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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 4 , 2007

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 1839 subscribers.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Alberta : Standing Still in a Booming Economy : Finding Solutions for Low Income Working Households (Edmonton Social Planning Council) - October 31
2. Northwest Territories : Income Assistance / Income Security updates - August/September 2007
3. Economic Statement 2007: Strong Leadership. A Better Canada (Department of Finance Canada) - October 30
4. October 2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada - October 30
5. New Brunswick : Poverty in a land of plenty (Straight Goods) - October 30
6. Ontario : Why the McGuinty Liberals will not reduce poverty (rabble.ca) - October 29
7. Canada Pension Plan Remains Strong for the Benefit of Canadian Seniors (Department of Finance Canada) - October 29

8. Urban Poverty 2007 (Canadian Council on Social Development) - updated October 18
9. The Shock Doctrine : Naomi Klein speaks about her new book (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - September 5

10. Child Care in Canada: The Federal Role (Library of Parliament Virtual Library) - Revised April 2007
11. A Primer on Federal Social Security Contributions (Library of Parliament Virtual Library) - August 27

12. Tax Freedom Day: A Cause for Celebration or Consternation? (Library of Parliament Virtual Library) - September 2006
13. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - November 2

International Content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. Most Low-Income Parents Are Employed
(National Center for Children in Poverty) - November 2007
16. International minimum wage resources (Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris) - October 29
17. CERC Bulletin N°139 (Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris) - October 29
--- Chicken and egg : Child poverty and educational inequalities
---Disability and caring among families with children : Family employment and poverty characteristics
--- Improving the refundable child tax credit : An important step toward reducing child poverty
--- Light year : Hard work ! Assessing the impact of poverty
--- Change, choice and cash in social care policies : Some lessons from comparing childcare and elder care

18. Sweden : Homelessness - multiple faces, multiple responsibilities (Ministry of Health and Social Affairs) - November 1
19. November 1, 2007 - CRINMAIL 929 (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


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Veterans Week 2007
November 5-11, 2007
- from Veterans Affairs Canada

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1. Alberta : Standing Still in a Booming Economy : Finding Solutions for Low Income Working Households - October 31
(Edmonton Social Planning Council)

Standing Still While the Economy Booms:
Household incomes stagnant despite record levels of economic growth, says report
October 31, 2007
While Edmonton’s economy has generated lots of jobs in recent years, this has not translated into real income gains for most families and households, according to a new report released today by the Edmonton Social Planning Council. (...) The 51-page report, entitled ‘Standing Still in a Booming Economy,’ uses Statistics Canada data to track household incomes and earnings, and then compares them to economic growth rates over time periods of twenty years or longer. The report contains numerous tables and charts showing that employment earnings and household incomes are lagging behind growth in the Edmonton economy.

Standing Still in a Booming Economy:
Finding Solutions for Low Income Working Households
(PDF file - 672K, 51 pages)
Table of contents:
* Introduction * Methodology * Reporting the Trends (Profile of Edmonton’s Economy - Employment - Employment Earnings and Benefits - Market Income - After-Tax Income - Economic Growth and Family Incomes - Income Distribution - Job Market - Unionization - Low Income - Workers in Low Income Households) * Recommendations (Labour Market - Transfer Programs - Tax Measures) * Conclusion

Source:
Edmonton Social Planning Council

- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

2. Income Assistance / Income Security updates - August/September 2007
(
Northwest Territories)

Northwest Territories:

New from the Income Security Division of the NWT Department of Education, Culture and Employment:

Income Security Reform begins with Improvements to Income Assistance (PDF file - 19K, 1 page)
Press Release
August 2, 2007
YELLOWKNIFE – A new model of Income Security for the Government of the Northwest Territories and improvements to the Income Assistance programme were announced today. (...) The reform involves changes to the philosophy, process and structure of Income Security programmes. The Government of the Northwest Territories has budgeted an annual increase of $5.9 million for implementing the changes to the Income Assistance programme. The changes will be effective September 1, 2007.

