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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 3, 2005

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter, a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1391 subscribers.

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Strong Neighbourhoods - A Call to Action... (United Way of Greater Toronto report) - June 30
2. Social Development Canada Consultations (people with disabilities, seniors, caregivers)
3. Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces, 1978-79 to 2002-03 (Social Development Canada)
4. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act receives Royal Assent (Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration) - June 14
5. Electronic Legal Aid Newsletter (British Columbia Legal Services Society)
6. Women and Social Assistance Policy in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (U. of Regina Dept. of Justice Studies, Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry) - May 2005
7. New from Statistics Canada - June 28:
--- Canada's Aboriginal Population in 2017
--- Employment Insurance - April 2005 (preliminary)
8. Food bank network strained, says Toronto food bank director (Daily Bread Food Bank) - June 28
9. BC JobWave / Ontario JobsNow : A critique (Monday Magazine) - June 22
10. Make Poverty History / Live8
11. Données sociales du Québec (Institut de la statistique) - June 16
12. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit ( University of Toronto) - June 30

International Content

13. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- June 30
14. Wake-Up Wal-Mart --- WalmartWatch.com
15. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Website Updated (World Bank Group, United Nations et al.)


Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Strong Neighbourhoods - A Call to Action... (report) - June 30
(United Way of Greater Toronto)

United Way, City of Toronto target inner suburbs with major neighbourhood investment strategy (PDF file - 119K, 2 pages)
Plan calls on governments to coordinate resources to invest in neighbourhoods
Press Release
June 30, 2005
"TORONTO– United Way and the City of Toronto today unveiled a plan to strengthen social services in neighbourhoods facing the greatest need throughout Toronto, particularly in the city’s inner suburbs. The plan identifies nine Toronto neighbourhoods where social services are most out-of-step with growing need. The Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy was released today after a year-long City of Toronto-United Way task force began looking for ways to strengthen the social infrastructure of Toronto neighbourhoods, identify community investment models, and advocate for change."

United way announces $9.5 million in investments for underserved neighbourhoods throughout Toronto (PDF file - 101K, 1 page)
Investments include community development programs to identify local issues
Press Release
June 30, 2005

Complete Report:

Strong Neighbourhoods - A Call to Action... (PDF file - 2.6MB, 44 pages)
June 2005

Source:
United Way of Greater Toronto

Related Links:

New United Way Report "Poverty by Postal Code"
Documents Changing Toronto Neighbourhoods

April 5, 2004
"TORONTO - Poverty in Toronto neighbourhoods has dramatically intensified, particularly in the inner suburbs, says a new report issued by United Way of Greater Toronto."
- incl. links to : United Way of Greater Toronto Press Release - Key Findings - Links to Report online - Links to Media coverage
Source:
United Way of Greater Toronto
(posted on the DAWN-Ontario website)

"Enough Talk"- An Action Plan for the Toronto Region (PDF file - 579K, 36 pages)
April 2003
The Toronto City Summit Alliance represents a coalition of over 40 civic leaders from the private, labour, voluntary and public sectors in the Toronto region.

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

2. Social Development Canada Consultations ( people with disabilities, seniors, caregivers)

From the Social Development Canada Consultation Website:
[Social Development Canada]
NOTE:
News and Update Sign-Up
- sign up if you'd like to receive information about the results of online consultations and to be advised when new consultations are available on the SDC Consultations website.

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Canadians invited to provide views on policies and programs for persons with disabilities
News Release
Undated

Persons with Disabilities Consultation
"In a world of 'full participation', persons with disabilities would have equal access to the physical environments in which we work, live and play. Media and information would be equally available to those with sight, hearing, dexterity or mental disabilities. Persons with disabilities would have equal opportunities to make friends, form intimate relationships and would not face discrimination by others in society. Finally, persons with disabilities would have access to the supports that would help them complete their education, find or keep a job, have an adequate income, experience good health, and participate in their communities and in the political process. (...)

Resource Area - includes General Documents - Outcome Documents from Roundtables - Information on Government of Canada Programs - Government of Canada Publications - Government of Canada Seniors-Related Web Sites

The Persons With Disabilities consultation will be available until October, 2005.

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Canadians invited to provide views on matters important to seniors
News Release
Undated

Seniors Consultation
While Canadian seniors today enjoy more supports and services than ever before, many still face important challenges in areas such as health, financial security, public safety, housing, and social participation. Not surprisingly, the thought of living as a senior holds promise for some, and uncertainty for others. (...)

