Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 12, 2013

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,640 subscribers.

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

Canadian content

1. New From Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey (May 8):
--- Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit

--- Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada
2. Conservatives’ reputation as the ‘Nasty Party’ is well-deserved (Andrew Coyne, Postmedia News) - May 10
3. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change (City of Toronto, Social Policy Analysis & Research) - May 8, 2013
4. British Columbia 2013 Election - May 14, 2013
5. Working for a Living Wage 2013 : Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver (BC Office - Canadien Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 2
6. [Ontario] Media and Policy News for 9 May 2013 (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
7. Hugh Segal : Senate debate on the second reading of Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations (Senate Debates - Hansard) - February 2013
8. Ontario] A Legal Rights Handbook [for women experiencing abuse] (Community Legal Education Ontario) - February 2013
9. Once-in-a-generation chance to modernize [Ontario] welfare lost (Carol Goar, Toronto Star) - May 6
10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, April 2013 - May 10
--- 2011 National Household Survey (May 8):
----- Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit
----- Immigration, place of birth, citizenship, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language and religion

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

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S. Poverty Measurement] There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think (NBC News) - May 3
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. New From Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey (May 8):
--- Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit

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Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada

New from
Statistics Canada:

2011 National Household Survey:
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130508/dq130508a-eng.htm
May 8, 2013
(from StatCan's The Daily)
New data from the National Household Survey (NHS) show that 1,400,685 people reported an Aboriginal identity in 2011, representing 4.3% of the total Canadian population. Aboriginal people accounted for 3.8% of the population in the 2006 Census. A detailed analysis is available in the report Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit.
(...)
Of the roughly 30,000 children aged 14 and under in Canada who were in foster care, nearly half (48.1%) were Aboriginal children. In 2011, 14,225 or 3.6% of Aboriginal children were foster children, compared with 0.3% of non-Aboriginal children.

Complete reports:

Aboriginal Peoples in Canada:
First Nations People, Métis and Inuit

HTML version :
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-011-x/99-011-x2011001-eng.cfm
PDF version (304K, 23 pages) : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-011-x/99-011-x2011001-eng.pdf

Contents:
* Highlights
* Part 1: Aboriginal people – Diverse groups living across the country
* First Nations people
* Métis
* Inuit
* Part 2: The Aboriginal population is young
* Part 3: Living arrangements of Aboriginal children
* Additional information

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Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada
HTML version : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-010-x/99-010-x2011001-eng.cfm
PDF version (276K, 23 pages) : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-010-x/99-010-x2011001-eng.pdf
This report analyzes findings from the NHS on immigration, place of birth, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language and religion.

Contents:
* Highlights
* Immigration
* Ethnic ancestry
* Visible minority population
* Languages
* Religions in Canada

There are also two companion articles in the National Household Survey in Brief Series for this topic:
* Obtaining Canadian citizenship : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-010-x/99-010-x2011003_1-eng.cfm
* Generation status: Canadian-born children of immigrants : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-010-x/99-010-x2011003_2-eng.cfm

National Household Survey User Guide
HTML version : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/ref/nhs-enm_guide/index-eng.cfm
PDF version (376K, 23 pages) : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/ref/nhs-enm_guide/99-001-x2011001-eng.pdf
[Excerpt] Between May and August 2011, Statistics Canada conducted the National Household Survey (NHS) for the first time. This voluntary, self-administered survey was introduced as a replacement for the long census questionnaire, more widely known as Census Form 2B. The NHS is designed to collect social and economic data about the Canadian population. The objective of the NHS is to provide data for small geographic areas and small population groups.
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Any significant change in survey method or content can affect the comparability of the data over time, and that applies to the NHS as well. It is impossible to determine with certainty whether, and to what extent, differences in a variable are attributable to an actual change or to non-response bias. Consequently, at every stage of processing, verification and dissemination, considerable effort was made to produce data that are as precise in their level of detail, and to ensure that the NHS's published estimates are of good quality in keeping with Statistics Canada standards.

