Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 8, 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Numerators, denominators and Conservative attack ads (John Stapleton) - March 26
2. The 2012 Alberta general election will take place April 23, 2012
3. Senators Hugh Segal and Marjory LeBreton disagree about the demise of the National Council of Welfare (Armine Yalnizyan, rabble.ca) - April 5
4. The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: New Alliance Champions End to Homelessness in Canada (Wellesley Institute, Calgary Homeless Foundation and partners) - April 5
5. Report Card on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa, Jan. - Dec. 2011 (Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa) - April 3
6. Commentary on The Harper Government™ by Frances Russell (Winnipeg Free Press) and Paul Wells (Macleans.ca)- April 3,4
7. Later Retirement : the Win-Win Solution
[to the Old Age Security age of eligibility question] (By Peter Hicks, C.D. Howe Institute) - March 2012
8. 2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
- April 3
9. Latest Media and Policy News (By Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre) - April 2
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, March 2012
- April 5
--- Canada at a Glance 2012 - April 4
--- Food availability, 2011 - April 2
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs never-married mothers
13. [U.S.] Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit (By Jason DeParle in the New York Times) - April 7
14. [ U.S.] The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2011 (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - April 4
15. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food will Visit Canada May 6-16, 2012
16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Numerators, denominators and Conservative attack ads- March 26
(John Stapleton)

‘Denominator neglect’ rules in Bob Rae attack ad
http://openpolicyontario.com/denominator-neglect-rules-in-bob-rae-attack-ad/
March 26, 2012
By John Stapleton

In the recent Conservative Party attack ad concerning Bob Rae [ http://goo.gl/DcgeD ], the ad shows a ‘Welcome to Ontario’ sign with a typewriter animation revealing ‘1,200,000 welfare population’ scrawling on the sign. The audio in the background intones in a jovial mocking tone that “Premier Rae turned Ontario into the Welfare Capital of Canada”. This is yet another claim in a long line of examples of ‘numerator’ politics. This is where you have a numerator and no denominator; a factual number without a context. (...)
... it was Bill Davis’ Progressive Conservatives who raised welfare rates by 82% from 1980 to 1985, David Peterson’s Liberals who raised rates by 54% and Bob Rae’s NDP that raised rates by 18%. In fact, in the last 4 years of Bob Rae’s government, he increased social assistance by a grand total of 3%: 2% in 1992, 1% in 1993, and no increases at all in each of 1994 and 1995. (...)
Using numerators without denominators and numbers without context, it’s easy to say that Ontario became Canada’s welfare capital in 1994. The reason is that Ontario must be Canada’s welfare capital because, with Canada’s largest population, it is the capital of everything that has anything to do with the number of people who live here. In 1994, Ontario led the way with the most men, the most women, the most children, the highest number of people in prisons, the highest number of people on EI. Ontario led the way on everything.
So what?
(...)
The reality is that in 1994, each and every province, regardless of political stripe, experienced their highest welfare caseloads since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. No jurisdiction was immune. One guesses, using the logic of the attack ad, that Mr. Rae should also be held responsible for the 60 year welfare peaks in the other 9 provinces. So feel free to dislike Bob Rae for whatever reason you want but not because he turned Ontario into the welfare capital of Canada. The reality is that he didn’t.

Source:
Open Policy : John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/

More publications by
John Stapleton in 2012:
http://openpolicyontario.com/publications/
(Click the link above to select one of the publications below)
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The Great Recession Horror Trilogy (see the next link below)
*March 27,2012 : Pool, Cap and Cut: Reflections on the Ontario Government’s recent budget cutting
* March 20, 2012 : It’s not that much money: Sixty Seconds on a calculator
* March 16, 2012 : A Canadian ‘Affluence Line’: a Poverty line for the 1%
* March 5, 2012 : Cutting the Number of Ontario Racetracks would be a bad bet
* February 29, 2012 : Ontario should help foster kids until they turn 25
* 25 is the NEW 21 : The Costs and Benefits of Providing Extended Care & Maintenance to Ontario Youth in Care Until Age 25
* Feb.11, 2012 : The Working Poor in the Toronto Region; Who they are, where they live, and how trends are changing.
* February 2012 : PM’s new policy would force up to 50,000 to live in poverty for two more years
NOTE : The above page also includes links to John's earlier publications going back to 2004.

