Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 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 2,672 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. Nelson Mandela, R.I.P. - December 5
2. National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - December 6
3. Recent postings on the House of Commons Website (Committees) + subscription info - December 6
4. Minister Flaherty Hosts Pre-Budget Consultations in the Greater Toronto Area + online consultation (Finance Canada) - December 6

5. Flaherty’s Funny Math with the Employment Insurance Surplus (Angella MacEwen in Progressive Economics Forum) - December 6
6. Protecting Ontario's Vulnerable Workers (The Northumberland View) - December 4
7. Media and Policy News for December 2 AND December 4 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
8. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Disability in December (December 2013)
--- Laurie Needs Affordable Housing (December 2013)
--- Federal Policy Monitor (November 2013)
--- Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor (November 2013)
9. [Ontario] 2013 Hunger Report (Ontario Association of Food Banks) - December 2
10. Fall 2013 Session of the National Housing Research Committee, November 4-6, 2013 (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
11. Right to strike has no place in the public service (Debate : Tom Flanagan and Jim Stanford) - November 26
12. Really fast drivers, three Senators, Toronto’s mayor and the emergence of ‘Melford’ (John Stapleton, Open Policy) - November 24
13.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
---- Labour Force Survey, November 2013 - December 6
--- Canada's natural resource wealth, 2012 - December 6

--- Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012 - December 3
--- Programme for International Student Assessment, 2012 - December 3

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] NEW from The Brookings Institution:
--- A Dozen Facts about America’s Struggling Lower-Middle-Class - December 4
--- Strengthening The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for a More Food-Secure, Healthy America - December 4
--- Giving Secondary Earners a Tax Break : A Proposal to Help Low- and Middle-Income Families - December 2013
17. International Day of Persons with Disabilities (United Nations) - December 3
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. Nelson Mandela, R.I.P. - December 5



"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell and got back up again."
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
R.I.P.
http://www.thestar.com/news/2013/12/06/nelson_mandela.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/05/nelson-mandela-quotes_n_4394365.html

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


Statement by the Minister responsible for Status of Women Canada
(The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch)

http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/med/sta-dec/2013/1206-eng.html
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
Source:
Status of Women Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html



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Also from Status of Women Canada:

Government of Canada Efforts to address violence against women and girls
http://swc-cfc.gc.ca/violence/efforts/index-eng.html

16 Facts and Actions Canadians could take to end violence against women and girls
http://swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/16/index-eng.html

Ending Violence against Women:
more online resources
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/violence/res-eng.html

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From CUPE:

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) marks
the National day of Remembrance and Action to end Violence against Women

http://cupe.ca/violence/marks-national-day-remembrance-action
December 5, 2013
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
December 6 is commemorated on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, where 14 women were singled out and murdered because of their gender. One of those women, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school. Gender-based discrimination and violence remain widespread in our workplaces and communities as recently documented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and others. Yet the federal government continues to walk away from the problem.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

http://cupe.ca/

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

3. Recent postings on the House of Commons Committees Website + subscription info - December 6

Recent postings on the
House of Commons Committees Website:

December 6, 2013

Finance Committee (FINA):
* Document: Bill C-4, A second act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6320541&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
NOTE : Click the link to access 13 submissions to FINA regarding Bill C-4, the Harper Government's odious omnibus bill.
There are only 13 submissions because the Harper Government™ limited the amount of time for feedback, but I recommend these contributions from a variety of groups --- the C.D. Howe Institute, the Canadian Bar Association, Fair Pensions for All, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, two federal government unions and more...

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Human Resources, Skills and Social Development
and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Committee (HUMA)
:
* Report: Supplementary Estimates (B) 2013-2014: Votes 1b and 5b under Human Resources and Skills Development
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6353022&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

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Justice and Human Rights Committee (JUST):
* Study: Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/StudyActivityHome.aspx?Cmte=JUST&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&Stac=8124053
* Report: Supplementary Estimates (B) 2013-14: Votes 1b, 5b, 35b and 50b under Justice
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6358002&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

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Status of Women Committee (FEWO):
* Study: Eating Disorders Amongst Girls and Women
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/StudyActivityHome.aspx?Cmte=FEWO&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&Stac=8141841
* Study: Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/StudyActivityHome.aspx?Cmte=FEWO&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&Stac=8141750
* Report: Supplementary Estimates (B) 2013-14: Vote 25b under Human Resources and Skills Development
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6335207&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

SUBSCRIBE!
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeSubscriptionRegistration.aspx
If you like to follow the work of House of Commons committees, I highly recommend that you subscribe to receive email notification of new committee products as above - studies, reports, public consultations, etc.
(This isn't a very busy email alert service; updates are sent out on an occasional basis, and each alert includes a number of new products. All of the above links were included in an email dated December 6.)

