Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 7, 2012

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 2,584 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. National Council of Welfare, R.I.P. (1969-2012) // National Council of Welfare Archive, R.I.P. (2012-2012)
2. Canadian Standard Budgets As Alternative Poverty Measures

3. Latest Media and Policy News: October 5, 2012 (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Vital Signs 2012 (links to 15 CITY reports, from Halifax to Victoria)
5. Register now for live webcasts: Meetings of National Housing Research Committee Working Groups [Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation] (November 5-6, 2012)
6. City of Toronto : SPARmonitor (Social Policy Analysis & Research) - October 3
7. The Fiscal Monitor for July 2012 (Finance Canada) - September 28
8. 2012 State of the Federation : Regions, Resources and Resiliency (conference) - Kingston (November 29, 30 and December 1, 2012)
9. 22 Minutes' Dakey Dunn Talks Rona Ambrose (video, duration 2:31) - CBC

10. Abortion and Women’s Rights (Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - October 1
11. Language Portal of Canada on the go! --- The Government of Canada's first mobile linguistic application

12.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, September 2012 - October 5
--- System of National Accounts Historical Revision, 1981 to the second quarter 2012 - October 1
--- Study: Income of Canadian Households, 1981 to 2010 - October 1

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

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [United States] Inequality and Its Perils (Jonathan Rauch
in the National Journal) - September 28

16. [United States]
2012 Presidential Debate Fact-Check and Updates (New York Times) - October 4

17. [United States] The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless (The Atlantic Cities) - October 4
18. There’s no silver bullet solution to Australia’s ageing workforce (The Conversation) - September 25

19. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. National Council of Welfare, R.I.P. (1969-2012) // National Council of Welfare Archive, R.I.P. (2012-2012) - October 4

National Council of Welfare, R.I.P. (1969-2012) // National Council of Welfare Archive, R.I.P. (2012-2012)
October 4, 2012 Update

By Gilles:

The National Council of Welfare (NCW) [ http://www.ncw.gc.ca/ ] closed its doors and its website at the end of September 2012.
If you click the link in the preceding line, it will be dead (whether you're using the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer.)
It would have cost the government a few pennies a year to maintain the Council's entire website as an archive. Instead, they summarily deleted the Council's website without so much as a short paragraph on a single page explaining what happened or a redirect to an archive.

On behalf of social program historians everywhere:
Boo!

AND, as if *that* weren't bad enough...

National Council of Welfare Archive: R.I.P. (2012-2012)
Before http://www.ncw.gc.ca/ was shut down, the complete NCW website (including dozens of reports in both official languages on a range of poverty- and welfare-related issues) was mirrored on the website of the Government of Canada Web Archive (Library and Archives Canada).
http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ncw-cnb/2012-08-07/www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1.3ls_40-eng.jsp@lid=386.htm
I was given the above URL late last week; I visited the site and it was an exact copy of the NCW site, including all graphics and HTML and PDF versions of all Council reports. The NCW Archive site was PERFECT.

I included the link in last week's newsletter, and it was working fine during the weekend. Since the beginning of this past week, though, I've checked the link to the Library & Archive Canada National Council of Welfare Archive several times. It's dead. Instead of the familiar graphic look - and functionality - of the NCW website from late last week, there's a page error, a dead end. Google Chrome is my main browser, but I've also tried the same link using Internet Explorer and Firefox, and both browsers balked and popped open an error message.

I'm pretty sure that there's a federal government policy about retention of government websites over time for archival purposes - in fact I think it's required by law. Summarily shutting down the NCW live site is bad enough, but it appears, based on my own eyes, that someone ALSO pulled the plug on the archived version of the Library & Archives Canada NCW site archive.

THAT SUCKS.

I'll assume that the sudden disappearance of the archived version of the NCW site isn't yet another manifestation of the Harper Government's paranoia about snuffing out groups that hold its feet to the fire.<Humph.> Some day soon, I trust that we can click on the NCW Archive link at Library & Archives Canada and the complete site will have re-appeared by magic. In the meantime, here's a link to another mirror copy of the NCW site from the (American) Internet Archive.

