Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 4, 2011

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.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,506 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. [Ontario] Linda Chamberlain rose from rough beginnings to become a champion of the mentally ill (Toronto Star) - November 25
2. Calgary Social Outlook, 2011 (City of Calgary) - November 30
3. December 3 is United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities (Council of Canadians with Disabilities) - December 1
4. [Ontario tax credits and tax preparation companies] Minor adjustment a major problem for poor (Carol Goar, Toronto Star) - November 29
5. Sprucing up poverty measurement in Canada and the U.S. ( - November 28
6. Canada Income Inequality: Living In Unequal Cities A Health Risk To Rich And Poor, Study Finds (Rachel Mendleson in Huffington - November 28
7. [British Columbia] Member of Legislative Assembly pledges to live on $610 for a month (Vancouver Sun) - November 28
8. British Columbia : Poverty reduction Bill reintroduced in BC Legislature by New Democratic Party (The Link) - November 23
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, November 2011 - December 2
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2010 - December 2
--- Study: Perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2009 - December 1
--- Elementary and secondary public school indicators, 2009/2010 - November 30
--- 2011 Census geographic products - November 29
--- Public sector employment, third quarter 2011 - November 28
--- Federal government employment in census metropolitan areas, September 2011 - November 28
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. Gross National Happiness (BusinessWorld, Manila) - November 30
13. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. [Ontario] Linda Chamberlain rose from rough beginnings to become a champion of the mentally ill - November 25
(Toronto Star)


Linda Chamberlain rose from rough beginnings to become a champion of the mentally ill
November 25, 2011
By Catherine Porter
[ Video: Linda Chamberlain ]
[ ]
Linda Chamberlain has lead a very interesting life. She's been orphaned, homeless, a burlesque dancer, a fugitive, accused and acquitted for murder.... She is now dying of cancer and hopes to have a book written about her life to inspire others.
I first met Chamberlain two years ago. I watched her playing bongos for dancing patients inside the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, on the very floor where she once lived. She was then a peer-support worker, but under the Dickensian welfare rules, she was earning less working part-time than sitting at home. So, sadly, she quit the job. Her case became known as the “Linda Chamberlain rule” by welfare reformers. I visited Chamberlain again this week in the east-end apartment building she calls her lifesaver. She wanted to tell her story because a month ago she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Chamberlain’s life lessons are rich. Her favourite, she tells me, is the importance of letting go and giving back. “Life is too short. If you give back, not matter what you go through, things will turn around and good things will come to you.” Her legacy will also be rich. Her friend, welfare policy expert John Stapleton, is recording her life for a book. He also hopes to set up an annual award in her memory. It’s tentatively called “The Linda Chamberlain Turn Around Award.” When will it be established? “Not anytime soon,” says Chamberlain, getting teary for the first time.

* To contribute to Chamberlain’s legacy, email

Toronto Star

Related links:


Million-Dollar Murray:
Why problems like homelessness may be easier to solve than to manage.
By Malcolm Gladwell
February 13, 2006


From the
Metcalf Foundation:

“Zero Dollar Linda”: A Meditation on Malcolm Gladwell’s “Million Dollar Murray,”
the Linda Chamberlain Rule, and the Auditor General of Ontario
(PDF - 225K, 28 pages)
By John Stapleton

Welfare Rules: A Smack Down, Not a Hand Up (small PDF file)
November 23, 2010


From the
Toronto Star:

Linda Chamberlain’s job was making her broke
November 19, 2010


Open Policy - John Stapleton's website

Check out John's other work:

* Publications

* Media Commentaries

* Presentations


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

2. Calgary Social Outlook, 2011 - November 30
(City of Calgary)

2011 Calgary Social Outlook
November 30, 2011
The City of Calgary is pleased to announce the release of the 2011 Calgary and Region Social Outlook. The report is an annual five-year forecast that examines the overall social landscape of Calgary,
a progressive review of key trends shaping Calgary's social environment, with a focus on income, employment, poverty, diversity, the voluntary sector, arts and culture, recreation, safety and sustainability.
- includes links to reports for earlier years, back to 2007

