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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 4, 2010

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 2,290 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...



Canadian content

1.  2009 Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - April 2010
2. British Columbia coalition launches legal aid commission
(Law Society of B.C. and five partners) - June 28
3. Canada's Poverty Hole - Troubling Poverty Trends
(Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 21
4. The G-20 Toronto Summit
- June 26-27, 2010
5. Safety Net Frays in Spain, as Elsewhere in Europe
(New York Times) - June 27
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment, earnings and hours, April 2010 - July 2
--- Study: Police-reported dating violence, 2008 - June 29
--- Study: Where and when youth commit police-reported crimes, 2008 - June 29
--- Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2010 - June 28
7. Jennefer Laidley's Daily Media Scan
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
9. Wiktionary, the free dictionary

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. World Social Science Report 2010 (UNESCO) - June 25
12. Australian Policy Online (recent content)
13. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. 2009 Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report - April 2010
(Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

EI Monitoring and Assessment Report 2009
Posted to the HRSDC website in April 2010
The 2009 Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report focuses on the period April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, tabled the report in Parliament on April 29, 2010. The report, prepared by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission, monitors and assesses the impacts of the Employment Insurance program on the economy, communities and individuals.
Table of contents:
* Chapter 1 of this report provides an overview of the Canadian labour market in 2007/08.
* Chapter 2 is an overview of EI benefits (income benefits) under Part I of the Employment Insurance Act for the same period.
* Chapter 3 gives information about the support provided to unemployed workers through active re-employment measures, known as Employment Benefits and Support Measures
* Chapter 4 presents information on EI program administration and service delivery.
* Chapter 5 analyzes the impacts and effectiveness of the EI program based on administrative data, internal and external research, and evaluative studies.

* Lowest employment growth in 15 years, due to the global recession in 2008/09
* Access to benefits was high among those who contributed to the program.
* Regular EI claims increased in 2008/09, in the midst of the first recession since 1991/92
* Total regular and special benefits paid increased for both men and women
* Maternity and parental claims increased
* Fishing claims continued to decrease
* There was a significant increase in the number of Work Sharing agreements
* Active employment measures helped Canadians prepare for, obtain and maintain employment

Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Reports
NOTE: this page of the HRSDC website contains direct links to the reports for 2009, 2008 and 2007 *only*, along with the following friendly rejoinder:
"If you would like to request copies of the previous Monitoring and Assessment Reports, please contact the Publications/Distribution Unit."
That's not accountability, that's obstruction. People should never have to divulge their identity to access a public report.
Shame on you, HRSDC.

Related links:

* Canada Employment Insurance Commission

* Employment Insurance Regulations

* Employment Insurance Act

* Canada Gazette: Canada Employment Insurance Commission

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
HRSDC is responsible for the administration of EI in Canada.

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

2. British Columbia coalition launches legal aid commission - June 28
(Law Society of B.C. and five partners)

British Columbia coalition launches legal aid commission
June 28, 2010
Concerns over cuts to legal aid services in B.C. have prompted a coalition of justice groups to launch a public examination of the system. The Public Commission on Legal Aid will visit 10 B.C. communities this fall to gather input from British Columbians in order to make recommendations to the provincial government. The commission is a joint project of several groups, including the Law Society of B.C., the Vancouver Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association's B.C. branch.
CBC British Columbia

The Public Commission on Legal Aid has been established and is supported by the following six funding partners:
* Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch
* Law Society of British Columbia
* Law Foundation of British Columbia
* British Columbia Crown Counsel Association
* Vancouver Bar Association

* Victoria Bar Association

Related links:

June 24, 2010
The New Public Commission on Legal Aid Wants to Hear From You

A timeline of cuts to BC legal aid (from 2002 to April 2010)
Posted January 25, 2010

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:

3. Canada's Poverty Hole - Troubling Poverty Trends - June 21
(Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canada’s Poverty Hole
New income data suggests troubling poverty trends are unfolding in Canada

By Armine Yalnizyan
June 21, 2010
Every recession ushers in a rising tide of poverty. As jobless and underemployed people struggle to make ends meet, the nouveau poor swell the ranks of the déjà poor. The most recent statistical update on incomes in Canada was released last week, telling us that in 2008, as the nation headed into a brutal recession, there were just over 3 million Canadians living in poverty using the standard measure, Statistic Canada’s after-tax low-income cut-off (LICO). Statistics on income data come in two years after the fact and much has happened since 2008. But if past recessions are any guide, between 750,000 and 1.8 million more Canadians will be counted as poor before recovery is complete. More than one in seven Canadians may have tumbled into poverty before this is over. Many of them will be working.
( ...)

