Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 6, 2011

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 2,388 subscribers.

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...


Canadian content

1. March is National Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month in Canada : Get Your Butt Seen!
2. Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force Recommendations due in June 2011
3. Al Etmanski's Series on Poverty + PLAN RDSPs - February 2011
4. 100th anniversary of International Women's Day - March 8

5. One last pause to remember the Canada Assistance Plan - March 3

6.Nunavut 2011-2012 Budget - March 1

Call for Papers : International conference on Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion : Perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad (Montreal, November 30 - December 2, 2011)
8. Salvation Army Report Finds Poverty Myths Rampant (Ottawa Citizen) - March 1 
9. Hennessy's Index (March 2011) - Security/Insecurity (
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - February 28

10. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French (RDI)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - March 6

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. March is National Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month in Canada : Get Your Butt Seen!

...and testimonial:

March is National Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month in Canada.
If you're over 50 or if there's a history of colon cancer in your family, this is compulsory reading.
Even if you don't fit the above profile, you're invited to scroll down for links to some excellent tips to keep your colon healthy.

There's even a testimonial... from yours truly. (Gilles)

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada launches
Awareness Month by rolling out their butts on buses across the country

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) will do almost anything to spread the message that Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable. The nation’s leader in provocative cancer advertising is once again proving it with a 17-city transit campaign in celebration of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Get Your Butt Seen!
This year an estimated 22,500 Canadians (12,400 men - 10,100 women) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 9,100 (5,000 men - 4,100 women) will die from it.
CRC is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable. Talk to your doctor about it.

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Association of Canada
The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is a national non-profit organization comprised of volunteers, members, and management led by a board of directors. An expert medical advisory board, made up of top healthcare professionals in the field of colorectal cancer, provides counsel to the CCAC to ensure members are kept abreast of the latest medical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The mandate of the CCAC is threefold: awareness, support, and advocacy.

The Testimonial (by Gilles):

I've been in the 50+ group mentioned above for almost 11 years now, and my doctor's been urging me, in the course of my past two or three annual checkups, to undergo a colonoscopy. Truth be told, I was holding out for the day when the assessment could be performed by swallowing a pillcam, but we're simply not there yet
[ ].
So this year, I reluctantly went along with my physician's advice and booked an appointment.
I should mention that I've been blessed with good health throughout my life, which in turn means that I'm the biggest wuss who has ever walked the face of the earth when it comes to intrusive medical procedures.

My (first) colonoscopy took place this past Thursday, March 3.
It was a walk in the park.

No, really.
The day before the procedure, I took some heavy-duty purgative and followed a liquid diet.
(I discovered to my great dismay that does not include vodka.)

The day of the procedure, my wife drove me to the hospital, they gave me a mild sedative (...) and my wife came to pick me up when I came around.
The parentheses in the previous sentence are an indicator of how much of the procedure I remember.

A craving for a Wendy's double-burger with those yummy salty fries, a rare treat at the best of times...
... and, from the doctor who performed the exam, a clean bill of health and a tentative date to see him again --- in ten years.

A fellow colonoscopy outpatient told me in the waiting room that it was three years ago, during a routine check recommended by his family doctor, that some cancerous tissue was found and immediately removed. Until that procedure, he'd felt no pain nor experienced any other symptoms. Early diagnosis had saved his life, he said.

The Bottom Line (pun intended):

Get Your Butt Seen!
The Colorectal Cancer Association wishes you
a happy and healthy National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

2. Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force : EI Recommendations will be issued in June 2011

Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force
The Mowat Centre has convened a research-driven Employment Insurance Task Force to examine Canada's support system for the unemployed. The objective is to develop an Ontario proposal for modernizing the EI system—conscious of the national context—that works for individuals and businesses. (...) The Task Force’s recommendations will be issued in June 2011. In addition, all research conducted through the task force will be published as part of the Task Force’s findings. The Task Force is bringing together a wide cross-section of Canadian leaders and researchers to develop its proposal for reform.
- incl. links to : * Home * About * EI News * Issues * Reports * Resources