Complete report (PDF - 40.2MB, 200 pages)
The Social Outlook reports on key trends and issues related to:
* an Inclusive city
--- basic needs (income, employment, poverty, housing and food security)
--- the changing face of Calgary (social and cultural diversity)
--- the voluntary sector
* a Cultural city
* an Active city
* a Safe city
* a city of Strong Neighbourhoods

Community and Neighbourhood Services

[City of Calgary ]


- Go to the Alberta Links page:

3. December 3 is United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 1
(Council of Canadians with Disabilities)

Celebrating Our Accomplishments on UN Day of Persons with Disabilities
Press Release
December 1, 2011
On 3 December 2011, Canadians will be celebrating the United Nations’ Day of Persons with Disabilities. The history of advances in disability policy at the federal level is presented in a new book, called Celebrating Our Accomplishments (see the next link below), published last month by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.

Celebrating Our Accomplishments
November 2011
HTML version:
PDF version (2.4MB, 175 pages)
Recommended reading!
60+ articles by researchers, advocates, non-governmental organizations and people with disabilities
Table of Contents:
* Inclusion (14 articles)
* Transport (2 articles)
* Access (16 articles)
* Social Policy (19 articles) - see below for selected content from this section of the book
* Human Rights (6 articles)
* International (6 articles)

Social Policy section
Selected content
- Special Parliamentary Committee on the Disabled and the Handicapped  (Sherri Torjman) 
- Reflections on Parliament and Disability (William R. Young)
- Taking Policy (or lack thereof) To Task (Traci Walters)
- Legislative Reforms  (Michael J. Prince)
- CPPD Reforms: An Example of Leadership Within the Civil Service (Laurie Beachell)
- The Registered Disability Savings Plan: A Building Block for Financial Security (Jack Styan)
- Supporting the Voice: The Money Trail (Laurie Beachell)
- Nearly 30 Years of Disability Statistics (Cameron Crawford)


Other recent releases by the CCD:

Welfare? Or What?
Shifting thinking about poverty reduction and income programs

November 25, 2011
By Tyler Hnatuk, CACL
This speech was presented on 3 November in Ottawa, at End Exclusion 2011:
Sharing some of the research that CCD has been doing related to poverty reduction and income programs in Canada from a disability perspective.


Social Assistance Disability Income Expenditures:
Why Costs are Going
November 17, 2011
By John Stapleton, Open Policy
This PowerPoint presentation was shown on November 3 at End Exclusion 2011.


Canadians with disabilities recognize
political allies, denounce the 'welfarization' of disability benefits
November 16, 2011
OTTAWA, ON, November 2, 2011 – The leaders of more than 50 organizations representing Canadians with a range of disabilities are gathering in Ottawa to recognize politicians from across the political spectrum who have helped end the exclusion of people with disabilities from the mainstream of society. At the same time, they will hear from a former Ontario government official about the “welfare-ization” of benefits for people with disabilities, many of whom are forced to live in poverty.


CCD Income Security Reform Archives (back to July 2009)


Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
At the Canadian Abilities Foundation, we envision an inclusive, universally accessible society, where all people belong and are valued.
[ More about CCD - ]


From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE):

Take action to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities
December 1, 2011
People with disabilities face challenges in the workplace that often go unnoticed by co-workers. Everyday tasks that many people take for granted can present great obstacles for those of us with disabilities. Worse still, people with disabilities can face discrimination and even harassment at work because of their disability. That’s why marking the International Day for Persons with Disabilities is so important. Our members who face these challenges need our support and our solidarity to ensure that employers provide the accommodations our members need to do their work. Days like this are crucial to raising awareness about this important issue.
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)


From the
Government of Canada
a.k.a. the Harper Government™:

Minister Finley recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Ottawa, Ontario, December 2, 2011—The Government of Canada is helping to remove obstacles and enable people with disabilities to contribute to and participate in their communities. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, reaffirmed this commitment today, on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3. (...)
On March 11, 2010, the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, demonstrating the Government’s ongoing commitment to building an inclusive society for all. Since December 2008, the Registered Disability Savings Plan has helped people with disabilities and their families save for the future.

For more information on programs and services for people with disabilities, see:


From the
United Nations:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2011
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981).