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The Great Recession Horror Trilogy (PDF - 624K, 19 pages)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/The-Great-Recession-Horror-Trilogy1.pdf
November 23, 2011 (Posted to John's site in March 2012)
Over the 18 month period from February 2008 to October 2009, I wrote three pieces that I conceived of as a horror trilogy: The Last Recession Spook, written several months before the crash; The Silence of the Lines ( a wordplay on the Silence of the Lambs) –a prediction made boldly (and correctly) that welfare caseload increases would be modest and entirely unlike the 1990’s; and Close Encounters of the Thirties Kind (a wordplay on Spielberg’s 1977 Classic – Close Encounters of the third kind – a prediction that the aftermath of the Great Recession would have eerie similarities to the 1930’s – we have to wait eight more years to see if that one comes true.
Now all three articles are here in one place.

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Welfare Diet, 1995 - 2010 (Excel file, 67K)
http://openpolicyontario.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/48289856/Welfarediettimelinegraph1.xls
Recommended reading for anyone who is familiar with Excel files and who is involved in research on the increasing cost of food over the years, specifically comparing the cost of food in Ontario in 1995 (remember the Tsubouchi welfare diet??) and 2010.
NOTE: John has updated the numbers in the Excel file since 2010. For more information, you can reach him via the electronic contact form on his website:
http://openpolicyontario.com/contact/

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Media commentary by John Stapleton (2006-2012):
http://openpolicyontario.com/media-commentary/

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Presentations by John Stapleton (2006-2012):
http://openpolicyontario.com/presentations/

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Open Policy Course in Public Policy for Advocates and Activists:
http://openpolicyontario.pbworks.com/w/page/22815212/Open-Policy-Course

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

2. The 2012 Alberta general election will take place April 23, 2012

2012 Alberta general election
The 2012 Alberta general election will take place April 23, 2012, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Related links:

Alberta Election 2012
http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/alberta/
Complete coverage of the 2012 Alberta election, including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more...

Source:
Election Almanac (formerly nodice.ca)

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Selected media coverage:

Edmonton Journal Special:
Alberta Election 2012
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/alberta-politics/index.html
Selected recent content:
* Alberta Election 2012: Smith accuses ‘liberal’ Tories of fearmongering on rights issue
* Election 2012 platform tracker
* Follow the leaders
* Track party popularity
* Interactive Map: Look up your riding for the provincial election
* Parties spar over private health care

More links to coverage of Danielle Smith,
leader of the Wildrose Party:
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/topic.html?t=Person&q=Danielle+Smith

More links to coverage of Alison Redford, Premier and leader of the
leader of PC Alberta (Conservatives):
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/topic.html?t=Person&q=Alison+Redford

Source:
Edmonton Journal

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/

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Calgary Sun Special:
The Battle for Alberta

http://www.calgarysun.com/battleforalberta
Selected recent content:
* Wildrose pushing health plan
* Liberals promise more cash for ESL
* Wildrose continue to dominate polls
* 'Alison Redford Invents Triage'
* 'Dishonesty' brings out Premier's scrappy side
* Alberta's NDP plans to tax the rich
* Video : Liberals announce ESL funding
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Video : Wildrose keeps the lead
* Video : Wildrose faces abortion questions

Source:
Calgary Sun

http://www.calgarysun.com/

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The contenders:

PC Alberta
http://www.votepc.ca/

The Wildrose Party
http://www.wildrose.ca/

Alberta's New Democratic Party
http://albertandp.ca/

Alberta Liberal Party
http://www.albertaliberal.com/

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- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

3. Senators Hugh Segal and Marjory LeBreton disagree about the demise of the National Council of Welfare - April 5
(
Armine Yalnizyan, rabble.ca)

When is a conservative not a conservative?
http://goo.gl/EAUMC
By Armine Yalnizyan
April 5, 2012
This week we learned that Rights and Democracy -- an agency established by Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1988 to monitor human rights and democratic development internationally -- has been terminated. The closure follows similar shutdowns by the Harper Conservatives of organizations that bear witness to these trends internationally, such as KAIROS and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. The $11 million in "savings" was not part of the identified list of cuts announced in last week's federal budget.
But another organization, whose elimination will save the federal government a whopping $1 million, was identified in the list of organizations getting cut. It, too, effectively monitored human rights, democracy and development, but closer to home. Established by Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1962, the National Council on Welfare will cease operations after half a century of gathering information and providing recommendations about income security for Canada's most economically vulnerable citizens, across the land and province by province.

