Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 10, 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 2,617 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. Social Assistance Caseloads in Ontario in Modest Decline (By John Stapleton and Anne Tweddle) - February 2013
2. Seniors forced to get [income] tax forms from the post office receiving poor service (CARP + John Stapleton) - February 6
3. Tax Fairness News : Winter 2013
(Canadians for Tax Fairness) - February 8
4.
Recent releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Guiding principles for social policy budgets - February 2013
--- As the fiscal chill thaws: social policy ideas for the medium term - January 2013
5. How Canada Performs, 2011
(Conference Board of Canada) - February 2013
6. Idle No More and the Harper Government™ : An Update - February 9
7. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for February 4, 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
8. British Columbia Social Housing Coalition
9. JusticeNet : "Making Justice more Accessible to Canadians"
10. Employment Insurance claimants are “bad guys”: Minister Diane Finley (Straight Goods) - February 4
11.What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

--- Labour Force Survey, January 2013 - February 8
--- Postcensal estimates of population for census divisions, census metropolitan areas and economic regions, July 1, 2012 - February 6
--- New Products : Census year 2011 (age, sex, legal marital status, language) - February 5
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [U.S.] Off the Charts (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Blog) - February 8
15. 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. Social Assistance Caseloads in Ontario in Modest Decline - February 2013
(By John Stapleton and Anne Tweddle)

February 2013
By John Stapleton and
Anne Tweddle in Open Policy:

Social Assistance Caseloads in Ontario in Modest Decline (Powerpoint presentation)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Social-Assistance-Caseloads-in-Ontario-in-Modest-Decline.pptx
Revised February 2013
(...) First net decline in the number of beneficiaries of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) in at least 150 consecutive months (perhaps longer)
NOTE : This file contains graphic charts only - no numbers. See the next link below for tables with all the numbers...

Unemployment rates and the percentage of the population
in Ontario receiving social assistance from 1981 to 2012
(Excel spreadsheet)
Revised February 2013
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Ontario-unemployment-and-SA-rates-1981-to-2008-2009-monthly-to-December-2012.xlsx

Source:
Open Policy
(John Stapleton's website)
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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Related links from the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services:
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/index.aspx

* Ontario Disability Support Program Statistical Report
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/reports/odsp_quarterly.aspx
(The link is to the current report --- for earlier reports, click "Reports" in the left margin of the page)

* Ontario Works Statistical Report
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/reports/ow_quarterly.aspx
(The link is to the current report --- for earlier reports, click "Reports" in the left margin of the page)

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

2. Seniors forced to get [income] tax forms from the post office receiving poor service - February 6
(CARP + John Stapleton)

From the
Winnipeg Free Press:
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/

Taxman won't go back to routinely mailing income tax forms: minister
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/taxman-wont-go-back-to-routinely-mailing-out-income-tax-forms-minister-189253881.html
January 31, 2013
OTTAWA - A major seniors' group called on the government Thursday to return to routinely mailing income tax forms but the minister in charge she doesn't plan to take that step. National Revenue Minister Gail Shea brushed off concerns raised by the opposition and a seniors' group that the new system isn't fair. "The way that Canadians file their taxes is changing and we are changing to meet those needs," Shea said.

Physical forms can still be picked up at post offices and Service Canada centres, or requested over the phone. But the decision to abandon the proactive mailings forces the millions who filed on paper last year to scramble to get a form, said Susan Eng, vice president of advocacy for CARP, an organization representing people over 50.
The organization wrote a formal protest letter to the minister on Thursday.

More than eight million Canadians filed on paper last year, she said.

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From CARP, two articles about the
Harper Government™ decision to
eliminate the paper income tax form:

“We have not received a valid entry – Goodbye”
http://www.carp.ca/2013/02/08/we-have-not-received-a-valid-entry-goodbye/
February 8, 2013
Guest author John Stapleton (noted writer, professor, policy analyst, advocate, CARP member) writes about the tax form change and the abolition of the Telefile service.

