Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 10, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,561 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.Governments can’t ignore income security forever (Senator Hugh Segal in the National Post) - June 10
2. Total Welfare Incomes by Province and Territory, 1986 to 2011 (National Council of Welfare) - June 5
3. Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education (Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum) - June 7

4. Ontario Finance and Economic Affairs Committee to hold budget implementation hearings on June 6-7-8-11- 12
5. Social Planning Toronto releases first-ever poverty profiles of the city’s 44 wards on Destitution Day (Campaign 2000, Family Service Toronto) - June 6
6. Latest Media and Policy News [Toronto + Ontario + Canada + international] (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - June 8
7. (Federal) Bill M-315 : Motion to undertake a study on income inequality in Canada - April 25
8. SPARmonitor issue 82 - June 6 (SPAR : Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto)
9. Invitation to become a member of Basic Income Canada Network (a.k.a. guaranteed annual income) - June 5
10. Creationism vs Evolution in the U.S. and Canada - June 1
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, May 2012 - June 8
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, first quarter 2012 - June 8
--- Financial information of universities and colleges, 2010/2011
- June 4
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

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

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Governments can’t ignore income security forever - June 10
(Senator Hugh Segal in the National Post
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Governments can’t ignore income security forever
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/06/10/hugh-segal-governments-cant-ignore-income-security-forever/
By Hugh Segal
June 10, 2012

There is an invisible elephant in the room in the debate around employment insurance reform. Coincidentally, it is the same large elephant hiding among the pots and pans of the Quebec student protest and can even be found on the edges of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s angst about the West’s resource-based economic success damaging Ontario’s industrial heartland. And that elephant goes by the name of income security.

It is reasonable to have an employment insurance system, funded by contributions from Canadian workers, that provides a financial bridge to those who have lost their jobs and cannot immediately find a replacement. When mildly tightening the eligibility to those who really cannot find work is controversial, however, this shows that EI stands for Extra Income, not Employment Insurance. That the income may be vital to communities, regions and lifestyles tied to seasonal jobs is not in question. But such a system is no longer insurance. It is a basic income floor unrelated to whether or when work was available.
(...)
Except for Newfoundland and Labrador, all provinces pay welfare rates well beneath the poverty line, helping to feed the costly pathologies of poverty that fill our hospitals, our homeless shelters, our prisons and the tragedies of family violence and substance abuse. A frank discussion about income security, poverty and the kind of income floor that could obviate other programs that are unbalanced, expensive to operate, wasteful and disconnected from reality, is long overdue. The elephant is getting angrier, hungrier and more unfriendly every day. And is becoming far less invisible.

[Senator Hugh Segal is a Conservative senator from Kingston Ontario and a long-time proponent of the efficiency, fairness, stability and productivity benefits of a guaranteed annual income.]

Source:
National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/

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So what does the Harper Government™ do with "a Conservative senator ... and long-time proponent of the efficiency, fairness, stability and productivity benefits of a guaranteed annual income"?

Short answer:
Anything that involves a lot of travel to faraway countries.

Long answer :
Baird Appoints Senator Segal as Special Envoy for Commonwealth Renewal
http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2011/386.aspx?view=d
News Release
December 21, 2011
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the appointment of Senator Hugh Segal as Canada’s special envoy for Commonwealth renewal. (...) The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries that work together toward shared goals of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law in its member states.
Source:
Foreign Affairs and International Trade

http://www.international.gc.ca/international/index.aspx?lang=eng

COMMENT (by Gilles):
I guess the Harper Government™ finally had enough of Senator Segal's incessant natterings about inequality in Canada and all that guaranteed annual income nonsense [ http://goo.gl/wQehd ] to shift the focus of his attention and energy to something else less embarrassing for the Harper Government™.
BOO!

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

2. Total Welfare Incomes by Province and Territory, 1986 to 2011 - June 5
(National Council of Welfare)

Total Welfare Incomes in 2011
by Province and Territory

Interactive map (requires Flash)
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp?lang=eng
On the home page of the Council's website, you'll find a map of Canada with total welfare incomes by jurisdiction for 2011 for four family types: a lone parent with a 2-year-old child, a couple with two children aged 10 and 15, a single person considered employable and a single person with a disability. "Total welfare incomes" includes basic and special assistance as well as any income from exempted sources. At the bottom of each chart, you'll find a link to the data tables used in the preparation of the 1986-2011 welfare incomes charts.

