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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 5, 2010

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, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content
1.
Sixty and Single in Ontario [income security for the near-elderly in Ontario] (John Stapleton in The Mark) - September 3
2. Hip-hip hooray for current monthly welfare stats!
3. Labour Day 2010 message : Rob Rainer, Canada Without Poverty (CWP) (+ Canadian Labour Congress) - Sept. 2
4. John Yaremko (1918-2010) : a red Tory passes on (Globe and Mail) - September 2
5. Canada’s Human Rights Institutions At Risk (Shelagh Day - Women's Court of Canada) - July 28
6. SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin (Social Planning Toronto) - August 31
7. The Happy Planet Index - video (TED : Ideas Worth Spreading) - August 2010
8. THE CENSUS LONG FORM QUESTIONNAIRE : Are we having fun yet?
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, June 2010 - September 1
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 5

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. More than 49 million Americans 'food insecure': study (American Dietetic Association) - September 2
13. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
14. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter) 


Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

1. Sixty and Single in Ontario (income security for the near-elderly in Ontario) - September 3
(John Stapleton in The Mark)

Sixty and Single in Ontario
The province's government income security system discriminates
against those in the 60-64 age bracket who are not married or widowed.

By John Stapleton
September 3, 2010
(...) The reality is that if you have no other form of income, have no disabilities, are in need, and are looking for work, you will qualify for an Ontario Works welfare cheque of up to $585 a month. With GST, HST, and Ontario tax credits, the total for the year comes to $7,878, around 60 per cent below any recognized poverty line. But was it always like this? Did we always expect 60-year-olds to get along on this little money? The answer is a resounding no. It used to be much higher. (...) [Today] the 60-year-old single or divorced person who can't get work is left in destitution, waiting for their 65th birthday [i.e., when federal Old Age Security kicks in]. This is one really strange way to run a government income security system.
[ HISTORIAN ALERT: This article contains some very interesting historical insights back to 1975 re. federal and provincial benefits for the elderly and the near-elderly living on low incomes in Ontario (and in Canada, to a lesser extent). ]

Source:
The Mark - The people and ideas behind the headlines
The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians.

Related links:

Open Policy Ontario - John Stapleton's website

Take Our Seniors Off welfare Campaign (Word file - 70K, 16 pages)
Fall 2005
By Naomi Berlyne
- campaign initiated in January 2005 by Naomi Berlyne, Seniors Housing Support worker at Central Neighbourhood House in Toronto, and Helle Hulgaard, Community Legal Worker at West Toronto Community Legal Services.
- includes case files prepared from interviews with clients and a January 2005 Toronto Star article by Carole Goar on life as a senior on welfare in Ontario
Source:
Central Neighbourhood House

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

2. Hip-hip hooray for current monthly welfare stats!

On behalf of welfare researchers
in Canada and elsewhere:

THREE CHEERS for the departments responsible for welfare
in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario and British Columbia!

Those five provinces are currently posting up-to-date social assistance statistics on their website on a monthly basis.

Why three cheers?

Because current and timely welfare stats are an important tool for monitoring the impacts of economic downturns and changes in federal and provincial social policies. And all provincial/territorial governments have been producing regular welfare statistical reports, some quite detailed, since long before I started working in the field of provincial welfare program information in the federal government in 1975.

Because, as at September , 2010, the latest national, public government statistics on welfare dependency in Canada's provinces and territories are for the year ending March 2005. That's over five years ago, and that's unacceptable.

And because those five governments evidently have the political will and the technology to post their welfare statistics to their websites in a timely and comprehensive fashion, for the most part*.
[ * Ontario's welfare stats appear to go back only two years ---- a larger archive would be greatly appreciated, if that's the case... ]

Below, you'll find links to the latest welfare statistics for each of those five provinces.

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If you work in the welfare department of one of the eight other jurisdictions that don't yet post their welfare statistics to their own website, please take some time to examine the regular statistical reports that are available online in other provinces, and consider posting a similar report, regularly updated, on your own government's website.
Thanks in advance, eh!

