366

And meanwhile in North Dakota, drug testing is defeated:
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2013/feb/23/north_dakota_welfare_drug_testin

And a rationale against drug testing in Washington:
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/02/22/2284384/drug-testing-for-welfare-less.html

Related links:

- Go to the Ontario Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/drug_testing.htm

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Compiled by
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. CPJ Justice ENews : February 2013
(Citizens for Public Justice - CPJ)

Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ Justice ENews : February 2013

http://goo.gl/IEtlT

In This Issue:
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]
* National housing bill defeated in spite of strong support
* Got some March Break time? Enter the High School Video Contest!
* Would you like to serve on CPJ's Board?
* Coming: exciting conference on religious discourse and secular society
* One-year youth internship opportunity with CPJ
* Book Launch: The Great Revenue Robbery
* CPJ on the Hill and in the community
* Web Features
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NOTE : the Web Feature for this issue of CPJ Justice ENews is the series on affordable housing in Canada
(see the links below.)
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Affordable Housing in Canada series
We've been putting an emphasis on housing justice as part of the energy around Bill C-400.
Starting with an infographic that brings to life the need for housing in Canada
[ http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/infographic-affordable-housing-canada ]
... we followed up with four in-depth articles:

1. "The Need": the numbers of "visible" and the "hidden" homeless
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/affordable-housing-canada-need

2. "The Shortage": low supply, high demand, and long waiting lists
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/affordable-housing-canada-shortage

3. "Federal Investments on the Decline": less government support as need grows
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/affordable-housing-canada-federal-investments-decline

4. "An Economically Sound Investment": we all save money with housing for all
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/affordable-housing-canada-economically-sound-investment

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Does Parliament care about equal opportunity?

http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/does-parliament-care-about-equal-opportunity
This is CPJ's take on why Parliament needs to dedicate adequate time to its important income inequality study coming soon.

Ontario adds to the call for a national housing strategy
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/ontario-adds-call-national-housing-strategy

CPJ affirms new Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne's statement that a national housing strategy is a priority.
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/ontario-adds-call-national-housing-strategy

CPJ's work covers a number of areas organized under six themes:
* Poverty * Ecological Justice * Taxation that Supports All * Federal Budgets * Election Resources *
Democracy and Electoral Reform
[Click the CPJ home page link below, then select one of the themes in the left margin of that page.]

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)

http://www.cpj.ca/
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship.We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.

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

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

7. Recent releases from Finance Canada:
--- Department of Finance Releases Annual Tax Expenditures and Evaluations Report
+ Main Estimates - February 25
--- Release of The Fiscal Monitor for December 2012 - February 22
--- Minister of State (Finance) Hails Pooled Registered Pension Plans as an Idea Whose Time Has Come - February 20

Recent releases from Finance Canada:

* Department of Finance Releases Annual Tax Expenditures and Evaluations Report
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-028-eng.asp
February 25
The Department of Finance today released the
2012 Tax Expenditures and Evaluations report:
[ http://www.fin.gc.ca/taxexp-depfisc/2012/taxexp12-eng.asp ].
This report provides estimates and projections of the revenue impacts of federal tax measures designed to support the economic and social priorities of the Government of Canada. (...) The release of this year’s Tax Expenditures and Evaluations report has been coordinated with the tabling in the House of Commons of the Main Estimates by the President of the Treasury Board [see the next link below], and will continue to be coordinated in this manner in future years.

Related link:

Government Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates, 2013-2014
http://tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/esp-pbc/me-bpd-eng.asp

Government of Canada to Start Fiscal Year off Right
with $4.9-billion Decline in Planned Voted Expenditures
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=722679
News Release
February 25, 2013
Ottawa – The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, today tabled Main Estimates for 2013-14 that reflect the Government of Canada's ongoing commitment to finding savings and returning to balanced budgets.

