Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 5, 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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,429 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...



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. The Social Assistance Review: Resources on What You Need to Know (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
- June 3

2. Postal strike contingency plans for social assistance payments

3.[British Columbia] Barnes takes up dad's welfare cause : Raise the Welfare Rates (Vancouver Courier) - June 3
4. With temporary workers, flexibility’s the name of the game (Globe and Mail)
- June 2
5. Rising CEO Pay: Could it fuel social unrest? [three-part video] (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 1
6. [Federal] Budget 2011 Redux : What's New in Version 2 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 1
7. June 2011 Hennessy's Index : Minimum vs Living Wage (Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 1
8. Tory welfare wait period could be costly (CBC News) - June 1
9. Social Planning Toronto SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - May 30
10. [British Columbia] The MLA Welfare Challenge : Can you live on $610 a month? (Raise the Rates) - May 26
11.What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
May 30 releases:
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, first quarter 2011
--- National Income and Expenditure Accounts: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
--- Financial Flow Accounts: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
--- Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
--- Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts
--- Gross Domestic Product by Industry, March 2011
May 19 release:
--- Education Matters May 2011 issue
=====> Competing Priorities – Education and Retirement Saving Behaviours of Canadian Families
=====> Public School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2000/2001 to 2008/2009
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit


International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [United States] Clock Ticks for a Key Homeless Program in New York City - (New York Times) - May 31
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. [Ontario] The Social Assistance Review: Resources on What You Need to Know - June 3
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

The Ontario Social Assistance Review: Resources on What You Need to Know
June 3, 2011
ISAC and the Toronto clinic system's Social Assistance Action Committee (SAAC) recently partnered to host two information sessions on critical issues that will arise in the course of the Social Assistance Review. The first session, "Transforming Ontario Works", was held in March 2011 to explore issues around the transition "from welfare to work".
Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Transforming Ontario Works: An Information Symposium
May 29, 2011
A full-day symposium was hosted by ISAC and the Ontario community legal clinic system’s Social Assistance Action Committee (SAAC) in March 2011 to explore various aspects of "opportunity planning", also known as human capital development. Click the link above to access a collection of ten links to video coverage of symposium presentations as well as the question and answer sessions.
Speakers:
* Mary Marrone, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, ISAC
* Melodie Mayson, Co-Director, Neighbourhood Legal Services
* Tom Zizys, Independent Researcher
* Andrew Mitchell, Social Assistance in the New Economy project
* Allison Bramwell, Munk School of Global Affairs
* Josie Di Zio, COSTI
* Steve Johnston, Dixon Hall
* Douglas Bartholomew-Saunders, OMSSA
* Karen Wilson, Toronto Employment and Social Services
Source:
Social Assistance Review
[ Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) ]

Powerpoint presentations from the symposium:
[Click each person's name below to access their Powerpoint* presentation ]

Michael Mendelson is Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, and has held senior public service positions in both Ontario and Manitoba.

John Stapleton operates his own public policy consultancy, Open Policy Ontario, after a 28-year career in social assistance policy in the Ontario government.

Lisa Philipps is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where she teaches and does research in the fields of taxation law and fiscal policy

* [ Free Powerpoint Viewer from Microsoft ]

Related link:

Ontario Social Assistance Review
[ Ministry of Community and Social Services ]

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The long view: Frances Lankin co-chairs a massive review of Ontario's social support structure
By Paula Carlucci
June 1, 2011

"Public policy," says Frances Lankin, "is not an exercise in sheer logic."
So call it an exercise in endurance, or an experiment in stamina. Lankin brings both qualities to her new role as co-commissioner of Ontario's Social Assistance Review Committee, a massive policy meditation spelled out in the province's 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy. Lankin -- erstwhile provincial NDP cabinet minister and the former head of United Way Toronto who oversaw publication of the organization's seminal Poverty by Postal Code -- is joined by Dr. Munir Sheik, an economist and the former head of Statistics Canada.
Source:
YongeStreet Magazine

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

2. Postal strike contingency plans for social assistance payments - June 2011

 


Disruption of postal services - June 2011

The labour dispute between postal workers and Canada Post will NOT affect recipients of government benefits & pensions and households receiving social assistance (welfare) whose benefits or pensions are delivered via electronic direct deposit into their bank account.

