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October 3, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.
The Recession's Repeat Performance (John Stapleton in The Mark) - September 29
2. Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers. Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) - September 29
3. Healthy Smiles Ontario (free dental services for low-income kids in Ontario) - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - September 30

4. Should Students Pay One Flat Fee for a Degree? (Nick Falvo in The Relentlessly Progressive Blog) - September 29
5. The Census long form questionnaire
6.
Selected recent media coverage of Employment Insurance issues (various media) - September 29,30
7. Minister of Finance Introduces the Sustaining Canada’s Economic Recovery Act (Finance Canada) - September 30
8. Willingness to Pay for Postsecondary Education Among Under-represented Groups (Social Research and Demonstration Corporation) - September 28
9. Government of Canada Moves Forward With Tax Relief and Benefits for Canadians (Finance Canada) - September 28
10. Ottawa responds to the Senate call to end poverty (Government of Canada) - September 27
11. Canada's Economic Action Plan: A Sixth Report to Canadians (Department of Finance Canada) - September 27
12. The Fiscal Monitor for July 2010 (Finance Canada) - September 24
13. Soundbites e-Bulletin (Social Planning Toronto) - September 16
14.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canada's population estimates, second quarter 2010 - September 29
--- Study: Employment patterns of postsecondary students, 2010 - September 29
--- General Social Survey: Victimization, 2009 - September 28
--- Salaries and salary scales of full-time teaching staff at Canadian universities, 2009/2010 - September 28

15. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 27

International content

16. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
17. World Forum 2010 : International Forum for Child Welfare (New York City, November 8-11, 2010)
18. Austerity in Europe:
--- Amid Austerity, Britain Keeps Benefits (New York Times) - September 30
--- Massive protest march in Brussels rejects European austerity plans
(Canadian Union of Public Employees) - September 30

19. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content:
--- Housing, public policy and social inclusion - October 2010
--- A profile of social housing in Australia - September 2010
20. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)


Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

1. The Recession's Repeat Performance - September 29
(John Stapleton in The Mark)

The Recession's Repeat Performance
Ontario's shaky economy is looking a lot like it did in 1994.
The difference? Back then, we had a much better social safety net.

September 29, 2010
By John Stapleton
With poverty rising and political control shifting, the economic instability of 2010 is reminiscent of the recession of 1994. Back then, though, we had a secure safety net of social services to cushion the landing.
(...)

There’s no sign Canada is close to pulling out of an alarming economic nosedive that began last fall, resulting in the worst quarterly contraction in nearly two decades. (...)

Does this mean it’s time to prepare for another big hit on social services, like the 21.6 per cent cut to social assistance in 1995? Perhaps, but it’s important that we all realize that some things have changed this time round.
The first thing that’s different is the incentive for low income people to work. During the last recession, welfare rates were 70 per cent of minimum wage – now they stand at 35 per cent. During the last recession, there were 200,000 single mothers receiving social assistance when our national population was 11 million. Now there are 80,000 single mothers on assistance and our population is 13.5 million. In 1994, almost 14 per cent of Ontario’s population received social assistance. In 2010, after the largest recession since the Great Depression, this percentage stands at 6.5 per cent of population – only slightly above the post-war average. If welfare rates had been indexed like Old Age Security and CPP, the single social assistance rate would now stand at $904 a month. But the maximum amount paid is now $585 a month. It would take a 54 per cent increase in rates to get them to where they were in real terms in 1994. In 1994, there was no workfare or community participation for people receiving public assistance. In 2010, it is the rule. The poorest of the poor felt the effects of the last recession but – unlike the rest of us – never recovered, as social programs got tighter and benefits decreased.
Source:
The Mark

Related link:

Open Policy Ontario - John Stapleton's website

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

2. Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers. Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration - September 29
(Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development)

New from the
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
:

Canada: further reform of sickness
and disability policies needed, says OECD

News Release
29 September 2010
Canada needs to improve the support it gives to people with disabilities or health problems in order to help those who can work to find a job, according to a new OECD report. Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers. Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration analyses the country’s efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its policies for persons affected by sickness and disability. Further reforms are needed, the report says. Co-ordination between federal and provincial governments should be improved. Many of the job and other social supports and benefits are restrictive and complex. These should be streamlined and made easier for people to understand so they can get the support to which they are entitled.

