Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 11, 2012

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

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. I Remember - Veterans' Week 2012
2. Recent postings by John Stapleton (Open Policy Ontario):
--- Registered Retirement Pension Plans: A Tally of Advantages and Disadvantages - November 9
--- Retiring on a Low Income - October 25
--- [Ontario] Social Assistance Caseloads in the Great Depression and Three Major Post-war Recessions - May 3 (2012)
3. National Call for Concepts for Social Finance (Government of Canada) - November 8
4. Why paying a living wage makes good business sense (Andrew Jackson in the Globe and Mail) - November 9
5. Welfare reform a ways off, says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (St. Catharines Standard) - November 7
6. Webcast November 19 : Options for expanding the Canada Pension Plan (Canadian Labour Congress)
7. Poor Choice [re. Ontario prorogation] (Vicariousass - Vass Bednar) - November 6
8. Governments need to spend money before they spend money (Nick Falvo, At Home/Chez Soi Blog) - November 6
9. Budget 2012: Monitoring Framework Update (Parliamentary Budget Officer) - November 6
10. Canadians eligible for employment insurance at decade-long low (Toronto Star / Statistics Canada) - November 5
11. What if the minimum wage was a living wage? (By Trish Hennessy in rabble.ca) - November 5
12. Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Advanced Education and Skills Annual Report, 2011 - 2012
13. Prince Edward Island Community Services, Seniors and Labour Annual Report for the Fiscal Year April 2010 to March 2011
14. Nova Scotia Department of Community Services - recent reports:
--- Statement of Mandate 2012-2013
--- Annual Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2011-2012
--- Statement of Mandate 2011-2012
--- Update on Auditor General Recommendations since 2009

15. Corporations prosper while food banks overwhelmed (Carol Goar, Toronto Star) - November 4
16. A Living Wage for Kingston
(Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction) - October 2011
17.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011 - November 5

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

International content

19. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
20. Barack Obama gets a second chance to make a good first impression - November 7
21. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. I Remember - Veterans' Week 2012




From
Veterans Affairs Canada:

I Remember - Veterans' Week 2012
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/iremember

Source:
Veterans Affairs Canada

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/

Veterans' Week November 5 to 11. A young boy placing a poppy on a grave.

Click the above graphic or the link in the left column to access Veterans' Week content.

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Happy Canada Day from the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs (video, duration 1:33)
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/department/blaney-corner/video1

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Ottawa glorifies veterans — as long as they don’t cost anything
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1285565
November 9, 2012
By Thomas Walkom
Canada’s Conservative government is big on the symbolism of war. It lauds soldiers when they go off to fight and proclaims them heroes when they die.It believes battle is a vital part of Canadian history. It has spent millions celebrating the War of 1812 just to make that point.(...) So on one level it is more than odd to find veterans and their families attacking this same rah-rah government for its cheeseparing approach to the real individuals who made this sacrifice. And at another level it is not.

This government may glorify war in the abstract. But it does not want to pay the price of war — or indeed much of anything else — in the here and now.

This week’s appearance on Parliament Hill of disabled veterans and military widows critical of the government was just the latest chapter in an ongoing dispute. Disabled veterans had to take Ottawa to court once to stop it clawing back portions of their pensions. Now a separate group of vets is suing the government over another pension issue — Ottawa’s decision to replace lifetime disability pensions with a cheaper, one-time, lump-sum payment. In the first court case, Stephen Harper’s government spent $750,000 in legal fees fighting its own vets [ http://goo.gl/K88FR ] and conceded defeat only after the judge ruled Ottawa’s clawbacks blatantly unfair. In the second case, Ottawa remains obdurate.

(...)
If this government treated disabled veterans fairly, it would find itself under pressure to treat poor, disabled or unemployed civilians in the same manner. And it certainly doesn’t want to do that. So go and fight for your country. If you die, you will be briefly praised. If you live — well, best of luck.

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

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

2. Recent postings by John Stapleton (Open Policy Ontario):
--- Registered Retirement Pension Plans: A Tally of Advantages and Disadvantages - November 9
--- Retiring on a Low Income - October 25
--- [Ontario] Social Assistance Caseloads in the Great Depression and Three Major Post-war Recessions - May 3 (2012)

Three recent postings from
John Stapleton (Open Policy Ontario):

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Registered Retirement Pension Plans (RRSPs) : A Tally of Advantages and Disadvantages (small PDF file - 1 page)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/RRSP-disadvantages.pdf
November 9, 2012
Examines eight features of RRSPs with respect to advantages for the well-off and disadvantages for the poor.

