Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 11, 2011

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.

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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.
57% of Canadians would be "in financial difficulty" if their pay was delayed by even a week (Canadian Payroll Association) - September 8
2. [Ontario Social Assistance Review] Including the Voices of People on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - September 8
3. October 14-15 Conference (University of Victoria) : Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems

4. Upcoming elections in several Canadian jurisdictions

5. Ontario provincial election links (election date : October 6, 2011)
6. Recent releases from the Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS):
--- CSLS News - Autumn 2011 - September
--- Beyond GDP: Measuring Economic Well-being in Canada and the Provinces, 1981-2010 - September 6
--- Moving from a GDP-Based to a Well-being Based Metric of Economic Performance and Social Progress: Results from the Index of Economic Well-Being for OECD Countries, 1980-2009 - September 6
--- Human Capital and Productivity in British Columbia - August 30
--- The Levy Institute Measure of Economic Well-Being: Estimates for Canada, 1999 and 2005 - August 29
--- Economic Activity of the On-Reserve Aboriginal Identity Population in Canada: Gross Domestic Product Estimates for Indian Reserves, 2000 and 2005 - August 22
--- A Detailed Analysis of the Productivity Performance of the Canadian Primary Agriculture Sector - August 10
--- A Detailed Analysis of the Productivity Performance of Canadian Food Manufacturing - August 10
--- Dinner to be held in Ottawa on September 16 in honour of long-time CSLS Chair Ian Stewart
7. [Oldie Goldie] The Canada Health and Social Transfer : Operation and Possible Repercussions on the Health Sector (Govt. of Canada Depository Services Program) - June 2003

8. What's
New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, August 2011 - September 9
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2011 - September 9
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. [U.S. ] Timely warning for Canada about prisons (Carol Goar in the Toronto Star about A Plague of Prisons, a new book by Ernest Drucker) - September 8

12. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!


Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]


1. 57% of Canadians would be "in financial difficulty" if their pay was delayed by even a week - September 8
(Canadian Payroll Association)

Golden Years Postponed
Canadian Payroll Association survey finds
many Canadians living pay cheque to pay cheque,
unable to save, faced with the prospect of working longer before retirement
News Release
September 8, 2011
For many Canadians, the 'golden years' are now a more distant dream. They are struggling to save for retirement and to make ends meet. According to the third annual survey of employees conducted by the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), 40% of Canadians said they now expect to retire later than they previously planned. The primary reason (cited by 40%) was "I'm not saving enough money for retirement." A major contributing factor to the low savings rate is that many Canadians are living close to the line. The CPA survey found that the majority of Canadian workers continue to live pay cheque to pay cheque, with 57% saying they would be in financial difficulty if their pay was delayed by even a week.

CPA 2011 National Payroll Week
Employee Survey
(PDF - 4MB, 33 pages)
By Framework Partners Inc.
July, 2011

Source:
Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)
The CPA comprises payroll professionals in 1.5 million organizations across Canada who are responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate payment of $810 billion in wages and taxable benefits, along with statutory remittances to Canadian governments and health and retirement premiums. (...) As the authoritative source of Canadian payroll knowledge, the CPA affects the legislative processes and practices of payroll service and software providers, as well as hundreds of thousands of small, medium and large employers.

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

2. [Ontario Social Assistance Review] Including the Voices of People on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - September 8

Ontario Social Assistance Review

Including the Voices of People on Ontario Works (OW) and the
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

September 8 | ISAC
The Income Security Advocacy Centre, the ODSP Action Coalition and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario created a Workshop Facilitator’s Guide for advocates to use to hold discussions with people on social assistance. A number of groups across Ontario used the Guide to conduct workshops in their community, and wrote submissions to the Commission based on those workshops.
- click the link above to access submissions to the Ontario SA Review from 11 groups.
Source:
Social Assistance Review
[ Income Security Advocacy Centre ]

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


3. October 14-15 Conference : Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems
(University of Victoria)

Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union:
Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems

Conference (October 14-15, 2011)
University of Victoria
On October 14-15, 2011 the University of Victoria, Canada is hosting an international conference, Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union (EU): Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems, featuring over 30 EU and Canadian scholars and practitioners expert in comparative federalism and/or multilevel governance. The conference provides a unique opportunity to compare how we govern social policy with the European Union, and assess whether best practice lessons from the EU might improve social policy governance in Canada. (...) ‘Soft’ governance tools through the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) - including voluntary coordinated action, exchange of best practices, benchmarking, codes of conduct, and comparative analysis - help EU member states work towards pan-European goals and policy convergence while respecting their differences.

