Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 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 2,749 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 Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - December 6
2.
Ontario Disability Support Program Medical Reviews will increase in 2015 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - December 5
3. Media and Policy News for 4 December 2014 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3
5. Applications are now being accepted for Canada Summer Jobs 2015 (ends January 30, 2015)
6. Federal pre-budget consultations : 2015 Federal Budget. - November 2014 to January 2015
7. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for September 2014 - November 28
8. Ontario Association of Food Banks 2014 Hunger Report - December 1
9. GiveWell / CanadaHelps.org
10. Economics for Everyone : my favourite economics movies (Jim Stanford) - 2009
11. How the Conservatives have failed on child poverty (Andrew Jackson, Broadbent Institute) - November 29
12. Launch of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (The Homeless Hub) - December 3
13. Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability Policy Manual revised to October 2014 + two annual reports added
14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, November 2014 - December 5
--- Fiscal Arrangements Certificates: Federal Equalization Program, 2015/2016 - December 4
--- Study: Persons with disabilities and employment + Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012 - December 3
--- Homicide in Canada, 2013 - December 1
--- National Graduates Survey, 2000, 2005 and 2010 - December 1
15. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

16. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
17. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - December 6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - December 6
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/remembrance-commemoration-en.html
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
- includes links to nine related factsheets, profiles and briefs (a few of which appear below).

Related links from
Status of Women Canada:

Women in Canada at a Glance: Statistical Highlights
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/rc-cr/stat/wic-fac-2012/index-eng.html
Image of print publication cover page
Women in Canada at a Glance is designed to serve as both a quick source of up-to-date statistical data on women and girls in Canada and a guide to the comprehensive report from Statistics Canada and Status of Women Canada, Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report, Sixth Edition (2012). The full report, including all 12 chapters, is available on Statistics Canada's website [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-503-x/89-503-x2010001-eng.htm ].

The Nature and Extent of Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/violence/fs-fi/fs-fi-1-eng.html
This fact sheet provides an overview of key statistics included in the Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada issue brief produced for the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Forum for the Status of Women.

Addressing Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/violence/fs-fi/fs-fi-2-eng.html
This fact sheet provides an overview of key findings related to best practices included in the Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada issue brief produced for the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Forum for the Status of Women.

Cyberbullying and Online Sexual Exploitation in the Lives of Girls and Young Women: Workshop Summary
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/initiatives/girls-filles/cyber-eng.html
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Status of Women officials collaborated to organize a one-day workshop in October 2013 on cyberbullying and online sexual exploitation in the lives of girls and young women.

Government of Canada Actions
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/violence/efforts/index-eng.html
The Government of Canada is committed to making Canadian communities safer for everyone, including by taking action to prevent and address violence against women and girls.
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Stronger Criminal Justice Measures
* Support for Victims of Crime
* Protecting Aboriginal Women and Girls
* Combatting Human Trafficking
* Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls
* Addressing Family Violence

Source:
Status of Women Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE):

Marking the National day of remembrance and action to end violence against women
http://cupe.ca/marking-national-day-remembrance-and-action-end-violence-against-women
Gender-based discrimination and violence remain widespread in our workplaces and communities, as the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and others have documented. Yet the federal government continues to walk away from the problem.

CUPE urges the federal government to:
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Carry out a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls
* Implement a national action plan to end violence against women

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/

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From
CBC.ca:

Montreal Massacre lessons took 25 years to learn:
we are finally waking up to real cost of staying silent
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-massacre-lessons-took-25-years-to-learn-1.2856603
By Francine Pelletier, for CBC News
December 1, 2014

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Polytechnique anniversary reignites gun control debate (video, duration 2:32)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Montreal/ID/2627068653/
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, Canadians remain deeply divided on how to keep track of guns
Dec 5, 2014

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news

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From
rabble.ca:

On 25th anniversary of Montreal Massacre, men need to stand up for feminism
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/michael-laxer/2014/12/on-25th-anniversary-montreal-massacre-men-need-to-stand-feminis
By Michael Laxer
December 2, 2014
(...) After the last few weeks, with the appalling revelations about CBC celebrity and self-proclaimed "feminist" Jian Ghomeshi, the news of allegations of sexual harassment and assault on Parliament Hill and the ongoing and very public stories of rape and domestic abuse about celebrity figures like Bill Cosby and Ray Rice, among far too many others, the time has never been better for men to really speak up and stand and be counted on the issue of violence against women in our society.

