Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 5, 2012

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 2,566 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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Please note that here will be NO Canadian Social Research Newsletter next week.
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Hope you're enjoying your summer so far!
Gilles

P.S.
HAPPY

[insert the name of the August civic holiday where you live]
DAY!



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Three steps for maximizing your Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and minimizing your income tax (Toronto Star) - July 29
2. [Toronto] SPARmonitor : August 1 (2012) issue (Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto)
3. Hennessy's Index : Crime, Punishment and Politics (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - August 1
4. [BC] Child advocacy organization critiques 'alleged' BC poverty strategy (First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition) - August 1
5. July 30 : It's not too late to register for the14th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network, taking place on 14 - 16 September 2012 in Munich, Germany.
6. Overdue : The Case for Increasing the Persons with Disabilities Benefit in BC (Disability Without Poverty Network) - July 2012
7. Saskatchewan social housing changes to help more people in need (Government of Saskatchewan) - July 24
8. HousingAgain Bulletin : July 2012 issue (Raising the Roof)
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study : Leave practices of parents after the birth or adoption of young children, July
2012 - July 30
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. [U.S.] General Assistance Programs: Safety Net Weakening Despite Increased Need (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - December 2011
13. [U.S.] Kids' Share 2012: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 20110 (Urban Institute) - July 19
14. [U.S.] A Clearer View of Poverty: How the Supplemental Poverty Measure Changes Our Perceptions of Who is Living in Poverty (Institute for Women's Policy Research) - July 2012
15. [U.S.] Working Paper: The Center for Economic Opportunity [CEO] Poverty Measure, 2005-2010 (New York City Center for Economic Opportunity) - April 2012

16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Three steps for maximizing your Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and minimizing your income tax - July 29
(Toronto Star)

Low income senior’s income tax shock
http://www.moneyville.ca/article/1231097
By James Daw
July 29, 2012
This article is a case profile of a low-income senior, age 66, seeking advice about how to maximize a modest RRSP, while having minimal impact on her Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits. "Adeline" will have an income of $20,000 this year, including $2,927 from Ottawa’s Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). She was surprised to discover she would receive no GIS payments for the second half of the year, after she reported a one-time gain on the sale of some property on her 2011 tax return. Now she is worried she will lose more GIS payments once she starts to withdraw money from her modest $30,000 RRSP (registered retirement savings plan).

According to Certified Financial Planner Tina Tehranchian, this person should follow the following three-step process for maximizing her GIS and minimizing her tax:

1. Convert her RRSP to a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). RRIF withdrawals qualify for a $2,000 pension tax credit if a person is past age 64, while RRSP withdrawals do not.

2. Withdraw the entire RRIF in one year, rather than over several years. Even if she paid zero tax each year by withdrawing less than the pension tax credit, giving up GIS for one year is better than giving it up for several years.

3. Gradually move her money to a tax-free savings account (TFSA). Investment earnings and withdrawals from a TFSA do not affect eligibility for GIS.

The article refers to "a new guide for advisers developed by social policy consultant John Stapleton of Open Policy Ontario".
The guide is entitled Maximizing GIS : A background paper on retirement financial planning for Canadians with very low incomes, and it is intended for people who give financial advice about retirement to low-income people. This includes financial planners and advisors, bank staff, financial writers and broadcasters, community agencies that run tax clinics and even friends and family of low-income people who provide them with financial advice.

As at July 30, the guide is not yet available online (it's undergoing final revisions). The link to the guide and related papers will be posted here when the new material is available online. In the meantime, you can contact Mr. Stapleton by email [ jsbb@rogers.com ] to obtain a copy directly from the author.
Highly recommended reading!!