Abstract + 20 Excel files - ("Underlying figures and statistics")

Complete report:

Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers.
Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration
(PDF - 1MB, 84 pages)
Table of contents:
CHAPTER 1. SETTING THE SCENE
1.1. Key trends and outcomes
1.2. Policy context – Canada as a federation
1.3. Major contributing programmes
CHAPTER 2. KEY ISSUES AND CHALLENGES
2.1. Moving beyond a disability benefit culture
2.2. Towards a better organised and co-ordinated system of supports
CHAPTER 3. SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
3.1. Make the system of federation work for people with disability
3.2. Move towards a client-oriented framework
3.3. Improve programme coverage and benefit take-up
3.4. Promote early intervention and access to supports
3.5. Strengthen the broader system to work more efficiently
Annex. Major reforms in federal policies for persons with disabilities (since 1980)

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Version française:

Maladie, invalidité et travail :
SURMONTER LES OBSTACLES
CANADA : des possibilités de collaboration
(1.7Mo., 95 pages)
[ Sommaire, communiqué et fichiers Excel ]
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[ Earlier reports from the
OECD Sickness, Disability and Work project
]

Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

3. Healthy Smiles Ontario - September 30
(Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

$45M dental-care boost protects poorest children
October 1, 2010
Ontario is expanding free dental services for poor children to include preventative care such as check-ups, cleanings, X-rays and fillings, the Star has learned.Health Minister Deb Matthews will announce Friday that the “healthy smiles” program — costing taxpayers $45 million annually — is designed to help 130,000 kids aged 17 and under. (...) Despite the new program, the government has not kept its 2007 election promise to provide free dental care for adults who are among the working poor. Officials said the $135 million budgeted in 2008 for such a program over three years is being poured into dental care for children because the recession has left the government in a cash crunch.
Source:
Parent Central
[ Toronto Star ]

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From the
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:

Healthy Smiles Ontario
30 Sept 2010
Healthy Smiles Ontario is a new program providing regular dental services to kids 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage. The 36 local Public Health Units across Ontario are leading the program in communities and are working with local partners such as Community Health Centres, primary care providers, dentists, dental hygienists, hospitals, schools and universities to deliver this program. The initiative is part of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy to support the development of healthier communities.

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

4. Should Students Pay One Flat Fee for a Degree? - September 29
By Nick Falvo in The Relentlessly Progressive Blog)

Should Students Pay One Flat Fee for a Degree?
By Nick Falvo
September 29, 2010
Yesterday afternoon, Alex Usher–who regularly blogs for the Globe and Mail on post-secondary education–blogged about an innovative concept proposed by the (now ousted) Liberal Party in New Brunswick’s recent provincial election campaign. The proposal is for universities to charge students one flat fee for the cost of a degree. Usher argues in favour of this move on the basis that it would give students and their families “more certainty in pricing.”...
Source:
Blog : Relentlessly Progressive Economics
Part of:
Progressive Economics Forum

- Go to the Education Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

5. The Census long form questionnaire

The Census long form questionnaire:

Ontario, Quebec call census decision a “mistake”
By Armine Yalnizyan
September 29, 2010
Cabinet ministers from the governments of Ontario and Quebec have sent a letter to Minister Tony Clement, calling the census decision a “mistake” and asking that the federal government “reverse this course of action as soon as possible”. The provinces, together, represent 62% of the labour market and spend billions of dollars every year on training and education. The Ministers responsible for those public expenditures point out that the Harper government’s decision on the census will make it impossible to reliably know how the labour market is changing, and if the taxpayers dollars being spent on training and education is being targeted appropriately.
Source:
Blog : Relentlessly Progressive Economics
Part of:
Progressive Economics Forum
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.

Also by Armine in PEF:

It’s Not too Late to Fix the Census
By Armine Yalnizyan
September 24, 2010
Everyone knows that the Harper government’s decision on the census is destructive madness, including the Harper government. But there is a growing sense that it’s too late to reverse the decision. It’s not.

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datalibre.ca - the most comprehensive online resource on the Census questionnaire issue

Most recent
datalibre Census posting:

Right to Know Week
September 29, 2010
By Tracey Lauriault
Canadians have had a long summer on the re-in-statement of the Long-Form Census. There has been an unprecedented outpouring of support from all corners of the nation. People want to be informed, and they want to do so with good, reliable and accurate data.
Right to Know Week in my mind, is about disclosure and transparency, but it is also about acknowledging and reminding ourselves that having free and open access to the information and data citizens, non profit organizations, the private sector and government need to inform public policy, is critical to a well functioning participatory democracy. It is about guiding the work we do between elections.