For more details on the calculations and the assumptions, please consult Welfare Incomes 2009:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ils@-eng.jsp?lid=331

Move your mouse over a jurisdiction in the map without clicking to see the estimated income for all household types in that jurisdiction during 2011. Click on the jurisdiction's name in the map to see a chart with total welfare incomes in that province or territory from 1986 (the first year the Council published this information ) to 2011 in constant dollars, i.e., adjusted to account for inflation.

Low tech version of this information
(if you don't have Flash on your computer):
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/m.1p1data@-eng.jsp
- same info, but not as fancy and doesn't require the use of Flash.

Source:
National Council of Welfare

http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp?lang=eng

Comment (by Gilles):
Kudos (and thanks) to Council staff, who finalized the 2011 information and posted it to their site even though the light at the end of the tunnel was growing dimmer. This comparison of welfare incomea across the country is one of the invaluable resources that Canadians will lose when the Council is forced to close its doors. Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you probably know by now that the Harper Government's Omnibus Bill sounded the death knell for the National Council of Welfare.
For more detailed info, see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

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- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

3. Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education - June 7
(Nick Falvo in the
Progressive Economics Forum)

From the
Progressive Economics Forum:

Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/06/07/canadas-self-imposed-crisis-in-post-secondary-education/
Posted by Nick Falvo
June 7, 2012
On June 7, Nick Falvo gave a keynote address to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Education [ http://www.aupe.org/ ] Sector Conference.
Click the link above to see the main points he raised in the address (selected points below).

His PowerPoint presentation (with full references) can be found at this link (Microsoft Powerpoint file):
http://www.gsacarleton.ca/webdocs/Falvo_Alberta-PSE_5jun2012.ppt

Selected points from Nick's
Progressive Economics Forum blog posting:

- the federal government will collect $48 billion less than it would have if taxation rates remained at the same level as in 2000.

- fully one-quarter of that $48 billion figure can be attributed to the two-percentage-point cut in the Goods and Services Tax, brought in by the Harper government.

- with just 10% of that $48 billion, tuition fees could be eliminated for all students currently enrolled in Canadian universities.

- in the late 1970s, funding from senior levels of government typically covered 80% of the operating budget of a university or college in Canada; today, such funding typically covers just 50% of a university or college’s operating budget (the precise amount varies depending on the province). The remaining amount must usually be raised by increasing tuition fees (read: Quebec student protests) or by fundraising from private sources.

- more (click the top link in this section for Nick's complete posting).

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/
Over 125 progressive economists — working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations — have joined forces to make our collective, critical perspective heard. We have formed the Progressive Economics Forum. The general goal of PEF is to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada.

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

4. Ontario Finance and Economic Affairs Committee to hold budget implementation hearings on June 6-7-8-11- 12

From Linda Lalonde,
Co-chair, Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network:

The 2012 Ontario budget bill has been sent to the Finance & Economic Affairs Committee to hold hearings in Toronto on June 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12.

The complete bill from the
Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Bill 55, An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact and amend various Acts
http://goo.gl/pi1bm

Notice regarding hearings
http://goo.gl/JLoc7
Interested parties had until 5:00 pm on Friday June 8 to get their request to speak in to the Committee Clerk.
You can also submit a written brief (before noon on June 12).
Click the link for more info.

Background Information on Bill 55
http://goo.gl/bpOQr
- includes links to seven online resources

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Transcripts of presentations by witnesses

NOTE : (By Gilles)
According to a contact of mine who is a pro at ferreting out information from the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website, it can take up to three working days for the Ontario Government to post transcripts of the sessions on its website. Given that the first hearing took place on June 6, the first transcripts should be posted on the government website just as the hearings are winding down. I emailed the folks at the Legislative Assembly website to ask where presentations by witnesses will be posted on the Committee's website.

That would be the
"Committee Transcripts: Current Parliament" page:

http://goo.gl/ipSLq
Check this link to see whether Bill 55 presentations by witnesses have been posted by the time you read this week's newsletter.

Source:
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
[
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/home.do

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

5. Social Planning Toronto releases first-ever poverty profiles of the city’s 44 wards on Destitution Day - June 6
(Campaign 2000, Family Service Toronto)

From The Campaign 2000 Team
at Family Service Toronto:

Social Planning Toronto releases first-ever poverty profiles of the city’s 44 wards on Destitution Day
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1207119
June 6, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Today is D-Day in Toronto.
The D is for destitution, and it is the date a single person on welfare would run out of money if he or she were living at the poverty line, according to Social Planning Toronto. (...) Dwayne Scriven's welfare cheque is a meager $599 a month and with tax credits adds up to about $8,100 a year. Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off, after taxes, for a single person living in a large city like Toronto is about $19,800. (...) Social Planning Toronto has chosen the day to release the first-ever detailed poverty profiles for residents living in the city’s 44 wards, along with stories about agencies or initiatives that are making a difference. Since income data from the 2011 census won’t be available until next year, the profiles rely on 2006 census data and before-tax incomes that don’t reflect tax benefits that help many living in poverty.

