Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 9, 2014

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 2,683 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. The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education in Canada : Do High Tuition Fees Make for Good Public Policy? (Nick Falvo, Carleton University, Ottawa) - February 6
2. Brigit's Notes / Le Bloc-notes de Brigit : February 2014 / février 2014 (Canadian Women's Health Network / Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes)
3. Recent postings on the Parliament of Canada website:
--- Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports - February 6, 2014
--- A Study on Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace - February 2014
--- In from the Margins, Part II: Reducing Barriers to Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion - June 2013
--- Recommendations for the 2014 Federal Budget - December 10, 2013

4. Hennessy’s Index – Income Splitting: Perks for the Rich (Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - February 2014
5. Alternative Federal Budget 2014 : Striking a Better Balance (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - February 5
6. 2014-15 Government Budget season is officially OPEN
7. Northwest Territories 2014-2015 Budget - February 6
8. New Brunswick 2014-15 Budget - February 4
9. Media and Policy News for February 4 and February 7 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
10. New McMaster University research centre to study disability and work (Toronto Star) - February 4
11. Cost of poverty in Saskatchewan $3.8 Billion : Report looks at health, justice, more (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix) - February 2014
12. Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec :  2012 Progress Report (Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion) - January 29, 2013
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, January 2014 - February 7
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. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
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[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education in Canada : Do High Tuition Fees Make for Good Public Policy? - February 6
(Nick Falvo, Carleton University, Ottawa)

The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education in Canada:
Do High Tuition Fees Make for Good Public Policy?

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2014/02/06/do-high-tuition-fees-make-for-good-public-policy/
February 6, 2014
By Nick Falvo
This afternoon I gave a presentation to graduate seminar course on higher education in Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. The link to my slide deck, titled “The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education in Canada,” can be found here: (Microsoft Powerpoint file)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90811090/Falvo_Political-Economy-of-PSE_6feb2014.ppt

Points I raised in the presentation include the following:

* Tuition fees have been rising in Canada for roughly the past three decades. Yet, individuals in the 25-44 age demographic have the highest levels of household debt in Canada.
* Post-secondary participation has increased quite significantly in the past half century. Yet, not all groups participate in post-secondary education (PSE) to the same extent.
* In the aggregate, the ‘return on investment’ from PSE is favourable to students. But, again, not all people fare equally well.
* Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in enrollment from international students at Canadian universities (especially for students coming from China and India. I believe that the major reason for this increase stems from the considerably higher tuition fees paid by international students at most Canadian universities.
* Research looking at the British Columbia context (done by Iglika Ivanova) suggests that, as a group, university students more than ‘pay back’ to the public treasury the cost of their university education through taxation after graduation.
[Click the link above to read Nick's complete post.]

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum Blog

http://www.progressive-economics.ca

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

2. Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit : February 2014 / février 2014
(Canadian Women's Health Network / Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes)

Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
February 2014 issue
http://goo.gl/HWoHr4
In this issue:
Dear friends of the CWHN
Journalists: Stop blaming women
The case against hormonal contraception
Book review: Sweetening the Pill
Our latest FAQS
Featured resources
Upcoming events/calls

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Dans cette édition:
Chères et chers amis du RCSF
Sans détour : « Journalists: Stop Blaming Women »
Parlons sexualité : la contraception hormonale
Compte rendu : « Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control »
Notre nouvelles FAQ
Ressources presentées
Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network :
http://www.cwhn.ca/
Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes :
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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

3. Recent postings on the Parliament of Canada website:
--- Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports
- February 6
--- A Study on Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace - February 2014

--- In from the Margins, Part II: Reducing Barriers to Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion - June 2013
--- Recommendations for the 2014 Federal Budget
- December 10, 2013

Four new and new-ish reports
from the Parliament of Canada website:

From the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Public Accounts:

Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6272639&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
February 6, 2014

NOTE (by Gilles) : These are not departmental action plans OR progress reports.
The "reports" are actually the federal government's partial response to the spring and fall 2013 reports of the Auditor General of Canada.
What a bunch of bewildering and bemusing bureaucratese bafflegab!

In order to comprehend any of the content in the action plans at the link above, you MUST have a copy of the two A-G reports for April and November 2013 in hand for context and reference. That's because each action plan contains only (a) a statement of one of the A-G's recommendations, (b) the Canada Revenue Agency's response to that recommendation, and (c) a proposed action plan to correct the issue.