---

Most recent Google.ca
News Search Results Page
: "Canada census 2011, long form questionnaire."

Related link:

Statistics Canada's Census of Canada Home Page

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From Jennefer Laidley
of www.incomesecurity.org:

The Census form:

Reinstatement motion passes – Conservatives will ignore it:
CBC:
Census reinstatement motion passes
Government shrugs off latest call for saving mandatory long-form survey

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/09/29/ignatieff-coalition-finley-ei.html

Globe:
Opposition, provinces fail to stir Tories from census position

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/industry-minister-shoots-down-ontario-and-quebecs-last-ditch-census-complaint/article1731919/

Post:
Tories ignore opposition motion to bring back long-form census
http://www.nationalpost.com/Tories+ignore+opposition+motion+bring+back+long+form+census/3599603/story.html

Sun:
Tories reject census defeat

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/09/29/15523871.html

They’re not budging – stubbornness over leadership:
Star:
PM ‘confusing stubbornness with leadership’ over census, Ignatieff says
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/census/article/868232--pm-confusing-stubbornness-with-leadership-over-census-ignatieff-says

Globe:
Opposition, provinces fail to stir Tories from census position

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/opposition-provinces-fail-to-stir-tories-from-census-position/article1731919/

CBC:
Carolyn Bennett launches PMB to restore census
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/09/30/liberals-census-motion.html

Hamilton Spectator:
Census lie exposed

http://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial/article/262888--census-lie-exposed

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Thanks to Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) in Toronto
for sharing the above links. Visit BOTH of ISAC's websites!

ISAC website:
www.incomesecurity.org

Social Assistance Review website:
www.sareview.ca

- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

6. Selected recent media coverage of Employment Insurance issues - September 29, 30
(various media)

Still from Jennefer Laidley
of the Income Security Advocacy Centre:

[ Thanks, Jennefer! ]

The EI premium question:
Globe:
EI move adds nearly $5-billion to deficit
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flaherty-hits-brakes-on-ei-premiums/article1734670/

CBC:
Flaherty scales back EI premium increase

http://www.cbc.ca/politics/story/2010/09/30/flaherty-ei-premiums.html

Flaherty discussing and reviewing EI premium increase – and hinting that deficit may be bigger than thought:

CBC:
No decision on EI premiums: Flaherty
Finance minister also says deficit may be worse than thought

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/09/30/ei-premiums-deficit.html

Globe:
Ottawa to scale back EI premium increase set for January
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-to-scale-back-ei-premium-increase-set-for-january/article1734052/

Sun:
Government hints EI rate increase likely

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/09/29/15521396.html

Post:
John Ivison: Tories do the right thing on EI
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/09/29/john-ivison-tories-do-the-right-thing-on-ei/

Sun:
Pogey panic button
Flaherty needs to step in and stop big EI rate hike
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/david_akin/2010/09/29/15524811.html

Seems like Ignatieff is also having second thoughts about EI changes – but he’s flip-flopping on improving EI:
Globe:
Ignatieff changes his mind on EI bill
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ignatieff-changes-his-mind-on-ei-bill/article1732585/

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

7. Minister of Finance Introduces the Sustaining Canada’s Economic Recovery Act - September 30
(Finance Canada)

Minister of Finance Introduces the Sustaining Canada’s Economic Recovery Act
News Release
September 30, 2010
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today continued the Government of Canada’s focus on the economy by introducing the Sustaining Canada’s Economic Recovery Act in the House of Commons. The Act, which includes measures from Budget 2010, represents a key component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. (...)
The Act includes measures to:
Help Canadian Families Get Ahead
* Indexing the Working Income Tax Benefit
* Allowing Registered Retirement Savings Plan proceeds to be transferred to a Registered Disability Savings Plan on a tax-deferred basis
* Allowing a 10-year carry forward for Registered Disability Savings Plan grants and bonds
* Implementing Employee Life and Health Trusts
* Further strengthening federally regulated pension plans
Cut Red Tape
Close Down Tax Loopholes
Protect Consumers
Promote Clean Energy

More details on these and other
measures from Budget 2010 are available at
www.budget.gc.ca

Source:
Finance Canada

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

8. Willingness to Pay for Postsecondary Education Among Under-represented Groups - September 28
(Social Research and Demonstration Corporation)

New research report looks at student’s willingness to pay and to borrow for PSE back
News Release
September 28, 2010
A new research report released today by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) investigates the roles that financial barriers may play in the under-representation of certain groups in post-secondary education (PSE). It shows that negative perceptions about the costs of PSE and about taking up student loans may discourage some students from pursuing a post-secondary education.

