Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 6, 2014

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

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Harper Government Supports Families Through New Health-Related Tax Relief (Finance Canada) - April 4
2. Media and Policy News for 4 April (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Canada-EU Workshops : Opening up Canadian Federalism the European Way (University of Victoria European Union Centre of Excellence) - April/May 2014
4. Outrageous Fortune : Documenting Canada's Wealth Gap (By David Macdonald, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 3
5. 10 Things to Know About the At Home/Chez Soi Study (April 5) + Rising Homelessness in Toronto ( April 2) - By Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum
6. Nova Scotia 2014-15 Budget - April 3
7. United Nations agency flags faulty Fraser Institute Index (PressProgress) - April 2
8. Hennessy‘s Index (April 2014) : The Skills Gap Trope (Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 1
9. Free post-secondary education in Canada: It's not so radical (rabble.ca) - March 31
10. [New Brunswick] Social assistance rates increase 3 per cent for 'most' clients (CBC News) - March 28
11. The Fiscal Monitor for January 2014 (Finance Canada) - March 28
12. I Am Armine Yalnizyan, Ask Me Anything (Reddit) - February 28
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, March 2014 - April 4, 2014
--- Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health: Public Use Microdata File, 2012 - April 3
--- Study: Occupational profile and overqualification of young workers in Canada, 1991 to 2011 - April 2
--- Changes in the occupational profile of young men and women in Canada - April 2
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2014 - March 31
--- General Social Survey: Caregiving, 2012 - March 31
14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. [United States] Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP by $137 Billion Over Ten Years (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - April 4
17. [United States] Ten Poverty Myths, Busted (By Erika Eichelberger) - March/April 2014 issue of Mother Jones + bonus MoJo links
18. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

International content

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Harper Government Supports Families Through New Health-Related Tax Relief - April 4
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government Supports Families Through New Health-Related Tax Relief:
No GST/HST on naturopathic doctors’ professional services

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-049-eng.asp
April 4, 2014
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, on behalf of Finance Minister Joe Oliver, today highlighted the Harper Government’s support for families through new health-related tax relief. Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes a number of measures to reduce the tax burden on Canadians, including health-related tax relief such as an exemption from the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) on naturopathic doctors’ professional services. Changes to the tax treatment of these services and other GST/HST health-related measures announced in Economic Action Plan 2014 became effective on February 12, 2014.

Backgrounder: Health-Related Tax Measures in Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/data/14-040_1-eng.asp

Source:
Department of Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

2. Media and Policy News for 4 April
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 4 April 2014

http://goo.gl/gLh2mf

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

Ontario takes proposed merger of OW and ODSP off the table
And what’s wrong with “Pathways to Employment Plans” for people on ODSP
Conservatives to restrict new immigrants’ eligibility for GIS
New CCPA report shows Canada’s wealth gap is worse than its inequality gap (Global - Globe & Mail - Canadian Business - Huffington Post)
Link to the report
The wealth gap in 3 easy charts
Progressives consider the future at last weekend's Broadbent Institute Progress Summit
Hennessy’s Index takes on the skills gap / labour shortage myths
Jobs Grant and LMA agreements announcement between Ontario and the feds
No region in Ontario has been untouched by a seismic labour market shift
Four questions about full-day kindergarten that matter more than test scores

Other Good Stuff

Helping your clients find good legal services: May 5 webinar for service providers
Photo series shows homelessness one legacy of residential schools

Around the Province

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton’s Poverty Reduction Strategy aims to tackle lack of transportation
Speak Now Hamilton speakers’ bureau launched Tuesday
Toronto needs its own Poverty Reduction Strategy [ed note: Council passed this unanimously Thursday night]
Toronto Transit waives fares for support workers of people with disabilities

Across the Country

Saskatchewan increases minimum wage by 20 cents an hour
And still the CFIB says it will hurt small business
New Brunswick leaves singles (ed: i.e., the poorest) out of 3% increase to social assistance rates, but increases earnings and asset exemptions
BC activists rally for higher welfare rates, which have not increased since 2007
From BC: eliminating poverty is the best way to address a number of problems

National

Who’s latest on the list of those concerned about the Fair Elections Act?
Free post-secondary education in Canada: not such a radical idea
Tories introduce fines for employers who abuse migrant worker program
More pension plans on a stronger financial footing, survey says
Canadian cities where even an average income won’t buy you a house
UN agency says Fraser Institute’s analysis on labour market regulation is seriously flawed
Feds announce no more plastic SIN cards – paper only
Why cutting spending in bad times is bad policy, in 140 seconds

