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February 13, 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.

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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...


Canadian content

1.  [Ontario] Changes in the Special Diet Allowance effective April 2011 - February 11
2. Dignity for All Campaign Mobilization Update: February 10, 2011
3. Report of the Task Force Report on Financial Literacy (Government of Canada) - February 9
4. Greater Toronto Summit 2011 - February 10-11 (Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance)
5. [Ontario] Wasteful bidding process drives health professionals out of home care (Ontario Public Service Employees Union)
- February 3
Vibrant Communities
7. Oldie Goldie : Welfare in Canada: The Tangled Safety Net (National Council of Welfare) - November 1987
8. [British Columbia] Saviours in the Shadows: Grandparents Raising Kids (The Tyee)
- February 3
9. Persistent Poverty: Voices from the Margins (Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition) - December 2010

10. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French
11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - February 12

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. [Ontario] Changes in the Special Diet Allowance effective April 2011 - February 11

From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Special Diet Allowance:
Why The Program Is Changing
(Word file - 81K, 2 pages)
February 11, 2011

The Special Diet Allowance:
What You Should Know
(Word file - 113K, 4 pages)
February 11, 2011
On November 30, 2010, the Ontario government announced they had decided to keep the Special Diet program instead of cancelling it. But, they said, they were going to make some changes to the program. This backgrounder explains these changes and says what you should know if you currently get a Special Diet allowance. Three big changes are being made starting April 1, 2011...

Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
ISAC was established in 2001 by Legal Aid Ontario to serve low income Ontarians by conducting test case and Charter litigation relating to provincial and federal income security programs. These programs include Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program, (un)Employment Insurance, and the Canada Pension Plan. ISAC's legal work takes place in the broader context of law reform, public legal education and community development.

ISAC's Social Assistance Review website
* About * Take Action * Tell Your Story * Resources * News


From the Ontario
Ministry of Community and Social Services

Special Diet Allowance Changes
The Special Diet Allowance helps social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions receive the special diets they need to help manage their conditions. The Special Diet Allowance will change on April 1, 2011 to make the program more accountable and comply with a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision. The Special Diet Allowance is one of the many social assistance benefits that will be considered in the context of Ontario’s social assistance review.

* How to apply for the revised Special Diet Allowance
* List of eligible medical conditions

* April 2008 Special Diets Expert Review Committee final report (PDF - 3.1MB, 79 pages)

Reviewing Ontario's social assistance
The review will begin in January 2011 and finish in June 2012, and it will be led by two commissioners:
* The Honourable Frances Lankin, P.C., Past President and CEO of United Way Toronto, and
* Dr. Munir Sheikh, former Chief Statistician for the Government of Canada.
- includes links to background information about the review (vision, scope, Social Assistance Review Advisory Council member bios, and more...) as well as links (in the left margin of the page) to more information on Ontario's two social assistance programs.


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

2. Dignity for All Campaign Mobilization Update: February 10, 2011

From Rob Rainer
of Canada Without Poverty:

Dignity for All Campaign
Mobilization Update: February 10, 2011

(1) The Dignity for All Campaign [ La campagne Dignité pour touTEs ] has three goals:
* a federal plan for poverty elimination that complements provincial and territorial plans;
* a federal anti-poverty Act that ensures enduring federal commitment and accountability for results; and
* sufficient federal investment in social security for all Canadians.

2) As of February 10th, 488 groups have endorsed the campaign (list attached). Thank you all!
Please help the milestone of 500 groups be surpassed soon, by asking representatives of other groups you know to sign on via the on-line endorsement portal:
[ English ] [ Français ].

3) As of February 10th, 108 federal parliamentarians plus Green Party Leader Elizabeth May have endorsed the campaign (list attached). This list includes 89 Members of Parliament (representation from all parties in the House, and including NDP Leader Jack Layton) and 19 Senators (representation from Conservative and Liberal parties). Thank you all! Please encourage your fellow parliamentarians who have not yet endorsed the campaign to do so, via the on-line endorsement portal.

4) Re: Dignity for All campaign goal #1 (federal plan for poverty elimination):

(a) A Dignity Campaign policy summit (March 3-4, Ottawa) will focus on federal housing policy and on early childhood education and care. Thanks to the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and Canadian Union of Public Employees for financial support for this event, the first in a series of summits to explore optimum federal policy with respect to a number of thematic concerns.