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Related link:

House of Commons Committees
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeList.aspx

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

4. Minister Flaherty Hosts Pre-Budget Consultations in the Greater Toronto Area + online consultation - December 6
(Finance Canada)

Minister Flaherty Hosts Pre-Budget Consultations in the Greater Toronto Area
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-162-eng.asp
December 6, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today hosted a pre-budget consultation with business representatives, community leaders and academics. The roundtable was one of several consultations in communities across the country in which Canadians provide valuable input into Economic Action Plan 2014 deliberations.

Related Document:

Online Pre-Budget Consultations
http://www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/page-1.aspx?lang=1
Have your say!

Source:
Finance Canada

http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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

5. Flaherty’s Funny Math with the Employment Insurance Surplus - December 6
(Angella MacEwen in Progressive Economics Forum)

New from the
Progressive Economics Forum
:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

Flaherty’s Funny Math with the Employment Insurance Surplus
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/12/06/flahertys-funny-math-with-the-ei-surplus/
By Angella MacEwen
December 6, 2013
The Parliamentary Budget Office has come out with a report [see the next two links below] suggesting that the Conservatives will likely balance the budget ahead of schedule. But, and it’s a big but, if there were no EI surplus, there would be no balanced budget in 2016. And the annual surplus in the EI Operating Account is no small potatoes – it’s forecast to be at least $3.5 Billion in 2014. But this forecast is based on an EI coverage rate of 41%, and recently it’s been more like 38%, meaning the 2014 EI surplus will probably end up being over $4 Billion.

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Related links from the
Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO):

Revised PBO Outlook and Assessment of
the 2013 Update of Economic and Fiscal
Projections
(PDF - 796K, 16 pages)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Revised_EFOU_2013.pdf ]
December 5, 2013
This report updates PBO’s economic and fiscal outlook to include recent policy decisions and the updated Public Accounts of Canada 2013. This report also compares Finance Canada’s projections with PBO’s and discusses the assumptions and methodologies that drive their similarities and differences.

Background:

On October 28, following the publication of PBO’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook Update 2013 (PDF - 888K, 17 pages):
[ http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/EFOU_2013_EN.pdf ]

... Finance Canada released its 2013 Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections:
[ http://www.fin.gc.ca/efp-pef/2013/index-eng.asp ] - November 12, 2013

Source:
Parliamentary Budget Office
(PBO)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/

The mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.

NOTE : For related links, go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

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From The Globe and Mail:

Conservatives keeping EI rates high to pad surplus, budget watchdog says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flahertys-planned-surplus-relies-on-keeping-ei-rates-too-high-watchdog-says/article15781473/
By Bill Curry
December 5, 2013
The Parliamentary Budget Office says a large part of Ottawa’s planned surplus is based on keeping Employment Insurance premiums at higher rates than necessary. Thursday’s PBO report takes a close look at the impact of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Nov. 12 economic update and the minister’s recent omnibus budget bill, C-4, as well as the government’s Public Accounts.

296 comments about this article
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flahertys-planned-surplus-relies-on-keeping-ei-rates-too-high-watchdog-says/article15781473/comments/

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

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

6. Protecting Ontario's Vulnerable Workers - December 4
(
The Northumberland View)

Protecting Ontario's Vulnerable Workers
http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=25745#.UqMPCcRDtIE
Includes Statements from Ontario Federation of Labour, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
Province Introducing Stronger Rules and Enforcement Measures for Increased Fairness
December 4, 2013
Ontario is introducing legislation to provide more protection to the province's vulnerable workforce while increasing fairness for both employees and businesses.

The Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act [ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=2916 ] , to be introduced today, would protect vulnerable workers while creating a level playing field for companies that follow the rules.The number of temporary foreign workers in Ontario has risen from 91,000 in 2008 to 120,000 in 2012. If passed, Ontario will join Nunavut, Newfoundland and Labrador as provinces and territories that have set longer time limits for the recovery of wages, allowing workers more time to get the wages they are owed.