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

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From
Social Planning Toronto:
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/

Social Planning Toronto and The Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto Release 44 “Action on Poverty” Ward Profiles
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/news/action-on-poverty-ward-profiles/
June 6, 2012
By Jeremy
The Alliance for a Poverty -Free Toronto and Social Planning Toronto have released a series of 44 “Action on Poverty” profiles – one for each ward in the City of Toronto. These profiles provide basic information about the numbers and demographics of individuals living in poverty in Toronto, as well as comparisons with the city-wide statistics for the same indicators.

NOTE : Click on the link above to access links to profiles for each of the 44 wards, along with one poverty profile for the entire City of Toronto (see the next link below). The PDF file for each ward is 2 pages and approx. 350K in size. The link to the City of Toronto poverty profile appears immediately below.

Action on Poverty Profile – City of Toronto (PDF - 356K, 2 pages)
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Action-on-Poverty-Profile-City-of-Toronto.pdf
Almost one quarter of Torontonians are living in poverty, with the rates around one-third for children and youth. Racialized groups, newcomers, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities and lone parents face distressingly high rates of poverty, disproportionately affecting those most marginalized.

Also included on the same page:

Action on Poverty Profile – Destitution Day Information (PDF - 184K, 1 page)
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Action-on-Poverty-Profile-Dday-info.pdf
This document explains how we arrived at the calculation of June 7 as Destitution Day.

Source:
Social Planning Toronto:
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/

Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto
http://www.povertyfreetoronto.org/

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

6. Latest Media and Policy News [Toronto + Ontario + Canada + international] - 8 June 2012
(By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Latest Media and Policy News: 8 June 2012
http://goo.gl/Vg7Fy
By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Top Stories:

The CCPA releases its great new video – “Taxes, the gift we give each other”:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/new-video-taxes-gift-we-give-each-other

Cuts to social assistance benefits will impact First Nations in Ontario:
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=43255

Speak out against the cuts!:
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=b6dcfea7aa&e=f67f28a7b9

Ontario Issues:

Systemic discrimination fought after an intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman was paid $1.25 an hour at her job
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2012/05/30/125-an-hour-case-a-fight-against-stereotyping-lawyer-says

ACORN challenges the province to Put Food in the Budget:
http://putfoodinthebudget.ca/acorn-challenges-province-to-put-food-in-the-budget/

Interesting news about staffing changes in the Premier’s office:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/there-are-caveats-to-mcguintys-new-lines-of-power/article4234030/

Microloans for mental-health patients rolling out across Ontario:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/microloans-for-mental-health-patients-rolling-out-across-ontario/article4226080/

Around the Province:

The Alliance for a Poverty -Free Toronto and Social Planning Toronto release Action on Poverty city ward profiles on “Destitution Day”:
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/news/action-on-poverty-ward-profiles/
Toronto Star coverage:
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1207119

Number of people relying on social assistance soars in Niagara:
http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news/article/1368640--soaring-welfare-rates-push-up-caseloads

Cabinet Minister John Gerretsen agrees to walk a mile in the shoes of Kingstonians on social assistance as part of SPNO’s “Hey Premier, Listen Up” tour across the province:
http://www.thewhig.com/2012/06/01/mpp-says-he-will-take-social-assistance-tour

Across the Country:

PEI’s poverty reduction strategy a “modest start”:
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Opinion/Editorials/2012-06-07/article-2998264/Strategy-to-fight-poverty-a-modest-start/1

Local poverty reduction efforts in Revelstoke, BC:
http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/157051155.html

Why Quebec students are still in the streets:
http://rabble.ca/news/2012/06/student-protests-and-mirror-its-held-all-us

National Issues:

How can we fight obesity? Why, by fighting poverty, of course:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/fight-obesity-by-fighting-poverty/article4233890/

The UNICEF report on child poverty in Canada – and what to do about it:
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/a-roundup-of-the-usual-child-poverty-suspects-156942735.html

And, the CCPA’s prescriptions for how to fix income inequality:
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/06/06/how-to-fix-income-inequality/

