Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 9, 2011

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

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content


1. Minority Ontario government creates opportunity to bring in much-needed four-point housing plan (By Michael Shapcott for the Wellesley Institute) - October 7
2.
Ontario election October 6 - results
3. [Nova Scotia] Changes to special needs funding for people on income assistance - August 2011
4. Rising tide not lifting all boats (Armine Yalnizyan interview on the Business News Network) - September 30
5. Brigit's Notes : Women's Health E-bulletin --- Sept. & Oct. Bulletins (Canadian Women's Health Network)

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canada at a Glance, 2011
--- Labour Force Survey, September 2011 - October 7
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. [U.S.] Work and Family (The Future of Children) : Fall 2011 Journal
10. [U.S.] Community health centers hit hard by Washington deficit cuts (Washington Post) - October 6
11. [U.S.] Five Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans + We are the 99 percent - October 4
12. Sesame Street’s newest Muppet is poor and hungry - October 4

13. [United States] NO PLACE FOR KIDS : The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration (The Annie E. Casey Foundation) - October 2011
14. [Australia] Are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer? (Inside Story) - September 28
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. Minority Ontario government creates opportunity to bring in much-needed four-point housing plan - October 7
(By Michael Shapcott for the Wellesley Institute)

Ontario

Minority Ontario government creates opportunity
to bring in much-needed four-point housing plan

By Michael Shapcott
October 7, 2011
The minority Liberal government voters elected on October 6 provides a political opportunity for Ontario to realize a long-overdue and much-needed four-point affordable housing plan. The province’s last two minority governments delivered robust housing initiatives: In 1975, the province’s first rent regulation and tenant protection laws, which grew more substantial and effective until they were significantly dismantled in 1998; and Ontario’s first major affordable housing programs in 1985, which were successfully increased until they were shut down in 1995.

The signs of Ontario’s province-wide housing distress are clear:
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/Housing-Election-20112.pdf (466K, 2 pages)
- one in every three Ontario renter households are in core housing need – the federal government’s definition of precarious housing. Approximately 1.3 million provincial households pay 30 percent or more of their income on housing, the official definition of unaffordable housing.

A four-point housing agenda for the new minority Ontario government would include the following:
1. New affordable homes
2. Affordability measures
3. Rent regulation / rental housing protection
4. Ending homelessness / linking with supports

Source:
Wellesley Institute
The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. Our focus is on developing research and community-based policy solutions to the problems of urban health and health disparities

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

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

2. Ontario election October 6 - results

McGuinty's Liberals held to minority in third straight Ontario win
October 7, 2011
Dalton McGuinty and his Liberals will return to Queen’s Park with a minority government, falling just short of winning a third consecutive majority. This will be the first minority government in Ontario since Liberal David Peterson led one from 1985 to 1987. Although the Liberal leader held on to power, he ended up with 53 seats, just one short of the magic number required to form a majority in the 107-seat legislature. Mr. McGuinty lost 19 seats from the 72 he had won in the 2007 election campaign.
Source:
Globe and Mail <=== Click for more Ontario election coverage

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McGuinty’s Liberals win minority government in close-call finish
"We have in fact succeeded in our goal of electing an experienced Liberal government,” Dalton McGuinty told supporters at a Chateau Laurier ballroom in Ottawa early Friday. Defying pre-election polls, pundit’s predictions and rookie rivals insisting it was time for a change, McGuinty led the Liberals to a rare “three-peat” win Thursday in the closest Ontario vote of the past quarter century.
Source:
Toronto Star <=== Click for more Ontario election coverage

Ontario 2011 election results - 4,460,000 current search results
Source:
Google.ca

NOTE: I've added dozens of links to Ontario 2011 election resources since last week's newsletter, but that election took place October 6. Therefore, I decided not to post all of those links on the pre-election speculation and predictions, since we know the outcome, and post those media links only on the provincial election links page (the link below) for the hard-core election fans out there. BTW, many of the links you'll find there were shamelessly borrowed from Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre in Toronto, who did daily media scans of election campaign news right up until election day. Merci, Jennefer!
[By Gilles]

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- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

3. [Nova Scotia] Changes to special needs funding for people on income assistance- August 2011

October 5, 2011
Thanks to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter subscriber who notified me to say that I'd missed a change in Nova Scotia's Employment Support and Income Assistance effective in August of this year.

