Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 11, 2013

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,656 subscribers.

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

Canadian content

1. Toronto doctor faces sanctions for helping poor [Special Diet Allowance] (World Socialist Web Site) - August 9
2. Funding Cuts to Alberta’s Post-Secondary Education Sector: There Are Alternatives (Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum) - August 7
3. Why Is Tom Mulcair Opposed to Tax Increases?
(Nick Falvo in progressive Economics Forum) - August 9
4. Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility (Miles Corak) - July 2013
5. Corporate Welfare at Industry Canada since John Diefenbaker (Fraser Institute) - July 23
6. Minimum wage needs to be re-engineered (Toronto Star) - August 6
7. Guide to the Guaranteed Annual Income (National Council of Welfare) - January 1976
8.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, July 2013 - August 9
--- 2011 National Household Survey announcement: Income and Housing - August 7

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

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. [United States] The Pay is Too Damn Low (James Surowiecki in The New Yorker) - August 12
12. Demise of the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion in Paris (Alternatives Economiques) - 2009
13. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. Toronto doctor faces sanctions for helping poor [Special Diet Allowance] - August 9
(World Socialist Web Site)

Toronto doctor faces sanctions for helping poor
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/09/toro-a09.html
By Carl Bronski
9 August 2013
Last week, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons (OCPS) met to determine the sanctions to be imposed against Toronto doctor Roland Wong. The inner-city community doctor, who had come to the attention of authorities for providing a high number of special diet allowance authorizations to welfare recipients, had been found guilty of professional misconduct by the College last December. At that time, the College ruled that Wong had not taken all the necessary steps to ensure that his patients qualified for the dietary benefit.
(...)
Dubbed the “Robin Hood Doctor” by many of his patients, Wong has declared in his own defense that his diagnoses and medical assistance to the poor were entirely consistent with his Hippocratic oath and the information provided to him by his patients.
(...)
Doctors, nutritional specialists and social workers supported Wong at both the evidentiary and penalty phases of his hearing.

Source:
World Socialist Web Site

http://www.wsws.org/

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- Go to the Ontario Special Diet Allowance links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_special_diet.htm

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

2. Funding Cuts to Alberta’s Post-Secondary Education Sector: There Are Alternatives - August 7
(
Nick Falvo in progressive Economics Forum)

Funding Cuts to Alberta’s Post-Secondary Education Sector: There Are Alternatives
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/08/07/funding-cuts-to-albertas-pse-sector-there-are-alternatives/
B
y Nick Falvo
August 7, 2013
It has recently been reported that the University of Alberta wants to “reopen two-year collective agreements” with faculty and staff “to help the university balance its budget…”

This appears to be in direct response to Alberta’s provincial government announcing in its March budget that there would be a “7% cut to operating grants to universities, colleges, and technical institutes.”

This strikes me as a curious turn of events, for several reasons.

- Alberta’s top income tax rate (10%) is the lowest of any Canadian province or territory.
- Alberta’s corporate tax rate (10%) is also among the lowest in Canada.
-There is no provincial sales tax in Alberta (making it the only jurisdiction without a sales tax.)
- Compared to workers in the rest of Canada, Alberta workers have not been earning their fare share of productivity increases.

If Alberta’s provincial government is having trouble balancing its books, why doesn’t it increase taxes?

Source:
progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/
The Forum’s general purpose is to promote progressive approaches to economic analysis, policy-making, and activism in Canada.

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

3. Why Is Tom Mulcair Opposed to Tax Increases? - August 9
(Nick Falvo in progressive Economics Forum)

Why Is Tom Mulcair Opposed to Tax Increases?
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/08/09/why-is-tom-mulcair-opposed-to-tax-increases/

August 9, 2013
By Nick Falvo
A recent online article* suggests that Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is opposed to increasing federal tax rates. I find this quite surprising.
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[ * Link to the article : http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2013-08-08/article-3342167/Mulcair-says-people-want-him-to-kick-Harper-out/1 ]
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Mr. Mulcair appears to be under the impression that taxation across Canada has been increasing in recent years.
I have a different interpretation of recent tax trends.

Consider the following:
- In the early 1980s, Canada’s top federal income tax rate was 43%. Today, it is 29%.
- In 2000, the federal government’s general corporate income tax rate was 29%. By 2012, it was 15%.
- Etc.

