Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 6, 2013

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 2,662 subscribers.

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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. Proposed changes to Canada Pension Plan spur momentum for pension reform (Globe and Mail) - October 3
2. Migrant Agricultural Workers challenge unjust denial of Employment Insurance benefits (Income Security Advocacy Centre) - October 2013
3. Hennessy's Index: Pseudo Census (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - October 2013
4. Behind the Numbers (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Blog) - Recent Posts
5. Who’s Hungry 2013: A Tale of Three Cities (Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto) - September 24
6. Welfare Incomes Crowdfunding Campaign Update : October 6 (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
7. Welfare Re-form : The Future of Social Policy in Canada (Luncheon and Keynote Address by Sherri Torjman, Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - October 24, 2013
8. Why Canada’s voluntary census is worthless (Globe and Mail) - October 4
9. 2013 State of the Federation Conference : Aboriginal Multilevel Governance Conference (Kingston, Ontario - November 28-30, 2013)
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2013 - September 27
--- Canada's total population estimates, 2013 - September 26
--- Final estimates of 2011 Census coverage - September 26
--- Canada's population estimates, second quarter 2013
- September 26
--- Deaths, 2010 and 2011 - September 25
--- Life Tables, Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2009 to 2011 - September 25
--- Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada - September 25
--- Government Finance Statistics, second quarter 2013 - September 24
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S.] Getting Older, Growing Poorer (New York Times) - October 5
14. [U.S.] A Radical Fix for the Social Safety Net: Replace It All With One BIG (Basic Income Guarantee) Idea (Daily Finance) - October 2
15. [United Kingdom] People under 25 should not be able to claim welfare, must be forced to ‘earn or learn’: British PM David Cameron (National Post) - October 2
16. [International] Sizing up poverty in Hong Kong (South China Morning Post) - September 30
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. Proposed changes to Canada Pension Plan spur momentum for pension reform - October 3
(Globe and Mail)

Proposed changes to Canada Pension Plan spur momentum for pension reform
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/peis-pension-reform-plan-gains-steam-ahead-of-flaherty-meeting/article14672859/
By Bill Curry
October 3, 2013
A proposal to boost the retirement benefits for the middle class from the Canada Pension Plan through increases in contributions is rekindling momentum for pension reform ahead of a key December meeting with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Prince Edward Island Finance Minister Wes Sheridan is trying to rally his colleagues around changes that would see the maximum CPP contribution rise to $4,681.20 a year from $2,356.20 starting in 2016, and the maximum annual benefit would increase to $23,400 from $12,150.

327 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/peis-pension-reform-plan-gains-steam-ahead-of-flaherty-meeting/article14672859/comments/

Related coverage in the Globe and Mail:

* CPP needs more than a ‘modest’ fix to help middle-income retirees:
http://goo.gl/mjvS1U

* Canadian pension plan deficits slashed as rates rise, markets strengthen:
http://goo.gl/mv122E

* Harper government to appeal decision allowing veterans to fight for benefits:
http://goo.gl/vXz3Z1

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

2. Migrant Agricultural Workers challenge unjust denial of Employment Insurance benefits - October 2013
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Migrant Agricultural Workers challenge
unjust denial of Employment Insurance benefits


On October 16, the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) [ http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ] and Niagara North Community Legal Assistance [ http://www.niagaranorthlegal.com/ ] will go before the Federal Court of Appeal to argue that 102 seasonal agricultural workers were wrongly denied EI parental benefits.
(...)
These workers are an essential part of the Canadian labour force.
They deserve the same protections as any other workers in Canada.

More information:

Migrant Agricultural Workers challenge unjust denial of Employment Insurance benefits
Bulletin (Word file --- 78K, 2 pages)
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/MigrantWorkersEIparentalbulletinOct12013.doc

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

3. Hennessy's Index: Pseudo Census - October 2013
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Hennessy's Index: Pseudo Census
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/hennessys-index-pseudo-census
October 1, 2013

Excerpts:

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

2010:
The year the federal government scrapped Canada’s mandatory long-form census, replacing it with a voluntary survey. It sparked a Save The Census campaign that drew the support of no fewer than 488 organizations and individuals.

