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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 10, 2005

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. National Child Benefit Progress Report 2003 (Government of Canada, Provinces and Territories and First Nations) - April 6
2. Ontario Premier McGuinty Defends Clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement (Toronto Star, April 6)
3. 2005 Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget - April 7, 2005
4. CUexpo2005 - Community-University Research Partnerships - Conference (Winnipeg, Sept, 15-18)
5. British Columbia investing in people with disabilities, moms, babies, young children and low-income families! (BC Election May 17)
6. Report of the Auditor General of Canada tabled - April 5
7. Two new reports from the (Toronto) Daily Bread Food Bank:
--- another take on the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement - March 15
--- highly skilled immigrants forced to use the food bank - March 26
8. Child and Family Services Statistics, 1998-99 to 2000-2001 (Working Group on Child and Family Services) - January 2005
9. British Columbia Advocacy and Activism : The Anti-Poverty Committee + End Legislated Poverty
10. Working to be Poor : week-long CBC Ottawa Radio series + website (incl. a good overview of Canadian poverty measures)
11. Report on Health Care Wait Times Released (Wait Time Alliance of Canada) - April 3
12. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit ( University of Toronto) - April 5

International Content

13. Poverty Dispatch Weekly Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- April 7, 2005
14.
U.S. Welfare Reform Myths (Child Welfare Research Institute)
15. Welfare Reform and Beyond (Brookings Institution) - spring 2002
16. The Saver's Credit (U.S) - (Retirement Security Project) - March 2005
17. Social Policy and Research Bulletin (Government of New Zealand) - March 2005
18. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (The World Bank) - March 22


Have a gilly-dilly of a  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. National Child Benefit Progress Report 2003 - April 6
(Government of Canada, Provinces and Territories and First Nations)

Report finds government supports increasing for low income families
News Release
April 6, 2005
"OTTAWA—The National Child Benefit (NCB) Progress Report: 2003 released today by Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services1 confirms that government investments for low-income families with children continue to increase. Federal support to low-income families in 2002-2003 had risen from $5.6 billion in 2001-2002 to $5.7 billion in 2002-2003. It is projected to reach $6.4 billion in 2004-2005. The report further shows that provincial and territorial governments and First Nations have increased their expenditures for low-income children and families through the National Child Benefit initiative to $764.2 million in 2002-2003. This funding supports programs and services, including child benefits and earned income supplements, child/day care initiatives, early childhood services and children-at-risk services, youth initiatives, and supplementary health benefits."

The National Child Benefit Progress Report: 2003 (PDF file - 3.3MB, 86 pages)
March 2005

HTML version - not yet available as at April 10 --- this is where the link should appear sometime during the next few days...

Source:
National Child Benefit website

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm

2. Ontario Premier McGuinty Defends Clawback of the
National Child Benefit Supplement (Toronto Star, April 6)

McGuinty defends bonus clawback
Families on social assistance take baby bonus demands to Queen's Park

April 6, 2005
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Families on social assistance seeking baby bonus relief left the provincial legislature empty-handed today after the Ontario government defended its clawback of the federal child benefit. Premier Dalton McGuinty held firm on denying those parents the National Child Benefit Supplement while a handful of them looked on from the public galleries. (...) Under the federal plan, families with incomes less than $22,600 receive approximately $125 per child each month. In Ontario, families living on social assistance or disability benefits see that money taken back by the province. (...) Although the federal government allows the baby bonus clawback, New Brunswick and Manitoba no longer withhold the supplementary benefits."
Source:
The Toronto Star

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

3. 2005 Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget - April 7, 2005

2005 Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget
April 7, 2005
- incl. links to : Budget Address -
Supporting Documents - Highlights - Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure - Departmental Backgrounders (Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Community and Cultural Affairs, Development and Technology, Education, Environment, Energy and Forestry, Health and Social Services [see below], Office of the Attorney General, Tourism, Transportation and Public Works, Workforce Renewal Program)

Backgrounder: Health and Social Services
(specific measures in the 2005 budget concerning health and social services)

- includes :
Program Highlights 2004-2005 - Budget 2005 Highlights
NOTE: The Dept. of Social Services and Health is splitting in two : Dept. of Health and Dept. of Social Services and Seniors

