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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 7, 2005

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1420 subscribers.

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1.  Impact of the National Child Benefit on the Incomes of Families with Children: A Simulation Analysis
 (Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services) - August 4
2.  Labour Force Survey, July 2005 (Statistics Canada) - August 5
3. Ontario Expands Best Start for Children Initiative (child care) (Ministry of Children and Youth Services) - July 28
4. Manitoba's Action Plan on Early Learning and Child Care (Government of Manitoba) - July 15, 2005
5. A comprehensive poverty reduction strategy in Newfoundland and Labrador (Provincial Government) - June 2005
6. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - August 5

International Content

7. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- August 4

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

NOTE:
To minimize the strain of distribution of this newsletter using Ontario's shaky hydroelectric energy grid, I've kept the number of new links lower than usual.
There, Dalton, I've done my bit.
(That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it...)
(;-D

GS


1. Impact of the National Child Benefit on the Incomes of Families with Children: A Simulation Analysis - August 4
(Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services)

Reports confirm that the National Child Benefit contributes to reducing child poverty
August 4, 2005
"OTTAWA — Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services today affirmed that the National Child Benefit contributes to reducing child poverty in Canada. This is supported by an analysis they released today titled Impact of the National Child Benefit on the Incomes of Families with Children: A Simulation Analysis. It is also supported by two recently released reports: National Child Benefit Progress Report: 2003 released on April 6, 2005 and Evaluation of the National Child Benefit Initiative: Synthesis Report released on June 6, 2005. (...) Technical evaluation reports are available upon request from Social Development Canada."

Complete report + annexes:

Impact of the National Child Benefit on the Incomes of Families with Children: A Simulation Analysis
Annex 1: Impact of the National Child Benefit on the Incomes of Families with Children: Using Post-Tax Low-Income Measure (LIM)
Annex 2: Impact of the National Child Benefit on the Incomes of Families with Children: Using Market Basket Measure

Related links to government content:

National Child Benefit Progress Report: 2003 - April 2005
Evaluation of the National Child Benefit Initiative: Synthesis Report - February 2005

Source:
The National Child Benefit Website
[Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services]

Related links to non-government content:

Challenge to the Clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement
December 10, 2004
"Today the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) and the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI), have formally launched a legal challenge to the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement from families on social assistance."
Source:
Ontario Project for Inter-Clinic
Community Organizing (OPICCO)

Canadian Social Research Links Caselaw Links ===> start at the top of this page for links to resources that include insights from Carol Goar and Richard Shillington, as well as one of the rare editorial comments you'll find on the Canadian Social Research Links website --- concerning my fears for single childless people on welfare and for future funding for the programs that depend on the clawback for their financial lifeblood.
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
Charter Committee on Poverty Issues

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Case Law / Court Decisions / Inquests page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/caselaw.htm

2. Labour Force Survey, July 2005 - August 5
(Statistics Canada)

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

August 5, 2005
Labour Force Survey, July 2005
Employment was unchanged in July following an increase of 79,000 during the previous three months. Job gains total 110,000 (+0.7%) so far in 2005, slightly less than the 143,000 (+0.9%) over the same period a year ago. In July, the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 6.8%, still among the lowest in almost three decades.

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

3. Ontario Expands Best Start for Children Initiative (child care) - July 28
(Ministry of Children and Youth Services)

McGuinty Government Expands Best Start Plan For Children
Province Creates Approximately 25,000 New Child Care Spaces Easing The Financial Burden On Municipalities

News Release
July 28, 2005
"TORONTO — The McGuinty government is improving access to high quality, convenient child care for thousands of families by delivering an unprecedented investment in early child development while relieving municipalities of their share of the cost of operating new child care spaces, Children and Youth Services Minister Mary Anne Chambers announced today."