It is not possible to predict how rapidly poverty will increase, but without question it will rise. Despite the relatively short span of the current recession, brutal job losses, tattered safety nets and the tentative nature of the job recovery suggest a rise in poverty may be unfolding that is closer to the pattern of the 1990s than the 1980s. That would mean the body count of Canadians finding themselves in straightened circumstances might be pushing five million – more than one in seven Canadians trying to get by. That’s no way to run a recovery.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Related link:

June 17, 2010
Income of Canadians, 2008
Statistics Canada

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:

4. The G-20 Toronto Summit - June 26-27, 2010

The Official
Final Statement from G-20 Leaders:

The G-20 Toronto Summit Declaration
June 26-27, 2010
HTML version
PDF version
(494K, 27 pages)
5. Recognizing the importance of achieving strong job growth and providing social protection to our citizens, particularly our most vulnerable, we welcome the recommendations of our Labour and Employment Ministers, who met in April 2010, and the training strategy [see Related Links below] prepared by the International Labour Organization in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

6. We are determined to be accountable for the commitments we have made, and have instructed our Ministers and officials to take all necessary steps to implement them fully within agreed timelines. (...)"

Related links:

* International Labour Organization (ILO)
* Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

* The ILO/OECD training strategy:
A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth:
Proposals to G20 Leaders for a Training Strategy
as per their request in Pittsburgh in September 2009
(MS Word file - 432K, 46 pages)
Geneva, June 2010

Article by Carol Goar of the Toronto Star
concerning the ILO/OECD Training Strategy:

Skills training, good jobs and growth
By Carol Goar
June 28 2010
Recognizing they faced the prospect of a jobless recovery, world leaders pledged nine months ago in Pittsburgh to “support robust training efforts in our growth strategies and investments.” They asked the International Labour Organization (ILO), a Geneva-based United Nations agency, to develop a training strategy for consideration at their June 27 G20 summit in Toronto. The document, entitled A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth, was presented at yesterday’s meeting. It was far-sighted, intelligent and practical. It gave G20 leaders a way to put decent jobs at the heart of the post-recession economy. It would be profoundly disappointing if they ignored the ILO report. It offers the hope of a better future to the 4.5 billion people they represent. But there appears to be little political will — at least in Canada — to look beyond the stabilization of financial markets, the shift from stimulus to restraint and the provision of targeted assistance to poor countries.
The Toronto Star

G20/G8 Links

* G20 Toronto Summit (official Govt. of Canada website)
* City of Toronto G20 website
* Integrated Security Unit website
* Muskoka 2010 G8 Summit (official Govt. of Canada website)
* G20 coverage on
* G20 Toronto star Blog
* PM's G8 representative's blog
* Toronto Community Mobilization Network
* U of T G8 Information Centre
* 2010 People's Summit
[Thanks to (Toronto Star) for posting
this list of G20/G8 links on its website.]

- Go to the G8 / G20 / Globalization Links page:

5. Safety Net Frays in Spain, as Elsewhere in Europe - June 27
(New York Times)

Safety Net Frays in Spain, as Elsewhere in Europe
By Suzanne Daley
June 27, 2010
For millions of Europeans, modest salaries and high taxes have been offset by the benefits of their cherished social model — a cradle-to-grave safety net which, in the recent boom years, seemed to grow more generous all the time. Now, governments across Europe say they have little choice but to pull back on social benefits, at least for now. Tax revenues are falling; populations are aging and rising deficits are everywhere, threatening the euro. Cutbacks and higher taxes have been announced in Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Even France, until recently a holdout, has now proposed to raise the legal retirement age to 62 from 60.
New York Times

