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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 11 , 2007

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1829 subscribers.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Veterans Week 2007 (Veterans Affairs Canada) - November 5-11, 2007
2. Stéphane Dion unveils Liberal poverty-slashing strategy
(Liberal Party of Canada) - November 9
3. HungerCount 2007 (Canadian Association of Food Banks) - November 8
4. Eroding Tax Fairness : Tax Incidence in Canada, 1990 to 2005 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - November 8
5. Saskatchewan Party wins majority government (CBC) - November 7
6. The Welfare of Canadian Children : It’s Our Business (Child Welfare League of Canada ) - October 2007
7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2003 to 2006 - November 8
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2006 - November 8
--- Savers, investors and investment income, 2006 - November 6
--- Study: Assessing the use of government services online, 2005 - November 5
--- Labour Force Survey, October - November 2
--- Charitable donors, 2006 - November 1
8. What's new from Human Resources and Social Development Canada in October/November :
--- New Horizons for Seniors Program - now accepting applications for funding
--- Education Savings Community Outreach
9. Resources
for Ontario Tenants

10. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - November 9

International Content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. U.S. Election 2008 : Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity (Annie E. Casey Foundation & The Eos Foundation ) - October 30

13.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing : Selected recent content
--- Dentistry, deprivation and poverty - Posted 07-11-2007
--- Inequality in oral health in Australia - Posted 07-11-2007
--- Too big to ignore - A report on future issues for Australian women's housing 2006-2025 - Posted 07-11-2007
--- America on the edge: The US housing crisis and interest rates - Posted 07-11-2007
14. November 8, 2007 - CRINMAIL 931 (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. Veterans Week 2007 - November 5-11, 2007
(Veterans Affairs Canada)

Veterans Week 2007
November 5-11, 2007
Source:
Veterans Affairs Canada

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

2. Stéphane Dion unveils Liberal poverty-slashing strategy - November 9
(Liberal Party of Canada)

Dion Unveils the Liberal Plan to Win the War Against Poverty
November 9, 2007
TORONTO - Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion today unveiled a comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce the number of Canadians living below the poverty line by at least 30 per cent and cut in half the number of children living in poverty in five years. Mr. Dion called it the Liberal 30-50 Plan to Reduce Poverty.
Source:
Liberal Party of Canada

Related links:

Dion's ambitious poverty strategy
Editorial
November 10, 2007
In a dramatic and welcome move to affirm a progressive agenda for Canada, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion spoke yesterday directly to Canadians Prime Minister Stephen Harper has forgotten and abandoned, namely the 3.4 million people who live in poverty. And what Dion said was that, if elected, the Liberals would launch an ambitious national poverty reduction strategy aimed at lowering the number of Canadians living in poverty by at least 30 per cent over the next five years and the number of children in poverty by 50 per cent.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Dion unveils Liberal poverty-slashing strategy
November 9, 2007
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion says his party would cut the number of Canadians living in poverty by 30 per cent over five years if they form the next government. A federal Liberal government would also cut the number of children living in poverty by half in that same period, he said Friday during a speech in Toronto.
Source:
CTV

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Canada Liberal poverty plan"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the 2008 Federal Election and General Political Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2008_fed_election.htm

3. Hunger Count 2007 - November 8
(Canadian Association of Food Banks)

Food Bank Use Remains Unacceptably High:
New study shows over 720,000 Canadians, 39% of them children, currently rely on emergency food programs
(Ottawa) November 8, 2007 —The HungerCount 2007 report was released today by the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB). In March 2007 alone, 720,231 individuals were assisted by community food banks in Canada. Food banks provided 2,344,462 meals to people in need during the same time period.

