Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 9, 2013

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,645 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. Accidentally Green & Inadvertently Poor? The strange case of the District of Scarborough Ontario (John Stapleton, Open Policy) - June 7
2. I Stand Alone : Why I resigned from the Conservative caucus (Brent Rathgeber, M.P. for Edmonton-St. Albert) - June 6

3. Launch of the Canadian Observatory On Homelessness (Wellesley Institute) - June 6
4. Canada’s First National Conference on Ending Homelessness, (Ottawa) October 28-30, 2013 (Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness)
5. Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit (Canadian Women's Health Network) - June 2013 issue
6. Media and Policy News for June 7, 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
7. My two cents' worth regarding the $90K cheque from the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff to shamed Senator Duffy
8. Hey, Stephen Harper : What have you got against Aboriginal people??
--- Aboriginal groups shocked by federal fund cuts - June 6
--- An obsessively partisan Stephen Harper slips into his Richard Nixon mode - June 6
--- Government went too far in surveillance of First Nations advocate: report - May 28
--- Harper government withheld documents in indigenous human-rights case - May 17
9. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto] - May 22 and June 5

10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, May 2013 - June 7
--- Summary elementary and secondary school indicators for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2001 to 2011 (final) - June 7
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [United States] The Wealthy Kids Are All Right [The American Prospect] - May 28
14. [United States] Recent research on Poverty Measurement found in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity:
--- Drawing the Line (official vs supplemental concepts of poverty
(May 2013)
--- A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors : Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure
(May 2013)
--- Measuring Up: Aspirations for Economic Security in the 21st Century
(April 2013)
--- The New York Center for Economic Opportunity Poverty Measure, 2005-2011

15. Canada ranks 3rd in survey of rich nations [Better Life Index] (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) - May 28
16. Can extreme poverty be eradicated by 2030? May-June 2013 (The Scout Report, University of Wisconsin)
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. Accidentally Green & Inadvertently Poor? The strange case of the District of Scarborough Ontario - June 7
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

Accidentally Green & Inadvertently Poor?
The strange case of the District of Scarborough Ontario

http://openpolicyontario.com/accidentally-green-inadvertently-poor-the-strange-case-of-the-district-of-scarborough-ontario/
By John Stapleton
June 7, 2013
First it was a community, then a city, then a municipality and now a District in the Toronto megacity. Scarborough is a very interesting place to live in the new millennium because it is accidentally green and inadvertently poor.
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Scarborough has been grossly mistreated by accidents of history. We are accidentally green because of progressive thinking. But we are also inadvertently poorer.
Because of our poverty, well-meaning advocates have called for increased services to help the poor live better lives. But services acknowledge poverty and serve the poor; they don’t solve poverty and make the poor prosperous. Let’s reimagine a ‘purposely green Scarborough’ and solve our growing poverty.
It’s in all our interests and the right thing to do.

Source:
Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)

http://www.openpolicyontario.com/

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

2. I Stand Alone : Why I resigned from the Conservative caucus - June 6
(Brent Rathgeber, M.P. for Edmonton-St. Albert)

I Stand Alone : Why I resigned from the Conservative caucus
http://brentrathgeber.ca/wordpress/i-stand-alone/
By Brent Rathgeber
June 6, 2013
Late last night I notified the Board of Directors of the Edmonton-St. Albert Conservative Association of my difficult decision that I was resigning from the Conservative Caucus to sit as an Independent in the House of Commons. Clearly, the Government’s decision not to support my Private Member’s Bill on CBC and Public Sector disclosure and transparency in Committee was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back...
(...) Recent allegations concerning expense scandals and the Government’s response has been extremely troubling. I joined the Reform/conservative movements because I thought we were somehow different, a band of Ottawa outsiders riding into town to clean the place up, promoting open government and accountability. I barely recognize ourselves, and worse I fear that we have morphed into what we once mocked.
(...) I have reluctantly come to the inescapable conclusion that the Government’s lack of support for my transparency bill is tantamount to a lack of support for transparency and open government generally. The government chose to gut my transparency bill despite not a single witness testifying at the Access Committee in support of either eviscerating amendment. The Committee hearings (as all are) were a charade. The decisions on amendments were made by unelected staffers weeks before the Committee hearings even commenced.
(...) I can only compromise so much before I begin to not recognize myself. I no longer recognize much of the party that I joined and whose principles (at least on paper), I still believe in. Accordingly, since I can no longer stand with them, I must now stand alone.