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment, earnings and hours, April 2010 - July 2
Study: Police-reported dating violence, 2008 - June 29
--- Study: Where and when youth commit police-reported crimes, 2008 - June 29

--- Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2010 - June 28

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

July 2, 2010
Employment, Earnings and Hours, April 2010
1. Highlights
2. Note to users
3. Tables
4. Data quality, concepts and methodology
5. User information
6. Related products
7. PDF version (2.5MB, 385 pages)
[ earlier editions of this report ]

Related link:

June 25, 2010
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2010
Non-farm payroll employment rose for the third consecutive month in April, increasing by 35,600. This brings total gains since the start of the upward trend in August 2009 to 166,900 (+1.2%).
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings


June 29, 2010
Study: Police-reported dating violence, 2008
In 2008, nearly 23,000 incidents of "dating violence" were reported to police. These incidents accounted for more than one-quarter (28%) of police-reported violent incidents perpetrated by intimate partners. Dating violence represented 7% of total violent crimes in Canada in 2008.

June 29, 2010
Study: Where and when youth commit police-reported crimes, 2008
Police-reported data from 2008 indicate that, overall, private residences were the most common sites for youth crime, more than for commercial establishments and outdoor public spaces. Nearly one-third (32%) of young people aged 12 to 17 accused of an offense were involved in incidents that occurred at a private residence, which includes homes and surrounding property and structures.
- includes a table:
Percentage of youth accused of a criminal affiance, by affiance location and type, Canada, 2008

Summer 2010 issue of Juristat
[ Juristat main page ]
[ All Juristat issues in 2010 ]

Related subjects:

* Children and youth
* Crime and justice (youth)
* Crime and justice
* Crimes and offences
* Victims and victimization


June 28, 2010
Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2010
Canada's population has surpassed the 34-million mark. As of April 1, 2010, the population was estimated at 34,019,000, an increase of 88,100 (+0.26%) from January 1, 2010. All four western provinces had growth rates stronger than the national average.

Related subjects:

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


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

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:

7. Jennefer Laidley's Daily Media Scan

The Social Researcher's
Daily Media Scan
By Jennefer Laidley

Jennefer Laidley is with the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) in Toronto.
Jennefer scans the electronic media for links to items of interest for social researchers and advocates in Toronto, and she also covers (to a lesser extent) the provincial, national and international scenes. She shares her findings in a daily email to her mailing list, and she's given me permission to reproduce her links on my site and newsletter.
Thanks for agreeing to share your work, Jennefer!

NOTE: Jennefer does her media scan each day she's in the office (below is two days' worth of links from Jennefer), and I'll collate most of those links into a weekly digest of social research issues from the Daily Scan page. I'll be including some of Jennefer's links in my weekly newsletter, as I've already started doing in recent months.

Recent links from Jennefer Laidley:

Wednesday, June 30
Jennefer Laidley (ISAC) <>

Hey there – I’m away now until Monday. Talk to you then.

Stories on the HST:




What’s up in BC:

Around the Province:

Al Gosling’s Revenge:


Economy stalls in April:




Erin Weir commentary:

Canadians feeling less confident:

Same thing around the world:

Double-dip recession coming to the US , analyst warns:

Carney joining the Basel Committee:

Jim Stanford on foxes and hens:

The G20 news keeps getting more interesting:

First, is it a new economic model?:

And what the G20 meant for people who are homeless:

Apparently, the police were just telling a fib about that little regulation change that curtailed civil liberties in Toronto during the Summit :






Stories of people who experienced its fallout:

Largest mass arrests in Canadian history:

Adam Radwanski says there’s a whole lot of ‘splaining to do :

Sid Ryan, on what the protests were all about:

Star calls for public inquiry:



Three times:

More calls:




Happy Monday
June 28, 2010


Jennefer Laidley (ISAC)

Hi all – I’m not going to include a post-mortem on the G20 protests, just a few stories on what the summiteers decided on (see below).

