Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 7, 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 2,634 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. Parliamentary Committee Study of Income Inequality - April 2013
2. Federal Support for Health Care Set to Grow from Record Levels in 2013-14 (Health Canada) - April 1
3. The Canada Social Transfer and the Deconstruction of Pan-Canadian Social Policy (Donna E. Wood, University of Victoria) - March 2013
4. Speaking of Vibrant Communities Calgary : Poverty Costs 2.0
5. Nova Scotia Provincial Budget 2013 - April 4
6. Federal and Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitors (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - March 2013
7. Filling the Gap: Measuring Ontario's Balance with the Federation (Mowat Centre) - March 28
8. Federal Budget 2013 analysis by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy - March 2013
9. Recommended resources for federal and provincial/territorial government budget 2013 analysis
10. Dépenses publiques au Québec : comparaisons et tendances (HEC Montréal) - Avril 2013
11. Brigit's Notes, April 2013 + Letter from the Executive Director (Canadian Women's Health Network) - April 2
12. PEF (Progressive Economics Forum) at the Canadian Economics Association meetings in Montréal (May 31 - June 2, 2013)
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, March 2013 - April 5
--- Study: Employment changes across industries during the downturn and recovery - April 4
--- Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 1997 to 2011 - April 3
--- Health indicator profile, by linguistic characteristic, 2009/2010 - April 3
--- Study: Social participation of full-time workers, 2010 - April 2
14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. Mapping for Results: The World Bank (The Scout Report)
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. Parliamentary Committee Study of Income Inequality - April 2013

Parliamentary Committee Study of Income Inequality
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6037233&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1&Language=E
On March 18, 2013, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance ("FINA") announced that it will begin a study on income inequality in Canada in April 2013.

Click the link above to access the March 18 FINA news release.
Excerpt:
"The study will:
* review Canada’s federal and provincial systems of personal income taxation and income supports;
* examine best practices that reduce income inequality and improve per capita gross domestic product;
* identify any significant gaps in the federal system of taxation and income support that contribute to income inequality;
* identify any significant disincentives to paid work in the formal economy that may exist as part of a “welfare trap;” and
* provide recommendations on how best to improve equality of opportunity and prosperity for all Canadians."

Anyone wishing to submit a brief to the Committee had do so before noon on Friday, April 5.

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[NOTE by Gilles : Sorry I didn't post this earlier. The Canada Parliamentary website [ http://www.parl.gc.ca/ ] is (IMHO) both labyrinthine and arcane, forcing visitors to sign up for multiple mailing lists if they want to stay abreast of all matters parliamentary. I hadn't signed up for news releases from the FINA Committee, so I didn't learn about this announcement until this week. I am now on the FINA mailing list.]
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Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1

For more information, please contact:
Christine Lafrance, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Finance
Tel: 613-992-9753
E-mail: FINA@parl.gc.ca

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

2. Federal Support for Health Care / Social Programs Set to Grow from Record Levels in 2013-14 - April 1
(Health Canada)

New from
Health Canada:

Federal Support for Health Care Set to Grow from Record Levels in 2013-14
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/_2013/2013-40-eng.php
April 1st, 2013
Ottawa -The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today reaffirmed that the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) will reach a record high level of $30.3 billion in 2013-14, providing provinces and territories with long-term, predictable and sustainable funding to support the effective front-line delivery of health care services to Canadians and their families.
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The CHT will grow at 6 per cent per year, from $28.6 billion in 2012-13 to a projected $37.7 billion in 2017-18, exceeding the current growth rate of provincial health care spending. Starting in 2017-18, the CHT will grow in line with a three-year moving average of nominal GDP growth, with funding guaranteed to increase by at least 3 per cent per year.
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In addition to the CHT, the federal government provides transfers to the provinces and territories in support of education, child care and social services through the Canada Social Transfer (CST). The Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing Programs also ensure that provinces and territories can provide Canadians access to reasonably comparable programs and services at comparable levels of taxation.

