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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 11, 2009

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1944 subscribers.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1.   United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review - Canada (Rob Rainer, National Anti-Poverty Organization) - February 3
2. Is a cellphone a basic human right? (Toronto Star) - January 10
3. British Columbia in Recession? (StrategicThoughts.com) - January 10
4. PovNet : Anti-Poverty Resources in British Columbia and the Rest of Canada
5. Federal consultation on private pensions (Department of Finance Canada) ===> January 9 - March 16
6. Perception Magazine, Fall 2008 issue (Canadian Council on Social Development) - January 9
7. Employment Insurance in desperate need of repair (Toronto Star) - January 9
8. Conference updates:
--- Canadian Social Forum (Calgary, May 19-22) - deadline for call for abstracts extended
--- Canadian Symposium For Parental Alienation Syndrome (Toronto, March 27-29)
- new promotional video
9. 2009 Alternative Federal Budget stimulus package injects 2% of GDP into economy and creates 407,000 jobs (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - January 6
10. When 'poorhouse' wasn't only an expression (The Toronto Star) - January 3
11. Income Assistance Program for Members of First Nations - from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
12. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada)
:
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2008 - January 9
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, October 2008 - January 5
13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - January 7

International  content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
15. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
16. CRINMAIL (January 2009) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review - Canada : February 3
(Rob Rainer, National Anti-Poverty Organization)

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review
(The text below is from Rob Rainer, Executive Director of the National Anti-Poverty Organization)

On February 3, Canada will for the first time appear before the UN Human Rights Council for a review of our country’s record of compliance with all aspects of its international obligations with respect to civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights. This is known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism meant to help states adhere to the principle of universal accountability to international human rights. For the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) and many other social and economic justice groups, this review is a critical moment for Canada to be internationally accountable for its record in combating poverty.

The following documents may be of interest to you:

1. Canada’s UPR report (PDF - 92K, 21 pages)
January 2009

2. UN Summary of Canadian non-governmental organization (NGO) submissions regarding the UPR of Canada (PDF - 87K, 18 pages)
November 2008

3. Summary of UN Treaty Monitoring Body concerns regarding Canada

4. A joint NGO submission regarding Canada’s failure to implement human rights in Canada (PDF - 28K, 4 pages)

Related links:

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review

The UN Human Rights Council

For more information:
rob@napo-onap.ca

Visit the website of the
National Anti-Poverty Organization

- Go to the United Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

2. Is a cellphone a basic human right? - January 10
(Toronto Star)

Is a cellphone a basic human right?
As the United States provides mobile phones to the poor, experts argue they are not a luxury

January 10, 2009
By Lynda Hurst
All compassionate governments should provide which of the following to their people:
a) food
b) shelter
c) medical care
d) a cellphone.
Having a little problem with d)?
Rephrase it then to "the right to communicate."
Still a problem?
It isn't south of the border.
In the wake of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. has increased the drive to ensure all citizens have basic phone services and access to help in times of emergency. More than 7 million Americans still don't. Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched SafeLink, a program that provides eligible people with a free cellphone and 68 minutes a month of free airtime for the period of one year. It includes texting, voicemail, call waiting and caller ID. The program is up and running in Florida, Tennessee and Virginia, where more than 2 million households qualify for the service, and is scheduled to go into nine other states, including New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. SafeLink was the brainchild of Miami-based TracFone Wireless Inc., the largest prepaid cellphone company in the U.S. As a purely prepaid provider, TracFone has always aimed at the market's lower end.
Source:
The Toronto Star

[ NOTE : Be sure to read the Comments section at the bottom of the article for reactions from 60+ readers on the subject of free cell phones for people living in poverty. These reactions range from the reasonable ("If done correctly, a great idea") to the ridiculous ("Why not give them a plasma TV while you're at it?"). Read the above article and the bumph from SafeLink Wireless below and decide for yourself : is a cell phone a basic human right? My own view is that the concept and rationale are excellent, but the optics are horrible and not very "marketable" from a political standpoint...]

Related link:

SafeLink Wireless (U.S.) is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers.
To be eligible for SafeLink, a person must be participating in specified State or Federal assistance programs, such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid - OR - the person's total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by individual States and/or the Federal Government. [This works out to $18,000 (U.S.) for an individual and $26,000 for a four-person family.]