(b) The federal government has until March 17 to formally respond to the November 2010 HUMA Committee report [ English] [ Français ] on the federal role on poverty. Campaign representatives will be ready to publicly comment on the government’s response, anticipated to be similar to the weak response given to the 2009 Senate Subcommittee on Cities report on the federal role on poverty.

(c) You and/or your group can support the HUMA report by contacting the Hon. Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and asking her to adopt the report’s recommendations. Find out more by visiting Make Poverty History’s on-line Support the Report action page [ English ] [ Français ].

5) Re: goal #2 (federal Act):

Bill C-545 (An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada), introduced in the House on June 17, 2010 by Tony Martin, MP (NDP) with support from Mike Savage, MP (Liberal) and Yves Lessard, MP (Bloc Québécois) marks a significant step towards fulfilling the second goal of the Dignity Campaign. Were it to pass into law, it would mandate a federal plan to eliminate poverty, ensure critical mechanisms for accountability for progress, and achieve several other notable things. Help spread word across Canada about this landmark proposed law.

6) Re: goal #3 (sufficient federal investment in social security for all Canadians):

a) Under international law to which Canada is signatory, every Canadian (more broadly, every person) has the right to “social security”, i.e., programs “providing social protection, or protection against socially recognized conditions, including poverty, old age, disability, unemployment and others” (source). Through the Dignity Campaign and related efforts, a coherent articulation can emerge of how social security can be attained and ensured across generations.

b) At the federal level, the next big test of Canada’s direction towards or away from social security will be the forthcoming federal budget, anticipated to be brought down in the second half of March – and possibly triggering the next federal election should the budget be defeated. Prior to this, keep watch for the release, by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, of the Alternative Federal Budget which will include careful analysis and well-considered recommendations specific to poverty and related concerns.

c) Also keep watch for forthcoming information, analysis and hopefully public debate concerning the renewal, by March 31, 2014, of the Canada Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfer. The substance of this renewal could have major implications for future social security.
Click here for one recent in-depth analysis of this issue
by Scott Clark and Peter Devries, two former senior officials at Finance Canada.

7) Continued thanks to all those investing time, energy and resources into building Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada. Success is within our reach.

Rob Rainer
Executive Director / Directeur executif
Working in alliance with the
CWP Advocacy Network

Travaillant en alliance avec le Réseau de revendication CSP

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

3. Report of the Task Force Report on Financial Literacy - February 9
(Government of Canada)

Finance Canada:

Harper Government Welcomes Task Force Report on Financial Literacy
News Release
February 9, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), today welcomed the final report of the Task Force on Financial Literacy. The report, entitled Canadians and Their Money, makes recommendations for a cohesive national strategy to support initiatives across Canada aimed at improving financial literacy for all Canadians.

The Task Force report:

Canadians and Their Money:
Building a brighter financial future
Full Document:
HTML version
PDF version
(1.4MB, 106 pages)
Main report sections:
* Financial Literacy Challenges and Opportunities in Canada * National Strategy on Financial Literacy * Shared Responsibility * Leadership and Collaboration * Lifelong Learning (incl. Take-up of Government Benefits and Programs for Saving) * Delivery and Promotion * Accountability * Conclusion: The Way Forward
Appendix A: Summary of Recommendations

Summary (PDF - 1 MB, 4 pages)

Backgrounder: Task Force on Financial Literacy
Context and biographical notes

Finance Canada


Related links:

Task Force on Financial Literacy in Canada
In the 2009 budget, the Minister of Finance announced his intention to establish a national task force dedicated to the issue of financial literacy. Appointed in June 2009, the Task Force on Financial Literacy is comprised of 13 members, drawn from the business and education sectors, community organizations and academia.
- incl. links to : * Home * About the Task Force * Report of the Task Force * Consulting with Canadians* Media * Contact Us * Links

Financial Literacy and the Take-up of Government Benefits (PDF - 585K, 41 pages)
Research paper prepared for the
Task Force on Financial Literacy
By Richard Shillington
File dated February 4, 2011
- includes detailed information on the utilization of government benefits for saving, child-rearing, education and retirement in Canada
(Old Age Security - Guaranteed Income Supplement - Canada Pension Plan - Disability Benefits - Student Loans - more...)
Research Commissioned by the Task Force on Financial Literacy
- links to 13 research reports on various aspects of financial literacy

