Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 3, 2011


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.

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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...

IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:


Canadian content

1. Ontario Social Assistance Special Diet Allowance Changes (Ministry of Community and Social Services) - April 1
2. Austerity, Resistance and the Poor (John Clarke in The Bullet) - April 1
3. Creative use of tax loophole blunts injustice (Carol Goar in the Toronto Star) - March 29
4. Reforming Ontario’s Universities (Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum) - March 31
5. Ontario Budget 2011-2012 - March 29
6. Ontario: February 2011 social assistance (welfare) caseloads (Commentary by John Stapleton)
7. New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women (NB-ACSW) : Abolished April 1? - May 2, 2011
8. 2011 federal election : May 2, 2011
9. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French (RDI)
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2011 - March 31
--- Civil Court Survey, 2009/2010 - March 29
--- Child and spousal support in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, 2009/2010 - March 29
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.] Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% (wealth inequality) (Vanity Fair)
-  May 2011
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]





1. Ontario Social Assistance Special Diet Allowance Changes - April 1
(
Ministry of Community and Social Services)

Ontario Social Assistance*
Special Diet Allowance Changes
April 1, 2011
The Special Diet Allowance helps social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions receive the special diets they need to help manage their conditions. The Special Diet Allowance will change on April 1, 2011 to make the program more accountable and comply with a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision.
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* Ontario's two social assistance programs are the Ontario Disability Support Program for people with disabilities and Ontario Works for people who are in temporary financial need. The April 1 policy changes apply to both programs. For more information on how social assistance operates in Ontario, see to the Guide to Welfare in Ontario page of this website : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onwelf.htm
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Policy changes include:

* Revising the list of eligible medical conditions. Allowances for some medical conditions have increased, others have decreased. Also, medical conditions that the Special Diets Expert Review Committee found to not require a special diet that involves additional costs were removed. This means some people will stop getting an allowance at the end of the transition period, July 31, 2011.

* Requiring recipients to consent to the release of relevant medical information to support their application, and

* Putting stronger tracking methods in place to improve accountability.

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How to apply for the revised Special Diet Allowance

List of eligible medical conditions

Source:
Ministry of Community and Social Services

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Related links:

Special Diet Policy : City of Toronto
April 1, 2011
The Toronto municipal government is responsible for the the provision of financial assistance to people in temporary financial need in the City of Toronto under the Ontario Works Act and Regulations.

Source:
City of Toronto - Employment and Social Services

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

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

2. Austerity, Resistance and the Poor (the Ontario Special Diet) - April 1
(
John Clarke in The Bullet)

Austerity, Resistance and the Poor
April 1, 2011
By John Clarke
On April 1, the Dalton McGuinty government, will introduce a new version of the Special Diet benefit for those on Social Assistance. (...) The new system will be much more restrictive than the present one, with enhanced mechanisms of scrutiny and enforcement. All who presently receive the Special Diet will have to re-apply under the new set up. (...) At noon on April 1, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and its supporters will be rallying in Toronto City Hall Square and marching on the provincial government – Queen's Park. We will be confronting a social cutback of massive dimensions. Welfare and disability rates in Ontario have lost 55 per cent of their spending power since 1994.

Source:
E-Bulletin No. 484
[ The Bullet ]
Socialist Project

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people.
[ The author of the above article, John Clarke, is with OCAP. ]

Related link:

Activist Communique: OCAP defends the Special Diet
By Krystalline Kraus
April 3, 2011
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) was joined by its allies at a Raise the Rates rally at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday at noon -- on the day that cuts to the Ontario Special Diet program were set to take effect. At issue was the recent cut and re-invention of the Special Diet supplement that was announced in Ontario Premier McGuinty's 2010 budget.
Source:
rabble.ca

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

3. Creative use of tax loophole blunts injustice - March 29
(Carol Goar in the Toronto Star)

Creative use of tax loophole blunts injustice
March 29, 2011
By Carol Goar
No one was gladder than John Stapleton to see Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s latest budget go down in flames. The Toronto social activist — along with a bevy of savvy corporate investors — was taking advantage of one of the tax loopholes Flaherty proposed to close. And therein lies a story of ingenuity, compassion and the kind of justice they don’t teach in law schools.
Source:
Toronto Star

Kudos to you, John Stapleton!