International

“Using poverty to force people into low-paid work isn't good for our economy or our society. People deserve security and a chance to build a decent life"
Hey George Osborne: Poverty hurts people and the economy too
Assessing the impact of the UK’s bedroom tax, one year on
One impact: “panic rooms” for victims of violence are being targeted
German report dismisses “welfare tourism” claims
UN says US is “cruel, inhuman, and degrading” to people who are poor
“To stem abuses, the first target shouldn’t be those avaricious infants in nutrition programs but tycoons in their subsidized Gulfstreams”
Head of Ford Motorco says labour unions saved the company
Elected officials from 8 US cities meet to talk about raising the minimum wage
Skills gap in the US: A “zombie idea” that refuses to die
Companies not growing? They should pay their employees more

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

3. Canada-EU Workshops : Opening up Canadian Federalism the European Way - April/May 2014
(University of Victoria European Union Centre of Excellence)

Canada-EU Workshops:
Opening up Canadian Federalism the European Way

http://eucaworkshops.com/
The University of Victoria (UVic) European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE), the Department of Political Science, and the Canada-E
urope Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD) invite social policy practitioners from government and NGOs, experts, academic researchers, and the interested public to join us at one of six workshops being held across Canada to disseminate and discuss the findings of a three year research project comparing Canadian and European Union (EU) approaches to governing social policy.

Click the link above for a list of presenters and more detailed info about the workshops, and to register for a workshop.

Dates & Locations:

Vancouver : April 14, 2014
Edmonton : April 16, 2014
Montreal : May 9, 2014
Toronto : May 12, 2014
Ottawa : May 13, 2014
Halifax : May 16, 2014

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

4. Outrageous Fortune : Documenting Canada's Wealth Gap - April 3
(By David Macdonald, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Outrageous Fortune:
Documenting Canada's Wealth Gap
(PDF - 619K, 22 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/04/Outrageous_Fortune.pdf
By David Macdonald
April 3, 2014
This report examines the details of Statistics Canada's wealth survey and finds that wealth inequality trends have quietly gone unnoticed—and in fact, Canada's wealth gap is bigger than its income gap. The report also provides an analysis of the 86 wealthiest Canadian residents, finding that they held the same amount of wealth in 2012 as the bottom 11.4 million Canadians combined. The paper concludes by examining a few options to help narrow Canada’s wealth gap, including reforms to capital gains tax and a higher inclusion rate/higher income taxes at the top of Canada’s income spectrum.

Outrageous Fortune:
Communiqué en français
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/les-86-résidents-les-plus-riches-du-canada-pourraient-acheter-le-nouveau
[L'étude complète est disponible en anglais seulement.]
Le 3 avril 2014

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Related link:

Canada's mammoth wealth gap in 3 easy charts
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/canadas-mammoth-wealth-gap-3-easy-charts
April 3, 2014

Source:
PressProgress

http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

5. Ten Things to Know About the At Home/Chez Soi Study (April 5) + Rising Homelessness in Toronto ( April 2)
(By Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum)

Ten Things to Know About the At Home/Chez Soi Study
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2014/04/05/10-things-to-know-about-the-at-homechez-soi-study/
B
y Nick Falvo
April 5, 2014
On Tuesday, April 8, results of the Mental Health Commission of Canada‘s At Home/Chez Soi homelessness study will be released at an Ottawa press conference. The study followed more than 2,000 participants in five Canadian cities. All were homeless when the study began. Half of them received the Housing First intervention, and half of them did not. Data was collected from 2009 until 2013.

Here are 10 things you should know about this study.

1. It is one of the most ambitious randomized controlled trials in Canadian history.
2. Its $110 million budget was funded entirely by Health Canada.
3. The decision to fund it was made by the Harper government.
4. At least 30 separate studies will roll out of this project. More than a dozen have already been released.
5. For years to come, many researchers will be able to access raw data from the study for further analysis.
6. The results are being announced in a context of declining federal funding for homelessness. (After adjusting for inflation, annual federal funding for homelessness in 2014 represents just 35% of its 1999 level.)
7. As the study is being released, use of emergency shelters in Canada’s largest city has been on the rise.
8. The report is being re00000000000leased amid some evidence that Toronto shelter conditions have been worsening.
9. Canada’s Minister of State for Social Development is scheduled to attend the release of the study’s findings.
10. The “intervention” being studied (namely, the Housing First approach to homelessness) was explicitly endorsed in last October’s federal throne speech.
[NOTE : Click the link above for source info on each of the ten things you should know.]