Related Products and Studies
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130508/pn130508-eng.htm

Source:
National Household Survey
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/index-eng.cfm

Related subjects at StatCan:

Aboriginal peoples
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=10000&id=10000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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Context / Analysis / Critique

From
datalibre.ca (Tracey Lauriault's blog):
http://datalibre.ca/

Volunteer National Household Survey (V-NHS)
http://datalibre.ca/2013/05/08/volunteer-national-household-survey-v-nhs/
May 8, 2013
By Tracey
(Excerpt) The NHS data reported in the news today has been discussed with caveats as to accuracy and reliability, and of course the inability to compare with the past. Although, the reports are discussing trends, which means they are comparing, and, most likely erroneously with the past!
- includes a baker's dozen links to related articles in the printed/electronic media., from such sources as Macleans, CTV and CBC News, the Globe and Mail, Le Devoir and more...

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From the
Hamilton Social Planning and Research Council
:
http://www.sprc.hamilton.on.ca/

Data day will not be celebrated in Hamilton:
SPRC reserves judgement on NHS data until questions are answered about data quality.

http://www.sprc.hamilton.on.ca/2013/05/data-day-will-not-be-celebrated-in-hamilton/
May 7, 2013
By Sara Mayo
On May 8, Statistics Canada will be releasing the first data from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). Major new data releases are usually hotly anticipated and a busy time for social planners, but the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton has decided that we will not be commenting or reporting on the new NHS data at that time, including trends on Immigration, Aboriginals, Ethnic Origin, Language and Religion that will be released by Statistics Canada.
(...)
While NHS response rates have been better than the low benchmark of 50% set by Statistics Canada, they are still much lower than for the Census long form. 94% of households completed the Census long form in 2006, while the average NHS response rate for Canada was 68.9% (67.6% for Ontario). In the city of Hamilton, only 65.3% of households who received the survey answered it.

Statistics Canada’s own estimates [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/survey-enquete/household-menages/nhs-enm-eng.htm ] show that NHS survey respondents are not representative of the population.

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

2. Conservatives’ reputation as the ‘Nasty Party’ is well-deserved - May 10
(Andrew Coyne, Postmedia News)

Conservatives’ reputation as the ‘Nasty Party’ is well-deserved
http://www.canada.com/Conservatives+reputation+Nasty+Party+well+deserved/8369450/story.html
By Andrew Coyne, Postmedia News
May 10, 2013
(...)
If today both Harper and the party he leads are actively disliked by more than seven voters in 10, it may be because they have gone out of their way to alienate them in every conceivable way — not by their policies, or even their record, but simply by their style of governing, as over-bearing as it is under-handed, and that on a good day.

(...)
When they are not refusing to disclose what they are doing, they are giving out false information; when they allow dissenting opinions to be voiced, they smear them as unpatriotic or worse; when they open their own mouths to speak, it is to read the same moronic talking points over and over, however these may conflict with the facts, common courtesy, or their own most solemn promises.
Secretive, controlling, manipulative, crude, autocratic, vicious, unprincipled, untrustworthy, paranoid … Even by the standards of Canadian politics, it’s quite the performance.
(...)
Perhaps, in their self-delusion, the Tories imagine this is all the fault of the Ottawa media, or the unavoidable cost of governing as Conservatives in a Liberal country. I can assure them it is not. The odium in which they are now held is well-earned, and entirely self-inflicted.

Source:
Canada.com
http://www.canada.com/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

3. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - May 8, 2013
(City of Toronto, Social Policy Analysis & Research)

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : May 8, 2013 - issue 103 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_105.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Backgrounder on 2011 National Household Survey- Immigration, Citizenship, Ethnicity and Religion
Ø The Toronto Seniors Strategy
Ø Youth Homelessness in Canada
Ø The Trouble with Course Choices in Ontario High Schools
Ø No More Second-Class Taxpayers
Ø Career Motion: How Web-Based Technologies can Improve the Career Choices of Young People
Ø A Triple Threat to Equity Changing Priorities for Toronto Schools

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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

4. British Columbia 2013 Election - May 14, 2013

British Columbia 2013 Election - May 14, 2013

From the
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition:
http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/

Party platforms
May 9, 2013

Poverty reduction:
* http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/bc-election-analysis/
* http://www.policynote.ca/the-call-for-a-bc-poverty-reduction-plan-where-have-the-parties-landed/

Seniors' care:
* http://www.policynote.ca/beyond-the-economy-where-are-bcs-major-parties-on-health-care-and-our-aging-population/

Fiscal/economic plans:
* http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/05/09/BC-Overspending-Fear-Mongering/

Climate action:
* http://www.policynote.ca/comparing-platforms-with-respect-to-climate-action/

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NOTE : See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm#bc
for a dozen more links to media coverage of the campaign so far.

