Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 8, 2013

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,662 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. [Ontario] Robin Hood Doctor Under Fire for Helping the Poor (Krystalline Kraus, rabble.ca) - September 7
2. [Ontario] Administrative Justice Support Network (Guide to appeal courts in Ontario)
3. Court dismisses landmark Charter challenge on behalf of homeless Canadians (Toronto Star) - September 6
4. [New Brunswick] Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation to hold public sessions - August 26
5. Social Assistance Reform in New Brunswick
6. Media and Policy News for September 6 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
7. New way to keep the war on poverty alive (Toronto Star, Caledon Institute on Social Policy) - September 4
8. Unifor: Canada’s Newest Union (Jim Stanford, Progressive Economics Forum) - September 1
9. The New Attack on Unions (Andrew Jackson in Progressive Economics Forum) - September 3
10. On income inequality, Andrew Coyne misses the mark (Andrew Jackson in The Broadbent Blog) - September 3
11. Indecent proposals: why the Fraser Institute is wrong on immigration (By Patti Tamara Lenard, Broadbent Institute) - September 3
12. Ontario welfare reforms roll out this month (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star) - September 2

13.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian economic accounts, second quarter 2013 and June 2013 - August 30
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2013 - August 28

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

International content

15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. United States Department of Agriculture : Many Americans struggling to find enough to eat (Huffington Post) - September 5
17. A Debt-Free Degree? Oregon's New Plan Would Eliminate Upfront College Costs (Huffington Post) - August 7
18. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. [Ontario] Robin Hood Doctor Under Fire for Helping the Poor - September 7
(
Krystalline Kraus, rabble.ca)

Activist Communique: Robin Hood Doctor Under Fire for Helping the Poor
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/krystalline-kraus/2013/09/activist-communique-robin-hood-doctor-under-fire-helping-po
By Krystalline Kraus
September 7, 2013
In Toronto, Dr. Roland Wong was found guilty of professional misconduct last December for improperly prescribing the Ontario government’s Special Diet Allowance to people on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
When asked about regrets for his actions, “Regrets? Only that the government doesn’t help the poor,” Dr. Roland Wong told the Star on Monday July 29, 2013, outside of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the College) office, where a committee is meeting to determine his penalty.

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/

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- Go to the Ontario Special Diet Allowance links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_special_diet.htm

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

2. [Ontario] Administrative Justice Support Network (Guide to appeal courts in Ontario)

Ontario

Administrative Justice Support Network
http://asjn.communitylivingontario.ca/
The Administrative Justice Support Network mission is to support people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation. This site provides information on selected board and tribunals, links to additional information, and information on where to find more specific legal advice or legal representation.
- includes resources for appeals in the following areas:
* Special Education * School Expulsions * Landlord & Tenant * CCAC Appeals * Human Rights * Social Benefits (ODSP) * Consent & Capacity * Medical Professionals Complaints

Mission statement (in the words of the site's creator, Dawn Roper):
“...to encourage people to feel they are capable of launching an appeal whether or not they have legal representation.”

The focus of the site is the eight most commonly used tribunals: the Health Services Appeal and Review Board, the Social Benefits Tribunal, the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Special Education Appeal Board, the Child and Family Services Review Board, the Consent and Capacity Board and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.

Related link:

Scales of justice tipped against disabled kids
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/08/30/scales_of_justice_tipped_against_disabled_kids_goar.html
By Carol Goar
August 30, 2013
Parent-activist creates website to guide parents of disabled children through Ontario's legal maze

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

3. Court dismisses landmark Charter challenge on behalf of homeless Canadians - September 6
(Toronto Star)

Court dismisses landmark Charter challenge on behalf of homeless Canadians
Judge says legislatures, not courts, are the place to combat homelessness, but lawyers say the ruling denies justice to the poor.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/09/06/judge_rules_legislatures_not_courts_right_place_combat_homelessness.html
September 6, 2013
The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) and four Toronto individuals launched the Charter challenge in May 2010:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/26/landmark_homeless_charter_challenge_may_never_be_heard_if_government_wins_bid_to_quash_case.html

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

NOTE : In the article, there's a reference to a 52-page decision rendered Friday (Sept. 6) by the presiding judge of the Ontario Superior Court.
The text of that decision should be posted shortly to the Superior Court website:
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/en/about/judgments.htm

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

4. [New Brunswick] Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation to hold public sessions to renew poverty reduction plan - August 26

Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation to hold public sessions to renew poverty reduction plan
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/esic/news/news_release.2013.08.0807.html
News Release
26 August 2013

FREDERICTON (GNB) – A series of public dialogue sessions will be held this autumn by the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, leading to a renewal of Overcoming Poverty Together – The New Brunswick Poverty Reduction Plan (Nov. 2009). (...)
Sessions which will take place in 12 communities are considered an important phase of the public engagement process leading to the renewal of the poverty reduction plan.