Theme for 2011:
“Together for a better world for all:
Including persons with disabilities in development”

- includes links to the following content:
Message of the Secretary-General for the Day
* Events at UN Headquarters on Friday, 2 December
* Programme for the Day (PDF version)
* Directions and access to the Event
* Interactive Panel Discussion I: Towards inclusive development: improving data and statistics on disability
* Interactive Panel Discussion II: Mainstreaming disability in the global development agenda: experience in other development issues
* United Nations Enable Film Festival
* Events around the world
* Background information on the theme for 2011
* Sub-themes for 2011
* Tell us your plans for the Day!
* Previous commemorations of the Day

United Nations Enable - Development and human rights for all
United Nations Enable is the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Secretariat. The website provides public information on topics related to disability and the work of the United Nations for persons with disabilities.


- Go to the Disability Links page:

4. [Ontario tax credits and tax preparation companies] Minor adjustment a major problem for poor - November 29
(Carol Goar, Toronto Star)

Ontario tax credits and tax preparation companies

Minor adjustment a major problem for poor
November 29, 2011
By Carol Goar
Ontario has changed the way it pays out provincial tax credits to people living in poverty to ensure a steadier income flow throughout the year, but the change has had some unintended effects that include more gouging by tax preparation companies.
"The government knew there would be transitional glitches when it phased out lump-sum tax refunds. What it did not anticipate was that the tax preparation companies, faced with the loss of a lucrative chunk of their business, would come up with a scheme like this.There is nothing illegal about what they’re doing. But it is exploitative."
Toronto Star


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

5. Sprucing up poverty measurement in Canada and the U.S. - November 28

Diane Finley and Rebecca Blank meet Adam Smith: moving poverty lines are in
By Miles Corak
November 28, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Rebecca Blank -- a capable, no-nonsense, PhD in economics, and a former Dean at the University of Michigan -- to his new administration, and told her to answer a simple question: How should the United States measure poverty? Blank did an end-run around the sad politics that has characterized discussions of poverty measurement in the U.S. by having the Census Bureau develop an entirely new indicator that reflects the realities of participating in contemporary American society.(...) Diane Finley, the Canadian federal government’s Minister responsible for social policy is not exactly Canada's Becky Blank, but she quietly accomplished a similar feat more than a year ago. (...) recognizing that the poverty line must change as society changes, Ms. Finley has introduced a much-needed reform. The challenge facing her and her American counterpart is to make these new concepts the headline measures their statistical agencies focus upon, letting the Low Income Cut-Off and the Official U.S. measure drift into the past.

[ Miles Corak is a professor of economics with the
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. ]

[ An abridged version of this text appeared
in the November 28 Globe and Mail : ]

Milescorak - Economics for public policy

Related links:

Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

6. Canada Income Inequality: Living In Unequal Cities A Health Risk To Rich And Poor, Study Finds - November 28
(Rachel Mendleson in Huffington

Huffington Post Canada:

Canada Income Inequality: Living In Unequal Cities A Health Risk To Rich And Poor, Study Finds
November 28, 2011
As Canada’s rich-poor divide deepens, critics often point to the tome of research linking income inequality and poor health in countries like the United States as proof that, if unchecked, the growing gap could quite literally make us sick.
But new evidence brings the warning much closer to home. Looking exclusively at the Canadian-born population, a pioneering study has found that the income differential is already having an adverse effect on the health of residents in cities with the widest gap, increasing the likelihood of succumbing to everything from alcohol abuse to colorectal cancer – regardless of individual income.

Income Gap Leads To Health Problems For Montrealers
November 28, 2011

Socio-economic inequality continues to have a profound impact on health and access to services in Montreal, including subsidized daycare, according to a new report by the city's public health agency.
The report released Monday highlights the gap between rich and poor when it comes to life expectancy and health.

The report:

Inégalités sociales de santé

NOTE: As at December 1, the above link will take you to the French page for this report and related links. There is a notation that "the complete English version will be available shortly." Currently on the site, there is an English version of the synthesis report (see the next link below).

Social Inequalities in Montréal : Progress to Date
2011 Report of the Director of Public Health
Synthesis Report
(PDF - 7.5MB, 40 pages)

Director of Public Health (English home page):
NOTE: With the exception of a few reports and press releases, there's not much content en anglais on this site. I find it bizarre that in Canada's largest and arguably most cosmopolitan city, the government can't find the resources to make everything available in both official languages. This criticism isn't directed at Montreal City Hall --- the website belongs to the Government of Québec. And here's the Québec government's rationale, copied from the English home page of this site: "As health professionals practicing in Quebec are required to have good command of the French language, this site is in French."
[The language police have spoken.]


