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May 11, 2008

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

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MUMS OUT THERE!.
BLESS YOU ALL!

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. $4.3 Million to Support Manitobans to Move Into Jobs, Increase Shelter Welfare Rates (Manitoba Anti-Poverty Strategy) - May 6
2. What is Poverty? Providing Clarity for Canada (Fraser Institute) + Counterpoint from The Wellesley Institute - May 7
3. Canadian Network for Guaranteed Income Being Organized - May 6
4. 2008 May Report of the Auditor General of Canada - May 6
5. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, April 2008 - May 9
--- Study: Retirements in the federal public service, 2007 - May 9
--- Canada Year Book, 2007 - May 7
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, February 2008 - May 7
--- Income of Canadians, 2006 - May 5
--- 2006 Income Trends in Canada
- May 5
6. Indicators of Well-being in Canada (Human Resources and Social Development Canada) - Updated April 2008
7. Welfare Hike Would Make BC 'Magnet' for Poor: Welfare Minister (The Tyee.ca) - May 5
8. Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy: Time to give 'em your two cents' worth!

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 9

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content:
--- Big steps in childcare: LHMU long day care parent survey - Posted 07-05-2008
---National Rental Affordability Scheme: technical discussion paper - Posted 07-05-2008
--- Principles for justice in child well-being and protection - an effective child well-being and protection system - Posted 05-05-2008
12. CRINMAIL 980, 981(May 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. $4.3 Million to Support Manitobans to Move Into Jobs, Increase Shelter Welfare Rates - May 6
(Manitoba Anti-Poverty Strategy)

Province acknowledges progress in fight on poverty, but there is more to do: Mackintosh
$4.3 Million to Support Manitobans to Move Into Jobs, Increase Shelter Welfare Rates
May 6, 2008
"(...) Adding to the $27.6-million commitment made last year, the extra $4.3 million in new Rewarding Work initiatives will help people with disabilities, single parents and other low-income people"...
- includes the following:
* Effective 07/08, increases to shelter rates and rooming house rates directly from the Manitoba Shelter Benefit (see the link below)
* Effective 11/08, Rewarding Work Rent Allowance, a $50-per-month benefit to help non-disabled single adults and couples without children pay their rent after they leave welfare for work.
* Effective 02/09, Get Started! - a one-time benefit (ranging from $175 to $325, depending on the case classification) will be paid to people who leave welfare for work to help them pay for costs related to starting a new job.
* Effective 12/08, the Rewarding Work Health Plan will be provided to single parents and persons with disabilities who leave welfare for work; it extends coverage for prescription drugs and dental and optical services for up to two full years after people leave assistance.
(...)
Rewarding Work is part of the province’s anti-poverty strategy [bolding added], which includes Family Choices, Housing First and HOMEWorks, substantially increased education funding, increases to the minimum wage and other related measures to ensure that everyone can take advantage of the growing economy."

Rewarding Work
Manitoba’s Rewarding Work is a four-year Manitoba strategy to address poverty by giving people hope and dignity through employment. Rewarding Work programs will provide benefits to low-income working families. They will also help Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) [welfare] participants move from EIA to work by increasing the advantages of employment over EIA.

Recommended reading:

Year One Investments
- Rewarding Work investments in 2007/08 are helping low-income Manitobans in three areas:
(incl. links to more detailed info on the various initiatives)
* Helping low-income families (Manitoba Child Benefit, Manitoba Child Care Program)
* Supporting people to move from welfare to work (enhanced work incentives in the EIA program, new job seekers' allowance, a new training and education policy to help Manitobans on EIA find permanent work, job preparation, minimum wage subsidy for employers who hire and train people on EIA, allowances for work-related costs for all employed EIA clients, mentorship program for youth
* Improving benefits and services for persons with disabilities (marketAbilities, marketAbilities fund, marketAbilities team, personal attendant community education program, Sara Riel Inc. work placement force program, increase in financial assistance from Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities (IAPD)living in the community, doubling of the EIA liquid asset exemptions for EIA clients with a disability

Year Two
In the second year of the strategy, Rewarding Work will focus on assisting people to prepare for and make a smooth transition from income assistance to work.
Examples include an 18% shelter rate increase for non-disabled single adults receiving EIA (starting 07/08), a monthly rent top-up for up to one year (starting 11-08) for non-disabled single adults and childless couples who leave income assistance for work and live in private rent, new one-time work startup allowance (starting 02/09), drug, dental and optical benefits to be extended (starting 12/08) for 24 months (up from 12 months), and more to come...

