Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 6, 2011

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

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content


1.
Veterans' Week (November 5-11, 2011)
2. The Privatization of Social Housing
(Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum) - November 5
3. Occupying the Lange and O’Leary Exchange (Armine Yalnizyan in the Progressive Economics Forum) - November 3
4. Occupy Wall Street: Will tighter financial rules even the playing field? (Montreal Gazette) - November 5
5. Social Policy and Canadians with disabilities (Council of Canadians with Disabilities) - November 1
6. Ontario Social Assistance rates effective November / December 2011 (CLEONet) - November 1
7. Jennefer's links (Ontario media monitoring miscellany) - November 2
8. Hunger Count 2011 (Food Banks Canada) - November 1
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, October 2011 - November 4
--- Leading Causes of Death in Canada, 2008 - November 1
--- Pension Satellite Account, 2010 - October 31
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say (New York Times) - November 4
13. [U.S.] DataFinder : national, state and community-level demographic and administrative data (Center for Law and Social Policy - CLASP)
14. [U.S.]
Punishing Poverty [drug testing for welfare] (New York Times) - October 31
15. Oligarchy, American Style (Paul Krugman in the New York Times) - November 3
16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. Veterans' Week (November 5-11, 2011)

Veterans' Week (November 5-11, 2011)
Make remembrance more than something you feel.
Make it something you do.
Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week - this year is no different. During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

[ Find an event near you ]

The Canada Remembers Program
The Canada Remembers Program endeavours to keep alive the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war and peace.

Source:
Veterans' Affairs Canada

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From the
Royal Canadian Legion:

The Poppy Campaign
- includes : *
History * Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae * The Flower of Remembrance * A Symbol of Unity * The Lapel Poppy

2. The Privatization of Social Housing - November 5
(Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum)

The Privatization of Social Housing
By Nick Falvo
November 5, 2011
Last weekend, I spoke on a panel at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association. The panel was inspired in large part by the recent debate in Toronto over Mayor Rob Ford’s attempt to sell social housing units to private buyers. The panel, entitled “To Privatize or Not to Privatize? That is the question,” included myself, Vince Brescia (President and CEO of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario), John Dickie (President of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations), and Margie Carlson (Director of Policy Research and Networks at the Social Housing Services Corporation).
- [incl. speaking notes from Nick Falvo]
Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
The Progressive Economics Forum 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.

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

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

3. Occupying the Lange and O’Leary Exchange - November 3
(Armine Yalnizyan in the Progressive Economics Forum)

Also from the
Progressive Economics Forum:

Occupying the Lange and O’Leary Exchange
By Armine Yalnizyan
November 3, 2011
Starting today I will be on a regular weekly biz panel for the Lang and O’Leary show, every Thursday night. The panel will take on two six minute segments to discuss the big economic stories of the day. Today’s proposed topics – the Eurozone mess, whither Canada’s GDP, is Occupy a media invention/will it hold without media attention, upcoming job market numbers. A cool opportunity to bring a progressive perspective into perhaps the most neoliberal — and watched — Punch and Judy show in the business news universe, at least in English-speaking Canada.
The show airs daily on CBC News Network, between 7 and 8 p.m.
The biz panel segment will be in the second half of the show, after 7:30.
Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

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From the CBC:

Lang and O'Leary Exchange : November 3, 2011 (video, duration 59:27)
TIP: If you really can't stomach the blowhard O'Leary, click and drag the video status bar to the 34-minute mark to catch Armine's panel segment, including her friendly observation that if Kevin loves the U.S. so much, he should consider moving there. (Yay, Armine --- I'm thinking of starting an online petition to muster some support for that!)

You can watch the show each weeknight from 7-8pm on the CBC News Network, or (over the coming weeks) go to the
Lang & O'Leary Exchange website and click on the links to the Thursday shows, above for the first segment involving Armine,
who is senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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

4. Occupy Wall Street: Will tighter financial rules even the playing field? - November 5
(Montreal Gazette)

Occupy Wall Street: Reining in the rich
Will tighter financial rules even the playing field?
By Alex Roslin
November 5, 2011
MONTREAL (...)The eight-week-old Occupy Wall St. movement has highlighted mounting anger at a financial system that allowed out-of-control bankers to plunge the global economy into its worst downturn since the Depression, only to bail them out with billions in taxpayer money while they rewarded themselves outlandish bonuses. Some commentators say the answer is tighter financial rules and an end to billion-dollar bank bailouts. But would this make the economy fairer? Would it get the protesters to put down their signs and go home?
(...)
In Canada, income inequality is by some measures the worst it’s ever been in 90 years of recorded history, worse even than at its previous peak in the Roaring Twenties, said Armine Yalnizyan, a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
“The system is concentrating wealth in fewer and fewer hands. It’s not a sustainable trajectory,” she said. In a study last December, Yalnizyan found that the richest one per cent of Canadians capture a whopping 32 per cent of all income growth.
Source:
Montreal Gazette