The executive summary (PDF - 1.2MB, 22 pages)

The report:

Willingness to Pay for Postsecondary Education
Among Under-represented Groups
(PDF - 1.3MB, 66 pages)
By Boris Palameta and Jean-Pierre Voyer
Table of Contents:
* Introduction
* Design
* Implementation
* Demand for Student Financial Aid
* The Determinants of Price Sensitivity
* Loan Aversion
* Conclusions
* References

Appendices
(research tools used in this study):
(published separately)
Appendix A: Choices
(PDF - 971K, 48 pages)
Appendix B: Surveys (PDF - 396K, 45 pages)

Source:
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a non-profit research organization, created specifically to develop, field test, and rigorously evaluate new programs. SRDC’s two-part mission is to help policymakers and practitioners identify policies and programs that improve the wellbeing of all Canadians, with a special concern for the effects on the disadvantaged, and to raise the standards of evidence that are used in assessing these policies.

- Go to the Education Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

9. Government of Canada Moves Forward With Tax Relief and Benefits for Canadians - September 28
(Finance Canada)

Government of Canada Moves Forward
With Tax Relief and Benefits for Canadians

News Release
September 28, 2010
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled in the House of Commons a Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement key tax relief measures from Budget 2010. (...)
The Notice of Ways and Means Motion includes tax measures to:
* Index the Working Income Tax Benefit.
* Provide for the sharing of the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit in cases of shared custody.
* Allow Registered Retirement Savings Plan proceeds to be transferred to a Registered Disability Savings Plan on a tax-deferred basis.
* Address aggressive tax planning techniques related to Tax-Free Savings Accounts.
* Amend labour-sponsored venture capital corporation rules relating to Tax-Free Savings Accounts.
* more...

More details on these and other measures can be found in the attached Notice of Ways and Means Motion and detailed explanatory notes, as well as the March 2010 federal budget

Related Documents:

* Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement certain provisions
of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 4, 2010 and other measures

* Explanatory Notes Relating to the Income Tax Act, the Air Travellers Security Charge Act,
the Excise Act, 2001, the Excise Tax Act and Related Acts and Regulations
(PDF - 394K, 124 pages)

10. Ottawa responds to the Senate call to end poverty - September 27
(Government of Canada)

September 27, 2010
GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE FINAL REPORT OF THE STANDING SENATE
COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL AFFAIRS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY’S SUBCOMMITTEE ON CITIES
ENTITLED, IN FROM THE MARGINS: A CALL TO ACTION ON POVERTY, HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
(PDF - 133K, 20 pages)
(...) Many of the initiatives that address the economic security and health of Canadians fall under provincial and territorial jurisdiction.
(...) The Government is taking real action to address many of the issues raised in this report. The Government will take the Committee’s recommendations under advisement as it continues to find ways to help Canadians succeed.

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Media coverage:

Harper government gives Senate poverty report short shrift: Critics
By Norma Greenaway
September 29, 2010
OTTAWA — The Harper government has brushed off a major Senate report advocating a sweeping assault on poverty with a 20-page defence of the status quo. Critics say the government response is almost insulting because it doesn't deal directly with any of the more than 70 recommendations, including one calling for a commitment to work with the provinces on a strategy to eradicate poverty.
Source:
The Vancouver Sun

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Ottawa rejects Senate plan to fight poverty
September 28, 2010
By Laurie Monsebraaten
The Harper government has refused to adopt any of the 74 poverty-fighting recommendations that were part of a sweeping Senate report on homelessness and poverty. Instead, the government’s response Monday night to the Senate’s 300-page report was a 20-page list of Ottawa’s current programs and a commitment to “take the committee’s recommendations under advisement as it continues to find ways to help Canadians succeed.” Liberal Senator Art Eggleton, whose subcommittee on cities authored the report, said he is “disappointed” in the government’s response.
Source:
Toronto Star

