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April 11, 2010

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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Haiti Relief - from the CBC
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2006 (Federal-Provincial-Territorial Directors of Income Support) - April 9
2. Manitoba Poverty Reduction Strategy update - April 9
3. Interprovincial/International data comparisons (Institut de la statistique du Québec) - Feb/March 2010
4. Nova Scotia 2010-2011 Budget - April 6
5. Yukon Budget 2010-2011 - March 25

6. Nunavut 2010-2011 Budget - March 8

7.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, March 2010 - April 9
--- 2006 Census maps - April 8
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, January 2010 - April 8
--- Comparing Income Statistics from Different Sources – Aggregate Income, 2005 - April 11

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - April 11

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
10. [United Kingdom] Ending child poverty by 2020: Child Poverty Bill passed March 25 (HM Treasury)

11. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Factblog
12. Australian Policy Online - recent content
13. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)


1. Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2006 - April 9
(Federal-Provincial-Territorial Directors of Income Support
)

New on the website of
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

Latest national Canadian welfare stats --- for March 2006!

Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2006
August 2009 (Third edition)
Posted online April 9, 2010
Prepared by:
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Directors of Income Support
"In recognition of the growing public demand for comprehensive information on provincial and territorial social assistance programs and caseloads, the Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2006 is the third annual joint publication by federal, provincial and territorial governments. The report provides a general overview of social assistance in Canada, as well as a description of income support-related/social assistance programs in each jurisdiction. This report does not include social assistance rates as this information is currently available to the public on most provincial and territorial government Web sites."
(Excerpt from Chapter 1 - Summary)

NOTE: Chapter Two of the report is a six-page descriptive overview of social assistance in Canada in 2005-2006, comprising a (very) brief history of federal social assistance since 1966 and general information about welfare eligibility and benefits. Other chapters of the report provide, for each province and territory, information on eligibility (including asset and income exemption levels) and benefits, as well as an impressive number of statistical tables, graphs and charts providing numbers of cases and beneficiaries (time series statistics going back as far as the mid-1990s, depending on the jurisdiction), profile information (age/education/sex of household head, cases by reason for assistance) and even (for most jurisdictions) the percentage of households reporting income.

Complete report
in one PDF file
- (751K, 129 pages)

Links to the two earlier editions of this report:
*
Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004
*
Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2005

Source:
Social Policy

[ Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ]

< Begin social researcher's lament. >

While it is reassuring to read in the report summary that Federal-Provincial-Territorial Directors of Income Support recognize "the growing public demand for comprehensive information on provincial and territorial social assistance programs and caseloads", I wish they'd also recognize that there's also a need for reasonably *timely* data about those same programs and caseloads. The statistical report is dated August 2009, but it wasn't posted to the HRSDC website until April 9, 2010. The latest data in the report are for March 2006, now four years out of date. Thus, since March 2006, there is NO national picture of the number of households receiving welfare in Canada.
So what?
So now researchers can't tell, among other things, how many new welfare cases are "EI exhaustees" (families whose Employment Insurance benefit period has expired) and how many are there because they didn't qualify for EI in the first place.
That is unaccountable and unacceptable.
Welfare reporting must be comprehensive AND reasonably current.
It's time to farm out the production of timely welfare statistics and related information to an objective, non-politicized third party...

And while I'm at it...

Instead of telling us that the report "does not include social assistance rates, as this information is currently available to the public on most provincial and territorial government Web sites", the authors could have said that reconstructing welfare rates for all of Canada is too complex for the uninitiated, that the National Council of Welfare produces the only credible welfare rate comparison for all of Canada, and that it's only TWO years out of date.

< /End social researcher's lament. >

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

2. Manitoba Poverty Reduction Strategy update - April 9

Manitoba

From
All ABoard (Manitoba's Poverty Reduction Strategy)
:

Province invests $950 million this year in All Aboard Poverty Reduction Strategy
More Than 560 Organizations, Individuals Helping Guide Priorities: Irvin-Ross, Mackintosh

April 9, 2010
The province is committing $950 million this year to fighting poverty and promoting opportunities for low-income Manitobans including more than 30 new initiatives and program enhancements, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today. (...) The province set its priorities for program enhancements and new initiatives under ALL Aboard based on research and discussion with stakeholders and individuals living in poverty, the minister said. At the top of the list are housing, getting Manitobans off welfare, more child care and building awareness of existing supports.