PEI Government Home Page

Google.ca News Search Results : "Prince Edward Island Budget 2005"
Google.ca Web Search Results : "Prince Edward Island Budget 2005"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

4. CUexpo2005 - Community-University Research Partnerships - Conference
(Winnipeg, Sept, 15-18)

CUexpo2005 - Community-University Research Partnerships:
Leaders in Urban Change

International Conference, September 15 - 18, 2005
Winnipeg, Manitoba
"Participants of CUexpo2005 will share research findings on urban/inner city issues, and explore ways of developing effective research partnerships. The conference will strengthen the understanding of, and support for, the unique and diverse nature of research involving collaboration of university and community partners.
Deadline for Conference Session Applications: April 29, 2005
Early Registration begins April 1, 2005
- incl. links to: online registration, fieldtrip info, entertainment, panel sessions, keynote speakers, volunteer opportunities

For more information : cuexpo@uwinnipeg.ca

Source:
Winnipeg Inner-City Research Alliance
Institute of Urban Studies (University of Winnipeg)

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

5. British Columbia investing in people with disabilities, moms, babies, young children and low-income families!
(BC Election May 17)

Latest News from the BC Ministry of Human Resources:

March 23, 2005
Increased supports for people most in need
"VICTORIA – The Province will invest another $1.25 million to boost supports to two existing programs for British Columbians who are most in need – including persons with persistent multiple barriers and persons with disabilities."

March 21, 2005
Province promotes health for moms and babies
"VICTORIA – The province will spend close to $400,000 this year for expectant mothers in need and their babies, Minister of Human Resources Susan Brice announced."

March 14, 2005
Enhanced dental program benefits British Columbians
"VICTORIA – Government is investing over $47 million over three years to improve access to dental treatment for young children and low-income families, Health Services Minister Shirley Bond and Human Resources Minister Susan Brice announced."

Related Links:

New/Updated Fact Sheets
March 23, 2005
* Monthly Natal Supplement
* Dental Program
* Optical Program

BC Election 2005 - May 17
Deceive BC: the Hospital Employees' Union's election web site
Strong Communities: Election 2005: CUPE BC's election web site
BCPolitics.ca
The Tyee Election Central

Also from BC Human Resources:

BC Employment and Assistance (welfare) Statistics - Latest month
Updated monthly
- incl. time series statistical reports

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

6. Report of the Auditor General of Canada tabled - April 5

From the Office of the Auditor General of Canada:

Security and intelligence activities pose a new challenge for Parliament
News Release
April 5, 2005
"In her Report tabled today in the House of Commons, the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, points to the difficulty Parliament has scrutinizing security and intelligence activities, and urges the government to move quickly to resolve it. Security and intelligence activities account for more than $1 billion in federal expenditures each year. By their very nature, many aspects of these activities must remain secret."

A Message From the Auditor General of Canada:
Accountability for security and intelligence activities: A new challenge for Parliament
April 5, 2005

Table of Contents
- incl. links to individual files in HTML and PDF format for the following:
A Message from the Auditor General of Canada
Chapter 1 — Natural Resources Canada—Governance and Strategic Management
Chapter 2 — National Security in Canada—The 2001 Anti-Terrorism Initiative: Air Transportation Security, Marine Security, and Emergency Preparedness
Chapter 3 — Passport Office—Passport Services
Chapter 4 — National Defence—C4ISR Initiative in Support of Command and Control
Chapter 5 — Rating Selected Departmental Performance Reports
Chapter 6 — Indian and Northern Affairs Canada—Development of Non-Renewable Resources in the Northwest Territories

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

7. Two new reports from the (Toronto) Daily Bread Food Bank:
--- another take on the National Child Benefit Supplement Clawback (March 15)
--- highly skilled immigrants forced to use the food bank (March 26)

Two new reports from the Daily Food Bank (Toronto):

Rebuilding Lives:
Taking children off welfare and encouraging their parents to work
(PDF file - 390K, 18 pages)
March 15, 2005
"Daily Bread's detailed proposal on the best way for the provincial government to keep its promise to end the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement from social assistance cheques. To do so, it recommends changing how social assistance benefits are calculated so that adults have a greater incentive to work their way off welfare and their children receive the NCBS whether their parents are on or off welfare."