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From the (American) Internet Archive:

Here's the complete NCW website as it appeared in the fall of 2011* :
http://web.archive.org/web/20110706182021/http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp
Source:
Internet Archive
http://archive.org/

* NOTE : Since the fall of 2011, the Council has posted papers on the Working Income Tax Benefit and Racialized Poverty in Canada to its website. For links to those two papers and related documents, go to http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm (scroll partway down on the page).

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You can also access National Council of Welfare
reports from Publications Canada:

The Government of Canada Publications website [ http://www.publications.gc.ca/ ] has electronic versions of many of the NCW reports going back about 20 years. Use this search box [ http://www.publications.gc.ca/site/eng/search/search.html ] .
On the search page, be sure to click "View only publications available for download or order."
Select a title from the NCW Publications List below and use the above search box to see if that title is available.

For example, here's the search result page using "Welfare incomes" as search string:
http://goo.gl/dnp4O
Click the link for the year of the report you wish to obtain, and (on the next page), click the link beside "Electronic Document" for a full copy in PDF format.

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National Council of Welfare (NCW) Publications ListNEW
Complete, from 1971 to Fall 2007
(125+ report titles but no links to the actual texts)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw_publications.htm
The Government of Canada Publications website search feature doesn't allow visitors to view reports by author or group .
It does, however, allow visitors to search by Title.
Click the link immediately above for the titles of ALL Council reports.
NOTE: The Publications Canada website doesn't house copies of all NCW reports (especially the pre-90s collection); you'll just have to cut and paste the title of the report you're seeking into the search box and hope for the best...

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

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

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

2. Canadian Standard Budgets As Alternative Poverty Measures

Canadian Standard Budgets As Alternative Poverty Measures

From a contributor
who prefers to remain anonymous:

Most American discussions about alternative poverty measures by academic poverty experts refuse to mention standard budgets (basic needs budgets, like the Self-Sufficiency Standard [ http://www.selfsufficiencystandard.org/ ] or the Economic Policy Institute’s budgets [ http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/ ] ) as alternative poverty measures.Canadian discussions about alternative poverty measures are somewhat different.

These discussions generally mention Christopher Sarlo’s stingy basic needs budgets [ http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=13212 ], and also mention the Market Basket Measure [ http://goo.gl/1axPX ]--which is also a standard budget.

However, there are a number of other standard budgets in Canada--often for just one province or city [and some focus on a target group such as the elderly].
Researchers might find it useful and educational to find all of these budgets listed in one place.

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

3. Latest Media and Policy News: 5 October 2012
(Jennefer Laidley,
, Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Latest Media and Policy News: 05 October 2012
http://goo.gl/nhHF8
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Story

* How to mark October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
* Dignity for All: http://dignityforall.ca/en/marking-international-day-eradication-poverty-october-17th
* OCAP’s Community-Start Up Action: http://ocap.ca/node/1013
* Poverty Action for Change Coalition “Anti-Poverty Day” event in York Region

Community Start-Up Cuts Across the Province

* Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network releases plan showing how city could cover CSUMB / HRB and Discretionary Benefits cuts for the foreseeable future
* Cheri diNovo, the NDP poverty critic, asks question in the Legislature
* Upcoming forum in Sudbury on CSUMB cuts October 10
* CSUMB cuts figure in Hamilton’s faith leaders’ vigil against poverty
* District of Nipissing figuring out how to cope with big cuts
* Guest column in the Kitchener Post says cuts will result in greater economic and social costs
* CSUMB cuts figure at Sudbury’s Take Back the Night march
* Kingston activists organize to raise CSUMB awareness
* Service clubs in Manitoulin worried about impact of the cuts

Ontario

* Star editorial says McGuinty’s wage freeze legislation aims to save jobs
* Tom Walkom has another perspective

