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June 13, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.  Ontario's Welfare Review Advisory Council to release its final report at 10am on June 14 (CNW)
2. Former Bank of Canada Governor urges cuts to welfare, employment insurance (John Stapleton's rebuttal in The Mark) - June 11
3. The Connection between Low Income, Weak Labour Force Attachment and Poor Health (Myriam Fortin in Canadian Studies in Population) - May 2010
4. [Québec] Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion 2010-2015 : $7 billion to combat poverty (QC Govt.) - June 6
5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds) - June 10
--- Canadian Economic Observer, June 2010
- June 10
--- Canadian Social Trends, Number 90
--- Revising Statistics Canada's Low Income Measure (LIM) - June 7
--- Homeownership over the Life Course of Canadians - June 7
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 13
7. Selections from Jennefer Laidley's media scan

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. German Millionaires Volunteer to Pay 'Rich Tax' (CNBC) - June 10
10. Australian Policy Online (recent content)
11. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]


1. Ontario's Welfare Review Advisory Council to release its final report at 10am on June 14
(CNW)

Media Advisory - Ontario Government council
proposes way forward for review of social assistance

TORONTO, June 11 (2010)
According to CNW (Canada Newswire), Ontario's Social Assistance Review Advisory Council will release its final report to the Ontario government on Monday June 14 at 10 a.m. in the Queen's Park Media Studio. The Council's recommendations will define a clear focus and process for reviewing income security programs in Ontario.

The report will be posted on the website of the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council (SARAC).
SARAC as created by the government of Ontario to recommend a scope and terms of reference for a review of Ontario's social assistance system. The Ontario government committed to conducting a social assistance review as part of its Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Advisory Council Members - biographical notes

Source:
Ministry of Community and Social Services

See also:

Provincial-territorial poverty reduction strategies and campaigns
(Click the Ontario link for a large collection of links to relevant resources)

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

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

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

2. Former Bank of Canada Governor urges cuts to welfare, employment insurance - June 11
(John Stapleton's rebuttal in The Mark)

Canada's Fiscal Future:
What to make of former Bank of Canada
governor David Dodge's predictions on Canada's economy?

By John Stapleton
June 11, 2010
(...) In a recent piece called ”Canada’s Fiscal Edge to Fade Without Tough Action,”, former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge set out his predictions respecting the economic troubles that Canada faces in the next decade unless the country can get its fiscal house in order. Dodge does not believe that spending cuts alone will be sufficient to stem the tide of red ink despite recent GDP growth, and he calls for more consumption taxes in order to balance the books in the future. Yet in his assessment of the spending cuts that will be required, he notes that "cuts would need to be both continuing and more radical than those of the mid-1990s."
Source:
The Mark
The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians.

Open Policy - John Stapleton's website

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

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

3. The Connection between Low Income, Weak Labour Force Attachment and Poor Health - May 2010
(Myriam Fortin in Canadian Studies in Population)

The Connection between Low Income,
Weak Labour Force Attachment and Poor Health
(PDF - 2MB, 28 pages)
May 2010
By Myriam Fortin
Social Policy Directorate
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Abstract
Using 1994-2004 data from the National Population Health Survey, this paper sheds light on the health situation of working-age Canadians and tests the connection between low income, weak labour force attachment and poor health using logistic regressions. Results indicate that persistently poor or weakly employed Canadians are in much poorer health than other Canadians, and that being persistently poor increases the probability of experiencing deterioration in health as much as being in poor health increases the probability of becoming poor, but that being persistently unemployed has an even stronger impact on health status.
Source:
Canadian Studies in Population
[ Directory of Open Access Journals --- all articles from Volume 1, 1974 to the current issue.]
(Refereed Journal of the
Canadian Population Society)

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

4. Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion 2010-2015 : $7 billion to combat poverty - June 6
(Québec government)

