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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 6, 2008

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1846 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. How our tax system discourages self-reliance (John Stapleton, in The National Post) - January 4
2. AOL Canada News
3. From The Toronto Star:
--- The Liberals' calculated fight against poverty -
January 5
---
No time to let up on poverty front - January 2
4.
The Great CEO Pay Race: Over Before it Begins (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - January 2
5. 20 Years Later: Has Free Trade Delivered on its Promise? (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - December 2007
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - January 4

International Content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg Seeks New Way to Decide Who Is Poor (New York Times) - December 30
9.
Policy Hub Bulletin (monthly) - United Kingdom
10.
Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC, Paris) Bulletin - selected content
11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing : Selected recent content, various sources
12. CRINMAIL 945 - 03 January 2008 (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Happy New Year to all, and have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. How our tax system discourages self-reliance - January 4
(John Stapleton, in The National Post)

How our tax system discourages self-reliance
By John Stapleton
January 04, 2008
"...there are some straightforward solutions (to the problem of families caught in the cycle of poverty).
I offer four:
- Reduce Marginal Effective Tax Rates for adults with low incomes
- Stabilize households in transition to greater self-reliance
- Support children in their transition to adulthood through a "Time-out"
-
Create a new government responsibility centre to promote accountable interactions: A new government responsibility centre created from existing government ministries should be tasked with resolving the multiple barriers that now result from pro-gram overlap and duplication."
Source:
The National Post

Related links:

Open Policy
(John Stapleton's personal website)

Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults (MISWAA)

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

2. AOL Canada News

AOL Canada News
- Breaking News and Top News Stories from across Canada and around the world

- Go to the Media Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mediabkmrk.htm

3. From The Toronto Star:
--- The Liberals' calculated fight against poverty -
January 5
---
No time to let up on poverty front - January 2

From The Toronto Star:

The Liberals' calculated fight against poverty
Stéphane Dion's strategy of targeting low-income Canadians looks starry-eyed.
It might just be a hard-nosed play for the middle class
January 5, 2008
Susan Delacourt
OTTAWA–The next federal election campaign could spark an intriguing form of Liberal-Conservative class warfare: the Liberals, putting poverty front and centre, while the Conservatives continue their quest to own the middle-class vote in Canada. So is it food banks versus tax breaks in the expected election campaign of 2008? The homeless versus the suburban dwellers? The battle lines may not be that clear-cut, but it's worth asking why Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion and his party have decided to embrace the anti-poverty fight so intensely – at the same time as many strategists argue that successful election campaigns are fought in the middle of Canada's income spectrum.

No time to let up on poverty front
Editorial
January 02, 2008
If our political leaders muster the will to act, 2008 could very well mark the year in the history books when the appalling but silent enemy of poverty in Canada was finally engaged. It has been a year now since the Star launched its War on Poverty in a continuing series of editorials and news stories aimed at documenting the toll poverty takes on one in every 10 Canadians and nearly one in five of the children living in one of the richest countries in the world.

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

4. The Great CEO Pay Race: Over Before it Begins - January 2
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

New Year’s party still going for top CEOs
Press Release
January 2, 2008
TORONTO - By the time most Canadians roll up their sleeves to begin a new year of work, Canada's best paid 100 CEOs will already be having a good year: They'll pocket the national average wage of $38,998 by 10:33 am January 2nd.

Complete report:

The Great CEO Pay Race: Over Before it Begins (PDF file - 326K, 12 pages)

More CCPA research & publications
on inequality & poverty

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

5. 20 Years Later: Has Free Trade Delivered on its Promise? - December 2007
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Free trade has failed to live up to its promises—study
Press Release
December 28, 2007
OTTAWA— Twenty years after Canada signed the Free Trade Agreement its biggest boosters have grown wealthier but promises ofbetter jobs and rising living standards fell short, says a study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was signed on January 2, 1988. The study examines what’s happened since: It takes a sample of 41 Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) member companies – the leading supporter of free trade – and finds they shrank their workforce by 19.6% while their revenues grew by 127%.