To further complicate matters, I couldn't find a link anywhere in the list of action plans to the A-G-'s two reports for 2013 that I could use in deciphering the action plans. I had to swing by the A-G's own website to find the two reports for 2013. The links to those two reports appear below. You'll see that the chapter numbers in the A-G reports correspond to the numbers in the action plans.

Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=PACP&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Parliament of Canada website:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

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From the
Office of the Auditor General of Canada:

2013 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201311_e_38780.html
November 25, 2013
Contents:
Chapter 1—Follow-up Audit on Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting
Chapter 2—Access to Online Services
Chapter 3—National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy
Chapter 4—Canada’s Food Recall System
Chapter 5—Preventing Illegal Entry Into Canada
Chapter 6—Emergency Management on Reserves
Chapter 7—Oversight of Rail Safety—Transport Canada
Chapter 8—Disaster Relief for Producers—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chapter 9—Offshore Banking—Canada Revenue Agency
Appendices:
Appendix A—Main Points—Fall 2013 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Appendix B—Main Points—Fall 2013 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Appendix C—Auditor General Act
Appendix D—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2012–13
Appendix E—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

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2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201304_e_38212.html
April 30, 2013
Contents:
Message from the Auditor General—Spring 2013
Chapter 1—Status Report on Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs
Chapter 2—Status Report on Security in Contracting
Chapter 3—Status Report on Collecting Tax Debts—Canada Revenue Agency
Chapter 4—Official Development Assistance through Multilateral Organizations
Chapter 5—Promoting Diabetes Prevention and Control
Chapter 6—Creating a Historical Record of Indian Residential Schools
Chapter 7—Federal Search and Rescue Activities
Chapter 8—Spending on the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Initiative
Chapter 9—Employment Insurance Overpayments—Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Chapter 10—Advance Funding—P3 Canada Fund
Chapter 11—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations
Appendix—List of recommendations

Source:
Auditor General of Canada

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

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From the
Standing Committee on the Status of Women:

A Study on Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace:
Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women
(PDF - 1.1MB, 154 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FEWO/Reports/RP6376948/412_FEWO_Rpt02_PDF/412_FEWO_Rpt02-e.pdf
Hélène LeBlanc. Chair
February 2014
On May 2012, the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women (the Committee) adopted a motion to study sexual harassment in workplaces
in the federal jurisdiction; the impact and cost of sexual harassment; whether the current complaint/reporting channels of federal organizations are effective in addressing sexual harassment; whether current policies – Treasury Board and organization specific policies – should be amended or improved.

In total, the Committee devoted 25 meetings to the study of sexual harassment in the federal workplace, and heard from 78 witnesses, all in the 1st Session of the 41st
Parliament.
(...)
This report provides a summary of information received and testimony heard by the Committee with respect to the current legal and regulatory framework for both civilians and military and police, a discussion about the incidence and prevalence of sexual harassment in the federal workplace, the processes for responding to complaints of sexual harassment and factors affecting sexual harassment in the workplace. Based on this information, the Committee has also put forward recommendations.

Source:
House of Commons
Standing Committee on the Status of Women
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FEWO&Parl=41&Ses=2

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

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From the Standing Senate Committee
on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
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In from the Margins, Part II:
Reducing Barriers to Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/411/SOCI/DPK/01jun13/home-e.htm
News Release
June 18, 2013
In November 2011, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology received an order of reference from the Senate “to examine and report on social inclusion and cohesion in Canada.” Continuing from its earlier study on social conditions in Canadian cities, the committee built upon the testimony of more than 170 witnesses, who contributed to the earlier report, In from the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, tabled in December 2009.
(See the links below*.)

Complete report:

In from the Margins, Part II:
Reducing Barriers to Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion
(PDF - 2.1MB, 209 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/411/soci/rep/rep26jun13-e.pdf
June 2013
This report identifies ongoing barriers to inclusion and offers 39 recommendations designed to make Canada more inclusive and cohesive.

