Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 13, 2012

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 2,556 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. Rethinking the food bank : It’s no longer just about handing out food to the hungry (Toronto Star) - May 11
2. Alberta:

--- Alberta's social programs face sweeping review
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May 11
--- Super ministry responsible for all Alberta social programs -
May 10
3. [City of Toronto] SPARmonitor : May 9, 2012 (Social Policy, Analysis and Research - City of Toronto)
4. Federal budget 2012: Systemic underfunding for Aboriginal peoples (Canadian Union of Public Employees) - May 8
5. Federal Budget 2012: Women’s rights suffer significant setbacks under Harper majority (Canadian Union of Public Employees) - May 8
6.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, April 2012 - May 11
--- 2011 Census of Agriculture
- May 10
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. [U.S.] The tattered safety net for the disabled (Washington Post) - May 12
10. [U.S.] Poverty’s Poster Child [the plight of American Indians in the American West] (New York Times) - May 9

11. [U.S.] Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012
12. [U.S.] Human Services and Housing Supports to Address Family Homelessness : Promising Practices in the Field (Department of Health and Human Services) - November 2011

13. [U.K.] Beyond the bottom line: the role of the living wage in raising living standards (Institute for Public Policy Research) - May 10

14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Rethinking the food bank : It’s no longer just about handing out food to the hungry - May 11
(Toronto Star)

Rethinking the food bank:
It’s no longer just about handing out food to the hungry

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1177697
May 12, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
(...) Nick Saul, who 14 years ago transformed a dreary west Toronto food bank into a centre for social change, is leaving The Stop Community Food Centre to spread the model nationally.
As founding president of Community Food Centres Canada, Saul’s goal is to raise $20 million to open 15 affiliate centres across the country by 2017 — and revolutionize the way Canadians view food, health and poverty. (...) “We need a more honest conversation about food banks and how they aren’t a solution to hunger,” he says. “They have become such a part of our culture that we don’t actually stop to question what they are doing."
(...)
Do the Math [ http://dothemath.thestop.org/ ], a campaign championed by The Stop, challenges politicians and community leaders to live on the meagre income of someone receiving social assistance. A similar campaign, Put Food in the Budget [ http://putfoodinthebudget.ca/ ], born out of the province’s poverty reduction initiative, urges Queen’s Park to introduce a healthy food benefit to help those on welfare buy food and pay the rent.
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Food Facts:
• 900,000 Number of Canadians used food banks in 2010
• 50 Percentage of people who need food banks but stay away out of shame
• $6.6 billion Annual estimated cost of unhealthy eating in Canada
• 38 Percentage increase in number of working poor in Canada between 1998 to 2008
• 33 Percentage of greenhouse gas emissions generated by agriculture and our industrial food system
• 22 Number of Canadians diagnosed with diabetes every hour
[Source: Community Food Centres Canada]

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

Related links:

The Stop Community Food Centre
http://www.thestop.org/
The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality. Operating in two locations in Toronto, The Stop strives to meet basic food needs and, at the same time, foster opportunities for community members to build mutual support networks, connect to resources and find their voices on the underlying causes of hunger and poverty.

Community Food Centres Canada
http://cfccanada.ca/
The Stop has proven that food can be the beginning of an ongoing transformation in the health and quality of life of low-income communities. Individuals and organizations from across the country are now calling for The Stop’s community food centre model in their own communities. Momentum generated in a pilot phase starting in early 2011 has led to the creation of Community Food Centres Canada, a new national organization with the mandate to further the community food centre model across the country.

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

2. Alberta:
--- Alberta's social programs face sweeping review
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May 11
--- Super ministry responsible for all Alberta social programs -
May 10

Alberta's social programs face sweeping review:
Human Services first department under microscope

http://goo.gl/vIJXp
By James Wood
May 11, 2012
The provincial government is undertaking a sweeping, multi-pronged review of social programs and services offered under the Human Services super-ministry. Human Services was formed last fall after Alison Redford became premier by combining child and family services with other ministerial responsibilities including employment, homelessness and welfare.

Source:
Calgary Herald

http://www.calgaryherald.com/

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Super ministry responsible for all Alberta social programs
http://goo.gl/pk1u2
By Karen Kleiss
May 10, 2012
EDMONTON - Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle marked another major shakeup in the delivery of services for vulnerable Albertans. Human Services has now become a super-ministry responsible for every major social program, including those for unemployed, disabled and homeless Albertans, as well as children in care. A new associate minister in the department will focus specifically on services for people with disabilities. The Seniors ministry has been dismantled, and services for older Albertans will now be provided by the Department of Health, under the auspices of an associate minister. The changes mark another step in Premier Alison Redford’s plan to remake Alberta’s social safety net.