Income Security - Breaking Down the Barriers of Poverty Promoting Self Reliance (PDF file - 1.3MB, 41 pages)
Aug 2, 2007
- incl. * Vision for the Northwest Territories * Guiding Principles * Poverty * Income Measures * Groups most Vulnerable to Poverty * GNWT Income Security Programmes * Key Direction – Income Security Review * Next Steps – Income Security Reform * Evaluation *
Appendices (Income Security Policy Framework - Income Measures (Market Basket Measure, Low Income Cut-Off, Low Income Measure) - Low-Income Measure Tables - Education, Culture and Employment Programmes - Other GNWT Departments’ Social Programmes - Programme Statistics by Department

[*NOTE: The subtext describing this report on the Income Security Division home page is "A Report on the Income Security Consultations in the NWT." However, there's only a passing reference to the income security consultations in this report (pp. 8-9). In my view, this is a welfare reform reference document, well worth reading because it provides an overview of the evolution of income security in the Northwest Territories, along with "a comprehensive policy framework designed to create a common philosophical base for income security programmes and for greater consistency in the administration and delivery of those programmes." (report, p. 13)

Backgrounders (dated August 2007):

Income Assistance (PDF file - 73K, 4 pages)
- Income Assistance Programme Changes effective September 1, 2007

Income Security 2 (PDF file -54 K, 2 pages)
- GNWT Income Security Model (philosophy - client structure, benefit structure, delivery structure, etc.)

Income Security Q&A (PDF file - 69K, 6 pages)
Questions and Answers about
Income Security Review Changes 2007-2008

Income Assistance Program Policy Manual (PDF file - 659K, 119 pages)
- effective September 2007

Income Assistance and Child Care Forms

Source:
Income Security Division
[ NWT Department of Education, Culture and Employment ]

- Go to the Northwest Territories Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ntbkmrk.htm

3. Economic Statement 2007: Strong Leadership. A Better Canada - October 30
(Department of Finance Canada)

The Great Pumpkin has arrived!

Canada’s Government Delivers Broad-Based Tax Relief for Individuals, Families and Businesses
News Release
October 30, 2007
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today presented the Government’s 2007 Economic Statement, which proposes broad-based tax relief for all Canadians, including a further reduction of the goods and services tax (GST).

Economic Statement 2007: Strong Leadership. A Better Canada
October 30, 2007
Table of contents:
* Overview * Speech * Introduction
* Chapters:
1. Recent Economic Developments and Prospects
2. Fiscal Projections
3. Broad-Based Tax Reductions for Canadians
Annex
Tax Measures: Supplementary Information and Notices of Ways and Means Motions
* Notices of Ways and Means Motions

Overview
"...bold new steps to build a better Canada:
* Reducing taxes further for Canadians, including a further reduction in the goods and services tax (GST).
* Establishing a new era of declining business taxation.
* Reducing the federal debt by $10 billion this year."

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Related links:

Government proposes $60B in tax cuts, with further GST drop
October 30, 2007
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has tabled a motion that calls for $60 billion in tax cuts over the next five years, including a further cut in the GST to five per cent, effective Jan. 1. News of the GST cut came in an economic statement delivered Tuesday afternoon by Flaherty. Normally, the statement contains little more than an update on the government's fiscal position. Not this time.
Source:
CBC

Flaherty offers little to working families
October 30, 2007
Ottawa — Finance Minister Flaherty is once again promising billions more in tax cuts which will provide little lasting benefit to working families, says CUPE National President Paul Moist.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Economic Statement 2007, Canada"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

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

4. October 2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada - October 30

October 2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Matters of Special Importance
Chapter 1 — Safeguarding Government Information and Assets in Contracting
Chapter 2 — Management and Control Practices in Three Small Entities
Chapter 3 — Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Chapter 4 — Military Health Care—National Defence
Chapter 5 — Keeping the Border Open and Secure—Canada Border Services Agency
Chapter 6 — Management of the 2006 Census—Statistics Canada PDF
Chapter 7 — Technical Training and Learning—Canada Revenue Agency
Source:
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
NOTE: on the same page as the October 2007 report, you'll also find links to AGO reports released in May and February 2007.