Executive Summary (PDF - 1.4MB, 16 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/411/soci/rep/rep26jun13ExecSummary-e.pdf
June 2013

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* In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
News Release
Ottawa (December 8, 2009) – A major Senate report tabled today is declaring that Canada’s system for lifting people out of poverty is substantially broken and must be overhauled. “We began this study by focusing on the most vulnerable city-dwellers in the country, those whose lives are marginalized by poverty, housing challenges and homelessness.” stated Senator Art Eggleton, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Cities. “As our research evolved, so too did our frustration and concern as we repeatedly heard accounts of policies and programs only making living in poverty more manageable – which essentially entraps people." The recommendations in the report, In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, are the summation of a two-year cross-country study. Committee members heard testimony from more than 170 witnesses, including people living in poverty, several of them homeless, as well as universities, think tanks, provincial and local governments and community organizations.

Complete report:

In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness (PDF - 3.8MB, 290 pages)
The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Report of the Subcommittee on Cities
The Honourable Art Eggleton P.C., Chair
The Honourable Hugh Segal, Deputy Chair
December 2009

Source:
Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenCommitteeBusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?parl=41&ses=2&Language=E&comm_id=47

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From the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Finance:

The Future We Want:
Recommendations for the 2014 Federal Budget

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6382466&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
December 10, 2013
Today, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance tabled its report on pre-budget consultations for 2013.
The report, entitled The Future We Want: Recommendations for the 2014 Budget, contains 48 recommendations related to 6 topics:
* fiscal sustainability and economic growth
* vulnerable Canadians
* research and innovation
* rural and urban communities
* government efficiency
* employment opportunities

Complete report:

The Future We Want: Recommendations for the 2014 Budget (PDF - 1.5MB, 132 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6380037/412_FINA_Rpt02_PDF/412_FINA_Rpt02-e.pdf
Report of the Standing Committee on Finance
James Rajotte, Chair
December 2013
NOTE : This report contains hundreds of links to briefs and submissions by groups and individuals (in the fall of 2013) to the 2014 federal budget consultation, along with some links to information about federal programs mentioned in those briefs.

Pre-Budget Consultations
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6264805&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

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Related links:

The federal government's role in poverty reduction
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm#federal_role
- includes links to some key documents in the determination of exactly *what* is the Harper Government's responsibility regarding poverty in our country

4. Hennessy’s Index – Income Splitting: Perks for the Rich - February 2014
(Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Hennessy’s Index for February 2014:
Income Splitting --- Perks for the Rich

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/hennessys-index-february-2014
By Trish Hennessy
NOTE : At the end of each statement in this issue of Hennessy's Index, there's a link to the source of that statement.
You won't find any of those links below, though - just click the link above to access the individual sources.

Excerpt:

2007
The year Canada’s federal government extended to senior families the opportunity to partake in extra tax breaks through pension income splitting.

$820
Estimated average tax break enjoyed the Canada’s richest 10% of Canadian senior couples who take advantage of pension income splitting at tax time.

10 cents
Estimated average tax break the poorest 10% of senior couples in Canada get from pension income splitting.

7 out of 10
Number of seniors who enjoy no benefit whatsoever from pension income splitting.

$3 billion
Estimated loss in federal revenues if the federal government extends income splitting to include families with children under 18

Source:
Hennessy's Index
(inc. links to earlier issues)
http://policyalternatives.ca/index

Hennessy's Index is an ongoing project of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

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

5. Alternative Federal Budget 2014 : Striking a Better Balance - February 5
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Alternative Federal Budget 2014:
Striking a Better Balance

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2014
February 5, 2014
The Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a Better Balance shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously address Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns. It delivers a plan that would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4%—and still balance the budget one year later than the federal government plan.

Complete report (PDF - 1.9MB, 168 pages):
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/02/AFB2014_MainDocument.pdf

Budget in Brief (PDF - 516K, 32 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/02/AFB2014_BudgetInBrief.pdf
The Alternative Federal Budget provides a concrete plan to raise the standard of living for everyone in Canada. Instead of providing tax breaks for those with money to spare, the AFB will close tax loopholes, replace boutique tax breaks with progressive taxes on the highest income earners, and provide income supports for those who need them most. Collectively, these changes will lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty — including 260,000 children and 300,000 seniors.
(Intro, page 5)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

6. 2014-15 Government Budget season is officially OPEN.- February 4

AAAAAAAND...
THEY'RE OFF!!!

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Upcoming 2014–15 Government Budgets
From EY (formerly Ernst & Young)
http://www.ey.com/

Latest news:
[This info will be updated as more jurisdictions announce the date of their budget.]