Who are Canada’s 1%? And how can we solve growing inequality?:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/who-are-the-richest-1-per-cent-in-canada-theyre-not-just-ceos/article4231232/

Federal Issues:

A guide to Bill C-38 - the federal Budget:
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/06/06/a-rough-guide-to-bill-c-38

“The information must be provided as part of the democratic process of Parliamentary governance,” said Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page:
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2012/06/04/pbo-says-parliament%E2%80%99s-request-for-details-on-feds%E2%80%99-spending-cuts-has/30974

Federal Conservatives vote to repeal sections of Canadian Human Rights Act that ban hate speech on the Internet:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/vote+repeal+hate+speech+sections+human+rights/6740459/story.html

And, from the International Files:

A new study demonstrates the links between poverty, pollution, poor health – and racialization:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=children-at-risk-pollution-poverty

An interesting take from the US on why people rely on social assistance:
http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/06/25951/

In Europe, criminalizing poverty, its implications, and what should be done:
http://www.euractiv.com/socialeurope/criminalising-homelessness-anti-analysis-513181

The real class war – Poor and fat in America:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/05/opinion/granderson-poverty-health/index.html

From the UK – History shows that austerity has never worked:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/04/austerity-policy-eurozone-crisis

Social activist nuns rebuked by the Vatican go on tour:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/us/us-nuns-bus-tour-to-spotlight-social-issues.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120606

Wall Street executive pay rises:
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1205943--wall-street-ceo-pay-rises-20-as-no-1-on-rich-list-claims-30-million?bn=1

Current poverty levels in Spain are comparable to the post-war period:
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/poverty-in-spain-comparable-to-post-war-europe-charity-reports/

No consensus on poverty reduction in New Zealand:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/107470/child-poverty-accord-unlikely-labour

Income inequality can be seen – from space:
http://boingboing.net/2012/06/01/income-inequality-can-be-seen.html
[What do trees have to do with income inequality?Plenty, as it turns out...]

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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

7. (Federal) Bill M-315 : Motion to undertake a study on income inequality in Canada - April 25

Forwarded by Linda Lalonde,
Co-chair, Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network:

Please see below for a motion on income equality that is before the House of Commons and goes to the vote on June 13th.
It may not change the world but it may get people talking about changing the world.
Linda

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Bill M-315 : Motion to undertake a study on income inequality in Canada
The Hon. Scott Brison, Liberal MP for Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia, introduced a motion in April in the House of Commons, called M-315 on the issue of income inequality in Canada. We’d like to ask you to spread the word around and meet with your MPs, encouraging them to support this motion in a vote that’s coming up on June 13th, 2012, in the House.

Bill M-315 : Motion to undertake a study on income inequality in Canada
http://openparliament.ca/debates/2012/4/25/scott-brison-1/only/
April 25, 2012
This is the complete text of Mr. Brison's private member's motion.
Click the "see more" button in the bottom left corner of the yellow-ish text box to read the complete motion. Immediately following Mr. Brison's reading motion, you'll find statements
from members of all parties about the motion, including:
* Mark Adler
(Conservative)
* Dany Morin (NDP)
* Shelly Glover (Conservative)
* Peggy Nash (NDP)
* John McCallum
(Liberal)
* Cathy McLeod
(Conservative)
* Hoang Mai (NDP)

Thank you,
The Campaign 2000 Team at Family Service Toronto

Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/

Family Service Toronto
http://www.familyservicetoronto.org/index.html

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

8. SPARmonitor issue 82 - June 6
(SPAR : Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto)

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information. Its purpose is to
promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : June 6, 2012 (PDF - 148K, 5 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_82.pdf

Table of contents for this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)

Ø 2011 Census Data Release – Age and Sex Counts, City of Toronto
Ø The Canadian Population in 2011: Age and Sex
Ø World Health Statistics 2011
Ø World of Work Report 2012: Better Jobs for a Better Economy
Ø World Youth Report 2011
Ø Employment Insurance
Ø Youth Neither Enrolled Nor Employed
Ø Making Connections beyond School Walls

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

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

9. Invitation to become a member of Basic Income Canada Network (a.k.a. guaranteed annual income) - June 5

Invitation to become a member of Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) /
Réseau canadien pour le revenu garanti (RCRG):

BICN / RCRG is in the process of launching itself as a not-for-profit corporation. The formal incorporation documents were received from the Corporations Branch of Industry Canada in 2011. We are holding our inaugural membership meeting (held virtually, likely by teleconference) on Friday 27 July 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Before this meeting, we must identify an initial list of members.
You are invited to respond to the following two questions:

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1) are you interested in becoming a member of BICN / RCRG?

