Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 12, 2011

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,431 subscribers.


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...


Canadian content

Sponsors of 'rogue' immigrants must repay welfare money : Supreme Court - June 10
2. Launch of the Ontario Social Assistance Review website - June 9
3. Moving to a Poverty Free Ontario (Poverty Free Ontario --- Social Planning Network of Ontario) - June 7
4. 2011 Spring Report and 2011 Status Report (Auditor General of Canada) - June 9
5. The Progressive Economics Forum at the Canadian Economics Association Meetings (Jim Stanford in the Progressive Economics Forum) - June 8
6. City of Toronto : Social Policy Analysis & Research Bulletin - June 8
7. Federal Budget 2011 - June 6
8. Tax Freedom Day (Fraser Institute) vs Tax Benefits Day (Canada Without Poverty) - June 6, 7
9. National Aboriginal Housing Association
10. Alberta Welfare Reform [in 1993] and Employment Outcomes of Welfare Recipients (Progressive Economics Forum) - April 30
11.What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, May 2011- June 10

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

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
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1. Sponsors of 'rogue' immigrants must repay welfare money : Supreme Court - June 10

Sponsors of 'rogue' immigrants must repay welfare money
June 10, 2011
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right of federal and provincial governments to collect social-service payments from the sponsors of immigrants. The landmark ruling involves the cases of eight Ontario immigrant families that sponsored relatives from abroad, and who later went on social assistance. Under federal immigration law, the sponsors agreed to repay any welfare payments that their new arrivals may have incurred after they got to Canada. The high court, in a unanimous 9-0 ruling, overturned an earlier Ontario Court of Appeal ruling in favour of the sponsors, all of whom claimed various hardships.

[ Comments (56) ]


Related links:

The Supreme Court Ruling - June 10, 2011
Judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada

A topical weblog of current affairs, opinion and issues featuring what is making news in Canada from the immigrants and newcomers' point of view.


- Go to the Case Law / Court Decisions / Inquests page:

2. Launch of the Ontario Social Assistance Review website - June 9

Launch of the Ontario Social Assistance Review website
June 9, 2011

Commission for the Review
of Social Assistance in Ontario
Website launched June 9, 2011
[ Version française du site ]
Led by Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh, the Commission is charged with examining social assistance in Ontario through engagement, research and analysis to provide the government with a concrete action plan to improve the system for the people who need it.

The Commission has released A Discussion Paper: Issues and Ideas; Summary and Workbook; and a Guide to Hosting a Community Conversation.
Links to all three products appear below.

According to Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000, the review website also includes a calendar (small PDF file) "...which does not yet identify when consultations will be held, but we are hearing that they aim to complete consultations by the end of July."


A Discussion Paper: Issues and Ideas
June 2011
PDF version - 478K, 50 pages
Word version (.doc) (404K, 50 pages)
In the 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Ontario government committed to reviewing social assistance — Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) — with a focus on removing barriers and increasing opportunities for people to work. It subsequently appointed the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council (SARAC) to provide advice on a proposed scope for the review. Taking into account the advice of the Council, the government established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario in November 2010.   The Commission’s task is to carry out a comprehensive review and provide specific recommendations and a concrete action plan for reforming the social assistance system. The Commissioners are expected to submit a final report to the government by June 30, 2012.
Source :
Excerpt, page 7


Summary and Workbook
June 2011
PDF version (343K, 34 pages)
Word version (.doc) (241K, 34 pages)


Hosting a Community Conversation
If you would like guidance on organizing a community meeting, a Guide to Hosting a Community Conversation is also available.

Guide to Hosting a Community Conversation
PDF version (119K, 6 pages)
Word version (.doc) (78K, 6 pages)


"We’d Like to Hear From You"

* Make a Comment - online form, max. 150 words
* Fill Out the Workbook
* Send in a Submission
- a selection of submissions will be posted on the site to help facilitate dialogue on social assistance issues.
* Sign up for Updates by email


Also found on the
social assistance review website:

Selected Reports on Key Social Assistance Issues
- links to over a dozen relevant reports from the Ontario and federal governments, the non-governmental sector and even TD Economics

