Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 9, 2012

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 2,596 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Christmas 2012 Programs in Ottawa (Information compiled by 211 Ottawa)
2. December 6 : National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women
3. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Social Return on Investment: Strengths and Challenges - December 2012
--- Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor for November 2012 - December 5
--- Transcripts of speeches by Caledon Institute's principals at their 20th anniversary (Oct. 10)
4. Fourth Annual Progress Report on Poverty Reduction in Ontario (25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction) - December 4
5. Fall 2012 Session of the National Housing Research Committee (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) - posted December 4
6. New from Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
--- Ontario's plan to reduce child poverty by 25% by 2013 : How are we doing? - December 3
--- In Search of Child Care : Hennessy's Index for December 2012
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

--- Labour Force Survey, November 2012 - December 7
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, third quarter 2012 - December 7
--- Study: Growth of Large Firms in Canada, 2001 to 2008 - December 7
--- Homicide in Canada, 2011 - December 4
--- Study: Years to retirement, 1998 to 2009 - December 4
--- Income of immigrants, 1980 to 2010 - December 4
--- The Impact of Involuntary Breaks in Employment and Level of Education on the Timing of Retirement
- December 4
--- Study: Reconciling Canadian-U.S. measures of household disposable income and household debt - December 3
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Christmas 2012 Programs in Ottawa (Information compiled by 211 Ottawa)

Christmas 2012 Programs in Ottawa (PDF - 468K, 16 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ottawa_xmas_programs_2012.pdf
(Information compiled by
211 Ottawa - http://www.cominfo-ottawa.org/ )
Contents:
* Holiday Season Meals and Gatherings
* Christmas Day Lunches & Dinners
* Christmas Hampers, Vouchers and Toys
* Donations & Volunteers
* Family sponsorship programs

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

2. December 6 : National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women

December 6:
National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women

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From
Status of Women Canada:

Government of Canada Marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Atlantic Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/med/news-nouvelles/2012/1204-eng.html
News Release
December 4, 2012
OTTAWA – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today called on all Canadians to join the worldwide 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence while highlighting government actions to address gender-based violence in Atlantic Canada.
(...)
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence commence on November 25, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and conclude on December 10 with International Human Rights Day. The campaign also observes significant dates such as December 6, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Source:
Status of Women Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

CUPE joins women’s groups to mark the day of remembrance and action to end violence against women
http://cupe.ca/women/joins-womens-mark-day-remembrance
December 6, 2012
December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women, is commemorated every year in Canada, on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, where 14 women were singled out because of their gender, and murdered. (...) While we have made some progress on women’s equality over the years, gender discrimination and violence against women is still a major human rights issue in Canada and across the world.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/

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From the
Canadian Labour Congress:

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/14actions
Posted December 2, 2010
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. On this day we remember and mourn the loss of 14 women, murdered at Montréal's École Polytechnique, murdered because they were women. We remember the 14 lives lost. And there are other numbers to remember...

Source:
Canadian Labour Congress
http://canadianlabour.ca/

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

3. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Social Return on Investment: Strengths and Challenges - December 2012
--- Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor for November 2012 - December 5
--- Transcripts of speeches by Caledon Institute's principals at their 20th anniversary (Oct. 10)

New from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
December 5, 2012

Social Return on Investment: Strengths and Challenges (PDF - 68K, 12 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1000ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
December 2012
This paper presents the text of remarks delivered at the 2012 Social Finance Forum held at the MaRS Discovery District on November 8-9, 2012. Social Return on Investment is an evaluation methodology that seeks to move the assessment process from a focus on cost alone to one that includes value. It gives the social field the tools and language to get important issues heard at multisectoral tables where these concerns are often misunderstood, undervalued or dismissed as unimportant. Despite its vital contribution, there are serious philosophical, conceptual and methodological challenges embedded in this approach. These include the focus on quantification, the possibility of ‘creaming’ program participants most likely to succeed, the problem of attribution and the need to take into account key developments in the broader economic and social context.

Also from Caledon:

Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, November 2012 (PDF - 104K, 13 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2012-11.pdf

Caledon regularly scans provincial and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our core work and interests. These include: Disability, Education, Health, Housing, Income Security, Poverty Reduction, Recreation, Seniors and Youth. This tracking is intended to inform our analysis of policy trends.

Browse/Search (NEW) all editions of the Policy Monitor:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/
You can now search Monitor editions by date, jurisdiction and policy category, or browse by month right back to June 2008.

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At Caledon's 20th anniversary celebration in Toronto in early October 2012, guests heard speeches by the three principals of the Caledon Institute : Caledon President Ken Battle, Vice-President Sherri Torjman and Senior Scholar Michael Mendelson.

