Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 6, 2012

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.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,555 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Commentary by Jim Sayre of the Community Legal Assistance Society in Vancouver on Employment Insurance amendments in BILL C-38, the federal budget implementation act - May 3
2. Economic Inequality Bulletin No.7 - May 2, 2012
3. UN Right to Food Mission Coming to Canada May 6-16, 2012
4. Taxing Times [Hennessy's Index] (By Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 1

5. Mind the Gap : Chronicling Canada's Growing Rich-Poor Divide (Special series) :
Huffington Post Canada

6. Federal Cuts to hit Statistics Canada and Parks Canada (Globe and Mail) - May 1
7. openparliament.ca : Keep tabs on Parliament
8. The Big Banks’ Big Secret : Estimating government support for Canadian banks during the financial crisis (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 30
9. Only BC and SK are without a poverty reduction plan now (BC Poverty Reduction Coalition) - April 30
10. Newfoundland and Labrador
Budget 2012 - April 24

11. Prince Edward Island Budget 2012 - April 18

12.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010 - May 4
--- Overview of the Census, Census year 2011 - April 30

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

International content

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

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Commentary by Jim Sayre of the Community Legal Assistance Society in Vancouver on Employment Insurance amendments in BILL C-38, the federal budget implementation act - May 3

Commentary by Jim Sayre on Employment Insurance amendments in BILL C-38, the federal budget implementation act
(First reading of C-38 took place on April 26, 2012)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm
May 3, 2012

Excerpt:
Hidden behind the bland facade of Bill C-38 are two sets of Employment Insurance amendments that should have been introduced separately, so they could be properly scrutinized and debated:
1. Sections 603 to 619 amend the EI Act by changing the way benefit rates are calculated. The language is so dense that it's impossible at first glance to know whether the changes will be good, bad or neutral.
2. Sections 44 to 70 of Bill C-38 create a new "social security tribunal" which will replace both the EI Referees and Umpires, and also the Review Tribunals and Pension Appeals Board which hears CPP and OAS appeals.

Read Jim's complete analysis/critique of these provisions here:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

Community Legal Assistance Society (Vancouver)
http://clasbc.net/

Related link:

Federal Budget 2012:
An analysis of the Budget Implementation Bill (C-38)
affecting labour market policy
(PDF - 96K, 6 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/FederalBudget2012Details.pdf
By Andrew Jackson
Canadian Labour Congress
http://canadianlabour.ca/

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

2. Bulletin No.7 : May 2, 2012
(EconomicInequality.ca)

EconomicInequality.ca
Bulletin No.7 (May 2, 2012)
http://www.economicinequality.ca/2012/05/03/bulletin-no-7-may-2nd-2012/
This Bulletin is published by the group that has created the web site Economic Inequality.ca, and has initiated a series of public meetings about what we can do about economic inequality in Canada. The Bulletin is published every few weeks to convey useful information about how we can change economic inequality.
Contents of this issue:
1. Act politically now for more equality
2. Understanding Bill 55, the budget legislation
3. We can have an impact

Links to all seven bulletins:
http://www.economicinequality.ca/category/updates/
Source:
Economic Inequality
http://www.economicinequality.ca/

Economic inequality is a big subject, and a lot of energy from a lot of people is needed to create more equality. Our organization is creating opportunities for public discussion of the kinds of policies we need and the kinds of actions (by us and by others) that are required.

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

3. UN Right to Food Mission Coming to Canada May 6-16, 2012



"The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement."