Social Assistance Today
Ontario’s social assistance system is made up of two programs: Ontario Works for people in temporary financial need, and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), which is intended to help people with disabilities live as independently as possible and to reduce or eliminate disability-related barriers to employment. Together, Ontario Works and ODSP serve approximately 857,000 Ontarians each month. In 2009–10, total provincial expenditures on social assistance were about $6.6 billion, about six per cent of the provincial budget.
*Recommended reading!
- Click the link above, then use the links in the left margin to find out more about:
* Eligibility
* Income Assistance and Other Benefits (incl. Total Annual Income for Selected Households,OntarioWorks and ODSP as at December 2010)
* Employment Services and Supports
* Program Delivery and Cost-sharing
* Other Programs
* Profile of People Receiving Ontario Works
* Profile of People Receiving ODSP


In late fall 2011, an Options Paper will be released to solicit further input from stakeholders and communities, and to help frame the Commission’s recommendations to government.

The Commission’s Final Report is due to the government in June 2012.

Government of Ontario
Social Assistance Review website

Related link:

Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) - Ontario ministry responsible for social assistance


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

3. Moving to a Poverty Free Ontario - June 7
(Poverty Free Ontario --- Social Planning Network of Ontario)

Moving to a Poverty Free Ontario
June 7, 2011
The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO) plans to launch an initiative to build cross-community support for a Poverty Free Ontario by the end of this decade. In May 2010, the SPNO leadership set policy development and cross-community mobilization for a poverty-free Ontario as a major provincial and community level priority for SPNO and its local and regional organizational members in 2011.
PFO Strategy for 2011:
A Policy Agenda for a Poverty Free Ontario

A new Policy Agenda for a Poverty Free Ontario would build on SPNO’s policy development work in 2008. Essentially, policy proposals will be developed and advanced in three key areas for the eradication of poverty in Ontario:
1. End Deep Poverty: Upgrade Social Assistance
2. End Working Poverty: Assure Basic Minimum Wages
3. Protect Food Money: Phase in a Full Housing Benefit
Poverty Free Ontario (PFO)
The mission of Poverty Free Ontario is to eliminate divided communities in which large numbers of adults and children live in chronic states of material hardship, poor health and social exclusion. An Ontario free of poverty will be reflected in healthy, inclusive communities with a place of dignity for everyone and the essential conditions of well-being for all.
- home page includes links to : * About * Event Calendar * Policy Agenda Overview [ End Deep Poverty /End Working Poverty / Protect Food Money] * Poverty in Ontario [Background / Status of Poverty in Ontario / What Does Poverty Eradication Mean?] * Cross Community Mobilization * Archives

Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO)
[Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the SPNO]
SPNO is a coalition of social planning councils, community development councils, resource centres, and planning committees located in various communities throughout Ontario. SPNO plans to launch an initiative to build cross-community support for a Poverty Free Ontario by the end of this decade.


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

4. 2011 Spring Report and 2011 Status Report (Auditor General of Canada) - June 9

Interim Auditor General’s Opening Statement
2011 Spring and Status Reports Press Conference
June 9, 2011
My name is John Wiersema, Interim Auditor General of Canada. I served as Sheila Fraser’s deputy for the last seven years. I am pleased to present two reports from the Auditor General. Work for these reports was completed under Sheila’s mandate as Auditor General of Canada, which ended May 30th. The two reports were tabled in the House of Commons this morning.


NOTE: The above statement is a general introduction by Sheila Fraser's interim successor as Auditor General of Canada to the
2011 Spring Report and the 2011 Status Report; below, you'll find links to both of those reports.


Parliament was poorly informed about G8 and G20 funding
News Release
June 9, 2011
Parliament was never given a consolidated picture of how much funding was requested to host the G8–G20 summits in June 2010, says the Interim Auditor General of Canada, John Wiersema, in a Report tabled today in the House of Commons. Parliament received seven separate funding requests for 14 federal organizations in four submissions. The way the information was presented made it very difficult for parliamentarians to know the total amount of funding being requested for G8–G20 summits.