Ontario's Best Start Plan to Expand Early Learning and Child Care - Backgrounder

Allocation of New Federal Funds to Municipalities, over Three Years, by March 31, 2008 (PDF file - 84K, 3 pages)

Ontario's Best Start Plan for Early Learning and Child Care Provincial Allocations, over Three Years, by March 31, 2008 (PDF file - 60K, 1 page)

Source:
Ministry of Children and Youth Services

- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm

4. Manitoba's Action Plan on Early Learning and Child Care - July 15, 2005
(Government of Manitoba)

Moving Forward on Early Learning and Child Care - Manitoba's Action Plan - Next Steps
July 15, 2005
- includes the full text of the Agreement-in-Principle between the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba as well as the joint Canada-Manitoba news release announcing the agreement on April 29/05

Manitoba's Action Plan - Next Steps (PDF file - 244K, 6 pages)
July 2005

Related Link:

Manitoba Child Care Program

- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm

5. A comprehensive poverty reduction strategy in Newfoundland and Labrador - June 2005
(Government of
Newfoundland and Labrador)

Reducing Poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador - Background Report and Workbook (PDF file - 1.5MB, 44 pages)
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
June 2005
"In the 2005 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador committed to refine and implement a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy in collaboration with stakeholders both within and outside the government. This document is designed to provide readers with background information on poverty in the province, current initiatives being undertaken by the provincial government and ideas for future action."
Selected content from the background report:
Poverty and its Determinants - Profile of those Living in Poverty - Low income in Newfoundland and Labrador - Incidence of Poverty - Rural and Urban Poverty - Depth of Poverty - Persistence - Factors Influencing Poverty - The Provincial Labour Market - Current Initiatives of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador - Income Support (welfare) Program - Career, Employment and Youth Services - Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB) - Low Income Tax Reduction Program - Initiatives for Children and Families - Initiatives to Increase Women’s Economic Security - Minimum Wage - Housing Supports - What Are other Jurisdictions Doing to Reduce Poverty? (Quebec, rest of Canada, Ireland, Scotland) - Recommendations from Community-Based Groups - Tax Relief - Asset Building Approaches - Finding the Right Policy Mix - more...
+ workbook for citizens to complete and return to the provincial government

Work on the development of a provincial poverty strategy kicks into high gear
News Release
June 24
Joan Burke, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, announced that workshops will begin today on the development of a strategy to reduce the level of poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador. The sessions, to be held in approximately 10 communities over a two-week period, will engage those working with community-based, labour and business organizations and is just one of several activities planned to gather input on how best to reduce poverty in the province."
Source:
Human Resources, Labour and Employment

- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

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


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

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

5-Aug-05

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WHAT’S NEW
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>> Impact of the National Child Benefit on the incomes of families with children: A simulation analysis
by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services
Report from the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services "affirms that the National Child Benefit contributes to reducing child poverty in Canada".

>> Childcare bill consultation: Consultation on legislative proposals for the future of childcare and early years provision in England
by Government of Great Britain. Department of Education and Skills.
Paper from the British government proposes to enshrine in law “parents' legitimate expectation of accessible high quality childcare and early years provision as part of the modern 21st century welfare state”.

>> Public attitudes towards education in Ontario 2004
by D.W. Livingstone & D. Hart
Survey from the OISE/U of T charts current attitudes to education in Ontario; finds strong public support for the greater integration of child care and public kindergarten programs.

>> Toronto 2005-2009 child care service plan
by City of Toronto. Department of Children's Services.
Report from the City of Toronto describes progress achieved to date, and provides a “next step in the City’s move towards integrated planning and delivery of services for young children and families”.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> All my children [US]
New York Times, 31 Jul 05
The Lab School at the University of Chicago was founded by John Dewey and is guided by his philosophy that "the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth." What if the children in Middle America - for that matter, children in the direst straits - got a Lab School-quality education? That's the dream of a growing number of people who are working to make preschool available to all.

>> Low child care wages turn many off industry [AU]
Maitland Mercury, 29 Jul 05
Poor wages are discouraging people from pursuing a career in child care, a Maitland worker believes. Her comments followed the release of an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report this week that showed child care workers were being paid almost half the wages of primary school teachers.

