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June 6, 2010

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,278 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...


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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Economic Security in the Twenty-First Century – Guaranteed Annual Income  (Progressive Economics Forum) - October 2009
2. Canadian municipalities want action against poverty (Canadian Federation of Municipalities) - June 2
3. Where’s HOME : A study of affordable rental housing within 22 communities in Ontario
- (Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association) May 31
4. The Rise and Fall of Economic and Social Rights : What Next?
( Ed Broadbent for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 29
5. A Poverty Reduction Strategy for British Columbia? Don't hold your breath (Victoria Times-Colonist)
6. [British Columbia] Many problems found with welfare law (Canada.com) - June 1
7. Catastrophic drug costs can affect the poor and affluent alike
(The Daily Gleaner - New Brunswick)
- June 1
8. Seventeen Years Without a Housing Program
(By Emily Paradis in The Mark)
- May 31
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, May 2010 - June 4
--- Health Fact Sheets - June 3
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, March 2010 - June 1
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - First quarter 2010 - May 31
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 6
11. Jennefer Laidley's Media Links - misc.

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
13. Australian Policy Online (recent content)
14. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]


1. Economic Security in the Twenty-First Century – Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) - October 2009
(Progressive Economics Forum)

Guaranteed Annual Income Student Essays

On June 1, 2010, the Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) announced the winners of its annual student essay contest for this year. In addition to the winning essay on guaranteed annual income from the Graduate category for 2010 (whose link appears below), the PEF Annual Student Essay Contest page offers links to three essays in the Undergraduate category (one winner and two honourable mentions) as well as links to two honourable mentions in the Graduate category. Click the essay contest link for essays on:
* Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
* Economic prosperity and democratization in developing countries
* An examination of political stability and growth, with special attention to the Kenyan experience
* The Russian financial crisis of 1998, uncontrolled markets and weak government
* The benefits of international trade liberalization

2010 Graduate Category Winner:

Economic Security in the Twenty-First Century – Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI)
An ecological, democratic, justice and food security imperative
Positive vs. Negative Dividends
(PDF - 596K, 30 pages)
By Richard Pereira
Originally submitted in October 2009 to Athabasca University
This paper explores the history of GAI, its modern development and cost and savings aspects of this public policy. The author supports a universal GAI for Canada that maintains and improves existing minimum hourly wage laws, (un)employment insurance (EI) and the CPP (Canada Pension Plan). It is a truism that "we are all one or two events away from poverty."
Source:
PEF Annual Student Essay Contest

BONUS!
The PEF Annual Student Essay Contest also includes links to the 25 winning essays since the contest began in 2001. Entries cover a range of subjects related to "political economy, economic theory or an economic policy issue, which best reflects a critical approach to the functioning, efficiency, social and environmental consequences of unconstrained markets."

The next link below is one of the 25 essays you'll find at the above link.
I'm including it here because it's also about GAI...

Ensuring Equality:
Guaranteed Annual Income and Democratic Legitimacy
(PDF - 362K, 40 pages)
By 2008 Undergraduate co-winner Evan Rosevear
Original Submission Date: July 19th 2007
In order to facilitate the democratic legitimacy of the Canadian state an institutional system which guarantees the economic security and independence of all Canadians is needed. This guarantee must be universal, and constructed not as a means by which supplicants receive assistance from their supposed betters, but as a right of citizenship. A right which facilitates political engagement.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
PEF aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.

- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

2. Canadian municipalities want action against poverty - June 2
(Canadian Federation of Municipalities)

Canadian municipalities want action against poverty
Municipal social services are overwhelmed by demand and a new model of funding must be found.
June 2, 2010
Toronto --- The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is calling on politicians in Ottawa to pass anti-poverty legislation to deal with serious problems faced by municipalities across the country. A motion put forward from Calgary and approved at the recent FCM meeting (see further down, under FCM) said social services have been overwhelmed by demand and only Ottawa is in a position to deal with the issue. The Calgary motion called on the federal government to re-assert its role in ensuring income security for all Canadians. By endorsing this motion, FCM joined more than 330 organizations, as well as 57 MPs and 12 senators to date, in supporting a national campaign called Dignity for All.