July 21, 2010:
The date on which Munir Sheikh released a media advisory explaining his decision to step down as Statistics Canada’s chief statistician, saying the new voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) would be no substitute for the mandatory census.

1,813:
The number of census subdivisions whose voluntary NHS response rates were so low that Statistics Canada had no choice but to remove them from the data outcomes.

0:
The amount of voluntary NHS data that the city of Toronto says it will use to compare with previous census data. The city cites NHS reliability concerns when it comes to historical comparisons. [Source]

$22 million:
The additional cost of replacing the long-form census with the voluntary NHS

Source:
Hennessy's Index

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/index
... is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. The home page includes links to all past editions.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

4. Behind the Numbers (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Blog) - Recent Posts

October 3, 2013

CCPA's national blog, Behind the Numbers, delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Recent posts:

IPCC : Time for a Global Carbon Budget
http://e2.ma/click/9gdue/dk2e7/to4r7b
By Marc Lee

City of Regina, we need to talk
http://e2.ma/click/9gdue/dk2e7/9g5r7b
By Simon Enoch

Quebec Values Charter: Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem
http://e2.ma/click/9gdue/dk2e7/p95r7b
By Philippe Hurteau (IRIS)

Blackberry and what’s wrong with sectoral development
By David Macdonald
http://e2.ma/click/9gdue/dk2e7/516r7b

The rise and fall (and rise?) of Blackberry – the story that just won’t quit
http://e2.ma/click/9gdue/dk2e7/lu7r7b
By Armine Yalnizyan

What’s the real cost for Regina’s wastewater P3?
http://e2.ma/click/9gdue/dk2e7/1m8r7b
By Toby Sanger

Trickle-down would work if it weren’t for the sponges at the top
http://e2.ma/click/9gdue/dk2e7/hf9r7b
By Armine Yalnizyan

Source:
Behind the Numbers
http://behindthenumbers.ca/
Blog of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

5. Who’s Hungry 2013: A Tale of Three Cities - September 24
(Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto)

From the
Daily Bread Food Bank (Toronto):

Who’s Hungry 2013: A Tale of Three Cities
http://www.dailybread.ca/whos-hungry-2013-a-tale-of-three-cities/
September 24, 2013
For a fifth year in a row, food banks in the GTA saw over a million client visits. Underneath that figure hides very different numbers for different parts of the GTA, depending if people live in the city core, the former inner suburbs, or the 905 region. The former inner suburbs of Toronto (Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke) saw an increase of nearly 40 per cent since 2008 in numbers of visits to food banks. Those numbers include highly educated, but underemployed, newcomer families with children living in apartments that are barely affordable. In the city core, it is single baby boomers with disabilities who are more often turning to a food bank for support, as they struggle with fixed incomes and rising food costs.

Source:
Daily Bread Food Bank (Toronto)
http://www.dailybread.ca/

Complete report:

Who’s Hungry: A Tale of Three Cities
2013 Profile of Hunger in the GTA
(PDF - 2.2MB, 28 pages)
http://www.dailybread.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/WhosHungry2013FINAL.pdf
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This report talks about three “cities” within the GTA. These cities, the city core, the former inner suburbs, and the 905 area, are seeing different trends in regards to who is coming through the doors of their local food banks. These trends illustrate what many already know, that the GTA and the City of Toronto are rapidly evolving and there are challenges that are emerging as a result of that evolution.

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

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

6. Welfare Incomes Crowdfunding Campaign Update: October 6
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Welfare Incomes
Crowdfunding Campaign Update:
October 6, 2013

Target for this campaign : $20,000
Amount raised so far : $13,200
Number of days left in this campaign : 8
Number of supporters so far : 146
[ Note : To see the list of contributors, click the link above and then, on the next page, click "Activity" near the top of the page. ]

Saving Welfare Incomes : Caledon Institute of Social Policy
- info about the Welfare Incomes campaign (video and text) and that all-important DONATE button.
https://www.giveffect.org/campaigns/159-data-rescue

I support this campaign, and I encourage you to click that DONATE button!
Gilles

Source:
Caledon Blog
http://www.caledoninst.org/Blog/

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.

