Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 10, 2014

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 2,706 subscribers.

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NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK (August 17) as CSRL staff [ http://goo.gl/5pF6p6 ] embark upon the annual pilgrimage to Toronto and Southern Ontario. The kitty/housesitter is lined up, we've got a full tank of gas and a half a pack of smokes --- we're on a mission from Gad.
With apologies to The Blues Brothers...
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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. Faux transparency and the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (rabble.ca) - August 8
2. It’s Complicated : An Interprovincial Comparison of Student Financial Aid (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - July 2014
3.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, July 2014 - August 8

+ Just how bad are Canada's latest job numbers released Friday by Statistics Canada? (By PressProgress) - August 8

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

International content

5. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
6. [United States] Which states have the highest levels of homelessness? (Washington Post) - August 8
7. [United States] How to avoid another Wall Street tsunami (higher minimum wages + a new financial transactions tax [the "Robin Hood Tax"] (Fortune Magazine) - August 4
8. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
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[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Faux transparency and the First Nations Financial Transparency Act - August 8
(rabble.ca)

Faux transparency and the First Nations Financial Transparency Act
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/nora-loreto/2014/08/faux-transparency-and-first-nations-financial-transparency-act
By Nora Loreto
August 8, 2014
In effect since March 2013, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act forces financial statements of band councils to be made public, ostensibly to be more transparent. (...) But, is it more transparent? Or is it yet another example of the Crown imposing ridiculous policies and standards on First Nations communities? The relationship between the Crown and band councils was supposed to be that of nations working together, equally. Over the years, what's evolved is a paternal attitude from Ottawa that treats Indigenous communities as wards of the state.

Source:
rabble.ca
http://rabble.ca/

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

2. It’s Complicated : An Interprovincial Comparison of Student Financial Aid - July 2014
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

It’s Complicated : An Interprovincial
Comparison of Student Financial Aid
(PDF - 2MB, 50 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/07/its_complicated.pdf
By Jordan MacLaren
July 2014
This report compares eligibility for student financial aid by examining the amount of funds (both repayable and non-repayable) that a student would be eligible to receive in each province, based on their income group (low-, middle- and high-income). Provincial administration of part (or all) of financial aid has resulted in great variability in the type, quantity, and availability of resources offered to students.

Author Jordan MacLaren is a Master of Social Work student studying at Carleton University.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

3. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, July 2014 - August 8

+ Just how bad are Canada's latest job numbers released Friday by Statistics Canada? (By PressProgress) - August 8

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

August 8, 2014
Labour Force Survey, July 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140808/dq140808a-eng.htm
Overall employment was unchanged in July, as gains in part-time work were offset by losses in full time. A decline in the number of people searching for work pushed the unemployment rate down 0.1 percentage points to 7.0%.

Related link:

Just how bad are Canada's latest job numbers released Friday by Statistics Canada?
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/just-how-bad-are-canadas-new-job-numbers
August 8, 2014

Five statistics that tell the story:

* 59,700: That's the number of full-time jobs that were lost last month.
* 200: Economists had expected the creation of 20,000 jobs in July. Instead, a mere 200 jobs were created overall, with part-time jobs offsetting the loss of full-time work.
* 0.7%: That's the growth of employment over the past year, with the addition of 115,300 new jobs. All this growth was in part-time work.
* 35,400: That's how many people dropped out of the labour force last month and are no longer being counted as unemployed.
* 65.9%: This is Canada's participation rate, which tracks the number of people searching for jobs. This is the first time since 2001 it has fallen below 66%.

Source:
PressProgress

http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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Stephen Harper's Conservative government says it's focused on "job creation and economic growth."
http://www.conservative.ca/?page_id=3583
With the support of our Economic Action Plan, the Canadian economy has created approximately one million net new jobs since the depths of the global economic recession.

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Fact check: putting the Conservatives' "million net new jobs" into context
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/fact-check-putting-conservatives-million-net-new-jobs-context
July 15, 2014
By Andrew Jackson
(...) Canada's employment rate – the proportion of the working-age population with a job – is still well below pre-recession levels.

Source:
Broadbent Institute

http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

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

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

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

4. 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

August 9, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

A national childcare program can address key themes in the 2014 pre-budget consultation
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/national-childcare-program-can-address-key-themes-2014-pre-
6 Aug 2014 | Canada
Brief submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance pre-budget consultation by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit argues that "a real national childcare program would be both the smart thing and the right thing to do for Canada".

Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number -- Child care costs vs. university tuition
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/hennessys-index-number-never-just-number-child-care-costs-v
6 Aug 2014 | Canada
Hennessy's Index August 2014 compares child care costs and university tuition across Canada.

Is it time for a Canadian "daddy month"?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/it-time-canadian-daddy-month
6 Aug 2014 | Canada
Post from CPPA's Behind the Numbers blog argues that Canada should have dedicated paternity leave.

Boys and girls, men and women, in non-traditional occupations
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/boys-and-girls-men-and-women-non-traditional-occupations
6 Aug 2014 | Europe
In a new brief the Fatherhood Institute argues that "if men were to participate professionally in substantial numbers in paid caring work in the childcare sector, the status of childcare, remuneration for it and therefore quality of provision would likely increase."

(Toronto) Children's Services Division: Facts and figures
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/07/toronto-childrens-services-division-facts-and-figures
30 Jul 2014 | Ontario
Occasional fact sheets from Toronto Children's Services provide information about the number of child care spaces for different age groups, auspice, fees, and fee subsidy.

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

What are Lambton County officials doing to keep Coronation Park open, asks CUPE
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/what-are-lambton-county-officials-doing-keep-coronation-park-open-as
6 Aug 2014 | Ontario

Head Start endures, evolves as 50 year milestone nears
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/head-start-endures-evolves-50-year-milestone-nears
6 Aug 2014 | United States

After Supreme Court ruling, Massachusetts lets child care providers opt out of union dues
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/after-supreme-court-ruling-massachusetts-lets-child-care-providers-o
6 Aug 2014 | United States

B.C teachers' strike: parents to get $40 a day if strike continues
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/bc-teachers-strike-parents-get-40-day-if-strike-continues
6 Aug 2014 | British Columbia

Where do we put all of the babies?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/where-do-we-put-all-babies
6 Aug 2014 | Ontario

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

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

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.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

5. 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.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 8, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/08/
Rural Poverty and Child Health – Ohio
Homelessness by State
Rural Poverty

August 7, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/07/
Homelessness – Los Angeles, CA

August 6, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/06/
Jobless Benefit System – Ohio

August 5, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/05/
Concentrated Poverty – North Carolina
Childhood Poverty and Stress

August 4, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/04/
Concentrated Poverty
Minimum Wage – Minnesota

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

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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

6. [United States] Which states have the highest levels of homelessness? - August 8
(Washington Post)

United States

Which states have the highest levels of homelessness?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/08/08/which-states-have-the-highest-levels-of-homelessness/
August 8, 2014
On a given day in 2013, more than 600,000 Americans were homeless. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides state-level estimations of homelessness every year and also collects data on many metropolitan areas.
[ http://goo.gl/xiE7V8 ]
By official measures, the U.S. has seen a 9 percent decline in homeless population since 2007, from about 672,000 to 610,000 last year.
(...)
The highest rates of homelessness among states are in Hawaii (465 per 100,000), followed by New York (399) and California (367). The lowest homeless counts per capita come in Mississippi (81 per 100,000), Indiana (94) and Kansas (94).

Source:
Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com

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

7. [United States] How to avoid another Wall Street tsunami (higher minimum wages + a new financial transactions tax (the "Robin Hood Tax") - August 4
(Fortune Magazine)

United States

How to avoid another Wall Street tsunami*
http://fortune.com/2014/08/04/how-to-avoid-another-wall-street-tsunami/
By Jeff Furman (Chair of the Board of the Ben & Jerry’s corporation)
August 4, 2014
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The short answer:
1. Raise minimum wages;
2. Enact a new financial transactions tax (a.k.a. "Robin Hood Tax".
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(...)
Our experience has proven that fair wages are good for business and good for communities. And so I’m encouraged to see that 10 states and the District of Columbia have enacted minimum wage increases this year. [See "Related links" below.] But as we learned during the financial crisis in 2008, high-road business practices are not enough to protect workers and communities from the destructive capacity of a reckless financial sector. A decent paycheck can only stretch so far when friends, family and neighbors lose their homes and livelihoods.
(...)
One tool that would help steer us in the right direction is a financial transaction tax. Through a fee of a fraction of a percent on each trade of stocks, bonds, and derivatives, we could encourage longer-term, productive investment. More than 30 countries currently have such taxes on particular financial instruments. (...) Europe is now moving ahead to adopt the first regional financial transaction tax.
(...)
A financial transaction tax would not solve all the problems with the financial industry. But as we work to build high-road business practices, we should see it as a bit of insurance against future Wall Street tsunamis.]