2011 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
June 9, 2011
Chapter 1—Expenditures for the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits
Chapter 2—G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund
Chapter 3—Reserve Force Pension Plan—National Defence

[ earlier Auditor General reports to Parliament ]


Also from the Auditor General of Canada:

2011 June Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Matters of Special Importance—2011
Chapter 1—Financial Management and Control and Risk Management
Chapter 2—Large Information Technology Projects
Chapter 3—Internal Audit
Chapter 4—Programs for First Nations on Reserves
Chapter 5—National Police Services—Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Chapter 6—Regulating Medical Devices—Health Canada
Chapter 7—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—2010
* Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board’s report, Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports in Parliament

All news releases for June 9, 2011:
Click the above link for access to all releases below:

* Funding request and project selection lacked transparency
* RCMP straining to deliver national police services
* A change in approach is needed to improve conditions on reserves
* Financial management has improved across government
* Some key improvements over the decade but longstanding concerns remain
* Department’s overall progress on regulating medical devices is unsatisfactory
* Parliament was poorly informed about G8 and G20 funding
* Poor planning and administration have led to backlogs
* Auditor General provides overview of special examinations of Crown corporations
* Government has significantly improved internal audit

Auditor General of Canada


Selected media coverage
(all dated June 9, 2011):

* Ministers didn't follow policies for G8 spending: AG - CBC
* Conservatives misled Parliament over G8 costs: Auditor General
- Toronto Star
* Auditor blasts lack of transparency in doling out generous G8 funds - Globe and Mail
* Canada Auditor General: Parliament Poorly Informed About G8,G20 Costs - Wall Street Journal
* Audit report: Interim auditor-general blasts G8 legacy fund - National Post
* Nine things to know about the A-G’s spring 2011 report - National Post
* Opposition blows gasket as PM jets to Canucks-Bruins game - Globe and Mail

Earlier article about
Sheila Fraser's retirement:

Retiring Fraser urges vigilance over watchdog’s independence
By Daniel Leblanc
May 25, 2011
Sheila Fraser is nipping at the heels of the federal government to the very end, saying her successor must carefully protect the independence of the Office of the Auditor-General and its ability to criticize any misuse of public funds in Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is waiting until the fall to appoint the next Auditor-General, but he will face political pressure to choose a watchdog who will match Ms. Fraser’s ability to hammer home critical findings that force the government into action.
Globe and Mail

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:

5. The Progressive Economics Forum at the Canadian Economics Association Meetings - June 8
(Jim Stanford in the Progressive Economics Forum)

PEF at the 2011 CEA Meetings
[Translation :
The Progressive Economics Forum
at the Canadian Economics Association Meetings
By Jim Stanford
June 8, 2011
The ubiquitous Ish Theilheimer of the left-wing on-line news site Straight Goods has written a very generous profile of the Progressive Economics Forum.

He hung out at last weekend’s CEA meetings at the University of Ottawa for a while, and caught a few PEF members (including myself, David Robinson, and Brendan Haley) on the way into various sessions. He filmed those interviews, and a film version of his coverage will also appear on his site at some point [ ]. (...) Remember, the PEF was founded at the U of O back in 1998, at the CEA meetings there that year. So there we were back at our “alma mater,” so to speak, 13 years later. In the meantime, the PEF has grown to 100+ dues-paying members, we have a high-profile presence at the CEA meetings each year, we support critical-thinking economics students (including through our essay contest...

Progressive Economics Forum


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

6. City of Toronto : Social Policy Analysis & Research Bulletin - June 8

City of Toronto

NOTE : the bulletin below is produced by Social Development staff in the City of Toronto administration, but its coverage is much broader, including even some national and international content...

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

Social Research Bulletin June 08, 2011
(PDF - 186K, 8 pages)
Table of contents of this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)
* Homelessness in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge
* Unequal Access to Mental Health and Addictions Services Threatens Ontarians
* Adoption from Foster Care: Aiding Children While Saving Public Money
* Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles
* Projecting the Adequacy of Canadians’ Retirement Incomes
* Quality Monitor: 2011 Report On Ontario’s Health System
* Waiting Lists Survey by Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA’s)
* Rekindling the American Dream, A Northern Perspective
* A Canada-US Comparison of Labour Market Outcomes among Highly Educated Immigrants
* 2011 DiversCity Counts Report: A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the GTA
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
Highly recommended resource --- I guarantee you'll find something of interest in this bulletin!
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration ]
[ City of Toronto ]