Manitoba Shelter Benefit (MSB)
The Manitoba Shelter Benefit (MSB) is a monthly benefit to help low income seniors, families, and persons with disabilities pay their rent. The benefit replaces the current Shelter Assistance for Elderly Renters (SAFER) and Shelter Assistance for Family Renters (SAFFR) programs.
The MSB helps three groups of people:
* families
* seniors
* persons with a disability

Source:
Manitoba Family Services and Housing

Related link from the CBC:

Manitoba increases welfare shelter rates
May 6, 2008
For the first time in 15 years, Manitoba is raising the shelter rates it gives to adults on social assistance.
- the same news release includes: * Health benefits extended * Poverty rates dropping, says government
"(...) The total number of Manitobans living in poverty fell to 11.4 per cent in 2006 from 14.9 per cent in 1999.
Still, Manitoba has the third-highest ranking in the country for poverty."
Source:
CBC News

More What's New from Manitoba Family Services and Housing:

Province Announces $1.8-million Boost For Manitobans Receiving 55 Plus Income Supplement
Changes Mean More Money For Low-income Older Manitobans: Irvin-Ross
April 30, 2008
Low-income Manitobans 55 and over will see increases of up to 45 per cent in their provincial income supplement to assist with living expenses, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for seniors, announced today.

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

2. What is Poverty? Providing Clarity for Canada - May 7
(Fraser Institute) + Counterpoint from The Wellesley Institute

What is Poverty? Providing Clarity for Canada
By Chris Sarlo
May 7, 2008
Efforts to accurately measure and define poverty in Canada have been hindered by inconsistent and poor quality data, resulting in a confusing picture that is often further distorted by politicians and activists, according to a new study, What is Poverty? Providing Clarity for Canada, written by noted poverty researcher and Fraser Institute senior fellow Professor Chris Sarlo of Nipissing University.
Executive Summary
Complete report
(PDF - 1.2MB, 24 pages)
Source:
The Fraser Institute

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Counterpoint from
The Wellesley Institute:

Fraser Institute defines poverty out of existence...
May 8, 2008
By Michael Shapcott
There are two ways to reduce poverty: The best way is to get money into the hands of low-income people and adopt other practical and effective measures, such as affordable housing, education and training and so on. The other way is to define poverty out of existence by statistical sleight of hand: Tell the poor, and everyone else, that the poor aren’t really poor, and hope that they just go away. (...) Defining poverty rates so low that virtually no one in Canada could be called poor may make good ideological fodder, but in the real world that most people inhabit, Sarlo’s dollars just don’t make any sense.

Talkin' poverty with Minister Matthews...
May 8, 2008
By Michael Shapcott
The Ontario government launched its public consultation on its proposed Poverty Reduction Strategy with a few bumps this week. Closed-door, invitation-only meetings are not the best way to engage the people of Ontario, including those who have a direct experience of poverty...

Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]

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

3. Canadian Network for Guaranteed Income Being Organized - May 6

Canadian Network for Guaranteed Income Being Organized

Work is underway to form a national network of people in Canada interested in Guaranteed (or Basic or Citizen's) Income / Allocation Universelle, along the lines of other national groups affiliated with the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). This network will seek to involve researchers, policy analysts, political advocates, and interested citizens with a common interest in the promotion of more universal and unconditional approaches to economic security. It will promote careful investigation and informed debate on diverse models and practical options for Guaranteed Income in Canada.

A number of people from Canada will be in attendance at BIEN’s Congress in Dublin, Ireland on 20-21 June 2008. This gathering will provide an opportunity to discuss launching a BI/GI network in Canada, and seeking affiliation at the appropriate time with BIEN. If you are at the Congress and want to take part in this discussion, please listen for announcements that will be made during the proceedings.

