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July 5, 2009

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.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Local Housing Initiatives Across Canada - Canadian Housing E-Map (Wellesley Institute) - July 3
2. What's new from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (June 2009):
--- Office for Disability Issues consultation on the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
--- National Elder Abuse Awareness campaign & website launched, new Call for Proposals under the New Horizons for Seniors program
--- Office of Literacy and Essential Skills has developed a Literacy and Essential Skills Toolkit for employers, learners and practitioners
3. Canada’s Declining Social Safety Net: The Case for Employment Insurance Reform (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 2009
4. [British Columbia] Second Report on the Health and Well-being of Aboriginal People in BC in 2007 (Office of the Provincial Health Officer) - Released June 25
5. Winning and Losing at Welfare : Saskatchewan and Canada, 1981-1989 (University of Regina)
- September 1989
6. [Newfoundland and Labrador] Programs and Services for Individuals and Families Guidebook (NL Poverty Reduction Strategy) - April 2009
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Canada at a Glance 2009 - July 3
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - July 5

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
10.
[United States] The State of the Nation's Housing 2009 (Joint Center for Housing Studies) - June 22
11. Australian Policy Online
12. CRINMAIL - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Local Housing Initiatives Across Canada (Canadian Housing E-Map) - July 3
(Wellesley Institute
)

Help build a housing and homelessness map of Canada!
Share your local housing and homelessness stories
July 3, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
Canada urgently needs a national housing plan – millions of Canadians are calling for one, and the United Nations has added its voice. The best national housing plan is built from the community up – a plan that identifies local housing and homelessness needs across the country, and pinpoints effective local housing and homeless initiatives that deserve support. (...) You can help build a national housing and homelessness plan from the community up by helping to build a national housing and homelessness map of Canada.(...)
[NOTE : click the link above to read the complete blog entry
for more detailed instructions on how to post information at the link below.]

Local Housing Initiatives Across Canada (Canadian Housing E-Map)
- part of the Wellesley Institute's state of the nation's housing 2009 initiative

Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
Wellesley Institute
The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. Our focus is on developing research and community-based policy solutions to the problems of urban health and health disparities.

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

2. What's new from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (June 2009):
--- Office for Disability Issues consultation on the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
--- National Elder Abuse Awareness campaign & website launched, new Call for Proposals under the New Horizons for Seniors program
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Office of Literacy and Essential Skills has developed a Literacy and Essential Skills Toolkit for employers, learners and practitioners

What's new in June 2009 from
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

* The Office for Disability Issues, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, is leading consultations with Canadians on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. To participate in the online consultation, please visit the Public Consultations page.
This consultation ends July 31.

* A national Elder Abuse Awareness campaign and a federal Elder Abuse Initiative Call for Proposals under the New Horizons for Seniors program launched on June 15, 2009.

* The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills has developed a number of tools to help employers, learners and practitioners address Literacy and Essential Skills challenges.
Visit the Literacy and Essential Skills Toolkit to access 17 new tools and much more.

* New Horizons for Seniors Program — The calls for proposals for Community Participation and Leadership Funding and Capital Assistance Funding are now open in Quebec until September 11, 2009.
NOTE: this last item was actually in the May What's New update for HRSDC.

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

3. Canada’s Declining Social Safety Net: The Case for Employment Insurance Reform - June 2009
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canada’s EI benefits well below OECD average: study
Press Release
June 30, 2009
OTTAWA—Employment Insurance benefits in Canada are well below the OECD average, says a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, by economist Lars Osberg, finds that in terms of access, benefit duration, and income replacement levels, EI in Canada falls far below most other OECD countries and below the levels of Canadian unemployment insurance in past recessions.

Complete report:

Canada’s Declining Social Safety Net:
The Case for EI Reform
(PDF - 592K, 28 pages)
June 2009
By Lars Osberg
"(...) Between October 2008 and May 2009, 363,000 Canadians lost their jobs — and the OECD projects unemployment to rise to 9.8% in 2010. In this global recession, the weakness of Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) system has become a glaring federal policy omission. This study looks at income protection for the unemployed, federally and elsewhere, and makes a strong case for EI reforms." (Excerpt from the Executive Summary)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.

[ more CCPA reports and studies ]
[ all CCPA publications ]

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

4. [BC] Pathways to Health and Healing : Second Report on the Health and Well-being of Aboriginal People in British Columbia (2007) - Released June 25
(Office of the Provincial Health Officer)

Pathways to Health and Healing (PDF - 8.9MB)
Second Report on the Health and Well-being of Aboriginal People in British Columbia
Provincial Health Officer's Annual Report 2007

Release date June 25, 2009
This report contains eight chapters encompassing discussions on determinants of health, pregnancy, infants and children, diseases and injuries, physical environment, and health services, with a chapter devoted to recommendations on improving the health of the Aboriginal population in BC. In addition, with the availability of the 2006 Métis Nation BC Survey, a chapter is also provided on the health and wellbeing of the Métis population in the province. The report also includes examples of best practices, programs, and success stories in various Aboriginal communities in the province.