Source:
Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

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New from
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

Federal Support for Social Programs Set to Grow to New Record Levels in 2013-14
http://goo.gl/CCl8G
Undated (tsk-tsk), but likely April 1st, 2013
Gatineau, Quebec—The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today reaffirmed that the Canada Social Transfer (CST) will reach a record high level of $12.2 billion this fiscal year, providing provinces and territories with long-term, predictable and sustainable funding to support education, child care and social services for Canadian families.
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The CST will grow at three per cent per year, from $11.9 billion in 2012–13 to $13.7 billion in 2017–2018 in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, childcare, early childhood development and early learning.
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Details on specific transfer amounts to provinces and territories are available on
the Finance Canada web site:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/mtp-eng.asp

Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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Related links from
Finance Canada:

Federal Support to Provinces and Territories
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/mtp-eng.asp
In 2013–14, provinces and territories will receive $62.3 billion through major transfers (Canada Health Transfer, Canada Social Transfer, Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing) – an increase of $2.2 billion from the previous year.

Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories
http://www.fin.gc.ca/access/fedprov-eng.asp
There are four main transfer programs: the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), the Canada Social Transfer (CST), Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing (TFF). Follow this link for detailed info for all provinces and territories

* History of the Health and Social Transfers
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/his-eng.asp

* Federal Support for Children
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/fsc-eng.asp
- incl. a brief description of, and expenditure information for, the Universal Child Care Plan (2006 and 2007), the Early Learning and Child Care Initiative (2005), the Early Learning and Child Care Framework Agreement (2003), and the Early Childhood Development Agreement (2000)
NOTE: This list formerly included Support for First Nations and Aboriginal Children, but this program was cut by the Harper Government.

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LEST WE FORGET:

Cuts Coming to the Canada Health Transfer
and the Canada Social Transfer?

Email alert from Rob Rainer of Canada Without Poverty [ http://www.cwp-csp.ca ]
February 1, 2011
A rapidly emerging issue of immense public interest is the future of the Canada Health and Canada Social transfers. Critical decisions are coming about these transfers that could greatly shape the health and social security of Canadians in the coming years – and thus the very fabric of Canada. Through these transfers of many billions of dollars, the federal government helps support provinces and territories in the delivery of health care and social security services.

The legislation authorizing these transfers expires March 31, 2014.

In a remarkable open letter on January 25 (2011) to federal Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, former senior Department of Finance officials Scott Clark and Peter Devries lay out the stark implications of this issue. This lengthy open letter offers a detailed analysis of this issue, and it closes with these words and questions (bold lettering added here for emphasis):

The decision you, or any government, will take with respect to the CHT and CST will set the course of the federal government and federal/provincial relations for many years to follow. Is it not possible to engage Canadians in this debate before a final decision is taken? In the past you have supported the analysis and recommendations of the IMF [International Monetary Fund], and quite rightly so. We would strongly recommend that you support the IMF conclusion in its recent report on " the importance of increasing transparency and communication about these challenges (demographic) and their long-run implications, (and) to increase public awareness and contribute to a debate about possible solutions.

Read the
complete open letter:

Pre-Budget 2011 Submission: Confronting the Structural Deficit
http://www.3dpolicy.ca/content/minister-finance-honourable-j-flaherty-pre-budget-2011-submission-confronting-structural-def
To: Minister of Finance The Honourable J. Flaherty
From: Scott Clark and Peter Devries
2011-01-25

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- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

3. The Canada Social Transfer and the Deconstruction of Pan-Canadian Social Policy - March 2013
(Donna E. Wood, University of Victoria)

By Gilles:
The Canada Health and Canada Social transfers are facing an uncertain future as of April 1, 2014.
(see LEST WE FORGET" a bit further up on this page.)
The 37-page report (below) on the Canada Social Transfer by Donna E. Wood of the University of Victoria is a helpful guide to the evolution of federal contributions to provinces and territories for welfare and social services, along with some of the questions that need to be addressed between now and April 2014.
Excellent historical overview.
Recommended reading!

