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December 12, 2010

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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. Welfare Dependency in Canada - National Statistics (by province/territory), March 1995 to March 2009
2. Human Rights Day 2010 - December 10
3. 2010 Canadian Housing Observer (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) + commentary by Nick Falvo
4. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy in December 2010:
--- Poverty and Disability: My Lived Experience
--- Poverty Reduction in Québec: The First Five Years
5. National Council of Welfare to release Welfare Incomes 2009 report on Monday, December 13
6. SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin + SavetheCensus.ca (Social Planning Toronto) - December 1
7. Six Commissioned Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities (Law Commission of Ontario) - November 29
8. National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada - December 6
9. Ontario Government releases second annual progress report on poverty reduction - December 1
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

--- Women in Canada: Paid work, 1976 to 2009 - December 9
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Second quarter 2010 - December 9
--- Canadian Economic Observer December 2010
- December 9
--- Performance of Canadian youth in reading, mathematics and science, 2009 - December 7
--- Study: Working at home, 2000 to 2008 - December 7
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - December 11

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. Luxembourg Income Study : recent working papers
--- Child Maintenance and Child Poverty: A Comparative Analysis - December 2010
--- Does European-Style Welfare Generosity Discourage Single Mother Employment? - August 2010
--- Feminisation of Poverty in 12 Welfare States: Strengthening Cross-Regime Variations? - August 2010
--- Work-Family Policies and the Effects of Children on Women?s Employment and Earnings - July 2010
--- Families, Time and Well-Being in Canada - May 2010
14. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content - December 11
--- Australia’s tenacious pay gap - December 6
--- Why unemployment benefits need to be increased
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)


Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]



1. Welfare Dependency in Canada - National Statistics (by province/territory), March 1995 to March 2009

Welfare Dependency in Canada
National Statistics? What national statistics?

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, about $6.6 Billion of the federal government's Canada Social Transfer to the provinces and territories will be for welfare and social programs.
As taxpayers, how can we tell whether that money is well spent if the latest national, public welfare dependency statistics are for March 2005?

Click the link above to access a table from the National Council of Welfare showing the number of people receiving provincial-territorial welfare benefits by province and territory, from March 1995 to March 2005
PLUS a comparable table showing the number of people receiving provincial-territorial welfare benefits for the period from March 2005 to March 2009 prepared by the Institut de la statistique du Québec in the context of the Institut's ongoing interprovincial comparisons.
PLUS a rant about the pitiful state of Canadian welfare statistics and
why the Canadian Social Research Links Guy thinks the situation may get worse before it gets better.

Some tidbits from the table
that you'll find by clicking the above link:

In March 1995, there were 3,070,900 people on welfare in Canada.
By 2005, that number had dropped to 1, 682, 500.
In March 2009, there were 1, 711, 500 people on welfare in Canada.
The percentage of the Canadian population on welfare in March 2005 was 5.2%.
By March 2009, that proportion had decreased to 5.1%.
[% of the population was not calculated in March 1995.]

Un GROS MERCI à l'Institut de la statistique du Québec d'avoir produit
et rendu publique cette source précieuse de statistiques sur l'aide sociale au Canada!

A GIANT THANK-YOU to the Institut de la statistique du Québec [English Home Page]
for producing this important table on welfare dependency and for posting it online for all to use.

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

2. Human Rights Day 2010 - December 10

From the
United Nations:

Speak Up, Stop Discrimination : Human Rights Day 2010
December 10, 2010
Human Rights Day 2010 on 10 December recognizes the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end discrimination. Acting alone or in groups within their communities, every day human rights defenders work to end discrimination by campaigning for equitable and effective laws, reporting and investigating human rights violations and supporting victims.
- incl. links to :
* What Is a Human Rights Defender? * Profiles of Human Rights Defenders * Defending the Defenders * Secretary-General's Message * High Commissioner for Human Rights Message * Other Statements * Videos * Publicize the Day! * Test Your Knowledge ... * Events * Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights * Past Human Rights Days

Human Rights Day Related UN links - dozens of links, to UN websites as well as outside (NGO) resources

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights- related links
[ United Nations ]

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From the Canadian Union of Public Employees:

International Human Rights Day – December 10
DEC 9, 2010 11:28 AM CUPE has a long history of defending human rights and fighting discrimination and remains diligent in monitoring and denouncing all forms of discrimination, especially in the face of rising social conservatism. We encourage CUPE members and our communities everywhere to seize the opportunity of Human Rights Day 2010 to join hands to embrace diversity and end discrimination.
Source:
Equality Branch
[ Canadian Union of Public Employees ]

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Human Rights Day - from Wikipedia

- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

3. 2010 Canadian Housing Observer (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) + commentary by Nick Falvo

2010 Canadian Housing Observer
The Canadian Housing Observer presents a detailed annual review of housing conditions and trends in Canada and of the key factors behind them. It is an ideal resource for housing planners; researchers; policy makers; home builders; mortgage and real estate professionals; and municipal, provincial/territorial, and federal housing specialists. The annual Housing Observer report examines the state of Canada's housing from a variety of perspectives, combining national coverage with provincial/territorial and metropolitan detail. The report discusses influences on housing demand, current market developments, housing finance, housing affordability, and other topics.
- includes links to individual chapters in PDF format:
* Overview
* Canadian Housing at a Glance — Dashboard (graphics)
* Housing and the Economy
* Housing Finance
* Current Market Developments
* Demographic and Socio-economic Influences on Housing Demand
* Recent Trends in Housing Affordability and Core Housing Need
* An Exploration of Alternative Measures of Housing Need
* The EQuilibrium™ Initiatives

Download a free PDF copy
of the full 2010 Canadian Housing Observer

- includes a link to the French version

[ previous editions of the Canadian Housing Observer - 2003-2009 ]

Source:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

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Related link:

Commentary by Nick Falvo on the
2010Canadian Housing Observer

December 11, 2010
(...) In 2006, just under 13 percent of Canadian households were considered to be in “core housing need” (which usually means that they are paying more than 30 percent of gross monthly income on housing). But the figure for Nunavut was just over 37 percent, by far the highest of any province or territory. And just over 20 percent of Aboriginal households across Canada are in core housing need.
Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
[ Progressive Economics Forum ]
Economic policy-making and economics instruction in Canada have both increasingly come to reflect a conservative, free-market perspective. There is an urgent need to promote an alternative, progressive economics community in Canada.Over 125 progressive economists—working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations—have joined forces to make our collective, critical perspective heard. We have formed the Progressive Economics Forum. [ About PEF ]

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

4. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy in December 2010:
--- Poverty and Disability: My Lived Experience
--- Poverty Reduction in Québec: The First Five Years

New from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

in December 2010:

Poverty and Disability: My Lived Experience (small PDF file - 3 pages)
By Calvin Wood
December 2010
On behalf of People First, an organization of people with intellectual disabilities, Calvin Wood was invited to speak at the “Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship: End Exclusion 2010” conference in Ottawa in early November 2010. Calvin’s presentation to the Ottawa conference speaks to the everyday reality of the Canadians trapped and marginalized by the current income (in)security system.

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Poverty Reduction in Québec: The First Five Years (small PDF file - 9 pages)
By Sherri Torjman
December 2010
This report is part of a series of papers on provincial poverty reduction strategies prepared for the Vibrant Communities project*. The report focuses upon the first five years of the poverty reduction initiative – though it should be noted that Québec recently renewed for another five years its commitment to reduce poverty and social exclusion. Some community groups have questioned the government's genuine commitment to tackling the problem of low income. Québec nonetheless has been a leader in many important respects, including the introduction of a legislative base as a foundation for poverty reduction, a series of linked actions in diverse fields, a long-term time frame within which to carry out this work, and an associated research and monitoring capacity.
[ * Vibrant Communities project : On the Caledon website home page, click "Special Projects" in the top menu, then
"Vibrant Communities" for a description of this initiative PLUS links to dozens of Vibrant Communities reports ]

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Make Tax Time Pay: Program and Systems Change Successes (small PDF file - 8 pages)
By Anne Makhoul and Mark Cabaj
December 2010
Most poverty-related issues present opportunities for programmatic and systemic responses. Edmonton’s “Make Tax Time Pay” initiative confirmed that both can be done simultaneously. Communities can do some things to improve a situation, while government can work on the structural challenges.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Canada's Voice for Progressive, Practicable Social Policy
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector.