(Click the link above to access all links to the content below)

1. What Should the Objectives of the EI Program Be?
2. "Not Quite Insurance"
3. Social Assistance and EI *
4. Experience Rating
5. Regional Differentiation
6. 10 Hour Rule
7. Access to EI Training Benefits
8. Self-Employed
9. Temporary Foreign Workers
10. Rate Setting

* 3. The Difficulties of Transitioning
from Employment Insurance (EI) to Social Assistance
(three-minute video)
John Stapleton discusses the difficulties in transitioning from EI to social assistance. Stapleton is particularly concerned with EI exhaustees who end up on social assistance and face barriers within that program to labour market re-entry. In this video, Stapleton explores some options for reform to address this situation.
[ Two Solitudes - brief text to accompany the above video]
[ Open Policy - John Stapleton's website ]

[Click "Resources" in left margin.]
1. Legislation & Court Decisions
2. Federal Government Reports
3.Other Research Reports
4. Other Resources
NOTE: includes links to dozens of EI- related reports from government, think tanks and non-governmental organizations.

School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG)
[ University of Toronto ]

Related link:

Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation (Part of SPPG)
The Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation is an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank. We were established in 2009 with seed money from the Ontario government. We undertake applied public policy research and engage in public dialogue on federal issues important to the prosperity and quality of life of Ontario and Canada. The Mowat Centre has a mandate to propose innovative, research-driven public policy recommendations that work on behalf of Canadians in all regions of the country, including Ontario]

I highly recommend this site and its resources!

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

3. Al Etmanski's Series on Poverty + PLAN RDSPs - February 2011

Al Etmanski's Series on Poverty

A Saharan Food Desert - John Stapleton's Poverty Fighting Research
Fifth in the Series on Poverty
February 27, 2011
You have to be rich to be poor. The poorer you are the more things cost. (...) John Stapleton has exposed this wasteland of healthy nutritious food in a recent study: The Poor Still Pay More: Challenges Low Income Families Face in Consuming a Nutritious Diet. (...)
The Poor Still Pay More outlines three challenges faced by low income households in Ontario:
Low Income Households Cannot Afford a Healthy Diet.
Low Income Households are not Consuming a Healthy Diet.
Low Income households have greater difficulty accessing a healthy diet.
The report recommends:
A new housing benefit geared to income and rental costs to free up constrained finances to purchase food.
* Improved incentives for retailers and community groups to increase accessibility by low income communities to lower priced and healthier food options, particularly in urban “food deserts”
* Lower dairy prices through the eventual elimination of the higher price influence of dairy marketing boards

By Al Etmanski:

"John Stapleton provides an antidote to those of us who associate research with statistics or boring lectures on chi-squares. His work is testimony to the role research can play in advocacy. He has been applying the best of social science to the intractable problem of poverty for over four decades, first as a public servant and now through his company, Open Policy. He was an invaluable ally in our Registered Disability Savings Plan campaign and for recognizing its poverty fighting potential. Check out his others research efforts and commentaries."


The other four reports in the Poverty Series:
[Click the link above to access these resources]
* Fighting The Crime of Poverty: The Life Work of Dr. Fred MacKinnon
* Eliminating Poverty: Senator Hugh Segal and Finance Minister Flaherty
* A Canadian Town Where No One Was Poor
(Dr. Evelyn Forget revisits the Dauphin Manitoba guaranteed annual income experiment of the mid-1970s)
* Canadians With Severe Disabilities - A Basic Income Plan
(Caledon Institute)

Al Etmanski is Co-Founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

Related links:

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is a family-led organization founded to secure the future for people with disabilities. PLAN began in 1989 when a small group of parents gathered to consider how they could best support their son or daughter with a disability. These courageous parents acknowledged that one day they would need to pass on the responsibility for the care of their son or daughter to someone else. The question was, "Who?"