Money Management on a Shoestring:
A Critical Literature Review of Financial Literacy & Low-income People
(PDF - 654K, 102 pages)
Research paper prepared for the
Task Force on Financial Literacy
By Jerry Buckland, Menno Simons College (Winnipeg)
File dated February 4, 2011
This report examines evidence from the academic and policy literature about the financial literacy of low-income people. The purposes of the study are to provide a critical review of evidence about low-income people’s financial literacy measurement, the programs used to promote their financial literacy, and the information uncovered about the programs by evaluations. Finally, the study was to provide recommendations about how policies might be more supportive for building low-income people’s financial literacy.
- includes findings related to the measurement of financial literacy, drawing on results from several national surveys, including four from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Related articles
in the media:

Ottawa must honour millions in unclaimed pension benefits
February 11, 2011
When Canadians are neglecting to collect benefits to which they are entitled, governments should take that as a sign that there is a financial literacy gap and make an effort to close it. That means they should be doing more to contact the 150,000 people who qualify for, but are not receiving, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, which is only available to the lowestincome seniors. They need to find out why another 160,000 eligible seniors are not collecting their Old Age Security benefits.
Vancouver Sun


Evidence of financial illiteracy?
Thousands fail to collect government benefits

By Jonathan Chevreau
February 9, 2011
After 18 months, the Task Force on Financial Literacy has delivered a 106-page report (86 if you don’t count appendixes) to federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. (...) There are 30 main recommendations, beginning with the call to appoint a national Financial Literacy Leader reporting to Mr. Flaherty. It wants to make financial literacy an “essential skill” in the government’s Essential Skills Framework and wants all the provinces and school boards to jump aboard. (...) It also urges the creation of a “single source website for financial literacy” and recommends that financial firms and regulators intensify their efforts to combat fraud. (...)
Low take-up of government benefits
The report shows some interesting stats on the need for financial literacy when it comes to taking up government benefits. It says 160,000 eligible seniors don’t get Old Age Security ($1 billion worth); 150,000 don’t get the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and 55,000 aren’t getting the Canada Pension Plan. Also, the take up for the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) is just 40% while the median RRSP contribution represents only 6% of total eligible room. That’s my definition of being financially illiterate — failing to take free money when it’s available.
Financial Post


Billions in government benefits unclaimed by Canadians: task force
By Andrew Duffy
February 9, 2011
Billions of dollars worth of government benefits are going unclaimed by Canadians, according to a federal task force on financial literacy. The task force, which reported Wednesday, said the government should simplify its programs and application forms to ensure more Canadians benefit from the financial support to which they're entitled. (...) A research report prepared for the task force examined why some government programs have such poor "take-up" rates. Those rates are considered an important measure of financial literacy. The report concluded that language and poverty often present barriers, particularly when the programs or application forms are complex. "Lower-income Canadians face distinct financial literacy challenges in being aware of and accessing the very government programs that are targeted to them," concluded researcher Richard Shillington.
Vancouver Sun

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

- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:

4. Greater Toronto Summit 2011 - February 10-11
(Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance)

Greater Toronto Summit 2011
On February 10 and 11, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance will host its next Toronto Summit. This major regional gathering of leaders from business, labour, the academic, non-profit and voluntary sectors, and all three levels of government, will consider current challenges and opportunities facing the Greater Toronto Area and inspire ground-breaking thinking about how to respond to them. Summit 2011’s recommendations will be aimed at all levels of government and civil society, in particular the role that CivicAction and its partners can play.

Leading up to the Summit 2011, we have embarked on a broad-based consultation process involving many hundreds of people in Working Groups, topic-specific Roundtables and one-on-one and small group consultations. This process is informing our thinking and developing the content for the Summit and the civic actions that may constitute the outcomes of the Summit process and has been focused on the following themes:
* Game Changing: Reinventing our Economic Base
* Advancing the “Big Move” & Other Infrastructure Plans
* Realizing the Value of Neighbourhoods & Social Capital; Affordable Housing
* Creativity 3.0: Cultural Policy, Marketing & Accessibility
* Labour Market/Force Readiness
* Income Security in a Post-Recession Age

Sample backgrounder:

Income Security:
Collective Responses for a Prosperous Toronto Region

[Short Version (PDF - 88K, 3 pages)
[Long version (PDF - 186K, 17 pages) ]
February 7, 2011
Greater Toronto Summit 2011 Backgrounder
By Andrea Baldwin, Stephanie Procyk and John Stapleton
and informed by discussions of CivicAction’s Income Security Working Group.
Table of contents:
* Current Situation
* Promising New Developments
* Chief Barriers to Progress
* Opportunities for Action
* Questions for Discussion
Greater Toronto Summit 2011 Publications
- incl. links to over a dozen more Summit 2011 backgrounders, plus another dozen reports from earlier initiatives of the City of Toronto, including the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults, Toronto Summit 2007, and more...