Source:
Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation
http://www.gnb.ca/poverty

New Brunswick Social Development
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development.html
(Department responsible for poverty issues)

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- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty_ontario.htm

5. Social Assistance Reform in New Brunswick

Also from
New Brunswick Social Development:

Social Assistance Reform
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development/promos/social_assistancereform.html
One of the priority actions in the province’s poverty reduction plan was to reform the social assistance system.
The changes outlined below represent the broadest number of policy changes to the social assistance program since the 1990’s and are expected to have a significant impact on clients.
* Social Assistance Rate Increase * Wage Exemption Policy * Shelter Deductions for Disabled Clients * Social Assistance Rate Schedules * Household Income Policy * Income Supplement

- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty_ontario.htm

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

6. Media and Policy News for September 6
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 6 September 2013
http://goo.gl/2NFE1Y

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

Top Stories

Changes to OW and ODSP are rolling out this month – and some are a surprise
New research demonstrates what people on social assistance have been saying for years – living in poverty drains your mental energy and your ability to do much more than just survive (covered in Salon - Toronto Star - The Atlantic)
Minister McMeekin is committed to reform

Ontario

People with children with disabilities have a new source for legal information
Right-to-work laws won’t solve Ontario’s manufacturing problems
Arguments against unions are ideological not empirical
Charles Pascal says full-day kindergarten is a success story

Cool Stuff

Alex Himelfarb has edited a new book on the value of taxes – “Tax Is Not a Four Letter Word”

Around the Province

Bruce County Social Services Director comments on changes to Ontario Works asset rules
Coverage in CanIndia on the recent poverty reduction consultation on issues facing newcomers and immigrants
Toronto agency serving youth on assistance suspends service due to funding problem
Woman from Kingston refuses to leave the train when confronted with inaccessibility
The OW caseload in Waterloo is nearly 40% higher than before the 2008 recession
The impact of EI changes on seasonal firefighters in Kenora

Across the Country

New Brunswick’s poverty reduction body – the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation – is holding consultations on that province’s next poverty reduction strategy
Rents are going up in BC, but shelter allowances for people on social assistance are not

National

Harper continues to push the importance of reducing public debt, at the G20
For Labour Day, CUPE calls for an expansion of the CPP
Caledon resorts to crowdfunding to keep National Council on Welfare information alive
Older workers are resorting to the low-wage jobs that formerly employed youth
Universities should educate, and employers should train

International

In November, US food stamps funding will fall to $1.40 per meal
The Scottish School of Public Health Research takes on chef Jamie Oliver over the cause of poor nutrition among people living on low incomes
Food banks are new in the UK. The Kingston food bank just served its 5,000th person
Finland announces changes to its social welfare state
And other Nordic countries are making other changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. New way to keep the war on poverty alive - September 4
(Toronto Star, Caledon Institute on Social Policy)

New way to keep the war on poverty alive
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/09/04/new_way_to_keep_the_war_on_poverty_alive_goar.html
By Carol Goar
September 4, 2013
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy turns to crowdfunding to raise money and reach younger generations.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a social policy think tank based in Ottawa, Canada. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.

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

8. Unifor: Canada’s Newest Union- September 1
(Jim Stanford, Progressive Economics Forum)

New from the
Progressive Economics Forum:

Unifor: Canada’s Newest Union
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/09/03/unifor-canadas-newest-union/
September 1, 2013
By Jim Stanford
I am still catching my breath from one of the wildest weeks in my life: all the events that culminated in the founding convention last weekend in Toronto of Unifor (formed from the combination of the CAW and the CEP). The new union will represent over 300,000 members working in over 20 different defined economic sectors.
- includes links to the Unifor website (see below), including an early discussion paper that lays out the rationale for a new union last year, the Unifor Constitution, policy papers, photos and videos, and selected media coverage. (...)

