Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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 2,686 subscribers.

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...


Canadian content

1. International Women's Day (IWD) - March 8
2. Media and Policy News for March 7 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Alberta 2014 Budget - March 6
4. Manitoba 2014 Budget - March 6
5. 2012-2013 Annual Report on Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy (Government of Manitoba) - September 2013
6. Course Offerings in Spring 2014 by Richard Shillington:
--- Statistics Tools for and Policy Analysis, and
--- Statistical Analysis within Excel
7. Newfoundland and Labrador : New Income and Employment Support Policy Manual + new stats - March 2014
8. Economic inequality by the numbers (The Broadbent Institute) - February 25
9. Hennessy’s Index, March 2014 : Tax Cuts 101 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - March 1
10. [Prince Edward Island] 2011-2012 Community Services and Seniors Annual Report
11. Erratum : University Governance by Nick Falvo (broken link in last newsletter)
12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, February 2014 - March 7
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, fourth quarter 2013
- March 7
--- Employment services, 2012 - March 4
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2012 - March 4
13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [United States] Some States Still Pushing Drug Testing for Welfare (The PEW Charitable Trusts) - March 6
16. [United States] 2015 Fiscal Year Budget - March 4
17. [United States] Urban Institute: Fact Sheets - March 2014
18. United States] The War on Poverty : 50 Years Later ---A House Budget Committee Report (House of Representatives Committee on the Budget) - March 3
19. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. International Women's Day (IWD) - March 8

International Women's Day (IWD):

A global hub for sharing International Women's Day news, events and resources
- includes links to : About - Theme - Events - Users - Participate - Creative - Resources - Media - Supporters - Link


From UN Women:

International Women's Day 2014 - March 8, 2014
Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is: “Equality for women is progress for all”. This year, International Women's Day was commemorated at UN headquarters in New York on 7 March, on the eve of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, (10-21 March 2014)

58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (10-21 March 2014)

58th Session : Official Meetings
In accordance with its multi-year programme of work (ECOSOC resolution 2009/15), the Commission's two-week session included the following meetings and activities.

58th Session : Official Documents


From the
Status of Women Canada:

International Women's Day (IWD)

Statement by Minister Leitch on International Women’s Day
March 8, 2014
... I invite all Canadians to join us in acknowledging the outstanding contributions of women, including business leaders and entrepreneurs, who support their families, enrich their communities, and contribute to making Canada a great place in which to live.

Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is:
Strong Women. Strong Canada.
Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a time.

[NOTE : I find it funny (not ha-ha funny, but weird funny) that all other countries in the world are respecting the IWD theme "Equality for women is progress for all", while Canada's Harper Government™ chooses to come up with its own theme. IMHO, Harper's minions decided to go their own way because "equality for women" has never been the CPC's strong suit...]

Previous IWD themes - back to 2002


The Real Conservative Party Policy Regarding Women's Equality


On International Women's Day we must remember that poverty and the minimum wage are gendered issues
By Michael Laxer
March 8, 2014
While women's rights have made some strides forward, we continue to live in a society where violence against women and rape culture are daily realities. Where liberal and facile notions of "freedom" seek to perpetuate male privilege as a form of an almost constitutional right. And where the reality is that it is women and their children who disproportionately are subjected to the oppressions that are low wages and shameful social assistance rates.



- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page:

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

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media and Policy News: 7 March 2014

Top Stories

Hennessy’s Index for March – Tax Cuts 101
Tax splitting, sure. But what will expanding Tax Free Savings Accounts cost?
In 2013, the combined net work of the richest 100 Canadians increased by 15%
Manitoba budget focused in part on poverty reduction, and pledges to increases housing allowance for people on social assistance
Manitoba Budget highlights


Canada’s report to the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on how Canada and the provinces are doing with implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Ever heard of a POUR website? If you’re interested in web accessibility, you should.