The campaign is led by two national organizations - Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). It is asking the federal government to immediately develop a national anti-poverty plan and legislation to provide adequate income security for all Canadians

Source:
National Union of Public and General Employees
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component unions. Taken together we are one of the largest unions in Canada. Most of our 340,000 members work to deliver public services of every kind to the citizens of their home provinces

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With more than 1,775 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations

FCM's 73rd Annual Conference and Municipal Expo
May 28-31, 2010
Sheraton Centre, Toronto

Conference program

Conference webcasts
- includes the following webcasts:
:: Opening Ceremony and Plenary
:: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
:: Know your rights-of-way
:: Michael Ignatieff, M.P., leader, Liberal Party of Canada
:: Paul Martin and John Godfrey
:: Closing Ceremony and Rebuilding Haiti: The role of local government co-operation in post-disaster reconstruction

Related link from FCM:

Forum Magazine - Canada´s national municipal affairs magazine
Forum is the flagship publication of the FCM, delivering timely, insightful information on a range of municipal issues.
NOTE: This magazine is available by subscription, although it's not entirely clear whether private citizens can subscribe.
There's a link to the current issue of Forum magazine whose content likely changes as each of the magazine's five issues per year is released.
Timely Tip: if you click the link in the previous line, you'll see that the cover article for the current (Winter 2010) issue is "Action on Housing" --- deals with municipal initiatives "to end homelessness through innovative, affordable housing alternatives."
Excellent article!

That content will change when the next issue of Forum is published, so I'd suggest that if you wish to access this later, you should save the complete magazine by clicking the PDF icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the page and saving the file to your hard drive.

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Eye candy alert!
If you or your organization produce an online magazine and are thinking makeover, I seriously suggest that you take a peek at the latest issue of Forum.
Prepare to be impressed - I was.
This is such a realistic presentation that you'd swear you were reading a paper magazine.
(includes page-flipping technology that makes reading even more fun - move your mouse to any corner of the page and flip the page!)
I haven't seen many online resources that can come close to the snazzy (sorry, I'm a child of the fifties...) interface of this product from Zmags.
If you're curious, check out the Zmags site or send an email to someone at the FCM to ask how they like the product and how much it costs, etc.
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Related link:

Council's anti-poverty initiative a 'slam dunk'
June 1, 2010
Politicians from cities across Canada have supported Calgary's push for federal anti-poverty legislation.
Alderman Joe Ceci said the city's resolution got "slam-dunk" support in Toronto over the weekend at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' annual convention. The organization will now formally advocate that Ottawa enact a law and dedicate funds toward an attempt to erase poverty in Canada, more than 20 years after Parliament first passed a resolution demanding an end to child poverty by 2000.
Source:
Calgary Herald

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

- Go to the Municipal Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

3. Where’s HOME : A study of affordable rental housing within 22 communities in Ontario - May 31
(Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association)

Report Highlights Urgent Affordable Housing Need
Ontario needs bold strategy to help households in need

Ontario Region media release
May 31, 2010
(Toronto) While the economic situation in Ontario may be improving, low and modest income households across the province still struggle to access the most crucial and basic aspect of economic and personal success – a safe and affordable home. The 2010 edition of Where’s Home? authored by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Ontario Region (CHF Canada's Ontario Region), analyzes 22 separate housing markets across Ontario and highlights the urgent need for more affordable rental housing.

Complete report:

Where’s HOME : A study of affordable rental
housing within 22 communities in Ontario
(PDF - 2MB, 69 pages)
May 2010
Source:
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)
For over 20 years, ONPHA has been the voice of non-profit housing in Ontario. ONPHA unites over 760 non-profit organizations providing housing in 220 communities across Ontario. Our members include municipal and private non-profits of all sizes, with all types of funding.