PLAN Registered Disability Savings Plan
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. Here are some basics:
* For every $1 put in an RDSP account, the federal government can (if your family income is below $81,941) match with up to $3!
This is the Canada Disability Savings Grant.
* For people living on a low-income (less than $23,855), the federal government will put in $1000 each year for 20 years!
This is the Canada Disability Savings Bond.
* For people living on an income between $23,855 and $40,970, they can still receive a partial bond.
Anyone can contribute to an RDSP- family, friends, neighbours… it gives people who want to help a way to do so!

- Go to the Disability Links page:

4. 100th anniversary of International Women's Day - March 8

International Women's Day 2011
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
March 8

WomenWatch (United Nations)

March 04, 2011
Only Women’s Full, Equal Participation Can Achieve Sustainable, Peaceful,
Just Society Promised in United Nations Charter, Says Secretary-General in Message

Text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for International Women's Day, observed on 8 March: One hundred years ago, when the world first commemorated International Women's Day, gender equality and women's empowerment were largely radical ideas.

International Women's Day 2011
Theme for UN International Women's Day 2011:
Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women
- includes links to 11 IWD 2011 events at the UN and other international venues


International Women's Day 2011 - A global hub for sharing International Women's Day news, events and resources
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

- incl. links to :
* Home * About * 2011 Theme * Events * Global IWD Arts Initiative * IWD Interactive * Media & IWD Resources * Your Say * Contact

* Canada (240 events)
* United Kingdom (415 events)
* United States of America (211 events)
* Australia (200 events)
* Costa Rica (48 events)
* more countries (IWD Home page - see right column)

International Women's Day Centenary sees largest ever activity (Word file - 45K, 2 pages)
March 8 sees the highest level of global women's activity
ever witnessed as groups celebrate the International Women's Day centenary.
London, March 2, 2011
The first International Women's Day events were run in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911 and attended by over one million people. 100 years on, International Women's Day (IWD) has become a global mainstream phenomena celebrated across many countries and is an official holiday in approximately 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia.


International Women's Day
from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"International Women's Day"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page



From what's left of
Status of Women Canada:

International Women's Day [Canada] : Girls' Rights Matter
March 8, 2011
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women's rights and international peace. Following the United Nations' lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women's Day (IWD). Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives. Over time, International Women's Day has grown into a week-long series of commemorative events and activities across the country. International Women's Week (IWW) 2011 begins on Sunday, March 6 and wraps up on Saturday, March 12.
- incl. * Theme * Fact Sheet * Products Available * To Order a Poster * Previous Themes.

Lest we forget:
* Harper Government Steps Up Attacks against Women's Human Rights - Several key feminists groups lose funding - May 2010 (CNW)
* Harper government axes funding for 11 women's groups
- May 4, 2010 (CTV News)
* Harper's Attack on Women's Rights and Equality Feb. 8, 2010 (
* 2008: Stephen Harper vs. women (

* Harper cuts to women's programs in 2006-2007 (Canadian Social Research Links)

- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page:

- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page:

Overruling your officials: OK
Lying about it to Canadians: NOT OK.
Please sign the petition to dump Bev Oda the liar.
* 23,370 people have so far, including me
Bev and Roy : Separated at birth?

5. One last pause to remember the Canada Assistance Plan - March 3

NOTE : The following link and blurb will likely appeal only to white-haired welfare historians and hard-core CAP-o-philes (even those currently in South Africa - tip of the hat to Vince Calderhead!). The case summary below is an excerpt from the Supreme Court Judgment, and it explains the context pretty well for anyone who is interested in this case.

