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April 13, 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. British Columbia update:
--- Children of Poverty: 14 years later (Vancouver Sun special report) - April 11
--- Brief to the Senate on Urban Child Poverty (by Michael Goldberg, First Call BC) - February 2008

2. Atkinson Charitable Foundation e-bulletin - April 2008 issue
- April 10

3. The latest from the Canadian Council on Social Development:
--- 2006 Low-Income Cut-offs - March 27
--- Stats & Facts fact sheets: A Profile of the Labour Market in Canada - March 12
4. Manitoba Government Budget 2008 - April 9

5. Welfare Incomes 2006 --- Web-only Data for 2006 (National Council of Welfare) - April 2008
6. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Canada's economy in 2007 - April 10
--- Study: Earnings inequality and earnings instability of immigrants in Canada - April 9
--- Study: High school dropouts returning to school, 1990/1991 to 2004/2005
- April 9
7. Global Strategies: Improving Labour Conditions for the Working Poor (conference - May 1-2, 2008) - McGill University
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - April 11

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
10. Poverty reduction initiatives in the United States
11. Pulling Apart : A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Washington) - April 9
12.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
--- A roof over every head - Posted: 08-04-2008
--- report of the National Youth Commission inquiry into youth homelessness - Posted 08-04-2008
--- Key national indicators of children's health, development and wellbeing - Posted 07-04-2008

13. Measuring the Progress of Societies (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development)
14. CRINMAIL 972, 973 (April 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. British Columbia Update
--- Children of Poverty: 14 years later (Vancouver Sun special report) - April 11

--- Brief to the Senate on Urban Child Poverty (by Michael Goldberg, First Call BC) - February 2008

New from the Vancouver Sun:

Children of Poverty: 14 years later
April 11, 2008
Fourteen years ago, reporter Larry Pynn co-authored a 12-page special report in the Vancouver Sun about poverty in Vancouver and in British Columbia. In this new series, Pynn revisits two of the children whose circumstances he had profiled 14 years earlier, Ayla and Kandice (links to separate articles). This special report also includes perspectives on teen parents and youth issues in Terrace, along with the two following items that I wanted to flag in particular:

Full 12-page section Children of Poverty from May 7, 1994 (17.5 MB, PDF)
- well worth the download time --- 12 pages of valuable historical information on poverty and government programs in BC in 1994!

Opposing signs on downtown eastside:
Booming economic activity of construction towers
over a community of the homeless, the mentally ill and the addicted

By Larry Pynn
April 11, 2008
Fewer poor people but deeper poverty, say BC social advocacy champions Jean Swanson and Michael Goldberg.
[Scroll to the bottom of the article for the B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition's ten-step plan to alleviate child poverty in BC]

Related link:

First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
First Call is a coalition of individuals and organizations whose purpose is to create greater understanding of and advocacy for legislation, policy, and practice to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunities and resources required to achieve their full potential and to participate in the challenges of creating a better society.

Speaking of Michael Goldberg...

Brief to the Senate on Urban Child Poverty (2008) (PDF - 187K, 14 pages)
In February 2008, First Call Chair Michael Goldberg presented to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on the topic of urban child poverty. This briefing is an overview of topics including measuring poverty; child poverty rates; and the interaction between market income, social security benefits, taxation and statutory deductions, and income tested social programs.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

2. Atkinson Charitable Foundation e-bulletin - April 2008 issue - April 10

Atkinson Foundation e-bulletin - April 2008 issue
Featuring news, views and updates from the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and its partners.
April 10, 2008
In this issue:
On the right track with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing... [See the link to the "Measuring the Progress of Societies" near the bottom of this newsletter.]
Atkinson Charitable Foundation Partnerships for poverty reduction...
Deadline for Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award fast approaching ...
Trade guns and war for housing and peace...
Reality check on multiculturalism needed ...
New book: The Future of Medicare...
News from our partners...
[Click the link above to access all content from this issue.]

