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 --- or two.
I took some time off to celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family - hope you did too, even if you weren't celebrating the same holiday...
this is the first newsletter since the December 17th issue.
The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1727
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.
Peoples Child & Family Review - January 2007 issue
(First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada)
2. fACTivist Newsletter - Winter 2007 issue (Edmonton Social planning Council)
3. France set to declare right to housing (The Wellesley Institute Blog) - January 4
4. Understanding the Early Years: An Update of Early Childhood Development Results in Four Canadian Communities (Human Resources and Social Development Canada) - July 2005
5. Ontario minimum wage increasing February 1 (Ontario Ministry of Labour)
6. The Social Condition in British Columbia [Discussion Paper on Social Condition] (BC Progress Board) - December 15
7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2006 - January 5
--- Foreign and domestic investment in Canada, 2006 - January 4
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2006 - January 4
--- Deaths, 2004 - December 20
--- Gross fixed assets (non-residential), 2006 - December 20
--- Consumer Price Index, November 2006 - December 19
--- Study: Literacy and the official language minorities, 2003 - December 19
--- Employment Insurance, October 2006 - December 19
--- Leading indicators, November 2006 - December 18
8. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - January 5
9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. Policy Hub Bulletin: December 2006 (Policy Hub - U.K.)
1. First Peoples Child &
Family Review - January 2007 issue
First Peoples Child & Family Review
Volume 3 Number 1
"The latest issue of First Peoples Child & Family Review is now available online. We encourage you to check out our latest articles, as well as our offerings from past issues. If you are interested in contributing to the First Peoples journal, as an author or as a reviewer, information can be found on our website or by contacting the coordinating editor at email@example.com. The deadline for the next call for papers is March 31st, 2007."
Excerpts from the
Table of Contents of the January 2007 issue:
- Ensuring Knowledge Transmission in the Aboriginal Child Welfare Field
- Keeping First Nations children at home: A few Federal policy changes could make a big difference
- The politics of kith and kin: Observations on the British Columbia government's reaction to the death of Sherry Charlie
- Reflections of a Mi’kmaq social worker on a quarter of a century work in First Nations child welfare
- Promising practice for maintaining identities in First Nation adoption
- Identity lost and found: Lessons from the sixties scoop
First Peoples Child & Family Review [<=== incl. links to two earlier issues of the review]
A Journal on Innovation and Best Practices in
Aboriginal Child Welfare Administration, Research, Policy and Practice
[ First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada ]
- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
Newsletter - Winter 2007 issue
Recent release from the Edmonton Social Planning Council:
- Winter 2007 issue (PDF file - 268K, 5 pages)
(PDF File dated December 22, 2006)
Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC)
"The Winter 2007 edition of the fACTivist features articles on social inclusion and health. In this issue of the fACTivist, we revisit the social determinants of health (SDOH) and how they relate to social inclusion."
Table of Contents: Year in Review * Social Determinants of Health * Social Inclusion * Projects & Initiatives * United Way Campaign * Membership
[ Earlier ESPC Newsletters - links to six newsletters going back to summer 2003 ]
Mentioned (among other news) in
this issue of the fACTivist:
Making a LIVING:
Defining a Living Wage for Alberta (PDF file - 638K, 8 pages)
(PDF File dated March 2006)
Public Interest Alberta (PIA) contracted the ESPC to produce this report as part of its province-wide Living Wage campaign. The report analyses recent data on income and employment, as well as the results of PIA’s Living Wage survey. The report will be the foundation for PIA’s future advocacy around establishing Living Wage policies at the municipal and provincial levels. Visit PIA’s website (www.pialberta.org/) in early January to view a copy of the report.
Public Interest Alberta and the Living Wage
Living Wage Links
Public Interest Alberta
- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm
France set to declare right to housing - January 4
France set to declare right to housing
January 4, 2007
France is set to declare housing as a fundamental right following a high-profile protest in downtown Paris by homeless people and housing advocates. The right to housing has been recognized in international law for decades, and is incorporated in countless international covenents, treaties, declarations and other legal instruments. However, many countries sign the international documents then fail to incorporate the right to housing in domestic law, which makes it difficult for people to realize that right.
The Wellesley Institute Blog
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm
the Early Years: An Update of Early Childhood Development Results in Four Canadian
Communities - July 2005
Understanding the Early Years:
An Update of Early Childhood Development Results in Four Canadian Communities
July 2005 (Posted to the Internet January 2007)
HTML Table of Contents - links to HTML files for each chapter in the report
HTML Executive Summary
PDF version - (169K, 52 pages)
This report highlights some of the key findings from data collected from four diverse UEY pilot communities: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Prince Edward Island; and Southwest Newfoundland. The findings address how kindergarten children are doing in each community and family and community factors which influence young children’s development.
The author of the report, J. Douglas Willms, is the University of New Brunswick’s Canada Research Chair in Human Development and the director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick.
