Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 7, 2014

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 2,715 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. Fraser Institute misleads on costs of Canada Pension Plan (Andrew Jackson, Broadbent Institute) - September 4
2. Societal changes happening in Calgary and Edmonton from the perspective of two former city councillors - September 2-4 (By Joe Ceci of Calgary and Michael Phair of Edmonton)
3. Realizing Our Potential: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, 2014-2019 (Government of Ontario) - September 3
4. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - August 20 (2014) issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
5. Toronto child poverty rate at ‘epidemic’ levels (Toronto Star, Social Planning Toronto) - August 27
6.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, August 2014 - September 5
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2014 -
September 5
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. By the Numbers: US Poverty (Bill Moyers.com) - July 24
10. [U. S.] Using Gambling ("prize-linked savings accounts") to Entice Low-Income Families to Save (New York Times) - August 30
11. Inequality for All (Robert Reich on the Moyers & Company TV show) - September 20, 2013
12. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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1. Fraser Institute misleads on costs of Canada Pension Plan - September 4
(Andrew Jackson, Broadbent Institute)

From the
Broadbent Institute:
[ https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/ ]

Fraser Institute misleads on costs of Canada Pension Plan
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/fraser-institute-misleads-costs-canada-pension-plan
September 3, 2014
By Andrew Jackson
The Fraser Institute has released a new report [see link below] purporting to show that the real cost of operating the Canada Pension Plan is $2 billion per year, or four times as much as shown in the financial statements of the CPP Investment Board. The study confuses the cost of operating the Canada Pension Plan, and the operating expenses of the CPP Investment Fund. The latter are just $490 million or 0.28% of assets. These operating costs are much lower than those of most other large private pension plans, let alone the 2 to 3% management fees paid by most ordinary individual investors in mutual funds.
(...)
The Fraser Institute implies, without any real evidence, that CPP Investment Fund costs are a bad deal for Canadians. Yet returns are clearly much higher than the individual retirement savings vehicles that the Institute favours.

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From the
Fraser Institute:
[
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/ ]

Accounting for the True Cost of the Canada Pension Plan (PDF - 524K, 10 pages)
http://goo.gl/fX7LFo
By Philip Cross and Joel Emes
September 2014

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

2. Societal changes happening in Calgary and Edmonton from the perspective of two former city councillors - September 2-4
(By Joe Ceci of Calgary and Michael Phair of Edmonton)

Societal changes happening in Calgary and Edmonton
from the perspective of two former city councillors:

Joe Ceci of Calgary and Edmonton's Michael Phair each have 15 years of experience in municipal politics. Together they often discuss, debate and trade insights on urban culture, community economic development and municipal governance. Below, you'll find links to recent articles on annexation and taxation, municipal authority, and poverty reduction.

[Joe Ceci is now public policy manager at Momentum [ http://www.momentum.org/ ] , a Calgary community economic development agency.
Michael Phair is currently a part-time educational co-ordinator at the University of Alberta.]

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Opinion: Protection from recurring cycles of poverty
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/Opinion+Protection+from+recurring+cycles+poverty/10171927/story.html
By Joe Ceci and Michael Phair
September 4, 2014
(...)
Calgary and Edmonton have reached a place where we must be realistic about poverty reduction, and that means moving beyond the strategic process to full implementation.
Cities don’t have the ability to do this alone. We need the co-operation of all orders of government, with specific focus placed on poverty reduction, universal child care, adoption of a living wage and a guaranteed annual income. Our conversations with others (including those from the private and non-profit sectors as well as governments) must be for the sake of supporting and implementing this kind of lasting structural change.

Source:
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/

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Guaranteed annual income would wipe out poverty
http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/op-ed/Ceci+Phair+Guaranteed+annual+income+would+wipe+poverty/10171963/story.html
By Joe Ceci and Michael Phair
September 3, 2014
(...)
It is time to institute a living wage, based on the household budget approach developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ https://www.policyalternatives.ca/ ]. The calculations show the minimum income an individual or family must have to be able to afford their most basic needs.
(...)
With the average income for our cities hovering near $60,000, a new economic policy for a guaranteed annual income is necessary. A guaranteed annual income would ensure that people in our cities who have no incomes (or minimal ones) are protected from recurring cycles of poverty. The adaptation of a guaranteed annual income, alongside a living wage policy, would generate further opportunities for community economic development in both cities.