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The Canada Social Transfer and the Deconstruction of
Pan-Canadian Social Policy

By Donna E. Wood, University of Victoria
March 2013

Complete report (PDF - 732K, 37 pages)
(See table of contents below)
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/uploads/pdfs/Canada_social_transfer_Wood_full.pdf

Brief version (PDF - 84K, 3 pages)
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/uploads/pdfs/Canada_social_transfer_Wood_brief.pdf

Table of Contents:
Intro
Part 1 : Building Canada’s welfare state
--- Social assistance,welfare services and the Canada Assistance Plan
--- Postsecondary education and Established Programs Finance
Part 2 : Federal retrenchment and reinvestment
---Re-investments in health care
--- Re-investmentsin welfare services and postsecondary education
--- The split into the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer
Part 3 : The fall out
--- Social assistance
--- Social services and children’s programming
--- Postsecondary education
Part 4 : Who speaks for the Canada Social Transfer?
--- Social development interests
--- Postsecondary education interests
--- Other interests
--- Interests of federal, provincial and territorial governments
Part 5 : So what does this all mean?
--- Does a dedicated federal social transfer still matter?
--- Should the Canada Social Transfer be formally split?
--- Could national standards or conditions be established?
Part 6 : Contemporary challenges in federal-provincial relations
Conclusion
References

Source:
Vibrant Communities Calgary
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/
Vibrant Communities Calgary is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively, with various stakeholders and partners, seeking to engage Calgarians and to advocate for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary.

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- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

4. Speaking of Vibrant Communities Calgary : Poverty Costs 2.0

Speaking of Vibrant Communities Calgary...

Poverty Costs 2.0
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/vibrant-initiatives/poverty-costs-20/
Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) and Action to End Poverty in Alberta (AEPA) are embarking on a follow-up to our report titled Poverty Costs: An Economic Case for a Preventative Poverty Reduction Strategy in Alberta, published in February 2012. From the start of the Poverty Costs project we conceived of a follow-up report to propose evidence-informed ideas for solving poverty. Where the Poverty Costs report demonstrated economic costs of poverty to all of us, Poverty Costs 2.0: Investing in Albertans is about sharing great ideas to help us invest in lasting solutions to poverty.

TIP : Click the link above to access 15 separate papers (in small PDF files) from the Poverty Costs 2.0 web page.
The collection includes papers on the Canada Social Transfer (see above), women's priorities and Aboriginal women's health in Alberta, incarcerated youth and poverty, basic needs, an asset-building approach to solving poverty, and more!

Earlier initiative:

Poverty Costs (2012)
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/vibrant-initiatives/poverty-costs/

Related links:

Vibrant Communities Calgary
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/

Action to End Poverty in Alberta
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/
Action to End Poverty in Alberta is a non-profit initiative that works collaboratively with all levels of government, the community and with people experiencing poverty, to help develop and implement a comprehensive strategy and action plan to end poverty in Alberta.

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

5. Nova Scotia Provincial Budget 2013 - April 4

Nova Scotia Budget 2013-2014
http://novascotia.ca/budget/
Budget home page, includes links to budget themes (Creating Good Jobs - Better Care Sooner - Making Life More Affordable) and links to more info for specific groups (Seniors - Families - Students - Business)

Budget 2013 Brings Province Back to Balance
http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20130404001
News Release
April 4, 2013
Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald tabled a balanced 2013-14 provincial budget today, April 4.
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Some key initiatives from Budget 2013-14 include:
-- reducing small business tax rates for the fourth year in a row, to three per cent
-- funding insulin pumps and supplies for youth up to 19, and supplies for insulin pumps for people younger than 25
-- expanding dental coverage for children by four years to allow children 13 or younger to receive universal dental coverage for checkups and treatment
-- expanding newborn screening to include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and eight other conditions
-- providing personal income tax relief to low-income seniors with a new non-refundable Age Amount tax credit
-- helping students succeed in math with curriculum improvements in grades primary to 3 and 10, doubling the time Grade 10 students learn math
-- targeted school board funding to support students with special needs, including plans to hire 25 new program and support staff, psychologists and speech language pathologists
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Budget Documents
http://novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/budgetdocuments/2011_2013.aspx
- links to all budget documents, some of which appear below.