Version française:

Inégalités sociales de santé
En 1998, le premier rapport annuel de la Direction de santé publique de Montréal faisait état d’une différence de dix ans entre l’espérance de vie moyenne des hommes des quartiers montréalais défavorisés par rapport à leurs concitoyens des quartiers riches. Une décennie s’est écoulée depuis ce premier portrait de l’état de santé des Montréalais et le temps est maintenant venu de mesurer le chemin parcouru. Les inégalités sociales de santé sont donc au cœur du rapport 2011 du directeur de santé publique.
- liens vers le rapport complet, le rapport synthèse, un résumé, un communiqué de presse et une présentation Powerpoint de la conférence de presse

Directeur de santé publique de Montréal (page d'accueil en français)


- Go to the Inequality Links page:

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

7. [British Columbia] Member of Legislative Assembly pledges to live on $610 for a month - November 28
(Vancouver Sun)

Surrey MLA Brar pledges to live on $610 a month
In an attempt to draw attention to meagre welfare rates in the province,
the MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood is pledging to live on $610 for a month
By Doug Ward
November 28, 2011
VANCOUVER — Twenty-five years after NDP member of the B.C. legislature Emery Barnes spent seven weeks living as if he was on welfare, B.C. politician Jagrup Brar has volunteered to repeat the experiment for a month."I want to experience first-hand what life is like for the 180,000 British Columbians who live on welfare," said Brar, who will live on $610, the current welfare rate, for the month of January.The 52-year-old former member of India's national basketball team said Monday he plans to live in single-room-occupancy hotels in Surrey, B.C.'s Whalley area and in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Brar is taking up the challenge by the anti-poverty group Raise the Rates for members of the provincial legislature to live on the welfare rate for a month. Raise the Rates also issued the dare to the B.C. Liberal caucus, but got no takers.
Vancouver Sun

Related link:

Inequality Facts in BC (from Raise the Rates)


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:

8. British Columbia : Poverty reduction Bill reintroduced in BC Legislature by New Democratic Party - November 23
(The Link)

British Columbia

NDP Proposes Poverty Reduction Strategy While Liberals Continue Failing
November 26th, 2011
VICTORIA – Following First Call’s [ ] 2011 Child Poverty Report Card that shows the Liberal government has failed over half a million British Columbians living in poverty, the New Democrats renewed their call for the province to move forward and support the Poverty Reduction Act . (...) New Democrat critic for social development Shane Simpson reintroduced the Poverty Reduction Act in the Legislature Wednesday, calling on the Liberal government to address the urgent need for a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.
The Link - Leading Indo-Canadian Newspaper

The text of the bill:

BILL M 209 - 2011
November 23, 2011
Progress of Bills

This is the second time around for this Bill.

NDP propose BC Poverty Reduction Act
June 2, 2011
Policy Note
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition --- solely dedicated to the establishment of a provincial poverty plan


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, November 2011 - December 2
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2010 - December 2
--- Study: Perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2009 - December 1
--- Elementary and secondary public school indicators, 2009/2010 - November 30
--- 2011 Census geographic products - November 29
--- Public sector employment, third quarter 2011 - November 28
--- Federal government employment in census metropolitan areas, September 2011 - November 28

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


December 2, 2011
Labour Force Survey, November 2011
Following a notable decrease the previous month, employment edged down 19,000 in November, and the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 7.4%. Despite the recent declines, employment was up 1.2% (+212,000) from 12 months earlier.
- includes links to three tables:
* Labour force characteristics by age and sex
* Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
* Labour force characteristics by province

Related report:

Labour Force Information
November 6 to 12, 2011
Table of contents:
Analysis — November 2011
Data quality, concepts and methodology
User information
Related products
PDF version (437K, 59 pages)

[ earlier reports in this series: ]