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Latest welfare statistics from five provinces:

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Newfoundland and Labrador

* Income Support Cases and Recipients, 1992 to date (small PDF file)
http://www.stats.gov.nl.ca/Statistics/Social/PDF/Income_Support.pdf

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New Brunswick

* Social Assistance Trends and Statistics
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development/statistics/social_assistance_caseload_and_recipients.html

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Quebec

* Recipients under social assistance programs
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/statistiques/prestataires-assistance-emploi/index_en.asp
* Youth and social assistance programs
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/statistiques/jeunes/index_en.asp
* Previous statistics
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/statistiques/prestataires-assistance-emploi/archives_en.asp


Ontario

* Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Statistical Report
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/reports/odsp_quarterly.aspx
* Ontario Works (OW) Statistical Report
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/reports/ow_quarterly.aspx
NOTE: The ODSP and OW reports cover over two years and they're updated monthly, but the older stats disappear --- needs an archive!!

British Columbia

* BC Employment and Assistance Latest Month Caseload Statistics
http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/research/index.htm

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Federal welfare spending factoids:

* In 1995-96, the final year of the Canada Assistance Plan, Ottawa paid out almost $8 Billion under CAP (see note below). [ Source ]
*That's $10.5 Billion in 2010 dollars.
[ Source ]
* Of that amount, the social assistance portion made up about 80-85% - or $8 Billion in 2010 dollars. (see what made up the remaining 15-20%)
[Source: none, except my own recollection of the traditional proportional breakdown of CAP dollars]
* For 2010-11, the Canada Social Transfer (see note below) will reach $11 Billion.
[ Source ]
* Of that amount, the social programs portion is estimated by federal officials to be nearly $6.6 Billion.
[ Source ]
NOTE: Amounts paid out specifically for welfare under the Canada Assistance Plan (CAP) cannot be compared with those under the Canada Social Transfer (CST) because the latter is a block fund that also covers provincial-territorial post-secondary education expenditures and early learning and child care. The federal block fund doesn't stipulate how much of the total amount must be allocated to each of those areas, so you'll occasionally find discrepancies between information on welfare expenditures for the same period produced by provincial-territorial governments and reports prepared by federal officials. The proof's in the pudding : in the last factoid above, the statement "the social programs portion is estimated by federal officials to be nearly $6.6 Billion" [bolding added] is a direct quote from the federal Department of Finance (check the source link). Ottawa must resort to "notional allocation of federal support among priority areas" (another quote from the same source) - notional meaning "our best educated guess based on the trends that we monitor" rather than relying on provincial government reports that often allocate amounts differently from the way that the feds do it. And the game of numbers goes on.
Accountability? Transparency? Ha.

Related link from Finance Canada:
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Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories

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- For more on the vagaries of federal contributions to provincial-territorial social programs, see the
Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

- For links to welfare statistics and related information in all jurisdictions, go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

3. Labour Day message from Rob Rainer of Canada Without Poverty (CWP) - September 2
(CWP and Canadian Labour Congress)

A Labour Day Message from Rob Rainer:
(Executive Director, Canada Without Poverty)

Monday September 6 is Labour Day in Canada.
In recognition of this statutory holiday – the origins of which “can be traced back to April 14, 1872 when a parade was staged in support of the Toronto Typographical Union's strike for a 58-hour work-week” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Day) – Canada Without Poverty and the CWP Advocacy Network are this year championing the call – led by Canadian labour and with the support of groups like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, for significant pension and retirement security reform.

This call has three principal components:

1) Increase Canada Pension Plan benefits;
2) Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors; and
3) Introduce federal pension insurance to protect retirement savings.

The Canadian Labour Congress (“the umbrella organization for dozens of affiliated Canadian and international unions, as well as provincial federations of labour and regional labour councils”) has excellent, accessible information in support of labour’s Retirement Security for Everyone campaign.