An unusual exchange took place in Canada's Senate Chamber between two Conservative Senators, triggered by this development.
Senator Hugh Segal asks the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Marjory LeBreton, what was the rationale for the cut. The answer, in its essence: we don't need that information anymore; we have all the information we need about poverty from other sources. Senator Segal then asks an eyebrow-raising supplementary question (my paraphrase): are you controlling sources of information about poverty because you don't intend to do anything about it? The answer is almost as Orwellian as the suggestion behind the question.
Click the link above to read the full exchange between Senator Segal and Senator Marjory LeBreton the Harper Government™ mouthpiece.
Found at the bottom
of this article:

"Senator Segal is a life-long Progressive Conservative. There are many more like him who are becoming outsiders within their own political home. Shutting down input and voice, including from within Conservative ranks, may end up dividing the right anew."

[Leftie comment : One can only hope. By Gilles]

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/

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Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

4. The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: New Alliance Champions End to Homelessness in Canada - April 5
(
Wellesley Institute, Calgary Homeless Foundation and partners)

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness:
New Alliance Champions End to Homelessness in Canada
http://goo.gl/qM7QZ
April 5, 2012
News Release
Calgary --- The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) today released "A Plan, Not a Dream: How to End Homelessness in 10 Years," aiming to start a national movement to end homelessness in Canada. The CAEH will champion an end to homelessness in Canada by mobilizing communities and governments across the country to develop and implement their own 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness (10 Year Plans).

Complete report:

A Plan, Not a Dream:
How to End Homelessness in 10 Years (PDF - 1MB, 14 pages)
http://www.caeh.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/A-Plan-Not-a-Dream_Eng-FINAL-TR.pdf

Source:
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH)
http://www.endinghomelessness.ca/
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness was formed to create a national movement to end homelessness in Canada from the community up through the development of 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness in communities across the country. The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is a Canadian non-profit corporation. It will have a small staff of less than three full time employees with satellite offices in Toronto and Calgary hosted by the Wellesley Institute and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.

CAEH Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/endinghomelessness

CAEH Partners:

Canadian Housing & Renewal Association
http://www.chra-achru.ca/en/

Canadian Homelessness Research Network
http://homelessresearch.net/

Federation of Canadian Municipalities
http://www.fcm.ca/

National Alliance to End Homelessness
http://www.endhomelessness.org/

International Alliance to End Homelessness
http://www.endhomelessness.org/section/_iaeh

Wellesley Institute
http://wellesleyinstitute.com/

Calgary Homeless Foundation
http://calgaryhomeless.com/

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

5. Report Card on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa, Jan. - Dec. 2011 - April 3
(Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa)

Report Card on Ending Homelessness Jan - Dec. 2011 released:
First ever "A"
(Word file - 59K, 3 pages)
http://goo.gl/ZFysy
April 3, 2011
[ Version française du communiqué:
http://goo.gl/HalWK ]

In Ottawa, the first ever "A" grade since the Alliance to End Homelessness (ATEH) starting producing report cards in 2004 was given. The "A" grade was for new affordable housing created in 2011. An "A" is awarded when new affordable housing is provided for 700-1,000 households, either through the building of new units or assistance to pay rent.
"The City of Ottawa is to be commended for quickly rolling out in 2011 its new $14 million for the Housing and Homelessness Investment Plan," said Lynne Browne, Executive Director of the ATEH. "City spending accounted for 508 of the 536 households receiving assistance to pay rent. That leadership demonstrates conclusively how targeted spending developed in consultation with community organizations can go beyond maintaining the level of homelessness and actually start moving towards ending it."
"In contrast, two of the three other areas we measure received a failing grade of "F" and the third one a "D+", said Browne.

Complete report (PDF - 4.2MB, 16 pages)
http://goo.gl/NBttI

Version française complète: (fichier PDF - 3,6Mo., 16 pages)
http://goo.gl/QcInq

[ homelessness reports cards for previous years (2004-2009) ]

Source:
Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa
The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa (ATEH) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its member organizations working in the area of housing in Ottawa.

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Related link:

Ottawa gets an A for efforts to house the homeless but low marks for affordability, wait times
http://goo.gl/99ghQ
By Louisa Taylor
April 4, 2012
(...)
The A grade in the area of affordable housing for 2011 was the direct result of a new commitment from the City of Ottawa to provide $14 million for housing and anti-poverty programs.

