Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 10, 2013

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 2,666 subscribers.

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

Canadian content

1. Veterans' Week — November 5 to 11 (Veterans Affairs Canada)
2.
How income inequality hurts every Canadian's chance of building a better life (The Globe and Mail) - November 6
3. Media and Policy News for November 6 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. HungerCount 2013 (Food Banks Canada) - November 5
5. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - October 23 and November 6 issues [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
6. Building on evidence: 13 things to include in Ontario’s municipal homelessness reduction strategies (St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto) - October 2013
7. Ontario's minimum wage workers below poverty line: Canadian Union of Public Employees (minimum wage consultations) - November 6
8. Removal of Ordering and Application Services from the Publications Canada Website (Publications Canada) - October 10
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
----- Labour Force Survey, October 2013 - October 8
----- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2012 - October 8
----- National and provincial-territorial input-output tables, 2010 - October 8
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. How's Life 2013 : Measuring Well-Being (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD) - November [incl. Canada]
13. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Veterans' Week — November 5 to 11
(
Veterans Affairs Canada)


Veterans' Week — November 5 to 11
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/veterans-week

Each year, from November 5 to 11, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to commemorate Veterans' week. These are opportunities for all Canadians to recognize the contribution our veterans have made and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada.

Click the graphic on the left or the link above to see a list of ways to remember and honour our veterans.
Source:
Veterans Affairs Canada

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/

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From the
National Post:

Veterans under attack (October 28)
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=fullcomment.nationalpost.com%2F2013%2F10%2F28%2Fsean-bruyea-veterans-under-attack
Injured veterans : Lifetime disability payments vs one-time, lump sum payments

Screwing veterans to balance the books (October 2)
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/10/02/matt-gurney-screwing-veterans-to-balance-the-books
Balancing the books on the backs of our wounded warriors is no way to run an economy or show support for our troops.

Conservatives stiffing military veterans with funeral bills (February 5, 2013)
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/02/05/joe-oconnor-conservatives-stiffing-military-veterans-with-funeral-bills
... unless you are a veteran and so poor that you are living on canned soup and soda crackers you can forget about getting a nickel out of the government when the great big general in the sky orders you home.

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From Gilles:

Thank you, Veterans, for your service to your country.
Canadians salute you.

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

2. How income inequality hurts every Canadian's chance of building a better life - November 6
(
The Globe and Mail)

How income inequality hurts every Canadian's chance of building a better life
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/our-time-to-lead-income-inequality/article15316231/
November 8, 2013
Canada is facing a Wealth Paradox. As wealth continues to grow at the top, the economic health of the whole grows poorer. Already, mobility between income groups has slowed – it is much harder to get ahead than it used to be. If no action is taken, the Canadian dream itself may be in peril.

This article is part of The Globe's Wealth Paradox series [ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/ ], a two-week examination into how the wealth divide is shaping Canada's cities, schools, social programs – and even its national sport.

Source:
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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

3. Media and Policy News for November 6
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 6 november 2013
http://goo.gl/Gm4kyx

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

Toronto Star editorial – Ontario cannot forget the poor and hungry as the Minister of Finance releases his fall economic statement
More evidence of the need for public investment in low income adult dental programs
The Ontario Medical Review highlights poverty as a medical problem – and what health care practitioners can do about it
Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network finds residents taking on debt, sacrificing basic needs in the wake of cuts to discretionary benefits
Rally for rate increases comes just before Hamilton’s medical officer of health recommends sustainable social assistance rates
And a great video from the US – the “Unequal Opportunity Race”

Upcoming Events

Toronto:
* Nov 11 - Housing Stabilization Fund Application Clinic at South Riverdale CHC
* Nov 13 - ISARC Religious Leaders Forum at Queen’s Park
* Nov 14 – events happening around the province to Raise the Minimum Wage
* Nov 14 - Managing Episodic Disabilities: A training workshop for frontline managers & supervisors
* Nov 18 – Legal training on Employment and Immigration Issues for front-line staff of all community agencies

Guelph and Wellington:
* Workshops on income security benefit programs, by the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Around the Province