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

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Unifor website
http://unifor.org/
Unifor is a new kind of union, one that advocates on behalf of all working people (employed or unemployed) right across the country. As Canada’s largest private sector union with more than 300,000 members in every major sector of the economy, Unifor is committed to creating a strong and effective union – making positive change in communities and workplaces across the country.
[Excerpt from "Why Unifor?" : http://unifor.org/en/why-unifor ]

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

9. The New Attack on Unions - September 3
(Andrew Jackson in
Progressive Economics Forum)

The New Attack on Unions
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/09/03/the-new-attack-on-unions/
By Andrew Jackson
September 3, 2013

The latest issue of the York University e journal Just Labour is now available.
http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/index.php?page=toc&volume=20

In addition to three articles on youth and labour, it includes my paper Up Against the Wall: the Political Economy of the New Attack on the Canadian Labour Movement (PDF - 36K, 13 pages) : http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/volume20/pdfs/04_jackson_press.pdf ) and thoughtful responses from Sam Gindin, Ken Lewenza, Maya Bhullar and Patricia Chong.

The major issue raised in the comments is whether the new attack on labour can be successfully fought without fundamental changes to the existing labour movement, and there is a range of views on just how much change is needed.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

Also, in today’s Globe & Mail Economy Lab, Andrew Jackson responds briefly to a new Fraser Institute study claiming that “right to work” laws would create jobs.

Right-to-work laws are no solution to manufacturing job woes
http://goo.gl/dTEOhL

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

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

10. On income inequality, Andrew Coyne misses the mark - September 3
(Andrew Jackson in The Broadbent Blog)

On income inequality, Andrew Coyne misses the mark
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/income-inequality-andrew-coyne-misses-mark
September 3, 2013
By Andrew Jackson
Andrew Coyne marshals an impressive range of statistics ("The myth of income inequality") to make the case that rising income inequality is not a serious issue.
[ http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/09/02/the-myth-of-income-inequality/ ]
A careful reading of his article shows that this is not the case.
(...)
The key point is that good (or at least better) times for the economy from about 2000 to 2008 did not change the dismal trend of the previous two decades. A temporarily rising tide did not make incomes more equal than they had been, as used to be the case in years of recovery. Coyne's best efforts notwithstanding, income inequality is very much an issue.

Source:
The Broadbent Blog
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog
The Broadbent Blog is part of the
Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en

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Also by Andrew Jackson
in the Broadbent Blog:

Two sides of the same Coyne
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/two-sides-same-coyne
September 5, 2013
By Andrew Jackson
In his recent article in the National Post on the “myth” of rising income inequality, Andrew Coyne argues that, when it comes to poverty, “the news is quite remarkably good.”
He posts a chart showing the proportion of the population living below Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO). This indeed shows a decline from the late 1990s, to under 9%. Could this possibly be the same Andrew Coyne who argued in Macleans Magazine in 2009 that the LICO measure is far inferior to the Low Income Measure of poverty?

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

11. Indecent proposals: why the Fraser Institute is wrong on immigration - September 3
(By Patti Tamara Lenard, Broadbent Institute)

Indecent proposals: why the Fraser Institute is wrong on immigration
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/indecent-proposals-why-fraser-institute-wrong-immigration
September 3, 2013
By Patti Tamara Lenard
My best guess it that the Fraser Institute expects no one to read the report [ http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=20300 ] behind their newest sensationalist press release, in which they claim that the cost of immigrants to Canada is staggeringly high.
Anyone who looked at the report more closely would find false claims, deliberately misleading arguments, a naive understanding of global migration trends, and evident ignorance of what informs Canada’s immigration priorities. The report is so poor and illogical that it cannot be taken seriously as contributing to public debates about policy reform in the domain of immigration.

Source:
The Broadbent Blog
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog
The Broadbent Blog is part of the
Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

12. Ontario welfare reforms roll out this month - September 2
(
Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)

Ontario welfare reforms roll out this month
The province’s first steps on the road to welfare reform start in September when new earnings and asset limits kick in.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/09/02/ontario_welfare_reforms_roll_out_this_month.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
September 2, 2013
(...) Starting this month ... people on social assistance will be able to keep the first $200 they earn before triggering welfare claw-backs.
The measure, announced in last spring’s provincial budget, is a change [that] anti-poverty advocates say is long overdue.
[The previous earnings exemption policy stipulated that ALL of the client's declared earnings were clawed back at 50%, i.e., the client's wefare cheque decreased by fifty cents for each dollar of work income.]
As of September, asset limits for people on Ontario Works increased from $606 to $2,500 for a single person and from $1,043 to $5,000 for a couple. It means people applying for welfare will no longer have to drain their bank accounts before becoming eligible for help and those already on welfare will be allowed to save. People on Ontario Works will also be allowed to accept gifts of up to $6,000 and keep a vehicle worth more than $10,000.
(...)
Welfare rates in Ontario have not kept up with inflation and continue to fall well below the province’s poverty line of about $20,100 for a single person, after taxes, said social policy expert John Stapleton. The new $626 monthly rate for a single person on welfare is still less than the $663 that same person would have received 20 years ago, he said. Inflation has increased 44 per cent since then.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, August 2013 - September 6
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2013 - September 6

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 ]

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September 6, 2013
Labour Force Survey, August 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130906/dq130906a-eng.htm
Employment increased by 59,000 in August, mainly in part-time work, and the unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 7.1%. Over the six months to August, employment gains averaged 12,000 per month, lower than the average of 29,000 observed during the preceding six-month period.