Budget Bulletins (excerpt from the link above):
Back to Balance - Better Care Sooner - Creating Good Jobs - Focus on Women - Kids and Learning First - Making Life More Affordable - Tax Measures

Budget Highlights (PDF - 916K, 6 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Budget_Highlights.pdf

Budget Assumptions and Schedules (PDF - 3.5MB, 91 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Budget_Assumptions_And_Schedules.pdf

Estimates and Supplementary Detail (PDF - 9.7MB, 198 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Estimates_and_Supplementary_Detail.pdf

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Budget Address (PDF - 280K, 20 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Budget_Address.pdf

Source:
Nova Scotia Department of Finance

http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/

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CBC Budget analysis

Nova Scotia delivers balanced budget, thin surplus
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/04/04/ns-budget-2013.html
April 4, 2013
Nova Scotia's finance minister presented a balanced budget on Thursday with a slim surplus of $16.4 million, fulfilling a modified promise the New Democratic Party made more than three years ago to return the province to the black.

Opposition doubts budget is balanced:
'These numbers are made up, quite frankly'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/04/04/ns-opposition-doubts.html
April 4, 2013

Balancing the budget falls on taxpayers, says advocate:
Restaurant spokesman lukewarm towards small business tax cut

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/04/05/ns-budget-taxpayers-small-business.html
April 5, 2013

Source:
CBC Nova Scotia
http://www.cbc.ca/ns/

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From Huffington Post Canada:

Nova Scotia Budget 2013:
NDP Government Tables $16-Million Surplus

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/04/nova-scotia-budget-2013_n_3015774.html
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's NDP government tabled a slim surplus Thursday of $16.4 million, offering a smattering of small populist measures in what's expected to be its last budget before the next provincial election.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

6. Federal and Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitors - March 2013
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, March 2013 (PDF - 124K, 13 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2013-03.pdf
Content includes budget information from a social policy perspective for all jurisdictions where budgets have been tabled, along with other interesting bits of social policy info
for each province.

Source:
Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor

http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy regularly scans provincial and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our core work and interests. A partial list includes: disability, education, health, housing, income security, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth. This tracking is intended to inform our analysis of policy trends.
[ NOTE : The provincial/territorial policy monitor is now searchable by date, jurisdiction and category – just click the source link above. ]

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Federal Policy Monitor, March 2013 (PDF - 52K, 5 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Federal/2013-03.pdf
Contents of the March 2013 federal monitor:
* Aboriginals * Federal Budget + Caledon Institute Budget response: "The Skilled Budget" * Disability * Employment * Education * Governance * Interim Parliamentary Budget Officer named * Health * Homelessness * Housing * Income Security * Highlights of The Fiscal Monitor (Finance Canada) for January 2013 * Recreation * Seniors.

Source:
Federal Policy Monitor*
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/
[*NOTE : For links to the federal monitor, scroll to the bottom of the page.]
The Caledon Institute regularly scans for the release of federal government policies that impact areas of interest, including income security, disabilities, health, housing, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth.

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The Policy Monitor is produced by the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
The Caledon Institute is a social policy think tank. Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. Caledon does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector. [About Caledon : http://www.caledoninst.org/About%20us/ ]

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

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

7. Filling the Gap: Measuring Ontario's Balance with the Federation - March 28
(Mowat Centre)

Filling the Gap: Measuring Ontario's Balance with the Federation (PDF - 3.1MB, 14 pages)
http://www.mowatcentre.ca/pdfs/mowatResearch/79.pdf
By Noah Zon
March 28, 2013
This Mowat Note examines the balance between what Ontarians pay to the federal government and the amount returned in services and transfers to Ontario and Ontarians. We find that based on the latest available figures, Ontarians transfer approximately $11B on net to the rest of Canada. This transfer is equivalent to 1.9% of the province’s GDP.

Mowat Centre
http://www.mowatcentre.ca/
The Mowat Centre is an independent, non-partisan think tank. Our research focuses on the federal policy frameworks and strategies that will most strongly affect Ontario's prosperity and quality of life in the next century. Our research is comparative, our recommendations are evidence-based and our proposals are grounded in an understanding of how government works and what makes Canada special.