Around the Province

* Volunteer health clinics in Toronto overwhelmed by refugees with no health care
* One in 15 people in London rely on social assistance
* The latest Vital Signs London report shows poverty has doubled in two years
* London’s prayer vigil to highlight hunger and poverty
* A woman in Timmins stays homeless, despite a $100K trust
* Poverty in Muskoka may be overlooked
* More seniors than ever are using Brantford’s food bank
* Sobering statistics from Vital Signs Burlington
* More on the cost of poverty in Niagara
* Activists in Hamilton say that city’s radial separation bylaw is punitive, discriminatory, and should be rescinded
* Activists in Sudbury protest anti-panhandling posters
Sorry, I just had to include this one:
* Toronto’s Doug Ford says transit expansion should be paid for with a lottery or casinos

Reports and Other Cool Stuff

* New study says housing people who are homeless is cheaper than funding the emergency services they will inevitably require
* The National Council of Welfare’s website – and all their great material – is now archived in the Government of Canada Web Archive
* From Stats Can: Income Inequality and Redistribution in Canada, 1976-2004
* Worth Repeating: Deregulation in Canada a disaster in the making - CCPA
*A study on Wal-Mart’s impact on prices and wages shows their prices aren’t that low, they drive wages down, and they could increase wages and still make big profits

Across the Country

* A two-tiered minimum wage in Newfoundland would disproportionately impact women
* Vital Signs Halifax says seniors’ poverty is rising
* From Winnipeg – Canada needs a mental health strategy
* Manitoba steps up to fill the federal gap in refugee health care
* Supporting municipal poverty reduction in Alberta
* BC government launches “Welfare Air”, a new program designed to move people off social assistance and into high-paying jobs—largely in the province’s north
* Response from CFS-BC
* A nice little video on the value of child care, from BC

National Issues

* Canada’s corporate tax rates are lowest among developed countries
* Halifax columnist says Cons are trying to hide EI cuts
* The feds’ immigration policy focus on skilled workers is “sure to aggravate the already-troubling unemployment problem for Canada’s existing youth”
* Feds spend $3M to fight First Nations child welfare claims
* Ken Georgetti (CLC) calls for improvements to seniors pension incomes
* Cons release an “aggressive” plan to cut red tape for small business in Canada

Federal Politics

* Looks like Harper’s control over his backbench may be coming to an end

International

* France’s new Socialist president moves to balance budget by spending cuts AND higher income taxes on higher income earners
* Thousands across Germany push for taxes on wealth and financial transactions
* From the US, unemployment stories, volume ten
* “I’m working really hard, but I’m not getting ahead”
* A message from a job creator – “raise my taxes”
* Child poverty remains epidemically high in the US
* WalMart workers go on strike

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Jennefer Laidley is with the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) in Toronto.
Jennefer scans the electronic media for links to items of interest for social researchers and advocates in Toronto, and she also covers (to a lesser extent) the provincial, national and international scenes.

Each week, she sends out Latest Media and Policy News, the above a media scan of topical articles and news releases via email bulletin

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

4. Vital Signs 2012 (links to 15 city reports, from Halifax to Victoria)

Vital Signs
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/home
Vital Signs
is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. It measures the vitality of our communities, identifies major trends, and assigns grades in a range of areas critical to our quality of life. Vital Signs is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada. More than 30 community foundations are involved in Vital Signs program – either producing a report or acting on the findings of previous reports.

Indicators used in the report:
* Arts & culture * Belonging & engagement * Economy * Environmental sustainability * Health & Wellness * Housing * Learning * Safety * Sports & recreation * Standard of living * Transportation

Vital Signs 2012 : Local Reports
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/localreports
NOTE : Includes links to previous years' editions of Vital Signs (back to 2007)

The following cities and towns have released (or will release) Vital Signs reports in 2012:
* Victoria --- http://www.victoriafoundation.bc.ca/vital-signs/victoria
* Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region --- http://clayoquotbiosphere.org/web/vital-signs/
* Sunshine Coast --- http://sccfoundation.com/vitalsigns/
* Calgary
--- http://www.thecalgaryfoundation.org/initiatives/vital-signs/calgary-s-vital-signs
* Medicine Hat --- http://cfsea.ca/vital-signs/
* Winkler --- http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/local-19-winkler-s-vital-signs
* London --- http://www.lcf.on.ca/initiatives/london-vital-signs
* Waterloo Region --- http://www.kwcf.ca/vital_signs
* Toronto --- https://tcf.ca/torontos-vital-signs
* Hamilton --- http://hamiltonvitalsigns.ca/
* Burlington
--- http://www.burlingtonfoundation.org/vital-signs
* Sudbury
--- http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/local-18-greater-sudbury-s-vital-signs
* Kingston
--- http://www.cfka.org/vital-signs-2012
* Montreal
--- http://www.signesvitauxmontreal.ca/en/
* Halifax
--- http://www.cfns.ca/