Bulletin inquires:
Mila A. Garcia
Research Analyst


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:

7. Federal Budget 2011 - June 6

Finance Canada

Government of Canada reintroduces the next phase
of Canada's Economic Action Plan --- a low-tax plan for jobs and growth

June 6, 2011
News Release
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today reintroduced Budget 2011, the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth.“Implementing the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan will preserve Canada’s advantage in the global economy; strengthen the financial security of Canadian workers, seniors and families; and provide the stability necessary to secure our recovery in an uncertain world,” said Minister Flaherty. On March 22, 2011, the Government tabled Budget 2011, the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth, in the House of Commons. However, that budget was not adopted prior to the dissolution of Parliament on March 26, 2011.
- includes budget 2011 highlights

Budget 2011
The Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth

June 6, 2011
Main budget page, includes links to:
* Budget Plan
All updates to the Budget 2011 text are highlighted in blue.
Updates to the tables and charts are indicated in the notes to each table and chart.
* Budget in Brief
* Budget Speech

Previous federal budgets - back to 1995


Budget analysis and coverage:

From the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit:

Federal budget June 2011 and responses
7 Jun 2011
On June 6, 2011 the federal government tabled their second 2011 budget (the first budget presented in March, 2011 was not adopted before the dissolution of parliament). CRRU has gathered links to the federal budget documents and a selection of responses from child care, social policy and labour groups.
- includes a link to Federal budget March 2011 and responses


Flaherty sticks to deficit pledge, but adds no details
June 6, 2011
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty warned that government programs will be cut in order to balance the books by 2014-2015, as he tabled a revised budget Monday.
CBC News


Canadian Tax Alert, Federal Budget Highlights
June 6, 2011
* Measures concerning businesses
* Measures concerning individuals
* Custom tariff measures
* Other measures


Highlights of 2011 federal budget
June 6, 2011
detailed list of highlights


Budget 2011: Don’t look behind the curtain
June 6, 2011
By David Macdonald
Definitely nothing new to see here. The boutique tax cuts are still there, so are the small programs from the failed March 22nd budget. The government was even good enough to put on track changes to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the same budget and little has changed. The only real change is the elimination of 1/3rd of the public service…wooow wait a minute, that’s a huge change!!!

The proposed cuts to the public service worth $11 billion over 4 years starting next year are not just musings anymore, as they were in the March 22nd budget, they are now part of the fiscal framework. They will be implemented starting next year.
Behind the Numbers
- A blog by the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


From the
Progressive Economics Forum:

The $0.3 Billion Question
By Jim Stanford
June 6, 2011
Machiavelli has nothing on these guys. (...) The primary debate should not be about what gets cut, but why we’re cutting in the first place. It sure isn’t about converting a $0.3 billion deficit into a balanced budget.

Federal Budget Refried
By Toby Sanger
June 6, 2011
Was it worth the wait? Hardly. Today’s federal budget is about as appetizing as two month-old pizza warmed up in the microwave.


- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

8. Tax Freedom Day (Fraser Institute) vs Tax Benefits Day (Canada Without Poverty) - June 6, 7

New from the
Fraser Institute:

Tax Freedom Day underscores need for tax relief
By Charles Lammam and Niels Veldhuis
June 6, 2011
Happy Tax Freedom Day! When Canadians return to work on Monday (June 6), they will finally be working for themselves. In other words, if we had to pay all our taxes up front, we would have to pay each and every dollar we earned from January 1 to June 5 to various levels of government.
Fraser Institute
Motto: "A free and prosperous world through choice, markets and responsibility"


Counterpoint from
Canada Without Poverty:

Happy Tax Benefits Day 2011!
Jun 7, 2011
By Rob Rainer
It’s June 7 and, in reply to the Fraser Institute’s announcement of yesterday being Tax Freedom Day 2011 in Canada, happy Tax Benefits Day 2011! A day to remind ourselves that, far from being “bad” – as even Prime Minister Harper is on record as believing – taxes and our willingness to pay them make possible our democratic institutions and the many public goods and services that Canadians value [including] “an education, pensions, police and fire protection, national security, roads, highways, bridges, canals, libraries, museums, parks, sewer systems, garbage pickup, snow removal, water purification, food inspection, disease control, and so on.”

