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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 5, 2005

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

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Official International Reserves 2005 (Finance Canada) - June 3
2. Where Your Tax Dollar Goes (and comes from...) - (Finance Canada) - June 2005
3. Gimme shelter: Finding a home in Ontario - report (Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition) - April 7
4. New Brunswick govt. relaxing the definition of "Economic Unit Policy" for welfare purposes --- Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization says the changes discriminate against the poor (June 1, 2005)
5. Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - 1st Quarter 2005 (Statistics Canada) - May 31
6. Welfare rolls down, homelessness up in Vancouver (City of Vancouver Housing Centre) - May 26
7. 
What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit -CRRU ( University of Toronto)

International Content

8. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- June 2, 2005
9. The Sustainable Cities Programme (part of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
10. Amnesty International Report 2005 : The state of the world'
s human rights - May 25

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Official International Reserves 2005 - June 3
(Finance Canada)

Official International Reserves 2005
News Release
June 3, 2005
The Department of Finance announced today that Canada’s official international reserves decreased by an amount equivalent to US$567 million during May to US$35,034 million

Source:
Finance Canada

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

2. Where Your Tax Dollar Goes (and comes from...) - June 2005
(Finance Canada)

Where Your Tax Dollar Goes
June 2005
- multimedia presentation illustrating how federal revenues were spent in the most recent fiscal year available (2003-04), as well as the main sources of government revenue.
Did *you* know that the federal government collected $186 Billion in taxes and revenue in 2003-2004?
- requires Flash player

HTML (printable) version of the same presentation (16 pages)

Source:
Finance Canada

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

3. Gimme shelter: Finding a home in Ontario (report) - April 7
(Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition)

Housing Reform in the 80's and 90s, the Feds and the Ontario government, all on one page:

"Federal:
..1984 to 1993 –almost $2 billion cut from spending
..1993 –all new housing spending cancelled
..1996 –transfer housing to provinces / territories

Ontario:
..1995 –all new housing spending cancelled
..1995 –welfare rate cuts
..1998 –housing downloaded to municipalities."
[p. 17 from the report below]

Source:
Gimme shelter:
Finding a home in Ontario
(PDF file - 1MB, 32 pages)
By Michael Shapcott
April 7, 2005
For:
Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition

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

4. New Brunswick govt. relaxing the definition of "Economic Unit Policy" for welfare purposes - June 1, 2005
- Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization says the changes discriminate against the poor

Lord government revises welfare rules
June 1, 2005
CBC News
"FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is relaxing a controversial policy that discouraged people on welfare from living together to share expenses. The change will allow two single parents to live under the same roof, without having their benefits reduced."

Related Link:

Exemptions to Economic Unit Policy Prove Widespread Discrimination Against the Poor (Word file - 486K, 1 page)
News Release
June 1, 2005
"The Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization says that the proposed exemptions to the province’s Economic Unit Policy that were leaked yesterday to the press only prove the widespread discrimination which prevents the poorest of the poor from living together to share their meagre resources."

What they do in other jurisdictions:

Most provincial and territorial welfare allowances comprise a flat-rate amount for household support (food, clothing household and personal needs) and an amount for shelter that's equal to the actual cost of shelter paid by the welfare household, but only up to the maximum monthly shelter rate stipulated in the welfare regulations of each jurisdiction. Both amounts are paid in the same cheque. Where two welfare households share a dwelling in one of these jurisdictions, an equal share of the shelter cost is attributed to each household, and the shelter portion of both welfare cheques is adjusted so that it covers half of the actual shelter cost, up to the maximum shelter allowance in each jurisdiction. In New Brunswick and Québec, the welfare allowance is a single global amount deemed to be for the household's support and shelter needs, so they need different rules for situations where households on welfare share the rent on an apartment or a house. [If you wish to pursue this any further, you can find the provincial and territorial welfare policies concerning households on welfare sharing accommodation via the Key Welfare Links page of this site - you'll find this info in welfare policy manuals and regulations...]

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

5. Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review (1st Quarter 2005) - May 31
(Statistics Canada)

May 31, 2005
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review
First quarter 2005

"The Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review has the most up-to-date data and analysis on the economy and Canada's transactions with the rest of the world."

Complete report:

Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review
First Quarter 2005
(PDF file - 285K, 49 pages)
"This publication presents an overview of the economic developments reported in Canada's national accounts for the most recent quarter. The overview covers several broad areas:1) Gross domestic product (GDP) by income and by expenditure, 2) GDP by industry, 3) Balance of international payments, 4) Financial flow accounts 5) Labour productivity and other related variables, 6) International investment position and 7) National balance sheet."

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

6. Welfare rolls down, homelessness up in Vancouver - May 26
(City of Vancouver Housing Centre)

Welfare rolls down, homelessness up
New report blames provincial changes to eligibility rules for Vancouver's worsening situation
By Rod Mickleburgh

May 26, 2005
VANCOUVER -- Provincial government changes to welfare rules have doubled the severity of Vancouver's dire and growing homeless problem, according to the city's policy co-ordinator for the homeless. Jill Davidson said new requirements for receiving welfare the Liberals brought in are too onerous and bureaucratic for many of those eligible to receive social assistance. 'We think we could probably almost halve the number of people on the street if you just got people on welfare who were eligible for welfare,' said Ms. Davidson, the author of a 100-page report and action plan to eliminate homelessness in Vancouver within 10 years."
Source:
The Globe and Mail

