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October 10, 2010

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

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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...



Canadian content

1. Vital Signs 2010 (Community Foundations of Canada) - October 5
2. Restocking the Shelves 2010 (The Salvation Army) - October 5
3. Canada’s programs for disabled too complex, says OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) - October 3
4. Families Count - Profiling Canada's Families IV (Vanier Institute of the Family) - October 4
5. [Ontario] 2009-2010 Annual Report : Ministry of Community and Social Services
6. Human rights (Canada) resources:
--- Human Rights in Canada - University of Ottawa Library
--- Canada's Rights Movement : A History

7. Eighty-seven links from Tracey Lauriault to recent articles about the Census long form questionnaire (and more...)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, September 2010 - October 8
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2009 - June 10

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - October 9

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) - October 7
Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
--- Housing, public policy and social inclusion (in Australia) - October 2010

13. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)
14. - grammar resource

Have a great week!

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1. Vital Signs 2010 - October 5
(Community Foundations of Canada)

Vital Signs reports released in 15 Canadian cities
October 5, 2010

Vital Signs 2010 is part of a growing nation-wide initiative by Canadian community foundations to measure quality of life and take action to improve it.
On October 5, fifteen local Vital Signs report cards were released by community foundations across Canada.

Unemployment four times higher among
university-educated newcomers, says national report card

News Release
October 5, 2010
Despite the fact that Canada will soon rely on immigration to replenish its shrinking labour force, newcomers with professional credentials are suffering unacceptably high unemployment rates, in comparison to non-immigrants with the same level of education, says Canada's Vital Signs 2010, the annual report card on quality of life from Community Foundations of Canada.

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our communities, identifies trends, and shares opportunities for action in at least ten areas critical to quality of life. Since Toronto's first Vital Signs publication, the Report has been adopted by 16 communities across Canada and is now conducted nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

The National Report:

Canada's Vital Signs 2010
Indicators used in this year's study:
1. Getting Started
- Unemployment Rate of Immigrants
2. Housing
- Average Housing Prices as a Proportion of Median Income
3. Environment
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Private Vehicles
4. Health
- Physicians per Capita
5. Gap between Rich and Poor
- Overall Poverty Rate
6. Work
- Unemployment Rate
7. Learning
- Proportion of Population with Completed Post-Secondary Education
8. Safety
- Property Crime Rate
9. Arts & Culture
- Employment in Cultural Industries
10. Belonging & Leadership
- Sense of Community Belonging

Research Findings (PDF - 494K, 21 pages)
Executive summary - HTML

Local Reports
Click the link above to access
reports for each participating city and area:
* Saint John (NB) * Lunenburg County (NS) * Montreal * Sudbury (the Sudbury report is missing as at Oct. 6/10)* Ottawa * Toronto * Hamilton * Kingston * Kitchener & Waterloo * London * Calgary * Medicine Hat * Southeastern Alberta * Red Deer * Victoria * Vancouver

Select a city or region from the list below to access its
Community Foundations Vital Signs page, where you'll
find a link to the news release and the report.

* The Calgary Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Hamilton Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Community Foundation for Kingston & Area : Vital Signs 2010

* London Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta : Vital Signs 2010

* Foundation of Greater Montreal : Vital Signs 2010

* Community Foundation of Ottawa : Vital Signs 2010

* Red Deer & District Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* The Greater Saint John Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Lunenburg County Community Fund, Community Foundation of Nova Scotia : Vital Signs 2010

* Toronto Community Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Victoria Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Vancouver Foundation : Vital Signs 2010

* Waterloo Region Vital Signs,
Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation
and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation :
Vital Signs 2010

Community Foundations of Canada
We are the Canadian movement for community vitality, representing 174 Community Foundations across the country. Together, we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play.