Source:
Ottawa Citizen

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

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

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

6. Commentary on The Harper Government™ by Frances Russell (Winnipeg Free Press) and Paul Wells (Macleans.ca)- April 3,4

Commentary on The Harper Government™
by Frances Russell (Winnipeg Free press) and Paul Wells (Macleans.ca)

[Caution : This is depressing reading. You've been warned.]

Harper undoing Canada
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/harper-undoing-canada-146059945.html
April 4, 2012
By Frances Russell
Stephen Harper's Conservatives dislike Canada. They reject much of what the rest of the world values and praises about us -- our respect for cultural, linguistic and racial diversity; our sense of social responsibility towards one another; our support for collective as well as individual rights; our history of common institutions and programs specifically designed to buffer citizens, regions and provinces from the vagaries of uncontrolled market forces; our honoured international role as a moderate middle power and the originator of international peacekeeping. (...)
Source:
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/

Earlier columns by France Russell:
Recommended reading!
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/33846269.html

Selected recent columns
by France Russell about
The Harper Government™ :

* Perils of Senate reform (March 28)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/perils-of-senate-reform-144559905.html

* NDP turns page on turning other cheek (March 26)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/ndp-turns-page-on-turning-other-cheek-144186585.html

* Polarization, pessimism on the rise (March 21)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/polarization-pessimism-on-the-rise-143609506.html

* Harper wages 'wars' (March 16)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/harper-wages-wars-142592086.html

* Harper driven by libertarian ideology, not reality (February 8)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/harper-driven-by-libertarian-ideology-not-reality-138915724.html

* Fired environmentalist sees conspiracy (February 1)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/fired-environmentalist-sees-conspiracy-138465319.html

* Harper creating 13 kinds of citizens (January 19)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/harper-creating-13-kinds-of-citizens-137654723.html

* Harper's latest lunge at domination (January 4)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/harpers-latest-lunge-at-domination-136645403.html

* Rule by law, or is it rule of law? (December 14, 2011)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/rule-by-law-or-is-it-rule-of-law-135564723.html

* Moral compass spins like chopper (December 7, 2011)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/moral-compass-spins-like-chopper-135154338.html

* Ideology just ain't what it used to be (November 30, 2011)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/ideology-just-aint-what-it-used-to-be-134735878.html

* Whither the public good? (November 23, 2011)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/whither--the-public-good-134379453.html

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From
Macleans.ca:

Rights and Democracy: Qui veut noyer son chien*
http://goo.gl/KIq3G
By Paul Wells
April 3, 2012
There’s no reason to believe three years’ worth of relentless negative coverage led to the Harper government’s decision, announced today, to shut down Rights and Democracy. No negative coverage preceded the government’s decision, announced last Thursday, to shut down the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy; Katimavik; the National Council on Welfare; and the First Nations Statistics Institute. It’s reasonable to suspect that if nobody at the PMO had taken an interest in Rights and Democracy in 2008, it would have run much as before — that is, as a beacon of hope for oppressed millions around the world — until it would have been dumped last week for the crime of having been created while Joe Clark was a minister of the Crown.
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"Qui veut noyer son chien l'accuse de rage."
[Literal translation : He who wants to drown his dog accuses it of having rabies.]

Inkless Wells : Paul Wells' Blog
http://www2.macleans.ca/category/blog-central/inkless-wells/
- includes more columns by Paul Wells on The Harper Government™.

Interview : Paul Wells on his book, The Harper Debate
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/20/paul-wells-on-the-harper-decade/
[ Order The Harper Debate (PDF, $4.99) : http://goo.gl/iGbxx ]

Source:
Macleans.ca
http://www2.macleans.ca/

Related links:

John Baird announces plans to close Rights and Democracy group
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1155970
April 3, 2012
Montreal NDP MP Hélène Laverdière said it was well known the Conservatives didn’t like Rights and Democracy but “we didn’t think they would go to that extent. First they poisoned the institution then they killed it”, even though she says it did good work around the world and gained international respect.
Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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Rights and Democracy
(International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development)
http://www.ichrdd.ca/
Hmmm.
As at April 4, 2012, the only accessible content on the site is the following message:

"Today, Rights & Democracy issued the following statement : We are aware of the intention to bring forward legislation repealing Rights & Democracy's statute and we will act accordingly. We will not comment on the decision. We will respect it. If so directed by the Board, we will proceed with a timely and organized wind down of our operations. Our staff will be treated fairly and respectfully."