Selected content from this issue:

Campaign for poverty reduction building momentum
April 5, 2008
By Peter Clutterbuck, Social Planning Network of Ontario
Sustaining employment. Livable Incomes. Strong and supportive communities. When it comes to tackling poverty, these are the core messages that are emerging from communities across Ontario. The Social Planning Network of Ontario is currently traversing the province to build support for a bold poverty reduction vision. Local social planning members and community partners in 12 cities are bringing together Ontarians from all walks of life to discuss the best way to move forward on an anti-poverty plan.
Source:
Social Planning Network of Ontario
The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO) is a coalition of social planning councils (SPC), community development councils (CDC), resource centres, and planning committees located in various communities throughout Ontario. Each of the individual organizations has their own mandates but are connected in the cause of effecting change on social policies, conditions, and issues.
- incl. links to : * Home * News * Reports * Links * FAQs * About Us * Contact Us

Related link:

Poverty Watch Ontario - "To monitor and inform on cross-Ontario activity on the poverty reduction agenda"

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

3. The latest from the Canadian Council on Social Development:
--- 2006 Low-Income Cut-offs - March 27
---
Stats & Facts fact sheets: A Profile of the Labour Market in Canada - March 12

Latest news from the Canadian Council on Social Development:

2006 Low-Income Cut-offs
[March 27, 2008]
("... more commonly known as Canada's unofficial poverty lines")

Stats & Facts fact sheets: A Profile of the Labour Market in Canada
[March 12, 2008]
- links to three fact sheets containing an abundance of national and provincial data about employment, earnings and labour force rates.
Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm
- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

4. Manitoba Government Budget 2008 - April 9

From the Government of Manitoba:

Manitoba Budget 2008 - Opportunity and Stability
[ version française ]
April 9, 2008
- incl. links to * Minister's Budget Message * Speech * Budget In Brief * Budget and Budget Papers * Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue * Tax Savings Estimator * News Releases

April 9, 2008
Budget 2008 charts steady course : selinger
Province Continues to Invest in Skills Training, Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers

News Release
Budget 2008 charts a steady economic course with strategic tax cuts for manufacturers, small businesses and families, boosts skills training, saves for the future and makes key investments in more doctors, nurses, police officers, water protection and climate change, Finance Minister Greg Selinger said today.
[ Links to seven more budget 2008 news releases - April 9]

Budget 2008 Highlights
(Excerpt)
Healthy Families, Healthy Communities
· Investing $16.6 million more in housing through HOMEWorks!
· Providing new funding for people making the transition to employment.
· Investing an additional $5 million in child care to provide more spaces, a new training and recruitment fund and higher wages.
· Providing $3.5 million to extend the Manitoba Shelter Benefit to help single adults and couples on income assistance and to support a pilot project for individuals with mental health challenges.
· Increasing the supported-living program by $12.4 million.
· Adding $23 million to continue making changes to better protect Manitoba children.
· Supporting young adults affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the areas of housing, education and training, recreation, crisis services, family connections and mentoring.
· Increasing Children’s Special Services funding by six per cent to $23.7 million for physical, speech and language, and occupational therapies and services.

Budget In Brief : Strong Families

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

5. Welfare Incomes 2006 (Web-only Data for 2006) - April 2008
(National Council of Welfare)

Welfare Incomes 2006 - Web-only Data

The National Council of Welfare's benchmark document, Welfare Incomes, will not be published for 2006. Instead, the Council plans to publish a 2006/2007 combined issue of Welfare Incomes at the end of 2008. The Council will nonetheless make its Welfare Incomes 2006 Fact Sheets available on its website as they are completed.

[Please refer to Welfare Incomes 2005, especially Chapter 1 - What is Welfare? if you require information about welfare definitions, eligibility, assumptions made in calculating the levels of assistance, or the NCW's perspectives and recommendations concerning social assistance in Canada.]
Welfare Incomes 2005 and earlier reports in this series

As at April 9,/08, the following Welfare Incomes 2006 Fact Sheets are available on the Council's website:

FACT SHEET 1 - Patterns and Trends (PDF file - 1.4MB, 7 pages)
"...)Lone parents in four jurisdictions actually had lower welfare incomes in 2006 than they had in 1997 [indexed for inflation] - the year before the National Child Benefit Supplement was introduced. (...) Overall, most welfare families are seeing very little improvement in their total incomes despite the sizeable increase in federal spending on children."

FACT SHEET 2 - Liquid Asset Exemption Levels as of January 2006 (PDF - 1.2MB, 2 pages)
How much you can have in the bank and still apply for or receive welfare, in each province and territory

FACT SHEET 3 - Estimated 2006 Annual Welfare Income by Type of Household (PDF - 1.6MB, 7 pages)
Welfare Incomes 2006 estimates total welfare incomes for 4 types of households in each province and territory, for a total of 52 scenarios.
Household types:
- a single employable person;
- a single person with a disability;
- a lone-parent with a 2-year-old child; and
- a two-parent family with 2 children aged 10 and 15.

