Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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 2,626 subscribers.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.International Women's Day (IWD) 2013 - March 8
2. Alberta Budget 2013: Responsible Change - March 7
3. Where is BC's poverty reduction plan? Join the election campaign (BC Poverty Reduction Coalition) - March 5
4. Quebec welfare recipients face new eligibility rules (CBC News + Globe & Mail + CTV + ressources en français) - March 2
5. Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec : 2011 and 2012 Progress Report (Centre d'étude sur la pauvreté et l'exclusion) + version française - February 26
6. UN Rapporteur: Harper's agenda contributing to food insecurity in Canada (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food) - March 4
7. Restoring integrity to the budget process (Scott Clark and Peter DeVries - 3D Policy [blog] ) - March 5
8. Brigit's Notes (March 2013) --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit (Mars 2013) (Canadian Women's Health Network / Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes)
9. [Hamilton - Toronto] It’s More than Poverty : Employment Precarity and Household Well-being (United Way of Toronto) - February 2013
10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, February 2013 - March 8
--- Legal aid, 2011/2012 - March 7
--- Study: Living apart together - March 5

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

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S.] Divergent views on the minimum wage in the U.S. (Heritage Foundation and the Employment Policy Institute) - February/March 2013
14. [U.S.] Twenty-three Percent of America Is Illiterate (Online Colleges) - February 13
15. [U.S.] Food Hardship in America 2012 (Food Research and Action Center) - February 28
16. 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. International Women's Day (IWD) 2013 - March 8

From UN Women:
http://www.unwomen.org/

International Women’s Day: 8 March 2013
http://www.unwomen.org/how-we-work/csw/iwd2013/
- incl. links to the following sections:
The Issue | Media & Speeches | Webcasts | Official Documents | Side Events | Feature Stories | Videos | Photos | Michelle Bachelet | Participant voices | Partnerships | International Women’s Day | Join the Conversation
The 2013 theme for International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 8 March, is: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”

In Focus: CSW57 – Stop Violence against Women
http://www.unwomen.org/news-events/in-focus/csw57/
Taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013, the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) has the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” as its priority theme. It will focus on two key areas: prevention of violence and the provision of support services/responses to survivors of violence.

Source:
CSW57 - main page
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/57sess.htm
- incl. News and announcements - Bureau - Themes - Webcast - Organization of the session - Statements - General discussion - Interactive events - Agreed conclusions - Resolutions - Documentation - Participants - Side events - Preparations - Feature stories -

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From the
Status of Women Canada:

International Women's Day (IWD) 2013:
Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd-jif/index-eng.html
March 8, 2013
On International Women's Day, Canadians participate in a worldwide celebration of women, peace and human rights. Canada's theme for International Women's Day 2013 is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women.
(...) Canada's theme aligns with United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's theme for its 57th session, Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. The meeting will take place in New York from March 4 to 15, 2013.

Previous IWD themes - back to 2002
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd-jif/index-eng.html#tab7

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International Women's Day (IWD) 2013:
A global hub for sharing International Women's Day news, events and resources
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
- includes links to :
* Women's initiatives
* Events
* News * IWD Online
* Resources
* IWD Donations

This year's IWD 2013 events by country:

United Kingdom (428 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=221
United States of America (239 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=223
Australia (185 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=13
Canada (157 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=37
India (92 events) : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=98
More countries : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp

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

- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm

2. Alberta Budget 2013: Responsible Change - March 7

Alberta Budget 2013: Responsible Change
http://budget2013.alberta.ca/
March 7, 2013
Budget 2013 delivers the responsible change Albertans want and expect. The budget is a sensible fiscal plan that responds to the Bitumen Bubble. It builds a better Alberta by investing in families and communities, securing new markets for our resources, and ensuring we live within our means.

Building Alberta: Budget 2013 delivers responsible change
http://alberta.ca/acn/201303/33776467BA8EE-974B-B20F-52190B23D6EAA8DD.html
March 7, 2013
News release
Highlights:
* No increase to operating expense ($36.4 billion - same as 2012-13 forecast)
* No new taxes or tax rate increases
* Bitumen bubble drops non-renewable resource revenue to $7.3 billion
* $15 billion over three years for infrastructure projects
* WTI oil forecast of $92.50, WCS forecast of $68.21
* A new plan to set aside savings every year
* Economic growth forecast of 2.9 per cent in 2013

Budget 2013 Quick Links:

Budget 2013 Newsroom : http://budget2013.alberta.ca/newsroom/index.html
- includes News Releases - Charts and Graphs - Budget 2013 Fact Cards

Budget documents : http://budget2013.alberta.ca/details/index.html
- incl. Budget Documents - Business Plans - Estimates