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Retiring on a Low Income (Powerpoint presentation - 64K, 11 slides)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Retiring-on-a-Low-Incomeoct25.pptx
Community Launch
October 25, 2012
Contents:
* What is our income system for retirees in Ontario?
* Definition of low income
* Top Ten : Rogue's gallery of bad advice
* Why is mainstream financial advice wrong?
* What can be done

Source:
Retirement income for Canadians with low incomes
http://openpolicyontario.com/retiring-on-a-low-income-3/
By John Stapleton

Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH)
http://www.cmha.ca/

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A Difficult Puzzle : [Ontario] Social Assistance Caseloads in the Great Depression
and Three Major Post-war Recessions
(PDF - 616K, 22 pages)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/A-Difficult-Puzzlemay32012.pdf
May 3, 2012
By John Stapleton
This 22-page Powerpoint presentation focuses on social assistance dependency and unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930’s and the recessions of the early 1980s, the early 1990s and the late 2000s.

Source:
Open Policy Ontario
- John Stapleton's blog
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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

3. National Call for Concepts for Social Finance - November 8
(Government of Canada)

The First Step to Privatization of Social Programs in Canada??

From
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

National Call for Concepts for Social Finance
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/socialfinance/index.shtml
November 8, 2012
As part of our Government’s commitment to empowering individuals and communities to better address social challenges, Economic Action Plan 2012 announced we would explore social finance opportunities. (...) Now, by launching this Call for Concepts for Social Finance, I am inviting organizations and individuals from across the country to help our Government take the next step by bringing their best ideas forward.

Read more about the Government's involvement in social finance:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/socialfinance/goc_involvement.shtml

The Government of Canada is taking action to address local challenges
http://goo.gl/aGtdA
News Release
November 8, 2012
Toronto, Ontario—The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that the Government is taking action to find new initiatives to shape social policy in Canada. The announcement was made at MaRS’ fifth annual Social Finance Forum in Toronto. “Our Government recognizes that we must take steps to enable communities to tackle local challenges,” said Minister Finley. “By harnessing private sector capital and business practices, we can better respond to social challenges such as homelessness, unemployment and poverty.”
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The Government will partner with organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations to build further momentum in Canada around social innovation and social finance tools. Interested organizations are invited to submit their innovative ideas to help shape future social policy in Canada.

Ideas will be accepted until December 31, 2012.
Those interested in participating should visit: hrsdc.gc.ca/socialfinance

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A Social Impact Bond (SIB) is one example of a social finance tool that is currently being explored or tested to address social challenges in many communities around the world and this tool is now being explored in Canada. Essentially, a SIB is a contract between a government and an external organization(s), in which the government identifies desired social results and commits to pay the external organizations an agreed-upon amount of money if these results are achieved. External organizations involved in this arrangement may include charitable and/or for-profit investors and service delivery organizations.

Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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From the
Toronto Star:

Feds introduce controversial ‘social impact bonds’ to fund social services
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1284941
November 8, 2012
By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—The federal government is introducing a controversial new approach to funding social services called “social impact bonds” that can turn a profit for private investors. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, who have often been accused of short-changing social programs, view the bonds as a valuable source of fresh funding for Canadian communities.
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Under Human Resources Minister Diane Finley’s proposal, the government would contract with a non-profit organization or a private, for-profit business to supply a service, such as building affordable housing, counselling ex-convicts to keep them from reoffending, or working with at-risk youth. Funds would be raised from investors or charities to finance the project and, if the goals of the project were reached, the investors would be repaid their original investment plus a profitable return by Ottawa. If the project’s goals weren’t met, the federal government wouldn’t pay. The bonds, which have caught on in a big way in Britain and the United States, are a source of widespread debate. Many praise the idea as an innovative strategy to tap private capital and market discipline to address underfunded social goals. But critics say the bonds privatize social objectives in a way that gets governments and the public off the hook for paying for needed programs.