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From Michael Shapcott of
The Wellesley Institute:

Federal gov’t refuses to take action on
Senate housing / homelessness / poverty report

September 27, 2010

By Michael Shapcott
In a formal response released today, the federal government has promised only to take “under advisement” a detailed report adopted unanimously by the Senate of
Canada that calls for a comprehensive and co-ordinated national strategy on housing, homelessness and poverty.
NOTE : includes half a dozen links to recent related studies
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog

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The December 2009
Senate Committee final report:

In From the Margins:
A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
(PDF - 3.8MB, 290 pages)
The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Report of the Subcommittee on Cities
The Honourable Art Eggleton P.C., Chair
The Honourable Hugh Segal, Deputy Chair
December 2009
[ version française (PDF - 4,5Mo., 331 pages) ]

Executive Summary
* Evidence * Poverty * Poverty reduction strategies * Employment Insurance * Training and education * Health * Income transfers through the tax system * Housing and homelessness * Programs targeted to over-represented groups * Rights-based approaches * Common cause * Knowledge exchange

Source:
Subcommittee on Cities
[ Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology ]

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

11. Canada's Economic Action Plan: A Sixth Report to Canadians - September 27
(Department of Finance Canada)

New from
Department of Finance Canada:

Report to Canadians Shows Canada’s Economic Action Plan Is Supporting the Recovery
News Release
September 27, 2010
Through the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed funds to over 23,000 projects across Canada to stimulate the economy and put Canadians back to work. The announcement was made by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, together with the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, upon release of the 6th report to Canadians on the implementation of the Economic Action Plan. The Report to Canadians says the Economic Action Plan is on track to deliver a further $22 billion in federal stimulus spending in 2010-11. All of the jobs lost during the recession in Canada have now been recouped.

The Report:

Canada's Economic Action Plan:
A Sixth Report to Canadians

HTML version
PDF version
(1.4MB, 146 pages)
September 2010

Related links:

* A Fifth Report to Canadians - March 2010
* A Fourth Report to Canadians - December 2009
* A Third Report to Canadians - September 2009
* A Second Report to Canadians - June 2009
* A First Report to Canadians - March 2009

Source:
ActionPlan.gc.ca
- incl. links to:
* THE CHALLENGE * WHAT HAS BEEN DONE * THE PLAN * THE ROLLOUT * WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

ActionPlan.gc.ca is
a sub-site of Finance Canada.

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Selected media coverage:

Ottawa vows to be ‘fair and reasonable’ on stimulus deadline
By Bill Curry
September 27, 2010
The federal government is softening its use-it or-lose-it stand on federal stimulus cash, promising to be “fair and reasonable” in cases where projects are at risk of missing the March 31, 2011 deadline. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made the comments Monday in Montreal, where he released the government’s latest update on federal stimulus spending. The government’s 149 page report gives itself top marks for following through on pledges to get stimulus money into the economy as promised.
Source:
Globe and Mail

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Flaherty wavers on end date for stimulus spending
September 27, 2010
By Les Whittington and Richard J. Brennan
OTTAWA—Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for the first time appears to be wavering on his insistence that Ottawa’s economic bailout plan must come to a halt on March 31, 2011. Leaving the door open for additional measures to prop up the economy, Flaherty said today that “temporary stimulus measures” will be wound down “as the economy recovers.” He made the comment in Montreal as he released the government’s sixth report on implementation of its $48-billion, two-year bailout program
Source:
Toronto Star

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

12. The Fiscal Monitor for July 2010 - September 24
(Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for July 2010
News Release
September 24, 2010
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for July 2010.
Highlights
* July 2010: budgetary deficit of $0.5 billion
* April to July 2010: budgetary deficit of $7.7 billion

Related document:

* The Fiscal Monitor, July 2010

[ earlier editions of The Fiscal Monitor - going back to 1996 ]

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

13. Soundbites e-Bulletin - September 16
(Social Planning Toronto)

SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin
September 16, 2010

This issue:

1. REGISTER TODAY for "Common Ground - Schools as Community Hubs: The Vision, The Challenge, The Opportunity"
2. SPT Toronto Votes Kits are now available online.
3. Ontario’s Social Landscape Paints the Picture of Local Communities Across the Province
4. Student Placements at SPT
5. News From Our Partners
6. Worth Repeating
7. Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
8. About Social Planning Toronto
9. Join us on Twitter & Facebook

Source:
Social Planning Toronto

Social Planning Toronto is committed to building a civic society: one in which diversity, equity, social and economic justice, interdependence and active civic participation are central to all aspects of our lives - in our families, neighbourhoods, voluntary and recreational activities, at work and in politics.