Source:
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/

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New Cabinet team focused on growing Alberta's future
New structure to change the way government does business
http://goo.gl/jRONB
May 8, 2012
News Release
Premier Alison Redford has named a new Cabinet team that will help bring about the change that Albertans recently voted for.
- incl. the List of Cabinet members in order of precedence, government structure and committees, and a summary of changes to government structure resulting from this Cabinet shuffle.

Source:
Government of Alberta
http://alberta.ca/

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

3. [City of Toronto] SPARmonitor : May 9, 2012 - May 9
(Social Policy, Analysis and Research - City of Toronto)

From the
City of Toronto:

SPAR Monitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
This bi-weekly bulletin is a quick inventory of recent social research information. Its purpose is to promptly
disseminate the most current external and internal research relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : May 9, 2012 (PDF - 148K, 5 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_80.pdf
Table of contents of this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)
Ø Making it in Canada: Immigration Outcomes and Policies
Ø Colour Coded Health Care: The Impact of Race and Racism on Canadians’ Health
Ø Dementia: A Public Health Priority
Ø Response to the Social Assistance Review Discussion Paper
Ø Job-Related Training of Older Workers
Ø Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty
Ø Final Report - Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP)
Ø What Immigration Means for U.S. Employment and Wages

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

4. Federal budget 2012: Systemic underfunding for Aboriginal peoples - May 8
(Canadian Union of Public Employees)

From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees
:

Federal budget 2012: Systemic underfunding for Aboriginal peoples
http://cupe.ca/aboriginal/federal-budget-2012-systemic
May 8, 2012
It’s been six years since the Conservatives scrapped the Kelowna Accord—an important agreement established to begin closing the poverty gap between Aboriginal peoples and Canadians. Since then, the federal government has consistently ignored the disturbing conditions in many First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, preferring instead to focus on its big oil agenda. The 2012 federal budget continues its record of appalling underfunding for some of the country’s poorest communities, and recent budget cuts have effectively silenced some of the advocacy groups that fight for basic rights for Aboriginal peoples.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

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

5. Federal Budget 2012: Women’s rights suffer significant setbacks under Harper majority - May 8
(Canadian Union of Public Employees)

From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees
:

Federal Budget 2012: Women’s rights suffer significant setbacks under Harper majority
http://cupe.ca/economics/federal-budget-2012-womens-rights
May 8, 2012
The federal government promised that one of the priorities of the federal budget budget would be “supporting families and communities”. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives have failed miserably on this front, especially when it comes to the women and girls of Canada. Women continue to face a number of challenges in the labour force. Women rely heavily on public services. They often hold precarious jobs, with less pay than their male counterparts. A lack of affordable, quality child care also places an extra burden on mothers of young children. Senior women are among the poorest in the country.
Includes:
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OAS and GIS cuts
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No child care
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Cuts to services and jobs
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Tax cuts for rich corporations
This federal budget has done nothing to improve the lives of women and girls. For many, it has made life worse. We need a federal presence to achieve equality for women, not abandon it.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/

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Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

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

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, April 2012 - May 11
--- 2011 Census of Agriculture
- May 10

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 ]

May 11, 2012
Labour Force Survey, April 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120511/dq120511a-eng.htm
Employment increased by 58,000 in April, mostly in full-time work. This was the second consecutive month of notable gains after four months of little change. With more people searching for work, the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.3%.

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-001-X&lang=eng
This publication brings together and analyzes a wide range of labour and income data. Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income.
[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related link:

Rachel Mendleson: Canada Unemployment April 2012:
'Hidden Unemployed' Phenomenon Means Real Jobless Rate Much Higher

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/blackberry/p.html?id=1508852
May 11, 2012
According to new labour force data released on Friday, Canada’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 7.3 per cent in April. Though the economy added 58,000 jobs, more people were looking for work, pushing the jobless rate up by 0.1 per cent over the previous month. But when it comes to taking stock of unemployment, the headline number is only part of the story. In addition to the 1.3 million people that are now counted among Canada’s unemployed, by any estimate there are tens of thousands more who aren’t identified as jobless, despite the fact that, for all other intents and purposes, that is precisely what they are.
Source:
Huffington Post Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

Related StatCan subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://goo.gl/HXNdl

* Household assets, debts and wealth
http://goo.gl/xAd3d

May 10, 2012
2011 Census of Agriculture
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120510/dq120510a-eng.htm
The trend to consolidation and adaptation in the Canadian agricultural sector continued between 2006 and 2011 as the number of census farms declined and many farms expanded and consolidated their operations. The 2011 Census of Agriculture showed a shift away from livestock-based farms to crop-based farms.