Source:
UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cescr/

Canada first wealthy nation to be probed by UN food monitor
http://www.canada.com/business/Canada+first+wealthy+nation+probed+food+monitor/6554582/story.html
By Sarah Schmidt
May 2, 2012
OTTAWA — Canada has the dubious distinction of being the first wealthy nation in the world to face a probe by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The 11-day mission begins Saturday, and will take Olivier De Schutter to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as remote aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Alberta. Until now, the independent expert appointed by the UN's Human Rights Council has been dispatched to countries such as South Africa, Cuba and Lebanon to probe those nations' records on ensuring people have access to food.
Source:
Canada.com

http://www.canada.com/

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From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
UN Right to Food Mission Coming to Canada May 6--16, 2012

Canada: Hunger amidst plenty? First visit to a developed country by the UN right to food expert
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12104&LangID=E
News Release
GENEVA (3 May 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, will conduct an official visit to Canada from 6 to 16 May 2012 in order to gain an understanding of the steps taken by the authorities to implement the right to food. The visit will mark the first visit that the UN expert has undertaken to a developed country.

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The Right to Adequate Food : Fact Sheet No. 34 (PDF - 544K, 57 pages)
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/FactSheet34en.pdf
April 2010 (PDF file creation date)
(...) Combating hunger and malnutrition is more than a moral duty or a policy choice; in many countries, it is a legally binding human rights obligation. The right to food is recognized in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of the right to an adequate standard of living, and is enshrined in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Source:
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

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Website of the
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

http://www.srfood.org/

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
http://www.fao.org/righttofood/
The Right to Food Unit supports the implementation of the human right to adequate food, using FAO’s Right to Food Guidelines
[ http://www.fao.org/righttofood/publi_en.htm ].

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From Food Secure Canada:

Common questions regarding the Special Rapporteur's visit:
HTML:

http://foodsecurecanada.org/un-right-food-mission-coming-canada

PDF (308K, 4 pages)
http://foodsecurecanada.org/sites/foodsecurecanada.org/files/FSC_RTF_briefing_note_%281%29.pdf
* What is the right to food?
* Who is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food?
* What will happen during the Special Rapporteur’s country mission to Canada?
* How has Canadian civil society engaged with the mission so far?
* How can you be involved?
* What does this have to do with the People’s Food Policy and Food Secure Canada?
Making the link between Canada’s current failure to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food for all – and the need for the People’s Food Policy – is a powerful message to bring to our elected officials and the media across the country at this key time.

Joint civil society submission to the Special Rapporteur (PDF - 480K, 50 pages)
http://foodsecurecanada.org/sites/foodsecurecanada.org/files/RTFCanadaJointCivilSocietySubmission2r.pdf
December 15, 2011
[Read the Intro on p. 3 for context and authorship information]

Resetting the Table: A People's Food Policy for Canada
HTML:

http://foodsecurecanada.org/policy/resetting-table-peoples-food-policy-canada
PDF (1.6MB, 36 pages):
http://foodsecurecanada.org/sites/foodsecurecanada.org/files/FSC-resetting2012-8half11-lowres-EN.pdf
First Published April 2011
Contents:

Why Canada Needs a Food Policy
The Wider Context
Changing Courses
Introducing the People’s Food Policy
Food Sovereignty
The People’s Food Policy Platform:
--- Indigenous Food Sovereignty
--- Food Sovereignty in Rural and Remote Communities
--- Access to Food in Urban Communities
--- Agriculture, Infrastructure and Livelihoods
--- A Sustainable Fishery and Reasonable Livelihood for Fishers
--- Environment and Agriculture
--- Science and Technology for Food and Agriculture
--- Food Trade and International Aid
--- Healthy and Safe Food for All
--- Food Democracy and Governance
Conclusion

Source:
Food Secure Canada

http://foodsecurecanada.org/

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

4. Taxing Times (Hennessy's Index) - May 1
(By Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Taxing Times
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/taxing-times
Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
By Trish Hennessy
May 1, 2012
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.