Poverty Reduction in Québec

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Recherchistes francophones:
Vous trouverez la version française des liens ci-dessous sur
la page de liens vers les ressources en français du Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

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Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion 2010-2015:
Québec announces an action plan of nearly $7 billion for individuals in situations of poverty

News Release
June 6th, 2010
Today, Sam Hamad, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister of Labour, and Lise Thériault, Minister for Social Services, unveiled the Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion 2010-2015: Québec’s Combat Against Poverty, which comes with total investments of nearly $7 billion. The Ministers were accompanied by the President of the Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale (CEPE), Alain Noël, and by the Chair of the Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale (CCLP), Damien Arsenault.

This action plan builds on a number of measures (e.g. Child Assistance and the Work Premium) introduced under the first Action Plan covering 2004-2010, and adds other structuring measures such as the Solidarity Tax Credit and an increase in funding ($115 million) for the Fonds québécois d’initiatives sociales (FQIS), which will enhance support for local, regional and Aboriginal anti-poverty projects.

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The Plan:
(English documents)

Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social
Inclusion 2010-2015: Québec’s Combat Against Poverty

This second action plans builds on existing initiatives and was also inspired by the ideas expressed by the nearly 2,500 individuals and Québec and regional organizations consulted during the Rendez-vous de la solidarité.

2004-2010 Government Action Plan
to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion

Brief overview of the original Action Plan, which "brought together a slate of measures worth $4.5 billion over the past six years[ending in 2010]."
* scroll to the bottom of that page to find links to the key reports on the initial Action Plan, including the 2004 Plan itself in great detail and annual reports for each year starting in June 2005

Final report of the
first Action Plan:

Year Five Report (PDF file., 233K, 50 pages)
February 2010
Table of contents:
INTRODUCTION
QUÉBEC’S APPROACH TO COMBATING POVERTY
UPDATE ON THE VARIOUS MEASURES
* Improve the lives of people living in poverty
* Increase the income of individuals and families
* Measures for groups at risk of persistent poverty
* Better housing
* Better living conditions for individuals and families
* Prevent poverty and social exclusion by developing people’s potential
* Support for parents and early childhood
* School success and persistence
* Measures for young people under age 25
* Support for initiatives to promote seniors’ social participation
* Involve society as a whole
* Ensure consistent, coherent efforts
* Additional efforts
CONVINCING RESULTS AND A CHANGING SITUATION
* Low income rates using the Market Basket Measure
* Work and employment
* Improving disposable income
* Variations in the social aid rate since 2003
* Interprovincial comparison of households receiving last-resort financial assistance
TOWARD A SECOND GOVERNMENT ACTION PLAN TO COMBAT POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION
CONCLUSION

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Complete text of the
2010-2015 Action Plan
(French only):

Plan d’action gouvernemental pour
la solidarité et l’inclusion sociale 2010-2015 :
Le Québec mobilisé contre la pauvreté
(French only, Fichier PDF., 2,72 Mo, 52 pages)

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2010-2015 Action Plan Investments
(French only):

Plan d'action gouvernemental
pour la solidarité et l'inclusion sociale 2010-2015

Communiqué
Le 6 juin 2010
Québec annonce un Plan d'action de près de 7 G$ pour améliorer les conditions de vie des personnes en situation de pauvreté.

Investissements relatifs au Plan d'action
gouvernemental pour la solidarité et l'inclusion sociale 2010-2015
(French only) (Fichier PDF., 17 ko, 1 page)

Le Plan d'action en un coup d'oeil
- Près de 7 milliards de dollars sur cinq ans, alloués selon quatre orientations:
1. Renforcer la solidarité en rapprochant les décisions des milieux locaux et régionaux
2. Valoriser le travail et favoriser l’autonomie des personnes.
3. Soutenir le revenu des personnes défavorisées.
4. Améliorer les conditions de vie des personnes et des familles à faible revenu.