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

7. Later Retirement : the Win-Win Solution [to the Old Age Security age of eligibility question] - March 2012
(Peter Hicks, C.D. Howe Institute)

The later retirement solution
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/the-later-retirement-solution/article2383168/
By Peter Hicks
March 28, 2012
It’s widely expected that Thursday’s federal budget will announce a gradual increase in the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to ease the burden of population aging on Ottawa’s finances.
This would indeed be a sensible and necessary reform, but for an entirely different and more immediate reason than a general concern for fiscal sustainability. It would be a misuse of public funding to continue using 65 as the normal age of pension eligibility, when projections indicate that people, on average, will soon be working until 68, regardless of any changes to pension rules. Taxpayers’ money would serve a better purpose if allocated, for example, toward the health-care system rather than paying pensions to Canadians still in the work force, or discouraging those who would otherwise have kept working for a longer time.

40 comments about this article:
http://goo.gl/wgoSP

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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Related link:

Later Retirement : the Win-Win Solution (PDF - 1.3MB, 28 pages)
http://cdhowe.org/pdf/Commentary_345.pdf
Commentary No. 345
March 2012
By Peter Hicks
Retirement ages in Canada are on an upward trend, and should significantly reduce the dire impacts of population aging on the economy and living standards that many forecast. How should policymakers respond?
Source:
C.D. Howe Institute
http://www.cdhowe.org/
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[Peter Hicks is a former assistant deputy minister in several federal government departments, and he also worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.]

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Counterpoint:

This government doing very little to help poor folks
http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3525873
By Anne Finlay-Stewart
April 5, 2012
(...) Most families do not save for disaster.(...) The government also responds to emergencies with immediate funding. (...) Credit is the name of the game, whether in the family, the legislature or Parliament. But not for the poor. They have no such safety cushion. No lines of credit, no RRSPs, no credit cards. (...) Yes, it is true that some people are working longer. Lawyers, accountants and members of Pparliament may well find themselves able to draw their salaries in their late sixties. Those people will have their $510 per month taxed back anyway. Roofers, pipe-fitters, cooks and truck drivers may find their backs, knees and working lives do not last so long.
Source:
Owen Sound Sun-Times

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/

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Another related article:

Old Age Security changes to have far-reaching effects:
Seniors in low-income bracket may need to turn to welfare, experts say
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Security+changes+have+reaching+effects/6419552/story.html
By Tracy Sherlock
April 5, 2012
It’s unlikely changes to Old Age Security announced in the recent federal budget will convince anyone to work longer, experts say, but the same changes could force some seniors on to provincial welfare rolls if they turn 65 and are physically unable to keep working. Those who are 50 years old or younger today will need to save an extra $13,000 in today’s dollars, just to catch up if they want to retire at age 65.
Source:
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/

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

8. 2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada - April 3

April 3, 2012
Message from the Auditor General—Spring 2012
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201204_00_e_36464.html
[Excerpt]
This report addresses a wide range of issues that illustrate some of the challenges facing government today:
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ensuring at the border that commercially imported consumer goods identified as potential health and safety risks conform with applicable Canadian laws and regulations;
* acquiring major defence equipment through decisions that commit the government to a course of action well into the future;
* managing Canada’s interest-bearing debt;
* improving compliance with the Income Tax Act among those who are required to file a tax return or to register for GST/HST but who fail to do so; and
* overseeing whether aviation companies are complying with the policies, regulations, and standards required for the safety of civil aviation within Canada’s borders.

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2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201204_e_36455.html
(Click the link above to select a file from the list below.)

Contents:
Message from the Auditor General—Spring 2012
Chapter 1—Border Controls on Commercial Imports
Chapter 2—Replacing Canada’s Fighter Jets
Chapter 3—Interest-Bearing Debt
Chapter 4—Non-Filers and Non-Registrants—Canada Revenue Agency
Chapter 5—Oversight of Civil Aviation—Transport Canada
Chapter 6—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—2011
Appendix
Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board’s Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011

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News Releases (April 3, 2012)
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_lp_e_1455.html
(Click the link above to select one of the six news releases below.)