Related research - links to info about the following complementary indicator initiatives : Canadian Index of Wellbeing, Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System and Composite Learning Index, along with Key Sources of Data for Canadian Communities, and more...
Vital Signs Canada


CBC coverage:

Fewer jobs for well-educated new immigrants: study
October 5, 2010
Recent immigrants to Canada with a university education are more than four times more likely to be unemployed than Canadian-born workers with a university degree, a new study suggests. The study, released Tuesday by Community Foundations of Canada, found that in 2009 university-educated immigrants who had been in Canada fewer than five years had an unemployment rate of 13.9 per cent, compared with 3.4 per cent for their Canadian-born counterparts.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
- Go to the Municipal Links page:
- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:

2. Restocking the Shelves 2010 - October 5
(The Salvation Army)

The Salvation Army:

Salvation Army Reports High Demand for Food Service
October 5, 2010
Toronto, ON – For many Canadians, the recession is not over. A mid-year, national survey of more than 140 Salvation Army food service workers from across the country indicates that demand for food programs, including food banks, , meal programs and street ministry units, are on the rise. More than three-quarters of all respondents indicated that requests for food service increased this year. At the same time, food donations in most areas either remained the same or decreased in 2010. (...) The second annual report, “Restocking the Shelves 2010,” surveyed 143 Salvation Army officers, employees, staff members and administrators across Canada with firsthand experience in The Salvation Army’s food service programs between July 15th and August 15th 2010. The survey helps to gauge current food stock levels at Salvation Army feeding centres nationwide.

The complete report:

Restocking the Shelves 2010 - 8 pages

[ NOTE : This report is also available here
in case you have difficulty with the above version.]

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and 117 countries around the world.

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

3. Canada’s programs for disabled too complex, says OECD - October 3
(Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

Canada’s programs for disabled too complex, says OECD
October 3, 2010
Laurie Monsebraaten
Canadians with disabilities or health problems are caught in a complex web of federal and provincial programs that make it almost impossible for them to join or remain in the workforce, says a new OECD report. Few programs lift the disabled out of poverty and many seem to work at cross-purposes, says the report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which looked at the major disability benefits and services offered by Ottawa and the provinces. To improve programs and make it easier for the disabled to get help, the report recommends better federal-provincial coordination and “one-stop shopping” offices. The 85-page report comes on the eve of a promised Ontario review of social assistance and mirrors many of the recommendations of a provincial expert panel that called for more coordination of federal and provincial programs for vulnerable working-age people.
Toronto Star

Related link:

Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers.
Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration
(PDF - 1MB, 84 pages)
September 2010
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

- Go to the Disability Links page:
- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:

4. Families Count - Profiling Canada's Families IV - October 4
Vanier Institute of the Family)

Families Count - Profiling Canada's Families IV
Press Release
October 4, 2010
New Report Puts Spotlight on What Matters Most To Canadians – Families
Ottawa: The Vanier Institute of the Family has released Families Count: Profiling Canada’s Families IV. Timed to provide a backdrop for National Family Week, (October 4-9), Families Count details the many trends that are reshaping family life in Canada. (...) Families Count updates data on a wide range of metrics from demographics, educational attainment, work-life balance, economic well-being, housing, and the provision of care within and between generations.

Highlights (PDF - 203K, 4 pages)
* Two basic resources all families require are time and money, and for a growing number of families, these basics are in short supply.
*Family and child poverty remain persistent social problems, while enormous inequalities of wealth and income continue to separate rich and poor. Particularly vulnerable are Canada’s Aboriginal families, new immigrants and families that rely on a single earner. Food banks have become familiar
community institutions.

Complete report (10MB, 211 pages)
Large file, but well worth the download - highly recommended!

Presentation : 70+ topics (see below), each containing a page of text, a chart and a table.

* Canada’s People, Canada’s Families
* Recent Increase in Number of Births
* Canada’s Aging Population
* Canadian Families and Disability
* Growing Aboriginal Population
* Immigrant Population on the Rise
* Greater Racial and Ethnic Diversity
* Many Languages Spoken
* Faith and Family
* High Levels of Educational Attainment
* Changing Urban / Rural Divide
* Families on the Move
* Changing Family Structure
* Projected Number of Families
* Trends in Family Size
* Marriage, Common-law and Single
* Conjugal Status over the Life Course
* Declining Rates of Marriage
* Average Age at First Marriage Rising
* Same-sex Marriages Legally Recognized
* Common-law Unions More Common
* Four in Ten Marriages end in Divorce
* Most Repartner after Divorce or Separation
* Reasons why People Marry
* Reasons why People Separate
* Fertility – If, When and How Many
* Births to Common-law Families and Single Mothers Rise
* Families and Adoption