· CLC’s Labour Day 2010 message on this subject
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/statements/labour-day-message-2010

· CLC’s fact sheet series on pension and retirement security reform
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center/retirement-security-everyone/fact-sheets

· CLC’s nifty calculator of how expanding the CPP can work for you:
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/action-center/retirement-security-everyone/retirement-security-reform-1-double-cpp-benefits

· CLC’s “Retirement Security for Everyone Campaign Toolbox”
http://multimedia.clc-ctc.ca/

· Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2010 emergency resolution in support of pension and retirement security reform
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/publications/emergency-resolution-may-2010-expansion-canadas-public-pension-system

Canada Without Poverty and the CWP Advocacy Network shall work with Canadian labour (particularly within the context of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada) to help advance public and political support for pension and retirement security reform. Under international human rights law to which Canada is signatory, everyone has the right to “social security” and an “adequate standard of living.” Government has a duty to ensure such economic and social rights are honoured and upheld. Government must therefore work with business and civil society to construct a sustainable system of retirement security so that these rights – and the related right of “security of the person” (per international law and Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) – are made real.

Source:
Rob Rainer
Canada Without Poverty

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

4. John Yaremko (1918-2010) : a red Tory passes on - September 2
(Globe and Mail)

Ontario politician believed society had an obligation to help those in need
The first Ukrainian to win election in Ontario, Yaremko championed ethnic communities and presided over social services expansion
September 2, 2010
COMMENT: I don't generally highlight obituaries or eulogies in my site and newsletter, but news of the passing of John Yaremko on August 12 reminded me of Lawrence Martin's column of August 26 in The Globe, Is there an old-style Tory in the House? [Spoiler : "... the old Tories of Robert Stanfield and Dalton Camp and Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark have been vanquished."]
John Yaremko was one of those red Tories whose social views were non-partisan and progressive, and his devotion to helping those in need was truly inspirational.

Source:
The Globe and Mail

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

5. Canada’s Human Rights Institutions At Risk - July 28
(Shelagh Day - Women's Court of Canada)

Women's Court of Canada
The Women’s Court of Canada is an innovative project bringing together academics, activists, and litigators in order literally to rewrite the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms equality jurisprudence. Taking inspiration from Oscar Wilde, who once said “the only duty we owe to history is to rewrite it”, the Women’s Court operates as a virtual court, and ‘reconsiders’ leading equality decisions. The Women’s Court renders alternative decisions as a means of articulating fresh conceptions of substantive equality.
- incl. links to :
* Home * About Us * Blog * WCC Judgments * Media and Events * Resources * Archives * Contact

Women's Court of Canada Judgments
The first six WCC judgments were published in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law in early 2008. These decisions concern issues that affect the lives of Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, women living in poverty, women with children, and women workers.
The WCC judgments are for the following cases
:
* Symes v. Canada, [1993] : deduction — child care expenses — women — taxpayer — income
* Native Women’s Association of Canada v. Canada, [1994] : funding — freedom of expression — women — equal — constitutional
* Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education, [1997] : placement — disabled — special — child — pupil
* Law v. Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration), [1999] : discrimination — differential treatment — claimant — survivor’s pension — dignity
* Gosselin v. Quebec (Attorney-General), [2002] : programs — welfare recipients — security of the person — dignity — legislation
* Newfoundland (Treasury Board) v. Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, [2004] : pay equity — government — crisis — hospital workers — women