More info:

At Home website
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/initiatives-and-projects/home
At Home is a research demonstration
project on mental health and homelessness
undertaken by the
Mental Health Commission of Canada
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/

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Also by Nick Falvo:

Rising Homelessness in Toronto
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2014/04/02/rising-homelessness/
By Nick Falvo
April 2, 2014
In 2010, I wrote a blog post [ http://goo.gl/aY9iOY ] in which I suggested that: a) the recession of 2008-2009 would bring on increased homelessness; and b) there would be a lag effect of roughly three to five years. Indeed, I suggested that it would not be until 2014 until the full effect of the recession is seen in terms of homeless numbers.

Recent data from the City of Toronto appear to lend support to my prediction.

Source of these blog posts:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca

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Related links:

Toronto shelter census:
daily (current) and monthly (back to January 2011)

http://goo.gl/cEQ8j8
- incl. links to City of Toronto Daily Shelter Census figures (updated daily) as well as average nightly occupancy in city-owned permanent emergency shelters by month from January 2011 to March 2014.

Source of the shelter figures:
City of Toronto Housing and Homelessness Services
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=c0aeab2cedfb0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

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

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

6. Nova Scotia 2014-15 Budget - April 3

Nova Scotia's 2014-15 Budget Lays Foundation for Work Ahead
http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2014-04-03-Budget-2014/
News Release
April 3, 2014
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen tabled the 2014-15 provincial budget, clearing the way for private sector growth and reinvestment in education and health care. The 2014-15 budget projects a deficit of $279 million.

Budget documents 2014-2015
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/budgetdocuments/2014-2016.aspx
- includes links to the following documents:

* Budget Address (PDF - 60K, 18 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Budget_Address.pdf

* Budget Assumptions and Schedules (PDF - 7.2MB, 82 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Budget_Assumptions_And_Schedules.pdf

* Budget Bulletins (small PDF files):
--- Families and Communities : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Families_Bulletin.pdf
--- Health and Wellness : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Health_Bulletin.pdf
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Post Secondary Education : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Post_Sec_Education_Bulletin.pdf
--- Economy : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Economy_Bulletin.pdf
--- Education : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Education_Bulletin.pdf
--- Tax Measures : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Tax_Measures_Bulletin.pdf
--- Highlights : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Budget_Highlights.pdf

--- Estimates and Supplementary Detail : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Estimates_and_Supplementary_Detail.pdf
--- Crown Corporation Business Plans : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Crown_Corp_Business_Plans.pdf
--- Government Business Plan : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Government_Business_Plan.pdf

2014-2015 Budget Highlights
http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20140403002

Budget at a Glance
http://novascotia.ca/budget/

Source:
Department of Finance and Treasury Board
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/

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From the
Chronicle-Herald:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/

Liberals stick to playbook with first $9.9-billion budget
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1197844-liberals-stick-to-playbook-with-first-99-billion-budget
By Michael Gorman
April 3, 2014
Finance Minister Diana Whalen said earlier this week that the provincial budget would contain few surprises and she lived up to that promise Thursday. Whalen introduced a $9.9-billion budget with a $279-million deficit. The document contains a collection of announcements from the Liberals’ election campaign platform, as well as some new initiatives, with about $80 million in new spending. Department spending increased overall by 5.4 per cent, or $455 million. The net debt is estimated to be $14.6 billion as of March 31. It’s projected to top $15 billion in the next fiscal year.

