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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 6, 2006

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 1639 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK (August 13).
The newsletter will resume on August 20.
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Health and health care use in Canada and the United States, 2003 - August 3
--- General Social Survey: The Internet and the way we spend our time, 2005 - August 2
--- When is junior moving out? Transitions from the parental home to independence - August 1
--- Life tables, Canada, provinces and territories, 2000 to 2002 - July 31
--- Births, 2004 - July 31
2. Raising Living Standards for the Working Poor: Issues and Solutions (Canadian Labour Congress) - July 31
3. The real cost of Harper's phony child-care cheques (Scott Piatkowski - rabble.ca) - August 3
4. CanadaStudentDebt.ca
5. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - August 6

International Content

6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
7. The Flat Tax Revolution in Europe (Global Politican) - August 5
8. Intute (U.K.)
9. Global Policy Forum
10. If you're happy and you know it : World Map of Happiness + Happy Planet index

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. What's New from Statistics Canada:
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Study: Health and health care use in Canada and the United States, 2003 - August 3
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General Social Survey: The Internet and the way we spend our time, 2005 - August 2
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When is junior moving out? Transitions from the parental home to independence - August 1
--- Life tables, Canada, provinces and territories, 2000 to 2002 - July 31
--- Births, 2004 - July 31

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

August 3, 2006
Study: Health and health care use in Canada and the United States, 2003
Americans in the lowest income groups are much more likely than their Canadian counterparts to be in fair or poor health, according to a study comparing health status and access to health care services between the two nations. The study was based on the Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health, a unique population health survey conducted jointly by Statistics Canada and the US National Center for Health Statistics of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between November 2002 and June 2003.
[So the bottom line is, it's better to be rich and healthy both in Canada and the U.S.]

August 2
General Social Survey: The Internet and the way we spend our time, 2005
Heavy Internet users lead a considerably different lifestyle than individuals who do not surf the Web, according to a new study examining its impact on Canadians.

Complete study:

The Internet: Is It Changing
the Way Canadians Spend Their Time?
(PDF file - 270K, 27 pages)

August 1
When is junior moving out? Transitions from the parental home to independence
by Pascale Beaupré, Pierre Turcotte, and Anne Milan
This article uses data from the 2001 General Social Survey to examine patterns in leaving the parental home. It compares the transition process for five birth cohorts, with the focus on Wave 1 Boomers (born between 1947 and 1956) and their children in Generation X (born between 1967 and 1976). The differences in patterns of leaving the parental home are examined, and then the principal factors associated with a young person's initial launch into adulthood are identified.
HTML
PDF (100K, 7 pages)
Source:
Canadian Social Trends
- Earlier issues of Social Trends - links to a few hundred *free* articles going back to 1998 (and earlier, but you have to order the earlier ones)

July 31
Life tables, Canada, provinces and territories, 2000 to 2002
Life tables, comprising life expectancy and related estimates by age and sex for Canada, the provinces and the territories (Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories combined) for 2000 to 2002, are now available as a free electronic publication.

Complete life tables:

Life tables, Canada, provinces and territories
Reference period: 2000 to 2002

- links to Introduction, methodology explanation of tables and, via a separate link, data tables.

July 31
Births, 2004
Canada's crude birth rate (the number of live births for every 1,000 people in the population) edged downward to another record low in 2004 — despite a second straight increase in the number of live births.

Complete report:

Live Births, 2004 (401K, 55 pages)

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

2. Raising Living Standards for the Working Poor: Issues and Solutions - July 31
(Canadian Labour Congress)

Raising Living Standards for the Working Poor:
Issues and Solutions
(PDF file - 95K, 11 pages)
July 31, 2006
Andrew Jackson, National Director
Social and Economic Policy, Canadian Labour Congress

More papers by Andrew Jackson - links to 28 more papers

LINK - The Canadian Labour Congress Research Newsletter
- incl. New Papers in the Web (Socially Responsible Investment - Labour Rights: Anti-Scab Legislation - The OECD Jobs Strategy - Training - Policies to Assist the Working Poor) Worth Noting (New report from the Canadian Policy Research Network on Canada's adult education and training system
NOTEs:
1. the "LINK"link above always points to the most recent issue of the newsletter
2. scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for links to three earlier issues back to March 2006