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Related links to resources in English
from the Québec Government:

Rendez-vous de la solidarité 2009
A society engaged in action

(solidarity consultations)
In order to take into account the experience and knowledge of as many people as possible in drafting the 2010-2015 Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion, consultations, collectively called Rendez vous de la solidarité, were organized. In all, nearly 2,500 citizens and groups from all sectors of society had the opportunity to exchange viewpoints and express themselves.

Click the link above for more information on the Rendez vous initiative, including the province-wide and regional meetings with groups and individuals, focus groups, discussions with representatives of Aboriginal groups and an online citizen consultation.

Source (QC govt departments):
* Employment and Social Solidarity
* Health and Social Services

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Media coverage:

Montreal
Facing off across poverty line:
Shelter to shut doors for a day; 'Disheartened' by Quebec action plan
By T'cha Dunlevy
June 7, 2010

Aubin Boudreau, Director General of The Shelter Acceuil Bonneau, closes his eyes and pauses for a moment to collect his emotions. Boudreau was speaking to the press concerning the provincial governments underfunding of homeless shelters that will require the Acceuil Bonneau to close on Monday, in Montreal Sunday, June 6, 2010.
On the day that a Montreal homeless shelter announced it would close its doors for a day to decry a lack of funds, the Quebec government announced its $7-billion action plan to improve the conditions of people living in poverty through 2015. Accueil Bonneau will shut down today - as a symbolic gesture - for the first time in its 133-year history. Sam Hamad, the minister of employment and social solidarity, addressed the issue briefly yesterday in a press conference with Minister of Social Services Lise Thériault. However, he focused on his party's anti-poverty plan, which includes housing proposals and tax credits.
Source:
Montreal Gazette

Also from The Gazette:

Plans to cut payments draw ire of welfare-rights groups
By Jan Ravensbergen
June 10, 2010
MONTREAL - A media report that the Quebec government has developed plans to chop $121 a month in social-assistance supplements received by 11,000 single mothers with pre-schoolers drew sharp condemnation Thursday from a spectrum of welfare-rights advocacy groups. It also triggered a government assertion in Quebec City that while no decision has yet been made, various unspecified "scenarios" are being studied. Other classes of welfare recipients considered able to work, including two-parent families and individuals age 55 or more, are also being targeted for cutbacks - apparently packaged with incentives for participation in job training, according to the report. [More...]

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Homeless shelter closed in protest
June 7, 2010
In protest of what it calls a lack of government funding for Quebec's poor and homeless, Accueil Bonneau is closing its doors for 24 hours Monday, despite the government's announcement Sunday of a $7-billion plan to fight poverty.The plan includes a tax credit, working incentive cash and funds to mobilize groups to fight poverty, explained Employment Minister Sam Hamad. While the Quebec government announced Sunday actions it plans to take to alleviate poverty, including putting forth the sum over the next five years, protestors from homeless shelter Accueil Bonneau said they weren't satisfied.
Source:
CTV News Montreal

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

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

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds) - June 10
--- Canadian Economic Observer, June 2010
- June 10
--- Canadian Social Trends, Number 90
--- Revising Statistics Canada's Low Income Measure (LIM) - June 7
--- Homeownership over the Life Course of Canadians - June 7

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

June 10, 2010
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds)
Fourth quarter 2009
The market value of employer-sponsored pension funds amounted to $920.4 billion at the end of the fourth quarter, up $22.3 billion (+2.5%) from the previous quarter. This was the third consecutive quarter of growth in pension fund assets, as they rebounded from significant losses in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009.
- includes two tables:
* Trusteed pension funds, market value of assets by type
* Trusteed pension funds: Revenue and expenditures

Related subjects

* Business, consumer and property services
* Professional, scientific and technical services
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs
* Seniors
* Income, pensions and wealth

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June 10, 2010
Canadian Economic Observer, June 2010
Table of contents:
1. Sections
(Current economic conditions - Economic events - Recent feature articles - National accounts - Labour markets - Prices - International trade - Goods-producing industries [manufacturing, construction and resources] - Services [trade, transportation, travel and communications] - Financial markets - Provincial)
2. Tables
( National accounts - Labour markets - Prices - International trade - Goods-producing industries - Services - Financial markets - Provincial)
3. Charts
4. Appendices
5. User information
6. Related products

Source:
Canadian Economic Observer (Product main page)
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article.
[NOTE : Click "View" for the current issue or "Chronological index" for previous issues.]