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Twenty-nine new child-care sites, 3500 more spaces funded since launch of Family Choices five-year strategy: Mackintosh, Allan
Up to $19-million Investment this Year Includes Phased Launch of Online Wait List, Worker Pension Plan
April 9, 2010
The province is investing up to $19 million more in Budget 2010 for new child-care centres, hundreds more spaces, the phasing in of a centralized online wait list and a pension plan for a stronger workforce, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh and Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today. (...) Today’s announcement is part of the province’s ALL Aboard poverty reduction strategy.

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Minimum wage to increase to $9.50 per hour Oct. 1
Province Balancing Needs of 28,000 Minimum Wage Earners with Needs of Manitoba Businesses: Howard
April 8, 2010
The province will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $9.50 an hour on Oct. 1, Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard announced today. (...) The minimum wage rate last increased by 25 cents to $9 per hour on Oct. 1, 2009, following an additional 25-cent increase on May 1, 2009. (...) With this increase to the minimum wage, Manitoba will maintain its position near the middle of Canadian rates. Regular increases to the minimum wage are an important factor in reducing poverty and are part of ALL Aboard, Manitoba’s poverty reduction strategy, said the minister.

Budget 2010 enhances supports for post-secondary students
New $7.5-million Early Advance on Tuition Rebate to Assist Students Still in School, When They Need it the Most: McGifford
April 8, 2010
Manitoba continues to offer some of the most affordable, accessible and high-quality post-secondary education in the country by introducing a new student grant, improving Manitoba’s bursaries and providing earlier access to the province’s tuition rebate program, putting an extra estimated $7.5 million back into students’ pockets annually, Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford announced today.

April 8, 2010
Rent supplement for Manitobans
with mental health issues expanded to entire province

ALL Aboard: 2010-11 Highlights (Word [.doc] file - 39K, 1 page)
April 2010
* Safe, Affordable Housing in Supportive Communities
* Education, Jobs and Income Support
* Strong, Healthy Families
* Accessible, Co-ordinated Services

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

3. Interprovincial/International data comparisons - Feb/March 2010
(Institut de la statistique du Québec)

NOTA : La version française suit l'anglais ci-dessous.

Recently updated at the
Institut de la statistique du Québec
(English home page):

Interprovincial comparisons
(available in French only)*
HTML version - table of contents (see below) with links to small PDF files for each section
PDF version (1.4MB, 110 pages) - February 2010
NOTE: The online HTML version will always be more recent than the latest PDF version because the HTML version is frequently updated while the PDF is a snapshot at a specific point in time.
* If you need help translating
table tags and footnotes, try
http://translate.google.ca/

Recommended
--- key resource for Québec statistics *and* for statistics for other Canadian jurisdictions!

Abbreviated table of contents:
Demography - Immigration - Canadian Francophonie - Production - Income - Manpower - Investment - Interprovincial Trade - International Trade - Consumption - Inflation - Financial Market - Public Finance - Federal Government Transfers [ incl. Transfers from federal government to persons, 1997-2007 and Current transfers from federal government to provincial governments, 1997-2007 ] [bolding added] - Legislatures - Portraits (Canada - The rest of Canada - Provinces and territories)

Related link:

International Comparisons
- the most recent data on 235 countries and territories using 95 economic indicators, grouped by theme: population, labour force, consumer prices, exchange rates, gross domestic product (GDP), GDP by expenditure, GDP by industry, personal income, research and development expenditures, foreign investments, international trade.

Click the link above to read a word of caution about using the data, a summary analysis, economic profiles by country, etc.
Click the link below to go directly to the English PDF file containing the tables comparing all 235 countries and territories on each 95 indicators.

Report (English version):

Comparative Tables by Indicator (PDF - 535K, 109 pages)
March 25, 2010
- 235 countries and territories, 95 indicators

Source::
Databank of Official Statistics on Québec
(See "Living Conditions and Well-being" for other relevant stats)

[ Site français : Banque de données des statistiques officielles du Québec ]

Institut de la statistique du Québec - Québec statistical institute (English home page)

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Révision récente au site Web de
l'Institut de la statistique du Québec
:

Comparaisons interprovinciales
Version HTML - table des matières + liens vers des fichiers PDF de petite taille pour chaque section
Version PDF (1,4Mo., 110 pages) - février 2010
NOTA : la version HTML (en ligne) est toujours la plus récente, puisqu'elle est révisée dès qu'une modification quelconque y est apportée.