* Auditor General provides overview of special examinations of Crown corporations for 2011
* F-35 decisions unfolded without a plan to manage unique factors
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Program working well in general, some improvements recommended
* Weaknesses in surveillance of aviation companies need to be addressed
* Canada’s interest-bearing debt is generally well managed
* Border controls on imports need better monitoring

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Earlier Auditor General reports (back to March 2009):
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lp_e_903.html

All Auditor General reports (back to 1981):
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_lp_e_933.html

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

9. Latest Media and Policy News - April 2
(By Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Latest Media and Policy News
http://goo.gl/mhGYY
April 2, 2012
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]

Ontario Budget 2012
--- Have your say on Budget 2012 - click here to take action
--- Carol Goar column: Requiem for a Caring Province
--- Freeze to social assistance rates and OW health benefit cuts will hurt people with HIV/AIDS
--- Fred Hahn letter in the Ottawa Citizen
--- Parents decry lack of child care funding
--- Eugene Lang says this was a progressive budget
--- The Spec says some things just don't make sense
--- NOW reports on critical responses

Federal Budget 2012
--- The Star: Ottawa axes National Council of Welfare
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Northumberland View: Cut to NCW will hurt low-income Canadians
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Globe: Tory war on information
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Rabble blog: Small minded budget

Poverty and the Economy
--- The hidden homeless: newcomers to Canada
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Huffington Post Canada : "Helping the weakest and most vulnerable rise up out of poverty and homelessness is both morally right and makes fiscal sense".

Social Assistance Review
--- Hamilton activists say it's nowhere near bold enough
--- Op Ed in The Spec
--- Disappointment in Sudbury

Action on Poverty Around the Country
--- Vibrant Canada blog: Ottawa and Poverty Reduction: What's Happening
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Action to End Poverty in Alberta - column
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Letter on Poverty Reduction in Alberta
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Poverty Reduction in Grande Prairie, Alberta
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More from Grande Prairie
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Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative
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Revelstoke, BC, planning for poverty reduction
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PovNet goes to Revelstoke

Other
--- Program and benefit changes having dire consequences in Britain

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To join this mailing list, go to:
http://eepurl.com/jF-Xj

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Mailing list archive (back to March 2012)
http://goo.gl/neaWW

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

- Go to the Latest Media and Policy News links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/media_scan.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, March 2012
- April 5
--- Canada at a Glance 2012 - April 4
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Food availability, 2011 - April 2

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 ]

April 5, 2012
Labour Force Survey, March 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120405/dq120405a-eng.htm
Following four months of little change, employment increased by 82,000 in March, mostly in full-time work. This brought the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%.

April 4, 2012
Canada at a Glance 2012
Canada at a Glance presents current Canadian demographic, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market, household, economic, travel, financial, agricultural, foreign trade and environmental statistics. This booklet also includes important international comparisons, so that readers can see how Canada stacks up against its neighbours. Updated yearly, Canada at a Glance is a very useful reference for those who want quick access to current Canadian statistics.
- includes links to information about:
* Population * Health * Education * Crime * Housing * Income, Spending * Government * International comparisons * Labour * Economy * International trade * Energy * Manufacturing * Agriculture * Travel, Transport * Environment

HTML version:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/12-581-x/12-581-x2012000-eng.htm

PDF version (3MB, 27 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/12-581-x/12-581-x2012000-eng.pdf

Canada at a Glance - Product main page
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=12-581-X&lang=eng
Click View for the latest edition of the publication; click Chronological index for earlier editions (back to 2000).

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

April 2, 2012
Food availability, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120402/dq120402c-eng.htm
Data on the food availability per person of selected animal products, including meats, poultry, eggs and fish, and data on the supply and disposition of these products are now available for 2011.
Note to readers: The food availability data series is the result of a partnership between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Statistics Canada. Food availability data for the remaining commodities will be released on May 28, 2012.

Available without charge in CANSIM.
Data tables are also available from the Key Resource module of our website under Summary tables:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/famil102d-eng.htm

The Daily Archives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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

11. 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

April 8, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
http://goo.gl/40dPr
4 Apr 2012 | Europe
Revised framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (UK)"reduces the number of early learning goals from 69 to 17, sharpens the focus on the main areas of learning and simplifies assessment when a child reaches five".

Life changes: supporting transitions from early childhood services to school
http://goo.gl/GhaVG
4 Apr 2012 | Europe
March issue of Children in Europe considers "how educators and families can support children through the transition (from early childhood services to school) and asks if the emphasis should be on children preparing for school, or schools adjusting to the needs of their youngest children?"