Open Policy - personal website of John Stapleton
* Check out John's Publications - Media Commentaries - Presentations

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

4. Reforming Ontario’s Universities - March 31
(Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum)

Reforming Ontario’s Universities
By Nick Falvo
March 31, 2011
I have just finished reading a 2009 book entitled Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario. The book (...) has received a fair bit of attention among post-secondary (PSE) wonks. While I find it informative, I am uncomfortable with the book’s central feature: a proposal to reform Ontario’s PSE sector with the main goal of bringing about substantial cost savings.
Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

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

5. Ontario Budget 2011-2012 - March 29

2011 Ontario Budget
March 29, 2011
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers and related resources

Budget 2011 Table of Contents
HTML version

PDF version
(16.1MB, 328 pages)

Ontario Economy is Turning the Corner, Creating Jobs
McGuinty Government Reduces Deficit While Protecting Schools and Hospitals
News
March 29, 2011
The 2011 Ontario Budget continues the McGuinty government’s support of Ontario’s economic recovery. The budget renews the focus on eliminating the deficit while protecting education and health care. The deficit for 2010–11 is projected to be $16.7 billion — $3 billion lower than forecast a year ago. This is largely due to the fact that program expense for 2010–11 is projected to be $2.6 billion lower than the forecast published in the 2010 Budget.
The 2011 Budget’s strategic investments include:
* Jobs and Growth * Protecting Education * Protecting Health Care * Managing Responsibly

2011 Ontario Budget: Highlights
Five things you need to know about the 2011 Budget
1. The economy is improving and jobs are coming back
2. We are protecting the progress we have made in education
3. We are protecting the progress we have made in health care
4. We are renewing our focus on eliminating the deficit
5. We will eliminate the deficit while protecting key public services and economic growth

New Initiatives
Strong Education and Health Care Support a Strong Economy

Source:
Ontario Ministry of Finance

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

Ontario Stays the Course (PDF - 865K, 3 pages)
March 29, 2011
Today’s 2011 Ontario budget contains a quicker pace of near-term deficit reduction than that outlined in the government’s Fall Update and re-affirms the stated goal of a zero deficit by FY 2017-18. Since the government stayed its hand on tax increases, further success in narrowing the budget gap will fall heavily on reducing annual program spending growth to a minimal 1.4% on average over the next seven years.

Earlier related link from
the TD Bank Financial Group:

Better Economy, (Hopefully) Lower Deficit in Ontario (PDF - 702K, 3 pages)
March 24, 2011
Ontario’s economy has been perking up just in time for the release of the 2011 budget on March 29th. Indeed, last week, TD Economics revised up its Ontario real growth outlook for 2011 to 3%, about a half a percentage point stronger than in its previous forecast just three months ago. And other forecasters have for the most part followed suit with moderate upgrades to the near-term outlook.

Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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Selected media coverage:

From CBC News:

Ontario 2011 budget highlights

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From the
Toronto Star:

Ontario Budget special section
- links to dozens of relevant articles

Ontario budget goes back to the future
March 29, 2011
Rather than a road map for the future, Tuesday’s provincial budget takes a sharp U-turn looking backward to the good old days of Liberal government.

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From the
Globe and Mail:

What the Ontario budget gives, and what it takes away
March 29, 2011
This budget offers no tax goodies and very few new spending initiatives, with the exception of a few for higher education and health care.
- includes links to several related articles.

Keep scrolling down the page you're now reading for more media coverage...