Les statistiques présentées dans la section « comparaisons interprovinciales » sont le résultat d’une collaboration entre l’Institut de la statistique du Québec et le Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes. Les différents tableaux, qui sont mis à jour sur une base continue, présentent des données sur chaque province et territoire ainsi que sur le Canada. Ces données portent notamment sur la population, l’immigration, la francophonie canadienne, l’économie et les parlements. Une attention particulière est accordée aux données touchant la démographie, la main-d’œuvre, le commerce interprovincial et international, les investissements ainsi que les finances publiques. De plus, les principaux intervenants en matière de relations intergouvernementales sont également identifiés.

Liens connexes:

Comparaisons internationales
Les comparaisons internationales regroupent les données les plus actuelles sur 235 pays et territoires en regard de 95 indicateurs économiques, regroupés par thème : population, population active, prix à la consommation, taux de change, produit intérieur brut (PIB), PIB par dépense, PIB par industrie, revenu personnel par habitant, dépenses en recherche et développement, investissements étrangers, commerce de biens avec le Québec et le Canada.

Le Québec dans le monde:
Statistiques économiques internationales
(PDF - 4,2Mo., 614 pages)
Janvier 2010

Source:
Banque de données
des statistiques officielles sur le Québec

(Voir « conditions de vie et bien-être » dans la marge gauche de la page.)

[ Institut de la statistique du Québec ]

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

4. 2010-2011 Nova Scotia Budget - April 6

From the
Nova Scotia Department of Finance:

2010-2011 Nova Scotia Budget
April 6, 2010
- main budget page, includes all budget documents

Nova Scotia
Provincial Budget Introduced

April 6, 2010
News Release
Finance Minister Graham Steele presented the provincial budget today, April 6, at Province House. (...) The government tabled a budget in fiscal 2010-11 with a deficit of $222.1 million. This is the first year of a four-year fiscal plan to return to a balanced budget. (...)
Government's long-term plan contains four key components:
-- bring better health care to Nova Scotia families
-- create secure jobs and growing the economy
-- make life more affordable
-- ensure government lives within its means."

[ Five more budget-related news releases ]

Budget Address (PDF - 254K, 25 pages)

Budget highlights (PDF - 1.9MB, 2 pages)

Budget Assumptions & Schedules (PDF - 1.3MB,113 pages)

Budget Overview

More budget documents - links to budget bulletins, main estimates, government and Crown Corporation business plans

Source:
Nova Scotia Department of Finance

Related links:

N.S. budget makes HST highest in Canada
Government unveils 4-year deficit-reduction plan

April 6, 201
Nova Scotia's NDP government has kicked off a four-year deficit-busting plan by increasing the harmonized sales tax — making it the highest combined provincial and federal tax rate in the country. Finance Minister Graham Steele unveiled his $9-billion deficit budget on Tuesday, calling it a "smart, strategic and steady" plan necessary to tackle a painful financial outlook. The NDP expects to end 2009-10 with a deficit of $488 million. This coming year, it expects to finish $222 million in the red.
Budget 2010-11 highlights:
* Projected deficit of $222 million.
* HST rises to 15%, as of July 1.
* Rebates for people making less than $30,000.
* New tax bracket for earners of $150,000 or more.
* 1,000 civil servant jobs gone over four years.
* Debt climbs to $14 billion.
* No balanced budget until 2013.
Source:
CBC Nova Scotia
[TIP: Don't forget to check the Comments section immediately after the article ===> 550+ comments!]

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm
- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

5. Yukon Budget 2010-2011 - March 25

Yukon Budget 2010-2011
March 25, 2010
- links to all budget documents, including financial information, projections, operations and maintenance estimates, and capital estimates

2010-2011 Budget Address [pdf 184KB]

2010-2011 Budget Highlights [pdf 47KB]

Related links:

Record spending in Yukon budget
March 25, 2010
Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie has presented a $1.08-billion budget that promises another year of record spending, one that opposition MLAs say will burden future generations with massive debt. In introducing the budget in the legislature Thursday, Fentie, who is also the Yukon's finance minister, said he has laid out a responsible spending plan that will see the Yukon into the future. (...) The 2010-11 budget projects revenues of $1.05 billion and expenditures of $1.08 billion, but the government said that because of various adjustments, it'll have a $2.9-million surplus by the end of the fiscal year.
However, the government will be coming out of the 2009-10 fiscal year with a $23-million deficit, about $11 million of which was spent by the Health and Social Services Department.
Source:
CBC North

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm
- Go to the Yukon Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

6. Nunavut 2010-2011 Budget - March 8

Nunavut 2010-2011 Budget - March 8, 2010
- main page, includes links to budget address, highlights, supplementary information, main estimates, capital estimates and business plans.
NOTE: When I tried to access some of the files on April 7 (2010) using Firefox v.3.6.3, I received an octet-stream error message.
Translation: Some of the links in this page work only with Internet Explorer.
Boo.