Source of the above article:
Moneyville
http://www.moneyville.ca/

Moneyville is a subsite of the Toronto Star:
http://www.thestar.com/

Related link:

Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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

2. [Toronto] SPARmonitor : August 1 (2012) issue
(Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto)

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information. Its purpose is to
promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : August 1, 2012 (PDF - 124K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_86.pdf

Table of contents for this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)

Ø The Search for Skills: The Demand for H-1B Workers in U.S. Metros
Ø The Review of the Roots of the Youth Violence
Ø [U.S.] Kids' Share 2012: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2011
Ø An Equal Start Improving Outcomes in Children’s Centres: An Evidence Review
Ø Access to New Oncology Drugs in Canada Compared with the United States and Europe

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

Earlier issues of the SPARmonitor:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
- this link takes you to a section of the Ontario NGO Links page
- includes the table of contents for recent issues of SPARmonitor

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

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

3. Hennessy's Index - Crime, Punishment and Politics - August 1
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Crime, Punishment and Politics
Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/crime-punishment-and-politics

By Trish Hennessy
August 1, 2012

26 : Percentage drop in Canada’s crime severity index (a measure of the seriousness of crime) between 2001 and 2011. Canada’s crime rate is the lowest point it’s been since 1972. (Source : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120724/dq120724b-eng.htm )

1991 : Year Canada’s crime rate peaked. Crime has since been dropping throughout Canada for most offences, including attempted murders, major assaults, sexual assaults, robberies, break-ins and motor vehicle thefts. (Source : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120724/dq120724b-eng.htm )

93 : Percentage of Canadians who felt satisfied with their personal safety from crime in 2009 – similar to 2004 (94%).
(Source : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2011001/article/11577-eng.htm )

30 : Percentage of Canadian federal legislative bills in 2010 that were related to crime. (Source : http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2010/11/Tough%20on%20Crime.pdf )

86.7 : Percentage increase in the Correctional Service of Canada’s budget expenditures since the Conservatives took office in 2005-06.
(Source : http://www.tpcp-canada.blogspot.ca/2011/06/what-austerity-and-small-government.html )

10,600 : Number of new prison spaces Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments are in the process of creating – with an infrastructure cost of $3.6 billion (and rising). (Source : http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/canada-crime-crossroads )

More:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/crime-punishment-and-politics

Source:
The Hennessy Index- "A number is never just a number"

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/index

The Hennessy Index is a special feature of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice

Related link:

Framed in Canada - Trish Hennessy's personal blog
http://framedincanada.com/

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

4. Child advocacy organization critiques 'alleged' BC poverty strategy - August 1
(First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition)

BC First Call critiques 'alleged' BC poverty strategy
http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/BC-Politics/2012/08/01/First-Call-critiques-alleged-BC-poverty-strategy/
By Katie Hyslop
August 1, 2012
A child and youth advocacy organization is calling out the provincial government for creating a poverty strategy without money for new programs and policies.The provincial government's community-based poverty reduction strategy, announced this past spring, will begin this fall in seven B.C. communities: Surrey, New West Minster, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Prince George, Stewart, and Port Hardy. If successful they plan to spread to 20 communities by the end of 2012, and 47 by 2015.

Organized around the idea there is no "one size fits all" strategy for reducing poverty -- as distinct from the 11 province and territory-wide strategies that exist or are in development -- government officials will begin to work with 10 to 15 impoverished families in these communities in September.

That's not enough to make a substantial dent in poverty in B.C., let alone eradicate it, according to First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. In BC's "Alleged" Poverty Reduction Strategies report released by First Call today, the organization says the strategy is pointless without money and province-wide policies.

August 2012
BC’S “alleged” poverty reductions strategies:
When is a strategy not a strategy?
(PDF - 168K, 19 pages)
http://goo.gl/hQ0Pv
(...)
If the BC government wants to be taken seriously on poverty reduction, it has to give top priority to income and barriers to earning income, such as the lack of affordable child care. Regional strategies and community involvement are important, but only if they complement action to boost the incomes of poor families.

Our first recommendation to the province over the years has been to enact a full-fledged poverty reduction strategy with specific targets for reducing the poverty rate over time. All provincial and territorial governments in Canada except for British Columbia and Saskatchewan have endorsed this approach.