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* Release of The Fiscal Monitor for December 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-027-eng.asp
February 22, 2013
Highlights:
--- December 2012: Budgetary Deficit of $0.6 Billion
--- April to December 2012: Budgetary Deficit of $13.0 Billion
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Related Document:
The Fiscal Monitor: December 2012

http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2012-12-eng.asp

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

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* Minister of State (Finance) Hails Pooled Registered Pension Plans as an Idea Whose Time Has Come
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-026-eng.asp
February 20, 2013
The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today highlighted the strong potential of the Harper Government’s Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) initiative to provide a low-cost private pension option for small and medium-sized businesses and their employees, while calling on provinces and territories to introduce legislation to make PRPPs a reality.

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

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Comment by Gilles:
Gee, I guess the folks at Finance Canada
haven't read this C.D. Howe report from last August:

Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Pension Savior — or a New Tax on the Poor? (PDF - 1MB, 24 pages)
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/Commentary_359.pdf
August 23, 2012
By James Pierlot and Alexandre Laurin
Ottawa needs to rethink the tax rules for Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) to realize their potential. As it is, many low- to middle-income Canadians should avoid this new retirement saving vehicle.
Source:
C.D. Howe Institute
http://www.cdhowe.org

- Go to the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/prpp.htm

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

8. Social Services in Ontario, from 1791 to the early 2000s (Powerpoint) - June 2007
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

Special treat for social program historians in Ontario!

Social Services in Ontario [from 1791 to the early 2000s]: The historical context,
changing themes, movements and innovations over two centuries (PDF - 1.8MB, 40 pages)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Final-History-for-June-2007.pdf
By John Stapleton
June 2007
Powerpoint overview of the evolution of social services and social assistance in Ontario, covers the period from 1791 to the early 2000s

Source:
Open Policy - John Stapleton's blog

http://openpolicyontario.com/

Check John Stapleton's website for many more historical nuggets on poverty and welfare in Toronto, in Ontario and across Canada.

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- Go to the Guide to Welfare in Ontario page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onwelf.htm

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

9. The trouble with austerity: Cutting is more about ideology than economics - February 24
(Alex Himelfarb in the Toronto Star)

The trouble with austerity: Cutting is more about ideology than economics
Austerity fetishism is simply the latest expression of free market orthodoxy
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/2013/02/24/the_trouble_with_austerity_cutting_is_more_about_ideology_than_economics.html
By Alex Himelfarb
February 24, 2013
Governments here and elsewhere are increasingly preoccupied with cutting even as evidence piles up of its harmful consequences on people and the economy. Austerity is not even delivering the balanced budgets its advocates promise. Even the International Monetary Fund is now preaching balance rather than a single-minded focus on cuts [ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21175407 ]. Yet austerity’s adherents hold fast, deny the evidence or double down. Why is that?

[ Alex Himelfarb is the director of the Glendon School of International and Public Affairs and a former clerk of the Privy Council. ]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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Related links:

Big Ideas: Alex Himelfarb on the consequences of tax cuts (video, 53:45)
http://ww3.tvo.org/video/167578/alex-himelfarb-consequences-tax-cuts
November 11, 2011
How Did Taxes Become a Bad Word? The Former Clerk of the Privy Council, Alex Himelfarb, discusses why we should be investing more, not less, in our future. While today's political leaders exalt the benefits of increased tax-cutting, Himelfarb argues that further tax cuts will come with serious consequences, including cuts to services and deeper inequality. According to Himelfarb, what we need is nothing less than a re-think about what our future is worth. His lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.
Source:
TVOntario
http://ww3.tvo.org/

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Alex's Blog
http://afhimelfarb.wordpress.com/
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Recent blog postings:
* The Age of Austerity
* The mean test: how we measure success
* Bargain Basement Citizenship and the Decline of Democracy
* Taking Back Our Democracy: Bridging the Generational Divide
* Going, Going, Gone: Dismantling the Progressive State
* The Inequality Trap: A Meaner Canada
* Canada’s War on Crime
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Categories:

* Accommodating religion, diversity and common citizenship
* Adapting health and social architecture
* Harnessing the global economy
* Improving public institutions
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Tags:

accountability alex himelfarb Andrew Coyne Armine Yalnizyan Canada at 150 census citizen engagement citizenship civil society crime policy culture wars democracy eugene lang financial crisis Frank Graves George Lakoff government Guergis healthcare Jaffer Jeffrey Simpson John Ibbitson leadership Leadnow michael Sandel neoliberalism oil spill Paul Krugman Paul Wells policy politics progressive politics public discourse public policy Richard Wilkinson scandal Scott Payne Statistics Canada taxes Tea Party Tom Flanagan trust user fees wedge politics welfare state

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Worker Reallocation in Canada, 1976 to 2011 - March 1
--- Employment services, 2011
- March 1
--- Private and public investment, 2013 - February 27
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2012
- February 26
--- Violence against women, 2011
- February 25

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 ]

March 1, 2013
Study: Worker Reallocation in Canada, 1976 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130301/dq130301b-eng.htm
Despite numerous changes in the Canadian labour market over the last three decades, Canadian workers on average were no more likely to separate from their employers through quits, layoffs, or other reasons in the 2000s than they were in the late 1970s. Between 1979 and 1981, about 24% of workers aged 15 to 64 left their employers as a result of quits, layoffs or separations for other reasons each year. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2013348-eng.htm

Related report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2013348-eng.htm

March 1, 2013
Employment services, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130301/dq130301c-eng.htm
In 2011, operating revenue of the employment services industry amounted to $10.6 billion, up 13.6% from 2010. The increase followed an 8.6% rise in 2010 and an 8.0% decline in 2009.

Related report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/63-252-x/63-252-x2013001-eng.htm

February 27, 2013
Private and public investment, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130227/dq130227a-eng.htm
Public and private organizations and the housing sector report that their anticipated investment in construction and machinery and equipment will reach $398.2 billion in 2013, up 1.7% from 2012 in current dollars. This would be the smallest increase since the economic downturn in 2009.

February 26, 2013
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130226/dq130226a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $908 in December, up 0.3% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis earnings increased 2.8%.

February 25, 2013
Violence against women, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130225/dq130225a-eng.htm
According to police-reported data, just over 173,600 women aged 15 and older were victims of violent crime in 2011, a rate of 1,207 female victims for every 100,000 women in the population. Common assaults accounted for about half of all police-reported violent crimes against women.

Related report:

Measuring violence against women: Statistical trends
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11766-eng.htm
Edited by Maire Sinha
Highlights:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11766/hl-fs-eng.htm
Foreword
Introduction
Section 1: Prevalence and severity of violence against women
Section 2: Risk factors for violence against women
Section 3: Impact of violence against women
Section 4: Responses to violence against women
Survey descriptions



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

11. 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

March 3, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Who's watching the kids? from CBC's Marketplace
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/whos-watching-kids-cbcs-marketplace
19 Feb 2013 | Canada
CBC's Marketplace goes undercover to investigate unlicensed child care and finds there's little oversight. Full episode available online.

Strengthening families for Ontario's future: 2012 report card on child and family poverty in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/strengthening-families-ontarios-future-2012-report-card-chi
28 Feb 2013 | Ontario
Campaign 2000's 2012 Ontario report card "highlights the need for high quality, universally accessible child care, the need to expand affordable housing and homelessness supports and to address the crisis facing youth, who face a 16.9% unemployment rate, more than double the overall rate".

Les garderies en Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/les-garderies-en-ontario
27 Feb 2013 | Ontario
Trouver une place en garderie en Ontario n'est pas facile. Les services coûtent chers, il y a peu de subventions pour de nouvelles garderies et les aides pour les parents dépendent de leur revenu annuel. Il existe des services alternatifs mais dont le fonctionnement n'est pas toujours attesté par la loi. Mélanie Routhier-Boudreau s'est intéressé à l'état des garderies dans la province.