Previous budgets : http://www.finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/

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Alberta Budget 2013 review and critique:

TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2013 Alberta Budget:

A Budget Plan to Convert Alberta's Fiscal Woes into Fiscal Fortunes (PDF - 656K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/ab2013.pdf
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There were three themes echoed in the budget: (1) to live within the government’s means; (2) to build the future of Alberta by investing in families and communities; and (3) to expand markets and get the highest possible return for Alberta’s resources. While the budget carried very few measures, each budget theme was highlighted in some manner. (...) While the 2013 budget season is still underway, Alberta could be one of the only Canadian governments to rely exclusively on spending restraint to restore fiscal health.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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From
Momentum Community Economic Development:
http://www.momentum.org/
(Calgary NGO)

Alberta Budget Sends Mixed Message to Vulnerable Albertans & Non-Profits
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/images/stories/documents/momentumbudgetresponse2013.pdf
March 8, 2013
Calgary - Momentum Community Economic Development is encouraged by the consultation process of the Social Policy Framework (SPF) but is surprised that the 2013 Alberta Budget made no mention of investing in poverty reduction. This is despite a strategy expected to be released later this year. The government has missed a major investment opportunity to reduce long-term costs to taxpayers by investing to prevent poverty in this budget. It is estimated that poverty costs Alberta between 7.1 and 9.5 billion dollars annually.

Related link:

Action to End Poverty in Alberta
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/
Action to End Poverty in Alberta is a non-profit initiative that works collaboratively with all levels of government, the community and with people experiencing poverty, to help develop and implement a comprehensive strategy and action plan to end poverty in Alberta.

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

Alberta borrowing $4.3B to make up budget shortfall
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2013/03/07/edmonton-alberta-budget2013.html
March 7, 2013
The Alberta government is facing a $1.97-billion deficit and is borrowing $4.3 billion to pay for capital projects and to make up what Finance Minister Doug Horner called a "cash requirement" of $6.3 billion in the 2013-14 provincial budget. The budget — unveiled Thursday in the face of a $6.2-billion loss in non-renewable resource revenues because of dropping oil prices — contains program cuts but no increase in expenditures and no new taxes.

875 comments about this article:
http://goo.gl/K2at6

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

3. Where is BC's poverty reduction plan? Join the election campaign - March 5
(
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition)

Where is BC's poverty reduction plan?
Join the election campaign

http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/2013/03/where-is-bcs-poverty-reduction-plan-join-the-election-campaign/
March 5, 2013
British Columbia has the highest poverty rate in Canada, and is now one of only two provinces left without a poverty reduction plan (the other province is Alberta). Now is the time to tell your political candidates you want to vote for strong leadership on poverty reduction.
If you’re concerned about low wages, low welfare rates, the housing crisis, skyrocketing child care fees, the inaccessibility of education, the lack of essential health care, and marginalized groups in BC come and join the conversation about what we can do to address these critical issues!

Register here for the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s webinar:
http://bit.ly/povreductionwebinar

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 19, from 12-1:30pm.

Community experts who will be taking part in the webinar:
- Ted Bruce, Public Health Association of BC
- Rita Chudnovsky, Child Care Advocates of BC
- Ivan Drury, Social Housing Coalition of BC
- Kathy Hartman, BC Teachers’ Federation
- Bill Hopwood, Raise the Rates
- Seth Klein, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC
- Gudrun Langolf, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC
- Robin Loxton, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
- Katie Marocchi, Canadian Federation of Students – BC
- Adrienne Montani, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
- Eyob Naizghi, MOSAIC

Source:
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/2013/03/

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

4. Quebec welfare recipients face new eligibility rules - March 2
(CBC News + Globe & Mail + CTV + ressources en français)

[ NOTA : La version française suit l'anglais ci-dessous. ]

Quebec welfare recipients face new eligibility rules - March 2
(CBC News + Globe & Mail + CTV + ressources en français)

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

Quebec welfare recipients face new eligibility rules
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/03/02/montreal-quebec-welfare-changes-bonus.html
March 2, 2013
The rules for some Quebec welfare recipients are about to get tougher under the Parti Québécois government. As it stands, a single-person household gets $604 a month on social assistance. For households with young children, or for individuals 55 years old and up, an extra $129 is normally tacked on. As of June 1, the bonus will jump to $195. However, couples with children under the age of five will have to register with Emploi Quebec for job-finding activities in order to qualify for a bonus. Additionally, the age of eligibility will be pushed to 58 from 55. No change is expected for single-parent households.