The proposed legislation supports Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Source:
The Northumberland View

http://www.northumberlandview.ca/

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

7. Media and Policy News for December 2 and 4
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley :
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 4 December 2013
http://goo.gl/7jNOSb

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

Top Stories

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Ontario's first five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction says poverty reduction is key to a prosperous economy; bold action needed in the next strategy
Anglican Dioceses share five steps to action on poverty reduction
Community Development Halton calls for strong action
Five ideas from Alan Broadbent, of Avana and Maytree
Government's announcement today on stronger rules and enforcement on precarious work
Info from the Workers Action Centre on the announcement
Star coverage

More Top News

A reminder on International Day of Persons with Disabilities that Ottawa needs to do more to support people with disabilities
PEI to do food cost study to help set social assistance rates
Mock trial in Hamilton finds Premier Wynne guilty on social assistance
Read the blogs from the Put Food in the Budget’s Food Bank Challenge 2013
Ontario's long-term energy plan good, but affordable energy rate plan needed for the vulnerable
Justice for Children and Youth needs your support for Bill 88
Ontario businesses ignoring accessibility standards for people with disabilities; Ontario government not enforcing
The challenges of using the law to advance social justice
Justice Murray Sinclair says Canadians and newcomers should learn about the history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada

Around the Province

Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal calls for Guaranteed Annual Income at a business breakfast in St. Catherines
Social housing wait time is three years in Grey County
A home for all is still just a dream, in Niagara
In Cambridge, EI, EI, OHmygoodness

Across the Country

Legal Aid services in Nova Scotia to expand
United Way North Alberta to hold its first ever poverty simulation seminar
Poverty, housing and transportation vital issues for youth in Metro Vancouver
Pan-Atlantic Panel seeks public input into EI reforms
Teachers in BC report a high level of poverty among their students

National

In 2014, for the first time, more than half the federal government’s revenue will come from personal income taxes
Carol Goar on the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s "insidious attack" on EI
Broken promises from the feds on affordable housing: we’re still waiting for action
How to deal with problems in health care? Through housing
How one Canadian company – Lee Valley – deals with wage inequality

International

100,000-strong petition demanding government assess welfare reform and benefit cut impacts on people who are ill and disabled now must be debated in the UK House of Commons
Food poverty is on the rise in Ireland
What is driving inequality in the US? It’s not technology
Five years after the recession, and “too big to fail” is even bigger
Corporations are “the real welfare queens”
A UK “welfare to work” conference is hit by protestors decrying workfare coercion
Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, “the world’s biggest welfare program”
The UK’s list of Living Wage Employers
Welfare benefits don’t remove the incentive to work

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

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Latest Media and Policy News: 2 December 2013
http://goo.gl/2e0YMs

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

Top story

Fallout from the elimination of the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit
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27 community organizations have sent a letter urging government to make $42 million in “transitional funding” for housing and homelessness supports permanent
Many groups have posted the information on their own websites:
--- Halton Poverty Roundtable
--- Wellesley Institute
--- Poverty Free Ontario
--- Hamilton Poverty Roundtable
--- Social Planning KW
--- Bridges Community Health Centre

Across the Province

Hamilton Council approves more funds to serve women who are homeless
Kenora Council urges the feds for more commitment to housing
Nine of ten families in Toronto highrises are at risk of homelessness
The City of Toronto’s budget falls short on the Housing Stabilization Fund by $4.2 million
Niagara Region issues its 10-year housing and homelessness plan
As does Peel Region...
Lobbying for more affordable housing in Northumberland
Funding still needed in Cornwall, despite the surplus

In Other News

Migrant workers EI parental benefits case wins at Federal Court of Appeal – co-counselled by ISAC and Niagara North legal clinics
See our information bulletin
Campaign 2000’s 2013 report cards on child poverty across the country – report cards for BC, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada
Toronto Star Editorial
The OAFB has released its latest food bank use report
Dr. Gary Bloch of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto talks about why he prescribes money to improve the health of his patients