September 6, 2013
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130906/dq130906b-eng.htm
Labour productivity in Canadian businesses rose 0.5% in the second quarter, after edging up 0.1% in each of the previous two quarters.

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.



Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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

14. 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

September 8, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Finding quality child care: A guide for parents in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/finding-quality-child-care-guide-parents-canada
21 Aug 2013 | Canada
New website, available in English and French, for Canadian parents is now publicly available. Parents can find out why it's hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve their chances of accessing high-quality child care.

Study: Preschool rating systems disconnected from child outcomes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/study-preschool-rating-systems-disconnected-child-outcomes
4 Sep 2013 | United States
Research linking outcomes to quality rating systems finds that "teacher interactions had the highest connection to student learning, followed by learning environment. Teacher qualifications, class size, and family partnerships had a weaker and sometimes inconsistent connection".

Full-day kindergarten study highlights
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/full-day-kindergarten-study-highlights
4 Sep 2013 | Ontario
The Government of Ontario has released key findings from a study of full-day kindergarten (FDK)that was conducted in partnership with Queen's and McMaster universities from 2010-2012. Findings show that students improved their readiness for Grade 1 and accelerated their development in every area.

Better for babies: A study of state infant and toddler child care policies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/better-babies-study-state-infant-and-toddler-child-care-pol
4 Sep 2013 | United States
Report from CLASP (US) "presents data from a recent state survey of child care subsidy, licensing, and quality enhancement policies. It provides a national picture of infant-toddler child care - one that shows significant room for improvement".

Why Finland's public schools are so successful
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/why-finlands-public-schools-are-so-successful
3 Sep 2013 | Europe
The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright (CBC radio) "speaks to Finland's education reform guru, Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, about how the country's egalitarian, low-stress model has helped Finnish students reach for the top".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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

Quebec wants one-stop daycare shopping
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/quebec-wants-one-stop-daycare-shopping
6 Sep 2013 | Quebec

Congratulations, America! Only the rich can afford to have kids in you
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/congratulations-america-only-rich-can-afford-have-kids-you
4 Sep 2013 | United States

Stage set for vote to unionize private child-care workers in R.I.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/stage-set-vote-unionize-private-child-care-workers-ri
4 Sep 2013 | United States

Fighting over the Kinder
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/fighting-over-kinder
4 Sep 2013 | Europe

Full-day kindergarten gives kids huge step up, study shows
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/full-day-kindergarten-gives-kids-huge-step-study-shows
4 Sep 2013 | Ontario

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
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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

15. 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:

September 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/06/
Food Insecurity in the US (2 articles)
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)
SNAP and Work Requirements – Kansas (2 articles)
Fuel Poverty – United Kingdom

September 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/05/
Grandparents as Caregivers to Children
Welfare Reform

September 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/04/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)
Early Childhood Literacy

September 3, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/03/
Homelessness in the US (2 articles)
Food Security Bill – India

September 3, 2013 : No Poverty Dispatch today

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
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OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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http://www.wisc.edu/

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

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

16. United States Department of Agriculture : Many Americans struggling to find enough to eat - September 5
(Huffington Post)

United States Department of Agriculture : Many Americans struggling to find enough to eat
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/04/americans-hunger-study/2764955/
By Christopher Doering
September 5, 2013
The Department of Agriculture said Wednesday 14.5 percent of U.S. households, or about 49 million people, were food insecure in 2012, close to the record rate from 2011.

Source:
USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/

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From the Agriculture Department website:

The report:

Household Food Security in the United States in 2012
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err155.aspxB
By Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Mark Nord, and Anita Singh
September 2013
- main report page, includes links to the complete report, an executive summary, related topics, related data and more

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Complete report (PDF 719K, 41 pages):
http://www.ers.usda.gov/ersDownloadHandler.ashx?file=/media/1183208/err-155.pdf
September 2013

Executive summary (small PDF file):
http://www.ers.usda.gov/ersDownloadHandler.ashx?file=/media/1183204/err-155-report-summary.pdf

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Related links:

This is Why Food Stamp Reliance Has Exploded
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114609/congress-fights-over-food-stamps-dont-worry-about-growth-snap
The New Republic
September 5, 2013