See also:

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Ontario Region

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

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

4. The Rise and Fall of Economic and Social Rights : What Next? - May 29
( Ed Broadbent for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Rise and Fall of Economic and Social Rights : What Next? (PDF - 110K, 8 pages)
May 29, 2010
By Ed Broadbent, former federal leader of the New Democratic Party
Adapted from a speech Mr. Broadbent delivered in Montreal on May 29
to the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CCFHSS).

In his address to the CCFHSS on May 29th, the former leader of the NDP summarizes the journey of generations and issues a challenge to today's leaders: stop ignoring the threat of rising inequality, tackle poverty, and show Canadians your progress.

"It is time to reverse the growing trend to deep inequality in Canada. It is time for the federal government to
fulfill its legal responsibilities for enforcing the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Covenant
is quite clear on its obligations. We are required, to the maximum of our available resources, to progressively
realize its quite specific list of rights. This requires positive action by governments, among other
obligations, to build hospitals and schools, provide adequate pensions, ensure employment insurance for
all workers, guarantee equal pay for men and women, and create and enforce laws enabling workers to have
unions." [Excerpt, page 7]

Source:
Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

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

5. A Poverty Reduction Strategy for British Columbia? Don't hold your breath - May 27
(Victoria Times-Colonist)

British Columbia

Poverty ideas abound --- will is the issue
By Les Leyne
May 27, 2010
Expectations rose so high so fast after a legislature committee agreed to hold a public meeting on poverty that the chair felt the need to dampen the anticipation. Liberal MLA Joan McIntyre told participants at a day-long thinkfest last Friday that the session was just to foster awareness. "I wanted to also clarify that developing a strategy or even providing a written analysis does go beyond our terms of reference and crosses over into the realm of government policy-making," she said.
(...)
Steve Kerstetter, a researcher for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, told MLAs: "If the goal is to redirect other money to fight poverty, it's just not going to work. There's just not enough money you can redirect that's going to make a difference." By one estimate, there's a $2-billion poverty gap that needs to be filled by society as a whole, he said. And government redistribution just won't get it done.
Source:
Victoria Times-Colonist

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

6. [British Columbia] Many problems found with welfare law - June 1
(Canada.com)

British Columbia

Many problems found with welfare law
(Cutting off welfare and disability payments
to people who have outstanding criminal warrants)
June 1, 2010
The provincial government's plan to refuse welfare and disability payments to people who have outstanding criminal warrants has one major flaw: It relies on the honesty of those charged with crimes to tell social service workers that they have outstanding warrants. It's not the only problem with this new law that comes into affect today. This new regulation is punitive, pointless and counterproductive. It punishes people who may be charged but never convicted of a crime. It's counterproductive because it is likely it will force some people to steal just to survive, if they are honest enough to admit that they have an outstanding warrant and then have their request for welfare denied.

Source:
Canada.com

Related BC Government link:

Outstanding Warrants (PDF - 34K, 3 pages)
March 19, 2010
Information Factsheet
Effective June 1, 2010, changes to the BC Employment and Assistance Program will restrict eligibility for income assistance or disability assistance for persons who have outstanding arrest warrants for indictable offences in BC or other provinces, as well as arrest warrants under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).
Source:
Ministry of Housing and Social Development

Related video:

Welfare crackdown
Pivot Legal Society's John Richardson reacts to the B.C. government suing hundreds of welfare recipients to try to recover overpayments
[ NOTE: After you've viewed the above video, check the right-hand column next to the video screen for more poverty-related videos from BC. ]
Source
MSN Canada

- Go to the BC Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

7. Catastrophic drug costs can affect the poor and affluent alike - June 1
(The Daily Gleaner - New Brunswick)

New Brunswick

Catastrophic drug costs can affect the poor and affluent alike
June 1st, 2010
[Minister of Social Development ] Kelly Lamrock's recent response to a request that New Brunswick implement a catastrophic drug cost insurance plan shows that either he doesn't understand why such a plan is required or he is purposefully misleading the public. This insurance plan isn't required for the poor; it's something everyone needs. (...)
The strong endorsement made in the report of the Romanow Commission in 2002 that such a plan be developed in Canada was followed in 2003 by a commitment from the federal and provincial governments that a national program would be established. All provinces except New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have implemented such a plan.
Source:
The Daily Gleaner (New Brunswick)