5. Working for a Living Wage 2013 : Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver - May 2
(BC Office - Canadien Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Working for a Living Wage 2013:
Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver
(PDF - 1MB, 8 pages)
http://goo.gl/qX81n
By Iglika Ivanova, Seth Klein
May 2, 2013
In 2008, the CCPA, First Call and Victoria’s Community Council published the inaugural report Working for a Living Wage. That report calculated that the living wage for families was $16.74/hour in Metro Vancouver, and $16.39/hour in Metro Victoria. That full report, detailing the principles, rationale, methodology, data sources, and business case for the living wage calculation can be found at policyalternatives.ca/livingwage2013. Since then, however, family costs have continued to rise and changes have occurred to government taxes and transfers. And so this short report updates our calculation, providing the 2013 living wage for Metro Vancouver––now $19.62/hour.

For more on the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families campaign, including for those
wanting to become living wage employers, visit A Living Wage for Families [ http://livingwageforfamilies.ca/ ]

Source:
BC Office
[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc ]
of the
Canadien 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

6. [Ontario] Media and Policy News for 9 May 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Media and Policy News for 9 May 2013
http://goo.gl/3C8Ep

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Ontario Budget 2013: Coverage

* “Far reaching and fundamental”
* “Heading in the right direction”
* “The right direction, but more work to do”
* “Long awaited improvements to social assistance”
* “A path to transformation”
* “Good news on the poverty front”
* “A lot further than we were last week”
* “A good start”
* "An NDP-ish budget"
* "An overarching emphasis on cutting the deficit"
* "A missed opportunity"
* NDP proposes an independent budgetary watchdog to ensure accountability
* Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer, says it’s a good idea

Ontario Budget 2013: Reactions

* ISAC’s Analysis
* Anglican Diocese Social Justice and Advocacy
* ARCH Disability Law Centre
* Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
* CARP
* Daily Bread Food Bank
* Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
* Hamilton Poverty Roundtable
* ISARC
* OCASI
* Ontario Campaign 2000
* Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
* Ontario Non-Profit Network
* Pathway to Potential
* Poverty Free Ontario
* 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction
* Wellesley Institute

And the Conference Board of Canada notes:
“The only spending category slated to receive any meaningful growth in funding will be social services, reflecting the government’s planned increases to social assistance and its plan to increase the Ontario Child Benefit in 2013 and 2014.”

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to October 29, 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2, 2012, includes the table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

7. Senior Tory Senator [Hugh Segal] Lambasts Conservatives for Politically Motivated Attacks on Unions- February 2013
(Senate Debates - Hansard )

Senior Tory Senator Lambasts Conservatives for Politically Motivated Attacks on Unions
http://lawofwork.ca/?p=6273
February 15, 2013
In his stirring and memorable speech [see below] in the Senate yesterday, Senior Conservative Senator Hugh Segal didn’t say anything that hasn’t already be said by newspaper columnists, academics, unions, the Canadian Bar Association, and many others. However, the fact that it was a respected Conservative pointing out that recent attacks against unions by the Federal Conservatives are little more politically motivated, transparent attempts to silence dissent is very striking.
Source:
Doorey's Law of Work Blog

http://lawofwork.ca/
Dr. David Doorey is an Associate Professor of Labour and Employment law at York University’s School of Human Resource Management, where he teaches courses in labour and employment law and industrial relations.