Resources - links to over two dozen useful feminist resources

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Canada’s Human Rights Institutions At Risk
By Shelagh Day, Senior Editor and Publisher, Canadian Human Rights Reporter
July 28, 2010
It is time to go into worry mode about Canada’s human rights institutions.
Here are some recent developments that cause concern:
• Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice proposes to dismantle the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal and send human rights complaints directly to the courts
• The B.C. Law Institute has been asked by the Ministry of Labour to conduct “research and analysis in relation to workplace dispute resolution mechanisms in British Columbia”. The disputes in question include human rights employment complaints.
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Heather MacNaughton, the widely respected Chair of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, was not re-appointed. Human rights watchers speculate that British Columbia also plans to dismantle its Tribunal.
• The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Canada (Attorney General) v. Mowat, a case about whether the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has the authority to award legal costs to a successful complainant. This case arises because the Canadian Commission has stopped representing human rights complainants before the Tribunal and courts, and complainants are increasingly appearing unrepresented, with a high likelihood of losing, or they are hiring their own counsel.
* more...
The effect of shutting down Tribunals, sending human rights complainants to courts, and using legal costs as a substitute for public access, will be to weaken Canada’s system of human rights laws and discourage Canadians from using them.
Source:
Women's Court of Canada

- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm
- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

6. SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - August 31
(Social Planning Toronto)

New from
Social Planning Toronto:

SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin : August 31, 2010
In this issue:
1. REGISTER TODAY for "Common Ground - Schools as Community Hubs: The Vision, The Challenge, The Opportunity"
2. Coming Together to Address Poverty in Toronto – Establishing Roots for Community Action
3. Social Planning Toronto helps lead the “Save the Census” Campaign
4. SPT Member Forum Responds to “Partnership Project”
5. News From Our Partners
6. Worth Repeating - How Census-Gate Will Change Canada
7. Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
8. About Social Planning Toronto
9. Join us on Twitter & Facebook
Source:
Social Planning Toronto
Social Planning Toronto is committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels in order to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto. It is committed to diversity, social and economic justice, and active citizen participation in all aspects of community life.

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

7. The Happy Planet Index (video) - August 2010
(TED : Ideas Worth Spreading)

TED : Ideas Worth Spreading
[NOTE : videos may not work if you're behind a network firewall; if that's the case, try viewing them at home]

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. (...) On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 700 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
[ About TED ]

TED themes
* Technology * Entertainment * Design * Business * Science * Culture * Arts * Global issues

Sample videos:

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index - "A place where happiness doesn't cost the earth..." (17-minute video)
Filmed July 2010; posted online August 2010
Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Two related links:
[ Happy Planet Index website ]
[ Happy Planet Index - from Wikipedia ]

Hans Rosling : New insights on poverty and life around the world (19-minute video)
June 2007
Hans Rosling is Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Director of the Gapminder Foundation

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm
- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

8. THE CENSUS LONG FORM QUESTIONNAIRE : Are we having fun yet?

The most comprehensive
resource on the Census issue:

datalibre.ca
datalibre.ca is a blog that's maintained mostly by Tracey Lauriault.
It's inspired by civicaccess.ca, which believes all levels of Canadian governments should make civic information and data accessible at no cost in open formats to their citizens.

Tracey is also responsible for the Census Watch page:
Organizations and individuals AGAINST and FOR the
Harper position on the cancellation of the Long Form of the 2011 Census.
As at September 3:
* 345 AGAINST
* 11 FOR

Latest Census-related
blog posts from datalibre.ca:

* Canadian Health – Save the Census Videos - September 4 (7 videos by health professionals)
* Census Media Roundup - September 3 (19 links)
* Health-care professionals protest cuts to long form census - September 2
* Special Committee Meeting on the Census available on CPAC - August 31, 2010
* Comparison of Census Questions 1871-2011 -
August 30
* Weekend Census Media Roundup - August 30 (37 links)
* Nice way to Report Census Data – 100 person village - August 29
* Liberals announce An Act to amend the Statistics Act (mandatory long-form census) - August 26

===> Go to datalibre.ca for earlier postings

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How Census-gate will change Canada
The Mark's contributors give 11 reasons why the controversy around the future of Canada's mandatory long-form census just won't go away