Around the Province

London Homeless Coalition calls for $100 boost to social assistance
Big transit increase coming for people with disabilities in Ottawa
Did you know Greg deGroot-Maggetti has a blog? The latest entry is a podcast with Greg on how the living wage makes good business sense.
Programs for youth in social housing in Ottawa
What services are needed to be a parent with a disability
The Ontario Disability Employment Network hosts a forum in Toronto on “Employment First”

Across the Country

Caledon Institute advises on a new Social Vision for Nunavut
$1 billion investment in child poverty reduction called for Alberta, because “You can’t eliminate child poverty in this province without actually investing”
People who are homeless file a human rights challenge against the City of Abbotsford after chicken manure is dumped on their camp
Food costs have risen by 39% in Charlottetown, but social assistance isn’t keeping up
New group forms in Montreal to help temporary foreign workers
Newfoundland and Labrador NDP Leader questions why government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy office has so few staff

National

CPP may be underpaying some Canadians
Why expanding CPP would benefit, not punish, young workers
OECD reports poverty among Canadian seniors is rising
Editorial: Why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s plan for EI is dead wrong

International

Putting paid to the theory that high local taxes will cause the moneyed to walk
Did you know that in Swedish, “tax” means “treasure”?
One Pittsburgh family’s story of how poverty impacts on children
Assaults on Job Centre staff in the UK have doubled since benefit cuts and run in line with an increase in benefit sanctions
Conservative leads the fight to raise the minimum wage in California

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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, 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

8. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Disability in December (December 2013)
--- Laurie Needs Affordable Housing (December 2013)
--- Federal Policy Monitor (November 2013)
--- Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor (November 2013)

New from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
http://www.caledoninst.org/

Disability in December (PDF - 28K, 3 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1028ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
December 2013

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. There have been many noteworthy achievements in the country in such areas as transportation, communications, technology and equipment. But significant actions are still required, particularly around income security and disability supports.
The Caledon Institute has proposed a new Basic Income for persons with severe disabilities that would replace welfare with an adequate federally delivered benefit. The resulting provincial and territorial savings would be reinvested in a wide range of disability supports. These are the goods and services that enable independent living.
In the absence of major income security reform, Ottawa could still create a fund that would allocate monies to the provinces and territories to encourage investment in a comprehensive system of supports. These goods and services provide essential assistance not just to persons with disabilities but also to the entire population. They are especially crucial in light of Canada's aging population.

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Laurie Needs Affordable Housing
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1029ENG.pdf
Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle
December 2013

The Caledon Institute will be releasing shortly the Welfare Incomes report. Its calculations make clear that welfare incomes fall below all major comparator measures.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for welfare recipients to make ends meet. Shelter allowances, in particular, have not kept pace with market rents.
Laurie is a Calgary resident who is on the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program in Alberta. Her poignant story, which she sent to us, speaks powerfully to the need for affordable housing in Canada. Several policy options are proposed to enhance the ability of renters to pay for housing and to increase the availability of affordable housing.

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Federal Policy Monitor, November 2013 (PDF - 48K, 5 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Federal/2013-11.pdf

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Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, November 2013 (PDF - 84K, 6 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2013-11.pdf

NOTE : Both the federal and provincial/territorial monitors are searchable by jurisdiction and category;
see Caledon’s “Policy Monitor” webpage:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

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

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

9. [Ontario] 2013 Hunger Report - December 2
(Ontario Association of Food Banks)

From the
Ontario Association of Food Banks:

2013 Hunger Report Reveals 375,000 Rely on Food Banks Each Month (small PDF file)
http://www.oafb.ca/tiny_mce/plugins/filemanager/pics_cms/49/249/OAFB_Hunger_Report_2013_News_Release_FINAL_Dec_2-13-1.pdf
Press Release
December 2, 2013
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) 2013 Hunger Report, released today, reveals that 375,000 Ontarians rely on food banks each month. The comprehensive annual report also sheds light on some surprising statistics about who uses food banks and how those users are being helped by the wide range of community services offered by community food banks across the province.