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

8. Federal Budget 2013 analysis by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy - March 2013

Federal Budget 2013 analysis by
the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

The Skilled Budget
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1007
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
March 2013
Skills and training comprise the centerpiece of the federal Budget 2013. But the federal document is also a skilled Budget. The government has been training Canadians for quite some time – to dampen our expectations. The purpose of creating a scarcity mindset is to set the stage. The ground work was so carefully laid that Canadians were primed to expect doom and gloom. Any announcement actually made is hailed as nothing short of miraculous.
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Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

9. Recommended resources for federal and provincial/territorial government budget 2013 analysis

Recommended resources for federal
and provincial/territorial government budget 2013 analysis:

Each of the following websites offers analysis of each federal, provincial and territorial budget after it is tabled.

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Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/gov_finances.jsp
Source:
TD Economics

http://www.td.com/economics/


Federal, provincial and territorial budgets
http://www.ey.com/CA/en/Services/Tax/Tax-Budgets-Provincial
Source:
Ernst & Young
http://www.ey.com/


2013 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
http://goo.gl/k3Tdj
Source:
Deloitte
http://www.deloitte.com/


Federal/Provincial Budgets
http://www.taxtips.ca/provbudgets.htm
- includes links to each federal, provincial and territorial budget along with taxation information for each jurisdiction
Source:
TaxTips.ca

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

10. Dépenses publiques au Québec : comparaisons et tendances - Avril 2013
(HEC Montréal)

Study sounds alarm on Quebec’s spending
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+welfare+state+Study+sounds+alarm+province+spending/8188357/story.html
April 3, 2013
MONTREAL — Quebec spends more money than any other province on programs to subsidize its residents, and care must be taken so the financial crisis that has enveloped several European countries does not happen here. These are the key findings of two researchers who looked at public spending between 1981 and 2009.

Source:
Montreal Gazette

http://www.montrealgazette.com/

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From HEC Montréal:
http://hec.ca/
Centre for Productivity and Prosperity:
* English home page :
http://cpp.hec.ca/en/
* Page d'accueil en français : http://cpp.hec.ca/fr/index/

Quebec the leader in government spending
http://cpp.hec.ca/en/news/article/9563/quebec-the-leader-in-government-spending
News Release
April 3, 2013
[ Version française du communiqué : http://cpp.hec.ca/fr/index/article/9563/le-quebec-champion-des-depenses-publiques ]
The Quebec government spends a great deal more than its Ontario counterpart and far exceeds the average for all Canadian provinces, as is revealed by a recent study by researchers Robert Gagné and Jonathan Deslauriers, of the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity (CPP). “Although the economic situation in Quebec is less worrisome than in Spain, Italy or even Greece, we think it appropriate to ask questions about what place and role the State has in the province’s economy, to avoid finding ourselves in just as serious a crisis,” says Robert Gagné, Director of the CPP...
(...)
the study traces the evolution of government spending in Quebec, Ontario and Canada as a whole from 1981 to 2009, with a view to understanding the main reasons for its growth and to identifying trends.

NOTE : The complete study is available in French only.

Complete study / Étude complète:

Dépenses publiques au Québec : comparaisons et tendances (PDF - 684K, 35 pages)
http://cpp.hec.ca/cms/assets/documents/recherches_publiees/PP_2012_06.pdf
April/avril 2013
Les dépenses publiques du Québec sont beaucoup plus élevées que celles de l’Ontario et dépassent nettement la moyenne des provinces canadiennes, révèle une récente étude réalisée par les chercheurs Robert Gagné et Jonathan Deslauriers, du Centre sur la productivité et la prospérité (CPP) de HEC Montréal.

Source:
Centre for Productivity and Prosperity (CPP):
* English home page :
http://cpp.hec.ca/en/
* Page d'accueil en français : http://cpp.hec.ca/fr/index/
[ CPP is part of HEC Montréal : http://hec.ca/ ]

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From the
Globe and Mail:

Quebec’s ‘welfare state’ on the decline? On the contrary, says new study
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebecs-welfare-state-on-the-decline-on-the-contrary-says-new-study/article10712439/
By Bertrand Marotte
April 3, 2013
Quebec’s ‘welfare state’ is growing, contrary to what many believe, a new study says. Quebec government spending by far exceeds that of its Ontario counterpart and also surpasses the average for all Canadian provinces, according to an analysis by researchers Robert Gagné and Jonathan Deslauriers of HEC Montréal’s Centre for Productivity and Prosperity.

