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June 8, 2008

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Affordable Housing: An Investment Report of The Task Force on Housing Affordability (Saskatchewan Social Services) - June 2008
2. What's new from The Wellesley Institute:
--- Three strikes and affordable housing in Canada is officially out! - June 5
--- Staggering one-in-four Canadian households in affordability squeeze - June 4
3. Twelve years after its demise : the Canada Assistance Plan is back in the news (Quebec Government seeking $394.4 million from the Federal Government)
- June 6
4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Low income cut-offs for 2007 and low income measures for 2006 - June 4
--- 2006 Census: Changing patterns in Canadian homeownership and shelter costs - June 4
5. Social Assistance Reform Complete (Government of Yukon) - May 28
6. Perception Magazine : Focus on Poverty (Canadian Council on Social Development) - May 2008
7. Hope or Heartbreak: Aboriginal Youth and Canada’s Future (Policy Research Initiative) - March 2008
8. Recent articles from The Toronto Star:
--- The buzz about bee stings and the poor - June 7
--- Child poverty crusade
(Editorial) - June 2
--- Gap between passion and revenue (Carol Goar) - May 23
9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - June 6

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
11. The Economics of Early Childhood Policy (U.S.) (RAND Corporation) - May 2008
12.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
--- Time for a revitalised and vibrant public housing sector - Posted:05-06-2008
--- Public housing in Australia, stigma, home and opportunity - Posted 02-06-2008
--- Australia 2020 Summit: final report - Posted 02-06-2008

13. CRINMAIL 986 (May 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Affordable Housing: An Investment Report of The Task Force on Housing Affordability - June 2008
(Saskatchewan Social Services)

Minister accepts report from task force on housing affordability
News Release
June 5, 2008
Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer today accepted a report from the Task Force on Housing Affordability, which outlines several recommendations about how to improve the affordability of housing within the province. The report, prepared by Ted Merriman and Bob Pringle, is the result of consultations with residents of 16 Saskatchewan communities. In total, 85 individuals, groups and organizations were consulted and 53 written submissions were received.
Source:
Government of Saskatchewan

Complete report:

Affordable Housing: An Investment
Report of The Task Force on Housing Affordability
June 2008
Source:
Task Force on Housing Affordability
[ Saskatchewan Social Services ]

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

2. What's new from The Wellesley Institute:
---
Three strikes and affordable housing in Canada is officially out! - June 5
--- Staggering one-in-four Canadian households in affordability squeeze - June 4

What's new from
The Wellesley Institute:

Three strikes and affordable housing in Canada is officially out!
June 5, 2008
By Michael Shapcott
The latest in three sets of major housing and income data over the past month (rental numbers released this morning) confirms the nation-wide affordable housing crisis is moving up the income scale from low to moderate to middle-income households. The numbers underline a deep, persistent and growing affordability gap between the rents charged in private markets (where most low, moderate and middle-income Canadians live) and renter household incomes.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]

Staggering one-in-four Canadian households in affordability squeeze
June 4, 2008
By Michael Shapcott
A staggering one-in-four Canadian households are in the housing affordability danger zone – paying 30% or more of their income on housing. Even more troubling, the poorest Canadian households – renters – face the worst affordability problems.

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

3. Twelve years after its demise : the Canada Assistance Plan is back in the news - June 6
(Quebec Government seeking $394.4 million from the Federal Government)

[NOTE: if social program history isn't your bag, you might want to skip to the next set of links below. This section pertains to a Federal Court decision concerning a long-standing feud between the Quebec Government and the federal authorities concerning the eligibility for CAP cost-sharing of certain social services provided to specific clienteles in Quebec before 1996. Yeah, it's a real yawner for most, but CAP-o-philes like me and historians will find many gems in the 226-page report.]