Source:
progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

4. Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility - July 2013
(Miles Corak
)

Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity,
and Intergenerational Mobility
(PDF - 1.1MB, 31 pages)
http://ftp.iza.org/dp7520.pdf
July 2013
By Miles Corak
Abstract:
Families, labor markets, and public policies all structure a child’s opportunities and determine the extent to which adult earnings are related to family background. Cross-country comparisons and the underlying trends suggest that these drivers will most likely lower the degree of intergenerational earnings mobility for the next generation of Americans coming of age in a more polarized labor market, while the substantial rise in the income shares of the top 1 percent, their access to sources of high-quality human capital investment for their children, and the intergenerational transmission of employers and wealth will imply a much higher rate of transmission of economic advantage at the very top.

Source:
Institute for the Study of Labor
http://www.iza.org/
The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn is a local and virtual international research center
and a place of communication between science, politics and business

Author's website:
milescorak.com
http://milescorak.com/

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

5. Corporate Welfare at Industry Canada since John Diefenbaker - July 23
(
By Mark Milke, Fraser Institute)

Corporate Welfare at Industry Canada since John Diefenbaker (PDF - 612K, 15 pages)
http://goo.gl/7bTuFd
Fraser Institute Bulletin
July 2013
By Mark Milke
Four of the five previous reports [in this series] gave an overarching, bird’s-eye view of the cost of corporate welfare. This report catalogues which companies regularly received taxpayer dollars from Industry Canada (and its predecessor departments) between April 1, 1961, and March 31, 2012, and in what amounts.

Fraser Institute
News Release:

Industry Canada handed out $22.1B in business subsidies, aka "corporate welfare," since 1961
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=20220

Source:
Fraser Institute
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/

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Related link:

Corporate welfare comes with pepperoni:
Pizzerias and ice cream parlours get business subsidies.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/08/07/corporate_welfare_comes_with_pepperoni_goar.html
By Carol Goar
August 7, 2013
If you’re planning to open a pizzeria, you’ll be pleased to know that Industry Canada is eager to help. It has subsidized 43 of them under its regional development program, costing taxpayers $1.3 million.
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“Corporate welfare is rampant is Canada,” says economist Mark Milke, who dug up these details. Normally, the senior fellow at the Fraser Institute focuses on bigger stuff: multi-billion-dollar grants to aerospace companies, massive bailouts to automotive manufacturers, sizeable loans to prominent corporations. But in his latest publication,Corporate Welfare at Industry Canada since John Diefenbaker, Milke covers the whole gamut of handouts to private business, from the 75 subsidies showered on Pratt and Whitney to the tiny dollop of government largesse that went to the Buffalo Island Mini Mart and Gas Bar in Dillon, Sask

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

- Go to the Banks and Business Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

6. Minimum wage needs to be re-engineered - August 6
(Toronto Star)

Minimum wage needs to be re-engineered
For the nearly one in 10 Canadians paid the
minimum wage, pre-tax annual income is $20,500, woefully inadequate to raise a family.
http://www.thestar.com/business/economy/2013/08/06/minimum_wage_needs_to_be_reengineered_olive.html
By David Olive
August 6, 2013
(...)
For the nearly one in 10 Canadians paid the minimum wage – more than double the portion of only a decade ago — pre-tax annual income is $20,500, woefully inadequate to raise a family. By comparison, the average industrial wage is $45,588 per year. And the average pay for the 100 best-paid corporate CEOs is $7.7 million.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

Related link:

Boost the Minimum Wage, Boost the Economy
(The Ontario perspective on minimum wages)
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/02/27/boost-the-minimum-wage-boost-the-economy/
By Armine Yalnizyan
February 27, 2013
(...)
The minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2010 in Ontario and the number of unemployed young workers in Ontario is still rising. Clearly other factors are at play — like an economy that’s not growing very fast.
And, in case you didn’t notice, an increasing share of minimum wage workers aren’t kids. They’re over 35. Alberta has doubled its share of adult minimum wage workers over the past 15 years, to 33 per cent. One in four minimum wage workers are adults in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. In Ontario, it was 27 per cent, up from 17 per cent in 2004.

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

7. Guide to the Guaranteed Annual Income - January 1976
(National Council of Welfare
)

An Oldie Goldie!

Guide to the Guaranteed Annual Income (39 pages)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/116964639/guide-to-the-guaranteed-income
January 1976
- includes Negative Income Tax (Theoretical model), Support/Supplementation (proposed programs) and a history of the mid-1970s Social Security Review (1973 to 1975)

Source:
National Council of Welfare (NCW)
[ For more information about the Council, see
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm ]

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

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, July 2013 - August 9
---
2011 National Household Survey announcement: Income and Housing - August 7

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

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August 9, 2013
Labour Force Survey, July 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130809/dq130809a-eng.htm
Led by declines among youths, employment decreased by 39,000 in July, and the unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.2%. With this decrease, employment gains have averaged 11,000 per month over the past six months, slower than the average of 27,000 observed during the preceding six-month period.

