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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 4, 2008

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

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- 2006 Census: Earnings, income and shelter costs - May 1
--- Adult learning in Canada: Characteristics of learners
- April 2008
--- Why are the majority of university students women? - April 2008
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2007 - April 28
--- Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2004/2005 -
April 28
2. Census 2006 coverage in The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail
3. A Quarter Century of Economic Inequality in Canada: 1981-2006 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 2008
4. Why Inequality Matters --- in 1,000 Words or Less (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 2008
5. Nova Scotia Budget 2008 - April 29
6. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2008 - April 29
7. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for February 2008 (Department of Finance Canada) - April 28
8. Ontario : Thousands of foster kids to get Registered Education Savings Plans (The Toronto Star) - April 23
9. Privy Council Office (PCO)
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 2

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
12. U.S. Census Bureau: History (Review by The Scout Report)
13. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter # 113, April 2008
14. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
--- Trends in the receipt of income support by workforce age people 1978 to 2007 (Australia) - Posted April 29
15. CRINMAIL 978, 979 (April/May 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- 2006 Census: Earnings, income and shelter costs -
May 1
--- Adult learning in Canada: Characteristics of learners
- April 2008
--- Why are the majority of university students women?
- April 2008
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2007 - April 28
--- Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2004/2005 -
April 28

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

May 1, 2008
2006 Census: Earnings, income and shelter costs
Statistics Canada today releases detailed analysis of data from the 2006 Census on earnings and income. (...) Also available today are several tables containing 2006 Census data on shelter costs. Supplementing the 2006 Census data on dwelling characteristics released in September 2007, shelter cost information will provide a more detailed picture of housing in Canada. An analytical report on housing and shelter costs will be released on June 4, 2008.
Selected highlights:
(click the link above for more detailed highlights.)
* Little change in earnings during past quarter century
* Family earnings: Working couples with children had highest median earnings of all family types
* Incomes of families: Couples with children on top rung of income ladder
* Sources of income: Employment earnings account for four-fifths of income
* After-tax income: First-time data from the census
* 2006 Census sub-module

May 1, 2008
Income and earnings
* Median earnings of Canadians employed on a full-time basis for a full year changed little during the past quarter century, edging up from $41,348 in 1980 to $41,401 in 2005 (in 2005 constant dollars).
* Between 1980 and 2005, the median income of all economic families of two or more people increased 11.1%, from $59,709 in 1980 to $66,343 in 2005 (in 2005 constant dollars).
* During the past 25 years, the before-tax low income rate for children changed very little. In 2005, 19.3% of pre-schoolers and 17.0% of school-age children lived in low income families, compared to 20.0% and 18.7%, respectively, in 1980. Over the same period, however, the before-tax low income rate for seniors aged 65 and over declined substantially, from 29.9% to 14.4%.
- incl. links to : Data products - Analysis series - Reference material - Geography

Complete report:

Earnings and Incomes of Canadians
Over the Past Quarter Century, 2006 Census
(PDF - 688K, 51 pages)
May 2008

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Related link:

Rich get richer, poor get poorer
May 1, 2008
By Tobi Cohen
OTTAWA – Now more than ever, Canada's rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer and the middle class stagnates, according to the latest census data released Thursday by Statistics Canada. Between 1980 and 2005, median earnings among Canada's top earners rose more than 16 per cent while those in the bottom fifth saw their wages dip by 20 per cent.
Source:
The Toronto Star
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May 1, 2008
Housing and shelter costs
- incl. topic-based tabulations, a complete cumulative profile (including income and earnings, and shelter costs), the updated housing and dwelling characteristics reference guide and more...

2006 Census Quick Links:

1. 2006 Community Profiles
These profiles present community-level information from the 2006 Census of Population. Users can search for an area of interest by typing its 'place name' in the box below or by clicking on a province or territory from the list below and selecting the area from a list."

2. Census Trends
This new product presents a series of summary data trends spanning three censuses: 2006, 2001 and 1996. The product is designed to facilitate the analysis and comparison of the changing demographic and socio-economic composition of selected geographic areas across Canada. The product will include approximately 85 key data indicators, released in two phases.