Source:
Social and Economic Policy Department
[ Canadian Labour Congress ]

- Go to the Unions Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

3. The real cost of Harper's phony child-care cheques - August 3
(Scott Piatkowski - rabble.ca)

The real cost of Harper's phony child-care cheques
August 3, 2006
by Scott Piatkowski
"Calling what the Conservatives are doing “universal child care” is like calling Mike Harris' landlords' bill of rights “the Tenant Protection Act.” It's a cruel joke on Canadian parents who are desperate to find quality, affordable care for their children — both to allow them to work and to foster the early development of their children. That said, even on its own terms — as a straight up payment of $3.28 a day to parents of young children — the Harperites' cheques for children scheme is a huge failure.

Source:
rabble.ca

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

4. CanadaStudentDebt.ca

CanadaStudentDebt.ca
A site providing support for student loan problems!
"Student loans are meant to be paid back. Help should be available for those who have an unmanagable debt burden. A higher level of service should be provided by administrators. Bankruptcy is not the answer to student debt! If you are seeking ways to avoid paying back your loan, please do not post on this site. If you have good intentions of paying your loan and are experiencing hardship and need help, you are most welcome to post here."

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

5. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - August 6
(University of Toronto)

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

4-Aug-06

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What’s New
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>> ORLEANS PARISH, LOUISIANA, CHILD CARE ASSESSMENT (Louisiana)
by Shores, Elizabeth F.; Grace, Cathy; Barbaro, Erin; Barbaro, Michael & Moore, Jenifer
Report from the Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute finds 80% of New Orleans' licensed child-care centres are still closed 10 months after Hurricane Katrina.

>> GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS CHILD CARE WITH $2-MILLION GRANT (British Columbia)
Press release from British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development announces one-time grant through the Vancity Community Foundation to the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia.

>> TE WHÀRIKI: EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM (New Zealand)
The New Zealand early childhood curriculum is now available online. Documents provide a “framework for providing for children's early learning and development within a socio-cultural context.”

>> EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE IN FINLAND
Brochure from the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health provides an overview of the early childhood system in Finland.

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Child Care in the News
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>> Flexitime helps Swedes get the balance right [SE]
by Wiles, David / Sweden Today, 4 Aug 06

>> The real cost of Harper's phony child-care cheques [CA]
by Piatkowski, Scott / Rabble.ca, 3 Aug 06

>> Premiers rebuff child-care advocates [CA]
by Urquhart, Ian / Toronto Star, 2 Aug 06

>> New council, same old premiers [CA]
by Pascal, Charles / Toronto Star, 1 Aug 06

>> The extensive loss of day-care centers could threaten New Orleans' economic recovery, a new report says [US]
by Ritea, Steve / Times-Picayune, 1 Aug 06

>> Quebec birth rate edges up again [CA-QC]
by Geran, Leslie / Montreal Gazette, 1 Aug 06

>> Beazley pledges boost for childcare [AU]
The Age, 28 Jul 06

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

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

6. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire and "go 404"...

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

7. The Flat Tax Revolution in Europe - August 5
(Global Politican)

The Flat Tax Revolution in Europe
David Storobin, Esq. - 8/5/2006
In 1994, Estonia became the first country to institute the flat tax, charging 26% on all personal and corporate income with no deductions allowed. “The economy flourished” as a result, declared The Economist. The Estonian example was followed by the other two Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania, but remained largely irrelevant and unknown to the world at large, as few people were aware of what was taking place in the region. But on January 1, 2001, Russia joined the Baltic states with an even lower tax rate of only 13% (however, the country’s corporate tax is still very high). This led the world to notice.
Source:
Global Politician

"Global Politician is an independent journal of politics, economics and world affairs. It provides news that is often not available anywhere else."