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

5. National Council of Welfare to release Welfare Incomes 2009 report on Monday, December 13

News Conference Advisory:
National Council of Welfare to release national Welfare Incomes 2009 report

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW/
The National Council of Welfare will release its report Welfare Incomes 2009 at a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, December 13, 2010. Welfare Incomes provides a unique overview of the financial situation of people across Canada who must rely on social assistance. It is the only annual report that examines welfare systems in all of Canada's 13 provinces and territories.
Source:
CNW Group (Canada Newswire)

NOTE: The report will be posted on the website
of the National Council of Welfare sometime before noon on December 13.

[ earlier editions of the Welfare Incomes report ]

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

6. SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin + SavetheCensus.ca - December 1
(Social Planning Toronto)

New from
Social Planning Toronto:

SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - December 1, 2010
This issue:
* Research & Policy Forum: "Can we talk?" The relationship between the nonprofit sector and the Ontario government. (Dec 9, 2010)
* Save The Census Campaign Update (scroll down the page you're now reading for more on this campaign)
* Taking Action on Housing
* News From Our Partners
* Worth Repeating - Workers bear burden of provincial ‘restraint’
* Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
* About Social Planning Toronto
* Join us on Twitter & Facebook
[ SOUNDBITES Archive - links to 20 issues ]

Source:
Social Planning Toronto
For more than fifty years, SPT and its predecessor organizations have served as a vital voice for the non-profit community sector in Toronto – conducting research and supporting community mobilization that has made a real difference for our organizations, our communities, and the most vulnerable residents in our city.

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Also from
Social Planning Toronto:

SavetheCensus.ca
Join the fight to save the Long Form Census in Canada!
This website was created and is hosted and maintained by Social Planning Toronto

Save the Census Update - December 8, 2010
* Vaughan and Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette by-elections
* News from From Parliament Hill
* Liberal Private Members Bill to be debated Wednesday December 9th
* Minutes from, and evidence presented at, HUMA and Status of Women Committee hearings on the impact of the loss of the Mandatory Long Form Census
* Media Coverage
---- December 5, 2010--Professors may need more funding after census changes
--- December 2, 2010--Federal Departments detailed potential census impact a year ago
--- Other articles about the census and our campaign
* Save the Census on Facebook and Twitter
* Charter Challenge:
The Canadian Council on Social Development has joined with twelve other organizations to launch a legal challenge to protect Canadians’ “Right to be Counted.” Our Charter challenge has been accepted by the Courts, however we have not been given a date yet for our hearing. We will keep you informed of any progress on this piece.
* Donate!
Thank you for taking the time to read this important update.
John Campey (Social Planning Toronto)
Peggy Taillon (Canadian Council on Social Development)

Related link:

Canadian Council on Social Development

- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

7. Six Commissioned Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities - November 29
(Law Commission of Ontario)

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Six Commissioned
Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

November 29, 2010
In January 2010, the LCO issued a Call for Research Papers related to its project on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. The Call closed on February 12, 2010. Six research papers were completed through this Call for Papers, as follows:
1. Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Ontario’s Developmental Services System (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
2. The Shield Becomes the Sword: The Expansion of the Ameliorative Program Defence to Programs That Support Persons with Disabilities (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
3. A New Paradigm for Protecting Autonomy and the Right to Legal Capacity (Michael Bach and Lana Kerzner)
4. A Case Study Paper on Rights to Supports (Baker Law)
5. The Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Decisions that Concern Them: the Example of Education (Professor Mona Paré, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Civil)
6. A Principled Approach: Considering Eligibility Criteria for Disability-Related Support Programs Through a Rights-Outcome Lens (Lora Patton, Rita Samson and Brendan Pooran)
[ Click the above Law Commission link to access the papers below. ]