Human Resources and Social Development Canada
- Go to the Children, Families and
Youth Links (Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm
minimum wage increasing February 1
Raises Minimum Wage
Increase Helps Lowest-Paid And Most Vulnerable Workers
January 3, 2007
TORONTO — The Ontario government is raising the minimum wage on February 1, 2007, for the fourth time since taking office, Labour Minister Steve Peters announced today.
“We are providing Ontario’s lowest-paid and most vulnerable workers with the fourth increase in the minimum wage in four years,” said Peters. “It is to Ontario’s economic advantage to see that our workers are paid a fair wage.” The general minimum wage will be raised to $8.00 per hour on February 1, 2007.
- incl. current and historical minimum wage levels for specific job categories going back to 1995 under the former Tory government
Ontario Ministry of Labour
Also from the same Ministry:
Ontario Employment Standards
Wage - Frequently-Asked Questions
"... the official website of the Ontario Ministry of Labour
for young workers and new workers."
the free encyclopedia:
Minimum wage (International)
This resource is worth viewing --- it contains information on minimum wages in 17 countries (including Canada), along with some objective information on the debate over consequences of minimum wage laws, costs and benefits of minimum wage legislation, recent trends in the U.S., policy alternatives to the minimum wage and much more.
TIP: See "References" and "External Links" (at the bottom of the table of contents) for links to dozens and dozens of free online resources!
WorkRights gives you a chance to access the latest information on the labour codes to your province, and to compare practices in your region with those of other provinces and territories in Canada.
HINT: for info on Canadian minimum wages, click on "Getting Paid" in the left margin of the page, then on "minimum wages"
Google Web Search Results:
"Ontario, minimum wage"
Google News Search Results:
"Ontario, minimum wage"
Google Blog Search Results
"Ontario, minimum wage"
U.S. and minimum wage
Now that the Democrats have regained power in the U.S. Congress, they're planning quick action
on legislative priorities that include boosting both the minimum wage and stem cell research.
(The link takes you to a Google.ca search results for "U.S., minimum wage")
- Go to the Minimum Wage
/Living Wage Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm
Social Condition in British Columbia (Discussion Paper on Social Condition)
- December 15
Progress Board Releases Discussion Paper on Social Condition
On December 15, 2006, the BC Progress Board released a discussion paper on social condition in British Columbia. The paper, entitled "The Social Condition in British Columbia", examines the causes and costs of low income in British Columbia and provides eight suggestions for provincial and federal government consideration. The report was prepared for the Progress Board by Dr. Keith Banting, C.M., Queen's Research Chair in Public Policy at Queen's University.
News Release -
December 15, 2006
Executive Summary (PDF file- 292K, 3 pages)
The Social Condition in British Columbia (PDF file- 2.3MB, 54 pages)
Annual Benchmarking Report Released
On December 15, 2006, the BC Progress Board tabled its Sixth Annual Benchmarking Report "Building on Our Progress - Striving for Excellence" today with the provincial government. The two volume report benchmarks British Columbia's performance against other jurisdictions nationally and internationally on measures of the economy, innovation, education, environment, health and society. Indicators used in the report reflect the most recent final data, usually for 2005.
News Release Volume
Backgrounder PDF (318K)
News Release Volume
Backgrounder PDF (202K)
Building on Our Progress - Striving
Sixth Annual BC Progress Board Benchmarking Report
I - External Performance Review: Inter-Provincial and International (PDF
file - 5.3MB, 202 pages)
Volume II - Internal Performance Review: Regional (PDF file - 5.5MB, 76 pages)
NOTE: if you don't want to download these two massive files, go here:
===>Table of Contents + links to individual chapters (each chapter is in PDF format)
Request a paper copy by mail
BC Progress Board
"The BC Progress Board, formed by Premier Gordon Campbell in July 2001, is an independent Panel of 18 senior business and academic leaders. The Progress Board benchmarks BC's performance on measures of economy, innovation, education, environment, health and social condition over time and relative to other jurisdictions. The Board also advises on ways to improve performance."
- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm
New from Statistics Canada:
What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Labour Force Survey, December 2006
Employment increased by an estimated 62,000 in December, pushing the unemployment rate back down to the 30-year low of 6.1% (-0.2 percentage points). Employment grew by 2.1% (+345,000) in 2006, the highest growth rate since 2002. This was the 14th consecutive year of employment increases in Canada.
January 4, 2007
Foreign and domestic investment in Canada, 2006
Foreign-controlled firms in Canada recorded double-digit investment growth in 2006, propelled by investment in mining and oil and gas extraction, retail trade and manufacturing. Investment by foreign-controlled establishments increased 10.7% to an estimated $53.8 billion in 2006. At the same time, investment by domestic firms rose 7.4% to $153.2 billion.