Appendix (PDF 1MB, 211 pages)
- extensive collection of vital statistics and demographic tables, including some comparisons of mortality and morbidity between status Indians and non-Aboriginal people.

Source:
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
[ Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport ]
[ Government of British Columbia ]

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

5. Winning and Losing at Welfare : Saskatchewan and Canada, 1981-1989 - September 1989
(University of Regina)

Found - An Oldie Goldie:

WINNING AND LOSING AT WELFARE:
SASKATCHEWAN AND CANADA, 1981-1989
(PDF - 13.5MB, 57 pages)
By Graham Riches and Gordon Ternowetsky
September 1989
- includes three complete papers:
* Child Hunger and Family Poverty in Saskatchewan : Broadening the Debate
* Who are the Real Welfare Bums?
* Welfare Reform in Saskatchewan : Implications for the Poor, Labour and Social Work

Source:
Working paper series (browse 21 reports by title)
Social Policy Research Unit (formerly Social Administration Research Unit)
* 19 links to occasional papers
* Child poverty report cards for Saskatchewan - 2000 to 2006
[ Faculty of Social Work ]
[ University of Regina ]

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

6. [Newfoundland and Labrador] Programs and Services for Individuals and Families Guidebook - April 2009
(NL Poverty Reduction Strategy)

Programs and Services
for Individuals and Families Guidebook
(HTML)
Last Updated April 2009
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Programs and Services for Individuals and Families Guidebook is an initiative of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. (...)
The Guidebook provides access to basic information such as a program’s name and purpose, a telephone number, and in some cases, an email or related web site address.
Information is divided into eight general headings:
* Financial Help
* Housing, Shelter and Home Supports
* Education and Learning
* Employment (Job) Help
* Medical, Health and Wellness
* Justice Help
* Culture and Recreation
* Government of Canada Information
NOTE : You have to scroll down the main page of the guide to access links
to alternate formats such as PDF (regular and large type), Microsoft Word, spoken word audio, print and Braille.
Source:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Poverty Reduction Strategy

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Canada at a Glance 2009 - July 3

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

July 3
Canada at a Glance 2009
HTML
PDF
(3.4MB, 27 pages)
Canada at a Glance 2009 presents the current Canadian demographic, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market household, economic, travel, financial, agricultural, foreign trade and environmental statistics. This booklet also includes important international comparisons, so that readers can see how Canada stacks up against its neighbours. Updated yearly, Canada at a Glance is a very useful reference for those who want quick access to current Canadian statistics.
[ earlier editions of this report ]
Source:
Canada at a Glance - main product page

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The Daily Archives - select a year and month from the drop-down menu to view releases in chronological order
[ Statistics Canada ]

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

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - July 5

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

July 5, 2009

Aboriginal children’s health: Leaving no child behind
2 Jul 09
- Report from UNICEF Canada examining the health of Aboriginal children in Canada through the perspectives of national experts and analysis of existing data.

Inclusion of children with disabilities: The early childhood imperative
2 Jul 09
- UNESCO Policy Brief on Early Childhood supporting the idea that early childhood education and care is a powerful means of nurturing diverse abilities.

What we know and don’t know about measuring quality in early childhood and school-age care and education settings
2 Jul 09
- Issue brief from Child Trends examining the measurement of quality in child care and early education settings.

Preschool curriculum decision-making: Dimensions to consider
2 Jul 09
- Policy brief from NIEER to help decision-makers choose the most appropriate curriculum for their preschool programs.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Eddy Groves ABC partner was in rich US childcare deal
[AU] 1 Jul 09

· Groves' wife's new venture has ties to fallen ABC [AU] 30 Jun 09

· There's no easy way to raise a child
[CA] 29 Jun 09

· Childcare leave needs recognition as the rule, not the exception
[JP] 26 Jun 09

· Childcare is key. Good parents are, too
[CA] 23 Jun 09

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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.