Related report:

Guide to the Labour Force Survey, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-543-g/71-543-g2013001-eng.htm

August 7, 2013
2011 National Household Survey announcement: Income and Housing
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130807/dq130807d-eng.htm
On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, Statistics Canada will release the third and final set of data from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). The release focuses on income, earnings, housing and shelter costs.
It also features two analytical reports:
- The first report will provide an overview of income in Canada, including income composition, the breakdown of income from private and public sources as well as individual and family characteristics. The second report will provide an analysis of homeownership in Canada.

Three companion reports will also be available. They will present information on condominium dwellings, low-income neighbourhoods as well as the education and occupation of high-income earners in Canada.

Various products and services will be found on
the 2011 National Household Survey website:
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/index-eng.cfm

Related subjects:

Families, households and housing
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Housing and dwelling characteristics
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=2921&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

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



Source:
The Daily

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


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

August 11, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

The “royal we”: Caledon commentary
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/%E2%80%9Croyal-we%E2%80%9D-caledon-commentary
6 Aug 2013 | Canada
Sherri Torjman from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy comments that "Despite the wide-ranging agenda [at the recent Council of the Federation meeting], a clear message emerged. The Premiers would like to have a national partner with whom they can engage in conversation regarding their myriad challenges".

Early childhood education and care provision: International review of policy, delivery and funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/early-childhood-education-and-care-provision-international-
6 Aug 2013 | International
Report provides an overview of the current situation regarding early childhood education and care provision in Scotland, England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, France and the Netherlands.

It takes a village: A snapshot of child care in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/it-takes-village-snapshot-child-care-canada
6 Aug 2013 | Canada
Fascinating Families series from the Vanier Institute of the Family looks at child care in Canada, outlining how children are cared for and by whom.

Will coordination solve BC's child care crisis?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/will-coordination-solve-bcs-child-care-crisis
6 Aug 2013 | British Columbia
Document from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC examines the provincial government's Early Years Strategy and argues that "solving the child care crisis requires systemic change that goes far beyond the coordination, collaboration and integration proposed in the Early Years Strategy".

Open letter to all Canadian Premiers about Canada's dire child care situation: Annual meeting of the council of the federation
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/open-letter-all-canadian-premiers-about-canadas-dire-child-
6 Aug 2013 | Canada
Open letter from the CCAAC and the CCCF urged Canadian Premiers to commit to the development of a pan-Canadian child care strategy at the Council of the Federation meeting which took place July 24-26, 2013.

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

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

We earn more than $100,000 a year. Why can't we afford daycare?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/we-earn-more-100000-year-why-cant-we-afford-daycare
9 Aug 2013 | Canada

Parents hope lawsuit against Ont. ministry will prevent further daycare deaths
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/parents-hope-lawsuit-against-ont-ministry-will-prevent-further-dayca
9 Aug 2013 | Ontario

Guaranteed daycare for under-threes starts in Germany
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/guaranteed-daycare-under-threes-starts-germany
6 Aug 2013 | Europe

No privacy concerns in releasing daycare complaints
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/no-privacy-concerns-releasing-daycare-complaints
6 Aug 2013 | Ontario

Province launches starting early, starting strong, a provincial dialogue on supporting families through early childhood development
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/08/province-launches-starting-early-starting-strong-provincial-dialogue
6 Aug 2013 | Manitoba

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 9, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/09/
Child Welfare Systems – Arizona, Pennsylvania (2 articles)
Health Insurance Coverage for the Uninsured (3 articles)
Arizona Daily Star Series on Child Poverty

August 8, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/08/
Jobs Opportunity and Basic Skills program – Oregon
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Kids Count Report – Ohio

August 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/07/
Obesity Rates Among Low-Income Preschoolers (2 articles)

August 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/06/
Electronic Benefits Payment System – North Carolina
Top Colleges and Low-Income Students

August 5, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/05/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)

August 1, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/08/01/
Eurozone Unemployment

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

11. [United States] The Pay is Too Damn Low - August 12
(James Surowiecki in The New Yorker)

The Pay is Too Damn Low
http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2013/08/12/130812ta_talk_surowiecki
By James Surowiecki
August 12, 2013
A few weeks ago, Washington, D.C., passed a living-wage bill designed to make Walmart pay its workers a minimum of $12.50 an hour. Then President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage (which is currently $7.25 an hour). McDonald’s was widely derided for releasing a budget to help its employees plan financially, since that only underscored how brutally hard it is to live on a McDonald’s wage. And last week fast-food workers across the country staged walkouts, calling for an increase in their pay to fifteen dollars an hour. Low-wage earners have long been the hardest workers to organize and the easiest to ignore. Now they’re front-page news.