41 Comments about this article:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1284941--feds-introduce-controversial-social-impact-bonds-to-fund-social-services#comments

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Social financing gives governments a risk-free way to move to cheaper solutions
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1285710
November 9, 2012
Ever since Conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron’s government tapped private investors for a project to keep ex-convicts out of jail, tight-fisted governments around the world have been eyeing so-called social financing as way to pick up the cost of their own programs. In the British project, the most advanced experiment anywhere using “social impact bonds (SIBs),” non-profit groups funded by private investors are working with former inmates from Peterborough Prison. The success of the two-year-old project will be measured over the next six years to see if the social workers can bring about a drop in the dismaying rate at which ex-convicts reoffend. If that happens — and only if that happens — the private sector backers of the bond will be repaid their original investment, plus a profit.
(...)
Stephen Harper’s government, which has often expressed a preference for having the private sector — as opposed to public institutions — deal with society’s problems, has jumped on the social finance bandwagon enthusiastically.

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

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SocialFinance.ca --- the online community and information hub for social finance and impact investing in Canada.
http://socialfinance.ca/
With over 150 contributors, SocialFinance.ca brings together the voices of social finance practitioners and thought leaders across the country and internationally.
--- Social Impact Bonds : http://socialfinance.ca/social-impact-bonds

SocialFinance.ca is currently operated out of the
MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
office in Toronto, ON.
http://www.marsdd.com/

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From the
Center for American Progress:

New York City and Massachusetts to Launch the First Social Impact Bond Programs in the United States
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2012/11/05/43834/new-york-city-and-massachusetts-to-launch-the-first-social-impact-bond-programs-in-the-united-states/
By Kristina Costa and Jitinder Kohli
November 5, 2012

Source:
Center for American Progress
http://www.americanprogress.org/

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From
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Social impact bond
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_impact_bond
NOTE : Scroll to the bottom of the Wikipedia page for links to 60+ related resources.

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- Go to the Social Finance and Social Impact Bonds Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/social_impact_bonds.htm

4. Why paying a living wage makes good business sense - November 9
(Andrew Jackson in the Globe and Mail)

Why paying a living wage makes good business sense
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/why-paying-a-living-wage-makes-good-business-sense/article5152175/
By Andrew Jackson
November 9, 2012
When it comes to setting minimum wages, Canadians can pretty much count on there being an acrimonious debate between private sector employers on the one hand, and unions and anti-poverty activists on the other. But some businesses, especially in the United Kingdom, are starting to recognize the social and economic case for higher wages for the working poor.

Recent years have seen the rise of a living wage movement in the U.K., the United States and Canada. All three countries have a low-wage problem in the sense that a significant proportion of even full-time workers earn significantly less than a middle-class wage, and struggle to make ends meet.

The first week of November was Living Wage Week in the United Kingdom [ http://www.livingwage.org.uk/ ], where a very broad coalition has come together in support of a decent wage.

[ Author Andrew Jackson, formerly with the Canadian Labour Congress, is Senior Policy Adviser to the Broadbent Institute and the Packer Professor of Social Justice at York University. ]

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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

5. Welfare reform a ways off, says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty - November 7
(St. Catharines Standard)

Welfare reform a ways off, says premier
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/11/07/welfare-reform-a-ways-off-says-premier
By Jeff Bolichowski
November 7, 2012
Poor and disabled people facing the loss of a key housing assistance program could be left waiting awhile for a full-out social assistance reform, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. Questioned on the province’s cuts to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit Wednesday, he said the government is looking to a new report on social assistance reform for solutions on making the system more fair. But, he said, implementing that report could take time.
“If we had to redesign the system from scratch, would it look the way it does today? I don’t think so,” he said. “Rolling out that reform is not going to be the kind of thing to do in a year or two. Changing the system so it’s fairer, particularly to recipients, is going to take a number of years.”

Source:
The St. Catharines Standard
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/

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

6. Webcast November 19 : Options for expanding the Canada Pension Plan
(Canadian Labour Congress)

November 19 Webcast : Options for expanding the Canada Pension Plan
Canadian Labour Congress
http://clc.informz.ca/CLC/archives/archive_254717.html
Monday, November 19 (7-8pm EST)
In July, the provincial premiers instructed their finance ministers to examine proposals to expand the Canada Pension Plan, yet another signal that the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) campaign to expand the CPP is clearly the most viable option to solving the future pension crisis for today’s young people.

Join us in a live webcast on Monday, November 19, as three of Canada’s top pension experts debate the various options for expanding the Canada Pension Plan.