Editorial: Ontario’s laws on access for people with disabilities must be enforced
David Olive on why an $11 minimum wage is still not enough
Regg Cohn: On Rand, the public is unpredictable
Stanford: Union bashing has run out of steam
Sid Ryan on Hudak’s “wink and nudge” on workers’ rights
Op-Ed: Ontario NDP have gone from a social justice roar to a populist whisper

Around the Province

Transcript of the Star’s live chat on Toronto as a living wage city – with the CCPA’s Trish Hennessy and economist Mike Moffat
Welland Tribune’s Faces of Poverty series – the Niagara poverty numbers are shocking
Welland councillor angry and Niagara Region staff concerned about lack of federal and provincial support on housing
St. Catherine’s woman with a developmental disability wins pay discrimination case

Across the Country

Unions in BC call for a $13 minimum wage


A report card on how well Harper’s doing on the economy
An open letter to Harper asks “May I please has a job?”
Temp contract work with the federal public service – low wages and instability
Report says 2013 was “lacklustre” for the labour market with 95% of new jobs part-time
The growing backlash against unpaid internships
Ottawa and the provinces reach a deal on the Canada Jobs Grant to “minimize the negative impact of the initial federal proposal”
Federal budget surpluses are built on cuts to social housing
“Homelessness is our national shame”
Report says Canada is failing youth who are homeless
The Fair Elections Act will disenfranchise Canadians who are homeless
Op-Ed: The federal NDP needs big ideas, but don’t seem to have them
Susan Eng of CARP: Top 10 dumb things people say about pensions


The US cities where it’s hardest for people who are poor to pay their rent
Senator Bernie Sanders may run for President
UK woman told to look for work or lose welfare benefits – but she’s in a coma
Why people with disabilities are fighting the UK cuts
UK man starves to death after being assessed employable and therefore ineligible for benefits
The company doing UK fit-for-work assessments wants out of their contract
Reducing equality in Australia by reducing disability support will just reduce growth
People's attitude to taxes around the world


Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

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):


- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

3. Alberta 2014 Budget - March 6

From the
Government of Alberta:

Alberta Budget 2014
March 6, 2014
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Alberta balances budget, focuses on Albertans' priorities in Budget 2014
News Release
Budget 2014 delivers a fully balanced budget focused on core areas that support families and communities—health, education and supports for the vulnerable—while continuing to build Alberta. With $1 billion in new operating funding for health, K-12, post-secondary education and human services to ease growth pressures, Budget 2014 implements the next phase of the Building Alberta Plan to invest in families and communities, live within our means and open new markets for Alberta’s resources for a stronger and more prosperous future.

Budget highlights

Budget documents

Budget 101

Previous budgets


More News Releases:

* Budget 2014 delivers programs and services Albertans need

* Budget 2014 by the numbers

* Alberta's Capital Plan to help growing communities

Pre-Budget Consultations

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance


Media coverage

CBC News:

* Alberta plays it safe with 'cautious' 2014 budget
Finance Minister delivers surplus, defends borrowing billions for roads, schools, hospitals

* The Alberta budget: Where are your tax dollars going?

* Six ways the provincial budget affects Albertans

* Alberta budget reaction: politicians weigh in

CBC News


Huffpost Alberta:

* Alberta Budget 2014 Sees Day-To-Day Surplus, Still Billions In Debt

* Alberta Budget 2014 Highlights

* 2013 Alberta Budget On Track For Operational Surplus

* Alberta's Budget Surplus: Oil Royalties Put Province Back In Black, Gains Offset By Flood Costs

Huffpost Alberta


From the
Edmonton Journal:

Reaction videos: Opposition leaders respond to 2014 Alberta Budget

Edmonton Journal


- Go to the Alberta Links page:


- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

- Go to the Alberta Links page:

4. Manitoba 2014 Budget - March 6

From the
Government of Manitoba:

Budget 2014: A Focused Plan to Create Good Jobs, Grow the Economy, Protect Front-line Services for Families
News Release
March 6, 2014
Budget 2014 is a balanced plan to create good jobs and more opportunities for young people to build their futures in Manitoba, while keeping life affordable and protecting the front-line services families count on, Finance Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.