Hunger Count 2007 (PDF file - 804K, 48 pages)
Canada's only national survey of food banks and emergency food programs

Hunger Count 2007 - Summary (PDF file - 66K, 1 page)

Earlier editions of HungerCount - back to 1997

Source:
Canadian Association of Food Banks

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"HungerCount 2007, Canada, food"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
(no search results)
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

4. Eroding Tax Fairness : Tax Incidence in Canada, 1990 to 2005 - November 8
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canada’s rich not contributing fair share in taxes: study
Press Release
November 8, 2007
TORONTO – More than a decade’s worth of tax cuts have disproportionately lined the pockets of Canada’s most affluent families, says a new tax study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The study finds the top 1 percent of families in 2005 paid a lower total tax rate than the bottom 10 percent of families.

Complete report:

Eroding Tax Fairness:
Tax Incidence in Canada, 1990 to 2005
(PDF File - 967K, 44 pages)
November 2007

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

5. Saskatchewan Party wins majority government - November 7
(CBC)

Saskatchewan Party wins majority government
November 7, 2007
Only 10 years into its existence as a political force, the Saskatchewan Party will form a majority government and its leader Brad Wall will be the new premier.
Source:
Saskatchewan votes
[ CBC ]

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

6. The Welfare of Canadian Children : It’s Our Business - October 2007
(Child Welfare League of Canada )

The Welfare of Canadian Children : It’s Our Business
A Collection of Resource Papers for a Healthy Future
for Canadian Children and Families
(911K, 164 pages)
October 2007
In 2002, the Board of Directors of the Child Welfare League of Canada began a review of key child welfare issues in Canada in order to identify concerns and priorities that will inform actions required to ensure a healthy future for generations to come. The result is this collection of resource papers.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Background and Introduction
Chapter 1: History of Child Welfare in Canada
Chapter 2: Lexicon
Chapter 3: Key International Instruments and Federal/Provincial/Territorial Legislation on Children
Chapter 4: Child and Family Services in Canada by Jurisdiction
Chapter 5: History and Mandate of the Child Welfare League of Canada
Chapter 6: Child Welfare in Canada: Framework for Action
Chapter 7: Resource Papers (various authors)
--- Children in care in Canada: A summary of current issues and trends with recommendations for future research
--- Child Protection in Canada
--- Aboriginal.children,.families.and.communities
--- Youth homelessness: Facts and beliefs
--- Children’s Mental Health
Appendix A: A national perspective on children’s mental healt (7 papers)

Source:
Child Welfare League of Canada

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2003 to 2006 - November 8
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2006 - November 8
--- Savers, investors and investment income, 2006 - November 6
--- Study: Assessing the use of government services online, 2005 - November 5
--- Labour Force Survey, October - November 2
--- Charitable donors, 2006 - November 1

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

November 8, 2007
Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2003 to 2006
Alberta led the country in economic growth again in 2006, continuing to ride the wave of the oil boom. Economic growth was widespread in 2006, as several Western Provinces and two of the four Atlantic Provinces registered growth rates above the national average.

November 8, 2007
Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2006
The number of taxfilers making contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), and the amount contributed both increased for the third consecutive year in 2006. Contributions rose 5.8% from 2005 to $32.4 billion, the highest amount ever reported. Data are from income tax returns filed in the spring of 2007. Just under 6.2 million taxfilers contributed to an RRSP in 2006, an increase of 60,000 or 1.0% from 2005. This was the highest level since 2001, when over 6.2 million people contributed to an RRSP. Alberta had the largest gain in the number of contributors, an increase of almost 26,000.

November 6, 2007
Savers, investors and investment income, 2006
The number of taxfilers reporting investment income, as well as the amount of investment income they reported, both increased for the third consecutive year in 2006. Investment income refers to the sum of dividend income from taxable Canadian corporations and interest income from investments in non-tax-sheltered vehicles. Nationally, over 8.2 million people reported $40.9 billion of income from investments, according to income tax returns filed in the spring of 2007. This is the highest number of people to report investment income since 2000, when some 8.5 million did so. In 2006, the number of people reporting investment income was up 5.4% from 2005, while the income was up 16.3%. This gain in investment income in 2006 was more than double the 7.9% growth rate observed in 2005.