Budget Highlights
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1197855-nova-scotia-budget-highlights

More coverage of NS Budget 2015
from the Chronicle-Herald:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/tags/ns-budget-2014
[Click the link above to access any of the content below.]
* Budget’s lack of tax relief slammed by business groups
* Taxpayers may doubt Grits’ vow of balanced budget
* Whalen budget a sober start
* Diana Whalen : In her own words
* Political band has changed, but song...
* Liberals axe graduate tax rebate
* Grits pump up home-care funds
* N.S. budget features cash for class-size caps...
* Blog Replay : Nova Scotia budget

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

7. United Nations agency flags faulty Fraser Institute Index - April 2
(PressProgress)

UN agency flags faulty Fraser Institute Index
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/un-agency-slams-fraser-institute-index
April 2, 2014
A United Nations agency is slamming a flawed set of indicators produced by the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute [ https://www.fraserinstitute.org/ ] and used by the International Monetary Fund [ http://www.imf.org/ ] to advance a faulty conclusion that less labour market regulation may help reduce unemployment.

The Geneva-based International Labour Office (ILO) [ http://www.ilo.org/ ] , governed on a tripartite basis by governments, employers and labour, is reporting [see ILO report link below] "serious flaws" in four recent IMF papers, based on their use the data from the Fraser Institute's "index of labour market flexibility" and "in the way they are used."
(...)
We eagerly await a more balanced approach from the Fraser Institute.

Source:
PressProgress

http://www.pressprogress.ca/
Advancing progressive solutions for Canada with hard-hitting news and analysis, PressProgress cuts through the day's political spin with facts and an informed point of view. From punchy blog posts to a daily web roundup to spread news and views, PressProgress is a must-read to spur positive change.

We are a project of the Broadbent Institute
[ http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/ ].

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From the
International Labour Office (Geneva):

The ILO report:

Deregulating labour markets:
How robust is the analysis of recent IMF working papers?
(PDF - 472K, 28 pages)
http://goo.gl/l5GNLr
By Mariya Aleksynska

Source:
International Labour Office
(Geneva)
http://www.ilo.org/
The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.

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Research Tip:

The Fraser Institute Produces Junk : Graham Steele (Nova Scotia Finance Minister in 2011)
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/09/13/ns-finance-minister-acc_n_960957.html
By Alex Boutilier
September 13, 2011
After delivering an update on Nova Scotia's 2011-2012 budget forecast, Finance Minister Graham Steele was asked what he thinks about a new report from the Fraser Institute that ranked Premier Darrell Dexter first among sitting Canadian premiers in terms of fiscal restraint.
(...)
The Fraser Institute produces junk. It is not a serious institution, it is a political organization. And it is no accident that their focus is on the Ontario election (Premier Dalton McGuinty came second last). They're trying to make themselves relevant to the Ontario election. It is no accident that the three premiers they rank at the bottom (PEI's Robert Ghiz, McGuinty, and Quebec Premier Jean Charest) are three non-Conservative premiers who are up for re-election right now. So the next time the Fraser Institute issues something that has Nova Scotia at the bottom, remember that when they put us at the top, my answer is still: the Fraser Institute produces junk. It does not deserve any serious consideration.

[Speaking directly to the interviewer:]
Remember that the next time you ask me about something else the Fraser Institute produces, that even when I could say "Yes, this is validation of what we're saying", it's ... it's crap.

Source:
Metro News Halifax

http://www.metronews.ca/halifax

HEAR, HEAR!

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

8. Hennessy‘s Index (April 2014) : The Skills Gap Trope - April 1
(Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Skills Gap Trope
Hennessy‘s Index: April 2014

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/hennessys-index-april-2014
By Trish Hennessy

NOTE : At the end of each statement in this issue of Hennessy's Index, there's a link to the source of that statement.
You won't find any of those links below, though - just click the link above to access the individual sources.

Excerpts:

1
Canada has more workers with post-secondary training than any other industrialized country. More than half of Canadians aged 25-34 have a post-secondary diploma or certificate; 28.9 per cent held a university degree in 2006 – up from 14.9 per cent in 1981.

Half
Number of Canadian university students who complete at least one co-op placement, practicum, internship or field placement during the course of their degree.

23
Percentage of Canadians aged 15-29 who are estimated to have been underemployed in 2013. About a third of young Canadians work in part-time jobs, many of which are low paying and temporary.

12.1
Percentage of very recent immigrants to Canada, aged 25-54, who were among the unemployed in 2012. If there was a true labour shortage, newcomers would rapidly find work.

24.6
Percentage of Canadian youth armed with a university degree who were employed full-time, year-round in 2005 performing duties that did not require a degree.

0
The conclusion based on a review of the “best peer-reviewed research in Canada” is that there “is no evidence of a national labour shortage at present or in the foreseeable future”.