157 comments about this posting:
http://brentrathgeber.ca/wordpress/i-stand-alone/#comments

Source:
Brent Rathgeber's Blog
http://brentrathgeber.ca/brents-blog/

Brent Rathgeber's website:
http://brentrathgeber.ca/

Hats off to Brent Rathgeber, a parliamentarian of great personal integrity who truly deserves the title Honourable.

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

3. Launch of the Canadian Observatory On Homelessness - June 6
(Wellesley Institute)

Launch of the Canadian Observatory On Homelessness
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/canadian-observatory-on-homelessness-is-launched/
June 6, 2013
By Michael Shapcott
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness has been officially launched. The new national research and policy initiative is based at York University and includes a partnership of academic and community organizations, including the Wellesley Institute. The group has received $2.5 million in funding over seven years, which will be matched by another $2.5 million in contributions from partners. The Canadian initiative is modelled on the successful FEANSTA European Observatory on Homelessness that works on research and policy solutions across Europe.

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness will work closely with two other national organizations:
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The Canadian Homelessness Research Network, which operates the Homeless Hub, is a a national network of academic and community-based homeless researchers.
- The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is a national organization dedicated to create a movement to end homelessness in Canada from the community up.

Links:

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
http://goo.gl/Zj6dB

FEANSTA European Observatory on Homelessness
http://www.feantsa.org/

Canadian Homelessness Research Network
http://homelessresearch.net/

Homeless Hub
http://www.homelesshub.ca/

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
http://www.caeh.ca/

Wellesley Institute
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/

4. Canada’s First National Conference on Ending Homelessness, October 28 to October 30, 2013 (Ottawa)
(
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness)

Canada’s First National Conference on Ending Homelessness, October 28 to October 30, 2013 (Ottawa)

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is pleased to present Canada’s first National Conference on Ending Homelessness, October 28 to October 30, 2013 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.

Whether you are a policy maker, funder, researcher, advocate, community leader or a front line worker our jam packed conference program will arm you with the inspiration, information, tools and training you need to begin ending homelessness in your community.

Conference Program (PDF - 544K, 6 pages)
http://www.caeh.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Preliminary-Program-March-2013.pdf

Registration is now open!
https://events.gobigevent.com/events-web-public/event/start/257

Source:
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
http://www.caeh.ca/

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

5. Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit - June 2013 issue
(
Canadian Women's Health Network)

Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
http://goo.gl/9vnjz
June 2013 issue

In this issue:
Dear friends of the CWHN
It was 20 years ago...
Upcoming webinar: Nurses at risk
HPV vaccine: Why aren't Canadians buying in?
Birth control - whose choice?
Featured resources
Upcoming events/calls

Dans cette édition
Chères et chers amis du RCSF
En 2013, le RCSF a 20 ans ...
Webinaire : Les infirmières à risque
Vaccin contre le VPH : pourquoi les Canadiens n'y croient pas?
Méthode contraceptive : le choix de qui?
Ressources presentées
Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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Donate to keep CWHN alive and thriving!
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/connect/donate
Support better health for women and girls
As of March 31st, 2013, the CWHN lost the $400,000 of federal funding it has received for most of the last 17 years. WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER. Please be generous and make a donation to the CWHN. Help us continue our vital public services. Trusted health information can protect women’s lives. The Canadian Women’s Health Network has been the independent voice for women’s health for two decades. Through our office, phoneline, workshops, webinars and website, over 360,000 visitors used our resources last year.