Pilot project in Oshawa schools aims to support elementary students living in poverty
Halton Poverty Roundtable breakfast highlights story of woman now on ODSP, where “a worker can cut off your cheque anytime for a simple missed document”

National

If low income qualified as a disease, it would be Canada’s second leading cause of death next to cancer
National joint statement from 80 community, student and labour groups opposes new EI rules
New EI rules will hit Ontario workers hard
Provinces reach agreement on CPP reform conditions
“Comprehensive government action” on pension reform “is required now”
* Study shows the greatest challenge children face isn't financial poverty, but relational poverty

International

The problem of in-work poverty, and the living wage as a response
47 million Americans have food stamp benefits cut by 5%
How to cut the poverty rate in half? Send low income people money
Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross
Government programs substantially reduce chronic poverty
Welfare-to-Work law encourages low wages and increases use of federal benefits

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

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

4. HungerCount 2013 - November 5
(Food Banks Canada)

Food bank use still at record highs
http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/Media/News-Releases/Food-bank-use-still-at-record-highs.aspx
News Release
November 5, 2013
Too many Canadians are struggling just to put food on the table, and food bank use continues to hover at record levels according to HungerCount 2013, a national study released today by Food Banks Canada. The report highlights that in a typical month, food banks in Canada now provide food to more than three quarters of a million separate individuals – 833,000 people – and nearly 4 in 10 of those helped are children.

Complete report:

HungerCount 2013 (PDF - 2.3MB, 40 pages)
http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/getmedia/b2aecaa6-dfdd-4bb2-97a4-abd0a7b9c432/HungerCount2013.pdf.aspx?ext=.pdf
A comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in Canada, and recommendations for change
November 2013
Excerpt (page 15):
Canada has lost hundreds of thousands of well-paid blue collar jobs over the past 30 years, as manufacturing has fled to parts of the world where things can be made more cheaply. The jobs that have replaced them are more likely to be low-paid, part-time, and temporary.

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Version française:
Bilan-Faim 2013
(PDF - 2,4Mo., 40 pages)
http://foodbankscanada.ca/FoodBanks/MediaLibrary/HungerCount/Bilan-Faim2013.pdf
Communiqué (5 novembre 2013):
http://foodbankscanada.ca/Media/News-Releases/Food-bank-use-still-at-record-highs.aspx?lang=fr-CA
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HungerCount 2013 (High Resolution PDF - 8.5MB, 21 pages)
http://goo.gl/NLSFGJ
NOTE : This is the high-resolution version of the same report; the pages are side-by-side in this version, which is why it appears to have only half the number of pages as the 2.3MB version. The contents are identical in both versions.

Food Banks Use in Canada, 2013 (Map, .JPG format)
http://goo.gl/Y85O6s

Food Bank Use, Unemployment and Poverty 2003-2013 (Graph, .JPG format)
http://goo.gl/OBh9df

What Food Banks Do (Infographic, .JPG format)
http://goo.gl/9OENtK

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Past editions of HungerCount (back to 2008)
http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/Learn-About-Hunger/Publications/Research.aspx

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Media coverage of the
release of HungerCount 2013
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Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/food-bank-usage-still-near-record-levels-in-canada-study-says/article15258855/

La Presse:
http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/economie/actualites/201311/05/01-4707417-plus-de-800-000-canadiens-font-encore-appel-aux-banques-alimentaires.php

The Star:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/11/05/canadas_food_banks_stretched_to_limit_report.html

Global News:
http://globalnews.ca/news/948411/food-bank-usage-remains-near-record-highs/

Source:
Food Banks Canada
http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory, assisting more than 800,000 Canadians each month.

