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December 5, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

<>1. Precipitous drop in social assistance dependency in Ontario in Sept-Oct 2010? (Ministry of Community and Social Services) - December 1
2. [Ontario] Welfare reform: Breaking the cycle of poverty (Toronto Star) - December 4
3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3
4. Report Card 9 - The Children Left Behind (UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre) - December 3
5. A New Minister Should Offer Students a New Deal (Nick Falvo in Academic Matters) - December 3

6. Breaking news: RICH GETTING RICHER! (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - December 1
7. Ontario Launches Comprehensive Social Assistance Review (Ministry of Community and Social Services) - November 30
8. A patchwork quilt: Income security for Canadians with disabilities (Institute for Work & Health) - November 29
9. Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy - November 29
10. Report on Year Two of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy (25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction) - November 29
11. Intraspec.ca - homelessness and poverty resources
12. threeSOURCE - A research & resource hub for Alberta's third sector
13.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Labour Force Survey, November 2010 - December 3
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, September 2010
- December 1
--- Canadian economic accounts, third quarter 2010 and September 2010 -
November 30
--- Leading causes of death, 2007 - November 30
--- Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables : Third quarter 2010 - November 30
--- 2006 Aboriginal Population Profiles for Selected Cities and Communities: Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces - November 30
14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - December 5

International content
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15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content - November 28
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]



1. Precipitous drop in social assistance dependency in Ontario from September to October 2010? - December 1
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

October 2010 Monthly Statistical Report:
Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program
(Ontario's two welfare programs)

Ontario Works (OW) Statistical Report
[This link takes you to the latest version of the OW statistics : October 2010.
]
Ontario Works provides employment and financial assistance to people who are in temporary financial need. The employment assistance helps people become and stay employed and includes job search support services, basic education and job skills training, community and employment placement, supports to self-employment, Learning, Earning and Parenting, addiction services and earning exemptions that allow participants to earn income as they move back into the workforce. Temporary Care Assistance provides support for children in financial need while in the temporary care of an adult who does not have a legal obligation to support the child. In October 2010, there were 4,335 TCA cases receiving social assistance on behalf of 5,986 children.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Statistical Report
[This link takes you to the latest version of the ODSP statistics : October 2010.]
The Ontario Disability Support Program was designed to meet the income and employment support needs of people with disabilities. The program provides income support and health-related benefits to people with disabilities who are in need of financial assistance. The employment supports component of the program offers a range of goods and services to help people with disabilities to look for, obtain or maintain jobs on a volunteer basis. Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities provides a benefit for parents caring for children with severe disabilities at home. In October 2010, there were 24,498 ACSD cases receiving this benefit on behalf of 28,564 children.

Source:
Ministry of Community and Social Services

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December 1, 2010
Commentary on October 2010
Ontario social assistance statistics
by John Stapleton of Open Policy:

Well, now I'm waiting for someone to note a precipitous drop in social assistance in Ontario from September to October 2010, and perhaps cautiously see it as a harbinger of better times.

Time to think again, however.

The drop in lone parents is due to women leaving Ontario Works (OW) to go back to school and OSAP ( Ontario Student Assistance Program) where they will stay until May next year. This caused the overall beneficiary count to go down by about 4,000 month over month . Now look closer at the previous three years on the charts and you'll see a tendency to dip in most cases and categories in this period when outside brawn-based seasonal jobs related to packing away the summer come to the fore.

Leaf raking and cottage close-up are not full time jobs.

The bad news is that the usual seasonal upswing starts in October and ends in March. That is not to say that we should be unimpressed by a 2,000 drop in singles and modest reductions in couples receiving OW. It is good to see.

This is a tricky balance-sheet recession, but barring something unforeseen, we should see a post recession top in caseloads in March 2011 and a long slow recovery from that top which will see caseloads at about 6.6 to 6.9% of Ontario's population - very modest indeed for the most momentous recession since the Great Depression and a far cry from the 13.9% of population reached in March 1994.

Source:
John Stapleton
Open Policy (personal website)

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

2. [Ontario] Welfare reform: Breaking the cycle of poverty - December 4
(Toronto Star)

Ontario

Welfare reform: Breaking the cycle of poverty
December 4, 2010
Right now in Ontario, there are more than 830,000 people who can’t get by without a monthly welfare or disability support cheque. And more than 15 per cent of our children live in poverty, despite the fact that many of their parents have full-time jobs. Food bank use is up; affordable housing and subsidized daycare wait lists are growing; and good jobs are increasingly hard to find. Meanwhile, our existing social safety net has proved incapable of fixing these interconnected problems.
That is why the social assistance review, launched by the Liberal government at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, is so important. Munir Sheikh, former Statistics Canada chief, and Frances Lankin, former head of the United Way of Toronto and former provincial minister of health, will spend the next 18 months comprehensively reviewing Ontario’s social assistance programs.
Source:
Toronto Star