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

6. Media and Policy News for June 7, 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Media and Policy News for 07 June 2013
http://goo.gl/nMj28

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

Top Stories

* Pressure is on the province to extend rent controls to cover all tenants
* The Ontario NDP has introduced a Private Members’ Bill to do so
* The provincial government missed its own deadline to appoint an independent review of the Disabilities Act – op-ed author says it’s a bad signal for ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities
* The impacts of Budget 2013 changes to social assistance on regional governments

Reports, Events, and Other Goodies

* The Global Alliance for Tax Justice is looking for organizational signatories to a petition on tax justice issues on the agenda of the next G8 meeting (starts June 17)
* From Hunger Awareness Week, food banks report
* From the Ontario Human Rights Commission – your rights and responsibilities to accommodate Ontarians with disabilities
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*June 11: Book Launch for Not Any Time Soon! The Life and Times of Linda Chamberlain
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/BookLaunch-Poster.pdf
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* June 13: ISARC’s Interfaith Provincial Poverty Strategy Session
* June 13: WAC Webinar for community workers on Wrongful Dismissal
* June 25 - morning: Housing Action Now and Wellesley Institute host an Affordable Housing Forum
* June 25 - evening: Social Planning Toronto hosts Come Together Right Now: Organizing for Good Jobs, Resisting Attacks on Workers’ Rights
* July 24/25: A People’s Shadow Summit and Rally at the Council of the Federation

Around the Province

* A new Poverty Reduction Strategy for Kingston
* Rogers to offer low cost internet and computers to people living in Toronto Community Housing buildings
* A community health centre project in Port Hope provides primary health care to migrant farm worker

Across the Country

* Buy local, but buy fair
* Activists in Montreal protest for more social housing and fewer condo projects
* Atlantic Premiers have appointed a panel to review Ottawa’s changes to EI

National

* Jim Stanford, on how anti-tax rage may be becoming a “political albatross”
* Carol Goar, on one MPPs work to update Canada’s labour policy
* At the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Big City Mayors call for a national housing strategy
* Federal government announcement about disability-related initiatives
* The Caledon Institute’s new Social Report
* Carol Goar, on why it’s necessary
* Different standards for senators and new immigrants
* The Temporary Foreign Worker program and unemployment rates

International

* Canada is being obstructionist on tax justice issues at the upcoming G8
* A Bill Moyers video essay: The United States of Inequality
* Changes to legal aid in the UK raise concerns over who will be affected
* A Turkish government report finds nearly 1/3 of Turks are “poor or needy”

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. My two cents' worth regarding the $90K cheque from the
Prime Minister's Chief of Staff to shamed Senator Duffy

June 8, 2013
By Gilles:

My two cents' worth regarding the $90K cheque from the
Prime Minister's Chief of Staff to shamed Senator Duffy

PUH-LEEEZE.
If I hear another Harperite use the old "He (CoS)-did-the-honourable-thing-so-that-the-taxpayers-of-Canada-wouldn't-be-on-the-hook-for-that-$90K" BS line, I think my ears will start to bleed. For the first time since that story broke, I finally heard one of the guests (an Opposition MP) on the CBC News Channel's Power and Politics say something that I've thought all along : the taxpayers would NOT be on the hook, because Duffy was bound by law to repay the $90K to the government.

Period.

And P.S. --- Yes, I *do* feel like I shouldn't be enjoying watching Harper and his acolytes getting a richly-deserved drubbing.
Looks good on ya, Steve!

8. Hey, Stephen Harper : What have you got against Aboriginal people??
--- Aboriginal groups shocked by federal fund cuts - June 6
--- An obsessively partisan Stephen Harper slips into his Richard Nixon mode - June 6
--- Government went too far in surveillance of First Nations advocate: report - May 28
--- Harper government withheld documents in indigenous human-rights case - May 17

Aboriginal groups shocked by federal fund cuts
http://www.leaderpost.com/life/Aboriginal+groups+shocked+federal+fund+cuts/8485640/story.html
By Michael Woods
June 6, 2013
The Harper government is slashing funding to several major aboriginal political organizations - including the Assembly of First Nations - a surprise move that the group's national chief says flies in the face of the government's stated intention to work with First Nations.
A letter from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, sent to 43 Aboriginal representative organizations and obtained by Postmedia News, outlines changes to the way the groups will be funded, including sharp reductions in dollars.

The AFN, the national organization representing Canada's First Nation citizens, is seeing its project funding reduced by 30 per cent in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Source:
Regina Leader-Post
http://www.leaderpost.com

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An obsessively partisan Stephen Harper slips into his Richard Nixon mode: Walkom
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/05/29/an_obsessively_partisan_stephen_harper_slips_into_his_richard_nixon_mode_walkom.html
By Thomas Walkom
June 6, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s affinity for political hardball is well-known. Politics is a tough profession and Harper, like many successful practitioners of the art, has few qualms about getting down and dirty. But increasingly, there is an outrageous element to Conservative partisanship — a craziness that borders on pathology.
Think Richard Nixon.
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Cindy Blackstock, an advocate for aboriginal children, ended up on this enemies list for criticizing Ottawa’s approach to natives. Nixon used the resources of the White House to commit burglary. The Harper government, according to a report by Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, used its information technology staff to access Blackstock’s private Facebook page and monitor her postings.