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

14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Canada's population estimates, second quarter 2010 - September 29
--- Study: Employment patterns of postsecondary students, 2010 - September 29
--- General Social Survey: Victimization, 2009 - September 28
--- Salaries and salary scales of full-time teaching staff at Canadian universities, 2009/2010 - September 28

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

September 29, 2010
Canada's population estimates, second quarter 2010
As of July 1, Canada's population was estimated at 34,108,800, up 120,800 or 0.36% from April 1, 2010. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba posted the highest rates of population growth among the provinces.
- includes links to four tables:
* Components and factors of demographic growth
* Quarterly demographic estimates
* Population estimates, age distribution and median age as of July 1, 2010, Canada, provinces and territories
* Population estimates by sex and age group as of July 1, 2010, Canada

Related links:

Quarterly Demographic Estimates - product main page*
This publication presents quarterly estimates of population for Canada, provinces and territories as well as statistics on the following components of population change: births, deaths, immigration, emigration, returning emigration, net temporary emigration, net non-permanent residents and interprovincial migration, the latter by origin and destination.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories - product main page
This publication presents annual estimates of the total population and annual estimates by age and sex for Canada, provinces and territories. It also presents estimates of the following components of population change: births, deaths, immigration, emigration, returning emigration, net temporary emigration, net non-permanent residents and inter-provincial migration, the latter by origin and destination. As in the case of population estimates, the components are also available for the total population and by age and sex.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:
* Population and demography
* Ethnic diversity and immigration
* Immigrants and non-permanent residents

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Study: Employment patterns of postsecondary students, 2010
Employment patterns for postsecondary students who work during the school year changed significantly during the recent economic downturn. During the 2009/2010 school year, about 542,000 postsecondary students aged 15 to 24 held jobs. This represented an employment rate of 45%, down from 48% in 2007/2008, just before the economic downturn. Nevertheless, these rates were well above those during the 1970s when 25% of students were employed.
* Study Highlights
* Full article:
--- HTML
--- PDF
(214K, 13 pages)
Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
This publication brings together and analyzes a wide range of labour and income data. Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income.
* 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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September 28, 2010
General Social Survey: Victimization, 2009
First results from the 2009 General Social Survey on victimization show that 27% of Canadians aged 15 and older said they had been a victim of a criminal incident in the 12 months before the survey. This proportion was unchanged from 2004, the last time the victimization survey was conducted.
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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September 28, 2010
Salaries and salary scales of full-time teaching staff at Canadian universities, 2009/2010
- information on the salaries of full-time teaching staff at 31 Canadian universities for 2009/2010

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The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

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

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

15. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 27

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

September 27, 2010

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

BC smart family policy 2010 report card: Assessing British Columbians' support for families with young children
22 Sep 10
- Report from UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership finds vulnerability is on the rise in BC; recommends increasing parental leave and expanding ECEC services.

Materials from the Belgian Presidency of the EU's expert conference "Europe de l'enfance"
22 Sep 10
- Recent conference aimed to create a more coordinated approach to child policy across the EU; key messages include a call to "guarantee a right for all children to access high-quality, diversified and integrated ECEC services."

Learning together: A study of six B.A. completion cohort programs in early care and education. Year 2 report
22 Sep 10
- Second report from a longitudinal study by the Centre for the Study of Child Care Employment looks at the success of B.A. programs that target small groups of adults working in ECE to pursue a course of study together.

Quality costs: Paying for early childhood education and care
22 Sep 10
- Presentation by the Executive Director of Daycare Trust (UK) for a seminar at the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare explores what it would cost to build a high quality ECEC system.

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.]

· Government adding day-care spaces to city school
[CA-SK] 21 Sep 10

· Percentage of vulnerable children on the rise in B.C kindergartens - UBC study
[CA-BC] 21 Sep 10

· First Nations leaders demand more money for education
[CA] 21 Sep 10

· Hudak's stand on kindergarten risks raising ire of families
[CA-ON] 17 Sep 10

· Finland's secrets to educational success
[FI] 14 Sep 10

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
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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.