Key findings from year 1 of full-­day early learning kindergarten in Peel
http://goo.gl/1GRg0
4 Apr 2012 | Ontario
Report by Janette Pelletier from OISE describes preliminary results "that show promise for both the implementation and short-­-term outcomes" of the full day early learning kindergarten program in Ontario.

Alberta election 2012: Speak up for the public interest
http://goo.gl/RV8Im
4 Apr 2012 | Alberta
Child care is one of the main issues highlighted on the Public Interest Alberta website for the 2012 Alberta election. The website provides tools to find candidates, election events and resources, and explore the issues.

Federal budget March 2012 and responses
http://goo.gl/Cxtiu
30 Mar 2012 | Canada
On March 26, 2012 the federal government tabled their 2011 budget. CRRU has gathered links to the federal budget documents, a selection of responses from child care, social policy and labour groups, as well as media coverage analyzing the budget. More materials will be added as they become available.

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.

NDP conditions on Ontario budget include tax hike for highest earners
http://goo.gl/0V6HS
4 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Modern motherhood ... undermining women?
http://goo.gl/RbYx9
4 Apr 2012 | Europe

Canada is not doing right by its under-45 citizens
http://goo.gl/UeX37
4 Apr 2012 | Canada

Kindy's haves and have nots
http://goo.gl/OvYGI
4 Apr 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Merkel faces German coalition row over childcare cash
http://goo.gl/AvcEF
4 Apr 2012 | Europe

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

12. 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:

April 6:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/06/
Unemployment Rate and Jobless Benefits
State Medicaid Programs - South Dakota, Alabama
Homelessness Among Veterans

April 5:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/05/
Kids Count Report - Texas
Child Care Subsidies - California
Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibility and Managed Care - California

April 4:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/04/
The Working Poor in Europe
Kids Count Report - Colorado

April 3:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/03/
State Medicaid Programs
Head Start Program

April 2:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/02/
Child Welfare Spending - Nebraska
Low-Income Students and Advanced Placement
Rhode Island Kids Count Report

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

13. [U.S.] Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit - April 7
(By Jason DeParle in the New York Times)

Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/us/welfare-limits-left-poor-adrift-as-recession-hit.html
By Jason DeParle
April 7, 2012
PHOENIX — Perhaps no law in the past generation has drawn more praise than the drive to “end welfare as we know it,” which joined the late-’90s economic boom to send caseloads plunging, employment rates rising and officials of both parties hailing the virtues of tough love. But the distress of the last four years has added a cautionary postscript: much as overlooked critics of the restrictions once warned, a program that built its reputation when times were good offered little help when jobs disappeared. Despite the worst economy in decades, the cash welfare rolls have barely budged.
Source:
New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/

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

14. [U.S.] The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2011 - April 4
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2011
April 4, 2012
By Phil Oliff et al.
The successful bipartisan effort over the last two decades to reduce state income taxes on working-poor families has stalled and is in danger of reversing. No new states exempted working-poor families of four from income taxes in 2011, and in almost all of the 15 states where such families still pay income taxes, they saw their income taxes increase.Taxing the incomes of working-poor families runs counter to decades of efforts by policymakers across the political spectrum to help families work their way toward the middle class.
(...)
The poor people who were dropped from cash assistance here, mostly single mothers, talk with surprising openness about the desperate, and sometimes illegal, ways they make ends meet. They have sold food stamps, sold blood, skipped meals, shoplifted, doubled up with friends, scavenged trash bins for bottles and cans and returned to relationships with violent partners — all with children in tow.

View the full report:

HTML version:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3740

PDF version:
http://www.cbpp.org/files/4-4-12sfp.pdf (21 pages.)

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
http://www.cbpp.org/

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

15. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food will Visit Canada May 6-16, 2012

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food will Visit Canada in May
From May 6 to 16 (2012), Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, will be conducting a formal country mission to Canada. He and his team will be looking at issues including: economic accessibility and poverty; Aboriginal peoples and the right to food; organization of food chains; governance, policies and programs; and international development, trade and investment. A coordinating committee, including FSC, is assisting in convening a series of meetings with civil society across the country.