31% : That’s how much of Canada’s economy is made up of income, sales, corporate, property and other taxes we pay to all levels of government.
[ Source : http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canadian+taxes+high+think/6519558/story.html ]

$38 billion : That’s how much less Canadians now pay in individual income tax compared to 2000.
[ Source : http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canadian+taxes+high+think/6519558/story.html ]

$19 billion : That’s how much less Canadians pay now in sales taxes compared to 2000. Since the Harper government cut the GST by two points in 2007, the average annual revenue loss to the treasury is about $12 billion.
[ Source 1 : http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canadian+taxes+high+think/6519558/story.html ]
[ Source 2 : http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=921&IsBack=0 ]

$18 billion : That’s how much less corporations pay now in Canadian taxes compared to 2000.
[ Source : http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canadian+taxes+high+think/6519558/story.html ]

$11,747 : Total income tax a person with an annual income of $50,000 will pay in Quebec for 2011, the highest regional amount in Canada.
[ Source : http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/taxseason/story/2012/04/12/f-taxseason-by-the-numbers.html ]

$8,349 : Total income tax that same person would pay in Nunavut, the lowest regional amount in Canada.
[ Source : http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/taxseason/story/2012/04/12/f-taxseason-by-the-numbers.html ]

NOTE : Click the Taxing Times link (above) for seven more factoids...

Hennessy's Index - earlier months:
http://policyalternatives.ca/index

Source:
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

- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

5. Mind the Gap : Chronicling Canada's Growing Rich-Poor Divide (Special series)
(Huffington Post Canada)

From
Huffington Post Canada:

Mind the Gap : Chronicling Canada's Growing Rich-Poor Divide (special series)
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/mind-the-gap
(...) An increasingly small share of people are taking up an increasingly large share of Canada’s impressive economic growth. Why is this happening? What can be done about it? Does it even matter? These are the questions we will focus on in The Huffington Post Canada’s Mind The Gap series, which over the coming months will tackle the issue of income inequality.

Selected recent site content:

Wealth And Traffic Accidents Study Shows
Poorer People Many Times More Likely To Be Hurt

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/19/traffic-accidents-rich-poor_n_1438655.html
April 19, 2012
By Rachel Mendleson
MONTREAL - People living in poor neighbourhoods are more than six times as likely to be injured in a road accident as their wealthy counterparts, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Canada Income Inequality: Broadbent Institute Survey Shows
Vast Majority Wants Government To Do Something About The Wage Gap
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/10/canada-income-inequality-survey-taxes_n_1415599.html
April 10, 2012
By Rachel Mendleson
The vast majority of Canadians are concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor, and are willing to pay higher taxes to fight it, a new poll shows. As the debate about income inequality intensifies, observers have often bemoaned that the causes and implications of this trend are too abstract to resonate with average Canadians. But the survey, released Tuesday by the Ottawa-based Broadbent Institute, indicates that most respondents believe that the deepening rich-poor divide could have a negative impact on everything from our standard of living to democratic principles.

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So There's Income Inequality. Now What?
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/rob-rainer/income-inequality_b_1242439.html
January 31, 2012
By Rob Rainer
(...) following an awareness breakthrough in 2011, public support and political interest for addressing inequality is apparent.
But what is to be done?
As the London-based Equality Trust states, there are two compatible options:
• Reduce the differences in employment income before tax; and
• Increase the redistribution of income through tax and benefit systems
(...)
In a country governed federally by a party ideologically wed to laissez-faire economics, and where in 2010 the average compensation for the 100 highest paid CEOs in Canada was 189 times that of the compensation of the average worker, neither option seems likely.
And so the more effective option for combating inequality is for governments to, first, rebuild greater fairness into our systems of taxation and, second, increase the distribution of income from the "top" to the "bottom." In 1948 there were 19 personal income tax brackets in Canada, and the top marginal tax rate was 80 per cent on incomes over $250,000 ($2.37 million in 2011 dollars). Today, we have but four brackets and the top rate is but 29 per cent, kicking in on earnings over $132,406.
The key to solving inequality seems pretty clear. Have we the public will now to support the political will for a fairer, better society?

Rob Rainer is Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty:
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

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Canada Income Inequality And The Decline Of Unions:
Have We Passed A Point Of No Return?

http://goo.gl/wNJMs
December 2011
By Rachel Mendleson
- includes a five-minute video, an article (with charts) and a slideshow examining the 10 fastest-shrinking sectors from 2004 to 2008, when the recession began.
Don't miss the 236 comments!