Source:
The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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Government went too far in surveillance of First Nations advocate: report
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/government-went-too-far-in-surveillance-of-first-nations-advocate-report-1.1300140

May 28, 2013 11:43AM EDT
OTTAWA -- The federal privacy commissioner says two government departments went too far in their monitoring of a First Nations children's advocate and her personal Facebook page. Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart was looking into a complaint from activist Cindy Blackstock, executive director of an organization fighting the federal government in court over First Nations child welfare programs.
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In a press release, Blackstock says the report proves the government will go to great lengths to quash dissent, and she wonders who else federal departments are spying on.

Source:
CTV News

http://www.ctvnews.ca/

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Harper government withheld documents in indigenous human-rights case
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harper-government-withheld-documents-in-indigenous-human-rights-case/article11985524/
By Gloria Galloway
May 17, 2013
The Harper government withheld tens of thousands of documents that it was obligated to disclose as part of a human-rights case in which it is accused of discriminating against indigenous children. Now, it is using its failure to hand over the files to try to get the proceedings put on hold.
The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007 saying it is wrong for the federal government to pay 22 per cent less for child welfare on reserves than the provinces pay for non-aboriginal welfare services.

Source:
The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

9. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - May 22 and June 5
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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A double issue of SPARmonitor this week!

SPARmonitor : June 5, 2013 - issue 107 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_107.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø The Case for a Canada Social Report
Ø Canada-Ontario Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities 2011-12 Annual Report
Ø Mind the Gap: Inequality in Ontario’s Schools
Ø Child Well-Being in Rich Countries: A Comparative Overview
Ø The 2013 Human Development Report: The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World
Ø How to Bend the Cost Curve in Health Care

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SPARmonitor : May 22, 2013 - issue 106 (PDF - 132K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_106.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø All the Workers We Need: Debunking Canada’s Labour-Shortage Fallacy
Ø The Cycle of Sacrifice: Nurses’ Health and the Ontario Health System
Ø Quality Monitor: 2012 Report On Ontario’s Health System
Ø Taxes Versus the Necessities of Life: The Canadian Consumer Tax Index, 2013 Edition
Ø Health Care Lessons from Japan
Ø Improving the Competitiveness of Metropolitan Areas
Ø Services for Seniors in Toronto

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

Selected earlier issues of SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you to a section of the Ontario NGO Links (A-C) page of this website.)

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, May 2013 - June 7
--- Summary elementary and secondary school indicators for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2001 to 2011 (final) - June 5

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

June 7, 2013
Labour Force Survey, May 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130607/dq130607a-eng.htm
Following little change the previous month, employment rose by 95,000 in May, with most of the increase in full-time work. This employment gain pushed the unemployment rate down 0.1 percentage points to 7.1%.

Source:
Labour Force Information - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=71-001-X&lang=eng
This publication provides the most current monthly labour market statistics. Each month, this publication contains a brief commentary highlighting recent developments in the Canadian labour market. It also includes a series of charts and tables on a variety of labour force characteristics, such as employment and unemployment for Canada, the provinces, metropolitan areas and economic regions.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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Tables by subject: Labour
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/ind01/l2_2621-eng.htm
* Labour
* Commuting to work
* Employment and unemployment
* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Non-wage benefits
* Occupations
* Unionization and industrial relations
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2621&lang=eng&more=0

* Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&more=0

June 5, 2013
Summary elementary and secondary school indicators for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2001 to 2011 (final)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130605/dq130605f-eng.htm
New detailed tables from the Elementary-Secondary Education Survey are now available on CANSIM for the 2001 to 2011 period. These tables cover enrolments in regular programs for youth, by age and sex; headcount enrolments in public school for special needs education; and headcount enrolments in public school aboriginal language programs.