Moderated by Susan Harada, associate professor of journalism at Carleton University and former national parliamentary correspondent for the CBC, our panelists will examine how the CLC's plan, and other plans to expand the CPP can provide a better and more secure retirement for all workers.

WHEN: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST
WHO:
Bernard Dussault, former Chief Actuary of the Government of Canada
Dr. Keith Horner, nationally recognized pension consultant
Dr. Michael Wolfson, Research Chair, University of Ottawa

Webcast link - sign up in advance to view the webcast:
http://clc.informz.ca/z/cjUucD9taT0yNTQ3MTcmcD0xJnU9MCZsaT0xMDQ0MjQ5/index.html

Source:
Canadian Labour Congress

http://canadianlabour.ca/

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

7. Poor Choice (Ontario prorogation)- November 6
(Vicariousass - Vass Bednar)

Poor Choice
http://vicariousass.com/2012/11/06/poor-choice/
November 6, 2012
By Vass Bednar
[Concerning Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's announcement to prorogue the current session of the Ontario Legislature.]

We know that the “Education Premier” [ http://goo.gl/z15ZQ ] (your “Premier Dad”[ http://goo.gl/8aEmj ]) has pressed “pause” on Parliament. Much has been written about his decision to prorogue – what does it mean? Why did he do it? Does it show contempt? And just how annoyed and/or impressed are we that it was a “surprise”? I can resist those punditry sirens. I prefer to question the timing of that very prorogation itself. Why? I want to discuss the serious policy implications of his pulling of the Parliamentary chute and explain that he stood up our worst-off. How? By effectively ignoring the projected release date of a significant piece of policy research: the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance Ontario. A poor choice, indeed.
[NOTE : includes links to over a dozen related online resources.]

Source:
Vicariousass - Vass Bednar's blog
http://vicariousass.com/

More about Vass Bednar:
http://www.naki-o.com/2012/08/public-policy-and-roller-derbys.html

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

8. Governments need to spend money before they spend money
(Nick Falco, At Home/Chez Soi Blog)

From the
At Home/Chez Soi Blog:

Governments need to spend money before they spend money
http://athome.nfb.ca/athome/blog/?p=5062
November 6, 2012
By Nick Falvo
(...)
Quantitative approaches to research seek to measure and quantify, with as much numerical precision as possible. Qualitative research, by contrast, looks at more abstract concepts that are difficult—and not always possible—to measure. The former is generally seen as being crucial for “evidenced-based policy-making.” Indeed, the latter is prone to being dismissed, and insufficiently robust—as Toronto-based consultant Iain De Jong has pointed out, “some is not a number.”

There is an awful lot of qualitative research out there on homelessness. There’s much less research on homelessness that’s quantitative, and this is precisely what makes the At Home/Chez Soi study so important. Skeptics who want “hard facts” before seeing more public spending on social programs should also be prepared to see their elected officials agree to more public spending on research to fund that quantitative research. The money for such research won’t just fall from the sky. And there are indications that the federal government will spend less money on research in the future.

[ Author Nick Falvo is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at Carleton University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Mr. Falvo worked for 10 years as a community social worker with homeless persons in Toronto.]

Source:
Here At Home/Chez Soi Blog
http://athome.nfb.ca/athome/blog/
Featuring interviews, articles and updates, the "Here At Home" blog is a place where we can dig a bit deeper into some of the ideas and experiences shaping the project.

Related link:

At Home : In Search of the Real Cost of Homelessness
http://athome.nfb.ca/athome/blog/?p=1842
The largest study of its kind in the world, "At Home" is the Mental Health Commission’s radical 4-year experiment to end homelessness for people with mental illness.

Source:
At Home/Chez Soi
http://athome.nfb.ca/#/athome

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From the
Mental Health Commission of Canada
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At Home/Chez Soi Interim Report (PDF - 1.2MB, 49 pages)
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/AtHome-ChezSoi/AtHome_InterimReport_ENG.pdf
September 2012
In 2008 the Federal Government invested $110 million for a five year demonstration project aimed at providing evidence about what services and systems best help people experiencing serious mental illness and homelessness. The MHCC’s At Home/Chez Soi project is a pragmatic field trial of a complex intervention in the five cities of Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Moncton. The rigorous, multi-site, experimental research design of the At Home/Chez Soi project will help to identify what works, at what cost, for whom, and in which environments. It is comparing Housing First with existing approaches in each of the five cities.
Main messages:
* Housing First improves the lives of those who are homeless and have a mental illness.
* Housing first makes better use of public dollars-especially for those who are high service
* Housing First can be implemented across Canada.
* A cross ministry approach that combines health, housing, social services with non profit and private sector partners is required to solve chronic homelessness.