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2010
"Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond"
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.
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Click above for links to the following information:
* Message of the Secretary-General
* Events at UN Headquarters to commemorate IDPD (Updated)
* Events around the world to commemorate IDPD2010 (Updated)
* Background note on theme of IDPD2010
* Themes and observances of previous years
* How the Day may be observed
* You tell us!
* Background
Source:
Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
[ United Nations ]

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Related link from the
Canadian Union of Public Employees :

International Day for Persons with Disabilities – December 3
December 2, 2010
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
CUPE is very pleased that Canada has joined the majority of the rest of the world by signing the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is the first UN convention of the 21st century. The text was adopted in December 2006 and opened for signature on March 30, 2007. Canada finally signed on March of this year! The treaty boldly articulates a human rights framework for addressing the exclusion and lack of access people with disabilities have encountered in Canada and in all societies.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
With 600 000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.
NOTE: Canadian Social Research Links owes a debt of gratitude to CUPE for its support of the weekly newsletter that's attached to this website. In 2003, when my Internet Service Provider imposed limits on emailing (to prevent SPAM), Teresa Healy (then with CUPE, later moved to the Canadian Labour Council) arranged for me to administer and distribute my newsletter via the CUPE server. That's worked out beautifully, and I continue to appreciate the use of this service.
Thanks Teresa!
Thanks, CUPE!
Gilles

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Related media link:

UN International Day of Persons
with Disabilities and all is not well in Canada

Two decades of neglect by government leaves
many living with disabilities further behind and living in poverty.
3 December 2010
By Stephen Pate
The UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities may be a publicity stunt or a grim reminder to many of the 4 million Canadians living with disabilities that they are locked in last place in the Canadian experience...
Source:
Oye!Times (Toronto ethnic media)

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

4. Report Card 9 - The Children Left Behind - December 3
(UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre)

Report Card 9 - The Children Left Behind
Rich countries letting poorest children fall, says new report
(PDF - 280, 3 pages)
News Release
3 December 2010
Florence-Helsinki-Geneva
A landmark report by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre has found that children in many wealthy European nations and the United States suffer greater inequality than children in numerous industrialized nations. Report Card 9: The Children Left Behind ranks, for the first time, 24 OECD countries (including Canada) in terms of equality in health, education and material well-being for their children. The report looks at a particular aspect of disparity – bottom-end inequality – and asks how far behind are rich nations allowing their most disadvantaged children to fall.

Innocenti Report Card 9: The Children Left Behind - main product page
- includes links to the news release and the report itself, along with press materials, an opinion piece, some videos and more. I've copied some of those links here; click the main product page link to see the rest.

The report:

The Children Left Behind:
A league table of inequality in child
well-being in the world’s rich countries
(PDF - 1.5MB, 40 pages)

Key Findings (PDF - 278K, 5 pages)

[ Earlier Innocenti report cards ]

Source:
Innocenti Research Centre
The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy, was established in 1988 to strengthen the research capability of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and to support its advocacy for children worldwide.
[ UNICEF ]

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From UNICEF Canada:

The Children Left Behind : The Canadian perspective
* How does Canada measure up?
Overall, Canada is in the middle of the group of wealthy nations in terms of equality in child well-being, similar to less affluent countries like Poland and Portugal
* A closer look at Canada's children
A large gap leads not only to squandered individual lives but also to poorer average levels of well being for all children. The heaviest costs of falling behind are paid by the child.
* What Canada should do
Among the practical and affordable steps Canada can take now that would make a real and lasting difference for children, UNICEF Canada recommends the establishment of a National Children’s Commissioner to ensure the best interests of children are considered in policy decisions that affect them, and services and policies affecting children are coordinated across government so all Canadian children have equitable access to and benefit from them.

Sign the petition now and say our children matter
- demand a National Children's Commissioner

Source:
UNICEF Canada

Related media link:

Canada's poorest children fall behind
By Norma Greenaway
December 3, 2010
Compared to other rich countries, Canada has a mediocre record of keeping the wellbeing of its poorest children from falling behind their better off counterparts, says a UNICEF report being released today. Canada placed 17th among 24 industrialized countries in terms of the material well-being enjoyed by its poorest children, ninth in terms of their health and third in education, according to the report.
Source:
Ottawa Citizen

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

5. A New Minister Should Offer Students a New Deal - December 3
(Nick Falvo in Academic Matters)

A New Minister Should Offer Students a New Deal
December 3, 2010
By Nick Falvo
While the McGuinty government showed interest in post-secondary education in its first term, under Colleges, Training and Universities Minister John Milloy, it’s been coasting in neutral, to put it mildly. (...)
Milloy hasn’t just demonstrated that he won’t stand up for students, he’s made a case for the fact that Ontario universities don’t even recognize him as the minister in charge. Premier McGuinty should demonstrate that he really is the “education premier,” willing to offer students a new deal. And he should start by replacing John Milloy as minister.
[
Nick Falvo is vice-president finance of Carleton’s Graduate Students’ Association. ]
Source:
Academic Matters
Academic Matters explores issues of relevance to higher education in Ontario, other provinces in Canada, and globally. It is intended to be a forum for thoughtful and thought-provoking, original and engaging discussion of current trends in post-secondary education and consideration of academe’s future direction.