* Children in Care
* Majority of Young People aspire to have Children
* Children’s Changing Family Context
* Children and Family Transitions
* Child Custody and Support
* Stepfamilies and Blended Families
* Mid-life Families
* Home Leaving ... and Home Returning
* Older Families and Where they Live
* Converging Labour Force Participation Rates
* High Rates of Employment among Mothers
* Working Part-time and Shift
* Dual-Earner Families
* Absences from Work
* Limited Availability of Family-Friendly Work Arrangements
* Turning Away from Early Retirement?
* Family Pathways to Retirement
* Family Incomes: Sources and Trends
* Income Profile of Couple Families
* One- and Two-earner Families
* More Women are Primary Earners
* Incomes of Lone-parent Families
* Canada’s “Forgotten” Poor

* Deteriorating Economic Position of Recent Immigrant Families
* The Income Return on Education
* Family Income Inequality has Increased
* Middle Class Families under Pressure
* Poverty in Canada
* Family Poverty
* The Working Poor
* Food Insecurity in Canada
* Families and Wealth
Record Levels of Home Ownership
* Wealth Inequality
* The Cost of Raising Children
* The Affordability Gap
* Household Savings at Record Low
* Household Debt at Record High
* Longer Work Days for Men and Women
* Canadian Teens working Hard
* Caring over the Life Course
* Families and Eldercare
* Families and Children with Disabilities
* Less Time with Family and Friends

Vanier Institute of the Family
Founded by former Governor General George Vanier and Mme Pauline Vanier in 1965, the Vanier Institute of the Family continues to research and publish data and analysis on family life in Canada. Families Count is the fourth in a series of publications since 1994 that draws on the most recent data to provide a new picture of Canadian families and the challenges they face.

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:

5. [Ontario] 2009-2010 Annual Report : Ministry of Community and Social Services

2009-2010 Annual Report:
Ministry of Community and Social Services
"Income and Employment Supports:

During 2009-10, the ministry continued to improve Ontario’s social assistance programs while managing increased social assistance caseload and costs, much of which was driven by the 2008 global economic downturn. Since 2008, the Ontario Works caseload has grown almost 27 per cent. Over the last three years, the Ontario Disability Support Program caseload has grown by five per cent per year, on average."
The 2009-2010 MCSS
Annual Report is Appendix I of:
Results-based Plan Briefing Book 2010-11
Table of contents:
* Results-based Plan 2010-11
* Organization Chart
* Cost Sharing with the Federal Government
* Ministry Statutes
* Agencies, Boards and Commissions
* Ministry Planned Expenditures 2010-11
* Overall Summary (Operating and Capital)

Ministry of Community and Social Services

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

6. Human rights (Canada) resources:
--- Human Rights in Canada - University of Ottawa Library
--- Canada's Rights Movement : A History

Human Rights in Canada - a starting point for research on Human Rights in Canada
- incl. links to:
* Home * Getting Started * Databases * Books * Articles * Theses * Case Law * Legislation * Current Awareness * New Media * Human Rights Protection Mechanisms * Research Centres/Chairs - policy, reports Arrow * Advocacy/Legal Clinics * Domestic Implementation of Int. Human Rights Law * Country Reports * Poverty
University of Ottawa Library


Canada's Rights Movement : A History
The site is organized around four primary objectives:
1. Introduce visitors to the history of human rights activism in Canada.
2. Provide access to primary materials.
3. Create an interactive teaching resource for secondary and post-secondary instructors.
4. Facilitate links among individuals interested in the study of human rights in Canada and promote the work of historians.
Recommended reading!
- includes an impressive collection of links to : Human Rights Organizations - External Research Tools - Canadian History Sites - Academic Journals (Human Rights - History - Social Movements)

- Go to the Human Rights Links page:

7. Eighty-seven links from Tracey Lauriault to recent articles about the Census long form questionnaire (and more...)

#1 Recommended Resource for links to
comprehensive information on the Census
long form questionnaire controversy: is a blog that's maintained mostly by Tracey Lauriault.
It's inspired by, which believes all levels of Canadian governments should make civic information and data accessible at no cost in open formats to their citizens.

