Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 5, 2014

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 2,673 subscribers.

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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...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Raise the Minimum wage to $21.90 an hour? Just like 100 years ago… (John Stapleton, Open Policy Ontario) - December 29
2. Canadian Native Reservations Lead To 'Social Evil', Say Scholars (Science 2.0) - January 5
3. All in a Day's Work? CEO Pay in Canada (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - January 2

4. [New Brunswick] 2013 Annual Review of David Alward’s government (Common Front for Social Justice Inc.) - December 2014
5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Nothing new since December 24
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. The [U.S.] Supplemental Poverty Measure : Update (Census Bureau) - January 3
9. [United States] The Campaign for a Bigger Paycheck (New York Times Editorial Board) - January 1
10. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Raise the Minimum wage to $21.90 an hour? Just like 100 years ago… - December 29
(John Stapleton : Open Policy Ontario)

Raise the Minimum wage to $21.90 an hour? Just like 100 years ago…
http://openpolicyontario.com/raise-the-minimum-wage-to-21-90-an-hour-just-like-100-years-ago/
By John Stapleton
December 29, 2013
(...)
On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford called reporters to the Ford Plant in Dearborn Michigan to hear an important announcement. He said: “The Ford Motor Company, the greatest and most successful automobile manufacturing company in the world, will, on January 12, inaugurate the greatest revolution in the matter of rewards for its workers ever known in the industrial world.”

He explained the details: not only would the plant switch from two nine-hour shifts to three eight-hour ones, allowing it to run around the clock, but each man over 22 would receive the minimum wage of $5 a day, and men under 22 would qualify if they had dependants. “The commonest labourer who sweeps the floor shall receive his $5 per day,” Ford told the reporters. We believe in making 20,000 men prosperous and contented rather than follow the plan of making a few slave drivers in our establishment millionaires.”

Henry Ford had, in effect, breathed life into the new social policy of the minimum wage.
(...)
Ford’s 114% increase in base wages in 1914 is the rough equivalent of an increase of Ontario’s $10.25 minimum wage to $21.90 an hour. One hundred year celebrations are usually big deals when people indulge grand dreams yet for most, a $21.90 an hour minimum wage is unthinkable. But let’s not squelch grand dreams. Let’s remember that 100 years ago, the unthinkable was implemented.

Source:
Open Policy Ontario
- John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/ 4

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

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

2. Canadian Native Reservations Lead To 'Social Evil', Say Scholars - January 5
(Science 2.0)

Canadian Native Reservations Lead To 'Social Evil', Say Scholars
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/canadian_native_reservations_lead_social_evil_say_scholars-127173
January 5, 2014
Chronic unemployment, dependence on government welfare and internal social division are the result of Canadian social welfare for natives - despite the substantial resources devoted, according to a new study. The work, jointly performed by the University of Alicante, the University of Granada and Laurentian University, was prepared by University of Alicante lecturer in sociology Raúl Ruiz Callado.

Source:
Science 2.0
http://www.science20.com/

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

3. All in a Day's Work? CEO Pay in Canada - January 2
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

CEO earnings are a stark contrast to the average Canadian income
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/ceo-earnings-are-stark-contrast-average-canadian-income
News Release
January 2, 2014
Five years after a global recession knocked the wind out of Canada’s labour market, throwing tens of thousands of workers onto the unemployment line and sidelining a generation of young workers, the compensation of Canada’s CEO elite continues to sail along.
By 1:11pm on January 2, the first official working day of the year, Canada’s highest paid CEOs have already pocketed $46,634 — what it takes most Canadians an entire year, working full-time, to earn.

CCPA's annual CEO pay review, by economist and CCPA Research Associate Hugh Mackenzie, takes a snapshot of the 240 publicly listed Canadian corporations on the TSX Index, ranks the highest paid 100 CEOs on that list, and determines their average total compensation.

Read the full pay review:

All in a Day's Work? CEO Pay in Canada (PDF - 684K, 14 pages)
http://policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/01/All_in_a_Days_Work_CEO_%20Pay.pdf
January 2014

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Version française:
Une journée de travail bien remplie (PDF - 308Ko., 16 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/01/All_in_a_Days_Work_CEO_Pay_FRENCH.pdf
janvier 2014
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You can also follow along and keep track of who's making what.
Visit our CEO Pay Clock:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ceo

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Banks and Business Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

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

4. [New Brunswick] 2013 Annual Review of David Alward’s government - December 2014
(Common Front for Social Justice Inc.)

NOTE : The English version follows the French below.