Related link:

Calculating the Living Wage: Webinar for local communities
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc/events/calculating-living-wage-webinar-local-communities
Tuesday, September 9th, from 12 PM to 1 PM PDT
The Living Wage for Families Campaign has received more than three dozen requests from communities around BC (and across western Canada) asking how the local living wage can be calculated. To help the living wage movement grow, you are invited to join us for a free one-hour webinar on how the Living Wage for Families calculates the annual living wage, and to learn how you can adopt this methodology to use in your own community (anywhere in Canada).

Source:
BC Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc/

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Opinion: Boldly broaching two touchy topics
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/Opinion+Boldly+broaching+touchy+topics/10161319/story.html
By Joe Ceci and Michael Phair
September 2, 2014
Calgary and Edmonton are arguably two of Canada’s most diverse and complex cities. They are a big part of the reason why Alberta currently leads the nation in terms of population and employment growth. With all of these economic, social and structural changes abounding, we got together to analyze our cities’ collective positions on development. We found that two components of city governance are inextricably linked to all this growth: taxation and annexation.

Source:
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/

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Today’s cities should be given greater powers
http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/op-ed/Ceci+Phair+Today+cities+should+given+greater+powers/10168639/story.html
By Joe Ceci and Michael Phair
September 2, 2014
Municipal services now extend far beyond roads and sewers. Cities are expected to generate and preserve a rich community experience that enhances urban quality of life. Calgary and Edmonton are in the throes of this challenge, attempting to address the increasing expectations of their citizens. How they go about doing this will inevitably have long-term impacts on the province’s future prosperity and development. Is it worth having a conversation about? We thought so.

Source:
Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/

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Albertans have bigger priorities than low taxes
http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Ceci+Phair+Albertans+have+bigger+priorities+than+taxes/10166737/story.html
By Joe Ceci and Michael Phair
September 2, 2014

(...)
The annual collection of property taxes in both cities means hundreds of staff assess every piece of property's value and use a formula to levy and collect the tax. It's time to end the entire property tax system. Instead, a portion of that income tax (which is levied by the federal and provincial governments) should be designated to the cities. This is quite simple and would streamline the currently cumbersome tax system.

Source:
Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

3. Realizing Our Potential: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, 2014-2019 - September 3
(Government of Ontario)

From the
Government of Ontario:

Ontario's new Poverty Reduction Strategy
http://www.ontario.ca/home-and-community/realizing-our-potential-poverty-reduction-strategy-2014-2019
September 2014
Every person has potential. And together, we have the potential to tackle poverty — for good.
Learn about new and enhanced programs, services and benefits that will reach more vulnerable people and lead more families toward a brighter future.

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Realizing Our Potential:
Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014-2019)
HTML version :
http://www.ontario.ca/home-and-community/realizing-our-potential-ontarios-poverty-reduction-strategy-2014-2019
PDF version (4MB, 52 pages) : https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/documents/3384/en-prs-bklt-aug-28th-approved-final-s.pdf
E-Book version : http://www.ontario.ca/home-and-community/realizing-our-potential-poverty-reduction-strategy-2014-2019-0

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Realizing the Potential of All Ontarians
New Poverty Reduction Strategy Aims to End Homelessness

http://news.ontario.ca/prs/en/2014/09/realizing-the-potential-of-all-ontarians.html
News Release
September 3, 2014
Ontario's new Poverty Reduction Strategy is focused on ending homelessness and providing a stable foundation to help people rise out of poverty. The strategy will invest in initiatives that are evidence-based and measurable, so that Ontario can track its progress and get the best possible results for people. The strategy, Realizing Our Potential, recommits to reducing child poverty by 25 per cent. It will also help support those in poverty to access jobs, education and training opportunities, while continuing to maintain income security for vulnerable Ontarians.