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

5. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - October 23 and November 6 issues
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

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

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

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Latest issues of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : November 6 (2013) - issue 117 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_117.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Diaspora Nation: An Inquiry into the Economic Potential of Diaspora Networks in Canada
Ø The Integration Imperative: Reshaping the Delivery of Human and Social Services
Ø Labour Force Survey, September 2013
Ø The “Green Jobs” Fantasy: Why the Economic and Environmental Reality Can Never Live Up To the Political Promise
Ø The Challenge of Defining Medicare Coverage in Canada
Ø Child Welfare Report 2013
Ø Racialization and Health Inequities in Toronto

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SPARmonitor : October 23 (2013) - issue 116 (PDF - 124K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_116.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Shadow Economies: Economic Survival Strategies of Toronto Immigrant Communities
Ø Geospatial Technologies and Crime: The Jamaican Experience
Ø OECD Skills Outlook 2013 First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills
Ø Entrepreneurship at Ontario Universities Fuelling Success
Ø The Aspiring Workforce

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Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links pageof this website, where you'll find links to two dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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

6. Building on evidence: 13 things to include in Ontario’s municipal homelessness reduction strategies - October 2013
(St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto)

From
St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto)

Building on evidence: 13 things to include in Ontario’s
municipal homelessness reduction strategies, a resource

http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/crich/reports/building-on-evidence/
October 2013
In 2013, as a result of the province’s Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative [ http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9183.aspx ], municipalities across Ontario are in the process of re-designing their strategies to address homelessness and housing stability. This document summarizes what many researchers at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health see as essential elements for successful homelessness reduction strategies. It is meant for community representatives, policy-makers, program administrators, funders and frontline workers.

Complete report:

13 things to include in Ontario’s municipal homelessness reduction strategies:
A resource from the Centre for Research on Inner City Health
(PDF - 152K, 12 pages)
http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/crich/wp-content/uploads/buildingonevidence10222013.pdf
RECOMMENDATIONS:
* Take on racism and discrimination at every level of the housing and homelessness prevention system.
* Make housing quality a criterion for housing stability.
* Make respite care available.
* Match people to the level of care and support they need.
* Offer housing first.
* Make sure people have meaningful choice.
* Work from a harm reduction framework.
* Take a trauma-informed approach.
* Provide appropriate, multi-disciplinary supports, not just a place to live.
* Pay attention to transitions.
* Create an accountable evaluation strategy that is able to deal with complexity.
* Be accountable to people who are facing homelessness or are precariously housed.
* Offer a high level of mandatory training and skilled supervision for people working in the homelessness reduction system.

Source:
Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH)
http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/crich/
CRICH is part of
St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto)
http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/

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

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

7. Ontario's minimum wage workers below poverty line : Canadian Union of Public Employees (minimum wage consultations) - November 6

From the
Canadian Safety Reporter:

Ontario's minimum wage workers below poverty line: CUPE
Labour ministry wraps up minimum wage consultations this week
http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/19315-ontarios-minimum-wage-workers-below-poverty-line-cupe
November 4, 2013
Ontario’s minimum wage earners are struggling to make ends meet, according to a report from the Canadian Union of Public Employees. On November 1, CUPE submitted its report to the labour ministry’s minimum wage advisory panel:
[ http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/advisorypanel.php ]
In it, the union said a full-time employee working for minimum wage earns an income 21 per cent below the poverty line. As such, the minimum wage should be increased to $14 an hour, up from the current $10.25, CUPE said.
(...)
The Ministry of Labour’s advisory panel wraps up consultations with the public this week, and is expected to report back on its findings this winter.

Source:
Canadian Safety Reporter

http://www.labour-reporter.com/
Canadian Labour Reporter (formerly CLV Reports), is a weekly publication that has been serving the industrial relations industry, labour professionals and lawyers since 1956.

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees:

Minimum wage is 21 per cent below poverty line – CUPE Ontario report
to Minimum Wage Advisory Panel calls for increase to $14/hr
http://cupe.ca/minimum-wage/minimum-wage-21-cent-below-poverty-line
News Release
November 1, 2013
Excerpt:
"This is an equality issue. Minimum wage earners are disproportionately women, racialized workers, people with disabilities and new immigrants,” she said. “They are also the people doing difficult, front line service jobs like cleaners, food service workers, the child care workers who look after our kids, the personal support workers who look after our aging parents, and the social service workers who support people with developmental disabilities.