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Other selected analysis:

From the
Wellesley Institute:

Ontario budget 2011: Serving up
significant cuts in affordable housing investments

By Michael Shapcott
March 30, 2011
Ontario’s 2011 budget is serving up significant cuts in both operating and capital funding when it comes to affordable housing, following the lead set by the federal government that has also offered significant cuts [ See http://tinyurl.com/62w6xew ]. In a recent submission to the provincial Legislature [ see http://tinyurl.com/69ymq8k ], the Wellesley Institute has noted that when the feds cut and download, the province follows suit and cuts and downloads. When the federal government makes new investments, the province tends to follow – though sometimes taking several years to cost-share federal dollars.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]

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From the
Co-Operative Housing Federation of Canada:

Ontario’s Deficit Fighting Budget:
CHF Canada finds nothing for those looking for an affordable place to call
home

March 30, 2011
Ontario Region media release
(Toronto) Today’s 2011 Ontario budget takes aim at eliminating the provincial deficit by 2017-18 and offers some help for education and health, but there is nothing for the 600,000 Ontario households in need of suitable housing they can afford.

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From the
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction:

Comments on 2011 Ontario Budget
March 31, 2011
The 2011 Ontario budget is disappointing for low income people. There is little new here that will help people struggling in poverty.
With an improvement in the economic outlook, the government had an opportunity to invest in affordable housing and child care to support people to move out of poverty. But this budget actually moves backwards in these areas.
Source:
25 in 5 eBulletin - March 31 issue
Also in the same eBulletin:
* Quote of the Day
* Take Action on the new Social Housing Legislation: HNO
* Bringing In Women’s Voices From the Margins

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From
CLEONet:

Income security advocates comment on Ontario budget:
Ontario continues to trap social assistance recipients in poverty

March 30, 2011
Yesterday's 2011 provincial budget did nothing to free people relying on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) from the poverty traps built into those programs. Given skyrocketing food prices and continuing increases in energy and transportation costs, the budget's 1% increase to OW and ODSP rates is more than disappointing and does not respond to deep poverty and desperation, particularly among single people on OW whose incomes are the lowest.
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

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From the
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care:

Lack of Child Care Funding hurts Ontario’s Economic Recovery: Parents to Face Higher Child Care Costs (PDF - 118K, 1 page)
Ontario Budget 2011: Absence of Stabilization Funding for Child Care
March 29, 2011
Press Release
Viable early learning and child care programs are key for working parents to participate in the workforce. In the absence of stabilization funding in Ontario’s 2011 budget released today, child care advocates warn of a rising parent fees, cuts in services and closures as a result of years of underfunding, combined with financial pressures from Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program.

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Miscellaneous media coverage of the 2011 Ontario Budget:
[TIP : the title of the article is often in the URL.]

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/965173--ontario-budget-consolidates-tax-credits-for-low-income-families

http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2011/index.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/03/29/budget-ontario-released293.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/03/29/budget-ontario-highlights294.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/ontario-unveils-a-solid-plan-but-delays-the-heavy-lifting/article1961919/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/adam-radwanski/all-the-parties-will-be-hoping-ontarios-consolidation-budget-works/article1962387/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/postsecondary-education-steals-spotlight-from-all-day-kindergarten-in-ontario-budget/article1961838/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/what-the-ontario-budget-gives-and-what-it-takes-away/article1960470/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/ontario-targets-public-sector-to-fight-deficit/article1960417/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/adam-radwanski/health-care-education-and-not-much-else-in-ontarios-frugal-budget/article1960435/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/adam-radwanski/ontario-budget-strategy-deficit-reduction-with-a-heart/article1960897/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/all-spending-up-for-review-as-ontario-struggles-under-massive-deficit/article1960417

http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Ontario+budget/4525871/story.html

http://www.windsorstar.com/health/Health+funding+nice+surprise/4524700/story.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2011/03/30/17814641.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2011/03/29/17800601.html

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2011/03/29/17801051.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/29/17800936.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/29/17797961.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/28/17786181.html

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/965165--ontario-budget-takes-aim-at-public-sector-pay

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/ontariobudget/article/965438--voices-on-the-provincial-budget

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/ontariobudget/article/965393--cohn-ontario-budget-goes-back-to-the-future