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Related link:
Gilles' Statistics Canada Link Archive
(3,000+ links to selected StatCan social studies going back to 2008)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/statcan_link_archive.htm

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

7. 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

May 12, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Expecting better: A state-by-state analysis of laws that help new parents
http://goo.gl/ZSYkt
9 May 2012 | United States
Report from the National Partnership for Women & Families (US) "includes a snapshot of laws that help parents and other family caregivers meet the needs of both older and younger members of their families."

Nga Taonga Whakaako: Bicultural competence in early childhood education,
http://goo.gl/yD5m0
9 May 2012 | Australia and New Zealand
Research examines "the perceptions of a range of early childhood practitioners, both Mäori and non- Mäori, of bicultural competency in early childhood education."

Identifying profiles of quality in home-based child care
http://goo.gl/dBUoC
9 May 2012 | United States
Research findings show that "only 12% of [home child care] providers demonstrated above moderate levels of quality across measures". Concludes that "this finding underscores the need to raise the floor of quality in home-based child care settings".

Rights from the start: Early childhood education and care
http://goo.gl/VOZ1e
9 May 2012 | International
Report from the Global Campaign for Education argues that "the failure to recognise young children as rights-holders is central to perpetuating gaps [in ECEC services internationally]". Campaign video and petition also available.

You Bet We Still Care! A pan-Canadian survey of the child care workforce.
http://goo.gl/WdQgf
8 May 2012 | Canada
The Child Care Human Resources Sector Council is sponsoring a survey of employers (including administrators, owners, directors, and supervisors) and employees (including ECEs and program staff) working in regulated, full-day, centre-based programs, and we need your input! The survey - "You Bet We Still Care!" - will be released at the end of May. Sign up for the CCHRSC newsletter to receive email notification when the survey is live.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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

Canadian kids need own commissioner, Garneau urges
http://goo.gl/2i3gb
11 May 2012 | Canada

Unions and parents call for more teachers in Scotland's nurseries
http://goo.gl/OBNwn
9 May 2012 | Europe

Hunger and poverty: Demand action
http://goo.gl/7yHLg
9 May 2012 | Nova Scotia

Harper Majority results in Women's rights setbacks
http://goo.gl/GsCIW
9 May 2012 | Canada

Virtually on strike
http://goo.gl/e0acP
9 May 2012 | Nova Scotia

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

8. 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:

May 11:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/11/
Extended Jobless Benefits
Medicaid Payments to Primary Care Doctors
Family Homelessness - Washington DC
Global Premature Births

May 10:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/10/
National Assessment of Educational Progress
Access to Healthcare in the US

May 9:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/09/
Joblessness and Unemployment
State Medicaid Programs - Florida, Louisiana

May 8:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/08/
Summer Meal Program - Philadelphia, PA
Hospitals and Charity Care - Maine
Homelessness and Housing - Texas, Florida

May 7:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/07/
Medicaid Spending - Texas
Minimum Wage and Payday Loan Ballot Initiatives - Missouri
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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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

9. [U.S.] The tattered safety net for the disabled - May 12
(
Washington Post)

The tattered safety net for the disabled
http://goo.gl/JwrNj
May 12, 2012
Most warnings about skyrocketing entitlement spending come accompanied by a day of reckoning far off in the future (though that day is coming closer). Not so in a little-noticed but fast-growing corner of Social Security: coverage for those with disabilities. The latest report from the Social Security trustees [ http://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/index.html ] found that the costs of the disability insurance program, which provides coverage to 11 million disabled workers and dependents, would exceed the amount coming in from payroll taxes by the beginning of next year. The disability insurance trust fund is on track to run out of money completely in 2016.
Source:
Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

10. [U.S.] Poverty’s Poster Child[the plight of American Indians in the American West] - May 9
(New York Times)

Poverty’s Poster Child
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/kristof-povertys-poster-child.html
By Nicholas D. Kristof
May 9, 2012
This sprawling Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a Connecticut-sized zone of prairie and poverty, where the have-nots are defined less by the money they lack than by suffocating hopelessness. In the national number line of inequality, people here represent the “other 1 percent,” the bottom of the national heap. Pine Ridge is a poster child of American poverty and of the failures of the reservation system for American Indians in the West.