Resource Area - includes General Documents - Outcome Documents from Roundtables - Information on Government of Canada Programs - Government of Canada Publications - Government of Canada Seniors-Related Web Sites

The Seniors consultation will be available until October, 2005.

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Consultations on Unpaid Caregivers in Canada
News Release
June 20, 2005

Caregivers Consultation
"Across the country, Canadians are caring for members of their families, their neighbours and their friends. Each caregiving situation is unique, and each caregiving relationship is different."

Resource Area - includes General Documents - Outcome Documents from Roundtables - Information on Government of Canada Programs - Government of Canada Publications - Government of Canada Seniors-Related Web Sites

The Caregivers consultation will be available until July 31, 2005.

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Spread The Word!
"We hope to hear from as many Canadians as possible, during this online consultation. Help us spread the word! You can do this by creating a link from your website to www.sdc-dsc.gc.ca. Or, you can invite your friends to participate in our online consultation, by completing the form below. Please note that your participation in this initiative is voluntary."

Dear Social Development Canada Consultation Website:

I'd love to help you spread the word far and wide, to encourage as many Canadians as possible to offer you some feedback on these important themes. It's a bit disconcerting, though, because I can't tell when the seniors and PWD consultations started; someone forgot to include the starting date for these two initiatives on the news releases and the web pages themselves. When I did a Google.ca News Search on each of the themes to find out when they started, all three search results pages came up empty, i.e.:
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Google News Search Results:
- "Persons with Disabilities Consultation", "Social Development Canada"
- "Seniors Consultation", "Social Development Canada"
- "Caregivers Consultation", "Social Development Canada"
Source:
Google.ca

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This means that either the media ignored all of the SDC news releases and other promotional information that was disseminated about these consultations, or else no effort was made by SDC to notify and involve the media.
SDC *did* notify the media, right?

Regards,

Gilles

P.S.
[Skip the next section if you don't like rants.]

Some time ago - in mid-December 2004, to be exact - I noted in this newsletter that one year earlier, the old federal Department of Human Resources Development (HRDC) had split into two departments --- Social Development Canada (SDC) and Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC) --- and that the split was still not completed on the respective websites of the two "new" departments, because they hadn't yet transferred the content of the old HRDC website to the new sites for those two departments. Now, in early July 2005 - a full 18 months after the departmental split - it looks like they've decided to simply duplicate the content on both websites without actually saying where programs belong in terms of accountability.

Check the "Programs and Services" and "A to Z Index" link for both the SDC and HRSDC websites:
SDC Programs and Services
HRSDC Programs and Services
===> exact same list for both departments.
SDC A-Z Index
HRSDC A-Z Index
===> exact same list for both departments.

Here's where you'll find list of specific program responsibilities for each of the two new departments:
About SDC
About HRSDC

Why the rant?
If one of the purposes of creating and maintaining government websites is to improve accountability to the public, it's important to be clear about program responsibility. Employment Insurance is a program of HRSDC and it should appear only on HRSDC's website; likewise, income security programs like Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan are the responsibility of the Minister of Social Development and they should not appear on the HRSDC website. A visitor to the HRSDC home page would never know that there are three online consultations without actually clicking the "Participate in our Consultations with Canadians" button in the "Features" box. Anyone who *does* click that button on the HRSDC site's home page will likely be wondering why they're mysteriously transferred to a page of the SDC website without a word of explanation. In fact, if you follow the links to info for and about seniors and people with disabilities on the home page of the SDC or the HRSDC site, you won't find a single reference to the online consultations for any of the three consultations:
People with disabilities:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/gateways/individuals/audiences/pd.shtml
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/gateways/individuals/audiences/pd.shtml
Seniors:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/gateways/individuals/audiences/seniors.shtml
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/gateways/individuals/audiences/seniors.shtml
Caregivers:
Caregiving is an emerging issue resulting from the last federal budget --- they don't have a section on caregiving on either website yet.

Oh, and while you're at it, SDC, a sitemap would be a nice tool to have --- and maybe even a half-decent search engine!

Related Links:
Social Development Canada (SDC)
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

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

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/work_life_balance.htm

3. Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces, 1978-79 to 2002-03
(Social Development Canada)

Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces
1978-79 to 2002-03

Updated June 2005!

This is a goldmine of statistical information (beneficiary data and expenditure data) on current and defunct Canadian federal social programs, and even some on provincial/territorial programs.