3. 2006 Census Tract Profiles
Census tracts are small, relatively stable geographic areas that usually have a population of 2,500 to 8,000. They are identified using seven-character numeric 'names' (e.g., 0005.00) and are located in census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and larger census agglomerations (CAs)1. View a list of CMAs and CAs containing census tracts. Options are provided to help navigate to a census tract, visualize the census tract via a map and/or retrieve profile data for the census tract.

4. 2006 Highlight Tables
* Population and dwelling counts * Age and sex * Families and households * Language, immigration and citizenship * Aboriginal peoples * Labour, language used at work, place of work, commuting to work, education * Ethnic origin and visible minorities * Income and earnings and shelter costs

5. 2006 Census Dictionary
The 2006 Census Dictionary provides detailed information on every aspect of the Census of Population and Census of Agriculture along with an overview of each phase of the census, from content determination to data dissemination with focus on the changes from 2001.

6. 2006 Aboriginal Population Profile
These profiles present community-level information from the 2006 Census of Population. Users can search for an area of interest by typing its 'place name' in the box below or by clicking on a province or territory from the list below and selecting the area from a list. Information to complete the profile will be available in June 2008.

7. GeoSearch2006
This interactive mapping application makes it easy to find many places in Canada, see them on a map, and get basic geographic and demographic data for those places.

8. Preview of Products and Services

9. Multimedia (requires Macromedia Flash Player)
- multimedia presentations grouped by topic:
* Population and dwelling counts
* Age and sex
* Families and households
* Statistics Canada's Living Census

Topic-based tabulations
List of topics:
1. Population and dwelling counts (Highlight tables)
2. Age and sex
3. Marital status
4. Families and households
5. Housing and shelter costs
6. Language
7. Mobility and migration
8. Immigration and citizenship
9. Aboriginal peoples
10. Labour
11. Education
12. Place of work and commuting to work
13. Ethnic origin and visible minorities
14. Income and earnings

May 1, 2008
New products - links to 100 Census 2006 tables and tools

Source:
2006 Census

April 29, 2008
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2008
The average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) stood at $786.80 in February, up 0.6% from January. Compared with a year earlier, average weekly earnings were up 3.1%.

Employment Insurance, February 2008
An estimated 451,040 Canadians received regular Employment Insurance benefits in February, down 4,800 from the previous month (seasonally adjusted estimates). The number of persons receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits decreased in eight provinces, with the largest declines in Saskatchewan (-7.1%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-2.3%). Regular benefit payments in February totalled $692.9 million.

April 29, 2008
Featured product
Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada - April 2008
This issue of Statistics Canada's free online publication Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada contains two articles:

* Adult learning in Canada: Characteristics of learners
-
summarizes findings of a recent report that examined characteristics of adult learners in Canada, including links between participation in adult education and training and literacy skill levels, education, family background and age.

* Why are the majority of university students women?
- summarizes results of a recent report that set out to explain the gender gap in university participation.

[ Previous issues of Education Matters ]

April 28, 2008
Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2007
Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 2.7% nationally in 2007, matching the average rate of growth during the last five years. GDP growth in five provinces and all three territories, mostly on the strength of natural resources, surpassed the national average, with Newfoundland and Labrador well ahead of all the other provinces. More detailed analysis on today's releases, including additional charts and tables, can be found in the 2007 preliminary estimates issue of Provincial and Territorial Economic Accounts Review.

April 28, 2008
Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2004/2005
The number of students graduating from Canadian universities with a doctorate has remained stable since the mid 1990s, but there are signs that this may change.