For those clients who still receive their government benefits by regular mail, all jurisdictions have posted links on their home pages.

Here's how to find the latest contingency plan for each province and territory:

Ontario:
Below this yellow box, you'll find links to contingency plan information for Ontario municipalities (from CLEONet) along with links to information specific to Ottawa (where I live) and Toronto (because, well, it's Toronto).

For all other jurisdictions:

1. Go to the Key Welfare Links page of this site:
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm ]

2. Click the link for any Canadian jurisdiction in the left-hand margin.

3. Click the name of the Dept. responsible for welfare in that jurisdiction.
On the Department's home page, look for a link to contingency plan information in the event of a prolonged disruption of postal services.

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Ontario

How to pick up social assistance cheques in case of postal strike
June 1, 2011
These are links to information about how to pick up social assistance cheques in Simcoe, Huron, York Region, London, North Bay, Niagara Region, Oxford County, Peel, Chatham, Sault Ste. Marie, Bruce County, Northumberland, Sarnia, Hamilton, Niagara, Durham, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, Ottawa, Toronto.
Source:
CLEONet
CLEONet is a web site of legal information for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities.
CLEONet has resources, news, events, and webinars produced by community organizations and legal clinics across Ontario.

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Ottawa

City of Ottawa’s contingency plan for social assistance payments in the event of a mail strike
May 26, 2011
Ottawa -The City will hold June social service payments at the four Ottawa service centres due to a possible postal strike to ensure Ontario Works recipients receive their cheques on time.

Cheques will be available as of Monday, May 30.
Clients will need to show identification to receive their June payments.

The four Social Services Centres are located at:
• 370 Catherine Street, 613-560-0622
• 2339 Ogilvie Road, 613-560-0626
• 2020 Walkley Road, 613-560-0624
• 100 Constellation Crescent, 2nd Floor, 613-560-0621
In Ottawa, 73 per cent of Ontario Works clients have direct bank deposit. These recipients will have their payments deposited electronically into their bank accounts as usual. In the event of a strike, drug cards issued in May will continue to be valid for the duration of a strike.
[ more... ]

Source:
City of Ottawa

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Toronto

June 2011 Ontario Works cheques
Toronto Employment and Social Services will not be mailing out June 2011 Ontario Works cheques because of the potential for a postal strike. These arrangements are in effect whether there is a strike or not. Toronto residents who are expecting a June 2011 cheque should pick up their cheques at their regular Employment and Social Services office in Toronto.
[ Office listings and Toronto Transit Commission directions ]
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If your last name begins with the letters:
A to K cheque pick-up date: Mon., May 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
L to Z cheque pick-up date: Tues., May 31 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Source:
City of Toronto

Related link:

The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse
Delivery of first-class mail is falling at a staggering rate.
Facing insolvency, can the USPS reinvent itself like
European services have—or will it implode?
May 26, 2011
Source:
Business Week Magazine

3. [British Columbia] Barnes takes up dad's welfare cause : Raise the Welfare Rates - June 3
(Vancouver Courier)

British Columbia

Barnes takes up dad's welfare cause (Raise the Welfare Rates)
Daughter wants B.C. to raise rates to $1,290

June 3, 2011
In 1986, Emery Barnes wanted to raise B.C.'s welfare rate for a single person to $700 a month. The NDP MLA for Vancouver Centre at the time, he lived for seven weeks on welfare to bolster his argument the rate was too low. He gave up his car, distanced himself from his family and moved into a low-cost room. Twenty-five years after his attempt to boost welfare payments, the rate is $610...
Source:
Vancouver Courier

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

4. With temporary workers, flexibility’s the name of the game - June 2
(Globe and Mail)

With temporary workers, flexibility’s the name of the game
ByTavia Grant
June 2, 2011
The modern temp industry began in a simple office in Detroit in 1946, where a businessman named William Kelly hit upon the idea to loan one of his typists for a day, billing a local company $6.75.
Today, Kelly Services has grown into a staffing giant that arranges employment for about 530,000 people a year. The industry, meanwhile, generates global revenue of $269-billion and hires out a range of workers that now includes nurses and accountants, oil workers and chief executive officers.
(...)
Temporary workers tend to earn less than permanent staff, they get little or no benefits and many can be fired without notice. The earnings gap between a permanent and a contract worker is about 13 per cent, while between a permanent and casual worker the gap is about 34 per cent, Statscan figures. The disparity persists even after the agency adjusts for demographic differences like education levels, immigrant status and gender.