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NOTE : You'll find current welfare rules and contextual information from the
Government of Québec in this section of the Key Welfare Links page of this website:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm#qc_on
--- including links to key information about the Social Assistance Program, which grants last-resort financial assistance to people with no severely limited capacity for employment, and the Social Solidarity Program, which grants last-resort financial assistance to people with severely limited capacity for employment.
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From
The Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Quebec to trim welfare payments to young couples, older recipients
http://goo.gl/s5sF6
By Rhéal Séguin
March 7, 2013
(Quebec City) - The Quebec government is refusing to yield to pressure from women’s groups and anti-poverty advocates to scrap a proposal to reduce welfare payments to young couples and older workers. The proposed cuts would reduce benefits by $129 a month to welfare recipients aged between 55 and 58 years old who receive a supplement to compensate for difficulties finding new employment. Because women at that age often face discrimination in the job market, the measure is a blow to one of the most vulnerable groups in society, a coalition of women’s rights groups told Premier Pauline Marois on Thursday. The other proposed change would cut benefits to one of the partners in a couple if both receive welfare and have pre-school age children.

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From
CTV Montreal:
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/

Welfare groups denounce surprise changes to social assistance
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/welfare-groups-denounce-surprise-changes-to-social-assistance-1.1180595
March 4, 2013
Groups representing welfare recipients say they're angry and surprised over upcoming welfare cuts. Rallies took place Monday and over the weekend as the provincial government quietly announced changes to Quebec's welfare rules Friday that will come into effect June 1, affecting the close to 460,000 Quebecers on welfare.
As of that date, people aged 55 to 58 will see a $129 reduction in payments. Currently, people who are aged 55 receive an extra payment because employers are less likely to hire them. On June 1 the eligibility age for that bonus will be raised to 58. Other proposed changes include parents on welfare with children under the age of five. They will no longer receive the special allowance program, save for a few exceptions, including parents of children suffering from a disability, or if they are taking care of another ailing family member

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

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Liens vers des ressources pertinentes en français:

Nouvelles règles à l'aide sociale : manifestation à Québec (avec video durée 2:55)
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2013/03/04/001-aide-sociale-maltais-nouvelles-regles-manif-lundi.shtml
Le 4 mars 2013
Reportage de Davide Gentile
Une cinquantaine de représentants de différents groupes de défense des droits sociaux ont manifesté lundi à Québec, notamment devant les bureaux de la ministre de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, Agnès Maltais. Plusieurs d'entre eux craignent que le Parti québécois n'exerce des compressions dans le programme d'assistance sociale.

150 commentaires concernant cet article:
http://goo.gl/RPAh9

Source:
Radio-Canada
http://www.radio-canada.ca/

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Compressions dans l'aide sociale : la stratégie de Québec condamnée
http://goo.gl/1uWPQ
Le 4 mars 2013
(Québec) À terme, soit dans trois ans, les compressions annoncées dans l'aide sociale par le gouvernement Marois permettront à Québec d'épargner annuellement 35 millions. Mais les mesures d'employabilité mises en place devraient coûter davantage - 50 millions par année, dans trois ans, selon les chiffres du ministère de l'Emploi. Pour 2013-2014, une seule chose tangible est au menu: des changements, annoncés à la Gazette officielle, qui généreront 15 millions d'économies pour Québec. Il s'agit d'une part importante des 19 millions de compressions attendues par le Conseil du Trésor pour l'année à venir.

On appauvrit les pauvres, dénonce Québec solidaire
http://goo.gl/ILEMG
Le 4 mars 2013
(Québec) Les compressions à l'aide sociale appauvriront les pauvres, et les belles promesses du gouvernement péquiste n'y changeront rien pour l'instant, dénonce Québec solidaire.

Aide sociale: le gouvernement semble inflexible
http://goo.gl/R0Wk9
Le 6 mars 2013
À la veille de rencontrer les groupes de défense des assistés sociaux, le gouvernement Marois ne semble pas vouloir plier sur les changements projetés au régime d'aide sociale.

Source:
La Presse
http://www.lapresse.ca/

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- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

5. Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec : 2011 and 2012 Progress Report - February 26
(Centre d'étude sur la pauvreté et l'exclusion)

NOTA : La version française suit l'anglais ci-dessous.

Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec:
2012 Progress Report
(PDF - 648K, 90 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/progress_report_CEPE_2012.pdf
PDF file created February 26, 2013
(...)
In its advice to the Minister entitled Taking the Measure of Poverty: Proposed Indicators of Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion to Measure Progress in
Québec
(CEPE, 2009) (PDF - 311K, 80 pages) [ http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Avis_CEPE_en.pdf ], the CEPE made 19 recommendations regarding indicators for measuring Québec's progress in fighting poverty and exclusion. The present report is in follow-up to the recommendation calling for the yearly publication of a progress report on poverty and social exclusion in Québec. It represents a compilation of the most recent data on poverty and inequality in Québec available at the time of publication. [Excerpt from Highlights]
- includes 20+ links to online resources (pages 75-76)

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Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec : Looking Ahead to 2013
2011 Progress Report
(PDF - 328K, 100 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Progress_Report_CEPE_2011.pdf
PDF file created March 15, 2012
This progress report represents a compilation of the most recent data on poverty and inequality in Québec. After reviewing the latest low income thresholds and rates, the results of interregional, interprovincial and international comparisons are presented and discussed. To compare Québec against itself, we simulated typical cases to determine changes in the relative level of personal and family disposable income in relation to various existing thresholds over the period 2004-2011. The report also discusses various measures of inequality. The CEPE has initiated research on the dimensions and indicators of social exclusion.
- includes 20 links to online resources (pages 77-79)

Source:
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion
(English)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/index_en.asp
The Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion (CEPE) is an observation, research and discussion centre entrusted with providing reliable and rigourous information, notably of a statistical nature, on poverty and social exclusion issues. The CEPE was created in the spirit of the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion.

[ More reports by CEPE : http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/publications_en.asp ]

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Earlier reports relating to the National Strategy
to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion

http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/grands-dossiers/index_en.asp#fight
[Look under "Fight Against Poverty and Social Exclusion"]
- includes the 2010-2015 Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion, the five annual reports from 2004 to 2009, a link to the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion [ http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/grands-dossiers/lutte-contre-la-pauvrete/index_en.asp ] --- and more...

Source:
Ministère de l'Emploi et Solidarité sociale
(English home page)
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/Index_en.asp

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Version française:

La pauvreté, les inégalités et l’exclusion sociale au Québec : état de situation 2012 (PDF - 1.6Mo., 79 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/CEPE_Etat_situation_2012.pdf
Fichier PDF créé le 8 janvier 2013
(...)
L’avis du Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion (CEPE) intitulé Prendre la mesure de la pauvreté, Proposition d’indicateurs devant servir à mesurer la pauvreté, les inégalités et l’exclusion sociale afin de mesurer les progrès réalisés au Québec (CEPE, 2009) [ PDF (http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Avis_CEPE.pdf ] contenait 19 recommandations sur les indicateurs à privilégier afin de mesurer les progrès réalisés au Québec en matière de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion. Le présent État de situation donne suite à la recommandation voulant qu’un bilan annuel soit publié sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion au Québec. Il réunit les données les plus à jour, au moment de sa publication, sur la pauvreté et les inégalités au Québec. [Extrait des faits saillants]
- voir pp. 65-66 pour une vingtaine de liens pertinents

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Source:
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/

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- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

6. UN Rapporteur: Harper's agenda contributing to food insecurity in Canada - March 4
(United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food)

UN Rapporteur: Harper's agenda contributing to food insecurity in Canada
http://rabble.ca/news/2013/03/un-rapporteur-harpers-agenda-contributing-food-insecurity-canada
March 4, 2013
'Mission to Canada', Report presented to the 22nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
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Food Secure Canada [ http://foodsecurecanada.org/ ] is hosting over 50 events across Canada Monday, part of a webinar with Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, who will be delivering his report on Canada in Geneva to the UN Human Rights Council.
"Food is a human right that belongs to every one of us," said Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada, who are organizing the country-wide webinar.
The Canadian Press is reporting that De Schutter's 21-page report:
takes direct aim at some of the core items of the Harper government's agenda, saying they undermine access to food.
These include the controversial decision to cancel the long-form census in 2009, the ongoing Canada-EU free trade negotiations, the scrapping of the Canadian Wheat Board, and how Ottawa oversees the money it transfers to the provinces for social services.

De Schutter visited Canada on a fact-finding mission in May 2012.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food (PDF - 604K, 21 pages)
http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/20121224_canadafinal_en.pdf
By Olivier De Schutter
Addendum : Mission to Canada
24 December 2012
Summary
The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 13/4, contains the findings and recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food on his country visit to Canada from 6 to 16 May 2012. The report first examines the state of food security in Canada (chap. II) and the legal and policy framework for the realization of the right to adequate food (chap. III). It then outlines specific issues related to agricultural policies (chap. IV); protection of the poorest segments of the population (chap. V); access to adequate diets and the growing incidence of overweight and obesity (chap. VI); Canada’s contribution to global food security (chap. VII); and specific problems faced by indigenous peoples (chap. VIII).