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

2. Census 2006 coverage in The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail

TheStar.com Census 2006 page
- incl. links to 30+ articles and features related to the 2006 Census
Selected content:
* Speak Out: Is marriage important? * Voices: Marriage vs. common law * Census highlights * Flash: Canadian population breakdown * Flash: Immigration and language * video reports on trends in the 2006 Census: income, immigration, divorce rates, gender imbalance, population growth, Quebec's baby boom and declining towns * population profile * much more
Source:
The Toronto Star

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Globe and Mail In-Depth : Census 2006
- links to several dozen articles based on Statistics Canada's 2006 datasets, covering a wide range of themes, including :
* visible minorities * the wealth gap * income inequality * interracial relationships * Canada's aging work force * immigrants and education * baby boomers, retirement and the spectre of a labour shortage * ethnic origin and minorities * families and work * Canadians helping the seniors in their lives * public transit use * immigrants living and working in their mother tongue * Canada's changing work force * families * Population of Indian, Métis and Inuit tops one-million mark * population * Canada's tenuous French connection * more...
Source:
The Globe and Mail

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

3. A Quarter Century of Economic Inequality in Canada: 1981-2006 - April 2008
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Wealth, income inequality rising: Study
Press Release
April 28, 2008
TORONTO – Canada’s inequality in wealth and income is growing, and at a more rapid pace than before, says a new study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, by economist Lars Osberg, looks at 25 years of income and wealth inequality in Canada and finds disturbing new trends.

Complete report:

A Quarter Century of Economic
Inequality in Canada: 1981-2006
(PDF - 995K, 46 pages)
By Lars Osberg
April 2008

Source:
Inequality Project
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

Related link:

Wealth gap exposes fresh labour challenge
By Michael Valpy
April 26, 2008
The final 2006 census data will portray the richest 5 per cent of Canadians as dramatically accumulating more wealth, the incomes of most residents showing perhaps the greatest stagnancy in the developed world and the nation's poorest falling further and further behind. Immigrants and Canada's native-born youngest male adults will be identified as the prime victims of a 25-year trend in widening income inequality – an inequality some economists believe reflects systemic long-term changes to the labour market rather than transitional bumps in demographics and swings in the business cycle. The data to be released Thursday by Statistics Canada will show median incomes falling for immigrants and native-born 18-to-34-year-old males who compete directly for the same entry level jobs that are increasingly characterized as low-pay, unstable and short term.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

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

4. Why Inequality Matters --- in 1,000 Words or Less - April 2008
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Also from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Why Inequality Matters in 1,000 Words or Less (PDF - 398K, 32 pages)
April 28, 2008
Why Inequality Matters in 1,000 Words or Less is powerful essay series by some of Canada’s leading thinkers on income inequality. The contributors to this essay series come from all kinds of academic backgrounds. Though all the contributors are distinguished and well-respected for their academic work, they are not of like mind. They have differing ideological starting points and differing intellectual approaches. But they agree on this: Income inequality is a problem that should be addressed, right here in Canada. They warn that income inequality and persistent poverty could have serious and adverse effects on our nation. In this series we present the opinions of four economists—Lars Osberg, Charles Beach, Jon Kesselman and David Green; a political scientist— Michael Orsini; a sociologist—John Myles; a philosopher—Frank Cunningham.

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

5. Nova Scotia Budget 2008 - April 29

Nova Scotia Budget 2008
April 29, 2008
- incl. links to all budget papers

Budget Highlights (PDF - 84K, 2 pages)
(...) Healthy Communities
* $19 million this year - and $160 million over eight years - will go toward quality, affordable child care This includes an investment of $6 million to develop about 250 more child care spaces
* $31.7 million toward the Family Pharmacare Program will make prescription drugs affordable for as many as 180,000 Nova Scotians who have had no drug coverage in the past

Budget 2008 news releases
- links to six news related releases including :
* Tax Relief for Nova Scotians * Helping Nova Scotians Stay Warm * Nova Scotia's Commitment to Debt Reduction * Budget Address * 2008-09 Budget Overview

The 2008-09 Nova Scotia budget by the numbers
Source:
The Chronicle-Herald

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Nova Scotia, 2008 budget"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

6. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2008 - April 29

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2008
April 29, 2008
- incl. links to all budget papers

Budget Highlights
(...)
- Lifting from Poverty
* Investment of $12 million this year ($17.3 million annualized) for a total of more than $100 million annually in the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Examples include:
* $1.7 million to support youth at risk
* $1 million to improve access to healthy food and community activities
* $1.5 million for the extension of the Make Work Pay Workplace Connections initiative to cover all income support clients who join the labour market
* $2.4 million to index basic income support benefits effective April 1, 2008
* Expanding the Employment Transition Project for single parents through an investment of $128,000
* $470,000 investment in community-based workplace skills training and a micro-lending program
* $1.4 million to improve access to housing, particularly for seniors and those working for low wages
* $40,000 to increase operating grants to eight Status of Women’s centres
* $279,000 to establish a Family Violence Treatment Court pilot project
* $1.5 million in improvements to Income Support benefits
* Funding of $254,900 to expand the Child, Youth and Family Civil Legal Aid Project to the Western region
* $126,300 for civil legal aid support for persons required to make a court appearance under the Mental Health Act
(...)