Beyond Housing : At Home/Chez Soi Early Findings Report
Volume 3 – Fall 2012
(PDF - 1.3MB, 20 pages)
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/AtHome-ChezSoi/AtHome_EarlyFindingsReportVolume3_ENG.pdf

NOTE : Volume 3 is the third of the series. To see the first two such reports, along with more background info and links to the websites of participating cities, go to:
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/homelessness.aspx

Source:
Mental Health Commission of Canada

http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/

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

9. Budget 2012: Monitoring Framework Update - November 6
(Parliamentary Budget Officer)

Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page
says spending cuts will be felt in programs and services

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1283760
November 6, 2012
By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—The federal spending watchdog says the bulk of budget cuts will be felt in the form of program and service cuts — not through back-office efficiencies as the Harper government claimed. (...) Page has been battling the government for months over how much secret budgetary information he is entitled to see and is threatening legal action to force departments to provide more details on how budget cuts will affect Canadians.

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

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From the
Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer:

Budget 2012: Monitoring Framework Update (PDF - 616K, 5 pages)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Budget%202012%20Expenditure%20Reductions_EN.pdf
November 6, 2012
In April 2012, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) requested data regarding Budget 2012 spending reductions from affected federal organizations. These data are usually presented in Part III of the Estimates (Reports on Plans and Priorities; RPP). By November, the PBO received responses from 91 percent of organizations cut in Budget 2012, representing $5.0 billion (97%) of the overall package.
(...)
The information received is a small subset of what was requested. While PBO requested individual savings “measures”, categorized by “efficiency” or “program reduction”, PBO primarily received high-level program activity information.
[Excerpt, page 2]

Budget 2012 Spending Reductions: Monitoring Framework (Excel spreadsheet, 200K)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/get/resources/77?path=%2Ffiles%2Ffiles%2FSavings_Breakdown_Program_Activites+Final.xlsx
Data from all responses have been collated and are presented in this separate spreadsheet. The spreadsheet also includes the performance indicators and targets for each affected program activity that were presented in the 2012-13 RPPs, as well as their year-to-date spending collected by the Receiver General.

Related research resources from the
Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/RESEARCH+RESOURCES

Source:
Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

10. Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011 - November 5
(Statistics Canada)

Canadians eligible for employment insurance at decade-long low
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1283165
November 5, 2012
The rate of eligibility for collecting employment insurance has plunged to its lowest level in nearly a decade and critics warn it’s only going to get worse. Statistics Canada released figures Monday that revealed of 867,000 unemployed individuals who contributed to EI in 2011, only 545,000 had worked enough hours to qualify for coverage. It’s the lowest rate — 78.4 per cent — since 2003. More part-time job losses than full-time losses are to blame because part-time workers do not accumulate enough hours, according to Statistics Canada.

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

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From Statistics Canada:

November 5, 2012
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121105/dq121105b-eng.htm
In 2011, the rate of eligibility for receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits declined to its lowest level in nearly a decade. From 2010 to 2011, the decline was most notable among people aged 25 to 44 and women of all ages. To be eligible to receive regular benefits, unemployed individuals must have contributed to the EI program, met the criteria for job separation, and accumulated enough insurable hours

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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From
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC):
[HRSDC is responsible for the administration of EI in Canada
.]

EI Monitoring and Assessment Report 2011
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/ei/reports/eimar_2011/index.shtml
April 2012
The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) [ http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/ei/ceic/index.shtml ] has been assigned the legislated mandate to annually monitor and assess the EI program. The Commission must provide the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development with its annual report no later than March 31. The Minister then tables the report in Parliament.