Seniors forced to get tax forms from the post office receiving poor service
http://www.carp.ca/2013/02/08/seniors-forced-to-get-tax-forms-from-the-post-office-receiving-poor-service/
Editorial
February 8, 2013
As predicted, the CRA’s sudden and ill-advised shift in tax-form policy has created issues for everyone involved – but seniors and those who are mobility-challenged seem to be getting the worse of it. CARP recently issued an open-letter to Minister of Revenue Gail Shea, requesting the CRA reverse the decision and mail out tax form to those who submitted by mail last year as well as accommodate those who used the Telefile service – now also defunct. The Minister refused to consider CARP’s proposal saying that “the way Canadians file their taxes is changing and we are changing to meet those needs…”
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By John Stapleton:
“Yesterday, I did a tour of local postal outlets and found all of the small ones to be out of the tax package – some had copies of the guide still available. Handmade signs ask people to come back on February 15th…
When I went to the large post office in the Atrium at Dundas and Yonge [ in Toronto], I witnessed a scene that has doubtless been repeated over and again. An elderly gentleman with a decided limp lined up in front of me and asked for the tax forms that had been (now) brought behind the counter.
He said he needed one for himself and his wife.
“Sorry” the clerk said “Only one per customer”.
The man said he needed one for his wife and he had a hard time getting around.
“Sorry – I told you – one per customer” (...)
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This story perfectly illustrates the additional anxiety and grief the CRA is causing some seniors in the middle of the tax-season without warning. The Minister says the CRA is trying to better serve Canadians – are people who cannot file online not also Canadians? Then why should they be mistreated while trying to fulfill their civic duties?

Source:
CARP
http://www.carp.ca/
CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination.

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- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

3. Tax Fairness News : Winter 2013 - February 8
(Canadians for Tax Fairness)

Tax Fairness News : Winter 2013 (PDF - 380K,4 pages)
http://www.taxfairness.ca/sites/taxfairness.ca/files/pdf/newsletter_feb_2013.pdf

February 8, 2013
Canadians for Tax Fairness is gearing up to make some real progress on tax fairness in 2013. In addition to continuing our Tackle Tax Havens campaign, we will be rolling out a new campaigns on closing tax loopholes as well as supporting provincial tax fairness campaigns. We will keep you informed and hope we can count on your continuing support.
There is a lot happening on tax fairness across the country and around the world.
Contents (including links to further info):
* New Brunswick * Newfoundland and Labrador * Nova Scotia * Alberta * British Columbia * Ontario
* The Great Revenue Robbery (book release, April 2013)
* And Speaking of Fairness…..
* The Robin Hood Tax
* What did corporate tax cuts deliver?
* Church Group (KAIROS) Promotes Tax Reform for Equity and Sustainability
* Parliament Turns Attention to Tax Havens
* Let’s Keep Working!

Tax Fairness E-newsletter Archive
http://www.taxfairness.ca/page/resources
- includes links to seven earlier newsletters going back to May 2011
- also includes links to (1) info about must-read books, (2) articles, videos and links of interest, and (3) other tax fairness organizations and campaigns

Source:
Canadians for Tax Fairness
http://www.taxfairness.ca/
The mission of Canadians for Tax Fairness is to build a national campaign to promote fair taxation. We support the development and implementation of a tax system, based on ability to pay, to fund the comprehensive, high-quality network of public services and programs required to meet our social, economic and environmental needs in the 21st century.

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Also from
Canadians for Tax Fairness:

Ten Big Reasons to Feel Good About Taxes
http://www.taxfairness.ca/page/10-big-reasons-feel-good-about-taxes?
[My favourite : "taxes are the price we pay for the Canada we love." Gilles]

96 more everyday reasons to feel good about taxes
http://www.taxfairness.ca/page/here-are-another-96-everyday-reasons-feel-good-about-taxes
- reasons like : governors-general - access to information - adoption records - critical infrastructure protection - airbag safety - fisheries - elections - pensions - money-minting - aviation museums - polar ice-watching - police college - social assistance - unemployment insurance - autopsies - ferries - bingo permits...

Related link:

Canada's Quiet Bargain:
The benefits of public spending
(PDF - 1.3MB, 40 pages)
April 2009
By Hugh Mackenzie and Richard Shillington

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

4. Recent releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
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Guiding principles for social policy budgets - February 2013
--- As the fiscal chill thaws: social policy ideas for the medium term - January 2013

Guiding principles for social policy budgets (PDF - 36K, 4 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1004ENG.pdf
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
February 2013
This commentary discusses three core principles that should guide the development of social policy measures in government Budgets:
1. Social program expenditures play a vital economic role because they act as both shock absorbers and fiscal stimulus. Rather than a drain on the economy, social programs have been crucial in ensuring that Canada’s economy has remained reasonably stable throughout the recent turbulence.
2. Maintaining and improving social programs can be equally important for the economic recovery. There is room for spending on new measures or improvements to existing programs by reassigning expenditure away from measures and programs that primarily benefit high-income Canadians or that are not warranted by current evidence.
3. Even in tough economic times, it is possible to introduce fundamental reforms through new measures or substantial modifications to existing programs. So long as the aim of fundamental reform is well articulated and a clear pathway toward its attainment is laid out, it is possible to reach the end goal through a series of incremental steps.