More information about Vital Signs:
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/about

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- Go to the Municipal Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

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

- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

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

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

5. Register now for live webcasts: Meetings of National Housing Research Committee Working Groups [Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation]
(November 5-6, 2012)

Invitation to register for live webcasts:
Meetings of National Housing Research Committee (NHRC) Working Groups
[
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation]

October 4, 2012
You are cordially invited to register for the webcasts of the Fall 2012 session of the National Housing Research Committee (NHRC), which will be broadcast on the Internet from Monday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in both official languages. The NHRC session continues to be Canada’s premier venue to keep abreast of our nation's most recent housing research.

Webcast registration and
Agenda for November 5 and 6
:
http://cmhc.canadacast.ca/en/register/

Sessions (small PDF files):

Monday Morning Nov 5th - Homelessness
Agenda : http://cmhc.canadacast.ca/media/HL%20Agenda_v1.pdf

Monday Afternoon Nov 5th - Housing Data
Agenda : http://cmhc.canadacast.ca/media/HD%20Agenda_v1.pdf

Tuesday Morning Nov 6th - Sustainable Housing and Communities
Agenda : http://cmhc.canadacast.ca/media/SHC%20Agenda_v1.pdf

Tuesday Afternoon Nov 6th - Distinct Needs
Agenda : http://cmhc.canadacast.ca/media/DN%20Agenda_v1.pdf

Click each of the agendas above for specific topics and guest speakers for each session..
Please register in advance.

Source:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/index.cfm

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

6. City of Toronto : SPARmonitor (Social Policy Analysis & Research) - October 3

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.

SPARmonitor : October 3, 2012 (PDF - 148K, 5 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_90.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Census 2011 Backgrounder - Families, Households and Dwellings
Ø Toronto's Vital Signs Report
Ø Cities of Migration: Good Ideas from Successful Cities
Ø Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity
Ø Planning for Retirement on a Low Income
Ø Job Vacancies, Three-Month Period Ending in June 2012
Ø The Real Cost of Homelessness
Ø Pathways to the Middle Class: Balancing Personal and Public Responsibilities

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

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

7. The Fiscal Monitor for July 2012 - September 28
(
Finance Canada)

New from
Finance Canada:

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for July 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-113-eng.asp
September 28, 2012

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for July 2012.

Highlights:

July 2012: Budgetary deficit of $1.1 Billion
There was a budgetary deficit of $1.1 billion in July 2012, compared to a deficit of $1.7 billion in July 2011.

April to July 2012: Budgetary deficit of $3.0 Billion
For the first four months of the 2012–13 fiscal year, the budgetary deficit stood at $3.0 billion, compared to a deficit of $5.9 billion reported in the same period of 2011–12.2.

Related Document:

The Fiscal Monitor - July 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2012-07-eng.asp

[ earlier editions of the Fiscal Monitor back to 1996:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf-index-eng.asp ]

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

8. 2012 State of the Federation : Regions, Resources and Resiliency (conference) - Kingston
(November 29, 30 and December 1, 2012)

Annual 2012 State of the Federation Conference - Kingston
November 29, 30 and December 1, 2012
http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/conf/upcoming/2012SOTF.html
October 4, 2012
The Institute of Intergovernmental Relations is pleased to announce that the annual State of the Federation conference, Regions, Resources and Resiliency will be held November 29, 30 and December 1, 2012 at the Residence Inn by Marriott, in Kingston, Ontario.