Source:
Globe and Mail

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

5. Rising CEO Pay: Could it fuel social unrest? (three-part video) - June 1
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Rising CEO Pay: Could it fuel social unrest? (three-part video, see links below)
June 1, 2011
BNN (Business News Network) has taken on the thorny topic of soaring CEO pay in Canada. Two former CEOs joined CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan for a discussion about CEO pay and came to agreement on three important points: Executive compensation has gotten out of line; workers at the bottom and middle of the income spectrum need a boost, and higher taxes on the richest Canadians is the easiest solution to this worsening inequality.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.

Income inequality : three-part video
(The average income of a top-100 CEO is 155 times the average income of the workers in those same industries. Discuss.)

* Income Inequality - (part one of the video) (Duration 9:46)
* Income Inequality - (part two of the video) (Duration 8:22)
* Income inequality - (part three of the video) (Duration 4:45)
[ By Gilles : You *rock*, Armine! ]

Related BNN link:

What is fair compensation for CEOs
and how should that be determined?
(three-part video, see links below)
May 30, 2011
BNN speaks to Janet McFarland, reporter, Globe and Mail; Paul Gryglewicz, Managing Partner, Global Governance Advisors; Courtney Pratt, former CEO of Stelco.

Fair compensation : three-part video
* Compensation Study - (part one of the video) (Duration 9:26)
* Compensation Study - (part two of the video)
(Duration 8:14)
* Compensation Study - (part three of the video)
(Duration 5:15)
Source:
Business News Network

Related link:

Who earned what last year, and why?
By Janet McFarland
May. 29, 2011 (updated May. 31, 2011)
Canada’s biggest companies have made strides in linking CEO pay to performance, but the effort remains a work in progress in many boardrooms.
A new tool - Pay for performance: How Canada’s CEOs stack up - developed by Toronto-based executive pay consulting firm Global Governance Advisors shows that the link between pay and performance varies significantly, with some companies disclosing above-average CEO compensation and below-average performance in 2010.
Source:
Globe and Mail

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

6. [Federal] Budget 2011 Redux : What's New in Version 2 - June 1
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Federal budget set to unleash significant program spending cuts: CCPA
News Release
June 1, 2011
OTTAWA—Monday’s federal budget is expected to unleash one of the biggest assaults on the public sector in Canada’s history, says a new Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).The report gives Canadians a sense of what to expect from the Harper government’s first majority budget, telegraphing a hard shift to the right.

The AFB report:

Budget 2011 Redux
What's New in Version 2
(PDF - 223K, 6 pages)
(...) Canadians can expect this budget will incorporate the Conservatives’ campaign commitments to high priced political promises such as an HST deal with Quebec and extend the growth in federal transfers to the provinces and territories for health care. It will carry on with major prison builds, and continue the most extravagant growth in investment on military hardware in Canadian post-war history. It will also followthrough with cuts to corporate income taxes, an issue that unleashed prolonged and vigorous debate about how best to spur job-creation and maintain badly needed public revenues.

Source:
Alternate Federal Budget Project
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) ]

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- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm


7. June 2011 Hennessy's Index : Minimum vs Living Wage - June 1
(Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
June 2011: Minimum vs Living Wage

By Trish Hennessy
June 1, 2011
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
PDF version of this page (86K)

$8.75 ----- Minimum hourly wage in B.C. Lowest in Canada, but scheduled to rise to $10.25 in May 2012.
$18.81 --- Hourly pay needed to make a living family wage in Vancouver.
25 -------- Percentage of couples with children in Greater Vancouver who earn less than the living wage income.
3 --------- Number of financial institutions in Canada that pay a living wage: VanCity Credit Union, Community Savings Credit Union and CCEC Credit Union.
1 --------- Number of municipalities in Canada to adopt a living wage policy for all city staff: New Westminster, B.C.
140 ------ Number of municipal living wage policy/bylaws passed in the U.S. since 1994.
[ more... ]

Hennessy's Index - earlier months:
* Election Jawdroppers (May 2011)
* Democracy (April 2011)
* Security/Insecurity (March 2011)
* Inequality (February 2011)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.