Yes ____ No _____


2) if you answered "yes" to Question 1, do you wish to take part in the
inaugural membership meeting scheduled for 27 July 2012 at 1 p.m.
Eastern Time?

Yes ____ No _____
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...and to send your response via email to:
pat_evans@carleton.ca

The final date for responses is 30 June 2012.

For more information about BICN / RCRG objectives,
or to reply directly on the BICN / RCRG website, go to:
http://biencanada.ca/content/membership-notice

To be eligible to become a member of BICN / RCRG, you must be at least
16 years old and "interested in furthering the objects of the corporation."

BICN / RCRG objects include:
1. To initiate and participate in research on Basic Income
2. To generate and disseminate information and knowledge on Basic Income
3. To educate for the establishment or augmentation of Basic Income as a means for preventing and alleviating poverty, reducing income and wealth inequality, and promoting income and social security.

There is currently no membership fee charged to those who wish to join BICN / RCRG.

Thank you.

Kelly Ernst, President
Jim Mulvale, Vice-President
Pat Evans, Secretary-Treasurer

Source:
Basic Income Canada Network Canada
http://biencanada.ca/

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

10. Creationism vs Evolution in the U.S. and Canada - June 1


In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins
Highly religious Americans most likely to believe in creationism

http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/Hold-Creationist-View-Human-Origins.aspx
June 1, 2012
By Frank Newport
PRINCETON, NJ -- Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God's guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.

Source:
Gallup
http://www.gallup.com/

...but before we get too smug about being more enlightened in Canada:

Polling creationism in Canada
http://ncse.com/news/2011/03/polling-creationism-canada-006556
March 22, 2011
A new national poll discussed in the Toronto Globe and Mail (March 21, 2011) indicates that 14 percent of Canadians think that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years, while 19 percent think that humans evolved over time but through divine guidance and 58 percent think that humans evolved through natural selection. The poll [ http://goo.gl/Mvf0q (PDF - 1MB, 82 pages) ] , conducted by Ekos Research Associates, surveyed 984 Canadians from March 15 to March 17, 2011.

Source:
National Center for Science Education
http://ncse.com/

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Comment (by Gilles):
Scary. Very scary.
I grew up in the Catholic church and the Catholic school system, taught by lay brothers and nuns for 12 years, and *never* heard expressed the view that "God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years", as per Gallup, above. Not once.

So WTF??
Why is this now such an issue, in 2012??
Must be a conspiracy, all that crazy talk about evolution.
<sarcasm>

 

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, May 2012 - June 8
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Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, first quarter 2012 - June 8
--- Financial information of universities and colleges, 2010/2011
- June 4

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 ]

June 8, 2012
Labour Force Survey, May 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120608/dq120608a-eng.htm
Following two months of large gains, employment was unchanged in May, and the unemployment rate remained at 7.3%.
- includes links to three tables:
* Labour force characteristics by age and sex
* Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
* Labour force characteristics by province

Related report:

Labour Force Information
May 13 to 19, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-001-x/71-001-x2012005-eng.htm

Labour Force Information
February 12 to 18, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-001-x/71-001-x2012002-eng.htm
Highlights
Analysis — May 2012
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
User information
Related products
PDF version

Source:
Labour Force Information - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=71-001-X&lang=eng
This publication provides the most current monthly labour market statistics. Each month, this publication contains a brief commentary highlighting recent developments in the Canadian labour market. It also includes a series of charts and tables on a variety of labour force characteristics, such as employment and unemployment for Canada, the provinces, metropolitan areas and economic regions.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

See also:

Tables by subject: Labour
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/ind01/l2_2621-eng.htm
* Labour
* Commuting to work
* Employment and unemployment
* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Non-wage benefits
* Occupations
* Unionization and industrial relations
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2621&lang=eng&more=0

* Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&more=0

 

June 8, 2012
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, first quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120608/dq120608c-eng.htm
The labour productivity of Canadian businesses edged up 0.1% in the first quarter, after increasing 0.7% in each of the previous two quarters.

Related subjects:

* Economic accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3764&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Productivity accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3355&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Hours of work and work arrangements
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=311&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Wages, salaries and other earnings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=238&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

 

June 4, 2012
Financial information of universities and colleges, 2010/2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120604/dq120604e-eng.htm
The interim Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) report is now available for the 2010/2011 academic year and includes financial data for all CAUBO member institutions except those in Quebec. A full final report will be released as soon as the Quebec data become available.