Related link:

Government falls short on security, environment, audit finds
October 30, 2007
OTTAWA - The federal government has failed to "green" its policies and programs, given short shrift to the health care of its soldiers, and pumped millions of dollars into border security without ensuring that high-risk people and goods are being stopped, Auditor General Sheila Fraser says.
Source:
Canada.com

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

5. New Brunswick : Poverty in a land of plenty - October 30
(Straight Goods)

New Brunswick

Poverty in a land of plenty
Many of the poor have steady jobs
October 30, 2007
By Ginette Petitpas-Taylor
It is disgraceful that in a country as prosperous as Canada, there are over 1.2 million children living in poverty. In New Brunswick, 25,000 children, almost 17 percent of New Brunswick children, live in poverty. The numbers are even worse for certain groups of children, such as those of lone parents. About half of recent immigrant families and a third of children in racialized families are poor, even though Canada guarantees equality regardless of the colour of your skin and the place of your birth.
Source:
Straight Goods

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

6. Ontario : Why the McGuinty Liberals will not reduce poverty - October 29
(rabble.ca)

Ontario

Why the McGuinty Liberals will not reduce poverty
Will Premier McGuinty favour the interests of the poor and insecure in Ontario over those in the business sector who profit from poverty?

By Dennis Raphael
October 29, 2007
Despite Premier’s McGuinty’s promise to produce a poverty reduction plan, and the earnest hopes of editorial writers and anti-poverty activists, I am of the belief that the next four years will see little if any action on poverty reduction. I base this prediction on my analysis of poverty and its public policy antecedents in Canada and what we know about the forces that create poverty and maintain its presence.
Source:
rabble.ca

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

7. Canada Pension Plan Remains Strong for the Benefit of Canadian Seniors - October 29
(Department of Finance Canada)

From the Department of Finance Canada:

Canada Pension Plan Remains Strong for the Benefit of Canadian Seniors
News Release
October 29, 2007
The Canada Pension Plan is on a financially sustainable footing for at least the next 75 years, according to the 23rd Actuarial Report on the Canada Pension Plan, which Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tabled in Parliament today.

From the Office of the Chief Actuary, Canada Pension Plan:

Actuarial Report (23rd) on the Canada Pension Plan (PDF file - 799K, 132 pages)
As at December 31, 2006
Tabled before Parliament on October 29, 2007

Executive Summary (PDF file - 710K, 4 pages)
"...despite the projected substantial increase in benefits paid as a result of an aging population, the Plan is expected to be able to meet its obligations throughout the projection period [until 2075]."

Related link:

Pension funds in best shape in five years
Higher interest rates leave average fund in surplus position

October 24, 2007
Canadian pension funds are in the best financial shape they've been in more than five years, and have managed to build up a small surplus as a cushion against future setbacks, according to a report yesterday that credits higher interest rates for the improvement.
Source:
The Ottawa Citizen

Comment:
The next time the C.D. Howe Institute or Fraser Institute questions the sustainability of the Canada Pensions Plan and suggests that we need to dump or overhaul the program, just remember:
Office of the Chief Actuary = unbiased, responsible to the people of Canada.
Right wing think tanks = just *a bit* of bias, responsible to the corporations that fund them.

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

8. Urban Poverty 2007 - updated October 18
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

What's new from the Canadian Council on Social Development:

Urban Poverty 2007 - updated October 18/07
A fresh batch of Urban Poverty reports has been posted to the CCSD's Urban Poverty 2007 page. They include a report on populations vulnerable to poverty, one on education and employment, another on age, gender and family, and a final one on neighbourhood poverty. There's also a new urban poverty bibliography.

"Poverty is not only about the numbers. It's about the stark realities of daily life for millions of Canadians. We hope that the numbers provided here will help communities share information, leverage resources and create solutions to the blight of urban poverty in Canada. Products in the Urban Poverty Project include community profiles, a time-series analysis of urban poverty trends over the 1990s, and a detailed snapshot of urban poverty using the 2001 Census data."