Clear, Consistent Access to Special Needs
Funding for People on Income Assistance

August 8, 2011
Clearer regulations now make it easier for income assistance clients to understand what special needs funding they can receive, and ensure funding decisions are consistent and fair provincewide. The amended Employment Support and Income Assistance Regulations Around Special Needs funding take effect today, Aug. 8.
(...)
Over the years, the department has received special needs requests for items and services like hot tubs, gym memberships, and humming touch therapy. These were never intended to be covered under special needs, but because the regulations were not clear, about 20-25 of these requests were approved either by a caseworker or through an appeal. The department has also received a number of special needs requests for medications and substances, such as medical marijuana. The amendments now make it clear that Community Services can only cover medically related items and services that are covered by MSI or listed on the Nova Scotia Pharmacare Formulary. This is consistent with how other provinces handle requests for medical marijuana.
Source:
Government of Nova Scotia News Service

See also:

Changes to Special Needs Funding for ESIA
August 2011
On August 8, we amended the Employment Support and Income Assistance Regulations around Special Needs Funding to make them clear and fair for all income assistance clients. Because the old regulations weren't clear enough, in a few cases, the rules were applied differently in different parts of the province. (...) Income assistance recipients can still access funding for the same special needs as they did before.
Source:
Department of Community Services

Media coverage:

No medical marijuana for N.S. welfare recipients
August 9, 2011
Community Services won't cover medical marijuana because it's not covered by the provincial Pharmacare program. Nova Scotians on social assistance will no longer be able to get medical marijuana, gym memberships or hot tubs as a special need. The Department of Community Services is tightening the rules for its special needs funding.

[ 324 comments ]

Source:
CBC Nova Scotia

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Something similar in Ontario:

NOTE : Check out some of the links in this Google.ca Web Search Results page using the terms "Ontario Special Diet Allowance" , to see some similarities between the two provinces' recent changes to their special allowance policies. The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and the Income Security Advocacy Centre were heavily involved in that battle.
Below, you'll find a few related links :
* http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/special_diet_apply.aspx
* http://ocap.ca/search/node/special+diet
* http://www.incomesecurity.org/specialdietwhathappened.htm

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

4. Rising tide not lifting all boats - September 30
(Armine Yalnizyan
interview on the Business News Network)

Rising tide not lifting all boats (video, duration 5:53)
September 30, 2011
The income gap in Canada has been widening since the 1990s -- and now it’s growing at a faster pace than in the United States. Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, tells BNN a growing income gap is particularly worrying because it happened during a period of strong economic growth.
Source:
Business News Network

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

5. Brigit's Notes : Women's Health E-bulletin (Sept. & Oct. Bulletins)
(Canadian Women's Health Network)

From the
Canadian Women's Health Network
:

Brigit's Notes, October 2011
[ Version française ]
In this issue:
* CWHN welcomes our new executive director
* Raise a stink about pink!
* Quebec's questionable HPV vaccine campaign
* Listen to the webinar - Eating disorders, race and gender
* Listen to the webinar - The myth of osteoporosis
* New CWHN primer - Women, Disasters, Epidemics and Health
* Ontario’s Rural and Northern Health Care Framework: How can it better reflect women’s needs?
* New report - Understanding and Improving Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health in Canada
* Québec is asked to recognize environmental sensitivities
* New feminist health clinic in Ottawa seeks staff

Brigit's Notes, September 2011
[ Version française ]
In this issue:
* Webinar - CWHN and NEDIC present: Eating disorders, race and gender
* See the latest issue of Network online!
* PhotoVoice manual now available from PWHCE
* New opportunities for trainees from IGH
* Get serious about older women's health!
* Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health "Claiming Our Moral Agency"
* Our Bodies, Our Future: Advancing Health and Human Rights for Women and Girls
* Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder It's a Matter of Justice!
* The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives
* Read about Women's Worlds 2011