Related link:

Nunavut unveils 'prudent' $1.3B budget
March 8, 2010
Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson has tabled a budget that aims to balance the territory's books. Tabling the 2010-11 budget Monday in Iqaluit, Peterson said he's presented a "prudent" balanced budget in light of a $44-million deficit that's projected for this fiscal year.
The latest deficit figure is up $15 million from the government's previous projections, due in part to $8 million the government spent last year to combat the H1N1 influenza pandemic, Peterson said.
Source:
CBC News North

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm
- Go to the Nunavut Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nunavut.htm

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, March 2010 - April 9
--- 2006 Census maps - April 8
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, January 2010 - April 8
--- Comparing Income Statistics from Different Sources – Aggregate Income, 2005 - April 6

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

April 9, 2010
Labour Force Survey, March 2010
Employment edged up by 18,000 in March, continuing an upward trend that began in July 2009. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2%.
- 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, March 14 to 20

[ earlier reports in this series ]

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment

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April 8, 2010
2006 Census maps
The Atlas of Canada, produced by Natural Resources Canada, in partnership with Statistics Canada, presents a series of maps and accompanying analysis of national and regional data results from the 2006 Census. The third and last release focuses on educational attainment, location of study, the Aboriginal population, income, as well as age and marital status by gender.
Previous releases covered topics such as the Canadian population, age, marital status, immigration, visible minorities, mode of transportation, language, the labour force, and housing and shelter costs.

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April 8, 2010
Employment, Earnings and Hours January 2010
In January, total hours worked by payroll employees increased by 0.3%. At the same time, non-farm payroll employment was virtually unchanged.
January's most notable job gains were in mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction; construction; finance; transportation and warehousing; and health care. These gains were offset by losses primarily in the service sector, with the largest declines in public administration; arts, entertainment and recreation; educational services and "other services."
- includes two charts:
* total payroll employment
* Non-farm payroll employment of the Survey of Employment Payrolls and Hours and total employment of the Labour Force Survey

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April 6, 2010
Comparing Income Statistics from Different Sources – Aggregate Income, 2005
by Eric Olson and Karen Maser
This report compares the aggregate income estimates as published by four different statistical programs. One is the System of National Accounts that provides a portrait of economic activity at the macro economic level. Three other main programs generate data from a micro-economic perspective: two are survey based and the third derives all its results from administrative data.
Source:
Income Research Paper Series <===click for links to 100+ studies!

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

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - April 11

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

April 11, 2010

Can early childhood education and care help keep Canada's promise of respect for diversity?
9 Apr 10
- Occasional Paper by Martha Friendly and Nina Prabhu explores "the role that public policy could play in positioning ECEC programs to contribute to realization of Canada's promise of respect for diversity."

Gender brief
7 Apr 10
- Report from the OECD gives a detailed overview of gender differences in OECD countries on main employment and social issues; Canada has 4th largest gender wage gap.

Quality costs: Paying for early childhood education and care
7 Apr 10
- Report from the Daycare Trust (England) "aims to identify the elements required for high quality provision of ECEC and to establish and cost a high quality model."

Early years engineering
7 Apr 10
- Video from Teachers TV shows how kindergartens in Germany have teamed up with engineering companies to develop teacher training and materials, including simple electrical circuits.

Joining up and scaling up: A vision for early childhood education and care
31 Mar 10
- Article by Martha Friendly in Education Canada discusses the full day early learning program in Ontario and how to create an ECEC system in Canada by "joining up" the existing patchwork of programs and "scaling" them up to reach more children.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Why even have a Status of Women's Minister?
7 Apr 10

· A society of nervous wrecks
7 Apr 10

· CUPE Nova Scotia has "mixed reaction" to Provincial budget
6 Apr 10

· Spend on daycare instead of jails
4 Apr 10

· Not only classrooms are on chopping block
4 Apr 10

· Korea's gender-wage gap widest
3 Apr 10

· Schools should provide before, after class care for full-day program, advocates say
2 Apr 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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What's new online
This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Joining up and scaling up: A vision for early childhood education and care
31 Mar 10
- Article by Martha Friendly in Education Canada discusses the full day early learning program in Ontario and how to create an ECEC system in Canada by "joining up" the existing patchwork of programs and "scaling" them up to reach more children.