Related link:

A Living Wage for Families
The Living Wage for Families Campaign is guided by an Advisory Committee of representatives from community organizations and other partners and supporters in Metro Vancouver.
- incl. links to : Home - What is a Living Wage? - Get Involved - Learn More - Living Wage Employers - Living Wage Calculator - About Us

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

8. Tory welfare wait period could be costly - June 1
(CBC NEWS)

Tory welfare wait period could be costly
June 1, 2011
A Progressive Conservative election promise to enact a one-year waiting before new Ontario arrivals can collect welfare could cost the province millions in federal transfer payments. Included in the Ontario Tories' platform unveiled last week is a plan to make welfare applicants "show a promise to Ontario" by living in the province for a year before they are eligible. Ontarians will go to the polls in an Oct. 6 provincial election.
(...)
Federal law stipulates that Ottawa can cut transfer payments to a province that imposes any kind of time limit before people are eligible for welfare. Ontario receives $4.46 billion a year from the Canada Social Transfer, which provides support to provinces across a number of different areas, including:
- Post-secondary education.
- Social assistance and social services.
- Early childhood development.
- Early learning and childcare.
It's not clear exactly how much of that funding could be affected by a potential one-year residency welfare prerequisite.
Hudak said he is not worried his plan will cost the province money. "To me it's an important value as Ontarians that if you're going to go on the welfare rolls, you should at least live in our province for a year," he said.

[ Comments (51) ]

Source:
CBC News

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Related link:

changebook - the Ontario PC election platform

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NOTE : For more detailed information on the CST "Residency Rule",
including the specific wording of the legislative provisions, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm#residence_rule

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--- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

9. Social Planning Toronto SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - May 30

Social Planning Toronto SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin
May 30, 2011
This issue:
* Registration is Now Open for Social Planning Toronto’s June Research & Policy Forum
* Proceedings from SPT’s 2011 Research & Policy Roundtable Forum, “Who’s in Charge?” Now Available
* Share your thoughts about School Fundraising with the Ministry of Education
* "Tenant Voice, Tenant Homes" - SPT's Deputation to the Executive Committee, May 24, 2011
* Partner News & Events
* Worth Repeating: Stupid Rules
* Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
* About Social Planning Toronto
Source:
Social Planning Toronto

SPT Member Organizations
- links to over 130 member organizations in Toronto, from ACCESS EMPLOYMENT to YWCA of Greater Toronto

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

10. [British Columbia] The MLA Welfare Challenge : Can you live on $610 a month? - May 26
(Raise the Rates)

The MLA Welfare Challenge
Can you live on $610 a month?

May 26, 2011
Today, the Raise the Rates Coalition issued a challenge to all BC MLA's to see if they can live on $610 a month, which is the welfare rate they set for a single person considered employable. It's been 25 years since MLA Emery Barnes lived on welfare and called for the rates to be doubled.
[ news release - small PDF file ]
[ letter to MLA's - small PDF file ]

Source:
Raise the Rates
Raise the Rates is a coalition of community groups and organisations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia. In 2002, the provincial government cut welfare rates and introduced arbitrary barriers that keep people in need from getting help. Since then, homelessness has at least doubled and BC has more people living below the poverty line than any other province in Canada.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
May 30 releases:
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, first quarter 2011
--- National Income and Expenditure Accounts: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
--- Financial Flow Accounts: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
--- Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
--- Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts
--- Gross Domestic Product by Industry, March 2011

May 19 release:
--- Education Matters May 2011 issue
=====> Competing Priorities – Education and Retirement Saving Behaviours of Canadian Families
=====> Public School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2000/2001 to 2008/2009

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

May 30, 2011
New products and studies:

Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, first quarter 2011
* GDP by income and by expenditure
* GDP by industry
* Balance of international payments
* Financial flows
* Labour productivity
* International investment position
* National balance sheet accounts
Source:
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - main product page*
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 accounts; 4) labour productivity and other related variables; 5) international investment position; and, 6) national balance
Click View for the latest issue of this periodical; click Chronological index for earlier editions.
[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Also released on May 30, 2011:
[ NOTE: Each of the links below will take you to a "main product page", where you can read a description of the content of the report and then click "View" to access data for the latest quarter. To access previous editions or versions of the information, click "Chronological index".]