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As the fiscal chill thaws: social policy ideas for the medium term (PDF - 32K, 2 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1003ENG.pdf
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
January 2013
Right now, Canada’s economic outlook remains uncertain. But as the economy begins to recover, as it eventually will, our fiscal situation will gradually improve.
This commentary argues that we need to begin now to develop well thought-out ideas for social policy reform. It sets out 12 areas for future social investments by the federal government, including increases to the Canada Child Tax Benefit and enhancements to the adequacy and coverage of the Working Income Tax Benefit.
The paper recognizes that it is not possible to introduce major changes in all 12 areas at the same time. It argues, instead, for an incremental approach in which gradual steps are taken toward the achievement of fundamental reforms.

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.

Caledon's Publications list
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Search/By%20Date/
ATTENTION WELFARE HISTORIANS: This link will give you access to hundreds of Caledon reports, commentaries, literature reviews, papers, etc., going all the way back to 1993. This collection includes invaluable historical information on a wide range of topics, including the transition from the Canada Assistance Plan to the Canada Health and Social Transfer, Ontario's workfare experiment under Mike Harris, disability issues, education, taxation, poverty reduction, social policy and the federal government, and much more.
Recommended resource!

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

5. How Canada Performs, 2011 - February 2013
(Conference Board of Canada)

Canada failing to close the income inequality gap
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1108475/canada-failing-to-close-the-income-inequality-gap
February 4, 2013
Canada has been unable to reverse the rise in income inequality - and poverty rates - that occurred in the 1990s. Low rankings on these social equity measures mar an otherwise solid "B" grade in The Conference of Canada's Society report card, released today.
Canada places 7th in the How Canada Performs: Society analysis, based on international data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
HIGHLIGHTS:
* Canada gets an overall "B" grade and ranks 7th of 17 countries
* One in seven Canadian children live in poverty.
* The 2008-09 financial crisis and recession increased the share of people in low income; elderly and working-age Canadians were most affected.

Source:
Canada Newswire
http://www.newswire.ca/en/index

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From the
Conference Board of Canada:

How Canada Performs 2011 : A Report Card on Canada
http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/default.aspx
How Canada Performs is a multi-year research program to help leaders identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada’s socio-economic performance.
The site has over 80 pages covering a wide number of indicators, including: · Employment · GDP Growth · Income Inequality · Patents per Population · Exports · Life Expectancy · University Completions and many more.
- includes an a
bstract of the report and a link to the complete report:
https://www.conferenceboard.ca/web/Login.aspx?ReturnURL=http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=4423
NOTE : The Conference Board of Canada "asks" visitors to register by creating a free e-Library account before downloading the report. If you really, really want to read this report, prepare to divulge the name of your organization and your job function along with your street address and telephone number and more. I value my privacy and I didn't give any of my personal and private information, so I couldn't download the report.
(!?&*@$^!!)
Pity...

Each indicator contains data from 17 countries:
* Australia * Austria * Belgium* Canada * Denmark * Finland * France * Germany * Ireland * Italy * Japan * Netherlands * Norway * Sweden * Switzerland *
United Kingdom * United States

Details and Analysis:
Categories and indicators

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details.aspx
- incl. links to ALL indicators under the following categories:
* Economy * Environment * Society * Health * Innovation * Education and Skills

Selected content from the
"Society" category:

Jobless Youth --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society/jobless-youth.aspx
Disabled income --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society/disabled-income.aspx
Elderly poverty --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society/elderly-poverty.aspx
Child poverty --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society/child-poverty.aspx
Working-age poverty --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society/working-age-poverty.aspx
Income inequality --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details/society/income-inequality.aspx
Intergenerational income mobility --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details/society/intergenerational-income-mobility.aspx
Social isolation --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details/society/social-isolation.aspx
Gender income gap --- http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details/society/gender-income-gap.aspx
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To access the links for the following categories, click "Details and analysis" above.
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Voter turnout
Confidence in parliament
Homicides
Burglaries
Assaults
Life satisfaction
Acceptance of diversity
Suicides