* A Conservative Experiment in Faux Populism, by Taufiq Rahim, Strategy adviser, political analyst, and writer based in Dubai
* Canada: Now Easier for Harper to Change, by Andrew Lang, Candidate, Toronto-Danforth, Liberal Party of Canada
* What NGOs Won't Know Will Hurt Us, by Jill Atkey, Research Director, B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association
* Towards a Dumbed-Down Future, by Alan Broadbent, Expert in urban issues; leader in Canadian politics and public discourse
* Who Will Be The Next Chief Statistician?, by Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
* Paying More For Poorer Data, by Roger Gibbins, President and CEO, the Canada West Foundation
* Making Neighbourhoods Unknowable, by Janet Gasparini, Chair, Social Planning Network of Ontario
* Big Government, Bad Government, by Stephen Gordon, Professor of Economics, Laval University
* The End Of The Enlightenment, by Jacquetta Newman, Associate Professor of Political Science, King's University College, UWO
* Trouble for Transit, by Kate Chappell , Journalist and commentator on politics and business
* A Blow to Community Health, by Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way Toronto

Source:
The Mark - The people and ideas behind the headlines
The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians.

- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Employment, Earnings and Hours, June 2010 - September 1

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

September 1, 2010
Employment, Earnings and Hours, June 2010

1. Highlights
* Between June 2009 and June 2010, the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose by 4.0% to $853.50. This was the fastest year-over-year increase since February 2008.
- includes three charts:
* The 12-month change in average weekly earnings
* The 12-month change in average weekly earnings in the ten largest industries, June 2009 to June 2010
* Monthly changes in non-farm payroll employment in the ten largest industries, May 2010 to June 2010
2. Note to users
3. Tables
4. Data quality, concepts and methodology
5. User information
6. Related products
7. PDF version
(2.5MB, 386 pages)

Source:
Employment, Earnings and Hours
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE: the report itself is posted about a month later than the release in The Daily.
Click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

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The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

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

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

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 5

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

September 5, 2010

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Early learning and care impact analysis
1 Sep 10 - Study by economist Robert Fairholm finds that "early learning with extended day child care options provides a greater economic benefit than any other sector of the economy."

Private money in public schools
1 Sep 10 - Report from People for Education shows that Ontario schools rely on over half a billion dollars in fundraising, donations, user fees and other charges to augment provincial funding.

Foundations of lifelong health are built in early childhood
1 Sep 10 - Report from Harvard's Center on the Developing Child Health finds "health in the earliest years lays the groundwork for a lifetime of vitality"; authors recommend that "high-quality early care and education programs can promote health and prevent disease".

Child care support for student parents in community college is crucial for success, but supply and funding are inadequate
1 Sep 10 - Survey by the US Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that over a quarter of students at colleges are parents; college centres struggle to meet demand for care.

Children in Europe -- Playing outside: Why does it matter?
25 Aug 10 - Latest issue of Children in Europe examines the use of outdoor space across the EU and the benefits that unstructured play and the natural environment offer to young children.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Full-day kindergarten to ripple through B.C education system
[CA-BC] 1 Sep 10

· Windsor and Essex County daycares close
[CA-ON] 1 Sep 10

· Fast-growing firm buys three city day cares
[CA-AB] 1 Sep 10

· Conservatives say child care is big priority
[CA-NB] 31 Aug 10

· Big bang for full-day learning buck
[CA-ON] 30 Aug 10

· What we owe our children
[CA-NB] 30 Aug 10

more CC 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
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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

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.)
- 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:

September 3:
August 2010 US Unemployment Rate
Children’s Health Insurance Coverage
Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Academic Achievement - UK

September 2:
Poverty Measurement - Wisconsin
Millennium Development Goals
General Assistance Medical Care - Minnesota

September 1:
Section 8 Housing - Fresno, CA
Low-Wage Job Growth
Joblessness and Health Insurance Coverage - California

August 31:
US Children in Foster Care
Kids Count Report - Kentucky
Application Process and Delivery of Benefits - Texas
Economic Stimulus and Eviction Rate - Milwaukee, WI

August 30:
Recession and Enrollment in Anti-Poverty Programs
Family Homelessness - Washington
Free Health Clinics - Wisconsin

