Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 10, 2011

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.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.
[Ontario] Inadequate social assistance costs us plenty (The Kitchener-Waterloo Record - July 8
2. [Ontario] Recent releases from the Income Security Advocacy Centre's Ontario Social Assistance Review:
--- City, province eye social assistance issues in Hamilton - July 5
--- Broken system needs fixing (Lee Prokaska in The Hamilton Spectator) - July 6
--- Frances Lankin interviewed on social assistance review in Ontario - July 5
--- We invest in roads; why not people? - July 5
3. Pomp, pageantry and unions (Linda McQuaig in the Toronto Star) - July 4
4. Canada's North Beyond 2011 (Conference) (Conference Board of Canada) - October 11 - 13
5. [British Columbia] Thousands of disabled denied legislated benefit, anti-poverty activists charge (Globe and Mail) - July 5
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, June 2011 - July 8
--- Reasons for not voting in the May 2, 2011 federal election, May 2011- July 5

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

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. [U.S.] New study calculates number of deaths caused by poverty (Globe and Mail / American Journal of Public Health) - July 4
10. [United States] Internet Resources on Aging - (AARP)
11. [United Kingdom] Home care in London (Institute for Public Policy Research) - July 1
12. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. [Ontario] Inadequate social assistance costs us plenty - July 8
(The Kitchener-Waterloo Record)

Inadequate social assistance costs us plenty
July 8, 2011
The term “social assistance” is quickly becoming misleading. While it is encouraging to know that Ontario has programs in place designed to assist people living in poverty, there is an undeniable shortfall in the amounts disbursed by the province’s two major social assistance programs, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. An overhaul is needed within these programs, since the lack of funding for low-income Ontarians is getting very, very expensive.

As of December 2010, the average single individual supported by Ontario Works was receiving $592 per month, the equivalent of working full-time for $3.70 per hour — and a full $6.55 less than minimum wage. Yet this amount is expected to cover food, housing, transportation and all incidental expenses while the recipient seeks employment.

In April 2011, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation estimated the average rent for a bachelor apartment in Waterloo Region at $603 per month—that’s $11 more than the average recipient of Ontario Works is allocated for all of their monthly expenses. This tells us that, even without eating, the average person on social assistance cannot afford the average cost of the smallest dwelling on the housing market.
Source:
The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo)

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

2. Recent releases from the Income Security Advocacy Centre's Ontario Social Assistance Review:
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City, province eye social assistance issues in Hamilton - July 5
--- Broken system needs fixing (By Lee Prokaska in The Hamilton Spectator) - July 6
--- Frances Lankin interviewed on social assistance review in Ontario - July 5
--- We invest in roads; why not people? - July 5

Recent releases from the
Ontario Social Assistance Review
website
of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

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City, province eye social assistance issues in Hamilton
July 5, 2011
By Danielle Wong
City council has approved a local push to reform Ontario’s social assistance system by setting rates that would meet basic needs. Economist Dr. Atif Kubursi and Hamilton Community Legal Clinic staff lawyer Craig Foye presented a report [the next link below] to council Monday about the economic impact of spending by Hamiltonians living on social assistance. They requested councillors endorse the report and write to the province, emphasizing the need for an “evidence-based” model for setting social assistance rates.

The report:

The Economic Impact of
Social Assistance in Hamilton
(PDF - 444K, 63 pages)
By Atif Kubursi and Craig Foye
April 2011
There is a general presumption that Social Assistance in Ontario or elsewhere, whether through Ontario Works (OW) or ODSP benefits, is a general burden on the taxpayers in the province with no or little benefits for the people of Ontario beyond the small cohort receiving it. The results of the economic impact analysis we undertook show that this is not true. Rather, the expenditures the beneficiaries make (incidentally, it is typically the case that the recipients of these benefits spend all what they receive) in the local economy tend to generate significant impacts in both the local and provincial economies
Source:

Econometric Research Limited

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Broken system needs fixing
July 6, 2011
By Lee Prokaska