[AVIS aux recherchistes francophones : vous trouverez les liens vers cette décision de la Cour fédérale
sur la page de liens vers les sites français concernant le Québec : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm ]

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Federal Court denies retroactive Quebec claim for $394 million
under the Canada Assistance Plan
June 6, 2008
From 1966-67 until 1996 when it was replaced by the Health and Social Transfer, the Canada Assistance Plan (CAP) was the statutory framework for federal government contributions (50% of eligible expenditures) towards the cost of social assistance (welfare) and social services in the provinces and territories. [See the CAP Resources page of this site for more detail.]. From 1996 to 2000, the federal government settled all of its outstanding accounts with each jurisdiction, except for Quebec, which filed a court action for close to $400 million against the federal government. This amount represented the total of federal cost-sharing that Quebec officials felt they were entitled to receive under CAP but never did. CAP officials maintained all along that the program did not allow for cost-sharing of services and initiatives that were already receiving federal support under another program (such as Education) or that were universal in nature.

Upon review, the Court concluded (June 6, 2008) that Canada was not obliged under the terms of CAP to share the cost of the specified expenses.
Source:
English summary
(PDF - 16K, 1 paragraph)

* The services for which Quebec was seeking cost-sharing were:

1. Services provided to juvenile delinquents in Quebec between 1979 and 1984
--- a period during which juvenile delinquents were housed in the same institutions as children in care of the Quebec government

2. Social services provided in a school environment between 1973 and 1996
--- from the time Quebec transferred this budget item to the Ministère des Affaires sociales in 1973 until the end of CAP

3. Support services provided to people with disabilities living in a residential establishment
--- from the time this type of establishment appeared in the health and social services network until the end of CAP

T-2834-96
Decision IN THE MATTER OF QUEBEC vs. CANADA (French only) (PDF - 908K, 226 pages)
(this is Federal Court, so I'm sure they'll soon be posting an English version of this decision. Click the Federal Court source link below to see if the English version is online.)
Summary (PDF - 16K, 1 paragraph)
Annex A Canada Assistance Plan Statute (PDF - 4.2MB, 17 pages)
Annex B Canada Assistance Plan Regulations (PDF - 4.9MB, 16 pages)
NOTE: Annexes A and B are enormous PDF files containing the Canada Assistance Plan (statute) and Regulations in side-by-side French-English format.
If you just wish to read the CAP statute and regulations in English in HTML format, see:
Canada Assistance Plan
Canada Assistance Plan Regulations

Source:
Federal Court
The Federal Court's jurisdiction - its scope of authority to hear and decide issues - extends across the federal landscape, and it includes claims involving the Federal Crown.
[ About Federal Court ]

4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
---
Low income cut-offs for 2007 and low income measures for 2006 - June 4
--- 2006 Census: Changing patterns in Canadian homeownership and shelter costs
- June 4

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

June 4, 2008
New products
Low income cut-offs for 2007 and low income measures for 2006
Low income cut-offs (LICOs)
are income thresholds, determined by analysing family expenditure data, below which families will devote a larger share of income to the necessities of food, shelter and clothing than the average family would. To reflect differences in the costs of necessities among different community and family sizes, LICOs are defined for five categories of community size and seven of family size.

Low income Measures (LIMs), on the other hand, are strictly relative measures of low income, set at 50% of adjusted median family income. These measures are categorized according to the number of adults and children present in families, reflecting the economies of scale inherent in family size and composition. This publication incorporates a detailed description of the methods used to arrive at both measurements. It also explains how base years are defined and how LICOs are updated using the Consumer Price Index.

Complete report:

Low Income Cut-offs for 2007 and Low Income Measures for 2006 (PDF - 288K, 40 pages)
Source:
Income Research Paper Series <=== incl. links to LICOs and LIMs for earlier years and 100+ related income studies from StatCan
[ Free StatCan Internet publications <=== inc. links to 1000+ reports and studies --- click on the plus sign next to a subject to see all related reports. ]

June 4, 2008
2006 Census: Changing patterns in Canadian homeownership and shelter costs
In 2006, the homeownership rate reached its highest level since 1971, according to a detailed analysis of data on housing, homeownership and shelter costs from the 2006 Census.

Complete report:

Changing Patterns in Canadian
Homeownership and Shelter Costs, 2006 Census
(PDF - 1.4MB, 39 pages)
Topics include homeownership, the presence of a mortgage, condominium status, housing life cycle (or housing career), shelter costs and housing affordability.

Companion document:

Shelter Costs Highlight Tables, 2006 Census
These data tables present 2006 Census highlights on housing and shelter costs. The tables present data on the condition of dwelling, number of persons per room and tenure. They also display data on housing affordability for owners and renters. T
hey present information highlights via key indicators such as 2006 counts, percentage change (2001 to 2006) and percent distribution (2006), for various levels of geography. The tables also allow users to perform simple rank and sort functions.