Earlier related reports:

May 16, 2012
Canada: national food strategy can eradicate hunger amidst plenty – UN rights expert (PDF - 48K, 2 pages)
http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/press_releases/20120516_canada_en.pdf

End of mission statement ‘Mission to Canada’, from 5 to 16 May 2012 (PDF - 96K, 9 pages)
http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/201205_canadaprelim_en.pdf

Source:
United Nations Human Rights Council

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/HRCIndex.aspx
Twenty-second session, Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic,
social and cultural rights, including the right to development

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

7. Restoring integrity to the budget process - March 5
(Scott Clark and Peter DeVries - 3D Policy [blog] )

Restoring integrity to the budget process
HTML version : http://www.3dpolicy.ca/node/231
PDF version (1.8MB, 4 pages) : http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/MLIInsidePolicy/FebMar2013/Clark-DeVries.pdf
By Scott Clark and Peter DeVries
March 5, 2013
(...) It is now recognized by most observers of the federal budget process, that the integrity and credibility of the process has been seriously eroded in recent years. ed in recent years. Less information is now provided to the public in budgets than under previous Liberal and Conservative governments; the authority of Parliament over government spending has been weakened; the understanding of Canadians as to what the government is actually planning to do in the budget has been eroded. Canadians should be concerned not just with the erosion of Parliament’s authority, but also ultimately with their own ability to hold the government to account for its actions.

We believe there are a number of actions that need to be taken to restore integrity and credibility to the budget process. They may seem simple and even mundane, but their importance to Parliamentary authority and to Canadians is huge.

What follows are our suggestions.
* Fix the Timing of the Budget
* Eliminate Confusion over Government Spending Plans
* Provide More Details on the Economic Forecasts
* Provide Greater Transparency and Accountability in Budget Planning; Save the Parliamentary Budget Office
* Stop Throwing Parliament under the Budget “Omnibus”
* Provide Leadership for Canada Inc.
* Conclusion

[ Both co-authors of this article are former senior officials in the federal Department of Finance. ]

Source:
Inside Policy, February-March 2013, Budget 2013: what should Jim Flaherty do?
http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/inside-policy/current-issue/
[ Click the link above to access any of the articles below and more. ]
Selected contents:
* Editor’s Message - by James Anderson
* Budgets should articulate comprehensive, coherent plans - by Don Drummond
* Crafting a budget - by Ted Menzies
* In Budget 2013, the Government should change course - Peggy Nash
* Conservatives in search of an economic legacy - Scott Brison
* Winning in a turbulent world - by Derek H. Burney
* Two debt crises; one big drag on the world economy - by Stanley Hartt

Back issues of Inside Policy:
http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/inside-policy/back-issues/
NOTE : As at March 6, 2013, there are two back issues:
* Mark Carney: Policy Maker of the Year - December 2012, Issue 2
* Free Trade @ 25 - October 2012, Issue 1

Inside Policy (MLI’s flagship magazine, free online) is produced by the
Macdonald-Laurier Institute
(MLI)
http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/
The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is Canada’s only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa. MLI is rigorously independent and non-partisan, as symbolized by its name. Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier were two outstanding and long-serving former prime ministers who represent the best of Canada’s distinguished political tradition.

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Related links:

‘A disgrace and an insult to Parliament’: Ex-Finance officials launch scathing critique of Tory budget secrecy
http://goo.gl/hhG5y
March 4, 2013
(...) For his 2012 budget, Flaherty introduced two controversial “omnibus bills” that were each several hundred pages long and contained policy changes which critics said had nothing to do with the budget. Flaherty was accused to trying to jam contentious changes throughout without sufficient review by MPs. Clark and DeVries said the bills were “a disgrace and an insult to Parliament and to Canadians” and have undermined the budgetary process. “Little information is now provided in the budget, so it has become impossible in reading the budget documents to fully understand what the government is actually proposing to do. There is a clear lack of transparency and accountability.”

Source:
National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/

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3D Policy
http://www.3dpolicy.ca/
This is the blog home of Scott Clark and Peter DeVries.
Recent postings:
* Minister Flaherty should be worried
- March 5, 2013
* Once again the main estimates are misleading
- February 27, 2013
* Fiscal Monitor for December 2012 : signs point to a lower deficit outcome for 2012-2013
- February 23, 2013
* A black period ahead for the Parliamentary Budget Office - January 31, 2013

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

8. Brigit's Notes (March 2013) --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit (Mars 2013)
(Canadian Women's Health Network / Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes)

Brigit's Notes --- Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
http://goo.gl/luvGO
March 2013 issue
In this issue:
* Dear friends of the CWHN
* Sexy sells: The marketing of girls' sexuality
* New! Rethinking Women and Healthy Living
* The sticky question of pornography
* Mental health among sexual and gender minority women
* Featured resources
* Upcoming events/calls