2012 State of the Federation:
Regions, Resources and Resiliency

Conference Program
(PDF - 168K, 3 pages)
http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/conf/upcoming/2012SOTF/SoF2012Agenda13Sept.pdf
Sessions:
1. Current Context of Canada’s Economy and Federalism
2. Canada in a Comparative Context
3. Canada’s Economy, Productivity, and Considerations of ‘Dutch Disease’
4. Considering National Approaches to Energy Policy
5. National Economy and its Policy Implications
6. Canada’s Economy and the Institutions of Federalism
7. Being Canadian Today: National Identity, Public Attitudes and the Canadian Social Fabric

Speakers and panellists:
* André Juneau, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University
* Loleen Berdahl, University of Saskatchewan
* Carolyn Tuohy, University of Toronto
* Richard Simeon, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
* André Pratte, L’Idée fédérale, Montréal
* Greg Marchildon, University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan
* George Anderson, Mediation Support Unit, United Nations
* Don Drummond, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
* Serge Coulombe, University of Ottawa
* Jennifer Wallner, University of Ottawa
* Jim Carr, Manitoba Business Council
* Monica Gattinger, University of Ottawa
* Keith Banting, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
* Daniel Béland, University of Saskatchewan
* André Lecours, University of Ottawa
* Thomas J. Courchene, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
* David Cameron, University of Toronto
* Roger Gibbins, University of Calgary
* Tracey Raney, Ryerson University
* Tim Nieguth, Laurentian University
* Frank Graves, EKOS

Please visit the conference website for registration, accommodation and further details.

Source:
Institute of Intergovernmental Relations

http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/index.html
at Queen's University
http://www.queensu.ca/

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

9. 22 Minutes' Dakey Dunn Talks Rona Ambrose (video, duration 2:31)
(CBC)

22 Minutes' Dakey Dunn Talks Rona Ambrose (video, duration 2:31)
http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/videos/clips/dakey-dunn-talks-rona-ambrose.html
The CBC's Mary Walsh revives her character Dakey Dunn from 22 Minutes to tell us how s/he feels about Minister Rona Ambrose (Status of Women) voting to re-open the abortion debate.
[Around the 2:10 mark of the video:
"In every portfolio, she's always managed to keep her foot in her mouth and her head stuck right up her arse all at the same time.
Yes, God love 'er!"]

Right on, Mary --- I mean Dakey!!

Source:
22 Minutes : http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/
CBC : http://www.cbc.ca/

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

10. Hennessy's Index : Abortion and Women’s Rights - October 1
(By Trish Hennessy - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Abortion and Women’s Rights
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/abortion-and-womens-rights
By Trish Hennessy
October 1, 2012
This month's issue of Hennessy's Index provides a timeline overview of major dates in the abortion controversy in Canada - from 1892, the year Parliament “criminalized the distribution and advertisement of contraceptives (and) abortion became recognized as a crime punishable by life imprisonment", to 1995, when abortion was deemed a medically necessary procedure by the federal government.
- also includes a half-dozen compelling numerical factoids about abortion and the vote in Parliament on Motion 312 which would revive the abortion debate, e.g.,:
***** 74 : Number of women MPs in Canada. Only seven of them voted in favour of Motion 312"
***** 87 : Number of Conservative MPs who voted in support of Motion 312 – that’s 53 per cent of the federal Conservative caucus.

Source:
Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
http://policyalternatives.ca/index
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
- includes links to earlier issues of Hennessy's Index

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

11. Language Portal of Canada on the go! --- The Government of Canada's first mobile linguistic application

Special FREE resource for people working in
both official languages who are iPhone and BlackBerry users:

Language Portal of Canada on the go!
Find the right words ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
with the Government of Canada's first mobile linguistic application.
http://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/app-mobile-eng.html

The Language Portal of Canada has launched Language Portal of Canada on the go! - the Government of Canada's first ever mobile linguistic application. It lets iPhone and BlackBerry users search TERMIUM Plus®, the Government of Canada's terminology and linguistic data bank, and quickly find equivalents for nearly 4 million English and French terms in various fields, so Canadians can communicate more easily in both official languages.

Also from the Language Portal of Canada:

English / French Writing Tools
http://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/bien-well/outils-tools-eng.html
- it's not included in the mobile application, but I highly recommend this page for anyone who wishes to hone his or her writing skills in English ou en français!