72 comments related to this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebecs-welfare-state-on-the-decline-on-the-contrary-says-new-study/article10712439/comments/

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

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

11. Brigit's Notes, April 2013 + Letter from the Executive Director
(
Canadian Women's Health Network)

Brigit's Notes, April 2013, Letter from the Executive Director
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/BrigitApril2013Letter

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Version française:
Le Bloc-notes de Brigit, avril 2013, lettre de la directrice exécutive
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr/Brigitavril2013lettre
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You’ve been hearing from us for months that our federal funding is coming to an end. That day has come. Effective April 1, we will no longer receive funding from the Women’s Health Contribution Program (WHCP), a program Health Canada set up in 1995 to provide the federal government with policy advice related to women’s health. Those were the days!

The CWHN existed prior to being funded by the WHCP and it will continue to exist as long as we can find ways to keep ourselves sustainable. One of the main roles we have played for the past 18 years has been as the networking and communications arm of the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health. Sadly they, too, are all losing their federal funding. This means that the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Halifax and the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence in Winnipeg will be closing down operations completely. The two other centres – the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver and the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health in Toronto – will remain open for a while, in the hope of finding other sources of funding. Ditto for the Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes in Montréal which has also been a recipient of the WHCP. We will miss working with all these terrific women who gave so much to further the pursuit of research in women’s health. Farewell, sister centres.

Source:
Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
April 2013 issue
http://goo.gl/mrzAZ

In this issue:
Dear friends of the CWHN
Becoming INTERdependent
Hypersexualizing young girls
Women, sex and substance use: chicken and egg?
Racism: A threat to women's health
Featured resources
Upcoming events/calls

Dans cette édition:
Chères et chers amis du RCSF
Devenir INTERdépendante
Le hypersexualisation des jeunes filles
Femmes, sexe et consommation d'alcool et de drogues : l'œuf et la poule?
Des femmes et du racism
Ressources presentées
Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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Donate
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/connect/donate
Support better health for women and girls
Trusted health information can protect women’s lives. The Canadian Women’s Health Network has been the independent voice for women’s health for two decades. Through our office, phoneline, workshops, webinars and website, over 360,000 visitors used our resources last year.

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- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

12. PEF (Progressive Economics Forum) at the Canadian Economics Association meetings in Montréal (May 31 - June 2, 2013)

PEF (Progressive Economics Forum)
at the Canadian Economics Association meetings
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/pef-canadian-economics-association/
May 31 - June 2, 2013
Montreal
The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) holds its own panels and sessions at the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) conference, taking place at HEC Montréal in Montréal this year from May 31 through June 2, 2013.

To attend the PEF meetings, please register for the main
CEA conference
[ http://www.economics.ca/2013/en/ ] and/or contact us:
[ http://www.progressive-economics.ca/contact-us/ ].

The following is the complete list of topics for the PEF sessions, which were organized by Nick Falvo.
Click the top link above for the complete list of topics, speakers and participants.

PEF 1: Will the Eurozone Remain Locked in a Permanent Crisis or Are There Viable Long-Term Solutions?
PEF 2: The Political Economy of Financial Markets in the Wake of Global Financial Crisis
PEF 3: Childcare in Canada – What and how are families doing?
PEF 4: The Costs of Homelessness
PEF 5: The Financing of Long-Term Residential Care in Canada and the United States
PEF 6/CSLS: Living Standards in Canada
PEF Keynote Address: Guillaume Hebert (IRIS), “A History of Neoliberalism in Quebec”
PEF 7: Inflation Targeting After the Crisis: Cracks in the “Consensus?”
PEF 8: Economics of the Possible: Opportunities and Constraints in Québec a Year After the Printemps Érable

Source:
The Progressive Economics Forum Blog

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, March 2013 - April 5
--- Study: Employment changes across industries during the downturn and recovery
- April 4
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Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 1997 to 2011 - April 3
--- Health indicator profile, by linguistic characteristic, 2009/2010 - April 3
--- Study: Social participation of full-time workers, 2010 - April 2

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 ]

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April 5, 2013
Labour Force Survey, March 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130405/dq130405a-eng.htm
Following an increase the previous month, employment declined by 55,000 in March, all in full time. The unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%.