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/965205--duncan-vows-to-cut-salaries-of-public-sector-executives

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/965250--innovative-job-creation

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/965247--help-coming-for-livestock-farmers

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/965199--no-new-money-for-cities-in-budget

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/ontariobudget/article/965226--province-to-build-new-jails-in-toronto-and-windsor

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/965202--small-business-wish-list-a-bust-in-the-budget

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/965219--no-new-taxes-modest-spending-hallmarks-of-provincial-budget

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/965195--ontario-budget-highlights

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/965178--ontario-budget-looks-to-appease-powerful-hospital-sector

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/963073--ontario-budget-to-promise-257m-for-kids-mental-health

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/965372--the-star-s-view-liberals-offer-a-budget-for-the-long-term-not-an-election

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/965346--getting-a-grip-on-public-sector-wages

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/963079--help-for-hogs-not-caregivers

http://torontoist.com/2011/03/highlight_reel.php

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/U4sRv4ckUkY/

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NP_Top_Stories/~3/IBJCNEgh9sE/

http://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial/article/508946--ontario-s-budget

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/adam-radwanski/ontario-budget-strategy-deficit-reduction-with-a-heart/article1960897/

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/christina_blizzard/2011/03/30/17814391.html

http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Vander+Doelen+future+full+debt/4533280/story.html

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Thanks to Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) for collecting and agreeing to share the media links above.
ISAC works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.
Visit their website and their affiliate Social Assistance Review website for a large collection of Ontario resources.

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

6. Ontario: February 2011 social assistance (welfare) caseloads
(Commentary by John Stapleton)

Ontario:
February 2011 social assistance (welfare) caseloads
Commentary by John Stapleton

Below, you'll find links to the statistical reports for both of Ontario's social assistance programs, along with an analysis of the caseload trends by John Stapleton, who is a former official with the Ontario ministry responsible for social assistance programs now working with the social advocacy community in Toronto.
[ For more information on how welfare works in Ontario, see the Guide to Welfare in Ontario : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onwelf.htm ]

The reports:

* Ontario Disability Support Program Statistical Report
* Ontario Works Statistical Report

Commentary by John Stapleton:

Social assistance dependency is already starting to moderate in Ontario, but entirely thanks to the newest and most profound long term trend we have seen in social assistance in many a decade. Although the count of social assistance households is only down by about 300 overall, the drop is almost entirely due to a reduction in lone parents and their children.

The combination of child support guidelines, better enforcement of child support, the advent of DNA evidence for use in paternity cases, large child benefits outside of welfare that stack with child support and better opportunities at the low end of the labour market for women, has made a real difference.

Once again, lone parents on social assistance - despite the recession - are closing in on multi-decade lows in both absolute numbers and even longer as a proportion of population.

From a communications perspective, it is always difficult to point out that the number of social assistance households is rising but the number of beneficiaries (men, women, and children) is going down. The number of households overall went up by about 700, but the total number of beneficiaries went down by 300. This occurs because families with 2+ beneficiaries are decreasing while singles with 1 beneficiary (by definition) are increasing.

Source:
John Stapleton
Open Policy - John's personal website
NOTE: The above analysis is not yet on John's website, but you can peruse dozens of his articles, commentaries and reports there.

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

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

7. New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women (NB-ACSW) : Abolished April 1?

New Brunswick Advisory Council
on the Status of Women (NB-ACSW) : Abolished April 1?

The provincial government has announced the end of our Advisory Council on the Status of Women, effective 1 April, 2011. The role of the Advisory Council, as stated in the law that created us, is to bring before the government and the public matters of interest and concern to women, and to advise the Minister. This proud mandate was given to us by New Brunswick women.

Save Our Advisory Council
March 27
Women’s groups have started this blog to raise public awareness and support for reinstating the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
About the Issue
During his election campaign, David Alward promised that, if elected, he would consult with the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Then he released the 2011 provincial budget, which abolishes the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, effective April 1st.