Links to all three speeches appear below.

Architecture of Federal Income Security in Canada (PDF - 120K, 11 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/996ENG.pdf
By Ken Battle
October 2012
This text focuses on key federal income security programs in the areas of:
* Child Benefits:
--- Child Tax Benefit --- National Child Benefit and National Child Benefit Supplement --- Universal Child Care Benefit
* Adult Benefits:
--- Working Income Tax Benefit
* Un/Employment Insurance
* Seniors Benefits:
--- Old Age Security --- Guaranteed Income Supplement --- Canada and Quebec Pension Plans
* Guaranteed Annual Income?

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Disability and the Aging Society:
Social Policy Challenges for Canada
(PDF - 132K, 14 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/997ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
Sherri presents an overview of Caledon’s past and current work on disability and aging in Canada and discusses Caledon's proposal for reforming disability income programs in Canada.

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Is Canada (still) a fiscal union? (PDF - 120K, 11 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/998ENG.pdf
By Michael Mendelson
October 2012
If the economic commentators are to be believed there is at least one lesson from the never-ending Euro crisis: monetary union without fiscal union is unsustainable. Canada is a monetary union, but are we still a practicing fiscal union? Or has our fiscal union become so weakened that we are now more like the Euro-zone: ten more or less sovereign provinces tied together in a monetary union without effective programs to compensate adequately for fiscal imbalance between the provinces?

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party. The Caledon Institute of Social Policy does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector.

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

4. Fourth Annual Progress Report on Poverty Reduction in Ontario - December 4
(25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction)

Meeting the Poverty Reduction Target:Strong Leadership and Good Policy Required
Fourth Annual Progress Report on Poverty Reduction in Ontario
(PDF - 299K, 18 pages)
http://25in5.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Meeting-the-Poverty-Reduction-Target-Dec-4-2012.pdf
December 4, 2012

Anti-poverty target in peril: Ontario’s aspiring political leaders called to action
Toronto – Ontario’s political leadership hopefuls are being warned that the province will fall short of its goal to reduce child and family poverty by 25% in 2013 unless urgent action is taken. As the Ontario Liberals choose a new leader and Opposition parties eye a spring election, a progress report by the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction is calling for immediate investments to support those who are struggling.

Source:
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction

http://25in5.ca/
The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty in Ontario.

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Related links:

From the
Wellesley Institute:

Time for Ontario to make some tough choices: poverty and inequality are not inevitable
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/time-for-ontario-to-make-some-tough-choices-poverty-and-inequality-are-not-inevitable/
December 4, 2012
Bby Steve Barnes
In 2008, the Ontario government committed to reduce child poverty by 25 percent in 5 years. 2013 marks the final year in the province’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy, and a new report by the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction shows that we have a long way to go to meet our target.

25 in 5 sets out key investments that we need to make now to ensure that we meet our target, including:
1) Fully implement the Ontario Child Benefit in 2013.
2) $100 increase for single adults on Ontario Works.
3) Restore the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit
4) Updating Ontario’s minimum wage

Source:
Wellesley Institute

http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com
The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. We focus on developing research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.

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From the
Toronto Star:

Ontario risks missing anti-poverty pledge
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1297127
December 4, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Without a promised hike to Ontario’s child benefit, Queen’s Park will not meet its pledge to lift 90,000 children out of poverty by 2013, anti-poverty advocates warn.
“With one year and one final budget remaining in Ontario’s historic first poverty reduction strategy, we call on all … political parties to commit to fulfilling the first poverty reduction target,” they say in their fourth annual progress report being released Tuesday.

The provincial strategy, released in 2008, promised a broad range of measures to cut Ontario’s child poverty rate by 25 per cent within five years. They included an annual child benefit of up to $1,310 per child by next December. More than one million Ontarians live in poverty, including about one in every seven children and teens.

11 comments about this article
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1297127#comments

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

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

5. Fall 2012 Session of the National Housing Research Committee (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) - posted December 4

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

Fall 2012 Session of the National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current
The Fall 2012 NHRC session was held from November 5-7, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.
The links below will take you to the separate sections for each of the working groups (and one link to the full committee).
Each section includes a brief overview of one particular working group session at the Fall 2012 meeting, along with links to videos by each presenter and to related meeting documents. The duration of the videos varies from 20 minutes to an hour or so.

