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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 10, 2008

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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1851 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Poverty makes Ontario sick (The Toronto Star) - August 5
2. Economic Security in Nova Scotia (Centre for the Study of Living Standards) - July 16
3. Supporting and Engaging Older Workers in the New Economy + federal govt. response (Expert Panel on Older Workers) - July 23
4. Recent Changes to Yukon Social Assistance Programs (Yukon Dept. of Health and Social Services) - June 2008
5. What's New from Statistics Canada
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 8

International  content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
8. U.S. - State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty (National Governors Association) - June 5
9. U.S. - Entering the Next Phase of Welfare Reform: State Responses to Changes in Federal TANF Law and Regulations (National Governors Association) - July 15
10. U.S. - Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities
11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
12. CRINMAIL (August 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Poverty makes Ontario sick - August 5
(The Toronto Star)

Poverty makes Ontario sick
August 5, 2008
Economic inequality translates into limited access to health-care for province's poor
Source:
The Toronto Star

NOTE: The co-authors of this article, Dr. Michael Rachlis, Dr. Gary Bloch and Dr. Itamar Tamari,
were also involved in writing the following series of three articles in the May 2008 issue of the Ontario Medical Review:

Poverty and Health: article series
The Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group has prepared a series of articles that provide physicians with an overview of the issues related to poverty and health, indicators and resources that can be used in practice, along with strategies to help mitigate the health effects of poverty in individual patients and communities.

* Part 1: Why poverty makes us sick (PDF - 157K, 6 pages)

* Part 2: Identifying poverty in your practice and community (PDF - 143K, 5 pages)

* Part 3: Strategies for physicians to mitigate the health effects of poverty (PDF - 2MB, 5 pages)

Source:
Ontario Medical Review • May 2008 issue
[ Ontario Medical Association ]

Related link:

Doctors Point to Poverty as Major Cause of Illness
New report shows how poverty impacts health and what doctors can do to
help address this growing health-care crisis
TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - A new report by a group of Ontario doctors highlights the ways in which poverty affects the health outcomes of adults and children and the role health-care professionals can play in reducing the impact of poverty on people's health. The report, "Why poverty makes us sick," authored by The Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group, reveals that poverty substantially raises the rate of chronic illness, infant mortality and lowers life expectancy.
Source:
CNW Group (formerly Canada Newswire)

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

2. Economic Security in Nova Scotia - July 16
(Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

Economic Security in Nova Scotia (PDF - 1.7MB, 66 pages)
July 16, 2008
The report uses an aggregate index, based on security from the economic risks imposed by four key factors – unemployment, illness, old age, and single parenthood – to examine trends in economic security in Nova Scotia from 1981 to 2007. It concludes that economic security in Nova Scotia decreased during the 1981-2007 period.
Source:
Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS)

Other CSLS reports - 50+ links to reports going back to 1997

- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

3. Supporting and Engaging Older Workers in the New Economy + federal govt. response - July 23
(Expert Panel on Older Workers)

What's new on the Human Resources and Social Development Canada website in July 2008:

Supporting and Engaging Older Workers in the New Economy
This report by the Expert Panel on Older Workers is undated.
(Posted to the HRSDC site in July 2008;
PDF file created February 12, 2008)
Executive Summary (see excerpt below)
Complete report:
HTML version
- table of contents and links to each chapter and appendix in the report
PDF version (874K, 110 pages)
Excerpt from the executive summary:
"(...) The Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada established the Expert Panel on Older Workers on January 23, 2007. The Panel members were selected for their experience in studying policy issues. (...)The Panel's task was to consider the current situation and future prospects of older workers, and to make recommendations to the government."

Source:
Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)
[ Hey, HRSDC webguys! Try sticking a date on your reports, eh... ]

HRSDC Minister Monte Solberg's response
to the report by the Expert Panel on Older Workers:

New Approaches and Partnerships to Meet the Labour Market Challenges of Today and Tomorrow
Speaking Notes for The Honourable Monte Solberg
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
at
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER)
18th Annual Summit
“New approaches to meet the labour market challenges of today and tomorrow”
Vancouver, British Columbia
July 23, 2008

Related links:

Expert Panel on Older Workers (the Panel's own website)
- incl. links to : * About the Panel * Consultations * Submissions * Research * FAQs * Links * Contact us

Older Workers : Challenges and Policy Issues
Background and Issues Paper
March 2007
This discussion paper was part of a broad consultation process in 2007 that included provincial and territorial governments, the academic community, employers, labour groups and other organizations.