<begin scary thought.>
"The number of savers (taxfilers reporting investment income) climbed 6.5% to 4.7 million in 2006."
By my calculations, that's around 15% of the Canadian population that has any nest egg, or emergency health fund, or post-secondary fund, or vacation fund, or --- you get the picture.
What about the other 85%?
Scary.
</end scary thought.>

November 5, 2007
Study: Assessing the use of government services online, 2005
About one-third (an estimated 8.2 million) of adult Canadians accessed government information and services online in 2005, making the Internet an important channel for governments, according to a new study in the Connectedness Series. The study, which uses data from the Canadian Internet Use Survey, found that men accounted for just over one-half (53%) of Government On-Line (GOL) users. Higher levels of personal income and education were also important factors, as were frequency and intensity of Internet use. (...) The majority of other Internet users—those who did not use the Internet to access Government Online—reported having no need for or no interest in these services (71%).

<begin yet another gratuitous comment from Gilles>
Regarding the 71% of Canadian Internet users who had no need for, nor interest in, online government services:
--- kinda reminds me of some of the folks in my great-grand-pappy's day, who used to say they had no need for these high-fallutin' horseless carriages...>
</end yet another gratuitous comment from Gilles>

November 2, 2007
Labour Force Survey, October 2007
Employment continued to rise in October, jumping an estimated 63,000, split between full and part time. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to a 33-year low of 5.8%, down 0.1 of a percentage point from September.

November 1, 2007
Charitable donors, 2006
Canadian taxfilers reported making charitable donations totalling $8.5 billion in 2006, up 8.3% from 2005, while the number of donors decreased 1.4% to 5.8 million. The amount of donations increased in all provinces and territories. The highest increases occurred in Alberta (+15.5%), the Yukon (+15.2%), and Newfoundland and Labrador (+13.9%). The number of donors declined slightly in all provinces and territories, with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador where the number remained relatively stable. Nationally, 25% of all taxfilers claimed charitable donations, roughly the same proportion as in the past. Manitoba had the highest percentage of taxfilers who declared a donation, at 28%, followed by Ontario with 27%. These two provinces have shown the highest and second highest percentage of taxfilers claiming charitable donations for the past 10 consecutive years.

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

8. What's new from Human Resources and Social Development Canada in October/November :
--- New Horizons for Seniors Program - now accepting applications for funding
---
Education Savings Community Outreach

What's new from Human Resources and Social Development Canada:

New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is now accepting applications for two new types of funding.
* Capital Assistance Funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing seniors' programs and activities.
* Elder Abuse Awareness Funding helps non-profit organizations raise awareness of the abuse of older persons on a national or regional level.

Education Savings Community Outreach
HRSDC is launching a call for proposals for Education Savings Community Outreach.

Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability (SDPP-D )
Call for Proposals 2008–2009
October 2007
The Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability Component is currently accepting applications for project funding until November 28, 2007. The planned Program budget available for this Call is $3 million. To facilitate the review and selection of proposals there are two funding streams:
* STREAM 1: Social Development Projects
* STREAM 2: Accommodation Fund Project

Source:
What's New
[ Human Resources and Social Development Canada ]

9. Resources for Ontario Tenants

Ontario Tenants Rights
- incl. links to : Ontario Tenants homepage | Residential Tenancies Act | Finding an apartment | Ontario Landlord and Tenant Q&A | Housing and poverty reports | Other housing links | Tenant rights and social justice | Renters municipal issues | Rent Control | Apartment safety & security | Tenant health: Toxic mold, cockroaches | Consumer Information | Tenant association organizing | Utility costs: Ontario hydro, natural gas | Ontario MPP list | more...
- also includes resources organized by municipality for the largest three dozen municipalities in the province (under "Community Information" in the right-hand margin of the home page.)

Ontario Tenants
Most Asked Questions And Answers

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The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations
The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (FMTA) is a non-profit Organization which advocates for better rights for Tenants. Founded in 1974, we are the oldest and largest Tenant Federation in Canada. The FMTA is comprised of affiliated Tenant Associations and of individual Members. We have over 3,000 members and continue to grow.
- incl. links to : * Tenant Hotline * Tenant Hotline * Outreach & Organizing * Tenant Activism * Get Involved * Literature & Links * Recent News & Events * Contact Us

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

10. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - November 9
(CRRU- University of Toronto
)

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.
Here's the content of the latest issue of this bulletin.