This report offers 25 years of longitudinal data on costs and numbers of beneficiaries for most programs - over 100 tables - covering a large number of programs --- here's a partial list:
- Child Tax Benefit, Family Allowances, the Child Tax Credit, Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement/Spouse's Allowance ("The Allowance"), Federal Training and Employment Programs, Federal Goods and Services Tax Credit, the Canada/Quebec Pension Plans, War Veterans' and Civilian War Allowances, Veterans' and Civilians' Disability Pensions, Unemployment/Employment Insurance, the Canada Assistance Plan, Workers' Compensation, Youth Allowances, Social Assistance and Social Services for Registered Indians --- and more...
Source:
Social Policy

[ Human Resources and Social Development Canada ]

Preface (short blurb only)

List of Tables
[Read the Introductory notes at the top of the page and in Appendix A of this report for all methodological notes.]
"...Tables in this report have been organized into two parts. Part I presents three Overview Tables which illustrate the trends in social security expenditures by all levels of government for Canada. Part II comprises Component Tables which provide data on beneficiaries and expenditures for individual programs."

A number of tables were removed from this edition of the Social Security Statistics report, including some tables with info on Blind Persons' Allowances, Disabled Persons' Allowances and Unemployed Assistance.
Check older editions of this report for those data.

Many of the tables are historical and likely of little interest except to historians and CAP-o-philes --- they offer historical caseload and expenditure statistics on each of the CAP cost-sharing components (General Assistance - Homes for Special Care for Children and Adults - Child Welfare - Health Care - Other Welfare Services and Work Activity).

Scroll down the list of tables to find a particular program, then click on its name to access the HTML version of the table (the HTML page includes links to the PDF and Excel versions of the table).

You'll find many key stats tables and some interesting analyses here - only a few of which appear below
- includes links to over two dozen tables (Tables 352-911) with info on federal contributions under the Canada Assistance Plan (CAP) and the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) to the cost of provincial and territorial welfare programs.
NOTE: for more info about CAP, the CHST and the Canada Social Transfer (CST, which replaced the CHST in April 2004), see the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page of this site.

A few sample tables:

Table 360 - Total Federal-Provincial Cost-Shared Program Expenditures, 1978-79 to 1999-2000
NOTE: Table 360 traces the evolution/devolution of transfers under the Canada Assistance Plan (in dollars) from 1976 to 1999. No new claims were paid out under CAP after the Canada Health and Social Transfer came into effect in April 1996; amounts shown as CAP expenditures for the fiscal years after 1995-96 are final settlements with each jurisdiction for all outstanding commitments by the federal government.

Table 361: Canada Assistance Plan (CAP) - Number of Beneficiaries of General Assistance (including dependants), as of March 31, 1979 to 1996
- This is a key table for research on welfare programs - welfare dependency statistics by jurisdiction over the years. These are the final, definitive numbers.

Table 362 : Total Federal-Provincial Cost-Shared Expenditures for General Assistance, by Province/Territory, 1978-79 to 1995-96
- this table should be of special interest for welfare historians and number-crunchers - it shows exactly when Canadian government spending on welfare (by the federal and provincial/territorial governments) started looking a little fuzzier. When the feds imposed the cap on CAP (max. 5% annual increase in total CAP payments) in Ontario, Alberta and BC in the early 1990s, those three provinces stopped reporting how much of their CAP dollars were going to welfare (vs. other CAP components covered under the same federal contribution). Table 362 shows that as of 1991-92, the federal contribution to those three provinces for General Assistance appears as "n/a" - so it's been impossible to produce a national figure since then. Unless, of course, one wanders over into the minefield of provincial government welfare statistics, where welfare programs (and related expenditures) have undergone a major transformation. If you *do* want to check out welfare stats for each Canadian jurisdiction, your best starting point is the Key Welfare Links Page of this website - http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm - which includes links to welfare stats in each province and territory where they're available.

Table 434: Total Federal Payments under CAP, 1978-79 to 1999-2000
[The note under table 360 also applies to this table. ]

Table 435
Number of Beneficiaries (including dependants) of Provincial and Municipal Social Assistance, as of March 31, 1997 to 2003

Table 438
Expenditures under the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST), 1996-97 to 2002-03

Table 526
Provincial and Territorial Children's Benefits and Earned Income Supplements, Expenditures for Fiscal years 1978-79 to 2002-03

- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm
- Go to the Social Statistics Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

4. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act receives Royal Assent - June 14
(Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration)

New Accessibility Law Now In Effect
Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005 Receives Royal Assent

News Release
June 14 , 2005
"QUEEN'S PARK – The landmark Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – legislation that will break down barriers for people with disabilities – received Royal assent and is now the law, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Marie Bountrogianni announced today."