Available in CANSIM:
Tables CANSIM table477-0037 to 477-0039:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0037..477-0039&p2=31

Related subjects:

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

Education indicators
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1822&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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



Source:
The Daily

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


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

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

11. 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

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

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

No win situation: Counting the cost of childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/no-win-situation-counting-cost-childcare
5 Jun 2013 | Europe
"Childcare is an expensive business in Switzerland. Not only for parents who spend half of their household income on child minding, but particularly also for crèche operators who struggle to chalk up profits".

Weathering the storm? A look at small countries' public services in times of austerity: A rapid review
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/weathering-storm-look-small-countries-public-services-times
5 Jun 2013 | International
Report from Wales, UK includes Quebec as one of 6 case studies looking at small governments'(countries and regions) approaches to public services in the face of changing demographics and economic pressures.

Starting early: Teaching, learning and assessment: Linking early-childhood development with academic outcomes—a detailed look
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/starting-early-teaching-learning-and-assessment-linking-ear
4 Jun 2013 | Ontario
EQAO's study followed the progress of students who were in kindergarten between the years 2005 and 2008, when they were assessed by their teachers using the Early Development Instrument (EDI), through to their provincial reading, writing and mathematics test when they were in Grade 3, between the years 2008 and 2011.

The early childhood care and education workforce from 1990 through 2010: Changing dynamics and persistent concerns
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/early-childhood-care-and-education-workforce-1990-through-2
4 Jun 2013 | United States
20-year study of the early childhood education and care workforce in the U.S. concludes that "the "low-education, low-compensation, high-turnover" label continues to be a valid characterization of the 2.2 million ECCE workers represented in our sample".

From Choice to change: An analysis of the 'choice' discourse in Canada's 2006 federal election
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/choice-change-analysis-choice-discourse-canadas-2006-federa
29 May 2013 | Canada
Article in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood argues that "a fundamental shift in discourse related to political and media discussion of ECEC policy in Canada is needed if progressive policy changes are to take place".

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.

Nursery ratio changes being scrapped, Nick Clegg says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/nursery-ratio-changes-being-scrapped-nick-clegg-says
7 Jun 2013 | Europe

Power to the preschoolers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/power-preschoolers
6 Jun 2013 | United States

Why Canadian babies should sleep in cardboard boxes like Finnish babies do
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/why-canadian-babies-should-sleep-cardboard-boxes-finnish-babies-do
6 Jun 2013 | Canada

Kids just as well off with gay and lesbian parents, Aus study finds
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/kids-just-well-gay-and-lesbian-parents-aus-study-finds
5 Jun 2013 | Australia and New Zealand

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/why-finnish-babies-sleep-cardboard-boxes
5 Jun 2013 | 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 of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

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

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this 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 further down on the page you're now reading.

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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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/07/
May 2013 US Unemployment (2 articles)
Long-Term Unemployment
State Pre-Kindergarten Programs

June 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/06/
US High School Graduation Rates (3 articles)

June 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/05/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)

June 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/04/
Jobless Benefits – Delaware
Preschool Initiative – Michigan

June 3, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/03/
Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care

Teachers and Low-Income Students

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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

13. [United States] The Wealthy Kids Are All Right - May 28
[The American Prospect]

United States

The Wealthy Kids Are All Right:
In a tough economy with dwindling social supports, children of privilege have a bigger head start than ever.

http://prospect.org/article/wealthy-kids-are-all-right
By Chuck Collins
May 28, 2013
Two 21-year-old college students sit down in a coffee shop to study for an upcoming test. Behind the counter, a barista whips up their double-shot lattes. In the back kitchen, another young adult washes the dishes and empties the trash. These four young adults have a lot in common. They are the same age and race, each has two parents, and all grew up in the same metropolitan area. They were all strong students in their respective high schools. But as they enter their third decade, their work futures and life trajectories are radically different—and largely determined at this point.

Source:
American Prospect
http://prospect.org/
The Prospect is a bimonthly print and online political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
The people at Prospect are liberal, progressive and lefty.

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

14. Recent research on Poverty Measurement found in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity:
--- Drawing the Line (official vs supplemental concepts of poverty
(May 2013)
--- A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors : Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure
(May 2013)
--- Measuring Up: Aspirations for Economic Security in the 21st Century
(April 2013)
--- The New York Center for Economic Opportunity Poverty Measure, 2005-2011

Recent research on Poverty Measurement found in
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Drawing the Line (PDF - 788K, 5 pages)
http://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/econ_focus/2013/q1/pdf/cover_story.pdf
By Jessie Romero
Econ Focus-Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
May 2013
New measures of poverty illustrate just how hard it is to define who is poor.