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

5. Social Policy and Canadians with disabilities - November 1
(Council of Canadians with Disabilities)

From the
Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD):

Social Policy and Canadians with disabilities
14.3% of Canadians report having a disability. Canadians with disabilities are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than other Canadians. They face exclusion from quality education, from employment and from participation in their communities. CCD's Social Policy Committee provides leadership on addressing the social and economic exclusion of persons with disabilities.
- incl. links to:
* Overview * National Action Plan * Poverty * Employment * Disability Supports * Access/Inclusion * Federal Disability Act * Income * Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship (CURA) * Immigration * Federal Elections * Resources * Archives

Recent Work:

November 1, 2011
Gender, Disability and Low Income
This fact sheet compares the rates at which men and women with and without disabilities experience low incomes.

November 1, 2011
Trying to ?Make the Grade?: Education, Work-Related Training
This fact sheet looks at the education, work-related training and low-income status of Canadians with and without disabilities.

November 1, 2011
From Coast to Coast: Provincial Rates of Low-Income among Canadians With and Without Disabilities
This fact sheet looks at the low income rates of people with and without disabilities in each province, and also compares the rates of low-income among people living in rural and urban communities who do and do not have disabilities.

Source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.
CCD's Priorities Include:
* Disability-related supports
* Poverty alleviation
* Increased employment for persons with disabilities
* Promotion of human rights
* More...

Links to other CCD issues
This is a link to the CCD website home page, where you'll find the following tabs across the top of the page:
* Human Rights * Transportation * International * Technology

Related link:

Honouring leaders who help disabled:
Poverty and isolation remains reality for too many of 14.3% of Canadians with disabilities
November 02, 2011
Two former prime ministers and many other federal politicians were scheduled to be honoured last night for making Canada a more inclusive place for people with disabilities.
“We’re looking at what we’ve achieved over the past 30 years,” said Laurie Beachell, national co-ordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. The celebration at the Delta Ottawa was to include politicians of all stripes and representatives of more than 50 disability advocacy groups. (...) But after the celebration, there is more work to be done, Beachell said. The council’s member groups are meeting today to discuss ways to reduce poverty among people with disabilities and combat the “welfare-ization” of benefits for disabled people.
Source:
Metro News - Ottawa

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- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

6. Ontario Social Assistance rates effective November / December 2011 - November 1
(
CLEONet)

Ontario Social Assistance rates effective November / December 2011 (PDF - 70K, 1 page)
This rate table reflects the 1 per cent increase to Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates announced in the 2011 Ontario budget.
Source:
CLEONet
CLEONet is a web site of legal information for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities.

Ministry of Community and Social Services - Ministry responsible for social assistance in Ontario
Ontario Works - for eligible people without disabilities 

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - for eligible people with disabilities

NOTE : for more Ontario welfare information, go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page of this site :
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

...and click Ontario in the left margin.

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- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

7. Jennefer's links (Ontario media monitoring miscellany) - November 2

Thanks to Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre in Toronto for sharing the links below.

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Charitable giving may be getting a remake a la “The Big Society”:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/giving-news/ottawa-looks-at-rewriting-rules-on-charitable-giving/article2216738/

Charities facing the crunch:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/giving-news/for-canadas-charities-this-is-a-time-of-crisis-and-a-moment-of-opportunity/article2218067/page3/

Changing the name from not-for-profit to social profit:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/giving-commentary/its-time-to-say-not-to-not-for-profit/article2217493/

David Hulchanski says the 99% know all about it:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1075921--the-99-know-all-about-inequality

Linda McQuaig on how to make inequality obsolete:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1075258--mcquaig-how-to-make-inequality-obsolete

Thomas Walkom on who gets scapegoated, and when:
http://mobile.thestar.com/mobile/NEWS/article/1075824

The problem of taxing the rich:
http://www.ctv.ca/generic/generated/static/business/article2217753.html

Bob Rae on depression and mental health:
http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2011/11/bob-rae-opens-up-on-depression-mental-health.html

Flaherty takes RDSP personally:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/21/disability-plan-touches-flaherty