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Volume 11, number 1
31 Mar 10
- Recent volume of Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood features articles by Peter Moss and Rachel Langford, and a study of privatization in New Zealand.

Mending Canada's frayed social safety net: The role of municipal governments
31 Mar 10
- Report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities says cities are filling gaps in the social safety net left by federal and provincial governments.

State of learning in Canada: A year in review
31 Mar 10
- Report from the Canadian Council on Learning "provides the most up-to-date information available on Canada's learning landscape."

Ontario budget 24 Mar 10 - Ontario government says the budget will fill $63.5 million gap in child care funding.

More What's New Online

Child care in the news
This section features interesting and noteworthy news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally. Items are listed in chronological order by publication date from the most recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for excerpts.

· Childcare subsidy cuts hurt students
31 Mar 10

· Ottawa to test for toxic dust in daycares
31 Mar 10

· Kindergarten expansion expected to cause space shortages
30 Mar 10

· Day care operator might try to have guilty plea thrown out
[CA-ON] 28 Mar 10

· Kids' stuff- childcare money appears
26 Mar 10

· Ontario pumps billions into education
25 Mar 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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Links to child care
sitesin 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)
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: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

9. 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:

April 9:
Unemployment and Jobless Benefits
Medicaid and Food Stamp Enrollment - Georgia
Minimum Wage Increase - Manitoba, CA
Housing the Homeless - New York, Michigan

April 8:
Extension of Jobless Benefits - Massachusetts
States and Medicaid

April 7:
Aging Out of Foster Care
Long-Term Unemployment
Work Sharing Programs

April 6:
Extension of Jobless Benefits
Poverty Alleviation and Measurement - Nashville, TN
US Teen Birth Rate
Senior Citizens and Homelessness

April 5:
Application Process and Delivery of Benefits - Michigan
US Unemployment Rate
2008 Child Maltreatment Report

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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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

10. [United Kingdom] Ending child poverty by 2020: Child Poverty Bill passed March 25
(HM Treasury)

United Kingdom

From HM Treasury:

Ending child poverty:
mapping the route to 2020
(PDF - 718K, 52 pages)
March 2010
This paper sets out the Government’s strategic direction for ending child poverty by 2020 and beyond to inform the National Strategy to be published within 12 months of the date of Royal Assent of the Child Poverty Bill. (which was 25 March 2010). The new bill enshrines the pledge to eradicate child poverty in the UK by 2020 as a binding duty on the Government.
(...)
The Child Poverty Bill sets out four challenging UK-wide targets to be reached and sustained from 2020:
• Relative poverty – to reduce the proportion of children who live in relative low income (in families with income below 60 per cent of the median) to less than 10 per cent;
• Combined low income and material deprivation – to reduce the proportion of children who live in material deprivation and have a low income to less than 5 per cent;
• Persistent poverty – to reduce the proportion of children that experience long periods of relative poverty, with the specific target to be set at a later date; and
• Absolute poverty – to reduce the proportion of children who live in absolute low income to less than 5 per cent.
Source:
Budget 2010 Documents

Related links from the
Office of Public Sector Information
:

The Child Poverty Act, 2010
Public Acts of 2010, Chapter 9
Full text of The Child Poverty Act, which received Royal Assent on 25 March 2010.

Explanatory notes - Child Poverty Act 2010
- good contextual and background information

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From Save the Children UK:

UK child poverty
March 2010
We’re outraged that 4 million children are living in poverty and a staggering 1.7 million children are living in severe and persistent poverty in the UK — one of the richest countries in the world. The Child Poverty Act is now law and is a historic milestone in the fight against child poverty. This places a legal obligation on all future governments to act to end child poverty in the UK by 2020. However, after the Spring Budget 2010 which failed to deliver the scale of support that children living in poverty today need, it's clear that the Act alone is not enough.
(...)
The number of children living in severe poverty in the UK has shot up to 1.7 million — 260,000 higher than in 2004, according to our latest briefing Measuring Severe Child Poverty in the UK - commissioned from the New Policy Institute. Shockingly London, one of the world’s richest cities, is home to a fifth of all children living in severe poverty in the UK.

Source:
Save the Children UK
We’re working flat out to ensure children get proper healthcare, food, education and protection. We're saving lives in emergencies, campaigning for children's rights, and improving their futures through long-term development work.