Source:
Hennessy's Index
(inc. links to earlier issues)
http://policyalternatives.ca/index
Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.

Hennessy's Index is an ongoing project of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

9. Free post-secondary education in Canada: It's not so radical - March 31
(rabble.ca)

Free post-secondary education in Canada: It's not so radical
http://rabble.ca/news/2014/03/free-post-secondary-education-canada-its-not-so-radical
BY Sanita Fejzic
March 31, 2014
Barrier-free access to higher education is urgently needed in Canada. In 1988, 12 per cent of university revenue came from students' pockets via tuition fees. Fast forward some two decades later and by 2012, 41 per cent of university revenue was generated by tuition fees. That's an average 1.2 per cent increase in tuition fees per year. At this rate, tuition fees will cover 100 per cent of university costs by 2061.

Source:
rabble.ca
http://rabble.ca/

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

10. [New Brunswick] Social assistance rates increase 3 per cent for 'most' clients- March 28
(CBC News)

Social assistance rates increase 3 per cent for 'most' clients
Rates for single employable individuals remain the same

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/social-assistance-rates-increase-3-per-cent-for-most-clients-1.2592765
March 31, 2014
Social assistance rates jump 4 per cent for most clients
Province to boost welfare benefits by 7 per cent
Social Development Minister Madeline Dubé
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Basic social assistance rates in New Brunswick will increase by three per cent on Tuesday for "most" clients. The increase, announced last April, will help about 20,000 households, Social Development Minister Madeleine Dubé said in a statement. Rates will remain the same, however, for those who are single and able to work, she said.

Those clients were also exempt from a four per cent increase implemented last October, with their monthly cheques remaining at $537 per month.
The department will also invest $1.3 million effective Oct. 1 to reform social assistance as part of its overall poverty reduction plan, said Dubé.
Part of that money will be used to implement a youth services program with a new rate and benefits structure for people 16 to 18.

It will also be used to:

* Increase the flat wage exemption portion to $500 per month for persons with disabilities.
* Increase the allowable asset limits for life insurance asset, prepaid funeral asset and business assets for all clients and applicants.
* Increase the allowable asset limits for a registered retirement savings plan asset and liquid asset exemptions for clients and applicants with disabilities.

The Department of Social Development invests more than $247 million in programs and services for social assistance clients, which can include health services, employment training and fuel assistance

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

11. The Fiscal Monitor for January 2014 - March 28
(Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for January 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-045-eng.asp
The Department of Finance reports a $2.2-billion surplus in January; the Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015
March 28, 2014
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released The Fiscal Monitor for January 2014.
There was a budgetary surplus of $2.2 billion in January 2014, compared with a surplus of $0.5 billion in January 2013.
Revenues increased by $1.2 billion, or 5.1 per cent, reflecting increases in most revenue streams. Program expenses decreased by $0.6 billion, or 2.6 per cent, while public debt charges increased by $0.1 billion, or 3.6 per cent.

The Fiscal Monitor for January 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2014-01-eng.asp

Source:
Department of Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

12. I Am Armine Yalnizyan, Ask Me Anything - February 28
(Reddit)

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

I Am Armine Yalnizyan, AMA (Ask Me Anything)
http://redd.it/1z79fo

On February 28th, CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan faced one of the more intimidating challenges of the web, and did a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session. Redditors dove right in and asked Armine questions on topics ranging from income inequality to Ontario’s minimum wage to Kevin O’Leary. Armine is senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives since 2008.

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By Gilles:
Armine is a hero of mine and anyone who supports progressive social policy in Canada.
Grab a coffee or soda, sit back and read her views on a plethora of social policy related topics.
TEASERS:
* Is the CCPA's Alternative Federal Budget the only blueprint we need for progressive social policy in Canada??
* What's the difference between poverty and inequality?
* Who does Armine describe as "a cross between Don Cherry and Yosemite Sam"?
* She's "not a big fan of the minimum income" - eh? ("Guaranteed incomes can result in guaranteed poverty - it depends on how it's designed.")
* What's "Gin o'clock"? [Never mind: I think I know. --- (:-) ]
* Who's a pretty kitty?
* More...