[Although there is no fee for the conference, registration is required.]

Program at a glance (impressive list of topics, speakers and presenters; more detailed program to come)

Source:
University of Victoria

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

4. Upcoming elections in several Canadian jurisdictions

Five provinces head to the polls asking if it’s time for a change
John Ibbitson
September 8, 2011
It’s election season in Canada, with five provincial races in gear – or about to be. The Globe’s John Ibbitson keeps tabs on who’s ahead, what matters and what it all means for the rest of Canada. In Manitoba, Winnipeg will write the script; in Ontario, the suburbs will tell the tale. In other parts of the country, the story may already be told. Thanks to a spate of fixed-election-date laws, voters are heading to the polls this fall in an unprecedented wave of five provincial elections.

[ 116 comments ]

Source:
Globe and Mail

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Fixed election dates in Canada
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Canada, some Canadian jurisdictions have passed legislation fixing election dates, so that elections occur on a more regular cycle (usually every four years) and the date of a forthcoming election is publicly known. However, the Governor General, provincial lieutenant governors and territorial commissioners still have the power to call a general election, as is traditional in Westminster-style parliamentary governments, at any point before the fixed date.
Click the link for fixed election dates by jurisdiction.

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Provincial/territorial elections dates and
resources pages from Election Almanac:

Newfoundland and Labrador
Next provincial election --- October 11, 2011
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Prince Edward Island
Next provincial election --- October 3, 2011.

Nova Scotia
No set date.

New Brunswick
No set date.

Quebec Provincial Election Resources
In Québec, the term of office of a government cannot exceed five years.
However, it is up to the Premier to choose the time when a general election will be held.
[The latest provincial election took place in December 2008.]

Ontario
Next provincial election --- October 6, 2011.

Manitoba
Next provincial election --- October 4, 2011.

Saskatchewan
Next provincial election --- November 7, 2011

Alberta
No set date.

British Columbia
Next provincial election --- May 14, 2013.

Northwest Territories
Next territorial election ---October 3, 2011.

Yukon Territorial Election Resources
No set date.

Nunavut Territorial Election Resources
No set date, but it will take place in 2013.

Source:
Election Almanac (formerly nodice.ca)
Complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more...

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5. Ontario provincial election links (election date : October 6, 2011)

2011 Ontario election : October 6, 2011

Elections Ontario (Ontario Government site)
* We make voting easy (Who can vote - When to vote - How to vote)

--- Ontario political parties

Ontario Liberal Party

* Liberal Platform - links to the Liberal platform in English and 19 other languages
* Liberal Platform (English) - (PDF - 8.7MB, 60 pages)
Excerpt re. poverty reduction (p. 47):
"In 2008, we set a goal of reducing child poverty by 25%. To do that, we raised the minimum wage seven times, strengthened employment standards and introduced the Ontario Child Benefit. As a result, child poverty actually fell between 2008 and 2009 – despite the recession – 19,000 children and their families have moved out of poverty. (...) We’ll build on that success by increasing the Ontario Child Benefit from $1,100 to $1,310 in 2013. Next, we’ll consider delivering a new housing benefit for Ontarians who are struggling and we will ask our experts working on the Social Assistance review to develop options."

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Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

* PC Platform - links to the PC platform in English and 15 languages (but curiously not French - see the French link below)
* PC Platform - English (online version - Click the "View in full screen" icon under the changebook window) - includes a link to the French change book (see immediately below)
* PC Platform - English (PDF - 4MB, 44 pages) [ version française - format PDF ]
Excerpt (p. 38):
"We will modernize the welfare system to make it fairer, both for society’s neediest and for those who pay for it.
The goal of welfare should be straightforward: to help our neediest rebuild their lives, get out of the system, develop useful skills, and get a full-time job. We will help more people exit welfare and enter the working world. A Tim Hudak government will allow Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients who work part time to keep more of their benefits and ease their transition from welfare to a job. Finding and maintaining a job should be applauded, not penalized.We will streamline the system. It is currently governed by over 800 different rules and many of them contradict one another. We will condense them for a more effective system.

We will require welfare recipients to be residents of Ontario for one year before collecting benefits.
Ontario tax dollars support welfare payments. They show our commitment to helping those in need. But it’s only fair that recipients have a similar level of commitment to Ontario."