Dans cette édition:
* Chères et chers amis du RCSF
* Si c'est sexy, ça se vend bien : le marketing de la sexualité des filles
* De nouvelles pistes sur les modes de vie sains des femmes
* La pornographie : une question delicate
* La santé mentale chez les femmes de minorités sexuelles
* Ressources presentées
* Événements / appels présentés

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network
http://www.cwhn.ca/
Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr

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

9. [Hamilton - Toronto] It’s More than Poverty : Employment Precarity and Household Well-being - February 2013
(United Way of Toronto)

[Hamilton - Greater Toronto Area]

It’s More than Poverty : Employment Precarity
and Household Well-being
(PDF - 5.9MB, 120 pages)
http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/downloads/whatwedo/reports/ItsMoreThanPoverty2013-02-09FReport.pdf
February 2013
(...)
Social scientists adopted the term ‘precarity’ to describe states of employment that do not have the security or benefits enjoyed in more traditional employment relationships. These precarious employment relationships are becoming the ‘new normal’ for our workforce.
(...)
The report shows that employment insecurity has an independent effect on household
well-being and community connections, regardless of income.

Source:
United Way of Toronto
http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/

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

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, February 2013 - March 8
--- Legal aid, 2011/2012
- March 7
--- Study: Living apart together -
March 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 ]

March 8, 2013
Labour Force Survey, February 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130308/dq130308a-eng.htm
Employment rose by 51,000 in February, following a slight decline the previous month. This increase was spread between full- and part-time work. The unemployment rate remained at 7.0% as more people participated in the labour force.

March 7, 2013
Legal aid, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130307/dq130307e-eng.htm
Data on resource and caseload statistics for legal aid in Canada are now available for 2011/2012. The data summarized in the tables are drawn from the Legal Aid Survey, which is conducted annually on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31).

Available in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table258-0001 to 258-0004:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=258-0001..258-0004&p2=31

Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85f0015x/85f0015x2012000-eng.htm
Highlights
Tables
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products

Source:
Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics - Product main page*
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=85F0015X&lang=eng
The Legal Aid Survey provides information on revenues, expenditures, personnel, and caseload (e.g., applications for legal aid services) associated with the delivery of legal aid in the 13 provinces and territories in Canada in 2011/2012
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* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

March 5, 2013
Study: Living apart together
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130305/dq130305a-eng.htm

About 1.9 million Canadians, or just over 7% of the population aged 20 and over, said that they were in a couple relationship with someone in 2011, but lived at separate addresses. This proportion was down slightly from 8% in 2001.

Related subjects:

* Families, households and housing
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Family types
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40005&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Living arrangements of individuals
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40002&lang=eng&type=DAILYART



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


Source:
The Daily

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

New poll shows Nova Scotians strongly support government role in child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/new-poll-shows-nova-scotians-strongly-support-government-ro
7 Mar 2013 | Nova Scotia
Environics poll conducted on behalf of CUPE Nova Scotia finds that "a strong majority of Nova Scotians (87%) believe it's important for government to be involved in making sure families' child care needs are met".

Status Quo? The unfinished business of feminism in Canada, free online for three days from March 8 to 10
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/status-quo-unfinished-business-feminism-canada-free-online-
6 Mar 2013 | Canada
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the National Film Board of Canada will stream Karen Cho’s award-winning NFB feature documentary Status quo? The unfinished business of feminism in Canada free of charge for three days from March 8 to 10. The film is also being presented at more than 60 grassroots community screenings across Canada throughout the upcoming months

Think child care is no longer a women's issue?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/think-child-care-no-longer-womens-issue
6 Mar 2013 | Canada
On this International Women's Day, think again... Child care canada NOW, Childcare Resource and Research Unit's blog lists 10 indications that Canada's lack of action on universal child care continues to have a profound impact on women in all regions of Canada-- across the life span, across diverse groups and across the economic spectrum.

The woman question: Why child care is still a women's issue
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/woman-question-why-child-care-still-womens-issue
6 Mar 2013 | Canada
Powerpoints from Susan Prentice's presentation at the "A-word": Challenging advocacy in the fight for a Canadian childcare system conference held on March 1st at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Strengthening families for Ontario's future: 2012 report card on child and family poverty in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/strengthening-families-ontarios-future-2012-report-card-chi
28 Feb 2013 | Ontario
Campaign 2000's 2012 Ontario report card "highlights the need for high quality, universally accessible child care, the need to expand affordable housing and homelessness supports and to address the crisis facing youth, who face a 16.9% unemployment rate, more than double the overall rate".

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.