Bill 118, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
- incl. links to the First, Second and Third Reading copies as well as dates for each stage of the legislative process

Highlights of Bill 118
Accessibility Standards Advisory Council

Source:
Accessibility Ontario
[Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI)]

Related MCI Link:

New Era of Accessibility Begins in Ontario
Legislature Approves New Accessibility Law
News Release
May 10, 2005

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Google.ca News Search Results : "Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act"
Google.ca Web Search Results : "Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act"
Source:
Google.ca

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

5. Electronic Legal Aid Newsletter
(British Columbia Legal Services Society)

ELAN - Electronic Legal Aid Newsletter
Elan is an electronic newsletter of the Legal Services Society e-mailed once a month to community stakeholders who choose to receive this service.
The first issue, dated July 2005, includes the following content:
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Family Duty Counsel Services Now in Supreme Courts - LSS Launches Multilingual Call Centre/LawLINE Scripts - Outreach Services for Your Organization - Hot off the Press from LSS - Bookmark These Sites

B.C. Legal Services Society (BCLSS)
This site contains:
- information about legal aid in BC,
- information about the Legal Services Society (LSS) and its services, including LawLINE (toll-free hotline for people in BC that provides information, referrals and legal advice)

Other websites maintained by the Legal Services Society:

Family Law in British Columbia
"This site contains:
- self-help materials to help you with your legal problem
- links to people and places where you can get more legal help or information
- general information about family law."

LawLINK
- incl. links to info about the following areas of law in BC : Aboriginal - Consumer and Debt - Crime - Family - Housing - Immigration and Refugee - Legal Help - Pensions and Benefits - Welfare - Wills and Trusts - Work
NOTE: the Welfare section includes information about : Appeals, Applying for Welfare, Disability Benefits, Health Benefits, Problems with Welfare

Electronic Law Library
- detailed legal information, including laws, statutes, court rules and decisions, and parliamentary proceedings

BC Supreme Court Self-Help Information Centre website
- information about the court system and court procedures
- information about the law and alternatives to court
- links to legal advice services

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

6. Women and Social Assistance Policy in Saskatchewan and Manitoba - May 2005
(U. of Regina Dept. of Justice Studies, Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry)

Women and Social Assistance Policy in Saskatchewan and Manitoba
May 2005
By Josephine Savarese, Department of Justice Studies, University of Regina and
Bonnie Morton, Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry
"The Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) Research Program on Poverty and Women's Health has supported several studies that examine the links between public policy, women's poverty and women's health. In 2003, PWHCE initiated three research projects designed to examine income assistance policies in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and their effects on women's health. Reports from two of these projects were published in 2004: Don't We Count As People: Saskatchewan Social Welfare Policy and Women's Health and Surviving on Hope is Not Enough: Women's Health, Poverty, Justice and Income Support in Manitoba. These two studies were based on several focus groups held in each province and were designed to bring forward the voices and perspectives of those most directly affected by income assistance policies. As Wharf and MacKenzie have noted, 'the knowledge and experience gap between those who make policy and those who must live with the consequences is enormous.' The research helps bridge that gap by providing an important critique of income assistance policies from the perspectives of women living on welfare. The women's descriptions of their experiences reveal the inadequacy of income assistance benefits and the harmful effects on their physical and emotional health."

Complete report (PDF file - 927K, 62 pages)
NOTE: the complete report includes both studies noted above.

Source:
Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence
("The Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence is one of the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health supported by the Women’s Health Contribution Program, through the Bureau of Women’s Health And Gender Analysis of Health Canada. The Centres are dedicated to improving the health status of Canadian women by supporting policy-oriented, and community-based research and analysis on the social determinants of women’s health.")

- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

7. New from Statistics Canada - June 28
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Canada's Aboriginal Population in 2017
--- Employment Insurance - April 2005 (preliminary)

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

June 28, 2005
Canada's Aboriginal population in 2017
The Aboriginal population could account for roughly 4.1% of Canada's population by 2017 when the nation celebrates its 150th anniversary, according to new population projections. This report is the result of a project initiated in 2004 by the Multiculturalism and Human Rights Program at the Department of Canadian Heritage. Under scenarios considered for these projections, between 1.39 million and 1.43 million persons could belong to one of the three Aboriginal groups: North American Indian population, Métis and Inuit. In 2001, the Aboriginal population of about 1,066,500 represented 3.4% of Canada's total population. (This figure, based on results of the 2001 Census, has been adjusted upwards to take into account factors such as net undercoverage.)
Complete report
Projections of the Aboriginal populations,
Canada, provinces and territories - 2001 to 2017
(PDF file - 578K, 91 pages)

June 28, 2005
Employment Insurance - April 2005 (preliminary)
After four consecutive months of small increases, the estimated number of Canadians (adjusted for seasonality) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits edged down 0.8% in April from March. Compared to the same time last year, the number of regular beneficiaries fell 4.5% nationally.