Related links:

Canada’s Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public Spending (PDF - 1.3MB, 40 pages)
April 2009
By Hugh MacKenzie and Richard Shillington

The Social Benefits and Economic Costs of Taxation:
A Comparison of High- and Low-Tax Countries
- (PDF file - 512K, 55 pages)
December 2006
By Neil Brooks and Thaddeus Hwong

Rob Rainer, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty, offers some insights from The Trouble With Billionaires, a 2010 book by journalist Linda McQuaig and taxation expert Neil Brooks. In particular, he endorses what he calls the most important of the recommendations of McQuaig and Brooks --- to “strive to bring about a change in social attitudes toward taxation and its essential role in a democracy.”

Hence the inauguration of Tax Benefits Day – to fall on the day immediately after the Fraser Institute’s Tax Freedom Day, to counter the misguided view that taxes are bad. Canada Without Poverty welcomes enquiries from organizations that would like to work with us to organize Tax Benefits Day 2012 and beyond.

Canada Without Poverty
Canada Without Poverty works to address the structural causes of poverty, such as public policies that advance or constrain the social and economic development of individuals, families and communities.

See also:

Tax Freedom Day - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


- Go to the The Tax Freedom Day Links page:

9. National Aboriginal Housing Association

National Aboriginal Housing Association (NAHA)
A membership-based organization, NAHA advocates on behalf of non-reserve Aboriginal housing providers in cities, towns and the north. The Board has elected members from all provinces and territories, and includes First Nation, Metis, Inuit and non-status people. In its 17th year, NAHA's primary focus is on a ten-year action plan (see the next link below) and strategy to ensure urban Aboriginal peoples have access to safe, decent and affordable housing.

A Time for Action:
A National Plan to Address Aboriginal Housing
(PDF - 877K, 45 pages)
June 2009
Prepared by the
National Aboriginal Housing Association
The housing conditions in Aboriginal communities have been well documented and compared to third world conditions. This focuses almost exclusively on Aboriginal housing on Reserve; less well known is the reality that almost three-quarters (73%) of the Aboriginal population do not live on reserve, and this non-reserve population is increasing. Moreover, the non-reserve Aboriginal population experiences a much larger rate of housing need than non-Aboriginal population in the same urban centres.
(Excerpt from the Introduction, p.1)


- Go to the First Nations Links page:

10. Alberta Welfare Reform [in 1993] and Employment Outcomes of Welfare Recipients - April 30
(Progressive Economics Forum)

Alberta Welfare Reform and
Employment Outcomes of Welfare Recipients
(PDF - 231K, 38 pages)
By Rosita Yi Ki Kwan
Prepared for Progressive Economic Forum Graduate Student Essay Contest
April 30, 2011

[ Analysis of the 1993 welfare reform in Alberta using panel data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics ]

It is well-established in the literature that financial work incentives and employability programs have positive labour supply effect. Though it is found that after a series of welfare reforms based on the work-first approach in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., former welfare recipients and vulnerable groups, such as single mothers, tended to work in part-time or temporary jobs and witnessed limited wage growth; little is known about other job characteristics, such as union membership and pension plan coverage, of these groups. This study fills this gap by studying the 1993 welfare reform in Alberta using two years of panel data from Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics. I find that both welfare recipients and single mothers who started working after the reform were more likely to be covered by collective agreement and work full-time. However, welfare recipients tended to work regular evening schedules rather than daytime schedules; while single mothers received lower composite wage rates. Hence, there is mixed evidence as to whether the Alberta welfare reform improved employment outcomes for these two groups. More research in this area is certainly needed.

Progressive Economics Forum <=== Click this link to see all 2011 PEF essay contest winning entries and honourable mentions


- Go to the Alberta Links page:

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Labour Force Survey, May 2011- June 10

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

June 10, 2011
Labour Force Survey, May 2011
Employment rose by 22,000 in May, bringing gains over the previous 12 months to 273,000 (+1.6%). The employment increase in May, combined with a decline in the number of people looking for work, pushed the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.4%.
- includes links to three tables:
* Labour force characteristics by age and sex
* Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
* Labour force characteristics by province

Related report:

Labour Force Information : May 15 to 21, 2011
June 10, 2011
1. Highlights
2. Analysis — May 2011
4. Charts
5. Data quality, concepts and methodology
6. User information
7. Related products
8. PDF version (415K, 62 pages)

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment

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


Slow week on the social policy side at StatCan - must be summer.
Check the past week's issues of the Daily by clicking the link immediately below.