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Canadian Social Trends Number 90
[This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians.]
- includes links to the following three articles:
[click the link above to access all three]

* Migration from central to surrounding municipalities in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver
by Martin Turcotte and Mireille Vézina
June 8, 2010
This article looks at movements of persons aged 25 to 44 years between central municipalities and suburban municipalities in the country’s three largest metropolitan areas.

* Making fathers “count”
by Pascale Beaupré, Heather Dryburgh and Michael Wendt
June 8, 2010
This article examines family status of fathers in Canada. The sociodemographic, family and conjugal characteristics of fathers are analyzed to illustrate the many faces of fathers.

* Foreign nationals working temporarily in Canada
by Derrick Thomas
June 8, 2010
This study examines the growing number of non-permanent residents who work temporarily in Canada. They are compared with permanent residents in terms of demographic characteristics, location, occupations and earnings

[ earlier editions of Canadian Social Trends - links to hundreds of feature articles similar to those above]

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June 7, 2010
Revising Statistics Canada's Low Income Measure (LIM)
June 2010
Statistics Canada introduced its Low Income Measure (LIM) in 1991 as a complement to its Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs). The Low Income Measure (LIM) is a dollar threshold that delineates low-income in relation to the median income and different versions of this measure are in wide use internationally. Over the intervening 25 years there have been a number of useful methodological and conceptual developments in the area of low income measurement. To make the Canadian LIM methodology consistent with international norms and practices, a revision of the Statistics Canada LIM methodology appears desirable.

Table of contents:
* Introduction
* The LIM and proposed modifications
* What happens to low-income statistics with all three modifications?
* Summary
* Tables and figures
* References
* Appendix A: Glossary
* More information
* PDF version (806K, 31 pages)

Source:
Income Research Paper Series

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June 7, 2010
Homeownership over the Life Course of Canadians:
Evidence from Canadian Censuses of Population

June 2010
By Feng Hou
Table of contents:
1. Acknowledgements
2. Abstract
3. Executive summary
4. Main article
5. Tables
6. Charts
7. Appendices
8. User information
9. PDF version (524K, 32 pages)

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

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 13

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

June 13, 2010

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

The full-day early learning - kindergarten program
9 Jun 10
- Draft curriculum from the Ontario Ministry of Education sets out expectations for the province's new full-day early learning programs, beginning Fall 2010.

Quality, outcomes and costs in early years education
9 Jun 10
- Report for the British Office of National Statistics based on data from the Millennium Cohort Study looks at relationship between quality of early years education and children's outcomes in primary school.

The mothers' voices project: Final report
9 Jun 10
- Report from the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition presents discussions with mothers across the province about their child care experiences; finds costs, accessibility and quality are common concerns.

OCBCC/CUPE post card campaign
3 Jun 10 - Campaign by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and CUPE asks Ontarians to tell the provincial government, "Don't drop the ball...on early learning and care".

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news:

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

· PEI leadership on childcare an example for others, says CUPE
[CA-PE] 9 Jun 10

· Little demand for after-school care for full-day kindergarten students, province finds
[CA-ON] 8 Jun 10

· Starting young in early years education boosts Foundation Stage Profile scores
[UK] 8 Jun 10

· Ottawa daycare shut down over health and safety concerns
[CA-ON] 7 Jun 10

· School board, B.C. going head to head on financial feud
[CA-BC] 7 Jun 10

· Coalition pushes universal childcare idea
[CA-NB] 2 Jun 10

· New day care to serve SIAST needs
[CA-SK] 31 May 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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

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

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

7. Selections from Jennefer Laidley's media scan

Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
does an ongoing media scan of social issues in Toronto, in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.
She gave me permission to share some of her work in this newsletter (thanks, Jennefer!)