Manitoba Budget 2014 - main budget page
- incl. links to budget documents (some of which appear below) + some budget highlights under the following headings:
* More opportunities for young people
* Strong infrastructure and a growing economy
* An even better place to live
* More efficient government, better services

Version française de la page d'accueil du budget 2014 du Manitoba:
(Vous y trouverez des liens vers la version française de tous les documents pertinents...)

2014 Manitoba Budget Address (PDF - 336K, 18 pages)

Manitoba Budget 2014 (PDF - 344K, 46 pages)
Legislation requires government to include a summary of core government expenditure and projected revenue as part of the Financial Management Strategy. This is consistent with the main estimates of expenditure and revenue for the fiscal year.

Budget Papers
Click this link to access the following budget papers.
* Economic Review and Outlook
Supplementary Financial Information
The Manitoba Advantage
Update on Fiscal Arrangements

Of special interest:
Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Inclusion (PDF - 208K, 19 pages)
--- All Aboard : Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy
--- Measuring Progress
--- Provincial Investments : Creating Opportunities for All Manitobans
--- Key All Aboard Initiatives in Budget 2014
--- Making Progress on Employment and Income Assistance
---- Introducing the New Manitoba Rent Assist Program
--- Appendix 1: Manitoba's indicators of poverty reduction and social inclusion
--- Appendix 2: Reporting on commitments

Government of Manitoba


Media coverage:


Manitoba Budget a Leap Forward for Poverty Reduction
By Lynne Fernandez and Molly McCracken
By substantially raising Employment and Income Assistance shelter rates and increasing child care spaces, new apprenticeship programs and support to social enterprises, the province is taking action to provide marginalized people with the assistance low income people need to overcome barriers to education and employment.

Manitoba Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


CBC News:

Manitoba 2014 budget tackles jobs, education and poverty:
Province invests $5.5 billion in infrastructure, puts remaining focus on students, middle class
By Teghan Beaudette
March 6, 2014
There were few surprises in Manitoba's Thursday release of the provincial budget, with the big winners being students, people looking for work and those living below the poverty line. The other big area of spending for the province was infrastructure. Officials had already revealed on Wednesday that $5.5 billion was slated for infrastructure projects across the province [ ].

Manitoba budget to include $5.5M for more child-care spaces

CBC News


- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

- Go to the Manitoba Links page:

5. 2012-2013 Annual Report on Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy - September 2013
(Government of Manitoba)

AllAboard : Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy

AllAboard Annual Report 2012-2013 (PDF - 1.3MB, 60 pages)
September 2013
Four-year Strategy:
In April 2012, the province released its
Four-Year (2012-2016) Strategy
( PDF - 1.3MB, 12 pages):

...which focuses on seven priority areas:
• Building blocks for employment
• Targeted supports for those most in need
• Food security
• Housing
• Closing the gap for Aboriginal Manitobans
• Creating opportunities for youth
• Early childhood development and parenting supports


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

6. Course Offerings in Spring 2014 by Richard Shillington:
--- Statistics Tools for and Policy Analysis, and
--- Statistical Analysis within Excel

Course Offerings by Richard Shillington in Spring 2014 (PDF - 108K, 5 pages)
* Statistics Tools for and Policy Analysis ($700 - 12 half day sessions or 6 full day sessions in Ottawa or Toronto) - covers the use of data analysis and statistics in a policy environment.
* Statistical Analysis within Excel ($500 - 8 half day sessions in Ottawa) - covers conducting data and statistical analysis within Excel.
[Click the link above for more detailed info on course content; contact Richard by email to follow up, if you wish.]