Giveffect
https://www.giveffect.org/
A crowdfunding platform built for charities

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

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

7. Welfare Re-form : The Future of Social Policy in Canada (Luncheon and Keynote Address by
Sherri Torjman, Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013 : Luncheon (Regina)
Keynote address by Sherri Torjman

Welfare Re-form:
The Future of Social Policy in Canada
(small PDF file, 1 page)
http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/events/pdf/Welfare%20Reform_Luncheon%20Poster.pdf
By Sherri Torjman, Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy
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Welfare is a rule-bound, stigmatizing scheme that guarantees low income. Our studies of income dynamics have led us to conclude that improving welfare can actually confine some recipients to a life of poverty through its insidious trap: the “welfare wall.” We have proposed instead a set of tax-delivered, income-tested programs – child benefits, earnings supplements and disability income - that provide far more effective and more secure forms of income security.

Ms. Torjman’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion entitled “Saskatchewan Practitioners’ Perspectives on the Current and Future Challenges of Canadian Social Assistance”

Source:
University of Regina
School of Public Policy
http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

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

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

8. Why Canada’s voluntary census is worthless - October 4
(Globe and Mail)

Why Canada’s voluntary census is worthless.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/canadas-voluntary-census-is-worthless-heres-why/article14674558/
David Hulchanski, Robert Murdie, Alan Walks and Larry Bourne
October 4, 2013
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The voluntary nature of the NHS was controversial from the start. Can a voluntary survey ever substitute for a mandatory census? In July 2010 the head of Statistics Canada, Munir Sheikh, who was appointed to that position in 2008 by Mr. Harper, issued a short answer with his resignation: “It can not.”
Mr. Sheikh noted that he had no choice but to resign because he “always honoured” his “oath and responsibilities as a public servant as well as those specific to the Statistics Act.” It turns out that he is the one in the debate with the Prime Minister who was ‘right’ and the one who acted ‘honourably’ on our behalf.

The income data in the National Household Survey is not valid. It should not be used or cited. It should be withdrawn. The 2016 census should be restored to the non-politicized, non-partisan scientific methodology that existed prior to the flawed 2011 National Household Survey.

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The authors of the above article are professors who direct the data analysis of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership [ http://neighbourhoodchange.ca/ ] based at the University of Toronto, a multi-year national research initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

9 - 2013 State of the Federation Conference : Aboriginal Multilevel Governance Conference
Kingston, Ontario (November 28, 29, 30)

2013 State of the Federation : Aboriginal Multilevel Governance Conference
http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/conf/upcoming/sotf2013.html
Conference
Kingston, Ontario
November 28, 29, 30
[ NOTA : La version française de l'introduction à la conférence se trouve à la suite de la version anglaise au lien ci-dessus. ]

Themes:
Aboriginal perspectives on governance
Provincial and territorial perspectives on Aboriginal governance
Multilevel governance agreements: lessons from the field
Multilevel governance in the natural resources economy
Multilevel governance under modern treaties: lessons learned and the way forward
Métis Multilevel Governance
Governance and the grassroots: lessons from the Idle No More movement
Comparative perspectives on Aboriginal governance in federal state

Conference Program (PDF - 312K, 3 pages)
http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/conf/upcoming/sotf2013/SoF2013Agenda18Sept.pdf

Register Online
http://events.sps.queensu.ca/cgi/page.cgi?event_id=145&_id=3&action=viewdetail

Source:
Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/index.html

...at Queen's University
http://www.queensu.ca/

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- An Overview of the Working Lives of Older Baby Boomers, 1983 to 2010 - October 2
--- Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2011 - October 2
--- Your Guide to Data Sources on Census Program Topics, Census year 2011 - September 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 ]

October 2, 2013
An Overview of the Working Lives of Older Baby Boomers, 1983 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2013352-eng.htm
An Overview of the Working Lives of Older Baby Boomers
By Aneta Bonikowska and Grant Schellenberg
Contents:
Abstract
Executive summary
Main article
Tables
Charts
References
User information
PDF version

October 2, 2013
Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131002/dq131002b-eng.htm
In 2011, Ottawa–Gatineau had the highest median total family income (before tax) of all census metropolitan areas (CMAs) at $93,440, according to data derived from personal income tax returns.