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Ontario:

Working poor shut out of dental cash
June 11, 2010
Ontario’s Health Minister says there is no money to improve the oral health of Ontario’s 500,000 working poor. Deb Matthews said the province doesn’t have the resources to keep a promise of providing a dental plan for Ontario’s impoverished adults. Instead, the $135 million earmarked three years ago for affordable, routine care for adults struggling to pay the pricey fees of licensed Canadian dentists, will go to their children. (...) This admission (by Minister Matthews that her government can't afford a dental plan for poor adults) follows a Toronto Star investigation exposing a cottage industry of unlicensed and sometimes dangerous dentistry catering overwhelmingly to new immigrants who do not have dental insurance and cannot afford proper oral care.

32% of Canadians do not have dental insurance [emphasis added] and 17 per cent of residents across the country avoided seeing a licensed dentist last year because of cost, according to a recent Health Canada report.

Source:
Healthzone.ca
[ The Toronto Star ]

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Pension Reform:

Flaherty lays it out:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/10/pension-flaherty.html

CPP premiums to rise in pension reform move:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flaherty-proposes-raising-canada-pension-payroll-premiums/article1599932/

Ontario’s on the bandwagon:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/821583--ontario-to-urge-expansion-of-canada-pension-plan

CPP is doing alright:
http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2010/05/20/cppib-holdings-update.html

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Harper’s government of fear:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/the-price-we-pay-for-a-government-of-fear/article1595378/

So much for a commitment to women’s health:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/819807--stephen-harper-missing-women-s-health-summit

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Money for fake lakes, but not poverty:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/money-for-real-things-like-fake-lakes-but-not-poverty/article1597488/

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Carol Goar on McMurtry’s report on access to civil justice:
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/EditorialOpinion/article/818892

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Study on how poverty shapes the brain:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/how-poverty-shapes-the-brain/article1579628/

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More on the housing Charter Challenge:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/charter-challenge-aims-to-force-governments-to-create-public-housing/article1580971/
http://www.cnw.ca/en/releases/archive/May2010/26/c6480.html

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International:

UK considers scrapping child benefits for older children:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-cuts-for-families-with-older-children-proposed-1997608.html

Poverty reduction in the EU:
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/social-poverty.52a

In India , poverty drives a couple to try to sell their newborn:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Hyderabad/Poverty-drives-couple-to-sell-newborn/articleshow/6035247.cms

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.)
- 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:

June 10:
Community Health Centers - Wisconsin
Foster Care System - Indiana
Homeless Shelter Policies - New York City
Preventive Services for Families - New York City

June 9:
Food Stamp Application Delays
Long-Term Unemployment
State Children’s Health Insurance Program - Alaska
Section 8 Housing Subsidies - Indianapolis, IN

June 8:
Unemployment Insurance and Fraud - Wisconsin
UN Food Price Index
Weatherization Program
Child Well-Being Index
Health Reform and Children’s Health Insurance Coverage
Kids Count Report - New Jersey

June 7:
State Budgets and Medicaid Costs
Long-Term Unemployment
States and Foster Care Populations
Tulsa World Series on Section 8 Housing

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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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

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

9. German Millionaires Volunteer to Pay 'Rich Tax' - June 10
(CNBC)

German Millionaires Volunteer to Pay 'Rich Tax'
June 10, 2010
By Silvia Wadhwa
A group of 51 German millionaires and billionaires founded a Club of the Wealthy and wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel proposing to give up 10 percent of their income in the form of a "Rich Tax" for 10 years to consolidate the budget. With an estimated 800,000 millionaires (in dollars) — about 1 percent of the total population — Germany is eye-to-eye with the USA and has long overtaken the UK as Europe's number one "millionaire-land", both in terms of absolute numbers and as a percentage of the population.
Source:
Europe News
[ CNBC ]
Stock Market News, Business News, Financial, Earnings, World Market News and Information