B.C. child-care advocates say sector is in crisis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/bc-child-care-advocates-say-sector-crisis
7 Mar 2013 | British Columbia

Column: No easy solution for child-care conundrum
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/column-no-easy-solution-child-care-conundrum
7 Mar 2013 | British Columbia

With two women leaders, can we build a gender-balanced budget in Ontario?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/two-women-leaders-can-we-build-gender-balanced-budget-ontario
7 Mar 2013 | Ontario

Daycare spaces could become harder to find, industry warns
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/daycare-spaces-could-become-harder-find-industry-warns
7 Mar 2013 | Ontario

Affordable child care programs are central to women's equality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/affordable-child-care-programs-are-central-womens-equality
6 Mar 2013 | New Brunswick

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

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CRRU Archive

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

All new content* since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website at the link above.

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

March 8, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/08/
February 2013 US Unemployment Rate (2 articles)
Medicaid Expansion and Health Insurers
Health Insurance Coverage for the Poor – Pennsylvania (2 articles)
Aid to Dependent Children Program – Nebraska (2 articles)
Sequestration Cuts and Safety Net Programs (2 articles)

March 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/07/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)

March 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/06/
Homelessness in New York City (2 articles)

March 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/05/
Juvenile Incarceration in the US (3 articles)

March 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/04/
Earned Income Tax Credit – Michigan
GED Testing Changes (2 articles)

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

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

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

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

13. [U.S.] Divergent views on the minimum wage in the U.S. - February/March 2013
(Heritage Foundation and the Employment Policy Institute)

The context:

[U.S.] Minimum Wage Increases for 2013
http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2013/03/05/minimum-wage-increases-for-2013.htm
By Alison Doyle
Updated March 5, 2013
[ NOTE : includes current minimum wage rates for each state.]

President Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum wage - to $9 an hour. In addition, President Obama has also proposed indexing the minimum wage to inflation, so it would increase when the cost of living increases.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 [ http://goo.gl/S9YPn ] has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. If passed, it would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by 2015, and adjust it each year after that to keep up with the rising cost of living. The legislation would need to be passed by both the Senate and the House for the increases to go into effect.

Source:
About.com Job Search
http://jobsearch.about.com/

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The divergent views:

Who Earns the Minimum Wage? Suburban Teenages, Not Single Parents (PDF - 2.1MB, 4 pages)
http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2013/pdf/ib3866.pdf
By James Sherk
March 1, 2013
In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for raising minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. He argued that “no one who works fulltime should have to live in poverty.” Most minimum-wage workers, however, are not poor. (...) Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau show that most minimum-wage earners are young, part-time workers and that relatively few of them live below the poverty line. Their average family income is over $53,000 a year. A hike in the minimum wage primarily raises pay for suburban teenagers, not the working poor. If Congress and the President seriously want to help the working poor, they should look elsewhere.
Source:
The Heritage Foundation
http://www.heritage.org/
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

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Declining Value of the Federal Minimum Wage is a Major Factor Driving Inequality (PDF - 600K, 9 pages)
http://www.epi.org/files/2013/minimum-wage.pdf
By Lawrence Mishel
February 2013
(...)
Contrary to some political rhetoric of late, wage stagnation for American workers and rising inequality is not due to lack of effort; the broad middle class has increased its productivity, upgraded its educational attainment, and worked more hours (Mishel 2013). Rather it is due to certain policies that have weakened the bargaining position of low- and middle-wage workers. Among these policies is the refusal to set the minimum wage at a level where it establishes a well-enforced wage floor at 50 percent of the average wage. This paper reviews the history of the minimum wage over the last 50 years and the role of a lowered value of the minimum wage in rising wage inequality

Source:
Economic Policy Institute

http://www.epi.org/
The Economic Policy Institute’s mission is to inform and empower individuals to seek solutions that ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.
About EPI. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers. EPI believes every working person deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health care, and retirement security.

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Why Does the Minimum Wage Have
No Discernible Effect on Employment?
(PDF - 556K, 30 pages)
http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/min-wage-2013-02.pdf
John Schmitt
February 2013
(...)
The employment effect of the minimum wage is one of the most studied topics in all of economics. This report examines the most recent wave of this research – roughly since 2000 – to determine the best current estimates of the impact of increases in the minimum wage on the employment prospects of low-wage workers. The weight of that evidence points to little or no employment response to modest increases in the minimum wage.

Source:
Center for Economic and Policy Research
http://www.cepr.net/
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. (...) An informed public should be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States and around the world.

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< Begin gratuitous "Website Evaluation 101 tip" >

Whether you work in government, in the NGO sector or in academic research, you should always evaluate any research website that you're visiting for the first time.