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/

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From
PressProgress:

Ten signs Canada can do more for women: Montreal Massacre anniversary
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/10-signs-canada-can-do-more-women-montreal-massacre-anniversary
December 4, 2014
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, it is clear that Canada still has a long way to go to make the country a safe, supportive place for women. We count down the top 10 troubling signs, concerning trends and unfortunate comments.
[Read the list ten signs below, then click the link above for an explanation of each item.]
1. "We May Never Understand"
2. Gun Registry
3. Jian Ghomeshi
4. Aboriginal Women National Inquiry -- or lack thereof
5. Gamergate
6. Sexual Harassment
7. Bill C-36 Debate
8. Numbers Game:
9. Sexism on the Hill Greatest Hits (Part 1)
10. Sexism on the Hill Greatest Hits (Part 2)

Source:
PressProgress

http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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

2. Ontario Disability Support Program Medical Reviews will increase in 2015 - December 5
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

The number of Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Medical Reviews will increase in 2015

http://goo.gl/4ABAph
December 5, 2014
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La version française de cette note se trouve à la suite de l'anglais; cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour y accéder.
Vous y trouverez également la fiche « Révision de l’admissibilité médicale » en français.
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Because the Ontario Disability Support Program provides support to people with disabilities even if their disability is not permanent, medical reviews have always been part of the ODSP system. For many years, however, the Ministry of Community and Social Services did not do medical reviews due to lack of resources. [There is currently a backlog of 60,000 people whose reviews have not been done]. Many people who should have had a medical review have not had one done. The Ministry received funding this year that will significantly increase the number of medical reviews being done.

Our Medical Reviews Fact Sheet talks about what medical reviews are, how they are done, and what you should do if you get a notice.
To read the fact sheet, click the link above and scroll down to "Our Medical Reviews Fact Sheet" and click (small Word file, one page).

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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

3. Media and Policy News for 4 December 2014
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media & Policy News: 19 December 2014

http://goo.gl/Pz09rO

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


[NOTE by Gilles : I don't include the "live" hyperlinks to the individual media items below because I appreciate the work done by Jennefer and ISAC in preparing and disseminating this media scan, and I want to encourage ISAC to maintain this project by sending as many interested parties to their "Latest Media and Policy News" page as possible.
The bottom line : If ISAC's site stats show more visitors to the page, that means more justification for them to continue the initiative...]

Top Stories

Star editorial: Province must correct computer and administrative errors for welfare recipients
Premier Kathleen Wynne apologizes
2014 Hunger Report shows food bank use is soaring across Ontario – Jennefer quoted on the inadequacy of social assistance benefits
Put Food in the Budget report says food banks provide only 9% of food requirements: ending poverty is the answer
On provisions in Bill C-43 that would allow provinces to restrict refugee claimant access to social assistance
Ratna Omidvar op-ed: Don’t cut social assistance for newcomers to Canada
Citizens for Public Justice launch a provincial Premiers letter writing campaign
ACTO press release: Ontario Court of Appeal issues split decision on Right to Housing Charter challenge case: Advocates will appeal to the Supreme Court
Court rules housing for all is not a right
Winnipeg Free Press (CP story)
People who are terminally ill, deep in debt, among those waiting for appeals at the backlogged social security tribunal
How the WSIB is failing injured workers in Ontario
CCPA-Ontario op-ed: Five strategic tax increases to deal with Ontario’s debt and invest in public services
Toronto Star editorial: Canada needs a national pharmacare plan

Ontario

Social assistance software problem goes from "glitch" to "serious"
Critics slam Premier over social assistance payout “glitch”
Liberals criticized for erroneous payments
Error in new social assistance computer program sees millions paid out by mistake
Computer glitch sees $20 million paid in error
CUPE survey: new data management program is leaving Ontario’s social assistance system in chaos
CBC: New software causing havoc for clients and caseworkers
Report says WSIB rewards dangerous employers
Ontario plans to cut $500 million in education funding
Op-Ed: Ontario needs to raise corporate taxes to pay for public services
Ontario announces pilot project for community transportation services benefiting seniors, people with disabilities and youth
Celebrating a 20-year movement for greater accessibility for people with disabilities in Ontario