Governments Failing Newcomers:
Highly Skilled Immigrants Being Forced to Use Food Banks
(PDF file - 26K, 4 pages)
March 26, 2005
"Preliminary results from the 2005 Annual Survey on skilled immigrants being forced to rely upon foodbanks to survive in Toronto. This report builds a strong and compelling case for greater financial support from the federal government to help the province of Ontario aid immigrant settlement to quicken the pace of their integration into the Canadian economy--benefitting both the immigrants and the long-term health of the Canadian economy."

Source:
Daily Bread Food Bank

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

8. Child and Family Services Statistics, 1998-99 to 2000-2001 - January 2005
(Social Development Canada)

Child and Family Services Statistical Report 1998-1999 to 2000-2001 - January 2005
"This is the fourth edition of the Child and Family Services (C&FS) Statistical Report of the Working Group on Child and Family Services Information, presenting statistical data on child welfare services in Canada. The format of the report is based on statistical tables previously found in the Compendium on Child and Family Services Information and the report entitled Child Welfare in Canada: the Role of Provincial and Territorial Authorities in Cases of Child Abuse. The C&FS Statistical Report presents data on a range of services to children and families, including protection services and adoption, with the main focus being on children in care. Each jurisdictional section provides statistics on services to children and families and, in some cases, expenditure data for departments responsible for child welfare."
Source:
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Child and Family Services Information

[Social Development Canada]
NOTE: if you're interested in family and children's services, child welfare or child protection, you'll *definitely* want to check out the Working Group link.
There, you'll find a detailed analysis of child welfare in Canada that was released in January of 2000, as well as earlier editions of the statistical report and government child and family services bulletins from 1995 to 2000.

Related Links:

Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
Child Welfare Resource Centre

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm

9. British Columbia Advocacy and Activism
--- The Anti-Poverty Committee
--- End Legislated Poverty

Anti-Poverty Committee (APC) - British Columbia
"The Anti-Poverty Committee is an organization of poor and working people, who fight for poor people, their rights and an end to poverty by any means necessary. The poor face constant attack under the capitalist system and these attacks have only intensified under the BC Liberal government. APC is committed to fighting the brutal policies of the BC Liberals through direct action, mass mobilization, and casework."
- incl. links to : Home | Campaigns & Issues | Publications | Calendar | Archive | Links

APC CAMPAIGNS:
Safe Streets Act - Welfare Campaign - Housing Campaign - Police Brutality - Skwelkwek'welt Support - Immigrant and Refugee Solidarity - Legal Defense - Harm Reduction - Cheam Solidarity

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End Legislated Poverty (ELP) - Vancouver
"End Legislated Poverty is a coalition of over 40 groups in BC, working together to educate and organize in order to make governments reduce and end poverty. ELP is part of a larger international movement fighting for the rights of people living in poverty."
- incl. links to : About ELP - News Releases - Welfare Time Limits - Long Haul/Flaw line - Current Campaigns - Resources for people in poverty in Greater Vancouver - Factoids about Poverty - Panhandling Rights - Welfare Cuts and Violence Against Women - Local Bylaws and Poverty - Links - Contact Us / Get Involved - Mental Patients Right

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

10. Working to be Poor - CBC Ottawa Radio - week of April 4

Working to be Poor (special focus on Ottawa) - Week of April 4
"Are you one of the more than 100,000 people living off a low income in Ottawa? Are you working to boot?
Perhaps you're getting by on a job that pays only minimum wage, or something close to it? Or maybe you work at a job that only offers part-time hours, when you need full-time work to make ends meet?
We've asked three people who fit this description to write an online diary for one week. Challenge your ideas of what it's like to be working poor in Ottawa. Follow their stories."
Source:
CBC Ottawa Radio

- includes links to : Measuring Poverty - Mapping Low Income In Ottawa - Blogs (Elizabeth Kim, Anderson Henry, Lynette Pike) - The Cost of Living Quiz
- see Measuring Poverty for a good overview of the different ways poverty is measured in Canada. Or see the Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Measures Page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

- this series ran all week on CBC Ottawa Radio, and at different times during the day - see the schedule for the full week below.
Click on the Working to be Poor link above, then scroll down the next page to the schedule --- if you have a sound card and a media player on your computer, you can listen to a recording of any one of these items.
NOTE: you might not be able to open the files if you're behind a corporate firewall (e.g., in a govt. dept. or a university) that blocks streaming audio.
The first link below is active so you can test whether the files work for you.