Most recent
datalibre Census postings:

* Rick Mercer Rant : the Long-Form Census (video)
(So how controlling *is* Stephen Harper, Rick?)

* Census Media Round-up (October 8) --- 87 links!
NOTE: You may have to cut and paste the URLs into your browser.

* Census Articles in Canadian Public Policy (October 8) - links to four articles

Source: - the most comprehensive online resource on the Census questionnaire issue!


Of special interest...

Conservative census critic defended it in 2006 as minister
October 8, 2010
One of the biggest opponents of the long-form census within the Harper government defended the mandatory survey as an "essential" tool for Canadian society when he was industry minister, according to a newly released letter. "Most of the questions that appeared on the 2006 Census long-form have appeared on many censuses," Maxime Bernier, right, wrote in a letter dated Aug. 21, 2006, as minister responsible for Statistics Canada. "These questions continue to be essential for providing the information needed by governments, businesses, researchers and individual Canadians to shed light on issues of concern to all of us."
Financial Post


Language-rights groups hit snag in battle for census
October 5, 2010
OTTAWA—Language-rights groups have hit a snag in their campaign to revive the mandatory long-form census. Canada’s commissioner of official languages has issued a preliminary ruling saying he does not have the power to reverse a decision made by politicians, and can only look at how departments implement policy. Graham Fraser nevertheless slaps the federal cabinet on the wrist, warning that it could be held accountable if its decision to eliminate the mandatory long-form questionnaire winds up hurting francophones living outside Quebec or anglophones living within Quebec. “The commissioner remains concerned about the possible impact this decision could have on the vitality of official language minority communities and on the application of the Official Languages Act,” says the interim ruling issued recently to complainants.
Toronto Star


Tories haul out 'coalition' label in census spat with opposition
By Jennifer Ditchburn
September 28, 2010
OTTAWA - The Conservatives slammed their political rivals as a "coalition" ready to ride roughshod over privacy rights, as the three opposition parties backed a motion Tuesday to revive the mandatory long-form census. The Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois criticized the government's decision to axe the long census as ideologically driven and harmful to decision-makers across the country. A Liberal motion, scheduled for a vote Wednesday afternoon, was demanding the return of the mandatory long questionnaire, minus the threat of jail time.
The Canadian Press


Most recent
News Search Results Page
: "Canada census 2011, long form questionnaire."

Related link:

Statistics Canada's Census of Canada Home Page


- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Labour Force Survey, September 2010 - October 8
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2009 - June 10

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

October 8, 2010
Labour Force Survey, September 2010
There was little change in employment in September, as full-time gains were offset by part-time losses. The unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 8.0%, as fewer people, particularly youth, participated in the labour market.
- incl. 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, September 12-18, 2010
1. Highlights
2. Analysis — September 2010
3. Tables
4. Charts
5. Data quality, concepts and methodology
6. User information
7. Related products
8. PDF version (446K, 59 pages)

[ earlier reports in this series ]

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.
* 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


Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2009
Among the 1.04 million unemployed individuals who contributed to the Employment Insurance (EI) program in 2009, 857,000 had a recent job separation that met the EI program criteria. Of those, 739,000 or 86.2% were eligible to receive regular EI benefits because they worked enough hours, up from 82.2% in 2008.
- includes links to three tables:
* Coverage and eligibility of the unemployed for Employment Insurance benefits, 2009
* Coverage and eligibility of the unemployed for Employment Insurance benefits by sex, 2009
* Coverage and eligibility of the unemployed for Employment Insurance benefits, by province, 2009


The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - October 9

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

October 9, 2010

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Families count: Profiling Canada's families IV
6 Oct 10
- Latest edition of the Vanier Institute of the Family's data book details trends in family demographics, education, work-life balance, economic well-being and provision of care.

Understanding quality in context: Child care centers, communities, markets, and public policy
6 Oct 10
- Report from Urban Institute (US) uses interviews and classroom observations to consider how various factors -- director and program characteristics, market forces, and policies -- may influence program quality.

International review of leave policies and related research 2010
6 Oct 10
- Report by Peter Moss for the UK Government reviews maternity, paternity and parental leave in 29 countries, including Canada.