* National Income and Expenditure Accounts: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
* Financial Flow Accounts: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
* Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables, first quarter 2011
* Latest Developments in the Canadian Economic Accounts
* Gross Domestic Product by Industry, March 2011

COMMENT: Canadian Social Research Links is about social programs, and I simply don't have the resources to highlight all new information in the labour and financial sectors in addition to the social links that I post on my site and in my newsletter. StatCan does, however, offer a vast array of financial information and labour statistics that would tickle the fancy of any self-respecting number-cruncher. Every now and then, I include links to some of financial and labour statistics, e.g., the above Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review...
[ By Gilles ]


May 19, 2011
Education Matters:
Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada
- main product page*
This free online periodical provides summary information on issues and gives access to education indicators and Canadian education analysis. It presents information, statistics and analysis in a non-technical, highly readable format for teachers, students, parents, education associations, researchers and policy makers [ This free online periodical provides summary information on issues and gives access to education indicators and Canadian education analysis. It presents information, statistics and analysis in a non-technical, highly readable format for teachers, students, parents, education associations, researchers and policy makers
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

The May 2011 issue of Education Matters
contains the two following articles:

Competing Priorities – Education and Retirement Saving Behaviours of Canadian Families
[Full article in HTML]
Most Canadian families are confronted with a number of competing savings priorities. Despite these challenges, it is clear that parents place a high value on savings for postsecondary education. Even among the lowest household income group, the percentage saving for their children’s postsecondary education only was greater than the share preparing financially for retirement only ...

Public School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2000/2001 to 2008/2009
[Full article in HTML]
Despite an overall decrease in enrolment numbers in Canadian publicly–funded elementary and secondary schools since 2000/2001, enrolments in second-language immersion programs have increased. British Columbia and Alberta have seen the largest gains in this respect, whereas enrolments in these programs have decreased in New Brunswick. Overall, Ontario accounted for the largest number of second-language immersion students in 2008/2009 ...

Related products:

* Learning Resources at Statistics Canada - For Teachers - For Students - For Kids - Postsecondary
* Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program
* Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets
* Statistics by Subject : Education, Training and Learning
* Education finance

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

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

June 4, 2011

What's new online this week:

Occupational standards checklists
1 Jun 2011
New tool from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council "uses a checklist format that allows ECEs and administrators to evaluate themselves on their job tasks and reflect on their skills, knowledge and abilities".

On the teeter-totter: The challenges and opportunities for licensed child care in rural, northern, and remote Ontario
1 Jun 2011
Report from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association examines the challenges facing Ontario's rural, northern, and remote child care and provides a series of solutions to strengthen licensed child care and to help families and communities.

Children’s right to play: An examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide
1 Jun 2011
Working paper from the Bernard van Leer Foundation discusses why play is fundamental to the health and well-being of children; argues that both state signatories to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and adults generally should take seriously the importance of children's play.

Effects of full-day kindergarten on academic achievement and social development
1 Jun 2011
Article from the Review of Educational Research examine the research evidence on the impact of full-day kindergarten compared to half-day kindergarten (HDK) on the academic, social, and personal development of children.

The war on women: Gender-based citizenship rights and the Conservative Party of Canada
1 Jun 2011
Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to map out the erosion of gender-based citizenship rights in Canada since 2006.