Related link:

Staggering one-in-four Canadian households in affordability squeeze
Posted: 04 June 2008
A staggering one-in-four Canadian households are in the housing affordability danger zone – paying 30% or more of their income on housing. Even more troubling, the poorest Canadian households – renters – face the worst affordability problems. New data released today by Statistics Canada confirms that the cost of housing – rental and ownership – has been rising faster than the rate of inflation, and has been rising faster than household incomes.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]

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

5. Social Assistance Reform Complete (Government of Yukon) - May 28

Yukon:
Social Assistance Reform Complete

News Release
May 28, 2008
WHITEHORSE - Health and Social Services Minister Brad Cathers today announced changes to the social assistance regulations that finalize the government's Social Assistance Reform. (...) Changes to the regulations are broad, and include providing an increased incentive to assist recipients in entering the workforce, raising the amounts recipients receive for basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing, and reducing red tape for persons with severe disabilities.
NOTE: this news release includes a Social Assistance Backgrounder that explains changes in the areas of earnings exemptions and services to people with disabilities, and that compares social assistance benefit rates
for single people and for two-adult+two-children families in effect before and after July 2008.
Source:
Government of Yukon

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

6. Perception Magazine (Focus on Poverty) - May 2008
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

New from the Canadian Council on Social Development:

Posted May 13, 2008
The complete Poverty issue of Perception Magazine is now online, with pieces about national and provincial anti-poverty strategies, an article by Rob Rainer about a poverty-free Canada by the year 2020, a report by John Stapleton about why it's so tough to get ahead, an article on social data by Alanna Petroff, and much more. Plus we asked our readers and they told us what else they're reading these days.

Perception: Volume 29, No. 3 & 4, 2008 (PDF - 2.5MB, 28 pages)
Focus on Poverty :
* Defining the Problem * Working Strategies * Measuring Success
[ version française (PDF - 2,4Mo., 28 pages) ]
Table of Contents:
* Editorial (by Marcel Lauzière)
* Defining and re-defining poverty in Canada
* Towards a National Ideal: Canada Without Poverty by 2020 (by Rob Rainer)
* Four Cornerstones of a Workable National Strategy for Canada (by Sheila Regehr)
* Newfoundland and Labrador's Action Plan to Reduce Poverty (by Minister Shawn Skinner and Aisling Gogan)
* Quebec's Law Against Poverty and Social Exclusion: An Interview with Alain Noel
* "Why is it so tough to get ahead?" (A report by John Stapleton)
* Using social data for success (by Alanna Petroff)
* What's on your bookshelf?
* Resource: New report on economic well-being of children in North America
* Update: Canadian Social Forum
Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)
[ Conseil canadien de développement social ]

Also new from CCSD:

2007-2008 Annual Report (PDF - 288K, 8 pages)

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

7. Hope or Heartbreak: Aboriginal Youth and Canada’s Future - March 2008
(
Policy Research Initiative)

Hope or Heartbreak: Aboriginal Youth and Canada’s Future (PDF - 2MB, 104 pages)
Horizons, Volume 10 Number 1
March 2008
This special issue of Horizons was a joint collaboration between the Government of Canada’s Policy Research Initiative and the Research and Analysis Directorate at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. This volume is part of one of the PRI's current interdepartmental projects, Investing in Youth: Evidence from Research, Policy and Practice. This special issue presents the latest research and analysis to highlight emerging trends, challenges and opportunities related to the rapidly growing population of Aboriginal youth within an aging and changing Canada.

[ PRI Publications - click on "All Research Projects" to open a drop-down box to select a particular project, or scroll down the page to see all reports, including earlier issues of Horizons. ]

Source:
Policy Research Initiative (Government of Canada)
The Policy Research Initiative conducts research in support of the Government of Canada’s medium term agenda. Its core mandate is to advance research on emerging horizontal issues, and to ensure the effective transfer of acquired knowledge to policy-makers.