Complete submission:

Towards a Living Wage:
Submission to the Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
(PDF - 156K, 13 pages)
http://goo.gl/RbY8d6
October 2013

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

http://cupe.ca/
With 627,000 members across Canada, CUPE is Canada's largest union. CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

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BTW --- A BIG THANKS TO CUPE for allowing me to piggyback the Canadian Social Research Newsletter onto their mailing list system for the past ten years - it makes my task of administering my mailing list and distributing the weekly issues of my newsletter quite a bit easier. I should mention that I don't share my newsletter mailing list with anyone, including CUPE, nor does CUPE impose any editorial control over my work or my views...
Gilles

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Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/advisorypanel.php
- includes information about the panel:
* Membership * Terms of reference * Regional consultations * Consultation paper
Source:
Ministry of Labour :

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english

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

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

- Go to the minimum wage section of the Ontario Government Sites page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm#minwage

8. Removal of Ordering and Application Services from the Publications Canada Website - October 10
(Publications Canada)

Removal of Ordering and Application Services
from the Publications Canada Website
http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/news/2013/2013-005-eng.html
October 10, 2013
Starting April 1, 2014, Publishing and Depository Services (PDS) will be providing access to electronic publications only. We will no longer be selling or distributing print or other hard–copy publications. We will no longer be responsible for managing Crown Copyright and Licensing for the Government of Canada.
The last day for ordering hard–copy publications will be March 7, 2014.

Source:
Publications Canada

http://publications.gc.ca/
NOTE : The federal government's Depository Services Program (DSP) and Publications websites have been integrated into a single searchable, browseable database of federal government publications. The website of the Depository Services Program was officially decommissioned on December 8, 2011.

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Related link:

Op-Ed: Farewell to Depository Services, a building block of democracy
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Farewell+Depository+Services+building+block+democracy/9121876/story.html
By Amy Kaufman and Jeff Moon
November 4, 2013
A robust democracy needs informed and active citizens. But how do we achieve this? One answer is, in many small ways. One of those unheralded building blocks of democracy will disappear at the end of this year. You may not have even heard of it: the Depository Services Program. But chances are if you’ve ever tried to find federal government information, it has helped you. Started in 1927, the Depository Services Program, or DSP, has made sure federal government documents are available to the people of Canada. Not just available, but accessible to everyone: from the student learning about government, to the professor researching policy, to the person needing to find out how a law has changed so he can defend himself in court.
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For some time, government documents have been available in both print and online. But as of 2014, most federal publications will only be available online from a government website. This leaves people behind: in the 2010 Canadian Internet Use Survey, 21 per cent of households didn’t have Internet access at home. In a recent OECD study, 15 per cent of Canadians were at or below the lowest level of competency in using digital technology to solve problems.
(...)
When the DSP ceases to exist in 2014, let’s hope its vital functions will carry on as the government looks to new ways to provide public access to government documents. The ability of citizens to locate and access the written record of government over the long term is not a trivial issue; it is the lifeblood of our democracy.

[Amy Kaufman is head of the William R. Lederman Law Library at Queen’s University, and Jeff Moon is Data & Government Information Librarian and Academic Director, Queen’s Research Data Centre.]

Source:
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
----- Labour Force Survey, October 2013 - October 8
----- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2012 - October 8
----- National and provincial-territorial input-output tables, 2010 - October 8

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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November 8, 2013:
* Labour Force Survey, October 2013 : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131108/dq131108a-eng.htm
* Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2012 : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131108/dq131108b-eng.htm
* National and provincial-territorial input-output tables, 2010 : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131108/dq131108d-eng.htm

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

NOTE by Gilles:
The above link to past issues of The Daily is functional, and it's the *only* way to access older issues of the bulletin.
BUT...
I can't seem to find this link on the redesigned Statcan website.
A plea to the nice folks at StatCan : Please send me an email [ gilseg@rogers.com ] to clue me in as to where this link is on your site.
Better yet --- put the link back up!
Surely I can't be the only person who would like to access older issues of The Daily from time to time...



Source:
The Daily

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


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.

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

10. 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

November 10, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Toronto parent summit: Let's talk child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/toronto-parent-summit-lets-talk-child-care
6 Nov 2013 | Ontario
The City of Toronto wants to hear from parents through 4 community meetings and an online survey. Feedback will "help to determine City priorities as [they] plan future child care and family-related programs".