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

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

8. Seventeen Years Without a Housing Program - May 31
(By Emily Paradis in The Mark)

Seventeen Years Without a Housing Program
Much like the Stanley Cup, Canada hasn't had a federal housing program since 1993 – but we still have hope.
By Emily Paradis, Research Manager at the
University of Toronto Cities Centre
May 31, 2010
(...) In May 1993, while so many of us were cheering our winning team [the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup], Canadian human rights advocates were bringing information about Canada’s housing cuts to a United Nations review of Canada’s compliance with the UN Convention on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The Committee reviewing Canada stated in its final report, "Given the evidence of homelessness and inadequate living conditions, the Committee is surprised that expenditures on social housing are as low as 1.3 per cent of government expenditures."
(...) [Since 1993] Successive federal governments have failed to implement a national housing strategy, leaving Canada the only nation in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development without one. The proportion of federal monies spent on housing is still less than two per cent. And UN committees continue to express grave concerns about poverty and homelessness in Canada. (...) By a momentous coincidence, spring 2010 is witness to the two most important legal initiatives* to eliminate homelessness that Canada has seen since the 1980s when the homelessness crisis began.
(...)
The success of either, or both, of these initiatives would usher in a new era in Canada, in which federal and provincial governments would be compelled both to alter the policies that cause homelessness and to implement policies to prevent it. (...) We’ve got to keep the faith and insist that Canada can come back, restore our common values, and maybe even – dare we hope? – establish a program to eliminate homelessness in Canada, after 17 long years.

[*The two initiatives are Bill C-304, an act to implement a national housing strategy, and the constitutional challenge on homelessness that was launched May 26 at Ontario Superior Court in Toronto. Click the above link for the complete article.]

Source:
The Mark
The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians.

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

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
---
Labour Force Survey, May 2010 - June 4
--- Health Fact Sheets - June 3
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, March 2010 - June 1
---
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - First quarter 2010 - May 31

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

June 4, 2010
Labour Force Survey, May 2010
Following large gains in April, employment rose by 25,000 in May, the fifth consecutive monthly increase. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.1%. Since the start of the upward trend in July 2009, employment has risen by 1.8% or 310,000.

- incl. links to three tables:
* Labour force characteristics by age and sex
* Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
* Labour force characteristics by province

Related report:
Labour Force Information, May 9 to 15, 2010
1. Highlights
2. Analysis — May 2010
3. Tables
4. Charts
5. Data quality, concepts and methodology
6. User information
7. Related products
8. PDF version (446K, 60 pages)

[ earlier reports in this series ]

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment

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June 3, 2010
Health Fact Sheets
The Health Fact Sheet publication features short informative articles on interesting health topics from various health data sources.
Click the link above to access the fact sheets below.

* From the Canadian Health Measures Survey:
--- Aerobic fitness in Canada 2007 to 2009
--- Body composition of Canadian adults 2007 to 2009
--- Body mass index (BMI) for children and youth 2007 to 2009
--- Heart health and cholesterol levels of Canadians 2007 to 2009
--- Lung function results 2007 to 2009
--- Musculoskeletal fitness in Canada 2007 to 2009
--- Oral health: Edentulous people in Canada 2007 to 2009
--- Vitamin D status of Canadians 2007 to 2009
* From the Canadian Community Health Survey:
--- Adults who are overweight or obese 2008
--- Arthritis 2008
--- Asthma 2008
--- Diabetes 2008
--- Exposure to second-hand smoke at home 2008
--- Fruit and vegetable consumption 2008
--- Having a regular medical doctor 2008
--- Heavy drinking 2008
--- High blood pressure 2008
--- Household food insecurity, 2007–2008
--- Influenza immunization 2008
--- Life satisfaction 2008
--- Mood disorders 2008
--- Perceived life stress 2008
--- Physical activity during leisure time 2008
--- Smoking 2008
Source:
Health Fact Sheets - Main product page, incl. links to earlier editions