Source:
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

http://www.firstcallbc.org/

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

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

5. July 30 : It's not too late to register for the 14th Congress of the
Basic Income Earth Network, taking place on 14 - 16 September 2012 in Munich, Germany.

July 30, 2012
From Jim Mulvale of Basic Income Canada Network /
Réseau Canadien pour le Revenu Garanti:
http://biencanada.ca/

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1. It is not too late to register for the 14th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network.
The Congress will take place on 14 - 16 September 2012 in Munich, Germany.
The main theme of the Congress deals with "pathways to a basic income".

Further details and on-line registration can be found at:

http://www.bien2012.de/en

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2. And speaking of pathways to a basic income ....

A new book is out entitled:

Basic Income Guarantee and Politics:
International Experiences and Perspectives on the Viability of Income Guarantee

Edited by Richard K. Caputo
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Further information:
http://us.macmillan.com/basicincomeguaranteeandpolitics/RichardKCaputo

The book includes a chapter by J. Mulvale & Y. Vanderborght on "Canada:
"A Guaranteed Income Framework to Address Poverty and Inequality?"

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To subscribe to this mailing list:
Email : jim.mulvale@uregina.ca

Source:
Basic Income Canada Network /
Réseau Canadien pour le Revenu Garanti:
http://biencanada.ca/
The BIEN Canada vision : All Canadians will have income security, made possible by ensuring every individual has unconditional access to at least a modest but adequate income to meet basic material needs.

BIEN Canada is an affiliate of the Basic Income Earth Network:
http://www.basicincome.org/bien/

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

6. Overdue : The Case for Increasing the Persons with Disabilities Benefit in BC- July 2012
(
Disability Without Poverty Network)

New from the
BC Disability Without Poverty Network:

Overdue : The Case for Increasing the
Persons with Disabilities Benefit in BC
(PDF - 776K, 19 pages)
http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/docs/overdueincreasepwd.pdf
Key proposals:
--- Increase the PWD ("Person with disabilities") benefit to $1,200 per month
--- Index the PWD benefit
--- Establish a shelter assistance program for people with disabilities
This paper makes a strong case that these changes are needed to help ensure that PWD recipients are not living in poverty.

Source:
Disability Without Poverty Network

http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/dwpnetwork.htm
In April 2011, the BC Coalition of People With Disabilities (BCCPD) formed the Disability Without Poverty Network. In addition to the BCCPD, the Network’s members are the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL), Canadian Mental Health Association - BC and Yukon Division (CMHA), Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC) and the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS).
The goal of our network is to develop positive recommendations for change so that British Columbians who have a disability and who receive the Persons with Disabilities Benefit (PWD) are not living in poverty,
- includes an abstract of the above paper and related links.

Member organizations:

* BC Coalition of People With Disabilities
http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/

* BC Association for Community Living
http://www.bcacl.org/

* Canadian Mental Health Association - BC and Yukon Division
http://northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca/ [no YK Division website]

* Social Planning and Research Council
http://www.sparc.bc.ca/

* Community Legal Assistance Society
http://www.clasbc.net/

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

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

- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

7. Saskatchewan social housing changes to help more people in need - July 24
(Government of Saskatchewan)

Saskatchewan social housing changes to help more people in need
http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=fc168456-6fb4-4b3d-98db-834b29081116
July 24, 2012
News Release
Saskatchewan citizens facing the greatest housing need will soon have better access to social housing thanks to program changes announced today in Saskatoon. (...) New social housing tenants will be selected based upon a more balanced approach that considers more than their financial circumstances, such as the safety, condition and crowding of their existing home. Consideration will also be given to those who are homeless or victims of domestic violence. Other changes to the Social Housing Program include transparent eligibility criteria that better targets people most in need, and fair rents for people accessing the program. Taken together, these changes make Saskatchewan's social housing policies more consistent with other provinces in western Canada. Saskatchewan currently has the most social housing units per capita in western Canada. (...) Program changes will be introduced this fall in the largest urban centres. Over the course of the next year, the program changes will be introduced throughout the rest of the province and discussions will take place with local housing authorities in smaller and northern communities to develop a solution to address the specific housing needs of seniors.