April 4, 2013
Study: Employment changes across industries during the downturn and recovery
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130404/dq130404a-eng.htm
After the most recent downturn began in October 2008, employment declined by 431,000 over 9 months and took 18 months to recover. However, not all industries followed a similar path of decline and recovery.
The above article is now available online in the April 2013 edition of

Full article:

Employment changes across industries during the downturn and recovery
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11775-eng.htm
April 2013
After the most recent downturn began in October 2008, employment declined by 431,000 over 9 months and took 18 months to recover. However, not all industries followed a similar path of decline and recovery.

Source:
Insights on Canadian Society

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-006-X&lang=eng

April 3, 2013
Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 1997 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130403/dq130403b-eng.htm
Detailed tables from the Elementary-Secondary Education Survey are now available on CANSIM for the period 1997 to 2011. These tables cover enrolments in regular programs for youth; number of graduates from regular programs for youth; enrolments in second, immersion and minority language programs; and number of full-time and part-time educators.

April 3, 2013
Health indicator profile, by linguistic characteristic, 2009/2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130403/dq130403c-eng.htm
Data for more than 30 health indicators by mother tongue and first official language spoken are now available from the 2009/2010 Canadian Community Health Survey.

More Health statistics from StatCan
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/health-sante/index-eng.htm

April 2, 2013
Study: Social participation of full-time workers, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130402/dq130402a-eng.htm
The extent to which Canadians do unpaid volunteer work for organizations is affected by their working arrangements. In 2010, about one in five full-time workers aged 25 to 54 (or 2,036,000 persons) volunteered five or more hours per month on a regular basis. In comparison, about one third of part-time workers and nearly one quarter of those who were unemployed volunteered with the same frequency.

Complete study:

Social participation of full-time workers
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-004-m/75-004-m2013002-eng.htm
By Martin Turcotte and Stéphanie Gaudet
April 2013



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

14. 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

April 6, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Can Niagara families afford child care?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/can-niagara-families-afford-child-care
5 Apr 2013 | Ontario
Policy paper focuses on the Niagara Region to illustrate the ongoing problems and issues surrounding early childhood education and care.

Abbott Preschool Program longitudinal effects study: Fifth grade follow-up
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/abbott-preschool-program-longitudinal-effects-study-fifth-g
3 Apr 2013 | United States
Study assesses the impact of pre-K program on children's learning and development based on a cohort of children who completed their 4-year -old year in 2004-05.

Current state of inclusion of children with special needs in child care programmes in one Canadian province
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/current-state-inclusion-children-special-needs-child-care-p
3 Apr 2013 | Alberta
Research from Alberta finds that of the centre-based day care programs and family day home agencies surveyed, 36% of the centre-based programmes and 29% of the family day home agencies that had been contacted by families of children with special needs did not accept them into care.

OCBCC Ontario pre-budget submission presented to the Standing Committee on Finance
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/ocbcc-ontario-pre-budget-submission-presented-standing-comm
3 Apr 2013 | Ontario
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care calls for a fair funding formula for child care and a moratorium on the licensing of for-profit child care in Ontario.

Nova Scotia throne speech announces new department for child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/nova-scotia-throne-speech-announces-new-department-child-ca
3 Apr 2013 | Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia announced the creation of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in the 2013 Speech from the Throne. This will make Nova Scotia the 7th province to integrate child care into the ministry/department responsible for education.

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.

Career or family? Moms face tough choice due to cost of day care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/career-or-family-moms-face-tough-choice-due-cost-day-care
5 Apr 2013 | Ontario

Care for children and older people remains undervalued and underfunded
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/care-children-and-older-people-remains-undervalued-and-underfunded
3 Apr 2013 | Europe

For early childhood development, the U.S. should look south
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/early-childhood-development-us-should-look-south
3 Apr 2013 | United States

High quality learning may mean more women working
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/high-quality-learning-may-mean-more-women-working
3 Apr 2013 | Australia and New Zealand

German childcare allowance raises questions about working moms
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/german-childcare-allowance-raises-questions-about-working-moms
2 Apr 2013 | Europe

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

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CRRU Archive

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

All new content* since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this 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 Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website at the link above.