Website evaluation is all about techniques you can apply & questions you should ask when you visit a site that's new to you. Here's a link to an interesting guide from the University of California at Berkeley:
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html
Most website evaluation guides, including the Berkeley link above, urge you to look for a link to "About us," "Philosophy," "Funding", "Background" or something similar. That's where you should find a mission statement or other text laying out the philosophy of the organization and more.

To illustrate, I've included a short blurb from each of the three U.S. think tanks whose views appear above. The socially- and fiscally-conservative Heritage Foundation promotes "conservative public policies" based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. (No reference to people or quality of life here...)

On the other hand, the mission statements of the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research both refer to a people-centred focus on informing and empowering individuals and ensuring broadly shared prosperity and opportunity, and quality of life..."

Given my socially- progressive bias, I'm firmly in the people camp.
Even if you're not, though, you should still check the About Us section of any new research site to determine "where they're coming from...".

< /End gratuitous "Website Evaluation 101 tip" >

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

14. [U.S.] Twenty-three Percent of America Is Illiterate - February 13
(Online Colleges)

[U.S.]

Twenty-three Percent of America Is Illiterate
http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2013/02/13/23-of-america-is-illiterate/
February 13, 2013
Infographic showing that one in five Americans lacks the basic skills beyond a fourth-grade level.
[Figures are for 2003.]
- describes the three different types of literacy (prose - document - quantitative) and how many Americans mastered each literacy level

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How does that compare with Canadian literacy stats?

Canadian Literacy Facts & Research
http://abclifeliteracy.ca/facts-research
- includes links to a collection of facts, statistics and myths about adult, family and workplace literacy.

Source:
ABC Life Literacy Canada
http://abclifeliteracy.ca/

See also the
Canadian Literacy and Learning Network
http://www.literacy.ca/

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How about other countries?

See The Official Source of Literacy Data:
http://www.uis.unesco.org/literacy/Pages/default.aspx

Source:
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

http://www.uis.unesco.org/
UIS is the primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.

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

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

15. [U.S.] Food Hardship in America 2012 - February 28
(
Food Research and Action Center)

United States

More than One in Six Americans Report Inability to Afford Enough Food:
New Food Hardship Data Reflect Continuing Struggles and Highlights Need for Congress to Protect Nation’s Nutrition Safety Net
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5118/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10884
February 28, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Millions of Americans continued in 2012 to struggle to afford enough food, according to new, up-to-date food hardship data from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). More than one in six Americans (18.2 percent) said in 2012 that there had been times over the past 12 months that they didn’t have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed.

Food Hardship in America is FRAC’s food hardship report. It analyzes data that were collected by Gallup and provided to FRAC. The data were gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project, which has been interviewing almost 1,000 households daily since January 2008.

Complete report:

Food Hardship in America, 2012 (PDF - 224K, 32 pages)
http://frac.org/pdf/food_hardship_2012.pdf

Source:
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
http://frac.org/
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

16. 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 March 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1317
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4619
In this issue:
UN Human Rights Council: Session 22 update
Latest news and reports
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Liberia
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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Mangled Expressions

We all know that one special someone who likes to impress people with
their mastery of idiomatic expressions, but all they manage to do is
cast some pearls before they're swine.

Here are a few examples...

* "Water under the dam."

* "Water over the bridge."

* "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it."

* "Let's nip this in the butt."

* "Let's nibble this in the butt."

* "Don't eat with your mouth full!"

* "He's disgusting. He smokes like a fish!"

* "We're killing two birds for the price of one."

* "You'll know it like the back of your head."

* "You can barely see your face in front of your hand!"

* "That's the way the crumble cookies."

* "I don't want to sound like a dead horse."

* "Let's take a wild stab in the back."

* "Around here, it's always feast or phantom."

* "If you could get it working I'd be internally grateful."

* "This is the piece of the puzzle that allows you to paint in the rest
of the pie."

Source:
http://rinkworks.com/said/words.shtml
[Click the source link for more silliness]

 

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13 Things To Never Say To A Canadian
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/07/things-to-never-say-canadian_n_2828704.html

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The most well-trained cats ever? (video, duration 1:03)
http://www.dump.com/mostcats/

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Speaking of of balance... (video, duration 12:40)
http://www.wimp.com/balancemaster/

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R.I.P., Stompin’ Tom...
12 songs that make Stompin’ Tom a Canadian folk hero
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/12-songs-that-make-stompin-tom-a-canadian-folk-hero/article9469893/

...and one more makes it 13: (video, duration 2:34)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J8k7T1zYem8

And who can forget this old classic? (video, duration :43)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt0qVqwDUUA

 

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