MORE research, policy & practice

Child care in the news:

Column on child care highlighted risks
1 Jun 2011 Canada

Income-splitting helps only wealthy families
1 Jun 2011 Canada

Big box babysitting: Corporate child care is not the solution
1 Jun 2011 New Brunswick

Women's rights have declined under Harper - researcher
1 Jun 2011 Canada

Hudak will derail all-day kindergarten despite promise, McGuinty claims
1 Jun 2011 Ontario

MORE Child care in the news

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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 3:
State Medicaid Programs
Summer Food Service Program
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - New Mexico

June 2:
State Budgets and Cuts to Services
Medicaid Funding - Indiana

June 1:
States and Health Insurance Coverage
Summer Youth Programs
Supplemental Security Income Program - Massachusetts
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs - Florida
Minimum Wage and Economic Security - Michigan

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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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

14. [United States] Clock Ticks for a Key Homeless Program in New York City - May 31
(New York Times)

Rental Assistance in New York City :
A Cautionary Tale for Canada?

From the
New York Times:

Clock Ticks for a Key Homeless Program
By Mosi Secret
May 31, 2011
With New York City’s shelter population near all-time highs, the Bloomberg administration is on the verge of ending its signature housing program for homeless families, saying the program’s generosity might have contributed to the problem. The program, called Advantage, started in 2007 and offers subsidies for up to two years to help people in shelters afford their own apartments, provided they work or take part in job training. But several months ago, the administration warned that if the state followed through with its plan to stop its financial support, the city could not afford to maintain the program and would cut off aid even to those already participating. After those warnings, the number of applicants to enter shelters dropped by 17 percent, evidence, the city said, that the program might have enticed some people to leave their homes for the promise of the subsidy.
[ Readers' Comments (78)]

Related link from
the City Of New York:

Advantage
[see note below]
Advantage is a rental subsidy that helps clients transition from temporary, emergency shelter to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible, instilling responsibility through its firm linkage to employment. Effective August 1, 2010, this new program has been revised from our previous Advantage subsidy to promote employment and foster self-sufficiency, so that households can return to independent living.
Advantage:
* Helps pay for one or two years of rent support to eligible households
* Requires participants to work and contribute:
--- 30 percent of their gross monthly income toward rent in the first year
--- 40 percent of their gross monthly income in the second year, if they qualify.

NOTE : When I checked the Advantage website home page on June 1, 2011, I read the following statement:

"DUE TO THE STATE'S WITHDRAWAL OF STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM, THE SUBSIDY IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. DHS WILL NO LONGER BE SIGNING NEW ADVANTAGE LEASES AND WILL NO LONGER PROVIDE RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR EXISTING CLIENTS AS OF APRIL 1ST."

Source:
New York City
Department of Homeless Services

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

15. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

1 June 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1227
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- State violence: Syria, Sudan, Serbia
- Sexuality & education: United States, Brazil
- Indigenous youth suicide: Brazil
- Sexual abuse in schools: Kenya
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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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.

See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

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

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

 


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RU a Gud Splr?

In the spirit of last week's Scripps National Spelling Bee [ http://goo.gl/zJx6H ], the Toronto Star posted a list of the top 25 misspelled words to the Star website On June 3.

Please review - there will be a test next week.

1. accommodate
2. consensus
3. acknowledgement
4. argument
5. commitment
6. deductible
7. dependent
8. embarrass
9. harass
10. liaison
11. separate
12. withdrawal
13. equipment
14. gauge
15. lightning
16. minuscule
17. achieve
18. committee
19. definitely
20. surprise
21. weird
22. camouflage
23. existence
24. privilege
25. publicly


If you're a glutton for punishment, here's another, longer list:

100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English
http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/misspelled.html

And another:

Common misspellings
http://oxforddictionaries.com/page/spellingcommonmisp/common-misspellings



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Two of our three cats are former barn cats;
they both do this to each other and to our older cat...
http://goo.gl/DfwEL

[ Our cats : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal ]


...and one of the two even likes to preen in the bathroom sink with the water running, although not *quite* as unabashedly as the kitty in this video.
http://goo.gl/5Tz5B



And, for the pooch lovers, meet Mambo Dog:
http://goo.gl/Z1GIU


...and the Jerry Dog, the self-exercising dachshund:
http://goo.gl/6UuDk


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DISCLOSURE:
Mambo and Jerry are not our dogs.
I included them just to avoid some grumpy email about feline favoritism.