Ottawa Morning (Weekdays 5:30 - 8:37 a.m)
Monday: Lynette's story: the face of the working poor in Ottawa (RealAudio, runs for 9 minutes)
Tuesday: Making a living (or not) in retail
Wednesday: Young and working poor in Ottawa AND our city hall commentator Alex Munter weighs in on the challenges facing low-income workers
Thursday: The living wage conundrum
Friday: Success stories AND working poor by choice - the artist's way!
Ontario Today (Weekdays Noon - 2:00 p.m.)
Tuesday: Sharing lunch: a drop-in program that helps feed people in Ottawa.
Wednesday: Keeping people poor by government policy.
On the phone-in we ask: "what can we do to help out Ontario's working poor"
Thursday: The poverty in not living up to one's potential.
Friday: Poverty and health.
All In A Day (Weekdays 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
Monday: The hazards of payday loans
Tuesday: Sharing the cost: how the struggles of the working poor impoverish society
Wednesday: Educated and working poor: bearing the student loan burden
Thursday: Employers speak out
Friday: The power of co-operation: a day in the life of Depanneur Sylvestre

Related Link:

Paid to be Poor (March 2004)
This website was created to complement a CBC Radio One in-depth report on the working poor in Canada.
- incl. brief overviews by topic (see below) with links to outside sites for more detailed info and other links to relevant audio and video clips (also includes a glossary of terms and a schedule of CBC Radio shows (March 28-29, 2004).
Topics:
- Who are the Working Poor? - Wages - Seniors - Casualization of Work - Recent Immigrants - Affordable Housing - Single Parents
Source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

- Go to the Media Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mediabkmrk.htm

11. Report on Health Care Wait Times Released - April 3
(Wait Time Alliance of Canada)

No more time to wait:
Toward benchmarks and best practices in wait time management
(PDF file - 731K, 65 pages)
March 2005
"Seven national medical organizations have united to release an interim report examining the problem of wait times for health care in Canada and to establish new benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times for care. The Wait Time Alliance of Canada (WTA) released an interim report today. The Report outlines evidence-based benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times for access to care in: heart, cancer, diagnostic imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration. The report is a direct response to the commitment made by First Ministers in September 2004 (10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care) to establish evidence-based benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times in the five priority areas. With the deadline fast approaching (December 31, 2005), Federal-Provincial-Territorial governments have commissioned research on this issue, but have yet to come forward with a process to develop national benchmarks."

Wait Time Alliance members:

Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine
Canadian Association of Radiologists
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists

[Found on the DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario website]

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

12. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - April 5
( University of Toronto)

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

05-Apr-05

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WHATS NEW
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>> Build it right: Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
response to the Best Start plan
by Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Report from the OCBCC identifies ten problems with Ontario’s Best Start plan; calls for immediate changes to ensure successful development of a high quality child care system in the province.

>> The National Child Benefit progress report: 2003
by Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services
Report from the Federal/ Provincial/ Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services examines how the National Child Benefit is addressing the needs of low-income families in Canada.

>> Higher child benefit needed to make child poverty history
by Campaign 2000
Press release from Campaign 2000 responds to the National Child Benefit Progress Report: 2003.

>> The economics of investing in universal preschool education in California
by Karoly, Lynn A. & Bigelow, James H.
Report from the Rand Corporation (US) recommends universal preschool for the state of California.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> Province's daycare plan falls short, coalition says [CA-ON]
Toronto Star, 7 Apr 05
Ontario's Best Start child care plan is a pale version of what Dalton McGuinty's Liberals promised during the election campaign and will only make early learning programs more fragmented, says the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

>> Unions put child care on budget agenda [AU]
ABC News Online, 6 Apr 05
The Australian Council of Trade Unions is calling for the Federal Government to address the country's shortage of child care places in the May Budget.

>> Minister aims to deliver on child care [CA]
Toronto Star, 2 Apr 05
Ken Dryden's got to deliver the high quality and affordable national child care system the Liberals promised in the last election. Paul Martin has entrusted Dryden - a rookie MP (York Centre) - with this core responsibility. Delivering it is Dryden's big political break and the stakes are high.