Beaucoup de chemin à faire : Réduction de la pauvreté,
le Bilan de l'année 2013 du gouvernement de David Alward
(PDF - 356Ko., 11 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Bilan%20Alward%20Francais_Final_1_.pdf
décembre 2013

Lecture recommandée --- ce texte de 11 pages présente un bilan des politiques récentes (2013) du gouvernement de David Alward

Extrait de la
conclusion du texte:

Le Front commun pour la justice sociale reconnait que le gouvernement de David Alward du Nouveau-Brunswick a entrepris certaines actions qui aideront les gens en situation de pauvreté. Cependant notre bilan démontre clairement qu’il y a encore beaucoup de chemin à faire pour réduire de façon significative la pauvreté dans la province et, de plus, que la réduction de la pauvreté n’est pas une priorité pour ce gouvernement.
(...)
Nous comprenons que la province est en situation économique difficile, mais il faut considérer la lutte contre la pauvreté comme un investissement social.

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale inc.

http://frontnb.ca/Default.asp/fr

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English version:

Still a long way to go : 2013 Annual Review of David Alward’s government (PDF - 388K, 10 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Annual%20Review%20Alward%20Final_1.pdf
December 2013

Recommended reading - includes a list of recent (2013) policies of the Alward Government
affecting people on welfare and people living in poverty in the province.

Excerpt from the
Conclusion of the report:

The Common Front for Social Justice recognizes that the David Alward government has taken some actions that will be helpful to people living in poverty, However, our review clearly shows there’s still a long way to go to significantly reduce poverty in the province and moreover, that poverty reduction is not a priority for this government.
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We understand the province’s difficult economic situation, but the fight against poverty has to be considered as a social investment, just like investments being made in the private sector. We must invest in poverty reduction.

Source:
Common Front for Social Justice Inc.

http://frontnb.ca/

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Nuttin'

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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Nothing new of interest to social researchers since December 24 --- just asphalt roofing stats.
If there are any asphalt roofers out there, I'm afraid you'll have to find those stats yourself...

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

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NO NEW CRRU CONTENT SINCE THE WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 22.
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December 22, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Social investment - Growth, employment and financial sustainability: Economic and fiscal effects of improving childcare in Austria
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/social-investment-growth-employment-and-financial-sustainab
18 Dec 2013 | Europe
Report from the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour illustrates the positive effects of investments in social services using the example of the Austrian government's recent funding to childcare.

Promote family engagement: Charting progress for babies in child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/promote-family-engagement-charting-progress-babies-child-ca
18 Dec 2013 | United States
Brief is part of CLASP's "Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care" project, an effort to link research to policy ideas to help states make the best decisions for infants and toddlers in child care.

Expanding access to pre-k is sound public policy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/expanding-access-pre-k-sound-public-policy
18 Dec 2013 | United States
Working paper from NIEER (US) argues that, "while it would be foolish to assume that we know everything about how to make pre-K highly effective, we do know how to create more effective policies with continuous improvement and accountability systems that will generate the information each teacher, community,and state needs to improve from there on".

The Condition of Britain: Interim report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/condition-britain-interim-report
18 Dec 2013 | Europe
Report from Institute for Public Policy Research [UK] argues that the UK needs "universal childcare, advanced through community institutions such as children's centres...rather than cash benefits or tax-free vouchers".

Income inequality in Canada: An overview
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/income-inequality-canada-overview
11 Dec 2013 | Canada
Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance recommends that "federal government take steps, in consultation with the provincial and territorial governments, to make early childhood education and child care more accessible and affordable in all areas of the country, including through increased support for affordable early childhood education and care programs."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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

Parliament finally shines a light on the politics of inequality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/parliament-finally-shines-light-politics-inequality
19 Dec 2013 | Canada

Poverty costs Canada billions of dollars every year
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/poverty-costs-canada-billions-dollars-every-year
18 Dec 2013 | Canada

Extended day program numbers low in low-income neighbourhoods
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/extended-day-program-numbers-low-low-income-neighbourhoods
18 Dec 2013 | Ontario

Investing in families to eliminate child poverty makes sense
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/investing-families-eliminate-child-poverty-makes-sense
18 Dec 2013 | British Columbia

Labour moves towards promise for free childcare for all preschoolers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/labour-moves-towards-promise-free-childcare-all-preschoolers
18 Dec 2013 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
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
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
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.

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

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
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.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

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 27, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/27/
Aging Out of Foster Care – Iowa

December 26, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/26/
ACA (Affordable Care Act) )and Medicaid – Minnesota, Wisconsin

December 25, 2013 : No Poverty Dispatch today.

December 24, 2013 : No Poverty Dispatch today.