“It is not a matter of small fixes.”— Dr. Munir Sheikh, commissioner, provincial social assistance review commission.
As understatements go, Sheikh’s is a dramatic one.
The 18-month review of social assistance in Ontario that he is undertaking with commissioner Frances Lankin will be the largest — and we hope most thorough — examination of social assistance programs since the late 1980s. In the interim, those programs have taken a beating, most significantly during the Mike Harris years of ideologically based cuts.
Source:
The Hamilton Spectator

More info:

Ontario Social Assistance Review - from the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

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Frances Lankin on CBC’s Metro Morning
July 5, 2011
Frances Lankin, co-Commissioner of the Social Assistance Review Commission, was interviewed on July 5 by Matt Galloway on Toronto’s Metro Morning radio program.
* L
isten to the interview on the CBC’s website (Duration 6:36)
* Read the unofficial transcript of the conversation

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We invest in roads; why not people?
July 5, 2011
By Peter Graefe
Social-service spending is an investment with demonstrable returns
Source:
The Hamilton Spectator

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More info:

Ontario Social Assistance Review --- Income Security Advocacy Centre

Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
NOTE : this link takes you to a section of the Ontario govt. links page of this site, where you'll find links to the official govt. of Ontario SA Review website and content from that site.

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

3. Pomp, pageantry and unions - July 4
(Linda McQuaig in the Toronto Star)

Pomp, pageantry and unions
By Linda McQuaig
July 4, 2011
We surely seem to be living in conservative times — with the NDP trying to distance itself from all things socialist and the public apparently unable to sate its appetite for all things royal. Certainly it’s easy to get the impression from the media that Canadians, content with their capitalist bounty, are primarily focused on the activities and outfits of the Royal Family.So perhaps it’s out-of-sync with the times to suggest that we’re actually in the middle of a class war, and that it’s been heating up lately. (...) In the wake of the 2008 financial crunch, ordinary Canadians stand to lose even more ground. As the recent labour battles at Air Canada and Canada Post show, employers — now with firm backing from Ottawa — have new wind in their sails as they demand concessions and insist that new employees be hired at lower wage and benefit levels. This means that employers are demanding the next generation of workers be paid less than today’s workers. If this isn’t evidence of an ongoing class war, it’s hard to think what would be.

[ Comments (53) ]

Source:
Toronto Star

- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

4. Canada's North Beyond 2011 (Conference) - October 11 - 13
(Conference Board of Canada)

Canada's North Beyond 2011 - Conference
October 11-13, 2011
Edmonton, Alberta

Canada’s North Beyond 2011 will assess and debate the critical challenges and opportunities in Canada’s North. We intend to make this Canada’s preeminent event on the North, engaging a wide range of community, business, and Aboriginal leaders and representatives from local, regional, and national government to collaborate on three critical aspects of northern prosperity and sustainability—thriving communities, economic development, and sovereignty and security.
Participate in this unparalleled event, and collaborate with public and private sector leaders from across the country and its northern communities

All registrants for this event are eligible for a 50% discount on travel from First Air! Please visit our Accommodations and Travel page for more information!
You can help change the future outlook for Canada’s North.
Source:
Conference Board of Canada

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- Go to the Northwest Territories Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ntbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Nunavut Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nunavut.htm
ork_life_balance.htm

- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

5. [British Columbia] Thousands of disabled denied legislated benefit, anti-poverty activists charge - July 5
(Globe and Mail)

British Columbia

Thousands of disabled denied legislated benefit, anti-poverty activists charge
By Brennan Clarke
July 5, 2011
Thousands of B.C. disability-assistance recipients are being denied the right to an extra $100 a month for volunteering in the community even though provincial legislation guarantees the benefit to all eligible applicants, a Victoria-based anti-poverty agency says.
Under the B.C. Employment and Assistance Act, welfare recipients who qualify as “persons with disabilities” are entitled to the extra $100 if they perform a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer work a month. Kelly Newhook, executive director of Together Against Poverty Society, said 5,000 people receive the $100 top-up on their benefits, but another 7,000 have applied and are on a waiting list because the province refuses to provide the funds to make the payments. Some applicants have been on the list for two years or more.