[ Earlier issues of Brigit's Notes - more or less monthly, back to February 2010 ]

Join the mailing list to receive Brigit's Notes by email as soon as it is posted

Source:
Brigit's Notes: Women's Health E-bulletin
[ version française :
Le Bloc-notes de Brigit : Babillard électronique foisonnant de nouvelles en santé des femmes
]
Brigit's Notes is an electronic bulletin full of great women's health news. This monthly bulletin will keep you informed about what's new on the the CWHN web site, including new policy initiatives, research, calls for submissions, events and conferences, new resources and updates on women's health issues and activism.

[ Canadian Women's Health Network:
Sharing information, resources and strategies, and building links to improve women's health.]
[ Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes ]

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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. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Canada at a Glance, 2011
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Labour Force Survey, September 2011 - October 7

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:

Canada at a Glance, 2011
PDF version
(1.6MB, 27 pages)
HTML version
- incl. links (in the left margin) to sections on:
* Population * Health * Education * Crime * Housing * Income, spending * Government * International comparisons * Labour * Economy * International trade * Energy * Manufacturing * Agriculture * Environment * Travel, transport

NOTE: Canada at a Glance, 2011 isn't a recent release from StatCan --- I just missed it earlier this year.
[ Gilles ]

Source:
Canada at a Glance - Product main page*
Canada at a Glance presents current Canadian demographic, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market, household, economic, travel, financial, agricultural, foreign trade and environmental statistics. This booklet also includes important international comparisons, so that readers can see how Canada stacks up against its neighbours. Updated yearly, Canada at a Glance is a very useful reference for those who want quick access to current Canadian statistics.
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* On the Product main page, click View for the latest edition of the publication; click Chronological index for earlier editions.

[ earlier editions of this report ]

October 7, 2011
Labour Force Survey, September 2011
Following two months of little change, employment rose by 61,000 in September, all in full time. This increase pushed the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.1%, the lowest rate since December 2008.
- includes links to three tables:
* Labour force characteristics by age and sex
* Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
* Labour force characteristics by province

Related report:

Labour Force Information, September 11 to 17, 2011
October 7, 2011

[ earlier reports in this series ]

Source:
Labour Force Information - main product page*
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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The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

October 9, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Children in Europe: Empowering children, parents and the workforce? The competency debate
5 Oct 2011
Latest issue of Children in Europe "focuses on competences, from the perspective of all parties - including children. It seeks to present competences not as a set of skills to be measured but as the foundation for universal educator competence that will allow every child a better chance to realise their own potential."

Care and learning together: Case studies
5 Oct 2011
Case studies from UNESCO's Caring and Learning Together project look at five countries - Brazil, Jamaica, New Zealand, Slovenia and Sweden - and one municipality - Ghent in Belgium Flanders - which have chosen to integrate early childhood education and care within the education system.

Locality-based evaluation of Pathways to the Future — Nga Huarahi Arataki
5 Oct 2011
Report for New Zealand's Ministry of Education provides a longitudinal evaluation of effectiveness of the national 2002-2012 strategic plan for ECEC.

Inspiring change: An early childhood education and care study visit to Sweden and Poland
5 Oct 2011
Report from Children in Scotland and the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) provides "examples of two very different countries, at very different stages of developing early childhood services".

Better monitoring in sight for the well-being of young children
5 Oct 2011
Press release from UNESCO details a recent meeting of the Interagency Technical Committee to develop the Holistic Early Childhood Development Index (HECDI): a group of international experts who are developing a way to track Member States' progress towards quality early childhood care and education.

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.

Addressing the ‘moral crisis’ of poverty
6 Oct 2011 Newfoundland

For parents on wait lists, daycare is a top election issue
6 Oct 2011 Ontario

Where have all the children gone?
5 Oct 2011 Newfoundland

Think like a beaver: Generation X-It
5 Oct 2011 Canada

Rocking cradle to career with paid family leave
5 Oct 2011 United States

MORE child care in the news

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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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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

8. 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.