Some international news first:

UK targets people on disability and housing benefits:




Belfast 2:

Study finds welfare cuts can cost lives:




Science Daily:

Other Things Going On in Ontario :

Sarnia-Lambton programs help people get off OW – touted as “best practice”:

Henderson says, get the lead out on AODA:

Now to the G20 Summiteers:

Carol Goar highlights ILO’s training document [ (MS Word file - 431K, 46 pages) ] , presented to G20 leaders this weekend – this should be a must-read in preparation for the Ontario Social Assistance Review:

Um…. Wasn’t the G20 supposed to be about maternal health? Appears it ended up being about neo-con economic policy….

Summit ends with decision to reduce deficits by half within three years, then reduce debt by 2016 – all voluntary, of course, but very reminiscent of the 1990s:










Argentina’s President doesn’t agree with deficit fighting:

$1 billion spent on riot police to keep regular folks out, but hand-picked business leaders get to speak to the G20 and tell them what THEY want??:

No bank tax. What a surprise:

Globe thinks deficit cutting is great news:

Star thinks the summit was great:

Simpson thinks it’s all for show:

Walkom has a good take:

Naomi Klein, on what the G20 did and did not achieve:

Across the Country:

Still can’t believe Vander Zalm has returned (makes me all shuddery), but here he is launching recall campaigns in BC:

By Jennefer Laidley
Interim Research and Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

425 Adelaide Street West, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C1
Phone: 416-597-5820 x 5155
Fax: 416-597-5821

ISAC website:

Social Assistance Review website:

After adding this large collection of links to my newsletter, I'm suddenly wondering whether there are subscribers who might have a problem with the sudden jump in the size of the weekly newsletter or the topics that Jennefer covers, which might not be as relevant to subscribers from elsewhere. I'll leave these two days' worth of links from Jennefer in this issue of the newsletter to give you a sense of the scope of her media scan, but I'll try to be more selective starting with next week's newsletter.
Comme d'habitude, please feel free to write to me [ ] if you have strong feelings either way...

- Go to The Social Researcher's Daily Media Scan -

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - July 4

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

July 4, 2010

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

Child care is a right
30 Jun 10
- Project by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC will explore Canada's international treaty obligations to women, children and families as they pertain to child care.

What is your image of the child?
30 Jun 10
- UNESCO Policy Brief by Peter Moss discusses how social constructions of the child shape policies, provisions and practices; uses Reggio Emilia as an example.

Occupational standards for early childhood educators: Companion documents
30 Jun 10
- Child Care Human Resources Sector Council has released a task profile chart and how-to guide to accompany their recent occupational standards document.

Children, pupils and staff: National level
30 Jun 10
- Report from the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) presents Sweden's official statistics on pre-school activities, school-age child care and schools.


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

· Did 'tough love' cut poverty rate?
[CA] 30 Jun 10

· Japan urges more dads to swap desk for diapers
[JP] 29 Jun 10

· Revelstoke neighborhood learning center breaks ground
[CA-BC] 29 Jun 10

· School boards add more full-day classes
[CA-ON] 28 Jun 10

· Families face barriers to Vancouver childcare
[CA-BC] 21 Jun 10

· More new dads take parental leave [CA] 16 Jun 10



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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

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

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:

9. Wiktionary

Wiktionary, the free dictionary (English-language version)
Wiktionary is a collaborative project to produce a free-content multilingual dictionary.
- includes a thesaurus, a rhyme guide, phrase books, language statistics and extensive appendices
- includes not only the definition of a word, but also enough information to really understand it --- etymologies, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations.

- Go to the Reference Links page:

10. 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:

July 2:
June 2010 US Unemployment Rate
Summer Meal Programs for Children
Voter ID Law - Indiana

July 1:
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
State Minimum Wage - Illinois
State Budgets and Medicaid
Section 8 Housing - New York City
Jobless Benefits Extension
Poverty and Academic Achievement - Tennessee

June 30:
Recession and Loss of Employment
Electronic Benefit Transfers and Casinos - California
Health Care Reform and Part-Time Workers
Right to Information Law - India

June 29:
State Budgets and Federal Stimulus
Report: Cost of Living - California
Delivery of Food Stamp Benefits - Texas

June 28:
State Budgets and Medicaid
Gulf Oil Spill and Low-Wage Workers
Cities and Tax-Increment Financing (TIF)


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

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- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