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New Democratic Party of Ontario

Change that puts you first
HTML version - Click the "View in full screen" icon under the window
PDF version (5.5MB, 48 pages)
Excerpt, p. 26:
We will increase Employment Standards enforcement to protect people’s rights on the job. We will also increase the minimum wage to $11 this year and index it to the cost of living so that people who work full-time aren’t trapped in poverty. (...) We will reduce the clawback of social assistance benefits from people with disabilities when they’re moving back into a job. We will also ensure Ontario Works rates keep pace with inflation. In addition, we look forward to following through on the recommendations of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario which are expected in 2012.

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Green Party of Ontario

* Green Party Platform:
It's Time - A five-point plan for Ontario's future
HTML version
PDF version
(2.1MB, 16 pages)
With the help of thousands of Ontarians, we’ve created a five-point plan that reflects your practical values and sensible priorities:
1. Creating jobs for a twenty-first century economy
2. Harnessing safe, affordable energy to power our communities
3. Promoting access to quality, sustainable health care close to home
4. Feeding our communities by championing local farms
5. Delivering government that works for people

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Other parties registered for the
2011 Ontario election:

Ontario Libertarian Party
Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)
Family Coalition Party of Ontario
Freedom Party of Ontario

--- Media coverage of the 2011 Ontario election

Ontario Votes 2011 (CBC)
- parties, leaders, candidates, the latest news from the campaign trail, etc.

Ontario Votes 2011 - Election Coverage (CTV)
- parties, leaders, candidates, the latest news from the campaign trail, etc.

Globe and Mail : Ontario Election 2011
- parties, leaders, candidates, the latest news from the campaign trail, etc.

Speak Your Mind
September 2011
Speak Your Mind is a Facebook Forum for commentary, debate and conversation around the key topics driving the Fall provincial election. Thestar.com is convening this forum in order to bring together news, opinion and information from bloggers, readers, community bloggers, expert commentators, and the Toronto Star journalists you trust with the aim of promoting discussion, participation and engagement around the Ontario Fall Election.
Source:
Toronto Star

--- 2011 Ontario election - Non-governmental links

Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
2011 Provincial Election Tool Kit:

 

Faith to End Poverty Campaign
September 1, 2011
On June 9, 2011, ISARC launched the Faith to End Poverty Campaign to ensure poverty issues such as food, housing, and employment remain relevant throughout the provincial election. It is time for governments to make the elimination of poverty a priority through jobs and training strategies, financing for affordable housing, child care and income security, especially when more and more of our labour force is part time, temporary, and contract jobs.

Source:
Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) - Faith communities in action against poverty

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Poverty Free Ontario (PFO)
Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO). The objectives of Poverty Free Ontario are:
* To make ending poverty a public issue in the 2011 provincial election;
* To urge that all political parties commit to a poverty eradication agenda if elected; and
* To ensure that all electoral candidates have poverty eradication as part of their platforms and campaigns.
- includes links to : * About * Event Calendar * Policy Agenda [ Ending Deep Poverty /Ending Working Poverty / Protecting Food Money / Cross Community Mobilization] * Poverty in Ontario [Background / Status of Poverty in Ontario / What Does Poverty Eradication Mean?] * Social Assistance Review * PFO Bulletins

PFO Bulletin #6:
Poverty Free Ontario – Getting Poverty Eradication on the Provincial Election Agenda
September 8, 2011
Poverty Free Ontario is a non-partisan initiative. Although the election campaign is only a day old, none of the political parties and very few of the electoral candidates running under party banners have given any indication that a commitment to ending poverty within a reasonable timeframe and with a clear and serious plan is a priority issue in this election. None of the published party platforms give any prominence at all to poverty or its elimination.