Motion to Reinstate the NB ACSW
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Victor Boudreau, introduced a motion in the Legislative Assembly last week calling for the reinstatement of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The motion will be debated in the Legislature this coming Thursday, March 31st.

See also:

Advisory Council on the Status of Women - English home page
Conseil consultatif sur la condition de la famille - Page d'accueil en français

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- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

8. Federal election 2011 - May 2, 2011

Coalition THIS. (YouTube video, 1:14)
By Stephen Harper
Undated, but *probably*
preceding the current election campaign.

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From CBC.ca:

Vote Compass - Whose views are most like yours?
Take this short survey to see which party leader's views are most similar to yours.
[OMG, I'm Green!]

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Canada Election 2011
* 41st Federal Election Information
* CBC News Politics

(links are updated daily --- the links below are from earlier in the past week)
----- Harper bats back at coalition questions
----- Leaders hit strongholds in campaign's early days
----- Two backs, same monkey
----- Vote Compass uncovers your political stripe
----- Canada Votes 2011 live blog
----- 'Coalition' battle kicks off campaign
----- Harper asks voters for majority
----- Layton running for top job
----- Ignatieff swears off coalition
----- Harper wanted 2004 coalition: Duceppe

* CTV News Politics
(links are updated daily --- the links below are from earlier in the past week)
----- Duceppe says Harper lying on coalition
----- Accusations fly on first day of election campaign
----- Ignatieff rules out coalition with NDP, Bloc
----- Layton kicks off campaign, takes aim at Tories
----- May begins campaign with promise of greater civility
----- Big Issues: The planks that build an election campaign
----- Are Ignatieff's family ties a help or a hindrance?
----- Opposition parties topple Harper government
----- Economy not at risk because of election: Stelmach
----- All sides lavish praise on retiring Peter Milliken

* Party Standings
* Polls & Projections
* Canada Election 2011 and Twitter
* Visitor Poll
* Canada Election 2008
* Federal Election History Since 1867
* Federal Politics
* Links

Source:
Election Almanac.com

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Openparliament.ca - Keep tabs on Parliament.
View the performance of your MP in the last Parliamentary session, the status of Bills and Debates

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Why Stop Harper!
This website will focus on the more than 100 reasons that Canadian voters should not support Stephen Harper's Conservative Party in the next election.
Excerpt:
The government drastically cut funding for Status of Women Canada and even took the word “equality” out of its mandate. He has eroded pay equity, calling it “a rip off.” In spite of the fact that the House of Commons has been calling for a comprehensive national strategy to combat violence against women since 2008, the government has failed to act.
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Recommended reading for anyone with short-term memory problems!

In the same vein...

Ten reasons to oppose the Harper candidate in your riding
By Kathleen O'Hara
The following is designed not to insult or ridicule the Harper Conservatives -- it is to show accurately and honestly why the Tories shouldn't run or represent Canada. Stephen Harper promised to "change the face of Canada" so drastically we wouldn't recognize it. He has succeeded and Canadians must decide if that is really what they want.
January 5, 2011
Source:
rabble.ca

Also from rabble.ca:

Stephen Harper's firing range:
A list of 87 organizations and people attacked in five years

By Dennis Gruending
April 1, 2011
The Conservative government, or the Harper government as it insists upon being called, has either fallen or engineered its own defeat and the election is upon us. This is perhaps a good time to take stock of who the Harperites have spent their time attacking in the past several years. They have also lavished favour on their own, appointing them to be judges, to the Immigration Review Board, the CRTC or other federal agencies. The list of organizations that have been shut down and cut back, and the individuals bullied, is a long one and we can expect it to grow if, as seems likely, Harper is reelected.

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From CBC News:

Canada Votes 2011

CBC News Inside Politics Blog

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Federal Election 2011 - from CTV News

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Canadian Daily Digest ===> links to 100+ links daily from across Canada

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Making It Count : timely commentary from CCPA staff and research associates about everything from the economy and federal finances to the social and environmental challenges facing our country.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

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Elections section - rabble.ca
Our coverage includes work by seasoned journalists and citizen media reporters, from civil society groups and activist organizations. We host feeds from other must-read sources on the election as well.