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A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors:
Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure

http://kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-state-by-state-snapshot-of-poverty-among-seniors/
By Zachary Levinson et al.
Kaiser Family Foundation
May 2013
(...) This analysis looks beyond the national data to examine results by state. The brief describes the two measures of poverty (*see note below) and examines the share of seniors living in poverty and the share of seniors with modest incomes (defined here as below 200 percent of poverty), by state, under both measures, based on pooled data from the 2009 to 2011 Current Population Surveys.
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* the official Census Bureau poverty measure and the Supplemental Poverty Measure.
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Measuring Up: Aspirations for Economic Security in the 21st Century (PDF - 1.4MB, 108 pages)
http://www.insightcced.org/uploads/besa/Insight_MeasuringUp_FullReport_Web.pdf
Insight Center for Community Economic Development
April 2013
Contents:
1. Framework debates in the field: poverty, economic security, social inclusion and racial equity
2. Flaws of the federal poverty thresholds and guidelines
3. Alternative income measures:
--- measures describing poverty
--- measures describing economic security
4. . income and asset indices
5. Multi-dimensional indices
6. Next steps in advancing alternative metrics

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The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2011 (PDF - 3.2MB, 109 pages)
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/downloads/pdf/ceo_poverty_measure_2005_2011.pdf
New York City Center for Economic Opportunity
April 2013
(...) In the context of politicalstalemate and a policy environment that is focused on reducing the Federal budget deficit, progress in reducing poverty will depend to a large degree on a rising economic tide lifting enough boats.

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The four reports above were found in
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity:
http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity : The Source for News, Ideas and Action is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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

15. Canada ranks 3rd in survey of rich nations [Better Life Index] - May 28
(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)

From the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

Canada ranks 3rd in survey of rich nations
Australia leads 'Better Life Index': OECD

http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/map-better-life-index/
May 28, 2013
News Release
Australia, Sweden and Canada rank highest in the 'Better Life Index' released by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. A total of 24 factors are used to compile the index, including health, job security, life satisfaction, air quality and safety. The OECD noted that Canada excels in the areas of civic engagement and life expectancy but noted there is a marked gap between rich and poor.

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

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Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development launches
Better Life Index 3.0: Life satisfaction, health, education top list

http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/oecdlaunchesbetterlifeindex30lifesatisfactionhealtheducationtoplist.htm
May 28, 2013
News Release
The OECD today launched a 3.0 version of its pioneering Better Life Index (see the link below), an online, interactive tool that allows people to create their own index according to their priorities in 11 areas that the OECD has identified as essential for well-being. The updated version contains the latest underlying statistics, country data, user findings and a translation into Spanish.

Better Life Index
http//www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org
How’s life?
There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.
- includes the following factors:
* Housing * Income * Jobs * Community * Education * Environment * Civic engagement * Health * Life Satisfaction * Safety * Work-Life Balance

Countries : Canada
http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/canada/

OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2012
http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/economics/oecd-economic-surveys-canada-2012_eco_surveys-can-2012-en
OECD's 2012 survey of the Canadian economy examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects, and takes a specia

Source:
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
http://www.oecd.org/

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

16. Can extreme poverty be eradicated by 2030? May-June 2013
(The Scout Report, University of Wisconsin)

From The Scout Report
(University of Wisconsin):

Can extreme poverty be eradicated by 2030?
Poverty: Not always with us
http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21578643-world-has-astonishing-chance-take-billion-people-out-extreme-poverty-2030-not

Losses from Disasters in East Asia and Pacific Raise Concerns for Poverty Reduction
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/06/03/losses-from-disasters-in-east-asia-and-pacific-raise-concerns-for-poverty-reduction

If People Could Immigrate Anywhere, Would Poverty Be Eliminated?
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/04/if-people-could-immigrate-anywhere-would-poverty-be-eliminated/275332/

United Nations Millennium Development Goals
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/poverty.shtml