Supreme Court of Canada Judgment:
Quebec (Attorney General) v. Canada

File No.: 33524
March 3, 2011
PDF version (95K, 38 pages)
[ Version française du jugement ]

Case summary
"The Canada Assistance Plan (“CAP”), which has been repealed, was enacted in 1966 in the context of the federal government’s anti-poverty plan. The CAP made it possible for provincial governments to enter into agreements with the federal government on sharing the costs of certain assistance programs and welfare services provided in their territory. Quebec signed such an agreement with the federal government in 1967. It subsequently commenced an action for a declaration that the federal government had to share under the CAP in costs paid in respect of two types of services: social services provided in schools (“SSS”) between 1973 and 1996 and support services provided to persons with disabilities living in residential resources (“SSPD”) between 1986 and 1996. The federal government refused to share in these costs, arguing that SSS were not covered by the CAP and that the costs of SSPD had been shared since 1977 under another Act of Parliament. The Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal decided in the federal government’s favour and dismissed Quebec’s claim."

Held: The appeal should be dismissed.


What appeal?

June 6, 2008
Decision T-2834-96
HTML version
PDF version - 3MB, 241 pages
Federal Court



The Canada Assistance Plan, or CAP, was the statutory vehicle for federal contributions to the cost of social assistance and social services in the provinces and territories from 1967 until 1996, when the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) superseded CAP (changed in 2004 to the Canada Social Transfer, or CST). You'll find a number of historical resources concerning CAP and its successors the CHST and the CST on the CAP/CHST/CST Resources page of this site:


Why even bother linking to this Supreme Court decision?

1. Historical gold nuggets!
Legal researchers are very familiar with the vast amount of information that can be found in Court decisions and related papers. For the rest of us, court decisions remain largely untapped as a source of program information. Take a few minutes to peruse each of the two decisions above - especially the contextual material at the beginning of each decision - and I guarantee that you'll come away with new insights into the history of federal contributions to help cover provincial welfare program costs.

2. "You don't look a day over 25!"
The CAP statute was passed in Parliament in July 1966.
Happy 45th Birthday, CAP! R.I.P.

3. It's a good time to remind ourselves that there *was* a time when Canada was a kinder, gentler nation, and the federal government wasn't hell-bent on downloading welfare and poverty issues to the provinces. Here, for example, is the Preamble of the 1966-67 CAP statute as evidence of *some* federal government interest in poverty reduction in Canada:

"Whereas the Parliament of Canada, recognizing that the provision of adequate assistance to and in respect of persons in need and the prevention and removal of the causes of poverty and dependence on public assistance are the concern of all Canadians, is desirous of encouraging the further development and extension of assistance and welfare services programs throughout Canada by sharing more fully with the provinces in the cost thereof." (Source: Preamble to the Canada Assistance Plan - see the Appendix to the Supreme Court Judgment)
Exemplary --- a model for the free world, eh?

Now, fast forward to Stephen Harper (in 2009):

"Canada does not accept [the] recommendation ... to develop a national strategy to eliminate poverty. Provinces and territories have jurisdiction in this area of social policy and have developed their own programs to address poverty."
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- links to the recommendations and Canada's complete response appear below.


From the
Heritage Canada Human Rights Program:

Canada's Universal Periodic Review
Canada’s review before the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group session took place on February 3, 2009. A total of 45 states intervened during the three-hour interactive dialogue. These states made recommendations to Canada in a 24-page report in March 2009

The Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review of Canada (PDF - 97K, 24 pages)
March 3, 2009
- includes a list of the 68 recommendations Canada received from other States.

Response of Canada to the Recommendations
June 5, 2009
Canada welcomes and has given careful consideration to the 68 recommendations made during its Universal Periodic Review. (...)

Related links:

Canada to UN: We'll decide what rights we will choose to observe...
June 8, 2009 - By Michael Shapcott
[ Wellesley Institute ]

The Federal Government's Role in Poverty Reduction in Canada
- this link takes you to a section of another Canadian Social Research Links page, where you'll find a number of reports urging the federal government to engage in the poverty reduction movement.


Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:

- Go to the Case Law / Court Decisions / Inquests page:

6. Nunavut 2011-2012 Budget - March 1

Government of Nunavut: 2011-12 Budget
- includes links to :
* Budget Highlights (see below) * Budget Address * Supplementary Information * Fiscal and Economic Outlook * Main Estimates * Capital Estimates: * Supplementary Appropriations (Capital) * Supplementary Appropriation (Operations and Maintenance) Business Plans (see below)

Budget Highlights (PDF - 308K, 2 pages)
The Government of Nunavut (GN) is investing to support the priorities set out in Tamapta, the GN’s long-term vision for Nunavut. Investments in education, social assistance and health emphasize the GN’s focus on Nunavummiut.
* The GN is investing an additional $18 million in education, focusing most of the new funding to support our K-12 students.
* The GN is providing an additional $3 million to increase social assistance payments. This is not a solution to poverty, but it is a way to help some of Nunavut’s most disadvantaged citizens.
* The GN is providing an additional $32 million to invest in the health of Nunavummiut. Health care now makes up a quarter of the GN’s program spending.

Business Plans (PDF - 2.2MB, 352 pages)
The Dept. of Education (responsible for income support) changes to the Social Assistance Regulations in order to introduce an increase to both the food and clothing allowances in the program to come into effect April 1, 2011.

Nunavut Department of Finance


TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

Nunavut joins the deficit club (PDF - 465K, 3 pages)
The Nunavut government released its 2011 budget this afternoon. In these
documents, the government reveals that it is now projecting a deficit of $132.2
million for FY 10-11. This is nearly $130 million more than what was projected in
last year’s budget. The larger deficit comes primarily as a result of the government
covering the shortfalls incurred by the Nunavut Housing Corporation. Looking
ahead to the next fiscal year, a deficit of $50 million (or 2.7% of GDP) is anticipated.

2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]



Nunavut budget projects $50M deficit
March 1, 2011
The Nunavut government estimates it will incur a $50-million deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, despite an increase in revenue, says Finance Minister Keith Peterson. Tabling the territory's 2011-2012 budget on Tuesday, Peterson said even with the projected deficit, there will be no program cuts and the budget actually proposes more spending for departments. (...) Peterson's budget calls for spending increases for all departments, including a $32-million increase for the Health and Social Services Department and $18 million more for the Education Department.
CBC North


- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

- Go to the Nunavut Links page:

7. Call for Papers : International conference on Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion : Perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad
(Montreal, November 30 - December 2, 2011)

NOTA : La version française suit l'anglais ci-dessous.

Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion:
Perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad

International conference
November 30 - December 2, 2011
This conference aims to take stock of the state of current research on poverty reduction initiatives in Canada and elsewhere in the world.
- includes presentations on a number of themes (see Call for Papers below) as well as pre-conference workshops on the following topics:
* Potential and Limitations of Target Development Methodology
* Methodological issues of inter-regional and interprovincial comparisons and possible solutions
* Methodological issues of international comparisons and possible solutions
* Current Statistical Systems and Data Coupling

The conference program will be posted to the conference website on April 15, 2011.

Call for Papers * (PDF - 62K, 2 pages)
All researchers working in the following areas to submit a proposal:
Theme 1: Interprovincial and International Comparisons of Poverty: indicators and data sources
Theme 2: Influencing Factors and Consequences of Poverty
Theme 3: Dimensions of Social Exclusion
Theme 4: Recent Developments and future perspectives
[ more information about the four themes ]

* The deadline for proposals is March 21, 2011.
Proposals may be submitted in French or English, and presentations may be made in either language.
See the Call for Papers PDF file above for more info.