Resources and Publications

New publication from CLEO: If you’re not a citizen yet, you may want to apply now
TD bank report says inequality is a problem and public policy is the answer
Interview on CBC Metro Morning
The report
New report shows immigrants took the brunt of the recession and rely more heavily on self-employment
The report

Around the Province

Women fly under the radar as hidden homeless in Hamilton
Living on the Edge poverty simulation puts names and faces to poverty statistics in Windsor
Should cities with higher costs of living (in this case, Toronto) have higher minimum wages?

Across the Country

Nunavut leader stands by comments: local residents must look for food in the dump as prices are too high
Medicine Hat set to end “chronic homelessness” by 2015
What child poverty looks like in one Vancouver school
Saskatchewan releases 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan

National

Joe Fiorito says the Governor General’s “Dare to Give” challenge is misguided because “I don’t want my neighbours to be fed the crumbs of charity as their main meal”
Martha Friendly and Susan Prentice: Child care shouldn’t be for profit
Without policy change, Tax-Free Savings Accounts could mean millionaires would collect GIS
Reforming the tax system a first step to addressing income inequality, say economists
Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians each year
“Inequality is bad for our economy … and our government should be doing more with the tax system to redistribute wealth, but the current government is doing the opposite.”
Harper is sending immigration policy for precarious migrant workers back to 1973

Child Poverty in Canada

Campaign 2000 marked last week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 House of Commons commitment to end child poverty by 2000.
National and provincial reports (from BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and releases (from Saskatchewan and PEI) on child poverty
CBC’s The Current examines the 25th anniversary and how and why child poverty persists
1 in 6 children in PEI lives in poverty
Child poverty is on the rise in BC
BC needs a Poverty Reduction Strategy
Infographics on the Press Progress website
Hamilton Spectator op-ed from Ontario Campaign 2000 and the Hamilton Roundtable
Star editorial: End child poverty in Canada now

International

One in every 30 children in the US is homeless
Chicago votes to raise the minimum wage to $13 / hour by 2019
When raising the minimum wage isn’t enough
Guardian commentary: Austerity has clearly failed. So why don’t they ditch it?

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

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 Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

4. International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3

From the
United Nations:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1620
Theme: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology
- incl. links to the following:

* Message of the Secretary-General (English) (Arab) (Chinese) (French) (Russian) (Spanish)
* Press release (forthcoming)
*Events at UN Headquarters (Programme)
* United Nations Enable Film Festival
* How you can commemorate IDPD 2014
* Previous commemorations of IDPD

Quiz Time!
How informed are you about persons with disabilities around the world?
Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IDPD2014

Disability and the United Nations
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=161

Source:
United Nations
http://www.un.org/

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From
Finance Canada:

Government of Canada Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
Government has introduced numerous initiatives to support persons with disabilities and their families
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-173-eng.asp
December 3, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance. Finance Minister Joe Oliver and Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and highlighted the Government of Canada’s significant support for Canadians with disabilities and their families.

Recently, the Government announced additional tax relief and increased benefits for all families with minor children. As part of this package of measures, the Government has proposed to increase the maximum amounts that can be claimed for the Child Care Expense Deduction. For children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, this amount would increase to $11,000 from $10,000, effective for the 2015 and subsequent taxation years.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has introduced a number of other measures to address the needs of persons with disabilities...

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

5. Applications are now being accepted for Canada Summer Jobs 2015 (ends January 30, 2015)

Summer Jobs 2015 / Emplois d’été Canada
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The period to apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2015 will be from December 1, 2014 to January 30, 2015.

For information on Canada Summer Jobs please visit the website:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml

Canada Summer Jobs 2015 - Local Priorities by Province
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/csj/
We will assess applications on a constituency-by-constituency basis to ensure that proposals meet the assessment criteria and reflect local priorities. Select the constituency based on where the job activities will take place.
To find the local priorities for your constituency, click on your province or territory.