Course conducted by
Richard Shillington
Spring 2014

NOTE by Gilles:
I don't normally feature links to resources that have a price tag attached, but I decided to make an exception this once, for a few reasons.
I've known Richard for many years, stretching well back to my days toiling in the bowels of Human Resources Development Canada as a social program information type. I've always known him as a straightshooter and a passionate voice for social justice.
1. In his course flyer (see above), Richard announces that he's "started to ease into retirement", and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank him on behalf of Canadian seniors. That's because back at the turn of the millennium, Richard (and the Toronto Star) helped several hundred thousand seniors to qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement under Old Age Security. Good on you, Richard!
[ See for more info on GIS undersubscription. ]
2. Richard believes "there is a need for those active in policy analysis for a course on how statistical tools are used, and somehow abused, in policy analysis. I agree, and I think he's admirably suited to give such a course.
3. Not only is he informative; he's also
a witty presenter and very entertaining!


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

7. Newfoundland and Labrador : New Income and Employment Support Policy Manual +new stats - March 2014

Newfoundland and Labrador

Income and Employment Support Policy Manual

Income Support
(home page of the Income Support Program, includes links to some info about the Income Support (Social Assistance) program


Welfare dependency statistics:
Income Support Benefits, 2007 to 2012

- includes stats from 2007 to 2012 on the number of individuals and family households receiving Income Support benefits, incidence (% of the population receiving Income Support), along with characteristics of the head of the household (age, education, occupation, employment status, employment availability) and the family (avg benefits, avg duration of assistance, couple families, single-parent families and more)

Community Accounts
RESEARCH TIP : On the Community Accounts home page, click "Tables and Charts" and then (on the small text box entitled "Geography Selector" that appears), click "Provinces and Territories". Select a jurisdiction from the drop-down menu, then click the "Select" button. On the next page, you'll find a cornucopia of statistics : Demographics - National Household Survey - Population Characteristics - Family Structure - Census 1996 to 2011, Family Characteristics - Health - Seniors Income, Consumption and Leisure - Employment and Working Conditions - Production - Community Safety and Social Vitality - Society, Culture, Politics and Justice - much more...


- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

8. Economic inequality by the numbers - February 25
(The Broadbent Institute)

Economic inequality by the numbers
February 25, 2014
The Survey of Financial Security [ ] , released Tuesday by Statistics Canada, paints a picture of persistent economic inequality and rising debt. Canadians' net worth climbed 44.5% since 2005 to $243,800, mostly due to increases in housing prices. But debt levels also went up by 41.6% (totaling $1.3 trillion, mostly in mortgage debt). All figures are adjusted for inflation. And if you dig deeper, there are other numbers that aren't so pretty. Overall, the distribution was slightly better in 2012 than in 2005, but remains very unequal...

Advancing progressive solutions for Canada with hard-hitting news and analysis, PressProgress cuts through the day's political spin with facts and an informed point of view. We are a project of The Broadbent Institute [ ].


The Broadbent Blog:

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New StatsCan wealth data points to persistent economic inequality
February 25, 2014


- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:

9. Hennessy’s Index, March 2014 : Tax Cuts 101 - March 1

Hennessy’s Index: March 2014
Tax Cuts 101
By Trish Hennessy
March 1, 2014

Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
For other months, visit:


70 years
The last time Canadian federal tax revenues have been this low (as a share of the economy).

Top federal personal income tax rate for anyone earning from $136,270 to you name it.

$2.5 billion
Estimated additional revenue that could accrue to federal fiscal coffers in 2015 if the federal government adopted a new tax bracket of 35 per cent for incomes over $250,000.

$6 billion
Eventual annual loss in revenue the Alternative Federal Budget estimates could result from the federal government’s 2011proposal to double the limit for Canadians who can afford to shelter money into the Tax Free Savings Account, which now has an annual limit of $5,500 a year.

Canada’s federal corporate income tax rate in 2000. By 2011 that tax rate had been cut in half, to 15%.

Seven more numerical factoids --- click the link above.