September 30, 2013
Your Guide to Data Sources on Census Program Topics, Census year 2011
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/ref/92-135/index-eng.cfm
This guide offers details on Statistics Canada's socioeconomic data sources related to 2011 Census Program topics, including administrative data sources, cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal data sources and postcensal surveys.

There are three ways to access the information. The first is through the list of 13 Census Program topics. The second is by type of survey. The third is by using the A to Z survey list.

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



Source:
The Daily

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


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

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

11. 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

October 5, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Take action on child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/take-action-child-care
2 Oct 2013 | Canada
Toolkit and resources from United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)Canada includes materials from the Rethink child care campaign, a video, and an online petition to Stephen Harper.

Million-dollar babies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/million-dollar-babies
2 Oct 2013 | Canada
Cover story from Maclean's weighs in on the debate around the costs of raising children in Canada and argues that "by far the largest sticker shock that new parents face comes from child care costs".

Buyer beware: What parents navigating Canada's child care market need to know
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/buyer-beware-what-parents-navigating-canadas-child-care-mar
2 Oct 2013 | Canada
Blog by Martha Friendly introduces new website to help parents navigate patchwork of regulated and unregulated child care in Canada and argues that, "two simple realities account for Canadian families' high use of unregulated child care...there are nowhere near enough regulated child care spaces [and] regulated child care - mostly funded through user fees - is usually much too expensive for ordinary middle income parents".

Manitoba needs a public childcare system
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/manitoba-needs-public-childcare-system
1 Oct 2013 | Manitoba
Blog from CCPA Manitoba features Susan Prentice who argues that "a public system can deliver high quality programs through planning, target-setting, accountability, quality improvement and evaluation".

Caledon Canada Social Report and Data Rescue crowdsourcing campaign
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/caledon-canada-social-report-and-data-rescue-crowdsourcing-
25 Sep 2013 | Canada
Campaign from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is seeking donations to keep alive the Welfare Incomes report that was cut, along with the National Council of Welfare, by the federal government. Welfare Incomes is an important piece of data in the fight against poverty and provides the objective evidence to make the case for decent incomes and for welfare reform.

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

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

Child care help: National website to help parents choose quality daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/child-care-help-national-website-help-parents-choose-quality-daycare
30 Sep 2013 | Canada

Nurseries 'should focus on play – not the three-Rs'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/nurseries-should-focus-play-%E2%80%93-not-three-rs
1 Oct 2013 | Europe

Libs seeks to claw back childcare millions
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/libs-seeks-claw-back-childcare-millions
1 Oct 2013 | Australia and New Zealand

Mississauga daycare operator facing manslaughter trial
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/mississauga-daycare-operator-facing-manslaughter-trial
1 Oct 2013 | Ontario

Children of working mums do better at school
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/children-working-mums-do-better-school
30 Sep 2013 | Australia and New Zealand

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

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CRRU Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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.)
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:

October 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/04/
Government Shutdown and Affected Services (5 articles)
Intergenerational Poverty – Utah

October 3, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/03/
States and Medicaid Expansion
Government Shutdown and Affected Services (5 articles)

October 2, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/02/
States and Medicaid Expansion (4 articles)
Affordable Care Act Implementation (2 articles)

October 1, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/01/
Poverty Measurement – California
Government Shutdown and Affected Services (5 articles)

September 30, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/30/
First Generation College Students
Recession and Poverty (3 articles)

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

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
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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

13. [U.S.] Getting Older, Growing Poorer - October 5
(New York Times)

Getting Older, Growing Poorer
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/opinion/sunday/getting-older-growing-poorer.html
October 5, 2013
The basic outlines of poverty in America are sadly familiar. At last count, 46.5 million people were poor — 15 percent of the population. Women and children, especially in single-mother families, were, as always, hit hardest. Another group, people 65 and older, now seems vulnerable as well. In analyzing the recent Census Bureau report on poverty, researchers at the National Women’s Law Center found that from 2011 to 2012, the rate of extreme poverty rose by a statistically significant amount among those 65 and older, meaning that a growing number of them were living at or below 50 percent of the poverty line. In 2012, this was $11,011 a year for an older person living alone.

Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

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

14. [U.S.] A Radical Fix for the Social Safety Net: Replace It All With One BIG (Basic Income Guarantee) Idea - October 2
(Daily Finance)

A Radical Fix for the Social Safety Net: Replace It All With One BIG (Basic Income Guarantee) Idea
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/10/03/radical-social-safety-net-fix-basic-income-guarantee/
(Scroll about one-third of the way down the page to read this article.)
October 3, 2013
By Rich Smith
"Social engineers, on both the right and the left, have made [Social Security] complex in order to achieve their ends without anyone being able to see what they were doing. Whatever really underlies the 2,728 rules in Social Security's handbook and the tens of thousands of rules ... that 'clarify' the 2,728 rules, our Social Security system as currently designed is a travesty that leaves most of us largely in the dark about our retirement incomes." -- Boston University Economics Professor Larry Kotlikoff.
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Precisely. And it's not just Social Security. The whole social "safety net" system in America is pretty messed up. With names like Medicare and Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, SSI, WIC, and Section 8, this hodgepodge of dozens of federal and state programs costs tens of billions of dollars a year just to administer.
(...)
It's enough to make you want to just chuck the whole system and start over. And in fact, that's precisely what Allan Sheahen proposes in his July 2012 book -- recently issued in paperback -- on the "Basic Income Guarantee," or "BIG." [ Amazon : http://goo.gl/u2Uyjt ]

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COMMENT by Gilles:

The notion of Basic Income Guarantee (a.k.a. BIG, a.k.a. guaranteed annual income) goes back several hundred years (Google "Speenhamland") in Western societies and even further, right back to Ancient Rome and Greece. Today, BIG proposals pop up from time to time in the context of reforms addressing wealth and income inequality.

There is a surprisingly high degree of support for the BIG concept from the Far Right to the Far Left (or social conservatives to socialists , if you prefer). That's because, like all "Big Bang" scenarios, the devil's in the details. The fiscal and social conservative think tank Fraser Institute and those of their ilk salivate at the thought of combining all of Canada's major social programs (Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, provincial/territorial social assistance, housing assistance, etc.) into one basic benefit, and saving scads of money for government coffers through improved administrative and program efficiencies (e.g., cutting staff, tightening eligibility). On the other hand, many social advocacy groups like Canada Without Poverty (CWP), are strongly supportive of any government initiative that would improve the financial well-being of disadvantaged individuals and families. The difference between the Fraser and CWP versions of BIG is, of course, in the amounts that would be payable to Canadian individuals and families...

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Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm
...for 400 GAI (or BIG) links, including:

* A 39-page guide to GAI written back in 1976 by the National Council of Welfare
* Information about Mincome Manitoba, Canada's GAI experiment in the mid-1970s
* Information from the Basic Income Canada Network
* Several compelling presentations, articles in the media and videos by Canadian (Kingston) Senator Hugh Segal, parliamentary champion of GAI
* Information about and by the (international) Basic Income Earth Network
* much, much more...

Source:
Daily Finance
http://www.dailyfinance.com/

15. [United Kingdom] People under 25 should not be able to claim welfare, must be forced to ‘earn or learn’: British PM David Cameron - October 2
(National Post)

People under 25 should not be able to claim welfare,
must be forced to ‘earn or learn’: British PM David Cameron
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/10/02/people-under-25-should-not-be-able-to-claim-welfare-must-be-forced-to-earn-or-learn-british-pm-david-cameron/
By James Kirkup, The Telegraph [U.K.]
October 2, 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron said jobless people under the age of 25 should not be allowed to claim unemployment benefits as he signaled a crackdown on welfare payments. Anyone under 25 would not be able to claim housing or unemployment benefits under an all-Conservative government, he suggested, saying the young should be forced to “earn or learn.”

Source:
National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/

See also:

UK finance minister to court voters with tough welfare rules
http://www.newsdaily.com/united-kingdom/98796c5c084b4ae4b88c2e6bd086d85f/uk-finance-minister-to-court-voters-with-tough-welfare-rules
September 29, 2013
Source:
NewsDaily
http://www.newsdaily.com/

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

16. Sizing up poverty in Hong Kong- September 30
(South China Morning Post)

Sizing up poverty in Hong Kong
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1320690/sizing-poverty-hong-kong
September 30, 2013
By Carrie Lam
Publication of Hong Kong's first official poverty line at the Commission on Poverty summit on Saturday marked a significant step forward in poverty-alleviation work. As chairwoman of the commission, I am indebted to members for their hard work in the past 10 months.