December 23, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/23/
Achievement Gaps

December 20, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/20/
American Community Survey (4 articles)
Long-Term Unemployment Benefits
Minimum Wage Increases (3 articles)
Child Welfare and Foster Care (3 articles)

December 19, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/19/
Income Inequality in the US
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment (4 articles)

December 18, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/18/
Poverty Measurement in the US

December 17, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/17/
Kids Count Report – Michigan (2 articles)

December 16, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/16/
Hunger and Homelessness in US Cities (4 articles)
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs – Minnesota

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

8. The [U.S.] Supplemental Poverty Measure : Update- January 3
(Census Bureau)

The [U.S.] Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) : Update
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm#spm
Updated to January 3, 2014
In November 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau released its third annual report describing research on the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which complements, but does not replace, the official measure of poverty in the United States.
The report compares U.S. 2012 supplemental poverty estimates with 2012 official poverty estimates for numerous demographic groups.

Clicking the link above will take you directly to a new section of the International Poverty Measures page of this website, where you'll find links to the aforementioned third report of the SPM along with 90+ links to SPM-relevant content, from the Census Bureau and other sources, many of which are non-governmental.
TIP : The 25-page report for 2012 contains some helpful contextual information about the SPM.

Early in December 2013, the Census Bureau released "Trends in Poverty with an Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure" (PDF - 684K, 25 pages) :
http://goo.gl/lZiCg5

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- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

9. [United States] The Campaign for a Bigger Paycheck - January 1
(New York Times Editorial Board)

The Campaign for a Bigger Paycheck
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/opinion/the-campaign-for-a-bigger-paycheck.html
Editorial Board
January 1, 2014
Aided by a vast flow of corporate and right-wing money, Republicans have spent years persuading the public that the deficit is the nation’s biggest financial problem and that austerity is the answer to it. Their success in making that argument — keeping taxes and government investment low — has helped increase American income inequality to crisis proportions: 95 percent of the income gains since 2009 have gone to the top 1 percent. The majority of the country has stagnated or lost ground, leaving the economy sluggish.

Democrats have largely been passive or defensive as all the wage increases flowed upward, but they have vowed to take a more aggressive stand this year. Last week, they announced a nationwide campaign in 2014 for a higher minimum wage [ http://goo.gl/u3mKCW ], showing how it would help the economy and reduce inequality, while highlighting the cost of the adamant Republican opposition to the idea.

[ Includes links in the text to 10 related articles.]

Times Topics: Minimum Wage
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/m/minimum_wage/
News about minimum wage, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times

Source:
New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/

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

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

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issue above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is one of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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Wendy McLeod MacKnight, writer - December 30
(Globe and Mail)

I was holding my dying father’s hand when my BlackBerry buzzed.
I answered it
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http://goo.gl/Qr0W7S
By Wendy McLeod MacKnight, writer
December 30, 2013
By Gilles:
This essay is about death and rebirth and a Blackberry call that changed a life.
Do you "tend a little flame of bitterness in your heart, jealous of those who have jobs they love?"
If you do, you'll find this a particularly compelling essay, written by (now retired) senior NB Government official, Wendy McLeod MacKnight. I met Wendy in the context of my research on provincial welfare programs in the 1980s, and she was always a straightshooter and a champion of social justice, "working on the inside" with the provincial government. Like many who know her, I was surprised to discover when I read her essay that she had aspirations to be a writer, and had harboured those aspirations since her youth. On that note, she declares : "... if you are living your life worrying about what others will think, or always choosing the 'safe' option over the possibly 'spectacular' option that could lead to failure, you are not living your life."

Food for thought...

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Related link:

Wendy McLeod MacKnight - Wendy's website
http://wendymcleodmacknight.com/
"Pre-published writer of middle grade and YA fiction.
Bon vivant, Dreamer, lover of literature"

Best wishes to you, Wendy, in your new career!
NOTE to other social researchers who knew Wendy as Deputy Minister of Education or her former roles:
Click the link to Wendy's website and then click the Contact button to send her an email --- "I love it when people say hi!"

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101 Household Tips for Every Room in your Home
http://www.glamumous.co.uk/2013/03/101-household-tips-for-every-room-in.html

Gilles'six favourite tips :
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1. Deodorize sponges in the microwave. Soak in water spiked with white vinegar or lemon juice and put on fill power for one minute. Use tongs to remove as it will be hot!
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2. Water straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen. To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly and use this to fill your ice cube trays.
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3. To prevent potatoes budding, add an apple in the bag.
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4. To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.
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5. Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining with large muffin cases or coffee filters.
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6. To prevent your eyes watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with white vinegar (which won't affect the taste of the onions)

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Five Ways You Can Still Get Around the New York Times (or other media) Paywall
http://betabeat.com/2013/02/5-ways-you-can-still-get-around-the-new-york-times-paywall/
Or you could just like, pay for access...

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33 Celebrity And Character Name Puns
http://loffee.com/2013/12/09/33-celebrity-and-character-name-puns/
(My fave : De Niro and De Faro.)

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Ten movie poster cliches (with plenty of examples)
http://twentytwowords.com/2011/11/09/10-movie-poster-cliches-with-plenty-of-examples/

 

 

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