Source:
Law Commission of Ontario

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

8. National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada - December 6

Economic hard times cast shadow over women
December 6, 2010
By Eileen Morrow
Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Typically on this day each year, there is a lot of remembrance. Action is another matter. Fears are that this trend may continue, if not increase, now that governments are flagging austerity at every level. That would be dangerous because research and experience show that violence against women rises during tough economic times. The observance of that terrible day in 1989 when Marc Lepine stalked and murdered 14 women at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique is, regrettably, an opportunity to keep ongoing violence against women on the public policy agenda.
Source:
Toronto Star
[Eileen Morrow is Coordinator of the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses ]

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From the
Prime Minister's Office:

Statement by the Prime Minister on the
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

5 December 2010
Ottawa, Ontario
"(...)That these women were gunned down for no other reason than their gender is as incomprehensible now as it was in 1989. While we cannot, and probably never will, be able to make sense of the events of that day, we can work to ensure that it never happens again."

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From
Status of Women Canada
:

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
* Statement by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister for Status of Women
* Fact Sheet

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From the
Liberal Party of Canada:

Conservatives continue to fail victims of
gun violence with deferral of gun marking regulations

December 6, 2010
The Conservative government has ignored victims of gun violence by refusing to help police officers track imported guns used in violent crimes with their decision to delay life-saving firearm regulations for two more years, Liberal MPs said today. (...) Marking a firearm for import can assist domestic law enforcement with the identification of a firearm that was lawfully imported – even if the serial number is obliterated. Knowing that a firearm was lawfully imported may help an investigator identify the firearm’s source when linked to knowledge about legal importers or the firearms registry.
(...)

“For the first time nearly 20 years – since the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada was created – we have the victims and families of the l’École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre refusing to participate in the federal government’s annual memorial ceremony because they are disgusted with this government’s track record on gun safety,” said Liberal Status of Women Critic Anita Neville. (...)
The Canadian Shooting Sports Association lobbied the Conservatives to delay marking and tracing regulations again and praised them for their decision in an alert to their members last week. “Liberals are calling on the Conservative government to immediately adopt life-saving Firearms Marking Regulations and stop paying lip-service to victims of gun violence,” Ms. Neville concluded.

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

9. Ontario Government releases second annual progress report on poverty reduction - December 1
(Government of Ontario)

Ontario

A flurry of announcements but little content
December 6, 2010
By Carol Goar
Poverty reduction plans poured out of Queen’s Park so fast last week it was hard to keep up with the paper flow.
But once all the packaging had been stripped away and the self-congratulatory rhetoric sifted out, there wasn’t much left. Welfare rates were still below the poverty line. Healthy food was still out of reach. Affordable housing was still a dream.
(...)
[ On December 1], Children and Youth Services Minister Laurel Broten released Breaking the Cycle (*see below), the government’s second annual progress report on its poverty reduction strategy. The 28-page booklet was chock-full of accomplishments, many of which had little to do with poverty reduction. The minister highlighted everything from the harmonized sales tax to the incorporation of not-for-profit agencies.
There were three genuine improvements in the year-end roundup:
• In July, the government raised the Ontario Child Benefit by $8 a month.
• In September, it rolled out its full-day kindergarten program, giving 35,000 preschoolers a double boost: early learning and a better chance of having an employed parent.
• And in October, it launched its long-promised Healthy Smiles program, which provides free dental checkups and teeth cleaning to low-income children.
(...) By week’s end, it was clear that, for all the paper his government had churned out and all the announcements his ministers had made, McGuinty had very little to say about reducing poverty.
Source:
Toronto Star

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* Breaking the Cycle:

Poverty Reduction Strategy Helping Ontario Families:
McGuinty Government Releases Second Progress Report

News Release
December 1, 2010
Ontario continues to make investments through the poverty reduction strategy that are helping low-income families during challenging economic times. Today, the second annual report of the Breaking the Cycle strategy was released, detailing progress made over the past two years to help children and families hit hardest by the recession and stimulate Ontario’s economic recovery.

The report:

Breaking the Cycle: The Second Progress Report:
Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy 2010 Annual Report
December 2010
HTML version
PDF version
(2.3MB, 34 pages)
Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy – the first in our province’s history — was launched in 2008 with an ambitious goal of reducing the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over five years. This report provides an important record of our progress during the first two years and describes the key steps being taken to help break the cycle of poverty in Ontario and build opportunities that enable every Ontarian to succeed and contribute.