News Releases - links to 11 news releases related to Budget 2008
..including:
Newfoundland and Labrador Continues to
Invest to Lead the Country in Poverty Reduction Initiatives

The Williams Government continues to act on its commitment to alleviate, prevent and reduce poverty in the province with new measures that focus on improving earned incomes, strengthening the social safety net and supporting youth at risk. Budget 2008 provides an additional $9.6 million in new Poverty Reduction Strategy initiatives and this funding is in addition to the $2.4 million announced April 1 to index basic income support rates. That brings the total investment in the current fiscal year to $12 million and once fully implemented in 2009-10, the Provincial Government’s annual investment in poverty reduction will be more than $100 million.

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Newfoundland and Labrador , 2008 budget"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

7. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for February 2008 - April 28
(Department of Finance Canada)

April 28, 2008
Release of The Fiscal Monitor for February 2008
February 2008: budgetary surplus of $2.9 billion
April 2007 to February 2008: budgetary surplus of $10.4 billion after cost of measures

* The Fiscal Monitor - February 2008

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

8. Ontario : Thousands of foster kids to get Registered Education Savings Plans - April 23
(The Toronto Star)

Ontario

Thousands of foster kids to get RESPs
Province tells children's aid societies to put cash from federal child care benefit into education plan

April 23, 2008
By Laurie Monsebraaten and Tanya Talaga, Social Justice Reporters
Queen's Park is ordering Ontario children's aid societies to set up registered education savings plans for all kids in foster care younger than age 6 receiving Ottawa's $100-a-month child-care benefit. An annual contribution of $1,200 from birth to age 6 would trigger $340 a year in matching federal funds and $1,000 in Canada Learning Bond payments up to age 6. After that, the RESP would grow by $100 per year in Canada Learning Bond payments, until age 16, according to the Royal Bank, which was chosen by the province to manage the RESPs at no charge to the societies.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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

9. Privy Council Office (PCO)

I hadn't visited the Privy Council Office (PCO) website in some time,
so I decided to include these revised links to the new PCO website in this issue of the newsletter. [Gilles]

Privy Council Office (PCO)
The Privy Council Office is the hub of public service support to the Prime Minister and Cabinet and its decision-making structures. Led by the Clerk of the Privy Council, PCO facilitates the smooth and effective operations of Cabinet and the Government of Canada through the work of the PCO secretariats.

What's New

Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA)
Intergovernmental Affairs provides advice to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Cabinet on federal-provincial-territorial relations, the evolution of our Federation and Canadian unity.
- this is a great reference tool for anyone interested in "fed-prov relations" - good sector overviews and links to all kinds of related information on the net.

About Canadian Federalism - links to a dozen online resources, mainly from the Department of Finance

Former Prime Ministers' Archive

Guide to Canadian Ministries Since Confederation

Reports and Publications - by Subject
* Accountability * Audit, Evaluation and Review * Governance * National Security * Personnel Management * Public Expenditures * Public Service * Reports
[ reports and publications archive - same subjects as above]

The Federation at a Glance:
* About Canada
* Provinces and Territories
* Canadian Federalism
* History

Transfers and Equalization (from Financial Framework of the Federation)
Transfers between orders of government are one of the pillars of Canadian fiscal federalism. To help fund social programs and ensure equalization that guarantees that public services at reasonably comparable levels of quality and taxation are accessible throughout Canada, the federal government provides funds to the provincial and territorial governments in the form of cash or tax point transfers.
- includes links to the following content from the Finance Canada website (and one link to a Health Canada resource) :
* Federal transfers to the provinces and territories * Transfers by province/territory * Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) * Backgrounder on the CHST * Tax point transfers * Alternative payments for permanent programs and tax abatements for Quebec * Federal assistance in the health sector in Canada (role of transfers) * Recent Federal Investments in Health, Post-Secondary Education, Social Assistance And Social Services (September 11, 2000) * Federal-provincial-territorial funding agreements in the health sector *
Equalization Program * Associated equalization

Related links:

The Council of the Federation (provincial-territorial)
The Council of the Federation was created in December 2003 by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system.