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Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

6. Federal Cuts to hit Statistics Canada and Parks Canada - May 1
(Globe and Mail)

Memo from Statistics Canada to researchers everywhere:
We have some Good News:

A data wonk's dream: Statscan to drop pay wall
http://goo.gl/cxmeo
By Tavia Grant
December 1, 2011
If Canada is to morph into a knowledge-based economy, its citizens need better access to reliable, unbiased information. With that in mind, Statistics Canada will make all of its standard data available for free on its website, starting next year. As of Feb. 1 (2012), all data known as Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System (or CANSIM) will be posted freely on the agency’s website. Census and geography data will also become free.

...and we have some Bad News:

Cuts to hit Statistics Canada and Parks Canada
http://goo.gl/oGg1l
By Bill Curry and Tavia Grant
May 1, 2012
Nearly half of the roughly 5,000 people working at Statistics Canada are being warned that their jobs are at risk, suggesting deep cuts are in store for one of the country’s most trusted sources of information.

Source:
The Globe and Mail
[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

7. openparliament.ca : Keep tabs on Parliament

openparliament.ca : Keep tabs on Parliament.
http://openparliament.ca/
Info on what your representatives are doing in Ottawa can be hard to find and use. We’re trying to make it easy. Browse MPs, or find someone quickly by entering a name or postal code above. See what your representatives are saying, and what laws they’re proposing. Poke around.
TIP: Type in your own postal code and watch the cornucopia of information about your MP pop up almost immediately.
Highly recommended!

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- Go to the Reference Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

8. The Big Banks’ Big Secret : Estimating government support for Canadian banks during the financial crisis - April 30
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

New from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Canada’s secret bank bailout revealed
http://goo.gl/eOQaH
April 30, 2012
News Release
OTTAWA—A study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) estimates the previously secret extent of extraordinary support required by Canada’s banks during the financial crisis. According to the study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald, support for Canadian banks reached $114 billion at its peak—that’s $3,400 for every man, woman, and child in Canada.

The study:

The Big Banks’ Big Secret:
Estimating government support for
Canadian banks during the financial crisis
(PDF - 2.2MB, 46 pages)
http://goo.gl/wEL3x
By David Macdonald
Throughout the 2008-2010 financial crisis, Canadian banks were touted by the federal government and the banks themselves as being much more stable than other countries’ big banks. Canadians we assured that our banks needed no bailout. However, in reality, Canada’s banks received billions in cash and loan support during the 2008-2010 financial crisis—and the Canadian government has remained resolutely secretive about the details. This report examines the nature and extent of government support to Canada’s big banks, estimated on the basis of partial information provided by Canada’s public institutions, and an analysis of the banks’ own financial reports.

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

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

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

9. Only BC and SK are without a poverty reduction plan now. - April 30
(BC Poverty Reduction Coalition)

From the
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition:

http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/

Only BC and SK without a poverty reduction plan!
April 30, 2012

Surprising many, Alberta re-elected the Progressive Conservative party last Monday (April 23), and consequently voted in a Plan for Poverty Reduction that Leader Alison Redford had announced just two weeks before the election. This now leaves only us and Saskatchewan without a provincial poverty reduction plan. The day after Redford's announcement, the BC government launched its "community poverty-reduction plans," a lackluster approach that features no new policies, no new priorities and no new money to address the crisis of poverty we are facing in this province. With input from supporters within the selected communities, we have released the following response:

And then there were two: Alberta voters promised a poverty
reduction plan, leaving only BC and Saskatchewan without one now.
http://goo.gl/EB3jG
April 27, 2012

Source:
BC Poverty reduction update
http://goo.gl/yuyF2
[Click the above link to select any of the items below.]
* Alberta voters promised a provincial poverty reduction plan
* BC government announces "community poverty-reduction strategies"
* Living Wage for Metro Vancouver rises to $19.14 in 2012
* Welfare rates need to be raised immediately
* Recent poll shows that Canadians want higher taxes for more public goods
* Federal budget hangover
* Updates from supporters

