Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 13, 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 2,605 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. Executive pay in Canada: Overcompensating? (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - January 3
2. The Long Shadow of Assimilation : Hennessy's Index (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - January 3
3. Top 10 reasons to be worried about Social Impact Bonds (National Union of Public and General Employees) - January 2
4.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Maintenance Enforcement Survey: Child and spousal support, 2011/2012 - January 10
--- Population estimates by census subdivision - January 9
--- Financial information of universities and colleges, 2010/2011 - January 8
--- School board revenues and expenditures, 2010 - January 8

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

International content

6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
7. [U.S.] From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
--- Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs in the U.S. - Revised to January 2013
--- A Review of State Government SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Websites - Updated to January 2013

8. U.S.] Misguided Social Security ‘Reform’ (New York Times editorial) - January 12
9. 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. Executive pay in Canada: Overcompensating? - January 3
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Executive pay in Canada: Overcompensating?
For Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs, the rewards start clocking in very early into the New Year.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/executive-pay-canada-overcompensating
January 3, 2013
By 1:18pm on January 2, the first official working day of the year, Canada’s top 100 CEOs will have already pocketed $45,448. It takes the average Canadian an entire year of full-time work to earn that.

Our latest report, Overcompensating: Executive Pay in Canada, highlights some key numbers around executive pay in Canada and also includes a list of Canada's highest paid 100 CEOs.

Overcompensating: Executive Pay in Canada (PDF - 104K, 3 pages)
http://goo.gl/akl8X

You can also visit our pay clock, The Clash for the Cash: CEO vs. Average Joe, to find out just how much the average worker and top CEO have earned so far.

The Clash for the Cash: CEO vs. Average Joe
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ceo

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Banks and Business Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

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

2. The Long Shadow of Assimilation : Hennessy's Index - January 3
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Long Shadow of Assimilation
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/first-nations-long-shadow-assimilation
January 3, 2013
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. The January edition of the index explores the inequitable shadow cast by Aboriginal assimilation in Canada, and was inspired by the Idle No More movement and Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike.
NOTE : At the end of each section of text, there's a link to sources.

Selected numbers:

150,000 : Number of Aboriginal children who were taken from their families and forced into residential schools as part of Canada’s assimilation policy from the 1870s onward. In 2008, the government apologized to Aboriginal peoples “for failing them so profoundly.”

70 cents : Amount Aboriginal peoples earned for every dollar non-Aboriginals earned in 2006. At this rate, the income gap between Aboriginal peoples and the rest of Canadians won’t disappear for another 63 years, unless Canada adopts a new approach.

1 in 4 : Number of children within First Nations families who live in poverty in Canada, much higher than the 1 in 10 children in non-Aboriginal families who live in poverty.

35.1 : Section of Canada’s constitution that commits the Prime Minister and First Ministers to meet with Aboriginal peoples before changing federal responsibilities that affect First Nations.

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Earlier issues of Hennessy's Index:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/index

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

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Related links:

Assembly of First Nations
http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en

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Idle No More.ca - the official Idle No More website
http://idlenomore.ca/

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What IS the Idle No More Movement, really?
http://www.indigenousnationhood.blogspot.ca/2013/01/what-is-idle-no-more-movement-really.html
By Pamela Palmater
(Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University,
indigenous activist and spokesperson for Idle No More)
This posting on Pamela Palmater's blog [ http://www.indigenousnationhood.blogspot.ca/ ] includes an overview of how the movement started, what Idle No More wants and where it might be headed, along with a dozen links to media coverage (including panel discussions on the Al Jazeera network and on CBC's Power and Politics) and other related resources.
Recommended reading!