Still to come:
The remaining fact sheets are as follows:
(click the above link to see if they've posted new fact sheets since the first three above)

FACT SHEET 4 - Monthly Earnings Exemption Levels as of January 2006
FACT SHEET 5 -2006 Before-tax low income cut-off
FACT SHEET 6 -2006 After-tax low income cut-off
FACT SHEET 7 - 2006 Before-tax average income
FACT SHEET 8 - 2006 After-tax average income
FACT SHEET 9 -2006 Before-tax median income
FACT SHEET 10 -2006 After-tax median income
FACT SHEET 11 -2006 Market Basket Measure (MBM)
FACT SHEET 12 -2006 Market Basket Measure (MBM) and Old Age Security (OAS)
FACT SHEET 13 -Total welfare incomes over time in 2006 constant dollars ($)
FACT SHEET 14 - Percentage change in welfare incomes in 2006 constant dollars, selected years
FACT SHEET 15 - Peak year and 2006 welfare incomes
FACT SHEET 16 - Welfare incomes and child benefits
FACT SHEET 17 - Total welfare incomes and poverty over time

Data on Market Basket Measures (MBM) as a comparison tool is also being made available for the first time. This is in light of the responses to the 2006 NCW Questionnaire on Poverty and Income Security regarding the importance of having a measure of poverty based on the real cost of living. Additional MBM information will be added to the Council's website as new data are available.

National Council of Welfare
Research and Publications
- links to NCW research areas and collections of fact sheets

Complete List of Council Publications - both online and in paper format, right back to 1971

Source:
National Council of Welfare
The Council advises the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development on the needs and problems of low-income Canadians and on social and related programs and policies.

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

6. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Canada's economy in 2007 - April 10
--- Study: Earnings inequality and earnings instability of immigrants in Canada - April 9
--- Study: High school dropouts returning to school, 1990/1991 to 2004/2005
- April 9

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

April 10, 2008
Study: Canada's economy in 2007
Thanks largely to the money earned from resources, Canada defied the conventional wisdom and was able to overcome several obstacles to steady economic growth, according to a study released today in the Canadian Economic Observer. These hurdles included the slowing US economy and the credit squeeze in global financial markets.

April 9, 2008
Study: Earnings inequality and earnings instability of immigrants in Canada
The study, "Earnings inequality and earnings instability of immigrants in Canada," published in Statistics Canada's Analytical Studies Research Paper Series, provides further insights into the changing fortunes of immigrants in Canada by focusing on the volatility of their earnings.
Earnings volatility, or earnings instability, refers to year-to-year deviations of individual annual earnings from the average earnings of this individual in a given time period.The study found that instability in earnings for immigrants usually declines substantially after they have spent several years in Canada.
Complete study (PDF - 451K, 51 pages)

April 9, 2008
Study: High school dropouts returning to school, 1990/1991 to 2004/2005
Fewer young women than men quit school without their high school diploma. And female dropouts are also more likely than men to return to class to finish their high school education, according to a new study.
The study, "High school dropouts returning to school," based on data from the Labour Force Survey and the Youth in Transition Survey, found that a significant number of high school dropouts take advantage of the "second chance" system that offers them another opportunity to get their diploma.
Complete study (PDF - 218K, 38 pages)

NOTE: some weeks are slower than others at StatCan on the social stats front --- just in case I've missed any that you might consider important, go to the April 11 issue of The Daily and then click on the links to the different days at the bottom of the page to see everything that StatCan has released in the past week...

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

7. Global Strategies: Improving Labour Conditions for the Working Poor (conference - May 1-2, 2008)
(McGill University)

Global Strategies: Improving Labour Conditions for the Working Poor
May 1st and 2nd, 2008
McGill University Faculty Club
3450, McTavish Street, Montreal
The Institute for Health and Social Policy is hosting a conference to discuss effective programs and policies that improve the labor conditions of the working poor.

Online program (PDF - 128K, 2 pages)

Source:
McGill University

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - April 11

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

April 11, 2008

Child care space statistics 2007
11 Apr 08
This report presents provincial/territorial data on the number and breakdown of spaces in regulated child care as of March 31, 2007. It updates the Childcare Resource and Research Unit's most recent edition of Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada (2006) which presented Canadian child care data as of March 31, 2006.

Hand in hand: Improving the links between ECEC and schools in OECD countries
11 Apr 08
- Paper prepared for The Institute for Child and Family Policy at Columbia University exploring the efforts in OECD countries to link ECEC and schools.

Full-day kindergarten and student literacy growth: Does a lengthened school day make a difference?
11 Apr 08
- Report from Early Childhood Research Quarterly examining literacy outcomes for economically disadvantaged students in full-day versus half-day programs.