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

6. Breaking news: RICH GETTING RICHER! - December 1
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Richest 1% income shares at historic high
News Release
December 1, 2010
TORONTO – Canada’s richest 1% are taking more of the gains from economic growth than ever before in recorded history, says a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The Rise of Canada’s Richest 1% looks at income trends over the past 90 years and reveals the 246,000 privileged few who rank among the country’s richest 1% took almost a third (32%) of all growth in incomes between 1997 and 2007. That's a bigger piece of the action than any other generation of rich Canadians has taken,” says Armine Yalnizyan, CCPA senior economist and the report’s author.

Complete report:

The Rise of Canada's Richest 1% (PDF - 739K, 22 pages)
By ArmineYalizyan
(...) Combine record-breaking growth in incomes with historically low top tax rates, and the richest 1% is taking a bigger piece of the economic pie today than at any time in the past century. The report also touches on the concentration of wealth, but 2005 was the last time Statistics Canada examined the distribution of wealth in Canada, a study it has no plans to repeat. A recent private sector study shows that by the end of 2009, 3.8% of Canadian households controlled $1.78 trillion dollars of financial wealth, or 67% of the total. [Excerpt from p. 4]

Source:
Growing Gap Project
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Growing Gap project takes an in-depth and sustained look at one of the biggest challenges of our time: Worsening income and wealth inequality in Canada.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
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. By combining solid research with extensive outreach, we work to enrich democratic dialogue and ensure Canadians know there are workable solutions to the issues we face.

Related link:

The rich really are getting richer
By Joe Friesen
December 1, 2010
The super rich are, in one respect, not that different from ordinary Canadians: they work for their money. It’s just that they’re rewarded at a rate most people only dream of. The top 0.01 per cent of Canadian income earners, the 2,400 people who earn at least $1.85-million, aren’t just basking in investment income and business profits. Nearly 75 per cent of their income comes from wages, just like the average Canadian, according to a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
[ The rewards of the rich - infographic ]
[ 146 comments ]
Source:
Globe and Mail

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

7. Ontario Launches Comprehensive Social Assistance Review - November 30
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

Ontario Launches Comprehensive Social Assistance Review:
The Hon. Frances Lankin, P.C., Dr. Munir Sheikh To Lead Commission

November 30, 2010
Ontario is launching the largest review of social assistance programs in over 20 years. The review will examine social assistance and its relationship with other federal, provincial and municipal income security programs to gain a better understanding of how these programs, working together, can provide better outcomes for people. (...) The review will begin January 2011 and finish in June 2012.

Going forward, the Special Diet Allowance will also be revised to make it compliant with the recent Order of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and more accountable to taxpayers. The program, along with other existing social assistance benefits, will be considered within the context of the Social Assistance Review.
Source:
Government of Ontario

Backgrounder : Ontario's Social Assistance Review
In the 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy, Ontario committed to reviewing social assistance with a focus on removing barriers and increasing opportunities for people to work. In January 2010, Ontario appointed the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council to provide advice on a proposed scope for the review. The council's June 2010 report recommended a review of the whole income security system, including, but not limited to, social assistance. This includes a comprehensive review of income security, employment supports and related services for working-age adults. (...)Detailed information on opportunities for public input during the review will be available in the new year.

Backgrounder : Changes to the Special Diet Allowance
Ontario is revising the Special Diet Allowance to make it more accountable to taxpayers and compliant with the recent Order of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. (...) The Special Diet Allowance will be one of a broad range of special purpose benefits considered in the context of Ontario's comprehensive social assistance review, which begins January 2011. (...) The revised Special Diet schedule will take effect April 1, 2011.