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

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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

12. More than 49 million Americans 'food insecure': study - September 2
(American Dietetic Association)

More than 49 million Americans 'food insecure': study
September 2, 2010
WASHINGTON (AFP) - More than 49 million people in the United States do not have regular access to nutritious meals, putting them at risk for a raft of physical, psychological and social problems, a report said Thursday. Nearly 15 percent of households in the United States, representing 49.1 million individuals, experienced food insecurity sometime during 2008, the report published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says.
Source:
Rogers/Yahoo! News

Related link:

Position of the American Dietetic Association: Food Insecurity in the United States
September 2010
(...)Negative nutrition and non–nutrition-related outcomes have been associated with food insecurity in children, adolescents, and adults, including substandard academic achievement, inadequate intake of key nutrients, poor health, increased risk for and development of chronic disease, poor disease management, and poor psychological and cognitive functioning.
Source:
Abstract
HTML / PDF Full text - if you click either of these links in box on the right-hand side of the page, you'll be asked to register your email with the Journal. When you do, you'll have free access to select full text articles, including the food insecurity article whose abstract appears above on the page you're now reading.

Source:
Journal of the American Dietetic Association
[ American Dietetic Association ]

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

13. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content (September 5)

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 (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

Week ending September 5, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Migration to Australia since federation: a guide to the statistics
2. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice
3. Dealing with labour shortages
4. Evaluation of The Benevolent Society's partnerships in early childhood program
5.Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum

[You'll find these links on the APO home page.]

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

Week ending September 5, 2010
Most viewed this week in the Social Policy area:

1. Migration to Australia since federation: a guide to the statistics
2. Dealing with labour shortages
3. Evaluation of The Benevolent Society's partnerships in early childhood program
4.Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
5. An export that's going elsewhere

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

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

14. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

Latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

1 September 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1190
In this issue:
- Editorial : Children and Statelessness
- Latest news and reports:
*** Kenya bans corporal punishment
*** New factsheet on children and health
*** Japan: Racism in schools
*** Secret abuse (International Day of the Disappeared, Ireland)
*** Humanitarian crises updates (Sudan, Pakistan)
*** Children's rights for adult learners
*** States meet on disability rights
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to hundreds of 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.
NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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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Nine Punny Groaners

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1. King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hutterites. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world. Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan.
Croesus said, "I'll give you 100,000 dinars for it."      "
But I paid a million dinars for it," the King protested. "Don't you know who I am? I am the king!"
Croesus replied, "When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are."

2. Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. Unfortunately, all the Swiss league records were destroyed in a  fire..and so we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled.

3. A man rushed into a busy doctor's office and shouted, "Doctor! I think I'm shrinking!" The doctor calmly  responded, "Now, settle down.
You'll just have to be a little patient."

4. A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of seagulls. One day, his supply of the birds ran out so he had to go out and trap some more. On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on the road. Afraid to wake them, he gingerly stepped over them. Immediately, he  was arrested and charged with---transporting gulls across sedate lions for immortal porpoises.

5. Back in the 1800's the Tate's Watch Company of Massachusetts wanted to produce other products, and since they already made the cases for watches, they used them to produce compasses. The new compasses were so bad that people often ended up in Canada or Mexico rather than California. This, of course, is the origin of the expression -- "He who has a Tate's is lost!"

6. A thief broke into the local police station and stole all the toilets and urinals, leaving no clues.
A spokesperson was quoted as saying, "We have absolutely nothing to go on."

7. An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man. After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, telling him to bite off, chew, and swallow one inch of the leather every day.  After a month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling.  The chief shrugged and said, "The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on."

8. A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official who apologized profusely saying, "I must have taken Leif off my census."

9. A skeptical anthropologist was cataloguing South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal Brujo who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation.  When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the Brujo looked him In the eye and said, "Let me tell you, with fronds like these, you don't need enemas."


Source:
Terrie - Thanks!


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