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

16. 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:

October 1:
TANF Emergency Fund and Jobs Programs
August 2010 US Metro Unemployment Rate
Costs of State Social Services Programs - Oregon, Washington
Aging Out of Foster Care - California

September 30:
Medicaid Enrollment and Spending
American Community Survey

September 29:
American Community Survey - Midwest States
TANF Emergency Fund - California
US Rebuilding Aid for Haiti

September 28:
US Census Releases: Recession, Income, and Marriage
Kids Count Report - Alabama

September 27:
Housing Choice Voucher Program - Baltimore, MD
Joblessness and Unemployment - South Africa
Rural Health Clinics - Wisconsin, Kentucky
TANF Emergency Fund and Jobs Programs

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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 ]

- 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

17. World Forum 2010 : International Forum for Child Welfare (New York City, November 8-11, 2010)

World Forum 2010 - International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW)
November 8-11, New York City
International delegates and child welfare experts will gather at the IBM Learning Center in Palisades, New York this November 8 to 11 for WorldForum 2010, the 21st annual summit of the International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW). This year’s theme, A World Fit for Children: Advancing the Global Movement, sets the stage for 500 delegates from 40 nations to take stock of current successes and obstacles; to share cutting edge research, innovative solutions, and best practices; and to plan for future action.

* Agenda

* Speaker Biographies
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Estela Barnes de Carlotto - President of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, Argentina
--- Lilliam Barrios-Paoli - Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging
--- Dr. Susan Lynn Bissell, PhD - Associate Director, Chief, Child Protection, Programmes UNICEF
--- Gladys Carrión, Esq., Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children & Family Services
--- Djibril Diallo, PhD - Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
--- Priscilla Star Diaz - one of the stars of the hit series The Electric Company on PBS Kids Go
--- Gord Mackintosh - Minister of Family Services and Consumer Affairs, Manitoba
--- Stephen W. Nicholas, MD, Founder and Director, Columbia University International Family AIDS Program, professor of pediatrics and public health
--- Cheryl Perera - Founder and President of OneChild
--- Victoria Rowell - New York Times Bestselling Author, Actress and Humanitarian
--- Bryan Samuels - US Dept. of Health and Human Services-Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families
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Marta Santos Pais - Special Representative of the UN, Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Registration Details

YouthForum - A parallel forum for young people will focus on the participation of youth in the welfare process.

- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm

18. Austerity in Europe:
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Amid Austerity, Britain Keeps Benefits (New York Times) - September 30
--- Massive protest march in Brussels rejects European austerity plans
(Canadian Union of Public Employees) - September 30

Amid Austerity, Britain Keeps Benefits
By Landon Thomas Jr.
September 30, 2010
(...) even as civil servants and ministers are preparing to drastically cut most categories of government spending to help close Britain’s budget deficit, the government is so worried about alienating middle-class voters that it is proceeding very cautiously in limiting the subsidy for having children. (...)
The debate in Britain highlights an issue that other advanced industrial countries are also beginning to grapple with: Who should bear the burden of the coming wave of austerity? Unless politicians are prepared to dig into the pockets of middle- and upper-income families, experts say, the demands from bond market investors to get government finances under control can be satisfied only by cutting back even further on benefits for the poor and needy. But any serious effort to curb long-established middle-class entitlements risks setting off a public reaction that few political leaders are eager to face.
(...)
Cuts for the middle class are now on the table throughout Europe, as governments struggle to close budget deficits and reduce debt levels that now average 84 percent of gross domestic product. In France, the government is planning to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62; in Greece, public-sector pensions have been sharply cut, and in Ireland government wages have been reduced by more than 10 percent.
Source:
New York Times

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Massive protest march in Brussels rejects European austerity plans
September 30, 2010
On September 28, more than 100,000 trade unionists throughout Europe took to the streets in Brussels to oppose austerity measures, which, if governments do not change direction, will have disastrous social and economic results. Parallel national protests took place across Europe including a general strike in Spain and demonstrations in Italy, France, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Cyprus, Serbia, Poland, Finland and Ireland. Protests already held in Bucharest and Prague brought together more than 20,000 and 40,000 people respectively.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada’s largest union.With around 600 000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

World Day for Decent Work - October 7, 2010
Following a decision of the 2nd ITUC World Congress in Vancouver, Canada, the ITUC is to convene the 3rd World Day for Decent Work (WDDW). The Day takes place, as usual, on 7 October. In previous years, the WDDW has involved millions of trade unionists in action for Decent Work, and in today’s conditions of crisis it is more important than ever that trade unionists across the globe stand up for their rights to decent work and a decent life.
- this website tracks activities organized by trade union organizations in the lead up to and during October 7 itself.