Source:
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/

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

10. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2012 : Focused on What Matters Most - April 24, 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2012
People and Prosperity: Responsible Investments for a Secure Future.

http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/
April 24, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to the following budget papers:
* Budget Speech : http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/speech/default.htm
* Budget Highlights :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/highlights/default.htm
* Estimates :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/estimates/default.htm
* The Economy :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/economy.htm
* Past Budgets :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/

* News Releases :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/releases/default.htm

(Click the link above to access any of the following releases)
* Budget 2012: People and Prosperity – Responsible Investments for a Secure Future
* Budget 2012 Workforce Investments Support Growth and Prosperity
* A Prosperous Economy and Renewable Energy Future Fueled by Budget 2012
* Education Investments Focus on Early Learning, Infrastructure
* Investing in the Safe and Healthy Development of Children and Youth for a Secure Future
* Responsible Social Investments in Budget 2012 Include $150 Million for Poverty Reduction
[see below]
* Building Prosperity: Infrastructure Investments Promote Sustainable Success
* Responsible Investments Enhance Health Care Services for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
* Budget 2012 Investments Focus on Long-Term Care and Community Support
* Labradorians Continue to Benefit from Northern Strategic Plan Investments

Responsible Social Investments in Budget 2012
Include $150 Million for Poverty Reduction
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/aes/0424n07.htm
News Release
April 24, 2012
Moving forward to provide strong social programming, including initiatives to prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is making significant investments through Budget 2012 to help this province’s most vulnerable – including $150.8 million under the Poverty Reduction Strategy, an increase of approximately $11.3 million from last year.

Source:
Department of Finance

http://www.fin.gov.nl.ca/fin/

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Budget analysis and critique:

From the CBC:

'Austerity' budget contains few cuts, steady spending
45 temporary jobs chopped and $38.8 million in savings ID'd; new 10-year review process launched

http://goo.gl/oFAVX
By Rob Antle
April 24, 2012
The Newfoundland and Labrador government unveiled a steady-as-it-goes financial plan today that will see minimal job cuts and spending reductions.
Previous warnings of an austerity budget proved unfounded, with just 45 temporary positions cut and $38.8 million in savings identified from a review of government programs. Those savings amount to roughly 0.6 per cent of overall program spending

Source:
CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/

Also from CBC.ca
(covering all provinces)

Key numbers in Canada's provincial budgets
http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/budgets-provinces/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget:


The Rock slips back into the red (PDF - 648K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/nl12.pdf
April 24, 2012
Highlights

• Newfoundland and Labrador faces a deficit of $258 million in fiscal 2012-13 (0.8% of GDP) after posting a surplus of $776 million in the previous year.
• Revenues in fiscal year (FY) 2012-13 are negatively hit by two major, albeit expected, factors. Oil royalties should come in $591 million below what they were in FY 2011-12 due to lower production volumes as oil extraction vessels are shut down for maintenance. At the same time, FY 2012-13
marks the first year that N&L does not receive annual federal transition funding under the Atlantic Accord.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp]

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- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

11. Prince Edward Island Budget 2012 - April 18

Prince Edward Island Budget 2012
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/
April 18, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers

Budget Address (PDF - 420K, 36 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bdgtadd12.pdf

Estimates of Revenue and Expenditures (PDF - 1.7MB, 180 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bdgtestim.pdf

Background Paper on the Economy (PDF - 1MB, 10 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bdgtback1.pdf

Three Year Budget Plan (PDF - 244K, 2 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_3yearbdgt.pdf

Budget 2012 sets the course for balance, focuses on protecting gains and strengthening the economy
http://goo.gl/j84w6
April 18, 2012
News Release
Budget 2012 sets forth a realistic three-year plan to return to balance while, at the same time, protecting gains in areas important to the Island way of life, says Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan.
“Ultimately, our goal is to achieve a greater degree of economic security for Islanders – and an assurance to future generations that their legacy has been protected,” said Minister Sheridan.
The Province is under significant fiscal pressures, resulting in a projected deficit of $78.6 million for 2011-2012. This is largely attributable to a substantial increase in public sector pension costs; increases in hospital and drug costs; rising costs of disability support, social assistance and support for children in care; as well as increases in agriculture costs. On top of this, overall economic conditions have contributed to a marked decline in corporate tax revenue.