>> Ontario relents in child care feud [CA-ON]
London Free Press, 2 Apr 05
The City of London, Ontario has won its battle with the province over child care funding, government sources say. That means Ontario municipalities won't have to pay a 20- per-cent share to access new federal child care funding.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=74871

>> Study touts benefits of universal preschool [US]
Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar 05
Universal preschool for California's 4-year-olds would bring about $2.62 in benefits for every dollar spent, greatly reducing special education needs, juvenile arrests and the number of children held back a grade, a Rand Corp. study concludes.

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource and Research Unit e-mail news notifier.
For information on the CRRU e-mail notifier, including subscription instructions , see http://www.childcarecanada.org
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More Important CRRU Links

What's New? - Links to 100+ Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - 200+ media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - links to 20+ theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- links to ~60 briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated
"This resource is a collection of useful online readings about current early childhood education and care policy and program delivery issues in each province and territory. Within each jurisdiction, information is organized into three sections: news articles, online documents and useful websites."

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

13. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- April 7
, 2005

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin)
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's a one-day sample of the subjects covered in the Poverty Dispatch Digest:

April 7, 2005
Compiled by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and distributed Mondays and Thursdays


Today's subjects include: No Child Left Behind Act // 'Equality Gap' Between Blacks and Whites // Affordable Housing - Opinion // Medicaid and Minorities - Opinion // Poor Women, Motherhood and Marriage // Food Stamps and Obesity Study // Former Foster Children and Poverty // Working Poor and Sick Time // Library Use by Homeless // World Poverty - Commentary // Welfare to Work - Minnesota // Working Poor - Iowa // Child Poverty - Detroit, MI // Poverty Simulation Exercise - Indiana // Medicaid - Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama, Florida, Missouri // Social Service Computer Problems - Colorado // Minimum Wage - Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Maryland, Montana // School Vouchers - Indiana // Poverty in Schools - Ohio // Charter Schools - Cincinnati, OH // High-Poverty Schools - Philadelphia, PA // Homelessness - DeKalb, IL //

Each of the weekly digests below offers doezns of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to July 2004 , avg. 100+ links per issue before December 2004!
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- March 31, 2005
- March 24
- March 17
- oops, accidentally deleted. Sorry
- March 10
- March 3

- 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

14. U.S. Welfare Reform Myths
(Child Welfare Research Institute)

U.S. Welfare Reform Myths
Duncan Lindsey - UCLA
- Welfare Reform led to a Reduction in Child Poverty: False
Welfare reform allowed states to reduce and, in several states, essentially dismantle income assistance for poor children. This can be seen by the declining ratio of children receiving welfare to children living in poverty:
- Welfare Reform Reduced Children Born Out-of-Wedlock: False
State charts show the percentage of children born to unmarried mothers from 1993 to 2002 has continued to increase in almost every state
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Welfare Reform Impacts All Children Equally: False
The largest proportion of children receiving welfare are Black. The reduction of income assistance to poor children has a disproportionate impact on Black children. This can be seen by the disproportionate number of Black children who receive welfare.
- Welfare Reform will Lead to an End to Child Poverty: False
The charts displayed in “Programs for Children” indicate that post welfare reform, more children qualify for subsidized free lunch, WIC, and Head Start. In many states the child poverty rate is approaching and even exceeding pre welfare reform levels, except that these states have not restored welfare to the children living in poverty. It is unlikely that the welfare benefits will be restored. For most of the poor and disadvantaged children affected by welfare reform the essential consequence has been to make a bleak life only bleaker. Ending child poverty will require more than welfare reform.
Source:
Child Welfare Research Institute

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

15. Welfare Reform and Beyond - spring 2002
(Brookings Institution)

Welfare Reform & Beyond (PowerPoint Presentation - 714K, 101 slides)
Spring 2002
Source:
The Brookings Institution
Excellent information on the history of welfare in the U.S. ---- highly recommended - if you can put up with the cryptic language of PowerPoint slides...
(this isn't a criticism of the Brookings Institution --- PowerPoint slides are often difficult to grasp without more detailed notes...)