Complete study:

20 Years Later: Has Free Trade Delivered on its Promise? (PDF file - 179K, 7 pages)
December 2007

More CCPA research & publications
on international trade & investment, deep integration

All CCPA publications (select from the list in the left-hand margin)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Globalization Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/global.htm

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - January 4

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) :
[NOTE: The Childcare Resource and Research Unit left
the University of Toronto in spring 2007, and is now incorporated as a non-profit organization.]

January 4, 2008

What's new

Starting Strong Network website launched - January 4
Starting Strong Network website reports on network initiatives to develop effective and efficient policies for early childhood care and education.

Starting Strong Network
The Network has received a mandate from the OECD Education Policy Committee to assist member countries to develop effective and efficient policies for early childhood care and education.
[ Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD ]
Related links:
OECD Early Childhood Education and Care Home Page

Starting Strong curricula and pedagogies in early childhood education and care: Five curriculum outlines
Report by OECD of four well-known ECEC curricula including Experiential Education by Professor Ferre Laevers.

Strengthening the young child's care environment
Early Childhood Matters, No. 109
Latest issue of Bernard van Leer’s Early Childhood Matters focusing on the issue of strengthening the care environment for young children.

More What's new online...

Child care in the news

Targeted child care misses the mark [CA-ON]
Toronto Star, 4 Jan 08

Promoting family-friendly work [US]
Human Resource Executive, 3 Jan 08

More child care in the news...

Related Links:

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

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

7. 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 twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

January 3, 2008
* Welfare to Work Programs - Virginia, New Mexico
* Medicaid Computer System - Wisconsin
* State Child Welfare Database - Ohio
* Poverty Measurement - New York City
* Single Fathers and Assistance Programs
* American Indian Children and Foster Care - Washington
* Foster Care Age Limit - Delaware
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* Low-income Residents and Access to Dental Care - Kentucky
* Medicaid Reimbursement Rates to Children's Doctors - New Jersey
* Medical Clinics at Food Banks
* States and Minimum Wage Increases
* Needs of the Working Poor
* Opinions: Poverty Policies and Childless Individuals
* Payday Lending Regulation - Ohio, Virginia
* Voter Identification Law - Indiana
* No Child Left Behind

Search Poverty Dispatches
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week. Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media. Persons wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - archive of weekly digests* of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
(*For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.)

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

8. New York City Mayor Bloomberg Seeks New Way to Decide Who Is Poor - December 30
(New York Times)

Bloomberg Seeks New Way to Decide Who Is Poor
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said last week that 31 antipoverty programs were up and running and dozens more were to come

By Leslie Kaufman
December 30, 2007
The Bloomberg administration, frustrated by the federal government’s Great Society method of determining who is poor, is developing its own measure, which city officials say will offer a more modern and accurate picture of poverty. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wants to adopt the new measure in part so he can better assess whether the tens of millions of dollars the city plans to spend on new anti-poverty programs will improve poor people’s standard of living.
Source:
The New York Times

New York City's alternative measure is based on recommendations made by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 1995.
* See Measuring Poverty: A New Approach - the complete 1995 NAS report
* See the 1995 NAS report recommendations

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

9. Policy Hub Bulletin (monthly) - United Kingdom

Policy Hub Bulletin ===> the content of this link changes each month
News Archive - view the contents of previous Bulletins back to September 2002
Subscribe to this Bulletin - free, by email

Sample content from the latest issue of the Bulletin (December 27/07):
Click the link above to access all of the items below - and be sure to visit the Home page for news items added since 27 December)

Social care research ethics - DH response
Children's plan - DCSF
Corston review - government response
Women in the criminal justice system - PRT briefing
Work and family life - OECD report
Overskilling in Australia and Britain - ISL report
Criminal statistics 2006 - MoJ report
Evaluating policy
Knife crime: a review of evidence and policy - CJS report
Department of Health Autumn Performance - DH report
Literacy education: research - ACER report
Science attainment in schools - OECD report
Poverty and social exclusion 2007 - JRF report
Home Office performance
Reading literacy: international comparisons - NFER and IEA reports
Literacy: Scotland - IEA report
UK housing emissions - ECI report
Improving delivery
Rail research strategy - DfT documents
Transport trends 2007 - DfT report
Gypsies and Travellers: accommodation, understanding and rights - BSHF report
Public services and religious organisations - BHA report
Successful ageing - ILC-UK report
Men's health policy - ANZHP report
Vocational education and training for prisoners - NCVER
Environmental causes of disease - AMS report