Complete report:

Hunger Report 2013: A comprehensive report on
hunger and food bank use in Ontario and recommendations for change
(PDF - 1.2MB, 16 pages)
http://www.oafb.ca/tiny_mce/plugins/filemanager/pics_cms/55/255/Hunger_Report_-_Final.pdf
By Amanda King and Erin Fotheringham
Highlights and Rising Trends
- More than 375,000 Ontarians to turn to food banks every month. That accounts for 2.8 per cent of the province’s population, making Ontario the most intensive user of food bank services in Canada.
- 45 per cent of all people who use food banks in Canada live in Ontario.
- This past year, 35 per cent of those served by food banks in Ontario were children under 18 years old.
- One of the fastest growing groups of food bank users is post-secondary students at 3.7 per cent. This rising trend is seen particularly in rural communities (up from 0.2 per cent to 1.2 per cent in one year).

Source:
OAFB Research Studies
http://www.oafb.ca/indexstudies.html
OAFB releases a number of key research studies throughout the year, including their annual Ontario Hunger Report.

Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)
http://www.oafb.ca/
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of over 127 food banks, and over 1,100 hunger-relief agencies, across Ontario. This includes: breakfast clubs, school meal programs, community kitchens, emergency shelters, and senior centres. Together, they serve 375,000 individuals every single month.

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The OAFB is calling all Ontarians to support their local food bank and help spread the word about the face of hunger.
Visit Ontario Hunger [ http://ontariohunger.com/ ] for an infographic explaining this year’s findings and how to donate to the cause.

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Related link:

Food bank use near record level in Ontario, report says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/food-bank-use-near-record-level-in-ontario-report-says-1.2447361
2013 Hunger Report says that 375,789 people visited food banks in the month of March
December 2, 2013

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

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

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

10. Fall 2013 Session of the National Housing Research Committee, November 4-6, 2013
(
National Housing Research Committee, (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

New from the National Housing Research Committee
(Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation):

Fall 2013 Session of the National Housing Research Committee, November 4-6, 2013

The Fall 2013 NHRC session was held from November 4-6, 2013 at the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel in Ottawa.
You will find in the following five links the presentations from the NHRC Fall 2013 session.
Each section includes a brief overview of one particular working group session at the Fall 2013 meeting, along with links to videos by each presenter and to related meeting documents.

Full Committee
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/full-committee (18 documents)

Distinct Needs Working Group (4 documents, 3 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/distinct-needs-wg

Housing Data Working Group (5 documents, 4 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/housing-data-wg

Homelessness Working Group (3 documents, 2 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/homelessness-wg

Sustainable Working Group (3 documents, 1 video)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/sustainable-wg

Previous Meetings
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/previous-meetings
Click on the left navigation links under "Previous Meetings" to view past meeting documents since the Fall 2006 for each of the working groups..

Source:
National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/
The National Housing Research Committee meeting continues to be Canada’s premier venue for presenting our nation’s leading housing research and provides a great networking opportunity for housing researchers and policy makers.
[ More info : http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/whwedo/crviheco/crviheco_002.cfm ]

NHRC is part of:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/index.cfm

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

11. Right to strike has no place in the public service - November 26
(Debate :
Tom Flanagan and Jim Stanford)

Right to strike has no place in the public service
Public Record - The Great Canadian Debate (streaming video, duration 88 minutes)
http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/public-record/episodes/28650490/
November 26, 2013
Resolved: The right to strike has no place in the public service Tom Flanagan, Senior Fellow, The Fraser Institute and Jim Stanford, Unifor debate the resolution:"The right to strike has no place in the public sector."

Source:
Public Record
http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/public-record/

The Public Record is an initiative of:
CPAC - the Cable Public Affairs Channel

http://www.cpac.ca/

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

12. Really fast drivers, three Senators, Toronto’s mayor and the emergence of ‘Melford’ - November 24
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

Really fast drivers, three Senators, Toronto’s mayor and the emergence of ‘Melford’
http://openpolicyontario.com/really-fast-drivers-three-senators-torontos-mayor-and-the-emergence-of-melford/
By John Stapleton
November 24, 2013
In my original blog (http://openpolicyontario.com/when-zero-tolerance-prevails-very-fast-drivers-three-senators-and-torontos-mayor/), I said that Mr. Ford could win the Toronto election next October if he did just one thing: acknowledge that he is now in a world of zero tolerance and he is being judged according to standards by which everyone else is not judged. He must say that he understands the enforcement regimen that is now in place, agree with it, and pull up his socks according to its standards. (...) But it appears that Mr. Ford believes that there is no difference between the driver who breaks the law by going 91 km and hour (in a 90 km zone) and the driver who travels at 140 km an hour in the same speed zone. In Mr. Ford’s world, they both broke the law. They haven’t been charged with anything and neither has he. The public, I believe, understands what Mr. Ford is getting at – they understand that law breaking is law breaking – but we all live by loose informal rules that are not enforced. This is where Mr. Ford is tone deaf and will lose the next election if he continues on his present course.