Poverty in the United States, including in the reservations, is so entrenched because it is often part of a toxic brew of alcohol or drug dependencies, dysfunctional families and educational failures. It self-replicates generation after generation. (...) Half the population over 40 on Pine Ridge has diabetes, and tuberculosis runs at eight times the national rate. As many as two-thirds of adults may be alcoholics, one-quarter of children are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and the life expectancy is somewhere around the high 40s — shorter than the average for sub-Saharan Africa. Less than 10 percent of children graduate from high school.

(...) How might present and future leaders lift up Indian reservations such as Pine Ridge out of poverty?
One factor is the alcohol and drug abuse and broken families. (...)
A second is that reservations are often structured in ways that discourage private investment. (...)
Third, the arid lands here just can’t support many people. (...)

Even though the reservation system is largely failing in the West, there are bright spots. One is the growing number of American Indians getting a good education. Another is that initiatives to emphasize traditional Sioux culture and spirituality seem to have boosted community pride and helped wean some families from alcohol and drugs.

Source:
New York Times (Opinion pages)

http://www.nytimes.com/

On the Ground - Nicholas D. Kristof's blog
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/

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The Canadian perspective:

Death by a Thousand Cuts:
On the slow demise of Aboriginal civil society by government design

http://www.themarknews.com/articles/8446-death-by-a-thousand-cuts
April 25, 2012
Source:
The Mark
http://www.themarknews.com/

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They Came for the Children:
Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools
(PDF - 3.8MB, 124 pages)
http://goo.gl/SdBhD
February 2012
Source:
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

http://www.trc.ca/

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The Income Gap Between
Aboriginal Peoples and the Rest of Canada
(PDF - 995K, 34 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/reports/docs/Aboriginal Income Gap.pdf
By Daniel Wilson and David Macdonald
April 2010

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

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Exposing the aboriginal industry:
http://www.thestar.com/article/623493
Canada spends billions on its native people, yet many aboriginals remain plagued by poverty, addiction and other social ills.
Meanwhile, a handful of lawyers, band leaders and chiefs prosper, argue the authors of a controversial new book
April 25, 2009
By Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard
Source:
The Toronto Star

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

11. [U.S.] Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012

Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012
Every five years, Congress passes a bundle of legislation, commonly called the "Farm Bill" that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008, and expires on September 30, 2012. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed the bill by a vote of 16-5. The bill will now be discussed in the Senate before the final vote. It's an important bill because it's the legislative authority for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), and the bill cuts SNAP funding by $4.49 billion over 10 years.

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From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

SNAP Working as Intended to Fight Hunger and Lift Families Out of Poverty
http://goo.gl/7Q0pg
May 8, 2012
Testifying today before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture, Stacy Dean, the Center’s Vice President for Food Assistance Policy, explained that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) “is working as it’s supposed to work” to meet the critical needs of one in seven Americans — a figure that speaks both to the extensive need across the country and to SNAP’s important role in addressing it.

The main findings of her testimony:

SNAP does an admirable job of meeting its core purpose — to provide a basic nutrition benefit to low-income Americans. The program has largely eliminated severe hunger and malnutrition in the United States.
SNAP is highly responsive to need. As an entitlement, it responds quickly and effectively to support low-income families and communities during times of economic distress. Since December 2007, when the recession began, SNAP enrollment has increased by 19 million people.

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Introduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=2226

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House Agriculture Committee Proposal Would Cut 2 Million
Off Food Stamps, Reduce Benefits for More Than 44 Million Others

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3749
By Stacy Dean and Dottie Rosenbaum
April 18, 2012

Source:
Off the Charts Blog

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

NOTE : For more articles by CBPP about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,
go to the International section of the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm#international

Related link:

The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (PDF - 1.2MB, 980 pages)
http://goo.gl/w7Fp7
[See Title IV—Nutrition - Subtitle A : Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program]

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

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

12. [U.S.] Human Services and Housing Supports to Address Family Homelessness : Promising Practices in the Field - November 2011
(Department of Health and Human Services)

Human Services and Housing Supports to Address Family Homelessness:
Promising Practices in the Field
ASPE* Research Brief
[*Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation]

November 2011
HTML version:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/11/FamilyHomelessness/rb.shtml
PDF version (700K, 20 pages)
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/11/FamilyHomelessness/rb.pdf

About This Research Brief:
This ASPE Research Brief explores local programs for linking human services and housing supports to prevent and end family homelessness. The Research Brief is based on interviews with stakeholders in 14 communities nationwide, highlighting key practices that facilitated the implementation and ongoing sustainability of the programs. The Research Brief was prepared by Abt Associates under contract with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Table of contents:
Background
Summary of Findings
Methods
Promising Practices
Promising Practices Among Programs with PHA Involvement
Conclusions