Source:
Ministry of Community and Social Services

See also:

Social Assistance Review Advisory Council (SARAC)
SARAC was created by the government of Ontario to recommend a scope and terms of reference for a review of Ontario's social assistance system. The Ontario government committed to conducting a social assistance review as part of its Poverty Reduction Strategy.
[ Social Assistance Advisory Council Members - biographical notes ]

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Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy (Government of Ontario)
- incl. links to :
* Why It Matters * What's Happening Now * Where We Want to Be * Research * Meet the Team * Chair's Update (Deb Matthews) * Ontario Child Benefit * Ontario Disability Support Program * Ontario Works Program

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25 in 5 welcomes Ontario’s Social Assistance review news
November 30, 2010
TORONTO -The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction welcomes the news that Ontario’s long awaited Social Assistance review will start in January and be led by two very able commissioners: Frances Lankin and Dr. Munir Sheikh.
“We’re very pleased with the broad terms of reference for this review. It will provide recommendations not only on how to transform social assistance but on how it should connect to other income security programs that many of us need to rely on at some point in our lives, such as disability support programs and Employment Insurance,” said Jacquie Maund, Coordinator of Ontario Campaign 2000.
Source:
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty. We have organized ourselves around the call for a Poverty Reduction Plan with a goal to reduce poverty in Ontario by 25% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years.

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Poverty Watch Ontario - "To monitor and inform on cross-Ontario activity on the poverty reduction agenda"
Poverty Watch Ontario is keeping an eye on the provincial poverty reduction consultations and poverty reduction events in Ontario.
Poverty Watch Ontario is a joint venture of the Social Planning Network of Ontario, Ontario Campaign 2000, and the Income Security Advocacy Centre.
[ Poverty Watch Resources - links to websites and reports ]

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Related article
in the Toronto Star:

Ex-StatsCan chief Sheikh to lead Ontario’s welfare reform
November 30 2010
By Tanya Talaga
Ontario’s much-anticipated welfare reforms will be led by the former Statistics Canada chief who quit in disgust after Ottawa scrapped the long-form census, the Star has learned. The hiring of Dr. Munir Sheikh is a shot across the bow at the federal government by the provincial Liberals who will make the announcement Tuesday along with future plans for the controversial special diet allowance that helps those living in poverty. Sheikh became a symbol of public service defiance when the statistician quit on principle in July after the Conservative government scrapped the long-form census, which provincial governments use to develop social policy, in favour of a voluntary survey.
Source:
Toronto Star

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

8. A patchwork quilt: Income security for Canadians with disabilities - November 29
(Institute for Work & Health)

Income security for Canadians with disabilities
The Institute for Work & Health has released an “Issue Briefing” that
summarizes key elements of seven programs that provide sickness/disability benefits in Canada.

The Issue Briefing:

A patchwork quilt: Income security for Canadians with disabilities (PDF - 535K, 4 pages)
Issue Briefing
By John Stapleton and Stephanie Procyk
November 29, 2010
The purpose of this Issue Briefing is to describe the sources of disability income security available to Canadians. We summarize seven distinct sources of disability income security benefits. In 2008-2009, these seven sources provided $25.7 billion in benefits or tax credits to people with disabilities. This amount represents an income security expenditure about twice the size of the federal Employment Insurance program in Canada.

Source:
Institute for Work & Health
The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and share research that protects and improves the health of working people and is valued by policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians, and health & safety professionals.

The Issue Briefing concludes by citing the recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on disability income security programs in Canada (next link below), which calls for dialogue to develop a more co-ordinated system.

Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers.
Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration
(PDF - 1MB, 84 pages)
September 2010
Source:
OECD

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

9. Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy - November 29

Ontario

McGuinty Government Releases [Affordable Housing] Long-Term Strategy
News Release
November 29, 2010
Families in need of affordable housing will soon have access to a more flexible, coordinated and supportive system that is focused on people first. Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy will address the unique needs of individuals and communities by building a strong foundation that is based on four key pillars: putting people first, creating strong partnerships, supporting affordable options and accountability.

Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Document
Safe and affordable housing is fundamental for Ontarians striving to build a strong future for their families and their communities.
HTML version - 20 pages of text all on one long page
PDF version (1MB, 20 pages) more printer-friendly

Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
Building Foundations: Building Futures

The Ontario government’s long-term housing strategy makes it easier for Ontario families to find and maintain affordable housing.
- Click the above link to access the following:
* What people are saying about Building Foundations: Building Futures
* Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy: An Overview
* Local Plans and Accountability
* Consolidating Housing and Homeless Programs
* Simplifying Rent-Geared-To-Income Rules
* Frequently Asked Questions:
- What Does the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Mean to:
---------- Ontario Families and Individuals?
---------- Municipalities and Service Managers?
----------Non-Profit and Co-operative Housing Providers?
Source:
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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Related links:

From Michael Shapcott in
the Wellesley Institute Blog:

Scaffolding up, but lots of work still needed before Ontario finishes building its housing plan
November 29, 2010
The Ontario government has put up the scaffolding for a long-term affordable housing strategy, but there’s plenty of unfinished business for Queen’s Park as it seeks to build a truly comprehensive plan to ensure everyone has access to a healthy, affordable home. There are no targets, timelines and no new housing investments. After six months of consultations, more than 1,000 detailed submissions and a year of writing, Ontario housing minister Rick Bartolucci released the much-needed and long-overdue plan earlier today.