>> Gillan still hopeful for child care deal this fall [CA-PE]
Charlottetown Guardian, 29 Jul 05
With PEI no closer to signing a child care deal with the federal government there is uncertainty if a program will be in place by September.

>> Daycare waiting lists at crisis point: Hundreds of families forced to wait for up to two years [CA-BC]
Vancouver Sun, 28 Jul 05
Waiting lists at child care centres in BC’s Lower Mainland have reached crisis levels, with hundreds of families waiting up to two years for a chance to place pre-school children.

>> Child care places to be made available for all working parents [GB]
Times of London, 15 Jul 05
Under a consultation paper on child care published by Beverley Hughes, the British Minister for Children, municipal governments will be required by law to ensure that there are enough childcare places to meet the needs of all working parents in their area.

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the CRRU e-mail notifier,
including subscription instructions , see http://www.childcarecanada.org
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto, Canada)
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
By Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
6th edition, May 2005, 232 pp

"Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2004 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care, kindergarten, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information."

- 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

7. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- August 4

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)

August 4, 2005
Today's subjects include: Uninsured Children // Medicaid Expansion // Medicaid and Undocumented Immigrants // Illegal Workers, Retirement, and Social Support // Welfare Program and Hmong Refugees - Wisconsin // Welfare Program Administration - Wisconsin // Medicaid - New York // Health Care Program - Tennessee, Massachusetts // Uninsured Children - Indiana, Minnesota, Arizona // Child Support Enforcement - Kentucky, Louisiana // No Child Left Behind Act - Chicago, Detroit // Educational Achievement - New Jersey // Low-Income Housing - Boston

August 1, 2005
Today's subjects include: Fatherless Families and Poverty // Governors' Medicaid Plan - Editorial // State Budget and Welfare - Wisconsin // Working Poor and Poverty - Lima, OH // Improving the Social Safety Net - Boston // Push for Faith-Based Antipoverty Initiative - Utah // Minimum Wage - Michigan // Cuts in State Health Plan - Tennessee // Marriage Bonus Proposal - Washington, DC // Kids Count Report and Unemployed Parents - Washington, DC, Delaware // Child Well-Being - Indiana, Alabama // Prekindergarten - Louisiana // School Dropout Rate for Foster Children - Georgia // School Outreach in Poor Neighborhood - Rochester, NY // Food Stamps and Food Assistance - Oregon // Food Assistance - Connecticut // Homelessness - New Hampshire

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- July 28, 2005
- July 21
- July 14
- July 7
- June 30

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- 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



Disclaimer/Privacy Statement

Both Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and this Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong solely to me, Gilles Séguin.

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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Gilles

E-MAIL:
gilseg@rogers.com

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E-MAIL HOAXES 101 -  by Gilles

If there's anything that frustrates me as much as e-mail spam, it's those well-intentioned e-mails that people send to their entire address book to warn their friends and acquaintances about impending doom, or to inform them about a new virus or other bad thing that's gonna happen to everyone. Please, when you receive e-mails like the one below, don't perpetuate the hoax by spreading it further afield unless you've determined for sure that it isn't a hoax.

Here's first part of an e-mail that I received recently as a Forward:


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>From: <xx@hotmail.com>
>To: xx@shaw.ca, xx@yahoo.com, xx@pembinatrails.ca, xx@mfnerc.com, gilseg@rogers.com, etc.,  etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.,
 etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.,

>Subject: RE: FW: MSN
>Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 15:11:37 -0500
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>>>Subject: FW: MSN
>>>Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 11:31:39 -0500
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>>>> >>hey guys! im serious: please do this its not a joke!!
>>>>
>>>> >>MSN is planning to take away MSN Messenger by September 14th, 2005.
>>>> >>If you want to keep our MSN Messanger free of charge, send this email
>>>>to
>>>> >>everyone you know. It will be used as a petition. Each person you
>>>>send
>>>> >>this to counts as one signature" If this petition gets 500,000
>>>>signatures
>>>> >>they will keep MSN Messenger.