CivicAction: The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance is a place for collaboration, collective leadership and real action on the issues that matter for the Toronto region. Formerly called the “Toronto City Summit Alliance,” our new identity speaks to our mission to catalyze change by engaging action-oriented leaders from all sectors to advance the Toronto region.

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

5. [Ontario] Wasteful bidding process drives health professionals out of home care - February 3
(Ontario Public Service Employees Union)


From the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union:

What will you do when I'm gone?
Wasteful bidding process drives health professionals out of home care
Nurses, therapists, and other health professionals are leaving home care at a time when they are needed more than ever. The Minister of Health says that the process which has destabilized the home care workforce is returning. Competitive bidding puts the patients of home care health professionals up for auction.

* Read more about the issue.

* Watch the video.

* Tell us your story. (Family members and patients, health professionals and support staff)

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:

6. Vibrant Communities

Vibrant Communities
Vibrant Communities is a community-driven effort to reduce poverty in Canada by creating partnerships that make use of our most valuable assets – people, organizations, businesses and governments.Vibrant Communities links communities from all across Canada, British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador, in a collective effort to test the most effective ways to reduce poverty at the grassroots level.
[ more about Vibrant Communities ]

Vibrant Communities Across Canada:
Click the above link and then select one of the communities for information on its approach to poverty reduction, an update on how poverty reduction is proceeding, contact info and links to key related documents.
Participating Communities:
* Abbotsford * Calgary * Edmonton * Hamilton * Montreal * Saint John * St. John's * Surrey * Trois-Rivières * Victoria * Waterloo * Winnipeg

Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement:
Tamarack exists to build vibrant and engaged communities in Canada. Our work will result in more collaborative approaches and less poverty.

- Go to the Municipal Links page:

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

7. Oldie Goldie : Welfare in Canada: The Tangled Safety Net - November 1987
(National Council of Welfare)

Oldie Goldie!

Welfare in Canada: The Tangled Safety Net (PDF - 2.7MB, 131 pages)
Released November 1987
This report is the first comprehensive national analysis of social assistance programs operated by the provincial, territorial and municipal governments with financial assistance from Ottawa. These programs function as the safety net for Canadians and are better known by their everyday name ‘welfare’.
Compulsory reading for welfare
historians and students of social policy!

National Council of Welfare
Established in 1969, the Council is an advisory group to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (originally the Minister of Health and Welfare Canada). The mandate of the Council is to advise the Minister regarding any matter relating to social development that the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration or that the Council considers appropriate.

NOTE: Tangled Safety Net (1987) was the first of three reports by the National Council of Welfare focusing on the welfare policies of provincial and territorial governments. The other two reports were Welfare Reform (1992) and Another Look at Welfare Reform (1997). Both of these reports are in the queue for re-coding and uploading to the Council's new site, just launched in 2010. The two links below are "placemarkers" that will eventually contain links to the complete reports.
[ Welfare Reform (1992) - abstract only ]
[ Another Look at Welfare Reform (1997) - news release only ]


Version française:

Le bien-être social au Canada : Un filet de sécurité troué (PDF - 3Mo., 138 pages)
Novembre 1987
[ NOTA : Si vous trouvez un lien vers ce fichier en français, veuillez communiquer avec moi pour le partager.
Merci! ]
Cette étude constitue une première analyse nationale globale des programmes d’assistance sociale que dirigent, grâce à une aide financière fédérale, les gouvernements provinciaux, territoriaux et municipaux. Ces programmes, mieux connus sous le nom de « bien-être social », sont un filet de sécurité pour les Canadiens.
Conseil national du bien-être social
Créé en 1969, le Conseil relève du/de la ministre des Ressources humaines et du Développement des compétences (anciennement ministre de la Santé nationale et du bien-être social.) Le mandat du Conseil est de conseiller le/la ministre sur les questions en matière de développement social que le/la ministre soumet à son examen ou que le Conseil juge opportun d'aborder.