Report highlights:
HTML version
PDF version
(267K, 2 pages)

Important changes to how poverty is measured
(and the effect on Ontario's poverty reduction targets)
Statistics Canada’s Low Income Measure (LIM) is used in the calculation of a number of Ontario’s poverty indicators. In 2010, Statistics Canada made changes to how the LIM is calculated. (...) ...with more children below the new Low Income Measure (LIM50), the Poverty Reduction Strategy target of reducing the number of children in poverty by 25 per cent over 5 years has changed. Meeting the target of 25 per cent now means lifting 103,000 children, rather than 90,000, out of poverty over five years.

First year report:

Breaking the Cycle: The First Year
Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, 2009 Annual Report

December 2009
HTML version
PDF version
(1.2MB, 23 pages)

The original poverty
reduction strategy paper:

Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy
HTML version
PDF version
(2.3MB, 34 pages)

Report highlights:
HTML version
PDF version
(116K, 2 pages)

Source:
Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy (the Ontario Government's official poverty reduction website)
- incl. links to reports and news releases along with "Help for Families" : * Education and early learning * Employment * Financial support * Tax benefits for families * Housing * Health and wellness * Children's Activities
[ Ministry of Children and Youth Services ]
[ Government of Ontario ]

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Women in Canada: Paid work, 1976 to 2009 - December 9
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Second quarter 2010 - December 9
--- Canadian Economic Observer December 2010
- December 9
--- Performance of Canadian youth in reading, mathematics and science, 2009 - December 7
--- Study: Working at home, 2000 to 2008 - December 7

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

December 9, 2010
Women in Canada: Paid work, 1976 to 2009
The employment rate for women with children has been steadily on the rise during the past three decades. In 2009, 72.9% of women with children under the age of 16 living at home were employed, nearly twice the rate of 39.1% recorded in 1976.

Related link:

Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report
Paid Work

HTML version - click the links in the left-hand margin to access the content
PDF version (357K, 31 pages)
By Vincent Ferrao
December 2010
Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Occupations
* Society and community
* Women and gender


December 9, 2010
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Second quarter 2010

The value of retirement savings of 4.9 million Canadian workers with employer-sponsored pension funds amounted to $936.5 billion at the end of the second quarter, down 0.7% from the first quarter. This was the first decline in the value of pension funds assets since the first quarter of 2009.

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs
* Seniors
* Income, pensions and wealth


December 9, 2010
Canadian Economic Observer December 2010
1. Sections
- Current economic conditions
- Economic events
- Feature article:
--- Slowdowns during periods of economic growth
- Recent feature articles
- National accounts
- Labour markets
- Prices
- International trade
- Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
- Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
- Financial markets
- Provincial
2. Tables
3. Charts
4. Appendices
5. User information
6. Related products
Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]


December 7, 2010
Performance of Canadian youth in reading, mathematics and science, 2009
Canadian 15-year-old students continue to perform well internationally and have strong skill sets in reading, mathematics and sciences. However, although Canada's results remained stable between 2000 and 2009, its relative ranking declined slightly in all three domains.


December 7, 2010
Study: Working at home, 2000 to 2008
Between 2000 and 2008, the number of Canadians who had paid employment and worked at home at least occasionally increased slightly. Even so, their share of the total workforce remained relatively stable. In 2008, just under 1.8 million employees worked at home, compared with about 1.4 million in 2000. They represented 11.2% of all paid employees in 2008, up from 10.2% eight years earlier.

Study:

Working at home, 2000 to 2008
HTML version
PDF version
( 137K, 11 pages)
Source:
Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements


The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

December 11

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Alberta Journal of Education Research, Issue 56 (3)
8 Dec 10
- Special periodical issue co-edited by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Larry Prochner explores the topic, "blurring the boundaries of early childhood education's theory/practice divide".

Canada's children not for sale: CUPE sounds the alarm about the latest big box child care operator in Canada
8 Dec 10
- Article and backgrounder from the Canadian Union of Public Employees discusses the rise of Edleun, Canada's first publicly traded child care corporation.

The foundation years: Preventing poor children becoming poor adults
8 Dec 10
- Independent Review of Poverty and Life Chances for the British Government recommends national and local governments "should give greater prominence to the earliest years of life, from pregnancy to age five".