Source:
Language Portal of Canada
http://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Reference Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, September 2012 - October 5
--- System of National Accounts Historical Revision, 1981 to the second quarter 2012
- October 1
--- Study: Income of Canadian Households, 1981 to 2010
- October 1

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 ]

October 5, 2012
Labour Force Survey, September 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121005/dq121005a-eng.htm
Employment increased for the second consecutive month in September, up 52,000, mainly in full-time work. The unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.4% as more people participated in the labour market.

Related report:

Labour Force Information, September 9 to 15, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-001-x/71-001-x2012009-eng.htm

October 1, 2012
System of National Accounts Historical Revision, 1981 to the second quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121001/dq121001c-eng.htm
The implementation of revised international System of National Accounts economic accounting standards resulted in no substantial change to the level, nominal growth rate or real growth rate of Canada's gross domestic product from 1981 through the second quarter of 2012. Similarly, there was no material change to Canada's current account balance over this period.

October 1, 2012
Study: Income of Canadian Households, 1981 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121001/dq121001d-eng.htm
In the three decades between 1981 and 2010, primary household income in Canada more than quadrupled from $253.7 billion to nearly $1.1 trillion.

Related article:

Economic Insights : Income of Canadian Households: 1981 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-626-x/11-626-x2012015-eng.htm
October 2012
By Sonya Coward, Guy Gellatly and Karim Moussaly
This Economic Insights article presents new income data on Canadian households from the revised Canadian System of National Accounts (CSNA12). It is one of a series of Economic Insights articles designed to emphasize key aspects of the new national accounts data and their utility for analyses of the Canadian economy.



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

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

13. 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

October 7, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Reducing childhood obesity in Ontario through a health equity lens
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/reducing-childhood-obesity-ontario-through-health-equity-le
3 Oct 2012 | Ontario
Report from the Wellesley Institute identifies factors contributing to childhood obesity in Ontario. Argues that Ontario must ensure that "pregnant women and young children have access to essential supports like safe housing, nutritious food, clean air, affordable child care, accessible and affordable recreation services, and access to high quality health care".

Liberation learning: Transforming child care in B.C. and beyond
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/liberation-learning-transforming-child-care-bc-and-beyond
2 Oct 2012 | British Columbia
Website describes the liberation learning project in British Columbia. Includes information about dialogue circles, professional development opportunities and seminars for 'anyone who works with children'.

The value of child care [video]
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/value-child-care-video
2 Oct 2012 | British Columbia
Short video by British Columbia based Gen Why Media highlights the value of child care for all of BC's families and communities.

Women's rights
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/womens-rights
2 Oct 2012 | Canada
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. This month she writes "203 - Number of Canada's Members of Parliament who voted on September 26, 2012 to defeat Motion 312, a federal backbencher's private motion "that sought to re-examine how Canadian law defines a human being". It was defeated by a margin of 203-91".

Parent-infant separation in transnational families: Risk, resilience and the needs of young immigrant parents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/parent-infant-separation-transnational-families-risk-resili
2 Oct 2012 | Ontario
Research summary states that findings "support the demand for more efficient and transparent licensing and certification processes so that immigrants with children might be integrated more quickly into an appropriate sector of the Canadian labour market...[and]the need for more affordable child care facilities and parent educational opportunities should also be considered as an important policy goal".

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.

Mothers forced to stay at home as costs of childcare outweigh benefits of work
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/mothers-forced-stay-home-costs-childcare-outweigh-benefits-work
3 Oct 2012 | Europe

Lessons in early education from New Zealand
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/lessons-early-education-new-zealand
2 Oct 2012 | Europe

Motion on rights of the fetus fails but finds cabinet supporters
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/motion-rights-fetus-fails-finds-cabinet-supporters
2 Oct 2012 | Canada

Parents cry foul over day care crackdown
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/parents-cry-foul-over-day-care-crackdown
2 Oct 2012 | Ontario

The ten-dollars a day plan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/ten-dollars-day-plan
2 Oct 2012 | British Columbia

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.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

14. 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:
(older external links may be broken)

October 5, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/05/
September 2012 US Unemployment Rate
School Breakfast Programs – New Jersey