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

3. Top 10 reasons to be worried about Social Impact Bonds - January 2
(National Union of Public and General Employees)

From the
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE):

Top 10 reasons to be worried about Social Impact Bonds:
Along with Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Social Impact Bonds are a bit like money laundering because they allow politicians to hide debt.

http://www.nupge.ca/content/5494/presidents-commentary-top-10-reasons-be-worried-about-social-impact-bonds
President's Commentary by James Clancy
January 2, 2013
Social Impact Bonds are the latest magical solution for governments with deficits. Like other privatization schemes, they are intended to help governments shift costs off their balance sheets. They try to do that by allowing the private sector to run services to make profits for investors. Services being targeted include: developmental services, homelessness, supports for people with developmental disabilities, mental health, justice and corrections and public health.

Here are the top 10 reasons you should be concerned about the latest privatization scheme known as Social Impact Bonds.

10. There's no proof they even work. (...)
9. They allow governments to hide debt and pass costs onto future generations. (...)
8. Setting up Social Impact Bonds is complex and costly. (...)
7. Governments end up paying no matter what. (...)
6. They undermine community agencies and charities. (...)
5. They provide a smoke screen for cuts to public services. (...)
4. Investor profits and extra bureaucracy push up costs. (...)
3. Services are no longer accountable or transparent to the public. (...)
2. Quality and continuity of services suffer. (...)
1. Investor profits are incompatible with universal programs that provide a safety net for all. (...)

More information about Social Impact Bonds:

Social Impact Bonds: A new way to privatize public services (PDF - 44K, 5 pages):
http://www.nupge.ca/files/publications/Social_Impact_Bonds.pdf
April 2012

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Source:
James Clancy is the National President of the
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
http://www.nupge.ca/
NUPGE is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good.

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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC):
National Call for Concepts for Social Finance
hrsdc.gc.ca/socialfinance

[NOTE : Human Resources and Skills Development Canada invited comments regarding social finance. The deadline for input was December 31.]

More from HRSDC about the Harper Government's involvement in social finance:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/socialfinance/goc_involvement.shtml

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

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

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

4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Maintenance Enforcement Survey: Child and spousal support, 2011/2012 - January 10
--- Population estimates by census subdivision - January 9
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Financial information of universities and colleges, 2010/2011 - January 8
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School board revenues and expenditures, 2010 - January 8

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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January 10, 2013
Maintenance Enforcement Survey: Child and spousal support, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130110/dq130110g-eng.htm
The Maintenance Enforcement Survey and the Survey of Maintenance Enforcement Programs (SMEP) data for 2011/2012 are now available. The SMEP longitudinal file for 2005/2006 through 2011/2012 is also now available.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables 259-0001 to 259-0010:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=259-0001..259-0010&p2=31

For more information about definitions, data sources and methods, click the link below:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130110/dq130110g-eng.htm

Related subjects:

Children and youth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Crime and justice
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2693&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Civil courts and family law
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2694&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

January 9, 2013
Population estimates by census subdivision
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130109/dq130109e-eng.htm
Population estimates by census subdivision for the reference year 2010 are available free of charge in electronic format upon request*. Revised data for the reference years 2007 to 2009 are also available. For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; mediahotline@statcan.gc.ca).

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* (By Gilles) For the life of me, I can't understand WHY StatCan doesn't just post these stats to their site.
Yes, there *are* over 5,000 census subdivisions. So what? Online storage is cheap.
No, it's NOT fair to require interested parties to self-identify in order to obtain a copy of these tables!
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Related subjects:

Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3867&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Population estimates and projections
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3433&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

January 8, 2013
Financial information of universities and colleges, 2010/2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130108/dq130108b-eng.htm
Final data for the 2010/2011 academic year from the Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey are now available.
[ All you have to do to obtain this info is to self-identify. See my rant above --- ditto for this info.]

January 8, 2013
School board revenues and expenditures, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130108/dq130108c-eng.htm
Data are now available for school board revenues and expenditures up to 2010.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables 478-0010 to 478-0012:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=478-0010..478-0012&p2=31

Related subjects:

Education, training and learning
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1821&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Education finance
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1828&lang=eng&type=DAILYART



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

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

5. 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

January 12, 2013

What's new online this week:

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

Early Childhood Australia and Early Childhood Intervention Australia Position statement on the inclusion of children with a disability in early childhood education and care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/early-childhood-australia-and-early-childhood-intervention-
8 Jan 2013 | Australia and New Zealand
Position paper "will assist everyone in ECEC services, as well as support professionals, to fully include children with a disability and to achieve high quality outcomes for all children".