Source:
Human Services Policy
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/index.shtml

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
http://aspe.hhs.gov/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.hhs.gov/

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

13. [U.K.] Beyond the bottom line: the role of the living wage in raising living standards - May 10
(
Institute for Public Policy Research)

United Kingdom

Beyond the bottom line: the role of the living wage in raising living standards
http://goo.gl/aFGR5
May 10, 2012
Over the last decade, campaigners have helped to ensure that many people can benefit from a 'living wage', a pay rate designed to ensure workers can take home enough to live on. This project aims to build a sound evidence base around the potential impact of the living wage.

After succesful campaigning by London Citizens, more than 100 organisations in London are now established as living wage employers, covering over 10,000 workers. In May 2011, Citizens UK launched the Living Wage Foundation, which will provide accreditation of living wage employers across the UK, with a new national, non-London rate also announced. The living wage has also gained widespread support from across the political spectrum and from many business and community leaders.

Related article:

What price a living wage?
Understanding the impact of a living wage on firm-level wage bills

May 2012

Abstract (HTML)
http://goo.gl/MD4S1
This short report analyses the likely impact of introducing the living wage as a new wage floor for a range of FTSE-listed businesses across a range of industry sectors. (...) The living wage is a voluntary measure designed to pay the lowest-paid workers enough to enable a decent standard of living, hand-in-hand with full take-up of available benefits and allowances. There are separate rates for London (£8.30 per hour) and elsewhere (£7.20).

Complete report (PDF - 664K, 20 pages)
http://goo.gl/kahxp

By Matthew Pennycook
10 May 2012
This paper will inform the joint Resolution Foundation and IPPR project on the living wage, ‘Beyond the bottom line’, which will report later this year.
Main contents:
Measuring the cost of a living wage on firm-level wage bills
Wage ‘spillover’ effects
Potential benefits to business of paying a living wage
Bearing the cost of living wage implementation
Average firm-level wage bill cost of a living wage
Conclusion

Source:
Institute for Public Policy Research

http://www.ippr.org/
The Institute for Public Policy Research is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank. We produce rigorous research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world. We are open and independent in how we work, and with offices in London and the North of England, IPPR spans a full range of local and national policy debates. Our international partnerships extend IPPR’s influence and reputation across the world.

Related link:

Living Wage Foundation
http://www.livingwage.org.uk/
The Living Wage Foundation was launched by Citizens UK [ http://www.citizensuk.org/ ] in May 2011.
This national body is response to the growing interest in the Living Wage in other cities across the UK. The Foundation will oversee the accreditation of Living Wage Employers.

How was the Living Wage calculated?
* The Living Wage in the United Kingdom : Building on Success (PDF - 240K, 14 pages)
http://goo.gl/Rje9t
June 2011 (PDF file date)
By Donald Hirsch and Rhys Moore

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

14. 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)
Latest issue:

9 May 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1275
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4218
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- At the hands of the State
- Crushing baby flesh capsules
- Steps in the wrong direction
- Steps in the right direction
- Expired milk and radioactive schools
- Children and governance
- Selecting a new SRSG on Children & Armed Conflict
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Kyrgyzstan
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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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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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
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.

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


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Stock Market Report

Helium was up, feathers were down.

Paper was stationary.

Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading.

Knives were up sharply.

Cows steered into a bull market.

Pencils lost a few points.

Hiking equipment was trailing.

Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow decline.

Weights were up in heavy trading.

Light switches were off.

Mining equipment hit rock bottom.

Diapers remained unchanged.

Shipping lines stayed at an even keel.

The market for raisins dried up.

Coca Cola fizzled.

Caterpillar stock inched up a bit.

Sun peaked at midday.

Balloon prices were inflated.

Scott Tissue touched a new bottom.

And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the market.

Source:
Email

 

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Mom : For All That You Have given Me

For all that you have given me,
I can return but love. For you
Bound up the wounds I did not see
And gave me hopes and passions new.
I can return but love for you,
Whose unmoved faith my heart did move,
And gave me hopes and passions new,
And loved me till I turned to love.

Whose unmoved faith did my heart move?
The mother of my heart, not blood,
Who loved me till I turned to love.
And I became the soul I would.

The mother of my heart, not blood,
Bound up the wounds I did not see.
And I became the soul I would
For all that you have given me.

Source:
http://www.poemsforfree.com/foral2.html

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the Moms out there ---- hope you have (or had) a very special day!!!