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

8. Food bank network strained, says Toronto food bank director - June 28
(Daily Bread Food Bank)

Working people go hungry
Low pay, no health benefits drive families to welfare, says Sue Cox
Jun. 28, 2005
"Food banks are on a treadmill; we have to run faster just to stay in the same place. After 16 years of working at the Daily Bread Food Bank, I have never seen the food bank network as strained as it is now. We can't keep running more and more food drives to keep up to demand. So the time is right for fair and sensible welfare policies that make work pay and eliminate hunger. As Bob Geldof said this week, 'charity is always worth it, but it can never deal with the structure of poverty. That's politics.'"
Sue Cox is executive director of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Related Links:

Daily Bread Food Bank (Toronto)
Who's Hungry: 2005 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (PDF file - 393K, 28 pages)
June 07, 2005
Rebuilding Lives: Taking children off welfare and encouraging their parents to work (PDF file - 390K, 18 pages)
March 15, 2005

More Daily Bread ublications - links to over two dozen reports from 2002 to 2005

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

9. BC JobWave / Ontario JobsNow : A critique - June 22
(Monday Magazine)

Money for Nothing
By Andrew MacLeod
June 22 2005
"When Ontario announced in April it was entering a contract with WCG International for a JobWave-modelled program called JobsNow, that province's social services minister, Sandra Pupatello, told the Windsor Star that the company has succesfully run a similar program in British Columbia." According to a report in the Victoria Business Examiner, the former B.C. human resources minister, Stan Hagen, had vouched for the program. (The Ontario program makes a key change from the B.C. program, by the way. Participants are only referred to the program after they've spent a year on welfare, unlike in B.C. where references are made before a person has even seen a welfare cheque. This likely means people referred to the program in Ontario may be more in need of the extra help, unlike here, where the majority would likely find work on their own.) The company has also pitched its program to the Alberta government, and it now has a website for JobWave America, though there's no indication that it has yet succeeded in selling its program anywhere other than Ontario and B.C..."
(Excerpt from the full article)

British Columbia's JobWave program is a model for the McGuinty Government's welfare-to-work initiative, JobsNow, and WCG International Consultants is the BC-based company that won the contract. According to this article, BC JobWave pays WCGI a cash incentive of four to five thousand dollars per case for taking people off welfare and putting them into jobs --- even where the participant gives up on the program and finds a job himself, as in the situation profiled in the article. The Americans perfected the welfare exit strategy known as the "Jobs First" approach, where getting people off welfare is the primary goal, as opposed to offering them meaningful employment opportunities or training and supports to allow them to find and keep a decent job. Followup evaluations of the U.S. Jobs First approach have shown that a few years after they leave the program, many people were still jobless or employed in jobs that paid relatively little and offered few benefits, and there was little change in participants’ total income.

Source:
Monday Magazine

Related Links:

McGuinty Government Launches Innovative Pilot To Help People Leave Welfare For Work:
JobsNow Part Of Province's Plan To Restore Integrity To Social Assistance Programs

News Release
April 20, 2005
"TORONTO – The McGuinty government is launching an innovative pilot project that will help people move from working for welfare to working for a living, Minister of Community and Social Services Sandra Pupatello announced today. JobsNow will provide ongoing, individualized employment counselling, job placement and retention support to help people find jobs so that they can leave welfare for good. 'Social assistance recipients are not statistics – they are real people who want to work. It's time our welfare programs worked, too,' said Pupatello. 'Our plan will get thousands of people into the workforce, and that's good for our clients, our economy and our taxpayers.'"

Backgrounder

JobsNow Ontario
"JobsNow begins in April 2005 and continues to May 31, 2007, with a target of 12,000 participants referred to the JobsNow service."

Source:
Ministry of Community and Social Services

WCG International HR Solutions
WCG International will run the JobsNow pilot in six pilot communities in cooperation with municipal Ontario Works offices.

JobWave (WCG International)
"JobWave™ is the most successful employment program in the history of British Columbia, continually bringing innovation to the field of job placement."