11. World Social Science Report 2010 - June 25

World Social Science Report 2010
Where are people most likely to study the social sciences? Where are most of the academic publications in social sciences based? These are but a few of the questions asked (and answered) within the pages of the World Social Sciences Report 2010. The report was compiled by a blue-ribbon panel of social science experts. Interestingly, this report was a follow-up to the World Social Science Report published in 1999. The report has a number of positive findings, including the observation that the social sciences are "taught almost everywhere and their research results are widely disseminated, increasingly by new information technologies." The full report is 444-pages, and it includes chapters on the fragmentation of knowledge, the divide between academic disciplines, and the "sometimes tense relations between academics and society." For those who might be pressed for time, there is also a 28-page executive summary (PDF - 1.6MB)
Reviewed by:
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UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
"Building peace in the minds of people"

- Go to the United Nations Links page:

12. Australian Policy Online - recent content

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
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.


Week ending July 3, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Who will benefit from the 1 July 2010 tax cuts?
2. Our future world: an analysis of global trends, shocks and scenarios
3. The future of cloud computing
4. Campaigning to Christians
5. Victory over bad urban planning

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


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

Week ending July 3, 2010
Most viewed this week:

1. Who will benefit from the 1 July 2010 tax cuts?
2. Our future world: an analysis of global trends, shocks and scenarios
3. Campaigning to Christians
4. The hidden toll: suicide in Australia
5. Promoting social inclusion in adaptation to climate change

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

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network
Established in 1995 and based in London, the Children's Rights Information Network (CRIN) uses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as their inspiration. Visitors unfamiliar with the reasons for the need for a group that advocates for the rights of children should check out the "Issues" tab. The CRIN Quiz section is a good place for visitors to learn about some of the specifics of children's rights in various countries, such as the "African Committee on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child" from 15/03/2010 and "Child Rights and the United States" from 05/11/2008. There are also quizzes on some specific issues that involve children, such as "Child Slavery" from 28/03/2007 and "Quiz on Children Affected by Armed Conflict" from 24/11/2006. The "Information By Country", which can be accessed on the left hand side of the homepage, features International Law, National Law, and Regional Law related to the country, as well as the "Latest Resources", which include such valuable guides as the "Human Rights Watch: Global Report 2010"
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From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

30 June 2010, issue 1181
In this issue:
Editorial: Children and drug use
Latest news and reports:
- Urging reform (justice systems, Human Rights Council)
- End impunity for torture (International Day in Support of Torture Victims, Argentina)
- New guidelines mooted on business and children's rights
- Update: Elections to the African Committee
- Follow-up: Banning the veil / Children and sexuality
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues * Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


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 for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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

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Ten Useless Body Parts 


Lesser apes use all their toes for grasping or clinging to branches. Humans need mainly the big toe for balance while walking upright.

 Early humans had to chew a lot of plants to get enough calories to survive, making another row of molars helpful. Only about 5 percent of the population has a healthy set of these third molars.

A common ancestor of birds and mammals may have had a membrane for protecting the eye and sweeping out debris. Humans retain only a tiny fold in the inner corner of the eye.

Our closest cousins, chimpanzees and gorillas, have an extra set of ribs. Most of us have 12, but 8 percent of adults have the extras.

Often mistaken for a nerve by freshman medical students, the muscle was useful to other primates for grasping with their feet. It has disappeared altogether in 9 percent of the population

This long, narrow muscle runs from the elbow to the wrist and is missing in 11 percent of modern humans. It may once have been important for hanging and climbing. Surgeons harvest it for reconstructive surgery.

Lactiferous ducts form well before testosterone causes sex differentiation in a fetus. Men have mammary tissue that can be stimulated to produce milk.

These fused vertebrae are all that’s left of the tail that most mammals still use for balance and communication. Our hominid ancestors lost the need for a tail before they began walking upright.

This narrow, muscular tube attached to the large intestine served as a special area to digest cellulose when the human diet consisted more of plant matter than animal protein. It also produces some white blood cells. Annually, more than 300,000 Americans have an appendectomy.

Brows help keep sweat from the eyes, and male facial hair may play a role in sexual selection, but apparently most of the hair left on the human body serves no function.

Found online several years ago...


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