Quick Facts:
* The strategy builds on Breaking the Cycle, Ontario’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy, launched in 2008. The original strategy helped lift 47,000 children and families out of poverty in the first three years.
* Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $4 billion to affordable housing initiatives.
* Ontario continues to call on the federal government to be a partner in its poverty reduction efforts. A strong federal partner is necessary as the province works toward meeting its poverty reduction goals

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Backgrounder:
Realizing Our Potential: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, 2014-2019

http://news.ontario.ca/prs/en/2014/09/realizing-our-potential-ontarios-poverty-reduction-strategy-2014-2019.html
September 3, 2014
Ontario's new Poverty Reduction Strategy, Realizing Our Potential, is built around four key pillars:
1. A Long-Term Goal to End Homelessness in Ontario
2. Continuing to Break the Cycle of Poverty
3. Moving Toward Employment and Income Security
4. Investing in What Works

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From
CBC.ca
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[ http://www.cbc.ca/ ]

Ontario misses target on child poverty reduction, blames Ottawa
'Extraordinary progress' made, though the promised 25 per cent reduction not met

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/toronto/story/1.2754692
September 3, 2014

Video : Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy (8MB, duration 2:27)
http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/video/clips/ys_2506272347.html

On September 3, Alan Neal, host of CBC Radio All in a Day, interviewed Minister Deb Matthews, after which Mike Bulthuis (Executive Director of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa) offered some initial reactions. The two interviews are available here:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/All+in+a+Day/ID/2506144261/

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From the
Toronto Star:

[ http://www.thestar.com/ ]

Wynne’s poverty agenda keeps social justice in the window: Editorial
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/04/wynnes_poverty_agenda_keeps_social_justice_in_the_window_editorial.html
September 4, 2014
There’s nothing easy about tackling poverty and homelessness, even in a society as affluent as ours. It’s especially tough at a time when Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government is struggling to squeeze every penny from the $130-billion provincial budget to eliminate a $12.5-billion deficit by 2017-18. So Ontario’s new five-year anti-poverty strategy – dubbed “Realizing our Potential” – was bound to be more aspirational than quick fix when Deputy Premier Deb Matthews rolled it out this week. Social advocates give the government credit for dreaming big. As Matthews said, poverty should be no one’s destiny. But...

Social groups applaud plan to end homelessness in Ontario, but urge deadline http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/09/03/liberals_promise_to_end_homelessness_some_day.html
September 3, 2014

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Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
http://abeoudshoorn.com/blog/?p=999
Abe Oudshoorn

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From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[ http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Tackling social assistance poverty:
A test of success for Ontario’s second five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy
http://goo.gl/FRVpwq
September 3, 2014
The provincial government unveiled its second five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy earlier today, called ‘Realizing Our Potential’. ISAC commends government for continuing to focus on reducing and eliminating poverty in Ontario. We cannot have a fair and a just province when 1.5 million Ontarians continue to live with the effects of poverty and inequality every day.

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- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty_ontario.htm

4. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - August 20 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : September 3 (2014) - issue 137 (PDF - 161K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_137.pdf
September 3, 2014

This issue covers the following:

Ø New Data Shows Epidemic Poverty Levels in Toronto
Ø How Poor are America’s Poorest? U.S. $2 a Day Poverty in a Global Context
Ø Policies that Build (Caring) Community
Ø The Faculty at Work Report
Ø National Report on Heath Care: Seniors Health Issues and the Impact of an Ageing Population
Ø Experiencing Homelessness. The Seventh Report Card on Homelessness in Greater Moncton

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#spar
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this site, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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

5. Toronto child poverty rate at ‘epidemic’ levels - August 27
(Toronto Star, Social Planning Toronto)

Toronto child poverty rate at ‘epidemic’ levels
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/08/27/toronto_child_poverty_rate_at_epidemic_levels.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
August 27 2014
Toronto ties with Saint John, N.B., as the Canadian city with the highest child poverty rate, according to a new report being released Wednesday that charts the rate of child poverty in each of Toronto's 140 neighbourhoods.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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Poverty in Toronto : Factsheet (PDF - 988K, 4 pages)
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fact-Sheet-New-Poverty-Data-FINAL.pdf
NOTE : This four-page fact sheet visualizes new data on poverty in Toronto. The document has been jointly prepared by the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto, Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change, Ontario Campaign 2000, and Social Planning Toronto.