Earlier PFO Bulletins
* PFO Bulletin #5: What is This Election Going to be About?
* PFO Bulletin #4: Fiscal Options for a Poverty Free Ontario
* PFO Bulletin #3: Suggested Questions for Community Discussion with the Social Assistance Review Commissioners
* PFO Bulletin #2: 2009 Figures Show Growth Rate of Poverty in Ontario
* PFO Bulletin #1: Social Assistance Review

Social Planning Network of Ontario

Ontario Campaign 2000

Income Security Advocacy Centre

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From the Ontario Nonprofit Network:

Provincial Elections 2011
Ontario Goes to the Polls Thursday October 6th, 2011 – The Provincial election is fast approaching, and the nonprofit sector needs to make its voices heard. ONN has developed a strategy to share information on the nonprofit sector and what it needs to get its work done. Get information on the sector and the election on this page, and in ONN’s bulletins.
Source:
Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)
The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) was organized in response to concerns about the proposed Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. Since that time, sector support for the nonprofit network has continued to grow and ONN has emerged as a nonpartisan voice, communication broker and capacity builder for nonprofits in Ontario. We have increased collaborations with government, foundations and segments of the for-profit sector to support our mandate.

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Provincial Election October 6th – Let’s put child care on the public agenda
Source:
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), founded in 1981, advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit, regulated child care in the province of Ontario.

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From the Daily Food Bank (Toronto):

An open challenge to all provincial candidates
September 6, 2011
Over the next two weeks, Daily Bread will be releasing a series of election blog posts where we will highlight some of the problem areas in the current social assistance system as well as challenge politicians to consider some of the potential solutions that we will also outline. (...) There is no single, simple solution to poverty because poverty is a complex situation. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any solutions. We need a government that is listening, looking for and implementing innovative solutions that will work to help lift people out of poverty – solutions such as the Ontario Housing Benefit.

We hope that you, as voters, take the time during this election to educate yourself on the issues and the candidates running for election in your riding. Decide what’s important to you and most importantly, find out what your candidate thinks is important as well.
You have a choice, a vote and a voice.
Use all three and make yours count on October 6.

Source:
Daily Food Bank (Toronto)

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- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

6. Recent releases from the Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS):
--- CSLS News - Autumn 2011 - September
--- Beyond GDP: Measuring Economic Well-being in Canada and the Provinces, 1981-2010 - September 6
--- Moving from a GDP-Based to a Well-being Based Metric of Economic Performance and Social Progress: Results from the Index of Economic Well-Being for OECD Countries, 1980-2009 - September 6
--- Human Capital and Productivity in British Columbia - August 30
--- The Levy Institute Measure of Economic Well-Being: Estimates for Canada, 1999 and 2005 - August 29
--- Economic Activity of the On-Reserve Aboriginal Identity Population in Canada: Gross Domestic Product Estimates for Indian Reserves, 2000 and 2005 - August 22
--- A Detailed Analysis of the Productivity Performance of the Canadian Primary Agriculture Sector - August 10
--- A Detailed Analysis of the Productivity Performance of Canadian Food Manufacturing - August 10
--- Dinner to be held in Ottawa on September 16 in honour of long-time CSLS Chair Ian Stewart

Recent releases from the
Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS):

CSLS News - Autumn 2011 (PDF - 726K, 24 pages)
The Fall 2011 issue of the CSLS newsletter provides a comprehensive overview of CSLS activities. The newsletter includes summaries of ten recently released CSLS research reports, some of which are highlighted below. All reports are freely accessible at www.csls.ca

On September 6, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released two new reports on the Index of Economic Well-being:
* Beyond GDP: Measuring Economic Well-being in Canada and the Provinces, 1981-2010 (PDF - 3.7MB, 99 pages)
and
* Moving from a GDP-Based to a Well-being Based Metric of Economic Performance and Social Progress: Results from the Index of Economic Well-Being for OECD Countries, 1980-2009 (PDF - 1.3MB, 87 pages)

The first report finds that the Index of Well-Being (IEWB) for Canada was 1.4 per cent higher in 2010 than it was in 2009, but that it has not yet recovered to its 2008 level. The second report finds that Norway maintains its top standing in the 2009 IEWB rankings of the group of 14 OECD countries considered, while Canada remains in ninth place.

On August 30, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released a report entitled Human Capital and Productivity in British Columbia (PDF - 1.3MB, 87 pages), prepared for the BC Progress Board, provides an assessment of human capital development in British Columbia.

On August 29, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released a report entitled The Levy Institute Measure of Economic Well-Being: Estimates for Canada, 1999 and 2005. The report develops estimates of the Levy Institute Measure of Economic Well-being (LIMEW) for Canada in order to estimate the average Canadian household’s total command over economic resources. This report indicates that the LIMEW in Canada grew modestly between 1999 and 2005 at 1.08 per cent per year.