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Canada Election 2011 - from Election Almanac.com

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

- includes all of the above links and more

9. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada

Available in French only (see English text below):

Naufragés des villes *
Série de dix émissions hebdomadaires débutant lundi le 24 janvier à 20h, heure de l'est à RDI.
Les dix émissions seront diffusées tous les lundis à 20h et rediffusées les samedis à 21h 30.
Peut-on vivre à Montréal avec 19,47 $ par jour
Autrement dit, est-il possible de survivre avec une prestation d'aide sociale
Cette question est à l'origine de la série documentaire Naufragés des villes qui suit pendant deux mois deux volontaires livrés à eux-mêmes au coeur de Montréal avec la somme de 19,47 $ par jour.
[ * Cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour plus de renseignements au sujet
de la série et pour visionner les épisodes en entier sur votre ordinateur. ]
Source:
Radio-Canada

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English:

Naufragés des villes (available in French only)
U
nofficial translation : Urban Castaways

Ten-part series (starting January 24, Monday nights on RDI) about life on welfare in Montreal.
All programs in the series will be broadcast on Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time on RDI and re-broadcast on Saturdays at 9:30pm
.
If you click on the program website link, you'll find a link to each episode after it's broadcast, so you can watch anytime on your computer.
If you understand French, I highly recommend the series, because there will be many comparisons throughout the ten programs between life on welfare in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada.
English abstract:
What exactly does it mean to be poor in Canada today?
We find out as two volunteers leave behind their status, résumé, network of friends and bank cards. Throughout the two-month experiment, they will have no financial resources except the $19 a day we provide them – the equivalent of welfare benefits for a person living alone. With handpicked experts and social workers watching and analyzing, their journey will be the main focus of a 10-episode series documenting their efforts to find housing, food, medical care, clothing, jobs . . . and deal with prejudice. Using hidden cameras and daily check-ins, we document their progress.
Source:
Radio-Canada (French home page)

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2011
- March 31
--- Civil Court Survey, 2009/2010 - March 29
--- Child and spousal support in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, 2009/2010 - March 29

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

March 31, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2011
Between January 2010 and January 2011, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 4.2% to $870.33. This was the sixth consecutive month with year-over-year growth at around 4.0%.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Employment, Earnings and Hours - product main page*
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE:
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month after this report first appears in The Daily.
* On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

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March 29, 2011
Civil Court Survey, 2009/2010
The Juristat article "Family court cases involving child custody, access and support arrangements, 2009/2010" is now available. Using data from the Civil Court Survey for seven provinces and territories (Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut), the article examines the types of court activity (such as trials and judgments), as well as the length of time taken to process and reach decisions in family court cases addressing issues of child custody, access and support.

Related subjects:

* Crime and justice
* Civil courts and family law

Source:
Juristat - main product page*
This periodical is intended for those with an interest in Canada's justice system as well as those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects. It provides analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Five issues of Juristat are produced each year. Each issue contains several articles on variety of topics, including crime, homicide, the court system, and correctional services.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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Also in
the same issue of Juristat:

Child and spousal support in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, 2009/2010
March 29, 2011
By Paul Robinson and Mathieu Charron
This article provides a general overview of child and spousal support cases registered with Maintenance Enforcement Programs (MEPs) from eight reporting jurisdictions, which cover 18% of the population: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. In addition, fact sheets are presented with data on each metropolitan and non-metropolitan area within the eight provinces and territories.
Highlights
[Full article in HTML]
[Full article in PDF
- 622K, 22 pages)]

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

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35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
Looking for Enumerators and Crew Leader/Supervisors in your community!

1,200 jobs in the Census Data Operations Centre in Gatineau QC (April-September 2011)
NOTE : these 1,200 positions are open to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec residents only.

Source:
2011 Census of Canada
The next census will take place in May 2011.