Organizing Institutions:
* Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics
* Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

Version française:

Conférence internationale Statistiques sociales, exclusion sociale et pauvreté :
perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et internationales

30 novembre - 2 décembre 2011
L'objectif principal de la Conférence internationale Statistiques sociales, exclusion sociale et pauvreté : perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et internationales est de faire le point sur l'état des connaissances dans le domaine de la pauvreté et de l'exclusion sociale et d'identifier les lacunes à combler à cet égard. Cette conférence offrira des présentations sur les quatre grands thèmes (Voir Appel de communications ci-dessous) ainsi qu'une série d'ateliers qui précèderont la conférence, sur les thèmes suivants:
* Méthodologie d'établissement de « cibles » nationales en matière de réduction de la pauvreté, possibilités et limites;
* Enjeux méthodologiques des comparaisons interrégionales et interprovinciales et pistes de solution;
* Enjeux méthodologiques des comparaisons internationales et pistes de solution;
* Systèmes statistiques actuels et couplage de données.

Le programme de la conférence sera disponible sur le site à compter du 15 avril 2011.

Appel de communications * (fichier PDF - 105Ko., 2 pages)
Les chercheurs menant des travaux sur les thèmes suivants sont invités à soumettre une proposition de communication :
* Comparaisons interprovinciales et internationales de pauvreté : indicateurs et sources de données
* Déterminants et conséquences de la pauvreté
* Exclusion sociale et ses principales dimensions
* Développements récents et perspectives d'avenir

* La date limite pour soumettre une proposition est le 21 mars 2011.
Les propositions peuvent être soumises en français ou en anglais, ainsi que les présentations elles-mêmes..
Suivez le lien ci-dessus pour de plus amples renseignements.

Institutions organisatrices
* Centre interuniversitaire québécois de statistiques sociales
(English Home Page)
* Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
(English Home Page)

- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

8. Salvation Army Report Finds Poverty Myths Rampant - March 1
(Ottawa Citizen

Report finds poverty myths rampant
By Shannon Proudfoot
March 1, 2011
More than half of Canadians think a family of four can get by on $30,000 a year or less, while a similar number believe that if poor people really want to work, "they can always find a job."
A new Salvation Army report exploring attitudes on poverty in Canada suggests many people believe the poor are "part of the problem" and their decisions led them to poverty, even while most also agree that everyone deserves basic dignity and a helping hand. (...) the report shows 89 per cent of Canadians agree that people in poverty deserve a helping hand and 81 per cent say helping poor families sets up their children for success. Almost all (96 per cent) agree that everyone deserves a sense of dignity, though just 65 per cent believe being poor robs people of their dignity.(...)
Selected results from the Dignity Project report:
- 49 per cent of Canadians say if poor people really want to work, they can always find a job
- 43 per cent agree that "a good work ethic is all you need you to escape poverty"
- 41 per cent say that if we gave poor people more assistance, they would "take advantage"
- 28 per cent believe people living in poverty "usually have lower moral values"
- 23 per cent believe people are poor because they're lazy
- 37 per cent agree that people living in poverty in Canada "still have it pretty good"
- 24 per cent say they don't really see many people in Canada who are "truly poor"
- 18 per cent say poverty is a problem we can't really do much about
Ottawa Citizen


From the
Salvation Army:

Salvation Army Launches The Dignity Project to Inspire, Educate and Activate Public Support
March 1, 2011
News Release
A report released today by The Salvation Army finds that many Canadians continue to believe persistent myths about poverty and the poor. The study is being released in conjunction with the launch of The Dignity Project, a campaign designed to educate and inform the public about the challenges facing society’s most vulnerable people.

Complete report:

Myths about Poverty Persist Throughout Canada
NOTE: The location of the eight-page report isn't immediately obvious.
Click the link above, then (on the next page) scroll down to the lower portion of the page to the image of the old fella reaching up for a red blanket.
Click on the cover page to read the report full-screen.