Report lays out new strategy for homeless - Vancouver
By Mike Howell-Staff writer
May 23
"Increase mental health and addiction services, build more social housing and make changes to the province's employment and assistance program. Those are the key priorities to reducing homelessness as outlined in a lengthy city report, Homeless Action Plan, going before city council May 25 at a public meeting. Written by senior housing planner Jill Davidson, who has worked on the plan for more than a year, the report comes at a time when the streets are filling up with homeless people. The city's conservative estimates are that 600 people sleep on the streets in the winter months and up to 1,200 in the summer. That's double the number from three years ago."
Source:
The Vancouver Courier

Complete report:

Vancouver Homeless Action Plan (PDF file - 1.2MB, 105 pages)
By Jill Davidson
Homeless Policy Coordinator
Housing Centre
May 2005
Source:
The Housing Centre - City of Vancouver Community Services
The Housing Centre delivers social housing projects and undertakes policy and program development. The Tenant Assistance Program provides direct assistance to displaced tenants and homeless individuals in the City.
[City of Vancouver]

More Housing Centre Council reports - links to dozens more reports on housing and homelessness in Vancouver produced in the past few years by the Housing Centre.

Related Link:

Preliminary Results of [Vancouver] Homeless Count conducted on March 15, 2005 (PDF file - 14K, 2 pages)
Source:
Regional Homelessness
[Greater Vancouver Regional District]
"The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is a partnership of 21 municipalities and one electoral area that make up the metropolitan area of Greater Vancouver. GVRD's role in the Lower Mainland is to
deliver essential utility services like drinking water, sewage treatment, recycling and garbage disposal that are most economical and effective to provide on a regional basis, and to protect and enhance the quality of life in our region by managing and planning growth and development, as well as protecting air quality and green spaces."

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

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

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated
"This resource is a collection of useful online readings about current early childhood education and care policy and program delivery issues in each province and territory. Within each jurisdiction, information is organized into three sections: news articles, online documents and useful websites."

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

8. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- June 2, 2005

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's a one-day sample of the subjects covered in the Poverty Dispatch Digest:

June 2, 2005
Compiled by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and distributed Mondays and Thursdays

Today's subjects include: Medicaid // Preschool Expulsions - Opinion // Teen Unemployment // Affordable Housing - Opinion // Education Statistics Report // Wal-Mart and State Social Services // Poverty and Economic Development - Indiana // Health Insurance Coverage - California // Wal-Mart and State Social Services - Wisconsin, Minnesota // Health Care Costs for Uninsured - Washington // Child Support Guidelines - Minnesota, Georgia // School Privatization Effort - Pennsylvania // Full-Day Kindergarten - Arizona // Minimum Wage - Wisconsin, Vermont, North Carolina // Living Wage Law - Los Angeles // Homelessness - Minnesota

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- May 26, 2005
- May 19
- May 12
- May 5
- April 28

- 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

9. The Sustainable Cities Programme
(United Nations Human Settlements Programme)

The Sustainable Cities Programme
[part of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme ]
"The past several decades have seen a growing interest in the notion of various aspects of sustainable development, whether they be in terms of agriculture, transportation planning, or creating large-scale housing programs. Located within the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, the Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is a facility dedicated to building capacities in urban environmental planning and management. Currently the SCP operates in 20 cities around the globe, including cities in China, Chile, Egypt, and Kenya. Visitors to the site will want to read about how the programme operates in different parts of the world, and then perhaps look at their publications, which include several fact sheets and source books on topic such as urban air quality management and environmental planning. Finally, the site also provides material on their various global meetings, such as the upcoming SCP meeting in Havana during June 2005."
[Review by The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005]

- Go to the Municipalities Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

10. Amnesty International Report 2005 - May 25
The state of the world'
s human rights

From Amnesty International:

Report 2005: A dangerous new agenda
Press Release
May 25, 2005
"(London) Governments are betraying their promise of a world order based on human rights and are pursuing a dangerous new agenda, said Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of global human rights. Speaking at the launch of the Amnesty International Report 2005, the organization's Secretary General Irene Khan said that governments had failed to show principled leadership and must be held to account."

Amnesty International Report 2005
The state of the world's human rights
"During 2004, the human rights of ordinary men, women and children were disregarded and grossly abused in every corner of the globe.
The Amnesty International Report 2005, covering 149 countries, is a detailed picture of these abuses."

Canada - one of 149 countries covered in this report...
More Amnesty International reports concerning Canada - links to dozens of reports

- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm



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Some Fast Food Quotes:

"Would you like cream and sugar with that?" -- Asked by a waitress when a customer specified orange juice instead of coffee as part of a breakfast meal.

"Do you want cheese on that?" -- Asked when a customer ordered a plain cheeseburger.

"You want fries with that?" -- Asked when a customer ordered an apple turnover.

"Do you want onions on that?" -- A waitress, in response to a couple ordering a milk shake and a large cola.

"I'm sorry, we only have six inch and foot long subs." -- A waitress, when asked for a 12 inch sub.

"Would you like to care for a cup of coffee?" -- A waitress.

"Which of these coffees did you want with cream and sugar?" -- Asked of a customer who had ordered two coffees, one with cream and sugar and one without.

"Is this for here or to go?" -- Asked of a Dairy Queen customer at a drive-through window.

"What's the difference between the 1/4 pounder and the 1/3 pounder?"

"How many pieces are in the eight piece chicken deal?"

"How much is the $1.99 popcorn chicken?"

"Is the spicy chicken just spicy or is it hot and spicy?"

"Does your ice cream contain dairy products?" -- A customer at the drive-through of a fast food restaurant.

"Excuse me. These ham and cheese rolls -- do they have ham in them?" -- A customer at a bakery cafe.

"This is to go." -- Commonly said by customers at drive-through windows.



Source:
Found on the net, can't remember where...