On August 22, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released a report entitled Economic Activity of the On-Reserve Aboriginal Identity Population in Canada: Gross Domestic Product Estimates for Indian Reserves, 2000 and 2005. This report develops earnings based estimates of the GDP of reserves in 2000 and 2005 using two approaches: a "top-down" approach that employs provincial-level data and a "bottom-up" approach that employs reserve-level data.

On August 10, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released two reports: A Detailed Analysis of the Productivity Performance of the Canadian Primary Agriculture Sector (PDF - 2MB, 134 pages) and A Detailed Analysis of the Productivity Performance of Canadian Food Manufacturing (PDF - 963K, 105 pages). The reports analyze labour productivity and MFP trends over the 1961-2007 period, and discuss the main sources and drivers of productivity growth in each of these sectors.

On July 22, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards announced that a dinner will be held in Ottawa on September 16, 2011 in honour of long-time CSLS Chair Ian Stewart on the occasion of his 80th birthday. [More information].

Source:
Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS)
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards is a non-profit, national, independent organization that seeks to contribute to a better understanding of trends in and determinants of productivity, living standards and economic and social well-being through research.

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

7. [Oldie Goldie] The Canada Health and Social Transfer : Operation and Possible Repercussions on the Health Sector - June 2003
Govt. of Canada Depository Services Program)

THE CANADA HEALTH AND SOCIAL TRANSFER:
OPERATION AND POSSIBLE REPERCUSSIONS
ON THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR

By
Odette Madore
Revised 3 June 2003
Contents:
ISSUE DEFINITION
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
A. Transfers Under Established Programs Financing and the Canada Assistance Plan : A Brief Background
1. Established Programs Financing
2. The Canada Assistance Plan
B. The Canada Health and Social Transfer: Its Nature and Operation
C. Consequences of the Canada Health and Social Transfer
1. Provincial Public Finances and Provincial Expenditures for Health Care
2. The Canada Health and Social Transfer and the Canada Health Act
PARLIAMENTARY ACTION
CHRONOLOGY
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Source:
Depository Services Program
[ Government of Canada Publications ]
[ Government of Canada Home Page ]

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- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, August 2011 - September 9
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2011 - September 9

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

September 9, 2011
Labour Force Survey, August 2011

Employment was little changed for the second consecutive month in August and the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 7.3%.
- includes 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, August 14 to 20, 2011
September 9, 2011
Highlights
Analysis — August 2011
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
User information
Related products
PDF version (468K, 62 pages)

[ earlier reports in this series ]

Source:
Labour Force Information - main product page*
This publication provides the most current monthly labour market statistics. Each month, this publication contains a brief commentary highlighting recent developments in the Canadian labour market. It also includes a series of charts and tables on a variety of labour force characteristics, such as employment and unemployment for Canada, the provinces, metropolitan areas and economic regions.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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Related subjects:
Labour
Employment and unemployment

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September 9, 2011
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, second quarter 2011
The labour productivity of Canadian businesses fell 0.9% in the second quarter, after increasing 0.4% in the first quarter. The decline comes against a backdrop of temporary factors which affected output more than labour, including wildfires in Northern Alberta and a tsunami in Japan.
Source:
Source:
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review
- main product page*
This publication presents an overview of the economic developments reported in Canada's national accounts for the most recent quarter. The overview covers several broad areas: 1) gross domestic product (GDP) by income and by expenditure; 2) GDP by industry; 3) balance of international payments accounts; 4) labour productivity and other related variables; 5) international investment position; and, 6) national balance
Click View for the latest issue of this periodical; click Chronological index for earlier editions.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]


Related subjects:

* Economic accounts
* Productivity accounts
* Labour
- Hours of work and work arrangements
- Wages, salaries and other earnings

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The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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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)
:

September 11, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Video presentations about the Community Plan
31 Aug 2011
Video presentions by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC & Early Childhood Educators of BC introduce, describe and discuss their Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning in BC.

Schools as integrated service hubs for young children and families: Policy implications of the Toronto First Duty project
31 Aug 2011
Article from the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy by Carl Corter and Janette Pelletier presents findings from Toronto First Duty, a demonstration project designed to test a universal, integrated model for early childhood services.

Premier announces funding for child care in Labrador
31 Aug 2011
The government of Newfoundland is providing $685,000 to support three child care centres in the communities of Labrador City and Wabush.