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

10. Make Poverty History / Live8

Make Poverty History (Canada) [Platform] - "...united by the common belief that poverty can be ended."

Live8 - The Long Walk to Justice

Make Poverty History (International)

11. Données sociales du Québec - June 16
(Institut de la statistique)

A panorama of Quebecers' living conditions
News Release
June 16, 2005
"This study on Quebecers' living conditions shows that some are improving and others worsening. Among the improved conditions is the employment rate of Québec mothers with a spouse and children under six, which, since the start of the 2000s, has been higher than that of Ontarian and Canadian women. In addition, between 1983 and 2003, the number of violent crimes declined considerably. With respect to deteriorating conditions, note that the rate of graduation with a first secondary school diploma dropped after 1995-1996, and that of Québec household expenditures made between 1997 and 2002, health care went up the most. This was revealed in the 2005 edition of Données sociales du Québec, a new publication by the Institut de la statistique du Québec."

Données sociales du Québec
- short description of the book plus Order Form (the paper copy costs $25.95 plus tax)
"...paints a panorama of living conditions in Québec in the most significant fields of social data."
Ten chapters provide various key aspects of Quebecers' living conditions: * population, households and families * mortality * state of health * educational attainment * labour force * working conditions and remuneration * income and patrimony * household expenditures * housing and transportation * violent crimes."

Données sociales du Québec. Édition 2005 (Available in French only)
June 2005
Download the individual chapters in PDF format

Related Links:

Income and Expenditure (Tables in French) - updated to June 15/05
- Data for Québec, includes: Average Family Unit Income - Average Personal Income - Distribution by Income Group - Distribution by Quintiles - Gini Coefficient - Low Income Units - Economic Dependency Profiles
Source:
Official Statistics : The Economy and Finance --- Economic Structure --- Society
[Institut de la Statistique - English Home Page]

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

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Panorama des conditions de vie des Québécois
Communiqué de presse
"Le 16 juin 2005 – Cette étude sur les conditions de vie des Québécois permet de conclure que certaines d’entre elles s’améliorent et que d’autres se détériorent. Parmi celles qui se sont bonifiées, mentionnons que, depuis le début des années 2000, le taux d’emploi des mères québécoises avec conjoint et enfants de moins de six ans surpasse ceux des Ontariennes et des Canadiennes. De plus, entre 1983 et 2003, le nombre des crimes les plus graves contre la personne y a subi une importante diminution. Parmi les conditions de vie qui se sont détériorées, soulignons que le taux d’obtention du premier diplôme du secondaire diminue après 1995-1996 et que, parmi les dépenses des ménages québécois faites entre 1997 et 2002, celles des soins de santé ont augmenté le plus. C’est ce qui ressort d’une nouvelle publication de l’Institut de la statistique du Québec, Données sociales du Québec, édition 2005."

Données sociales du Québec. Édition 2005
- brève description de la publication et Bon de commande (25,95 $ plus taxes)
"... dessine le panorama des conditions de vie au Québec dans les domaines les plus marquants.
Dix chapitres abordent plusieurs aspects primordiaux des conditions de vie de la population québécoise : * la population, les ménages et les familles * la mortalité * l’état de santé * l’éducation * la population active * les conditions de travail et la rémunération * le revenu et le patrimoine * les dépenses des ménages * le logement et le transport * les crimes contre la personne."

Données sociales du Québec. Édition 2005
Juin 2005
Téléchargez un fichier par chapitre en format PDF

Liens connexes:

Revenus et dépenses (révisé au 15 juin 2005)
Données québécoises, dont : Coefficient de Gini - Répartition selon la tranche de revenu - Répartition par quintile - Revenu moyen des particuliers - Revenu moyen des unités familiales - Unités à faible revenu - Profils de dépendance économique

Données sociales : quelques comparaisons entre le Québec, l’Ontario et l’ensemble du Canada
(article par Hervé Gauthier et Yves Nobert)
Source :
Données sociodémographiques en bref - Juin 2005 (fichier PDF, 154Ko, 8 pages)
Volume 9 - Numéro 3

Source:
Statistiques officielles : Économie et finances - Structure économique - Société
[Institut de la Statistique du Québec]

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

12. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 30
( University of Toronto)


What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

30-June-05

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WHAT’S NEW
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>> The world we have: Toward a new social architecture
by Katherine Scott
Report from the Canadian Council on Social Development’s New Social Architecture series aims to spur discussion about the critical need for social policy reform in Canada.