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

16. The Saver's Credit (U.S) - March 2005
(Retirement Security Project)

The Saver's Credit:
Expanding Retirement Savings for Middle- and Lower-Income Americans
- U.S.
March 2005
"Enacted in 2001, the Saver's Credit ... provides a government matching contribution, in the form of a nonrefundable tax credit, for voluntary individual contributions to 401(k)-type plans, IRAs, and similar retirement savings arrangements. Like traditional retirement savings plan subsidies, the Saver's Credit currently provides no benefit for households that owe no federal income tax. However, for households that owe income tax, the effective match rate in the Saver's Credit is higher for those with lower income, the opposite of the incentive structure created by traditional pension tax preferences."

Complete report:

The Saver’s Credit:
Expanding Retirement Savings for Middle and Lower-Income Americans
(PDF file - 188K, 24 pages)

Source:
Retirement Security Project
"The Retirement Security Project is dedicated to promoting common sense solutions to improve the retirement income prospects of millions of American workers. It is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, in partnership with Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and the Brookings Institution."

Google.ca Web Search Results: "Saver's Credit"
Google.ca News Search Results: "Saver's Credit"

Source:
Google.ca

17. Social Policy and Research Bulletin - March 2005
(Government of New Zealand)

SPEaR Bulletin - March 2005 Issue
The SPEaR Bulletin is a newsletter for all those involved in social policy evaluation and research and is published quarterly by the SPEaR secretariat.
This issue focuses on ethnic diversity and collaborative evaluation, along with general news and opportunities in the sector.
Table of Contents:
- Advancing refugee research
- Chair’s comment
- Trialling best practice guiding principles
- Understanding refugee life
- Participatory study of Somali
- Responding to ethnic perspectives
- A strategic approach to R&E
- Canadian takes up senior MSD position
- Demography experts in NZ
- Evaluation in Inland Revenue
- Social Investment Research Programme
- Ensuring the wellbeing of Pasifika children
- People in R&E
- Opportunity for All
- Apply now for SPEaR Linkages awards
- Diary notes

Source:
Social Policy Evaluation and Research Committee (SPEaR)
(New Zealand)
"The Social Policy Evaluation and Research committee or SPEaR, was set up to oversee the Government’s purchase of social policy research to ensure the spending is aligned with the Government’s social policy priorities.
SPEaR provides a focal point for social policy researchers and acts as a vehicle for communicating with the social research sector. (...)SPEaR reports to joint ministers (Social Services and Employment; Statistics; and Research, Science and Technology) through the chief executive of MSD."

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

18. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time - March 22
(The World Bank)

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey Sachs
"On March 22, 2005 Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), delivered an address to World Bank staff at World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. The event, sponsored by the World Bank’s Public Information Center, the InfoShop, served to promote the release of Sachs’s new book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time."

Watch the Video of Mr. Sachs' presentation (1:21:00 minutes)
- if your computer isn't behind a corporate firewall and if you have speakers and a sound card, you can listen to the address online.
- click the link above, select your connection speed (high-speed vs dial-up), then sit back and listen...
"In his address, Sachs emphasized that if the MDGs are to be met, not only must official development assistance from the world’s wealthiest countries be increased, but more broadly the international donor community must adjust its approach to development aid. A key strategy of this change is for rich countries to partner with poor countries. Sachs commended the World Bank for its work and outgoing President James Wolfensohn for his exceptional leadership over the past decade moving the institution toward the goal of poverty reduction and away from structural adjustment lending.
- includes a question and answer period following the presentation.

Related Links:

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time - incl. Further Reading - Facts on Poverty - How You Can Help - Events - Media
NOTE: you'll find a number of links on the Media page to other work by Jeffery Sachs and others about poverty

The End of Poverty (PDF file - 477K, 11 pages)
by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Time Magazine
March 14, 2005

Sachs to World Bank Staff: MDGs are Achievable
March 24, 2005
"Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, told World Bank Group staff on Tuesday that 2005 is a 'pivotal year' for development, 'the last chance we have to get the Millennium Development Goals on track.'"

* The Earth Institute at Columbia University
* The Millennium Project
* The UN Millennium Development Goals
* World Bank: Economic Development
* World Bank: Poverty

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Very Punny.


Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.

Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but he broke it off.

If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.

Every calendar's days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted - It taint yours and it taint mine.

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory that was never developed.

A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall

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Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

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