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

3. British Columbia in Recession? - January 10
(
StrategicThoughts.com)

BC in Recession?
January 10, 2009
Governments frequently release bad news around quitting time on Friday afternoons. The Campbell government did that trick one better when it released welfare statistics (PDF - 82K, 6 pages) late on the afternoon of New Year's Eve. Those statistics showed the number of cases classified as "temporary assistance expected to work" up 24.3% in November 2008 relative to November 2007. The increase was startling but only the latest jump in a trend that started in July when the "expected to work" caseload increased by 16.3% relative to July 2007. The total welfare (BC Employment and Assistance) caseload, including disabled, increased by 7.2% between November 2007 and November 2008. Welfare statistics aren't the only indicator of an economic downturn in British Columbia. Statistics Canada reported that the number of British Columbians receiving regular employment insurance benefits in October 2008 (the latest data) increased by 18.2% relative to October 2007. That increase was only exceeded in Ontario where the increase was 18.4%. Alberta was third amongst the provinces with an 8.2% increase, far behind Ontario and BC. [ more... ]
Source:
StrategicThoughts.com
This is the personal website of David Schreck - political pundit, former MLA and former Special Advisor to the (NDP) Premier, among other accomplishments.

Links - David Schreck's collection of ~100 links to (mostly BC) online resources covering a wide range of topics, with a special focus on health economics, health unions, politics and advocacy.

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

4. PovNet : Anti-Poverty Resources in British Columbia and the Rest of Canada

PovNet
PovNet is an online resource for advocates, people on welfare, and community groups and individuals involved in anti-poverty work. It provides up-to-date information about resources in British Columbia and Canada. PovNet links to current anti-poverty issues and also provides links to other anti-poverty organizations and resources in Canada and internationally. PovNet is a clearinghouse of information necessary to address issues of anti-poverty. Regulations and laws can change so quickly it is difficult to know if the information you are using is up-to-date. PovNet strives to keep advocates and those who may be experiencing difficulty with the social service system informed.
[ Source : About PovNet ]

News - Anti-poverty & poverty related news stories, current events, reports & press releases.

Regional - View news, resources government info & links sorted by territory or province.

Online Resources - Links to manuals, publications, guides, help sheets, databases & other resources.

Applications and Forms - Links & info to help with applying for welfare, disability, pension, student loans, unemployment, social housing, immigration & refugee status, etc.

Find an Advocate - Looking for help? Try searching our directory for an advocate near you. (includes all provinces and territories)

Issues Page - links to information on a wide range of subjects, including the following :
* Aboriginal/First Nations * Art/Culture * Blogs * Children & Youth * Consumer/Debt * Disability * Education * Family * Foodbanks & Food * Government Policy * Health * Homelessness * Housing * Human Rights * Immigrants & Refugees * Legal Aid * Legal Research * LGBTQ * Media * Mental Health * Organizing * Panhandling * People of Colour * Poorbashing * Poverty Research * Prisoners' Rights * Seniors/Elders * Technology * Tenants' Rights * Unemployment * Utilities * Violence * Welfare * Women * Worker's Rights

Links - Links to government websites, policies, acts, regulations & many other useful websites organized by issue (same as above) and by location (links to provincial/territorial resources, U.S. and other international links)

PovNet's Links to Anti-Poverty/Poverty Blogs - links to over three dozen blogs from BC, from Toronto, from Fredericton, from Montreal, etc.

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

5. Federal consultation on private pensions ===> January 9 - March 16
(Department of Finance Canada)

Minister of Finance Releases Discussion Paper on Private Pensions
News Release
January 9, 2009
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released a discussion paper on improving the framework for federally regulated private pension plans. “The Government acted in the Economic and Fiscal Statement to provide temporary solvency relief to federally regulated pension plans that have been affected by the substantial declines in equity markets,” said Minister Flaherty. “The purpose of this paper is to get the views of Canadians [bolding added] on issues related to the legislative framework for federally regulated defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans with the objective of making permanent changes in 2009.”

The federal Government regulates private pension plans that are subject to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985. These plans cover areas of employment under federal jurisdiction, including banking, telecommunications and inter-provincial transportation.