Harper’s war on labour:
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2011/10/28/lawrence-martin-harper%e2%80%99s-new-winning-strategy-%e2%80%93-war-on-labour/

Heather Mallick on the InSite victory:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1064610--mallick-punishing-the-pain-of-others

BC raises minimum wage:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/31/bc-no-longer-last-in-minimum-wage

Legal Aid Ontario is upping the income level for eligibility:
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1077276

What Canadians think of the Occupy protests:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/26/more-favour-occupy-protests-than-oppose

On “Generation Squeeze”:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/after-the-boomers-its-generation-squeeze/article2205685/

Changing how public services are delivered:
http://reviewcanada.ca/essays/2011/09/01/is-public-service-delivery-obsolete/

International:

A reminder to read “7th Billion Baby” reports critically:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100113125/pc-lingo-cant-disguise-the-racist-malthusian-subtext-of-the-7-billionth-baby-panic/#.TqduGoWfO9I.facebook

Richard Gwyn on how the angry Occupy mob became respectable:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1071427--gwyn-angry-mob-suddenly-respectable

8. Hunger Count 2011 - November 1
(
Food Banks Canada)

From Food Banks Canada:

Hunger Count 2011 (PDF - 4.2MB, 36 pages)
A comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in Canada, and recommendations for change

Selected HungerCount Information 1999-2011 (Microsoft Excel 2007 file - 626K)

Chart : Food bank use in Canada (March 2011)
Food Banks Canada has released data detailing how many Canadians used food banks across the country in March 2011. Hover over the chart to read how many people used food banks in each province that month, and what percentage of those people were children.

Provincial HungerCount 2011 Reports
Click this link to access all HungerCount reports for 2011 as well as reports for 2008 to 2010.
NOTE: HungerCount 2011 reports are available for the following provinces only:
* British Columbia * Alberta * Saskatchewan * Manitoba * Ontario * Nova Scotia

Source:
Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing and supporting the food bank community across Canada. Our Members and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of people accessing food banks and food programs nationwide. Our mission is to help food banks meet the short-term need for food, and to find long-term solutions to hunger.

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Media coverage:

Food bank use stays high
November 1, 2011
Food bank use across Canada remained more than 25 per cent above pre-recession levels in March, the group representing food banks said Tuesday. Food Banks Canada said an annual survey of its members showed a slight decrease in the number of food recipients from the same month a year earlier — two per cent to 851,014 — but little change over all. The steady numbers show the effects of recession are still being felt across Canada, and the organization says that means economic recovery isn't working for everyone.
Source:
CBC News

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Stretched food banks a measure of Canada’s frail recovery
By Tavia Grant
November 1, 2011
The number of Canadians using food banks has declined slightly, but persistent demand indicates many are struggling in a frail economic recovery. More than 851,000 individuals visited a food bank in March alone, a number that’s little changed from last year’s record and still 26 per cent above prerecession levels, Food Banks Canada’s annual survey, to be released Tuesday, shows.

[ 397 comments ]

Related Globe and Mail articles:

* Feed a student, feed the future
* Food bank use drops, but still higher than before recession
* It's time to close Canada's food banks

Source:
Globe and Mail

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

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, October 2011 - November 4
--- Leading Causes of Death in Canada, 2008 - November 1
--- Pension Satellite Account, 2010 -
October 31

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

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November 4, 2011
Labour Force Survey, October 2011
Following an increase in September, employment declined by 54,000 in October, all in full time. October's loss pushed the unemployment rate up 0.2 percentage points to 7.3%. Over the last year, total employment has risen by 237,000 (+1.4%).
- includes 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 : October 9 to 15, 2011
November 4, 2011
Highlights
Analysis — October 2011

Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
User information
Related products
PDF version (435K, 59 pages)

[ earlier reports in this series ]

Source:
Labour Force Information - main product page*
This publication provides the most current monthly labour market statistics. Each month, this publication contains a brief commentary highlighting recent developments in the Canadian labour market. It also includes a series of charts and tables on a variety of labour force characteristics, such as employment and unemployment for Canada, the provinces, metropolitan areas and economic regions.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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[Analysis of the October 2011
numbers by the Canadian Labour Congress
]

November 1, 2011
Leading Causes of Death in Canada, 2008
This publication lists statistical tables of ten leading causes of death in Canada for selected age groups by sex; ten leading causes of infant death; and ten leading causes of death for provinces and territories by sex

Leading Causes of Death in Canada - Product main page*
This publication lists statistical tables of ten leading causes of death in Canada for selected age groups by sex; ten leading causes of infant death; and ten leading causes of death for provinces and territories by sex.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

October 31, 2011
Pension Satellite Account, 2010
The continuing overall improvement in financial markets and, in particular, the recovery of Canadian equity markets in 2010, drove pension wealth to nearly $2.3 trillion at year end. The total value of pension assets in Canada increased 9.8% in 2010, following a 15.7% advance the year before. Assets in individual registered saving plans and employer-based pension plans combined accounted for 92.3% of total pension wealth in 2010. Social security plans made up the remainder.