This chart shows why $270 billion in housing aid hasn’t solved homelessness
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/04/this-chart-shows-why-270-billion-in-housing-aid-hasnt-solved-homelessness/
Washington Post, Wonkblog
September 4, 2013

On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/us/as-debate-reopens-food-stamp-recipients-continue-to-squeeze.html
New York Times
September 4, 2013

U.S. households still going hungry
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/us-households-still-going-hungry-96263.html
Politico
September 4, 2013

Food Stamp Cuts Could Bite Food Makers
http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-313492/
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2013

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From a recent issue of the
Canadian Social Research Newsletter:

Almost 4 million Canadians struggle to afford food
http://www.news.utoronto.ca/almost-4-million-canadians-struggle-find-food
July 25, 2013
A new report by researchers at the University of Toronto shows that almost four million Canadians are struggling to put the food they need on the table because of food insecurity. “The impact of this situation on children, families, communities, the health care system and our economy cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, a nutritional sciences professor at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and principal investigator for PROOF, an international team of researchers committed to the reduction of household food insecurity.

Source:
University of Toronto News

http://www.news.utoronto.ca/

Complete report:

Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2011 (PDF - 1.6MB, 26 pages)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/ResourceFiles/foodinsecurity2011_final.pdf
By Valerie Tarasuk, Andy Mitchell and Naomi Dachner
July 2013
In 2011, the Household Food Security Survey Module was administered in all provinces and territories as a component of Statistics Canada’s annual Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Examining the results of this survey provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the prevalence, distribution and relative severity of household food insecurity across the country. The Annual Report on Household Food Insecurity is designed to provide a tool, using Statistics Canada data, to monitor trends and identify priorities for interventions to address this major public health issue.

Source:
PROOF
http://nutritionalsciences.lamp.utoronto.ca
PROOF is an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers committed to a program of research to identify effective policy interventions to address household food insecurity. PROOF involves the participation of the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Calgary, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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

17. A Debt-Free Degree? Oregon's New Plan Would Eliminate Upfront College Costs - August 7
(Huffington Post)

A Debt-Free Degree? Oregon's New Plan Would Eliminate Upfront College Costs
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/debt-free-degree-in-these-times_n_3721439.html
August 7, 2013
Everyone agrees that the $1 trillion in student debt carried by Americans is a problem. Yet on a national level, Congress has only managed a deal that will keep interest rates low for new loans this year, but let them go up in the future.Now, one state, Oregon, is looking at broader, more far-reaching changes. On July 1, the state legislature unanimously passed a bill that could dramatically alter how public education in Oregon is funded.

Source:
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

The Bill (PDF - 28K, 3 pages):
http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/hb3400.dir/hb3472.a.pdf

More media coverage:
* http://business.time.com/2013/07/17/oregons-pay-it-forward-program-imagine-college-with-no-tuition-no-loans-no-debt/
* http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2013/08/merkley_proposes_federal_money.html
* http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/oregon-pay-it-forward

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

18. 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)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

4 September 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1343
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4863
In this issue:
CRIN Users Survey reminder!
Latest news and reports
- State adopts first-ever domestic violence law
- Sexual violence rife in humanitarian camps
- Rights abuses under increasing scrutiny
- Treating rape victims as criminals
- Death of baby in prison prompts call for improvements
- Gay "conversion" therapy banned
- Call for submissions: Access to justice
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Paraguay
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is 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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A Dozen Musings

Accept than some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
...some days you're the bug and somedays you're the windshield.

The best vitamin for making friends: B1.

Knowledge is like a garden; if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?!"

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.

My Reality Check bounced.

On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

There are two rules for ultimate success in life: (1) Never tell everything you know.

O give me a home, Where the buffalo roam, Where the deer and the antelope play, Where seldom is heard A discouraging word, 'Cause what can an antelope say?

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And, in closing...

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Aspartame:
Why is this poison still allowed?

http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/sugar-and-sweeteners/aspartame-1.html

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Five tips to make your Facebook account safer
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/08/22/5-tips-to-make-your-facebook-account-safer/

Another five tips to help keep you safe on Facebook
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/09/04/5-more-tips-to-help-keep-you-safe-on-facebook/

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Twenty-Two Useless Kitchen Gadgets
http://www.thesavory.com/galleries/22-useless-kitchen-items/
(Gilles' favourite is the battery-powered spaghetti twirler!)

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The Dutch army bicycle band (video, duration 4:30)
http://www.wimp.com/bicycleband/
MUST SEE!
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Now THAT's a dog house.
http://i.imgur.com/Nx4HxDf.jpg

 

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