Salvation Army

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

9. Hennessy's Index -March 2011 (Security/Insecurity) - February 28
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
March 2011: Security/Insecurity

By Trish Hennessy
February 28, 2011
Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives presents a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world.
[ PDF version - 464K, 1 page]

Excerpts* from Security/Insecurity (March 2010)
(*Click the link above for the complete list of numbers for the March Hennessy Index.)
===> 1.4 million = Number of Canadians officially unemployed in January 2011
1.2 million = Population size of the nation’s capital, Ottawa
14.4% = Canada’s youth unemployment rate in January 2011 (age 15-24); nearly twice the national average for all unemployed.
===> 867, 948 = Number of Canadians who used food banks in March 2010; record high.
$5 billion = Estimated new additional annual costs of running provincial and federal jails by 2015/16 due to the latest Harper government crime law.
===> $220 billion = Total cost of Harper government tax cuts between 2006 and 2013/14. (Source)

The Hennessy Index- "A number is never just a number"
- includes a link to the February Hennessy Index on Inequality

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:

10. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada

Available in French only (see English text below):

Naufragés des villes *
Série de dix émissions hebdomadaires débutant lundi le 24 janvier à 20h, heure de l'est à RDI.
Les dix émissions seront diffusées tous les lundis à 20h et rediffusées les samedis à 21h 30.
Peut-on vivre à Montréal avec 19,47 $ par jour?
Autrement dit, est-il possible de survivre avec une prestation d'aide sociale?
Cette question est à l'origine de la série documentaire Naufragés des villes qui suit pendant deux mois deux volontaires livrés à eux-mêmes au coeur de Montréal avec la somme de 19,47 $ par jour.
[ * Cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour plus de renseignements au sujet
de la série et pour visionner les épisodes en entier sur votre ordinateur. ]



Naufragés des villes (available in French only)
nofficial translation : Urban Castaways

Ten-part series (starting January 24, Monday nights on RDI) about life on welfare in Montreal.
All programs in the series will be broadcast on Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time on RDI and re-broadcast on Saturdays at 9:30pm
If you click on the program website link, you'll find a link to each episode after it's broadcast, so you can watch anytime on your computer.
If you understand French, I highly recommend the series, because there will be many comparisons throughout the ten programs between life on welfare in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada.
English abstract:
What exactly does it mean to be poor in Canada today?
We find out as two volunteers leave behind their status, résumé, network of friends and bank cards. Throughout the two-month experiment, they will have no financial resources except the $19 a day we provide them – the equivalent of welfare benefits for a person living alone. With handpicked experts and social workers watching and analyzing, their journey will be the main focus of a 10-episode series documenting their efforts to find housing, food, medical care, clothing, jobs . . . and deal with prejudice. Using hidden cameras and daily check-ins, we document their progress.
Radio-Canada (French home page)

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:

I couldn't find anything that tickled my fancy,
but go right ahead and check the Daily archives for yourself:

The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily


35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
Looking for Enumerators and
Crew Leader/Supervisors in your community!

* Available jobs
* Who should apply?
* The hiring process

[ Apply NOW - online or by mail! ]*


1,200 jobs in the Census Data Operations Centre in Gatineau QC (April-September 2011)
NOTE : these 1,200 positions are open to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec residents only.

2011 Census of Canada
The next census will take place in May 2011.


The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - March 6

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


March 6, 2011

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

Presentations from "Early childhood policy, provisions and practice: Critical questions about care and education. A symposium"
2 Mar 11
- PowerPoints are now available from a recent symposium at Ryerson University. Presentations by Peter Moss, Martha Friendly and Kathleen Flanagan now online; more to follow.

Valuing the community voice: The coordination and integration of Aboriginal early childhood development programs
2 Mar 11
- Report for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society gathers the voices of front-line workers describing what works and what does not work in programs in their communities; provides recommendations for change.

Developing culturally focused Aboriginal early childhood education programs: A handbook
2 Mar 11
- The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society's guide to integrating First Nations culture into early childhood programs provides both a theoretical framework and practical ideas.

Effects of child care responsibilities on women's income and career
2 Mar 11
- Austrian study finds that having one or more children appears to have a clearly negative impact on mothers in terms of their income, labour market integration and career.