Forum of Federations
The Forum of Federations is a non-profit, international organization based in Ottawa, Canada. We engage in a wide range of programs of mutual cooperation designed to help develop best practices in countries with federal systems of government around the world.

World Federations
Map and Fact Sheets of the Federations

Map of the provinces and territories
Click on a province or a territory for more information

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 2

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

May 2, 2008

Family choices: Manitoba’s five-year agenda for early learning and child care
2 May 08
- Agenda from the province of Manitoba outlining their plan of action for the maintenance and improvement of early learning and child care in the province.

Vulnerable children in Canada: Research insights and policy options
2 May 08
- Presentations from the IRPP symposium on April 11, 2008 that focused on child vulnerability in the Canadian context.

Lessons from Sweden
2 May 08
- Document from CCPA describing the social programs in Sweden that provide the foundation for their superior economic indicators.

Improving quality, enhancing inclusion
2 May 08
- Evaluation report from Special Link describing the first four years of an innovative approach targeted at enhancing child care centres' inclusion capacity and quality.

Preschool programs: Effective curricula
2 May 08
- Document from Columbia University identifying components of effective preschool curricula.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Childcare design guidelines dropped [CA-BC]
2 May 08

· The benefits of early learning [CA-ON]
2 May 08

· Almost 900,000 Canadian children living in poverty, StatsCan finds [CA-ON]
1 May 08


· Daycare attendance early in life cuts childhood leukemia risk by 30 percent, analysis finds [US]
28 Apr 08

· Child-care crunch puts parents in bind [CA-AB]
26 Apr 08

more CC IN THE NEWS

Related Links:

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

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

11. 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 twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

May 1, 2008
* Unemployment and Government Health Programs
* State Children's Health Insurance Program - Texas
* State Health Insurance Programs - Wisconsin, Missouri
* Income and Health Insurance Costs
* General Assistance and Time Limits - Oakland, CA
* Public Housing and Work Requirements - Chicago, IL
* Homelessness and City Housing Programs
* Report: Crime Against the Homeless
* Reports: Child Well-being - Minnesota, Connecticut
* Farm Bill and Food Stamp Program
* Low-income Energy Assistance and Solar Power - Minnesota
* Payday Lending Legislation - Ohio
* Wages and Tipped Workers
* States and Voter Identification Laws
* Opinion: Low-Wage Workers and Transportation
* No Child Left Behind 'Reading First' Program
* Cash Incentives and Student Achievement
* Sex Education Legislation - Minnesota

April 28, 2008
* State TANF Spending - Hawaii
* State Medicaid Spending - New Jersey, North Carolina, California
* States and Federal Medicaid Rules
* Child Welfare System - Oklahoma
* States and Budget Deficits
* Healthy Indiana Plan
* Editorials: State Childrens' Health Insurance Program Rules
* Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program
* Food Prices and Food Assistance Programs
* Utility Cutoffs and Assistance Programs
* The Working Poor and Predatory Lending
* Opinions: Low-wage Workers and Transportation
* Opinion: Privatization of Social Services - Texas
* No Child Left Behind and Testing - California
* State Minimum Wages - Missouri, Illinois
* Indiana Voter Identification Law

Search Poverty Dispatches

IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.
Anyone wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