Social Housing Program Changes Fact Sheet (PDF - 74K, 1 page)
http://www.gov.sk.ca/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?mediaId=1747&PN=Shared

Source:
Government of Saskatchewan
http://www.gov.sk.ca/

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

8. HousingAgain Bulletin : July 2012 issue
(Raising the Roof)

HousingAgain Bulletin : July 2012 issue [Number 153]
http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/688376/387a274cb9/ARCHIVE
A monthly electronic bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.

Selected content from this issue:
(Click the link above to read the complete bulletin.]

National Film Board Joins Mental Health Commission of Canada
to Document At Home/Chez Soi Project
By Ele Pawelski
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)[ http://www.nfb.ca/ ] has partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) [ http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/ ] to produce Here at Home, an interactive web documentary that connects faces and stories to MHCC’s At Home/Chez Soi project [ http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/homelessness.aspx ].

The background to this partnership is MHCC’s launch, in 2009, of a four-year pilot project to study the concept of a Housing First intervention for individuals struggling with both homelessness and mental health issues. The At Home/Chez Soi project is being conducted in five Canadian cities: Vancouver; Winnipeg; Toronto; Montreal; and Moncton. The NFB joined the project in 2011 and created the Here at Home site to document the project.

This initiative comes at a time when many Canadian cities have produced, or are in the process of producing, 10 year plans to end homelessness. In April 2012, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness [ http://www.caeh.ca/ ] was officially launched to advocate for and support development of more 10 year plans.

At its Annual Congress in May 2012 in St John’s, the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association (CHRA) [ http://www.chra-achru.ca/en/ ] launched Ending Youth Homelessness: A CHRA Policy Statement [ http://chra-achru.ca/en/index.php/our-work/youth-homelessness/ ] . The policy statement identifies the root causes of youth homelessness. It also includes recommendations for action and emphasizes that ending youth homelessness must be a national priority.

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Earlier issues of the HousingAgain Bulletin
http://www.raisingtheroof.org/Get-Informed/Resources/Housing-Again-ebulletin.aspx
- links to 22 issues back to June 2010
Recommended reading!

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Source:
Raising the Roof
http://www.raisingtheroof.org/

Raising the Roof provides strong and effective national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education.

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

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Study : Leave practices of parents after the birth or adoption of young children, July 2012 - July 30

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 ]

July 30, 2012
Study: Leave practices of parents after the birth or adoption of young children, July 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120730/dq120730a-eng.htm
In 2010/2011, the vast majority (90%) of Canadian children aged 1 to 3 living outside Quebec had working mothers who took some type of leave following the birth of their child. On average, the leave lasted 44 weeks. About 26% of these children had working fathers who took leave; their average leave was 2.4 weeks.
(...)
The situation was different in Quebec. Among children living in Quebec who had working mothers, almost all (99%) had a mother who took some form of leave. On average, this leave lasted 48 weeks. Quebec has its own parental benefits program—the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan [ http://www.rqap.gouv.qc.ca/Index_en.asp ] —which differs from the Canada Employment Insurance Program available in other provinces and territories.

The study:

Leave practices of parents after the birth or adoption of young children
HTML - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012002/article/11697-eng.htm
PDF (124K, 12 pages) - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012002/article/11697-eng.pdf
By Leanne C. Findlay and Dafna E. Kohen
July 30, 2012
Many parents take time off work to care for a child after birth or adoption. Whether or not parents take leave and the duration of that leave may be influenced by characteristics such as parental employment or child and maternal health factors. This article examines children’s experiences of parent-reported leave after their birth or adoption. In addition, associations between leave and parent employment and child and maternal health factors are analyzed using data from the 2010 Survey of Young Canadians.