Full Committee (no video)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/full-committee

Distinct Needs Working Group (5 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/distinct-needs-wg

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

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

Sustainable Working Group (4 videos)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/current/sustainable-wg

Previous Meetings
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/meeting/previous-meetings

Source:
National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)
http://nhrc-cnrl.ca/en/
[ See also : http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/whwedo/crviheco/crviheco_002.cfm ]

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

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

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

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

6. New from Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
--- Ontario's plan to reduce child poverty by 25% by 2013 : How are we doing? - December 3
--- In Search of Child Care : Hennessy's Index for December 2012

Reducing child poverty in Ontario by 25% by 2013 : How are we doing? - December 3

December 4 marks the fourth anniversary
of Ontario's promise to reduce child poverty by 25% by 2013.
(video, duration 2:47)
http://ontarionewswatch.com/onw-news.html?id=448
December 3, 2012
In this video, Trish Hennessy (Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario Office) argues that a boost in the minimum wage would really help get us there.

Also from Trish Hennessy:

In Search of Child Care
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/search-child-care
Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number
By Trish Hennessy
December 1, 2012
This month's Hennessy's Index look at the shortage of affordable regulated child care in this country.
* includes a link to the source of each point raised in Hennessy's Index

A few excerpts:

* 3 million : Number of Canadian moms of children aged 12 or younger who work in the paid labour force.
* 78.2 : Percentage of children under the age of six in Canada who don't have the option of regulated child care because there aren't enough spaces to go around.
* 3 : Number of hours between Stephen Harper’s first swearing in as Prime Minister of Canada in 2006 and his cancellation of the Liberals’ nascent national child care program.
* $1.50 to $3 : Estimated return on investment for every dollar spent on early childhood education, according to the TD Bank. It’s an even greater return for children from disadvantaged families.

Earlier issues of Hennessy's Index:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/index

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

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

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

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

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, November 2012
- December 7
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, third quarter 2012
- December 7
--- Study: Growth of Large Firms in Canada, 2001 to 2008
- December 7
--- Homicide in Canada, 2011
- December 4
--- Study: Years to retirement, 1998 to 2009
- December 4
--- Income of immigrants, 1980 to 2010
- December 4
--- The Impact of Involuntary Breaks in Employment and Level of Education on the Timing of Retirement
- December 4
--- Study: Reconciling Canadian-U.S. measures of household disposable income and household debt - December 3

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

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December 7, 2012
Labour Force Survey, November 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121207/dq121207a-eng.htm
Following little change in October, employment rose by 59,000 in November, the result of an increase in full-time work. The unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%.

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December 7, 2012
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, third quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121207/dq121207b-eng.htm
The labour productivity of Canadian businesses fell 0.5% in the third quarter, following a 0.6% decline the previous quarter. It was the second consecutive decrease after three quarterly gains.

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December 7, 2012
Study: Growth of Large Firms in Canada, 2001 to 2008
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121207/dq121207c-eng.htm
Large businesses, those with 500 employees or more, made the biggest contribution to the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) in Canada's business sector between 2001 and 2008 .

StatCan Note : "This paper examines the contribution of small, medium-sized, and large businesses to the Canadian economy from 2001 to 2008. While past studies measured contributions in terms of employment, this paper presents contributions in terms of gross domestic product."

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December 4, 2012
Homicide in Canada, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121204/dq121204a-eng.htm
Police reported 598 homicides in Canada in 2011, 44 more than the year before. This was the first increase in homicides in three years.

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December 4, 2012
Study: Years to retirement, 1998 to 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121204/dq121204b-eng.htm
Canadians aged 50 and over are working later and delaying retirement, regardless of their level of education. However, because of a shorter life expectancy, the less-educated are likely to spend fewer years in retirement.

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December 4, 2012
Income of immigrants, 1980 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121204/dq121204d-eng.htm

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December 4, 2012
Labour Statistics: Research Papers: "The Impact of Involuntary Breaks in Employment and Level of Education on the Timing of Retirement"
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-004-m/75-004-m2012001-eng.htm

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December 3, 2012
Study: Reconciling Canadian-U.S. measures of household disposable income and household debt
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121203/dq121203a-eng.htm
This analytical document provides guidance to data users who wish to undertake a comparative analysis of the disposable income and credit market debt of the Canadian and the U.S. household sectors.



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 ]

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

December 9, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

In search of child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/search-child-care
4 Dec 2012 | Canada
"78.2 - Percentage of children under the age of six in Canada who don't have the option of regulated child care because there aren't enough spaces to go around". The December edition of Hennessy's Index tells the story of the 40 year search for a national child care program in Canada.