Hennessy's Index
(inc. links to earlier issues)

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


- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:

10. [Prince Edward Island] 2011-2012 Community Services and Seniors Annual Report

Community Services and Seniors Annual Report
for the Fiscal Year April 2011 to March 2012
(PDF - 3.9MB, 31 pages)


- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

11. Erratum : University Governance - February 27

Erratum : University Governance

In last week's issue of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter, I accidentally added a space at the end of a link, and the result for anyone clicking to access the content saw a "404" error (File not found). With apologies to the author, Nick Falvo, I offer you the correct link to Nick's blog post from last week.

University Governance
By Nick Falvo
February 27, 2014
This afternoon I spoke on a panel on university governance at a conference titled Future U: Creating the Universities We Want


- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, February 2014 - March 7
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, fourth quarter 2013
- March 7
--- Employment services, 2012
- March 4
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2012 - March 4

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]


March 7, 2014
Labour Force Survey, February 2014
Employment was little changed in February, and the unemployment rate remained at 7.0%. There has been little overall employment growth in Canada since August 2013.

March 7, 2014
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, fourth quarter 2013
Labour productivity in Canadian businesses rose 1.0% in the fourth quarter, following a 0.3% gain in the third quarter. This was the fourth consecutive quarterly increase for 2013 and the highest growth rate since the first quarter of 2010 (+1.2%).

March 4, 2014
Employment services, 2012
Operating revenue for the employment services industry rose 9.5% from 2011 to $11.5 billion in 2012. The employment services industry consists of establishments primarily engaged in the permanent placement, executive search, contract staffing, temporary staffing and co-employment staffing services.

March 4, 2014
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2012
The public use microdata files from the Employment Insurance Coverage Survey are now available for 2012.

Employment Insurance Coverage Survey - Public Use Microdata File
The Employment Insurance Coverage Survey provides a meaningful picture of who does or does not have access to EI benefits among the jobless and those in a situation of underemployment. The survey also covers access to maternity and parental benefits.

Check past issues of The Daily:
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

StatCan Blog
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.
The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

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

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

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

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

International Women's Day 2014
5 Mar 2014 | Canada
This year to mark IWD, we have compiled a collection of materials that remind us how important it is to support the ongoing struggles of women in Canada and outside our borders, including the fight for publicly funded, universal child care.

Response re: Proposed changes to Regulation 262 under the Day Nurseries Act
3 Mar 2014 | Ontario
CRRU's response to Ontario's regulation proposals calls on the government to "step back and rethink the proposed changes; engage in robust policy and program development aimed at developing a child care system; and begin to address the province’s chronic underfunding of the high quality child care programs needed by children and families".

Global gender gap report 2013
5 Mar 2014 | International
Annual report from the World Economic Forum benchmarks national gender gaps of 136 countries on economic, political, education and health-based criteria. Canada is ranked 20th, having fallen from a high of 14th in 2006.

2014 annual childcare costs survey
5 Mar 2014 | Europe
Annual report from UK's Family and Childcare Trust finds that "part-time childcare costs are now higher than average UK mortgage".

Child care assistance spending and participation in 2012: A record low
26 Feb 2014 | United States
Analysis from the U.S. Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) "shows state spending on child care assistance, including funds from two federal programs [are] at a 10-year low and the number of children receiving federally-funded assistance at a 14-year low".

MORE research, policy & practice


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

Ontario child-care proposals meet mounting opposition
24 Feb 2014 | Ontario

Child care options to be reviewed in spring
5 Mar 2014 | Ontario

Thunder Bay council axes evening childcare program
5 Mar 2014 | Ontario

Childcare costs are a national scandal - and it is sending working mums into the black market
5 Mar 2014 | Europe

Finland working to expand early education
5 Mar 2014 | Europe

MORE child care in the news


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:

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:

* 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 :


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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
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.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
The 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.

(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:

March 7, 2014
February 2014 US Unemployment (2 articles)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Pennsylvania
Kids Count Report – Illinois(2 articles)
Medicaid and Long-Term Care

March 6, 2014
State Minimum Wages
Assistance Programs and Drug Testing

March 5, 2014
Long-term Unemployment

March 4, 2014 - no Poverty Dispatch today.