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June 1, 2010
Employment, Earnings and Hours, March 2010
1. Highlights
2. Note to users
3. Tables
4. Data quality, concepts and methodology
5. User information
6. Related products
7. PDF version (2.6MB, 385 pages)
[ earlier editions of this report ]

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

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May 31, 2010
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review
First quarter 2010

- incl. links to the following:
*
GDP by income and by expenditure
* GDP by industry
* Balance of international payments
* Financial flows
* Labour productivity
* International investment position
* Notes for users
[ earlier quarterly reports ]

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The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

- Go to the Education Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 6

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

May 30, 2010

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

OCBCC/CUPE post card campaign
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and Canadian Union of Public Employees
Publication date: 3 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 3 Jun 10

The rise and fall of economic and social rights. What's next?
Broadbent, Ed
Publication date: 29 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Reflections on shaping an integrated system of early learning & child care and education for children in Canada
Canadian Child Care Federation
Publication date: 1 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Keeping mum: Child care as a vote winning issue
Daycare Trust & Bounty Parenting Club
Publication date: 29 Mar 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news:

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

Daycare viability still a major question [CA-PE]
CBC News
Publication date: 2 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

ABC Learning Centres overstated assets by $1.2bn [AU]
Fraser, Andrew
Publication date: 2 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Child care produces tremendous economic benefits [CA-BC]
National Union of Public and General Employees
Publication date: 1 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Rural daycares could have trouble meeting numbers [CA-PE]
CBC News
Publication date: 1 Jun 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

New day care to serve SIAST needs [CA-SK]
Adamko, Alanna
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 05

Waiting list frustrating [CA-SK]
Adamko, Alanna
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Childcare changes put pressure on college [CA-PE]
CBC News
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Educators pleased with Preschool Excellence Initiative [CA-PE]
Burn, Stephen
Publication date: 31 May 10 --- Posting date: 2 Jun 10

Province announces new Preschool Excellence Initiative [CA-PE]
The Guardian
Publication date: 28 May 10 --- Posting date: 28 May 10

Province reveals plan to revitalize early childhood sector today [CA-PE]
Wright, Teresa
Publication date: 28 May 10 --- Posting date: 28 May 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

11. Jennefer Laidley's Media Links - misc.

Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
does an ongoing media scan of social issues in Toronto, in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.
She gave me permission to share some of her work in this newsletter (thanks, Jennefer!)

New report shows access to civil justice increasingly only for the rich:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/civil-justice-system-seen-as-catering-to-the-rich/article1587524/

The Hamilton Spectator's poverty blog posts a call to action on the nutritional supplement program:
http://poverty.thespec.com/2010/05/call-to-action-on-nutritional-program.html

New CCPA report highlights barriers for people in racialized groups:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/818439--barriers-persist-for-ontario-visible-minorities-report-finds

Get the report here:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/role-race-and-gender-ontarios-growing-gap

HST cheques are on the way:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/02/hst-cheques.html

New calculations show the HST is not a tax grab, but is a major tax shift:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2010/05/14/ontarios-great-hst-tax-shift/

Across the Province:

CHF / report shows affordable housing in Kingston increasingly hard to find:
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2603998&#postbox

Repurposing schools in Toronto :
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/818228--repurposing-schools

Around the Country:

Anti-HST campaign in BC close to victory:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/05/24/b-c-anti-hst-campaign-on-verge-of-victory/

The Economy:

The impact of the recession on homelessness:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2010/05/30/recessions-impact-on-homelessness/

The income share of the top income earners in Canada continues to rise:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2010/05/31/rising-top-income-shares/