The Wellesley Institute’s backgrounder (PDF - 235K, 6 pages) provides details of what’s in, and what’s missing, from today’s announcement, and it also includes an assessment of how the draft plan measures up to the five tests set by the Housing Network of Ontario.

Housing Checklist – How does Ontario’s Long Term Housing Strategy measure up?
November 29, 2010
As the provincial government releases their plan for affordable housing, we thought it might be helpful to share a checklist to track whether or not the Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy measures up.

Source:
The Wellesley Institute
The Wellesley Institute advances the social determinants of health through rigorous community-based research, reciprocal capacity building, and the informing of public policy.

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From
stableandaffordable.com
:

Ontario's proposed affordable housing plan fails to meet five basic tests set by Housing Network of Ontario
November 30
The Ontario government released its much anticipated Long-term Affordable Housing Strategy today, but the document failed to provide a plan that meets all five basic tests set out by the Housing Network of Ontario and its almost 500 supporters across the province.

stableandaffordable.com
... is an initiative of the Wellesley Institute and many partners across Ontario. Here, you’ll find plenty of facts and figures about housing in Ontario, along with stories from people around the province, and tips for actions that you can take to ensure everyone in Ontario has a stable and affordable home.

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From the
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA):

ONPHA Comments on Housing Strategy
Strategy recognizes importance of community-based housing for Ontario’s future
(PDF - 111K, 2 pages)
Hamilton, ON
November 29, 2010
The Province released it's [sic] highly anticipated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy today accompanied by housing and community sector stakeholders, including the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA).

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From the
Toronto Star:

Ontario housing strategy: Won’t reduce long wait lists
November 30 2010
Claiming it needed “the time to get it right,” the Liberal government at Queen’s Park long delayed releasing a long-term affordable housing strategy. That’s what makes what was released Monday – three years after it was first promised in the 2007 election campaign – all the more disappointing.The housing strategy is little more than a series of regulatory changes that reduce red tape, simplify convoluted rules and provide municipalities more flexibility to cater to local needs.
(...)
One change (calculating income annually, instead of monthly) will be helpful to low-income households lucky enough to already live in subsidized housing and to raise their income levels through paid work. Under the new rules, their rent would not go up for a year. The strategy is called “Building Foundations: Building Futures,” but it does not propose actually building any new housing. Nor does it fund any new rent subsidies to help people afford existing apartments. That means it does next to nothing for the 142,000 low-income families in Ontario on waiting lists of up to 20 years for subsidized housing.
Source:
Toronto Star

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

10. Report on Year Two of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy - November 29
(25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction)

New from Ontario's
25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction:

Report on Year Two of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy
News Release
TORONTO
November 29, 2010
A coalition of poverty reduction advocates urges the Ontario government to redouble its efforts to cut poverty by 25% by 2013 or risk falling short of the goal. In a report marking the second anniversary of the province’s poverty reduction promise, the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction says recession has put even more heat on the Ontario government to put its commitment on the front burner. (...) The 25 in 5 report, Building a Resilient Ontario, concludes Ontario was smart to stay the course on poverty reduction during the worst of the recession, but the true test of the government’s commitment comes post-recession and into recovery.

Year Two Report:

Building a Resilient Ontario : From Poverty Reduction to Economic Opportunity
Year Two of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy
(PDF - 886K, 27 pages)
In this, the second annual report of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, we continue to track the progress of the Ontario government in meeting its poverty reduction commitments. (...) In the first part of the report, we look at the importance of poverty reduction initiatives for all Ontarians given the current economic and social context . (...) And we also offer government a plan for priorities in the coming year, to give Ontarians leadership in these anxious times.
- includes a
chart that compares the government of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Commitments with the Five Tests outlined in 2008 by the 25 in 5 Network (see below), and shows the government’s progress on its commitment in Years One and Two of the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Year One Report:

Making Good on the Promise:
Evaluating Year One of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy

December 2, 2009
HTML version
PDF version
(221K, 27 pages)

The "Five Tests" Report:

Five Tests For Success of the
Ontario Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
(PDF - 252K, 4 pages)
October 2008
TEST # 1: A target to reduce poverty in Ontario by 25% within the next five years.
TEST # 2: A clear way to measure progress – a solid lead income measure combined with a set of additional indicators.
TEST #3: Policy specifics
TEST #4: Legislation and Accountability
TEST #5: A commitment to a downpayment on poverty reduction in the 2009 budget
Source:
Poverty Watch Ontario ("To monitor and inform on cross-Ontario activity on the poverty reduction agenda")
Poverty Watch Ontario is keeping an eye on the provincial poverty reduction consultations and poverty reduction events in Ontario.
Poverty Watch Ontario is a joint venture of:
* Social Planning Network of Ontario
* Ontario Campaign 2000
* Income Security Advocacy Centre

Source:
25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction
The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty.