Source:
Service Canada
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Employment ( Labour Market and Job Information) Links) page:
http://canadiansocialresearch.net/esdc.htm#labour

6. Federal pre-budget consultations : 2015 Federal Budget. - November 2014 to January 2015
(Finance Canada)

Finance Minister Seeks Canadians’ Ideas on Creating Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-170-eng.asp
Minister Oliver launches formal pre-budget consultations with clear message: no reckless new spending, no new taxes
November 27, 2014
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today launched online pre-budget consultations and the first in a series of formal cross-country pre-budget roundtable discussions in Toronto. The purpose of these consultations is to listen to Canadians and hear their views on how Canada can create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. This formal process comes after months of meetings with Canadians about what matters to them and their families.

Locations and dates for regional consultations at face-to-face roundtable meetings:
* Toronto —November 27, 2014
* St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador—November 28, 2014
* Québec City, Québec—December 1, 2014
* Edmonton, Alberta—December 5, 2014
* Moncton, New Brunswick—December 18, 2014
* Winnipeg, Manitoba—January 8, 2015
* Vancouver, British Columbia—January 14, 2015
* Calgary, Alberta—January 15, 2015

COMMENT (by Gilles):
"The purpose of these consultations is to listen to Canadians..."
Really?
REALLY?
If that's the purpose of the consultations, perhaps Finance Canada might have given the folks in Toronto and St. John's some advance warning.
The Finance Canada news release (above) is dated November 27; the Toronto consultation took place on the same day, and the St. John's event on November 28th, the next day.
WTF?

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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From the
Canadian Labour Congress:

No specific details about the regional roundtables are provided, and there is no indication whether the roundtables are open to the public or by invitation only. Consultations in St. John’s and Québec City have already occurred, but activists are encouraged to contact the Department of Finance and ask for the opportunity to participate in upcoming consultations.

You can write the minister at: Joe.Oliver@fin.gc.ca

Canadians can also provide input on the government’s budget priorities using the on-line consultation link:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/

The Department of Finance has structured the consultations around the following five questions:

1. The Government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth. What can Government do to help businesses grow, increase trade and investment, and encourage the private sector to hire new employees?

2. The Government is committed to keeping Canada’s finances balanced and on a sustainable track, including reducing the debt. This builds on our Government’s belief of respecting taxpayers’ dollars. In what other areas should we look to make spending more efficient and effective?

3. How can the Government help Canadians with the costs of living and raising a family?

4. What can the Government do to ensure Canadians are obtaining the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow?

5. Are there investments that can build stronger communities and keep our streets safe?

Canadian Labour Congress:
http://canadianlabour.ca/

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- Go to the 2015 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2015.htm

7. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for September 2014 - November 28
(Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor - September 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-171-eng.asp
November 28, 2014
The Department of Finance reports a budgetary surplus of $0.4 billion in September 2014, compared with a deficit of $3.8 billion in September 201. The Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015.

Revenues increased by $1.1 billion, or 5.4 per cent, primarily reflecting increased personal and corporate income tax revenues. Program expenses decreased by $2.9 billion, or 12.8 per cent, due largely to a decrease in direct program expenses, reflecting the recording in September 2013 of a liability for disaster assistance related to the 2013 flood in Alberta. Public debt charges decreased by $0.1 billion, or 5.4 per cent.

The Fiscal Monitor for September 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2014-09-eng.asp

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Federal Finance Department Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk3.htm

8. Ontario Association of Food Banks 2014 Hunger Report - December 1

NEW from the
Ontario Association of Food Banks:

2014 OAFB Hunger Report
http://www.oafb.ca/hungerreport2014
News Release
December 1, 2014, Toronto, ON - The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) released its 2014 Hunger Report today, revealing that almost 375,000 individuals - more than one third children - are turning to food banks each month. This year's report also finds a 20 per cent spike in first time use and illustrates some surprising statistics about who is going hungry, and why poverty and hunger numbers haven't dipped since the 2008 recession.