[ 27 comments ]

Source:
Globe and Mail

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

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, June 2011 - July 8
--- Reasons for not voting in the May 2, 2011 federal election, May 2011- July 5

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:

July 8, 2011
Labour Force Survey, June 2011
Employment rose for the third consecutive month, up 28,000 in June. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.4% as the number of people participating in the labour market increased. Over the past 12 months, employment has grown by 238,000 (+1.4%).
- 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, June 12 to 18, 2011
July 8, 2011
Highlights
Analysis — June 2011

Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
User information
Related products
PDF version (PDF - 444K, 63 pages)

[ earlier reports in this series ]

Source:
Labour Force Information - main product page*
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.

Related subjects:
Labour
Employment and unemployment


July 5, 2011
Reasons for not voting in the May 2, 2011 federal election, May 2011
More than one-quarter of the 7.5 million eligible voters who reported they did not cast a ballot in the May 2, 2011 federal election indicated they did not do so because they were not interested in voting. Another 23% said they were too busy to vote.
- includes three tables:
* Reasons for not voting among those that did not vote, by sex and by age group, May 2011 federal election
* Reasons for not voting among those who did not vote, by geography, May 2011 federal election
* Reasons for not voting among those who did not vote, by immigrant status, May 2011 federal election

Related subjects:

* Government
* Society and community
* Social networks and civic participation

- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm


The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
:

July 9, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Progress of the world's women 2011-2012: In pursuit of justice
6 Jul 2011
First major report from UN Women (the United Nations' new organization for gender equality) calls on governments to "take urgent action to end the injustices that keep women poorer and less powerful than men in every country in the world."

Changing families, new understandings
6 Jul 2011
Report from Vanier Institute of the Family by Dr. Meg Luxton "explores key debates about the roles and responsibilities of families in Canada today".

Breaking down barriers: Making work pay for families of disabled children
6 Jul 2011
Report from the UK's Family Fund sets out the findings of a survey of families of children with disabilities; finds high cost and lack of inclusive child care settings prevent families of children with disabilities from partaking in employment.

Digging deeper: What the Yearbook has to say about access, quality and funding
6 Jul 2011
Three part series on the National Institute for Early Education Research's blog looks at three key issues addressed in their annual State Preschool Yearbook.

Professional development needs of directors leading in a mixed service delivery preschool system
6 Jul 2011
Article from Early Childhood Research & Practice reports on an interview study with directors of Head Start and child care programs who are collaborating with local education authorities to provide publicly funded preschool in New Jersey.

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Institute 'daddy leave'
6 Jul 2011 United States

Parents set to benefit from changes to free childcare
6 Jul 2011 Europe

Child carers call for gradual reform
6 Jul 2011 Australia and New Zealand

EYFS review: 'Slimmed down' EYFS and payment by results for Sure Start children's centres
6 Jul 2011 Europe

Government urged to remove barriers to work for parents of disabled children
6 Jul 2011 Europe

MORE Child care in the news

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Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

July 8:
State Obesity Rates
US June 2011 Unemployment
Maternal and Infant Well-Being - Michigan
States’ Spending on Medicaid
Education Cuts and Instruction Time

July 7:
Benefits of Medical Insurance to the Poor
Poverty Alleviation - Brazil
Prison Recidivism Rates - Pennsylvania

July 6:
State Medicaid Programs
Cuts to Welfare Programs - Pennsylvania, New Jersey

July 5:
Poverty and Poor Health
Federal Spending on Medicaid
Unemployment Insurance Waste and Fraud

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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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

9. [U.S.] New study calculates number of deaths caused by poverty - July 4
(Globe and Mail / American Journal of Public Health)

New study calculates number of deaths caused by poverty
By Nicholas Bakalar for the New York Times News Service
July 4, 2011
Poverty is often cited as contributing to poor health. Now, in an unusual approach, researchers have calculated how many people poverty kills and presented their findings, along with an argument that social factors can cause death the same way that behaviour like smoking cigarettes does. In an article published online for the June 16 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, scientists calculated the number of deaths attributable to each of six social factors, including low income.