As the chief executive has said, the government has a duty to assist the poor. To ensure we do a proper job, he gave the commission the task of drawing a poverty line which is credible and generally accepted, locally and internationally. The consensus reached reflects a wish to better understand the poverty situation and an earnest desire to provide clear policy direction for poverty-alleviation measures.

The official poverty line has three functions: it measures and analyses poverty here; facilitates evidence-based policymaking; and, assesses the effectiveness of policy intervention.
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Hong Kong's poor population last year was around 1.02 million (403,000 households), representing a poverty rate of 15.2 per cent.

[ Author Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is Hong Kong's chief secretary ]

Source:
South China Morning Post
http://www.scmp.com/

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

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

17. 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)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

2 October 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1347
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4897

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- States get tough on corporal punishment
- Nordic ombudspersons commit to end genital mutilation
- ‘Strongest’ UN move to protect human rights defenders
- Armed conflict , state violence & transitional justice
- Child allowed gender change on official documents
- Children in school receive political propaganda
- Guaranteeing the best interests of migrant children
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on El Salvador
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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

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

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is 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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Contronyms
http://rinkworks.com/words/contronyms.shtml

A synonym is a word that means the same as another.
An antonym is a word that means the opposite of another.
A contronym (also called antagonym) refers to words that, by some freak of language evolution, are their own antonyms.

Some examples:

apology - admission of fault in what you think, say, or do; formal defense of what you think, say, or do
bolt - secure, run away
by - multiplication (e.g., a three by five matrix), division (e.g., dividing eight by four)
cleave - separate, adhere
clip - fasten, detach
consult - ask for advice, give advice
dollop - a large amount, a small amount
dust - add fine particles, remove fine particles
enjoin - prescribe, prohibit
fast - quick, unmoving
first degree - most severe (e.g., murder), least severe (e.g., burn)
fix - restore, castrate
flog - criticize harshly, promote aggressively
garnish - enhance (e.g., food), curtail (e.g., wages)
give out - produce, stop production
grade - incline, level
handicap - advantage, disadvantage
help - assist, prevent (e.g., "I can't help it if...")
left - remaining, departed from
liege - sovereign lord, loyal subject
mean - average, excellent (e.g., "plays a mean game")
off - off, on (e.g., "the alarm went off")
out - visible (e.g., stars), invisible (e.g., lights)
out of - outside, inside (e.g., "work out of one's home")
oversight - error, care
pitted - with the pit in, with the pit removed
put out - extinguish, generate (e.g., something putting out light)
quiddity - essence, trifling point
quite - rather, completely
ravel - tangle, disentangle
rent - buy use of, sell use of
rinky-dink - insignificant, one who frequents RinkWorks
sanction - approve, boycott
sanguine - hopeful, murderous (obsolete synonym for "sanguinary")
screen - show, hide
seed - add seeds (e.g., "to seed a field"), remove seeds (e.g., "to seed a tomato")
skinned - with the skin on, with the skin removed
strike - hit, miss (in baseball)
table - propose (in the United Kingdom), set aside (in the United States)
transparent - invisible, obvious
unbending - rigid, relaxing
variety - one type (e.g., "this variety"), many types (e.g., "a variety")
wear - endure through use, decay through use
weather - withstand, wear away
wind up - end, start up (e.g., a watch)

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Journey of the guitar solo through time (video, duration 6:18)
http://www.wimp.com/guitartime/

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The Simplest Explanation Of Obamacare. Ever. (video, duration 6:53)
http://www.upworthy.com/the-simplest-explanation-of-obamacare-ever

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25 Hottest Urban Legends
http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp

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Online Stopwatch / Countdown Timer
http://www.online-stopwatch.com/
===> Links to 19 different timers, including a stopwatch, an egg timer, a chess timer, an alarm clock, a talking clock and many more!

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