OAFB Hunger Report 2014:
Going hungry to pay the bills : the root causes
behind the pervasive cycle of hunger in Ontario
(PDF - 4.2MB, 19 pages):
http://www.oafb.ca/tiny_mce/plugins/filemanager/pics_cms/97/297/OAFB__Hunger_Report_Dec._1_2014.pdf

Source:
Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)
http://www.oafb.ca/
The OAFB is a network of 125 direct member food banks and over 1,100 affiliate hunger-relief programs and agencies across the province, including breakfast clubs, school meal programs, community food centres, community kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, and seniors centres.

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

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

9. GiveWell / CanadaHelps.org

GiveWell
http://www.givewell.org/
GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give. Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, we conduct in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent.
- international, but includes some Canadian charities

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See also:

CanadaHelps.org
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/
CanadaHelps plays a key role in the Canadian charitable sector. We work hard to provide small and medium size charities with online tools for donating and fundraising.

Donating with CanadaHelps
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/why-canadahelps/frequently-asked-questions/donating-with-canadahelps/
Find valuable how-to information on donating to any Canadian charity, including payment options, tax receipts, security donations, anonymous giving and Charity Gift Cards.

Fundraising with CanadaHelps
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/why-canadahelps/frequently-asked-questions/fundraising-with-canadahelps/
It’s easy to fundraise with CanadaHelps. Find everything from tips on starting a fundraiser to information on how we issue tax receipts and disburse gifts to charities.

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector / Charity Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

10. Economics for Everyone : my favourite economics movies - 2009
(Jim Stanford)

Economics for Everyone:
my favourite economics movies
http://economicsforeveryone.ca/files/uploads/Economics_Movies_0.pdf
By Jim Stanford
Economics can actually make for some great film-making: drama, inspiration, humour.
Check out this light-hearted list of movies that the Canadian union movement's perennial spokesperson Jimbo Stanford offers as good illustrations of basic economics principles.

Source:
Economics for Everyone (
Jim Stanford's blog)
http://economicsforeveryone.ca/

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

11. How the Conservatives have failed on child poverty - November 29
(Andrew Jackson, Broadbent Institute)

From the
Broadbent Blog:

How the Conservatives have failed on child poverty
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/how-conservatives-have-failed-child-poverty
November 29, 2014
By Andrew Jackson
Twenty-five years ago, the House of Commons unanimously passed Ed Broadbent's resolution to abolish child poverty by the year 2000. We are far from that goal.
(...)
If we use the low income measure, the child poverty rate increased from 15.8% in 1989 to 19.2% in 2012, according to data provided to Campaign 2000 by Statistics Canada. Poverty measured in these relative terms significantly affects the life chances of children.
(...)
If we are to seriously address the continuing problem of child poverty, the federal government must show real leadership, and the needs of low income families must be given priority.

Source:
The Broadbent Blog

http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/

Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/

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- Go to the Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Card Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/campaign_2000_child_poverty.htm

12. Launch of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness - December 3
(The Homeless Hub)

Launch of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH)
December 2014
November 26th marked the official launch of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH). According to The Homeless Hub [ http://www.homelesshub.ca/ ] (their affiliate) website, the COH is “a non-profit, non-partisan research institute that is committed to conducting and mobilizing research so as to contribute to solutions to homelessness.” In place of the previous Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN), the COH “introduces a program of research that includes local, provincial and national monitoring activities, as well as original research that addresses key issues in homelessness.”
COH’s current focal areas include systems-level responses to homelessness, aboriginal homeless, legal services for the at-risk or homeless, and poverty among migrant populations.

For more information on COH and their research initiatives, see:

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
http://www.homelesshub.ca/CanadianObservatoryOnHomelessness

Source:
Housing Again Bulletin
Number 177 • December 2014
http://goo.gl/v0R4Xi

[Scroll down to "News Briefs"]

Earlier issues of Housing Again (monthly, Feb.2011 to date)
http://www.raisingtheroof.org/Get-Informed/Resources/Housing-Again-ebulletin.aspx

Subscribe to Housing Again
http://www.raisingtheroof.org/Get-Informed/Resources/Newsletter-Sign-up.aspx
A monthly e-bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.

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

13. Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability Policy Manual revised to October 2014 + two annual reports

In Saskatchewan, income assistance comprises three programs :
- the Saskatchewan Assistance Program
- the Transitional Employment Allowance
- Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability

The two first manuals below are dated May 2014, and the SAID manual is dated October 2014.