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


The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

June 11, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Federal budget June 2011 and responses
8 Jun 2011
CRRU has gathered links to the June 6th federal budget documents as well as a selection of responses from child care, social policy and labour groups.

Materials from the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
8 Jun 2011
Annual conference organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences featured a number of presentations of new research relevant to the early childhood education and care community.

Building a fairer future: The role of social policy
8 Jun 2011
OECD Ministrial meeting and policy forum on social policy featured a session discussing "enhancing the well-being of children, promoting gender equality in employment, and innovative approaches to improve service delivery for vulnerable families."

Tax, time and territory: The development of early childhood education and child care in Canada and Great Britain
8 Jun 2011
University of Toronto PhD dissertation by Luc Turgeon examines the evolution of Britain's and Canada's ECEC sectors, drawing on both extensive archival research and on interviews with policy-makers and ECEC activists.

When is $500 not $500?
8 Jun 2011
Commentary from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy explains how tax credits are often worth less than they appear. Non-refundable credits are also of limited value to households with low or no income and do little to alleviate poverty.

MORE research, policy & practice


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

Having fun and playing makes kids smarter
8 Jun 2011

It's child's play for men
8 Jun 2011

Too much kindergarten not fun for all
8 Jun 2011

Exercise made mandatory in child care centres
8 Jun 2011

Fly-by-night daycare caterer shuts down after province-wide alert issued
8 Jun 2011

MORE Child care in the news


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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 10:
Benefits of Preschool Education
Homelessness in the UK
Disability in the World’s Population
Air Quality and Health in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Benefits of Microlending

June 9:
World Food Prices and Poor Nations
Conditional Cash Transfer Program - Colombia
State Minimum Wage - New Hampshire
State Medicaid Programs - California, Texas

June 8:
Census Poverty and Income Data - Allen County, IN
States and Health Care Reform

June 7:
State Medicaid Programs
Paid Sick Leave - Connecticut
Unemployment and Home Foreclosures
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - New Mexico

June 6:
Natural Disaster Displacement
TANF Benefit Payments - South Dakota
May 2011 US Unemployment


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

8 June 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1228
In this issue:
Complaints Mechanism moves closer to adoption
News and report round up
- Inhuman sentencing: United States, Yemen
- Criminalising poverty: El Salvador
- Offloading unaccompanied children: Australia
- Gender violence: China, Myanmar, Kenya, DR Congo
- State violence: Syria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

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


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


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Are You A Perfectionist?

Below are some of the common threads in actions or thoughts of perfectionists:

   1. A perfectionist is highly conscious and hyper-critical of any signs of mistakes. He/she has an extremely sharp eye towards details

   2. A perfectionist aims to be the best in everything he or she does, even if it is something that he or she is not interested in

   3. A perfectionist often spends copious amount of time, right down to the last moment, to perfect something. He or she would rather sacrifice on a personal level (such as sleep, eating time, etc) than let something be less than it can be

   4. A perfectionist sets absolute ideals on things in life. There is only black and white, no grey.

   5. A perfectionist is the harshest critic of himself/herself. He/she would beat themselves up over the smallest thing that went wrong, to the extent of being neurotic

   6. A perfectionist mulls over outcomes if they did not turn out as envisioned

   7. A perfectionist is defensive towards criticism and has a fear of failure because it suggests something he/she did was not perfect

   8. A perfectionist only has the end goal in mind. If he/she does not achieve the goal, it really does not matter what happens in the process

   9. A perfectionist has an all-or-nothing approach. If the situation does not allow him/her to achieve the standard he/she laid out, he/she will abandon the task because it does not make sense to spend time on something that he/she is not going to conquer

  10. A perfectionist is very self-conscious about any situation which might give others the perception he/she is not perfect

If you are a perfectionist, you will find the above traits highly familiar to you.


See also:

Six  Downsides of Perfectionism

Overcoming Perfectionism in 8 Steps


And, in closing...


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