- Go to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

4. Recent Changes to Yukon Social Assistance Programs - June 2008
(Yukon Dept. of Health and Social Services)

Recent Changes to Yukon Social Assistance Programs
June 2008
- changes include an increase to maximum social assistance rates (as of the June 21/08 cheque), an increase to the maximum earnings exemption (50% of employment income is exempt for up to three years, 25% after that), changes for people with severe disabilities that will allow for more flexibility in how the program may be able to respond to individual circumstances, total exemption of the federal Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Working Income Tax Benefit and clarification of the administration of social assistance in Yukon (SA Regulations have been more clearly written to distinguish between what is “assistance” and what is considered “aid” or “welfare services”).
Source:
Yukon Social Assistance
[ Dept. of Health and Social Services (HSS) ]

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

5. What's New from Statistics Canada

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

August 8, 2008
Labour Force Survey, July 2008
Following gains at the beginning of 2008, and little change from April to June, employment dropped by 55,000 in July. The unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 6.1%, as many people, particularly youth, left the labour force.

August 8, 2008
Employment, Earnings and Hours
May 2008
Highlights
Complete report
(PDF - 2.2MB, 461 pages)

I think most of the folks who work on social program stats at the Mother of All Statistical Agencies decided to take their holidays at the same time --- it's pretty slim pickings these days.
To check for yourself, click the link below to check The Daily for August:
August 2008 archives
Click the HTML link beside a date to see the releases for that day;
to see earlier months, use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the list.

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

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 8

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

August 8, 2008

Risques, vulnérabilité et adaptation : les enfants à risque au Québec
7 Aug 08
- Study by Christa Japel examining the conditions that young children at risk in Quebec grow up in and the links they have to later cognitive performance and behaviour.

International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
7 Aug 08
- Second volume of the international journal from the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education covering various ECEC policy issues by experts from around the world.

Sweden: Childcare and education
7 Aug 08 - Powerpoint slides prepared by representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science in Sweden describing the Swedish childcare and education system.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Education former lieutenant-governor says province isn’t starting second language training early enough [CA-PE]
7 Aug 08

· Report recommendations must be taken on board [NZ]
7 Aug 08

· Childcare giant looks to new directors to revitalize group [AU]
6 Aug 08

· Childcare before kindergarten may promote obesity [US]
4 Aug 08

· New beginning for early childhood development [JM]
3 Aug 08

· Peel board early years centres give children substantial learning boost [CA-ON]
16 Jul 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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)

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

7. 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 twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

August 7, 2008
* States and Anti-poverty Initiatives
* Measuring the Success of Welfare Reform
* Social Service Agencies - California, Louisiana
* Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
* Medicaid Waiver Plan - Rhode Island
* Medicaid and Dental Care - Utah
* Homeless Population - Minnesota, Connecticut
* Energy Costs and Utility Shut-offs
* Massachusetts Child Care Vouchers and Payments to Providers
* Job Training Initiative and Green Jobs - Michigan
* Hiring Practices and Questions about Criminal Histories - New Haven, CT
* Low-income Students and Access to College
* No Child Left Behind - Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, Minnesota
* Paid Sick Leave - Ohio

August 4, 2008
* Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
* TANF Programs - Virginia
* Child Poverty - Wisconsin
* Washington Post Series on Low-wage Workers
* State Medicaid Programs and Spending
* State Health Insurance Plans - Indiana, Connecticut, Tennessee
* Homelessness and Housing Programs
* Post-Katrina Temporary Housing
* Low-income Workers and Home-ownership Programs
* Utility Costs and Energy Assistance Programs
* U.S. Unemployment Rate
* Earned Income Tax Credit - Louisiana
* Child Care Subsidies - New York, Michigan
* Measuring Quality of Schools and Teachers

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

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

- 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

8. U.S. - State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty - June 5
(National Governors Association)

From the National Governors Association:

State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty (PDF - 223K, 20 pages)
Issue Brief
June 5, 2008
"(...) To help reduce poverty among children and families, states can:
• expand safety-net options for families in crisis;
• increase the returns on work;
• promote savings and asset accumulation;
• improve the consumer environment in poor neighborhoods;
• increase access to education and training;
• improve access to work supports;
• invest in programs for young children; and
• strengthen family relationships."
NOTE: you'll find dozens of links to related studies in the text and in the endnotes of this brief.

Related news release:

States Take Action to Alleviate Child and Family Poverty
NGA Issue Brief Examines State Approaches to Reduce Poverty
News Release
June 20, 2008
WASHINGTON—As families across the nation face financial hardships and economic insecurity, states continue to lead the way in developing solutions to help families ensure their economic well-being. These efforts are highlighted in a new Issue Brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) titled State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty.