[ 114 comments ]

Source:
Globe and Mail

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Estimated Deaths Attributable to Social Factors in the United States
Sandro Galea, Melissa Tracy, Katherine J. Hoggatt, Charles DiMaggio, and Adam Karpati
Published June 16, 2011
[Abstract]
[PDF - requires a paid subscription to American Journal of Public Health Online ]
Source:
American Journal of Public Health

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Death by Poverty?
June 16, 2011
How many U.S. deaths are caused by poverty, low levels of education and other social factors?
A new study finds that the numbers are in the same range as deaths from heart attacks and stroke.
Source:
Mailman School of Public Health
at Columbia University

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

10. United States - Internet Resources on Aging - (AARP)

United States

Internet Resources on Aging
Browse AARP's database on Internet resources, and link to more than 1,200 of the best sites for people age 50+.
This resource was last updated November 2010.
Topics and Subtopics:
* Aging of Special Populations
* Aging Organizations and General Interest
* Caregiving, Supportive Services, and Assistive Devices
* Death and Dying
* Employment, Finances, and Retirement
* Family, Personal Relationships, and Online Community
* Government, Legislation, and Public Policy
* Health and Well-Being
* Housing and Long Term Care
* Law and Legal Issues
* Leisure, Learning, and Personal Growth
* Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security
* Older Drivers and Transportation
* Research and Reference
* State and Local Resources

AARP (formerly called the American Association of Retired Persons)
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives. Since 1958, AARP has been leading a revolution in the way people view and live life. Our work reaches deep into members' communities through support from staffed offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

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

11. [United Kingdom] Home care in London - July 1
(Institute for Public Policy Research)

United Kingdom

Home care in London (PDF - 868K, 42 pages)
By Laura bradley
July 1, 2011
Over the next two decades, the number of people aged over 80 is set to double in Britain. Public services must adapt to the challenge that this poses, central to which is the need to deliver social care to older people. Home-based care has the potential to reduce the pressure on more costly public services such as hospital beds and care-home places. (...) This paper explores the issue of home-based social care in London. It provides policymakers and commissioners with a clearer idea of what makes for good quality home-based care, the challenges that exist for delivering it, and how the increasing demand can be met.
Source:
Institute for Public Policy Research
IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank. We produce rigorous research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world.

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

12. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

6 July 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1232
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Crisis in the Horn of Africa
- Human rights agenda: South Sudan
- Child detention: DR Congo, UNICEF
- Witchcraft branding: Nigeria - Call for abstracts!
- Waiting for law: South Africa, India
- Child marriage & youth suicide: Pakistan
- Banned from religious worship: Tajikistan
- “Kettling” the right to protest: United Kingdom
- New reports: Right to nationality, Corporal punishment
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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

 

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(By Gilles)

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* You've clicked a link to a "Free Virus/Malware Scan for your Computer!"on a web page  that you're visiting, and suddenly your computer locks up and demands money for software to undo the problem,

* You thought you were clicking the "Close" button on a popup window, only to find that you've just downloaded some nasty piece of malware or a Trojan Horse, or a virus

* Your machine is slowing down --- or is it  your Internet connection ?

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Gilles' recommended system tools to detect & fix
system errors, to optimize your system, 
to detect and delete malware and much more:
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Combating Mass Incarceration - The Facts (Infographic)
http://www.aclu.org/combating-mass-incarceration-facts-0
"With only 5% of the world's population, the U.S. has 25% of the world's prison population."

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Skydiving for pteromechanophobic people (YouTube video - 2:17):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVvRWVoHDb8

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OMMMMMMMMM.
Yoga lesson on FOCUS (YouTube video - 1:09).
http://www.fazed.org/video/view/?id=849

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Does anyone else remember Troy Hurtubise and his grizzly bear-proof suit?
Cult classic!
http://www.nfb.ca/film/project_grizzly
Note: the complete video is 72 minutes long.

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Why can't we all get along?  (video, 2:47)
http://www.wimp.com/catrat/

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Five minutes with Jeff Beck (YouTube video - 5:04)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uwvBizKAwc