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

9. 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 continuously
- provides links to 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 the Poverty Dispatch:

July 3, 2009
States and Budget Cuts
Industry, Wealth, and Poverty in Appalachia
Brick Kiln Workers - Pakistan
Enforcement of Immigration Policy
Poor Communities and Crime - South Africa
Ruling on Denial of Medicaid Benefits - Nebraska
Enrollment in State TANF Programs
Economic Stimulus and Community Colleges

July 2, 2009
Food Stamp Application Process - Pennsylvania
Increasing Need for Assistance Programs
U.S. Unemployment Rate and Job Losses, June 2009
Medicaid Expansion - Maryland

July 1, 2009
Minimum Wage Increases
State Health Insurance Coverage - Pennsylvania
State Budget and Medicaid Funding - Mississippi
States and Budget Deadlines
South Dakota Kids Count Report
Cost of Living for Low-income Families - United Kingdom
High School Graduation Rate - Oregon

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

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

- 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

10. [United States] The State of the Nation's Housing 2009 - June 22
(Joint Center for Housing Studies)

'Unprecedented' rise in number of precariously housed Americans:
2009 State of Nation's Housing report

June 22, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
Lower-income Americans are especially hard-hit by current recession and there has been an "unprecedented" increase in the number of people who are precariously housed. Those are among the grim findings in the 2009 State of the Nation's Housing report that was released today in Washington DC by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the National Low Income Housing Coalition and others. Some key observations: "Low income homeowners and renters are hit especially hard in the current climate... in 2007, the year for which the most recent data exists, 51% of low income renters and 43% of low income owners paid more than half their incomes for housing... altogether, 17.9 million households spent more than half of their incomes on housing, a 30% increase that is 'unprecedented'.”

Complete report:

The State of the Nation's Housing 2009
- includes links to the full report in one PDF file and a table of contents with links to individual chapters in PDF format

Executive summary (PDF - 332K, 5 pages)

Housing Duress Continues Despite Signs of a Bottom in Housing Sales and Starts:
Harvard Releases the 2009 State of the Nation’s Housing Report
June 22, 2009
Press Release
(New York) The worst housing downturn in generations continues to grind on, finds a study released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Despite some stabilization in homebuilding and home sales in the spring, real home prices continued to fall and foreclosures mount in most areas in the first quarter of the 2009.

Source:
Joint Center for Housing Studies (U.S.)
The Joint Center for Housing Studies is Harvard University's center for information and research on housing in the United States. The Joint Center analyzes the dynamic relationships between housing markets and economic, demographic, and social trends, providing leaders in government, business, and the non-profit sector with the knowledge needed to develop effective policies and strategies.

Related link:

National Low Income Housing Coalition (U.S.)
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

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

11. Australian Policy Online

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia. [ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

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

12. CRINMAIL - June 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
CRIN is a global network coordinating and promoting information and action on child rights. More than 2,000 member organisations and tens of thousands more activists from across the world rely on CRIN for research and information. CRIN presses for rights, not charity, for children and is guided by a passion for putting children’s rights at the top of the global agenda by addressing root causes and promoting systematic change. Its guiding framework is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

CRINMAIL
(email newsletter on child rights)
- links to 300+ 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
[There was no issue of CRINMAIL since the last Canadian Social Research Newsletter.]

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

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

 

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Logical Fallacies

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Logical Fallacies
A logical fallacy, as the term is usually understood, is an inadequate argument
presented in support of a position, usually in the implied context of a debate.
Here are some examples of logical fallacies.

* All "loose generalizations" are false.

* That "hasty generalization" is false, so all must be false.

* "Circular reasoning" doesn't work because it is "circular reasoning".

* My dad died last time I used a "single cause-effect", so don't use them.

* If you use "slippery slope" someone will get angry at you and they will make you lose your job, which makes your girlfriend break up with you and lose your car and house, which makes you kill yourself.

* I don't use "non sequiturs" because roses are red.

* "Either/Ors": love 'em or hate 'em.

* I don't use "false authority" because a movie star on T.V. told me not to.

* Don't vote for Ross Perot, he uses "ad hominems"!

* Everyone else uses "bandwagon thinking", why don't you?

* If you use "appeal to emotion", many children in East Africa will die.

* Am I "ignoring the question"? All I know is that my mother didn't love me when I was younger and I could never make my father proud of me.

* Don't use "trivial objections", the words "trivial objections" have seventeen letters in them.

Source:
Found on my hard drive (lost source)

More fallacies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy


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And, in closing...

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Bing
If you can tear yourself away from Google for a search or two, drop by the new incarnation of Microsoft/MSN Live Search, Bing.

Read an overview of Bing in Wikipedia

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Our Art Art Hour (video)
http://funnyvideos.todaysbigthing.com/2009/06/29
The punch line is the first item up on the show, at the end of the video.
ROFL.

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Things I hated when I was a kid:

(#37) Mom dragging me to the Husky Boys section at Freiman's (Ottawa dept. store) for my annual back-to-school clothing ordeal.
...like #12 in this collection of creepy vintage ads:

http://www.retrocomedy.com/2009/07/15-creepiest-vintage-ads-of-all-time.html