Source:
Canadian Social Trends
- Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-008-x&lang=eng
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Children and youth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Child care
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=522&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Families, households and housing
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Family types
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40005&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Women and gender
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=78&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Check past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

10. 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

August 4, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Progress in child well-being: Building on what works
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/progress-child-well-being-building-what-works
1 Aug 2012 | International
Report from Save the Children analyses the improvements to children's lives during the past two decades in five sectors. Includes a case study of the public early childhood education programs in Chile.

"Child care delivered through the mailbox": Social reproduction, choice and neoliberalism in a theo-conservative Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/child-care-delivered-through-mailbox-social-reproduction-ch
31 Jul 2012 | Canada
Chapter by Kate Bezanson in edited book, 'Neoliberalism and everyday life' describes the political ideology behind the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) and presents findings from interviews with recipients of the UCCB. Concludes that "those interviewed about the UCCB needed services and adequate funding for childcare...not a small, taxable, and unevenly targeted payment".

Leave practices of parents after the birth or adoption of young children
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/leave-practices-parents-after-birth-or-adoption-young-child
31 Jul 2012 | Canada
Report from Statistics Canada provides a snapshot of leave patterns using data from the 2010 Survey of Young Canadians (SYC), conducted in 2010-2011.

Final report: Play in early learning programs: Beliefs, practices and professional development
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/final-report-play-early-learning-programs-beliefs-practices
25 Jul 2012 | Prince Edward Island
Report describes the outcomes of an action research project that involved early childhood educators in PEI.

Open letter to Canada's Premiers: Remember that poverty affects all Canadians for the upcoming annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/open-letter-canadas-premiers-remember-poverty-affects-all-c
25 Jul 2012 | Canada
Letter from Campaign 2000 and partners states that "now is the time for the provinces and territories to call on the federal government to build on their commitments to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty".

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

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

Child-care plan would be good for B.C.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/child-care-plan-would-be-good-bc
1 Aug 2012 | British Columbia

The women behind the woman
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/women-behind-woman
31 Jul 2012 | United States

Election chatter glosses over our child-care morass
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/election-chatter-glosses-over-our-child-care-morass
31 Jul 2012 | United States

Childcare plan may not have the numbers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/childcare-plan-may-not-have-numbers
31 Jul 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Most Canadian mothers take maternity leave
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/most-canadian-mothers-take-maternity-leave
31 Jul 2012 | Canada

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

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.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
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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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
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:

August 3, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/03/
Class and Race Divisions - Anaheim
Job Numbers, Unemployment Up

August 2, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/02/
Residential Segregation by Income
State Medicaid Cuts - Maine

August 1, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/01/
States and Medicaid Expansion
Health Insurance Coverage - Nebraska
General Assistance Program - Pennsylvania

July 31, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/31/
US Children in Foster Care
No Child Left Behind Waivers
State Unemployment Insurance Funds

July 30, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/30/
States and Medicaid Expansion - Ohio, Washington

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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

12. [U.S.] General Assistance Programs: Safety Net Weakening Despite Increased Need - August 1
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Pennsylvania Shuts Down Its Safety Net of Last Resort
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/pennsylvania-shuts-down-its-safety-net-of-last-resort/
August 1, 2012
Pennsylvania ended cash assistance today for very poor residents who cannot work and don’t qualify for other assistance, joining many other states that have scaled back or eliminated their General Assistance programs even as the need has grown. Roughly 60,000 childless adults (and the adult heads of some families) whom the state considers unemployable because of a disability or for certain other reasons — they are elderly, escaping domestic violence, or caring for a disabled family member, for example — got about $200 a month from the program.
Source:
Off the Charts Blog

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/

Related link:

General Assistance Programs: Safety Net Weakening Despite Increased Need
HTML version:

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3603
PDF version (1MB, 19 pages):
http://www.cbpp.org/files/10-26-11pov.pdf
By Liz Schott and Clare Cho
Updated December 19, 2011
State General Assistance programs, which provide a safety net of last resort for those who are very poor and do not qualify for other public assistance, have weakened considerably in recent decades and are continuing to do so, despite the large increase in need resulting from the recession. This report discusses how General Assistance Programs have been weakened over the years, with a closer look at actions in 2011 state legislative sessions, and provides an overview of program policies across the 30 states with programs in 2011.