March 3, 2014
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
LIHEAP and SNAP – New York
LIHEAP Grants Offered


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


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


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

15. [United States] Some States Still Pushing Drug Testing for Welfare - March 6
(The PEW Charitable Trusts)

Some States Still Pushing Drug Testing for Welfare
March 6, 2014
By Jake Grovum
From written tests designed to flag drug users to singling out people with recent drug convictions, state lawmakers across the country are pursuing novel strategies to deny welfare benefits to drug users without running afoul of a recent federal court ruling. In December, a federal judge in Florida struck down the state’s drug-test requirement. But almost half the states are considering drug-testing bills designed to withstand legal scrutiny.

Stateliner is the daily news service of
The PEW Charitable Trusts
At The Pew Charitable Trusts, we develop policy solutions that make government more effective and deliver results for states and the public good.


- Go to the Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Links page:

16. [United States] 2015 Fiscal Year Budget - March 4

The White House:

President Obama Announces His 2015 Budget

Fiscal Year 2015
Budget of the U.S. Government
(PDF - 2.5MB, 218 pages)
See especially:
* Department of Health and Human Services (p.73-85)
* Department of Housing and Urban Development (p.91-94)
* Department of Agriculture (p.45-49)
* Social Security Administration (p.149-150)
NOTE : Several other federal departments and agencies are involved in addressing poverty as part of their mandate.
You can search the official budget document for poverty initiatives by pressing and holding the Control key on your computer keyboard while you type the letter "F". This opens a Search box. Type the word "poverty" (without the quote marks) and click the Enter button in the search box. I did, and I found the word "poverty" 28 times in this 200-page document. By way of comparison, the number of mentions of the word "poverty" in the 427-page 2014 Canadian federal budget [ ] tabled on February 11 (2014) is exactly ZERO.
For more info on and critique of the 2014-2015 Canadian federal budget, see


Obama’s Budget Is a Populist Wish List and an Election Blueprint
March 4, 2014
President Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget request on Tuesday that stands as a platform for Democrats to run on in this election year, full of policies intended to invite contrasts with Republicans rather than offer compromises as he did last year, without success. (...) The document, his sixth budget, seeks to energize Democratic voters with populist proposals like a more generous tax credit for the working poor, paid for with higher taxes on the rich.

New York Times


The President’s 2015 Budget: Thoughtful Responses to Poverty
Supporting low-income Americans is not a single-issue policy agenda. To have a fair chance to succeed, children need a good education, including early education; young people need access to workforce training and post-secondary education; low-income workers need help making ends meet while they move up into jobs that support their families; and, everyone needs a bustling economy that provides plenty of chances for steady work. The 2015 budget President Obama laid out this week reflects exactly that type of multi-faceted investment strategy.

Since 1969, CLASP has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country's most effective voices for low income people. - See more at:


Obama 2015 budget: $3.9 trillion

President Obama's FY2015 budget remarks (13-minute video + transcript)



- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:

17. [United States] Urban Institute: Fact Sheets - March 2014

Urban Institute: Fact Sheets
The Urban Institute produces dozens of timely policy papers and fact sheets that are read widely by policymakers, journalists, and those with a passion for major metropolitan areas. From this site, users will find access to well over 100 fact sheets. The topics covered include housing finance, economic insecurity, Social Security, and the labor force. Visitors can browse through a complete list of all the topics on the left-hand side of the page. The site also contains links to relevant full-length policy reports and a mix of other related links from various policy centers within the Institute. Additionally, users can take advantage of the Press Room which contains even more information on each fact sheet and topical area.