11. Intraspec.ca - homelessness and poverty resources

Intraspec.ca
Intraspec.ca is an online journal of readings, writings and research on matters of health and well-being. Categories include psychology and cognition, health and fitness, diet and nutrition, politics and economy, society and culture, earth and climate change.

Comment:
Recommended resource!
Intraspec.ca is the personal website of fellow Ottawan Richard Dagan, and it's an excellent complement to this (Canadian Social Research Links) website. The range of topics covered in the site is quite impressive, and the seven poverty and homelessness resources pages whose links appear below include many interesting reports that you won't find on this (CSRL) website, so it's well worth a visit. And the presentation of the site is a lot neater too --- not quite as overwhelming and chaotic as this (CSRL) site. [There. I've said it.]

* Homeless in Canada: Resources
Selected resources on housing and homelessness in Canada, research and statistics, homelessness initiatives and services by major population centre, provincial and national initiatives, plans to end homelessness, homeless counts, research and policy organizations, legal aid and public legal education by province, food banks by province, a customized poverty and homelessness search engine, related search functions and social research links.

* Homelessness in Canada: News & Reports
Selected media releases and special reports regarding housing and homelessness, human rights and legislation, call for action, plans and strategies; welfare issues, average rents, cost of living and related issues may be included, but are presented chiefly in the Poverty sections.

* Homelessness: Definitions, Strategies & Solutions - Ideas and Approaches
Selected definitions, strategies and solutions applied to research, resolution and prevention of homelessness. This page presents a collection of useful excerpts and links for ready reference - from Europe, the United States and Canada.

* Poverty in Canada: Resources
Selected statistics, news and resources on poverty and child poverty in Canada, including the definition of poverty, Low Income Cut Offs (LICOs) and other measures of poverty, minimum wage across Canada, welfare incomes across Canada, legal aid and public legal education resources, provincial and community anti-poverty strategies, national and provincial Campaign 2000 poverty report cards, etc.

* Poverty in Canada: News and Selected Reports
Selected news, media releases and special reports on poverty in Canada.

* Poverty & Homelessness: Global Links, Selected

* Selected Homelessness & Poverty Resources: Global

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

12. threeSOURCE - A research & resource hub for Alberta's third sector

threeSOURCE - A research & resource hub for Alberta's third sector
One of the major issues confronted by nonprofits, policy advocates and social service providers in Alberta is information sharing. Whether applying for funding, planning programs, or developing policy recommendations, this sector needs the latest information about what's going on locally. We're aiming to bring all this information together in a one stop shop with threeSOURCE. In addition to the website, we’ve also got an RSS feed of everything that gets added to the database - http://feeds.feedburner.com/threesource. Anyone can also subscribe, through the handy form in the left-hand column, to the monthly Research Update newsletter with lists of new acquisitions, important news, and reviews of key publications.

- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Labour Force Survey, November 2010 - December 3
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, September 2010
- December 1
--- Canadian economic accounts, third quarter 2010 and September 2010 -
November 30
--- Leading causes of death, 2007 - November 30
--- Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables : Third quarter 2010 - November 30
--- 2006 Aboriginal Population Profiles for Selected Cities and Communities: Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces - November 30

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

December 3, 2010
Labour Force Survey, November 2010
Employment edged up by 15,000 in November. At the same time, there was a notable decline in the number of youths participating in the labour market. As a result, the unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 7.6%, the lowest since January 2009.
- includes links to three tables:
* Labour force characteristics by age and sex
* Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
* Labour force characteristics by province

Related report:
Labour Force Information, November 7 to 13, 2010
1. Highlights - includes a chart showing Employment and unemployment rates, Canada, seasonally adjusted
2. Analysis — November 2010
3. Tables
4. Charts
5. Data quality, concepts and methodology
6. User information
7. Related products
8. PDF version (448K, 59 pages)

[ earlier reports in this series ]

Source:
Labour Force Information - main product page*
This publication provides the most current monthly labour market statistics. Each month, this publication contains a brief commentary highlighting recent developments in the Canadian labour market. It also includes a series of charts and tables on a variety of labour force characteristics, such as employment and unemployment for Canada, the provinces, metropolitan areas and economic regions.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment

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December 1, 2010
Employment, Earnings and Hours, September 2010
* Highlights
* Note to users
* Tables
* Data quality, concepts and methodology
* User information
* Related products
* PDF version (2.5MB, 389 pages)
Source:
Employment, Earnings and Hours - product main page*
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:
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month after this report first appears in The Daily.
* On the product main page,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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November 30, 2010
Canadian economic accounts, third quarter 2010 and September 2010
Real gross domestic product rose 0.3% in the third quarter, following a 0.6% gain in the previous quarter. Final domestic demand grew 0.9%, as business investment in plant and equipment advanced. On a monthly basis, real gross domestic product by industry declined 0.1% in September.