Source:
Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs
http://www.gov.pe.ca/finance/

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Budget analysis and critique:

From the CBC:

Employee benefits balloon P.E.I. deficit:
Three-year plan to balance budget
http://goo.gl/Qmmbo
CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2012
The P.E.I. government is expecting a deficit of $78.6 million in 2011-12, says Finance Minister Wes Sheridan, and covering employee benefits accounts for a big piece of that higher cost.

Source:
CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Prince Edward Island Budget:

All Aboard the HST Train (PDF - 652K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/pe12.pdf
April 19, 2012
Highlights
• Despite favourable economic conditions, the Prince Edward Island (PEI) government recorded a
deficit twice as large as was anticipated in fiscal 2011-12, mainly as a result of cost overruns.
• This led the government to launch a three-year plan to return to balance. The plan uses a balanced
approach. Spending restraint which favours health spending at the expense of all other areas is
combined with revenue measures.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010 - May 4
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Overview of the Census, Census year 2011 - April 30

What's new from 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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May 4, 2012
Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120504/dq120504e-eng.htm
The public use microdata file from the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating is now available. This file contains information collected from nearly 15,000 respondents aged 15 and over residing in private households in one of the provinces.

Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating: Public Use Microdata File
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=89M0017X&lang=eng
- Ordering information (this product is free).

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Unpaid work
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2625&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Social networks and civic participation
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=79&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Volunteering and donating
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=80&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

 

April 30, 2012
Overview of the Census, Census year 2011
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/ref/overview-apercu/index-eng.cfm
The Overview of the Census is a reference document covering each phase of the Census of Population and Census of Agriculture. It provides an overview of the 2011 Census from legislation governing the census to content determination, collection, processing, data quality assessment and data dissemination. It also traces the history of the census from the early days of New France to the present.
Table of contents:

1. Overview of the Census of Population

Introduction
Legislation
Communications
Consultation, testing and content approval
Field operations
Online questionnaire
Processing
Data quality assessment
Census geography
Dissemination

2. Overview of the Census of Agriculture

Taking an agriculture census
The Census of Agriculture cycle
Census of Agriculture products and services

Source:
Reference materials
Supporting documentation for census data
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/ref/index-eng.cfm

Source:
2011 Census

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/index-eng.cfm

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Related link:
Gilles' Statistics Canada Link Archive
(3,000+ links to selected StatCan social studies going back to 2008)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/statcan_link_archive.htm

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

13. 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

May 5, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Working for inclusion: the role of the early years workforce in addressing poverty and promoting social inclusion
http://goo.gl/pYY5E
2 May 2012 | International
Report from Children in Scotland provides a summary of the Working for Inclusion programme and research findings. Links to project website and country visit reports also provided.

Working for a living wage: Making paid work meet basic family needs in Metro Vancouver
http://goo.gl/VNiuQ
1 May 2012 | British Columbia
2012 update of the "Working for a Living Wage" report from the CCPA, First Call BC and Living Wage for Families (2008) finds that "child care is the second most expensive item in the living wage family budget after shelter".

Developing brains
http://goo.gl/WrL3n
1 May 2012 | International
Issue 7 of Early Childhood in Focus from the Bernard van Leer Foundation aims to "better understand and critically evaluate reports of new findings from the expanding and increasingly important field of developmental neuroscience".

Collaboration between afterschool practitioners and in-school teachers
http://goo.gl/LgAU9
1 May 2012 | United States
Article from Afterschool Matters highlights a story of successful collaboration between a kindergarten teacher and an afterschool teacher in Philadelphia. Full journal available online.