Complete discussion paper:

Strengthening the Legislative and Regulatory Framework for
Private Pension Plans Subject to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985

HTML version
PDF version (107K, 23 pages)
You have until March 16, 2009 to submit comments as an individual or a group regarding any element of this paper.
You can send comments to the snail mail address that appears in the text , or by email to:
pensions@fin.gc.ca

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

6. Perception Magazine, Fall 2008 issue - January 9
(
Canadian Council on Social Development)

Perception Magazine:
Volume 30, No. 1 & 2, 2008
(PDF - 2,4MB, 24 pages)
Fall 2008
Table of Contents:
* Editorial (by Peggy Taillon)
* Mapping Poverty-reduction Initiatives (by Pat Steenberg)
* Rising Tides: Anti-poverty Work Growing in Atlantic Canada (by David Jackson)
* An Interview with James Hughes, New Brunswick's Deputy Minister of Social Development (by Patrick Flanagan)
* Atlantic Summer Institute: Making the links
* Building Momentum for Real Change: the Canadian Social Forum
* Making Connections: Interview with Uzma Shakir
* Police Chiefs Speak Out Against Poverty (by Chief Edgar MacLeod)
* Update: Tracking Social Development (by Katherine Scott)
* The Weiler Award: 2009 Call for Nominations and 2008 Winner
Source:
Perception Magazine <=== incl. links to 35+ back issues of Perception
[ Canadian Council on Social Development ]

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

7. Employment Insurance in desperate need of repair - January 9
(Toronto Star)

Employment Insurance in desperate need of repair
January 9, 2009
By Carol Goar
For the first time since the Great Depression, Canada is heading into a serious recession with one of its economic stabilizers badly broken. Stabilizers are government programs that work automatically to moderate swings in the economic cycle. The three main ones are employment insurance, which provides a cushion for people who lose their jobs; welfare, which keeps people from hitting rock bottom; and income taxes, which decrease when people's earnings shrink. The one that is broken is employment insurance (although welfare is in sorry shape). If forecasters are right, 200,000 Canadians will lose their jobs this year. If current trends continue, just 108,000 will qualify for employment insurance benefits and 82,000 will actually receive them.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Related links:

Employment Insurance
- from the website of
Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Links to EI studies - from the Canadian Social Research Links HRSDC Links page

- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

8. Conference updates:
--- Canadian Social Forum (Calgary, May 19-22)
---
Canadian Symposium For Parental Alienation Syndrome (Toronto, March 27-29)

Canadian Social Forum Call
for Abstracts Extended until January 20
Due to a high level of interest, the CCSD has extended the deadline for proposals for workshop sessions at the Canadian Social Forum. Five key theme areas have been identified, each touching on current efforts to reduce poverty in Canada. Some sessions will explore innovations in communities across the country; others will present more global ideas and approaches to stimulate discussion and debate. All workshop sessions will help identify what concrete steps Forum participants can take to act on poverty eradication.

You now have until January 20, 2009 to submit
an abstract for a workshop session at the Canadian Social Forum.

For more information:

Canadian Social Forum
Calgary, May 19-22, 2009
The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) invites you to the first Canadian Social Forum, which will take place in Calgary, May 19-22, 2009. We're bringing together a dynamic combination of unusual suspects from social development, public health, environment, community safety and recreation to brainstorm about poverty

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

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Canadian Symposium For Parental Alienation Syndrome
March 27-29, 2009
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
The Canadian Symposium For Parental Alienation Syndrome (CS - PAS), is an educational conference for Canadian and international mental health professionals, family law attorneys and other professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome.

- incl. links to : * About CS-PAS * Registration * Even and Hotel Information * Speaker Profiles * Directory of Endorsed Vendors * Referral Services (Attorney / Mental Health / Mediator) * Continuing Education Credits * Sponsorship Affiliation * Contact

Promotional Video Clip of the
Parental Alienation Syndrome Conference
(just added to the conference website)

Parental alienation syndrome
"...a disturbance in which children are obsessively preoccupied with deprecation and/or criticism of a parent. In other words, denigration that is unjustified and or exaggerated."
Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm
- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

9. 2009 Alternative Federal Budget stimulus package injects 2% of GDP into economy and creates 407,000 jobs - January 6
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Alternative Budget stimulus package injects 2% of GDP into economy and creates 407,000 jobs
Press Release
January 6, 2009
OTTAWA—Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released the Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) fiscal stimulus plan, a one-year package that would create 407,000 jobs, boost the economy by 3%, and help protect Canadians from the worst of a recession.