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm

8. Recent articles from The Toronto Star:
--- The buzz about bee stings and the poor - June 7
--- Child poverty crusade
- June 2
---
Gap between passion and revenue - May 23

Recent articles from The Toronto Star:

The buzz about bee stings and the poor
June 7, 2008
Laurie Monsebraaten
A provocative new book argues you can't do anything for yourself when you're being swarmed by bees. It's just an analogy, but author and philosopher Charles Karelis's take on poverty is a stinging refutation of generations of social policy.

Child poverty crusade
Editorial
June 2, 2008
The late June Callwood was a tireless activist who until her death last year fought and won many battles. Her last great crusade was to eradicate child poverty in Canada. So it is fitting that her birthday today has been declared June Callwood Children's Day in Ontario. As Premier Dalton McGuinty sees it, we should take the opportunity "to commit ourselves to action."

Gap between passion and revenue
May 23, 2008
Carol Goar
Expectations are running high. Revenues are running low. And Premier Dalton McGuinty has decreed that there will be no deficit and no tax increases. Yet Deb Matthews, who heads the cabinet committee drafting Ontario's poverty reduction strategy, is defiantly sanguine.
[ more columns by Carol Goar ]

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

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - June 6

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) :

June 6, 2008

Research evidence on selected aspects of for-profit/non-profit child care programs
6 Jun 08
- Bibliography of empirical research evidence and policy analysis on a number of domains relevant to differences between for-profit and non-profit child care.

Sharon Hope Irwin address
6 Jun 08
- Speech from Sharon Irwin to the graduating class at The University of Winnipeg where she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree this year.

Full-day kindergarten: Moving Ontario forward
6 Jun 08
- Report from ETFO outlining their policies and recommendations for the implementation of the full-day kindergarten program in Ontario.

The corporatization of child care in Australia: Not as easy as ABC
6 Jun 08
- Deborah Brennan’s presentation slides from her two-week tour across Canada discussing policy issues associated with the privatization of child care in Australia.

Early childhood education: Questions of quality
6 Jun 08
- Publication from the Bernard van Leer Foundation focusing on how quality early childhood programmes can lay the foundations for quality primary education.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the newschild care in the news


· First possible lawsuits for Early Learning Services [AU]
5 Jun 08

· Child-care rises eat into rebate [AU]
5 Jun 08

· Children from troubled families get a boost from daycare: study [CA-QC]
4 Jun 08

· Clash over soaring cost of child care [AU]
4 Jun 08

· Canada: Fastest growing firms listed [CA]
3 Jun 08

· Privatizing child care remains controversial in Germany [DE]
1 Jun 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(
Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

June 5, 2008
* Report: Suburban Poverty - Illinois
* Kids Count Report - New Jersey
* States and Medicaid Cuts - California, Mississippi, Oklahoma
* Report: Medicaid Programs and Outreach to Families - Kentucky
* Cost-saving Technology and State Medicaid Programs
* Massachusetts Health Insurance Coverage
* Study: Regional and Racial Health Care Disparities
* Food Stamp Program Enrollment
* Earned Income Tax Credit
* Unemployment Insurance Benefits
* Low-income Students and School Funding - Rockford, IL
* Low-income Home Energy Assistance - Massachusetts
* Report: Affordable Housing - Delaware

June 2, 2008
* Report: People Living in Poverty - Ohio
* TANF Enrollment and Poverty Rate - Fort Collins, CO
* Rising Prices and Increasing Need of Assistance
* Poverty Measurement
* Federal Medicaid Rule Changes
* Children on Medicaid and Lead Screenings - Indiana
* Kids Count Report - Tennessee
* States and Unemployment Benefits
* Paid Family Leave and Sick Leave - New York, California
* Benefits of Unions for Low-wage Workers - Rhode Island
* No Child Left Behind and Alternative Schools - Michigan
* Student Loans for Two-year Colleges
* Programs for Teenage Parents - California
* Post-Katrina Temporary Housing
* Prisoner Re-entry Programs - Ohio
* Payday Lending Legislation - Ohio
* Report: Workers and Income Instability