European Trade Union Confederation (organizers of the Brussels march)

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

19. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content:
*** Housing, public policy and social inclusion - October 2010
***
A profile of social housing in Australia - September 2010

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

Worth a look-see:

Housing, public policy and social inclusion
01 October 2010
Exploring the extent to which housing policies and programs can be effective in addressing economic and social disadvantage, this paper is the first output of a new AHURI project on housing, public policy and social inclusion.
Source:
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

A profile of social housing in Australia
24 September 2010
In analysing the functions of social housing since the 2003 Community Social Housing Agreement, this report provides an evidence base upon which the National Affordable Housing Agreement and future policies can be built.

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Week ending October 2, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
2. Social media and young adults
3. Wild Rivers Policy – likely impact on sustainable development
4. Housing, public policy and social inclusion
5. Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) 2003 cohort: Wave 7 (2009)

[You'll find these links on the APO home page.]

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New Research : Social Policy
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social Inclusion * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Week ending October 2, 2010
Most viewed this week in the Social Policy area:

1. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
2. Social media and young adults
3. Wild Rivers Policy – likely impact on sustainable development
4. Housing, public policy and social inclusion
5.Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) 2003 cohort: Wave 7 (2009)

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

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

20. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

Latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

29 September 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1194
In this issue:
- Feature : CRC Elections 2010 - The candidates who's who - (Part 2)
- Latest news and reports
*** Latest ratifications
*** Survey: Child participation in decision-making
*** New right to information Index
*** Mexico: Government's failure to prevent gender violence
*** Hershey linked to child labour
*** Employment
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to hundreds of 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) ]

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

 

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Are You A Perfectionist?

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Below are some of the common threads in
the actions or thoughts of people who are perfectionists:

1. A perfectionist is highly conscious and hyper-critical of any signs of mistakes. He/she has an extremely sharp eye towards details.
2. A perfectionist aims to be the best in everything he or she does, even if it is something that he or she is not interested in
3. A perfectionist often spends copious amount of time, right down to the last moment, to perfect something. He or she would rather sacrafice on a personal level (such as sleep, eating time, etc) than let something be less than it can be
4. A perfectionist sets absolute ideals on things in life. There is only black and white, no grey.
5. A perfectionist is the harshest critic of himself/herself. He/she would beat themselves up over the smallest thing that went wrong, to the extent of being neurotic
6. A perfectionist mulls over outcomes if they did not turn out as envisioned
7. A perfectionist is defensive towards criticism and has a fear of failure because it suggests something he/she did was not perfect
8. A perfectionist only has the end goal in mind. If he/she does not achieve the goal, it really does not matter what happens in the process
9. A perfectionist has an all-or-nothing approach. If the situation does not allow him/her to achieve the standard he/she laid out, he/she will abandon the task because it does not make sense to spend time on something that he/she is not going to conquer
10. A perfectionist is very self-conscious about any situation which might give others the perception he/she is not perfect
 
COMMENTARY (by Gilles):
After reading all of the above
traits of a perfectionist , you may think, "OK, maybe I am *a bit* of a perfectionist".
You'll KNOW you're a perfectionist if  you heaped dismissive scorn on me (or the author of the above list) when you found the typo that I planted in #3.
(;-D

Source:
http://celestinechua.com/blog/10-ways-to-tell-if-you-are-a-perfectionist/
Click the link to read the following:
* Six Downsides of Perfectionism
* Overcoming Perfectionism in 8 Steps


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And, in closing...

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Google Public Data Explorer
Data vizualizations from Google Labs
WOW!
http://www.google.com/publicdata/home


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Tiger Woods:
Shot of a lifetime

This photo could never happen again in a million years:
http://tinyurl.com/29twco5

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Dontcha just LOVE a good lipdub?!?
(video)

Here's one with 900 students of the
University of Victoria from May 2010:
http://vimeo.com/12325094

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Strange signs from abroad:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/11/travel/funny-signs.html