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Society : Key Messages and links
http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details/society.aspx
* Canada earns a “B” and ranks 7th out of 17 peer countries in the Society report card. Canada’s middle-of-the-pack ranking means it is not living up to its reputation or its potential.
* Canada’s social performance has remained a “B” over the last two decades.
* Canada’s “D” grade on the poverty rate for working-age people, and its “C” grades on child poverty, income inequality and gender equity are troubling for a wealthy country.
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NOTE : When the U.N. Rapporteur on Food Security said pretty much the same thing recently about poverty and inequality in pretty much the same words in May 2012 [ http://goo.gl/15eP9 ], senior federal ministers called him "a bit patronizing" and "ill-informed."
So is the Conference Board of Canada also "a bit patronizing" and "ill-informed"??

Source:
How Canada Performs 2011 : A Report Card on Canada

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/default.aspx
Conference Board of Canada

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/
The Conference Board builds leadership capacity for a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy and organizational performance.

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From the
Toronto Star:
[
http://www.thestar.com/ ]

Conference Board findings on poverty, inequality should spur change: Editorial
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/02/05/conference_board_findings_on_poverty_inequality_should_spur_change_editorial.html
The Conference Board has just given Canada poor grades on dealing with poverty and income inequity, in its report card on How Canada Performs.
We can do better.

February 6, 2013
Canada may bask in its five-star image as a nation where the roads are paved with silver, if not gold. But for many of us the reality is less rosy, the Conference Board of Canada finds in its latest report on How Canada Performs. In fact, our national performance is downright “troubling for a wealthy country” when it comes to some key social indicators including the rich/poor gap, and the number of working-age adults and children living in poverty.
(...)
So what, then, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government focused on as Parliament resumes? Well, that would be Senate reform and yet more tough-on-crime laws, two issues that play to the party’s grassroots even though most Canadians worry more about jobs and the economy.

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From the
Ottawa Citizen:
[ http://www.ottawacitizen.com/ ]

Shared prosperity
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial+Shared+prosperity/7916841/story.html
February 4, 2013
Editorial
The wealthiest one per cent get a lot of attention these days, but the real cause for concern is a bigger group of people, down at the bottom of the income spectrum. Beyond Canada’s simple humanitarian duty to make sure all its citizens have access to the necessities of life, there are real social and economic consequences when skills and opportunities are out of reach for many.

So the latest “How Canada Performs” report from the Conference Board of Canada, which focuses on “Society,” should give policy-makers something to consider. It gives Canada a “D” grade on working-age poverty, and a “C” on child poverty and income inequality. Those grades reflect Canada’s performance relative to 16 of its “peer countries” in the developed world. Poverty among the elderly in Canada has actually risen more quickly than in the other age groups, but relative to our peer group, we’re doing well on that score...

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- Go to the Banks and Business Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

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

6. Idle No More and the Harper Government™ : An Update - February 9

From the Georgia Straight (Vancouver):
http://www.straight.com/

First Nations leaders: Canada must obey international law
http://www.straight.com/news/349591/first-nations-leaders-canada-must-obey-international-law
By Charlie Smith
February 6, 2013
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Chief Doug White of BC's Snuneymuxw First Nation stated that the UN declaration recognizes that decisions affecting the rights of indigenous people must be done with their “free, prior, and informed consent”. And he claimed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is “incorrect” when he claims that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is not enforceable in Canada.

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From rabble.ca:
http://rabble.ca/

Common Causes: Human rights policies eroding under Harper government
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/maude-barlow/2013/01/common-causes-human-rights-policies-eroding-under-stephen-harper
By Maude Barlow
January 29, 2013
(...)
While no one is laying blame for the chronic conditions of poverty and poor living standards of First Nations communities on the doorstep of one party or government, the Harper government abandoned the 2006 Kelowna Accord and with it, a whole host of programs to address issues of aboriginal health, addictions, youth suicide, fetal alcohol syndrome, maternal health and child care, and others.

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From
Canadian Lawyer Magazine:
http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/

Idle no more 'has it right': LaForme
http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/legalfeeds/1302/idle-no-more-has-it-right-laforme.html
By Yamri Taddese
8 February 2013
The Idle No More movement “has it right,” said Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Harry LaForme in a speech at the OBA Institute’s Aboriginal law session.
Justice Harry LaForme says a reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians should allow for equality. (Photo: Yamri Taddese)
Aboriginal Canadians continue to be treated as “wards of the state,” said LaForme, the first Aboriginal appellate judge in Canada, in an impassioned speech yesterday.
“In law, a ward is someone placed under the protection of a legal guardian. The state takes responsibility for the legal protection of an individual, usually a child or an incapacitated person,” he said. “In Canada, the Indian Act is the central tool by which the federal government rendered itself the authority, under s. 91(24), to completely manage the affairs of Indians, thus making hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people wards of the federal state.”