Complete report:

Leadership for Tough Times:
Alternative Federal Budget Fiscal Stimulus Plan
(PDF - 330K, 28 pages)
January 2009

Source:
Alternative Federal Budget - incl. links to over two dozen earlier alternative budget papers
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

10. When 'poorhouse' wasn't only an expression - January 3
(The Toronto Star)

When 'poorhouse' wasn't only an expression
A local museum preserves in harrowing detail the stories of a forgotten institution
January 3, 2009
By Tracey Tyler
"(...) Though more commonly associated with Victorian England and novels by Charles Dickens, such as Oliver Twist, the poorhouse was part of Canada's social fabric for more than 60 years and one of its earliest legislated responses to poverty."
Source:
The Toronto Star

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

11. Income Assistance Program - from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

From the website of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:

Income assistance (welfare / social assistance) for
Members of First Nations living on reserve*:

Income Assistance Program - from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
INAC has engaged in on-reserve income assistance activities since 1964, with the broad objective of providing individuals and families with the means to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. (...) As a matter of policy, INAC follows the terms and conditions of provincial and territorial general assistance [welfare] programs. While INAC may directly deliver the income assistance program, the program has been largely devolved. The Department's present involvement in income assistance activities is primarily to provide funding to First Nations who in turn deliver programs and services to community members. In 2006-2007, 534 First Nations administered their own program (This figure does not include First Nations functioning under self-government arrangements).

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First Nations members living off-reserve must apply for welfare to the provincial authority where they reside.
For more info on provincial/territorial welfare programs, go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

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Related link:

Income Assistance Program - National Manual
NOTE : includes excellent information on the history of social assistance to members of
Canada's First Nations along with information on the federal-provincial-First Nations roles and responsibilites in the area of income assistance.
Table of Contents:
* Introduction
* Definitions
* 1 - Backgrounder
* 2 - Program Components
* 3 - Funding Arrangements
* 4 - Financial Administration
* 5 - Reporting and Compliance
* Annex A - Resource Information and Links
* Annex B - Resident On-reserve Communities
* Annex C - Income Assistance on Site Compliance Review Process

Social Programs
In addition to income assistance, INAC supports "province-like social programs" in First Nation communities including education, early childhood development, housing, family violence prevention and help for persons with disabilities. Click the link above for general information or click any link below for more specific info.

* Assisted Living Program * Family Violence Prevention Program * Justice * Non-Insured Health Benefits * Band Moneys * Indian Status * Wills and Estates * National Child Benefit Reinvestment Initiative * First Nation Child and Family Services Program * Early Childhood Development

Source:
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)

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

12. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
---
Labour Force Survey, December 2008 - January 9
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, October 2008 - January 5

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

January 9, 2009
Labour Force Survey, December 2008
Employment declined for the second consecutive month in December (-34,000), the result of a large drop in full-time work. With the decline in employment came a 0.3 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate, which hit 6.6% in December.
[ Complete report : Labour Force Information, January 9, 2009 December 7 to 13, 2008 ]

January 5, 2009 (New Products)
Employment, Earnings and Hours (PDF - 2.2MB, 476 pages)
October 2008

The Daily Archives - select a year and month from the drop-down menu to view releases in chronological order

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

13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto)

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

January 7, 2009

What's new online

Pre-budget consultation briefs
Pre-budget consultation briefs from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, Campaign 2000 and the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada.
Publication date: 7 Jan 09 --- Posting date: 7 Jan 09

After the election: Which direction for child care and family policy?
Cleveland, Gordon, Fortin, Sarah and Friendly, Martha
Publication date: 9 Dec 08
Posting date: 7 Jan 09
Presentation slides available from presenters Gordon Cleveland, Sarah Fortin and Martha Friendly from the IRPP seminar held on December 9, 2008.

Public policy and early childhood systems in Europe: 6 challenges for the coming years
Bennett, John
Publication date: 3 Sep 08
Posting date: 7 Jan 09
Presentation by John Bennett discussing challenges for the coming years in European early childhood systems.