Child care choices for low-income working families
31 Aug 2011
Research report from the Urban Institute (US) presents the findings from a qualitative study of the child care choices of low-income working families. Study found supply of high quality care was limited; cost and convenience was often determining factor in choice rather than educational or social environment.

On track - Supporting healthy child development and early identification in the early years: A reference guide for professionals in Ontario
31 Aug 2011
Online tool developed by Best Start Resource Centre aims to "provide professionals who work with young children and families with some indicators of healthy child development from birth to 6 years of age".

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Child care in the news

Child-care centres to start posting serious occurrence reports
31 Aug 2011 Ontario

The education of Tim Hudak on full-day K
31 Aug 2011 Ontario

Study suggests traditional playgrounds contribute to childhood obesity
31 Aug 2011 Canada

Ontario Liberals promise to double length of teachers college if re-elected
31 Aug 2011 Ontario

Child care costs 'pricing parents out of work'
31 Aug 2011 Europe

MORE child care in the news

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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)
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.

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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.)
- 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:

September 9:
Health Insurance Coverage in the US
Section 8 Housing Vouchers - Tennessee
Restrictions on Food Aid and Cash Assistance - Michigan
Voter Identification Laws

September 8:
Child Care Costs - Britain
Child Welfare System - Nebraska
Household Food Security in the US

September 7:
State Budgets and Program Cuts
Economic Mobility in the US
TANF Program and Time Limits - Michigan

September 6:
US Poverty Rate
Long-Term Unemployment

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Poverty Dispatch Archive

The IRP Poverty Dispatch Archive (2nd link below) hasn't been updated since June 2009.
The first link below is to an itemized archive for Poverty Dispatches since August 2011.

Poverty Dispatch Archive (a Canadian Social Research Links page)
- links to each dispatch (starting August 22, 2011) and a short blurb about its contents, as above.

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IRP Past Poverty Dispatches (June 2006 to June 2009 only, offers links but no content)
The IRP Poverty Dispatch Archive hasn't been updated since June 2009.

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To subscribe to this email list, send an email to:
povdispatch-request@ssc.wisc.edu subject=subscribe

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

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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. A Plague of Prisons : Timely warning for Canada about prisons - September 8
(Carol Goar in the Toronto Star about a new book by Ernest Drucker)

Timely warning for Canada about prisons
September 8, 2011
By Carol Goar
Just in time for the opening of Parliament, a new book entitled A Plague of Prisons has landed in Canada. It tells the story of the “mass incarceration” of Americans over the past 30 years, showing how it has torn families apart, exacerbated racial tensions, drained state treasuries and fostered a culture of violence and vengeance. (...) Between 1980 and 2009, America’s prison population quintupled. It now has the highest rate of incarceration in the world (715 inmates per 100,000 people). (...) What makes all this relevant to Canadians in September of 2011 is that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is poised to embark on the same path the U.S. took a generation ago. Shortly after the opening of Parliament, his government will introduce a package of 12 tough crime bills. They’re guaranteed to become law; the Conservatives now have a majority in both the House of Commons and Senate.
(...)
Assuming the Prime Minister goes ahead, here is what Canadians can expect:
• An exponential growth in prisons. The Conservatives have refused to provide taxpayers with a credible estimate of how much they plan to spend on penitentiaries. It won’t be as costly as the American crackdown, which threatens to bankrupt several states, but the bills will keep mounting long after Harper’s departure.
• A deterioration of the social structures that communities need to prevent crime.
• A disproportionate increase in the number of poor, non-white people behind bars.
• A belated recognition that there was never any evidence tougher sentences improve public safety.
• And over time, a made-in-Ottawa “plague of prisons.”

Is this the legacy we want for our children? Is it the future we want for Canada?

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Source:
Toronto Star

Related links:

A Plague of Prisons:
The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America

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CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

7 September 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1241 (latest issue)
In this issue:
CRIN Users Survey reminder!
Child rights fact-file: Age of sexual consent
Latest news and report
- Letting children decide: Norway
- Changing the rules of the game: United Kingdom
- More evictions: Romania
- Six-year-old under house arrest: China
- State violence: Bahrain, Bolivia
- Famine spreads: Horn of Africa
- New reports: Nepal, Haiti
- UN News: Human Rights Council, Calls for submissions!
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Employment
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The Ottawa Citizen's special on the 10th anniversary of the most deadly foreign attack on American soil:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/9-11-anniversary/index.html
Extensive, thoughtful coverage.

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10th Anniversary tribute video:
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