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

· 900 more Ontario schools to offer full-day kindergarten in 2012: McGuinty
[CA-ON] 2 Mar 11

· Childcare centre fined over young wanderer
[AU] 1 Mar 11

· Advocates urged daycare funding increase in Windsor and Essex County
[CA-ON] 1 Mar 11

· Childcare costs are a labour of love
[AU] 28 Feb 11

· Families in town hall protest to save Sure Start centres as council bosses deny there will be any closures
[GB] 27 Feb 11

· Funding is key to child care
[CA-ON] 23 Feb 11



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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

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:

13. 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:

March 4:
February 2011 US Unemployment
Community Development Block Grants
Childhood Obesity - Ohio

March 3:
World Food Prices
Health Literacy in the US
Federal Report on the Status of Women

March 2:
State Budgets and Health Insurance Coverage
State Budget Cuts to Programs for the Poor - Wisconsin

March 1:
Household Financial Security - Virginia
National Assessment of Educational Progress

February 28:
State Budgets and Medicaid
Medicaid Privatization - Florida
Child Abuse and Neglect - Colorado


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

2 March 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1215
In this issue:
* Call for information from the Council of Europe
* Latest news and reports
- Update on anti-government protests: Libya, Yemen, Oman
- The turmoil continues: Côte d’Ivoire
- Media safeguards: South Africa & Zambia
- Armed conflict: Israel & Palestine
- Child marriage: Malawi, Pakistan & Afghanistan
- Questionable laws: United States
- Abduction & illicit adoption: Argentina
- Young people have their say: Turkey
- Children's rights manifesto: Ireland
- Questioning ethics on homosexuality: United Kingdom
* Forthcoming events
* Employment
* Jargon Quiz!
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

NOTE: see
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.


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.

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

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


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Ten Conflicting Proverbs


Proverbs and sayings are nuggets of truth wrapped up in pithy word packages. As brief as two words, often centuries old, these maxims express wisdom in simple ways that transcend time, language, and culture.  These short sayings often convey a cautionary message or a moralizing one. They originate as an oral tradition, but through repetition become part of the language. Every culture and country has its own set of maxims, and often the meaning is unfamiliar to those who are not members. Learning about proverbs broadens your understanding of cultures.

A peculiar quality of many familiar adages is their tendency to be contradictory. Although they are meant to be accepted as universal truths, many of these axioms conflict with one another. The following are some familiar conflicting English proverbial sayings.

1. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” but “Out of sight is out of mind.”
These two statements are in direct contradiction, yet experience tells us that each has an element of truth.

2. “Talk is cheap” but “Money talks.”
These sayings appear to controvert each other, but that depends on the interpretation. Like most of these maxims, a closer examination is needed.

3. “Do as I say, not as I do” but “Actions speak louder than words.”
Parenting experts would probably agree that the first of these oft-quoted phrases is a poor choice if moms and dads want their children to follow their example.

4. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” but “One good turn deserves another.”
So which is it to be? Well-intended actions aren’t always rewarded, as experience teaches us.

5. “The best things in life are free” but “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
This is good consumer advice. The former statement is idealistic, but the latter is a needed dose of reality.

6. “A closed mouth catches no flies” but “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”
Sweet talk, then, is a recommended way to catch them, while silence keeps them away. But which advice should we heed? And who wants to catch flies anyway?

7. “The more, the merrier” but “Two’s company; three’s a crowd.”
Apparently more is only merrier if it doesn’t exceed a pair.

8. “Opposites attract” but “Birds of a feather flock together.”
I guess it depends on the plumage!

9. “March to the beat of your own drummer” but “Great minds think alike.”
The former endorses nonconformity, but the latter admits that good ideas are seldom unique.

10. “You’re never too old to learn” but “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Now, which is it? Perhaps this adage only applies to the canine crowd, and not senior citizens.

Click the link for a few more contradictions


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