Source:
National Governors Association

Related link from Stateline.org:

States adopt bold anti-poverty measures
August 7, 2008
As the economy falters and the ranks of the poor multiply, states for the first time in recent memory are mounting high-profile, comprehensive campaigns aimed at radically reducing poverty — many with an emphasis on children.

Related link from
The Center for American Progress:

From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half
April 25, 2007

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

9. U.S. - Entering the Next Phase of Welfare Reform: State Responses to Changes in Federal TANF Law and Regulations - July 15
(National Governors Association)

Entering the Next Phase of Welfare Reform:
State Responses to Changes in Federal TANF Law and Regulations
(PDF - 163K, 16 pages)
Issue Brief
July 15, 2008
"(...) The provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act and final regulations for implementing the reauthorized TANF program challenge states to engage unprecedented numbers of TANF clients in work activities, while facing added administrative burdens and static resource levels. Nevertheless, states have demonstrated commitment and resourcefulness in responding to the stricter federal requirements."

Related news release:

States Adopt Innovative Strategies to Provide Assistance to Needy Families
News Release
July 29, 2008
A survey by the NGA Center reveals the innovative strategies states are using to meet new, more stringent federal requirements of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Source:
National Governors Association

Some context:

Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families (TANF) Program : Final Rule
(PDF - 360K, 58 pages)
February 2008
"(...) This final rule implements changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program required by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The DRA reauthorized the TANF program through fiscal year (FY) 2010 with a renewed focus on work, program integrity, and strengthening families through healthy marriage promotion and responsible fatherhood."
NOTE : the effective date of changes to TANF is October 1, 2008.
Source:
Administration for Children and Families
[ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ]

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

10. U.S. - Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities

United States:

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities - Link added August 7, 2008
This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own. Here you can learn more about the five important steps in buying a home and about financial assistance programs that are available for you living with disabilities, who want to buy a home.
After reading this guide to home ownership for people living with disabilities, you will know more about:
* The advantages and disadvantages of buying a home
* The most important steps in the home-buying process
* Common terms related to home-buying
* How to get started in your quest to purchase a home
* Financial assistance geared toward enabling you living with disabilities to buy your own homes
Source:
MortgageLoan.com

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

11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

12. CRINMAIL - August 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

7 August 2008 - CRINMAIL 1005
* HIV and AIDS: Make it Matter - 10 Key advocacy messages to prevent HIV in girls and young women [publication]
* TANZANIA: Govt called on to come up with law on breast-milk substitutes [news]
* GLOBAL: Sex education failing young people [news]
* AFGHANISTAN: Sex attacks on Afghan children continue to rise, rights group says [news]
* CYPRUS: Child commissioner launches website [publication]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

5 August 2008 - CRINMAIL 1004
* CHINA: More questions about Chinese gymnasts' ages [news]
* ENOC: Concerned over EU Return Directive [publication]
* IRAN: Human rights abuses against the Kurdish minority [publication]
* AFGHANISTAN: Children in prison with mothers [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Over-cautious parents stop play [publication]
* EMPLOYMENT - UNAMI
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ 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.

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

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


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Dogs vs. Cats

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DOG DIARY

8:00 AM - Dog food! My favourite thing!
9:30 AM - A car ride! My favourite thing!
9:40 AM - A walk in the park! My favourite thing!
10:30 AM - Got rubbed and petted! My favourite thing!
12:00 PM - Lunch! My favourite thing!
1:00 PM - Played in the yard! My favourite thing!
3:00 PM - Wagged my tail! My favourite thing!
5:00 PM - Milk bones! My favourite thing!
7:00 PM - Got to play ball! My favourite thing!
8:00 PM - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favourite thing!
11:00 PM - Sleeping on the bed! My favourite thing!


CAT DIARY

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. The sick bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies'. I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow - but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He obviously has issues.

Source:
http://www.funny2.com


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And, in closing...
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Motivational Posters
http://www.motivatedphotos.com/Default.aspx

Infinitube
http://www.infinitube.net/
Try this at home - it won't work behind a network firewall)

Googlympics
http://www.google.ca/intl/en/landing/summergames2008/index.html


Sideways Google
http://blogoscoped.com/rotated/
NOTE: this works only with Internet Explorer*
I don't normally support "IE Only" websites (Yay, Firefox 3!!),
but this is kinda cute...

*If your browser of choice is IE and you're
feeling smug right about now,
please click the following link:
http://www.crashie.com/