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

12. U.S. Census Bureau: History
(Review by The Scout Report)

U.S. Census Bureau: History
http://www.census.gov/history/
While the U.S. Census Bureau has only been in existence since 1903, the first population census was taken in 1790, per the requirements stated in the United States Constitution. This rather engaging website traces the history of the census through statistics, historic photographs, and other documents. On the homepage, visitors can browse through the "This Month in Census History" feature and learn some quick facts in the "Did You Know?" section. Moving along, the "Census-Then & Now" area should not be missed. Here visitors can learn about past directors of the census (such as Thomas Jefferson), read up on relevant legislation, and even look over biographies of notable census alumni. Next up is the "Geography & Mapping" section which contains an overview of how the Census maps data, coupled with a few famous maps from censuses past. One item that shouldn't be missed is the "Centers of Population" map, which shows the mean center of the population of the United States following each census. The site is rounded out by a "Through The Decades" feature, which brings visitors up to speed with the various changes made for each census.
Review by:
The Scout Report
http://scout.wisc.edu/
Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.

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

13. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter # 113, April 2008

World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter # 113, April 2008
In this issue:
1) IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings 2008
2) Global Monitoring Report 2008
3) The World Bank Establishes a New Database on Grants Supported by the Post-Conflict Fund and the LICUS Trust Fund
4) Assessing the Redistributive Effects of Fiscal Policy
5) The Persistence of Poverty: Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can't Help the Poor
Source:
Poverty Net Newsletter <=== incl. links to five earlier newsletters
The PovertyNet Newsletter is a monthly newsletter that contains updates on new information and resources available on the PovertyNet web site, covering:
* poverty reduction strategies
* the World Bank's World Development Report (WDR) on poverty and development
* poverty monitoring and evaluation
* the impact of growth and inequality on poverty
* the role of human capital development in the fight against poverty
* safety nets
* social capital.

Subscribe to World Bank newsletters - links to subscribe to 30+ newsletters

Poverty Reduction Strategies
Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) are one of the most tangible outcomes of the new approach to development defined in the Bank's Comprehensive Development Framework. Under the PRSP process, low-income countries write their own plans for reducing poverty. Since July 2002, the World Bank has based its Country Assistance Strategies, its plans for assistance to low-income countries, on PRSPs

[ World Bank ]
The World Bank consists of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but supportive role in our mission of global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards. The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together we provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.

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

14. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
--- Trends in the receipt of income support by workforce age people 1978 to 2007 (Australia) - Posted April 29

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO TOP FIVE 24 - 30 April 2008
[click the link to the APO home page link above to access the links for these items]
1. AUSTRALIA 2020: The post-Summit buzz
2. Australia 2020 Summit - initial report
3. AUSTRALIA 2020: A complex view from the Summit
4. The challenge of 'closing the gaps' in Indigenous socioeconomic outcomes
5. Measures of Australia's progress: summary indicators, 2008

Selected content from the most recent APO Weekly Briefing:

Trends in the receipt of income support by workforce age people 1978 to 2007 (Australia)
Posted 29-04-2008
Dale Daniels / Information and Research Services, Parliamentary Library
Over the last 30 years there have been major economic, demographic and social changes in Australia, helping to drive trends in the proportion of workforce age people receiving income support. This background note outlines these income support policy developments.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

15. CRINMAIL 978, 979 (April/May 2008)
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

1 May 2008 - CRINMAIL 979 - Special edition on strategic litigation
* CHILD RIGHTS: A Guide to Strategic Litigation
* CRIN's legal guide
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

29 April 2008 - CRINMAIL 978
* UN: Our Climate, Our Children, Our Responsibility: The implications of climate change for the world's children [publication]
* SOUTHERN AFRICA: Our Broken Dreams - Child Migration in Southern Africa [publication]
* UNITED STATES: Immigrants' Families Campaign for Child Rights [news]
* IRAQ: An 'intolerable place for children' [news]
* HEALTH: Child and teenage suicide in Europe: A serious public-health issue [publication]
**FROM THE FRONTLINE** Shantha Sinha [news]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ earlier weekly issues
, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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 Old?

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Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of that year's incoming freshmen.
Here is the latest  list:

Today's children
have never owned a record player.

They have never feared a nuclear war.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.


They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Tianamen Square means nothing to them.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums. The expression you sound like a broken record means nothing to them.

They have always had an answering machine.

Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black-and-white TV.


And, saddest of all:

They don't know who Mork was.


Source:
http://www.funny2.com/old.htm
(Follow the link for more...)


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