If you would like further information about the BIEN Congress, you can visit:
http://www.basicincomeireland.com/

If you would like to learn more about BIEN, you can visit:
www.basicincome.org

Regardless of whether or not you will be attending the BIEN Congress, you can stay informed about
(and get involved in) work to develop a Canadian Network for Guaranteed Income by contacting
Dr. Jim Mulvale of the Dept. of Justice Studies, University of Regina [ jim.mulvale@uregina.ca ]

- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

4. 2008 May Report of the Auditor General of Canada - May 6

2008 May Report of the Auditor General of Canada
May 6, 2008
The latest Report of the Auditor General of Canada was tabled in the House of Commons today.
[NOTE: click the link above to access all of the chapters below; only the intro and chapter 4 (+ news release) are hyperlinked below.]
* A Message from the Auditor General of Canada
* Chapter 1—Management of Fees in Selected Departments and Agencies
* Chapter 2—Support for Overseas Deployments—National Defence
* Chapter 3—Oversight of Air Transportation Safety—Transport Canada
* Chapter 4—First Nations Child and Family Services Program—Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
[ Related news release:
Funding for child welfare on reserves does not fulfill federal obligations
- May 2008 ]
* Chapter 5—Surveillance of Infectious Diseases—Public Health Agency of Canada
* Chapter 6—Conservation of Federal Official Residences
* Chapter 7—Detention and Removal of Individuals—Canada Border Services Agency
* Chapter 8—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—An Overview

Related news releases (one news release per chapter)

Source:
Auditor General of Canada

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

5. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, April 2008 - May 9
--- Study: Retirements in the federal public service, 2007
- May 9
--- Canada Year Book, 2007 - May 7
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, February 2008
- May 7
---
Income of Canadians, 2006 - May 5
---
2006 Income Trends in Canada - May 5

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

May 9, 2008
Labour Force Survey, April 2008
Employment edged up slightly in April (+19,000), similar to the increase observed in March. This follows large gains at the start of the year. The unemployment rate nudged up to 6.1% in April as more people entered the labour force. Self-employment and full-time work accounted for all of the gains in April.

More detailed info:
Labour Force Information: April 13 to 19, 2008
(see the links in the left margin for related StatCan products)

May 9, 2008
Study: Retirements in the federal public service, 2007
Retirements have been increasing rapidly in the federal public service since the start of the millennium as the leading edge of the baby boom generation calls it quits, according to a new study.
In the fiscal year ending March 2007, the number of permanent public servants covered by the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) who were taking their retirement amounted to almost three times the number at the start of the millennium.

Complete study:
Federal public service retirements: Trends in the new millennium
* Summary * Baby boomers calling it quits * Public service older and retire younger * Women retirees on the rise * Public servants eligible to retire at unprecedented levels * Not everybody packs it in immediately after becoming eligible to retire
HTML version
PDF version (372K, 15 pages)

May 7, 2008
Canada Year Book, 2007
Important content note: Full content is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) only (use the "Chapters in PDF" link on the left menu of the Canada Year Book page). Individual chapters and their charts, without accompanying tables, are available in HTML: use the "Chapters in HTML" link on the left menu.

The Canada Year Book has offered the most reliable and objective statistical information about Canada since its first edition was published before Confederation in 1867. Written in an accessible, plain language style, the 2007 Canada Year Book’s 31 chapters summarize expert analyses and detailed social and economic facts and figures about Canada and its population. Each chapter explores a facet of Canada in an overview and four focus articles about more recent trends and developments. In 2007, the Canada Year Book introduced new chapters on Aboriginal peoples, ethnic diversity and immigration, families and housing, children and youth, languages, and seniors. The other 25 chapters have been updated with new statistics and analyses. The 2007 edition has more than 500 pages filled with short analytical articles, 215 charts and maps, and 270 tables of the most relevant and recent data.
[Highly recommended reading -- save this as a valuable reference!
The permanent link to this site will be on the Stats links page of Canadian Social Research Links: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm ]

May 7, 2008
Employment, Earnings and Hours, February 2008 (PDF - 2.1MB, 447 pages)

May 5, 2008
Income of Canadians, 2006
The Census release on May 1 showed an 11.1% increase in median family income (pre-tax) between 1980 and 2005. As a result of strong economic growth fostered by gains in employment, a further 2.1% increase was observed between 2005 and 2006, according to new data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics. At the same time, government transfers also increased, leading to a similar increase in after-tax family income. Families had an estimated median income after taxes of $58,300 in 2006, up 2.1% from 2005 in real terms. It was the third consecutive annual increase. In 2006, the increase was mainly the result of gains in both market income and government transfers.