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2006
The value of retirement savings of 4.6 million Canadian workers with trusteed pension plans declined during the second quarter of 2006, halting seven consecutive quarters of gains. Market value of assets amounted to $819 billion, down 2% from the first quarter. The losses reflect the performance of Canadian stocks in the Toronto Stock Exchange for the same period.
Life expectancy in Canada for both sexes combined surpassed 80 years for the first time in 2004, increasing from 79.9 years to 80.2.
Gross fixed assets (non-residential), 2006
By the end of 2006, the country will have more than $3.1 trillion in structures and equipment, measured in current prices, in use to produce goods and services in the economy. About three-quarters of this total consist of building and engineering structures, while about one-quarter comprises machinery and equipment. A decade ago, this ratio was closer to two-thirds for structures and one-third for machinery and equipment.
Consumer Price Index, November 2006
Canadians paid 1.4% more for the goods and services in the Consumer Price Index basket in November than they did a year earlier. Despite this increase, the growth rate of the all-items index remains well below the 2.3% average for the last five years.
Study: Literacy and the official language minorities, 2003
The literacy situation of Canada's francophones has improved since the mid-1990s. However, individuals with English as their mother tongue still did much better than their francophone counterparts in literacy tests in 2003, according to a new study of literacy among the nation's official language minorities.
Employment Insurance, October 2006
An estimated 489,100 Canadians (seasonally adjusted) received regular Employment Insurance benefits in October, down 0.8% from September and 3.6% lower from a year ago. (...) Regular benefit payments in October totalled $710.3 million, while 224,140 people made initial and renewal claims.
December 18, 2006
Leading indicators, November 2006
The composite leading index rose 0.5% in November, nearly double its upward-revised gain in October. This is the strongest sign yet that the recent slowdown in growth should not be prolonged.
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - January 5
What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
LEARNING AND CHILD CARE SERVICES FOR CANADA: BUILDING ADVANTAGE FROM THE FOUNDATION
Submission by the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada to the federal government in response to their 2006 Economic and Fiscal Update and their strategy document titled Advantage Canada.
CRADLE TO CAREER: CONNECTING AMERICAN EDUCATION FROM BIRTH TO ADULTHOOD
11th annual Quality Counts publication from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center (US) “begins to track state efforts to create seamless education systems from early childhood to the world of work.”
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: PATHWAYS TO QUALITY AND EQUITY FOR ALL CHILDREN
Report from Australian Council for Educational Research finds provision of child care services in Australia to be “insufficient, fragmented, under funded and inconsistent.”
CULTURALLY COMPETENT EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS
Briefing note from FPG Child Development Institute (US) summarizes the study “Diversity competencies within early childhood teacher preparation: Innovative practices and future directions."
Child care in the news
good choice for human resources job [CA]
Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 5 Jan 07
Italian style: A growing movement eschews top-down
learning and lets children set their own education goals [CA]
Ottawa Citizen, 3 Jan 07
care so costly immigrants sending babies back to China [CA]
Globe and Mail, 1 Jan 07
funding too low – developer [NZ]
The Marlborough Express, 27 Dec 0
of early childhood education [US]
Paper of Montgomery County, 26 Dec 06
guarantee of free childhood education hours [NZ]
Sunday Star Times, 17 Dec 06
Wilson reports significant progress in early childhood education [JM]
Jamaica Information Service, 12 Dec 06
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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
Link to the
CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm
- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm
|9. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
- 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.
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.
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 with IRP's permission.
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.
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
Policy Hub Bulletin: December 2006|
(Policy Hub - U.K.)
Policy Hub Bulletin: December 2006
- incl. links to the following recent reports:
* Childhood Obesity Database 2005-06 - DH report
* Alcohol strategy and the drinks industry - JRF report
* Christmas and families after divorce - ESRC research
* Gun crime: the market in and use of illegal firearms - HO research
* Poverty and social exclusion - report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
* Health inequalities update - DH report
* Crime and anti social behaviour on public transport - DfT report
* Monitoring anti-social behaviour - NAO report
* Social benefits and economic costs of taxation - CCPA report
* Sure Start Children’s Centres - NAO report
* Poverty in the UK - report of the Social Justice Policy Group [About the SJPG]
* Social determinants of health - CPRN report
* Website of the Month:
SPEaR launched its next generation website in November 2006, . The SPEaR website in New Zealand is 'a "virtual community" of social policy researchers and evaluators. The aim is to provide a focused and interactive forum for social policy researchers and evaluators across the sector. The website allows us to support research and evaluation into new areas, and encourages researchers, evaluators, and providers to co-ordinate and publicise their work.' (website)
Policy Hub - 'the first port of call for improvements in policy making and delivery'
[Policy Hub is part of HM Treasury]
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News Archive - view the contents of previous Bulletins
- 200+ links
A-Z Key Links - Index of resources featured on Policy Hub
- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm
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