Saskatchewan Assistance Program Policy Manual (PDF file)
http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/SAP-policy-manual.pdf

Transitional Employment Allowance Policy Manual (PDF file)
http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/TEAmanual.pdf/

Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)
Policy Manual
(PDF - 1MB, 168 pages)
http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/SAID-policy-manual-Oct2014.pdf
REVISED October 2014
The SAID Policy Manual describes Ministry policy related to the delivery of the SAID program under the authority of the regulations that are not addressed in the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP) Policy Manual.
Source:
Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)

http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/SAID
The SAID program, designed in collaboration with members of the disability community, provides an income for persons with significant and long-term disabilities separate from the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP).

Related links:

* SK Ministry of Social Services Annual Report for 2013-2014 (PDF)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/PlanningAndReporting/2013-14/201314SSAnnualReport

* SK Ministry of Social Services Annual Report for 2012-2013 (PDF)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/PlanningAndReporting/2012-13/201213SSAnnualReport.pdf

Department responsible:
Social Services

http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/

- Go to the Canadian Social Research Links Saskatchewan page
- http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, November 2014 - December 5
--- Fiscal Arrangements Certificates: Federal Equalization Program, 2015/2016 - December 4
--- Study: Persons with disabilities and employment + Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012 - December 3
--- Homicide in Canada, 2013 - December 1
--- National Graduates Survey, 2000, 2005 and 2010 - December 1

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 ]

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December 5, 2014
Labour Force Survey, November 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141205/dq141205a-eng.htm
Following two months of notable gains, employment was little changed in November. The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 6.6%.

Report:
Labour Force Information
November 9 to 15, 2014

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-001-x/71-001-x2014011-eng.htm

December 4, 2014
Fiscal Arrangements Certificates: Federal Equalization Program, 2015/2016
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141204/dq141204c-eng.htm
Fiscal Arrangements Certificates prepared for the administration of the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and Regulations for 2015/2016 are now available. The Fiscal Arrangements Certificates are available free of charge, in electronic format, upon request.

December 3, 2014
Study: Persons with disabilities and employment

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141203/dq141203a-eng.htm
The employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities was 49% in 2011, compared with 79% for Canadians without a disability. Among those with a 'very severe' disability, the employment rate was 26%.

Report:
Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141203/dq141203a-eng.htm
To coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Statistics Canada is releasing two fact sheets on learning and mental health-related disabilities among Canadians aged 15 years and older. According to the Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), respondents are considered to have a disability not only if they report a difficulty or impairment because of a long-term condition or health problem, but also if they report that they are limited in their daily activities as a result of their condition.

Available in CANSIM:
Table 115-0005 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=115-0005&p2=31
Table 115-0007 to 115-0013 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=115-0007..115-0013&p2=31

December 1, 2014
Homicide in Canada, 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141201/dq141201a-eng.htm
Canadian police services reported 505 homicides in 2013, 38 fewer than the previous year. The homicide rate fell 8% from 2012 to 1.44 victims per 100,000 population. This marks the lowest homicide rate since 1966.
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[Comment by Gilles : The Harper Government™ Solution : BUILD MORE PRISONS!]

December 1, 2014
National Graduates Survey, 2000, 2005 and 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141201/dq141201d-eng.htm
Data from the National Graduates Survey for the classes of 2000, 2005 and 2010 are now available at the provincial level in CANSIM. Tables include data on postsecondary graduates by level of study, the labour force activity of graduates, the estimated gross annual earnings of graduates working full time and student debt from all sources. Tables also provide a profile of graduates who had government student loans at graduation.

Available in CANSIM:
Tables 477-0062 to 477-0071 :
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0062..477-0071&p2=31

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

15. 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

December 6, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Child care - the ramp that provides equal access to the workforce for mothers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/child-care-ramp-provides-equal-access-workforce-mothers
3 Dec 2014 | Canada
Brief prepared by Martha Friendly for the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on the Status of Women - Study on the economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women.

Small children, big cities
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/small-children-big-cities
3 Dec 2014 | International
Issue of Early Childhood Matters from the Bernard van Leer Foundation "explores issues ranging from playground design to the effects of noise and crowding, "public parenting" as the middle classes reclaim urban spaces, and ways to get children's voices heard in urban design decisions".