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

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CAVEAT (by Gilles):

The whole area of "State General Assistance programs" is but one of many reasons that no self-respecting social researcher would ever compare American and Canadian welfare systems without first defining the range of programs that fall under the definition of "welfare" in each country.

In Canada, financial assistance from provincial-territorial welfare programs is available to single childless individuals and families alike on the basis of financial need. Welfare benefits cover (up to legislated maximum amounts) food, shelter, clothing, personal and household needs, and specified regularly-recurring special needs. In addition to health care coverage, which is universal in Canada, each Canadian jurisdiction offers a range of assistance for special medical needs under its welfare program.


In order to compare Canadian and American welfare, the following American programs *must* be included:

* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - welfare
* State General Assistance programs
* Medicaid
* SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps)
* Housing vouchers
* Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* School lunch and breakfast programs
* Earned Income Tax Credit

About those TANF time limits on eligibility...

In the U.S., when a household times out of TANF welfare (between two and five years, depending on the state), they can still apply for some aid from the above programs and other state programs of last resort. If "timing out" were possible in Canada, individuals and families would have no other recourse except the back door of the local church. But there's no time limit on welfare in Canada ---- you can continue to receive welfare as long as you can prove financial need and you meet other eligibility requirements. The Government of British Columbia actually imposed a time limit in 2002 that was similar to what many U.S. states had adopted - two years eligibility for welfare out of five.
The policy flopped.
For more on the BC welfare time limit policy, see the Canadian Social Research Links BC Welfare Time Limits Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bc_welfare_time_limits.htm

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For more reasons why Canadian and American welfare systems shouldn't be compared without contextual information,
go to the Welfare in Canada vs the U.S. Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/canada_us_welfare.htm

13. [U.S.] Kids' Share 2012: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 20110 - July 19
(Urban Institute)

Federal Spending on Kids Slips for First Time in Three Decades
http://www.urban.org/publications/901513.html
July 19, 2012
Press Release
Federal spending on children declined in 2011 for the first time since the early 1980s, the Urban Institute’s sixth annual “Kids’ Share” study estimates. The children’s slice of the federal budget and gross domestic product also shrank. The decline in spending on kids will continue in the fiscal year that ends September 30, as the economic stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) are nearly exhausted. Assuming no changes in federal policies or law, the children’s share of federal program outlays and of GDP will drop through at least 2022, the Urban Institute researchers forecast.

Complete report:

Kids' Share 2012: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 20110 (PDF - 5.6MB, 56 pages)
http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412600-Kids-Share-2012.pdf
By Julia Isaacs et al.
2012
This sixth annual Kids’ Share report examines federal expenditures on children in 2011, when the temporary boost in federal funding to address the recession was dwindling, yet states and families were still struggling to recover from the recession. This report provides in-depth analysis of dozens of federal programs and tax provisions that allocate resources to children and places these expenditures in the broader context of the overall federal budget.

Some key findings:

* Federal outlays on children fell by $2 billion, from $378 billion in 2010 to $376 billion in 2011 which is the first time spending on children has fallen since the early 1980s
* While the federal government spent less on children, total federal spending increased, from $3.52 to $3.60 trillion
* Ten programs and tax provisions account for three-quarters (75 percent) of the $445 billion in expenditures on children
* Federal spending on education was $5 billion lower in 2011 than in 2010, a drop equivalent to the total decline in outlays and tax expenditures.