Tags NEW
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:

October 7:
Joblessness and Unemployment
Child Disability and Poverty - UK
Welfare Cuts - Michigan

October 6:
Schools and Homeless Students - Massachusetts
States and Juvenile Justice
Hospital Quality and Health Disparities

October 5:
Trauma Centers and Access to Health Care
Self-Sufficiency Standard - California
States and Medicaid

October 4:
Homelessness and Housing - Wisconsin, Utah
Welfare Time Limits - Michigan
Financial Services for the Low-Income

October 3:
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
States and Voter ID Laws

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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)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

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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

9. [U.S.] Work and Family - Fall 2011 Journal
(The Future of Children)

[U.S.]

Work and Family Fall 2011 (Journal)
HTML version
PDF version (1.2MB, 214 pages)
Table of contents:
* Work and Family: Introducing the Issue
* Changing Families, Changing Workplaces
* Policies to Assist Parents with Young Children
* Families with School-Age Children
* Children with Health Issues
* Families and Elder Care in the Twenty-First Century
* Workplace Flexibility: From Research to Action
* The Role of the Government in Work-Family Conflict
* International Perspectives on Work-Family Policies:
* Lessons from the World’s Most Competitive Economies

Executive Summary (PDF - 156K)
Policy Brief (PDF - 234K)

Past volumes of Work and Family
Selected topics covered in past volumes of this newsletter (back to the early 1990s):
* Immigrant Children * Fragile Families * Transition to Adulthood * Preventing Child Maltreatment * America's High Schools * Juvenile Justice * Children and Electronic Media * The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies (Fall 2007) * Excellence in the Classroom * Opportunity in America * Childhood Obesity * Marriage and Child Wellbeing * School Readiness: Closing Racial and Ethnic Gaps *
[ Journal archive - newsletters back back to the early 1990s ]

Source:
The Future of Children
The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. The mission of The Future of Children is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. [ About this site ]

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

10. [U.S.] Community health centers hit hard by Washington deficit cuts - October 6
(Washington Post)

Community health centers hit hard by Washington deficit cuts
October 6, 2011
The applications poured in, spurred by millions of dollars in new funding included in the health law to expand primary care to the poor. A record 810 groups sought federal grants to staff and equip hundreds of new and existing community health centers. But in August, most were rejected, leaving advocates frustrated that they would not be able to serve the growing numbers of uninsured and poor people or be ready for an influx of patients under the health law.
Source:
Washington Post

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- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

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

11. [U.S.] Five Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans + We are the 99 percent - October 4

Five Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans
It may shock you to learn exactly how wealthy this top 1 percent of Americans is.

October 4, 2011
As the ongoing occupation of Wall Street by hundreds of protesters enters its third week — and as protests spread to other cities such as Boston and Los Angeles — demonstrators have endorsed a new slogan: “We are the 99 percent.” This slogan refers to an economic struggle between 99 percent of Americans and the richest 1 percent of Americans, who are increasingly accumulating a greater share of the national wealth to the detriment of the middle class.

Just the Facts:
1. The Top 1 Percent of Americans Owns 40 Percent of the Nation’s Wealth
2. The Top 1 Percent of Americans Take Home 24 Percent of National Income
3. The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Own Half of the Country’s Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
4. The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Have Only 5 Percent of the Nation’s Personal Debt
5. The Top 1 Percent are Taking In More of the Nation’s Income Than at Any Other Time Since the 1920s

Source:
AlterNet
AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.

Related links:

We are the 99 percent
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.

Occupy Wall St.
OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street. We are an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements.

OCCUPY TOGETHER is an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.