Source:
Reddit Canadian Politics
:
http://www.reddit.com/r/CanadaPolitics/

Reddit:
http://www.reddit.com/
Reddit is an entertainment, social networking service and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links

Reddit FAQ:
http://www.reddit.com/wiki/faq

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

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, March 2014 - April 4, 2014
--- Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health: Public Use Microdata File, 2012 - April 3
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Study: Occupational profile and overqualification of young workers in Canada, 1991 to 2011 - April 2
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Changes in the occupational profile of young men and women in Canada - April 2
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2014 - March 31
--- General Social Survey: Caregiving, 2012
- March 31

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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April 4, 2014
Labour Force Survey, March 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140404/dq140404a-eng.htm
Employment increased by 43,000 in March, driven by gains among youths. The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 6.9%. Overall employment growth in Canada has been subdued since August 2013.

April 3, 2014
Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health: Public Use Microdata File, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140403/dq140403f-eng.htm
The product Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health: Public Use Microdata File, 2012, is now available. Data are based on interviews with approximately 25,000 respondents aged 15 and older residing in households in all provinces. The file includes information on a wide range of topics, such as mental health status, access to and perceived need for formal and informal services and supports, functioning and disability, and other characteristics.

Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health: Public Use Microdata File
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?ObjId=82M0021X&ObjType=2&lang=en&limit=0

From Insights on Canadian Society:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?objId=75-006-X&objType=2&lang=en&limit=0

April 2, 2014
Study: Occupational profile and overqualification of young workers in Canada, 1991 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140402/dq140402a-eng.htm
Between 1991 and 2011, young Canadians aged 25 to 34 became more likely to be employed in professional occupations. However, a portion of them were "overqualified" during this period—that is, working in occupations requiring lower levels of education.

Also from Insights on Canadian Society:

April 2, 2014
Changes in the occupational profile of young men and women in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2014001/article/11915-eng.htm

March 31, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140331/dq140331b-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $925 in January, virtually unchanged from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, weekly earnings increased 3.0%
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March 31, 2014
General Social Survey: Caregiving, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140331/dq140331h-eng.htm
Data from the 2012 General Social Survey on caregiving are now available.

CANSIM tables 114-0001 to 114-0013
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=114-0001..114-0013&p2=31

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

April 6, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Early childhood investments substantially boost adult health
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/early-childhood-investments-substantially-boost-adult-healt
2 Apr 2014 | United States
Article in the journal Science "reports on the long-term health effects of one of the oldest and most heavily cited early childhood interventions with long-term follow-up evaluated by the method of randomization: the Carolina Abecedarian Project". "Evidence shows the potential of early life interventions for preventing disease and promoting health."

Equity, excellence and inclusiveness in education: Policy lessons from around the world
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/equity-excellence-and-inclusiveness-education-policy-lesson
2 Apr 2014 | International
Background report for the 2014 OECD International Summit on the Teaching Profession warns that "insufficient investment in ECEC can lead to child care shortages, low-quality education, unequal access, and the segregation of children according to their family income - which, in turn, leads to inequities in schooling outcomes later."

eceLINK Spring 2014
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/ecelink-spring-2014
2 Apr 2014 | Ontario
The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario's Spring 2014 issue of eceLINK highlights advocacy, mentoring and professional development opportunities for early childhood educators.

Scrambling for stability: The challenges of job schedule volatility and child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/scrambling-stability-challenges-job-schedule-volatility-and
2 Apr 2014 | United States
Brief from CLASP (US) "brings together several often disparate policy and advocacy worlds: those that address issues related to job quality and worker fairness and those addressing child care and early education".

Key findings from Year 3 of Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten in Peel
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/key-findings-year-3-full-day-early-learning-kindergarten-pe
2 Apr 2014 | Ontario
Report from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education examines "the implementation and impact of Ontario's FDK initiative with three groups of stakeholders: 1) kindergarten children, 2) parents, and 3) staff teams of early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers".