New Brunswick budget 2014–15 : February 4, 2014 (see links below)

Northwest Territories budget 2014–15 : February 6, 2014 (see links below)

Federal budget 2014–15 : February 11, 2014

British Columbia budget 2014–15 : February 18, 2014

Saskatchewan budget 2014–15 : March 19, 2014

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

7. 2014-2015 Budget : Northwest Territories - February 6

From the
Northwest Territories Finance Department:
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/

2014-2015 Budget : Northwest Territories
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/index.htm
February 6, 2014
Main page for all budget documents for the current year and back to 1999-2000
(Francophones : Vous y trouverez également des liens vers la version française des documents budgétaires.)

Budget Highlights (PDF - 240K, 4 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/2014-15%20Budget%20Highlights.pdf

2014 - 2015 Budget Address : Northwest Territories (PDF - 612K, 56 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/2014-15%20Budget%20Address%20and%20Papers.pdf
- , this link will take you to a single PDF file containing the complete text of the Budget Address PLUS the following budget papers:
* Budget Highlights * Economic Review * Fiscal Review * Revenues * Expenditures
(...)
Taking action to respond to the Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework is a priority for this Legislative Assembly and we have added $2.6 million in new funding for actions to support this Framework. This funding includes $1 million to provide healthy and nutritious food to children and youth through early childhood, school and after-school programs, $500,000 to fund non-governmental organizations and Aboriginal governments for projects that support the priorities in the Framework, and $680,000 for transitional housing units in four non-market communities to support "hard to house" residents unable to access other housing options.
(Excerpt from the Budget Address: page 7 in the paper or page 9 in the PDF file)

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

8. New Brunswick 2014-15 Budget - February 4

From the
New Brunswick Dept. of Finance:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance.html

2014-15 budget freezing taxes, reducing deficit, making strategic investments
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2014.02.0116.html
February 4, 2014
News Release & Highlights
The provincial government tabled its 2014-15 capital and operating budgets today. They reduce the provincial deficit, freeze taxes and provide strategic investments in programs, infrastructure and innovation. The operating budget includes a clear, multi-year plan to return to balanced budgets by 2017-18. (...) For 2014-15, the provincial government is projecting a deficit of $391 million, down from $564 million at third quarter in 2013-14. Revenues are expected to increase by 4.3 per cent in 2014-15 from 2013-14 third-quarter estimates, surpassing $8 billion.
(...)
Cost-saving measures will allow for new investments in 2014-15, including:
----- social assistance rates will be increased a further three per cent this April after being increased by four per cent last fall;
----- $27 million for the New Brunswick Drug Plan, which will provide affordable drug insurance to 70,000 families with no drug coverage;
----- $7.2 million for the new Home First Strategy, designed to help improve seniors' health and keep them in their own homes longer than before;
----- funding for those living with and supporting adult children with disabilities;
----- More...
[Click the link above for more detailed figures.]

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2014-2015 Budget - Main page
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2014-2015/budget.html
- incl. links to budget documents, some of which appear below.
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Version française:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget/2014-2015/budget.html
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Budget Speech (PDF - 1.1MB, 31 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/2014-2015Budget.pdf

2014-2015 Economic Outlook (PDF - 300K, 12 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/EconomicOutlook2014-2015.pdf

2014-2015 Main Estimates (PDF - 1MB, 291 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/MainEstimates2014-2015BudgetPrincipal.pdf

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Budgets for earlier years:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget.html
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Version française:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget.html

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From the CBC:

Provincial Budget 2014
Blaine Higgs pushes back balanced budget to 2018
http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/budget2014/
New Brunswick's debt to cross $12B threshhold next year, as book-balancing falls behind schedule

Taxes, fees left alone as budget holds line on spending
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/taxes-fees-left-alone-as-budget-holds-line-on-spending-1.2522801
Capital spending on roads, hospitals, schools and other projects sees only $35M in new money
February 4, 2014
Finance Minister Blaine Higgs limited new spending in his capital budget for 2014-15 to just $35 million for improvements to roads, hospital and schools.The scarcity of new money for major projects comes despite this being an election year, with New Brunswickers set to go to the polls on Sept. 22.