>> Government of Australia 2004 census of child care services
by Government of Australia. Department of Family and Community Services
Report from Australia’s Department of Family and Community Services finds child care fees increasing and growth in for-profit care outstripping growth in not-for-profit care.

>> Behind the statistics: Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
by Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Article from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada discusses the implications of ECEC in Canada 2004’s main findings.

>> All together now: State experiences in using community-based child care to provide pre-kindergarten
by Rachel Schumacher, Danielle Ewen, Katherine Hart & Joan Lomardi
Report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (US) proposes that some states’ plans to provide pre-K in both centres and schools may help break barriers between education and care.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> Child care fees soar - if you can find it [AU]
Sydney Morning Herald, 30 Jun 05
The cost of child care in Australia is increasing at five times the rate of inflation. While the number of places is growing, demand still outstrips supply, particularly in inner-city areas where parents routinely wait for two or three years before finding a place.

>> Dressed to oppress [AU]
Daily Telegraph (Australia), 30 Jun 05
Child care giant ABC Learning is making staff buy their own uniforms while pocketing a cool $40 million in profit. Carers, some of whom earn as little as $420-a-week after tax, are having to shell out more than half that for pants and shirts featuring the ABC logo.

>> No new money for day care, Quebec says [CA-QC]
Montreal Gazette, 29 Jun 05
Despite the threat of a province-wide day care strike, Quebec doesn't plan to use any of the money it is entitled to under Ottawa's $5-billion day care plan to boost its day care budget this year, Family Minister Carole Theberge said yesterday.

Lord wants broad range of child care options [CA-NB]
Globe and Mail, 28 Jun 05
New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord says parents and grandparents who stay home with young children could be trained to provide a more supportive learning environment -- and he wants Ottawa to help foot the bill.

>> Child care in New Brunswick [CA-NB]
Globe and Mail, 29 Jun 05
Bernard Lord's comment that "what may work for downtown Toronto may not work for Plaster Rock, N.B.," seems to gloss over the fact that the first province to sign a bilateral agreement on child care with the federal government was one with a large rural population -- Manitoba.

Quality time thrills Nordic dads [DK]
BBC News, 28 Jun 05
Paternity leave schemes in Denmark and Iceland are among the most generous in the world - and are proving to benefit society, experts say.

It's time to act on child care [CA-NB]
Daily Gleaner (Fredricton), 24 Jun 05
Providing high quality, affordable child care and play based learning is just as important to parents living on the Miramichi as it is to those who are raising children in a Toronto high rise.

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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
By Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
6th edition, May 2005, 232 pp

"Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2004 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care, kindergarten, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information."

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

13. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- June 30

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)

June 30, 2005

Today's subjects include: Medicaid // Welfare and Health Problems // After-School Programs // Homelessness // Welfare Reform - Grant County, IN // Child Support - Illinois // Working Poor - Seattle // Medicaid - Illinois, Iowa, Virginia // Health Care Program - Tennessee // Cuts in Children's Dental Care - Georgia // Food Stamps - Ohio, New York City // Nutrition Program - Wisconsin // Summer Free lunch Program - San Diego // Nutrition, Race and Educational Achievement - New Mexico // Charter Schools - Ohio // No Child Left Behind Act - Georgia // Homelessness - New York City, Massachusetts, Los Angeles

June 27, 2005

Today's subjects include: Poverty and Marriage // Struggle to Leave Welfare - Opinion // Medicaid and Long-Term Care // High School Dropout Rates // Concern over Federal Policy on Public Housing // Welfare Reform - Wisconsin, Massachusetts // Problems for Antipoverty Coalition - Milwaukee // Child Abuse and Poverty - Texas // Child Support Enforcement - Illinois, New York // Child Support Guidelines - Georgia // Extended Health Care Coverage for Working Poor - New Jersey // Proposed Copays for Medicaid - Kentucky // Medicaid Cuts - Missouri // Financial Problems for State Health Plan - Tennessee // New Attempt to Fix Computerized Benefits System - Colorado // Food Stamp Usage - Indiana // Food Stamp Assistance and Low-Income Housing - New York // Food Assistance - San Francisco // Squeeze on Low-Income Housing - Western Wisconsin

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- June 23, 2005
- June 9
- June 2
- May 26
- May 19

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- 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

14. Wake-Up Wal-Mart --- WalmartWatch.com

Wake-Up Wal-Mart
The "Wake-Up Wal-Mart Campaign" is about Americans joining together in common purpose to change Wal-Mart. There is only one force powerful enough to change the #1 Fortune 500 company in the world – the American people.
We are 50,000 Americans and growing. We are grassroots leaders, community groups and activists who have woken up to the high costs of Wal-Mart and recognize Wal-Mart’s negative impact on our jobs, our wages, our health care and our communities. (...) We will be a vehicle through which millions of Americans can join together, from neighborhoods all across our nation, to harness the power of our consumer behavior and use it to reform a company. America’s largest corporation must reflect America’s values."