United Nations Population Fund: Reducing Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Development
http://www.unfpa.org/pds/poverty.html

Poverty Reduction Strategies for the United States (PDF
http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/events/2008/9/29%20poverty/bane_paper.pdf

What's the best way to move people out of poverty? The underlying issues vary widely from place to place, and the differences between the developed and developing world can be quite stark. The United Nations has long been interested in alleviating the plight of the world's poor, and back in 2000 the heads of 147 governments pledged that they would work with this organization to halve the proportion of people on the Earth living in the direst poverty by 2015. Since that time, great strides have been made. This week, the leaders of Britain, Indonesia, and Liberia have formally endorsed the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. This type of poverty is defined as those persons living on less than $1.25 a day. Most economists and others feel that the best way to reduce poverty is to encourage growth. In the past 10 years, developing countries have boosted their GDPs about 6% a year, and that has had a dramatic effect on poverty rates in said countries. It remains to be seen whether this goal can be achieved, but it's a laudable one and worth keeping tabs on over the coming years.

The first link will take visitors to a great article from last week's The Economist about the recent announcement made regarding the eradication of poverty around the world. The second link will lead users to a news update from the World Bank about how recent disasters in East Asia and the Pacific may affect those regions' long-term prospects for reducing poverty levels. The third link will lead interested parties to a nice piece from Shaun Raviv writing for The Atlantic about how open borders might help eliminate poverty. The fourth link will take users to the original United Nations Millennium Development Goals regarding poverty. The fifth link will take users to the United Nations Population Fund's website on the programs designed to reduce poverty in the developing world. The final link leads to a thoughtful paper on poverty reduction strategies for the United States written by Mary Jo Bane of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Source:
The Scout Report,
Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013
https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

17. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

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

5 June 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1330
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4751
In this issue:
New CRC General Comment:
The best interests of the child
Latest news and reports:
- Serious concern for well-being of nine young defectors
- Family close to ‘extermination’ as authorities fail to protect
- War reaches ‘new levels of brutality’
- Parents jailed for allowing daughters' circumcision
- Corporal punishment of children 'rife'
- Mapuche indigenous teen on hunger strike
- Attempts to reign in freedom of expression
- Court reserves judgment on consensual teen sex
- State ratifies anti-gender violence treaty
Children's Rights Wiki: Spolight on Pakistan
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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

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

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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Punography

According to the Wikipedia: "The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language."

I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
When chemists die, they barium.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
We are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz.
I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection urine trouble.
Broken pencils are pointless.
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. The police have nothing to go on.
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
Haunted French pancakes give me the creapes.
Velcro — what a rip off!
A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy
Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
The earthquake in Washington obviously was the government's fault.
Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.

Source:
http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-blogs/maxs-cool-beans-blog/4392071/There-s-punography-everywhere-

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Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen
http://gmo-awareness.com/2011/05/12/monsanto-dirty-dozen/
#1 – Saccharin
#2 – PCBs
#3 – Polystyrene
#4 – Atom bomb and nuclear weapons
#5 – DDT
#6 – Dioxin
#7 – Agent Orange
# 8 – Petroleum-Based Fertilizer
#9 – RoundUp
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#10 – Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal)
An accidental discovery during research on gastrointestinal hormones resulted in a uniquely sweet chemical: aspartame. During the clinical trials conducted on 7 infant monkeys as part of aspartame’s application for FDA approval, 1 monkey died and 5 other monkeys had grand mal seizures—yet somehow aspartame was still approved by the FDA in 1974. In 1985, Monsanto acquired the company responsible for aspartame’s manufacture (G.D. Searle) and began marketing the product as NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues caused by aspartame.
(Watch a quick video about Aspartame here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFgNq0Ve-28&feature=youtu.be
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#11 – Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)
#12 – Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs
BONUS – Terminator Seeds

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The Vein : Magma (video, duration 1:27)
http://vimeo.com/64542506
Visual acid trip!!

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22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other
http://goo.gl/jbrZx

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Variations on a Fever (video, duration 3:34)
http://www.dump.com/singsfever/
Karen Marie sings "Fever" in 12 different musical styles

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Zurich, Switzerland: Stare at the Samsung S4 Smartphone for 60 minutes to win it. (video, duration 1:48)
http://www.wimp.com/samsungstare/
Watch out for those distractions!

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