Labour Force Information - main product page*
This publication provides the most current monthly labour market statistics. Each month, this publication contains a brief commentary highlighting recent developments in the Canadian labour market. It also includes a series of charts and tables on a variety of labour force characteristics, such as employment and unemployment for Canada, the provinces, metropolitan areas and economic regions.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment

December 2, 2011
Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2010
Just under six million taxfilers contributed to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) in 2010, a slight decline of 0.2% from 2009. Their total contributions increased 2.6% to $33.9 billion. Data are based on tax returns filed for 2010.
- includes links to ttwo tables:
* Registered retirement savings plan contributors — Canada, provinces and territories
* Registered retirement savings plan contributors — Census metropolitan areas

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household spending and savings
* Household, family and personal income
* Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs
* Seniors
* Income, pensions and wealth

December 1, 2011
Study: Perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2009
In 2009, the vast majority (93%) of Canadians aged 15 years and older living in the provinces said they felt satisfied with their personal safety from crime. This proportion was similar to 2004, the last time this survey was conducted. Despite higher rates of victimization, younger Canadians were more satisfied with their personal safety from crime than older Canadians. In 2009, 94% of Canadians aged 15 to 24 years said they felt very or somewhat satisfied, compared with 90% of Canadians aged 65 years and older.

Related article:

Canadians' perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2009
PDF version (749K, 21 pages)

Juristat - product main page*
This periodical is intended for those with an interest in Canada's justice system as well as those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects. It provides analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Five issues of Juristat are produced each year. Each issue contains several articles on variety of topics, including crime, homicide, the court system, and correctional services.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest
issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues

Related subjects:

* Crime and justice
* Crimes and offences
* Victims and victimization
* Society and community

November 30, 2011
Elementary and secondary public school indicators, 2009/2010
Just under 5.1 million students were enrolled in publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Canada during the academic year 2009/2010, down 0.2% from the previous academic year. This was the lowest level since 1997/1998, when data for the Elementary–Secondary Education Survey were first collected. Enrolment peaked at nearly 5.4 million students in 1999/2000.

Summary Public School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2005/2006 to 2009/2010
PDF version (423K, 58 pages):
This report provides elementary and secondary school public data at the provincial, territorial and Canada-wide levels for key education statistics, such as enrolment, graduates, finance, and educator.

Related subjects:

* Education, training and learning
* Education finance
* Students
* Teachers and educators

November 29, 2011
2011 Census geographic products
Available today are four geographic products from the 2011 Census: Boundary Files, Road Network File, Correspondence Files and the Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status, and Names. These products represent the first suite of geographic products released from the 2011 Census.

Related subjects:

* Reference
* Census reference materials

November 28, 2011
Public sector employment, third quarter 2011
Public sector employment on a seasonally adjusted basis was 3.6 million in the third quarter, down 12,000 (-0.3%) from the second quarter. The decline was mainly the result of the layoff of the temporary workers hired for the 2011 Census program. Employment in the federal general government, which fell by 16,000 (-3.6%), declined in all provinces and territories.
[Related data tables: ]

Related subjects:

* Government
* Employment and remuneration

November 28, 2011
Federal government employment in census metropolitan areas, September 2011
In September, 315,500 federal government employees worked in a census metropolitan area (CMA). They represented three-quarters of all federal workers, a proportion that has remained stable in the last decade. (...) The 135,900 federal workers in Ottawa–Gatineau accounted for nearly one-third (32.5%) of the total federal workforce in September. This proportion has been on an upward trend since the mid-1990s when it was roughly 27%. Montréal had 23,700 federal employees, the second largest total, followed by Toronto with 22,300.

The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily


The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]

FACTOID : Did you know that government transfer payments to individuals
in 2009 totalled $176.6 billion, not including Medicare and public education?

For a breakdown of that amount and corresponding amounts for 2005 to 2008,
see Government transfer payments to persons (from Statistics Canada):
[ ]

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

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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

December 4, 2011

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Early childhood education and care: A new direction for European policy cooperation
30 Nov 2011
Article from Children in Europe highlights the European Commission's renewed focus on quality in ECEC; argues that "it is becoming increasingly clear that access without quality is of little merit". CRRU greatly appreciates Children in Europe's permission to provide read-only access to this article on our website (it is not otherwise available online).