The impact of Sure Start local programmes on five year olds and their families
8 Dec 10
- Latest evaluation of Britain's Sure Start program reports positive impacts on children's health and home environments and mothers' life satisfaction.

The children left behind: A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world's rich countries
3 Dec 10
- UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre's Report Card 9 finds that Canada lags far behind in equality of children's material well-being - placing 17th of 24 countries.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· High cost makes on-site daycare a rare perk
[CA-ON] 8 Dec 10

· Childcare fee fear strikes parents
[AU] 8 Dec 10

· Sask. gov't funding 135 new child care spaces
[CA-SK] 7 Dec 10

· Full-day kindergarten popularity outstrips plans to pay for it
[CA-ON] 6 Dec 10

· Early daycare tied to school-age health
[CA] 6 Dec 10

· Quebec daycare workers approve new deal
[CA-QC] 5 Dec 10

· £26,000: The salary you need just to cover child care
[GB] 4 Dec 10

· Frank Field must not let the unthinkable happen to Sure Start
[GB] 3 Dec 10

· Sure Start good for families and for children's health, says researchers
[GB] 26 Nov 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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

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

- 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.)
- 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:

December 10:
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates
States and Funding for Pre-Kindergarten
October Metro Unemployment

December 9:
Evaluation of Homelessness Prevention Program - New York City
Working Households and Child Poverty - UK
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates

December 8:
Medicaid Computer System - Washington
Child Care Costs
School Readiness - Hawaii

December 7:
Medicaid and the Disabled - Nevada, Colorado
State Budget Shortfalls
State Budgets and Medicaid - Arizona, Texas

December 6:
Child Care Subsidies - California
UN Rural Poverty Report

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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

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

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

13. Luxembourg Income Study : recent working papers
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Child Maintenance and Child Poverty: A Comparative Analysis - December 2010
--- Does European-Style Welfare Generosity Discourage Single Mother Employment?
- August 2010
--- Feminisation of Poverty in 12 Welfare States: Strengthening Cross-Regime Variations? - August 2010
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Work-Family Policies and the Effects of Children on Women?s Employment and Earnings - July 2010
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Families, Time and Well-Being in Canada - May 2010

Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)
The Luxembourg Income Study, known as LIS, is a non-profit micro-data archive and research institute. LIS, located in Luxembourg since 1983, serves a global community of researchers, educators and policy makers. LIS acquires datasets with income, wealth, employment, and demographic data from a large number of countries, harmonizes them to enable cross-national comparisons, and makes them available for public use by providing registered users with remote access. The LIS archive includes two primary databases, the Luxembourg Income Study Database, which focuses on income data, and the newer, smaller Luxembourg Wealth Study Database, which focuses on wealth data.

More about LIS - history, FAQ, LIS team members, funding, etc.

Browse or search 550+ LIS working papers
After you click the above link:
* Display the full list of papers by pressing "Send" button (without checking any box), or
* Customize your search by selecting one or more variables from the list before clicking Send.
For example, if I select "poverty, poor, low income" from the menu of keywords on the search page and then click Send, the results page is a list of links to 247 studies. If I re-do the same keyword search on poverty, poor and low income AND I also highlight "Canada" in the Countries box, the results page returns links to 148 working papers about poverty and low income that focus on or include Canada. Selecting only Canada (i.e., no keyword) returns a list of links to 299 working papers that focus on or include Canada on all LIS topics (keywords).

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Selected titles of recent LIS
working papers that include Canada:

* Child Maintenance and Child Poverty: A Comparative Analysis (PDF - 135K, 22 pages)
By Mia Hakovirta
December 2010
This article uses the Luxembourg Income Study datasets from circa 2004 to analyse the contribution child maintenance makes to the reduction of child poverty. The countries compared are Canada, UK, USA, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, representing countries with different child maintenance schemes

* Does European-Style Welfare Generosity Discourage Single Mother Employment? (PDF - 240K, 42 pages)
By David Brady, Lane Destro
August 2010
Although many have expressed concern over whether generous welfare policies discourage the employment of single mothers, scholars have rarely exploited cross-national variability in the generosity of social policies to assess this question. This is the case even though much previous scholarship has examined the effects of social policy on women?s and mothers? labor force engagement. This paper evaluates whether generous social policies have a disincentive effect on single mother employment. Using the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), we conduct a crossnational, multi-level analysis of the effects of social policy generosity on single mother employment in 17 affluent democracies.