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

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

Childcare funding needs major overhaul, say researchers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/childcare-funding-needs-major-overhaul-say-researchers
2 Apr 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Ontario teachers seek smaller class sizes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/ontario-teachers-seek-smaller-class-sizes
2 Apr 2014 | Ontario

Nannies deserve better
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/nannies-deserve-better
2 Apr 2014 | Ontario

Get ready for new ways of delivering early learning
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/get-ready-new-ways-delivering-early-learning
2 Apr 2014 | Europe

Letter to the Editor re: "Academic Benefits Fade by End of Grade 1: Study"
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/letter-editor-re-academic-benefits-fade-end-grade-1-study
2 Apr 2014 | Ontario

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

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.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 4, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/04/
Child Well-Being and Race (4 articles)
March 2014 US Unemployment (2 articles)
Child Welfare System – Florida
College Affordability

April 3, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/03/
Long-Term Unemployment (3 articles)

April 2, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/02/
State Minimum Wages (2 articles)

April 1, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/01/
Foster Care System – Oklahoma

March 31, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/31/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Miami Herald Series on Florida Child Welfare System

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

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

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

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

16. [United States] Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP by $137 Billion Over Ten Years - April 4
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP by $137 Billion Over Ten Years
By Dottie Rosenbaum
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan includes cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) of $137 billion — 18 percent — over the next ten years (2015-2024), which would necessitate ending food assistance for millions of low-income families, cutting benefits for millions of such households, or some combination of the two. Chairman Ryan proposed similarly deep SNAP cuts in each of his last three budgets. The new Ryan budget specifies two categories of SNAP cuts:
1.
It includes every major benefit cut in a House-passed version of the recent farm bill that Congress ultimately rejected when enacting the final farm bill.
2. It would convert SNAP into a block grant beginning in 2019 and cut funding steeply -- by $125 billion (or almost 30 percent) over 2019 to 2024.

View the full report:

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4118
http://www.cbpp.org/files/4-4-14fa.pdf (PDF - 9pp)

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

http://www.cbpp.org/

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

17. [United States] Ten Poverty Myths, Busted - March/April issue of Mother Jones
(By Erika Eichelberger )

Recent postings
from Mother Jones:

Ten Poverty Myths, Busted
No, single moms aren't the problem. And neither are absentee dads.

http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/10-poverty-myths-busted
By Erika Eichelberger
Mother Jones
March/April 2014 Issue [ http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/03 ]
[Click the link above to see the facts - including sources - debunking each of the 10 statements below.]

1. Single moms are the problem.
2. Absent dads are the problem.
3. Black dads are the problem
4. Poor people are lazy.
5. If you're not officially poor, you're doing okay.
6. Go to college, get out of poverty.
7. We're winning the war on poverty.
8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over.
9. The homeless are drunk street people.
10. Handouts are bankrupting us. ("In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.")

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Followup aticle in Mother Jones:

Debunking the Attempted Debunking of Our 10 Poverty Myths, Debunked:
If National Review really believes in defending the Second Amendment, why'd they bring a knife to this gun fight?

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/poverty-myths-debunked-again
By Erika Eichelberger
Mar. 28, 2014
Earlier this week, Mother Jones published a piece I wrote [see Ten Poverty Myths, above], in which I listed 10 commonly held notions about poor people and debunked them. The piece aimed to take down misconceptions about the poor—they're leeches, they're lazy, etc.—that end up shaping policy. Kevin Williamson at National Review Online [ http://www.nationalreview.com/ ], a conservative news site, took issue with the story.

Williamson responded to each item from my original piece, in an attempt to prove that the myths were true. Here are his responses to my original post, plus reasons why he's wrong.

Source:
Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/
Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting. We currently have two main "platforms": an award-winning bimonthly national magazine (circulation 240,000), and a website featuring new, original reporting 24-7.

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Related links
from Mother Jones:

What If Everything You Knew About Poverty Was Wrong?
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/kathryn-edin-poverty-research-fatherhood
Researcher Kathryn Edin left the ivory tower for the streets of Camden—and turned sociology upside down.
By Stephanie Mencimer
March/April 2014 issue of Mother Jones
(...)
Some social scientists will rent an office building and bring people in and interview them. But experiencing what other people are experiencing while you're studying them is just critical.
(...)
For three years, Johns Hopkins University sociologist Kathryn Edin lived with her family in a studio apartment in one of the country's most dangerous, impoverished neighborhoods: East Camden, New Jersey. Edin is one of the nation's preeminent poverty researchers. She has spent much of the past several decades studying some of the country's most dangerous, impoverished neighborhoods.
(...)
Source:
Mother Jones
March/April 2014 Issue
[ http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/03 ]

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How We Won—and Lost—the War on Poverty, in 6 Charts
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/charts-poverty-50-years-after-war-poverty
By Erika Eichelberger et al.
January 8, 2014
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson said it was a war America couldn't afford to lose.
See how much poverty has changed since then.