Briefing note:
(Question-and-answer format)
HTML version:
http://foodsecurecanada.org/un-right-food-mission-coming-canada
PDF version (1.5MB, 4 pages)

http://foodsecurecanada.org/sites/foodsecurecanada.org/files/FSC_RTF_briefing_note.pdf

Contents of the briefing note:
What is the right to food?
Who is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food?
What will happen during the Special Rapporteur’s country mission to Canada?
How has Canadian civil society engaged with the mission so far?
How can you be involved?
What does this have to do with the People’s Food Policy and Food Secure Canada?
Making the link between Canada’s current failure to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food for all – and the need for the People’s Food Policy – is a powerful message to bring to our elected officials and the media across the country at this key time.

Sign up to participate in a pan-Canadian call about
how to promote the People's Food Policy to your MP:
http://foodsecurecanada.org/webform/resetting-table-stirring-pot

People's Food Policy Project home page
http://peoplesfoodpolicy.ca/
The People’s Food Policy Project is a pan-Canadian network of citizens and organizations that is creating Canada’s first food sovereignty policy.Thirty years ago, a group of activists created the People’s Food Commission (PFC). The Commission toured the country, holding hearings in 75 communities which explored how food systems affected ordinary Canadians: farmers, fisherpeople, housewives, poor people, trade unionists, academics, artists and others. The People’s Food Policy project starts where the People’s Food Commission left off.

Source:
Food Secure Canada

http://foodsecurecanada.org/
Food Secure Canada is a national voice for the food security movement in Canada. It is a nonprofit organization with individual and organization members across Canada. The organization is based in three interlocking commitments to:
*
Zero Hunger
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Healthy and Safe Food
*
A Sustainable Food System.

Related links:

Website of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
http://www.srfood.org/

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
http://www.fao.org/righttofood/
The Right to Food Unit supports the implementation of the human right to adequate food, using FAO’s Right to Food Guidelines
[ http://www.fao.org/righttofood/publi_en.htm ].

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. The OHCHR has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

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

- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

16. 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:

4 April 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1270
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4179
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Imprisoning the victim
- Looking at children's teeth
- Protecting from "sexual deviation"
- In the face of disease
- Exploiting children
- Mass displacement...again
Children's Rights Wiki: country round-up
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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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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Not enough depressing news for ya?

Courtesy of
The Bonehead Government™
:

April 6, 2012
Ottawa cuts Community Access Program (CAP) public web access funding
Program offers internet access at libraries, community centres
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/04/06/ns-cap-funding-cut.html

The federal government is cutting funding as of next April for a public internet access program, CBC News has learned. The Community Access Program (CAP) operates out of libraries and community centres across Canada to provide free or low-cost internet access to the public. There are thousands of CAP sites across the country.

Lisa Setlakwe, a director general with Industry Canada [Dept. responsible forthe CAP], says the program was launched in 1995 to "provide Canadians with access to the internet and its economic benefits.""CAP has contributed to bringing computer and internet technologies to Canadians across the country and has successfully achieved its objectives," Setlakwe says.

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

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CORRECTION : April 9, 2012

Despite the above statement in the April 6 CBC News item about the federal government "cutting funding as of next April" (i.e., 2013), the official letter of termination from Director General Setlakwe [ http://www.scribd.com/doc/88279693/CAP-Termination-Letter ] dated April 5, 2012, announces very clearly that "CAP was scheduled to end March 31, 2012, and will not be renewed."
The CBC article was incorrect. Must be the 10% cut in the CBC writer's brain power.

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What a difference five years
and a majority government make...

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June 6, 2007
Canada's New Government Ensures Support for the Community Access Program

http://goo.gl/Ar63m
Back in 2006, when it was re-branded "Canada's New Government" (2006), the Conservative Party of Canada expressed support for the CAP and extended the initiative, citing a number of noble objectives for the program. This June 2007 link is for those who wish to compare what Canada's New (minority) Government said five years ago about the CAP and the April 6 (2012) news from The Harper (majority) Government™ about the demise of federal funding for CAP at the end of March 2013.

When the Director General of CAP says that the program has contributed to bringing computer and internet technologies to Canadians across the country and "has successfully achieved its objectives", I hear the BS Bell ringing double-time. In the June 2007 backgrounder, the reader learns that the first two objectives are the following:
"- promoting public awareness of the benefits and opportunities of using information technology and services;
- supporting online delivery of government programs and services;...

So if CAP has "successfully achieved its objectives", then one must presume that every John and Jane Doe out there is aware of the benefits and opportunities of using information technology and services, and that online delivery of government programs and services is supported.
And that's a big fat NO on both counts.

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