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

12. Sesame Street’s newest Muppet is poor and hungry - October 4

Sesame Street’s newest Muppet is poor and hungry
New Sesame Street muppet Lily will be introduced in a one-hour primetime special on Oct. 9.
Iconic children's show Sesame Street has introduced a new character so young people can learn about the issues of poverty and hunger.
October 4, 2011
At a time when the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates nearly one in four American children – an estimated 17 million – may be going hungry, Sesame Street is introducing Lily, a new character who will highlight their plight.
Source:
Toronto.com

BRAVO, Sesame Street!

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

13. [United States] NO PLACE FOR KIDS : The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration - October 2011
(The Annie E. Casey Foundation)

NO PLACE FOR KIDS
The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration

October 2011

What’s Wrong With America’s Juvenile Corrections Facilities?
1. Dangerous 2. Ineffective 3. Unnecessary 4. Obsolete 5. Wasteful 6. Inadequate
(...)
The evidence presented in this report makes clear that, except in cases where juvenile offenders have committed serious crimes and pose a clear and present danger to society, removing troubled and delinquent young people from their homes and families is expensive and often unnecessary—with results no better (and often far worse) on average than community-based supervision and treatment. Likewise, the evidence makes clear that throwing even serious youth offenders together in large, prison-like, and often-abusive institutions provides no public safety benefit, wastes taxpayers’ money, and reduces the odds that the young people will mature out of their delinquency and become productive law-abiding citizens.

Comment :
Quick, somebody send the URL for this study to Prime Minister Harper so he'll put the brakes on the crime omnibus bill!
<Never mind. I'm being droll. That would be evidence-based.>

Source:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.

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- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

14. [Australia] Are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer? - September 28
(Inside Story)

Australia

Are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer?
28 September 2011
By Peter Whiteford
Wealth seems to be more equally distributed than income in Australia, writes Peter Whiteford, but interpreting the data can be complex. (...) it is important to monitor trends in inequality, since without reliable statistics we would not know enough about what is happening to different groups in Australian society. In order to understand real trends we need reliable statistics, which is why we should be grateful to the Australian Bureau of Statistics for continuing to collect high-quality data on income and wealth.

Comment :
Quick, somebody send the URL for this study to Prime Minister Harper so he'll bring back the long-form Census questionnaire!
<Never mind. I'm being droll. That would be evidence-based.>

Peter Whiteford is a professor in the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales

Source:
Inside Story
Current affairs and culture from Australia and beyond

Related link:

Australian Policy Online

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

15. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

5 October 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1245
In this issue:
2011 CRC Day of General Discussion
Latest news and reports:
- Upholding press freedom: Europe
- New regressions: India, United States
- Child bride's victory: Australia
- The state of children's rights: Pakistan
- New reports: Child-friendly justice, sexual violence
- UN news: HRC, UNICEF
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

Source:
CRINMAIL (incl. subscription info)

[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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

 


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Heteronyms

Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but differ in meaning and pronunciation.
Many heteronyms are similar in meaning (especially a related noun and verb are spelled the same but pronounced differently), while others are wholly unrelated.

Here is a list of some of the most common heteronyms in the English language:

affect - (ah-FECT) to change; (AF-fect) feeling or emotion
alternate - (ALT-er-nit) another choice; (ALT-er-NAIT) switch back and forth
appropriate - (ap-PROPE-ri-ATE) to take possession of; (ap-PROPE-ri-it) suitable
are - (AIR) 100 square meters (a hundredth of a hectare); (AHR) plural present tense of "to be"
arithmetic - (a-RITH-me-tic) a branch of mathematics; (AIR-ith-MET-ic) characteristic of arithmetic
attribute - (at-TRIB-ute) to ascribe; (AT-trib-ute) characteristic
axes - (AX-ez) plural of axe; (AX-eez) plural of axis
bass - (BASE) a stringed instrument; (BASS) a fish
bow - (rhymes with "how") to incline the head in greeting; also, front of a ship; (rhymes with "tow") weapon that shoots arrows
bowed - (rhymes with "how'd") inclined the head in greeting; (rhymes with "towed") bent
buffet - (BUF-fet) to hit; (buf-FAY, boof-FAY) a meal at which guests serve themselves from dishes on display
close - (CLOZE) to shut; (CLOHSS) nearby
combine - (COM-bine) threshing machine; (com-BINE) put together
conduct - (CON-duct) behavior; (con-DUCT) to direct or manage
conflict - (CON-flict) disagreement or fight; (con-FLICT) to be in opposition
console - (CON-sole) upright case; also, computer terminal; (con-SOLE) to comfort
consort - (CON-sort) companiobn or partner; (con-SORT) to keep company
construct - (CON-struct) something constructed; (con-STRUCT) to assemble
content - (CON-tent) substantive part; (con-TENT) satisfied
contest - (CON-test) competition; (con-TEST) to dispute
contract - (CON-tract) agreement; (con-TRACT) to shrink or to agree on a project
convert - (CON-vert) one whose belief was changed; (con-VERT) to change one's belief
converse - (CON-verse) opposite; (con-VERSE) to talk
convict - (CON-vict) prisoner; (con-VICT) to find guilty
crooked - (CROOKD) bended; (CROOK-ed) bent
deliberate - (de-LIB-er-ate) carefully considered; (de-lib-er-ATE) to consider
desert - (DES-ert) arid region; (de-SERT) to leave; also, something deserved
digest - (DIE-jest) collection of published material; (die-JEST) absorb nutrients
do - (DOO) to accomplish; (DOE) musical note
does - (DUZ) performs; (DOZE) multiple female deer
dove - (rhymes with "love") a bird; (rhymes with "hove") jumped off

permit* - (PER-mit) document giving permission; (per-MIT) to allow
[*Comment by Gilles : Ever notice how some Americans have this thing about
pronouncing both meanings the same way, e.g., "I done got me a gun per-MIT!" ??]

Source:
http://www.rinkworks.com/words/heteronyms.shtml
[Click the link for the rest of the list.]

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And, in closing...

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Someone suggested in jest that what my site needs for higher visibility is"Boobs".
Here's the best I can do, but it's a doozie of a pair: Kevin O'Leary and Don Cherry.

Chris Hedges interview (video, duration 7:00)
October 6, 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Chris Hedges talks about the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement.
Watch Chris Hedges pummel the Dragons' Den Dragon Kevin O'Leary.
(Why, I almost felt some compassion for the resident Despicable Dragon. Almost.)
Kudos to Chris Hedges --- Video of the Week!
(...and he does a damn good job explaining the Occupy Wall Street movement to boot.)
I love the way the interview ends.
Source:
CBC News

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And, from the knuckle-dragging,
Rockem' Sockem Dinosaur himself:

Hockey Night in Canada - Coach's Corner : Oct 6th 2011 (video, duration 6:43)
Talk about delusions. Don Cherry chastizes some former NHL enforcers for daring to support the league's tougher stance on head shots by calling the guys "pukes" and accusing them of trying to prevent youngsters from breaking into the NHL the way they did themselves, by being tough. He then proceeds to show a half-dozen open-ice hits that leave one player sprawled on the ice - out cold in some cases - and laments out loud that "you won't see hits like THAT one now that Brendan Shanahan is the league disciplinarian!" To which I say: AMEN, Don, AMEN.

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Seven Ways of Losing Weight that Actually Work
http://7waysoflosingweight .com/

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Pendulum Waves (video, duration 1:46)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=yVkdfJ9PkRQ

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How are you doing?
Are you doing good?
I don't think so.

http://i.imgur.com/p6gaB.png

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Google Gravity
http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google_gravity/
(This trick doesn't work if you use Internet Explorer. Nyah-nyah...)
Enter your search term or string into the Google box as usual and the search results - well, you'll see.
Drag the pieces with your mouse. Or not.

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STOMP THIS.
http://uploads.ungrounded.net/221000/221483_Play.swf (requires Flash player)

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Breathtaking landscapes timelapse by Dustin Farrell (video, duration 3:30)
http://www.wimp.com/breathtakinglandscapes/