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From
Canada Without Poverty:
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

We Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder with Idle No More
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/2013/02/we-stand-shoulder-to-shoulder-with-idle-no-more/
February 5, 2013

Aboriginal peoples disproportionately experience poverty, inadequate housing and homelessness, hunger and ill health.
(...)
While Canada ranks 6th in the world on the United Nations Human Development Index (which lists countries in terms of life expectancy, education and a decent standard of living), when the measure is applied to First Nations, our ranking plummets to about 68th, near Kazakhstan and Albania. This is reflected in Canada by alarming statistics. The unemployment rate for aboriginal peoples is twice the national average; close to 40 per cent of aboriginal women are poor; one in four First Nations children live in poverty (whereas the national average is one in seven); compared to other Canadians, First Nations’ homes are 90 times more likely to be without running water, and twice as likely to be overcrowded compared to other households in Canada. We could go on. Across the board, when it comes to socio-economic standards, aboriginal peoples are worse off than most people in Canada.
(...)
Our international human rights obligations are more urgent than ever particularly as the global financial outlook remains turbulent, and as there is a tendency to blame the disadvantaged for their own misfortune. We need to remember that we know better, and then we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with Idle No More and do better.

Source:
Leilani Farha is executive director of Canada Without Poverty.
[ http://www.cwp-csp.ca/ ]
Laurel Rothman is national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000: End Child Poverty in Canada. [ http://www.campaign2000.ca/ ]
Rita Morbia is executive director of Inter Pares. [ http://www.interpares.ca/en/ ]
Shelagh Day is director of the Poverty and Human Rights Centre. [ http://povertyandhumanrights.org/ ]
John Fraser is executive director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation. [ http://www.equalityrights.org/cera/ ]

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Related links:

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (168K, 18 pages)
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf
March 2008
Source:
United Nations

http://www.un.org/

Idle No More
http://idlenomore.ca/

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

7. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for February 4, 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Media and Policy News for 4 February 2013
http://goo.gl/AezbU

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

Top Stories

* Keeping more earnings would help mom on OW; Wynne's social justice commitment must ensure poverty reduction trumps deficit reduction
* Wynne says she won’t be like McGuinty; names social programs as priorities
* The UK’s employability test for people with disabilities: Not a good model for Ontario
* Three things to look for in social assistance reform
* Hamilton reminds us that a “rational methodology” for social assistance benefit rates has already been created
* Local Cottage Country resident, Francis Lankin, sees her social assistance review report gaining some traction
* Employment equity: Ensuring everyone gets an equal shot at decent work
* Canada falling behind on poverty, inequality, says Conference Board report (CBC - CTV - Globe + link to the report

Musings on Ontario Politics

* Is Wynne’s win the dawn of a new politics in Ontario?
* After the “massive coup staged by women” premiers, will we have different politics and policy?
* Canada Without Poverty comments on Wynne’s positions on social programs
* Steve Paikin speculates

Reports and Other Goodies

* Andrew Jackson on taxation, fairness, and revenue generation
* A good reminder from Trish Hennessy that Ontario is not Greece and austerity doesn’t produce prosperity
* Why the rich don’t want to talk about inequality, and why the 99% do
* New report on the problems that people who are homeless and employed experience with employment
* Some numbers on the dominance of the 1% - another Trish Hennessy goodie!

Around the Province

* JusticeNet brings legal advice to those in the middle
* Food insecurity a big problem in Belleville
Bedbugs torment Hamiltonians residing in social housing

Across the Country

* Food bank in Victoria, BC says food banks are a band aid solution to poverty

National

* Illness and disability are forcing Canadians to deplete their retirement savings

International

* Recovery College helps people who are homeless in London, UK
* The Guardian has a new series to engage people being affected by UK welfare reform to tell their stories

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but doesn't include 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

8. British Columbia Social Housing Coalition

British Columbia Social Housing Coalition
http://www.socialhousingbc.com/
The Social Housing Coalition is a non-partisan, volunteer coalition spanning Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and reaching out to the rest of British Columbia. We are a grassroots coalition comprised of those impacted by the current housing crisis, and we are determined to make social housing a major issue in the upcoming provincial election and beyond. You can participate in this popular movement for social housing in a number of ways.