Source:
Urban Institute
http://www.urban.org/

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- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm

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

14. [U.S.] A Clearer View of Poverty: How the Supplemental Poverty Measure Changes Our Perceptions of Who is Living in Poverty - July 2012
(Institute for Women's Policy Research)

[U.S.] A Clearer View of Poverty: How the Supplemental Poverty Measure
Changes Our Perceptions of Who is Living in Poverty

An Examination of Poverty by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Age, and Marital Status (PDF - 392K, 7 pages)
http://goo.gl/MvmD7
July 2012
In response to concerns about the adequacy of the official federal poverty measure, a new Supplemental Poverty Measure was recently developed to more accurately assess poverty. This fact sheet presents a rather different picture of poverty in the United States for the various demographic groups based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure and compares this new picture to the understanding of poverty based on the official measure, using data for the 2010 calendar year.

Source:
Institute for Women's Policy Research
http://www.iwpr.org/
The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.

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

15. Working Paper: The Center for Economic Opportunity [CEO] Poverty Measure, 2005-2010 - April 2012
(New York City Center for Economic Opportunity)

Working Paper: The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2010
A Working Paper by the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity [CEO]
- (PDF - 3MB, 118 pages)
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/downloads/pdf/CEO_Poverty_Measure_April_16.pdf
April 2012
This New York City Center for Economic Opportunity [CEO] working paper tracks the change in the poverty rate since the onset of the Great Recession. The paper explores the extent to which policy initiatives - including President Obama's stimulus programs and the City's effort to increase Food Stamp enrollment – offset the recession-related declines in earnings and alleviated what would otherwise have been a sharp spike in the City’s poverty rate.

Earlier editions of this report and
related research
:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/html/reports/report.shtml

Source:
NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/html/about/about.shtml
The Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was established by New York City Mayor Bloomberg in December 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City.

More info about the NYC CEO:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/html/about/about.shtml

CEO Initiatives (PDF - 96K, 1 page):
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/downloads/pdf/ceo_programs_overview_12_09.pdf

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

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

16. 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)
Latest issue:

1 August 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1287
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4343
In this issue:
CRIN REPORT: "Life imprisonment of children in the Commonwealth"
Latest news and reports
- Renewed call for Guantánamo release
- Child marriage judgement passed in India
- Circumcision ruling creates heated debate
- Police crackdown in Chile
- Call for contributions
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Kazahkstan
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only 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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Famous Epitaphs

On the grave of Ezekiel Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies
Ezekiel Aikle
Age 102
The Good
Die Young.

In a London, England cemetery:
Ann Mann
Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann.
Dec. 8, 1767

Memory of an accident in a Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery:
Here lies the body
of Jonathan Blake
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake.

A lawyer's epitaph in England:
Sir John Strange
Here lies an honest lawyer,
And that is Strange.

Someone determined to be anonymous in Stowe, Vermont:
I was somebody.
Who, is no business
Of yours.

In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays Butch,
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger,
But slow on the draw.

In a Georgia cemetery:
"I told you I was sick!"

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:
Born 1903--Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if
the car was on the way down. It was.

In a Thurmont, Maryland cemetery:
Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up
And no place to go.

Source:
http://www.famousquotes.me.uk/epitaphs/
(Click for more famous epitaphs)

 

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Olympics
http://list25.com/25-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-olympics/

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The Hidden Environmental Costs of Hamburgers
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/hamburger-meat-pollution/

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Ten More Quick and Simple Life Hacks - Part 2 (video, duration 1:38)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImTvDDbSZys

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Top Ten Trendiest Pet Names (dogs/cats)
http://goo.gl/z8Acy
[Aside : REALLY, who in their right mind would call their new dog Marley???)

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A Typical Vic Toews Press Conference: (video, duration 4:33 --- but you'll get the drift in the first ten seconds)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg

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