The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

November 5, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

What's new online this week

Right in principle, right in practice: Implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in Canada
2 Nov 2011
The latest report from the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children provides a "comprehensive analysis of Canada's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child today", and finds that "the public need for quality-assured child care and support for early childhood development is not satisfied by currently available options".

Toronto municipal child care’s long history
2 Nov 2011
This week's Know Thy History: Looking Back on Child Care examines the role of the City of Toronto as an early leader in child care.
Towards the marketization of early childhood education and care? Recent developments in Sweden and the United Kingdom 2 Nov 2011
Article from Nordic Journal of Social Research compares recent ECEC policy developments in Sweden and the United Kingdom; trends towards marketization and universalization are analyzed and "suggest a complex picture of competing policy logics and goals in the restructuring of welfare states".

Education at a glance 2011: OECD indicators
2 Nov 2011
Latest edition of annual Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report "shows who participates in education, how much is spent on it, and how education systems operate."

Does when you are born matter?
The impact of month of birth on children's cognitive and non-cognitive skills in England

2 Nov 2011
Report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (UK), launched as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science, shows that month of birth may have long term consequences for young people's education and labour market choices.

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Toronto daycares on the brink
4 Nov 2011 Ontario

UK and Ireland top European table of for-profit care providers
2 Nov 2011 Europe

Child care for all! Harvard must support student parents
1 Nov 2011 United States

Mayor Rob Ford closes doors to public during child care meeting
1 Nov 2011 Ontario

Swedish dads swap work for child care duties
1 Nov 2011 Europe

MORE child care in the news

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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

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.

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

11. 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 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
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:

November 4:
Supplemental Poverty Measure
Concentrated Poverty in the US
Child Poverty in the US
Homeless Children and Families - Chicago, IL
LA Times Series on Buy Here Pay Here Car Dealerships
Welfare Cuts - Michigan
October 2011 US Unemployment

November 3:
Concentrated Poverty in the US

November 2:
National Assessment of Educational Progress
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - Maine
Foster Care - Washington, South Dakota

November 1:
State Medicaid Programs - Kentucky, Wisconsin
Welfare Cuts - Michigan
Achievement Gap - Illinois

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

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

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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

12. Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say - November 4
(New York Times)

Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say
By Jason deParle and others
November 4, 2011
WASHINGTON - When the Census Bureau said in September [see Sept. 13, below] that the number of poor Americans had soared by 10 million to rates rarely seen in four decades, commentators called the report "shocking" and "bleak." Most poverty experts would add another description: "flawed." Concocted on the fly a half-century ago, the official poverty measure ignores ever more of what is happening to the poor person's wallet - good and bad. It overlooks hundreds of billions of dollars the needy receive in food stamps and other benefits and the similarly formidable amounts they lose to taxes and medical care. It even fails to note that rents are higher in places like Manhattan than they are in Mississippi.

On Monday, that may start to change when the Census Bureau releases a long-promised alternate measure [bolding added] meant to do a better job of counting the resources the needy have and the bills they have to pay. Similar measures, quietly published in the past, suggest among other things that safety-net programs have played a large and mostly overlooked role in restraining hardship: as much as half of the reported rise in poverty since 2006 disappears.
Source:
New York Times

Related links:

On September 13, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2010 edition of its annual report entitled
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States <=== this link will take you to a section of the U.S. Governmment links page of this site

Links to the new measure will be posted on Monday, November 7 (2011), to one of the two following URLs:

U.S. Census Bureau : Poverty <=== includes "Latest Releases"
* Supplemental Poverty Measure - Latest Research - links to six reports and papers on the Supplemental Poverty Measure

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

13. [U.S.] DataFinder : national, state and community-level demographic and administrative data - NEW!
(Center for Law and Social Policy - CLASP)