Click the link above to access the project files listed below:

* Measuring Poverty: a backgrounder
* Media Release
* A Lost Decade - Urban Poverty in Canada, 1990-2000
o Factsheet # 1: Looking Back
o Factsheet # 2: Place Matters
o Factsheet # 3: Neighbourhood Poverty
* Detailed analyses of different dimensions of urban poverty in 2000, presented in the following reports:
o Poverty by Geography
o Dimensions of Income Among Poor Households
o Employment and Education
o Populations Vulnerable to Poverty
o Age, Gender and Family
o Neighbourhood Poverty
* Community Profiles - an online database containing demographic profiles of 111 communities across Canada;
* Poverty Data Tables: Another online database, organized by levels of geography
* A summary report on the Urban Poverty Project 2007 (forthcoming)
* UPP 2007 Bibliography

* Shelter - Homelessness in a growth economy: Canada's 21st century paradox (by Gordon Laird, for the Sheldon Chumir Foundation)
* Talking about urban poverty: CCSD's Katherine Scott speaks to Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (May 10, 2007)
* From the CCSD Archives: Urban Poverty Project 2000

Related links:

* Measuring Poverty
* Media Release
* Community Profiles

* From the CCSD Archives: Urban Poverty Project 2000

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

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

9. The Shock Doctrine : Naomi Klein speaks about her new book - September 5
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Shock Doctrine
Naomi Klein speaks about her new book at CCPA event
September 5, 2007
- includes a brief excerpt from her speech
(Vancouver) Footage of Naomi Klein speaking about her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, is now available online at www.youtube.com/policyalternatives or www.policyalternatives.ca/naomi_klein_videos. The set of six videos is from a CCPA fundraiser in Vancouver in February 2007.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

10. Child Care in Canada: The Federal Role - Revised April 2007
(Library of Parliament Virtual Library)

Child Care in Canada: The Federal Role
By Julie Cool, Political and Social Affairs Division
Revised 16 April 2007
HTML version
PDF version
(97K, 12 pages)
Table of Contents:
* A New Approach to Child Care
* The Federal Role in Child Care
* The National Child Benefit
* The Early Childhood Development Initiative
* The Multilateral Framework on Early Learning and Child Care
* Bilateral Agreements with the Provinces on Early Learning and Child Care – 2005
* Moving Toward Direct Payments to Families for Child Care
* Other Federal Supports to Early Learning and Child Care in Canada

Highly recommended! this is a good primer on the federal role in child care in Canada as well as a timeline of federal involvement in this field.
- includes over 30 links to related resources!

Source:
Virtual Library
[ Parliament of Canada ]

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

11. A Primer on Federal Social Security Contributions - August 27
(Library of Parliament Virtual Library)

A Primer on Federal Social Security Contributions
By Philippe Bergevin, Economics Division
August 27, 2007
HTML version
PDF version (82K, 4 pages)
"Social security contributions are increasingly recognized by governments as an important source of revenues with which to finance expenditures on social security programs, such as government-sponsored pension plans and employment insurance programs. In Canada, social security contributions at the federal level – contributions to the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans and employment insurance premiums – totalled $39 billion in 2005-2006..."
Table of Contents:
* Overview (Employment Insurance - Canada/Quebec Pension Plan) * Pros and Cons (Equity - Efficiency - Administration and Compliance) * International Context

Source:
Virtual Library
[ Parliament of Canada ]

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

12. Tax Freedom Day: A Cause for Celebration or Consternation? - September 18, 2006
(Library of Parliament Virtual Library)

Tax Freedom Day: A Cause for Celebration or Consternation?
By Sheena Starky, Economics Division
September 18, 2006
HTML version
PDF version
(108K, 13 pages)
"Each year, typically in June, Canadian media recognize the arrival of Tax Freedom Day, the day on which Canadian families with two or more individuals are purported to have earned sufficient income to pay their total tax bill to all levels of government for the entire year, and , therefore, to be able to "start working for themselves." Critics claim that the notion of Tax Freedom Day is misleading and is calculated using a flawed methodology.
(...) While the idea of Tax Freedom Day is intuitively appealing and media-friendly, the concept does not enjoy unanimous support in Canada or in other countries where similar reports on Tax Freedom Day exist. (...) More fundamentally, critics question the usefulness of the Tax Freedom Day indicator since it considers only the tax burden without regard to the benefits received in exchange."
- includes links to nine related resources
Source:
Virtual Library
[ Parliament of Canada ]

Related links:

Neil Brooks on Tax Freedom Day - from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

13. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - November 2
(CRRU- University of Toronto
)

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

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.
Here's the content of the latest issue of this bulletin.