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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

15. 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:

April 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/05/
State Medicaid Programs (2 articles)
USDA Rural Poverty Initiative – Utah
March 2013 US Unemployment (3 articles)

April 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/04/
States and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)

April 3, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/03/
State Minimum Wage – Maine (3 articles)
Euro Zone Unemployment

April 2, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/02/
Academic Achievement and Income – Oklahoma
Poverty Programs and Spending Cuts

April 1, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/01/
Homelessness and Housing – Wyoming (2 articles)
Paid Sick Leave – New York City (2 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
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)

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

16. Mapping for Results: The World Bank
(The Scout Report)

Mapping for Results: The World Bank
http://maps.worldbank.org/

The effective visual representation of key demographic data through the use of dynamic maps is a powerful tool for policymakers, journalists, and others. The World Bank developed such a program in 2010 as part of the Mapping for Results website. So far, their team has analyzed over 2,500 World Bank-financed projects and geo-coded more than 30,000 locations spanning 144 countries. Visitors can look over the featured articles on the homepage to get a flavor of the projects here, which include stories like "Mapping for Results Goes Local" and "Mapping the Financial Sector in Africa." Visitors can use the interactive map to view projects by country or indicator, which include population density, malnutrition, and infant mortality. Visitors can also learn about the Methodology deployed throughout the maps, which will be useful to those persons looking to understand the inner workings of this complex undertaking. Visitors can sign up to receive updates about the site via Twitter or RSS feed.

Source:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013
https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

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

3 April 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1321
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4678
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Crackdown on NGOs intensifies
- 'They want to marry us at nine' in Egypt
- UN adopts arms trade treaty
- New peace force to be deployed in DR Congo
- Seeking accountability for child sex abuse
- Bill seeks to protect rights of children in armed conflict
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Argentina
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):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only 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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You Know You're Having a Bad Day When...

- Your horn sticks on the freeway behind 32 Hell's Angels Motorcyclists.

- You've been at work 3 hours before you notice that your fly is open or your blouse unbuttoned.

- Your twin sister forgets your birthday.

- Your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles.

- You call the suicide prevention hotline and they put you on hold.

- You have to sit down to brush your teeth in the morning.

- Everyone avoids you the morning after the company office party.

- Your income tax refund check bounces.

- The bird singing outside your window is a vulture.

- You wake up and your braces are stuck together.

- Your blind date turns out to be your ex-wife/husband.

- You put both contacts into the same eye.

- Your mother approves of the person you're dating.

- Your doctor tells you that you're allergic to chocolate.

- You have to borrow from your Visa card to pay your Mastercard.

- Nothing you own is actually paid for.

- The health inspector condemns your office coffee maker.

- You invite the peeping Tom in... and he says no.

- The Gypsy fortune teller offers to refund your money when she sees your future.

- People think that you're 40 and you're only 25.

- When the doctor tells you are in fine health for someone twice your age.

- You call your spouse and tell them that you'd like to eat out tonight and when you get home, your find a sandwich on the front porch.

Source:
Anonymous
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For more like this, see:
http://www.madcool.com/jokes/you-know-you-are/bad-day.htm

 

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And, in closing...

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How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?
http://www.upworthy.com/how-many-minimum-wage-work-hours-does-it-take-to-afford-a-2-bdrm-apartment-in-yo
Ever wonder how people manage to get by on minimum wage? Oftentimes, they don't...
(Sorry, I couldn't find a comparable chart for Canada)

Related article in the New YorkTimes:
http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/paying-rent-on-minimum-wage/

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Do you feel like this each morning as you drag your sorry butt to the office or school? (video, duration 36 seconds)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vmC_kuvWJVo

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Free online photo editing
http://www.picmonkey.com/
Go play.

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Swelling Servings : The Growth of American Food Portions
http://www.upworthy.com/how-to-eat-to-live-instead-of-living-to-overeat
Infographic showing how our meal portion sizes are increasing in direct proportion with our waist sizes.

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Inspiring Talks from TED
http://www.ted.com/

For example:

How to fight desertification and reverse climate change, by Allan Savory
http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change.html
Hey, John Baird --- "Taking your marbles and going home" is not mentioned even *once* in this 22-minute video!!

 

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