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18. [United States] The War on Poverty : 50 Years Later ---A House Budget Committee Report - March 3
(House of Representatives Committee on the Budget)

The War on Poverty : 50 Years Later
A House Budget Committee Report
(PDF - 5.6MB, 205 pages, 683 footnotes)
March 3, 2014
Chapter 1: Cash Aid
Chapter 2: Education and Job Training
Chapter 3: Energy
Chapter 4: Food Aid
Chapter 5: Health Care
Chapter 6: Housing
Chapter 7: Social Services
Chapter 8: Veterans
Appendix I: Measures of Poverty
Appendix II: Data (Excel spreadsheet) [ ]
Charts (PDF - 808K, 98 pages):
- incl. 98 charts showing expenditures in the above program areas from 2003 to 2012!

Excerpt (page 3-4):
"The War on Poverty at a Glance:
Despite trillions of dollars in spending, poverty is widespread:
• In 1965, the poverty rate was 17.3 percent. In 2012, it was 15 percent.
• Over the past three years, “deep poverty” has reached its highest level on record.
• About 21.8 percent of children live below the poverty line.
This report catalogues the most significant federal programs and tax provisions that try to reduce poverty or to increase upward mobility. Over the past year, the staff of the House Budget Committee has identified over 90 such programs, ranging from nutrition assistance to job training. In some cases, these programs have helped. But in others, they have been counterproductive."

House of Representatives
Committee on the Budget


Related links:

Mr. Ryan’s Small Ideas on Poverty
March 3, 2014
Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman, has an important role to play within the Republican Party. He provides polished intellectual cover for his party to mow down as many antipoverty programs as it can see. Most Congressional Republicans would love nothing more than to eviscerate programs like Medicaid, Head Start and food stamps. But so as not to appear cruel and uncaring, they need a high-minded excuse to do so.That’s what Mr. Ryan gave them on Monday in a 204-page report [see link below] that finds flaws with almost every attempt the government has made to relieve poverty and its effects since the 1960s.
The most successful programs, including the earned income tax credit, Medicaid and food stamps, have been those that are carefully designed, properly managed and well-financed. For all their glossy reports, Republicans have shown no interest in making these or any other social programs work better.

New York Times


The Hammock Fallacy
March 6, 2014
By Paul Krugman
To understand where the new report is coming from, it helps to recall something Mr. Ryan said [ ] two years ago: “We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency, that drains them of their will and their incentive to make the most of their lives.” There are actually two assertions here. First, antipoverty programs breed complacency; that is, they discourage work. Second, complacency — the failure of the poor to work as much as they should — is what perpetuates poverty.
It is, in a way, nice to see the likes of Mr. Ryan at least talking about the need to help the poor. But somehow their notion of aiding the poor involves slashing benefits while cutting taxes on the rich. Funny how that works.

New York Times


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19. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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.


CRINMAIL issue 1366
26 February 2014

In this issue:
* Guides for promoting and protecting children's rights
* News in brief
* Upcoming events
* Employment

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
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.


Canada and Children's Rights
- from the Children's Rights Wiki


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Fourteen Dumb Quotes from Dumb Celebrities

«Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.»
- Ivana Trump, on finishing her first novel


«The internet is a great way to get on the net.»
- Bob Dole, Republican presidential candidate


«You guys, line up alphabetically by height.»
- Bill Peterson, Florida State football coach


«I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.»
- Britney Spears, in Blender Magazine


«I think war is a dangerous place.»
- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C.


«I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.»
- Greg Norman, Golfer


«Rotarians, be patriotic! Learn to shoot yourself.»
- Gyrator, Chicago Rotary Club journal


«These people haven't seen the last of my face. If I go down, I'm going down standing up.»
- Chuck Person, NBA Basketball player


«I'm so smart now. Everyone's always like 'take your top off'. Sorry, NO! They always want to get that money shot. I'm not stupid.»
- Paris Hilton (December 2003)


«I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman»
- Arnold Schwarzenegger


«Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff.»
- Mariah Carey, pop singer


«Predictions are difficult. Especially about the future.»
- Yogi Berra, Baseball player


«The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century.»
- Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice-President


«And now the sequence of events in no particular order.»
- Dan Rather, television news anchor




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