Early childhood education and care: Key lessons from research for policy makers
http://goo.gl/NIzBu
25 Apr 2012 | Europe
Independent report submitted to the European Commission by the Network of Experts in Social Sciences of Education and Training, "summarizes existing knowledge from research and highlights policy lessons and measures that are shown to contribute to successful ECEC policy development and implementation".

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

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

UNICEF urges access to early learning for the most disadvantaged children
http://goo.gl/2p7AI
2 May 2012 | International

Note of caution
http://goo.gl/nshP8
2 May 2012 | Latin America and the Carribean

Canada's poor have just become poorer
http://goo.gl/dcdv9
2 May 2012 | Canada

Nova Scotia child care centres on virtual strike
http://goo.gl/xBd46
2 May 2012 | Nova Scotia

Early years key to closing gap between rich and poor
http://goo.gl/4hj3A
2 May 2012 | Europe

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

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.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

14. 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/
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

May 4:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/04/
April 2012 US Unemployment
Child Care Subsidies - Illinois

May 3:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/03/
Medicaid Programs - Oregon, Wisconsin, New York
People Living in Poverty - Northern Ireland
Food Insecurity and Nutrition

May 2:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/02/
Joblessness and Unemployment - Europe
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs - Tennessee
Homelessness - Utah

May 1:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/01/
SNAP Eligibility - Pennsylvania
Electronic Benefit Transactions - Oregon

April 30:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/30/
Health Care Spending in the US
Women, Infants, and Children Program

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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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

15.CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

2 May 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1274
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4215
In this issue:
Latest news and report
- No end in sight
- Justice for children
- Encouraging bigotry
- A step back
- Leaving children's teeth alone
- Married off at age one
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Bangladesh
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/news.htm

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A baker's dozen of catchy French proverbs to spice up
your language and impress your friends!

For each French proverb below, you'll see its English equivalent and then its literal translation in quotation marks.

À cœur vaillant rien d'impossible.
Nothing is impossible for a willing heart.
"To a valient heart nothing impossible."

À l'impossible nul n'est tenu.
No one is bound to do the impossible.

À quelque chose malheur est bon.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
"Unhappiness is good for something."

Après la pluie le beau temps.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
"After the rain, the nice weather."

L'arbre cache souvent la forêt.
Can't see the forest for the trees.
"The tree often hides the forest."

Aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait
No sooner said than done
"Immediately said, immediately done."

Autres temps, autres mœurs.
Times change.
"Other times, other customs."

Aux grands maux les grands remèdes.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
"To the great evils great remedies."

Battre le fer pendant qu'il est chaud.
To strike while the iron is hot.
"To beat the iron while it's hot."

Bonne renommée vaut mieux que ceinture dorée.
A good name is better than riches.
"A good reputation is more is worth more than golden belt."

Ce sont les tonneaux vides qui font le plus de bruit.
Empty vessels make the most noise.
"It's the empty barrels that make the most noise."

Entre l'arbre et l'écorce il ne faut pas mettre le doigt.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
"Between the tree and the bark one shouldn't put a finger."

Heureux au jeu, malheureux en amour.
Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.
"Happy in the game, unhappy in love."

Source:
http://french.about.com/od/expressions/a/proverbs.htm
[TIP: If you've read this far, you'll want to check this source link for twice as many of these little gems...]

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And, in closing...
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Popular Mechanics Magazine, complete issue for February 1992
http://goo.gl/xtvKP
Just like in the waiting room at my dentist's office!

More Popular Mechanics complete issues from Google Books:
http://books.google.ca/books/serial/ISSN:00324558?rview=1
(going back at least to the 1960s, all free online)

Browse all Google Books:
http://books.google.ca/books

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Barack Obama speaks at the
2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner
(video, 16 minutes)
http://www.nypost.com/video?freewheel=90081&sitesection=nypost&VID=23618026
April 29, 2012

Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the
2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner Performance
(video, 23 minutes)
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7406906n

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Flash mob in the Copenhagen Metro (video, 2:16)
http://www.wimp.com/copenhagenmetro/

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25 most awesome wedding proposals (video, 9 minutes)
http://www.wimp.com/weddingproposals/