Source:
Open Policy Ontario
- John Stapleton's blog
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, November 2013 - December 6
--- Canada's natural resource wealth, 2012 - December 6

--- Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012 - December 3
--- Programme for International Student Assessment, 2012 - December 3

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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December 6, 2013
Labour Force Survey, November 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131206/dq131206a-eng.htm
Employment continued on a slight upward trend for the third consecutive month, edging up 22,000 in November. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.9% for the third month in a row.

December 6, 2013
Labour Force Survey Microdata File, November 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=71M0001X

Labour Force Information
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=71-001-X&lang=eng
Click "View" to see the latest issue; click "Chronological index" for previous issues.

December 6, 2013
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, third quarter 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131206/dq131206b-eng.htm
Labour productivity in Canadian businesses rose 0.2% in the third quarter, following a 0.4% gain in the second quarter.

December 6, 2013
Canada's natural resource wealth, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131206/dq131206c-eng.htm
The value of Canada's natural resource assets stood at $781 billion in 2012, down 30% from 2011. The decrease, which came on the heels of a 29% increase in the previous year, was a reflection of lower prices for Canada's natural resources.

COMMENT (by Gilles):
Are you kidding me?
$781 friggin' BILLION!?!
When the Fraser Institute starts up with their "...each Canadian household owns a share of the national debt, which amounts to $144,000+ per household in Canada", perhaps someone could remind them to at least mention the $871B that we share in resource wealth...

December 3, 2013
Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131203/dq131203a-eng.htm
In 2012, about 3.8 million people, or 13.7% of Canadians aged 15 and older, reported being limited in their daily activities because of a disability. The results come from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), which is being released today to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Disability
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=1963&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Equity and inclusion
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=76&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Programme for International Student Assessment, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131203/dq131203e-eng.htm
December 3, 2013
Canadian data from the Programme for International Student Assessment are now available for 2012.

An international public use microdata file, which includes data for all participating Programme for International Student Assessment countries, is available on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) website [ http://www.oecd.org/pisa/ ] . The International Report published by the OECD is also available on the OECD website. A Pan-Canadian report is also available on the website of the Council of Ministers of Education
[ http://www.cmec.ca/ ] in Canada.

About PISA
http://www.oecd.org/pisa/aboutpisa/
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students

Related subjects:

Education, training and learning
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1821&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Students
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1756&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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- Go to the Education Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

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

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

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

Strong support for universal child care at the Ontario Federation of Labour convention
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/strong-support-universal-child-care-ontario-federation-labo
4 Dec 2013 | Ontario
Delegates to the 2013 convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)overwhelmingly supported a resolution calling for the Ontario government to "invest in the expansion of a public, not-for-profit, and universal childcare system for children ages 0-12". As well, the OFL honoured Martha Friendly with the Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award.

Bill 143, Child Care Modernization Act, 2013
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/bill-143-child-care-modernization-act-2013
4 Dec 2013 | Ontario
Ontario has introduced the first new child care legislation since 1983. The Child Care Modernization Act includes a new Child Care and Early Years Act, 2013, repeals The Day Nurseries Act, amends The Early Childhood Educators' Act, 2007 and proposes changes to the The Education Act, as well as amendments to other Acts.

Child Care Modernization Act: A backgrounder
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/child-care-modernization-act-backgrounder
3 Dec 2013 | Ontario
Ontario government announces new child care legislation that would tighten rules for unregulated child care, provide government inspectors stronger enforcement tools, and increase number of children permitted in licensed home child care.

Characteristics of unregulated child care by province/territory
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/characteristics-unregulated-child-care-provinceterritory
29 Nov 2013 | Canada
BRIEFing NOTE provides an overview of provincial/territorial guidelines for unregulated child care outside the child's home. There are no health, safety or training requirements or provision for public oversight in unregulated care; any attention by local or provincial public officials is on a complaint basis.