October 4, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/04/
Kids Count Report – Colorado
States and Medicaid Expansion

October 3, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/03/
Welfare-to-Work Program – South Carolina
Health Care, Income and Poverty Measurement

October 2, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/02/
Achievement Gap – Kansas
Voter ID Law – Pennsylvania

October 1, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/01/
Euro Zone Unemployment (2 articles)

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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

15. [United States] Inequality and Its Perils - September 28
(Jonathan Rauch
in the National Journal)

Inequality and Its Perils:
Emerging research suggests that the growing gap between rich and poor
harms the U.S. economy by creating instability and suppressing growth.
http://goo.gl/X07Io
By Jonathan Rauch
September 28, 2012
(...)
According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, those in the top 1 percent of households doubled their share of pretax income from 1979 to 2007; the bottom 80 percent saw their share fall. Worse, while the average income for the top 1 percent more than tripled (after inflation), the bottom 80 percent saw only feeble income growth, on the order of just 20 percent over nearly 30 years. The rising tide was raising a few boats hugely and most other boats not very much.
(...)
The era when Washington economists and politicians could dismiss inequality as a second- or third-tier issue may be ending. And progressives, potentially, have a case against inequality that might put accusations of “class warfare” and “politics of envy” behind them.

Source:
National Journal

http://www.nationaljournal.com/
Regarded as the most credible, objective, and authoritative voice in the Beltway, National Journal has been Washington’s premier source of nonpartisan insight on politics and policy for more than four decades.
[ About : http://www.nationaljournal.com/about-us ]

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

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

16. [United States] 2012 Presidential Debate Fact-Check and Updates - October 4
(New York Times)

Presidential Debate Fact-Check and Updates
http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/debates/presidential/2012-10-03
The New York Times provided live, comprehensive coverage and fact-checking of the first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney in Denver.
Source:
New York Times Presidential Election Coverage

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/politics/index.html
[ New York Times : http://www.nytimes.com/ ]

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

17. [United States] The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless - October 4
(The Atlantic Cities)

United States

The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2012/10/hidden-cost-counting-homeless/3495/
October 04, 2012
By Nate Berg
During the last week of January, volunteers blanket the streets of cities across the U.S. to seek out what they might otherwise ignore. They peek into alleyways and under freeway overpasses to find and count the homeless. It's an effort framed as a way to help communities understand their homeless populations and how best to serve them. Next January, they'll be doing it again, spanning out into neighborhoods all over the country to put a number on one of the most persistent social issues in urban America.

But all this counting may not actually be doing much to good. Christine Jocoy, an associate professor of geography at California State University, Long Beach, worries that too much emphasis is being placed on collecting the data and not enough on actually using it. In a commentary [ http://goo.gl/B8BXI ] published recently in the journal Cultural Geographies, Jocoy criticizes what she calls a "culture of quantification."

Source:
The Atlantic Cities

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/
Part of
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/

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

18. There’s no silver bullet solution to Australia’s ageing workforce - September 25
(The Conversation)

There’s no silver bullet solution to Australia’s ageing workforce
http://theconversation.edu.au/theres-no-silver-bullet-solution-to-australias-ageing-workforce-9089
25 September 2012
By Veronica Sheen
The facts of Australia’s ageing population are stark: around 13.5% are currently aged 65 and over, but by 2050 this age group will make up almost 23% of the population. There will be just 2.7 people of working age (15-64) compared to five now, for each Australian aged 65 years and over. Taxation, social spending and economic growth are set to feel the pressure of the growing aged population, according to the last Treasury Intergenerational Report [ http://archive.treasury.gov.au/igr/igr2010/report/pdf/IGR_2010.pdf ].

Source:
The Conversation

http://theconversation.edu.au/
The Conversation is an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the Australian university and research sector, written by acknowledged experts and delivered directly to the public. Our team of professional editors work with more than 3,900 registered academics and researchers to make this wealth of knowledge and expertise accessible to all.