Income in Canada, 2006
1. Highlights 2. Introduction 3. Analysis 4. Tables 5. Charts 6. Data quality, concepts and methodology 7. User information 8. Related products
9. PDF version (1MB, 145 pages)

2006 Income Trends in Canada
- provides 40 tables at the Canada and province level as well as some data at the census metropolitan area level.
[ earlier issues of Income Trends in Canada - $]

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

6. Indicators of Well-being in Canada - Updated April 2008
(Human Resources and Social Development Canada)

Indicators of Well-being in Canada - Updated April 2008
All indicators in the Work area have been updated with the latest data, as well as the following indicators in the Health area:
* Life Expectancy at Birth
* Low Birth Weight
* Infant Mortality
[Click the link above and then (on the next page) select any of the following indicators in the left margin:
* Work * Learning * Financial Security * Family Life * Housing * Social Participation * Leisure * Health * Security * Environment]
Source:
Human Resources and Social Development

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

7. Welfare Hike Would Make BC 'Magnet' for Poor: Welfare Minister - May 5
(The Tyee.ca)

Welfare Hike Would Make BC 'Magnet' for Poor: Minister
Welfare Minister Claude Richmond rejects call for 50 per cent raise.

By Andrew MacLeod
May 5, 2008
A think tank's proposal to raise welfare rates by 50 per cent is "unreasonable" and would cause British Columbia to become a "welfare magnet" for people from other provinces, says Employment and Income Assistance Minister Claude Richmond.
Source:
TheTyee.ca

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

8. Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy:
Time to give 'em your two cents' worth!

Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy
- incl. links to :
* Why It Matters * What's Happening Now * Where We Want to Be * Research * Meet the Team * Chair's Update (Deb Matthews) * Ontario Child Benefit * Ontario Disability Support Program * Ontario Works Program

YOUR TWO CENTS' WORTH!!

1. First, read the poverty reduction brochure:
Growing Stronger Together:
Ontario's Poverty Reduction Plan
(PDF - 288K, 9 pages)
"Because together we can make a difference"

2. Then click the link below and complete the short questionnaire
and return it to the government by email, regular mail or fax.

Help Us Tackle Poverty
"Your answers to these questions will help us move forward with a plan that delivers more opportunities for success for Ontario families."
This link takes you to a six-question survey that you can complete and submit for consideration by the Ontario Government Committee that's working on the province's poverty reduction strategy.
PDF version of the questionnaire (24K, 2 pages) - download and complete the questionnaire, then send it in by mail [ Growing Stronger Together, Whitney Block, Room 4620, 99 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON - M7A 1A1 ] - or by fax (416-314-0367)

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 9

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

May 9, 2008

Family choices: Manitoba’s five-year agenda for early learning and child care
2 May 08
- Agenda from the province of Manitoba outlining their plan of action for the maintenance and improvement of early learning and child care in the province.

Vulnerable children in Canada: Research insights and policy options
2 May 08
- Presentations from the IRPP symposium on April 11, 2008 that focused on child vulnerability in the Canadian context.

Lessons from Sweden
2 May 08
- Document from CCPA describing the social programs in Sweden that provide the foundation for their superior economic indicators.

Improving quality, enhancing inclusion
2 May 08
- Evaluation report from Special Link describing the first four years of an innovative approach targeted at enhancing child care centres' inclusion capacity and quality.