- Go to the Welfare and Welfare Reforms in Canada page:

8. [British Columbia] Saviours in the Shadows: Grandparents Raising Kids - February 3
(The Tyee)

Saviours in the Shadows: Grandparents Raising Kids
In BC alone, 10,000 children live with grandparents, many struggling for support.
A special report.
By Robyn Smith
3 Feb 2011
(...)By 2006, more than 65,000 Canadian grandchildren were living with one or two grandparents [Source: StatCan]. Nearly 10,000 of them live in B.C. It's an arrangement often created by trauma, though every story is different.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:
A Legal Guide
(PDF - 2.8MB, 201 pages)
March 15, 2010
Parent Support Services Society of BC
We create opportunities for parents and grandparents that foster independence and personal responsibility, and by creating cost-effective and comprehensive community based services in cooperation with public and private partners. Our staff is dedicated to providing these services with respect, compassion, and accountability, and to championing the Canadian Charter of Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:


Related link
from Ontario:

Family support: Help grandma help the kids
January 21, 2011
By Craig Glover
For the second time in less than a year a tribunal has ordered the Ontario provincial government to reinstate a $240 monthly benefit that helps grandparents raise their needy grandchildren.
Toronto Star

Related (Ontario) links:
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

9. Persistent Poverty: Voices from the Margins - December 2010
(Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition)

Persistent Poverty:
Voices from the Margins
By Jamie Swift, Brice Balmer and Mira Dineen
$19.95 CAD - Paperback, 184 pages
December 2010
(...) In early 2010 over two hundred civic and faith leaders fanned out into thirty Ontario communities. Their goal? To explore how the least fortunate people in one of the world’s richest places are faring. The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition’s latest social audit exposed a tattered social assistance system run by volunteers desperately struggling to fill the gaps. There can be no papering over the savage inequalities and suffering exposed in this compelling look at life from the margins.

Related links:

2010 Social Audit:
A Faith Community Assessment of the Status of Poverty in Ontario

May 2010

Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)
The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition was born out of the hope that together a coalition of faith groups could contribute to new public policies based upon greater justice and dignity for Ontarians marginalized by poverty. The central message shared by religious communities throughout the world, inspires people of faith to respond to our neighbours in need.

New book launched at city hall
sheds light on trials and hardships of poverty

February 3, 2011
By Andrew Sztein
The impoverished were given a voice at city hall on Jan. 26 during the launch of the new book, Persistent Poverty: Voices from the Margins.
The book compiles true-life stories of extreme poverty in a process that the authors called a social audit. The social audit process involved talking to many who live or have lived in extreme poverty about their experiences.
Ottawa East EMC News

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

10. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada

Available in French only (see English text below):

Naufragés des villes *
Série de dix émissions hebdomadaires débutant lundi le 24 janvier à 20h, heure de l'est à RDI.
Les dix émissions seront diffusées tous les lundis à 20h et rediffusées les samedis à 21h 30.
Peut-on vivre à Montréal avec 19,47 $ par jour?
Autrement dit, est-il possible de survivre avec une prestation d'aide sociale?
Cette question est à l'origine de la série documentaire Naufragés des villes qui suit pendant deux mois deux volontaires livrés à eux-mêmes au coeur de Montréal avec la somme de 19,47 $ par jour.
[ * Cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour plus de renseignements au sujet
de la série et pour visionner les épisodes en entier sur votre ordinateur. ]



Naufragés des villes (available in French only)
nofficial translation : Urban Castaways

Ten-part series starting January 24 about life on welfare in Montreal.
All programs in the series will be broadcast on Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time on RDI and re-broadcast on Saturdays at 9:30pm
If you click on the program website link, you'll find a link to each episode after it's broadcast, so you can watch anytime on your computer.
If you understand French, I highly recommend the series, because there will be many comparisons throughout the ten programs between life on welfare in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada.
English abstract:
What exactly does it mean to be poor in Canada today?
We find out as two volunteers leave behind their status, résumé, network of friends and bank cards. Throughout the two-month experiment, they will have no financial resources except the $19 a day we provide them – the equivalent of welfare benefits for a person living alone. With handpicked experts and social workers watching and analyzing, their journey will be the main focus of a 10-episode series documenting their efforts to find housing, food, medical care, clothing, jobs . . . and deal with prejudice. Using hidden cameras and daily check-ins, we document their progress.
Radio-Canada (French home page)

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada] : Census jobs!

35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
Looking for Enumerators and
Crew Leader/Supervisors in your community!

* Available jobs
* Who should apply?
* The hiring process

[ Apply NOW - online or by mail! ]*


1,200 jobs in the Census Data Operations Centre in Gatineau QC (April-September 2011)
NOTE : these 1,200 positions are open to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec residents only.

NOTE: The usual employment broker's 10% commission would be appreciated
from anyone who is a successful candidate in either of the two
above recruiting campaigns as a result of seeing the ad here.