Related Links:

Flat Tax - from Wikipedia
"(...) A flat tax usually refers to the taxation of incomes but can be applied to consumption."
- includes arguments for and against a flat tax...

Google Web Search Results:
"flat tax"
Google News Search Results:
"flat tax"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the The Flat Tax Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/flattax.htm

8. Intute (U.K.)

Intute - U.K.
"Intute is a free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists to create the Intute database."
- includes portals to : Science and Technology - Arts and Humanities - Social Sciences (see below) - Health and Life Sciences

Intute: Social Sciences
- includes links organized under the following headings:
Anthropology - Business and Management - Economics - Education - Environmental Sciences - European Studies - Government Policy - Hospitality and Catering - Human Geography - Law - Politics - Psychology - Research Tools and Methods - Social Welfare - Sociology - Sport and Leisure Practice - Statistics and Data -Travel and Tourism -Women's Studies

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

9. Global Policy Forum

Global Policy Forum
The United Nations has a number of policy initiatives occurring in all parts of the globe, and some might ask the question: Who evaluates the effectiveness of such programs? The United Nations does some of this work themselves, but the Global Policy Forum is also intimately concerned with monitoring their programs, along with "promoting accountability of global decisions." Visitors who know what types of material they are looking for will want to search through the headings which include such themes as globalization, international justice, and UN reform. Each one of these sections contains a brief essay on their work, along with a smattering of reports, tables, and charts that highlight their analyses, past and present.
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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

10. If you're happy and you know it...
World Map of Happiness + Happy Planet index

University of Leicester Produces the first ever World Map of Happiness
Happiness is ...being Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
A University of Leicester psychologist has produced the first ever ‘world map of happiness.’
July 28, 2006
Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at the University’s School of Psychology, analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR, to create a global projection of subjective well-being: the first world map of happiness. The projection, which is to be published in a psychology journal this September, will be presented at a conference later in the year.

Here's a sampling consisting of the top five countries (of 178 countries in total)
plus a few of special interest:
1 - Denmark
2 - Switzerland
3 - Austria
4 - Iceland
5 - The Bahamas
10 - Canada
23 - USA
35 - Germany
41 - UK
62 - France
82 - China
...

World Map of Happiness and country rankings - click on countries in the map or scroll down the page to see the numbers for all 178 countries in one table.

Source:
University of Leicester

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But before we Canadians start feeling too smug...

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UK 108th in new 'Happy Planet Index' - [Canada 111th]
July 12, 2006
A new global measure of progress, the ‘Happy Planet Index’, reveals for the first time that happiness doesn’t have to cost the Earth. It shows that people can live long, happy lives without using more than their fair share of the Earth’s resources.

The UNhappy Planet Index
An index of human well-being and environmental impact
(PDF file - 1.62MB, 59 pages)
"This report takes a very different look at the wealth and poverty of nations. It measures the ecological efficiency with which, country by country, people achieve long and happy lives. In doing so, it strips our view of the economy back to its absolute basics: what goes in (natural resources) and what comes out (human lives of differing length and happiness)."

Top five countries in the Happy Planet Index are (followed by Canada and the USA in their respective spots in the list):
1. Vanuatu
2. Colombia
3. Costa Rica
4. Dominica
5. Panama
111. Canada
150. USA

Source:
new economics foundation

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



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PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK
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18 IFs, no BUTs ...

If a chronic liar tells you he is a chronic liar do you believe him?

If you were traveling at the speed of sound and you turned on your radio would you be able to hear it?

If you were traveling at the speed of light and you turned your headlights on, what would happen?

If a mute child swears, does his mother make him wash his hands with soap?

If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?

If all those psychics know the winning lottery numbers, why are they all still working?

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?
If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why's it still #2?

If the cops arrest a mime, do they have to tell him he has the right to remain silent?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?

If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

If white wine goes with fish, do white grapes go with sushi?

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If you have a friend who works for the Psychic Friends Network, should you plan a surprise birthday party for them?

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?


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PS - I wonder if anyone actually counted to make sure there were exactly 18 statements above starting with If...

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