Parents and the high cost of child care: 2013 report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/parents-and-high-cost-child-care-2013-report
6 Nov 2013 | United States
Annual report from Child Care Aware of America reveals "that the cost of child care has increased so dramatically that the average monthly fee for an infant in a child care center is now more expensive than the average cost of food for a family of four".

Re-imagining childhood: The inspiration of Reggio Emilia education principles in South Australia
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/re-imagining-childhood-inspiration-reggio-emilia-education-
5 Nov 2013 | Australia and New Zealand
Report by Carla Rinaldi finishes her year long engagement with the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence project. The report outlines the core principles of the Reggio Emilia approach and asks some critical questions about children's rights and institutions.

Open letter from Manitoba Child Care Association and Child Care Coalition of Manitoba
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/open-letter-manitoba-child-care-association-and-child-care-
30 Oct 2013 | Manitoba
Letter to Hon. Kerri Irvin-­-Ross, Hon. Kevin Chief, and Deanne Crothers, MLA calls for an "integrated public system of early learning and child care (ELCC)" and "recommends the establishment of a Commission on Integrated Early Learning and Child Care for Mantiboa with the mandate and resources to develop and propose a multi-year plan for ELCC".

School readiness: A conceptual framework
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/school-readiness-conceptual-framework
30 Oct 2013 | International
Report from UNICEF "provides a definition and description of the multifaceted nature of school readiness" and argues that, "the lack of equitable access to new information has led to multiple understandings of school readiness, and at times, to practices based on outdated models".

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

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

Busy Bees nursery set to go global after sale to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/busy-bees-nursery-set-go-global-after-sale-ontario-teachers-pension-
6 Nov 2013 | International

Manitoba's child-care registry not working, say critics
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/manitobas-child-care-registry-not-working-say-critics
6 Nov 2013 | Manitoba

Southwestern Manitoba child-care shortage a 'crisis'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/southwestern-manitoba-child-care-shortage-crisis
5 Nov 2013 | Manitoba

Rhode Island home-based childcare workers vote overwhelmingly to unionize
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/ri-home-based-childcare-workers-vote-overwhelmingly-unionize
4 Nov 2013 | United States

Online survey hints at new move to reduce childcare ratio
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/online-survey-hints-new-move-reduce-childcare-ratio
4 Nov 2013 | Europe

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):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to 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

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

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

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

November 8, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/08/
National Assessment of Educational Progress (3 articles)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (4 articles)
Affordable Care Act (ACA) A and Medicaid Enrollment
October 2013 US Unemployment

November 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/07/
Supplemental Poverty Measure (4 articles)

November 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/06/
Health Tax Credits – Michigan
Complex Families

November 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/05/
Kids Count Report on the First Eight Years (4 articles)

November 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/04/
Public Housing Program – Alaska
Low-Income Households and Hurricane Sandy Recovery (2 articles)

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

12. How's Life 2013 : Measuring Well-Being - November 5
(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD)

From the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:

How's Life 2013 : Measuring Well-Being
http://www.oecd.org/statistics/howslife.htm
November 2013
Every person aspires to a good life. But what does “a good or a better life” mean? The second edition of How’s Life? paints a comprehensive picture of well-being in OECD countries and other major economies, by looking at people’s material living conditions and quality of life across the population. In addition, the report contains in-depth studies of four key cross-cutting issues in well-being that are particularly relevant: how has well-being evolved during the global economic and financial crisis?; how big are gender differences in well-being?; how can we assess well-being in the workplace?; and how to define and measure the sustainability of well-being over time.

OECD report measures human cost of crisis; underlines need to invest in well-being
http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/oecd-report-measures-human-cost-of-crisis-underlines-need-to-invest-in-well-being.htm
News Re
lease
November 5, 2013

Read the complete book by chapter:
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/how-s-life-2013_9789264201392-en
1. The OECD Better Life Initiative: Concepts and indicators
2. How's Life? at a glance
3. Well-being and the global financial crisis
4. Gender differences in well-being: Can women and men have it all?
5. Well-being in the workplace: Measuring job quality
6. Measuring the sustainability of well-being over time

Complete report online
http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/economics/how-s-life-2013_9789264201392-en