More from the Law of Work Blog about Bill C-377:
The Conservatives’ Private Members Bill on Union Transparency
http://lawofwork.ca/?p=5739

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Senate debate on the second reading of Bill C-377,
An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations).
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/411/Debates/138db_2013-02-14-e.htm#40
February 14, 2013
The Honourable Hugh Segal:

Honourable senators, I rise ... to speak on Bill C-377. I believe the bill must be amended and critically examined before committee. As I do believe that, I do not oppose second reading, although I cannot vote for the bill in principle and will not. Let me share my best judgment as to why Bill C-377, dealing with broadening trade union disclosure to CRA, is bad legislation, bad public policy and a diminution of both the order and the freedom that should exist in any democratic, pluralist and mixed-market society.
(...)
I urge honourable senators on all sides to reflect on how this bill might be revamped or, if necessary and if it is not revamped at third reading, actually stopped dead in its tracks.
(...) In the interests of free, collective bargaining; strong, competitive environments; safe workplaces; and the fair treatment of working men and women, socially, economic and politically, this bill should be either readily revamped or set aside. If it has been quoted on other matters in this place that "the best social policy is a job," then people who seek union support in the workplace — as is their right in a free society — should be protected, and the unions who serve them should not be singled out unfairly.

Source:
Senate Debates (Hansard)

Thursday, February 14, 2013
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/411/Debates/138db_2013-02-14-e.htm
- incl. links to the following : * Order Paper and Notice Paper * Latest Journals * Previous Sittings - Journals * Latest Debates * Previous Sittings - Debates

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

8. [Ontario] A Legal Rights Handbook [for women experiencing abuse] - February 2013
(Community Legal Education Ontario )

Ontario

Do you know a woman who is being abused?
A Legal Rights Handbook
(for residents of Ontario)
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/handbook
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) is pleased to announce a new edition (current as of February 2013) of this handbook.
Reviewed for accuracy by experienced lawyers in the violence against women sector, this guide offers practical information on issues in family, criminal and other areas of law that women in abusive relationships often face.
The handbook also includes updated referral information for community and legal organizations that work with women experiencing abuse.

Source:
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
http://www.cleo.on.ca/

CLEO Resources by Topic
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/resources-topic
* Abuse and Family Violence * Criminal Law * Employment and Work * Family Law * Health and Disability * Housing Law * Immigration and Refugee * Legal System * Social Assistance and Pensions

Browse all CLEO Resources and Publications
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/pubs?language=en

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- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

9. Once-in-a-generation chance to modernize [Ontario] welfare lost - May 6, 2013
(Carol Goar, Toronto Star)

Once-in-a-generation chance to modernize welfare lost: Goar
Premier Kathleen Wynne wanted to be the ‘social justice premier’ but ended up tinkering with the status quo.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/05/06/onceinageneration_chance_to_modernize_welfare_lost_goar.html
By Carol Goar
May 6, 2013
Ontario’s best hope of creating a modern, humane social assistance system has expired.
Thursday’s provincial budget was its last gasp. Premier Kathleen Wynne wanted to do the right thing. She was prepared to take a political risk for the 850,000 Ontarians struggling to get by on subsistence-level welfare payments. But three months into the job, she realized there was no realistic prospect of “charting a new course on social assistance” as a far-sighted provincial commission proposed. Even the people she aimed to help were balking.
So the premier took the safe, conventional route. She made a couple of minor changes to the existing program. They won’t break the bank or ruffle many feathers. In fact, most Ontarians won’t notice them at all. It was exactly the same strategy her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, had followed.

So who really lost in the 2013 Ontario Budget?
(...)
Social assistance recipients themselves — although few recognize it. Wynne was ready to offer them a $100-a-month boost to the lowest welfare rate ($606 per month) plus the two measures in Sousa’s budget. Instead, they lobbied for — and got — a stay of execution for the Special Diet Allowance
[ http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/special_diet_apply.aspx ]
...(which will be whittled back anyway) and a continuation of the two-tier benefit structure put in place by former premier Mike Harris in 1997* so he could slash welfare rates without being accused of punishing the sick and injured."

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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* COMMENT (by Gilles) :
It's not often that I find a factual error in a Carol Goar article, but I really must jump in here with my welfare historian hat on.
In the above excerpt, Ms Goar refers to "the continuation of the two-tier benefit structure" (i.e., lower benefit levels for employable clients) that was put in place by the Harris government in 1997. In fact, the two-tier welfare benefit structure was put in place a few generations ago, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with the implementation of the Ontario Family Benefits Act and General Welfare Assistance Act.