* Feminisation of Poverty in 12 Welfare States:
Strengthening Cross-Regime Variations?
(PDF - 240K, 22 pages)
By Jin Wook Kim, Young Jun Choi
August 2010
The feminisation of poverty is said to have become a common feature in the majority of advanced welfare states, but it is equally true that there has been significant variation in the feminisation of poverty from one country to another. While the concept of the feminisation of poverty remains controversial, there have been very few attempts to reveal a detailed picture from a comparative perspective.
- study includes Australia, Canada, UK, US, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden between the 1980s and the 2000s and analyses whether or not there has been any convergence or divergence between these welfare states.

* Work-Family Policies and the Effects of Children on Women?s Employment and Earnings (PDF - 164K, 35 pages)
By Michelle Budig, Irene Bockmann, Joya Misra
July 2010
Welfare state generosity around work-family policies appears to have somewhat contradictory effects, at least for some measures of gender equality. In particular, it appears that as work-family policies, in encouraging higher levels of women?s labor market participation, have also contributed to higher levels of occupational gender segregation, and to lower wage-levels for women relative to men. We examine these apparent contradictions, and consider how they may differ based on particular policies, or on the effects of policies on the employment outcomes of particular groups of women.

* Families, Time and Well-Being in Canada (PDF - 533K, 41 pages)
By Shelley Phipps, Peter Burton
May 2010
Using cross-sections of microdata from Surveys of Consumer Finance and Surveys of Labour and Income Dynamics, we document changes in the availability of time and money in Canadian two-parent families between 1971 and 2006 as the paid work hours of mothers have increased.

- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm

14. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content - December 11
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Australia’s tenacious pay gap - December 6
--- Why unemployment benefits need to be increased

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

Perhaps you might like...

Australia’s tenacious pay gap
06 December 2010
Forty-one years after the declaration of the principle of equal pay, we’re still not there

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Week ending December 11, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Garma Festival 2009 key forum address
2. Social media and young adults
3. Growing future innovators: A new approach to learning programs for young people
4. Julian Assange and the slow stupefaction of the state
5. Al-Manar television programming 2010

[You'll find links to the above studies on the APO home page.]

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New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social Inclusion * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Week ending December 11, 2010
Most viewed this week in Social Policy / Poverty:

1. Social media and young adults
2. Growing future innovators: A new approach to learning programs for young people
3. National cultural policy: discussion framework
4. The Northern Territory Intervention and human rights
5. Why unemployment benefits need to be increased [in Australia]

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

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- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

15. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
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Latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

8 December 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1204
* In this issue:
Editorial
Human Rights Day 2010: Children's rights defenders
* Latest news and reports
--- UN reform
--- Violence behind closed doors (Mexico, China)
--- Children's perspectives (European Union, juvenile justice)
--- Marital discord (global, Democratic Republic of Congo)
--- Follow-up: Children and HIV and AIDS
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRINMAIL)
- 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.

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

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

 


 


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When Insults Had Class

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"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
-Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
-Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
-Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
-Groucho Marx

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
-Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
-Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one."
-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one."
-Winston Churchill's response to George Bernard Shaw

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
-Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
-John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
-Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
-Paul Keating

"He had delusions of adequacy."
-Walter Kerr

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
-Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
-Mae West

"Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee!"
-Lady Astor to Winston Churchill at a dinner party

"Madam, if I were your husband, I would drink it!"
-Winston Churchill's response to Lady Astor

Source:
Terrie
Also:
http://www.allowe.com/Humor/book/When%20Insults%20Had%20Class.htm
(Check the source for 25 more classy insults)


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And, in closing...

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Estate Planning : 16 things to do before you die
http://tinyurl.com/35sgbrh

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If  Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner were human: (video)
http://tinyurl.com/247bvbp

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List of the richest people in Canada by net worth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadians_by_net_worth
(Dang it all - I didn't make the cut again.)


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