CLASP DataFinder is a custom, easy-to-use tool developed to provide select demographic information as well as administrative data on programs that affect low-income people and families. Users can create and download custom tables that present a national picture, a state picture or a comparative look at states and communities. The DataFinder currently includes state and national data on:
* child care assistance spending and participation * Head Start and Early Head Start participation* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) expenditures * young child demographics; and poverty. The tool also provides community-level statistics on education, demographics and youth violence. CLASP will add more data to this evolving tool over time.
1. Choose one or more states.
2. Choose one or more years (earliest year : 1997)
3. Choose Variables from the list below:

* Poverty
* Young Child Demographics
* Child Care Subsidies: CCDBG Participation
* Child Care Subsidies: Spending
* Head Start: All Programs
* Early Head Start
* Temporary Assistance Expenditure Data
* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Caseload Data
* Educational Attainment
* Working Families Demographics
* Income and Work Supports

Source:
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Since 1968, CLASP has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country's most effective voices for low income people. CLASP's mission is to develop and advocate for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. In particular, we seek policies that work to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.
[ Source: About CLASP ]

[ Watch a two-minute video about CLASP - from the CLASP About Us page. ]

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

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

14. [U.S.] Punishing Poverty [drug testing for welfare] - October 31, 2011
(New York Times)

[U.S.]

Punishing Poverty
Editorial
October 31, 2011
Being poor and needing public assistance is not a crime. Yet some states and cities, including New York City, are gratuitously inflicting punitive measures on people who seek government help. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed a new law in May that requires all applicants for the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to submit a urine sample and pass a drug test. Last week, a federal judge in Orlando temporarily enjoined enforcement of that intrusive policy on grounds it violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches.
Source:
New York Times

- Go to the Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients (Ontario) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/drug_testing.htm

15. Oligarchy, American Style - November 3
(Paul Krugman in the New York Times)

Oligarchy, American Style
By Paul Krugman
November 3, 2011
Inequality is back in the news, largely thanks to Occupy Wall Street, but with an assist from the Congressional Budget Office. And you know what that means: It’s time to roll out the obfuscators! Anyone who has tracked this issue over time knows what I mean. Whenever growing income disparities threaten to come into focus, a reliable set of defenders tries to bring back the blur. Think tanks put out reports claiming that inequality isn’t really rising, or that it doesn’t matter. Pundits try to put a more benign face on the phenomenon, claiming that it’s not really the wealthy few versus the rest, it’s the educated versus the less educated. (...) Some pundits are still trying to dismiss concerns about rising inequality as somehow foolish. But the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake.

[ More information about Paul Krugman + links to more of his articles ]

[ Definition of "oligarchy" from Wikipedia]

[ Comments (419) ]

Source:
New York Times

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

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

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

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

2 November 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1249
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Children treated as adults: India, Bahrain
- State violence: Syria, Yemen
- Discrimination: US, Moldova, China
- Proposed legal regressions: Norway, US
- (Only) meat on the menu: France
- New ESCR guidelines: African Commission
- In other news: Corporal punishment, Funding opportunity
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

Source:
CRINMAIL (incl. subscription info)

[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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


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Twenty-Five Language Facts

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1. Hoover vacuum cleaners were so popular in the UK that many people now refer to vacuuming as hoovering.

2. Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.

3. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

4. Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.

5. WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW.. 'WASITACARORACATISAW'.. This is the only English sentence which even if we read in reverse, it'll give the same sentence.

6. "Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."

7. The word "clitoris" comes from the Greek word meaning "side of a hill".

8. The Danish word for condom is 'svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel'.

9. 'Go', is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

11. There are around 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.

12. Shakespeare's works contain first-ever recordings of 2,035 English words, including critical, frugal, excellent, barefaced, assassination, and countless.

13. The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

14. The word "pornography" comes from the Greek meaning the "writings of prostitutes."

15. There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

16. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month.

17. The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for 'To Insure Prompt Service'.

18. The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and Portuguese.

19. The word 'set' has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

20. The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West, and South!

21. The word 'Indiana' is Native American for 'Land of the Indians', yet less than 16,000 Native Americans live there.

22. The word 'gymnasium' comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means 'to exercise naked.'"

23. The longest word in the English language with no vowels is Rhythms.

24. The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

25. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!

Source:
http://www.funfactz.com/language-facts/
[Click the link for a bazillion more language facts]

 

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Douchebag Buffalo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ_7GtE529M

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For the horse and dog lovers out there (video, duration 2:11)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ceJAPRH1Bs

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Cracking an egg open underwater (Surprise ending!) (video, duration 41seconds)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTFvJJGMfJY

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Obesity in America
http://i.imgur.com/HbwPQ.jpg

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"It's the white house on the left - you can't miss it."
http://imgur.com/r/pics/R0uPv