School readiness; a critical review of perspectives and evidence
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/school-readiness-critical-review-perspectives-and-evidence
8 Jan 2013 | Europe
Occasional paper from the Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators (UK) challenges government policies that promote a pedagogical perspective that "fuels an increasingly dominant notion of education as ‘transmission and reproduction', and of early childhood as preparation for school rather than for ‘life'."

The costs of childcare after housing costs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/costs-childcare-after-housing-costs
8 Jan 2013 | Europe
Follow up to the Resolution Foundation's (UK) 'Counting the costs of childcare' report finds "childcare costs eating up over a third of the disposable income of middle income families once they have paid their rent or mortgage".

Advisory committee on Head Start research and evaluation: Final report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/advisory-committee-head-start-research-and-evaluation-final
8 Jan 2013 | United States
Evaluation submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services details the history of the Head Start program and recommends "an intensified focus on school readiness" and increased coordination with other ECEC programs.

Nina Howe: double lives of daycare kids
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/nina-howe-double-lives-daycare-kids
7 Jan 2013 | Quebec
Interview with Nina Howe discusses her recent study on what Canadian parents really know about their children's child care.

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.

Childcare costs hit middle-income families
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/childcare-costs-hit-middle-income-families
8 Jan 2013 | Europe

Childcare rates to hit $100 a day amid new care regulations
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/childcare-rates-hit-100-day-amid-new-care-regulations
7 Jan 2013 | Australia and New Zealand

Hamilton child-care providers optimistic about provincial changes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/hamilton-child-care-providers-optimistic-about-provincial-changes
7 Jan 2013 | Ontario

Childhood education under review in Central Islands
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/childhood-education-under-review-central-islands
7 Jan 2013 | International

Parents clued out about daycare: study
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/parents-clued-out-about-daycare-study
7 Jan 2013 | Quebec

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going
back to June 2009, check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

January 11, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/11/
Medicaid Expansion – Missouri (2 articles)
Child Poverty – California
Eurozone Joblessness and Poverty (2 articles)

January 10, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/10/
Earned Income Tax Credit – Connecticut

January 9, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/09/
State Medicaid Programs (3 articles)
State Minimum Wages

January 8, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/08/
Anti-Poverty Programs – Kansas (2 articles)
Cash Transfer Program – India

January 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/07/
Military Veterans’ Jobless Rate

January 4, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/04/
US Unemployment in December 2012 (3 articles)
Medicaid Expansion – Colorado
State Minimum Wages (2 articles)
Emergency Motel Housing – Massachusetts (2 articles)

January 3, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/03/
Cut From Food Stamps (2 articles)
Dental Assistance Programs (3 articles)
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP) Grants Offered (3 articles)
2010 U.S. Census Data
Drop in Juvenile Crime – Massachusetts

December 26, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/26/
Poverty and Disease

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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

7. From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
--- Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs in the U.S. - Revised to January 2013
--- A Review of State Government SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Websites - Updated to January 2013

From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs:
What States Provide Online with Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and CHIP
Revised January 11, 2013
Virtually all states have made basic program information on the five main state-administered low-income benefit programs — SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps), Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and child care assistance — available to the public via the Internet. Many states, however, go much further, providing information such as application forms and data on the number of participants. This paper provides links to state information available online for these benefit programs.

View the full report:
HTML :
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1414
PDF (40 pages) : http://www.cbpp.org/files/1-14-04tanf.pdf

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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Online:
A Review of State Government SNAP Websites
Updated January 8, 2013
All states make information available to the public via the Internet regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, including their applications, state policy manuals or regulations, and general program information. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reviewed all the states’ web pages to determine what information and services they offer regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

View the full report:
HTML :
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=618
PDF (20 pages) : http://www.cbpp.org/files/8-23-05fa.pdf

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty.