Shifting directions in New Zealand early childhood policy: The retreat from being "almost free" and "fully teacher-led"
6 Oct 10
- Presentation by New Zealand researcher Helen May for a seminar at the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy in Childcare.


child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Half of Ontario kindergarten kids in full-day by 2012
[CA-ON] 6 Oct 10

· Agency helps parents place disabled kids in daycare
[QC] 6 Oct 10

· David Cameron 'sorry' child benefit cut was not in Tory manifesto
[UK] 5 Oct 10

· Installation Speech from Governor General David Johnston
[CA] 1 Oct 10

· Ottawa board adds full-day kindergarten classes
[CA-ON] 30 Sep 10

· Spain's burnt out 'babysitter grandparents' urged to strike
[ES] 24 Sep 10

· One-third fail childcare centres audit
[AU] 24 Sep 10

· The daycare dilemma
[CA] 22 Sep 10



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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

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.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

10. 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:

October 8:
Children’s Health Insurance Coverage
September 2010 US Unemployment Rate

October 7:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Poverty in the US Suburbs

October 6:
Unemployment and Home Foreclosures
Microfinance and the Poor - India
Doubling Up in Housing

October 5:
Retailers and Assistance Program Benefits
Fragile Families and Poverty

October 4:
States and TANF Program Enrollment
Cash Assistance Spent Out-of-State - California
States and Fees for Public Defenders


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

11. Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics - October 7
(United Nations Research Institute for Social Development)

UNRISD Director to Present Poverty Report at German Development Cooperation
News Release
7 October 2010
Director Sarah Cook of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is presenting the 2010 Flagship Report, Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics, at an expert talk organized by the German Development Cooperation (GTZ) headquarters in Frankfurt, on 8 October. (...) To achieve sustainable social development, social cohesion, reliable and remunerated employment and political participation are necessary, according to the UNRISD report. Poverty reduction is a central feature of the international development agenda. World leaders agreed to social development objectives and strategies for achieving them at the Millennium Summit in 2000, with the goal of significantly reducing poverty by 2015. Yet poverty and inequality persist: on current trends, about one billion people will still be living in extreme poverty in 2015.

Complete report:

Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics
October 2010
(Click the link above to access the individual sections from the table of contents below)
(For the complete report in a single PDF file, click "Additional Information" (top right corner of the page), then "Full Report".)

Table of contents:

Contents, acknowledgements, foreword and preface

Section 1: Socially Inclusive Structural Change
* Towards Employment-Centred Structural Change
* Income Inequality and Structural Change
* Tackling Ethnic and Regional Inequalities
* Gender Inequalities at Home and in the Market

Section 2: Transformative Social Policy and Poverty Reduction
* Towards Universal Social Protection
* Universal Provision of Social Services
* Care and Well-Being in a Development Context
* Financing Social Policy

Section 3: The Politics of Poverty Reduction
* Business, Power and Poverty Reduction
* Building State Capacity for Poverty Reduction
* Democracy and the Politics of Poverty Reduction

Concluding Remarks
References, acronyms and list of boxes, figures and tables

- includes eight overview papers commissioned to examine the following countries:
China, Finland, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the former USSR and Viet Nam.
- incl. links to 40+ thematic background papers commissioned in preparation for the Flagship Report, all viewable in the ‘Thematic Papers’ section

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
UNRISD is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development.

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

12. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
--- Housing, public policy and social inclusion (in Australia) - October 2010

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.


Week ending October 9, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2006-07: an analysis by remoteness and disease
2. Wikipedia and the politics of mass collaboration
3. Australia's migration program
4. Whistleblowing in the Australian public sector
5. Social enterprise in Australia: Developing a shared research agenda

[You'll find links to the above studies on the APO home page.]


New Research : Social Policy
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social Inclusion * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Week ending October 9, 2010
Most viewed this week in the Social Policy area:

1. Wikipedia and the politics of mass collaboration
2. Australia's migration program
3. Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia
4. Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001: Investigation into conditions at the Melbourne youth justice precinct
5. Working future: A critique of policy by numbers

[You'll find links to the above studies on the APO Social Policy page.]