Related links:

Measuring Severe Child Poverty in the UK, (PDF 102K, 9 pages)
January 2010

New Policy Institute (NPI)
NPI is a progressive think tank, founded in 1996 by Guy Palmer and Peter Kenway. Wholly independent, we have neither financial backers nor political patrons.

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm
- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

11. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Factblog

OECD Factblog
https://community.oecd.org/community/factblog?view=overview
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is well known for their vast store of research papers and related items, but they are now entering the blogosphere, albeit in their own erudite fashion. Their "Factblog" brings together graphs, charts, and videos to offer insightful commentary on pressing policy issues and global transformations. Visitors can glance over recent posts, which as of late, have included discussions of China's share of the global economy and the social and economic status of women. With each post, visitors will also find links to other related material from the OECD and other international organizations. Also, visitors can browse through their archive of posts back to July 2008 and, of course, they can subscribe to the RSS feed.
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010.

Related link:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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

12. Australian Policy Online - recent content

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
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

Most viewed this week:

1. National cultural policy: discussion framework
2. Research and Projects Officer
3. National curriculum
4. Canberra Policy Analysts
5. Why Ali fled Afghanistan
[Click the APO home page link above to access these reports.]

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

Most viewed this week:

1. National cultural policy: discussion framework
2. Research and Projects Officer
3. Canberra Policy Analysts
4. Why Ali fled Afghanistan
5. Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia
[Click the New Research link above to access these reports.]

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

13. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

8 April 2010 - CRINMAIL 1164
* JUVENILE JUSTICE: Call for efficient, fair and specialised juvenile justice systems [news]
* ASEAN: Cautious welcome for Women and Children's Commission [news]
* MYANMAR/BURMA: Displaced Childhoods - Human Rights and International Crimes against Burma's Internally Displaced Children [publication]
* NEW ZEALAND: Ban on Corporal Punishment in the Home - Referendum and After [publication]
* PARAGUAY: Proposal to ban informal workers from public spaces [news]
* CROATIA: Human Rights Court orders Croatia to pay for anti-Roma discrimination [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Children's Rights Alliance for England, UNICEF and Arigatou International
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

6 April 2010 - CRINMAIL 1163
* CAMPAIGN: A Call for Global Protections for Child Domestic Workers
* INDIA: Right to education launched [news]
* GLOBAL: Raising Clean Hands: Advancing Learning, Health and Participation through WASH in Schools [publication]
* UNITED KINGDOM: An Anatomy of Youth [publication]
* SOMALIA: Human trafficking on the increase [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: World Organisation Against Torture, UNICEF and A.M. Qattan Foundation
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ 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.

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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New Words

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[ OMG - I'm a telecrastinator!! --- Gilles ]

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Aquadextrous (adj.) Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.

Arachnoleptic Fit (n.) The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

Beelzebug (n.) Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at 3 in the morning and cannot be cast out.

Bozone (n.) The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

Carperpetuation (n.) The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.

Cashtration (n.) The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

Caterpallor (n.) The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

Decaflon (n.) The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

Disconfect (v.) To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, assuming this will somehow 'remove' all the germs.

Dopelar Effect (n.) The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when you explain them rapidly.

Elbonics (n.) The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater.

Extraterrestaurant (n.) An eating place where you feel you've been abducted and experimented upon. Also known as an E-T-ry.

Faunacated (adj.) How wildlife ends up when its environment is destroyed. Hence Faunacatering (v.), which has made a meal of many species.

Frust (n.) The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until he finally decides to give up and sweep it under the rug.

Grantartica (n.) The cold, isolated place where art companies dwell without funding.

Hemaglobe (n.) The bloody state of the world.

Intaxication (n.) Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Kinstirpation (n.) A painful inability to move relatives who come to visit.

Lactomangulation (n.) Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the 'illegal' side.

Lullabuoy (n.) An idea that keeps floating into your head and prevents you from drifting off to sleep.

Peppier (n.) The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want ground pepper.

Phonesia (n.) The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.

Telecrastination (n.) The act of always letting the phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you're only six inches away.

Source:
http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/newulss.htm



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And, in closing...

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The World's Happiest Countries
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/happiest_countries/index_01.htm


Funny, I always thought that Whitney was - well,
a little bit taller, and skinnier, and darker...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA-tOsM6F4Y


The Best April Fool's Day Pranks 2010
http://www.zug.com/live/84400/The-Best-April-Fools-Day-Pranks-2010.html


Valentino (Official Music Video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMl0T8oNqfE