Leaving children to chance: 2012 update ranking of state standards and oversight of small family child care homes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/leaving-children-chance-2012-update-ranking-state-standards
27 Feb 2013 | United States
Report finds that "family child care in the United States is characterized by weak state inspection standards, incomplete background checks, weak training requirements, weak early learning standards and weak basic health and safety standards".

It's more than poverty: Employment precarity and household well-being
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/its-more-poverty-employment-precarity-and-household-well-be
25 Feb 2013 | Ontario
Report states that precarious employment makes it more difficult to raise children, and "providing access to affordable, regulated, flexible child care – child care that reflects the changing nature of work hours and schedules reported by parents participating in this research – can lead to healthier households".

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.

Ontario off track for child poverty reduction, annual report card says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/ontario-track-child-poverty-reduction-annual-report-card-says
28 Feb 2013 | Ontario

Union renews push to organize child care providers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/union-renews-push-organize-child-care-providers
27 Feb 2013 | United States

Frank Porter Graham Child Care Center Is Closing After 47 Years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/frank-porter-graham-child-care-center-closing-after-47-years
27 Feb 2013 | United States

New daycare policy raises concerns for school board
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/new-daycare-policy-raises-concerns-school-board
27 Feb 2013 | British Columbia

The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/babies-who-nap-sub-zero-temperatures
27 Feb 2013 | Europe

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

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CRRU Archive

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

All new content* since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

* 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 is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website at the link above.

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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

12. 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)

March 1, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/01/
States and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)
Child Welfare Reform – Colorado
Sequestration Cuts and Safety Net Programs (7 articles)
--- Advocates warn sequester could mean big cuts for the low-income
--- Sequestration’s effects: WIC program may cut free food to low-income children
--- Automatic US budget cuts would go deeper than the military in Virginia, to child care, elders
--- Nationwide cuts could trouble low-income children, seniors
--- Jobless, cities could be first to feel budget pain
--- State reverses decision on suspending federal jobless benefits
--- Arizona jobless could see compensation reduced

February 28, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/28/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)
Racial Wealth Gap (2 articles)

February 27, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/27/
Minimum Wage Jobs

February 26, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/26/
Medicaid Payments to Health Care Providers
Public Assistance and Drug Testing (3 articles)
--- Kansas bill requiring drug testing for unemployment welfare advances
--- Indiana House backs drug tests of welfare recipients
--- Temporary ban on Fla. welfare drug testing upheld

February 25, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/25/
Payday Lending
Poverty Rates by Race and Ethnicity (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

13. [U.S.] Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Emerging from the Downturn a Weaker Safety Net - March 1
( Center for Budget and Policy Priorities)

From the
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities:

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Emerging from the Downturn a Weaker Safety Net (with State-by-State data)
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3915
By LaDonna Pavetti, Ife Finch, and Liz Schott
March 1, 2013
Nationally, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), which provides basic assistance to families with little or no income, responded only modestly to the severe recession that began in December 2007, and the national TANF caseload began to decline in January 2011. State TANF caseloads varied widely in their responsiveness during the recession, growing substantially in some states but changing little in many others.

State-by-State Fact Sheets
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3378

Related link:

Policy Basics: An Introduction to TANF
HTML : http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=936
PDF ( 7 pages) : http://www.cbpp.org/files/7-22-10tanf2.pdf
By Liz Schott
Updated December 4, 2012
What Is TANF?
Congress created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant through the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, as part of a federal effort to “end welfare as we know it.” TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), which had provided cash welfare to poor families with children since 1935.

Related areas of research:

Welfare Reform : http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=42
Federal Policies : http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=101
State Policies : http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=124
Trends : http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=125

Source:
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

http://www.cbpp.org/

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

14. Financial transaction tax tabled by European Commission - February 14
(BBC)

From the BBC:

Financial transaction tax tabled by European Commission
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21457562
14 February 2013
The European Commission has tabled its controversial financial transaction tax (FTT), despite the fact that only 11 member states out of 27 support it. The tax, proposed by Commissioner Algirdas Semeta in Brussels, has been adopted by 11 eurozone states, including France, Germany and Spain. The FTT aims to raise public funds and encourage more responsible trading by financial institutions. But there are fears it will catch non-participating countries in its net.