Association of a full-day vs part-day preschool intervention with school readiness, attendance, and parent involvement
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/association-full-day-vs-part-day-preschool-intervention-sch
3 Dec 2014 | United States
Study evaluates the association between full- vs. part-day early childhood programs and school readiness, attendance, and parent involvement through follow up of children enrolled in the Child-Parent Centres.

The pregnancy test: Ending discrimination at work for new mothers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/pregnancy-test-ending-discrimination-work-new-mothers
3 Dec 2014 | Europe
The Trade Union Congress (UK) presents findings from a survey showing that "around a quarter of women don't return to work after maternity leave, and one in six of the mums who do go back, change jobs because their employer won't allow them to work reduced or flexible hours".

Working at the edge: Childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/working-edge-childcare
3 Dec 2014 | Europe
Report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) investigates the cost of childcare for working families and argues that, "more should be done to make sure that the benefits system supports working families and ensures that parents do not face poverty because of the cost of childcare".

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

Child care shouldn't be for profit
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/child-care-shouldnt-be-profit
3 Dec 2014 | Canada

Rethink what you "know" about high achieving women
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/rethink-what-you-know-about-high-achieving-women
3 Dec 2014 | United States

Child Care Modernization Act
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/child-care-modernization-act
3 Dec 2014 | Ontario

Federal government's actions lead to daycare closure, leaving parents scrambling
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/federal-governments-actions-lead-daycare-closure-leaving-parents-scr
3 Dec 2014 | Ontario

Essential investment overdue
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/essential-investment-overdue
3 Dec 2014 | Alberta

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

16. 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:

December 5, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today

December 4, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/04/
Drug Testing and Public Assistance Programs (3 articles)

December 3, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/03/
Child Homelessness in the US
Medicaid Program – Arizona

December 2, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/02/
Full-Day Preschool

December 1, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/01/
Low-Wage Work (3 articles)

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page.
2. 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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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

17. 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.

Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

03 December 2014 - CRINmail issue 1406
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1406
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Death penalty & freedom of expression
- Corporal punishment in Europe
- Calls for accountability & transparency
- Child recruits, school attacks, & blood donors
- Children’s privacy online and in the media
- Anti-gay laws to aggravate LGBT rights abuses
Access to justice for children in Iceland
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive I (2014)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- incl. links to the complete collection of CRINMAIL newsletters right back to #1 in July 2006
BUT there's no table of contents, so you must click each link to see the content of each issue.

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail EN ESPAÑOL
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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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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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Ten Interesting Facts
About McDonald’s Food:


1. McDonalds Fries have 17 ingredients.

2. McDonald’s opens a new restaurant every four hours.

3. There are about 35,429 McDonald’s worldwide.

4. McDonald’s calls people who eat a lot of their food “heavy users.”

5. Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald. He was fired for being too fat.

6. Only seven items on the McDonald’s menu contain no sugar.

7. McDonald’s Caesar salad is more fattening than its hamburger.

8. McDonald’s salads make up just 2%–3% of the fast food chain’s U.S. restaurant sales.

9. McDonald’s buys 54 million pounds of fresh apples a year.

10 The original McDonald's served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Source:
95 Interesting Facts About McDonald’s Food
http://facts.randomhistory.com/mcdonalds-food-facts.html
[ Click the source link to read all 95 facts about McDonald's.]

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A Brief History of Web Literacy and its Future Potential
http://dmlcentral.net/blog/doug-belshaw/brief-history-web-literacy-and-its-future-potential
December 1, 2014

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Six Free Stephen King Stories: Presented in Text, Audio, Web Comic & a Graphic Novel Video
http://www.openculture.com/2014/10/six-free-stephen-king-stories.html

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68 videos of Scenes from a Hat (Whose line is it anyway w/ Drew Carey et al.)
http://imgur.com/gallery/l00SWiw

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I see what you did there!
http://imgur.com/gallery/EeMCP
My favourites are Elton John Wayne and PUTINTIN...

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Canadian Beer commercial (bvideo, duration 3:03)
http://videos2view.net/stronger-beer.htm
Yeah, we got stronger beer!

 

 

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