Employment Insurance claims down in March:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/100520/dq100520a-eng.htm

The job market is improving, but some jobs are gone forever:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2010/05/18/the-job-market-may-be-recovering-but-some-jobs-are-not-coming-back/

Housing prices to fall:
http://www.financialpost.com/news/House+prices+drop+next+year+sales+slow/3101899/story.html

Consumer Price Index up in April:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/100521/dq100521a-eng.htm

Jack Mintz says corporate tax reductions are good for us:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/we-will-all-benefit-from-further-business-tax-reforms/article1585220/

The Federal Scene:

Conservative support down slightly:
CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/02/ekos-poll.html

National Post:
http://www.nationalpost.com/Backing+Conservatives+slipping+poll/3106655/story.html

Harper still opposes bank tax:
http://www.nationalpost.com/Harper+Cameron+agree+disagree+bank/3106929/story.html

Why is he taking it to Europe ?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/why-harper-is-taking-his-bank-tax-fight-to-europes-doorstep/article1590224/

Reg Stackhouse says, Harper must not let taxpayers foot the bill:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/taxpayers-cant-be-the-fall-guy/article1587211/

(And this was only one day's articles that Jennefer collated last week. MERCI, Jennefer!)

12.Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 3:
Summer Jobs and Youth Employment - Wisconsin
Child Care Subsidies - Hawaii, Ohio
Financial Literacy
Access to Health Care - Mississippi
Minimum Wage Increase - Australia

June 2:
Summer Jobs and Youth Employment
US Metro Unemployment Rates
Consistent Poverty - Ireland

June 1:
Black Wealth and the Recession - Memphis, TN
States and Medicaid Costs
Legal Aid and Civil Cases - Tennessee

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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

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

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

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

13. Australian Policy Online - recent content - May 30

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

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Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Garma Festival 2009 key forum address
2. Should we retire later?
3. Capping and culling the queue
4. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010
5. Beyond life expectancy

[You'll find these links on the APO home page.]

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New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social Inclusion * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Most viewed this week:

1. Should we retire later?
2. Capping and culling the queue
3. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010
4. Beyond life expectancy
5. Brighter Futures early intervention evaluation: interim report

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

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

14. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

NOTE: The CRINMAIL website was inaccessible when I tried to visit on June 6.
To see if there are any newer issues of CRINMAIL, click the "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" link below.

26 May 2010, issue 1176
In this issue:
* Editorial: Children and sexuality
* Latest news and reports:
--- Global report on children and armed conflict
--- Nigeria and Egypt face legal action over child marriage
--- More
* CRIN catches up with Po Yan Cheng - Hong Kong's first Children's Commissioner in the making?
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues * Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.
NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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

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

 


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19 Groaners

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1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. 
He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

6. The  dog that gave birth to puppies near the road was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8. Two silk worms had a race.  They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.  The police are looking into it.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. 
One hat said to the other: 'You stay here.  I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger.  Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said:  'Keep off the Grass.'

15. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy, it's your vote that counts.  In feudalism, it's your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

Source:
Unknown (someone's mailing list)


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And, in closing...

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Visualizing the BP Oil Spill Disaster
http://www.ifitwasmyhome.com/

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Twelve (Imperfect) Ways to Clean the Gulf

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/31/opinion/20100606opchart.html


Best places to live in Canada in 2010
http://www.moneysense.ca/2010/04/30/best-places-to-live-2010/
(Ottawa-Gatineau, my home since
1960, is #1 best place to live in Canada)

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Worst places to live in Canada in 2010
http://list.moneysense.ca/rankings/best-places-to-live/2010/slideshow/worst-cities-gallery/
I was born in Canada's sixth-worse place to live! (Hawkesbury ON)
Kenora (ON) is #1 worst place to live in Canada

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Which charities spend the most on administration?
http://www.moneysense.ca/2009/12/21/canadas-40-biggest-charities/


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The 41 Deadliest Fast-Food Meals
http://tinyurl.com/ya9hk8q