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From
TD Bank Economics:

New Brunswick generates a deficit elimination timetable (PDF - 269K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/NB2014.pdf

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

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

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 7 Feb 2014

http://goo.gl/9ntXVz

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

Top Stories

The CCPA’s 2014 Alternative Federal Budget – “Striking a Better Balance”
New study shows Canadians think inequality is increasing and that it’s a problem
The Broadbent Institute has launched a campaign against income splitting
Housing bomb about to go off as federal co-op subsidies expire
How to plan for retirement on a low income

Ontario

Yalnizyan: Four key reasons why the minimum wage debate won’t go away
Goar: Indexing the minimum wage to the CPI keeps people stuck in poverty
Shapcott: The new minimum wage still won’t pay for a one bedroom in Toronto
Richard Florida says the minimum wage should be determined geographically as urban workers need more than $11
Two columns on why there’s been no position from the NDP on the minimum wage:
Michael Laxer in Rabble:
Martin Regg Cohn in the Star
A take on the issue from Niagara
Meanwhile, Hudak's Right-to-Work policies causing internal discord among Tories

Events and Other Good Things

New research centre to investigate good policy options for workplace disability supports
Feb 24-25: IRPP policy conference “Inequality in Canada”
March 25: LIEN’s annual conference, “Celebrating a Decade of Low-Income Energy Advocacy”
The latest newsletter from our sister clinic, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Around the Province

Couple in northern Ontario facing severe hardship because Home Repairs Benefit was cancelled
People’s inquiry “show trial” in Perth gives Premier Wynne a rough ride

Across the Country

Winnipeg’s Bannock Lady marks one year anniversary of “Got Bannock” project
Manitoba Southern Chiefs new urban reserves plan to get First Nations out of poverty
PEI man denied EI after quitting his job to move home to his 3 year old daughter

National

New report shows food insecurity is getting worse in Canada
What Canada can learn from Australia’s pension reforms – not much

International

Reviewing social assistance in Australia because it’s “unsustainable”
Everything Americans having been hearing about the minimum wage is untrue
Raising the minimum wage could kill off an old way of doing business
Calvin and Jobs: How Calvinist thinking still permeates American social policy
January 30 was Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day in the US
Ireland’s Social Protection Minister rules out UK-style benefit restrictions on economic migrants
UK welfare reform a “staggering” waste of money
Scotland sees child poverty rate decline by 10 points, but progress is stalled

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Latest Media and Policy News: 4 Feb 2014

http://goo.gl/hOmCxp

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

Top Stories

Hennessy’s Index – Income Splitting: Perks for the Rich
Income splitting: A gift for the affluent
Canadian Taxpayers Federation wants $13 billion cut in this year’s Ontario budget
But that won’t solve the real deficit – CCPA’s Hugh Mackenzie says it’s a public services deficit

Upcoming Events and Other Good Stuff

Rally for a $14 minimum wage on February 15
From Maytree: Feb 19 Five Good Ideas session with Armine Yalnizyan on how to tackle income inequality (and check the other great info)
Making Ends Meet: The latest in CPJ’s “Poverty Trends” Scorecard
A new video on the state of homelessness in Canada in 2013
CPAs start their free tax clinics for Ontarians with low incomes mid-February
For more Information...

Ontario

Which way will Ontario go on pension reform? Could know sooner than later
An undocumented Canadian is denied status in life, and dignity in death
Deficit Games: There is no structural deficit, just overinflated projections
Farm group says higher minimum wage will lead to agriculture job losses
Andrew Coyne posits a sharp divide between minimum income and minimum wage

Around the Province

Making sure poverty reduction is a priority in Niagara by-election
Another Niagara group pushes by-election contenders on poverty in Ontario
Sudbury refuses to consider using City Hall as an emergency warming shelter

Across the Country

New report says the annual cost of poverty in Saskatchewan is $3.8 billion

National

Temporary Foreign Workers face challenges in Canada

International

The latest international data on economic inequality, mapped
Who are the real job creators? A venture capitalist says replace “trickle-down” with “middle-out”
Just ask business – the middle class is steadily eroding
8 ways it’s too expensive to be poor
New York Mayor deBlasio takes on “corporate welfare queens” over taxpayer-subsidized low wages
Homelessness and poverty getting worse in France

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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

10. New McMaster University research centre to study disability and work - February 4
(Toronto Star)

McMaster centre to study disability and work : New research centre
on disability and work aims to repair Canada's fractured support system for disabled workers
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/02/04/mcmaster_centre_to_study_disability_and_work.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
February 4, 2014
(...)
According to a recent report by the Metcalf Foundation [ http://goo.gl/OVJKnt ], welfare has become the only support for an increasing number of disabled Canadians who no longer qualify for traditional disability benefits due to the changing nature of work and disability. A new national research centre for disability and work, launching at McMaster University Tuesday, aims to look at why this is happening and what policies and programs are needed to reverse this troubling trend.