Enhancing a sense of belonging in the early years
Various
Publication date: 1 Dec 08
Posting date: 7 Jan 09
Journal from Bernard van Leer Foundation examining the theme of belonging as it relates to young children.

Why Canada can’t work without childcare
Friendly, Martha
Publication date: 7 Jan 09
Posting date: 7 Jan 09

The impact of global migration on the education of young children
Adams, Leah D.
Publication date: 1 Apr 08
Posting date: 17 Dec 08

Child care in the news

Little time for ABC rescue [AU]
The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 Jan 09

Quebec have-tot province [CA]
Toronto Star, 5 Jan 09

Child-care programs in Vancouver schools [CA-BC]
The Vancouver Sun, 4 Jan 09

Obama’s $10 billion early childhood education pledge [US]
The Washington Times, 28 Dec 08

NZ’s 120 ABC childcare centres up for sale [NZ]
The New Zealand Herald, 17 Dec 08

Related Links:

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

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

January 8, 2009
* Homeless Families and Shelters - Illinois, New York
* Poverty Rates - Mississippi, Oklahoma
* Joblessness and Unemployment Insurance
* State Unemployment Claims Systems
* Cash Assistance Caseloads - Michigan
* Kids Count Report - Indiana
* Teenage Pregnancy Rates
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* Hospitals and Debt Collection - Maryland
* Health Care Spending
* Funding for High-poverty Schools
* Opportunidades Anti-poverty Program - Mexico
* State Minimum Wage Increases

January 5, 2009
* States and Safety Net Programs
* Food Stamp Program Enrollment
* Food Insecurity and Nutrition
* Trends in Homelessness
* Trends in Poverty Rates
* Opinions: Defining, Measuring, and Fighting Poverty
* State Budget Cuts
* Unemployment and Jobless Benefits
* Health Care Access and Costs
* Child Care Subsidies - New York, Nevada
* Teacher Experience and Low-income Students - Des Moines, IA
* Education Reform

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

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

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

15. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

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

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

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

16. CRINMAIL - January 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

8 January 2009 - CRINMAIL 1048
* ISRAEL-OPT: ICRC criticises "shocking" behaviour of Israeli military [news]
* RECESSION: Asia must act to prevent growth in child labour, says expert [news]
* DAY OF GENERAL DISCUSSION: Committee recommendations [publication]
* WEST AFRICA: But is it really trafficking? [news]
* UGANDA: Police launch plan to curb child sacrifice [news]
* SAUDI ARABIA: Child Protection in Arab Countries: Working Together Towards Safer Childhood [event]
* CALL FOR ARTICLES: childRIGHT journal
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

5 January 2009 - CRINMAIL 1047 - New Year special
* 2008 - Child rights round-up
**Quiz** New Year special

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ earlier weekly issues
, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

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


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Use of this product in conjunction with alcohol or sedatives may cause drowsiness.
(Vicks Ny-Quil Gel Caps)

At the entrance to jail a sign reads, “No weapons beyond this point”. Message is also written in braille underneath.
(Sheriff’s Dept., Warrden County, IN)

If swallowed, promptly see doctor.
Energizer Batteries, AAA 4 Pack

For best results, remove cap.
(Nabisco Easy Cheese)

Do not use when temperature exceeds 140 Fahrenheit.
(Wheelbarrow - Unknown brand)

Note: Game pieces do not actually talk.
(Guess Who” Game)

Road Closed. Use Sidewalk.
(Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH)

Caution: Bowl may be hot after microwaving!
(Ragu Express)

Keep away from water
(White-Westinghouse 1600 Blow Dryer)

Please Pre-Pay in advance.
(A gas pump)

Artificially Flavored.
(Ring Pops - "Made with Real Fruit Juice")

Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.
(American Airlines Peanuts)

Keyboard not detected. Press F1 to continue
(Various Computers)

Source:
http://www.dumbwarnings.com/

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    And, in closing...

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Uh-oh --- the Americans are on to us:
http://eatliver.com/i.php?n=3898

Meet Carl, one mixed-up cat.
http://www.stuffonmycat.com/This-is-my-cat-Carl/This-is-my-cat-Carl-The-Switch.html

More stuff on my Cat
http://www.stuffonmycat.com/

Stuff on my Mutt
http://www.stuffonmymutt.com/