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And more...

Paul Ryan Wants to Block-Grant Food Stamps and Medicaid. That’s a Terrible Idea.
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/paul-ryan-budget-food-stamps-medicaid-block-grants
April 2, 2014

We Could Do a Lot More to Fight Poverty If We Wanted To
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/01/we-could-do-lot-more-fight-poverty-if-we-wanted
January 6, 2014

New Study Says Poverty Rate Hasn't Budged For 40 Years
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/12/new-study-says-poverty-rate-hasnt-budged-40-years
December. 9, 2013

Quote of the Day: Paul Ryan Continues to Pretend He Wants to Fight Poverty
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/11/paul-ryan-continues-pretend-he-wants-fight-poverty
November 19, 2013

Charts: US Responsible for Most of Gains in Global Wealth, Despite Record Poverty Levels
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/10/credit-suisse-global-wealth-report-2013
October 10, 2013

Fast-Food Workers Protest Poverty McWages
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/04/im-lovin-it-nyc-fast-food-workers-take-streets
April 6, 2013

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

18. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

02 April 2014 - CRINmail issue 1371
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1371
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Croatian court upholds compulsory vaccinations
- Indian court rejects call to redefine ‘juvenile’
- Young Egyptians report torture in police custody
- The status of the juvenile death penalty
- Bushmen families banned from hunting for food
- Anti-gay laws and policies provoke criticism
- Thousands leave Crimea
- Appointment of UN rights experts postponed
- Online petition: prisoner's right to information
- Call for papers: poverty & child-friendly cities
Access to justice for children in Mexico
Upcoming events
Employment

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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26 Fun Facts About Grad School
http://thoughtcatalog.com/ted-pillow/2012/05/26-fun-facts-about-grad-school/

* Being a grad student is twice the work of being an undergrad and only half of the fun. No, I’m just kidding — it’s none of the fun.

* You have absolutely no school spirit. You’re pretty sure your school’s colors are a light color and a dark color, but you can’t remember which ones. You also think your school’s mascot is a half-man, half-goat with black eyes that tells you to burn things, but, then again, you haven’t slept for days because you have five finals next week. Maybe you should go take a nap or something.

* You realize that you squandered a lot of opportunities as an undergrad.

* You’re pretty sure that “graduate student” is an oxymoron, but you didn’t realize it until your final semester.

* You’re probably excessively worried about that thesis/final project/research paper your program requires for graduating, but you shouldn’t be — you’ll be dead long before then

* If you’re not in a serious relationship, you’ve started to feel really, really self-conscious about the percentage of your classmates that are in serious relationships.

Source:
http://thoughtcatalog.com/ted-pillow/2012/05/26-fun-facts-about-grad-school/
Click the source link for the remaining 20 fun facts about grad school

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Top 20 ways to get out of a speeding ticket
http://ca.autoblog.com/photos/top-20-ways-to-get-out-of-a-speeding-ticket-guide-photos-gallery-walkthrough/

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Who knew??
White wine neutralizes red wine stains!!

Source:
"Life Hacks" you can actually use.
http://imgur.com/gallery/jKye0

More useful life hacks:
Volume 1: http://imgur.com/gallery/EXpFB
Volume 2: http://imgur.com/gallery/4vtsr
Volume 3: http://imgur.com/gallery/e9ikw
Volume 4: http://imgur.com/gallery/hd1u4
Volume 5: http://imgur.com/gallery/jKye0

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Still using Windows XP at home?
Oh-oh...

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/04/01/42-days-to-go-for-xp-8-tips-if-you-arent-going-to-make-it/

It’s The End Of Days For Windows XP
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/end-days-windows-xp-microsoft-will-send-pop-reminders/

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From Canadian Living:

HomeFood
http://www.canadianliving.com/food/
Your monthly meal plan: 30 meals under 500 calories
If your* looking to create delicious meals while keeping a calorie count in mind, look no further....
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[* Grammar Nazis : now don't go falling into a comma over a li'l typo, eh?]

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Gilles' latest toy:
http://www.dell.com/ca/p/dell-venue-8/pd.aspx
(Gilles is just slightly behind the times --- this is my first tablet, and I don't have a smartphone, just a pay-as-you-go plain fliphone)