Who is ahead and who is behind? Gaps in school readiness and student achievement in the early grades for California’s children
11 Apr 08
- Report from RAND examining achievement gaps for children in California and the potential of high-quality preschool programs to reduce the differences.

Exploring recruitment and retention issues for BC’s community social sector employees
11 APR 08
- Report from SPARC BC examining the evidence, impacts, and ways of improving recruitment and retention in the community social service sector in BC.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Growth of new child-care spaces stunted after Tories took power: report [CA-ON]
10 APR 08

· More money for early education [CA-SK]
10 APR 08

· Primary watch: Ignoring early education [US]
8 APR 08

· Bringing in baby [UK]
8 APR 08

· Canadian early childhood educators get life-changing experience in Jamaica [JM]
6 APR 08

· Protestors rally against uncontrolled nurseries in Spain [ES]
4 APR 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

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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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

9. 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 twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

April 10, 2008
* Food Stamp Program - Michigan
* Prisoner Re-entry Programs
* Medicaid and Federal Rule Changes
* Public Housing and Proposed Work Requirement - Chicago, IL
* Foster Parent Reimbursement Rate - Illinois
* Kids Count Reports - Rhode Island, Delaware
* Child Welfare Funding - Florida
* Study: States and Income Inequality
* Report: Wages and Self-sufficiency - New Jersey
* National Affordable Housing Study
* Payday Lending Legislation - Ohio
* Report on Emergency Room Use

April 7, 2008
* Privatization of Social Services - Texas
* State Budgets and Spending on Social Programs
* Homeless School Children - Detroit, MI
* Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting System - Hawaii
* Foster Children and Health Records - Texas
* Medicaid and Children's Dental Care - Florida
* Food Stamp Program Enrollment - Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, California
* Grocery Price Disparities and the Low-income - Denver, CO
* Earned Income Tax Credit - Connecticut, Colorado
* Low-income Student Achievement in Wealthy Schools - California
* Paid Family Leave - New Jersey, California
* Low-income Housing and Innovative Design
* States and Managing Prison Populations
* States and Mortgage Aid Programs

Search Poverty Dispatches

IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.
Anyone wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

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

- 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

10. Poverty reduction initiatives in the United States

Targeting Poverty: Aim at a Bull’s Eye (PDF - 156K, 16 pages)
Updated October 2006
By Jodie Levin-Epstein and Webb Lyons
[
The following summary of the paper is taken from the CLASP web site,
augmented by a sentence from the report itself, and a few clarifications for non-U.S. readers]:

Forty years after the War on Poverty and a year after [Hurricane] Katrina struck, commitments to tackle poverty are beginning to come back onto political and policy agendas [in the United States]. This report considers why poverty is reemerging as a political issue; how poverty is a “purple” rather than a red or blue state [Republican or Democratic] issue; what the picture of poverty looks like in the U.S.; and where poverty targets and related efforts are underway. The report identifies efforts around the nation to set poverty targets -- numerical goals and timelines -- for the reduction or elimination of poverty. For example: In California, a 2006 bill calls for child poverty to be eliminated by 2026; in Connecticut, state law already establishes that child poverty is to be reduced by 50 percent by 2014. Among the reasons why poverty may be gaining attention is the increasing concern among many Americans that at some point they and their families may experience poverty.
Source:
Center for Law and Social Policy

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From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity:

Campaigns to Fight Poverty and Increase Opportunity
- links to 17 American poverty reduction campaigns and projects

Recent U.S. Anti-Poverty Proposals
- links to 15 reports on various aspects of poverty reduction from a number of sources, ranging from The Cato Institute to The Brookings Institute.

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More U.S. initiatives to reduce poverty:

* Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America by 50% by 2020

* State-level approaches to reducing poverty in Minnesota, New Mexico, California, and Missouri

* the Economic Policy Institute’s Agenda for Shared Prosperity [with a focus broader than poverty only]

* Connecticut’s Policy to Reduce Child Poverty by 50% by 2014.

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

11. Pulling Apart : A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends - April 9
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Washington)

PULLING APART: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends
April 2008
by Jared Bernstein, Elizabeth McNichol, and Andrew Nicholas

"The gap between the richest and poorest families...grew significantly in most states over the past two decades...In fact, the nation’s longstanding trend of growing inequality accelerated since the late 1990s as incomes fell for poor families in a number of states."