Of special interest to housing researchers:

Housing, public policy and social inclusion
01 October 2010
Exploring the extent to which housing policies and programs can be effective in addressing economic and social disadvantage, this paper is the first output of a new Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute project on housing, public policy and social inclusion.


- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

6 October 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1195
In this issue:
Top story : Uruguay - Alarm raised for children in conflict with the law
Latest news and reports
*** Inhuman treatment (Campaign, Syria)
*** Committee on the Rights of the Child - recommendations
*** Child marriage (Yemen, United States)
*** Children's Rights Masters Programme
*** Employment
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

29 September 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1194
In this issue:
- Feature : CRC Elections 2010 - The candidates who's who - (Part 2)
- Latest news and reports
*** Latest ratifications
*** Survey: Child participation in decision-making
*** New right to information Index
*** Mexico: Government's failure to prevent gender violence
*** Hershey linked to child labour
*** Employment
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to hundreds of 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.
NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

14. - grammar resource
In addition to sound information on the use of apostrophes, this site offers selected rules
of grammar and spelling, many of which are worth repeating here:

* Your/You're - 'Your gonna love you're new house!'
* Who's/Whose
- 'Whose gonna love who's new house?'
* Its, It's
- 'The cat must be sick - its just barfed it's dinner.'
* Affect, Effect
- 'He wasn't effected by the tragic news.'
* Me/Myself
- 'For more information, please contact my assistant or myself.'
* Separate, Seperate
- 'Kindly submit a seperate form for each case.'
* Apostrophes and words ending in "O"
- 'The grocer had no tomato's left by the time I arrived.'
* Compliment/complement
- 'This report is a great compliment to the session we attended.''

NOTE: All of the above examples are incorrect.
If you agreed with *any* of those examples, can help you!

Want more grammer and speling tools?
Go to the Reference Links page:



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Top 10 Good Cholesterol Foods


Good Cholesterol Foods

Some experts believe that the best way to lower your bad cholesterol LDL is to consume good cholesterol foods, or foods that naturally tend to bump up our HDL levels.

Here is a highlight of top 10 good cholesterol foods:

1. Freshly squeezed orange juice is your number one example on how to lower cholesterol naturally due to their high antioxidant content, vitamin C, fiber and bioflavonoids. Try making your own juice fresh as the effect from the store-bough varieties is just not the same.

2. Cocoa is a powerhouse of antioxidants flavonols and micro-elements but only raw unsweetened cocoa should be used to get the maximum of its cholesterol lowering properties. Most commercial cocoa and hot chocolate drinks are loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients and have very little benefits.

Eggs  - If you are looking for good cholesterol foods do not overlook the eggs. Eggs are one of the best foods that lower cholesterol levels of the world contrary to a popular belief that people with high cholesterol should steer clear of them. They are loaded with healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients. Take special care to not overcook eggs not to damage its vital protein structure.

4. Fish and shellfish should also be among your good cholesterol foods, they contain the most bio-available animal sources of Omega 3 fatty acids that help increase your HDL counts. Prawns cholesterol is not fully absorbed by the intestines and can not raise our LDL levels contributing to heart disease. On the contrary, prawns along with other seafood should be on your list of foods that lower cholesterol levels.

5. Garlic has long been valued for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral abilities, now it is also among good cholesterol foods. A powerful antioxidant prevents cholesterol from being oxidized, raises HDL count keeping our arteries clean.

6. An onion a day will keep your high cholesterol levels away. Raw onions tossed in salads and on sandwiches with its sulfur compounds are a proven way to raise your good cholesterol levels.

7. Moderate red wine intake is your answer on how to lower cholesterol naturally. Red wine due to its content of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, will actually lower your bad cholesterol levels. If you can not tolerate alcohol, consuming dark grape juice or eating grapes with the skin on will have similar HDL raising benefits.

8. Green tea is also among good cholesterol foods that contain high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols that actually block the absorption of cholesterol by our bodies.

9. Avocados contain unsaturated fats helping you lower your overall cholesterol count and raise good cholesterol levels.

10. Quinoa is high in fiber and protein and will help you feel full longer, stabilize your digestion process speeding up your fat metabolism.


But my, oh my, that double quarter-pounder with cheese was scrumptious!!


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May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

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