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November 30, 2010
Leading causes of death, 2007
Cancer and heart disease, the two leading causes of death for Canadians, were responsible for just over one-half (51%) of the 235,217 deaths in Canada in 2007

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November 30, 2010
Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables:
Third quarter 2010

Table 1 presents monthly, seasonally adjusted, estimates of wages and salaries, and supplementary income for Canada and each province and territory. In Table 2, unadjusted estimates of labour income, by industry, for both Canada and the provinces and territories are shown. The tables include data beginning in 1997.
Source:
Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables - Product main page*
These data tables provide a regional perspective on Canada's labour income. Monthly wages and salaries by industry and labour income by component for both Canada and the provinces and territories are shown. The tables include data beginning in 1961.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues

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2006 Aboriginal Population Profiles for
Selected Cities and Communities: Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces

November 30, 2010
The series aims to present a demographic and socio-economic profile of the total Aboriginal population living in these areas. Demographic data as well as information on living arrangements of children, education, labour, income, mobility, housing, and health are highlighted.
Source:
2006 Aboriginal Population Profiles for Selected Cities and Communities - Product main page*
This product is a series of profiles for a number of census metropolitan areas, census agglomerations and communities across Canada with a large Aboriginal population, either in numbers or share of the area's total population. The series aims to present a demographic and socio-economic profile of the total Aboriginal population living in these areas.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online;
click "Chronological index" for Aboriginal Population Profiles for other Canadian cities.

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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

14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - December 5

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

December 5

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

The children left behind: A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world's rich countries
3 Dec 10
- UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's Report Card 9 finds that Canada lags far behind in equality of children's material well-being - placing 17th of 24 countries.

Research evidence on selected aspects of for-profit/non-profit child care programs: A bibliography
1 Dec 10
- New Briefing Note from CRRU collects research and policy analysis on a number of topics relevant to differences between for- profit and non-profit child care.

Culture and learning
1 Dec 10
- Latest edition of Bernard van Leer Foundation's Early Childhood in Focus series addresses the major policy questions surrounding the place of culture in early childhood programs and how to promote development and learning while respecting cultural diversities.

Children 2020: Planning now, for the future
1 Dec 10
- Report from Start Strong (an Irish child care coalition) offers a vision for the future of young children's care and education in Ireland and proposals for immediate actions.

The role of civil society in implementing the General Measures of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
1 Dec 10
- Report from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre shows that civil society plays an important role in the implementation of the CRC; draws attention to the issues and challenges affecting civil society today.

The rise of Canada's richest 1%
1 Dec 10
- Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says that Canada's richest 1% are taking more of the gains from economic growth than ever before in recorded history.

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.]

· Rich countries let poorest children fall behind
[CA] 2 Dec 10

· Parents face $80 a week fees shock
[NZ] 1 Dec 10

· Online nanny recruiters go global
1 Dec 10

· Green child care centre a first for Ottawa
[CA-ON] 26 Nov 10

· CUPE committee tackles growth of for-profit child care
[CA] 25 Nov 10

· Funding gap forces Peel to scale back full-day kindergarten roll-out
[CA-ON] 24 Nov 10

· Privatised, corporatised Labor has lost touch with its core values, and voters
[AU] 20 Nov 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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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

15. 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:

December 3:
Well-Being of Poor Children in Rich Countries
US November Unemployment Rate
Programs for the Poor and Corruption - India
Seniors Living in Poverty - Canada
Poverty and Guaranteed Income - Canada
Recession and the Newly Poor - Ireland
Eighth Grade Algebra Achievement Gap
Affordable Housing - Pennsylvania, Louisiana
Child Nutrition Bill

December 2:
State Health Insurance Coverage - Wisconsin, Indiana
Long-Term Unemployment
Child Nutrition Bill

December 1:
Kids Count Report - Kansas
Extension of Jobless Benefits

November 30:
Extension of Jobless Benefits
State Medicaid Programs - Mississippi, Montana
High School Graduation Rates

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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povdispatch-request@ssc.wisc.edu?subject=subscribe

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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

16. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content - December 5
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How young people are faring 2010 - November 24
--- Complete World Development Report 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 (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

A few suggestions
for your reading list:

How young people are faring 2010
24 November 2010
Despite Australia’s overall economic recovery, this report finds that young people continue to feel the negative impacts of the global financial crisis.