Related Links:

United Food and Commercial Workers - Washington, D.C.
United Food and Commercial Workers - Canada - Rexdale, ON

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WalmartWatch.com - “To fight Wal-Mart on the streets, in the media, and in the customer’s mind!”
The goal of WalmartWatch is to serve as a virtual meeting place, research hub and strategic “war room” for the growing Wal-Mart reform effort. The Center for Community & Corporate Ethics is formed as a 501c(3) organization and will operate WalmartWatch.com from an affiliated 501c(4) organization, Five Stones.
- incl. links to : About Us * Research Library * Press Releases * Blog * Wal-Mart in the News * Contact Us

- Go to the Banks and Business Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

15. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Website Updated
(World Bank Group, United Nations et al.)

From the World Bank:

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Website Updated
"The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) website maintained by the World Bank's Development Data Group (in association with numerous partners) has been updated with recent data from the World Development Indicators 2005 published in April this year, and new charting to compare and track progress. The MDGs set targets for reductions in poverty, improvements in health and education and protection of the environment. This website contains information about the goals themselves, collection of data, statistical capacity building, World Bank research and country studies relevant to the MDGs, and perspectives from the various developing regions."

Partners
"There are many organizations and many people working in different ways to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The task will not be easy. There are many obstacles. True partnership and an unshakeable commitment to eliminating poverty will be needed. The open exchange of information is one of the most powerful tools for increasing the power of partnership. The web sites shown below provide information for monitoring progress toward the goals."
The list of partners includes (among others): Food and Agriculture Organization - International Labour Organization - International Monetary Fund - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - United Nations (12 different UN bodies are listed as partners) - World Bank Group's Data and Statistics - World Health Organization - World Trade Organization - more...

Global Monitoring Report 2005 focuses on how the world is doing in implementing the policies and actions for achieving the MDGs and related development outcomes.

World Development Indicators (WDI) 2005
April 2005
"The 2005 WDI includes more than 800 indicators in 83 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. Data are shown for 152 economies with populations of more than 1 million and 14 country groups, plus selected indicators for 56 other smaller economies. Indicators are shown for the most recent year or period for which data are available and, in most tables, for an earlier year or period (usually 1990 in this edition)."
- incl. links to ordering information the full text online (free) the press release, time series database access and more

WDI 2005 full text

PovertyNet
PovertyNet provides an introduction to key issues as well as in-depth information on poverty measurement, monitoring, analysis, and on poverty reduction strategies for researchers and practitioners.

Poverty & Growth
"The Poverty and Growth Program (PGP), formerly called the Attacking Poverty Program (APP), aims to build the capacity of poor and middle-income countries to design and implement effective poverty reduction strategies. Customized “country learning programs” are used to leverage the resources of the development community to fight against the deprivation, vulnerability of powerlessness of poverty. For low income countries, this support takes place, during all stages, within the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) framework.For middle income countries, PGP assists in either the overall poverty strategy or in analysis and evaluation of a specific set of poverty reduction policies."

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From the United Nations:

UN Millennium Project - United Nations
Commissioned by the UN Secretary-General and Supported by the UN Development Group
"The UN Millennium Project is an independent advisory body commissioned by the UN Secretary-General to advise the UN on strategies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the set of internationally agreed upon targets for reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by 2015."

UN Millennium Development Goals

Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals
“Investing in Development brings together the core recommendations of the UN Millennium Project. By outlining practical investment strategies and approaches to financing them, the report presents an operational framework that will allow even the poorest countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.”

Fast Facts: The Faces of Poverty



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Actual Announcements from Church Bulletins
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Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.

A songfest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.

Due to the Rector's illness, Wednesday's healing service will be discontinued until further notice.

Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.

The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success.

The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing "Break Forth Into Joy."

Ushers will eat latecomers.

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

The sermon this morning is "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight is "Searching for Jesus."

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Please use the back door.

This evening there will be a hymn sing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

Source:
Found online somewhere like this:
http://www.strangecosmos.com/content/item/106133.html