Evidence Hotlinks
This area of Policy Hub provides access to a wide range of organisations and resources that will help you find evidence on social and economic issues in the United Kingdom and Internationally.
* United Kingdom Evidence * International Evidence - including Country Resources - including Canada * Using Evidence
===> recommended reading - excellent collection of U.K. and international resources
!

Source:
Policy Hub (U. K.)
"... a web-site developed by the Government Social Research Unit, which aims to improve the way public policy is shaped and delivered."
[ Government Social Research ]
[ HM Treasury website ]

10. Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC, Paris) Bulletin - selected content

From the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

CERC Bulletin - links to all CERC semi-monthly bulletins
Subscribe - To be informed of CERC activities and to receive the bulletin

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Selected content from CERC Bulletin #143 ( December 24, 2007):
(click on the bulletin link above to access the studies mentioned below and more...)

. Poverty and exclusion [in Europe], European Commission, September 2007
. A proposal of a synthetic indicator to measure poverty intensity with an application to EU-15 countries, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), November 2007
. Evaluating the impact of the French tax credit on the employment rate of women, Centre de recherche en économie, December 2007
. Flexicurity : An answer or a question? Lasaire, November 2007
. Employment and education policy for young people in the EU : What can new member states learn from member states, Institute for the Study of Labor, December 2007
. Interactions between employment and training policies, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, December 2007
. Primary and secondary education in the United States, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, December 2007
. Too bad to benefit ? Effect heterogeneity of public training programs, German Institute for Economic Research , December 2007
. Training the unemployed in France : How does it affect unemployment duration and recurrence, Institute for the Study of Labor, December 2007
. Dynamics of economic well-being : Fluctuations in the US income distribution, 2001-2003, U.S. Census Bureau, November 2007
. Income inequality hits record levels, new CBO data show, Center on Budget and Policy priorities, December 2007.

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Online Information Service
Information and online resources organized under five themes: Poverty * Social minima * In-work benefits * Minimum wage * Unemployment and return to work .
- includes links and resources for Canada...
HINT: click on the links in the right-hand margin of each theme page for more content

CERC Bulletins/Reports/Studies/Working papers
- Click on the links in the left margin of the CERC website home page for access to a large collection of online resources

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

11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing : Selected recent content, various sources

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60+ events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...

Subscribe
Sign up to receive APO's Weekly Briefing by email --- just enter your email address in the box on the left-hand side of the home page of the APO website (the link below).

Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO)
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

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

12. CRINMAIL 945 - 03 January 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

3 January 2008 - CRINMAIL 945
* UN: World Youth Report 2007 - Young People's Transition to Adulthood - Progress and challenges [publication]
* KENYA: Eighty children massacred in church [news]
* USA: Bush approves child health care bill [news]
* CHILE: Corporal punishment banned [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: 17th Conference of the International Association for Research in Juvenile Criminology [event/call for papers]
* EMPLOYMENT - IFCO [job postings]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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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Fifteen zingers from the
original Hollywood Squares

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If you're old enough to remember the original Hollywood Squares and its comics, this may bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from the days when ' Hollywood Squares' game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now.
  
    
     Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
     A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.
    
     Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
     A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes. 
    
     Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep.  Are you probably a man or a woman?
     A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.
    
     Q. According to Cosmopolitain, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
     A. Rose Marie: No; wait until morning.     
  
     Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
     A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.
   
     Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
     A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.
   
     Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
     A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.
  
     Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
     A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.
  
     Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?
     A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.
  
     Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
     A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.
  
     Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
     A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?
  
     Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
     A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.
  
     Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
     A. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.
  
     Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
     A. Charley Weaver: His feet.
  
     Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
     A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh

Source:
http://www.jibjab.com/view/979

More about Hollywood Squares,  including more zingers:
http://www.gameshow-galaxy.net/squares.htm
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