The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through a seven-year, $2.8-million grant, will bring together 50 academics from across the country and another 46 community partners to tackle the issue.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

11. Cost of poverty in Saskatchewan $3.8 Billion : Report looks at health, justice, more - February 2014
(Saskatoon Star-Phoenix)

Cost of poverty in Saskatchewan $3.8 Billion:
Report looks at health, justice, more
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Cost+poverty+Sask/9461693/story.html
By Jason Warick
February 2014
Poverty costs the Saskatchewan economy at least $3.8-billion per year, according to figures compiled by a new Saskatoon-based group.
It's the first time a dollar figure has been placed on the lost opportunities and increased expenses to society caused by poverty, said Charles Plante, policy director at Upstream, which bills itself as "a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas."
(...)
[Mr. Plante] said the $3.8-billion figure - nearly $4,000 per Saskatchewan resident - is likely a low estimate, as some factors are difficult to pin down.
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The figure is the centre piece of a campaign Upstream, the Saskatoon Food Bank, the Saskatoon Anti-poverty Coalition and the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership will launch next month called "Poverty Costs." Upstream director Ryan Meili said they hope to challenge the myth that poverty cannot be eradicated, or that economic growth should be the only goal.

Source:
(Saskatoon) Star-Phoenix
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/

For more information about Upstream, send an email request to
upstream@thinkupstream.net

NOTE : The report where the $3.8-billion figure appears doesn't seem to be online; I suspect that the launch of the Upstream website in mid-March will also mark the release of the report via the project website.

Related link:

Upstream: Institute for a Healthy Society
http://www.thinkupstream.net/
[Site launch scheduled for mid-March.]
Upstream is a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas. Upstream thinking isn't just for policy-makers. Every one of us can contribute to a better, healthier society. Tell us how you already #liveupstream and inspire others to do the same. Watch a short (1:22) video about the concept behind Upstream and sign up to receive notification of their site launch and updates.

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

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

12. Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec :  2012 Progress Report - January 29, 2013
(Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion)

Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec:
2012 Progress Report
(PDF - 648K, 90 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/progress_report_CEPE_2012.pdf

[ Version française : http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/CEPE_Etat_situation_2012.pdf ]

January 29, 2013
In its 2009 advice to the Minister entitled Taking the Measure of Poverty
(*see link below), the CEPE made 19 recommendations regarding indicators for measuring Québec’s progress in fighting poverty and exclusion. The present report is in follow-up to the recommendation calling for the yearly publication of a progress report on poverty and social exclusion in Québec. It represents a compilation of the most recent data on poverty and inequality in Québec available at the time of publication.

Table of Contents:

Chairman’s Message
Highlights
Introduction

Section 1 :  Key Poverty and Inequality Data
 Low Income
*  The main thresholds
*  Low income rate
*  Interregional comparisons
* Interprovincial comparisons
* Analysis of the changes in low income rates based on the Market Basket Measure (MBM), Québec and other provinces
*  International comparisons
Disposable Income and After-Tax Low Income Thresholds Based on Various Social and Fiscal Scenarios
* Supplementary Indicators
* Income Inequality
* Gini coefficient
* Interquintile ratios
* Polarization coefficient

Section 2 : Work of the CEPE: Retrospective and Outlook
* Reading committee for the 2011 progress report
* Social Exclusion: Issue, Definition, Dimensions and Indicators
* Working Paper: Esquisse du faible revenu chez les immigrants au Québec
* Concerted Action on Poverty and Social Exclusion, Phase 2: Current Projects
Conclusion

NOTE : In this report, you'll find links to 24 tables and 25 figures (charts).