For more information about this service, including subscription information,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

9-Nov-07

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What's New
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TOWARDS A FAIRER CANADA WITHOUT POVERTY
In a speech to the Learning Enrichment Foundation Liberal leader Stéphane Dion promises that a Liberal government would reduce child poverty by 50% over five years.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111159

PEOPLE, PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES: A TRAINING STRATEGY FOR THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE SECTOR IN CANADA
Report from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council recommends ways to improve the quality of, and standardize approaches to, child care training in Canada.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111162

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS QUALIFICATION UPGRADE PROGRAM
Program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services supports child care workers in licensed settings to upgrade their qualifications to a diploma. Education grants, travel grants, and training allowances are available.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111160

CROSSING THE LANGUAGE DIVIDE
FPG Snapshot #49 profiles a case study demonstrating how English-speaking prekindergarten teachers can cross the language barrier to build positive relationships with English language learners.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111161

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Worth repeating…
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BRINGING POLITICS INTO THE NURSERY: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AS A DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE
Working paper by Peter Moss for the Bernard van Leer Foundation discusses how “institutions providing early childhood care and education can become forums for democratic political practice.”
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=104824

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Child care in the news
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Chow: ABC no day care fix [CA]
Halifax Chronicle Herald, 9 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111163

Letters re: Think first of the children [CA]
Ottawa Citizen, 9 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111156

Think first of the children [CA]
Editorial, Ottawa Citizen, 7 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111155

Free nursery place scheme grows [GB]
BBC News, 7 Nov 07,
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111158

Daycare centres no place for big-box mentality [CA]
Toronto Star, 5 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111153

Council asked to protect city day cares; Australian corporation attempting to buy local centres [CA-ON]
Sudbury Star, 26 Oct 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111151

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CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

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Related Links:

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

Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

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

11. 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.

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

This week's issues of Poverty Dispatch:

November 8, 2007
* State Health Care Plans - Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon
* Grandparents and Custody of Children - Pennsylvania
* Minority-run Foster Care Agencies - New York City
* Families Enrolled in Temporary Assistance - North Dakota
* Federal Report on Chronic Homelessness
* Homeless War Veterans
* The Poor and Access to Legal Help
* Anti-poverty Policies and Proposals
* Home Foreclosures and Lenders' Fees
* Female High School Dropouts - North Carolina
* Rising Costs of Heating Oil and Energy Assistance - New England
* No Child Left Behind and Low-income Student Achievement

November 5, 2007
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* Medicaid Funding - Alabama
* Unemployment and Job Growth - Minnesota
* Foster Care Agencies and Minority Children - New York City
* Neighborhoods and Access to Grocery Stores - Los Angeles, CA
* Homelessness and Housing - Hawaii
* Social Services Computer System - Texas
* Teenage Pregnancy - Texas
* Minimum Wage Increase - Ohio
* Subprime Mortgages and Race
* Payday Lending and Rent to Own Interest Rates
* U.S. Incomes and Inequality
* High School Dropout Rates and Costs - Louisiana, Oklahoma
* No Child Left Behind and State Standards

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. Persons wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

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

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - archive of weekly digests* of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
(*For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.)

- 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

12. U.S. Election 2008 : Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity - October 30
(Annie E. Casey Foundation & The Eos Foundation )

U.S. Election 2008

Major Foundation Initiative to Shine Spotlight on
Poverty and Opportunity in America
(PDF file - 68K, 3 pages)
New Study Shows Growing Number of Voters Concerned About Hunger and Poverty
Presidential Candidates Weighing In with their Perspectives and Proposals