For more information about this service, including subscription information,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

2-Nov-07

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What's New
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FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING: REPORT OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON LEARNING
In 1995 the Royal Commission on Learning [Ontario] recommended that ECEC programs be provided by all schools to all children 3 to 5 years. This entry provides links to the Commission’s reports, as well as related reports and websites.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110935

CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSED CHILD CARE LICENSING REGULATION:
WHAT WE HEARD
Report from the Government of Alberta documents a recent public consultation on Alberta's new Child Care Licensing Act.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110933

NATIONAL CURRICULUM GUIDELINES ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE IN FINLAND
English translation of Finland's 2003 ECEC curriculum guidelines. The guidelines serve as the basis for local curricula throughout Finland.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110928

EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE: IT'S TIME
Booklet from CUPE makes the case for a universal, high quality, not-for-profit child care system, outlines the major issues facing child care workers, and promotes CUPE's plan to help build a stronger system.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110929

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Child care in the news
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Opposition parties unite to fight big-box daycare [CA]
Toronto Star, 1 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110920

We need national daycare [CA]
Montreal Gazette, 31 Oct 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110921

Few companies keen to provide daycare [CA]
Globe and Mail, 27 Oct 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110925

Bad move [CA]
Carolyn Ferns, Calgary Herald, 27 Oct 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110926

Child care on the cheap is bad policy [AU]
The Age, 25 Oct 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=110922

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
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CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

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Related Links:

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

Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

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

14. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

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.

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

This week's issues of Poverty Dispatch:

November 1, 2007
* Social Services Computer Systems - Indiana, Ohio
* States and Rates of Foster Care Payments
* Privatization of Child Welfare Services - Michigan, California
* Subsidized Housing Vouchers - New York City
* City Homeless Policies - New York City, Los Angeles
* Temporary Assistance Enrollment - Louisiana
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* The Uninsured in Florida
* Study: High Schools and Graduation Rates - Midwest States
* Numbers of Poor and Low-income Students in the South
* Early Childhood Education in the South
* Low-income Students and Access to College
* Access to Broadband Internet Service

October 29, 2007
* Child Poverty - Buffalo, NY
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* State Health Insurance Proposal - Maryland
* Medicaid Payments to Providers - New York
* Home Foreclosures and Renters - Minnesota
* Child Welfare Reform - New Jersey
* Payments to Foster Parents - North Carolina
* Maternity Leave Benefits - Ohio
* Opinion: Homelessness and Housing - Los Angeles, CA
* States and Access to Early Childhood Education

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. Persons wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - archive of weekly digests* of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
(*For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.)

- 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

15. Most Low-Income Parents Are Employed - November 2007
(National Center for Children in Poverty)

Most Low-Income Parents Are Employed
By Ayana Douglas-Hall and Michelle Chau
Fact sheet
November 2007
HTML version
PDF version
(132K, 3 pages)
Despite low levels of unemployment,1 average household income has declined since 2000.2 The number of children living in low-income families has continued to rise. Programs that provide supports for low-income, working parents can increase income and child well-being. The majority of children in low-income families have parents who are employed full-time and year-round.

Source:
National Center for Children in Poverty

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

16. International minimum wage resources - October 29
(Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris)

Minimum wage - updated October 29, 2007
- links (in the right-hand margin) to 300 documents (statistics, working papers, reports) and websites
- incl. links to resources under the following headings:
* Legislation and implementation * Facts and figures * Minimum wage and employment * Minimum wage and wage formation * Minimum wage and living standard * Discussion * Recommended websites
(includes links to Canadian resources)

Source:
Online Information Service
Information and online resources organized under five themes: Poverty * Social minima * In-work benefits * Minimum wage * Unemployment and return to work .

Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

17. CERC Bulletin N°139 (Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris) - October 29
--- Chicken and egg : Child poverty and educational inequalities
---Disability and caring among families with children : Family employment and poverty characteristics
--- Improving the refundable child tax credit : An important step toward reducing child poverty
--- Light year : Hard work ! Assessing the impact of poverty
--- Change, choice and cash in social care policies : Some lessons from comparing childcare and elder care

Also from Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion:

Selected content from Bulletin N°139 - October 29, 2007:
(click on the bulletin link to access all studies and reports included in issue #139)

United Kingdom:
. Chicken and egg :
Child poverty and educational inequalities
(PDF file - 264K, 24 pages)
By D. Hirsch, Child Poverty Action Group (CPPAG), London, September 2007