Continuing developments regarding unregulated child care in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/continuing-developments-regarding-unregulated-child-care-on
27 Nov 2013 | Ontario
Three articles from the Toronto Star include news of another death in unregulated child care, numerous violations in Ministry of Education documents obtained by the Star, and a grieving mother's plea to the province for more oversight in unregulated child care.

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

Province giving $2.6M more for local daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/province-giving-26m-more-local-daycare
6 Dec 2013 | Ontario

Can empty classrooms help solve the daycare crunch?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/can-empty-classrooms-help-solve-daycare-crunch
6 Dec 2013 | Canada

Quebec public daycares face $40M perpetual shortfall
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/quebec-public-daycares-face-40m-perpetual-shortfall
5 Dec 2013 | Quebec

Province seeks updated childcare law, stiffer penalties for rule-breakers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/province-seeks-updated-childcare-law-stiffer-penalties-rule-breakers
4 Dec 2013 | Ontario

Wynne Liberals praised for new child care legislation
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/wynne-liberals-praised-new-child-care-legislation
4 Dec 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
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

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:

December 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/06/
November 2013 US Unemployment (2 articles)
State Medicaid Program -Pennsylvania
Poverty in Southern California (2 articles)

December 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/05/
Affordable Care Act and Medicaid (2 articles)

December 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/04/
Supplemental Poverty Measure
SNAP and Emergency Unemployment Benefits (3 articles)

December 3, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/03/
Child Poverty – Philadelphia, PA (3 articles)

December 2, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/02/
Affordable Care Act and Medicaid (3 articles)
Extended Jobless Benefits

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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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

16. [United States] NEW from The Brookings Institution:
--- A Dozen Facts about America’s Struggling Lower-Middle-Class - December 4
--- Strengthening The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for a More Food-Secure, Healthy America - December 4
--- Giving Secondary Earners a Tax Break : A Proposal to Help Low- and Middle-Income Families - December 2013

New from the
Brookings Institution:

A Dozen Facts about America’s Struggling Lower-Middle-Class
http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/12/12-facts-lower-middle-class
By Benjamin H. Harris and Melissa S. Kearney
December 4, 2013
This Hamilton Project policy paper provides a dozen facts on struggling lower-middle-class families focusing on two key challenges: food insecurity, and the low return to work for struggling lower-middle-class families who lose tax and transfer benefits as their earnings increase. These facts highlight the critical role of federal tax and transfer programs in providing income support to families struggling to remain out of poverty.

Source:
The Hamilton Project
http://www.hamiltonproject.org/
http://www.brookings.edu/about/projects/hamiltonproject
The Hamilton Project was launched in April 2006 as an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution by a unique combination of leading academics, business people, and public policy makers who wanted to develop a serious, systematic strategy to address the challenges that our economy faces.

Brookings Institution
http://www.brookings.edu/

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Strengthening SNAP for a More Food-Secure, Healthy America
http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/12/03-strengthening-snap-food-secure-healthy-america-schanzenbach
By: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
December 4, 2013
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the fundamental safety-net program in the United States. Over its fifty-year history, it has effectively reduced hunger and buffered American families against economic downturns. This paper provides an overview of SNAP’s shortcomings, and a proposed detailed policy agenda to improve SNAP’s effectiveness. In particular, I propose to subsidize healthy foods in order to encourage better nutrition among SNAP recipients and to reform eligibility and payment rules to enable SNAP to better fight hunger and support program beneficiaries.

Paper:
Strengthening SNAP for a More Food-Secure, Healthy America
(PDF - 624K, 32 pages)
http://goo.gl/m9rs7G

Policy Brief:
Strengthening SNAP for a More Food-Secure, Healthy America (PDF - 368K, 8 pages)
http://goo.gl/XfaOAM

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Giving Secondary Earners a Tax Break:
A Proposal to Help Low- and Middle-Income Families
(PDF - 704K, 32 pages)
http://goo.gl/ZLqqdn
Discussion Paper
December 2013
Abstract
The current structure of the tax and transfer system in the United States makes it particularly challenging for low-income married couples with children to work their way into the middle class. Specifically, the tax and transfer system has an inherent secondary-earner penalty that discourages work efforts and reduces the return to work for a second earner within a married couple. When children are present, a spouse’s work efforts often brings associated child-care costs, making the return to work even lower. Our estimates suggest that under the current federal tax and transfer system, and assuming standard child-care costs, a family headed by a primary earner making $25,000 a year will take home less than 30 percent of a spouse’s earnings. We propose a secondary-earner deduction for low- to moderate-income families. This incremental modification to the tax code would increase disposable income for affected families.