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

10. Australian Policy Online - 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.

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Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Garma Festival 2009 key forum address
2. Should we retire later?
3. Capping and culling the queue
4. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010
5. Beyond life expectancy

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

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

Most viewed this week:

1. Should we retire later?
2. Capping and culling the queue
3. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010
4. Beyond life expectancy
5. Brighter Futures early intervention evaluation: interim report

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

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

11. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

9 June 2010, issue 1178
In this issue:
* Campaign update: The future of children's rights - in whose hands?
* Latest news and reports:
- Corporal punishment in India: the death throes?
- Reality TV shows featuring children banned
- The state of children's rights in Pakistan
- Gold and children's rights: not a happy chemistry
- More...
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues * Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

1 June 2010, issue 1177
In this issue:
*
Editorial: Violence against children - beyond the UN study
*
Latest news and reports:
- Children and violence this week: News from Argentina, Mexico and Papua New Guinea
- Europe and Roma children: Greece, Croatia, Czech Republic and Romania under scrutiny
- Good news! Follow-up on children and sexuality
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues * Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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

Source:
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Ten Things We Didn't

Know Last Year (2009)

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1. Grumpy people think more clearly because negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking.

2. High cholesterol levels in midlife are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of
dementia later in life.

3. Babies pick up their parents' accents from the womb, and infants are born crying in their native dialect. Researchers
found that French newborns cry in a rising French accent, and German babies cry with a characteristic falling inflection.

4. Surfing the Internet may help delay dementia because it creates stimulation that exercises portions of the brain.

5. The higher a patient's body-mass index, the less respect he or she gets from doctors.

6. The calmest place on Earth is on top of an icy plateau in Antarctica known as Ridge A, several hundred miles from the
South Pole. It is so still that stars do not twinkle in the sky because there is no turbulence in the atmosphere to distort
the light.

7. The thrill of driving a sports car makes the body produce more testosterone. The findings suggest a biological explanation
for why some men buy a sports car when struck by a "midlife crisis."

8. A massive, nearly invisible ring of ice and dust particles surrounds Saturn. The ring's entire volume can hold 1 billion
Earths.

9. Women who revealed about 40 percent of their skin attracted twice as many men as those who covered up. Any more than 40
percent and the signal changes from allure to one indicating general availability and future infidelity.

10. A new species of giant rat was discovered in a remote rainforest in Papua New Guinea. At 32.2 inches from nose to tail
and 3.3 pounds, it's thought to be one of the largest rats ever found.


Source:
50 Things we know now that we didn't know this time last year
http://www.att.net/s/editorial.dll?eetype=Article&eeid=7020757&render=y&Table=&ch=ne&
(Click the link for the other 40 things we didn't know last year)


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And, in closing...

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The Care Guide
(For seniors in BC - Alberta - Ontario - Nova Scotia only so far...)
http://www.thecareguide.com/home.aspx


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Older Drivers in Canada and their families
http://www.olderdriversafety.ca/consumer/index.html


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Today’s Lady News:
Laura Bush Is Pro-Choice And Supports Gay Marriage
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-todays-lady-news-051210/


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Soundboard (if your computer has a sound card and speakers):
http://www.instantsfun.es/

More soundboards
http://www.soundboards.com/

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Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
http://www.fifa.com/
(I can't WAIT until Canada plays its first game against ---- oh, never mind.)

Hey South Africa ----
Could you please put your freakin' vuvuzuelas away until July 12?!!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jun/13/world-cup-vuvuzela-ban-tv-complaints
It's like standing next to a nest of angry bees or Helena Guergis for two hours....

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