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

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

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

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, April 2013 - May 10
--- 2011 National Household Survey (May 8):
----- Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit
----- Immigration, place of birth, citizenship, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language and religion

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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May 10, 2013
Labour Force Survey, April 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130510/dq130510a-eng.htm
Following a decline the previous month, employment was little changed in April and the unemployment rate remained at 7.2%.

May 8, 2013
2011 National Household Survey: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: First Nations People, Métis and Inuit
2011 National Household Survey: Immigration, place of birth, citizenship, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language and religion

(See the first item at the top of this newsletter.)

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



Source:
The Daily

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


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

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

11. 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

May 12, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

ISSUE File: Early childhood education and care in the 2013 provincial/territorial budgets
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/issue-file-early-childhood-education-and-care-2013-provinci
8 May 2013 | Canada
This Issue File collects information on how early childhood education and care (ECEC) is addressed in the 2013 provincial/territorial budgets. Each section features government budget documents, media coverage, and responses from NGOs when available. Use the menu on the right to select a province or territory.

2011 National Household Survey (NHS)
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/2011-national-household-survey-nhs
8 May 2013 | Canada
Between May and August 2011, Statistics Canada conducted the National Household Survey (NHS) for the first time. This voluntary survey was introduced to replace the cancelled Long Form Census. The survey data and two analytical documents on immigration and Aboriginal Canadians have been released with more scheduled for the next couple of months. However, Stats can and other experts have expressed concerns about the quality of some of the data.

From seeds to cedar: A campaign to support Aboriginal early childhood development and care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/seeds-cedar-campaign-support-aboriginal-early-childhood-dev
7 May 2013 | British Columbia
New campaign from the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society aims to raise awareness about the crucial role of quality Aboriginal early childhood development and care (ECDC) programs in our communities, and recognize the work of dedicated early childhood educators.

Training and retention in the First Nations ECE sector: A report from the frontlines
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/training-and-retention-first-nations-ece-sector-report-fron
7 May 2013 | British Columbia
Report from the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society finds that "there is a wide variation in wages in on reserve programs; and seniority, training, and education do not always translate into higher wages".

Child care policy and the experiences of employed Albertan families with pre-school children: Final report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/child-care-policy-and-experiences-employed-albertan-familie
7 May 2013 | Alberta
Research examines parents' child care choices and experiences and reports that "the kind of care being received by the majority of young Alberta children who require non-parental care but do not have access to regulated child care spaces, and its impact on families, remains unknown".

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

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

NDP vows to cut child-care fees by 20%
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/ndp-vows-cut-child-care-fees-20
9 May 2013 | British Columbia

Child care missing from Ontario budget
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/child-care-missing-ontario-budget
8 May 2013 | Ontario

Decision on child care irks service providers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/decision-child-care-irks-service-providers
8 May 2013 | Ontario

Gettin' dirty: MLA rolls up his sleeves to become early childcare educator for a day
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/gettin-dirty-mla-rolls-his-sleeves-become-early-childcare-educator-d
8 May 2013 | Alberta

Night nurseries: Sweden's round-the-clock childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/night-nurseries-swedens-round-clock-childcare
7 May 2013 | Europe

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived further down on the page you're now reading:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

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

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived further down on the page you're now reading.

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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

12. 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:

May 10, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/10/
Child Poverty in the UK (2 articles)
Foster Care Reforms – Florida
States and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)

May 9, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/09/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Education and the Working Poor – California (2 articles)

May 8, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/08/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Wisconsin, Maine (3 articles)
State of the World’s Mothers Report (2 articles)

May 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/07/
Poverty Measurement in the US
Payday Lending
Men’s Employment Programs

May 6, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/06/
Youth Unemployment

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

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

13. [U.S. Poverty Measurement] There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think - May 3
(NBC News)

[U.S. Poverty Measurement]