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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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)
:

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April 2, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Michael Ignatieff announces Early Childhood Learning and Care Fund
1 Apr 11
- Liberal Party proposes a child care plan "starting at a $500-million investment in the first year, rising to $1 billion annually by the fourth year."

Childcare program puts families before jails and jets
1 Apr 11
- Press release from Code Blue for Child Care praises the recent Liberal campaign promise on child care.

Income splitting proposal in the 2011 federal election
30 Mar 11
- CRRU has gathered media coverage of the recent Conservative proposal of income splitting, as well as reports and analysis of the issue.

Pathways to early childhood education credentialing in Canada
30 Mar 11
- Report from CCHRSC documenting requirements and processes for ECE credential recognition in each province/territory.

2011 Ontario budget
30 Mar 11
- 2011 Ontario budget. Highlights include 200 additional schools offering full day learning in September 2011.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Tories' income splitting another nail in tax coffin
[CA] 1 Apr 11

· Kids stuff
[CA] 1 Apr 11

· Grit child care plan lauded
[CA] 1 Apr 11

· Ignatieff pitches $500M a year for child care
[CA] 31 Mar 11

· Liberals promise $500M daycare funding plan
[CA] 31 Mar 11

· Election and families
[CA] 30 Mar 11

· Daycare series: Do you know where your children are?
[CA-BC] 6 Mar 11

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 1:
Low-Wage Jobs and Economic Security
Medicaid Reform - Florida
Kids Count Report - Utah
US March Unemployment
Title I School Funding

March 31:
Extended Unemployment Benefits - Missouri
Medicaid Program - Arizona

March 30:
Low-Income College Enrollment
County Health Rankings

March 29:
US Census Report on Temporary Poverty
States and Minimum Wage Workers
State Unemployment Benefits - Michigan
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Hawaii

March 28:
State Earned Income Tax Credits
Poverty and Services in Rural Areas - Colorado

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

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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.] Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% (wealth inequality) - May 2011
(Vanity Fair)

Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%
May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair
Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.
Source:
Vanity Fair - May 2011 issue
[ Vanity Fair - home page ]

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

14. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

1 April 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1218
In this issue:
- Call for Nominations: Europe representative at the NGO Advisory Council
Latest news and reports
- State violence: Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Libya
- Questionable compliance: India, Pakistan
- (Im)migrant children: United States
- Stopping child abuse: Belize, Philippines
- Hearing children out: Malaysia, Ireland, Britain
- Taking the first step: Wales
Forthcoming events
Employment
Jargon of the week
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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

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

 


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The Most Beautiful Words in English
(Excerpt from "The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English")


Ailurophile : A cat-lover..
Brood : To think alone.
Comely: Attractive.
Demure : Shy and reserved.
Ebullience : Bubbling enthusiasm.
Felicity : Pleasantness.
Gambol : To skip or leap about joyfully.
Halcyon : Happy, sunny, care-free.
Imbroglio : An altercation or complicated situation.
Labyrinthine : Twisting and turning.
Mondegreen : A slip of the ear.
Nemesis : An unconquerable archenemy.
Offing : The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
Panacea : A solution for all problems
Quintessential : Most essential.
Redolent : Fragrant.
Serendipity : Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Talisman : A good luck charm.
Untoward : Unseemly, inappropriate.
Vestigial : In trace amounts.
Wherewithal : The means.

Source:
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/100_most_beautiful_words.html
Click the link for all 100 beautiful words.


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And, in closing...

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Fumbles and Stumbles: Eight Great Canadian Election Gaffes
http://archives.cbc.ca/politics/federal_politics/topics/3598/
(including Gilles Duceppe's hairnet!)

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How to Write a Manifesto
http://tinyurl.com/3zc56f7


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Taimane's Toccata
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JX13LwnZss


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Reclaim your brain
http://braingames.nytimes.com/


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Self-Help for Adult ADD / ADHD
http://helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_strategies.htm

You know who you are.
Besides me, I mean.