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

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

- 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

11. The Economics of Early Childhood Policy (U.S.) - May 2008
(RAND Corporation)

The Economics of Early Childhood Policy
http://rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP227/
[ News Release - May 12, 2008 ]
What, pray tell, might the so-called "dismal science" of economics have to say about public investment in early childhood programs? Quite a bit, as it turns out. This report from the RAND Corporation takes an economic perspective on such investments, and its intent is to provide policymakers with a primer about "how economic analysis can help set agendas for early childhood policy and identify the economics benefits of targeting certain groups for help." Released in May 2008, the 48-page report draws on concepts including human capital theory and monetary "payoffs" from investments in early childhood programs. The report is divided into four chapters, including "Human Capital Theory" and "Implications for Early Childhood Policy". It's quite a compelling read, and it will be of interest to a broad range of persons working in fields such as early childhood development, economics, and public policy.
Review by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.

Related links:

RAND Corporation - home page
* Child Policy - related research and reports

RAND Corporation - from Wikipedia

- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm

12. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
---
Time for a revitalised and vibrant public housing sector - Posted:05-06-2008
--- Public housing in Australia, stigma, home and opportunity - Posted 02-06-2008
--- Australia 2020 Summit: final report - Posted 02-06-2008

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.
APO TOP FIVE 29 May - 4 June 2008
1. Budget review 2008-09
2. Waking from the dream
3. Time for a national approach to teacher quality
4. Rigour and relevance: extending the role of the social sciences and humanities in public policy research
5. Workers for all seasons?
[Click the home page link above to access any of the top five file downloads.]

Recent APO content:

Time for a revitalised and vibrant public housing sector
Posted:05-06-2008
Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania
More public housing funds are needed to unleash its potential, argue Rowland Atkinson and Keith Jacobs

Public housing in Australia, stigma, home and opportunity
Posted 02-06-2008
Rowland Atkinson and Keith Jacobs / Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania
This discussion paper explores the reasons why public housing has become so stigmatised and makes the case for increased investment and other strategies that can improve the status of public housing.

Australia 2020 Summit: final report
Posted 02-06-2008
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
This report is intended to provide a record of the Australia 2020 Summit and recommendations on each of the discussion areas for consideration by the Australian government. It is based on ideas put forward by participants during the summit discussion sessions, outcomes from preliminary summit events and ideas generated from public submissions received prior to the summit.
[NOTE: Topics include: * Ageing * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Education * Families and households and youth * Health * Housing * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth * more...]

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

13. CRINMAIL 987, 988 (June 2008)
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

5 June 2008 - CRINMAIL 988
* CRC COMMITTEE: Call for NGO involvement in elections [news]
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Side events on the UPR and a complaints mechanism to the CRC [events]
* BURKINA FASO: New child trafficking law hard to enforce [news]
* GLOBAL: US Trafficking in Persons Report 2008 [publication]
* EDUCATION: Last in Line, Last in School 2008 [publication]
* JAPAN: Supreme Court rejects nationality law [news]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

3 June 2008 - CRINMAIL 987
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: A child rights UPR toolkit for NGOs [publication]
* PLAN: Because I am a Girl: State of the World's Girls 2008 - In the Shadow of War [publication]
* ILO: Combating Child Labour Through Education [publication]
* AFRICA: Africa-wide Movement for Children Established [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Voices and Choices - a proposed right for children to appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales [news]
* VIETNAM: Concern over children's mental health [news]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ 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.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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


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Usage: "If ya don't pay the 'lectric cumpany, they shut off yer par."

PARAMOUR (noun). An automated device for cutting grass.
Usage: "What kinda deal you gonna gimme on that paramour?"

Source:
http://www.netsquirrel.com/crispen/word.html
(Click the link for more Southern words and phrases)


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Big Picture

New site from Boston.com that tells stories from around the world using large images.
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/

World License Plate Humour
http://www.joe-ks.com/license_plates.htm

Squirrel on the menu
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ideas/article/439338
"locovorism – eating what's close at hand"
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Gilles' comment:
Why stop at sautéed squirrel?
Why not Beaver Bouillon, Pigeon Pot Pie or Glazed Canada Goose garnished with Purple Loosestrife?
Pot-roasted  politicians?
OK, I was just kidding about the last one, but it would be a great way to control pest populations...
[..if only I could get past the gag reflex that kicks in when I think of chowing down on little fluffy the grey squirrel that's happiliy munching on the tulip bulbs in the backyard].