Preschool programs: Effective curricula
2 May 08
- Document from Columbia University identifying components of effective preschool curricula.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Childcare design guidelines dropped [CA-BC]
2 May 08

· The benefits of early learning [CA-ON]
2 May 08

· Almost 900,000 Canadian children living in poverty, StatsCan finds [CA-ON]
1 May 08


· Daycare attendance early in life cuts childhood leukemia risk by 30 percent, analysis finds [US]
28 Apr 08

· Child-care crunch puts parents in bind [CA-AB]
26 Apr 08

more CC IN THE NEWS

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

May 8, 2008
* Cuts to Medi-Cal Program - California
* Medicaid Application Delays - Long Island, NY
* Privatization of Social Services - Michigan, Texas
* Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests
* Child Welfare and Infants of Inmates - Nevada
* Homeless School Children - South Carolina, Illinois
* State Minimum Wages - Connecticut, Minnesota
* State Grocery Tax - Alabama
* Home Foreclosures - Minnesota
* Home Foreclosures and Renters
* New Orleans Schools and Student Achievement

May 5, 2008
* States and TANF Enrollment
* Antipoverty Programs - Ithaca, NY
* Increased Need for Food and Energy Assistance
* Study: SCHIP Enrollment and Unmet Health Needs
* People Living in Poverty - El Paso, TX
* Foster Youth and Transitions to Adulthood - Oregon
* State Budgets and Prison Costs
* Home Foreclosures and Wealth of Black Families
* Editorials: States and Federal Medicaid Rules
* High School Dropout Prevention
* Low-income Workers and Car Insurance Rates
* State Minimum Wage - Minnesota
* Paid Family Leave - New Jersey
* Poverty Measurement
* Unemployment and Underemployment

Search Poverty Dispatches

IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.
Anyone wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

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

11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
---
Big steps in childcare: LHMU long day care parent survey - Posted 07-05-2008
---National Rental Affordability Scheme: technical discussion paper - Posted 07-05-2008
---
Principles for justice in child well-being and protection - an effective child well-being and protection system - Posted 05-05-2008

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
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.

Selected recent content:

Big steps in childcare: LHMU long day care parent survey
Posted 07-05-2008
Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union
The first comprehensive national survey of what parents want from long day care (LDC) has found that "Caring staff" is the most important criteria for ensuring parents are happy with the childcare.

National Rental Affordability Scheme: technical discussion paper
Posted 07-05-2008
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
This paper seeks comments on the final administrative and legislative design features of the federal government's National Rental Affordability Scheme.

Principles for justice in child well-being and protection - an effective child well-being and protection system
Posted 05-05-2008
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
This statement sets out the guiding principles that the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care expects all state, territory and federal governments to uphold in developing and implementing an effective and integrated child welfare and protection system in Australia.

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

12. CRINMAIL 980, 981 (May 2008)
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

8 May 2008 - CRINMAIL 981
* CRC: 48th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child [event]
* EUROPE: New Council of Europe convention on adoption [news]
* UPR: Deadline for submission for the third session [news]
* SOUTH AFRICA: 'Landmark' court ruling on water [news]
* HEALTH: State of the World's Mothers 2008 - Closing the survival gap for children under 5 [publication]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Sweden
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

6 May 2008 - CRINMAIL 980
* EDUCATION: Paying the Price - The Economic Cost of Failing to Educate Girls [publication]
* UNITED KINGDOM: 'Emotions' urged in sex education [news]
* EARLY CHILDHOOD: Developing Positive Identities - Young Children and Diversity [publication]
* INDIA: Law ministry questions right to education Bill [news]
* LESOTHO: Child helpline launched [news]
* MEXICO: Action Now, Action How: An International Symposium on children and HIV and AIDS [event]
* EDUCATION in EMERGENCIES: INEE 2009 Global Consultation [call for proposals]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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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Mangled Expressions

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We all know that one special someone who likes to impress people with  their mastery of idiomatic expressions, but all they manage to do is cast some pearls before they're swine.
Here are some of the classic ones, and you've likely heard them too...

* "Water under the dam."

* "Water over the bridge."

* "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it."

* "Let's nip this in the butt."

* "Let's nibble this in the butt."

* "Don't eat with your mouth full!"

* "He's disgusting. He smokes like a fish!"

* "We're killing two birds for the price of one."

* "You'll know it like the back of your head."

* "You can barely see your face in front of your hand!"

* "That's the way the crumble cookies."

* "I don't want to sound like a dead horse."

* "Let's take a wild stab in the back."

* "Around here, it's always feast or phantom."

* "If you could get it working I'd be internally grateful."

* "This is the piece of the puzzle that allows you to paint in the rest of the pie."

Source:
http://rinkworks.com/said/words.shtml



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