There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think
http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/03/17671753-there-may-be-millions-more-poor-people-in-the-us-than-you-think
By Erin McClam
May 3, 2013
It is responsible for an estimated half-trillion dollars in federal spending every year, is hated by nearly everyone who studies it and is based on an American lifestyle older than the space program. Yet the figure known as the “poverty line” is almost certainly here to stay. That’s partly because a more accurate measure of who is poor could add millions of Americans to the rolls — something few lawmakers want to have happen on their watch.
(...)
The poverty line was conceived by a civil servant named Mollie Orshansky who worked for the Social Security Administration and was herself the daughter of poor Ukrainian immigrants. She totaled up the cost of the cheapest three-meals-a-day plan that the federal government considered nutritionally adequate in 1963.
(...)
The problem, as social scientists and at least some legislators see it, is that measuring poverty that way is not just outdated but simplistic:
The federal poverty line — $11,945 in cash income for a single adult, $23,283 for a couple with two kids — is the same whether you are poor in New York, the most expensive city in the United States, or poor in a small town in Nebraska. It is the same whether you take transit to work or are hostage to the whims of gas prices. It is the same whether Medicaid helps you with medical expenses or you pay out of pocket. It is the same whether you receive food stamps or pay for child care. It is the same regardless of how poor you are. For the purposes of some federal benefits, someone making a dollar below the poverty line is treated the same is someone making virtually nothing.

578 comments about this article
http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/03/17671753-there-may-be-millions-more-poor-people-in-the-us-than-you-think#comments
NOTE : The range of readers' comments illlustrates the dichotomy of American thinking about poverty and the relative merit of government assistance programs.

Source:
"In Plain Sight" --- a special initiative by NBC News to report on poverty in America.
http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/
NBC News
http://www.nbcnews.com/

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Related links from the
New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) :

The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005 - 2011 (PDF - 3.2MB, 109 pages)
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/downloads/pdf/ceo_poverty_measure_2005_2011.pdf
An Annual Report by the New York City
Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO)
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/
April 2013
The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity's annual report on poverty, "The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005 – 2011," reflects a turning point for the New York City economy. The proportion of working age New Yorkers holding a job rose and the recession-related fall in annual earnings was stopped. Stabilized earnings, expanded tax initiatives and increased enrollment in nutritional assistance programs left the 2011 CEO poverty rate statistically unchanged from 2010, highlighting the importance of both an improving economy and the social safety net.

More CEO poverty working papers
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/html/poverty_research/poverty_research.shtml

Source:
New York City

http://www.nyc.gov/

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COMMENT (by Gilles):

There's an important distinction between Canadian and American government poverty measurement.

In the U.S., eligibility for certain programs [ http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.shtml#programs ] is actually tied to an official federal government poverty measure. (However, eligibility for state welfare programs that fall under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families umbrella is means-tested and not related to any poverty measure.)

In Canada, eligibility for all provincial and territorial welfare programs for individuals and families is "needs-tested". Needs-testing and means-testing mean the same thing in this context --- they both involve a test that takes into account a household's financial resources and its needs.

More Resources on U.S. Poverty Measurement, Poverty Lines, and Their History
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/contacts.shtml

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

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

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

8 May 2013 - CRINMAIL issue1326
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4723
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Two teens sentenced to death
- Call to exempt youth sex offenders from registration laws
- Famine killed over 250,000 people in two years
- Supreme Court slams anti-Roma policy
- Slavery in child marriage
- Linking child education to female employment
- High Court fines gov’t for child labour failures
- Raising the minimum age of army recruitment
- National Albinism Day highlights plight of albino people
- Updates on corporal punishment prohibition
- New UN complaints mechanism enters into force
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Belize
Upcoming events
Employment

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

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

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

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is 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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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the Moms out there!
Hope you enjoy(ed) some happy family time and some warm, sunny weather...

Once upon a memory
Someone wiped away a tear
Held me close and loved me,
Thank you, dear Mother.
Anon.

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And, in closing:

A sweet Mother's Day video from the perspective of a child. (duration 2:13)
http://www.wimp.com/sweetperspective/

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Ten Foods to Never Eat
http://goo.gl/qRRFy
("Oh, no --- not BACON!!!")

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London in 1927 (video, duration 5:47)
http://vimeo.com/7638752?
Incredible colour footage of 1920s London shot by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene

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Australia Is An Example Of Effective Gun Control;
America Is An Example Of Ignoring Australia.
(video, duration 6:41)
http://www.upworthy.com/australia-is-an-example-of-effective-gun-control-america-is-an-example-of-ignoring-australia-4

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Vacation in the mountains or vacation near the sea?
http://i.imgur.com/ChyT6vY.jpg
<"Hey, let's do BOTH!">

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