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* Taking the Measure of Poverty: Proposed Indicators of
Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion to Measure Progress in Québec
[PDF - 668K, 80 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Avis_CEPE_en.pdf
Advice to the Minister
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion
2009

[ Version française : http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Avis_CEPE.pdf ]

Source:
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion
(English Home Page)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/index_en.asp
Version française:
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/
The Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion (CEPE) is an observation, research and discussion centre entrusted with providing reliable and rigorous information, notably of a statistical nature, on poverty and social exclusion issues. The CEPE was created in the spirit of the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion Link to external site. in spring 2005 under the aegis of the ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS)

Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS) - English Home Page
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/Index_en.asp

Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS) - page d'accueil en français
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, January 2014 - February 7

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

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Slow week at StatCan on the social policy front...

February 7, 2014
Labour Force Survey, January 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140207/dq140207a-eng.htm
Employment rose by 29,000 in January, the result of an increase in full-time work. The unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 7.0%.

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.

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.
Source:
The Daily

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

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

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

February 9, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a better balance
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/alternative-federal-budget-2014-striking-better-balance
5 Feb 2014 | Canada
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Alternative Federal Budget 2014 would "begin to build, with provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities, a system of high-quality, affordable, inclusive, publicly managed ECEC across Canada with equitable access for all children and families."

NDP petition for quality, affordable childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/ndp-petition-quality-affordable-childcare
6 Feb 2014 | Canada
Federal New Democrats have launched a petition calling for quality, affordable child care. "For many families, quality child care is unaffordable - up to $2,000 a month. That is, if they can find a spot at all. Canadians deserve better".

Childcare services for school age children
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/childcare-services-school-age-children
5 Feb 2014 | Europe
Report from the European Commission - Directorate-General for Justice provides a comparative review of the availability, quality and affordability of out-of school-services for school-going children in 33 European countries.

Give us a hand with childcare: 10 key messages from parents in Scotland
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/give-us-hand-childcare-10-key-messages-parents-scotland
5 Feb 2014 | Europe
Save the Children (Scotland) organized 100 'childcare conversations' between parents and local decision makers. This report outlines the 10 key messages and issues that the parents raised about using and accessing childcare.

Leading the way: Recognizing the role of early learning lab schools in Canadian universities and colleges
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/leading-way-recognizing-role-early-learning-lab-schools-can
5 Feb 2014 | Ontario
Collection of articles based on conference presentations "describe how Canadian university and college early learning lab schools seek with great commitment to lead the way".

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

Days may be numbered for $7 daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/days-may-be-numbered-7-daycare
5 Feb 2014 | Quebec

Region’s daycare task force set to wrap up
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/region%E2%80%99s-daycare-task-force-set-wrap
5 Feb 2014 | Ontario

Advocates seek affordable childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/advocates-seek-affordable-childcare
5 Feb 2014 | British Columbia

Tackling Ontario’s public services deficit
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/tackling-ontario%E2%80%99s-public-services-deficit
5 Feb 2014 | Ontario

Schools encouraged to take 2-year-olds to tackle childcare crisis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/schools-encouraged-take-2-year-olds-tackle-childcare-crisis
5 Feb 2014 | Europe

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):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would 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/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

February 7, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/07/
Joblessness and Unemployment (4 articles)
Kids Count Report – New Jersey
Low-Income Households

February 6, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/06/
Earned Income Tax Credit
Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Coverage (3 articles)

February 5, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/05/
State Minimum Wages

February 4, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/04/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (3 articles)

February 3, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/03/
Early Childhood Education

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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. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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Thirty Interesting Real Facts (Strange but True)

1. Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.
2. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
3. 40 percent of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
4. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
5. On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
6. Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
7. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as a medicine.
8. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
9. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
10. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
11. Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
12. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
13. The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby"!
14. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
15. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
16. Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
17. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
18. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
19. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.
20. Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
21. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
22. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.
23. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
24. The "pound" (#) key on your keyboard is called an octothorp.
25. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
26. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
27. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
28. "Dreamt" is the only word in the English language that ends in "mt".
29. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
30. In Chinese, the KFC slogan "finger lickin' good" comes out as "eat your fingers off".

Source:
http://www.wonderfulinfo.com/facts/strange.php

Click the link for 75 more interesting real facts...

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Professional hand flute playing by Mitsuhiro Mori (video, duration 6:13)
http://www.wimp.com/handflute/

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Nah, dogs don't like snow... (video, duration 3:39)
http://www.wimp.com/doggydaycare/

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All my Faves
http://www.allmyfaves.ca/