Related links:
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/how-s-life-2013_9789264201392-en
- includes links to all chapters, country snapshots, tables, charts and more

Country snapshot : Canada (PDF - 1.7MB, 4 pages)
http://www.oecd.org/statistics/HsL-Country-Note-CANADA.pdf

Country snapshots
Click "Related links" above to access country reports for the following :
* Australia * Austria * Belgium * Canada * Denmark * France * Germany * Greece * Italy * Japan * Mexico * Netherlands * New Zealand * Spain * United-Kingdom * United States

More OECD reports about Canada
http://www.oecd.org/canada/

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How’s Life? is part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, launched by the Organization on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary in 2011. The OECD Better Life Initiative aims to promote "Better Policies for Better Lives", in line with the OECD’s overarching mission. One of the other pillars of the OECD Better Life Initiative is the Better Life Index ( http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ ), an interactive composite index of well-being that aims at involving citizens in the debate on societal progress.

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Source:
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

http://www.oecd.org/
The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change.

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

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

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

6 November 2013 CRINmail issue 1352
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4936
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Pharma giant tried for fraudulent marketing of drugs
- Boys kept in isolation at detention centre ‘for own safety’
- Alleged gang-rapists ordered to ‘cut grass’ as punishment
- Refocusing rights priorities in adoption cases
- Migrants die of thirst after being stranded in desert
- New law allows gender to be left blank on birth certificate
- Latest report alerts to FGM prevalence
- UN human rights experts application deadline extended
- HRC elections: Russia, China & Saudi Arabia seek a seat
- Call for contributions: impact of fiscal & tax policy
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Bulgaria
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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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

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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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.

I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the web server of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
http://www.cupe.ca/
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I promise not share any information on this list, nor to send you any junk mail.

Links presented in the Canadian Social Research Newsletter point to different views about social policy and social programs.
There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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Twenty-Five Wacky Labels

1. Label on a baby stroller warns: “Remove child before folding."
2. A brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook on the end warns: “Harmful if swallowed."
3. A popular scooter for children warns: "This product moves when used."
4. A nine- by three-inch bag of air used as packing material cautions: "Do not use this product as a toy, pillow, or flotation device."
5. A flushable toilet brush warns: "Do not use for personal hygiene."
6. The label on an electric hand blender promoted for use in "blending, whipping, chopping and dicing," warns: "Never remove food or other items from the blades while the product is operating."
7. A digital thermometer that can be used to take a person's temperature several different ways warns: "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally."
8. A household iron warns users: “Never iron clothes while they are being worn”
9. A label on a hair dryer reads, “Never use hair dryer while sleeping”
10. A warning on an electric drill made for carpenters cautions: “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”
11. The label on a bottle of drain cleaner warns: “If you do not understand, or cannot read, all directions, cautions and warnings, do not use this product.”
12. A smoke detector warns: “Do not use the Silence Feature in emergency situations. It will not extinguish a fire.”
13. A massage chair warns: “DO NOT use massage chair without clothing... and, Never force any body part into the backrest area while the rollers are moving.”
14. A cardboard car sunshield that keeps sun off the dashboard warns, “Do not drive with sunshield in place”
15. An “Aim-n-Flame” fireplace lighter cautions, “Do not use near fire, flame or sparks”
16. A label on a hand-held massager advises consumers not to use “while sleeping or unconscious”
17. A 12-inch rack for storing compact disks warns: “Do not use as a ladder.”
18. A cartridge for a laser printer warns, “Do not eat toner”
19. A 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow warns: “Not intended for highway use”
20. A can of self-defense pepper spray warns users: “May irritate eyes”
21. A warning on a pair of shin guards manufactured for bicyclists says: “Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover.”
22. A snowblower warns: “Do not use snowthrower on roof.”
23. A dishwasher carries this warning: “Do not allow children to play in the dishwasher.”
24. A popular manufactured fireplace log warns: “Caution - Risk of Fire”
25. A box of birthday cake candles says: “DO NOT use soft wax as ear plugs or for any other function that involves insertion into a body cavity.”

Source:
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http://www.boredpanda.com/worlds-best-father-dave-engledow/

World's Best Father Calendar
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