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

8. [U.S.] Misguided Social Security ‘Reform’ - January 12
(New York Times editorial)

[U.S.] Misguided Social Security ‘Reform’
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/opinion/sunday/misguided-social-security-reform.html
Editorial
January 12, 2013

At the end of last year, just shy of the 11th hour in the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama made an offer that included a Republican-backed idea to cut spending by lowering the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits. The move shocked Congressional Democrats and dismayed Mr. Obama’s liberal base. The offer, however, was rejected by House Republicans who could not stomach the tax increases and other concessions that Mr. Obama demanded as part of the deal. The talks moved on, and when all was said and done, Republicans did not get the lower cost-of-living adjustments (known as COLAs) and Mr. Obama did not get the concessions he had sought.

But that is not the end of the story. As the next round of deficit reduction talks gets under way, the administration seems determined to include the COLA cut in any new package of spending reductions. Rather than using the issue as a bargaining ploy, the administration appears to have embraced it as a worthy end in itself.

Is it? In a word, no.

[ 9 comments about this article : http://goo.gl/WC94P ]

Source:
New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/

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

9. 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)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

9 January 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1309
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4539
In this issue:
NEW PROJECT: Legal status of the child
Legal assistance toolkit - 2nd Edition
Latest news and reports:
- Call to stop child recruitment
- Migrant children kept in squalor
- New Syrian death toll 'truly shocking'
- Girl, 15, made to marry 90-year-old man
- Sex abuse, celebrities, and the media
- Russia ban on US adoption raises issues
- Safeguarding children's rights in World Bank projects
- CRC 62nd Session
- Call for resources - UNICEF & BCN
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Uzbekistan
Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Reports
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

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

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Source:
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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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Best Car Bumper Stickers

* Feminist chicks dig me.
* I feel so much better since I lost hope.
* Reality is a nice place, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
* If walking is so good for you, why does my mailman look like that?
* Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
* Before you condemn someone, walk a mile in their shoes.
Then you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
* We must silence those who oppose freedom of speech.
* Try not to let your mind wander. It’s too small and fragile to be out by itself.
* Real women don’t have hot flashes, they have power surges.
* When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
* Old age comes at a bad time.
* The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.
* Veni, Vedi, Visa: I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.
* Do unto others before they do unto you.
* Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
* Don’t play stupid with me. I’m better at it.
* I used to care, but I take a pill for that now.
* Was today really necessary?
* Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
* The more I learn, the less I understand.
* I came here with nothing, and I still have most of it.
* Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.

Source:
http://www.pown.us/jokes/best-car-bumper-stickers
[Click the source link for more bumper stickers.]

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And, in closing...

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Creepiest And Coolest Way To See The World Becoming A Better Place
http://www.upworthy.com/creepiest-and-coolest-way-to-see-the-world-becoming-a-better-place
Kiva's an amazing nonprofit that allows people to lend money over the Internet to entrepreneurs in developing countries. You may not always watch microfinancing institutional diffusion visualizations, but when you do, make it this one.

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Classic Canuck Cinema (many full-length features!)
http://www.youtube.com/user/ClassicCanukCinema
"...lesser-known Canadian Cinema from the 60s and 70s (and a few from other decades). "
For example:
* Outrageous
(1977, duration 1:36:18) [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq3KlxwV4_8 ]
* Elvis Gratton
(1981 duration 1:28:55) [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pAAy5dk2cY ]
* Rowdyman
(1972, duration 1:33:22) [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akNvXsFckCc ]
* Wayne and Shuster : The First Hundred Years
(2009, duration 45:11) [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYHWTxKlAV8 ]

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OK Go (Rube Goldberg video, duration 3:54)
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

More \OK Go videos (69 in all)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9BOasUS8HhR8Xj1WmDXRTOQ

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Unclear on the Concept: Trust Falls (video, duration 12 seconds)
http://www.collegehumor.com/embed/6862993/little-girl-doesnt-get-trust-falls

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