[ Policy Brief on the above discussion paper : http://goo.gl/aXoYlt ]

Source:
Brookings Institution

http://www.brookings.edu/

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

17. International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3
(United Nations)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2013
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1607
Theme: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”

Click the link above for the following:
* Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations
* Message from the President of the General Assembly
* UN Press Release
* Background information on the theme for 2013
* Events at UN Headquarters
* Events around the world
* E-support the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Excerpt (from Background):
Around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest, and lack equal access to basic resources, such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems, as well as have a higher rate of mortality. In spite of this situation, disability has remained largely invisible in the mainstream development agenda and its processes.

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

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From Finance Canada:

Harper Government Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-159-eng.asp
December 3, 2013

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has introduced a number of measures to address the needs of people with disabilities, including:

* Providing $1 billion for renovations and energy retrofits of social housing, including renovations that support people with disabilities.
* Investing $400 million over two years for the construction of new social housing for seniors, including seniors with disabilities.
* Investing an additional $75 million over two years for the construction of new social housing units for people with disabilities.
* Investing $20 million for each of two years to improve the accessibility of federally owned buildings.
* Introducing the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which includes a supplement for persons with disabilities, and doubling the tax relief provided by the WITB.
* Increasing the Home Buyers’ Plan withdrawal limit and introducing the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit, which contain special provisions for persons with disabilities.
* Increasing access to post-secondary education for students with permanent disabilities, including a new Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability.

Economic Action Plan 2013 [ http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/ ] continued to build on these initiatives by:

Introducing a new generation of Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities by 2014 with an investment of $222 million per year to better meet the employment needs of businesses and improve the employment prospects for persons with disabilities.
Maintaining ongoing funding of $40 million per year for the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities starting in 2015-16, and reforming the program to provide more demand-driven training solutions for persons with disabilities and make it more responsive to labour market needs. Employers and community organizations will be involved in project design and delivery.
Extending on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year the Enabling Accessibility Fund. This Fund supports capital costs of construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility for persons with disabilities through projects with demonstrated community support, including workplace accommodation.

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

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- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.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 December - CRINmail issue 1356
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4953
In this issue:
Observance of three international days
- World AIDS Day
- International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities
News in Brief
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Antigua & Barbuda
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 issue 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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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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ODD SIGNS FROM ENGLAND - A BAKER'S DOZEN

1. Sign in a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES:
PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

2. Sign in a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

3. In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.

4. Outside a farm:
HORSE MANURE 50p PER PRE-PACKED BAG 20p DO-IT YOURSELF

5. In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

6. On a church door:
THIS IS THE GATE OF HEAVEN. ENTER YE ALL BY THIS DOOR.
(THIS DOOR IS KEPT LOCKED BECAUSE OF THE DRAFT. PLEASE USE SIDE DOOR.)

7. English sign in a German cafe:
MOTHERS, PLEASE WASH YOUR HANS BEFORE EATING

8. Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES ETC.
WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

9. Outside a photographer's studio:
OUT TO LUNCH: IF NOT BACK BY FIVE, OUT FOR DINNER ALSO

10. Seen at the side of a country road:
SLOW CATTLE CROSSING. NO OVERTAKING FOR THE NEXT 100 YRS.

11. Sign warning of quicksand:
QUICKSAND. ANY PERSON PASSING THIS POINT WILL BE DROWNED. BY ORDER OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL.

12. Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

13. Spotted in a safari park:
ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

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McDonald's offers its low-wage workers advice on how much to tip their pool cleaners
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/06/1260670/-McDonald-s-offers-its-low-wage-workers-advice-on-how-much-to-tip-their-pool-cleaners

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From the GiveWell blog:
http://blog.givewell.org/

Six myths about microfinance charity that donors can do without
http://blog.givewell.org/2009/10/23/6-myths-about-microfinance-charity-that-donors-can-do-without/

Why We Recommend So Few Charities
http://blog.givewell.org/2013/03/29/why-we-recommend-so-few-charities/

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