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 30, 2007)—A major foundation initiative, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, was launched today at the National Press Club to move the issues of poverty and opportunity to center stage during the 2008 presidential campaign. The initiative, supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Eos Foundation and other major foundations, will seek to engage presidential, congressional and local candidates in substantive discussions about poverty and keep these issues in the forefront as a new administration sets its agenda.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is launched as a three-tiered program, including:
* www.spotlightonpoverty.org (see below for more info)
* Forums and opportunities for national and local candidates and elected officials to discuss their ideas and views on poverty and solutions that can create opportunity.
* A continuing post-2008 election effort to ensure that poverty and opportunity  issues are prominent on the national policy agenda and to press elected officials to  fulfill their campaign promises.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
"...includes information on candidates’ statements and proposals on poverty and filmed responses of several presidential candidates answering foundation-posed questions on poverty in America. The website also will provide daily news updates, opinion, research and census data, and links to blogs on poverty and hunger."
- on the home page, click on a presidential candidate's photo or name to access his (OR HER) speeches, position papers and more...
- home page includes links to:
* About Spotlight : Why Spotlight Poverty? - Advisory Council - Foundations - Steering Committee - Press Room - Contact Us - Sign Up
* Spotlight Questions : Setting a Goal - Opportunity - Your Past Actions - Children Roles
* Data On Your Community
* Initiatives : local - state - international
* Research : Characteristics of Poverty - Poverty Measurement - Consequences of Poverty - Mobility and Opportunity - Anti-Poverty Proposals - Immigration and Poverty - Asset Poverty - Place and Poverty
* Links : Government - Database and Statistics - Policy and Research - Journals - Campaigns on Poverty - More on the candidates

NOTE: I've highlighted the Research and Links sections of this new site, and I recommend that you take a few minutes to explore some of the interesting online resources, broader than the 2008 elections, in these two sections. Just remember that this site presents views from both the Left (e.g., Urban Institute, Brookings Institution) and the Right (e.g., Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation). Always remember to evaluate the source (by checking the About this Site page, the Funding/Partners page, etc.) of any new site that you visit to see if there are any inherent biases. [Canadian Social Research Links, of course, has no biases...]

Exclusive Commentary:
- incl. links to :
*The Earned Income Tax Credit *
The Future of Poverty as a Political Issue * New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Writes for "Spotlight" * Is Anyone Putting Foward Real Solutions? * Poverty & Campaign 2008: Where Are We Heading?

Foundations initially collaborating on Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity are:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
"Helping vulnerable kids and families succeed"
The Eos Foundation
"Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by investing in children’s futures."

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

13. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing : Selected recent content
---
Dentistry, deprivation and poverty - Posted 07-11-2007
--- Inequality in oral health in Australia - Posted 07-11-2007
--- Too big to ignore - A report on future issues for Australian women's housing 2006-2025 - Posted 07-11-2007
--- America on the edge: The US housing crisis and interest rates - Posted 07-11-2007

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)
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 content from the latest APO Weekly Briefing:

Dentistry, deprivation and poverty
Posted 07-11-2007
Peter Saunders / Australian Review of Public Affairs
By not providing an adequate and affordable public dental scheme, Australian governments have made what should be a relatively minor irritant (a toothache) into a major catastrophe for many people, not just those who are already doing it tough writes Peter Saunders.

Inequality in oral health in Australia
Posted 07-11-2007
John Spencer and Jane Harford / Australian Review of Public Affairs
Inequality in oral health in Australia has been extensively documented over the last 25 years. While the existence of inequalities has been accepted, their fundamental character has been less well understood. This has led to a misinterpretation of the information on inequalities and a failure to act on their causes. Some new research on patterns of oral disease and treatment means we now have what we need to inform rational and humane policy development in the field of oral health.

Too big to ignore - A report on future issues for Australian women's housing 2006-2025
Posted 07-11-2007
Selina Tually, Andrew Beer and Debbie Faulkner / AHURI Southern Research Centre
This report considers the future of housing for women in Australia and looks both at current patterns and emerging trends in order to paint a picture of Australian women in 2025 and the housing they will occupy; with respect to the types of dwellings in which they will live in, how much they may pay for their housing, their tenure arrangements and their household structure.