A full report will be released in the fall.

Prepared jointly by the following groups:

Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto
http://www.povertyfreetoronto.org/

Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
http://www.torontocas.ca/

Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change
http://accessalliance.ca/community/advocacy/colourofpoverty

Ontario Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/

Source:
Social Planning Toronto
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, August 2014 - September 5
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Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2014 - September 5

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

September 5, 2014
Labour Force Survey, August 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140905/dq140905a-eng.htm
By Dana Flavelle
September 2, 2014

Related link from the
Toronto Star:

StatsCan’s August jobs numbers draw scrutiny : Economists eyeing data closely.
http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/09/02/statscans_august_jobs_numbers_draw_scrutiny.html
By Dana Flavelle
September 2, 2014
Statistics Canada is set to release its August job numbers on Friday.
(...) The economy had created just 157,000 new net jobs in the past 12 months, barely enough to keep up with Canada’s working age population growth. Most of those jobs have been part time.

September 5, 2014
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140905/dq140905b-eng.htm
Labour productivity of Canadian businesses rose 1.8% in the second quarter, after edging down 0.1% in the first quarter.

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

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

7. 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

September 7, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Realizing our potential: Ontario's poverty reduction strategy (2014-2019)
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/realizing-our-potential-ontarios-poverty-reduction-strategy
3 Sep 2014 | Ontario
The Ontario government has released their 2nd poverty reduction strategy.

A call for a budget that pays attention to Canada's children
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/call-budget-pays-attention-canadas-children
3 Sep 2014 | British Columbia
Budget brief from First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition recommends that all 2015 budget measures be assessed for their impacts on children and youth, and especially for impacts on members of vulnerable groups.

Out of school, out of mind: The battle parents face finding out of school childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/out-school-out-mind-battle-parents-face-finding-out-school-
3 Sep 2014 | Europe
Report from Family and Childcare Trust on out of school child care examines the huge struggle facing many UK parents with school-age children.

Ratios for four and five year olds: What does the research say? What else is important?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/ratios-four-and-five-year-olds-what-does-research-say-what-
3 Sep 2014 | Canada
With ratios and class sizes in the news again, we're featuring a BRIEFing NOTE of a literature review that we wrote on the topic in 2009.

Le soutien financier à la garde d'enfants : les effets sur le travail des femmes, le revenu des familles et les finances publiques
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/le-soutien-financier-%C3%A0-la-garde-denfantsles-effets-sur-le-t
3 Sep 2014 | Quebec
Article from Canadian Public Policy provides evidence on the impact of three main measures of public child care funding in Quebec on family income, female labor market participation and provincial and federal public finances.

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

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

Education is not about bottom lines
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/education-not-about-bottom-lines
3 Sep 2014 | Ontario

Full-day kindergarten impacts grade 1,2
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/full-day-kindergarten-impacts-grade-12
3 Sep 2014 | Ontario

Kattawapiskak School in Attawapiskat opens next week
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/kattawapiskak-school-attawapiskat-opens-next-week
3 Sep 2014 | Ontario

Lib Dems promise 15 hours' free child care a week for two-year-olds
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/lib-dems-promise-15-hours-free-child-care-week-two-year-olds
3 Sep 2014 | Europe

Childcare crisis worsens with teachers' dispute, advocate
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/childcare-crisis-worsens-teachers-dispute-advocate
3 Sep 2014 | British Columbia

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

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CRRU Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

8. 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.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

September 5, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/05/
US Food Insecurity (2 articles)
Joblessness and Unemployment (2 articles)
Prize-Linked Savings Accounts

