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that the content below is somewhat leaner than the usual newsletter.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
* Government of Canada Moves to Protect,
Strengthen Canadian Housing Market (Department of Finance Canada) - July 9
* Report on the consultation on human rights and rental housing in Ontario (Ontario Human Rights Commission) - May 2008
* Poverty, Housing and Homelessness: Issues and Options (Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology) - June 2008
* Ontario: 'Poverty Reduction'? Reforming without Reforms in a Neoliberal World (John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) - June 30
* Whos Hungry : 2008 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (Daily Bread Food Bank - Toronto) - June 24
* What's New from Statistics Canada
* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto)
* Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of
social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of
* Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing
* CRINMAIL (June/July 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)
Have a great week!
Canadian Social Research Links
of Canada Moves to Protect, Strengthen Canadian Housing Market - July 9
of Canada Moves to Protect, Strengthen Canadian Housing Market
July 9, 2008
The Government of Canada today announced adjustments to the rules for government guaranteed mortgages aimed at protecting and strengthening the Canadian housing market. The new measures include:
* Fixing the maximum amortization period for new government-backed mortgages to 35 years;
* Requiring a minimum down payment of five per cent for new government-backed mortgages;
* Establishing a consistent minimum credit score requirement; and
* Introducing new loan documentation standards.
Department of Finance Canada
Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
on the consultation on human rights and rental housing in Ontario - May 28
launches report calling for collective housing strategy
July 8, 2008
- Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall and the Ontario Human Rights Commission today launched Right at home: Report on the consultation on human rights and rental housing in Ontario. This report, which follows a year of public sessions, meetings and submissions involving hundreds of individuals and organizations across the province, focuses on housing as a human right, and sets out a framework for collective action to identify, remove and prevent discrimination in rental housing.
* includes links to five backgrounders
AT HOME : Report on the
consultation on human rights and rental housing in Ontario (PDF - 460K, 107 pages)
Approved by the Commission: May 28, 2008
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
OHRC housing resources - incl. backgrounders, consultation paper, background
Powerful historic report links housing
rights to housing action
July 8, 2008
By Michael Shapcott
Ontario Human Rights Commission, an independent agency that reports to the provincial Legislature, released a dynamic new report today called Right at Home that is both historic and ground-breaking. The report draws powerful links between international housing rights which have been ratified by the Canadian government and Ontarios desperate crisis of housing insecurity and homelessness.
Wellesley Institute Blog
The Wellesley Institute ]
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm
Housing and Homelessness: Issues and Options - June 2008
Poverty, Housing and Homelessness: Issues and
Options (PDF - 696K, 96 pages)
First Report of the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology
[ Chair : The Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C. ]
Related Media Advisory:
Poverty in Canada: 38 Years
June 26, 2008
Since the landmark 1970 Croll Report brought the issue of poverty out of the shadows, the Senate has frequently revisited the crushing effects of poverty on Canadians. Today the Senate Subcommittee on Cities has tabled its report Poverty, Housing, and Homelessness: Issues and Options touching on Canada's largest metropolitan areas, complementing the work done this Parliamentary session by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on rural poverty:
Subcommittee on Cities
Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology:
[ more reports by this Committee - 39th Parliament,
[ All Senate Committee reports - 39th Parliament,
the road to reduce poverty
July 7, 2008
By Carol Goar
The experts and activists have spoken. Now the Senate committee examining urban poverty wants to hear from the people. This summer, Senator Art Eggleton and his five colleagues (three Liberals, two Conservatives) head out to ask Canadians what they want to see in a national poverty reduction plan, how it should be designed and who should pay for it. They'll visit eastern Canada in August, Toronto and Montreal in September and the four western provinces in October. The committee will provide witnesses with a 90-page report that distils the testimony it has heard over the past 18 months and sets out a list of options 103 in fact ranging from the complete replacement of the current
income support with a guaranteed annual income to a few low-cost adjustments.
The Toronto Star
- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
'Poverty Reduction'? Reforming without Reforms in a Neoliberal World - June 30
Ontario: 'Poverty Reduction'? Reforming without
Reforms in a Neoliberal World
by John Clarke
June 30, 2008
"(...)Clearly, the present round of Ontario Government consultations on poverty can't be wished away. It is dominating the political landscape in Ontario at the moment. In OCAP, we deplore this fact but have to recognize it. At present, we can only present our point of view and realize that we are not able to transfer community energy from talking with Liberals to mobilizing against them. However, there is one obvious limitation to the government's consultation strategy. At a certain point, the talking has to stop and the results of the process must be revealed. At that time, the striking lack of progress on poverty reduction is going to hit people in the face."
Centre for Global Research
The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of writers, scholars, journalists and activists. Based in Montreal, the CRG is a registered non profit organization in the province of Quebec.
more Canadian content from CRG:
Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people.
[John Clarke, author of the above article, is with OCAP.]
Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
Hungry : 2008 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area - June 24
shows food bank clients spend 77% of income on rent
TORONTO, June 24, 2008
People accessing food banks in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are unable to get ahead because of the high cost of housing, according to a report released today by Daily Bread Food Bank. Who's Hungry: 2008 Profile of Hunger in the GTA found that food bank clients pays an average of 77% of their income on housing alone, which crowds out money available for other basic necessities such as food.
2008 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (PDF - 672K, 32 pages)
Daily Bread Food Bank (Toronto)
Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
What's New from Statistics Canada
New from The Daily:
Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans
Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
WHAT'S NEW ONLINE:
CARE IN THE NEWS
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to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content
of this link changes twice a week
compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch
provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty,
welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid,
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006
you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison
Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:
G8 Summit meeting - July 7-9, 2008
Toyako Summit - Home page
July 7-9, 2008
Press Conference by Prime
Minister Yasuo Fukuda
July 9, 2008
the G8, arrived at a common view which is to seek to adopt as a global target the goal of at least a 50% reduction of global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2050. This, needless to say, is based on a premise that the G8 including the US agree on this goal..."
All Summit documents:
Related G8 Meetings in 2008
G8 Website - Government of Canada
Information Centre - University of Toronto
G8 Live - G8 news and analysis <=== Recommended!!
States President George W. Bushs last Group of Eight
11 July 2008
States President George W Bushs last Group of Eight (G8) summit only inched forward the fight against climate change but drew the battle lines more sharply than ever between rich and poor nations. The G8 major industrial powers agreed at a three-day summit in northern Japan to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming by at least half by 2050, the strongest language yet signed by Mr Bush.
34th G8 summit (July
- from Wikipedia
- from Wikipedia
is short for "Group of Eight," just as G7 is short for "Group of
The eight members of the G8 are, in order of their rotating hosting responsibilities:
* France * United States * United Kingdom * Russia (as of 2006) * Germany * Japan * Italy * Canada
The G7 consists of the same members without Russia.
There is a ninth member of both the G7 and G8: the European Union.
about the G20?
G8 Finance Ministers Meeting - Home page
June 13-14, 2008
>From the Department
of Finance Canada:
of the G-8 Finance Ministers Meeting
June 14, 2008
"(...)We will work to ensure that the conditions are in place for continued strong world economic
- incl. * World Economy * Commodity Prices * Climate Change * Development * Abuses of the
G8 Action Plan for Climate
Change to Enhance
the Engagement of Private and Public Financial Institutions
June 14, 2008
G8 summit marked by
impotence and division
By Nick Beams
9 July 2008
World Socialist Website
Go to the Globalization Links page:
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing
- selected recent content
APO Weekly Briefing
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...
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
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.
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological
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:
- June/July 2008
>From the Child Rights Information Network
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.
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
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