America on the edge: The US housing crisis and interest rates
Posted 07-11-2007
John Spoehr / The Adelaide Review
In this exclusive interview with John Spoehr, former US Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, Professor Robert Reich talks about the US housing crisis, jobs and inequality, and the Presidential race.

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

14.  November 8, 2007 - CRINMAIL 931
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

8 November 2007 - CRINMAIL 931
* EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA: Harmonising laws on children [publication]
* CRIN Survey 2007

* UNITED KINGDOM: Archbishop says young children should be kept out of prison [news]
* NIGERIA: Government sues tobacco firms for damage to children [news]
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: New deadline for UPR submissions [news]
* ITALY: ChildONEurope seminar: Child Participation in Daily Life [event/call for papers]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

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

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


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Both Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and this Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong solely to me, Gilles Séguin.

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the web server of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Thanks, CUPE!

If you wish to subscribe to the e-mail version of newsletter, go to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter Online Subscription page:
http://lists.cupe.ca/mailman/listinfo/csrl-news

You can unsubscribe by going to the same page or by sending me an e-mail message [ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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Privacy Policy:
The Canadian Social Research Newsletter mailing list is not used for any purpose except to distribute each weekly issue.
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...

To access earlier online HTML issues of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter, go to the Newsletter page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/news.htm

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

Cheers!
Gilles

E-MAIL:

gilseg@rogers.com


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Ten Cute Answering Machine Messages
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1. Hello! If you leave a message, I'll call you soon. If you leave a "sexy" message, I'll call even sooner!

2. Hi! This is Jim. If you are the phone company, I already sent the money. If you are my parents, please send money. If you are my bank, you didn't lend me enough money. If you are my friends, you owe me money. If you are a female, don't worry, I have plenty of money.

3. Hello! You are talking to a machine. I am capable of receiving messages. My owners do not need a magazine subscription, windows or a hot tub, and their carpets are already clean. They give to charity through their office and do not need their pictures taken. If you're still listening, leave your name and number and they will get back to you.

4. This is not an answering machine. This is a telepathic thought-recording device. After the tone, think about your name, your number and your reason for calling, and I'll think about returning your call.

5. Hi! I'm probably home, I'm just avoiding someone I don't like. Leave me a message and if I don't call back, it's you.

6. Hi! If you are a burglar, we're probably at home cleaning our weapons right now and can't come to the phone. Otherwise, we probably aren't home and it's safe to leave a message.

7. These words are lovely dark and deep, but I've got promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, so leave a message at the beep.

8. This is you-know-who. We are you-know-where. Leave your you-know-what you-know-when.

9. You have reached 234-1243. This is an answering machine. This is the new millennium. You know what to do.

10. This is a boring answering machine message. Leave a message anyway.

Source:
http://www.funny2.com/answeringmachine.htm

More answering machine messages?
http://www.ilovewavs.com/comedy/AnsMach/AnsMach.htm
(NOTE: these are audio (.WAV) files, and they likely won't be accessible on a network computer)

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And in closing...

One Laptop per Child
Introducing the XO laptop.
Give 1 today.
Give 1 Get 1 starting November 12, 2007
Source:
One Laptop per Child
"A low-cost, connected laptop for the world's children 's education."


Do-Wop Horses (you need speakers to enjoy this link)
http://svt.se/hogafflahage/hogafflaHage_site/Kor/hestekor.swf
(NOTE: this probably doesn't work on a network computer)
- Wait for the entire screen to load up with all four horses and a fence in front of them. Then click on each horse. Make sure your sound is on. Re-click on any horse to make it turn off or turn it back on again. Try clicking on the horses from left to right then right to left then just one or two at a time...

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A special message on the imminent (Nov. 13) TENTH anniversary of Canadian Social Research Links:

This website and newsletter have been such a fulfilling and rewarding experience for me;
God willing, I plan to keep doing this for at least another ten years.

Then maybe we can develop succession plan.

Cheers!

The Canadian Social Research Links Guy
<Gilles>