Press Release (with state contacts):
Income Inequality Grew in Most States Over Past Two Decades: Low-Income Families Lost Ground Since Late 1990s
April 9, 2008
http://www.cbpp.org/4-9-08sfp-pr.htm
http://www.cbpp.org/4-9-08sfp-pr.pdf (5pp.)

Report:
http://www.cbpp.org/4-9-08sfp.htm (executive summary)
http://www.cbpp.org/4-9-08sfp.pdf (74pp.)

State-by-State Fact Sheets:
http://www.cbpp.org/4-9-08sfp-states.htm

State Data Tables:
http://www.cbpp.org/08state-datatables.xls

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, DC)

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

12. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
---
A roof over every head - Posted:08-04-2008
--- report of the National Youth Commission inquiry into youth homelessness - Posted 08-04-2008
--- Key national indicators of children's health, development and wellbeing - Posted 07-04-2008

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO)
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

Selected content from the most recent APO Weekly Briefing:

A roof over every head
Posted:08-04-2008
Homelessness will be a test of the Rudd government, write David MacKenzie and David Eldridge from the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness

Australia's homeless youth:
a report of the National Youth Commission inquiry into youth homelessness

Posted 08-04-2008
National Youth Commission / Caledonia Foundation
The National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness is the second inquiry, specifically focused on homelessness, to be conducted independently of government. Twenty years on, 'youth homelessness' is still with us.

Key national indicators of children's health, development
and wellbeing: indicator framework of 'A picture of Australia's children 2009'

Posted 07-04-2008
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This bulletin previews the reporting framework and key national indicators that will be the basis of the report, 'A picture of Australia's children 2009', scheduled for release in 2009.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

13. Measuring the Progress of Societies
(Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development)

Measuring the Progress of Societies:
World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

The project on "Measuring the Progress of Societies"- is hosted by the OECD and run in collaboration with other international and regional partners - it seeks to become the world wide reference point for those who wish to measure, or assess, the progress of their societies.

The project has been built around a series of World Forums and encompasses associated work within and outside of the OECD. Read more. The last World Forum was held on 27-30 June 2007 in Istanbul and focused on "Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies".
Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Measuring the Progress of Societies
Newsletter - Issue 1
- March 2008 (PDF - 932K, 10 pages)
Table of contents:
* Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative
* On the Right track : Canadian index of Well-Being (by Roy J. Romanow)
* Measuring and Fostering the Progress of African Societies
* Conference on Gross National Happiness
* Highlights
* Wikigender - "...a project initiated by the OECD Development Centre to facilitate the exchange and improve the knowledge about gender-related issues around the world. A special focus of this project is to collect empirical evidence and to identify adequate statistics and measurement tools of gender equality."

14. CRINMAIL 972, 973 (April 2008)
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

10 April 2008 - CRINMAIL 973
* UN: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force [news]
* IRAQ: Around 1,350 children languishing in jails [news]
* SOUTH AFRICA: Signing of Children's Act welcomed [news]
* CANADA: Immigration rules on child separation [news]
* ISRAEL: Reality show 'exploits children' [news]
* COMPETITION: Ibero-American Black and White Photography [news]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

8 April 2008 - CRINMAIL 972
* AFRICA: African Human Rights Complaints Handling Mechanisms - A descriptive analysis [publication]
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Groundbreaking review launched [news]
*ECOWAS: 'Ex-slave' takes Niger to court [news]
* VIOLENCE: Gender-Based Sexual Violence Against Teenage Girls in the Middle East [publication]
* SUDAN: Five years on, no justice for sexual violence in Darfur [publication]
* BUSINESS: Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice [publication]
* SPAIN: Stop Child Trafficking International Congress [event]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ 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.

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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9. Her violet eyes are exactly the same shade as mine.

8. Her hips are as good as new.

7. Sent me a note after Academy Awards: "You didn't suck quite as bad as everyone says".

6. Has always had a taste for diamond rings the size of mangos.

5. She's one of the few legendary screen actresses who can dunk.

4. Doesn't just like it when construction workers whistle at her -- she marries them.

3. Endearing way she's always saying, "Fetch my bed jacket, Meathead!"

2. Just as sophisticated as Joan Collins, and would never do this: (roll videotape)

1. Two more husbands and I'll have me a new list.

Source:
David Letterman's  Top Ten
http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/top_ten/index/php/20080404.phtml


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And in closing...
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The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time

http://www.nerve.com/dispatches/nerveeditors/50GreatestComedySketches/01/
(If these videos don't work, you may be behind a security firewall at the office or school; in that case, watch them at home...)
#1: The Dead Parrot Sketch - my personal favourite!

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