Stand up to fight for social Housing and Rent Control in the 2013 BC election (PDF - 2.1MB, 2 pages)
http://www.socialhousingbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/STANDS4social_housing.pdf

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

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

9. JusticeNet

JusticeNet --- "Making Justice more Accessible to Canadians"
http://www.justicenet.ca/
JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. The professionals found on this site have agreed to devote a portion of their practice to qualifying clients at reduced fees. Participating professionals include licensed lawyers, mediators and paralegals.

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Related link from the
Toronto Star:
http://www.thestar.com/

JusticeNet is bringing affordable justice to all
Half of Canadians can’t afford a lawyer. Volunteers have found a solution, but governments refuse to contribute a penny.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/columnists/2013/02/01/justicenet_is_bringing_affordable_justice_to_all_goar.html
By Carol Goar
(...)
Anyone whose net family income is less than $59,000 qualifies for the service. Participating lawyers charge $100 to $150 per hour (compared with a market rates ranging from $243 per hour for a junior lawyer to $438 per hour for a veteran, according to Canadian Lawyer magazine.) JusticeNet’s paralegals charge between $40 and $80 per hour. Some of its professionals will waive their fees for clients who can’t afford even the reduced rate.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

10. Employment Insurance claimants are “bad guys”: Minister Diane Finley - February 4
(Straight Goods)

EI claimants are “bad guys”: Diane Finley
http://sgnews.ca/2013/02/05/ei-claimants-are-bad-guys-finley/
Resources minister slags unemployed as inequality rises, poverty increases.

February 4, 2013
B
y Samantha Bayard and Ish Theilheimer
OTTAWA, Straight Goods News, : Although Canada's social report card ranking has been dragged down down by poverty and inequality among children and working aged adults, Canada's human resource minister has called EI claimants "bad guys."
Last Friday, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley outraged the opposition and organized labour in a response to Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain, NDP), who condemned the Conservatives for reducing EI eligibility at a time of widespread job cuts. "With respect to the employment insurance program," Finley replied, "It is very important to note that, once again, the NDP is supporting the bad guys."

- includes a four-minute video of NDP Finance Critic Peggy Nash, who says that the Conservatives are ignoring the crisis of income inequality.

Source:
Straight Goods News

http://sgnews.ca/
"An alternative source of progressive news and commentary"

Recommended resource:
Straight Goods News Archives
- links to THOUSANDS of media links going back to the early 2000s
http://www.straightgoods.ca/Services/Search.cfm

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, January 2013 - February 8
--- Postcensal estimates of population for census divisions, census metropolitan areas and economic regions, July 1, 2012 -
February 6
--- New Products : Census year 2011 (age, sex, legal marital status, language)
- February 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 ]

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February 8, 2013
Labour Force Survey, January 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130208/dq130208a-eng.htm
Following two months of gains, employment decreased slightly in January (-22,000). A decline in the number of people looking for work pushed the unemployment rate down 0.1 percentage points to 7.0%.
* See Labour Force Information:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=71-001-X&lang=eng

[Click "View" for latest issue.]

February 6, 2013
Postcensal estimates of population for census divisions, census metropolitan areas and economic regions, July 1, 2012
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0046..051-0054&p2=31
Annual demographic estimates by age and sex for census divisions, census metropolitan areas and economic regions as of July 1, 2012 are now available. Revised estimates as of July 1, for the years 2007 to 2011, are also available.

Annual Demographic Estimates: Subprovincial Areas, 2007 to 2012
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=91-214-X&lang=eng
[Click "View" for latest issue.]

Available in CANSIM: tables 051-0046 to 051-0054
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0046..051-0054&p2=31

Related subjects:

Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3867&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Population estimates and projections
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3433&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

February 5, 2013
New Products : Census year 2011 (age, sex, legal marital status, language)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130205/pn130205-eng.htm
Recent releases:
--- Age and Sex for the Population of Canada and Forward Sortation Areas
--- Presence of Children, Number of Children at Home and Census Family Structure for the Census Families in Private Households of Canada and Forward Sortation Areas
--- Legal Marital Status, Common-law Status, Age Groups and Sex for the Population 15 Years and over of Canada and Forward Sortation Areas, 2011 Census
--- Census Profile - Age, Sex, Marital Status, Families, Households, Dwellings and Language for Canada and Forward Sortation Areas, 2011 Census
--- Mother Tongue, Age Groups and Sex for the Population of Canada and Forward Sortation Areas, 2011 Census
--- Detailed Mother Tongue, Knowledge of Official Languages, Age Groups and Sex for the Population Excluding Institutional Residents of Canada and Forward Sortation Areas
--- First Official Language Spoken, Detailed Language Spoken Most Often at Home, Age Groups and Sex for the Population Excluding Institutional Residents of Canada and Forward Sortation Areas