Table of contents of the 2011 report:
Chapter 1 - Employment Insurance at a Glance
Chapter 2 - Labour Market Context
Chapter 3 - Income Benefits
Chapter 4 - Employment Benefits and Support Measures and the National Employment Service (national + provinces/territories)
Chapter 5 - Program Administration
Chapter 6 - Impacts and Effectiveness of Employment Insurance
Annexes
Annex 1 - Recent Legislative and Temporary Changes to Employment Insurance
Annex 2 - Key Labour Market Statistics
Annex 3 - Income Benefits Data Tables
Annex 4 - Employment Benefits and Support Measures Data Tables
Annex 5 - Key Program Administration Data and Results
Annex 6 - Key Studies Referenced in Chapter 6
Annex 7 - Community Profiles

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Executive highlights of the 2011 report:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/ei/reports/eimar_2011/exec_highlights.shtml

Source:
Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Reports
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/ei/monitoring_assessment/index.shtml
NOTE: this page of the HRSDC website contains direct links to the three latest reports *only*, along with the following friendly rejoinder:
"If you would like to request copies of the previous Monitoring and Assessment Reports, please contact the Publications/Distribution Unit."

That's not accountability, that's obstruction. People should never have to divulge their identity to access a public report.
Shame on you, HRSDC.

Employment Insurance
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/ei/index.shtml
- HRSDC's main page for the EI program

Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

11. What if the minimum wage was a living wage? - November 5
(By Trish Hennessy in rabble.ca)

What if the minimum wage was a living wage?
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/trish-hennessy/2012/11/what-if-minimum-wage-was-living-wage
By Trish Hennessy*
November 5, 2012
Increasingly, leadership for policy change comes from outside of government, not from within. It's why many Ontarians who are focused on reducing and eliminating poverty in this province have engaged in a broadening conversation about how to end working poverty through decent jobs, a better minimum wage, and a concept that's gathering force: a living wage.
NOTE : This article contains links to 10 related articles and studies.

[ * Former journalist Trish Hennessy is director of strategic issues
at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - www.policyalternatives.ca ]

Source:
rabble.ca
http://rabble.ca/

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Related links:

A Living Wage: Why It Matters : A toolkit of resources
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario/livingwageON
What’s a living wage and why does it matter?
We’ve pulled together nine helpful resources on the subject.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

12. Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Advanced Education and Skills Annual Report, 2011 - 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador:
Department of Advanced Education
and Skills Annual Report 2011 - 2012
(PDF - 1.3MB, 52 pages)
http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/publications/annualreport/AESannualReport2011_12.pdf
(Dept. responsible for income assistance in the province)

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- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

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

13. Prince Edward Island Community Services, Seniors and Labour
Annual Report for the Fiscal Year April 2010 to March 2011

Prince Edward Island Community Services, Seniors and Labour
Annual Report for the Fiscal Year April 2010 to March 2011
(PDF - 1.4MB, 37 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/CSS_AR2011_E.pdf
(Dept. responsible for income assistance in the province)
Source:
PEI Community Services and Seniors

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- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

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

14. Nova Scotia Department of Community Services - recent reports:
--- Statement of Mandate 2012-2013
--- Annual Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2011-2012
--- Statement of Mandate 2011-2012
--- Update on Auditor General Recommendations since 2009

From the
Nova Scotia Department of Community Services:

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
Statement of Mandate 2012-2013
(PDF - 620K, 16 pages)
http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/department/documents/DCS-Statement_of_Mandate-2012-2013.pdf

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Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
Annual Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2011-2012
(PDF - 1.4MB, 26 pages)
http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/department/documents/Accountability_Report_2011-2012.pdf
The accountability report of the Department of Community Services for the year ended March 31, 2012 is prepared pursuant to the Finance Act and government policies and guidelines. These authorities require the reporting of outcomes against the Department of Community Services’ Statement of Mandate for the fiscal year 2011-2012. (See the link immediately below.) The reporting of the Department of Community Services outcomes necessarily includes estimates, judgments and opinions by Community Services’ management.

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Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
Statement of Mandate 2011-2012
(PDF - 312K, 18 pages)
http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/department/documents/Statement_of_Mandate_2011-2012.pdf

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Department of Community Services Update on Auditor General Recommendations since 2009 (PDF - 216K, 10 pages)
http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/department/documents/Update-Auditor_General_Recommendations.pdf
As at May 31, 2012
Since 2009, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has made 41 recommendations to the Department of Community Services, in efforts to improve government for the people of Nova Scotia.  The Department has made every effort to address these recommendations. Of the 41
recommendations made, 10 have already been completed, and 31 are in progress.