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- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

19. 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)
Latest issue:

3 October 2012 CRINMAIL issue 1296
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4421
In this issue:
CRC Committee's 2012 Day of General Discussion:
Children in the context of migration
Latest news and reports
- Shelving children's rights in court
- Teaching children about abuse
- Roma children stopped from entering school
- LGBT youth 'conversion therapy' banned
- Women's rights concerns in latest case
- UN news
- Call for input on children in alternative care
- CRIN in Arabic
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Cote d'Ivoire
Upcoming events
Employment

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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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25 (or so) More Miscellaneous Signs

Restaurant #1: “Open seven days a week and weekends.”
Restaurant #2: “Our fish come from the best schools.”
Restaurant #3: “Our tongue sandwiches speak for themselves.”
Restaurant (Indian): “New Delhicatessen.”

Restaurant Menu:
Ice cream $1.50
Pie (like Mother made) $1.00
Pie (like Mother wished she could make) $3.00

Revenue Canada Tax Office:
“WATCH YOUR STEP” on the entrance door
“WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE” on the exit door

Road Sign #1 (New York): “Entering New York City – suggested for mature audiences.”
Road Sign #2 (Ottawa): “When this sign is underwater, this road is impassable.”
Road Sign #3 (near Florida): “You’ve driven yourself into a fine state!”
Road Sign #4 (near Ft. Lauderdale Beach): “Don’t watch the curves.”

Safari Park: “Elephants please stay in your car.”

Safe Company: “If your stuff is stolen, it's not our vault.”

Search & Rescue Office: “Support your local rescue squad. Get lost.”

Second-Hand Shop: “We exchange anything - bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?”

Shoe Shine Stand: “One shoe shined absolutely free.”

Soft Drink Machine: “Beware - This machine is coinivorous!”

Sports Car: “The Keys Are on the Seat Next to the Doberman.”

Stationery Store: “Prices on everything are going up but our writing paper remains stationery.”

Store Window #1: “Cash accepted with proper ID.”
Store Window #2: “Why go elsewhere and be cheated when you can come here?”

Student’s Dormitory (Sweden):
“Italians are not allowed to sing after midnight.”
“Germans are not permitted to get up before 5:00 A.M.”

Veterinarian’s Waiting Room: “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!

Tailor Shop (Kowloon): “Customers giving orders will be swiftly executed.”

Taxidermist's Window: “We really know our stuff.”

Source:
Email

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And, in closing...
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And the Looney U.S. Republican of the Week Award goes to...
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann!

Bachmann: ‘We Must Ban Falafel’ in School Lunches
Sept. 28, 2012
(...) "Falafel is a gateway food. It starts with falafel, then the kids move on to shawarma.
After a while they say 'hey this tastes good, I wonder what else comes from Arabia?'
Before you know it our children are listening to Muslim music, reading the Koran, and plotting attacks against the homeland.
We need to stop these terror cakes now, before they infiltrate any further."
Source:
Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann

http://dailycurrant.com/2012/09/28/bachmann-we-ban-falafel-school-lunches/

More Dumb Michelle Bachmann Quotes:
http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/republicans/a/michele-bachmann-quotes.htm

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Watch the NHK 1250 rundballepakker
create a giant marshmallow in a farmer's field!
(video, duration 1:40)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf0bGwXFwYc

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10 Words You Literally Didn’t Know You Were Getting Wrong
http://litreactor.com/columns/10-words-you-literally-didnt-know-you-were-getting-wrong
Assent vs. Consent
Breach vs. Breech
Compelled vs. Impelled
Infectious vs. Contagious
Deserts vs. Deserts vs. Desserts
Disinterested vs. Uninterested
Grisly vs. Grizzly vs. Grizzled
Incredible vs. Incredulous
Literally vs. Figuratively
i.e. vs. e.g.

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World Order : Permanent Revolution (video, duration 4:18)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwg2Hpf4ta8&feature=g-all-f
Synchronized walking --- I can see a future for this at the 2016 Olympics...

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Live Air Traffic Map
http://www.flightradar24.com/
Watch arrivals and departures and track flights.
Fun to play with, and useful too --- watch flights around the airport nearest to you or around the world!

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World's Best Father
http://www.sadanduseless.com/2012/09/worlds-best-father/
[It *must* be true --- it says so, right there on his coffee mug.]

 

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