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

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

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

February 10, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

The state of early childhood education and care in Canada 2010: Trends and analysis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/state-early-childhood-education-and-care-canada-2010-trends
5 Feb 2013 | Canada
This document considers the ‘state of’ early childhood education and child care in Canada during the period 2008 – 2010, using cross-Canada and longitudinal data.

Attorney General of Canada vs. Fiona Ann Johnstone: Reasons for judgment and judgment
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/attorney-general-canada-vs-fiona-ann-johnstone-reasons-judg
6 Feb 2013 | Canada
The Honourable Mr. Justice Mandamin states "on the central questions, I conclude the Tribunal reasonably found parental childcare obligations comes within the scope and meaning of "family status" in the [Canadian Human Rights] Act".

How Canada performs: A report card on Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/how-canada-performs-report-card-canada
6 Feb 2013 | Canada
Conference Board of Canada reports that "Canada places 7th and gets a "B" grade in the Society report card. Despite the solid performance, high rates of poverty and a large gap in income between the rich and everyone else put stress on a society and on the economy. Rising poverty rates and greater income inequality can mean a weakening in labour force attachment and social cohesion".

Seven years and $15b gone: Nothing to show for the Universal Child Care Benefit
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/seven-years-and-15b-gone-nothing-show-universal-child-care-
5 Feb 2013 | Canada
Statement from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada "calls on all Members of the House of Commons-Opposition Parties and the Government of Canada-to act now to ensure that public funds are directed towards the services that children and families need"

Introduction: change and continuity in recent family policies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/introduction-change-and-continuity-recent-family-policies
5 Feb 2013 | International
Introduction from a special issue of the Journal of European Social Policy that aims to explain "the varied degrees and forms of family policy activism in mature welfare states of Western liberal democracies".

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.

Court ruling highlights shortage of child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/court-ruling-highlights-shortage-child-care
8 Feb 2013 | Alberta

Men stand out as daycare workers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/men-stand-out-daycare-workers
7 Feb 2013 | Ontario

Rise in for-profit child care is a cause for concern: expert
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/rise-profit-child-care-cause-concern-expert
6 Feb 2013 | Canada

Childcare should cost $10/day, boards urge
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/childcare-should-cost-10day-boards-urge
6 Feb 2013 | British Columbia

Federal court rules employers must accommodate workers' child-care needs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/federal-court-rules-employers-must-accommodate-workers-child-care-ne
6 Feb 2013 | Canada

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

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CRRU Archive

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

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 will be archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

13. 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)

February 8, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/08/
States and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)
Kids Count Report – West Virginia (2 articles)

February 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/07/
Child Welfare System – Colorado

February 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/06/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)

February 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/05/
Section 8 Housing – Oregon
Foster Care Program – Arizona

February 4, 2013 (2 articles)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/04/
Joblessness and Unemployment

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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

14. [United States] Off the Charts (CBPP Blog) - February 8
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - CBPP)

Off the Charts (CBPP Blog) - February 8
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - CBPP)

Selected content from the
latest issue of Off the Charts,
the CBPP blog:
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/

On state budgets and taxes, Jon Shure explained why millionaires are unlikely to leave California as a result of a recent tax increase.
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tax-hike-wont-drive-millionaires-from-california/

On health reform, Sarah Lueck noted that federal tax credits will help keep insurance premium costs down for young adults.
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/new-tax-credits-blunt-insurance-premium-increases-for-young-adults/

On safety net programs, we highlighted Robert Greenstein’s commentary on how the safety net lifts millions of Americans out of poverty and has positive long-term effects especially for low-income children.
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/greenstein-safety-net-lifts-millions-out-of-poverty-and-has-positive-long-term-effects/

On Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit cuts, Stacy Dean illustrated the serious hardship that an impending benefit cut will likely cause for some program participants.
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/snap-beneficiaries-face-a-food-cliff-in-november/

We also issued a paper on impending SNAP benefit cuts.
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3899

[ Related link:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap ]