The levy, set at 0.1% for shares and bonds and 0.01% for derivatives, will apply to all transactions "with an established link to the FTT-zone", the European Commission said in a statement, and could raise 30-35bn euros (£26-30bn; $40-47bn) a year.

Source:
BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/

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Related links from the
European Commission:

Taxation of the financial sector:
The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT)
http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/other_taxes/financial_sector/index_en.htm
On 14 February 2013 the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Directive implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax (...).
* Press release : http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-115_en.htm
* Questions and answers : http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-98_en.htm
* Proposal (PDF) : http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/com_2013_71_en.pdf
* Impact assessment (PDF) : http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/swd_2013_28_en.pdf
* Summary of the Impact assessment : http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/swd_2013_29_en.pdf
* Presentation (.PPTX) : http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/enhanced_cooperation_ftt.pptx

Source:
European Commission:
http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm

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- Go to the The Tobin Tax / Robin Hood Tax Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tobin.htm

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

27 February 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1316
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4601
In this issue:
LATEST NEWS AND REPORTS
- Rape victim sentenced to 100 lashes
- Nine-year-olds detained and tortured after protests
- Limitations in India’s new sexual violence laws
- Call to adopt treaty to protect child domestic workers
- War crimes allegations against Sri Lankan army
- US official confirms number of victims of drone strikes
- Traditional ‘jirga’ justice system overrules penal code
- Hope for improvements in juvenile justice in England
- Immigration documents outline cases of child self-harm
- Equal protection from corporal punishment in the EU
- Internet restrictions to "protect" children
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS WIKI: Spotlight on Timor-Leste
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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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Factoids Debunked & Verified

Don't always believe those little doozies that some people drop into conversations (à-la Cliff-Clavin from Cheers fame)...

The site's author received an email - you know, one of those that people forward to everyone and their brother-in-law - containing a slew of misconceptions and errors. He decided to do his bit to correct these misconceptions, and the result is a fascinating read that will have you saying "Yeah, I've heard that before and it's NOT TRUE!" , with plenty of links to authoritative sources...

Click the first link below to debunk some of *your* misconceptions:
http://www.jefflewis.net/factoids.html

Sample errors:
* A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.WRONG!
* On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag. NOPE!
* Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. UH-UH!
* The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. NO SIREEE!
* Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. NO WAY.

More like this:
http://www.jefflewis.net/factoids-index.html

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Free Online Stopwatch / Countdown Timer
http://www.online-stopwatch.com/

Very useful link--- not only does it contain a simple stopwatch and countdown timer- it offers links to the following time-related tools:
Large Stopwatch - Split Lap Timer - Egg Timer - Bomb Countdown - Chess Clock - Chess Timer - Online Clock - Online Alarm Clock - Online Digital Clock - Cash Clock - Interval Timer - Metronome - Stay On Top App - Custom Countdown - Classroom Timers - Talking Clock - Gadgets

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Que?
http://imgur.com/r/pics/ysWFNzn
(One of my favourite shows of all time!)

Watch a few clips of Basil, Manuel and their co-lunatics:
http://www.youtube.com/show/fawltytowers/videos?view=0

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Free Online OCR
http://www.onlineocr.net/
Use Optical Character Recognition software to convert your PDF file (4MB max.) to a format that you can read, search and copy without installing anything on your computer. Recognize text and characters from PDF scanned documents (including multipage files), photographs and digital camera captured images. Free Online OCR service supports 32 recognition languages.
- converts scanned PDF files to Word, Txt, and Rtf

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Cat vs Dog - Trick Contest (video, duration 4:31)
http://www.flixxy.com/cat-vs-dog-trick-contest.htm
Nana the dog and Kaiser the cat are competing in a contest to determine who does the best tricks

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