Source:
FortuneMagazine

http://fortune.com/

Related links:

2014 Minimum Wage By State
http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx

Financial Transaction Tax: Myth Busting
http://stampoutpoverty.org/wf_library_post/financial-transaction-tax-myth-busting/
Hillman D. and Ashford C.
2012
Stamp Out Poverty [ http://stampoutpoverty.org/ ] have created an extremely useful ‘FTT Myth-Busting’ paper which covers 12 common ‘myths’ concerning the impact of the FTT which continue to be peddled by our opponents. All of which can be shown to be false.

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

- Go to the The Tobin Tax / Robin Hood Tax Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tobin.htm

8. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

06 August 2014 - CRINmail issue 1389
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1389
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Migration controversies in Australia & Europe
- Uganda anti-gay law annulled
- UN finds Spain guilty of domestic abuse neglect
- ‘Praying away’ AIDS and Ebola
- Gang violence in Honduras & the UK
- New resources on education and health work
- Call for submissions: IACHR
Access to justice for children in Mauritius
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail EN ESPAÑOL
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Both Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and this Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong to me, Gilles Séguin.
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

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Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
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The Canadian Social Research Links Guy's pledge to you:

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

More
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickrolling
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Sixteen Children And Their Bedrooms From Across* The World
http://news.distractify.com/culture/childrens-bedrooms-across-the-world

* A slap on the wrist from
the Grammar Police:

"Across the country" = OK.
"Across the world" = NOT OK.

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Speaking of word crimes...

Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes (video, duration 3:45)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

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The Color Thesaurus
http://imgur.com/gallery/gf8Xy
Here's one for the manly men : the next time your Significant Other decides it's time to paint the house and asks you for colour suggestions, use this chart to knock his/her socks off.

Examples:
Instead of "green", say: Seafoam - Chartreuse - Pear - Mint
Instead of "red', say: Magenta - Sangria - Periwinkle - Flamingo
Instead of "white", say: Porcelain - Pearl - Chiffon - Alabaster
Instead of "blue", say: Azure - Indigo - Cobalt - Lapis
Black? See http://f.kulfoto.com/pic/0001/0050/k4l2X49193.jpg

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Crazy Northern Food Prices
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/26/rising-food-prices-in-nor_n_1831564.html

A few examples
(and no, there are no typos below...):

* 24 plastic bottles of Nestlé Pure Life Natural Spring Water (500ml) = $104.99
* One green pepper = $10.25
* One red pepper = $16.89
* Tropicana Paradise Blend Apple Juice (2 litres) = $14.29
* Pogo (hot dog on a stick) (20 per pkg) = $35.29
* Schweppes Ginger Ale (12 cans) = $82.49
* Click the link above to see the complete list of 26 items

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Wakerupper : Telephone Reminder Service
http://wakerupper.com/

Works with any phone
in the U.S. and Canada!

Use Wakerupper to...

* Set a wake-up call at a specific time
* Remind yourself of important events
* Remember to take medication on time
* Escape from a boring date or meeting
* Remind child or spouse to do chores
* Set reminders for tasks and follow-ups

The first 3 calls to any given telephone number are free. After that, you will need to sign up for Wakerupper Premium to continue using Wakerupper. Wakerupper Premium is inexpensive — only 5¢ per call — and offers additional features recurring calls, snooze, and voice reminders.

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Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/30/google-search-tricks_n_5338470.html
Gilles' favourite trick:
Set A Timer
The Scenario: Your brain is fried and you want to take a break on YouTube. You also want to make sure you don't get sucked down the rabbit hole.
The Solution: Type "set timer for" into the search bar and a Google timer will appear as the first result. Enter the time you want in hours, minutes or seconds and start the timer. Google will start beeping at you when your time runs out.

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National Black Cat Appreciation Day
http://goo.gl/LSYGRr
Oooooooh - 19 photos of black cats!!!!

The Canadian Social Research Links Guy has three cats - one pure black (he's in the middle) and two mostly black:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/trois_chats_noirs.jpg

Want more kitty stuff?
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