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Source:
Publications, Policies & Reports:
http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/department/Publications.html

[ Department of Community Services:
http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/ ]

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

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

15. Corporations prosper while food banks overwhelmed - November 4
(Carol Goar, Toronto Star)

Corporations prosper while food banks overwhelmed
November 4, 2012
The economics department of the Toronto-Dominion Bank [ http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ] had good news for investors amid a late-October downgrade of growth forecasts, heightened concerns about Canada’s record level of household debt, gale-force winds and lashing rain.
“Canadian corporate balance sheets are solid as a rock,” the bank assured its clients in a special report. “Unlike households and governments, companies are less vulnerable today than they were heading into the 2007-2008 financial crisis.”

Food Banks Canada, which represents the nation’s 4,500 hunger relief programs — food banks, soup kitchens, school breakfast initiatives — issued a comprehensive report the same day [ http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/getmedia/3b946e67-fbe2-490e-90dc-4a313dfb97e5/HungerCount2012.pdf ] . It was unremittingly grim. Food bank use has increased 31 per cent since the economy plunged into recession four years ago and it continues to climb. In the past 12 months alone, an additional 20,000 Canadians turned to charity to eat.

(...)
The two snapshots — one from a Bay Street office tower, one from a Mimico warehouse — depict starkly different Canadas. Not only are they separated by a yawning income chasm. Their priorities and values are so far apart that there is no common ground, no basis for conversation. That is the everyday reality behind phrases such as “the growing gap,” “a polarized society” and “an hourglass economy.”
(...)
An increasing number of employed people can no longer feed their families. The reason, the report suggests, is that 18 per cent of employed Canadians — almost one in five — earn less than $17,000 a year.
(...)
Food bank users are not impervious to the logic of setting money aside for hard times. But these are hard times for them. What the nation needs are bridge-builders with credibility in both camps to connect people, get them talking, show them there is common ground.
Canadians shouldn’t have to pick sides.

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

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

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

16. A Living Wage for Kingston - October 2011
(Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction)

A Living Wage for Kingston (PDF - 600K, 22 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Ontario%20Office/2011/10/Kingston%20Living%20Wage.pdf
October 2011
Beginning in 2010, the Roundtable engaged in developing a living wage for Kingston residents. A living wage is the amount of money workers must earn to support themselves and their families over an extended period of time: it provides the basic essentials such as food, shelter, utilities, transport, healthcare, and recreation in order to meet an adequate standard of living. (...)
It is the Roundtable’s hope that this calculation will form the foundation of a broader and ongoing movement to attain municipal endorsement of a living wage in our community and to press major employers in the region to pay living wages to their employees.
Source:
The Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction
NOTE : When I did a search for this group's website, the search result page popped up a malware warning.
That's why I didn't include the URL to that website on this page.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

17. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011
- November 5

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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November 5, 2012
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121105/dq121105b-eng.htm
In 2011, the rate of eligibility for receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits declined to its lowest level in nearly a decade. From 2010 to 2011, the decline was most notable among people aged 25 to 44 and women of all ages.

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&type=DAILYART



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 meus.issues from 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 ]

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

18. 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

November 10, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Town hall forum on equality and child care video highlights
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/town-hall-forum-equality-and-child-care-video-highlights
7 Nov 2012 | British Columbia
Videos include dialogue sessions from the event and closing remarks from Tom Kertes who spoke about "sacred spaces created and sustained by early childhood educators and the value of recognizing this work, connecting child care to other social movements for human dignity".

Counting the costs of childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/counting-costs-childcare
6 Nov 2012 | Europe
Report from the Resolution Foundation (UK) finds that "high childcare costs mean that a woman working full-time could bring home as little as £4 a week in extra pay".

Convergent care regimes? Childcare arrangements in Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/convergent-care-regimes-childcare-arrangements-australia-ca
6 Nov 2012 | International
article by Rianne Mahon et al. concludes that "in Canada, there has been more support for the two-earner model and non-profit forms of childcare: yet in both the cost of childcare places makes it more difficult to combine work and caring for women".

Child care design & technical guideline
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/child-care-design-technical-guideline
6 Nov 2012 | Ontario
Guidelines from the City of Toronto were developed with the consideration that "within the spectrum of elements that create excellent child care, the quality of the environment has a profound influence".

Recent perspectives on early childhood education in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/recent-perspectives-early-childhood-education-canada
31 Oct 2012 | Canada
Book edited by Nina Howe and Larry Prochner "brings together ground-breaking research in this area [ECEC] to help practitioners, students, policy makers, curriculum designers, and intervention program developers understand the latest ideas and advances in the field".