The workers’ grievances are simple: low wages, few (if any) benefits, and little full-time work. In inflation-adjusted terms, the minimum wage, though higher than it was a decade ago, is still well below its 1968 peak (when it was worth about $10.70 an hour in today’s dollars), and it’s still poverty-level pay. To make matters worse, most fast-food and retail work is part time, and the weak job market has eroded what little bargaining power low-wage workers had: their earnings actually fell between 2009 and last year, according to the National Employment Law Project.

Source:
The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/

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


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

12. Demise of the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion in Paris - 2009
(Alternatives Economiques)

Déja vu, all over again?

The Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC) was created by a decree of the French government in April 2000 to aid the national policy-making process. It mission was "to contribute to the knowledge on income, social inequalities and links between employment, income and social cohesion."
CERC ceased its activities in the second quarter of 2009

Le Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale (CERC - Paris) a été créé par un décret en Conseil d’État du 7 avril 2000.
Il a cessé ses activités au deuxième semestre 2009.

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Mort du Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale (CERC) : la fin de l'expertise indépendante
(Available in French only)
(Demise of the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion in Paris)
http://www.alternatives-economiques.fr/disparition-du-cerc_fr_art_633_48107.html
Par Denis Clerc, fondateur d'Alternatives Economiques et conseiller de la rédaction
Le 12 février 2010
Avec la mort du Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale (Cerc), c'est encore un lieu d'expertise publique indépendante qui disparaît. Ne subsistent plus que des instituts très universitaires ou au service du pouvoir. Pourtant, les graves problèmes sociaux que nous subissons nécessiteraient d'être mieux connus.
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Gilles' translation of the above :
With the demise of the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC), another independent and public source of expertise disappears. The only resources left are academic research centres and those working for the government. And yet, we are facing serious social problems that necessitate further study.

Source:
Alternatives Economiques
(FR.)
http://www.alternatives-economiques.fr/

Comment/Lament (by Gilles):
I mourn the passing of the CERC website, and I'm frustrated at the disappearance of hundreds of reports from the CERC archive. It's so cheap nowadays to create a complete archive of older online resources that research centres should *always* keep ALL of their reports and related files in a public space.

I also mourn the passing of evidence-based policymaking on an international scale, much as we've seen here in Canada recently. The National Council of Welfare (NCW) [ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm ] was created by an Act of Parliament in 1969 to advise the federal Minister of Health and Welfare (now Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) on matters relating to the welfare of Canadians. Like CERC, the Council closed its doors following federal budget cuts, in the fall of 2012.
[Click the NCW link above for more information on the Council.]

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R.I.P., CERC.

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

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

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

7 August 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1339
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4822

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Teen brothers detained for dissent
- Children in protests: participation & safety
- Medical associations oppose corporal punishment
- Juvenile justice developments
- UN launches major LGBT rights campaign
- World Bank should safeguard against rights abuses
- TV show gives away abandoned babies to contestants
- Call for submissions: Access to environmental justice
- In other news: Yemen, France, attacks on schools
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Costa Rica
Upcoming events
Employment

Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the web server of the
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I promise not share any information on this list, nor to send you any junk mail.

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

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/news.htm

Feel free to distribute this newsletter as widely as you wish, but please remember to mention Canadian Social Research Links when you do.

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Truths

A Wonderful Compilation of Essential Truths:

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
~ Jay Leno


The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~ Henry Cate, VII


We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~ Aesop


If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.
~ Will Rogers


Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~ Nikita Khrushchev


When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
~ Clarence Darrow


Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~ John Quinton


Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~ Oscar Ameringer


I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~ Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952


A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Tex Guinan


I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~ Charles de Gaulle


Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~ Doug Larson

Source:
http://yougottobekidding.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/a-wonderful-compilation-of-essential-truths/

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And, in closing...

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Space Shuttle Discovery - 360VR Images
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4thYJO
("Now, where's that starter switch again?")

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The 27 Most Annoying Ways To Laugh (video, duration 1:56)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rPY4yOmNw7w#at=11

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Ten Things That Have a Damaging Effect on the Brain
http://www.learning-mind.com/10-things-that-have-a-damaging-effect-on-the-brain/
(Tick-tick-tick-tick - BOOM.)

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Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were
http://fstoppers.com/pics-reflections-portraits-of-the-elderly-as-they-once-were

 

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