Social justice indicators in the OECD: How do the member states compare?
30 Nov 2011
New report offers "comparative assessment of 31 OECD countries with regard to six key dimensions: poverty prevention, equitable access to education, labor market inclusiveness, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health as well as intergenerational justice"; Canada ranks 9th overall.

Competence requirements in early childhood education and care
29 Nov 2011
New report by Mathius Urban and Michel Vandenbroeck for the European Commission focuses on professionalism in early childhood education and care; argues that, "what we should be looking for is not just the 'competent practitioner', but the 'competent system'.

Outdoor learning: Practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland
29 Nov 2011
New curriculum document from Education Scotland provides "practical, accessible and straightforward advice on how to engage children and young people with learning outdoors".

The parent trap: Illustrating the growing cost of childcare
29 Nov 2011
New report from the Social Market Foundation in London "demonstrates how childcare affordability has deteriorated and will continue to decline in the years ahead".

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Op Ed: The best way to help children is to take their rights seriously:
Convention adopted by UN in 1989 is misunderstood, but remains relevant
30 Nov 2011 Canada

Three city-run daycares to close
30 Nov 2011 Ontario

Daycares form new coalition: Agencies aim to inform parents about impact of board-run daycare
30 Nov 2011 Ontario

The rubber gloves are on! March for women's rights amid cuts
30 Nov 2011 Europe

Autumn statement 2011: Free nursery education extended to two-year-olds
30 Nov 2011 Europe

MORE child care in the news


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

Links to child care
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CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
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:

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 Poverty Dispatch is a daily 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.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

December 2:
Joblessness and Unemployment
Fuel Poverty - UK

December 1:
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program
Poverty Rate - Latin America

November 30:
Census Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates
Poverty Measurement in the US and Canada
Poverty Measurement - China
States and Children’s Health Insurance Coverage

November 29 - no Dispatch

November 28:
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - Maine
Economic Security Index
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- 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:

12. Gross National Happiness - November 30
(BusinessWorld, Manila)

Happiness, not growth,-not-growth&id=42478
November 30, 2011
By René B. Azurin
An interesting experiment is now going on in the Himalayas. The tiny country of Bhutan has, after many years of study, discarded the metric of Gross National (or Domestic) Product as its measure of development and begun using a new one it calls Gross National Happiness. After a pilot test in 2007 to refine the indicators and tools to be used, Bhutan conducted its first nationwide survey in 2010 to establish baselines along the areas that make up the multidimensional metric. One could say that Buddhist Bhutan may be showing the world The Way.
BusinessWorld (Manial, Philippines)

Related links:

Gross National Happiness
The essence of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness is the peace and happiness of our people and the security and sovereignty of the nation.

Gross national happiness - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
NOTE : See "External links" for more online information about GNH
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Gross National Happiness USA
GNHUSA envisions a happy and ecologically sustainable future.
Measure what Matters.


- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

13. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

30 November 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1253
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Calls for accountability
- Petitioning for rights
- Returning children to a war zone
- Children left to die in prison
- Governments urged to take bigger steps
- Hearing children out in parliament
- CRC call for submissions
- New online library on education
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

CRINMAIL (incl. subscription info)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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Twenty-five of the best/worst analogies
written by high school students


1. Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.

2. He was as tall as a 6'3 tree.

3. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

4. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

6. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

7. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

8. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

9. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

10. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

11. The lamp just sat there, like an inanimate object.

12. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

13. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

14. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

15. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River.

16. She was as easy as the TV Guide crossword.

17. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

18. It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.

19. Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like “Second Tall Man.”

20. The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.

21. The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.

22. They were as good friends as the people on “Friends.”

23. The sardines were packed as tight as the coach section of a 747.

24. I felt a nameless dread. Well, there probably is a long German name for it, like Geschpooklichkeit or something, but I don’t speak German.

25. Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can tell butter from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

(Click the link for 31 more analogies)


And, in closing...


First call ever to tech support (video, duration 2:39)


Does anyone else remember Leon Redbone? (video, duration 2:59)


Where's the fire??


If Everyday Objects Were Designed by MC Escher (Slideshow)


Ben plays the guitar (video, 4:20)


Flight of the Bumblebee on a guitar at 600 beats per minute:
(Video, 13:59 - starts with 170 beats per minute at 3:00)