2011 Census of Canada
The next census will take place in May 2011.
Starting May 2, 2011, all households in Canada will receive a yellow census package.
The census questionnaire can be completed online, on paper, or not at all if you don't feel like it or you think it's too intrusive or it makes you feel queasy or anything.
And don't worry, if you *do* decide to tell the Census people roll up their questionnaire and stick it where the sun don't shine, the federal government won't do a blessed thing about it.
Yes, really.
No penalty for Sask. woman who refused census (January 20/11) ]


Slow week at
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

Nothing to report during the past week on the social policy front...
Click the archives link below to explore the past week, month or year.


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:

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:

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

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


February 12, 2011

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

Beyond child's play: Caring for and educating young children in Canada
9 Feb 11
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has now made this 2009 issue of Our Schools/Ourselves available free online. It brings together Canada's leading researchers, writers and activists to discuss how we can best care for and educate our young children.

Quality in early childhood services - An international perspective
9 Feb 11
- New book by Helen Penn examines many different approaches to understanding and measuring quality; considers the variety of rationales that inform ECEC services.

Paternity leave and preschool in Sweden
9 Feb 11
- Video from US online TV show DadLabs takes a joyful look at parental leave and child care policies in Sweden.

Five years after cancelling the national child care program: High cost, little choice for parents
7 Feb 11
- Press release by child care advocates and women's groups on the 5th anniversary of Harper's cancellation of a national child care program says "Canada urgently needs a public system of early childhood education and care."


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

· Debate: Children are better off being raised by their parents
[CA] 11 Feb 11

· Debate: Canada needs a national child-care policy
[CA] 11 Feb 11

· What kids learn in daycare
[CA] 9 Feb 11

· Nursery charges rise twice as quickly as wages
[GB] 9 Feb 11

· Province brings Ontario produce to daycare centres
[CA] 9 Feb 11

· Finley's comments absurd
[CA] 8 Feb 11

· Mallick: For parents, a pittance and sneers
[CA] 7 Feb 11

· Five years on, children still wait for quality care
[CA] 4 Feb 11

· The child-care challenge: Parents deserve a real choice
[CA] 4 Feb 11

· Children spend too much time with nannies, study shows
[UAE] 2 Feb 11

· New child care ratios gain support
[AU] 29 Jan 11



Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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:

February 11:
State Jobless Benefits - California
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Enrollment
Welfare Reform - Maine

February 10:
UN Food Price Index
States and Health Care Programs
Military Veterans and Homelessness

February 9:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
States and Unemployment Benefit Funds
State Earned Income Tax Credit - Michigan

February 8:
Kids Count Report - Michigan

February 7:
Supple­mental Nutrition Assistance Program Enrollment
Early Childhood Education
Medicaid Funding - Colorado


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

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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:

14. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content

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 appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

Most viewed this week (ending February 12) on APO:

1. Garma Festival 2009 key forum address
2. Sharing risk: financing Australia's disaster resilience
3. No quick fix
4. In good faith? Governing Indigenous Australia through God, charity and empire, 1825–1855
5. Closing the gap - Prime Minister's report 2011

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


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


- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

9 February 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1212
In this issue:
Children's right to freedom of association
Latest news and reports
- UPDATE: OP for Communications Procedure
- Reviewing children's rights
- A year of violations: Pakistan
- Deficient care: India
- End to the death penalty: Tunisia
- Justice for the "disappeared": Morocco
- HIV testing in schools: South Africa
- Interrogation & torture of 16-year-old: Venezuela
- Children as "second-class" rights holders: Australia
- Stop detaining migrant children
- Outrage over Roma deaths: Italy
- Implementing the right to nationality
Forthcoming events
Jargon of the Week
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.


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.

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

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


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Physician Diagnoses


The following quotes were taken
from actual medical records as dictated by physicians:

By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.

Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared.

She has had no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983.

Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing.

Discharge status:  Alive but without permission.

The patient refused an autopsy.

The patient has no past history of suicides.

The patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

Since she can't get pregnant with her husband, I thought you would like to work her up.

She is numb from her toes down.

While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

The skin was moist and dry.

Coming from Detroit, this man has no children.

Patient was alert and unresponsive.



And, in closing...


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Visit The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Freer Gallery of Art,  the Smithsonian, Museo Reina SofiaMadrid, The State Hermitage Museum St.Petersburg, The National Gallery, London, The  Frick Collection, New York City and several more...


How many fingers?


"What a nut!"
Screw you.


That's  BAALS, pronounced  "Bails".