Child care workers face serious challenges
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/child-care-workers-face-serious-challenges
5 Dec 2012 | Nova Scotia
CBC Radio Nova Scotia interviews chair of the Nova Scotia Childcare Association, Kathleen Couture who argues that early childhood educator's lost wages are subsidizing the cost of child care for families. A link to the response from Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse is also available.

PEI early learning framework: Relationships, environments, experiences
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/pei-early-learning-framework-relationships-environments-exp
5 Dec 2012 | Prince Edward Island
Curriculum Framework of the Preschool Excellence Initiative written by Kathleen Flanagan states that the "successful implementation of the curriculum framework will require – in addition to appropriate resources and physical environments – the involvement of early childhood educators with a strong foundation in early childhood education and development, and strong pedagogical leadership from directors of Early Years Centres".

Championing Children's Rights: A global study of independent human rights institutions for children - summary report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/championing-childrens-rights-global-study-independent-human
5 Dec 2012 | International
The UNICEF Office of Research describes how independent institutions advocating for children's rights are "key players in promoting systems that are effective in delivering results for children".

We can work it out: Parental employment in London
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/we-can-work-it-out-parental-employment-london
5 Dec 2012 | Europe
Report from the Child Poverty Action Group in London, England aims to "demonstrate that progress can be made to help more parents in London access employment, and [lays] out the policy options for those in central, regional and local government who are committed to this goal".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/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.

Britain stands at equality crossroads, according to landmark report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/britain-stands-equality-crossroads-according-landmark-report
5 Dec 2012 | Europe

Responsibility for child care belongs to all of us
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/responsibility-child-care-belongs-all-us
5 Dec 2012 | British Columbia

Early years funding should focus on poorest families, Ofsted says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/early-years-funding-should-focus-poorest-families-ofsted-says
4 Dec 2012 | Europe

Childminders fight back over Ofsted claims
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/childminders-fight-back-over-ofsted-claims
4 Dec 2012 | Europe

Improve daycare supervision rules, coroners say
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/improve-daycare-supervision-rules-coroners-say
4 Dec 2012 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009, check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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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
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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

9. 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:
(older external links may be broken)

December 7, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/07/
November 2012 US Unemployment (2 articles)
States and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)
Prisoner Re-entry Program – Alaska

December 6, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/06/
Poverty in Saudi Arabia
Chronic Homelessness – California

December 5, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/05/
States and Medicaid Expansion
States Extending the School Year (2 articles)

December 4, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/04/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Extension of Jobless Benefits (2 articles)

December 3, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/03/
Child Welfare Privatization – Nebraska

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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

10. 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)
Latest issue:

5 December 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1305
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4501
In this issue:
Observance of three international days
- World AIDS Day
- International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Albania
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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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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Ten Civil Servants

Ten civil servants standing in a line,
One of them was downsized - then there were nine.
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Nine civil servants who must negotiate,
One joined the union - then there were eight.
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Eight civil servants thought they were in heaven,
'Til one of them was redeployed - then there were seven.
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Seven civil servants, their jobs as safe as bricks,
But one was reclassified - then there were six.

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Six civil servants trying to survive,
One of them was privatised - then there were five.

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Five civil servants ready to give more,
But one golden handshake reduced them to four.

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Four civil servants full of loyalty,
Their jobs were all advertised - then there were three.
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Three civil servants under review,
One left on secondment - then there were two.
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Two civil servants coping on the run,
One went on stress leave - then there was one.
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The last civil servant agreed to relocate,
Replaced by 10 consultants at twice the hourly rate.

Source:
http://www.joke-archives.com/poetry/10civilservants.html


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And, in closing...

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"All I Want for Christmas Is You" : Mariah Carey and Jimmy Fallon get their Christmas groove on! (video, duration 3:36)
http://www.dump.com/classroominstruments/
Watch for the scene-stealing little popup chorus girls in the foreground (especially the second from the left - what a cutie!) starting at 1:03.

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"Ain't No Sunshine" (video, duration 6:17)
...like ya never heard it:
http://www.wimp.com/mansunshine/
By Matt Andersen
http://www.stubbyfingers.ca/

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Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground"
(video, various artists, duration 4:53)
http://www.wimp.com/worldsing/

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Thou shat not commit logical fallacies
(Sub-title : Conservative Party of Canada Policy Manual)
http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/
A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning.
Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.
Roll over the icons on the home page and click for definitions and examples. If you see someone committing a fallacy online, link them to their fallacy e.g. yourlogicalfallacyis.com/strawman.

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Got some time to kill?
http://www.killsometime.com/

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Desperate times call for desperate measures:
http://imgur.com/r/pics/RxY3o

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