Related subjects:

* Education, training and learning
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1821&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Education finance
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1828&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

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Source:
The Daily

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

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

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

June 10, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

A day in the life of your taxes
http://goo.gl/7GRrC
5 Jun 2012 | Canada
New video from the CCPA illustrates how tax dollars are used for public services.

Moving forward, hand in hand: Examining the impact that full day kindergarten has had on the early learning and child care system in Ontario
http://goo.gl/lRzTZ
6 Jun 2012 | Ontario
Discussion paper from OMSSA "makes recommendations to the province on how to ensure that Ontario's early learning and child care system is an equal partner on the education continuum for Ontario's children."

Quality matters in early childhood education and care: Slovak Republic
http://goo.gl/0kZTh
6 Jun 2012 | International
Ten of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring the Slovak Republic where policy lever 3 - Improving qualifications, training and working conditions, is examined.

Developmental health knowledge as a catalyst for healthy family policies in Canada
http://goo.gl/Rdiw8
6 Jun 2012 | Canada
Canadian briefing note suggests "many of our children are not doing well" and proposes a new policy framework to support children and families. Full report coming soon.

Budget 2012 — What does it mean for women’s economic equality?
http://goo.gl/iXBh9
5 Jun 2012 | Canada
Report from the Canadian Labour Congress discusses proposed budget changes to childcare, employment insurance, old age security, public sector cuts, and research and advocacy groups through a gendered lens. Alternative actions are recommended.

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

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

German Cabinet approves controversial benefit program for stay-home parents of young children
http://goo.gl/lFpXH
6 Jun 2012 | Europe

How to fix income inequality
http://goo.gl/WOFLw
6 Jun 2012 | Canada

A roundup of the usual child-poverty suspects
http://goo.gl/qZlHf
6 Jun 2012 | Canada

Fiorito: Stopping gang violence could start in daycare
http://goo.gl/0CzIg
6 Jun 2012 | Canada

Canada is defaulting on its generational debt
http://goo.gl/GORWV
5 Jun 2012 | Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 8:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/08/
Medicaid Errors and Fraud - Arizona, Texas
Jobless Benefits - Ohio
Foster Care System - Texas
Project 50 Housing Program - Los Angeles, CA
Federal Minimum Wage
Kids Count Report - Tennessee

June 7, 2012:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/07/
Kids Count Report - Tennessee
Medicaid and Children’s Dental Care
Children and Food Insecurity

June 6, 2012:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/06/
Jobless Benefit Overpayments - Colorado
Medicaid Eligibility - Ohio
Low-wage Work and Wage Theft

June 5, 2012:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/05/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Minnesota
Low-income Housing - Wyoming, North Dakota
Young Men and the Recession

June 4, 2012:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/04/
Medicaid Reform - Georgia
Child Care Subsidies - Missouri

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

14. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

6 June 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1279
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4241
In this issue:
NEW: Legal Assistance Toolkit!
Latest news and reports
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Iran
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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More Humour in the Court.

These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy ?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan !

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition
notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

Source:
Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History
http://goo.gl/xAwhD


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And, in closing...
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Don't forget Dad next Sunday, Father's Day! (video, duration 2:50)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZa7hU6tP_s

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ImplemateTHIS!
http://goo.gl/UpkhO
Photo of session signage at a recent professional association's annual conference and shmoozefest.
The association shall remain nameless to preclude a visit to their office from the grammar irony police.

Reminds me of this guy:
http://goo.gl/rE7jh

And this woman:
http://goo.gl/35z04

More funny misspelled signs:
http://www.funnytypos.com/category/funny-misspellings/

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First, watch (at least a bit of) the original by Green Day below, then the parody:
(both are worth a listen, but The Wife Song cracks me up every time...)

Green Day : Time of Your Life (video, duration 2:34)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bTdLi0YUVM

The Wife Song (video, duration 1:56)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haUFv732DwU&feature=related

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The Beauty of Pollination (video, duration 4:24)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xHkq1edcbk4
Watch this full screen - it's absolutely mesmerizing Hi-Def..
- includes hummingbirds, bees, bats and a gazillion monarch butterflies!
... and a relaxing soundtrack...
Source:
TED - Ideas Worth Spreading
http://www.ted.com/

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Recycling your old Baby Grand piano (photo):
http://i.imgur.com/73inY.jpg