On the Child Tax Credit (CTC), Chuck Marr noted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s praise for CTC and explained that making recent improvements to the CTC and the Earned Income Tax Credit permanent would improve the lives of working families.
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/working-family-tax-credits-deserve-bipartisan-praise-and-action/

On the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, we outlined LaDonna Pavetti’s presentation at the Center for American Progress on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and explained the important improvements to the EITC and CTC that Congress extended through 2017.
* http://www.offthechartsblog.org/building-a-better-tanf-program/
* http://www.offthechartsblog.org/important-improvements-to-two-key-tax-credits-explained/

On the effectiveness of the safety net, we issued Robert Greenstein’s commentary on the effectiveness of the safety net and Jared Bernstein’s congressional testimony on the importance of investing in education as part of growing the economy.
* http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3898
* http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3897

Finally, we updated the following backgrounders:

* the number of weeks of unemployment benefits available in each state:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3164

* the ABCs of state budgets:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3067

* the federal-state unemployment insurance system:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1466

* policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3167

* climate-change legislation and low-income consumers:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3168

Source:
Off the Charts, the CBPP blog:
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - (CBPP)
http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

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

15. 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)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

6 February 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1313
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4578

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- States can exclude NGOs from UN meeting
- Calls for juvenile justice in youth offending
- Saudi preacher freed after rape and murder of his daughter
- Russia approves anti-gay "propaganda" bill
- Mexico reforms health law following damning report
- Uzbekistan forced over one million people into cotton harvest
- New international treaty fails to address child labour
- Corporal punishment in focus
- European Court rules against Roma discrimination
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Lithuania
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):

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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Twenty-Five Health & Medical Factoids to
Impress your Friends:

* The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.

* No one seems to know why people blush.

* In 1972, a group of scientists reported that you could cure the common cold by freezing the big toe.

* The number one cause of blindness in the United States is diabetes.

* The adult human heart weighs about ten ounces.

* People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don’t.

* People who have a tough time handling the stress of money woes are twice as likely to develop severe gum disease, a new study finds.

* Between 25% to 33% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.

* Of the 206 bones in the average human adult’s body, 106 are in the hands and feet. (54 in the hands and 52 in the feet)

* Approximately 16 Canadians have their appendices removed, when not required, every day.

* Men have more blood than women. Men have 1.5 gallons for men versus 0.875 gallons for women.

* The first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long. You made your own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.

* The human brain stops growing at the age of 18.

* In 1977, a 13 year old child found a tooth growing out of his left foot.

* It takes an interaction of 72 different muscles to produce human speech.

* The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat.

* Blood is red only in the arteries after it has left the heart and is full of oxygen. Blood is a purplish, blue color in the veins as it returns to the heart, thanks to having picked up carbon dioxide and other wastes from the body’s cells. In fact, your blood is red throughout only half your body. When cut, of course, the blood always appears red because it is instantly exposed to oxygen outside the body.

* Contrary to popular belief, hemophiliacs do NOT bleed to death from minor cuts. This rare disease, which affects only males (it is carried by females, but they don’t exhibit symptoms), involves an impairment in blood clotting—not an absolute inability to clot. Hemophiliacs today may take clotting serums and often lead fairly normal lives.

* During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.

* The average Human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid.

* You lose enough dead skin cells in your lifetime to fill eight five-pound flour bags.

* Your thumb is the same length as your nose.

* The storage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terrabytes.

* Although your system cannot digest gum like other foods, it won’t be stuck inside of you forever. It comes out with other waste your body can’t use.

* The substance that human blood resembles most closely in terms of chemical composition is sea water.

Source:
http://www.bloggingwv.com/things-few-people-know/

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And, in closing...

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Bugger the Bankers! (video, duration 3:50)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WSIUf2hD6Io

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Speed Painting : (video, duration 3:07)
http://www.wimp.com/waitlive/
Try to guess who or what the artist is painting before he finishes...

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Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. (video, duration 2:45)
http://www.dump.com/thetwist/
"It has a nice beat and it's easy to dance to. I'll give it an 87."
(This was the standard reply when Dick Clark would ask his young audience to rate a new tune that had just played.)

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1967: Walter Cronkite gives a tour of a 21st century home office (video, duration 1:33).
http://www.wimp.com/homeoffice/

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Michael Davis, Comedy Juggler (video, duration 9:04)
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=n6mbW-jMtrY
With Ron and Nancy Reagan in front row seats...

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Free Online Stopwatch - alarm clock - countdown timer
http://www.timer-tab.com/

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