Complete World Development Report Online
Here you will find every page of every World Development Report published by the World Bank since the first report was released in 1978. Use the following tools to quickly and easily search content across, within, and related to World Development reports:
* Browse by Title and by Year
* Browse by Topic
* Regions
* Related Content
* Search
* World Bank Data
The World Bank Group provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data are available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.
Source:
The World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
[ World Bank: Annual Report 2010 ]

NOTE: The World Bank is not without its detractors.
See the "Criticism" section of this Wikipedia article on The World Bank.

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

1. POLITICS - Coalition still favourite for the poll
2. Green housing, digital storytelling and Sudanese Australians - new project funding awarded to the Institute for Social Research
3. Northern Territory Emergency Response: Report of the NTER Review Board
4. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
5. Australian Cities: Liveable, but are they Sustainable?
[You'll find links to the above studies on the APO home page.]

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 December 5, 2010
Most viewed this week in Social Policy / Poverty:

1. Green housing, digital storytelling and Sudanese Australians - new project funding awarded to the Institute for Social Research
2. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
3. The Northern Territory Intervention and human rights
4. Social media and young adults
5. Department of Human Services, Child Support Agency: unreasonable customer conduct and ‘write only’ policy
[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

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

17. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

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

1 December 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1203
* In this issue:
Editorial
Children's rights and HIV and AIDS
* Latest news and reports
--- News on World AIDS Day
--- Sexual abuse (campaign, Nicaragua)
--- Where religion rules (Ireland)
--- Coming up: UN Human Rights Council Review
Employment : UNICEF
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRINMAIL)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

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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The Funniest Words in English:
Part Deux

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Gardyloo!    A warning shouted before throwing water from above.
Gastromancy    Telling fortune from the rumblings of the stomach.
Gazump    To buy something already promised to someone else.
Gobbledygook    Nonsense, balderdash.
Gobemouche    A highly gullible person.
Godwottery    Nonsense, balderdash.
Gongoozle    To stare at, kibitz.
Gonzo    Far-out journalism.
Goombah    An older friend who protects you.
Hemidemisemiquaver    A musical timing of 1/64.
Hobbledehoy    An awkward or ill-mannered young boy.
Hocus-pocus    Deceitful sleight of hand.
Hoosegow    A jail or prison.
Hootenanny    A country or folk music get-together.
Jackanapes    A rapscallion, hooligan.
Kerfuffle    Nonsense, balderdash.
Klutz    An awkward, stupid person.
La-di-da    An interjection indicating that something is pretentious.
Lagopodous    Like a rabbit's foot.
Lickety-split    As fast as possible.
Lickspittle    A servile person, a toady.
Logorrhea    Loquaciousness, talkativeness.
Lollygag    To move slowly, fall behind.
Malarkey    Nonsense, balderdash.
Maverick    A loner, someone outside the box.
Mollycoddle    To treat too leniently.
Mugwump    An independent politician who does not follow any party.
Mumpsimus    An outdated and unreasonable position on an issue.
Namby-pamby    Weak, with no backbone.
Nincompoop    A foolish person.
Oocephalus    An egghead.
Ornery    Mean, nasty, grumpy.
Pandiculation    A full body stretch.
Panjandrum    Someone who thinks himself high and mighty.
Pettifogger    A person who tries to befuddle others with his speech.
Pratfall    A fall on one's rear.
Quean    A disreputable woman.
Rambunctious    Aggressive, hard to control.
Ranivorous    Frog-eating
Rigmarole    Nonsense, unnecessary complexity.
Shenanigan    A prank, mischief.
Sialoquent    Spitting while speaking.
Skedaddle    To hurry somewhere.
Skullduggery    No good, underhanded dealing.
Slangwhanger    A loud abusive speaker or obnoxious writer.
Smellfungus    A perpetual pessimist.
Snickersnee    A long knife.
Snollygoster    A person who can't be trusted.
Snool    A servile person.
Tatterdemalion    A child in rags.
Troglodyte    Someone or something that lives in a cave.
Turdiform    Having the form of a lark.
Unremacadamized    Having not been repaved with macadam.
Vomitory    An exit or outlet.
Wabbit    Exhausted, tired, worn out.
Widdershins    In a contrary or counterclockwise direction.
Yahoo    A rube, a country bumpkin.

Source:
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/100_funniest_words.html



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How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas
(YouTube video, duration 1:44)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm3dm5J5r0A
No humans were harmed in the filming of this video.


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Citizenship test (Toronto Star)

http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/immigration/article/901572
I got 16 out of 20 correct.
So beat me
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Does Beethoven's Fifth work with Salsa music?
http://www.wimp.com/beethovensalsa/
Aye, caramba!

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It's not really brain surgery, is it? (BBC video)
http://www.wimp.com/brainsurgeon/