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

Kindergarten goes outdoors
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/kindergarten-goes-outdoors
7 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

Daycares need to improve access for disabled
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/daycares-need-improve-access-disabled
7 Nov 2012 | New Brunswick

If they won’t listen to the experts, maybe they’ll listen to the accountants
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/if-they-won%E2%80%99t-listen-experts-maybe-they%E2%80%99ll-listen-accountants
6 Nov 2012 | Newfoundland

Child care across the country
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/child-care-across-country
6 Nov 2012 | United States

New policy to ensure optimal development of children: Tirath
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/new-policy-ensure-optimal-development-children-tirath
31 Oct 2012 | Asia

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.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

19. 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:
(older external links may be broken)

November 9, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/09/
States and the Health Care Law (5 articles)
Social Impact Bonds – Canada (2 articles)
Services Provided by Food Banks
Military Veterans Living in Poverty – Los Angeles, CA

November 8, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/08/
Charter Schools and Impoverished Students – Atlanta, GA
Hurricane Sandy and Low-Income Residents – New York City (2 articles)

November 5-6-7, 2012 - no Poverty Dispatch

November 2, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/02/
October 2012 US Unemployment (2 articles)
Health and Behavior of Americans in Poverty (2 articles)

November 1, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/01/
Long-Term Unemployment
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

October 31, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/31/
Youth Underemployment – Canada
Eurozone Unemployment

October 30, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/30/
Housing and Academic Achievement (3 articles)

October 30, 2012 - no Dispatch today.

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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

20. Barack Obama gets a second chance to make a good first impression - November 7

OK, everybody --- You may exhale now : FOUR MORE YEARS of Barack Obama.
November 7, 2012

Selected media coverage:

* New York Times:
Divided U.S. Gives Obama More Time --- Narrow
Victory Includes Near Sweep of Swing States
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/us/politics/obama-romney-presidential-election-2012.html

[ New York Times U.S. map of states voting Obama vs Romney:
http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/president ]

* Washington Post:
A Second Term
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

* Toronto Star:
America gives Barack Obama another chance
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/uselection

* The Globe and Mail:
President Obama vows 'best is yet to come' after Romney concedes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/us-election/

* Huffington Post Canada:
O WHAT A NIGHT
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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

21. 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)
Latest issue:

7 November 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1301
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4461
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Teens get the vote
- Anti-gay laws suspended
- Religious exemption allows for abuse
- Killing in the name of "honour"
- Response to rape of girl sparks anger
- Stateless children a nationwide issue
- Case reveals youth and police tensions
- Drug test kits could backfire
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Djibouti
Upcoming events
Employment

Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only 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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Pilot / Control Tower Quotes

Here are some conversations that the airline passengers don't hear. The following are accounts
of actual exchanges between airline pilots and control towers around the world.

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Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock , 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

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"TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees."
"Centre, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"
"Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"

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From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue: "I'm f...ing bored!"
Ground Traffic Control: "Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!"
Unknown aircraft: "I said I was f... ing bored, not f... ing stupid!"

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Taxiing down the tarmac, a DC-10 abruptly stopped, turned around and returned to the gate.
After an hour-long wait, it finally took off. A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant,
"What, exactly, was the problem?"
"The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine," explained the flight attendant.
"It took us awhile to find a new pilot."

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A Pan Am 727 flight waiting for start clearance in Munich overheard the following:
Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"
Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English."
Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany.

Why must I speak English?"
Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war."

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Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7"
Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure.
By the way, after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."

Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency 124.7.
Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?"
Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern... we've already notified our caterers."

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And, in closing...
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The top 50 passwords you should never use:
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/12/15/the-top-50-passwords-you-should-never-use/
[ Spoiler : The #1 password you shouldn't use is 123456 ]

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ISSUU : Share and discover millions of amazing online publications
http://issuu.com/

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Film Classics on Vuvuzela (video, duration 7:07)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HTFKjJaV15I#!

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Extended view of Space Shuttle Endeavour's last flyover Southern California (video, duration 15:11)
http://marcbrecy.perso.neuf.fr/shuttlelax/Shuttlelaxvideo.html

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Canadian Dance Moves (video, duration 2:43)
http://thetyee.ca/Video/2012/10/02/Canadian-Dance-Moves/

 

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