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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 8, 2006

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1544 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.



1. CPRN Names Sharon Manson Singer to Replace Retiring Judith Maxwell (Canadian Policy Research Networks)
2. Links to Election 2006 Resources updated (close to 200 links)
3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2005 - January 6

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

International Content

5. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- January 5

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


1. CPRN Names Sharon Manson Singer to Replace Retiring Judith Maxwell
Canadian Policy Research Networks)

New President at Canadian Policy Research Networks
Sharon Manson Singer to replace Judith Maxwell on February 1
(PDF file - 86K, 1 page)
News Release
January 5, 2006
Arthur Kroeger, Chair of the Board of Canadian Policy Research Networks [CPRN], is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon Manson Singer to the position of President, effective February 1, 2006.
- see the PDF file for biographical info

Canadian Policy Research Networks

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:

2. Links to Election 2006 Resources

2006 Federal Election Resources
This Canadian Social Research Links page is growing in leaps and bounds, now approaching 200 links.
Here, you'll find everything from the mundane (parties, platforms, blah-blah...) to the utilitarian (links to media, polls), the funny (editorial cartoons) and the unique (interpretation of the party leaders' hand movements during the televised debates).
Speaking of hand movements, I wonder what a cheirologist (professional hand analyst) would say about that Giddy Paul pic that had everyone in stitches awhile back:

Don't miss the second round of debates on January 9 and 10 ===> check CBC for info

- Go to the 2006 Federal Election and General Political Links page:

3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2005 - January 6

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

January 6, 2006
Labour Force Survey, December 2005
In December, there was little overall change in employment as an increase of 36,000 full-time jobs was offset by part-time losses of 38,000. The unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 6.5% as more people entered the labour market in search of work.

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

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

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

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


>> Minority report: A report card on the 2004-05 minority government
Report card from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reflects on the achievements of the minority parliament; awards grade of B (good progress) on ELCC.

>> Still in shock 2006 - Report from the Coalition For Women's Equality
- highlights key women’s issues and provides questions for Canadians to ask politicians in the critical final stretch of the election campaign.

>> Behind the spin: The party positions on child care
Fact sheet from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada compares the Conservative, Liberal and NDP positions on the key issues of legislation, expansion, and auspice.

>> Interim report on the maternity and parental benefits under employment insurance: The exclusion of self-employed workers
Report of the Standing Committee Report on the Status of Women recommends "a framework for extending maternity and parental benefits to self-employed workers."

>> The science of early childhood development: Closing the gap between
what we know and what we do
Lecture by Jack Shonkoff argues "that healthy child development is both a moral and a social responsibility, essential for sustainable productivity and democracy."


>> Future of children on line in election [CA]
Toronto Star, 6 Jan 06

>> Tories to create 125,000 child care spaces: Harper [CA]
CBC News, 6 Jan 06

>> Child care workers getting wage hikes [CA-SK]
CBC News, 5 Jan 06

>> Canadians terrified of Harper's real plans [CA]
Winnipeg Free Press, 4 Jan 06

>> Every now and then, we win a battle or two [CA], 3 Jan 06

>> Province's multi-year day care plan hinges on federal election outcome [CA-NS]
Cape Breton Post, 3 Jan 06

>> Martin invokes Harris legacy to blast Tories' plan for Canada [CA]
Globe and Mail, 3 Jan 06

>> There is a deadly cost to cutting social programs [CA-ON]
Toronto Star, 2 Jan 06

>> Parents go gaga over revamped leave program [CA-QC]
Montreal Gazette, 2 Jan 06

>> Day care a big issue: Local operators choosing sides based on parties’ approach [CA-AB]
Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune, 28 Dec 05

>> At the end of the daycare queue [CA]
Toronto Star, 27 Dec 05

>> Value of day care lost under popcorn [CA]
Saskatoon StarPhoenix, 23 Dec 05


>> Issue File: Early learning and child care in the 2006 federal election
This Issue File collects materials about ELCC within the 2006 federal election. It provides: information about how ELCC is positioned in the political parties' platforms; what key social policy groups are calling for in the election; news clippings; and other resources about ELCC in the federal campaign. Check back regularly for updates. Remember to refresh your computer to get the latest version of the Issue File.



** Where: Council Chambers - second floor Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto
** When: 12 Jan 06 (7:00 to 9:00 p.m.)
This event is brought to you by: The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care; The Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care; the AECEO - Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, and Campaign 2000.

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Related Links:

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

Also from CRRU:

Towards a national system of early learning and child care
Regularly updated
NOTE: this is a large (and growing) collection that includes government and non-governmental reports, press releases, news articles and other documents dealing with the new federal-provincial-territorial arrangements for early learning and child care in Canada.