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CREDIBILITY
Before forwarding any such message to anyone, take a minute to check its credibility online.
Just type the key words into Google, adding the word "hoax" at the end of the search string, e.g., "MSN Messenger hoax" (in this case) without the quote marks. Here is one of the first hits on the results page:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blmsn-mess.htm

Alternatively, you could check out some of the excellent sites that were created specifically to debunk hoaxes and to prevent their perpetuation.
Here are a few sites that I recommend in this respect:

BreakTheChain.org
http://breakthechain.org/

Hoaxbusters
http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/

Urban Legends Reference Pages
http://snopes.com/

Don't Spread that Hoax
http://www.nonprofit.net/hoax/

The Urban Legends Top 25
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bltop25.htm

Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet!
http://bob.bob.bofh.org/~robm/manual/virus/gullibility.html

SPAM MAILING LISTS AND RIGHT TO PRIVACY
Be suspicious of any e-mail that arrives as a Forward with all of those chevrons (<) at the beginning of each line and people's exposed e-mail addresses - hoaxes are usually forwarded many times, some with over a hundred exposed e-mail addresses. I've masked the e-mail addresses (except mine) and deleted most of the entries in the above sample out of respect for people's right to privacy. People who are expert spammers are also expert at intercepting e-mail and copying all e-mail addresses from those lists into their own spam lists. A good rule of self-discipline is to *never* forward an e-mail message that has anyone's exposed e-mail addresses on it, either from your own address book or that of someone who sent it on to you...

Before you create a mailing list using all of the e-mail addresses in your computer's Address Book, keep in mind that many people who cherish their online anonymity might resent you including their coordinates in an exposed list (meaning in the "TO" line of your message). If you really *must* inform a large group of people about something-or-other, pleeeeeze use the BCC line instead of the TO line - that way, no addresses are visible.

SPOOFING
While I have your attention:
Sometimes you can receive an e-mail from someone whose e-mail address is familiar to you, inviting you to check out the attachment to his or her message for one reason or another, when in fact the sender is not the person whose name appears in the "From" line. This is a technique known as "Spoofing" [ http://tinyurl.com/dk4b2 ] and I personally consider it quite dangerous, because (a) I've actually received several e-mail messages from "gilseg@rogers.com" (that's me) wherein "I" invite myself to click on an attachment that contains a virus. It's pretty easy for me to ID that message as a fake and to delete it without clicking the attachment - but *you* have to be wary, too - you might receive such a message, allegedly from gilseg (me), telling you to click the att. - Just Don't Do It.
How do you know which is the real me? You don't, and you never do.
The golden rule to avoid catching a virus by e-mail is never, ever, click an attachment unless you're positive that it's from the correct person --- heck, you can reply to the e-mail (it *will* go to the correct person) or call that person by phone to confirm that the message is legit and that it doesn't contain a virus. If you bug people enough when they send you attachments, eventually folks might stop sending unnecessary attachments and just use the e-mail message textbox itself to communicate.

One last point, not related to Internet hoaxes but rather to online courtesy, known as Netiquette:

If you *must* share something important, touching or hilarious with that special someone (or those special someones) in your Address Book, please remember that some people are on a dialup connection (meaning slowwwww downloads), and that others have e-mail limitations (e.g., total 2MB for all e-mail for their account), such that sending them a large video file might result in their mailbox being disabled until they download the message and attached file. If someone sent you a large file that you feel you *must* share with others, try doing a Google search using the actual name of the file - more often than not, you'll find it online, so you can send your friends the URL of the file rather than the file itself, to give them the option of downloading it or not instead of including a copy of the entire file as an attachment...

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NOTE that there is no joke this week.
If I don't see a bazillion people unsubscribing from the newsletter in the coming days, I might try this editorializing again...
[OK, maybe not every week, then.]
Are there any special topics you'd like to suggest, whether technical or research-oriented?
If so, let me know at gilseg@rogers.com
I'll stick to stuff I know, and I'll tell you if I'm out of my depth.
- free lifetime subscriptions to the newsletter for suggestions that are used!

Gilles