September 4, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/04/
Student Loan Debt and Black Students
Baltimore Beginning School Study
States and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)
Working Households and Basic Needs – Michigan

September 3, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/03/
Mixed-Income Housing – New York
Falling Food Stamp Receipt

September 2, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/02/
Public Assistance Receipt (2 articles)

September 1, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

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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

9. By the Numbers: US Poverty - July 24
(Bill Moyers.com)

By the Numbers: US Poverty
http://billmoyers.com/2013/05/29/u-s-poverty-by-the-numbers/
Updated July 24, 2014
By Greg Kaufmann

[Excerpts only --- click the link for the complete collection of numbers]:
Unless otherwise noted, all figures are based on 2012 Census Data on poverty, the most recent released.

* US poverty (less than $19,090 for a family of three): 46.5 million people, 15 percent
* People who would have been in poverty if not for Social Security, 2012: 61.8 million (program kept 15.3 million people out of poverty)
* People in the US experiencing poverty by age 65: Roughly half
* Twice the poverty level (less than $46,042 for a family of four): 106 million people, more than 1 in 3 Americans
* Jobs in the US paying less than $34,000 a year: 50 percent
* Families receiving cash assistance, 1996: 68 for every 100 families living in poverty
* Families receiving cash assistance, 2011: 27 for every 100 families living in poverty
* Impact of public policy, 2010: Without government assistance, poverty would have been twice as high — nearly 30 percent of population
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Annual cost of child poverty nationwide: $500 billion

Author Greg Kaufmann is a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress [ http://www.americanprogress.org/ ]

Source:
Bill Moyers.com
http://billmoyers.com/

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

10. [United States] Using Gambling to Entice Low-Income Families to Save - August 30
(New York Times)

Using Gambling ("prize-linked savings accounts") to Entice Low-Income Families to Save
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/business/using-gambling-to-entice-low-income-families-to-save.html
By Patricia Cohen
August 30, 2014
While building up savings offers the best route out of poverty, the glamourless grind of socking away a dollar here and there has a tough time competing with the heady fantasy of a Mega Millions jackpot. But instead of attacking lotteries, a growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using them to encourage low-income families to save. They offer what are known as prize-linked savings accounts, which essentially treat every deposit as a ticket in a prizewinning raffle. The idea is to offer the thrill of gambling without the risk. Even perennial losers keep their savings.

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Playing the Odds on Saving
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/playing-the-odds-on-saving/

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

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- Go to the Social Costs of Gambling Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gambling.htm

11. Inequality for All - September 20, 2013
(Robert Reich on the Moyers & Company TV show)

Inequality for All
http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-inequality-for-all/
September 20, 2013
Robert Reich tells Bill Moyers about 'Inequality for All,' a documentary about our shrinking middle class and the growing problem of income inequality.
[ Robert Reich was Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor; he is currently a professor at the University of California Berkeley.

NOTE : This video is almost an hour long, and WELL worth the time to watch!

Source:
BillMoyers.com
[ http://billmoyers.com/ ]

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

12. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

03 September 2014 - CRINmail issue 1393
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1393
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Petition to overturn Nigeria death sentence
- Children forced to watch beheadings in Iraq
- Girl heads lawsuit alleging health rights abuses
- Transparency urged in search of disappeared
- People prepare for forced labour in cotton fields
- African Committee issues first general comment
- CRC session & Day of General Discussion
Access to justice for children in Morocco
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm

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The Middle East explained in seven sentences:

1. We support the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS.

2. We don't like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like.

3. We don't like Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but ISIS is also fighting against him.

4. We don't like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.

5. So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, who we want to lose, but we don't want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.

6. If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less.

7. And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who were not actually there until we went in to drive them out.

Got it?

Source:
EMail

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Wicked Indian Drummers (video, duration 3:43)
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8e2_1410102769

Nice, but it's not the Tam Tams du Mont Royal:

Les TamTams du Mont Royal (video, duration 10:24)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2AYXJWsfgw

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Someone stole my mood ring.
I don't know how I feel about that.

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