. Disability and caring among families with children :
Family employment and poverty characteristics
(PDF file - 953K, 72 pages)
By S. McKay and A. Atkinson, Department for Work and Pensions, London, 2007

United States
. Improving the refundable child tax credit :
An important step toward reducing child poverty
(PDF file - 80K, 5 pages)
By A. Aron-Dine, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, October 2007

Europe
. Light year : Hard work ! Assessing the impact of poverty (PDF file - 292K, 85 pages)
By European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN), Bruxelles, October 2007

OECD countries
. Change, choice and cash in social care policies : Some lessons from comparing childcare and elder care, (PDF file - 119K, 20 pages)
By S. Himmelweit and H. Land, Espanet conference (Vienna, 20-22 September 2007)

See all links from CERC Bulletin #139 ---- links to 25 more studies

CERC Bulletin - links to all CERC semi-monthly bulletins
Subscribe - To be informed of CERC activities and to receive the bulletin

Source:
Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

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

18. Sweden : Homelessness - multiple faces, multiple responsibilities - November 1
(Ministry of Health and Social Affairs)

Sweden

Homelessness - multiple faces, multiple responsibilities:
A strategy to combat homelessness and exclusion from the housing market
(PDF file - 1.3MB, 16 pages)
01 November 2007
The Government has presented a strategy to combat homelessness and exclusion from the housing market Homelessness - multiple faces, multiple responsibilities. The strategy covers 2007-2009. Its purpose is to establish a structure that clarifies that multiple actors at national, regional and also local level have a responsibility and a role to play in work to address homelessness and exclusion from the housing market. By specifying a clear direction for action, a broad approach and clear joint work, the strategy represents a higher level of ambition.
Source:
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
[ Government of Sweden ]

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19. November 1, 2007 - CRINMAIL 929
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

1 November 2007 - CRINMAIL 929
* MYANMAR/BURMA: Sold to Be Soldiers: The Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in Burma [publication]
* INDIA: Child rights to be taught in school [news]
* KOREA: Plans to lower age of criminal responsibility attacked [news]
* UN: Drive for birth and death registrations [news]
* DISABILITY: Tips and strategies for implementation of the Disability Convention [news]
* ISRAEL: Dramatic increase in sex abuse cases [news]
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Corporate Typos

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On the side of a sewage plant truck: "We're number one with your number twos!"

A hair products company, Clairol, introduced the "Mist Stick", a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that mist is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the manure stick.

Chicken magnate Frank Perdue's line, "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken," sounds much more interesting in Spanish: "It takes a sexually stimulated man to make a chicken affectionate."

Foden Trucks were very popular in Portugal. (Foden is Portugese rough slang for sex)

On a bag of Fritos: 'You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside'. (Evidently, the shoplifter special)

On a Bar of Dove soap: Use Like regular soap. (And how would that be?)

On a box of Cheerios: A great source of calcium when milk is added!

On a child's Superman costume: Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.

On a container of Popz popcorn, the Spanish translation of 'butter flavored' was 'gusto burro,' which means, you guessed it, 'donkey flavored.'

On a Japanese food processor: 'Not to be used for the other use' (I gotta admit, I'm curious).

On a Korean Knife: Keep out of Children

On a packet of Sainsbury's salted peanuts: 'CONTAINS NUTS'.

On a Swedish chain saw: 'Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals'.

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: 'Product will be hot after heating'.

On Sears hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping.

On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom of box): 'Do not turn upside down'. (Oops, too late!)

On the ingredients label for all Spam, it says 'Pork with Ham'

Sewn into the lining of a new clothing line: We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it all carefully by hand.

Smackers Chap Stick warning: Do not use on chapped lips.

Superpiss - a real-life Finnish cleaning fluid for windscreens that didn't do so well in the English-speaking market.

The Chevy Nova never sold well in Spanish speaking countries. "No va" means "it doesn't go" in Spanish.

The Coors beer slogan used in the USA "Get loose with Coors," became, "Get the runs with Coors" upon translation into Spanish. They decided to go with a different slogan.

Source:
http://coolsig.com/corporate_typos1.html
(follow the link for a whole bunch more corporat typos.)

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