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

5. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- January 5

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

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

January 5, 2006
Today's subjects include: Supportive Housing for Homeless // Child Poverty - Opinion // Academic Achievement // Low-Income Heating Assistance - Editorial // Welfare Reform - Michigan // Child Poverty - Washington // Medicaid - Oklahoma // Student Achievement Gap - New Jersey, Connecticut // Charter Schools - New Orleans // Minimum Wage - San Francisco // Homelessness - Los Angeles

January 3, 2006
Today's subjects include: Poverty Levels // State Initiatives on Minimum Wage // Welfare Extension - Michigan // Child Poverty - Washington, Oklahoma // Homeless Children - Missoula, MT // Ruling in School Funding Lawsuit - South Carolina // Health Care for Pregnant Immigrants - Wisconsin // Medicaid Changes - Ohio // Cuts in Medical Assistance - Missouri // Effect of Health Care Cuts - California // Medicaid Reform - South Carolina and Florida // Food Stamps - Massachusetts // Minimum Wage - New York

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

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

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

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

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

- December 29, 2005
- December 15
- December 7
- December 1
- November 23

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to January 2005, 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

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Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005

If you receive e-mail from a friend about one of the topics below, please don't forward it to all 200 people in your address book...

Never, to my knowledge, has a cute little fluffy bunny been so cruelly — or profitably — used. Condemned to the stewpot unless his anonymous keepers received at least $50,000 in online "donations" by June 30, 2004, Toby the rabbit became an instant cause celebre, even though the Web site erected in his name showed every indication of being a hoax. Was anyone truly surprised when the geniuses holding Toby for ransom postponed the date of his demise to benefit their book deal? Can "Save Toby: The Movie" be far behind?

9. A Tsunami Orphan's Plea for Help
Sadly, the story of Sophia Michl, a 10-year-old girl orphaned in Phuket, Thailand by the December 26, 2004 tsunami, turned out not to be a hoax. After her photo was posted on the Phuket Hospital Web site it found its way to inboxes all over the world, eventually catching the attention of an acquaintance. Though she was quickly reunited with surviving family members in Europe, Sophia's picture continues to circulate via email to this day.

8. Penny Brown Is Missing ... Still!
"Missing" since 2001, 9-year-old Penny Brown may well be the most famous little girl who never existed. Four years later, the fictional plea on her behalf still exhorts readers to send news of her whereabouts to an equally fictional email address, Will this chain letter ever die? Regrettablly, it seems there'a about as much chance of that as there is of Penny Brown being found.

7. New Orleans Croc(k)
Authorities predicted alligator sightings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but photographs of an (allegedly) 21-foot-long monster crocodile (allegedly) captured in the flooded streets of New Orleans exceeded everyone's wildest expectations. Oddly enough, it also looked exactly like the monster crocodile captured and photographed in the Republic of the Congo one year before. Coincidence?

6. Pulled Over by a Fake Cop? Dial *677 for the Real Thing!
Nothing beats a horror story for staying power, and this one, despite the odd revision or two, is still frightening people into clicking their Forward buttons three years after it was first written up as an email. Not that the tale of "Lauren," a college student who cleverly used her mobile phone to escape the clutches of a rapist impersonating a police officer, is necessarily false — it could well be true, or at least partially true. But you can't expect a special emergency number set aside for citizens of Ontario, Canada to work if you live in, say, Virginia, can you?

5. Ciara's Sex-Change Operation
Among the most popular search queries here all year long was the question "Is Ciara a man?" — which may seem nonsensical if you've ever seen the voluptuous "crunk" singer perform onstage, but it's a quandary that nevertheless gripped a great many fans in 2005, apparently. The answer — from the diva's own mouth — is no, by the way. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis was unavailable for comment.

4. Telemarketers Want Your Cell Phone Number
Let there be no doubt, the only thing Americans hate more than unsolicited calls from telemarketers is the prospect of receiving them via cell phone. Sparked by announced plans to compile a universal 411 directory of private numbers, this email alert urging recipients to add their mobile phone information to the National Do Not Call Registry hasn't lost an ounce of steam since it went into circulation in late 2004.

3. Photos of Hurricane Katrina's Approach
This set of ominously beautiful images of massive storm formations was circulated under the pretense of documenting Hurricane Katrina's deadly landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi in September, but when we tracked down the photographer he told us the photos had actually been taken the previous year in locales far removed from Katrina's path.

2. Bill Gates Will Pay You for Forwarding This!!!
Eight years old and annoying as ever, the Microsoft "email tracking" hoax, in all its many variants, must be the most forwarded prank message of all time. The secret of its success? None of the folks forwarding it know it's a prank. It is gullibility to this degree that gives proof to the old Internet saying, "There's a sucker born every nanosecond."

1. The Deadly Wave
At this point it should come as no surprise that one of the most widely shared photographs of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004 also turned out to be the phoniest. Which is too bad, because despite the collage-like quality of the image and its implausibility, it was also breathtaking in a larger-than-life, "The Day After Tomorrow" kind of way.